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CRPF cop goes missing in Sukhna
Ravi AnkitChandigarh, September 17
An ace kayak, Ravi Ankit, of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) went missing under mysterious circumstances while practising in the muddy waters of the Sukhna Lake here early this morning.
Divers of the Nahan-based First Para Commandos dive in the Sukhna Lake Divers of the Nahan-based First Para Commandos dive in the Sukhna Lake (near the regulator end) to search for19-year-old constable of the CRPF, Ravi Ankit, who is suspected to have drowned there. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan 

PU urges ministry to review decision
Abolition of vacant posts
Chandigarh, September 17
Panjab University has urged the Ministry of Human Resource Development to review its decision regarding abolition of all vacant posts in the non-teaching wing of the university administration.


Cheat’s name figures in FBI records
Chandigarh, September 17
The Chandigarh Police has stumbled upon startling information about a 42-year-old notorious cheat, Gurdip Singh, arrested by the Operation Cell on Sunday night. The name of the ace cheat finds mention in the records of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), premier investigating agency of USA.

History created at Chhat Bir
First jumbo calf born in captivity
Chandigarh, September 17
It was 1.50 a.m. on September 17. Clocks all over the country must have ticked twice for that particular second. Yes, history was being created in the elephant enclosure of Chhat Bir Zoo. 

Hema, the female elephant, fondles her calf, born for the first time in captivity at Chhat Bir Zoo on Tuesday morning. — Tribune photo Karam Singh
Hema, the female elephant, fondles her calf, born for the first time in captivity at Chhat Bir Zoo

MC panel’s no to sanitation cess
Chandigarh, September 17
The Sanitation Committee of the Municipal Corporation today rejected an official proposal of levying a cess for the cleaning of the city and collecting garbage house to house for a department which has a net deficit of Rs 2.39 crore.

Education Dept goes ‘primitive’ to ascertain age
Panchkula, September 17
The Secondary Education Department has come under cloud for allegedly “using the most primitive parameters” for assessing the age of aspiring sportspersons from different schools in the state.

Banda Singh Bahadur function
Chandigarh, September 17
Hundreds of delegates from all over Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh are expected to participate in a function to be held at Amritsar on October 16 to mark the birth anniversary of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.

Delhi police attaches Sharma’s properties
Chandigarh, September 17
A team of the Delhi police today met the District Magistrate-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, for executing suspended IG Ravi Kant Sharma’s property in the district.


Shop auction: FCC asks NRI to bid again
Chandigarh, September 17
The Finance and Contract Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh yesterday asked an NRI, Mr Mangat Verma, who claimed to have made an offer of Rs 1.85 crore for a shop in Sector 9-D to appear tomorrow again to make his offer before the committee.

Potholes dot Ghaggar bridge
Panchkula, September 17
It’s a classic case of administrative apathy. The bridge over the Ghaggar on the busy Panchkula-Naraingarh highway is crying for care but the building and roads wing of the Haryana Public Works Department (HPWD) has turned a deaf ear to the pleas of people in this regard.
Deep potholes on the Ghaggar bridge on the Panchkula-Naraingarh road show apathy on part of the Haryana Public Works Department. — A Tribune photograph
Deep potholes on the Ghaggar bridge on the Panchkula-Naraingarh road

Chandigarh’s Shimla connections
T the time of Partition, the Punjab government shifted its capital on a temporary basis to Shimla. It shifted its secretariat to the Ellerslie building, which previously used to be the summer camp office of the joint Punjab government.

Sector 16 ground going the slum way
Chandigarh, September 17
It doesn’t look like a slum, at least till now, but residents fear that the open ground next to the Sector 16 Arya Samaj temple may soon turn into one if the authorities do not take urgent action in this regard.

Man with amazing memory bank
Chandigarh, September 17
He can memorise an 80-digit number in the reverse order even before you can bat your eyelid. He is Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury, the strongest memory man of India who has made to the Limca Book of Records for four times.

Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury, founder director of Dynamic Memory, delivers a lecture at Saint Soldier International Public School, Sector 28, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury, founder director of Dynamic Memory, delivers a lecture at Saint Soldier Interntional Public Schoo

Commonwealth computer van to visit villages
Chandigarh, September 17
The Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), launched the Commonwealth Youth Programme mobile computer van for bringing knowledge of IT to the disadvantaged youth in the rural areas and slums, here today.

Tipsy peon takes seniors to task
Panchkula, September 17
Angry over the alleged callous attitude of his seniors, a drunk peon in the office of District Excise and Taxation Commissioner created ruckus on the top floor of Mini Secretariat today.

Amendments ‘not in litigants’ favour’
Chandigarh, September 17
The All-India Lawyers Union Chandigarh Unit today organised a seminar to discuss the practical implications of the amendments in the Civil Procedure Code and the Legal Service Authorities Act here today.

Save city’s beautiful face
rench architect Le Corbusier had planned Chandigarh to be one of the best cities not only in India but to compete well with the best-planned cities worldwide. As per his concept, Chandigarh was supposed to be neat, clean and environmentally safe for its residents. He christened it as City Beautiful.
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Poppy husk seized at sales tax barrier
Chandigarh, September 17
Poppy husk worth Rs 15 lakh was seized at Shambu sales tax import barrier yesterday from a truck carrying bags of “gur’’. According to sources the goods were in the name of a UP firm located in Shamli. There were 76 bags of ‘’gur’’ in the truck. When the Excise and Taxation Officer, Mr Naresh Dubey, sought to check the documents, the same showed 156 bags of ‘’gur’’.


Bank introduces Buyeasy scheme
Chandigarh, September 17
The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) today introduced Buyeasy, a scheme to buy high-value items on the HSBC credit card through equated monthly intalments ( EMIs) at any of the over 200 participating Buyeasy merchant establishments across India.

Challenges before industry discussed
Chandigarh, September 17
With the opening up of the global market, the labour force in the country will have to join hands with managements in ensuring a very high standards of productivity to help India compete in the global market.


Stop but don’t stare...
Dense brown clouds' translucent wall momentarily blinds the on-lookers as the radial tyres, rolling wildly against the metaled road, come to a screeching halt. As the dust settles down, two reed-thin damsels in midriff revealing tank tops over hip-huggers switch off the stereo and slam shut the front doors after stepping out of the jaunty jalopy. Waving enthusiastically, they join in their pals sitting on cheerful plastic chairs. Yes, CITCO's kiosk — Stop `n' Stare — bang opposite the Government Arts College in Sector 10 is the latest scream among city's teenyboppers.
Youth flock to an eating joint for a quick bite in the city. — Photos Pankaj Sharma
Youth flock to an eating joint for a quick bite in the city

Stars on her finger tips
She reaches for the stars twinkling in a phial and drops them in her handbag. At home, she glides them on her freshly-filed nails before admiring them with appreciating eyes. With glitters on, the pretty young damsel is all set for the geri. In years that are past, Glitters — nail enamel studded with sparkling stars — were for once-in-the-blue-moon evening bash, strictly. For casual coating, it was dark purple, sometimes silvery lilac. Not today. Twinklers beam under the synthetic day-light as the young executive in a private bank furiously hits the dingy keys one after the other with efficient fingers while glowering at the colour monitor. In colleges too, they are not alien. The shining nail polish dazzles the on-lookers as the peroxide blonde in sleeve-less top over cool capris trots down the campus corridors clutching voluminous "History of English Literature" in her fair, translucent, hands.

Baby workout
e happy to look gorgeous — that's Anmol Gill's mantra for `k-ool' looks. Sulking throughout the day, pulling tresses in distress, biting nails in anxiety is not going to help, she chirps. "If you wanna look good, master the art of relaxing," Anmol claims.



Man sentenced  to 3-yr RI
Chandigarh, September 17
A local court today sentenced Amarjit Singh to three years rigorous imprisonment under the NDPS Act. The accused was convicted and fined Rs 20,000 by the UT Additional and Sessions Judge, Mr Balbir Singh. As per the prosecution, the UT police had recovered 16 kg poppy husk from his possession.

Beant Singh case: accused identified
Chandigarh, September 17
A witness in the Beant Singh assassination case, Jasbir, today identified one of the accused, Balwant Singh, during an identification parade in the special court room in Model Burail Jail.

Bar withdraws strike call
Chandigarh, September 17
The Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana today called off the proposed strike to be held on September 18. This was stated by the Bar Council in a press release here today.

Young charmer basks in Bollywood glory
Chandigarh, September 17
Curly hair and chubby cheeks make three-year-old Shreya Chawla stand out even in an ordinary background. But what she has achieved in her young life is nothing ordinary, for her role in much talked about film “Dil Hai Tumhara” as Rekha’s stepdaughter will be imprinted in everybody’s mind. Shreya, who bagged the role when she was just two, still has not matured enough to realise what she has achieved. “I liked working and now I can recognise myself in the picture,” says Shreya who is in town to attend a wedding in the family. A resident of Dehradun, Shreya bagged the role when she was visiting her maternal grandparents in Mumbai.
Shreya Chawla

‘Ants’ for Yellowstone festival

Chandigarh, September 17
The English feature film “Ants” will represent India at the Yellowstone Film Festival in the foreign films section. The festival is to take place from September 20 to 22 in West Yellowstone, Montana.

The team of “Ants” film at a press conference at a hotel in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

The team of “Ants” film at a press conference at a hotel in Sector 35


Harmful effects of food colours
Chandigarh, September 17
The fresh and glistening peas, brinjal, brightly coloured ladoos and jalebis, tempting chicken tikkas may not be all that safe, as liberal use of not just basic dyes, used for colouring clothes, but also oil soluble dyes, are being used to add that rich and superior quality look.

AIDS a ‘lifestyle problem’
Chandigarh, September 17
Terming HIV and AIDS as lifestyle problems , doctors have recommended the management of stress through yoga, meditation and other such therapies to keep the young people away from these problems.


Budding shooters raise city’s hopes
Chandigarh, September 17
Harmandeep Sidhu and Roopmeet Mann, the two budding shooters have given a new ray of hope to the city shooting circles. Though earlier, city has a good record of producing prominent shooters like Abhinav Bindra and Sabeeha Dhillon and others, who both shot for India at various levels.

St Stephen’s, CFA to meet in cup final
Chandigarh, September 17
St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, will meet Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) in tomorrow’s final of the Administrator Cup boys football tournament in the below-14 age group.


Navratra fair arrangements reviewed
Panchkula, September 17
A meeting to discuss arrangements for the forthcoming Navratra fair at Mansa Devi temple here from October 7 to 14 was held last evening. Presiding over the meeting, Ms Jyoti Arora asked all wings of the administration to gear up for the fair. 


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