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Kingpin’s brother helped cops identify kidnappers
Chandigarh , July 1
The Chandigarh Police used the alleged abduction kingpin in India, Tarsem Singh’s brother to get the names of kidnappers from the US-based mastermind Jasbir Singh through a trick.

Govt schools reopen to thin presence
Chandigarh, July 1
Humid conditions ensured thin presence of students as the local government schools opened after a month-long vacation. Taking a cue from their counterparts in private schools, whose vacations are scheduled to end next week, some students preferred to remain at home.

Students of DAV Public School, Sector 8, excited to join school after the summer vacation in Chandigarh on Thursday. Students of DAV Public School, Sector 8, excited to join school after the summer vacation in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan




EARLIER STORIES
 

Jaspreet Kaur Bindra Sacred Heart student dies in accident
Chandigarh, July 1
A meritorious girl student of Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, was crushed to death and her mother sustained severe injuries when a truck rammed into a scooter they were riding on the Chandigarh-Shimla highway in Mani Majra this afternoon.

Hardip threatens to sue Mann Singh
Mohali, July 1
Former member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) from Mohali, Mr Hardeep Singh, and now an Independent candidate in the forthcoming committee elections, today warned his contenders to stay away from making wild and personal allegations against him.

BAMS aspirants’ ordeal continues
Chandigarh, July 1
The ordeal of aspirants for the Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) course at Sri Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College, Sector 46, continued for another day as none of the college representatives turned up for the admission counselling at Government Medical College, Sector 32, today.

Liberhan hurt in accident, admitted to hospital
Chandigarh, July 1
Justice MS Liberhan, Chairman of the Liberhan Commission, which is probing the Babri Masjid demolition case was admitted to the GMCH, Sector 32, here, after he met with an accident near Ghanaur town in Sonepat district early morning today.

NCC introduces changes in girls' training
Chandigarh, July 1
National Cadet Corps, while increasing the strength of girls on its rolls, has also brought in changes in the girls' training curriculum to bring it at par with standards applicable to boys.

Sharma to serve on National Security Advisory Board
Chandigarh, July 1
Dr. S.K. Sharma, Dean, University Instruction, Panjab University, and the President of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, has been invited by the Prime Minister to serve on the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) for a period of two years.

 
COMMUNITY

MC to develop 150 acres in Mani Majra
Chandigarh, July 1
About 150 acres of vacant land in Mani Majra will be handed over to the Municipal Corporation and developed in accordance with the concept of Chandigarh. The issue was discussed at a coordination meeting of senior officers today.

Uninterrupted power supply to Panchkula
Panchkula, July 1
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) proposes to install two additional sub-stations here, each having a capacity of 32 MVA. The sub-stations will increase the availability of power in the township to 186 MVA.

Frequent power cuts fume residents
Chandigarh, July 1
Residents of Kansal village are beginning to feel the heat of the regular unscheduled power cuts in their village. Ruing that the Electricity Department has been implementing 12-hour cuts in their village, they said that repeated pleas to address their grievance have fallen on deaf ears.

GOC-in-C, Western Command, Lieut-Gen J J Singh (second from left) interacts with retired EME officers at a function at the Defence Services Officers Institute in Chandigarh.Memorable experience for Chandigarh Eagles
Chandigarh, July 1
It was a memorable experience for members of Chandigarh Eagles, an association of retired officers from the Army's Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME), as they got together for a social evening at the Defence Services Officers Institute here last evening.

GOC-in-C, Western Command, Lieut-Gen J J Singh (second from left) interacts with retired EME officers at a function at the Defence Services Officers Institute in Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

The local Member of Parliament, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, interacts with students at a madarsa in Manimajra on Thursday.Pawan Bansal visits madarsa
Chandigarh, July 1
The local Member of Parliament, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, today visited a madarsa in Manimajra and assured the students that he would work towards upgrading the institute.

The local Member of Parliament, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, interacts with students at a madarsa in Manimajra on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph.

Free foodgrains for senior citizens
Chandigarh, July 1
Aimed at providing food security to the aged and destitute, the Chandigarh Administration has announced a scheme to distribute 10 kg of foodgrains to the senior citizens free of cost.

Mango mela from July 10
Chandigarh, July 1
The 13th Mango Mela will be organised from July 10 to 11 at Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore, near here, by the Haryana Horticulture and Tourism Departments.

Teams to check quality of polythene bags
Chandigarh, July 1
A campaign to stop the use of recycled and sub-standard polythene bags starts tomorrow. Four teams with micro-meters have been constituted to judge the quality of polythene bags.

Mahavir is coop society administrator
Chandigarh, July 1
In view of complaints received by the Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Chandigarh office, against the Labour Bureau Employees Cooperative Society, Mr Arun Kumar, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Registrar, Cooperative Societies, today appointed Mr Mahavir Singh, Tehsildar, as administrator of the society who will take charge of the society and initiate the process of elections.

Electricity Dept employees float union
Chandigarh, July 1
Employees of the UT Electricity Department today formed a new union under the name and banner of the UT Electricity Employees and Workers Union Chandigarh.

 

CRIME

Retd Colonel, kin duped of Rs 2 lakh
Chandigarh, July 1
A retired Army officer, his father-in-law and brother-in-law were allegedly duped of Rs 2 lakh by a man, his wife and their son in the name of investing their money in a multinational company.

Student fails in exam, ends life
Chandigarh, July 1
A 19-year-old son of a labourer from Mauli Jagran today committed suicide after failing in Class X examination of the Punjab School Education Board for the third consecutive time this year.

Property dealer booked for fraud
Chandigarh, July 1
A Sector 44-B based property dealer A.C. Chhabra was today booked for allegedly cheating a woman of Sector 20 in a property deal.

Ex-police official’s wife held, released
Mohali, July 1
The police released on bail Sharanjit Kaur, wife of a former Additional Inspector-General, who was arrested tonight on charges of causing an accident leading to the death of one of the victims.

Girl consumes poison, survives
Mohali, July 1
A 14-year-old girl resident of Gobindgarh village tried to kill herself by consuming poison today. The police rushed the victim, Sonia, to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, where her life was saved.

BUSINESS

Chandigarh to set up apple mandi
Chandigarh, July 1
Apple growers of Himachal Pradesh will be able to get good facilities when they come to Chandigarh for selling their produce. The Chandigarh Administration today announced that it would set up a special state-of-the-art mechanised mandi for the benefit of apple growers.

Volunteers at a blood donation camp organised by the State Bank of India at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday.State Bank Day celebrated
Mohali, July 1
The SSI branch of the State Bank of India here celebrated State Bank Day today. Sweets were distributed among disabled soldiers at the Paraplegic Home in Phase VI here. Mr G.P. Khetarpal, Chief Manager, distributed the sweets among all patients who suffered injuries in the Kargil and other wars and also among members of their families.

Volunteers at a blood donation camp organised by the State Bank of India at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph


 
EDUCATION

M.Sc (Hons) admission schedule
Chandigarh, July 1
Panjab University today announced the schedule of admission and interview for M.Sc. (Hons. School) first year in the Department of Botany for this session. The counselling for M.Sc.(Hons School) Botany first year will be held on July 8 at 9.30 a.m. for students other than B.Sc. (Hons School), third year B.Sc. (Pass course) General and B.Sc.(Hons).

COURTS

Move to charge fee on consumer court pleas resented
Mohali, July 1
The local Consumers Protection Forum has demanded that the government should not impose fees for lodging complaints in consumer courts.

 
CULTURE

Ronit basks in success of Mihir Virani
Chandigarh, July 1
Actor Ronit Roy is extremely conscious of the spoken word, lest he ends up saying something that may offend his producers. So he plays safe when asked why certain soaps on television seem so endless, as if itching to last beyond an eternity.

New Release
Shikaar Who will be the ‘Shikaar’?

N
o doubt love stories ruled last year, but in 2004 action thrillers are back. London boy Jazz Pandher is hoping his home production "Shikaar", directed by Punjabi director Darshan Bagga, will turn out to be a money-spinner. This one is presented by Valveer Kaur Pandher. Surjeet S. Pandher is the producer. The film will be released today at Nirman, Chandigarh

Play on Banda Bahadur
Chandigarh, July 1
Holy Theatre will stage a novel production based on the life of Banda Singh Bahadur tomorrow.

LIFESTYLE

Celebrations keep them in high spirits.Brimming with youthful energy
Y
ou may be in your teens but your spirits could be like that of an old man who has lost the zest and verve to do something in life and has submitted himself to listless resignation.

Celebrations keep them in high spirits.

Gramophone is still all the rage
R
EMEMBER the time your grandfather would play “Ek bangla bana nyara” and “Tu mera chand, mein teri chandani” after placing the needle on a gramophone record with automatic hand.

A Canadian teacher (middle) flanked by students at the Canadian Institute for International Studies on the occasion of Canada Day in Mohali on Thursday.Canada Day celebrated
S
tudents and faculty of the Canadian Institute for International Studies (CIIS), extension campus of Georgian College, Canada, celebrated Canada Day here today.



A Canadian teacher (middle) flanked by students at the Canadian Institute for International Studies on the occasion of Canada Day in Mohali on Thursday.
— Photo by Pradeep Tewari

Youngsters rehearse prior to the auditions for the MTV/Balaji’s new serial, “Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi”, held at Himachal Bhavan, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Pankaj Sharma1,000 turn up for MTV auditions
T
rust Chandigarh youth to make a success of most events. Spirited and zealous, they never miss an opportunity to make it big either in films or at least in serials. No wonder every producer looking for talent launches the hunt from this city, just as MTV and Balaji productions did today.

Youngsters rehearse prior to the auditions for the MTV/Balaji’s new serial, “Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi”, held at Himachal Bhavan, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Buy off-season clothes with caution
Y
OU have taken out that nice cotton dress you specially purchased for the sultry weather, but are scared of wearing it. The reason behind your apprehension is not hard to see. You are afraid that the stuff may have run out of fashion.

HEALTH

Dr Bimal Chhajer with his newly released book in Punjabi “Reversal of Heart Disease in 5 Easy Steps” at Chandigarh Press Club in Chandigarh on Thursday.Punjabi version of book released
Chandigarh, July 1
Dr Bimal Chhajer, pioneer in non-invasive cardiology in India, released the Punjabi version of his book, "Reversal of Heart Disease in 5 Easy Steps’’, here today.


Dr Bimal Chhajer with his newly released book in Punjabi “Reversal of Heart Disease in 5 Easy Steps” at Chandigarh Press Club in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph 

 
SPORTS

Cricket tourney
Chandigarh, July 1
The Chandigarh Cricket Association (affiliated to the Punjab Cricket Association) is organising an under-14 cricket tournament from August 15.

ADMINISTRATION

Staff on deputation get breather
Chandigarh, July 1
Thousands of employees on deputation in the Chandigarh Administration can take a breather. The Chandigarh Administration has kept in abeyance the proposed repatriation of doctors to their respective parent cadres of Punjab and Haryana.

Admn plea to Centre on Finance Secy
Chandigarh, July 1
The Chandigarh Administration has asked the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to allow the UT Finance Secretary, Mr Karan Avtar Singh to continue till his successor joins duty. The tenure of Mr Karan Avtar Singh ends on July 4.
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