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Bid Fixing
CITCO in soup on auction

Chandigarh, April 22
You must have heard of “match fixing”, but have you ever heard of “bid fixing”. This precisely seems to describe the auction by CITCO at Hotel Mount View today. While an auction of old articles, including furniture, was being held today, the same had to be cancelled due to CITCO’s own move.

Five students injured in brawl
Firearms, swords used in the clash
Panchkula, April 22
At least five students were injured when fire arms and swords were used freely in a group clash on the campus of Swami Devi Dyal Group of Institutes, Barwala, here today.
Amit Kadiyan, a student of Swami Devi Dyal Group of Institutes, Barwala, who was injured in a group clash at the institute Amit Kadiyan, a student of Swami Devi Dyal Group of Institutes, Barwala, who was injured in a group clash at the institute on Wednesday.
A Tribune photograph


PU hostels boozers’ paradise
Chandigarh, April 22
The Supreme Court’s recent judgement citing rampant alcoholism the prime reason for the death of Aman Kachru at Tanda Medical College in Himachal Pradesh has once again raised concerns over the problem that has been plaguing the Panjab University (PU) campus since long.
A wine shop shares the boundary with a PEC hostel
A wine shop shares the boundary with a PEC hostel. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

298 cartons of liquor seized; 1 held
Chandigarh, April 22
The operation cell of the Chandigarh Police has arrested a person with 298 cartons of various brands of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) which was allegedly being smuggled from the city.

‘Aya rams gaya rams’ much sought after
Small-time leaders change loyalty at the drop of the hat
Chandigarh, April 22
“Aya ram gaya ram”, the concept pioneered by former Haryana Chief Minister Bhajan Lal, seems to have taken the city by storm in the run-up to May 13 Lok Sabha elections.

Passport Seva Project
Cop verification may come as a snag
Chandigarh, April 22
The much awaited ‘Passport Seva project’, which would involve outsourcing of processing work to Tata Consultancy Service and help reduce the issuing time of the travel document in an unbelievable three days, has completed its conceptional stage and is all set to be implemented on ground.


BEAUTY UNDER COVER: As the mercury rises, a girl covers her face to protect herself from the blazing sun in Chandigarh
As the mercury rises, a girl covers her face to protect herself from the blazing sun in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Conflict between CTU, HR workers
Grid system faces policy roadblocks
Chandigarh, April 22
In the absence of any policy decisions, conflicts between workers of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) and their counterparts in Haryana over the new grid system, jointly introduced by the Chandigarh Administration and the Haryana government, has virtually run into the roadblock.

House rent of former DC exceeds Rs 11 lakh
MC to take up the matter at the general house meeting
Mohali, April 22
As the rent bill of an “obstinate” former Deputy Commissioner of Mohali has crossed a whopping Rs 11 lakh, a frustrated municipal council had now decided to take up the matter at the general house meeting scheduled for April 24.

Pay panel report
Punjab cheers up UT staff
Chandigarh, April 22
The recommendations of the Fifth Punjab Pay Commission are set to bring cheers to over 18,000 UT employees. With the Chandigarh Administration following the Punjab pattern in pays and perks for its employees, the recommendations will be implemented in the city also, official sources said here today.

Even as the city has started facing shortage of water with the onset of summers, there is reckless wastage of water (a lawn being watered in a Sector 18 house)
Even as the city has started facing shortage of water with the onset of summers, there is reckless wastage of water (a lawn being watered in a Sector 18 house); and (below) water flowing unchecked in Colony No 4 due to the absence of taps. Tribune photographs

water flowing unchecked in Colony No 4 due to the absence of taps

Jain terms Cong ‘anti-trader’
Chandigarh, April 22
BJP candidate from the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat Satya Pal Jain today assured the trading community that the draft of the Balanced Rent Act would be tabled in Parliament within six months of BJP coming into power at the Centre.

Change is indispensable now
Chandigarh, April 22
The kind of atmosphere that has built up in the country is suffocating now. Poor man in the country is suffering a lot. The previous government at the Centre has not been able to do anything about the external and internal security.

Vote for national integration
Chandigarh, April 22
In my opinion, a strong party is needed at the Centre, a national party that brings strength to the nation and works purely for development. Also there should be a provision not to vote any party at all. Voting a party should not be a compulsion.

2 more independents file papers
Chandigarh, April 22
Surender Pal Chauhan, who polled a respectable over 3,000 votes during the last Lok Sabha poll in 2004, again filed his nomination papers today. Surender, who is the local convener of the Rashtriya Swabhiman Manch, a non-political body headed by Govindacharya, a former BJP ideologue, and is also the president of Chandigarh Marla Flats Welfare Association.

Number of voters up
Chandigarh, April 22
In the coming Lok Sabha elections, the number of voters have gone up significantly. From 4.81 lakh registered earlier, it has now reached the mark of 5,22,545. After the elections were announced, 41,545 voters have increased.

PGI nails power division, issues warning
Chandigarh, April 22
An inquiry conducted by the PGI authorities in a recent incident of electrocution of two women in its gynecology ward, has finally nailed the PGI electricity division.

Power conference for removing obsolete technology
Chandigarh, April 22
The 11th technical coordination committee (TCC) and the 12th Northern Regional Power Committee meeting began here yesterday.

Metformin causes osteoporosis in men: Doctor
Chandigarh, April 22
A recent study undertaken by Dr KP Singh, senior consultant endocrinologist, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, indicated that regular use of Metformin drug could cause osteoporosis in men, which is common in women.

Doctor feted
Chandigarh, April 22
Dr Kusum Sharma, assistant professor, medical microbiology, won the silver medal for her research work on the latest molecular diagnostic techniques for raid diagnosis of tubercular meningitis presented during the National Conference on Tropical Neurology ' TROPICON 2009' held at the PGI.

Sahitya akademi scripts history
Chandigarh, April 22
In less than three months of inviting contributions from endowed writers, it has translated talent into print by coming out with as many as four compilations. With this, the Ackademi has provided a platform to as many as 175 budding and renowned writers.

Radio taxis for Mohali too
Chandigarh, April 22
Radio taxi service provider Mega Cabs has expanded its reach to Mohali from today. With this service, it will be the first metered commuting in Mohali available within a radius of 40 km and will take passengers to places like Ropar, Sirhind and Lalru.

Importance of safety regulations stressed
Mohali, April 22
The Mohali Industries’ Association organised an industrial training programme to stress on importance of safety regulations at workplaces here today. Training is important to avoid accidents at the workplaces.

Garments shop gutted
Zirakpur, April 22
Goods worth lakhs of rupees were gutted in a fire at a readymade garments shop situated on the Ambala-Chandigarh National Highway here today.


Earth Day celebrated in schools

Chandigarh, April 22

“So long the earth is full of nature, human race is going to flourish”, adopting this theme given in Sanskrit scriptures thousands of years ago, World Earth Day was celebrated in the city schools with zeal and full enthusiasm today.

Students of DAV Model School, Sector 15, paint their face to mark the World Earth Day in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Students of DAV Model School, Sector 15, paint their face to mark the World Earth Day in Chandigarh

Earth Day celebrated at CSIO
Chandigarh, April 22
To inspire awareness and appreciation for the environment, Earth Day was observed at the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation here today. A lecture on “Snow and Avalanches” by Dr Piyush Joshi from the DRDO’s Snow and Avalanche Studies Establishment, marked the event.

Home Secy inspects govt schools
Chandigarh, April 22
Home Secretary Ram Niwas along with officials of various wings today raided various government schools in the city, only to find insufficient books in the libraries and computer labs, unhygienic drinking water facility and stinking toilets etc.

PU Notes
Cleanliness drive
Chandigarh, April 22
The World Earth Day was celebrated on the PU campus today. Research scholars, students and staff of the department of environment studies, department of social stuies and department of geology participated in large number.


3 booked for snatching Rs 12,500
Bassi Pathana, April 22
Three unidentified persons in a Zen car looted cash and other articles from Balwinder Singh, a resident of Sill village. The incident occurred near Kheri Chowk on the Chuni Morinda road, when he was returning to his village from Chandigarh.

One arrested in murder case
Kharar, April 22
The GRP officials have claimed to have solved the blind murder case of a youth, who was killed on October 3 last year. Later his body was found burnt to destroy evidence.

One killed, another injured in mishaps
Lalru/Dera Bassi, April 22
In two separate road mishaps one person was killed and another got severely injured in the area today.

Four hurt in group clash
Lalru, April 22
The local police today registered cross FIRs against members of the two groups who allegedly clashed with each other.

Poll: Ex-servicemen league to support Bansal
Patiala, April 22
With an aim to cleanse the political set up in the country, the Indian Ex-Servicemen League, Punjab and Chandigarh, had started giving selective support to the candidates in the Parliamentary elections instead of supporting any political party completely.

Lok Bhalai Party candidate files papers
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 22
VP Singh Gill, candidate for the Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) from Fatehgarh Sahib, today filed his nomination papers at district headquarters amidst tight security. After filing the nomination papers, Gill claimed that while his party was working for uplifting the common people, other parties were fighting elections on communalism.

HMT cries for survival
Kalka, April 22
Thousands of workers, officers and executives have sought intervention of the Central Government for the survival of Hindustan Machine Tools Limited (HMT Limited), Pinjore, as around 45-year-old HMT Limited was going through severe financial crises.

Husband, in-laws booked for dowry
Bassi Pathana, April 22
In a complaint lodged by Amandeep Kaur, the police has registered a case under Sections 406, 492 A of the Dowry Act against her husband Kanwal Mohan Singh, mother-in-law Harjinder Kaur and father-in-law Samsher Singh, all residents of Jarkhelan Mohalla, Bassi Pathana.


Man gets 10-yr jail for raping niece
Chandigarh, April 22
Additional District and Sessions Judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi today sentenced Ram Karam, a Maloya resident, to 10-year imprisonment for raping his niece, who was a minor.

Whirlpool penalised Rs 50,000
Chandigarh, April 22
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed an authorised dealer of Whirlpool, Utility Trading Engineers in Sector 35, and Whirlpool of India to pay a compensation of Rs 50,000 jointly to Chiranji Lal Sagar for not issuing four air tickets that were offered as gifts with the purchase of refrigerators bought by the complainant.


Murdered financier’s identity confirmed
Panchkula, April 22
The identity of financer Vinod Mittal, who was allegedly murdered on February 14, has been confirmed in a DNA report.

Criminal complaint filed against Dhoni, Bhajji
Chandigarh, April 22
A human rights activist had filed a criminal complaint against cricketers MS Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh for showing disrespect to the awards as well as the country by their absence at the presentation ceremony.

Man held for theft bid
Chandigarh, April 22
Lalit Singh, a shopkeeper at Sector 22, lodged an FIR against Ashok Kumar of the same sector, who allegedly attempted to steal a mobile phone from his shop. Ashok was, reportedly, caught red-handed while committing the offence.

Man missing
Chandigarh, April 22
Mangat Ram, a resident of Labour Bureau Society, Sector 49-A, has been missing since Monday.


APJ drub Ropar academy by 30 runs

Chandigarh, April 22
Excellent all-round performance by Sahil Sharma (54 runs and 5/22) ensured APJ Cricket Academy’s victory over the Ropar Cricket Academy (RCA) by 30 runs in a league match of the Chandigarh Cricket Association (Under-13) Cup Tournament held at Guru Nanak Public School, here today.

Sahil Sharma of the APJ Cricket Academy plays a shot against the Ropar Cricket Academy in Chandigarh
Sahil Sharma of the APJ Cricket Academy plays a shot against the Ropar Cricket Academy in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Golf coaches in quest of grade A status
Chandigarh, April 22
"Transport the triangle, move the club, down, out, forward, arms create the triangle." The words are loud and clear as the screen unfolds teaching techniques of US golf teaching professional Michael Hebron.

NPS-18, GHKMS-38 to lock horns in final
Chandigarh, April 22
New Public School-18 (NPS-18) will face GHKMS-38 in the boys’ final and in the girls’ final New Public School-18 will lock horns with St Kabir-26 of the Youth State Basketball Championship here tomorrow at NPS, Sector 18.

Harinder tied third in Nepal Masters
Chandigarh, April 22
Harinder Gupta of Chandigarh carded a three under par 69 to be tied third along with Ashok Kumar and Ramesh Nagarkoti on the opening day of the Surya Nepal Masters on the par 72 greens of the Gokarna Forest Resort in Kathmandu today.

Football Tourney
16 teams to participate
Chandigarh, April 22
As many as 16 school teams are taking part in the inaugural Mohali Schools’ Football Tournament for Under-12 being organised by the Mohali District Schools’ Football Association at Doon International School in Mohali from April 23 to 26.

St Stephen's clinch titles
Panchkula, April 22
Both boys and girls’ team of St Stephen's School, Chandigarh, emerged winner in the third Clive Shear Memorial Inter-School Carrom Tournament organised by St Xavier's School here on it premises in Sector 20 today.


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