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Anupama critical
Anupama with her parents in happier times Chandigarh, July 22
With her blood pressure dipping after frequent intervals, Anupama (16), the victim of PGI and CTU negligence, kept oscillating between life and death throughout the day today. She was stated to be very critical till the filing of this report, with doctors refusing to comment on her chances of survival.

Anupama with her parents in happier times


Her parents’ hearts sank many times
Chandigarh, July 22
Although the apple of their eyes, Anupama (16) continues to battle for life, her parents faced the horror of losing their only child many times thoughout the day today. Each time the beep of the multi-para-monitor at bed 45 on the fourth floor of the advanced trauma centre went off indicating a dip in blood pressure, their hearts sank.

Special buses for govt school students soon
Chandigarh, July 22
While the PGI is shrugging off the responsibility on the condition of Anupama, the CTU sat up and acted to prevent such tragedies in the future. Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, TPS Phoolka, CTU Director, said they were working to start a special bus service to transport government school students.

Tricity metro
DMRC comes out with fares 6 yrs early
Chandigarh, July 22
In a typical case of jumping the gun, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has come out with fares for the tricity metro rail six years before the rail will become operational. The fare for the tricity metro rail, which will be operational from 2018, will be Rs 2 per km while the highest slab may go up to between Rs 25 and Rs 30 on both proposed routes.

Festive time: Women celebrate Teej at a housing society in Sector 20, Panchkula, on Sunday.
Festive time: Women celebrate Teej at a housing society in Sector 20, Panchkula, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

INLD man booked in extortion case
Chandigarh, July 22
Acting on the complaint of a woman resident of Sector 39, the UT police has registered a case of extortion and threatening against an active member of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), identified as Ranjit Singh Panjhetha, a Sector-39 resident.

Admn trying to run condemned buses
Chandigarh, July 22
It is a classic case of the Chandigarh Administration proposing and then disposing. After allowing the disposal of around 120 condemned buses of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking, the Administration is having second thoughts. Most of the buses are nine years old and are not roadworthy. An official note from the top brass to find whether some of the condemned buses can be put to use again has sent officials with the transport department in a tizzy.

New PU Vice-Chancellor takes charge today
Chandigarh, July 22
The new Panjab University (PU) Vice-Chancellor (VC) will take charge of the university tomorrow. An eminent researcher, Arun Kumar Grover has remained a student of this university and has taught here. After a span of six years, the PU will witness a new beginning with Grover taking charge as the new VC. Grover studied at the physics department here from 1968 to 1972. After his PU stint, he left for the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) to join as PhD student in 1972 and eventually, settled for a research assignment.

Girl caught with smack
Chandigarh, July 22
The Chandigarh Police today arrested a 25-year-old girl outside a club and lounge bar in Sector 17 with 650 grams of smack.


Traffic goes haywire

Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam in Zirakpur on Sunday.
Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam in Zirakpur on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Open house response
Metro will reduce traffic, accidents
Growing population and vehicles in the city has compelled the Chandigarh Administration to implement Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS). Le Corbusier planned the city for 5 lakh population which has risen to 12 lakh officially. The Chandigarh Administration has been planning underpasses, removal of roundabouts, trams and other modes. But metro rail is the most practical solution for the city. Once known as abode for the employees and retirees, the city has changed rapidly and there is no alternative to metro rail to cope with the traffic hazarded, especially at the peak hours.

Chandigarh scan
Teej celebration
Over 40 members of Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik Club and their families celebrated the festival of "Teej" with the residents of the Old Age Home, Sector 15, on Sunday. Members distributed bangles, make-up items, sweets, and fruits to the senior citizens. They joined the elderly in singing songs and played on swings with them. The Rotarians also planted 25 saplings of various trees as part of their plantation campaign. The senior citizens adopted the plants and said they would take care of the plants just like their children.

Child labour rampant in city despite SC directive
Children below the age of 14 working in Chandigarh despite the law prohibiting it. Chandigarh, July 22
Despite the Supreme Court banning child labour, the practice continues unabated in the city. While children suffer, parents are helpless. In a quick survey conducted in the city by this correspondent, it was found most of the parents, driven by poverty, did not have qualms about making their children work at a tender age.

Children below the age of 14 working in Chandigarh despite the law prohibiting it. Photos by writer

There seems no end to Congress grass
Mohali, July 22
Wild growth of congress grass across the town has become a big health hazard in the area. During a random survey at several parts of the town, the Tribune team found the infectious grass, known as Parthenium Hysterophorus, has covered residential and industrial area as well thus posing hazard to the localities, especially who suffer from asthma or other allergies.

Having Fun
: Girls enjoy rain in Sector 46, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

ICAI organise seminar on changes in service tax
Chandigarh, July 22
In the new tax regime, the onus of paying service tax has shifted from service provider to service receiver. Also, the input tax credit for providing output service was not available to the service receiver. There is a change in the definition of service that includes almost all service activities.

Banks sell fake doctor's flat, car
Panchkula, July 22
Banks have started selling the property of fake doctor Sandeep Sharma, owner of the Shubham Hospital at Sector 20, after he failed to return the loan amount. While the Punjab National Bank after obtaining the permission from the Debt Recovery Tribunal, sold his flat at a group housing society in Sector 20, the HDFC Bank disposed of his Fird Ikon car to recover its debts.

Begging menace continues in city
Chandigarh, July 22
The increasing population of beggars at Sector 17 has been irking the residents of the town, who want the authorities to act fast and take some steps to rehabilitate the beggars.

Haphazard construction leads to water-logging in colonies
Mohali, July 22
Haphazard construction in the catchment area now started having its effect as the rainwater, which normally flows from the area to Sukhna Lake, has resulted into water logging in the colonies here. The latest example is the locality of Govind Vihar in Kansal, which witnessed about two to three feet water logging in the locality due to obstruction in the natural gradient.

A resident shows a water-logged park at Kansal on Sunday.

Police launches drive to check PG accommodation
Mohali, July 22
In the backdrop of three back-to-back firing incidents in the town, the police today checked paying guests accommodations in several areas of the city. Several police teams were deputed for the purpose that visited the PG accommodations in their respective areas and checked the credentials of the youngsters, staying there, said Swarndeep Singh, the Superintendent of Police (City).

Traffic signals without zebra crossings dot city


PU gears up for student poll
Chandigarh, July 22
Ahead of the student poll, Panjab University has sent a list of over 30 student leaders and party supporters to the Chandigarh Police, who were suspected of creating trouble during the election. PU has also sent a list of around 67 cars owned by members of different student bodies that should be kept under the police surveillance.

University acts tough against ragging
Chandigarh, July 22
Panjab University has taken pre-emptive measures to avoid ragging on the campus this year. Although, anti-ragging squads existed on paper in the university and its affiliated colleges, there was little awareness to prevent such incidents in the past.

12-day earned leave for college teachers
Chandigarh, July 22
Teachers working in colleges affiliated to Panjab University would now get 12 earned leaves every year instead of the existing eight leaves. The decision on the matter raised in the Senate in 2011 was communicated to all the colleges recently. All the colleges would have to implement the new rule from this session.

Teachers help in development: HC Judge
Ambala, July 22
Teachers played an important role in the development of the nation, said Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court Rajesh Bindal, chief guest at a convocation ceremony in the PKR Jain College of Education, Ambala City, today. As many as 516 students of BEd and MEd were offered the degrees during the ceremony.

PR chief quits as Sobti leaves
Chandigarh, July 22
Dr Mohanmeet Khosla of the School of Communication Studies at Panjab University has resigned from the additional charge as the university's director of public relations.


Health dept's dispensaries encroached upon
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 22
The buildings belonging to the health department at Khant Manpur village and Nogawan have been encroached by the many people for a long time. The doctors and other staff are running the dispensaries from a single room, where as majority of the land and building is in the custody of encroachers.

Admn fails to shift dairies
Ambala, July 22
The administration has failed to shift the dairies outside the urban area in the adjoining village where the administration has provided plots to dairy owners on subsidies rate and has already spent crores of rupees to make available all the basic amenities like roads, water and electricity.

DG Health pays surprise visit to Civil Hospital
Ambala, July 22
Director General Health, Dr. Narveer Singh made a surprise visit to the Civil Hospital at Ambala City here this morning and witnessed several problems being faced by the patients especially in the trauma centre.

Woman dies of ‘poisoning’
Dera Bassi, July 22
A woman of Pandwala village was suspected died of poisoning here on Saturday at the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh. Sources said that the victim, Siksha, a resident of nearby Pandwala village, was brought to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi on July 17 and was suffering from with diarrhea.

23-year-old commits suicide
Ambala, July 22
A student allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with a hook at a student hostel here this evening. The deceased was identified as Naresh Kumar (23) a resident of a village close to Kaithal.

Man held with narcotics
Kurali, July 22
The local police arrested a government employee for carrying narcotics here today. The accused has been identified as Joginder Singh, a local resident. Joginder Singh, who is class IV employee at a government dispensary in village Boothgarh, was arrested with 2.5 kg sedative powder and 20 strips of capsules, at a ‘naka’ here.


Pedestrian dies after being hit by motorcycle
Chandigarh, July 22
A pedestrian died after being hit by a speeding motorcycle near Poultry Farm Chowk, Hallo Majra. According to the police, Naginder Kumar Yadav, brother of deceased Manoj Yadav, filed a complaint that his brother was hit by a motorcycle driven by Gaurav Garg, a resident of Preet Colony, Zirakpur.

Theft in two houses at Sector 50
Chandigarh, July 22
Thieves targeted four houses in Pepso Society in Sector 50 and decamped with cash and valuables worth Rs 2.20 lakhs on Saturday night.

Snatching incident at Sector 10
Chandigarh, July 22
A snatching incident was reported at Sector 10 where unknown motorcycle motorcycle-borne youth snatched a mobile phone and a camera from a pedestrian.

Motorcyclist killed
Banur, July 22
A motorcyclist was killed in a road accident on the Banur-Ambala road near Khaspur village on Saturday morning here. The deceased was identified as 27-year-old Amit Seth, a resident of Ambala city.


Table tennis
Double delight for Dev Saini
Winners of the Chandigarh State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament pose for photographers at Sector 23 Chandigarh, July 22
Dev Saini of DAV College, Sector 10, claimed two titles -youth boys' (U-21) and mens single's - during the first Chandigarh State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament being held at the Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here today. Another player, Naina Suri of SD College, Sector 32, won the youth girls' (U-21) title and Gurvinder Kaur of PAG Audit Punjab won the women's singles title.

Winners of the Chandigarh State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament pose for photographers at Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Divya Cricket Coaching Centre-44 emerge victorious
Chandigarh, July 22
In the ongoing Bribe Free Nation cricket cup, Divya Cricket Coaching Centre, Sector 44, defeated Property Consultant Association by six wickets. After electing to bat first, the losing side posted a total of 124 runs in the allotted slot of 20 overs. Manoj(32) remained unbeaten throughout the innings.

11-yr-old Tarini wins chess title
Chandigarh, July 22
Winners of the Chandigarh Women’s Chess Championship 2012 (from left) Goyal Arunima, Tarini Goyal, Simranjeet Kaur and Shweta with their trophies at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Sunday. The 11-year-old chess prodigy, Tarini Goyal, of Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, won the title of Chandigarh Women’s Chess Champion, at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here today.
Tarini, bagged the championship with three points. Simranjeet Kaur of Saupin’s School, Sector 32, and Arunima Goyal of Sacred Heart School secured 2.5 points to finish second and third respectively.

Winners of the Chandigarh Women’s Chess Championship 2012 (from left) Goyal Arunima, Tarini Goyal, Simranjeet Kaur and Shweta with their trophies at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh chauhan

Local team defeat Yamunanagar
Chandigarh, July 22
The local cricket team defeated Yamunanagar in a match during the Haryana Inter-District Cricket Tournament for boys (U-16) at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here today.

Ramanjot wins gold in sqay championship
Chandigarh, July 22
Ramanjot Kaur of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, claimed gold medal in the girls (under-17, below 36 kg category) during the ongoing fifth Chandigarh State Sub-Junior Sqay Championship, being held here today.

26 selected in cricket trials
Chandigarh, July 22
A total of 26 players were selected by the Haryana Cricket Association during the trails held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here today.


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