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Babla courts trouble again
Chandigarh, August 19
Devinder Singh Babla, MC councillor and former chairman of the Market Committee The police today booked Devinder Singh Babla, MC councillor and former chairman of the Market Committee, and Rakesh Saini, president of the Arhtiya Association of the Sector 26 Grain Market, for allegedly allotting platforms in the grain market to 10 ineligible persons.

Bed & Breakfast scheme scrapped
Admn to modify guidelines, invite fresh applications
Chandigarh, August 19
Following reports of irregularities, the UT administration today scrapped the ‘Bed and Breakfast’ scheme in its present format. Started with much fanfare, the administration will now start the scheme afresh with special emphasis on monitoring mechanism. Officials said that fresh memorandum of understandings (MoUs) would be signed for the scheme. The administration is also working on the modalities to modify its guidelines to avoid its misuse.

Lawyer turns outlaw
Held on charges of impersonation, cheating, forgery
Chandigarh, August 19
The police today arrested a city-based advocate, Jatinder Mohan Bajaj, on the charges of impersonation, cheating and forgery. The police said the advocate stood as a surety to a man impersonating a person who died 30 years back for fraudulently transferring a four-kanal house of the dead man.

Ma’am, this is not London!
NRI woman accuses CTU staff of harassment
Chandigarh, August 19
Even as the UT administration has dubbed NRIs as ambassadors and their guests, the ground realities are otherwise. For, the recent initiative of the administration to give special treatment to women passengers by launching ‘ladies specials’ buses has gone for a toss with an NRI woman having a harrowing time at the hands of Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) staff.


‘Tipsy’ cops misbehave with PU girl student
PU students stage a protest by closing gate No. 2 at girls hostel on Wednesday. Chandigarh, August 19
An inmate of Panjab University hostel no. 2, Neha, in her complaint to the varsity officials and ASP Madhur Verma, has accused police officials of the Sector 11 police station of being drunk on duty and misbehaving with her last night while investigating her complaint of a missing laptop.

PU students stage a protest by closing gate No. 2 at girls hostel on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik


Help from retired judges pays
High Court sees reduction in pendency of cases
Chandigarh, August 19
For the first time in recent past, the number of cases disposed of by the Punjab and Haryana High Court has been more than the filing, signifying a reduction in the pendency of cases. The number of matters disposed of was 2,300, which was more than the filed cases.

Divider unites rival student groups in protest
Students erect tents in Panjab University on Wednesday. Chandigarh, August 19
A high drama continued at the Panjab University gate no. 3 today when the members of the student groups- SOPU and PUSU continued their protest against the divider on the road in front of UIET. The protest that was spearheaded by the student organisation PUSU and later joined by SOPU started last night with the members of both the groups sitting on a dharna that later transformed into a hunger strike with a demand to create a gap for U turn.

Students erect tents in Panjab University on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Surprise check by DC
Anomalies found in midday meal scheme
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 19
The appointed Deputy Commissioner of Fatehgarh Sahib Yashvir Mahajan today conducted surprise check in various government schools of the district. Besides, he also enquired about various schemes under the MidDay Meal, National Rural Health Mission and NAREGA schemes.
Mirror Image: A panoramic view of the Sector 17 plaza after rain in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Mirror Image: A panoramic view of the Sector 17 plaza after rain in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

UB Group to organise wine fairs
Chandigarh, August 19
The Vijay Mallya-owned UB Group has brought in a unique marketing strategy to promote its wines in the domestic market. From organising wine fairs to wine trails and wine tourism to wine tasting sessions, the company is going all out to promote wine consumption in the country. Sanjay Roy

Recruitment drive on for BTech students
Kharar, August 19
Rayat-Bahra Group of Institutes inaugurated its campus recruitment drive for BTech 2010 with JK Technosoft Ltd, Noida. As many as 80 students from Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Rayat-Bahra, Ropar and Mohali campuses participated.

47 pc less rainfall this year
Workers sweep rainwater off the paved area at Sector 17 plaza following rain in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Chandigarh, August 19
The city has recorded 47 per cent less rainfall during this monsoon as compared to the normal average this year. According to the records, the city received 322.3 mm of rainfall from June 1 to August 19, as against the normal average rainfall of 613.7 mm. According to met officials, the city will not receive even the normal average rainfall this year, as in June the city only received 11.0 mm rainfall
Workers sweep rainwater off the paved area at Sector 17 plaza following rain in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Edu dept orders transfer of 83 schoolteachers 
Chandigarh, August 19
As many as 83 schoolteachers and masters have been transferred according to a fresh order issued by the UT education department today. This includes 14 lecturers, 22 primary teachers (eight JBT and four NTT) and 47 masters/mistresses.

Objection to removal of security tents
Admn to take legal opinion

Chandigarh, August 19
Sparing a thought for the security aspect of ministers and some judges, the UT administration today decided to put the issue pertaining to security tents pitched on public land adjoining their residences to senior standing counsel for legal opinion before taking any action.

Garbage Plant
Two scientists to probe cause of stench
Chandigarh, August 19
Even as the UT administration has asked two scientists from the Council for Science and Technology to monitor the functioning of the garbage processing plant at Dadu Majra, its promoters Jai Prakash Associates have demanded a probe into the complaints of foul smell emanating from the unit.

Citizen facilitation centre upgraded
More departments brought under its ambit
Chandigarh, August 19
The engineering department has upgraded its single window citizen facilitation centre, which was initially started for lodging complaints related to engineering works alone. The facilitation centre remains open 24x7.

3-year-old killed as bus hits rehri
Panchkula, August 19
A three-year-old child, Govinda, was crushed while his parents identified as Parvati and Lekhraj got injured when a Haryana Roadways bus hit a rehri, which Lekhraj was pulling near Nada Sahib here today. They both were admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 6.

Parking problem acute in Phase I
Mohali, August 19
Even though the problem of parking exists in different parts of the town, it is seen to be more acute near the district administrative complex in Phase I.

Free health camp by SBI
Chandigarh, August 19
The State Bank of India, personal banking branch, Sector 17-A, organised a free bone mineral density (BMD) test camp for its customers here today.

Raise entry gates to check thefts: Police
Panchkula, August 19
While the police claims to have important leads in its hands regarding the robberies at a liquor vend in Mansa Devi Complex and the petrol pump of Sector 5 last week, the district police chief feels the raise of entry gates in the residential areas would help in bringing down the crime graph as such crimes in housing societies and a part of Sector 6, were found negligible.

Sterilisation scheme goes to the dogs
Chandigarh, August 19
The dog sterilisation scheme of the municipal corporation is going to the dogs. Even as the city is virtually being held to ransom by over 8,000 stray dogs, the civic body has been able to sterilise only 2,467 dogs.

IT survey on premises of 3 business groups
Chandigarh, August 19
In a major scrutiny drive in the region, the income tax department carried out survey on business premises of various three well-known business groups, including Dev Darshan Overseas, pharmaceutical drug manufacturers and suppliers of prefabricated structures, today.

PGI starts testing swine flu samples
Chandigarh, August 19
The department of virology, PGI, has started testing samples for swine flu cases. Officials of the PGI administration are learnt to have successfully cleared the preconditions set by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) to become the first swine flu diagnostic laboratory in Punjab.

24-hr hotline power connection 
Delay costs water supply wing dear
Mohali, August 19
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is taking an inordinately long time to clear the case for the provision of a 24-hour hotline power connection to the waterworks in Sector 57 putting thousands of water consumers to inconvenience.

Death of property dealer
No injury marks on body: Doctors
Chandigarh, August 19
Even as the post-mortem examination of Rajwinder Singh Attwal, a city-based property dealer who died mysteriously a few days ago, failed to establish the cause behind his death, the doctors said the body did not have any external injury marks, the police said yesterday.

Speaking Out
MC should act

Where even after eight years of a hung proposal of a dog pound, stray dogs in the city continue to be a headache for most city residents. With more than 5,000 stray dogs on the city roads, there seems to be no solace for the locals. Here is what most have to say on the stray dog menace in Chandigarh when contacted by Tribune reporter Jyoti Rai.

Sham Bagh owes MC Rs 2.75 crore
Patiala, August 19
Owners of the Sham Bagh Palace on the posh Bhupidra Road here owe the Municipal Corporation Rs 2.75 crore on account of house tax arrears and other charges pending against them. This was stated by Hardip Singh Bhangu, chairman of the house tax committee of the Municipal Corporation, after a meeting of the committee here yesterday.


PU Hostel Menu
Students submit memo to DSW
Chandigarh, August 19
The girls of hostel number 1 in support of the students group INSO today protested against the poor quality of rice and mundane menu being provided to them in the hostel mess.

Student guides to shield freshers at GSMCH
Patiala, August 19
The Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital (GSMCH) will have student guides to curb the menace of ragging. Dr AS Sekhon, principal, GSMCH, said two students from senior classes would be made in charge of one fresher each.

Swine Flu: No assembly in city schools
Chandigarh, August 19
As per the directions of the UT administration, schools in the city will not hold the morning assembly till further notification. The decision has been made to avoid large gathering of students in wake of the H1N1 virus (swine flu) threat.

Smart cards for students soon
Chandigarh, August 19
Announcement of the introduction of smart cards was made at the induction programme organised for students of the first batch by Quest Infosys Institute director general-cum-director, Prof Baljeet S Kapoor.


5 students injured in accidents
Dera Bassi/Zirakpur, August 19
Five students were injured in two separate road accidents at Dera Bassi and Zirakpur here today. In Dera Bassi, two engineering students of Sri Sukhmani Engineering College were injured after a speeding Haryana roadways bus rammed into their scooter on Ambala-Chandigarh National Highway near the Barwala road. The injured have been identified as Karan, a resident of Chandigarh, and Ashish, a resident of Baltana.

Wakf board honours poet
Ambala, August 19
The Haryana Wakf Board reportedly registered an income of Rs 10.34 crore during the revenue year 2008-2009. “The board has spent Rs 3.09 crore on various educational and welfare activities. It has earmarked Rs 5.33 crore in the budget for 2009-2010,” said Naseem Ahmad, administrator of the board, in the sixth annual general meeting here today.

3 gangrape accused nabbed
Kharar, August 19
Three youngsters accused of raping a minor girl have been arrested. The accused have been identified as Paramjit Singh Pamma from ward number 13, Kharar, Sanjeed Mehra from Kharar and Simranjit Singh from Badala village. All three have been remanded to one day police custody.

Digging work of MC leads to 4-hr traffic jam
Kalka, August 19
Digging work on NH 22, near Dhara Mandal, Pinjore, last night led to four-hour traffic jam today. According to information, the Municipal Committee, Pinjore, dug up the highway in connection with the drainage with a JCB machine last night and the debris was left over on the congested road near Dhara Mandal, which caused a major hurdle in the smooth running of the traffic.

1 held with 13-kg poppy husk
Rajpura, August 19
The Rajpura police today arrested one person with 13 kg of poppy husk. The accused has been identified as Ram Bir Singh, a resident of Moraina district in Madhya Pradesh.

2 booked for demanding dowry
Kharar, August 19
The police booked Manjinder Pal Singh and his mother Amarjit Kaur, both residents of the Bhangala area in Kapurthala for demanding dowry from Amanpreet Kaur, resident of Lakhnaur village in Kharar.

350 cartons of liquor seized, 1 held
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 19
The Fatehgarh Sahib police today arrested one person with 350 boxes of illicit liquor. The accused has been identified as Aslam, a resident of Ludhiana.


Fraud Case
Pre-arrest bail plea of lawyer dismissed
Chandigarh, August 19
A local court today dismissed the anticipatory bail application of a lawyer whose name had figured in an FIR registered two months ago with the economics offences wing (EOW) for his alleged involvement in the wrong sale of a house in Sector 11.

5 acquitted of attempted murder
Chandigarh, August 19
A local court today acquitted five persons booked a year and half ago on charges of attempted murder. The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge RS Attri acquitted five persons, including Yograj Giri, Gautam Sahni and three girls, involved in a case of rash driving and attempted murder of a police constable.

Dimpy Murder Case
Supplementary challan filed against Rocky
Chandigarh, August 19
The UT police has filed a supplementary challan in the Dimpy murder case against Jaswinder Singh alias Rocky, under Section 302 of the IPC. In the earlier charge-sheet filed in the case, Rocky was booked for criminal conspiracy in the murder under Sections 302 and 120 B of the IPC.


2 held for thefts
Chandigarh, August 19
The police today arrested the remaining two persons of a four-member gang of thieves involved in breaking into shops in Industrial Area and was busted last week.

NRI woman, 2 others booked for fraud
Chandigarh, August 19
The police booked an NRI woman, her mother and a Sector-22 resident on charges of duping a man of his house by forging documents. According to the police, Tek Chand of Sector 20 had alleged that Gurmeet Kaur, a US-based NRI, had entered into a sale deal of his house in Sector 38-West.


Hockey Tourney
CC-18, GMSSS-18 hog limelight

A player advances towards the goalpost during a hockey match between Coaching Center-18 and Wanderers Club in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Chandigarh, August 19
Coaching Center, Sector 18, blanked Wanderers Club by 3-0 on the second day of the girls’ hockey tournament organised by Rock Rovers Hockey Club at the Sector 18 Hockey Stadium. Coaching Center started the game in an attacking mood and Anjali scored a field goal in the first minute of the match. Pooja Yadav, in the fifth minute drew the second blood for the team.

A player advances towards the goalpost during a hockey match between Coaching Center-18 and Wanderers Club in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo:Manoj Mahajan 

Ryan grab soccer title
Panchkula, August 19
Ryan International School, Sector 49, won the 3rd Holy Child Six-A-Side Inter-School Football Tournament by defeating Vivek High School of Baddi in the final played in Panchkula today.

Bench Press Meet
Abdulkarim clinches gold
A player in action during the Asian Men and Women Bench Press Championship-2009 in Chandigarh. Chandigarh, August 19
Asian Men and Women Bench Press Championship-2009 commenced today at Sector 28-B Himachal Bhavan. Players from various Asian countries slugged it out to stalk their claims for the top honours in the championship.

A player in action during the Asian Men and Women Bench Press Championship-2009 in Chandigarh. Tribune photo:Nitin Mittal 

Police Tennis Meet
Patiala cop honoured
DSP Ashish Kapoor being honoured during the World Police and Fire Games-2009 at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from July 31 to August 9.Patiala, August 19
While players slog really hard to improve their skills at various sports institutes, colleges and universities, there are some players, who on their own are putting in efforts to create a name for themselves in the current sports scenario. Ashish Kapoor, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Patiala, is such a player, who has created a niche for himself.

DSP Ashish Kapoor being honoured during the World Police and Fire Games-2009 at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from July 31 to August 9.

7 teams for St Joseph’s Cricket Trophy
Chandigarh, August 19
Seven schools will participate in the forthcoming St Joseph’s Champions Cricket Trophy commencing from August 25 on the school premises.

Rain plays  spoilsport
Chandigarh, August 19
Heavy rain washed out matches in the Chandigarh State Mini Netball Championship for St Soldier Trophy on the ground of St Soldier International School, Sector 34, here today. The matches will begin tomorrow at 8.30 am.—TNS

Cricket trials today
Chandigarh, August 19
Trials for Chandigarh cricket team will be held at the International Cricket stadium, Sector 16, on August 20 at 3 pm. All the interested participants can meet coach Bikramjit Singh or call at 9646053771. — TNS

Rain washes out matches
Chandigarh, August 19
Heavy rain washed out matches scheduled for today in the Inter-School Shivalik Cricket Trophy Under -14 Tournament. The match between St Anne’s, Sector 32, and Swami Ram Tirtha Public School , Mohali, will commence on Friday at 2 pm. — TNS 


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