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Watching soccer World Cup to be expensive
Chandigarh, May 29
It is going to be a sour World Cup for football fans. Watching a live telecast of the World Cup beginning Friday in Japan and Korea is going to be expensive. 

Storm hits electricity, water supply
Chandigarh, May 29
Several parts in the southern sectors of the city faced yet another power breakdown yesterday following a storm. The water supply was also affected. Telephone lines also developed snags, caused by broken overhead cables or due to seepage of water in loose underground joints.

A broken communication tower in Sector 35
A broken communication tower in Sector 35 and a road which caved in in Sector 10 of Chandigarh during the past two days. 
—Tribune photographs


MC seeks amendment in Punjab Municipal Act
Resents cut in grant-in-aid by Admn, Centre
Chandigarh, May 29
The local Municipal Corporation today sought from Parliament amendment in the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act as extended to Chandigarh to empower it and resented Rs 13 crore cut in grant-in-aid by the Chandigarh Administration and the Centre.

Protests mark jhuggis’ demolition
Panchkula, May 29
The anti-encroachment drive launched by HUDA earlier this month was resumed at Madrasi Colony near Nadha Sahib amidst mild protests by women residents of the colony. In the evening, slum-dwellers unsuccessfully tried to burn the remnants of their jhuggis.
Angry residents of Madrasi Colony
Angry residents of Madrasi Colony try to break a police barricade on the road in protest against the demolition of their hutments, and (right) the demolition drive in progress. — Tribune photos Parvesh Chauhan

Jacob turns focus on child health
Chandigarh, May 29
There is a need for widening the scope of school health and dental schemes to ensure a thorough medical examination of school going children, especially in the rural areas and slums, said the Punjab Governor, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd) while presiding over the general body and executive committee meeting of the Child Welfare Council of Punjab here yesterday.


200 participate in shramdan
Chandigarh, May 29
As many as 200 persons today participated in shramdan which is being carried out at the regulator end, Sukhna Lake, near here. Besides, 30 regular shramdanis, 25 personnel of Chandigarh Police, 35 NSS students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23-A, and 105 students of Government Senior Secondary School, Karsan, also attended the shramdan.

Share toast with family
What’s an eating out without the all-important drinks? And you want to take your family and friends, too. No problem. The Cellar, the bar and restaurant, at the basement of the Sector 35 Hotel Sheronz endeavours to come to your aid. The ambience is geared towards creating a family-friendly atmosphere.

Experts discuss death penalty
Chandigarh, May 29
“I am totally against the death penalty. Death penalty is barbaric and is basically a tit-for-tat action” said Justice Kuldeep Singh, while addressing the gathering at a seminar on “Violence against women and death penalty and its perspective” at the ICCSR complex in Panjab University here today.

Justice Kuldeep Singh addresses a seminar at the ICSSR complex in Panjab University on Wednesday.
— A Tribune photograph
Justice Kuldeep Singh addresses a seminar

Rain brings down temperature
Chandigarh, May 29
Temperatures plummeted today at most places in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal following unseasonal rain, third time in the past one week, with Hisar getting drenched by 71 mm of rainfall.

Relief at last, thanks to power of the Press
his is a small note of thanks to The Tribune for having taken up the cause of harassed patients at the hands of the incharge of Panjab University dispensary, Chandigarh.
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Rights body to educate residents
Zirakpur, May 29
Members of the Dera Basi unit of the Human Rights Watch held a meeting under the presidentship of Col N.H. Pandher (retd), president of the All-India Human Rights Watch (AIHRW), here recently.

PCMS body flays govt decision
Chandigarh, May 29
The PCMS Association has criticised the decision of the state government to remove 850 PCMS doctors along with 2,596 other employees recruited by the Punjab Public Service Commission during the tenure of its Chairman, Mr Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu.

BIS invites entries for quality award
Chandigarh, May 29
The Bureau of Indian Standards has invited entries for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Award-2001. These awards were instituted in 1991 by the BIS in its endeavour to encourage Indian industry to strive for excellence in quality.

Summer camp for children
Panchkula, May 29
The District Council for Child Welfare will organise a child-to-child programme as part of the summer vacation from June 3 to 7 at Bal Bhavan here. This was announced by the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora here today.


Police likely to register FIR in poisoning case
Chandigarh, May 29
The UT police is likely to register an FIR in an alleged case of poisoning, which it had earlier referred to the Ropar police. On May 20, Ms Sumita Devi (30), a resident of Kansal village (Kharar), had alleged before the UT police that her two brothers-in -law had attempted to kill her life by forcing her to take some poisonous substance near Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat that day. 

Inter-state gang of robbers busted
Panchkula, May 29
The police has achieved a major success by arresting eight members of an inter-state gang of robbers. They were planning to loot a petrol pump at HMT today.

Woman commits suicide
Dera Bassi, May 29
A 25-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her house in Mubarikpur village, 2 km from here. She was reportedly not feeling well.


Demand to repair industrial  area roads
Chandigarh, May 29
The Chamber of Chandigarh Industries has asked the Municipal Corporation to take immediate steps to repair roads in the industrial area of the city within a fortnight failing which it would launch an agitation.

Report on trolley buses submitted
Chandigarh, May 29
A report on the feasibility of electric trolley buses to be run in the city was submitted today by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited. The UT Home Secretary-cum-Transport Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral, said the contents of the report were under study and would be known by the next week.


Second re-evaluation disallowed to two engineering students
Chandigarh, May 29
Panjab University has disallowed second chance of re-evaluation to two students of engineering who had expressed their dissatisfaction with the original results and even the re-evaluation.

Sec 16 school gets highest pass percentage
Chandigarh, May 29
The Sector 16 Government Model Senior Secondary School here has scored the highest pass percentage of 96.37 in the Class X examinations conducted by the CBSE followed by the Sector 35 model school with pass percentage of 93.33.

PU non-teaching staff seek release of increment
Chandigarh, May 29
Employees of the non teaching wing in Panjab University are up in arms against the non release of an increment to assistant section officers despite clearance by the university board of Finance, Syndicate and the Senate.

‘Focus on classroom teaching’
Chandigarh, May 29
While students leave no stone unturned as far as preparation during examinations is concerned, only a few manage to bag top positions. They are unanimous in their opinion that half the battle is won if one concentrates in class.

900 students take part in contest
Chandigarh, May 29
A two-day drawing, writing, craft and greeting card making competition, organised by Creative Art Institute, concluded at Dhanas today. Nearly 900 students of 12 schools of the area participated in the competition.

Students take part in different contests organised in Dhanas village of Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Students take part in different contests


Sidhu’s remand extended
Chandigarh, May 29
The tainted Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) Chairman, Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, who has been booked by the UT police under the Arms Act and the Excise Act, was further remanded in judicial custody today.


Review films on Bhagat Singh: Trust
SAS Nagar, May 29
A member of the All-India Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial Trust and son of a younger brother of the martyr, Mr Abhay Singh Sandhu, today demanded a review of the films being produced on the martyr as these, he feared, were distorting the facts of history.

A play full of action, drama
Chandigarh, May 29
Attempting a production that requires sensitive handling of almost all elements of theatre is not an easy job. In the recent past, the city has hardly seen any production which combines drama, music, dance and action. After a long time, one such play is being attempted in town.


Fortis to create database of blood donors
Chandigarh, May 29
The Fortis Heart Institute will create a data base of all blood donors in the region. The process is already on with more than 150 blood donors on the list from Chandigarh and Mohali.

AIDS awareness camp organised
Chandigarh, May 29
The Citizens Awareness Group in celebration with the state Aids Control Society, Chandigarh, organised an aids awareness camp for hair dressers and workers of beauty saloons at Government Senior Secondary School, Manimajra, yesterday. 62 hair dressers and beauticians participated.


Shruti beaten in ITF meet
Chandigarh, May 29
Shruti Dhawan of Chandigarh, the lone challenge in the ongoing $5000 ITF Women Tennis Meet at the tennis stadium, Sector 10, here today succumbed to the spirited Ankita Bhambri of New Delhi in a three-set tie in the quarter-finals of the women’s singles.


Proposal to hike sewerage cess rejected
Chandigarh, May 29
The Water and Sewerage Committee of the local Municipal Corporation yesterday refused to consider the increase in the sewerage cess from Rs 5 to Rs 15 per laterine sheet without firmly rejecting it, keeping alive the apprehensions of it being considered in the next meeting a week later.

Arora redresses grievances
Panchkula, May 29
The district administration has held an open darbar at Mallah village under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora. More than 200 complaints were received and necessary directions were given in 125 complaints to officers concerned for taking immediate action.


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