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Swine Flu
Alert sounded, but no case yet
Chandigarh, April 28
In view of the threat of swine flu that has spread to 20 countries and claimed 150-odd lives, the Chandigarh administration has reportedly alerted the health and the animal husbandry department to watch out for cases of influenza and unnatural deaths of animals. The flu was declared a global medical emergency by the WHO today.

Poor security at malkhanas
Chandigarh, April 28
The seizure of arms and ammunition from the house of head constable Balbir Singh yesterday, along with other stolen case properties, has exposed poor security arrangements at the malkhana of the city police.

Recovery suit against Badal
Wife, daughter-in-law summoned
Chandigarh, April 28
The wife of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Surinder Kaur, and his daughter-in-law, Harsimrat Kaur, have been summoned as prosecution witness in a recovery suit against the CM and his son Sukhbir Singh.

Jilted tavern owner held for woman’s murder
Chandigarh, April 28
In a twist to the mysterious death of Sonia Suman, the police today arrested her “jilted lover” Ashok Kumar, a father of three, on charges of murdering her.

Case registered in Ram Darbar incident
Chandigarh, April 28
The police today registered a case of rioting and damaging property into the incident of hooliganism that was witnessed at Ram Darbar on Sunday night.


EARLIER STORIES

Fire in Sector 35 house
Chandigarh, April 28
Household articles and furniture were destroyed in a fire that broke out at a place of worship in a Sector-35 house. Though no one was reportedly injured in the mishap, the smoke and the temperature caused by the fire on the first floor of the house damaged electrical appliances on the second floor.

Burnt furniture in a Sector-35 house where a fire broke out in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan


COMMUNITY

Women more prone to addiction: Study
Chandigarh, April 28
A recent study has shown that women who venture into drugs or alcohol should be cautious, as they are more susceptible to get addicted than male counterparts. This is not only restricted to alcohol or drugs like marijuana and heroin but also painkillers and tranquilizers.

Maya woos Sikhs, Muslims
Chandigarh, April 28
Taking populism to new heights, BSP supremo and UP Chief Minister Mayawati today targeted the crucial votes of religious minorities, particularly Muslims and Sikhs, by promising quota in government jobs for them.


Supporters at a rally addressed by BSP supremo Mayawati in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Factionalism, low turnout cause anxiety
Chandigarh, April 28
Factionalism and low attendance at BSP supremo Mayawati’s much-touted rally in support of Chandigarh candidate Harmohan Dhawan here today kept the party leadership on toes throughout the day.

War of words between Bansal, Jain
Chandigarh, April 28
The war of words between Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal and BJP candidate Satya Pal Jain intensified today with both leaders taking potshots at one another.

CAT
STA told to finish probe against asst secy
Chandigarh, April 28
The Central Administrative Tribunal has directed the State Transport Authority (STA) to finish an inquiry pending against its assistant secretary Vinod Kumar Sharma.

Single-window service for campaigning
Chandigarh, April 28
As per the orders passed by the Returning Officer-cum-District Magistrate, UT, a single-window service has been set up at the ground floor of the Estate Office building for the grant of permission to use the ground and loudspeaker by the contesting candidates/political parties for electioneering purpose.


Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya No 2 of 3 BRD celebrate their annual day in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Shatabdi delayed by three hours
Chandigarh, April 28
Hundreds of passengers were left stranded at the Chandigarh railway station today courtesy delay in morning Shatabdi by more than two hours 45 minutes due to a technical fault.

Cong, Akalis trade charges
Zirakpur/Mohali, April 28
Taking a dig at the SAD, chairman of the Congress campaign committee, Captain Amarinder Singh, today stated that after coming to power, all the past and present shady land transactions allegedly executed at the behest of Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Badal, and his close associates in the Zirakpur and Derbassi area would be probed.

CTU, HR assurance on free plying of buses
Chandigarh, April 28
The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking and the Haryana Roadways buses will operate freely in each other’s territory and no disruption will be permitted.

GMSH: De-addiction centre by May
Chandigarh, April 28
The Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, is set to start a drug de-addiction centre from the next month.

Quiz to mark Book Day
Chandigarh, April 28 To mark the International Book Day, Central Library of GMCH-32, organised a quiz and medical books exhibition at the hospital today.


EDUCATION

PU Notes
PU don gets UGC fellowship
Chandigarh, April 28
Prof I M Govil of the Physics department, Panjab University, has been awarded the University Grants Commission emeritus fellowship for two years. A communique has been received from joint secretary of the UGC Dr M V Krishnaswamy.

Graduation ceremony
Mohali, April 28
A graduation ceremony for students of kindergarten was organised at Manav Mangal Smart School here today.

A correction
Mohali: The management of Sant Ishar Singh Public School, Phase VII, today clarified that the school has a doctor on roll and in his absence a receptionist, who has undergone first-aid training, handles the medical care of schoolchildren.


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Patiala Blast
Police yet to find source of scrap bomb
Patiala, April 28
The police is still groping in the dark about the source of the “scrap bomb” that killed five members of a family here yesterday. This was the fifth such incident in five years, exposing the laxity of the administration in dealing with unregulated sourcing of metal scrap in Patiala and elsewhere.

Accounts officers irked over pay scales
Patiala, April 28
Discontentment is brewing up among the Punjab State Accounts Service Association. The association has expressed its discontentment over the pay scales recommended by the Fifth Pay Commission for members of the association.

Traffic disruption continues on Day 2
Commuters stranded for over two hours
Kalka, April 28
Traffic disruption continued for more than two hours on the second day on Kalka-Charnia road that connects NH- 22 to NH-21-A (Pinjore-Nalagarh highway).

Rude shock for ex-MLA
Bumb (Samrala), April 28
Five years ago, former MLA, Amrik Singh Dhillon, accompanied by a former Ropar MP, Shamsher Singh Dullo, laid the foundation stone of a dharamshala in the village seeking votes for the Congress candidate from the Fatehgarh Sahib seat, Sukh Dev Singh Libra, the former MLA.

The foundation stone of a dharamshala laid by a former MLA in 2004. The work on the building is yet to begin. A Tribune photo

Devinder vows to fight corruption
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 28
Former deputy speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Bir Devinder was welcomed by  supporters at his ancestral village Kotla Bhai. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and local Akali leaders were also present during the occasion.

Cancer, diabetes awareness camps
Bassi Pathana, April 28
A local Mehar Baba Charitable Trust organised diabetes and cancer awareness and women empowerment camps at Peerjain village, near here, yesterday.

Annual day at Kendriya Vidyalaya
Patiala, April 28
Kendriya Vidyalaya No 3, Patiala, today celebrated its annual day on its premises. SPS Khurana, education officer, was the chief guest on the occasion. AS Sandhu, principal, welcomed the guests.

Workshop on soft skills
Banur, April 28
Hero Mindmine Institute conducted a one-day workshop on soft skills at Aryans Institutes of Management and Technology (AIMT) yesterday. Ramanpreet Singh, a business development manager, and Raman Grewal, a trainer, were the speakers on the occasion.

Panel to check candidates’ expenses
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 28
District election officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Surjit Singh today formed a three-member committee to examine expenditure of candidates in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.


COURTS

Arms Seizure
Police remand for cop
Chandigarh, April 28
A local court today remanded Balbir Singh, a head constable of the Chandigarh police, from whose residence illegal arms and ammunition were seized yesterday, in one-day police custody.

Disproportionate assets case
HC suspends Jerath’s sentence
Chandigarh, April 28
Less than a fortnight after a special court convicted Chandigarh’s former Chief Engineer KK Jerath in a disproportionate assets case, the Punjab and Haryana High Court not only suspended the sentence awarded to him, but also admitted his appeal.

Consumer Courts
Negligence costs GMCH-32 Rs 10 lakh
Chandigarh, April 28
The Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the GMCH-32 to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to complainants from Ambala in a case of negligence. Holding the hospital authorities guilty of callous attitude that led to the death of 24-year-old Harsh Sudan, the forum also asked the institute to refund Rs 3.5 lakh incurred as medical expenses, along with Rs 2,500 as cost of litigation.

Rape Case
Court frames charges against two
Panchkula, April 28
A Panchkula court has framed charges against the two accused of raping wife of defence personnel at Command Hospital under Section 376 of the IPC.


CRIME

Property dealer kidnapped, shot at
Mohali, April 28
A 25-year-old property dealer Gulraj Singh Randhawa was seriously injured when four armed youths shot him in the Industrial Area Phase VII late this night. The victim was kidnapped by the assailants from near the Hanuman Mandir in Phase 3-B2 and dumped near Quark City after being shot at.


SPORTS

Lakshay upsets top seed
Chandigarh, April 28
The second day of the ongoing YMCA Total Tennis Championship saw top seed Sanchit Thakur of Panchkula eliminated by unseeded Lakshay Sofat in under-14 category during the second round by 6-1 in just 25 minutes’ time. The event is underway at Sector 11 YMCA courts, here.

A player plays a shot during a match in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Gurkirat, Shivika chess champs
Chandigarh, April 28
Gurkirat with 15 points and Shivika with 9.5 points emerged winners in the under-13 boys’ and girls’ segments, respectively, on the concluding day of district-level Chess Championship on the premises of The British School here today. While Navjot and Kshitij bagged gold medals in the under-11 and under-15 categories, respectively.

Bhullar all set for Rs 20 lakh PGTI event
Chandigarh, April 28
Gaganjeet Bhullar of Kapurthala, who turned 27 yesterday and is ranked 14th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, leads the challenge in the Rs 20 lakh prize money PGTI Players’ Championship which gets underway on the greens of the Rambagh Golf Club in Jaipur tomorrow.


 



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