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Admn-MC grow further apart
Commission of inquiry against MC
Chandigarh, July 6
The announcement by UT administrator SF Rodrigues to constitute a commission of inquiry regarding the functioning of the MC has kicked up a political and administration storm. The sudden decision would intensify the tug of war between the administration and the Congress-dominated MC, boding ill for development projects.

Plan Budget goes up
More funds in city’s kitty
Chandigarh, July 6
With finance minister Pranab Mukherjee announcing an increase in the plan allocation for Chandigarh to provide better infrastructure, the city can hope for more money for development projects.



EARLIER STORIES

Rs 50-cr grant for PU
Chandigarh, July 6
A grant of Rs 50 crore has been allocated to Panjab University in the Union Budget announced today. Announcing a special package for the university, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said: “The facilities at Panjab University, Chandigarh, need to be improved. I, therefore, propose to make an allocation of Rs 50 crore for it.”

Chambers welcome subsidy against education loans
Chandigarh, July 6
Both CII and PHD Chamber have said the Budget reflects the government’s commitment towards satisfying the aspirations of the common man.

Not enough for common man
Chandigarh, July 6
The Main Budget brought smile on the face of a few residents while others didn’t found it impressive.

Violations II
All in the name of security
Chandigarh, July 6
They seem to enjoy immunity from anti-encroachment drives in the name of security. That’s why ministers, bureaucrats and police officers leave no chance to “grab” government land by pitching tents on it for their “men in khaki”.

Swine flu
Youth tested positive
Chandigarh, July 6
A software engineer (22) has been tested positive for swine flu at the PGI here today. He is a resident of Panchkula and had gone to California. After coming back from abroad, the symptoms of swine flu were detected in him.



COMMUNITY

Nari Niketan Rape Case
Victim thinks she’s giving birth to bhai
Plea to allow termination of pregnancy
Chandigarh, July 6
Family lineage has no meaning for her. Raped in the “protected” environs of Nari Niketan-26, the mentally challenged victim actually thinks she is giving birth to a brother -- at least this is what the psychiatrist’s report suggests.

Junction box at DC office catches fire
Most of the fire extinguishers not inspected since 2007
Mohali, July 6
Panic gripped employees of the Deputy Commissioner’s complex in Phase I here when an electricity junction box, installed at the Suvidha Centre, caught fire. The centre was open and there were a couple of visitors.

MC serves notice on coaching centre
Chandigarh, July 6
The fire department of the municipal corporation has issued a notice to the Coaching Centre, Sector 40, today for not installing fire equipment in the building, where a fire broke out in an electricity meter installed at the staircase.

Sasha is a fighter
Looks forward to second heart surgery
Chandigarh, July 6
The goodwill generated by the successful heart surgery on six Pakistani children by the city’s doctors have once again brought back the parents of 13-year-old Sasha, suffering from heart ailment, from across the border for her treatment here.


Sasha, a 13-year-old Pakistani girl, in a lighter mood in the ICU. A Tribune photograph

Extension to special kids’ project
DPI (S) promises to reconsider decision
Chandigarh, July 6
The Chandigarh Administration which after getting inspiration from the Bollywood blockbuster and Aamir Khan’s starrer ‘Taare Zameen Par’, opened a resource centre at GMSSS, Sector 8, for dealing with students with specific learning disabilities, with the help of the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan is on the verge of closer due to the lack of infrastructure.

Dyslexic students at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


Youth Cong scouts for talent
Chandigarh, July 6
In a bid to connect better with the common man, the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) yesterday organised a walk-in talent hunt for people under its flagship “Aam Aadmi ka Sipahi” (AAKS) programme to bridge the gap between the government and the common man.

The extended summer holidays finally came to an end with some schools, including Kendriya Vidyalyas, Shivalik Public School, Vivek High School and St Stephen’s School reopening on Monday while the other schools will reopen on July 7 and 8 in Chandigarh.
RETURN TO BOOKS: The extended summer holidays finally came to an end with some schools, including Kendriya Vidyalyas, Shivalik Public School, Vivek High School and St Stephen’s School reopening on Monday while the other schools will reopen on July 7 and 8 in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Death of Dhyanpuri
Loss to Punjabi literature
Chandigarh, July 6
Literary fraternity and friends mourned the demise of Punjabi poet Bhushan Dhyanpuri, who passed away after an illness here.

Space under flyover turns into dumping ground
Zirakpur, July 6
The vacant space under the multi-crore flyover at Zirakpur has turned into a dumping ground. Beneath the flyover, heaps of garbage present an unhealthy picture to the visitors. The Zirakpur flyover became operational more than six months ago, giving a big relief to the people from traffic jams, but the garbage accumulating beneath the flyover has virtually converted the entire area into a massive open-air dustbin. Even encroachments can be witnessed under the flyover.

Property Grabbing
Politician-police nexus in tricity
Chandigarh/Panchkula/Mohali, July 6
Political patronage always comes handy for the property grabbers. A well-greased politician-police-grabbers nexus is operating in the tricity, if the case in the past few months is any indication.

Singhal to take over as MC chief
Panchkula, July 6
The controversy over the post of Municipal Council president ended today when SC Choudhary, financial commissioner and principal secretary, urban local bodies, staying the orders of director, urban local bodies, asked him to take necessary action for filling the post of president, Municipal Council, Panchkula.


Devotees of Googaji (snake god) from Hisar collect foodgrains in Chandigarh for the annual fair to be held in Hanumangarh district, Rajasthan, in August. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Probe Panel
Admn making mockery of civic body, say councillors
Chandigarh, July 6
The elected municipal councillors have criticised constitution of an inquiry commission to probe into the functioning of the local municipal corporation by Administrator Gen SF Rodrigues (retd). However, the nominated councillors termed the move for the better functioning in the corporation.

Power meter catches fire, 15 trapped inside SCO
Chandigarh, July 6
At least 15 persons, including six women, had a narrow escape here today after a fire broke out in an electricity metre installed in the staircase of a shop-cum-office (SCO) 185, Sector 38-D building.

One rank, one pension welcomed
Mohali, July 6
Kharar MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu today said the announcement of one rank one pension for the ex-servicemen in the Budget came as a big relief for the latter in the state. Thanking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni, he said the party had fulfilled its commitment for the ex-servicemen.

Pensioners seek early payment of arrears
Mohali, July 6
Members of the Defence Accounts Pensioners Welfare Association have demanded an early payment of the arrears relating to the Sixth Pay Commission.

Cooperative Society
Mgmt panel dissolved; administrator appointed
Chandigarh, July 6
The Joint Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Chandigarh, today dissolved the managing committee of the Labour Bureau Employees’ Cooperative House Building 1st Society, Sector 49.

Services of 63 safai karamcharis regularised
Chandigarh, July 6
At least 63 safai karamcharis of the local municipal corporation were today regularised against the vacant posts at a meeting organised at Medical Officer Health Office today.

City architects to attend seminar
Chandigarh, July 6
Two city-based architects-Surinder Bahga and Sameer Rai-have been invited by the Indian Buildings’ Congress to present their paper on its 15th annual convention and national seminar on “Innovative materials, machinery, techniques and technology in building construction” from July 15 to July 17 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

EDUCATION

PU to adopt UGC nomenclature
Lecturers will be addressed as assistant professors and readers will be associate professors
Chandigarh, July 6
In one of the decisions taken in the Panjab University Syndicate meeting held today, the university will adopt latest UGC notified nomenclature where every faculty member turns professor.

Counselling for Class XI
628 admissions on Day 4
Chandigarh, July 6
Witnessing a fewer students on the fourth day as compared to the past few days at GMSSS, Sector 10, the process of counselling for admissions to Class XI resumed here today. A total of 628 admissions were conducted on day four taking the total admission tally to 3,243 till date. Students with 68 per cent and above were called for counselling.

Students during the counselling for Class XI at GMSSS, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

15 more AIE centres on the anvil
Chandigarh, July 6
Announcing that 15 new alternative innovative education (AIE) centres would come up shortly, the education department today held a meeting under the partnership initiative programme at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35.


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Encourage people for eye donation: Experts
Eye donation awareness fortnight from August 25
Patiala, July 6
Speakers at a seminar on “Eye Donation and Challenges In Society”, organised by the Patiala District Blindness Control Society in collabration with Patiala Eye Hospital and Lasik Laser Centre recently, underlined the need for a collective effort to encourage people for eye donation.

Dr Kuldip Kaur Sahni, civil surgeon, lights a lamp to mark the inauguration of a seminar on eye donation in Patiala. A Tribune photograph

Banur Assembly Seat
Congmen threaten to resign, seek ticket for Dhillon
Banur, July 6
A section of Congress workers and various office-bearers today threatened to resign from their posts if the ticket for Banur by-elections was not given to Deepinder Singh Dhillon. The seat fell vacant after the death of Captain Kanwaljit Singh in an accident.

Double Murder
Tantrik gets life term
Ambala, July 6
Additional Sessions Judge Vikram Aggarwal sentenced life imprisonment to a “tantrik” in a double murder case here today. Another accused in the case, Mukesh Kumar, was sentenced imprisonment for five years and a fine of Rs 5,000.

Women constable recruitment
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 6
The recruitment of women constables, which was postponed, will now be held on July 20. The physical ability tests will continue till July 30 at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College.

170 donate blood
Kalka, July 6
As many as 170 donors, including 60 women donated blood in a camp organised at Sant Nirankari Satsang Bhawan, which was inaugurated by BS Cheema, in charge of the Chandigarh zone.

COURTS

Transfers governed by official exigencies: HC
Chandigarh, July 6
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that the transfer and postings of public servants are essentially governed by the administrative exigencies and an official cannot ask for a life-long posting at a particular place.

Woman gets jail for duping car drivers
Chandigarh, July 6
Additional District and Sessions Judge, Ravi Kumar Sondhi, today sentenced Kamaljit Kaur (40) to undergo five-year rigorous imprisonment for committing theft and cheating.


CRIME

Two killed in mishaps
Chandigarh, July 6
A cyclist and a pedestrian were killed in two separate road accidents here today. Giving details about the cyclist, SHO of the Sector 36 police station Anokh Singh said victim Kamlesh Chaudhary, in his early forties, was a cashier at Khyber restaurant in Sector 35-B and was residing in Sector 7-A.

Man behind Sec-23 stabbing case held
Chandigarh, July 6
Brij Bhushan, alias Bhupa, and Danny were arrested today on the charges of stabbing a person in Sector 23 market here yesterday. The police said Bhupa, who was already undergoing imprisonment in connection with the murder of XEN VK Chopra, was out on a parole.

Obscene MMS
Mobile phone seized
Panchkula, July 6
The police on Saturday recovered the mobile phone allegedly used for making an obscene MMS of a schoolgirl. The police said the accused, Rahul (18), a student of a Sector 6 school in Panchkula and a resident of Saketri village, allegedly made an obscene MMS of a girl, also a resident of Saketri, at a hotel in Chandigarh.

SPORTS

AITA Series
Shivian Soroya in action during a match of Manav Mangal AITA Total Tennis Talent Series in Chandigarh on Monday. Shivian defeats Param Pun
Chandigarh, July 6
City lad Shivian Soroya surpassed Param Pun, also from Chandigarh, 2-4, 4-1, 5-4 (5), in the boys’ under-14 singles first round match of Manav Mangal AITA Total Tennis Talent Series being played on the premises of the school. While in the boys’ under-12 singles, top seed Ishaque Eqbal of West Bengal defeated unseeded Karandeep Singh of Punjab by 5-3, 5-4(9-7). Second seed Dheeranush Bhatti of Chandigarh beat unseeded Nihit Rawal of Chandigarh by 4-1, 4-2 easily in just 30 minutes. Third seed Shrey Gupta of Haryana conceded just one game before beating Utkarsh Bhardwaj of Utrakhand by 4-0, 4-1.

Shivian Soroya in action during a match of Manav Mangal AITA Total Tennis Talent Series in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

A match in progress during the Hot Weather Cricket Tournament in Chandigarh on Monday. Aditya, Abhijot steer Coaching  Centre-38 to victory
Chandigarh, July 6
Aditya Wadhwa (4/29) and Abhijot Singh 42* guided Coaching Centre, Sector 38, to eight-wicket win over Stepping Stones School during the 2nd Hot Weather Cricket Tournament for Under-10 here today. Stepping Stones School batted first and was all out on 97 in 17.5 overs. Harsimron Singh (23) and Yogesh (27) tried to help the team to muster a big total, however, they could not convert individual scores to a huge total.

A match in progress during the Hot Weather Cricket Tournament in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Cricket Meet
Sector-16 Stadium rout APJ
Chandigarh, July 6
Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, defeated APJ by 8 wickets in a league match of the CCA Under-15 Cup here today. Batting first, APJ scored 132 runs in 36 overs. Kapil Punia (50*) and Harman Harry (33) were the main scorers for APJ while Ankur (3/26) and Dinesh (2/12) were the main bowlers for Sector-16 Cricket Stadium.


 



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