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City to have 3 new sewage plants
Chandigarh, June 20
The city will have three new sewage treatment plants in addition to the existing one. All new plants will be spread across various locations in the city to cut cost of building underground concrete networks carrying sewage. Treated water will be released down natural seasonal rivulets.

Physically challenged want change in recruitment policy
Chandigarh, June 20
The physically challenged residents of Chandigarh are at a disadvantage as far as recruitment in government jobs is concerned.

Movie bugs exposed to germs
Chandigarh, June 20
The cine-goers in the city have been exposed to health risk for years as the authorities supposed to be monitoring sanitary conditions in picture halls are not being asked to issue no objection certificates at the time of annual renewal of licences of the halls.



PWD contractors damage BSNL cables
Chandigarh, June 20
Thousands of phones in Chandigarh and Mohali were out of order today due to permanent damage caused to underground cables on the Mohali-Kharar and the Sohana-Chuni roads by PWD contractors, entrusted with the work of widening the roads.

Bylaws force house owners, architects to ‘lie’ officially
Chandigarh, June 20
The declaration required as per the new building bylaws ‘’wants the house owner and the architect to lie officially in writing.’’ This was concluded here today at a meeting of the Practising Architects Association.

Because police lost time...
...Chawla’s family lost him
Chandigarh, June 20
The report of the postmortem examination conducted on the body of the murdered trader Ramesh Chawla has exposed police inaction for at least six hours on June 16, the day Chawla was kidnapped and killed.


Panchayats to get more powers
Chandigarh, June 20
The Panchayat Samiti and elected rural bodies will get more powers as the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has agreed to give powers to all 17 panchayats falling under the Union Territory.
Local Member of Parliament Pawan Bansal and chairman of the local Panchayat Samiti, Mr Bhupinder Singh Badheri, at a meeting of Sarpanches, Panches, Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad members in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Local Member of Parliament Pawan Bansal and chairman of the local Panchayat Samiti, Mr Bhupinder Singh Badheri, at a meeting of Sarpanches, Panches, Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad members

Kargil martyrs remembered
Panchkula, June 20
It was an emotional moment today for the 50-odd people, who had gathered here to remember the martyrs of Kargil operations.

Superintendent of Police Charu Bali with family members of Kargil martyrs, on the occasion of Kargil Divas at the Day Care Centre, Sector 15, Panchkula, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Superintendent of Police Charu Bali with family members of Kargil martyrs, on the occasion of Kargil Divas at the Day Care Centre

Employees burn Budget copies
Chandigarh, June 20
Hundreds of government employees working in the Punjab government departments, boards and corporations burnt the copies of the Budget presented in the state Assembly here today. The employees of the PRTC organised traffic jam for more than two hours and a gate rally at the corporation’s office.

Government employees burn a copy of the Punjab Budget
Government employees burn a copy of the Punjab Budget in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
‘Need to downsize armed forces’
Chandigarh, June 20
Vice-Admiral P. J. Jacob (retd), former Vice-Chief of the Naval Staff, today called for downsizing of the Indian Armed forces in view of the fact that India was now a nuclear power.

Cop accused of threatening Col
Chandigarh, June 20
A retired Army officer has accused a Sub Inspector of the Punjab police and his tenant of intimidating him. The policeman owns a flat in Modern Housing Complex, above the flat of the Army officer.

Install burglar alarms: DSP
Kharar, June 20
Mr Rupinder Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kharar, has urged all persons living in colonies outside the old town to install burglar alarms and to be more vigilant than ever at night.


Postman’s cycle, letters stolen
Chandigarh, June 20
In the past 24 hours, the police has received five complaints of theft including that of a postman’s cycle along with letters here. Mr Zail Singh, a postman at General Post Office, Sector 17, reported that his cycle along with the post bag containing 56 packets of post and 18 registered letters were stolen from near the GPO parking lot last afternoon.

  • Held for assault

  • Pirated CDs seized

  • Rape alleged

  • Burglary


Power failure hits business


Coveted chairs in PU remain unoccupied
Chandigarh, June 20
Coveted chairs meant for further academic excellence and debate-culture in key areas identified by Panjab University lie vacant more than a year after their creation due to the non-availability of suitable “guiding lights” in the areas concerned.

PU student leaders remanded
Chandigarh, June 20
Three student leaders of Panjab University, Santokhwinder Singh Nabha, former president of the Panjab University Campus Students Council, Malwinder Kang, president of the Panjab University Students Union, and Harveer Singh, who were arrested by the UT police in connection with the attempt to murder case registered against them, were remanded in judicial custody today by a local court. The three were arrested by the UT police on Tuesday from Sarojini Hall.


Sekhon’s appointment stayed till July 12
Chandigarh, June 20
In just over two months after Justice J.S. Sekhon was appointed Chief Commissioner for Gurdwara Elections, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the operation of a notification issued in this regard.

  • Vigilance officials’ explanation sought
  • Notice in ex-Judge case
  • Langah denied bail

Kandola to replace Bharti as SDM
Chandigarh, June 20
The Sub Divisional Magistrate (South), Mr Gyanesh Bharti, following his transfer, will be replaced by Mr H.S. Kandola. An order to this effect was issued today by the Chandigarh Administration. Mr Bharti, a UT-cadre IAS officer of the 1998 batch, has been shifted to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.


Africo-Latin tunes captivate visitors at Sukhna
Chandigarh, June 20
It sounded like the music was composed of feeling, finesse, and fear. As Mansour and Montrichard, French partners in rhyme, got together on the makeshift stage at the Sukhna Lake to lend meaning to the Music Day celebrations this evening, the notes kept getting higher enrapturing the visitors with their intensity.
French group GMT performs at the Sukhna Lake
French group GMT performs at the Sukhna Lake to celebrate Music Day organised by Alliance Francaise in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Photo Pankaj Sharma

Masala movie with a difference
he success of Vikram Bhatt’s ‘‘Raaz’’ has spawned a new genre of experimental cinema and it would be a testing time for Vikram Bhatt again with his new Rs 16 crore movie “Awara Paagal Deewana” which is slated for release today at Neelam in Chandigarh, Bassi in SAS Nagar and KC in Panchkula.


Poison vessels? Unlikely, say docs
Chandigarh, June 20
Experiments conducted four decades ago suggested aluminium to be a potent neurotoxin and the use of aluminium utensils in cooking to be harmful to the human body, but doctors here say that these findings may just be baseless.

  • Checklist

DAVCC-8, HPCA move ahead
Chandigarh, June 20
DAV Coaching Centre and Himachal Juniors Cricket Academy XI won the matches against Mohali Cricket Association XI and Sports Promoters Club by eight wickets and five wickets, respectively, in the All-India under-17 Cricket Tournament played here at two different venues — DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, and Sector 16 Cricket Stadium.

  • Cricket meet


SI suspended
Chandigarh, June 20
Sukhdeep Singh, a Sub Inspector with the Chandigarh police and presently posted at the Sector 36 police station, has been suspended following an inquiry into an old complaint against him.


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