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Multi-crore scam at Punjab Infotech
Consultants were paid crores for dud projects
Mohali, October 10
Punjab Information and Communication Technology Corporation Ltd (Infotech) is embroiled in a major controversy regarding the hiring of private consultants for non-viable projects. The corporation has paid at least Rs 5 crore to “special contractors” for work on at least 21 projects in Mohali and adjoining areas during the past one year.

PCA lands a hammer blow on another SHO
Second order against SHO in a week
Chandigarh, October 10
In yet another order passed against an SHO, the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has recommended the suspension of Inspector Malkiat Singh, SHO of the Industrial Area police station, for inaction in a case of rape. Last week, the PCA had recommended suspension and departmental action against Inspector Rajesh Shukla, SHO of the Manimajra police station, for harassing a woman by detaining her at the police station at night.


City students first to touch the sky
Sonali Garg (extreme right) and Manmeet Kaur (2nd from right) are the first two students in the country to have got the tablet PC, Aakash, along with 18 other city girls.20 get ‘Aakash’ personal computers as gift in first phase
Chandigarh, October 10
Residing in the humble house of her maternal uncle in Ram Darbar, Sonam, a student of the Postgraduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, could have never dreamt of a personal computer (PC) at her house.

Sonali Garg (extreme right) and Manmeet Kaur (2nd from right) are the first two students in the country to have got the tablet PC, Aakash, along with 18 other city girls. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

SI tricked into buying stolen car
Chandigarh, October 10
A UT Sub-Inspector (SI) figures on the list of 42 people who purchased “stolen” cars that were recovered by the police last week after it busted an interstate gang. SI Shrawan Singh Virk ended up purchasing an almost brand-new car for Rs 3 lakh (as against its original price of Rs 5.45 lakh) from a scrap dealer identified as Sanjay, little knowing that the car was stolen property.

32-yr-old dies at GMCH, kin allege negligence
Chandigarh, October 10
High drama was witnessed at the emergency ward of the Government Medical College and Hospital-32 (GMCH) this morning after 32-year-old Kashmir Singh died while undergoing treatment at the hospital. His family alleged negligence on the part of doctors and filed a complaint with the hospital administration and the police post. The agitated family members even locked the resuscitation room of the emergency ward from inside for two hours, leading to chaos.


Standoff between BSNL, pvt cellular operators continues
Chandigarh, October 10
The standoff between the state-owned telecom operator Bharat Saqnchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and some of the private operators over the non-payment of carriage charges entered the 11th day today.

Probe misuse of money by IDFC, orders CVC
Chandigarh, October 10
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), Delhi, has asked the UT Chief Vigilance Officer to inquire into the complaint of misappropriation of government money for purchasing machinery for the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation-run Industrial Development-cum-Facility Centre (IDFC) here.
Voter Population: Maloya, EWS colony Maloya and grain market, Sector 39: 17,000. Councillor: Harphool Chander Kalyan

The dried-up cattle pond with wild grass Not MC’s priority, Ward No. 7 needs a push forward
Ward number 7, which comprises of Maloya, EWS Colony, Maloya and grain market, Sector 39, and located at one corner of the city is the most ignored area. For the past five years, residents of the Maloya Colony are crying for basic civic amenities, whereas most of the development works have been redone in Maloya village.

The dried-up cattle pond with wild grass. Tribune photos: S Chandan

A potter prepares traditional earthern lamps for Diwali in Chandigarh on Monday. Tricity scan
The Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, has decided to issue prepaid coupons to people desirous of setting up temporary stalls on Diwali this year. These coupons will be issued at the MC office and sub-office at Mani Majra from October 17 to October 22. For Mani Majra and Mauli Jagran, the coupons will be issued at the sub-office.
Giving final touches: A potter prepares traditional earthern lamps for Diwali in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Selja forgets Panchkula
Did not spend a penny on dist in the past fiscal
Panchkula, October 10
Ambala is the favourite of Member of Parliament Selja when it comes to allocation of development funds. While over Rs 7 crore had been spent by her in Ambala district during the past seven years from the MPLAD Fund, Panchkula district, also a part of her constituency, got just 1.5 crore, with not a single penny during the past fiscal.

Housing project hits roadblock
Panchkula, October 10
The launch of housing scheme in much-touted Kalka-Pinjore Urban Complex will be delayed by around six months, courtesy-a faulty layout plan prepared by the district and town planning department of Panchkula for Sectors 27, 28 and 30. In the Kalka-Pinjore Urban Complex, HUDA is initially developing these three sectors. Later, other sectors would also be developed.

Assault victim accuses police of inaction
Chandigarh, October 10
More than a month after a 22-year-old boy was allegedly assaulted by four-five assailants at the Sector 33 Terrace Garden, the police is yet to make any arrests in the case. This too after the victim has identified the accused and an FIR has been registered.

Sonu Nibhran’s mother shows his injuries. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Picture not so rosy in Sector 12
Bumpy roads, ill-maintained parks, slum dot area
Panchkula, October 10
Bumpy roads, ill-maintained parks and a slum area in the heart of Sector 12-A has made the lives of local residents miserable. Residents said the authorities had failed to deliver on their promises. There is hardly any road which does not have potholes. The municipal corporation officials have washed their hands of the issue saying it was HUDA’s responsibility to get roads repaired.

A truck seized by the Excise and Taxation Department in Chandigarh on Monday. Truck loaded with raisin impounded
Chandigarh, October 10
The UT Excise and Taxation Department has impounded a truck loaded with 130 boxes of raisin from a cold storage at Industrial Area here today. The action was taken as the truck driver could not show documents related to its loaded goods amounting to around Rs 15 lakh during the checking.

A truck seized by the Excise and Taxation Department in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Substandard material used in construction of road
Municipal corporation executive officer marks inquiry
Panchkula, October 10
The quality of a concrete road laid recently near the railway crossing in Sector 19 has come under the scanner after residents of the area complained that substandard material was used in the construction of the road. Following which, Panchkula municipal corporation executive officer (EO) KK Jain marked an inquiry into the matter.

Construction of bus stand gets go-ahead
Zirakpur, October 10
The long-pending demand of Zirakpur residents to get a proper bus stand has been accepted, with Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal laying a foundation stone of the bus terminus on October 12. The Deputy Chief Minister will also lay foundation stones of various developments works in Mohali and surrounding villages on the same day.

Battery-operated vehicle for MH
Chandigarh, October 10
The Military Hospital at Ambala Cantonment has been presented a specially fabricated battery-operated vehicle that would be used to ferry patients from the main MI room to various wards and specialist doctors within the hospital precinct.

Foundation stone removed
Mohali, October 10
Apprehending damage to the foundation stone of the sainik sadan laid by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal earlier in the day, the Punjab Sainik Welfare Department removed the stone from the site.

Sitar, tabla maestros regale
Chandigarh, October 10
City music lovers witnessed musical talent at a classical music soiree of sitar recital organised by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Pracheen Kala Kendra at the kendra auditorium under Horizon series.

Ugly face of City Beautiful

1) Debris dumped along the post office in Sector 17-D, Chandigarh.
2) Loose electricity wires pose a threat in Sector 17- D.
3) Broken tiles of a veranda in Sector 17-D.
4) A JCB that has been digging earth for the past many days has become a nuisance. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan


PU Student Council to have constitution
Charter will be put for Vice-Chancellor’s approval today
Students who drafted the Panjab University Student Council constitution in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
Chandigarh, October 10
After 40 years of its inception, the Panjab University Student Council is all set to get its first constitution or charter, which not only defines duties and powers of the council but has also laid down the clause for impeachment of inefficient or erring council members. A brainchild of SOPU’s chairman Brinder Dhillon, the charter which will be put for the Vice-Chancellor’s approval tomorrow has been framed by four PU students, namely Gurthez Singh Randhawa and Prabnoor Singh of the department of laws and Arun Lamba and Guarav Kler of UIET, who joined hands to take the PU Student Council ahead of usual fests and protests.

Students who drafted the Panjab University Student Council constitution in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

31 PU depts yet to submit list of paper setters
Chandigarh, October 10
Even after a prolonged delay, Panjab University has finally decided that the examination branch will be conducting examinations rather than departments as proposed earlier.


CBI fails to submit chargesheet within 90 days
Court grants bail to two accused
Panchkula, October 10
As the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) failed to submit chargesheet within the stipulated period of 90 days, a local court here today granted bail to two accused in the Tejas kidnapping case.

Three acquitted of rape, kidnapping charges
Panchkula, October 10
As the prosecution failed to produce any substantial evidence against the three youths in connection with raping and kidnapping two minor school girls, a local court today acquitted three Pinjore residents.


30-year-old man commits suicide
Chandigarh, October 10
A 30-year-old man reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Dadu Majra. The victim, Paramjit Singh, was found hanging from a ceiling fan by his mother in the evening. The police rushed the victim to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16 where the doctors declared him brought dead. No suicide note was found. The police said the victim was a drug addict. He got married three years ago and his wife left him due to his habit.

No arrests in Voodoo firing case
Chandigarh, October 10
A day after gunshots were fired at Voodoo in Sector 26, the police has failed to make any arrests in the case.

Man booked for raping minor
Mohali, October 10
The police has booked a resident of Gurunanak Colony, Jagatpura, for raping a minor girl for one year. A case was registered on the victim’s complaint.


Players in action during a football match at the Mini Olympics in Chandigarh on Monday.Mini Olympics
Sacred Heart emerge overall champs
Chandigarh, October 10
Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, bagged the overall champions’ trophy after logging 32 points in the inaugural edition of the Mini Olympics 2011 (U-19) organised by the Chandigarh Olympics Association (COA) here.

Players in action during a football match at the Mini Olympics in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Parteek, Digvijay seal GNPS win
Chandigarh, October 10
GNPS defeated Mount Carmel School in the inaugural match of the Inter-School Football Tournament for Boys (U-19) being held at Government Model Senior Secondary, Sector 37 (GMSSS 37), and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22 (GMSSS 22), here today.

A match in progress during the All-India Inter-SAI Regional Hockey Tournament in Chandigarh on Monday. SAI-Chandigarh thrash Imphal
Chandigarh, October 10
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) Northern Centre, Chandigarh, defeated SAI North Eastern Centre, Imphal, during a match of the ongoing All-India Inter-SAI Regional Hockey Tournament for Boys being held at the Hockey Stadium, Sports Complex, Sector 42, here today.

A match in progress during the All-India Inter-SAI Regional Hockey Tournament in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

SGGS-26 lift hockey title
Chandigarh, October 10
SGGS Public School, Sector 26, won the CBSE North Zone Hockey Tournament being held at New Delhi recently.

Shishu Niketan open account with win
Chandigarh, October 10
Shishu Niketan School defeated Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10 (GMSSS-10), in the first match of the Inter-School Ball Badminton Tournament being held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, here today.


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