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Mother fights her own parents for abandoning her child
Chandigarh, April 16
Nineteen-year-old Karamjit Kaur has learnt her lessons the hard way. The hardest lesson the brave heart has learnt is “never trust anyone, not even your own parents”. For, they may conveniently leave your eight-month-old diseased child on the roadside just to punish you for marrying against their will!

Karamjit Kaur and Raj Kumar with their son. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
Karamjit Kaur and Raj Kumar with their son

Heroin worth Rs 12 cr seized, 4 held
Chandigarh, April 16
A team of the Narcotic Control Bureau from Chandigarh today, arrested a couple and seized 4 kg of heroin from their possession. Later in the evening, the officials on a tip-off by the couple arrested two persons carrying 8 kg of heroin.


BCA student found hanging
Chandigarh, April 16
Amit Kumar a 24-year-old boy from Milk Colony in Dhanas, was found hanging from a tree near the locality this evening. The police ruled out any foul play and termed it as a case of suicide. No suicide note was found.

Jailbreak: accused moves court against Admn, police
Chandigarh, April 16
The Lawyers of Human Rights International today demanded an inquiry by a sitting High Court Judge into the role of top functionaries of the Chandigarh Administration and the police officials concerned in “falsely implicating” the accused in the sensational Burail jailbreak case under sedition charges.

Beware of Internet beggars
Chandigarh, April 16
There is one thing about the beggars no one can miss their universal presence. If you thought that beggars were present only in your neighbourhood market, you are off the mark. These latest breeds of beggars are right inside your house, in fact inside your computer monitor.


Raids likely on users of online water pumps
Chandigarh, April 16
Use of online booster pumps is one of the reasons for low water pressure in different pockets of the city, say officials of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation. With the ban on watering of lawns and washing cars becoming effective from yesterday, officials of the corporation are also gearing to conduct surprise raids to challan residents using online boosters.

Despite a ban imposed by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation on washing cars, scenes like this are a routine in Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

Despite a ban imposed by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation on washing cars, scenes like this are a routine in Chandigarh

Four eateries get nod to use open space
Chandigarh, April 16
The Municipal Corporation has given permission to four outlets in the city for using open spaces outside their premises for feasting activities.

Paneer wins them Pak friends and visa  
Chandigarh, April 16
It was shahi paneer mixed with dollops of affection and hospitality that did it all! City residents, Madhusudan Sharma, his wife Nisha and their two sons, Saurabh and Siddharth, are to be the guests of honour at a Pakistani wedding in Lahore on April 23.

The Sharmas — Madhusudan, Nisha, Saurabh and Siddharth — are leaving for Pakistan to attend a wedding on a special invitation from the groom who lives in Lahore.

The Sharmas — Madhusudan, Nisha, Saurabh and Siddharth — are leaving for Pakistan to attend a wedding on a special invitation from the groom who lives in Lahore

Hurdles in progress of peace march
Chandigarh, April 16
Clouds hover over the Indo-Pak Peace March’s progress, as visas following the Pakistan Interior Ministry’s clearance have not yet been granted to the Indians. The march, led by Magsaysay award winner Sandeep Pandey, that started from the Nizammudin dargah in Delhi on March 23 and is to conclude at the tomb of Bahauddin Zakaria in Multan on May 11, was to cross the Wagah border on April 18.

No joy ride this, their mother has left them
Chandigarh, April 16
An auto-rickshaw driver requests every passenger to bear with the two children accompanying him in the vehicle and even settles for less fare if the passengers agree. It is not a man doing something for charity but a man who has to take care of his children after his wife left them on March 1.

Termites are here to stay                
Chandigarh, April 16
Termites are here to stay. Chandigarh has dealt with the termite menace since its inception, but these insects have endured for millions of years and intensive efforts to remove these have gone in vain.

A tree hollowed by termite infestation. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Readers write
Unsafe drinking water
I live in Sector 8 of Panchkula. Well-boiled, 4 litres of drinking water leaves a tablespoon of white solid salts. Obviously, the water has inorganic soluble bicarbonates which settle down as carbonates when the water is boiled.

A tree hollowed by termite infestation


Rs 59,000, gold jewellery stolen
Chandigarh, April 16
More than Rs 59,000, gold jewellery and other articles were stolen in two burglaries committed in different parts of the city while one person was arested for selling illicit liquor, the police said here today.

Drunken driving lands 11 in police net
Chandigarh, April 16
During a special drive against the anti-social elements and drunken driving, the local police has rounded up 11 persons and impounded 10 vehicles, late last Friday night. The police has also issued 60 challans to offenders for various traffic rules violations.

Sleeping man run over by vehicle
Panchkula, April 16
A man sleeping on the road side near the Forest Complex at Pinjore, was runover by a speeding Tata Sierra vehicle late last night. The victim, Gurmel Singh (25), died on the spot.

Rs 25,000 stolen from scooter
Mohali, April 16
Thieves decamped with Rs 25,000 from the toolbox of a scooter in Phase VII here today. According to the police, ASI Darbara Singh, posted at Police Headquarters in Chandigarh had withdrawn the amount from a bank in the afternoon and kept the money in the toolbox.

Theft in supermarket
Panchkula, April 16
Thieves struck at a supermarket in Sector 20 here and took away Rs 20,000 and other goods last night. The thieves entered the market after break opening the locks of main shutters of the shop.


3G cellphones a big draw at Mobiletek
Chandigarh, April 16
As the world goes mobile and connectivity holds the key to growth, mobile sets on the block get snazzier and jazzier. They are designed to play with vibrance, fill each day with fun and to reflect the real you, providing an exciting new spin at work and in leisure.

Industrial units seek parity in tax structure
Mohali, April 16
The Industrial Welfare Association of Phase IX here has demanded the removal of disparity in input tax credit at the time of purchase of electronic goods from sales tax exempt units and from manufacturers without the exemption.

Venu Prasad dodge ball assn chief
Chandigarh, April 16
Mr A. Venu Prasad, Secretary, Punjab Mandi Board, and Mr P. S. Brar have been elected president and general secretary, respectively, of the Dodge Ball Federation of India.


New dates for B.Com, MA exams
Chandigarh, April 16
B.Com. Part-I (compartment candidates only): the examination of Paper-VI — Business Mathematics and Statistics — earlier scheduled for April 23 has been postponed due to clash with B.Com Part-II and this paper now be conducted on May, 2, 2005.

Engineering ‘Element’(s) of joy
Chandigarh, April 16
The final day of ‘Element 05, the cultural and technical fest of Punjab Engineering college, a deemed University saw the maximum participation yesterday. Three mega events like Eureka-the quiz, Mr and Ms Elements and Groovz, an inter-college dance competition, were the main attractions of the day.

Students given cash prizes
Mohali, April 16
A cultural show, “Synergy - 2005”, was organised as part of the annual day celebrations by the SAS Institute of Information Technology and Research here this evening. A number of students took part in various activities. Folk singer Rajinder Mohni and comedian Sudesh Lehri regaled the gathering.


Western Film Review
Mirth at its best
CHANDIGARH: Down in the dumps after a break-up ? Want some excitement? Looking for something to cheer up your staid life? Have heart. Here is your chance to hitch a ride in the fun-filled wagon of “Hitch” (Fun Republic).

A scene from “Hitch”.

A scene from “Hitch”

Film Review
This fare is not ‘meetha’
CHANDIGARH: Scribe Samar Khan while making his foray into Bollywood has chosen a fun mantra which works in fits and starts. It does not fit with your expectations for a time-out.


Words that rock
Strange though it may sound, the best young French music band has not performed in France for the past four years. The reason: they have been busy touring the world, quenching the thirst for “rock” lovers and finding fresh inspiration for their concerts.

Members of rock band ‘Louise Attaque’ perform at the PGI’s Bhargava auditorium on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tiwari

Members of rock band ‘Louise Attaque’ perform at the PGI’s Bhargava auditorium

Will the sun shine on their business?
Their arrival indicates that summer has arrived. They are one lot that is happy to see the sun shining brightly during the summer months. Under the shade of the trees, quietly working away at making “chics” and cooler pads, these labourers look forward to a really hot summer every year.

Vendors selling cooler pads await customers in Sector 22, Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

Vendors selling cooler pads await customers in Sector 22, Chandigarh


Boost anti-cancer infrastructure, say docs
Chandigarh, April 16
Highly inadequate facilities for the treatment of cancer in the country continues to make timely treatment inaccessible for many patients. While India requires more than 1000 highly sophisticated radiation machines to treat each and every cancer patient, presently there are only 300 machines installed.

Type 2 diabetes now affecting Indian kids: Dr KP Singh
Chandigarh, April 16
Dr K.P. Singh, senior consultant, Endocrinology and Diabetology at Fortis has been invited to participate in the global medical conference on diabetes and related diseases to be held at Boston from April 18 to 23. He is the only doctor from north India to have been invited for the conference.

Pak doctor for cooperation in health sector
Mohali, April 16
Emphasis on health sector can bring India and Pakistan closer as there is a scope for greater mutual cooperation in this area. These views were expressed by Dr Aslam Jindani, Director, Outpatient Diagnostic and Offside Services, Aga Khan University and Hospital, Akuh, Karachi, while talking to mediapersons here today.

MLA points out discrepancies in hospital
Mohali, April 16
The Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, said today that various shortcomings at the local Civil Hospital should be removed at the earliest. In a letter to the Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, the MLA stated that he had visited the hospital today and noticed some discrepancies which required immediate attention.


Rs 1 cr as prize money in car rally
Chandigarh April 16
Airtel has announced the Airtel One India Challenge 05, a car rally that offers prize money of Rs 1 crore. The rally is being organised in association with the Federation of Motor Sports Club of India, the only national federation recognised by the Government of India for the promotion and control of motor sports in India.

Seminar on cricket coaching
Mohali, April 16
A two-day seminar for cricket coaches, who guided budding cricketers at various district coaching centres of the Punjab Cricket Association, started at PCA stadium here today.

Chandigarh trounce Ludhiana
Chandigarh, April 16
Chandigarh cricket team defeated the Ludhiana team by 195 runs in the under-15 inter-district cricket tournament organised by the Punjab Cricket Association, at DAV School, Sector 8, here today.

Jerath is boxing team manager
Chandigarh, April 16
Dr C.K. Jerath, Hony. Secretary, Chandigarh Amateur Boxing Association and Vice-President, Indian Amateur Boxing Federation, has been selected as the Team Manager-cum-Chief Delegate of the 12-member Indian Boxing Contingent.

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