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VIPs getting away with illegal farmhouses
Seonk (Mohali), March 26
With the humble farmhouse, having the bare minimum of facilities to store farm produce, evolving into a laidback and lavish retreat for the rich and influential, its very concept is changing fast in the nondescript rural belt to the north of Chandigarh.

Miraculous escape for patients after fire erupts at GMSH
Chandigarh, March 26
It was a close call for about a dozen patients in the emergency trauma operation theatre of the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, when a short circuit in the airconditioning system led to a fire breaking out this morning.

The view of a room after fire broke out at the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Friday. The view of a room after fire broke out at the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan


Feedback Sample
Teachers irregular, indifferent to student needs
Chandigarh, March 26
“Though my teacher seems to be perfect with the syllabus content, his communication skills in English are really bad and even the way he carries himself is repulsive.” “Though my teacher is very competent, he is generally inaccessible outside the four walls of the classroom. I once had to call him up for an important dissertation after class, for which he scolded me in front of everybody. I want our teachers to be more accessible and not confine their efforts or responsibility to their periods.” These are just a few of the special comments penned by students of Panjab University on the teacher feedback form distributed by the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC). The unique initiative, undertaken by the council in response to the university’s delay in implementing teacher evaluation, seems to have been quite a hit.

Whodunnit, asks Mayor
MC House meeting suspended, adjourned
Chandigarh, March 26
Confusion marked the suspension of the House meeting of the municipal corporation today, with the Mayor, Anu Chatrath, not knowing who did it. BSP councillor Jatinder Bhatia started it by saying the attack on the family of Raj Kumari Mishra, a councillor, needed to be investigated. SAD councillor Harjinder Kaur was speaking vehemently when councillors got up to support her.


Cattle auction fair postponed
Bidders allege bias, Rural Dept says bidding amount not enough
Mohali, March 26
Amidst protest by bidders, the Punjab Rural Development and Panchayat Department today postponed the cattle auction fair in Ludhiana, Patiala, Mohali and Sangrur districts.

A honeybee feeds on lotus nectar at the College of Art, Sector 10, Chandigarh.
TIME TO FEAST: A honeybee feeds on lotus nectar at the College of Art, Sector 10, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Councillors force cops into action
10 held for creating ruckus at Industrial Area police station
Chandigarh, March 26
The police today arrested 10 more persons on charges of assaulting the son of local councillor Raj Kumari Mishra and creating ruckus at the Industrial Area police station on Tuesday night.

Illegal Sale of Flat
Action to be taken against erring officials
Chandigarh, March 26
A year after the illegal sale of a flat in the Universal Cooperative House Building First Society, Sector 48, in connivance with the two officials of the Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Chandigarh, UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil has directed the DC office to take action against the two.

UT admn official missing
Chandigarh, March 26
A file photo of Vineet Kumar Verma Vineet Kumar Verma, promotions & information officer in the UT information technology department, has been reported missing since yesterday morning under mysterious circumstances. Harried family members stated he had left home on Thursday at about 9:30 am and reported for duty at his office. “He later left his office telling his colleagues he was going to attend a meeting. Thereafter we have no idea about his whereabouts”, they said.

A file photo of Vineet Kumar Verma

Tribune Impact
GMCH interns barred from prescribing drugs
Chandigarh, March 26
Stung by The Tribune’s expose - ‘It’s the interns who handle night emergency shift’ (March 25) - describing the state of affairs at the emergency ward of the Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, at night, hospital officials - apparently caught on the backfoot - issued a circular debarring interns from writing prescriptions.

Despite the ban on burning of leaves at public places in Chandigarh, the practice goes on at many places in the city. These photographs have been taken at Ram Darbar (left) and Sector 45. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal

Theatre artiste awarded
Chandigarh, March 26
IAS Dr KK Khandelwal conferred the first Bharat Muni award on thespian Sudesh Sharma at the Randhawa Auditorium here today. Awards and adulations enthuse an artiste to strive for more perfection, but I prefer to subject myself and my work to further introspection and improvement, said Sudesh Sharma after receiving the first Bharat Muni award, which carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, a citation and a memento.

Ghazal soiree mesmerises audience
Chandigarh, March 26
Rinku Kalia, national winner of Sa Re Ga Ma contest, enraptured audience at a musical soiree “Rinku Kalia Live-in Concert” at the Tagore Theatre here today. The captivating mehfil-e-ghazal presented by the department of information, public relations and cultural affairs in association with e-Sys and S-4 Trust saw young maestro weaving literary gems into meaningful cohesive melody much to the delight of naïve and art connoisseurs.

Hostage Drama
Villagers, power men fail to reach compromise
Panchkula, March 26
Residents of Saketri village and electricity board employees remained adamant on their stand and demanded registration of cases against one another in yesterday’s hostage drama even as efforts were being made by the police and the senior officers of the district administration to sort out the issue here today.

Decomposed body found
Chandigarh, March 26
The highly decomposed body of an unidentified man in his mid-fifties was recovered from an abandoned plot at the Deep Complex, Hallo Majra, here this morning. The police ruled out foul play, saying the body bore no visible fatal injury marks. It shifted the body to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, for post-mortem examination and initiated inquest proceedings.


Varsity denies approval to law courses
Panchkula, March 26
Students of the rural belt in this region are deprived of pursuing law courses, as Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, (KUK) has denied to granting its approval. The university has told the authorities that separate college needed to be set up to seek its affiliation with the Bar Council of India.

PUTA condemns varsity’s budget
Chandigarh, March 26
After students, it’s the Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) who thinks that the university’s plans and declarations are out of sync with their actual demands.

CBSE Class X Examination
Incomplete question in science paper
Chandigarh, March 26
After the Class XII maths examination, it was now an incomplete question in the CBSE Class X science question papers that left thousands of examinees baffled today. The question, which carried three marks, asked the students to calculate the effective resistance and current in a circuit diagram. However, it lacked the requisite information on the voltage value.

School in-house newsletter released
Chandigarh, March 26
Gurukul Global School, Mani Majra, on Wednesday held its annual function “Panache” at the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18. Adviser to the UT Administrator Pradip Mehra was the chief guest.


3 BKI terrorists, two looters nabbed
Rapura, March 26
The accused being taken to a court at Rajpura on Friday. The Rajpura police today arrested three Babbar Khalsa terrorists and two looters with five pistols, including an Italy made .32 bore pistol and a double barrel country made .315 bore pistol. These arrests have opened up the nexus between Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorists and looters wherein the BKI has found new accomplice to attain its target of anti-social activities.

The accused being taken to a court at Rajpura on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Terror suspect held, another sent to police remand
Solan/Zirakpur, March 26
The counter intelligence wing of the Punjab Police has unearthed a larger module of the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) that had been activated by their France-based mentors to carry out terror activities in the region.

Manpreet hogs limelight in shot put
Patiala, March 26
The first athletics championship of BEd colleges of Punjabi University organised by the university’s sports department began at Raja Bhalendra Singh Sports Complex under the chairmanship of Dr Raj Kumar Sharma, director sports, here today.

Significance of minority narratives stressed
Patiala, March 26
The two-day UGC-sponsored national conference on “Literature of small cultures: An assertion of difference” began at Khalsa College, Patiala, today. Dr Manjit Singh, dean colleges, Punjabi University, Patiala, inaugurated the conference. In his inaugural address, he emphasised on the significance of minority narratives.

Tribune Impact
Substandard flour
Officials conduct check at depots
Bassi Pathana, March 26
A day after The Tribune highlighted the plight of people getting substandard flour being provided by the ration depot holders in various blocks of Bassi Pathana, surprise checkings were conducted by officials of the District Food Supply Controller (DFSC) today.

Special Biometric Cards
Forms to be issued from May 1
Ropar, March 26
The forms for special biometric cards will be issued from May 1 onwards under the 15th census exercise. Deputy commissioner Priyank Bharti said this was being done under the creation task of National Population Register (NPR) wherein a common database of Indians was being created. This biometric card (unique identity card) would carry each and every detail of the voters of the country.

Rs 1,5000 stolen from temples
Ambala, March 26
The robbers had yet again targeted two temples here last night. During the past one month the robbers stole away cash from various temples located in the city.

Jhinda lashes out at Badal
Ambala, March 26
Jagdish Jhinda, president of the Haryana Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (ad-hoc), here today accused Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of trying to scuttle the move of Haryana to have a separate gurdwara parbandhak committee for the management of gurdwaras in Haryana.

IIT, model school proposed
Bassi Pathana, March 26
Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development D Purandeswari in a communication to MP Sukhdev Singh Libra has assured that HRD ministry was examining his proposal to set up Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and a model school at Fatehgarh Sahib.

Players apprised of scientific sports
Patiala, March 26
On the third day of boxing workshop being organised by the Sports Authority of India at Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports (NSNIS), Patiala, chief national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu deliberated upon sparring.


Goodwill Consultants in dock
Told to pay relief for not providing services after taking fee
Chandigarh, March 26
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal forum-I has directed Goodwill Consultants to refund Rs17, 000 along with compensation of Rs10, 000 to Sunil Sharma and Ranbir Singh, as they were not able to provide them with the work visa after taking fees from them.

Immigration consultancy told to pay Rs 1 lakh
Chandigarh, March 26
Finding a deficiency in the services of World Wide Immigration Consultancy Services Limited, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I has directed the company to pay a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to Anil Kumar Kisana.

Consumer Forum
Insurance firm directed to pay relief
Chandigarh, March 26
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I has directed New India Assurance Co Ltd to pay a compensation of Rs 1,27,680, along with Rs 50,000 as compensation for harassment and Rs 5,000 as costs of litigation, to Mohali-based Sanjay Kumar for not providing him his insurance claim.


Student alleges teacher of duping her
Teacher lodges FIR for defamation
Chandigarh, March 26
In a bizarre incident that took place in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, today, a class XI student in a written complaint filed to the principal accused a teacher of duping her of Rs 1 lakh on the pretext of sending her abroad.

Bid to break into ATM
Zirakpur, March 26
Two unidentified youths tried to break into an ATM of Punjab National Bank, installed on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway here last night. Their attempt, however, failed as they could not break open the ATM machine.

19 kg of ganja seized, 3 held
Chandigarh, March 26
The police has arrested three persons and claimed to have recovered over 19 kg of ganja from their possession. Sources said Ramsukh and Kamal, both hailing from Uttar Pradesh, and Daya Shankar of Bihar were arrested last night along with 19.50 kg of ganja.

Caught stealing
Chandigarh, March 26
Janak Raj of Sector 42 reported to the police alleging that Dimple Kumar of Attawa village was caught red-handed while stealing his bicycle from his residence yesterday.


ITF Men’s Circuit
Romain Sichez of France plays a shot during the ITF Men’s Future Tennis Tournament 2010 at the CLTA, Sector 10, on Friday.Karan, Romain face off in final
Chandigarh, March 26
Indian Davis Cupper Karan Rastogi steered into the final (singles) at the expense of seventh seed Adrian Sikora of Slovakia, whom he defeated in straight sets 7-5, 6-3 in the semifinal of the $ 10,000 India F2 Futures ITF Men’s Circuit at the Tennis Stadium, Sector 10, here today.

Romain Sichez of France plays a shot during the ITF Men’s Future Tennis Tournament 2010 at the CLTA, Sector 10, on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Cricket trials tomorrow
Panchkula, March 26
Trials to select the probables for the Panchkula Junior League Championship in the age group of 13-15 years will be conducted on March 28 at Hansraj Cricket Academy, Sector 6, Panchkula, at 3.30 pm.

Make-or-break tie for Knight Riders
Mohali, March 26
As the stage is all set for tomorrow’s face-off between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders at the PCA Stadium, the latter seems to have been gearing up to break its losing streak.

Cricket trials today
Panchkula, March 26
Trials to select probables for the upcoming All-India Inter Zonal U-16 National Championship to be held at Chennai (Tamilnadu) from April 26 will be held at the Hansraj Public School cricket ground on March 27 at 3 pm.

Customs XI clinch thriller
Chandigarh, March 26
In a closely fought encounter, Customs XI were the one who managed to held their nerve and beat Chandigarh Invitation XI by 3 runs in a thrilling last over finish to a friendly 20-20 match at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium.

The winning Customs XI team at the Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, Chandigarh. The winning Customs XI team at the Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

Boxing trials on March 29
Chandigarh, March 26
Trials to select the Chandigarh men boxing team for the Federation Cup Senior Men Championship to be held at Chennai from April 25, will be held at PML SD Public School, Sector 32, on March 29 at 5 pm.


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