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Bid to take away SBI ATM
Panchkula, July 20
An attempt by thieves to take away an ATM of the State Bank of India (SBI) in Sector 26 here, containing Rs 17.96 lakh, failed in the wee hours today after they saw a PCR vehicle patrolling the area. The thieves were trying to remove the ATM with the help of their car.

The damaged ATM of the SBI in Sector 26, Panchkula, that was targeted by thieves in the wee hours on Sunday. A Tribune photograph


Mystery shrouds Panchkula youth’s death in Manali
Panchkula, July 20
Rajinder, the victim. Nineteen days after a Panchkula youth went missing from Manali, his body was fished out from the Beas in Manali yesterday afternoon. The victim, identified as Rajinder (25), hailed from Surajpur and had gone missing on July 1. Rajinder, who was a supervisor with a company, had gone to his office in Manali to give payments to the labour employed at a site there.

Tomato prices up Rs 10 a kg as rain hits supply
Chandigarh, July 20
With the supply dwindling during the past four days, the cost of tomato has shot up by Rs 10 per kg and is now priced at Rs 40 a kg in the retail market. The price of tomato in the wholesale market has increased to Rs 25 per kg from Rs 20 per kg last week. Market sources said consistent rain in the region over the past four days had triggered a shortage in the supply as Chandigarh was majorly dependent on Himachal Pradesh for its tomato supply.

A retailer sells tomatoes at the vegetable market in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Woman held for youth’s murder
Panchkula, July 20
The Panchkula police have arrested a woman for the murder of a youth in Pinjore. According to the police, the victim, Lakshman, was strangled to death as he had come to know that the husband of the woman, Geeta, had murdered his friend Ramji Das a few days ago in the Barotiwala area. Lakshman was allegeldy murdered by Geeta, her husband Sanjay and father-in-law Jagdeesh.

Scooterist dies in hit-and-run case
Chandigarh, July 20
A two-wheeler rider died while another one was injured when an auto-rickshaw hit their scooter near the Sector 39/40 chowk last evening. The police said Puran Singh and Surinder Singh, both 30 years old, were riding the scooter when a recklessly driven auto hit the scooter. The duo fell on the road. The auto driver fled from the spot.

21-year-old girl ends her life
Chandigarh, July 20
A 21-year-old girl, pursuing the Chartered Accountant (CA) course, committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house in Sector 51 this morning. According to police sources, the girl, Shakshi Sharma, had completed her BCom and was staying with her parents.

32nd Asian ranking, but Panjab varsity not quite there
Even as the Panjab University authorities bask in the glory of the The centre of attraction: The Student Centre, the lifeline of Panjab University where students hang out. Tribune Photos: Pradeep Tewari and Parvesh Chauhan institution being ranked 32nd along with Renmin University in China by the Times Higher Education, there is a lot to be done on the academic and infrastructure front.
Tribune Reporter Aarti Kapur takes stock of various parameters on the campus that go into the making of the 13-decade-old institution a centre par excellence.

The centre of attraction: The Student Centre, the lifeline of Panjab University where students hang out. Tribune Photos: Pradeep Tewari and Parvesh Chauhan

China varsity has an edge
17 Hostels don't match international standards
‘Globally, we are still a marginal player’
Still a front runner, a varsity par excellence


Jan Aushadhi centres a mere eyewash
Reopened six months ago, the Jan Aushadhi centres, which faced closure last year due to erratic supply of generic medicines, have now managed to ensure sales. The key strategy for drawing the attention of visitors was to sell toiletries. To buy branded toiletries at cheaper rates at the Jan Aushadhi centres, a number of visitors throng the store and end up buying products at original costs.

Bhangra beats: Students of MAAC Animation Institute perform bhangra during the Parivartan Animation Awards function at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Mohali robbery cases
Police search for clues
Chandigarh, July 20
Even after 40 hours of two robbery incidents in the town, the Mohali Police have not made any headway in the cases. The police are scanning the old records of criminals, involved in similar cases of crimes in the past, to get vital clues. In the case of theft of a cash van belonging to a local liquor syndicate, the police suspect the involvement of some staff members of the syndicate.

Pending Bills
Power supply to Shalimar Mall snapped as cheque for Rs 16 lakh bounces
Panchkula, July 20
The only multiplex in Panchkula, Shalimar Mall in Sector 5, is in troubled waters as the Electricity Department has disconnected its power supply after a cheque deposited by it to clear the pending bill bounced. The mall is currently running on a generator. Shalimar owes about Rs 25 lakh to the Electricity Department.

Open House response
Car pool, slip roads can help ease traffic snarls
Commuting has become a headache for residents of Zirakpur, who have to travel to the city for work every day. To cover a distance of just 5 km, it takes 45 minutes at times. Chandigarh Tribune asked its readers what needs to be done to decongest the busy stretch on the National Highway?

Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam at the Hallo Majra light point on the Chandigarh-Ambala Highway. A file Photo

Councillors raise questions over formation of panels
Chandigarh, July 20
The committee constituted by Municipal Corporation Mayor HC Kalyan — to work out the rules and regulations of paid parking and taxi stand operators –- has received flak from many councillors. This is because the committee comprises members from the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC), and it is the F&CC that has to further approve the report prepared by the committee.

SILENCE THEIR VOICE: Artistes from the tricity hold a silent protest at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Sunday. They were demanding freedom of speech and expression after a protest by some religious organisations against a play, “Dharamraj dot com”. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Play on shades of great American dream staged
Chandigarh, July 20
Students from various schools and colleges of the Tricity staged their annual production “Death of a Salesman”, a play of 1940’s era written by an American playwright Arthur Miller at St Kabir School Auditorium, Sector 26, today. The play was directed by theatre exponent Zubin Mehta, who runs Wings Theatre Academy in collaboration with St Kabir School.

‘Nutrition at Re 1’ campaign
Protinex, a protein supplement brand, on Sunday announced the completion of their ‘Nutrition at Re 1’ campaign and made a grant of Rs 27 lakh to the Akshaya Patra Foundation, the world’s largest NGO-run mid-day meal programme that currently feeds over 1.3 million children across the country everyday. Protinex, manufactured in Punjab by French dairy and nutrition major Danone, adopted 3,500 students from 28 schools with the completion of this initiative.

Senior Dy Mayor leads cleanliness drive
Chandigarh, July 20
Senior Deputy Mayor Heera Negi along with residents of her ward carried out a cleanliness drive at Sector 32 colony here today. Heera Negi, who is also the area councillor, said the residents of the area complained that safai karamchari didn’t come regularly, which had led to heaps of garbage around the colony, following which they decided to initiate the cleanliness drive on their own.

Senior Deputy Mayor Heera Negi (right) and residents of Sector 32, Chandiagarh, clean a street on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Baltal Incident: Bajrang Dal protests at ISBT-43
Chandigarh, July 20
In the wake of the clashes at the Baltal base camp on Friday, thereby leading to the suspension of the Amarnath Yatra, a protest was held by the Bajrang Dal activists here today. The protesters showed their resentment against the Jammu Government as no action has been taken by them against the clashes and loot in Baltal. The Bajrang Dal activists thwarted a bus bound for Srinagar and Jammu from leaving the ISBT, Sector 43. Police personnel immediately intervened. The protesters stated that unless strict action was not taken against the Jammu government, no Srinagar-bound bus will be allowed to enter or leave the bus stand. “No grocery items (prasad) will be transported to Srinagar,” said the protesters. TNS

Bajrang Dal activists protest against the Baltal incident at the ISBT in Sector 43 on Sunday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Showers drench city’s periphery
Chandigarh, July 20
While the city did not receive rainfall on Sunday, it poured heavily in the surrounding areas, including Mohali, Panchkula and Zirakpur in the afternoon. A total of 0.5mm rainfall was recorded today. However, rain did not provide relief from the heat as the maximum temperature recorded on Sunday was 35 degrees Celsius, five degrees up from Saturday and one degree above normal. The minimum temperature recorded on Sunday was 25.5 degrees Celsius, one degree above normal and one degree up since Saturday. The weatherman has predicted that next week, the maximum temperature is likely to dip to 30 degrees Celsius. TNS

A jeep passes through an inundated street in Panchkula on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

Man dies at PGI; kin allege negligence
Chandigarh, July 20
Babu Lal (50), died at the Emergency in the PGI here today after being admitted with complaint of severe stomach ache. His kin alleged that he died due to “negligence of staff” as no doctor attended to him. No complaint was given to the police or the PGIMER till the filing of this report. PGIMER officials said he had a kidney problem and came to the hospital in a severe condition. Exact cause of death could only be ascertained after the autopsy. Babu Lal was a resident of Mohali. — TNS

BJP hails Tandon’s appointment as Chhattisgarh Guv
Chandigarh, July 20
The local unit of the BJP organised an event at its party office ‘Kamalam’ in Sector 33 here on Friday to celebrate the appointment of the new Governor of Chhattisgarh, Balramji Dass Tandon. Balramji Dass thanked the gathering for the farewell. Sanjay Tandon, chief of the party’s Chandigarh unit, said: “Despite being my father, not just me but many around me always looked up to his great personality. Local MP Kirron Kher and party’s national secretary Aarti Mehra were among those others present. — TNS

Traders discuss building bylaws
Chandigarh, July 20
To discuss the ongoing crucial issue of building bylaws, a meeting of the Traders Association was held at Sector 17 today. The traders were advised to prevent violations on their premises to avoid action against them by the Estate Office. “An awareness camp on building bylaws issues will soon be organised in Sector 17,” said Kamaljeet Singh Panchi, president of the association. — TNS


PU sets new benchmark
Chandigarh, July 20
This year too, the Economics Department of Panjab University has set a new benchmark for the cut-off for economic honours. As compared to last year there is a hike of around two per cent in the cut-off for the honours admission.

NCERT admits to errors in biology books of Classes XI-XII
Chandigarh, July 20
The NCERT today admitted that there are errors in the biology books of Classes XI and XII, the academic body stated that the textbooks are not the only source of teaching-learning process, in its reply to a PIL filed in Punjab and Haryana High Court regarding 15 errors in the textbooks. The PIL was filed by a local academic Dr Arvind Goyal.

From schools
Students visit orphanage
Chandigarh: The students of Mata Sahib Kaur Public School distributed items of daily needs such as clothes, books and fruits in Old Age, Mentally Challenged Home and Orphanage “Prabh Asra”, in Jhanjeri. A paper and PowerPoint presentation was also organised and students liberally articulated their opinion and beliefs on the different topics.

ETT Teachers’ Union chief begins indefinite fast
Mohali, July 20
Hundreds of ETT teachers today staged a protest against the state government before ETT Teachers’ Union (Punjab) president Jaswinder Singh Sidhu sitting on a fast unto death in front of the Punjab Director-General School Education (DGSE) office at Phase VIII here.

ETT teachers hold a protest outside the office of the Director (Public Instructions) at Phase VIII in Mohali on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Student Centre cries for attention
Chandigarh, July 20
Panjab University campus student, which is the favourite hangout place for students, freshers and alumni needs to be revamped by adding more basic facilities. While talking to the regular visitors, a number of demands were raised by them regarding the insufficient seating arrangements. Majority of the students demanded that number of benches along with proper sheds should be installed by the authorities for the comfort of the visitors.

Panjab University invites applications for MEd
Chandigarh, July 20
Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, has invited applications for admission to MEd (Regular) on the campus and in colleges in Punjab affiliated to the PU to participate in the centralised admissions along with admissions to MEd (correspondence) and MEd Special Education (MR).

Over 20,000 appear for SSC examinatio
Chandigarh, July 20
More than 20,000 candidates appeared for the Common Graduate Examination of the Staff Selection Committee (SSC) held across nearly 100 centres in the city today. The exam was conducted across the country and Chandigarh was one of the few centres chosen by a majority of students from Northern India. As per the officials, there were no complainants regarding the examination. The city railway station and bus stand were seen flooded with candidates. The rush could be seen in the evening around 5 pm after the exam was over. SSC is a government body that selects individuals for recruitment to posts vacant across ministries and government bodies. TNS

Candidates come out of an examination centre in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Tricity principals attend Smart School seminar
Chandigarh, July 20
A seminar was organised by Educomp for principals of various schools of the tricity. The organisers claimed that the seminar was based on two concepts—League India and Smart School. Rakesh Dahiya, regional CEO-north, Smart Class, addressed the gathering and demonstrated the benefits of a Smart School. He said, “With Educomp Smart School, students can see education come alive through the best in-class 3D animations and can perform experiments through virtual experience.” — TNS


Teachers apprised of growth in engineering sector
Dera Bassi, July 20
Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology (SSIET), Dera Bassi, organised a faculty development programme (FDP) workshop here today. The workshop aimed at enhancing and updating the knowledge of faculty and staff about the latest advancements in engineering sector.

Downpour causes waterlogging
Dera Bassi, July 20
The lackadaisical approach of the authorities came to the fore as residents faced inconvenience as water got accumulated in front of the Municipal Council office complex following heavy downpour today. The road in front of the MC office had virtually turned into a pond.

A woman crosses a waterlogged street near the Municipal Council office at Dera Bassi on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

Rs 4 lakh stolen from car in Ambala
Ambala, July 20
Miscreants took away Rs 4 lakh from the car of a businessman that was parked at the Grain Market in Ambala City today. As per information, trader Nitin Khanna, who hails from Muradabad, had come to meet another businessman of the Ambala Grain Market. When he reached his car he found that the window pane of his car was broken and the bag containing cash was missing. It was suspected that the occupants of a Honda City car, which was parked near the spot for some time, might be involved in the crime. — OC


Embezzlement of funds
PSEB employee booked
Mohali, July 20
The Mohali police today registered a criminal case against Tarun Kumar Bhagirath, senior assistant of the Punjab School Education Board, who had been put under suspension on Tuesday for embezzlement of funds worth several lakhs.

Two yrs on, 2 booked in cheating case
Mohali, July 20
It took about two years for the Mohali police to register a cheating case. PP Shergill, a resident of Chandigarh, had given a complaint to the Mohali police on September 13, 2012, that two persons, Harminder Singh and Himanshu Shekhar, had taken Rs 25 lakh as advance money from him for a plot in Phase IX here, which he wanted to purchase. “I was told to give a total amount of Rs 1.57 crore for the plot. I had given them Rs 25 lakh as advance payment but they neither get the registry of the plot done in my name, nor did they return the money,” alleged the victim in his complaint. However, a cheating case against the duo has been registered at the Phase 1 police station today in this regard. TNS


Basic amenities elude Sports Complex-42
Chandigarh, July 20
The Sports Complex, Sector 42, Chandigarh, has nothing to offer when it comes to providing basic facilities such as drinking water, easy approach and changing rooms for the trainees of lawn tennis, handball and kho-kho, who come regularly to the complex.

Wild growth dots the road leading to the tennis ground at the Sports Complex, Sector 42, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Fourteen teams confirm participation in T-20 series
Chandigarh, July 20
The Cricket Federation of Haryana has stated that a total of 14 teams, including eight rural teams from across the country and six international teams from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Sharjah (UAE) and Afghanistan, have confirmed their participation for the first Indian Rural Premier League Twenty-20 day/night League Cricket Championship that will be held from October 26th to 31st.

Cricket tournament
Chandigarh sail into semis
Chandigarh, July 20
The Chandigarh team defeated Ambala by 9 wickets and booked their berth in the semifinals of the Haryana Inter-District (U-16) Cricket Tournament. After winning the toss Chandigarh elected to field first. The Ambala team crumbled at 62 runs in 19.1 overs. The only contributions in the small score of Ambala came from the bat of Harsh who scored 23 runs with 12 balls, while Sajal scored 12 on 30 balls. While chasing a small total Chandigarh scored 65 for 1 in 5.4 overs. Triyaksh Bali scored 28 runs for 18 balls and Varun scored 17 for 17 balls. In the semifinals Chandigarh will compete with Sonipat. TNS


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