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Boy drowns in pond
Chandigarh, June 1
An 11-year-old boy, who had a handicap in the right arm, drowned in a pond opposite the Botanical Garden in Sarangpur village today. The child, identified as Khemraj, had gone there to take a bath with his cousin Manish and friend Karan. The incident occurred at 6 pm when Khemraj went deep into the pond and drowned.

Hit by Punjab Roadways bus, 75-yr-old woman dies
Chandigarh, June 1
A 75-year-old woman was killed after she was hit by a speeding Punjab Roadways Transport Corporation bus near the Zirakpur barrier on the Airport road today. The victim, Chani Devi, was crossing the road with her son, Vinod Kumar, when she was hit.


Women up in arms against liquor vend
Chandigarh, June 1
Women of Attawa village, Sector 42, Chandigarh, hold a protest against a liquor vend on Sunday. The first day of opening of liquor vends under the new excise policy for 2014-2015 today was marked by protests by residents in different sectors over the opening of vends in their respective areas.

Women of Attawa village, Sector 42, Chandigarh, hold a protest against a liquor vend on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Home Guards volunteer sees threat to life from accused, moves court
Chandigarh, June 1
Showcasing that threat from the accused looms large on witnesses in the absence of any witness protection programme, a UT police Home Guards volunteer shocked the court earlier this week when he stated that he was scared of the accused and feared a threat to his life from him. The UT policeman, who also moved an application on May 25 seeking protection from the accused, stated before the court that he was left for dead and survived the attack last year from a history sheeter of Mani Majra, Sonu Bakriwala, and feared a threat again.

Unavailability of ambulance
Kharar family moves human rights panel over woman’s death
Mohali, June 1
A Kharar-based family has knocked at the door of the Punjab Human Rights Commission following the death of a woman due to unavailability of an ambulance and alleged indifferent attitude of a doctor at the Kharar hospital.
Daman Arora, the victim


Open House response
Stray dogs unleash terror on roads across city
As packs of dogs continue to hound residents, venturing out has become a nightmare for many. This is evident from the sharp rise in the number of dog bite cases. Chandigarh Tribune asked its readers about what needs to be done to nip the problem in the bud

Savage attack: The stray dog menace has attained alarming proportions in the city. A TRIBUNE photoGRAPH

Govt’s power surplus claim falls flat in Mohali
With residents complaining about long and frequent power cuts in Mohali, the tall claim made by the Punjab Government of a ‘power surplus’ state seems to have fallen flat. Three to four hours of power cuts are a routine in Mohali while in its periphery, the span of power cuts ranges between seven and nine hours. The story is no different in parts of Kharar, Kurali and other villages.

Sweet Gesture: Devotees distribute sweetened water on the martyrdom anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev in Mohali on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Soon, RLA to hold mock test for applicants
Chandigarh, June 1
The Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA), Chandigarh, is soon going to hold mock tests for driving licence (DL) applicants before they appear for the mandatory computerised test. Questions that can figure in the test would be made available on the RLA website.

No. of pledged eyes up, but 1,000 await cornea transplant at PGI, GMCH-32
Chandigarh, June 1
A significant increase in the number of persons pledging their eyes at the PGIMER and the GMCH-32 in the recent past indicates rising awareness on the need for eye donation. However, the present reality seems harsh as about 1,000 patients have been awaiting corneal transplant at the two hospitals for the past couple of years.

City docs discuss implications of Clinical Establishment Act
Chandigarh, June 1
After cities such as Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai —where the medical fraternity expressed its resentment over the provisions of the Clinical Establishment Act (CEA) — the Medicos Legal Action Group (MLAG), here also discussed implications of the Act today. The legal awareness session took off with Dr Neeraj Nagpal, convener, MLAG, delivering a talk on the subject.

Dr Neeraj Nagpal and Dr UP Singh address a gathering of doctors at the Indian Medical Association House in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Sunday. A Tribune Photograph

Buyers lodge complaint
Zirakpur, June 1
Struggling to get possession of their flats, in a housing project —Vishranti — on the Kalka-Ambala Highway for the past two years, over 150 buyers had been running from pillar to post for justice. A group of nearly 25 buyers today held meeting with one of the directors of Mount Kailash Land Base Private Limited, a construction company, to get possession of their flats but faced disappointment.

Buyers assemble outside the police station in Zirakpur after lodging a complaint on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

12 days on, no headway in Shergill murder case
Mohali, June 1
More than 12 days have passed but the Mohali Police have failed to get any lead in the blind murder of Kharar-based Congress leader Rajwant Singh Shergill. Shergill’s decomposed body was found dumped in an Ertiga SUV (bearing registration number PB65U-6066) in a residential locality of Sector 69 here on May 21. The police had recovered two cellphones (one of them in the damaged condition due to heat in the vehicle), an album containing photographs of the victim with a girl, Sandeep Kaur of Sector 69 here, a ladies purse and a soft drink bottle from the car.

Reports on smoke-free Punjab released at PGI
Chandigarh, June 1
As the School of Public Health, PGIMER, celebrated World No-Tobacco Day on Saturday, Vini Mahajan, principal secretary, health, Punjab, released two reports — Journey towards smoke-free Punjab and Smoke-free compliance assessment guidelines during the function.

Lotto launches new fabric
Sportswear Lotto Sport Italia today launched its SS14’ apparel collection, using the Deep Dry Tech Fabric (new technology) at Lotto Store here. Deep Dry Tech Fabric is a sandwiched construction makes it very resistant and ideal for frequent use.

Land acquisition
Farmhouses put on notice
Chandigarh, June 1
The Land Acquisition Officer (LAO), Chandigarh, has issued notices to the owners of over 30 farmhouses in Phase III of the IT Park, Mani Majra. After a survey, the office of LAO issued individual notices to the property owners under the Punjab New Captial (Periphery) Control Act. The LAO, Tilak Raj, said the property owners were asked to appear in his court. Though the farmhouse owners have won the case against acquisition of their land by the UT Administration, they still fall under the purview of the Periphery Act. While most farmhouses were constructed a long time ago, addition and alterations had been made to some old structures. Some land owners are running nurseries in Kishangarh. — TNS

Brace for hotter days
Chandigarh, June 1
The weatherman has predicted a hotter coming week with mainly clear sky except for Monday when there will be a partly cloudy sky. The mercury touched the 43.7 degree Celsius mark in the city today while the minimum was recorded at 29.6 degree Celsius. However, city residents can expect a slight relief from heat as temperature is expected to fall by a few notches on Monday. The maximum temperature on Monday will not go beyond 40 degree Celsius and the minimum will fall to 26 degree Celsius, says the weatherman. Residents, however, will have to brace for a hotter week with low chances of rainfall. The maximum temperature is expected to rise to 44 degree Celsius by the end of the week. TNS


All-India Institute of Medical Sciences entrance
Aspirants, parents face inconvenience
Chandigarh, June 1
Parents of All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) aspirants, who accompanied their wards to the city for the entrance test today, alleged that no seating arrangements had been made for them at examination centres due to which they had to spend their day on roads and pavements.

Candidates come out of an examination centre after appearing for AIIMS entrance exam at Sector 8, Chandigarh; and (right) traffic chaos outside an examination centre at Sector 15 in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Candidates come out of an examination centre after appearing for AIIMS entrance exam at Sector 8, Chandigarh; and (right) traffic chaos outside an examination centre at Sector 15 in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune Photos: Pradeep Tewari

Cerebral palsy no deterrent for this city lad
Chandigarh, June 1
Braving all odds, city lad Avtansh Behal, who was born with cerebral palsy, made his parents and school, Bhavan Vidyalaya, proud by scoring 94.8 per cent marks in the CBSE Class XII examinations. Avtansh, a commerce student, is not only a meritorious student but is also an articulate speaker and debater.

Interactive session
: All-India Mahila Congress secretary Nitu Verma Soin (right) addresses a meeting of the office-bearers of the Chandigarh Territorial Mahila Congress at the Congress Bhawan in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Ministry yet to give nod to 81 posts of student counsellor
Chandigarh, June 1
In gross violation of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) guidelines on the mandatory provision for a full-time student counsellor, government schools in the city have been functioning with makeshift counsellors. These counsellors visit some schools fortnightly and some schools once a month depending upon their availability of time and the urgency of the school authorities.

From Schools
World No-Tobacco Day observed
Chandigarh: Government High Smart School, Sector 50/B, observed World No-Tobacco Day on its campus. The students along with the headmaster and teachers organised a rally. The school authorities said the aim of the rally was to raise public awareness about the negative effects of smoking and tobacco consumption. The students marched along the streets raising slogans like “nasha chodho sawasth jiwan jio”. Some students also shared their personal experiences about their parents who are tobacco consumers. Headmaster Lakhwinder Kumar said the aim of observing the day was to spread awareness about the ill-effects of tobacco consumption and encourage a day of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption.

Class XII exams: CBSE lays down guidelines for re-evaluation
Chandigarh, June 1
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has laid down guidelines for the re-evaluation of senior secondary-level examination (Class XII). According to the new provision introduced, there will be three steps which the students would have to follow in case they want to get their answer sheets re-evaluated and the whole procedure had been made online to bring in transparency.

Human Powered Vehicle Challenge
Gharuan varsity team wins laurels
Chandigarh, June 1
The team of Chandigarh University, Gharuan, comprising seven budding engineering students, did the country proud by its performance in the 2014 Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) organised by the American Society for Mechanical Engineering (ASME).

“Team Fateh” from Chandigarh University with its manual-powered vehicle at the University of Central Florida, US.

Teachers’ strike enters sixth day
Mohali, June 1
The hunger strike of the protesting members of the Inclusive Education Resource Teachers (IERT) Union, Punjab, in front of the office of the Director General School Education (DGSE) in Phase VIII here entered sixth day today. Varinder Vohra, president of the union, said they would continue their strike till their demands were met.


Promote dialects of Punjabi: Experts
Dera Bassi, June 1
Eminent Punjabi writers have stressed the need for promoting Puadhi, Malwai and other dialects of Punjabi. They also expressed their concern over the declining reading habit among young generation in this era. Eminent writers Dr. Sukhdev Singh Sirsa, Mohan Bhandari, Manmohan Singh Daon attended the release of “Mera Jeevan; Meri Gatha” a biography of Gurbachan Singh Azad, a resident of Devi Nagar village, who was earlier awarded with the Gurbaksh Singh Kesari award for his works.

Eminent Punjabi writers during the launch of a biography of Gurbachan Singh Azad (centre) in Dera Bassi on Sunday. A Tribune Photograph


Teenaged girl ends her life in Saketri
Panchkula, June 1
A teenaged girl of Saketri village allegedly ended her life in the wee hours today. She reportedly took the extreme step as she was caught by her family while she was returning home after visiting her boyfriend’s house last night.

Man killed in Sohana village
Mohali, June 1
A resident of Sohana village was murdered by some unidentified persons. The victim was identified as Harjinder Singh, who originally hailed from Paonta Sahib in Himachal Pradesh. He was attacked with sharp-edged weapons by some persons last midnight near Gurdwara Amb Sahib at Phase 8. He was shifted to Mohali Civil Hospital, Phase 6, where he succumbed to his injuries today before recording his statement. The police said after the attack, the victim managed to reach the gurdwara and told some persons that he was attacked by some known persons. “The victim was shifted to the hospital. When we went to record his statement today, the doctors told us that he had died,” said the police. The police have registered a case. — TNS


This judoka is an all-rounder
Chandigarh, June 1
Local judoka Shivam Garg scored has secured 92 per cent marks (non-medical), in senior secondary CBSE examination, along with bagging laurels in sports. In sports he attained laurels representing Chandigarh in national and his school, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16; in various inter-school judo and kick boxing tournaments.

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam felicitates Shivam Garg. A Tribune photograph

Sagar beats Mohit in straight sets
Chandigarh, June 1
Sagar Bains of Tennis Excellence Academy defeated top seed Mohit Bhardwaj in straight sets to move further in the semifinals of Sunny Enclave Tennis Excellence academy AITA (All India Tennis Association) talent Series for boys and girls (under-18 years) category, being held here today.

Sagar in action during the final of the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament at Sunny Enclave on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Harnoor, Pratham win chess titles
Chandigarh, June 1
Chess player Harnoor Singh and Pratham Puri securing 4.5 points in five rounds emerged champions of their respective categories on the concluding day of the Mohali District Chess Championship, held at The British School, Sector 70, today. Harnoor Singh with his best score of 4.5 points won the boys (under-19 years) category event whereas Pratham Puri claimed boys (under-14 years) title claiming 4.5 points. The 2-day long championship witnessed a massive participation of over 45 players played in under-11 and under-19 categories of boys and girls.

Junior golf tournament to begin at city school on June 7
Chandigarh, June 1
The 4th junior and junior Pitch ’n’ Putt golf tournament for boys and girls will start from June 7, at the 9-hole Miniature Golf Course of The British School Golf Academy, Sector 44, today. The tournament will be organised for golfers in the age group of 6 to 18 years under the supervision of technical support.

(From left) Mona Sethi, principal, The British School, Manjit Kochar, joint director, Academy of Golf, Chandigarh Golf Club, and RS Virk, in charge, Junior Golf Development Programme, CGC, address a press conference. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Kudos XI win corporate cricket cup
Chandigarh, June 1
The cricket team of Kudos XI won the 1st Ashok Kumar Vij Memorial Corporate Cricket Cup defeating Placement Guru, in the final of the championship, held at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, here today. After electing to bat first, the winning side posted a healthy total of 231 runs in the allotted slot of 20 overs.

The team of Kudos XI with the trophy at the GNPS, Sector 36, in Chandigarh. A tribune photograph

Saupin’s-32 team outclass CCA
Chandigarh, June 1
The cricket team of Saupin’s School, Sector 32, outplayed Chandigarh Cricket Association (CCA) by 10 wickets, in a match of Chandigarh Cricket Association (CCA) for boys (U-12 years), held at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, today.



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