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Fake degrees
Another gang busted
Chandigarh, March 21
A day after the special investigating team (SIT) of the UT police busted a gang adept in making fake certificates and arrested nine of its members, another five-member gang operating in the city was busted today and five of its members, including two women, were put behind bars.

Members of the fake certificate gang in police custody in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Members of the fake certificate gang in police custody in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


Well-oiled set-up was in place
Chandigarh, March 21
The prime accused in today’s arrest, Zirakpur-based couple Vikas Sharma and wife Mukta Sharma, lured their customers through their education consultancy and coaching centre Sai Service Education Wing. Operating from two centres in Zirakpur and Sector 35, they used to contact clients in urgent need of degrees while applying for visas and told them to deposit an amount in a bank account. The fake degree used to be then dispatched to them by post.

Our degrees protected by hologram: PU

Punjab crime, cyber unit phones don’t ring
Non-payment of tele bills
Mohali, March 21
Connect has snapped all its phone lines installed at the Punjab State Crime Branch and Cyber Cell at Phase V here due to the non-payment of bills for more than a month. The venue houses the State Crime Branch, the Forensic Science Laboeratory and Cyber Crime Police Station and State Crime Police Station, all handling vital cases of Punjab state. About 20 phone lines have been installed in the building. And the amount of pending bills is said to be nearly Rs 60,000. Set aside making outgoing calls from the landline phones, officials here cannot even talk on intercom, which is also out of order.
Illustration by Sandeep Joshi

RTE nightmare
Private schools turn away EWS parents
Chandigarh, March 21
Shut gates greeted hundreds of economically weaker section applicants at city private schools. It was a “special” day for four-year-old Arun Lal today as he was going to the “big school” in Sector 45 here for admission. Son of a Burail-based rickshaw-puller, Arun Lal had grown up peeping through the gates of this school and dreaming to be one of those smartly dressed boys, but his dreams came crashing down when trusting the UT Education Department’s advertisement, he went with his father to claim an empty RTE seat, but was chased away by a school guard.

Shut gates greeted hundreds of economically weaker section applicants at city private schools. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

3 killed, 11 injured in accident
Three persons were killed and 11 injured in a road accident on the Banur-Landran road today. The dead were identified as Rajinder Kaur, Manjeet Kaur and Jaspreet Kaur, all residents of Ghoga Kamali in Mohali district. The accident occurred when a Mahindra jeep collided with a car. All passengers of the jeep had gone to Badhunpur village to worship at a temple. The injured were admitted to Gian Sagar Hospital in Banur, PGI, Chandigarh, and GMCH-32, Chandigarh, for treatment. A case was registered in this regard.


MC to go easy with defaulters
Practice of taking late payment with interest, reallotment of taxi stands to go
Chandigarh, March 21
No fine will be imposed on the habitual taxi stand defaulters who do not pay their ground rent on time to the Municipal Corporation. A proposal has been mooted for the removal of the clause from the terms and conditions under which allottees of taxi stand, who do not pay the ground rent on time, are bound to pay arrears with an interest of 15 per cent per annum.

Chandigarh scan
Road to remain closed
The road from Anand theatre to KC Theatre in Sector 17 A and 17 B will remain closed from March 23 till March 31 for the construction of an over-bridge in Sector 17 A and B. However, the arrangement for entry to the parking lots will not be effected during the construction work.

Signboards like these make access difficult for firemen. Tribune photo: Nitin MittalFire at Panchkula
Lackadaisical approach to the fore
Panchkula, March 21
The incident of fire here yesterday, in which several shops at a shop-cum-office (SCO) were gutted, brought to the fore the lackadaisical approach of the authorities towards safety of residents.

Signboards like these make access difficult for firemen. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Victim’s parents allege inaction by police
Say their daughter was molested by four boys; police says only one of them at large
Panchkula, March 21
There was high drama at the Chandi Mandir police station as parents of a molestation victim alleged that no action had been taken against the accused. The father of the girl, Ashok Kumar, alleged that besides the main accused, Gola, a resident of Beer Ghaggar, three other accused, Maneesh, Billa and Ajit, had molested his daughter. He alleged that the accused had threatened his daughter not to report the incident to anyone.

Patients, attendants left in lurch
Chandigarh, March 21
Patients as well as their attendants were a harassed lot when nearly 400 contractual employees went on strike at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, here today. The employees who were protesting against the delay in the disbursal of their salaries by the contractor, however, resumed their duties after two hours when the hospital authorities intervened and assured them of getting their grievances redressed.

Malba disposal bylaws passed
Fine increased to Rs 1500; dumping sites to be identified
Chandigarh, March 21
As a stringent action against violators of the Disposal of Construction Material, Malba and Debris Bylaws, 2005, the Municipal Corporation has decided to charge a fine Rs 1,500, three time the earlier fine of Rs 500, from violators. This has been decided at a meeting of the Malba Bylaws Sub-committee held under the chairmanship of Pardeep Chhabra here today.

A chocolate pansy butterfly at the newly inaugurated Butterfly Park in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Chandigarh gets Butterfly Park
Chandigarh, March 21
On World Forestry Day, the Butterfly Park at Sector-26 here was inaugurated and thrown open to public by UT Advisor KK Sharma here today. On the occasion, Sharma also released the 'Greening Chandigarh Action Plan 2012-13' for the coming plantation season.

A chocolate pansy butterfly at the newly inaugurated Butterfly Park in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

The leopard stuck in a pipe at the IAF station, Chandigarh. Leopard to be tranquilised today
Chandigarh, March 21
Experts of the Wildlife Institute of India visited the site where the leopard has been stuck in a pipe carrying cable underneath the runway in the IAF area and deferred the plan of tranquilising the beast for Thursday.

The leopard stuck in a pipe at the IAF station, Chandigarh. Source: UT Forest and Wildlife Dept.

HUDA auctions 28 commercial sites
Panchkula, March 21
After receiving a lukewarm response to the auction of commercial sites in the town, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) today auctioned 28 commercial sites. The auction of two school sites had to be cancelled as no bidder came forward. The auction was held at the HUDA office in Sector 6.

Gurukul organises annual function
Panchkula, March 21
Class-I students of the Gurukul at Sector 20 organised its annual function at the Indradhanush Auditorium here this evening. The programme began with the ballet ‘The jungle speaks’, which carried the message that every creation of God was unique and we could learn from everybody around us.

Fire station ill-equipped
Mohali, March 21
With ordinary firefighting tenders in its fleet, the Mohali fire station is ill-equipped to control fire in high-rises in the area. The station does not have a Bronto skylift fire tender, equipped with hydraulic platform, which is used to fight fire in high-rises.


Seminar on entrepreneur’s journey organised in PU
Chandigarh, March 21
The Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC), university institute of engineering and technology (UIET), PU, organised a seminar on "An Entrepreneur's Journey" here today.

‘Jhankaar’ begins at Panjab University
Chandigarh, March 21
Panjab University Youth Fest ‘Jhankaar’ kick started amidst huge pomp and show here today. Vice-Chancellor, professor RC Sobti, inaugurated the event reminding the students that along with fun such fests came with a responsibility and lessons of team spirit. Varsity’s law auditorium was reverberated with energy and fervor as various competitions including folk and western dance were conducted here.

Students perform at ‘Jhankaar’ in Law Auditorium, Panjab University, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: parvesh chauhan Guards recover sluggers at the entrance of Panjab University on Wednesday. tribune photo: manoj mahajan

PU dept to participate in neutrino research programme with US lab
Chandigarh, March 21
The physics department of Panjab University has been sanctioned a grant of Rs 2.33 crore by the department of science and technology (DST), Government of India, to participate in a frontline neutrino research programme in collaboration with the Chicago, USA, based Fermi National Accelerator lab (Fermilab).

PU online test forms
Chandigarh, March 21
Panjab University today launched online forms for its forthcoming entrance test. Vice-Chancellor professor Prof RC Sobti, Panjab University, submitted his online application as a test case for the Common Entrance Test of Panjab University.

VC inaugurates national seminar
Chandigarh, March 21
Professor RC Sobti, Vice-Chancallor, Panjab University, inaugurated a national seminar on ‘Public Health: Tackling Health Inequalities’. Professor Sobti emphasised on inter-state variations in health outcomes of India. He lamented that the poor living conditions of people of certain Indian states. Professor Pathak, dean science faculty chaired the first session of invited lectures. Dr LP Singh, director, IIHMR, New Delhi, talked on public health research addressing health inequalities. Dr Antony, former director, SHRC, Chhattisgarh, discussed health inequalities in Chhattisgarh. Dr Sangeets Nehra, deputy director Ayurveda, Haryana, advised to follow nature’s rules for preventive care.

Varsity dispatches roll numbers
Chandigarh, March 21
Panjab University has announced that it has dispatched all the roll numbers of the students.


Sikha, Amarjit declared best athletes
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 21
University College Chuni Kalan, set up by the Punjabi University in the rural area, conducted its first athletics meet here today. Rajinder Singh Sohal, the DSP, was the chief guest, where as Dr V.K. Tiwari, principal presided over. The students took keen interest in sports activities and participated in large number.

2 killed in accidents
Ambala, March 21
Two persons were killed and one seriously injured in three accidents in Ambala last night. Amrik Singh of Rampur Jhuggian village was killed when a vehicle hit his motorcycle near Kathghar Chappra village, near Ambala City.


Saji Mohan appears in courts
Chandigarh, March 21
Former Chandigarh Narcotics Bureau (NCB) Director Saji Mohan appeared before courts here today where evidence was recorded in the two cases of heroin pilferage and corruption registered against him.

Notice to UT Home Secretary, others
Vacancies in district courts
Chandigarh, March 21
A local court has issued notices to the UT Home Secretary, Legal Remembrance Cell, UT, and the District Attorney while acting on a petition regarding the shortage of Additional Public Prosecutors (APPs) and Additional District Attorneys (ADAs) in the district courts. The petition demands direction to fill the vacant posts. The UT has been asked to file a reply by May 4.


Man killed in fit of rage
Panchkula, March 21
A shopkeeper, Ashok Kumar (55), was allegedly murdered at Abheypur village here this afternoon after he expressed inability to pay the full amount to a carpenter for the work done at his house.

Car set on fire in Sector 46
Chandigarh, March 21
Miscreants set a car afire in Sector 46 last night. Sewa Singh, a resident of Sector-46, alleged that Sampuran Singh, resident of Sector-2, Panchkula, Lalit Kumar, Maghar Singh, Navneet, residents of Rajpura, burnt his car number CH-04B-0078 which was parked in front of his residence in Sector 46. A case under Sections 435 and 427, IPC, has been registered.


Hockey stadium yet to get new AstroTurf
Chandigarh, March 21
Missing yet another deadline the UT sports department has failed to deliver what it promised to the hockey lovers of the city. The project to lay the new Astroturf field at Hockey Stadium at Sports Complex, Sector 42, is still crawling on the papers from November last year.

Shresth thrashes Rajkanwar in tennis tourney
Janhavi in action during the Chandigarh Club Open Tennis Tournament at Chandigarh Club, Sector 1, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Chandigarh, March 21
Tennis player, Shresth Suman, defeated Rajkanwar Singh while Rupin overcame Vayun Aditya in the first round match of the boys’ (U-12) category, during the ongoing Chandigarh Club and Tennis Academy Open Lawn Tennis Tournament, being held here, today.
In the first match, Shresh defeated Rajkanwar 7-0 while in another match, Rupin thrashed Vayun 7-2. In another match of the boys’ (U-12) category, Vaibhav Garg defeated Pavtesh Singh 7-1 and Ishaan defeated Ghrvit Vats 7-4. Results: Jaskaran Riar beat Arnav 7-1; Saurav Yadav beat Aditya Raj 7-4; Bhalinder Singh beat Samarth Suri 7-3; Mehul Gupta beat Abhinav Rawal 7-4; Karan Sharma beat Aryan Chandol 7-0

Janhavi in action during the Chandigarh Club Open Tennis Tournament at Chandigarh Club, Sector 1, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parveswh Chauhan

Players in action during a cricket match at Sector 48 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Banyan Tree School win by 112 runs
Chandigarh, March 21
The cricket team of Banyan Tree School (BTS), Sector 48, defeated Shivalik School while Saupin’s School, Sector 32, defeated APJ, Kharar, team in their respective matches of the ongoing 3rd Junior Cricket Championship Tournament for boys (U-13), here today.

Players in action during a cricket match at Sector 48 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

CCA to organise coaching centre
Chandigarh, March 20
The Chandigarh Cricket Association (affiliated to the PCA) will organise a special coaching centre for the players (between 13 to 15 of age ) under the guidelines of Punjab Cricket association at DAV School, Sector 8, here. The players born on or after September 1, 2000 can take part in the camp.


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