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College director booked for molesting girl
Suspended; internal probe marked
Kharar, April 6
Amule Raj, director of college of pharmacy, Doaba Group of Colleges, was today booked for molesting, threatening and illegally confining a fourth-semester student of pharmacy. Acting on a complaint by victim’s cousin, Nirmaldeep Singh, a resident of Dasmesh Nagar, the police booked Amule Raj under Sections 354, 342 and 506 of the IPC.

Drugs in City
Chemist shops junkies’ hotspot
Chandigarh, April 6
If the experience and personal account of inmates of various de-addiction centres are to be believed, the city is a “junkies’ paradise”. Interestingly, allopathic medicines that are being used as addictive substances have also acquired “desi” names like “neelay”, for blue Proxy 1 tablet, and “goli”, “maggi” and “masti” for others.

Booze, absenteeism plague city cops
Chandigarh, April 6
Booze and absenteeism have taken their toll on the Chandigarh Police. If official records of the past five years are any indication, a large number of policemen have been found guilty and many face departmental inquiries for indulging in alcoholism and absenteeism.


An illuminated view of the Sector 17 plaza after showers on Monday evening
An illuminated view of the Sector 17 plaza after showers on Monday evening. Tribune photo: S Chandan



EARLIER STORIES



Poll Code Violation
Notice to Bansal for opening swimming pool
Chandigarh, April 6
The UT unit of the Election Commission has issued a notice to Union minister Pawan Kumar Bansal for inaugurating a swimming pool at the Press Club in violation of the model code of conduct. The BJP gave a verbal complaint in this regard on April 4 and the action was taken on the basis of the news reports.

Flight Delay
Kuwait Airlines to pay Rs 70,000 penalty
Chandigarh, April 6
Holding Kuwait Airlines guilty of harassing two complainants, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the airlines to pay a compensation of Rs 70,000 (Rs 35000 each) for delay in the departure of a flight.





COMMUNITY

Pre-poll jitters for Cong, BJP

Colony cell chief joins Congress
Chandigarh, April 6
With chairman of the colony cell of the BJP Shashi Shanker Tiwari throwing in his lot with the Congress, the focus has turned on the turncoats who are giving the BJP and the Congress jitters ahead of the May 13 elections.
Jolt to BJP: BJP colony cell chairman Shashi Shankar Tiwari (garlanded) flanked by Pawan Kumar Bansal after the former joined the Congress in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo:Vinay Malik

Jolt to BJP: BJP colony cell chairman Shashi Shankar Tiwari (garlanded) flanked by Pawan Kumar Bansal after the former joined the Congress in Chandigarh

Dhawan throws housing bait
Chandigarh, April 6
After Satya Pal Jain (BJP) and Pawan Bansal (Congress), it is BSP candidate Harmohan Dhawan, who has taken to populism. Seeking to replicate the UP Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati's social engineering formula in Chandigarh, Dhawan today promised houses to poor of the city under the Garib Awas Yojana on the pattern of the UP government.

Master Plan
Slums to make way for EWS houses
GMADA to develop 16,674 hectares
Mohali, April 6
Removing slums and building houses for the economically weaker section on the area will be the priorities of GMADA while implementing the recommendations in the master plan 2006-2031 for the SAS Nagar local planning area.

Sector 17 police fails to register FIRs
Chandigarh, April 6
Despite a number of rulings by the Supreme Court and other courts, getting a First Information Report (FIR) registered is still a difficult task. Two city residents are making rounds of the Sector 17 police station for the past over four days with the officials turning them away on one pretext or the other.

Inter-Bank Transactions
Smaller banks fail to synchronise ATMs
Chandigarh, April 6
Even six days after inter-bank ATM usage was made free, the benefit continues to elude most bank consumers. Since April 1, consumers have been facing harassment, as several smaller banks have not yet fallen in line to effect inter-bank transactions at their ATMs.

Skimmed Milk Powder
Dairy industory for revival of exports
Chandigarh, April 6
The dairy industry in Punjab and Haryana is looking at a revival of exports of skimmed milk powder (SMP), with the steady gain in international price of SMP over the past two months.

Barnala’s ‘Meri Do aur Betian’ released
Chandigarh, April 6
The Urdu version of “Meri Do aur Betian”, the latest work of Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, was released here today. The book sums up Barnala’s fatherly affection towards two girls Naseem and Kiranjot who were from Kashmir and USA, respectively, and unfortunately died of different ailments.
Haryana Governor Dr AR Kidwai (right) releases a book ‘Meri Do aur Betian’, authored by Surjit Singh Barnala, at Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh
Haryana Governor Dr AR Kidwai (right) releases a book ‘Meri Do aur Betian’, authored by Surjit Singh Barnala, at Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Justice Majithia is head of newspaper wage boards
Chandigarh, April 6
It is for the first time that the Central government has appointed a legal luminary from this part of the country as the chairman of the National Wage Boards for Journalists and non-Journalist Newspaper Employees.

Rain paves way for pleasant weather
Chandigarh, April 6
Intermittent rain since morning gave way to a cool and pleasant weather in the city today providing relief to the residents from the hot and sultry weather prevailing in the town for the last fortnight.


Water logging in colony no. 5 after the minor rain in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Water logging in colony no. 5 after the minor rain in Chandigarh

Stray dogs caused fatal accident
Panchkula, April 6
It was stray dog menace that led to the death of Gurtaj Sandhu (26) in a road accident here late last night. Gurtaj, a student of MDS at National Dental College, Dera Bassi, was killed after he tried to prevent running over two dogs near Red Bishop and lost control of Scorpio.

e wild wild web
India has more than 8 crore Internet users

India, with 81 million internet users, has made long stride. It stands fourth in the world. Contrary to the common belief about the penetration of Internet, a recent report by the “Internet Governance Forum” has revealed that number of people with internet access in India and all over the world has been growing rapidly.

Foreign youths meet Rodrigues
Chandigarh, April 6
A delegation of 23 foreign youths of Indian origin, under the "Know India programme", called on Punjab Governor and UT Administrator SF Rodrigues. The programme was organised by the Central Ministry of Overseas Affairs, with a view to creating awareness among the youths about the phenomenal transformation taking place in India and strengthening their linkage with their motherland.

MES union protest against delay in disbursement
Panchkula, April 6
Thousands of members of the Military Engineer Service (MES) Workers Union staged a dharna protesting against the delay in disbursement of allowances pending since Operation Prakram at Chandi Mandir here today.

Protest against clean chit to Cong leaders
Chandigarh, April 6
Accusing the Central government of adopting the double standards, president of the Chandigarh Akali Dal Gurpartap Singh Riar, along with his supporters, today condemned the CBI for giving the clean chit to alleged perpetrators of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Two run over by trains
Chandigarh, April 6
Two city residents were killed in separate mishaps after being hit by trains in various parts of the city today. Kailash Chander (70) was killed after being hit by a train near railway crossing in Mani Majra this morning, while Sanju, in his late 20s, was killed on elevated railway track on Chandigarh-Ambala road in evening.

398 accident cases registered in one year
Mohali, April 6
As many as 398 cases of road accidents were registered in 2008. The increase in accidents was mainly due to factors like alarming increase in the number of vehicles on the road, people disobeying traffic rules and lack of knowledge of prompt and effective first-aid.

Undisclosed income worth Rs 306 cr detected
Chandigarh, April 6
The rate of detection of undisclosed during the income tax surveys has seen manifold rise this year as a total of undisclosed income of Rs 306 crore was detected within Chandigarh this year.

Training session for poll staff
Chandigarh, April 6
The official machinery is gearing up for the May 13 Lok Sabha polls in Chandigarh. A training session for election officials was held at Punjab Engineering College to apprise them about the poll process.

Water scarcity in Sec 28
Chandigarh, April 6
Residents of Sector 28 here have been facing acute shortage of water for the past three days. Residents complained that they had not been receiving regular water supply since Saturday morning.

Department store challaned
Chandigarh, April 6
Officials from the prevention of food adulteration department of the administration challaned More Departmental Store for selling goods without having licences issued by the health department here today. The team headed by Dr Rajesh Dhir also lifted samples of eatables from the store.



Officials from the prevention of food adulteration department after lifting samples from More Departmental Store, Sec 32, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tiwari

Officials from the prevention of food adulteration department after lifting samples from More Departmental Store, Sec 32, Chandigarh

Records from MC, Estate Office seized
Chandigarh, April 6
Sleuths of the CBI today conducted searches and seized records from the Estate Office and the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh pertaining to 20 plots in Sector 52, which were illegally sold.

Tent dealers demand godowns
Chandigarh, April 6
A delegation of the Chandigarh Tent Dealers’ Society today submitted a memorandum to SF Rodrigues, UT Administrator, regarding their demand for godowns for the tent houses, which were functioning in the city.


EDUCATION

Fee refund eludes 650 NRI students
Chandigarh, April 6
If the claims of PU students are to be believed, around 650 NRI students are yet to receive the long-promised fee refund amounting to several lakhs for the reasons better known to the authorities only.

GMCH gets more MD seats
Chandigarh, April 6
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has granted permission for three seats in MD transfusion medicine and two seats in MD psychiatry at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Chandigarh, from this session.


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Narinder Sharma set to hug SAD again
Zirakpur, April 6
Political affiliations change fast. Less than a week after the death of his opponent, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Zirakpur MC president Narinder Kumar Sharma is all set to go back into the fold of SAD.

Bus driver booked in accident case
Lalru, April 6
The local police today registered a case of negligent driving against a mini bus driver in an accident of a Toyota Innova and the mini bus near ITI Chowk here last night. Driver of the mini bus Jarnail Singh, a resident of Tofapur near here, is still absconding.

Sikh bodies protest ticket to Tytler
Patiala, April 6
The Sikh Intellectual Council today condemned the Congress decision to re-nominate Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar for Lok Sabha tickets. In a press release, council president BS Balluana and other members said Tytler was accused of initiating mob attacks on the Sikhs in Delhi in November, 1984.

BK Bawa takes over as DIG
Patiala, April 6
BK Bawa assumed charge as DIG, Patiala range, here today. Addressing a press conference, Bawa said his first priority was to ensure that the general elections were held in a peaceful atmosphere.

Wheat crop on 9 acres gutted
Ambala, April 6
Wheat crop on around 9 acres was destroyed in a fire caused by sparking in power cables at Mangloi and Shahpur villages falling in the Naggal constituency, here today.

INLD pays tributes to Devi Lal
Ambala, April 6
The Ambala unit of the INLD paid tributes to former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal on his death anniversary in Ambala City today. Party workers organised a meeting near Devi Lal Chowk where senior leaders of the party were also present.


COURTS

Man convicted of raping cousin
Chandigarh, April 6
Additional District and Sessions Judge SK Aggarwal today convicted Anand of raping his cousin. The quantum on the sentence will be pronounced on April 9. According to the prosecution, the accused had asked the victim, who was studying in class 12, to help his wife in answering the nature’s call on August 8, 2004.


CRIME

Seizure of petrol
NCB’s elusive driver arrested
Chandigarh, April 6
The Chandigarh police today arrested a driver of the Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) who had remained elusive to the police following recovery of huge quantity of fuel from his residence in February this year.

Man booked for causing injuries
Chandigarh, April 6
A six-year-old boy, identified as Darshan Singh of Sector 29-A, was injured after being hit by a motor cycle near his residence. Darshan was injured after being hit by the motor cycle while playing outside his residence on March 31.


SPORTS

Manav Mangal AITA Talent Series
Smooth sailing for top seeds
Mohali, April 6
It was an easy sailing for all the seeded players to the next round in their respective matches on the first day of the main draw of the ongoing Manav Mangal Total Tennis AITA Talent Series, being played at Manav Mangal Smart School, Phase X, here.

Ashkat returns a shot during a match of the Manav Mangal Total Tennis AITA Talent Series in Chandigarh
Ashkat returns a shot during a match of the Manav Mangal Total Tennis AITA Talent Series in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Veteran athlete to compete in world championship
Chandigarh, April 6
Winning a gold medal in 100 m race in the recently concluded Masters’ National Athletics Championship held at Hisar was a cakewalk for 80-year-old Bhopinder Banta Singh, who has been the national champion in her respective age category for the last 10 years.

MCA, GNPS to lock horns in final
Chandigarh, April 6
Mohali Cricket Association (MCA) Academy beat mighty Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy by six wickets in the semifinal of the Under-16 Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament for APJ Trophy being conducted by the Chandigarh Cricket Association at St Stephen's School in Sector 45 here today.

Cricket trials tomorrow
Chandigarh, April 6
Trials for the selection of under-16 cricket team for the Mohali Cricket Association would be held on April 8 at 3.30 pm on the MCA grounds. The team would take part in the inter-district tournament organised by the Punjab Cricket Association for under- 16.


 


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