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Two girls at Aashray found ‘normal
Chandigarh, May 24
What could further cast a shadow over the working of Nari Niketan, psychological tests conducted on 13 girls shifted from there to Aashray, the home for orphaned mentally challenged children in Sector 47, in the past three months has revealed that at least two of them are “normal.”

Scooterist hit by PRTC bus, dies
Chandigarh, May 24
A scooterist was killed while another riding pillion sustained serious injuries when a speeding roadways bus rammed into their vehicle at traffic light point on the road separating Sectors 31 and 32, here, today evening.

Fire in Sec 26 godown, tragedy averted
Chandigarh, May 24
A major tragedy was averted after a fire broke out in a shop-cum-godown storing disposable plastic catering materials and petroleum products in Sector-26 grain market, here today evening. Though no causality was reported, as there wasn’t anybody in the godown for today being Sunday, yet goods worth lakh of rupees were gutted, claimed Satish Garg, the shopkeeper.

Rain, hailstorm lash Chandigarh
Chandigarh, May 24
One of the waterlogged roads after rain lashed Chandigarh on Sunday. Prevailing dry and hot weather conditions made the day cool and pleasant after untimely but heavy rain lashed the city today afternoon.

One of the waterlogged roads after rain lashed Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari



EARLIER STORIES

Bound by MHA directive
Rodrigues orders recast of advisory council
Chandigarh, May 24
UT Administrator SF Rodrigues, it seems, acts only under the directions of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Close on the heels of restoration of the annual confidential report (ACR)-writing powers of Adviser Pradip Mehra on ministry’s stern directions, Rodrigues has “complied with” another MHA directive on the reconstitution of Adminstrator’s Advisory Council (AAC).

MSc question papers stolen from govt college
Kalka, May 24
Question papers of MSc (geography) examination being conducted by Kurukshetra University were stolen from the local Government Postgraduate College last night. The examination is scheduled for tomorrow.

Insensitivity is not the answer
Do you remember Nikhil Kumar? If not, here's a recap to refresh your memories - he was the former Police Commissioner of Delhi who later joined politics and became a Congress MP from Bihar in the last Lok Sabha.


COMMUNITY

Welfare Programmes
Admn to seek social bodies’ help
Chandigarh, May 24
The UT administration is planning to invite Chandigarh-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs), social activists and voluntary organisations committed to the cause of various social issues to be a partner in various social initiative programmes launched by the government.

Grain Market Fire
No lesson learnt from past
Firemen remove inflammable material from the godown where a fire broke out at grain market, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Sunday.Chandigarh, May 24
It seems no lesson has been learnt from incidents of the past - more recently the death of four persons in Sector 22 in April this year - for nothing else can explain the situation at the grain market in Sector 26, where a fire broke out this evening. While a major tragedy was averted after the fire broke out in a godown-cum-shop containing combustible materials, no apparent safety measures were in place to prevent a fire.



Firemen remove inflammable material from the godown where a fire broke out at grain market, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Building, traffic violations galore at iron market
Chandigarh, May 24
Iron merchants at the iron and steel market in Sector 29 have not only encroached upon the government land but also posed a serious threat to human lives by dumping their material on the road.
A cart laden with iron bars iron bars lay illegally on the road posing a threat to motorists at the iron market in Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
A cart laden with iron bars; and (right) iron bars lay illegally on the road posing a threat to motorists at the iron market in Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photos: S Chandan

Construction of Plots
Want extension? Be ready to shell out Rs 2 lakh
Mohali, May 24
Those planning to get an extension on construction of their plots till December 31, 2009, will have to pay an extension fee at the rate of four per cent of the plots’ market value for the year.

BSF to march on Rahman’s song
Chandigarh, May 24
The Border Security Force (BSF) will now be marching to the tune of AR Rahman. The eminent musician has composed a theme song for the BSF, which is the first of its kind for any para-military force in the country.

Molestation
Cops lock horn over jurisdiction

Chandigarh, May 24
Mani Majra and Sector -11 police stations locked horns over the jurisdiction for hours instead of taking action against an elderly man, who had allegedly molested a minor girl throughout the day. Officials at both police stations kept on passing the buck to each other till late in the night, when ultimately Mani Majra police station relented and registered the case.
These girls seem to be having an enjoyable time in the rain that hit Chandigarh on Sunday. Heavy rain and hailstorm brought respite for the Chandigarhians as the temperature came down considerably
These girls seem to be having an enjoyable time in the rain that hit Chandigarh on Sunday. Heavy rain and hailstorm brought respite for the Chandigarhians as the temperature came down considerably. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

2 trapped in lift, rescued
Chandigarh, May 24
Two persons were trapped in a lift on the second floor of malaria office in Sector 9 here today.

British Library holds workshop for 
Chandigarh, May 24
As a part of the British Library organisational membership, The British Library today organised a workshop for IELTS trainers, which was attended by about 35 participants.

SBoP revises interest rates
Patiala, May 24 The State Bank of Patiala has revised interest rates on domestic term deposits from yesterday. The interest rate from 15 to 45 days have been fixed at 3.25 per cent per annum. For the deposits from 46 to 90 days at 4.25 per cent, 91 to 180 days at 5.50 per cent, 181 days to less than one year at 6.75 per cent, one year to less than 500 days at 7.50 per cent, for 500 days’ deposit at 8 per cent and 501 days to 10 years at 8 per cent.

Alcoholic Anonymous completes 13 yrs
Panchkula, May 24
Achieving another milestone in the illustrious history of Alcoholic Anonymous (AA), a worldwide fellowship of recovering alcoholics, the Samparpan Group of the AA today completed 13 years of bringing smile back on the faces of the suffering alcoholics, their families and friends.

‘Matka’ dance moves audience
Panchkula, May 24
The splendour of Bharatnatyam and Kathak classical dances pervaded the arena of Bhavan Vidyalaya auditorium, as over 50 girl students performed in a dance bonanza titled ‘Abhinay Darpan’ here today.

City Scope Letters
This refers to the City Scope “The Congress has it!” (May 18) by Raveen Thukral in which he has rightly said -The Congress has it.


EDUCATION

PU cooks to hone culinary skills
Chandigarh, May 24
The cooks at the Panjab University hostels are likely to undergo a training in culinary hygiene and skills from Dr BR Ambedkar Hotel Management Institute. The proposal has been recommended by the recently-formed committee looking into the complaints of supply of sub standard meals in the hostels.


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Gang involved in vehicle thefts busted
Ropar, May 24
The police has busted an inter-state vehicle-lifters’ gang that has been operating in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab for past three years. Nine members of the gang were arrested over a span of past one week.
Motorcycle riders cover their faces during a storm in Patiala on Sunday.
Motorcycle riders cover their faces during a storm in Patiala on Sunday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Hospital opens serai
Patiala, May 24
The Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital has opened a serai for stay of attendants of patients admitted to the indoor wards of the hospital. Dr HM Swami, medical superintendent of Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, said the serai had been a goodwill gesture for the management of the hospital to the patients undergoing treatment in the indoor wards of the hospital.

Rs 2.1 lakh robbed at gunpoint
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 24
Unidentified persons armed with pistols looted Rs 2.10 lakh at a gunpoint in Mandi Gobindgarh, Fatehgarh Sahib district, late yesterday evening. The four-armed men entered the office of National Trading Company at Battan Lal Road and fire a few shots in the air to intimidate the staff and then demanded money.

Man commits suicide
Kalka, May 24
Vijay Kumar (35), a resident of Sarangpur Colony, committed suicide by hanging himself with a ceiling fan at his residence here today. According to sources, a relative of the deceased, Raju, informed the police about the incident when he went to meet Vijay at 8 am today.

Engg college gets accreditation
Kharar, May 24
Chandigarh Engineering College (CEC), Landran, has got accredited by the National Board of Accreditation, New Delhi.

Play to sensitise people on social evils
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 24
Shaheed Bhagat Singh Cultural and Sports club of Amadpur village today organised a play to sensitise people about social evils.


CRIME

10-yr-old boy missing since May 21
Chandigarh, May 24
A 10-year-old boy of Kishangarh has been missing from his residence since May 21. The police received a call from an unknown man that Kailash was missing. Following this, the police confirmed the same form his house where her mother said her son had gone to play but had not come yet.

Man held for assaulting Sec-26 resident
Chandigarh, May 24
Chhotu Ram, a resident of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, has been booked for allegedly beating up Vinod, also a resident of the same place.

463 cartons of liquor seized
Mohali, May 24
CIA wing of the Mohali police today seized 463 cartons of Indian made foreign liquor from a truck near Landran here. The liquor was being smuggled to Rajasthan. A case under the Excise Act has been registered.

4 held for cable theft
Chandigarh, May 24
The crime branch of the UT police yesterday arrested four persons, including a lineman, in the connection with the theft of 35-metre electricity cable from electricity office in Sector 33 on Friday.

Husband, in-laws booked for dowry
Panchkula, May 24
The police has booked husband and father-in-law of a 22-year-old woman, for allegedly beating her up for not brining enough dowry and for keeping her under house arrest since Friday evening. The victim, Anu Bala, however, escaped from the house and went to her relatives’ house, who later admitted her to a hospital in Sector 6.

Five arrested
Panchkula, May 24
The police claimed to have arrested five persons for planning a robbery here last night. All the five accused have been identified as Vikram, Dara, Ramesh, Ram Singh and Charanjit. While Vikram belongs to West Bengal, the others are residents of UP.


SPORTS

Harmanjit powers Bharti Vij Academy home
Chandigarh, May 24
Bharti Vij Academy got the better of Sector-37 Cricket Academy by 73 runs in the last league match of the Inter-Academy Under-16 Cricket League for St Stephen’s Cup organised by DP Azad Cricket Academy at St Stephen’s School-45 in Chandigarh today.

PGTI Merit List
Two city golfers in top 10
Chandigarh, May 24
Two city golfers - Harendra P. Gupta and Harmeet Kahlon - figure in the top 10 along with second placed Gaganjeet Bhullar from Kapurthala in the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) “Order of Merit” after the DDA Open, the eighth leg of the PGTI.

Cricket Meet
YPS drub GGS Sports Club
Mohali, May 24
The YPS Cricket Academy defeated GGS Sports Club by 40 runs in the opening match of JAL Mohali Premier League being organised by the Mohali Cricket Association here at YPS.

Manpreet to lead Fatehgarh Sahib team
Chandigarh, May 24
Manpreet Singh will lead the 15-member Fatehgarh Sahib team in the coming Panjab U-19 Minor Inter-District Cricket Tournament for Dhruv Pandove Trophy.

Ambala X1 trounce Chandigarh XI
Chandigarh, May 24
Riding high on Parabal Sharma’s quick knock of 91 runs, Ambala X1 beat Chandigarh XI by 27 runs in the Haryana Inter-District Cricket Tournament for under-16 at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here today.

Jaspal grabs billiards title
Chandigarh, May 24
Jaspal Singh defeated Ravi Mohan Singh by 4-2 to win the billiards’ final of the VIIIth Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship held at the Chandigarh Club today.

 



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