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Accused escapes, held
Chandigarh, June 26
In an embarrassment to the police, an accused arrested in a theft case yesterday escaped from police custody while he was brought to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital in Sector 16 for a medical examination today. The accused, Maharana Kumar Singh, was later arrested from Panchkula in the evening and has been booked in a separate case of escape from police custody.

Cobwebs on cashew nuts meant for Haryana CM
Panchkula, June 26
Cashew nuts meant for Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was here to preside over a function for the physically challenged at Sector 12 A, were found to be covered with cobwebs. The major goof came to light when the officials of the Health Department took the samples of the cashew nuts before the CM could taste them.

Panchkula SDM RK Singh and other officials take samples from Anupam Sweets in Sector 11, Panchkula, on Wednesday. Panchkula SDM RK Singh and other officials take samples from Anupam Sweets in Sector 11, Panchkula, on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph



Fissures in Chandigarh Cong come to the fore
Chandigarh, June 26
In a major political upheaval in the local Congress, city Mayor Subhash Chawla was today accused of allegedly forming his own group against former Union Railway Minister and local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal. These allegations have been levelled against Chawla by none other than a councillor from his own Congress party. It is for the first time in the history of the Municipal Corporation (MC) that a councillor has written to the Mayor levelling such allegations.

Now, pay Rs 5 for first 4 hrs at Sector 17 parking
Chandigarh, June 26
The Municipal Corporation today approved Rs 5 parking fee for the first four hours at the paid parking lot in Sector 17. The visitors would have to shell out additional Rs 5 per hour for the subsequent hours.


900 stranded pilgrims reach city
Chandigarh, June 26
We have got a second birth. These were the repeated words of several survivors who were brought back from Rishikesh on the Punjab Roadways and PRTC buses to the Sector 43 ISBT today. Over 900 pilgrims, rescued from Hem Kund Sahib and other places, reached Chandigarh today. From there, they were sent to different parts of Punjab through free transportation facility arranged by the Punjab government.

A child from Amritsar, Aarshdeep, cries in pain due to an injury he suffered while escaping from Gobind Dam; and (right) rescued pilgrims meet their relatives at the Sector 43 ISBT in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu

Won over death, but lost loved ones
Chandigarh, June 26
On the one hand there are those who battled with death to be reunited with their families after being rescued from Uttarakhand, there are, on the other hand, a few for whom life has lost its meaning despite being rescued. While one of them cries out loud calling his 10-year-old daughter’s name, another bangs his head on ground with grief as the sight of his wife and children being washed away haunts him.

Doctors from a Panchkula-based NGO tend to a patient, who lost his entire family in floods, at a relief camp in Dehradun. A Tribune photograph

80 Ambala residents still stuck in Kedarnath, four missing
Ambala, June 26
As many as 80 pilgrims from Ambala are still stranded at Kedarnath and Badrinath, while four persons are reported to be missing. A driver, Jasvinder Saini, a resident of Sahzadpur, had driven four members of two families to Badrinath. While both the families, of Gopal Pandit and Mangat Ram, have returned, there is no clue about Saini’s whereabouts.

Traders of the Sector 22 market load relief material on a truck in Chandigarh; and (right) Tajinder Pal Singh Sidhu, Mohali Deputy Commissioner, oversees the dispatch of material at Phase VI in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan and Vicky Gharu

Sangla officials showed no compassion: Survivor
Chandigarh, June 26
The rescue operation in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, which was also hit by landslide last week, has come under criticism. A Chandigarh resident, Rajiv Gandhi, who returned after being stranded with his family near Sangla Valley for over five days, said that even in the hour of crisis, the evacuation process at tourist camps in Kinnaur district was marred with favouritism and mismanagement.

Striking their best pose
: Models during a fashion parade at the Elante mall in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

DC receives Rs 7 lakh in donations
Chandigarh, June 26
The Deputy Commissioner office has received over Rs 7 lakh in form of donations for the flood victims from the city residents in response to a pubic appeal made by the DC.

Panchayat poll
3,356 candidates in fray in Mohali
Mohali, June 26
As many as 3,356 candidates are in a fray in the Mohali district for elections of the gram panchayat which are scheduled to be held on July 3. District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu, said here today that as many as 6,774 candidates had filed their nomination papers from three blocks of the district.

No seats for disabled children
Panchkula, June 26
Physically challenged children, who were to be “honoured” today by the Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at Sector 12-A were given slipshod behaviour after they faced jostling, pushes and even got no seat as the local politicians were busy occupying the front seats to get Hooda’s attention.

City dispensaries not in the pink of health
Chandigarh, June 26
Civil dispensaries in the city are not in the pink of health, if the situation of waterlogging around some of these is an indication. Potholed and uneven roads around the dispensary premises in various sectors are fast turning into breeding grounds for mosquitoes, posing the risk of malaria.

Mohali suicide
Book in-laws in murder case, demands deceased’s family
Mohali, June 26
High drama was witnessed in front of the house of Seema Bhardwaj’s in-laws today, as several relatives of the deceased woman staged a protest there, demanding registration of a murder case against the in-laws. Seema had allegedly committed suicide after consuming some poisonous substance at the Phase V house yesterday morning.

Family accuses docs of negligence
Chandigarh, June 26
Family of a stillborn baby created ruckus at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, accusing doctors of medical negligence this morning. Arif, a resident of Ram Darbar, whose child was stillborn, said the doctors, while admitting his wife yesterday, told the family that the child was already dead. He alleged that after the delivery, one of the relatives found that the baby was still alive.

Summer workshop at Kala Gram concludes
Chandigarh, June 26
Four short plays were staged at the Kala Gram in Manimajra as part of the concluding summer workshop on theatre and folk dances. Over 200 children participated in these four plays, including Luck By Chance, Hum Sab Sath Sath Hain, Nandu Nakalchi and Kutta Puran. All these plays had brought alive various facets of life.

City residents say no to drugs
Chandigarh, June 26
The Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society in collaboration with Drug De-Addiction Centre, Government Multispecialty Hospital, Sector-16, organised an awareness camp on its premises today to observe International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Around 150 students, youngsters and rickshaw pullers participated in the camp. — TNS

NCC cadets spread awareness about drug abuse during a rally at the PGI, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan


Major cut in SSA budget for UT
Chandigarh, June 26
The Central Government made a major cut in sanctioning the budget of the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) to Chandigarh for 2013-14. Against Rs 92 crore of budget proposed by the Chandigarh Administration for SSA, it managed to get an approval of Rs 58.03 crore only.

NSUI help desk opened at PU amid protest
Chandigarh, June 26
Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Oscar Fernandes inaugurated the help desk of the National Student Union of India (NSUI) at Panjab University amid protest. Members of all the student parties raised slogans against the PU authorities for allowing more than 10 people at the help desk of the NSUI during the Union Minister’s visit.

Road Transport and Highway Minister Oscar Fernandes inaugurates the NSUI help desk at Punjab University in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

PU declares admission, fee payment schedules
Chandigarh, June 25
Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, has declared the detailed admission and fee payment schedule for the admissions in the morning and evening sessions of three-year Law degree course. Students, who qualify the common entrance test, can apply for admission till July 3.

Students’ wait for OMR sheets, answer keys continues
Chandigarh, June 26
Despite submitting fees, several students from the city are still waiting for their OMR sheet, answer key and calculation sheet for the JEE Mains from the CBSE. Last month, many city students claimed that they got less marks in the JEE (Main) exam, the result of which were announced on May 7. The exam was held both offline and online for admission in engineering courses in NITs and engineering courses across the country. The problem occurred for the students who took online exam from April 22 to April 25.

Tentative merit list for BCom to be out on July 1
Chandigarh, June 26
Over 6,400 students have submitted hard copy of their admission applications for centralised admission of BCom in various Panjab University (PU) colleges at Chandigarh. As many as 7,849 students had registered for the online admission, out of them 6,926 students had submitted the complete online admission forms.

Education briefs
Teachers' training programme concludes
The Annual Residential Teachers' Training Programme of the Shemford Group of Schools concluded. As many as 200 school heads and teachers participated in the programme. The training programme imparting comprehensive and rigorous training to the teachers so that they can shape up the careers of children and prepare them for the world beyond school. The four-day programme had several enlightening sessions.

A session of the Annual Teachers' Training Programme under way at Delhi Public School, Pinjore, on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

MSc students’ protest enters third day
Chandigarh, June 26
MSc students continued their strike outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office for the third day. Failing to get any reply from the university authorities, the students sat on hunger strike. The students are protesting against the university’s decision to re-conduct paper I, II and III of MSc (chemistry) Semester IV exam which were held in one of the colleges prior to the date sheet.


Bhakra power unit has major upgrade
Ropar, June 26
The right side power plant of the Bhakra Beas Management Board at Bhakra has already upgrade the units by 31 per cent, which was the highest in India while at left power plant, the second phase of upgrade of 20 per cent was under process and thus this will become the first power house in the world to add 40 per cent in its capacity through upgrading.

Mass marriages solemnised in Fatehgarh Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 26
Nishkam Kirtan Sewa Society, a social organisation of the district organised a mass marriages of five poor and needy girls at Mandi Gobindgarh town today. Arun Sekhri, Deputy Commissioner, was the chief guest and blessed the newly wedded couples. He also handed over the house hold goods of daily need to the newly wedded.

Deputy Commissioner Arun Sekhri along with the members of a society bless couples at the mass marriage in Fatehgarh Sahib on Wednesday.
Deputy Commissioner Arun Sekhri along with the members of a society bless couples at the mass marriage in Fatehgarh Sahib on Wednesday. Photo: Surinder Bhardwaj

Two arrested for smuggling diesel
Dera Bassi, June 26
The Lalru police has arrested two persons for smuggling diesel from near Handesra here today. Sources said the police set up a check point on tip-off near Handesra and stopped a three-wheeler from which 600 litres of smuggled diesel was recovered.

Banur accident victim succumbs to injuries
Banur, June 26
A JE of the Electricity Department, Subash Chand, who was injured in a road accident on June 9 near Banur, succumbed to his injuries today at a hospital in Mohali. His body was handed over to relatives after conducting the postmortem examination at the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi.


Three youths held for raping minor
Chandigarh, June 26
Three youths have been arrested after a Maloya-based 14-year-old girl alleged that she was gang-raped by them on June 19. The girl was known to one of the youths, Sunny, who allegedly took her to Sector 17 and introduced her to two of his friends, Satpal and Rishi. The girl reported that the three took her to a hotel in Attawa and gang-raped her. They also threatened her not to inform anyone about the incident.

Contractor arrested in graft case
Chandigarh, June 26
The Vigilance Cell of the UT police arrested a contractor while taking bribe of Rs 2,000 from a tube-well operator of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation. The police arrested Sukhdev Singh, supervisor at Envirocure Projects (p) Ltd Health care, Sector 35, while he was accepting the bribe from Madan Lal, a tube-well operator with the public health department.


Sagar beats Calvin to enter semis
Chandigarh, June 26
Top seed Sagar Bains surged ahead and booked his place in the semifinals of the boys’ (U-14) category during the ongoing CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament, being held at the CLTA Courts here today. He defeated Calvin Golmei by 6-2 and 6-2. In another semifinal match of the same category, Ishaan Anirudh Sethi had a three-setter win against Sahishnu Sharma by 3-6, 6-3 and 6-3.

Prakriti Bainwani plays a shot during the CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament held at the CLTA, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

City team storm into cricket final
Chandigarh, June 26
Local cricket team (registered with the Haryana Cricket Association) booked their berth in the final of ongoing Inter-District Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-14) after defeating Rohtak, today. The tournament is being organised by the Haryana Cricket Association at the Ch. Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium, Lali.

CCA win by 3 wickets
Chandigarh, June 26
The Chandigarh Cricket Academy (CCA) defeated the Delhi Cricket Club by 3 wickets in the second North-Zone Cricket Tournament organised by the Vivek High Asian Cricket academy, here.

Neel wins tennis title
Chandigarh, June 26
Tennis player Neel defeated Jaspreet Singh to win the title of boys (U-10) category during the British School Total Tennis Academy Tennis Championship, held here today.
He defeated Jaspreet Singh at 4-0 and 4-0. In the finals of boys’ (U-12) category, Manveer defeated Abhinav by 4-2 and 4-0 while in girls’ (U-12) group, Anupriya defeated Maitri at 4-2 and 4-2 during the British School Total Tennis Academy Tennis Championship. In the finals of girls’ (U-14) category, Anupriya beat Ishleen by 4-0 and 4-1.

Winners of the British Total Tennis Championship after the award presentation ceremony in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph


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