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School bus travel to cost more
Chandigarh, September 10
Travelling by school buses in the city is set to become costlier. After a gap of two years, the UT Transport Department has increased the special road tax (SRT) levied on school buses by up to seven times. The new taxes will applicable from September 22.

Civic body plans to introduce sanitation charges for shops
Chandigarh, September 10
The Municipal Corporation may soon impose sanitation charges on commercial establishments across the city by introducing a garbage collection system for shops and booths in city markets.


J&K floods leave Panchkula family high and dry
Panchkula, September 10
The Jammu and Kashmir floods are giving anxious moments to a family in Panchkula. After a long wait and having failed to get in touch with his family members, local businessman Ashish Garg got a few moments of happiness when he saw his parents and daughter at the Chandigarh airport, but broke down when he was told that the other five members of his family are still stranded there.

Sushil Garg, his wife Kusum and granddaughter Aarna meet their family after returning from Kashmir in Sector 20, Panchkula, on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

Bribe case
I have been framed, SHO writes to IGP
Chandigarh, September 10
Lodged in Burail Jail, Inspector Rajesh Shukla, former Station House Officer of the Sector 34 police station who was arrested by the CBI last week in a bribe case, today shot off a communiqué to Inspector General of Police RP Upadhyaya. In his letter addressed to the IGP, the SHO said he had been targeted by a specific lobby of police officers within the department as his promotion to the rank of DSP was due. He said he was innocent. He has alleged harassment by the CBI and has demanded that the CCTV footage of the Burail police post should be viewed for a fair probe.

Man found murdered
Chandigarh, September 10
A man, believed to be in his mid-forties, was allegedly murdered near Labour Chowk in Sector 20 last night. His mutilated body was found in the morning. His head had been smashed with a stone. The victim is yet to be identified and his body has been kept at the mortuary of Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16.

Forensic experts inspect the spot where an unidentified man was found murdered at the Sector 20 roundabout in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan


28 Verka booths coming up in Mohali
Mohali, September 10
Verka milk and other Milkfed products will now be available to residents at a walking distance with 28 new milk booths being constructed in 16 sectors here. Work on most of the booths is nearing completion and these are likely to become functional soon. Land for the milk booths has been allotted by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).

Facilitating rescue operations from behind the scenes
Chandigarh, September 10
As armed forces step up relief operations in the flood-hit parts of Jammu and Kashmir, managing thousands of victims evacuated from the state as well as providing logistic support to Army formations and Air Force squadrons deployed in rescue works is a herculean task.

Red flair: Artistes from the US-based Robert Moses’ Kin Dance Company perform during the Chandigarh Arts and Heritage Festival at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu P5

Clown workshop dwells on journey of self-exploration
Chandigarh, September 10
The Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi (CSNA), hall was bustling with activity and invited loud guffaws from the audience. The room had been set in commotion as the 30 participants, who had gathered to attend the workshop — Clown Town — were twirling around, dancing, throwing their limbs at each other and rolling on the floor for they had been asked by their facilitators to let their inner clown out and enjoy every action.

Amid protest, demolition drive at Raipur Khurd abandoned
Chandigarh, September 10
A major demolition drive by the UT to pull down at least 50 structures in Raipur Khurd village had to be abandoned in face of wide public protest. The office of the Land Acquisition Collector (LAC) after carrying out a survey had identified the illegal structures that had come up in violation of the Periphery Act. All the illegal structures are on the agricultural land, which are not acquired.

Haryana Assembly poll
Former UT Mayor Gian Chand to contest from P’kula
Panchkula, September 10
The former Mayor of Chandigarh, Gian Chand Gupta, finally managed to get the ticket of the BJP for the Vidhan Sabha elections from Panchkula. In 1997, he was the Mayor of Chandigarh and now he is all set to give a tough fight to other parties. Gupta was the party president of the district BJP unit when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was working for the party in Panchkula.

F&CC to discuss renting out of Sec 17 Plaza on Sundays
Chandigarh, September 10
The Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the municipal corporation (MC) in its meeting scheduled for Thursday, will be discussing the issue of renting out the Sector 17 Plaza for functions on Sundays. At present, the Plaza is rented out on Saturdays only.

Heritage festival kicks off at Tagore Theatre
Chandigarh, September 10
Contemporary dance acts, presented by Sapphire Creations Dance Company, Kolkata, and US-based Robert Moses’ Kin, set the momentum for the 6th Chandigarh Arts and Heritage Festival that got underway at Tagore Theatre here today.

Artistes from Sapphire Creations Dance Company, Kolkata, perform during the Chandigarh Arts and Heritage Festival at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Graft: Head constable sent to judicial custody
Chandigarh, September 10
A day after a traffic police head constable was arrested by the CBI in a bribe case, a local court today sent the accused to 14 days judicial custody. The CBI had yesterday arrested head constable Paramjeet Singh, for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 1,000 from an auto driver, Narotam, for not challaning his vehicle.

Age no deterrent for this Good Samaritan
Chandigarh, September 10
Age fails to deter Good Samaritan Major Surat Sandhu’s (retd) spirit of generosity as even at 97, he still continues to contribute to calamity funds. Major Sandhu, who can barely walk now, has always been at the forefront when it comes to contributing to any natural calamity funds.

Google acquires Appurify
Google has acquired Appurify, an app-testing startup. Appurify was founded on April 1, 2012 by Rahul Jain and three others. Appurify offers a platform for developers to debug and test their mobile apps. Rahul Jain is now engaged as the Director of Engineering at Sidecar.

PGI governing body to meet on Sept 15
Chandigarh, September 10
As the Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan will, for the first time, chair the meeting of PGIMER’s Governing Body on September 15, the selection of next dean of institute will be top on the agenda. The professors shortlisted for the post include Dr Savita Malhotra, Department of Psychiatry, Dr SC Verma, Department of Internal Medicine and Dr KLN Rao, Department of Pediatrics. The post is currently held by Dr Amod Gupta, Department of Opthalmology, who will retire in few months. This will be PGI’s governing body’s first meeting after the election of the new government this year. The other issues enlisted for the meeting will include setting up of a nutrition division in the Department of Pediatrics, promotion of over 100 faculty members and ratification of pending proposals. TNS

Balongi rape case: Women approach SSP, allege police inaction
Mohali, September 10
A delegation of ‘Mahila Mandal’ of Balongi village today approached Mohali SSP Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti against police inaction in an alleged rape case of a 18-year-old girl. The delegation, led by the mandal’s president Swarnjit Kaur, alleged that the police was favouring the accused Ajay and Vinod. “Almost 22 days have passed, the police has not arrested the accused,” said the women. Notably, the victim had approached the police on August 15 alleging that Vinod, an employee in PUDA and Ajay, a BA student, had raped her after calling her to Vinod’s residence. Then they had taken her to Patiala and left her there, alleged the girl. On the complaint of the victim, the police had booked the duo on charges of rape. — TNS

Creative streak: A craft documentation activity being held by students of the Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology on their campus in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Rs 5,100 donated for J&K floods
Chandigarh, September 10
The UT Cadre Educational Employees Union today contributed Rs 5,100 to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for J&K. The president of the union, Swarn Singh Kamboj, said: “The union will try its best to contribute as much as it can. It has appealed to all its members to do the best they can.” TNS

J&K rescue operation: NDRF soldier admitted to PGI
Chandigarh, September 10
A 30-year-old NDRF soldier was admitted to the PGIMER today after he reached the city after sustaining injury on his thumb and neck during the J&K rescue operation. Sameer Kumar Pridha, a native of Bathinda, sustained injuries during an altercation two days ago with others in J&K over taking a boat. The thumb of his hand was fractured, while he received minor injuries on his neck. TNS

Extend help, UT Admn urged
The Traders Association of Sector 17 has requested the Chandigarh Administration to come forward to help J&K flood victims.

300 donate blood at camp
Mohali, September 10
As many 300 persons donated blood at a camp organised at Competent House in the Industrial Area here today. The 12th blood donation camp, which was organised by Sanjay Tandon, chairman, Competent House, was inaugurated by Governor of Chhattisgarh Balramji Das Tandon. The Governor said blood donation should be made a people’s movement. There was a need to create awareness about blood donation. MP Kirron Kher was also present. — OC

Governor of Chhattisgarh Balramji Das Tandon and MP Kirron Kher interact with blood donors at a camp in Mohali on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Seminar on women’s health
To sensitise women regarding importance of taking care of health at every stage of their life, a special seminar, ‘Women Health’ was organized by Trinity Education and Research Foundation, a charity wing of Trinity Hospital, here today. Apart from discussion on various gynecological problems, Dr Kamla Kaushal, head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Trinity Hospital, gave presentation about symptoms and preventive measures to be taken for early detection deadly diseases. — TNS

Patient jumps to death at hospital
Panchkula, September 10
A 60-year-old patient committed suicide after jumping from the third floor of the General Hospital, Sector 6, here this evening. The victim has been identified as Joginder Singh. According to the police, the victim, a resident of Sector 20, was taking treatment for asthma for the past three months in the hospital. For the past three days, he was admitted to the hospital. While family members were away to get food for him, Joginder jumped to death. TNS


Central University Status
PU to raise issue with HRD Minister
Chandigarh, September 10
Panjab University (PU) will take up the issue of a Central university status for the varsity with Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, who will be in the city for a retreat on higher education. The meet will be attended by the Vice-Chancellors of 40 Central universities along with the directors of IITs and IIM’s to discuss issues of higher education.

The Central university status for PU has been a long-pending demand of the authorities. A file photo

PU hostel inmates shut canteen
Chandigarh, September 10
High drama was staged at Panjab University today as the inmates of Hostel No. 6 (boys), protested against the contractor for serving them unhygienic food for the last fortnight. The inmates forcefully shut the canteen today afternoon. As many as 570 inmates reside in the boys’ hostel, which is the largest hostel on the campus.

Affiliated schools of PSEB in a dilemma
Mohali, September 10
The fate of thousands of students of nearly 4,700 affliated schools of Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) hangs in the balance as the state education authorities have directed the school managements to furnish the self-declaration letters, explaining their status of fulfilling mandatory terms and conditions under the Right to Education Act.

Newly elected students’ council administered oath
Chandigarh, September 10
The newly elected representatives of the Panjab University Campus Students Council were administered the oath of office at a ceremony held at the physics auditorium on the campus here today.

From schools
Planetarium show
Chandigarh: The Tribune Model School organised a planetarium show in collaboration with the Orange Planetarium, New Delhi. Students of Classes LKG to X enjoyed the show.

Australian varsity delegation visits PU
Chandigarh, September 10
The Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University (ANU), has evinced interest to collaborate with Panjab University (PU). A high-level delegation of ANU led by its Vice-Chancellor and President, Prof Ian Young visited PU today and met PU VC Prof Arun Kumar Grover, Deans and other senior functionaries on the campus. The delegation visited various departments and institutions of PU and evinced interest to collaborate in streams of humanities and sciences. They lauded the Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster initiative. — TNS

PU don invited to UK varsity
The British Association of Biological Anthropology and Bio-archaeology has invited assistant professor, Department of Anthropology, Panjab University, Dr JS Sehrawat to present his paper at its 16th annual conference to be held at Durham University, Durham (UK), from September 12-14.

D-Masters’ club
D-Masters’ club of Dev Samaj College for Women held its inaugural function. Ritika was appointed as the club president, Priyanshi vice-president, Saumya secretary and Simarpreet as the joint secretary. — TNS

Personality development
Chandigarh: The Department of Information Technology, GGDSD College, held a personality development programme on management through self-management. The students of MSc-IT participated in the programme. Prem Ojha, vice-president, Videocon Telecommunications, was chief guest. — TNS

4 mobiles go missing from hostel
Chandigarh, September 10
Four mobile phones were reportedly stolen from Hostel No. 6 in Panjab University today. Rajat Mahajan and his roommates, Ashish, Jayesh and Kuber, had gone to take a bath around 7.40 am. When they returned, they found the phones missing. The police are investigating. — TNS

Dept releases revised schedule
Chandigarh, September 10
The UT Education Department has released the revised schedule for trials to select players for the 60th National School Games 2014-15. The officials said that the selection committee would consider only those players whose names get recommended by the head of the institute. The players have been advised to come in proper kit, carrying personal sports equipment and school ID cards. TNS


Impose fine on litterbugs: HC to UT
Chandigarh, September 10
Treat dustbins as piece of trash and be ready to pay fine. For, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the states of Punjab and Haryana, along with the Union Territory of Chandigarh, to impose appropriate fine on litterbugs. In a judgment having potential of changing the way the streets are littered, the Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Ashutosh Mohunta and Justice Harinder Singh Sidhu asserted: “The writ petition is ordered to be closed with a direction to the

Tata camelot project
UT Admn fails to decide on moving SC under Article 131
Chandigarh, September 10
The top brass of the UT Administration has failed to take a decision on whether the Administration will move the Supreme Court under Article 131 of the Constitution for restraining development in Nayagaon and Kansal.

The Tata Camelot project in Kansal. A file photo

HDFC life insurance told to pay relief
Chandigarh, September 10
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the HDFC Standard Life Insurance to pay Rs 10,000 as compensation to a resident of Sector 67, Mohali, for deficiency in services. Raseel Thakur, moved the forum alleging that he purchased a policy from the opposite party for 10 years, which matured on February 26, 2012.

Bank penalised for deficiency in service
Chandigarh, September 10
The District Consumer Forum has directed ICICI Bank Limited to pay Rs 10,000 as compensation for mental agony caused to a Hisar resident who was asked to pay Rs 40,966.15 outstanding on his credit card. The victim, however, claimed to have never used the card.


All-weather swimming pool at PU
Project awaits completion
Chandigarh, September 10
While the project of constructing an AstroTurf field on the Panjab University (PU) campus is already hanging fire, the project of constructing an all-weather swimming pool is also getting delayed. The project that started in July 2012 was scheduled to get over by May 2014. At present, however, the arena is still under construction, and as per official records, it is expected to get completed by October-November this year.

Construction work under way at the upcoming all-weather swimming pool in Panjab University, Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Top-seeded Rishabh storms into semis
Chandigarh, September 10
CLTA trainees—top-seeded Rishabh Sharda and second-seeded Calvin Golmei—won their respective ties to move into the semifinals of St. Stephen’s School AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament being held at the CLTA, Sector 10.

Rolling Tigers shine at skating meet
Chandigarh, September 10
Rolling Tigers got a clean sweep in the recently held inter-school skating competition at the Sector 10 skating rink. The skaters bagged a total of 59 medals, which included 29 gold, 15 silver and 15 bronze. In all, 21 skaters were selected for the National School Games that will be held in Pune in November 2014. All these skaters have been trained by Chander Singhal at Manav Mangal School and Blue Bird High School in Panchkula.

Shishu Niketan lads win football tie
Chandigarh, September 10
Shishu Niketen School, Sector 22, defeated St Kabir School, Sector 26, 2-1, in an under -17 category tie of the St Xavier’s six-a-side football tournament, which was earlier stopped due to rain. Yash gave Shishu Niketen School a lead by scoring in twelfth minute. Aditya Jinda scored a goal for St Kabir School in the fourteenth minute to level the scores, before Anuj scored a goal to take his team to victory.
Other results: (U-17) Shishu Niketan bt Mount Carmel 3-1; Shishu Niketan-22 bt Shishu Niketan-43 1-0; (U-15) Shishu Niketan-43 bt St Kabir-26 2-0; St. Xavier’s, Mohali, bt Mount Carmel 2-0; St Xavier’s, Mohali, bt Shishu Niketan-43 1-0. TNS

Shishu Niketan School and St Kabir School players take part in a football match in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Athletics championship from today
Chandigarh, September 10
The Chandigarh Athletics Association will be conducting the Chandigarh State Sub-Junior and Junior Athletics Championship on September 11 and 12 at the Sector 7 Athletics Complex. The events will start at 9 am. Only bonafide athletes (residents/employees/students) of Chandigarh can participate. The entries can be submitted with coach SK Joshi till 8 am, tomorrow, at the venue. The meet will be held for both boys and girls under four age categories: under-14, 16,18 and 20. During the meet, the association will be selecting city’s junior team for the North Zone Athletics Championship to be held on in October at Lucknow. TNS

Ludhiana govt college surge ahead in kho-kho
Chandigarh, September 10
On the second day of Panjab University Inter-College Kho-Kho (Women) A-division Championship, Government College for Girls, Ludhiana, emerged the frontrunners, defeating BAM Khalsa College, Garshankar. Dominating right from the beginning, the Ludhiana eves won the encounter by an inning and nine points.
League matches: GGS College for Women, Chandigarh, bt Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, by one turn and seven points; Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepur, bt Government College for Girls, Ludhiana, by one point. TNS

A kho-kho match in progress at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan


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