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Cops thrash toll collector
Panchkula, June 14
A CCTV footage shows a man hitting a toll collector at the Chandi Mandir plaza on Friday evening. Two persons, who claimed they were personnel of the Punjab police, thrashed a toll collector at the Chandi Mandir toll plaza in Panchkula last evening when the victim told them that they were not entitled to toll exemption.

A CCTV footage shows a man hitting a toll collector at the Chandi Mandir plaza on Friday evening.


Patil’s public darbar cancelled again
Chandigarh, June 14
The UT Administration has once again cancelled UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil’s ‘public darbar’, which was scheduled for June 16. This is the 11th time in the last six months when the UT Administrator’s public hearing session has been cancelled. The last public darbar was held on January 6.

Knocked down: A tree that fell on a vehicle parked outside a house in Sector 22-C, Chandigarh, after rain on Friday evening. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

UT ignores MP’s plea, fixes AAC meet on June 19
Chandigarh, June 14
Turning down newly elected MP Kirron Kher’s request to hold a meeting of the UT Administrator’s Advisory Council (AAC) after June 27, the UT Administration has decided to hold it on June 19. Kirron Kher conveyed to the Governor’s office and the senior officials of the UT Administration that she would be in Chandigarh after June 27 for four or five months. She said it was her first AAC meeting and important issues related to the city were to be discussed.

Bracing for Monsoon
Downpour exposes MC functioning
Chandigarh, June 14
Yesterday’s sudden downpour exposed the Municipal Corporation’s (MC) ill-preparedness for the monsoon. Residents had a tough time as they were stuck in waterlogged roads in several parts of the city. Despite a budget of Rs 7.5 crore for the storm water drainage (SWD), the MC has failed to set up an efficient SWD system in the city.

A waterlogged parking lot opposite the Taj hotel a day after Friday’s downpour. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Moviegoers sweat buckets
Mohali, June 14
Many moviegoers had a harrowing time today as the air-conditioning system at the cinema in the recently opened The North Country Mall malfunctioned. After sweating for around one hour inside the PVR theatre during the screening of Akshay Kumar’s ‘Holiday’, the audience, around 50 in number, came out of it.

140 held for drinking in public
Chandigarh, June 14
The Chandigarh Police on Friday launched a major drive to check consumption of liquor and smoking in public places in the City Beautiful. As many as 140 persons were arrested for drinking at public places while the police issued challan to 56 for smoking in public.

Deserted, NRI’s wife runs from pillar to post
Chandigarh, June 14
For the past three years, Meenakshi Malhotra (name changed) has been running from pillar to post to get justice for herself and her two-year-old son. Both were deserted by her NRI husband Rahul Vig.


Camps mark World Blood Donor Day
Chandigarh, June 14
The Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGIMER, celebrated World Blood Donor Day today by organising three camps at blood donation complex. On this occasion, more than 300 donors donated blood. The focus of this year’s World Blood Donor Day campaign is safe blood for saving mothers. Severe bleeding during delivery and child birth is the major cause of maternal mortality, morbidity and long term disability.

Volunteers donate blood during a camp at the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Powerless, residents spend sleepless night
Chandigarh, June 14
Residents of many sectors in the city spent a sleepless Friday night courtesy unscheduled power cut. While residents of Sector 20 faced a 21-hour-long power cut, the situation in some parts of Sector 22 was worse, as there was no power supply since 4 pm on Friday. Residents of Sector 22 even held a protest at the office of Electricity Department in Sector 22 last night.

Residents of Colony No. 4 hold a protest against non-supply of water and electricity, in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Renowned child cancer specialist Prof Marwaha dies
Chandigarh, June 14
Sudden death of renowned child cancer specialist Prof RK Marwaha (62), Department of Paediatrics, PGI, today shocked social workers and the guardian of children who were getting treatment from him for the past many years. PGI officials said Prof Marwaha was suffering from a neurological disorder for several years. He was rushed to the emergency ward when he suddenly became unconscious at 9.30 am today while he was at his residence on the campus.

Making a point: Brigadier (retd) Keshav Chandra, former president of Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association, addresses a seminar held to mark the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day at the Government Museum in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Free monsoon check-up camp commences
Chandigarh: FIAT Group Automobiles India Private Limited (FGAIPL) set up a three-day free monsoon check up camp at its exclusive dealerships across India between June 13 to 15 covering all the states. Speaking about the initiative, Nagesh Basavanhalli, president and managing director, FIAT Chrysler India Operations, said, “The monsoon check up camp is one of the important after sales service activity conducted by us for the customers to ensure the safety of the vehicles during this season.”

Review Clinical Establishment Act, doctors to Health Minister
Chandigarh, June 14
A representation of doctors from Chandigarh met the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan, today in New Delhi requesting him to allow review of Clinical Establishment Act before its implementation in country.

Swindlers making fake calls about windfall
Chandigarh, June 14
Fraudsters are on prowl in the tricity trying to dupe residents after informing them on phone that they have won a windfall. A woman resident of Mansa Devi Complex in Panchkula was taken by surprise when she received a call from a person who claimed to be a representative of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) makers. The person informed her that hers was among the 300 mobile numbers short-listed for a cash prize.

Panchkula sans water, electricity
Panchkula, June 14
A day after thunderstorm and downpour, most of the sectors in the city remained powerless and waterless. Electricity has not been restored in Sectors 2, 4, 6, 7, 12, 12A, 14,15,16,19 and the Industrial Area. As the city is supplied tubewell water, power failure rendered tubewells useless. “The state electricity department earns the maximum revenue from domestic consumers of Panchkula. The losses of other districts are balanced by the profits that the department earns from Panchkula. Still, the power situation here is pathetic,” said Rakesh Aggarwal, a resident of Sector 12, Panchkula. Residents also complained that no one took the calls made on the helpline numbers. TNS

‘Weekend’ staged at festival
Chandigarh, June 14
A play titled “Weekend” was staged during the sixth day of the ongoing solo theatre festival at the Punjab Kala Bhawan here today. The festival is being organised by the Citi Entertainment Network and Theatre Arts, Chandigarh. The play, written by Nirmal Verma and directed by Ashish Sharma, had Gagan Deep Kaur as the lead protagonist. The story of the play revolved around a lady who has an extramarital affair with a married man having a seven-year-old daughter. Deeply in love with the man, she wishes that he marries her. She shares her fancy love tale with the audience and justifies her desire to have a blissful married life with her lover. She narrates how every moment spent with him makes her happy. TNS

An artiste performs a scene from the play, “Weekend”, in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: S Chandan


Edu Dept wakes up from slumber
Chandigarh, June 14
The UT Education Department has finally woken up from deep slumber and proposed to absorb Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers in the department. The department had been flouting the norms of the Ministry of Human Resource Development Department of School Education and Literacy, which stated that there should be no separate permissible cadre for the SSA teachers.

PU begins pre-PhD programme for teachers
Chandigarh, June 14
The Department of Guru Nanak Sikh Studies, Panjab University, has started pre-PhD course work programme for college teachers. The college teachers pursuing their PhD research work would be benefited as they would be able to conduct their pre-PhD course during summer vacations.

Tiny tots enthral audience
Chandigarh, June 14
Tiny tots of EuroKids Pre-School, Sector 37, Chandigarh, and Sector 9, Panchkula, celebrated their annual summer camp, at Moti Ram Arya School, Sector-27A, here today. On the occasion, children enthralled the audience with their dance and music performances.

Tiny tots of EuroKids Pre-School perform during the annual summer camp at Moti Ram Arya School, Sector-27A, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

5,137 appear for CET
Chandigarh, June 14
As many as 5,137 candidates from across the country appeared for Combined Entrance Test (CET) of eight postgraduate courses at PU today. About 17,000 candidates will be appearing for job-oriented PG courses at the university in four-day CET(PG) entrance examinations for 38 PG courses.

From schools
Summer camps conclude: Chandigarh: A 15-day summer camp, “Funmania”, organised for the students of AKSIPS-65 Smart School concluded on Saturday.
The school authorities said during the camp, training in various activities were imparted to the participants.
Shemrock Wonders Pre-School: The fourth season of three-week-long summer camp, ‘Funshine’, at Shemrock Wonders Pre-School concluded on Saturday. On the concluding day, students put up a great show of skills they mastered during the camp. Children from various schools took part in the camp. — TNS

Children present an item during a spiritual summer camp at ISKCON in Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan


PU student booked for sending obscene SMS to woman
Chandigarh, June 14
A student of Panjab University (PU) has been booked for sending obscene messages on a 30-year-old woman’s mobile phone. The police said the accused, Abhimanyu who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, sent obscene messages to the complainant from two different phone numbers.

Thieves decamp with 8 cylinders
Panchkula, June 14
No lessons have been learnt from the past mistakes as mystery thefts were reported again in Panchkula. In a theft incident that ttok palce today, some miscreants decamped with eight LPG cylinders from two houses at Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 4, that too in the presence of the families.

Motorcyclist injured, critical
Panchkula, June 14
A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries when he fell into a drain in which iron rods were lying dumped, in Sector 19 here last evening. Due to heavy rain, 32-year-old Subash’s bike skidded and he fell into the drain, said the police. Rods pierced through his body and he was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6. However, his condition being serious, he was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. The condition of Subash, a resident of Maheshpur, is still critical due to which the police could not record his statement. Notably, construction material has been dumped on roadside at various places in Sector 19. — TNS


New swimming pools a big hit in Mohali
Mohali, June 14
Splashing in pools is the best way to beat the heat in this sultry weather and this is what residents, particularly the children, in the town are doing these days. As many as 600 swimming enthusiasts registered in just two weeks at the recently opened two swimming pools, being run by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).

Children enjoy swimming at the newly opened swimming pool in Sector 71, Mohali, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

City player Rishabh Sharda wins tennis tournament
Chandigarh, June 14
Local tennis unseeded player Rishabh Sharda won the Asian Ranking (U-14) Tennis Tournament in the boys’ category while fourth seed Mahak Jain defeated second seed Shivani Amineni to lift the tile of girls’ category on the concluding day of the tournament at the CLTA courts, here today.

Winners of the Asian Ranking U-14 Tennis Tournament at the CLTA courts in Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, Ludhiana share one point each
Chandigarh, June 14
Chandigarh and Ludhiana shared one point each due to the non-completion of the first innings during the ongoing Punjab Inter-district Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-25), played at the Cricket Stadium in Sector 16, here, today. Resuming at the overnight score of 317 for 8, the Ludhiana side was bowled out for 326 in 102 overs.

Tarini Goyal leads with three points on Day 1
Chandigarh, June 14
Tarini Goyal led with three points in the girls’ (U-15) category on the opening day of the Chandigarh (U-15 and U-7) Open and Girl Chess Championship held at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here, today. In the U-15 open category, Anubhav and Jaskeerat are leading with 3 points while in the U-7 open category, Arnav Khushwaha with 2 points maintained lead at the end of the 2nd round.

Girls in action during the Chandigarh Open and Girl Chess Championship in Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Certificate course for lifeguards
Chandigarh, June 14
A four-week certificate course for lifeguards in pool swimming will be conducted by the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports in Patiala from July 15 to August 14. The candidates seeking admission to the course should have passed minimum 10+2 (preference will be given to graduates) and they should be minimum position holder in a district championship or state/university-level participation (preference will be given to international players and physical education teachers). The selection will also include the timing recorded in swimming during trials for the selection. Candidates between the age of 20 and 40 years can apply for the course before June 25. TNS


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