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Welfare, GMCH officials differ over place of crime
Rape victim subjected to several medical tests & questioning
Chandigarh, May 29
The rape of the teenaged mentally challenged girl at Nari Niketan has brought to the fore the mistrust prevailing among officials of the Chandigarh administration.


Blood-stained sheet found at Nari Niketan

Rape at Raj Bhawan
Accused get 10-year RI
Chandigarh, May 29
Describing the offence of police personnel in the Haryana Raj Bhawan rape case as one that has shaken the conscience of society, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Ravi Kumar Sondhi, has sentenced two Haryana police cops and an electrician to rigorous imprisonment for 10 years.

Rain brings relief
Chandigarh, May 29
Residents got some relief from the heat today as thundershowers in the evening brought the temperature down. The met department has said the sudden change in the weather was due to a cyclonic storm and western disturbance in north Rajasthan.
A scooterist caught in the rain in Chandigarh on Friday. A scooterist caught in the rain in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan



EARLIER STORIES

Fear keeps babus off foreign junkets
Chandigarh, May 29
Strange but true. No UT official undertook a foreign jaunt during the last financial year. The controversy over extravagant expenditure amounting to about Rs 50 lakh on the jaunts of senior UT officials last year seems to have had the desired effect with no official undertaking foreign trips.


COMMUNITY

Building Misuse
Admn mulls rolling back hike in fine
Chandigarh, May 29
After wielding a stick on those on the wrong side of law by increasing the penalty for “misusing” their premises, the UT administration is now mulling to roll back the hike in fine for the same.

‘Pilot project’ on back burner
CCTVs still elude city parking lots
Chandigarh, May 29
Knee jerk reaction, followed by a string of ambitious proposals and then forgetting about them seems to be the way with the Chandigarh administration. Stung by the daring Wednesday robbery, the UT administration is now going all out to install CCTVs at entry points of the city but has apparently forgotten about its proposal to install monitoring equipment at important parking lots of the city.  A CCTV box being used to store newspapers and water bottles; and (right) monitor of the CCTV camera is non-functional at the parking lot in Sector 35, Chandigarh.
A CCTV box being used to store newspapers and water bottles; and (right) monitor of the CCTV camera is non-functional at the parking lot in Sector 35, Chandigarh. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Admn-run buses may ferry govt schoolkids
Chandigarh, May 29
Students of model senior secondary schools boarding administration-run buses, arranged especially for them, every morning to reach their schools and vice-versa in the afternoon will soon be a reality. If all goes as planned by the UT administration, the city may witness this scenario once schools reopen after the summer break. And the city will be the first one in the country to do so.

Tricity Pact
Admn plans radio taxis, LPG autos
Chandigarh, May 29
To streamline the public transport service between Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali, the Chandigarh administration has drafted a plan to run around 1,200 AC and non-AC radio taxis and 1,500 LPG autorickshaws soon.

Robbery: CCTV drive leaves motorists stranded
Zirakpur/Chandigarh, May 29
A drive by the Chandigarh police to record CCTV footage of vehicles entering the city from Zirakpur today spelled chaos on the highway. The sweltering heat made the matters worse for commuters who were stuck in a three-hour-long traffic jam, which extended up to the Zirakpur flyover.


Capturing of CCTV footage of vehicles on the Chandigarh-Zirkapur highway resulted in a three-hour-long traffic jam on Friday. Tribune photo: 
Manoj Mahajan
Capturing of CCTV footage of vehicles on the Chandigarh-Zirkapur highway resulted in a three-hour-long traffic jam on Friday.

Experts explore viability of technical textile
Chandigarh, May 29
With government support, India can hope to be the next hub for manufacturing and consumption of technical textiles. This was discussed during a CII’s international conference-cum-exposition on technical textiles - The Sunrise Industry - organised at CII northern region headquarters here today.

Rs 16.3-cr plan to upgrade GMCH
Proposal to start molecular DNA-based diagnosis, MRI facility
Chandigarh, May 29
With the number of patients growing by the day, the UT administration has drawn up a Rs 16.3-crore plan for 2009-10 fiscal to upgrade the facilities at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32.

GPA Transfers
Coop societies charging ‘illegal’ fee
Chandigarh, May 29
Giving two hoots for Chandigarh administration's general power of attorney (GPA) transfer policy, unscrupulous managements of the cooperative group housing societies are at it again.

Sec-33 Robbery
Police still groping in dark
Chandigarh, May 29
Even after over 72 hours of the sensational robbery at the Sector 33 residence of businessman Lalit Behl, the Chandigarh police is still groping in the dark.

Transparency of MC projects under scanner
Chandigarh, May 29
Transparency and accountability of various projects undertaken by the MC today came under the scanner during the general house meeting here today. There was uproar in the house, when councillor Chandermukhi Sharma pointed out discrepancies in quotations and procedural lapses by MC officials while allotting or executing work.
Councillors at the MC House meeting on Friday.
Councillors at the MC House meeting on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Business contest to boost entrepreneurs
Chandigarh, May 29
The Department of Information Technology, Chandigarh Administration and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) announced a business plan competition created specially for encouraging entrepreneurship.

Stress laid on promoting Hindi
Chandigarh, May 29
Town Official Language Implementation Committee, Chandigarh, today held its half-yearly meeting at Kisan Bhawan, Sector 35.

Training camp for NCC shooters begins
Chandigarh, May 29
As many as 550 NCC cadets from all over Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh are attending the basic marksmanship-cum-talent hunt shooting camp which began at the Patiala ki Rao ranges here. The cadets would be trained for various national and international- level shooting tournaments scheduled for this year.
An instructor demonstrates the working of a rifle at a training camp for NCC cadets in Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo : Parvesh Chauhan
An instructor demonstrates the working of a rifle at a training camp for NCC cadets  in Chandigarh, on Friday.

Medical Technology
CSIO inks pact with Jaipur firm
Chandigarh, May 29
To provide affordable medical diagnostic facility, the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), here signed today an agreement with Jaipur-based public sector company Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL) for technology transfer of portable pulse oximeter.

Mizoram team visits MC
Chandigarh, May 29
R Sangliankhuma, chief executive officer of Aizwal municipal council, Mizoram, along with Vanlalsawma, executive officer, visited the municipal corporation office yesterday.

Consumer Courts
Rs 5,000 fine slapped on health drink firm
Chandigarh, May 29
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed a low-calorie drink manufacturing company, Beverly Beverages and Cadila Healthcare Limited, to pay Rs 5,000 for deficiency in services.

Condom-promotion month
Chandigarh, May 29 To promote the usage of condoms, the State AIDS Control Society, in collaboration with Yuvsatta, an NGO, launched a condom-promotion month, for the first time in Chandigarh, here today.

5-day theatre fest kicks off
Panchkula, May 29
A five-day TFT summer theatre festival organised by the Theatre for Theatre institute commenced with the staging of a Hindi play “Chehrey” to a scant audience at the Inderdhanush auditorium here today.

On residents’ wish list…
Chandigarh, May 29
With the new government taking charge, city’s who’s who is batting for a more accountable, accessible, transparent and democratic system of governance for Chandigarh, which many feel can only be achieved by restoring the Chief Commissioner System of governance.

Speaking Out
Racial Attack
With increase in incidents of violence against Indian students abroad, a question arises whether governments of the world are fulfilling their duties properly. Our staff correspondent Gagan K Teja speaks to few students and parents to find out their views about the recent incident in Australia and what they think about studying abroad and the steps the government must take for the safety of foreign students.


EDUCATION

CBSE Results
Poor show by govt schools
Chandigarh, May 29
If the recent Class X and XII CBSE results are any indication, the government schools in the city have yet again affirmed their status as non-performers.

PU panel to check medical certificates
Chandigarh, May 29
To tackle the problem of producing fake medical certificates by students, Panjab University is all set to constitute a panel of doctors to be headed by universities chief medical officer to check their authenticity.

CET: Mohali boy gets 2nd rank
Mohali, May 29
City boy bagged second position in the Common Entrance Test (CET) conducted by Punjab Technical University. Akshay Chawla, a resident of Sector 70, Mohali, secured 107 marks out of 120. It was a double bonanza for Akshay who earlier secured 93.2 per cent in the non-medical stream in Class 10+2 board result.

Garments exhibition by education dept
Chandigarh, May 29
The Education department has organised an exhibition-cum-sale of garments and hand painted, block and screen printed linen, dupattas and other items prepared by vocational course students at Panchayat Bhawan, Sector 18, here. Jean Rodrigues, wife of UT Administrator, inaugurated the exhibition.
A craft exhibition at Panchayat Bhawan, Sector 18, in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph
A craft exhibition at Panchayat Bhawan, Sector 18, in Chandigarh.

Science courses withdrawn at P’kula college
Students to move HC
Panchkula, May 29
Agitated over the decision of the education department that has closed down science courses at Government Girls College in Sector 14 for the past two years, students have decided to move court.



 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Assault Case
Revenue officials go on mass leave
Kharar, May 29
The revenue officials of Kharar, including seven kanungos and 70 patwaris, went on mass leave today. These officials are protesting against inaction in a case wherein a kanungo and two patwaris were attacked in Muddo Sangatiyan village under Majri block early this month.

3-month-old child killed in accident
Kharar, May 29
A three-month-old child died in an accident near the Majat police post on Thursday evening. Gulshan Kumar, a resident of Sector 70, Mohali, along with his wife Rajni and a three-month-old son was coming back from his native at Fatehbad, Haryana.

Married woman hacked to death
Ambala, May 29
A married woman, Rukmesh (26), a resident of Pooja Vihar, Ambala Cantonment, was hacked to death by unidentified youths this morning.

PSEB inks pact with pvt firm
Patiala, May 29
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has signed an agreement with M/s Azure Power Punjab, Amritsar, for generation of 2 MW power here. The agreement was signed by member (generation) Gurtej Singh. Sources said the board had signed the agreement for the first time with a company dealing in photovoltaic power based on solar energy. This project would be established at Awan village that falls under Ajnala tehsil in Amritsar district.

27 booked for trespass
Dera Bassi, May 29
The police booked 27 persons for trespassing on the plot of a Panchkula resident. Two accused have been identified as Gurjant Singh and Rajesh Bittu among others. The accused were still absconding, the police said.

Pending salaries: Ex-servicemen take to streets
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 29
A number of ex-servicemen today protested against the lackadaisical attitude of the government telephone exchange for not providing their salaries for the past three months.

Rugby: Rajasthan thrash Andhra Pradesh
Patiala, May 29
The fifth Senior National Touch Rugby Championship (men and women) got under way at the NIS hockey grounds here yesterday.



COURTS

Gangrape case: Verdict on June 1
Panchkula, May 29
Following the conclusion of arguments from both the parties, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Panchkula, Sanjeev Jindal has reserved the verdict on infamous Panchkula gangrape case for June 1 here today.

Man gets 3-year jail for abduction
Chandigarh, May 29
In another speedy trial, Additional District and Sessions Judge Raj Rahul Garg sentenced Rinku to three-year imprisonment for abducting a girl.



CRIME

Girl student abducted, Nepalese booked
Chandigarh, May 29
The police has booked a Nepalese for allegedly abducting a 16-year-old student of Government Senior Secondary School for Girls, Sector 20.



SPORTS

AITA Series
Samin, Aashima reign supreme
Chandigarh, May 29
Mandeep Kumar and Aviraj Kamboj defeated Ajay Singh Thakur and Uday Singh Mann 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the boys’ doubles to win the title in the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament that concluded in Chandigarh Club today.

Winners of the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament are all smiles in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan
Winners of the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament are all smiles in Chandigarh on Friday.

St Stephen’s Trophy
MCA Academy snatch title
Chandigarh, May 29
MCA Academy snatched a last-ball one-wicket victory over DP Azad Academy in the final of the four-team Under-16 Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament for St Stephen’s Trophy at the PCA Ground in Mohali today.

Reena’s heroics lift Heroes
Chandigarh, May 29
Reena of Chandigarh Heroes rained 10 goals to take their team to an 13-11 over Chandigarh Stars in the 7th Olympian Dharam Singh Hockey Tournament held at the hockey stadium, Sector 18, here today.


A match in progress during the 7th Olympian Dharam Singh Hockey Tournament in Chandigarh on Friday. Photo: S Chandan
A match in progress during the  7th Olympian Dharam Singh Hockey Tournament in Chandigarh on Friday.

Badminton
Smooth sailing for seeds
Chandigarh, May 29
All seeded players had a smooth sailing in the first Gulati Edition Cup Badminton Tournament organised by the Badminton Players Welfare Club at the Badminton Hall, Sector 42, here today.

 



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