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Chandigarh’s shame
N CHOE- How to clean it up!

Chandigarh\Mohali, April 8
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), the Punjab Water Supply and the Sanitation Department have initiated a clean-up action plan for the N-Choe, following an ongoing series of news reports on its stink in the Chandigarh Tribune.

Residents hold their breath to the stench at the sewer flowing from Kajheri into the N-Choe
Residents hold their breath to the stench at the sewer flowing from Kajheri into the N-Choe on Thursday. Photo: Manoj Mahajan

How pristine was my rivulet!
When I first came to Chandigarh in the 1960s as a young lad, the Leisure Valley and Rose Garden were our regular haunts. More bewitching than the greenery was the beautiful N-choe running through them. The water was crystal clear. I distinctly remember that, because I had jumped into it several times, "accidentally".

“The pipeline network in the UT is so complex that it is very difficult to find the source of the material, at times. They should collect the sewage at a particular point and use the latest technology to release a thick concentration of oxygen to reduce the BOD levels. The water can be used for tertiary purposes.”



Man kills daughter’s mother-in-law

Chandigarh, April 8
A Mohali resident allegedly stabbed his daughter’s mother-in-law to death at her Sector 55 home here late last night. The police arrested the suspect, identified as Ved Parkash Kalra, from the scene, claiming the latter had told them his daughter was being harassed by her husband’s family members. According to the police, the incident occurred at about 11:30 pm when Kalra, a resident of Phase II in Mohali, was alleged to have repeatedly stabbed the 50-year-old victim, identified as Nirmala Babbar, following an altercation.

A relative of Nirmala Babbar, who was murdered at her Sector 55 home in Chandigarh, showing the blood stained floor at the victim’s house on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Vicky Gharu

A relative of Nirmala Babbar, who was murdered at her Sector 55 home in Chandigarh, showing the blood stained floor at the victim’s house

Desilting of Sukhna begins
Chandigarh, April 8
The Engineering Department, Chandigarh Administration, has started the silt-removal process from the bed of Sukhna Lake with effect from first week of April in an attempt to revive the lake to its pristine glory.

Cops told to provide security to two married couples
Chandigarh, April 8
In the first case of its kind in recent years before the district courts here, two married couples - Kaithal-based Bharat Bhushan and Sonia Saini and city-based Hardeep Singh and Rishu Gupta sought police protection fearing persecution from their families against whose wishes both couples had married.

Decision on case against MC chief put off again
Mohali, April 8
A decision by Punjab local government department principal secretary C. Roul on the case of alleged misuse of power by municipal council president Rajinder Singh Rana was again deferred indefinitely today.

Hottest day of season recorded
Chandigarh, April 8
The city today experienced the highest temperature of the season with the maximum recorded at 38 degrees Celsius. In contrast the minimum temperature was almost 20 degrees less at 18.6 degrees against 17.6 degrees recorded yesterday.

12 infants down with gastroenteritis
Chandigarh, April 8
More than 12 infants from various slum colonies of Mauli Jagran, Ram Darbar, Sector 26 and Saketri were admitted to the Government Multi Speciality Hospital (GMSH) tonight with suspected gastroenteritis.


Hamid Ansari to visit PU today
Chandigarh, April 8
Vice-President of India M Hamid Ansari, who is also the Chancellor of Panjab University, will visit the university tomorrow to attend and address the memorial function of Dr VN Tiwari, who was a member of the Rajya Sabha and a professor of Punjabi (Bhai Veer Singh Chair). He was assassinated by terrorists during the Punjab militancy in mid-1980s.

‘Malpractices’ in PU exams
Centre superintendent resigns

Chandigarh, April 8
A centre superintendent today resigned from his post, citing “malpractices” in the Panjab University’s examination system as the reason for his resignation. In a letter addressed to the Panjab University’s examination controller, centre superintendent of the Dev Samaj College for Women at Ferozepur, Dinesh Sharma, listed irregularities that were rampant at the examination centre.

Modern library at Beant Singh Memorial
Chandigarh, April 8
Appreciating the building design of the Beant Singh Memorial and the Chandigarh Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts today on his first visit to memorial Punjab Governor and UT administrator Shivraj V Patil asked the officials concerned to complete the construction work of the building in the first phase and gardens and beautification of the lake in the second phase.

Drug overdose lands student in PGI
Chandigarh, April 8
Pankaj Kumar, a first year student of Institute of Pharmacy Science, was admitted to the PGI after he reportedly took an overdose of some medicine. The police is yet to record his statement to ascertain the reason behind the incident.


Industrial waste polluting potable water
Dera Bassi, April 8
Sewage discharge from factories, flowing into nearby drains, is affecting the groundwater of hand pumps and tubewells, besides causing air pollution in Dera Bassi.

Tribune Impact
30 lavatories razed
Bassi Pathana (Fatehgarh Sahib), April 8
A day after The Tribune highlighted the plight of scavengers in Bassi Pathana, the administration today got all 30 dry lavatories demolished. Even after six decades of independence, manual scavenging continued unabated in Bassi Pathana.

Dry toilets being demolished at Fatehgarh Sahib on Thursday. A Tribune photo

Dry toilets being demolished at Fatehgarh Sahib

Moga Incident
Students protest against govt, burn effigy
Patiala, April 8
Protesting against Punjab government and police in reference to the Moga incident, Punjab Students Union (PSU) burnt the effigy of the government at Punjabi University, Patiala, and Government ITI, Patiala, here today.
Students protest against the government for not making bus passes valid in private buses and non-issuance of identity cards in Patiala on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Students protest against the government for not making bus passes valid in private buses and non-issuance of identity cards in Patiala

‘India needs 600 varsities, 35,000 colleges’
Kharar, April 8
To meet the rising need of education and knowledge, India needs at least 600 more universities and 35,000 colleges. Punjab Technical University (PTU) Vice-Chancellor Dr Rajnish Arora said this while talking to students at a two-day national conference on “Challenges in computer technologies” at Rayat & Bahra Institute of Engineering and Bio-Technology.

Punjabi Theatre fest ends
Patiala, April 8
Three-day International Punjabi Theatre festival organised by DS Saroya, director North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC), Patiala, and National Theatre Arts Society concluded here today.

Dental hygiene poor in villages: Study
Rajpura, April 8
A study conducted by Surya Dental Care Centre in villages of Rajpura has claimed that lack of hygiene and awareness plagued dental health of people staying in rural pockets of Punjab.

BSNL launches new scheme
Ambala, April 8
BSNL announced a new scheme and extension or regularisation of some popular schemes for its prepaid 2G mobile subscribers.

Bus drivers’ tiff causes traffic jam
Dera Bassi, April 8
A controversy that broke out between drivers and conductors of a Haryana Roadways bus and a Syndicate bus led to a traffic jam here today.

65-yr-old woman hurt in mishap
Zirakpur, April 8
A 65-year-old woman sustained serious injuries after being hit by a speeding truck near Cooperative Bank on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway here this afternoon. The injured has been identified as Ram Rati.


Punjab, Haryana, UT get HC notice on absconders
Chandigarh, April 8
Vacations for convicts jumping parole may soon be over. Taking up a petition for initiation of coercive measures to arrest the absconders, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to Chandigarh, along with states of Punjab and Haryana.

Bar Assn members for action against ‘erring’ cops
Courts in Mohali to remain suspended today
Chandigarh, April 8
The members of District Bar Association today went on a hunger strike demanding the action against those cops who allegedly failed to prosecute the culprits and kept them in the dark about the investigation.


Fraud by Kotak Mahindra Bank employees
Bigger scam comes to light
Mohali, April 8
Investigations into the case of misappropriation of investors’ money by employees of Kotak Mahindra Bank in Phase IIIB 2 here have led to a bigger scam. At least five persons, including two employees of the bank, had misappropriated an amount of Rs 3.8 crore in four different cases, said SHO, Matour, Atul Soni.

Student rivalry to fore again
Shots fired at residence of PUSU president
Chandigarh, April 8
Student rivalry again took a violent turn when a group of students belonging to a rival faction allegedly fired at least six rounds at the Sector 11 residence of the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) president, Udhay Singh, a little after midnight.
Police examines the spot at the house in Sector 11, Chandigarh, where a group of students fired shots during the wee hours on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
Police examines the spot at the house in Sector 11, Chandigarh, where a group of students fired shots during the wee hours

Two held for robbery
Chandigarh, April 8
Two persons were arrested today for allegedly robbing a man of his mobile phone and cash while in another incident a resident of Attawa village was caught red-handed while snatching a mobile phone.


A dream come true
Budding cricketers share nets with Sachin Tendulkar
Mohali, April 8
For some teenaged cricketers at PCA Stadium, it was nothing less than a dream come true. Reason being the budding cricketers shared nets with no other than the ‘God of cricket’, Sachin Tendulkar, here today.

Disappointed fans to cheer visiting team
Mohali, April 8
After Kings XI Punjab disappointed fans a number of times with its dismal performance, the local cricket buffs seem to be in no mood to root for the team anymore.


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