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Campaign trail Aam aadmi party
It's now or never: Panag to voters
Chandigarh, March 26
It's a strict fitness regime, including 50 push-ups and pull-ups, that marks the beginning of the day for model, actor-turned-politician and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Gulkirat Kaur Panag. She hits the road sharp at 7 am after having a cup of tea.

AAP candidate Gul Panag campaigns at Hallo Majra in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
AAP candidate Gul Panag campaigns at Hallo Majra in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan


Dept short of EVMs, courtesy surplus candidates
Chandigarh, March 26
With 17 candidates in the fray for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, the Election Department that had planned to install 519 electronic voting machines (EVMs) at 519 polling booths will now have to install double the number of EVMs as each EVM has only 16 buttons. The department, which is short of EVMs, will now write to the Election Commission, demanding more EVMs.

Drug peddler gets 10-yr jail
Chandigarh, March 26
A local court today sentenced a man to 10-year rigorous imprisonment in a drug peddling case. The court sentenced Laxmi Narayan, a resident of Churu, Rajasthan, and also imposed a penalty of Rs 1 lakh on him. Laxmi Narayan was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in July, 2012, with 2.725 kg of opium. He was arrested by the NCB at the ISBT in Sector 17 when he had come to the city to deliver the contraband. He had alighted from a Haryana Roadways bus when he was nabbed by NCB sleuths. A search of a black hand bag he was carrying had led to the recovery of the drug. TNS

Fire breaks out at Infosys building
Chandigarh, March 26
A fire incident was reported at the Infosys building at IT Park here this evening. The Fire Department received a call at around 6.54 pm following which three fire tenders were rushed to the spot to extinguish the fire. An official said the fire was reported at one of the blocks inside the Infosys building. "The staff working inside the building was safely evacuated and nobody was injured in the fire incident," the official said. Firefighters had a tough time dousing the flames due to the huge smoke. The fire was finally controlled at around 8.30 pm. The loss caused by the fire is yet to be ascertained. TNS

Firefighters battle the flames at the Infosys building in IT Park, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. tribune photo: S. Chandan


Chandigarh Votes 2014
Kin power candidates’ campaign
Chandigarh, March 25
While candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections are sweating it out on the field, their close ones are also making tireless efforts to ensure their victory. To make it possible for Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal win the elections for the fifth time, his two sons—Manish Bansal (35) and Amit Bansal (37)—are making all possible efforts. The brothers have divided the work among themselves and are helping the veteran politician in his election campaign.

Talent unlimited: Staff of AG, Haryana, enact a scene from a skit, ‘Chhoti Chhoti Khushiyaan’, during a cultural programme at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

BJP stalled development, says Bansal
Chandigarh, March 26
Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal today lambasted the BJP for stalling development. Addressing a public meeting in Sector 43 this evening, Bansal said the BJP never played the positive role of the Opposition and tried to stall development by indulging in allegations and obstructing the work in Parliament.

Political system needs a change, says Kirron Kher
Chandigarh, March 26
BJP Candidate Kirron Kher today called for a change in the political system to realise the dream of development in the country. Kher, who was addressing advocates of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, said: “The BJP prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, is capable of making India a superpower. Modi takes great interest in Chandigarh’s issues and will commence his Vijaya Rally from here. I assure you that I will fulfil all my promises.”

Youth voice
Make placement cells mandatory in institutes
Chandigarh, March 26
City youth want the government to constitute a separate department in the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development to formulate and review the policy on placement cells in higher education institutes. Students of the Government College of Education, Sector 20, want political parties to come up with the policy in their manifestos under which it becomes mandatory for all educational institutes to set up these cells.

Anandpur sahib: votes 2014
Simranjit resigns to make poll pitch for father
Mohali, March 26
Simranjit Singh Chandumajra, Punjab’s deputy advocate general, has resigned from his post to campaign for his father, Prem Singh Chandumajra. The Congress sitting MP from Anandpur Sahib constituency, Ravneet Singh Bittu, had complained to the Punjab Chief Electoral Officer that Simranjit Singh was misusing his official position and government machinery for campaigning for his father, the SAD candidate from here. Bittu had also demanded action against Simranjit Singh.

Surveillance team seizes money
Chandigarh, March 26
A static surveillance team recovered a huge amount of cash from different persons at a naka set up on the rear of Palsora police post near Mohali barrier here today. The team seized Rs 1.35 lakh from one Rajinder, a Ropar resident. Rs 64,000 were recovered from one Rohtash Gupta of Sector 16.

Independent candidate cries foul over symbol
Chandigarh, March 26
An Independent candidate contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Chandigarh has objected to the election symbol allotted to him. The candidate, Shamsher Singh, said earlier he was allotted the symbol of a lighted torch. Later, however, he was called back and was allotted the symbol of a torch that was not lighted.

Ambala votes 2014
Hooda regime serves vested interests: Chautala
Panchkula, March 26
Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Singh Chautala, who reached two hours and 20 minutes late, to address a rally in favour of the party candidate from Ambala Lok Sabha seat Dr Kusum Bala Sherwal accused Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda and former Ambala MP Kumari Selja of not fulfilling the commitments made in the Assembly election poll manifesto.

Patient lies outside Emergency at PGI for 3 days
Chandigarh, March 26
A boy in his late teens, unable to move due to his serious condition, had to bear the apathy of the authorities concerned as he lay outside the Emergency of the hospital for three days in a critical condition. The healthcare institute, which claims that it has a special concern for underprivileged patients and keeps a round-the-clock vigilance on campus has apparently failed to carry out its basic duty of giving taking care of the patients.

The patient sits on the pavement outside the PGI Emergency. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Special treat for city jazz enthusiasts
Chandigarh, March 26
Heartfelt melodies and jazz rhythms elevated the atmosphere of the Punjab Kala Bhawan as the New York-based band Ari Roland Jazz Quartet performed here today. The Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Punjab Arts Council had organised the event.

Members of Ari Roland Jazz Quartet perform at the Kala Bhawan in Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Mansa Devi gets ‘nav greha’ temple
Panchkula, March 26
‘Nav Greha’ temple was constructed at the oldest Mansa Devi temple (200yrs) in Panchkula. This Navratras, the devotees will be able to pay obeisance at this new temple. The devotees were demanding the temple ever since the Mansa Devi Temple was built by Maharaja Gopal Singh.

The newly built ‘nav greha’ temple at the Mansa Devi shrine in Panchkula. tribune photo: nitin mittal

Getting HSRPs a headache for residents in Mohali
Mohali, March 26
People wanting to get high-security registration plates (HSRP) for their vehicles here are harassed lot as they have to wait for hours to get the work done. They have to wait in a long queue for their turn to get the registration plates affixed to their vehicles. There is no separate queue for the convenience of women or senior citizens. Some of them complain that whole day is wasted in the uphill exercise of getting the HSRP.

DEO fixes prices of items used in campaigning
Mohali, March 26
The District Election officer had fixed Rs 5 for each small garland to be used during the election campaign while flower decoration on the stage can cost up to Rs 5,000. This amount will be added in election expenditure.

Minor’s rape
Counsel says case registered under political pressure
Chandigarh, March 26
Claiming that the case of a minor’s rape involving a Khuda Lahora resident was registered owing to political pressure, defence counsel Harish Bhardawaj stated in court today that the signatures of two political leaders giving consent on the victim’s medical report raise serious question marks.

IT Dept attaches house
Chandigarh, March 26
The Income Tax Department today attached the property of a city-based property dealer for evading Income Tax of Rs 4.21 crores. Bikramjeet Singh, income tax officer-cum-tax recovery officer, said they attach house number 52, Sector 9, of Davinder Singh Pannu, who runs a real estate firm, DS Pannu and Associate Private Limited. Pannu had not paid Income Tax amount for the assessment year of 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Income tax officials paste an attachment notice on a house in Sector 9, Chandigarh. 
tribune photo: S Chandan

De-addiction camp
The Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector-32, and the UT Social Welfare Department launched a 10-day indoor community de-addiction camp at Palsora village recently. "We identified all needy patients in villages adjoining the city. Among these, around 25 patients were in need of indoor care," said Dr BS Chavan, head, Department of Psychiatry, GMCH.

Candidates chirp
Kirron Kher @KirronKherBJP
9.45 am: Good Morning Chandigarh! Thank you for your immense love & support.
9.47 am: Come and help me build a better Chandigarh. Your support is growing everyday and so is my confidence to represent you in parliament.
Gul Panag @GulPanag
2.25 pm: Covered a lot of ground today. Immense frustration with the state of affairs and the attitude of the incumbent.
2.29 pm: This election is about change, that the people of Chandigarh deserve, demand and will exercise at the ballot box.


Online registration for PU library soon
Chandigarh, March 26
Now getting registered with the Panjab University (PU) AC Joshi library will be just a click away for students as the authorities are coming up with online registration for library membership. The project will be started from the next academic session for all students and registered members of the library.

Interactive session on CCE
Chandigarh: An interactive session of the AKSIPS Group of Schools on the continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) and life skills was organised at AKSIPS-41, Sector-41-B, Chandigarh. The principals of AKSIPS 41, AKSIPS 45, AKSIPS 65 and AKSIPS 125 and around 200 teachers, teaching at all levels, attended it. The session opened with a welcome address by executive director of AKSIPS Group of Schools Jasdeep Kalra.

World TB Day observed
The Desh Bhagat University School of Nursing observed World TB Day by organising an awareness rally to save people from the disease. As part of the awareness campaign, nursing students went door to door to make residents aware of the TB and other diseases. Students also visited surrounding areas. They distributed pamphlets among the people and exhorted them to keep their surroundings clean and green. The campaign was undertaken under the guidance of Ramandeep Kaur Dhillon and Kuldeep Longia, directors of the university. Later, the students were honoured with mementos by Civil Surgeon Neelam Bhardwaj.

Social science congress begins at PU
Chandigarh, March 26
The two-day 4th Chandigarh Social Science Congress on the theme 'Millennium Development Goals: Retrospect and Prospects' started today at Panjab University here. Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover inaugurated the event.

695 students awarded prizes
Chandigarh, March 26
As many as 695 students were awarded prizes for meritorious performance in academics, sports and extra-curricular activities during an annual prize distribution function of GGDSD College, Sector 32, here, today.

Students in a jubilant mood after receiving prizes at GGDSD College in Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

PhD scholars to get hostel facility till final viva voce
Chandigarh, March 26
Panjab University PhD scholars will get the hostel facility till the final viva voce from the next session. On the demand of the Panjab University Campus Students' Council (PUCSC), it today accepted to allow PhD research scholars to have hostel facility till the final viva voce. PU, Dean Student Welfare, Navdeep Goyal, informed the council about the decision. This will also be included in the rule handbook of hostel for the 2014-15 session.


Consumer forum slaps fine on MC
Chandigarh, March 26
Municipal Corporation, Mani Majra, had been penalised for failing to allot house number to the complainant, despite charging Rs 50 as fee. District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Municipal Corporation, Manimajra, to refund Rs 50 to the complainant and pay Rs 2000 towards cost of litigation.

NIC told to pay Rs 2.28 lakh
Mohali, March 26 The Permanent Lok Adalat (Public Utility Services), Mohali, has allowed an application moved by Gurjeet Singh Bajwa and others, and directed National Insurance Company Limited, Panchkula, to pay Rs 2,28,372 to the claimant.


8 acquitted
Mohali, March 26
The court today acquitted eight persons, allegedly members of terrorist outfit BKI, after the prosecution failed to prove the charges. The police had registered a case against the accused on March 19, 2010 at Zirakpur. The accused were charged for involvement in anti-nation activities. — TNS


2 quintals of poppy husk seized, 2 held
Mohali, March 26
The Mohali Police have arrested two persons and seized two quintals of poppy husk from them. The accused were arrested from a special naka here today. The accused, identified as Harnider Singh and Ravinder Singh, both residents of Ropar, tried to dodge the police and said they were carrying a dead body in the bag and were in a great hurry. But when checked, the police recovered the poppy husk.

25-year-old married woman found dead
Panchkula, March 26
A 25-year-old married woman was found dead under mysterious circumstances at her residence in Kalka this evening. The victim has been identified as Barkha. According to the police, they got intimation about the incident from the general hospital authorities. The police are working on all the theories. The cause of death is said to be poisoning.

Electronic cigarettes seized
Panchkula, March 26
The health department today seized ten packets of electronic cigarettes, in a raid at a shop in Sector 9 here today. Interestingly, these cigarettes were being sold by the name ‘health cigarettes’.
A team led by assistant drug controller Narender Ahuja raided the premises. The team also found ten packets of tooth powder that were reportedly containing nicotine. The team found that the shopkeeper would lure the customers by saying that after taking the health cigarettes, the habit of smoking would go. However, the same were containing nicotine, said the officials. One packet of electronic cigarettes consisted of ten filters. — TNS

35 fined for drunken driving; 54 vehicles impounded
Chandigarh, March 26
In a special drive, the UT Traffic Police laid as many as eight checkpoints to check drunken driving in the city. The nakas were laid from 9 pm to 11 pm. During the nakas, 35 vehicles were issued challans for drunken driving and 54 vehicles were impounded. A total of 962 vehicles were issued challans and Rs 2,55,400 were collected in fines during the day. Such drives will continue in the coming days, said a police official. — TNS

Boy commits suicide
Panchkula, March 26
An 18-year-old boy committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling fan of his residence at Kundi village in Panchkula. The victim, Joginder, was a student of ITI, Sector 14, Panchkula. A suicide note was recovered by the police. The suicide note mentioned that the victim got fed up of his life because of which he decided to end his life. The police are investigating the matter. A case was registered at the Sector 20 police station. — TNS


CHA’s tryst with goof-ups continues
Chandigarh, March 26
In a shocking revelation, it has been found that office-bearers of the UT Sports Department are running the Chandigarh Hockey Academy (CHA) wrongfully. Adding to the list of goof-ups, despite having a bunch of cream players, selected through trials conducted across the country, players from other academies were caught representing CHA in various competitions.

Players in action during a hockey match at Sector 42 in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Hosts Hansraj Cricket Academy steer into final
Panchkula, March 26
Hosts Hansraj Cricket Academy, Panchkula, defeated Chandigarh’s Eleven Star Cricket Academy by 42 runs to steer into the final of 2nd Smt Kaushalya Devi Memorial Inter-Academy Cricket League for Boys (Under-15) Tournament, here today.

Asian Tournament of Champions
Local golfer Karandeep performs well on Day1
Chandigarh, March 26
Local golfer Karandeep Singh Kochhar displayed efficient golfing skills on the first day of the Asian Tournament of Champions in Hua Hin, Thailand, today. A student of St Johns’ High School, Sector 26, Kochhar is currently holding 4th with the leader at six-under.

Corporate cricket tourney from April 13
Chandigarh, March 26
The 1st Ashok Kumar Memorial Corporate Cricket Tournament will start from April 13 at the cricket grounds of Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, here.

Annual sports meet ends
Chandigarh, March 26
A two-day annual sports meet of the Gian Sagar Group of Institutions concluded on the sports grounds of the campus today. Students of Gian Sagar Medical College, Gian Sagar Dental College, Gian Sagar College of Nursing and Gian Sagar College of Physiotherapy participated in different events. Dr Barjinder Singh, chairman of the Gian Sagar Educational and Charitable Trust, was the chief guest on the occasion. He recalled the various achievements of students of the Gian Sagar Group of Institutions. TNS

Ball badminton teams announced
Chandigarh: The Chandigarh Ball Badminton Association has announced the local ball badminton teams of both men and women categories. The teams will be participating in the 1st All-India Inter-Zonal Ball Badminton Championship at Bapudham Motihari (Bihar) from March 28 to 30.
List of players: Men-Manish Kumar, Divyanshu Verma, Neerav Vishen, Akash deep Singh, Naveen Sharma, Amit Kumar, Rahul, Harvinder Singh, Ravinder Kumar, Suresh
Women-Manya Dhiman, Sheetal Negi, Chander Lata, Sonia, Harvinder Kaur, Nitika Batta, Kushum, Ankita Khanna, Parul, Gracy. — TNS

R Sridhar is fielding coach of Kings XI Punjab
Chandigarh, March 26
The management of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) has appointed R Sridhar as its fielding coach for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Sridhar is a former Hyderabad Ranji left-arm spinner and started his coaching career in 2001. He has led the India (under-19) in World Cup 2014 as an assistant coach. “I am honored to be a part of the KXIP and the squad constitutes of young, talented and experienced players. I am looking forward to working with them to make the upcoming IPL season successful,” said R Sridhar, fielding coach, Kings XI Punjab. TNS


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