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Two kids die in Sohana colony fire
Mohali, April 24
Two kids were killed in a fire that gutted 25 jhuggis near Sohana village here today. While two-year-old Shivani died due to burn injuries while she was sleeping inside a jhuggi, six-month-old Sonam succumbed to her injuries at a hospital. Two sisters of Shivani, however, rushed out of the jhuggi after it caught fire.
A woman searches the leftover from the ashes after a fire destroyed 25 jhuggis near Sohana on Friday A woman searches the leftover from the ashes after a fire destroyed 25 jhuggis near Sohana on Friday.  A Tribune photograph 

Bank manager commits suicide
2 more end life in Dera Bassi
Chandigarh, April 24
Delhi-based Axis Bank’s deputy manager was among the three who committed suicide in city and Dera Bassi. Gagan Gulati (27), a Rohini resident, in his late-20s, was found hanging in his room number 404 in hotel Aneathia in Sector 34 here tonight. The police is yet to ascertain the reason behind his death as no suicide note was found.

Dhawan ahead of Bansal, Jain in wealth
Chandigarh, April 24
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) may be the party of the downtrodden, but its candidate, Harmohan Dhawan, is the richest in the fray from Chandigarh. As many as 19 nominations were received on the last day today at the office of Returning Officer in Sector 17, here.


A student participates in the Rajasthani dance performance at Government Central Craft Institute for Women, Sector 11, in Chandigarh on Friday.
A student participates in the Rajasthani dance performance at Government Central Craft Institute for Women, Sector 11, in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

EARLIER STORIES

Insurance firm in the soup
Court orders to attach bank account of National Insurance
Chandigarh, April 24
At the age of 18, Ramu became 100 per cent disabled, courtesy rash driving by a driver of an auto-rickshaw in which he was travelling. He boarded the auto-rickshaw on July 15, 2005, on the Panchkula-Kalka Highway, which was being driven by Sanjeev Kumar.

Ramu lying on the bed at his residence in Kalka. A Tribune photograph
Ramu lying on the bed at his residence in Kalka.

Mystery shrouds woman’s death
Chandigarh, April 24
An unidentified woman, in her early twenties, died under mysterious circumstances. According to the police, the woman was found lying near the regulatory end of the Sukhna Lake at around 5 pm.

Soon, low-cost electronic limb by CSIO
Chandigarh, April 24
The Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) is giving a final shape to a high-tech electronic knee and lower limb, which will make walk comfortable for differently abled persons. Scientists at the CSIO, Sector 30, said, “The electronic limbs, which are being developed under the project, are lightweight and better in control with gait for the patients that would smoothen their walk.”

A high-tech electronic knee and lower limb being developed by CSIO scientists. A Tribune photograph
A high-tech electronic knee and lower limb being developed by CSIO scientists.



COMMUNITY

Jain files papers, commuters pay price
Chandigarh, April 24
In a bid to outnumber his arch rival Harmohan Dhawan, BJP’s electoral candidate Satya Pal Jain left no stone unturned in an apparent attempt to display his strength and popularity while filing his nomination documents today.

The traffic snarl at the Sector 17 road in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph 
The traffic snarl at the Sector 17 road in Chandigarh on Friday.

Dhawan defies poll code
Holds rally at Masjid Ground
Chandigarh, April 24
Defying the administration’s orders, the Bahujan Samaj Party today held its rally at the Sector 20 Masjid Ground, here today.

UT’s work hit as officials go on poll duty
Chandigarh, April 24
With elections round the corner, the UT administration seems to be functioning virtually “headless” with most of the officials being away on election duty.

Price rise likely to embarrass Congress
Chandigarh, April 24
The rhetoric of prominent candidates on populist issues notwithstanding, price rise may emerge as the major issue in the May 13 elections for the Chandigarh parliamentary seat.

Candidates not in sync with young voters
Chandigarh, April 24
Blogs, websites, social networking and SMSes - they have done it all but this “tech reliance” of city’s electoral candidates seems to have failed to strike the note of “jaago re” amongst young voters who are eagerly awaiting young blood to represent them.


Young voters have a hard time connecting with candidates as felt by this group in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph
Young voters have a hard time connecting with candidates as felt by this group in Chandigarh.

Railway projects hang in balance
Delay in payment stalls shifting, opening of new reservation counters
Chandigarh, April 24
Lack of coordination between two major Central government departments - the Railways and the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) - has once again become an impediment in implementation of two crucial projects of the Railways.



The locked hall identified for the Railways counter at ISBT-43 in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph
The locked hall identified for the Railways counter at ISBT-43 in Chandigarh.


Night Food Street
Drunken youths keep families away
Chandigarh, April 24
The recent incidents of fracases and lawlessness at the Night Food Street seem to have forced women and families to stay away from the eating joints in the late night hours.


A scene at the Night Food Street shows dismal presence of families and women after 10 pm. Tribune photo: S Chandan
A scene at the Night Food Street shows dismal presence of families and women after 10 pm.

Jewellery workshops sit on powder keg
Chandigarh, April 24
Charcoal, LPG cylinders and highly combustible chemicals! Welcome to workshops of jewellery arcades in Sector 22 and 23. These workshops operating from upper floors of SCFs are a virtual tinderbox where not even a single fire extinguisher is found. These workshops cater to various jewellery shops.

Artisans crafting jewellery in a cluttered shop of Sector 22-D, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: 
Pradeep Tewari
Artisans crafting jewellery in a cluttered shop of Sector 22-D, Chandigarh.


Spurious ghee, cheese seized
Chandigarh, April 24
A team of Chandigarh police and Prevention of Food Adulteration (PFA) officials today seized huge amount of “spurious” ghee and other dairy products during a raid conducted in a dairy in Milk Colony, Dhanas, here.


A police officer examines the spurious cheese from a dairy at Milk Colony in Dhanas on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan
A police officer examines the spurious cheese from a dairy at Milk Colony in Dhanas on Friday.

ICICI Bank penalised Rs 50,000
Chandigarh, April 24
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has imposed a penalty of Rs 50,000 on ICICI Bank for indulging in unfair trade practice of recovering foreclosure charges and levying service tax on the pre-paid amount.

A slum oblivious to poll process
Panchkula, April 24
While slum dwellers at Chandigarh and Panhckula remained a pampered lot for politicians, it would sound strange that a slum hardly 7 km away from the mini secretariat here with thousands of inhabitants treated as non-existent by them.



Sunehri, a slum dweller of the Jalla road, along with her neighbour going to fetch water near Burj village in Panchkula on Friday. Photo by the writer 
Sunehri, a slum dweller of the Jalla road, along with her neighbour going to fetch water near Burj village in Panchkula on Friday.


Nightingales enthrall audience
Chandigarh, April 24
“Not mere soil and stone, the city beautiful has a cultural soul vibrating with intellectual inquisitiveness and the administration is committed to make it richer. We have an adequate infrastructure for promoting and augmenting the cultural life in the city,” said Pradip Mehra, Adviser to the Administrator.
Pardeep Mehra releases books of poetry and shoft stories, along with Harinderjit Kaur, DS Gupt and Manju, during a book release function organised by the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi on Friday.
Pardeep Mehra releases books of poetry and shoft stories, along with Harinderjit Kaur, DS Gupt and Manju, during a book release function organised by the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Women Savings Day observed
Chandigarh, April 24
A state-level function was organised to mark the celebrations of the Women Savings Day at the Meeting Hall of Kendriya Sadan, Sector 9, here today, in which the Mahila Pradhan Kshetriya Yojna agents participated.

Railways okays sewerage treatment plant
Mohali, April 24
Hope for early commissioning of the city’s first sewerage treatment plant has emerged. The Northern Railway has finally sanctioned work to link the main sewer line with the treatment plant. The link will pass beneath the Chandigarh-Morinda railway line.


A view of Mohali’s sewerage treatment plant. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu
A view of Mohali’s sewerage treatment plant.

Allottees benefited by change in policy: Sukhbir
Chandigarh, April 24
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today said the recent decision of the SAD-BJP government to allow lakhs of allottees of colonies all over the state to get their conveyance deed (CD) of property registered at the allotment rate rather than on current market rate as decided by previous Congress government would provide an average relief of Rs 2 lakh to each allottee.

Election observers on recce
Mohali, April 24
Election observers appointed by the Election Commission for Chamkaur Sahib, Kharar, SAS Nagar, Ghanaur, Rajpura and Derabassi today inspected the arrangements for the elections being held on May 7 and May 13. The district comprises area falling under the Patiala and Anandpur Sahib constituencies.

EX-servicemen assn to back BJP
Panchkula, April 24
The BJP-INLD got a shot in its arm when Indian Ex-Servicemen Association movement (IESM) declared support to candidate Ratan Lal Kataria from the Ambala constituency for the Lok Sabha elections here today.

Slump, rows take toll on investment in city
Chandigarh, April 24
Touted to be the ideal investment destination till a few years back, Chandigarh seems to have lost its charm for the investors.

Panel to remove illegal rehris
Mohali, April 24
A five-member committee is to be constituted to streamline the menace of illegal rehris in the town even as the general house unanimously cleared the proposal of getting the accommodation vacated, which had been unauthorisedly occupied by the former Deputy Commissioner HIS Garewal in the municipal complex at a meeting of the civic body held here today.

Protest against poor quality of village pherni
Mohali, April 24
Resentment prevailed in Popna village here when gram panchayat of the village protested against the poor quality of village pherni being constructed by the Punjab PWD. The work was stopped at the insistence of the gram panchayat.

Internet: You are being watched
Open your email on any account and you find a number of sponsored links (sophisticated name for paid advertisements) in the either side bar of your mail. But the shocking or interesting point in all this is that all the ads are somehow related with the content of the mail. Worried about your privacy? Nothing is private on internet. Privacy is not sacrosanct in the Google age. Analysts are busy throughout the e-commerce universe to record our every click.


EDUCATION

New India school students topper
Panchkula, April 24
Government schools of the district have registered a remarkable improvement in the results of the middle class of the Haryana School Education Board declared here today. With the pass percentage of 80.54 per cent in the district, 25 schools have shown cent per cent result. A total of 5,694 students from 127 schools appeared in the exams. The first three postions in the district, however, clinched by private schools.

Cultural programme in St. Anne’s
Chandigarh, April 24
Students and the staff of the school extended a warm welcome to newly appointed Bishop of the Simla-Chandigarh Diocese Rt Rev. Ignatius Loyola Ivan Mascerenhas. A cultural programme was organised on the occasion. School captain Sheetal Mary gave the introductory speech. Students of kindergarten presented an action song and the school choir ssng songs. School manager Father Ambrose and Principal Sr. Felicia presided over the function.

BCom-I paper baffles students
Chandigarh, April 24
Students of BCom first year claimed that the question paper of operational research was out of the prescribed pattern.



 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

LS Poll
Amarinder openly seeks Dera Sachha Sauda support
Gives ‘clean chit’ to 99 pc police officers
Patiala, April 24
Punjab Pradesh Congress Campaign Committee chief Captain Amarinder Singh has openly sought support from the Dera Sachha Sauda and other deras and sects of Punjab in the coming Lok Sabha polls.

Badal for strenghtening regional parties
Shutrana (Patiala), April 24
Strongly advocating the cause of regional parties in the Indian political set-up, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has suggested that the regional parties should be strengthened to enable them to take care of regional and local needs of people as the age-old unitary form of government, with its strings pulled from Delhi, had created an array of problems.

PSEB employees stage a dharna in front of the office of the PSEB in favour of their demands at Rajpura on Friday.
PSEB employees stage a dharna in front of the office of the PSEB in favour of their demands at Rajpura on Friday. Tribune photo by S. Virdi

Poll days a blessing for ‘common man’
Patiala, April 24
Comes elections and people are having the best time of their life. Each political figure is dancing to the tune of the “common man”. The leaders, who are otherwise unaccessible are just a call away and before you even think of them, they are at your doorstep to solve your problems.

Water scarcity hits Patiala
Installation of tullu pumps compounds problem
Patiala, April 24
Even as temperature has started soaring with the onset of summers, dozens of peripheral localities of Patiala have started reeling under an acute shortage of drinking water supply.

MC sadar president loses no-confidence motion
Ambala, April 24
Neelam Sharma, president, municipal committee sadar, lost the no-confidence motion mooted against her today.

10 booked for assault
Dera Bassi, April 24
The local police today booked 10 persons in an assault case, in which Gurjant Singh, a student of a private engineering college near Dera Bassi, was allegedly beaten up with sharp-edged weapons in Shakti Nagar on Thursday. However, the accused were still absconding.

Staff shortage: Animal care ignored at zoo
Chhat (Banur), April 23
The state’s prestigious Chhatbir Zoo is reeling under acute staff shortage. Instead of mandatory 270 staff members, the zoo has just 180 employees working.



CRIME

2 chemists held for buying stolen medicines
Panchkula, April 24
Following the arrest of four accused in a burglary case at a godown of medicines in Panchkula, the local police has claimed to arrest two chemists for purchasing the stolen medicines.

SPORTS

St Soldier’s to lock horns with DAV in semis
Mohali, April 24
Semifinalists have been spotted on the second day of the Mohali District Inter-School Football Championship for under-12 being hosted by Doon International Public School here at its football ground in Sector 69 today.
International Public School (IPS), Kurali, will lock horns with Yadvindra Public School, Mohali, in the first semifinal to be played tomorrow and in the second semifinal St Solider's School will challenge DAV School, Kurali.




Players in action during a quarterfinal match in Mohali on Friday. Tribune photo:Vicky Gharu
Players in action during a quarterfinal match in Mohali on Friday.

Golf
City lad slips to tied 4th slot
Chandigarh, April 24
Harinder Gupta of Chandigarh could muster another par 72 card to slip to tied fourth slot along with Mandeo Singh and defending champion Shamim Khan as Sri Lankan amateur Mithun Pereira took the sole lead in the Surya Nepal Masters on the par 72 greens of the Gokarna Forest Resort in Kathmandu today.

Plan for girls’ cricket academy scrapped
Chandigarh, April 24
Close on the heels of the Chandigarh Cricket Association affiliated to the Haryana Cricket Association failing to have even a single girl for trials, the Chandigarh Sports Department has scrapped its plan to open a girls’ cricket academy at the Sector 16 cricket stadium seeing poor response from girls.

Piyush fashions Ropar win
Chandigarh, April 24
Chandigarh was beaten at its home ground by Ropar on the behalf of first inning lead by nine runs in a two-day cricket match here during the Punjab State Inter-District (Under-16) Tournament for ML Markan Trophy 2009-2010 at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium today.
A cricket match in progress at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo:Parvesh Chauhan
A cricket match in progress at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium in Chandigarh on Friday.

Basketball
Trials for selection today
Chandigarh, April 24
The Chandigarh Basketball Association is conducting selection trials tomorrow only for those players who have not participated in the Youth State Basketball Championship, which was held from April 20 to 23 for boys and girls (U-16).

 



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