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3 get life term for Khushpreet’s murder
Chandigarh, April 18
Sentencing the three convicts in the Khushpreet murder case to life imprisonment today, the court relied on crucial circumstantial evidence and a clear motive that proved the sensational murder case of the five-year-old child beyond doubt.

Khushpreet’s family members hold a protest outside the District Courts in Sector 43, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu
(Below) The convicts come out of the District Courts. FILE PHOTOS


Victim’s, convicts’ kin come to blows
Khushpreet’s mother Kulwinder Kaur breaks down after a scuffle with relatives of the convicts in the court on Friday. Chandigarh, April 18
High drama was witnessed in the District Courts today when Khushpreet’s mother Kulwinder Kaur and his aunt Kamaljit Kaur got into a violent scuffle with relatives of convicted brothers Sukhdev and Gurwinder. It all started when three women, including the wife of one of the convicted brothers and their sister, were allowed by their counsel to meet the convicts in the court, much to the chagrin of Khushpreet’s family members, who objected to it.

Khushpreet’s mother Kulwinder Kaur breaks down after a scuffle with relatives of the convicts in the court on Friday. Tribune photo: Aneesha Sareen

Road safety: Close illegal crossings in medians, Admn told
Chandigarh, April 18
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that all unauthorised crossings in medians are to be closed forthwith for road safety in Chandigarh. Justice Rajive Bhalla has also asked the Chandigarh Administration to specify whether the cycle tracks across the city are illuminated.

Girl's Death
Principal, driver arrested; get bail
Natasha Panchkula, April 18
Two days after a three-year-old girl, Natasha, was crushed to death under her school van in Bator village, the Panchkula police arrested the school principal for allegedly violating the rules as the van did not have a conductor. In the evening, the van driver, Jayan Singh, was also arrested. Both were granted bail.
Natasha, the victim


'Low’ solar power tariff
Union ministry’s intervention sought
Chandigarh, April 18
The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (JERC) decision of selling solar power to the UT Electricity Department at Rs 1.13 per unit, making it the cheapest in the country, has not gone down well with the UT Department of Science and Technology. Claiming that the JERC’s decision will jeopardise the ambitious model solar city programme of Chandigarh, the department has shot off a letter to the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) seeking its intervention in the issue.

Firing: Protest in Mullanpur
Mohali, April 18 Residents of Mullanpur village, led by Congress MLA Jagmohan Singh Kang, held a protest against an incident of firing in which a jeweller was injured last evening. The protest was held at a police station. Protesters said this was third such attack in the past three months.

Tata camelot project
UT Admn to file reply in SC next week
Chandigarh, April 18
The Chandigarh Administration will file its reply in connection with the Camelot project in the Supreme Court next week. Petitions were filed against high-rise buildings to be built by the Tata Housing Development Company, near Sukhna Lake, official sources said.

Release of interest
Housing Board penalised
Chandigarh, April 18
The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has been penalised for not providing interest on the earnest money to a complainant who had applied for a house under a scheme. The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the CHB to pay the interest on Rs 70,000 (earnest money ) at the saving bank interest rate and also pay Rs 7,000 to the complainant for mental agony.Ashok Kumar, complainant, alleged that he being an employee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, applied for a flat and deposited Rs.70,000 in response to the scheme floated by the CHB in 2008.

Tribune impact
Finally, meter installed in Panchkula
Panchkula, April 18
The Electricity Department has finally removed the kundi connection that was meant to power the hoardings in Sector 6 here. It was after the Chandigarh Tribune’s report that a kundi connection was being used to provide electricity supply to advertisement hoardings in front of the head office of the Electricity Department (Uttar Haryana Vidyut Bijli Nigam Limited) that the action was taken.

The old meter was replaced at Sector 6, Panchkula, on Friday. A Tribune Photograph

Panchkula, Chandimandir’s water share to be delayed
Chandigarh, April 18
The supply of 9 MGD (40 millions liter per day) canal water to Panchkula and Chandimandir from Chandigarh’s share will get delayed for the next few months. This delay is due to the installing of machineries at the Sector 39 water works. The 9 MGD water is to be supplied from the total 87 MGD water available with Chandigarh. Out of the 9 MGD canal water 6 MGD is to be supplied to Panchkula and 3 MGD to the Chandimandir area.

CII’s four-day exhibition gets going with cool offers
Chandigarh, April 18
Over 20 top-ranked companies are taking part in the Coolex 2014, a four-day exhibition of air-conditioners (ACs) and refrigerators, that kicked off at Himachal Bhawan in Sector 28 here today. While discounts of nearly 10 to 12 per cent are being offered on selected brands, option of making payment through equated monthly instalments (EMI) is also available.

Visitors to the Coolex 2014 being held at the Himachal Bhawan in Sector 28, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Anandpur sahib votes 2014
International flights from Mohali in two months if NDA voted to power, says NK Sharma
Mohali, April 18
Chief Parliamentary Secretary and senior SAD leader NK Sharma today said international flights would be started from the Mohali airport within two months of the formation of the NDA government at the Centre.

Good Friday observed in city
Chandigarh, April 18
Christians congregated in churches and cathedrals across the city to observe Good Friday here. The Catholic Church in Sector 19 A organised a mass procession, where the followers walked through the streets of the sector and sang hymns. An evening mass was also held in many churches. “The period of mourning (when Jesus Christ died) will end on late Saturday night. Then, the Easter celebrations will formally begin,” said Father Remy Shah. He said after the procession, the Good Friday service was held, which was followed by reading of the Gospel of Jesus’s death from the Bible. Later, the veneration of the cross was held. Meanwhile, Father Vianney said on this day, Christians pray for forgiveness. TNS

A religious procession being held to mark Good Friday in Sector 19, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Sub-regional conference of Chartered Accountants
The Northern India Regional Council of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) organised a sub-regional conference on Friday. The conference was attended by over 500 Chartered Accountants from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh. The conference was related to service tax, recent development in TDS on overseas payment, Companies Act and Investment in India by NRI/PIO. Naturals signs MoU with Bharatiya Mahila Bank Naturals, unisex hair and beauty salon, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bharatiya Mahila Bank on Friday. — TNS

SIs file complaint against shopkeepers
Chandigarh, April 18
The sub-inspectors (SI) of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation’s enforcement wing posted at Sector 22 Shastri market today gave a complaint to the police against some shopkeepers for threatening them. SI Jatinder Pal and Ashok Rahi stated that some shopkeepers threatened them while they were performing duty at the Shastri market. The officials gave a written complaint at the Sector 22 police post against the shopkeepers. — TNS

Office-bearers elected
Chandigarh, April 18
Ranjit Singh Babhrah of Babhrah Medicares has been unanimously elected as the president of Booth Market Welfare Association, Sector 47-D. Other office-bearers include Gulshan Sardana as vice-president, Anil Kumar Pahuja general secretary, Mohit cashier and Malkit Singh, Sajjan Kumar and Vijay Mittal as executive members. — TNS


Degrees conferred on 665 students
Chandigarh, April 18
As many as 665 graduate and postgraduate students of the Dr SS Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET), Panjab University (PU); University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Chandigarh; and UIET, Hoshiarpur; received their degrees at a convocation ceremony held at PU today.

Students of BE (Chemical) in a jubilant mood after receiving degrees at Panjab University on Friday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

Chandigarh College of Architecture
COA seeks compliance report to start inspection process
Chandigarh, April 18
Taking note of the Chandigarh Administration's communication about conducting the inspection of the Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA), the Council of Architecture (COA) has asked for a compliance report to start the process of inspection of the institute.

PU & College notes
Farewell party
Kharar: GGS Polytechnic College of GGS-Sachdeva Group of Educational Institutions, Kharar, organised a farewell party, “Sayonara 2014”, on Friday to give a warm send off to the final-year students. Noted Punjabi singer and actor Gippy Grewal and famous Bollywood actress Zarine Khan, both lead actors in an upcoming Punjabi movie, “Jatt James Bond”, gave scintillating performances. Singer Ranjit Bawa also performed.

Punjabi singer and actor Gippy Grewal and Bollywood actress Zarine Khan during a farewell party at GGS Polytechnic College in Kharar on Friday. A Tribune photograph

35 students from Dhanas honoured
Chandigarh, April 18
Thirty-five students from new colony, Dhanas, were honoured for taking the Punjabi language as their first subject in Class IX here today. 

Panditrao Dharennavar, and slum children from the rehabilitation colony, Dhanas, in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

International Olympiad
Manav Mangal students bring laurels
Panchkula, April 18
Students of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, here have yet again topped in the International Olympiad of English, Mathematics, Information Technology and Science. The students have bagged top positions both at the state and the national level breaking the previous records.

Students flash the victory sign at Manav Mangal School in Sector 11, Panchkula, on Friday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

‘Talking books’ to make learning process easier
Panchkula, April 18
For the first time, Panchkula students will get to study from books that talk. In these “talking books”, if a child touches a character it speaks the text. These books are available in foreign languages as well.

World Heritage Day
Chandigarh: Sharda Sarvhitkari Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40-D, celebrated World Heritage Day on its campus here on Friday. A paper-reading contest was also organised.

Question raised on CCET’s status
Chandigarh, April 18
The Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET) was never upgraded to the level of an engineering college and technology and there is a change only in the nomenclature of the institute, which took place in 2001. This was stated today by Jodh Singh Choudhary, chairman of NGO Janhit Kranti Bharat. “The fact is that due to non transparency, lack of interest of the authorities, inaction and lacklustre approach of the Chandigarh Administration, the college was never upgraded in principle,” he said. He said the administration had totally failed in implementing the initial national policy and planning of the Ministry of Human Resource Department, Government of India. — TNS


Fee hike protest
Court issues summons to 63 hostel inmates
Chandigarh, April 18
The UT Social Welfare Department has approached the court against all inmates of working women hostel of Sector 24 to bar them from holding strike on the premises of the hostel. The court has issued summons to all the 63 inmates and has asked them to appear in the court on April 23.


Labourer falls from 9th floor, dies
Mohali, April 18
A labourer was killed after he fell from a building, which was under construction, in Peer Muchhalla near here today. According to reports, Suraj Pal (55) was climbing a staircase when he slipped and fell on iron grills down below. He was reported to have reached the ninth floor when the accident took place.

Surveillance team seizes $16,450
Mohali, April 18
A sum of US $16450 was recovered during checking by a election surveillance team at a naka laid in Phase XI here today. Assistant Returning Officer-cum-SDM Lakhmir Singh said the team headed by Surjit Singh, SDE (Agriculture), GMADA, and ASI Sukhwant Singh checked a vehicle at the naka and recovered US $16450 from Dr Sandeep Kumar of Hoshiarpur, who was driving a Maruti car.

Two held for posing as Power Dept officials
Panchkula, April 18
Two persons posing as officials of the Electricity Department struck at a house in Sector 20. The accused told the family members that they had come to check the meter readings as they were allegedly stealing power. A fine of Rs 1.5 lakh was imposed on the family. The victims then called the office of the Electricity Department where they were told that no such persons worked for the department. In the meantime, the accused tried to flee, but were caught near Sector 21. Inspector Malkiat Singh, SHO, Sector 5 police station, said they had handed over the accused to the Chandimandir police. TNS

Three robbers held
Chandigarh, April 18
Three persons, including a juvenile, were arrested for robbing three youths in Mani Majra. Accused Varun and Ladi have been remanded in police custody and the juvenile has been sent to a juvenile home in Sector 25. Varun is the mastermind and two robbed cellphones have been recovered from his possession. Accused Vikas, accomplice of the trio, is still absconding. The police said the accused had robbed three persons, including Rakesh of Sector 8, Nazir Ali of Sector 30 and Anil Kumar of Himachal in three separate incidents at Bus stand Mani Majra and motor market in Mani Majra. TNS


North and South District Athletics Championship ends on a high note
Chandigarh, April 18
The Chandigarh North and South District Athletics Championship concluded here at Sports Complex, Sector 7, today. In Chandigarh North district boys, under-14 category, Rajnish Kumar bagged the first spot in 60m. He also secured the first position in 200m race. In the 800m category, Uttam Singh clinched the first spot.

Students participate in a race during the athletics championship at the Sports Complex in Sector 7, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Vinit leads Mumbai zone to victory
Chandigarh, April 18
All-round performance by Mumbai zone skipper Vinit Sarang (55 runs, 3 for 21 runs) enabled his team to defeat Nagpur zone by 8 wickets with 18 balls to spare during the day-night final of the Bank of India Inter-Zone Cricket Tournament, being played at the Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, here today.

A player in action during the Bank of India Inter-Zone Cricket Tournament at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Shivam Sharma shines in cricket tourney
Chandigarh, April 18
Shivam Sharma’s marvellous batting helped DAV Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh, beat AVR E-Techno School, Vijayawada, by 39 runs in the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup Under-16 Inter-State Tournament. The match was played at Mahalaxmi ground, Mumbai.

Lining Tricity Badminton Tournament quarterfinals held
Chandigarh, April 18
Sidharth Modi, Adhiraj, Bhavya Batra and Kushav Tyal made it to the semifinal in straight two sets during the closely-contested quarterfinals of Lining Tricity Badminton Tournament. The matches were held today for the boys (under-10 category). Meanwhile, in the boys’ under-15 category, Abhishek Saini, Karan Negi, Amit Bansal and Kevin Wong sealed their semifinals berth. In the girls’ under-13 category, Haritika Sharma, Rashi Vashisht, Jaisimine Rawal and Garima Singh advanced to the next level. Ishita, Garima, Daman and Haritika Sharma (under-15) also made it to the semifinals. In the boys’ under-13 category, Karan, Abhishek Joshi, Manish Panday and Shivam Mittal made it to the semifinals. — TNS

Cricket assn to conduct trials tomorrow
Chandigarh, April 18
The Chandigarh Cricket Association, affiliated with Haryana, will be conducting cricket trials (under-16) on April 20 at 10 am. The trials will be conducted in Model School, Sector 19. Players born on or after 01-09-1998 can take part in the trials. The players are advised to come in white dress along with cricket kit. The selected team will participate in the Inter-District Cricket Tournament to be organised by the Haryana Cricket Association. TNS

Chandigarh State Wrestling Championship from April 21
Chandigarh, April 18
Sub-Junior and Junior Chandigarh State Wrestling Championship will be held in Chandigarh, from April 21 to 22. The championships are scheduled to take place at the Sports Complex, Sector 42, here. Weighing in will be held on April 21, while weighing bouts will be held on April 22. The winners will be felicitated during a prize distribution ceremony. Winners will be awarded with the prizes on April 22.


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