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Burail jail to go hi-tech

To have biometric fingerprint devices, tyre blaster obstacles
Chandigarh, March 11
Prison security is set to acquire new dimensions at the Burail model jail with the authorities proposing more technology-oriented solutions. The jail will be equipped with latest gadgets that will revamp the archaic security system.


Board exams dampen IPL fever
Mohali, March 11
The initial excitement that generally grips residents before any international cricketing event, is evidently missing not only in the city but also at the PCA stadium here, venue of the five Indian Premier League T-20 matches.

THE SUPER FOUR: Kings XI Punjab players Yuvraj Singh, skipper Kumar Sangakkara, Ravi Bopara and Reetinder Sodhi after a practice session at the PCA stadium on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

THE SUPER FOUR: Kings XI Punjab players Yuvraj Singh, skipper Kumar Sangakkara, Ravi Bopara and Reetinder Sodhi after a practice session at the PCA stadium

IPL Matches
PCA’s delight, residents’ agony
Mohali, March 11
Residents living in the vicinity of the PCA stadium are being made to suffer for entertaining those visiting the stadium to witness Indian Premier League (IPL) matches. Two days before the league matches, the organisers have parked trucks with diesel generators in front of the houses behind the stadium.

Diesel generator sets put up next to houses in Phase IX for the IPL matches; and (right) securitymen take stock of the situation at the PCA Stadium in Mohali
Diesel generator sets put up next to houses in Phase IX for the IPL matches; and (right) securitymen take stock of the situation at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu

City to get H1N1 vaccine
Will be administered to health workers initially
Chandigarh, March 11
Frontline healthcare workers in the city will be the first ones to get swine flu vaccines from next week as the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has directed the UT administration to vaccinate all those who are dealing with infected patients directly.

Jain priest ends life; family suspects foul play
Zirakpur, March 11
Tension prevailed in the town after the 61-year-old head priest of the Jain temple here allegedly committed suicide in Pabhat village in the early hours of the morning. The police beefed up the security outside the temple following the incident.

Now, kidney removal procedure through belly button
Chandigarh, March 11
Removal of kidney through a single incision in the belly button may sound strange, but doctors at the PGI have successfully removed kidneys of six patients through this procedure since November 2009.


SDM offices to be linked up with RLA-17
Chandigarh, March 11
After launching the software ‘Vahan’ last year, the Registration and Licensing Authority, Chandigarh, is all set to expedite the process of registering and licensing primarily at the office of the SDM (east) and the SDM (south).

IT Survey
Unaccounted income of Rs 50 cr unearthed
Chandigarh, March 11
Surveys conducted by the income tax department in the past 24 hours on leading business houses in Haryana and Chandigarh have unearthed unaccounted income of over Rs 50 crore.

41 BPL beneficiaries get auto-rickshaws
Chandigarh, March 11
Mayor Anu Chatrath and Municipal Commissioner Dr Roshan Sunkaria handed over LPG auto-rickshaws to 41 BPL beneficiaries at the Sukhna lake parking here today.

Beneficiaries with their LPG auto-rickshaws in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Beneficiaries with their LPG auto-rickshaws in Chandigarh

Women’s Quota
MC leads the way
Chandigarh, March 11
Even as Parliament debates the Women’s Reservation Bill, the fairer sex is already reaping the benefits of the quota in the municipal corporation here. In fact, quota for women in the civic body has resulted in the reservation of two terms of one year for the top post of MC Mayor.

Seeking OBC quota, Jats threaten to disrupt C’wealth Games
Chandigarh, March 11
Seeking OBC reservation, members of the Akhil Bhartiya Jat Arakshan Samiti (ABJASS) today warned the Central and state governments to extend the reservation quota to the community failing which they would disrupt the Commonwealth Games in October.
Members of the Akhil Bhartiya Jat Arakshan Samiti take out a rally in Chandigarh
Members of the Akhil Bhartiya Jat Arakshan Samiti take out a rally in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Medical Equipment
New tax regime spells doom for manufactures
Chandigarh, March 11
It is a double whammy for domestic life-saving medical equipment manufacturers.With the Budget 2010 making imports cheaper and imposing an excise duty of 10 per cent on domestic manufacturers pushing up their costs, the survival of the domestic medical equipment manufacturers is at stake.

Librarian accused of sexual harassment; probe ordered
Panchkula, March 11
Panchkula deputy commissioner Pankaj Yadav today asked city magistrate Ritu Chaudhary to conduct an inquiry into a complaint filed by a first-year BA student of Government College, Sector 1 accusing the college librarian of sexually harassing her.

Defence body: Withdraw hike in prices of fuel
Mohali, March 11
The Defence Accounts Pensioners Welfare Association has demanded a roll back in the prices of petroleum products as such a hike is adversely affecting the ‘aam admi’ who has already been hit by steep rise in the prices of essential commodities.

Awareness programme on consultancy
Chandigarh, March 11
North India Technical Consultancy Organisation (NITCON), a public sector industrial, technical and management consultancy organisation and a joint venture of all-India financial institutions, state-level financial institutions and nationalised banks, organised an awareness programme for public sector banks, financial institutions and chartered accountants here today.

FCI employees seek wage revision
Chandigarh, March 11
On a call given by the national committee of the Bharatiya Khadya Nigam Karamchari Sangh (BKNKS), employees of the Food Corporation of India staged a daylong dharna outside their district office in Sector 40 today.

Members of the Bharatiya Khadya Nigam Karamchari Sangh protest in Sector 40, Chandigarh, on Thursday. A Tribune photograph
Members of the Bharatiya Khadya Nigam Karamchari Sangh protest in Sector 40, Chandigarh

GMADA: Owners must raise structure on plots by Oct 31
Mohali, March 11
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has given last chance to the owners of at least 900, residential and commercial plots, in developed sectors to raise structure on their plots by October 31, 2010.

Inflated Bills
Consumers body flays PSEB for harassing residents
Mohali, March 11
The Consumers Protection Federation has criticised the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for harassing residents of Phase V and other areas by issuing power bills on an average basis, which were on the higher side.


Pending recruitment cases fume contractual teachers
Chandigarh, March 11
Resentment continues to prevail among contractual teachers with regard to pending recruitment cases of permanent faculty in the city government colleges for the past three years.

Pre-nursery, nursery admission forms
Schools receive good response
Chandigarh, March 11
The sale of pre-nursery and nursery admission forms started today at all government schools. Even as slight ripples were created over the demand of attested photocopies of certificates, the schools received a good response.

Scholarship for Indian students
Chandigarh, March 11
The British Council has decided to confer the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scholarship award on Indian students who want to pursue postgraduate programmes abroad.


Gang of thieves busted, five arrested
Accused of stealing cars, mobile phones, batteries
Rajpura, March 11
The Rajpura police today claimed to have busted a gang of thieves with the arrest of five of its members and recovered five stolen cars, 23 mobile phones, 70 batteries, one video camera, 20 headphones and a CD player from their possession.

The police with recovered mobile phones at Rajpura on Thursday. Photo: JS Virdi

The police with recovered mobile phones at Rajpura

Three shops gutted; loss estimated at Rs 5 lakh
Ambala, March 11
Three shops located on the old civil hospital road at Ambala City were gutted early this morning. The two-wheeler spare parts dealers owned two of the shops while the third shop belonged to a dry-cleaner. The loss was estimated to Rs 5 lakh.

DC suspends 11 lambardars
Ambala, March 11
Deputy Commissioner Sameer Pal Srow today ordered suspension of 11 lambardars for dereliction of duty here. Srow said the labardars had been told to collect the canal -water tax in their respective areas. But they had failed to do so for the past about 15 years.

CBI should probe doctors’ recruitment scam: Chawla
Ropar, March 11
Irregularities highlighted in doctors’ recruitment conducted by the Punjab State Service Commission (PPSC), Patiala, should be investigated by the CBI. This would only ensure fair and transparent investigation.

Non-teaching staff threaten to boycott exams
Patiala, March 11
The non-teaching employees of aided colleges have decided to boycott the university examination. The employees have been demanding implementation of the revised pay scales.

Five youths injured in brawl
Dera Bassi, March 11
Five youths were injured in a late evening brawl at Mubarikpur village. The injured were admitted to the local civil hospital. One of the group allegedly attacked the admitted injured in the hospital OPD. The hospital staff informed the police, who is investigating the matter.

One booked for rape
Kharar, March 11
The Kharar police has booked a youth for raping a student of a town-based professional college. In her complaint to the SSP Mohali, Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, the girl alleged that five months ago, she was raped repeatedly by one Sukhwinder Singh from Gharuan village.

Two injured in accident
Rajpura, March 11
Two persons received serious injuries in an accident involving a truck and three-wheeler. The injured have been identified as Paramjit Singh and Rajvinder Singh. Police officials who reached the spot said that both the injured were drivers of vehicles that collided head on.

3 kids fall unconscious after eating herb
Ambala, March 11
Three children became unconscious when they consumed seeds of an herb (aak) while playing in the herbal park located close to Model Town crossing at Ambala City today noon.

Students of Aryans school shine
Banur, March 11
Students of Aryans Business School emerged the overall champions in the inter-business school declamation and business quiz contest “Aprajita 2010” organised by Dr IT Group of Institutes, Banur.

Manpreet crowned Miss Fresher
Patiala, March 11
Students and teaching staff of Bhai Gurdas General Nursing College, Patiala, welcomed the freshers and organised a party for them. Municipal Commissioner Manjit Singh Narang was the chief guest on the occasion.


High Court
Decks cleared for Ateek’s deportation
Chandigarh, March 11
He slept in Pakistan, woke up in India. And, is now all set to go back to his native land. The Punjab and Haryana High Court, hearing a petition for Mohammed Ateek’s repatriation was today told that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has no objection to the withdrawal of the case against him.

Major Dimple Singla gets bail
Chandigarh, March 11
Just over a week after Major Dimple Singla was sentenced to one-year imprisonment on corruption charges, the Armed Force Tribunal (AFT) today granted her bail. Major Dimple was in the custody of Army authorities after her conviction on March 3.

Bail pleas dismissed in assault cases
Chandigarh, March 11
The bail application filed by Shilpkar Singh, accused of causing injuries to Ravinder Singh, was dismissed by a local court here today. Ravider had complained that Shipkar along with a co-accused had snatched his mobile, injuring him in the process.

HJC Case
Notice to UT police
Chandigarh, March 11
District and sessions judge KK Garg today served notice on the Chandigarh police asking it to file a reply on the bail application filed by 21 members of the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) who were arrested last week.

Hawara case adjourned till March 16
Chandigarh, March 11
The hearing in Jagtar Singh Hawara case was adjourned till March 16 at the district courts today. The Punjab police had registered the case against him for attempted murder and under the Arms Act in 1995.


Objectionable text messages to cop
Police launches hunt to trace woman
Chandigarh, March 11
The police has launched a hunt for an unidentified woman who has allegedly been sending text messages to inspector Ram Gopal, the SHO of police station-19. Police sources said a daily diary report (DDR) had been registered at the police station-19 on a complaint lodged by Ram Gopal in this connection.

Two injured in road accidents
Chandigarh, March 11
A cyclist and a motorcyclist were injured in two separate road accidents in the city. Muniya, a cyclist, a resident of Mauli Jagran, was hurt after being knocked down by a motorcycle (CH-03-K-1623) near the CTU workshop in Industrial Area, Phase I, on March 8. The motorcyclist sped away after the mishap.

Ranjit had fired at Gurmohan Bedi, says Pkl police
Panchkula, March 11
Ranjit Bajaj not only put the pistol on the temple of Gurmohan Singh Bedi, son of Punjab and Haryana High court Judge at hotel Notrht Park on the night of January 29, he actually fired at him. This was alleged by Panchkula police in his reply submitted with the court here today.


Junior golf camp from March 27
Chandigarh, March 11
A three-month EGTF Junior Golf Coaching Programme will be conducted at the Chandigarh Golf Club Academy from March 27 to June 27. Designed for girls and boys in the seven to 15 age group, the programme will be conducted twice a week i.e. on Saturdays and Sundays from 4 to 5 pm.

Vandana adjudged best athlete
Chandigarh, March 11
Vandana was adjudged the best athlete during the two-day annual sports meet of Government Polytechnic for Women, which concluded here today. Ajoy Sharma, Special Finance Secretary and Director Higher Education, UT administration, gave away prizes to the winners .


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