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No caretaker for over 3 months
Chandigarh, September 25
In a startling revelation, exposing the functioning of the UT’s social welfare department in its self professed mission to protect the “young at risk” at Snehalaya, there were no caretakers at the shelter for over three months (June 1 to September 8), a period which witnessed several children disappearing from the home.

Man with Midas touch — to controversy
Chandigarh, September 25
Known for self-professing his ability to execute different projects simultaneously, Ram Niwas, who relinquished charge as the UT’s Home Secretary the previous Friday, had a three-year tenure that was better known for the controversies he generated.

Woman stabbed to death
Chandigarh, September 25
A 45-year-old woman was stabbed to death in Mauli Jagran today. The incident took place at around 10.30 pm when the victim and her son were attacked at their residence.


Sohail Goel at his residence in Sector 9 of Chandigarh on Sunday lounge terror
22-year-old victim says city no longer safe at night
Chandigarh, September 25
Even 48 hours after the murderous attack on him on Saturday night at the Tao discotheque in Sector 26, Sohail Goel, whose 22nd birthday celebrations turned awry, continues to be in a state of trauma.

Sohail Goel at his residence in Sector 9 of Chandigarh on Sunday. tribune photos: pradeep tewari

Left hand doesn’t know what right’s doing
Panchkula, September 25
It seems that different departments in Haryana are working at cross purposes, especially when it comes to protecting government land. A classic example of this is the case of the multi-crore shamlat land at Chowki village.



their dawn after dusk
Partygoers revel during a birthday party at a lounge at 1 am on Saturday Where Nightlife is lifeline of youth
Chandigarh, September 25
Roshni Sinha, a 20-something resident of New Delhi, loves to party hard. So what’s unusual about that? Well, Roshni is among a growing breed of youngsters who regularly travel to Chandigarh, uncharitably known as the city of the tired and the retired, to party. Her story is a microcosm of this new trend in a city that seems to be finally ‘happening’.

Partygoers revel during a birthday party at a lounge at 1 am on Saturday.

Ticket to Mumbai
Chandigarh, September 25
Youths relax outside a food joint at Sector 22 in Chandigarh at 2.25 am on SaturdayOne significant group of party freaks frequenting the pubs and discotheques, on weekends, is that of budding models, currently based in the city and looking for greener pastures in the fashion towns outside. For them the fun parties have “much more to offer than mere partying”. In fact, models keep a tab on the parties thrown by a renowned fashion designer or a celebrity and try all means “right or wrong” to manage their entry in the party.
Youths relax outside a food joint at Sector 22 in Chandigarh at 2.25 am on Saturday.

‘Nightlife not just about boozing, partying’
Foreigners line up outside a discotheque at 12.20 am on SundayChandigarh, September 25
“Nightlife is not just about drinking and partying. Except for a small group there is a sizable young population engaged in more productive activity. They would love places of nightlife even for a cup of coffee,” says Mehar Verma, a PU student, giving his opinion on nightlife in the city.

Foreigners line up outside a discotheque at 12.20 am on Sunday.

ward woes
Civic neglect continues to dog ward no. 12 residents

Stagnant water and garbage opposite a housing society at Sector 49, Chandigarh Housing societies a picture of neglect
Chandigarh, September 25
In a clear case of misplaced priorities, the Chandigarh Administration and the municipal corporation seem to be meting out a step motherly treatment to residents of cooperative housing societies spread across Sectors 48 to 51.

Stagnant water and garbage opposite a housing society at Sector 49, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Dr Joan Clos, executive director of the UN-HABITAT UN-HABITAT thumbs up slum rehab scheme
Chandigarh, September 25
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has given a thumps up to the ambitious slum rehabilitation programme of the UT Administration aimed at making the city the first slum-free city in the country.

Dr Joan Clos, executive director of the UN-HABITAT.

Jet to fly to Leh twice a week
Chandigarh, September 25
Adding more destinations connecting the city, Jet Airways is all set to introduce direct biweekly flights from Chandigarh to Leh from October 31. The flights, on Mondays and Wednesdays, are likely to take off in October when the airline’s winter schedule will come into effect.

Stores packed with deadwood
Chandigarh, September 25
An uprooted tree at a park in Sector 8, Chandigarh Sounds strange, but the cash-rich Municipal Corporation (MC) is falling short of space to accommodate the machinery of its horticulture wing despite having 14 stores across the city. Reason: Most of the stores of the department are jam-packed with logs of trees which fall during rains or otherwise during the year as the department has not auctioned the wood so far. The four stores located in gardens that were recently transferred to the MC are full of dead trees.
An uprooted tree at a park in Sector 8, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Sector Scan
Sector 66 in ‘no man’s land’
Mohali, September 25
Development has failed to touch the lives of residents of Sector 66, which is located to the south of Mohali. As a result, neither the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) nor the Mohali Municipal Corporation owns the residential sector that houses around 600 dwelling units, apart from two private schools, a police housing colony, and a residential colonies of Punjab Mandi Board and BSNL.

Usually a busy road, the highway is empty during the drive 6 am: JCB machines at work; 100 shanties razed in Zirakpur
Zirakpur, September 25
In a major anti-encroachment drive on Sunday early morning, the Mohali administration along with a heavy police force removed more than 100 illegal shanties, including shops from the 2.7 acre PWD land where a bus terminus is proposed by the Punjab Government.

Usually a busy road, the highway is empty during the drive.

Residents show contaminated water being supplied to Phase VI, Mohali, on Sunday Contaminated potable water being supplied to Phase VI
Mohali, September 25
Pungent-smelling potable water is being supplied by the Public Health Department to a pocket of houses in Phase VI for the past two days. Residents have complained that after consuming the water many had fallen sick and had to be hospitalised.

Residents show contaminated water being supplied to Phase VI, Mohali, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Encroachments at housing board flats continue unchecked
Panchkula, September 25
It appears the issue of encroachments at the housing board apartments in Panchkulas is nobody’s baby. Even though for years almost every second flat owner has been involved in unauthorized construction the authorities concerned have chosen to simply look the other way.

Mullanpur Eco City
A clause in guidelines’ column raises hackles
Mohali, September 25
Even as the sale of application forms for the Mullanpur Eco City is yet to pick up, a clause in the column for guidelines to fill the form regarding forfeiture of the entire earnest money in case of false or fabricated information has raised hackles with the applicants and enlisted banks objecting to the clause.


Use of combines banned
Fatehgarh Sahib: Keeping in view the ensuing paddy season, District Magistrate Yashveer Mahajan has banned the harvesting of paddy crop with combines from 6pm to 10 am with immediate effect. In an order issued the DM stated that due to dew factor at night the harvested paddy crop got more moisture contents than prescribed for procurement in the night, resulting in the harassment of farmers in grain markets. — OC

Driver killed as truck overturns
Banur, September 25
A truck driver was killed near Banur in a road accident on the Chandigarh- Rajpura road today.

Scooterist dies
Ambala, September 25
In a road mishap, a scooter mechanic Raghubir Singh, a resident of Shahzadpur Majra, while returning home on a two-wheeler from his workshop was hit by a truck from the rear at Shahzadpur.


The accused in police custody in Chandigarh on Sunday Gang of vehicle thieves busted
Chandigarh, September 25
The UT Police today busted an inter-state gang adept in stealing two-wheelers with two of the total six accused working at a Mohali based-call centre.
The police recovered 21 motorcycles from their possession, all of which were stolen from the city. Members of the gang used to steal two-wheelers from Chandigarh and dispose them of in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

The accused in police custody in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Student held for snatching
Chandigarh, September 25
The police today arrested a DAV BSc first year student in a case of snatching in Sector 22 that was reported last week. Rahul, a BSc first-year student of the college was arrested for snatching the purse of Punam, who had come to the market on September 23. While one of the accused was arrested on the spot, the second accused was arrested today. Sub-inspector Rajiv Kumar of the Sector 22 police post said the accused was a chain smoker and a resident of Sangrur. He took to the crime to live a lavish lifestyle.


Football meet
Local lads humble mumbaikars
Chandigarh, September 25
Local lads of the Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) drubbed Steadfast Football Academy of Mumbai 9-0 during a match of the ongoing ninth Administrator’s Challenge Cup Football for Boys (U-17) Tournament being held here.

Cyclists participating in the Hero Cycles Cyclotron in Chandigarh on Sunday Cyclotron witnesses huge turnout
Chandigarh, September 25
The second edition of Chandigarh Cyclotron witnessed huge participation on Sunday. Events like 60km national elite race, 20km corporate ride, 10km green ride, 20km amateur ride and 5km kids ride were held.

Cyclists participating in the Hero Cycles Cyclotron in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Pankaj downs Akshay
Chandigarh, September 25
Pankaj Advani got the better of Akshay Kumar in the ongoing six-red- national snooker tournament being held at the Chandigarh Club.


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