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Rail Budget
Nothing to cheer for city

Chandigarh, July 8
The Modi government's first Railway Budget has left city residents disappointed. Union Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda neither announced any new train nor any new project for the city in the budget presented today.
The entry to the Chandigarh railway station The entry to the Chandigarh railway station. Tribune photo: S Chandan



khuda lahora rape case
Victim’s cousin brother alleges sexual harassment by cops
Chandigarh, July 8
In yet another twist to the rape case involving UT constables as the accused, the victim’s cousin has now alleged that he was sexually harassed by policemen on Sunday night.

Gurjant Singh Youths murder SAD activist
Mohali, July 8
A 29-year-old Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) activist, Gurjant Singh, alias Jenta, was murdered by some youngsters, also supporters of the Akali Dal, last night. Around 10 youngsters, who were carrying pistols, axes, swords and other sharp weapons, attacked the victim when he went to a car service centre at Kambali Road near Phase XI here at around 8.45 pm last night. Old rivalry is belived to be the reason behind the murder.

Traffic hit as northern sectors go without power
Chandigarh, July 8
A majority of the northern sectors in the city went without power for around five hours today after a technical snag occurred in the power supply line from Nalagarh to the 220 kV substation in Kishangarh. As there was no power supply, traffic signals in these parts were non-functional, leading to traffic chaos. Commuters were stuck in traffic jams in various parts of the city.

Unsafe building to be demolished in Sector 17
Chandigarh, July 8
The UT Estate Officer today ordered the demolition of a building in Sector 17 after declaring it unsafe for use, both commercial or residential. The SCOs (Nos. 125, 126 and 127) are located a short distance form the building of the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) that had collapsed following a devastating fire on June 8. Confirming the orders, Estate Officer Mohammed Shayin said based on the structural stability report of the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training (NITTR), Sector 26, the building had been declared unsafe and could fall anytime. It had therefore been decided to demolish it.

Mild tremors in city; no loss reported
Mild tremors were felt in the city this evening. According to the Met Department, a mild earthquake shook Chandigarh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir at 9.05 pm. The epicentre of the earthquake, measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale, was in Kashmir. No loss of life or property has been reported. –TNS


Sikander Singh Maluka, Rural Development and Panchayat Minister, Punjab, addresses a meeting at Vikas Bhawan, Phase VIII, in Mohali on Tuesday. Keep spouse off meetings: Maluka
Mohali, July 8
The spouses of some women chairpersons of zila parishads were left embarrassed when they were stopped from attending a state-level meeting while accompying their wives, headed by the Punjab Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka at Vikas Bhawan, here today.

Sikander Singh Maluka, Rural Development and Panchayat Minister, Punjab, addresses a meeting at Vikas Bhawan, Phase VIII, in Mohali on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

DLSA holds meeting with volunteers
Mohali, July 8
The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Mohali, held a meeting with newly enrolled para legal volunteers (PLVs) of the district here today.

Records from licensing branch stolen
Panchkula, July 8
Original records of licensing branch were stolen in Panchkula. Following the incident, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Hema Sharma has got an FIR lodged against the license clerk Krishan Kumar in this regard. A case under section 381(theft by clerk) has been lodged at the Sector 5 police station.

PNB staff threaten agitation
Panchkula, July 8
The employees of PNB today gave an ultimatum to the bank management that they would go on a country wide protest tomorrow if no action is taken by Tuesday night. A meeting in this regard would be held at Mumbai tomorrow.

tribune impact
Freezers functional
Panchkula, July 8
The freezers of the mortuary of Panchkula were made functional today by the general hospital authorities. It was after Chandigarh Tribune in its columns highlighted that how the kin of the dead were being made to shuttle with the bodies. Dr Sunil Gambhir, head of postmortem department at the hospital said, “All the four freezers have been made functional. They were got repaired today.”

Old wine in new bottle, say residents
Chandigarh, July 8
City residents gave a mixed response to the first Railway Budget 2014-15 of the Modi government. People who had great expectations from this budget— especially an action plan to execute the long pending projects — were disappointed because beside repeating old announcements the minister neither set any deadline for their completion nor released any funds for the same. On the other hand, some of the residents felt that the government is on the right track because by not making new announcements it was concentrating on the completion of old pending projects and looking for more contribution from the private players in the Railways. 

Carjacking: Sketches of accused released
Chandigarh, July 8
A day after a Haryana Government official’s car was snatched by four youths in Sector 43, the UT police have released sketches of the accused today. 

Patients at PGI OPDs sweat it out
Chandigarh, July 8
Patients sweat it out at a PGI OPD in Chandigarh on Tuesday Patients awaiting their turn outside the doctor’s room at the PGIMER’s new OPD, the ordeal seems unending. During the waiting period, which may stretch to several hours, an already ailing patient has to be brave, to bear the excessive heat since neither the air-cooling design of the New OPD building nor the fans seem to be serving any purpose.

Patients sweat it out at a PGI OPD in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

MC to launch helpline today
Chandigarh, July 8
From Wednesday onwards the city residents having grievances related to different civic issues and stray dogs will have a helpline number where they can register their complaints.

UT to survey 175 brick-structured bus queue shelters, raze nine
Chandigarh, July 8
A bus queue shelter being demolished in Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. A day after a Panjab University (PU) student was injured after bricks started falling off the roof of a bus queue shelter in Sector 15, the UT Administration today swung into action and ordered a survey of around 175 old brick-structured shelters across the city. The Administration has barricaded the unsafe bus queue shelter. The Administration has passed an order for demolishing nine bus queue shelters, which are unsafe. Demolition of two such shelters in Sector 15 has begun.

A bus queue shelter being demolished in Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

drug in jail
DIG to hold inquiry
Mohali, July 8
In the case of alleged sale of drugs in the New Nabha Jail, the Punjab ADGP (Prisons) Rajpal Meena has entrusted an inquiry to DIG (Prisons) LS Jakhar here today.

Lifestyle and Home Centre announces sale
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P’kula lad bags 50th all-India rank

Chandigarh, July 8
Panchkula lad Shubham Goel has clinched the 50th All-India Rank (AIR) in the CBSE Joint Entrance Examination (JEE–Mains), the results of which were announced here today. While Shubham Goel bagged the first state rank in Chandigarh, he was followed by Hardik Verma, who bagged the second spot and secured AIR rank 65.

Day 2: All BSc seats filled in many colleges
Chandigarh, July 8
A heavy rush was witnessed at MCM DAV College, Sector 36, for the admissions in Chandigarh on Tuesday. All seats of BSc, medical and non-medical streams, were filled on the second day of counselling of the undergraduate courses in a majority of colleges in the city today. In fact, only reserved seats have been left for the BCA course in four government colleges of the city. While in MCM DAV College, Sector 36, the admission for all courses except BA was completed.

A heavy rush was witnessed at MCM DAV College, Sector 36, for the admissions in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune Photo: parvesh chauhan

Members of Dance World take part in a flash mob on the FIFA World Cup at the Student Centre, Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.
FOOTBALL FEVER: Members of Dance World take part in a flash mob on the FIFA World Cup at the Student Centre, Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

GMCH-32 MBBS seats
MCI to clear stance on issue by July 10
Chandigarh, July 8
Even as there is no clarity on the increase in the number of seats for the MBBS course at the GMCH-32 from 50 to 100 — 12 days after the first counselling — the Director-Principal of the institute said the stance will be clear by July 10.

BEd applications invited
Chandigarh, July 8
Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, has invited applications for BEd admissions at five PU-affiliated colleges in Chandigarh.

Girl alleges misbehaviour by classmates
Chandigarh, July 8
High drama was today witnessed at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, after a Class XII student alleged that her fellow male classmates had misbehaved with her.


Boost for industry
Dera Bassi, July 8
In an effort to boost the industry of the area and provide job avenues to residents, the Punjab government has amended the Punjab Regional and Town Planning and Development Act (PRTPDA), 1995. The amendments have been made in the Act enforced in Dera Bassi and Lalru areas of Mohali district.

Manch chief comes to the rescue of HMT staff
Pinjore, July 8
Shivalik Vikas Manch chief Vijay Bansal has asked the Ambala MP Rattan Lal Kataria to help the staff of HMT, who are awaiting salaries for more than one year. The HMT has two plants–Machine Tools and Tractor Plant—units operating from the same premises. The Congress government has opted different set of rules to deal with the employees of both the units, he alleged.


Godrej penalised for failing to deliver washing machine on promised date
Chandigarh, July 8
Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has been penalised by the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum for failing to deliver washing machine ordered from HomeShop18 within the promised date to a Sector-15 resident.


Man hit by vehicle, dies
Chandigarh, July 8
In a blind hit-and-run case, a CTU bus conductor died after he was hit by an unidentified vehicle at the Sector 20/30 light point today.


CLTA-AITA Men’s and Women’s rS 1 Lakh Tennis Tournament
Ranjeet gets better of Dheer Anush
Chandigarh, July 8
Rajbir returns a shot during a match of the CLTA-AITA tournament at the CLTA courts in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Sixth seed Ranjeet Singh defeated a former local trainee, Dheer Anush Bhatti, in straight sets during a match of the ongoing CLTA-AITA Men’s and Women’s Rs 1 lakh Tennis Tournament being held at the CLTA courts in Sector 10 here today.

Rajbir returns a shot during a match of the CLTA-AITA tournament at the CLTA courts in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Open table tennis tourney begins in city on July 11
Chandigarh, July 8
The Chandigarh Table Tennis Association will conduct the 1st Open Table Tennis Tournament from July 11 to July 13.

Education Dept releases annual sports calendar
Chandigarh, July 8
The sports branch of the UT Education Department has released its annual sports calendar here.

Cricket: Corporate cup begins on August 3
Chandigarh, July 8
The Professional Cricket Club will hold the second corporate cup cricket tournament from August 3 at the cricket stadium in Sector 16 here and on the grounds of JR Institute, Barwala.


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