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Unions strike work, impact partial
Chandigarh, February 28
A bank office at Sector 17 wears a deserted look in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Various trade unions, including the AICCTU and the CITU, supported by the clerical staff in the banking sector, caused inconvenience to the public here today.

A bank office at Sector 17 wears a deserted look in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

DC in the dock for panchayat land sale
Chandigarh, February 28
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that Mohali’s former Deputy Commissioner (DC) and the Registrar of Documents did not bother to protect public property. It also called for details of sale deeds relating to ‘shamlat deh’ and ‘jumla mushtarka malkan’ land in Zirakpur, Dera Bassi and Mubarakpur.

AGMUT cadre gets more teeth
Chandigarh, February 28
In a development towards assigning more powers to AGMUT-cadre IAS officers in the Chandigarh Administration, Prerna Puri, a 2006-batch officer, was assigned the task of secretaries of the departments of information technology (IT) and house allotment today.


What a waste, every year!
Chandigarh, February 28
Every year, all 35 councillors are provided luggage trolley bags for carrying a ‘truckload’ of their agenda items for the General House of the municipal corporation (MC).

Bullet planted, argues police
Panchkula, February 28
The controversial case of Nelson, Dr Sumit Sofat’s driver, being shot at in 2009, took an interesting turn today, with the Panchkula police moving the district court, arguing that the bullet was planted inside the body and he never received any gunshot.


36 structures razed in demolition drive
Mohali, February 28
As many as 36 commercial structures constructed illegally in various places were demolished by the enforcement wing of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) today.

Punjabi version of Hindi play ‘Chehrey’ enthrals audience
Chandigarh, February 28
Theatre for Theatre marked their participation in the ongoing TFT Basant theatre fest with a brilliant presentation of the Punjabi version of their Hindi play Chehrey at the Randhawa Auditorium.

Dead foetus found
Mohali, February 28
A dead foetus was found in Kumbra village here today. According to reports, children saw stray dogs dragging the foetus around which drew the attention of the locals. The villagers later buried the foetus near a temple. Officials inspect the foetus found at Kumbra village, Mohali, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

GMCH-32 to have mobile unit for cancer screening
Chandigarh, February 28
The Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, is all set to have a mobile unit with facilities of mammography and ultrasound for the screening of breast cancer. The hospital has already placed an order for the unit after the Chandigarh Administration sanctioned Rs 1.60 crore for the purpose.

GMCH-32 contractual sweepers scatter garbage at hospital
Chandigarh, February 28 
Harrassed passengers at the Sector-43 bus stand in Chandigarh The nationwide strike call by trade unions evoked a partial response in city government hospitals. While some of the workers did not reach for work in the morning hours at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), the workers at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, decided to stay at the workplace. At GMSH, Sector16, also the workers decided to remain on duties

Harrassed passengers at the Sector-43 bus stand in Chandigarh.

Amit garg case
Vigilance department to issues look-out notice for two
Chandigarh, February 28 
The Vigilance Department of the UT police will issue a look-out notice for two persons who led Amit Garg to Sector 17 police station along with his mother’s body. As part of the ongoing enquiry into Amit’s suicide in Ambala, the department reviewed the 70-second long CCTV footage of the Sector 17 police station where two persons were seen accompanying Amit to the police and gesturing behind his back.

Policeman guilty of bribe repatriated
Chandigarh, February 28
ASI Deshraj of the proclaimed offender special team of the UT police has been repatriated to his parent state Punjab after being found guilty of taking Rs 3,000 as bribe in connivance with head constable Vajinder Singh. While Deshraj is on the run, Vajinder has been nabbed by the CBI.

Traders beat up contractor’s employee
Industrialists stop the work of a GMADA contractor at Phase IX, Industrial Area, Mohali, on Tuesday.Mohali, February 28
An employee of a contractor of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) was allegedly beaten up during the laying of a stormwater pipe in Industrial Area, Phase IX, here today.

Industrialists stop the work of a GMADA contractor at Phase IX, Industrial Area, Mohali, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

‘0001’ fetches Rs 9.5 lakh
Mohali, February 28
Setting a new record in the auction of vehicle numbers, the number, 0001 in the “Q” series, went for Rs 9.50 lakh here today. The reserve price was only Rs 50,000. The number was bought by Makhan Singh, an agriculturist of Bari village. Makhan Singh, who bought the number. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Officials need to be sensitised on use of solar energy: Expert
Chandigarh, February 28
Aiming at sharing best ways for harnessing solar energy and addressing critical issues for implementing solar technology in City Beautiful, a one-day seminar on “Chandigarh- Solar City of the Future: Planning and Implementation” was held at the UT Guest House, here today.

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Sobti’s Successor
Senator in search committee leaves fraternity fuming

Chandigarh, February 28
The search committee constituted for the selection of new Vice Chancellor of Panjab University, Chandigarh, has come under the scanner with questions being raised on the issue of propriety. Former Ambassador IS Chadha, who is one of the members of the panel, happens to be an active Panjab University-nominated senator.

UIET students stand out
Chandigarh, February 28
Team Chargeurs Phoenix, a team of 11 students of University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Panjab University, Chandigarh, won the first prize in a national-level motor sports event “BAJA SAEINDIA-2012” held in Indore.

CSIO observes National Science Day
Students being apprised of a scientific instrument at the CSIO in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Chandigarh, February 28
The Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) celebrated National Science Day today by holding an “Open Day” and organising a special lecture for its scientists and staff members. All labs of the CSIO remained open for the general public.

Students being apprised of a scientific instrument at the CSIO in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Board exam fever: Students approach councillors
Chandigarh, February 28
With hardly two days left for the CBSE examination, councillors are busy giving tips on how to attempt question papers.

Fellowship for student
Chandigarh, February 28
Making the college proud, Akshi Chawla a psychology student of MCM College, bagged the coveted fellowship under YIF 2012-13. The YIF fellowship is offered to 50 students from various academic disciplines across the country.

Deepak Kaushik is PUSA president
Chandigarh, February 28
Deepak Kaushik won the Panjab University Staff Association (PUSA) elections to the post of president after defeating Dharam Pal Sharma who has remained PUSA president for over two decades. While Kaushik secured 322 votes, Sharma managed to bag 273 votes, meanwhile the third contender for the presidential post Jaswinder got 196 votes.

Placement drive
Panchkula: Swami Devi Dyal Group of Professional Institutions, Barwala, conducted a placement drive. Global Coordinates Company visited the campus. About 15 students of BTech and MCA were selected by the company. An “Annual Academic Awards” function was held at Saupin’s School, Sector 9. A special assembly was held. — TNS


PPP candidate threatens to take to road
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 28
Didar Singh Bhatti, PPP candidate from the Fatehgarh Sahib Assembly constituency, who along with his son and supporters, was booked in three different cases for thrashing supporters of SAD candidate Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, has threatened to take to roads if the police and SAD leader harassed him or his supporters.


Gangrape on wheels
Accused withdraws plea to turn approver

Panchkula, February 28
In the infamous case of gangrape on wheels here, in which two students had raped their friend’s minor sister, one of the accused, Marshal Arora, today withdrew his application to turn prosecution approver.


Immigration firm owner arrested
Chandigarh, February 28
The special investigation team (SIT) of the Chandigarh Police arrested Brig Rajbir Singh Khanna (retd) of the Silicon Global Education Immigration Company here today.

3 nabbed for stabbing student
Chandigarh, February 28
A 19-year-old student was injured after three persons tried to rob him, near the railway track in Ram Darbar, here today. A case has been registered. Victim Kuldeep was stabbed with a knife by the three accused with a motive to rob him off his mobile phone and money. 

One arrested with 30g charas
Chandigarh, February 28 The crime branch of the Chandigarh Police arrested Deepak Kumar of Sector 38 on January 27 and recovered 30gm charas from his possession. A case under Section 20 of the NDPS Act has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.


Hockey lovers in for delight
Chandigarh, February 28
The opening edition of the World Series Hockey (WSH) tournament might not witness the star players of Olympic qualifiers playing in the event, but the city fans are all set witness the faster version of the game.

Football tourney to begin today
Chandigarh, February 28
The Chandigarh Senior Men’s State Football Tournament is scheduled to begin at the football stadium in Sector 17 tomorrow. As many as 13 teams have confirmed participation.

Vijay Hazare Trophy
Punjab beat Himachal to enter knock-out stage
Chandigarh, February 28
Punjab defeated Himachal Pradesh by 84 runs in their last North Zone league match played at the SSCB New Delhi ground to qualify for the knock-out stage of Vijay Hazare Trophy. Winning the toss, Punjab skipper Harbhajan Singh opted to bat first.


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