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Snarl-ups, chaos in tricity
Chandigarh, August 13VHP activists block traffic on the Madhya Marg in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
The ‘chakka jam’ call given by the VHP against the revocation of the land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board by the Jammu and Kashmir government spelled chaos on city’s Madhya Marg here today.
VHP activists block traffic on the Madhya Marg in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Custodial Death
Police seeks copy of inquiry report
Chandigarh, August 13
The UT police has requested Judicial Magistrate first class (JMIC) P.K. Lal to send a copy of the inquiry report into the death of Inderjit Singh who died in the custody of the Industrial area police on July 28.

Admn’s initiative to empower street kids
Training centre comes up at Maloya
Chandigarh, August 13
To empower street children and to ensure their rehabilitation as productive members of society, the Chandigarh administration has earmarked 4.5 acres of land at Maloya to set up a vocational training centre.

False kidnap alarm
Chandigarh, August 13
High drama prevailed after a taxi driver informed the police that a woman had been kidnapped by a group in Sector 45, here this morning.


Punjab University’s law students protest outside the department on Wednesday. ‘Misbehaviour’ by guest lecturer
PU law students go on flash strike
Chandigarh, August 13
A group of students of the PU department of laws of the evening batch, who were joined in by some regular students, went on a lightning strike and sat outside the department throughout the day. The students were alleging that a guest faculty member had misbehaved with a final-year student, Prashant Sharma, last evening.

Punjab University’s law students protest outside the department on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

19 to be honoured on I-Day
Chandigarh, August 13
The Chandigarh administration has decided to award commendation certificates to 19 persons, including employees for their outstanding service, during the Independence Day function on August 15. Gaurav Sharma, D.S. Kapoor, R.K. Bagga and Namrata have been selected for their outstanding work in the field of art.


UPA mulls loan waiver for SC/STs, landless
Chandigarh, August 13
It is sop time again for the Congress-led UPA government. Close on the heels of about Rs 61,000 crore loan waiver for the farmers, the Congress-led UPA government is mulling a proposal to wave off loans disbursed by the Central government, the state governments, banks and and cooperatives to the Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes and landless labourers.

I-Day Celebrations
Participants have dry run
Chandigarh, August 13
A full-day rehearsal of the Independence Day celebrations was held at Parade Ground in Sector 17 today.

Protests hamper I-Day vigil of police
Chandigarh, August 13
Ongoing protests in the city are impeding the efforts of the city police in providing security arrangements for the Independence Day.

Models who will participate in the INIFD Designer Medley to be held in Chandigarh on Thursday. INIFD’s show to be medley of glamour, creativity
Chandigarh, August 13
Inter National Institute of Fashion Design, Chandigarh, is going to organise annual passing-out fashion show, INIFD Designer Medley, on August 14, 2008. Models will present the creativity of budding designers of INIFD during this show.

Models who will participate in the INIFD Designer Medley to be held in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Sanskrit Day celebrations at akademi
Panchkula, August 13
The Haryana State Sanskrit Akademi celebrated the ‘ Sanskrit Day’ by organising a poetic symposium and seminar at their complex here today. Akademi director, Dr RD Sharma, offered an overview of the achievements and future plans for the Sanskrit language.

Visitors at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, walk on the bridge despite the missing slippers which can prove fatal.
DANGER ZONE: Visitors at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, walk on the bridge despite the missing slippers which can prove fatal. Tribune photo: Karam Singh

FM station’s ‘RJ Marathon’ ends
Chandigarh, August 13
With Beijing Olympics taking centre stage, an FM radio station - BIG 92.7 FM - in a first-of-its-kind initiative held an Olympiad of its own.

Industry told to conserve energy
Chandigarh, August 13
In an effort to conserve energy, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), has designated nine industrial sectors for initiating steps to conserve energy. These sectors — cement, textile, steel, aluminium, power, fertiliser, railways, pulp and paper, alkalies and textile — will conduct energy audits as per the Energy Conservation Act.

Seized liquor worth lakhs destroyed
Panchkula, August 13
The excise and taxation department (taxation) of Panchkula district, destroyed liquor worth Rs 31lakh at a forest area near Ghaggar river here today.

Boy thrashed by neighbour
Panchkula, August 13
Inder Kumar (15), a resident of Gandhi Colony, Mansa Devi Complex, was admitted to hospital following brutal thrashing by a resident of the same colony here today. The teenager, son of a labourer, Shankar, entered the verandah of the house of the accused, a milkman, while chasing butterflies.

Power Shutdown
CHANDIGARH: Power supply will be suspended on Thursday to part of Dadumajra village, Raipur Kalan, Vikas Nagar and Sector 8 B&C from 9 am to 2 pm and to parts of Sector 45 and Burail village from 10 am to 1 pm.

Waste disposal
Every day, tonnes of rubbish, which could easily have been recycled, goes straight to landfill sites. Land filling as a means of waste disposal should be discouraged as it produces dangerous emissions and toxic deposits which threaten environment.


DAV-15 students excel in NTT exam
Chanidgarh, August 13
All the top places in the second semester of the Nursery Teachers’ Training (NTT) course have been won by the DAV Model School, Sector 15-A, students. 

UIET students meet VC
Chandigarh, August 13
Mechanical engineering students of the UIET, who protested against the Panjab University authorities for not providing them adequate faculty and infrastructure yesterday, met the vice-chancellor and apprised him of their problems today.

INSO puts demands to VC
Chandigarh, August 13
A delegation of Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) held a protest demanding improvement chance in examinations to students of all the departments, scrapping of internal assessment system in the arts faculties, reading room facility in all the girls hostels, implementation of Group Insurance Policy from this academic year, proper functioning of Wi- Fi system in every hostel and interim arrangement for hostel facilities.


HC dismisses PIL challenging UT memo to schools
Chandigarh, August 13
Describing as “absolutely misconceived” a public interest litigation challenging a UT Administration memo asking city schools to remain open for two hours on August 15 to celebrate Independence Day, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has dismissed the same.

Graft Case
Non-bailable warrants against complainant
Chandigarh, August 13
The CBI court has issued non-bailable warrants against the complainant in a graft case for not appearing before it.

Former PGI doc gets his due after legal battle
Chandigarh, August 13
Former superintending hospital engineer of the PGI Dr J.C. Mehta had to struggle for years to get certain monetary benefits and pension.

Disabled CRPF trooper fights against discharge
Chandigarh, August 13
A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable, who was grievously injured in counter-terrorist operations, is now facing a different challenge. He is allegedly being pressurised by the authorities to opt for voluntary retirement or be invalided out of the service on medical grounds.

Airways told to pay Rs 50,000 for hurting religious sentiments
Chandigarh, August 13
Not caring for the religious sentiments of passengers travelling in a British Airways plane has cost the airways dear.

Railways asked to file affidavit
Chandigarh, August 13
A Division Bench of The Punjab and Haryana High Court, comprising Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice Surya Kant today directed the railways to file an affidavit within six weeks on possible solutions to overcome the problems of vehicular traffic at Chandigarh railway station.


P’kula man’s body found from river
Kalka, August 13
The body of a 48-year-old man was recovered from the Kaushlaya river on the Mallah road, near Pinjore, today.
Police sources said the deceased had been identified as Naresh Kumar, a resident of Sector 12-A, Panchkula. He was the proprietor of Polka Pastry Shop in Sector 7 , Panchkula.

Amarnath Land RowA scene of the traffic jam on the Ambala-Rajpura road on Wednesday.
BJP, VHP activists block rail traffic
Rajpura, August 13
The BJP, the VHP and some other religious organisations today blocked the rail traffic for two hours in the wake of the Amarnath land row in Jammu and Kashmir. Road traffic was also disrupted and some passenger trains were delayed due to the agitation. Commuters were at the receiving end due to the gathering of a large number of people protesting against the Congress government in Jammu and Kashmir.

A scene of the traffic jam on the Ambala-Rajpura road on Wednesday. Tribune photo: J.S. Virdi

Tribune Impact
Ministry seeks details of housing projects from state govt
Kharar, August 13
The northern regional office of the ministry of environment and forests has directed the state government to give details of mega housing projects coming up in Desu Majra, Rajpur, Ballo Majra, Mundi Kharar, Khanpur and Sante Majra areas.

Bank staff hold demonstration
Patiala, August 13
On a call given by the All-India State Bank Officers Federation, representing State Bank of India and Associate Banks,a demonstration was held in front of the Head Office of State Bank of Patiala today under the leadership of Amar Singh, general secretary, Associate Bank Officers Association (State Bank of Patiala, unit) .

Raipur Rani Incident
Judicial remand for 30 accused
Panchkula, August 13
In connection with the banned meat incident, which caused tension in Hangoli village (Raipur Rani) between two communities yesterday, a local court today sent all the 30 accused into judicial custody. The accused, who belong to a particular community, were arrested by the police yesterday as banned meat was found from their houses.

400 patients examined at medical camp
Patiala, August 13
Over 400 patients were examined at a free medical camp organised by Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital at the SOS village at Rajpura, today.

PSEB diploma engineers resent delay in promotions
Patiala, August 13
Strong resentment prevails among Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) diploma engineers against the inordinate delay in filling of vacancies in the 5 per cent promotion quota granted for the removal of underemployment among the diploma engineers.

Labourer dies of snake bite
Rajpura, August 13
A migrant labourer died after a poisonous snake bit him while he was watering the fields at Gopalpur village here today.

Common village land sold illegally
Removal of naib tehsildar sought
Kalka, August 13
Two families of the nearby Karanpur and Charnia village have allegedly sold the common land of Rampur Jangi village in Kalka subdivision to a gang of inter-state property dealers in alleged collusion with Kalka’s naib tehsildar. The land comprises a government school, cremation ground, graveyard, roads, ponds, a temple, a gurdwara, a dharamshala, drinking water supply scheme, community centre and village pasture.


AITA tennis results
Chandigarh, August 13
A CLTA (Chandigarh Long Tennis Association) trainee, Atul Sri Patel, stole limelight by toppling top seed Kamal Kishore Maderna of Rajasthan 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the boys’ Under-14 singles encounter to storm into the semifinals in the AITA Talent Tennis Series Tournament at CLTA courts, Sector 10 here today.

Rohit bags two medals in roll ball championship
Chandigarh, August 13
An international roll ball player Rohit Bajaj, student of class XII from Kailash Bahl DAV School, Sector 7-B, Chandigarh, has clinched two gold medals in Junior National Roll Ball Championship held at Bhilwara (Rajasthan) from August 7 to 9.

Apurv wins junior golf title
Chandigarh, August 13
Apurv logged 16 points to clinch the above 12 title for August in the monthly golf competitions held for the trainees participating in the Junior Training Programme of the Chandigarh Golf Association at the Chandigarh Golf Range.

Cycling races on I-Day
Chandigarh, August 13
The Chandigarh Amateur Cycling Association is conducting Independence Day Chandigarh Road Cycling Races for senior, junior and sub-junior (boys & girls) on August 15 at Lake Club.


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