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Power Dept yet to recover Rs 11 crore
Chandigarh, April 19
The UT Electricity Department is yet to collect Rs 11 crore from defaulters. Of the total 365 defaulters, government offices of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh figure in the list that owe more than Rs one lakh to the department.

Mystery shrouds man’s death in Panchkula
Panchkula, April 19
A 57-year-old man, who married a 40-year-old woman, five months ago, died under mysterious circumstances at his house in Sector 11 here this morning. The autopsy of the victim, Vinay Kumar, was done at the Sector 6 General Hospital, which revealed that he died of starvation. When family members of the second wife were taking the body of the victim to perform the last rites, the neighbours called the police control room and brought the case to light.


Few takers for the ‘lesser dogs’
Chandigarh, April 19
People are ready to pay hefty sum to buy pedigree dogs, but there are a few takers for community pets. Very few residents come forward to adopt stray dogs from animal shelters in the city.

2 Haryana cops booked
Panchkula, April 19
Two Haryana police officials along with two others were booked for trying to outrage the modesty of a woman apart from trespassing in Sector 20, here, today. Directions of the FIR came from the court after the woman knocked at the doors of the court.


Building violations galore in Charan Singh Colony
Chandigarh, April 19
The Chandigarh Administration seems to be adopting double standards while dealing with inhabitants of slum rehabilitation colonies. While the UT has been strict to those who have been allotted one-room tenements in Dhanas rehabilitation colony, it seems to have turned a blind eye to building violations in Charan Singh Colony at Mauli Jagran.

A multi-storeyed house, resembling a mansion, stands on a plot allotted under slum rehabilitation scheme in Charan Singh Colony at Mauli Jagran. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Clinical establishment act
MLAG averse to certain provisions
Chandigarh, April 19
The Medicos Legal Action Group (MLAG) held a meeting with National Health Systems Resource Corporation (NHSRC) team to oppose and give their suggestions on the draft minimum standards under the Clinical Establishment Act (CEA).

Autopsy of half-burnt body done in the open at Panchkula
Panchkula, April 19
In a bizarre incident, the autopsy of a youth's body was conducted in the open at the General Hospital, Sector 6, here this morning. The condition of the body was so bad that doctors could not do the post-mortem in the mortuary. The body was half-burnt and maggot-ridden. Legs were eaten up by animals. As per the autopsy report, the victim died of sharp injuries in the head and strangulation.

The post-mortem of a half-burnt unidentified body being conducted outside the mortuary at the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Contenders’ agenda
Sanghi, Bittu eye FOSWAC chief’s post; polling today
Chandigarh, April 19
Elections to the three posts of the Federation of Sector Welfare Association Chandigarh (FOSWAC) will be held at the Community Centre, Sector 27 here, on Sunday. Office-bearers of around 60 Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) will decide the fate of the candidates in the fray for the posts of chairman, vice-chairman and general secretary of the FOSWAC.

Lok sabha elections
Kansal now quits Cong for SAD
MOHALI, April 19
Former BSP leader Arjun Kansal from the Kharar area — who recently quit the party and joined the Congress a few days ago —again shifted his loyalties and joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today. Accompanied by a large number of supporters, Kansal joined the SAD in the presence of Punjab Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka.

Punjab Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka offers a siropa to Arjun Kansal on his joining the Shiromani Akali Dal in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: S CHANDAN

Teachers being assigned construction work?
The news item “Teachers on non-academic duty?” published in these columns on April 15 regarding deployment of government school teachers for non-teaching activities such as mid-day meal, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan despite the Punjab & Haryana High Court orders and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act-2009 shows the ground reality. The practice is not only confined to Chandigarh but is rampant in government schools across Punjab.

AAP candidate holds road show
Mohali, April 19
Intensifying the poll campaign, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from the Anandpur Sahib constituency, Himmat Singh Shergill, today held a road show in the town. As many as 75 vehicles, including two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers, passed through all the main markets of the town during the roadshow, which commenced from Phase VII at around 11 am.

AAP candidate Himmat Singh Shergill (wearing a garland) during a road show in Mohali. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Allotment of houses
Camp to screen papers of eligible residents of illegal colonies
Chandigarh, April 19
Following the 21-day notice to the residents of three unauthorised colonies — Kuldeep Colony, Mazdoor Colony and Pandit Colony — all located in Sector 52 near village Kajheri, the District Administration is holding a camp to screen the documents of eligible residents of the affected colonies, who are to be allotted a one-room tenement under the rehabilitation scheme.

Socio-medical camp
Chandigarh Senior Citizens' Association organised a socio-medical camp at Gurudwara Sahib Shahpur, Sector 38-B, on Saturday. The camp was held in memory of PH Vaishnav, former president of the association. Specialists from Alchemist Hospital, Grewal Eye Institute and Dental Unit of Mata Tripta's Charitable Trust, extended their services. Sahayta Cancer Sahyog also spread awareness about cancer on the occasion. Chief Guest SJS Bawa, a former director, CBI, interacted with patients, service providers, organisers and the gurdwara management.

Hockey player to endorse hair restoration brand
Chandigarh: Leading hair restoration clinic Direct Hair Implantation (DHI) is all set to officially announce Prabhjot Singh — Indian Hockey Player and Arjuna Award Winner, as its brand ambassador in Chandigarh. The promoters of DHI India, Kamayani Kanwar from the Apollo Group and Dr Viral Desai, medical director and promoter of DHI India, will be present at the event to discuss about DHI and its contribution in various fields.

Lending voice to thoughts: Artistes stage a play, ‘Kuch Ishq Kiya Kuch Kaam Kiya’, at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Residents rue levying of tax
Mohali, April 19
Continuing their protest, the members of Sector 76-80 Plot Allotment Sangharsh Committee again staged a dharna in front of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) office, Phase VIII, today. The dharna was held to protest the levying of property tax and the indifferent approach of the authorities concerned towards developmental works in the area.

AC, refrigeration expo receives overwhelming response
Chandigarh, April 19
With a product range that is both extensive and exclusive, boasting of all-weather, green technology and new product launches, CII’s Coolex 2014, an exclusive exhibition on air-conditioning and refrigeration has received overwhelming response from the region. The 4-day CII Coolex Exhibition is on at Himachal Bhawan till April 21.

Veteran filmmaker graces photography exhibition
Panchkula, April 19
A photography exhibition was organised at The Gurukul, Sector 20, Panchkula, for the parents. The main motive of the exhibition was to appreciate the work done by their wards in the field of photography, under the guidance of a veteran filmmaker GL Bhardwaj.

Veteran filmmaker GL Bhardwaj interacts with a gathering at The Gurukul in Sector 20, Panchkula, on Saturday. Tribune Photo: NITIN MITTAL

Vigil for polls
Mohali police summon CRPF, SSB personnel
Mohali, April 19
To keep a watchful eye on the activities of mischievous elements during the election, the Mohali police have summoned extra force from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Services Battalion (SSB). Mohali SP (traffic and security), Shavinderjit Singh Bains, said, “As many as 99 personnel from SSB (one DSP, four sub-inspectors and 94 constables) and a total of 101 security personnel from CRPF (one DSP, one inspector, three sub-inspectors, 19 head constables, 62 constables and six Class IV officials) have arrived.” “The SSB personnel have been summoned from Uttar Pradesh while the CRPF have arrived from Pinjore. These personnel have been deployed at a polytechnic college at village Khoonimajra, Kharar,” he added. TNS

For a noble cause: The Scindia School Old Boys’ Association, Delhi, at a car rally to spread awarness on AIDS. The 7th edition of the rally was flagged off from Sector 17 by Dharam Vir, State Election Commissioner, Haryana. Earlier, the rally, held under the aegis of Motor Sports Federation of India, was flagged off from Delhi on Friday by the President, Board of Governors, Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Minister of State for Power. The car rally culminated in Amritsar on Saturday evening. A tribune photo

Health notes
CME on perioperative transplant medicine
The Department of Anaesthesia and ICU, PGIMER conducted a one day Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme on ‘Perioperative transplant medicine: Focus on inter-disciplinary care’ here today. Speakers from across the country participated in the event. The session stressed upon motivating residents to pursue transplant medicine and promote cadaveric organ donation.

Meet on nephrology
The Department of Nephrology, PGIMER, will organise a Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme on April 19-20. The CME will be on ‘Nephrology update and controversies’. The chronic kidney disease Refers to the chronic progressive loss of kidney function. Its prevalence is increasing worldwide and it is recognised as a global pandemic. — TNS

Sindhu pilgrimage
Panchkula, April 19
The Himalaya Parivaar would be organising Sindhu pilgrimage visit for residents of Panchkula. Krishan Dhall, a member of Himalaya Parivaar, said the pilgrimage would start from Panchkula on June 19 and would reach Manali on the next day. On June 21, it would reach Sarchu and on the following day, it would reach Leh. Pilgrims would stay put at Leh from June 23 to 26. — TNS

Parents’ body seeks rights for disabled
Chandigarh, April 19
The Parents and Guardians Society of Children of Regional Institute of Mentally Handicapped submitted a charter of demands for the implementation of rights for disabled children to the institute director, Dr Atul Sachdev. Their demands included free education, uniform, books etc. — TNS


PU: Semester system on Syndicate agenda yet again
Chandigarh, April 19
Panjab University authorities have once again initiated to table the implementation of the semester system in the colleges in the syndicate for approval. The meeting will be held on April 26.

Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act
Education Department flouts norms
Chandigarh, April 19
In violation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (RTE), the Education Department in the UT has been running double shifts in government schools without fulfilling the minimum number of working hours as mentioned in the act.

Students wait for the morning shift to get over before they can attend the classes at Government Senior Secondary School in Sector 10, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

VC to raise fee hike issue in Syndicate meet on April 26
Chandigarh, April 19
Passing the buck to syndicate to constitute a new fee committee to review the fee hike, the Panjab University Vice-Chancellor has decided to raise the issue in the next meeting of the syndicate. As per the agenda, the syndicate which is scheduled to meet on April 26 will finalise the new members of the fee committee who will ponder over the fee hike issue.

Major Jiwan Tewari memorial lecture at PU
Chandigarh, April 19
The University School of Open Learning (USOL), Panjab University (PU), today organised the third Major Jiwan Tewari memorial lecture. The lecture is organised annually in memory of Major Tewari, who was an eminent educationist and had played a significant role in designing the policy for correspondence education in PU.

24 teachers attend interactive session
Chandigarh, April 19
In the ongoing process of collaboration between private and public schools, Saupin's School, Sector 32, Chandigarh, conducted a teacher interactive session on the school premises today. Over 24 teachers from various government schools and two principals attended the workshop. Principal Surita Sharma welcomed the guests on the occasion. Thereafter, the director principal, Saupin’s School, ABS Sidhu, addressed teachers and laid emphasis on the importance of language and communication.

380 students receive degrees during annual convocation
Mohali, April 19
As many as 380 students of MBA, MCA, BBA and BCA received degrees during the 12th annual convocation of the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, here today. The director general of Pushpa Gujral Science City, Dr RS Khandpur, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Moment of joy: Students of MBA, MCA, BBA and BCA in a jubilant mood after receiving their degrees at the 12th convocation of the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Phase II, Mohali, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Sahejpal Sidhu is president of PUSU
Chandigarh, April 19
The Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) today announced the name of the president of the party. Sahejpal Singh Sidhu has been elected as the president of PUSU. Other officer-bearers were also announced by the party officials during a media interaction. The campus president is Navaldeep Singh, chairman is Harshdeep Singh Shergill (Shanka). Amandeep Kamboj has been appointed as all colleges chairman and Ashish Kumar is the in charge of the Panjab University Student Union. The president of the Panjab University Student Union said the recent desertion by certain party workers has not caused any damage to the party cadre and the morale of the workers remains high and unaffected. TNS

PUSU office-bearers at the Student Centre in Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Fire Service Week
Students informed about safety measures
Chandigarh, April 19
Government High School (A-Smart School), Sector 50, Chandigarh, observed Fire Service Week from April 14 to 20, to propagate fire safety awareness among students and teachers. During the fire week, several programmes such as lectures were organised. Teachers delivered lectures to the students about fire safety and focused on fire prevention techniques at workplace and at home. Prizes were also given to the participants. Fire officer GS Gill, along with his team, sensitised students types of fire, its causes and methods of extinguishing fire. Mock drill using fire engine was also organised on the occasion. — TNS


Bar Assn election: Sidhu, Lakhanpal in the race for president’s post
Chandigarh, April 19
Less than a week from now, more than 3,600 advocates will be choosing the office-bearers of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association. So far, senior advocate Anmol Ratan Sidhu and advocate Ranjan Lakhanpal are contesting the post of president of one of the oldest and leading bar associations of the country.


Kalka goes powerless for more than 8 hours
Kalka, April 19
The residents of Kalka and some of its adjoining villages remained without electricity for more than eight hours today. The area residents alleged that they were deprived of electricity from 10 am to 6.15 pm. R K Rohila, Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO), Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN), Kalka, said, “Due to some major snag in the 66 KV sub-station of Kalka, the area was deprived of electricity. Three technical teams of the UHBVN, including one team from Panchkula and another from HMT 132-KV station, had a tough time to detect the major fault in the 66 KV sub-station.” After the fault was detected, the equipment of the sub-station was reassembled by the team. “It took more than eight hours to restore power supply,” added Rohila. OC

Motorcyclist crushed to death in Kalka
Kalka, April 19
A 25-year-old motorcycle-borne youth was crushed to death by a truck in a road accident today. The accident took place at around 8.45pm on the NH-22 in Kalka. The victim, Mohit, a resident of upper Mohalla in Kalka — who was going on his motorcycle — reportedly applied breaks and lost control. He fell on the road and was crushed under a truck coming from the Parwanoo side. Another youth, who was riding pillion, also sustained injuries. The truck driver fled from the spot. OC


Staff of paid parking held as car goes missing
Chandigarh, April 19
The Chandigarh Police have arrested two employees of a paid parking lot in Sector 26 from where a car was stolen yesterday. In his complaint to the police, the car owner, Amarjit Singh, a resident of Sector 33, stated that he visited the Grain Market in Sector 26 for shopping and parked his car in the paid parking.

Shop owner booked for overcharging
Chandigarh, April 19
The Chandigarh police have registered a case against the owner of a fair price shop at Faidan village for overcharging the customers for various commodities. According to the police, the accused, Balkar Singh who runs Kalia General Store, has been booked at Sector 31 police station under Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act. Sources stated that there was a complaint that Singh was selling wheat at a higher price fixed by the government. The accused has been arrested and an investigation has been initiated. — TNS


Proud moment: The Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul (in red shirt), with the winning team at Government Model School in Sector 26, Chandigarh. The Punjab and Haryana High Court cricket team defeated Delhi High Court Employees to win the 3rd Bilateral Cricket Tournament. A Tribune Photograph

Chandigarh Golf Club elections on April 27
Contesting members in high spirits
Chandigarh, April 19
To elect the new president, 1,800 members of the Chandigarh Golf Club will conduct ballot on April 27 from 11.30 am to 5 pm. Tegvir Singh Sibia, who also contested the election for the same post last year, is standing against Birinder Singh Gill, a member of the club since past 29 years. Sibia, an agriculturist, and Gill, a lawyer, have promised to bring transparency in the club and have also laid stress on finalising the issue of lease. Besides these two, there are 21 members contesting for the elections for the 11-member executive-body committee. Last year, the club witnessed a record turnout with a total of 1,142 members casting their votes, making it to the highest polling ever since the formation of the club.

Dell XI beat Placement Guru by 8 wickets
Chandigarh, April 19
Dell XI defeated Placement Guru by 8 wickets in the ongoing 1st Ashok Kumar Vij Memorial Corporate Cup. After electing to bat first, the losing side posted 130 runs in 14 overs with Manoj (41 runs off 18) and Varun (35 off 14) scoring a lion’s share. For the bowling side, Parmod remained the pick of the day by claiming 4 for 18 whereas his counterpart Pardeep took 2 for 8.

Shuttlers Mili, Bhavya clinch titles
Chandigarh, April 19
Sub-junior player Mili Verma defeated Devika Singh in the finals of (U-10) girls’ category to lift the title of the Li-ning Tricity Junior, Sub-Junior Badminton Tournament at the badminton hall of Sports Complex in Sector 42, here today. Mili registered a 26-24 and 21-8 (2-0) victory over her rival. In the finals of (U-13) girls’ category, Hritika Sharma defeated Garima Singh by 21-14 and 21-14 (2-0) to clinch the title. In the (U-15) girls’ category, Ishita won the title by defeating Hritika by a score of 21-18 and 21-17 (2-0). In the finals of boys’ category, Bhavya Batra, Karan Negi and Abhishek Saini won the titles of their respective age groups.

A player plays a shot during the Tricity Li-ning Junior/Sub Junior Talent Hunt Badminton Tournament-2014 at the Sports Stadium in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Round 2 matches of Markan Trophy from today
Chandigarh, April 19
The second round matches of the ML Markan Trophy will beigin from tomorrow till April 22. In the first match, hosts Patiala will take on Chandigarh at Dhruv Pandove Stadium. While in the second match, hosts Ropar will cross swords with Amritsar. In the third match, Mohali will host Jalandhar in their back yard. Teams of Patiala and Mohali are leading the current points’ table with three points each. — TNS


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