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CBI still silent on role of high-ups in teachers’ recruitment scam
Chandigarh, May 30
The probe into the teachers' recruitment scam, that rocked the UT education department in 2009, followed by CBI raids on former DPI (Schools) Samwartak Singh's residence last Sunday, appeared to overlook the involvement of former senior officials with the UT Administration, raising a question mark over the agency’s failure to act against the 'big fish' allegedly involved in the scam.

Teachers’ efficiency under scanner
Only 7 per cent candidates clear central eligibility test, question mark over recruitment
Chandigarh, May 30
The fact that only seven per cent of the over 20,000 teachers who appeared in the central eligibility test (CET) have qualified has not only brought the efficiency of local teachers under the scanner, but has also put a question mark over further recruitment.


Constable assaulted by 2 drunk men
Chandigarh, May 30
In yet another incident of assault on policemen, a constable posted with a police control room (PCR) vehicle was manhandled by two men in an inebriated state near the ISBT at Sector 17 last night. The incident occurred at 2 am, when the constable was informed of a ruckus. As constable Birender went to the spot, he noticed two men creating a nuisance and abusing loudly. Two women were accompanying them. The constable asked them the reason when they started to abuse and assault him. One of them punched the bonnet of the vehicle and hit it hard, causing a dent.


Chandigarh scan
Nurses’ agitation continues: Nurses at GMCH 32 continued their hunger strike on Members of the nurses welfare association GMCH-32 on hunger strike outside the college in Chandigarh on Wednesday. third day demanding filling up of vacant posts to meet the large deficit in staff. They also demanded implementation of recommendations of the pay commission regarding grade pay of staff nurses from 2006 and payment of arrears accordingly; appointment of sanitary inspectors to supervise the work of house keeping; and starting of nursing college in the GMCH 32.

Members of the nurses welfare association GMCH-32 on hunger strike outside the college in Chandigarh on Wednesday. tribune photo: manoj mahajan

Water woes dog city, mc makes tall claims
Residents face acute shortage, call health department to send tankers to give them relief immediately
Chandigarh, May 30
While the municipal corporation is claiming that it has sufficient water in its storage tanks to meet the needs of residents across the city, the fact is that the residents are not only facing the problem of routine water supply but their overhead tanks have not been filled for days together.

Residents wait in a queue for their turn to fill buckets with water from a public tap in a locality at Phase I of the Industrial Area in Chandigarh. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Residents speak
‘It’s mismanagement by MC’
In the last 30 years, this is for the first time that residents of Sector 21 are facing problem of low water pressure on the ground floor of the residential area. He said after 8 am, it had become an onerous task to get the water for washroom or bathing these days, as the supply discontinued after 8 during morning and evening hours. He objected why the authorities do not stop the usage of water at the construction sites of the sector where the contractors install motors to increase the water pressure.

Women carry a bucket of water to an upper floor at the Power Colony, Sector 52, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Mohali reels under acute water scarcity
Mohali, May 30
Certain areas in the town that included Sectors 66, 67, 68 and 69 have been reeling under a severe water shortage in this sweltering weather. Residents, particularly staying on upper floors, complain that they were not getting any fresh water at any time of the day. Even at ground floors, the pressure of water is said to be very low.

Residing in colony a blessing in disguise
Residents get uninterrupted water supply for free
Chandigarh, May 30
As on one hand, living in any colony of the city is a blessing in disguise, as one can avail uninterrupted water supply without spending a penny. On the other hand, there are people living in various sectors of the city that have to shell out heavy amount every month to get routine water supply. Even residents residing in top floors have to face great problems with the commencement of summer season due to the mismanagement of water.

Wastage of water goes unabated at Colony No. 4 of Chandigarh.

Misuse of Water
Maximum cases reported from Phase XI
Mohali, May 30
Even as 1,217 notices have been issued by the water supply and sanitation wing for misuse of water, maximum cases of misuse have been reported from Phase XI. A number of teams set up by the department to check the misuse of water found that many residents washed their cars during the morning supply hours in violation of the ban orders. Out of 1,217 notices issued, about 1,000 were for washing cars during the period of the ban. Some were also found washing their courtyards.

Criminal waste

A local resident enjoys his morning bath while another washes his motorcycle as a pipe is leaking for last three years on the Sectors 52-43 road in Chandigarh. 

This pipe has been leaking for more than five years. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu 

Commuters get reason to cheer
Chandigarh, Panchkula will have 2 alternative connecting routes soon
Chandigarh, May 30
There is something to cheer for commuters between Chandigarh and Panchkula, as soon there will be two more alternative connecting routes between these two towns. These routes will take off the traffic load from the busy Madhya Marg, connecting Chandigarh to Panchkula.

50 candidates prepare for Senate elections
Chandigarh, May 30
The upcoming Senate elections are going to turn-out to be an uphill task for the sitting senators from ‘Graduate’ and ‘College teachers’ constituency, to retain their seats in the house with a large number of new-faces jumping into fray that is certainly going to put dent on the vote bank of sitting members.

Deputation can be extended beyond five years: UT
Chandigarh, May 30
If we go by the rules then over 300 employees on deputation from Punjab and Haryana who have overstayed their deputation period of five years are “rare” cases. In their reply to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on the issue of overstaying of deputationists, the UT has clarified that under the Punjab civil services rules, the deputation of employees can be extended beyond five years. But under the rules, it can be done only in the “rare” cases. But in the reply, the UT Administration hides the fact that there are more than 300 employees who have overstayed their five-year deputation period.

ACs, computers gutted
Chandigarh, May 30
Furniture, air-conditioners (AC), computers and other articles worth lakhs of rupees were gutted in a fire, which broke out at the first floor of a shop-cum-office (SCO) in Sector 34 this evening. A fire team headed by station fire officer ML Sharma reached the spot at 5.20 pm after getting a call from the owner of the shop.

55-year-old woman falls from fifth floor, dies
Zirakpur, May 30  A 55-year-old woman died after falling from the balcony of her fifth floor residence at Nirmal Chayya Tower here this evening. According to sources, the deceased Darshana Devi was drying up clothes in the balcony when she suddenly fell. She died on the spot.


Paper blunder
‘Blacklist paper-setter’
Chandigarh, May 30
Taking a strong note of the question-paper goof-up made by the paper setter in the MA political science second semester exam which was totally out of syllabus and led to cancellation of exam, the Board of Studies (BOS) have recommended blacklisting the paper-setter from all the exam related remunerative work. Meanwhile, the board has decided to re-conduct the exam tentatively on June 4.


MC sleeps as makeshift encroachments cause traffic chaos
Patiala, May 30
Amid the highly irresponsible attitude of the Patiala Municipal Corporation (MC), the makeshift encroachments on the roads and outside the shops in the busy markets acquiring alarming proportion and subsequently leading to utter traffic chaos in the city. While extending the display counters outside the shops is common in almost every city area, in some areas shopkeepers even encroaches the footpath.

A lot needs to be done in Deputy Mayor's ward
Patiala, May 30
Despite the fact that the municipal councilor of ward no. 34 Sonia Devi is the Deputy Mayor of the Patiala MC, a look at her ward is enough to tell that it certainly cannot be called a well maintained ward. It’s been maintained only in bits and pieces and a lot needs to be done to improve the condition of the ward.


Dilawari case
“Nasty letters” written to HC Judge
Chandigarh, May 30
Just about three months after the functioning of Chandigarh’s first-ever woman station house officer (SHO) Punam Dilawari came up with the Punjab and Haryana High Court for allegedly playing an unfair role in a Sector-8 property matter, the Bench today observed that “nasty letters” were written to it.

HC relief for Colonel Sandhu
Orders passed by Punjab Financial Commissioner quashed
Chandigarh, May 30
In a major relief to Col BS Sandhu and his Worldwide Immigration Consultancy Services Limited, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has quashed the orders passed by the Punjab Financial Commissioner under the Punjab Land Revenue Act. The orders regarding surplus area proceedings were passed after treating Colonel Sandhu as owner of all property at Karoran and Nada villages.

HC quashes PU Syndicate orders
Chandigarh, May 30
The Punjab and Haryana high court has quashed the orders of Panjab University syndicate that had disapproved Parvinder Singh’s selection as the Controller Examination in August 2011.

Local court extends remand of four robbers
Had looted LPG station
Mohali, May 30
Local court today extended the police remand of all the four robbers, who had looted a LPG gas station at Landran, for two more days. The police today produced the accused, Anil Kumar, Satnam Singh, Balwinder Singh and Deputy Singh, who all are said to be dreaded criminals and history sheeters, and requested the judge to extend their remand.


Three booked in snatching case
Chandigarh, May 30
Three incidents of chain snatching were reported in the last 24 hours from the area under the jurisdiction of the Sector-39 police station.


Manchester United Premier Cup-2012
CFA knocked out in semis
For the first time in nation's soccer history, the team managed to reach the semi-finals of the tournament
Chandigarh, May 30
After making it to the semi-finals of the ongoing Manchester United Premier Cup-2012 South East Asia Finals for the first time, the local soccer lads of Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) failed in their effort to bring home the trophy in Indonesia today.

Harendra, Shankar in joint lead
Chandigarh, May 30
Harendra Gupta and Shankar Das of Kolkata came out on top during the second round of the PGTI Players Championship at the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.
Harendra and Shankar shot scores of 69 and 68, respectively, tying for the lead at seven-under-137. Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka finished third, with six-under-138. Overnight tied second, Harendra had a great start.

Shankar Das in action at the Golf Club in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

CLTA courts inaugurated
Chandigarh, May 30
Pulling up socks for hosting the Davis Cup in the month of September, four re-laid courts were inaugurated at the tennis complex of Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) here today.

Tennis tournament
Akshit, Kriti, Amitoj win titles
Panchkula, May 30
Akshit Chhabra defeated Vaibhav Sahini to win the boys (U-12) title in the Manav Mangal School and Ideal Tennis Academy Lawn Tennis Tournament here today. In the final, Akshit beat Vaibhav by 4-2, 4-2.


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