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rape victims turning hostile
Conviction rate reaches new low
Chandigarh, July 27
A majority of rape cases registered by the UT police over the years have resulted in glaring acquittals in courts with the prosecution and the law enforcing agency seemingly being taken for a ride by rape victims who turn hostile.

Dr Lalit Vermani was recently acquitted in a rape case; and (right) former UT Home Secretary NK Jain involved in rape-on-wheels case was also let off by court. File photos


Mohali police form 14 teams to crack Zirakpur robbery
Zirakpur, July 27
The Mohali police finally woke up from deep slumber after the Kala Kachha gang struck at a mango orchard and a ‘dargah’ yesterday and constituted 14 teams today to make a headway. To trace any lead to the crimes, the police teams conducted raids and detained 24 suspects from Zirakpur (6), Dera Bassi (9), Lalru (7) and Handesra (2) areas. They were later let off after questioning.

On a string
: Children dressed as puppets perform during a Teej function at Rajasthan Bhawan in Sector 33, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Fire Dept tightens its noose around defaulters
Chandigarh, July 27
Those violating fire safety norms in Sector 17, the city’s commercial hub, are in for trouble. Irrespective of the status of ownership or possession of the property, be it government or private, the UT’s Fire and Emergency Department has launched a major hunt for those violating fire safety norms.

Residents making beeline for consumer courts
Chandigarh, July 27
There has been consistent increase in the number of residents moving the consumer forum for the redressal of their grievances this year. In the first six months (till June 30), a total of 1,524 cases were filed. Interestingly, the fora were working on 120 days, and an average of 12 new cases was filed per day. Insurance, housing and banking sectors constitute more than half of the cases filed before the Chandigarh Consumer Fora from January 1, 2014 to June, 30, 2014.

UT Home Secretary’s post: Panel of 3 IAS officers sought from Haryana
Chandigarh, July 27
The UT Administration has sought a panel of three IAS officers from the Haryana Government for the post of the UT Home Secretary. The three-year tenure of the incumbent Home Secretary, Anil Kumar, will come to an end on December 8 this year. He had joined the UT Administration on December 9, 2011.

ETT Teachers’ Union protest
Fast-unto-death enters Day 8
Mohali, July 27
JS Sidhu, president of ETT Teachers’ Union, Punjab, continued with his fast-unto-death in front of the office of Punjab Director General School Education
(DGSE) at Phase VIII here. Sidhu, who has been sitting on fast for the past eight days, was joined by his wife, Jaswinder Kaur; 14-year-old son, Simranjit Singh; and nine-year-old daughter, Navleen Kaur, who also sat on dharna with him.

Union president JS Sidhu and his wife protest in Mohali on Sunday. A Tribune photograph


No headway in missing child’s case
Kuldeep Panchkula, July 27
In the case of a missing Class V student, the school authorities may land in a soup for suspending the student without any prior notice. Further, the police are yet to get a clue on the whereabouts of the missing child. It has been two days since Kuldeep, a Class V student of a school in Sector 12, Panchkula, went missing. Alerts have been sounded at various places and posters of the missing child have been put up at the Sukhna Lake, the railway station and other important places in the city.

When ‘rival’ group in Admn celebrated transfer of four UT cadre officials

Several present and former UT officials celebrated as the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued transferred orders of four UT cadre IAS officers, namely Satya Gopal, Prerna Puri, Tanvi Garg and Rodney L Ralte, to Mizoram and Andaman and Nicobar. The officials, who belong to the ‘rival’ group of these officials, provided all the latest developments on the transfer of these officials to journalists. Officials even congratulated each other through SMSes and WhatsApp messages as these officials were transferred.

Panchkula police go soft on big guns
Panchkula, July 27
It seems that Panchkula police is going slow in three heinous crime cases, involving VIPs. Be it a rape of a minor, or humiliating someone resulting in suicide or culpable homicide involving four deaths. If it’s a high profile person at the other end, one can’t expect arrests. The families of victims in all the cases are still awaiting justice.

Sky is the limit: Leela Samson and her Spanda Dance Company members perform Bharatnatyam at the Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Valour and vigour: Artistes perform during a culture programme, ‘Hook Punjab Di’, at Punjab Kala Bhawan in Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Quiz held
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) officially flagged off the 6th season of Mahindra Auto Quotient (AQ), a first of its kind pan-India Auto Quiz. More than 1,200 contestants participated in the zonal rounds which were held today at Chitkara University, Punjab campus. The finalists will be selected through city rounds that comprises of a written and stage rounds conducted across 4 zones, followed by studio rounds in New Delhi.

Open House response
Joint efforts, hi-tech devices can check crime
Rising incidents of robbery across the tricity in the recent past have not only raised questions over the law and order situation but have also created panic among residents. Chandigarh Tribune asked its readers what needs to be done to prevent such incidents in future?

Lack of basic amenities
Housing society residents hold protest in Zirakpur
Zirakpur, July 27
Scores of residents of Motia Heights, Dhakoli, including women and elderly persons, held a protest in front of the housing society, here, today, against the builders for not providing them the facilities promised by them. Led by Rajinder Singh Sawhney, president of Motia Heights Residents Welfare Association, Dhakoli, around 50 residents staged a dharna and accused the builders of not providing them basic civic amenities promised to them.

Encroachments obstruct traffic flow in Sec 9
Panchkula, July 27
Encroachments by vendors on the main road in Sector 9 lead to daily traffic congestion. Chaos prevails on Sunday near the rehri market and a temple in Sector 9 leave commuters a harassed lot. Despite several meetings by the senior officers of the administration and directions by the DC, Panchkula, residents continue to suffer with the encroachment problem.

Cars stuck in a jam due to encroachments by vendors at the Sector 9 market in Panchkula, on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

June 25 MC House meet declared invalid
Chandigarh, July 27
The Municipal Corporation’s (MC) general House meeting held on June 25 and chaired by Senior Deputy Mayor Heera Negi has been declared invalid. The minutes of the meeting held on June 26 circulated among councillors mention that the 207th House meeting of June 25 was adjourned and held on June 26.

Murder at GMSH-16
9-year-old performs mother’s last rites
Chandigarh, July 27
Two days after a UT police constable gunned down his wife in the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16 here, their nine-year-old son lit his mother’s pyre at the Sector 25 cremation ground here today. Hundreds of relatives of the deceased, Dimple, and locals attended the funeral. However, the relatives of accused, suspended constable Anand Kumar, refrained from attending the funeral.

Panchkula robbery: Cops fail to nab accused
Panchkula, July 27
Even after two days after the Panchkula robbery that was committed by using the stolen vehicle of a Sessions Judge, the police have failed to nab the miscreants yet. A team of the Panchkula police yesterday went to check the CCTV footage of the locality in Sector 40, Chandigarh, from where the miscreants stole the Tata Safari vehicle of the Judge, Harpreet Kaur Jeevan. As it was a high security area, even the guards and other persons were questioned.

For festivals, MC denies stalls in Sec 22 market
Chandigarh, July 27
While the Municipal Corporation (MC) has decided not to allow street vendors to set up stalls for Eid and Rakhi festivals in the Sector 22 market, shopkeepers have set stalls encroaching the corridors and parking area of the market. Earlier, the MC, after charging fee on daily basis, used to permit street vendors to display their goods for three days close to the festivals. A street vendor said while they were denied the permission to set up their makeshift vends to sell products, the MC was not taking action against the shopkeepers who have displayed their products in the corridors blocking the passage for visitors. TNS

Rakhis on sale outside a shop in Sector 22-D, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

World hepatitis day
Rotarians walk for awareness
Chandigarh, July 27
David Lelliott, Deputy High Commissioner of the UK, joined the Rotary Club of Chandigarh in the wee hours of today at Sukhna Lake for a walkathon to generate awareness about viral hepatitis on World Hepatitis Day. Lelliott flagged off the walkathon in which Rotarians, Rotaractors and interactors of Sri Aurobindo High School also joined. Prof Paramjit Singh, president of the Chandigarh Rotary Club, referring to a global study, said more and more people were dying of viral hepatitis, which kills 1.5 million people every year, and unfortunately, it was becoming a global epidemic. TNS

Rotarians during the walkathon at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Contract employees’ dharna enters Day 4
Mohali, July 27
The dharna staged by the Contract Employees Association of Department of Water Supply and Sanitation, Punjab, (a World Bank aided project) has entered its fourth day, today. The protestors sitting outside the State Program Management Cell, Phase 2, were upset as no officer has come so far to listen to their grievances. “We are demanding regularisation of the employees’ services, pay scale on the pattern of equal pay-equal work,” said the association’s state president Amandeep Singh Brar. He said. “If our demands are not met by July 30, computer operators will join our protest,” said Brar. He added that they will hold ‘Arthi Phook Protest’ in front of the SPMC office tomorrow. — TNS

Theatre fest begins today
Chandigarh, July 27
The third edition of the TFT Summer Theatre Festival will begin tomorrow. The three-day festival being organised by the Theatre For Theatre (TFT) marks 25 years of its inception. The festival started in1988. Randhawa Auditorium of Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16, will host the festival. The organisers said the festival would showcase productions including “Mujhse Pehli Si Mohabbat Mere Mehboob Na Maang”, “Sukhi Kukh” and “Loha Kutt”. TNS

Enthusiasts and artistes promote the TFT Summer Theatre Festival in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Teej festival celebrated
Chandigarh, July 27
Members of Rajasthan Parishad celebrated Teej at Rajasthan Bhawan, Sector 33-A, here today. The venue wore a traditional look. A plethora of cultural activities, including dances and skits, marked the festivities. The auditorium reverberated with applauses as dancers performed on folk songs and Bollywood melodies. — TNS


5 colleges put up trilingual board
Chandigarh, July 27
Five city colleges, including a government college, have written the name of the institute on the board installed at the gate in three languages: English, Hindi and Punjabi. The move comes 10 months after the UT Home Secretary passed orders in this direction.

Panditrao Dharennavar shows the UT Home Secretary's orders while a worker installs the board at DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

From schools
Saplings planted
Chandigarh: Government High Smart School, Sector 50, planted saplings of Arjuna plant on the eve of the first anniversary of Arjuna Eco Club of the school. The school authorities said the club was started to popularise herbal plants and to conserve the associated traditional knowledge for future generations. Teachers explained the importance of herbal plants to students. Children were also made aware of techniques to identify different types of herbs and their health benefits.

Students and staff plant a sapling at Government High Smart School, Sector 50, Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

Underprivileged children
Mothers attend counselling camp
Chandigarh, July 27
Rotary Club, Chandigarh Shivalik, today organised a counselling camp for mothers of underprivileged children studying at Jeevan Mukt Nishulk School in Jagatpura village. Around 60 women attended the camp held on the school premises.

Fee exemption
USOL not following govt orders, complains students’ body
Chandigarh, July 27
The Ambedkar Students’ Association, Panjab University, has accused the University School of Open Learning (USOL) of not implementing the post-matric scholarship scheme. In a representation made to the Vice-Chancellor, association members claimed that the USOL was not following the instructions of the Centre and Punjab government that exempted scheduled caste students of the state from paying fee at the time of admission. They alleged that the USOL was charging fee, instead of only the security amount, from the students who were covered under the scheme. In the representation, members demanded modifications in the online portal system. TNS

Counselling centre launches website
Chandigarh, July 27
To make students aware of various career and education options, the centralised counselling centre The Pride Consultants launched its website today. Mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan, who was the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony, said: “This centre will be of help to not only local students, but to those from the entire northern region. Through this centre, students will come to know about various scholarships and fee exemptions.” The organisers said they would give free counselling. TNS



Scores of INLD workers join BJP in Kalka
Kalka, July 27
The district unit of the BJP organized a ‘Samman Samaroh’ here today. Rattan Lal Kataria, MP from Ambala, claimed that he will take up the issue of workers of HMT in the parliament shortly. To take a stock of the situation, the minister of the department concerned will visit the HMT after August 15 and hear grievances of general public in this regard, Kataria added.


Brother Meredith Football Tournament
DPS outplay St Kabir School
Chandigarh, July 27
In a neck to neck match, team of Delhi Public School (DPS),Sector 40, defeated St. Kabir School, Sector 26, during a match of Brother Meredith Football Tournament for boys (U-14) held at St John’s School, Sector 26, here today.

A match in progress at St John’s School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Lake Sports Complex: Workers accuse GM of harassment
Chandigarh, July 27
In a written submission to the Advisor to UT Administrator, Finance-cum-sports secretary and Director Sports, the Lake Sports Complex Workers and Employees Union has alleged harassment by the general manager. The union, in the written complaint, has alleged that the general manager was harassing 29 workers employed under the Lake Sports Complex for past 14 years. The workers alleged that they were asked to perform undesignated duties from past many months.

Football tourney: Prashant propels Dehradun to victory
Chandigarh, July 27
The Dehradun Football Club defeated Jalandhar Football Club by a solitary goal to win the North Zone final of Bajaj Allianz Junior Football Camp, Season 5, concluded at football grounds of Panjab University, here this evening. The winning team bagged the prize money of Rs 75,000. Prashant Rawat scored the only goal for the winner’s side and helped the team to achieve the feat.

The football team of Dehradun in a jubilant mood after lifting the winner’s trophy. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Badminton tourney
Kartik, Shivani clinch titles
Panchkula, July 27
Shuttlers Kartik and Shivani bagged double crowns on the concluding day of 9th Ashwani Gupta Memorial Panchkula District Badminton Championship at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, here today. Kartik won the boys (U-17) single title and also claimed boys’ (U-19) event whereas Shivani won the girls’ single (U-19) and women’s single title. In the sub-junior girls’ (U-10) event, Devika won the championship while Jayan won the final of boys’ (U-10). — TNS


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