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Debt-ridden PGI employee ends life
Chandigarh, July 28
A debt-ridden employee of the PGI allegedly ended his life by hanging from the ceiling fan at his residence on the PGI campus this evening.

Campaigning ends in Mohali
Defacement: over 2 lakh posters, banners removed
Mohali, July 28
Even as the campaigning for the municipal elections to he held here on Sunday ended here today, employees of the Municipal Council removed 2.21 lakh posters, banners and small flags put up in violation of the norms.

File IT returns on Sunday too
Chandigarh, July 28
For the convenience of the tax assessees, the postal department today decided to open certain counters for accepting income tax returns this Sunday.




EARLIER STORIES


Emaar can withdraw plea on Technology Park
Chandigarh, July 28
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today allowed M/s Emaar-MGF Properties, which had challenged the award of contract for the development of residential, commercial and other related infrastructure facilities as an integrated project at the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park to M/s Parsvanath Developers Private Limited, to withdraw its petition.

Applications for govt houses invited
Chandigarh, July 28
The Administration has invited applications for allotment of Type 12 (old) and Type II (new) houses in the city.A still fro Omkara

Vishal dares to indigenise ‘Othello’
Chandigarh, July 28
‘Omkara’ stands testimony to Vishal Bhardwaj’s cinematic genius. Powered by basic human emotions of passion, integrity, avarice and distrust, it comes encouragingly close to the Shakespearean classic ‘Othello’ whose adaptation it claims to be. That the film takes you back to the key plots that muscle the original play augurs well for the filmmaker who has dared to fashion an indigenous version of ‘Othello’ and succeeded in it.


A still from “Omkara”

COMMUNITY

Residents urged to vote judiciously
Chandigarh, July 28
The Citizens’ Awareness Group (CAG), an NGO comprising prominent citizens from all walks of life in Mohali, yesterday urged the voters to elect honest, educated and dedicated candidates during the Municipal Council (MC) elections on July 30.

YC appointment
Chandigarh, July 28
Mr Devi Dayal Sharma who has been appointed as vice-president of the District Youth Congress (Rural) by Mr Didar Singh, president of the District Youth Congress (Rural) in consent with Mr H.S. Lucky, president of the Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress.

 
CRIME

Man electrocuted
Chandigarh, July 28
A 28-year-old man was electrocuted at his rented accommodation in Darua village this afternoon here. The police has booked the landlord of the house for causing death due to negligence.

9 booked for running fake lottery
Mohali, July 28
The police has booked nine persons on charges of cheating, forgery and criminal intimidation.

Man held for duping employer
Mohali, July 28
One person was nabbed by the police on charge of withdrawing over Rs 1 lakh by using an ATM card of his employer.

Two burglars arrested
Chandigarh, July 28
With the arrest of two alleged burglars, armed with a stolen .32-bore Spanish pistol and three crude bombs, the Chandigarh police yesterday claimed to have solved four cases of burglary committed in various parts of the city.

Case registered for fraudulent bank transfer
Chandigarh, July 28
The police has registered a case of cheating and impersonation against some unidentified persons for fraudulently transferring Rs 4.3 lakh from the account of an Australia-based NRI at the HDFC Bank in Sector 8 here.

1 booked for cheating
Chandigarh, July 28
The police booked a Shimla resident on the allegation of cheating a local trader
of Rs 3 lakh.

Shalimar promoter booked for cheating
Zirakpur, July 28
The local police has booked Prem Chand Singla, a promoter of the Shalimar Enclave, at Himmatgarh village and a resident of Sector 12-A, Panchkula, in a cheating case.

Man booked for molestation
Zirakpur, July 28
The police has booked Ramveer, a resident of Dhakoli, on charges of outraging the modesty of a Baltana resident. The lady alleged that Ramveer tried to molest her when she had gone to the market.

 
BUSINESS

Mega tourism convention planned
Chandigarh, July 28
For the promotion of Tourism, the Chandigarh Administration in collaboration with the CII will hold a mega tourism convention in October annually in City Beautiful, in which Departments of Tourism from all over the country and delegates from abroad, will participate and deliberate on various issues of tourism.


Partial bank stir hits clearing
Chandigarh, July 28
Banking services in the city were partially affected because of the all-India strike called by various bank employees. With employees of the State Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank and Bank of Baroda opting out of the strike, it did not have much impact in the tricity.

The Sector 17 branch of Punjab National Bank wears a deserted look due the strike by bank employees at Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
The Sector 17 branch of Punjab National Bank wears a deserted look due the strike by bank employees at Chandigarh on Friday.

 
EDUCATION

61 students conferred diplomas

Chandigarh, July 28
As many as 61 students of the Indo-Swiss Training Centre (ISTC) were awarded diplomas at the institute’s 41st convocation here today. The students had undergone diploma and advanced diploma courses in instrument technology, die and mould making, and mechatronics and industrial automation.

Students of Indo-Swiss Training Centre with their diploma certificates after the convocation in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Students of Indo-Swiss Training Centre with their diploma certificates after the convocation in Chandigarh on Friday.

Daria students to get C-TOSS training
Chandigarh, July 28
Students of Classes XII and above from Daria village will be imparted training under the Chandigarh Training of Soft Skills(C-TOSS) Programme so that they can get jobs easily at the information technology (IT) companies coming to the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park.

Students attend workshop on foeticide
Chandigarh, July 28
As part of the ongoing ‘Campaign for Peace-City Chandigarh’, Yuvsatta, Dev Samaj College of Education, KB DAV Senior Secondary Public School and Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi, are organising a workshop on ‘Female Foeticide’ to promote the concept of ‘Girl Chid Friendly Cities’.

PU Prof to present papers
Chandigarh, July 28
Prof Suresh K. Chadha of University Business School has been invited by the Asian Productivity Organisation, Tokyo, to present a paper on the international symposium on Management of Change, to be held at Hanoi, Vietnam, from August 7 to 10.

Toppers honoured
Chandigarh, July 28
Naveen Aggarwal who stood first in Punjab and seventh all-India rank in the AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) entrance test and also topped this year’s “career evaluation test”, will get full fee as scholarship for his study at AIIMS. He was today rewarded by Prof S.C. Gupta, Director of a coaching centre, at a function here.

Special kids’ teacher selected for award

Chandigarh, July 28
The Area Director of the Special Olympics Bharat (Chandigarh), Mrs Promila Chandra Mohan, has been selected for Excellency Award-2006 by the Sri Lanka Justices of Peace and Human Rights Organisation (SSLJP) and Sulabh International.

Differently abled students from Arushi, a Bhopal-based NGO, interact with students and Ms Madhu Bahl, Principal, KB DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 7, in Chandigarh, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Differently abled students from Arushi, a Bhopal-based NGO, interact with students and Ms Madhu Bahl, Principal, KB DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 7, in Chandigarh, on Friday.

PU students donate blood
Chandigarh, July 28
Members of the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) organized a blood donation camp in collaboration with the PGIMER at Students’ Centre here today. PUSU also arranged refreshment and energy drinks for the donors. The camp was organized on the idea of PUSU President, Rupinderjit Singh Maan, and was dedicated to Kargil martyrs and the Mumbai blasts victims. More than 50 students donated blood during the camp.

COURTS

CJM pulls up SI for imposing Sec 307
Chandigarh, July 28
The Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Mr Y.S. Rathore today pulled up SI Charanjit Singh, the Investigation Officer (IO) of the Sector 17 Police Station, for unnecessarily imposing Section 307 of the IPC against three persons on charges of beating up two sons of Mr Vijay Kumar, an Inspector with the local police, in Sector 23 on Wednesday. One of the victims had sustained a fracture in the arm, while the other sustained minor injuries.

Probe sought into attack on advocate
Chandigarh, July 28
The Lawyers for Human Rights International (LHRI) has demanded an inquiry into the alleged attack on a member of the human rights association. Condemning the role of the Chandigarh police in not taking prompt action against the miscreant who attacked advocate Arvind Thakur, the LHRI has demanded the arrest of the culprits.

 
CULTURE

Teej celebrated with fervour
Panchkula, July 28
A state-level cultural function was organised to celebrate Teej festival at Hotel Red Bishop here today. More than six teams from different districts performed Haryanvi folk dances and ragnis to mark the occasion.

Rafi finals tomorrow
Chandigarh, July 28
The Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society will hold the final round of its annual singing competition for best singer award in junior and senior categories for male and female amateur singers on July 30 at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh at 5.00 p.m.

Anay Goswamy Living the joys of cinema
Chandigarh, July 28
Anay Goswamy exudes freshness, so does his first short feature film which swept many a juror off their feet. For a maiden project, “The Pocket Watch” is delightful and it is not without reason that it won the best short story award at IBDAA Media Arts and Film Festival held in April this year.                                       
Anay Goswamy

Lyrical beauty of Odissi blooms
Chandigarh, July 28
The grandeur of Odissi classical dance was brought alive by 12 accomplished artistes of Bhubaneswar-based Sarjan troupe at the Tagore Theatre here today.
The programme was brought to the city by the Pracheen Kala Kendra as a part of its golden jubilee celebrations. The visual treat in the kinetic phraseology of Odissi got off to a serene start with an invocatory Manglacharan in laudation of Lord Ganesh, ably choreographed by Guru Ratikant Mohapatra.




Oddisi dance recital by Srijan troupe at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
Oddisi dance recital by Srijan troupe at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Friday.

 
Mann favours movies on sensitive issues
Chandigarh, July 28

For him, Punjabi flicks are more than just commercial ventures. They are channels of change.
No wonder, singer-turned-actor Harbhajan Mann is in favour of acting in Punjabi movies, that not only entertain people and promote cinema, but also address issues that plague the region.

Harbhajan Mann with Neeru Bajwa and Mahek Chahal at Kalagram in connection with the music release of ‘Dil Apna Punjabi’ in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Harbhajan Mann with Neeru Bajwa and Mahek Chahal at Kalagram in connection with the music release of ‘Dil Apna Punjabi’ in Chandigah on Friday.

HEALTH

PGI Prof elected rhinology society chief
Chandigarh, July 28
Dr Ashok Gupta, Professor at the ENT Department of the PGI has been unanimously elected as President of the All-India Rhinology Society at the 19th Annual Conference of the society held at Hyderabad.

 
SPORTS

Indo-Pak Cricket Cup in Chandigarh
Chandigarh, July 28
To give exposure to budding cricket players in under 13 and under 16 category, St. John’s Cricket Academy, Sector 26, is hosting Indo-Pak Cricket Cup 2006 at Chandigarh. The series will be held between St. John’s Cricket Academy and St. Anthony’s High School, Lahore, Pakistan, from July 31 to August 3.

Vivek cagers win
Chandigarh, July 28
Vivek High School, Sector 38, defeated New Public School, Sector 18, by 42-29 points in the boys section on the opening day of Sub-junior Basketball championship held at New Public School, Sector 18, here today. Chetandeep (18 points) and Ranbir (10 points) were the main contributors from Vivek team while Ravinder (10 points) and Sartaj (8 points) contributed mainly for the New Public team.

Skating tourney
Mohali, July 28
Aryan of Panchkula bagged the first place in the 4-6 year category during the All-India Open Sardar Sewa Singh John Memorial Gold Cup Skating Tournament which commenced at DAV Public Senior Secondary School, Phase X here today.

ADMINISTRATION

10 councillors to go on study tour
Chandigarh, July 28
The recent controversy surrounding the visit of senior municipal corporation (MC) officials and councillors to Bangalore and Germany is yet to die down, but in yet another decision, 10 MC councillors have been given the green signal by the UT Administration to go for another study tour, this time to Kolkata and Siliguri, scheduled for next month.

Liquor contractor penalised
Chandigarh, July 28
The Collector Excise, Chandigarh, has imposed a penalty of Rs 1 lakh on L-2 licencee, M/s Sai Finlease Pvt Ltd, Sector 45, under Section 80 (2) of the Punjab Excise Act, 1914.

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