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Why Met forecasts go awry?
Chandigarh, June 30
Given the frequent errors in rainfall prediction by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in the past, everything it “foresees” about the weather is now taken with a pinch of salt. So much so that there are few takers for the IMD’s forecast that the northwest region will have 98 per cent long-period average rainfall during this year’s monsoon. The IMD has erred in its projections far more often than it has managed to get them right. Talking to The Tribune, IMD director Surender Paul said as far as the region, which includes Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, is concerned it had above average rainfall during the past five years except last year. 


HC stays suspension of PEC students
Chandigarh, June 30
Caste “abuse” and “hatred” are not uncommon in the PEC University of Technology, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today heard before staying the operation of the orders placing under suspension five engineering students.

MC rapped for failure to monitor water supply
Chandigarh, June 30
Taking a serious note about the unavailability of data on the quantity of water being received from the Kajauli water works, Union minister Pawan Bansal pulled up MC officials for their lethargy at the general house meeting today.

I-T raids on Gulatis yield Rs 3 cr
Chandigarh, June 30
Swooping on 35 residential and commercial premises of the city-based Gulati Group, known for its cloth business, the Income Tax (I-T) Department recovered cash worth over Rs 3 crore here today.

Norms for issuing gun licences tightened
Chandigarh, June 30
Getting a firearms licence that is valid throughout the entire country became just more difficult. Earlier such a license could be obtained from any state or union territory, but not anymore. The new guidelines state the home secretary of the state concerned can now issue such licences to only those who are in the armed forces, police or civil services.


Auction of Sites for Nursing Homes
GMADA Earns revenue of Rs 24.26 crore
Mohali, June 30
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has earned revenue of Rs 24. 26 crore by disposing of four sites for nursing homes at an auction held here today.

BJP holds rally against hike in fuel prices
Mohali, June 30
BJP activists protest against hike in fuel prices, in Mohali on WednesdayThe Mohali unit of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) held a rally here today in protest against the recent hike in the price of petroleum products. The rally started from Phase IV and culminated outside the District Administrative Complex in Phase I. The protesters gave a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh Mand meant for the President of India. Slogans were raised against the Central Government.

BJP activists protest against hike in fuel prices, in Mohali on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Camp on skin disorders kicks off
Panchkula, June 30
A two-day camp on “Auto-immune Skin Disorders” began at National Skin Hospital in Mansa Devi Complex today.

MC not ‘keen’ on maintenance of parks
Mohali, June 30
The Municipal Council has adopted a dilly-dallying approach towards the takeover of parks from the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) for maintenance, giving one reason or the other, for delaying the acceptance of responsibility.

No respite in sight on killer stretch
Panchkula-Barwala section on NH 73 has claimed many lives in the past two years
Panchkula, June 30
As many as 60 lives in just 24 months. This is the figure of the persons who lost their lives on the Panchkula-Barwala “killer stretch” on National Highway No 73. About 95 persons were injured in accidents during the same period. The number of accidents on the stretch has suddenly increased, as more than 15 persons lost their lives and 24 were critically wounded in various accidents that occurred during the past one and a half months.

MC House Meeting
Mayor for framing new service rules
Chandigarh, June 30
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation should frame new service rules and schedule of each department in next three months and table it in the House for approval, said Mayor Anu

Unhealthy ground

Mosquitoes breed in the accumulated water near General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula
Mosquitoes breed in the accumulated water near General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

RBI cautions people against fake lotteries
Chandigarh, June 30
Alarmed over the fictitious offers to people relating to lottery wins, remittance of cheap funds in foreign currency from abroad, employment and scholarship offers, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cautioned its authorised retailers and public against falling prey to such frauds.

40-yr-old hangs himself to death
Chandigarh, June 30
A man in his mid 40s allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Sector 46 here this morning.

Kabuliwala staged, artistes fail to impress
Artistes perform play “Kabuliwala” at Panjab Kala Bhawa, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Wednesday Chandigarh, June 30
The RG Samrpan Theatre Group presented a Hindi play “Kabuliwala” based on a famous classic story by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore at the Randhawa auditorium here today. Directed by Rajesh Kumar and scripted for theatrical staging by Raju Vaid who played the protagonist also, the inadequately rehearsed play failed to create the required mood and ambience to match the potent theme of the original story.

Artistes perform play “Kabuliwala” at Panjab Kala Bhawa, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S. Chandan

Body found
Zirakpur, June 30
An unidentified body of a man in mid 40s was found near the main market at the Chandigarh-Ambala Highway, here, this morning.


Activists of the ABVP light candles to pay tributes to the CRPF soldiers, who were killed in a Naxalite attack in Chattisgarh, at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Wednesday
Activists of the ABVP light candles to pay tributes to the CRPF soldiers, who were killed in a Naxalite attack in Chattisgarh, at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S. Chandan

Appointment of daily wagers
MP takes health official to task
Chandigarh, June 30
Union Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources Minister and local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal lambasted MC Medical Officer of Health (MOH), Dr GS Diwan, for following an outdated procedure of appointing daily wagers through service providers.

Awareness on prevention of vector-borne diseases
Chandigarh, June 30
The National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme Unit, Chandigarh, today organised a workshop-cum-awareness camp for prevention and control of malaria and other vector-borne diseases.

STA drive from today
CHANDIGARH: The State Transport Authority (STA) will conduct a special drive from July 1 to July 7 regarding challaning of auto rickshaws which are not fitted with electronic fare meters or those who have installed them but are not using them, according to a press note.


Promotion process at PU draws flak
Chandigarh, June 30
Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) has come out strongly against the confusion on PU campus due to adoption of new UGC guidelines regarding promotions under the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS).


Help desks set up by student organisations to guide freshers at Panjab University have become popular
Help desks set up by student organisations to guide freshers at Panjab University have become popular.
A Tribune photograph 

OCET Entrance Exam
Students baffled over error in answer key
Chandigarh, June 30
Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) today submitted a memorandum to the PU authorities regarding an error reported in answer keys for the OCET Entrance Examination of MCom (e-commerce). MCom (e-commerce) examination was held on June 15 at Panjab University. There are 27 seats available for this course in the UBS department of the university.

Post of lecturer in zoology dept
Applicants question PU screening process
Chandigarh, June 30
Four applicants, for the post of lecturer in zoology department at Panjab University, have complained against the “screening process adopted by the university authorities for the post of assistant professor.” The applicants have written a letter to the UGC chairperson, S Thorat and PU Chancellor Hamid Ansari regarding the faults in the process.


Four killed in mishaps
Ambala, June 30
As many as four persons died in different incidents in Ambala. An assistant lineman of the Ambala Electricity Department died late last evening when he fell down from an electric pole while repairing a breakdown.

One held for illegal mining
Dera Bassi, June 30
The Lalru police has booked one person under the charges of illegal mining of sand. The police had registered a case on the inquiry report of the District Mining Officer, Mohali. The police said Satish Kumar, son of Brijmohan, a resident of Nagla, was booked under the Mining And Mineral Development And Regulation Act- Section 4 (1) 1957 and 379 of the IPC on the inquiry report of the District Mining Officer.

One killed, two injured in clash
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 30
A migrant labourer was killed in a clash while two others were seriously injured late last night. The migrant labourers working in factories at Mandi Gobindgarh had an altercation over a minor issue and one of them attacked the other with sharp-edged weapons.

4 held for robbing petrol pump
Dera Bassi, June 30
The Dera Bassi police has arrested a gang of robbers, impounded a car, pistol and a bag of cash.

Cattle Menace
Monsoon to worsen situation
Ambala, June 30
With cattle menace in city on the rise, the arrival of monsoon would only worsen the situation.
Drenched cows are often seen running on the busy roads, which can prove fatal,” said Harbans Lal, a resident of Gobind Nagar. Stray cattle have claimed a number of lives in the recent past.

Ram Mandir: VHP to launch nation-wide campaign
Ambala, June 30
Vishwa Hindu Parishad will launch a nation-wide campaign against the Congress-led government for planning job reservations for minorities.


Sec 9 Burglary
Another accused held
Panchkula, June 30
With the arrest of another accused, the police has claimed to have solved a burglary case, in which 61 laptops and 30 LCDs worth Rs 30 lakh were stolen from a showroom in Sector 9 in November last year.

Two held for theft
Panchkula, June 30
The local police with the help of public arrested two thieves who stole the bag of a woman when she was trying to board a bus near the Zirakpur-Panchkula barrier here today.

Bank official looted at gunpoint, 5 held
Chandigarh, June 30
The accused in police custody on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph The Chandigarh Police has arrested five persons, including four auto-rickshaw drivers, on the charges of looting a bank’s sales manager at Raipur Khurd village here last night.
The accused, identified as Johny, Naresh, Vicky, Ravi and Rohit, are said to have looted Ashish Tiwari of his mobile phone and a bag containing documents, at gunpoint.

The accused in police custody on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

4-year-old raped
Chandigarh, June 30
A four-year-old girl was raped allegedly by a 21-year-old migrant at Ram Darbar today morning.

Govt museum instructor held on molestation charge
Chandigarh, June 30
An instructor at Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10 was arrested on the charge of outraging the modesty of his subordinate today.

Pedestrian hit by vehicle, dies
Chandigarh, June 30
A pedestrian died after an unknown vehicle hit him near a road separating Sectors 52 and 53 here yesterday.


National Football Camp
Ten city lads make it to probables’ list
Chandigarh June 30
Chandigarh Junior soccer players, who recently won the Dr BC Roy trophy for the first time, got the fruit of their hard work when 10 players from the city team were selected to attend the National camp (under-19) at AIFF training center in Goa from July12.

BC Roy Trophy
Junior soccer champs in city
Chandigarh, June 30
“I had never dreamt that one day I would lift this trophy,” was the first reaction of the Chandigarh team’s skipper Gagan Deep Singh, who reached the city, along with his squad, holding the national trophy, this morning.

Chandigarh Baptist corner glory
Chandigarh, June 30
Chandigarh Baptist defeated Hansraj Cricket Academy by 30 runs in the final match of Inter-Academy Cricket Cup League (U-14) Tournament at Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, today.

Time to brace up for series in Sri Lanka, says Bhajji
Harbhajan Singh Chandigarh, June 30
“Winning the Asia Cup after 15 years is a proud moment for India but it’s time for preparation for the forthcoming series in Sri Lanka, which will be a challenging one,” said Harbhajan Singh.
Harbhajan was in the city to inaugurate a family entertainment club at a local hotel this evening. Talking about the forthcoming series with Sri Lanka, the Harbhajan was of the view that playing with Sri Lanka in their country is challenging. “In Sri Lanka, the conditions are different, but we are working hard and ready for any challenge,” said Harbahjan while adding that the celebration of Asia Cup win are over now.

Harbhajan Singh


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