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Revolt in BJP as Kirron gets ticket
Chandigarh, March 16
A day after the Central Election Committee of the BJP announced Bollywood actor Kirron Kher’s name as the Lok Sabha candidate for the Chandigarh seat, there was a revolt in the local unit of the BJP over Kher’s name today.
BJP workers burn an effigy of BJP Lok Sabha candidate Kirron Kher at the Transport light point in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Sunday. BJP workers burn an effigy of BJP Lok Sabha candidate Kirron Kher at the Transport light point in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Feel honoured to represent City Beautiful, says Kirron 
Chandigarh, March 16
BJP candidate Kirron Kher said she is Chandigarh’s daughter and hopeful that city residents will support her. While talking to Chandigarh Tribune over phone from Mumbai, Kher said she feel honoured to contest Lok Sabha elections from Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat on BJP’s ticket.


Kirron Kher Rift within paved way for her
Chandigarh, March 16
The differences within the local unit of the BJP ultimately paved way for Bollywood actor Kirron Kher’s candidature for the Lok Sabha Chandigarh seat. Three leaders, including party president Sanjay Tandon, former MP Satya Pal Jain and former Union Minister Harmohan Dhawan have been vying for the ticket over the past several months.

Victimised for no fault of mine: Pawan Bansal
Chandigarh, March 16
Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal addresses a rally at Sector 20, Chandigarh, on Sunday. “I was victimised for no fault of mine and I lived with that trauma for the last 10 months”, says sitting Member of Parliament (MP) and Congress candidate for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, Pawan Kumar Bansal. Addressing his first media interaction after 10 months ever since the railgate controversy had broken out, former Union Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said that he had been praised for his Budget speech as the Railway Minister last year, but was later defamed for no reason.

Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal addresses a rally at Sector 20, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

A kidnapping that never was
Panchkula, March 16
The Panchkula Police went on high alert after a businessman alleged that his 28 -year-old son was kidnapped. He said a few men had thrown chilly powder in his son’s eyes when he (his son) had gone for an outing. He also alleged that a ransom call was made from his son’s mobile phone by the kidnappers to him. Expecting it to be a genuine case of kidnapping, the police teams kept tracking the boy for three days and later found his whereabouts in Manali. He was found relaxing in his car.

Man duped of Rs 30 lakh
Chandigarh, March 16
A case of cheating has been registered against a Panchkula resident on the complaint of former OSD to the Director General of Police (DGP), Punjab, and OSD to the Adviser (Homes) Government of Punjab, for duping him of ~30 lakh.

Minor raped in Mohali
Mohali, March 16
The Mohali Police registered a case against an unidentified person for raping a two-and-a-half-year-old girl at Badhmajra village last night.


Walking to raise kidney awareness at Sukhna Lake

Chandigarh, March 16
The Department of Nephrology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), organised a walkathon to create awareness about kidney diseases at Sukhna Lake today.

Chandigarh votes 2014
Over 6 lakh to vote in city
Chandigarh, March 16
Residents attend a musical evening organised to encourage them to vote at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Sunday. With over 25,000 electoral forms received by the UT Election Department, the city will see more then 6 lakh residents exercising their voting right during the upcoming Lok Sabha election. In the last election, there were around 5.24 lakh voters from the city. The final list of voters will be declared by March 23.

Residents attend a musical evening organised to encourage them to vote at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Congress to wipe off Railgate taint
Chandigarh, March 16
The Congress has decided to present facts regarding the Railgate before the city residents. With the Central Bureau of Investigation giving a clean chit to sitting MP and party candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal, the Congress will put forth facts to present his clean image, said party leaders.

Defeat Bansal and win Rs 31,000: AAP member
Panchkula, March 16
Former councillor and Aam Aadmi Party member from the town Harinder Singh Saini has announced a reward of Rs 31,000 for the person who defeats Pawan Kumar Bansal in the coming Lok Sabha election.

MP takes on BJP, AAP candidates
Chandigarh, March 16
Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal today took on the BJP and AAP, stating that both parties had fielded candidates who didn't hail from the city and were not aware of the local issues and problems faced by the residents.

Gul Panag meets residents
AAP candidate Gul Panag addresses a rally at Colony No. 4 in Chandigarh on Sunday. Chandigarh: Aap Aadmi Party candidate Gul Panag started her day with a jan sabha in Sector 29. Thereafter, she held meetings with volunteer groups, followed by another jan sabha at Colony Number 4 in the evening. The later part of the evening saw Gul reaching out to the residents of Khajeri and Sector 41 through "nukkad" meetings. 

AAP candidate Gul Panag addresses a rally at Colony No. 4 in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Docs submit demands to candidates
Chandigarh, March 16
Medicos Legal Action Group has issued a list of demands asking various political parties to include it in their manifestos.

Celebrations too soon!
Women celebrate Holi with flowers and colours in Chandigarh. Expecting the Bharatiya Janata Party’s central election committee to announce Harmohan Dhawan’s name as the Lok Sabha candidate from the city, the veteran politician’s family and supporters started celebrating and distributing sweets. But in the late evening on March 15, after Kirron Kher’s name was announced, all the celebrations going on at Dhawan’s Sector 9 residence came to a sudden halt.

Women celebrate Holi with flowers and colours in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Kalra elected president of disabled kids’ body
Mohali, March 16
ML Kalra was recently elected as the president of the Parent/Guardian Society of Children of Government Institute for Mentally Retarded Children, Sector 32.

Dr G Dewan New chief for city IMA
Chandigarh, March 16
Dr G Dewan, deputy medical superintendent of Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, was today elected as the president of the Indian Medical Association’s Chandigarh chapter.

Ambala votes 2014
BJP-HJC nominee kicks off campaign
Panchkula, March 16
BJP-HJC nominee Ratan Lal Kataria addresses a meet of party workers in Panchkula on Sunday. The elections fever in the district took a momentum with the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and Haryana Janhit Party (HJP) fielding Rattan Lal Kataria a candidate from Ambala Parliament Constituency, here today. While suspense continues to remain on the name of the Congress candidate for the constituency, all the other major political parties have announced their candidates and started their election campaign.

BJP-HJC nominee Ratan Lal Kataria addresses a meet of party workers in Panchkula on Sunday. A Tribune Photograph

Politicians woo residents of HEWO Society before poll
Panchkula, March 16
Political parties ahead of elections are considering wooing the residents of Haryana Employees Welfare Organization (HEWO) Society in Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, Panchkula. Considering them to be a vote bank and good opportunity politicians are visiting them and ensuring action.

Mohali Police gear up for safe Holi
Mohali, March 16
The hooligans and traffic violators will have to face music as Mohali Police claimed to have made elaborate security arrangements to check the menace in the town on Holi festival tomorrow.

Civic amenities elude Ward No. 22
Chandigarh, March 16
Defunct streetlights in Industrial Area Phase-II, parts of Sector 31, 47 and 48 are major problem in the ward no 22 of deputy mayor and BJP councillor Davesh Moudgil. Unavailability of parking space is also a major issue raised by the owners of plots at industrial area from time to time.

power tariff hike
JERC to hear objections on March 21
Chandigarh, March 16
The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) will hear the objections of city residents on the proposal of the Electricity Department to raise the tariff by 21 per cent, on March 21.

Anandpur sahib  votes 2014
Cong nominee hits the road
Mohali, March 16
Congress activists are all set to give befitting reply to aggressive campaigning of SAD-BJP nominee for Anadpur Sahib Constituency Prem Singh Chandumajra in the town and its area. After a lull for few days, the Congress MP candidate from the constituency, Ravneet Singh Bittu kicked off his election campaign in the town yesterday evening.

Online shopping hits retail shop owners
Chandigarh, March 16 When it comes to convenience, online shopping has thumbs up over the other options. Not only youngsters but many technology savvy people prefer it.

GMCH-32 at basic level of hand-hygiene standards of WHO: Study
Chandigarh, March 16
An in-house study carried out by Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, to assess compliance to hand hygiene standards prescribed by the WHO revealed that the hospital was still at the basic level—implying “Some measures are in place, but not to a satisfactory standard.” The study published in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine, in January this year, found that at GMCH-32, for every 10 patients in wards, there was only one wash basin, there was no plan available for the improvement of infrastructure in the hospital, no dedicated budget that allowed hand-hygiene training, there were no audits undertaken to asses availability of hand-rub soap, single-use towels and other hand hygiene resources.

City doc gets Global Achievers Award
Mohali, March 16
A city-based doctor has received the ‘Global Achievers Award-2014’ for her contribution in the field of skin and hair care by bringing latest technologies in the region. Dr Suruchi Gupta, director, Aura Skin Institute, Sector 9, was given the award during an international conference at Dubai, UAE, on March 9. The conference 'Celebrating global Indians' was organised and conducted by the Citizens Integration Peace Society, New Delhi.—TNS

Media’s active role can curb poll code violations
Liquor, cash and other allurements are distributed by politicians to garner votes during elections. Since time immemorial, liquor and cash distribution have been ruling the electoral process in the largest democracy. The silver lining in curbing the menace is the activism that we have observed in the past on the part of the election machinery, judiciary and above all the media. The role of the media is the most important because it is a direct link between the Election Commission (EC) and the electorate.

Liquor, cash and other allurements are distributed by politicians to garner votes during elections. A file photo


Multipurpose hall project hangs fire
Chandigarh, March 16
The multipurpose hall under construction on the south campus of Panjab University in Sector 25, Chandigarh. The construction of a multipurpose auditorium at Panjab University has been hanging fire. Reason: Non-utilisation of funds. Despite Rs 28.50 crore lying in the kitty of the university for this project for the past four years, only Rs 9 crore have been spent to date.

The multipurpose hall under construction on the south campus of Panjab University in Sector 25, Chandigarh. A Tribune Photograph

PU affiliation: Dhanwantary students to move court
Chandigarh, March 16
A day after Panjab University Syndicate decided not to conduct the examinations of the Sri Dhanwantary Ayurvedic College, Sector 46, from the coming academic session, the students have decided to move the court against the decision.

Day 5: SFS strike continues
Chandigarh, March 16
The indefinite hunger strike by the Students for Society (SFS) entered its fifth consecutive day at Panjab University today.

Kalam to attend GMCH-32 convocation
Chandigarh, March 16
Former president APJ Abdul Kalam will visit the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, to felicitate students during their annual convocation on March 20.

Hans Raj Hans enthralls students at Lamhe ’14
Mohali, March 16
Noted Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans enthralled the students and staff of the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering & Technology, Dera Bassi, during the techno-cultural fest ‘Lamhe 2014’ on the college campus on Saturday night.

Cross cultural website
Mohali, March 16
Metro Vancouver Cross-Cultural Senior Network Society has launched a website of the organisation. The website was launched in English and other languages, including Chinese, Spanish and Punjabi. 

Annual day
Mohali: The junior wing of The Millennium School presented various cultural items during their annual day function held at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, today. More than 250 students showcased their talent by reconstructing and enacting popular plays. Modulating a fusion of crisp dialogues, melodies and dances, the students mesmerised the audience. School principal Komal Singh lauded the efforts of students.


Workshop concludes
KHARAR, March 16
The two-day zonal android application development workshop and championship concluded at GGS College of Modern Technology on Saturday.


Thieves decamp with valuables, set rooms on fire
Panchkula, March 16
In a theft bid, some unidentified miscreants set two rooms of a house in Sector 26, Panchkula, on fire after they allegedly decamped with valuables here today.


Yashaswini Singh Deswal City shooter to represent nation in Youth Olympics
Chandigarh, March 16
For 16-year-old local shooter Yashaswini Singh Deswal, Holi the festival of colors, was never this colourful as it would be today.
Bringing cheers to her sports’ career and a major boost to Indian junior level shooting, the ace shooter has shot her best, during the recently concluded 7th Asian air Gun Championship in Kuwait, to ensure a Youth Olympics Quota in the air pistol event.
Yashaswini Singh Deswal. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

City team lose to Air India
Chandigarh, March 16
In the ongoing Senior Men National Hockey Championship (Division A), the local hockey team tasted defeat against Air India, on Sunday in Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh).

Priya, Amey win titles in 100m during athletics meet
Chandigarh, March 16
The 7th Annual Athletics meet was organized  at the Aryans Group of Colleges, here. Around 1,500 students of various courses participated in the meet including indoor games, outdoor games and fun games. In the athletics 100m event for girls, Priya Choudhary scored her top spot ahead of Deep Prabha and Rumaisa. In the men’s 100m Amey Panchal remained the first to touch the finish line followed by Sushil and Aaquif Hussain. In chess (men), Sohail Yusuf, Mohsin Hassan and Harmanpreet claimed top three spots. In the men’s 200m race, Aashish Kumar, Aman Kumar Singh and Roshan claimed the top three spots.


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