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Policing its own home
No security for top bureaucrats
Chandigarh, March 30
Probably trying to make the point that it could save others only if it is secure itself, the Chandigarh Police shows an overdrive in the fortification of the police headquarters in Sector 9 here.

Illustration by Sandeep Joshi


Flip-flop by girl baffles dept
Chandigarh, March 30
In a complete U-turn, the alleged molestation victim, a student of Government College-46, has deposed in favour of the accused music lecturer and, has interestingly instead, accused the teacher who had filed a complaint on her behalf. This has left officials of the UT education department baffled.

Sexual abuse charge against PGI doctor
Chandigarh, March 30
The PGI authorities have marked an internal inquiry into the allegations of molestation levelled against a senior resident doctor of the anaesthesia department by an attendant of a patient admitted at the main ICU ward.

Quiet burial for condom bar
Chandigarh, March 30
Almost three years later and after incurring an expenditure of over Rs 6 lakh of the tax payers’ money, the country’s much-publicised sole condom bar at the Kala Gram has become a source of “embarrassment” for the UT administration. Result: It is to be given a quiet burial and will be replaced with a bar that will now comprise a village theme.

Ingenious con man runs out of luck
Chandigarh, March 30
A con man has fallen in the hands of the police for duping over a dozen gullible housewives. The accused would take the victims out of their houses on the pretext of getting a job for their loved ones and drop them on the way before returning to the victim’s home to pocket valuables.

Large-scale sand quarrying has led to extensive damage to trees in the forest area at Parol village. Tribune Impact
Illegal Felling: Forest guard suspended
Parol (Mohali), March 30
The forest department has suspended a forest guard in a case of illegal felling of trees in Parol forest located on the Chandigarh-Baddi road, about 15 km from Chandigarh.

Large-scale sand quarrying has led to extensive damage to trees in the forest area at Parol village. A Tribune photograph


Recession Blues Over
Placements back to cheer students
Chandigarh, March 30
Following a depressing trend of placements on the Panjab University campus last year, recession blues are visibly fading with the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) and the University Institute of Chemical Engineering and technology (UICET) taking the lead in a major way.

Garbage Mess
JP adds another panel to the list
Chandigarh, March 30
Adding to the list of committees constituted to study the technology and functioning of the garbage processing plant at Dadu Majra, JP Associates, the agency involved in the running of the plant, today proposed the setting up of yet another committee for improving its functioning.

A woman carries vegetables in polythene bags in spite of ban on their use in Chandigarh. Shopkeepers, customers defy ban on plastic bags
Chandigarh, March 30
The use of plastic bags continues to be rampant in markets across the city in spite of a ban on their use imposed by the UT administration on October 2, 2008. A visit to some of the markets here revealed the extent of use of polybags both by shopkeepers and customers. At the bustling grain market in Sector 26, vegetables and fruits are still being sold in plastic bags. Same is the case with the Sector-22 market. Rajiv, who owns a mobile shop, said: “Paper bags are fragile so we have to use plastic bags, as they come cheap and are easily available.”

A woman carries vegetables in polythene bags in spite of ban on their use in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

Hostage Drama
Powermen won’t reply to complaints
Panchkula, March 30
Power woes of residents of Panchkula during summers are likely to worsen with powermen today deciding not to respond to electricity complaints. Addressing protesters at the city sub-station unit in the Industrial Area here, HSEB Employees’ Union state president Kanwar Singh Yadav said they were being forced to take such a drastic step as the district administration and police had failed to take any action against those who had manhandled the employees while on duty about five days ago.

Dance medley by folk artistes
Chandigarh, March 30
The twang, grace and grandeur of rich folklore reverberated the Plaza, as 375 accomplished folk dancers brought alive the diverse regional culture of 15 states on the fourth day of ongoing second Chandigarh Arts and Heritage Festival.

Industrialists protest power cuts
Mohali, March 30
The Mohali Chamber of Industry and Commerce today organised a peaceful march against power cuts imposed on the micro and small-scale industry.


‘NAAC not for policing institutes’
Chandigarh, March 30
The status of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of the University Grants Commission (NAAC-UGC) is that of a felicitator and not of policing institutes.

Indian campuses in Dutch varsities soon
Chandigarh, March 30
Universities and institutes of science and technology in the Netherlands are exploring possibilities of starting Indian campuses, says Bob Hiensch, Ambassador of the Netherlands to India.

Attendance Shortage
PU students not given roll numbers
Chandigarh, March 30
Hundreds of students from the department of evening studies, Panjab University, today protested outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office. Nearly 250 students of the department were not issued roll numbers due to attendance shortage and the examination is scheduled after two days.

30 pc arrears for teachers announced
Chandigarh, March 30
During the all faculty meeting held at Panjab University here today, Vice-Chancellor Prof RC Sobti announced 30 per cent arrears for teachers and non-teachers, respectively, which has already been received by the Centre.


Punjabi culture comes alive
Ambala, March 30
DHD SD Public School yesterday celebrated silver jubilee on its premises. Ambala Commissioner Mahinder Kumar was the chief guest. The function was organised on the Punjabi theme “Mitti Di Mehak” to show the culture and traditions of Punjab. An English play “A Fairy Tale-Cindrella” was beautifully presented by the students of the primary wing.

Land Acquisition
Farmers to move HC
Kalka, March 30
Farmers from various villages of Pinjore are all set to move the Punjab and Haryana High Court against Haryana state government over the irregularities in the land acquisition in the area.


Hotel President-26
HC tells Cong leader to vacate rented portion
Chandigarh, March 30
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today gave BB Bahl, Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee chief-cum-owner of President-26, six months’ times to vacate the rented portion of the hotel. Justice SD Anand also dismissed Bahl’s petition challenging the rent controller’s orders. The hotel is spread over two showrooms — one is on rent, the other is owned by Bahl.

Teachers’ evaluation beats purpose
Chandigarh, March 30
The UT higher education department’s failure to ensure an element of anonymity in the teachers’ evaluation process for colleges has failed the very purpose of the project.

Evidence recorded in Nari Niketan case
Chandigarh, March 30
Additional District and Sessions Judge Gian Chand Garg today recorded evidences of Pragati Pandey and Dr Paramleen Kaur in the Nari Niketan rape case.


Three burglars arrested
Zirakpur, March 30
The Zirakpur police today claimed of solving three cases of dacoity and burglary with the arrest of three persons. The police has also recovered a country-made pistol and three live cartridges from their possession.

Police team attacked with stones, two held
Chandigarh, March 30
A day after two motorcyclists thrashed police personnel at a checkpoint in the city, a group of persons, including a man wanted by the police, pelted a police team with stones and damaged their motorcycle in the wee hours of today.

Security guard ends life
Zirakpur, March 30
Sardool (40), a resident of AKS Colony, Zirakpur, allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance on Tuesday. He was rushed to the Dera Bassi Civil Hospital where he was declared brought dead. The investigating officer said Sardul was employed as a security guard at a housing colony on the Zirakpur-Patiala road. The family members told police that he was under depression after his brother passed away recently.

Labourer crushed to death
Chandigarh, March 30
A labourer was crushed to death by a speeding truck in Industrial Area early this morning. The victim has been identified as Ram Preet. He was rushed to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Counter-complaint by IAS officer
Chandigarh, March 30
Vijay Kumar Janjua, an IAS officer, has filed a criminal complaint against TR Mishra of Ludhiana in a Mohali court for levelling false charges with intent to injure and defame him.


Total Tennis
Prabhmaan, Paras storm into final
Mohali, March 30
Prabhmaan Thapar will meet Paras Mittal in the final of the boys U-12 category in the British School Total Tennis Championship being held on the school grounds in Sector 70. In the boys U-14 category, Paras would lock horns with Anish Goel. Both the finals would be held tomorrow.

Shri Shri academy, MCM Blue Caps enter semis
Chandigarh, March 30
Shri Shri Cricket Academy (SSCA) and MCM Blue Caps-36 have entered the semifinals of the Dr DD Sharma Memorial U-14 Cricket Tournament being held at the BTS Cricket ground, Sector 48, here today.

Pauline is ladies’ open golf champ
Chandigarh, March 30
Pauline JM Singh clinched the Grewal Salver returning a two-day gross score of 162 in the Chandigarh Ladies Open Amateur Golf Championship played on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club.

Winners of the Inter-Zonal IA&AD Hockey Tournament in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Jharkhand clinch hockey title
Chandigarh, March 30
AG Jharkhand drubbed AG Punjab by three goals to one in the final of the Indian Audit and Accounts Department’s Inter-zonal Hockey Tournament, hosted by Sports and Recreation Club, AG (A&E) Haryana, at the Sector-18 Hockey Stadium here today.

Winners of the Inter-Zonal IA&AD Hockey Tournament in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

DAV clinch handball title
Chandigarh, March 30
DAV Coaching Centre (DAV CC), Sector 8, won the State Handball Championship by defeating Handball Coaching Centre (Handball CC) Team A, Sector 42, at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here today.

Punjab lads book quarterfinal berth
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 30
Punjab boys and girls stormed into the quarterfinals of the 29th National Netball Championship being organised at Baba Zorawar Singh Baba Fateh Singh School.

Ball badminton trials tomorrow
Chandigarh, March 30
Trials to select Chandigarh ball badminton (men and women) teams for the 31st North Zone National Ball Badminton Championship to be held at Kurukshetra from April 16 would be held on April 1.


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