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Protesting farmer dies during rally
Unions demand compensation for family of deceased
Chandigarh, September 13
The ongoing farmers rally at Matka Chowk witnessed a minor setback when one of the farmers died of heart attack today. Sixty-year- old Balwant Singh from Dugalwali village in Tarn Taran district of Punjab suddenly collapsed during the protest. The body of Balwant Singh of Tarn Taran district being escorted by farmers at Matka Chowk in Sector 17 before being sent home for cremation.
The body of Balwant Singh of Tarn Taran district being escorted by farmers at Matka Chowk in Sector 17 before being sent home for cremation. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan



EARLIER STORIES

Hardy boys warn motorists, prevent mishaps
Chandigarh, September 13
A Maruti car driver had a narrow escape late last night when his car rammed into an injured buffalo lying listless on the unlit road separating Sectors 24 and 25.

Boys warn vehicles rushing down the poorly-lit road separating Sectors 24 and 25 in Chandigarh against an injured buffalo; (right) along with cops, they remove the animal from the road on Tuesday night. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Boys warn vehicles rushing down the poorly-lit road separating Sectors 24 and 25 in Chandigarh against an injured buffalo.Along with cops, they remove the animal from the road on Tuesday night.

BBMB employee kills self
Chandigarh, September 13
A senior assistant with the Bhakra Beas Management Board, Gurcharan Singh, committed suicide by hanging himself at his apartment in Sector 36 late last night.

SHO held guilty of disobeying court
Chandigarh, September 13
In an unprecedented order, a local court has held the Station House Officer, Mani Majra, guilty of disobeying the lawful authority of the court of the Judicial Magistrate.

City Beautiful becoming foreign tourists’ haunt
Chandigarh, September 13
In a very positive indication for tourism. The number of foreign tourists visiting the City Beautiful has nearly tripled during the past decade. As many as 8655 travellers from foreign lands visited the city during 1996. The number rose to 23,284 in 2005.

COMMUNITY

Eco Notes
Sukhna home to 197 aquatic species
Chandigarh, September 13
Sukhna Lake has always been a tourist’s delight. But now there is a need to improve its ecology, says a study conducted by the Department of Zoology, Panjab University. The study, “Aquatic diversity of Sukhna Lake”, was conducted between December 2005 and July 2006. It was submitted to the UT Environment Department recently for perusal.
A view of the Sukhna Lake where a project to study aquatic fauna was undertaken.
A view of the Sukhna Lake where a project to study aquatic fauna was undertaken. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

MC to crack down on illegal constructions in villages
New building bylaws ready
Mohali, September 13
A new set of building bylaws will come down heavily on villagers indulging in haphazard construction activity within the municipal limits. Water conservation system is an important aspect of the new set of bylaws. Clearance of the bylaws by the recently elected civic body is expected soon.

New roads in border areas on the anvil
Chandigarh, September 13
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs is mulling over to build new roads along its 3225-km-long border with China over a period of six years and the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has been sounded on the projects to be undertaken.

City airport set for makeover
Chandigarh, September 13
Taking a flight from the city airport is going to become a pleasurable experience soon. Chandigarh Airport is not only all set to introduce new flights to the city but will also undergo a complete makeover.

Committee formed for granting licence to motorised rehris
Chandigarh, September 13
In pursuance of the resolution passed by the general house of the corporation at its meeting on July 31, the Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, has constituted a committee consisting of five councillors for the purpose of finalising the terms and conditions for the grant of licence of motorised three- wheeler rehris.

No insects in cooked food, says probe
Chandigarh, September 13
Punjab Education Department officials conducting an inquiry into the alleged detection of insects in rice bags in a school in Mohali have found that insects were not found in cooked food but in a new bag of rice that was issued from stores of Punsup a few weeks ago.

Mazdoor Sangh stages protest
Chandigarh, September 13
Over 200 members of the Parwasi Mazdoor Sangh today staged a protest in front of the office of the municipal corporation, Sector 17. They also burnt an effigy of the Congress councilor, Mr Kuldeep Singh.

CITCO holds lunch for senior citizens
Chandigarh, September 13
Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) organised a lunch for senior citizens at Baithak, Kalagram, here today.

Welfare body says builder ‘coercing’ them
Zirakpur, September 13
The executive committee of the New Generation Residents Welfare Society met here yesterday.

Woman sustains burn injuries
Chandigarh, September 13
A 40-year-old woman sustained burn injuries when she accidentally caught fire while cooking at her Khudda Lahora village residence here this morning. The police, while quoting the statement recorded by the victim, ruled out foul play.

Celebrations for MC chief
Panchkula, September 13
Celebrations marked the completion of 100 days in the office of Municipal Council chief, Ms Manvir Gill, which coincided with the 41st birthday of the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Chander Mohan, who was the special guest at a programme hosted by Ms Gill at Sector 12, here today.

Raising Day tomorrow
Chandigarh, September 13
The Western Command will celebrate its 59th Raising Day at its headquarters in Chandi Mandir on September 15.


 
CRIME

Leader of chain snatchers arrested
Panchkula, September 13
The CIA staff of the Panchkula police claimed to have arrested the ringleader of a gang of chain snatchers from Amartex Chowk here today.

Gold earring snatched
Chandigarh, September 13
Two unidentified miscreants snatched a gold earring worn by an elderly woman on the road separating Sectors 46 and 47 here this afternoon.

Booked for assault
Mohali, September 13
A resident of Madanpur village was booked on the charge of assaulting a constable. Mr Gurpinder Singh was stopped by a constable, Darshan Singh, in Phase I for routine checking.

 
BUSINESS

Now, garam Dharam woos truckers
Chandigarh, September 13
The ‘Punjab da puttar’ was at his charming best. Wooing the 50-odd truckers and transporters, the “garam Dharam”, posed with them for a picture and obliged them with autographs. The brand ambassador for Shriram Transport Finance Company, veteran actor Dharmendra was in town to interact with customers of the company here today.



Actor Dharmendra plays the perfect host at the Shriram Transport Finance Company customer meet in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan.
Actor Dharmendra plays the perfect host at the Shriram Transport Finance Company customer meet in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Small enterprises vital for growth, says expert
Chandigarh, September 13
To develop sustainable enterprises, there is an urgent need to transfer private investment small and medium enterprises. These SMEs generate economic, social and environmental benefits.


Mr Suneel Parasnis, Country Director, New Ventures India, delivers a lecture at the CII, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Mr Suneel Parasnis, Country Director, New Ventures India, delivers a lecture at the CII, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.


 
EDUCATION

Hooda gets first-hand experience of EDUSAT
Panchkula, September 13
From an inquisitive student to a reflective academician, Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, today, donned these roles to perfection, changed tracks frequently as he hopped from one classroom to another.

Violations galore at Hansraj Public School
Panchkula, September 13
It is violations galore at Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, where hostel rooms are occupied by students without the authorities procuring an occupation certificate while construction is in full swing to add another floor without getting the building plan passed. Now, the Estate Office has also issued a notice for these violations in this regard.

Hansraj Public School. A file photo

Hansraj Public School.

Roll number row: student given assurance
Panchkula, September 13
High drama prevailed at B N Senior Secondary School, here today, where a Class X student of the school, Sanjeev, and his mother alleged that the Principal demanded Rs 5000 to hand over his roll number for the semester examination which begins tomorrow.

Musical morning at Strawberry
Chandigarh, September 13
Come September and the Strawberry Fields Kindergarten comes alive to the strains of the piano, the chirpy singing of tiny tots and the swaying movements of their gracious forms.


Children of Strawberry Fields Kindergarten, in the age group of 3-4, hold court as they sing songs, rhymes and prayers to an audience comprising parents in the school library in Sector 24, Chandigarh, on Wednesday morning.
Children of Strawberry Fields Kindergarten, in the age group of 3-4, hold court as they sing songs, rhymes and prayers to an audience comprising parents in the school library in Sector 24, Chandigarh, on Wednesday morning.

Talent search contest concludes
Chandigarh, September 13
A two-day “Talent search competition” concluded today at the college hall of Government College, Sector 11, here today.

VC releases college souvenir
Chandigarh, September 13
The Panjab University Vice-Chancellor, Prof R.C. Sobti, released the Silver Jubilee Souvenir of Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, at a function at the college premises here today.

COURTS

Bhushan Industries power: HC dismisses pleas
Chandigarh, September 13
A Bench of the High Court today dismissed the separate petitions filed by the Chairman of the Bhushan Industries, an employee of the company and some officials of the UT Electricity Department, seeking directions to a CBI Special Court not to continue with the placing on record of the evidence in the case relating to alleged theft of power by the company.

Release amount due to Prof Puri, PU told
Chandigarh, September 13
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, to release the amount of over Rs 2.11 lakh due to former PU Vice-Chancellor Prof M.M. Puri.

Gaganjit case: cops given notice
Chandigarh, September 13
The Additional District and Sessions Judge today issued notice to the Chandigarh Police for September 16 on the basis of a bail application moved by counsel for Dhuri MLA Gaganjit Singh Barnala.

 
HEALTH

Special Story
20 per cent shortage of doctors in field units
Chandigarh, September 13
Taking serious note of the shortage of doctors in Armed Forces Medical Services units deployed in the field, Parliament's Standing Committee on Defence has asked the government to initiate immediate corrective measures.

MDR-TB, sleep lab inaugurated in GMCH-32
Chandigarh, September 13
The Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) Centre and Sleep Laboratory were formally inaugurated at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, (GMCH-32) here today.

Special pulse polio campaign
Chandigarh, September 13
Taking a serious view of the polio case that surfaced in the city, the UT Health Department has decided to launch a special pulse polio immunisation campaign in Chandigarh on September 17. The campaign will be followed by a house-to-house survey to immunise children in various sectors of the city, apart from villages and slums.

 
SPORTS

PCA proposal to PU on world-class cricket pitches
Chandigarh, September 13
Cricket lovers in the city could soon have world-class cricket pitches conforming to international standards. The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has proposed an MoU to Panjab University to set up three practice pitches and three central pitches at the university. The PCA will incur all costs.

Shivalik School-41, DAV-15 enter semis in Molly Carver tourney
Chandigarh, September 13
Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, and DAV School, Sector 15, entered the semi-finals of the third Molly Carver Memorial High Schools Cricket Tournament being organised by Desh Prem Azad Academy at St Stephen's School in Togan, near here, today.

SCD College beat GC-11
Chandigarh, September 13
SCD College, Ludhiana, beat Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh, 3-0 on the second day of the Panjab University Inter-College Table Tennis (Men) Tournament being played at PU Gymnasium Hall here today. Anil of SCD College defeated Rabi Chand 11-2, 11-8, 11-6. In the second match, Atul defeated Rajat 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 11-4 while in the third encounter, Kulwinder beat Manoj Singh 11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 11-1.

Atul of SCD College, Ludhiana, in action during the Panjab University Inter-college Table Tennis (Men) Tournament in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Atul of SCD College, Ludhiana, in action during the Panjab University Inter-college Table Tennis (Men) Tournament in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Senior Football Championship
Chandigarh, September 13
Harvinder Pal of AG Haryana, Chandigarh, will lead the Chandigarh men football team in the forthcoming 61 st Senior National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy scheduled to begin in Gurgaon and Faridabad. The matches are scheduled to be held from September 15.

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