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Urban-rural divide blurs
Chandigarh, May 14
For a change, Chandigarh’s urban-rural divide has been blurred --at least in yesterday’s voting trends. Contrary to the general perception that colony and village voters decide the outcome of the Lok Sabha poll, the urban voters would call the shots in electing the MP from the city this time.

Suspected swine flu case in city
Chandigarh, May 14
Overcautious doctors at the GMCH-32 have advised “home quarantine’ for a 30-year-old pregnant woman (identity withheld), a resident of Panchkula, who was examined in the OPD this morning with swine flu-like symptoms.

Two suicides in city
Chandigarh, May 14
Two persons committed suicides in the city in the past 24 hours. According to the police, Harjinder Singh, in his early 20s, was found hanging at his house in Burail village last evening while 45-year-old Jagan Nath of Kajheri village was found hanging from a tree in the jungle area near the village early this morning.


Polling over; power cuts back
Mohali/Zirakpur, May 14
Apprehensions of the common man that power cuts would return after polling are turning true. A day after the fifth phase of polling concluded yesterday, power cuts are back in Mohali, Zirakpur, Dera Bassi and Lalru.


Mini AC buses hit city roads
Chandigarh, May 14
The mini air-conditioned buses of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) finally hit the city roads today. As many as 17 mini AC buses will ply on eight tentative routes within the city and will stop at five important bus stops on the way.

A mini AC bus plies on the PGI route in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari
A mini AC bus plies on the PGI route in Chandigarh on Thursday.

Shortening of CTU routes reviewed
Chandigarh, May 14
The shortening of routes of CTU buses and parking problem outside places of worship were among the issues discussed during the 8th Central Traffic Advisory Committee (CTAC) at UT police headquarters in Sector 9, here, today.

Yajna for a stable govt
Mohali, May 14
With the pouring in of exit poll reports of split verdict in the Lok Sabha elections, city residents today invoked the blessings of the Almighty for formation of a stable government at the Centre.

A Day After
While some find time to unwind... for others, it’s back to the grind 
Chandigarh, May 14
A day after the month-long hectic campaigning for the Chandigarh seat, Congress candidate Pawan Bansal and BSP’s Harmohan Dhawan chose to spend the time with their family friends and relative to relax but BJP’s Satya Pal Jain was back to work.

From left: Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal takes a walk with his wife; BJP’s Satya Pal Jain attends work at the High Court and BSP’s Harmohan Dhawan takes to cooking in Chandigarh on Thursday.
From left: Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal takes a walk with his wife; BJP’s Satya Pal Jain attends work at the High Court and BSP’s Harmohan Dhawan takes to cooking in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photographs

Denial of Voting Right
Authorities agree to lapses
Chandigarh, May 14
Even as Chandigarh registered a record turnout in the final phase of Lok Sabha elections, over eight per cent residents — despite having electoral photo identity card (EPIC) issued in their names — were denied the right to cast their votes. Reason: Their names were missing from the official voters’ list.

Those who could not vote

Elaborate security at counting centres
Chandigarh, May 14
Making elaborate security arrangements at the four counting centres in the city, the Chandigarh police has deployed a posse of policemen under the supervision of a DSP-rank officer at the each centre.

Project for adolescent girls
Panchkula, May 14
Starting “Project Kishori”, Rotary Club, Panchkula, has decided to initiate personal hygiene counselling and an educational programme for adolescent girls attaining puberty in government schools of town in discussions with district education department.

Speaking Out
Literate voters make their mark
The unprecedented high voter turnout has elated the city inmates, which is attributed to the remarkable literacy levels and continuous campaigns emphasising the power of vote.


Brawl at Swami Devi Dyal Institute
Accused in custody till May 19
Panchkula, May 14
The main accused in the brawl at Swami Devi Dyal Group of Institutes, Barwala, has been sent to police custody till May 19 after he surrendered at a local court here today. The police was on a look out for Sandip after he allegedly fired during a group clash at the institute on April 22. Sandip, along with his family was missing, since the incident in which five students were injured. Three of the accused, including Arun Kaushik, Gagandeep Singh, Praveen Rana pursuing MBA at the institute have already been arrested. —TNS


8 booked for injuring woman, 3 others
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 14
Post poll violence today left four people injured, including a woman. Three of the injured were said to be serious and rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh.

Five held for selling railway oil
Kalka, May 14
A team of Government Railway Police, Kalka, today conducted a special raid to check the quantity of high speed diesel in the tankers of the Indian Oil Corporation, Ambala, which was to be supplied to diesel shed, Kalka.

Two killed, two injured in accidents 
Rajpura, May 14
Two people were killed and two others received serious injuries here in separate accidents during the past 24 hours. Babli Singh of Alampur village died this morning when he fell from a tractor, which collided with a speeding car near Rajpura city.

P’kula man held for trespass
Ambala, May 14
The police today arrested a resident of Sector 16, Panchkula, on charges of trespassing on Army land. The resident identified as Suresh Kumar (35) has been arrested by the police and investigations are on. According to police, Suresh seemed drunk. Dressed in a yellow shirt and blue jeans, Suresh entered the ammunition depot of the Army, where guards on the duty caught him. Suresh claimed he was unaware of his whereabouts and was in the city to visit his in-laws. —TNS

Five theft cases in 24 hrs
Dera Bassi/Zirakpur, May 14
In less than 24 hours, around five cases of theft were reported in different parts of Dera Bassi and Zirakpur. The miscreants decamped with cash and valuables worth thousands after they broke into three shops in Dera Bassi and two houses in Zirakpur yesterday night.

Cong cries foul over late arrival of EVMs
Machines from Anandpur Sahib reached headquarters at 6 am
Anandpur Sahib, May 14
High drama prevailed at Government Girls’ school at around midnight when the election officials of Anandpur Sahib Assembly segment allegedly delayed delivering EVM machines to Ropar headquarters.

5 pc voted without ID in Anandpur Sahib
Ropar, May 14
Around five per cent of voters in Anandpur Sahib constituency cast their vote without using voter I-card issued by the Election Commission of India.

Candidates, leaders bank on astrologers
Patiala, May 14
Finding themselves beleaguered in thick electoral battle, seemingly exhausted political leaders, Lok Sabha candidates and supporters are not only consulting astrologers for predicting the result, whereas some are resorting to ‘mobile pooja’ by modern pundits.

Talk on significance of Punjabi
Patiala, May 14
A seminar on “Punjab Di Sabhyacharak Niti” was organised by the World Punjabi Centre (WPC) at Senate Hall of Punjabi University here today.

240 sports students awarded diplomas
Patiala, May 14
It was a red letter day for diploma pass outs of Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, when they got their diploma certificates from Olympian shooting gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, here yesterday.


High Court Death of Cadet
NCC told to conduct probe
Chandigarh, May 14
After two years of struggle, the parents of a 13-year-old boy, Rajat Kumar, who died after falling ill at an NCC camp in June, 2007, have some hope of getting justice.

Gangrape Case
HC asks P’kula court to conclude trial
Panchkula, May 14
Disposing of the petition against the bail granted to one of the gangrape accused by the Panchkula district and sessions court, Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the former to conclude the trial within one month.


JE arrested for slapping driver
Chandigarh, May 14
The Chandigarh police today arrested Sudhir Narag, a junior engineer in road division of the Chandigarh municipal corporation, for slapping his driver in Industrial Area here.

Unsolved murder cases haunt police
Chandigarh, May 14
Even as nine days have elapsed since two unidentified motorcyclists killed Amarjit Singh, the owner of Sham Fashion Mall, the local police is still groping in the dark for clues.

Thieves decamp with Rs 1.75 lakh
Zirakpur, May 14
Thieves managed to escape with Rs 1.75 lakh cash after breaking the window of a car parked outside a private bank in Kalgidhar enclave here today.

Two ICICI cheques misused
Panchkula, May 14
Dinesh Kumar, a resident of Panchkula, was shocked when he found that the cheques he had issued to his clients were presented in the bank by an unidentified person. Complainant Dinesh told the police that he apprehended that two cheques were stolen from a drop box at the ATM of a bank and were misused by the accused.


Cricket trials today
Chandigarh, May 14
Cricket Council of India (CCI) will conduct trials tomorrow at Government Model School, Sector 40, at 2:30 pm for the forthcoming national crikcet tournament to be held in Chandigarh. The players will be selected for Haryana team and will undergo coaching at a camp from May 19 to 21. Players (17 years of age and above) are eligible for the trials. —TNS

Asian Football Festival
Tanvi does city proud
Chandigarh, May 14
Indian girls football squad claimed the top honours in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-14 festival held in Colombo recently.


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