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Defaulting schools: PUDA hits back
Serves show-cause notices on 11; closures likely
SAS Nagar, July 5
Several schools that collectively owe Rs 5.52 crore to the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) will soon face action, even closure. PUDA has served show-cause notices on 11 defaulting school managements for resumption of plots on account of non-payment of instalments.

Flesh trade under discotheque lights
Chandigarh, July 5
Flesh trade is evolving itself into the city culture. Amidst throbbing music and hip hopping, call girls are increasingly opting discotheques in the city to attract “customers”. The new trend is a cause of concern for the Chandigarh police which had so far only kept a vigil on the late night drunken brawls at the discotheques.


More vocational paramedical courses for govt schools
Chandigarh, July 5
Looking at the growth of health-related facilities here in the city, The Education Department of the Chandigarh Administration is planning to add a few more vocational courses of the paramedical nature in Government Senior Secondary schools at plus two level. 

Poor response to vocational courses
Chandigarh, July 5
Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35 and the GMSSS Sector 16 continued to be the hot favourites among the commerce and arts students seeking admission in Class XI in various government schools in the city, The GMSSS-23, the venue for the centralised admissions, was once again abuzzed with activity as the candidates vied with each other to get admission in the most sought-after schools in their selected streams during the third day of the admissions.

Malaysia scouting for Indian doctors
Chandigarh, July 5
With more and more doctors shying away from serving in the remote and rural areas, as is the case in India, a Malaysian delegation is in the city here, to explore the possibility of hiring the services of Indian doctors , who are rated very high, in their country.

ITDC hotel project goes to Taj Group
Chandigarh, July 5
The unfinished hotel project of the Indian Tourism Development Corporation in Sector 17 was in the list of properties the ITDC disinvested today. The Chandigarh Administration will be signing a fresh lease with the new party, Taj Group of hotels.
A French national on a round-the-world walking trip to promote peace arrives in Chandigarh before moving on to Jammu and Kashmir. (28k, 56k)


Construction giant under siege
Owes Rs 3.5 cr to contractors; ‘Rs 5.76 cr’ to Punjab
Chandigarh, July 5
The National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) here has not paid at least Rs 3.5 crore of dues to several contractors for the past more than two years. The reason, it says, is the failure of the Punjab Government to make the payments.

A feast for mango lovers
Pinjore, July 5
The 11th Mango mela, one of the biggest annual tourist attractions that began here today, surprisingly, failed to attract farmers of the region. The maximum number of entries in mango varieties and its processed forms were received from the Haryana State Horticulture Department and the Himachal Pradesh Marketing Corporation (HPMC).

A family from Iran admires mangoes at the Mango Mela in Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore, on Friday. — Photo Pankaj Sharma
A family from Iran admires mangoes at the Mango Mela in Yadavindra Gardens

Bitta opposes FDI in print media
Chandigarh, July 5
The All-India Anti-Terrorist Front chief, Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, today opposed the Centre’s recent proposal to allow 26 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in Indian newspapers and periodicals, saying that it would help foreign agencies in exposing security cover at different levels in the country.

Widespread rain in HP, Punjab, Haryana
Chandigarh, July 5
The south-west monsoon, covering Himachal Pradesh, most of Jammu and Kashmir, parts of Punjab and Haryana caused widespread rains at many places in the north-west region during the past 24 hours.

2 PCL men die in  freak accident
SAS Nagar, July 5
If life is unfair then so is death. In less than two months, Mrs Subhash Bhalla, Resident of Phase IV, SAS Nagar, has lost her husband and her only son. Body of her son Sandip Bhalla, a 28-year-old employee of Punjab Communications Limited, (PCL) was brought from Calcutta this afternoon.

Vestibule bus on city roads
Chandigarh, July 5
The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) today acquired a new bus known as the vestibule bus — two buses are connected in between like railway coaches — to run on city roads. The bus has been supplied on trial basis by Ashok Leyland for one month. The red-coloured bus was plied on route No 149 between the PGI and Mansa Devi via the ISBT, Sector 17.
The special vestibule bus on trial run in Chandigarh on Friday. 
The special vestibule bus on trial run in Chandigarh


Three vehicles stolen 
Chandigarh, July 5
Three vehicles were stolen in separate incidents in the city during the past 48 hours. According to information available, a Maruti car (CH01-R-6876) was stolen from outside a house in Sector 27. 

3 held under various Acts
SAS Nagar, July 5
Police parties arrested three persons from whom smack, alcohol and gambling money was seized. Harvir Singh, son of late Balbir Singh, a resident of HM-326, Phase 9, SAS Nagar, was caught with 30 gm of smack. He has been booked under various Sections of the NDPS Act.


Dharna by Steel Strips staff
Lalru, July 5
In protest against the indifferent attitude of the management, employees of Steel Strips Wheels Limited staged a dharna near the factory premises in Lahli village here today.


Haryana board declares Class VIII results
Panchkula, July 5
The Class VIII result of the Haryana School Education Board declared today has finally brought some cheer among the education authorities as well as the schools affiliated to the board. The overall result has been 60. 62 per cent.

Syndicate to clear Director’s appointment
Chandigarh. July 5
As an important step towards commencing the University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Panjab University Syndicate this time will clear the appointment of the director of this course.

Prestigious award for a lovely poem
SAS Nagar, July 5
It’s love, the word that rules the world; It’s love, the word that rules the heart; It’s love, the word that makes u smile; It’s love, the word that keeps you in style; It’s love, the word that lightens your mood; It’s love, the word that stops you from being so rude; It’s love , the word that you love to hear, even when in despair; forget all your revenging vows, against all your friends and foes; live to love — let the phrase rule, around the world- and affectionate pool !to make you happy — it’s the only tool, so , love , love and only love.

Short courses by CEDTI favoured
SAS Nagar, July 5
The Principal Secretary, Technical Education and Industrial Training, Punjab, Ms Romila Dubey, today called for introduction of short courses by the Centre for Electronics Design and Technology of India (CEDTI) in engineering colleges and polytechnics to provide the needed exposure to students before they passed out of those institutions.

Police to honour brilliant wards
Chandigarh, July 5
The Chandigarh police has initiated a scheme to encourage the meritorious wards of its employees. Beginning from this year, the police authorities have decided to honour the shortlisted wards of its cops.


Police remand for 3 in murder case
Chandigarh, July 5
Three persons arrested by the UT police in connection with the murder of a former sarpanch of Khuda Alisher, Pal Singh Pala, were today remanded in police custody. The suspect, Kartar Singh, Mohinder Singh and Kesar Singh, were produced before the Magistrate in the afternoon who remanded them in police custody for three days.


Indian medical care ‘best’
... but only a few can ‘afford’ it
Chandigarh, July 5
“Best medical care is accessible to only a fraction of the population in India who can afford it and the rest of them remain alien to it. This was a paradoxical truth in the country when medical care here can be compared to the best in the world,” said Dr Ranjit Kumar Chandra, an internationally acclaimed medical expert. 

City kids under asthma attack
Chandigarh, July 5
Surprisingly the percentage of children suffering from bronchial asthma in the city is on the rise despite Chandigarh being one of the cleanest cities in India having low pollution levels.

Thalassaemic mother
Chandigarh, July 5
Claimed to be the first case in India, where a thalassaemic patient has given birth to a child, Kiran Bala (26), after remaining admitted to the PGI for over four months, today became the proud mother of a baby boy.

UT to pay medical bill of Kultar Singh
Chandigarh, July 5
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd.), today went to the PGI to enquire about the welfare of Kultar Singh, brother of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, who has been admitted there since Wednesday due to a kidney problem.

The Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), visits the PGI to enquire about the health of Kultar Singh, brother of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, on Friday. Mr M.S. Bitta is also with him. — Photo Pankaj Sharma
The Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), visits the PGI to enquire about the health of Kultar Singh,


Bedi elected CBA president
Chandigarh, July 5
Mr D.S. Bedi, Director-Principal of Shivalik Public School, was unanimously elected president of the Chandigarh Basketball Association (CBA) at a general body meeting attended by 18 member units. Majority of those present at the meeting were not in favour of keeping Col A.S. Judge as its president.
  • Sports meet from July 12
  • Lecture on yoga

Chetanpreet for world shooting meet
Chandigarh, July 5
Chetanpreet, a Class XII student of Gyan Jyoti Public School, SAS Nagar is the only female shooter from city, who has been selected by the National Rifle Association of India for the 46th World Shooting Championship being held at Lahiti, Finland. Chetanpreet, who is selected in the 10-metre air rifle event, will compete on July 9. The present Indian team comprised other top class international shooters from India


Sangat darshan grants: SDM recommends action
Kharar, July 5
Grants sanctioned by the previous SAD government during sangat darshans for Machli Kalan and Machlai Khurd villages of Kharar block were reportedly not used properly and Mr Sukhwinder Singh Gill, SDM, Kharar has recommended action against responsible persons for this.


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