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Admn gives in to UPSC decision
Appointment of Asst Prof at PEC
Chandigarh, July 28
After an year of having locked horns over an appointment made by the Union Public Service Commission to the post of Assistant Professor at Punjab Engineering College, the UT Administration has given in to the wishes of the UPSC despite the Administration’s serious doubts about the selection made by the UPSC.

Police to have breath analyser
Defective radar sent for repair
Panchkula, July 28
The Panchkula police is all set to introduce breath analyser to check drunken driving in the town. The police will also reintroduce a radar to check the speed limit of vehicles. The strength of traffic police personnel has been increased to 46 from 26 to avoid the violation of traffic rules in the district.

One-time registration on cards
Reprieve for 8-seater owners
Chandigarh, July 28
Chandigarh Administration’s Transport Department may soon give permission for allowing onetime registration of eight-seater vehicles in the city. It all started after Chandigarh Tribune published a report on how thousands of city residents, who own eight-seater vehicles are facing harassment.



Over 850 teachers transferred in UT
Chandigarh, July 28
More than 850 lecturers, masters, language teachers, JBT and nursery teachers have been transferred in the city government schools by the UT Education Department.

Notice issued to DPI, 8 principals
Chandigarh, July 28
A local court today issued a notice to the UT Director, Public Instructions (Colleges) and eight principals of the UT colleges for August 8 on the Public Interest Litigation filed by the Lawyers for Social Reforms for restraining them from forfeiting the tuition charges, annual charges, amalgamated funds and other charges from the students.

PSHRC sets aside custodial death report
Chandigarh, July 28
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has set aside the inquiry report submitted by the Principal Secretary, PSHRC, and directed that a retired Sessions Judge should conduct the inquiry into recent custodial deaths and alleged harassment of inmates in the Ferozepore Central Jail.

Maps of 105 cities of region being prepared
Chandigarh, June 28
Fulfilling a long-standing demand from the defence services as well as government agencies, detailed maps of 105 cities and major towns in this region are being prepared by the Survey of India.



Dream bus goes off road

The euphoria created by the launch of the open roof hop- on-hop-off coach on July 25 by the Administrator, Lt Gen JFR Jacob (retd) did not last long. The bus, which was put on the city roads with much fanfare was mysteriously withdraw the very next day. 

Informal nod for security gates
The Haryana Urban Development authority has recognised, even if informally, the existence of iron gates at lane openings installed by residents for purposes of security.

Admn apathy irks police colony residents
Chandigarh, July 28
The indifferent attitude of the Chandigarh Administration and the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation and non-constructing of a road in the Police Residential Colony Sector 46 has caused a lot of inconvenience to its residents.

394 challans issued by UT traffic police
Traffic cops challan an auto-rickshaw owner. Chandigarh, July 28
The local police today issued as many as 394 challans to traffic-rule violators. The challans were issued under a special drive launched by the city police to educate people about road safety norms and challan the violators.
Traffic cops challan an auto-rickshaw owner at the road separating Sectors 19 and 20 during a special drive launched to educate public about road safety norms in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan 

Baldev SinghReminiscences
Youthful fun, then and now
Tough cop, you think as you enter his office on the top floor of the Police Headquarters and face Superintendent of Police Baldev Singh. His broad shoulders, stout appearance and tanned complexion bear testimony to years of chasing criminal in sun or rain. 

Lok Janshakti Party plans agitation
Chandigarh, July 28
As part of its nationwide agitation, the Lok Janshakti Party will “gherao” the DC Office on August 1.

Land with balance of Yin and Yang
hen one is buying land for one’s home, there are many important factors which one has to keep in mind. If from the start one is careful about the surroundings of one’s land, it will help one a long way in life.

Off-Beat Profession
Using stones to heal people
Gems are believed to ward off bad luck. But not many have given a thought to how these lifeless things neutralise negative forces. If you find the concept a bit hard to digest, meet Dr Rajiv Verma who has chosen the profession of healing people with the help of stones.



Councillor’s house burgled
Chandigarh, July 28
Municipal Corporation Councillor Ranjana Shahi has reported to the local police that her servant decamped with cash and jewellery worth Rs 50,000 from her Sector 40 residence while she was away here this afternoon.

Man commits suicide
Chandigarh, July 28
A 50-year-old man reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of his Sector 22-C house here. According to the police, the deceased, Naginder Singh, was having a mental problem. No suicide note was found. The body was sent for postmortem, examination.


MIA to focus on IT: Baidwan
SAS Nagar, July 28
The Mohali Industries Association will focus on making the town a centre of IT excellence. Stating this at a press conference here today, the newly elected president of the MIA, Mr B.S. Baidwan, said the agenda of initiatives of the MIA would also focus on other interventions, including export development, to enable the industrial segments here to compete and grow in the global and local markets.

Open air hair saloons in city
Almost every market in the City Beautiful has at least one hair cutting saloon. The rich and the educated are their customers as it is ‘‘against their status’’ to go for a haircut under a tree. The uneducated and poor migrant labourers cannot afford the saloons and for them there are hundreds of roadside barbers. 

LPG distributors’ conventions
Chandigarh, July 28
The executive committee meeting of the All-India LPG Distributors Federation, north-western region, today finalised the schedule for the state-level conventions. According to a press note, the convention for the Himachal region will be held in Mandi on August 12 and for Punjab in Ludhiana on August 21. 



And they call it a school
SAS NAGAR, July 28
The Government Primary School in Guru Nanak Colony here, can only be called an apology for an educational institution. The school in Phase X which has 175 students from poor families on its rolls, was set up n 1981. It has leaking roofs and no drinking water or power supply.
A broken chair for the teacher and students squatting on the floor symbolise the condition of Government Primary School.
A broken chair for the teacher and students squatting on the floor symbolise the condition of Government Primary School in Guru Nanak Colony, Phase 10, SAS Nagar. 
— A Tribune photograph

Quick results serve little purpose
The success in hastening the declaration of results by Panjab University has lost its advantage as far as beginning the classes sooner this session is concerned. Admissions to a number of classes had to be postponed because the Detailed Marks Cards were not available and that hampered the process of compiling the list of selected candidates.

NIFD to showcase ‘Colours of Life’
Chandigarh, July 28
“Colours of Life”, an exhibition being conducted by the National Institute of Fashion Design on its campus from July 30, will showcase the creativity of its textile design and fashion design students. The exhibition, which aims at reflecting the latent talent, comes as an integral part of the NIFD curriculum.


Bank directed to conduct probe
Chandigarh, July 28
Coming down heavily upon the Punjab National Bank authorities for engaging a counsel “who was not in his proper senses”, Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the bank’s Regional Manager to hold an inquiry within 30 days and inform the Court about the action taken in the matter.

155 cases settled in Lok Adalat
The District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhalla, settles cases in a special Lok Adalat .

Chandigarh, July 28
A special Lok Adalat consisting of 12 Benches under the supervision of the UT District and Sessions Judge was held today in the District Courts complex. 

The District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhalla, settles cases in a special Lok Adalat held at the District Courts in Chandigarh on Saturday.
— A Tribune photograph

Resentment over move to ban old buses
Chandigarh, July 28
The Punjab and Haryana High Court’s decision to ban plying of 15-year-old buses on the city roads has come as a shock for the Chandigarh School Bus Welfare Association.



“Yaadein” lacks magical touch of Subhash Ghai
aadein" (Nirman and KC, Panchkula) despite being a light romantic presentation somehow lacks the ‘magical’ touch of the master-director Subhash Ghai. The story lacks the grip and the music by Anu Malik also fails to make the expected impression in a love story.

Inspirational danseuse
Chandigarh, July 28
Sonali Mohapatra is one of those rare persons who inspires everyone around her. This petite Odissi dancer from Cuttack has not only overcome her hearing impairment with grace, but has also marked her presence in a field in a short span of time which takes years for others to achieve.

Passionate portrayal of Muslim grandeur
Ashwatthama performs in “Ek Qatra Khoon” at the Department of Indian Theatre. Chandigarh, July 28
Ashwatthama JD’s theatrical presentation of the “jehad” under the title of “Ek qatra khoon” touched many a heart today. After long, there was a performance which stemmed straight out of passion for a cause — a cause which this National School of Drama pass out has been living for long. 
Ashwatthama performs in “Ek Qatra Khoon” at the Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Saturday. 
— Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Painting contest on environment
SAS Nagar, July 28
The local Environment Protection Society organised essay writing and painting competitions for students here today. Nearly 288 students from 14 local schools took part in the contests, organised as part of an environment awareness campaign.

Serial on astrology
Chandigarh, July 28
Now can learn about your personal traits and your future by simply being a part of Kya Kehate Hain Aap Ke Sitare, a serial on astrology, soon going to be aired on Sahara, according to P. Khurana, who addressed a press conference at a local hotel here today.


Cure through yoga advocated
Chandigarh, July 28
Persons working continuously for hours together on computers suffer from serious health problems like migraine, cervical spondylitis, poor vision, stress and pain in the neck muscles.



Football culture picks up in city
The Chandigarh Football Academy which was started last year held the second phase of trials for inducting six more trainees last week. The process of selecting six trainees from a total of 24 evoked criticism from certain quarters.

Cricket coaching camp begins
Chandigarh, July 28
A coaching-cum-practice camp for under-14 and under-16 players started today at the PCA Cricket Stadium, Mohali. The camp will conclude on August 5, according to Mr M.P. Pandove, secretary of the Punjab Cricket Association.Top

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