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Autos to be common man’s radio taxi
Chandigarh, May 8
Finding autos will be just a call away. The Chandigarh administration has mooted a proposal to introduce 24x7 radio auto service in the city, the first in the country. What is more - the refurbished autos will be equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) connected with GSM/CDMA/landline network and other facilities for the comfort and safety of passengers.

Falling ill due to pollution, sue MC
Chandigarh, May 8
Have you ever fallen ill due to poor quality of drinking water or air pollution, then you can move a consumer court against the municipal corporation.

Nation’s future under nature’s fury
Chandigarh, May 8
With the temperatures soaring, the scene of around 30 students struggling to learn 3 Rs under a tree at Government High School, Daria, leaves one amazed at the fact that this school is also the responsibility of the administration.

Students take lessons in the open at Government High School, Daria, in Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan



EARLIER STORIES

Kishangarh Rape
Police accused of inaction
Chandigarh, May 8
Residents of Kishangarh village today accused the police of dragging its feet to proceed against two accused involved in the alleged kidnapping and rape of a woman of their village.

Residents of Kishangarh along with family members of the rape victim come out of Police Headquarters, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photograph: Manoj Mahajan

Man posing as cop swindles Kharar resident
Chandigarh, May 8
A trickster posing as a policeman in plain clothes decamped with a motorcycle of a Kharar resident from the traffic lights point on the road dividing Sectors 15 and 16 on Thursday afternoon.

City rly station set for ‘designer’ makeover
Chandigarh, May 8
If you thought that aesthetically designed roofs and cover sheds are only patterned in shopping malls, then think again. The city railway station is all set for an improved look with designer cover sheds coming up shortly but security arrangements are still a matter of grave concern.



COMMUNITY


Battle of Ballot
Allegations, counter-allegations fly
Open debate challenge for Bansal
Chandigarh, May 8
Coming down heavily on its Congress leaders, Satya Pal Jain, BJP candidate for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha constituency, today challenged them to have an open debate on issues concerning the city.

BJP candidate Satya Pal Jain addresses mediapersons in Chandigarh on Friday. Sitting beside him is Kamla Sharma, president local unit of the BJP. A Tribune photograph

Rallies forced me to skip debate: Bansal
Chandigarh, May 8
While the heat is on for the upcoming elections on May 13, it’s the candidates who are indulging in the war of words through allegations and counter- allegations now. Pawan Kumar Bansal, who skipped a debate among three candidates organised by a television channel yesterday, said today that it was not a deliberate miss as was being publicised by the rival parties, but he had already a few rallies lined up and he had informed the organisers about his pre-commitments

Pawan Kumar Bansal, Congress candidate, addresses a press conference at his residence while B B Behl, the CTCC president, sits next to him. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Dhawan banks on Maya’s formula
Chandigarh, May 8
For Harmohan Dhawan, the grand old man of the city politics, whose day begins at 7 am and ends in midnight is making a desperate bid to enter Parliament on the BSP ticket this time.



Members of the Muslim community take out a rally to demand construction of a graveyard in Mohali on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

A cyclist silhouetted against the setting sun in Ambala on Friday. Tribune photo: Kamal Sachar

BJP activists join Congress
Chandigarh, May 8
Many members of the BJP’s SC and ST Morcha, led by Aman Kumar Lohara, Dilip Paswan, Madan Pal, Rishi Pal, along with other workers, joined the Congress today. They took a pledge in front of Manish Bansal to work for the Congress.

Black Money
BJP conducts opinion poll
Chandigarh, May 8
The BJP yesterday found a novel way of mobilising public opinion on the issue of black money hoarded illegally by Indians in Swiss bank accounts. The opinion poll was conducted at Sector 17 here yesterday.

Prince alleges code violation by MC chief
Police takes out flag march
Speaking Out

Water Woes
Industrialists threaten to shift base
Mohali, May 8
Even as the temperature is soaring each passing day, industrial unit owners in Phase VII here are facing ‘dry days’ as the Municipal Council is not supplying water to the area compelling them to make their own arrangements to meet their needs. The council, however, claims that water shortage had erupted due to snags in the supply system.

Trader’s Murder
Family members to be quizzed from today
Chandigarh, May 8
The police seems to be all dependant on the inputs of family members of Amarjit Singh, owner of Sham Fashion Mall, to make any headway in his sensational blind murder.

Resident alleges trespass by MC enforcement wing
Chandigarh, May 8
Alleging the highhandedness of enforcement wing of the UT Estate Office, a local resident today filed a complaint with the SSP.

Red Cross launches ‘our world, your move’
Chandigarh, May 8
Recognising the current global challenges in the spheres of health, ecology and other areas, the Red Cross launched a campaign titled “our world, your move” on the occasion of the World Red Cross Day at Tagore Theatre here today.

Members of the Red Cross during a campaign on the occasion of World Red Cross Day at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Rural areas more active in voting
Panchkula, May 8
Though the impact of boycott of polling by the Kalka shopkeepers on the prospects of sitting Member Parliament and Congress candidate from the constituency is yet to be seen, the fall in the polling at Kalka was quite visible. Out of 21 booths set up in the town of Kalka, no booth could register more than 54 per cent of votes. The number of votes at one of the booths was as low as 35 per cent only.


Tomorrow’s leaders: With the elections a few days away, children seem to have taken a fancy for poltical flags. Seen in the picture are children carrying Congress flags in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

P’kula council chief row
Matter sent to local bodies director
Panchkula, May 8
While the hearing on the appeal of Panchkula municipal council president Ravinder Rawal against the decision of Civil Judge (senior division) cum Municipal Council Tribunal Judge Anshu Shukla has been fixed for tomorrow, the district administration has sent the matter to director, local bodies, after receiving the opinion of the district attorney.

Shivalikview to get new avatar
Chandigarh, May 8
Cashing in on its prime location, CITCO’s Hotel Shivalikview is all set to come up in a new avatar. After setting an example in luxury by redoing its prestigious Mountview, its time for Shivalikview to get more “luxurious”.

Food Street Violence
PU fails to act against students’ council chief
Chandigarh, May 8
When it comes to taking a strong action against defaulters, ignorance is bliss when it comes to the Panjab University authorities.

CME on medical ethics
Chandigarh, May 8
As a part of the platinum jubilee celebration of the Medical Council of India, a continuous medical education (CME) on medical ethics in clinical research was organised at GMCH-32 here today.

Honour for PGI nurse
Chandigarh, May 8
Santosh Kumari, a nurse at the PGI, has been selected for the National Florence Nightingale Award. Santosh will receive her award from President Pratibha Patil on May 12 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

Duping Case
Sketches of conmen released
Chandigarh, May 8
The police has today released sketches of two conmen, who duped a Sector 35-C jeweller of Rs 6-lakh diamonds.


EDUCATION

Fee Hike
Education dept fails to deliver
Chandigarh, May 8
Education department’s constant failure to regulate fee in various city schools has raised questions on its very intent.

3H for teachers to groom students
Chandigarh, May 8
A two-day peace trainers’ training programme for teachers, organised under the ongoing “Campaign for Peace-city Chandigarh” of the Yuvsatta, the Peace Club of KB DAV-7, the Indian Council of Gandhian Studies and the Education Department, Chandigarh Administration, with support of New India Assurance Co, began here today.

Students pay tributes to mothers
Chandigarh, May 8
Ryan International School, Chandigarh, celebrated Mothers’ Day with great pomp and show. All mothers came dressed up in their best attires. The main attractions of the day were bubbly games like “Mom and me” and “Jumbled recipe” for the mothers. The function was a tribute to mothers. All mothers participated with full enthusiasm to make the programme a great success.

Mother’s Day being celebrated at a school in Mohali on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Woman burnt to death
Ropar, May 8
A hutment situated on the Birla Farms road caught fire this afternoon, charring a paralysed elderly woman and two goats, besides wreaking havoc on belongings of the hut dwellers.

PEC student gets electric shock, hurt
Lalru, May 8
A student of Punjab Engineering College got severely injured after he came in contact with a high voltage electricity wire at the Lalru railway station today. Abhimanyu (25), hailing from Kaithal, Haryana, was staying at her sister’s house in Lalru.


COURTS

Consumer Court
TDI Infrastructure fined for unfair trade practices
Chandigarh, May 8
District Consumer Disputes Redressal has directed TDI Infrastructure Private Limited, to refund Rs 1.50 lakh, along with Rs 10,000 as litigation costs and compensation of Rs 50,000, to a Sector 8 resident for unfair trade practices.

Consumer Court
SBI told to recover insurance compensation
Chandigarh, May 8
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the State Bank of India to recover the whole or any portion of the compensation amount of an insurance policy.

Law panel for amendments in Inds Tribunal Act
Chandigarh, May 8
The Law Commission has recommended appropriate amendments in the Industrial Tribunal Act, 1947, to treat lawyers with seven years’ experience eligible for appointment as the presiding officers for labour courts and the industrial tribunals. The details of the communiqué dated May 1 were conveyed to Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate HC Arora. He had drawn the commission’s attention to the fact that advocate with seven years’ experience were eligible for appointment as the Additional District and Aessions Judges; and those with 10 years’ minimum experience as high court judge.

Murder Case
Orders to be pronounced today
Chandigarh, May 8
Additional District and Sessions Judge Raj Rahul Garg today concluded the hearing of the argument in a murder case and has fixed May 9 for pronouncement of orders in the second hearing after the charges were framed.

Man acquitted in wife’s murder case
Chandigarh, May 8
Additional District and Sessions Judge SK Aggarwal today acquitted Labh Singh for allegedly murdering his wife Jagdeep Kaur after the complainant turned hostile.

Allegation of fudging
HC impounds records of court martial
Chandigarh, May 8
Following allegations of tampering with the record of proceedings of general court martial (GCM), the Delhi High Court has ordered that the said documents be kept in the safe custody of the court’s Registry under a sealed cover.

Group Clash
Bail denied to main accused
Panchkula, May 8
A Panchkula court has denied anticipatory bail to one of the accused in group clash at Swami Devi Dyal Group of Institutes, Barwala. Five students were injured in the clash when fire arms and swords were used freely on the premises of the institute on April 22.


CRIME

Man booked on rape charges
Zirakpur, May 8
The Zirakpur police today registered a rape case against a resident of Sector 48, Chandigarh, on the complaint of a 19-year-old girl, who alleged that the accused married her but a few months later she found that he was already married.

Jewellery worth lakhs looted
Zirakpur, May 8
Jewellery worth lakhs of rupees was looted from a house in Preet Colony, Zirakpur, on Thursday evening, after giving some intoxicated substance to Surinder Kaur (70), an NRI, who was alone in the house at the time of the crime.


SPORTS

Bhullar tightens grip on golf title
Chandigarh, May 8
21-year-old Gaganjeet Bhullar from Kapurthala tightened his grip on the Rs 20 lakh prize money PGTI Players Championship as he fired a 6-under 66 card to take an unbeatable nine-stroke lead tallying 17 under 199 (66-67-66) on the penultimate day of the event on the par-72 Aamby Valley Golf Club greens in Maharashtra today.

GNPS floor Shri Shri Academy
Chandigarh, May 8
Shri Shri Cricket Academy faced third back-to-back defeat today as mighty Guru Nanak Public School and Chandigarh Cricket Academy (GNPS & CCA) beat them by 48 runs on the third day of the Twenty-20 Saupin’s Summer Cricket Tournament, here in GNPS, Sector 36.

Cricket trials tomorrow
Mohali, May 8
The trials to select Mohali district senior cricket team, which will take part in the forthcoming inter-district tournament for the Katoch Shield, being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) will be held on May 10 at 8 am at C-Ground of the PCA cricket stadium.


 



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