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Ex-sarpanch gunned down
Political rivalry behind murder
Chandigarh, July 2
A former sarpanch, Pal Singh Pala, of Khuda Alisher village (UT), located north of Punjab Engineering College was gunned downed by at least six armed assailants here this evening.
Policemen examine the spot where Pal Singh Pala (inset) was shot
Policemen examine the spot where Pal Singh Pala (inset) was shot, in Khuda Ali Sher near Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Cong rejects proposed MC bylaws
Chandigarh, July 2
The dream of people to have a say at the sector level in development through ward committees of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh is still far from realisation with the Congress rejecting the bylaws proposed by these committees.


PU not to allow double affiliation to colleges
Chandigarh, July 2
Panjab University will not allow double affiliation to affiliated colleges from the forthcoming academic session. This is particularly targeted at colleges which run PU courses for the usual arts, science and commerce streams. However, for certain courses like BCA, MCA and MSc(IT) they had sought affiliation to Punjab Technical University (PTU).

Will Shatru be PGI’s friend?
Chandigarh, July 2
With the new Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Mr Shatrughan Sinha taking charge at the Centre, the PGIMER also has a new President. Ex-officio, the Chairman of the PGI’s two main decision-making bodies, Mr Sinha will now have overall control over the working of this organisation.

Panel for basing property tax on rental value
Chandigarh, July 2
The Property Tax Committee of the Municipal Corporation decided here today to propose a rental-value method for calculating tax on commercial property and government buildings. An estimated rent for each area will be proposed for each square feet of it.

Admissions on, but seats gone
Chandigarh, July 2
Even though admissions to undergraduate classes started in the city colleges yesterday, there were hardly any seats left for students having low scores. On day two though the colleges continued to witness a heavy rush here today the principals claimed that almost all seats had been filled.

HOT COURSE: Students seeking admission to the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, bear the heat for hours together, in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Photo Pankaj Sharma 


Ballistic expert’s  statement not recorded
Chandigarh, July 2
The statement of the ballistic expert who had examined the RDX and other articles recovered in the Beant Singh assassination case was not recorded in a special court in the Model Burail Jail today as the defence counsel raised an objection that the documents related to the recovery of articles in the case had not supplied to him by the CBI.

Killing of fawns: report sought
Chhat Bir, July 2
Following a news report on stray dogs killing three fawns in the Chhat Bir zoo, senior officials of the Punjab Drainage Department have sought a report on Banur Canal from the official concerned.

Kanwal Sibbal does city proud
Chandigarh, July 2
The news about his son joining as the new Foreign Secretary did not come as a surprise as the family was aware of it since quite some time, but the sight of his son, Kanwal Sibbal, confidently sitting behind a series of microphones thrilled Punjab and Haryana High Court senior advocate Hira Lal Sibbal.

Old in age, young in deeds
Chandigarh, July 2
It is his sheer grit and determination to keep mentally as well as physically agile that gives 63-year-old, Karam Inder Pal, a retired engineer, the strength to do the ‘shava asana’ in water for one hour.

Mr Karam Inder Pal demonstrates ‘shava asana’ on water at the Panjab University swimming pool in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph.
Mr Karam Inder Pal demonstrates ‘shava asana’ on water at the Panjab University swimming pool

Police can help curb accidents
propos of Ms Ruchika M. Khanna’s report (Chandigarh Tribune, May 11), Panchkula Superintendent of Police Charu Bali’s plan to establish a police helpline and trauma centre in Panchkula to help accident victims is commendable. I wish her all success in this mission.
  • Restore its pride
  • No lessons learnt
An octogenarian philanthropist
Chandigarh, July 2
With a view to helping thousands of helpless people who have been deprived of basic amenities, an octogenarian, Mr B.L. Bansal, Chairman, Club Member of Life Insurance Corporation of India, has donated Rs 1 lakh for the relief work in Mother Teresa's Home in Chandigarh.

Married women’s rights
Chandigarh, July 2
The Woman and Child Support Unit of the Chandigarh Police, in a press release, today said a married woman had the right over her ‘istridhan’, which included gifts given to her by her parents and by her in-laws, equal rights in share of property purchased or acquired by her husband after marriage, right of maintenance of herself and of her children besides rights in case of ex-parte divorce proceedings.

SBI celebrates State Bank Day
Chandigarh, July 2
A tree plantation campaign and an inter-school on-the-spot painting contest was organised by the main branch of the State Bank of India, Sector 17, to mark State Bank Day yesterday.


Cases of murder, dacoity solved
Panchkula, July 2
The police has claimed to have solved over three-year-old cases of murder and dacoity by arresting two accused involved in the incidents from two different places. Baldev Singh, accused in a murder case, and Bhagwan Singh, accused in a robbery case, were arrested from Bharatpur district in Rajasthan and Agra, respectively.


Industrial exhibition at CII
Chandigarh, July 2
An industrial exhibition on electrical and engineering components started here yesterday and would continue till July 3. It is perhaps for the first time that a specific exhibition has been organised at the regional headquarters of the Confederation of Indian Industry.

An exhibition on engineering and machine tools is held at the CII headquarters in Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph
An exhibition on engineering and machine tools is held at the CII headquarters

Banks can change soiled notes
Chandigarh, July 2
The RBI has delegated the powers under the Note Refund Rules, 1975, to exchange soiled and mutilated notes, to selected branches of public sector banks in Chandigarh.


Annual transfer of teachers on anvil
Chandigarh, July 2
The annual transfer of government school teachers is on the anvil with the UT Education Department planning to undertake the exercise within the first week of this month.

Charges baseless, says board chief
SAS Nagar, July 2
The Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board, Dr Kehar Singh, said here today that the allegations levelled against board officials in connection with the burning of the records related to the recruitment of clerks were baseless. 

Readymade science models on display
Chandigarh, July 2
There can not be a better example of the futility of the Indian education system. Imagine this — students of a certain class are asked to prepare a model of a windmill during the summer vacations. And when the D-day arrives, all of them turn up with similar models — same size, same pattern, even the colour is more or less the same.
Readymade science models on display at one of the booths in the Sector 18 market. The owner of the booth takes orders from a buyer over telephone. — A Tribune photograph
Readymade science models on display at one of the booths in the Sector 18 market

SCL introduces diploma in VLSI chip design
SAS Nagar, July 2
Semiconductor Complex Limited (SCL), a Government of India enterprise under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, has taken upon itself the task of providing trained manpower to the very large scale integrated (VLSI) chip design industry in the country.

PU entrance test for M.Com, MBA
Chandigarh, July 2
The entrance test for M.Com (e-commerce) and MBA (executive) will be conducted by Panjab University on July 7, an official press release said here today. The department has already dispatched the admit cards for the test. 


Plea to transfer case dismissed
Chandigarh, July 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court, in a significant judgement, today ruled that "interest of justice lies in speedy conclusion of trial and not in transfer of cases from one court to another unless the allegations were extremely grave".

  • Notice of motion

Sidhu's revision plea adjourned
Chandigarh, July 2
District and Sessions Judge S.N. Aggarwal today adjourned the hearing of the revision petition filed by defence counsel of suspended PPSC Chairman Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu to July 4.


City girl heads for Tamil screen
Chandigarh, July 2
Kulraj Sandhu is on the pursuit of success these days. Having collected many a prestigious title by virtue of her absorbing presence on the ramp, this girl from the city, is now on the verge of stardom.

Exhibition on Sir Naipaul’s life and works
Chandigarh, July 2
For those who feel the weight of a written word and respect it for the consciousness it engenders, the British Library in Sector 8 is the place to be. Mounted on concrete walls are creative upsurges from an author known for the is courage to say it is.
An exhibition of works and pictures of Sir VS Naipul on display at the British Library in Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

An exhibition of works and pictures of Sir VS Naipul on display


Kidney-size stone removed from child’s kidney
Chandigarh, July 2
Three-year-old Varun Attri’s parents could not have imagined that their son , having a stone as big as the kidney itself, could be discharged within two hours after his operation.


Karan, Bhavneet excel
Chandigarh, July 2
Karan Bhai, Bhavneet Kaur and Gurnoor Kang stole the limelight on the first day of the Major P.P.S. Sidhu Memorial Swimming Tournament which began here today at Yoga Centre, Sector 23 swimming pool. The two-day meet was inaugurated by Dr J.P.S. Sidhu, Joint Director, Sports, UT.

  • Tennis tourney

Bend mind towards yoga: Swami
Chandigarh, July 2
A 10-day ‘Yoga to Arogya’ camp began here today in the Sector 10 Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) Stadium. This camp is being conducted by an international expert, Swami Adhyatmananda of Rishikesh, and organised by the Punjab Health Department and the CLTA.
BEND IT LIKE SWAMI: Swami Adhyatmananda demonstrates a yoga technique to trainees at a camp in the Sector 10 Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association Stadium on Tuesday. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan




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