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Food Poisoning
34 students taken ill
Farewell party at school goes sour
Vivek with his grandmother at Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Friday.Chandigarh, May 1
A farewell party held for a teacher of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, on April 28 turned unpleasant for 34 students of Class X as they suffered from severe food poisoning after eating snacks. And what is shocking is that the school authorities are feigning ignorance over the incident.


Vivek with his grandmother at Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Friday. A Tribune photograph

City has no stock of Tamiflu
Chandigarh, May 1
Even as the administration “prepares” to deal with the pandemic threat of swine flu, the city administration neither has any stock of Tamiflu (the only known drug found to be effective against the virus as a precautionary measure), nor a standardised laboratory for the diagnosis of such cases.

Admn plans comfy ride for govt students
Chandigarh, May 1
Sparing a thought for government schoolchildren, the Chandigarh administration has decided to launch  a special economic scheme for ferrying them.

Heat wave to persist
Chandigarh, May 1
The city sizzled today as the mercury crossed the 42 degrees Celsius mark, a good five degrees above normal. People had a tough time beating the heat with many trying to stay indoors or taking precautions if they had to venture outside.


 


EARLIER STORIES

Kalka residents to dump candidates
To opt for Form 17-A
A banner put up by the Kalka Vyapar Mandal at Kalka.Kalka, May 1
The demolition at Kalka may have made driving somewhat easier for commuters, but it is giving sleepless nights to politicians as most of the affected shopkeepers and residents have decided to exercise their right under Section 40-O of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961, and not vote for any candidate. Cutting across party lines, local businessmen have joined hands to make political leaders pay for their “indifference” when their shops were being razed. The banners put by the Kalka Vyapar Mandal, stating: “Vote mangkar sharminda na karen” 

A banner put up by the Kalka Vyapar Mandal at Kalka. Tribune photo: Pravesh Chauhan

Swine Flu
Isolation ward at Mohali hospital
Mohali, May 1
Isolation ward is being set up at the Civil Hospital here as part of the precautionary measures being taken by the health department to deal with suspected cases of H1N1 virus even as SMOs of hospitals throughout the district have been alerted.



COMMUNITY

Speed governors installed in CTU buses
A speed governor device being sealed in an AC bus on Friday. Chandigarh, May 1
The Chandigarh administration has installed speed governors in all the 171 local buses of Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU). The Automotive Research Association of India (ARI) certified equipments, costing Rs 9,232 each, have been installed in the CTU buses. The speed governor has been so set that the vehicle will not be driven at a speed in excess of 50 km per hour.



A speed governor device being sealed in an AC bus on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

ITBP dismisses doc for impropriety
Chandigarh, May 1
An ITBP veterinary surgeon, who had “intervened to rescue” a fellow officer allegedly being manhandled and detained by ITBP personnel, has been removed from service.
A school bus of Ryan Internationl, Sector 49, lost its balance and went off the road on the dividing road of Sector 45 and 46 near Dev Samaj College for Girls on Friday. No one was there in the bus.
A school bus of Ryan Internationl, Sector 49, lost its balance and went off the road on the dividing road of Sector 45 and 46 near Dev Samaj College for Girls on Friday. No one was there in the bus. Tribune photo:Manoj Mahajan

IAF holds flight safety workshop
Chandigarh, May 1
As part of its ongoing campaign on flight safety awareness amongst the public, the Indian Air Force (IAF) today conducted a workshop at Guru Nanak Vidya Bhandar Trust (VBT) Polytechnic College in Mohali.

New LS will have less ‘criminals’: NGO
Chandigarh, May 1
Dr Tirlochan Sastry, founder member of the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), today said the new Lok Sabha would have a lesser number of MPs facing criminal charges as the number of candidates with criminal background had gone down in these elections. Dr Tirlochan Sastry (left) founder member, Association for Democratic Reforms, with Jaskirat Singh, coordinator (North Zone), National Election Watch, in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Child Labour
Childline acts, admn mum
The future of 12-year-old Shravan, who has been working as a domestic help, hangs in balanceChandigarh, May 1
A day after The Tribune highlighted the plight of 12-year-old Shravan, who had been allegedly forced to work as a domestic help in adverse circumstances (Law against child labour fails to deter employers), the Childline of the PGI swung into action even as the administration chose to keep mum.

The future of 12-year-old Shravan, who has been working as a domestic help, hangs in balance. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan 

UT to plant 1.5 lakh saplings
Chandigarh, May 1
Home Secretary-cum-Secretary Education Ram Niwas today held a meeting with heads of various departments regarding tree plantations during monsoon. Conservator of Forests, DPI (Schools), Chief Engineer (Municipal Corporation), Chief Engineer (UT) and Director Health Services attended the meeting.

Man awarded for nabbing snatcher
Chandigarh, May 1
Gaurav, a resident of Sector 43-B, was awarded with a cash prize of 2,000 by Shanti Kumar Jain, IPS, Inspector General of Police, UT, at the police headquarters, Sector 9, for his courage in nabbing a snatcher.

Banks twist customers’ arms for revenue
Sell insurance policies in lieu of lockers
Chandigarh, May 1
Want to hire a bank locker or avail of a personal loan? Be ready to shell out a couple of thousands to buy an insurance policy from the bank, from where you wish to hire a locker or take a personal loan.

Greenhorns harp on development
Even as the candidates of main political parties promise the moon to the electorate, certain candidates seem to be focussing on real issues. Interestingly, the pathetic conditions in the city slums have pained two of the richest candidates contesting from the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat - RJD’s Hafiz Anwar-ul-Haq and Independent Ajay Goyal - who promise to uplift of the downtrodden if voted to power. 

ewild wild web
Twitter, SMS of Internet
Twitter - the micro blogging phenomenon - has now taken the world by storm. It’s power, which was discernible in the tragic incident of 26/11 and the US airline crash in Hudson river, has now spread worldwide, and more than 50 per cent of its traffic comes from the non-US followers.

Round-up
Traders’ bodies support Jain
Chandigarh, May 1
Several market associations led by Anil Vohra, president, Market Welfare Association, Sector 44-D, today announced their support to BJP candidate Satya Pal Jain.

Poll arrangements reviewed
Chandigarh, May 1
A meeting for reviewing the poll and security arrangements for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections for the lone city seat, scheduled for May 13, was convened by Returning Officer RK Rao yesterday.

Trade unions observe May Day
Chandigarh, May 1
The All-India Centre of Trade Unions (AICTU) organised a rally at Industrial Area, Phase I to mark the May Day celebrations and to recall the sacrifices of the people who gave up their lives for the cause of working class people. Hundreds of workers paid tributes to the martyrs. Members of Chandigarh and Punjab Union of Journalists make a human chain to mark the May Day at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Construction on burial ground causes tension
Mohali, May 1
Tension prevailed at Phase IX, here, today when residents of the area opposed the construction activity by members of the Muslim community at a burial ground in the phase here this evening. While the residents alleged it was illegal, the leader of the community claimed that the burial ground was the land of the Wakf Board.

MC seeks “malba fee” from GMADA
Mohali, May 1
As the town is turning ugly with heaps of debris left over from construction work lying in various parts, the Municipal Council has taken up the cudgels asking the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to transfer the collection of “malba fee” to the civic body as the authority had failed to  get the debris removed despite collecting the fee from residents.

Common citizens to act as watchdog
Mohali, May 1
The common citizens will act as watchdog for the Election Commission during the Lok Sabha polls to be held on May 7 and May 13 in the state. To ensure free and fair polls, the Commission, apart from using the official election machinery, will also rely on common citizens who have been appointed as ‘contact persons’ to get feedback about the conduct of polls in their respective wards.

Property worth lakhs reduced to ashes
Panchkula, May 1
A factory involved in manufacturing water treatment instruments was gutted at the Induatrial Area, Phase II, here tonight. Property worth lakhs of rupees had been destroyed in the incident.

Household items destroyed in fire
Mohali, May 1
Household items got destroyed in a fire that broke out at a house in Matour village here this evening. Pukhraj Singh, who worked as an electrician, and members of his family were not at home when the fire took place. Neighbours noticed some smoke coming out of the first floor accommodation, which Pukhraj had taken on rent. Soon they informed the owner of the house Tarsem Lal.

Officials deny attack by ‘wild’ animal
Mohali, May 1
Wildlife officials have dismissed the possibility of any wild animal attacking residents in Sohana and Bhagomajra.

Recession
CITCO banks on food fests
Chandigarh, May 1
Ensuing elections coupled with recent global meltdown has upset the applecart of the hospitality industry here with the tourism sector going through a rather slump phase.

Kin of deceased UK national ‘harassed’
Mohali, May 1
Family members of Alan George (35), an England resident, who died in a road accident, had to undergo a lot of harassment when doctors at civil hospital, Phase VI, refused to conduct the postmortem of the body stating that his accident had taken place at Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh, and thus the postmortem could be conducted there only.

Admn to modernise fire department
Chandigarh, May 1
The Chandigarh administration has decided to spruce up the Fire Services Department so as to prevent recurrence of the Sector 22-type fire incidents. Home Secretary Ram Niwas has decided to demarcate space for fire tenders in every parking lot as during the Sector-22 tragedy, fire tenders could not reach the spot due to haphazard parking of vehicles in front of the SCOs. 

Polythene carry bags are back
A vendor sells tomatoes in a polythene bag in Chandigarh on Friday.Chandigarh, May 1
A visit to your nearest sabzi mandi or a peek into the local rehri markets will give you surprising glimpse of the “otherwise banned” plastic carry bags in the city. In the aftermath of the much-hyped ban on plastic and polythene carry bags in the city, the product seems to be back in markets. After the initial rigorous anti-plastic bag campaign by the administration and various social organisations, that has eventually died down, the situation seems grim in smaller markets.



A vendor sells tomatoes in a polythene bag in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Suit against ICICI Bank for charging penalty
Chandigarh, May 1
A city resident has slapped a case against ICICI Bank for illegally charging penalty on credit in violation of the RBI guidelines. The plaintiff has sought for directions to the bank to make a correction in his credit card statement and refund the amount overcharged. The plaintiff, a lawyer, is the holder of a savings account and credit card with the bank.

CHB Sec-63 Scheme
Floor-wise draw eludes applicants
Chandigarh, May 1
Even after the passage of several months, successful applicants of the Chandigarh Housing Board’s Sector-63 self-financing scheme still await the floor-wise draw of lots to take place.

Office-bearer
Chandigarh, May 1
The following have been elected office-bearer of the Army Welfare Housing Cooperation and Maintenance Society, Sector 47-C: President Col GS Sandhu; vice-president Lt Col BK Sudhi; secretary Major SP Trehan; treasurer Lt Col GS Takhar; and members SK Gupta, Krishna Lal, and Col PS Plah.—TNS


EDUCATION

From Schools & Colleges
City don to deliver lectures in Japan
Chandigarh, May 1
The College of Science and Technology, Nihon University, Japan, has invited Prof VK Rattan, chairman University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University, as a visiting research scientist for short-term research study and delivering lectures.

London varsity VC visits IET Bhaddal
Ropar, May 1
Prof Michael Driscoll, Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University, London, visited IET Bhaddal, here, today. He said Indian students had potential to grow but all they needed was an opportunity to show their capabilities.

Students examined at medical camp
Bassi Pathana, May 1
A team of doctors led by Dr Inder Mohan Dua of the Gian Sagar Educational Charitable Trust, Banur, organised a medical camp at Holy Heart Public High School here on Wednesday.

Annual day at Air Force School
Chandigarh, May 1
Air Force School, 3 Base Repair Depot (3BRD), celebrated its annual day in the depot auditorium here today. Air Commodore SC Luthra, a commanding Air-officer, 3BRD, was the chief guest.


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Pay Panel Report
Ayurvedic teachers feel neglected

Patiala, May 1
Ayurvedic teachers did not get any relief in the 5th Punjab Pay Commission. The anomalies that existed due to non-implementation of recommendations of the 4th Pay Commission have not been considered in the 5th Pay Commission. This was stated, here today, by Dr PK Rishi, president of the Punjab and Chandigarh Ayurvedic Teachers’ Association.

Fire station in deplorable condition
Kalka, May 1
Due to the apathetic attitude of the administration, the fire brigade station has been in a deplorable condition for more than five years despite the fact that several incidents of fire occurred in the last couple of years in the town and its vicinity.

Factory waste gutted at Pinjore
Kalka, May 1
Two fire incidents occurred at Kalka and Pinjore yesterday. According to information, the fire spread in the dumping ground of Madhanwala village of Pinjore adjacent to the National Highway 21-A on Haryana-Himachal border.

Vote for NDA to get more facilities: Sukhbir
Patran (Patiala), May 1
Giving a clarion call to people of the state, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal today called upon the voters of the state, saying that they should think twice before voting as their elected representatives would form a government in Delhi who would decide price of their crops as well as of essential commodities.

Cops take out flag march
Zirakpur, May 1
The Zirakpur police today took out a flag march across the city to restore the confidence of public to maintain law and order situation prior to the elections.

Three arrested for gambling
Zirakpur, May 1
The police arrested three gamblers and recovered Rs 57,640 from their possession here. The accused have been identified as Girdhari Lal, a resident of Ram Darbar, Phase II, Prashant Malhotra, a resident of Sector 56, and Bharat Ram, a resident Sector 26.

10 injured in head-on collision
Zirakpur, May 1
Ten persons, including children and women, were injured in a head-on collision between an auto-rickshaw and a motor cycle on the Barwala road in Dera Bassi today.

One killed in freak accident
Patiala, May 1
Pawan Kumar Pammi, a leader of the “Dhanik Samaj” of Patiala, fell off the stage at a political rally of Preneet Kaur near the Modi Plaza. He was rushed to a hospital after the incident where he was declared brought dead. Pammi had got up to address the gathering, but fell as soon as he grabbed the microphone. — TNS


COURTS

Non-compliance of orders
HC issues notice to VC, registrar
Chandigarh, May 1
Acting on a contempt petition by ousted lecturer JS Rathore, Justice TPS Mann of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice to Panjab University Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti and Registrar SS Bari.

Man to pay Rs 10,000 for filing frivolous complaint
Chandigarh, May 1
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Moti Lal Dhiman, a resident of Sector 51, to pay Rs 10,000 to the manager of Connect Care for filing a frivolous complaint.


CRIME

Laptop theft: 2 engg students held
Chandigarh, May 1  The Chandigarh Police today arrested two engineering students who had allegedly stolen two laptops from a hostel of Panjab University.

Two arrested for stabbing man
Chandigarh, May 1
Sonu, a resident of Mauli Jagran, complained to the police alleging that Tinku alias Dagi and Jaswant Singh, both residents of Mauli Complex, stabbed him near Government School, Mauli Jagran, on Wednesday.

Foetus recovered
Chandigarh, May 1
A four-month-old foetus was recovered from Maloya Colony here yesterday. According to sources, Raju, a resident of Togan village, noticed dogs dragging a flesh piece. When he went near it, he found it to be the human foetus and shooed away the dogs. He informed the police.

PU student fined for rash driving
Chandigarh, May 1
Panjab University authorities imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on a student for rash driving on the campus. According to the officials, the student was driving a black Skoda. The Vice-Chancellor, who was passing by, asked his security to stop the vehicle, but the student fled.

Govt employees booked for cheating
Mohali, May 1 The police today booked Raj Kumar, a photographer with the police, and Rajni, a contractual employee with the traffic police and the district transport office, for cheating and criminal breach of trust. 

Loan Fraud
Consultancy firm targeted outsiders
Mohali, May 1
Right under the nose of the district authorities, a number of fly-by-night operators are luring people to get loans at low interest rates, as low as 4 per cent per annum.


SPORTS

Kaleka is athletics body chief
Patiala, May 1
Former international athlete Ajaib Singh Kaleka was unanimously elected as the new president of the Punjab Athletics Association (PAA) at a meeting held here today. The post had fallen vacant after the death of Umrao Singh, former president of the PAA.

Anvit, Taranbir to lock horns in final
A player in action during a match in Chandigarh on FridayChandigarh, May 1
Continuing his winning streak, unseeded Anvit Gupta of Total Tennis Academy got the better of Prabhsimran Bal 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the boys’ under-16 singles semifinals on the penultimate day of the YMCA Total Tennis Championship being played on the YMCA’s, Sector 11 premises, here today.


A player in action during a match in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Bhullar moves to tied 5th slot
Chandigarh, May 1
Gaganjeet Bhullar from Kapurthala fired a five under par 65 to be tied fifth at five under 205 as Kolkata's Raju Ali Mollah consolidated his lead at 14 under 196 shooting a 6 under par 64 on the penultimate day of the Rs 20 lakh PGTI Players' Championship at Rambagh Golf Club in Jaipur today.

Ball badminton meet from May 9
Chandigarh, May 1
The Ball Badminton Sports Promotion Association, Chandigarh, has decided to organise the 6th Sub-Junior Chandigarh State Ball Badminton Championship, which will be held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, on May 9 and 10.

Cricket probables selected
Chandigarh, May 1
The Chandigarh Cricket Association affiliated to the PCA has announced the probables for the Katoch Shield Cricket Tournament starting from May 18 all over Punjab.

Women golf camp from today
Chandigarh, May 1
The Chandigarh Golf Club will once again open its greens to non-members. And this time it will be for women who want to learn the game. Starting from May 2, the two-day programme will be an introduction to the game by EGTF coach Ajay Gujral.

Little Flower register berth in semis
Panchkula, May 1
Little Flower Convent School, Sector 14, registered a berth in the semifinal in the Satluj Summer Cup-09 after beating Satluj Cricket Academy team-B by six wickets at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, here today.

Cricket tourney from tomorrow
Chandigarh, May 1
The St Stephen's Trophy Inter-Academy Under-16 Cricket Tournament will be organised by Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy at St Stephen's School in Sector 45 and Punjab Cricket Association ground in Mohali from May 3.

Cricket trials
Panchkula, May 1
Hansraj Cricket Academy, Panchkula, will conduct selection trials for new session here today on the school cricket ground, Sector 6, at 3 pm. The academy trials will be held in the boys’ under-10, u-13, u-15 and u-17 group.—TNS

 



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