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27-yr-old woman shot dead
Chandigarh, October 17
A 27-year-old woman was shot dead at flat number 720 in the Punjab and Sind Bank Officers House Building Co-operative Society in Sector 49 last night. The deceased, Puneet Sandhu, who hailed from Patiala, had rented the flat in the society. She was shot in the head, right cheek and the left shoulder.
The victim’s mother and sister mourn her death outside the mortuary at the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan


Setting up of Second grain market in Sector 39
HC pulls up UT for making mockery of court proceedings
Chandigarh, October 17
In a major embarrassment for the powers that be in Chandigarh, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has in no uncertain terms declared that officers of UT Administration, the Municipal Corporation and the Market Committee are making a mockery of the court proceedings on setting up a second grain, fruit and vegetable market in Sector 39 (West).

General category fee at Mohali golf range
Members to pay through the nose
Mohali, October 17
Eyebrows are being raised over the exorbitant fee structure fixed for the general category members at the upcoming Mohali Golf Range, which is five times higher than the service-member category meant for the Punjab Government Class I officers.

The Mohali Golf Range.
The Mohali Golf Range. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

CHB to rent out vacant unallotted commercial properties
Chandigarh, October 17
The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has decided not to auction but rent out the vacant commercial properties lying unallotted for years together. Some of these were constructed in the late 1970s and in the 1980s. The others were constructed in the 90s.The board has not been able to dispose of the property, worth crores, as the property is auctioned on a leasehold basis and service tax is also being charged from this year as per directions of the Central Excise and Taxation Department.

Investors in city panic as SEBI bans DLF for 3 yrs
Chandigarh, October 17
After the stock market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) barred DLF India from accessing or dealing in stock markets for three years, there was panic among investors in the city.


Ambala-Chandigarh Highway
GMADA fails to get its act together
Zirakpur, October 17
While commuters continue to brave traffic jams on the Ambala-Chandigarh Highway, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is hardly bothered to connect the Zirakpur ring road with the main roads to ease the road users.

Gujjars with their herd of cattle on the newly constructed ring road in Zirakpur. Tribune Photo: Rubal

molestation case
Accused IGP gets VIP treatment
Mohali, October 17
Punjab Police suspended Inspector General Gautam Cheema, an accused in a molestation case and kidnapping of a proclaimed offender, today joined police investigations in style.

Accused Punjab IGP Gautam Cheema arrives at the Phase I police station in Mohali on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

old-age home
Rly housing society offers land
Chandigarh, October 17
Keeping in view the increasing demand of old-age homes in the city, the Chandigarh Railway Employees Co-operative House Building Society Good Will Enclave has come forward and proposed that vacant land near there society be utilised for the construction of an old-age home.

9,000 BSNL phones lose ring
Mohali , October 17
Landline phones of the BSNL in the District Administrative Complex and other areas went dead after thieves struck in a big way decamping with cables from near Madanpur Chowk here last night. Nearly 9,000 phones in Phases I, II, IIIA and VI became non-functional due to the theft. A complaint has been made to the police by the BSNL authorities in this regard.

CII fair gets off to a colourful start
Chandigarh, October 17
The 19th CII Chandigarh Fair, being organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), kicked off to a colourful start at Parade Ground in Sector 17, here, today. Inaugurated by Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor, Haryana, and supported by Tata Motors and NABARD as the event co-sponsors; Religare Health Insurance, BSNL and DHFL as the principal sponsors; Gionee smartphone as the associate sponsors, Burj One as the associate co-sponsor and National Small Industries Corporation, the four-day fair attracted huge crowds on the first day itself.

Tense moments
: Policemen try to intervene as fifth-year student of the UILS Karamveer is allegedly beaten up by HSA workers. The student had entered the department despite being asked not to do so by the workers who were protesting against the failure of the authorities to fulfil their demands at Panjab University on Friday. Later, two party workers were arrested. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

585 constables inducted into ITBP
Chandigarh, October 17
As many as 585 recruits were inducted as constables into the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on completion of their basic training at the Additional Training Center at Ramgarh near here today.

I-T Inspection
Mobile phone dealer evades Rs 12 lakh tax
Chandigarh, October 17
Tighten noose around tax evaders, a team of UT Excise and Taxation Department conducted a surprise inspection at a Sector 22-B based premises of a mobile phone dealer- M/s Chawla Brothers- and found the owner evading tax worth Rs 12 lakh, here today.

Sanitary inspector suspended
Chandigarh: A day after high drama was witnessed at an outlet of Pizza Hut in Sector 15, Chandigarh, when a sanitary inspector raided the outlet posing as a food safety inspector, the UT Administration on Friday suspended the official, Pradeep Hooda. On Thursday, the UT Food Safety Cell received a phone call from the manager of the outlet complaining misbehaviour by the sanitary officer and within a few minutes a team of inspectors and designated officers reached the spot. — TNS

Car catches fire
Chandigarh: A motorist had a narrow escape when a Tata Indigo car he was driving caught fire near Jat Bhawan in Sector 27 today. The car that was driven by Sukhpal Singh suddenly caught fire. The driver managed to escape unhurt. — TNS


From schools
Scrabble competition
An inter-school scrabble competition was organised at Stepping Stones Senior Secondary School, Sector 37-D, Chandigarh. The competition was inaugurated by RJ Khanderao, Regional Officer, CBSE, Panchkula. As many as 22 schools from the tricity took part in the competition.

Strengthening of psychological skills enhances shooters’ performance: Study
Chandigarh, October 17
A study conducted by researchers at DAV College, Sector 10, here, has found that strengthening the psychological skills in shooters can do wonders in improving their performance.

Budding shooters of the region appear for a psychological test at DAV College in Chandigarh. A Tribune Photograph

‘Udaan’ for girl students
Chandigarh, October 17
In order to bridge the gap between school education and engineering entrance for girl students, the CBSE has launched a project, "Udaan", to provide free online resources to girl students of Classes XI and XII for preparation of admission tests for premier engineering colleges in the country.

Talent research pool needed in country, say experts
Chandigarh, October 17
A talent research pool should be built for researchers in the country and more students should be attracted for innovate research while synergising with social sciences leading to the betterment of society. These were the recommendations that experts made on the concluding day of the national discussion meet for coming out with a work plan on research and innovation at Panjab University.

200 saplings planted
Chandigarh, October 17
Desh Bhagat University Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Faculty of Engineering and Technology in Collaboration with the Forest Department Punjab observed Tree Plantation Day. Students and faculty members of the Agriculture Department and the Engineering Department took part in the event.

Zonal youth fest begins
Chandigarh, October 17
Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival - 2014 (Chandigarh Zone A) began today at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26. It was inaugurated by Lt Gen TS Gill (retd), chairman, Punjab Public Service Commission, who was the chief guest on the occasion.

Stay away from drugs, youths told
Mohali, October 17
Youngsters should keep themselves away from drug menace and fight against social evils so that a healthy society can be created. This was stated by Director-General, Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT), and Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department, Punjab, Raminder Singh, at an awareness programme on “Youth, Drugs, AIDS and Female Foeticide”. The programme was organised by the NIIFT here in association with Dr Gurmel Singh Chahal. A film, “Dheeyan,” produced and directed by Chahal, was also shown to students. A musical awareness programme highlighting various maladies affecting the development and health of people in Punjab was also presented. — OC

Students hold cleanliness drive
Mohali, October 17
Students of Gian Jyoti Global School held an awareness march and cleanliness drive here today under the Swachh Bharat campaign. The march was flagged off by Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu. The students also cleaned the school premises. — OC


Deficiency in service
Thomas Cook to pay Rs 1 lakh to complainant
Chandigarh, October 17
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed a prominent tour operator to pay Rs 1 lakh compensation for deficiency in service as he caused anguish, panic and distress to the complainants on a tour to Europe.

Attempt to murder: Man gets five years in jail
Chandigarh, October 17
The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge KK Kareer today sentenced a 34-year-old property dealer to five-year imprisonment in an attempt-to-murder case in which a father -daughter duo was brutally attacked.


Missing former Congress leader’s mother arrested
Panchkula, October 17
In yet another trouble for missing former Congress leader Vibhore Batra who has been giving sleepless nights to bureaucrats and high profile persons in Punjab and Haryana, the Punjab The police today arrested his 60-year-old mother, Arun Batra.

Man in SUV tries to run over cops
Mohali, October 17
At least two policemen sustained injuries when an unidentified person, said to be a drug addict, in a SUV tried to run over the former on being checked by the officials last night at Sector 68, here. The accused has been booked under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of his duty), 353 (assault to deter public servant from his duty) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the IPC at the Phase VIII Police Station.

Boy goes missing from Snehalaya
Chandigarh, October 17
The Chandigarh Police have registered a case of kidnapping at Sector 39 police station after they received a complaint that a 12-year-old boy had gone missing from Snehalaya, a home for the destitute and abandoned children at Maloya, in Sector 39.The police said an investigation has been initiated. Earlier this month, two girl inmates had fled from Snehalaya after scaling the boundary walls.

3 booked for minor’s gangrape
Mohali, October 17
Three youths have been booked for gangraping a minor girl belonging to a migrant family at a farmhouse in Jhampur village here today. The accused have been identified as Gurinder Singh, alias Genda, Rabbu and Gurinder, all residents of the village. In her complaint to the police, the 17-year-old victim, whose father is the caretaker of the farmhouse, alleged that she was alone at her residence in the farmhouse when the accused came there in an inebriated condition. “Finding her alone, the youths gangraped her and fled from the spot,” said the police. A case has been registered against the three youths at the Balongi police station. The accused are on the run. — TNS

2 girls injured as truck hits scooter
Chandigarh, October 17
Two girls were seriously injured after the scooter they were riding on was hit by a recklessly driven truck from the rear and dragged up to 20 meter at the Airport light point, this evening. The police said the girls were going towards Zirakpur when the truck hit the scooter from behind. The injured were rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.The truck was driven by Raj Kumar. The police has started the investigations. TNS

The accused driver with a police official at the Airport light point in Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan


The Tribune Cup national ranking tennis tournament
Mohit Mayur, Rashmi win titles
Chandigarh, October 17
In a closely contested final, top seed qualifier Mohit Mayur routed his opponent Hadin Bawa to bag the men’s singles title of The Tribune Cup National Ranking Rs 2 lakh Men’s & Women’s Tennis Tournament at the CLTA in Sector 10 here today. The men’s final lasted over two hours and 30 minutes. Both the players exhibited some high class tennis.

The winners of the women’s and men’s titles, Rashmi and Mohit Mayur, with Justice SS Sodhi (retd), a former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court and president of 
The Tribune Trust, at the CLTA courts in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Tennis tourney: Rishabh, Calvin win doubles event
Chandigarh, October 17
Second seed Rishabh Sharda and Calvin Golmei of the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) won the Fenesta Nationals doubles title by upsetting the top seed pair Kabir Manrai and Himanshu Mor. Rishabh and Calvin won the first set 6-3 and were leading the second set by 5-2 when the top seed pair bounced back to win the next five games and the set. In the decider set, which reached tie break, Rishabh and Calvin played some quality tennis to upset the opponents and win the match and the title. The final score was 6-3, 5-7, 10-7. Meanwhile, ninth seed Digvijay Pratap Singh of the CHART upset sixth seed Saurav Kalkal while conceding only one game. He will be playing against top seed Sidhant Bantia in the final of the U-14 category at Delhi. — TNS


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