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Special drive in Colony Nos. 4, 5
Bid to control water-borne diseases
Chandigarh, July 26
The Municipal Corporation today sealed the handpump found to be supplying contaminated water, unfit for drinking and probably responsible for the cholera case detected in Burail.

PU not to dilute merit
B.Ed admissions
Chandigarh, July 26
Panjab University has decided not to dilute merit in order to attract more students to its two-year B.Ed course offered through the Department of Correspondence Studies.

In the backdrop of blue sky, the setting sun reflects a riot of colours that weave wondrous patterns

In the backdrop of blue sky, the setting sun reflects a riot of colours that weave wondrous patterns. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh


Beer prices up despite Excise Dept directives
Chandigarh, July 26
Companies manufacturing different brands of beer are not going by directives of the UT Excise Department on the issue of increasing prices of beer. Despite directives of the UT Excise Department to representatives of the companies not to sell beer at increased rates.

A car smashed badly by a tree uprooted by incessant rain at Sector 8 parking in Chandigarh
A car smashed badly by a tree uprooted by incessant rain at Sector 8 parking in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Cheaper cab service on the anvil
Chandigarh, July 26
Chandigarh Administration is considering a cheaper taxi service in the city. New cab service will provide for non-AC cars on the city roads and the adjoining townships of Mohali and Panchkula.

Bid to whisk away transporter
Panchkula, July 26
There was high drama at the busy Sector 11 market here this evening. Two groups of unidentified youths, reportedly accompanied by a cop, reached here in a Qualis and a Tavera.

City film producer in race for Mobile Film Makers Award
Chandigarh, July 26
Film producer and director from Chandigarh Sunil Babbar has reached the semifinals of the International Mobile Film Makers Award-2006, which was organised by Discovery TV and Nokia Mobiles in Singapore recently.

Women out to make a mark

Mohali, July 26
Women are out to make a mark in the election arena with 46 contesting the municipal elections scheduled to be held in the town on July 30. A total of 125 candidates are in the fray for the civic body polls.

G.K. Nanda   Amteshwar Kaur   Indu Bhanot   Baljit Kaur

A keen contest in the offing
Mohali, July 26
All eyes are focused on the keen contest in ward 15 between the former president of the Municipal Council and a candidate backed by a group of Opposition members in the previous civic body. While Mr Kulwant Singh, former council president, who had won the civic body elections for two consecutive terms earlier, is quite confident of his position in his ward during the elections, Mr Gurnam Bindra Singh said that he was also getting a very good response from voters.

Gurnam Singh Bindra
Gurnam Singh Bindra


MC, HUDA apathy ‘stinks’
Garbage dumping compounds problem
Panchkula, July 26
Even after over five years of its formation the Panchkula Municipal Council has failed to earmark a site for dumping waste in the city.

Employees of Panchkula Municipal Council dump garbage and solid waste on HUDA land near Ghaggar in Sector 25, Panchkula, on Tuesday.
— A Tribune photograph

Employees of Panchkula Municipal Council dump garbage and solid waste on HUDA land near Ghaggar in Sector 25, Panchkula

Elevations hamper fire engine movement

Chandigarh, July 24
Chandigarh’s Sector 17 market continues to sit on a ticking fire bomb. Though the Municipal Corporation has re-laid almost the entire concrete floor of the central plaza, it has not made any arrangements for enabling the fire engines to climb up the elevated boardwalk in case of a blaze.

Elevated platforms in the Sector 17 parking lots are not conducive for fire engines to act promptly in case of a blaze. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Elevated platforms in the Sector 17 parking lots are not conducive for fire engines to act promptly in case of a blaze

Estate Office ‘hedging’ right to info Act guidelines
Chandigarh, July 26
‘‘In the UT Estate Office every post, irrespective of designation, is a sensitive post. The Estate Office deals directly or indirectly with public’’. This information has been provided by the Central Information Officer, Estate Office, to the Forum for Public Affairs in reply to a query seeking information about sensitive posts in the Building Branch, Enforcement Branch and the Estate Office.

Serving the mentally ill
Chandigarh, July 26
If the efforts of Father Hank Nunn bear fruit, it will spring a ray of hope for many not so lucky, who have been shattered by chronic mental illness. A crusader to change the way people treat a mentally ill person, this social worker from Bangalore has dedicated his life to accept the prevalence of mental illness without a stigma. “It is our effort to change the lives of those who demonstrate an inability to think responsibly for themselves, which is often clearly evident in an inability to exercise the emotional control of feelings”, he says.

Father Hank Nunn
Father Hank Nunn

Another representation to Sonia Gandhi
Chandigarh, July 26
Residents of the city from different walks of life in a communication addressed to Mrs Sonia Gandhi, President of the All India Congress Committee, have expressed their grievance "against efforts being made by a handful of citizens of the city to put irritants in the planned growth of the city".

The submerged Landra-Banur road at Mohali after the region was lashed by heavy downpour
The submerged Landra-Banur road at Mohali after the region was lashed by heavy downpour on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

MC earns Rs 14.26 lakh
Chandigarh, July 26
The Municipal Corporation has earned Rs 14.26 lakh in an open auction held here today for a period of five months only from August 1 to December 31 of two parking lots for four/two-wheeler, etc.

Rally today by newspaper employees
Chandigarh, July 26
In response to a call given by the Confederation of Newspaper and News Agency Employees Organisations, The Tribune Employees Union, along with the Indian Express Employees Union, the Chandigarh Journalists Association, the Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists, the PTI Employees Union and the UNI Workers Union will hold a gate rally in front of The Tribune office gate, Sector 29, tomorrow.

Underbridge: Mansa panel to meet Lalu
Chandigarh, July 26
A delegation of the Mansa-based Railway Underbridge Sangharsh Committee will meet the Union Railway Minister, Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav, on August 2 in Delhi to urge him to remove the hurdles which are being created in starting the construction of the underbridge.

Dogra Regiment get-together
Chandigarh, July 26
To keep up regimental affiliation and maintain old ties, serving and retired officers of Dogra Regiment organised a social get-together at the Defence Services Officers Institute here on Monday.


Police clueless in woman’s suicide-bid case
Chandigarh, July 26
The police continues to remain clueless about the reason that forced, Sangeeta to jump from the third floor of the Punjab and Haryana High Court building on Tuesday. Unable to make a statement to the police following a surgery, she continues to remain all by herself at PGI with no relative agreeing to cast light on the reasons that led her to take this drastic step.

Owner cries foul as tenant ‘sells’ booth shutters
Chandigarh, July 26
If allegations levelled by a Sector 8 resident in a complaint to the UT Home Secretary are to be believed, the local police is shielding his ‘‘tenant’’ who is running business from his booth in the same Sector, despite the fact that the shutters of the booth ‘‘illegally’’ removed by the tenant were recovered from a scrap dealer.

Ex-PGI employee case: CBI files closure report
Chandigarh, July 26
The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a closure report in the 13-year-old corruption case registered against a former Estate Manager of the PGI, Col MS Sodhi. Acting on the application of the CBI, the CBI Special Judge today issued notice to the accused.

Two held on theft charge
Chandigarh, July 26
The local police has arrested two persons, allegedly caught red-handed while stealing computers parts from the office of the Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Haryana. Sources in the Sector 17 police station said Mr Umesh Kumar, a clerk in the office of the Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Haryana, in Sector 17 here.


Jet to introduce Delhi-Bangkok flight by Oct
Chandigarh, July 26
Jet Airways will introduce a flight on the Mumbai-Brussels-New York sector by May, 2007. The leading domestic airlines will also introduce a flight on the Delhi-Bangkok sector by October this year. This was stated by the CEO of Jet Airways, Mr Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, here today. 
                                 Wolfgang Prock-Schauer

Wolfgang Prock-Schauer

‘PNBHF business in city Rs 40 cr’
Chandigarh, July 26
The Chandigarh unit of PNB Housing Finance has a total business of Rs 40 crore. Of this, Rs 1 crore is the non-performing assets. This was disclosed by the Managing Director of PNB Housing Finance, Mr V.K. Khanna, while addressing a press conference here yesterday.


From Schools
Contests mark week-long celebrations
Chandigarh, July 26
Competitions marked the week-long celebrations at the St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School in Sector 44 here. The senior and middle wings organised a poster-making competition on environment.

Students of St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, perform a qawwali at the school in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
— A Tribune photograph

Students of St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, perform a qawwali at the school in Chandigarh

Home Secy stresses on health education
Chandigarh, July 26
The UT Home Secretary, Mr Krishna Mohan, today called upon school teachers to actively participate in awareness programmes like health education as they are the role model for the students.

NCC to take up ecology project
Chandigarh, July 26
The National Cadet Corps has joined hands with the G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development for the protection and development of the environment and ecology of the Himalayan region.

Respects paid to Kargil heroes
Chandigarh, July 26
The local unit of the All India Anti-Terrorist Front today organised the second inter-school painting and poster making competition on ‘Vijay Divas’. The function is organised to pay respects to Kargil heroes.

Dhruv Gularia, son of martyr, Capt Deepak Gularia, who died in Kargil war, paying floral tributes to his father during Vijay Divas function at Govt Museum, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Dhruv Gularia, son of martyr, Capt Deepak Gularia, who died in Kargil war, paying floral tributes to his father during Vijay Divas function at Govt Museum, Sector 10, Chandigarh

ISTC plans new courses, tie-ups for industry
Chandigarh, July 26
The Indo-Swiss Training Centre here has drawn up a road map to cater to the industry’s emerging requirement for trained technicians in contemporary scientific and technical fields.

PCCTU flays attack on college Principal
Chandigarh, July 26
Members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union condemned the attacks by anti-social elements on Principal of Government Mohindra College, Patiala and Prof Sunil Aggarwal of KCSD College, Ludhiana, on respective college campuses during the past two days.

Teej celebrated
Dera Bassi, July 26
Students of Deepmala Public School celebrated Teej in the school here today. Ms Deep Mala, chairperson of the school, inaugurated the celebrations and educated the students about the importance of the festival.

Students of Deepmala Public School, Dera Bassi, celebrate Teej on Wednesday.

New courses
Chandigarh, July 26
The Raja Ram Mohan Roy Institute of Vocational Studies, Sector 27, will be introducing new courses from August. The courses offered are fashion design, including clothing techniques, textile designing and beauty culture.

Students of Deepmala Public School, Dera Bassi, celebrate Teej

27 complete hair care course
Mohali, July 26
The Jan Shikshan Sansthan, Mohali, organised a short duration “Advance Course in Hair Care and Hair Style”. As many as 27 students successfully completed the course. Prof. Asha Sethi distributed certificates to the students.


Naseeruddin’s romance with theatre
Chandigarh, July 26
Fresh from his directorial debut in films, Naseeruddin Shah is ready to hit the space of live performance. As such, he has seldom stayed away from theatre which he considers the greatest available therapy to man. In his case, it has worked wonders by rejuvenating his senses on the one hand and chiseling his sensibilities on the other.

Naseeruddin Shah
Naseeruddin Shah

A novel on Kanishka tragedy
Chandigarh, July 26
One of the worst disasters in the aviation history of the world was the bombing of the Delhi-bound Air-India Boeing 747 flight " Kanishka" from Canada on June 23, 1985. It exploded mid-air killing all 329 people on board, most of them Canadians of Indian origin.
The crash was attributed to terrorism that engulfed Punjab in 80s and 90s. The crash's investigation took 20 years of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police which spent $150 million (Canadian) on the probe.

Iqbal Ramoowalia
Iqbal Ramoowalia

Cultural function at Yavnika
Panchkula, July 26
Panchkula Kala Vikas Manch will organise a cultural function apart from painting and mehndi competitions to mark the Teej celebrations at Open Air Theatre Yavnika in Sector 5 on Friday.


Food can be ‘health hazard’ during rains
Mohali, July 26
Food can become a serious health hazard during the rains as the wet and humid atmosphere is a perfect recipe for the growth of bacteria and viruses. This was stated by Ms Sonia Gandhi, a nutritionist at Fortis Hospital, while issuing an advisory in public interest here today.

Pharma magazine launched
Chandigarh, July 26
Ind-Swift Communications today launched a national pharmaceutical magazine “Pharma Buzz”. The maiden issue of the magazine was launched by Prof. P. Rama Rao, Director, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, here today. Prof P. Rama Rao congratulated Dr Gopal Munjal, Editor-in-Chief of the magazine, and the chairman of the Rs 600 crore Ind Swift group, for his new venture.                                                             Dr Gopal Munjal

Dr Gopal Munjal


DAV Public School lads score 5-2 win
Chandigarh, July 26
DAV Public Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, beat Shishu Niketan Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, by 5-2 through tie-breaker in the Pre- Subroto Mukherjee Football Tournament (under 17 boys) at Government Model Sr Sec School, Sector 37, here today.

Atray cricket tourney from Sept 17
Chandigarh, July 26
The XIIIth All India J P Atray Cricket Tournament will start from September 17 to 27 at four venues including Cricket Stadium, Sector-16, DAV Sr Sec School, Sector-8, St. John’s High School, Sector-26 and Cricket Stadium, Sector-3, Panchukula, under the auspices of Punjab Cricket Association.


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