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A day of two narrow escapes
Armymen, firemen rescue 5 from Ghaggar
Panchkula, September 8
The rescue team saves two women from the Ghaggar in Panchkula on Wednesday The Army and firemen in a rescue operation, which lasted for around three hours, saved the lives of five persons, including two women of Dhakka Colony, near Sector 21.
The rescue team saves two women from the Ghaggar in Panchkula on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal


College bus falls into riverbed, 28 hurt
The college bus that fell off the Tangri bridge at Batour village on the Chandigarh-Naraingarh road on WednesdayPanchkula/Ambala, September 8
Students of the Maharshi Markandeshwar University, Mullana, had a miraculous escape when a private college bus fell into a riverbed off the Tangri bridge near Barwala this morning.

The college bus that fell off the Tangri bridge at Batour village on the Chandigarh-Naraingarh road on Wednesday. Photo: Dev Dutt Sharma

Taj challaned
Health department officials inspect eatables at Hotel Taj GVK, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesda Inspection by health, excise officials
Chandigarh, September 8
Hotel Taj GVK, Sector 17, today came under the scanner of officials of the departments of health and excise and taxation, who conducted an inspection at the premises of the hotel.

Health department officials inspect eatables at Hotel Taj GVK, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

PCS officer nabbed taking Rs 50,000
TK Goyal Chandigarh, September 8
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today arrested senior Punjab Civil Services (PCS) officer TK Goyal while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from a Kapurthala resident to give an inquiry report in his favour. Goyal, a 1995 batch PCS officer, who was posted as joint secretary, Department of Welfare of the SC/BCs, was arrested by a team of the VB from his office at the Mini Secretariat, Sector 9, here, this evening.
TK Goyal

No objection if victim goes for abortion: Police
Chandigarh, September 8
The Chandigarh Police today said it had no objection if the 14-year-old rape victim, an inmate of Snehalaya, underwent abortion.

MC hiring process under cloud again
Chandigarh, September 8
The recruitment process for the post of junior engineers of the municipal corporation has come under scrutiny once again. In a case that smacks of sheer negligence, a candidate whom the civic body had selected for the position of JE (horticulture wing) has now been shown the door on the grounds that he was “ineligible.”

So no one has passed
Students accuse teacher of poor internal assessment
Chandigarh, September 8
An entire batch of MA students, nearly 20 in number, at the department of sociology, Panjab University, have complained of being declared failed in internal assessment in two subjects by a teacher (name withheld).

Asked for homework, student slaps teacher
Chandigarh, September 8
In another shocking incident in the ongoing ‘slap gate’ row in the city’s government run schools, a class VII student slapped his teacher after the latter asked him for his homework notebook. The incident, which has left entire teaching fraternity furious, occurred at Government Senior Secondary School in Sector 38 (West), near Dadu Majra, when Ravi Kataria, a Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan teacher, asked a student to show his homework notebook.
Sandeep Joshi


No bidders for parking lots
Chandigarh, September 8
Installation of the hi-tech parking lots of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation received a set back today when no contractor turned up for bidding of four parking lots for which the authorities had made it mandatory for contractors to install semi-automatic system on their own.

MC Enforcement Panel Meeting
Now, field staff to report at 1 pm
Chandigarh, September 8
In order to enforce the encroachment law effectively in the city, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has decided to change the working hours of their field staff from 1pm to 9 pm from now onwards. The decision to this affect was taken at a meeting of the enforcement committee presided over by enforcement committee chairman Jatinder Bhatia.

MC fails to ‘bell the cat’ 
Out of 86 tents pitched illegally in the city, the civic body managed to remove only 31
Chandigarh, September 8
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has apparently failed to “bell the cat”. More than a year has lapsed since the Punjab and Haryana High Court ruled there was a “need to bell the cat” before directing the UT administration to carry out a survey for checking encroachments by powers that be. Yet, the MC has failed to remove 55 tents pitched by politicians and other VIPs on its land.

Save Sukhna Forum revived
Chandigarh, September 8
Members of the Save Sukhna Forum deliberate upon an action plan at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Wednesday Residents of the city consisting of an array of former chief engineers and experts from diverse fields today revived the “Save Sukhna Forum” which they had formed in 2003 following the Tribune reports on saving Sukhna lake. The forum consisting of Dr SS Grewal, GS Tandon, OP Kapoor, Dr BR Pruthi (founder secretary), Maj Gen Amarjeet Kahlon, SS Virdi, Dr GS Dhillon, Arjun Singh, KK Lakhanpal met today in the evening.
Members of the Save Sukhna Forum deliberate upon an action plan at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

CBI Raids
PEC varsity staff tight-lipped
Chandigarh, September 8
In the absence of the institute director, teachers and other employees at the PEC University of Technology were tight-lipped on the issue of raids conducted by the CBI and the subsequent arrest of certain students today.

Post of Constable in UT Police
CAT dismisses plea of colour-blind candidates
Chandigarh, September 8 The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today dismissed seven applications filed by persons who had applied for the post of constable in the UT police as they were colour blind.

Dangling dangerously
A CCTV camera (encircled) hidden behind boughs at the Kisan Bhawan roundabout Chandigarh, September 8
Trees that have not been pruned for months and overgrown hedges on the medians are putting motorists in the city to inconvenience. Overgrown trees with boughs stooping low are defeating the purpose of road widening in the city as most of the newly widened roads stretches are not used by the motorists to avoid hitting the tree branches.

A CCTV camera (encircled) hidden behind boughs at the Kisan Bhawan roundabout

Major fire averted
Chandigarh, September 8
Swiftness of the library staff today prevented a major fire at the Chandigarh College of Architecture located inside the PEC University of Technology campus.

Rainwater enters houses in Mohali
Mohali, September 8
Heavy rain that lashed the town early this morning brought misery for residents of Phase XI with water entering a number of houses.

Blood donation camp today
Chandigarh, September 8
The Tribune Employees Union will organise a blood donation camp to mark the death anniversary of the founder of The Tribune Trust, Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, here tomorrow.

Four injured in accidents
The mangled remains of the Tata Indica and the Honda Activa at the road separating Sectors 4 and 11 in Panchkula on Wednesday Panchkula, September 8
A girl was seriously injured when a rashly driven Indica car hired by the Haryana Uttar Bijli Vitran Nigam hit a scooter near the road separating Sectors 4 and 11 here this morning. According to the police, Dharamvir was driving the Indica car (HR-68T-0004) and hit the Activa scooter (HR-03L-2705) of the city-based Swati and her maternal grandmother Satya.

The mangled remains of the Tata Indica and the Honda Activa at the road separating Sectors 4 and 11 in Panchkula on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Tribune Impact
MC launches drive to make Zirakpur free of garbage
Garbage bins placed by the Zirakpur MC near Punjab water office on WednesdayZirakpur, September 8
Taking a cognisance of news report carried in these columns on September 3 “Garbage in open: Bins purchased, not in place” the Zirakpur municipal council has launched a massive drive to remove heaps of garbage strewn across the town and also placed garbage bins in different parts of the town.

Garbage bins placed by the Zirakpur MC near Punjab water office on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal

Channelise N-choe before handing it over, MC tells GMADA
Mohali, September 8
The Municipal Council has demanded that the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) should channelise the N-choe before handing it over to the civic body for maintenance as the council is short of funds and also lacks adequate infrastructure.

Minors not safe in city
Rape cases on the rise
Chandigarh, September 8
n On March 19, 2009, a two-year-old girl, Kusum (name changed), was all egedly raped by Joginder Singh. When her mother came to know about the outrage she immediately went to the police to get an FIR registered

Auto dealer refutes allegations
Lally Automobiles vice-president claimed that the company had already informed the buyer that it was an old car
Chandigarh, September 8
Reacting to the registration of a case of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy registered against three employees of Lally Automobiles Phase I, Industrial Area, for selling an old car to a Sector 56 resident, the vice-president of the company refuted the charges claiming that the company had already informed the buyer that it was an old car.

Id celebrations
Chandigarh, September 8
Id-ul-Fitr will be celebrated at various mosques of the tricity tomorrow. According to information, a prayer meeting will be held at the Sector 29 masjid from 8:45 am.

Girls get certificates under Mai Bhago Scheme
Zirakpur, September 8
Manpreet Kaur Dolly, daughter of late former Akali leader Capt Kanwaljit Singh, yesterday distributed certificates among 24 girls, who had successfully completed the course in embroidery and stitching at a women empowerment centre in Dhakola village.

Justice Gogoi to be sworn in today
Chandigarh, September 8
Acting Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, will be administered oath as a Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday. The ceremony is slated to take place at 9.30 am. Justice Gogoi will be third in the seniority list, after Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice Mehtab Singh Gill. He will also be a part of the high court collegium along with Chief Justice Mudgal and Justice Gill.

Architects to be honoured
Prof Christopher Benninger Chandigarh, September 8
The 19th annual Architect of the Year Awards ceremony would be held tonight at Hotel Taj wherein UT Administrator and Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil would be the chief guest. During the function, top architects from the country and South Asia would be felicitated for their contribution in the field. The awards were instituted by the JK Cement Group about two decades ago.
Prof Christopher Benninger


Violation of ethics by media highlighted
Chandigarh, September 8
A talk on “Media: The ethics of its social prism” was delivered by Mohanmeet Kaur Khosla, chairperson, School of Communication Studies, in a weekly seminar in the department of sociology here today.

From Schools
Naval Pandey and Varun Sharma, students of class XI of Delhi Public School, bagged the second position in “Techniche”, the annual techno management festival organised at IIT, Guwahati. More than 120 schools from all over India participated in various events like robotics, crime scene investigation, structure building and many more. The students also attended workshops by Intel, IRIS and eminent CEO’s. Principal Reema Dewan congratulated the proud achievers for their brilliant effort.

Stress on importance of literacy
Chandigarh, September 8
The department of life long learning and extension (DLLLE), Panjab University, celebrated the International Literacy Day in Khudha Lahora village here yesterday.

PU Notes
Chandigarh, September 8
In a general body meeting today, office-bearers and executive committee members of the Panjab University Field Workers Union have been elected unanimously. Hari Singh is the president, while Jaspal Singh is the general secretary. Ram Raj Verma and Surmukh Singh are new senior vice-president and vice-president, respectively. — TNS



Clubs for overall development of students
Patiala, September 8
Dr Surinder Singh, principal, Government Medical College, Patiala, inaugurated the MBA Clubs of department of management, Khalsa College, Patiala, by planting saplings.

Conference in US
Ropar: Three students of Sahibzada Ajit Singh Academy attended global conference on environment in the US. The students included Ravinder Kaur Khroud from Class XII, Kirandeep Kaur from Class XI and Jatinderpal Singh from Class XI.

Workshop on kathak ends
Patiala, September 8
An eight-day workshop on kathak organised by the Punjabi University’s dance department concluded at the Kala Bhawan here today.

Female jaguar dies at Chhatbir Zoo
Chhat (Banur), September 8
A female jaguar, Sheenu, died here today at Mahendra Choudhary Zoological Park.
As per the zoo field director Churchil Kumar, Sheenu, an exotic female carnivore, was found dead in her enclosure around 10.30 am. She was healthy and had no history of any disease or illness. She was seven years old and was brought from Delhi zoo in July 2007. She was kept in an enclosure with a 
male jaguar.


Suicide at Church
Bail plea of accused dismissed
Chandigarh, September 8
A local court today dismissed the bail application of Mercy Sebastian, who was arrested for creating circumstances that forced Maya, a domestic help, to commit suicide. In its reply, the police had stated that the bail application was not maintainable in the court of Judicial Magistrate and it should be filed before the Sessions Court.

Two policemen acquitted
Chandigarh, September 8
CBI Special Court of Darshan Singh today acquitted Sub-Inspector (SI) Baljit Singh and Constable Ballu Singh, as the prosecution was not able to establish the crime.

Remove structures for judges’ houses: HC
Chandigarh, September 8
Paving way for the construction of judges’ houses in Sector 19, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the authorities concerned in the state of Haryana to remove structures on the land within a week.


Minor gangraped
Mohali, September 8
A minor girl living in Balongi village was allegedly gang-raped by five persons here.
According to the police, the girl had stated that she had come to Phase V in the town with her mother on September 5 who worked as a domestic help in some houses.

Three arrested on robbery charge
Mohali, September 8
The accused being produced in a court at Mohali on Wednesday The police has arrested three persons who had allegedly robbed gold jewellery and other items from the house of a journalist after threatening his small children who were alone in the house at that time.
The three persons had entered the house of Vishal Sharma in Sector 70 on August 27 on the pretext of having water. They allegedly threatened the kids at home with a rod and decamped with gold jewellery, a camera, wrist watches and other expensive items.
The accused being produced in a court at Mohali on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

One booked for theft
Zirakpur, September 8
The Zirakpur police has booked a domestic servant on the charges of criminal breach of trust. The case has been registered on the complaint of Harish Gulati, a resident of Gulmohar Complex, Zirakpur.


Administrator’s Cup
Mohun Bagan, IFA to clash for title today
Players in action during a football match between Kolkata and Shillong in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday Chandigarh, September 8
Last year’s joint winners the Indian Football Association (IFA) and Mohun Bagan, both from Kolkata, will face each other in the title clash of the 8th Administrator’s Challenge Cup All-India Under-17 Football Tournament being organised by the Chandigarh Sports Department here tomorrow.

Players in action during a football match between Kolkata and Shillong in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Bindra XI emerge winner
Chandigarh, September 8
IS Bindra XI was declared winner in the Emerging Players Tournament for Umesh Kumar Trophy on the basis of the first innings lead here today.

Kabaddi meet from Sept 23
Panchkula, September 8
A two-day district-level kabaddi tournament would be organised by the Sports Promotion Society (SPS) from September 23 at Khatoli village in Barwala block of the district.

Kits given to budding cricketers
Chandigarh, September 8
Pawan Kumar Sharma, director public instruction (S), today distributed playing kits to trainees of the cricket academy being run by the UT education department at DAV College, Sector 10, here.

Making his mark on world track
Chandigarh, September 8
He started the game at the age of 11. The instant inspiration for the young boy was the sports programmes on television. After six years, the budding athlete, 17-year-old Avinash Mishra is three times gold medallist and has four silver medals under his belt in the CBSE School National Games. Besides, he has bagged several medals at various national-level competitions.

Punjab Premier League
200 turn up for trials
Players in action during the Punjab Premier League trials at the MES ground in Patiala on WednesdayPatiala, September 8
The Punjab Premier League (PPL) started on the footsteps of the Indian Premier League (IPL) drew a huge crowd with more than 200 players taking part in the trials at the MES ground here today.
Despite heavy rainfall in the morning, a large number of budding cricketers from different parts of Punjab turned up for the trials.

Players in action during the Punjab Premier League trials at the MES ground in Patiala on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

City girl takes five-stroke lead
Chandigarh, September 8
Saaniya Sharma of Chandigarh fired a three-over par 73 to take a five-stroke lead over favourite Sharmila Nicollet of Bangalore on the opening day of the third leg of the Hero Honda Women’s Professional Golf Tour 2010-11, which got underway on the par-70 greens of the Rambagh Golf Club in Jaipur today.

Junior golf camp from Oct 2
Chandigarh, September 8
A one-month junior golf camp will be held at the Chandigarh Golf Club from October 2.
The basic camp to be held in the age group of 6 to 17 years will be conducted by Manjit Kochar, director (overseas) of the Junior Golf Development Programme, Indo Canadian Golf Association, and will be open to members and non-members of the Chandigarh Golf Club.

Bodybuilding trials
Chandigarh, September 8
The trials to select a team to represent Chandigarh in the forthcoming bodybuilding championship to be held in Jaipur, Rajasthan, would be organised by the Chandigarh Amateur Bodybuilding Association on September 12.


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