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IT raids: Rs 50 cr surrendered
Chandigarh, September 18
An IT sleuth and cops outside the residence of one of the directors of a pharmaceutical company during a search operation at Sector 6, Panchkula The search and seizure operations conducted by the income tax department on the premises of three major pharmaceutical units yielded rich dividends.
An IT sleuth and cops outside the residence of one of the directors of a pharmaceutical company during a search operation at Sector 6, Panchkula. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Kajauli Project Controversy
Bansal talks tough
Says Punjab setting wrong precedent by denying water to UT
Chandigarh, September 18
Union Minister for Water Resources and Parliamentary Affairs Pawan Kumar Bansal today talked tough on the controversy over sharing of water from Kajauli water works with Punjab.

Rathore files fresh parole plea
Panchkula, September 18
Former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, presently serving 18-month term in Burail Jail in the infamous Ruchika molestation case, has filed a fresh application for a 42-day parole.


Dr Sofat’s aide held
Dr Sofat being produced before a Panchkula court Panchkula, September 18
The police has arrested Dr Ravinder, an accomplice of Dr Sumit Sofat, from Bathinda this morning. Dr Sofat was arrested yesterday in an attempt to murder case. Sources said that during investigation, Sofat had disclosed that Dr Ravinder was helping him in the land dispute case with Pashans and had demanded 10 per cent of the market value of the disputed land, presently valued at Rs 15 crore. Sofat had revealed that Ravinder had also promised him to help in the attempt to murder case.

Dr Sofat being produced before a Panchkula court. A Tribune photograph

PEC Admission Scam
More students under CBI scanner
Chandigarh, September 18
In a fresh development in the ongoing admission scam at the PEC University of Technology, more students have come under the CBI scanner for not being able to produce their original documents mandatory for admission.

Kids get healing touch at Snehalaya
Chandigarh, September 18
Anita, Mukesh and Rakesh at Snehalaya The staff at Snehalaya, a home for destitute, donned the role of foster parents for Mukesh, Rakesh, and Anita, the children of Govind Singh Rana who was murdered by his wife recently. On the initiative of UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas, the children were sent to the destitute home in Maloya. Ensuring that the grief of the children was not aggravated by their separation from their mother, Rita, the foster mother, of the kids, spent the entire day looking after them.
Anita, Mukesh and Rakesh at Snehalaya. A Tribune photograph


Parking needs a lot to be desired
Cars parked in a park in a residential area in Sector 45-C, Chandigarh It’s a scramble for space in residential areas
Chandigarh, September 18
While 200 cars are being registered in the city every day, the Chandigarh municipal corporation has been unable to keep pace with the growing number of vehicles on road or chalk out a concrete plan for providing adequate parking space in residential areas.

Cars parked in a park in a residential area in Sector 45-C, Chandigarh. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Contractors have a ball
Chandigarh, September 18
A deserted basement near the CMC in Sector 17 Apart from increasing the number of parking lots in the city, the Chandigarh municipal corporation will also have to work on maximising the utilisation of space available in the existing parking lots. As even after converting free parking lots to paid parking ones, generating hefty revenue out of these, authorities have failed to provide much-needed relief of systematic parking to public.
A deserted basement near the CMC in Sector 17.

Traffic police not up to the task?
“No parking” boards displayed on the gates of a house situated on the rear side of the Sector-8 market Chandigarh, September 18
Occasional drives by the Chandigarh traffic police to curb wrong parking notwithstanding, the problem of chaotic parking in city continues unabated. In the wake of burgeoning vehicular population in the city, the problem is worsening by the day, leading to brawls in parking lots and in congested residential and commercial areas of the city.

“No parking” boards displayed on the gates of a house situated on the rear side of the Sector-8 market.

3 more down with dengue
Chandigarh, September 8
With three more patients of dengue reaching the city hospitals, the number of patients went up to 25 today. This equals the number of patients reported in the city last year.

Meeting on PNDT Act
Chandigarh, September 18
Under the ongoing partnership initiative programme, a meeting on the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act was held in the auditorium of District Family Welfare Bureau, Sector 22, yesterday.

Lineman dies repairing fault
Mohali, September 18
A lineman of the Powercom department of Ropar division died here today when he fell from an electric pole while repairing a breakdown at Sohana village.

Despite orders, MC dumps garbage in Sukhna choe
Garbage being dumped along the Sukhna choe at Bishanpura village in Zirakpur on SaturdayZirakpur, September 18
In a complete violation of the direction issued by the drainage department and the local administration, Zirakpur municipal council continues to dump garbage in Sukhna choe at Bishanpura village. Talking to SDM, Dera Bassi, Puneet Goyal about throwing of garbage in the choe, he said he had already directed the council not to throw garbage there.
Garbage being dumped along the Sukhna choe at Bishanpura village in Zirakpur on Saturday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Zirakpur MC to have new building
Zirakpur, September 18
The Zirakpur municipal council will soon have its own new building, as the architectural plan of the council building is almost finalised. The two-storey building will have all administrative offices for public dealing.

Kingpin of Sec-10 robbery still at large
Panchkula, September 18
The police is still groping in the dark, as the kingpin of the Sector 10 robbery case, in which robbers decamped with cash and jewellery worth Rs 15 lakh on July 16, is still at large.

Woman commits suicide
Panchkula, September 18
A 55-year-old woman committed suicide here this afternoon at her residence in Sector 10. The incident came to light when the neighbours found her hanging from a ceiling fan of her room. They immediately informed the police and the son of the deceased.


A potholed road at the Phase 3B-2 market in Mohali
A potholed road at the Phase 3B-2 market in Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Sensitisation through documentaries
Chandigarh, September 18
The department of higher education, UT, in collaboration with Mad Arts, Jaspal Bhatti’s film school, is all set to launch a special sensitisation programme at government colleges.

New OPD block planned for GMSH
Chandigarh, September 18
A new OPD block (estimated cost of Rs 14 crore) will be commissioned at the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH) by the end of this year. This will decongest OPDs of the old building. This was stated by Ram Niwas, Home Secretary-cum-Secretary Health, at a meeting held here on Thursday to review the ongoing projects of the health department.

Higher education Bill discussed
Chandigarh, September 18
The IOSS, ISC and Kendri Sri Guru Singh Sabha organised a seminar on “National Commission for Higher Education and Research Bill 2010” at Gurudwara Kanthala Sahib near Tribune chowk.

MG Mobiles told to pay Rs 2,500
Chandigarh, September 18
Holding MG Mobiles Pvt Ltd guilty of selling a defective mobile, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has asked it to replace the mobile of complainant Bant Singh.

Guv urged to start law course at govt college
Panchkula, September 18
Irked over the denial by the Kurukshetra University (KU) to start the law course at Government College, Sector 1, a delegation of various political parties yesterday urged KU Chancellor and Governor of Haryana, Jagannath Paharia, to grant permission for the course from this session.


New DAV principal takes charge, sans room
Chandigarh, September 18
A police official pacifies the protesting students at DAV College in Chandigarh on Saturday Taking up the charge of principal of DAV College, Sector 10, in most subdued manner, Shashi K Gupta today carried out his work from college’s staffroom. While BC Josan, who has refused to step down after his suspension remained absent from the college scene, Gupta avoided to go any where near the principal’s office. The move, according to college officials, is a step to stay away from the ongoing tussle between the DAV management and Josan.
A police official pacifies the protesting students at DAV College in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph.

International hostel to come up at PU
Chandigarh, September 18
Efforts put in by the Panjab University authorities to attract foreign students and research scholars have failed to gain momentum.

Naat Utsav ends with 3 short plays
Chandigarh, September 18
Artistes perform at Randhawa auditorium in Chandigarh on Saturday The concluding day of the ongoing Gursharan Singh Naat Utsav was dedicated to the special street theatre genre of “Thada natak shelly” evolved, pioneered and popularised by the living legend himself. The artistes of Chandigarh School of Drama presented three short plays on three socio-culturally relevant themes under his direction in the largely attended festival organised by the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademy and Suchetak Rang Manch at the Randhawa auditorium. The programme commenced with “Santaap”, which depicted the ideological differences and the sordid realities of the new generation of Punjabis earning a lot and enjoying a lavish lifestyle falling prey to the Western culture and their old parents visiting or staying with them.
Artistes perform at Randhawa auditorium in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

From Colleges
Students selected
Mohali: Around 30 students have been selected by the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, New Zealand, for admission to its mechanical, electronics and electrical diploma courses through a test held at SAS Institute of IT & Research (SASIIT&R), Mohali. The test was held in collaboration with SASIIT&R.

Books penned by two city writers out
Chandigarh, September 18
The Chandigarh Sahitya Akademy, an organisation engaged in promotion and propagation of literature, languages and authors, held a seminar under the chairmanship of Prof Manju Jaidka at the UT Guest house here today.

PU Notes
Sanskrit Day celebrations
Chandigarh: The department of Sanskrit, Panjab University, will celebrate Sanskrit Day on September 20 at the evening studies auditorium on the PU campus. “Sloka recitation” and speaking in Sanskrit competition will be components of the event, besides a seminar on Sanskrit studies.

Judiciary must be accountable to people: Ex-HC judge
Chandigarh, September 18
The association of British scholars in association with the department of laws, Panjab University, Chandigarh, organised a one-day seminar on "Judicial Accountability" on ICSSR complex here today.

Mycoplasma potent threat to humans: Expert
Chandigarh, September 18
Lack of awareness among clinicians as well as microbiologists regarding mycoplasma genitalium has resulted in low detection rate of patients suffering from health complications related to it.

Anu first in recitation contest
Bassi Pathana, September 18
Talent hunt programme was held at Jawala Devi College of Education Sanghol here yesterday. Dr RK Sharma, director of Cordia Institutes, was the chief guest. The students participated in large number in different competitions like folk dances, singing, drama, fine arts and literary items.


Residents without water for one month
Bassi Pathana, September 18
The residents of this historical town are not getting supply of potable water from the past one month as two of the three tubewells of the municipal council have gone out of order and the council had hardly taken any step to get these repaired.

Flouting of octroi rules
Admn seeks info on defaulters
Dera Bassi, September 18
Lalru nagar panchyat has taken a note of violation of octroi rules by some diesel and petrol consumers, particularly by some industries, falling in its area.

ASI dismissed for producing fake certificate
Ambala, September 18
An ASI of the Ambala police was dismissed from the job for producing fake matric certificate at the time of recruitment.

258 cops get possession of plots
Kharar, September 18
About 258 Punjab police personnel were given the possession of their plots at Ansal Properties and Infrastructure (APIL) here today.


Rape accused acquitted as victim turns hostile
Panchkula, September 18
The District Courts here today acquitted a 23-year-old youth for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl in May. The Sessions Court acquitted the accused as the victim had turned hostile.

Lok Adalat
10,000 cases disposed of
Chandigarh, September 18
Judges dispose of cases during a lok adalat at the district courts, Sector 17, Around 10,100 cases were disposed of at the quarterly lok adalat today. Litigants were asked to appear before the judge by announcing their names on microphones.
Twenty benches took up cases pertaining to Motor Accident Claims, Hindu Marriage Act cases, civil cases, civil appeals, compoundable criminal cases, rent cases, cheque-bounce cases, labour and consumer cases.
Judges dispose of cases during a lok adalat at the district courts, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: parvesh Chauhan


Minor held for rape
Chandigarh, September 18
The police arrested a 17-year-old school dropout on charge of raping a minor girl at Palsora village here today.
The police said the 16-and-half-year-old victim was nine months pregnant and the matter was report after the boy’s mother refused to solemnise their marriage until it was medically confirmed that the girl had conceived from him.

4 held for drinking publically
Chandigarh, September 18
The police has arrested four persons from different parts of the city for allegedly consuming liquor at public place.
Shambhu, a resident of Bhabhat, was arrested while allegedly consuming liquor at a public place in Daria village. Similarly, Rajinder Kumar, Manjit Singh and Parvesh, all residents of Dadu Majra Colony, were allegedly caught drinking in a car parked in Sector 22 market in the wee hours today.

Railway employee found dead
Zirakpur, September 18
An employee of the Indian Railways, who was deployed at Dhakoli railway crossing on the Ambala-Kalka railway track in Zirakpur, was found dead under mysterious circumstances during his duty hours today. The deceased was identified as Nar Singh (48).

Woman accuses daughter of grabbing house
Panchkula, September 18
High drama was witnessed in Sector 4 when a Canada-based NRI woman accused her daughter of grabbing her house here today.
The police said NRI Usha Sandhu had alleged in her complaint that she was residing in Canada for the past 15 years with her younger son Surender Sandhu. She said her elder son Rajender Sandhu, who was residing in the house, shifted to Canada to live with them about one year ago.

Five booked for rioting
Residents of Colony No 5 at the Sector 34 police station in Chandigarh on Saturday night Chandigarh, September 18
The Chandigarh police today booked five persons, all residents of Colony No 5, for rioting. Two contractors, who supplied electricity to the area, were also booked under preventive measures.. Residents of Colony No 5 assembled outside the police station to lodge a complaint against contractors Gurdev and Anil Arora.

Residents of Colony No 5 at the Sector 34 police station in Chandigarh on Saturday night. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik


Equestrian: Shaurya hogs limelight
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 18
13-year-old Shaurya Bali crossed the course with just four penalty points in the children jumping competition at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Memorial Horse Show.
Ranjeet Singh of BSF and Vatandeep Singh also performed well.

Vipin, Vaibabh to fight for title
Chandigarh, September 18
Vipin of GMSS-32 is set to clash with Vaibabh of PML SD-32 in the final of the 34 kg event in the 25th Chandigarh State Sub-Junior Men Boxing Championship held at PML SD Public School, Sector 32, here today.

UT postal department to have sports club soon
Members of the Gujarat team who won the 24th All-India Postal Basketball Tournament Chandigarh, September 18
If all goes well UT postal department may soon have its own sports club.
Set to make sports an integral part of their office culture, the department not only plans to arrange for sports infrastructure, but also to organise more on the 24th All-India Postal Basketball tournament.

Members of the Gujarat team who won the 24th All-India Postal Basketball Tournament. A Tribune photograph

Badminton meet from Sept 23
Panchkula, September 18
The 44th Haryana State Open Senior Badminton Championship will be organised by the District Badminton Association (DBA) at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, from September 23.

Team installed
Mohali, September 18
The new team of Lions Club Chandigarh Nightingale District 321F was installed at a function held in a hotel at Sector 43. Elected members include president: Anita Mahajan; vice-presidents: Paramjit Puri, Tripta Khanna and Pritpal Benipal; secretary: Paramjeet Kaur Pandey; additional secretary: Harbir Kaur; joint secretary: Gurjinder Kaur; treasurer: Sublesh Bansal; joint treasurer: Uma Nagpal; PRO: Surjit Patheja.


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