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4 kids of a family run over by train
Bodies of four children who were run over by the Lucknow-Chandigarh Sadhbhavana Express on the Chandigarh-Ambala railway track in Dera Bassi on FridayLalru, May 6
In a tragic accident, four children from a poverty-stricken family were killed while crossing rail tracks near a bridge in Lalru this morning. All of them were walking along the tracks.
Bodies of four children who were run over by the Lucknow-Chandigarh Sadhbhavana Express on the Chandigarh-Ambala railway track in Dera Bassi on Friday. A Tribune photograph


EARLIER STORIES

CWG Scam
CBI raids in city, Píkula
Chandigarh, May 6
A CBI team from Delhi today conducted searches on the premises of a city-based firm, Premier Brand Private Ltd, a sister concern of Compact Disc India Limited (CDIL), in connection with a fresh FIR registered in the Commonwealth Games scam.

RPO halts online appointment system
Can be fixed 24 hours before submitting application
Chandigarh, May 6
The Regional Passport Office (RPO) here has decided to do away with the procedure of allowing applicants of choosing advance online appointment dates for submitting applications at the Tata-run Passport Sewa Kendra.

Offended by email, PU geology head quits
Chandigarh, May 6
Yet another Panjab University department has fallen prey to interfaculty ego clashes. The chairman of the geology department, Gurtek Singh Gill, has resigned following an ďinsultingĒ email sent by AD Ahluwalia, a former faculty member now reemployed in the recently set up petroleum and applied geology department.


COMMUNITY

Nokia stores in city under excise lens
Chandigarh, May 6
Nokia stores in the city as well as two outlets of its affiliate firm came under the UT excise & taxation departmentís scanner on Friday after being suspected of evading taxes. Five stores of the companies - four in Sector 17 and one in DT Mall at the IT Park - were inspected by department officials.

Raids At Meat Shops
MC destroys 7 quintal of fish, 20-kg chicken
Chandigarh, May 6
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) today seized and destroyed seven-quintal fish and 20 kg chicken in raids conducted in the various markets of the city to maintain the quality control of meat for human consumption.

Consumer forum fines The British School
Panchkula, May 6
In a decision that has a bearing on the private schools that withhold school leaving certificate on flimsy grounds, the Panchkula District Consumer Disputes Forum directed the authorities of The British School, Panchkula, not to adopt unfair practices by withholding the school leaving certificates of a student.

Caterer told to refund charges for denying services
Chandigarh, May 6
In an ex parte order the UT District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum directed a catering firm, Balaji Caterers, to refund `3.1 lakh to a city resident, Deepak Verma, for failing to comply with its undertaking of providing catering, flowering and tenting facilities on his wedding day. The forum also asked the firm to pay him `40,000 and `10,000 as compensation and cost of litigation, respectively.

Morning showers bring relief
Chandigarh, May 6
Bringing much-needed respite from the scorching heat, heavy showers lashed Chandigarh and surrounding areas on Friday morning. The sudden rain also caught office-goers and workers unawares Early morning showers and a cloudy sky greeted Chandigarhians today. The sudden change in the weather after a hot spell over the past one week brought down the city's maximum temperature from Thursday's 37.0 degrees to 34.4 degrees Celsius today. The minimum temperature, also witnessed a dip by almost 4 degree C to 23.8 as compared to 27.6 degrees yesterday. The Met department recorded a 7.7 mm rainfall.
Cooling effect
Bringing much-needed respite from the scorching heat, heavy showers lashed Chandigarh and surrounding areas on Friday morning. The sudden rain also caught office-goers and workers unawares. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Used Surgical Item
Cannula not from my shop: Chemist
Chandigarh, May 6
After a three-member inquiry committee of the PGI started its proceedings in the detection of a used cannula, a surgical item for heart patients, the suspect chemist in his reply has claimed that he never sold a used cannula to any patient.

2 ex-PGI docs dead
Chandigarh, May 6
Two former heads of departments at the PGI passed away here today. Dr SD Deodhar, and Dr Kuldeep Singh, served at the PGI in the departments of Internal Medicine and General Surgery, respectively before their superannuation.

Old-age homes in pathetic condition
Chandigarh, May 6
The Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab, Avinash Rai Khanna, has brought the pathetic condition at old-age homes of Chandigarh to the notice of the National Human Rights Commission.

Holy Entry

A worker gives final touches to a replica of the cave of Shri Amarnath temple ahead of a religious function being organised by Shiv Parvati Sewa Dal, Chandigarh, at Dasehra ground, Phase VIII, Mohali, on Friday
A worker gives final touches to a replica of the cave of Shri Amarnath temple ahead of a religious function being organised by Shiv Parvati Sewa Dal, Chandigarh, at Dasehra ground, Phase VIII, Mohali, on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Patil launches UT unit of Global Punjabi Society
Chandigarh, May 6
Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil, after launching the Chandigarh chapter of Global Punjabi Society here today, said the chapter would certainly help in sharing experiences, perceptions and ideas for promoting mutual understanding besides reminding the Punjabis of their roots and cultural heritage.

Aerocity
Delay in environmental clearance
Development at site to take longer
Mohali, May 6
Procedural delays in getting environmental clearance for Aerocity could cost the allottee dearer. Three months after the Union Ministry of Environment directed the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to conduct the environment assessment study, the case is now being sent back to the State Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC) for giving the necessary environmental clearances.

Zirakpur MC mulls e-governance system
Zirakpur, May 6
To expedite the delivery of services to residents, the Zirakpur municipal council is planning to adopt the e-governance system. The proposal has been mooted before the Punjab local bodies department for approval.

DEVelopment works
Former councillor urges Commissioner to float tenders
Mohali, May 6
A former municipal councillor has requested the Commissioner of the Mohali Municipal Corporation to get development works worth Rs 6 crore started, estimates of which were cleared more than four months ago, failing which he would be compelled to go to court.

Rs 11 cr being spent on roads, parking: DC
Mohali, May 6
The state government was spending Rs 10.80 crore on widening and strengthening of roads and parking lots in the city, said Mohali Deputy Commissioner Varun Roozam after conducting a surprise checking of the ongoing development works across the city.


EDUCATION

PU to allot grades to PG students
Chandigarh, May 6
In what comes forth as a major milestone in Panjab University education system, nine-point grading scale would now replace marks in all postgraduate courses in the session 2011-12.

Khalsa College to start 4 new courses
Patiala, May 6
Khalsa College, Patiala, is starting four new courses of MA English, MCom, MSc physics and MSc chemistry from this session.

Stress to plant herbal saplings
Chandigarh, May 6
Saplings were planted as a part of the scouts and guides camp being organised by the education department, UT, at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, here today.

From Schools & colleges


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Polybag users warned in Ambala
Ambala, May 6
The Ambala district administration has issued a strict warning to the people of the district using polythene bags. The administration has issued instructions to the officers assigned with the task of checking use of polythene bags to go tough in the implementation of the ban and take strict action against those found to be violating the ban.

4 undertrials escape, held within 30 mins
Dera Bassi, May 6
Four undertrials, who were brought for court appearance, escaped from police custody after pouring spices into the eyes of a head constable in the Dera Bassi court complex this afternoon.

Woman ends life, in-laws booked
Dera Bassi, May 6
A 33-year-old woman of Sardarpura mohalla, Lalru, ended her life after consuming poison last night. The deceased was identified as Subhadra, daughter of Moti Ram, a resident of Chanderpuri, Ambala Cantt.

Wheat procurement not likely to meet target
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 6
The Fatehgarh Sahib district is likely to fall behind the 2.75 lakh metric tonne (MT) wheat procurement target this season.


COURTS

A policeman tries to arrest one of the undertrials, who escaped when they were produced in a courtApproval To Run Law Courses
Court stays arrest of Moti Lal Jindal
Issues notice of motion for July 1
Chandigarh, May 6
A day after the CBI court at Panchkula rejected the anticipatory bail of Moti Lal Jindal, vice-chairman of Swami Devi Dyal College Law College of Barwala, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed his arrest.

A policeman tries to arrest one of the undertrials, who escaped when they were produced in a court. Photo by the writer


CRIME

PU waiter commits suicide
Chandigarh, May 6 A 22-year-old waiter in hostel number-6 of Panjab University (PU), Deepak Kumar, allegedly committed suicide after hanging himself in the forest area near Dhanas.The police said, that Deepak was missing for past one week and his body was recovered from the forest area in a highly decomposed state today. The police said he was suffering from extreme depression.

Eight held for attacking Dalits at Bataud village
Panchkula, May 6
Eight persons belonging to upper caste were arrested by the district police at Bataud village near here today on the charges of attack on Dalits and using derogatory language about their caste. Those arrested are Lajja Ram, Vijay Kumar, Ranvir Singh, Sohan Singh, Rajvir Singh, Satish, Amandeep and Updesh. They had been booked under Sections 149, 323, and 506 of the IPC and SC/ST Act.

Two booked for forgery
Mohali, May 6
The police today booked two persons in a forgery case on the complaint of Bikramjit Singh, a resident of Sector 71, Mohali.


SPORTS

Cricketers visit Golf Club academy
Chandigarh, May 6
Murli Kartik, Graeme Smith, Calum Ferguson, Mitchel Marsh, James Faulkner and Alfanso Thomas visited the Chandigarh Golf Club Academy and interacted with children of the EGTF junior golf coaching programme currently underway at the club.

Cricket: Rain plays spoilsport
Chandigarh, May 6
Two of the matches for the St Kabir trophy were cancelled today following heavy rain in the morning. In the first match, St Johnís team were tottering at 39 for 8 in 10 overs when it started raining. Fagun 3 for 20 showed good control.


 



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