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Corruption Case
Ex-NCB official convicted
Pawar gets 18-month jail; released on bail
Chandigarh, July 31
The CBI special court today convicted Ravi Kant Pawar, a former intelligence officer with the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), in a corruption case.

Services of St John’s teacher terminated
Chandigarh, July 31
Dismissing reports in a section of the media about the inaction of the school authorities, St. John’s High School today released a statement, announcing the termination of services of the teacher accused of corporal punishment.


EARLIER STORIES

Tribune Impact
Needle removed, courtesy Cosmo
Chandigarh, July 31
What GMSH-16 and the PGI couldn’t do in one month, a Mohali-based private hospital, Cosmo, has done it in barely 95 minutes and that too without charging a penny.


Rohit at Cosmo Hospital, Mohali, prior to a surgery and (inset) the 4-cm needle, which was removed from his back on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu
Rohit at Cosmo Hospital, Mohali, prior to a surgery and (inset) the 4-cm needle, which was removed from his back on Friday.


Students in a jubilant mood after receiving degrees at Indo-Swiss Training Centre in CSIO, Sector 30, Chandigarh on Friday.
Students in a jubilant mood after receiving degrees at Indo-Swiss Training Centre in CSIO, Sector 30, Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Fan falls at Saupin’s, 2 hurt
Chandigarh, July 31
Two students of Class V of Saupins School, Sector 32, had a narrow escape today when a ceiling fan fell in the classroom when the teacher was teaching.

2 kids die as water tank caves in
Parol (Mohali), July 31
Two children were buried alive and two others were injured when a wall of a water tank collapsed on them while they playing near a brick-kiln in Parol village here this morning.

Bangkok tuk-tuks for city
Chandigarh, July 31
The City Beautiful will soon have a touch of Bangkok in it, if the administration gives a thumbs up to a proposal of having LPG-driven pink coloured tuk-tuks running on its roads. Wondering what these tuk-tuks are? The name has its genesis from the sound which three-wheelers make and that’s what these coloured popular public transports is known as in Bangkok. And if this proposal goes through, women driving the tuk-tuks may also become a reality.



COMMUNITY

Nominated councillors stage walkout
Seek development funds
Chandigarh, July 31
Considering themselves equivalent to elected councillors, nominated councillors, for the first time in the corporation, walked out from the House meeting on the decision of taking legal opinion on provision of city development funds for nominated councillors tabled in the House today.
BJP councillor Gurcharn Dass Kala speaks in the MC House meeting on Friday. A Tribune photograph
 BJP councillor Gurcharn Dass Kala speaks in the MC House meeting on Friday.

MC takes 2 hrs to pass Rs 8-cr agendas
Chandigarh, July 31
While the legislatures were always criticised for not holding serious discussion on the important bills tabled in the Vidhan Sabha, the councillors of the Municipal Corporation also followed the same pattern and in just two hours, the agendas of over Rs 8.52 crore were passed in the today’s house meeting.

Mukherjee panel reconstituted
Chandigarh, July 31
Following a rap from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for composition of the PK Mukherjee committee to review the working of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, the UT administration has reconstituted the panel.

Major Mohali towns off Metro route
Punjab government seeks report from UT
Mohali, July 31
In the Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) of the mass rapid transport system, including Metro for the Chandigarh Urban Complex, major peripheral towns in the Greater Mohali region have been left unrepresented. On the issue, the Punjab Government has sought a copy of the report from the Chandigarh Administration.

Embezzlement of Funds
Admn marks inquiry against principal
Chandigarh, July 31
The UT Administration has finally marked an inquiry against Anil Sharma, principal GMSSS, Sector 23, for the grave irregularities found in the expenditure from various funds during his past tenures at GMHS, Sector 20, and GMSSS, Sector 32.

Huge rush on last day of filing IT returns
Chandigarh, July 31
Like always, the last day for filing income tax returns witnessed large crowds of taxpayers at the special counters set up by the department at various places in the city. The IT department added a personal touch to this yearly ritual by making arrangements of tea and coffee for the assessees.
Residents wait for their turn to submit income tax returns in Chandigarh on Friday.
Residents wait for their turn to submit income tax returns in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

IT surveys detect tax evasion worth crores
Chandigarh, July 31
Surveys conducted by the Income Tax department at manufacturers of sanitary items under brand names of Nova and Czar yesterday had detected a tax evasion of a few crores.

Man Electrocuted
Kin seek govt job, compensation
Zirakpur, July 31
Residents of Bharat Enclave and Vikas Nagar today alleged that no official from the district administration had come to redress their grievances even two days after the death of Kamal Sharma.

Bank employees stage dharna
Chandigarh, July 31
On a call given by the United Forum of Bank Unions, employees of the public sector banks today staged a dharna in Sector 17 to protest against the delaying tactics of the Indian Banks Association (IBA) in arriving at the wage settlement.

Members of the United Forum of Bank Unions stage a dharna in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. A Tribune photograph
Members of the United Forum of Bank Unions stage a dharna in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday.


Fire at Sec-8 clinic
Chandigarh, July 31
A fire broke out in the electric panel of the Sector 8-based Dr Batra Clinic here this morning. No major loss of property was reported, however, students of an educational institute, which was on the second floor, got trapped due to heavy smog. According to fire officials, three fire tenders were pressed into service to control the fire. The officials suspect short-circuit as the reason behind the fire.



An electric panel of the Sector 8-based Dr Batra Clinic where a fire broke out on Friday. A Tribune photograph
An electric panel of the Sector 8-based Dr Batra Clinic where a fire broke out on Friday.

Ward No. 10 Poll
Campaigning hots up
Chandigarh, July 31
Senior Congress leaders today went for door-to-door campaigning at Badheri village in support of party candidate Bhupinder Singh Badheri from Ward No 10.

Freshers of MCM College take part in ‘Miss Time Peice’ contest in Chandigarh on Friday.
Freshers of MCM College take part in ‘Miss Time Peice’ contest in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Pardeep Tewari

Robbery at Morni
Doctor dodges police
Panchkula, July 31
Dr Sumit Sofat was once again successful in misleading police, as the police team sent to Ludhiana and Mohali to trace him returned without any success late last night.

Pvt airline strike on Aug 18
C(r)ashing in on tax payers
Chandigarh, July 31
The decision of the private airline operators to “suspend” domestic flight operations on August 18, in a bid to “pressurise” the Union Government for a “bail out”, has not gone down well with the regular fliers in the city.

Police takes out flag march
Zirakpur, July 31
The Mohali police took out a flag march today in Zirakpur and Dera Bassi to restore the confidence of general public and to maintain law and order situation prior to Banur bypoll.

Police verification drive of little use
Chandigarh, July 31
Notwithstanding the UT administration’s fresh directive to landlords for registration of their tenants and servants with the police, this verification scheme appears to be an exercise in futility as thousands of such applications are piling up with no follow-up action.

Tributes paid to Mohd Rafi
Chandigarh, July 31
The Information and Public Relation Department, Haryana, paid musical tributes to the peerless music maestro Mohamed Rafi in a specially designed musical bonanza “Mujh ko mere baad zamaana dhundega” at Tagore Theatre here today.

Goods worth lakhs destroyed in fire
Mohali, July 31
Fire broke out early this morning in an office and a store of an industrial unit here today destroying finished goods as well as raw material, apart from other items.

Youth hurt in attack
Chandigarh, July 31
A youth was seriously injured after he was stabbed by one of his friends with a sharp-edged weapon on Madhya Marg, Sector 8.

Tribune employee retires
Chandigarh, July 31
Senior Proof Reader Nathu Singh Mahra retired here today after putting in almost 10 years of service in Dainik Tribune. A farewell party was organised in Press Club, Sector 27, in which Editor, Dainik Tribune, Naresh Kaushal, lauded his services to the institution. — TNS
                                                                           Nathu Singh Mahra
Nathu Singh Mahra


EDUCATION

PEC counselling to be on hold
Chandigarh, July 31
Counselling for admission to the courses in the Punjab Engineering College (PEC) will continue to be on hold.

533 seats filled in sports dept
Chandigarh, July 31
The Chandigarh sports department has filled a total of 307 sports wing seats out of 378 in various disciplines in different schools for the current academic year. The sports wing will start functioning from tomorrow.

Arts College suspends two students
Chandigarh, July 31
Two girls of Master of Fine Arts, Arts College, Sector 10, Seema of second year and Urmila of first year, have been suspended for a week from the college in a case of alleged brawl which took contours of ragging yesterday.

Monsoon celebrated at KB DAV-7
Chandigarh, July 31
Primary teachers of KB DAV-7 celebrated Rainy Day on Friday. Children attired in bright colourful dresses carrying umbrellas in their hands danced on thrilling tunes along with their teachers.



 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

SAD-BJP ignoring Banur: Dhillon
Lalru, July 31
The Congress candidate for Banur byelection Deepinder Singh Dhillon today visited Dera Bassi and Lalru to solicit support for him.

Pbi varsity to open centre for disabled kids
Patiala July 31
The Punjabi University, Patiala, has planned to open “Centre for Disabilities” on its campus for helping out children suffering from various disabilities.

Python devours pet rabbit at Chhatbir
Zoo employees accused of negligence
Chhat (Banur), July 31
Two Chandigarh-based teenagers had a harrowing experience at Chhatbir zoo today as their pet rabbit was devoured by a python due to the negligence of zoo employees.

Fake Raymond clothes seized
Ambala, July 31
The police today confiscated duplicate cloth being sold under the brand name of Raymond’s from Rai Market in Ambala Cantt.

Embezzlement
Action demanded against former MC chief
Bassi Pathana, July 31
Grants worth lakhs of rupees given to the Municipal Council by the previous Congress government for development works had allegedly been embezzled by the then council president in connivance with the officials. Though the vigilance department of the local self-government had conducted an inquiry into the matter, the report was not submitted. The leaders of a Hindu organisation have demanded to make public the inquiry report and to take action accordingly.

Preparations on for I-Day celebrations
Rajpura, July 31
The administration has started preparing for the Independence Day celebrations to be held on August 15 at Rajpura. SDM Gurtej Singh said a meeting in this regard was held yesterday at the tehsil complex. Senior officials, school principals and other staff took part at the meeting.

Pbi varsity ex-director dead
Patiala, July 31
Former sports director of Punjabi University, Patiala, Baldev Singh Sandhu, died in a road accident on Wednesday. His daughter, Navdeep Kaur, a US resident, also died on the spot. University director, Dr Raj Kumar Sharma, coaches and staff members of the sports department observed a two-minute silence on Thursday. — TNS

Man held with 20-kg poppy husk
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 31
The police today arrested one person with 20 kg of poppy husk.

TT meet tomorrow
Patiala, July 31
The second Masters Table Tennis Championship will be held in Patiala on August 2 and the eighth Patiala Veteran District Table Tennis Championship will be held on August 25 and 26, according to Jitendra Kishore, honorary secretary of the Patiala District Veteran Table Tennis Association.



COURTS

Woman gets 5-yr jail for abetting suicide
Chandigarh, July 31
A local court today sentenced a mother-in-law to five years imprisonment for abetting suicide of her daughter-in-law under Section 306 of the IPC.

Fresh summons to Congress minority cell chief
Chandigarh, July 31
A local court today issued fresh summons to chairman of the All-India Congress Committee Minority Cell Imran Kidwai for October 20 in a case filed against him for the inflammatory speech during one of the election meetings held during the Lok Sabha polls this year.



CRIME

22-yr-old electrocuted
Chandigarh, July 31
A 22-year-old youth working at a canteen in the Sector 26 Grain Market was electrocuted yesterday.

Two arrested for car theft
Panchkula, July 31
The police claimed to have solved the theft of a Honda city car from Hotel Western court, Sector 10, here today.



SPORTS

EAC win Air Force handball tourney
Chandigarh, July 31
The Eastern Air Command (EAC) got the better of the South Western Air Command (SWAC) by 29-20 goals to win the Air Force Inter-Command Handball Championship played here today in the 12 Wing Sports Complex.

Jubilant members of the Eastern Air Command (EAC) after winning the Air Force Inter-Command Handball Championship in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan
Jubilant members of the Eastern Air Command (EAC) after winning the Air Force Inter-Command Handball Championship in Chandigarh on Friday.

Table Tennis
Manav Mangal paddlers clinch titles
Panchkula, July 31
Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, dominated the proceedings on the first day of the Panchkula District Table Tennis Championship 2009 organised by Panchkula District Table Tennis Association here on the school premises.

Table tennis meet on Aug 28, 29
Chandigarh, July 31
The 2nd Paralympic National Championships in Table Tennis will be held in Sri Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore, on August 28 and 29.

 



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