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Nari Niketan
HC rap for police
Dismisses pre-arrest bail plea of accused; asks IGP, SSP to personally monitor investigations
Chandigarh, June 11
The Punjab and Haryana High Court believes there are indications that “something is brewing” in the Nari Niketan rape case. Justice Ranjit Singh believes the police has failed to go deep into the matter and has ignored vital points mentioned in the first information report, including the assertion that two staff members took the victim to the alleged rapist for consideration still unknown.

‘Misuse’ Of Official Car By Mayor
Finance Secy orders probe
Will cost around Rs 50,000 to fix the car
Chandigarh, June 11
Taking cognisance of a report published in these columns yesterday “Study tour: Mayor takes family to Gujarat”, highlighting the misuse of official Toyota Corolla car (CH-01-G-0057) by the Mayor, the Finance Secretary today ordered an inquiry to know under what grounds the official car was allowed to be taken for a tour which is about 1,100 kilometres a side.

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EARLIER STORIES

More trouble for Saji
Chandigarh, June 11
Handwriting samples of Saji Mohan, former zonal director of the Narcotics Control Bureau and his subordinate Balwinder Kumar have matched with the document they had prepared to allegedly embezzle the malkhana amount of over Rs 13.8 lakh.

Car costs police Rs 30,000


COMMUNITY

Relatives blame MLA for death of youth
Try to stage protest at DGP office
Panchkula, June 11
High drama was witnessed near the police headquarters here when, holding the Ambala police and Naraingarh MLA responsible for the death of a youth, the family of the deceased tried to stage a protest at the DGP office here today.

Choked Choe
GMADA fears flooding of houses
Mohali, June 11
The greater mohali area development authority (GMADA) has expressed fear over the severely blocked leisure valley choe causing serious damage to the structures along its embankment during the impending monsoon.

Wild growth and waste material has blocked the leisure valley choe in Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

IT habitat deal ‘shady’
Chandigarh, June 11
In the backdrop of the prime location of the IT Park in the vicinity of Raj Bhavan, Sukhna Lake and Golf Club, the Chandigarh administration has diverted the IT habitat from its stated goal of constructing 2,500 flats for IT professionals to an elite township for the wealthy, a representation to the central government has stated.

A milk vendor adds water to milk in Chandigarh. Spurious milk: City no better
Chandigarh, June 11
While it may seem that spurious milk is not being sold in the city but adulteration in milk has become an order of the day here due to absence of any mechanism of checking the quality of milk.


A milk vendor adds water to milk in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Farmers miffed over UT land acquisition policy
Chandigarh, June 11
UT farmers are up in arms against the “discriminatory” land compensation for various development projects in the city. The award of Rs 87 lakh per acre for the acquisition of land at Modern Terminal Market in Sector 39 has again stirred the hornet's nest.

Ensure re-entry of convicts into society: Experts
Chandigarh, June 11
The sentence awarded to a convict continues even after he has undergone imprisonment; and exit from the prison does not necessarily open the doors of the society, believe experts in prison management.

Anti-Corruption Drive
Xen gets clean chit
Chandigarh, June 11
Turning the tables on the CBI, a day after the premier agency booked an executive engineer of the UT public health department and others on corruption chargers, the department gave a virtual clean chit to the accused officer.

Late night construction
A JCB machine and a truck at a construction site at Sector 18 in Chandigarh on Wednesday night where the excavation is being carried out in late night hours. Sector 18 residents a harried lot
Chandigarh, June 11
With movement of heavy vehicles restricted during the daytime, builders and contractors sneak in the JCB machines late at night for digging basements in under-constructed houses in residential areas of the city. The activity, which starts after 9 pm, continues till the wee hours.

A JCB machine and a truck at a construction site at Sector 18 in Chandigarh on Wednesday night where the excavation is being carried out in late night hours. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Reservation Centre
Rly authorities get possession letter
Chandigarh, June 11
The UT transport department today handed over the possession letter of the ISBT-43 railway reservation centre to the Railway authorities, following which the Railway authorities have fastened the process of opening three counters.

MHA gives go-ahead to completed projects
Chandigarh, June 11
Lack of coordination between the Chandigarh administration and its controlling agency, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), is legendary. A case in point is the recent MHA green signal to four “stalled” projects in the city - three of which had already been commissioned and the fourth is defunct.

Putting cart before horse: One of the projects — the Bamboo Valley in Sector 23 — which was cleared by the MHA recently. Surprisingly, the project was inaugurated by the UT Administrator on January 2, 2007. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

2 more suspected cases of swine flu
Panchkula, June 11
The pleasure trip organised by an electrical fittings manufacturing company for its distributors to Thailand has switched on the button of panic in the health circles of the tricity as three of the visitors were found to be suspected cases of swine flu on their return from sojourn yesterday.


Doing a veeru: This jilted lover kept the police on its toes for more than an hour after he climbed a mobile tower atop a showroom in Sector 42-C on Thursday evening. He said he wanted to marry a girl, with whom “he was in love”, otherwise he would die. A case under Section 309 of the IPC was registered. A Tribune photograph

Anganwari workers sensitised to AIDS
Chandigarh, June 11
Under their civil society mainstreaming programme, State AIDS Control Society (SACS) here sensitised three batches of Anganwari workers at Sector 22 polyclinic auditorium about HIV/AIDS. The programme was inaugurated by senior Deputy Mayor, Municipal Council, Chandigarh, Phool Chand Kalyaan. He said it was a need to sensitise these Anganwari workers about HIV/AIDS, as there were various doubts about this disease and this workshop would help in clearing their doubts.

Residents protest building of school in park
Mohali, June 11
Tension prevailed in Phase 3A here when Punjab education department officials started work of a primary school building under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan in a public park. The issue has attracted a lot of criticism from the Residents’ Welfare Association of Phase 3 A here.

Kathak maestros’ daughter charms audience
Chandigarh, June 11
It was a double delight for the acclaimed Kathak maestro couple, Ravi Jain and Nalini Jain, to watch their prodigious daughter performing Kathak at the Pracheen Kala Kendra here today.

UT staff to get enhanced pay from June 1
Chandigarh, June 11
The employees of the Chandigarh Administration will get enhanced pay from June 1, 2009. This follows the administration adopting the Punjab Government notified rules - the Punjab Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules 2009 - dated May 27, 2009, with immediate effect for employees of the UT Chandigarh and deputationists from Punjab.

Decision on pending sales tax cases hailed
Chandigarh, June 11
City traders have hailed the decision of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to allow the Chandigarh Administration the introduction of deemed assessment of all sales tax pending cases prior to the introduction of VAT, dated December 14, 2005.

MC team inspects sewerage treatment plant
Chandigarh, June 11
A Municipal Corporation team today paid a visit to the sewerage treatment plant, Diggian, to monitor every component of the water treatment plant and the quality of the treated water. The team included Mayor Kamlesh, chief engineer SK Bansal, SE (public health) RK Goyal, XEN (public health) VK Garg, and other officers of public health division.

Singal acting MC president
Panchkula, June 11
BJP Councillor and vice-president, Municipal Council, BB Singal took over as acting president of the local Municipal Council here today. The BJP leader apprised Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Yadav about the decision of the court demanding the removal of Ravinder Rawal from the post of president of the civic body.


EDUCATION

Tribune Impact
VC takes U-turn
Drops controversial item from agenda
Chandigarh, June 11
Following The Tribune exposure that item no. 70 of the Panjab University Senate’s agenda was anti-RTI Act through it report “PU proposal on RTI draws flak” dated June 10, the Vice-Chancellor today took a u-turn by deleting the same.

Ruckus at Meeting
Senators come to blows
Chandigarh, June 11
A high drama prevailed at Panjab University Senate meeting today with senators literally coming to blows over a question raised by a Senator Rupinder Tiwari, which eventually was withdrawn by him.

Dhanki Case
Senate acquits accused for lack of proof
Chandigarh, June 11
Delayed inquiry and destruction of evidence paved the way for the acquittal of all involved in the infamous Dhanki case in the Panjab University’s senate today.

Processing Fee
Home Science College-10
Honorarium not received
Chandigarh, June 11
When it comes to being benevolent, Government Home Science College seems to leave every one behind. According to the information received under the RTI Act, not even a single person, including the principal, has received honorarium for the interviews held for posts of contractual lecturers on July 7, 2008, and September 15, 2008.

Students’ council to have say in funds’ allocation
Chandigarh, June 11
The council president and general secretary shall now be members to all committees constituted to decide upon utilisation of students’ funds and other issues related to them.

SD College, Sector 32
College Admissions-2009
Chandigarh, June 11
Known for high cut-offs in its bachelor’s degree (commerce stream) each year and among the preferred colleges of the students, Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma College was set up in the city in 1973.


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Businessman commits suicide
Blames SP, SGPC member in suicide note
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 11
A young businessman running a showroom at Khanna committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at Harbanspura village in Sirhind. He accused an SGPC member and an SP from Fatehgarh Sahib of threatening him and his family members in a suicide note left behind.


COURTS

Consumer Courts
ICICI Bank penalised Rs 25,000
Chandigarh, June 11
District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has asked ICICI Bank to pay compensation of Rs 25,000 to Raju Rana for deficiency in services.

Consumer Court
Engg institute fined Rs 40,000
Chandigarh, June 11
District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has asked the director of Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology, Chandigarh, to refund fees to the tune of Rs 40,480 to the complainant.

Fraud: One sent to judicial custody
Chandigarh, June 11
The Chandigarh police recovered a Mahindra Scorpio that was allegedly sold by a Mohali resident after procuring a fake no objection certificate (NOC) from a bank from which he had taken a loan to buy the car.

CRIME

Man steals Skoda on pretext of test drive
Chandigarh, June 11
A man stole a Skoda Laura on the pretext of taking a test drive here this morning from Sector 50. According to the police, the incident happened around 11 am when a man called up Krishna Auto Sales, Industrial Area, Phase I, to send the car to Sector 50 as he wanted to take a test drive.


SPORTS

Chd beat P’kula, enter semis
Chandigarh, June 11
Chandigarh XI beat Panchkula XI by five wickets and entered the semifinal of the Haryana State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (under-22) being organised by the Haryana Cricket Association at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here today.

A batsman plays a shot in a match during the Haryana State Inter-District Cricket Tournament in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

City’s Abhijit shares best card of day
Chandigarh, June 11
Seventeen-year-old Abhijit Singh Chadha from Chandigarh shared the best card of the day with Delhi’s top-ranked Rashid Khan, firing a five under par 67, to climb up to the fourth slot, two strokes behind third-placed city teammate Rahul Bakshi.

AITA Series
Chandril, Prateek make exit
Chandigarh, June 11
Top seed Chandril Sood of Uttar Pradesh and second seed Prateek Bhambri of Delhi made their exit in the men’s singles semi-finals of the Men and Women AITA Ranking Tennis Tournament being hosted by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) at the Tennis Stadium, Sector 10, here today.

Shahbaaz Khan prepares to play a shot during the AITA Ranking Tennis Tournament at the Tennis Stadium, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Cricket: MCM to take on P’kula academy today
Chandigarh, June 11
MCM Blue Caps, Sector 36, registered final berth and will face Sri Sri Academy of Panchkula in the final of the Under-10 Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament for St Stephen’s Trophy being organised by Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy.

2 city boxers bag silver medal
Chandigarh, June 11
Two Chandigarh boxers, Sandeep (64 kg) and Rajbir Singh (91 kg), won silver medal out of eleven finalists in the 42nd Junior National Boxing Championship held in Coimbatore from June 2 to 7.


 



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