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IT Park: A dream gone awry
Notices to be served on nine non-IT firms
Chandigarh, June 3
City’s much-hyped IT Park can perhaps be termed as an ambitious project going awry, for ever since its on a roll, nothing seems to be going right with it. For the UT’s estate office is set to serve notices on nine non-IT firms for misusing built-up spaces in Phase-I meant only for the IT firms.

IT Park: UT’s lopsided vision created hurdles
Chandigarh, June 3
While the UT administration may tout the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park as one of its major achievements, in reality till date, it has not only failed to realize its full potential thanks to the lopsided vision of the powers that be, but have also given rise to numerous other problems which couldn’t be envisioned at that time. An IT firm with a signboard in place but no sign of construction work.
An IT firm with a signboard in place but no sign of construction work.

Home Secretary’s lie nailed
Leave transfer a ploy for permanent adjustment
Chandigarh, June 3
When it comes to benefitting his better half, Babita Verma, everything seems to stand fair for the UT-Home-cum-Education Secretary, Ram Niwas.


Sector-22 Fire Report-I
Inquiry comes down heavily on fire dept’s working
Chandigarh, June 3
In a severe castigation of the fire department of the Municipal Corporation, the inquiry report into the recent Sector-22 fire, which claimed four lives, has concluded, which says “Firemen did not show any commitment in trying to save the lives of the trapped persons."

Wrong Blood Transfusion
SC indicts PGI for woman’s death
New Delhi, June 3
The Supreme Court has indicted the Chandigarh-based PGI for the death of a woman by transfusing blood of a wrong group.

Car sandwiched between buses
Chandigarh, June 3
A tipsy man created ruckus, when he lied down before a Haryana Roadways bus, which resulted in banging in of a Honda city car that was sandwiched between a Haryana bus and an another private bus here today. The car occupants escaped unhurt.

The car, which got sandwiched between a Haryana Roadways bus and Aujla Transport Co bus, on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


Chand ‘remorseful’

Chand Mohammad, aka Chander Mohan, former Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, at his home in Sector 8, Panchkula, on Wednesday. Chand Mohammad, on his return from England, termed his marriage to Fiza as a “black chapter of his life”. He said he would try to correct his mistakes of the past and, public, especially people of Panchkula district, would definitely forgive him. A Tribune photograph

A langoor performs his duty by running with cyclists in search of monkeys who enter the houses on the PU campus in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Adequate water a distant dream for Mohali
Mohali, June 3
Despite the rapidly expanding town thirsting for more water each passing day, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has not bothered to get its act together to execute a major water project, which has been hanging fire for the past about six years.

UT going soft on adulterators
Chandigarh, June 3 Despite its tall claims, the UT health department seems to be going soft on the adulterators and vendors selling exposed eatables. Data with The Tribune revealed that the number of cases under the Prevention of Food Adulteration (PFA) Act, 1954, has drastically gone down over the years bringing the functioning of the health department under a cloud. This coupled with low conviction rate under the Act seems to have given a free hand to unscrupulous elements indulging in adulteration.

25 commandos deployed at Zirakpur, Dera Bassi
Zirakpur, June 3
The police has finally waken up after the recent incidents of highway kidnapping and robberies. To maintain strict vigil on the crime incidents, the police has deployed 25 commandos in Zirakpur and Dera Bassi.

PGI docs pull off a miracle
Remove iron teeth of power tiller from farmer’s legs
Chandigarh, June 3
Miracles do happen. And one happened today in the Orthopedic Operation Theatre of the PGI. Anyone, who had seen 27-year-old Santosh being carted into the PGI at 6 am today with sharp iron teeth of a power tiller pierced through his both legs, would have thought that he would never be able to stand on his feet.

Fire preparedness
MC claims fall flat
Chandigarh, June 3
All efforts of the Municipal Corporation for “fire preparedness action plan” fall flat for two reasons. One non-availability of adequate marking machines with the Chandigarh administration that has resulted in an inordinate delay in executing the job of indicating the areas for fire zones in the city markets. Secondly, people especially higher officials themselves give two hoots to the fire rescue norms.

SSP Sudhanshu Srivastava’s official car parked on the prohibited fire zone in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Improving sex ratio top priority: Minister
Mohali, June 3
A state-level workshop on the implementation of the PC and PNDT Act to create awareness for the cause of girlchild and improving sex ratio and curbing sex selective foeticide was organised here yesterday on the premises of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation.

Administration of Jails
Retired judges to head panels
Chandigarh, June 3
The Punjab and Haryana High Court believes that the jail manual is being violated in both states “so far as the administration and conditions in the jails are concerned” and has constituted two committees headed by retired HC judges.

Training programme for rural women begins
Mohali, June 3
Under the “Mai bhago Istri Shakti” scheme, a training programme for 41 women from Santo Majra, Khijrabad, Khooni Majra and Mastgarh villages began here on Monday.

Polybags seized from 21 shops
Chandigarh, June 3
To enforce a ban on polythene bags, a drive was conducted in Sectors 32, 35, 36, 37, 38 and 40.

Honour for SHO
Chandigarh, June 3
UT IGP SK Jain yesterday conferred a commendation certificate on SHO of the Mani Majra police station Kehar Singh for speedy probe into a murder case in which the accused was convicted within three months of committing the crime.

Office-bearers elected
Chandigarh, June 3 Following the elections of the local Central Administrative Tribunal Bar Association, Arvind Moudgil and KK Thakur have been appointed as president and vice-president, respectively, for 2009-10. Rohit Seth has been elected as secretary while Jagdeep Jaswal and JR Syal have been elected as joint secretary and treasurer, respectively, according to a statement issued here today.

Six jhuggis gutted in fire
Mohali, June 3
Six jhuggis were destroyed in a fire that broke out in Jhujhar Nagar here this afternoon. Most of the persons living in the colony had gone out to work when the incident occured.


400 students secure a ton
Cut-off marks for college entry to rise further
Chandigarh, June 3
With more than 400 students securing almost a ton, admissions to various city colleges is surely not going to be a cakewalk, with cut off marks expected to rise further.

City schools to start aviation courses
Chandigarh, June 3
Chandigarh schools will groom the upcoming pilot and airhostess under their vocational courses from the next session. The education department of the UT administration has sent a proposal in this regard to the CBSE for introducing aviation course in the schools under vocational section.


Varsity coaches back director for second term
Patiala, June 3
Just before Punjabi University, Patiala, is all set to conduct interviews of the candidates for the director’s post on June 8, the politics has already begun. Allegations have heated the situation as various charges have been levelled against current director Dr Rajkumar Sharma who is believed to be one of the most promising candidates for the post again.

72 encroachments razed
Patiala, June 3
Following the orders of the High Court, the police razed around 72 encroached houses here today. Despite repeated notices and warnings, the encroachers were not vacating the land. These people had been allotted 50 yard land each and that too on prime location, but still they were not leaving the government land.

Ransacking Incident at Hospital
2 docs booked, one bailed out
Ambala, June 3
Doctors of private nursing homes of Ambala City expressed a great resentment over the attitude of the police in the ransacking incident of a private surgical hospital where a female patient had died during the operation process.

Tragedy averted as coaches separate from engine
Kalka, June 3
A major accident was averted on the Kalka-Shimla rail section after the couplings connecting the engine with coaches of the Shivalik Deluxe (241 up) train, with almost 230 passengers on board, got disconnected and kept on running on the track without the engine for few metres.

Gang stealing wires busted
Patiala, June 3
The police has busted a gang of robbers, who used to steal electricity wires from various parts of the city.

Free medical camp organised
Dera Bassi, June 2
A free medical check-up camp was organised by Sri Sukhmani Multi-Speciality Hospital at Jawaharnagar village here yesterday. More than 154 patients were examined in the camp.

9 booked for assault
Lalru, June 3
The police booked nine persons in an assault case on the complaint of Shivcharan, a resident of Magra village, here today. The accused are still absconding, the police said.

Undertrial escapes from police custody
Ambala, June 3 An undertrial lodged in the Ambala Central Jail escaped from the police custody last late evening. The prisoner, Updesh Kumar, who is a resident of Merut, was nabbed by the Yamunanagar police on charges of attempting to rape.

Racial Attacks
Oz President’s effigy burnt
Ambala, June 3
The Anti-Terrorist Front India burnt an effigy of President of Australia at Ambala Cantonment to protest against atrocities being done on Indian students there. Members of the front also raised slogans against the Australian government.

Student dies in accident
Kharar, June 3
A student was killed in a road accident today while he was on his way back home after collecting his result. Sangeet Singh, a resident of Sector 4 in Mundi Kharar, had appeared for class X exam privately. He had gone with his friends to collect his result.

2 chemist shops raided
Ambala, June 3 
The assistant state drug controller, S L Singla, raided two wholesale chemist shops here today and took various medicines into possession as the chemists failed to produce their bills.

Tejvir tops varsity in M Pharmacy
Ropar, June 3
Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, awarded a gold medal to Tejvir Kaur, a student of ASBASJS Memorial College of Pharmacy, Bela, for attaining first position in M Pharmacy in the university.


Rape at Nari Niketan
Legal luminaries not to depend on technicalities
Chandigarh, June 4
A consensus of sort, on not depending too much on technicalities seems to be emerging among legal luminaries assisting the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the “rape of the retarded” at Nari Niketan case.


2 booked for attempt to murder
Mohali, June 3
The police has booked a resident of Kumbra village and two others on a charge of attempt to murder. According to the police, Ranjit Kaur, a resident of Phase XI, had made a complaint that when her daughter, Jaspreet Kaur, was coming from Gurdwara Singh Shaheedan, Sohana, in a car, along with her uncle and aunt to Phase XI, the three persons followed them in a Skoda car.

Three booked in attempt to murder case
Mohali, June 3
The police has booked a resident of Kumbra village and two others on a charge of attempt to murder.

Woman set on fire
Mohali, June 3
A young woman, identified as Akvinder Kaur (20) of Dharamgarh village, near here suffered 75 per cent burns after she was allegedly set on fire by a neighbour after the two had heated arguments.

Woman robbed of jewellery
Panchkula, June 3
A middle-age couple has robbed a woman of her jewellery in Sector 9 here today.

3 killed in road mishaps
Panchkula, June 3
Three persons, including two youths, were killed in two separate road accidents here today. The deceased has been identified as Kamal and Sonu, both residents of Chandi Mandir, and Dal Chand, a gardener in Jainender Gurukul School.

Theft in Panchkula
Panchkula, June 3
Some unidentified thieves decamped with cash, jewellery and other costly goods from a locked house in Sector 26, Panchkula today. The theft came to light when Shami Chopra with his wife came back to the house from the PGI at 8 pm.


Vanshika beats Anukriti, enters semifinal
Chandigarh, June 3
Wild card entrant 10-year-old CLTA trainee Vanshika Sawhney made it to the semi-final by beating Anukriti Chaudhary of Delhi 7-5, 7-6 in the girls’ under-14 singles of the AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament being played at the CLTA Complex and Lake Club courts here today.

A player plays a shot during the AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament at CLTA on Wednesday. Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Cricket Meet
Winners get Rs 20 lakh cash prize
Chandigarh, June 3
Total Rs 20 lakh was distributed among the members of the under-22 state team and the team officials who had won the Under-22 Championship for Col. CK Nayudu Trophy 2008-2009 organised by the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA).


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