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No petrol, diesel-run auto in city from today 
Chandigarh, April 8
The UT administration has decided to seal its borders for petrol/diesel-run auto-rickshaws coming from Mohali and Panchkula from tomorrow.

MHA upsets UT applecart 
Plans to acquire over 300 acres of land put on hold
Chandigarh, April 8
The orders of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to put on hold further land acquisitions has unsettled the UT’s immediate plans to acquire over 300 acres of land for projects like the EWS housing and modern terminal market in Maloya, aquatic park in Kaimbwala and a number of small projects in the city’s periphery.
A vacant site allotted for an IT project in the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park. A vacant site allotted for an IT project in the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan






EARLIER STORIES

Girls just wanna have fun!: Students enjoy the rain in the green belt of Sector 11, Chandigarh
Girls just wanna have fun!: Students enjoy the rain in the green belt of Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

City has more liquor vends than schools
Chandigarh, April 8
When it comes to ‘thekas’ versus schools, the former seems to top the UT administration’s priority list anytime. The fact that the city has over 200 liquor vends as against 107 schools surely adds different ‘peg’ to administration’s long professed tale of social responsibility.

Drug-Peddling Case
CFSL voices trouble for NCB officer 

Chandigarh, April 8
Investigating officer of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the high-profile Israeli national Lior Avi Ben Moyal drug-peddling case Ravi Kant Pawar has landed in the soup as the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL) report has confirmed that his voice sample matched with the voice in the purported recording during a sting operation.

Army officer booked for dowry 
Panchkula, April 8
Panchkula police today booked an Army officer allegedly for demanding dowry and cruelty against wife. The accused, Major Vivek Pandey, is posted at Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir while his wife, Anshula, also a Major in the Army, is posted in EME at Chandimandir here.



COMMUNITY

Equip cops with advanced weapons: Chidambaram
Chandigarh, April 8
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram (centre) at a meeting with Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda (right) in Chandigarh Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today asked the Haryana government to set up more quick-reaction teams (QRTs) of the police and equip policemen with advanced weapons.


Union Home Minister P Chidambaram (centre) at a meeting with Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda (right) in Chandigarh on Wednesday. 

PC dubs UT as border state
Chandigarh, April 8
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today dubbed Chandigarh as a “border state” and asked the UT administration to “behave like one” by beefing up its security apparatus and mooted the idea of forming quick-reaction teams to meet terror threats.

Home Minister’s Visit
Commuters at receiving end

Policemen restrict traffic near the UT guesthouse for the cavalcade of the Union Home Minister in ChandigarhChandigarh, April 8
Commuters on the VIP route followed by the cavalcade of the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram faced inconvenience with the Chandigarh Traffic Police imposing diversion on the route owing to elaborate security arrangements made for the Home Minister’s visit.

Policemen restrict traffic near the UT guesthouse for the cavalcade of the Union Home Minister in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

I-T dept detects Rs 383 cr in a year
Chandigarh, April 8
Investigation wing of the income tax department is claiming to have detected “undisclosed income” amounting to Rs 382.82 crore during various raids conducted in the financial year 2008-09 from UT and nearby areas. The figure is nearly 68 per cent of the Rs 227.32 crores detected in raids during financial year 2007-08.

Rhetoric dominates real issues
The criminalisation of politics is an issue that should arrest the Mukul Bansal Jatinder Grover Madan Gupta Spatu attention of the voters and the political candidates in the coming elections. Promises are made and broken. At times politicians make false promises. In my opinion candidates should measure their words. They need not commit what they can’t do. 

Mukul Bansal Jatinder Grover Madan Gupta Spatu

Balmiki Samaj extends support to Bansal
Chandigarh, April 8
Various leaders of the Chandigarh Balmiki Samaj met Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal at his residence here today to express solidarity with him and the Congress and said they were perturbed by the “dirty” politics in which others were indulging in.

FIRST TIME VOTERS
Need for reviewing quota 

Gaurav Garg Naveen Sharma Gurwinder Singh I am voting for the first time and I expect that the candidate contesting the elections should be well-qualified. He should be well versed with the realities of the country and not indulge in mud-slinging. I feel there is need for a change keeping in view whatever is happening in the country today. 

Gaurav Garg Naveen Sharma Gurwinder Singh

Bunny’s men to protest against NK Sharma
Zirakpur, April 8
Former Akali stalwart the late Capt Kanwaljit Singh’s son Jasjit Singh Bunny’s homecoming into SAD can upset the plans of the late Kanwaljit’s bete noire Narinder Kumar Sharma, who is expected to be re-inducted into the party on April 10 by SAD president and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Fund bait for lawyers
Chandigarh, April 8
Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal yesterday assured the legal fraternity that he would ensure additional funds from the government for judicial complex in Sector 43 so that they did not have to make any upfront payment for their chambers but just a nominal licence fee.

Mahindra resorts penalised Rs 50,000
Chandigarh, April 8
Holding Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India Limited guilty of deficiency in service, the District Consumers Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the company to pay a compensation of Rs 50,000 to the complainant.

Officials told to check unauthorised construction
Chandigarh, April 8
A team of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation officials made a surprise visit to check unauthorised construction in Burail village here today.

Residents protest ‘shoddy’ probe by cops
Chandigarh, April 8
Irate residents of Ram Darbar today staged protests at the Sector 31 police station and at the police headquarters in Sector 9 accusing the police of shoddy probe into a theft case.

Crop in 2 acres burnt
Panchkula, April 8
Standing crop of wheat was destroyed in more than two acres of land when the electricity wires going through the fields fell down at Muradanagar near Raipur Rani here today. The victim farmers claimed the crop in two and a half acres in the village had been completely converted in to ash.

JP gets notice on garbage plant
Chandigarh, April 8
The Municipal Corporation has issued 30-day show-cause notice to Jai Prakash Associates here today for failing to make the garbage processing plant operational within the prescribed time schedule under the provision of Clause 5.1 of the implementation agreement.

Workshop on ‘ultrasound guided’ procedures
Chandigarh, April 8
For postoperative pain relief in surgical patients, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, today organised a workshop on “Ultrasound guided procedures for postoperative patients” here today.

Cold conditions stage comeback
Chandigarh, April 8
There was a complete transformation in the weather of the city with cold-like conditions experienced by the residents due to intermittent rain since morning.

Aryans Group of Institutes present ‘Roshaan’ at Punjab Kala Bhawan in Chandigarh Cultural extravaganza by Aryans
Chandigarh, April 8
Aryans Group of Institutes (AGOI) organised a cultural extravaganza “Roshaan” to celebrate the first annual prize distribution function at the Punjab Kala Bhawan today.




Aryans Group of Institutes present ‘Roshaan’ at Punjab Kala Bhawan in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph


EDUCATION

Study of climatic variation
SASE ties up with Allahabad varsity 

Chandigarh, April 8
The Snow and Avalanche Studies Establishment (SASE) here has tied up with the Allahabad University to jointly study the past climatic variations and make future predictions on climate changes.

Profs’ evaluation programme hangs fire
Members of SOPU protest in front of the VC’s office at Panjab University, Chandigarh,Chandigarh, April 8
Panjab University’s plan to allow its students to evaluate their professors’ performance seems to be heading towards a major controversy.




Members of SOPU protest in front of the VC’s office at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

VC replies to show-cause notice
Chandigarh, April 8
Panjab University VC RC Sobti today replied to the show-cause notice sent to him for the violation of the code of conduct in connection with his extension letter.

82 engg students make it to IBM
Kharar, April 8
As many as 82 students from Rayat- Bahra group of institutions have been selected by IBM during a placement drive organised at Rayat Bahra campus.

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Rain plays havoc with ripe wheat crop
Govt agencies assessing loss 
Fatehgarh Sahib/Rajpura/ Khanna/Patiala, April 8
Widespread rains and squall damaged ready-to-harvest and harvested wheat crop in various villages of Fatehgarh Sahib, Rajpura, Khanna and Patiala.

Sikh body blocks Rajpura road
Patiala, April 8
The Sikh Students’ Federation (Patiala unit) today staged a dharna and blocked vehicular traffic on the busy Patiala-Rajpura road to protest against the CBI clean chit to Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. District president of the Federation Mahinderjit Singh Kala said that any person, who would oppose Tytler’s clean chit, would be honoured by the Federation.

College staff strike enters second day
Submits memo to SGPC president 
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 8
A large number of faculty and staff members of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College went on an indefinite strike after termination of two faculty members allegedly by the principal without citing any reason.

7 injured in accident
Dera Bassi, April 8
Seven persons were injured in a road mishap on Barwala road at Dera Bassi on Wednesday.

COURTS

Shooting incident: Accused sent to judicial custody 
Chandigarh, April 8
A local court today remanded head constable Shamsher Singh, who allegedly shot at his colleague at the Sector 8 residence of the former

CRIME

Sector 29 resident duped of mobile phone
Chandigarh, April 8
An unidentified motorcyclist duped a Sector 29 resident of his mobile phone on the pretext of making an emergency call.

Deranged man ‘troubles’ family 
Police blamed for reaching late
Chandigarh, April 8
The police seems to have failed to live up to its slogan “We care for you”. A case here is self-explanatory as despite repeated calls, the police failed to reach a house in Sector 11 in time, where a reportedly mentally challenged man forcibly tried to gain access. To make the matters worse, the police did not take any statement of the family, which had undergone a harrowing time, and let the man go.

2 booked for kidnapping minor girl
Mohali, April 8
The local police yesterday booked two persons for allegedly kidnapping a minor girl from Jagatpura Faida village in Mohali.

The vehicles that were damaged by a CTU bus near the PCA stadium in Mohali CTU bus runs amok 
Injures six, damages vehicles 
Mohali, April 8
At least six persons were seriously injured and vehicles damaged when a callously driven low-floor bus of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) went out of control while negotiating a turn near the PCA stadium in Phase X here this afternoon.

The vehicles that were damaged by a CTU bus near the PCA stadium in Mohali  on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu


SPORTS

Golf academy for Mohali 
Layout plan of the academy Mohali, April 8
Recreational-cum-sports activity in periphery of Chandigarh is all set to get a boost. The greater mohali area development authority (GMADA) has approved city’s first gold academy on nine acres of land in Phase XI here.

Layout plan of the academy 

70 executives for CEO golf tournament
Chandigarh, April 8
More than 70 top executives from across the country and representatives from key embassies and consulates will converge on the par 72 greens of the Panchkula Golf Club for the first TiE CEO Golf Tournament on April 11.

Sachin Kumar of Chandigarh returns a shot during the under-14 quarterfinals Easy wins for seeded players
Mohali, April 8
Seeded players in the boys’ under-12 age category won their respective quarterfinals to enter semifinals of the Total Tennis AITA Talent Series, which will be played at Manav Mangal Smart School. Phase 10, here tomorrow.



Sachin Kumar of Chandigarh returns a shot during the under-14 quarterfinals. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

U-15 cricket trials on April 11
Panchkula, April 8
The Cricket Federation of Haryana will conduct under-15 Cricket Trials on April 11 at 3 pm at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium, Sector 3, to select probables for the 2nd All-India Under-15 National 20-20 Federation Cup to be held in Chennai from April 24 to 27. The championship is being organised by the Cricket Federation of Tamilnadu (Regd.).

Jeev to pair with Tiger in Augusta Masters
Chandigarh, April 8
Jeev Milkha Singh will play alongside world number one and four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods when he tees off for the Augusta Masters Tournament in Georgia tomorrow.

Night cricket from April 20
Chandigarh, April 8
A day and night cricket tournament will be organised at Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, from April 20.

Kickboxing championship from today
Chandigarh, April 8
As many as 500 players from across India will be participating in the Kickboxing National Championship being organised by the Amateur Chandigarh Kickboxing National Championship (ACKBA) from April 9 to 12 in the Sector 10 skating rink.

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