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Rift among top leadership in city BJP deepens
Chandigarh, May 24
Rift among top leadership in the city BJP deepened, as former MP and senior BJP leader Satya Pal Jain did not turn up at the BJP’s core group meeting today. The meeting, which was attended by BJP national general secretary and Chandigarh unit in charge Aarti Mehra, newly elected MP Kirron Kher, party city unit president Sanjay Tandon, former Union Minister Harmohan Dhawan, and others was organised to discuss the party’s strategy for the coming days in Chandigarh.

Saman Dhanak death case
Lie-detector test on girl sought
Victim’s family feels survivor girl concealing facts during police investigation
Panchkula, May 24
In a new twist to the Saman Dhanak death case, the family of the victim demanded that the special investigation team (SIT) should conduct a lie-detector test on the girl as it felt that she was concealing facts during interrogation.


UT officials’ dinner diplomacy with MP Kirron Kher
Chandigarh, May 24
After winning the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, newly elected MP Kirron Kher met senior UT officials over a ‘secret’ dinner at BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan’s residence last night. According to information, after attending the thanksgiving ceremony organised by the local BJP unit, Kirron Kher reached Dhawan’s residence in Sector 9.

Attack on Retd Sessions Judge
Mohali Police yet to arrest accused
Mohali, May 24
The police are yet to arrest the person who had attacked a Sessions Judge (retd) in Phase VII here on May 22. The retired Judge, Aftab Singh Bakshi (87), who is now an advocate, is still undergoing treatment at Fortis Hospital. His son, Birender Pal Singh, said today that his father had sustained a skull fracture and his condition was not stable. He was still in a state of shock, he added.

No public darbar for over 4 months now
Chandigarh, May 24
UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil has not held any ‘public darbar’ for over four months, now. The last public darbar was held on January 6 and since then there has been no public hearing session organised by the UT Administration wherein residents can come to meet Patil for the redressal of their grievances.


Missing children
Police clueless in 35 cases: Report
Chandigarh, May 24
Out of the 191 missing cases of children that were reported with the Chandigarh Police in 2012-13, the authorities are still clueless about 35 children as per the audit report of the Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR).

Prof Devi Sirohi (centre), chairperson, CCPCR, addresses a workshop at the UT Guest House in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Discharge of rainwater
GMADA told to lay underground pipes at Madanpur village
Mohali, May 24
The Permanent Lok Adalat (Public Utility Services), Mohali, headed by Jagroop Singh Mahal, has directed the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to either provide a rainwater drainage system or lay underground pipes at Madanpur village here for the discharge of rainwater and pay Rs 5,000 as litigation cost.

Shiamak Davar’s dance workshop now in Ambala
Chandigarh, May 24
The Durga Das Foundation that has been bringing Shiamak Davar’s brand of ‘dancercise’ to Chandigarh for over a decade through its summer and winter funk programmes, now does an encore for Ambala City too.

108 ambulance staff continue stir
Mohali, May 24
Even as the 108 ambulance services did not run for most part of the day here today, the strike by the ambulance staff continued. The nine 108 ambulances for Mohali district were stationed at the designated sites this evening by using the services of drivers of the Health Department. Police security was provided in it.

Members of the 108 Employees Association burn an effigy of the Health Minister, Punjab, in Mohali on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

54 PCR vehicles fail to trace a car
Chandigarh, May 24
The “alertness” of the Chandigarh police came to the fore when as many as 54 PCR vehicles failed to trace an Endeavour car the entire night. All PCR vehicles kept looking for the car but their efforts went in vain. The message was flashed at 11.40 pm yesterday that a car bearing Punjab’s registration number was asked to stop near Madhya Marg, but it sped away.

No headway in Congress leader’s murder case
Mohali, May 24
The police have so far failed to make much headway in connection with the murder of Congress leader Rajwant Singh Shergill. The police had claimed a day after the body of Shergill was found dumped in a car on May 21 that it had got vital clues and the case would be solved soon. But it had failed to share any vital information in this regard so far.

Attack on AAP supporter in Mohali
Kumbra residents protest police inaction
Mohali, May 24
Residents of Kumbra village staged a protest outside the SSP office here today against the failure of the police to arrest those involved in the attack on an AAP supporter and his family members allegedly by armed SAD men on May 8.

Balwinder Singh of Kumbra village sits on a dharna with his family members in Mohali, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Tata Docomo’s exclusive offer
Tata Docomo, telecom brand of Tata Teleservices Limited, on Saturday announced the exclusive offer of providing an 8 GB micro SD card on activating Photon Max/3G Wi-Fi. Timed for summer holidays, the offer is only valid on post paid rental plans of over or equal to Rs 750.The offer is valid up to June 30.


Common entrance Test
Chaos on roads as 15k turn up for PU exam
Chandigarh, May 24
Chaos prevailed on the roads outside various colleges in the city this morning as about 15,000 students turned up for the common entrance test (CET) (undergraduate) of Panjab University. Traffic moved at a snail’s pace outside a few colleges where examination centres were set up. These included DAV College in Sector 10 and both government colleges of Sector 11.

From schools
Dental check-up
Chandigarh: Students of St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44 D, Chandigarh, underwent dental check-up. A team of 10 dentists headed by Dr. Ikrid Singh, from Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University, Chandigarh, apprised the students of the ways to maintain healthy teeth.

Students of St Vivekanand Millennium School, Pinjore, are all smiles during the investiture ceremony. A Tribune photograph

Semester system: Varsity not in a hurry
Chandigarh, May 24
It seems that Panjab University is not in a hurry to implement the semester system for examinations in undergraduate courses from this academic session 2014-15. Rather than making it a part of the main agenda, which was sent a week ago, the university authorities are planning to discuss the issue as a table agenda in the Senate meeting scheduled for tomorrow.

Dance ballet portrays Lord Krishna’s life
Chandigarh, May 24
Dancers from the Sanskriti Centre for Creative Arts, Ambala, enlivened the atmosphere at the Vivek High School auditorium as they gave scintillating rendition of the Krishna Dance Ballet here today. Around 53 dancers, including children, depicted the life of Lord Krishna right from His birth to the Mahabharata episode where He was Arjuna’s charioteer.

Lilt for the Lord: Artistes of the Sanskriti Centre for Creative Arts, Ambala, present a dance drama “Krishna” at Vivek High School in Sector 38, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Varsity should raise scholarship amount: MP
Chandigarh, May 24
Panjab University should raise the amount of scholarship or stipend given to students, stated the newly elected Chandigarh Member of Parliament (MP) Kirron Kher at a function held to award scholarships for academic excellence here today. She said the amount given at present was very meagre to financially support the education of the student receiving it.

Former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court Justice SS Sodhi (retd) flanked by MP Kirron Kher and Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover with scholarship winners at the Golden Jubilee Hall at Panjab University on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Justice Sodhi proposes IIC-like centre at PU
Chandigarh, May 24
Former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, Justice SS Sodhi (retd) today proposed to develop a centre at the Panjab University Alumni House on the pattern of the India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi. Justice Sodhi was addressing PU toppers and students at the scholarship award function and annual meeting of Panjab University Alumni Association (PUAA).

Books donated to poor students
Panchkula, May 24
The local unit of Bharat Vikas Parishad today held a function at Parishad Bhawan in Sector 12 here and distributed books and study material among 250 students of Classes IX, X and XII studying at government schools in sectors 6, 15, 17 and 19 and Gurukul, a press release issued here stated. The students belonged to poor strata of society. — TNS


Transporter robbed of Rs 5,000 at knife point
Dera Bassi, May 24
Miscreants reportedly robbed a Bhankharpur-based transporter of Rs 5,000 at knife point on the Ambala-Kalka Highway at the local bus stand here yesterday night. The incident took place at 1 am when the transporter, Satyavir, was waiting for some vehicle to go to his home at Bhankharpur. Four youths who were travelling in a tempo approached him. The youths, who claimed that they were heading towards Chandigarh, offered him a lift.

Youth booked for raping woman
Dera Bassi, May 24
The Dera Bassi police have booked a youth for allegedly raping his neighbour, a mother of two kids, here, today. The accused and the victim are dwellers of slums in Haibatpura village. Mirza Mohd Aasin, investigating officer in the case, said Mithu Prasad, husband of the victim, in a complaint to the police alleged that his neighbourer Salman Mohammad (19), hailing from Bihar, barged into his jhuggi and committed the crime.


Man consumes poison, ends his life
Jalandhar, May 24
A 38-year-old man committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance during his stay in a room at Hotel President here this noon. The man was identified as Vishal Sharma, hailing from Dera Bassi and working as an accountant with an automobile company, with the help of his voter ID card, a copy of which he had submitted while check-in at the hotel last afternoon. The deceased was found lying in his undergarments in the room while his shirt and trouser drenched in his vomiting and bearing remnants of sulphas were found lying closeby.

68-year-old arrested for molesting granddaughter
Chandigarh, May 24
A 68-year-old man was arrested for allegedly molesting his granddaughter in Sector 25 here today. The accused, identified as Mohan Birla, has been arrested under Section 354-A (molestation) of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act.

Boundary wall razed
Panchkula, May 24
High drama was witnessed today when a team of the Haryana Urban Development Authority demolished the boundary wall of the house of an Indian rowing player in the Chowki area here.

Youth jumps to death before train
Lalru, May 24
Depressed over his poor financial condition, a 24-year-old youth of Ambala City reportedly committed suicide by jumping before a running train near the Dappar railway station, near here, last night.


Priya, Tuba begin with wins
Chandigarh, May 24
Priya Sharma defeated Akanksha and Tuba defeated Mariam, in the respective matches of girl’s junior category, during the 17th St. Stephen’s Carrom Ranking Tournament under the auspices of Chandigarh Carrom Association. In the first competition, Priya Sharma defeated Akanksha 21-00 and 17-00 while Tuba defeated Mariam 17-02 and 14-10, Nidhi beat Sanya Chadha 19-00, 9-10 and 9-01 while Manu outclassed Komal Gupta 21-00 and 21-00. Earlier, in the first round of boys (sub-junior) category, Atul Yadav beat Pradeep 19-0 and 10-07 whereas Gurjeet Singh defeated Vansh Gupta at 13-00 and 9-00.

Chess tourney
Tarini leads tally on Day 1
Chandigarh, May 24
Chess prodigy Tarini Goyal led the first day with 3 points during the Chandigarh Open and Girl Chess Championship. The championship started today at St. Xaviers’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, Chandigarh. Tarini maintained the lead in the girls (U-19) category. A total of 53 players, including 11 International players, from different schools of Chandigarh participated in the championship.

Nikita beats Aaryan 5-0 in tennis
Chandigarh, May 24
Budding tennis player Nikita Kharangra and Ibadat Kaur defeated their respective male rivals, in the combined girl’s tennis championship for boys and girls, being held at Chandigarh Club, Sector 1. In a match of combined (U-12) category Nikita Kharangra defeated male rival Aaryan Chhatwal 5-0 while in the combined (U-14) match, Ibadat Kaur beat the male rival Mehul Gupta 6-1.

Bridge championship
Spartan qualify for super league round
Chandigarh, May 24
Spartan Bridge Club with highest points becomes the first team, among top six teams, to qualify for the super league round of ongoing National Open Bridge Tournament. The championship was organised by the Punjab Bridge Association at The Aroma Hotel, Sector 22.

Players participate in the National Open Bridge Tournament at Hotel Aroma, Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Saturday. tribune photo: S Chandan

DAV-8 open with draw
Chandigarh, May 24
In the opening match of 3rd GRB Football Tournament held at the Football Stadium, Sector 17, team of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, played a goalless draw against Youngster Club. Both the teams failed to score in the stipulated time of 70 minutes. A total of 12 teams are participating in the event. In other matches, Golden FC defeated Abhayjeet club 1-0, Sau FC overpowered Molonlabe 1-0, BCFS defeated Mohali FC 1-0 and Golden Age FC beat Nayagaon FC at 3-0. TNS


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