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Die is cast — 14 left in fray
Chandigarh, April 27
With the last day of withdrawal of nominations today, the dice has been set rolling for the battle royale for the Chandigarh parliamentary seat with 14 candidates fighting it out for the May 13 elections.


Aping Reel Life
It’s turf war at Ram Darbar
Chandigarh, April 27
Barring Shahrukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai, Ram Darbar, the resettlement colony near the Industrial Area Phase II, has all the ingredients of Mansoor Khan’s film Josh. For those who have forgotten the storyline, the movie revolved around two gangs, Bicchoo and Khan’s Eagles, who indulged in street fights to maintain dadagiri in their respective ilakas at Vasco in Goa.

The road that separates Phases I and II of Ram Darbar, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Ram Darbar Clash
When police failed to act
Chandigarh, April 27
With the Lok Sabha polls round the corner, the last night’s incident of rioting and lawlessness in Ram Darbar has exposed the lack of preparedness on part of the UT police to tackle such situations.

Medicare at schools ailing
Chandigarh, April 27
The death of a Delhi schoolgirl, Aakriti, after the alleged failure on the part of the school authorities to provide timely medical aid to her, has raised the vital issue about the medical facilities in schools.

Patiala Blast
Tea time that was not to be
Patiala, April 27
What destroyed a poor family in a fraction of a second was a minor folly on the part of Paro (35), who mistook a round piece of metal for brass and struck it with a hammer to extract the metal, leading to the death of five of a family, including herself, at Sikriband mohalla in the Lakkar Mandi area of the city this afternoon. The blast has sent shock waves across Patiala as residents apprehend that such devastation could take place anywhere in the city and surrounding areas dotted with scrap shops that store stock without proper supervision.

The police inspects the damage caused by the blast at a house in Patiala on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Holiday on May 13
Chandigarh, April 27
On account of the Lok Sabha election, the Chandigarh Administration has declared a public holiday on May 13 in all offices/ boards/corporations/institutions under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.


People make a beeline for citizen’s army
Chandigarh, April 27
With celebrities like Kapil Dev boosting its image, the Territorial Army (TA), popularly known as the citizen’s army, has seen a sharp increase in the number of volunteers seeking to become commissioned officers. The general quality of aspirants, however, still leaves a lot to be desired.

Candidates allotted symbols
Chandigarh, April 27
On the last date of withdrawal of nomination papers for the elections of the Chandigarh Parliamentary constituency, an Independent candidate, Dr Vijay Setia, withdrew his nomination papers.

Six Independents not so learned
Chandigarh, April 27
Worthies in poll fray are not so worthy after all. Of the 14 candidates finally left in the fray for the lone Lok Sabha seat in the city, the educational qualification of six is below the intermediate level.

Awareness drive on EVMs
Chandigarh, April 27
Even as the election campaign has reached the feversih pitch, the election department is also gearing up for the May 13 elections for the Chandigarh seat.

Admn rapped for lack of facilities at rally ground
Chandigarh, April 27
BSP candidate Harmohan Dhawan today criticised the Chandigarh administration for not making necessary drinking water arrangements at the rally ground of Sector 25 here where BSP supremo Mayawati is scheduled to address a rally tomorrow.

Fracas at grain market over sheds
Chandigarh, April 27
Ruckus was witnessed at the grain market, Sector 26, when some fruit and vegetable traders tried to forcibly acquire the newly built auction sheds at the market here today.

A police team tries to pacify two groups of traders at the grain market, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Wordy war between CTU, HR staff
Chandigarh, April 27
The “disagreement” between CTU and Haryana Roadways workers seem to be affecting the “agreement” between the Chandigarh Administration and the Haryana government, putting the commuters at loggerheads.

‘101’ unavailable at Zirakpur
Fifteen incidents reported in less than a month
Dera Bassi, April 27
With two fire tenders, the inadequately equipped Dera Bassi fire station is struggling to cater to the emergency fire calls here. The onset of summers has only made the matter worse for the firemen who find it hard to control blazes, especially in open fields and industrial units.

Experts to discuss city’s problems today
Chandigarh, April 27
With “development dilemma” staring Chandigarh on the face, eminent experts will meet here on April 28 in a bid to find solutions to various problems afflicting the city. The occasion will be a seminar on “Chandigarh: Beyond Corbusierism” at the Government Museum and Art Gallery to be organised by the Indian Institute of Architects, Chandigarh-Punjab.

Cops gear up in style to check violators
Panchkula, April 27
Wielding new batons with stylish headgear, the Panchkula traffic police, is all set to initiate a major drive to take on violators of traffic rules.

175 examined at eye camp
Chandigarh, April 27
A total of 175 patients suffering from different eye ailments were examined at a free eye check-up camp organised by the Patiala Eye Hospital and Lasik Laser Centre in collaboration with Sri Guru Mandir in Sector 7 here yesterday.

Blood transfusion services best in city
Chandigarh, April 27
Blood transfusion services of Chandigarh have been adjudged the best among the states and the Union Territories in the country.

‘SAD-BJP opened new roads for Mohali’s growth’
Mohali, April 27
The SAD-BJP combine candidate from Anandpur Sahib, Daljit Singh Cheema, today claimed that the initiatives of the SAD-BJP combine during the last two years of its rule had led to opening up of new roads for development in the Mohali area.

Loan applicants allege fraud
Mohali, April 27
Several loan seekers protested outside the office of a private company extending loans in Phase X here this morning. They alleged that the company had cheated them by asking for verification fee on the pretext of extending them loans.

Protest against closure of internal road
Chandigarh, April 27
Residents of Sector 41 today protested against the closure of an internal road separating Sectors 37 and 41.

City RJD gen secy surrenders before court
Chandigarh, April 27
Joginder Singh alias Pehalwan, Chandigarh general secretary of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, surrendered before a local court today. However, he was later released on bail.


CBSE fouls up with photograph
Puts girl's photo on boy’s Class X certificate
Chandigarh, April 27
In a bizarre incident of mistaken identity, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a matriculation certificate to a student transforming his gender. Simranjeet Singh was taken aback to receive his matriculation certificate issued by CBSE in March 2008, bearing the photograph of a girl.

KV-31 celebrates annual day
Chandigarh, April 27
Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31, celebrated its annual function here today. Air Cmde SC Luthra, VSM, AOC, 3BRD, AFE was the chief guest.

Toppers awarded cash prizes
Chandigarh, April 27
The Guru Harkrishan Educational Society organised 17th sanman samaroh function, here yesterday, to honour students of various institutes and universities who topped in professional fields.



Goods worth lakhs gutted at bank
Lalru, April 27
Goods, including computers and other articles worth lakhs of rupees, were gutted in a fire that broke out at State Bank of Patiala near petrol station on the Ambala-Chandigarh Highway in Lalru late last night.

Fire breaks out in forests near Kalka
Kalka, April 27
Fire broke out in several areas of the hills near here. According to the information, several acres of forest areas on the hills adjacent to Orian, Dhamolian, Thadugarh Keela were gutted in the fire, which spread in the afternoon and was yet to be controlled till the filing of this report.

Youth killed in accident
Kalka, April 27
A 25-year-old youth was killed in an accident today, who was a pillion rider on a scooter. The deceased, identified as Anil Kumar alias Kalu, had come to meet his friend in Parade Mohalla, Kalka, yesterday. While driving in the narrow streets of Parade Mohalla, the deceased’s friend Salim rammed the scooter into an electric pole, resulting in serious injuries to him. Anil, who hailed from Himachal Pradesh, died on the spot.


HUDA sites: HC quashes resumption orders
Chandigarh, April 27
The high court today quashed orders of resumption, penalty and 18 per cent compounded penal interest on delayed payments, levied by Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), in Panchkula and other places.

Abduction, Bribery Case
Lawyer sent to judicial custody
Mohali, April 27
A local court today remanded Chandigarh-based lawyer Neeraj Chaudhary to judicial custody till May 11. The advocate had been arrested by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau for allegedly acting as a middleman in a bribery deal in an abduction case.

Five acquitted in rape case
Chandigarh, April 27
Additional District and Sessions Judge Raj Shekhar Attri today acquitted five accused - Ram Kesh, Kesar Singh, Gurdhian Singh, Sham Lal and Ramgir - in a case pertaining to the infamous Naya Gaon rape case. The victim, daughter of a Punjab Police driver residing in the Khuda Ali Sher area, Chandigarh, was allegedly raped by a group of men.

Consumer Forum
PU told to admit visually impaired
Chandigarh, April 27
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Panjab University to give admission to Billu, who despite clearing the entrance examination was not offered admission in M.Ed. as he was blind.

Kidwai summoned
Chandigarh, April 27
Judicial magistrate first class Manisha Jain today issued summons to All-India Congress Committee minority cell chairman Imraan Kidwai for May 29 in a case filed against him for the inflammatory speech during an election meeting in Chandigarh.


Cop held with illegal arms
Estranged wife does him in
Chandigarh, April 27
The Chandigarh police today arrested a head constable of its force with a large quantity of arms and ammunition. The police seized five pistols and revolvers along with 63 live cartridges of various firearms from the official residence of Balbir Singh in Sector 23-B here this afternoon.

Chandigarh police head constable Balbir Singh being taken for a medical examination in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Consultancy firm director held for duping students
Chandigarh, April 27
The Chandigarh police today arrested Kanwar Narinder Singh, director of M/s Fortune Abroad Services in Sector 40 here for duping students of lakhs of rupees. The accused along with his father used to charge money from students, promising them study visa for Canada.

Cross case against neighbours
Chandigarh, April 27
The Chandigarh Police today registered a cross-case against two neighbours who had entered into a brawl in Blossom Society in Sector 48, here last night.

Jewellery worth Rs 3 lakh stolen
Panchkula, April 27
Thieves decamped with jewellery worth over Rs 3 lakh after breaking into a locked house here today. The owner of the house had gone out of station with his family at the time of the incident.

CBI nets clerk for graft
Chandigarh, April 27
Sleuths of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) caught a clerk, posted in the office of the Deputy Labour Commissioner, Kendriya Sadan in Sector 9, red-handed while allegedly accepting a bribe.

Man killed in accident
Chandigarh, April 27
A 26-year-old man was killed when his bike rammed into into a grill at Sector 22 here last night.

Man found hanging in forest
Chandigarh, April 27
An unidentified man, in his mid-twenties, was found hanging from a tree in the jungle area near Faidan village here this morning. Ruling out the possibility of any foul play, the police termed the death as suicide.

Man held for snatching
Chandigarh, April 27
A man, Sikander, has been arrested for snatching a cycle, mobile phone and cash Rs 600 from Jatinder Kumar, a resident of Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran.


Golf Club Polls
Virtual sweep for Gilly panel
Chandigarh, April 27
It was a virtual clean sweep by Birinder Singh Gill (Gilly) with just one member of his panel falling by the wayside in the Chandigarh Golf Club elections with the president himself winning by a huge margin.

Birinder Singh Gill (Gilly) at his office with the newly elected governing council members at the Chandigarh Golf Club in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Punjab State Cricket
Muktsar has last laugh
Mohali, April 27
Muktsar (Zone-A) got the better of Mohali on the basis of first innings lead in a two-day cricket match of the Punjab State Inter District (Under-16) Tournament for ML Markan Trophy 2009-2010 played at Yadvindra Public School.

Easy sailing for Iman, Savneet
Chandigarh, April 27
The YMCA Total Tennis Championship commenced at YMCA premises here today. Over 200 players are taking part in the meet. In the boys’ under-10 first round match, Iman Guron outclassed Utkarsh Bhagat 6-0, while Prusharth Dhull faced a tough resistance from Aditya Kapur before beating him 6-4.

A player hits a return during the YMCA Total Tennis Championship in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Wrestling meet on May 3
Chandigarh, April 27
The Chandigarh Wrestling Association will conduct the first PL Paul and Dr MS Chopra Memorial Wrestling Championship at the skating rink, Sector 10, on May 3.

City eves in Asia Cup
Chandigarh, April 27
Swati and Monica of the Chandigarh Sports Academy will represent India in the Under-18 Hockey Asia Cup to be held in China in June, 2009.

Naisha checkmates opponents
Panchkula, April 27
Naisha Mehla of The British School, Panchkula, emerged winner in the under-7 (girls) age category during the two-day Open District Level Chess Championship organised by the Chess Association of Panchkula at The British School here today.


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