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SC Relief for UT admn
Chandigarh, March 29
In a significant development and a huge relief to the UT Administration, the Supreme Court (SC) of India, has given its go-ahead to the acquisition of 72 acres of land to expand the Phase II of Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP).

PCA, Kings XI Punjab owe Rs 7.72 cr to UT police: Audit
Chandigarh, March 29
The fifth edition of IPL is about to begin, but the UT police has failed to recover its outstanding bills worth Rs 7.72 crore from the IPL organisers as well as the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA), Mohali, for providing round-the-clock security to teams during their stay in the city for international matches held  last year.


No water for 650 EWS houses from today
Chandigarh, March 29
At least 650 economically weaker section (EWS) houses in Sector 38 West will not get their routine water supply from tomorrow morning due to tussle between the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) and the Municipal Corporation (MC) over the issue of maintenance of tubewell installed in the area. In a piquant situation, the supply will be shutdown and residents who are clueless about this will face the difficulty in the morning before going to respective schools and offices. 

Chaos breaks loose on HC premises
Chandigarh, March 29
In an atypical display of resentment and agitation, visibly disconcerted clerks or the munshis of the Punjab and Haryana High Court advocates today gheraoed the writ branch. They were protesting against the alleged manhandling of a clerk by a woman employee of the High Court.

P’kula second in vehicular density in state
Panchkula, March 29
Panchkula has the second highest number of vehicles per household in the entire state, the Directorate of Census Operations, Haryana, disclosed the figures today.


No metal detectors have been installed at the main entrance to the station. Security at railway station nil
Chandigarh, March 29
Failing to learn any lessons from the Mumbai terror attacks or the attacks on Maoists, where railway stations were made a soft target, the Chandigarh Railway Station authorities continue to cock a snook at security measures.

No metal detectors have been installed at the main entrance to the station.




Maharaja Ranjit Singh institute gets Vijayanta tank
Panchkula, March 29
Western Command General Officer Commanding in Chief (GOC-in-C) Lt Gen SR Ghosh today presented a Vijayanta tank to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for display on the campus of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute (AFPI), Mohali, at the Chandimandir Military Station. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal along with Western Command GOC-in-C Lt Gen SR Ghosh and other officers at Chandimandir Military Station on Thursday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Child-mapping Survey a Nightmare
Chandigarh, March 29
Child-mapping survey 2012-13, which concluded a few days, ago has left city teachers fuming and hurt. The reason: City VIPs, including several senior officials of the UT Administration, residing in sector 24, 16, 7, 10, 11 and 9 virtually shooed them away.

Work allotted to same contractor
Mohali, March 29
Despite residents complaining about poor cleanliness in the town, three out of the four zones into which the town has been divided for the purpose, have once again been given to the earlier contractor for sanitation work from April 1.

Students of the Institute of Dental Science Hospital perform at “Ignovision2012” at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Thursday.
Right Moves: Students of the Institute of Dental Science Hospital perform at “Ignovision2012” at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Three shops gutted
Mohali, March 29
Goods worth Rs 20 lakh were destroyed in a fire that engulfed three shops last night at Ghadana village in the district here. The fire broke out in the shops, belonging to Rajinder Kumar from Manakpur village, during the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday. Rajinder Kumar said he was informed about the incident by a resident of the village. Two fire tenders were pressed in service.

Country liquor, IMFL prices to go up
Mohali, March 29
The rates of common popular brands of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and country liquor will increase in the district in coming days. This is surely not a good news for Bacchus lovers.

Panchkula low on basic amenities
Panchkula, March 29
Despite the fact that the district emerges among the highest number of vehicle owners and other luxuries, a substantial number of people in the district are deprived of basic amenities including drinking water and latrine facilities.

UT cadre officers get more teeth
Chandigarh, March 29
In a development to give more teeth to UT cadre officers in the Chandigarh Administration, Tanvi Garg, a 2009-batch IAS officer, was given the charge of Director, Information Technology, relieving Yogesh Kumar, an HCS officer, of the charge.

IG’s personal assistant relieved
Chandigarh, March 29
Following the directions of the UT Administration, the UT Police has decided to relieve IG (UT) PK Srivastva’s ‘favourite’ personal secretary (PS) RP Pathak on March 31.

Fans non-functional at MC complaint centre
Chandigarh, March 29
The municipal corporation complaint centre cell which attends to the grievances of residents of the city is itself facing a number of problems and its employees are running from post to pillar to get these solved. For more than three weeks, lights and fans of the complaint cell have been lying defunct.

Departmental inquiry against Inspector
Chandigarh, March 29
The UT SSP has marked a departmental inquiry against cyber cell incharge Inspector Neeraj Sarna for slow investigation in three cases. The DE has been marked to DSP Ashish Kapoor. Sources said two of the cyber fraud cases were registered in Sector 3 police station and another in Sector 39 police station where money was siphoned off without the bank account operator’s knowledge. Police had not sent a team to Mumbai or Nagaland where the bank accounts exist, it was alleged.

PM to inaugurate cultural event in town on April 13
Panchkula, March 29
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh will inaugurate a four-day cultural programme to be organised by the North Zone Cultural Centre on its 25th anniversary on April 13, here, at the Parade Ground.

Estate Office to hold personal hearing session of allottees
Chandigarh, March 29
In the infamous booth scam, the UT Estate Office has decided to hold a personal hearing session of 88 allottees. The hearing session will be held in four batches starting from April 4. Besides, the officials of the Estate Office maintained that they would complete the inquiry by April-end and those found guilty would face cancellation of booths, besides penalties as well.

Admn still undecided on reduction of misuse charges
Chandigarh, March 29
As the UT Administration has failed to decide on the contentious issue of reducing the misuse charges for building violation in residential and commercial property from Rs 500 per sq ft to

Flag march by police officials
Police officials take out a flag march to maintain law and order situation in Mohali on Thursday.Mohali, March 29
Keeping in view the protests held by several bodies against Rajoana’s hanging, the Mohali Police staged a flag march to maintain law and order in the town here today.

Police officials take out a flag march to maintain law and order situation in Mohali on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Civic body to table proposal in General House today
Chandigarh, March 29
The municipal corporation has drafted the proposal for the construction of first primary school at a cost of Rs 3.73 crore which will be tabled in the General House tomorrow for an approval.



Pvt schools convert RTE seats to general
Chandigarh, March 29
Even as the UT education department claims to be waiting for ‘comments’ of private schools over not entertaining any applications under the RTE, the schools have converted 470 vacant RTE seats into general and have started admission in full swing.

ABVP holds protest at VC office
Chandigarh, March 29
ABVP members hold a silent protest at PU Vice-Chancellor’s office in Chandigarh on Thursday. The members of ABVP, Panjab University, held a peaceful protest outside the Vice-Chancellor office against PU’s attitude towards violence in campus. The students had submitted a memorandum on March 16 to the VC demanding a policy to curb violence. However, after failing to get any response from the authorities, students decided to stage a peaceful protest wearing black badges.
ABVP members hold a silent protest at PU Vice-Chancellor’s office in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Globalisation promotes human rights, says PU professor
Chandigarh, March 29
The Centre for Human Rights and Duties, University Institute of Emerging Areas in Social Sciences, organised a distinguished lecture at the PU Campus. Dr BS Brar, professor of political science and Dean University Instructions, PU, delivered the lecture.

PUSA president not invited to Senate meeting, yet
Chandigarh, March 29
It seems that for the first time the president of Panjab University Staff Association (PUSA) would be deprived from attending the Senate meeting as an ex-officio member. Despite the repeated representations made by the new PUSA president, the PU authorities have failed to respond to the communication and intimate PUSA about the senate meeting to be held on March 31.



400 students to participate in science camp
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 29
All arrangements for the five day state-level science camp ‘Inspire’ being sponsored by the Government of India, to be held at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, from 31st March have been completed. More than 400 students from across the state will participate in the five-day camp, said Dr MS Grewal, principal of the college, while addressing media persons here today.

Tanker overturns
Ambala March 29
Panic gripped motorists on National Highway 1 when a Hindustan Petroleum gas tanker carrying around 17 tons of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) overturned near Jandli Bridge at Ambala City this morning.

Liquor vends fetch Rs 80.87 cr
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 29
The process for allotment of liquor vends through draw of lots was completed successfully in the district under the supervision of Yashveer Mahajan, Deputy Commissioner. The first draw was carried out by deputy commissioner and the rest by journalists, lawyers, doctors, council presidents and common people. The liquor vends in the district fetched Rs 80.87 crore, where as last year vends fetched Rs 71.90 crore.

Traders block NH1
Ambala, March 29
Sarafa Association and Goldsmith Association jointly blocked the NH-1 near Manji Sahib Gurdwara at Ambala City to protest against the levying of excise duty on gold ornaments today.

Youths snatch chain
Ambala, March 29
Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a chain of a woman in Sector 10 in Ambala City this noon. Jiyoti Merwah, the victim, a resident of Sector 10 was standing in front of her house when then incident took place. Jiyoti informed the matter to her neighbours.



HC raps UT estate officer over demolition
Chandigarh, March 29
In a landmark judgment, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has passed strictures against the Assistant Estate Officer, Chandigarh, saying that the officer in connivance with a landlord of a house in Sector 33 conducted a demolition to get a house vacated after the owner failed to get possession through the court after a long drawn litigation.

Court asks DPI for info on RTE case
Chandigarh, March 29
Issuing notice of motion for April 3 on a petition filed by a minor, Avinash Kumar, against the cancellation of his admission in pre-nursery under the EWS category, Justice RN Raina asked the UT DPI (Schools) to inform the Bench whether the cut-off date for submission of income certificate by the children had been prescribed.

One gets 2-year term for rape
Chandigarh, March 29
The Court of Sessions Judge SK Goel today sentenced a man to a two-year rigorous imprisonment in a case of attempt to rape. The court sentenced Jagroop Singh to two years RI and imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on him.



Four held for visa fraud
Chandigarh, March 29
The accused in police custody at Chandigarh. tribune photo Continuing with its drive against the gang members adept at making fake documents for visa processing, the Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by DSP Anil Joshi, arrested four persons today.

The accused in police custody at Chandigarh. Tribune photo: manoj mahajan


No light, no ipl match
Chandigarh, March 29
It seems that the lone ‘hi-tech’ cricket stadium of the city has failed to attract the owners of the IPL (Indian Premier League) team, Kings XI Punjab, and the BCCI even in the fifth edition of the league.
Kings XI Punjab player Paul Valthaty practises at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Thursday.
Kings XI Punjab player Paul Valthaty practises at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

DAV-Amritsar outplay Shivalik Nangal
Chandigarh, March 29
In the first match of Coca Cola Cup for Boys (U-16), the team of DAV Amritsar defeated Shivalik School Nangal by 78 runs. the match was held at the Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, here today.

Over 200 athletes felicitated
Chandigarh, March 29
Over 200 sportspersons, along with 31 coaches, were awarded cash prizes for attaining the first three position in the National School Games in the disciplines of archery, athletics, badminton, boxing, cricket, football, gymnastics, hockey, handball, judo, rowing, skating, softball, table tennis, tennis and yachting, here today.

Adil, Prinkle, Vikash book berth in finals
Chandigarh, March 29
Prinkle Singh plays a shot during a match at the CLTA-AITA Championship Series in Chandigarh on Thursday. Local lad Rishab Sharda went down against Adil Kalyanpur of Karnataka in the first semifinal match of boys (U-12) category during the ongoing CLTA-AITA Championship Series, tennis tournament for boy’s and girl’s (U-12 and 14), here today.

Prinkle Singh plays a shot during a match at the CLTA-AITA Championship Series in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

BTS cricket academy defeat MCA-Mohali
Chandigarh, March 29
The cricket team of BTS cricket academy defeated MCA Mohali team by 16 runs during a match of the ongoing Third Junior Cricket Championship for Boys (U-13), here today.

GNKSSS Club win state handball championship
Chandigarh, March 29
The GNKSSS Club Sector 30 defeated GMSSS Sector 19 by 19-20 in the finals of the state handball championship, being held here today.

Rajinder wins overall title
Chandigarh, March 29
Golfer Rajinder won the overall championship along with the title of best golfer with a score of 35 points during the 18th tournament of the Thomas Cook Indian Golf League Round, being held at Chandigarh Golf Club, here today. A total of 108 professional and amateur participated in the competition.


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