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Nari Niketan Rape Case
Victim identifies suspects
Deposes in camera before city court
Chandigarh, April 28
The mentally retarded girl who was allegedly raped while she was staying at Nari Niketan today identified the suspects involved in the case in the city’s district court where she had gone to have her statement recorded in camera. It was her first visit to the court after the incident had come to light in May last year.

Six held for attack on PUSU president
Chandigarh, April 28
The police today arrested six students who allegedly opened fire at Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) president Udey Singh Wirring’s residence in Sector 11 and later setting ablaze two cars parked at his house.

Sewer renewal project cost raises eyebrows
Chandigarh, April 28
The cost estimate of Rs 115 crore proposed for renewing the city’s sewerage system has been viewed as scandalous by experts, who say the existing sewers can be replaced with plastic pipelines in less than half that figure.

Son booked under law to protect parents
Chandigarh, April 28
The Chandigarh Police on Wednesday booked a Sector 27 resident on the charges of harassing and displacing his octogenarian father from their ancestral house by invoking the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.

Recovery official in CBI net for graft
Chandigarh, April 28
Sleuths of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today arrested a recovery officer of the Debt Recovery Tribunal in Sector 8 here after he was allegedly caught red-handed while accepting Rs 10,000 as bribe.


Family awaits body of doc killed in US
Mohali, April 28
Tragedy struck a family in Phase X here with the murder of Dr Vijender Singh Toor, 34, a Yale University doctor who was allegedly shot dead in the United States by a former colleague. His pregnant wife was also attacked but escaped unhurt.

Grief-stricken family members of Dr Vijender Singh Toor (inset) at their Phase X house in Mohali on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Kings XI official visits I-T office
Chandigarh, April 28
Four days after an income tax raid on the Punjab Kings XI office in Sector 68, Mohali, Col Arvinder Singh, CEO, cricket operations, Kings XI, visited the income tax office in Panchkula.


Zero Deficit
Task force asks varsity to clarify declaration
Chandigarh, April 28
A “boisterous” declaration made by Panjab University a couple of years ago of ensuring zero per cent deficit has caught attention of the special task force constituted by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), which visited the university recently, with the officials now demanding a “progress” report in this regard.

Trees with their roots exposed behind the Municipal Corporation building in Chandigarh on Wednesday. The MC has damaged these trees to extend the parking area. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya perform during the school’s annual function 
in Zirakpur on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Armed policemen during a mock drill carried out at Hotel Mountview in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday evening. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

What A Waste! : People take bath as water flows freely in Colony No. 4, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Challenges before stakeholders discussed
Mohali, April 28
The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) under the aegis of Department of Information Technology, Government of India, organised an awareness raising national workshop on Internationalised Domain Names (IDN) for Indian languages here today.

MC damages trees to widen parking
Chandigarh, April 28
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, which is entrusted with safeguarding civic affairs of the city, has ended up damaging 45 trees for extending its car parking behind its office building. Most of the trees that have been damaged are of ‘chakrasia’ or ‘pilkhan’.

Clerks, lawyers reach truce
Chandigarh, April 28
The impasse between the Punjab and Haryana High Court lawyers and the Bar clerks ended amicably here today. The strike call given by clerks was called off this afternoon, after a compromise was reached with mediation of Bar Association members.

Underpass Project
Wait another month
Chandigarh, April 28
Residents of the city will have to wait for at least another month before the UT administration finalises the document on the much-publicised Underpass Project. While the project has been hanging fire for three years now, officials attribute the inordinate delay to technical hitches.

New traffic plan for Patiala from May 1
Under the new plan, several busy city roads will be made one way
Patiala, April 28
With a view to decongest city roads and to bring down the number of road mishaps, new traffic plan for the city would come into effect from May 1. Making this announcement, Patiala Deputy Commissioner Deepinder Singh stated that the new traffic plan had been formulated in coordination with the Municipal Corporation and the traffic police.

Zirakpur sans fire station
Zirakpur, April 28
It seems that authorities concerned have somehow ignored one of the very basic requirement of Zirakpur, which is considered a gateway to Punjab and is one of the most rapidly developing and expanding town in the whole Mohali district. Amidst a series of various plans and new projects one of the nearly two-year-old proposed project of establishing a fire station in Zirakpur is still struggling to see the light of day.

Road widening in Sector 10 has forced residents to walk on the road instead of pavements; a woman walks in the middle of the road separating Sectors 46 and 37 as pavements have been removed from both sides; and pavements are missing from a road in Sector 22, Chandigarh.
Road widening in Sector 10 has forced residents to walk on the road instead of pavements.
Road widening in Sector 10 has forced residents to walk on the road instead of pavements; a woman walks in the middle of the road separating Sectors 46 and 37 as pavements have been removed from both sides; and pavements are missing from a road in Sector 22, Chandigarh.
A woman walks in the middle of the road separating Sectors 46 and 37 as pavements have been removed from both sides.
Road widening in Sector 10 has forced residents to walk on the road instead of pavements; a woman walks in the middle of the road separating Sectors 46 and 37 as pavements have been removed from both sides; and pavements are missing from a road in Sector 22, Chandigarh.
Pavements are missing from a road in Sector 22, Chandigarh. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari and Pravesh Chauhan

16 inspectors transferred
Chandigarh, April 28
The UT Inspector-General of Police today transferred 16 inspectors, including three station house officers, with immediate effect. Sources said inspector Sri Parkash, additional SHO in Sector 34 police station, has been appointed as the SHO of the Sector-26 police station, while inspector Dilsher Singh, in-charge of the Sector-49 police post, has been given the charge of the Industrial Area police station.

Unhygienic working condition
PGI docs submit memo
Chandigarh, April 28
The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) of the PGI, Chandigarh, feel that they were not only over burdened with work, lack of basic amenities in the institute were also taking a toll on their performance.

Are you obese and diabetic? Go for cosmetic surgery
Panchkula, April 28
Cosmetic surgery once considered for the fashion conscious people was now being used on obese patients to reduce the risk of diabetes and knee problems. Dr Harpreet Bakshi, consultant cosmetic and plastic surgeon, Alchemist Hospital, said now “superwet” technique was being used to evacuate 8 to 10 liter of fat in once single sitting. He said recently they had conducted the procedure on a diabetic patient who was overweight and took 100 units of insulin before meals. He said after the liposuction, the patient lost 12-kg weight and as a result his insulin dose also went down to about 30 units.

Three missing boys found
Mohali, April 28
Three minor boys, who had gone missing from Karoran village two days ago, were traced by the police today. Lakhwinder Singh, SHO, Nayagaon, said they were traced by the police near a mandir in Sector 38. They have been handed over to their parents.

‘Letter to God’ staged at Kala Bhawan
Chandigarh, April 28
RG Theatre group staged a Hindi play “Letter to God” at the Randhawa Auditorium here today. Based on a popular funny story juxtaposing the orthodox nature and psyche of a poor farmer Raju Vaid sculpted the instant drama, which was directed by Rajesh Kumar, an alumnus of film and theatre department of Punjabi University.

Artistes stage a play ‘Letter to God’ at Punjab Kala Bhawan, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

2 class X girls missing
Chandigarh, April 28
Two Class X girls of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, were reported missing after the school hours today. The girls, residents of sectors 20 and 19, respectively, came to the school and according to the school authorities they were present during the school hours, but did not reach home.

Committee discusses means to regulate traffic
Chandigarh, April 28
Spreading awareness about lane driving and synchronisation of trafficlights were among some of the suggestions made during the 11th meeting of the Central Traffic Advisory Committee (CTAC) meeting held at the UT police headquarters in Sector 9 here today. Members of the committee stressed the need for making CCTV cameras at trafficlights functional and installing cameras on remaining major intersections.

What can we expect from a common man when the law enforcers (police) don’t care two hoots for traffic rules in Zirakpur.
What can we expect from a common man when the law enforcers (police) don’t care two hoots for traffic rules in Zirakpur. Tribune photographs

Sec 17 traders up in arms against sealing
Chandigarh, April 28
The sealing of the basement of a commercial building in Sector 17 by the UT estate office yesterday has sparked off resentment among traders of the market. The traders led by members of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal gathered as a mark of protest at the piazza in Sector 17 today.


CBSE responsible for failure of evaluation reforms: Expert
Chandigarh, April 28
Professor HS Srivastava, the key founder of the Comprehensive Evaluation System, which has been adopted by the CBSE, has held arbitrary policies of the board responsible for the confusion and prevalent lapses in the recently introduced educational reforms.

Harassment Case
2-member committee constituted
Chandigarh, April 28
Reacting to the complaint of students of Sri Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College, Sector 46, who had alleged harassment at the hands of college authorities, Panjab University today constituted a two-member committee to look into the matter. Members of the committee visited the college today.


Govt schools reel under teaching staff crunch
Ambala, April 28
Government schools here are reeling under an acute shortage of teachers. The shortage has not only overburdened teachers, but also affected students, whose future hangs fire. Tall claims of the state government to improve education system fell flat on its face.

New Commissioner takes charge
Ambala, April 28
Anil Kumar assumed the charge of Commissioner in place of Mohinder Kumar at Circuit House here today. Anil Kumar, an IAS officer of 1988 batch, has served the administration on different administrative positions, including Commissioner (Higher Education), Deputy Commissioner of Rohtak and Sonepat.

Punjabi given the miss at forest dept
Ropar, April 28
The district-level language committee today conducted a surprise check at the office of forest department and found that the officials were making entries in revenue records in English.

Centre releases first instalment for polytechnic
Kalka, April 28
The Centre has released the first instalment of Rs 2 crore for the construction of a polytechnic at Nanakpur village, Pinjore block.


Dhawan loses legal battle over Shahenshah
Chandigarh, April 28
Former Union Minister Harmohan Dhawan, whose entry into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) recently created ripples in political circles, has lost his legal battle over the possession of his restaurant-cum-lounge bar Shahenshah in Sector 17 here.

SHO summoned for contempt of court
Chandigarh, April 28
A local court today served a contempt notice on station house officer (SHO) Janak Raj Rana along with Hari Singh Nijjar for disrespecting the orders of the court. They have been summoned for May 17.

‘Disability benefit rules can be relaxed’
Chandigarh, April 28
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that rules pertaining to grant of disability benefits can be dispensed with or relaxed in cases of extraordinary hardship.

Mansa Devi Shrine Board Case
Haryana fined for failure to reply
Chandigarh, April 28
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today imposed a cost of Rs 10,000 on the state of Haryana for failure to furnish reply on the issue of nominating members to Panchkula-based Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board and “irregularities” in the sale of “gold coins” by the board.


One booked for manhandling
Zirakpur, April 28
The police today booked one person for manhandling an employee of the Punjab Water Supply Sewerage Board, Zirakpur, late last evening.

Woman duped of ornaments
Chandigarh, April 28
Swindlers again duped a housewife of her ornaments on the pretext of polishing them at Maloya village here today.

Youth ends life
Mohali, April 28 A 21-year-old student committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in Phase IX here.


AITA Talent Series
Param upsets top seed
Mohali, April 28
In a major upset, top seed Jotpal from Punjab was shown the door by the eighth seed Param Pun of Chandigarh in a close contest 6-3, 6-7 (7-0), 6-1 in the quarterfinals (boys U-14) of ongoing Manav Mangal Total Tennis AITA Talent Series Tournament at Total Tennis Academy, Manav Mangal Smart School, Phase X, here today.

Nimrat Walia in action during the Manav Mangal Total Tennis AITA Talent Series Tournament at Phase X, Mohali, on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

ML Markan Trophy
Patiala emerge champions
Mohali, April 28
The Patiala district team lifted the ML Markan Trophy and pocketed a cheque for Rs 60,000 beating the Chandigarh district team on the basis of the first innings lead of 215 runs in the final of Punjab State (under 16) Inter-District Tournament at PCA Stadium here today.

Patiala team in a jubiliant mood after winning ML Markan Trophy-2010 at PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Billiards and Snooker Meet
Rishabh steals the show, enters final
Chandigarh, April 28
A good show was put up by Rishabh Dhamija, who made it to the final of snooker in the sub-junior and junior groups in the 26th Chandigarh (UT) Billiards and Snooker Championship at Sector 22 here today.

Golf clinic for kids from May 4
Chandigarh, April 28
The Chandigarh Golf Club Academy will hold a four-day beginners' golf clinic for school children in the age group of 10-16 from May 4 to 7.

Intellectual Marathon
Millennium School student claims top spot
Mohali, April 28
Millennium School, Sector 69, remained on the top, while Shivalik Public School, Mohali, stood second on the second day of the Inter-School Intellectual Marathon for students of classes VI to IX on the school premises, Sector 69, here today.

Students participate in the intellectual marathon at Millennium School, Sector 69, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Fort Ramgarh ties-up with US institute
Panchkula, April 28
The Fort Ramgarh Institute of Hotel Management has joined hands with the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute.

32 kids pitch & putt
Chandigarh, April 28
Thirty-two children in the 3-13 age-group took part in a pitch and putt competition organised by the Chandigarh Golf Association at the Chandigarh Golf Range on Sunday. The youngest participant was three-year-old Keshav Bagrodia. Prizes were given away by CGA president JS Cheema.


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