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Day 4
Auto drivers threaten to block roads

Chandigarh, April 16
Even after three days, the deadlock between autorickshaw drivers and the UT administration continued and residents had a harrowing time following the ongoing strike. Hundreds of schoolchildren, patients and commuters have been forced to take alternative modes of transport since the strike began.

Registration of LPG autos banned
Mohali, April 16
While assuring the Chandigarh administration that all Mohali-based auto-rickshaws, operating between Chandigarh and Mohali, will switch over to LPG and CNG by August 31, the Punjab Government has failed to withdraw its own order banning registration of LPG run three-wheelers.

Smouldering Tinderbox-II
Furniture markets fail to learn
Chandigarh, April 16
Furniture and generator sets lying in the open at a furniture market in Chandigarh Two major fires in furniture markets in the past nine years and the recent blaze in Sector 22 seem to have failed to wake up the administration from its slumber and spare a thought for the safety of occupants.

Furniture and generator sets lying in the open at a furniture market in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


Cheating also goes hi-tech
UBS student barred from examination
Chandigarh, April 16
A third semester student of University Business School (UBS) has been barred from appearing in his final examinations for establishing a new milestone in hi-tech cheating.

7-yr-old girl killed in accident
Panchkula, April 16
A seven-year-old child died while another was seriously injured when a Tata 407 collided head-on with an autorickshaw on the Panchkula-Pinjore road here today.

3 brothers get life term for murder
Panchkula, April 16
Additional District and Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jindal today sentenced six persons, including three brothers, to life term for killing a 50-year-old resident of Bataud village at Barwala.


Provide details of black money to Prez: Cong to BJP
Chandigarh, April 16
Congress leader Anand Sharma (centre) along with Pawan Kumar Bansal (left) and Chandigarh Congress president BB Behl address mediapersons in Chandigarh on Thursday. Ridiculing BJPís prime ministerial candidate LK Advani for raking up the issue of black money in Swiss banks for diverting peopleís attention, the Congress today dared the saffron party to provide details about the unaccounted money stashed in tax havens to the President.

Congress leader Anand Sharma (centre) along with Pawan Kumar Bansal (left) and Chandigarh Congress president BB Behl address mediapersons in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Private firms offer gates for residentsí security
Mohali, April 16
Three private firms have expressed interest in installing gates in residential areas to check theft of vehicles that has increased recently.

Employee misbehaves with SMO
Apologises for conduct
Mohali, April 16
The SMO in charge of ESI Hospital, Phase VII, the Industrial Area, complained to the police here yesterday that an employee had misbehaved with him.

Ex-servicemen back BJP
Mohali, April 16
With elections around the corner, the Indian ex- servicemen movement has decided to throw their weight behind SAD-BJP.

Maidís Death
Kin skip protest, cremate body
Panchkula, April 16
The family of Pushpa who was found dead under mysterious circumstances cremated her body here today. The family however, dropped the plan to protests with the body of the girl. The body of Pushpa was lying on a pavement near jhuggi of family after it was handed over to them following the post-mortem was conducted yesterday evening.

FR Scam
Anticipatory bail for Kewal Dhillon
Chandigarh, April 16
The CBIís Special Court of Jagdeep Jain today granted anticipatory bail to Kewal Dhillon in the Rs 5.36-crore Fun Republic scam. The court granted bail on furnishing bail bonds of Rs 50,000.

IAF exercise disrupts air traffic
Chandigarh, April 16
Hundreds of passengers were put to inconvenience today as almost all flights from Delhi and Mumbai, including the Chandigarh-Mumbai (Go Air) flight and Delhi-Chandigarh and Chandigarh-Mumbai (Kingfisher), were delayed due to an Indian Air Force (IAF) exercise. The flight of Anand Sharma, Minister of State for External Affairs and Congress spokesperson, was also reportedly sent back owing to the exercise.

2 patients suffer electric shock
Chandigarh, April 16
Two women patients in the gynaecology ward of the PGI suffered electric shock after they came in contact with a naked wire here today. The victims, Sapna Sood of Mani Majra, and Harjot of Mohali, had to be admitted to the emergency wing.

Religious films to mark Baisakhi fest
Chandigarh, April 16
With a view to inculcating moral values among youngsters, a Baisakhi festival of religious films is being organised at the Punjab Kala Bhavan on April 18 from 10 am onwards.

Misuse of water
Notice to 86 violators
Chandigarh, April 16
Within two days of starting the ban on misuse of water in the morning hours, the municipal corporation has issued 86 notices to violators across the city. The corporation imposed a ban on irrigating lawns and washing cars and courtyards from 5:30 am to 8:30 am from today.

Disaster management symposium begins today
Chandigarh, April 16
To discuss the role of information technology in disaster management and counter terrorism, a two-day symposium is being organised by the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) in collaboration with the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) here tomorrow.

Antakshari contest
Chandigarh, April 16
In an effort to bridge the generation gap, Chandigarh Senior Citizensí Association, Chapter-6, Sector 37, is organising an antakshari contest in coordination with Guru Nanak Public School here on April 18. The competition will be held between senior citizens and students of the school. There would be two teams of male and female participants, association secretary Rattan Singh said.óTNS


NASA scientists at Mohali schools
A student explains the concept of a project to a scientist of NASA in Mohali on Thursday. Mohali, April 16
Under the ĎCloud Set Education Network Programmeí being run by the US-based National Aeronautical Science Academy (NASA) through the Kolarado University, scientists of NASA visited Shastri Model School, Phase 1, and Paragon School, Sector 71, here today.

A student explains the concept of a project to a scientist of NASA in Mohali on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

PEC third in Moonbuggy Race
Chandigarh, April 16
The Punjab Engineering College team has covered the Simulated Lunar Surface at the US Space and Rocket Centre, Huntsville, Alabama.


Talk on role of electronic media
Banur, April 16
A conference on recent trends in communication and broadcasting was organised at SUS College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori, by the electronics and communications department in collaboration with the Institute of Electronics and Communication Engineers.

Body of fourth kid found
Ropar, April 16
The body of fourth kid, who got drowned near Head Darbar Tibbi Sahib Gurdwara on April 14, was recovered today. Divers managed to pull out the body of the fourth victim Bhag Ram who was drowned with his three colleagues from village Taonsa and Fatehpur Tajewal.

Dowry claims one more life
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 16
A woman today committed suicide in Bara area of Sirhind. The woman Ranjeet Kaur was allegedly upset over the repeated demands of dowry by her in-laws. Father of the deceased, Didar Singh, in his complaint to the police alleged that the in-laws of her daughter were demanding dowry from her for the past many months.

Ď95 pc wheat lifted from marketsí
Kharar, April 16
About 95 per cent of the wheat produced has been lifted from grain markets of the state and the entire stock is being stored, said principal secretary DS Guru while visiting the grain market here today.

Human skeleton found
Dera Bassi, April 16
A human skeleton was found in a bag filled with bricks from a pond in Mubarikpur village at Habitpur link road in Dera Bassi on Thursday afternoon.


High Court
Bheora trial may be over by September
Chandigarh, April 16
The trial of Paramjit Singh Bheora in the Beant Singh assassination case is expected to be over by September. The trial court today informed Justice Pritam Pal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court that another four to five witnesses were to be examined, and then the statement of the accused would be recorded.

Release benefits
Chandigarh, April 16
The Bench of Justice Ashutosh Mohunta and Justice Nirmaljit Kaur today admitted Chandigarh Administrationís plea and directed the authorities to release the pension at Union Territory rates to Jai Gopal Verma, a retired accountant from UT education department. The directions are subject to the decision of the writ petition.


Four arrested for assaulting cops
Chandigarh, April 16
A group of five persons thrashed a Chandigarh police head constable and a home guard volunteer at a roadblock on the road separating Sectors 24 and 37 in the wee hours today. Both policemen received injuries in the attack and were admitted to the hospital.

Píkula resident held with poppy husk
Chandigarh, April 16
The local police arrested a Panchkula resident on charge of carrying 70-kg poppy husk last night. Inspector Devinder Sharma of the operations cell of the Chandigarh police said the accused was arrested near the grain market in Sector 39. The search of his Tata Indigo car led to the seizure of 70 kg poppy husk. The accused has been identified as Vinay Sharma of Sector 5.

Burglars strike at Sec-44 house
Chandigarh, April 16
Thieves struck yet again, this time at a house in Sector 44 and decamped with gold ornaments and other articles today. Lila Walia, a resident of Army flats in Sector 44-A, said she had left for Kurukshetra early this morning and returned around 6.30 pm only to find her house ransacked.

Five booked for fraud
Zirakpur, April 16
The police today registered a case of fraud against five persons on the complaint of Ashok Bansal, a resident of Shivalik enclave, Mani Majra. The accused has been identified as Harbinder Singh, Malkit Singh, Amarjeet Singh, Harvinder Kaur and Satwinder Kaur, all residents of Mohi Kala village in Banur.


AITA Series
Three CLTA trainees in finals

A player in action during a match at the CLTA Stadium in Chandigarh on Thursday. Chandigarh, April 16 
Three trainees of Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) qualified for the singles finals of the IDBI AITA Super Senior Tennis Tournament being organised by the CLTA in association with The Tribune at the CLTA Stadium here.

A player in action during a match at the CLTA Stadium in Chandigarh on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Amarinder, Kapil for Asian Grand Prix
Patiala, April 16
Adding another feather to its cap, two players of Punjabi University, Patiala, Amarinder Singh and Kapil Kumar have been selected for the 2nd Asian Grand Prix that would be held in Iran in May.

Golf: Abhijit, Rabiya lead in open event
Chandigarh, April 16
Abhijit Chadha fired an even par 72 card to take the lead in the menís open event of the eighth Chandigarh Amateur Golf Championship held on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club today.


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