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Not even a hint of remorse
Chandigarh, July 18
Blinded by love, they killed Pooja barbarically. Even after committing the gory crime, Vajinder and Renu do not have an iota of remorse. “She was coming between us and continued to be a constant obstacle. We had to kill her,” Renu told the police in a matter of fact manner.

The accused Vajinder and Renu being produced in the district courts in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. The accused Vajinder and Renu being produced in the district courts in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan


A family of tragic deaths
Chandigarh, July 18
It’s a family history interspersed with tragedies. Pooja, who was brutally murdered by her husband and his girlfriend, has the sole surviving sibling of her elder brother Prem Chand. Once a family of four siblings, Pooja’s younger brother had immolated himself in 2008 and her mother had died while trying to save him. Her youngest brother was poisoned to death in 2005 and his murder case is still unsolved.

Call details did them in
Chandigarh, July 18
Call details of Vajinder and Renu on the fateful day they killed Pooja gave the police a crucial lead and led to the arrest of the accused in the sensational murder case. After a missing person report was lodged in the Sector 19 police station on July 13 about Pooja disappearance, the police swung into action and scrutinised the call details of Vajinder. They found that he was in constant touch with a woman on that day and their location was traced to Hoshiarpur.

New biz:
Actor Bobby Deol visits Chandigarh to announce Venky’s food chain foray into dairy farming on Wednesday. Tribune photo

Extra-marital affairs cause many murders in city
Chandigarh, July 18
As Pooja’s murder by her husband Vajinder and his girlfriend Renu continues to send shock waves, a peep into murders in the recent past reveals that a number of gory crimes have been committed in the city with extra-marital relations as the motive. Blinded by love, these couples resort to eliminating their unwanted spouses as the only way to get rid of them. Pooja’s cold-blooded murder is not the only case in point.

Anupama may not walk again
Chandigarh, July 18
Seventeen-year-old Anupama, whose leg was crushed under a speeding CTU bus yesterday, may not be able to walk on her own again. Whether she would be able to walk would be known only after surgery. Writhing in pain all day on the hospital bed, Anupama waited to be wheeled in the operating theatre.

Residents lose faith in Patil’s darbar
Chandigarh, July 18
The public darbar of UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil has lost its appeal with the public. For the public hearing session of July 16, which was cancelled by the UT Administration, only five complainants had registered themselves.

No blood bond, but kidney swap brings these families closer
Umender Singh, his wife Anila, Bhupinder Singh and his wife Harminder Kaur. Chandigarh, July 18
A common fear of losing their loved ones made two families come together and swap kidneys. The wife of a renal failure patient, Bhupinder Singh, donated her kidney to save Umender Singh and his wife donated her kidney to save Bhupinder.

(Sitting from left) Umender Singh, his wife Anila, Bhupinder Singh and his wife Harminder Kaur. A Tribune photograph

3 DAV students convicted
Chandigarh, July 18
Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal today convicted three DAV College students under the Arms Act. The three were booked in August 2007 for firing two gunshots on the college premises. Amandeep Singh Multani, a SOPU party leader, had a narrow escape as they had fired at him.


Detectives busy
Suspicious spouses hire them to watch partners
Chandigarh, July 18
The trend of suspicious spouses hiring private eyes to monitor their partners in rising in Chandigarh, with detectives witnessing an increase in the number of clients approaching them for spying suspected post-marital affairs.

Audit report: PCL extends ‘undue’ favour to RIL
Mohali, July 18
An ‘undue’ favour to Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) by incorporating a different rental increase clause against its prevailing practice would result into a loss of Rs 82.40 lakh to Punjab Communication Ltd at the time of culmination of the rent lease.

Two killed in road mishap

The mangled remains of a car that was hit by a vehicle on the Ambala- Chandigarh highway at Dera Bassi. Two persons were killed in the accident on Tuesday night.
The mangled remains of a car that was hit by a vehicle on the Ambala- Chandigarh highway at Dera Bassi. Two persons were killed in the accident on Tuesday night. A tribune photograph

Chandigarh scan
Presidential poll
Satya Pal Jain, former MP from Chandigarh and the national incharge of the legal and legislative cell of the BJP, has been nominated as the polling agent of PA Sangma during the presidential election at the Parliament House, New Delhi on July 19. Sangma, one of the candidates for the office of President of India, informed this to the returning officer for the election in a written communication on Wednesday. Jain had also represented Sangma on July 2 at the time of scrutiny of nomination papers.

Govt dispensaries in pathetic condition in Mohali
Mohali, July 18
Shortage of medicines, poorly maintained campuses with wild growth, worn out furniture, buildings in which seepage is evident are the hallmarks of the government dispensaries in various parts of the town.

No staff member guilty, says inquiry report
Chandigarh, July 18
The inquiry committee has not found any staff member guilty of harassing patient Laxmi at the gynaecology ward of the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH) at Sector 16 here. Dr Chandermohan, Director, Health, found the report inconclusive and constituted another two-member committee to look into the matter.

Admn to propose Kajauli water for Sukhna again
Chandigarh, July 18
After witnessing the poor condition of the Sukhna Lake, which has almost dried up, the Chandigarh Administration is again going to put forward a proposal to bring water from the Kajauli waterworks to the lake, particularly during monsoons and winters, when water demand is less.

Patients at GMSH made to suffer inconvenience
Chandigarh, July 18
A view of the non-functional cell counter at the diagnostic laboratory of Government Multi-Speciality Hospital at Sector 16 in Chandigarh. The woes of patients at the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16 here do not seem to end. Dozens of patients requiring multiple diagnostic tests at laboratories have to wait for the next day to get reports as at least seven important machines at the hospital have gone out of order in the last three days.

A view of the non-functional cell counter at the diagnostic laboratory of Government Multi-Speciality Hospital at Sector 16 in Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Civil Surgeon Office
Shortage of staff affecting work
Mohali, July 18
The public is subjected to harassment as there is shortage of staff at the Civil Surgeon Office. Sources in the department said that several files, those related to issuance of birth and death registration certificates and medical reimbursements, had been piling up. Besides, implementation of national programmes for public welfare was also being affected due to staff shortage, here.

MC suffers losses
The parking lot of CMC Hospital at Sector 17 in Chandigarh has not been auctioned by the MC for the last six months. Chandigarh, July 18
The Municipal Corporation is suffering loss of lakhs of rupees every year as several shops and parking lots are lying vacant for a long time. The authorities don’t even want to unravel the reasons why these are lying vacant.

The parking lot of CMC Hospital at Sector 17 in Chandigarh has not been auctioned by the MC for the last six months. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

GMADA responsible for haphazard development: MLA
Mohali, July 18
Local MLA Balbir Sidhu flayed the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) for haphazard development in the area without caring for the original master plan of the town. “In the name of development, GMADA is spoiling the town”, said Sidhu. He further said that he had also written a letter to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in this regard.

From schools
Teej celebration
Panchkula: In an effort to promote the rich cultural heritage of North India, The British School organised "Teej" celebrations. The celebrations included rides on swings, games, music and dance. Different activities like scribbling competition, and show and tell were organized to mark the day. The students presented a variety of cultural activities. The students of kindergarten class also performed a folk dance. The students of nursery and lower kindergarten danced to the une of songs such as "chak dhoom dhoom" and "Barso re megha".

Mayor tells MC to find out spots where water accumulates often
Chandigarh, July 18
Municipal Corporation Mayor Raj Bala Malik today instructed the engineering wing officials to find locations where water accumulates frequently and to provide new road gullies in the spots and put the estimates before the Water Supply Disposal Committee. Mayor along with other councillors inspected the MC employees’ work on cleaning the road gullies in Sector 22, 37 and 38.

A damaged and blocked road gully at Sector 22 in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Remove encroachments from MC land: Mohali DC
Mohali, July 18
Mohali Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam ordered the executive officers of the local municipal corporation to ensure removal of encroachment on the corporation land. “Take action immediately against the encroachers”, said Roojam while heading a review meeting of the MC here today.

Professor gets Young Scientist Award
Mohali, July 18
A faculty member and two students of the GGS-Sachdeva Group of Institutes were awarded the Young Scientist Award and two Best Poster Presentation Awards in Delhi.

Jagdeep Singh Cheema gives the Women Empowerment Award to Shabana Azmi at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Shabana awarded
Chandigarh, July 18
Veteran film and theatre artiste Shabana Azmi was given the Women Empowerment Award by Dr Amrik Singh Cheema Foundation Trust at the Tagore Theatre here today. The Trust organised a seminar on ‘Green Revolution - White Revolution - Challenges Ahead’. The artiste said women played a very important role in society. If they were not empowered, the country was not developing, she said. “Women are the backbone of society, which needs to be strengthened,” she added.

Jagdeep Singh Cheema gives the Women Empowerment Award to Shabana Azmi at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Parvesh Chauhan

150 violators challaned
Chandigarh, July 18
As many as 150 challans were issued to encroachers in various markets of the city by enforcement team during a special anti-encroachment drive held today. The team visited markets, including Sector 15, 18, 22, 32 and 34, to challan violators for encroaching up on the government land.

Rs 72 crore to make state green, pollution free
Zirakpur, July 18
“To make the state clean, green and pollution free, the Punjab government will spend Rs 72 crore”, NK Sharma, chief parliamentary secretary, industries, said here.

95-year-old woman undergoes angioplasty
Panchkula, July 18
Relatives of an over-95-year-old woman at Sector 16 persuaded a consultant cardiologist at the Alchemist Hospital in Sector 21 to perform high-risk angioplasty on her.


Goof-up in MEd exam at PU
Chandigarh, July 18
Due to yet another examination goof-up at Panjab University, the students who appeared for MEd entrance exam held on July 15 are in a fix whether they would manage to clear the exam or not. Although the admit cards of the students appearing for the exam mentioned negative marking for wrong answers, the answer sheets stated that there would be no negative marking.

PU's apathy: New building without ramp for differently abled
Chandigarh, July 18
The New Building of Emerging Areas that will house six departments was inaugurated today at Panjab University today; however, the building does not have a ramp for persons with disabilities.


Beopar mandal, pensioners want ITO office back in Sirhind
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 18
The District Beopar Mandal and pensioners at a joint meeting held here today has demand that the office of Income Tax Officer (ITOs) be shifted back to Sirhind. It was shifted to the outskirts of Mandi Gobindgarh town causing them great inconvenience.

Khalsa College: Five sports wings to begin for women players
Patiala, July 18
Khalsa College, Patiala, will soon begin five sports wings comprising kabaddi, volleyball, handball, badminton and chess in the newly constructed hostel Mata Gujri Girls Hostel premises. Under these wings, as many as 30 promising Sikh women players will be provided free education, coaching and hostel facility. This was announced by SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar today while inaugurating the hostel today at the college campus.


Consumer courts
Postmaster ordered to pay compensation
Chandigarh, July 18
Holding the general post office deficient in rendering proper services, the local Consumer Court today directed the senior postmaster here to pay an interest at the rate of six per cent per annum on the amount of the complainant for the entire period it remained with it.


Another brawl at DAV-10
Chandigarh, July 18
Just days after the DAV College, Sector 10, debarred over 50 students from admissions for being booked by the city police in various incidents of violence, the college witnessed another brawl in which the chairman of the Student Organisation of Panjab University was allegedly attacked with sharp-edged weapons by the members of Indian Students Association, a newly formed student party.

Nine months on, main murder accused held
Chandigarh, July 18
Nine months after a murder at Colony Number 4, the police today arrested Rinku and booked him under Section 302 of the IPC. He was arrested by the PCR special technical operation cell team, headed by inspector Ranjit Singh Dhillon, from the Hallo Majra chowk around 6 pm.


Players leave football academy
Chandigarh, July 18
Three players of Chandigarh Football Academy have left the academy to join two prestigious football academies without even informing the authorities despite a seven-year legal contract.
The players (names withheld) left the academy after receiving formal invitations from the Tata Football Academy, Jamshedpur, and All India Football Federation's Junior Soccer School, Pune. The players got the offers based on their recent performances at various national and local tournaments.

Tennis tourney
Rishabh moves to semifinals
Chandigarh, July 18
Continuing with his winning spree in the boys (U-12) category, Rishabh Sharda defeated Naman Sehrawat in straight sets (4-1, 4-1) to move to semifinals round in the ongoing CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament for Boys and Girls (U-12 and 16) today.

Competitive streak:
A match between St Soldier’s School, Mohali, and Mount Carmel School in progress at Sector 28, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

CFA trainee brings laurels
Chandigarh, July 18
Bringing laurels to the city beautiful, Nishu Kumar, a trainee at Chandigarh Football Academy, has been selected among the 16 most-talented players at the fifth season of Tata Tea Jaago Re Inter Milan Soccer Stars.

36 players shortlisted for PCA’s off-season camp
Mohali, July 18
The Punjab Cricket Association has organised a week-long off-season camp for Punjab senior cricket players at the PCA Cricket Stadium Mohali.

Trials for Panchkula U-16 cricket team today
Panchkula, July 18
The Panchkula District Cricket Association will conduct trials to select the team for U-16 inter-district cricket tourney at Hans Raj Public School, Sector 6, on Thursday.

Cricket trials at GMSSS-19
Chandigarh, July 18
The Chandigarh Cricket Association affiliated to Haryana Cricket Association will hold trials to select the boys (U-19) cricket team at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, on July 20.

KV-31 win in athletics meet
Chandigarh, July 18
The athletes from Kendriya Vidalaya School, Sector 31, won the top honors during the recently held Chandigarh Open State Athletics Meet here.


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