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Beer set to become cheaper
Chandigarh, May 12
There is good news for beer guzzlers in the city. Come June, beer will become cheaper by at least 15 per cent compared to the prices at the adjoining vends of Punjab, as the excise duty on bottled beer in the UT has been reduced by 50 per cent.

A file photo of a liquor vend in Chandigarh

PEC student ends his life
Panchkula, May 12
A day before his exams, a gold medallist in tae kwon do and BTech final-year student of the PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh, today committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan of his room at his residence in Sector 8, Panchkula.


DROPLETS OF JOY: Girls enjoy the weather during light showers at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Doctors found absent at dispensaries
Chandigarh, May 12
A team of the UT Health Department found most of the doctors at dispensaries missing from duty during a recent inspection and has recommended disciplinary action against them. Sanitation was a casualty at all dispensaries. The interim report of the inspection, which was submitted to the UT Health Secretary recently, stated, "In all dispensaries, it was found that most of the doctors were on leave without getting their leave sanctioned from the competent authority."

Setting their sights on a bright future despite odds
Chandigarh, May 12
The joy and celebrations of students of Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, knew no bounds as they passed the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class XII exams with flying colours. The topper of the school, Labh Singh, son of a farmer, secured 87.5 per cent marks. Labh Singh said, "I want to become a classical vocalist and make my parents proud. For me, my books are my eyes to the world. I see through the vision of knowledge."

Two killed in road accidents
Chandigarh, May 12
Two persons were killed in separate accidents in the city during the past 24 hours. In the first incident, a 23-year-old motorcyclist died after being hit by a Haryana Roadways bus. The police said Deepak Sharma's motorcycle was hit by the bus near New Labour Chowk, Sector 20-C. Deepak was hit by the bus from the rear side and he fell on the road and received a head injury. He was admitted to the PGI, where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver was arrested and later granted bail.


Better Mohali
Six-lane ring road to ease traffic snarls at Zirakpur
A six-lane ring road will divert Delhi-Manali, Delhi-Dharamsala, Delhi-Shimla and Shimla-Patiala-Bathinda traffic from Zirakpur. It will provide relief to commuters from traffic jams on the Ambala-Chandigarh Highway. The project launched by the state government in 2012 is likely to be completed soon.

An overview of the Zirakpur flyover and the newly constructed bus stand in Zirakpur. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Beant Singh Memorial
Committee approves conceptual drawings for remaining buildings
Chandigarh, May 12
The executive committee meeting of the Beant Singh Memorial and Chandigarh Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, Sector 42, was held under the chairmanship of, KK Sharma, Adviser to the UT Administrator. The committee has given the approval for the conceptual drawings for the remaining buildings of the Beant Singh Memorial. These buildings are sarva dharam repository, cafeteria, exhibition-cum-multipurpose hall, guest house and convention centre-cum-auditorium block and parking. A consultant will be hired for the interior works of these buildings.

Mystery deepens in Saman death case
Panchkula, May 12
The mystery in the Saman Dhanak death case has deepened with the mobile phone location of the girl accompanying him being traced to Mubarakpur, about 40 km from Morni. The fact that the mobile phone locations have been traced to Mubarakpur when the girl claimed to be in Morni at that time has left the police dumbstruck.

The damaged car that met with an accident parked at the Chandimandir police station in Panchkula. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Public resents locking of toilets
Chandigarh, May 12
The Municipal Corporation (MC) Chandigarh, today took over the 86 public toilets in the city, however, in the absence of the staff to operate and maintain the public toilets, the MC locked the toilets leading to inconvenience to the public. After the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a preliminary inquiry (PI) against MC officials for allegedly giving undue advantage to Selvel Media in allotting the tender for maintenance of 86 public toilets and displaying advertisements on them between 2007 and 2012, the MC decided to cancel the fresh tender allotted to Selvel Media.

Healthcare on the doorstep
Health Care at Home (HCAH) has started providing home care services in the tricity such as health check-up, blood tests, tests for cervical and breast cancer, ECG and urine test among others. The HCAH staff even collects samples from the doorstep providing relief to the elderly. It also offers counselling services that help elderly parents, whose children have settled abroad, to deal with stressful situation, said Dr Gaurav Thukral, Head, Medical Services, HCAH.

Smart cards to get smarter look now
Chandigarh, May 12
Smart cards for the Registration Certificates (RCs) and Driving Licences (DLs) are soon going to get smarter as the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) is going to come up with a new design of the RCs and DLs. The RLA is going to replace the current design with the design followed in several other states.

UT Admn to auction nine nursing home sites
Chandigarh, May 12 In a bid to expand avenues for nursing care in specialties other than maternity care for those who can afford to pay higher costs and de-congest emergencies in government hospitals, the UT Health Department is soon going to hold auction for nursing homes sites in the city.

Delayed power bills irk Landran residents
Mohali, May 12
Several residents of Landran village and its nearby villages were up in arms against the alleged high-handedness of the PSPCL. The residents, including Jaspal Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Dilbagh Singh, alleged that their electricity bills were not issued for the past over four months. “When we collected our respective bills from the department on our own, we were shocked to see that hefty fines were imposed on our bills for not depositing the bill amount in time,” alleged Jaspal.

Lawyers continue protest, work hit
Chandigarh, May 12
For the second consecutive day today, advocates were on a strike at the district courts causing harassment to scores of litigants whose cases were adjourned today. Lawyers protested the attack on Advocate Vaneet Mahajan in Amritsar. On Friday, they had gone on a strike against lack of power supply in their chambers.

Followers protest as revenue staff raze dera premises
Chandigarh, May 12
Execution of eviction proceedings against the dera of Hazrat Peer Lala Wala Lakhdata Sufi in Daria village by the revenue staff of the Panchayat Department today saw protest by followers of the dera.

The dera of Hazrat Peer Lala Wala Lakhdata Sufi being razed at Daria village. 
Tribune photo: S Chandan

UHBVN gets its MD’s car released
Panchkula, May 12
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vidyut Nigam (UHBVN) today got the official car of the Managing Director released from the court. The department also paid an amount of Rs 74 lakh to further give it to the Noida-based company, Teracom.

Fresh Faces: Participants during a freshers’ party at the Hindi department of the PU in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

No licence for food joints outside lal dora
Chandigarh, May 12
The UT Administration will no longer issue food licence to restaurants, bakeries, dhabas and other food joints operating outside lal dora limits of the city. With these orders, the food joints will now face closure as without food licence running these units will be illegal.

Traders’ delegation meets DC
Chandigarh, May 12
A delegation of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal today met Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Shayin to put forward sentiments of the trading community of the city after the incidents of sealing of some of the commercial buildings here by the Administration. They also handed over a memorandum to him. The DC assured the delegation that the Administration shall not be sealing existing commercial buildings and the present move was to target only those buildings that have either applied for new plans or revised plans or completion certificates and have done gross violations in actual construction of buildings. “I am not averse to a building byelaws coordination committee of public representatives,” he said. Charanjiv Singh, president of the mandal, requested for the approval of all building plans within the prescribed period of 60 days. — TNS

Blood donation camp held
Chandigarh, May 12
The Canara Bank Officers’ Association, Chandigarh region, organised its 32nd blood donation camp at Sector 34-A here in association with the Department of Transfusion Medicine, GMCH, Sector 32. Atul Kapoor, vice-president of the association, inaugurated the camp and was the first to donate blood. Mast Ram Joshi, Yogesh Kumar; Satyendra, Subhash Kharbanda and Sanjeev Arora were the star donors. Raman Anand, joint general-secretary, and SK Sharma, regional secretary of the association, respectively, along with other functionaries of the association, took part in the camp. — TNS

Dr Harvansh Singh dental college timings changed
Chandigarh, May 12
Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, has announced new timings for the dental hospital of Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, PU. With effect from May 16, 2014, the working hours of the dental hospital will be from 8am to 2pm from Monday to Saturday. There will be no lunch break. The registration of the patients will be from 8 am to 11am. — TNS

Day out for underprivileged children
Chandigarh, May 12
The Chandigarh Tourism in association with CITCO organised a tour on the Hop-on Hop-off tourist coach for underprivileged children here today. The sightseeing tour began from Stop-n-Stare, Sector 10. It passed through Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake and culminated at the starting point. A painting session was also organised at Stop-n-Stare. TNS

Underprivileged children enjoy a ride on a Hop-on Hop-off tourist coach in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari


Panjab varsity plans compulsory non-credit course
Chandigarh, May 12
In order to increase the employability of students, Panjab University is considering starting a compulsory non-credit course. This was discussed today at a meeting of the chairpersons, directors, coordinators and campus deans under the chairmanship of PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover.

From Schools
Mother’s Day celebrated
Chandigarh: Mother’s Day was celebrated at Tribune Model School, Sector 29-D, here with great zeal and enthusiasm. The celebrations began in the morning. Teachers of the kindergarten section spoke on the importance of mothers. Later, a card-making activity was held in which students participated actively and made beautiful cards for their mothers.

Students of Tribune Model School, Sector 29-D, Chandigarh, take part in an extra-curricular activity as part of Mother’s Day celebrations. A Tribune photograph

Residential areas in PU
Hike in water charges, licence fee on the cards
Chandigarh, May 12
Panjab University is proposing to increase the water charges and licence fee by 10 per cent for the residential areas of the university from the next month. The proposal will be tabled in the next meeting of the Syndicate, scheduled for May 18, for approval.

Common pre-PhD course soon
Chandigarh, May 12
The Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC) Institutions has decided to start common pre-PhD course work in all teaching and research institutions. It will also initiate inter-institutional research projects involving scientists from different disciplines.



RSA Motors told to pay Rs 40,000 for delay in repair work
Chandigarh, May 12
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed RSA Motors, Industrial Area, to pay compensation for delaying repair of a Mohali-based complainant’s car. The forum has directed the opposite party to pay Rs 40,000 as compensation for mental agony.

Consumer court allows six appeals filed by institute
Chandigarh, May 12
The National Consumer Court has allowed six appeals filed by the Regional Institute of Cooperative Management, Sector 32, here, holding that education was not a commodity and therefore, it was out of the purview of consumer courts.

Man gets jail in rape case
Chandigarh, May 12
A local court today convicted a man in a case of rape. As per the prosecution case, the 30-year-old victim stated in her complaint that she was residing with the wife of her late brother. Arun Kumar, a resident of Ambala, was a son of her maternal uncle who died a few years ago. Arun came to Chandigarh in 2011 and started residing at the same place. The victim said the convict's mother assured her on many occasions that she would get her married to Arun as it was permissible in their society.


Now, thieves target businessman’s house
Panchkula, May 12
The fear of mystery thefts in Panchkula went viral today when thieves struck at a businessman’s residence in Sector 7 that too inside the room where he was sleeping with his wife and decamped with lakhs. Ravinder Thakur, the owner of the house, and his wife did not come to know about any movement inside the room even while opening the cash box or cupboards.

Vikas, the accused, in police custody in Panchkula on Monday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Burglary at retd IAF officer’s house
Chandigarh, May 12
A burglary was reported at the house of a former Indian Air Force (IAF) officer in Sector 21 last night. The house was locked since over a month as the retired officer had gone on a business trip. He keeps juggling between Delhi and Hyderabad, the police said.

Electric Shock to girl
Case registered against Sagar Ratna restaurant
Chandigarh, May 12
Having dinner at a prominent South Indian restaurant in Sector 35, here, proved a harrowing experience for a family as a 16- month-old girl received an electric shock owing to loose hanging wires at the food joint.

Morni Murder
Cousin held, another at large
Panchkula, May 12
One of the two cousins who murdered a 24-year-old youth in Morni in Panchkula on Saturday night was arrested this morning. The accused, Sanjeev, is on police remand. The police are yet to arrest the second accused, Shalinder, alias Shinda.

Property dealer booked
Chandigarh, May 12
The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) have booked a property dealer, Anil Kumar Sharma, and named some prominent personalities, including politicians and an active advocate, in an FIR for committing cheating and forgery.

Two vehicles stolen in city
Chandigarh, May 12
Two vehicle thefts were also reported from the city in the last 24 hours. Subhash Chander of Sirsa reported that someone had stolen his Bolero Jeep HR-20P-4764 from the parking of Satya Narain Mandir, Sector 22-C, Chandigarh. Ashu Kaushik, a resident of Sector 46-A, reported that someone had stolen his Maruti/Zen Car PB-10R-3787, which was parked near Shiv Mandir, Sector 46-A. The police have registered separate cases of theft .


4 yrs on, hockey stadium awaits new AstroTurf
Chandigarh, May 12
It has been more than four years since the AstroTurf at the hockey stadium in the Sports Complex, Sector 42, here expired. However, the authorities are still dribbling with the formalities required to lay a new artificial grass field at the stadium. Earlier, the UT Sports Department was planning to purchase an AstroTurf with blue turf and pink border.

The AstroTurf at the hockey stadium in Sector 42 is in poor condition. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Assn announces athletics calendar
Chandigarh, May 12
The Chandigarh Athletics Association has announced its events' calendar. After successfully conducting selection trails for senior athletics team ahead of the National Inter-state Athletics Championship to be held from June 5 to 8, the association will now hold trails to select Chandigarh's team for the Federation Cup on July 15.

A coach gives tips to probables for Chandigarh’s handball team on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Tennis: Manjot, Prabhjot in semis
Chandigarh, May 12
Manjot Singh and Prabhjot won the quarterfinals (boys U-18) of the ongoing Paragon’s tennis championship at Mohali today. In the first quarter-final, Manjot defeated Jaideep (6-1). In the second quarter-final, Prabhjot defeated Parmeet Deol at an identical score.

Chandigarh Police win T-20 tourney
Chandigarh, May 12
The Chandigarh Police defeated Mohali Industries Association (MIA) by two wickets to lift the MIA T-20 Championship trophy. In the final match played on the cricket grounds of YPS School, Mohali, the Chandigarh Police team won the toss and elected to bowl first. They restricted the rivals to 159 runs in the allotted 20 overs. For the batting side, Daman scored 58 runs while Gurbachan added 23 runs to the team's total. Raman from the Chandigarh Police claimed two wickets by conceding 30 runs while Balwinder scalped one for 16 runs.

23 probables named for Punjab jr cricket team
Chandigarh, May 12
The selection committee for Punjab's junior cricket team has announced a 23-member probable’s squad. The selected probable?s will undergo a preparatory camp at Dhruv Pandove Cricket Stadium, Patiala, from May 16 to 24.

ML Markan Cricket trophy
Chandigarh defeat Ludhiana
Chandigarh, May 12
Chandigarh defeated Ludhiana during a match of ML Markan Cricket Trophy for boys (U-16) played at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, here today. After the overnight score of 77 runs for two wickets, the Ludhiana team was bowled out for 226 runs in 84.4 overs. Lavish Dhir scored 74 runs while Gurjot Singh made 38 runs. Together they scored 81 runs for the third-wicket partnership. Later, Vaibhav Kalra chipped in 47 runs off 66 balls. He hit nine boundaries before being stumped by Yogesh off Tavleen's delivery.

Ist Ashok Kumar Vij Memorial Corporate Cup
PGI Avengers begin on a winning note
Mohali, May 12
PGI(S) Avengers defeated India Bulls by 96 runs during the inaugural match of the Ist Ashok Kumar Vij Memorial Corporate Cup, organised by Professional Cricket Club at Derabassi. Winning the toss, PGI Avengers chose to bat first and scored 205 runs for seven wickets in the scheduled 20 overs. The top-scorer for the team was Ravi, who slammed 112 runs off 60 deliveries. Sanjeev added 46 runs of 32 balls to the team’s total. From the bowling side, Arvind picked three wickets.

Selection trials for MCA team tomorrow
Chandigarh, May 12
The Mohali Cricket Association (MCA) will conduct selection trails to shortlist members of boys (U-25) cricket team at the C ground on May 14. Before the final selection, the shortlisted players will attend a training camp. Later, they would represent the district in the inter-district cricket championship for boys (U-25) to be organised by the Punjab Cricket Association. Players born on or after September 1, 1989, and either residing, studying or employed in Mohali district are eligible for the trials. The aspirants are advised to bring along a photocopy of birth certificate or a certificate from their respective institutes confirming date of birth. The trials will begin at 7 am. — TNS

Tennis tourney: Nandini triumphs
Chandigarh, May 12
Nandini, a Tennis Excellence Academy (TEA) trainee, won the academy's AITA tennis championship under the girls (singles) category, held at Kharar today. In the final, top-seed Nandini Sharma beat Itika Sharma 6-4, 6-2. In the semi-finals, she had overpowered Jannat Khurana 6-1, 6-1 while Itika Sharma beat Komaljit Kaur 3-6, 7-5 and 7-5. In the finals of the doubles’ category, Itika Sharma and Komaljit Kaur registered a win over Hansika Singh and Ashpreet Kaur Bajwa 4-2, 3-5 and 9-7. TNS

Top seed Nandini Sharma returns a shot during the final of the girls (singles) category of the Tennis Excellence Academy’s AITA tennis championship held in Kharar on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

St Xavier’s paddlers are overall champion
Chandigarh, May 12
St Xavier's Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, won the overall champions title during the ICSE Inter-school Table Tennis Tournament organised by Tender Heart School, Chandigarh. The Sector-44 school team consisting of Amey, Manas, Mausin, Apichart and Japneet won the overall trophy while Harshit Bhardwaj won the top position in individual (junior) category. In the senior individual category, Amey Shastri bagged the top position. TNS


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