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11 fire cases in 30 mins
Chandigarh, April 19
Nearly dozen fire incidents in different parts of the city, though minor, kept the fire department officials on toes in the latter half of the day today. Among the incidents, firemen had a tough time controlling the blaze in the jungle area in Sector 49 this evening, as the fire spread in the dry shrubs in the area. Besides, three jhuggis belonging to Sadhu Ram, Gorakh Singh and Mani Singh were gutted in another fire that broke out in Sanjay Colony in Phase I, Industrial Area, this afternoon.

Huge flames and thick clouds of smoke in Sector 49-C, Chandigarh, where fire broke out on Sunday evening. A Tribune photograph

2 killed, 15 hurt in bus-truck collision
Ambala, April 19
Two persons were killed and 15 others injured when a Haryana Roadways bus collided with a truck on the Ambala- Kaithal road near Naggal village this morning. The deceased were identified as Vishal Shaily (11) and Sunita (32).

Candidates’ wives pitch in for campaigning
Chandigarh, April 19
While the candidates for Chandigarh’s lone Lok Sabha seat are slugging it out with the soaring mercury each day, their better halves are not far behind either. For the wives of all four candidates of the main political parties, the Congress, BJP, BSP and RJD, are not only matching steps with their husbands in campaigning but are also going ahead in more ways than one.


EARLIER STORIES

Clash at food street again
Chandigarh, April 19
Despite the tall claims of the police to make Night Food Street a safe haven for night birds, lawlessness continues to prevail at eating joints as two groups of youngsters reportedly entered into a fracas late last night yesterday. The fracas flared up owing to a debate over vehicle parking.

Cong gets notice over banners in Sec 26
Chandigarh, April 19
On the complaint of the BJP, the Chandigarh Election Commission has issued notice to the Congress today for putting up banners, without permission, in the Sector 26 grain market. The commission had sent its team to the market and after videographing the banners at the site, the team removed these from the market.


COMMUNITY

Cong-BJP slugfest hots up
Both parties harp on development
Chandigarh, April 19
The Congress and the BJP slugfest in the run-up to the May13 Parliamentary elections intensified today with senior leaders of both the parties taking potshots at each others' "lopsided" policies.


BJP supporters garland PK Dhumal, Satpal Jain and Jasjit Singh Bunny during a public rally held at Manimajra on Sunday. Photo: S Chandan

BJP nominee worried over Sonia’s rally on April 30
Panchkula, April 19
Sonia Gandhi The worries for the BJP-INLD candidate Ratan Lal Kataria in the race of member Parliament from Ambala constituency seems to have increased as the Congress president is scheduled to address rally organised in favour of party candidate Kumari Selja.

IPL shift blow to business
May snowball into an election issue
Chandigarh, April 19
Shifting of IPL-2 to South Africa has not only dealt a severe blow to the Indian tour and travel industry reeling under severe recession crisis, but may snowball into an election issue in the ongoing general elections in the country.


ON GUARD: A woman tries to protect her eyes during a dust storm in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

UT ‘discriminates’ against librarians
Chandigarh, April 19
In a case of prejudice against the UT cadre librarians, the Chandigarh administration has been unable to extend stipulated Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) benefits to them. This move has put about 100 UT cadre librarians in a difficult situation as compared to their counterparts in Punjab.

Cancer in Women
Experts for regular radiological screening
Chandigarh, April 19
A continuing medical education programme on radiological imaging of women in the middle age, perimenopausal, was held at the GMCH, Sector 32, here today. The theme of the conference was radiological investigations of benign and cancerous diseases in women. Over 150 delegates from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi attended the conference.

Population explosion, who cares?
As the great Indian dance of democracy gets underway, it's raining promises everywhere. Politicians are back on the streets and are making all sorts of promises - from cheap rations to even banning computers and English in schools- to woo the voters and it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that they are even willing to offer the moon, if only someone would ask.

City Scope Letters
Politics easy to inherit, difficult to retain
This is with reference to Raveen Thukral’s article ‘ Frittering away a legacy ’ in Chandigarh Tribune dated April 13. It is easy to inherit politics but difficult to retain. Rash judgements, unwarranted decisions and irrelevant ambitions cannot go parallel with a political legacy. After Capt Kanwaljit Singh’s demise, his son Bunny exhibited immature behaviour by resigning from the SAD and decided to contest as an independent candidate from Patiala opposing the SAD.

Battle for fifth pay panel relief not over yet
Chandigarh, April 19
A decade after the recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission (FPC) were implemented, a number of ex-servicemen continue to fight for their benefits. More ex-servicemen have moved the High Court to get revised pension they can lay claim to after certain anomalies in the FPC were redressed.

‘India capital of diabetes’
Chandigarh, April 19
“Tropical infections need to be diagnosed early as they are responsible for more than 25 per cent of global diseases,” said Dr JS Chopra, former head of the neurology department, PGI, at a national conference “Tropicon 2009” at PGI here today.

Dr JS Chopra addresses a conference at the PGI in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

SAD misleading voters: Soni
Mohali, April 19,
While canvassing for Ravneet Singh Bittu, Congress candidate from the Anandpur Sahib, Union Cultural Minister, Ambika Soni, said today that she wanted to fight form the seat but chose Bittu in her place. "He represents the youth. I have served the party for 40 years and we should give the youth an opportunity", she added.

BSP promises flats in Maloya
Chandigarh April 19
Harmohan Dhawan, BSP candidate from Chandigarh, undertook a padyatra in Maloya today.

Mercury soars in city
Chandigarh, April 19
Hot and dusty winds swept across the city on Sunday, making it unpleasant for Chandigarians as the city saw temperatures soaring five degrees above normal. Since daytime temperatures have steadily staying above normal, Met officials stated that a "loo-like" condition has already started.

LONELY WALKER: As temperatures soar in the city, the otherwise crowded dividing road of Sectors 9 and 10 bears a deserted look as people, barring this young girl, prefer to stay indoors. Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Man detained for selling beef
Mohali, April 19
The police rounded up a Saharanpur resident from Mohali village on the suspicion of selling beef.

622 donate blood
Chandigarh, April 19
As many as 622 volunteers, including 228 women, donated blood at a blood donation camp organised by Sant Nirankari Mandal at Sant Nirankari Bhawan, Sector 30, here today. UT Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar inaugurated the camp.

Volunteers donate blood during a camp organised at Nirankari Bhawan, Sector 30, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photograph: S Chandan

Mishap victim succumbs to injuries
Mohali, April 19
Kishore Chand, a resident of Sector 33, succumbed to his injuries at the PGI here today. The victim had been admitted to the PGI after being injured in a road accident by a canter near the PTL lights here on April 14. The police has registered a case against the canter driver, Sohan Singh, on the basis of a statement given by Kanwal Vohra, a relative of the deceased.



EDUCATION

Music students taken aback
Half of paper not from syllabus
Chandigarh, April 19
The April 17 evening was full of shock for students taking the examination of MA Music Part I (Instrumental) of Panjab University just after receiving the question paper.

1,500 take mock AIEEE
Chandigarh, April 19
Over 1,500 students participated in the mock AIEEE-2009 test organised by Continental Institute for International Studies (CIIS), Mohali, at Guru Nanak School, Sector 36, here today. Aimed at testing the skills ahead of AIEEE ’09, the mock test was organised free of cost with a bounty of prizes aimed at encouraging the students who turned up from Punjab, Haryana and surrounding regions, apart from the local ones.

Students take mock AIEEE held in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Annual Day
Girls excel in academics
Chandigarh, April 19
Girls cornered all academic awards on the Annual Day of Centre for Management Training and Research held here today.


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Poll lures farmers to speed up harvesting
Sirhind/Bassi Pathana
Polls have left its impact on the harvesting and lifting of wheat crop as farmers in different areas have speeded up the process of harvesting and selling of their crop in grain markets.

Poll meet: Preneet turns nostalgic
Patiala, April 19
" I have graduated from social works to politics and I never planned my political career.” This was stated by Preneet Kaur, sitting MP and Congress candidate from the Patiala parliamentary constituency, who turned nostalgic here last night while addressing a group of eminent citizens from different walks of life.

Lecture on global economic crisis
Patiala, April 19
The department of sociology and social anthropology, Punjabi University, organised a lecture on “Current global crisis” by Dr Pritam Singh, director, Postgraduate programme in international management and international relations at Oxford Brookes University, UK.

Delay in new scale irks staff
Bassi Pathana, April 19
The Punjab State Karamchari Dal has alleged that the State government has malafide intention towards its employees and it is not sincere in implementing pay commission report.

Libra joins Cong
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 19
Amarinder Libra, senior SAD leader, today left the SAD and joined the Congress amidst a show of strength at Sirhind.

3 held with 14 tonne crackers
Rajpura, April 19
The Rajpura police today arrested three persons with a truck load of fire crackers. The accused have been identified as Baljinder Singh (30), a resident of Faridpur village in Rajpura, Dinesh Kumar (35) and Daya Ram (48), both residents of Mirch Mandi, Rajpura.

Body of murdered woman found
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 19
The Fatehgarh Sahib police today found a body of an unidentified woman under mysterious circumstances. According to police, a resident of Brahman Majra village informed about the body, which was lying near an agricultural land.

1,500 examined at eye camps
Patiala, April 19
Over 1,500 patients were examined at two free eye check-up camps organised by the Saheed Bhagat Singh Yuvak Sewa Club at Dakhonda village and Jan Chetan Welfare Club at Mother Land Public School, Dhakraba.

Docs hail protection of property Bill
Ambala, April 19
The 37th Annual Haryana State conference of the Indian Medical Association was held here today.

Talk on advances in pharmaceutical technology
Banur, April 19
National Conference on advances in pharmaceutical technology and drug research hosted by the faculty of pharmaceutical sciences, Swami Vivekanand College of Pharmacy, was inaugurated at Central Campus SVIET.

14 selected in placement drive
Banur, April 19
As many as 14 students were selected by Max New York Life Insurance during a placement drive at Aryans Business School (ABS) for summer placements of its MBA students.


CRIME

4 injured in accidents
Chandigarh, April 19
In a hit and run incident, two persons were seriously injured when a speeding car rammed into a rickshaw on road dividing Sectors 23 and 24, here this evening. According to eyewitnesses, the car, which was over speeding, hit the rickshaw from rear.

Four arrested for theft of medicines
Panchkula, April 19
Two days after the burglary in the godown of a pharmaceutical distributor in the Industrial Area, the police has claimed to arrest four accused here today.

Colonel’s house burgled
Panchkula, April 19
Thieves have taken away valuables worth over Rs 2 lakh from the house of an Army officer. The burglary was noticed when the family, which had gone to Delhi, returned home this afternoon.

2 youngsters hurt in assault
Chandigarh, April 19
Two persons were injured after a group of about eight youngsters assaulted them following a trivial issue in Malaya Colony here tonight. The injured, Ramesh and Barinder, were taken to the Sector 16 Government Multi Specialty Hospital.

SPORTS

Mohali academy emerge winners
Chandigarh, April 19
Mohali Cricket Academy (MCA) edged past Chandigarh Cricket Academy (CCA) by two runs in a dramatic league match of the CCA under-13 Cup played at MCM DAV, Sector 36, here today.

A batsman plays a shot during a cricket match in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Bharat, Anwar script CC-19 win
Chandigarh, April 19
In a closely contested encounter, Coaching Centre Sector 19 registered an empathic win by one run over Dell XI in a league match of the Triangular Cricket Tournament being organised by the Chandigarh Cricket Association affiliated to the Haryana Cricket Association here today at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19.

Amit fashions big win for Godrej
Chandigarh, April 18
Amit Prashar played a brilliant knock of 115 runs to help Godrej & Boyce XI defeat Azzaro XI by 10 wickets in the ongoing IInd Tirath Singh Memorial League Cricket Tournament being organised by the Chandigarh Sports Club here today.

Tennis coaching camp begins
Chandigarh, April 19
The Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) is conducting a coaching camp for trainees. The camp will be organised by sports consultant Doug MacCurdy from April 19 to May 4 at the CLTA Complex.



 



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