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Ministry’s U-turn on OBC Admissions
Rs 147-crore burden on PU
Chandigarh, June 27
The decision of the ministry of human resource and development to discontinue with the OBC reservation in Panjab University, implemented last year, has put a burden of Rs 147 crore on the cash-starved university.

Power Crisis
Admn blames it on 15,000 new ACs
Chandigarh, June 27
What ails Chandigarh’s power scenario is not the non-availability of power, but its overconsumption.

Near, yet so far
Chandigarh, June 27
Breaking the record of the pre-monsoon rain of the past eight years, June this year has been the harshest with only 11 mm of rainfall. The met department’s indication on the late arrival of monsoon has only added to the woes of people.

Industrialists fume at 3-day cut
Mohali, June 27
The decision of the PSEB to impose a three-day compulsory weekly off on general industries has come as a shock to industrialists. The compulsory weekly off days would now be from Saturday (8 am) to Tuesday (8 am).



EARLIER STORIES

Dumping ground to be shifted outside Mohali
Mohali, June 27
After failing to get environmental clearance for a landfill site, located in Dairi and Durali villages, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has decided to shift the proposed site out of the Mohali’s master plan limits.



COMMUNITY


Minor fire in Sector-35 office
Close shave for six
Chandigarh, June 27
Six persons, including a minor and four women, had a miraculous escape when they were trapped in a the office of a Sector 35-based immigration consultancy firm following a minor fire.


The junction box of Australian and Canadian immigration consultancy firm in Sector 35-A, Chandigarh, that caught fire on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
The junction box of Australian and Canadian immigration consultancy firm in Sector 35-A, Chandigarh, that caught fire on Saturday.


A boy sips a softdrink after seeking alms in the name of ‘Shani’ on a hot afternoon in Chandigarh on Saturday.
COLA BLESSING: A boy sips a softdrink after seeking alms in the name of ‘Shani’ on a hot afternoon in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
Even as Chandigarh reels under water scarcity, no one has fixed this tap in a park in Sector 10.
Even as Chandigarh reels under water scarcity, no one has fixed this tap in a park in Sector 10. Tribune photo: Pradep Tewari

Sibal’s move draws mixed reactions
Chandigarh, June 27
The proposed move to create an all-India school board and make Class X examinations optional by the Human Resource Development Minister, Kapil Sibal, drew mixed reactions from students and parents of the city.

Swine Flu
Doctor’s samples found negative
Chandigarh, June 27
The samples of a doctor from Yamunanagar, who was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, on Thursday with suspected swine flu, were found negative today.

Swine flu suspect flees hospital
Mohali, June 27
A 17-year-old girl suspected to be suffering from swine flu mysteriously disappeared from the Civil Hospital here today even as the authorities concerned kept waiting for her to come back and get herself admitted for tests.

Consumer Courts
Citibank penalised Rs 1 lakh
Chandigrh, June 27
Raising doubts on the working of Citibank in Sector 17, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the bank to pay Rs 1 lakh to the complainant in compensation for causing him and his family members physical harassment, mental pain and agony for no cogent and logical reason during the past over eight years.

Seminar on minorities
Chandigarh, June 27
A seminar on “Minorities in India: Constitutional, Demographic and Social Aspect” was organised by the Himachal Research Institute, Hamirpur, and Sanskriti Samanvay at Indira Holiday Home in Sector 24 here today.

Well-off youths take to crime for easy money
Chandigarh, June 27
It is no longer illiteracy or poverty that are the driving forces in the crime, but the “C” world in the tricity is now about luxury-addicted, educated youth hailing from well-off families.

Bhatti’s play on drug addiction staged
Chandigarh, June 27
“Driven by the concept that the radical street theatre form is the most vibrant theatre where performers can engage their audience in direct conversation, look into their eyes and debate urgent matters of mutual concern. I have written and produced a play on liquor and drug addiction titled Thekeon Theke,” said Jaspal Bhatti.

Atrocities of moneylenders highlighted
Chandigarh, June 27
The Lok Kala and cultural society and Citi Entertainment Network staged a street play “Sava ser Gehoon” based on a story by Munshi Prem Chand, hailed as the literary exponent of Indian peasantry and their problems.


A play of Munshi Prem Chand being staged at Plaza in Sector 17, Chandigah, on Saturday. Tribune photo: 
Manoj Mahajan
A play of Munshi Prem Chand being staged at Plaza in Sector 17, Chandigah, on Saturday.

Three killed in accidents, 1 hurt
Panchkula, June 27
Three persons were killed and another critically injured in two different road accidents at the Raipur Rani area near here last night. While the deceased have been identified as Balram (55), Jagmal (60) and Karamvir (32), Satish was admitted at the General Hospital, Panchkula, with injuries.

Blood bank society celebrates anniversary
Chandigarh, June 27
Members of the Rotary Blood Bank Society Resource Centre, set up five years ago to supplement the shortage of blood at the PGI, along with staff celebrated the fifth anniversary of the society here today. The society has helped collect over 42,000 units of blood since its inception in 2004.

Blood donation camp at Sec 35
Chandigarh, June 27
The Chandigarh District Congress Committee, in association with the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) and HOPE, an NGO, organised a blood donation camp at the Congress Bhawan in Sector 35.

104 units of blood donated
Mohali, June 27
A blood donation camp was jointly organised by the Indian Red Cross Society, SAS Nagar, and Mahindra and Mahindra (Swaraj Division) at Mohali Industries Association Bhawan here.

Letters
Trenches left unfilled
Its been around two months that Municipal Corporation had dug ditches for lying pipeline for watering the park in front of house no 2848 to 2864 in Sector 37-C.


EDUCATION

PU don to dwell on e-learning in Singapore
Chandigarh, June 27
In this age of information technology, e-learning is becoming a hot pursuit and fast-expanding mode of learning. However, it faces many pedagogical challenges. To make this new mode of learning happen, Dr Ravi K Mahajan, a faculty member of the University School of Open Learning, Panjab University, Chandigarh, will present a paper titled ‘e-Learning and Pedagogical Challenges: A Study in Student’s Response’ at 2009 International Conference on Distance Education and Open Learning to be held in October in Singapore.

5 new courses at Panjab University
Chandigarh, June 27
Panjab University is all set to kick off five new vocational courses from this academic year as a part of its plans to start 58 new courses.

PU
Whitewash leaves boarders harassed
Chandigarh, June 27
If the claims of inmates of girls’ hostel no 5 are anything to go by, Panjab University’s efforts to spruce it up are putting them to grave inconvenience.



 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Heat Wave
Women constables’ recruitment postponed
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 27
The process of recruitment of women constables to be held here on June 29 has now been postponed due to intense heat wave.

Refresher course for gatka officials from July 17
Kharar, June 27
The Punjab Gatka Association (PGA) will be organising a three-day refresher course-cum-seminar at Shaheed Kanshi Ram College, Bhago Majra, near Kharar, from July 17.

Farewell at engg institute
Dera Bassi, June 27
Students and staff members of Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dera Bassi, bid farewell to the final year students at Mohali Club today.

Power Theft
Rs 11 lakh fine slapped on Kharar residents
Kharar, June 27
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has imposed fine of Rs 11 lakh at Kharar sub-division for power theft, wrong metering and unauthorised load.

MC raids sweet shops
Kharar, June 27
Rotten fruits and vegetables were disposed of from vendors in most areas of the town.

Banur Bypoll
Congmen demand ticket for ‘insider’
Dera Bassi, June 27
Local Congress leaders have demanded to the Congress high command for giving ticket to a local candidate and not an outsider for the forthcoming Banur Vidhan Sabha by-poll.

12 injured as truck, Tavera collide
Dera Bassi, June 27
Three persons were seriously injured while nine sustained minor injuries, including women and children, in a head on collision between a Tavera and a truck on the Dera Bassi-Barwala road near Bhagwas village here this evening. The truck driver fled from the scene leaving the truck behind, the police said.

‘Exercise key to curing diabetes’
Patiala, June 27
International Day against Diabetes was celebrated on 43rd Bn ITBP campus here today where Dr Sarabjit Singh, senior medical officer of the 43rd Bn, ITBP, under the leadership of Deputy Commandant, Hoshiarpur.



COURTS

Luxury Litigation
HC gets tough on govt agencies
Chandigarh, June 27
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has warned government agencies, including banks, to abstain from “luxury litigation”, lest “harsh steps” are initiated against them in future.

CRIME

Gang of car thieves busted; 3 held
Chandigarh, June 27
With the arrest of three persons, the Chandigarh police claims to have busted a gang of thieves who used to adopt a novel way of stealing cars and avoiding the police.
The police said the accused used to target a vehicle and park their own vehicle near it.


Amar Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Sanchet Verma in police custody in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph
Amar Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Sanchet Verma in police custody in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Youth killed, another injured in accident
Chandigarh, June 27
A 19-year-old bike rider was killed after he was crushed under the rear tyres of a CTU bus near Kissan Bhavan, Sector 35, this afternoon.

Escape bid by accused
Chandigarh, June 27
Sat Pal, who was recently arrested by the Chandigarh police in connection with a Ram Darbar clash case, tried to flee from police custody while being taken from the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, to Burail Jail here today.

Couple booked for duping doc of Rs 44 lakh
Panchkula, June 27
The district police has booked a couple from Hamirpur for allegedly duping a former doctor at Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, of more than Rs 44 lakh here today. Dr Arvind, a resident of Sector 4, alleged that Jatinder and his wife Sonu, on the pretext of getting him admission in postgraduation at Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust (HIHT), Dehradun, cheated him of Rs 44.5 lakh.



SPORTS

Ind-Swift Trophy
Mohali academy enter semis
Chandigarh, June 27
Mohali Cricket Academy entered the semifinals after drubbing Shree Shree Cricket Academy of Panchkula by six wickets in the Ind-Swift Under-15 Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament here today.

City lads, eves in semifinals
Chandigarh, June 27
Both men and women teams of Chandigarh qualified for semifinals of the 30th North Zone Ball Badminton (Men and Women) Championship at Banyan Tree School here today.



A ball badminton match in progress between Chandigarh and Punjab in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik 
A ball badminton match in progress between Chandigarh and Punjab in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Cricket trials tomorrow
Chandigarh, June 27
Trials for Bharti Vij’s St Soldier Cricket Academy for various age groups will be organised on the school ground at 4 pm on June 29. The chief coach of the academy, Bharti vij, is a former Ranjhi player and is a qualified BCCI level-2 coach. — TNS

 



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