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IT raids on Talwar Jewellers
Chandigarh, July 24
The police outside the showroom of Talwarsons, Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Friday. Income tax officials conducted raids on at least 12 commercial premises, including houses of city-based jeweller, Talwar, and his relatives at several places here today.

The police outside the showroom of Talwarsons, Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Tribune Impact
Engg college principal quits
Lucknow University says degree may be fake
Kharar, July 24
Col Amar Jit Singh (retd) has resigned as principal of Sachdeva Girls Engineering College, Gharuan following a controversy over his PhD degree in automobile engineering from Lucknow University. The director-principal of the college, Baljit Kaur, said the management had taken back the charge from him after he failed to prove that his degree was genuine. This was done after The Tribune highlighted that Lucknow University did not offer any degree in the particular discipline.

Narwana Honour Killing
Didn’t see a thing: Warrant officer
Chandigarh, July 24
“Maine kuch nahin dekha ... main gir ke behosh ho gaya ... jab aankh khuli to hospital mein tha.” Well, that’s what is the crux of the “eyewitness” account of warrant officer Suraj Bhan who was present when 23-year-old Ved Pal Mor was lynched by a mob at Narwana yesterday as a fallout of the “khap” row.



GMCH doctor indicted for abetting suicide
Chandigarh, July 24
A local court today framed charges against a professor of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, abetting suicide of a medical student of the college. The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Raj Rahul Garg framed charges against Prof NK Goel, head of department of community medicine, under Section 306 of the IPC and Section 3(2)(VII) of the SC/ ST Act, in a matter pertaining to January 28, 2008.


VIP links pay in postings
Chandigarh, July 24
When it comes to choice postings, VIP connections pay. The recommendation of the name of Brijendra Singh, son of Haryana Finance Minister Birendra Singh, as the Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner by the UT administration to the Central government has once again proved that “powerful relatives” can manage the postings of senior administrative officials.

Factory sealed for flouting fire safety norms
Fire department officials before sealing the factory (inset) in Industrial Area,  Chandigarh, on Friday. Chandigarh, July 24
Getting tough on the commercial establishments flouting fire safety norms, the Fire Department today sealed RK Foams in Phase II of the Industrial Area. A team of the department led by station fire officer SK Gosain sealed the premises of factory for violating various provisions of the Fire Prevention and Safety Act.

Fire department officials before sealing the factory (inset) in Industrial Area,  Chandigarh, on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Covering of roof with fibre sheet
Shalimar Mall faces HUDA notice

Shalimar Mall in Panchkula is facing action from HUDA for covering its roof with fibre sheet. Panchkula, July 24
Already mired in controversy over environmental clearance and possession of showrooms to allottees, Shalimar Mall is now facing a notice from the Haryana Urban Development Authority for unauthorised construction in the building.

Shalimar Mall in Panchkula is facing action from HUDA for covering its roof with fibre sheet. A Tribune photograph

Scooterist has miraculous escape
The scooter that was crushed under the bus at the traffic junction of Phase VII in Mohali on Friday. Mohali, July 24
A scooterist, Harjeet Singh, had a miraculous escape when the driver of a private bus operator, Jhajj’z, steered the vehicle on to a road berms while trying to avoid direct collision with the vehicle standing at a traffic junction of Phase VII here this morning. While crashing on to the road berm, the scooter was literally crushed.

The scooter that was crushed under the bus at the traffic junction of Phase VII in Mohali on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Civic Amenities-IV
Garbage dump in slums epidemic threat

Garbage strewn between Rajiv colony and Sector 17 in Panchkula leading to unhygienic conditions in the area. Panchkula, July 24
Things perhaps never change for better, especially for slums in the town. The residents of adjoining areas also suffer with the slum dwellers. Rajiv colony, Indira colony, Azad colony, Dhakka colony, Kharak Mongoli, Budhanpur, and Abhaypur have now become a bane for the locals as the authorities always took the cause half heartedly.

Garbage strewn between Rajiv colony and Sector 17 in Panchkula leading to unhygienic conditions in the area. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Traffic Violations-VI
Road berms also unsafe

Mohali, July 24
Going by the rate of accidents, the city roads may no longer be safe. But what is alarming is that the roads berms have also become unsafe, if the incident of vehicles crashing on to the berms was any indication.

4 suspected cholera cases reported
Panchkula, July 24
While a makeshift dispensary was set up at most affected Mandpa village from where four suspected cases of cholera cases, along with dozens of patients suffering from diarrhoea, reported during the last couple of days, drinking water supply to the affected villages today was made through tankers.

Mohd Rafi finals on July 27
Chandigarh, July 24
Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society, Chandigarh, will hold the final round of the singing competition for Best Singer Award-2009 for junior and senior in male and female categories on July 27, 2009 at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, Chandigarh, at 5.00 pm.

Pay Scales
Teachers to protest on July 29
Chandigarh, July 24
Punjab Federation of the University and College Teachers’ Organisations (PFUCTO) has decided to stage a protest from July 29, 2009, against the failure of the Punjab government to notify the revised UGC pay scales notified by the Government of India on December 31, 2008.

Anti-dengue camp held
Chandigarh, July 24
An anti-dengue awareness camp was organised in new motor market, Sector 48, today. The camp was inaugurated by Dr GC Bansal, officer in charge (malaria wing). Dr Bansal said this was the high time for taking remedial measures for reducing the aedes mosquito breeding in and around the motor market area.

PU staffer found dead
Chandigarh, July 24 A Panjab University (PU) employee, Nirmal Singh, was found dead at his residence on the campus here this morning.

SDM is maintenance tribunal
Chandigarh, July 24
The UT administration has appointed sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) as the Maintenance Tribunal under Section 7 of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.

Two Estate Office employees suspended
Chandigarh, July 24
The UT administration today suspended two Estate Office employees -- junior assistant Narinder Verma and superintendent Sant Ram -- in connection with the unauthorised sale of a shop-cum-flat (SCF) in Sector 20, owned by an England-based NRI.

Left to fend for himself
Disabled man moves court against father
Chandigarh, July 24
While one may have heard of children shunning away their parents calling them “liability” or “burden” on them, a peculiar case before a local court has brought another aspect of changing equations between parents and their offspring.

Gambling: Tougher laws needed to curb menace
Chandigarh, July 24
The provisions in the Gambling Act have apparently failed to act as deterrent to habitual gamblers in the city. According to the police record, habitual gamblers continue with their activities unabated despite having been booked several times every year.

Rich menu on cards
Chandigarh, July 24
The midday meal is all set for a change. The chapatti is being replaced by stuffed parantha, plain rice by jeera pulao and khichdi by puri chana to ensure nutritional value along with taste.

Saplings planted to mark Teej
Chandigarh, July 24
Government Senior Secondary School, Khuda Lahora, and Centre for Adult Education and Extension, Panjab University, celebrated Teej festival by planting herbal saplings on the school premises. Inaugurating the festival Renu Gandhi, senior project officer from CACEE, asserted that it is the responsibility of the community to save environment for sustainable development.

Education top priority: Adviser
Chandigarh, July 24
Adviser to the UT Administrator Pradip Mehra yesterday directed the head of departments to draft plans keeping in mind priority works beneficial for public and funds required for execution of the same.

Training for lawyers
Chandigarh, July 24
Forty advocates have been selected for training programme on promoting alternative methods of disputes resolution and out of court settlement while keeping in view interest of the parties.

Orientation programme
Chandigarh, July 24
An orientation programme for the first year students of different streams was organised at Government College for Girls, Sector 42, yesterday.

No ads on school buses
Chandigarh, July 24
To discuss the issues of permit fees and the advertisements on the school buses of government schools, a meeting of Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar and secretary of the School Teacher Association (STA) was organised here today.


Tribune Impact
Midday Meal

Rights panel seeks report

Foodgrains under the midday meal scheme rotting at a government school in Fatehgarh Sahib. Fatehgarh Sahib, July 24
Taking cognizance of the report, ‘midday meal ration rots in open’ that appeared in The Tribune on Friday, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has sought report of the state government through the Deputy Commissioner of Fatehgarh Sahib by August 21.

Foodgrains under the midday meal scheme rotting at a government school in Fatehgarh Sahib. A Tribune photograph

Govt College
13 seats vacant in BCA 

Kalka, July 24
Total 13 seats are lying vacant in BCA at Government Postgraduate College of Kalka, where the admissions are going on in various courses with late fee for which the last date is July 31, 2009.

Medical camp
Bassi Pathana, July 24
The Mehar Baba Charitable Trust organised diabetes, blood pressure awareness, women empowerment camp and a road show here today. HS Mejie, patron of the Trust, inaugurated the camp while adviser Amarishwar Singh presided over.

Head cashier shows honesty, returns Rs 50,000
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 24
A head cashier deployed with the State Bank of Patiala today showed his honesty by returning an amount of Rs 50,000 to a customer. A bank customer, Shamsher Singh - owner of Jai Durga Foods - had handed over Rs 1 lakh to the bank cashier, Gyan Singh, today that was to be deposited in his account.

One held with stolen bike
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 24
The police arrested one person with a stolen bike. The accused has been identified as Amandeep Kumar, a resident of Garhi village in Hoshiarpur district. The police laid a naka near Khanna chungi barrier on a tip off. As soon as the bike appeared the cops detained him and demanded the documents of the vehicle.

Truck driver killed in accident
Banur, July 24
A truck driver on his way from Ambala to Banur via Tepla road was killed in an accident this afternoon near Basma village in Banur. According to police, the driver has been identified as Joginder Singh, a resident of Julkan village.


Pending cases to be disposed of by Dec
Chandigarh, July 24
Execution applications pending for five years or more in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh will now be disposed of by the executing courts by December 24. After a civil court passes a decree, execution application would be filed for carrying it out. In some cases, the applications remain pending for over a decade.

Corporal Punishment
Verdict on Monday
Chandigarh, July 24
The verdict of the ongoing inquiry of St John’s School corporal punishment case, which was marked to SDM Neeharika Rai by UT Education Secretary Ram Niwas, will be released on Monday.


Malkhana Property
2 cops booked for forging signatures

Chandigarh, July 24
Misappropriation of ‘malkhana’ property once again came to light when the crime branch booked a constable and a head constable for allegedly forging signatures of the station house officer of the Sector 36 police station to release a pistol kept as a case property.

2 cops get 1-yr jail for graft
Chandigarh, July 24
Holding two UT cops guilty in a corruption case, the CBI special court of Darshan Singh today sentenced the duo to one-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 7,500 each.

Power theft: 31 connections cut
Mohali, July 24
As many as 31 power connections were cut by the Punjab State Electricity Board and fines imposed on people who allegedly indulged in power thefts.


Pre-Nehru Hockey
GMSSS-37, 18 take home titles
Chandigarh, July 24
The finals of the Pre-Nehru Hockey Tournament for Under-17 and Under-15 (girls) played at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, turned out to be one-sided affair today.

8 teams for Amar Singh under-13 cricket
Chandigarh, July 24
As many as eight top teams have staked their claim for the top honours in the second edition of the Sardar Amar Singh Memorial under-13 Cricket Tournament being organised from July 25.

Chaman Vatika emerge champs
Ambala, July 24
Chaman Vatika Public School, Ambala City, was declared the overall champion in zonal swimming championship here today. The championship was organised by the Ambala unit of the School Games Federation of India, in which nearly 12 schools of Ambala district participated.

Billiards meet from Aug 2
Panchkula, July 24
Haryana Billiards and Snooker Association is conducing a State Championship-2009, including Sub-Junior, Junior and Senior Billiards and Snooker events on Haryana Billiards, Sector 11, premises from August 2 to 12.

Pre-Subroto Cup
St Mary drub Shishu Niketan; enter final
Players in action during a football match between Moti Ram Arya School and Guru Harkrishan School in Chandigarh on Friday. Chandigarh, July 24
St Mary School, Sector 46, participated in the Pre-Subroto Cup for the first time and made it to the under-14 final beating Shishu Niketan, Sector 22, here today at Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 22.
St Mary will take on Government Model High School (GMHS), Sector 36, tomorrow to decide the u-14 title winner. 

Players in action during a football match between Moti Ram Arya School and Guru Harkrishan School in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

DPS on winning spree
Panchkula, July 24
Delhi Public School won the Panchkula Inter-School District Football Tournament for the fourth time in succession after defeating St Vivekanand Millennium School by 2-0 in the final match played at Sports Complex in Sector 3.

NIS coach, 2 players suspected of swine flu
Chandigarh, July 24
Three fresh suspected cases of swine flu (H1N1 influenza) were reported at the PGI today. A 32-year-old fencing coach along with two players of the NIS, Patiala, with symptoms of swine flu was admitted to the isolation ward of the PGI.


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