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Now, firing row eclipses Chand
Denies calling supporters to rescue him from Fiza
Mohali, June 15
The incident of firing Chander Mohan and Fiza at a press conference outside their Sector-48 house in Mohali on Monday. near the house of Fiza alias Anuradha Bali last night has snowballed into a major controversy with her love-struck husband Chand Mohammed alias Chander Mohan today denying that he had ever called his supporters to rescue him.

Chander Mohan and Fiza at a press conference outside their Sector-48 house in Mohali on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

It’s misuse of religion: Clerics
Chandigarh, June 15
Chand Mohammad’s flip-flop over his recent “tele or SMS talaq” with Fiza has elicited huge resentment from city-based Muslim intellectuals and clerics, who have dubbed it nothing but misuse of religion.

U-turn from previous stance
Rape committed at Nari Niketan: Cops 
Chandigarh, June 15
In a significant development, the Chandigarh Police today stated in the court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate that during interrogation both Bhupinder Singh and Jamna Kumar had confessed to having raped the mentally challenged teenage inmate at Nari Niketan. The police also stated that the victim was raped repeatedly.


Adulteration: Authorities get cracking
Collect milk, cheese samples
Chandigarh, June 15
Following an exposure of sale of spurious milk by milk vendors in the city in these columns on June 12, a joint drive was conducted by officials of the department of prevention of food adulteration and the Chandigarh police here this morning. The exercise, which started around 6 am continued till 11.30 am.

Fair deal for fair sex
Fee for girls slides by 20 pc
Chandigarh, June 15
Getting admission for girls in government schools here will become cheaper from the 2009-10 session. The Chandigarh education department has decided to reduce the fee of girls, seeking admission in Class XI by about 20 per cent.


Budgetary allocations to MC under scanner
Chandigarh, June 15
The budgetary allocations to the municipal corporation have come under the scanner of the Chandigarh administration. A direction to this effect was issued by UT Administrator SF Rodrigues to Finance Secretary during a public hearing session here today.

50 jhuggis come up on govt land
Chandigarh, June 15
UT Administrator Gen SF Rodrigues’ dream project of rehabilitating slum-dwellers with around 25,000 one-room tenements may not curb the menace of encroachment by squatters after all. For, over 50 jhuggis are being raised afresh on the open space adjacent to Bhaskar Colony, Sector 25.

Illegal jhuggis being built on government land at Sector 25, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari
Illegal jhuggis being built on government land at Sector 25, Chandigarh, on Monday.

Working women’s hostel inaugurated
Snehalaya’s IIIrd phase also unveiled
Chandigarh, June 15
Punjab Governor and UT Administrator SF Rodrigues today inaugurated two ambitious projects — a working women’s hostel in Sector 24 and third phase of the Snehalaya project, the home for the young at risk at Maloya.

Two girls share a point near the fountains at the Students’ Centre in Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Monday.
COOL DELIGHT: Two girls share a point near the fountains at the Students’ Centre in Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Cyclists take part in a practice session for Commonwealth Games in Patiala on Monday.
Cyclists take part in a practice session for Commonwealth Games in Patiala on Monday. Photo: Rajesh Sachar

Food street to stay overnight: Mayor
Chandigarh, June 15
Mayor Kamlesh today joined the issues with the Senior Superintendent of Police over the Night Food Street issue and said the corporation would not stop any activity at the food joints after midnight, as ensuring security at the food street is responsibility of the police.

Railways initiates installation of CCTV cameras
Chandigarh, June 15
Following criticism for lack of security arrangements at the Chandigarh railway station in past, the Ambala division of Northern Railways has finally initiated the work of installation of CCTV cameras here today.

Mr Garewal, who will pay Rs 12 lakh rent?
Mohali, June 15
Mr former DC, who’ll pay the rent bill of over Rs 12 lakh? That’s the buzz among officials of the Mohali Municipal Council on hearing reports that former Deputy Commissioner H.I.S.Garewal is vacating the two-kanal house of the civic body, which had been unauthorisedly occupied by him for the past two years ago.

BSNL rings 3-G mobile service in Mohali
Mohali, June 15 In a bid to bridge the generation gap in the field of mobile telephony, the BSNL has launched 3-G service called “a generation ahead” here today. Significantly, the launch triggers the beginning to the end of the era of mobile communication based on 2-G services.

Councillor seeks improved water supply
Mohali, June 15
A municipal councillor has demanded action from the Punjab Chief Secretary to improve the supply of water in Mohali. The complainant said on failing of the government to fulfil his demand, he would be compelled to go to court.

Training in diagnosis offungal infections begins
Need for more mycology labs: Doc
Chandigarh, June 15
The 7th PGI-ICMR-WHO-INSA National Training Course on diagnosis of fungal infections was inaugurated today by Prof. Meera Sharma, Head of Medical Microbiology Department, PGI.

Participants during a training course in diagnosis of fungal infections at PGI in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph 
Participants during a training course in diagnosis of fungal infections at PGI in Chandigarh on Monday.

Post ’06 retirees start getting revised pension
Chandigarh, June 15
Consequent to some armed forces pensioners, who retired in January, 2006, moving the high court against the non-revision of their pension even months after the relevant orders were issued, some of them have started getting their dues.

Drive to enforce ban on plastic bags
Chandigarh, June 15
A weeklong drive was conducted to enforcing the ban on polythene bags in Sectors 32, 34, 37, 38, 43, 44, 45, 46, 49, Burail and apni mandis in Sectors 40,43, 45 and 46.

Punjab, UT staff rally on June 19
Chandigarh, June 15
The joint action committee of Punjab and UT Employees is going to organise a rally on June 19, seeking implementation of revised allowances.

Honda Jazz launched
Chandigarh, June 15
Honda Siel Cars India today launched its latest global car, the Honda Jazz. Boasting of an optimum balance between futuristic aerodynamic exterior and spacious interiors, the Jazz claims to be a segment-defining car out to win accolades and adoration in Indian market.

Summer camp for special kids ends
Chandigarh, June 15
A 15-day summer camp, which was organised by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Chandigarh, was concluded today. It was organised under inclusive education for the Children with Special Needs (CWSN) that includes mentally challenged, hearing impaired, visual impaired and orthopaedically impaired.

Enterpreneurship programme concludes
Chandigarh, June 15
Annapoorna,an entrepreneurship development summer programme organised by MCMDAV College, concluded here today. Motivated by the college principal, Dr Puneet Bedi, the department of microbial and food technology organised this programme for empowering women and economically weaker sections.

Google it or Bing it: Search engines
Besides googling, you may now also indulge in binging as the powerful Microsoft has launched “Bing”, a search engine, the latest in the long list of search engines, making an integral part of the Internet. The first two search engines Aliweb and JumpStation were launched way back in 1993. In fact, Microsoft has re-branded its MSN Search as “Bing” recently, making waves in the Web world.

CityScope Letters II
UT officials lack accountability


To err is education dept
After website, it’s prospectus
Chandigarh, June 15
The misleading information continues as far as the UT education department is concerned. The “common prospectus for all government colleges” issued today by the education secretary contains the admission form (available at www.chandigarh.nic.in) with the same error quoting “attach attested copies” violating its notification.

150 to be awarded scholarships
Chandigarh, June 15
The Gurukul Educational and Charitable Trust will give scholarships of more than Rs 1 crore to 150 meritorious students of the rural and economically weaker sections of the society for pursuing higher studies.

Govt College, Sector 46
College Admissions-2009
Chandigarh, June 15
Established in 1982, Government College, Sector 46, for boys became co-educational in 1992 and has over the years added new courses and streams to the list of courses that it began with. After an initial phase of formation the college started with, more meaningful courses were added. 


Councillor’s husband succumbs to injuries
Zirakpur, June 15
Ranbir Arya, husband of Shakuntla Arya, municipal councillor from ward No 15, succumbed to injuries here today. He was admitted to PGI on Friday after being seriously injured in a road accident at Kiodok village near Kaithal.

A recklessly driven truck hit an Ambassador car and a scooter on the Zirakpur flyover on Sunday evening.
A recklessly driven truck hit an Ambassador car and a scooter on the Zirakpur flyover on Sunday evening. A Tribune photograph

Motorcyclist killed in accident
Lalru, June 15
A 35-year-old motorcyclist died while his pillion rider was seriously injured in a road accident that took place on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway near Lalru yesterday.

Traffic hit as engine derails
Ambala, June 15
The engine of a goods train derailed near the Kesari railway station close to Ambala Cantonment this morning, disrupting rail traffic on the Ambala-Saharnpur section. According to sources, the goods train was on its way to Haridwar when the engine derailed near the Kesari railway station. The driver applied emergency brakes, which prevented other wagons from derailing. ADRM, Ambala railway division RK Saxena reached the scene. He said an inquiry would be conducted in this regard. —OC

Trees, saplings burnt in fire
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 15
A large number of trees and saplings planted on at the roadside of the Sirhind-Patiala road were damaged in a fire that broke out around 10 am yesterday.

Empty buckets lined up as women await water from a tap in a street at Dheeru Di Basti in Patiala on Monday.
Empty buckets lined up as women await water from a tap in a street at Dheeru Di Basti in Patiala on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Two booked for fraud
Zirakpur, June 15
The local police today booked two persons in a case of fraud on the complaint of Varinder Goel, a resident of Lakshami enclave, Dhakoli. The accused were identified as Madan Singh and Bhupinder Singh, both residents of Kishanpura Chhat village in Zirakpur.

7 hurt as trucks collide
Ambala, June 15
As many as seven persons were injured on the GT road, near here, last late evening when the truck in which they were travelling collided with another truck.

30-yr-old dies in accident
Kalka, June 15
In a road mishap, a 30-year-old youth was died today. According to police sources, the incident took place on the National Highway 21-A, Pinjore, Nalagarh highway, when Rakesh, a resident of Basaulan village of Pinjore block, was on his way to Pinjore on his scooter. Near Sukomajri village, a recklessly driven pick-up jeep rammed into his scooter. He died on the spot. The police, after conducting the postmortem in the Kalka civil hospital, handed over the dead body to the relatives of the victim. —OC

Man caught stealing girders
Bassi Pathana, June 15
The police claimed to have caught a thief red-handed while stealing iron girders and machinery parts from a locked factory and recovered iron goods stole earlier.

Two penalised for power theft
Kalka, June 15
The department of UHBVN has recently penalised two farmers of Charnia village of Pinjore block for illegally using electricity. RK Rohila, SDO, UHBVN, Pinjore, revealed that the vigilance team of the department, on a tip off, conducted a sudden raid and nabbed Darshan Singh and Charanjit Singh of Charnia village, when they were running their tube-wells by connecting the direct phase. The team has slapped rupees 1.31 lakh on Darshan Singh and rupees 90,000 on Charanjit Singh as a penalty, added Rohila. —OC

Ambala beauty expert in Limca Book
Ambala, June 15
Parvesh Handa, a cosmetologist and author of several books on beauty, has entered the Limca Book of Records.


‘Own rank and pay’ to cops
High court directive to Haryana DGP
Chandigarh, June 15
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the Haryana Director-General of Police (DGP) to consider the desirability of granting “own rank and pay” (ORP) to assistant sub-inspectors and sub-inspectors facing reversion, during the pendency of the writ petition. Directions have also been issued not to revert them below the rank of head constable.

Appointment of information commissioners
City lawyer moves Supreme Court
Chandigarh, June 15
City-based lawyer HC Arora has filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court objecting to appointment of former bureaucrats to various state information commissions in the country.


Undertrial escapes from police custody
Panchkula, June 15
An undertrial today escaped from police custody while he was being escorted back to Hisar jail after being produced in a Panchkula court. According to the local police, Surinder was facing murder charges at Hisar and was brought to the Panchkula court in connection with an ongoing trial on June 13.

Man held with pistol at HC
Chandigarh, June 15
The Chandigarh Police arrested a resident of Jind with a .32 bore pistol along with eight live cartridges from the Punjab and Haryana High Court here today.

Kanwar Enterprises owner booked
Chandigarh, June 15
The owner of Kanwar Enterprises, plot No. 19 MW, was yesterday booked for stealing electricity. Jatinder Kumar, assistant executive engineer, electricity operation, division No. 5, Industrial Area, Phase-I, in his complaint to the police alleged that the owner of Kanwar Enterprises was caught red-handed from the plot while stealing electricity. — TNS

2 ‘BSNL’ workers charged with stealing Rs 8,000
Chandigarh, June 15
AD Tewari (70), a resident of Sector 38-West, accused that two BSNL employees have stolen Rs 8,000 from his residence here on Friday. The BSNL employees had reportedly come to AD Tewari’s residence for repair following a complaint.

Villager held for molesting minor
Chandigarh, June 15
The police today arrested Ram Singh of Kishangarh village, in his forties, on the charges of molesting a five-year-old girl.

Man stabbed
Chandigarh, June 15
Basant Jhah, a resident of Pandit Colony, Kajheri, was stabbed by an unidentified group following an old feud here last night near his residence.


Junior golf meet from today
Panchkula, June 15
Fifteen-year-old Ashbeer Singh Saini will be gunning for his second straight title on the Lalit Suri Junior Golf Tour when the cream of India's junior golfers converge on the picturesque par-72 greens of the Panchkula Golf Club for the four-day Lalit Suri Northern India Junior Golf Championship opening tomorrow.


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