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Morinda couple killed in Oz
Morinda, April 30
A Morinda-based couple got killed in a road accident in Australia on April 21. The family at Morinda, however, came to know about the tragedy last night.

Youth crashes car into railing, dies
Chandigarh, April 30
Reckless driving claimed the life of a 24-year-old computer engineer, Abhishek Pathania, a resident of Una. He reportedly crashed his speeding car into the railing on the road separating Sectors 22 and 23 in the wee hours of today. Two other occupants of the car escaped with minor injuries.

North Park Fiasco
Murder accused gets 7-year jail
Panchkula, April 30
Two years after a Mohali youth was shot at allegedly by the goons hired by an event organisers to “tackle” him at a late night party at Hotel North Park, a local court has sentenced the main accused, Germanjit Singh, for 7-year imprisonment, along with a fine of Rs 2,000, for attempt to murder and under the Arms Act.

Airport City
Plugging of drain to parch farmland
Matran (Mohali), April 30
The airport city being developed by GMADA here has spelled doom for villagers. Hundreds of acres of agricultural land would be rendered barren as the only source of irrigation in the area — a drain carrying sewage from Chandigarh’s Diggian sewage treatment plant — is being plugged to facilitate the setting up of the urban estate.

City tides over power crisis, for now
Chandigarh, April 30
Residents of the city have been “empowered” with the UT Administration managing additional power supply to meet the massive shortage in its “legitimate” share out of various sources.


Nature Unplugged

A pigeon quenches thirst from a running tap in Bougainvillaea Garden, Phase IV, Mohali.
A pigeon quenches thirst from a running tap in Bougainvillaea Garden, Phase IV, Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

UT suddenly looks more attractive to HCS officers
Chandigarh, April 30
The ‘officer crunch’ plaguing the Chandigarh administration is set to be a thing of the past with more Haryana Civil Service officers expected to join the UT following an amendment to the HCS (Executive Branch) Rules, 2008 by the Haryana government.

First Citizen
Census officials in three-way split
Mohali, April 30
The Population Census 2011 has caught officials of the Mohali district administration on the wrong foot.


‘Indians facing gallows in UAE were tortured’
Chandigarh, April 30
Seventeen Indians facing the gallows for killing a Pakistani were tortured in police custody. To make the matter worse, nobody from the Indian Consulate ever visited them.

IGP holds inter-state meeting on crime
Chandigarh, April 30
UT inspector-general of police PK Srivastva held an interstate coordination meeting with police officers of adjoining states here on Thursday to discuss crime trends and intelligence sharing. During the meeting, held at the police headquarters in Sector 9, lists of criminals and proclaimed offenders were exchanged.

Tribune Impact
Land Scam: Mohali stays operation of ‘girdawari’
Mohali, April 30
In an alleged land scam involving 600 acres of common village land in Chandigarh’s periphery, the Mohali district administration has stayed the operation of the girdawari (possession papers of the cultivable land) of the land. A handful of persons, including some shareholders in the land, have got the girdawaris changed in their names in connivance with the revenue officials.

Panchkula administration gears up for Census
Panchkula, April 30
More than 1,000 enumerators have been pressed into the house-listing procedure starting from May 1 and the district administration hopes to complete the first phase of Census-2011 without any hiccups.

Water samples fail test
Panchkula, April 30
In a shocking revelation by the health department, water samples collected from various parts of the city have failed quality test.

‘Night of January 16’ keeps suspense alive
Chandigarh, April 30
Absolute silence pervaded the Tagore Theatre for two hours, as the receptive audience watched an action-packed courtroom drama in an English play “Night of January 16” enacted to perfection by student artistes of Yadavindra Public School here today.

Students of YPS School, Mohali, stage a play ‘Night of January 16’ at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan
Students of YPS School, Mohali, stage a play ‘Night of January 16’ at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Friday.

Industrial Area Murder
Another accused held
Chandigarh, April 30
The police today arrested Rajesh Kumar alias Goldy, a resident of Daria village, for his alleged involvement in murder of a 19-year-old Bihari migrant labourer, Pintu, who was stabbed to death in Daria village on April 24.

Tribune employee retires
Chandigarh, April 30
Subhash Sharma, Executive in Circulation Department, retired today after putting in over 42 years of service. He joined The Tribune in October 1967 at Ambala, and worked in various departments. At a farewell party organised by the staff, Rajeshwar Chopra, AGM, Circulation, lauded his services. — TNS

Kurali resident approaches DGP
Mohali, April 30
A Kurali resident, Swaran Singh, has questioned the approach of the Mohali police in investigating a case of fraud and cheating against a Chandigarh-based family.

Theft cases on the rise in Zirakpur
Zirakpur, April 30
Despite the claims of round-the-clock patrolling by the police, theft cases are on the rise in Zirakpur. In the past week, more than five cases of theft have been reported. In Dayalpura village, thieves decamped with cash and mobile phone sets from a shop on Thursday night. The owner of the shop, Anil Kumar, said he got a call from his neighbour on Friday morning and he informed that the locks of his shop were broken.

Goods worth lakhs reduced to ashes
Chandigarh, April 30
Goods worth lakhs were gutted in a fire that broke out on the second floor of a SCO in Sector 7 here today.


Education dept wants colleges to enlist plans, budget
Chandigarh, April 30
In a bid to render uniformity and transparency in development endeavours being undertaken by various city government colleges, the UT’s higher education department has asked all city government colleges to not only enlist their academic and infrastructural achievement in the last academic session but also to put forth needs, plans and proposed budget for the coming year.

Self-financed Courses
Students’ council submits memos to VC
Chandigarh, April 30
Raising a concern over the alleged neglect and indifferent attitude of Panjab University towards the recently introduced self-financed courses, the Panjab University Student Council in collaboration with the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) has submitted a series of memorandums to the Vice-Chancellor enlisting the needs of these courses.


College student commits suicide
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 30
A student of SGPC-run Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Polytechnic College committed suicide to escape wrath of his parents.

Body found hanging from tree
Ambala, April 30
A daily wager’s body was found hanging from a tree near New Tagore Garden this morning.


Cop acquitted of rape charge
Chandigarh, April 30
Additional District and Sessions Judge GC Garg today acquitted a Chandigarh Police head constable, Anil Kumar, who was allegedly involved in a rape case.

Warrants against Saji
Chandigarh, April 30
A local court today issued a fresh production warrant against former Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) director and IPS officer Saji Mohan.


BJP leader assaults woman cop, held
Chandigarh, April 30
The police today arrested BJP leader Narinder Chaudary, a resident of Dadu Majra Colony, on the charges of slapping a shopkeeper and later assaulting a woman constable and tearing her uniform. The police said, Chaudary had slapped Ram Parkash, a shopkeeper in Maloya, following an altercation as the latter had been insisting him to pay back his dues. Chaudary had bought grocery from the shopkeeper and had allegedly not paid for the same.

BJP leader Narinder Chaudary in police custody in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan
BJP leader Narinder Chaudary in police custody in Chandigarh on Friday.

17-yr-old held for raping minor
Chandigarh, April 30
The police has arrested a minor boy on the charges of raping a 14-year-old girl in Colony NO. 4 here on April 28.


Katoch Shield
Chandigarh, Patiala log wins
Mohali, April 30
Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Patiala and Jalandhar won their respective matches on the basis of first innings lead and logged two points each in the Katoch Shield.

A batsman plays a shot during a match between Chandigarh and Ropar at the cricket stadium in Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan
A batsman plays a shot during a match between Chandigarh and Ropar at the cricket stadium in Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Friday.

Day boarding scheme for sportsmen at PU
Chandigarh, April 30
In an effort to promote sports, the Panjab University sports authority in association with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has started a day boarding scheme for sportspersons on the campus.

Junior golf camp at British School
Chandigarh, April 30
Six girls and 14 boys of the tricity have converged on the five-hole miniature golf course of the British School Junior Golf Academy in Sector 44 here for a month-long junior golf camp, which got under way under Indo-Canadian Golf Association coach Manjit Singh Kochar yesterday.

Double delight for Saupin’s Param
Mohali, April 30
Param Pun of Saupin’s School had a dream day as he clinched twin titles at Manav Mangal Total Tennis AITA Talent Series Tournament at Manav Mangal Total Tennis Academy at Phase X here today.

Winners with their trophies during the Manav Mangal Total Tennis AITA Talent Series Tournament in Mohali on Friday. A Tribune photograph
Winners with their trophies during the Manav Mangal Total Tennis AITA Talent Series Tournament in Mohali on Friday.

ONGC I-League
Bakshi appointed match commissioner
Chandigarh, April 30
Rakesh Bakshi, general secretary of the Chandigarh Football Association, has been appointed match commissioner for five matches in the ONGC I-League to be played in Goa from May 2 to 7.

City pugilists win medals
Chandigarh, April 30
Pugilists from the city won a silver and three bronze medals in the Federation Cup Senior Boxing Championship, which concluded at Jangaon (Warangal), recently.

Verma elected
Chandigarh, April 30
TL Verma, whose result was withheld due to violation of code of conduct during the Chandigarh golf club elections, has been declared elected with highest number of votes here today.

Sports gradation trials
Chandigarh, April 30
The Chandigarh sports department will conduct second sports gradation trials/interviews on May 7 at 10 am at the Sports Complex, Sector 42, here.

Anmol, Dhruv get wild card
Chandigarh, April 30
Anmol Rattan and Dhruv Puniani got wild card entries in the under-12 and under-16 categories, respectively, of the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament to be organised by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) from May 1.


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