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I-T raids on Vanaspati manufacturers
Rs 4.8 crore seized, 7 lockers sealed

Chandigarh, May 4
In a major operation to uncover undeclared wealth, Income Tax (I-T) officials today raided nearly dozen premises of manufacturer of Gagan Vanaspati and Amrit Banaspati, spread over North India, and seized Rs 4.8 crore in cash, besides sealing seven lockers belonging to the company and its owners.

Rs 1.5 lakh looted from house
Kalka, May 4
A house was looted here early this morning.In a statement given to the police, Sweety Mahant, owner of the house, alleged that seven-eight miscreants aged around 25, with covered faces, entered the house, situated in Bharat Nagar near Guga Mari, and looted Rs 1.50 lakh and jewellery worth Rs 16.50 lakh at gun-point.

Two killed in road mishaps
Dell employee killed in Mohali; salesman dies in city
Mohali, May 4
The mangled remains of the car in which Karan Kapoor (inset) was travelling in Mohali on Wednesday. A young man was killed when the Honda City car he was driving hit a bus near the Spice chowk near the town’s industrial area early on Wednesday morning.

The mangled remains of the car in which Karan Kapoor (inset) was travelling in Mohali on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph


Missing XEN
Kidnapping suspected by family
The family members of missing executive engineer Vipin Gupta (inset) talk to media at their residence in Panchkula on Wednesday. Panchkula, May 4
Even though Vipin Kumar Gupta, Executive Engineer (Capital Projects), Chandigarh Administration, remained untraceable for the third day today, his family was not ready to accept the suicide theory.

The family members of missing executive engineer Vipin Gupta (inset) talk to media at their residence in Panchkula on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

SMS sent to dad under scanner
Panchkula, May 4
The police is investigating an SMS sent to Rajesh Kundra, a resident of Amritsar, through the mobile phone of his daughter Simran Kundra, whose body was found in Jalandhar yesterday.

Motorbikes remain top pick for auto lifters
Most of those stolen in city yet to be recovered by cops
Chandigarh, May 4
Motorcycles and scooters continue to be the favourite target of vehicle thieves in the city and are being stolen in huge numbers every year with the recovery rate hitting an all-time low. Even as 1,773 motorbikes were stolen during the last five years the police is clueless about the whereabouts of 1,328 of them.

On a sultry day, a Himalayan Black Bear takes a nap, while another keeps a vigil at Chattbir Zoo on Wednesday.
On a sultry day, a Himalayan Black Bear takes a nap, while another keeps a vigil at Chattbir Zoo on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Old age homes a neglected lot
Chandigarh, May 4
Elderly staying at the three old age homes in the city are facing problems of poor upkeep at these places.One of the biggest problems in the Homes is of rodent population feasting on food. The situation gets worse when there is no power supply.

Beat the heat this summer
Chandigarh, May 4
As the mercury has started rising, medical experts have a word of caution for those with sensitive skin.A number of patients suffering from prickly heat, sunburn and eczema jumps to more than 25 per cent in hospitals every year during summer, says Dr GP Thami, head, dermatology department, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. A few cases of chicken pox are also being reported in the OPD of the hospital every day, he added.

risk out in the open

Playing with lives: Cut fruit being sold at different locations in Sector 17 in violation of rules. Tribune photos: Vinay Malik 


PU to confer DLit on Khushwant Singh
Chandigarh, May 4
Going an extra mile to acknowledge the contribution of Khushwant Singh, an eminent journalist and litterateur, Panjab University has decided to hold a special convocation on May 6 at his residence in New Delhi and confer a Doctorate in Literature honoris causa on him.

Madhav Kaushik is convener of Hindi Advisory Board
Chandigarh, May 4 Noted city poet and secretary of Chandigarh Sahitya Akademy, Madhav Kaushik had been unanimously elected as convener of the Hindi Advisory Board of National Sahitya Akademy. As many as 67 delegates and office-bearers of the general council from all states participated in the annual session of the national council held at Guwahati.
A rickshaw-puller axes branches of a tree on the link road of Sector 8, Panchkula, on Wednesday.
A rickshaw-puller axes branches of a tree on the link road of Sector 8, Panchkula, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Traffic police issues 689 challans in week
Chandigarh, May 4
The Chandigarh traffic police has started a special drive against drunken driving in the city by organising barriers on different locations near pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants.

‘Construction in Sukhna Choe zone prohibited’
Chandigarh, May 4
A 50-metre zone around the Sukhna Choe has been notified and no construction would be permitted in the area, the Punjab & Haryana High Court heard on Wednesday.

P'kula MC vice-chief seeks more powers
Chandigarh, May 4
Panchkula Municipal Council vice-president BB Singhal has sought more powers for himself.In the absence of the president, Singhal moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court today for the powers of the president for a meeting to be held on May 9.

A Chill Pill

With the mercury rising, children beat the heat in a swimming pool in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
With the mercury rising, children beat the heat in a swimming pool in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

IT Park to have paid parking
Chandigarh, May 4
The Chandigarh administration is all set to introduce paid parking in open spaces at the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Information Technology Park.Confirming the development, Yogesh Kumar, Director of Information Technology, said: “The paid parking is being introduced to ensure proper parking in the space earmarked by IT companies in their basements.”

STA nets over Rs 21 crore
Chandigarh, May 4
The UT Stte Transport Authority (STA) has earned Rs 21,75,17,893 in 2010-11 financial year which is Rs 3,59,59,987 more than the amount earned in the previous financial year.

Consumer Court
Insurance firm told to pay Rs 2.75 lakh
Chandigarh, May 4
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum (II) has directed United Insurance Company to pay Rs 2.25 lakh to city resident Kanwar Bhanu Pratap Singh for not giving the claim of a stolen insured vehicle besides paying Rs 50,000 as compensation and Rs 7,000 as the litigation cost.

Transfer of 13 villages: Admn seeks MC consent
Chandigarh, May 4
The UT administration today communicated to the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) for giving its consent to the inclusion of 13 more villages in the civic body. The MC has been asked to decide on the matter by the end of this month.

Samwartak denies having personal links with accused
Chandigarh, May 4
Chandigarh’s former Director Public Instructions (DPI) Samwartak Singh has denied having any personal links with an accused on the controversial teachers’ recruitment scam. He has even tried to justify the phone calls between him and accused Jolly by describing them as official.

Aerospace safety meet at 3 BRD
Chandigarh, May 4
Aerospace safety related aspects and similar issues pertaining to maintenance and overhaul of aircraft were deliberated upon at the Annual Maintenance Command Aerospace Safety Council meeting held at No 3 Base Repair Depot (BRD) here today.

Mohali MC a powerless body sans funds
Mohali, May 4
The Mohali Municipal Corporation created in haste after cutting short the term of the earlier Congress-ruled council remains a near powerless body sans adequate funds and extended territorial jurisdiction.

Youth falls from second floor, dies
Zirakpur, May 4
A 21-year-old youth, identified as Vicky, a resident of Bazzigar Colony, Nagla, died after he fell from the second floor of Spangle Heights in Dhakoli village here this afternoon.

Insurance company told to pay Rs  7 lakh
Mohali, May 4
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Limited to refund Rs 7 lakh to a resident of Sante Majra village given as premium along with the interest for unfair trade practice and deficiency in service.

Interactive session on signs, symptoms of asthma
Chandigarh, May 4
On the occasion of the World Asthma Day, an interactive session “You can control your asthma” was yesterday conducted at St Stephen’s School by Dr Sandip Jain, consultant, paediatrics, Fortis Hospital, Mohali.

Students develop economical bike, car
Panchkula, May 4
A battery-operated multipurpose adventure bike and a car was developed by final year students of the department of mechanical engineering, Shree Ram Mulkh (SRM) Institute of Engineering and Technology, Khora Bhura. A 250W motor supported by 48V dry chargeable battery costs around Rs 48,000.

“World Asthma Day”
Chandigarh : Harmanjeet Kaur won the first prize in a drawing competition organised by the department of pediatrics, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, on the occasion of “World Asthma Day.” 


Roll numbers to be a click away
Chandigarh, May 4
Come next academic session and over 2.25 lakh students appearing in various Panjab University examinations would be able to get their roll numbers/admit cards online.

‘Teach Punjabi or get NOC cancelled’
Mohali, May 4
No objection certificates of private schools affiliated to the CBSE or ICSE in Punjab will be cancelled in case Punjabi is not taught to students in these institutions, said Sewa Singh Sekhwan, education and language minister, here today.

50 pc cut in tuition fee for physically challenged
Ambala, May 4
The E-Max Group of Institutions is collaborating with some NGOs of the region to work on youth development issues. This was disclosed by the chairman of the institution, Om Parkash Aggarwal during an interaction with mediapersons here today.

From Schools
PANCHKULA : Shobhit Goel, a student of Class XII (science stream), Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula, has been selected among the 20 finalists worldwide for the Star Race Worldwide Space Olympiad (Star-Challenge), which was held in the end of April 2011. 


Stop for check

The Haryana police officials put barricades on a road in Sector 5,Panchkula.
The Haryana police officials put barricades on a road in Sector 5,Panchkula. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

2 chain snatchers held
Patiala, May 4
The police has nabbed two persons for alleged snatching incidents in the city and have recovered gold ornaments from them.According to Patiala SSP Gurpreet Singh Gill, following a naka on the Leela Bhawan Chowk, two suspected motorcycle-borne youths Baldeep Singh and Jatinder Singh were stopped.

7 booked for illegal colonisation
Dera Bassi, May 4
The Dera Bassi police has booked seven persons on charges of illegal colonisation at kheri, Behra and Gulabgarh villages. Cases were registered following the complaint of GMADA under Section 36(1) of the Punjab Apartment and Property Act, 1995.

Relief for farmers, commission agents
Bassi Pathana, May 4
To sort out the problem of lifting and storage of procured wheat and paddy, the commission agents will be asked by the procurement agencies to transport the procured yield to godowns on their own and the government will make the payment to them at the schedule rates fixed with transport and labour contractors.

Life term for raping stepdaughter
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 4
“He died for me three months ago, when my frightened daughter said that her father raped her. He is not a father but a cruel man who mercilessly abused my child,” says a sobbing Neelu, mother of a 12-years-old girl raped by her stepfather for over seven months.

Pesticide claims life of farmer
Dera Bassi, May 4
Pesticides has claimed the life of a farmer of Issapur Jangi village, situated long theAmbala-Chandigarh highway.The deceased had been identified as 24-year-old Gurpreet Singh. As per reports, he was spraying pesticides in the fields of sunflowers on Tuesday afternoon where inhaled the pesticides being sprayed, it soon turned poisonous and his health condition began deteriorating. 


Excise policy not irrational: HC
Executive has rights to change policy for allotment of liquor vends
Chandigarh, May 4
The executive is well within its rights to change the policy for the allotment of liquor vends from fixed fee system to auction, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear.

Breather for CHB
Court rules against use of coercive steps for recovery of income tax
Chandigarh, May 4
In a major respite to the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled against the use of coercive steps for the recovery of tax.The direction is significant as Rs 17.5 crore was demanded in income tax proceedings for the assessment year 2008-09.

Production warrants against Saji Mohan
Chandigarh, May 4
A local court today issued production warrants against former Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) director Saji Mohan directing him to appear in the court in an embezzlement case.

Baba Pritpal granted bail
Chandigarh, May 4
Justice KC Puri of the Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday granted bail to Baba Pritpal Singh in an alleged land-grab case.Describing themselves as the original owners of the land, Patiala resident Harbans Singh and Mohali resident Satinder Kaur had claimed they were the real victims of the conspiracy hatched to grab their land on the basis of forged documents.

Delayed relief to Employees
HC favours uniform policy for payment of interest
Chandigarh, May 4
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the states of Punjab and Haryana, along with the Union Territory of Chandigarh, to consider the feasibility of coming out with a uniform policy for the payment of interest in case of delayed payment of compensation to the employees.



Summer league from today
Bhupinder Singh (junior) XI to face Rajdeep Kalsi XI in inaugural match
Chandigarh, May 4
Bhupinder Singh (junior) XI will meet Rajdeep Kalsi XI in the inaugural match of the Summer League Cricket Tournament for U-16 commencing tomorrow at 9 am at St Stephen's School, Sector 45.

Players selected for ball badminton meet
Chandigarh, May 4
The following have been selected for the 58th Senior National Ball Badminton Championship scheduled to be held at Kollahpur (Maharashtra) from May 8 to 11.

ML Markan Trophy
Mohali muster 312 runs
Mohali, May 4
Abhijit Garg hit 81 runs to put Mohali team in a comfort zone by putting on 312 runs in their first innings against Bathinda in the U-16 Inter District Tournament for ML Markan Trophy at Yadavindra Public School here today.

A batsman plays a shot during the St Kabir Trophy Tournament at St Kabir School, Sector 26, on Wednesday. The Millennium School rout St Soldier’s
Chandigarh, May 4
The Millennium School, Mohali, beat St Soldier’s School, Sector 28, by 28 runs to secure a berth in final-four during the ongoing St Kabir Trophy at St Kabir School, Sector 26, here today.The second semifinalist of the tournament is St Kabir, which got the better of St John's High School, Sector 26, team by 24 runs.

A batsman plays a shot during the St Kabir Trophy Tournament at St Kabir School, Sector 26, on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

9-wicket win for Chandigarh
Chandigarh, May 4
Maintaining their dominance, the Chandigarh district team today thrashed Rajpura district team by nine wickets in the ongoing CCA Cricket Tournament (U-14) being organised by the Chandigarh Cricket Academy (affiliated to the Punjab Cricket Association) at Guru Nanak Public School here today.

Education department for promoting sports
Chandigarh, May 4
Aiming at creating sports atmosphere in schools, the UT education department has identified at least 10 government schools, where required infrastructure for various sports disciplines, will be erected to promote sports at grassroots level.


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