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4 die in Sector 22 fire
A scene of fire at a showroom in Sector 22 market 2 showrooms gutted, exact loss yet to be ascertained
 Chandigarh, April 9
Four persons were killed in a devastating fire in the Sector 22-B market opposite the ISBT-17 here this night. The fire, which first engulfed the first floor of the SCO 1026 housing Dashmesh Digital Shop and later spread to the adjoining Shimla Traders (SCO 1027), spread panic in the bustling market having several photo-processing labs.
Fire tenders late by an hour
Waiting for a tragedy?
the crowd look at the extent of damage. A scene of fire at a showroom in Sector 22 market; and (right) the crowd look at the extent of damage. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari









EARLIER STORIES

Overloaded bus rolls down gorge
Pinjore college student killed, 60 hurt
Kalka/Panchkula, April 9
A 24-year-old student was killed while more than 60 students of Braham Rishi College of Education, Pinjore, injured, many of them seriously, when an overloaded bus rolled down a deep gorge following an edge of the Pinjore-Mallah link road caved in here today.        
Victim Manjit Kaur
Victim Manjit Kaur

Holiday on April 14
Chandigarh, April 9
The UT has declared a public holiday on April 14 in the government offices, boards, corporations, institutions and educational institutions on account of birth anniversary of Dr B.R. Ambedkar.

Sikh Regiment to be affiliated with IAF’s 12 Squadron
Chandigarh, April 9
The Sikh Regiment, one of the Army’s most decorated infantry regiment, will be “affiliated” with 12 Squadron, the IAF’s oldest transport squadron. Both have a chequered history and their operational association goes back to the 1947 Kashmir operations when the first Army troops - 1 Sikh - were airlifted from Gurgaon to the Valley for the defence of Srinagar from Pakistani intruders.
Sikh Regiment officers at the annual Baisakhi Lunch organised at Chandimandir military station on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
Sikh Regiment officers at the annual Baisakhi Lunch organised at Chandimandir military station on Thursday.

A clarification
Chandigarh, April 9
In connection with a news on IT Park, ‘Sites lie vacant’, which appeared in these columns on Thursday, it was inadvertently mentioned that the second foundation had not started construction activity at the site. It is clarified that the company had already raised two-storied structure and was doing the finishing works. A spokesman of the company said work was in progress at the site.



COMMUNITY

71 autos impounded on Day 1
No alternative arrangement, commuters left high and dry
Chandigarh, April 9
Even as the UT administration started cracking the whip against the illegally-run autos from Panchkula and Mohali, hundreds of commuters, including school children, were left high and dry in the absence of any alternative mode of transport.
Cops impound illegal autos schoolchildren stranded on the way to their destinations in Chandigarh on Thursday.
Cops impound illegal autos and (right) schoolchildren stranded on the way to their destinations in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan


Nano on display impounded
Chandigarh, April 9
The Municipal Corporation today impounded the Nano put on display outside the State Bank of India at Sector 34, Chandigarh, by Joshi Auto Zone, dealer of the car, for not taking prior permission from the MC office. But on other side the impounded Nano was the source of attraction for the people and employees who were present in the corporation office.
Nano car on the premises of the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
Nano car on the premises of the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, on Thursday.

Nano booking a huge draw
Chandigarh, April 9
Thousands of people today came out to book Nano. As the bookings for the car began, people came out in huge numbers to book the car at the Tata dealerships as well as at bank branches of the SBI.

18 polling booths increased
Chandigarh, April 9
The Election Commission has decided to increase the polling booths and stations for the coming Lok Sabha elections. Earlier, the commission decided to install 404 polling booths and 171 polling stations, but now the polling booths have been increased to 422 and polling stations to 173.

Book on Asian security scenario released
Chandigarh, April 9
“Flashpoints in South Asia”, authored by Major-General Rajendra Nath (retired) and Lt Col KS Ludra (retired) was released by former Chief of the Army Staff Gen VP Malik here today. The book essentially seeks to emphasise and expand upon the fact that in the 21st century three Asian countries, India, Japan and China, along with a fourth closely located nation, Russia, would be among the major players on the global stage.

Former Chief of the Army Staff Gen VP Malik (centre) along with author Major-General Rajender Nath (right) releases “Flashpoints in South Asia” in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: 
Manoj Mahajan
Former Chief of the Army Staff Gen VP Malik (centre) along with author Major-General Rajender Nath (right) releases “Flashpoints in South Asia” in Chandigarh on Thursday.


Bike thieves’ gang busted, cop held
Chandigarh, April 9
The police today busted a gang of vehicle thieves involving a Chandigarh Police constable and claimed to have recovered nine stolen motorcycles from their possession.


The accused being taken by the police at the Sector 34 police station in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Pardeep Tewari
The accused being taken by the police at the Sector 34 police station in Chandigarh on Thursday.

‘Stress, fast-paced life can cause thyroid problems’
Chandigarh, April 9
A noted endocrinologist from the Mumbai-based Predictive Group of Homoeopathy, Dr Bandish Ambani, today cautioned the people against changing lifestyle and stress of fast-paced urban life as these led to thyroid problems.

‘Students in metros losing interest in science’
Mohali, April 9
Students in the metros were increasingly losing interest to learn science and were rather opting for lucrative career options. Due to the disturbing trend, there was a need to inculcate scientific temper among the students in the semi-urban and rural areas across the country, Prof CNR Rao, Chairman, Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister said.
Prof CNR Rao, Chairman, Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, holds an interactive session on ‘learning science’ at Shivalik Public School, Phase 6, Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu
Prof CNR Rao, Chairman, Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, holds an interactive session on ‘learning science’ at Shivalik Public School, Phase 6, Mohali.


Mohali youth drowns in NZ
Mohali, April 9
Rajdeep Singh, a 25-year-old youth of Sector 71, was drowned at Peha beach in Auckland, New Zealand. The victim had gone to New Zealand on February 16 to pursue a course in bakery at the Auckland University of Technology. The victim was the only child of his parents.
                                                                                
Rajdeep Singh
Rajdeep Singh

One more laptop stolen at PU
Students claim illegal lodging a reason for thefts
Chandigarh, April 9
In a sheer mockery of Panjab University’s tall claims of apt security, one more laptop was stolen from the boys hostel number 7 today.

Shergill is SDM (Central)
Chandigarh, April 9
P.S. Shergill, Divisional Manager, Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU), has been posted as SDM (Central) along with the additional charge of ADC and CEO of the Zila Parishad with immediate effect.

22-yr-old crushed under train
Panchkula, April 9
Talking on a mobile phone while crossing a railway track proved fatal for a youth when he reportedly could not notice a train coming towards him. The deceased has been identified as Subhash (22), a security guard posted at the Sector 12-A residence of Parliamentary Secretary Ram Kishan Gujjar. He was returning from Sector 19 after meeting his friends when the incident occurred.



EDUCATION

From Schools & Colleges
Talk on media delivered
Chandigarh, April 9
Swaraaj Chauhan, a senior journalist with the BBC World Trust (India office), delivered a talk on ethical concern over today’s media organised at Chitkara School of Mass Communication.



 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Physically challenged youth gets his due
Kharar, April 9
Twenty-year-old Gurpreet Singh beams from ear to ear with an appointment letter. He has been appointed at a clerical post with Rayat and Bahra Institute, Sahauran.
A deaf and mute youth, Gurpreet has landed into his maiden job. The son of a truck driver from Chak Sotal village, he has been deaf and mute since the age of two-and-a-half year.

Gurpreet Singh, a physically challenged youth, at Rayat and Bahra Institute in Sahauran on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu
Gurpreet Singh, a physically challenged youth, at Rayat and Bahra Institute in Sahauran on Thursday.

Ambala city, cantt courts to be merged
Ambala, April 9
The Ambala city and the Ambala cantt judicial courts will now function as one. According to a communication received by the District and Sessions Judge from the Registrar General, Punjab and Haryana High Court, the judicial officers presently posted at town and cantt will be classified as that of the city alone and the same would felicitate the distribution of the judicial work among all the judicial officers posted at the city.

Judicial court set up
Derabassi, April 9
The second judicial court was inaugurated by Justice Suryakant from the Punjab and Haryana High Court here today. The second court was established at Derabassi which has been placed at the Tehsil Complex here.

Rs 9 lakh looted at gunpoint
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 9
Two unidentified persons today looted Rs 9 lakh at gunpoint from employees of an iron merchant.
According to information, Nitin Kumar (19) and Manoj Kumar (25) were on their way from a bank to pay money to another firm.

Engg college strike enters third day
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 9
Strike of teaching and non-teaching staff of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College entered third consecutive day today.

Conference on energy management
Ropar, April 9
A two-day national conference on power system and energy management began today at IET Bhaddal.
V K Bhatia, chief engineer, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), Patiala, was the chief guest on the occasion.

200 participate in mgmt fest
Ambala, April 9
Management Fest, a congregation of budding managers, was organised at Shri Atmanand Jain Institute of Management and Technology today.

18 booked in fraud case
Dera Bassi, April 9
The local police today booked 18 persons in a fraud case on the complaint of Manohar Lal, a resident of Panchkula. The accused have been identified as Bihari Lal, Rohit Kumar, Bhagwant Rai and other 15 unidentified persons.

Petrol pump owner fined for power theft
Rajpura, April 9
Owner of a petrol pump was fined by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for tampering the electricity meter and using kundi connection.

EC slaps notice on Bittu
Anandpur Sahib, April 9
The Election Commission has served notice on Congress candidate from Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha seat Ravneet Singh Bittu for holding a political congregation at a temple in Nangal on April 3. The Anandpur Sahib SDM-cum-assistant returning officer served the notice.
— TNS


CRIME

Illegal sale of houses stains police
Cop caught taking Rs 5,000
Chandigarh, April 9
The role of Chandigarh Police has emerged in the illegal sale of houses constructed on government land in Sector 52. It is alleged that area policemen had taken huge amounts to facilitate the illegal possession of the houses.
Constable Bhupinder Singh in CBI officials’ custody in Chandigarh on Thursday. A Tribune photograph
Constable Bhupinder Singh in CBI officials’ custody in Chandigarh on Thursday.

7 held for assault
Chandigarh, April 9
Randhir Singh, a Sector 37-based advocate, was allegedly thrashed and threatened by a group of men near his residence. Based on his complaint, the police has so far arrested Archana, Suresh Kumar, Ankush, Nitesh, Sher Singh, Kuldeep, Madhu and Suman, all residents of Sector 37 and 40, and registered a case.



SPORTS

Pranav, Param reach final
Mohali, April 9
Pranav Kumar of Punjab will lock horns with tournament second seed Param Pun of Chandigarh in the boys’ under-12 final of the Total Tennis AITA Talent Series at Manav Mangal Smart School, Phase 10, here tomorrow.
Annkit and Yesh play a shot during a doubles match of the IATA Talent Tournament at Manav Mangal School, Phase 10, Mohali, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu
Annkit and Yesh play a shot during a doubles match of the IATA Talent Tournament at Manav Mangal School, Phase 10, Mohali, on Thursday.

Cricket trials on April 12
Mohali, April 9
The Cricket Federation of Punjab will conduct under-15 cricket trials on April 12 at 2 pm at DAV Public School, Phase 10, to select probables for the forthcoming 2nd All-India Under-15 National 20-20 Federation Cup to be held at Chennai (Tamil Nadu) from April 24 to 27 organised by the Cricket Federation of Tamil Nadu under the aegis of Cricket Federation of India.

Inter-corporate cricket tourney from May 2
Panchkula, April 9
The Fort Foundation will be organising the 1st Fort Ramgarh Inter-Corporate Beach Cricket Championship here at Ramgarh, Panchkula, Sector 27, from May 2 to 17.

 



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