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3 killed, 2 hurt in accident
Lalru, April 5
The mangled remains of the Toyota Innova and mini-bus which collided head-on near the ITI chowk in Lalru on Sunday night. Three youths were killed and two seriously injured in a head-on collision between a Toyota Innova and a mini-bus here tonight.

The mangled remains of the Toyota Innova and mini-bus which collided head-on near the ITI chowk in Lalru on Sunday night. A Tribune photograph

Youth killed in Panchkula
An MDS student was killed in an accident near Red Bishop in Panchkula late on Sunday.

Sadhvi harps on Hindutva
Chandigarh, April 5
After Varun Gandhi’s hate speech, the BJP has apparently become conscious and is now using the Dharma Raksha Manch, a politico-religious outfit of the RSS and the VHP, to push its Hindutva agenda.

Former Mayor and BJP state chief Kamla Sharma touch the feet of Sadhvi Ritambhra at a function in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photos: Vinay Malik

Out-of-turn appointments
Mansa Devi board in a spot
Panchkula, April 5
Close on the heels of the controversy over the sale of gold coins lower than the market rates, the Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board is once again back in the news for the wrong reason.


Smoking & use of oral contraceptive pills
‘A deadly mix for women’
Chandigarh, April 5
Smoking and the use of oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) can be a lethal combination for women, say experts. According to city-based cardiologists, habitual smokers and regular users of OCPs have a higher risk of having cardiac-related ailments than their counterparts who do either.

Sale of illegal houses
CBI raids 2 realtors’ houses
Chandigarh, April 5 Sleuths of the CBI today conducted searches at the houses of two property dealers, who, along with two Municipal Corporation employees, were booked for illegally selling 20 houses belonging to the Estate Office in Sector 52.

Flowers in full bloom at the Bougainvillea Garden, Phase IV, Mohali, on Sunday.
Flowers in full bloom at the Bougainvillea Garden, Phase IV, Mohali, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu


Electioneering picks up in city
Chandigarh, April 5
Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal today addressed a series of meetings in different parts of the city, including Sectors 26, 27, 28 50, Milk Colony, Colony No 5, Bapu Dham and Aman-Chaman. Earlier, he undertook a 'padyatra' at Dhanas. Addressing a meeting at Colony No 5, Bansal said the residents of the colony would be given new houses and rehabilitated as part of his endeavour to make Chandigarh a slum-free city.

Congress supporters head for a rally at Colony No. 5 in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Frivolous parties found no takers
Chandigarh, April 5
Have you ever heard of the “Doordarshi Party” and the “Maha Bharat Peoples’ party”. Probably not. But there were some frivolous parties like these that had contested elections on the Chandigarh Parliamentary seat in the past.

Financial Irregularities at DSOI
‘Procedural lapses but no misappropriation’
Chandigarh, April 5
President of Defence Service Officers Institute’s (DSOI) governing body Lt Gen AN Aul today termed the allegations of financial irregularities raised by some members as “procedural lapses”.

Ved Prakash with the food containing iron nail at Ivy Hospital, Mohali. Iron nail found in patient’s food
Chandigarh, April 5
Ved Parkash, a 66-year-old diabetic and kidney patient, had a narrow escape last night when a 3 cm iron nail was allegedly spotted in his food served at Ivy Hospital, Sector 71, Mohali. The patient was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition four days back. As per routine, when the hospital authorities served his daily diet in evening, Parkash was being on dialysis treatment.

Ved Prakash with the food containing iron nail at Ivy Hospital, Mohali. Tribune Photo: Vicky Gharu

Are we drivers or killers?
Journalism is one of those professions where one meets and interacts with a lot of people from different walks of life. But seldom do these interactions blossom into friendship, with most ending up in what can be described best as a journalist-source relationship.

CityScope Letters
Enforce law to check police-peddler nexus
This is with reference to the article “Just piecemeal effort not enough” published in Chandigarh Tribune dated March 30 written by Raveen Thukral. The Tribune team deserves to be appreciated for exposing a nexus between the police and drug peddlers in the City Beautiful.

Kamla Sharma sits next to Shashi Bala Jain, BJP’s Mahila Morcha president and wife of BJP’s candidate Satya Pal Jain, during a religious discourse in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photos: Vinay Malik

Savera feels heat of price rise
Chandigarh, April 5
After being sold by her husband for Rs 10,000 in Uttar Pradesh, she was returned to her first husband subsequent to protests by women activists. But the man, she was returned to, later ditched her again to remarry another woman.

Welfare body seeks increase of water supply
Mohali, April 5
The Citizens’ Welfare Federation has sought augmentation of the water supply for the town. In view the increasing population, around 23 MGD of water is required daily against which only 10.3 MGD is available, 10.0 MGD from canal water and 3.4 MGD from tube wells.

Passport office fails to renew passport
Mohali, April 5
JS Sandhu, a resident of Phase 9, is running from pillar to post to get his passport renewed for the last over one year. Thanks to the indifferent attitude of officials at the Regional Passport Office (RPO), Chandigarh, the resident has not been able to get his passport renewed.

BEL turnover up by Rs 515 cr
Chandigarh, April 5
Defence public sector undertaking Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has recorded a provisional turnover of Rs 4,618 crore for 2008-09 as compared to Rs 4,102.54 crore last year.

Protest over NSA against Varun Gandhi
Chandigarh, April 5
A dharna against the imposition of the National Security Act (NSA) on Varun Gandhi, BJP Candidate from Pilibhit, was observed under the aegis of the Progressive Thinking People of Chandigarh at the Ramlila Ground, Sector 7, here today.

Bittu in a spot over code violation
Mohali, April 5
Congress candidate from Anandpur Sahib Ravneet Singh Bittu is in a spot for holding rallies at a public place without seeking the prior approval of the assistant returning officer (ARO), Mohali.

More complaints of duping against ex-cop
Panchkula, April 5
Following the registration of a criminal case against a retired police official on the complaint of Rajesh Bhardwaj, an additional advocate-general of Punjab, victims of duping by the accused have started approaching the police.


6,500 appear in CBSE PMT
Chandigarh, April 5
Around 6,500 students from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal appeared for the preliminary CBSE PMT held in 16 centres here today. The last-minute anxiety could be seen on the faces of students and parents accompanying them.

Students come out of a centre after taking PMT (Pre) in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

PU hostels to have hi-tech gyms
Chandigarh, April 5
The Panjab University hostels will have hi-tech gymnasiums from the coming academic session. The project that was approved last year is all set to materialise now to facilitate about 3,500 hostel inmates.


Wine shop not closed despite admn orders
Women welfare body threatens to protest
Kalka, April 5
Despite the assurance given by the Deputy Commissioner, Solan, a wine shop has not been closed down at Tipra village, adjacent to Kalka, situated on the Haryana-Himachal Pradesh boundary. Subsequently great resentment prevails among women inhabitants of the village.

Rice millers to protest against Central govt
Bassi Pathana, April 5
The Punjab Rice Millers’ Association has decided to organise a dharna for indefinite period in front of the FCI office, Chandigarh, in support of their demands.

Increased house tax creates resentment
Bassi Pathana, April 5
Resentment is prevailing among the residents against the municipal council authorities for serving them notices imposing a heavy amount as house tax on their properties.


Pedestrian killed by speeding vehicle
Chandigarh, April 5
A pedestrian was killed after being knocked down by a Toyota Innova in Badheri. According to the police, the accident took place on April 3 when the victim Pal Singh, in his mid-forties, was hit by the vehicle driven by his nephew, Ranbir Singh, in Badheri. He was seriously injured in the mishap and taken to the Sector 16 Government Multi Specialty Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on April 4.

One booked for duping man of Rs 24 lakh
Chandigarh, April 5
The police has booked a Mohali resident on the charges of duping a man of Rs 24 lakh on the pretext of facilitating him to get a gas agency.


St John's golfers clinch trophy
Chandigarh, April 5
St John's High School clinched the inaugural CGA-Airtel Chandigarh Open Inter-School Pitch and Putt Golf Trophy logging 44 points at the CGA Golf Range here today.

Ramesh all set for Asian wrestling meet
Chandigarh, April 5
Ramesh Kumar Olympian Ramesh Kumar, who is currently attending a national camp in Sonepat’s SAI centre, is all set to give his best shot in the forthcoming Asian Wrestling Championship, slated to be held from May 2 to 7 in Thailand. “The focus is on learning new techniques and I am aiming nothing less than gold medal in the championship,” said country’s youngest Arjuna Awardee wrestler, who is currently getting training under Jagminder Singh.

GNPS academy storm into final
Chandigarh, April 5
Ropar Cricket Association’s batsman being given out by the umpire in Chandigarh on Sunday. Guru Nanak Public School Academy entered the final after defeating Ropar Cricket Association Academy by 67 runs in the semifinal of the Under-16 Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament being organised by the Chandigarh Cricket Association here on GNPS grounds in Sector 36 on Sunday.

Ropar Cricket Association’s batsman being given out by the umpire in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Taking golf to masses
Chandigarh, April 5
Inspired by Jeev Milkha Singh and Kapurthala’s Gaganjeet Bhullar, 54 schoolchildren in the 6-17 age-group are converging on the greens of the Panchkula Golf Club every Saturday and Sunday to learn the basics of golf under the supervision of director of the Junior Golf Development Programme Manjit Kochar .

Munish fashions SBoP win
Chandigarh, April 5
A brilliant century by Munish Bali (114) paved the way for the State Bank of Patiala (SBoP) to lift the Vth Bharat Kesho Cricket League organised by the Chandigarh Sports Club at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here today. They beat United Sports by 75 runs in the final match.

Yusuf Abdulla to join Kings XI squad
Chandigarh, April 5
The Kings XI Punjab team yesterday announced that fast bowler Yusuf Abdulla will join the squad and David Nosworthy will be the coach of the team.

Pauline cards best gross in IGULS event
Chandigarh, April 5
Pauline JM Singh played the best gross card of 6 over 78 in the IGULS Inter-Club Tournament at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Friday.

Amardeep leads Chandigarh to victory
Chandigarh, April 5
Unbeaten half centuries by Amardeep Sonkar (82 in 48 balls) and Rohit Singh (68 retired hurt) enabled Chandigarh district team to beat Yamuna Nagar district by a huge margin of 124 runs in the inaugural match of the Minor District Cricket Tournament being organised by the Haryana Cricket Association at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here today.

Manav Mangal Tennis
16 players reach main draw
Mohali April 5
Sixteen qualifiers made to the main draw of the ongoing Manav Mangal Total Tennis AITA Talent Series today and will be played at Manav Mangal Smart School, Phase 10, here tomorrow.


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