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Guns out, battle lines drawn

Chandigarh, September 2
The battle lines Supporters of a student outfit make last-ditch effort to woo voters on the PU campus on Wednesday. for the Panjab University Students Council elections were drawn today with the alliances of last year changing their contours as foes turned friends and vice versa.

Supporters of a student outfit make last-ditch effort to woo voters on the PU campus on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Bid to marry off minor girl, seven held
Chandigarh, September 2
The Chandigarh The accused at Maloya police post. Police today arrested seven persons for allegedly trying to marry off a 12-year-old girl with a man double her age at Dadu Majra Colony.

The accused at Maloya police post. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

PGI doc hangs himself to death
Chandigarh, September 2
A 26-year-old junior resident of the psychiatry department of the PGI reportedly hanged himself to death at his hostel room today.

The identity card of Dr Pardeep Sharma. A Tribune photograph


UT to have police establishment boards
New Delhi, September 2
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has taken a slew of decisions as per the directives of the Supreme Court on police reforms for Chandigarh and other Union Territories to insulate cops from political pulls and pressures and to ensure accountability at all levels.

Nari Niketan Case
Chargesheet committed to sessions court
Next hearing on September 16
Chandigarh, September 2
The chargesheet into the sensational Nari Niketan rape case has been committed to the Sessions Court today. The Sessions Court will decide on September 16 about the allocation of the trial as the charges in the chargesheet are only triable in the Sessions Court or the Additional Sessions Court.


Bonanza for UT pensioners
Limit of retirement-cum-death gratuity raised from Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh
Chandigarh, September 2
The UT pensioners have a reason to cheer as the Chandigarh administration has decided to dole out three times higher benefits to them as gratuity.

e wild wild web
Online shopping: Fraud and security concerns
The e-commerce, particularly the online shopping, is registering phenomenal growth world over, but given the lack of ability to inspect merchandise before purchase, online consumers seem to be at higher risk of fraud than a consumer in a physical store. Merchants also risk fraudulent purchases using stolen credit cards or fraudulent repudiation of the online purchase. With a warehouse instead of a retail storefront, merchants face less risk from physical theft.

Connections matter in plum postings
Chandigarh, September 2
Right connections with the powers that be matter in important appointments in the UT administration. With the administration bending over backwards to retain the Director Health Services (DHS), Dr MS Bains, even after the expiry of his tenure, questions are being raised at the inter-cadre deputations policy for the officials from Punjab and Haryana.

Missing Boys
Parents not to file complaint against KV
Chandigarh, September 2
Missing schoolboys with their parents in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Finally after the two Kendriya Vidyalaya boys who went missing six days back were traced yesterday safe and sound, the school authorities seem to be heaving a sigh of relief as they are pretty much out of trouble. The parents who were quite agitated just a couple of days back, demanding action against the school staff that had allegedly scared their children off, have decided not to file any complaints now.

Missing schoolboys with their parents in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Haphazard parking of vehicles at Sector 17 parking lot. Parking contractors violate MC terms
Chandigarh, September 2
The Municipal Corporation seems to be helpless before parking contractors, as they have started exploiting weakness of the corporation by violating terms and conditions of parking contracts for making up their losses.

Haphazard parking of vehicles at Sector 17 parking lot. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Rehabilitating ragpickers
Rodrigues inspects work on prefab structures
Chandigarh, September 2
As part of the monitoring process of rehabilitation plans of the disadvantaged sections of society, UT administrator SF Rodrigues today took a stock of the progress of work and the support structure created in Sector 56 under the “the Chandigarh Allotment of Prefab Shelters for the Rehabilitation of Rag Pickers on License Basis Scheme - 2008”.

Motorists had a narrow escape when a part of a tree fell on the Dakshin Marg, separating Sectors 29 and 31, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Employees union holds rally
Mohali, September 2
Workers of the Punjab Wireless Systems Employees Union today took out a rally in Mohali. Shahid Ahmed, a legal expert, lauded the efforts of the Trade Union Leaders for their support during a nine-year-long agitation. While addressing workers, he said the misleading forces were disrupting the process of payment of dues to workers by getting their signatures on the papers in order to stop the process.

Councillors withdraw support to Babla
Chandigarh, September 2
A day after standing in support of Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla in the general House meeting of the municipal corporation, few councillors had retraced their steps and withdrawn their support to him yesterday.

‘Dillogical Day’ celebrated
Mohali, September 2 A one-day activity on a youthful concept, called Dillogical Day, was held at Quest Group of Institutions, in which students participated with great zeal. Around 15 boy and 15 girl students were shortlisted to participate in the event and they were asked to perform various activities of their choice and RJs’ choice. Students performed activities like dance, singing, selling skills and mimicry.

Chidambaram assesses facilities at CFSL
Chandigarh, September 2
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram visited the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL) today for an on-the-spot assessment of facilities at the premier institute.

Hindi version of ‘Joy of Mental Health’ released
Chandigarh, September 2
All material comforts and luxuries are of little use to one who is not mentally healthy. Entertaining negative attitude about others, depression and being unfocused are symptoms of mental illness. This was stated by Dr NN Wig, Professor Emeritus, PGI, Chandigarh, at Lajpat Rai Bhawan on the occasion of the release of the Hindi version of his book “Joy of Mental Health” in English.

EPF body member felicitated
Chandigarh, September 2
Vijay Sharma, who was elected secretary general of the All-India EPF Staff Federation, was today felicitated at a rally in Sector 17, here.

Another tests positive for H1N1
Chandigarh, September 2
The panic about swine flu may have subsided, but the disease is very much around. This is evident as one more patient tests positive for swine flu whose sample was taken yesterday. This takes total number of positive cases in the city to 18.

Welfare society takes charge of petrol station
Chandigarh, September 2
The Chandigarh Police Welfare Fund Society took charge of petrol station in Sector 42, here yesterday. The society is active in the welfare of police personnel.

Gram Nyayalay Act to be effective from Oct 2
Chandigarh, September 2
The Gram Nyayalay Act will come into force from October 2. With this, the hurdle in setting up of 5,000 courts at the intermediate panchayat-level in rural areas stands cleared.

Tully underlines role of radio
Chandigarh, September 2
Renowned BBC journalist Mark Tully delivered a talk at Chitkara School of Mass Communication today.


Lyngdoh guidelines flouted
Unions way over expenses limit
Chandigarh, September 2
Hoardes of vehicles used during rallies by student unions put a question mark on the expenses incurred by them during campaigning.When it comes to university elections, students are no less in aping the real netas as far as the campaigning expenditure is concerned. Throwing the Lyngdoh Committee guidelines, which limit expenditure per party to Rs 20,000 (Rs 5,000 per candidate), to the winds, the collective expenditure from all parties reaches a whopping Rs 30 to 40 lakh during the Student Council elections.

Hoardes of vehicles used during rallies by student unions put a question mark on the expenses incurred by them during campaigning. A Tribune photograph

Candidates! Look does matter
Members of the ABVP-SOI alliance raise slogans on PU campus in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Chandigarh, September 2
Come election time and all eyes are on candidates and their supporters at Panjab University. Students may miss manifesto details, but are sure to dissect other “interesting” details of candidates, right from the fancy cars used by them in rallies and their dressing style to their body language and their overall “sex” appeal.

Members of the ABVP-SOI alliance raise slogans on PU campus in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Unions out to Net voters
Chandigarh, September 2
As the D-day for the Panjab University Students Council elections draws closer, it’s time for student bodies to get close and personal with the prospective voters, read students.

Campaigning lacked steam this year
Chandigarh, September 2
Deserted tents, fewer posters, lesser number of student raising slogans — this was a common site in Panjab University in the last few days of election campaigning.

DAV College
Same issues yet no consensus
Students canvass for their outfit at DAV College in Sector 10 on Wednesday. Chandigarh, September 2
Consensus on a unanimous student council could not be reached despite daylong efforts of the management of DAV College, Sector 10, today. With rival factions refusing to agree to a common name for the post of president, efforts made throughout the day to forge alliances by major factions in the college.

Students canvass for their outfit at DAV College in Sector 10 on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

From Schools & Colleges
Tripathi adjudged best speaker
Chandigarh, September 2
Tripathi, a class X student of KV-31, bagged best speaker award during “Vestige’09” held at Government Art Gallery, Sector 10. The Daniels’ organised the event under the aegis of Punjab Engineering College. Averal along with a co-student, Ashwini, also won first prize in quiz competition. Two other students of the school, Pretisha and Anjali Sarkar of class IX, bagged second prize in dance competition.

Education board to print text books
Mohali, September 2
The work of publishing text books, including those to be supplied to the Sarva Sikhya Abhiyan (SSA) and the social welfare department, has been given to the Punjab School Education Board by the government.

St Soldier’s students bring laurels
Mohali, September 2
Four students of St Soldier, Mohali, have been awarded the certificate of merit by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Harleen Kaur, Arun Sharma and Raman Singh Guleria have bagged this award for scoring cent per cent marks in mathematics, where as Indrani Saha showed her prowess in social science.

PU second counselling for BEd
Chandigarh, September 2
The second counselling for BEd regular and BEd yoga being offered in UT colleges will be held on September 7 and 8 from 9 am onwards at Law Auditorium, Panjab University.


HMT officials demand revised pay scales
Kalka, September 2
A delegation of HMT Officers’ Associations, Pinjore, comprising of RK Malik, OP Miglani, president and general secretary, respectively of the association, Vinay Khanna, Satya Bhushan, JB Sharma and Rotinder Kuntal, headed by Vijay Bansal, former state secretary of the Congress, recently met Pawan Kumar Bansal, minister for water resources and Parliamentary affairs, and submitted a memorandum in connection with hardships faced by the officers fraternity of the HMT and the consequences affecting the operations of the company.

Residents block highway
Jansla (Rajpura), September 2
A sizeable number of residents from nearby villages today blocked the Chandigarh-Patiala highway for nearly two hours. Death of Kala Ram (46), who was resident of the same village, in a road accident in front of a liquor vend led residents to take out to streets and block the highway. Residents alleged that the reason for such accidents was the nuisance created by the liquor vend and its adjoining shops. “Such an environment is affecting our younger generation, who is getting inclined to liquor and gambling,” said Bhola Ram, former sarpanch of Jansali village.

V-C for promotion of Punjabi
Patiala, September 2
Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, today said he would extend every kind of academic support to those who want to learn or teach Punjabi anywhere in the world under the already running scheme of the university called, “Punjabis away from home.”

97 primary schools to be upgraded
Ropar, September 2
Ninety-seven primary schools in the district will be upgraded as upper primary schools and three new primary schools are being started in Ropar district.

500-quintal sugar seized
Ambala, September 2
The police has recovered around 500 quintals of sugar illegally stacked in two shops at a village near Mullana.

Earrings snatched
Bassi Pathana, September 2
Two motorcycle-borne youths today struck in the busy area of the town and snatched the ear-rings of Shakuntla Devi, who was sitting on her shop at Namdev Mandir Road.

Home guard found dead
Banur, September 2
A home guard was found dead in the wee hours of the day today. The deceased has been identified as Gurvinder Singh (38), deployed at the Banur police station for the past around three months. He was earlier posted at Zirakpur police station.

Woman robbed of jewellery
Kalka, September 2
A woman of Chikken village of Pinjore Block was robbed of with her jewellery yesterday.


Ranjit Bajaj gets interim bail
Chandigarh, September 2
Lending a breather to Ranjit Bajaj, a local court granted an interim bail to him today till September 14 when the case will come up next for hearing. His arrest has been stayed till then. The defence counsel today stated in the court that it was a case of mistaken identity and Ranjit was falsely implicated in the case.

Warrants against MC commissioner
Chandigarh, September 2
Following failure to respond to a contempt of court petition filed against commissioner DP Kharbanda, Justice Rakesh Kumar Garg has directed the issuance of bailable warrants to secure his presence. As the petition dated July 21, 2008, came up, Punjab Additional Advocate-General MC Berry asserted despite communication dated May 20, no one had approached him on Kharbanda’s behalf. — TNS


2 booked in forgery case
Panchkula, September 2
Two Delhi-based businessmen have been booked for allegedly duping a local resident Manu Goyal by pledging her land to the bank without taking her consent here today. The accused identified as Rajiv Jain and Tarsem Chand Jain have been booked under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120B.


Challenge Cup
St Stephen’s academy steal march on Haryana assn
A match in progress between Mizoram Football Academy and Football Academy, Rurka Kalan, at Sector 17 Football Stadium in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Chandigarh, September 2
On the second day of the ongoing 7th Administrator’s Challenge Cup All-India Football Tournament U-17 (boys), being organised at the Football Stadium, Sector 17, and Sports Complex, Sector 42, St Stephen’s Football Academy, Chandigarh, defeated Haryana Football Assocaition and won the first match.

A match in progress between Mizoram Football Academy and Football Academy, Rurka Kalan, at Sector 17 Football Stadium in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Football Tourney
Vivek school and Sacred Heart enter super league
Chandigarh, September 2
Vivek High School-38, and Sacred Heart, Sector 26, have confirmed their participation in the four-team super league in the Chandigarh Sub-Junior Girls Football Tournament for KC Bhargava Trophy organised by the Chandigarh Football Association, which commenced today at St Stephen's School, Sector 45, here.

YPS School foil Shemrock School’s win
Mohali, September 2
The first match of the Under-16 School Tournament for Boost Cup was played today between YPS School and Shemrock School at YPS School, Mohali.


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