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Bansal makes quiet entry into city
Chandigarh, May 11
Former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal talks to mediapersons after arriving from Delhi at his residence in Sector 28, Chandigarh, on Saturday. A day after resigning from the Union Cabinet, former Union Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and local Member of Parliament (MP) returned to the city in a private vehicle without the red beacon atop and any police escort in tow.

Former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal talks to mediapersons after arriving from Delhi at his residence in Sector 28, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Jewellery, watches worth Rs 25 lakh stolen from store
Chandigarh, May 11
Jewellery and watches worth Rs 25 lakh was stolen from a jewellery store in Sector 7, Madhya Marg, on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. Thieves entered Maya Jewels after breaking open the roof of the shop and managed to steal silver jewellery and watches lying in the store. Fortunately, gold and diamond ornaments, which were kept in coffers, were not stolen.


Panchkula admn
26 govt servants booked for claiming HRA fraudulently
Panchkula, May 11
At least 26 government servants in various departments in Panchkula administration have been booked under Section 420 of the IPC (cheating and dishonesty) by the Panchkula Police for fraudulently claiming house rent allowance (HRA).The officials belong to the office of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), Sector 6, office of Director-General of Police (DGP), Electricity Department, Civil Surgeon’s office and the CID Department.


Patil seeks report card of MC panels
Chandigarh, May 11
The UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil has sought the ‘report card’ of the nine sub-committees of Municipal Corporation before approving the names of committee members. Recently, Mayor Subhash Chawla had forwarded names of committee members for the Administrator’s approval, but Patil, instead, directed the MC to provide the last year’s performance report of these committees.

Showers bring relief from scorching heat
After the sweltering heat, there was hailstorm followed by light showers bringing down the mercury in the City Beautiful on Saturday. Chandigarh, May 11
The city woke up to a cloudy morning and showers, which brought smiles to residents’ faces and provided them relief from the scorching heat. The city recorded a rainfall of 15 mm today with the maximum temperature of 33.1 degree Celsius as compared to yesterday’s 41.6 degree Celsius, an official of the Meteorological Department said.

Cooling effect: After the sweltering heat, there was hailstorm followed by light showers bringing down the mercury in the City Beautiful on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Panchkula MC poll: Political parties start canvassing
Panchkula, May 11
With the declaration of the date of the Municipal Corporation elections in Panchkula, political parties have started the informal canvassing. Abhay Chautala, son of INLD Chief Om Prakash Chautala, was also in the town to preside over the meeting of his party workers regarding the elections at the Chaudhary Complex, Sector 12, Panchkula.

Bedi welcomes apex court’s directive on ensuring autonomy of CBI
Mohali, May 11
The July 10 deadline set by the Supreme Court for the government to act in the direction of enhancing functional autonomy of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is a welcome step. India’s first woman IPS officer Dr Kiran Bedi made this statement while inaugurating a scholarship fair at Aryans Group of Colleges here today.

Kiran Bedi along with winners of a debate competition on women empowerment at Anee's School in Kharar on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Celebrating Mother’s Day a special way...
Chandigarh, May 11
For 11-year-old Jyotika Arora and her 40-year-old mother Rumkan Arora, the outlook towards life may not be the same due to the generation gap. The same spirit of celebrations, however, runs through both of them this Mother’s Day, as they plan to gift their mothers a mammography test to detect breast cancer.

Raising their demands
: Employees of the Chandigarh Housing Board take out a candlelight march to protest against the delay in implementation of the pension scheme at the Sector 17 Plaza in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Cultural evening marks foundation day of C-DAC
Mohali, May 11
The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Mohali, celebrated its 25th foundation day yesterday. Started as the Centre for Electronics Design and Technology (CEDT) here on May 10, 1989, under the Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India, it merged with C-DAC in December 2002, becoming one of the leading IT organisations of North India. It is currently a scientific society of the Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Railways moots special trains to clear vacation rush
Chandigarh, May 11
Taking into account the long waiting list of passengers for all the trains plying from Chandigarh and Ambala during the summer vacation, the railway authorities are mooting special trains for the region. The Railways officials said that after May 20 all the trains plying from the region have a long waiting list. After monitoring the demand, a proposal mentioning the number of special trains needed to meet the heavy rush would be chalked out, they said.

Ghosh enthralls city audience
Chandigarh, May 11

Classical artist, Subhash Chander Ghosh, a foremost disciple of Padmavibhushan Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Saheb, held the audience spellbound with his recital of Sarasvani here today at Bhaskar Rao indoor auditorium.

Traffic violations
Mohali admn to install CCTV cameras
Mohali, May 11
To check the growing number of accidents and traffic violations, the Mohali administration has decided to install closed-circuit television cameras at traffic light points, busy chowks and sensitive points. The decision was taken during a meeting between Mohali Deputy Commissioner Tajinder Singh Sidhu and the Senior Superintendent of Police, Gurpreet Singh Bhullar.

Aam Aadmi Party holds protest
Chandigarh, May 11
Members of the Aam Aadmi Party today staged a protest in Sector 27 and demanded that the CBI should arrest former Union Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. Party workers were protesting along with a goat and an artificial parrot. The party workers said they were protesting along with a goat and a parrot because yesterday Bansal performed a puja at his Delhi residence and fed a goat brought specially to ward off bad luck.

Members of the Aam Aadmi Party hold a protest in Sector 27, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


Private schools ‘tight-lipped’ over EWS seats in city
Chandigarh, May 11
Even as the local district education office is sleeping over the plight of the EWS parents, a senior official of the Chandigarh Administration, SK Setia, apprised the local education department of the problems being faced by these poor parents at the hand of the private schools in the city.

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Mother’s Day celebrated across tricity
Shishu Niketan Model Sr Sec School-22
The students of Shishu Niketan Model Sr Sec School, Sector 22, Chandigarh, put up a scintillating cultural show to celebrate Mother’s Day with the residents of Senior Citizen Home, Sector15, Chandigarh. Children sang songs dedicated to mothers. Senior citizens also took part in the programme and danced with them.

UT schools
Over 80 service disputes in 5 years
Chandigarh, May 11
The relationship between staff and private school authorities does not seem to be as cordial as it seems in the UT. As per a recent survey by the local education department, as many as 80 cases of the service dispute between both teaching and non-teaching staff and management of the private schools in UT were filed in different courts in the city in the past five years. Most of these cases are still under litigation in the Labour Court, District Courts and High Court.

St Anne’s snaps ties with shopkeeper
Chandigarh, May 11
St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32, swung in to action and snapped dealings with the shopkeeper in Sector 20 a day after parents raised objections against that shopkeeper for selling track suits at higher rates. Moreover, it was also not conducive for summer wear. They also questioned the school authorities for recommending that shop for the tracksuit. Clarifying that stand today, the school authorities said the shopkeeper cheated the school by not only inflating the price of the track suit but also offering the stuff other than what it was approved by them.

700 students take part in painting contest
Mohali, May 11
A painting-cum-poster making contest on the ill-effects of tobacco was organised by the Generation Saviour Association at Shivalik Public School here recently.



Congress workers disrupt traffic
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 11
Hundreds of Congress workers led by MLA Kuljeet Singh Nagra today disrupted the traffic for hours on the Sirhind-Patiala road in protest against the arbitrary orders issued by the Block Development and Panchyat Officer (BDPO), Sirhind, to stop the ongoing work under MNREGA in certain villages. Officials from the district administration and the police assured the protesters that the orders would be withdrawn.

One killed in road accident
Dera Bassi, May 11
A person was killed in a road accident near Lalru today. The deceased has been identified as Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Slanajeevan Singh Wala, Fatehgarh Sahib district. As per information, the accident took place when the victim was standing near the National Highway at Jharmari Barrier after getting the clearance receipt from the barrier authorities and a motorcycle hit him.

Kaushalya Dam: Ex-MLA seeks water for Pinjore, Kalka
Kalka, May 11
State Congress General Secretary and former MLA Satinder Rana has demanded that water from the newly constructed Kaushalya Dam must be provided to Kalka and Pinjore instead of Panchkula.

200 delegates attend symposium
Ropar, May 11
A symposium on the theme “Management of Experimental Animals and Alternatives” was organised at the Amar Shaheed Baba Ajit Singh Jujhar Singh Memorial College of Pharmacy, Bela, near here, today.

Man found dead
Dera Bassi, May 11
A dead body of a factory worker was found from near Jharmal choe today. The victim has been identified as Jaswinder Singh (22), a resident of Lalru. He was employed at a private factory.


Imposter held for threatening builder
Zirakpur, May 11
The police arrested a Bangalore-based chartered accountant for threatening a Zirakpur-based builder on phone while posing as the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Income Tax, posted in Mumbai.

Proclaimed offender nabbed after 26 years in forgery case
Mohali, May 11
Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, sleuths nabbed a proclaimed offender (PO) in a forgery case after a span of 26 years, here today. The accused, identified as Harmail Singh, had taken a loan of Rs 2.20 lakh from Punjab Financial Corporation in 1986 after submitting forged documents related to a piece of land here.

Man held for running illegal PG services
Chandigarh, May 11
A Sector 20-based house owner has been booked by the UT police for illegally running a paying guest (PG) services at his residence. The police said Ram Pal, the owner of House No 666, Sector 20-A, had been booked for using his house as a PG accommodation without the permission of the Deputy Commissioner office. “By running the PG services illegally, the house owner has disobeyed the DC’s orders,” said a police official.

Akali leader booked for thrashing transporter
Mohali, May 11
The local police has booked Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhwinder Singh Shindi, along with some other persons, for thrashing a local transporter and threatening him by brandishing a pistol last night.

Fake doctor arrested
Panchkula, May 11
The police has arrested a fake doctor at Kherawali village near Pinjore. The accused, identified as Dr Sukhdev Singh, was running a clinic for the past many years in the village. It was after a patient filed a complaint against Singh with the drug inspector, that the latter conducted a raid and booked the ‘doctor’.

Youth dies in accident
Panchkula, May 11 A 26-year-old youth died while three others were injured after the tractor in which they were travelling fell into a 25-feet deep gorge near Morni T-point here this evening.

Pedestrians die in mishaps
Chandigarh, May 11
Two pedestrians lost their lives after being hit by unidentified vehicles in separate incidents.


Cricket buffs throng PCA stadium
Mohali, May 11
Afternoon’s thunderstorm gave the jitters to local cricket buffs but a splendid performance by Patiala lad Sandeep Singh, making his debut for Kings XI Punjab, and Parthiv Patel, for the Sunrise Hyderabad side, made the crowd forget the threat of the match getting cancelled due to the rain earlier today.

Supporters of Kings XI Punjab in a dejected mood at the PCA Stadium in Mohali
Anxious moments
: Supporters of Kings XI Punjab in a dejected mood at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Saturday. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari

Haryana grapplers win top honours
Women wrestlers in action during the wrestling championship at the Skating Rink in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Chandigarh, May 11
Eves from Haryana continue to bag top honours during the ongoing 32nd Boys Freestyle and Greco-Roman and 15th Female Junior National Wrestling Championships being held at the Skating Rink in Sector 10 here.
Haryana girls made a clean sweep by claiming all the three gold medals at stake on Saturday evening. Mamta (45 kg), Lalita (55 kg) and Seema (67 kg) emerged victorious in their respective categories. In the 48 kg final, Mamta outplayed Indu Tomar of Uttar Pradesh while Lalita prevailed over Indu, also of Haryana, in the 55 kg class.

Women wrestlers in action during the wrestling championship at the Skating Rink in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

11 held for betting on IPL in Panchkula
Panchkula, May 11
With the IPL matches going on, the bookies were also found active in the city. The Panchkula police has nabbed 11 persons who were found betting at the IPL matches and dealing in lakhs of rupees.


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