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PEC Scam
3 suspects got admission on fake documents

Chandigarh, September 11
In a major disclosure in the Punjab Engineering College scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has found that three of the suspect students did not clear their senior secondary exams. They furnished bogus Class XII certificates while seeking admission in PEC.

Fearing honour killing, couple seeks protection from court
Panchkula, September 11
Fearing threat to their lives from their parents and relatives, a newly wedded couple from the city approached the district court for protection here today.




Youth shot at by friend, critical
Chandigarh, September 11
A 23-year-old youth was shot at by his friend in Industrial Area, Phase 2, here this afternoon.

2 dengue cases reported
Chandigarh, September 11
With two new cases of dengue reported from different parts of the city, the number of such patients touched 18 here today. The health authorites said one case was found from Sector 49, while the second was reported from slums of Colony No 5.

Rain brings chaos on city roads
Vehicles move on a waterlogged road in Chandigarh on Saturday.Chandigarh, September 11
Heavy rain in the city and adjoining areas this afternoon brought misery to residents of low-lying areas and threw traffic out of gear at many places. Low-lying areas and roundabouts were flooded in the evening, affecting vehicular traffic.

Vehicles move on a waterlogged road in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

MC to seek more staff, funds for new depts
Chandigarh, September 11
The municipal corporation has said it would require 300 more personnel and an additional budget of Rs 50 crore to handle the departments that would be transferred to it by the UT administration shortly. A detailed draft report drawn up by the civic body regarding these and other related issues will be tabled at a meeting between MC and administration officials scheduled on September 14.

Backlog: 3 HCs told to furnish details
Chandigarh, September 11
For preventing the Central government from becoming “a compulsive litigant” and to reduce average pendency time from 15 years to three years, details of cases pending in the High Courts of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana, along with Jammu & Kashmir, have been called for.


Muslims offer prayers on the occasion of Eid at the Sector 20 Jama Masjid in Chandigarh on Saturday. Eid celebrated with gaiety
Chandigarh, September 11
People in large numbers thronged mosques across the city today to offer prayers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Later, they relished feasts with relatives and friends.

CAMARADERIE: Muslims offer prayers on the occasion of Eid at the Sector 20 Jama Masjid in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Treat contractual docs as regular employees: CAT to admn
Chandigarh, September 11
Coming to the rescue of seven doctors of Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16 (GMSH-16), working on a contractual basis, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has directed the UT administration and director, Health Services, to treat doctors as regular employees.

Heavy rain lashes city
Heavy rain reduces visibility, forcing vehicle drivers to switch on headlights on the road separating Sectors 27 and 30, Chandigarh, on Saturday.Chandigarh, September 11
Heavy rain in most parts of the city this evening seems to have proved the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predictions true that monsoon might break the 2008 record of 1112 mm of rainfall, if the trend of rains at short intervals continued, said IMD director Surender Paul.

Heavy rain reduces visibility, forcing vehicle drivers to switch on headlights on the road separating Sectors 27 and 30, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal and S Chandan

Reshuffling of MC field staff done in haste?
Chandigarh, September 11
It seems that the reshuffling of field staff of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has been done in haste. Instead of shifting the clerical staff, which has been working on the same seat for more than four years, the enforcement authorities have transferred regular sub-inspectors to the clerical posts in the MC.

Ganesh Chaturthi goes eco-friendly
Devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi in Chandigarh on Saturday.Chandigarh, September 11
Ganesh is the lord of power and wisdom. He is worshipped first before any auspicious work. Kids know him better since he is also referred to as the Elephant God.

Devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

CME on transfusion medicine
Chandigarh, September 11
A national CME on transfusion medicine was inaugurated by PGI Director Prof KK Talwar here today. More than 200 delegates from adjoining states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh attended the CME.

Candle march by junior docs
Doctors of Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, take out a candle march in Chandigarh on Saturday.Chandigarh, September 11
Even as junior doctors at Government Multispecialty Hospital, Sector 16, resumed work after absenting themselves for two days, they took out a candle march expressing their protest against indictment of their colleagues in the Bulbul case.

Doctors of Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, take out a candle march in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph.

Health centre in a shambles
Zirakpur, September 11 The building of subsidiary health centre in Chhat village is lying in a shambles due to which the people coming here for treatment are facing inconvenience.

Tree falls on Morni-Panchkula road
Hundreds of commuters stranded 
Panchkula, September 11
Hundreds of commuters were stranded near Galikati village turn near Madna on the Morni-Panchkula road as a huge tree fell in the middle of the road due to heavy rain here this evening.

MC to spend Rs. 3.75 cr on dividing roads in P’kula
Panchkula, September 11
The city that once used to take pride in its roads can no longer afford you that comfortable drive, as broken, battered and uneven roads, no longer inspire "long drives" that were so integral to everyone in the city.

MC, GMADA tussle keeps parks in darkness
Mohali, September 11
Much to the inconvenience of the residents, the Mohali Municipal Corporation has disconnected “kundi” connections to gardenlights in a large number of parks across the town. To light up the parks, the officials of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) have taken illegal connections from the streetlight poles looked after by the MC.

GMADA to revive dormant projects
Concept plan of City Centre, Sector 62, Mohali.Mohali, September 11
With recession has almost gone, many projects in Mohali that were hanging fire are being revived by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB).

Concept plan of City Centre, Sector 62, Mohali.

PGI director awarded oration in Nepal
Chandigarh, September 11
PGI director professor K K Talwar has delivered B P Koirala Memorial Oration at B P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS), Nepal, on the XVII anniversary of the institute.

Withdraw Armed Forces Act from J&K: Karat
Chandigarh, September 11
Terming the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) a major source of unrest in Jammu and Kashmir, CPI(M) general secretary Parkash Karat today demanded that the Act be withdrawn from the state.

Ghazal concert for a cause
Rs. 21,000 collected for Leh flashflood victims
Rinku Kalia of SA-RE-GA-MA fame performs at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Saturday.Chandigarh, September 11
Embellished with melody, diction and laced with the spirited endeavour of charity for Leh flashflood victims, the Ghazal concert by acclaimed maestro Rinku Kalia attained a new high at the Tagore Theatre here today.

Rinku Kalia of SA-RE-GA-MA fame performs at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Health dept collects water, veggie samples
Mohali, September 11
Officials of the health department collected 12 samples of different vegetables and 13 of water here yesterday. A team led by Dr Jai Singh, district health officer, destroyed the rotten stock of vegetables on the spot.

Pension donated for Leh victims
Chandigarh, September 11
Subhash Chander, a former PGI employee, has donated Rs 16,200, an amount equivalent to his one-month pension, to the Prime Minister National Relief Fund for victims of cloudburst in Leh.

Engg dept ‘obliges’ its official
Although facing staff crunch, it transfers his works to another division prior to his retirement
Chandigarh, September 11
Strange are the ways in which the UT Administration functions. While on one hand, officials claim to be battling with staff crunch in its different departments, and also say they are overworked, on the other, they have obliged an Executive Engineer by transferring his works four months prior to his retirement.

Deputy News Editor Harbans Virdi retires
Chandigarh, September 11
Members of the editorial staff of The Tribune gave a warm farewell to their colleague and Deputy News Editor Harbans Virdi at the Chandigarh Press Club here this afternoon. He superannuated on August 31.

3 women trapped in Ghaggar
Panchkula, September 11
Three women were trapped in the Ghaggar near Jallan village in Pinjore block of this district late this evening.

State plans mechanised sowing of sugarcane
Chandigarh, September 11
Punjab is planning to go in for the mechanisation of the sowing and harvesting process of the sugarcane crop, keeping in view the cost-effectiveness of mechanisation besides seasonal shortage of labour during peak seasons.


Class IX, X exams this month
CBSE gives schools option to set question papers
Chandigarh, September 11
Though city schools are eagerly waiting for question papers from Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), they have now received last minute “option” to set their own papers for classes IX and X examination scheduled this month.

CBSE may launch virtual labs in schools
Chandigarh, September 11
If all goes well Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) might soon be launching first virtual laboratories for its students to enhance the practical aspect of the school education.


Workshop on radio programming concludes
Patiala, September 11
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh presided over the valedictory function of the four-day workshop on “Radio Programming and Production Techniques” at Punjabi University’s Centre for Advanced Media Studies (CAMS) here today.

‘Shri Parshuram chair to be set up at Pbi varsity’
Mandi Gobindgarh, September 11
Considering his immense contribution towards the society, a chair of Shri Parshuram will soon be set up at Punjabi University, Patiala, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said this while taking to mediapersons here today.

Exploitation of labourers alleged
Ropar, September 11
Both Congress and BJP were exploiting labourers in the country, said general secretary of the CITU Raghunath Singh.

Zila parishad chairman says laxity unacceptable
Patiala, September 11
Chairman of Patiala zila parishad Mohinder Singh Lalwa has directed the officials of the health department and block development and panchayat officers (BDPOs) of Patiala to ensure that there should be no laxity while issuing Smart Cards to people, which provides health insurance cover to those below poverty line (BPL).

Cattle Menace Admn to act tough
Patiala, September 11
Acting on the representation submitted by the Patiala Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA) regarding the stray cattle menace here, Divisional Commissioner GS Grewal has issued directions to authorities in Municipal Corporation, health department and Public Works Department (PWD) for working in co-ordination to solve the problem.

Online submission of BEd forms
Last date extended to Sept 17
Ambala, September 11
A meeting of the newly-elected members of Association of Education College (self-financing) of Haryana was held under the chairmanship of Ajay Chahar at PKR Jain College of Education, Ambala City.


PCS officer sent to judicial custody
Mohali, September 11
A local court has sent senior PCS officer TK Goel to 14-day judicial custody. The officer was arrested on September 8 by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from a Kapurthala resident to give an inquiry report in his favour in Chandigarh.


Couple dupes woman of jewellery, cash
Panchkula, September 11
A couple duped the wife of former general manager of Gymkhana Club and decamped with cash and gold jewellery worth Rs 4 lakh in Sector 21 here this afternoon.

One held for abduction
Zirakpur, September 11
A Baltana resident was booked on the charges of abducting a minor girl from Vasant Vihar, Dhakoli village.


Paralympic National Meet
Gursahib strikes gold in 1,500m
Players during a sitting volleyball match at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, Panchkula, on Saturday.Panchkula, September 11
Gursahib Singh of Punjab clinched a gold medal in the 1,500m (men T-46) race during the fifth Paralympic National Games being held at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, here today. He covered the distance in four minutes and 30 seconds.

Players during a sitting volleyball match at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, Panchkula, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Bindra XI muster 256 runs
Ritinder Sodhi unbeaten on 91
Mohali, September 11
Excellent unbeaten knock of 91 by Ritinder Sodhi helped Bindra XI pile up 256 runs against MP Pandove XI on the first day of the Emerging Players Tournament held at Dhruv Pandove Cricket Stadium, Patiala

3,000 for Haryana schools meet
Ambala, September 11
Sameer Pal Srow, Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, inaugurated the Haryana State Schools Tournament at the War Heroes Stadium here yesterday.

Top players for JP Atray meet
Chandigarh, September 11
Top cricket players, including Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwari, Parthiv Patel, Ravinder Jadeja and Wasim Jaffar would be seen in action during the 17th Edition of All India JP Atray Memorial Cricket Tournament for Pearls Trophy, starting from September 15.

Northwest Frontier overall champions
Chandigarh, September 11
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force’s (ITBP) Chandigarh-based Northwest Frontier lifted the overall championship trophy at the ITBP Inter-Frontier Badminton Competition held in New Delhi.


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