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Cong men take to streets over demolition
MP, Mayor among 2,428 held, bailed out
Chandigarh, June 11
In a show of strength against the ongoing demolition drive of the Chandigarh Administration, the local unit of the Congress today took to the streets and raised slogans against the Administration. The police arrested 2,428 persons, including the president of the local unit of the party, Mr B.B. Bahl, the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, and the Mayor, Mr Subhash Chawla, in apprehension of breach of peace.

The local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal (extreme right), and the Mayor, Mr Subhash Chawla, being arrested following a Congress protest against the ongoing demolition drive in Chandigarh on Wednesday. The local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal (extreme right), and the Mayor, Mr Subhash Chawla, being arrested following a Congress protest against the ongoing demolition drive in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
— Photo Manoj Mahajan


Admn move to consider need-based alterations
Book encroachers, orders Commissioner
PUDA team pelted with stones
Alterations not encroachments: BJP
Probe sought into PGI demolitions

Former MP Satya Pal Jain (centre) addresses a press conference in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Former MP Satya Pal Jain (centre) addresses a press conference in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Bhardwaj remanded in CBI custody

Chandigarh, June 11
The court room today virtually turned into a battleground for lawyers and CBI officials when the suspended Judicial Magistrate, S.S Bhardwaj, was produced in a local court in a corruption case registered against him. As soon as the CBI produced Bhardwaj in the jam-packed court room of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L Mohal, the lawyers present there started raising objections over the CBI investigation.

Suspended Judicial Magistrate S.S. Bhardwaj being produced in the District Courts by CBI officials on Wednesday. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan

French Ambassador calls on Verma
Chandigarh, June 11
The French Ambassador to India, Mr Dominique Girard, today assured the Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma, that he would pursue with his government the pending project of Electricite-de-france regarding reduction of line losses in power sector in Chandigarh and the financial and technical aid requested for it by the Indian Government.


Shortage of staff affects functioning of NCC
Chandigarh, June 11
Shortage of staff is affecting the functioning of NCC establishments in the region. The gravity of the situation is such that it propelled the Defence Minister, Mr George Fernandes, to write to chief ministers of various states, asking them to direct the departments concerned in their respective states to make the requisite staff available.

Mother who gave soul to city
Chandigarh, June 11
Prominent citizens of the City Beautiful plan to celebrate later this year the beatification of the Nobel-laureate, Mother Teresa, who is bound to Chandigarh through her Missionaries of Charity’s home for destitute women and abandoned children established by her in Sector 23 way back in 1976.

Tigress may get mate from Chhat Bir
Panchkula, June 11
The long wait of the Royal Bengal tigress at the Pipli zoo near Kurukshetra for a companion may soon come to an end. The tigress had been lonely for the past one year after the death of her partner, the Haryana Wildlife Department has, now approached Mahindra Chaudhary Zoological Park at Chhat Bir to seek its help in the pairing of the animal.

Chhabeel offered on Nirjala Ekadashi
Chandigarh, June 11
Traffic came to a standstill in different parts of the city as enthusiastic residents stepped in the middle of the road for offering sweetened water to commuters on the occasion of Nirjala Ekadashi.

Chhabeel organised on the occasion of Nirjala Ekadashi in diffrent parts of the city on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Chhabeel organised on the occasion of Nirjala Ekadashi in diffrent parts of the city on Wednesday.

Tree plantation camp
Chandigarh, June 11
To give a fillip to the Green Rural UT Chandigarh drive, Punjab National Bank today organised a tree plantation camp at Dhanas village that was attended by Mr I.S. Sandhu, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh, Mr V.J. Mattoo, Senior Regional Manager, PNB, Chandigarh Region, Mr Harbans Singh, sarpanch, and villagers.

TTTI officials take part in shramdan
Chandigarh, June 11
The shramdan at the Sukhna Lake — today entered the 13th day. More than 100 officials of the Technical Teachers Training Institute (TTTI), Sector 26, along with the Head of the Department, Mr S.N. Aggarwal, took part in the shramdan at the regular end.

Platform Save water
Encourage afforestation
The recent heat wave and drought in Andhra Pradesh have caused untold misery. More than a 1,000 people have died because of heat which has led to water paucity. The main causes of water scarcity are pollution and deforestation.

Encroachments and demolition drives
VERY other day one comes across headlines of demolition drives being undertaken at one place or the other in Chandigarh and its satellite towns. The authorities, man and machines are out to raise to the ground shanty colonies, slums and at times multistorey structures, including unauthorised additions in housing colonies. The new Administrator of Chandigarh seems to be very keen in removing these encroachments defiling the City Beautiful.

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Take away biryani, korma
Chandigarh, June 11
It is basically a takeaway and home delivery point with a posh address. Nestled in the booths of the Sector 35 lane of hotels and restaurants, Nawab's was opened last week for those looking for a quick bite of rich Hyderabadi cuisine.


Two incidents of purse snatching
Chandigarh, June 11
Two cases of purse snatching were reported from different parts of the city here today. Three youths riding a motor cycle snatched a purse from Ms Tajinder Kaur in Sector 29 this afternoon.

Car recovered after hot chase
Panchkula, June 11
Two car thieves kept almost 30 local cops on their toes for almost an hour late last night. Though the police recovered the stolen car after a chase, the thieves escaped in the darkness.

Five cases of theft solved
Chandigarh, June 11
With the arrest of Varinder Duggal (21) the police today claimed to have solved at least five cases of theft and recovered four mobile phones, a walkman and other items from his possession.


Hero Honda launches ‘Karizma’
Chandigarh, June 11
After launching ‘Dawn’, Hero Honda today launched another model — Karizma — in Chandigarh . It was launched by Flying Sikh Milkha Singh.

5 get free talk time worth 1 lakh
SAS Nagar, June 11
It was a Sunday and Mr Subrata Roy wanted to make an urgent mobile call to his girlfriend. His BSNL prepaid card had expired and he could not get a new one on that day. So he went in for an AirTel connection instead. His girlfriend proved lucky for him because with that purchase he won Rs 1 lakh in free “Talk Time”.


Workshop to develop training module
Chandigarh, June 11
A four-day workshop on development of a training module in environment education began at the Centre of Environment Education here today. The workshop was organised by the State Institute for Science Education of Punjab in collaboration with the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology.

Chairman stands by principal
Chandigarh, June 11
Mr Amarjit Singh Sarna, Chairman of the newly constituted management committee of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, has reposed faith in the school Principal, Mr Jaswant Singh, saying that he had a good character and the allegations by a woman teacher against him were baseless and false.

Retired teachers air grievances
Chandigarh, June 11
The annual function of the Punjab Government College Retired Teachers Welfare Association was held at the Government College for Men, Sector 11, here today. Over 120 retired government college lectures, including 30 former principals, participated in the function presided over by Mr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, Minister of State, Punjab.

Summer camp concludes
Chandigarh, June 11
A 15-day summer camp for school children filled with fun, joy and excitement concluded at the Lake Club here yesterday.

Making teachers accountable for poor results
Panchkula, June 11
Propelled by poor results of Class XII in government schools affiliated to the Board of School Education, Haryana, the State Education department has decided to clean its backyard by making school teachers accountable for a poor show by students of their respective schools.

Yoga camp at PEC
Chandigarh, June 11
Punjab Engineering College (PEC) has started regular yoga session on the college campus. The purpose behind the move is to help people deal with stress and pressures of daily life effectively.

Students of Punjab Engineering College participate in a yoga camp on the campus in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Students of Punjab Engineering College participate in a yoga camp on the campus in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

PU result cards go smart
Chandigarh, June 11
Panjab University has introduced identity symbols, not visible to the normal eye, in the result cards of all undergraduate and postgraduate examinations conducted earlier this year to check fake result cards.

MA I results out
Chandigarh, June 11
Panjab University has declared results of MA I (geography, political science and public administration) conducted earlier this year, an official press note issued here today, said.


Osteoporosis a silent killer: Dr Kanwarjit
Chandigarh, June 11
Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik held a meeting last night in which Dr Kanwarjit Kochhar gave a talk on osteoporosis.Rtn Dr G.S. Kochhar, president, Rotary Shivalik Chandigarh and Chairman, Indian Medical Association Academy of Medical Specialists, while welcoming the guest speaker said India was on the verge of osteoporosis epidemic and more than five crore people were suffering from the disease.


Patiala Cricket Club crush Chetan XI
Chandigarh, June 11
Patiala Cricket Club and MES, Patiala, moved up in the league matches for the First Cool Cotton (under-13) Cricket Trophy played at different venues of the city. In the first league match held at Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, Patiala CC defeated Chetan XI by 10 wickets. Batting first, Chetan XI were all out for 68 runs. 

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Injured gymnast helpless, hopeful
mrinder, a student of DAV College, Sector 10, has achieved distinction as a gymnast at the national and state levels. At the age of 18, he nurtures a dream to represent his state and country at the international level. But as of now this seems to be a distant reality as his family does not have the finances required to meet his aspirations.

Amrithraj sons in city
Chandigarh, June 11
Sons of two former tennis stalwarts, brothers Vijay Amrithraj and Anand Amrithraj, are in the city. One can see the duo, Prakash, son of Vijay, and Stephen, son of Anand Amrithraj, in action at the ongoing ITF Challenger Tennis Meet, in progress at the CLTA tennis stadium in Sector 10. Though 20-year-old Prakash visited Chandigarh along with his father during the ATP Challenger Meet in February, 2001, but it was a maiden visit of 19-year-old Stephen to the city.

Prakash Amrithraj and Stephen Amrithraj in Chandigarh for ITF Challenger meet.


Sector 17 nodal police station
Chandigarh, June 11
With an aim to save manpower and time, the Sector 17 police station has been made the nodal police station for the economic offences wing and the women and child support unit of the police.

119 cr water scheme for villages
SAS Nagar, June 11
A sum of Rs 118.93 crore will be spent by the Department of Public Health during the current financial year to provide drinking water to 10 lakh persons living in Punjab villages.


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