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Sector 34 goes without power for 18 hours
Chandigarh, July 6
Residents of Sector 34 spent the entire last night without power due to a breakdown in power supply following a technical snag that resulted in a fault in the supply line. The transformer in the area had also developed a snag. Supply could be completely restored only about 2 pm this afternoon, about 18 hours after the breakdown had occurred.

District court advocates get a ‘cool’ relief
Chandigarh, July 6
In a major decision favouring advocates practising in the district courts, the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana has exempted them from wearing black coats during summer. This comes after a decision of the Bar Council of India (BCI) in this regard. Sources inform that the amendments to this effect have been approved by the Chief Justice of India (CJI). 


Dead tree cries murder
Chandigarh, July 6
The UT Horticulture Department may well have invited trouble over its alleged intention to withdraw an FIR regarding the felling of a tree in February. The case was registered against some employees of the Central Poultry Breeding Farm (CPBF) in the Industrial Area for allegedly chopping 10 branches and the trunk of a fully grown mango tree on the farm. In trouble is the Assistant Landscaping Officer of the UT horticulture subdivision-II, who, after conducting an inquiry and getting the case registered without obtaining a clearance from the UT Administration, applied for its withdrawal soon afterwards.
Before the axe fell, it used to be a fully grown mango tree on the Central Poultry Breeding Farm in the Industrial Area of Chandigarh. This picture was taken on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph 
Before the axe fell, it used to be a fully grown mango tree on the Central Poultry Breeding Farm in the Industrial Area of Chandigarh

Petition against CBSE counselling date
Chandigarh, July 6
The CBSE’s decision to hold the second counselling for 15 per cent courses of MBBS and BDS (undergraduate level) on an all-India basis earlier this year has irked students and parents alike. According to a delegation which has filed a petition in the Supreme Court for postponing the date of the second counselling to August, the future of a large number of students is in the doldrums.

Man killed in highway crash
Zirakpur, July 6
A resident of Panchkula was killed, while his wife and son were seriously injured in an accident involving four vehicles on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala highway about 2 km from here, this afternoon.

Remains of a Maruti car that collided head-on with a truck on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala highway, leaving one dead and two other members of a Panchkula family injured, near Zirakpur on Saturday.— Photo Parvesh Chauhan 

Remains of a Maruti car that collided head-on with a truck on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala highway


Captain Vikram Batra lives on
Chandigarh, July 6
It was three years ago when a city lad Capt Vikram Batra, made headlines when he laid down his life during the Kargil conflict on July 7, 1999. He was then posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra (PVC), the highest bravery honour in the country. Today one of the peaks he captured during the conflict at the cost of the life, is called ‘‘Captain Batra top’’.

Monsoon arrives, brings heavy showers
Chandigarh, July 6
With the monsoon arriving on time the city and surrounding townships witnessed heavy showers in the morning today, 11 mm rain to be precise. The cloudy sky forced the office-goers and students to take umbrellas and rain-coats with them though the weather did not allow them to use. 
Villagers of Dhanas have a tough time crossing a choe after a heavy rain on Saturday morning in Chandigarh and surrounding areas.
Villagers of Dhanas have a tough time crossing a choe after a heavy rain on Saturday morning

Blocking road for functions
n important road connecting Sectors 6 and 7 of Panchkula near the Gurdwara has been blocked by some influential party for organising private functions. This has been causing a lot of inconvenience to the general public who have to go either to their houses in these sectors, or to the market to purchase things. This is particularly causing hardship to patients who have to rush to the General Hospital in Sector 6 for emergency treatment. People are unnecessarily harassed due to the road block.
  • Business as usual in PGI
  • Harassment scheme
  • New number plates
  • The Good Samaritan

Protest rally by residents today
Chandigarh, July 6
The co-ordination committee of the Residents Welfare Associations (an apex body of 14 associations of Sector 41) has decided to hold a protest rally tomorrow at 7 pm against the registration of a “false and fabricated” case against Sector 41 residents.


Drive against rickshaw-pullers: 12 held
Chandigarh, July 6
Rickshaw-pullers violating traffic rules in the city are once again in trouble. The Chandigarh Police has launched a special drive to tame the offenders, said to be mostly migrant daily wage earners from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Pharma student commits suicide
Chandigarh, July 6
An 18-year-old student of B pharmacy allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his house in Sector 35, here on Saturday. According to the information the victim Nirmatpal Singh was doing B Pharmacy from Ludhiana and was said to be under depression. 


Exhibition of Kashmiri items
Chandigarh, July 6
Harpreet of Sukriti Collections has presented an exclusive range of Kashmiri suits and other decorative items with hand embroidery. The exhibition which was inaugurated today at Hotel Aroma, gives a glimpse of the intricacies of traditional hand embroidery of Kashmir and also an idea about their colourful lifestyle.


PU to get tough on double affiliation
Chandigarh, July 6
Panjab University has decided to issue show-cause notices to colleges indulging in double affiliation. Such cases will be taken up by the Senate and the punishment may bring disaffiliation.

Preference for science subjects
Chandigarh, July 6
Preference for the science streams continued to be a priority at the on-going centralised admissions to plus one in government schools. GMSSS-23 here witnessed this trend today. Four other schools have exhausted their seats in the medical and non-medical streams.

Rally on water conservation
Chandigarh, July 6
A talk and rally on ‘jal samvardhan’ (water conservation) was organised at GMSSS-19, here today as a part of the ‘jal samvardhan’ year being observed by the NSS.Youth Officer Madhu Bala from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports explained how water could be saved by bringing about behavioural changes in use of water such as turning off taps and storing water instead of using running water.


Ex-minister gets anticipatory bail
Chandigarh, July 6
Mr Justice Nirmal Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has granted anticipatory bail to former Haryana’s minister Azad Mohammad and his five brothers in an alleged murder case.

  • Absence due to strike no cause for indulgence

PESCO sets up film institute
Chandigarh, July 6
The Punjab Ex-servicemen Corporation (PESCO), has set up PESCO Film and TV Institute (PFTI) at SAS Nagar in a joint venture with a reputed private collaboration, Mr K.B.S. Sidhu, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, PESCO, said here yesterday.

‘Humraaz’ — a gripping thriller
umraaz’ (Jagat and KC, Panchkula) is a gripping thriller with a strong hold on the pace and a neat characterisation to suit the requirements of a story central to a selected few characters. Akshay Khanna has emerged as a clear winner over the rest of the cast, including Bobby Deol and Amisha Patel. His role with a negative streak has strong colours of brilliance which will leave indelible impressions on the public mind.

An evening of fashion  and design
Chandigarh, July 6
A traditional touch dominated the line of dressing which featured during a fashion show held at Kala Gram this evening. Organised with the purpose of underlining the grace of Indian costumes, four rounds that comprised the event were all about folk elements in Indian costumes.

Ghazal evening in Mohali Club
SAS Nagar, July 6
An impressive musical programme ‘Khayal -e-Ghazal,’ was organised at the Mohali Club here this evening. The sole artiste, Abhiranjan, in his first big public performance in India started with “ Teri baten hi sunane aye, dost bhi dil hi dukhane aye/ Phul khilte hain to hum sochte hain, tere aane ke samane aye” and went to other ghazals, impressing the audience with his range and versatility.


MC directive on stagnant water
Chandigarh, July 6
The Health Wing of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has asked city residents to ensure that there was no stagnant water on their residential premises. The decision to seek cooperation of the residents is significant as, according to sources in the Corporation, the residents, indifferent towards stagnant water accumulated after heavy rainfall, are exposing themselves to health hazards.

Writer’s sweet victory over cancer
Chandigarh, July 6
The disclosure that he had blood cancer did plunge Justice Surinder Singh (retd) into depression, but not for long. He found it better to befriend something that he could not fight. To help cancer patients like him cope up with the disease, he wrote a multilingual book on his struggle with it.

The Head of the PGI Department of Internal Medicine, Dr D.R. Vij (left), releases ‘Transcending Sorrow Through Dhayana’, a book by Justice Surinder Singh (retd), in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph 

The Head of the PGI Department of Internal Medicine, Dr D.R. Vij (left), releases ‘Transcending Sorrow Through Dhayana

Good health week from July 8
Chandigarh, July 6
Celebrating its first anniversary, the Fortis Heart Institute will observe “good health week” from July 8, where the focus shall be on total health of the family. During this period, the executive preventive health check up , which normally costs Rs 2000, will be done for merely Rs 1000, up till July 13.


BCCI plans grading system: Banga
Chandigarh, July 6
The vice-president of the Chandigarh Cricket Association, Mr G.S. Banga, has said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has planned a grading system amongst the top ranking Indian players after the conclusion of the England tour.
  • Basketball association row
  • Karate trials


House panel for bylaws on debris collection
Chandigarh, July 6
The Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the Municipal Corporation has recommended the framing of by-laws to collect debris through contract and to create a nursery of fragrant flowers in 5 acres of land around the Daddu Majra dumping ground.


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