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3 Tricity youths drown in Ganga
Dehradun, May 15
Vaibhav Sudhir one of the victims Three youths, all students of B Tech (II) at the University of Petroleum Engineering Studies, Dehradun, drowned in the Ganga at Rishikesh this morning. The trio belong to Chandigarh and Mohali and had been staying in Upkar Campus hostel. Their parents have been informed about the incident. Vaibhav Sudhir one of the victims

Families in a state of shock
Chandigarh, May 15
Pall of gloom descended on the families of three tricity boys, who died due to drowning in a river at Rishikesh in Uttarakhand, as the news of their demise reached their houses  this evening. The two boys were identified as Vaibhav Sudheer and Anubhav Kalia, both residents of Sector 22 and Sector 59, respectively.


Furniture Market fire
Recurring incidents fail to move administration
Chandigarh, May 15
Four major fires in the illegal furniture market of Sectors 52-53 in the past about 12 years have failed to wake up the UT administration from its slumber to remove the encroachments on the prime commercial land and allot them some alternative site.

This is all that remains after the fire at the furniture market on Monday night. Photo: Pradeep Tewari
This is all that remains after the fire at the furniture market on Monday night

Daily wagers have no hope
Daily wager Bajrangi Yadav was traumatised when he came to know that he had lost his job of polishing at the furniture market here, as the shop where he worked for the past 15 years was gutted last night.

kansal area
Department stops approving layout plans
Chandigarh, May 15
A day after the Punjab and Haryana Court halted construction activity in Sukhna’s catchment area, the Punjab Local Bodies Department has stopped clearing layout plans of residential projects, especially in Kansal, that fall in the Nayagoan Master Plan area.
The fate of housing projects in Kansal hangs in balance
The fate of housing projects in Kansal hangs in balance. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Youth stabbed to death by 12 assailants
Chandigarh May 15
A 22-year-old youth was stabbed to death by around a dozen assailants at his Daddu Majra residence last night. The victim, Alok Kumar, was stabbed repeatedly in the back. He later died in the PGI. The police has arrested nine persons in the case of murder registered at the police station at Sector 39.

Making way amid darkness

A risky ride

Vehicle-drivers have a tough time are non-functional as traffic lights on the road separating Sectors 29 and 30 in Chandigarh on Monday night
Vehicle-drivers have a tough time are non-functional as traffic lights on the road separating Sectors 29 and 30 in Chandigarh on Monday night. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan
A rickshaw-puller carries a ladder in a dangerous way at Sector 45 in Chandigarh on Tuesday
A rickshaw-puller carries a ladder in a dangerous way at Sector 45 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu


UT awaits fault-finding machine
Chandigarh, May 15
While the residents of the city are facing power cuts due to fault in the power supply lines on numerous occasions, the UT Electricity Department does not have any equipment to locate fault in the underground cables spread across the city.

7,200 EWS houses by 2014: Sukhbir
Mohali, May 15
At least 7,200 houses will be constructed for economically weaker section (EWS) here in the next two years. This was stated by Punjab's Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal here today.

Modern day pitchers

A boy checks his earthen pots fitted with taps, which have replaced traditional pitchers, in Chandigarh on Tuesday
A boy checks his earthen pots fitted with taps, which have replaced traditional pitchers, in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Boost to PGI liver transplant programme
Chandigarh, May 15
The liver transplant programme at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Research (PGIMER) has gained momentum when the doctors performed third such surgery successfully last week. The 54-year-old patient, Anil, from Himachal Pradesh is recovering fast and the doctors are hopeful that he will be discharged this week only.

Chandigarh, May 15
Countering the allegations of Ashwini, brother of deceased Ashok who was killed in an accident along with his wife, Dr PN Gupta has stated that the police had approached him for the footage to get clues of the accident. The doctor stated that he did not know Ashwini who had been making false statements to the media and taking all the credit for getting the case solved.

STA cracks whip on auto dealers
Chandigarh, May 15
After deciding to act tough against the operators of auto-rickshaws with diesel engines, the State Transport Authority (STA) has cracked its whip on the auto dealers who are selling new models without getting approval from the transport authority.

Encroachments removed
Chandigarh, May 15
The enforcement wing of the Municipal Corporation today lifted material belonging to those shopkeepers at Night Food Street near the PGI who had encroached upon corporation land by putting up their stuff in front of six shops which are closed now. Out of eight shops, the allottees of six had shut their shops.

MC to have its own building soon
Panchkula, May 15
The Panchkula municipal corporation (MC) will soon have its own building as parleys between the civic authorities and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) over land near Devi Nagar are at the final stage.

Ex-servicemen take up ‘one rank one pension’ issue with Antony
Chandigarh, May 15
A delegation of retired Army officers, led by Congress MP Partap Singh Bajwa, called upon Defence Minister AK Antony and, besides various issues, discussed the implementation of one rank one pension (OROP) scheme with him.

Snehalaya inmates get better deal
Chandigarh, May 15
After sitting over the report of the inquiry into the Snehalaya issue for so many months, the UT Administration has now started providing a family atmosphere to the inmates. To counter negative feelings among the children, the UT Administration has also started yoga classes, art of living classes and educational tours for them.

No free-pass entry to Sec-17 parking lots
Chandigarh, May 15
Vehicles with free parking passes issued by the Municipal Corporation will not be allowed to park in the two parking lots of Sector 17. This decision has been taken by the authorities to ease pressure on the Empire Store and Sahib Singh parking lots.

‘The Homecoming’ leaves audience awestruck
Chandigarh, May 15
The Roopak Kala and Welfare Society in association with the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, and NZCC, Patiala, staged three stories written by Rabindranath Tagore, which were translated in Punjabi, designed and directed by Sangeeta Gupta and Chakresh.

Absentees to face the music: DC
Mohali, May 15
Showing concern over ‘lapses’ in delivering health services in the ‘kandi’ area, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Varun Roojam directed the senior medical officer concerned to ensure the presence of medical staff in the area.


Senators campaign in guise
Chandigarh, May 15
Giving two hoots to all norms, Panjab University senators are using university funds to campaigning for senate elections under the garb of anti-cheating squads. What left the university authorities fuming is that the anti-cheating squads, primarily comprising senators, have registered only 7 cases so far out of 2,800 visits to 1,600 centres.

Road safety to be part of CBSE curriculum
Chandigarh, May 15
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has directed its affiliated schools to impart lessons on Essential Road Safety Rules to their students. The lessons, which are meant to be started from this year, are for students from standard VI to XII.

45 students honoured for excellence
Chandigarh, May 15
PEC University of Technology held its annual honour ceremony in college auditorium today. The event was organised to honour those students who have excelled in extra-curricular activities. This year, 45 students were given prestigious institute colours. The institute colour is an honour given to the best students of the graduating year for their contribution toward the institute.

HC issues notice of motion to PU
Chandigarh, May 15
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to the Panjab University and its Vice-chancellor on a petition seeking permission to allow legal heir of deceased employees to opt for family pension.


Man crushed to death
Ambala, May 15
An autorickshaw-driver was run over under the wheels of a train on the Ambala-Chandigarh section near Ambala City here this evening. The deceased was identified as Manish Loothra. The body was recovered from the rail track near Baldev Nagar.

50-kg poppy husk seized
Banur, May 15
The Banur police has seized 50-kg poppy husk at a 'naka' near here today. Following the receipt of information, the police set up a 'naka' on the Chandigarh-Ambala road. It seized two bags of poppy husk from the possession of two persons who were travelling by a scooter.

College awarded
Dera Bassi, May 15
Punjab College of Engineering and Technology, Lalru, flagship Institute promoted by Gurunankdev Educational and Charitable Society, was awarded with India Education Excellence Award 2012 in a function in New Delhi recently.


No Ashiana hijack: HC
Chandigarh, May 15
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that that Ashiana scheme, launched to rehabilitate jhuggi-dwellers occupying public land, cannot be allowed to be hijacked by those dealing in property or seeking multiple accommodation.


Drug peddler held
Chandigarh, May 15
A team of the police control room (PCR) today arrested a drug peddler here. The police had set up a barrier in front of the GMCH, Sector-32, when they stopped a pedestrian on suspicion and recovered 45 pouches (containing 100 tablets each) of phenotill tablets (which is prescribed to diarrhoea patients but if consumed in excess is just like drug) from his possession.

Case against deceased councillor
Chandigarh, May 15
Three months after his death, the UT police has registered a case of cheating against Arshad Khan and his women colleague Seema Khuteen for duping a UK-based woman of Rs 71 lakh.

Gang member admits his involvement in shootouts
Panchkula, May 15
A member of the Nishan Singh gang, lodged at the Ambala jail at present, confessed before the police that he was responsible for the recent shootouts on traders here. Manga was brought to the town on a production warrant.

3 snatchings reported
Chandigarh, May 15
Three incidents of snatching were reported in the city today. Ishwar Devi, a resident of Sector 43, reported that two motorcycle-borne miscreants sped away after snatching her gold chain near her residence on Tuesday.

Police remand for inspector's son
Chandigarh, May 15
An Inspector's son Parminder Singh Rana, who was arrested in a kidnapping case yesterday, was remanded in three-day police custody today. The police is investigating the source of his weapon. Parminder used a pistol to threaten Tarun at gunpoint and then kidnapped him.

6 children, 3 teachers injured in mishap
Mohali, May 15
Six schoolchildren and three teachers had a narrow escape when the auto-rickshaw they were travelling in overturned near the Balongi traffic light point here this afternoon.


PU sports quota rules changed
Chandigarh, May 15
Making it tough for players seeking admission in the Panjab University (PU), the authorities stated that they will consider a student under sports quota only if he or she has represented the state in any national tournament. The authorities will not consider a student under sports quota if he or she has played at inter-state, inter-school, inter-college or inter-department championship from this year.



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