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15-day ban on ACs in commercial units
SAS Nagar, July 19
Hundreds of air conditioners here today whirred to an unwanted stop in reluctant compliance with the orders of the Punjab State Electricity Board banning the use of air conditioners in commercial units.

Crumbling temple finds NRI god
Philanthropist funds village development
Mullanpur-Garibdas, July 19
Mr Nathu Ram Puri, a UK-based NRI and chairman of the Puri Foundation UK, offered Rs 1 crore here today to restore the crumbling 550-year-old temple located atop a hill in Jayanti Majri village. The NRI made the offer after Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, inaugurated the building of Shri Muna Lal Puri Government Senior Secondary School here today.
Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, and Mr Nathu Ram Puri, an NRI, at the inauguration of a school Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, and Mr Nathu Ram Puri, an NRI, at the inauguration of a school in Mullanpur-Garibdas village on Friday. —A Tribune photograph


Additional 400 cops deployed on patrol 
Chandigarh, July 19
To tide over the problem of shortage of force for deploying on multifarious duties, the Chandigarh police today withdrew at least 400 police personnel from its different units. 

Hospital tanks or monkey bathtubs!
Chandigarh, July 19
A private company, engaged in cleaning overhead and ground water tanks, found monkeys taking bath in one of the tanks of a government hospital in the city, most of whose tanks were not fit to contain drinking water.

Deputy Mayor’s wife chargesheeted again
Chandigarh, July 19
Deputy Mayor Balraj Singh’s wife Ms Usha Rani, sacked recently for temporary embezzlement from the Municipal Corporation, has again been chargesheeted for another alleged embezzlement of Rs 6,90,522, and a notice for the recovery of the amount has been issued.


Sites for 5 new police posts
Panchkula, July 19
The Haryana Urban Development Authority has finally identified sites for the construction of five new police posts in the township. Till now two of these posts and the Crime Against Women Cell were functioning from booths.

Kajauli water tank foundation laid
Chandigarh, July 19
The work on the fourth phase of the Kajauli waterworks, which will increase water supply to the city by 20 mgd, was here today kickstarted with the Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, laying the foundation stone of a 2 mgd clear water tank.

Babu Parmanand in PGI with fractured wrist
Chandigarh, July 19
The Haryana Governor, Babu Parmanand, was today admitted to the PGI with a fractured wrist after he fell down in Raj Bhavan last night. According to Dr O.N. Nagi, after giving preliminary treatment to Babu Parmanand last night, he was sent home as it was not possible to give him anaesthesia.


Two arrested for harassing schoolgirl
SAS Nagar, July 19
Two young men were caught at Gyan Jyoti Public School in Phase II here today while they were trying to harass a schoolgirl. According to police sources, the two men were caught by the girl’s father and some relatives to whom she had been complaining about these men for the past two months.

Theft cases in city 
Chandigarh, July 19
Thieves broke into a house in Sector 8 last night and decamped with household goods. The owner of the house, Ms Harbans Kaur, is away to Mumbai. The information about the theft was conveyed to the police by tenants in the house. The landlady is said to have told the tenants that she had taken the jewellery and cash while going to Mumbai.

Man commits suicide
Chandigarh, July 19
A 30-year-old resident of Colony no 4 allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in the jungle behind the colony. The victim, Shiv Bachan, who was said to be suffering from depression, is survived by his wife.


Apparel that is pleasing and comfortable
Chandigarh, July 19
Spirit of Challenge (SOC), a cool lifestyle active youth wear for the modern youth who are not only mobile but also intensely energetic, make their own rules and bear a free spirit, at the same time have intensity towards their work. SOC Autumn - winter 2002-03 range celebrates the Indian winters with vibrant hues & shades in versatile fabrics and easy styling.

Cossets celebrates first anniversary
Chandigarh, July 19
Cossets, a chain of departmental stores, has celebrated its first anniversary. A company owned as well as franchisee owned with its head Office at Chandigarh, Cossets also has a tie-up with Ebony at Chandigarh and Ludhiana for its grocery and other products with shop-in-shop facility.

Mr Puneet Nanda, MD (right) and Mr Rajeev Duggal, Director, with Ms Suman Ranganathan at the opening of Cossets in Sector 26.
Mr Puneet Nanda, MD (right) and Mr Rajeev Duggal, Director, with Ms Suman Ranganathan at the opening of Cossets


Affidavits or free speech: PU debates 
Chandigarh, July 19
Should allegations against Panjab University or its officials come only with affidavits? Affidavits may not suit the democratic set-up of the PU, where objections have always been raised freely. Another view is that the move will put a stop to baseless allegations. There are persons who say that anyone making an allegation should have supporting evidence, while, for others, every allegation deserves open and thorough probe.

NIFD exhibition inaugurated
SAS Nagar, July 19
Nek Chand inaugurated Grandeur, an exhibition of creations of the students of the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) here today. Stating that there were a large number of ideas which he could borrow from the creations of these students Nek Chand, while talking to mediapersons, gave a detail of his future plans regarding the Rock Garden.
NIFD students present their annual exhibition which opened at Phase VII, SAS Nagar, on Friday. —A Tribune photograph
NIFD students present their annual exhibition which opened at Phase VII, SAS Nagar

Protest dharna by SOPU
Chandigarh, July 19
Members of the Student Organisation of Panjab University staged a dharna today in protest against the non-grant of provisional admission to the MSc (honours) course for students who had reappeared in BSc (honours).


Power supply: lawyer moves court against Admn
Chandigarh, July 19
Having waited long enough for required action on part of UT Administration to provide a regular supply and stop erratic power and water supply to the district court complex, a senior advocate yesterday moved court to get a fair deal.

HC directive to Punjab Chief Secy
Chandigarh, July 19
Days after the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the shutting down of all operations at Thunder Zone Water Park Resort following the death of a six-year-old boy, Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Ms Justice Kiran Anand Lall today directed the Chief Secretary, Punjab, to constitute a high-powered committee for examining draft guidelines reportedly framed in the matter.


Singing devotion, for a change
Muktesh DiwanChandigarh, July 19
The world of music never seems to be too saturated to assimilate new talent. So even before latest audio album travels from the counters of showrooms to the racks of music lovers, another is ready to take its place. Although most singers rely on popular elements of music to make a promising commercial entry, here is someone who would rather sing devotion than anything else.


Swimming meet on July 27, 28
Chandigarh, July 19
The State Swimming Association, Chandigarh, will conduct a swimming meet at the Nursery Swimming Pool, Sector 23, here on July 27 and 28, according to a press release of the association.

  • Coaching camp


Adviser may stay despite promotion
Chandigarh, July 19
The Adviser to the Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, who is due to join the Government of India with her promotion due as Additional Secretary, may still have to continue with the Chandigarh Administration.


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