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Rahul bats for ‘aam aadmi’
Mohali, May 9
Striking a chord with Punjab’s farming community, AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi today tried to hard sell the party’s slogan of “Aam aadmi ki sarkar” while campaigning for his handpicked candidate from the Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha seat, Ravneet Singh Bittu. AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi addresses a public rally at Mohali on Saturday.
AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi addresses a public rally at Mohali on Saturday. Tribune photo by Pradeep Tiwari

...meanwhile, bid to spoil the show
Riot victims raise slogans; cornered by cops
Mohali, May 9
Riot victims protest against Congressmen outside the venue of a rally addressed by Rahul Gandhi in Phase 8, Mohali, on Saturday.
Riot victims today embarrassed Congress leaders and the police when they managed to reach near venue of the rally being addressed by AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, while raising slogans against the Congress leaders and the CBI.

Riot victims protest against Congressmen outside the venue of a rally addressed by Rahul Gandhi in Phase 8, Mohali, on Saturday. Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu


Husband convicted in just 80 days
Chandigarh, May 9
In one of the fastest murder trials in which the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Raj Rahul Garg finished the prosecution evidence on May 7, the court today convicted Sunil, a resident of Indra Colony, Manimajra, for murdering his wife. The sentence is expected to be pronounced on Monday.

Stay on Panchkula MC chief’s removal
Panchkula, May 9
Municipal Corporation president Ravinder Rawal, whose election to this post was declared null and void by the tribunal judge on May 4, got a temporary reprieve after the sessions court granted stay on the order passed by civil judge (senior division)-cum-municipal council’s tribunal judge Anshu Shukla, here today.

PGI OPD closed on May 13
Chandigarh, May 9
The OPD of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research will remain closed on May 13 on account of the Lok Sabha poll. However, the emergency services will remain functional as usual, says the PGI’s spokeperson.


Open debate is all blame game
Chandigarh, May 9
The much-awaited Youth Parliament organised at Art Gallery, Sector 10, was a sheer display of the vast disconnect between city youth and the candidates. Though it was for the first time that all four candidates-Pawan Bansal (Congress), Satyapal Jain (BJP), Harmohan Dhawan (BSP) and Ajay Goel (Independent) - shared the stage for discussing the youth-related issues, instead they resorted to mud-slinging and highlighting each other’s failures.

Embarrassing moments for Pawan Bansal as Satya Pal Jain shows an old newspaper with Bansal’s quote “I am powerless, says Bansal” at the Youth Parliament in Sector 10 Art Gallery on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

BJP incompetent to rule nation, says Sharma
Chandigarh, May 9
Taking a dig at the BJP, former Union Minister and Congress leader Vinod Sharma said the party was not capable of administrating the country.

Round up
Bansal never shied away from debate: Bahl
Chandigarh, May 9
Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) president BB Bahl said today that Pawan Bansal had never shied away from participating in debates and seminars and was willing to attend if his opponents SP Jain (BJP) and Dhawan (BSP) were in favour of a debate on issues related to the city.

Dynastic politics has no place in BJP: Sushma
Chandigarh, May 9
Calling the younger generation leaders associated with the UPA government as “compassionate-ground appointees”, former Cabinet minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said the BJP was the only party open for genuine young leaders. In town in support of BJP candidate for Chandigarh Parliamentary Constituency seat Satya Pal Jain, Sushma addressed a huge rally at Sector 25 ground here today.

Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj (right) and Satya Pal Jain at an election rally in Sector 25 in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj (right) and Satya Pal Jain at an election rally in Sector 25 in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Cameras to keep tab on violators
Chandigarh, May 9
To tighten the noose around activists of political parties and to deal sternly with the violators, the Chandigarh administration has decided to install hidden cameras. This was disclosed by returning officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner RK Rao during a meeting of the political standing committee and the contesting candidates held under his chairmanship here yesterday.

Panel seeks AC buses from rly station
Chandigarh, May 9
With the city railway station all set for a face lift, members of the Railway Users Consultative Committee, Northern Railways, have now put forward the demand to run the proposed AC buses of the administration in synchronisation with important trains at the station for passenger’s convenience.

Homage paid to Rabindranath Tagore
Chandigarh, May 9
Far from the maddening noise of ensuing election campaigns in the city, the Tagore theatre played a host to a serene literary and melodic treat titled “Ritu rang” to art lovers as the city administration, along with the Padam, paid homage to Rabindranath Tagore on his 148th birth anniversary here today.

Group Clash: Bail denied to accused
Panchkula, May 9
A Panchkula court has denied anticipatory bail to Sandip Sharma, one of the accused in group clash, at Swami Devi Dyal Group of Institutes, Barwala.

Cops take Khanna police’s help
Panchkula, May 9
Groping in the dark for a fortnight in search of the accused of robbery at the house of Panchkula BJP chief Sham Lal Sachdev, the local police has contacted the Khanna police in Punjab, where similar incident was reported yesterday.

340 units of blood donated
Chandigarh, May 9
The Thalassaemic Children Welfare Association organised a blood donation  camp at the PGI’s Zakir Hall here today.


Kiran Bedi constitutes Chandigarh 101
Seeks support from admn, NGOs
Chandigarh, May 9
Ramon Magsaysay Award winner and former IPS officer, Dr Kiran Bedi, today urged all local NGOs to join Chandigarh 101, a forum constituted by her for promoting education in the slums.

Kiran Bedi cheers with students of Hamari Kaksha. A Tribune photograph

Mother’s Day celebrated at Saint Soldier
Chandigarh, May 9
Saint Soldier Divine Public School, Sector 16, Panchkula, celebrated mother’s day on the school. Apart from the songs based on the ceaseless love of mother for her children, the children also presented a number of poems.

Bahuguna for safeguarding ecology
Chandigarh, May 9
It was a great moment for members of the Sohanjna Eco-Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46-D, as noted environmentalist and Padma Vibhushan Sundar Lal Bahuguna visited to talk about planting saplings and safeguarding the flora and fauna.

Sundar Lal Bahuguna interacts with students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector-46-D, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan


3 women, toddler killed in mishap
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 9
Four persons, including an eight-month-old infant and three women, were killed in an accident near Jakhwali village situated on the Sirhind-Patiala highway. A Tata Sumo and Tata Indica collided head-on near the village. Four of its passengers were killed and many others received serious injuries.

SAD workers open fire on BJP men
Lalru, May 9
A major tragedy was averted when BJP workers miraculously escaped a gunfire aimed at them allegedly by SAD workers. The incident was a fall out of a week-old incident, in which BJP workers had allegedly assaulted workers over organising a political rally.

31 polling stations declared sensitive
Ropar, May 9
The arrangements for Anandpur Sahib general elections have been completed. As many as 13,32,519 voters will cast vote in Anandpur Sahib constituency comprising Vidhan Sabha segments of Garhshankar, Banga, Nawanshahr, Anandpur Sahib, Ropar, Chamkaur Sahib, Kharar and Mohali. These include 6,89,814 male voters and 6,42,705 female voters.

Discourse at Kauli institute
Patiala, May 9
Jasdev Singh Sandhu Group of Institutes, Kauli, organised a lecture with the aim to motivate students to lead their life according to the ethics of Panthic doctrine. The lecture was delivered by Jaswinder Singh Khalsa of England, who was also the chief guest on this occasion.

Rail traffic disrupted
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 9
Five persons have been booked for disrupting rail traffic for over three hours near Mandi Gobindgarh today.

Man commits suicide
Kharar, May 9
A man committed suicide at Badhmajra village yesterday. Rupinder Singh (35) was found hanging from a ceiling fan hook of his house in the evening.


3 killed in road mishaps
Chandigarh, May 9
Three persons, including a three-year-old boy, were killed in separate road accidents here today.

2 booked for duping NRI
Zirakpur, May 9
The police today booked two unidentified persons for decamping with jewellery worth lakhs from a house in Preet Colony, Zirakpur, on Thursday. Both the accused are still at large, the police said.


Manav Mangal, GMHS-37 win on Day 1
Chandigarh, May 9
Boys of Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, got the better of Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 35, by 29-17 29-18 on the opening day of the 6th Sub Junior State Ball Badminton Championship held at GMSSS in Sector 19 here today.

DP Azad academy triumph
Chandigarh, May 9
Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy defeated Bharti Vij Academy by 45 runs in the Inter-Academy Under-16 Cricket League match for St Stephen's Cup being organised by DP Azad Cricket Academy at St Stephen’s School-45, here today.


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