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Police blows lid off drug racket
Chandigarh, March 18
The crime branch of the UT Police today busted an international drug racket and recovered a huge haul of drugs in the form of 15 lakh tablets of pseudoephedrine, used to manufacture substances (heroin) banned under the NDPS Act.

The accused being produced in a court in Chandigarh on Monday; and (right) the drugs that were seized from them.
The accused being produced in a court in Chandigarh on Monday; and (right) the drugs that were seized from them. 
Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

PPCC chief, his men swarm PGI trauma centre; patients suffer
Chandigarh, March 18
At least 30 supporters of Partap Singh Bajwa, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief, swarmed the Advanced Trauma Centre of the PGI this morning with their shoes on, giving rules the go-by even as doctors pleaded mercy for patients.



Firefighting system, smoke detectors were out of order
Chandigarh, March 18
The firefighting system and smoke detectors at the Punjab Mini-Secretariat in Sector 9, where a major fire broke out on Sunday, were non-functional.

Years on, little headway in scam cases
Various departments of the Chandigarh Administration and the municipal corporation have been embroiled in controversies over various scams being reported over the years even as action is awaited against the guilty and the cases are yet to reach a logical conclusion. The Tribune reporter Rajinder Nagarkoti takes stock

Chandigarh’s Dolly bags 2nd big award
Chandigarh, March 18
It was city-based actress-designer Dolly Ahluwalia's lively character of a Punjabi mother in "Vicky Donor" that bagged her this year's National Film Award for the Best Supporting Actress. The awards were announced in Delhi today. Dolly Ahluwalia

India not a pushover: Natwar Singh
Chandigarh, March 18
Former Union Minister of External Affairs K. Natwar Singh today delivered a lecture on "India, US, China and Pakistan" at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) here. The lecture was full of anecdotal details which Natwar Singh drew from his long career as a diplomat and then in politics. He started the talk by remembering the contribution of Jawaharlal Nehru to the India's foreign policy. Former Union Minister K. Natwar Singh in Chandigarh on Monday.


UIET girl student suspended from hostel
Chandigarh, March 18
A final year girl student of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), who was reportedly found in an inebriated condition during the annual fest of UIET, last Saturday, was suspended from her hostel by the PU authorities today till the further notice.

Lax security at city railway station
Chandigarh, March 18
Commuters enter the railway station from an exit point. Feel free to enter from any unmanned entrance of the Chandigarh Railway Station as the Railway Police Force (RPF) has not deployed any security personnel to keep a check on the commuters.

Commuters enter the railway station from an exit point.

Mahant deposits bid amount
Chandigarh, March 18
Much to the respite of the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA), Chandigarh, the elusive Mahant Yogi Chhotu Nath today deposited the bid amount for the vanity number, “CH01 AR 0001”, which he had bought for Rs 10.05 lakh for his Rs 66 lakh Audi Q7, luxury SUV.

Seventeen constables were made to sit in an SUV
Chandigarh, March 18
All 17 police constables were packed like sardines in a Scorpio car on the pretext that all other official vehicles were being used by personnel conducting raids in the Rs 130-crore drug haul case involving boxer Vijender. All of them were told to adjust in the same vehicle and reach the parade venue somehow.

Injured cops stable
Chandigarh, March 18
As many as eight constables of the Punjab Police, who met with an accident while they were on their way to the Police Lines, Fatehgarh Sahib, in a Scorpio Getaway for the usual Monday morning parade, were rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh. Their condition is stated to be stable now.

Colleagues rush to PGI
Panchkula, March 18
After the news of the accident of their fellow policemen spread at the parade venue, 22 constables and head constables immediately rushed from Fatehgarh Sahib to Chandigarh. They had come to the PGI to donate blood to their colleagues, if needed.

Only 4 complainants turn up at Patil’s public darbar
Chandigarh, March 18
Desraj, a physically challenged retired government employee, being brought out from the UT Secretariat, Sector 9, Chandigarh, by his relatives. In the public hearing session of UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil, only four complainants turned up today. Desraj, a handicapped retired government employee, who was carried by his relatives to the public darbar, appealed the administrator to provide him relief from land grabbers. He complained regarding the illegal possession of land at Naya Gaon in Mohali district. Patil said it was a civil matter and advised the complainant to approach the court in the matter.

Desraj, a physically challenged retired government employee, being brought out from the UT Secretariat, Sector 9, Chandigarh, by his relatives. TRibune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

No headway in Dell employee’s murder case
Mohali, March 18
The police has failed to make headway in the murder of a Dell employee whose body was found in a forest near the Siswan-Baddi area on March 14.

UT to set up restoration centre at CCA
Chandigarh, March 18
The UT Administration has decided to set up a restoration centre to store and repair heritage items of the city. This centre would come up at Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA).

Chandigarh Scan
Dharna staged
The All-India Secretary and the State Secretary Northern States Canara Bank Staff Union today observed dharna against the newly announced bank licensing policy.



Education Department to ensure better learning
Chandigarh, March 18
In a bid to improve the education standards, the education department has come with another policy. From the next academic session, it will be compulsory for all the government teachers to make the academic plan on weekly basis, for their classes to ensure the better learning outcomes.

From schools
Awareness programme organised
CHANDIGARH : As many as 22 students and three teachers of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, and 25 students and five teachers of Guru Teg Bahadur Public School, Sector 15, Chandigarh, visited Botanical Garden for awareness programme on medicinal plants organised by the Environment Society of India, Chandigarh. Om Parkash Coordinator-cum-in charge Eco Clubs of Chandigarh imparted the information about the various medicinal plants, identification, medicinal properties and their uses etc. He had shown several species of herbal, sacred and fruit plants at the botanical garden.

PU students raise demands
Chandigarh, March 18
Panjab University students hold a protest on the campus on Monday. Members of Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) along with several PU students held a protest in front of Vice-Chancellor's office for their long pending demands.

Panjab University students hold a protest on the campus on Monday. Tribune Photo: S. Chandan

Education Dept may lose Central grant
Chandigarh, March 18
The UT Education Department is in tight spot over the issue of school uniform. The department officials feared that their Central school uniform grant of approximately Rs 4 crore, provided under Sarav Shikshya Abhiyan , might lapse since it could not spend even a single penny from this budget, even as the current financial year is about to end.

Two candidates shortlisted for PEC Director’s post
Chandigarh, March 18
The UT Administration has shortlisted two names for the post of Director at PEC University of Technology. The candidates are from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and Roorkee.



Developmental works hang fire; tenders cancelled twice
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 18
All the development projects in Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib town have not only been stalled but virtually turned the district head quarter town into a hell due to the tug of war between the leaders of two ruling alliance partner BJP and SAD(B).

Workshop on mobile applications organised
Banur, March 18
A one-day workshop on android applications and development was organised in Saheed Udham Singh College, Banur, on Monday.

300 students take part in campus placement drive
Dera Bassi, March 18
A campus placement drive was orgnaised at the Punjab Group of Colleges, Lalru, here today.

16-year-old girl commits suicide
Zirakpur, March 18
A 16-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself with a duppatta in bathroom last night. The incident occured at RKM Enclave in Zirakpur. The deceased has been identified as Muskan Takhur. Muskan hailed from Solan but she was living at RKM Enclave with her parents.


SIM card dealer denied bail
Panchkula, March 18
The accused who had provided a SIM card to Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary in Jyoti murder case was denied bail by a local court today. Following the arrest warrant issued by the Panchkula police, the accused, identified as Pankaj Bhandari, had applied for the bail.

HC: Retrospective promotions not a right
Chandigarh, March 18
UT employees will not be able to take advantage of two orders previously passed by the Central Administrative Tribunal for taking “retrospective promotions”. In a significant judgement, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the Tribunal not to rely on its previous orders in the matter of “retrospective promotions” and decide the cases in view of the “binding precedents”. It has added that retrospective promotions cannot be claimed as a matter of right.



Youth held for molesting SDO
Chandigarh, March 18
The police today arrested a youth for molesting a woman SDO working with the Punjab Works Department (PWD). The incident occurred in the evening when the SDO reported the matter to the police following which the accused, Akash, a resident of Sector 15, has been arrested. He works as a private employee with a bank, said the police.


Mohali Test: Few turn up to watch last day’s play
Near-empty stands during the third Test between India and Australia at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Monday. Mohali, March 18
The fifth and last day of the third test match between India and Australia for Border-Gavaskar Trophy, continued to face disinterest of the local fans, at the PCA Stadium, here today.

Near-empty stands during the third Test between India and Australia at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Monday. Tribune photo: vicky gharu

Anjali. At 13, she has represented city in 3 nationals
Chandigarh, March 18
For 13-year-old Anjali, the movie ‘Bend It like Beckham’ featuring Parminder Nagra, was a booster for opting soccer as her career. The movie, that was released in 2002, when she was only 2-year-old, left her with a real motivation to attain great heights in the world of soccer.

Anjali. A file photo

Mohit wins moto sports championship
Chandigarh, March 18
Local motorist Mohit Verma emerged as a national champion biker during the Speed Sprint Moto sport event, held near Khuda Jassu village,  here today.

Sepak takraw tourney from today
Chandigarh, March 18
he Chandigarh Sepak Takraw Association will organise 16th National-Sub Junior Championship from March 19 to 22 at Mount Carmel Convent School, Sector 47. More than 23 teams have confirmed their participation. — TNS

PU win judo championship for women
Judo players in action during a match at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Monday. Chandigarh, March 18
Judokas of Panjab University won the All-India Inter-University Judo Championship for Women with 16.5 points, held at Gymnasium Hall of Panjab University, here today.

Judo players in action during a match at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: s chandan

Selection trials for U-14 cricketers from March 20
Chandigarh, March 18
Selection trials for inducting fresh talent to the existing PCA Non-Residential Academies will be held in various districts from March 20. The players, who are already undergoing training in the centres and are in U-14 category as on September 1, 2013, will be retained.


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