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City sizzles at 41.2°C
Hottest April day in five years
Chandigarh, April 29
The city sweltered today with the mercury rising to 41.2 degrees Celsius, the highest April temperature in the last five years.

A woman offers water to her child on a hot Wednesday afternoon in Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan 
A woman offers water to her child on a hot Wednesday afternoon in Chandigarh.

Kitchen to ballot battle
Lone woman candidate jumps into poll fray
Chandigarh, April 29
The name, Maya Devi, as such may not ring a bell. She is just another ordinary housewife who has spent her life in a 10x10 dingy room at the resettlement Pandit Colony in Khajeri and knows little about the outside world.
Independent candidate Maya Devi canvasses at Pandit Colony in Khajeri village on Wednesday. Independent candidate Maya Devi canvasses at Pandit Colony in Khajeri village on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan 

HR withdraws bus service on Ramgarh-PGI route
Chandigarh, April 29
The announcement of status quo ante on plying of Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) and Haryana Roadways (HR) buses as per their routes has not brought respite to the commuters as the HR today withdrew its buses on the Ramgarh-PGI route, leaving passengers high and dry.


Insurance firm official gets 1-year jail
Chandigarh, April 29
District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has sentenced the divisional manager of IFFCO-TOKIO General Insurance Company to one-year imprisonment for not complying with court orders. The forum also imposed fine of Rs 10,000 on the insurance company.

6 held for Ram Darbar clash
Chandigarh, April 29
The police has arrested six persons for creating a ruckus in Ram Darbar, where a group of youth of Phase I and II had clashed a few days back.

Political undercurrent evident at MC meeting
Chandigarh, April 29
With election fever intensifying, political hangover was felt during the 140th meeting of the municipal corporation held on its assembly hall premises here today.

Arms Seizure
Cop tampered with malkhana record
Chandigarh, April 29
Head constable Balbir Singh allegedly forged documents and tempered with malkhana record to misappropriate case properties.


Development buzzword for city candidates
Chandigarh, April 29
Even as three major contenders from the Chandigarh parliamentary seat - Harmohan Dhawan (BSP), Pawan Bansal (Congress) and Satya Pal Jain (BJP) - indulge in rhetorics, development seems to high on their agenda.

Returning officer meets candidates
Chandigarh, April 29
Deputy Commissioner-cum-Returning Officer RK Rao today held a meeting with contesting candidates/their representatives from the city seat in for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections here today.

No respite in sight for Sec-49 residents
Chandigarh, April 29
Hundreds of residents of various societies in Sector 49, esepcially Goodwill Society, Sai Society, Super Society and Golden Society, have become victims of official dilly-dally and stranglehold of red tape of different wings of the Chandigarh administration.

Stagnant water around societies in Sector 49, caused by blockage of water outlet, poses threat to health of nearby residents. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
Stagnant water around societies in Sector 49, caused by blockage of water outlet, poses threat to health of nearby residents.

Home Secy reviews construction works
Chandigarh April 29
Home Secretary Ram Niwas along with officers of the health and engineering departments reviewed various construction works being carried out in the health sector yesterday.

Producer-Distributor Row
Malls face reel crisis
Chandigarh, April 29
The ongoing countrywide producer-distributor row has not only spoilt the show for movie buffs in the city but also led to decreased footfalls in the malls, hence affecting the business of both multiplexes and shopkeepers.

Philanthropist revives charity from today
Chandigarh, April 29
Come tomorrow and it will be a double treat for the poor who gather at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, for “langar” every day. After having closed down his “bhandara” two weeks ago due to paucity of funds, philanthropist Jagdish Ahuja is set to resume it from tomorrow.
AS Kalyam hands out “karhi-chawal” to the poor at GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chahuan
AS Kalyam hands out “karhi-chawal” to the poor at GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.

Firing Incident
Victim backtracks from statement
Mohali, April 29
Despite being election time when a ban on the carrying of fire arms has been imposed by the authorities concerned, an incident of firing has not stirred the police to register a case against alleged assailants.

Maid’s death: Probe likely to be delayed
Sample sent back to hospital
Panchkula, April 29
The investigation into the death of Pushpa, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances at the house of her employer in a housing society, is set to delay as the chemical sample sent to the CFSL, Madhuban, has been returned to hospital authorities without conducting the tests. The reason behind sending the sample back was cited as improper packing and leakage of the sample material.

Artistes stage a play during an HIV/AIDS sensitisation programme in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Artistes stage a play during an HIV/AIDS sensitisation programme in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: 
Parvesh Chauhan

Stress laid on water conservation
Chandigarh, April 29
Architects, town planners and engineers discussed problems and prospects of future of Chandigarh at the seminar titled “Chandigarh: Beyond Corbusierism” held at Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh, yesterday.

Sec-35 Fire
Occupants left to fend for themselves
Chandigarh, April 29
A day after the fire broke out at his residence, Ravi Prakash and his family has lost everything except clothes they were wearing yesterday.

Law against child labour fails to deter employers
Chandigarh, April 29
The loose grip of the administration coupled with withdrawal of powers of the UT education department to challan employers engaging children below 14 years of age as domestic help has created a deadlock situation yet again.

Protesters lay siege to police station
Chandigarh, April 29
A dispute between two persons of Maloya colony tonight took a political turn when supporters of a mainline political party laid siege to the police station at Maloya.

Nine hurt in accidents
Zirakpur, April 29
As many as nine persons were injured in two separate road accidents in Zirakpur late last night.


From Schools
‘The Game’ a poignant play
Chandigarh, April 29
Kendriya Vidyala 2 of 3 BRD celebrated the annual day at the Lecma auditorium on the Air Force Station campus here yesterday. Air Commanding Officer of 3 BRD, Air Cadre SC Luthra, was the chief guest and wife Renu distributed the prizes. Principal Ranjana Bassi presented the annual report highlighting the activities of the students.


Sukhbir pitches in for Chandumajra
Patiala, April 29
Apparently having the importance of Patiala Lok Sabha seat for his party at back of his mind, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has pitched in for party candidate Prem Singh Chandumajra with full steam by holding a whirlwind tour and a couple of poll rallies in support of the latter in Patiala.
Prem Singh Chandumajra and Sukhbir Singh Badal during an election rally at Rajpura on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph
Prem Singh Chandumajra and Sukhbir Singh Badal during an election rally at Rajpura on Wednesday.

LS Poll
Senior SAD leader Punia joins Cong
Patiala, April 29
The Punjab Congress got a shot in the arm when senior Akali leader Gurbans Singh Punia joined the Congress, along with a large number of his friends.

It’s all about Badal vs Captain for many
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 29
“Ignorance is bliss” for many senior citizens in villages who are unaware of core politics. It’s just Badal versus Captain Amarinder Singh for them. When quizzed, many people in different villages did not know that general election means voting to elect government at the Centre.

Blind fight for voting rights
Allege discrimination
Fatehgarh Sahib/Khanna, April 29
Visually and physically impaired voters from Fatehgarh Sahib district were taken aback when they came to know that the administration had sent a report to the Election Commission of India (ECI) stating that there were no blind or handicapped voters in district.

Mohali police seeks additional force
Mohali, April 29
Even as 392 postal ballot papers for the military and paramilitary personnel of the SAS Nagar assembly constituency were dispatched from Government College, Ropar, the Mohali police has requisitioned additional force to ensure peaceful voting in connection with the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Misconduct by teacher
Students boycott internal exams
Kharar, April 29
Seeking removal of a teacher, students of the Rayat and Bahra College of Management went on a strike against the head of the department today.

Rayat and Bahra records hacked
Kharar, April 29
The records of the placement cell of Rayat and Bahra Group of Institutes, Sahauran, have been hacked.

Women prosecutors for rape cases sought
Patiala, April 29
A CME programme and a workshop on ‘Medico-Legal Update on Rape Victim Examination’ was organised here yesterday by the Punjab Academy of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology in collaboration with the Forensic Medicine and Toxicology and the Gynaecology departments of Government Medical College, Patiala.

Electrician dies as AC cylinder bursts
Lalru, April 29
An electrician died due to burst of a cylinder of an air-conditioner’s coil in an electrical shop situated on the national highway here yesterday.


Girl’s Murder
2-day police custody for accused
Chandigarh, April 29
A local court today remanded Ashok Kumar, the accused of poisoning Sonia Suman to death, in two-day police custody. Sources in the police said the victim’s father told the police that the accused used to threaten his daughter with eliminating her if she married someone else.


Student held for using fake number on car
Chandigarh, April 29
The police arrested a student of a private computer coaching centre in Sector 34 for displaying a fake registration number on a car.

Man booked for assault
Chandigarh, April 29
Rohit Kumar, a resident of Phase-1, Ram Darbar, complained to the police that Suraj, alias Ganju, beat up and threatened him at Phase-1 market here yesterday.

5 held for illegal confinement
Chandigarh, April 29
The Chandigarh police arrested five men on charges of illegal confinement here tonight. According to the police, 23-year-old Hitesh Bali, a driver in the Sector 45 taxi station, “owed” money to Amit.

7 hurt in clash
Chandigarh, April 29
Seven persons were injured in a clash over an old dispute between two families in Darua village here today.


Lakshay registers berth in semifinals
Chandigarh, April 29
Lakshay Sofat of the Total Tennis Academy registered a berth in the semifinals of both Under-12 and Under-14 category of the on-going YMCA Total Tennis Championship being played on the premises of YMCA, Sector 11, here today.

A player in action during the YMCA Total Tennis Championship in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph
A player in action during the YMCA Total Tennis Championship in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Lawn Tennis
Siblings shine in Malaysia
Chandigarh, April 29
Kabir Manrai bagged first position in the Under-10 boys’ singles and doubles while his sister Rahat won the title of Under-12 singles during the Malaysian Lawn Tennis Ranking Tournament held in Malaysia from April 23 to 27.
The siblings were in Malaysia for a 40-day training programme and during which they participated in the championship. “Before leaving for Malaysia, I participated in the AITA talent series tournament in Ambala and lost in the quarterfinal.

Kabir Manrai and his sister Rahat with their trophies. A Tribune photograph
 Kabir Manrai and his sister Rahat with their trophies .

Abhijot drubs Kevin in badminton meet
Panchkula, April 29
Abhijot (CL DAV) defeated Kevin Wong (St. Johns) 21-10 in the boys’ Under- 14 singles of the tricity Schools Badminton Tournament at the Community Centre Badminton Hall, Sector 7, here today.

Cricket: Mohali dominates Day1
Mohali, April 29
Mohali scored 216 for 9 in 95 overs, while Patiala was playing at 39 for a loss of two wickets at the close of first day’s play of the Punjab State Inter District (Under-16) Tournament for ML Markan Trophy 2009-2010 in Mohali.

City lad for Asia-Pacific Junior Golf
Chandigarh, April 29
Tarundeep Singh Chadha, a Class X student of St John's High School, has been selected in the Indian team for the 30th Asia-Pacific Junior Golf Tournament to be played on the Royal Hua Hin Golf Club greens in Thailand from May 13 to 17. 14-year-old Tarundeep is placed second in the all-India ranking by the Indian Golf Union.

Cricket trials tomorrow
Chandigarh, April 29
The Fatehgarh Sahib District Association affiliated to Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) will conduct selection trials to select its team for Katoch Shield on May 1 at Saffron City School in Fatehgarh Sahib.


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