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Charges, counter-charges mark PU poll eve
41 department representatives elected unopposed; scuffle disrupts discussion
Chandigarh, September 20
Ruthless character assassination and charges of organisational incompetence were levelled by rival parties against each other at the open house for the elections to the Panjab University Campus Students Council, scheduled for tomorrow, here today.
An aerial view from Student Centre
An aerial view from Student Centre of the open house discussion at Panjab University on Thursday. 
— Tribune photo: Pankaj Sharma

Naya Gaon to have NAC
Ratwara Sahib (Kharar), September 20
The Punjab Chief Minister has okayed the formation of the Notified Area Committee for Naya Gaon and its surrounding areas. An indication in this regard was given by the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, at a sangat darshan organised here today.



No directive to help USA: Krishnaswamy
Chandigarh, September 20
The Vice-Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal S. Krishnaswamy, today said the IAF had not received any directive from the Central Government to prepare for rendering any assistance to the US air force for launching attacks at targets in Afghanistan.
The Vice-Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal S. Krishnaswamy (left), and the Director of the CSIO, Dr R.P. Bajpai (right), at CSIO, Sector 30, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
The Vice-Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal S. Krishnaswamy (left), and the Director of the CSIO, Dr R.P. Bajpai (right), at CSIO, Sector 30, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — Tribune photo

Plans to boost tourism in city
Chandigarh, September 20
The UT Administration is all set to the recharge the spirit of City Beautiful. And if its plans on the eve of World Tourism Day are anything to go by, then after sometime from now, Chandigarh will graduate from the current status of a mere transit halt to that of a full-fledged tourist destination.

Do’s, dont’s for guest houses
Chandigarh, September 20
Several restrictions were placed on the functioning of guest houses from residential premises today as the Chandigarh Administration released a long list of do’s and don’ts in an attempt to streamline the use of guest houses in the city.

Conductor helps nab ‘cookie gang’ member
Chandigarh, September 20
The presence of mind of the bus conductor of a Himachal Roadways bus on its way from Delhi to Chandigarh helped the police nab a member of the infamous “cookie gang”.

Sino-Indian cooperation stressed upon
SAS Nagar, September 20
The 53rd Founders Day of the People’s Republic of China was celebrated at Paragon Senior Secondary School, Sector 71, SAS Nagar, here today. Organised by the India China Friendship Association, the day, which falls on October 1, was celebrated today.



Proposed stir may hit water, power supply
Chandigarh, September 20
Residents of Chandigarh may be in for hard days in view a threat by the Federation of UT Employees and Workers controlling water and power supply. CTU operations in the UT may also be hit following strike threat by employees.

Sewage plant to be shifted from Mohali
Chandigarh, September 20
Residents of SAS Nagar will now be able to breath much more easily as a sewage treatment plant located in Industrial Area, Phase IX, to treat sewage emanating from Chandigarh, is to be shifted out.

CBI’s check continues
Chandigarh, September 20
The surprise check by the Central Bureau of Investigation at the Super Bazaar in Government Medical College and Hospital continued for the second day today. According to CBI sources, the inventory of stock available in the Super Bazaar of the Sector 32 hospital was being made till the evening.

Nostradamus books selling like hot cakes
Nostradamus books selling like hot cakes
Chandigarh, September 20
“In the year of the new century and nine months, from the sky will come a great King of Terror. The sky will burn at fortyfive degrees, fire approaches the new city”. The text corresponds roughly to a verse in Nostradamus’ “Century (Section) six, quatrain 97”. As the ‘forecast’ of Michel De Nostredame, better known as Nostradamus, a famous 16th century French seer, comes true, ‘The Prophecies of Nostradamus’, ‘Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies’, ‘Predictions for a New Millennium’ etc are selling like hot cakes in Chandigarh.

Over one lakh saplings planted
Chandigarh, September 20
The ‘‘Greening Chandigarh Action Plan’’ for the current year concluded at Leisure Valley today with the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), planting a ‘‘ triveni’’ comprising three saplings of peepal, neem and barh.

General secretary of party quits
Chandigarh, September 20
The general secretary of the Lok Jan Shakti Party, Mr Kanwar Pal Gehlot, today quit the party along with his supporters. In a written statement, Mr Gehlot said he had decided to revive the Chandigarh Democratic Front. 

Scooterist killed in road mishap
Chandigarh, September 20
An unknown scooterist was killed in an accident with a truck near the ITI crossing today. According to information available, the victim’s scooter (CH-01Y-4929) was hit by a truck ( HR- 37B- 8818). 



Accused in contract killing case nabbed
Chandigarh, September 20.
Balwant Rai, alias Chumma, one of the main accused in the contract killing case in Chandigarh was arrested by the Mumbai police on Tuesday morning. According to senior police officers here, Balwant was arrested when he was trying to slip away to Dubai with his wife and children.

Sec 35 robbery case: 1 held
Chandigarh, September 20
The Sector 36 police today arrested Babbar, one of the accused in the Sector 35 robbery case. 

2 arrested for carrying arms
Chandigarh, September 20
Two youths were arrested by the local police here tonight while carrying a double-barrel gun and a revolver. 

Briefcase stolen from bus stop
Chandigarh, September 20
Three cases of theft have been reported from different parts of the city during the past 24 hours. A briefcase containing Rs 4,500 cash, a camera, wrist watch, some personal documents and clothes was stolen from Mr Yogesh Sharma near the Housing Board light point bus stop last evening.


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Uneasy calm, subdued campaign
Chandigarh, September 20
Call it the lull before the storm. An uneasy calm prevailed in most of the city colleges on the eve of student bodies’ elections here today. While party supporters led a subdued campaign in the almost empty hostels today, most of the day scholars left early with no classes being held.

Governor visits night school
Chandigarh, September 20
Students of a night school in Bapu Dham, Sector 26, here, were dressed in new clothes today to welcome the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R Jacob (retd).

‘10 lakh students contribute to NSS’
Panchkula, September 20
Nearly 10 lakh students of 3000 Haryana schools are making regular contributions to the National Small Saving Scheme to achieve a target of Rs 1,222 crore this year. This was said here yesterday by the Zonal Director, Haryana, Mr Hemraj Kapur, at a state-level function held at Senior Girls Secondary School, Sector 15, here today.

‘Hindi Pakhwara’ at Sector 47 KV
Chandigarh, September 20
“Rajbhasha Pakhwara” was organised at Kendriya Vidyalaya in Sector 47 to highlight the importance of Hindi in the day-to-day functioning. Various programmes and competitions were held. 

Seminar on Indo-Japan ties
Chandigarh, September 20
Recent developments , especially in the area of Information Technology in India, have put the country on the diplomatic agenda of Japan.


Costs imposed for bid to mislead court
Chandigarh, September 20
Imposing costs of Rs 10,000 on a Sirsa district resident for “trying to mislead the court”, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that “any party seeking discretionary relief from any court must make a candid disclosure of all the facts”.

  • Plea against suspension admitted

  • Civic body poll stayed

  • DPI summoned

  • Directive to DGP on traffic lights

  • Order to Dy AG on cops’ prosecution

Courts to have fire extinguisher
Chandigarh, September 20
The installation of a yard hydrant system has been started in the District Courts and will be completed within two months to ensure the safety of hundreds of daily visitors.

Notice of motion to Administration
Chandigarh, September 20
Taking up a public interest litigation seeking the extension of lal dora of 22 villages in Chandigarh, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to the Chandigarh Administration and other respondents for November 6.



Artistic coat to biological mysteries

Chandigarh, September 20
What happens when Science meets Art ? The result is a photo- series of biological jargons like blood cells , monocytes, liver and kidney cells of human body in bright colours which is indeed a visual treat even to a layman.

When science meets art

When science meets art: A young visitor admires the exhibits at an exhibition of photographs at Alliance Francaise, Sector 36 in Chandigarh on Thursday.

Money showered on qawwals
Chandigarh, September 20
The urge to pursue a life with verve in preference to the one guided by religio-social symbols marked the qawwalis of Iqbal Rehmat’s group here this evening. The eight-member Iqbal Rehmat group from Malerkotla kept the audience spellbound at the Food, Crafts and Cultural Mela, organised by the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation.



Seminar to take up nutritional concerns
Chandigarh, September 20
The reed-thin models on TV and in print media may have inspired many young girls to maintain their figures. But then they have made some others diet so feverishly that they have ended up in the grasp of a fatal nutrition based psychological disorder, “Anorexia Nervosa”.

3-day seminar on cancer surgery
Chandigarh, September 20
A three-day national conference and an international seminar on cancer surgery will open at Panchkula tomorrow. The conference, to be inaugurated by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Om Prakash Chautala, will be attended by about 400 delegates from the country and other nations, an official statement said here today.

Workshop on genetics ends
Chandigarh, September 20
A three-day Indo-German workshop on “ Genetic Basis of Host Pathogen Interactions” concluded today at the PGI.



Harleen, Samridhi in semis
Chandigarh, September 20
The second day of the 13th Chandigarh State Badminton Championship being played here at the Sector 42 indoor badminton hall, saw Samridhi Mahajan of Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, making her way into the last four of the girls under-16 section of the meet. She outplayed Neha Sethi in three games. 


Polybag ban only on paper
Chandigarh, September 20
Five days after the Chandigarh Administration imposed a ban on the use of recycled polythene and plastic bags with less than 20 micron thickness for carrying and storing foodstuff, the ban seems to be on paper only if their widespread use is any indication.

Shot in arm for Market Committee chief
Chandigarh, September 20
The chairman of the local Market Committee, Mr Kesar Singh, today got a shot in the arm when the Chandigarh Administration reportedly assured a delegation of the local unit of the SAD that the lone vote of the Administration nominee director would not be used to carry a no-confidence motion against the chairman.

Notification of MC wards issued
Panchkula, September 20
The notification of wards of the Municipal Council was issued by the Commissioner, Urban Development, Mr Manik Sonawane, here today. Objections on the delimitation of wards have been invited by the Urban Development Department, the last date being October 15.

10 kiosks removed
Chandigarh, September 20
The MC Enforcement Wing today removed as many as 10 unauthorised “khokhas” of meat-sellers in and around Mani Majra. While eight of these were removed from near the light point of the Housing Board Chowk, two others were removed from Subhash Nagar in Mani Majra.Top

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