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HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014

Chandigarh

NDA to usher in prosperity in Punjab: Chandumajra

Shiromani Akali Dal- BJP alliance candidate from Anandpur Sahib Prem Singh Chandumajra on Monday assured people that with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coming to power at the Centre, injustice and discrimination done to Punjab would end and the state would enter a new era of all-round development.

Promises unfulfilled; Kurali shopkeepers to boycott polls

Market in Kurali is stinking with unfulfilled promises of politicians. Since past three years, sewerage lines dug open, prompting the shopkeepers to give poll boycott call. “We will not even allow a politician to enter the market,”they said.

‘Abduction’ of SAS Nagar woman: police to summon Lucknow priest

In the month-old kidnapping case of a 26-year-old woman reported in Phase 1 here, now the police have decided to summon the priest who had solemnised the marriage of the couple in Lucknow.

Murder case: Panchkula police fail to prove charges

The police have again come under attack over its sloppy crime investigations. Acquitting the three men accused in a murder case, a local court pointed out inconsistencies in the timeline of events and questioned how the forensic team could arrive at the scene of the crime hours before the matter was even reported to the police.

Modi rally: MC officer failed to deposit money for LED use

Officer on special duty with the municipal corporation AK Dadwal allegedly did not reflect the money received (around 70,000) for allowing the BJP to install four LEDs during party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s ‘Bharat Vijay Rally’ held on March 29 at the Exhibition Ground, Sector 34 in the civic body’ accounts.

Waiting period for new RCs extends to 30 days

Due to the unavailability of smart cards at the Registering and Licencing Authority (RLA), applicants are being given the date of delivery of RCs and DLs at 30-40 days from the week being given earlier.

PU asks UT admn to increase height of south campus boundary wall

With Panjab University struggling to ensure security at its south campus, the varsity has written to Union Territory (UT) administration to raise the height of wall between Bhaskar colony and the campus.

Top education post was without sanction, days ago

The city was functioning without any official post of Director Public Instructions (School education) till few days ago. This was even as it was widely believed that the individual holding this post was the most powerful policy bureaucrat guiding the destinies of thousands of school children in the city.

UT Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’s governing council lies defunct

Ten years after it was set up to keep tabs on the use of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) funds in the union territory, the Chandigarh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) Mission Society’s governing council has virtually become defunct. Headed by the UT administrator, the society was formed in 2003 under the Society Registration Act.

Architecture college intake under cloud

Admissions at the Chandigarh College of Architecture have come under a cloud following a directive by the regulator, the Council of Architecture (COA), to the college not to intake any students for 2014-15 session. The college admits 40 students a year.

Forum raps bank on fraud withdrawals

The district consumer disputes redressal forum, Chandigarh, has come to the aid of an SAS Nagar resident who had lost her money deposited in the State Bank of Patiala’s (SBoP) account to alleged fraudulent withdrawals. The forum penalised the bank for deficient services for failing to take timely action on the complaint.

Love at first sight, not

The social stratification of our society is a complicated enough ladder to climb or descend, as husband and wife Prem and Sween Saini discovered when they decided to tie the knot. The lovebirds met in Khalsa College, Ludhiana, they recall: “I used to visit college frequently, as all his colleagues were my friends and I used to be an integral part of every get-together,” smiles Sween.

In tune with fusion

Riding high on the glory of the rich Patiala ghrana, the famous Pakistani boy band, Ragaboyz, has cultivated the rare genre of ‘Sufi Rock Classical’ — a blend of Hindustani classical, devotional and Western hard rock metal music genres. The three brothers — Wali Hamid Ali, Nayab Ali and Inam Ali Khan.

Lost 16 polls, 73-yr-old cobbler in the fray once again

He may have lost 16 elections, but it has not deterred 73-year-old cobbler Om Prakash Jhakku from trying his luck once again from the Hoshiarpur seat of Punjab.

I’m your sister, would not leave Anandpur Sahib now: Soni

An astute politician, she plays her dice well. Congress veteran Ambika Soni, 71, contesting from Anandpur Sahib, insists on underlining that she is a Hoshiarpuria-Punjabi. “Main Punjab di dhee haan, ’ te tuhadi vaddi bhen. (I am daughter of Punjab and your elder sister),” she says at her rallies, seeking to address the ‘outsider’ tag at every stop as we follow her during campaigning on Sunday.
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