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Hotel supervisor beaten to death
Was engaged in brawl with known persons
Chandigarh, March 11
The victim, Vijay Kumar A 42-year-old kitchen supervisor working at the Western Court Hotel restaurant in Sector 43 was allegedly murdered by three to four assailants late on Thursday night.The victim, Vijay Kumar Dabole, a resident of Butlera village near here, had earlier returned home on Thursday night with injuries on his head and face.

The victim, Vijay Kumar

POs on the run: 2,321 and counting
Chandigarh, March 11
The ever-increasing list of proclaimed offenders (POs) with the Chandigarh police has touched a new high. The number of POs at the end of February this year reached 2,321, which is the highest ever with the police. Notwithstanding the number of POs arrested from time to time, the number of those absconding from the law is on a steady rise.

Cong, BJP set for showdown today
Admn clamps Section 144 throughout city
Chandigarh, March 11
The Congress party and the BJP are all set for a showdown in the city even as the UT administration imposed Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (unlawful assembly of five or more people) on Saturday.

e-challan’ pilot project faces hiccups
Mohali, March 11
The Punjab police’s pilot project on issuing electronically generated receipts for traffic violations has been virtually grounded owing to snags encountered in operating the machines. Though the initiative was introduced on January 13 with much fanfare in Mohali (along with Amritsar and Jalandhar) by Punjab director general of police PS Gill, none of the ten handheld GPRS enabled devices issued to the traffic wing have been effectively used to issue ‘e-challans’ (fines issued electronically).



RTE: Admission deadline postponed
UT to restart awareness programme
Chandigarh, March 11
Failing to get any takers so far for admission to 25 per cent seats reserved in city schools under the Right of Children To Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, the UT Education Department has postponed the last date of admission by 10 days from March 14 to March 23.


Protest by PWD workers turns violent
Over 350 agitators arrested, 6 cops hurt
The police resorts to a lathi charge on protesting PWD employees in Sector 52, Chandigarh, on FridayChandigarh, March 11
The Chandigarh police today arrested over 350 agitating members of the PWD Coordination Sangharsh Committee for pelting stones at the cops during a rally along the Chandigarh-Mohali border today. Six policemen were injured as the workers pelted stones at the policemen, who prevented them from entering Chandigarh.

The police resorts to a lathi charge on protesting PWD employees in Sector 52, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Students manhandle CTU driver
Traffic blocked for two hours near PGI
Harassed commuters gather around haphazardly parked buses at a PGI bus stop following a scuffle between a Panjab University student and a CTU bus driver in Chandigarh on Friday. Chandigarh, March 11
Irked over manhandling of a driver, CTU workers blocked the traffic in front of the PGI here today.Traffic came to a stand still causing inconvenience to commuters for more than two hours.

Harassed commuters gather around haphazardly parked buses at a PGI bus stop following a scuffle between a Panjab University student and a CTU bus driver in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Mixed response to draw of lots in city schools
Princy, a parent from Panchkula, hugs her son on hearing the news of his selection in a school.Chandigarh, March 11
Following a series of controversies, the draw of lots for admission to 650 seats in the city minority schools was held today.Anxiety, apprehensions and nervousness dominated the scene at Sacred Heart School, St John’s School in Sector 26, St Anne’s in Sector 32 and Carmel Convent in Sector 9 before the draw. While the results brought smiles to many, some broke into tears of joy.

A SIGH OF RELIEF: Princy, a parent from Panchkula, hugs her son on hearing the news of his selection in a school.Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

PU to advertise top posts again
Chandigarh, March 11
Having failed to fill up key administrative posts, including that of Registrar since the last two years, Panjab University is all set to re-advertise these posts for the fourth time.In a meeting of syndicate members held on Thursday, members gave nod to the re-advertisement of posts like Dean College Development Council (DCDC) and Director Public Relations (DPR).

PSEB Class XII exams begin
Mohali, March 11
Students of Class XII come out of an examination centre at Government Senior Secondary School in Mohali on Friday. Second semester exams of the senior secondary schools conducted by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) began today.This is for the first time that the Education Department and the PSEB has deputed a Centre Controller of the affiliated schools at the centres located in the government schoolsto check instances of mass copying.

Students of Class XII come out of an examination centre at Government Senior Secondary School in Mohali on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

CBSE to offer specialised sports courses
Chandigarh, March 11
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has now decided to offer specialised sports courses in the array of vocational courses introduced in Class XII. According to its recent circular, the board has invited applications from its affiliated schools to introduce “Body Science - Fitness, Aerobics & Health” as an optional subject in Class XII.

Admn to seek legal opinion on CBI probe
Chandigarh, March 11
With the demand for a CBI inquiry into the booth scam involving political and bureaucratic bigwigs as alleged in the PS Shergill report gathering momentum, the UT administration has decided to seek legal opinion from its Legal Remembrancer (LR).

Satya Gopal to be CHB chairman
Chandigarh, March 11 Satya Gopal, a 1988-batch IAS officer of the UT cadre, will be the new chairman of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), reliable sources said here today. Satya Gopal replaces Mohanjit Singh, who held the charge of the chairman since July 2006.

MC issues notice to 8 contractors
Chandigarh, March 11 The Municipal Corporation has issued notice to eight contractors today for delay in commencing the works allotted to them for laying pave blocks in various sectors of the city.As per the notice, all contractors had been given three-day time to start the work allotted to them or the corporation would cancel their contract.

Nod to 9 posts at GMCH
Chandigarh, March 11
The Union Ministry of Finance has approved nine posts, including a professor and four senior residents, for developing a unit for acute pain service at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32.

Govt teachers stage dharna
Mohali, March 11
Teachers of various government colleges organised a dharna in support of their demands here yesterday.The protesters said the notification of 2009 had not been fully implemented and demanded that arrears since 2009 should be released soon. A proper seniority list should be prepared and additional increments should be given to those who had done MPhil or PhD.

Focus on skill development: Preneet
Chandigarh, March 11
Union minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur has said that the major problem facing the country in a highly competitive environment today was not unemployment but ‘unemployability’ of our youth.

Bumpy welcome to ‘Punjab’s Paris’
Mohali, March 11
A large pothole leading to internationally acclaimed NIPER and Knowledge City at Phase X. March 8 (Tuesday): Time - 9.30 pm: A Panchkula resident, Vikas, was speeding his newly-bought Maruti Swift car to attend his friend’s marriage in Sector 68 when he almost lost control over his vehicle after one of its wheels hit a gaping pothole on the road separating Phases X (Sector 64) and XI (Sector 65). Due to non-functional streetlights, the driver was unable to spot the pothole.

A large pothole leading to internationally acclaimed NIPER and Knowledge City at Phase X.Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu

BJP councillors submit representation to DC
Panchkula, March 11
Four BJP councillors and municipal council vice-president BB Singal highlighted the poor condition of civic amenities in the city in a representation submitted to the Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar here yesterday.

Zirakpur MC staff goes on strike
Zirakpur, March 11 On the call given by different employees’ unions of the state’s municipal councils, the employees of the Zirakpur Municipal Council went on an indefinite strike here today.

Tributes paid to Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Chandigarh, March 11
A larger than life image of legendary Urdu litterateur Faiz Ahmed Faiz swelled in the minds of intrusive Urdu poetry lovers at a special function held at the Haryana Raj Bhavan under the aegis of Haryana

Kathak danseuse casts spell
Chandigarh, March 11
An impressive and innovative kathak classical dance recital by USA-based danseuse and medical professional Dr Jaysi was a perfect blend of tradition and modernity. The programme organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra at the Randhawa Auditorium marked the 162nd “Baithak Musical Soiree”.

Inquiry report submitted to PU
Chandigarh, March 11
A much-awaited inquiry report into fraudulently changing examination centres by two Panjab University students has been submitted to the university authorities. Simranjit Dhillon and Navjot Saini, both students of the sixth semester of LLB, had allegedly got their examination centres changed from Chandigarh to Muktsar on medical grounds.

Emmar MGF directed to refund Rs 5.65 lakh
Chandigarh, March 11
The UT District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum has directed Emmar MGF Land to refund Rs 5.65 lakh to a Himachal resident, besides giving him a compensation of Rs 10,000 for not allotting the plot on time.

Tribune employee dead
Chandigarh, March 11
Kamla (54), Cleaner, The Tribune, died here today after a brief illness. She is survived by her husband and two sons.The funeral procession will start from her house no. 3089 at Tribune Colony, Sector 29-D, to Sector 25 crematorium tomorrow. 


Quiz show for students
Chandigarh, March 11
To reach out to students in a better way, Mind Solutions is organising a quiz show, “Kaun Banega Student of the North”. It is one of its kind of the events, which is based on the concept of a quiz game show.

From Schools & Colleges
CHANDIGARH : A UGC-sponsored national conference organised by the department of physical education (TE&L), Postgraduate Government College, Sector 11, on “Physical education - The key for holistic interdisciplinary collaboration” was inaugurated on Friday.


650 tested at eye check-up camp
Patiala, March 11
As many as 650 patients were examined by Dr Sukhdip S Boparai and Dr Anuradha Raj from the Patiala Eye Hospital and Lasik Laser Centre at a free eye check-up camp at Malkomajra, near Patiala, here yesterday.

Carpenter falls from building, dies
Kalka, March 11
A youth of Jattwala village of Pinjore block died yesterday after falling from the third floor of a building. According to information, Sachin (22), who was a carpenter, was fitting windows at a building in Parwanoo when the incident occurred.

Five employees found absent during checking
Ropar, March 11
Five employees of various departments at Chamkaur Sahib were found absent during checking conducted yesterday.ADC Sukhwinder Singh Mrar conducted checks in different departments and anganwari centres in district. At the Soil Conservation Department office in Chamkaur Sahib, Harmanjit Singh and sewadar Harpal Singh were found absent.


Two bikers snatch gold chain
Zirakpur, March 11
Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a gold chain from Parveen, a resident of Zirakpur, this afternoon.According to sources, the incident occurred when the victim went to Baltana for some work where two youths snatched her gold chain from her neck.

Clothes scattered all over the house where theft took place in Sector 4, Panchkula. Cash, jewellery burgled from house
Panchkula, March 11
Locked houses in the town continue to be targeted by thieves as they decamped with cash and gold ornaments worth Rs 1 lakh from a house in Sector 4.The incident came to light when the caretaker of the house, Mamata Sharma, along with her brother, returned this afternoon from Yamunanagar. After opening the gate of the house she found pieces of windowpane glass spread on the floor and the lock of the main door broken.

Clothes scattered all over the house where theft took place in Sector 4, Panchkula. A Tribune photograph

2 school dropouts held
Mohali, March 11 Two school dropouts were arrested today for their involvement in nine cases of mobile phone snatching in Mohali.Station House Officer, Matour Police Station, Tarlochan Singh said the two youths Surjit, a resident of Mohali, and Ranjit Singh, a Kharar resident, were involved in snatching mobiles in various parts of the city.


PEC Athletics Meet
Manjit grabs first position
Chandigarh, March 11
Manjit secured first position in 10,000m race during the second day of the 64th Athletics Meet of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) here toady.Deepankar secured second position in the race, whereas Harmeet finished third in the event and Moh Junaid Khan grabbed fourth position in the race.

West Indies vs Ireland
Kieron Pollard hogs limelight
Chandigarh, March 11
West Indies all-rounder Kieron Adrian Pollard might have missed an opportunity to add another ton to his batting career, but he did not miss the chance to entertain spectators, who came to watch the clash between West Indies and Ireland during the league of ICC-Cricket World Cup at the PCA Stadium, Mohali.

Fun Begins: Rosy (left), along with her husband from Australia, enjoy the match between West Indies and Ireland; and (right) police personnel check visitors to the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Friday. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu


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