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20-yr-old brutally killed by husband
Mohali, June 18
A 20-year-old married woman, who was four-month pregnant, was brutally murdered by her enraged husband at a Phase XI house here late last night. A quarrel between the couple reportedly took a bloody turn when the husband pierced her throat with a hedge-cutter.

Security at banks remains lax even after robbery bid
Mohali, June 18
A spate of bank robberies in the tricity of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula has failed to move the authorities of various banks. Going by the slack security at the banks, the robbers are having a field day, and each time the police comes to know about these incidents, the robbers have made a safe exit.
A lathi-wielding guard is all in the name of security at the Phase XI branch of the State Bank Bikaner and Jaipur An unarmed security guard in casuals looking after the security of Indian Overseas Bank in Sector 9, Panchkula
A lathi-wielding guard is all in the name of security at the Phase XI branch of the State Bank Bikaner and Jaipur. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu An unarmed security guard in casuals looking after the security of Indian Overseas Bank in Sector 9, Panchkula. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan







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Jewellery ‘missing’ from bank locker
Victim accuses bank of negligence, officials deny charge
Chandigarh, June 18
Ornaments worth lakhs were allegedly found missing from a nationalised bank’s locker of a Sector 20 resident here today. The victim alleged that it had happened due to the negligence of the bank. Narrating the incident, Harminder Singh Mankotia said he had come to the Sector 22 branch of Punjab National Bank (PNB) at around 1 pm to pick his jewellery as he had plans to go to his hometown in Himachal Pradesh to spend holidays with his family.
Harminder Singh Mankotia (right), whose bank locker was reportedly found empty, consoles his wife, Vineeta Mankotia, as they come out of the Sector 22 branch of Punjab National Bank
Harminder Singh Mankotia (right), whose bank locker was reportedly found empty, consoles his wife, Vineeta Mankotia, as they come out of the Sector 22 branch of Punjab National Bank on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Decks cleared for scrapping of Film City
Admn gets back file from CVC
Chandigarh, June 18
Decks have been cleared for the scrapping of the state-of-the-art Film City project at Sarangpur. With the Chandigarh administration getting back the Film City file from the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), the administration is set to cancel the ambitious Rs 191-crore project, shattering the city's dream of emerging as the next cinematic tourism destination.

Quadruplets born in PGI
Chandigarh, June 18
A Patiala-based woman gave birth to quadruplets, three girls and a boy, in the gynaecology ward of the PGI here this morning. The newborns are in a stable condition, doctors of the PGI said. They have been placed in incubators in the hospital that have special premature baby units, said a doctor.

Another suspected case of swine flu
Chandigarh, June 18
Another suspected case of swine flu (H1N1 influenza) was reported today at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. This time, it is a 70-year-old woman, who had come to the city from the USA to meet her relative staying in Sector 37.





COMMUNITY

Marla Houses
Sec-44 resident accuses admn of harassment
Chandigarh, June 18
The notification regarding relief to the marla house owners notwithstanding, the residents continue to face harassment at the hands of the different wings of the Chandigarh administration.

‘Income should be criterion for identifying classes’
Chandigarh, June 18
“The National Commission for Economically Backward Classes would consider recommending different incomes in different states as criterion for identifying economically backward classes,” echoed the visiting team of the commission comprising its chairman Maj Gen S.R. Sinho (retd), member Narendra Kumar, member secretary Mahender Singh, senior research officer Dr P.N. Ram and consultant M.P. Aggarwal from June 16-20, during a press conference organised her today.
Chairman of the National Commission for Economically Backward Classes Maj Gen S.R. Sinho (retd) (centre) addresses mediapersons in Chandigarh
Chairman of the National Commission for Economically Backward Classes Maj Gen S.R. Sinho (retd) (centre) addresses mediapersons in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tiwari

Army chief takes stock of war game
Chandigarh, June 18
Chief of the Army Staff, Gen Deepak Kapoor, today reviewed the end results of a high-level war game being held by the Western Command. He arrived at Command Headquarters, Chandimandir, today for an overnight visit in this regard today.

Pensioners’ body stages dharna
Seeks revised pension, allowances
Chandigarh, June 18
Members of the Punjab Government Pensioners’ Welfare Association today staged a dharna in Sector 17 in support of their demands.


Members of the Punjab Government Pensioners’ Welfare Association protest in support of their demands in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
Members of the Punjab Government Pensioners’ Welfare Association protest in support of their demands in Sector 17, Chandigarh

Home Secy: Expedite process of e-tendering
Chandigarh, June 18
The Home Secretary-cum-Chief Vigilance Officer has directed the Engineering Department to expedite the process of e-tendering in order to bring transparency in allotment of tenders during a meeting conducted to review the vigilance cases.

27 city docs leave for Singapore
Chandigarh, June 18
To participate in the second part of Singapore-India Joint Training Programme on Enhanced Healthcare Management (SIGNET), a team of 27 doctors left for Singapore on Tuesday.

Swine Flu
No stock of Tamiflu at Civil Hospital
Mohali, June 18
Despite increasing swine flu cases in the region, the local civil hospital does not have stock of Tamiflu to tackle the disease.

‘False’ Cases
BJP submits memo to Rodrigues

Chandigarh, June 18
A delegation of the local unit of the BJP led by Kamla Sharma, president, today called upon UT administrator SF Rodrigues and handed over a memorandum in connection with “false” cases registered by the Chandigarh Police against BJP workers.

Veggie prices go up
Chandigarh, June 18
The prices of potatoes and onions, which are an inseparable part of Indian cuisines, have risen in comparison to last week’s price. The price of potatoes has increased by Rs 18 to Rs 22 per kg compared to the price of the last week.

Bansal takes charge
Chandigarh, June 18
Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal today took the additional charge of the Union Minister for Water Resources in New Delhi.


EDUCATION

ISRO to study ‘space colony’ project
Chandigarh, June 18
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is going to examine the project on life support systems and growth of plants in space, which the five little champs of Dikshant International School, Chandigarh, presented at the 28th International Space Development Conference held in Florida, USA, recently.

ON CLOUD NINE: Students of Dikshant International School, Zirakpur, who attended the 28th NASA International Space Conference held at Orlando, in Chandigarh
ON CLOUD NINE: Students of Dikshant International School, Zirakpur, who attended the 28th NASA International Space Conference held at Orlando, in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

40 award sheets go missing at PU
Chandigarh, June 18
The examination system of Panjab University comes under scanner once again, as around 40 award sheets have gone missing here today. According to information, the sheets of the students of MSc in Nuclear Medicine had come to the department in the first week of June that went ‘missing’ today.

PU to have information desk from today
Chandigarh, June 18
Acquiring information about the university’s admission process is all set to get easier for students, as the students will now have an option to approach the university’s own information window rather than help desks set up by different students’ parties.

Mass communication finds favour with students
Chandigarh, June 18
When it comes to rating vocational courses on the basis of preference, mass communication surely tops the chart. Having widened its horizons from journalism to film making, editing, PR, advertising, et all, this course has a lot to offer to creative minds.

UT contractual teachers polish shoes to mark their protest against the Chandigarh education department in Sector 17
UT contractual teachers polish shoes to mark their protest against the Chandigarh education department in Sector 17 on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Plan Schemes
Edu dept to spend Rs 25 cr
Chandigarh, June 18
The education department will be spending Rs 25 crore on various plan schemes during the current financial year. Besides, Rs 32 crore on the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is likely to be approved by the Government of India soon, Home Secretary Ram Niwas said during a review meeting of the education department here today.

British council told to set up English training institute
Chandigarh, June 18
The Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, yesterday asked the British Council to set up an English training institute in the state to impart quality training to the English trainers.

PGI doc gets fellowship
Chandigarh, June 18
Dr Rajendra Kumar Kanojia, assistant professor in the department of orthopaedics, PGI, has been awarded with the “Depeuy Johnson Foreign Fellowship” of the Indian Orthopaedics Association for the year 2009-2010. Dr Rajendra will be visiting a centre of excellence abroad.


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Two smugglers arrested for firing at cops
Rajpura, June 18
The police has arrested two absconding smugglers today who fired gunshots at some police officials during a naka at Shambhu barriers in Rajpura on Tuesday. With the arrest of the two smugglers, the police has now arrested three of the four peddlers who were smuggling poppy husk in seven bags in a Tavera.

Baltana firing incident accused booked
Zirakpur, June 18
The police has booked Nitin, a resident of Yog Vihar, in the firing incident at Baltana yesterday, for firing at his friend Sunil at Welcome Shopping Complex. The police has registered a case under Sections 160, 323, 336 of the IPC and the Arms Act against the accused.

Cop hurt during demolition drive
Five acres of Municipal Council land evicted
Kharar, June 18
The demolition drive to clear encroachment on five acres of municipal council land at Sante Majra village left SHO Harsimrat Bal injured. An irate mob, whose dwellings were razed under the drive, pelted stones at the police party accompanying MC officials.

Car on gas catches fire, occupants safe
Rajpura, June 18
A family from Chandigarh had a narrow escape this evening when the car they were travelling in caught fire on the Rajpura-Ambala road. It took nearly an hour to douse the flames of the car, which was running on gas.

Bus rams into truck, infant killed
Ambala, June 18
An infant, identified as Deepak, was killed and eight other got seriously injured when a bus coming from Faridabad rammed into a truck near Kuldeep Nagar on the GT road near Ambala Cantonment today early in the morning.

PAU 201 Variety
Rice millers against paddy transplantation
Patiala, June 18
The Patiala Rice Millers’ Association has warned farmers against transplanting PAU 201 variety of paddy. A meeting in this context was called at PAU, Ludhiana, earlier this month.

Swine Flu
Suspect’s sample sent to lab
Ambala, June 18
The blood sample of a suspected swine flu student, a resident of Ambala City, was sent to the National Laboratory for confirmation. When some symptoms of swine flu were found in the girl student of an English-medium school, her parents reported the matter to the health department.

PNB’s farmer training centre completes 4 yrs
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 18
The farmer training centre of Punjab National Bank (PNB) at Fatehgarh Sahib completed four years of its establishment today. A function was held to mark the occasion. Talking to mediapersons here, DGM GS Chauhan of Ludhiana circle said till March 2009, the farmers and other beneficiaries falling under the circle had been lent loan of Rs 10,245 crore.

MTech students boycott supplementary exam
Say they did not get even 24 hours for preparation
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 18
Around 45 students pursuing MTech (machine) part time from the Punjab Technical University regional centre in Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College alleged that they were forced to take the supplementary exam a day after the declaration of results.

Refresher course in teaching of Punjabi
Patiala, June 18
Rajya Sabha member Tarlochan Singh inaugurated the first refresher course at the newly established Academic Staff College in Punjabi University. The organising theme of the course was “Teaching of Punjabi in the changing scenario: Its role and relevance”.

Tandon nominated Prof Emeritus
Banur, June 18
Management of Aryans Business School has nominated the economist and former chairman of the Ludhiana Stock Exchange, Prof BB Tandon, as Professor Emeritus. Anshu Kataria, chairman of Aryans Group, said the association would strengthen the business school in academics and placements.

Sop for old age pensioners
Ambala, June 18
The state government has announced to give Rs 501 each as ‘shagun’ to all beneficiaries of the old age pension this month. Total 60,358 beneficiaries will get the old age pension at new rates along with the ‘shagun’, said Ambala Deputy Commissioner Sameer Pal Saro.


COURTS

Orders for re-issuance of warrants against Sajji
Chandigarh, June 18
A local court today issued directions for the re-issuance of production warrants against former Chandigarh Zonal Director, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Sajji Mohan, who could not be produced before the court, and NCB DSP, Balwinder Kumar in a case of embezzlement, registered against the two by the Chandigarh Police in December.


CRIME

Robbery Bid at Bank
Police denies suspects’ Ludhiana connection
Mohali, June 18
Investigations into the yesterday’s attempt to loot the Bank of Maharsahtra, Phase XI branch, seems to have hit the roadblock with no headway made by raiding parties sent to various parts of Punjab, including Ludhiana.

45-year-old commits suicide
Chandigarh, June 18
A 45-year-old drug addict committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his residence in Sector 30 here today. His family members rushed him to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital where he was declared dead.

Ex-principal of AK Vidya Mandir booked for embezzlement
Chandigarh, June 18
A former principal of AK Vidya Mandir, Sector 34, was booked for embezzlement of Rs 25 lakh today. Kailash Sharma, director of the Mandir, alleged that Anil Tiwari, former principal, had admitted medical students without issuing receipts.

Proclaimed offender held
Chandigarh, June 18
The Chandigarh Police has arrested a proclaimed offender, Satpal alias Sattu, a resident of Phase-1, Ram Darbar.


SPORTS

Ashbeer tightens grip on junior golf title

Panchkula, June 18
Fifteen-year-old Ashbeer Singh Saini from Kapurthala tightened his grip on the Northen India Junior Golf Championship for the second straight title on the Lalit Suri Junior Golf Tour playing an average two over 74 card for a two over 218 score on the par-72 greens of the Panchkula Golf Club here today.

A player goes for a drive on the greens of the Panchkula Golf Club to lead in the Category D of the Lalit Suri Northern India Junior Golf Championship in Panchkula
A player goes for a drive on the greens of the Panchkula Golf Club to lead in the Category D of the Lalit Suri Northern India Junior Golf Championship in Panchkula on Thursday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Cricket: Abhishek, Akshdeep fashion Bharti Vij academy win
Chandigarh, June 18
A fine opening partnership of 125 runs in 13 overs by Abhishek Mehta and Akshdeep Singh enabled Bharti Vij Cricket Academy win their match against 37 Academy by 83 runs in LIC Trophy today at Saint Soldier International School in Sector 28.

Katoch Shield
City outclass Patiala
Chandigarh, June 18
Chandigarh edged out Patiala on the first innings lead in the semifinal played here today at the Sector-16 cricket stadium during the Inter-District Katoch Shield Cricket Tournament.

Players in action during a match in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Players in action during a match in Chandigarh

City’s Cheema leads in Southern India Golf
Chandigarh, June 18
Nineteen-year-old Angad Cheema, a student of DAV College, Chandigarh, fired a three under 69 card to take a two-stroke lead on the penultimate day of the LG Southern India Amateur Golf Championship on the par-72 greens of the KGA course in Bangalore today.


 


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