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Drama in real life
Woman kidnapped near Zirakpur flyover, rescued
She was waylaid along with her husband, who was later dumped by abductors; 3 held
Zirakpur/Patiala, May 21
In a real-life drama, having all the trappings of a Bollywood thriller, a Hamirpur-based woman — who along with her husband was waylaid by some armed persons near Zirakpur flyover — was rescued by cops after a 12 hour-long hot chase on Thursday.

The three accused in police custody.

The three accused in police custody. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu and Rajesh Sachar


Prank call claims Class XII girl’s life
Chandigarh, May 21
Was it a prank call that claimed the life of bubbly, fun-loving teenager Dilshad Kaur, who was waiting anxiously for her Class XII ICSE results till yesterday? While shocked family members of the girl, who was a medical student at Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, could not confirm that it was a prank call related to her result.

Aashreya: Finally, admn decides to appoint warden
Chandigarh, May 21
The Tribune expose of the lax security arrangements at Aashreya, a home for orphaned mentally challenged persons, on Wednesday seems to have forced the administration to appoint a warden for the institute, a day after increasing the height of the grills on its boundary walls.

Zail Singh’s grandson, friend assaulted
Gursher nursing his injuries at a private hospital in Sector-15 in Chandigarh on Thursday. Chandigarh, May 21
Harpreet Singh, maternal grandson of former President of India Giani Zail Singh, and his friend sustained injuries after being assaulted by three youths armed with swords and other sharp-edged weapons at his residence in Sector 11, here today morning.

Gursher nursing his injuries at a private hospital in Sector-15 in Chandigarh on Thursday. A Tribune photograph


Admn fails to plug security holes at Snehalya
Chandigarh, May 21
It’s only a five feet boundary wall that seems to epitomise security at Snehalya, a special home for slum kids at Maloya. Even as the administration is going overboard saying that the security at all such homes is perfect, a visit to Snehalya belies these claims. Around two months back when The Tribune had reported the daring escape by one of its inmates and raised concerns over security lapses at Snehalya, the Home Secretary had claimed that all was fine.
A gap in the boundary wall of Snehalya.
A gap in the boundary wall of Snehalya. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Nari Niketan losing objective: Study
Chandigarh, May 21
Home for the destitute women - Nari Niketan - has no kitchen, no outings and no vocational training for its inmates, which is contrary to the proposal of the Short Stay Home (SSH) scheme that was supposed to uplift the women.

Regularise load or face fine: UT
Chandigarh, May 21
The Chandigarh Administration has appealed to power consumers to get their loads regularised whenever additional loads are added in their houses/buildings system so as to enable the electricity department to upgrade the distribution system.

Southern sectors in a shambles
Residents seek package for civic amenities
Chandigarh, May 21
Civic amenities in Phase III sectors of the city are completely in shambles, if the lack of planning on the part of the administration or the municipal corporation is any indication. As majority of group housing societies have either been completed or are on the verge of completion in Sectors 49, 50 and 51, the influx of population has doubled in these sectors. This has put a question mark on the much vaunted amenities, as there is a clear mismatch in demand and supply.

Traffic Violations
Action taken against habitual offenders
Chandigarh, May 21
The Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA), Chandigarh, has debarred two habitual traffic rule offenders from holding a driving license for a period six months following recommendations made by the traffic police.

RTI fee: NGOs welcome rollback
Chandigarh, May 21
The administration’s decision to roll back the fee charged for filing an application under the RTI Act, 2005, has widely been welcomed by social activists. who have termed it as a major victory for transparency in the governance in the city.

Administrator visits judicial academy
Chandigarh, May 21
Punjab Governor and UT Administrator SF Rodrigues today visited the State Judicial Academy Complex in Sector 43 and discussed innovative strategies with its Director-General Justice JS Narang, Justice MM Kumar and Justice Permod Kohli, Judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, to make it a world-class institution for imparting professional training to judicial officers of the region.

Labourers forced to work near CM’s office
Panchkula, May 21
While the Haryana government may claim to have made the state “child-and-bonded labour free”, barely 25 km from the Chief Minister’s office in the Civil Secretariat, the practice, in a slightly modified manner, is going on unabated with at least 100 labourers being forced to work in a kiln near Kanoli village in the district.

Two children prepare bricks at a kiln near Kanoli village in Panchkula on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik
Two children prepare bricks at a kiln near Kanoli village in Panchkula on Thursday.

Special fund for retired bank officers sought
Chandigarh, May 21
Former general manager of State Bank of Patiala Hardarshan Singh called upon the government and the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) to allocate special fund for retired officers of public sector banks.

Car catches fire after hitting pole
Chandigarh, May 21
A Panjab University student had a narrow escape when her car caught fire after it collided with an electricity pole on the campus.

190 examined at hepatitis camp
Chandigarh, May 21
To mark the World Hepatitis Day, a special Hepatitis detection camp was organised at Dhavan's Jeevandeep Hospital, Sector 16, here yesterday.

Burglars make off with cash, jewellery
Panchkula, May 21
Burglars stole valuables worth Rs 2 lakh from a house in Sector 12 here today.


Lack of coordination between PU, college
Students fail to take exam at SD College
Chandigarh, May 21
Students of psychology honours of SD College, Sector 32, had a harrowing time today as due to lack of coordination between the college authorities and Panjab University, they could not take their examination.

NCC organises painting, debate competition
Chandigarh, May 21
A debate and a painting competition for cadets from six government and private schools of Chandigarh was organised by No.1 Naval NCC Unit at the Sukhna Lake here today. As many as 36 Naval Wing cadets of the junior division and junior wing took part in the event.

An NCC cadet during a painting competition at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: 
Manoj Mahajan
An NCC cadet during a painting competition at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Thursday.


Rivulet turns into nullah
Kharar, May 21
A choe (rivulet) running in the north of Kharar has turned into a nullah with most of private colonies in the vicinity dumping their sewage water into it.

Kalka-Shimla toy train a hit with tourists
Kalka, May 21
Due to the summer holidays, the toy train running from Kalka to Shimla has become a favourite mode of transportation for people, wanting to get a feel of coolness of the mountains.

Fire brigade works sans employees
Ropar, May 21
The Ropar fire brigade has been working sans its employees for the past three years.
Despite having a fire officer and adequate infrastructure, the fire brigade has become more of a white elephant. It requires a total of 16 employees, including 12 firemen and four drivers, but has none.

Pinjore without power for eight hours
Kalka, May 21
The residents of Pinjore were deprived of electricity for more than eight hours today.
They said from 11 am to till the filing of this report, the town got electricity supply only for two hours, between 5 pm to 7 pm. Subsequently, they had to face much inconvenience today.

Mystery shrouds 6-yr-old boy’s death
Bassi Pathana, May 21
A six-year-old child died under mysterious circumstances at Nandpur Kalour village near here yesterday.
Father of the deceased Baljinder Singh alleged that his son died as he was beaten up by his neighbour.

YPS students excel in ICSE exam
Patiala, May 21
YPS Patiala has achieved an excellent performance in the ISC and ICSE examinations held in March, 2009, scoring 100 per cent success in both exams.

DAV students shine in Class XII
Kalka, May 21
Students of first batch of 10+2 of DAV Public Senior Secondary School, Parwanoo, have brought laurels to the school.
In science stream, Naval Gupta scored 94.6 per cent, Usha Dogra got 87.8 per cent, Ankita Dhingra 84 per cent, Rohit Dhanda 83.8 per cent and Shalini Chauhan got 82 per cent.

Holy Family students on top
Ropar, May 21
Abhishek Taluja and Prasoon Garg, students of Holy Family Convent School, secured first place in Ropar district in the ICSE examinations’ results of Class X. Both the students have secured 96.8 per cent and brought laurels to the school.

Rotten pickle, murabba seized
Banur, May 21
The health department yesterday seized 25 quintal of rotten pickle and ‘murabba’ from a factory in Rajpura during a raid.


‘BSP leader’ held for extorting money from cop
Chandigarh, May 21
The UT vigilance department today caught red-handed Shanti Dass, a self-styled local BSP leader, who was allegedly extorting money in the name of UT IGP from a Chandigarh police head constable for getting him reinstated.

4 booked for cheating P’kula resident of Rs 30.5 lakh
Panchkula, May 21
The police has booked three directors in the office of Master Capital Services Limited at Sector 9 in Chandigarh along with a former sub-broker of company at Sector 34 Nitul Mahajan for cheating a Panchkula resident of Rs 30.5 lakh here today.


Rishabh, Anubhav in last four
Chandigarh, May 21
Top-seed Rishabh Sharda defeated Manoneet Singh by 6-1 in boys under-10 singles to storm into the semifinals of the ongoing Mount Carmel Total Tennis Championship being played at the school premises.
Rishabh will now face Anubhav Gupta in the semifinal tomorrow. In another match, Anubahv Gupta beat Jasman Singh by 6-2. Digvijay Singh beat Abhi Uday Gautam by 6-1, now Digvijay Singh will play Shivam Vij in the semifinals.

A player in action during the ongoing Mount Carmel Total Tennis Championship. A Tribune photograph
A player in action during the ongoing Mount Carmel Total Tennis Championship.

MCA floor DP Azad academy
Mohali, May 21
MCA got the better of DP Azad Academy by 48 runs in the last league match of the Inter-Academy tournament being organised by the DP Azad Cricket Academy here today on the MCA cricket ground.


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