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Sec 22 Fire Incident
Emotions take backseat as admn gets officious

Kin reluctant on postmortem, but agree later
Chandigarh, April 10
Emotions ultimately had to take a backseat to officiousness today. After failing to get the possession of his 22-year-old son, Manoj Kumar’s body without getting the postmortem done due to official formalities, Mahipal reluctantly gave his consent to do so “as per the law”.
Mother and sister of Manoj Kumar, who died in the fire tragedy at Sector 22 Mother and sister of Manoj Kumar, who died in the fire tragedy at Sector 22 on Thursday.
A Tribune photograph

Goods worth Rs 5-cr gutted
60 wedding videos believed to be lost
Chandigarh, April 10
Not only the shopkeepers, but scores of petty professionals lost their livelihood in yesterday’s fire that broke out in Sector 22-B market. Astounded by the loss worth crores, the shopkeepers watched the smoke bellowing out of the smoldering shops till early morning.

Lack of coordination among rescuers
Chandigarh, April 10
As photography equipment, including sophisticated machines and goods, worth about Rs 5 crore were gutted in the fire that broke in Sector 22-B on Thursday, survivors of the tragedy alleged unnecessary delay, lack of coordination between rescuing teams resulting in loss of four lives.


Shops had encroached upon verandahs
Chandigarh, April 10
Disaster in waiting! Façades blocked with billboards and glazing has turned the Sector 22-B market into a tinderbox, where a fire claimed four lives on last night. A visit to the market, which was dotted with grave violations, was enough to suggest the reason behind the huge loss caused by the fire.

Firemen braved flames to rescue those stuck
Chandigarh, April 10
Display of courage by fire brigade personnel led to save many lives in the fire incident of Sector 22 here yesterday night. Though a majority of the personnel involved in the operation suffered minor injuries, all of them had satisfaction on their faces.
Sector 22 fire, a day after

Disproportionate Assets
Ex-Chief Engineer Jerath convicted
Chandigarh, April 10
CBI’s Special Court of Jagdeep Jain has convicted former Chief Engineer, KK Jerath, for possessing wealth disproportionate to his known source of income after 10 years trial. The investigating officer had given some benefits to the accused on which the court observed, “The investigating officer is not to conduct the inquiry but to collect the evidence.

Rodrigues, Kidwai not registered voters
Chandigarh, April 10
With Punjab and Haryana Raj Bhawans, Sector 6 happens to be an all-important location in the City Beautiful. This sector is virtually the symbol of the country’s vibrant democracy as governors of the two states reside here, but surprisingly it doesn’t have a single registered voter, if one goes by the official website of the UT Election Commission.

Capt Kanwaljit’s protege Sharma joins SAD
Zirakpur, April 10
Late Capt Kanwaljit Singh’s family may be further cut to size in the Punjab politics with Zirakpur MC president NK Sharma formally joining the SAD in presence of Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal at a rally here today.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal presents a siropa to Zirakpur MC president NK Sharma at a rally in Zirakpur on Friday. Also seen is Prem Singh Chandumajra (left) Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal presents a siropa to Zirakpur MC president NK Sharma at a rally in Zirakpur

Company told to replace defective vehicle
Chandigarh, April 10
Selling a defective car has cost General Motors in Gurgaon dear. Holding the motor company guilty of deficiency in services, the Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the company to pay compensation for Rs 50,000 with directions to replace the vehicle as well.


Auto-rickshaw operators hold agitation
Hundreds of commuters left high and dry
Chandigarh\Mohali\Panchkula, April 10
Hundreds of commuters were left high and dry as auto-rickshaw operators, as a mark of protest, did not pick people and organised a protest rally near the Sector 17 parade ground in Chandigarh.

Auto-rickshaw drivers of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula protest against the ban on the plying of auto-rickshaws without valid permits, at Parade Ground in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Auto-rickshaw drivers of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula protest against the ban on the plying of auto-rickshaws without valid permits, at Parade Ground in Sector 17, Chandigarh

Parties plan to invite political bigwigs
Chandigarh, April 10
Political bigwigs are set to add spice to the otherwise dull election campaign in the city. Even as the poll campaign picks up, the BJP and the BSP have chalked put an elaborate plan to invite senior leaders in a bid to woo the voters.

Politicians must address real issues
Rather than focussing on real issues, politicians are busy commenting on each other. The issues like global meltdown, state education, unemployment and accountability have never been dealt. Privatisation had been benefitting the society but making the education industry dependent on private players has led to a sorry state.

Manjit Singh, Ashwini Kumar Bansal, DP Azad
Manjit Singh   Ashwini Kumar   Bansal DP Azad

Communal violence must be condemned
Communal violence should be condemned in my opinion. The prevailing government has given a clean chit to those who have hurt the sentiments of people. Principles of equality have to be followed and communal politics has to be erased completely in order to let the real democracy function.

Varun Goyal, Prashant Shrama, Kunal Kumar
Varun Goyal    Prashant Shrama    Kunal Kumar

Jain criticises proposal to impose house tax
Chandigarh, April 10
The BJP candidate from Chandigarh, Satya Pal Jain, yesterday criticised the proposal to impose house tax in Chandigarh on the advice of the Finance Commission in spite of the fact that the Chandigarh Municipal Council has Rs 500 crore in its bank account.

Professionals launch ‘let’s vote’ campaign
Membership crosses three digits
Panchkula, April 10
With an aim to work as a pressure group to stem the rot in the governance in the country, the initiative taken by a local youth has started taking shape as the “Nav Bharat Jan Jaagran Manch”.

Complainant roughed up by drunk power dept staff
Chandigarh, April 10
Troubled by power failure at your place in the late night hours! Think many times before going to seek help from the UT electricity department’s complaint centres. Chances are that you get hurled at choicest of abuses, roughed up and detained there by drunken officials.

Police mock drill takes residents by surprise
Chandigarh, April 10
What seemed to be a reaction to Home Minister’s recent advice to beef up its act, the UT police took the entire city by surprise today in the due course of its mock drill of a drafted contingency programme.

Stinking court complex cries for attention
Chandigarh, April 10
A visit to the courts complex, Sector 17, and one finds it difficult to walk through the stinking corridors with a whiff of urine, broken toilet seats, pathetic state of drinking water and no electricity in toilets, all in all the sorry state of affairs leaves one astounded.

Theft cases on the rise in public parks
MC plans to hire private security
Mohali, April 10
The Municipal Council authorities are worried over increasing number of thefts in public parks and are drawing up a plan to hire private security to check thefts. Theft of streetlights and metal grills from the parks had been going on for the past sometime, but thieves had now also started targeting fountains installed in green belts and the parks which had become a matter of great concern for the civic body.

Police issues notice to construction co
Seeks documents regarding safety norms
Panchkula, April 10
A day after the fall of a bus into a gorge at Pinjore, the district police has issued a notice to the construction company for negligence in maintaining the road, here today. The police has also sought documents pertaining to safety norms on the road from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the construction company was supposed to follow during the construction being carried out in the area by the company.

4-day expo on AC, refrigeration begins
Chandigarh, April 10
An exposition on air conditioning and refrigeration, Coolex 2009, was inaugurated by Kamlesh Banarsi Das, Mayor of Chandigarh at Kisan Bhawan, here this evening. As many as 15 exhibitors are showcasing their niche products during this four-day exhibition.

Ghazal maestro enthrals senior citizens
Chandigarh, April 10
Senior citizens relished ghazals and songs by playback singer Vinod Sehgal at Radhawa auditorium here today. Many of them, defying their age, even ventured to dance as the Chandigarh Senior Citizens’ Association celebrated its raising day.

Training seminar for Rotarians begins
Chandigarh, April 10
A two-day training seminar for the presidents and secretaries of the 72 Rotary Clubs of Punjab, Haryana, Uttranchal, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh organised by the Rotary International District 3080 began today at Hotel Park Inn.


Ex-DC seeks to set aside transfer orders
Chandigarh, April 10
Rajender Kumar Kataria, former Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Panchkula has filed an application before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) wherein he has sought for setting aside the orders of his transfer from the post of DC, Panchkula.

40 city students to join IIM
Chandigarh, April 10
Over 40 students from the city got final admission calls from IIMs today, with the girls outshining the boys. The students have secured a seat in the Indian Institute of Management situated in seven cities Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Indore, Kozhikode and Shillong.

Students protest laptop thefts
Chandigarh, April 10
The ABVP protested against the repeated laptop thefts in hostels at Panjab University. Around 80 students, participating in the protest, demanded beefing up of security arrangements and compensation for the victims.


Conference on information technology ends
Patiala, April 10
A conference on ‘Recent Advances and Future Trends in Information Technology (RAFIT-09)’ concluded here today. Dr Gurpreet Singh Lehal, head of the department and director, Advance Centre for Punjabi Language Development said various delegates participated in the conference.

Job quota for excelling in youth activities suggested
Patiala, April 10
“Punjabi University has drawn out a proposal to be submitted to the state government for reservation in jobs for students excelling in youth activities on the pattern of existing facility available to the sportspersons,” this was stated by university Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh, while presiding over a function, organised by the directorate of Youth Welfare.

Cancer awareness camp held
Bassi Pathana, April 10
Mehar Baba Charitable Trust (MBCT) organised diabetes and cancer awareness and women empowerment camp at nearby Kotla Fazil village today. HS Mejie, advisor MBCT, inaugurated the camp.

One held in duping case
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 10
The police today arrested one person for duping a resident of Sirhind of Rs 7 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. The accused had promised to send the complainant’s brother to Australia, but instead, he had made him to board flight of Thailand, from where he returned a few days ago.

CBI counsel fined Rs 10,000
Ambala, April 10
Special judge of the CBI Court, Haryana, AK Verma, pulled up the CBI counsel for not appearing in a case for the last one year even after issuing of repeated summon by the court. The judge imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the CBI counsel in two appeal cases of RD Sharma. 

Drug-seller arrested
Bassi Pathana, April 10
The police today arrested a drug peddler and recovered 250g of opium from him. A police party had erected a naka near Mahadian village. When it signalled a two-wheeler to stop for checking, the driver tried to speed away, but the police overpowered him. During search operations, opium was found from him.

Seminar on pharmaceutical education
Rajpura, April 10
Swift School of Pharmacy (SSP), Rajpura, today organised a seminar on present and future trends and opportunities of pharmaceutical education. Pharmacy professionals from different parts of the country attended the seminar.


HC wants ‘habitual’ litigants to mend ways
Chandigarh, April 10
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that “habitual and incorrigible litigants” need to mend their ways. The observations came on a petition filed by Ram Saran Dass and other petitioners. They were seeking compensation for violation of their fundamental rights “due to faulty system”.


1 booked for assault
Mohali, April 10
The local police today registered a case of assault against a Mohali resident on the complaint of Dharam Singh, a resident of Mataur village. According to the police, the complainant alleged that the incident took place around 8.45 pm when he was returning back to his home with his friends in a car.


City lad shines in national equestrian event
Chandigarh, April 10
City equestrian Govind Singh Sandhu, bagging a gold and two bronze medals, continued with his winning streak in the national-level Delhi Horse Show (DHS) held at New Delhi recently. Last year too, he had bagged three medals in this show. However, not performing up to his expectation in the jumping event has left the shade of disappointment on his face.                   
Govind Singh Sandhu

Govind Singh Sandhu

Mansoor clinches kickboxing title
Chandigarh, April 10
The All-India Kickboxing Cup, hosted by the city first time, commenced at the Sector 10 Skating Rink here today. The tournament is being organised by the Amateur Chandigarh Kickboxing Association.

Sagar of Maharashtra kicks his rival Ram Nath Yadav of Delhi during the All-India Kickboxing Cup on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Sagar of Maharashtra kicks his rival Ram Nath Yadav of Delhi during the All-India Kickboxing Cup

Sachin bags two titles

Mohali, April 10
Sachin Kumar had a double delight as he bagged two titles on the final day of the AITA Total Tennis talent series, which concluded here at Manav Mangal Smart School, Phase 10, on Friday.

The winners of the AITA Total Tennis talent series with their trophies in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

The winners of the AITA Total Tennis talent series with their trophies in Chandigarh

AFI to host three Prix Series
Chandigarh, April 10
The Athletics Federation of India will conduct three Grand Prix Series-2009 in South. Announcing this AFI secretary Dr Lalit Bhanot said athletes winning first three places in each event would get cash prizes and for relay events there would be no prize money.

Satluj beat St Xavier’s by 101 runs
Chandigarh, April 10
Satluj Public School, Panchkula, got the better of St Xavier’s School, Panchkula, by 101 runs in a league match of the first U-13 Saupin’s Gold Cup Cricket Tournament played here at a Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, on Friday.

Tennis tourney from April 13
Chandigarh, April 10
As many as 170 participants for four events from across India have confirmed their participation for the IDBI AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament being organised by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) from April 13 to 17.


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