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‘First thing I saw was 3 boys chasing a girl’

Naunihal Singh
Chandigarh, September 15
An incident in which three helmetless motorcycle borne youths chasing a female scooterist were apparently passing vulgar remarks and making obscene gestures at her a couple of days ago was enough to shock Naunihal Singh, the newly appointed UT senior superintendent of police. To top it all, all of them passed by a PCR vehicle with the harassed girl trying to speed up her scooter to get rid of the miscreants stalking her. The presence of the police failed to act as a deterrent to the rowdy youths, who went on tailing the girl while flouting traffic rules.


Poor infrastructure dogs Industrial Area
Chandigarh, September 15
Rechristened as the Industrial & Business Park a few years ago, the city’s industrial area appears to be nobody’s baby with upgrade of basic infrastructure crying for attention.

A road pointer to the Industrial and Business Park still bears the old name. A Tribune photograph

A road pointer to the Industrial and Business Park still bears the old name

Save our parks
City’s green belts plagued by neglect
Chandigarh, September 15
Considered its lungs, the city’s green belts, particularly parks in inner areas of sectors, are in bad shape. A classic example of the municipal corporation’s apathy is Gulmohar park in Sector 27, which was developed six years ago at a cost of over Rs 8 lakh.

A resident complains about the foul smell emanating from the stagnant water of the fountain in the Gulmohar park at Sector 27, Chandigarh
A resident complains about the foul smell emanating from the stagnant water of the fountain in the Gulmohar park at Sector 27, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Monkeys have a field day at a park in Sector 27 of Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Monkeys have a field day at a park in Sector 27 of Chandigarh

Educity: Four institutes struck off the list
Chandigarh, September 15
After almost five years of dilly-dallying, the project director of Educity, the Director Higher Education, Ajoy Sharma, has recommended the cancellation of four institutes which were shortlisted.

Wife kills husband, arrested
Chandigarh, September 15
The police has arrested Maheshwari, a 30-year-old woman, for allegedly killing her husband, Govind Singh Rana, at their house in Badheri village here this afternoon. The victim was reportedly a drunkard and worked with a Mohali-based caterer.

Bulbul Case
Departmental probe against doctors
No decision on DNB students; criminal proceedings likely against gynae wing head
Chandigarh, September 15
The Chandigarh Administration is believed to have decided that criminal proceedings should be initiated against Dr Veena Sarna, head of the gynaecology department of the GMSH-16 for destroying the evidence of medical negligence in the Bulbul case.

vehicles parked like sardines!
Haphazardly parked vehicles at Sector 20; and (right) commuters try to find space at Sector 9 of Chandigarh
Haphazardly parked vehicles at Sector 20; and (right) commuters try to find space at Sector 9 of Chandigarh. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan


Subsistence Allowance
UT home guards to be paid double
Chandigarh, September 15
The UT administration has doubled the subsistence allowance given to UT police home guard volunteers on the pattern of the Punjab police. Though the Punjab police has enhanced the allowance from June 29 this year, UT police home guards volunteers are yet to get their enhanced pay as formalities for clearance of the budget for the same are in process.

Admn warns of water scarcity in tricity
Seeks release from Kajauli’s phases V, VI on time
Chandigarh, September 15
The UT administration pleaded today that the city would face a deficit if water was not released on time from phases V and VI of the Kajauli waterworks, near the Bhakra mainline.

Rent of village booths up
Chandigarh, September 15
After water tariff hike, the municipal corporation is now all set to increase the rent of booths and shops of the corporation in the villages. The finance and contract committee meeting chaired by the Mayor, Anu Chartath, today decided that the rent of booths would be fixed according to the site, but the minimal increase would be of Rs 5,000 per month.

DT Mall backs its staff
Submits footage of Sunday’s brawl
Chandigarh, September 15
Reacting to the news item “2 held for brawl at mall; police role under cloud” in these columns on Tuesday, the authorities of the DT Mall here stated that their security guard was beaten up by the two persons the police arrested on Sunday night.

IT raids at immigration agency’s offices
Chandigarh, September 15
After realtors, immigration consultants are on the radar of the income tax department. Surveys were conducted at the offices of a city based agency, Healthyway Immigration.

HUDA launches web portal
Panchkula, September 15
The Haryana Urban Development Authority has launched its web portal, benefiting over 2.5 lakh plot allottees in the state. The portal will also benefit new prospective allottees, as it will provide the facility of online submission of applications for new schemes.

CTCC president’s election a mockery
No papers filed; high command to decide
Chandigarh, September 15
The Congress high command has made a mockery of the election of the president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC). September 12 and 13 had been fixed for the filing of nominations while yesterday was reserved for the scrutiny of nomination papers.

Move to form Mohali municipal corporation
Keep Banur, Dera Bassi out: MLA
Mohali, September 15
Even as Congress MLA from Kharar Balbir Singh Sidhu has opposed the inclusion of Banur and Dera Bassi areas in the formation of Mohali municipal corporation, development works worth over Rs 15.65 crore are being undertaken by the civic body to improve the facilities in the town.

Mohali police gets 7 PCR vehicles
Mohali, September 15
Seven Tavera PCR vehicles equipped with GPS system were flagged off by Inspector-General of Police Paramjit Singh Gill from the police station in Phase VIII here today.

Pensioners protest govt apathy
Mohali, September 15
Members of the Punjab State Pensioners Association held a protest in Phase V here today against the insensitive attitude of the government towards their demands. Pensioners from the Mohali and Kharar areas had gathered to condemn the government for making assurances that were never fulfilled.

Another couple seeks protection
Panchkula, September 15
Apprehending threat to their lives from their family members following their inter-caste marriage, another couple approached the local court here today. District and Sessions Judge PL Ahuja directed the Panchkula police to provide security to the couple.

A slice of valour from Sikh history
Chandigarh, September 15
AXIOM communications theatre group staged its maiden play “Singh Soorme” at the Randhawa auditorium here today. Written by veteran actor playwright Gurcharan Singh Dardi, the play depicted a slice of valour from the Sikh history under the direction of debutante director Amrit pal Singh.

ISKCON celebrates Radhashtmi
Chandigarh, September 15

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) celebrated Radhashtami (birthday of Radha Rani) at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36-B, here today.

ISKCON devotees carry a palanquin of Radha Krishna at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36-B, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

ISKCON devotees carry a palanquin of Radha Krishna at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36-B, Chandigarh

Man falls off terrace, in hospital
Chandigarh, September 15
Mahanto was critically injured after falling off the terrace of a showroom at Sector 23 here on Tuesday night. He was found this morning. The police said Mahanto, a 24-year-old resident of Kolkata, worked at a jewellery shop at Sector 23.

2 religious structures razed
Chandigarh, September 15
The enforcement staff of the Chandigarh municipal corporation today demolished two illegal religious structures in Sector 16. The drive was conducted under the supervision of MC Joint Commissioner Lalit Siwach.


No need to have innovative varsities: Prof Yash Pal
Chandigarh, September 15
Prof Yash Pal, former University Grants Commission (UGC) chairperson, today expressed strong dissent on the proposal of the Union Government to set up 14 innovative universities.

Former UGC chairperson Prof Yash Pal at a professors’ meet at the UGC-Academic Staff College, Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Former UGC chairperson Prof Yash Pal at a professors’ meet at the UGC-Academic Staff College, Panjab University, Chandigarh

42 students asked to submit SAT scorecards
Chandigarh, September 15
Nearly 42 students, who sought admission this year under the Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) scheme this year, were asked to generate their SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) result card from their personal account.

Principal’s Suspension
Admn objects to DAV mgmt’s decision
Chandigarh, September 15
The DAV management’s “sudden” act of suspending BC Josan from the post of principal, DAV College, Sector 10, has run it into trouble with the UT administration. In an objection letter shot to the management, the administration has highlighted the fact that the meeting preceding the decision was held without a UT’s representative and as per the norms, the decision could be treated as null and void.

Students of Dikshant International School take part in a save environment rally on the eve of World Ozone Day at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh
Students of Dikshant International School take part in a save environment rally on the eve of World Ozone Day at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Professors’ meet on PU campus
Chandigarh, September 15
The UGC-Academic Staff College, Panjab University, organised a professors’ meet on the theme “Education at the crossroads: A debate between liberal arts and science” on the PU campus here today.

Third counselling for BEd on Sept 21
Chandigarh, September 15
The third counselling for the admission to the vacant seats in BEd regular for the Union Territory colleges (UT and general pool), including BEd yoga, will be held on September 21 at the Law Auditorium on the Panjab University campus.

Dr Gurmeet gets state award
Chandigarh, September 15
Dr Gurmeet Singh, associate professor, department of Hindi, Panjab University, has been awarded the Haryana state award for literary journalism for the year 2008-2009.


17 held for planning to take over gurdwaras
Ambala, September 15
The police arrested 17 persons from a gurdwara located on the Ambala-Jagadhri road for planning to take part in a takeover bid of gurdwaras in Haryana. According to sources, as Jagdish Singh Jhinda, a leader of the Haryana SGPC (Ad-hoc), had set the deadline of September 15 to take over control of gurdwaras in the state, the district administration had imposed Section 144, CrPC, to avoid any untoward incident.

Pinjore-Kalka Highway
Traffic chaos continues to hound motorists
Kalka, September 15
Hundreds of tourists and commuters have to face inconvenience on a daily basis following traffic disruptions on the National Highway-22 here. Traffic chaos on the Chandigarh- Shimla highway, which passes through Kalka and Pinjore has become a norm here.
Vehicles pass through a congested national highway at Kalka. A Tribune photograph
Vehicles pass through a congested national highway at Kalka

Spur repaired near lion safari
Chhat (Banur), September 15
The spur that had been damaged by the gushing water of the Ghaggar near the lion safari at the Chhat Bir zoo was repaired today. Mohali deputy commissioner Parveen Kumar had visited the zoo yesterday along with Dera Bassi SDM and other officials to look into the matter.

MC okays door-to-door garbage collection
Zirakpur, September 15
The municipal council has decided to adopt the state government policy of door-to-door collection of garbage. A resolution to this effect was passed at an MC meeting at its office here yesterday. The meeting was presided over by MC president NK Sharma.

Non-payment of Salaries
Govt-aided teachers to launch agitation
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 15
The Government-aided Teachers’ Union of Punjab has decided to launch an agitation against the non-payment of salaries and delay in the implementation of the fifth pay commission.

Need of intellectual property rights highlighted
Ambala, September 15
The department of humanities and social sciences of MM Engineering College, Mullana, organised a seminar on “Intellectual property rights” (IPR) today to spread awareness among teachers and researchers regarding copyrights, patents and trademarks.

New students welcomed
Dera Bassi, September 15
A freshers’ party was organised at Swami Parmanand College of Engineering and Technology to welcome new students who have taken admission in different streams of B Tech.

Man booked for opening fire
Zirakpur, September 15
Panic gripped the area after a gunshot was fired in the air at Motia Heights, Dhakoli village, here this afternoon. The shot was fired by Raman Narang, who had recently shifted to Motia Heights.

Police shielding murder accused: Bir Devinder
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 15
Former deputy speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Bir Devinder Singh on Monday alleged that the police was shielding the accused who had allegedly murdered Devinder Jugnu, a resident of Sirhind.


Justice Harbans Lal retires
Chandigarh, September 15
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today gave a warm sendoff to Justice Harbans Lal on his retirement upon attaining the age of superannuation. The function was attended by retired and sitting High Court Judges, including Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal.

36 stone crushers shut, HC told
Chandigarh, September 15
A total of 36 stone crushers have been closed in the state of Haryana. These crushers were within a kilometre of the Aravali plantation area. The closure orders were issued on August 27.


Four held for cutting eucalyptus tree
Chandigarh, September 15
The police arrested four persons on charges of cutting a eucalyptus tree on government land near Kala Gram here yesterday. Yashwinder Singh, programme officer (Y) for Director, NZCC, Chandigarh, lodged a complaint against Avtar Singh of Bagandi in Mohali district, along with Gurnam Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Shingara Singh of Choti Parrachh village in Mohali district.

3 more arrested in rape case
Mohali, September 15
The Mohali police has solved the rape case of a minor girl with the arrest of all five persons. All suspects were doing menial jobs at different places in the city. Mohali SSP GPS Bhullar said the police was able to solve the case even as the victim, while being in a state of shock, could not recognise the suspects.

2 held for selling duplicate electronic appliances
Chandigarh, September 15
The police has arrested two persons from different parts of the city and recovered duplicate pressure cookers and electronic appliances from their possession. The police said both the accused were selling duplicate items under the name of “Bajaj”.


Bali Gagan stars in SGGS win
Chandigarh, September 15
Bali Gagan dribbled finely and netted three goals to help SGGS Khalsa College beat Panjab University Campus 6-0 in the Panjab University Inter-College Football (men) A-Division Tournament being played on the PU grounds here today. In the second match of the day, GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar got the better of SGGS College, Chandigarh, 4-0.

A player tries to catch hold of the ball during a football match at Panjab University on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

A player tries to catch hold of the ball during a football match at Panjab University

GCG-42 lift weightlifting title
Chandigarh, September 15
Government College for Girls, Sector 42 (GCG-42), earned 175 points to clinch the team championship in the Senior Chandigarh Weightlifting Championship organised by the Chandigarh sports department at the Sector 42 Complex Multipurpose Hall here today.
Winners of the weightlifting championship with their certificates in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Winners of the weightlifting championship with their certificates in Sector 42, Chandigarh

City girl leads in Hero Honda Women’s Golf
Chandigarh, September 15
Saaniya Sharma of Chandigarh took a slender lead firing a one over par 73 card on the opening day of the Hero Honda Women’s Professional Golf Tour that got under way in sunny, cloudy and windy conditions as the day progressed on the par-72 greens of the ITC classic golf course in Gurgaon today.

Extended monsoon worries PCA officials
Mohali, September 15
Extended monsoon has become a cause of worry for the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) officials ahead of the first Test of Indo-Aussie series scheduled for October 1. Talking to TNS, PCA curator Daljit Singh said incessant rain in the city was not good for the pitch.

Horse Show
Sowar rides to glory
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 15
Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Memorial Horse Show kicked off at Nawab Sher Mohammed Khan Stadium of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College here today. Events like children show, jumping and national tent-pegging championships will be held.

Football meet from Oct 2
Chandigarh, September 15
The Youngster Club will organise the fifth Kanwar Harbans Lal Memorial Football Championship at the Sector 17 football stadium from October 2 to 10. The tournament will be held in both junior and senior categories.

Basketball trials on Sept 20
Chandigarh, September 15
The Chandigarh sports department will be conducting trials to select the Chandigarh civil services basketball team on September 20 at the Sports Complex, Sector 7, at 4 pm.

Punjab cagers dominate
Chandigarh, September 15
Punjab Circle remained unbeaten in its two matches during the 24th All-India Basketball Tournament 2010-11 being held at Sports Complex, Sector 7, here.


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