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Highway robbers strike again
Kidnap victim on GT Road, bring him to his house in Sector 33 and decamp with valuables worth Rs 20 lakh
Chandigarh, May 27
In yet another daring highway kidnapping and robbery, six unidentified persons allegedly abducted a Sector 33 businessman from Shahbad on the GT Road at gunpoint in the wee hours of this morning and brought him to his house here and later decamped with valuables, a car and cash worth over Rs 20 lakh.
The victim, Lalit Behl, and his son at their house in Sector 33, Chandigarh   PCR cop suspended



The victim, Lalit Behl, and his son at their house in Sector 33, Chandigarh, 
on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Bansal in Manmohan’s team
Chandigarh, May 27
Four-time Chandigarh MP Pawan Bansal has been inducted into the cabinet of the Manmohan Singh government.

A puddle near the District Courts in Sector 17, Chandigarh, has become breeding ground for mosquitoes.
POT-HOLE PAIN: A puddle near the District Courts in Sector 17, Chandigarh, has become breeding ground for mosquitoes. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik




EARLIER STORIES

Undertrial drugs HP cops, flees
Chandigarh, May 27
The head constables at the Sector 16 General Hospital, Chandigarh, An undertrial, who was being escorted to Mandi after a court hearing in Delhi, escaped from the Sector 43 ISBT here late last night after allegedly drugging three head constables of the Himachal police.






The head constables at the Sector 16 General Hospital, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Adulteration 
Dairy, sweet shop in soup 

Chandigarh, May 27
Baba Dairy at Sector 21 and New Krishna Sweets at Sector 23 are in the dock as the Chandigarh administration today decided to prosecute the owners for selling adulterated milk products.



COMMUNITY

Admn to act tough against encroachers 
Chandigarh, May 27
UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas has directed senior officers of the administration to take strict action against people encroaching upon the government land. Presiding over a meeting here today, the Home Secretary asked the officers to strictly follow the rules and initiate legal process against the violators.

Robbers said: We are professionals
Sought apology from victims for inconvenience
Police personnel and forensic experts examine the victims’ house in Sector 33, ChandigarhChandigarh, May 27
“We are not small time robbers but professionals going in for a big booty,” the Haryanavi-speaking robbers in their early-twenties told Lalit Behl on their way to his Sector-33 residence.





Police personnel and forensic experts examine the victims’ house in Sector 33, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan 

Target flashy cars
Chandigarh, May 27
It’s no more safe to travel on the Chandigarh-Delhi highway in high-end cars as the highway robbers judge the affluence of the occupants from their vehicle and target it.

P’kula robbery: Handiwork of same gang?
Panchkula, May 27
While the police still gropes in the dark over the identification of highway robbers involved in the attempt to loot the family of Panchkula BJP chief Sham Lal Sachdev on April 25, it apprehends the incident of looting at Chandigarh today was the handiwork of the same gang.

Adulteration: CITCO in dock
Chandigarh, May 27
CITCO authorities could well be in for trouble with “paneer” and “khoya” samples of one of its major suppliers failing the quality test.

Canadian-Indian is fellow of CRSI
Ashok K. VijhChandigarh, May 27
Former president of the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada Ashok K. Vijh has been elected as one of the four new honorary fellows of the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI). Founded in 1999 as a part of celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Independence, CRSI is committed to promote research at the highest level.

Ashok K. Vijh

Rush at tehsil office as deadline nears
Mohali, May 27
People wait outside the Tehsildar office in Mohali The Mohali tehsil office has sought police help to function in a proper way as the authorities concerned are finding it very difficult to handle the great rush of persons converging at the office to get their property registered at allotment prices before the deadline expires on June 2.



People wait outside the Tehsildar office in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photo

Co. official accused of misbehaviour
Zirakpur, May 27
High drama prevailed when the officials of the GMR, the company undertaking maintenance of the Ambala-Chandigarh highway, objected to the installation of electricity pole by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) on the median dividing the national highway here today.

NGO Lifeline honours three doctors 
Doctors who were honoured by NGO Lifeline in Chandigarh Chandigarh, May 27
Praising the efforts of non-governmental organisation Lifeline for helping accident victims, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) said such a noble cause should get people’s support.






Doctors who were honoured by NGO Lifeline in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Audit of mega projects, IT park on
Chandigarh, May 27
The controversial mega projects and the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park continue to be under the scanner of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

‘Clear backlog of vacancies for disabled people’
Chandigarh, May 27
There is a backlog of 228 vacancies of physically challenged persons in various departments of the UT administration.

Meat sellers told to install ACs
Chandigarh, May 27 The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has directed the meat, fish and chicken shop owners to upgrade infrastructure with three months.

Identify flood-prone areas: DC
Mohali, May 27
In a meeting held here today, Mohali Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh Mand has asked officials concerned to identify the flood-prone areas and prepare estimates in connection with maintenance works. 

Protesters submit memo to DC
Panchkula, May 27
Protesting against the incidents at Vienna in Austria, the members of Guru Ravidas Sabha took out a march here today. Hundreds of protesters gathered at Guru Ravidas Bhavan in Sector 15 and marched towards the deputy commissioner’s office amid tight security at 11 am.

EDUCATION

RTI cell for PU mooted
Chandigarh, May 27
Panjab University may establish an independent RTI cell soon to cater to RTI-related queries.

AIDS awareness programme for school dropouts
Chandigarh, May 27
Participants at an AIDS awareness workshop in Chandigarh In order to sensitising school dropouts to HIV/AIDS awareness, Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society has taken an initiative to start a life skill programme for them.






Participants at an AIDS awareness workshop in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Prize distribution at Doaba college
Kharar, May 27
Doaba College of Education (DCE) organised the fourth annual prize distribution function on its campus here today.

GC-11 celebrates founder’s day
Chandigarh, May 27
Postgraduate Government College, Sector 11, celebrated the founder’s day here today. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was the chief guest on the occasion. A number of alumni of the college representing education, civil services, public life, business, industry and media participated in the celebrations. — TNS

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Rani Mahal thrown open at Yadavindra Gardens
Kalka, May 27
The Haryana Minister of State for Tourism, Forests, Environment, Sports and Youth Affairs, Kiran Chaudhary, today inaugurated the renovated Rani Mahal at Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore.

800 BSNL phones go dead for 30 hrs
Kharar, May 27
Around 800 BSNL landline and Internet connections under Balongi circle remained disrupted for over 30 hours causing inconvenience to its consumers.

Preneet gives credit to voters
Patiala, May 27
Supporters of MP Preneet Kaur celebrate in Patiala Preneet Kaur, the Patiala MP and wife of former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, has described her inclusion in the Union Cabinet as a minister of state as the “Victory of people of Patiala” and has attributed her elevation to people of Patiala.







Supporters of MP Preneet Kaur celebrate in Patiala on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

DCs get pat for handling situation
Patiala, May 27
Deputy Commissioners of eight districts falling under the Patiala division have virtually got a pat on their back from the Divisional Commissioner Jasbir Singh Bir for having been successful in maintaining law and order situation despite brewing up of tension in Punjab following an attack on Dera Sachkhand chiefs Sant Naranjan Dass and Sant Ramanand in Vienna on May 23.

975 litres of liquor seized
Patiala, May 27
The police seized 375 litres of illicit liquor from Mohan Kumar and nearly 600 litres of liquor from Bhupinder Singh, both residents of Jhill village, near here, today. A case has been registered against the accused at Tripuri police station. The accused were arrested after the police received tip offs from their sources. SHO Davinder Singh Malhi warned criminals and added that all illegal activities being carried out by petty thieves would be stopped under the anti-social drive of the Patiala police. — TNS

Pbi varsity gets tennis courts
Patiala, May 27
The Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh, inaugurated two clay tennis courts on the university campus here. Built at a cost of around Rs 13 lakh, the move will give a fillip to the development of the sport.

COURTS

Elevation to Bench
HC recommends four names 

Chandigarh, May 27
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has recommended the names of four district and sessions judges for elevation.

Three brothers get life term for murder
Panchkula, May 27
Additional district and sessions judge Sanjiv Jindal today sentenced three brothers to life imprisonment for killing an employee of a saw mill at Old Panchkula.

CRIME

Two more held for double murder
Chandigarh, May 27
The police today arrested two more accused, including a minor, in the double murder case of taxi drivers.

Weapons seized after a clash at Dadu Majra Colony Dadu Majra on the boil again
Chandigarh, May 27
Repeated incidents of violence and lawlessness are nothing but a big question mark on the efficiency of the local police to restore law and order.




Weapons seized after a clash at Dadu Majra Colony on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik



SPORTS

Dhanoa beats Vihbhuti in quarterfinal
Third seed Hasan Abdaal Dhanoa of Delhi returns ball during a match in the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament in ChandigarhChandigarh, May 27
Third seed Hasan Abdaal Dhanoa of Delhi got the better of fifth seed Vihbhuti Khullar of Chandigarh in the girls’ under-16 quarterfinal in the ongoing AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament, held at Chandigarh Club, here today.

Third seed Hasan Abdaal Dhanoa of Delhi returns ball during a match in the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Mini golf course on cards
Chandigarh, May 27
The Chandigarh Golf Club might soon have a mini golf course and a general body meeting would pass the proposal, president of the club BS Gill said.

Cricket meet at St John's from tomorrow
Chandigarh, May 27
Cricket academy of St John's School, in association with Aresson Sports Club, will organise the All-India Challenger Trophy (Under-14) cricket tournament from May 29 on the school premises.

Badminton tourney from tomorrow
Chandigarh, May 27
The newly formed Badminton Players’ Welfare Club, headed by TS Bedi, will conduct the inaugural Masters (+35) Doubles’ Badminton Tournament for Gulati Cup at the Sector 42 Badminton Stadium here from May 29 to 31.

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