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Audit report exposes irregularities in MC
* Loss of Rs 31 lakh due to surplus staff
* Non-deduction of VAT from contractorsí bill
* Possibility of misappropriation of Rs 1.22 crore
Chandigarh, June 14
While the Chandigarh Municipal Corporationís public health division may blame the ailing sewerage, water supply and billing system to the shortage of manpower, the latest report of the Auditor General has, however, highlighted a loss of over Rs 31 lakh by the MC due to surplus staff in the office.

Self-financing Course
Only 33% students pass BCA-I exam
Chandigarh, June 14
The costliest self-financing course offered by colleges affiliated to Panjab University in Chandigarh has fared the poorest result.

UT regrets error on Strawberry Fields
Chandigarh, June 14
The Chandigarh administration today formally accepted its goof-up in initiating eviction proceedings against Strawberry Fields School, Sector 24.

After rape charge, accused marries girl
Chandigarh, June 14
Bearing the imprint of a run-of-the-mill Bollywood flick, 20-year-old Reena (name changed) today informed the court that she was married to Shalinder whom she had accused of raping her in October.
procession of faith
Devotees take part in a nagar kirtan on the eve of the martyrdom day of Guru Arjun Dev in Chandigarh
Devotees take part in a nagar kirtan on the eve of the martyrdom day of Guru Arjun Dev in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan




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COMMUNITY

Encroachments in service lanes go unabated
Chandigarh, June 14
While a house in the city is out of reach of a vast majority of residents, service lanes encroachers continue to enjoy free residential facilities right under the nose of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.
A room constructed in the service lane located at Sector 18, Chandigarh A temporary jhuggi constructed in Sector 21, Chandigarh
A room constructed in the service lane located at Sector 18; and a temporary jhuggi constructed in Sector 21, Chandigarh. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

6-yr-old finds hand grenade
Panchkula, June 14
Learning from the past mistakes a vigilant teenage boy averted the tragedy as he snatched a misfired hand grenade from a six-year-old boy and threw it back in the mud in Kharak Mangoli area, near the Majri Chowk, here today.

Biomedical Waste Rules
13 more clinics sealed
Chandigarh, June 14
Intensifying its drive against health units violating provisions of the Biomedical Waste (Management and handling) Rules, 1998, a team of the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee along with SDM (East) Abhishek Dev sealed 13 clinics here today.


Illegally-run chemist shops being sealed at Hallo Majra in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph
Illegally-run chemist shops being sealed at Hallo Majra in Chandigarh

Centreís nod for night tourism in city
Chandigarh, June 14
The Chandigarh administrationís ambitious plan for night tourism involving opening of Le Corbusier's architectural wonders in the high-security Capitol Complex area for tourists has finally got the Central governmentís nod.

Journey between UT, Baddi remains bumpy
Mohali, June 14
Eight months after public works department minister, Punjab, Parminder Singh Dhindsa dedicated the new Baddi-Siswan road to the public, the journey between Chandigarh and Baddi remains bumpy.

Residents protest garbage dumping
Panchkula, June 14
Residents of Sectors 25 and 26, protesting against the district administration, deflated tyres of three garbage-carrying vans of the municipal corporation and HUDA for dumping garbage in Sector 23 here today.

Mohali civil hospital gets blood bank
Mohali, June 14
After years of wait, the state government run district-level civil hospital finally got its own blood bank facility here today. The blood bank was inaugurated by Dr JP Singh, director, health and family welfare, Punjab.

PDS kerosene quota for UT restored
Chandigarh, June 14
The Government of India has restored the PDS kerosene quota for the Union Territory of Chandigarh from 540 kilolitre(KLs) to 764 KLs per month with effect from April, 2010.

Repeal Punjab Land Preservation Act: Kang
Mohali, June 14
To protest against the apathy of the Akali government in repealing the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) in Nayagaon, Nada and Karoran villages falling under the NAC, Nayagaon, the Congress today held a protest march at the village.

DBA Meeting
3 advocates reply to notice
Chandigarh, June 14
In an emergency meeting of the District Bar Association (DBA) three advocates who were served show-cause notice submitted their reply today. Among those served the show-cause notice two were executive members and one treasurer.

Crows found dead at PU
Chandigarh, June 14
Nearly twelve crows were found dead close to Boys Hostel No. 3 at Panjab University here today. Though the authorities are yet to find out the exact cause, certain hostel students and PU staff members said the bodies were lying in the park, along with the boundary of the hostel for more than 24 hours.


EDUCATION

Class XI Admissions
Teachers lure students to join college
Mohali, June 14
Teachers of Mohali Government College are visiting villages these days to attract students for class XI in the science stream as the Punjab government has decided to shift the science classes to government colleges across the state from the new academic session.

Class XI Admission Blues
Tough days ahead for grade D scorers
Chandigarh, June 14
While Central Board of Secondary Education may boast having done away with ďfailuresĒ, nothing seems to have changed for hundreds of students who have secured a D grade in any of the subjects in class X board examinations.

Kiran Bedi urges colleges to support poor students
Chandigarh, June 14
Kiran Bedi, Indiaís first woman IPS officer, today urged the colleges to provide financial assistance and lend their infrastructure to support poor students who cannot afford higher education.


Dr Kiran Bedi lights a lamp at a function in Banur on Monday. Tribune photo: Gurdeep Singh Mann
Dr Kiran Bedi lights a lamp at a function in Banur

In-house MBA coaching in govt colleges
Chandigarh, June 14
Going ahead with its plans of making college education job oriented, the UT higher education department has decided to provide in-house MBA coaching in all government colleges.

PGI physicist awarded at US
Chandigarh, June 14
Sarika, a medical physicist from the department of nuclear medicine, PGIMER, has received the best paper award and a travel grant for her research paper at the annual meeting of the International Society of Nuclear Medicine held at Salt Lake City, USA, last week.

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

5 booked for assault
Zirakpur, June 14
Four days after a youth was attacked, the police today registered a case of causing hurt by dangerous weapons against five youths. Sewak Singh, a BCA student of Chitkara college, Rajpura, was injured when one of the youths allegedly attacked him with a sharp-edged weapon on his back near Patiala light point on June 10.

Cousins robbed of cash, jewellery
Kharar, June 14
Unidentified armed robbers looted villagers of Rs 1 lakh cash and jewellery worth thousands of rupees in the wee hours today. In their complaint to the police, Gurmeet Singh and Prem Singh, both cousins and residents of Bajheri village, said their family members were sleeping on the roof top and came down around 3.30 am to provide fodder to the cattle.

PSEB Class X Results
Kharar girl tops in Mohali district
Kharar, June 14
Amandeep Kaur, a student of Government Senior Secondary School, Kharar, has secured first position in Mohali district in Class X exams conducted by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB).
Amandeep Kaur, who secured top position in the PSEB class X examination, celebrates with her family. A Tribune photograph 
Amandeep Kaur, who secured top position in the PSEB class X examination, celebrates with her family

Sonia bags top spot in Patiala
Patiala, June 14
Patiala girls once again outshone boys in the Punjab School Education Boardís merit list of Class X that was declared today. As many as 15 students of the district have made it to the merit list, out which 13 were girls and two boys.

Special kids to compete in dance at Shimla on June 21
Patiala, June 14
The on-going summer coaching camp for special children, which is being organised by Rainbow Society for Special Children has received a lot of appreciation.


Special kids dance during a summer camp in Patiala on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Special kids dance during a summer camp in Patiala

Tug-of-War Meet
Punjab lift 600-kg title
Patiala, June 14
Punjab teams dominated the Senior National Championship Tug-of-War for Men held at the Sports Complex, Punjabi University, which is being organised by the Tug-of-War Association of Punjab and Punjabi University under the aegis of Tug-of-War Federation of India.

Youngsters flout traffic rules at Phase VI in Mohali
Youngsters flout traffic rules at Phase VI in Mohali on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

One killed, another hurt in road mishap
Rajpura, June 14
One person was killed while another was injured in a road mishap in the wee hours today. According to information, Ramesh Kumar Goldy and Bhupinder, both residents of old vegetable market, Patiala, were on their way towards Patiala when the car they were travelling in collided with a stationary truck near the Rajpura-Patiala bypass.

Senior citizens honoured
Ambala, June 14
Central Phoenix Club, Ambala Cantt organised a function on the occasion of Father Day in which 20 senior citizens were honoured. Secretary to Haryana Governor Mohinder Kumar was the chief guest.


COURTS

Dowry Death
Husband sent to judicial remand
Chandigarh, June 14
A local court today remanded Naresh Kumar, a resident of Sector 27, to judicial custody. Kumar was arrested on charge of dowry death yesterday after his wife died under mysterious circumstances at the Sector 16 Government Multi Specialty Hospital (GNSH) on Saturday.


CRIME

Stabbing Case
Victim cries foul
Accuses cops of diluting the case
Chandigarh, June 14
Raju, a 26-year-old vegetable vendor, who was allegedly stabbed a fortnight back, accused the local police of dragging its feet to initiate action against his assailants. The victim, a resident of Maloya, who was operated upon and received over 24 stitches on his wound, accused the police of diluting his case, which was registered three days after the incident.

Two held on snatching charge
Chandigarh, June 14
The police has arrested two persons on charge of snatching a mobile phone and other articles form a Jalandhar resident. Raj Kumar, a resident of Jalandhar, reported to the police alleging that Suresh Kumar, a resident of Colony No 5, and Radhe Sham, a resident of Sector 52, along with others had snatched $ 12 (Rs 800), a mobile phone, and other articles form him near Burail Jail yesterday.


SPORTS

Dhruv Pandove Trophy
Jalandhar score 375 for 7
Chandigarh, June 14
The timely partnership of 216 runs between Mandeep Singh (junior) and Mandeep Singh (senior) helped Jalandhar team to muster 375 for seven in their first inning against Chandigarh team in the Punjab Inter-District Under-19 Tournament for Dhruv Pandove Trophy at the Sector-16 Cricket Stadium, here today.

A match between Chandigarh and Jalandhar in progress at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium in Chandigarh
A match between Chandigarh and Jalandhar in progress at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Open spaces instead of playgrounds at govt schools
Chandigarh, June 14
Sports upgradation seems to be last in the UT administrationís priority list. Dilapidated condition of playgrounds in several government schools is enough to expose the lackadaisical approach of the authorities concerned towards sports.
Wild growth on the playground of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 A basketball pole without basket at Government Model High School, Sector 37
(Top) Wild growth on the playground of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 38, and a basketball pole without basket at Government Model High School, Sector 37. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari

Sahib selected for BCCI academy
Chandigarh, June 14
Chandigarh-based pacer Sahib Malhotra has been chosen for the BCCI-backed Pace Academy at the PCA Stadium, Mohali, here. With this chance coming his way, Sahib would be able to sharpen his bowling skills under the hawk eyes of specialised trainers and professional bowling coaches like Karsan Ghavri, former Indian cricketer, in the 20-day long camp starting from June 20.

Hockey
City girl for national coaching camp
Chandigarh, June 14
Local soccer player Tanvi Bhargava, former India junior captain, has made it to the national coaching camp for India U-16 girls, starting at Gandhinagar (Gujarat) from June 20 to July 31.

Asia-Pacific Golf
City lad finishes second
Chandigarh, June 14
Karandeep Kochar finished as the runner-up in the D category of the Asia-Pacific Junior Golf Championship held at the Eagleton Golf Resort in Bangalore recently. The Class VI student of St John's School here rubbed shoulders with the cream of junior golfers from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Tai Pei, Philippines, Thailand and India.


 


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