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Mohali faces water shortage
Mohali, April 26
While the peak summer season is yet to set in, Mohali has been already reeling under a severe water shortage.Against the present demand of around 24 million gallons per day (MGD), the availability of drinking water is only 14 MGD. The figures are for the area falling within municipal council limits. This signals tough times ahead. With the shortage of 10 MGD of drinking water daily, residents of several locatities have already started feeling the heat.

Chaos reigns supreme at new DEO office in Sec 19
Chandigarh, April 26
There was chaos at the new DEO office in Sector 19 here today. The first day at the new office was a nightmare for both employees and the public and official work came to a standstill.


Not selected for MFA, topper in BFA returns roll of honour to college
Neha Mahajan and another girl stand outside the office of the principal at the Arts College in Chandigarh on Thursday. Chandigarh, April 26
Disappointed at not being selected for a masters course in fine arts (MFA) at the College of Arts here after topping in the bachelors course (BFA) in 2011 from the same college, Neha Mahajan today returned the roll of honour awarded to her in the recent convocation to show resentment.

Neha Mahajan and another girl stand outside the office of the principal at the Arts College in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

CHB housing scheme to be delayed
Chandigarh, April 26
The 2008-Special Housing Scheme floated by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) for UT employees is going to be delayed once again. The reason being that the CHB has received a single tender for appointing consultant to get environmental clearance. To avoid any controversy, senior functionaries in the CHB are not in a mood to approve the single tender.

Night challaning picks up in city
Chandigarh, April 26
With the traffic police continuing its challaning spree even at night, 333 challans have been issued by police control room vehicles after sunset. As residents lost sleep over the increased number of incidents of snatching and late-night brawls, the PCR was empowered to do night challaning. A total of 60 PCR vehicles in 30 pairs were on duty at main roads and roundabouts. Ten PCR motorcycles in five pairs were on patrol inside the city to chase such violators.

Eight-year-old sodomised
Chandigarh, April 26
In a shocking incident, five minors and a 19-year-old youth have been arrested for sodomising an eight-year-old boy at the quarters for class-IV employees on the Panjab University (PU) campus today.




Admn demands Rs 80 lakh
Chandigarh, April 26
The UT Administration has decided to demand Rs 80 lakh from the Municipal Corporation for shifting underground cables from the way of overbridge in Sector 17. At a recent meeting between the senior officials of the engineering and electricity departments, the proposal was discussed in detail and it was decided that the UT Administration would seek money from the MC.
Students ride bicycles wearing helmet during a road safety workshop near the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Thursday.
Students ride bicycles wearing helmet during a road safety workshop near the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Demolition drive in Attawa village
Chandigarh, April 26
The UT Land Acquisition Collector today carried out a demolition drive in Attawa village here. The demolition squad led by the police removed the structures that had come up on about two kanals of acquired land. The occupants had raised structures on the acquired land.

Draw of lots for liquor vends today
Chandigarh, April 26
The UT Excise and Taxation Department has received 13 bids for allotment of 82vends, both IMFL and country that could not be allotted in the last draw of lots held on April 20. The draw of lots will be held tomorrow.

Nurses’ demands met
Chandigarh, April 26
After a round-table meeting between the PGI administration and nursing welfare association today, the management gave green signal to the demands tabled by the association. In fact the authorities have assured the association that no disciplinary action will be taken on the nurses who went on mass casual leave yesterday in protest.

Chandigarh Traffic Police provides reflectors to 1,063 rickshaws
Chandigarh, April 26
As many as 1,063 cycle rickshaws in city now have reflectors, thanks to the Chandigarh Traffic Police, which has initiated a novel campaign to paste stickers on these rickshaws so that they are visible in the dark and accidents can be avoided.

Residents’ protest forces GMADA officials to put off demolition
Mohali, April 26
A protest by residents of Akal Ashram Colony at Sohana forced the team of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to postpone its demolition drive against illegal constructions in the colony here this afternoon.

 Dr BN Goswamy (second from left), Pushy Chowdhry (centre) and Paolo Crichhio (second from right) at the opening of the Squista Cafe in Sector 10 of Chandigarh.
NOW OPEN: Dr BN Goswamy (second from left), Pushy Chowdhry (centre) and Paolo Crichhio (second from right) at the opening of the Squista Cafe in Sector 10 of Chandigarh. A Tribune photo

Kachcheri Complex sans facilities
Mohali, April 26
Advocates, notaries and other officials, who have been working in Kachcheri Complex at Phase I have urged the authorities to provide civic amenities here. In a demand letter to the Mohali Deputy Commissioner, Varun Roojam, the Bar Association stated that the complex lacked drinking water and toilets.

Sainik Rest House may pay tax
Chandigarh, April 26
The Municipal Corporation is not only going to rescind the exemption of service charge on the UT Sainik Rest House, but is going to impose it. In fact the authorities are also going to recover the pending service charges, which were withdrawn in 2010 after the approval at the general house meeting. The proposal is going to be tabled for approval in the coming general house meeting scheduled for April 30.

Light rain, thundershowers likely to lash region
Chandigarh, April 26
Girls take a stroll at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Unpredictable weather conditions will continue in the tricity for the next four to five days in view of the persisting western disturbance over north Pakistan and neighborhood. However, there will be no major change in the temperature even as light rain accompanied with thundershowers can lash the region in the next couple of days.

Girls take a stroll at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Musical ode paid to nature
Chandigarh, April 26
Artistes perform on the second day of the Chandigarh Arts and Heritage Festival at the Tagore Theatre on Thursday. Vidushi Vasundra and Kalapini Komkali, wife and daughter of Pandit Kumar Gandhrav, paid a veritable musical ode to nature on the second day of the ongoing Chandigarh Arts and Heritage Festival at the Tagore Theatre here today.

Artistes perform on the second day of the Chandigarh Arts and Heritage Festival at the Tagore Theatre on Thursday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Dharna by BJP activists
Panchkula, April 26
Toughening its stand for the first time over the fly menace in Barwala block in the district, the Bharatiya Janata Party today staged a dharna outside the office of Deputy Commissioner as the latter was not present in her office.

Make youth tech savvy, says Patil
Chandigarh, April 26
UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil presided over the first Annual Corporate Summit of the All -India Technical and Management Association held here today. He stressed upon the need to empower the youth in the fields of science and technology along with art, culture and spirituality, which would help them in becoming responsible citizens and would create a healthy society.

Mayor to organise patch-up lunch for councillors today
Chandigarh, April 26
Municipal corporation Mayor Raj Bala Malik is organising a patch-up lunch for all the councillors tomorrow. Today, councillors across all parties got an invite from the Mayor for a lunch tomorrow to discuss the bottlenecks, which they were facing during their routine works in the MC.

Make Chandigarh a state, says Janta Dal (United)
Chandigarh, April 26
The Janta Dal (United) has demanded the creation of Chandigarh as a state and neighbouring areas of Punjab and Haryana should be included in it.

CTU bus timings revised
Chandigarh, April 26
To improve the bus service between Sector-43 ISBT and the Chandigarh Airport, the CTU has revised the bus timings.

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Another blunder by PU
Chandigarh, April 26
It seems that there is no end to the goof-ups made by Panjab University while setting question papers. After committing the mistake of publishing the answers alongside questions in the botany paper recently, the question paper of BA (III year) Hindi exam conducted today turned out to be of 84 marks, instead of the supposed 90 marks.

NHRC role significant, says expert
Chandigarh, April 26
The Centre for Human Rights and Duties, Panjab University, invited Dr SK Jain, Senior Research Officer (Training), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), New Delhi, to deliver a talk on the working of NHRC.

CBSE to test spoken English from 2013-14
Chandigarh, April 26
For the students of CBSE schools speaking correct English will now be as important as writing it.

PU holds event to mark World Intellectual Property Day
Chandigarh, April 26
The Centre for Industry Institute Partnership Program (CIIPP) of Panjab University celebrated World Intellectual Property Day at the PU Campus here today. Panjab University Vice-Chancellor prof RC Sobti, who presided over the function, spoke on the major breakthroughs in science and shared that most were based on ‘accidental incidents’ which were carefully analysed by scientists.



Kathak artistes enthral audience
Patiala, April 26
"Punjabi University will make sustained efforts to introduce dance as a subject at the school level so that artistes can be prepared from the root stage." This was stated by Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, while presiding over the World Dance Day celebrated by the Dance Department of the university in Kala Bhawan, here today.

Punjabi University teachers stage dharna
Patiala, April 26
A large number of Punjabi University teachers held a demonstration in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office, Patiala, for the delay in releasing salary arrears of the university teachers by the Punjab government. The teachers sat on a dharna for about two hours, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, under the banner of Punjabi University Teachers’ Coordination Committee (PUTCC).

School celebrates Earth Day
Dera Bassi, April 26
Earth Day was celebrated in Sri Sukhmai International School, Dera Bassi, with a lot of fun and enthusiasm. Various competitions such as ‘On the spot slogan writing’ and ‘Collage making’ were held on the occasion.

17 challaned for violating tobacco Act
Patiala, April 26
A four-member team of the health and family welfare department, Patiala, today inspected various outlets selling tobacco products and challaned 17 persons for violating the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003.


Plea on banning alcohol in holy cities dismissed
Chandigarh, April 26
A petition for prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol, non-vegetarian food and tobacco products within the municipal limits of religious cities has failed to find favour with the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

PIL against illegal recruiting agents
Chandigarh, April 26
A former Judge has knocked at the doors of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to check the mushrooming of unregistered recruiting agents for curbing immigration frauds.



7 arrested for various offences
Chandigarh, April 26
The police today arrested seven persons, including five for creating ruckus in an inebriated state last night. Two were arrested for smuggling liquor.

Uzbek widow files fresh complaint of sexual assault
Zirakpur, April 26
Gazalmajyeova, who has come from Uzbekistan, today lodged a fresh complaint with the police alleging that she was sexually assaulted by the two accused in a flat at Panchkula where the duo had kept her in captivity for about 25 days.

2 members of Nishan Singh gang held
Panchkula, April 26
Two members of Nishan Singh gang, who were nabbed by the local police last night, were putting up in a rented accommodation at Railly village in Sector 12-A after their release from the Ambala Central jail.



 Parikshit, Sanil win doubles’ title
Chandigarh, April 26
The pair of Parikshit Somani of Assam and Sanil Jagtiani of West Bengal won the boys (U-14) doubles title in the ongoing CLTA-AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament at the CLTA courts here today.

In action

A Patiala batsman plays a shot against Chandigarh during an inter-state cricket tournament at DAV School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Thursday
A Patiala batsman plays a shot against Chandigarh during an inter-state cricket tournament at DAV School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Wrestling trials on April 29
Chandigarh, April 26
The Chandigarh Wrestling Association will conduct trails on April 29 (9:00 am) at the Wrestling Coaching Centre, Sector 30, to select the city’s wresting team. Greco and Free style players can participate in the trails which will be held for both boys and girls.

Stepping Stones in final
Chandigarh, April 26
The cricket team of Stepping Stones defeated Saupin’s School, Sector 32, to enter the finals of the ongoing 4th junior cricket championship for Boys (U-13) here today. After winning the toss, the Saupin’s bowlers restricted the opposition to a total of 165 runs, in the allotted slot of 25 overs.

Chess tourney kicks off
Chandigarh, April 26
A total of 37 players participated in the 23rd Chandigarh Chess Championship which started at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here today. During the championship, the Chandigarh Chess Association will also select four players to represent the city in the upcoming National Challengers Championship to be held at Tirupathi, from May 18 to 28.

Football tourney begins today
Chandigarh, April 26
The Air Force football championship will kick-off tomorrow at 3 Base Repair Depot (3BRD), Air Force Station. All the matches will be played on a league-cum-knockout basis. During the tournament, a team of Air Force will also be selected to participate in the forthcoming inter-services football championship.


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