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Confed GM Vinod Kumar’s death
Whiff of big wheat scam
Panchkula, November 11
The suicide note reportedly written by the General Manager of the Haryana State Federation of Consumers' Cooperative Wholesale (Confed), Panchkula, Vinod Kumar, who committed suicide last evening, has held three general managers and five clerks responsible for the multi-crore scam.

Stones pelted at train
Selja snubs Rly police
Chandigarh, November 11
Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Kumari Selja today snubbed the railway police (GRP) for pressuring village residents to name miscreants who hurled stones at her while she was travelling in the Kalka-Sainagar train last month. The unidentified miscreants are still at large.


Resolution against high-rise buildings presented in court
Chandigarh, November 11
The Tata Camelot project echoed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court again today, with the amicus curiae in the case, Tanu Bedi, wanting to place on record a resolution against high-rise buildings in the vicinity and a copy of the Supreme Court order in the matter. As the case came up for resumed hearing, the amicus curiae or the friend of the court presented to the Bench a resolution by the Save Sukhna Forum - a body comprising array of former chief engineers and experts from diverse fields. It was initially formed in 2003 following the Tribune reports on saving the Sukhna Lake.

Auto union holds protest
Chandigarh, November 11
The Tricity LPG Auto Union staged a protest against the Chandigarh Administration. The union demanded that the administration ban the unauthorised diesel auto-rickshaws in Chandigarh. The drivers staged a protest near The Tribune Chowk. They demanded an immediate ban on the diesel auto-rickshaws, from neighboring states, running in city. Addressing the members of the union, Surinder Bhardwaj alleged that the powerful lobbies of diesel auto mafia, from other states, are running their illegal business and the Chandigarh Administration is ignoring the crime committed right under their. The members further stated that the union will continue the protest more aggressively till their demands are fulfilled. — TNS

Members of the Tricity LPG Auto Union protest in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Pedestrian killed by speeding car
Chandigarh, November 11
In yet another hit-and-run accident, a 45- year-old pedestrian died after being hit by a sports utility vehicle (SUV) on Monday night. The police said pedestrian Ram Kumar was crossing the road separating Sectors 22 and 35 near the Kisan Bhawan roundabout when a white Bolero car hit him at around 9.40 pm. Ram Kumar was left injured in a pool of blood on the road. He was rushed to General Hospital in Sector 16 where he succumbed to his injuries. The voter ID card of the victim, found in his pocket, revealed that he was a migrant labourer hailing from Bihar. The police said efforts were on to track the SUV and a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving under Section 304 A was registered. — TNS

Colourful Symphony: Students perform during the Annual Cultural Fiesta of Manav Mangal School in Phase X, Mohali, on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Police personnel present a musical play on traffic safety on the first day of the Chandigarh Police Week at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Differently abled children perform during an event at the GMCH-32 in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Rs 3.5 lakh stolen from SUV in Sec 45
Chandigarh, November 11
In yet another incident of this type, unidentified thieves stole a bag containing Rs 3.50 lakh and some documents after smashing windowpanes of a SUV parked near a shrine in Sector 45 last night. The incident took place when Pawan Kumar, owner of the SUV, had gone inside the shrine at 9.15pm. The police said that the footage of CCTV cameras installed outside the shrine was scrutinised, but the SUV was parked out of the camera’s range. Notably, the fresh incident was reported after a gap of one fortnight, when over a dozen such thefts after breaking windowpanes were reported in the city. On October 24, thieves stole a laptop and other accessories after smashing the windowpanes of a Mercedes at NAC market in Mani Majra. — TNS

26-year-old woman electrocuted
Chandigarh, November 11
A 26-year-old woman of Daddu Majra was electrocuted while she was taking a bath today. Her husband discovered her dead in the bathroom when he returned home in the evening. The police said she had placed an electric rod in the bucket to heat the water. The police has ruled out any foul play behind the death. Inspector Narinder Patial said they had shifted the body to the hospital for a post-mortem examination, which would be conducted tomorrow. The woman, Binni, hailed from Orissa and is survived by her husband and a two-year-old son. — TNS

5 new dengue cases
Chandigarh: Five new cases of dengue were reported over past three days in different parts of the city, bringing the total number of cases to 81 this year, so far. The Malaria Wing of Health Department claims to have geared up field activities and is keeping a close watch on the vectors in city. — TNS


Chandigarh Book Fair from tomorrow
Chandigarh, November 11
The preparations are going on in full swing for the six-day long ‘Chandigarh Book Fair’ starting from November 13 at the Parade ground in Sector 17. The festival is being revived after a gap of 16 years by the Chandigarh Administration. Last book fair in Chandigarh was held in 1997 but it was discontinued due to the lack of initiative by the local administration.

Preparations in full swing for the Chandigarh Book Fair which starts from November 13 at the Parade Ground in Sector 17, Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Better Chandigarh
Market forces are at play, chaos is rule of the game
Chaos reigns supreme at the Sector 26 vegetable and grain market. Encroachments, inadequate parking space and garbage say it all. In Part II of the series, Tribune reporters Rajmeet Singh , Deepankar Sharda and lensman Parvesh Chauhan present a true picture.

Chaos comes calling at the Sector 26 vegetable and grain market in Chandigarh. The loading and unloading of goods in the middle of roads worsen the situation.

Police-public interaction
Market associations air grievances
Chandigarh, November 11
Issues related to traffic, parking chaos and behaviour of police personnel during checking for drunken driving took the centre stage at the police-public interaction held on the first day of Police Week today.

A representative of a market association raises a question during an interaction with the UT IG at Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Padma awards
UT sends 5 names to Centre
Chandigarh, November 11
The UT Administration has recommended five names for the Padma awards, country’s civilian honour. After receiving an approval from the UT Administrator, Shivraj V Patil, the Administration forwarded the five names to the Centre. The Administration had received applications from residents, requesting recommendation on basis of their eminence, and finally the UT shortlisted five names.

Draft master plan
Board to give objecting residents a hearing
Chandigarh, November 11
The Board of Inquiry and Hearing constituted by the UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil to look into the objections and suggestions received on the Draft Master Plan-2031 will hold hearing sessions with city residents from November 22 to November 28.

Sitar performance enthrals audience
Chandigarh, November 11
The music lovers of city beautiful were treated to a scintillating Sitar recital by Saptarishi Hazra at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35. Born in Kolkata, Saptarshi has learnt Sitar from his early childhood under the tutelage of Pandit Netai Basu, one of the most committed and talented disciples of Ustad Mustak Ali Khan (Jaipur-Senya Gharana).

Don’t give up, that’s the lesson
Chandigarh, November 11
For Delhi-based Asha Gupta bringing up a son with learning disability inspired her to open the Navjyoti Insitute for Mentally Challenged. As she faced hardships and struggled making her son learn to speak, read and perform everyday tasks, she thought of supporting other families in bringing up special children.

Tribune impact
MC acts against violations
Chandigarh, November 11
A day after the Chandigarh Tribune highlighted encroachments in city markets, the Enforcement Wing of the Municipal Corporation today carried out an anti-encroachment drive at Shastri Market, Sector 22. The drive, which was started at 11.30 am, continued till 5 pm. The MC staff removed around 400 iron rods and grills used by shopkeepers to display their merchandise. They also removed hooks and nails being used to display shoes, belts and other items on the sidewalls of the shops inside the market. Some shopkeepers had rented out the sidewalls to vendors.

The staff of the MC enforcement wing remove encroachments from Shastri Market in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

High security plates for Mohali too
The concept of high security plates was indeed an innovative idea and the same is being followed strictly for newly registered vehicles. But in Mohali district, there is no clear cut policy for affixing the same on already registered/old vehicles. If at all it is being done, it is at snail’s pace and there is no information to the general public. In this regard, the authorities must keep the vehicle owners abreast with the latest information.

I-T Dept conducts survey on 4 business premises
Chandigarh, November 11
The Income Tax Department today surveyed business premises of builders and jewellers in the city. The survey was conducted at Sunder Jewellers and Sunder Emporium, Sector 35-C, and New Generation Real Estate Pvt Ltd, Sector 35-B, besides New Generation Real Estate that is constructing apartments by the name of Maple City at Gazipur and Zirakpur villages.


Common admission schedule
St Kabir to do away with entry-level admissions
Chandigarh, November 11
The struggle of the parents to get their wards admitted to city’s top schools in entry-level class will further intensify this year as one of the most-sought-after schools in city, St Kabir in Sector 26 has decided to discontinue its pre-nursery admission from next academic session.

From schools
Education day
Education day was celebrated at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19. Students of NSS wing and peace club presented a small skit in the morning assembly. The role of ‘Eklavya’ was appreciated a lot by all present. Cultural programme: Chandigarh: Green Castle Public School, Sector 47, organised a cultural programme on Friday based on the theme ‘A glimpse of the Indian Culture’.

Tiny tots participate in games as part of structured and well-researched physical education curriculum at Firstep Montessori School, Panchkula, on Monday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

100 examined at camp
MOHALI, November 11
A skin check up camp was organised on the campus of KBDAV, Sector 7, Mohali. Around 100 students, who had minor skin ailments, got themselves examined at the camp. Dr Rajan Gupta, doctor accompanying the camp, emphasised on the cleanliness of scalp, body, face with soap and shampoo instead of face wash. He also advised to avoid cosmetics completely and advised the students to drink plenty of fluids. — TNS

Workshop at NIPER an international affair
Mohali, November 11
India has made a great progress in producing generic products in the last few decades. This was stated by Prof KK Bhutani, director of NIPER, while inaugurating a two-week workshop titled ‘Advanced analytical techniques: Basic principals and application for quality assessment of drugs and pharmaceuticals for export’, today. Over16 participants from 10 countries such as Bhutan, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Libya, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Phillipines, Tunisia and Uganda are said to be attending the two-week workshop. — TNS

Foreign delegates attend a lecture at NIPER in Mohali on Friday. Tribune Photo: Vicky Gharu

Disparity in salaries
Non-teaching staff continue agitation
Mohali, November 11
Employees posted at the head office of Director General School Education (DGSE) at Phase VIII joined pen down strike on the call of Sarva Shikhsha Abhiyaan (SSA)/Rashtriya Madhyamik Shikhsha Abhiyaan (RMSA) Non-Teaching Employees Union, Punjab, here today. As many as 100 union members from various districts of the state reached at the office following which employees here too resorted to the strike. — TNS


Breakthrough in blind murder case, 1 booked
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 11
The police has claimed to have found a breakthrough in a month-old blind murder case of a native of Nalina Khurd village, identified as Jagtar Singh. The weapon used for committing the crime has also been recovered by the police. The arrested accused has been identified as Rajesh Kumar, a native of Shahpur village, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.

3 booked on charges of abduction, rape
Ambala, November 11
The Maheshnagar police has registered a case against two youths for allegedly abducting a 15-year-old and raping her. According to information, two youths, identified as Suraj and Rinku, took the victim to Bihar and laced her cold drink with some sedative substance. She got unconscious and then the duo raped her. She alleged that a woman too had helped the duo in committing the crime.

Teacher killed in accident
Ambala, November 11
A 23-year old, Anchal, employed as a teacher at a private school in Ambala Cantt, was killed in a road accident near the old Delhi road, Galaxy mall, today. According to information, her Activa scooter was hit by a dumper. The driver of the dumper managed to flee from the spot. Her pillion rider, another teacher of the school, also sustained injuries in the accident and is undergoing treatment at Civil Hospital. Anchal had come to Ambala City with her colleague to purchase some gift items for a family function. The police has registered a case against the driver of the vehicle. Investigations are on to nab the accused. — OC


Monica’s murder: Accused claim innocence
Chandigarh, November 11
Recording their statements in the court in the Monica Goyal murder case, all four accused, including the victim’s husband, today claimed that they were innocent and had never inflicted any cruelty on the deceased. They said Monica was disturbed as she was debarred from getting a share in property and her parents used to instigate her. This resulted in domestic tension and some minor rifts following which she ended her life on her own, they claimed.

Judge bribery case
Court to frame charges
Chandigarh, November 11
The CBI court today directed all the accused, including Justice Nirmal Yadav (retd), in the judge bribery case to appear before it on November 26. The court will be framing charges against all the accused during the next hearing.

Graft case
Complainant turns hostile in court
Chandigarh, November 11
After alleging that he had been threatened by the Central Bureau of Investigation, the complainant in a corruption case involving a head constable today turned hostile in court. Balbir Singh, the complainant, stated in court that he was forced to sign documents taking a fake identity, under the name Satish Kumar. He said he was not aware of any such incident in which a head constable demanded bribe.

Geetanjali murder case
Court denies family custody of eldest child
Panchkula, November 11
In the Geetanjali murder case, the District Court today dismissed the petition filed by her family. The family had sought custody of the eldest daughter, Aasma. During the previous hearing, the defense counsel in the court said the children are in Jaipur and would be returning on November 10.

IRCTC penalised for causing harassment
Chandigarh, November 11
The IRCTC has been penalised for booking tickets for a special seasonal train which is yet to be introduced. The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Group General Manager of IRCTC to pay Rs 6,880 to the complainant for expenses incurred on travelling and allied expenses from Chandigarh to Delhi and Rs 15,000 as compensation for harassment and mental agony. The opposite party has also been directed to pay Rs 7,500 as costs of litigation.

Lawyers to go on two-day strike from today
Mohali, November 11
On the call of the Joint Action Committee of All Bar Associations, Punjab, lawyers have decided to go on a strike for two days starting from tomorrow. According to Darshan Singh Dhaliwal, convener of the committee, all the members of the committee would hold protests against the decision of the state government. The press secretary of the association, Sanjeev Sharma, said the committee was completely against the new Rent Act. The press secretary further said the protestors would also block the traffic at various places during the strike. — TNS


Bank manager, friend booked for extortion
Mohali, November 11
Two persons, including the manager of a private bank, have been booked by the Mohali police for extortion, criminal conspiracy and criminal intimidation on the complaint of the owner of a restaurant. One of the accused allegedly found a dead rat from a pickle bowl while having dinner at the Phase V-based Haveli restaurant on the night of November 4.

Vehicles pile up near Phase VI, 3 hurt
MOHALI/Ropar, NoVEMBER 11 Three persons, including a woman, were injured in a pile-up of vehicles at Phase VI, near the Verka chowk, on Monday. A speedy Mercedes bus rammed into a Maruti Zen car, which further collided with a scooter resulting in the casualties. The incident occurred at around 9.30 pm.

SI shoots himself
Chandigarh, November 11
A 49-year-old sub-inspector with Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) allegedly shot himself with his service revolver outside Haryana Civil Secretariat, Sector 1. The deceased has been identified as SI Vimal Kumar. His .9mm pistol was recovered from the spot. SI Vimal left a handwritten suicide note on the entry pass saying that nobody is responsible for this extreme step but stated that he is under depression.

2 caught cheating
Chandigarh, November 11
The UT police booked caught two candidates of Staff Selection Commission (SSC) Haryana, while cheating. They were caught at Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 27, yesterday.


Tennis tourney
Navneet beats Pranav 8-0
Panchkula, November 11
Tennis player Navneet Singh outplayed his opponent Pranav Chopra, in the final match of boys (U-14) category during the ongoing Manav Mangal School and Ideal Academy Tennis Tournament, concluded at the tennis courts of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11. Navneet defeated his rival 8-0.

Cricket academy lift T20 trophy
Chandigarh, November 11
The Livewire Coaching Cricket Academy (LWCC) won the finals of Donate Eyes-Win Hearts Cricket Trophy (20-20), concluded here today. In the final match of the championship, the wining side defeated Carriers India Ltd, Chandigarh, 37 runs. Putting to bat first, the LWCC team was restricted to a total of 122-runs in 20 overs.

Saupin’s defeat Sarvhitkari school
Chandigarh, November 11
The cricket team of Saupin’s School, Sector 32, Chandigarh, defeated Sarvhitkari School, Mohali, in a match of 1st Kanwar Bhan Memorial Cricket Tournament for boys (U-13). Putting to bat first, the Saupin’s side posted 236-runs for 5 wickets in 40 over. Gaurav with his 100-runs contribution helped the team to achieve a healthy total.

PU drub PGGC-46 3-0
Chandigarh, November 11
Shuttlers of Panjab University registered a win in their first match of Panjab University Inter-College Badminton Tournament for Men (A-division), being played at Gymnasium Hall, Panjab University. In the first match, the team of PU defeated Post Graduate Government College, Sector 46 3-0. In the second match, DAV College, Abohar, trounced Arya College, Ludhiana 3-2 while GN Khalsa College, Abohar, registered a 3-0 victory over Shree Atam Valabh Jain College, Ludhiana. Results: Women (A-Division)-JC DAV College, Dasuya, beat SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, 2-0; AS College for Women, Khanna, beat Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College, Abohar 2-0; Panjab University Campus, Chandigarh beat Guru Nanak College for Girls, Muktsar 2-0. — TNS

Roller skating tournament
Chandigarh, November 11
The Chandigarh Amateur Roller Skating association will conduct the State Skating Championship at the skating rink of St. Kabir Public School, Sector 26 from November 14. During the meet, the association will also shortlist skaters for the upcoming 51st National Roller Skating Championship. The skaters will be selected on the basis of their performance in the championship. — TNS


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