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Crackdown on illegal PG houses
Estate Office seals house at Sector 35
Chandigarh, July 20
Cracking down on illegal paying guest (PG) accommodations in residential premises, the UT estate office sealed the first-ever such accommodation here this morning.

Only two teams for hockey tourney!
Chandigarh, July 20
Making a mockery of sports competitions, the UT education department has organised a national-level hockey tournament with just two teams, wrapping it up in just a match.

All’s not well with Jan Aushadhi stores
Chandigarh, July 20
The Jan Aushadhi (generic drug) stores opened by the UT Administration under the Central Government programme to provide affordable medicines to patients at the GMCH-32 and GMSH-16 are proving a drain on resources with their operational expenses exceeding the sales.


Jail inmate forged judge’s signature to get radio access in cell
Panchkula, July 20
In its investigation report on the incident in which a local judge’s signature and court rubber stamp was allegedly forged by a hardcore criminal lodged in the Ambala Central Jail, the police has stated the suspect, Sunil alias Kala, had surreptiously picked up the stamp and affixed it on a sheet of blank paper. 

Walky-talky: A girl on phone walks with an umbrella on a sunny day at the Mini Rose Garden in Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
Walky-talky: A girl on phone walks with an umbrella on a sunny day at the Mini Rose Garden in Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan


Ghaggar, swimming pool for slum kids
Living life risk-wise Children from a nearby slum take a bath in the Ghaggar at Panchkula on Wednesday.Panchkula, July 20
Despite directions issued by the Panchkula Deputy Commissioner to stop residents from entering the Ghaggar, people are still putting their life at risk. Residents, especially children, have turned the Ghaggar into a swimming pool.Those living on the banks of the river are still venturing into the river waters in search of coins and other domestic items. 

Living life risk-wise Children from a nearby slum take a bath in the Ghaggar at Panchkula on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Chandigarh-Amritsar Duronto Express delayed yet again
Chandigarh, July 20 
The much-awaited Duronto Express between Chandigarh and Amritsar is likely to be delayed by a month again, as the railway authorities are to finalise its inauguration schedule.

Power shocker for city residents
Chandigarh, July 20
Subsided electricity will a thing of the past in Chandigarh with the power consumers set to pay at least 20 per cent more from the next week.

Australian delegation lauds role of immigrants from India
Chandigarh, July 20
Led by Mayor of Parrammatta in Sydney, an Australian delegation lauded the role of immigrants from India in general and Punjab in particular in cementing border between India and Australia.

MC team conducts raids, destroys eatables
Chandigarh, July 20
The Municipal Corporation (MC) health team conducted special raids from July 11 to 17 to check any epidemic in the city. It destroyed huge quantities of food unfit for consumption. As per the report of the department, 585 kg of rotten fruits and vegetables, 440 kg of ice, 127 kg of ice candies, aerated water bottles and sugar cane juice, sweets, 35 kg of fish meat and poultry products were destroyed.

EO cracks whip on building violations in society flats
Chandigarh, July 20
The UT estate office has decided to initiate action against owners of flats in some group housing societies in the city who have been found to have violated building bylaws. These societies were allotted land by the administration through the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) about a decade ago with the former constructing the apartments on their own.

Mock fire drill in SBI building
A mock drill in progress at the SBI building in Sector 17, Chandigarh. Chandigarh, July 20
The Chandigarh Police Control Room (PCR) and the fire brigade were on its toes today after they received a call of a major fire in the State Bank of India (SBI) in Sector 17.The call turned out to be part of a mock drill exercise being undertaken to check the response time of the PCR and the efficiency of the fire department of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.

A mock drill in progress at the SBI building in Sector 17, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Panchkula MC left with 25 employees
Panchkula, July 20
With the transfer orders issued by the state government this evening a mere 25 employees will run the Panckula Municipal Council. According to sources, while the lone office superintendent from the administrative wing has been transferred, the engineering branch instead of three junior engineers will have only two of them from now onwards.

33 sites identified for setting up Verka booths in Mohali
Mohali, July 20
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has identified 33 sites for setting up of Verka booths in various parts of the town and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard will be signed soon between the two agencies.


wearing attitude Models walk the ramp during Designer Medley ‘11 organised by the International Institute of Fashion Design in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Protest against price rise
Mohali, July 20
A dharna was held outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner by the CPI and the CPM in protest against widespread corruption and steep rise in prices of essential commodities here today.

Police to start challaning outstation vehicles
Chandigarh, July 20
The Chandigarh Traffic Police will soon initiate challaning outstation vehicles on bases of feedback received on its facebook page. In order to update its database, the traffic police has written to the Transport Commissioners of four states to provide details of registered owners of vehicles in their jurisdiction.

Another poultry farm to be sealed
Panchkula, July 20
In continuance of its drive against the poultry farms found to be creating unhygienic and unsanitary condition the district administration has ordered to seal another farm at Barwala here today. SDM K Kalson has issued orders to book the accused owner of Star Poultry Farm.

PUTA poll on Aug 18
Chandigarh, July 20
The date for battle has been finalised. Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) elections will be held on August 18. In meeting here today, PUTA members decided on the schedule.

NSUI leader claims assault by PU professor
Chandigarh, July 20
In a shocking incident, Sunny Mehta, city vice-president of the NSUI, has accused a Panjab University professor of thrashing him on Tuesday night. The professor dismissed his claim as a pre-election publicity stunt.


ADC ‘tutors’ PU VC
Chandigarh, July 20
In an unprecedented meeting, a 57-year-old Punjab Civil Services officer, ML Sharma, currently serving as Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), today ‘tutored’ Panjab University Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti, a Padma Shri recipient, to adopt the right ‘parental attitude’ to deal with the ‘menace’ of student leaders.

Protest over reappear dates
Chandigarh, July 20
Around 50 students of various science departments, along with PUSU supporters, gathered and protested in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office here today.

Teacher training course done away with
A view of the Government Central Crafts Institute for Women at Sector 11 in Chandigarh. Chandigarh, July 20
The five-decade-old and much-sought-after teacher training course, called craft instructor training scheme (CITS), being run by the Government Central Crafts Institute for Women, Sector 11, has been discontinued from the current academic session.

A view of the Government Central Crafts Institute for Women at Sector 11 in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: S Chandan


20 more illegal structures razed in Ambala Cantt
Ambala, July 20
Cracking its whip against encroachers, the Ambala Cantt Municipal Corporation authorities pulled down about 20 illegal structures in the vicinity of the bus stand and the Railway Road.

3 women involved in sex racket arrested
Ambala, July 20
The police claimed to have busted a sex racket that was being run from a house in Partap Nagar, near Vita Milk Plant. According to sources, three women, identified as Pooja, Preeti and Aarti, all residents of Ambala City, involved in flesh trade were caught red handed accepting Rs 5,000 each for a night from two clients.

25 green cabs flag off
Patiala, July 20
The Patiala Foundation added another batch of 25 green cabs to their existing fleet. The new fleet was flagged off by Patiala Deputy Commissioner Dipinder Singh, Chairman of Patiala District Planning Committee Surjit Singh Rakhra and Municipal Commissioner Gurloveleen Singh.

5 challaned for drunken driving
Zirakpur, July 20
To curb drunken driving in Zirakpur, the traffic police today laid a special naka and issued five challans to drunken drivers. A large number of challans were also issued to those without helmet, seatbelts and overloaded auto-rickshaws. Traffic in charge Devinder Singh stated that a police team laid the naka near Patiala intersection near Lucky dhaba and challaned the violators. He said the drive against drunken driving would continue.


Hookah bars set to lose flavour
Chandigarh, July 20
Hookah bars in this part of the region are all set to lose their flavour. For, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed UT of Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana to constitute a task force to monitor the use and misuse of nicotine in chemical form.

No relief for Surya group head
Panchkula, July 20
In a major blow to Rajiv Goyal, chairman and managing director, Surya Group of Institutes, Rajpura, a local court today dismissed the anticipatory bail application filed by him in connection with the suicide of Panchkula-based builder.

Suspected Pak spy speaks to kin on phone
Chandigarh, July 20
Finally, suspected Pakistani spy Kashif Ali spoke to his family members at Faislabad in Pakistan, after a long gap of one year here today. He talked with his family members for 3 minutes 30 seconds. This all happened in Chandigarh district court.


Burail resident commits suicide
Chandigarh, July 20
A 35-year-old resident of Burail reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan this morning. The victim, Saudagar Singh, was suffering from depression. 

Mercedes kills auto-rickshaw driver; mobike rider dies
Chandigarh, July 20
An auto-rickshaw driver was killed and a woman passenger seriously injured when a rashly driven Mercedes car belonging to a Noida-based builder hit their vehicle in Sector 38 (West) here this evening.

Car injures head constable at barrier
Chandigarh, July 20
A head constable was injured after being hit by a class XII student at a police barrier here last night. The incident took place when the police had laid a barrier near the Verka booth in Sector 8 and a Tata Aryan car of the accused was signalled to stop.

Fraudster booked for providing fake visa
Chandigarh, July 20
The Chandigarh Police today registered a case against a fraudster for fraudulently providing a fake visa to a resident of Bangladesh for work permit.

First case of business fraud registered
Chandigarh, July 20
The cyber crime cell of the Chandigarh Police today registered the first case of business fraud in the city through the Internet. The cell has booked six persons in a case of cheating under various sections of the IT Act following a legal opinion.

Gardener kidnapped
Chandigarh, July 20
A gardener employed at Leisure Valey in Sector 10 was allegedly kidnapped by four persons 10 days ago. The police has registered a case of kidnapping on the basis of complaint by the relatives of the gardener at the Sector 3 police station. The gardener is still missing.


Gary-Gurmohit go down gallantly
Natasha Palha plays a shot during her match in the CLTA-AITA Chandigarh Open-50K Men’s and Women’s Tennis Tournament at the CLTA complex in Sector 10 of Chandigarh on Wednesday. Chandigarh, July 20
Vishvesh Sinha and Krishna Karsolia defeated Gary Singh Amor and Gurmohit Singh in the men’s doubles during the CLTA-AITA Chandigarh Open-50K Men’s and Women’s Tennis Tournament, being held at the CLTA complex and the Lake Complex, here today.

Natasha Palha plays a shot during her match in the CLTA-AITA Chandigarh Open-50K Men’s and Women’s Tennis Tournament at the CLTA complex in Sector 10 of Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Jalandhar defeat Fatehgarh Sahib
Chandigarh, July 20
The Jalandhar team defeated Fatehgarh Sahib by five wickets in the ongoing Inter-District Cricket Tournament (U-19) being organised by the Rupnagar District Cricket Association at Government College Rupnagar.

Shivalik Public School win
Chandigarh, July 20
Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, defeated Shri Guru Gobind Singh School, Sector 35, 5-0 in the first match of the Pre-Nehru Hockey (U-17) Tournament, being held at Sports Complex, Sector 42, today. 

St John’s, St Kabir toy with opponents
Chandigarh, July 20
St John’s School, Sector 26, blanked Vivek High School, Sector 38, 6-0 in the first match of the Pre-Subroto Football (U-14) Cup for Boys, being held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, here today.


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