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Sukhna on way to revival, weeds almost cleared
A view of the Sukhna Lake before de-weeding began in July this year;Chandigarh, August 31
There is some good news for Sukhna aficionados. The lake, which had virtually been dying, has been almost cleared of the weeds and undergrowth that were choking it.

A view of the Sukhna Lake before de-weeding began in July this year;Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Masseur Fraud Case
Victims lost Rs 1.6 lakh to gang
Mohali, August 31
While unpleasant stories of more men who had fallen prey to the “female masseur” gang unfolded on Tuesday, police investigators learnt the goons had held the victims captive for long hours so that they could be robbed of their money and ATM cards without raising any suspicion.

Fiza booked for trespass
Mohali, August 31
The Mohali police has booked Fiza, alias Anuradha Bali, the estranged wife of Chander Mohan, for allegedly tresspassing into house of a neighbour and breaking a window glass pane and flower pots.

PGI reverses decision on OPD patients
Chandigarh, August 31
Finding themselves on the wrong foot over the sudden decision to limit the number of patients at the medical OPD, the PGI authorities have decided to revert to the old system for now. All 320 patients who reached the OPD today were examined by doctors.

Bookings in discotheques cancelled
Chandigarh, August 31
With just 48 hours left for the election to Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC), major student organisations active on the campus have today cancelled their bookings in top discothèques in the city.



An artist gives final touches to idols of Krishna on the eve of Janmashtami at Kali Bari temple, near Air Force station, in Chandigarh.
An artist gives final touches to idols of Krishna on the eve of Janmashtami at Kali Bari temple, near Air Force station, in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: S Chandan

ATM Fraud
Forgery case filed on SBI complaint

Chandigarh, August 31
The police today registered a case of forgery and cheating against unidentified people after State Bank of India lodged a complaint regarding fraudulent cash withdrawals through ATM cards that the bank suspects were cloned.

No uniformity in CITCO policy
Suits for GMs, nothing for junior staff
Chandigarh, August 31
Strange are the ways of the Chandigarh Tourism and Industrial Development Corporation (CITCO), the hospitality wing of the UT Administration. While the junior staff of CITCO-run hotels are forced to wear worn-out uniforms since there is no provision for uniforms for the past two years, the general managers at the corporate office are soon going to get incentives for uniforms.


Tension grips UIET
Supporters give ‘cold stares’ to one another
Chandigarh, August 31
Tension continued to prevail at University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) during the first half of the day, even as two major alliances, PUSU-INSO and SOPU-ABVP, campaigned fervently at the south campus.

SOPU, ABVP enter alliance
Chandigarh, August 31
With the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) entering into an alliance with the Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at 2 am today, the midnight alliance syndrome appears to have become common at PU campus this election.Both major alliances for the forthcoming student election on PU campus were formed during the post-midnight hours at the respective help desks of the parties.

SOI releases manifesto
Chandigarh, August 31
The Students Organisation of India (SOI) today announced its panel and assured students of regular checks on food in hostel mess and canteen as a part of their election manifesto.

‘Open house integral part of PU poll’
Chandigarh, August 31
On the confusion prevailing in Panjab University on whether or not it would host an open house this year, former council presidents and student leaders of Panjab University are of the opinion that the ritual must continue. PU officials, however, are yet to decide the fate of the open house. The formal announcement regarding the open house would be done tomorrow, says returning officer.

Election Round-up

Campaign din gets better

Supporters of SOPU-ABVP (left), SOI (above) and PUSU campaign on the PU campus, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu and Pradeep Tewari

Candidates’ lists out, not on voters’ fingertips
Chandigarh, August 31
It’s just three days to go for the D-day but college students are still not aware of the names of all presidential candidates.With final nominations being declared in various colleges today, the student organisations, who have been campaigning for almost a week now have got their faces or official “rubber stamps”.

Hostellers central in college election
Chandigarh, August 31
While every year the university campus has a fresh set of issues underlining the battle of student organisations, the colleges are yet to move forward from the usual hostel politics.

Not murder, says CBI
Closure report submitted in court
Chandigarh, August 31
Giving a clean chit to four police personnel, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today submitted the closure report in the case of murder of head constable Manmohan Singh, stating that no offence of murder had been made out.

Doctor acquitted of graft charge
Panchkula, August 31
Dr Prabhat Sood, a psychiatrist at General Hospital, Sector 6, who was caught by the Haryana Vigilance Bureau (VB) for allegedly accepting bribe from his patients, has been acquitted of all charges.

500 persons turn up for health camp
Chandigarh, August 31
The Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society organised a health check-up camp at the rural polyclinic in Attawa here today, in which at least 500 persons, including women and children, turned up for availing themselves of STD/RTI, HIV/AIDS, paediatric and ENT-related facilities.

REPAIR WORK puts brakes on TRAFFIC 

Traffic jam on the road separating Sectors 35 and 36 due re-carpeting in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Traffic jam on the road separating Sectors 35 and 36 due re-carpeting in Chandigarh on Tuesday.Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Hunger strike by insurance staff
Chandigarh, August 31
A large number of employees of four public-sector general insurance companies, National Insurance, Oriental Insurance, United India Insurance and New India Assurance, participated in a one-day hunger strike in response to a call given by the All-India Association of General Insurance Employees here today.

Man pays price for chivalry
Panchkula, August 31
The police does not distinguishes between right and wrong and believes in dealing everyone with a stern hand.Vikram, a resident of Sector 10, in his complaint submitted to the Superintendent of Police, Maneesh Chaudhary, today said he and his friend, while returning from Gymkhana Club after swimming, saw two youths beating up a girl near Sector 10 market.

24-hour essential dengue medicine facility is here
Measures to check spread of water-borne diseases reviewed at meeting
Chandigarh, August 31
A meeting was called by municipal corporation (MC) Commissioner Roshan Sunkaria today to review various ongoing measures being taken to check the spread of water-borne diseases and dengue in Chandigarh.

Youth touches high-tension cable, dies
Chandigarh, August 31
Twentytwo-year-old Sunny of Sector 25 was electrocuted when he came in contact with a high-tension cable at his residence here this morning. He was found lying dead on the spot.

Tribune employees retire
Chandigarh, August 31 Parmod Malhotra, Assistant Manager, MIS Department, retired today after putting in 33 years of service. He joined The Tribune in July, 1977, and worked in various departments. At a farewell party organized by the staff, Vinay Verma, Additional General Manager and Mr Rajeshwar Chopra, AGM circulation, lauded his services. 


Date for late admissions extended
Chandigarh, August 31
Panjab University Syndicate has extended the last date for late admissions to university and colleges (with permission of Vice-Chancellor) from August 31 to September 15 at a meeting held today.


Modi lads lift powerlifting title
Patiala, August 31
MM Modi College, Patiala, have won the Punjabi University Inter-College Championship in powerlifting (men) section that was held at SGTB Khalsa College, Anandpur Sahib, from August 27 and 28.

Lecturers protest assault on principal
Kalka, August 31
Anguished over the incident of a security guard of the Deputy Commissioner, Mahendergarh, allegedly manhandling the principal of Government College, Mahendergarh, the lecturers of Government Postgraduate College, Kalka, today boycotted classes for two hours between 12 pm to 2 pm. The protest was headed by Prof RD Chalia, president of the local unit of Haryana Govt College Teachers Association.

Five moreencroachments removed
Dera Bassi, August 31
Five more encroachments were removed near the national highway by the municipal council here yesterday. These encroachments are being removed following the high court orders under the Punjab Municipal Act, 1911.


Highway Robbery
Court records two cops’ statements
Chandigarh, August 31
Additional District and Sessions Judge GC Garg today recorded the statements of two cops in the high-profile highway robbery case.The prosecution gave up the statement of inspector Amanjot Singh of the crime branch, who was also a witness in the case.

MC man gets 2-year term in graft case
Chandigarh, August 31
Additional District and Sessions Judge Gurbir Singh today sentenced Suraj Bhan, senior assistant with the municipal corporation (MC), to two-year imprisonment for demanding graft.


12 arrested for selling LPG on black market
Panchkula, August 31
The flying squad of the Chief Minister and the CID men caught hold of a 12-member gang, which was illegally transferring gas from one cylinder to another in Alipur village, near Barwala, today.

Father-son duo held for stabbing two
Chandigarh, August 31
The police has arrested a father-son duo on charges of stabbing two persons at Sector 45 here last night.Vineet Kumar of Sector 56-A lodged a complaint with the police that Irfan of Burail and his son Mazid stabbed him and his friend Mahesh at Sector 45 last night.

Mani Majra resident held for assault
Chandigarh, August 31
A Mani Majra resident was arrested on charges of assaulting a man in his locality on Sunday.Jagan Nath, a resident of Mani majra, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Sajan, a resident of Mani Majra, along with others had assaulted and threatened him in the market area of Mani Majra.

School bus crushes woman to death
Car hits motorcyclist
Chandigarh, August 31
A 65-year-old woman was crushed under a school bus near Bapu Dham Colony around 1:30 pm at Sector 26 here today.The police said Kalima, a resident of the colony, was crushed to death near the kerosene pump in her locality. The mishap occurred when she was crossing the road.

Girl injured in accident
Zirakpur, August 31
Suman Devi (17), a class X student of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, Panchkula, today got seriously injured in a road mishap that took place on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway near Panchkula barrier.


Administrator’s Challenge Cup begins today
NPS, Mohun Bagan Academy to clash in opener
Chandigarh, August 31
Local outfit New Public School will take on mighty Mohun Bagan Academy in the inaugural match of the 8th All-India Administrator’s Challenge Cup Football Tournament (Under-17) that kicks off at the football stadium, Sector 17, tomorrow.

Members of the u-19 team of Punjab Cluster-2 who won Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Regional Basketball Meet in Chandigarh on Tuesday. HP Cluster, Punjab-2 net titles
Chandigarh, August 31
HP Cluster emerged champions in the girls’ under-19 section after beating Punjab I Cluster, while Punjab-2 defeated HP Cluster in the finals of the boys’ group to lift the trophy in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Regional Basketball Meet at JNV, Sector 25, here today.

Members of the u-19 team of Punjab Cluster-2 who won Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Regional Basketball Meet in Chandigarh on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Saupin’s on a roll
Chandigarh, August 31
Host Saupin’s School, Sector 32, continued with their winning spree as they beat Ryan International School, Sector 49, by five wickets in the Inter-School Saupin’s Gold Cup under-14 Cricket Tournament at Banyan Tree School ground here today.

LIC club keep Kailash Bahl Trophy
Chandigarh, August 31
LIC Cricket Club, Sector 26, lifted the Kailash Bahl Trophy by beating Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 56, Club by 18 runs in the final of the Chandigarh State Women Cricket Championship (U-16) for The Kailash Bahl Trophy at IS Dev Samaj Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, here today.

Wrestling meet
Chandigarh, August 31
Over 200 differently-abled sportspersons from all over Punjab participated in the 3rd Badminton and Wrestling Championship held at Sports Complex, Sector 42, here. The championship was organised by The Punjab and Deaf and Dumb Sports Association in association with Surya World. 

Ashok fires eagle to share lead with two others
Chandigarh, August 31
Ashok Kumar of Delhi fired an eagle on the 13th to share the lead with Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh and Feroz Ali Mollah of Kolkata at four-under 68 on the opening day of the Rs 25-lakh PGTI Players’ Championship at the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Railways to hone porters’ behavioral skills
Chandigarh, August 31
Do not be surprised the next time you are approached by an English-speaking porter at the railway stations in New Delhi and other major tourist spots across the region, as the Railways has launched a unique initiative to hone their English-speaking capabilities ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Akshit, Jyoti claim top honours
Panchkula, August 31
Akshit Mahajan won the men’s singles title, whereas Jyoti Nachier claimed top honours in the women’s singles category in the 5th Ashwani Memorial District Badminton Championship that concluded at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 3, here today.


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