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PU don latest victim of ATM fraud

Chandigarh, August 22
For the police the fraudulent withdrawal of money with cloned ATM cards appears to be the next big challenge to deal with in the coming days. After at least five such incidents during the past three days in which the (as yet unidentified) criminals stole about Rs 2.2 lakh by using cloned cards, another incident came to light today where the victim is a Panjab University academic.

Sangeeta Arora shows her ATM card
Sangeeta Arora shows her ATM card. A Tribune photograph
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Six lives snuffed out in mishaps
Rakhi dreams turn sour
Panchkula, August 22
On her way to give a ‘rakhi’ to her brother, Dimple (25) along with her husband and daughter, were killed when their motorcycle collided with a truck near Pyarewal village near Raipur Rani on NH 73 today morning. The other victims have been identified as Sandeep, 30, and Palak, 5, all residents of Purkhowal village in Ropal district.

Roof collapse kills couple
Chandigarh, August 22
A middle-aged couple was killed after the roof of their house in Mauli village collapsed in the wee hours today. The deceased, Balhar Singh, aged about 50, and his wife Kulwinder Kaur, aged about 47, were sleeping when the roof fell down all of sudden.
The roof of a house that collapsed in Mauli Jagran village on Sunday. A Tribune photograph
The roof of a house that collapsed in Mauli Jagran village

School principal run over by truck
Rajpura, August 22
The principal of Holy Angels School, Rajpura, was killed in a road accident on the National Highway-1 here today. According to eyewitnesses, the principal, Joyce Thomas (55), was trying to get on a car for Amritsar on the highway when a speeding truck crushed her to death.


Girls look at rakhis at a shop in Sector 19, Chandigarh
Girls look at rakhis at a shop in Sector 19, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

MC dallies on recouping mounting arrears
Chandigarh, August 22
It appears the municipal corporation, said to be flush with cash, is not keen to recover arrears totaling about Rs 22 crore due to it from different sources. While this amount is piling up with each passing year, civic officials have instead been spending exchequer funds on drawing up a list of defaulters list and issuing them show cause notices.

All Mohali PCR vehicles equipped with GPS
Mohali, August 22
To enable quick action on distress calls received on the police helpline system, all police control room (PCR) vehicles in the town have been equipped with global positioning system (GPS). The facility mounted on 18 vehicles, motorcycles and gypsies, guides the PCR party concerned to reach a crime spot, depending upon its location.


Power supply to city sectors
North-South divide acute
Chandigarh, August 22
The oft-repeated North-South divide in Chandigarh is showing again — this time regarding power supply. Even as the lesser mortals belonging to the southern sectors reel under the unscheduled powers cuts in the sultry weather, their counterparts in VIP northern sectors (particularly those belonging from Sector 1 to 11) are having a comparatively comfortable summer.

City woman to jump for a cause

Thirty-eight-year-old BASE jumper Archana Sardana from Chandigarh during a free fall from the Perris Valley in California, USA, recently
Thirty-eight-year-old BASE jumper Archana Sardana from Chandigarh during a free fall from the Perris Valley in California, USA, recently. Claiming to be the lone Indian woman BASE jumper, she wants to spread awareness about social evils like female foeticide. She plans to dive off Mt Everest on former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s birth anniversary on November 19. — PTI

Power employees’ strike on Sept 7
Decry privatisation policies of Centre
Chandigarh: In pursuance of the call given by the central trade unions, the electricity employees of Chandigarh under the banner of UT Powermen Union will observe a one-day strike on September 7.

Double-decker train to chug in by next year
Chandigarh, August 22
Double-decker train coaches will chug in early next year. A senior railway official said, “The train is likely to be introduced as an inter-city service in Delhi on a high-density route, having a different fare structure.”

‘Simple surgical mask sufficient’
Chandigarh, August 22
With reports of swine flu coming in, PGI’s experts, in an effort to dispel misconceptions in this regard, have said a simple surgical mask is sufficient for a patient with H1N1 infection to prevent its spread.

Hit-and-run case
Challan to be presented at earliest: Police
Chandigarh, August 22
The city police is now hurrying up to complete all formalities in the recent hit-and-run case, involving an alleged drunk local girl, that took two young lives last week.

Open House Response
Bulbul fiasco, case of criminal negligence
It is unfortunate, tragic and shocking that on July 21 Bulbul and her husband Chhotu lost their newborn baby in Government Multi-specialty Hospital, Sector 16, in full view of doctors, para-medical staff and others.

Autonomy for Valley
Kashmiri Pandits hold protest
Panchkula, August 22
Kashmiri Pandits today staged a protest rally against the autonomy proposed by the Central government for Jammu and Kashmir, stating that it would further alienate Kashmir valley from the national mainstream.
Kashmiri Pandits protest against the proposed autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir at a park in Sector 20, Panchkula, on Sunday. A Tribune photograph
Kashmiri Pandits protest against the proposed autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir at a park in Sector 20, Panchkula

Tribune initiative on N-Choe hailed
Chandigarh, August 22
The Tribune initiative in highlighting the issue of N-Choe received formal public appreciation at a function of the Residents Welfare Association, Sector 23-D, here this evening.


Bunking of schools by students
Residents’ bodies complain to education dept
Chandigarh, August 22
Repeated attempts of UT schools to check students from bunking and loitering around in city parks seems to have fallen flat, as several residents welfare associations are moving to the education department, complaining about nuisance these students create.

Non-issuance of I-cards worries students
Chandigarh, August 22
The non-issuance of identity cards by certain departments of Panjab University has become a cause of worry for students who are being treated as outsiders by the university security staff.

CBSE prepares month-long stock of question papers
Chandigarh, August 22
With last year’s Class IX examination fiasco fresh on its mind, the Central Board of Secondary Education has prepared a month-long stock of question papers for each subject.

Scaling Mount Everest
UBS alumnus shares experience
Chandigarh, August 22
University Business School (UBS) invited a distinguished alumnus, Atul Karwal, Joint Commissioner of Police, Ahemdabad, to share his experience of scaling Mount Everest and also taught lessons of leadership to students of UBS today.

From Schools
Akshay Urja Diwas
Government Middle School, Sector 46-D, organised a cycle rally to mark the Akshay Urja Diwas. Principal Ram Singh Sandhu led the rally. A paper bag-making competition was also held.


Life-saving drugs out of stock at civil hospital
Ambala, August 22
The Civil Hospital at Ambala City is facing acute shortage of life-saving drugs these days which is causing inconvenience to the patients, especially to the BPL card holders. According to sources, those patients who come to the emergency ward are generally asked to bring some of the life-saving drugs from private chemists.

Cattle Rescued

Shiv Sainiks capture a truck loaded with cattle with the help of the police in Ambala
Shiv Sainiks capture a truck loaded with cattle with the help of the police in Ambala on Sunday. Tribune photo: Dev Dutt Sharma

Residents throng market before Raksha Bandhan
Patiala, August 22
With just two days left for Raksha Bandhan, city markets on Sunday wore a crowded look with hundreds of buyers purchasing designer and fancy rakhis. Huge rush was witnessed at market places like Tripri, Leela Bhawan, Dharampura Bazar, Adalat Bazar etc.

Vikas manch to stage dharna on Sep 6
Kalka, August 22
Shivalik Vikas Manch, Haryana, will stage a dharna at Panchkula to protest against the partial attitude of the state government towards Kalka. This was decided at a meeting in Kalka here today. Vijay Bansal, state president of the Shivalik Vikas Manch, while addressing the workers meeting, condemned the state government for being biased towards Kalka.

Violation of pollution norms
Chemical factory to compensate residents
Dera Bassi, August 22
Residents of Hebatpura village, who were protesting against the pollution norms being violated by chemical factory Nector life science and threatened to block national highway on August 22, today postponed their protest after getting an assurance from the factory management.


1-day remand for accused in kidnap plot case
Chandigarh, August 22
A local court has sent the three more accused - Gurpreet Singh, alias Gopi, Surjit Singh, alias Raju and Manjit Singh, alias Changiara - for hatching a conspiracy to kidnap a city resident, Harsh, by two Australian nationals and a Ropar-based NRI, to one-day police remand.


Miscreants decamp with Rs 7 lakh, beat up family
Panchkula, August 22
A group of persons barged into a house in Sector 7 and decamped with Rs 7 lakh after beating up all the members of a family here this morning. The victim family, in its complaint to the police, alleged that the accused had locked the house from inside and started beating them up.

Illegal allotment of co-operative flats
Top officials of society booked
Mohali, August 22
In a new twist in the illegal allotment of flats in the United Co-operative House Building Society, the police today registered a case of cheating against the president and honorary secretary of the society Bhupinder Kaur and Kuldeep Singh Virk. The case has been registered after the police sought legal opinion on a report filed by an inspector of the Registrar Cooperative Societies.

Man held for culpable homicide
Chandigarh, August 22
The police has arrested a Maloya resident, identified as Arvind Chauhan, on the charges of culpable homicide not amounting murder in the death case of one Subhash. Subhash, who was electrocuted on Friday night, had been living in the same house in which Chauhan was staying.


Chess: Himal on winning spree
Chandigarh, August 22
Himal Gusain of SD Public School, Sector 32, has won the Chandigarh Chess Championship for the fourth time in a row with 7.5 points at the end of the last round, which concluded at St. Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here today.

St Joseph’s emerge victorious
Chandigarh, August 22
St Joseph’s School, Sector 44, has won the under-14 carrom tournament being organised by the education department, Chandigarh Administration, at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, here yesterday.


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