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Inroads into Shivalik
Damage to hillocks extensive
Cases filed against 13 farmhouse owners
Mohali, May 25
In the past five months, a staggering 30,000 sq m area of the and ecologically fragile Shivalik Hills on Chandigarh’s periphery has ruthlessly been levelled to provide access roads to around 40 farmhouse sites sold to non-locals.

An employee of the forest department builds a stone crate wall to block a road carved out illegally by cutting Shivalik Hills near Gurha village on Tuesday.
An employee of the forest department builds a stone crate wall to block a road carved out illegally by cutting Shivalik Hills near Gurha village on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu


Power cuts sleep of residents
Chandigarh, May 25
Residents are facing sleepless nights in the sweltering heat due to frequent, unannounced power cuts in the middle of the night. Residents of Sectors 8, 10, 11, 22, 26, 45, 50 and 61, besides certain others, have been sweating it out over the past few weeks. The scorching heat has telephones in more than half a dozen complaint centres ringing throughout the night. Though the electricity department has claimed that it has streamlined the load shedding period, frequent power disruptions, mostly during night, and voltage fluctuations during the day are a routine affair, particularly in the southern sectors. 

Strawberry Fields faces de-recognition
Chandigarh, May 25
The education department has served a notice on the Strawberry Fields School, Sector 26, for gross violation of stipulated requirements, appointment of unqualified teachers, non- implementation of reservation for economically weaker sections (EWS) and non-compliance with fire safety norms.

An adult literacy project in progress at an NSS camp in Chandigarh on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

BEd (education in learning disabilities)
Not-so-special start for PU’s first batch
Chandigarh, May 25
Indifferent attitude towards children with learning disabilities in city schools can be gauged from the fact that not a single out of the 14 students enrolled in the first batch of BEd (special education in learning disabilities) of Panjab University has been placed this year.

Slapping Incident
Principal repatriated
Chandigarh, May 25
After being found guilty of slapping a student, Indu Bala, principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, has been repatriated to her parent state, Haryana. The decision came after an inquiry conducted by the education department today.

Shopkeeper hurt in assault
Chandigarh, May 25
A group of hooligans allegedly assaulted a shopkeeper and his family with rods and sharp-edged weapons at Mauli Jagran here late tonight.


Sanitation Work
Contractors fail to set up complaint centres
Workers far less than specified in agreement
Mohali, May 25
Violating the terms of agreement, contractors carrying out sanitation work in the town have not set up proper complaint centres and the number of safai sewaks employed by them are far less than the strength specified in the agreement. The facts came to light after Mohali municipal council president Kulwant Singh conducted raids at various parts of the town here today.

Job Bonanza: Ability Fair 2010
Corporates open arms for differently-abled
Chandigarh, May 25
Despite being the only applicant for a post advertised by a petroleum company, Deepak (26), a BTech, MBA, was rejected because of his 75 per cent visual disability in 2009.

Scribes protest against conversion of wage board
Chandigarh, May 25
Members of the Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists wore black badges all over the state in protest against move to convert the GR Majithia Wage Boards for journalists and non-journalists into a tribunal on May 24. The union sees in it clever scheme to deprive the journalists of their due.

‘Rs 5-cr needed to clean up N-choe’
Chandigarh, May 25
Just over a month after The Tribune raised a storm over sanitation concerns going down the drain, the Chandigarh administration yesterday informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court about the formation of an expert committee to look into the problem of discharge of sewerage in n-choe.

Ruchika Case
Sacred Heart welcomes court’s verdict
Chandigarh, May 25
Sacred Heart School, which had once allegedly expelled Ruchika, welcomed today’s court verdict, which came as a surprise to all. “We accept the court’s verdict and appreciate it. If the court found him guilty of molesting our deceased student, Ruchika, then it is great that he got punished after 20 long years,” said Father Thomas, the school’s official spokesperson.


Teachers’ evaluation non-serious, claims PUTA
Chandigarh, May 25
The Panjab University Teachers’ Union (PUTA) has termed the teachers’ evaluation conducted by the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) as “non-serious”, “arbitrary” and termed the approach of the students as “casual towards a sensitive matter” in a press release issued today.

BCom admission goes online
Chandigarh, May 25
Panjab University is going to make admission to BCom course online from this session. Chief coordinator of BCom admissions Karamjit Singh convened a meeting of representatives of 11 colleges of Chandigarh where the BCom course is offered.

100 teachers without salary for 2 months
Mohali, May 25
At the time when teachers should be teaching students in government schools, around 100 teachers with the Zila Parishad in the Dera Bassi block are running around to get their salary for the past two months.


T20: J&K lift overall trophy
Ambala, May 25
The Jammu and Kashmir team won the overall trophy by defeating Haryana in Hot Weather T-20 Cricket Tournament concluded here today at the Police DAV Public School's ground. The semifinal match was played between Haryana and Punjab, in which Haryana won the match. In the second semifinal, the match was played between J & K and Maharashtra. J&K bowled the entire Maharashtra team at 127 runs. In the final match, J&K won the toss and opted to bat. They won the match by a margin of 24 runs.

Mysterious Disease
‘Dropsy’ claimed lives of two girls: Health dept
70 more villagers taken ill
Ambala, May 25
The health department today disclosed that dropsy was the reason behind the death of two girls of Samlehri village. Senior functionaries from the health department, Chandigarh, on Saturday collected blood samples of oil and other eatables.

Rohtak ex-SP deposes in suicide case
Ambala, May 25
Hanif Qureshi, Commandant II Indian Reserve Battalion and former Rohtak SP, deposed in the court of CBI special judge, Haryana, AS Narang Sarita in a suicide case here today.

Developer accused of withholding possession of house
Kharar, May 25
Shailendra Kumar, a resident of Phase XI, Mohali, has accused the developer of Noor Villa 2 in Kharar of not handing over the possession of his house.

30 units of blood donated
Patiala, May 25
The Cancer, AIDS Awareness Committee and Youth Federation of India (YFI) organised a blood donation camp at the mini secretariat, Patiala, yesterday in which 30 persons donated blood. The AIDS Control Society, Punjab, has donated a mobile van for collecting blood in the Patiala district.

3 of family injured in mishap
Bassi Pathana, May 25
Three members of a family sustained serious injuries after a speeding tractor hit their scooter near Khera village.


Cop sent to judicial custody
Panchkula, May 25
ITBP head constable Ram Niwas, who had injured his daughter by firing a gunshot following an altercation with her yesterday, was produced in the court today, which remanded him in judicial custody. — TNS


Accidents at railway lights point snuff out two lives
Chandigarh, May 25
Two persons were killed while another was injured in two separate road accidents at the railway lights point within a span of 40 minutes late last night. The police received information of the first accident at 11:02 pm in which a Maruti Alto Car (HR-02-S-0043), which was coming from Chandigarh, knocked down two pedestrians before overturning and landing into a trench. The car driver, who reportedly escaped unhurt, fled the spot, leaving the vehicle behind.

One held for selling pirated CDs
Zirakpur, May 25
The police today arrested a shopkeeper and seized 130 pirated CDs from his possession. Investigating officer Ravinder Pal said Rajesh Verma, an official from B4U company, had filed a complaint against Kamaljit Sharma, who owns a shop at Pabhat. A raid was conducted at Sharma’s shop and 130 pirated CDs were recovered.


Gurkirat’s ton keeps Mohali’s hope alive
Chandigarh, May 25
A match between Mohali and Chandigarh in progress at the Sector 16 cricket stadium, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Thanks to Gurkirat’s timely ton (109), Mohali is in a strong position against Chandigarh in the first match of the third round of the ongoing Punjab State Under-22 Tournament at Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, here, today. Mohali has mustered 377 runs in 94.4 overs in their first innings batting first after winning the toss. Mohali lost their first wicket at 32 when Navneet Singh was caught by Tripathi (14) off left-arm spinner Gurinder Singh but with their 108-run partnership, Ankit Pursharthy and Sachin Sohal drove the team to a good position. Pursharthy became the victim of leg spinner Anshul Tripathi, when he was at 67.

A match between Mohali and Chandigarh in progress at the Sector 16 cricket stadium, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik


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