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3 dead, 37 hurt as squall leaves tricity in the dark
Chandigarh/Mohali/Panchkula, September 15
Three persons were killed while 37 injured (three of them seriously) when a squall hit the tricity this evening, throwing the normal life out of gear and rendering the city powerless for a couple of hours. Several cars were also damaged across the tricity.

An uprooted electricity transformer in Phase IV, Mohali
An uprooted electricity transformer in Phase IV, Mohali, on Sunday. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari and Vicky Gharu





Chlorine gas leakage
Firemen, IRB constables land in hospital
Chandigarh, September 15
Two firemen and an Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) constable sustained internal injuries while controlling the leakage of chlorine gas at a tube well in IRB, Sarangpur, on Saturday evening. They were rushed to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, along with 13 other IRB constables residing in the complex, after they complained of suffocation and severe irritation in the eyes.

Students’ woes
PU set to hike exam fee by another 10%
Chandigarh, September 15
Taking the plea of rising expenditure in conducting examinations, Panjab University (PU) that had increased the examination fee by 10 per cent in the last academic session, is all set to hike the fee by another 10 per cent, the proposal of which will be tabled before the syndicate at a meeting scheduled for September 21. This will burn a hole in the pockets of all the students of PU and its affiliated colleges.


Open house response
PGI is overstretched, staff at receiving end
It is evident that the PGI today is over stretched and both the staff and the patients are at the receiving end. Even the newly opened Advanced Trauma Centre is over crowded with patients sitting in the corridors and attendants holding the glucose bottles. Demand to supply ratio is 3 to 1.

Mammography van runs without certificate
Chandigarh, September 15
The mobile mammography van of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH)-32 is nobody's baby. Though the authorities have somehow put it to use, after realising several defects in it, the van has examined more than 250 women without obtaining dosimetry certification from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Body (AERB) to date.

A technician examines a patient in the mobile mammography van at Dhanas. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh scan
Canadian colleges woo students
Over 300 students participated in the Canadian Education Fair at Hotel Taj in Sector 17 on Sunday. Twenty-One Canadian colleges and universities, including Columbia College, Vancouver; Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey; Grant MacEwan University, Edmonton; and Cambrian College, Sudbury, were among the institutes that set up stalls at the fair.

Reporters’ Diary
A roadside vendor sells eatables on a busy street in Sector 22, Chandigarh. Slum dwellers’ prized possession
Seeing the Prime Minister give possession letters of small flats to slum dwellers, some scribes quipped that the UPA government should do something for homeless journalists as well. They were joined by some officials who wished that some flats could be reserved for them.

A roadside vendor sells eatables on a busy street in Sector 22, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Mad scramble for stretchers at General Hospital in Panchkula
Panchkula, September 15
When an injured, Krishan Singh, reached the General Hospital in Sector 6, little did he know that his treatment would be delayed for want of stretchers. The stretchers are being used for moving bricks as the hospital is being renovated. Patients are yet again at the receiving end. They are made to wait for long. Tara Sharma, who went into labour, had to be wheeled to the labour room in the absence of the stretchers.

A stretcher being used to move bricks at the General Hospital in Sector 6, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Nitin MIttal

Red cross case
Dismissed accountant cries foul, refutes charges
Chandigarh, September 15
The dismissed accountant of the local branch of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), Jyoti Khanal, has refuted the charges on the basis of which he was dismissed. He told the inquiry officer that the field supervisor, Ashish Ahuja, was responsible for not depositing cash on time. Khanal said he had nothing to do with the charges levelled against him. In his representation submitted before the inquiry officer, he stated that there should have been only one charge of misconduct.

First people-friendly police station to be ready soon
Panchkula, September 15
The police station of Sector 14 is almost near completion to be the first people-friendly police station with a club and games court. In an initiative by the Commissioner of Police (CP), Rajbir Deswal, the police station is expected to be completed by next week. Director General of Police (DGP), SN Vashisht, would visit during the occasion.

Students of the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology take part in a flash mob at the Sector 17 Plaza in Chandigarh on Sunday.
There we go: Students of the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology take part in a flash mob at the Sector 17 Plaza in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Crying for attention: A damaged road, leading from Kharar to Chhaju Majra, is in need of immediate repair in Mohali. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

‘Chandigarh-Kochuveli Express to be biweekly’
Chandigarh, September 15
The Member of Parliament from Chandigarh, Pawan Kumar Bansal, today said that the Chandigarh-Kochuveli Express, which is a weekly train will soon become biweekly, as announced in the rail budget.

Experts dwell on recent trends in medical emergencies
Chandigarh, September 15
A tow-day medial conference on “Recent Trends in Medical Emergencies” was organised by Command Hospital, Chandi Mandir. The conference that was attended by military and civilian luminaries of the medical stream as well as doctors of the armed forces and the apex civilian medical institutes of Chandigarh and neighbouring regions.

PU student succumbs to injuries
Chandigarh, September 15
Eighteen-year-old student of Panjab University's evening department, who had met with an accident on the road separating Sectors 16 and 10 on September 10, succumbed to her injuries today. The deceased, Varsha Sharma, was riding a two-wheeler when she was hit by a car. Varsha was rushed to Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, from where she was shifted to a private hospital in Mohali. — TNS

New trains to start
Chandigarh, September 15
Two new trains, Nanded Sahib Express and Shirdi Express are expected to be flagged off by former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on October 3 and 6, respectively. The decision to start the trains was taken recently. Residents of the city have hailed the decision. — TNS

Devotees clean ground for Sirsa Dera chief
Followers of Gurmeet Ram Rahim clean a ground at Sector 5, in Panchkula on Sunday.Panchkula, September 15
Ahead of the scheduled production of Gurmeet Ram Rahim in the Panchkula CBI Court on September 17, his followers were found cleaning Sector 5 ground here today. Sources said the ground is being cleaned expecting that Gurmeet Ram Rahim would be addressing his followers for a few minutes after the hearing in the court.

Followers of Gurmeet Ram Rahim clean a ground at Sector 5, in Panchkula on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Road accident
Woman dies of injuries
Zirakpur, September 15
A woman, who was seriously injured in an accident on the Zirakpur flyover on Saturday evening, succumbed to her injuries in PGI, Chandigarh, last night. The deceased has been identified as Parmjeet Kaur, a resident of Jhampur, Mohali. Six persons were injured in the collision of a SUV car and Etios car on the Zirakpur flyover last evening. A case has been registered under Section 174 of the IPC. — OC


From schools
Environment conservation
Panchkula: Children of The Sky World School, Sector 21, took out a rally to create awareness about the danger posed by depleting natural resources. Passers-by stopped to read slogans written on placards being carried by the students.

Relief for homoeopathy college
Chandigarh, September 15
Following the relaxation given to all the homoeopathy colleges by the Centre for addressing their shortcomings by the year-end, Panjab University is mulling over allowing Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Sector 26, to make fresh admissions for the academic session 2013-14.

City student shines in GRE
Chandigarh, September 15
Parminder Bhatia With a score of 326 out of a total of 340, a city student, Parminder Bhatia, has topped the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) exam in the northern region. The GRE scores are used for applying for the master’s and PhD in foreign universities. Parminder, who completed BTech in computer science from the IIT, Ropar, in 2012, scored a perfect score of 170 in the maths section. The topper attributed his success to a well-thought study plan and a lot of hard work.

Students fight for top honours at fest
Chandigarh, September 15
Aavishkar, the three-day tech fest of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), today concluded at Panjab University. During the three days, the tech fest saw the participation of around 2,500 students besides another 2,500 online participants.

Students compete in the final rounds of robot wars and submarine competition on the concluding day of the tech fest Aavishkar at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: S Chandan


BTech students bring laurels to institute
Ropar, September 15
Final year BTech students of Rayat Institute of Engineering and Information Technology (RIEIT), Ropar, bagged seven prestigious awards for producing the finest projects in the engineering field.

Moot court competition concludes in Patiala
Patiala, September 15
Surana and Surana Trial Advocacy Moot Court Competition-2013, organised by Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab, concluded today. The moot problem was based on various provisions of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, Code of Civil Procedure, 1960, and Arms Act, 1959. Various universities and colleges from across the country participated in the competition.

Cong forms panels to sensitise people about welfare schemes
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 15
The District Congress committee has launched a campaign in the district, to apprise the beneficiaries of the Union government's public-oriented schemes such as Food Security Bill, Direct Cash Transfer as LPG subsidy and employment opportunities under MANREGA.

Dist planning committee
Joginder Pal Singla appointed chairman
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 15
Joginder Pal Singla has been appointed as the chairperson of District Planning Committee, Fatehgarh Sahib. Singla took over the charge of the post from Bibi Satwinder Kaur Dhaliwal, former Member of Parliament, SAD (B). In a closely-contested election, there were many contenders for this coveted post, including former MLAs from across the district and other politicians.

Sealing of generator sets
Traders oppose Board’s action
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 15
The traders and industrialists of Sirhind town have opposed the action of sealing of the generator sets by officials of Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB). The traders and industrialists have alleged that the action has been initiated without giving them a prior notice regarding the same.


Ludhiana college corner glory in cross-country meet
Chandigarh, September 15
Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana won the Panjab University Inter-College Cross Country (women) Championship with 27 points. GGS College for Women, Sector 26, Chandigarh, SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur and Dasmesh Girls College, Mukerian secured second, third and fourth positions respectively.

Ajay emerges victorious in tennis tournament
Chandigarh, September 15
Ajay Sharan, a Chandigarh Academy for Rural Tennis (CHART) trainee, won his 1st CLTA tennis under-10 tournament beating Prarav Chopra 4-2, 5-3 in the Boys Green Court finals, held at CLTA grounds in sector 10, here today. In Girls Green Court finals, Shreya Singla beat Nandini Yadav 4-1, 5-3.

Gian Jyoti to start golf academy
Mohali, September 15
Gian Jyoti College, Mohali, announced to start a Golf academy for its students. On the first day students were taken to the main golf course to showcase the course and give n an overview of golf. JS Bedi, chairman, Gian Jyoti Group, said European Certified Golf Coach would train the students. The first phase of coaching would be held at GJIMT campus, Mohali. According to him, the college has its own golf course and required equipment to facilitate students and the new golf academy aimed at encouraging this game as a regular feature of its non-academic programme. Outsiders can also register for training programme. — TNS

Athletics trials tomorrow
Mohali, September 15
Chandigarh Athletics Association will be conducting trials to select Chandigarh junior athletics team on September 17 at 2.00 pm, at sports complex in Sector 7, Chandigarh. The selected team will participate in the National Junior Athletics Championships, to be held in Bangalore from October 15-19. Only bona fide residents of Chandigarh can appear for the trials. The athletes are required to bring original date of birth proof. — TNS


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