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Govt buildings potential tinderbox
Chandigarh, September 26
All government buildings in the city have breached fire safety norms, putting lives of their employees and visitors in danger. An inspection conducted by the fire and emergency department of the Chandigarh MC has established that none of the 35 government buildings in the city follow fire safety norms in letter and spirit.


Playing with fire
Chandigarh, September 26
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation does not practice what it preaches. For, its fire department that keeps a hawk’s eye on other’s violations is itself not equipped with a fire safety system.

Embarrassed, officials get their act together
Chandigarh, September 26
"Hello, this is Chandigarh women helpline. How may I help you, madam," was the voice on the other side of the phone at the Chandigarh women helpline today after a senior police official gave a mouthful to the helpline staff and gave them lessons in English. The helpline attendants, who till yesterday were not even aware of the meaning of eve-teasing, were asked to remain updated with the terminology used commonly in issues related to crime against women. It was learnt that the senior police officials had summoned the staff of the women helpline saying "Don't you know the meaning of eve-teasing? It means a boy has passed remarks at a girl".


A team of People For Animals with the seized specimens at DAV school, Phase X, Mohali, on Wednesday.15 specimens of prohibited animals seized
Mohali, September 26
A team of People For Animals (PFA), an animal welfare organisation, along with police officials, today conducted a raid at DAV Public School, Phase X, and seized around 15 specimens of prohibited animals, including cobras, lizards, turtles and frogs, from the biology lab of the school.

A team of People For Animals with the seized specimens at DAV school, Phase X, Mohali, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: VICKY GHARU

8.33 pc bonus for CITCO employees
Chandigarh, September 26
In a meeting of the CITCO Board of Directors held under the chairmanship of Anil Kumar, Home Secretary-cum-Chairman, CITCO, today, it was decided that bonus would be paid at a rate of 8.33 per cent (maximum of Rs 3,500 per employee) to the eligible employees under the Payment of Bonus Act.

Doctor in dock over issuing 'fake' medical certificate
Chandigarh, September 26
A doctor working at a poly clinic in Sector 22 is in the dock over issuing a "fake" physical fitness certificate to a patient.

Mehak's parents allege harassment
Panchkula, September 26
The parents of Mehak, 23-year-old girl who was found dead under mysterious circumstances at her in-laws residence in Sector 16, Panchkula, alleged that instead of probing the case, the police was harassing them. The family was called for investigations. It was on August 20 when Mehak was found dead under mysterious circumstances. Mehak, who hails from Delhi, had tied a knot with a Panchkula-based businessman, Sandeep Garg.

Regularisation of contractual workers
Safai karmacharis block gate of Dadu Majra garbage processing plant

Chandigarh, September 26
Safai karmacharis of the Municipal Corporation today staged protest in front of the garbage processing plant at Dadu Majra and did not allow a single garbage collection vehicle to enter the plant for processing till the evening. Although garbage was collected by the corporation staff, but no vehicle with garbage was allowed to enter the plant.

MC water works without back-up
Chandigarh, September 26
The municipal corporation water works at Sector 39 does not have a sufficient back-up arrangement for an uninterrupted supply in case of any major fault at the Kajauli Water Works.

CTU auctioning condemned buses
Chandigarh, September 26
The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) has begun the process of auctioning condemned buses that have been lying dumped at various depots.

Rs 185 crore to be spent on village development
Mohali, September 26
The Punjab government is to spend Rs 185.39 crore for developing 19 villages of the district. Rural Development and Panchayats Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra said the selected villages would be provided with all advanced facilities under the development programme of the state government.

World Tourism Day: Students showcase a tableau depicting the rich heritage of Punjab during the World Tourism Day celebrations at Chandigarh University’s Gharuan campus on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Cares elects its new chief
Chandigarh, September 26
Captain KL Sethi is the new president for the Citizen Association for Relief Education and Service (Cares). The election for the new general body of Citizen Association for Relief Education and Service was held on September 23 where by the new committee was elected for two years. RK Kanodia was elected as the vice president, Lt Col MGS Khurana as the general secretary, SK Mago as the finance secretary, Jagdish Singh as the joint secretary and Mohan as public relation officer. The election was held in the presence of founder members of the association. TNS

Airport staff go on hunger strike
Chandigarh, September 26
Employees of the local branch of Airport Authority Employees Union went on a two-day hunger strike today. The union is demanding implementation of the common seniority and pension scheme, formation of ANS and also opposing privatisation of airports. — TNS

Man dies while playing golf
Chandigarh, September 26
A 70-year-old man died while playing golf at the Chandigarh Golf Club today. Colonel (Retd) Jagjit Singh of Sector 33 suddenly collapsed in the ground while playing. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. TNS


Counting begins for graduates seats
Chandigarh, September 26
The counting of votes for the 15 seats under the graduate constituency of the Panjab University Senate, for which elections were held on September 23, began at the university’s Gymnasium Hall here today.

Counting of votes polled for the Senate elections in progress. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

City schools, colleges ill-prepared for earthquakes
Chandigarh, September 26
Are students safe in city schools and colleges? If we go by the lethargic attitude adopted by various UT Administration departments, including education departments, towards taking necessary steps to deal with the threat of earthquakes in the region, the answer remains in the negative.

Tiny hands making a big mark: Kindergarten students of Olive Kid School carry out a cleanliness drive at Sector 37 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

NITTTR to train 20,000 polytechnic teachers
Chandigarh, September 26
To improve the quality of polytechnic teachers in the region, National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR), Chandigarh, has introduced an induction programme to impart training to more than 20,000 teachers working in polytechnic colleges across nine northern states of India within six months.

Third edition of CBSE’s SGAI test on January 20
Chandigarh, September 26
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct the third edition of Students Global Aptitude Index (SGAI) test on January 20 next year. Started in the year 2011, more than 3 lakh students have already appeared for the test. It is an optional test conducted by the CBSE after the Class X board exams to help students gauge their mental ability and make career choices.

PUTA demands more seats for teachers in Senate
Chandigarh, September 26
The Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) has written to the Vice-President of India, who is also the university Chancellor, to nominate at least 18 PU teachers to the Senate. The Vice-President nominates 36 of the 91 members of the Senate. Of the 47 seats for which elections are held, only five are reserved for the PU teachers.

National-level scholarship for city boy
Chandigarh, September 26
Saurabh Sharma, a city lad who is currently studying at the IIT, Delhi, has been named as one of the Aditya Birla Scholars for 2012. He will get an annual scholarship of Rs 65,000. He was selected by the Aditya Birla Foundation after an interview held on September 22 at Mumbai. Saurabh secured an all-India rank of 102 in the IIT-JEE and 54 in the AIEEE conducted in 2012. He has also participated in many national-levelcompetitions including the National Science Olympiad and the International Maths Olympiad.

Lecture on ‘American dream’
Chandigarh, September 26
A special lecture on ‘American Studies and the American Dreams’ was organised by the ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre, Panjab University.


In-laws booked for demanding dowry
Dera Bassi, September 26
After the death of Manpreet Kaur under mysterious circumstances, the Lalru police has registered a case against the in-laws of the victim. The complaint was lodged by Parents of the victim.


Tricity Autos told to pay relief
Mohali, September 26
The Mohali District Consumer Forum has directed Zirakpur-based Tricity Autos to compensate Subhash Chand, a resident of Panchkula. The company has been told to pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh along with Rs 10,000 as litigation costs.

2-day remand for bribe accused
Chandigarh, September 26
A day after the CBI arrested a UT police Sub-Inspector for demanding a bribe of Rs 25,000, the court today sent the accused to a two-day police remand. SI Kulwarnjeet Singh Cheema was yesterday arrested for allegedly taking a bribe of

ASI denied bail for second time
Panchkula, September 26
The errant police officer, who was arrested recently by the Panchkula police for negligence in a rape case and hushing up the matter, was denied bail for the second time by the court here today.


Crime Against women
Kidnap drama outside court
Chandigarh, September 26
High drama was witnessed at the Punjab and Haryana High Court here today when a newly-married girl was allegedly abducted by four to five people of her family. The incident took place outside the court premises here today.

Clerk of forensic lab held with 1.2-kg opium
Mohali, September 26
The police today arrested a clerk of Forensic Science Laboratory, Kharar, on the charges of possessing 1.2 kg opium. The accused, identified as Sanjiv Kumar, alias Sonu, was arrested during a checking at a naka.


Tattoos add glamour to Kabaddi
Chandigarh, September 26
Cricket is a glamorous game, golf is known for its decency but kabaddi is the sport of real men. The game is slowly becoming one of the fastest growing sports of the nation and with the passage of time players are adding more glamour to it. Players flaunt tattoos during an inter-college kabaddi tourrnament in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Players flaunt tattoos during an inter-college kabaddi tourrnament in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Kabaddi Tournament
SGGS continue to dominate
Chandigarh, September 26
Continuing their winning spree, the Kabaddi players of SGGS College have defeated LLR Government College, Dhudike, during a league match of the ongoing PU Inter-College Punjab Style Kabaddi for Men (A-Division) on Wednesday.

Players in action during the Panjab University Inter-College Punjab Style Kabaddi Tournament in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Eight teams to participate in cricket tourney
Chandigarh, September 26
A total of eight teams have confirmed their participation for the second All-India Invitation Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-19). The teams have been divided into two pools, with pool-A having Punjab, Vidarbha, Odisha and Bengal while pool-B will have Mumbai, Kerala, MPCA and HPCA.

The jubilant lot
: The U-16 cricket team celebrate its win in the zonal tournament at Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohd Hassan to lead carrom squad
Chandigarh, September 26
Carrom players Mohd Hassan and Farheen will lead the 16-member squad to represent the city in the upcoming 12th North Zone Carrom Tournament, which will be organised by the Punjab State Carrom Association at Barnala from September 28-30.

SGGS beat PU campus in basketball
Chandigarh, September 26
The basketball team of SGGS College, Sector 26, outplayed the PU campus in the ongoing Inter-College Basketball for Men (A-division), which is being played on league basis on the PU campus courts. The college registered the victory with the score of 91-73. In the second match of the day, SCD Government College, Ludhiana, overcame GGD SD College, Sector 32, by 82-80. TNS


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