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Health services at GMSH, PGI go for a toss
Harrowing time for patients; GMSH strike called off, PGI’s still on 
Chandigarh, March 16
A woman helps her father on to a trolley at Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, may be the last resort of the common man but the “aam aadmi” was the least wanted here with a strike by contractual workers.

ON THEIR OWN: A woman helps her father on to a trolley at Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik




Youth found bludgeoned to death near lake
A policeman covers the body of a victim found at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Wednesday.Chandigarh, March 16
A 22-year-old youth was found bludgeoned to death near the Sukhna Lake here this morning. The victim, who has not been identified yet, was found lying in a pool of blood and had multiple stab injuries.The police has registered a case of murder and attempts are on to identify the victim.The body was first noticed lying in a pool of blood at the rear of the lake near the Horse Riding Club on the road leading to a gurdwara by a morning walker who informed the police control room.

A policeman covers the body of a victim found at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Another murder in Colony No. 5
Woman commits suicide at lake

Golf club greens may parch
MC to disconnect water supply today
Chandigarh, March 16
Golfers of Chandigarh Golf Club could soon be playing on dry patches. With the water supply to the club located in Sector 6 all set to be disconnected by the Municipal Corporation (MC) tomorrow following the failure of the club to deposit water tariff for the last five years amounting to Rs 6.15 lakh.

Working couples have only 20 mins a day for their kids
Chandigarh, March 16
Working couples in Chandigarh and Ludhiana spend a meagre 20 minutes with their children on a working day, reveals a recent study undertaken by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).


PU Student Poll Expenditure
RTI info seems far from reality
Chandigarh, March 16
In a revelation that appears completely divorced from reality, information provided by Panjab University has revealed that the key elected leaders to the student council spent paltry sums of money during the annual student council elections held in September last year.

Patients at the receiving end, yet again
Chandigarh, March 16
Operating theatre (OT) technicians at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) continued to hold seriously-ill patients to ransom for the second day today.It was a long wait for Kamlesh, mother of Rajesh from Ladwa in Haryana, who was kept waiting for the surgery of her son till afternoon.

(From left):Saroj, a resident of Maloya, suffering from a broken hip bone, is being taken for an X ray on a stretcher being pulled by her husband ; 84-year-old Balwant Singh with a broken wheelchair to ferry his wife to the OPD; and contract workers hold a rally at Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Vinay Malik

Little respite in sight
Chandigarh, March 16
With PGI authorities and agitating operating theatre technicians sticking to their guns, patients will continue to be at the receiving end in the days to come.

Security tightened ahead of Prez’s visit
Chandigarh, March 16
 The police personnel deployed outside the law auditorium in Panjab University ahead of President Pratibha Patil’s visit to the campus on Thursday. Security has been beefed up at Panjab University ahead of the visit of President of India Pratibha Devisingh Patil. The president will visit the campus on Thursday to deliver the VN Tewari Memorial Lecture.

GUARDS UP: The police personnel deployed outside the law auditorium in Panjab University ahead of President Pratibha Patil’s visit to the campus on Thursday.Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Awareness on EWS Quota
UT to rope in radio stations, NGOs
Chandigarh, March 16
Getting a lukewarm response for over 400 seats reserved under the economic weaker sections category, the UT education department has decided to intensify its awareness campaign.

Shortage of radiologists in govt hospitals
4 private doctors volunteer
Mohali, March 16
The scheme to rope in private players to overcome the shortage of radiologists in government hospitals has made a headway with four doctors showing interest in providing their services.

Booth scam
‘Tainted’ EO, police officials may face the axe
Chandigarh, March 16
Heads are set to roll in the booth allotment scam with the UT administration contemplating action against estate office and police officials “directly” involved in the fraudulent allotment of booths in the Krishna Market in Sector 41 as alleged in the PS Shergill report.

Chhabra files defamation suit against Shergill
Chandigarh, March 16
Former Mayor Pardeep Chhabra, who has been named in the PS Shergill inquiry report as part of the booth mafia, today slapped a defamation suit against the former Additional Deputy Commissioner.

Reconciliatory Move?
Sukhbir visits dissident Akali leader
Mohali, March 16
With elections round the corner, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal seems to be in a reconciliation mode. For, the Badal Jr on Monday came calling at the residence of dissident Akali leader Kiranbir Singh Kang in Sector 69 here this evening, after a gap of almost two years.

BSNL extends deadline
Chandigarh, March 16 Owing to error in the landline bills of November, December, 2010 and January, 2011 due to the implementation of a new billing system, the BSNL has extended the last date of payment of bills till March 31. BSNL subscribers in the city have been receiving inflated bills on account of erroneous inclusion of previous months’ bills to the latest one.

Spreading awareness on environment
Mohali, March 16
The Punjab State Council for Technology and Environment staged a play on environment at Government Senior Secondary School, Nada village.The three-day event also witnessed on-the-spot paper reading and poem recitation competitions.The students of the school carried out an awareness campaign on environment conservation.

PSEB issues roll no with changed gender
Zirakpur, March 16
In a major faux pas, the Punjab School Education Board has changed the gender on roll number cards of students of a private school appearing for the board examinations.

Engg student dies as car collides with truck
Zirakpur, March 16
An engineering student of Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori, was killed iafter a Swift car collided with a truck near AKM resort on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway here this afternoon.

Zone-wise sanitation system to be introduced in Panchkula
Panchkula, March 16
The Panchkula Municipal Council (MC) will be introducing new zone-wise sanitation system in the town from next month as the present ward-wise sanitation system had failed.The residents had been complaining of unsatisfactory sanitary condition in the city stating that even though the sanitation workers were performing their duties in various wards but the main roads were never clean.

Volunteers’ body seeks better salaries
Mohali, March 16
The Inclusive Education Volunteers Association held a protest march against inadequate salaries being given to them by the state government.Volunteers who teach differently-abled children first gathered at Gurdwara Amb Sahib and then marched till Kumbra Chowk.

HUDA employees threaten to intensify stir
Panchkula, March 16
Members of the Haryana Sarv Karmchari Sangh (HSKS) threatened to intensify their stir if the authorities of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) failed to fulfil their long-pending demands.

Residents seek action against SDM
Panchkula, March 16
Irked over the thrashing of four youths by the SDM over the eve teasing incident last evening, residents of EWS colony in Sector 15 submitted memorandums to the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police here today.

‘Anti-pensioners’ policies decried
Mohali, March 16 Members of the Punjab Government Pensioners Joint Front held a rally near YPS here today in protest against the ‘anti-pensioners’ policies of the government.The protesters, who carried black flags and wore black bands, raised slogans against the government. They said that the government had failed to fulfill the promises, which were made by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) before coming to power in the state.


‘Fake’ company shortlists students at PU
Chandigarh, March 16
Panic triggered among students of School of Communication Studies (SCS), Panjab University, after they found that a company which was offering lucrative salaries through an internal placement drive turned out to be fake.

From Schools & Colleges
Chandigarh : SGGS College, Sector 26, organised its annual prize distribution function on Wednesday. Ajoy Sharma, IAS Director, Higher Education, was the chief guest. HS Sohi, principal, presented the annual report of the college.

PUSU leaders demand a say in vital matters
Chandigarh, March 16
Demanding a representation of students in the supreme governing body of Panjab University, a section of Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) protested outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office.


‘Punish ’84 riot perpetrators’
Ambala, March 16
Tarsem Singh Morawali, president, Sikh International Dhadi Jatha, on Monday reiterated that Operation Bluestar had left a permanent scar on the psyche of the Sikhs and had deeply hurt their religious sentiments. Talking to mediapersons at Gurdwara Manji Sahib in Ambala City on Monday, he said the Sikhs had not forgiven the Congress for initiating the operation at the Golden Temple. “The Sikhs will never forgive those responsible for it. However, we do not want to pass it down to the next generation.”

Punjabi folk singer dead
Dera Bassi, March 16
Rajinder Joula (44), rising star in Punjabi folk singing, died due to lever cancer yesterday. Rajinder, a resident of Joula, was suffering from lever cancer for the past four years. Despite illness, Rajinder kept on singing and performed several live shows.

Haryana Roadways bus crushes student
Ambala, March 16
A student of SGN Polytechnic, Chormastpur, Ambala, was killed in an accident near Matheri village on Ambala-Hisar road here this afternoon. The deceased Ashwani Kumar was the resident of Singhawala village near Ambala City.

Youth killed in train accident
Dera Bassi, March 16
A youth was killed in a train accident near here today.According to sources, an unidentified youth of nearly 35-year-old was killed when a train coming from Kalka to Ambala hit him near Dera Bassi.The deceased was a Sikh youth and could not be identified in the absence of any documentary proof.

Chaundheri village residents forced to drink dirty water
Defect in newly installed tubewell 
Dera Bassi, March 16
Residents of Chaundheri village have been getting muddy water to drink for the past two months. The residents had demanded an early solution to the problem but the department concerned has not bothered to pay heed to their problem.

Wife gets life term for killing blind husband
Ambala, March 16
Additional Session Judge AS Narang has given life imprisonment to a woman for murdering her blind husband. Dharambir, another accused in the case, was acquitted due to insufficient evidences.


Two held for theft
Panchkula, March 16
The local police today claimed to have arrested two persons involved in different case of snatchings and thefts in the district.Sub Inspector Kehar Singh of Sector 14 police station on a tip off had nabbed a snatcher, identified as Ranjit Singh, resident of Sector 19. The accused had snatched a purse of Neha Saini near Sector 14 patrol pump recently.

Two maids flee with cash, valuables
Chandigarh, March 16
Two women employed as domestic help fled with cash and valuables from their employer’s house in Sector 19 here today.Dr Gian Parkash Gupta, a resident of house No. 194, reported to the police that Meena and Annu, his maids, disappeared after stealing Rs 7,000 in cash and gold ornaments from his residence.


City lad knocks out Vinay from J&K
 Sagar (right) punches out his opponent Pardeep in the All-India AK Mishra Memorial Boxing Championship at Skating Rink, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.Chandigarh, March 16
Local lad Arvind Kumar defeated Vinay Kumar of Jammu and Kashmir during the preliminaries Bantam 56kg category of the 18th All-India AK Mishra Memorial Boxing championship being held at the Skating Ring, Sector 10, here today.

PACKING a punch: Sagar (right) punches out his opponent Pardeep in the All-India AK Mishra Memorial Boxing Championship at Skating Rink, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

No prizes for third position!
PU decision leaves winners dejected
Chandigarh March 16
When it comes to “rules” at Panjab University, Chandigarh, the institution has its own criteria to amend or introduced any regulation on the campus.The sports department had organised an annual prize distribution function on PU campus here today. Those players who brought laurels to the university were awarded with tracksuits and university colours.

Sushil first in 56-kg category
Chandigarh, March 16
Sushil Sharma secured first position with 53 points in snatch and 67 points in clean and jerk during class 56 kg competition in the 26th Senior Men’s State Weightlifting Championship being held at the Sector 42 Sports Complex here.


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