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Fake passport racket busted 
Chandigarh, July 10
In a major breakthrough, the city police has unearthed a fake passport racket. The passports were issued by a fake “World Service Authority” on behalf of the “World Government” that ensured the holders a trip anywhere in the world, without a visa.
Rajiv Puri and Dayal Massih talk to mediapersons as SP Operations and DSP Special Crime examine the passports seized from them in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Rajiv Puri and Dayal Massih talk to mediapersons as SP Operations and DSP Special Crime examine the passports seized from them in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
  — A Tribune photograph

No electronic meters for now
Panchkula, July 10
Having raised a lot of dust, the issue of installation of electronic meters in Ramgarh and Barwala has seemingly been buried for good. A formal report of the National Physical Laboratory of the Government of India has upheld the claims of the Electricity Department that the new meters are in order and accurate to the last chip.



Plan for smooth traffic flow
SAS Nagar, July 10
Faced with the problem of frequent road blockades on busy highways running through Ropar district — especially through SAS Nagar and Kharar — the Punjab Police has prepared a contingency plan for diversion of traffic. When put into action, it would enable the police to alert the general public about the unavoidable traffic diversions and guide them to reroute their journeys.

Drugs menace: Pak help may be sought
Chandigarh, July 10
Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf may be asked by India to rein in the ISI-sponsored narcotics smugglers and make them available for interrogation to succeed in the campaign against the menace.

Allotment of booths costlier
Chandigarh, July 10
Allotment of built-up booths for evicted rehriwalas will now cost more on a monthly basis. The Chandigarh Administration has hiked the monthly rent from Rs 2,500 to Rs 7,500. A notification to carry out the changes in the rules has been made and it will come into force with immediate effect.

40 kg of poppy husk seized from 2 youths
Chandigarh, July 10
The police has had a major success with the recovery of 40 kg of poppy husk from two youths at the Inter State Bus Terminus, Sector 17 in the early hours of the morning.


The washed away causeway on the Patiala Ki Rao in Nadda village.
The washed away causeway on the Patiala Ki Rao in Nadda village. 
— Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan

Rains bring misery for villagers
Nadda (Kharar), July 10
Come rains and studies of children of this village suffer! Reason: There is no bridge on Patiala Ki Rao, a seasonal rivulet which passes by the village. Children who go to nearby villages or Chandigarh for schooling are forced to miss the school. Even the routine work at the village school suffer as the teachers could not make to the school in time. And of course, people working in Chandigarh either take leave or get late.

Mayor calls on Governor
Chandigarh, July 10
The Mayor, Mr Raj Kumar Goyal, who met the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), today apprised him of problems in Sector 26 grain market and urged him to visit the area in the near future. He also took up another pertinent issue of issuance of no objection certificates in Mani Majra.

Panchayats urged to achieve targets
Panchkula, July 10
The Gram Panchayats have been urged to play an enthusiastic role to achieve the target of afforestation in the district. This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, at a Khula darbar held in Raipur Rani, near here, today.

Training of recruits revamped
A perceptible change in the national security scenario following the nuclearisation of the Indian Sub-continent besides heavy commitments towards counter-insurgency operations and low level conflicts have necessitated a revamping of the basic training for Army recruits.

Energising the wood element
There are five elements which govern our environment. These are water, wood, earth, fire and metal. Every element has its own importance in everyone’s life. One of these elements rules the left of a particular man. It is decided according to one’s date of birth and year. From this, one can know the element that is good for one’s personal space in an office.

French company gives presentation
Chandigarh, July 10
A French company, Electricite de France, gave a presentation to a high-level team of the Chandigarh Administration led by the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F. R. Jacob (retd), regarding reduction of transmission and distribution losses on a revenue sharing basis.

A man with a mission
Chandigarh, July 10
Mr Dilip Kumar is a man with a mission. After creating a record for covering maximum distance on foot in the shortest possible time, this dynamic man from Mumbai is all set to create his second record by flying 1200 kites through a single string and all for a good cause too — to spread the message against drug use. He has planned to set a record at the Rose Garden here on Sunday.

125 persons donate blood
Chandigarh, July 10
As many as 125 persons donated blood at the 47th blood donation camp organised by the Chandigarh Blood Donors Council at bridge market, Sector 17, today. The camp was organised in the memory of Mr Yogesh Sood’s daughter, Shruti, who died in a roof collapse six year ago.

Bhatnagar released
Chandigarh, July 10
Major Maneesh Bhatnagar, who was sentenced to dismissal for violation of military discipline during the Kargil conflict by a General Court Martial yesterday, was released from military custody today.


40 boxes of liquor seized
Chandigarh, July 10
Forty boxes of Hero whisky were seized by the Operation Cell from Harjeet Singh from near Colony No 5 yesterday. According to the information available, the accused was carrying the boxes in a Tata 407 vehicle (PB-10Z-9664) yesterday afternoon. The vehicle has been impounded and a case registered under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act. The accused was later released on bail.

  • Booked for fraud

  • Theft cases

  • Man duped

  • Five booked

  • African held


Students not allowed to take entrance test
Chandigarh, July 10
More than 50 candidates who were not allowed by the Punjab University authorities to appear in the entrance test for M.Tech (Microelectronics) course held at the university today have decided to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court for justice. These students were not allowed to appear in the said examination as they did not have the marksheets of the qualifying examinations.

Literacy rate: city leads in region
Chandigarh, July 10
Chandigarh leads in literacy rate in North Zone comprising Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. The percentage of literates is 81.76, with 85.65 per cent of males and 76.65 per cent of females being literates.

All set for college admissions
Chandigarh, July 10
All is set for the three-day centralised admission to BCom, BBA and BCA first-year to the various colleges of the city, which start at MCM DAV College, Sector 36, tomorrow. While on the first two days admission to BCom first-year and BCA first-year is being done, admission to BBA first-year will take place on July 13.

  • Admission schedule

1,392 students get admission
Chandigarh, July 10
The general category seats for science stream in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, got filled with 72 per cent cut-off marks on the fourth day of the ongoing centralised admissions here today.

Academic courses in gurdwaras advocated
SAS NAGAR, July 10
Members of various gurdwara management bodies, today unanimously advocated the need to run academic courses, including computer education and sports activities, on the premises of the gurdwaras to attract the Sikh youth towards the faith. Preaching religion alone was not enough, they felt. The matter came up for discussion at a one-day Gurmat training camp organised by the local Gurdwara Coordination Committee at Amb Sahib Gurdwara in Phase-VIII, here today. As many as 250 persons participated in the camp.

Derick O’Brien gives autograph to students in Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Quizmaster’s course for local kids
Chandigarh July 10
Quizmaster Derick O’ Brien was in the city today to finalise his plans for the launch of a three-month course for local school students starting in August. The programme called Derick O’ Brien’s KQ Advantage will be run by two city schools. As many as 480 students chosen from the city’s 25 schools will participate in the programme.

PU results
Chandigarh, July 10
The results of the examinations of BSc I (HS) physics, BE mett. III semester, BE (computer science and engineering) II semester and BE (E & Ec) II semester were declared by Panjab University today.

Saplings planted
Chandigarh, July 10
A sapling plantation programme was held at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School 26, here today. Students delivered speeches highlighting the importance of trees for human beings.

Librarians’ forum
Chandigarh, July 10
A librarians’ forum was launched at a joint meeting of librarians of Panjab University library and British Council Library held here yesterday.


Bansi Lal’s petition on security admitted
Chandigarh, July 10
Haryana’s former Chief Minister Bansi Lal’s petition alleging surveillance in the garb of security and for providing him with adequate protection was today admitted by a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.


Dhrubajyoti Chakraborty performs on the sitar at Pracheen Kala Kendra in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Dhrubajyoti Chakraborty performs on the sitar at Pracheen Kala Kendra in Chandigarh on Tuesday. 
 — A Tribune photograph

An evening of lyrical melody
Chandigarh, July 10
Lyrical melody flowed from the sitar of Dhrubajyoti Chakraborty, a Calcutta-based artiste, who was today in town on the invitation from Pracheen Kala Kendra in Sector 35. Instead of taking to a cliched style of performance, the artiste, who took to the instrument at a tender age of four, exhibited tremendous variation. His hallmark was the complete prowess on the various performing styles like meend, ghaseet and jod jhala.

Chinese film fest opens today
Chandigarh, July 10
With the four-day Chinese film festival starting here tomorrow, cinema buffs will have an occasion to relish. The four-day festival beginning tomorrow will feature four famous Chinese films, which will be screened everyday in CSIO Auditorium at 6.30 pm.

Learning traffic rules through theatre
Chandigarh, July 10
A comedy play titled ‘Adhunik Mahabharata’ was staged at the Kalagram along the Chandigarh-Shimla highway here today. The play, a satirical comedy, was presented by the Marassi Mandli and was directed by Sanjay Sharma.


Registration date of nursing homes extended
Chandigarh, July 10
The date for registration of hospitals (both government and private) and nursing homes under the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Act has been extended till July 15. The Director Family Welfare, Dr M.P Minocha, said today that all nursing homes, which are having genetic clinic, counselling and genetic laboratory, to get registered with the Director Health Services, UT, by July 15 positively.


A budding shuttler 
Chandigarh, July 10
Prerak Sharma has, over a period of time, shown consistent improvement in playing badminton and his recent tour to Czech Republic for participation in the International Youth Tournament has made him more confident of his abilities as a player and person as a whole. Prerak (II) is a student of Hansraj Public School, Panchkula, and took to badminton at the age of seven and had his initial coaching at the badminton court of Community Centre Sector 7, Panchkula.

14 football trainees selected
Chandigarh, July 10
The two-day trials conducted by the Sports Authority of India to select football trainees for DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, concluded here today with 14 boys in the age group of eight to 14 finally being recommended for the approval of the corporate office, SAI Delhi.

  • Karate team


Encroachments removed
Panchkula, July 10
The Enforcement Department of the Estate Office, Haryana Urban Development Authority, removed encroachments by shopkeepers in the market corridors here today.

85 challans issued
Chandigarh, July 10
The enforcement wing of the Municipal Corporation today issued 85 challans in various parts of the city.

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