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City reels under power cuts
Chandigarh, April 20
Rekha Verma, regional head of a private infrastructure company, had to close down its operations for two hours, courtesy a long power cut in Sector 46. Rekha said when they opened the office today there was no power. Power inverter backup lasted till 2 pm. Traffic fends for itself at the Sector 20-30 junction as there were no light signals in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Traffic fends for itself at the Sector 20-30 junction as there were no light signals in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


Shatabdi passengers suffer hunger pangs
Chandigarh, April 20
More than 600 passengers aboard the third Shatabdi from Chandigarh to New Delhi, which leaves at 12 noon, today had a harrowing time as a majority of them were not served lunch on time by the pantry staff. The train was delayed as the catering staff had failed to load the food items on time at the Chandigarh station.

Fault in Chandigarh-Ludhiana track delays train
Chandigarh, April 20
A day after the Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail link was inaugurated by the Union Railway Minister, Pawan Kumar Bansal, a technical fault in the track brought the Chandigarh-Amritsar super fast train (12241) to a halt near the New Morinda station. It took the railway officials over an hour to rectify the fault.

Panchkula case
Kusum, Sachin were runaway couple
Panchkula, April 20
In a major revelation in the case pertaining to the death of 17-year-old Kusum, who was allegedly murdered by her husband and in-laws at Sector 16, Panchkula, it has been found that the victim was one of the three runaway couples, who were put into a room of the Panchkula protection home and allegedly ill treated by the authorities concerned.


Delhi rape shocks city residents
Chandigarh, April 20
The recent incident in which a five-year-old girl was raped in New Delhi has left the city residents in a state of shock. Residents are angry and appalled at the mindset of criminals who perpetrate such ghastly acts. They shared their emotions and offered some solutions for the policymakers to adopt in order to control such crimes.

Residents stage a candlelight protest demanding justice for the five-year-old girl, who was raped in New Delhi, at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Medical camp
The Desh Bhagat Hospital organised a three-day medical camp in which more than 800 patients were examined by a team of specialist doctors. During this camp, besides general check-up and treatment of eyes, stitchless operations of eyes were also performed by Eye Specialist Dr Asha Pritpal Kaur. General Surgeon Dr HS Gill examined patients suffering from different diseases and performed laparoscopic operations.

No lessons learnt
: (Clockwise from top-left) Vehicles parked haphazardly; a PCR vehicle on patrol duty; and students ride two-wheelers without helmets on the Panjab University campus in Chandigarh. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

UT Electricity Department overstaffed: Commission
Chandigarh, April 20
The UT Electricity Department is not facing the problem of staff shortage; it is rather overstaffed. The excuse of staff shortage made by the electricity department while dealing with power complaints of the city residents, especially during summers, was exposed by this observation of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC).

Fire Safety week: Fire-fighters extinguish a fire during a mock drill at The Millennium School in Patiala on Saturday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Free medical camp for cancer patients at Mohali
Mohali, April 20
In the coming six to seven years there would be death with cancer at every household in Punjab. We are sitting virtually on 'cancer-bomb' here, said Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal, Global Roaming Ambassador of UK-based Roko Cancer Charitable Trust.

Avoid cut fruits, reheating of food: Experts
Chandigarh, April 20
With change in season, a number of cases of gastrointestinal infection (digestive system) are reaching city hospitals. According to experts, dizziness, vomiting and dehydration were the some common symptoms of the infection.

Contractors overcharging power consumers in slums, villages
Chandigarh, April 20
The contractors engaged by the UT Electricity Department to supply power to slums, colonies and villages are reportedly overcharging consumers. Besides, on a number of occasions, they issued handwritten bills to many consumers.

Protest in support of jeweller
Chandigarh, April 20
Members of All-India Rahul Gandhi Brigade today staged a silent protest at Sector 17 against the booking of a jeweller under preventive measures following a verbal spat with a staff member of a Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM).

Residents stage a silent protest march along with Vikrant and his wife (extreme left) at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Electricity wastage rampant at Panchkula Mini-Secretariat
Panchkula, April 20
The hike in power tariff might have made a hole in the pockets of every household but it is not making much a difference to the ‘babus’ of Panchkula Administration.

States should join hands with Centre to sensitise police personnel: Minister
Chandigarh, April 20
Terming the recent Delhi rape case a shameful act, Manish Tewari, Minister for Information and Broadcasting today condemned the incident during a function at St John’s High School, Sector 26. The Minister also stressed on police reforms to address such incidents.

High drama over illegal PG
Mohali, April 20
High drama was witnessed in Phase VII yesterday when residents saw a girl and a boy entering a house being used to run as a PG accommodation and called the police.

Gold broom catches fancy of devotees
Chandigarh, April 20
Thousands of devotees today took part in a procession taken out by Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math with deities sitting on a decorated chariot. A gold broom donated by one of the devotees to sweep the road ahead of the chariot turned out to be the major attraction for enthusiastic devotees who wanted to take a glimpse of it.

Lensmen capture life on Kalka-Shimla track
Chandigarh, April 20
Capturing the seasons and life on the railway stations on the heritage Kalka-Shimla track, two of the city lensmen today organised a photography exhibition at the Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16. The exhibition was inaugurated by Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. While interacting with the lensmen, Sanjay Kaushal and Shubh Mohan Singh, Bansal appreciated their work and passion for this heritage track.

Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal attends a photo exhibition at the Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16, in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

BJP leaders meet Patil
Chandigarh, April 20
A delegation of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by party president Sanjay Tandon today met UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil along with former Union Minister Harmohan Dhawan and former Member Parliament Satya Pal Jain.

Encroachments galore in Panchkula


Panjab varsity finds paper setter at fault
Chandigarh, April 20
Panjab University (PU), during a high-level meeting held today to look into the matter of repeat of BA, BSc mathematics question paper this year, has found the paper setter at fault and has recommended a strict action against him.

From schools
Rama Navami celebrated
Students dance during their annual fete at Tribune Model School in Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Saturday. The festival of Rama Navami was celebrated with religious fervour at Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula. A special assembly was organised on the occasion. Speeches related to the life history of Lord Rama were delivered in Hindi and English. Students of class VII and class VIII presented a short skit.

Students dance during their annual fete at Tribune Model School in Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Authorities to encourage online fee submission
Chandigarh, April 20
After receiving a lukewarm response to the facility of online admission fee submission offered by Panjab University to the students during the past few years, the authorities have now planned to encourage Internet-savvy students of various departments to opt for the services.

Students continue to flout traffic norms on university campus
Chandigarh, April 20
Even as Panjab University (PU) has decided to enforce the traffic rules on the university campus, students still continue to ride two-wheelers without helmets. The university, following a major accident on the campus due to reckless driving by two students, had decided to enforce the traffic rules. However, not many seem to have started following the rules.

School buses
Women caretakers hired
Panchkula, April 20
In the wake of Delhi gang rape case, a Panchkula-based school has kept lady caretakers in each school bus to avoid an untoward incident when some girl students are left in the end of the route. A lady caretaker, who has been trained, will be present in the bus throughout the route.


Kaushalya dam
Manch seeks probe into irregularities
Kalka, April 20
Shiwalik Vikas Manch, an NGO of Panchkula, has sent a complaint to Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, seeking a probe in the construction work of Kaushlya Dam, which has been constructed on Kaushlya river, adjacent to NH-22 near the HMT, Pinjore. Advocate VK Bansal president of the manch has alleged in the complaint that the Haryana irrigation department had sanctioned the Kaushlya Dam in 2005, which was to be constructed with the cost of Rs 51 crores. The construction work on this project started in 2008 and Rs 217 crores have been spent on the construction of the dam till date.

Six arrested in separate cases in Fatehgarh Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 20
The district police has arrested two drug peddlers involved in the sale of drugs, two gambling operators and two thieves. The police has recovered 5 kg of poppy husk, 5 gm smack, Rs 15,000 and 18 tonnes of stolen iron goods from their possession.

Hearing, visually impaired children felicitated
Patiala, April 20
Society for Welfare of The Handicapped (regd), is managing Patiala School for the Deaf, Patiala School for the Blind and Patiala School for the Deafblind, celebrated its 46th raising day on its schools campus at Saifdipur village today amidst huge fanfare.

Wheat lifting
Truck union opposes use of tractor-trailers
Ambala, April 20
The Ambala Public Carrier Truck Operator Union today protested against the government procurement agencies for lifting wheat from various grain markets of Ambala through tractor-trailers. The union has also sent a letter to Deputy Commissioner in this regard. Officer-bearers of the union, Gurdeep Singh, Jasbir Singh, Charanjeet Singh and Avtar Singh said only the farmers can use the tractor-trailer for transporting their produce from their fields to the grain markets. No commercial use of tractor-trailers could be made as no commercial tax was charged from those vehicles.

Car overturns, four injured
Kalka, April20
Four persons including a woman suffered serious injuries today when their car overturned after a one of the tyres got burst. Eyewitnesses said the accident took place in morning hours near Bitna village on newly constructed bypass NH-22, when the speeding car turned turtle due to rear tyre burst. The residents of the nearby areas heard the sound of bursting of tyre and rushed to the spot after hearing their screams.


Drug peddler send to judicial custody
Mohali, April 20
A drug peddler, Sunil Kumar, who was arrested two days before with banned drugs at a naka, has been sent to judicial custody today by the local court. The police said that during interrogation, Sunil Kumar, who was also a drug addict, said that he had purchased drugs for his own use. “He also used to sell the drugs to certain fixed customers,” said the police.


Miscreants snatch gold chain from woman
Chandigarh: Two motorcycle-borne miscreants snatched a gold chain from a woman at Sector 43 on Friday. The police said the snatchers targeted the woman near Shakambri Mata Mandir. The woman, a resident of the same sector, failed to note down the registration number of the motorcycle. A case has been registered at the Sector 36 police station.

Nepali youth commits suicide
Mohali, April 20
The police today found a youth hanging from a tree at Phase VI, Mohali. The deceased has been identified as Nep Bahadur, a resident of Basnat village, Nepal.

One arrested with intoxicating substances
Mohali, April 20
The police has arrested a man and seized intoxicating substances from his possession. Sources said the accused was travelling in a car which he had allegedly stolen from Chandigarh. The police said, the accused, Sunil Kumar, was stopped at a check point near the Verka milk plant and on searching his car, the police found intoxicating substances. The police has registered a case against him. — OC


Yuvi all set to play on home ground
Chandigarh, April 20
Home is where the heart lies and the same was witnessed with local stud Yuvraj Singh, at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium, Mohali, here this evening. Coming back to his hometown, the local cricketer was seen all smiling during the net practice session, at the PCA Stadium. He attended a precise practice session with both bowl and bat.

Geared up for home tie: Yuvraj Singh of Pune Warriors takes part in a net practice session at the PCA stadium in Mohali on Saturday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Goyal sisters take joint lead in chess championship
Chandigarh, April 20
Sisters, Tarini Goyal and Arunima Goyal, took a joint lead of 5½ points each at the end of the 6th round in the ongoing Chandigarh Open Prize Money Chess Championship, being held at St Xaviers Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, today.

Chess matches in progress at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Amit helps CC-17 post victory
Chandigarh, April 20
The soccer team of Coaching Centre, Sector 17 (CC-17), defeated SAI, Panjab University squad, in the finals of a seven-a-side soccer tournament that concluded today evening at the football stadium, Sector 17, Chandigarh.

Seerat, Sabrang register wins in tennis tourney
Panchkula, April 20
Seerat Sidhu defeated Rubani Ahluwalia to lift the title of girls’ category while Sabrang Sandal beat Sahishnu Sharma in the finals of boys’ category, on the concluding day of Manav Mangal School-Ideal Tennis Tournament. Earlier, in the semifinal match of girls’ category, Seerat defeated Harleen Kaur 6-1, 6-2 and Rubani faced some resistance from Aastha Malhotra before registering a 6-4, 4-6 and 6-4 win. — TNS


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