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Thunderstorm brings relief, misery
Chandigarh, June 6
Unexpected rain accompanied by a fierce storm hit the tricity and nearby areas this evening. Though the rain brought the much-needed relief from the sweltering heat to residents, it also caused inconvenience to them.

A waterlogged road in Sector 34 after rain on Thursday.
A waterlogged road in Sector 34 after rain on Thursday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari


Power supply disrupted
Chandigarh, June 6
Rain accompanied by high-speed winds resulted in the disruption in power supply to various parts of the city today. Besides, several city residents faced power cuts ranging between eight and nine hours due to a major fault in the supply lines from Mohali and Nalagarh.

Himalayan Queen passengers wait for the train to leave from the Chandigarh railway station after it got delayed on Thursday. Trains delayed, flights hit
Chandigarh, June 6
Rail traffic at the Chandigarh railway station was disrupted for more than two hours this evening after an overhead electricity wire on the Ghaggar-Dhappar stretch of the track snapped due to a thunderstorm. Hundreds of passengers at the station were clueless about the delay in trains as the railway authorities did not bother to inform them about the reason by making an announcement.

Himalayan Queen passengers wait for the train to leave from the Chandigarh railway station after it got delayed on Thursday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Blood donors upset as PGI fails to maintain records
Chandigarh, June 6
The failure of the PGI in maintaining proper records of donors at the blood bank has left a number of donors disappointed. While the PGI has been organising special programmes for felicitating its regular donors for the past many years, it has missed out on maintaining the donation records of many others. Owing to the lack of a proper mechanism for recording the donor entries, a donor found the record of only 12 donations despite having donating blood 30 times. Another donor was not issued a master card despite having donated blood 16 times. These donors have not been felicitated and are yet to get the benefits which PGI regular blood donors are entitled to. Sample this: A regular blood donor at the PGI, Rajiv Gupta (name changed), who, in the past 25 years, has donated blood 30 times at various blood donation camps organised by the PGI, was surprised to find his records missing from the blood bank.


Maid Suicide Case
Autopsy report rules out foul play
Panchkula, June 6
As the postmortem report had confirmed that no internal and external marks were found on the minor girl's body, who was found hanging at a house of her employer in Sector 11, here, the local police believed that it was a case of suicide. The Panchkula Commissioner, Rajbir Deswal said that prima facie it was a suicide case. “But we are probing from all the angles, as the family has been alleging that her employers had murdered the girl, who was working in the house as a maid.”

Late-night power snag hits PGI research blocks
Chandigarh, June 6
The research blocks at PGI, that house the test samples of numerous patients, remained without power for nearly 45 minutes late yesterday night due to power failure caused by overloading. The residential campus was also affected when the power went off at around 11.30 pm on Wednesday, leading to a blackout near Research Blocks A and B and the residential area, with street lights too becoming non-functional.

A view of Research Block B at the PGI in Chandigarh. A file photo

Samjhauta Express blasts
Accused denied B-class facilities in Ambala jail
Panchkula, June 6
The Haryana Police today opposed Aseemanand's plea in the court for providing him class B facilities in the jail. Aseemanand is the key accused in the Samjhauta express blast case. The plea was opposed on the ground that Aseemanand, the prime accused in the case, has committed a heinous crime against the state, so he should not be given class-B facilities in Ambala jail, where he has been put up currently.

: Children play in rain under dark clouds at Sector 42 in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Total Chaos
: A traffic jam at Dera Bassi on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway. Residents have been demanding the construction of a flyover at Dera Bassi to ease traffic. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

Diarrhoea cases on the rise in Panchkula
Panchkula, June 6
Diarrhoea cases are on the rise due to the prevailing unhygienic conditions in the local slums and the rising mercury in the region. According to the staff of General Hospital, Sector 6, around 25 patients, suffering from the disease, are being admitted everyday in the hospital.

Mohali SSP elevated to IPS cadre
Mohali, June 6
Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar has been elevated to the IPS cadre, by the Selection Committee of the Union Public Service Commission, in its meeting at New Delhi here today. Around 15 Punjab Police Service (PPS) officials have been elevated to the IPS cadre in the meeting.

CTU staff demand new buses
Chandigarh, June 6
Employees of Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) today protested against policies of the UT Administration. The employees alleged the authorities were not utilising the grant of Rs 113 crore released by the Centre for the transport department to buy new buses.

Public lecture at PGI today
Chandigarh, June 6
In view of lacking awareness among the public about problems related to bones and joints, the PGI will organise a public lecture on the subject tomorrow. Dr Rajindra Kanojia of orthopaedics department will deliver the ninth public lecture in the Golden Jubilee Public Lecture Series at 12.30 pm on the ground floor of new OPD block. — TNS


NEET state ranking list creates confusion
Chandigarh, June 6
Confusion is far from over in the first-ever National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, the results of which were declared yesterday. The state ranking list, released separately for each state on the basis of the NEET results, seems to be inflated since it has even those students who are not eligible for admission to those states.

The sale of prospectus begins at DAV College, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

From colleges
Tentative schedule
Panjab University has issued the tentative schedule for the submission of online application forms for admission to the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), Chandigarh, Hoshiarpur and UIL, Ludhiana, for BA/BCom-LLB (Hons) five-year integrated course. Online admission forms for this course would be available from June 11 on the website http://uglaw.puchd.ac.in. The qualifying candidates of the entrance exam (undergraduate law) of 2013 can apply from June 11 to June 30. The last date for the submission of hard copy of admission forms and documents to the coordinator, admission, would be July 5 till 5 PM.

UICET to get Rs 10 crore for quality improvement
Chandigarh, June 6
Dr SS Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University (UICET), has been selected for the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP-II) as per which the department will get a sum of Rs 10 crore.

Online BCom admissions: PU to include evening studies dept
Chandigarh, June 6
Panjab University (PU) is going to include its Evening Studies Department in the online centralised admission process for Bachelors in Commerce (BCom) from this year. The process, which will include only the city colleges this time, will begin from June 8. Till last year, admission to the colleges of Ludhiana was also centralised. However, the university decided to restrict it to the city colleges only.

Admission process begins in colleges
Chandigarh, June 6
The process of admission to various courses, including BBA, BCA, BSc (Medical) and BSc (Non-Medical), offered by government colleges of the city started today. Around 500 prospectus copies were sold at Government College for Girls, Sector 11, 470 at Government College for Boys, Sector 11, 38 copies at Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, 200 each at Government College for Girls, Sector 42, and Government College, Sector 46.

Panchkula school holds still photography workshop
Chandigarh, June 6
Hallmark Public School, Panchkula, organised a four-day still photography workshop. It was conducted by experts from Bolly-perform on the school premises.

Belgium varsity scholarship for 8 CGC students
Mohali, June 6
Eight students of the Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC), Jhanjeri, Mohali district, have been selected for the ASEM-DUO scholarship from Howest University College, Belgium, for pursuing MBA.


Rs 43 crore approved for water supply, sewerage
Dera Bassi, June 6
The Punjab Government has approved Rs 43 crore for the provision of 100 per cent water supply and sewerage coverage in the emerging cities, including Derabassi, Lalru, Zirakpur and Banur in the current year, as an initial step to provide world class civic infrastructure there. This was disclosed this here today, by NK Sharma, chief parliamentary secretary industries and commerce.

Deputy Commissioner inspects mining sites
Dera Bassi, June 6
The Deputy Commissioner of Mohali, Tejinderpal Singh Sidhu, inspected the mining sites to ensure the stoppage of illegal sand mining and see check the stability in the prices of sand and gravel could be brought. He visited the Ghaggar river and other areas of Dera Bassi to create the new mining areas in the near future.

Bhupindra school students excel in NEET
Patiala, June 6
Bhupindra International Public School (BIPS), Patiala, students excelled in the first-ever NEET, which will help students in getting admissions to medical colleges of India. Nishant Aggarwal of BIPS has secured ninth rank in all-India in the NEET. He has attained second place in Punjab in the same. He had secured 92 per cent in the CBSE Class XII examinations. Nishant has been selected for an international Olympiad to be held in Spain. He is currently taking training at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai.

Ropar lad 46th
Ropar, June 6
Anmol Kanwar, a student of Saint Soldier Divine Public School, Naya Nangal, has secured all-India rank of 46 in the NEET-2013, conducted by the CBSE for admission to MBBS course in India. Anmol secured the first and second ranks in the state quota for Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, respectively. He is also ranked ninth in Punjab. Anmol has also achieved the distinction of being first in the CBSE Class XII (medical stream) exams in the Panchkula zone by securing 97.2 per cent. — TNS

Heat stroke claims man’s life
Banur, June 6
An unidentified person died due to heat stroke. The body had been lying in Civil Hospital, Rajpura for the 72 hours for the purpose of identification. As per information the victim was walking on road and then stopped at a tea shop. Suddenly, he fell down in the tea shop and was found dead, later. Police said that person died due to the heat of summer. Victim seems to be around 40-year-old and wore a pant shirt.


No progress in cyber slur case
Chandigarh, June 6
Over nine months after the UT police received much flak for registration of a case against a 22-year-old girl for using abusive language against the police on Facebook, the case is still hanging fire, with the police investigations leading nowhere and the second accused still beyond the reach of the department.

5 yrs on, trial set to begin
Chandigarh, June 6
Five years after a UT police Sub-Inspector was booked in a corruption case by the CBI, the trial in the case is soon to begin in the CBI court with charges framed against SI Sanjiv Kumar and two others today.

CBI court likely to decide on closure report today
Chandigarh, June 6
The CBI court is likely to pronounce orders in the theme park case tomorrow on whether the closure report will be accepted by it. CBI Special Judge Vimal Kumar today after hearing arguments on the closure report in the infamous theme-cum-amusement park case adjourned the case for tomorrow.


Two cousins killed in road mishap on Zirakpur flyover
Mohali, June 6
Two cousins, both in their early 20s, died when their motorcycle was hit by a car on the Zirakpur flyover last night. The victims, Inderjit Singh, a resident of Basantpur village and his cousin Manpreet Singh from Chhat village, were on their way to Panchkula, when a black Honda car, bearing registration number CH54T-2636, hit their motorcycle (HR01T 2832) from rear. Manpreet's father Satnam Singh was also with them on the other motorcycle.

Youth held for raping minor
Mohali, June 6
The Mohali police today arrested a youth on the charge of raping a seven-year-old girl at Gobind Nagar, Naya Gaon. Senior Superintendent of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the accused, Sanjiv (21), a resident of Sector 15, Chandigarh, hailed from Uttar Pradesh.

Physical assault case
INLD candidate, 3 supporters in custody of Panchkula police
A shattered windowpane of Subhash Nishad’s car in Panchkula on Thursday. Panchkula, June 6
Following an attack on five persons, the local police arrested Subhash Nishad, an Indian National Lok Dal candidate who recently lost the Panchkula MC elections, and his three supporters last night. Nishad, who along with his supporters, was remanded for one day under police custody by court today, claimed that he was falsely implicated in the case.

A shattered windowpane of Subhash Nishad’s car in Panchkula on Thursday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Driver, conductor held with 10,160 pirated CDs
Zirakpur, June 6
The police has arrested a driver and a conductor of the Himachal Roadways bus and seized 10,160 pirated CDs from their custody. Two other accused had also been booked in this case. The police conducted a search in the bus near Zirakpur. During the search, the CDs were seized from the custody of the driver and the conductor. A case has been registered. — OC


Children allowed to use school ground
Chandigarh, June 6
If the tall claims and upcoming project of opening up 26 school grounds for the "gully" players were not enough, here comes another project by the UT Administration in collaboration with the Municipal Corporation.

City team overcome Partap Cricket Academy in title clash
Chandigarh, June 6
Chandigarh Cricket Association (CCA), affiliated to the Haryana Cricket Association, lifted the CCA Cup Cricket Tournament for Boys( U-14) after defeating Partap Cricket Academy, Sonepat, in the final match of the tournament at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, Chandigarh, today.

Players of the Chandigarh Cricket Association team in a jubilant mood after winning the CCA Cup Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-14) in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

HDFC Bank trounce Akzonobel by 8 wickets
Chandigarh, June 6
In the ongoing CII Corporate Cup, HDFC bank defeated Akzonobel by 8 wickets. The match was played at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, today. Batting first, Akzonobel scored 124-runs in 20 overs. Vikas contributed 27 off 37 balls while Sushil Kumar scored 21 off 15 balls. Bharat Singh claimed two wickets for 19. In reply, the HDFC side achieved the target in the 11th over with Barinder Singh scoring a quick fire 66 off 32 balls with nine fours and four sixes. He was equally supported by Gaurav Jaswal, who scored 39 off 27 balls. Sanjeev Guleria claimed one wicket for 5 while Sushil Kumar claimed 1 for 35.

PCA reviews functioning of coaching centres
Chandigarh, June 6
In an effort to streamline the functioning of the regional coaching centres of the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) at various district head quarters, a meeting of the district secretaries was held at the PCA Cricket Stadium, Mohali, today.

Chandigarh outplay Punjab, lift ball badminton trophy
The local women’s team, which won the North Zone Ball Badminton Championship, in Chandigarh on Thursday. Chandigarh, June 6
The local ball badminton team won the North Zone Ball Badminton Championship, held at MD University, Rohtak. A total of 16 teams participated in the championship. In the men’s final, the local team defeated Punjab 24-19,29-16,29-28, while in women’s final, the local team defeated Haryana 29-21 and 29-20.

The local women’s team, which won the North Zone Ball Badminton Championship, in Chandigarh on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Training course
Chandigarh, June 6
International Tennis Federation (ITF) tutor Kawaljeet Singh participated in a 12-day beginners and intermediate player’s course, hosted by the Lao Tennis Federation (LTF) in association with the National Olympic Committee of Lao. The LTF selected 13 candidates from different provinces of Lao to attend 76.5 hours course. — TNS


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