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Three of family buried alive in sleep
Panchkula, June 18
Three persons, including a four-year-old girl, were killed while a nine-month-old baby girl and a 10-year-old girl were critically injured when a 15-foot-high boundary wall of a vacant showroom adjoining their shanty collapsed while they were sleeping at around 2.15 am at Sector 11 here today.

Police inspect the spot as people gather around the debris of the showroom boundary wall that gave way in Sector 11, Panchkula, on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal


Quick reaction team nowhere to be seen
Panchkula, June 18
The quick reaction team of the disaster management wing of the Panchkula administration was not seen at the spot at night when the family got buried under the debris. The fire brigade was called by the police for help in removing the debris, but the team returned just five minutes later when it learnt that the injured had already been taken to the hospital.

Safety of building adjoining fire site in Sec 17
UT Engineering Dept refuses survey citing lack of expertise
Chandigarh, June 18
The UT Engineering Department has refused to carry out a survey of the site (SCOs 114-116) in Sector 17 from where the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology was operating, citing lack of expertise.

Panjab University
Risk of fire at library looms large
Chandigarh, June 18
The Panjab University Library, officially known as the AC Joshi Library — recognised as one of the six national centres for data information and distribution as per UGC in the country — adhering to the fire safety guidelines to preserve rare books? However, the ground reality presents an altogether different picture.

A view of AC Joshi Library at Panjab University in Chandigarh. A file photo

Laptop thefts
UK-returned youth, MSc (IT) student held
Mohali, June 18
The Mohali police today arrested two laptop thieves, one a UK-returned youth and the other an MSc (IT) student, from the Industrial Area here and recovered 38 laptops of various companies, worth around Rs 20 lakh, and a Zen car from their possession. One of the accused, Pritpal Singh of Moga, told the police that he used to play kabaddi and basketball at the club level and had visited the UK last year with his wife in the hope of settling there.

The accused in police custody in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu


Now, Admn to consider Kirron’s views
Chandigarh, June 18
To end the row between the UT Administration and newly elected Member of Parliament (MP) Kirron Kher, senior officials of the UT Administration today decided to include Kher's suggestions pertaining to Master Plan 2031. The cold war between the UT Administration and Kirron Kher had started when without intimating Kirron Kher, the UT Administration had decided to hold the Administrator's Advisory Council (AAC) meeting on June 19.

Low-water pressure
Civic body mulls amendment to water bylaws
Chandigarh, June 18
In a bid to fix the problem of low-water pressure faced by the residents of upper floors of building, the Municipal Corporation is mulling over to amend the water by-laws according to which only one water connection is allowed for one building. MC is planning to allow separate water connections for each floor to address the issue of low water pressure.

Playing the ghost
: Children pose for the camera during a “Bhoot Bangla” workshop organised by the Tagore Theatre Society in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Mohali govt buildings lack fire safety
Mohali, June 18
Most of the government buildings in Mohali are newly constructed and have satisfactory paraphernalia to deal with any incidence of fire, however, old buildings, which houses the Mohali District Administrative Complex and District Police Headquarter at Phase 1, are quite risky when it comes to safety norms and firefighting capabilities.

Checking encroachments
Mohali MC to hire services of private agency
Mohali, June 18
After failing to deal with the prevailing ‘tehbazari’ (encroachment of places by vendors in markets) and other encroachments due to its officials’ alleged hand-in-glove with encroachers, the Mohali Municipal Corporation authorities have decided to hire the services of a private agency to check the menace in the town.

900 cases of cervical cancer diagnosed at PGI in 3 yrs: Expert
Chandigarh, June 18
About 900 new cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed by the Cervical Biopsies Department at the PGIMER in the past three years. This was disclosed by Prof Arvind Rajwanshi, Head, Department of Cytology, today. While interacting with the media, he revealed that these cases were diagnosed between 2011 and 2013 in the department.

Helpline to deal with drug-related cases launched
Mohali, June 18
The Mohali Police today launched a special toll-free helpline to deal with drug-related cases, which also includes complaints against drug peddlers, in the district. Launching the helpline having toll-free number 846012345 at a drug awareness camp at Balongi village this evening, Mohali SSP Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti said any affected person could contact the helpline and seek help in any kind of drug-related case.

Auction of CH-01-AY series postponed
Chandigarh, June 18
The open auction of vanity numbers for CH-01-AY series which was earlier scheduled for June 21 and 22 has been postponed to June 28 and 29. Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) Kashish Mittal said due to some unavoidable reasons the auction had been postponed by a week. "The auction of first 100 numbers of the series will be conducted on June 28, while the auction of the remaining vanity numbers will be held on June 29", he stated.

New water purifiers
Luminous water Technologies, a water purifier company, has now taken a challenge to purify any source of water and make it 100 per cent safe for drinking. Luminous Water Technologies’ two most innovative products Livpure Touch 2000+ and Livpure Envy+ are equipped with ‘RO2000 TDSMembrane, which not only removes dissolved impurities such as chemicals and salts from water, bacteria and viruses causing diseases to give safe and pure water.

Home Guards jawan thrashed
Panchkula, June 18
A Home Guards jawan was allegedly thrashed this evening after he tried to settle a brawl between two car occupants who fought after their cars banged into each other at the flyover near Sectors 4 and 12 here.

Health notes
Expert dwells on rheumatoid arthritis
Chandigarh, June 18 Dr Anil Abrol, consultant, Rheumatology, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, on Wednesday organised a talk on link between stressful conditions and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Dr Abrol said in today’s stressful world, certain conditions such as conflict at work, change of residence, change of workplace and increased responsibility at work are also associated with an increased risk of developing RA.

Awareness camp on prevention of malaria
Chandigarh, June 18
The Malaria Wing of the UT Health Department today organised a health awareness camp and advocacy workshop at Dadu Majra Colony. The awareness camp was attended by Dr Anil Garg, assistant director, malaria, staff from the Malaria Wing, medical officer in charge (Civil Dispensary, Dadu Majra Colony), along with the local leaders and general community of the area. Dr Anil Garg stressed on active community participation at all levels to prevent the occurrence of mosquito-genic situation in the area. He outlined the preventive steps for this purpose and assured the continuance of anti-larval and anti-adult measures for mosquitoes with full zeal in the season. TNS

Compensation sought for firefighter’s family
Chandigarh, June 18
A delegation of the Chandigarh Youth Congress today submitted a memorandum to the Mayor and the MC Commissioner demanding compensation of Rs 20 lakh for the family of firefighter Amandeep Singh, who died on June 8 while battling flames at a building in Sector 17. Youth Congress president Maninder Dhillon and vice-president Harmail Kesri said a bravery award should be given to Amandeep Singh. The members also demanded that better equipment should be provided to firefighters to avoid such incidents in future. TNS

HCS officer relieved
Chandigarh, June 18
The UT Administration today relieved HCS officer Mahavir Kaushik. He was relieved, as two HCS officers had joined the UT Administration recently. During his tenure, Kaushik had handled various key departments in the city. He had also given inquiry report in cases like controversial the Lake Club pool party and deaths due to diarrhea in Vikas Nagar Mauli Jagran. He was also instrumental in starting the delivering of RCs on the same day in the RLA office in Sector 17 and starting the Single-Window Committee for redressal of Industry-related issues. TNS

Summer camp ends
Chandigarh, june 18
A fifteen-day long summer camp ‘Funmania’ organized by AKSIPS-65 Smart School concluded. The school authorities claimed that during the camp a large number of activities including training in classical, western, salsa and hiphop dance forms, cricket, lawn tennis, and taekwondo along with handwriting improvement and spoken English were imparted to the students. TNS

Show-cause notice to teacher
Chandigarh, june 18
The UT Education Department issued a show-cause notice to a teacher-cum-RTI activist today. The RTI activist, Swarn Singh Kamboj, said a notice was issued to him for raising voice and highlighting alleged corrupt practices being carried out in the Education Department. — TNS


Book on Pakistan draws attention towards country’s challenges
Chandigarh, June 18
Pakistan’s ruling elite being aware of the country’s valuable geo-strategic position for powerful allies has made the country’s own position geo-strategic as well as resource and foreign-aid curse.

(From left) TV Paul, Canadian McGill University professor; Pramod Kumar, director of the Institute for Development and Communication; Gurbachan Jagat, former Governor of Manipur; and Rakesh Data, Chairperson of the Department of Defence and National Security Studies, Panjab University, at the Institute for Development and Communication in Sector 38, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

PU hostel warden’s instructions take students by surprise
Chandigarh, June 18
Eight days after a student of M.Sc (bio-physics) committed suicide by jumping from the sixth floor of Hostel No. 5 at Panjab University, a tussle brewing between the warden and hostel inmates has come to the fore.

Double-laning trial starts at PU
Chandigarh, June 18
To ease traffic congestion and for security purposes, Panjab University today commenced the pilot project of a double-lane system at Gate No. 1. The exercise lasted for more than two hours. Two lanes have been earmarked at Gate No. 1 — one for the outsiders and the other for vehicles with special stickers –- on the campus.

A double-lane has been earmarked for vehicles at Gate No. 1 of Panjab University. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

AIPMT Entrance Exam
CBSE asked to review six ambiguous questions within a week
Chandigarh, June 18
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), to review and take a decision regarding six ambiguous questions in the biology section of the All-India Pre-Medical/ Pre-Dental Test (AIPMT) entrance exam and reply within a week.

Placement programme
Sunstone Eduversity has launched pay after placement MBA programme for the deserving candidates. As per the programme, the fee is sought only after the student is able to get a placement. This way, the college takes full responsibility of the student’s future. Rajul Garg, founder and director, Sunstone Eduversity said, “Our industry is creating jobs for young management graduates. It’s the skill gap that obstructs their career path.

MCM DAV among top 25 arts colleges in country
Chandigarh, june 18
MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, figures among the top 25 arts colleges in the country, as per a survey of more than 2,610 colleges nation-wide by the reputed Indian weekly, India Today with AC-Nielsen. The science department of the college has added another feather to its cap as India Today has rated its science courses among the top 28 colleges throughout India owing to their pragmatic research-based education facilities. College principal Dr Puneet Bedi lauded the achievement of the faculty and students. TNS


MBBS/BDS courses
UT failure to offer quota for wards of defence personnel under scanner
Chandigarh, June 18
The failure of the Chandigarh Administration to offer reservation to wards of defence personnel in MBBS/BDS courses has come under the scanner of thePunjab and Haryana High Court. Taking up a petition on the issue filed by a minor student, Yashvika, through counsel GS Ghuman, the vacation Bench of Justice Rajive Bhalla and Justice Harinder Singh today issued a notice of motion to the UT Medical Education and Research Secretary, Government Medical College and Hospital Principal and two other respondents. The case will now come up for further hearing on June 30.


Three members of ragi jatha duped
Chandigarh, June 18
The UT police arrested a travel agent and booked another for cheating three members of a Ragi Jatha of the Shri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Bathinda, on the pretext of sending them abroad.

Two booked for bid to rape 15-year-old girl
Chandigarh, June 18
In a shocking incident, a Burail resident and his nephew allegedly attempted to rape a 15-year-old girl by forcibly entering her house and also tried to make her consume phenyl before hitting her with a bottle on the head.

Youth suffers gunshot injuries
Panchkula, June 18
A 25-year-old youth got critically injured after he suffered a gunshot on his back late this evening. The victim, identified as Anil Kumar, was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula.

Two booked for abducting minor girls
Mohali, June 18
The Mohali police booked two migrants for abducting minor girls on pretext of marrying them in separate cases here. In the first case, the police registered a case under Sections 363, 366 A, IPC at Phase 11 Police Station on the complaint of the victim’s father Bachche Lal, a resident of village Jagatpura. Bachche Lal alleged that his 16-year-old daughter had gone at Phase 10, where she had been working as a domestic help in a house, on May 20. He named Rajnish from Uttar Pradesh for adducting his daughter.

Sarpanch, husband booked for encroaching on ‘shamlat’ land
Mohali, June 18
The police have booked Balongi sarpanch Balwinder Kaur, her husband Bahadur Singh and a migrant, Janardhan, for encroaching upon village ‘shamlat’ land (common land).

Three held for immoral trafficking
Chandigarh, June 18
The crime branch of the UT police arrested a 30-year-old person along with two girls for immoral trafficking. The police arrested Rahul from near the IT park after they got a tip off that he was into flesh trade. A trap was laid and a decoy customer was sent to Rahul. Rahul, the kingpin, was nabbed along with two girls in their mid twenties. The police said the kingpin stayed at Zirakpur and hailed from Haryana. Earlier also, Rahul was arrested twice for the offence. Rahul used to get the girls from outside the city for flesh trade, the police said. A case under various sections of the Immoral Trafficking Act has been registered. TNS

Rape accused held
Mohali, June 18
The Mohali police arrested a rape accused, Harshad Gautam, a BTech student of the Doaba Group of Colleges, today. The police have registered a rape and cheating case against the accused from Manauli village, on the complaint of a Nangal-based victim, who alleged that Harshad had made physical relations with her after making false promise of marriage. The victim, who works in a private firm, alleged that now, she was pregnant and the accused had backed out from his promise. The police have registered a case under Sections 376 and 420 of the IPC against Harshad at the Phase XI police station. — TNS


Dhruv Pandove trophy
Chandigarh in driver’s seat
Chandigarh, June 18
A fine bowling performance by Chandigarh, enabled the side to put themselves ahead against Amritsar, during the ongoing match of Punjab Inter-District Cricket Tournament of boys (U-19) for Dhruv Pandove Trophy, being held at the Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, Chandigarh.

Players in action during a match between Amritsar and Chandigarh at the Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Soccer scores over cricket
Chandigarh, June 18
India is nowhere on the FIFA map but the world cup is attracting more youth in comparison to the ongoing cricket tournament between India and Bangladesh. Cricket in India enjoys an envious position in comparison to other sports. 

Players practise at the Football Stadium, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

CCA selects probables
Chandigarh, June 18
The Chandigarh Cricket Association (affiliated with Haryana Cricket Association) announced the probables’ squad for the boys (U-14) and boys (U-16) Chandigarh’s cricket team. According to Surinder Singh Baijee, general secretary of the association, the selected players, after undergoing the coaching camp and final selection procedure, will represent Chandigarh in the inter-district cricket tournament for both age groups, to be organized by Haryana Cricket Association. The coaching for the selected players will start from Wednesday on June 18 at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, Chandigarh.

Sidharth beats Kunal in straight sets
Chandigarh, June 18
In the ongoing sub-junior and junior tennis meet, held at Divya Public School, Sidharth Goel defeated Kunal while Udeyveer Singh overpowered Sarabjot, today. In the semi-finals of the combined (U-12) category, Sidharth Goel beat Kunal 4-1 and 4-0 whereas Udeyveer Singh beat Sarabjot 4-1 and 4-3 (7-5).

Dhariaya Chadha returns a shot during a tennis tournament held at Divya Public School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo:Parvesh Chauhan

Panjab University offers freebies to sportspersons
Chandigarh, June 18
In order to revive sports culture in Panjab University, Chandigarh, the authorities have decided to give special incentives for the outstanding sports persons studying in the university. The sportsperson claiming first three positions or representing the nation in Olympic Games, World Cup tournaments, World Championship, Commonwealth Games, International Athletic Meets or Asian Games will be eligible to get free education, hostel, services of swimming pool and gymnasium.

Panchkula Dist Cricket Assn to hold trials
Panchkula, June 18
The Panchkula District Cricket Association (affiliated to Haryana Cricket Association) will conduct trials to select under-16 district cricket team, here. The trails will be held on June 19 (3:30 pm) at Doon Public School, Sector 21, here. According to Sandeep Moudgil, honanary secretary of the association, the selected team will participate in the state championship being organised by the Haryana Cricket Association (affiliated to Board of Control for Cricket In India) starting from June 23. The players born on or after September 1, 1998 are eligible to participate in the trials. TNS

Badminton meet to begin on July 25
Panchkula, June 18
The Panchkula District Badminton Association will host the 8th Ashwani Gupta Memorial District Badminton Championship at the Badminton Hall of the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 3, here. The championship will be held from July 25 to 27. Residents of Panchkula district are eligible to participate in the championship.
Events in the category of boys and girls (U-10, U-13, U-15, U-17, U-19); men, women and veterans will be held. TNS

Skating tourney from June 28
Mohali, June 18
The Total Skating Academy will organise 1st Manav Mangal Smart School Skating Carnival at Manav Mangal Smart School, Phase 10, on June 28 and 29. The organizers will host rink race 1, rink race 2, rink race 2-A, road race, inline and quad, in both boys and girls category. TNS


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