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Youths open fire in Sec 17; 2 hurt
Chandigarh, May 19
Panic gripped the Sector 17 market here this evening after assailants in a Tata Safari fired shots at two persons, including a bouncer, leaving them injured. Both the injured have been admitted to the PGI. The police have identified the assailants and efforts are on to nab them.

Police officials at the crime spot in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Monday; and (right) one of the injured under treatment at the PGI. Tribune photos: S Chandan


Mechanical engineer, two others held for ATM thefts
Panchkula, May 19
A mechanical engineer has been arrested along with his two accomplices for bid to break open ATMs in and around Panchkula. The three youths have confessed to their involvement in lifting an ATM in Baddi on February 16. Their mobile location was also traced to the area that day. The police are also suspecting their involvement in the lifting of an ATM containing Rs 16 lakh from the Chandimandir area in Panchkula last year.

The accused in police custody in Panchkula on Monday. A Tribune photograph

For Kirron Kher, the major challenge lies ahead
Chandigarh, May 19
After getting a clear mandate to perform, it is time for BJP MP Kirron Kher to deliver. True to the sprit of the party’s post-victory slogan, "Achhey din aa gaye hain", the actor-turned-politician needs to come out with a blueprint as to how she intends to make the Administration more responsive and sensitive to the basic needs of city residents.

The big North-South power divide in the city
Chandigarh, May 19
City residents residing in northern VIP sectors are getting uninterrupted power supply while those residing in southern sectors have been forced to put up with power cuts. Since April 22, the residents of VIP sectors (Sectors 1 to 10) only faced six hours of scheduled power cuts --- two hours each in Sectors 2, 4 and 10. However, during the same period, there have been power cuts totalling 110 hours in the remaining sectors, including the southern sectors, according to the power cut schedule of the UT Electricity Department.

Now, sand mafia targets industrial plots in Mohali
Mohali, May 19
While cases of illegal mining of sand and gravel are rampant on shamlat land (common land) in the rural belt, forest land and river beds, now the sand mafia has targeted industrial plots in the IT sector in Phase VIII-B (Sector 74) of the Industrial Area here.

Cops changed weapon boxes, claims resident
Chandigarh, May 19
A resident of Sector 27, who went to the Police Lines in Sector 26 to claim his weapons back which he had deposited before the poll, has alleged harassment. The resident, Rupinder Singh, a businessman, said the original boxes of his three weapons had been tampered with.

Rupinder Singh of Sector 27 shows the carton received with his revolver, which, he claims, has been changed. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Re-assessed lease amount offered by ut
Golf Club gets 15 days to decide
Chandigarh, May 19
Just more than two months after the Punjab and Haryana High Court indicated that the lease row between the Chandigarh Golf Club (CGC) and the Chandigarh Administration would be decided on judicial side instead of mediation, a Division Bench today gave 15 days time to the elite club to decide on the re-assessed lease amount offered by the UT.


Assault on mentally challenged person at RIMH
‘Problem child identified’
Chandigarh, May 19
While the inquiry into the case of assault on a 41-year-old mentally challenged person at the Regional Institute of Mentally Handicapped (RIMH), last week, is still in progress, the teachers today identified the “problem child”, who possibly inflicted the injuries on him. A final report is yet to be submitted but our teachers have identified the inmate with whom the 41-year-old, perhaps, had an altercation, said Dr BS Chavan, Joint Director, RIMH.

Tame aggression: Experts
Chandigarh, May 19 Following the incident of assault on the 41-year-old mentally challenged person at the Regional Institute of Mentally Handicapped (RIMH), parents of inmates took exception to common classrooms for persons with different disabilities. Experts from the field have suggested possible causes for the incident and solutions.

Failure to solve issues close to the heart of residents led to defeat: Pawan Bansal
Former Member of Parliament Pawan Kumar Bansal feels that residents did not vote for the overall development and rather voted against their issues not being solved. With 15 years of stint as an MP, running across three consecutive terms, the 65 year-old vetran feels his agenda of banking on the development works did not work wonders. Having announced to hang his boots, the old war horse in politics speaking to Chandigarh Tribune says that he has only announced not to contest election but will continue to be in public life and work for the people. Excerpts.

MC sends reminder to UT Chief Architect
Chandigarh, May 19
The Municipal Corporation (MC), Chandigarh, has sent a reminder to the UT Chief Architect seeking information on the permissible places where hoardings can be installed in the Elante Mall. The enforcement wing of the MC had removed the hoardings from the mall on April 26, however, before slapping a fine on the mall authorities, the MC has sought to clarity on the permission of displaying advertisements at the mall.

City’s GPO first in region to offer core banking services
Chandigarh, May 19
The first core banking services at the Chandigarh General Post Office(GPO) was inaugurated by Kulbir Singh, Chief Postmaster General, Punjab and Chandigarh today. The first transaction under Core Banking Solutions(CBS) at the Chandigarh GPO was made by Manisha Bansal Badal , Director, Postal Services, Punjab and Chandigarh.

Beating the heat: A Bengal tiger shakes itself dry after taking a dip in a pool of water at Chhatbir Zoo. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Development works to begin at Balongi village
Mohali, May 19
After the model code of conduct came to an end, the Mohali District Administration is all set to begin development works at Balongi village here. Residents of the village, who have been living in hell-like conditions, have blocked the Mohali-Kharar Highway several times to get the conditions better there.

Booth owners given one month to apply for conversion of trade: Dhawan
Chandigarh, May 19 BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan today claimed that the Estate Office (EO) has given a month's time to those running eateries to apply for conversion of trade. The EO had served a three-day notice to eateries in the city for misuse and violations following which properties were to be sealed. The notice period ended today.

One hurdle cleared: While one of the dual carriageways linking the entry to the UT Secretariat in Sector 9 that remained closed due to security reasons has been opened to the public after a long gap, the road near the Sector 2 residence of the Punjab Chief Minister has not been opened for public use. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Now, invisible braces available
For those shying away from wearing braces, a concept of invisible braces is now available in the city. Dr Pankaj Pupeja, an orthodontist, is providing the facility at his clinic in Sector 10, Chandigarh. The clinic offers cosmetic dentistry facilities also.

Patil ready to resign?
Chandigarh, May 19
As the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has got a clear-cut majority in the Lok Sabha elections, speculations are on the rise that Punjab Governor-cum-UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil is ready to offer his resignation. Sources revealed that Patil, who was in Delhi today, is likely to meet party president Sonia Gandhi and other leaders to discuss the resignation issue. During the Lok Sabha election campaign for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, BJP leaders in their speech on a number of occasions had mentioned that if the BJP would come to power, they would ensure the transfer of the UT Administrator. A BJP leader said they would press for Patil’s transfer as he was from the Congress. TNS

Dera asks UT Admn to return its land
Chandigarh, May 19
A week after the UT Administration carried out a demolition drive following eviction proceedings against the dera of Hazrat Peer Lala Wala Lakhdata Sufi in Daria village, Abdul Razak Khan, the caretaker of the dera, has demanded that the orginal land in the name of the dera be restored to it. He claimed that the administration had evicted him of the land that stood in the name of the dera. Earlier, dera followers had protested against the drive. They said despite being in possession of the land for 50 years, they had been forcibly evicted. — TNS

Retd officers hold meeting
Panchkula, May 19
A meeting of the governing body and conveners of sectorwise committee was held under the chairmanship of Ravinder Sharma, president of Haryana Government Retired Officers’ Welfare Association, Panchkula, here on Monday. During the meeting, it was resolved to draw attention of the Haryana Chief Minister on the charter of demands submitted by the pensioners from time to time. The demands include increase of pension every five years after retirement. TNS

Better Panchkula
Sorry state of affairs at Panchkula government schools
In contrast to its image of being known as the Paris of Haryana, government schools in Panchkula present a poor picture. Chandigarh Tribune conducted a reality check in Panchkula-based government schools, which claim to provide the best of facilities to students.
Panchkula, May 19
Damp walls, no benches in most of the schools, inadequate water and toilet facilities, broken windowpanes, loose electricity wires, poor infrastructure and lack of cleanliness are some of the conditions students of Panchkula government schools are forced to put up with.

Students wash utensils near a toilet. A drinking water tank is also situated close to the toilet at a government school at Rally village in Panchkula. Tribune photographs

From schools
Annual prize distribution
Chandigarh: Amongst cheers from the parents of students of ‘Saral Ahsaas’, a parallel school for underprivileged students adopted from the Bapu Dham Colony for free education up to Class XII at KBDAV-7, the annual day-cum-prize distribution function was held at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, today.

Students of Theater Age, an NGO, light lamps to spread the message, “Love Life Stop AIDS,” to mark the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day at Government High School, Sector 24, in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Stay at PU hostels to get costly
Chandigarh, May 19
The hostel accommodation in Panjab University is likely to get costly. The proposal to implement a hike of 10 per cent from the academic session 2014-15 will be tabled in the Senate meeting, scheduled for May 25, for approval. As per records, there has been no hike in the hostel fee for the past eight years. At present, there are nine hostels for girls and eight for boys on the PU campus. Each hostel can accommodate as many as 360 students.

Shocker for PU hostel inmates
Students asked to pay bill of Rs 5 lakh
Chandigarh, May 19
After receiving a hefty power bill of Rs 5 lakh for Hostel Number 2, also known as Rani Laxmi Bai hostel, at Panjab University, the students got another shocker when they were asked to pay the bill from their own pocket. The students were informed by the hostel staff today that each hostel inmate will have to pay Rs 790 extra for the electricity bill this month, instead of Rs 170, as the bill amount was more than the regular bill.

GGDSDC to introduce three new courses from this academic session
Chandigarh, May 19
In view of the demand for professional courses, Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma College (GGDSDC) has decided to start three new courses from the academic session 2014-15.

Students of the GGDSDC at their science laboratory on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Class X results to be out today
Chandigarh, May 19
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will announce its Class X result tomorrow. Last year, as many as 17,173 students had taken the Class X exam from the UT, while this year, the total number of candidates who got registered were 17,458. This points towards an increase of 285 students, including 9,841 boys and 7,617 girls.

Photography exhibition brings out myriad emotions
Chandigarh, May 19
St. John’s Photography Club organised the 9th Photography Exhibition titled, ‘Reflexiones Del Alma’ (Reflections of the Soul) on the school premises here today. As many as 250 photographs taken by the students of the club were exhibited at the event. A myriad emotions, colours and expressions were captured in the photographs. Satish Kumar, DSP (East) inaugurated the exhibition and lauded the students for their creative talent and efforts in organising the event. The parents also encouraged the students for their skills and recognised their unique talent. Meanwhile, school principal Kavita Das expressed her delight and congratulated the students on the success of the exhibition. TNS

Students of St. John’s School at the photography exhibition on the campus on Monday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Higgs boson project
CERN lauds PU’s contribution
Chandigarh, May 19
The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland, has appreciated the contribution of Panjab University (PU), in the Higgs Boson Project, popularly known as God Particle. The Physics Department, PU, had participated and contributed in the discovery of the Higgs Boson by contributing in detector hardware and Physics analysis. The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, had given Rs 9 crore to the Physics Department under the project. Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover has also congratulated the Department of Physics and the group for the achievement. TNS

Chaos on road: A traffic jam in Phase VIII, Mohali, on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

600 take part in drawing contest
Chandigarh, May 19
A drawing competition was held at GMHS-34 by the Creative Masters Organisation today. The event was sponsored by the ICICI Bank. The school authorities said the contest was being organised at the all-India level to search the talent of students below and above 18 years of age. The topics given to the students included ‘My family’, ‘What I want to become when I grow up’, ‘World around me’ and ‘Clean world, green world’. As many as 600 children participated in the competition with enthusiasm. The result of the contest will be declared in the end of June. — TNS

22 students get job placement
Mohali, May 19
As many as 22 students of the Universal Group received offer letters from various companies in a mega job fair, claimed the authorities of the group. The job fair was held on the college campus, which saw participation from more than six companies and around 184 candidates. “As many as 47 candidates got shortlisted for various positions,” said Rachit Garg, director, engineering. He said the annual packages being offered ranged between Rs 1.5 lakh-2.8 lakh. — TNS


International Nurses Week celebrated
Dera Bassi, May 19
A series of events were organised by the Sri Sukhmani College of Nursing to mark International Nurses Week-2014 here today. The function, based on the theme “Nurses: A force for change — A vital resource for health,” was inaugurated by Swarn Tomar, principal of the nursing college. Prof Avtar Singh and Kanwaljeet Kaur, chairman and director of the Sri Sukhmani Group of Institutions, encouraged the students to work like ‘Florence Nightingale’ with dedication and devotion to serve the humanity.

Three held for assault
Lalru, May 19
The police have arrested three persons of Khelan village for allegedly assaulting a farmhouse owner and robbing him of a tractor and Rs 30,000. The fourth suspect in the case is absconding. Following a complaint by Jarnail Singh, the owner of Patiala Farmhouse in the village, a case under Sections 382, 323, 506, 341 and 382 of the Indian Penal Code was registered against Nakal, Sandal Singh, Ankit and Ravinder Kumar, all residents of Khelan village, at the Handesra police station.


Jyoti murder case
Telecom co. provides mobile details to court
Panchkula, May 19
The nodal officer of a telecom company today deposed before the court and submitted additional tower locations of the mobile phones of Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary, victim Jyoti and other three accused, Gurmeet, Paramjit and Dharampal. The tower locations for the period prior to a few days before the day of crime were not available with the police following which a request by the prosecution was made to the court to ask the nodal officer to submit the details.


Gang of thieves busted; three held
Chandigarh, May 19
The UT police today arrested a gang of thieves who used to steal motorcycles from the city and later abandon them taking a joyride. Rohtash, Rajinder and Sonu, all residents of Faidan village, have been arrested by the police. The police station at Sector 31, Chandigarh, under the supervision of Inspector Kirpal Singh, SHO, busted a gang of thieves who are joy riders.

The thieves in police custody in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Wheels of car stolen
Chandigarh, May 19
Two wheels of a Verna car were stolen from Sector 37 last night. The owner of the vehicle, SD Singh of Sector 37, reported to the police that thieves stole two wheels of his car and put his vehicle on bricks. The police said the incident reportedly took place between 10pm and 5am and efforts were being to trace the culprits. A team of crime branch sleuths also inspected the spot today. On May 17, two wheels of a Swift car, parked inside the government quarters of a school lecturer, Rajinder Kapoor, were stolen from Sector 20. TNS

The car that was targeted by thieves in Sector 37, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari


Black marketeers make a killing at PCA Stadium
Mohali, May 19
Black marketeers outside the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium here, taking full advantage of the winning spree of the Kings XI Punjab team, are making quick bucks by selling the tickets at higher rates than the actual price. Unavailability of the low-priced category tickets has proved fruitful for the business of black marketeers outside the stadium.

Workers busy with the preparations for an IPL match to be held at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on May 21. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Local trainee Dahiya upsets 3rd seed Shandilya
Chandigarh, May 19
Making a comeback after his last year’s defeat, local CHART trainee Vikrant Dahiya defeated 3rd seed Rubal Shandilya in a marathon 3 hours and 15 minutes boys’ main draw match during the ongoing CLTA-AITA Men’s and Women’s Rs 1 Lakh Tennis Tournament, being held at the CLTA Tennis Courts here today. Rubal had beaten Vikrant in the previous two AITA championships in 2013.

School holds soccer festival
Chandigarh, May 19
A Grassroots Football Festival was organised at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, as part of the celebrations of the Asian Football Confederation Grassroots Day. A total of 150 children (boys and girls) took part in the festival. S Bhajan Singh Shergill, executive member of the SGPC, gave away the prizes to winners.

Gurukul School pip St John’s in cricket
Chandigarh, May 19
The Gurukul School, Panchkula, defeated the host St John’s School, Sector 26, in the semi-final match of the 3rd Brother McCann Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-15) being held today. After elected to bat first, the host managed to score 83 runs in their allotted slot of 20 overs. Aadilpreet Singh of the St John’s team scored 30 runs to help his team achieve the total. In bowling, Mandeep hogged the limelight by claiming four wickets. Chasing the target, Gurukul School attained the target with 6 wickets in hand. Mandeep (35 runs) and Hrithik (23 runs) remained the main scores for the winning side. TNS

Golf camp from May 27
Chandigarh, May 19
The British School Golf Academy would hold a month-long junior golf camp for children from May 27. The camp will be open for children in the age-group of six to 12 years. Golf trainer Manjit Kochar, who is also the joint director, Academy of Golf, Chandigarh Golf Club, will conduct the camp in which participants will be taught basic fundamentals of the game like putting, chipping, long and short irons, rules and etiquettes of the game. Manjit Kochar said, "The idea is to catch them young and nurture." Interested players can register for the camp with Manjit Kochar (9815554788). — TNS


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