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Bansal scores a hat trick
Chandigarh, May 16
Aided by the Manmohan Singh factor and riding high on the development plank, Minister of State for Finance Pawan Bansal today scripted a new chapter in the electoral history of the Chandigarh parliamentary seat by scoring a hat trick, trouncing Satya Pal Jain (BJP) by an impressive margin of 58,967 votes.


Urban voters set the trend
Chandigarh, May 16
Contrary to the general perception that colony and village voters have a decisive say in the election of the local MP, the urban voters called the shots in the victory of Pawan Bansal today. A quick survey of the voting trends showed that urban voters -- 1.7 lakh, who constituted about 50 per cent of the total votes polled -- were a decisive factor in the victory of the Congress candidate. Estimates showed that about 55 per cent voters voted for the Congress, with the BJP getting about 40 per cent.

Double Blow
Jain’s brother dies of shock
Chandigarh, May 16
Fate could not have been more cruel to BJP candidate Satya Pal Jain who suffered twin loss today. The veteran BJP leader not only lost the elections, but also lost his elder brother, who died of cardiac arrest while tracking the election results. Family sources said Satya Bhushan Jain was following the trends since morning and by 10 am it was clear that Jain had trailed and 62-year-old Bhushan suffered a heart attack.


Performance won, says Bansal
Chandigarh, May 16
Basking under the glory of a hat trick win from the Chandigarh parliamentary constituency, Minister of State for Finance Pawan Bansal exuded the confidence of a seasoned parliamentarian after a massive win against Satya Pal Jain of the BJP as he readied for a fourth term in the Lok Sabha.

Bansal’s winning streak continues
Chandigarh, May 16
Cashing in on the development plank, Minister of State for Finance Pawan Kumar Bansal today continued his winning streak from the Chandigarh parliamentary constituency, defeating his nearest BJP rival Satya Pal Jain by a huge margin of 58,967 votes.

 Congress supporters celebrate and distribute laddoos after Pawan Kumar Bansal’s victory in Chandigarh on Friday.
HURRAH! Congress supporters celebrate and distribute laddoos after Pawan Kumar Bansal’s victory in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Victory or defeat they remain unfazed
Chandigarh, May 16
They played a crucial role in campaigning and walked besides their husbands for garnering support for them. Yet when the results were out today, the better halves of BSP’s Harmohan Dhawan, RJD’s Hafeez Anwar ul-Haq and BJP’s Satya Pal Jain remained a picture of poise and grace despite their husbands losing out to Congress’s Pawan Kumar Bansal.

Madhu Bansal, Shashi Bala Jain, Satinder Dhawan, Janat Jahan

Madhu Bansal

Shashi Bala Jain

Satinder Dhawan

Janat Jahan

Jain’s defeat deepens rift in BJP
Chandigarh, May 16
The second consecutive defeat of senior BJP leader Satya Pal Jain has not only put a question mark over Jain’s political career, but has also brought the BJP’s “aggressive” poll strategy under a cloud. The defeat, third in 18 years, is set to spark off a crisis in the faction-ridden BJP with the local party leadership likely to come under fire for its poor show.

BJP activists beat up RSS man
Surinder Pal ChauhanChandigarh, May 16
BJP activists in Sector 21 allegedly beat up Surinder Pal Chauhan, convener, RSS, Chandigarh unit, today. Chauhan, after getting himself medically examined from Government Multispeciality Hospital, Sector 16, lodged a complaint against the BJP activists at the Sector- 19 police station.

Surinder Pal Chauhan

BSP’s theory fails to charm
Chandigarh, May 16
The BSP’s social engineering factor, which helped Mayawati to take a big leap in Uttar Pradesh, has failed to deliver for its city’s candidate Harmohan Dhawan, the results of which were declared today.

Mohali, Kharar did it for Congress
Mohali, May 16
Bridging the urban-rural divide, the voters in the Mohali and Kharar assembly segments of the Anandpur Sahib parliamentary constituency gave their unanimous and clear verdict in favour of the Congress with the party candidate, Ravneet Singh Bittu, taking a record lead of 50,122 votes from his nearest rival and SAD candidate Dr Daljit Singh Cheema.

Workers celebrate victory of the Congress at the residence of former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in Patiala on Saturday.
Workers celebrate victory of the Congress at the residence of former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in Patiala on Saturday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Turncoat turns village in Cong’s favour
Mohali, May 16
Dissidence proved costly for the SAD in the Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha seat. A turncoat, Rajbir Singh Padiala, who had recently parted ways with the SAD, turned the voters of his native Padiala village in favour of the Congress.

On-the-spot power bills in Mohali
Mohali, May 16
For the first time in Mohali, on-the-spot power billing has been introduced for the benefit of consumers of the Punjab State Electricity Board. Persons working on behalf of the board are already on the job and can be seen visiting consumers’ premises with portable bill issuing machines.

Panchkula cheers Selja’s win
Panchkula, May 16
The slender margin of victory for local Congress candidate Kumari Selja did not dampen the spirit of party workers, as they celebrated the win by distributing sweets and dancing on dhol beats.

Kalka’s thumbs down to Congress
Panchkula, May 16
Even as it would be a big consolation for local Member Parliament Kumari Selja to make it to the Lok Sabha for the second consecutive term from the Ambala Lok Sabha constituency, the results show that the voters from Kalka voted against the Congress candidate.

Those who could not vote

Manmohan’s magic worked for Cong
Chandigarh, May 16
Like other urban cities, Manmohan’s magic has worked, to say the least, with vengeance in the city as well. Not only the otherwise laid-back urbanites came out in large numbers to vote, they also voted in favour of Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal. 

City rejects Independent candidates once again
Chandigarh, May 16
Ten Independent candidates, who were in race for the lone Lok Sabha seat of Chandigarh, have once again failed to put an impressive show with only 7,457 votes cast in their favour. Barring one of the candidates Col SK Suri, who got 2,776 votes not a single candidate managed to touch even a four-digit figure. Darshan Singh, an Independent, could manage only 292 votes. 

Parking lot turns dump yard for govt vehicles
Chandigarh, May 16
Government officials continue to flout the municipal corporation’s rules with a few cars mainly Ambassadors parked in various parking lots for over a year. A contractor of Sector-22 parking lot has for over a year been complaining about not receiving any payment for these vehicles which have occupied fairly large area.

Swine Flu
Eight of family kept in isolation
Chandigarh, May 16
A 30-year-old city resident (identity withheld on request) has been quarantined at her home by the UT health authorities after an alert was sounded by the WHO about a few Indian passengers coming in contact with a confirmed H1N1 (swine flu) patient aboard a San Francisco-Hong Kong flight earlier this week.

Senior Bindra referred to PGI
Chandigarh, May 16
Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra’s father AS Bindra, who was hospitalised to GMCH-32 on Thursday after he complained of uneasiness and chest pain immediately after his arrest, was referred to the PGI today.

Hry police to induct more men, patrol vehicles
Panchkula, May 16
Waking up to the unabated robberies in the town, the Haryana police has finally decided to strengthen its force by providing at least two companies of police force with patrol vehicles.

Workshop on neonatal ventilation
Chandigarh, May 16
Experts yesterday stressed on the need for focused hands on workshops on neonatal ventilation, which formed an integral part of the intensive care of neonates at a four-day neonatal ventilation workshop, organised by the department of pediatrics, GMCH-32, in collaboration with AIIMS, New Delhi, and PGI, Chandigarh.

115 examined at eye check-up camp
Chandigarh, May 16
A free eye check-up camp was organised for students of Government Primary School, Bapu Dham Colony, in collaboration with S Inderjit Singh Charitable Hospital here today.


Fake Certificate
Ludhiana girl likely to be debarred for 3 yrs
Chandigarh, May 16
The Ludhiana-based girl, who was found guilty of producing a fake certificate in Panjab University around two months ago, may finally be debarred from the university for three years.

GMCH notified as PGDMT study centre
Chandigarh, May 16
Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, has been notified as a study centre for Postgraduate Diploma in Disability Management for Medical Practitioner (PGDMT).

Fancy dress contest at Mt. Carmel
Chandigarh, May 16
Mount Carmel School, Sector 47-B, Chandigarh, organised an inter-house fancy dress competition today. The deputy general manager of Fortis Hospital, Mohali, Sunil Ganjoo, was the chief guest on the occasion.


SAD fails to dent Cong vote bank
Dera Bassi, May 16
Despite triggering defection in the Congress by winning Seelam Sohi over and using the “influence” of the Zirakpur MC president, NK Sharma, the SAD could not make much dent in the Congress vote bank in this Assembly segment.

MC fails to check installation of tullu pumps
Patiala, May 16
Though the civic authorities have put a ban on installing tullu pumps on main water supply lines in most towns, residents have installed these against all norms.

Cultural programme marks Nurses Week
Patiala, May 16
The week-long International Nurses Week at the Gian Sagar College of Nursing concluded today with a colourful cultural programme presented by the students of the college.


Former judge gets 3-year RI
Chandigarh, May 16
The CBI Special Court of Jagdeep Jain today sentenced former Judicial Magistrate First Class Surinder Singh Bhardwaj to rigorous imprisonment for three-years in a corruption case.


One held, five booked for assault
Chandigarh, May 16
Sahil Gambhir, a resident of Mauli Jagran, was arrested while five others were booked for allegedly beating Karan Modgill, a resident of Panchkula.

One arrested for brawl
Chandigarh, May 16
The Chandigarh police today arrested one of the three accused, Satyawan, who had injured a man with a weapon here late last night.

Bikers snatch Rs 1,500
Chandigarh, May 16
Three unidentified bikers allegedly snatched a purse containing Rs 1,500 and some documents from a pedestrian in Sector 37 today. According to the police, Surinder Kumar, a resident of Baltana, was on his way back home when the bikers stopped him and demanded money. The trio asked Surinder to handover whatever he had as they wanted to buy wine. When the victim refused to do so, one of the riders snatched his purse and fled away. —TNS

Two killed in road accidents
Zirarkpur, May 16
Two separate road accidents were reported in less than 24 hours in which two persons were killed in Zirakpur and Lalru.

Woman drugged, raped
Panchkula, May 16
A 23-year-old woman was allegedly drugged and raped on the promise of providing her a good job here last week. The victim was medically examined today after she lodged a complaint yesterday.


City’s Harendra fifth in PGTI event
Chandigarh, May 16
Harendra Gupta from Chandigarh mustered a par 70 card to finish tied eighth as Mukesh Kumar defeated Vijay Kumar to win the Rs 20 lakh DDA Open Golf Championship at the Qutub Golf Course in Delhi today.

 MCA Academy triumph again
Mohali, May 16
Continuing their winning spree, MCA Academy today defeated 37 Cricket Academy by 27 runs in the four-team Inter-Academy Under-16 Cricket Tournament for St Stephen’s Trophy being organised by Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy here on the PCA ground.

Snooker: Batra pips Amrik
Chandigarh, May 16
GS Batra blanked Amrik Singh by 2-0 in the first round snooker match of VIII Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship held at Chandigarh Club here today.

Athletics body releases calendar
Chandigarh, May 16
The Amateur Athletic Association, Chandigarh (AAAC), released its annual calendar of athletics activities to be held in the session 2009-2010, here today.

Netball meet from May 21
Chandigarh, May 16
Chandigarh Sub Junior State Netball Championship 2009 for boys and girls is being organised by the Netball Association of Chandigarh at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19 C, on May 21 and 22.

Junior golf camp kicks off
Chandigarh, May 16
A two-month junior golf camp for children (6-17 years of age) got underway at the Chandigarh Golf Club here yesterday.

Cricket tourney from May 23
Chandigarh, May 16
CCA, affiliated to PCA, announced its first Under-14 APJ Cup Cricket Tournament, which will kick start from May 23. According to S Mohinder Singh, secretary of the CCA, four teams are taking part in this league tournament and matches will be of 40 over each side. The matches will be played in GNPS-36 and MCM DAV-36. Participating teams: GNPS & CCA, St Soldier and Bharti Vij Cricket Academy, MCM Blue Caps and APJ School Cricket academy. — TNS


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