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Student's Rape
Another U-turn by victim
Chandigarh, April 2
Taking yet another U-turn in the rape case involving UT constables as the accused, the 17-year-old rape victim today moved a handwritten application in the court stating that she wished to record her statement in the case again as she was under tremendous pressure during the previous hearing when she turned hostile.

For colony voters, elections are a tamaasha
Chandigarh, April 2 “Kaun si sari khareed rahi ho April 10 ke liye. Is baar shahr mein bade bade abhineta chunav ladh rahe hain (which sari are you buying for April 10. This time, big actors are contesting the Lok Sabha elections from the city)," Sheela Devi, a resident of Colony No. 4, was heard asking another resident of the colony, Gutka.


Aam Aadmi Party sets up sting team
Chandigarh, April 2
Apprehending that flow of liquor and cash by rival parties in colonies and villages, especially during the last week of campaigning, may alter the poll scenario, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has formed a team of 50 volunteers, which will carry out sting operations to expose any such attempt by the rival parties.

Illustration by Sandeep Joshi

Tribune Impact
Polling booths to have wheelchairs
Chandigarh, April 2
The UT Election Department has decided to identify infirm and differently abled voters and the polling stations in the city where they are registered so that wheelchairs can be provided to them for casting their vote. This was decided at a meeting chaired by the Returning Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Mohammad Shayin, here today.


Chandigarh Votes 2014
Dhumal hits out at UPA govt
Chandigarh, April 2
A former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Prem Kumar Dhumal, today addressed a public meeting in the favour of BJP candidate Kirron Kher, at Dhanas. In his address, Dhumal said Kirron Kher is the daughter-in-law of his state. Lambasting his rival party, he said, “I have lost the count of money that the Congress siphoned off in various scams over the last decade.”

Riding the poll wave: The election fever seems to have gripped even non-voters in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Jannat Jahan: BSP candidate for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat shares her vision for the city with Chandigarh Tribune
‘Lal dora in all villages should be extended’
What is your take on how the Union Territory is today? Should it remain a Union Territory or be transferred to either Punjab or Haryana, as was initially intended. Chandigarh should remain a Union Territory. It is getting ample finance for development from the Government of India, which will not be possible after its transfer to Punjab or Haryana. The status of Chandigarh will lose its political significance if it is transferred to either Punjab or Haryana, as they have to take care of their own cities.

Ambala votes 2014
Bir Ghaggar, Kharag Mangoli residents to boycott poll
Panchkula, April 2
Bereft of basic amenities, residents of Bir Ghaggar and Kharag Mangoli villages here have announced to boycott the elections for the Ambala constituency scheduled for April 10. Unaware on the “none of the above” (NOTA) option on the electronic voting machine, a choice to reject candidates, the villagers are in the dark, thanks to the lack of information spread by the District Administration.

Bansal launches mobile app for safety of women
Chandigarh, April 2
Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal today launched a mobile application for safety of women. The application will also be used for canvassing. The app, I’M4 Pawan Bansal, which will be available in both Android and iOS operating systems, allows one to feed up to five mobile numbers of those could be useful in case of emergency.

Anandpur sahib votes 2014
Chandumajra’s kin leave no stone unturned
Mohali, April 2
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate from the Anandpur Sahib constituency Professor Prem Singh Chandumajra has definitely an edge over his nearest rival Congress candidate Ambika Soni when it comes to involvement of family members in election campaigning. While the entire family members of Chandumajra, along with his several relatives, are toiling hard in the field to ensure his success, the election campaign of Ambika Soni is being managed mainly by the local senior Congress leaders, including Jagmohan Kang and Balbir Sidhu.

Electoral roll revision duties
Admn violates MHRD directive?
Chandigarh, April 2
In gross violation of the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Department of School Education and Literacy, the UT Administration has deputed school teachers for electoral roll revision duties during school hours.

Youth voice
Girl students feel insecure, annoyed with politicians, bureaucracy
Chandigarh, April 2
None of the candidates of the major political parties contesting the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat appeal to the students of the Government College of Art, Sector 10. They say neither of the candidates had raised any of the problems that they face on day-to-day basis.

Ambala votes 2014
Congress men fail to unite
Panchkula, April 2
With just one week left for the Lok Sabha elections, rift within the Congress does not seem to end. Congress candidate from the Ambala constituency Raj Kumar Balmiki is receiving no support from the party workers who owe allegiance to Kumari Selja. Sources said a list of all party workers who were not cooperating with Balmiki in the elections had been prepared. It would be forwarded to Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar.

Daredevil act: A biker tries to catch a currency note during a stunt at a fair organised at the Mansa Devi temple in Panchkula on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Staff strike
Safai Mazdoor Federation chief gets show-cause notice
Mohali, April 2
Even as employees of the sanitation wing of the Municipal Corporation here went on a day’s strike yesterday, the civic body authorities today issued a show-cause notice to the president of the Safai Mazdoor Federation of the corporation to give a reply on the strike within three days or face action. In a letter sent to Suraj Bhan, Additional Commissioner (Technical) BD Singla stated that the sanitation work was struck on April 1 without giving any prior information in this regard.

Traders observe half-day shutdown at timber market
Chandigarh, April 2
A half-day complete shutdown was observed by timber merchants at the timber  market of Sector 26 here today. The protesting traders demanded that VAT rates of 12.5 per cent on timber in Chandigarh should be brought down to 5 per cent as were applicable currently in Punjab and Haryana.

Awareness campaign for voters begins in Mohali
Mohali, April 2
A Voters’ Awareness Signature Campaign was started by Mohali Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu here today in order to ensure maximum voting during the Lok Sabha elections to be held on April 30. The Deputy Commissioner said there was 67 per cent polling during the last Lok Sabha elections. Now, a target of 85 per cent polling had been set up and to achieve it, the awareness campaign had been initiated.

Election observer addresses polling staff
Chandigarh, April 2
Dr Vishwas Mehta, the election observer for the Chandigarh parliamentary constituency, today addressed the polling staff at the Law Auditorium, Panjab University. He explained to them the basic parameters related to the election and highlighted the importance of a free, fair and transparent election.

Need to review municipal bylaws: Gul
Chandigarh, April 2
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Gulkirat Kaur Panag today held a yatra covering sectors 48, 49, 50 and 51. She said, “The BJP and the Congress have no right to call the AAP anarchist. The only examples of anarchy in the history of Indian democracy have been during the communal riots that took place under the questionable watch of the mainstream political parties, where justice eludes the victims." She added, “Our government took a few days to order an SIT probe into the 1984 riots, which the BJP and the Congress failed to do in 30 years.”

Rs 4.6 lakh seized
Chandigarh, April 2
The static surveillance teams constituted to put a check on flow on liquor and cash during the Lok Sabha elections today rounded up two persons and recovered Rs 4.6 lakh from their possession.

Bansal did nothing for city: Jannat
Chandigarh, April 2
BSP candidate Jannat Jahan today carried out a door-to-door campaign in Nehru Colony, Adarsh Nagar, Furniture Market and Kishangarh village. During her campaign, she said during his 15-year tenure, the sitting MP Pawan Kumar Bansal did nothing for the betterment of city residents. She added that the promises he made to the public during the last election turned out to be false. She said being the daughter of the city, she certainly understood its problems and believed that after winning, she would vie to better the lives of the residents.

Street play for voter awareness
Chandigarh, April 2
As a part of its voter awareness and motivation campaign, the UT Election Department today organised a 'nukkad natak' at Maloya and Dadumajra village. The street play had 'Your vote is your voice' as a theme and depicted the power of a voter that comes with the right to exercise franchise. The play aimed at conveying that people could choose good leadership by casting their vote. TNS

Non-payment of salary
Civil Hospital staff strike work
Mohali, April 2
Civil Hospital staff, including doctors, struck work for two hours here today in protest against the non-payment of salaries, causing inconvenience to patients. The patients, who reached the hospital to meet doctors or get various medical tests done, had no other option but to wait. The work was struck from 10 am to 12 noon. One of the doctors here said the hospital staff had not got their salaries for February and March. He said they would continue the protest till they got their salaries. OC

Defused bomb shell found on river bank
Panchkula, April 2
A defused bomb shell was found on the banks of Ghaggar River this morning. A passerby saw the bomb shell and informed the local police. The local police called the Bomb Disposal Squad, who checked the bombshell on the spot. Station House Officer of the Sector 5 Police Station Inspector Malkeet Singh said there is a possibility that the defused bomb shell may have swept across the flow of water and reached here. The bomb shell seemed to be a rocket launcher type, said the police. The bomb shell has been disposed of at Moginand. TNS


From Schools
Orientation programme
Chandigarh: Tribune Model School, Sector 29, organised an orientation programme for the parents of students of Kindergarten to Class V today. The hour-long session aimed to educate parents into the strategies introduced for the benefit of the students.

On the occasion of World Autism Day, trainers from Australia play with autistic children at the Society for Rehabilitation of the Mentally Challenged, Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: manoj mahajan

Compartment cases
15 undergraduate students ‘miss’ exam
Chandigarh, April 2
As many as 15 undergraduate students — who arrived to take the compartment examination at two city colleges today — were shocked to know that the exam had already been conducted yesterday. The students arrived at Government College for Girls and Post-Graduate College, Sector 11, to take the compartment examination.

Students discuss the question paper on the first day of the Panjab University examinations in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: manoj mahajan

Google boy’s wit impresses students of British school
Panchkula, April 2
Six-year-old Google boy Kautilya Pandit interacted with students of a London-based school through video-conferencing recently. The wonder kid visited The Gurukul, Sector 20, and faced a volley of questions from students of The Baring Primary School, London. Kautilya was accompanied by his grandfather and two sisters. Impressed with his marvellous feat, the students of the London-based school gave a ‘thumbs up’ to the Google boy.

Google boy Kautilya Pandit during a video-conferencing at The Gurukul in Panchkula. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

PCS judicial
5 PU students clear exam
Chandigarh, April 2
Five students of Panjab University have cleared the Punjab Civil Services (PCS) Judicial Examination in their first attempt. The results of the examination were declared today. Bisman Mann, a law student of the University Institute of Legal Studies, secured the eighth rank in the PCS judicial exam.

VC, PU dons discuss students’ problems
Chandigarh, April 2
Panjab University needs to adopt a better mechanism to resolve student-related issues on the varsity campus. The issue came up for discussion during a meeting of all faculty members held under the chairmanship of Vice Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover today. The move follows after the student representatives of all parties staged a four-day protest against fee hike last month.

PU & College Notes
Free Education Day
Free Education Day was celebrated by the students of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Panjab University (UIET), in collaboration with EduRev.in on the campus today. The event was held to promote the culture of free education amongst the students. A team of students visited all the classes and held a face-to-face interaction. A small skit was also presented by kids of Theatre Age. This was aimed at creating awareness on online free education. A group of students and teachers from UIET have collaborated to raise the initial content and make this project a success. The online repository includes all notes and lectures for all students of various streams. If any student wants to study a topic, they can directly study from the website. — TNS

Students of the Aryans Group of Colleges perform at the seventh annual cultural extravaganza, ‘Roshan’, at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune Photograph


Three held with smack, sharp weapons
Dera Bassi, April 2
The local police arrested three youths with sharp weapons and smack during an anti-drug drive, here today. The accused have been identified as Harvinder Pal and Mohit Kumar, both from Dera Bassi, and Harsimran, a resident of Ramgarh. The station house officer of Dera Bassi Police Station, inspector Atul Soni, said they had laid a naka, following a tip-off.


dacoity case
Nine get 10-year imprisonment
Panchkula, April 2
A local court today convicted nine persons of committing a dacoity. The court has awarded ten years imprisonment to all the accused. The dacoity was committed in the house of the former Deputy Director of Tourism in Sector 10, here, in 2010. The accused have been identified as Narul Islam, Mohammed Hilal, Abu Zaffer, Rakib Holedar, Jamaal Holedar, Alamin Khan, Wail Ali, Mohammad Yunis and Kamrul.

Four more arrested in impersonation case
Chandigarh, April 2
The local police arrested four persons, including a woman, on charges of impersonation today. The accused had sat in place of candidates, who were due to appear in written entrance test for data entry operators and clerks, organised by the Staff Selection Commission. The police had arrested seven persons in this regard yesterday. Those arrested today have been identified as Jagmail, Preeti, Sanjeev Kumar and Vineet Tomar.

Seven hurt in clash
Mohali, April 2
At least seven members of two families, including an elderly woman, sustained injuries in a clash over using village shamlat (common) land for personal purposes at Saneta village this morning. The injured persons, Gurpreet Singh Gopi, Swarn Kaur, Preetpal Singh, Roshan Ali, Mohamad Salim, Banka Ali and Aswani Khan, have been shifted to the Civil Hospital at Phase VI here.

Man held with pistols, live cartridges
Mohali, April 2
The police today arrested a person and recovered an unlicensed .315 bore pistol, a country-made pistol and two live cartridges from his possession here. The accused, identified as Lakhbir Singh from Lakhnaur village, Kurali, was arrested after a 15-minute chase by the police near the Telephone Exchange at Kharar.


Kho-kho, kabaddi face neglect
Chandigarh, April 2
Local players of kho-kho, roller hockey and kabaddi will have to wait for another year to confirm their place in the gradation policy of the UT Chandigarh Administration, here. An assurance of including these games under the gradation policy of the UT Sports Department was announced by former finance-cum-sports secretary VK Singh during a sports day function in 2013. Till date, however, no development has been made in this regard so far.

North Zone Syed Mushtaq Ali Cricket Trophy
Fans gather to catch glimpse of cricketers
Chandigarh, April 2
A match was played amidst fanfare at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium. Many youngsters came to catch a glimpse of their favourite cricketers Virendar Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma and Parvez Rasool, during a match of the North Zone Syed Mushtaq Ali Cricket Trophy, here.

Visitors at the cricket stadium in Sector 16, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Absence of golf carts leaves devotees in the lurc
Panchkula, April 2
The golf cart that was meant to ferry the elderly and physically challenged at the Mansa Devi temple virtually went missing after giving ride to Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia on the first day of the Navratras. The golf cart was last seen all decked up for Pahadia. However, later on, the elderly and physically challenged devotees were found looking for the same.


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