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10-year-old raped, murdered
Barwala, May 5
In an act of sheer barbarism, 10-year-old Aasia was raped and murdered last night, allegedly by a drunken neighbour and two accomplices at a poultry farm. Later, they left the body in a discarded sewerage pipeline in a nearby field.

7 injured in clash between jhuggi-dwellers
and police
Chandigarh, May 5
In a clash between the police and the jhuggi-dwellers protesting against the demolition of their dwellings in Phase-I of Industrial Area, seven persons were injured, including two members of the anti-encroachment staff. One of the injured boy has reportedly been taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

Anti-encroachment staff demolish unauthorised jhuggis in Kabari Market Colony, Industrial Area, Phase I, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Anti-encroachment staff demolish unauthorised jhuggis in Kabari Market Colony, Industrial Area, Phase I, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph 





More sops for physically challenged students
Chandigarh, May 5
Coming to the aid of physically challenged students, the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, has decided to grant additional concessions to them, including one-hour extra for attempting the question paper.

Seats in MCA to be increased
SAS Nagar, May 5
The Minister for Technical Education and Research, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, yesterday said the seats in Masters in Computer Application (MCA) would be increased in different professional colleges in the state.

Tehelka claims ARTRAC chief’s posting?
Chandi Mandir, May 5
If reports reaching here are true, the Army is contemplating moving a top officer from his newly appointed post as a fallout of the Tehelka expose.

Female foeticide unchecked in Mohali
Doctors hail Supreme Court direction
SAS Nagar, May 5
Hung up at one of the private hospitals here is a poster, showing a letter from an “unborn girl” addressed to a doctor:


BJP councillors’ houses gheraoed
Chandigarh, May 5
Members of the Chandigarh Vikas Manch today “gheraoed” the houses of two BJP councillors against their alleged role in stalling the proceedings of the House of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC).

Time to visit thorny beauties
Chandigarh, May 5
For anyone who has been fascinated by the cacti in Panchkula’s National Cactus and Succulent Botanical Garden, it is difficult to resist the temptation of growing these.

BLOOMING GLORY: The cacti in Panchkula’s National Cactus and Succulent Botanical Garden are captured at their flowering best by Tribune lensman Karam Singh. 

BLOOMING GLORY: The cacti in Panchkula’s National Cactus and Succulent Botanical Garden are captured at their flowering best by Tribune lensman Karam Singh.

Irregularities in flat allotment
Chandigarh, May 5
Mr Banta Ram, a veteran of the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war, has alleged irregularities in the allotment of dwelling units by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) under its special scheme for handicapped former soldiers, widows of martyrs and widows of those killed during terrorism and insurgency last year.

IAF begins airborne operations in city on May 7
Chandigarh, May 5
As part of the ongoing Exercise Poorna Vijay, airborne operations would be conducted from the Chandigarh Air Force Station on May 7.

Soft porn movies rule the roost
Chandigarh, May 5
Soft porn movies rule the roost in majority of the cinemas here and in nearby areas as the screen-world faces a severe drought of new releases. The price difference between a regular movie and a cheap film could be as high as seven times for the theatre runners.

Welfare schemes at your doorstep
Chandigarh, May 5
The Social Welfare Department, along with the Chandigarh Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and Minorities Finance and Development Corporation and the Chandigarh Child and Women Development Corporation organised a camp for taking various schemes of assistance right at the people’s door step at Guru Ravidas Mandir in Dadumajra here yesterday.

Over 8 lakh spent on welfare
Panchkula, May 5
The District Administration has spent over Rs 8.60 lakh for the welfare of persons belonging to scheduled castes, backward classes and other economically weaker sections of the society in the district, during the last year under various welfare schemes of the state government.

Shramdan begins at Sukhna Lake
Chandigarh, May 5
The Central Government has decided to allocate an additional sum of Rs 6.11 crore for various development works in the city, including the slums and villages. This was stated by Dr P.D. Shenoy, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, here today.

Awareness camp
Chandigarh, May 5
The Consumer Forum, Chandigarh organised a Rural Consumer Awareness and Environment Education camp in Kajheri village today. 

It has been a custom to send’s and receive red roses on Valentines Day. This has 
caught up in India also. Red roses have always symbolised romance, love and affection. According to Feng Shui, dark red flowers usually carry a negative vibration. 

Hanks shines in Castaway
‘Castaway‘ (Kiran) is a dexterous amalgamation of the ‘never say die’ human spirit struggling alone in the background of a picturesque ‘lonely’ island.


Case of assault registered
Chandigarh, May 5
A Sector 34 resident complained with the local police that he was assaulted by two persons, Tony and Navdeep, here yesterday. According to police sources, the complainant, Mr Gursimran Singh, also reported that the duo snatched his gold chain and mobile phone before fleeing.




Deos, perfumes come to the rescue of damsels
Chandigarh, May 5
Deos and perfumes, the cool fragrance of roses and musk compressed in translucent vials, are being picked up from sparkling glass shelves to drown the malodour of muggy weather and overcome water scarcity.

Industrialists demand amenities
Dera Bassi, May 5
Members of the Dera Bassi Industrial Focal Point Association have criticised the authorities for the non-development of the area and for not providing basic civic amenities to various industrial units here for the past over 10 years.


PEC hostellers’ cup of woe spilleth over
Chandigarh, May 5
Hostellers of the Punjab Engineering College, a premier college of the region, have a list of woes which they feel very strongly about, but are sure that no amount of talking would ever change. ‘‘Taking to the streets is the only option we have at times. ’’they confirm.

Students of Class IV-B of Vivek Nursery and Preparatory School, Sector 9, alongwith Mrs Sharda Dutt and Principal Mrs S. Dass in a jovial mood after they won the shield. “Encourage poetic skills among children”
Chandigarh, May 5
The poetry competition held by junior Vivekians this evening reestablished the fact that carrying on with its old traditions.

Students of Class IV-B of Vivek Nursery and Preparatory School, Sector 9, alongwith Mrs Sharda Dutt and Principal Mrs S. Dass in a jovial mood after they won the shield.

Conference on career planning
Panchkula, May 5
A number of parents attended a conference on ‘‘Career Planning’’ which was organised by the Satluj Public School, Sector 4, here today.

British Library to hold contests
Chandigarh, May 5
The British Library, a division of the British Council, will be conducting competitions from May 9 to 20 to celebrate its first anniversary.

6-day week for a month at PU
Chandigarh, May 5
Panjab University has issued a circular announcing a six-day week for more than a month during the summers this year.


Bhatnagar gets new counsel
Chandigarh, May 5
Major Maneesh Bhatnagar, who is being tried by a General Court Martial for alleged dereliction of duty during the Kargil conflict, today engaged a new defence counsel to represent him.

HC orders compensation for land
Kharar, May 5
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notices to the State of Punjab, through the secretary Irrigation; Chief Engineer, KAD Irrigation; Land Acquisition Officer, Hoshiarpur and Executive Engineer, SAS Nagar for October 4, in a writ filed by Mr Amrik Singh, resident of Naglian village in Kharar tehsil for issuance of directions to the respondents to pay the compensation of the land acquired for the reservoir area of Siswan Dam in Kharar tehsil.

Golden Forest MD sent to judicial remand
Chandigarh, May 5
The Managing Director of Golden Forest, R.K Sayal, and other three officials — Pamila Sayal, Neena Sayal, Hritish Kumar Sinha — were sent to judicial remand till May 19, today by a local court.


Youngsters get tennis tips
Chandigarh, May 5
Eighty-two-year-old veteran tennis player of India Kanwar Mohinder Singh today gave coaching tips to young players and students of Chandigarh at the Total Tennis Academy, Sector 11, Chandigarh.


Decision to stagger office hours
Chandigarh, May 5
The Chandigarh Administration and the Haryana Government have decided to stagger timings of their offices situated in the Union territory. This decision was taken at a high-level meeting, presided over by the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (Retd). According to new timings, the UT and the Haryana Government offices will function from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.


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