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Prideasia stand-off
Parsvnath officials meet Guv for ‘amicable settlement’

Chandigarh, May 22
With the high-end Prideasia housing project in the prime Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP) stuck in a tug-of-war between real estate giant Parsvnath Developers and the Chandigarh Administration, Parsvnath top brass today called on UT administrator SF Rodrigues in a bid to find "amicable" solution to the stand-off.

Former PCS officer robbed at home
Chandigarh, May 22
Two unidentified youngsters robbed Om Parkash, a 75-year-old retired PCS officer, of Rs 4,900 at gunpoint at his residence in Sector 16 here this morning. According to SHO of the Sector 17 police station, inspector Ramesh Chander, the incident took place around 10:30 am.

Cable theft on rly line delays Jan Shatabdi
63-m overhead electricity wire between Kharar, Morinda stolen 
Mohali, May 22
The Nangal-New Delhi Jan Shatabdi was delayed by around three hours after the theft of 63-metre overhead electricity wire between Kharar and Morinda railway stations near here this morning. After the theft, the leftover wire was found hanging precariously over the track.

Police silent on abettor’s role
Chandigarh, May 22
It’s been four days since Bhupinder Singh, the main accused in the alleged rape of the teenaged Nari Niketan inmate, was arrested but the police has yet not initiated any action against Kamla, a sweepress, who has been repeatedly named by the victim as the abettor to the crime.


Patiala kidnappers hardcore criminals: Police
Mohali, May 22
Yesterday’s arrest of three kidnappers from Kauli village, Patiala, is proving to a prized possession for the Mohali police. Initially believed to be amateur criminals, the cops were awe struck on finding that they were a part of a notorious inter-state gang that had been active on highway robberies in the neighbouring areas of Punjab and Haryana.


Behl is Bar body chief
Chandigarh, May 22
The incessant chants of “Singh is King” drowned the thunderous din of applause as advocate Sukhjinder Singh Behl was elected to the post of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association president late this evening.

Winners of the Bar Association elections in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph
Winners of the Bar Association elections in Chandigarh on Friday.

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Fake firms thrive in grain market
SDM to look into the matter
Chandigarh, May 22
Not giving two hoots to law, traders have alleged that illegal trade practice is rampant in Sector 26 Grain Market. Courtesy: The governing council of the market committee under whose influence some fake firms have allegedly been doing business in the market and causing huge loss to the state exchequer.

Mandate 2009
‘Need for reforms in political system’
Chandigarh, May 22
Analysing the mandate of the Lok Sabha elections, three eminent experts today said people had negated the politics of negativism, and had given a message to the world that India is a country of stability amidst chaotic surroundings.

Rajan Kashyap, former Punjab Chief Secretary, addresses a seminar on Mandate 2009 in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph 
Rajan Kashyap, former Punjab Chief Secretary, addresses a seminar on Mandate 2009 in Chandigarh on Friday.

‘Conviction rate in rape cases not encouraging in city’
Chandigarh, May 22
Even as the Chandigarh Police managed to take the German tourist rape case to its logical end in four months, the track record of the police indicates that a majority of rape cases ended in acquittals due to one reason or the other.

Workshop on maternal mortality rate
Chandigarh, May 22
A two-day national workshop was organised by the School of Public Health PGIMER, Chandigarh, in collaboration with the Government of India and WHO at Hotel Park View here today. The aim of the workshop was to evolve strategies for reviewing maternal deaths in the country, in hospitals as well as the community settings. 

Allegations against placement officer
Chandigarh, May 22
Students of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology approached Panjab University Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti today against the alleged callous attitude of their placement officer Dr Gurdeep Singh.

Cop gets 3 years for graft
Chandigarh, May 22
Additional District and Sessions Judge Raj Rahul Garg convicted head constable to rigorous imprisonment of three years for accepting a bribe of Rs 200.

40 units of blood donated
Chandigarh, May 22
A blood donation camp was organised by employees of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance at the Priority Circle branch of ICICI, Sector 34, yesterday. A total of 40 units of blood was donated in the camp. The activity was organised voluntarily by the ICICI staff and was intended to help the children suffering from thalessemia, a hereditary disorder that causes them to undergo blood transfusion every three-four weeks. A team of doctors of GMCH-32 guided the donors and encouraged them to come forward for this noble cause. —TNS

Spurious drugs factory sealed
Panchkula, May 22
A team of drug controller department consisting of officials from Panchkula, Ambala, Karnal and Jagadhari detected a factory allegedly involved in manufacturing spurious drugs here today.

Health dept raids at sweets shops
Chandigarh,May 22
The health department today carried out special raids at prominent sweet shops of the city, including Sindhi Sweets, Sector 17, Sai Sweets, Sector 22, Gopal Sweets, Sector 8, and Bansal Sweets, Sector 26, to check the quality of milk products being sold. This is in continuation of the ongoing campaign against adulterated milk and milk products in the city. A total of 30 challans have been issued and 88 food samples, 40 milk and milk products samples have been taken since January 1, a press note said.—TNS


Professor locks horns with VC
Seeks clarification for not taking classes
Chandigarh, May 22
High drama prevailed at the Panjab University today with Professor Rupinder Tiwari of biotechnology department and Vice-Chancellor Prof RC Sobti, locking horns.

Computer lab opened at Sikhya School
Chandigarh, May 22
Rotary Club of Chandigarh Midtown gifted a computer lab to the students of Sikhya School, Sector 46, here today. Dr AR Kidwai, Governor of Haryana, inaugurated the lab. Dr Kidwai commended the Rotarians for providing technological access to nearly 800 children studying at the school.

Competitions mark Biodiversity Day
Chandigarh, May 22
The Department of Environmental and Vocational studies, PU, celebrated International Biodiversity Day sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, India.

Harjasleen wins quiz contest
Chandigarh, May 22
Sohanjana eco-club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, today organised an inter-school quiz competition on environment on the occasion of International Biological Diversity Day on the school campus in collaboration with department of environment, Chandigarh.

80 dancers exhibit talent 
Chandigarh, May 22
As many as eighty prodigious dancers between 5 to 15 years participated in a classical and folk dances bonanza titled “Nritya Ranjani” held at Kalagram open air stage here today.


Couples make beeline to adopt abandoned newborn
Kharar, May 22
Around five couples have made a beeline to adopt a newborn girl who was found abandoned at Gobind Colony on May 20. These couples include Chandigarh-based doctors, journalists and businessmen. Those interested in adopting the child first visited the civil hospital, Kharar, where they met its SMO Dr Jai Singh.

Vice-chancellor of Punjabi University Dr Jaspal Singh gives certificates to students of Mata Sahib Kaur Khalsa Girls College of Education in Patiala on Friday.
Vice-chancellor of Punjabi University Dr Jaspal Singh gives certificates to students of Mata Sahib Kaur Khalsa Girls College of Education in Patiala on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Hooda urged to develop P’kula
Kalka, May 22
Fifty per cent of annual budget of the Shivalik Development Board should be spent on various development projects in the interior area of Panchkula district. This was urged in a letter written by Vijay Bansal, former state secretary of the Congress, to Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda recently.

Orientation courses from next session at Pbi varsity
Patiala, May 22
The new academic staff of Punjabi University, Patiala, has been allotted 12 refresher and three orientation courses by the University Grants Commission to be conducted during the next academic session.

Admn unaware of unauthorised parking lot
Patiala, May 22
It may sound strange but is true that certain persons have set up an unauthorised parking lot on the busy Mall Road. To cap it all the district administration and the local municipal corporation are both ignorant about the existence of the parking lot.

Dental college gets nod for BDS admissions 
Patiala, May 22
The Union government has given its nod to Gian Sagar Dental College and Hospital for renewal of permission for admission to the third batch of 100 BDS students for the academic year 2009-10.

Ban on bathing in Bhakra canal
Patiala, May 22
The Patiala district administration has finally banned bathing in the Bhakra main line (BML), which has virtually become a “death trap” for youngsters.

GRP constable kills himself
Kalka, May 22
A government railway police (GRP) constable shot himself today during his duty hours. According to the police, Randhir Singh (45) of Kheri Talwana village, Mahendergarh district, Haryana, was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Kalka, after the incident where he was declared brought dead.


Lawyers take up labourers’ cause
Panchkula, May 22
While the Lawyers for Humanity, an NGO, seeking action against the abetment of bonded as well as child labour in brick kilns at Panchkula, is to file a petition in the high court tomorrow, the NGO has already written letters to the Haryana Governor, the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Chief Minister and the Panchkula Deputy Commissioner requesting them to take steps which could improve the situations.

Fielding of proxy investigating officers 
HC summons top brass of Punjab, Haryana police
Chandigarh, May 22
The practice of fielding proxy-investigating officers (IOs) before the courts has not gone down well with the Punjab and Haryana High Court. It seems the high court is of the opinion that the investigating officer is well versed with the case, and the developments that have taken place ever since its registration.


Eve-teaser held in park
Chandigarh, May 22
A scene was created at a park in Sector 11 here when a man abused a girl and harassed her in full public view this evening. The drama went on for about half an hour and ended only when a youth intervened in the matter and reported the matter to the police, which arrested the accused.

Victims of eve-teasing give statement to the police at Sector 11 park in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph
Victims of eve-teasing give statement to the police at Sector 11 park in Chandigarh on Friday.

Spurious butter seized from Sec 37
Chandigarh, May 22
The police, along with the UT health department officials, seized around four quintals of spurious butter and other milk products from a house in Sector 37, here, this afternoon.

A UT health department official questions Navneet (left) regarding spurious dairy products seized from his residence in Sector 37, Chandigarh, on Friday. A Tribune photograph
A UT health department official questions Navneet (left) regarding spurious dairy products seized from his residence in Sector 37, Chandigarh, on Friday.

DIG threatened on phone
Mohali, May 22
DIG (Internal Vigilance)of the Punjab Police KS Pannu has lodged a complaint with the Mohali police that an unidentified person had threatened him on his phone.

Thieves decamp with cash, jewellery 
Zirakpur, May 22
Thieves decamped with cash and jewellery after breaking into a house at Parvati enclave in Baltana. According to the police, Ritu Sehgal, owner of the house, alleged that she went out somewhere with her family members. 

Six arrested for loitering
Panchkula, May 22
Alarmed with the spate of thefts in the town, the police, stepping up its patrolling here, had arrested six persons loitering late last night. The accused were identified as Suresh, Tek Chand, Rajesh, Rajan, Karan and Mahmood.

Extortion case: Accused sent to police remand
Chandigarh, May 22
A local court today remanded Shanti Dass, who was arrested by vigilance department on Thursday for extorting money from a head constable, to two days of police custody.


Mount Carmel Tennis
Sharda storms into final
Chandigarh, May 22
Top seed Rishabh Sharda got the better of unseeded Anubhav Gupta 7-1 in the boys’ under-10 semifinals to storm into the finals of the Mount Carmel Total Tennis Championship being played on the school premises.

Cycling games: Hosts retain title
Chandigarh, May 22
Hosts Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary Model School emerged overall winner in the 4th Inter-School Cycling Games being organised jointly by Yuvsatta- an NGO and department of environment, Chandigarh administration, at the school.

Wrestling camp from May 25
Chandigarh, May 22
The Chandigarh (UT) Wrestling Association has selected 30 probables, including 10 girls, for the state coaching at the Wrestling Coaching Centre in Sector 30 from May 25 to June 10, according to association secretary general Darshan Lal.

4 attend trials for rural tennis
Chandigarh, May 22
Four candidates out of 10 sent by the Director, Education Department, Punjab, came for the trials of the Chandigarh Academy for Rural Tennis (CHART) that took place here today on the CLTA premises.

Hockey meet from May 26
Chandigarh, May 22
The Olympian Dharam Singh Memorial Six-a-Side Hockey Tournament will be held from May 26 to 31 at Hockey Stadium, Sector 18, here.

Ajay in snooker semis
Chandigarh, May 22
Ajay Singla beat Dr Harkirat Singh to storm into the semifinals of the VIII Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship held at Chandigarh Club on Friday. Ajay lost the first frame, however, he showed his class by controlling the cue ball well in the second frame to take 91 points leads. Keeping his calm, Ajay eventually beat his rival 59-43,37-91, 66-29, 29-57, 46-56. — TNS

Cricket trials on May 29
Chandigarh, May 22
The newly formed All-India Cricket Federation (AICF) will organise the first Eight-Team All-India Invitational Prize Money Cricket Tournament for Under-17 in Kanpur from June 15 to 19.

District Cricket Meet
Guntashveer to lead city
Chandigarh, May 22
Guntashveer will lead Chandigarh Cricket Team in the Haryana Inter-District Cricket Tournament being organised by Haryana Cricket Association. The tournament is being played under the guidance of BCCI. The city will play their opening match against Ambala here on May 24.

T20 team announced
Chandigarh, May 22
The Cricket Federation of India announced under-13 federation eleven team for the coming 1st Chaudhary Ranbir Singh Hooda All-India Under-13 National Twenty-20 Day Night League Cricket Tournament for the Sawan Land Cup in Panchkula and Chandigarh from May 28 to 31 organised by the Cricket Federation of Chandigarh under the aegis of the Cricket Federation of India and the Chandigarh Olympic Association.


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