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Fire wipes out 225 jhuggis in Panchkula
Panchkula, May 11
More than 225 jhuggis were gutted in a slum area located near Peer Baba opposite Sector 4 of Mansa Devi Complex here this evening. However, no loss of life was reported in the incident. After noticing the fire, a passerby informed the the Panchkula fire station which reached the site in about half hour. 
A fire rages in a slum area of Mansa Devi Complex in Panchkula on Tuesday; and (right) jhuggi dwellers lament at their loss.
A fire rages in a slum area of Mansa Devi Complex in Panchkula on Tuesday; and (right) jhuggi dwellers lament at their loss. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu


Rival groups clash in Burail, shot fired
Chandigarh, May 11
Tension prevailed in Burail village this morning after a group of armed youths, including some students of Panjab University and SD College, Sector 32, allegedly attacked two shopkeepers and fired a shot in the air. The victims scurried for cover with the assailants chasing them in the streets of Sector 45A triggering panic in the locality.

PGs in Mohali may have nowhere to go
Notices to 216 persons using their premises illegally
Mohali, May 11
Hundreds of those staying in paying guest (PG) accommodation might soon find themselves on roads as GMADA has issued notices to owners of 216 illegally running PGs here. Those running the PGs have been asked to either shut these down or apply as per the approved policy. In 2007, GMADA had approved its PG policy on the lines of the policy being followed by the Chandigarh administration. The area of the house for PG accommodation should not be less than 150 sq yard and the owner should occupy part of it.

IT park mess back to haunt UT
Chandigarh, May 11
Alleged irregularitises in land allotment to certain IT giants in the IT park are under the scanner of the ministry of home affairs (MHA) again.

Duststorm fails to bring relief
Chandigarh, May 11
Yesterday’s duststorm followed by traces of rain late in the evening failed to provide any respite from the hot weather to city residents.


Contractual staff to get maternity benefits 
Chandigarh, May 11
In what could be termed as a violation of the Supreme Court’s order and the Punjab Civil Services Rules, the UT administration has been denying maternity leave benefits to hundreds of women working on contract with it.

Jan Ahaar to tickle passengers’ taste bud
Rly station to have restaurant offering food at subsidised rates 
Chandigarh, May 11
Train passengers can now relish delicious food at subsidised rates as the authorities will soon come up with a restaurant - Jan Ahaar - at the Chandigarh railway station. Passengers will just have pay between Rs 10 and Rs 35 for food at the restaurant that will remain open round the clock. 

Mohali MC to maintain parks
Mohali, May 11
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) today decided to hand over the maintenance of all 450 parks in the city to the municipal council. The authority will transfer funds required to maintain the parks.

Arrangements reviewed, traffic restrictions imposed
Mohali, May 11
Director General of Police, Punjab Police, PS Gill today reviewed security arrangements at Chappar Chidi in the wake of the “Fateh March” that is scheduled to arrive tomorrow.

R&D, planning must strike balance: Expert
Chandigarh, May 11
Former director-general, CSIR, SK Joshi addresses delegates at ‘National conference on emerging medical instrumentation’ at CSIO in Chandigarh Stating that a judicious balance between R&D and strategic planning was necessary to overcome international challenge in the scientific field, former director-general of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Prof SK Joshi stressed upon the appropriate strategy for marketing technology and products.

Former director-general, CSIR, SK Joshi addresses delegates at ‘National conference on emerging medical instrumentation’ at CSIO in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

FS misled us, allege caterers
Chandigarh, May 11
UT Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar has been blamed for “consciously” making “misleading and incorrect averments” in the “sky event” case.

Ghazal soiree mesmerises audience
Chandigarh, May 11
The Sham-e-Ghazal programme organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra at their complex featuring eminent architect, academician, musicologist and Urdu poet, Dr SS Bhatti, proved to be more informative and educative than entertaining.

Chhat Bir gets male jaguar
Zirakpur (Chhat), May 11
The Chhat Bir Zoological Park received a male jaguar, “Shrey”, from the National Zoological Park, Delhi, here today.

Suspected dengue case reported
Chandigarh, May 11
The first suspected dengue ?case of the season was reported here today with 20-year-old Pooja of Sector 26 being admitted to the GMSH-16 with symptoms of the disease.

Dr Nirankari cremated
Chandigarh, May 11
Dr Man Singh Nirankari, former principal of Amritsar Medical College, passed away today morning. The famous eye surgeon, Dr Nirankari, was born in 1911.


Deferred exams leave students upset
Chandigarh, May 11
The Panjab University administration’s decision to postpone about 94 examinations scheduled between May 12 and May 14 at the “request” of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) has left hundreds of students fuming over the sudden change in the exam schedule.

Mentally challenged children at a dance party organised by the owner of a restaurant at Sector 35, Chandigarh
Mentally challenged children at a dance party organised by the owner of a restaurant at Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Right to Education Act
Suggestions for better implementation given

Patiala, May 11
A delegation of Adhyapak Dal, Punjab, led by president Hardev Singh Jawanda met director-general of school education, Krishan Kumar, regarding the pending demands of teachers at Chandigarh. Jawanda informed that the meeting was held with an aim to inform the authorities regarding the demands of the teachers and also to give suggestions for the better implementation of the Right to Education Act.

CBSE renews affiliation to AKSIPS
Chandigarh, May 11
In what has come across as a major relief to Ajit Karam Singh International Public School (AKSIPS), Sector 41, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has renewed the school’s affiliation up to senior secondary level till 2015.

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Warm welcome to Fateh March
Ambala, May 11
Devotees welcome the Fateh March on its arrival at Ambala Cantonment Senior Akali leaders of Haryana, including BS Bindra and Gurdip Singh Bhanokheri, member, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (Haryana circle), received the six-week-long procession to hail the tercentenary celebrations of Sikh warrior Baba Banda Singh Bahadur at Topkhana Mor here this evening.

Devotees welcome the Fateh March on its arrival at Ambala Cantonment on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Dev Dutt Sharma

Health dept raids eateries, stores
Ambala, May 11
Officials of the state health department and the local administration, including the district health officer and the tehsildar, raided eateries and stores selling unhygienic and cut fruits here today.

Refresher course on role of judiciary
Patiala, May 11
A refresher course on “Recent development in law and role of judiciary” organised by Academic Staff College of Punjabi University began here today.

Medical camp for villagers
Bassi Pathana, May 11
The local Mehar Baba Charitable Trust (MBCT) organised a medical check-up camp here yesterday.


MLA’s nephew, 2 others chargesheeted
Panchkula, May 11
The local police has filed a charge sheet against a family member of an Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) MLA and two of his friends in a local court for an alleged assault on a police official.

Landlords can get house vacated in 6 months
Chandigarh, May 11
In six months, you may be able to get your premises vacated from your tenant on the ground of personal necessity. Decade old cases will be decided in three months.

Five acquitted of vehicle theft
Panchkula, May 11
In a major embarrassment to the police, a local court acquitted the alleged kingpin of a vehicle lifting gang, Bhim Singh Patan, and four of his accomplices here today.

Bid to commit suicide on HC premises
Chandigarh, May 11
Driven to despair by abject poverty, and unable to rise above his circumstances, a youngster with a blade in his quivering hand threatened to commit suicide before a Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge.

Dhawan granted bail
Chandigarh, May 11
A local court today granted bail to former Union Minister Harmohan Dhawan, his wife Satinder, son Vikram and daughter Priya after furnishing a bail bond of Rs 15,000 each along with one surety. CJM JS Sidhu had issued non-bailable warrants against them on May 8 for not obeying court orders. Two complaints had been filed regarding violations and financial irregularities of Mehfil Hospitality. — TNS


Man held with dagger
Chandigarh, May 11
The police has arrested a resident of Sector 34 from Sector 30 with a knife.


Summer golf camp for kids
Chandigarh, May 11
A two-month summer junior golf camp will be held at the Chandigarh Golf Club from May 20 to July 20. Wards of members and non-members in the 6-17 age-group can take part in the camp which will be conducted by Manjit Kochar, Director, Overseas, Junior Golf Development Programme, ICGA, Canada. 

Chandigarh to lock horns with Patiala for title
Chandigarh, May 11
The Chandigarh team will lock horns with Patiala team in the four-day final match of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for Seniors for Katoch Shield, starting from May 13 at PCA Stadium in Mohali.

Chess meet
Panchkula, May 11
The Chess Association of Panchkula will be organising the Open Chess Championship at St Teresa Convent School, Sector 25, here, on May 13 and 14. Competitions will be held for various age groups including Under-17, Under-11, Under-15, Under-19 and open.



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