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Violence rears its ugly head in city
VIP brats bash up councillor’s sons
One of the injured Jagpreet Singh Chawla at the Sector 16 Government Multi Specialty Hospital. Chandigarh, June 29
In yet another incident of hooliganism, a group of rich brats travelling in a BMW car and Scorpio bashed up the sons of a nominated councillor, MPS Chawla, here in Sector 9 tonight. The incident took place allegedly over a trivial issue at about 9:30 pm.


One of the injured Jagpreet Singh Chawla at the Sector 16 Government Multi Specialty Hospital. A Tribune photograph

Brawl in Khalsa College; 2 hurt
The injured Jagmohan (L) and Harveer Singh. Chandigarh, June 29
In what can be called the first violent spat of this academic year, two student groups clashed, leaving two injured on the premises of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Sector 26, here today.


The injured Jagmohan (L) and Harveer Singh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Brawl in Sec-26 college
Action after probe, says principal
Chandigarh, June 29
Going a step further from regular prima facie suspensions, the authorities of SGGS College-26 have promised action in a bloody brawl that left two injured on its campus today but only after a hi-tech investigation.


EARLIER STORIES


New office timings a tough ask for babus

Mohali, June 29
Getting up early and reporting at office at 7.30 am was a tough ask for babus of the Punjab government. Normally used to coming late, many of them kept their reputation intact by reporting late at office on Monday.
While Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh Mand walks into his office at 7.45 am Additional Deputy Commissioner Jaspal Mittal had to drive his official car as the driver failed to report on duty on time. On the other hand, the office of tehsildar Shiv Kumar was found locked till 8.15 am.
While Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh Mand walks into his office at 7.45 am, Additional Deputy Commissioner Jaspal Mittal had to drive his official car as the driver failed to report on duty on time. On the other hand, the office of tehsildar Shiv Kumar was found locked till 8.15 am. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu



COMMUNITY

Burail jail to get hi-tech CCTV cameras
Chandigarh, June 29
In an attempt to enhance surveillance at Model Jail in Burail the authorities are all set to replace the existing low-resolution CCTV cameras with high performance equipment to improve vigil of the high security jail.

KVs closed till July 7
Chandigarh, June 29
After almost a week of having a harrowing time attending classes in sizzling heat, while their peers from other educational institutes stayed indoors, students of Kendirya Vidalayas (KVs) have a reason to smile, as the Chandigarh Administration today decided to give them off till July 7.


Kids come out from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Pardeep Tewari 
Kids come out from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31, Chandigarh, on Monday.

Long distance trains on wishlist
Chandigarh, June 29
Demand for long distance trains from Chandigarh tops the charts in the rail users’ wish-list as all set for the Railway Budget to be presented in July first week.

Tourism sees upward trend: Selja
Chandigarh, June 29
Foreign tourist arrivals in India declined by 10 to 17 per cent after the Mumbai attack and economic meltdown, but have gradually picked up with May arrivals being almost the same as in the corresponding month last year, Union Tourism Minister Selja said here today. Addressing a press conference, Selja said foreign tourist arrivals showed an upward trend after a decline of about 10.6-17.6 per cent during January-March 2009 as compared to the first three months in the previous year.

Union Tourism and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Selja at a press conference in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph
Union Tourism and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Selja at a press conference in Chandigarh on Monday.

Swine Flu
First patient in city discharged
Chandigarh, June 29
The first and the only patient found to be H1N1 Type A Influenza (swine flu) positive case admitted in city hospital was discharged after putting under treatment since May 21 here today.

AT LAST, SHOWERS OF RELIEF

Pre-monsoon showers lashed the city on Monday night, bringing great relief from sweltering heat.
Pre-monsoon showers lashed the city on Monday night, bringing great relief from sweltering heat. The rain, which followed a duststorm, brought down the soaring mercury. The city had been witnessing intense heat wave for the past one month, with maximum temperature hovering around 44 degrees. Even though Met officials have predicted that Chandigarhians will have to wait for the monsoons a little more, today’s rain provided comfort to the people, who were facing power cuts coupled with water shortage. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Diarrhoea in Mohali village
Probe panel report today
Mohali, June 29
Almost all water samples collected after the Deputy Commissioner constituted a committee to look into the reasons that led to the spread of cholera and diarrhoea in Mohali village have cleared the potability test. Surprisingly, six of the 12 water samples collected soon after the spread of the disease were declared unfit for drinking.

Collision with cop’s car
Motorcyclist dies
Chandigarh, June 29
Gagandeep Singh, who was critically injured after his motorcycle collided with the car of a Chandigarh Police sub-inspector, was declared dead at the PGI in the wee hours today.

Shortage of water in police quarters
Mohali, June 29
Residents living in police quarters, located in Phase VIII, are facing acute shortage of water for the past three days.

Ray of hope for homosexuals
Ministry in mulling mode to repeal Section 377 of IPC
Chandigarh, June 29
Thousands of homosexuals in the tricity, living a life of seclusion, have a reason to cheer as the Home Ministry goes in the mulling mode to repeal Section 377 of the IPC which criminalises homosexuality.

NCC cadets from Chandigarh in a jubilant mood after winning a gold medal in a shooting championship at Pune.
NCC cadets from Chandigarh in a jubilant mood after winning a gold medal in a shooting championship at Pune. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Art workshop concludes
Panchkula, June 29
A month-long music, theatre and modern art production-oriented workshop, organised by the Feather Kap Cultural Club and Inderdhanush Expo Centre, concluded with a sleek display of varied items in all realms at the Inderdhanush auditorium here today.

Educa 2009 on July 4, 5
Chandigarh, June 29
The Educa 2009, organised by Friendz Exhibitions & Promotions Pvt Ltd (FEPL), is all set to showcase a comprehensive view of education horizon and industry at the Kisan Bhavan on July 4 and July 5. The fair would be open to public from 11 am to 7 pm on both days and entry would be free.

Drives to check bad elements
Chandigarh, June 29
In an attempt to put pressure on bad elements, the police carried out special checking drives and set up nakas across the city.

House burgled at Panchkula
Panchkula, June 29
The thieves have taken away cash and valuables worth more than Rs 80,000 by breaking into a house at Sector 2.

EDUCATION

PU adds 2 new courses
Chandigarh, June 29
Panjab University has introduced two new online courses on geo-informatics from the current academic session. These include two years M.Sc (GIS) and One-year diploma in geo-informatics. The Department of Geography will run these courses in collaboration with the University of Salzburg, Austria.

Students after submiting forms at Panjab University, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari
Students after submiting forms at Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Admit cards of BEd entrance test despatched
Chandigarh, June 29
It is for the information of all candidates concerned for BEd and MEd Entrance Test-2009 to be conducted by Panjab University on July 5 that admit cards of the test have been dispatched to all eligible candidates by registered post.

Promotion panel meeting for principals next month
Chandigarh, June 29
Hopefully, the Chandigarh education department would hold its long-pending meeting of Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) for the promotion of principals and headmasters/ headmistresses in the first week of July.

Hostel info to go online in PU
Chandigarh, June 29
In another effort to deal with the problem of squatters in the Panjab University hostels, the university authorities will soon upload the room allotment details on its website.



 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

160 doctors transferred
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 29
As many as 160 doctors working in dispensaries have been transferred in the state. This was said by Punjab Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla.

Unavailability of Power
Farmers block GT Road
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 29
In protest against the non-availability of electricity in their farms, a large number of irate farmers block the GT Road near Sirhind.


Farmers block the GT Road to mark a protest against power cuts imposed by the government in Fatehgarh Sahib on Monday. A Tribune photograph 
Farmers block the GT Road to mark a protest against power cuts imposed by the government in Fatehgarh Sahib on Monday.

Officials reach late; warned
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 29
Most of the officials today reached late at government offices in Fatehgarh Sahib on the first day of the change of timings. The office timings were changed from 9 am to 5 pm to 7.30 am to 1.30 pm.

No-trust move against MC chief
Dera Bassi, June 29
A few hours before the date of the Banur assembly byelection was announced by the Election Commission, fissures started appearing in the ruling SAD-BJP combined in the Dera Bassi Municipal Council.

Migrant commits suicide
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 29
A migrant labourer in Anayatpura village today committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree. The deceased has been identified as Sampat Kumar, a resident of Chhattisgarh.

Colour Pallate inaugurated
Patiala, June 29
“Patiala has always been famous for its culture. Everything attached to the city, whether its clothes, jewellery or life style is typically Punjabi”.

Scribe bereaved
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 29
Rajendra Bharadwaj, father of journalists Pramod Bharadwaj and Surinder Bharadwaj, passed away yesterday. The family members said Rajendra Bhardwaj, in his seventies, was a diabetic and not keeping well for the past few months. — TNS

10 cattle die after eating poisonous fodder
Morinda, June 29
Ten cattle died in Chakalan village on the Morinda-Chamkaur Sahib road here today after consuming poisonous fodder.

Youth drowns in Sutlej
Ropar, June 29
A youth, identified as Baljinder Singh alias Bhola (24) from Phool Chakkar Chowk, died after drowning in the Sutlej today afternoon.

Patiala to get new auditorium by Dec
Patiala, June 29
Director DS Saroya, North Zone Cultural Centre, assured residents of Patiala that new auditorium, “Virsa Vihar”, with all latest facilities, including light and sound system, would be completed by the end of December.



COURTS

CAT Order
HC upholds promotion of cop
Chandigarh, June 29
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has upheld the promotion of UT Inspector Kehar Singh.

Judicial custody for Jamna, Kamla
Chandigarh, June 29
In the Nari Niketan rape case, key suspects Jamna Kumar, security guard, and Kamla, sweeper, at Nari Niketan, Sector 26, have been sent to the judicial custody of 14 days by the court of a duty magistrate here today.



CRIME

Heat claims man’s life
Chandigarh, June 29
In what could probably be the first case of death due to heat in the city, a man in his late forties was found dead at Sector 26 Grain Market here this morning.

Bid to kill Punjabi film producer
Mohali, June 29
A Punjabi film producer, Gurveer, and his accomplice, Rakesh Punj, had a miraculous escape when two motorcycle-borne youths fired at them near Lakhnour bridge here last night. The bullet hit behind the driver’s seat after it pierced through the rear windowpane of Ford Endeavour.

Man commits suicide
Chandigarh, June 29
Stung by the alleged illicit relationship of his wife, Karam Singh, a worker at a Sector 15-based confectionary shop, committed suicide here late last night.

Medicines worth Rs 12 lakh looted
Panchkula, June 29
Panchkula seems to have taken the fancy of medicines’ thieves, as in yet another incident more than half-a-dozen armed persons take away medicines worth around Rs 12 lakh on a gunpoint from a godown here today.


Police officials while inspecting the spot in the Industrial Area, Phase I, Panchkula, on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
Police officials while inspecting the spot in the Industrial Area, Phase I, Panchkula, on Monday.

 



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