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Time to make your move now
Chandigarh, May 12
With the numbers being important for the formation of the next government at the Centre, the lone Chandigarh parliamentary seat has assumed significance as the electoral ball has moved to the people’s court tomorrow to elect their representative for the next Lok Sabha.

Nurses Day
Nothing in it for us, say nurses
Chandigarh, May 12
City hospitals celebrated International Nurses Day today even as the working conditions and poor pay structures of modern day “nightingales” in the private sector did not bring a smile to many faces.



EARLIER STORIES

PEC employees complain to Adviser
Told to attend office on polling day
Chandigarh, May 12
Punjab Engineering College (PEC) seems to have run into trouble with its employees approaching the UT Adviser against the alleged act of forcing some employees to attend office tomorrow even though it has been declared a public holiday in lieu of the Lok Sabha polls.

17 R&O bags Flight Safety Trophy
Chandigarh, May 12
The 17th Reconnaissance and Observation (17 R&O) Flight of 660 Army Aviation Squadron received the coveted Western Command Flight Safety Trophy for the year 2008-09 for having been adjudged the best operational flying unit in the Western Command.

Lt Gen TK Sapru, GOC-in-C Western Command (left), presents the Western Command Flight Safety Trophy to an officer from 17th R&O Flight in Chandimandir on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph
Lt Gen TK Sapru, GOC-in-C Western Command (left), presents the Western Command Flight Safety Trophy to an officer from 17th R&O Flight in Chandimandir on Tuesday.



COMMUNITY

It’s pamphlet war now
Chandigarh, May 12
After the war of words, it is the turn for “pamphlet war” between Congress candidate Pawan Bansal and BJP’s Satya Pal Jain.
Congress candidate Pawan Bansal seems to be recommending Satya Pal Jain as “the voice of Chandigarh” as he shows the BJP pamphlet. On the other hand, an alert Jain had earlier asked the media not to take pictures of Congress posters when he was showing those at the Chandigarh Press Club on Tuesday.
Congress candidate Pawan Bansal seems to be recommending Satya Pal Jain as “the voice of Chandigarh” as he shows the BJP pamphlet. On the other hand, an alert Jain had earlier asked the media not to take pictures of Congress posters when he was showing those at the Chandigarh Press Club on Tuesday. Tribune photographs


Candidates play mind games
Chandigarh, May 12
On the penultimate day of polling for the Lok Sabha elections, major contenders today staked their claim to the city seat at separate press conferences here today.

Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Harmohan Dhawan and Rashtriya Janata Dal ’s Hafiz Anwar Ul Haq address press conferences in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photographs
Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Harmohan Dhawan Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Hafiz Anwar Ul Haq address press conferences in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

BJP youth cell chief, supporters join Cong
Chandigarh, May 12
A day prior to the polling, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered a jolt when its youth cell president Ram Achbar Yadav and ward No. 19 president Chhotelal along with their supporters joined the Congress.

All set for polls: Mehra
Chandigarh, May 12
With all election arrangements, including security measures, in place, Chandigarh is set for the conduct of free and fair polls tomorrow, said Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Pradip Mehra here today. After the third randomisation, EVMs have been assigned to the polling officials and polling stations, he said. Strict security measures, including sealing of borders with the neighbouring states, have been taken to avoid any untoward incident, Mehra claimed.

Liquor seizures ahead of polls
Chandigarh, May 12
In the runup to elections for the Chandigarh parliamentary constituency, the local police stepped up its campaign against liquor smuggling and seized huge quantities of liquor in the past week.

Haryana lends 2 companies to city police
Chandigarh, May 12
The Chandigarh police got a breather on the eve of polling for the fifth phase of the general election here with the Haryana Armed Police today providing two companies to its local counterparts.

BSP focussing on voters in Kandi area
Mohali, May 12
The percentage and pattern of polling in the Mohali, Kharar and Balachur segments of the Anandpur Sahib parliamentary seat would tilt the scale in favour of the winning candidates.

74 polling booths declared sensitive
Mohali, May 12
All the poll arrangements in the SAS Nagar assembly constituency were completed today. An election official disclosed that 170 polling stations had been set up in connection with the Lok Sabha elections. As many as 74 polling booths, to be set up in 39 polling stations, have been declared sensitive.
Policemen leave for their polling duty at their respective venues in Mohali on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph
Policemen leave for their polling duty at their respective venues in Mohali on Tuesday.

Section 144 imposed
Mohali, May 12
A ban has been imposed by the District Magistrate on the gathering of five or more persons at public places in Mohali to maintain law and order in connection with the Lok Sabha polls being held tomorrow.

IAF gives safety tips to students
Chandigarh, May 12
As part of its flight safety campaign, the Indian Air Force (IAF) today conducted an awareness workshop for students at Mt Carmel School, Sector 47. A film on career opportunities in the air force and a motivational movie named “Akash Yodha” was also screened on the occasion.

An IAF official distributes flight safety pamphlets to school students at an awareness workshop in Chandigarh on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph
 An IAF official distributes flight safety pamphlets to school students at an awareness workshop in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Members of health ministry visit GMCH
Chandigarh, May 12
A two-member team from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi, inspected Government Medical College and Hospital for starting a certificate course on “Pre-Hospital Trauma Technician” here yesterday.

Train rolls forward without engine
DRM dismisses it as minor incident
Chandigarh, May 12
Last night’s incident of a packed 2232 Sadhbhavna Express (Chandigarh-Lucknow) rolling down the gradient uncontrollably without an engine at the Chandigarh railway station has raised eyebrows on the vigilance of the railway staff.

PU assures jobs to visually impaired
Chandigarh, May 12
With the vice-chancellor of Panjab University giving a final nod to the recommendations of the committee constituted to make the university friendly for visually impaired, it will soon install Braille-equipped computers and books in the library.

Nurses Day
‘Nurses should be compassionate’
Chandigarh, May 12
The city hospitals celebrated the birth anniversary of founder of modern nursing Florence Nightingale today as International Nurses Day to commemorate her contribution, dedication, and devotion towards the nursing profession.
Director of the PGI Dr KK Talwar with nurses Director Principal of GMCH-32 Prof Raj Bahadur in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Director of the PGI Dr KK Talwar with nurses and (right) Director Principal of GMCH-32 Prof Raj Bahadur in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photographs

Speaking Out
Day off on poll day?
The D-day has finally arrived. The city is all set to vote but should the election day be an entire day off or a half day exemption is good enough? Here are the views of a few voters of the city.


EDUCATION

PU mulls dual degrees for students
Chandigarh, May 12
If Panjab University Vice-Chancellor’s ambitious plan falls in place, Panjab University students might be able to obtain dual degrees soon.

Pay Panel Recommendations
Teachers take to streets
Panchkula, May 12
All university and college teachers of the state staged a dharna in front of the office of the Higher Education Commissioner here today to protest against the non-implementation of the notification of the HRD Ministry on revised pay scales for the university and college teachers.
Teachers stage a dharna in front of the office of the Higher Education Commissioner in Panchkula on Tuesday.
Teachers stage a dharna in front of the office of the Higher Education Commissioner in Panchkula on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Food Street brawl
PU lets student leader off hook
Chandigarh, May 12
The committee constituted by Panjab University to consider the demand of taking a stern action against students’ union president Sahil Nanda for his involvement in a brawl outside the Food Street submitted its report today.



 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Water supply project hangs fire in Pinjore
Kalka, May 12
Due to the negligent attitude of the department of Haryana water supply and sanitation, the project of setting up of four tubewells, boosting stations and water pipelines in Pinjore town to cope with the water scarcity problem is hanging fire for more than three years.

Railway station in a shambles
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 12
The Sirhind railway station is in a shambles despite being declared as an A-grade railway station. Due to short length of platforms, many bogies of trains remain out of the platform, which create problems for passengers.

Not all residents to boycott elections in Bassi Pathana
Bassi Pathana, May 12
The initiative by members of apolitical organisations to boycott tomorrow’s polling here has not clicked with all the residents. Though Manoj Bandan of an apolitical organisation stated that they had given the call due to insensitivity of the political parties who did not address their needs and grievances, they opposed to the boycott call and said it was their democratic right.

Man succumbs to burn injuries
Dera Bassi, May 12
Ram Singh (58), a resident of Bhagwas village in Dera Bassi, died after he received burn injuries due to a fire in a room where he was praying today.

One booked on charges of rape
Rajpura, May 12
A resident of Rajpura, identified as Ashok Kumar, has been booked by the police for repeatedly raping a 14-year-old girl. The accused was residing near the grain market in Rajpura.

Society for disabled
Work starts at new branch
Kharar, May 12
Universal Disabled Caretaker Social Welfare Society has started construction of its new branch for destitute and disabled persons at Jhanjeri village.

Role of nurses emphasised
Patiala, May 12
International Nurses Day was celebrated at Gian Sagar College of Nursing on the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the great leader and founder of modern nursing, today.

Accident delays trains
Lalru, May 12
Two trains, Shatabdi Express and Jan Shatabdi, were delayed by one hour following an accident on railway crossing number 108, here today.

One booked for abducting minor
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 12
The local police today booked a resident of Madrasi Colony for abducting a seven-year-old girl.

Lovedeep tops in Patiala
Patiala, May 12
Lovedeep Sharma, a student of Malwa Senior Secondary School, Jassowal, has been placed at first position in Patiala district in Class VIII examination of the PSEB, conducted in February and ranked 37th in the state. — TNS



CRIME


Cop killed in accident
Chandigarh, May 12
Manohar Lal, a sub-inspector with the Chandigarh police, was killed when a speeding car knocked down the scooter he was riding near Hallo Majra in the wee hours today.
According to the police, the accident occurred at the rotary on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near Hallo Majra village.
                                                                                 Manohar Lal
Manohar Lal

Man found dead
Zirakpur, May 12
A 45-year-old man was found dead on the Ambala-Kalka railway track near Dhakoli in Zirakpur today. The deceased was identified as Raj Kumar, who was working as a postman in the Dhakoli post office.

Youth held for raping minor
Chandigarh, May 12
The police has arrested a 22-year-old youth of Adrash Colony in Sector 54 on charges of raping a 13-year-old girl of his neighbour on May 10.



SPORTS


Kapil fashions APJ win
Panchkula, May 12
A magnificent knock of 117 runs by Kapil Gunia enabled APJ Kharar team to beat DPS Pinjore team by 91 runs in the second semifinal match of Satluj Summer Cup-09 Cricket Tournament. The tournament is being held on Satluj school grounds in Sector 4 here, today.


A cricket match in progress between DPS, Pinjore, and APJ, Kharar, at Satluj Public School in Panchkula on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph
A cricket match in progress between DPS, Pinjore, and APJ, Kharar, at Satluj Public School in Panchkula on Tuesday.


 



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