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Black flags greet Kirron
Chandigarh, March 18
Actor and BJP candidate Kirron Kher was met with black flags and slogans as she arrived in Chandigarh today. The disgruntled party workers also threw eggs at the BJP candidate. BJP workers, who were upset with the party high command for sidelining local party leaders and giving ticket to Kher, first showed black flags alongside the stretch from Hallo Majra roundabout to the Tribune roundabout on her route from the Chandigarh Airport to the BJP office “Kamlam”, in Sector 33.

(Left) Before: BJP activists near the Tribune light points in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan
After: Bollywood actor Anupam Kher clicks a picture of BJP nominee Kirron Kher as she shares a light moment with city unit chief Sanjay Tandon at the party office in Sector 33. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


Cadre war deepens as Home Secy writes to Haryana govt
Chandigarh, March 18
The cadre war in the Chandigarh Administration has reached a new low, with Home Secretary Anil Kumar, a Haryana-cadre IAS officer, writing a letter to the Haryana Chief Secretary stating that some of the decisions of the UT Administration have jeopardised the interests of Haryana state. Blaming the UT Administrator and the UT Adviser, for sidelining the Haryana cadre officials, Home Secretary Anil Kumar, a 1988 batch IAS officer, wrote in the letter that to protect the interest of Haryana in Chandigarh, the post of the UT Adviser to the Administrator, which was presently for the UT-cadre IAS officer, should be filled with an officer from the Haryana cadre. “This will ensure a lasting solution and protection of Haryana’s interests in Chandigarh,” the letter reads.

Bansal, Jannat Jahan file nomination
Chandigarh, March 18
Former Railway Minister and Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal and BSP candidate Jannat Jahan Ul-Haq today filed their nomination papers before the Returning Officer (RO) for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. A total of three candidates filed their nominations, including Independent candidate Deepak Shukla.

Students in a jubilant mood after receiving awards during the annual prize distribution function at PGGC, Sector 26, in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

PU notes
National conference
The Department of Applied Sciences, School of Engineering, Desh Bhagat University, organised a two-day national conference on “Air Pollution: Effects on Health and Environment”. It was organised in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology, Hara Punjab Khara Samaj, an NGO, and Government of India.

political notes
Jagjit Singh Kang new SAD chief
Jagjit Singh Gora Kang, the newly-elected president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Chandigarh unit, while addressing a press conference here today, thanked state Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal for showing faith in him. He appealed to all Akali workers to join the door-to-door campaign to accomplish the Mission 272 of Narendra Modi.

Hike in rent
Residents of working women’s hostel up in arms
Chandigarh, March 18
The inmates of the working women’s hostel of Sector 24, here, today demonstrated against the hike in the rent. The UT Administration had doubled their monthly rental charges from February. The decision was taken at a meeting of the UT Child and Women’s Welfare Governing Board as there had been no hike in the rent at these two self-financed projects of the Social Welfare Department for the past four years.

Independent candidate files papers
Chandigarh, March 18
Independent candidate Deepak Shukla (43), an insurance agent, filed his nomination papers today. Shukla is a resident of Bapu Dham Colony in Sector 26. He has movable assets worth Rs 2.25 lakh. He rides a scooter and has immovable property worth Rs 15.64 lakh, which includes a EWS house in Bapu Dham and a 450 sq.ft house in village Kansal, Mohali.

A clarification
The news item “New chief for city IMA” published in these columns on March 17 inadvertently mentioned Dr Anil Kumar as the treasurer. Dr Shiv Kumar Garg has been elected as the finance secretary. The error is regretted.


Ambala votes 2014
Chander Mohan in fray from Karnal
Panchkula, March 18
Facing embarrassment after the Fiza episode, former Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan was finally rehabilitated with the Haryana Janhit Congress supremo Kuldeep Bishnoi giving him an opportunity to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Karnal, this afternoon.

Chandigarh votes 2014: kher’s candidature
4 district BJP chiefs quit
Chandigarh, March 18
It seems that opposition against Kirron Kher’s candidature — BJP nominee for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha — refuses to die down. To oppose Kher’s name from the Chandigarh seat, four district presidents resigned from their posts today. With this, all five BJP district presidents have resigned following the development.

BJP activists protest Kirron Kher’s candidature at the party office in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Bansal’s wife richer than him
Chandigarh, March 18
Former railway minister and Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal’s wife is richer than him. The four-time Member of Parliament (MP) has movable assets of more than Rs 1.09 crore, while his wife owns movable assets of Rs 1.60 crore, which includes jewellery worth around Rs 47 lakh.

Complaint against GMCH Professor
Experience letter not being issued, alleges ex-doc
Chandigarh, March 18
A former demonstrator at the Department of Pharmacology at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, has filed a complaint alleging harassment by Head of the Department, Prof CS Gautam stating that her experience letter was not being issued since she had complained of mental harassment against Professor Gautam two years ago.

A riot of colours in Mohali, festivities remain peaceful
Mohali, March 18
The town had a peaceful Holi, the police claimed. Mohali Superintendent of Police (City) Swarndeep Singh claimed that no case of hooliganism, fight and eve-teasing was reported in the town yesterday. SP Swarndeep Singh, who claimed to have been making rounds of the town to check rowdism and other mischievous acts on the day, said some youngsters tried to create ruckus but were discouraged by the police.

Youths celebrate Holi in Mohali on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Holi: Traffic violations galore in city
Chandigarh, March 18
On Holi, the Chandigarh traffic police issued 1,017 challans and impounded 108 vehicles for various traffic violations. The traffic police had made elaborate arrangements to regulate traffic and enforce traffic rules. All the DSPs and Inspectors in Chandigarh traffic police were on field duty.

PGI eye centre celebrates founder's day
Chandigarh, March 18
The 8th founder's day was celebrated at the Advanced Eye Centre, PGI, in Chandigarh today. A continuing medical education programme in ophthalmology was organised on the occasion. Prof Yogesh Chawla, Director, PGI, was the chief guest. Prof Amod Gupta highlighted the achievements and activities of the department during the previous year.

Buried newborn pulled out by dogs
Chandigarh, March 18
A newborn was found dead on the border of Chandigarh and Mohali on Monday. The police said the infant, which was reportedly buried in a ground in Maloya, was pulled out by stray dogs who started eating it. Some passers-by noticed the newborn and reported the police about the incident. Earlier, the Mohali police was informed about the incident. However, later it was found that it was the jurisdiction of the Chandigarh Police. Gurmukh Singh, SHO, Sector 39 police station, said as soon they received the information the body was taken into custody. “The body has been kept at a mortuary in Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, and the autopsy will be conducted tomorrow," the SHO said. The police has registered a case and started investigation. TNS

Rs 45-cr tax recovered from HPCB
Panchkula, March 18
The Income Tax Department recovered taxes worth Rs 45 crore from the Haryana Pollution Control Board (HPCB) here today. The tax was reportedly due for the year 2006-17 and 2011-12. The IT department had served repeated notices to the HPCB authorities. The issue was taken up by the taxation commissioner, Haryana, during a hearing where the board lost the case. On the directions of the additional commissioner, the IT teams lead by assistant commissioner Manveet Sehgal recovered the tax. The income tax authorities had earlier recovered a sum of Rs 3.02 crore from the board, an officer said. TNS

Police to launch mobile app for safety
Mohali, March 18
To provide immediate help to persons in danger and get direct feedback from residents about unsafe locations in the area with just a tap the screen of mobile phone, the Mohali police will be launching its hi-tech ‘Smart App helpline’ from Friday. For the purpose, the police have constituted three special coordination teams consisting of three officials each. SSP Gursharan Singh Sandhu, who gave a briefing to the officials who had concluded the training, said the special helpline, ‘smart security mobile application’, would be launched by the next week after the training.


Fee hike
High drama on Panjab varsity campus
Chandigarh, March 18
Nine students of Panjab University, who are the representatives of the Students for Society (SFS), were today booked on charges of outraging modesty of women, rioting, unlawful assembly and voluntarily causing hurt.

Policemen remove a protester from outside the VC’s office at Panjab University on Tuesday. Tribune Photos: S Chandan

Class IX Punjabi paper leaves students in lurch
Chandigarh, March 18
Students appearing for Class IX final Punjabi examination were left baffled on March 15 as the paper had grammatical, spelling errors and wrong sequencing of questions. The matter was brought forth by the UT Cadre Educational Employees Union. The union members alleged that due to the apathy of educationalists towards the language, the students were being made to suffer.

‘Jhankaar-2014’ begins today at PU
Chandigarh, March 18
“Jhankaar 2014”, a four-day annual festival organised by the National Student Union of India (NSUI), Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) and Dean Student Welfare (DSW), will begin at Panjab University from March 19. This is the 39th edition of the festival.

From schools: Annual function
Chandigarh: “Sparkles”, the annual function of Doon Valley Kids Planet, Nalagarh, concluded recently. Lalit Jain, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Nalagarh, who was the chief guest, inaugurated the function by lighting the ceremonial lamp. Lalit Jain was accompanied by chairman Rajiv Sharma and principal Namita Lal. The function began with a devotional song by Kindergarten students. Events like Arabian dance, butterfly dance, bhangra, umbrella dance and Sufi dance were held on the occasion. The function concluded with a vote of thanks by the principal. — TNS


Two-year RI for hurting traffic cop
Chandigarh, March 18
A local court today awarded two years of rigorous imprisonment (RI) to a youth in a case of causing hurt to a police official and rash driving. The case dates back to October 2005 when the youth, Amit, a paying guest at Sector 15, was crossing the Sector 15/16 light point on his motorbike without wearing a helmet. As two traffic police constables deployed at the spot signaled him to stop, he jumped the red light and ran over the motorcycle on the leg of one of the constables. The court of District and Sessions Judge SK Aggarwal today sentenced Amit to two years of RI and imposed a fine of Rs 2,300. — TNS

Man held guilty of wife's death
Chandigarh, March 18
The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Anshu Shukla, today held a Manimajra resident guilty of dowry death of his wife Geeta. The special court, set up for crime against women, will pronounce the quantum in the case on March 21. The case dates back to June 13, 2012, when Geeta was found dead due to burn injuries. The police had registered a case of culpable homicide and dowry death against her husband Vahetu. — TNS


Speeding vehicle kills 14-year-old girl in city
Chandigarh, March 18
A 14-year-old pedestrian, Sabina, a resident of EWS Colony, Dhanas, was killed and her two friends were injured when a speeding Mahindra pick up hit them on Monday. The deceased, a student of Class V, had gone to play Holi when the jeep hit them.

3 die in road mishaps
Mohali, March 18
Three persons died in separate accidents that occurred in the past two days in the  district. In the first incident, occurred at Lalru yesterday, Sudhir Ghosh from West Bengal died in a collision between an Activa scooter and a cycle on the Dera Bassi-Ambala highway.

Man stabbed to death in Rajiv Colony
Panchkula, March 18
A man was stabbed to death outside his hutment in Rajiv Colony here on the intervening night of March 16 and 17. On Sunday night, Jagdish alias Kala, a migrant labourer, and Vinod Kumar, a resident of Mauli Jagran originally hailing from Bihar, had an altercation over an old dispute. The duo was reportedly drunk.

Pet dog shot at point-blank range
Chandigarh, March 18
Unidentified persons allegedly shot a female dog at point-blank range outside the Congress Bhawan in Sector 35 on the intervening night of March 16 and 17. Vinod Kumar, the owner of the female dog named Julie, is a watchman at the Congress Bhawan.

Cheating case against Berkeley Automobiles
Chandigarh, March 18
The Berkeley Automobiles, Phase I, Industrial Area, is in trouble again as the Chandigarh Police has registered a case against its director and two employees for cheating a customer.

Man held for murder bid on wife
Mohali, March 18
A man has been arrested for an attempt to murder his wife on Monday afternoon. The police said the accused, Rakesh Kumar, had gone out of his home to celebrate Holi and consumed liquor. On return, he had a tiff with his wife Muskan and attacked her with a scissor. The victim received injuries in her stomach, back and arms. She ran outside seeking help and some neighbours saved her from her drunk husband. Muskan was rushed to the Government Medical College Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, where her condition is stated to be stable. The couple had married six years ago and was blessed with two children. On the victim's complaint, a case has been registered against Rakesh Kumar under Sections 307, 323 and 341 of the IPC at Sohana police station. TNS

50-yr-old man hangs self to death
Chandigarh, March 18
A man committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Sector 25 on Monday. H e was 50. Police sources said the deceased, Manoj Kumar was suffering from depression due to the prolonged illness of his 25-year-old son. Kumar was rushed to the GMSH, Sector 16, where doctors declared him brought dead. Kumar owned a shop in Sector 35. No suicide note was found from the spot. — TNS

Opium seized
Chandigarh, March 18
A team of Narcotics Control Bureau arrested a drug peddler, Gurdarshan Singh, from the roundabout of Sector 40/41 on Monday night and 9.6 kg opium was recovered from his car. Gurdarshan was produced in a local court and remanded in judicial custody. A case has been registered. — TNS


Db deodhar trophy
Harbhajan to lead North Zone
Chandigarh, March 18
Spinner Harbhajan Singh will lead the North Zone during the DB Deodhar Trophy, a cricket tournament, to be played at Vizag. The North Zone has got a direct entry to the semifinals and will face the South Zone on March 22.

Trials for Mohali (U-16) cricket team today
Chandigarh, March 18
The Mohali Cricket Association (MCA) will conduct trails to shortlist players for its boys (U-16) cricket team, on the C-ground at 3 pm tomorrow. The selected players, after undergoing a preparatory training camp, would represent Mohali in the inter-district cricket tournament for boys (U-16) to be organised by the Punjab Cricket Association. GS Walia, honorary secretary of the association, said the players born on or after January 1, 1998, either studying or living in Mohali, can participate in the trials. They have to bring along a photocopy of birth certificate or a certificate issued by their respective institutes confirming the date of birth. — TNS

Cricket: Trials for U-19 team on March 23
Chandigarh, March 18
The trials to select the boys (U-19) cricket team of Chandigarh will be held at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, at 3 pm on March 23. The Chandigarh Cricket Association, affiliated to the Punjab Cricket Association, will conduct the trails. Only players born on or after September 1, 1994, are eligible to take part in the trails. The final selected team would participate in the inter-district cricket tournament. — TNS


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