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Naya Gaon
Where students live in comfort
Chandigarh, April 4
Plastic bottles being used in place of taps at Colony No. 5, Sector 51 Stylish wooden flooring, plush rooms with attached balconies, lavish bathrooms and twice-a-day transport facility. The above has not been culled from an advertisement.

Plastic bottles being used in place of taps at Colony No. 5, Sector 51

MCA course issue stirs up fiery Senate clash
Chandigarh, April 4
Right from the issue of teachers’ evaluation by students to the withdrawal of affiliation of the Masters in Computer Application (MCA) course at the local SD College, followed by a spat with some mediapersons, heated arguments, a series of accusations, clarifications and a subsequent apology marked the day-long budget meeting of the Panjab University (PU) Senate today.

And now, bid to steal ashes from crematorium!
Mohali, April 4
Those leaving behind the mortal remains of their loved ones at the cremation ground here, better beware! The ashes are vulnerable to theft by unscrupulous elements, who either practise witchcraft or are guided by ‘tantriks’.


Dowry Act a tool to tame husbands
Filed for quick action, most cases resolved mutually
Chandigarh, April 4
Is the Dowry Prohibition Act being misused? The answer seems to be in the affirmative if statistics with the Woman and Child Support Unit (WACSU) of the Chandigarh police are to be believed. For, only 81 complaints (six per cent) of the total 1,374 investigated in 2009, a majority of which were under the Act, translated into the registration of a case.

Open House Response
Indiscreet peripheral growth spells doom for UT
It is a frightening sight to witness a haphazard and skewed growth of houses that have mushroomed around Chandigarh. Nay, the growth has extended beyond even the adjoining towns of Mohali, Panchkula, Zirakpur and Mullanpur, extending up-to even far flung and isolated lands strips in the forest area.



City parks not so rosy
The entrance to the Bamboo Valley in Sector 23, which has been vandalisedChandigarh, April 4
Acclaimed as the city of greens, parks in Chandigarh seem to have fallen on bad days. With the horticulture department of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation understaffed to take care of over 1,600 parks and greenbelts in the city, a number of parks are in a bad shape.

The entrance to the Bamboo Valley in Sector 23, which has been vandalised

GMADA to segregate urban, rural traffic
Mohali, April 4 Learning from its past experiences, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has decided to segregate the urban traffic from the traffic generated from villages. The concept is being put to test in the new 800-acre urban estate announced by GMADA near the upcoming international airport.

NRI cries foul over police inaction
Mohali, April 4
Claims of the Mohali police in assisting NRIs are being followed only on paper. This exactly was the experience of Harinderjit Singh Dhaliwal, a Canada-based NRI, who had been running from pillar to post, requesting policemen in tracking down the culprits behind the theft of Rs 20 lakh from his Phase X house on January 28.

UT Advisory Council
Representation of P’kula sought
Panchkula, April 4
The Bhartiya Janata Party (Kisan Morcha) and members of the Citizens’ Welfare Association (CWA) have urged the advisor to the Chandigarh administrator for including at least three to four prominent personalities of the city in the Advisory Council.

GMADA to plant 4,000 saplings
Mohali, April 4
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has decided to launch an intensive drive to undertake plantation in the city. Around 4,000 saplings of different species are being planted in green belts along roadsides and other available patches across the city.

Residents at beggars’ mercy
Chandigarh, April 4
The new breed of beggars at their aggressive best has become a nuisance for residents of the city. Areas like Sectors 32 and 34, traffic light point near Aroma Hotel, Palika Bazar in Sector 19 and Sector 22 market are the hot spots of the thriving trade. Market goers are mercilessly followed and harassed by these professionals.

Illegal banners, hoardings dot Zirakpur
Hoardings on electricity poles on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway near Baltana. Tribune photo: Nitin MittalZirakpur, April 4
Though it enjoys the privilege of being a neighbour to the City Beautiful, Zirakpur has not much to boast of. The defacement is taking a toll and the Zirakpur Municipal Council has failed to take any action against the defacement of public property by violators who have hung banners and hoardings at various parts of the city.

Hoardings on electricity poles on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway near Baltana. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Budget deficit nil this fiscal
Chandigarh, April 4
In the budget meeting of the Panjab University Senate today, it was announced that from April 1, 2010, the budget deficit of the university would be nil. As per the budget estimates released today, 81.72 per cent of the expenditure was made on the salaries of teachers in 2009-2010. While 6.04 per cent was spent on infrastructure, a meagre 2.13 per cent was spent on the scholarships and research.

Fountain of neglect
Installed with much fanfare by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation in Industrial Area, Phase I, right next to the Ambala-Chandigarh highway, the fountain presents a picture of neglect (see pic). Makeshift hutments near the fountain have taken away all the beauty expected from the water body. The small lawn is unkempt, too. The install ation appears to be nothing more than a forced creation.

Wastage of Water at Colonies Unchecked
Fines in place, but violators obscure
Chandigarh, April 4
While residents of the city’s numerous colonies enjoy almost uninterrupted water supply without having to pay a penny, those living in various sectors have to shell out a heavy amount every month to get between eight and 10 hours of water supply.

Teachers’ Recruitment
Residents’ body seeks transparency
Chandigarh, April 4
A meeting of the Federation of Sector Welfare Associations Chandigarh (FOSWAC), an apex body representing 46 resident welfare associations, was held under the chairmanship of PC Sanghi here today.

AC Fish Market
MC to auction booths in May
Chandigarh, April 4
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation will auction booths in the first air-conditioned fish and meat market at Sector 41 by May-end. There are 12 booths of three different categories -22.75 square yards to 25.37 square yards for shopkeepers, 47.25 square yards for wholesalers and a 380.20 square feet chill room - in the market.


Education trip to Hong Kong
Banur, April 4
A team of Aryans Group of Colleges visited educational institutes of Hong Kong. The team, on an educational tour, studied various aspects of their admission process, infrastructure, teaching methodology, extra-curricular activities, faculty, research and development. Dr Anshu Kataria, chairman of Aryans Group, said after returning from Hong Kong the group had got an approval from GMAC (USA) to use GMAT score.

Girls during a cultural programme at the Patiala College of Education on Sunday.
Girls during a cultural programme at the Patiala College of Education on Sunday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Class XII students attempt suicide, girl dies
Ropar, April 4
A boy and a girl, both students of Class XII, tried to commit suicide by jumping before a train near the Nangal railway station.

Mob breaks road divider
Kharar, April 4
A large number of area residents near Mundi Kharar yesterday broke a divider on the under-construction national highway for not leaving enough space in front of a street to cross the highway.

Chhatbir zoo goes hi-tech
Chhat (Banur), April 4
Mahendra Choudhary Zoological Park (Chhatbir) finally got an Internet connection last week. The broadband connection provided by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) would enable zoo officials to interact with officials of various other zoos in the country.


Fun Republic case adjourned
Chandigarh, April 4
The CBI court yesterday adjourned Kewal Dhillon’s case pertaining to the Fun Republic scam to April 19, as it has not received the certified copy from the Punjab and Haryana High Court.


Kidnapping Case
Main accused arrested
Panchkula, April 4
Ratik Nagpal, main accused in the kidnapping case of Nipun Gupta, a resident of Sector 7, was arrested by the police here today. Ratik, son of a famous sweet maker in Sector 7, was absconding, while his three accomplices were already arrested.

2 thieves nabbed red-handed
Zirakpur, April 4
Govind, a resident of Jagatpura Colony, Phase XI, Mohali, was caught red-handed by the Zirakpur police while he was stealing sanitary items from a building under construction at Swastik Vihar, Zirakpur, here today.

400-gm charas seized, 1 held
Chandigarh, April 4
The police arrested Sunny, a resident of Dadu Majra Colony, and recovered 400 grams of charas from his possession.

Drunk cop hits cyclist, scooterist
The car and the bicycle involved in the road mishap in Kaimbwala on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vinay MalikChandigarh, April 4
High drama was witnessed at Kaimbwala village here tonight when a Chandigarh Police constable allegedly rammed his car into a cyclist in an inebriated condition and hit a scooterist in a bid to escape from the spot.
The police confirmed late in the night that the accused, Sarjagvinder Singh, was found drunk in his medical examination and a case of causing injuries due to rash and negligent driving was been registered against him.

The car and the bicycle involved in the road mishap in Kaimbwala on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik


Jaskeerat claims top spot in U-11 open category
Players in the final round of the chess championship at St Xavier’s School, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh ChauhanChandigarh, April 4
The Chandigarh U-11 and U-17 Chess Championship 2010 (boys and girls) concluded at St Xavier’s today.
In the U-11 open category, Jaskeerat Singh Ahluwalia stood first with three and half points, while Anubhav Tuknayat grabbed the second position with three points.

Players in the final round of the chess championship at St Xavier’s School, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

67 probables selected
Panchkula, April 4
Under the aegis of Panchkula Cricket Association affiliated to the Haryana Cricket Association and BCCI, probables have been selected to participate in the first Panchkula Junior League Cricket Championship organised by the Hansraj Cricket Academy, Panchkula.

City lad wins international titles
Chandigarh, April 4
City boy had brought laurels to the city and country by defeating top ranking players in the Kenya International Tournament of World Badminton.
Winning two international badminton titles continuously in a row in just 15 days is the biggest achievement for Oscar, a student of UIET department, Panjab University, and a trainee of Surinder Mahajan, SAI coach.

Coaching centre-30 lift wrestling title
Chandigarh, April 4
Wrestling Coaching Centre (WCC), Sector 30, emerged winner with 48 points in the Chandigarh Sub-Junior and Junior Wrestling Championship today, which was being held at the Sector 30 Hall.

Sports complex foundation stone laid
Banur, April 4
Foundation stone of a sports complex was laid at the Gurukul Vidyapeeth Group of Institutes yesterday.
The complex will have facilities for players of volleyball, football, basketball, lawn tennis and badminton. The motive behind constructing the sports complex is to lay stress on the need of participating in sports among college students.


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