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Rly fare hike shocks residents
Chandigarh, June 20
The recent increase in the railway fare by 14.2 per cent across the board has come as a shock for residents of the city. A majority of them recalled the popular slogan of the BJP ‘Ab achhe din aane wale hain’ (good days are here) and said the decision to increase the fare was contrary to the claims made by the Modi government, as it would add to their financial burden, especially to that of the weaker sections.


Search at Alchemist Hospital in Panchkula
Panchkula, June 20
The Income Tax Department today conducted search at various offices of the Alchemist Group and their partners in Panchkula today. In Panchkula, Alchemist Hospital in Sector 21 was the target of the local Income Tax Department apart from the houses of other partners. The search was on till the filing of the report. The Additional Commissioner of the Income Tax Department, Sector 2, Panchkula, said, “The search being conducted by the investigation wing of our department.” It is learnt that the operation by the department was across the nation.

Raid at CA’s house in Mohali
Mohali, June 20
Officials of the Income Tax Department conducted a raid on the residence of a chartered accountant (CA) in Sector 70 here today. According to reports, the CA works in Delhi while his wife lives in Mohali. The tax officials reached the house around 8.15 am and the checking was still going on at the time of the filing of the report. — OC

Condolence meet held
Chandigarh, June 20
A condolence meeting was held at the Directorate of Sports, Punjab, today to mourn the sad and untimely demise of Gursharan Singh, an international badminton referee and district sports officer, Sangrur (retired). Gursharan Singh had done refereeing in many international tournaments and Olympics. Tajinder Singh Dhaliwal, Director Sports, Punjab, and the staff paid tributes to the departed soul. — TNS


Tepid response to solar panels
Chandigarh, June 20
Even as Chandigarh is currently being viewed a model city for the implementation of the solar power generation project in the country, it has failed to attract the interest of most of its residents. While the UT Administration, in past two years, has managed to generate 10 lakh units of power through photovoltaic solar panels installed on 27 buildings so far, only 55 residents have applied for the installation of solar panels on the rooftop of their residences.

Solar panels installed atop a flat in Dhanas. A file photo

Encroachers back within minutes
Chandigarh, June 20
The Enforcement Wing of the Municipal Corporation today issued 94 challans for encroachments in city markets. However, a few minutes after the enforcement wing conducted the anti-encroachment drive in Sector 41, the shopkeepers, who had removed their goods displayed outside the establishments, again encroached upon the entire area.

Shopkeepers encroach upon the area after an anti-encroachment drive at the Krishna market in Sector 41, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune Photos: S Chandan

Dept’s efficiency put to test
Panchkula, June 20
Several lacunas surfaced in the mock drill conducted by the home guards at the mini secretariat complex, Sector 1, here today. An alert of a major fire in mini secretariat was sounded to see the quick conduct of the home guards. Director General (DG), Home Guards Department, Laik Ram Dabas had come to supervise the same. The mock drill lasted for 19 minutes.

Poor water supply adds to woes of city residents
Chandigarh, June 20
While the city is already reeling from the problem of low water pressure, the water supplied for less than the stipulated time in several sectors is a double whammy for residents. Though the morning supply of water has to be made till 9am, residents of different sectors complain about taps going dry before the scheduled time.

UT Adviser takes stock of ongoing projects
Chandigarh, June 20
To take stock of the ongoing projects in the city, UT Adviser KK Sharma today held a meeting with senior officials of the UT Administration and the Municipal Corporation. In the meeting, MC Commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh gave a detailed presentation of the ongoing projects. Besides, he also gave a report on the major issues confronting the City Centre, Sector 17.

Chandigarh airport ready for international flights
Chandigarh, June 20
The Chandigarh airport, which is commencing international flights to Dubai and Bangkok soon, has made all preparations for extending the facility. As per the airport manager, Indigo, Spice Jet and UAE Airlines had been given the permission to operate international flights from Chandigarh.

A view of the Chandigarh airport. Tribune photo: S Chandan

UT holds meeting, forms panel to check price rise
Chandigarh, June 20
An emergency meeting was held by UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil with senior officials over the letter received from the Union Government with regard to check inflation, especially the rising prices of food grains and some essential commodities, including onion and potato. A committee was also formed in this regard.

NGO demands removal of illegal mobile towers
Panchkula, June 20
Coming to the rescue of human lives, Shivalik Vikas Manch, Haryana, has demanded the removal of mobile towers, illegally erected in residential areas across the district. The Manch president, Vijay Bansal, along with a delegation of prominent persons have given a memorandum to Dr SS Phulia, DC, Panchkula, seeking removal of these mobile towers from the residential areas.

Remembering the hero: People hold a candlelight march to pay tributes to the fireman, who died while battling flames at a building in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Hitting the highway: Bikers of the Government of India Text Book Press Club Welfare Association take out a rally at Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Friday. The bikers will be heading towards Leh to create awareness on global warming. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Fire at water treatment plant
Unit owner on the run
Panchkula, June 20
After helping in controlling the fire with the entire administration including police officials at Industrial area Phase II, last morning, the local police said the unit owner of the water treatment plant absconded after a case was registered against him.

First phase of water supply schemes ends
Mohali, June 20
The first phase of providing water supply schemes under a World Bank project has been completed in the district. Rural water supply schemes worth over Rs 36.31 crore had been provided to 97 villages of the district.

Staff found absent during surprise check
Mohali, June 20
As many as 71 employees and officials were found absent in various government offices during a surprise checking by teams today. The teams headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner Puneet Goyal checked offices in the Mohali, Kharar and Dera Bassi sub-divisions. The aim of the checking was to ensure the presence of employees in their offices so that the public does not suffer. The offices of Executive Engineer, PWD B&R, Zila Programme Management Centre and Punjab State Power Corporation were checked in Mohali. In Lalru, the offices checked included Market Committee, Nagar Council and Civil Hospital. At Kharar, the Market Committee office was checked. OC

Provide complete details to police, companies told
Chandigarh, June 20
To keep a check on the activities of immigration, emigration and student visa companies, the District Magistrate today issued orders making it mandatory for such companies to provide complete antecedents in writing to the Chandigarh Police. In an order issued under Section 144 of the CrPc, District Magistrate Vivek Pratap Singh has directed the owners of such companies to provide complete antecedents in writing to the Chandigarh Police at the public window, Police Headquarters, Sector 9, within seven days as and when they start their consultancy business in the city. The order will come into force with effect from zero hours on June 20 and will be effective for a period of 60 days up to August 18. TNS

Drug victims to get free treatment
Mohali, June 20
A meeting of officials of the Police Department, Health Department and the Civil Administration was held today. Gagandeep Singh Brar, special principal secretary, CM, Punjab, said under the de-addiction campaign free treatment would be provided to drug victims. He also visited the drug de-addiction centre at Banur which is being run by the Red Cross Society. He directed ADC Puneet Goel to ensure adequate supply of medicines at these centres and rehabilitation of the drug victims. He said medical officers of health organisations in the state were being trained so that proper treatment of drug victims could be ensured. — OC


Govt schools
15,322 apply for admission to Class XI
Chandigarh, June 20
As many as 15,322 students have submitted forms for admission to Class XI in government schools here. The total number of prospectus sold was around 16,000. Today was the last date for submission of admission forms, which were sold and received at six designated schools in the city.

Students submit Class XI admission forms at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Panjab University Library
Proposal to register members online
Chandigarh, June 20
To prevent long queues of applicants seeking membership of the Panjab University AC Joshi Library, a proposal has been made to start online registration from the next academic session, 2014-15. The proposal has been submitted to the Vice-Chancellor (VC) for approval so that registration for library membership is made hassle-free.

PUSU protests power, water problems in PU hostels
Chandigarh, June 20
Irate over frequent power cuts and irregular water supply to hostels on the Panjab University campus, members of the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) today staged a protest in front of the office of the Vice-Chancellor.

A PUSU member takes bath in front of the office of Vice-Chancellor to protest against irregular water supply in hostels on the Panjab University campus on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

PU offers special chance to reappear candidates
Chandigarh, June 20
Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, would conduct a special examination for  students who could not sit for re-exam on account of some reason. The exam will be held from July 24 to 27 at Chandigarh, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana and Muktsar. The university has notified that students, who had applied for re-examination but could not take it due to illness, non-receipt of intimation letters/Roll Numbers in time, late confirmation of eligibility or any other unavoidable circumstance could take the exam. Students can either visit the university website www.puchd.ac.in or the university office on any working day between 10 am and 4 pm on or before the special exam. TNS

BCOM-I admission: 7k applications received
Chandigarh, June 20
The PU has received 7,000 forms for centralised admission to BCom-I. Today was the last date for receipt of applications for admission to local colleges affiliated to the university and the Department of Evening Studies. Prof RK Gupta, the coordinator for the centralised admission, said students have also submitted online applications. So, the total number of candidates will be much high. — TNS

Admission schedule out
Chandigarh, June 20
Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, has announced the detailed admission schedule for its various departments. A PU spokesperson said the students can submit admission/application forms for various under-graduate and post-graduate courses by July 2. The last date to apply for diploma and certificate courses is July 18. — TNS


Businessman attacked, gunshot fired into air
Chandigarh, June 20
High drama was witnessed in the Industrial Area, Phase II, here today when a Sector 46 resident threatened a businessman and fired a gunshot in the air. A dispute with a former employer was the reason behind the assault, the police said. The incident occurred at 2:30 pm. Gaurav Bhatia, owner of AG InfoTech, was attacked when he came out of his office at Plot No. 940 in the Industrial Area, Phase II, here. He told the police that Amit Chaudhary, alias Amu, along with others came outside his office and assaulted him at gunpoint and hit him with a gun on his head.

4 held for consuming liquor at public places
Chandigarh, June 20
Continuing its drive against consuming liquor at public places, the Chandigarh Police arrested four persons today. The police arrested Raj Kumar, Rajinder and Sanjay, all residents of Ramdarbar, from near the Sector 31 market for consuming liquor at public places. In another case, they arrested Jugnoo, a resident of Sector 38, from near Sector 38. All accused were booked under Sections 68-1-14 of the Excise Act and were later released on bail.

2 snatching incidents reported in city
Chandigarh, June 20
Two incidents of snatching were reported today. In the first incident, three unidentified motorcycle-borne youths snatched mobile phones and cash from a Burail resident near the road dividing Sectors 20 and 30. Avinash, the victim, in his complaint to the police said he was attacked by motorcycle-borne youths who came from behind and snatched two mobile phones and Rs 900 from him. He told the police that the accused were wearing helmets and he failed to note down the registration number of their vehicle. In another incident, Devinder Singh of Mohali alleged that around four unidentified persons attacked him near Elante Mall in the Industrial Area here and snatched his gold chain before fleeing the spot. TNS

Car thief nabbed
Panchkula, June 20
A youth from Burail jail has been brought on production warrants by the Panchkula police. The accused, identified as Ajit is said to confess 22 car thefts in the tricity. Meanwhile, the local police have recovered two cars from his possession. He is on police remand for two days. The accused hails from Delhi and was a scrap dealer. He is confessed to have committed a theft of Scorpio in 2010 and another Sedan in 2013 till now. Further investigations are on. TNS


Wrestling tourney
Ankit bags Chandigarh Kesri title
Chandigarh, June 20
In the wrestling-cum-selection tournament for sub-junior wrestling championship held at the Sports Complex, Sector 42, Ankit clinched Chandigarh ‘Kesri’ title, while Jaspreet bagged the Chandigarh ‘Bhim’ title, Ravi bagged Chandigarh ‘Kumar’ title, Chandigarh Prince title was bagged by Nitin and the Bal Balwan title was taken by Viraj Pathak.

Selections for international football camp from July 1
Chandigarh, June 20
Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance will start the selection process for their annual Junior Football Camp (JFC) from July 1. The trials for schools will be held on July 1, for open category on July 21 and the finals will be held on July 22. Zonal finals will be conducted on July 26 and 27. The selected players will attend a five-day training camp in Munich, Germany, from August 20 to 25. Last year, local lad Inder Mohan Singh attended a training camp in Germany. Head of Chandigarh Football Academy Harjinder Singh, said, “This is a great opportunity for the kids to interact and learn from the best in the world. This platform would help talented youngsters aspiring for a career in football to get one step closer to their goals.” — TNS

Jasmol lifts twin tennis titles
Chandigarh, June 20
Jasmol Arora clinched twin titles in the boys U-12 and boys U-14 categories in British Total Tennis Championship here today. The young tennis player served his way past Gurustat Makkar and Ravi Karan in the boys U-12 and U-14 categories, respectively. The young lad has been performing well this season as in the previous tournament he won in the boys U-12 and U-14 categories. Meanwhile in the girls’ category Shamita Yadav defeated Adita to lift the U-14 title. — TNS


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