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City sectors reel under unscheduled power cuts
Chandigarh, May 18
More than a dozen sectors in different parts of the city are witnessing unscheduled power cuts, particularly for the past three days. The department officials, meanwhile, say “there is no power shortage”, as the supply is affected due to overloading, which is a matter of bigger concern. The supply lines are the same and the heat of summer has just started building up, they point out.

PU sets week’s deadline
Chandigarh, May 18
Having failed to fill its key administrative posts for the past two years despite repeatedly posting advertisements, Panjab University has yet again set a week’s deadline to interview eligible candidates.

Advocates withdraw anticipatory bail plea
Chandigarh, May 18
All 11 advocates accused of assault on a naib court in courtroom on May 14 withdrew their anticipatory bail application from the Court today. While the police is yet to arrest them, the application was withdrawn on the day it was to come up for hearing.


Man accuses cop of ‘running away’ with his niece
Panchkula, May 18
The public image of the local cops took a beating once again after reports of a posted at a police post near the Nadda Sahib gurdwara “running away” with a girl of Nadda village on Tuesday. In his complaint filed with the Chandimandir police station late on Tuesday night, the girl’s uncle, Prithi Singh, said the cop, Malkit Singh, had “run away” with his niece, Jyoti. The police has registered the complaint in its daily diary report and is investigating the matter.


Projects fail to move beyond foundation stones
Chandigarh, May 18
When it comes to laying of foundation stones for development projects in the city, nobody can match the UT Administration and it civic affairs arm the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC). However, the execution of these projects seems to be Achilles’ heel for the authorities concerned.

In limbo for years

Hollow promise: (Left) The foundation stone of additional building for UT offices in Sector 9 was laid on September 25, 2007; (center) The community centre’s foundation stone in Sector 49 was laid on May 5, 2010; and (right) work is yet to start at the food stalls in Sector 48-C, Chandigarh, whose foundation stone was laid on December 24, 2009. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

UT wants Rs 100 cr more from Centre
Chandigarh, May 18
The UT Administration wants Rs 100 crore more from the Central government in the Plan Budget in the financial year 2011-12.

Heaps of garbage lying near the University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology at Panjab University
dumping ground Heaps of garbage lying near the University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology at Panjab University. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Summer heralds rise in sunburn cases
Chandigarh, May 18
As mercury continues to soar, hospitals in the city are flooded with complaints of sunburns with an average of over 50 cases being reported everyday.

SBI fined Rs 1 lakh for misplacing title deed
Chandigarh, May 18
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the State Bank of India (SBI) to provide a certified copy of the original title deed of the property misplaced by them to the complainant, Vasu Dev Gupta.

‘Swiss cottages’ in Morni may turn out to be duds
Panchkula, May 18
The Rs 2.21 crore of taxpayers’ money spent on developing "Swiss cottages” at the Thapli nature camp in the Morni forests in line with the Haryana government’s aim of promoting ecotourism in the state is likely to go down the drain as the central environment ministry has yet to accord its nod for the project.

Capt Joginder Singh (retd) shows the documents of his correspondence with the Mohali Police. He has been running from pillar to post to get a theft case registered. 10 months to get theft case registered!
Mohali, May 18
Thanks to the “efficiency” of the police that an octogenarian is running from pillar to post to get a case of theft by his tenant at his factory in Industrial Area, Phase VIII, registered. For the past 10 months, Mohali police has not been able to register a First Information Report (FIR) and that, too, after orders of the Senior Superintendent of Police GPS Bhullar a police probe by Deputy Superintendent of Police (City-I) had established contention of the complainant, Capt Joginder Singh (retd).
Capt Joginder Singh (retd) shows the documents of his correspondence with the Mohali Police. He has been running from pillar to post to get a theft case registered. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

High-voltage wire damages electronic appliances
Zirakpur, May 18
More than 20 electronic appliances, including refrigerators, TV sets, ACs, coolers and other electronic goods were malfunctioned after a high-voltage wire broke down near the transformer in Saini Vihar, Phase-II, Baltana here this afternoon.

Lok adalats schedule issued
Panchkula, May 18
The District Legal Service Authority issued the schedule of lok adalats, rural lok adalats and legal literacy classes here today.

Official apathy ruins Kargil Park
Mohali, May 18
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) appears to have abandoned the Kargil Park, dedicated to the martyrs of the 1999 Kargil war, located in Sector 71. Missing or broken lights, uprooted plants and uneven mounds of earth now greet visitors.

Consumer federation seeks rollback
Mohali, May 18
The Consumer Protection Federation has demanded that the hike in fuel prices be rolled back immediately.


PU library to exhibit heritage furniture
Chandigarh, May 18
Panjab University’s AC Joshi Library, which houses heritage furniture items as old as 100 years, is gearing up to exhibit these, along with manuscripts in the forthcoming session for students.

Finally, PU’s dental college gets recognition
Chandigarh, May 18
The much awaited uncertainty over the affiliation of Panjab University’s Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital was cleared yesterday with an announcement by Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti that the institute has been granted recognition by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

PU notes
CHANDIGARH: The department of mathematics, Panjab University, is organising the annual foundational school-II sponsored by the National Board for Higher Mathematics, Department of Atomic Energy, Mumbai, from June 2 to 29. About 30 research scholars and eminent resource persons from all over India are expected to participate in the programme.


Court provides status quo on land acquisition
Kalka, May 18
Farmers of Kalka, Pinjore and its adjoining villages have heaved a sigh of relief, as the Supreme Court of India has granted status quo on the land acquisition process by the department of HUDA.

Encroachments Galore

While the Zirakpur overbridge on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway has reduced traffic congestion, labourers have settled their hutments below the overbridge

NO PLACE SPARED: While the Zirakpur overbridge on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway has reduced traffic congestion, labourers have settled their hutments below the overbridge. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal

Awareness campaign to save girl child
Ambala, May 18
In a bid to spread awareness on the bias against female children in the region, Emax Group of Institutions organised an awareness campaign in the nearby villages.

13 honoured as gems of school
Ambala, May 18
Maj RN Kapoor DAV Public Senior Secondary School celebrated its annual day function, in which Neelam Srow, wife of the Deputy Commissioner, was the chief guest. Principal Rekha Verma presented the annual school report tracing the progress made by the school in the session.

Commission agents demand clearance of bills
Bassi Pathana. May 18
Commission agents have criticised the government for its failure to clear their commission and labour charges bills along with the payment of wheat procured by various government agencies. The commission agents at a meeting held here yesterday said it had become difficult for them to make payment to labourers and farmers from their pockets as the government was not clearing their bills despite assurances given by Chief Minister parkash Singh Badal and the minister concerned in this regard.

‘Farmers should use organic fertilisers’
Ropar, May 18
Ropar Deputy Commissioner GK Singh said farmers should use organic fertilisers in their fields. He had come to attend a meeting of the district agriculture development committee in Ropar.

1 held for stealing
Dera Bassi, May 18
Central Investigative Agency (CIA) staff, Mohali, has arrested an iron thief near here and registered a case at the Dera Bassi Police Station.


2 more held for truck driver’s murder
Chandigarh, May 18
The police today arrested two more accused in the murder of a truck driver whose blood-spattered body was recovered from a truck in Ram Darbar two days ago.

UP man booked for abduction
Zirakpur, May 18
Ram Murat, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, was booked by the police for allegedly abducting a minor girl from Peermuchhala, Zirakpur.

6 booked for dowry
Mohali, May 18
The police has booked six members of a family on a charge of criminal breach of trust and demanding dowry.


Saupin’s enter semis
Chandigarh, May 18
Saupin’s School, Sector 32, entered the semifinals after defeating Strawberry Fields, Sector 26, 3-1 in St Soldier Football Trophy being organised by St Soldier International School on its premises in Sector 28.

Hardik guides Satluj academy to victory
Chandigarh, May 18
An all-round performance by Hardik Chaudhary (4 for 20 and 27 runs not out) helped Satluj Cricket Academy, Sector 4, Panchkula, beat Shivalik Public School, Mohali, by nine wickets in KK Cup U-15 Cricket Tournament held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, here today.


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