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Justice comes in record 17 days
Chandigarh, March 19
In a case of the fastest delivery of justice in the city, the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal today sentenced a convict, Veer Bahadur, alias Ram Bahadur, in an attempt-to-rape case to undergo rigorous imprisonment of five years and three months.

Police faces BJP men’s anger
Chandigarh, March 19
BJP workers lay a siege to the Sector 19 police station in protest against an alleged assault on two party activists by the police in Chandigarh on Tuesday Tempers ran high at the Sector 19 police station late this evening when BJP men protested against the registration of a case against two party workers.

BJP workers lay a siege to the Sector 19 police station in protest against an alleged assault on two party activists by the police in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan


Four years on, CBI submits proof in Sarita suicide case
Panchkula, March 19
ASP Satish Dagar, CBI investigating officer, today produced evidence in court in the Sarita suicide case. The investigating officer gave evidence how two policemen allegedly raped Sarita after which she committed suicide and also how her husband was falsely implicated in a theft case.

Girl, mother get notice for turning hostile
Chandigarh, March 19
In a first, the court has issued a notice to a 19-year-old girl and her mother for turning hostile before the court in a case of rape attempt. The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal has issued a show-cause notice to the two asking them to explain why proceedings under Section 340 of the CrPC should not be initiated against them.

Accused had refugee certificate, used to frequent Myanmar for selling drugs
Chandigarh, March 19
Investigations into the international drug racket, that was busted yesterday, have revealed that one of the accused possesses a refugee certificate and has been frequently travelling to Myanmar on the basis of the certificate.

UIET goes soft on girl student who created ruckus
Chandigarh, March 19
The disciplinary committee of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) has expelled a girl student from the department, who reportedly created a ruckus in an inebriated condition and misbehaved with policewomen, till the time her parents give an undertaking that she will not create indiscipline in the university.

Threat to wardens
Complaint against PU ex-student
Chandigarh, March 19
Seven hostel wardens of Panjab University (PU) have filed a police complaint against a former PU student leader, who had forcefully entered the Dean Student Welfare (DSW) office and threatened the wardens on Monday.

Fans give warm send-off to cricket players
Chandigarh, March 19
Indian cricketers MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara leave for Delhi from Chandigarh to take part in the fourth Test match against Australia Local cricket fans gave a warm send-off to Indian and Australian teams at the JW Marriott Hotel here this afternoon. The players were in the City Beautiful to play the third Test match of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the PCA Stadium, Mohali.

Mission Delhi: Indian cricketers MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara leave for Delhi from Chandigarh to take part in the fourth Test match against Australia. Tribune Photos: Manoj Mahajan



A JCB machine pulls down illegal juggis in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Tuesday 40 jhuggis razed at Grain Market
Chandigarh, March 19
The UT Estate Office today carried out a demolition drive at the Grain Market in Sector 26 here today. Forty jhuggis, which had been built on the open space in front of the Police Lines, were razed. A joint team of the UT Estate Office and the municipal corporation carried out the drive. Tehsildar Amarinder Singh said the jhuggis had come up on the Estate Office land.

A JCB machine pulls down illegal juggis in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Only 16 objections, suggestions received
Mohali, March 19
Despite residents raising a hue and cry about the levying of the property tax in the town, only 16 objections and suggestions have been received by the Mohali Municipal Corporation in this regard.

Stone of court complex to be laid today
Mohali, March 19
A court complex will come up in Sector 76 at a cost of Rs 65 crore.

Attempt to loot cash at petrol station
Panchkula, March 19
Four unidentified miscreants who were travelling in a Sedan broke open the window pane of a petrol station in Sector 20, Panchkula, where the cash was lying late last night. However, nothing could be stolen since the workers woke up and the youths fled from the spot. The footage of one of the youth has been captured in the CCTV cameras installed on the premises of the petrol station.

Another extension for Additional Secy (Home)
Chandigarh, March 19
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has extended Additional Secretary (Home) Prerna Puri's term for another one year. The Chandigarh Administration has received a communication from the MHA in this regard.

Admn launches tourist info kiosk
Chandigarh, March 19
The Administration today launched a tourist information kiosk at the Le Corbusier Centre, Sector 19, in Chandigarh. The administration also launched a vast array of souvenirs on the city on the occasion.

Rs 274-cr penalty on CHB waived
Chandigarh, March 19
In a major relief to the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), the Union Ministry of Finance has waived the penalty of Rs 274 crore, which was slapped on it by the Income Tax Department. The ministry has also waived the Rs 79 crore interest on the amount. The penalty was slapped on the CHB for not disclosing as “income” the money it got in a deal with realtor Parsvnath.


Contractual teachers move CAT for arrears
Chandigarh, March 19
More than 200 contractual government teachers have moved Chandigarh Administrative Tribunal (CAT) to claim the arrears of their enhanced salary for the year 2007-09. Earlier, ten contractual teachers had already secured financial relief for their arrear from the tribunal.

Seventy students take part in workshop on gender equality
Chandigarh, March 19
"Hum Hain" the Society of Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, for Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination, organised a two-day workshop for the postgraduate students of various departments of the college on "Women's Well-being and Health".



Rs 300 cr fraud case
Non-bailable warrants against 8
Chandigarh, March 19
A local court today issued non-bailable warrants against eight persons for failing to appear before the police in a Rs 300 crore fraud registered last year. The court issued the non-bailable warrants against Sukhbir Singh Shergill, Gurbir Kaur Shergill, secretary and vice-chairperson, respectively, of the SAS Institute of Information Technology (Mohali) and six others.

Income tax officer gets bail
Chandigarh, March 19
The CBI court of Vimal Kumar today granted bail to income tax officer Rakesh Jain, who was arrested while taking a bribe of Rs 50,000 from a real estate agent.


Officer held on graft charge
Mohali, March 19
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today arrested a panchayat officer on a charge of taking a bribe of Rs 10,000.

Gang of robbers busted
Mohali, March 19
The police has busted a gang of robbers with the arrest of three persons and has recovered two motorcycles from their possession.

Man held for wife’s murder
Zirakpur, March 19
The Zirakpur Police today arrested Ashok Kumar, husband of Anu who was murdered at her residence in Gurunanak Colony, Dhakouli.

One held on rape charge
Mohali, March 19
A Class X student has alleged that she was raped by two of her neighbours when her parents were not at home.


City girls blank Tamil Nadu in sepak takraw
Chandigarh, March 19
The local sepak takraw girls’ team defeated Tamil Nadu by 3-0, in the opening match of 15th Sub-Junior National Championship for Boys and Girls, being held at Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, here today.

DAV win hockey tourney
Chandigarh, March 19
The local hockey team of DAV College, Sector 10, regained its glory after 32 years, after winning the title of Panjab University Inter-College Hockey Championship.


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