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Fire safety norms
MC talk of fire just hot air
Fire department of the civic body has yet to set things right in its own backyard
Chandigarh, June 23
The fire department of the Municipal Corporation (MC), which gives sermons to others to follow fire safety norms, has yet to implement them on its own premises. Not even a single MC building located in the city has executed fire safety norms on its premises and the fire department has done nothing about it.

An expired fire extinguisher at the tube well of the MC at Dadu Majra Colony, Chandigarh.
An expired fire extinguisher at the tube well of the MC at Dadu Majra Colony, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari


Sweat & sulk — the city mood sinks to new low
Chandigarh, June 23
A family in Sector 44, Chandigarh, is forced to have a candlelit dinner following a cut.Twentynine-year-old newlywed Poonam Chauhan has to rush home from office every day to cook dinner before power cut is imposed at night. A resident of Sector 42, Poonam says she has a joint family, but cooking dinner is her duty. Making chappatis for eight family members in the absence of power is very difficult, she says, adding that she cooks in the evening, but serves dinner in candlelight at night.

A family in Sector 44, Chandigarh, is forced to have a candlelit dinner following a cut. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Doors shut for hundreds of ex-addicts
Chandigarh, June 23
Punjab is facing a major challenge in rehabilitating hundreds of drug addicts as there is no scheme to provide them with employment after they undergo detoxification, said representatives of the Punjab State AIDS Control Society, Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Centres and NGOs implementing targeted interventions (TIs) for injecting drug user (IDUs) during a workshop here today.

Residents protest water problem
Chandigarh, June 23
Residents of the Central Government Employees Colony at Sector 7 here protested against the municipal corporation (MC) authorities here today for not supplying adequate water in the area.

Residents of Sector 7 protest against water shortage in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari


Scheduled power cuts are back in Mohali
Mohali, June 23
Scheduled power cuts are back in the town. From now on, power will remain suspended from 9 am to 10 am and from 1 pm to 2 pm in the town while its peripheral villages will witness a three-hour cut in two shifts everyday. In Industrial Area, there will be a 48-hour power cut from 8 am on Saturday every week.

A view of the car that was burnt due to a short-circuit at the road separating Sectors 34 and 35 in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Charred remains:
A view of the car that was burnt due to a short-circuit at the road separating Sectors 34 and 35 in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Tricity scan
Chandigarh scan
Poster-making competition: Indian Council for Child Welfare is organising a poster-making competition as a part of a three-day awareness programme on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at Bal Bhawan, Sector 23, from June 24. Children till the age of 16 years would participate in the competition. On the first day, a poster making competition would be held at Snehalaya, Maloya, and Juvenile Home, Sector 25. The winners would participate in the final competition on June 25 at Bal Bhawan.

Why should people pay more for less?
Panchkula, June 23
With the district reeling under power cuts for the past two weeks, the Haryana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI) has questioned the UHBVN why the people of the state should “pay more for less?”

359 illegal colonies in Mohali
Mohali, June 23
As many as 359 illegal colonies have come up in Mohali district. Fatehgarh district is also not far behind. As many as 118 illegal colonies have come up in Fatehgarh district followed by Roopnagar where there are 84 illegal colonies. Patiala has 32 such colonies. The mushrooming of illegal colonies came to the notice of GMADA when a survey of the areas falling under the development authority was conducted.

Mohali MC gears up to deal with monsoon
Mohali, June 23
With the monsoon about to set in, the Mohali administration has begun its preparations to cope with waterlogging and other problems. A special cleanliness drive has been initiated in the town under which all curve channels, road berms, water drains and sewerage systems are being cleaned up by the local municipal corporation and public health department. Besides, the municipal corporation has put in extra manpower of about 100 officials to deal with the wild growth in the town.

Illegal structures videographed
Chandigarh, June 23
After passing demolition orders against 300 illegal structures at Khuda Ali Sher and Kaimbwala that fall in the catchment area of the Sukhna Lake, the Land Acquisition Collector (LAC) of the Chandigarh Administration has videographed illegal structures.

Policeman on duty at ‘naka’ has narrow escape
Chandigarh, June 23
A Chandigarh Police ASI on duty at a 'naka' set up to check drunk driving here had a narrow escape when a person driving a vehicle recklessly missed hitting him and sped away last night. The 'naka' was laid by the traffic police near the road separating Sectors 33 and 34. The person driving a speeding car almost hit ASI Manjit Singh.


A PUSU member distributes helpline number at Panjab University, Chandigarh. PU gets tough ON help desks
Chandigarh, June 23
Panjab University, for the first time, has taken an undertaking from the student leaders as per which any incident of violence would lead to cancellation of the help desks of the parties involved in the violence.

A PUSU member distributes helpline number at Panjab University, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Fellows urge varsity VC to fill posts
Chandigarh, June 23
A deputation of fellows has urged the Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University to convince the Punjab government to fill the teaching posts that have been lying vacant for last several years.

PU to train career counsellors
Chandigarh, June 23
A five-day training workshop 'Appraisal to Aspirations' is being organised by the Department of Education, Panjab University, from June 25. The workshop aims to make the participants capable of conducting assessment and appraisal tests for providing informed guidance and counselling to students.


2 Nigerians held for fraud
Kharar, June 23
The police has arrested two foreigners for duping a local resident of Rs 97 lakh. The two have been identified as Mike John and Franco Anderson, both from Nigeria. Giving details, Yogi Raj, SHO of the Kharar police station said the accused were apprehended on the complaint of Himmat Singh.

Police Lines Complex inaugurated
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 23
"The police is working round the clock to make Fatehgarh Sahib a crime free district as well as to protect the life and property of people. The main reason behind the crime is drugs and frustration among youths, so it is our moral duty to wage a war against drugs and help the police in curbing the crime and criminals. The police without the cooperation of people can't make any progress, so every section of society has to contribute," said Mandeep Singh Sidhu, SSP, while addressing a gathering after inaugurating a Police Lines Complex at Mahadian village. The complex has come up at a cost of Rs15 crore.

20-year-old girl commits suicide
Pinjore, June 23
Twenty-year-old Ankita committed suicide at her residence in the officers apartments here this afternoon. The incident came to light when her mother, who had gone to the PGI in Chandigarh, returned home. She found her daughter hanging from a ceiling fan at a room on the first floor of the house. The police said no suicide note was found.


Gold jewellery worth about Rs 6 lakh stolen
Chandigarh, June 23
Thieves have decamped with 20 'tolas' of gold jewellery, worth around Rs 6 lakh, along with branded clothes and electronics goods, from the house of a technical official with the PGI at the Modern Housing Complex in Mani Majra here.

Car damaged by miscreants
Chandigarh, June 23
Unidentified miscreants damaged the personal car of the deputy general manager (vigilance) of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) last night.

Constable assaulted at Kansal village
Mohali, June 23
The police has registered a case against two unidentified persons for assaulting a policeman at Kansal village late last night. According to police sources, constable Amandeep Singh and Varinder Singh were patrolling in the village when they spotted a Swift car parked in a secluded place. When Amandeep Singh went to check the car, two youngsters sitting in the vehicle along with a girl attacked him and torn his uniform.

One held for bomb hoax
Chandigarh, June 23
The police has arrested one person for making a hoax bomb claim at the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) in Sector 43 here yesterday.


Inter-state U-14 cricket
Mohali secure three points against Patiala
Chandigarh, June 23
Mohali secured three points on the basis of their first-innings lead against Patiala in the inter-state cricket academy (U-14) matches here today. Patiala elected to bat first and scored 367 for 9 in 95 overs. Harmeeek Singh scored 117 runs off 159 balls with the help of 22 boundaries.

Panchkula sans playgrounds
Children play football on a street at Sector 10 in Panchkula.Panchkula, June 23
Streets here have turned into playgrounds. In the absence of playgrounds in the town, children are forced to play on streets. There are some parks, but these have cemented pathways.
Every sector in the town has nine to 10 parks and the area of each park varies from 0.15 acres to 0.38 acres.

Children play football on a street at Sector 10 in Panchkula. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Construction of 3,000 flats
GMADA to float tenders soon
Mohali, June 23
While the successful candidates under GMADA's Purab Apartment Scheme in Sector 88 continue to withdraw their claim, the authority is all set to float tenders for the construction of 3,000 flats in the first phase.

Vying for the ball:
A player manoeuvres the ball during a match at the Football Stadium in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: S chandan

Santanders Club script win in football
Chandigarh, June 23
Santanders Club defeated Panjab University 3-0 during the ongoing football tournament at the Football Stadium, Sector 17. Tarun scored two goals while Gurman scored one goal. The seven-a-side tourney witnessed a total of 13 matches, including two quarterfinal matches.

Baptist school win in cricket
Chandigarh, June 23
The Chandigarh Baptist School overcame the Bharti Vij Cricket Academy by seven wickets in a match of the first junior cricket (U-14) championship for boys here today.

Skating tourney
Chandigarh, June 23
The Rolling Tigers have bagged a total of 43 medals in the recently concluded hardball hockey and speed skating carnival at the skating rink in Sector 10 here.


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