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Auto-Rickshaw Row
Protesters damage HR bus; 18 held

Chandigarh, April 15
The ongoing strike by auto-rickshaw operators of the tricity took a violent turn after some members of the agitating auto-rickshaw union allegedly damaged a Haryana Roadways bus here today. The Chandigarh police later arrested 18 members of the union. A case under Sections 353, 186, 147 and 149 of the IPC and Section 31 (e) Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984 has been registered at the Mani Majra police station here.
The Haryana Roadways bus that was damaged allegedly by agitating auto-rickshaw activists; and (right) drivers protest at the circus ground, Sector 17, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

When unqualified hands pick college principals
Chandigarh, April 15
MLA and non-teaching employees select college principals in Punjab. Startled? But that is how Panjab University has selected over seven principals for various state-based colleges. In a complaint submitted to the Chancellor’s office, Tarsem Bahia, former senator, Panjab University, has highlighted blatant violation of selection norms by posting some “incompetent” persons in selection committees.




EARLIER STORIES

A traffic jam near ISBT rotary in Sector 22, Chandigarh
A traffic jam near ISBT rotary in Sector 22, Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik
Leaves strewn across the road after an evening duststorm in Chandigarh
Leaves strewn across the road after an evening duststorm in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Smouldering Tinderbox-I
Motor markets —

Inflammable material lies unattended at the motor market in Mani Majra A recipe for disaster

Chandigarh, April 15
The recent death of four persons in a devastating fire in Sector 22-B market has not been a reason enough for the administration to wake up to the high risk of fire accidents in city markets owing to deficient fire safety norms.


Inflammable material lies unattended at the motor market in Mani Majra. A Tribune photograph

Dying Charity
Jagdish Lal Ahuja hands out fruits and biscuits to the poor at GMCH-32, Chandigarh, Down, but not out

Chandigarh, April 15
Old habits die hard! This adage seems apt for city-based philanthropist Jagdish Lal Ahuja, who even after shutting down the langar that he ran outside the PGI and the GMCH-32 for nine years, distributed biscuits and fruits today to hundreds of people who came looking for a meal.

Jagdish Lal Ahuja hands out fruits and biscuits to the poor at GMCH-32, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. A Tribune photo

A clarification
This is to clarify that in the article titled “Ambedkar’s birth anniversary celebrated” dated April 14 2009, the event was organised by Dr. Ambedkar study circle and was held at Sector 37. Chief guest on the occasion was Justice Jitender Chauhan who highlighted the need to educate girl child and promote health education. — TNS




COMMUNITY

Army circumvents CIC ruling on releasing inquiry details
Chandigarh, April 15
Circumventing the decision of the Central Information Commission (CIC) asking the Army to supply a copy of the court of inquiry proceedings to the brother of a deceased soldier, the Army has referred the issue to the Ministry of Defence for legal opinion.

Retrieving money from Swiss accounts
Gandhi family causing delay: BJP wing

President of the BJYM Amit Thakar addresses mediapersons along with Vineet Joshi (national media cell in charge) at the Chandigarh Press Club Chandigarh, April 15
Pegging the quantum of Indian black money in the Swiss banks up to Rs 70,000,00 crore, president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Amit Thakar today accused the Gandhi-Nehru family of “pressurising” the Congress-led government in going slow on the issue of bringing back the money to India.

President of the BJYM Amit Thakar addresses mediapersons along with Vineet Joshi (national media cell in charge) at the Chandigarh Press Club on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Mock drill soon to check arrangements
Chandigarh, April 15
Chandigarh Election Commission held a special meeting with all Assistant Electoral Registration Officers (AERO) to review the arrangements regarding the forthcoming Lok Sabha poll scheduled for May 13. The meeting held here today was convened by RK Rao, Additional Chief Electoral Officer and Returning Officer of Chandigarh Parliamentary seat.

Voters without photo IDs
Produce document, cast ballot

Chandigarh, April 15
Voters who do not have the electors photo identity cards (EPIC) of the Election Commission can exercise their right to franchise on the production of a document establishing their identities.

700 take part in science seminar
Chandigarh, April 15
To commemorate the World Biomedical Laboratory Science Day today, biomedical laboratory technologists of Chandigarh and its adjoining states organised its Vth Chandigarh Chapter and scientific seminar-cum-CME at PGI here today.

Mega projects: Home secy meets CVC officials
Chandigarh, April 15
The much-publicised Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) inquiry into the controversial mega projects of the Chandigarh administration, which saw the slugfest between the UT Administrator and his adviser Pradip Mehra reaching a point of no return, is finally gathering momentum.

Fiza addresses mediapersons outside the Punjab police headquarters in Sector 9, Chandigarh Fiza gets raw deal from DGP office
Chandigarh, April 15
Anuradha Bali (now Fiza), the estranged ladylove and the second wife of Chand Mohammed, alias Chander Mohan, today accused the Punjab police of inaction on her complaint lodged against Chand.


Fiza addresses mediapersons outside the Punjab police headquarters in Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Wheat crop on 22 acres destroyed in fire
A farmer shows burnt wheat after a fire broke out in a field at Safipur village, Mohali, Mohali, April 15
Wheat crop on over 22 acres, which was ready for harvest, was destroyed in a fire, causing a loss of around Rs 2.25 lakh to farmers of two villages here today.





A farmer shows burnt wheat after a fire broke out in a field at Safipur village, Mohali, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Faulty planning poses health risk to society members
Chandigarh, April 15
Rainwater on the adjoining area of Goodwill Enclave Society-49, Chandigarh, that has forced residents to leave in insanitary conditions The “dream project” of the UT Administrator and Punjab Governor, Gen SF Rodrigues (retd), for rehabilitating slum-dwellers at Sector 49 in 4-acre land has virtually shattered the “dreams” of members of Goodwill Enclave Society-49, who want to live in good conditions.


Rainwater on the adjoining area of Goodwill Enclave Society-49, Chandigarh, that has forced residents to leave in insanitary conditions. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

RLA auction defies recession
‘0001’ taken for Rs 4.86 lakh 
Chandigarh, April 15
Are Chandigarhians reeling under the effects of global recession? Well if one had a chance to witness the auction of “VVIP” numbers of CH 04 J series at the RLA today, they would answer it in the negative. For, there are still many in the city who are willing to pay the cost of a new Hyundai or a Swift car to claim a fancy registration number.

e wild wild web
Web 3.0: Next generation Internet

The web now has version numbers. About three years ago, amid continued hand-wringing over the dot-com bust or crash of 2001, Dale Dougherty dreamed up something called Web 2.0, and the idea soon took on a life of its own. In the beginning, it was little more than a rallying cry, a belief that the Internet would rise again. But it has become so strong that it succeeded in challenging the traditional (mainstream) media at least in the West. As the Web 2.0 is on way to percolate in India, the bloggers are already abuzz with talk of the Web’s next generation, Web 3.0.

Power dept truck catches fire
Chandigarh, April 15
A driver and a lineman of the UT electricity department had a miraculous escape today when the mini truck of the UT electricity department, they were traveling in, caught fire in Sector 21 here. The flames were doused within minutes by the fire tenders, which reached the spot.

CTWA mourns Umrao’s death
Chandigarh, April 15
Executive committee members of the Chandigarh Tug of War Association have mourned the death of veteran Congress leader and sports administrator Padam Bhushan Umrao Singh.

Tributes paid to Hindi litterateur
Panchkula, April 15
Noted literary luminaries from Tricity paid rich tributes to legendary Hindi litterateur, Padmabhushan Vishnu Parbhakar, at a commemorative function organised by the Haryana Sahitya Akademy here today.

18 registered letters go missing
Zirakpur, April 15
Thieves have not even spared a post office now. A theft was reported from the Dhakoli post office where bundles of posts were found to be missing on Wednesday. According to sources, postmaster of the Dhakoli post office, Raj Kumar, stated that he had locked the post office on Monday evening.

EDUCATION

Council grants Rs 3 lakh for workshops
Patiala, April 15
Punjabi University’s NSS co-ordinator, Dr Paramvir Singh, has been assigned the task of organising five workshops on “Disaster Preparedness” in different districts of Punjab by the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST), Chandigarh.

PU don to attend Queen’s reception
Chandigarh, April 15
Gaurav Gaur, a city-based Commonwealth Youth Ambassador for Positive Living, has been invited to attend Queen Elizabeth’s reception in Buckingham Palace, London, on April 28. The reception is being hosted in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Commonwealth.

Update students with modern trends: Rodrigues
Chandigarh, April 15
Punjab Governor and UT administrator SF Rodrigues while presiding over a meeting of board of governors of Punjab Public School (PPS), Nabha, here today called for involving students in the day-to-day management of the institution to enable them to imbibe qualities of good governance and ownership.

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

‘Brain mapping not enough to tackle crime’
Patiala, April 15
The department of forensic science, Punjabi University, organised a special lecture by Dr CR Mukandan, adviser to the directorate of forensic science, the Ministry of Home Affairs, on “Application of brain profiling in crime investigation” at the Senate Hall here today.

Fear of theft grips Sunny Enclave
Kharar, April 15
A series of thefts in the past two months are giving sleepless nights to the residents of Sunny Enclave near Desu Majra. In the past two months, more than eight incidents of theft have been reported in the area.

1 booked for stealing 70-kg copper
Lalru, April 15
An employee of a Lalru-based steel company has been booked for stealing 70 kg copper from the factory premises yesterday. According to the police, the factory officials alleged that Manjit Singh, who had been working as a cleaner from long time, fled away with 70 kg copper stolen from the factory on Sunday.

Body found on railway track
Dera Bassi, April 15
An unidentified body was found on the Ambala-Kalka railway track here yesterday.

Rickshaw-puller killed for Rs 1,000
Ropar, April 15
The police arrested three youths for killing a rickshaw puller for mere Rs 1,000.

24 fall ill after taking midday meal 
Ambala, April 15
Around 24 children of Government Primary School, Rola Heri, fell ill after consuming midday meal served today in the school.

COURTS

Court acquits rape accused
Chandigarh, April 15
Additional district and sessions judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi today acquitted Ashok Kumar in a rape case after the victim was found incapable of making statement before the court.

CRIME

Punjab AG clerk run over by bus
Chandigarh, April 15
Gopal Krishan, a clerk in the Accountant-General, Punjab, was crushed to death under a Punjab Roadways bus near Tribune Chowk this morning. The 31-year-old victim reportedly died on the spot.

The window of bathroom from where 14-year-old domestic help Pushpa hanged herself using her ‘dupatta’ at a house in Panchkula on Tuesday. A part of the ‘dupatta’ is still tied with the handle of the windo Employer booked; rape not confirmed
Panchkula, April 15
While the police has registered a case against Vikas Seth, a resident of Sector 20, under Section 306 of the IPC for abetting suicide of Pushpa, a domestic help, the situation in the area still remains tense.

The window of bathroom from where 14-year-old domestic help Pushpa hanged herself using her ‘dupatta’ at a house in Panchkula on Tuesday. A part of the ‘dupatta’ is still tied with the handle of the window. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Man arrested for cheating
Chandigarh, April 15
The police arrested a Maloya resident on charges of cheating who withdrew Rs 13,000 from the account of a Sector 24 resident through his ATM card. The accused told the man that the ATM was not working when he was in the process of making a transaction and later used the password fed in the machine to withdraw the money, said the police.

Theft at judge’s house
Mohali, April 15
Thieves decamped with important documents, including bank cheque books, and cash from the house of an Additional Sessions Judge in Sector 69 here today.

Sec-34 man robbed, 3 booked
Chandigarh, April 15
Three unidentified occupants of a car robbed a city-based businessman of his bag containing around Rs 2 lakh late tonight in front of his residence in Sector 34.

Elderly waylaid, robbed of gold ring
Panchkula, April 15
After looting a HUDA official on the knife point last week, four youths again waylaid a 70-year-old resident of Sector 17 in the wee hours today and took away his gold ring here. Victim Brij Mohan was returnig to his home in Sector 17 after a morning walk in Yavnika Garden in Sector 5.

SPORTS

A girls’ doubles match in progress during the AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament at the tennis stadium, Sector 10, Chandigarh Ajay to face Suraj in semis
Chandigarh, April 15
Second seed Ajay Yadav defeated the sixth seed Maninder of Haryana in straight sets 6-4, 6-1 in the boys under-16 singles quarter-final of the AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament being organized by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association at the Sector 10 Tennis Stadium here today.

A girls’ doubles match in progress during the AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament at the tennis stadium, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

33 probables for Chennai camp
Panchkula, April 15
The Cricket Federation of Haryana affiliated to the Cricket Federation of India announced the 33 probables for the coaching camp for the coming All-India under-15 nationals to be held in Chennai (Tamil Nadu) from April 24 to 27.

146 to tee off today
Chandigarh, April 15
One hundred and fortysix golfers will converge on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club tomorrow to vie for seven age-group titles at stake in the eighth Chandigarh Amateur Golf Championship to be held on April 16 and 17.

Players in action during a semifinal between Guru Gobind Sports Club, Dadu Majra, and Doon International School, Mohali, in Chandigarh Guru Gobind Sports Club win final
Chandigarh, April 15
The Guru Gobind Sports Club, Dadumajra, got the better of the Kharar Club 3-2 in a final of the football tournament being organised by the Guru Gobind Sports Club here today on the Guru Dronacharya Stadium ground in Dadumajra.

Players in action during a semifinal between Guru Gobind Sports Club, Dadu Majra, and Doon International School, Mohali, in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: S.Chandan

Under-15 cricket trials tomorrow
Chandigarh, April 15
The Cricket Federation of Chandigarh will conduct under-15 Cricket Trials on April 17 at 3.30 pm at Banyan Tree School, Sector 48-A, to select probables for the forthcoming 2nd All-India under-15 National 20-20 Federation Cup to be held at Chennai from April 24 to 27.

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