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Couple killed in accident
Kharar, July 4
A couple was killed in an accident when their car collided head-on with a Volvo bus on the Kharar-Kurali road here last night. The deceased have been identified as 36-year-old Charanjit Singh and his 32-year-old wife Ravinder Kaur, residents of Lakhnaur village here.

The badly damaged Verna car of the couple (inset) who died in an accident after hitting a bus on the Kharar-Kurali road on Tuesday night.
The badly damaged Verna car of the couple (inset) who died in an accident after hitting a bus on the Kharar-Kurali road on Tuesday night. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu


267 fresh diarrhoea cases
Residents argue with Mayor Raj Bala Malik (cropped hair) over insanitary conditions prevailing at Vikas Nagar in Chandigarh on Wednesday.Chandigarh, July 4
As many as 267 more residents, including 108 children, complained of diarrhoea here today even as the authorities have “failed” to detect the reason behind the epidemic at Vikas Nagar in Mauli Jagran. Seventeen residents, who were found to be in a serious condition, were admitted to hospitals. With this, the total number of patients suffering from diarrhoea in the locality has gone up to 1,432.

Residents argue with Mayor Raj Bala Malik (cropped hair) over insanitary conditions prevailing at Vikas Nagar in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Prideasia Project
Parsvnath moves Supreme Court
Chandigarh, July 4
Real estate giant Parsvnath Developers has approached the Supreme Court in the controversial mega housing project, Prideasia. It has filed an appeal in the apex court against the ongoing hearing in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

      Baichung Bhutia A splendid treat awaits city soccer lovers
Chandigarh, July 4
Come Saturday and it will be a special treat for soccer lovers of the City Beautiful as India’s most successful soccer player Baichung Bhutia will mark his presence here. The nation’s most successful striker will visit the Football Stadium of Sector 17 on July 7, to encourage and promote soccer in the city. The veteran will also play an exhibition match with the junior players.

Administration loses face over education Act
Chandigarh, July 4
In what comes as an egg on the face of the UT Administration, the Central Government in its latest communication has clarified that the Administration is not the appropriate government to notify rules pertaining to the RTE and it was the job of the Centre. Responding to a query by private schools in May 2012, DP Majhi, Under Secretary to the Government of India, clarified that in cases of UTs that have no legislature of their own, the Central Government would notify the Act.

MC gets sanction to fill 653 posts
Chandigarh, July 4
The Municipal Corporation (MC) plans to fill 653 posts in various departments of the corporation after getting approval from the UT Administration. Records of the corporation reveal that after almost 10 years, the Administration has sanctioned fresh posts. By next month, the MC will clear the backlog of promotions as the Administration has also notified the service rules.

Contractual staff of PGI to go on strike
Chandigarh, July 4
Patient care at the PGI is set to be hit hard as the PGI Contract Workers Union has decided to go on strike for three days, starting tomorrow. Union leaders said the decision to go on a strike was taken after the office of the institute’s labour officer today failed to resolve old issues.


Metro to run in tricity at frequency of 10 minutes at peak hours
Chandigarh, July 4
To facilitate commuters, the Metro will be available for the tricity residents at a frequency of every 10 minutes during the peak hours. In the detailed project report (DPR) submitted by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to the UT Administration, it has been stated that the Tricity Metro rail would run at a frequency of around 10 minutes during peak hours on the two proposed Metro corridors in the first phase. A senior official of the UT Administration said that DMRC had proposed that the Metro should run at a frequency of every 10 minutes during the peak hours (7 am to 10 am, 5 pm to 7 pm) on both the corridors named the North-South Corridor and East-West Corridor in 2018. During the lean hours (10 am to 5 pm), the frequency of Metro will be between 15 and 25 minutes.

Patches are all that is left of Sukhna
Chandigarh, July 4
An overturned boat lying on the bed of Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Wednesday. We all know that the UT Administration has failed to save the city’s landmark Sukhna Lake which attracted tourists and locals and witnessed heavy rush throughout the year. A large part of the lake has dried up and the boating facility is only limited for two-seater boats. As the water level in the boating area has reached around one foot, few tourists are turning up at the lake.

An overturned boat lying on the bed of Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photos: parvesh chauhan

Mercury may plummet
Chandigarh, July 4
Maximum temperature in the region may witness a fall. The weather office has predicted partly cloudy sky with possibility of thundery development or light rain during the next 24 hours. Even though there will be no major change in the day temperature, the night temperature is likely to fall by about two notches.

Man posing as garbage collector dupes residents
Panchkula, July 4
Residents of the town were in for a shock when they learnt that an unidentified person had defrauded them by posing as an MC employee. The trickster collected Rs 50 from every household. He told the residents that they were being charged for door-to-door garbage collection.

Tricity scan
Chandigarh scan
Air Vice-Marshal lauds trainers
Air Vice-Marshal SN Murti (centre) at the Air Force Highgrounds in Chandigarh on Wednesday On his visit to the Air Force Station Highgrounds on Wednesday, Air Vice-Marshal SN Murti, Senior Maintenance Staff Officer Training Command, appreciated the hard work put in by the station personnel in the training of air warriors. He commended them for teaching the technical nuances of handling the MiG-27 and MiG-29 aircraft.

Air Vice-Marshal SN Murti (centre) at the Air Force Highgrounds in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Admn yet to appoint professional divers
Panchkula, July 4
With monsoon round the corner, the district administration is yet to appoint professional divers in the district to save precious lives from drowning in Ghaggar. Even though several incidents had occurred in the Panchkula district during the past several years, the municipal corporation (MC) is yet to wake up to a critical requirement of professional divers.

Sanitation not MC’s cup of tea
Garbage dumped at a residential area in Colony No. 4, Chandigarh.
Sewage accumulated on a road at Bapu Dham in Sector 26, Chandigarh. Tribune photos: S. Chandan

Selja chides health officials for supplying contaminated water
Panchkula, July 4
Officials of the public health department and electricity board were pulled up by Union Minister of Culture, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Kumari Selja, for supplying contaminated water to various areas of the district.

Land pooling scheme for Eco city
GMADA fails to hold draw of lots
Mohali, July 4
Beneficiaries under the land pooling scheme for Eco city are an unhappy lot as the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has so far failed to hold a draw of lots for them even though plots under the scheme were allotted to general applicants about eight months ago.

Power cuts
Another sleepless night for city residents
Chandigarh, July 4
Power cuts are not only limited to southern sectors, but other sectors too are affected. On Tuesday night and this afternoon, Sectors 19, 22, 23, 15, 29, 31, 34, 35 witnessed outages for two to four hours.

BJP seeks clarification from Congress
Chandigarh, July 4
 Presidential candidate PA Sangma's counsel and BJP legal cell head Satya Pal Jain today urged Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to clarify their positions on the allegations regarding the genuineness of signatures of UPA presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee on his alleged resignation letter from the chairmanship of the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata.

Seminar on dairy farming
Mohali, July 4
In a bid to provide good quality milk to people, the authorities here are looking for marketing experts.


PU debars 51 BEd colleges from admitting students
Chandigarh, June 4
Panjab University has barred all its affiliated BEd colleges from admitting students without fulfilling the requisite norms and faculty needs. A seven-member committee asked the BEd colleges to fulfill the National Council for Teacher Education and Panjab University norms and submit a compliance report after which they would get the nod to carry out admissions.

Mission admission
Tough fight for ‘outsiders’
Students buy prospectus at GGDSD College, Sector 32, in Chandigarh on Wednesday.Chandigarh, June 4
If the tentative merit list for admission to Bachelor of Commerce in 11 city colleges and Panjab University Evening Studies is anything to go by, then 'outside' students will have a tough time this year. The preliminary analysis of the list shows that students who have completed their class XII from schools outside Chandigarh will not be able to make it to any college if they have secured less than 91 percent.

Students buy prospectus at GGDSD College, Sector 32, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

SOPU protests against selective promotions
Chandigarh, July 4
Demanding a clarification on the policy behind promotion of students in BSc (Honours), the Students' Organisation of Panjab University staged a dharna outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office and submitted a memorandum today.

PUSU seeks reason for reduction in seats
Chandigarh, July 4
The Panjab University Students Union has submitted a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor, the Dean of Student Welfare and the Dean of University Instructions, separately, questioning the decrease in the number of seats in MA English and modern history.


BJP flays govt for power crisis
Ambala, July 4
BJP leader Anil Vij today flayed the state government for grim power situation across the state. He said it was intriguing that the Yamuna Nagar power plant which had developed a snag had not been repaired for more than a year. He added that the power plants at Panipat, Khedar and Jhandli had been lying non-functional.

BSNL subscribers a harried lot
Kalka, July 4
Hundreds of BSNL subscribers of Kalka, Pinjore and adjoining villages have not received their telephone bills. They said the BSNL department did not even hesitate to disconnect their telephone connections which caused inconvenience to them.

PU celebrates God particle's sighting
Chandigarh, June 4
While science fraternity is celebrating the 'quantum' leap in physics with spotting of a sub-atomic particle "consistent" with the Higgs Boson or 'God particle', Panjab University's physics department had its own mini-celebration today, lauding work of its five physicists who have been an integral part of the discovery.

Teachers agents of change, says UBS former HoD
Patiala, July 4
"Teachers are agents of change," said Dr KK Uppal, former head of University Business School, Panjab University, Chandigarh, in his lecture on teaching skills at a five-day induction-cum-faculty development programme for newly appointed faculty at Khalsa College, Patiala, today.


Insurance company penalised
Chandigarh, July 4
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I has slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on Oriental Insurance Company Limited (opposite party number 1) for not settling the medical claim of Sector 19 residents.

HC issues notice to rights ADGP
Chandigarh, July 4
Acting on a petition filed by a Ludhiana resident for inquiry against Sangrur district police officials for allegedly torturing her, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice to the Punjab Additional Director-General of Police (Human Rights) to respond to the issue.


Police recovers gold worth Rs 75 lakh from fraud accused
Zirakpur, July 4
The local police today recovered 2.5 kg of gold worth Rs 75 lakh from Dolly Arora, who was arrested last week for defrauding several persons on the pretext of sending them abroad.

Two arrested for cyber crime
Mohali, July 4
The state cyber crime police station here has claimed to have busted a high-tech gang involved in committing fraudulent debit transactions by stealing the information of ATM-cum-debit-cards of people.

After 21 years, PU employee booked for forgery
Chandigarh, July 4
The UT police has registered a case against an employee of Panjab University 21 years after he committed the alleged fraud. The police today booked Sunil Kumar, a resident of the PU campus, who joined as a driver at PU in1990.


NBA director hunts for city talent
Chandigarh, July 4
Troy Justice, senior director of the NBA, takes a class of local basketball coaches at New Public School, Sector 18, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. “The more you sweat, the more you learn,” this is what Troy Justice, the senior director of basketball operations of the NBA in India since January 2010, believes when it comes to the achieving laurels, in the world of Basketball.
Troy, who is in the city, to head a junior talent hunt initiative as a part of the 2012 Junior NBA/Junior WNBA basketball development program in India, was seen enjoying his maiden visit, here. The talent hunt will be organised on July 6, at New Public School sector 18, here.

Troy Justice, senior director of the NBA, takes a class of local basketball coaches at New Public School, Sector 18, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Photo by writer

Baptist Academy win by 52 runs to win tourney
Mohali, July 4
A batsman plays a shot at the MCA Ground in Phase XI, Mohali, on Wednesday. The cricket team of Chandigarh Baptist Academy won the Sub-Junior Cricket Tournament for boys (U-12) after defeating the MCA team by 52 runs, here today.
After elected to bat first, the wining side posted a total of 171 runs in the allotted slot of 25 overs. Aayush Sikka (73 off 52) was the main scorer for the team while Satyam contributed 39 off 27.

A batsman plays a shot at the MCA Ground in Phase XI, Mohali, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: vicky gharu

Eight-day golf camp concludes at Panchkula
Panchkula, July 4
An 8-day European Golf Teachers Federation Summer Golf Camp concluded at the Panchkula Golf Club, here today. The camp was the last series of the Three Summer Golf camps conducted at the Panchkula Golf Club, this summer.

City biker wins Mughal motorbike racing rally
Mohit Verma with his shield.Chandigarh, July 4
A 22-year-old, Mohit Verma brought laurels to city after winning the Mughal Motorbike Racing Rally, held recently at Sri Nagar (Jammu and Kashmir) from June 29 to July 1.
The rally was organised by Himalayan Motor Sports at the national-level and this is for the first time the motorbikes and two-wheelers were included in the rally.

Mohit Verma with his shield.


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