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I-T men swoop down on GMADA office
Aerocity, Chandigarh International Airport project records scrutinised
Chandigarh, November 18
The Greater Mohali Development Authority (GMADA) came under the income tax (I-T) scanner today as sleuths from the CIT (II) swooped down on its office to conduct a survey.

First set your house in order: Private schools to UT
‘Will not reserve 25 pc seats for disadvantaged until admn completes responsibilities’
Chandigarh , November 18
Private schools in the Union Territory have asked the Education Department to first set its house in order for implementing the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, before flooding private schools with circulars even before the ground was prepared.

Backlog to be verified at RLA offices
Chandigarh, November 18
Springing into action after the news item ‘Despite 3 offices, RLA unable to clear backlog, appeared in these columns on Thursday, UT home secretary Ram Niwas said he would inspect all three offices of the registration & licensing authority - SDM (east), SDM (south) and the Sector 17 central office tomorrow.

Spate of ATM frauds rattles SBI customers
Panchkula, November 18
The flurry of incidents involving fraudulent cash withdrawals from ATMs through cloned cards has sent jitters among State Bank of India account holders with city residents having lost over Rs 2.81 lakh of their hard-earned money since November 13.


Residents cut down on veggies
Panchkula, November 18
With prices of vegetables showing no signs of easing, city residents are being forced to go without most of them from their daily meals.Wholesale prices of onions have already touched an all-time high at Rs 45 50 a kg. Prices generally go down after the rainy season with the fresh arrival of vegetables in markets, but this year there has hardly been any decline. However, prices of tomatoes, which were available for Rs 20 a kg a fortnight ago, have fallen by one-half and were being retailed for Rs 10 a kg at the Apni Mandi.


Teachers found absent during surprise check
Chandigarh, November 18
Director higher education (DHE) Ajoy Sharma conducted a surprise inspection at Government Home Science College, Sector 10, and Postgraduate Government College for Girls (PGCC), Sector 11, today to check the faculty attendance.

Sappers celebrate 230th anniversary
Chandigarh, November 18
Engineer Corps celebrated its 230th Raising Day with fervour at Chandimandir military station near here today.Maj Gen VK Bhatt, chief engineer Western Command and Colonel Commandant of the Bombay Sappers, along with serving and retired officers as well as other ranks, paid tributes to martyrs at the Veer Smriti War Memorial in Chandimandir.

Maintenance of Green Belts
MC to supervise private companies’ work
Mohali, November 18
Unhappy with the working of private companies, who failed to maintain green belts in commercial areas, the municipal council has now decided to get the work done from employees hired by these companies under the supervision of the civic body.

Quality treatment at low rates attracts patients
Chandigarh, November 18
Patients and attendants lying in the open on the PGI campus on Thursday. The snatching of Rs 1 lakh from a patient’s attendant staying in the open at the PGI has once again brought to fore the continuing problem of overcrowding at the PGI with a majority of the North Indian states failing to improve the health service infrastructure.

Patients and attendants lying in the open on the PGI campus on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Tehelka prosecutor alleges illegal detention
Chandigarh, November 18 Alleging illegal detention and torture at the hands of the Army during the course of his trial by a general court martial, a lieutenant colonel, who was the prosecutor in the trial of officers involved in the infamous Tehelka episode, has sought registration of an FIR with the police against army authorities.

Senate byelection
Chandigarh, November 18
The byelection to a senate post in the principal constituency was held at SD College, Sector 32, on Thursday. The voting concluded at 10.30 am today, where principals of five city colleges DAV, Sector 10, Dev Samaj, Sector 45, Khalsa College For Women-26, MCM DAV-36 and SD College-32 exercised their right.

Hotelier Kidnapping Case
Two girls from Patiala rounded up
Panchkula, November 18
The local police claimed to have picked up two girls from the Patiala University campus in Patiala late last night for their alleged involvement in the Chandigarh-based hotelier Nandan Nagpal kidnapping case in June this year.

‘Recharge water to avoid its depletion’
Panchkula, November 18
Bimla Sood, Rajya Sabha member from Shimla, laid stress on saving water so that future generations are saved from water crisis during the Sood Milan Mela organised by the Sood Sabha at Sood Bhawan in Sector 10 here recently.

Hoardings removed
Zirakpur, November 18
Around 12 hoardings were removed by GMR Expressways, the company undertaking maintenance of the Ambala-Chandigarh Highway, here today.The matter was reported in these columns on November 2 that banners and hoardings were hung along the Zirakpur-Kalka Highway, Zirkapur-Patiala Highway and Zirakpur-Chandigah Highway.

Now, mounted cops to guard city
Chandigarh, November 18
The UT Police Control Room (PCR) unit will have a new look. In addition to its existing fleet of 38 gypsies and 33 motorcycles, the PCR will now have mounted policemen on 15 horses to patrol crowded areas in the city.The UT Police is also planning to buy two battery-operated golf cart vehicles. The police has two Reva cars in its fleet which has been condemned and a proposal to buy golf carts was being made, said a police officer.

Delhi-city flight cancelled
Chandigarh, November 18
Poor visibility once again disrupted the flight scheduled in the city as the Delhi-Chandigarh bound Jet airways flight was cancelled this evening.

MC suffers Rs 37-lakh loss
Chandigarh, November 18
The Chandigarh municipal corporation has accrued a loss of over ` 37 lakh for not imposing interest on pending dues of ` 1.52 crore from 24 defaulter liquor vendors of the city.

20-yr-old girl ends life
Chandigarh, November 18
Ruby, a 20-year-old girl, committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at the parking area behind the CITCO petrol pump in Sector 9.The police is apprehending a love-triangle as a possible reason behind the incident. ASP (Central) Deshraj Singh said the police had found a suicide note in which Ruby had mentioned the name of a man employed as a sweeper in a private company. “He is married and we are trying to trace him,” the ASP said.

Employees stage dharna
Chandigarh, November 18
Demanding jobs for the family members of those who died on duty, the UT Subordinate Service Federation today staged a dharna at a park near Hotel Sunbeam.


From Schools
Recitation contest
Mohali: The premises of Smart Wonders School, Sector 71, reverberated with medley of musical notes during a three-day poetry recitation contest. Students of UKG participated in the contest, while their parents were present as audience. Students presented enchanting songs and also recited poems. 

PU Notes
Chandigarh : The School of Communication Studies, Panjab University, in association with the Commonwealth Education Media Centre for Asia, is hosting a three-day Community Radio Awareness Workshop under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting from November 19 to 21.


DC meets officials for Punjab Games
Patiala, November 18
In wake of the Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh Punjab Games scheduled to get underway from December 4, Patiala Deputy Commissioner Dipinder Singh today convened a meeting with officials of the various departments.

Tech fest kicks off
Dera Bassi, November 18
Annual day and techno cultural festival of Sri Sukhmani Group of Institutions “Lamhe” was inaugurated today on the college campus.The celebration will continue for two days with different events and performances by famous singer Gurdas Mann. The technical and cultural teams from the institution came together for the beginning of the fest.

Power thefts to be curbed by using chemical-coated wires
Ambala, November 18
Superintending Engineer of HVPN, Ambala, RK Sharma, told media persons that they had successfully invented a pilot project to stop power thefts with the help of insulation over electric wires by epoxy chemical coating, which had been submitted to the HVPN head office for approval.

Surveillance steppedup in trains
Ambala, November 18
The Ambala railway police has decided to keep a special check on trains and surveillance in the trains is being increased since the trains have become a favourite mode of smugglers, who carry counterfeit currency and intoxicants from one state to the other. Last month, two gangs have been arrested near the Ambala Cantt railway station, who were in possession of fake currency and have to deliver in Punjab.

Youth found murdered
Kurali, November 18
A native of Bihar was found murdered in the fields of Sainia Majra village today. SHO Vijay Kumar said that the skeletal remains of Naresh Kumar, who was living at Mata Rani Mohalla in Kurali, were found from an abandoned place at Saini Majra.


Snatching at PGI
The accused, Anil Kumar Accused held with Rs 25,000
Chandigarh, November 18
The police today arrested Anil Kumar, alias Bablu, a resident of Khuda Lahora village, who allegedly snatched a bag containing Rs 1 lakh from a woman in PGI on Tuesday night.

The accused, Anil Kumar

Cop assaults truck driver
Zirakpur, November 18
A truck driver was allegedly assaulted by a Station House Officer of Sector 34, Chandigarh, in a minor road accident that took place near sales-tax barrier here this afternoon. The victim identified as Pardeep Kumar, a resident of Himachal Pardesh, and works as a truck driver in a Zirakpur-based transport company.

3 vehicles stolen
Chandigarh, November 18
Three vehicles, including a truck, were stolen from different parts of the city.Pawan Hans, a resident of Sector 11, Panchkula, reported to the police alleging that someone had stolen his half-body truck (HR-68-1779) from near a wine shop in Hallo Majra village during the intervening night of November 14 and 15.

2 held in rape cases
Chandigarh, November 18
The police today arrested one of the accused involved in the gangrape of 17-year-old schoolgirl, while in another incident, a Jalandhar resident was arrested for allegedly raping a woman while promising her a job to nurse an elderly woman in Canada.

Man kills wife
Zirakpur, November 18
Kiranjit Kaur (36) was murdered allegedly by her husband at her Preet Colony residence here this evening. The police said the accused, Gurmail Singh (40), was arrested and a case had been registered against him. A quarrel between the couple reportedly took a bloody turn when Gurmail hit Kiranjit with an iron.

DJ booked for flouting rules
Zirakpur, November 18
The Zirakpur police has booked a Panchkula-based DJ for playing loud music at Grace Marriage Palace near Panchkula barrier on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway after 10.30 pm. A case has been registered against the DJ on the complaint of Vinod Kumar, manager of the palace.

Man booked for sodomy bid
Chandigarh, November 18
The police has booked a Mani Majra resident for allegedly attempting to sodomize a 12-year-old boy.The additional SHO of the Mani Majra police station, sub-inspector Ranjit Singh, said the accused Prem, who is in his mid-fifties, fled from his house along with his family. A case of attempt to commit an unnatural offence has been registered against Prem, a resident of Pipliwala town, on a complaint lodged by the victim’s uncle, Suresh Kumar.

Snatching cases solved, 3 held
Chandigarh, November 18
With the arrest of three youths, including a minor, the police claimed to have solved two cases of snatchings.In charge of the crime branch inspector Charanjit Singh said following a tip-off, the police apprehended the trio and recovered three stolen mobile phones and a motorcycle from their possession.

Bank manager held for vehicle theft
Chandigarh, November 18
The police has arrested a manager of a private bank on the charges of stealing a Toyota Innova MUV of his acquaintance.The police said the accused, Jaspreet Singh, a resident of Ambala, was arrested from Patiala with the stolen vehicle. He is working as a manager with the branch of a private bank located in Sector 32.

Rs 90,000, sarees stolen from showroom
Panchkula, November 18
Keeping the police on its toes the thieves once again stuck in the city taking away Rs90,000 and few sarees from a cloth showroom in Sector 11.The incident came to light this morning when the owner of the Gulati Saree Centre today opened his showroom and found the cash missing from the cash counter. He immediately informed the police that reached the spot within minutes.


Abhishek leads team to victory
Chandigarh, November 18
Abhishek played a crucial role in the win of New Public School, Sector 18, by scoring 21 points against Saupin’s School, Sector 32, in the ongoing Lt Col Balraj Singh Memorial Basketball Tournament at Gurukul Global School, IT Park, here today.

Athletics meet from November 21
Chandigarh, November 18
The Veteran Amateur Athletics Association, Chandigarh, will be organising 31st Chandigarh State Veteran Athletics Championship on November 21 at the Sector 7 Sports Complex, here.

Saupin’s annual athletics meet
Panchkula, November 18
Annual athletics of Saupin’s School, Panchkula, will be held at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 3, here on November 21.Principal Chanella O’Brien said Dr RC Mishra, IGP Haryana, will be the chief guest. About 600 students from classes 1 to 10 will take part in events like, long jump, disk throw, javelin throw, novelty races, 200m, 100m, 75m, 50m and relay races, she added.

A football match in progress at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Thursday. St John’s drub DPS in football
Chandigarh, November 18
Powered by two goals through right striker Sarfraj, St John’s drubbed Delhi Public School, Sector 40, by 4-0 in the Chandigarh Sub-Junior Boys’ Football Championship for Coca Cola Cup being played at the Sector 17 Football Stadium here today.

A football match in progress at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan


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