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Cong men exchange blows
Congress leader Hajit Singh Nagra leaves the venue after a clash between two factions of the party at Mani Majra on Thursday.Chandigarh, April 23
Factionalism within the Congress came to fore with hot words and fisticuffs ruling the roost at the workers' meeting at Mani Majra here today.

Congress leader Hajit Singh Nagra leaves the venue after a clash between two factions of the party at Mani Majra on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

2 teenagers killed in accident
Chandigarh, April 23
Binder and John, both teenagers, were killed in a road accident when a vehicle rammed into their scooter on the Kaimbwala-Kansal road here late tonight.



EARLIER STORIES

Online bill facility fails to click
Chandigarh, April 23
Even as the Chandigarh administration thinks big on the information technology (IT) front its much-touted online payment facility for the electricity and water bills seems to be a non-starter.

Rape In Car
Three on the loose
Chandigarh, April 23
The police is clueless about the whereabouts of three persons of Kishangarh village, who allegedly kidnapped and repeatedly raped a woman of their village in a moving car before dumping her near Leisure Valley in Sector 10, here, on Tuesday.

Clash in college
Three MBA students nabbed
Panchkula, April 23
The police today arrested three students involved in a group clash at Swami Devi Dyal Group of Institutes, Barwala. Five students were injured when some dayscholars, allegedly with the help of outsiders, attacked them with fire-arms and sharp-edged weapons on the college premises last evening.

Pension lure leaves villagers high and dry
Villagers wait for the pension “promised” to them at the venue of Selja’s public meeting at Madhna in the Morni area on Thursday.Fooled into attending Selja’s rally
Morni (Panchkula), April 23
Politicians are known to make absurd promises during elections. However, taking aged people for a ride by assembling them for a public meeting on a hot afternoon on the pretext of disbursing pension to them beats all.



Villagers wait for the pension “promised” to them at the venue of Selja’s public meeting at Madhna in the Morni area on Thursday. Photo by writer



COMMUNITY

Seven Independents file papers
Chandigarh, April 23
Seven nominations have been received on the penultimate day of accepting nominations for Chandigarh. Vansun Massey today threw his hat in the election ring from Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar).

Who cares for parking norms?

Cars lined up on the main road in Sector 17, Chandigarh, for the press conference of BSP candidate Harmohan Dhawan on Thursday.
Cars lined up on the main road in Sector 17, Chandigarh, for the press conference of BSP candidate Harmohan Dhawan on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Dhawan accuses election department of bias
Chandigarh, April 23
The BSP candidate from Chandigarh, Harmohan Dhawan, has accused the Election Department of working at the behest of the Congress. Addressing a press conference here today, Dhawan alleged that the department was adopting “double standards” as far the campaigns of the Congress and the BSP were concerned.

Electioneering picks up in Mohali
Mohali, April 23
Using the sympathy card of Late Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said the sudden demise of the leader was a personal loss to him. He announced that son of Capt Kanwaljit Jasjit Singh Bunny would be the in charge of the Kharar seat during the Parliamentary elections. 

Recruitment Rules
Admn to approach MHRD
Chandigarh, April 23
The long wait of the professional colleges in the city for the faculty may finally be over with the Chandigarh Administration taking up the matter regarding finalisation of recruitment rules with the Central government.

18 rickshaws, bicycles confiscated
Released without proceeding inquiry
Chandigarh, April 23
Around 18 rickshaws and bicycles were noticed on the premises of Sector 19 police station, here today.

Members of the Chandigarh Industrial Area Tenants Association protest against the Chandigarh police on Thursday. Tenants allege police inaction
Chandigarh, April 23
Accusing the Chandigarh Police of bias, members of the Chandigarh Industrial Area Tenants’ Association (CIATA) staged a protest outside the Industrial Area police station here today.

Members of the Chandigarh Industrial Area Tenants Association protest against the Chandigarh police on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Getting passport to be easier
Chandigarh, April 23
With three new ‘Passport Seva Kendra’ (PSK) centres in the pipeline, passport seekers need not grumble anymore of long queues, delay in delivery of passports and tiresome waiting hours.

Curbs on printing pamphlets
Chandigarh, April 23
District Magistrate-cum Returning Officer, Chandigarh, RK Rao, in pursuance to the provisions of Section 127A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, has put restriction on printing of pamphlets, posters, etc. in connection with the elections.

3G services to hit city in May
Chandigarh, April 23
Planning to buy a smart cellphone? Wait till May. For, the BSNL is all set to come up with the latest 3G services in the city offered with a compatible latest handset.

Traffic related issues discussed
Chandigarh, April 23
The Core Committee of Central Traffic Advisory Committee (CTAC) during its second meeting today discussed the traffic related issues of the city.

School told to refund Rs 7,300
Chandigarh, April 23
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Bal Niketan Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 37 to refund an amount of Rs 7,300. The complainant, Manpreet Kaur, a resident of Mohali, had stated in her petition that she had taken admission in the non-medical stream on May 30, 2008, after depositing Rs 10,000 as a part payment of the school fees. 

CITCO may hold another auction 
Chandigarh, April 23
Following The Tribune report highlighting the alleged bid fixing at an auction of old articles and furniture by CITCO, the bidders today demanded an inquiry into the matter. A delegation of the bidders and dealers present at the Hotel Mount View auction yesterday met CITCO MD D.K. Tiwari and apprised him of the matter. 

Low pressure adds to Mohali water woes
Mohali, April 23
Ashu Bansal, who lives at the first floor of a house in Phase 5 here, wakes up daily at 5 am to ensure that she stores enough water to meet her family’s requirement for the day. On a number of occasions, she has to fetch water from the ground floor as water pressure drops drastically.

Hoardings on Atta-dal Scheme
Notice served on MC
Mohali, April 23
Use of the populist “atta-dal scheme” on paid hoardings in the city has attracted the attention of the district election office. The Mohali MC has been asked to explain its position on the hoardings.

EDUCATION

PU don for international research
Chandigarh, April 23
Professor VK Jindal of the Physics department, Panjab University, has been offered Alexander von Humboldt renewed research visit at a senior level for the second time. He has been invited for about three months to do a research on problems related to rheological properties of nano-particles at interfaces.

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

CME on medico-legal updates
Patiala, April 23
The Punjab Academy of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology (PAFMAT) in collaboration with the departments of Forensic Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology of Government Medical College, Patiala, will organise continual medical education programme and a workshop on “medico-legal update on rape victim examination” tomorrow.

Three booked for gangrape
Kharar, April 23
Three persons were booked for gangraping a 22-year-old married woman of Ludhiana. The victim alleged that she knew a person named Mehar Chand of Chandigarh, who promised to set her a STD-PCO in Ludhiana.

Gurjant Singh admitted to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, on Thursday. College student hurt in assault
Dera Bassi, April 23
Gurjant Singh, a student of a private engineering college near Dera Bassi, was allegedly beaten up with sharp-edged weapons by another student of the college along with seven other assailants in Shakti Nagar here today.

Gurjant Singh admitted to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

LS Polls
SAD candidate files papers
Akali Dal candidate from Anandpur Sahib Daljeet Singh Cheema files his nomination papers in Rupnagar on Thursday.Ropar, April 23
SAD candidate from Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha seat Dr Daljit Singh Cheema today filed nomination papers amidst show of strength. His wife, Dr Harvinder Kaur, who runs a hospital in Jalandhar, appeared as his covering candidate before the Anandpur Sahib returning officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Priyank Bharti.

Akali Dal candidate from Anandpur Sahib Daljeet Singh Cheema files his nomination papers in Rupnagar on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Kamini Berry first in computer engg exams
Kharar, April 23
Students of the Rayat & Bahra Group of Colleges secured 50 per cent merit positions in Computer Science Engineering and 40 per cent in Electronic and Communication Engineering in 2008.

CRIME

Student held for displaying fake number plate 
Chandigarh, April 23
The police has arrested a B.Sc second year student of a local college for displaying fake number plate on his Scorpio vehicle.

Crime
Mohali resident killed in accident
Mohali, April 23
Arun Sharma, a resident of Mohali, was killed in a road accident on Tuesday. According to the police, the victim was going home around 1.15 am on a motor cycle along with a friend when a speeding bus hit the motor cycle near Dholawala chowk in Phase 6. They two fell off the motor cycle.

SPORTS

Pankaj fashions city win
Chandigarh, April 23
Riding high on unbeaten century of Pankaj Rawat, Chandigarh mustered a good total on the first day of their match against Ropar during the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket (under-16) Tournament for ML Markan Trophy 2009-2010 played at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium.

Tennis meet from April 27
Chandigarh, April 23
The Total Tennis Academy is going to organise the YMCA Total Tennis Championship on YMCA, Sector-11 premises, from April 27 to May 1. The championship will be played in boys’ under-10, 12, 14 and 16 singles and girls’ under-10 and 14 age categories. Entries close with Devinder Kapoor by April 26 at 6 pm on fax number 0172-2707291. For further queries contact: 09814200030. —TNS

Players exult after winning a title in Chandigarh on Thursday.Basketball Meet
NPS-18 lift titles
Chandigarh, April 23
New Public School-18 (NPS-18) claimed both the boys and girls’ titles of the Youth State Basketball Championship which concluded here today at NPS-18.


Players exult after winning a title in Chandigarh on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

City lad retains 3rd slot in Nepal Masters
Chandigarh, April 23
Harinder Gupta of Chandigarh played another steady round firing an even par 72 to be three strokes behind the Sri Lankan duo of Anura Rohana and Mithun Pereira who were tied at 138 on top of the leaderboard at the midway stage of the Surya Nepal Masters on the par-72 greens of the Gokarna Forest Resort in Kathmandu today.

DAV register win over Niketan School
Mohali, April 23
Tanvir Singh scored four goals and helped the Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 69, rout Saupin’s School by 5-1 in the Mohali District Inter-School Football Championship (under-12) on the premises of Doon International School here today.

Right attitude key, says trainer
Chandigarh, April 23
“Playing the game with a positive frame of mind is important,” said hypnotist from Hyderabad Pradeep Aggarwal. Pradeep, who was the mental trainer of Gaganjeet Bhullar, is here to give tips to golfers on building a positive attitude towards the sport.


 



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