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Swami, UT on opposing paths over demolitions
Chandigarh, July 9
Is a confrontation building up between the Union Home Ministry and the Chandigarh Administration over the issue of demolishing encroachments made by slum dwellers?
Union Minister I.D. Swami listens to the grievances of residents of Chandigarh at the BJP office in Sector 33 Union Minister I.D. Swami listens to the grievances of residents of Chandigarh at the BJP office in Sector 33 on Wednesday. —  A Tribune photograph

Gupta case: CBI fails to file charge sheet till 3.30 p.m.
Deadline for challan ends at 12 midnight
Chandigarh, July 9
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seems to be running against time in the corruption case involving Jalandhar's District and Sessions Judge R.M. Gupta.


Moral policing: brother, sister taken for ride
Panchkula, July 9
Mistaken to be lovers, a brother and sister, residents of Sector 5, Mansa Devi Complex, became the target of the “moral policing” brigade when they were “picked up” by two “plainclothes men” from outside a food joint in Sector 6 last night.

IT park project under legal shadow
Chandigarh, July 8
A legal tangle involving the UT Administration and certain allottees of industrial plots/sheds in the city has begun to cast a shadow on the City Beautiful’s prestigious multi-crore Information Technology Park project.

Torrential rain brings down temperature
Chandigarh, July 9
Torrential rain lashed the city and its surrounding areas this afternoon leaving roads flooded and causing a disruption in the flow of traffic. The rain however, brought down the temperatures.


Mohali MC to adopt Punjab municipal bylaws
SAS Nagar July 9
The town will now present a cleaner look with the local municipal council scheduled to formally adopt the Punjab Municipal (Sanitation and Public Health) Bylaws, 2003, at its general house meeting fixed for July 11.

Villagers protest against power cuts
SAS Nagar, July 9
Over a thousand villagers from 22 villages falling in Mohali and Kharar subdivisions took to the roads, blocking traffic on the Chandigarh-Sirhind road for over three hours today to protest against long electricity cuts in their villages.

Villagers complain of erratic power supply
SAS Nagar, July 9
Residents of Bakarpur village, near here, complained that there was inadequate supply of drinking water in the area and power was also not being supplied to them at the scheduled timings.

PSHRC nod to probe into Ranbaxy fire
Chandigarh, July 9
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has given a green signal to the Punjab Government to resume its inquiries into the Ranbaxy fire incident under the Punjab Factories Act, 1948. The inquiries were stopped by the Punjab Government following a PSHRC stay order on June 23.

Mohali cops raid  city SI’s house
Chandigarh, July 9
Highdrama was enacted in the house of a Sub Inspector of the Chandigarh police, Mr Jagbir Singh, when a Punjab police party from Phase 1 police station, SAS Nagar, “barged” in to his house in Sector 23 here and assaulted his younger son Sarpinder Singh.

Students threaten stir on RC issue
Chandigarh, July 9
Despite UT Administration’s announcement to provide relief to the vehicle owners, the heavy rush at the Registration and Licencing Authority (RLA) office in Sector 17 continued today. Even the heavy rains in the morning failed to suppress the spirit of the people to face odds.

CBM organises rally against Rent Act
Chandigarh, July 9
A car rally was organised by the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) here, today, in protest against the Rent Act notification. The rally started from Sector 34 and ended at Matka Chowk passing through various markets of the city.

Members of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal hold a car rally in protest against the Rent Act notification in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Members of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal hold a car rally in protest against the Rent Act notification

Punjab needs ‘knowledge  revolution’
Chandigarh, July 9
It was only because of lack of quality education that Punjab missed the bus to ‘knowledge revolution’, asserted the Punjab Governor, Justice O.P. Verma. A lot has to be done in the field of education in the state to achieve the target of 100 per cent literacy, he added.

CSIO to develop sensors for jet trainer
Chandigarh, July 9
The Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) here has been assigned a project to design and fabricate various display units and sensors for the Intermediate jet trainer (IJT), which is being developed indigenously by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

Attack: no case registered
SAS Nagar, July 9
No case has been registered by the police in connection with an incident of stone pelting in which some persons were allegedly injured at Shaheed Udham Singh Colony in the industrial area here last evening.

Raising funds for  the needy
Chandigarh, July 9
Moved by the deplorable condition of the underprivileged in her homeland India, Luvleen Sidhu, Class XI student at Governor Mifflin School in Shillington, Pennsylvania is trying to do her bit by raising funds from the corporate sector in the USA for the poor and needy.

Registration for Kashmiri migrants
Chandigarh, July 9
The registration forms for Kashmiri migrants who have not been able to register themselves so far would be available here on July 10 and11. “All those migrants living in Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula areas, who for some reason or the other, have not been able to register themselves with their respective administrations so far, can now do so by filling a form,” Kashmiri Sahayak Sabha president B. L. Sadhu stated here in a press note.

ach and every drop of water matters. Let us not be under the impression that there is enough of it. Somehow, we have got into the habit of taking everything nature has blessed us with, for granted. It is time we realise that the gifts of nature are not unlimited.

Additional  facilities in car
Chandigarh, July 9
Drive in comfort, luxury and style — with the maxim in mind, city resident N. K. Sehgal has installed taps for supplying water to passengers sitting in the front and rear seats.

Powermen’s stir
Chandigarh, July 9
Electricity Department employees, affiliated to the UT Powermen Union, Chandigarh, have decided to strike work on July 16 in protest against the ‘indifferent’ attitude of the Administration and in support of their demands.


Haryana IAS officer booked by UT police
Chandigarh, July 9
After “convincing” the UT police to order reinvestigation in a year-old-case of Rs 1 crore textbook scam, involving a 1995 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre, Sanjiv Kumar, a fresh case of corruption has been registered against him by the UT police.

Goods worth lakhs stolen from TBRL
Chandigarh, July 9
Goods worth lakhs have been stolen from the premises of Terminal Ballistic Research Laboratory (TBRL), a premiere installation located in Ramgarh near Panchkula. The goods were allegedly stolen by some villagers of the nearby areas, who seem to have taken advantage of the dismantled boundary wall of the TBRL complex. 

2 held for stealing fuel
Chandigarh, July 9
The police has arrested Vishal and Parkash Singh, both residents of Sector 37, allegedly for stealing fuel from car of Mr Iqbal Singh of Sector 37 here yesterday. The two were reportedly caught red-handed.

Passenger drugged, looted
Panchkula, July 9
A middle-aged doctor was reportedly drugged and his belongings stolen by an unidentified co-passenger in a bus last night. He reached Panchkula in an unconscious state and was rushed to hospital here.


Steady increase in business over the years
The first phase of the main market of sector-40C has developed into one of the busiest markets of the city in the recent years while its second phase divided by an internal road of the sector opposite the Gurdwara is yet to pick up the business due to the lack of interest shown by the local administration and municipal corporation.

A scene of the main market of Sector-40C
— Photo by Parvesh Chauhan
A scene of the main market of Sector-40C


Law sports quota admissions rescheduled
Chandigarh, July 9
Admissions under the sports quota to the Department of Law in Panjab University could not take place today as the merit lists could only be procured around 6 pm. The admission for this category has been rescheduled for July 10.

Sector 26 engineering college gets PU affiliation
Chandigarh, July 9
The dream of having a second engineering college in Chandigarh materialised today as Panjab University granted affiliation to the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology in Sector 26.

SD College most sought after, claims Principal
Chandigarh, July 9
The Principal of Sanatan Dharma College, Sector 32, Dr A.C. Vaid, has claimed that the college was the most sought after for commerce and other courses and attracts the cream of students. The college, he said, was the first choice for students seeking admission in the commerce stream. He was responding to a report captioned “DAV, GCG-11 most sought after”, published in these columns on June 29.

Date extended
Chandigarh, July 9
The last date for receiving applications for admission to diploma in advanced scientific computation in the Department of Physics, Panjab University, has been extended to July 21, according to a statement issued here today.


Remand in Bhaddal  murder case
Kharar, July 9
Mrs Baljinder Kaur Bhatia, Subdivisional Magistrate, on Monday remanded three accused, Bakhshish Singh Randhawa, Rachpal Singh and Satbir Singh, in judicial custody till July 19 in connection with the murder of the chairman of the Bhaddal engineering college, Gurcharan Singh.


Katrina leads the model brigade
Chandigarh, July 9
There is more to the stunning Katrina Kaif than her much-rumoured relationship with Salman Khan. As such, the London-bred model-turned-actress has already learnt to live with misinformation.

Top models of the country (from right to left), Katrina Kaif, Aditi Govitrikar, Roxxane Smith, Aakanksha, Nikita Anand and Simran Sachdeva at a Press conference in Chandigarh on Wednesday. They will participate in the NIFD fashion show on Thursday. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan
Top models of the country

Countdown to NIFD show begins
Chandigarh, July 9
Starry events should take off in a starry style. As the countdown to the much hyped annual fashion show of the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD), Sector 8, begins, it is also time to get posted on models who will set the ramp on fire tomorrow.

Lending voice to prime time programmes
Chandigarh, July 9
Ever since she took a one-year diploma in journalism from Sophiya College, Mumbai, Aashima Arora has not felt the urge to look back. Established as a much sought-after voice-over and dubbing artiste with channels like Discovery and Aastha, this city girl is now busy exploring newer possibilities.


Rainwater seeps into PGI OTs
Chandigarh July, 9
Monsoon is the worst time of the year for the PGI. Because not only do the rains force the closure of the operation theatres but the kitchen and wards especially on the fifth floor too start leaking.


Octroi collection: MC issues show-cause notice
SAS Nagar, July 9
The municipal council (MC) here has slapped a show-cause notice on the contractor responsible for octroi collection in the township for harassing residents and non-payment of over Rs 40 lakh to the council. The notice, issued by the council yesterday, asked the contractor to reply within a week of receipt of the notice, failing which his contract with the MC would be terminated.


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