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MC meeting raises Oppn’s hackles
Chandigarh, July 31
The monthly house meeting of the municipal corporation, which continued for four hours before being called off by the Mayor, did not yield any positive result for the development of the city. Not even a single item on the agenda for the development of the city was passed at the meeting despite 12 items of more than Rs 10 crore were listed for the meeting. For every house meeting, the MC spends over Rs 1.25 lakh.

Councillors of the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP-SAD argue with each other during a meeting of the MC in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

GMCH gets 50 more MBBS seats
Chandigarh, July 31
Medical aspirants have a reason to cheer as the Board of Governors of the Medical Council of India (MCI) has approved 50 additional MBBS seats for the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh. The only college for MBBS in Chandigarh, the number of MBBS seats has now been increased from 50 to 100. This is the first major increase in the number of seats since its inception in 1991.

MASTER ARCHITECT: A weaver bird weaves its nest in Mohali.
MASTER ARCHITECT: A weaver bird weaves its nest in Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu


22-year-old labourer buried alive at Panjab University
Chandigarh, July 31
A 22-year-old labourer was buried alive while three others had a narrow escape after earth at the site for a water-harvesting project at Panjab University (PU) caved in. The incident occurred at around 9.30 am when four labourers were digging a site for rainwater harvesting and artificial recharge of groundwater on the rear side of the health centre at the PU. The deceased has been identified as Ramesh Kumar. He was taken to Government Multi-Speciality Hospital in Sector 16 where doctors declared him brought dead.

Poll on mind, student leaders flaunt kurta-pyjamas
Chandigarh, July 31
With the poll bugle sounded in Panjab University (PU) and city colleges, white kurta-pyjamas, a favourite among student leaders, are back. Student activists can be seen flaunting their style in colleges. The kurtas are snug and short while the pyjamas are like well-fit slim pants that balance the traditional attire with fashion trends. Harmanjot Singh, an NSUI leader at DAV College, said wearing a white kurta-pyjama gave him a distinct look and made him the centre of attraction. Similarly, Aman, a student of SGGS College, Sector 26, said wearing a simple kurta-pyjama gave him "a special feeling" and helped him attract the attention of everyone. “Besides, this attire makes it easy for new students to figure out that we are from student parties contesting the elections,” he said.

Student leaders don white kurta-pyjamas to attract voters at SGGS College, Sector 26, and DAV College, Sector 10. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari

Panchkula Mayor’s husband handling MC affairs?
Panchkula, July 31
It is said there is a woman behind every successful man. However, in the case of Upinder Ahluwalia, the first Mayor of Panchkula, the situation seems just the opposite. It is Upinder Ahluwalia’s husband, Dhanender Ahluwalia, who is evidently looking after all her mayoral affairs since she took over the coveted seat. It is Upinder Ahluwalia’s husband, Dhanender Ahluwalia, who is evidently looking after all her mayoral affairs since she took over the coveted seat.

PGI tackles outages due to overloading
Chandigarh, July 31
Waking up to the fact that power usage and load at the PGIMER has gone much beyond the permissible level with the increasing number of air-conditioners, the PGIMER authorities have asked the electricity wing to check power usage in all the departments and declare the exact load. The move comes in the wake of the recent four-hour power failure at the PGIMER that had led to a blackout in the entire Nehru Hospital area.

7 SHOs among 15 policemen transferred
Chandigarh, July 31
In a major reshuffle, the Chandigarh police today transferred 15 inspectors, including seven SHOs. Yash Pal, SHO of the Mani Majra police station, has been transferred to the Industrial Area police station as the SHO. Narinder Singh, SHO of the Industrial Area police station, will now be the SHO of the Sector 34 police station.


GMCH-32 outsources genetic testing work
Chandigarh, July 31
In an arbitrary move, the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, has outsourced the work of its Genetic Testing Centre to six private centres, not only forcing patients to shell out more for the tests but also passed on the responsibility of medico-legal implications on the private parties.

Mohali sectors sans basic amenities
Mohali, July 31
Mohali MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu has urged the Chief Administrator ( CA) of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority ( GMADA) to provide proper civic amenities to the residents living in Sectors 76 to 80 here .

‘Lookout notice’ for missing BSNL documents
Chandigarh, July 31
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) authorities have issued a "lookout notice" for its missing documents of the tender file, which was misplaced by the official concerned around a month ago. Interestingly, instead of taking any action against the official concerned for his careless attitude, the department has opted to paste a search notice on the premises of the telephone exchange, asking all the officials to check the documents in their respective files. In the search notice dated July 20, which has been addressed to all the section heads of the telephone exchange, it has been stated that the file of the “tender” for the printing of forms for the Chandigarh SSA (no. ENGG/GT-2127/OPN) has been missing from room number 201, 2nd floor, of the office of the additional general manager since June 26. All are requested to check or trace the file in their respective sections and if found please return the same to the department concerned.

Stray dog pound in red tape
Chandigarh, July 31
While the city is facing the problem of stray dogs, the Municipal Corporation and the UT Administration are only exchanging letters with regards to the setting up of a dog pound in the city. The facts, which were tabled at the monthly House meeting of the Municipal Corporation after a question raised by BJP councillor Satinder Singh on the stray dog issue, revealed that since 2009 eight letters were exchanged between the MC and the UT Administration regarding the identification of a piece of land for the setting up of a dog pound, but to no avail.

Delhi commission to review MC taxes
Chandigarh, July 31
As the current contribution of taxes imposed by the Municipal Corporation to the state revenue is low, the members of the Fourth Delhi Finance Commission will visit the city on August 7 to review the MC taxes. The members of the commission will meet the councillors, officials and the representatives of villages. The commission had already communicated to the MC about its visit and sought a reply from the MC as to what measures had been taken by the corporation to generate funds through taxes.

Number of malaria cases reaches 50 in city
Chandigarh, July 30
The total number of cases of malaria reported in the city this season has reached 50 and the Health Department has indicated a further rise in the number in the next few weeks in view of expected showers. Till now, the number of cases has been quite under control in the city when compared to the previous years. “The spread of malaria in the city has been found to be steady this year so far. However, we are going to increase vigil in the periphery areas since the monsoon is going to pick up in the coming weeks”, said an official from the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP). 

Stagnant water in Colony No. 5 in Sector 51, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Mohd Rafi Excellence Award ceremony
Young singers leave audience spellbound
Chandigarh, July 31
Vinay and Hargun perform at the Rafi night at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Young singers from the region left the audience spellbound with the rendition of old Bollywood songs at the Mohd Rafi Excellence Award ceremony organised by the Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society at the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, here today. A total of 27 singers participated in the junior, senior and veteran category. Among the juniors, Harnoor Bhullar from Amritsar won the competition, followed by Aryan Vadhera from Mohali and Paras from Assam on the second and third positions, respectively.

Vinay and Hargun perform at the Rafi night at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Now, water-resistant envelopes for rakhis
Chandigarh, July 31
The Indian Postal Department has got designed special envelopes for this Rakhi festival. These have an elegant surface and are water resistant to protect rakhis from rain. The envelopes will be available at all the post offices in Punjab and Chandigarh from tomorrow at a cost of Rs 7, apart from the normal postage charges.

Rain leaves scars in Mohali Phase V:
While the Mohali district administration is all set to launch its 10-day cleanliness drive in the town, there is a need to deal with the sorry state of civic affairs post-monsoon. The Tribune lensman Vicky Gharu clicks the virtual "deathtraps" which have come up in Phase V this monsoon. Footpaths and roads in Phase V of Mohali are in bad shape.

UT Admn reshuffle
Chandigarh, July 31
The UT Administration has reshuffled officials’ departments in the wake of the repatriation of Punjab cadre IAS officer DK Tiwari, who was holding the charge of MD, CITCO.

Students hold a candlelight march to pay tributes to Shaheed Udham Singh on the Martyrdom Day at Panjab University on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Last date for filing I-T returns extended: Tax payees’ rush at I-T counters in Sector 17 on Wednesday, which was supposed to be last day for filing returns. In view of the extension of the due date for filing income tax returns from July 31 to August 5, directions have been given to all branches to make special arrangements for accepting returns up to August 5. The returns will also be accepted on August 3 and 4 (Saturday and Sunday). tribune photo: s chandan

Breastfeeding Week
Chandigarh, July 31
The Social Welfare Department will be observing the International Breastfeeding Week from August 1 to 7 as per the guidelines of the Central Government by organsing various programmes in collaboration with the Food and Nutrition Board. During the week, various competitions like recipes competition, quiz for mothers will be organised. Annaparasham ceremony, film show and skit dance will also be organised. — TNS

Bank opens new branch
Chandigarh, July 31
Bank of India, opened its 11th branch in the Chandigarh at Sector 31-A today. It will have the latest technology to its customers. ATM is already operational in the branch. KL Sharma, deputy general manager, Chandigarh zone, inaugurated the new premises amidst a gathering of customers and ther staff. A brief religious function was held to mark the occasion.

Tenants' grievances highlighted
Chandigarh, July 31
The National Consumer Awareness Group, a city-based NGO, today brought out the grievances of commercial tenants in the city. Chairman of the NGO, Col (retd) PS Mehta, alleged that Section 13(3) (a) of the Rent Act 1949 was being misused by landlords since 1996. "Under this law a landlord can evict a tenant on grounds of bonafide necessity, if he requires the property for his personal use. But since then, it has been used as a tool to evict tenants and further re-let a property or sell it at a higher market price," said Mehta. — TNS

Lt Col (retd) PJS Mehta, chairman, National Consumer Awareness Group, addresses mediapersons in Sector 27, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Taxmen call on Sony showrooms in city
Chandigarh, July 31
The Income Tax Department today conducted a survey in two Sony showrooms located at the Elante Mall and Sector 8, respectively. During the survey, officials of the department examined the documents of the company at the showrooms. A team from Panchkula conducted the survey in both showrooms. — TNS

Officials of the Income Tax Department inspect papers at a showroom in Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


Students approach cops against institute
Mohali, July 31
Students of the Inter National Institute of Fashion Design at the Mataur police station, Phase VII, Mohali, on Wednesday. Several students of the Inter National Institute of Fashion Design at Phase VII here approached the police accusing the institute authorities of defrauding them and ruining their future. About 15 students reached the Mataur police station in the afternoon alleging that the authorities have given them admission to the fashion designing course while making claims that it was a degree course.

Students of the Inter National Institute of Fashion Design at the Mataur police station, Phase VII, Mohali, on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Buying uniforms a headache for government schools
Chandigarh, July 31
The issue of buying school uniforms has become a major headache for government schools. A private supplier by the name of Alok Industries, which has to supply school uniforms to over 80 per cent of government schools, has not yet begun its supply order in most of the schools.

Students of GCG-11 take part in a tree plantation drive in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

PU/College notes
Lecture held
The Department of Hindi, Panjab University, on Wednesday organised a lecture on the occasion of birth anniversary of great Hindi writer Munshi Prem Chand at the Auditorium of Evening Studies, PU. Prof Rohini Aggarwal, Head of the Department of Hindi, Maharashi Dayanand University, Rohtak, delivered a lecture on the occasion. Prof Aggarwal gave a lecture on the topic of the relevance of the literature of Munshi Prem Chand.

PURSE grant
PU VC asks chairpersons to send proposals
Chandigarh, July 31
Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun K Grover today asked the chairpersons of Science Departments at PU to send their proposals for the judicious and optimum use of the Promotion of University Research and Scientific Excellence (PURSE) grant before September 30.

From schools
Herbal Day
Chandigarh: The Eco-Club of Government High School, Dadu Majra, celebrated Herbal Day. Anujit Kaur, principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16-D, was the chief guest on the occasion. She planted a sapling of 'gulhar' at the Herbal Garden. She emphasised the importance of herbal plants and told about their medicinal values and how they could help in curing various diseases.

Herbal Day being celebrated by the Eco-Club of Government High School, Dadu Majra, Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

PGIMER Professors honoured
Chandigarh, July 31
Dr Kim Vaiphei, Professor, Department of Histopathology, PGIMER, has been awarded the prestigious Dr R M Kasliwal Award for year 2013 by the National Academy of Medical Sciences. The award has been given in recognition of her research papers in the understanding the development of colon and rectal cancers besides the fellowship she received from the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), Geneva, in 2009 for her academic and research contribution in the field.

Colourful show marks Environment Week
Mohali, July 31
Environment Week was celebrated at Saupin’s School here which concluded with a colourful show by students of Class VII. The programme began with a powerpoint presentation by the students of Class VII on the Himalayan tsunami. It brought out the message that climate change was real and posed an urgent threat to the planet.



525 farmers get Rs 20 crore loan
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 31
It is the need of the hour that farmers come out of wheat-paddy rotation and adopt diversification of crops to save the foreign exchange. When the country needed food, Punjabi farmers fed the entire nation and now most of the states are producing food on their own.

Deputy Commissioner Arun Sekhri hands over a letter of credit to a farmer in Fatehgarh Sahib on Wednesday. Photo: Surinder Bhardwaj

‘Approved industrial units to get benefits as per new policy’
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 31
A deputation of industrialists led by Dinesh Gupta, honorary general secretary, chamber of industries, Patiala, met the principal secretary, Industry and Commerce, Government of Punjab, Karan A Singh. The principal secretary was apprised about the problems being faced by the industry, especially in Mandi Gobindgarh and surrounding towns.

Giani Tarlochan Singh’s death mourned
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 31
Teaching, non-teaching staff and students of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, held a condolence meeting to condole the sudden demise of Jathedar Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib Giani Tarlochan Singh. They observed a two-minute silence to pray for the peace of the departed soul.

School director ‘thrashes’ student
Patiala, July 31
A Class X student of Play Ways Senior Secondary School was allegedly thrashed by the school director for scoring poor marks in his monthly tests. The student, Chinkal, was later admitted to Rajindra Hospital for treatment.


Woman jailed for drunken driving
Chandigarh, July 31
Setting a precedent of its kind, a local court today imprisoned a woman till the rising of the court after she was found driving in a drunk state. The court imprisoned the Sector 22 resident and imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on her.


In-laws charged with murder
Panchkula, July 31
The Panchkula police booked four members of in-laws family of a woman, who was allegedly set on fire for dowry at their residence at Ramgarh. The 30-year-old victim, Mamta, who received 80 per cent burns, succumbed to her injuries at the Government Medical College Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

Relatives of Mamta, who was allegedly set on fire for dowry, outside the Chandimandir police station, Panchkula, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Kin of Morni royal family held for forging will
Panchkula, July 31
In the case of a forged will by a relative of the royal family of Morni, the Panchkula Police arrested the accused, Babban Zaidi, last night. Babban Zaidi is brother of the late, Rukhsana Parveen, daughter-in-law of Raja Mir Qasim Ali of Gadhi Kotaha . According to sources, Babban Zaidi, who was appointed as the guardian of Almas and Kulsum, Rukhsana Parveen's daughters, after her murder in 1993. He allegedly prepared a fake will of a FDR worth over Rs 40 lakh in the name of his brother Amir Haider.

Unidentified person booked
Chandigarh, July 31
Acting on the complaint of the Shiv Sena Chandigarh president, the cyber crime cell of the UT police has registered a case against an unidentified person for pasting derogatory remarks against Hindu gods and goddesses on Facebook. Shiv Sena president Sat Pal had complained regarding this to the police. — TNS


Punjab lad brings laurels
Chandigarh, July 31
For 16-years-old Inder Mohan Singh from Ludhiana, it all started three years back, when he was enrolled in Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) under the supervision of his mentor and former skipper of Indian soccer team Harjinder Singh. The teenager, who recently won the Bajaj Allianz Junior Talent Hunt Football Camp, Season IV, is all set to attend the International Junior Football Camp in association with the FC Bayern Munich, Germany. The ace player is all praises for his coach, his academy and the organisers. Inder was selected after a detailed trail process at football stadium, Sector 17, last week. At Munich, he is scheduled to undergo precise training sessions, during his stay with the junior section of the club.

Inder Mohan Singh practises at the Football stadium, Sector 42 in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Neeraj storms into tennis semifinals
Chandigarh, July 31
City-based player Neeraj Yashpaul marched ahead in the semifinals of the ongoing AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament, at Jagadhri club, Civil Lines Road, Haryana, today. In the quarterfinal, he defeated Rustom Dahiya 6-2 and 6-1. City player Komalijeet Kaur moved up in the tournament with defeating her counterpart Sania Chadha in straight sets 6-0 and 6-0 in girls’ (U-14) category.

Cricket championship
Mount Carmel post win
Chandigarh, July 31
In the first match of fifth St Joseph’s Junior Cricket Championship for Boys (U-12), the team of Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, defeated the team of Ajit Karam Singh International School, Sector 41, (AKSIPS-41) by 17 runs, here today.

netball tourney
GMSSS-20 script victory
Chandigarh, July 31
During the 1st Chandigarh Sub-Junior State Netball Championship for boys and girls, Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 20, defeated Moti Ram School, Sector 27, 11-9. The teams are competing for Moti Ram Arya Netball Trophy.

Football tourney
Saupin’s-32 beat Sacred Heart School
Chandigarh, July 31
Saupin’s School, Sector 32, defeated Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, and finished third in the Inter-School Football Championship for girls (U-17). The match that was deferred last day due to heavy rains was played at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, today. Saupin’s registered a 3-0 victory.

A match in progress at Govt Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Satluj Public win cricket title
Panchkula, July 31
Satluj Public School, Sector 4, defeated Bhawan Vidyalaya School, Sector 15, in the finals of Inter-School Cricket Tournament for boys (U-14). The tournament was organised by the Haryana District Eudcation Department.

Golf tourney concludes
Chandigarh, July 31
A golf competition, organised for children ageing between groups 0-8 years, 8-10 years and 10-12 years concluded at the Golf Ranges, here today. The championship was organised by the Chandigarh Golf Association (CGA). It was the first putting competition for children. During the course, Col HS Baidwan, chairman golf activities announced that a putting competition for the CGA camp will be held every three months. He further announced that shortly a 9-hole pitch and putt competition will be started here as well. Prize winners:Below 8 years- Winner-Myra Jawanda and Abhimanyu; Runners-up-Unaiza Babutta and Aditya; 8-10 years- Winner-Saheyba and Gourav; Runners-up-Kaayna and Vaibhav;10-12 years-Winners-Lakhmehar and Manit; Runners-up-Heena and Yuvraj; and Youngest Participant-Ranvijay. — TNS

Yugam shines in cricket tournament
Chandigarh, July 31
Cricket academy of Gurukul Budding Bees defeated Cricket Coaching Center, Sector 32, by 4 wickets, in the ongoing 4th Vivek Trophy Cricket Tournament for boys (U-14) today. Batting first, Coaching Center, Sector- 32, set a target of 126 runs with losing a wicket in 20 overs. Yugam (70 runs) and Sourav (37 runs) guided the team to achieve the target. While chasing the target, Gurukul Budding Bees scored 127 runs on a loss of 6 wickets in 18.1 overs. Ajay Verma (35 runs) and Alankrit (32 runs) scripted the teams’ win. Aakash Bhosle scored 18 runs. From bowling side, Lucky claimed 2 for 21 runs and Robin grabbed 2 for 18 runs. Yugam of Coaching Center-32 was adjudged as man of the match. — TNS

Hockey tournament from August 18
Chandigarh, July 31
Twelfth edition of the ONGC SN Vohra Memorial Sub-Junior (U-14) Hockey Tournament will be organised from August 18 to 25, at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, Sports Complex, here. The tournament will be organised by the Rock Rover Hockey Club, Chandigarh, under league-cum-knock out basis. During the championship, all the best players, including goalkeeper, halfback and forward will be awarded with individual prizes. Besides, the organisers will also adjudge a well-behaved team award. — TNS

Assn felicitates martial arts performers
Chandigarh, July 31
The Extreme Martial Arts (EMA) Association felicitated young martial arts performers, here. Harjot Singh Handa has been promoted to Black Belt 1st Dan while Ekjot Kaur was awarded with Black Belt 3rd Dan during the ceremony. A 13-year-old Triansh Jain of the the Extreme Martial Arts Association participated in the seventh World Tae kwon do Culture Expo-Competition in South Korea on July 17 and won a gold medal in Poomsae (forms), bronze medal in Kyorugi (fighting/sparring) events.

Badminton meet from Aug 11
Panchkula, July 31
The Panchkula District Badminton Association will conduct the 8th Ashwani Gupta Memorial District Badminton Championship from August 11 to 13. Those interested are advised to confirm their entries with Ravinder Kapoor (9417889437) before August 9. — TNS


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