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Not all’s well with CTU fleet
Chandigarh, August 3
Even as UT administrator SF Rodrigues has asked senior functionaries to promote the public transport system, the prevalent situation leaves much to be desired.

A bus takes a turn without using the indicator near the CTU depot in the Industrial Area, Chandigarh; (inset) a rusty first aid box with expired medicines; and a bus jumps lights on the road separating Sectors 31 and 32, Chandigarh,
A bus takes a turn without using the indicator near the CTU depot in the Industrial Area, Chandigarh; (inset) a rusty first aid box with expired medicines; and a bus jumps lights on the road separating Sectors 31 and 32, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan 

Promised pay hike eludes teachers
Chandigarh, August 3
It has been almost a month since SSA teachers signed a “banner” thanking Chandigarh administrator SF Rodrigues for the hike in salary, but the file continues to gather dust at the finance department as there is no confirmation on the hike till date. While the teachers have been waiting for the hike ever since it was announced nearly three months ago, the decision remains pending.

50-yr-old woman killed at SBI Colony
Krishan Kumar, husband of the victim (inset), outside his house at Sector 42, ChandigarhChandigarh, August 3
In a gruesome incident, Santosh (50) was found murdered at her house in SBI Colony, Sector 42, here this afternoon. The killer(s) electrocuted her by putting a wire in her mouth before tying her hands and gagging her.



Krishan Kumar, husband of the victim (inset), outside his house at Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Monday. A Tribune photograph




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COMMUNITY

Rodrigues for more mini AC buses
Chandigarh, August 3
With a view to promoting public transport and reducing traffic congestion on city roads, UT Administrator Gen SF Rodrigues today asked senior officers to step up the implementation of the JNNURM project by procuring more mini AC buses at the earliest and make the journey of commuters more convenient and comfortable.

Smoking
18 challaned at taverns for violations

Chandigarh, August 3
Continuing with its drive against violations under the Control of Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), the UT administration today conducted raids on various taverns in the city to check the reported incidents of smoking on these premises.

Theft bid at house of DC’s in-laws
Panchkula, August 3
Thieves attempted to burgle the house of the in-laws of Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Yadav here last night. The thieves broke into the house of Rohtas Yadav, the father-in-law of the Deputy Commissioner, in Sector 26. However, they returned empty handed, as they could not break the doors inside the house.

Smoking
No action against GMADA

Mohali, August 3
Even though the Adviser (technical) to the Punjab Chief Minister Lt Gen BS Dhaliwal recommended action against technical team of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) about three months ago for poor quality work on two major road projects worth crores of rupees, no action has been taken by the authorities concerned in this regard so far.

30 shortlisted for Entrepreneur Development Centre
Chandigarh, August 3
Entries of 30 budding entrepreneurs were shortlisted at a meeting held recently of the evaluation committee of the Chandigarh IT - TiE Business Plan Competition - EnterPrize.

Outgoing Air Officer Commanding No. 3 Base Repair Depot, Air Cmde SC Luthra (right) releases a coffee table book in Chandigarh BRD chief promoted
Chandigarh, August 3
Air Officer Commanding No. 3 Base Repair Depot, Air Cmde SC Luthra, handed over the reins of the Depot to Gp Capt KK Gupta at a ceremonial parade here today.



Outgoing Air Officer Commanding No. 3 Base Repair Depot, Air Cmde SC Luthra (right) releases a coffee table book in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Green belt inaugurated in Sec 47
Chandigarh, August 3
Dr Roshan Sunkaria, MC Commissioner, inaugurated a green belt developed in an area of around one acre in Sector 47 D here today.

Four injured in accident
Panchkula, August 3
Four family members, including two children, were injured seriously when a speeding Swift hit them on the road seperating Sectors 11 and 4 here tonight.

EDUCATION

Tribune Impact
Misuse of School Funds
Controversial principal repatriated
Chandigarh, August 3
In a bid to crack a whip on the principals misusing school funds, the UT administration today repatriated controversial Anil Sharma, current principal of GMSSS, Sector 23, to his parent state, Haryana, and is all set to file a chargesheet against him for the alleged embezzlement of school funds worth lakhs of rupees.

Scholarship for minorities
UT admn invites applications

Chandigarh, August 3
The city administration has invited applications from the students belonging to the minority communities notified by the Central government, pursuing education, from Classes I to X, in government, recognised private school, institute for pre-matric scholarship to be awarded by the ministry of minority affairs, Government of India.

PU students being taken by the police after a court remanded them in judicial custody for ragging in Chandigarh Ragging at PU
Accused get 14-day judicial custody

Chandigarh, August 3
A local court today remanded two Panjab University students to judicial custody for ragging a first year student.


PU students being taken by the police after a court remanded them in judicial custody for ragging in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Education Board
Dr Bajwa allowed to continue as vice-chairman

Chandigarh, August 3
Dr Ranjeet Singh Bajwa remains the vice-chairman of the Punjab School Education Board.

CityScope Letters-II
Understanding childs’ psychology must for teachers

This refers to the City Scope “No room for the rod” (July 27) by Raveen Thukral. A schoolteacher of St John High School had slapped and humiliated a student of Class III was shocking. After the incident, an inquiry was conducted by a city SDM. The authorities of the private school have sacked the teacher, who was found guilty.

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

An old woman on her way to polling station at Banur Banur Bypoll
Rural voter will seal fate

Dera Bassi/Banur, August 3
The “silent” rural voter will decide the fate of the candidate from the Banur assembly segment. The high turnout of voters has upset the applecart of poll managers who were relying on urban voters to tilt the power equations in the constituency which witnessed 74 per cent polling.



An old woman on her way to polling station at Banur on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

It’s win-win situation for Chatt village
Chatt (Zirakpur), August 3
It was the day of reckoning for the voters of this historic village. On the day of polling for the Banur assembly seat, the villagers were celebrating their victory.

Protest march by Dera followers 
Patiala, August 3
A large number of followers of Dera Sacha Sauda here today organised a rally and took out a protest march through the main markets of the town to get public attention on the killing of two Sacha Sauda followers.

MC yet to recover Rs 16 cr in house tax
Patiala, August 3
The Patiala Municipal Corporation has a huge backlog of house tax arrears. It has Rs 16 crore stuck up on this count even as it is finding it hard to sustain development works.

Workshop for teachers ends
Kharar, August 3
Rayat and Bahra College of Engineering and Biotechnology for Women held faculty development workshop for faculty members of its constituent institutions of group and other invited delegates from various colleges.

COURTS

Filing of challans in courts picks up
Chandigarh, August 3
Summer vacations in District Courts, coupled with “pep talk” by UT top cops, have forced investigating officers to speed up their challan filings in courts.

CRIME

Twist of fate snuffs out life
Chandigarh, August 3
The damaged cars at the police station in Sector 11, Chandigarh, One can’t dodge death and change destiny! This proved true for 26-year-old Gurmeet Singh, who was allegedly crushed to death by a car near Botanical Garden at Sarangpur village here in the wee hours today, minutes after he had rescued and sent his injured friends, who were involved in another mishap, to hospital.

The damaged cars at the police station in Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Man indicted in fake currency case
Chandigarh, August 3
After nearly five years, a local court today framed charges against an accused in a fake currency case dating back to 2004.

Complaint against couple, in-laws
Panchkula, August 3
Facing an unusual case of domestic violence, the local police has received complaints from a newly married couple of torture against each other. Both had accused their in-laws for the situation. Interestingly, the couple had married against the wishes of their parents a few months ago.

SPORTS

A batsman hits the ball during a match between MCM Blues and MCA-B in Mohali MCM Blues enter semifinals 
Mohali, August 3
In a low scoring match, MCM Blues drubbed MCA-B by nine wickets to enter in the semi-finals of the second S Amar Singh Memorial Under-13 Cricket Tournament held here today on MCA grounds.





A batsman hits the ball during a match between MCM Blues and MCA-B in Mohali on Monday . Tribune photo

Double delight for Bharat
Bharat Sharma in action during the Haryana State Junior and Senior Billiards and Snooker Championship in PanchkulaPanchkula, August 3
Bharat Sharma (13), the youngest participant in the ongoing the 23rd Haryana State Junior and Senior Billiards and Snooker Championship, shone today winning both sub-junior snooker and junior snooker events’ matches defeating Gaurav Dhingra and Suraj, respectively, 2-0.

Bharat Sharma in action during the Haryana State Junior and Senior Billiards and Snooker Championship in Panchkula on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Cricket meet from August 17
Chandigarh, August 3
Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, will organise Inter-School Cricket Tournament for Shivalik Trophy from August 17.

British School for development of golf
Chandigarh, August 3
Another school has come forward to make golf one of the major sporting events on the school campus. One day after Chandigarh's Strawberry Fields director Atul Khanna showed his keenness to include golf in the school curriculum, Panchkula's British School director Sanjay Sethi was of the opinion that "golf will emerge as one of the major sporting events for schoolchildren."

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