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Now UT plans trams, not Metro!
Solar city scheme also on anvil l Slums to be a thing of the past

Chandigarh, April 6
On fast track to solve traffic problems in the city, the UT Administration is chugging towards the scheme of introducing trams instead of the Metro. There is also a plan to make Chandigarh a solar city.

Work begins on creating wildlife corridor from Sukhna
Chandigarh, April 6
The UT administration has launched a massive afforestation drive to create a wildlife corridor between the reserve forest area and the regulator end of the Sukhna lake, a stretch spanning nearly 1.4 km. The move is aimed at preventing unauthorized construction, already under way in some places, which may disturb wildlife.

Judge bribery case
CBI submits documentary evidence in court

Chandigarh, April 6
Nirmal Yadav The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today submitted a 126-page documentary evidence on record in court in the judge bribery case. In the first hearing of the case today ever since the chargesheet was filed, the CBI submitted the evidence following which the case was adjourned to April 11.

Nirmal Yadav

Co-op housing society head held for graft
Chandigarh, April 6
The Central Bureau of Investigation’s anti-corruption branch on Wednesday arrested the president of the Chandigarh Sector 16 Cooperative House Building Society, Kulwant Singh Gill, in Sector 50 for demanding a bribe for transfer of a share certificate.


Protestors stage a dharna in support of Anna Hazare, demanding the ‘Janlokpal Bill’, in Sector 17, Chandigarh,
Protestors stage a dharna in support of Anna Hazare, demanding the ‘Janlokpal Bill’, in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

UT dist magistrate, IG (prisons) in HC contempt loop
Chandigarh, April 6
The Punjab & Haryana High Court on Wednesday ruled the UT district magistrate and inspector-general of prisons had, prima facie, had shown scant regard for the court’s orders in a parole matter. Both were, on the face of it, also held blameworthy for willfully disobeying court orders in at least three cases.

SP, SHO booked for hurting religious sentiments
Mohali, April 6
An SP and an SHO have been booked by the police on thecharge of hurting religious sentiments of a community.

ricketer Yuvraj Singh (Man of the Series, World Cup 2011) salutes his fans while coming out from the Chandigarh airport Yuvi arrives amidst dhol, bhangra
Chandigarh, April 6
It was an emotional moment for ace-cricketer Yuvraj Singh when his mother Shabnam Singh embraced him as soon as he reached his residence in Mani Majra this evening.

HOMECOMING: Cricketer Yuvraj Singh (Man of the Series, World Cup 2011) salutes his fans while coming out from the Chandigarh airport on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Flight timing changed
Chandigarh, April 6
The arrival and departure timings of Jet Airways have been rescheduled.


Can we afford to waste drinking water?
Chandigarh, April 6
Even as city residents, particularly those staying on the first floor have begun facing difficulties in getting the normal water supply, those residing in colonies and villages are in contrast a blessed lot, as they seem to be availing uninterrupted water supply without spending a penny and without fear of being challaned for misuse of water.

Drinking water being wasted at Colony no 5 in Sector 50 in Chandigarh. 2) A boy washes a car with water pipe in Sector 51. (3) Drinking wate going a waste as there is no tap at pandit Colony in Sector 52.Tribune photos: Parvesh Chauhan

Laying Down of Paver Blocks
MC adopts dual policy

Chandigarh, April 6
Councillors of the Municipal Corporation (MC) are adopting a dual policy on the laying of paver blocks in the city. While on the one hand, the Road Committee which met here today, directed the department to prepare a policy for the laying of paver blocks in the city,on the other, a majority of councillors refused to discuss this issue in the last general house meeting since this was an election year.

‘A danger to greenery’
Chandigarh, April 6
A delegation comprising DS Chahal, president, and SK Khosla, secretary, Chandigarh Residents Social Welfare Federation, met the Commissioner and Mayor Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, in connection with the perceived loss being caused to greenery and health of citizens by installing paver blocks.

Repair Work in Bhakra Canal 
Panel to sort out water supply shortage 

Chandigarh, April 6
A special meeting regarding the upcoming shortage of water supply held here today under the chair of Municipal Corporation Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh along with water supply and sewerage disposal committee chairman Jatinder Bhatia to monitor the arrangements made by the authorities to deal with the water crisis on account of repair work in the Bhakra canal. Later, a team of committee members also visited Kajauli water works and inspected the alternate arrangements to sort out the shortage of water supply.

Devotees from outside have problem staying overnight
No rooms available in temple complex
 A view of less rush (probably due to beginning of schools) during the daytime on the third day of Navratra at Mansa Devi temple in PanchkulaPanchkula, April 6
Devotees coming from far off places face problem finding accommodation near Mata Mansa Devi Temple, as the new Laxmi dharmashala is yet to be handed over to the Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board (MMDSB) by the PWD B& R department.

HAPPY HOURS: A view of less rush (probably due to beginning of schools) during the daytime on the third day of Navratra at Mansa Devi temple in Panchkula on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Samples of ‘kuttu’ flour taken
Chandigarh, April 6
Following reports of a large number of people falling ill in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh after consuming contaminated ‘kuttu’ flour, the local health authorities, lifted samples of the flour from five shops in Sector 26 and Mani Majra. Kuttu flour is used in preparing food and snacks during Navratra festivals for people who observe fast.

Vacant posts to be filled
MC to have 50 councillors

Mohali, April 6
The Mohali Municipal Corporation is expected to have 50 councillors, including the Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor. A provision of Rs 203.17 lakh has been made in this year’s budget for these vacant posts apart from various other posts, which will be filled by additional officials.

Violators get one-week warning to vacate
Mohali, April 6
Giving a warning to shopkeepers who have encroached upon government land, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has asked them to vacate the area within a week, failing which a demolition drive will be carried out.

Three commissioners in three months!
Mohali, April 6
The work in the Mohali civic body started moving at a very slow pace ever since it was given the status of a Municipal Corporation about three months ago, thanks to the indifferent attitude of the government, which has so far not been able to appoint a full-time commissioner for the corporation.

Residents want amenities as per brochure
Zirakpur, April 6
Members of the Royal Estate Apartment Owners Association, Zirakpur, alleged that the builder of the apartment has failed to provide the promised amenities mentioned in the brochure to the residents.

Dhaba owner launches ambulance
Zirakpur, April 6
You may find it hard to digest, but a dhaba owner here has set up an example for others by launching a private ambulance on his own expenses for accident victims of Zirakpur.

General Hospital to get nursing college soon
Panchkula, April 6
The district health authorities are planning to start a nursing college on the hospital complex, as the General Hospital in Sector 6 is being upgraded from 150 to 300-bed hospital on the lines of the PGI, Rohtak.

Awareness programme on drug resistance
Chandigarh, April 6
The department of microbiology, Government Medical College Hospital, (GMCH), has decided to conduct an awareness programme on drug resistance in order to observe the World Health Day on April 7.

Funds flow in for research work at PGI
Agencies pump in Rs 26 cr as compared to Rs 5 cr in 2005 
Chandigarh, April 6 The work being done by researchers at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is being recognised by the funding agencies in the country, as well a abroad, as the flow of funds for projects submitted by doctors of the PGI have increased five times during the past five years.

Home Secy seeks inventory of heritage items
Chandigarh, April 6
The home secretary today asked heads of different departments of the Chandigarh Administration to prepare an inventory of heritage items, currently in their possession.

Clinics for ex-servicemen to rise by 2013
Chandigarh, April 6
The number of polyclinics under the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) across the country would be increased to 426 by April 2013.

Milk Colony, Dhanas, is now Sector 14 (West)
Chandigarh, April 6 Milk Colony, Dhanas, has now been christened Sector 14(West) by the Chandigarh Administration.

Devotional music soiree enthrals devotees
Panchkula, April 6
Spiritual fervour pervaded the entire ambience of Mata Mansa Devi shrine complex, as devout pilgrims paid their obeisance to the Goddess on the fourth day of the ongoing Navratra festival at the temple here toady.

Lyricist Neeraj in city
Chandigarh, April 6
Hailed as a favourite of the Bollywood music directors, litterateurs and connoisseurs, Padmabushan Gopaldas Saxena, also known as Neeraj, is in the city to light up a poetic symposium (kavya sandhya) to be held at Haryana Niwas tomorrow.

Tributes paid to seafarers
Chandigarh, April 6
Marking the National Maritime Day yesterday, members and families of the newly established Chandigarh-based Company of Master Mariners of India, got together at the Sector 3 War Memorial to pay tributes to those seafarers, who lost their lives in the sea.


Admissions under EWS Quota
Education dept fails to supervise process

Chandigarh, April 6
Over a decade after they first conceptualised it and several months after they began insisting on its implementation, the UT education department has abjectly failed to either review or supervise the admission process of children belonging to the economically weaker sections (EWS).

‘Punjabi compulsory in Class I’
Mohali, April 6
It is compulsory for all private schools to teach Punjabi from Class I and in case they fail to do so, then no objection certificates, issued to these institutions, can be cancelled.

NET forms to be accepted in zoology dept
Chandigarh, April 6
Applicants of the National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for arts, commerce and related subjects can deposit a copy of their forms at Panjab University’s zoology department room number 79.

PU teachers anxious over delay in salaries
Chandigarh, April 6
Having not received their monthly salaries since a week now, Panjab University teachers were today spotted inquiring about the same anxiously from a bank located on the university premises.

Paper checking charges
PU moots 30 pc hike

Chandigarh, April 6
In a bid to facilitate compulsory evaluation of answersheets for postgraduate subjects by teachers, Panjab University is mooting a hike of 30 per cent in paper checking charges from the current academic session.


Rs 17 cr for martyrs’ memorial
Ambala, April 6
Ambala will soon have a memorial for martyrs of 1857 mutiny. The Haryana government has sanctioned Rs 17 crore for this project.

Adulteration in kuttu floor
Health dept raids 10 shops

Ambala, April 6
A team of health department led by Deputy CMO Dr Surender Mohan raided around 10 shops, including Fresh Reliance and Easy Day departmental stores in Ambala City to check the adulterated special fasting flour (kuttu) which has caused illness to a number of persons in the city.

Victims who fell prey to the adulterated “kuttu” floor admitted in a hospital at
Ambala City on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Five of family suffer food poisoning
Dera Bassi, April 6
Five members of a family fell ill after consuming “kuttu” flour during their Navratra fasts at Shakti Nagar colony in Dera Bassi.

15 injured in road mishap
Dera Bassi, April 6
Nearly 15 persons were injured in a collision between a tractor-trolley and a truck on the Dera Bassi-Ramgarh road near Kakrali last night.

Council budget passed 
Dera Bassi, April 6
Due to the infighting of municipal councillors here, the budget of the council was passed by the executive officer by using his special powers. Executive officer Sarbjeet Singh approved the budget of Rs 11 crore and 21 lakh for 2011-12


SC order on disability pension brings relief
Chandigarh Bench of Armed Forces Tribunal allows 85 petitions
Chandigarh, April 6
A recent order of the Supreme Court extending the benefits of “broad-banding” disability pension to Armed Forces personnel who retired before 1996 has come as a big relief to pensioners with many cases now expected to be settled shortly in favour of similarly placed ex-servicemen.

Quashing of property tax on institutional land
HC stays judge’s orders
Chandigarh, April 6
Just more than six months after a Judge of the Punjab and Haryana Court quashed the notification fixing property tax on institutional land, a Division Bench today stayed the operation of the orders.

Saji Mohan Case
Three witnesses depose in court

Chandigarh, April 6
Three witnesses deposed in court today in the case of drug pilferage involving former Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) zonal director and IPS officer Saji Mohan as the accused. Kaushal Kumar, a sepoy with the Jammu and Kashmir police, Vijay Kumar from the border security a force, both were part of the party which had seized 60 kg of unclaimed heroin near the border.


18-yr-old killed in accident
Panchkula, April 6
18-year-old boy was killed and two other received minor injuries when an unidentified vehicle hit their motorcycle near Kot village here today. The victim has been identified as Jasbir Singh, a resident of Kot village.

Father seeks action against IAS officer 
Chandigarh, April 6
Two months after the slapping incident in which a Punjab-cadre IAS officer, Sujata Dass, had thrashed a nursery student in full public view, the father of the girl has moved a court on Monday, seeking directions to the UT Police to register an FIR in the case.

12-yr-old hangs herself to death
Chandigarh, April 6
A 12-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself form a ceiling fan at her residence in Colony No 5 here today.

The accused in a gambling case being taken for a medical check-up from the Sector 39 police station in Chandigarh 11 arrested on gambling charge
Chandigarh, April 6
The UT police arrested 11 persons for gambling in a park at Dadu Majra Colony (DMC) today.

The accused in a gambling case being taken for a medical check-up from the Sector 39 police station in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph


Punjab De Sher
Chandigarh, April 6
Kings XI Punjab players practise at the PCA Stadium in Mohali Ironical as it may sound, the local Kings XI Punjab team is sans any recognised cricket player from the city or Punjab. The team, being captained by noted Australian batsman Adam Gilchrist, is dominated by Australians. The following is a playerwise brief profile of the team that is all set to play its first match in the forthcoming fourth edition of the Indian Premier League starting on April 8.

POLISHING SKILLS: Kings XI Punjab players practise at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Karan clinches title
Chandigarh, April 6
Karan Patnaik clinched the men’s title after drubbing Parminder Singh in straight sets 6-1, 6-2 in the YMCA Total Tennis Tournament that concluded today at the YMCA, Sector 11.



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