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Cleaning N-choe: The D-Day
Chandigarh Tribune expose on pitiable condition of the N-Choe, a quintessential example of natural serenity, was carried out in a four part series by Sanjeev Singh Bariana and Rajmeet Singh from April 6, 2010, onwards. The rain water rivulet has turned into a drain carrying the sewage from the leaking pipelines, in different parts of the city.

Filthy portion of N-Choe in Sector 42 on April 6, 2010 (Left) ordains a cleaner look on Tuesday
Filthy portion of N-Choe in Sector 42 on April 6, 2010 (Left) ordains a cleaner look on Tuesday

UT to inform HC of blueprint for clean-up
Constitutes committee to look into stink at Kajehri
Chandigarh, April 20
The Punjab and Haryana High Court will on Wednesday hear the details of a time-bound programme initiated by the Chandigarh Administration to clean-up the city's image by giving the "n-choe" a neater look.

The rescue team on the N-Choe

What more needs to be done
Conceding speedy action by the concerned wings of the administration in Chandigarh and Mohali in cleaning up the polluted N-Choe, Chandigarh Tribune has picked certain issues, incorporating readers response to the campaign, which need a careful handling, for long run, maintenance of the clean choe tract.


Site of standing stinking water of N-Choe flowing through Bougainvilla garden, Sector 3 (left) on April 6, 2010 being repaired on Tuesday
Site of standing stinking water of N-Choe flowing through Bougainvilla garden, Sector 3 (left) on April 6, 2010 being repaired on Tuesday

Due to the movement of heavy vehicular traffic, the joint in drinking water pipeline, which was laid about a week ago near the rotary of Sectors 33 and 34 came off on Monday. Consequently, the water supply in these two sectors and other nearby southern sectors was delayed by over an hour on Monday. On Tuesday, repair work was still on, causing inconvenience to commuters.
Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan


Doc’s parents seek probe into death
Dismiss suicide theory, say son was being harassed by seniors
Chandigarh, April 20
Family members of Dr Nagendra Reddy, who died under mysterious circumstances after he fell from the fourth floor of the PGI’s Kairon Block on Monday, today demanded a probe into the incident at a meeting with the UT Inspector-General of Police (IGP).

Parents of Dr Nagendra Reddy at the PGI on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph
Parents of Dr Nagendra Reddy at the PGI

Officials of the Chandigarh Housing Board carry out an anti-encroachment drive in Sector 26-E
Officials of the Chandigarh Housing Board carry out an anti-encroachment drive in Sector 26-E. Around 28 illegal structures, including boundary walls, sheds, balconies and extended gates, were pulled down. CHB secretary Jaswinder Kaur and around 80 policemen supervised the operation.
A Tribune photograph

4th incident in eight months
Chandigarh, April 20
Even as parents of Dr Naginder Reddy said they suspected foul play while refusing to believe that their son committed suicide, this is the fourth incident of death of a medico within less than eight months in this premier medical institute.

Cops admit lapses, pull up their men
Chandigarh, April 20
Admitting lapses in basic policing like an inefficient beat system, a poor intelligence-gathering system and a lack in vigil by patrol parties, senior police officers are learnt to have pulled up personnel of the force in the wake of a spate of robberies, many at gunpoint, here yesterday.

Indian convicts in UAE ‘framed’
Chandigarh, April 20
A Punjab-based NGO, Lawyers for Human Rights International (LHRI), today alleged the 17 Indians who were convicted by a UAE court for their involvement in the murder of a Pakistani national and are now facing the death sentence, were falsely implicated by the Sharjah police after being tortured.
Relatives of Indians facing death row in the UAE, in Chandigarh on Tuesday. A Tribune photoraph
Relatives of Indians facing death row in the UAE, in Chandigarh

Tribune Impact
GMADA fixes schedule for compensation
Mohali, April 20
After The Tribune highlighted the plight of landowners who returned disappointed from the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority office yesterday after failing to get compensation for their land, the authority today announced a payment schedule listing dates for various villages to submit claim forms and receive their cheques.

Infant dies of diarrhoea
Chandigarh, April 20
The recent spurt of gastroenteritis and diarrhoea cases in the tri-city has claimed its first life with five-month-old, Yashwardhan, dying at Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, yesterday.


PU foreign aspirants rue lack of online entrance test facility
Chandigarh, April 20 
Absence of online entrance test facility at Panjab University has now become a cause of inconvenience for foreign aspirants seeking admission in various professional courses here.

Strict attendance, admission rules
Bunking won’t be easy at PU now
Chandigarh, April 20
Departments at Panjab University would now have to enforce stringent attendance and admission rules to keep a check on student leaders both on and off campus. Student leaders from now onwards would be engaged in important decision-making activities on the campus and the Dean University Instructions (DUI) would henceforth monitor cultural and academic festivals of all academic departments.

Low Attendance
Nitin Jindal’s roll number not released
Chandigarh, April 20
The board of studies of University Institute of Legal studies (UILS) observed that attendance of Nitin Jindal, a student of final year, did not meet the stipulated criteria of 75 per cent lectures. His roll number, therefore, was not released.


Blast rocks Patiala, cause unknown
Patiala, April 20
Seven persons sustained minor injures after a low-intensity blast took place here tonight. As per preliminary investigations, the police denied that it was a bomb blast, which took place near Satyanarayana temple around 8.50 pm.

Revision of salaries
BSNL employees hold strike
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 20
Employees of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) today went on a half-day strike in view of their pending demands. The secretary of the National Federation of Technical Employees, Kripal Singh, said employees from group D to A class employees participated in the strike today.

Students apprised of fire safety norms
Patiala, April 20
A week-long fire safety camp organised by Senior Secondary Model School concluded here today. Students were apprised of various safety measures. Kaka Ram Verma, DTS, Red Cross, gave a demonstration on how to use fire extinguishers.

Ashram burgled in Pinjore
Kalka, April 20
Around 15 miscreants burgled an ashram last night on the Pinjore-Nalagarh highway, near Madhan Wala Sito Majra village. According to information, the miscreants entered the ashram by breaking open its main gate.

Retired ASI commits suicide, tenants booked
Rajpura, April 20
A retired assistant sub-inspector today committed suicide by hanging himself at his house in Rajpura. The deceased, Sadhu Singh, was residing in Bharat Colony and was retired from the Punjab Police around eight years ago. As per information, he had left behind a suicide note wherein he blamed his tenants for his death.

Woman drowned in well
Dera Bassi, April 20
A woman of Dharmgarh village, near Lalru, today slipped, fell into the well at the village and got drowned. The 35-year-old woman, Raj Rani, had been mentally upset for some time. Married to Joginder Singh, she had three children.


Anuradha Murder Case
Charges framed against Noor Kataria
Chandigarh, April 20
A local court today framed charges against Noor Kataria in a case of forgery, cheating, fraud and criminal conspiracy for possession of a fake licence. The police had recovered the fake licence from a Sector 38 flat owned by Baljinder Singh Sandhu, aka Tala, the accused in the Anuradha murder case.

Consumer Court
Insurance co penalised Rs 3.5 lakh
Chandigarh, April 20
Holding National Insurance Company Limited deficient in services, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed it pay Rs 50,000 as compensation for mental agony and harassment to Dara Singh, a resident of Sector 41 here.

Firm fined Rs 3,000
Chandigarh, April 20
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Mani Majra-based Gupta Electronics and Aurangabad-based Videocon Industries to pay a compensation of Rs 3,000 to a Panchkula resident. The court has also directed them to refund Rs 8,990.


Motorcyclist dies in accident
Chandigarh, April 20
A motorcyclist was killed while another was injured in two road accidents in various parts of the city in the past 24 hours. The police said Karamjit Singh of Kurali village in Patiala district was killed when a truck rammed into his motorcycle near the Kalibari traffic lights here around 10:30 am.

Two brothers booked for forgery
Chandigarh, April 20
The police booked two brothers on April 16 on the charges of forging documents on the basis of a complaint lodged by a retired Colonel of Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra.

Eight of family booked for cheating
Chandigarh, April 20
The police booked eight members of a family on April 16 on charges of forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy for preparing fake voter identity cards of two members of the family by showing their status as non-resident Indians (NRIs) while concealing their US citizenship.

Residents seek arrest of in-laws in suicide case
Panchkula, April 20
Irked by the police’s failure to take any action against the in-laws of a 25-year-old married woman, Aruna, who committed suicide allegedly because of their harassment in Pinjore on April 15, residents of Hakimpur Tangra village today demanded the arrest of the three remaining suspects in the case.

Two gangs of thieves busted
Panchkula, April 20
The police today busted two gangs who were involved in stealing of gas cylinders from various parts of the city. The police also recovered seven gas cylinders from them.

Unemployed youth commits suicide
Mohali, April 20
A 24-year-old unemployed youth allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his Phase X house here late last night. The victim, Amit Bhalla, was living along with his mother.


ML Markan Trophy
City lads trounce Ludhiana
Chandigarh, April 20
After fine show by the batsmen yesterday, the Chandigarh team rode high on the performance of its bowlers and moved into the semifinals of the Punjab State Inter-District Under 16 Cricket Tournament for the ML Markan Trophy at the Sector 16 Stadium here today. The local team beat Ludhiana on the basis of the first innings lead. Disciplined bowling by Arpit and Saurav restricted the visitors to 168 in reply to Chandigarh’s 318 in the first innings. They both claimed three wickets each.

Players in action during a match of the ML Markan Trophy at the Sector 16 Stadium in Chandigarh on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Players in action during a match of the ML Markan Trophy at the Sector 16 Stadium in Chandigarh

Sandeep to lead U-16 team
Panchkula, April 20
Sandeep Rana will be heading the Cricket Federation Rest of India U-16 Team in the forthcoming first All-India U-16 Inter Zonal National Cricket Championship being organised by the Cricket Federation of Tamil Nadu under the aegis of Cricket Federation of India.

PCL accuses BCCI of disturbing its schedule
Chandigarh, April 20
Office-bearers of the Premier Cricket League (PCL) today accused the BCCI of disturbing the league’s schedule. However, they declined to provide any details, leaving observers to feel that their claims may be nothing more than a publicity stunt.

Carom Meet
Xavier’s, Stephen’s enter semis
Panchkula, April 20
The teams (boys and girls) of St Xavier’s School, St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, and St Xavier’s School, Mohali, moved into the semifinals of the 4th Clive Shear Memorial Carom Tournament in Sector 20 here today.


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