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H1N1 kits: Pharma cos make hay
Panchkula, August 12
Even though swine flu testing by private clinical laboratories is prohibited, except after authorisation from the health authorities, medical representatives (MRs) from various companies are marketing imported “Screening Test Kits” through SMSes and emails in the tricity.
The H1N1 influenza kit, which is available in the open market The H1N1 influenza kit, which is available in the open market.

13 more suspected of swine flu
Chandigarh, August 12
Suspected swine flu cases continued to pour in at the city hospitals even today with 13 new patients, including two minors and two Pune girls, being admitted in the isolation wards.

‘Premature to set up isolation wards’
Pvt hospitals say situation not that bad
Chandigarh, August 12
While the Chandigarh administration has identified two private hospitals - Mukat and INSCOL - for joining hands in fighting the H1N1 battle and is “exploring” the possibilities of setting up isolation wards there, the managements of the two nursing homes maintain that the present situation doesn’t warrant such steps.


The Chandigarh Police cops rehearse ahead of the Independence Day celebrations at the Sector 17 parade ground
The Chandigarh Police cops rehearse ahead of the Independence Day celebrations at the Sector 17 parade ground on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Class X Board Exams
Schools await CBSE registration forms
Chandigarh, August 12
With just two days remaining for the last date, the regional office of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has failed to provide registration forms mandatory for the Class X board exams to many schools in the city.

Robbers loot Rs 25,000 from liquor vend
Panchkula, August 12
After a lull of a few weeks, robbers struck again in the town, with two unidentified motor cyclists robbing a liquor vend of Rs 25,000 at gun point in broad daylight today. The robbers, in their mid-thirties, fled towards Chandigarh on their Splendor motor cycle after committing the crime.

Fake Currency Racket
Investigators fail to crack case
Chandigarh, August 12
Swinder Kaur, who was arrested by the UT Police for allegedly smuggling counterfeit currency from Pakistan on August 2, proved to be a hard nut for the national investigating agencies. Even as the sleuths of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) quizzed her for several hours on Tuesday, they failed to extract any useful information, said police sources.


19 to be awarded on I-Day
Chandigarh, August 12
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to award as many as 19 commendation certificates to the people who have contributed in various fields and employees of the administration for their meritorious services on Independence Day function to be held on August 15.

Dumping of Garbage
Residents protest against DC
Mohali, August 12
Residents held a protest outside the office of Mohali Deputy Commissioner here yesterday against GMADA authorities, who have asked the municipal council to dump the town’s garbage in a low-lying area near Phase VI here.

Schoolchildren prepare for the Independence Day celebrations at Yadwindra Stadium in Patiala
Schoolchildren prepare for the Independence Day celebrations at Yadwindra Stadium in Patiala on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Industry to face power cut for three days
Mohali, August 12
Recession-hit industry will now have to face a three-day power cut in Mohali, which has come as a shock to industrial unit owners. Power would be shut down from 8 am on Saturday to 8 am on Tuesday.

MoU certificates given to NGOs
Chandigarh, August 12
Certificates of Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) were handed over today to private schools, NGOs and resident welfare associations under the Partnership Initiative Programme of UT administration at Hotel Mountview.

Dr Lal Pathlabs to offer H1N1 testing facility
Chandigarh, August 12
By the end of this month, medical diagnostics company Dr Lal Pathlabs will be offering testing facility for the deadly H1N1 virus at its Okhla testing facility in Delhi.

PHD Chamber invites nominations
Chandigarh, August 12
The PHD Chamber has invited nominations for its Annual Awards for Excellence, now in its 12th year, from entrepreneurs, business houses and social workers for outstanding achievements/ contributions towards socio-economic development.

NIPER dons honoured
Mohali, August 12
Three professors of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) have been given prestigious awards. While Prof PV Bhartam, department of medicinal chemistry, and Dr Sanyag Jain, assistant professor, department of pharmaceutics, have bagged the prestigious OPPI Scientist and Young Scientist Awards for the year 2009, respectively.

Mohali, August 12
The Generation Saviour Association here at the Deputy Commissioner’s office had displayed an exhibition against tobacco yesterday.


Pre-student Council Election
360 students submit memo to VC
Chandigarh, August 12
With the Panjab University making a lot of noise for the pre-student council election activities, around 360 students of University Institute of Applied Management Studies have protested for not being allowed to participate or vote in the elections.

From Schools
Nominations for Tara Chand awards invited
Chandigarh, August 12
Jan Seva Trust has invited nominations for the eighth Tara Chand Saboo Excellence Awards for schoolteachers. RK Saboo, chairman of Saboo Business Group and the trustee-chairman of Jan Seva Trust informed that details have been circulated among 260 schools in tri-city.
Students of St Joseph’s Senior School-44 perform during a function in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph
Students of St Joseph’s Senior School-44 perform during a function in Chandigarh

Punjabi folk dances, songs enthral audience
Chandigarh, August 12
A series of Punjabi folk dances, songs, skits and Punjabi play presented by artistes of the Malwa Cultural and Welfare Society enthralled audience at the Government College auditorium, Sector 46, here today.

Artistes perform during a cultural programme at Government College, Sector 46, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Artistes perform during a cultural programme at Government College, Sector 46, in Chandigarh

Nakul first in fancy dress contest
Chandigarh, August 12
Nakul of Blue Bird High School, Panchkula, stood first in the fancy dress competition organised by the local chapter of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

CBSE chief inaugurates plantation drive
Panchkula, August 12
The ‘Birds of Paradise’, eco club of The Gurukul, Sector 20, was joined by Vineet Joshi, chairman of the CBSE, New Delhi, in their drive towards making the environment greener and cleaner by planting saplings on the school campus.


Parents of missing boy suspect ragging, sodomy
Rajpura, August 12
Parents of the missing 19-year-old student of SD College, Sector 32, Chandigarh, today suspected ragging or sodomy behind the reason of drowning of their son in the Bhakhra-Narwana branch.

Black badge rally by non-teaching staff
Patiala, August 12
On the footsteps of teaching staff of colleges and university, the Punjab Non-Teaching Union has also protested against the Punjab Government and demanded fulfillment of their pending demands.

Haryana Roadways bus driver assaulted
Dera Bassi, August 12
A Haryana Roadways bus driver was beaten up by five youths for not allowing them to overtake on the Ambala-Chandigarh National Highway today evening. The police said a case had been registered against the youths and the hunt to nab them was on.

Tribune employee hurt in mishap
Zirakpur, August 12
Two persons were injured in a road accident on the Zirakpur-Chandigarh highway on Tuesday. The injured have been identified as Yogesh Sharma, a Tribune employee working in the dispatch department, and his wife, Neelu Sharma.

Attack on colleague
Lawyers go on strike
Ropar, August 12
Lawyers at Ropar and Anandpur Sahib courts went on strike in support of a colleague who was attacked recently. A group had allegedly attacked lawyer SS Rana from Anandpur Sahib.

100 saplings planted
Patiala, August 12
Vana Mahotsava was organised at Mata Sahib Khalsa Girls College of Education, Dhamo Majra, Patiala, in cooperation with Basant Rity Youth Club, Tripri.  The Environmental Club of the college under the aegis of “Nani Chawn” scheme organised the programme.

Yoga camp ends
Bassi Pathana, August 12
A week-long yoga camp was organised by local unit of the Patanjali Yog Peeth, Haridwar, concluded here today. Inder Mohan Singh, SP (H), presided over the concluding ceremony. Hundreds of prominent citizens from the area attended the camp.


Lawyers strike work
Chandigarh, August 12
On a call given by the District Bar Association (DBA), nearly 100 lawyers of the district courts held a protest at the District Consumer Redressal Forum in Sector 19 against president of the Consumer Forum-I Jagroop Singh Mahal.

7-yr jail in rape case
Chandigarh, August 12
A local court today sentenced Ravinder, alias Binder, a resident of Ludhiana, to seven years imprisonment and fine of Rs 12,000 for kidnapping and raping a minor girl in March 2009.

Man acquitted in kidnapping case
Chandigarh, August 12
A local court today acquitted an accused, who was booked on charges of kidnapping and abetment to suicide of a girl under Sections 306 and 366 of the IPC. The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Ravi K Sondhi today acquitted Vivek Chauhan in a case pertaining to May 2007.


Police nabs notorious Changha
Had escaped from Ludhiana police custody
Chandigarh, August 12
The Chandigarh Police has arrested a dreaded criminal and a proclaimed offender, Ravinder Singh Changha, who escaped from Ludhiana police custody, after giving the cops sedative-laced drinks on August 8, from a police picket in Mani Majra.

Student groups clash at ‘Score’
Chandigarh, August 12
In what may be termed as yet another pre-election spat, two student groups, namely DHU and SOPU, entered into a minor brawl at the freshers’ party of SD College being held at a local discotheque, “Score”.

Bapu Dham Murder
Teams sent to HP to trace suspects
Chandigarh, August 12
The Chandigarh Police has sent teams to Himachal Pradesh (HP) to trace the two suspects in connection with the murder of Deepak, who was found dead in Bapu Dham Colony in the wee hours of Tuesday.

Music systems stolen from cars
Chandigarh, August 12
In a spate of thefts, music systems from cars were stolen in Sector 32 here on Monday.


St John's, St Soldier's in final
Chandigarh, August 12
St John's and hosts St Soldier's International recorded victories in contrasting styles in the semifinals of the Chandigarh Sub-Junior Football Championship for St Soldier's Trophy being played on St Soldier's School premises here today in Sector 28.

Players in action during the Chandigarh Sub-Junior Football Championship in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Players in action during the Chandigarh Sub-Junior Football Championship in Chandigarh

Divya starts on winning note
Panchkula, August 12
Last year’s runner-up Divya Sharma won both his inaugural snooker and billiards leagues matches here today during the Haryana State Billiards and Snooker Championship 2009, being held on Haryana Billiards Sector 11 premises.

Cricket trials tomorrow
Chandigarh, August 12
The first Indo-Nepal Friendship Cup Cricket for Under-17 will be organised in Kathmandu (Nepal) from August 26 to August 30. The All-India Cricket Federation (AICF) is conducting selection trials to choose Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh teams at Shivalik School ground in Sector 41 here on August 14.

Training camp for probables from tomorrow
Chandigarh, August 12
A fitness and training camp for Punjab State Senior Probables will be held from August 14-21 at the PCA Cricket Stadium, Mohali. The probables will report on August 13 evening. Appointed Ranji Trophy coach Bhupinder Singh will be the in charge of the camp.

Bhopinder wins silver in 80+ category
Chandigarh, August 12
Eightyone-year-old Bhopinder Banta Singh made the city proud by clinching a silver medal in the 100m race in the 80+ age category during the 18th World Masters Athletics Championship held in Finland from July 28 to August 8.


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