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It took six years to sack tainted GMCH employees
Chandigarh, April 17
Strange as it may sound, it took nearly six years for the UT Administration to sack two employees of the GMCH-32 who were sentenced to three-year “rigorous imprisonment” in December 2004 for abetting the suicide of a colleague, Bhinder Singh.

Youth studying in Oz killed
Chandigarh, April 17
The site of the accident that took place at the Sector 36-37 lights in Chandigarh A youth was killed while another sustained serious head injuries following an accident between a scooter and a car at the Sector 36-37 traffic lights here this afternoon.

The site of the accident that took place at the Sector 36-37 lights in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Summer Rush
Railways still to wake up

Chandigarh, April 17
The failure of the Northern Railway authorities to run summer special trains from city and enhance the carrying capacity of the existing trains is giving passengers a tough time, as there is virtually no room for weeks for those planning to go to Lucknow and Allahabad even as the summer vacations are yet to commence. There are reports that those intending to book their tickets in trains including the Chandigarh-Lucknow Sadbhavna Express and the Chandigarh-Allahabad Unchahar Express, have to return disappointed as no reservation is available on most of these trains for the next couple of weeks.


Killer stretch continues to snuff out lives
Kharar, April 17
Christened “killer stretch”, the NH-21 Kharar-Chandigarh stretch, on which a woman lost her life yesterday, continues to snuff out lives. 

NIPER, too, speaks up
Mohali, April 17
The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), a premier research institute, has once again raised its voice against the polluted N-Choe, flowing adjacent to the campus boundaries. The N-Choe meanders its way through the campus of NIPER.

Power situation worsens in city
Sector 17, Industrial Area, southern sectors feel the heat 
Chandigarh, April 17
With mercury heading north, areas across the city today faced power cuts ranging from one to three hours following demand and supply gap.

Mercury at 30-year high
Shoots up to 42.6 °C
Chandigarh, April 17
The city continued to sizzle today with the mercury shooting up to 42.6 degree celsius (°C), the highest one till date since 1980. The Met office said there was no respite in sight from the heat with the mercury likely to touch 44 °C in a couple of days.


Is heat getting to your skin?
Chandigarh, April 17
With the mercury soaring by the day, hitting almost 42 degree Celcius (°C) in mid April, the heat is not only getting on the nerves but literally on the skin too. Like sunglasses, itchy rashes, and sunburns, particularly on the face and exposed body parts, are becoming common.

Being a cop isn’t exciting for Punjabis
In contrast, Haryana youth are more than willing to join the force 
Chandigarh, April 17
Greener pastures abroad, drug-addiction, rising land prices and change in lifestyle are some of the factors apparently dissuading Punjabi youth from joining the police. Statistics available with the Chandigarh Police on the recruitment of the 11th batch of constables reveal that out of the total 8,413 male applicants from Punjab, only 15 met the selection criteria and joined the force.

‘Understanding history can solve conflicts’
Former Punjab DGP KPS Gill during a seminar at Panjab University Chandigarh, April 17
“The past 62 years of Independence have been years of uncertainty. There has been no certainty about our progress, policy and direction. And chances are that is the way it is going to be in the years to come,” said former Punjab DGP KPS Gill here today.

Former Punjab DGP KPS Gill during a seminar at Panjab University on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

BJP demands white paper from Congress
Development of Township
Panchkula, April 17
The Congress government’s claim of spending Rs 500 crore for the development of township has come under a cloud as the BJP yesterday joined with the INLD contesting the claim of the ruling party.

Dhawan’s Entry
Double-edged sword for BJP?

Chandigarh, April 17
The entry of Chandigarh’s permanent turncoat and former Union Minister Harmohan Dhawan into the BJP is set to kick off a storm in the local political circles ahead of the 2011 Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh elections.

Pet care centre to train dogs
Panchkula, April 17
Dog lovers in the region have a reason to smile. Pet Animal Medical Centre-cum-Teaching Hospital is all set to provide training to pet dogs in the tricity. A team of master trainers will soon be in place after being trained by a trainer who is a retired Army soldier.

MC forms enforcement team
Chandigarh, April 17
Learning lessons from the past experiences of major fire mishaps in the congested rehri markets of the city, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has constituted a special enforcement team to keep a tab on encroachments in these markets.

Abducted girl recovered
Panchkula, April 17
The police has arrested one person for kidnapping a minor girl about a month ago from the Mansa Devi Market area.

Van donated to cancer society
Chandigarh, April 17
The State Bank of India donated a van to the Global Cancer Concern India, a society working for the cause of cancer sufferers, here on Tuesday.


PU: Task force may suggest raising retirement age
Chandigarh, April 17
In addition to recommending major funding for the PU, the Special Task Force is expected to also recommend an increase in the retirement age from 60 to 65 years, along with a solution to the depleting pension pool. A report is likely to be submitted to the union government on April 30.

Slum children wear T-shirts donated by the Global Environment Concern at
Slum children wear T-shirts donated by the Global Environment Concern at 
Government High School, Colony No. 4, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Education dept to act tough with teachers 
Chandigarh, April 17
Principals of government colleges would now be accountable and face action along with teachers who are found taking private tuitions. In a bid to tighten the noose on various government lecturers, who engage in such activity, the UT department of higher education has asked all government college principals to conduct an internal inquiry and initiate action against the defaulters.

YPS boy dies after asthma attack
Mohali, April 17
Amanpreet Singh A 16-year-old promising cricketer and student of YPS, Amanpreet Singh, died of an asthmatic attack at Patiala last night. The victim, a student of Class X, had gone to Patiala to participate in a cricket tournament. Soon after dinner, he complained of uneasiness and collapsed within seconds. Neither the school authorities nor the victim’s family has complained of any foul play. A few hours before the incident, Amanpreet had called up his father, Manjeet Singh, a former Mohali MC councillor, to say that they had won two matches.

Amanpreet Singh


Two killed, 4 hurt in accidents
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 17
Two persons lost their lives and one got seriously injured in separate accidents this morning.

Teachers demand pending salaries 
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 17
Government aided school teachers today said they were not been paid salaries for the past three months.

Pbi varsity sports wing trials conducted
Patiala, April 17
Trials were conducted in both boys and girls’ categories for summer coaching camps and admissions to sports wings of various colleges affiliated with Punjabi University, Patiala, during the next session at the Sports Complex of the university here.

Conference to promote research activities ends
Dera Bassi, April 17
An International Conference on “Emerging Trends in Technology And Education” (ICETTE-2010) concluded at the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dera Bassi, Punjab. The research and development centre of the college initiated the proceedings of the conference.

230 units of blood donated
Dera Bassi, April 17
Longowal Polytechnic and Pharmacy College, Derabass, organised the 3rd blood donation camp in collaboration with Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector-32, Chandigarh, on the college premises here.

Ambala railway division declared best 
Ambala, April 17
Ambala railway division was declared the best division in Northern Railway this year for its excellent performance in various fields.


Ultimate Automobiles Ltd penalised
Panchkula, April 17
A Hyundai car dealer has been penalised by the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum for denying discount on an i10 car to Anita Mittal, a government employee and a resident of Sector 12.

Police told to provide protection to newlywed 
Chandigarh, April 17
A local court today directed the Chandigarh Police to provide protection to a newlywed couple, Sonu and Shelly.

Man gets 2-yr RI for assault 
Chandigarh, April 17
A local court today awarded two-year rigorous imprisonment to a 35-year-old man who was booked under Section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the Indian Penal Code by the police.

Tribune Impact
Choe: Panel to submit report to HC

Chandigarh, April 17
A joint committee constituted by the Chandigarh Administration will submit a report on the status of the N-Choe to the Punjab and Haryana High Court on April 21, the scheduled date for the next hearing.


Girl commits suicide
Panchkula, April 17
After failing to perform well in one of the papers of BSc II, Sanyogita (22), a resident of Sector 19 and a student of Government College, Sector 1, committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her home here today.


Golf Club poll on April 25
Chandigarh, April 17
One of Chandigarh’s most prestigious clubs, the Golf Club, established 48 years ago, will go to the polls on April 25 with the battle line drawn between current president BS Gill and GS Lehal.

Gursobha rides to glory
Mohali, April 17
Last year’s junior national champion Gursobha Singh again cornered glory by bagging the Best Child Riders’ Trophy 2010 at the recently concluded Silver Jubilee Delhi Horse Show at the Army Equestrian Centre, Nicholson Ranges, New Delhi.
Eleven-year-old Sobha won two individual gold and a bronze medal besides winning two medals in the team events. The individual gold medals came in “accumulator” and “show jumping” (normal) events while in team category, he clinched a medal each in the “dressage” and “junior and children rescue relay”.

A file photo of Gursobha Singh 

Rahul is Chandigarh Open Golf champ
Chandigarh, April 17
It was Rahul Bajaj all the way. This Noida golfer led from day one and remained on top of the leaderboard on all four days to clinch the IGU categorised season opener Chandigarh Open Amateur Golf Championship on the par-72 greens of the Shivalik Golf Course in Chandi Mandir yesterday.

80 to tee off today
Panchkula, April 17
Around 80 golfers will tee off tomorrow on the par-72 greens of the Panchkula Golf Club here for the first Golf Medal Tournament to be held in association with the State Bank of India.

Fatehdeep, Riya clinch titles
Chandigarh, April 17
Punjab’s Fatehdeep Singh and Delhi’s Riya Bhatia emerged champions in the under-16 singles boys and girls’ categories champions, respectively, in the All-India Tennis Association Championship Series at Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association’s Tennis Stadium, Sector 10, here yesterday.

30 shortlisted for soccer camp
Chandigarh, April 17
The state-run Chandigarh Football Academy shortlisted 30 probables for a coaching camp through trials held at the Football Stadium, Sector 17, here today.



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