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Nari Niketan Rape Case
Status report submitted in HC

Police may get victim’s statement recorded
Chandigarh, July 1
While the Chandigarh Police today submitted a status report in the High Court on the ongoing investigations into the Nari Niketan rape case, it is contemplating to get the statement of the victim, a mentally challenged teenaged girl, recorded before a magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC.

Fate sealed in cover
Chandigarh, July 1
The fate of the Nari Niketan rape victim is sealed in a cover till Monday. The reports by specialists on her motherhood status were today submitted before the Punjab and Haryana High Court and handed over in sealed envelops to counsel for the Chandigarh administration Anupam Gupta and senior advocate R.S. Cheema.

Mad rush at petrol stations
Chandigarh, July 1
The hike in fuel prices, to be affected from midnight, led to a huge rush at petrol stations in the city and surrounding townships of Panchkula and Mohali. Panicky residents wanted to cushion themselves for the price hike for sometime by getting their fuel tanks filled to the top.
Long queues of vehicles at a petrol station in Chandigarh Long queues of vehicles at a petrol station in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Photo: Vicky Gharu



EARLIER STORIES



Monsoon’s here
Chandigarh, July 1
Providing much-needed respite from blistering heat, the first showers of monsoon in the city cheered residents and eased pressure on electricity as well as water supply. The urbanites heaved a sigh of relief as the mercury dipped to a considerable low after the rain. The weather remained pleasant throughout the day following drizzle.
Girls walk in the rain in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Photo: Vinay Malik
Girls walk in the rain in Chandigarh

PGI doc charged with assaulting attendant
Chandigarh, July 1
An unsavoury incident marked the Doctors’ Day in the city today when a junior resident of the PGI was allegedly involved in a fracas with the attendants of a one-year-old child. Though the day aims at reminding the patients and the doctors about their crucial relationship, allegations and counter allegations were hurled in the PGI with |Ram Gopal, a resident of Kalka, accusing a junior resident, Dr Vinod, of assaulting him and his son.

Missing P’kula realtor
Family seeks CBI probe
Panchkula, July 1
While the lie-detector test report of two suspects received by the police today did not give any indication about their involvement in the crime, the family of missing realtor Deepak Rai Saggar has decided to move the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking a CBI probe as the local police has failed to make a breakthrough into the case.
Samir Saggar, son of missing realtor Deepak Rai Saggar, consoles his mother at a press conference in Chandigarh
Samir Saggar, son of missing realtor Deepak Rai Saggar, consoles his mother at a press conference in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Zira’s house a ‘den of criminals’
Chandigarh, July 1
The arrest of Prabhjot Singh Zira, son of a former SAD MLA Inderjit Singh Zira, who is now in the Congress, in connection with the assault on a councillor’s sons, threatens to lift the veil off a hitherto unknown ugly nexus between hired musclemen and the land sharks in the city.





COMMUNITY

43 mm rain bares MC claims
Roads sink as waterlogging persists
Chandigarh, July 1
Just 43 mm of rain in the past two days has been enough to expose the hollow claims of the Chandigarh municipal corporation in readying itself to handle monsoon this year.
A portion of the road that sunk after rain in Sector 21; and (right) workers remove water from the road in Chandigarh
A portion of the road that sunk after rain in Sector 21; and (right) workers remove water from the road in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Sec-38 (W) Squatters
Admn to arrange temporary site in Sec 50
Chandigarh, July 1
In “a course correction” measure over its previous slum rehabilitation policies, the Chandigarh administration has decided to arrange a site for “displaced” Sector-38 (West) slum-dwellers in Sector 50.
Area being demarcated for accommodating Sector 38 (West) slum-dwellers in Sector 50, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph
Area being demarcated for accommodating Sector 38 (West) slum-dwellers in Sector 50, Chandigarh

Health Infrastructure
UT pins hopes on Azad
Rodrigues urges Union Health Minister to sanction posts for GMSH, GMCH
Chandigarh, July 1
Faced with an acute shortage of specialists in two government-run hospitals - the Government Multi-speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, and the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32 - the Chandigarh administration is pinning hopes on new Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Rly station to get a facelift
Chandigarh, July 1
Chandigarh railway station is all set for renovation to the tune of Rs 1 crore, where in it will have a new over bridge and a wider circulating area for upgrading the facilities.

Nod to creation of 780 posts in GMCH-32
Chandigarh, July 1
For providing better health services in GMCH-32, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has given nod for creation of 780 posts in various categories.

Fatal Leap
Kin accuse cops of killing Raja
Chandigarh, July 1
The family of Raja, who allegedly jumped to death from the third floor of the districts courts yesterday, has accused the policemen, escorting the theft accused, of pushing him to death.


Santoshi, wife of Raja, wails along with her daughters outside the mortuary at the PGI, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Santoshi, wife of Raja, wails along with her daughters outside the mortuary at the PGI, Chandigarh

UT staff stage protest; 6 held
Chandigarh, July 1
The Chandigarh police arrested six leaders of the co-ordination committee of the government and MC employees and workers, UT Chandigarh, as they tried to block the road near Kissan Bhavan, Sector-35, here this morning.
Protesters being stopped by the police as they try to block a road A protester carries a liquor bottle near Kissan Bhavan in Sector 35, Chandigarh
(Left) Protesters being stopped by the police as they try to block a road; and (right) a protester carries a liquor bottle near Kissan Bhavan in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Vinay Malik

Santoor spell charms audience
Chandigarh, July 1
Padma Vibhushan Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma casted a spell in Santoor recital organised by the State Bank of India to mark the Bank Day celebrations at Tagore Theatre here today.



Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma performs at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma performs at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh

Training programme for CITCO staff begins
Chandigarh, July 1
UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas inaugurated a skill set enhancement-training programme for CITCO staff at Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, here today.

GMADA to speed up work at rehri market
Mohali, July 1
In a significant development, the GMADA today decided to speed up the work of construction of rehri market sites in Phase III-B1 here.


EDUCATION

Committee to decide on dress code
Chandigarh, July 1
Following the objections raised by students on ‘no western’ dress code imposed in HSJ Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University, since three years, a committee will be constituted to look into the matter.

Counselling begins today
Chandigarh, July 1
Students seeking admission to Class XI in the government schools across the city have their fingers crossed as they gear up for the counselling session that begin tomorrow at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10.

Promotion panel meeting today
Chandigarh, July 1
The result of the Department Promotion Committee (DPC) meeting of the UT education department held today to look into promotions of the government school principals has been delayed by a day.

Eye institute to start course in optometry
Chandigarh, July 1
Grewal Eye Institute (GEI) will be starting India’s first four-year B.Sc (Hons) degree course in Optometry and Ophthalmic Techniques, which is affiliated to Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi.

NRI Fee Hike
SOPU submits memo to VC
Chandigarh, July 1
SOPU members submitted a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, objecting to NRI category’s fee hike.


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

93 pc govt schools headless in Punjab
Out of 1,301 posts of principals, 1,216 are lying vacant
Patiala, July 1
Notwithstanding the tall claims of the Punjab government in the field of education, things have come to such a pass that nearly 93 per cent of the government schools are running without principals.

Road show against water-borne diseases
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 1
Many villagers were sensitised about the water-borne diseases and their way out during a road show in Jakhwali village. The show was organised by the State Programme Management Cell, Mohali.

Report crime the SMS way
Ropar, July 1
The Ropar police has started an SMS service in order to reaching the masses in the minimum possible time. SSP, Ropar, Laxmi Kant Yadav said: “Ropar is an accident-prone area. This service will prove helpful in situations like accidents, where immediate help is required to take victims to hospitals.”

178 booths to be set up for Banur by-poll
Dera Bassi, July 1
For the forthcoming by-elections in the Banur assembly, the Mohali district administration has declared 23 polling stations as "hyper-sensitive" and 42 “sensitive” out of a total of 107.

Preneet Kaur visits Dera Bassi
Dera Bassi, July 1
The ticket for Banur by-poll Assembly seat would be given on a merit basis and would recommend all names to the party High Command, member of Parliament from Patiala and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Preneet Kaur, said while addressing the party workers here today.

Tips on career planning given
Banur, July 1
Former principal, Dr Manjit Kalra, Government College for Girls (GCG), Sector 11, today gave tips to students on career planning during the career counselling camp organised by Aryans Business School (ABS) held at the Chandigarh-Patiala Highway.

SBoP signs pact with JCB
Patiala, July 1
The State Bank of Patiala (SBoP) has entered into a tie-up arrangement with JCB India Ltd, New Delhi, for financing of construction equipment.

Fake doctor held with medicines
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 1
The Narcotics Cell of the Fatehgarh Sahib police today arrested a fake doctor with medicines to be used as sedatives. The accused has been identified as Gurmukh Singh, a resident of Kheri village.

14-year-old electrocuted
Kalka, July 1
A 14-year-old boy, identified as Shubham of Nanakpur village of Pinjore block, was electrocuted yesterday. According to information, Shubham along with his family members was sleeping outside his house when around 3 am it started raining.


COURTS

Consumer Court
Retail outlet fined Rs 5,000
Chandigarh, July 1
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum today pronounced that “best before” date as mentioned on a food product be considered as the “date of expiry”.

Highway Robbery
3-day police remand for four
Chandigarh, July 1
A local court today remanded the four persons, accused of the recent highway robbery, in three-day police custody.


CRIME

‘Fearless’ robbers wanted to make quick money
Chandigarh, July 1
Fear seems to be the last thing on the mind of the highway robbers. Even as the Haryana Police arrested three members of the gang about a month back, it failed to act as a deterrent to the rest of its members as they continued with their looting spree in Punjab.

Mayor’s kin involved in scuffle
Chandigarh, July 1 Meena, the sister-in-law of Mayor Kamlesh, was allegedly involved in a scuffle with a woman of Dadu Majra after the latter was found with her husband at the Sector-22 market here this evening.

15-yr-old held for thefts
Panchkula, July 1
The police arrested a 15-year-old boy involved in over 60 cases of thefts, breaking windowpanes of vehicles in the tricity. The accused had already undergone in juvenile homes of Hoshiarpur and Ludhiana.


SPORTS

Payment of Boats
Sports dept-supplier standoff hits players
Chandigarh, July 1
While the Chandigarh Sports Department and rowing boat suppliers have locked horns over the payment of the boats, which have found to be “imbalanced”, the players await proper requisites for the upcoming rowing championship.
Rowing boats lay unused at the Lake Club in Sector 3, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Rowing boats lay unused at the Lake Club in Sector 3, Chandigarh

Cricket: Satluj school drub DC Model
Panchkula, July 1
Satluj Public School got the better of DC Model School by four wickets in the first match of the inaugural Radhey Shyam Kanojia Memorial Cricket Tournament at DC Model School in Sector 7 today.

Ind-Swift Meet
Semifinals deferred to July 3
Chandigarh, July 1
The semifinals of Ind-Swift Tournament have been postponed by one day due to rains, Desh Prem Azad said here today. “Now, both semifinals will be played on July 3,” he added.

Players of Chandigarh Hockey Academy and Imperial College Club, United Kingdom, in action during a friendly match in Chandigarh
Players of Chandigarh Hockey Academy and Imperial College Club, United Kingdom, in action during a friendly match in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Tennis tourney from July 4
Chandigarh, July 1
The Total Tennis Academy will be organising AITA Talent Series Championship for boys and girls (under-12 and under-14) on the premises of Manav Mangal Smart School, Mohali, from July 4.

Kids’ golf camp ends
Chandigarh, July 1
The golf coaching programme in schools organised by Chandigarh Golf Club concluded on the premises of Strawberry Fields World School here today. Students of the school were distributed certificates from the president of the club, BS Gill.

Kho-kho meet from July 18
Chandigarh, July 1
The Chandigarh Kho Kho Association released its calendar for the year 2009-2010. The 38th Senior State Kho Kho Men and Women Championship will be held on July 18 and 19 at St Soldier International School, Sector 20-A.

Cricket trials today
Chandigarh, July 1
Trials for the upcoming 3rd All-India Under-19 National Cricket Tournament, which were scheduled to be conducted here today, had been postponed for tomorrow i.e. July 2 due to rains.


 


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