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2,715 POs and counting
Chandigarh, April 13
The UT police’s list of accused on the run - proclaimed offenders (POs) - is on a high with as many as 2,715 accused registered in police records so far. The number of proclaimed offenders has witnessed a 100 per cent rise in the last six years. On an average, the police arrests 18 to 20 POs every month, but the same number and even more is also added each year in the police records.

Link with AAP costs Savita Bhatti dear
Chandigarh, April 13
Late Jaspal Bhatti is no longer the brand ambassador of the Chandigarh Traffic Police. Reason: Savita Bhatti’s association with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). After she decided to contest the elections, the Chandigarh Traffic Police withdrew Jaspal Bhatti’s name as their brand ambassador.

A file photo shows Savita Bhatti with Manish Chaudhary, SSP (Traffic), at a press conference, where late Jaspal Bhatti was declared the brand ambassador, at the Sector 9 Police Headquarters in Chandigarh.



Panchkula administration goofs voter turnout details
Panchkula, April 13
The Panchkula Administration has goofed with the details of the voter turnout provided to the Chief Electoral Officer of Haryana. The website of the Chief Electoral Officer of Haryana still shows a poor turnout in some sectors, questioning the calculations.

PGIMER plans to re-introduce token system at outpatient departments
Chandigarh, April 13
Everyday rush at the PGIMER’s outpatient departments, touching the 10,000 mark, has compelled the institution to reconsider the old token system. Presently, most patients end up standing in queues to meet the doctors till late afternoon outside the OPDs, without any assurance of whether their turn will come for a checkup on the same day.

Hit-and-run case
Accused still on the run
Chandigarh, April 13
Even 36 hours after a young civil services’ aspirant died after being hit by a Skoda car, the UT police have failed to arrest the accused driver of the car. The 23-year-old girl, a resident of Mohali, Phase X, was returning home from her coaching classes when the accident occurred late on Friday night. The accused driver of the car, who fled from the spot after leaving the car, has been identified as Satyajot Singh, a resident of Sector 70, Mohali.

A file photo of the badly damaged scooter at Sector 49, Chandigarh, on Friday.

Holiday today
Chandigarh, April 13
The Chandigarh Administration has declared Monday, April 14, 2014, as a Closed Holiday on account of the birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar, for all government offices, including industrial establishments in UT. Chandigarh, under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881. TNS


Canine owners throw bylaws to the wind?
Chandigarh, April 13
Pet owners across the city continue to violate the dog bylaws notified by the Chandigarh Administration as their pets roam about unleashed defecating in public places and residential areas. This puts residents at risk from a sudden attack by these canines.

Artistes at their best: Members of the Virasat-e-Khalsa perform gatka during the Baisakhi celebrations at Elante Mall, Industrial Area-I, in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Decked up: A view of the illuminated Gurdwara Nada Sahib on Baisakhi in Panchkula on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Day 2: RLA earns Rs 28.83 lakh
Chandigarh, April 13
The second day of the Registration and Licensing Authority’s (RLA) open auction of CH 01 AX series — 0101 to 9999 — drew a huge response from the participants today. As many as 254 vanity numbers were successfully auctioned by the RLA for Rs 28.83 lakh. Keeping up with the spirit of Day One, the participants spent several lakhs of rupees to buy vehicle registration numbers of their choice.

‘Hamara number kab ayega?’
Even as Chandigarh broke all previous records of polling, residents in several areas were not satisfied with the slow pace of the election process. In Mauli Jagran, residents told the Election Department officials ‘Isse jaldi number to Mansa Devi mein aa jata hai. Yahan kab aayega hamara number?’

Open House response
Grievance redressal: ACR should reflect official’s efficiency
Registration of public grievances and redressing them within a fixed time frame need to be made mandatory. The efficiency or failure of the officer concerned in dealing with the grievance should be recorded in his/her ACR (annual confidential report). In case of delay, the complaint should automatically get transferred to the Administrator or the minister concerned.

Turncoats can turn tables
Mohali, April 13
'Aaya Rams, Gaya Rams" will play an important role, particularly for Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal candidates, contesting from Anandpur Sahib Constituency in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Motorcycle rally held to promote voting
Mohali, April 13
To encourage people to exercise their voting right, the Mohali district authorities held a motorcycle rally today. The rally was flagged off by Mohali additional deputy commissioner-cum-additional district election officer Parveen Thind at Phase 11 and passed through various sectors and phases culminating at Balongi village.

Motorcyclists participate in an awareness rally to promote voting in Mohali on Sunday. tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Anandpur sahib votes 2014
Candidates campaign full throttle
Mohali, April 13
As the D-day is coming closer, the political parties have intensified their campaign. The SAD candidate Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra and all of his family members including his wife, two sons and their wives and six-year-old granddaughter are on the field to woo the voters; Ambika Soni was joined by former union railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal in her campaign.

Pawan Kumar Bansal addresses a meeting in support of Congress candidate Ambika Soni at Phase 3B-2 in Mohali on Sunday. A tribune photograph

Health notes
Blood donation camp
Dera Sacha Sauda organised a blood donation camp all over the country, including in the city, on Saturday. The Chandigarh Block of Dera Sacha Sauda also organised the camp at the Community Centre, Sector 21, here. More than 600 persons from across the tricity donated blood.

Obesity can cause depression: Expert
Chandigarh, April 13
“Even as the incidence of obesity is found to be as high in men as in women, criticism in social circle has been pouring in more women to the PGIMER for weight-loss surgeries,” said experts. Addressing a gathering during a public lecture at the PGIMER, Dr Sandeep Grover from the Department of Psychiatry said obesity could cause depression. Also, overeating was common in people who were under stress.

Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Hemant Gupta (right) shares a point with Dr YK Chawla, Director, PGIMER, during an awareness lecture at Bhargava Auditorium on Sunday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Tricity scan
The Property Consultants Association (PCA), Chandigarh, representing its 220 property consultants, unanimously elected Rajesh Walia as its new president at a meeting on Sunday. Walia has been associated with the PCA, Chandigarh, since 1992 and has served the post of the chairman twice. He will soon announce his executive body.

Residents allege police inaction, stage protest
Chandigarh, April 13
Alleging inaction in a case, the residents of Hallo Majra staged a protest outside the Sector 31 police station today. Raising anti-police slogans, the residents — around 60 in number — alleged that the police had been shielding the accused, who had attacked two women. The complainant, Gurmit Kaur, alleged that their neighbours, Satman and Naju, had pelted stones at her house. She further alleged that the duo also assaulted her and her younger sister. The protest was called off following assurance by inspector Kirpal Singh, SHO of Sector 31 police station, that action would be taken against the culprits. — TNS

Elante Mall celebrates 1st anniversary
Elante Mall celebrated its first anniversary today. As per figures provided by Elante management nearly 1 crore persons visited the mall over the past one year. The anniversary celebrations at the mall witnessed performances of gathka, bhangra, giddha and sufi band performances organized by the mall. The mall also presented Retailer Excellence Awards in over 36 categories. — TNS

Two booked for trying to rape minor
Panchkula, April 13
A youth was arrested while his accomplice managed to flee after they allegedly tried to rape a 12-year-old girl in Raipur Rani here today. The girl was working in fields when the two youths approached her for water. As she gave them water, they tried to physically abuse her. On hearing her cries, someone informed the police. Cops reached the spot and nabbed one of the accused while the other escaped. — TNS


More avenues for medical aspirants
Chandigarh, April 13
The countdown for the medical entrance test has already begun. With the All-India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Test (AIPMT) round the corner, i.e. on May 4, Chandigarh Tribune looks at the avenues available for medical aspirants across the country. Under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), the government has decided to set up six AIIMS-like institutions and upgrade 58 medical institutes in the country.

From schools
Baisakhi celebrated
Mohali: Sherwood Convent School celebrated Baisakhi. The school also observed Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar Jayanti on its campus. Students from different classes delivered speeches on the importance of Baisakhi and contributions of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar to the development of the country. The students also performed bhangra, giddha and sang folk songs. Archbishop Jonathan Ansar from Metropolitan Bishop and Julian Alexander from YMCA-Ambala also visited the school and gave their blessings to the teachers, staff and students.

450 students attend Canadian education fair
Chandigarh, April 13
As many as 25 Canadian institutes of higher learning came together under the banner of “Study in Canada Mega Education Fair & Admissions Workshop 2014”, which took place here today. The fair was organised by Charms Education & Immigration Services Private Limited. Over 450 students took part in the event.

Students interact with representatives of Canadian colleges and universities at the education fair at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

IBM ties up with Chandigarh varsity
Mohali, April 13
IBM (NYSE:IBM) has collaborated with Chandigarh University to set up an IBM Software Lab for Emerging Technologies in its Mohali campus. The lab would be of a great help to students and faculty members to master advanced information technology (IT) skills.


Cultural events mark Baisakhi celebrations at Pinjore Gardens
Kalka, April 13
Various cultural programmes were organised today in the Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore, as part of the two-day Baisakhi celebrations, which commenced today. The garden was beautifully decorated with lights. The presentation of ‘Haryanavi’ folk songs and folk dances by the artists of Haryana Public Relations Department and Haryana Cultural Affairs Department were the main attraction of the programme.

A Haryanavi dance being presented during the Baisakhi celebrations at Yadavindra Gardens in Pinjore on Sunday. A Tribune photograph


Man booked for vandalism
Mohali, April 13
Local police booked a man for vandalism last night. Accused Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Phase 1, thrashed his neighbour Asha Rani and later broke windowpane of her car, parked in the local market. According to the police accused was booked on the complaint of Asha Rani, who sustained injuries in the tussle, which had ensued on a trivial matter between the two neighbours. The police said a case has been registered against the accused at Phase 1 Police Station. TNS

Youth hit in the face with cricket bat
Chandigarh, April 13
A 21-year-old youth sustained serious injuries after he was allegedly hit in the face with a cricket bat by some youths in Morni village today. Injured Jaswinder was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, from where he was referred to the PGIMER. He was reportedly playing cricket when he entered into a scuffle with the other youths, which resulted in injuries to him. We are investigating the matter, said a police official. TNS


Pushpinder clinches bodybuilding title
Chandigarh, April 13
Bodybuilder Pushpinder Bharti was awarded with the title of Champion of champions Senior Mr. Chandigarh, during the 25th silver jubilee Senior Mr. Chandigarh Body Building Championship held at Maharashtra Bhawan, Sector 19 today. The competition was organised by Chandigarh Amateur Body Building Association.

Bodybuilders participate in the 25th Silver Jubilee and 12th Mr Chandigarh Bodybuilding Championship 2014 at Maharashtra Bhavan, Sector 19, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

City speedsters set tracks blazing
Chandigarh, April 13
Speed lovers from Chandigarh won laurels during the Baisakhi sprint, a motor sport event, being held near Sarangpur village here today. In the biker’s event, Chandigarh's champion biker Mohit Verma ranked first clocking down 399.582 seconds.

Zip drive: A participant during the “Baisakhi Sprint” rally at Sarangpur in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

600 participate in health awareness run
Panchkula, April 13
More than 600 athletes from various parts of India participated in the 1st Panchkula Awareness Run in different age-groups, organised by an NGO Sarthee and Haryana Masters Athletics association, at Tau Devi Lal stadium, held here today. The competition was organized for boys and girls in U-18 years, 18+, 40 +, 50+; men and women 60 years. The run was flagged off by Justice AG Masih and Tejpal Gupta, MD Chandigarh city centre.

Local lad wins international tennis tourney
Chandigarh, April 13
Pawan Kapoor, a local contender and an employee of CITCO, won laurels after winning the RABO bank international tennis tournament concluded in Holland recently. In the final of the men's (senior) category, which lasted for over 150 minutes, he outclassed Jon Mouter of Holland 6-3, 6-7(5-7) and 6-1.

Arjun, Dhruv bag tennis titles
Panchkula, April 13
Arjun Kapoor defeated Ayan Mann and Dhruv Sharma beat Parveen Kumar, to claim the finals of combined (U-12) and combined (U-14) category, respectively, during the concluding day of Ideal Tennis academy's combined Junior (U-12 and 14) tennis championship for boys and girls, being held at Manav Mangal School Sector 11, here today. In the finals of boys and girls combined (U-12) finals, Arjun defeated Ayan in straight sets 4-0 and 4-0 while in the final of (U-14) Dhruv Sharma defeated Parveen Kumar 4-0 and 4-1. TNS


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