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Jerath gets three-yr RI
CBI court orders to confiscate his property
Chandigarh, April 11
The CBI Special Court of Jagdeep Jain has sentenced former chief engineer K.K. Jerath to three-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) for possessing wealth disproportionate to his known source of income.

Tragedy averted at level crossing
Rly employee leaves gate open, alert train driver applies brakes
Panchkula, April 11
An alert drier of the Pashchim Express averted a major tragedy today when a gateman at the railway crossing on the Pinjore-Baddi road left the gate open when the train was about to pass.

PU student, brother nabbed for laptop theft
Admit to stealing 15 laptops from hostels
Chandigarh April 11
The special crime investigation cell of the police claims to have solved the case of regular thefts of laptops from PU hostels.

Golf ‘Links’

Jaswant Khera, DSP, South, “captured” using his “official perks” for recreation at the Golf Club in Chandigarh on Saturday.

His driver waits for him in his official jeep outside the club. Jaswant Khera, DSP, South, “captured” using his “official perks” for recreation at the Golf Club in Chandigarh on Saturday. While his personal security officer doubles up as a caddie for him, his driver (below) waits for him in his official jeep outside the club. — Tribune photos: Vinay Malik



Professional blood donors face jail
Chandigarh, April 11
Professional blood donors may soon find themselves behind bars. The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) has finally prepared the draft of the National Blood Transfusion Services Act 2007, under which those found donating blood in exchange for money will have to face rigorous imprisonment for six months and a hefty fine.

Pind Bachao panel readies demand charter
Chandigarh, April 11
The heat is turning on in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections with every party trying to cash in on their strength of voters. As a testimony, members of the Pind Bachao Committee, with Angrez Singh Badheri as its president, held a public meeting in Sector 42 today.
Members of the Pind Bachaoo Committee during a public meeting at Attawa village on Saturday. A Tribune photograph
Members of the Pind Bachaoo Committee during a public meeting at Attawa village on Saturday.

Poll Code Violation
BJP to complain against Bansal
Chandigarh, April 11
The BJP is planning to file a complaint to Chief Election Commission, New Delhi, against Congress Union minister Pawan Kumar Bansal for making announcements in violation of the election code of conduct.

Cong has failed on all fronts: Jain
Chandigarh, April 11
BJP candidate Satya Pal Jain and Congress candidate Pawan Bansal organised a series of meetings here today. During a padyatra in the Sector 23 and Sector 40 market, Jain asked residents of Chandigarh to hold the Congress accountable for its unfulfilled promises in the past five years.

Brahmin Sabha denies ties with BSP
Chandigarh, April 11
Following news reports of a Brahman Maha Sammelan being organised by the BSP in Bhagwan Shri Parsuram Bhavan in Sector 37 on April 12, the Shri Brahmin Sabha has denied any inclination to the BSP.

Sector 22 Fire Tragedy
Double whammy for traders
Goods in shops were not insured
Chandigarh, April 11
The fire tragedy in the Sector 22 market two days back, apparently due to electric short-circuit, brought with it agony for the traders. For, hardly any trader had got his equipment insured. Consequently, the loss, running in crores, will be solely their.

The maze of electricity wires on a pole supplying power to SCOs in Sector 22. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
The maze of electricity wires on a pole supplying power to SCOs in Sector 22.

Bylaws don’t matter for shops
Chandigarh, April 11
Though the fire incident in Sector-22 indeed turned out to be devastating in terms of four deaths and loss of property and equipments worth lakhs, if one goes deep into the reasons, it’s evident that the tragedy was waiting to happen.

A policeman inspects dingy staircases at one of the SCOs in Sector 22, Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph
A policeman inspects dingy staircases at one of the SCOs in Sector 22, Chandigarh.

Firemen fail to get their dues
Chandigarh, April 11
Even as the personnel of the Chandigarh Fire Brigade put their lives at grave risk, they continue to get a raw deal from the Municipal Corporation.

Emergency ward work at a snail’s pace
Chandigarh, April 11
It’s been three years since work on the construction of emergency ward of Sector 22 Community Health Centre (CHC) commenced but it still remains incomplete. And what is surprising is that senior officials of the health department are totally ignorant about its projected date of completion since the concerned file has gone missing.

Construction work on at the emergency ward of the Sector 22 Community Health Centre. A Tribune photograph
Construction work on at the emergency ward of the Sector 22 Community Health Centre.

Road linking city-Mohali opens
Mohali, April 11
As far as the road infrastructure and inter-city connectivity is concerned, the town is no more a poor cousin of Chandigarh. A vital 2.2 km-long road link that provides an alternative link between Sector 48, Chandigarh, and Industrial Area, Phase IX, Mohali, has been opened to traffic.

Revised pension eludes ex-servicemen
Chandigarh, April 11
A number of ex-servicemen have complained that their pensions have not been revised following the implementation of the Six Pay Commission and they continue to get pension at the old rates. Some ex-servicemen are still to get their pension arrears.

Old Yadavindrians elect president
Chandigarh, April 11
AYOSA (Aitchison/Yadavindra Old Students Association) unanimously elected Major (Retd) Onkar Narain Singh Phoolka as the President. Major Phulka, who passed out with the first batch of 1949 from YPS Patiala, was, prior to the Partition a student of the Aitchison College at Lahore.

Water woes
Every year, there is an acute shortage of drinking water in Mohali town, but no sincere efforts are made by the authorities in this regard.


PU to save reappear students’ one year
Chandigarh, April 11
According to a decision taken by Panjab University syndicate, students of UILS and UIT will be liable to appear in odd and even subjects, simultaneously, in case of a reappear.

Interactive session with parents held
Mohali, April 11
An interactive session for the parents of the St Soldier’s School students was held on the school premises here.


SDO suspended for resuming snapped connection
Rajpura, April 11
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has suspended sub-divisional officer (SDO) for resuming a snapped electricity connection without taking the fine from the owner of a cold storage.

Jilted lover throws acid on woman
Rajpura, April 11
A jilted lover threw acid on a woman, who received 40 per cent burns and is undergoing treatment at the local civil hospital.

Pbi varsity exams deferred
Patiala, April 11
In the wake of rehearsals for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, Punjabi University, Patiala, has postponed examinations of the following classes to be held from April 15 onwards, with centres and time schedules remaining the same:

NRI distributes scholarships
Patiala, April 11
Amarjit Singh Marwaha, NRI based in the USA, distributed scholarships worth Rs 60,000 among meritorious and needy students of Government Mohindra College here yesterday.

Four of family hurt in mishap
Bassi Pathana, April 11
Four persons of a family from Chandigarh were injured seriously when their car collided head on with a jeep here this morning. The car was badly damaged. Residents of the town saved the family as they rushed to the spot immediately and dragged out the injured and took them to the civil hospital.

Electricity Supply
UHBVN to install five sub-stations
Kalka, April 11
To improve the electricity supply especially in the rural area of Kalka sub-division, the department of UHBVN is soon going to install five sub-stations in Doon and Raitan area of the Kalka sub-division.

Railway unit reconstructs 108 locomotives
Patiala, April 11
A production unit of the Railways, Diesel Loco Modernisation Works, celebrated 54th railway week here today.
A function was organised in which chief administrative officer of DMW Ashwani Kumar Malhotra was the chief guest.

Father of homoeopathy remembered
Patiala, April 11
The Homeopathic Education and Research Foundation, Patiala, organised a seminar and celebrated the 254th birthday of founder of homeopathy Dr CFS Hahnemann at the Central State Library here yesterday.

4 booked for scuffle
Rajpura, April 11
The Rajpura police booked four residents of Ludhiana for creating a ruckus in a residential area here today. The police has booked Bhagwan, Anand Chander Mishra, Rajeev Mishra and Ajay Mishra for entering in a scuffle with the family members of Harjeet Kaur who got married to Sanjeev last year.

Speeding car kills man
Lalru, April 11
A 35-year-old man was killed in a road accident on the Derabassi-Ambala highway near the Jharmari toll tax barrier here on last night.

Athletics Meet
City college bag trophy
Patiala, April 11
Gian Sagar Medical College has bagged running trophy in the athletics meet that concluded here today.
The trophy was awarded to the athletes at the function held on its grounds near here today.

Office-bearers elected
Bassi Pathana, April 11
The following were unanimously elected as office-bearers of the Hindu Organisation during its annual general house meeting.


Man, son booked for land fraud
Mohali, April 11
The district police has booked two persons for fraud on the complaint of Ravneet Singh, a resident of Sector 11, Chandigarh. Suspects have been identified as Hari Singh and Guravtar Singh, both resident of Sector 11-A, Chandigarh.

Three booked for fraud
Mohali, April 11
The local police booked three persons in a fraud case today on the complaint of Abhishek Abrol, a resident of Sector 29, Chandigarh.

2 bikes recovered; one held
Chandigarh, April 11
The police today arrested a Sector 44 resident and claimed to have recovered two motorcycles from him.


Rawal, Beniwal get wild card
Chandigarh, April 11
Local lad Nischay Rawal along with Arjun Kadhe (Maharashtra), Anshu Kumar Bhuyan (Assam) and Suraj Beniwal (Haryana) have been awarded wild cards in the under-16 boy’s singles of the IDBI AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament held at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association Stadium and Lake Club courts here.

Desari, Saran lift TiE Golf title
Chandigarh, April 11
Raj Desai and Ajit Saran won a close fight to clinch the first TiE CEO Golf team title by a margin of one point on the par-72 greens of the Panchkula Golf Club today.

Shashank guides GNPS to win
Chandigarh, April 11
Gullible bowling attack of off spinner Shashank Chhabra and left-arm spinner Veerkaran Goyal made Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS) Academy drubbed the Mohali Cricket Association (MCA) Academy by eight wickets in the final of the Under-16 Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament for the APJ Trophy on the GNPS ground at Sector 36 here today.

Gold Cup
Saupin's academy beat St Xavier School
Chandigarh, April 11
Saupin's Cricket Academy, Chandigarh, outplayed St Xavier School, Panchkula, by nine wickets to win the last league match and qualify for the semifinal of the first U-13 Saupin’s Gold Cup Cricket Tournament held at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, here today.


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