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DLF was favoured, says MHA report
Chandigarh, March 16
Raising a finger at the manner in which the operations of the real estate giant DLF were facilitated by the Chandigarh administration at the prestigious IT park here, the report of the ministry of home affairs (MHA) has alleged that no public purpose was served by the project.

Rs 18 lakh spent on idle incinerator a waste: CAG
Mohali, March 16
In a classic case of putting the cart before the horse, the Punjab forest & wildlife department spent taxpayers’ money on buying an incinerator without first ensuring power was available to operate it. The incinerator was meant for environmental-friendly disposal of animal carcasses as well as safe disposal of waste.


Students of the MCMDAV College for Women with their degrees at the convocation in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Students of the MCMDAV College for Women with their degrees at the convocation in Chandigarh on Tuesday.Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewar

Portal helps HIV+ people tie the knot
Chandigarh, March 16
It is said marriages are made in heaven but there are some that are ‘positively’ decided on the World Wide Web. Among the hundreds of matrimonial portals there is a website, positivesaathi.com, that is bringing HIV positive patients closer to tying the knot.

Class IX Exam
CBSE mulls rollback of reforms
Chandigarh, March 16
After turning a blind eye to the failure of its ambitious Class IX examination reforms, the CBSE is mulling a rollback from the next academic session.After having faced resentment over the recent duplication of examination papers and delay in the provision of marking schemes, the board has apparently decided to leave the exam business to schools.


A firefighter takes a nap under a fire engine in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
A firefighter takes a nap under a fire engine in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Teacher’s Sexual Harassment
Case referred to central panel
Chandigarh, March 16
Shivani’s “fight for justice” in a sexual harassment case has trudged ahead, with the Punjab and Haryana High Court referring the teacher’s complaint to the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Authority’s central committee in Chandigarh.

School Transport System
Buses ready, but DEO must sign first
Chandigarh, March 16
The dilly dally attitude of the UT education department in fixing the accountability for the delayed Micro Escorts projects may further delay the launch of such buses for government schools by another year.

Summer break: Teachers not OK with change
Chandigarh, March 16
With the next meeting of chairpersons scheduled on Friday to resolve the issue of holidays in colleges, the teachers at Panjab University are protesting against the proposed permutation and combination of holidays, being considered by the authorities.

Liquor vend rent doubled
Chandigarh, March 16
The Finance and Contract Committee has decided to increase the rent for liquor vends on municipal land from Rs 15,000 to Rs 30,000 per month.

1984 Riots
Admin: 62 victims have got relief
Chandigarh, March 16
Compensation has been released to 62 victims of the 1984 riots putting up in Chandigarh, the Punjab and Haryana High Court was informed today.

Overcharging goes on unchecked at ISBT-43
Autorickshaws parked haphazardly on the road in front of the Inter-State BusChandigarh, March 16
Consumer rights are being violated blatantly at the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT), Sector 43. To buy eatables, packaged products and in-demand items, one has to shell out more than the price.“Biscuits, toffees and chips are being sold at prices exceeding the maximum retail price. Chewing gum priced at Re 1 is being sold for Re 1.50. If anyone objects to it, shopkeepers pick a fight,” says a regular commuter.

Autorickshaws parked haphazardly on the road in front of the Inter-State Bus Terminus in Sector 43, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Admin opens window for property transfer
Chandigarh, March 16
Giving a breather to those who want to get their property transferred but have not been able to do it in the absence of a completion or occupation certificate, the UT administration has decided to entertain requests for transfer of property and grant of no-objection certificate.

Allot flats to oustees, says BJP
Chandigarh,March 16
The local unit of the BJP today demanded allotment of flats to inhabitants of Labour Colony No 5, whose houses were demolished in December last year and February this year.

Guards at Security Gates
Police, council yet to find solution
Mohali, March 16
The issue of providing security to residents by installing gates in various parts of the town has been hanging fire for over four months now, as the municipal council and the police have been unable to deploy watchmen to man these gates.

Thousands pay obeisance at Mansa Devi
Panchkula, March 16
Over 50,000 devotees from far-flung places converged on the Mata Mansa Devi shrine on the first day of the Navratra fair which commenced here today.


Social science congress kicks off at PU
Chandigarh, March 16
The second Chandigarh social science congress on “Economy, Society and Welfare: New Challenges Before Social Sciences” kicked off at Panjab University here today.Nearly 30 social science departments of the university participated in the mega event. Dr Upinder Sawhney welcomed the guests.

PU Notes
Practical exams rescheduled for March 27, 28
Chandigarh, March 16
The university practical examinations which were earlier scheduled for March 10 and 11, 2010, and were later postponed, will now be held on March 27 and March 28.However, the practical examinations of BA-III (fine arts) will be held from March 26 to March 28, 2010.


Two held for evading tax on gold
The gold that was seized from two persons as they tried to ferry it without paying tax at Rajpura on Tuesday. Rajpura, March 16
The police arrested two persons for evading tax and illegally supplying 5-kg gold worth Rs 1 crore.The accused have been identified as Musamikaran of Batala and Kewal Masih of Nangal. They were carrying the gold in a PRTC bus and were frisked by a team of police officials here.

The gold that was seized from two persons as they tried to ferry it without paying tax at Rajpura on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Non-teaching staff continue protest
Patiala, March 16
Non-teaching employees of aided colleges continued their protest in front of principal office today also from 10 am to 3 pm regarding the non-implementation of revised pay scales. Also, they continued to boycott the annual practical examination of the college.

Gypsum product range launched
Patiala, March 16
Lafarge Boral Gypsum India (LBGI), part of Lafarge Building material Co, organised a road show in Patiala.

Rashi crowned Miss Personality
Patiala, March 16
Upholding the college tradition, BCom (II) students of Government Bikram College of Commerce, organised a farewell party under the guidance of principal Satinder Kaur on the college campus here today.

Tech fest concludes
Rajpura, March 16
The two-day tech fest “Praudyogikii” organised by Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology concluded today.

Residents protest increase in house tax
Bassi Pathana, March 16
Local residents organised a dharna in protest against the increase in house tax and forcible collection of the tax as per new rates at the council office yesterday. They also sought scrapping of the new house tax survey.

Power consumers cry hoarse over levy of surcharge
Kalka, March 16
Resentment prevails among thousands of UHBVN, Haryana, consumers, who have been paying their electricity bills regularly, over the surcharge levied on them.

Now, three radars to check speeding
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 16
To check rash driving, the police has decided to install three speed radars to keep a tab on speeding and take punitive action against the offenders.

Rs 1.15 lakh snatched from woman
Ambala, March 16
Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched Rs 1.15 lakh from a woman, a resident of Sector 9, Ambala City, this afternoon.According to sources, the victim, Krishna Nagrath, had withdrawn the money from the Model Town branch of the SBI and put the amount in a cotton bag.

Body found
Bassi Pathana, March 16
The railway police (GRP) recovered the body of an unidentified man near the railway godown here this morning.A police team on patrol found the body and informed the higher officials. The body was later sent to the local civil hospital, where it would be kept for 72 hours for identification.

Accused Naresh Kumar Youth stabbed to death over money
Dera Bassi, March 16
A youth was murdered by his companion over money here today. The accused was arrested from the scene by the police.According to sources, Ishant Mehra, a resident of Mubarkpur, was stabbed to death with a knife near the administrative complex here.

                                                               Accused Naresh Kumar

Periphery Act
CM urged to exclude 52 villages
Kalka, March 16
A delegation of residents of villages in Kalka sub-division, headed by Naresh Maan, president, block Congress, met Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda recently seeking exclusion of 52 villages of Kalka tehsil from the list of New Capital (Periphery) Haryana Control Act, 1971.


Plea against acquisition dismissed after 22 yrs
Chandigarh, March 16
Fiftyfive years after land was acquired in Mani Majra by the then Capital Project Administration, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has dismissed a petition against the acquisition process.

Show-cause notice to SSP
Chandigarh, March 16
The court of additional district and sessions judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi today issued a notice to the UT SSP.The court issued a show-cause notice to SSP SS Srivastva in the Dimpy murder case, in which the latter had been told to deposit Rs 5,000 with the State Legal Services Authority as fine imposed on two inspectors for not deposing.

Ranjit’s bail plea
Order reserved for today
Panchkula, March 16
The arguments on the plea of Ranjit Bajaj, seeking bail in an attempted murder case, were concluded in the local court here today. Following the arguments, District and Sessions Judge reserved his order for tomorrow.


Man hit by Army school bus, dies
Chandigarh, March 16
An unidentified person was killed after he was hit by a school bus near Hallo Majra. In another mishap, a rickshaw-puller was hurt when he was knocked down by a mini-truck.

Video footage comes a cropper
Chandigarh, March 16
The video footage available on two incidents of theft at local hotels and of a pistol found abandoned in Sector 17 on Sunday night has failed to provide vital clues to investigators.

Maloya resident booked for assault
Mohali, March 16
The police has booked a Maloya resident for injuring a man after allegedly attacking him with a sharp-edged weapon.The case was registered against Didar Singh on the complaint of Gurmit Singh, a resident of Badmajra colony, Kharar.

Man held for offering cop’s job to aspirants
Mohali, March 16
Close on the heels of “preferred posting” scam of the Punjab Police, Mohali cops have stumbled upon a 23-year-old con man who, while posing as a senior police official, lured unsuspecting candidates to get job of a constable in the police.


Dinesh claims top spot in 100m
A participant in action during an athletics meet in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Chandigarh, March 16
Bhakra Beas Management Board won the overall championship in the Eighth Inter-Central Power Sector Unit’s Athletics Meet. The meet concluded here today.VB Bassi, board member, appreciated the efforts of the players. He gave away prizes to the winners.

A participant in action during an athletics meet in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Significance of sports medicine
Chandigarh, March 16 Dr Bimla Bhatia, former director, sports medicine, Sports Authority of India, delivered a lecture on “Achievement in sports excellence in a team work” on the second day of the refresher and orientation course being organised by the Chandigarh Sports Council at the Sports Complex, Sector 42, here today.

U-13 tourney from March 23
Chandigarh, March 16
CCA CUP Under-13 Cricket Tournament will be organised by the Chandigarh Cricket Association affiliated to Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) from March 23.In a press release issued here today, the spokesperson of the CCA said all matches would be played on league basis.


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