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First monsoon showers spell misery, expose MC
Chandigarh, July 2
The first monsoon showers today led to waterlogging on city roads, exposing the preparedness of the Municipal Corporation (MC), Chandigarh, for the rainy season. People on way to their offices were stuck in traffic jams at intersections this morning.

A massive traffic jam on the Ambala-Chandigarh national highway near Zirakpur during rain on Wednesday.
A massive traffic jam on the Ambala-Chandigarh national highway near Zirakpur during rain on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal


Tricity roads inundated, residents inconvenienced
Ill-preparedness of UT Health Dept exposed
Domestic help dies of electrocution
Foul smell, choked sewerage at Sec 26 market
Mohali roads, Sohana health centre flooded
Traffic snarls irk commuters

Admission woes
PU single-window counter without power; students hit
Chandigarh, July 2
Hundreds of students who visited the single-window counter of Panjab University (PU) today to deposit their admission forms or get information about their result had to return disappointed as there was no power at the counter the whole day.

Students wait in a queue at the single-window counter at Panjab University on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Changing trends
BA, BSc courses in demand this year
Chandigarh, July 2
This year, BA and BSc (non-medical) courses are in high demand in city colleges, both government and private. In a withdrawal from the earlier trends when the BBA and BCA courses were high on the priority list, students are seeking admission to the arts and science courses in 11 colleges.


Venod Sharma’s protest halts Panchkula
Panchkula, July 2 Panchkula was in a mess due to the high drama by former MLA of Ambala Venod Sharma and his supporters while they were demanding the scrapping of Haryana State Selection Commission with immediate effect. Sharma staged a protest with his supporters at the office of the Commission in Sector 2 here. He said he would go only after locking the office.

(Left) The Haryana police stop protesting Janchetna Party activists from entering the Haryana Staff Selection Commission office in Panchkula on Wednesday; and (right) visually-impaired aspirants, who had come to appear for an interview for clerical posts, return disappointed. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

Special onion kiosk fails to wipe off tears
The onion and potato kiosk set up at the Grain Market in Sector 26, Chandigarh. Chandigarh, July 2
The UT Administration’s initiative to set up a special kiosk to sell onions at cheaper rates — Rs 22 per kg — at the Grain Market and Vegetable Market in Sector 26 has failed to garner the attention of visitors. The kiosk has been set up amidst a number of other stalls without any signage or board, making it difficult for residents to identify it.

The onion and potato kiosk set up at the Grain Market in Sector 26, Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

municipal corporation
4 months on, sub-committees yet to be notified by Admn
Chandigarh, July 2
Even as four months have passed after Mayor HC Kalyan constituted the sub-committees of the Municipal Corporation (MC), these are yet to be notified by the UT Administration. Following the delay made by the administration, the nine committees are lying defunct as not even a single meeting has been held.

Malaria thrives in city, 13 cases reported so far
Chandigarh, July 2
The onset of monsoon may have provided respite to residents from the scorching heat, but it has also raised red flags with the UT Health Department as 13 cases of malaria have been reported from different parts of the city in the last few days.

Mohali MC plans to levy cow cess
Mohali, July 2
The Mohali Municipal Corporation is planning to levy cow cess in the town to raise funds for tackling the problem of stray animals. Sources said the civic body is considering a proposal to levy a new cess on the purchase of liquor, power and registration of new vehicles.

GMCH-32 MBBS seats
NRI candidate’s parent meets Health Minister, seeks clarity
Chandigarh, July 2
The aggrieved parent of one of the candidates — who had applied for admission to MBBS in the GMCH-32 but could not get through as the seats were reduced from 100 to 50 by the Medical Council of India (MCI) –- met Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi today.

Relief for 2 disabled ex-servicemen
Chandigarh, July 2
Coming to the aid of disabled ex-servicemen, the Defence Services Welfare Department (DSWD), Punjab, today gave a financial assistance of Rs 10,000 to Mohinder Singh, a resident of Banaur near Mohali.

Brig Manjit SIngh, director, Defence Services Welfare Dept, Punjab, gives a cheque to Mohinder Singh, a visually impaired ex-serviceman, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Road safety policy-2014 unveiled
Chandigarh, July 2
In view of the high rate of accidents and increasing vehicle population in the city, the Chandigarh Administration has come out with a Road Safety Policy-2014. In the policy, the UT Transport Department has pointed out that road safety needs to be addressed holistically, taking into account the number of vehicles, quality and design of roads, besides safety of drivers and commuters.

SBI holds blood camp on Circle Day
Chandigarh: To mark Circle Day, local head office of State Bank of India, Chandigarh, organised a blood donation camp here today. The organisers said the camp was held to help the blood bank society of the PGI, Chandigarh. The camp was inaugurated by Lingaraj Mahapatra, chief general manager of the Chandigarh circle. Around 150 donors donated blood at the camp. To mark the Circle Day the bank also launched its e-lobby at Sector 35-B, Chandigarh. — TNS

CNG pipelines likely in city
Chandigarh, July 2
The Union Petroleum Ministry has decided to provide CNG pipelines in Chandigarh, in addition to Panipat and Amritsar. August 4 is the last date for the submission of request for states. — TNS


Class XI admission in govt schools
SC category: Students denied admission
Chandigarh, July 2
On the first day of depositing fees for Class XI in government schools, confusion prevailed among students of the reserved Scheduled Caste category. Some students who had their names mentioned under the Scheduled Caste category on the school allotment list were denied admissions under the reserved seats.

Students fill admission forms at Government Senior Secondary School in Sector 19, Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Biology textbooks of Classes XI, XII
NCERT wants more time to rectify errors
Chandigarh, July 2
After failing to meet the deadline issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to rectify 25 errors in the Biology Textbooks and in the Exemplars of Classes XI and XII, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has demanded 15 days more span to look into the errors.

Counselling schedule for more Panjab varsity depts declared
Chandigarh, July 2
Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, today declared the counselling and interview schedule for more departments at the university. All candidates are required to be present with their original certificates and documents. The common entrance test (CET)-qualified candidates are to compulsorily submit the PU admission form. The admission form is available on the PU website - www.pu.ac.in. It has to be submitted at the respective department before July 4, 2014.

Department prepares fresh merit list of teachers
Chandigarh, July 2
Acting on the Punjab and Haryana High Court orders, the Education Department has finally prepared a fresh merit list of teachers who were hired in 2009 and according to the new list, two teachers’ service has been terminated.

Mission admission
: NSUI members help students fill forms near the single-window counter at the PU in Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Student parties to meet today
Chandigarh, July 2
Panjab University Dean Student Welfare (DSW) has called an all-student party meeting tomorrow to decide as to what action should be taken against students of two representatives of PUSU and SOI on whose name the help desk tents were allotted.

Govt colleges
Counselling for UG, PG courses from July 7
Chandigarh, July 2
The counselling for various undergraduate and postgraduate courses of government colleges of the UT will start from July 7. The provisional merit lists for various courses would be displayed on the Education Department website on July 4, 2014. The applicants who observe any discrepancy in their respective cases may approach the respective college on July 5, 2014.

International conference from July 14
Mohali, July 2
With the objective of boosting research-based education, Chandigarh University, Gharuan, will be hosting a three-day international conference-cum-symposium on “Product Design” in association with Columbia University, USA, from July 14.

PGI to celebrate foundation day on July 7
Chandigarh, July 2
Dr K Vijay Raghavan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, GoI, will address the PGI fraternity during the institute’s foundation day on July 7 at the Bhargava Auditorium. Seven PGI employees will be recognised for their meritorious service on the occasion. PGIMER completes 51 years of its existence and enters the 52nd year on July 7, 2014. Conceived in 1961 with the concurrence of the Planning Commission, the Institute started functioning in 1962. It was formally inaugurated on July 7, 1963, by the then Prime Minister, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. Within a short period of four years, the PGI was declared as an ‘Institute of national importance’ by an Act of Parliament on April 1, 1967 (Act 51 of 1966). The first batch of postgraduates was admitted on January 1963. TNS

Migration window inaugurated at PU
Chandigarh, July 2
Providing a major relief to students seeking inter-university migration, Panjab University (PU) today started a migration window at the PU administration block. PU, Dean University Instructions, AK Bhandari, inaugurated the migration window, where migration certificates would be delivered on the same day, if the form had no discrepancy and submitted in the morning. In the migration window, applicants who are seeking inter-university migration certificate will deposit their forms complete in all respects. It should be attested by the competent authority that is principal of the affiliated college, chairman of the teaching department, any gazetted officer, fellow of the university and officers of the university not less than the rank of superintendent. — TNS

‘Maths best learnt through problem solving’
Chandigarh, July 2
Internationally acclaimed mathematician and professor, School of Education at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, Prof Hyman Bass, said today that mathematics and mathematical thinking was best learnt through problem solving. PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover chaired the public lecture. Referring to the importance of school reforms, Professor Bass said the United States was placing prominent emphasis on mathematical practices as part of the education reforms. Prof Bass said most of the US students do not learn and develop mathematical practices like asking natural questions, looking for patterns, making conjectures and seeking proofs. — TNS


Realtors fined for delaying possession of design studio
Chandigarh, July 2
Chandigarh Overseas Private Limited and Greenfield Sites Management Private Limited have been penalised for “delaying the possession of a design studio” to a New Delhi-based complainant. The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the companies to jointly pay Rs 7,50,000 to the complainant, Sandeep Saxena, on account of buy-back option and Rs 6,250 per month for the delay in giving possession


Two held for issuing fake degrees
Chandigarh, July 2
The Operations Cell of the UT police today arrested two persons for issuing fake certificates of a UP-based University. Following complaint by Baljit Singh, a resident of Raipur Khurd, an inquiry was conducted by the Operations Cell. Complainant stated that Narinder Sharma, a resident of Hallomajra village, took Rs 50,000 from him and gave him mark sheets of BA-1st, 2nd and 3rd year of Monad University, Hapur (UP). He had suspicion that the mark sheets were fake.

crime briefs
Two held with pistol
The UT police arrested two persons for carrying a country-made pistol and one live cartridge on July 1. Manoj and Sanjay of Dadu Majra village were arrested from Dhanas Lake. The police have registered a case under Sections 25-54-59 the Arms Act at the Sector 11 police station.


Dhruv Pandove trophy
Rain washes away city’s hopes
Chandigarh, July 2
Rain played a spoilsport after Chandigarh had to share a point with Mohali cricket team and lost a chance to win Dhruv Pandove Trophy (U-19), at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium, here today. The distribution of points helped Amritsar to claim the title and bag the Dhruv Pandove Trophy attaining 23 points.

Swimming tourney begins
Chandigarh, July 2
Swimmers Raghav Lall, Dhruv Gupta and Parth, won top three positions in boys (U-8) 25 mts free style category during the opening day of swimming championship for junior and sub junior swimmers, orgnaised by UT Sports department, at the all-weather swimming pool, Sector 23,here today.

A swimmer participates in the 100-metre freestyle event during a swimming championship at the all-weather swimming pool in Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Consumer forum finds Kotchi firm at fault, imposes penalty
Chandigarh, July 2
Orell Techno System (India) Pvt. Ltd, Kotchi (Kerala), was penalised by Chandigarh District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum for not providing detailed invoice of purchase of English teaching lab equipment to a Panchkula-based complainant. The company has been directed to pay Rs 20,000 to the complainant towards compensation for mental harassment and deficiency in service and Rs 7,500 towards litigation expenses, in addition to refund of amount of Rs 58,500.

Skating prodigy Aditya aims big
Chandigarh, July 2
Aditya Dabas, a student of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula, is moving at a fast pace in the arena of skating and working hard to fulfill his dream of making it big in the world of skating. Practicing skating for past three years and successfully making his mark, the 11-year-old skater has won laurels in almost all the tournaments he participated.

City golfer clinches second place
Chandigarh, July 2
Chandigarh’s Harendra Gupta and K Prabagaran of Sri Lanka attained second spot with scores of six-under-64 during the opening day of the J&K Bank PGTI Pahalgam Masters at the Lidder Valley Golf Course. K Prabagaran made an eagle, five birdies and a bogey in his opening round to be placed joint second with local Harendra Gupta, who produced seven birdies and a bogey in round one.


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