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HC stays framing of charges
Chandigarh, May 1
Seeking a status report from the police in the Jyoti murder case, allegedly involving Himachal Pradesh MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered a stay on the framing of charges by the trial court.

Jyoti murder case
Crucial documents missing again
Panchkula, May 1
The documents filed by the Panchkula police in the Jyoti murder case against Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary again have some missing contents. The defense counsel pointed out that they had not provided them with the CDs of the transcripts and tower locations.


Lease money
Court questions Golf Club
Chandigarh, May 1
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today verbally questioned the Golf Club on the issue of paying the lease amount. Dubbing it as a rich club, a Division Bench of the High Court minced no words in saying that the lease money was not being paid by the club, while it was spending lakhs of rupees on elections and lavish parties.

Police fails to upload details of officers’ movable assets
Chandigarh, May 1
The UT police today uploaded the details of immovable assets of police officers on its website. However, the details of movable assets like cars and jewellery have not been uploaded, raising a question mark over the entire exercise.

Employees stand outside the SBI building in Sector 17, Chandigarh, following the tremors on Wednesday. Residents panic as 3 tremors jolt tricity
Chandigarh, May 1
Three tremors rocked the tricity this afternoon, causing panic among residents. The tremors were felt between noon and 3 pm, and lasted seven seconds. There was no report of any loss of life or damage to property.
Employees stand outside the SBI building in Sector 17, Chandigarh, following the tremors on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Obliging a constable lands drunk driver in trouble
Chandigarh, May 1
A drunk truck driver found himself in trouble last night when he followed the "verbal orders" of a constable to load eight traffic police barricades in his Tata mini-truck and drop these on the Ambala road. He was taken as a thief, questioned by the police and let off only after he "spilled the beans". He caught the attention of a passerby, who called the police. He was intercepted at a roundabout separating Sectors 29 and 30.

Schools chip in to ease traffic congestion
Chandigarh, May 1
While parents seem to have "surrendered" to the chaos outside schools during the peak hours as they jostle for space every time they go to drop and pick up their children, some schools in the tricity have come up with solutions to the traffic problem.


In a Tangle: Status Report
Some impact, but there is still a long way to go
Following a series of reports by Chandigarh Tribune, the police and several educational institutions have taken cognisance of the traffic chaos outside the school premises while some institutes seem to have ignored it. Our reporters do a reality check.

The space outside strawberry school being used as a parking lot in Sector 26, Chandigarh.

The space outside strawberry school being used as a parking lot in Sector 26, Chandigarh. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Fire breaks out at Sector 23 store
A worker looks at the charred remains after a fire broke out at a shop in Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.Chandigarh, May 1
A fire broke out at a store-cum-shop in Sector 23-C today afternoon. The incident took place at the top floor of SCF No. 54. Goods were destroyed in the fire. However, no casualty was reported in the incident.

A worker looks at the charred remains after a fire broke out at a shop in Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Anti-encroachment drive
Challans issued to 165 violators
Chandigarh, May 1
In a special anti-encroachment drive, the enforcement wing of the Municipal Corporation today removed encroachments from various markets of the city and issued challans to 165 violators.

Air Commodore takes charge
Chandigarh, May 1 Air Commodore SK Indoria took over as 28th Air Officer Commanding (AOC), 12 Wing, here today. Prior to assuming this appointment, he was serving as the Principal Director Operations, (Transport and Helicopters) at Air Headquarters, overseeing the functioning of the IAF’s transport fleet.

Govt promotes pentavalent vaccine, but parents wary of it
Chandigarh, May 1
While the Central Government has been laying special emphasis on the immunisation of children with the pentavalent vaccine, the death of a six-week-old baby within 16 hours of administration of the Easyfive pentavalent vaccine at the PGI has made parents wary of it.

Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary
2.5-km area to be declared eco-sensitive
Chandigarh, May 1
In a significant development, the UT Administration today agreed to reduce the stretch of the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) around the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary to less than 2.5 km.

8 constables promoted
Chandigarh, May 1
The Inspector-General of Police, Chandigarh, today granted ORP (on rank and pay) promotion as head constable to eight constables (wireless operators) having 25 years of service and unblemished record.

Employees of a contrator remove a temporary wine shop at the Industrial Area, Phase II, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. 38 liquor vends removed from city
Chandigarh, May 1
As many as 38 temporary prefabricated liquor vends set up by the roadside in the city were removed by the owners here. On the directions of Punjab and Haryana High Court the authorities instructed the vendors of the temporary pre-fabricated vends to shut down.

Employees of a contrator remove a temporary wine shop at the Industrial Area, Phase II, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

ATM machine theft
Bigger amount was deposited
Panchkula, May 1
In an interesting revelation, it came to the fore that the company that had transferred Rs 10 lakhs a day to the ATM machine, before the complete ATM machine was taken away by the miscreants, had actually taken Rs 1.08 crore the same day, to put it in various ATMs of State Bank of India (SBI). The police is now interrogating the bank staff and the companies that were dealing with the ATM.

complaint against CIA
Jewellers take a U-turn
Panchkula, May 1
The jewellers who had complained to the Haryana DGP against the Panchkula Crime Investigating Agency (CIA) for allegedly involving them in fake cases, submitted an affidavit to the Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), took a U-turn by saying that they had given a false complaint.

Labour Day special
PGI security guards paid less, feel exploited
Chandigarh, May 1
Security guards deputed at PGI’s public parking are harassed a lot, as despite working over 12-hours a day, these guards are being underpaid and denied the benefits of Provident Fund and ESI. The issue, however, does not seem to have caught the attention of the authorities.These guards are being exploited for last so many months. Their salaries range between Rs 4000 and Rs 4500 pm against their hectic job

PGI scientists find Brahmi effective in improving memory in mice
Chandigarh, May 1
While Brahmi has been cited in ancient Indian medical literature as a prominent herb useful for memory-related problems, it had long been lacking acknowledgement in modern literature, making it difficult for the world to accept its value until any pre-clinical (animal testing) or clinical (human) testing is carried out.

Artistes stage a play, “The Last Tale”, sponsored by The Tribune, at the Rock Garden in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Play tries to break social stereotypes
Chandigarh, May 1
A play, "The Last Tale", was staged at the Rock Garden today. It was directed by Neelam Man Singh.

A TELLING TALE: Artistes stage a play, “The Last Tale”, sponsored by The Tribune, at the Rock Garden in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

snatching incident
Police inaction comes to fore
Mohali, May 1
Inaction of the local police came to the fore when a scooter-borne youth snatched an earring of a woman, leaving her ear badly injured at Phase 3A here today.

Riot victims hold protest march
Mohali, May 1
In protest against the court’s decision of acquitting Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, several riot-victim families, along with activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal, hold a protest march from Gurdwara Amb Sahib, Phase 8, to the Phase 7 Traffic Light Point today afternoon.

GMADA goes hi-tech to check building violations
Mohali, May 1
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is adopting technology to curb building violations in the town.

Panchkula MC POLL
Voting time increased by one hour
Panchkula, May 1
The voting time for polling has been increased by the State Election Commissioner (SEC) by one hour. People will now be allowed to caste their vote till 5 pm instead of 4 pm.


PU launches teacher evaluation system
Chandigarh, May 1
The much awaited teacher evaluation system was finally launched at the Panjab University (PU) today. The development comes as a major relief for students who had long been striving to bring this system into effect.

teachers’ recruitment
UT Education Department fails to amend rules
Chandigarh, May 1
Even as the deadline for the compliance of the RTE act is over, the UT Education Department is still sitting on the required amendments in its recruitment rules for the school cadre.

Student rush
Two more government schools to start double shift
Chandigarh, May 1
The Education Department has decided to start double shift in two more government schools from this month as it is getting difficult for the department to handle the increasing number of students due to the lack of infrastructure as well as implementation of the RTE Act.

Disaster management teams to deliver lectures in 200 schools
Chandigarh, May 1
About 200 city schools have been shortlisted by the National Disaster Management Department, Chandigarh, for organising special earthquake mock drill awareness camps.

Protesting NIPER students hold blood donation camp
NIPER students donate blood in Mohali on Wednesday.Mohali, May 1
Striking students of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) organised a blood donation camp today to press the authorities to accept their demands. Today was the 17th day of the students' protest.

NIPER students donate blood in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photo: parvesh chauhan

Schools get trophies
Chandigarh, May 1
The UT Education Department organised its annual sports prize distribution function at the Tagore Theatre, today.

Students take part in a function to mark the  Labour Day at Asmah School in Mohali on Wednesday.
Students take part in a function to mark the Labour Day at Asmah School in Mohali on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

PU holds photography exhibition
Chandigarh, May 1
A photography exhibition on World Labour Day was held at Panjab University’s Student Centre on Wednesday. The display of art was done by Lucky Kadian and Deepak Arora in collaboration with the Department of Social Work of the university.

from schools
May Day
Chandigarh: The May Day was celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm at St John's High School. A series of activities were organised on the school campus. The day kicked off with a special assembly in which all the grade D employees, including gardeners, sweepers, watchmen, peons and cook were entertained as special guests and honoured with special gifts. There was a great enthusiasm amongst the students, as well, in sweeping the floors, cleaning the washrooms and doing the duties of peon.


Illegal mining continues despite ban
Dera Bassi, May 1
A long judicial stay on the sand mining has caused an increase in the cases of illegal sand mining and has also increased the rates of sand in the market. The police had registered many cases of illegal sand mining and seized loaded trucks and trolleys.


Bribery case
IT official moves court to operate a/c
Chandigarh, May 1
Arrested in a bribe case by the CBI, an income tax official Rakesh Jain today moved an application in court seeking to operate his bank accounts which were sealed by the investigating agency. The court has issued notice to the CBI to file a reply on May 6.


Three women injured in accidents in city
Chandigarh, May 1
Three women were injured in separate accidents in the city today. In the first incident, Pinki, a resident of Kaimbwala village, said she got injured after the driver of a car (no. CH-03U-0991) hit her Kinetic scooter (no. CH-01-R-0222) near Sector 10 and 11 roundabout. The police has registered a case of causing hurt due to rash and negligent driving under Sections 279, 337 of the IPC at Sector 11 Police Station.

Man duped of Rs 65,000
Chandigarh, May 1
A resident of Fatehpur village in Mansa, Punjab, was duped of Rs 65,000 by a person who introduced himself as the general manager in the Ambala Railways. The fraudster took the money from him on the pretext of providing job to his son and fled.

Three thefts, 2 snatching cases reported from UT
Chandigarh, May 1
Two incidents of snatching and three cases of thefts were reported from the city today.

Couple booked for attempting to murder landlady
Mohali, May 1
A couple has been booked for attempting to murder their landlady here today.

Man in police net for raping widow
Mohali, May 1
The police today booked a person for raping a woman with whom he had an affair for a long time. He raped the woman for around three years on the pretext of marrying her.


ITF Men’s tennis tourney
Vishnu, Arun register win in doubles
Vishnu Vardhan in action during a doubles match at the CLTA, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Chandigarh, May 1
The match was believed to be a one-sided affair in the scorching heat this afternoon, before Lakshit Sood and Abhijeet Tiwari stretched it to a tie-breaker against the top seed Vishnu Vardhan and Arun Prakash Rajagopalan, during the doubles match of the ongoing ITF Men's Futures $-15,000 Tennis Tournament, at CLTA here today.

Vishnu Vardhan in action during a doubles match at the CLTA, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

The AC lounge at the CLTA, Sector 10, Chandigarh, wears a deserted look. CLTA wears a deserted look
Chandigarh, May 1
The Rs 12 lakh bullet proof-structure at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) tennis court in Sector 10 is turning out to be a no man’s land these days.

The AC lounge at the CLTA, Sector 10, Chandigarh, wears a deserted look. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Sportspersons to be honoured on May 7
Chandigarh, May 1
The Chandigarh Sports Council will organise a felicitation function to honour the local players who brought laurels at the national level tournaments, on May 7 at 3 pm at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, here.

City football team makes it to semis of Manchester Soccer Cup
Chandigarh, May 1
The Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) team brought laurels after booking a semifinal berth in the ongoing pre-league of the Manchester soccer cup for the  north zone.

Hockey stadium at Mohali completed
Mohali , May 1
The work on a world-class hockey stadium, built at a cost of Rs 50 crore, has been completed in Phase IX, here. It will have a blue synthetic astroturf as in a hockey stadium in London. Deputy Commissioner, Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said that the new stadium, situated in front of the PCA stadium, was spread over 12 acres and had hi-tech facilities.

TT meet from May 4
Mohali, May 1
The Millennium School, Mohali, will organise the Inter-School Table Tennis Championship on May 4 and 5, in the school’s table tennis hall, here. The event will be conducted in the categories for both boys and girls.


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