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After Kalka and Manimajra, 
Bassi Pathana residents to boycott elections

Bassi Pathana (Fatehgarh Sahib), May 10
The national campaign “Jago re”, aimed at bringing out voters in large numbers, has struck a discordant note with residents here. Anger and frustration against political parties for being insensitive to their needs and grievances has made the electorate shun leaders.

Liquor Flows
Parties hoodwink EC over tea
Chandigarh, May 10
Don’t be startled if you find somebody asking for “chai” or “coffee” at a liquor vend because for the next two days, the names of these beverages would be a “camouflage” for popular brands of liquor for easy supply to supporters of various political parties.

GMADA told to pay for delay
Mohali, May 10
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has been caught on the wrong foot for forcing an allottee to pay an additional stamp duty of Rs 69,664 towards the registration charges of conveyance deed of his property.

Snatchers get active again
Panchkula, May 10
Even as the police claims to have arrested all four members of a gang involved in looting senior citizens here, snatchers have made their presence felt again after a lull of more than a month, targeting two women at different places.

Another liquor seizure
Chandigarh, May 10
Less than a week after 100 cartons of liquor were seized from the house of BJP activist Rajiv Goel, the police today arrested his driver with five cartons of liquor in Sector 18 here.



Will ragging ever stop?
I really wonder what would have happened in our colleges and universities if we didn't have a Supreme Court. I know this analogy - apex court and our so-called temples of higher learning - is hypothetical and may sound strange but just think and bear with me to read on.


Women wear saffron and green hairbands, distributed by the BJP, at an election rally in Chandigarh on Sunday
Women wear saffron and green hairbands, distributed by the BJP, at an election rally in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chief Ministers rally behind candidates
Chandigarh, May 10
It was raining leaders of the Congress and the BJP on the penultimate day of campaigning in the city today. With just two days to go for the polls, leaders of both parties garnered votes for Pawan Kumar Bansal and Satya Pal Jain, respectively. If it was Uttarakhand Chief Minister Bhuvan Chand Khandoori campaigning for Jain, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda chipped in for Bansal.

Haq dubs Bansal bundle of lies
Chandigarh, May 10
Rashtriya Janata Dal candidate Hafiz Anwar ul Haq today dubbed Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal a bundle of lies.

NDA a stronger alliance, says Sushma
Sushma Swaraj Chandigarh, May 10
For her, the UPA stands for “Unlimited Prime Minister Alliance”! That’s how BJP leader Sushma Swaraj put the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance while claiming that her party would emerge as the “single largest party”. Here to campaign for party’s local candidate Satya Pal Jain, Sushma said unlike the Congress and its allies, the BJP had only one prime ministerial candidate, LK Advani, who would form the government with the help of NDA partners, after the Lok Sabha polls.

SSP briefs cops on poll duties
Chandigarh, May 10
The UT SSP today held a meeting of over 250 police personnel at the traffic auditorium in Sector 29 and briefed them about the election duty.

Services to have joint training centres
Chandigarh, May 10
To rationalise capital costs and promote jointness in training and operational capability, the three services are in the process of setting up common training institutes catering to specific areas.

No takers for night driving filters
Chandigarh, May 10
CSIO scientists may have developed “night driving filters” to provide a comfortable view to drivers at night by reducing glare from approaching vehicles on high beam, but it has failed to find manufactures to produce the product commercially for use of the common man.

Play on Harivansh Rai Bachchan
Mohali, May 10
The Mumbai-based Tarkash theatre ensemble staged a Hindi play “Mein Ikaki” (I am alone), in collaboration with NZCC and Language and Culture department, Himachal Pradesh, at Shivalik Public School auditorium here today.

Sec-51 Suicide
Kin for transfer of probe to crime branch
Chandigarh, May 10
Fed up with the slow pace of investigation into the alleged murder of his son, Karan Goel, whose body was found hanging in his rented apartment in Sector 51 last Sunday, Chander Mohan Goel, victim’s father, has sought the transfer of probe to crime branch for prompt action.

Maha Vir Chakra awardee dead
Chandigarh, May 10
Members of the Rajput Officers Association have mourned the demise of Lieut-Col Gurdial Singh, who was decorated with the Maha Vir Chakra for his acts of gallantry in 1962.

Swine Flu
Drive to counsel pig owners
Chandigarh, May 10
In a bid to take preventive steps against the spread of swine flu among the city’s pig population, the animal husbandry department has chalked out a strategy.

Act Violation
Court premises lack facilities for labourers
A child plays with a hammer at the construction site in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.Chandigarh, May 10
On the premises of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which is known as the guardian of law, the Labour Act is being violated as children of migrant labourers are loitering around at a construction site, as there is no crèche for them.

A child plays with a hammer at the construction site in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Photo by writer

Admn working on multi-level parking in big way
Chandigarh, May 10
The administration is constructing various multi-level and surface parking in the city. The department of urban planning and town planning has earmarked sites with an approximate area of 5 acres for multi-level parking in Sector 17, the detailing of which would be done after receiving a comprehensive mobility plan by RITES.

Chandumajra campaigns for Cheema
Mohali, May 10
After polling in four Lok Sabha constituencies, the SAD general secretary and candidate from Patiala Lok Sabha constituency Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, and Zirakpur Municipal Council president NK Sharma campaigned for the SAD-BJP combine candidate from Anandpur Sahib seat Dr Daljit Singh Cheema in Mohali today.

Evening of spiritual music
Ropar, May 10
An evening with the spiritual symphony of musical notes, named Bhaja Govindam, was organised by the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan at Ambedkar Bhawan here last night.

Devotees recite verses
Chandigarh, May 10
Devotees of Sri Venkataeswara recited the verses of Sri Annamacharya, an ardent poet, at Karthikeya Swamy Temple in Sector 31-D here today. The devotees celebrated 601st birth anniversary of the poet today. The main event was held in Hydrabad. — TNS

City Scope Letters
Vote to keep away corrupt leaders 
By virtue of ‘I’ll vote. Will you?’ by Raveen Thukral’s City Scope after obtaining feedback and reader’s contribution, we can at least motivate voters in the tricity. Either exercise their voting right or exercise option available under rule 49. At the same time, tendency of pseudo welfare associations need to be exposed. Do these so-called associations have legal right to release press release in favour of a candidate. To some extent, professional association has got a right to adopt this option after taking approval in AGM. But residential welfare assocations representing various groups, professionals, religious beliefs have no moral right. What is the option available under election code of conduct is a matter of concern.


US scholarship for city student
Chandigarh, May 10
The recent scholarship awarded to a city student Manbharat, who received $22,000 and a 100 per cent tuition waiver from Florida University has belied the myth that in the times of recession, scholarships are a passé.

2,000 take free mock CAT
Chandigarh, May 10
With the Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by the Indian Institute of Management going online this year, more than 2,000 MBA aspirants today tested their preparation in the free mock CAT and scholarship test at DAV College, Sector 10, organised by Bulls Eye, in association with The Tribune.


BPL Scheme
Villagers get status quo on allotment of plots
Kalka, May 10
Residents of Nandpur village of Pinjore Block, who moved the Session Court, Panchkula, challenging the allotment of plots under the BPL scheme of the state government, have got status quo on the issue.

SBoP cuts loan rates
Patiala, May 10
The State Bank of Patiala (SBoP) has decided to reduce the interest rate on finance against warehouse receipts. The sources in the SBoP said the bank would now offer the product at the low rates of 10.25 per cent per annum, without processing fee and other charges. 

Flag march by cops ahead of elections
Bassi Pathana, May 10
Police personnel and Para-military forces led by Rajwinder Singh Sohal, DSP Bassi Pathana, took out a flag march here today to boost the confidence of people on the eve of Parliament election.

Post-harvesting blues
Rly returns tickets to 1,000 passengers
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 10
Railway authorities in Sirhind have returned tickets of a large number of passengers due to heavy rush after the harvesting season in Punjab. Tickets of nearly 1,000 passengers were returned during the past few days.

All acquitted in Chiriya murder case
Ambala, May 10
Additional Session Judge Vikram Aggarwal acquitted Rakesh alias Bobby and nine others in the Chiriya murder case of Ambala Cantt here yesterday.

Cong, SAD candidates not enrolled
Ropar, May 10
Congress and SAD candidates contesting from Anandpur Sahib general seat are not enrolled as voters from the constituency they are contesting. Congress candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu has his vote at Kotla Afgana village in Payal tehsil of Ludhiana, while SAD candidate Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema has his vote in Jalandhar cantonment.


Consumer Courts
Engg college told to refund fee

Dera Bassi, May 10
The Mohali Consumer Court, holding the college guilty of deficiency in services, asked Punjab Engineering College at Mallakpur in Lalru to refund the fee to a student within a period of one month, along with interest.


Father accuses police of coercion

Chandigarh, May 10
Vijay Kumar, father of Sonia Suman, who was allegedly murdered by her “boyfriend” on April 24, today accused the police of forcing him to arrange for eyewitnesses to strengthen the case. Talking to the TNS, Vijay alleged that the investigating officer had been compelling him to arrange for eyewitnesses, who could depose that they had seen the accused with his daughter on the fateful day.

Pedestrian hurt in accident
Chandigarh, May 10
An unknown pedestrian was injured after he was hit by a vehicle near coal depot in Sector 22. The injured was admitted to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16. According to the police, the driver of the vehicle sped away after the incident. A case under Sections 279 and 337 of IPC has been registered at the police station-17.


Manav Mangal drub Guru Harkrishan school

Players of Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, after winning the boys’ title of Sub-Junior State Ball Badminton Championship on Sunday. Chandigarh, May 10
Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, defeated Guru Har Krishan Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, by 29-17, 29-15 in boys’ final to annex the 6th Sub-Junior State Ball Badminton Championship held at GMSSS in Sector 19 here today.

Players of Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, after winning the boys’ title of Sub-Junior State Ball Badminton Championship on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

GNPS-CCA defeat Blue Caps academy
Chandigarh, May 10
Guru Nanak Public School and Chandigarh Cricket Academy (GNPS and CCA) drubbed MCM Blue Caps Cricket Academy by 9 wickets in the final to lift the T20 Saupin’s Summer Cricket Tournament, held at MCM DAV, Sector 36, today.


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