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Sumit Sofat finally behind bars
Panchkula, September 17
Dr Sumit Sofat The Panchkula police arrested Ludhiana-based doctor Sumit Sofat, accused in an attempt to murder case, near a hotel at Sector 22 in Chandigarh this evening. After a tip-off that the Dr Sofat, a resident of Heera Nagar (Ludhiana), would be arriving near Hotel Sunbeam, Sector 22, in the evening, the Chandimandir police team, led by SHO Jangsher Singh, cordoned off the area in mufti.

UT fudged facts on Kajauli project: Punjab
Mohali, September 17
Contrary to the UT administration’s claims about getting water from phases V and VI of the Kajauli water works, the Punjab housing & urban development department today said the administration “misrepresented” facts while seeking approval for Rs 171 crore funds for the JNNRUM scheme. The union territory had already exhausted its share of the cost of acquiring land in laying four pipelines, the department added.


Josan’s Suspension
VC backs DAV’s decision, snubs registrar
Chandigarh, September 17
Panjab University today took a U-turn on the registrar’s decision of quashing BC Josan’s suspension as principal of DAV College, Sector 10. Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti said the orders issued by the registrar had been kept in abeyance since the same were passed without his approval.

Raids on pharma majors detect massive tax evasion
Chandigarh, September 17
In a major swoop on pharmaceutical units in north India, income tax sleuths conducted near simultaneous raids (officially described as “search and survey operations”) at over 50 premises of three major firms in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana and Chandigarh.

NHRC notice to SSP on inaction in torture case
Chandigarh, September 17
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to UT special superintendent of police Naunuhal Singh on the police’s failure to take any action in the alleged torture of a Tamil Nadu resident in the city’s Industrial Area about three months ago.

10 down with dengue in Mohali
Mohali, September 17
As many as 10 persons have tested positive for dengue fever in Mohali while the confirmatory report of two children suffering from swine flu is awaited.


Two more names surface in PEC scam
Four-day remand for Nishikant
Chandigarh, September 17
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said two more names had surfaced in the PEC scam. The investigating agency has sought a police remand of seven days for Dr Nishikant. The CBI said Mahender Bajaj and Kishore Yadav might be hand in glove with Dr Nishikant.

Labour Cess
ALC’s office nets Rs 3 crore
Chandigarh, September 17
A year after the imposition of labour cess on all new constructions in the city, UT’s office of assistant labour commissioner (ALC) has netted a total of Rs 3 crore towards the welfare of labour.

Seminar on Hindi Day at Press Club
Chandigarh, September 17
“The popularity and spread of Hindi as a language has risen manifold since the 50’s. Hindi films, Hindi-based programme for TV channels has contributed a lot to make it a language of the masses,” said the Punjab Transport Minister Mohan Lal.

Predicament of womanhood depicted
Chandigarh, September 17
Legendary Punjabi playwright Balwant Gargi sculpted his classic play “Loha Kut” on the second day of ongoing Gursharan Singh Naat Utsav at Randhawa auditorium here today. The play depicted the predicament of womanhood in a male dominated society and the eventual emotional rebellion by a young daughter. The play was directed by Sudesh Sharma, who played the lead role.

Artistes stage a play ‘Loha Kut’ at Randhawa auditorium in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Need for more compassion: Patil
Chandigarh, September 17
Strongly advocating the need for extending the boundaries of care, compassion and concern for ensuring survival, growth and development of needy children, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil urged members of the Child Welfare Council to strengthen institutional mechanism, support structure and monitoring system of the council to carry out their social initiatives.

Muslims protest over the US Quran burning issue at Jama Masjid in Sector 20, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

From Schools & Colleges
Freshers welcomed
Mohali: The Institute of Management and Technology, Rattan Group of Institutions, organised a welcome party for first year students. The function was inaugurated by Sunder Lal Aggarwal, managing director, Rattan Group of Institutions. Various events like bhangra, giddha and dance were held. Sarabjeet and Juhi were declared Mr and Miss Freshers. Ranjit and Monika were named Mr and Miss Personality.

Boy goes ‘missing’, found sleeping in bus
Chandigarh, September 17
Four-year-old Garnav, a student of KB DAV, Sector 7, had a harrowing time today when he was left in a school bus. Garnav, who boarded the bus after school around 12 noon and reportedly fell asleep at the back seat, didn’t get down at his stop in Khuda Alisher.

Apni Mandi
MC panel fixes space for vendors
Chandigarh, September 17
The apni mandi and day market committee of the municipal corporation has fixed the distribution of space for vendors selling various items at day markets. A committee convened a meeting under the chairmanship of Jagjit Singh Kang and attended by other members here today.

Youth accuses GRP of inaction over assault
Chandigarh, September 17
Honey, a resident of Nangal, accused the Government Railway Police (GRP) of not initiating any action on his complaint after he was allegedly thrashed by bouncers at the Chandigarh railway station here this evening. Honey told the TNS that he had alighted from a train on his way to Lalru at the railway station around 6.15 am when he saw the shooting of a TV serial there.

MC drive to save power
Chandigarh, September 17
The electricity committee of the municipal corporation will start a campaign to educate people on saving electricity by developing energy-saving devices.

Taps go dry in Sec 61
Chandigarh, September 17
Thousands of residents of Chandigarh Housing Board flats, Sector 61, woke up to dry taps this morning.

Demolition drive by CHB
Chandigarh, September 17 Staff of the Chandigarh Housing Board carried out a demolition drive in Sector 55 here today.


Horse riding: Gursobha steals the show
A rider in action during a horse riding competition at Fatehgarh Sahib. Fatehgarh Sahib,  September 17
Gursobha Singh of Heritage Equestrian Sports Academy, Mohali, stood first in the children’s show jumping (normal) on the third day of the Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Memorial horse show at the Nawab Sher Mohammad Khan Stadium. Major Krishan Yadav, captain of India’s Tent-pegging and show jumping teams is also participating.

A rider in action during a horse riding competition at Fatehgarh Sahib. A Tribune photo

3 hurt in tractor-auto collision
Kalka, September 17
Two women and a girl sustained major injuries in a road accident between a tractor and an auto-rickshaw in which they were travelling. According to information, the incident took place on the accident-prone steep-gradient stretch on the Kalka-Paploha road on Thursday around 11.30 am.

Notice served on passport officer
Ambala, September 17
ATFI president Veresh Shandilaya, a resident of Ambala City, has issued a legal notice to regional passport officer, Chandigarh, today for directing him to surrender his passport issued under the Tatkal Scheme a few months ago.

Mullana lads emerge tennis champs
Ambala, September 17
MM Engineering College, Mullana, emerged victorious in the men section during the Inter-College Table Tennis Tournament held at Indoor Sports Complex of Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana.


Anuradha Murder Case
Victim’s brother sides with Talla
Chandigarh, September 17
In a new twist to the Anuradha murder case, Sandeep, younger brother of the victim, deposed before the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge GC Garg stating that Anuradha had cordial relations with her husband Baljinder Singh, alias Talla.


3 booked for fraud
Zirakpur, September 17
The police booked two officials, along with a sales executive, of Tricity Autos situated on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway for allegedly duping a resident of Mohali. The case has been registered on the complaint of Jagdeepak Singh Bedi, a resident of Phase X, Mohali. The accused have been identified as Ajay Kapoor, general manager, Dhuru Garg, managing director and William Masih, sales executive, of Tricity Autos.

‘Road Rage’
Cong leader’s son thrashed
Chandigarh, September 17
In an apparent incident of road rage, the son of a police inspector, along with his two friends, allegedly thrashed a 20-year-old son of a Congress leader from Haryana. The victim, Kamal Chaudhary, suffered injuries on his face and nose. A BA final year student, Kamal is a resident of Sector 2, Panchkula.

In full fury: ABVP activists from Chandigarh and Haryana protest at Sector 25 in Chandigarh on Friday. ABVP activists clash with police, 15 held
Chandigarh, September 17
Members of the Haryana and Chandigarh units of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) clashed with the Chandigarh police at the rally ground in Sector 25 here today.

In full fury: ABVP activists from Chandigarh and Haryana protest at Sector 25 in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Burglary bid at liquor shop
Chandigarh, September 17
A liquor shop owner in Mani Majra accused the police of inaction following attempt of burglary at his shop last night. The owner, Gaurav Khanna, a resident of Sector 44, said around 4.30 am four unidentified youths broke open the locks of his liquor shop in Mani Majra. The miscreants pried open the shutter of the shop but a truck driver noticed their activity and raised the alarm.

3 held with illegal liquor
Chandigarh, September 17
The police arrested three persons from different parts of the city and recovered 128 quarters of liquor from them here yesterday. The police arrested Anu, a resident of Mauli Complex, from near Kalagram light point while allegedly carrying 96 quarters of country wine.


Hero Honda Women's Golf
City girls tied fourth
Chandigarh, September 17
The city duo of Saaniya Sharma and Preetinder Kaur finished fourth, as Delhi's Nalini Singh Siwach fired another steady two over 74 card to clinch the title in the Hero Honda Women's Professional Golf Tour event on the ITC Classic greens in Gurgaon today.

Australia-Board President XI Practice Match
Tickets to be sold from today
Chandigarh, September 17
The sale of tickets for the practice match between Australia and Board President XI at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium will start tomorrow. According to the PCA officials, the tickets will be available at the branches of Central Bank of India in Sectors 15, 17, 22, Chandigarh, and Sector 70, Mohali.

Basketball squad announced
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 17 The Chandigarh Basketball Association has selected the teams to participate in the 37th Sub-Junior National Basketball Championship to be held at Kangra in Himachal Pradesh.

Khalsa College clinch football title
Chandigarh, September 17
Players of SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, and Gursar Sudhar College during a football match at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Friday. GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, beat SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, by 3-0 to lift championship trophy in the Panjab University Football (Men) Championship, which concluded here today. SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, secured second position, whereas PU Campus and SGGS College, Sector 26, remained at third and fourth positions, respectively.

Players of SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, and Gursar Sudhar College during a football match at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

U-20 cricket trials today
Chandigarh, September 17
The Chandigarh Hockey Association will hold trials to select U-20 team tomorrow at 2.30 pm at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 18, here.


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