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CCTV project delayed again
Traffic cops seek software changes
Chandigarh, March 12
The much-hyped project to install CCTV cameras at the city’s major rotaries is yet to take off as the police has belatedly asked the company assigned with the job to incorporate changes in the software to make the system more efficient and technically advanced.

Motorists jump a red light Friday in the absence of any traffic cops on duty at a rotary near the Sector 20-C gurdwara in Chandigarh. The CCTV cameras have yet to begin functioning. Motorists jump a red light Friday in the absence of any traffic cops on duty at a rotary near the Sector 20-C gurdwara in Chandigarh. The CCTV cameras have yet to begin functioning. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan


Security breach by Yuvraj, Sehwag, VRV
Police complains to IPL authorities
Chandigarh, March 12
Taking a stern note of the breach of security directions by star cricketer Yuvraj Singh and local player VRV Singh, the Chandigarh Police today sent a complaint to the Indian Premier League (IPL) organisers against the players.

Card readers to regulate access to PCA stadium
Mohali, March 12
Visitors without valid tickets gatecrashing into the PCA stadium here is now expected to be a thing of the past. Automated access control card readers have been installed at the stadium’s entry points will only let those with tickets or authorised passes into the arena.

Boston Fiasco
PU identifies four ‘outsiders’
Chandigarh, March 12 In a major revelation here today in the Boston case, the Panjab University authorities have identified four “outsiders” who participated in the 56th Harvard National Model United Nations posing as PU students in its investigations.


Employees of the CHB sit in the basement amid furniture and record files, throwing fire safety norms to the winds. Building bylaws not for UT depts!
MC, estate office, CHB worst offenders
Chandigarh, March 12
While the UT administration has been advocating zero tolerance to flouting of building bylaws, fire safety norms and encroachments, many of its own departments are openly doing all the “don’ts”.

Employees of the CHB sit in the basement amid furniture and record files, throwing fire safety norms to the winds. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Amritsar, Shimla centres take pressure off city passport office
Chandigarh, March 12
The Regional Passport Office (RPO), Chandigarh, issued 2.63 lakh passports to residents of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh during 2009. For the first time in its history, the number of passports issued by the RPO in the city declined.

Kings XI players Mohd Kaif, Ravi Bopara and Mahela Jayawardene give caps and T-shirts to ball boys at Hotel Mount View in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

MC told to fix work areas of safai sewaks
Mohali, March 12
Mohali SDM Ravinder Pal Singh Walia has asked the municipal council to fix work areas of safai sewaks and also provide details regarding the working hours of all sanitation employees, areas being covered by them and at what time their attendance is marked, so that surprise checking could be done to bring about an improvement in sanitation work.

ETT Posts Counselling
Disparity in candidates’ performance comes to light
Mohali, March 12
A few months after the Punjab Education Department terminated the service of hundreds of elementary teachers for furnishing false information, a relative disparity in the performance of various candidates in class XII and the ETT diploma has come to light in the counselling of new ETT posts under the SSA project.

Amnesty scheme to resolve employee-employer disputes
Chandigarh, March 12
In order to resolve the disputes between employees covered under the Employees State Insurance (ESI) Scheme and their employers, the ESI Corporation has formulated an amnesty scheme this year.

New policy for land to watermelon sellers soon
Chandigarh, March 12
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is in the process of framing a new policy to streamline the procedure of allotment of land to the watermelon sellers in the city. The authorities are proposing to table the draft policy in this regard in the coming Finance and Contract Committee meeting on March 16.

Battlelines drawn for beopar mandal elections
Chandigarh, March 12
Battlelines have been drawn for the prestigious post of the president of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) with a large number of prominent traders today naming former president Jagdish Arora as the their candidate.

Govt buildings to have renewal energy system
To cost Rs 1 crore per building
Chandigarh, March 12
The Chandigarh administration has chalked out an action plan for promoting the use of renewable energy in the city. Stating this here today, Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar said that under the implementation of Special Area Demonstration Project Scheme, various prestigious buildings like Raj Bhawan, state Assembly premises, Secretariats of states and the UT, institutions like school, medical colleges, including hospitals, will be covered under different categories for the demonstration and renewal energy system.

Mental tension the biggest killer: Psychiatrist
Chandigarh, March 12
A relaxed mind and meditation were the prerequisites to lead a happy life and only then the mind of a person could move towards creativity, said Dr Girish Patel, a psychiatrist from Mumbai.

Jugalbandi of Soporis, Mahavir light up sangeet sammelan
Chandigarh, March 12
Captivating performances by father-son duo of Bhajan Sopori--Abhay Rustum Sopori (santoor jugalbandi) and Sandeep Mahavir and troupe (kathak dance) marked the inaugural day of the three-day 40th All-India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra at the Tagore Theatre here today.

Tributes paid to Dr Harjinder Singh
Chandigarh, March 12
A condolence meeting was held today at the Bhargava Auditorium under the chairmanship of Prof KK Talwar, Director, PGIMER, to pay homage to Dr Harjinder Singh, former additional professor, department of cardiovascular thoracic surgery, who died yesterday.

“Voice of Chandigarh-2010"
Auditions held for budding singers
Chandigarh, March 12
The auditions for the musical event "Voice of Chandigarh - 2010" for budding singers was jointly organised by Gurukul Vidyapeeth and S-4 Trust here today. PK Sharma, Additional Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, was the chief guest on the occasion, where over 250 singers were judged by Varinder Bachan, music director and Rinku Kalia, winner of Zee TV's "Sa Re Ga Ma".

Prepaid broadband service launched
Chandigarh, March 12
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has launched its prepaid broadband service in Chandigarh SSA. The landline customers can avail this service. According to information, at the time of creation of new prepaid broadband account, customers will be given an account with username and password and 50 MB free download with a 15-day validity period. Subsequently, a customer can recharge his account with any one of the nine types of available recharge vouchers.

More secretary-level posts sought
Chandigarh, March 12
In the backdrop of increase in administrative workload, the Janata Party today demanded at least four secretary-level posts in the Chandigarh administration.

CITU conference from March 17
Chandigarh, March 12
The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) will decide its strategy for the next three years during its forthcoming 13th All-India Conference to be held at Zirakpur from March 17 to 21.

Unaccounted income of Rs 2.5 crore disclosed
Chandigarh, March 12
The survey conducted by the income tax department on the premises of Oscar Leather Pvt Ltd here yesterday has led to the disclosure of unaccounted income of Rs 2.5 crore.


Selection, Promotion to IAS
CAT refuses to intervene
Chandigarh, March 12
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today refused to interfere in the selection or promotion of the non-state civil service officers for the Indian Administrative Service in Haryana. The Haryana Civil Services Officers’ Association had filed an application challenging the consideration of non-state civil service officers into the IAS. Petitioners from Haryana Civil Service (executive branch) submitted to the tribunal that the recruitment to the IAS is done under the Indian Administrative Services Rules 1954.

Lack of faculty blocks affiliation for new college
Chandigarh, March 12
The UT education department’s slowness in recruiting permanent faculty members in colleges has now become a major stumbling block for its brainchild, the Government College of Commerce & Business Administration, Sector 42 in securing permanent PU affiliation.

Termination of OBC Teachers
Notice to admn
Chandigarh, March 12
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today issued notice of motion to the Chandigarh administration for March 29, pertaining a case of termination of OBC teachers.


Compulsory computer classes irk govt teachers
Patiala, March 12
The Punjab Education Department’s initiative of conducting two-hour compulsory computer education classes for all government school teachers has not gone down well with the teachers. They alleged that while they are busy giving examination duties, these classes have further tightened their already busy schedule. The teachers are upset over the fact that they have to attend these classes at a crucial time when students need their help the most.

Tax assesses a worried lot
Banks unauthorised to accept taxes
Bassi Pathana, March 12
The Income Tax assesses of the town are facing a tough time, as none of the commercial banks in the town have been authorised to accept taxes. The assesses have to cover a distance of 15 km to reach Sirhind to deposit Income Tax, Sales Tax and other taxes. Kamal Gupta, president, Small Scale Industries Association, Vinod Kumar, vice-president, District Beopar Mandal, and Nakesh Jindal, secretary, District Rice Millers Association, said Bassi Pathana had branches of all national and private banks, but none of them had been authorised to accept taxes.

Fragmentation of jails must: Gabria
Patiala, March 12
"Fragmentation of jails is a must in order to check crime. It will help keep hardcore criminals away from petty ones and they will not be able to form a gang or hatch any conspiracy,” said Hira Singh Gabria,

Civil hospital to get blood bank soon
Dera Bassi, March 12
The Dera Bassi Civil Hospital will get a blood bank facility soon. The department concerned has started functioning to benefit a large number of patients in the sub-division. A room for the blood bank has been constructed and it would be functional after receiving the 24-hour hotline power supply.

Zila parishad’s budget meeting postponed
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 12
The budget meeting of zila parishad was postponed today. Instead of discussing budget at the meeting, 13 out of 15 members of the zila parishad demanded the transfer of child development project officer of Bassi Pathana.

Youth drowns
Kalka, March12
A 22-year-old youth drowned in Kaushlaya River at Tipra village today.

‘Sartaj Night’ tomorrow
Patiala, March 12
Punjabi Sufi singer Dr Satinder Sartaj is all set to mesmerise Patiala residents. The Society for Education, Sports, Folk Arts and Recreations (SESFAR), Patiala, will organise a musical event “Sartaj Night” on Sunday at Rajindra Gymkhana Club, Patiala. Society president Harpreet Singh Dhaliwal said the programme would begin at 6 pm.

Seminar organised
Rajpura, March 12
A seminar on “Hydrocolloidal Systems-Suspension and Emulsion” was organised at Swift School of Pharmacy.

‘Panache 2010’ concludes
Banur, March 12
The second day of “Panache 2010”, a techno-cultural festival, witnessed a war between various rock bands.

Awareness camp for rural women
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 12
An awareness camp was organised for village women in Pattan village of Mandi Gobindgarh.

Harsharan, Sandeep declared best athletes
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 12
The three-day athletics meet concluded today at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College.


Harassment Case
Statements of student, librarian recorded
Panchkula, March 12
City Magistrate of Panchkula Ritu Chaudhary recorded statement of the girl student of Government College, Sector 1, who had accused the college librarian of sexually harassing her. Statement of librarian Inder Kaushik was also recorded.

Gupta is Lok Adalat member
Chandigarh, March 12
Dr Raj Kumar Gupta has been appointed as a member of UT permanent continuous Lok Adalat. A practicing pediatrician for over four decades, his name has been approved by Justice Ashutosh Mohunta, who is also the executive chairman of UT state legal services authority.


Molestation Case
Accused booked for attempt to rape
Chandigarh, March 12
The police has slapped an attempt to rape charge against Jagroop Singh Jupa, who was booked for assaulting and molesting his neighbour a week back, after the victim’s family met UT IGP PK Srivastva, accusing the police of hushing up the matter.

Mumbai resident commits theft at hotel, held
Chandigarh, March 12
The police today arrested a Mumbai resident from a hotel in Sector 22 for allegedly stealing valuables of a woman. The police said Kamludin of Mumbai was arrested from the hotel along with stolen jewellery. The accused had come to the city by air from Mumbai via Delhi. He reached the hotel and found one of the rooms open. He went inside and allegedly stole a purse carrying two gold chains with lockets, three pair of tops, a ring.

Man duped of Rs 2.45 lakh in bank
Panchkula, March 12
A trickster duped a visitor of Rs 2.45 lakh at the State Bank of India branch in Sector 10 here today.

Man killed in accident
Zirakpur, March 12
A 28-year-old man was killed after a tractor trolley rammed into his tempo on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway near Nabha gurdwara yesterday night. The deceased was identified as Jai Singh, a resident of Mauli Jagran.


IPL Punjab franchisee hopes to earn profits this time
Mohali, March 12
Col Arvinder Singh The Punjab franchisee of Indian Premier League, whose owners are Bombay Dyeing’s scion Ness Wadia and Bollywood actor Preity Zinta, are hoping of earning profits this time in the third edition of the league. Without revealing the statistical figures, Colonel Arvinder Singh, senior vice president, cricket operations, Kings XI, said they would end earning profits this time. “You see the league has been growing rapidly, thus attracting a number of sponsors and advertisers.

Col Arvinder Singh

I want to prove myself in T20s: Kaif
Chandigarh, March 12
At one time regarded as India’s most reliable players in ODIs, former India test player Mohammed Kaif is striving for a return to international cricket with IPL 3 starting tomorrow. After being dropped by Rajasthan Royals mid way last year, he will be playing for Kings XI Punjab this season. He talks about his comeback, playing for IPL, T20 and much more.

Kings XI Punjab players during a practice session at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Cricketers lie about their fitness to play: Prof Dhillon
Chandigarh, March 12
Sports is all about fair play but that isn’t exactly true. In this era of stiff competition some players cheat to win and some others cheat just for the sake of playing. As the IPL frenzy grips the city, orthopaedic doctors from the PGI have discovered that many cricketers wittingly or unwittingly lie about their fitness by hiding their injuries just for the sake of playing the game, which incidentally has all the glamour and the moolah attached to it.

Tanisha Singh and Mansirat Singh Bedi with their golf sets at the Chandigarh Golf Club.Tanisha, Mansirat adjudged promising golfers
Chandigarh, March 12
Tanisha Singh of Carmel Convent and Mansirat Singh Bedi of St Stephen's School, who attended the ICGA junior summer camp, were presented golf sets by the Indo-Canadian Golf Association, Canada, at a function held at the Chandigarh Golf Club yesterday.

Tanisha Singh and Mansirat Singh Bedi with their golf sets at the Chandigarh Golf Club. A Tribune photograph

Livleen wins three golds
Chandigarh, March 12
Livleen Kaur won three gold, a silver and a bronze medals on the second day of the annual athletics meet of Punjab Engineering College, University of Technology here today.

Pitch to be batting paradise: Curator
Chandigarh, March 12
With doubts still about their local hero Yuvraj Singh’s availability for Kings XI’s first match tomorrow, local fans have at least something to cheer about, with the curator of the pitch Daljit Singh decalring the 22-yard strip to be a batting paradise.

Probables selected for U-19 India team
Chandigarh, March 12
About 31 probables have been selected for the U-19 India team for participating in the second Indo-Nepal Friendship Series to be held at Kathmandu Nepal from March 21.

Students’ ticket sold out at PCA
Mohali, March 12
All ickets for the students block has been sold out for the IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils to be held tomorrow evening besides 70 per cent capacity of the cricket stadium at the PCA Stadium here has already been filled.

Deols to add zing
Mohali, March 12
The Deol family will be present to add zing in the inauguration ceremony of the campaign of Punjab’s outfit Kings XI in the third edition of Indian Premier League, to be held tomorrow evening at PCA Stadium.

Sheena clinches women golf title
Chandigarh, March 12
Sheena Sekhon clinched the March Kingfisher Medal Round of the Chandigarh Golf Club Ladies' Section returning a nett 72 score here yesterday.


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