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‘Contaminated’ water claims 1 life, 1100 persons seek medical aid
Chandigarh, July 22
One person died and 77 were hospitalised here today with reports of cholera outbreak in the city after six years due to supply of ''contaminated water''. Over 1100 residents were administered medicines in the Sector 52 Rehabilitation Colony.

(From left): Filthy conditions prevailing outside the tubewell, allegedly supplying contaminated water; residents of Sector 52 queue up before a mobile medical van for aid; a Rapid Response Team member educates people to make ORS in their own houses. 
— Tribune photos Karam Singh

Arts Council looks forward to a new home
Chandigarh, July 22
After four years of pussyfooting, the Chandigarh Administration finally gears up to provide a place for the office of the Chandigarh Arts Council. Though the present building in Sector 34 was allotted to the council about four years back, it took the administration a long time to take up the task of furnishing it with the basic amenities, which is finally expected to be completed within a months.


  Panchkula becoming gateway of drug smuggling
Panchkula, July 22
The township is fast becoming a gateway for drug trafficking from the neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. A large number of drugs — mainly opium, charas , brown sugar and smack — are being brought into the township for its onward distribution in Chandigarh and urban parts of Punjab.


Dust haze envelops region
Chandigarh, July 22
The South-West Monsoon failed most of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi for the 24th day today, threatening serious drought conditions, while it was more or less active in Himachal Pradesh and the adjoining areas of Jammu and Kashmir.

Miss India World Shruti Sharma Candid and confident, Shruti eyes the crown 
Chandigarh, May 22
She only seems to get better with time. Not that she could have done without getting better now that the Miss World pageant is looking her straight in the eye, but Shruti Sharma, India’s entry into the prestigious beauty contest, is doing her bit in style.

TA has done the country proud
AISED in 1949, the Territorial Army has done the country proud. For, it has always proved its mettle when deployed during national emergencies to relieve the regular Army of its static duties for war. Not only that, the TA infantry battalions have acquitted themselves credibly even in low intensity conflict in J and K and Sri Lanka.

  • Discrimination against ex-servicemen
  • Tri-services seminar
  • Qualifications for recruitment

Handicap no hurdle in his life
ANDICAP is just a condition of the mind and once one overcomes the stigma attached to this word, there is nothing to stop one to achieve success in life, even if he is physically not wholesome. This is what Sudhir Sikander believes in. Sudhir, who had lost the use of both his legs at an early stage has not succumbed to his fate, but fought it to make his place in the world, and what is more is that he is making it easy for others who suffer some sort of disability to live a respectable life.

Phone helpline at Chandimandir
Chandigarh, July 22
Armymen posted on the borders as part of Operation Parakaram will now be able to contact their families and friends living in Chandimandir, the Western Command headquarters. An Army Helpline on numbers 0172-868761 and 0172-589921 has been established.

Woman jumps into Sukhna, rescued
Chandigarh, July 22
A 30-year-old woman of Sector 32 jumped into the Sukhna Lake to end her life late this evening but was saved by an alert constable of the Chandigarh Police, Azad Singh. A one-year-old boy of the woman was also saved by the cop posted at the Sukhna Lake police post.

SCL employees allotted houses
SAS Nagar, July 22
After three years’ wait of owning houses, 140 employees of Semi Conductors Limited here were a happy lot today when they got the allotment of the houses in the specially built colony flats in Sector 70. The draw of lots was carried out under the supervision of the Director and Chairman, SCL, Mr M.J. Zarabi.

Slide show on Hiroshima tragedy
Chandigarh, July 22
A slide show, ‘Hiroshima, it can happen here’, was organised by the Servants of the People Society in collaboration with the Technology Awareness Group here on Saturday. The show was ‘an effort to enlighten the masses on the possibility of a nuclear war and its aftermath, besides being an attempt to join and strengthen the nationwide resistance to the prevalent jingoism and nuclearisation in South Asia.’

Solan police questions cements dealer
Chandigarh, July 22
A team of the Solan district police today visited the Sector 45 residence of Manoj Kaushal who was shot dead by an unidentified assailant in Solan on Saturday afternoon.

Plan to build animal rest houses
Panchkula, July 22
The Animal Welfare Board will give grants worth Rs 35 lakh to all districts for constructing animal rest houses at district headquarters or within 10-km radius. A sum of Rs 5 lakh will also be given as maintenance charges.


7 booked in cheating case
Panchkula, July 22
The police has booked seven persons, including five government officials on charges of cheating and impersonation. A case has been registered against Ishwar Singh Khasa, Assistant, Health Department, Bimla Devi, posted at Ayurvedic Dispensary , Ramgarh, Balbir Singh and Gunwanti, both teachers, and Krishan Kumar, a bank employee, on the directions of the court.

Man involved in forging registration nos. held
Chandigarh, July 22
A key member of the gang involved in forging registration numbers of vehicles and selling these off on fake registration numbers was arrested by the Chandigarh police this evening.

Police verifies records of snatchers
Chandigarh, July 22
July 20, 2002: Two unidentified turbaned youths snatch purse, containing Rs 2,500 from Arwinder Kaur in Sector 35.

  • Spurt in snatching incidents

Transporter booked for liquor smuggling
Chandigarh, July 22
A Panchkula-based transporter has been booked by the Chandigarh Police for running a well-organised business of liquor smuggling in the states of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. The illegal activity came to light when a team of the CIA staff seized a DCM Toyota truck carrying 450 bottles and 3950 pouches of country made liquor at railway light point, Manimajra, last night.


Housefed to reduce interest rate
Chandigarh, July 22
Housefed, a premier agency run by elected members from among co-operative housing societies, has said it would bring down interest rates to 10.5 per cent and would also take up the issue of providing loans to people owning properties on the general power of attorney basis.

Delay in HMT payments hits SSI units
Chandigarh, July 22
The slump in tractor market in the region has not only hit industry giants, but also ancillary units over the past few months. About 100 such units in Panchkula, Mohali and Chandigarh are facing closure due to delay in payments by the HMT Tractors, Pinjore. However, the HMT management claims that since its own payments worth Rs 200 crore is pending towards dealers, but it was trying to clear the payments.

Foundrymen meeting
Chandigarh, July 22
Swaraj Foundry has succeeded in cutting down the rejection rates drastically by taking various steps. This was stated by Mr R. K. Bhatia, Senior Manager, Swaraj Foundry Division, here today.


Supplementary exams advanced
Chandigarh, July 22
Keeping in view the interest of the student community, Panjab University decided to advance the supplementary examinations of B.Sc and M.Sc Honours School, which are usually held in September, here today.

IET Bhaddal signs MoU with US varsities
Chandigarh, July 22
The Institute of Engineering & Technology, Bhaddal, which was the first engineering college in India to be certified ISO 9001: 2000 standard has signed a memorandum of understanding with Wayne State University, USA and with San Jose State University of the USA. Both universities have a standing of over 150 years and are considered amongst the leading universities of the country.

Merged school opens amid confusion, protests
Chandigarh, July 22
Confusion prevailed on the opening day of the merged IS Dev Samaj Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, with the mid-term merger leading to frayed nerves and heated protests by parents of junior wing students, here today.

Students hold procession
Dera Bassi, July 22
Hundreds of students from 10 schools associated with the local Saravhitkari Vidya Mandir School held a procession to mark the golden jubilee of Vidya Bharti, an eminent educational society, here today.

Students of various schools associated with the local Saravhitkari Vidya Mandir School at a procession to mark the golden jubilee of Vidya Bharti, an educational society, in Dera Bassi on Monday.
Students of various schools associated with the local Saravhitkari Vidya Mandir School at a procession to mark the golden jubilee of Vidya Bharti

KV students enthral audience
Chandigarh, July 22
Young students of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 2, 3 BRD enthralled the audience here today at Lecma Hall, 3BRD, Air Force station while debating and discussing the POTA issue, Narmada dam, education, cyber crime etc at the 15th National Youth Parliamentary Competition.

B.Com seats counselling today
Chandigarh, July 22
Vacant seats in the reserved category have come as a second chance to B. Com aspirants of the open category with the committee conducting centralised admissions deciding to de-reserve seats tomorrow.


CJ’s order on work withdrawal contested
Chandigarh, July 22
Challenging the orders directing the withdrawal of work from three Punjab and Haryana High Court Judges, a city advocate today claimed that the same were passed without jurisdiction.

Review plea against Kaushal dismissed
Chandigarh, July 22
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today dismissed a review application filed by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution on May 23, 2002 against an earlier order of CAT involving Punjab cadre IAS officer Mr Sarvesh Kaushal.


Glamour dolls ready to sport NIFD creations
Chandigarh, July 22
Walking in beauty, they made a pretty picture of grace and vitality. Gathered in the city on an invitation from the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD), 10 top representatives of the world of glamour, who made their first presence at Hotel Mac Royale in Zirakpur this afternoon, talked of all things bright and beautiful.
Top models from the Indian fashion world converge at Hotel Mac Royale to add glamour to NIFD’s fashion show to be held tomorrow in Zirakpur.
Top models from the Indian fashion world converge at Hotel Mac Royale to add glamour to NIFD’s fashion show to be held tomorrow in Zirakpur. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

 Shobha Koser Dance troupe wins first prize
Chandigarh, July 22
Kathak danseuse Shobha Koser and her troupe from the BBK DAV College for Girls, Amritsar, recently won the International Competition of Folk Dance and Music held in Wales, Britain. This 21-member team beat about 54 countries, which took part in this six-day competition which started on July 9.

City to witness Rajat on stage soon
Chandigarh, July 22
For injecting a new lease of life in the “dying” art of theatre, TV actor-cum-theatre personality Rajat Kapoor will soon be holding plays in Hindi and English in the city. In Chandigarh for the music release of Gurdas Mann-starrer “Zindagi Khoobsurat Hai”, Rajat, in an exclusive interview with Chandigarh Tribune, said he would soon be visiting Tagore Theatre for the purpose.


Experts discuss computer-aided drug designs
SAS Nagar, July 22
A five-day workshop on ‘Molecular modelling and pharaminformatics’ was inaugurated at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research here today.

Non-surgical method a boon for patients
SAS Nagar, July 22
Non-surgical techniques have been very helpful in treating a larger number of patients suffering from rheumatic heart diseases. This was stated by Dr G. S. Kalra, Senior Interventional Cardiologist, Fortis Heart Institute, while talking to Chandigarh Tribune here yesterday. He said a metallic device was now being used, instead of a balloon, to open the blocked heart valves and the treatment took only 15 to 20 minutes.

Early detection ‘crucial’ in breast cancer
SAS Nagar, July 22
Dr K. A. Dinshaw, Director, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, who is one of the leading women doctors involved in cancer research, says that increased awareness of cancer among women can save lives.

Prevention against AIDS stressed
Chandigarh, July 22
AIDS has become one of the dominating social problems in India, which has a high rate of HIV infection. More than 50 per cent of those affected are in the 12-24 age-group, informed Dr G. S Kochhar, the President, Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik, at an AIDS awareness camp.
Dr Ramneek Sharma speaks during an AIDS awareness camp held at St Peter’s School, Sector 37, Chandigarh
Dr Ramneek Sharma speaks during an AIDS awareness camp held at St Peter’s School, Sector 37, Chandigarh, on Monday. Others in the picture are Dr G. S. Kochhar, president, Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik, and Mr P.S. Vohra. A Tribune photograph


CISF lift hockey title
Chandigarh, July 22
The Central Industrial Security Force lifted the hockey title in the final of the Chandigarh hockey championship played in Sector 18 hockey stadium here last evening. The half-time score was 1-0. They got the better of the Rock Rovers Club with 3-0.

  • Coaching camp
  • Shooting meet

Padukone’s selection a ‘right’ decision
Chandigarh, July 22
The decision to appoint the former All England badminton champion, Prakash Padukone, as the chairman of the 13-member Arjuna Award selection committee has been welcomed by people from various sporting faculties. It may be recalled that, last year, the selection procedure for the Arjuna Awards was mired in controversy when many voices were raised over the selection of some sportspersons for the awards.

NRI’s dream of reviving sports in the region
Chandigarh, July 22
His main field is social works but he wants to promote sports by starting a trust to boost sporting activities in the region. He is Gurdeep Singh, a non-resident Indian based at Amsterdam (The Netherlands), who otherwise belongs to Anandpur Sahib but his family is settled here in the city. He shifted to Holland about 15 years back and acquired Dutch citizenship 11 years ago.

Italian golfer to visit city
Chandigarh, July 22
The secretary-general of the Indian Golf Union, Wg-Cdr Satish Aprajit, had a long discussion with Chandigarh Golf Association members at the CGA golf range, here today.

Golf training course for juniors
Chandigarh, July 22
Teaching professional Ajay Gujral has decided to start a junior golf training programme at the Chandigarh Golf Club from September 14. The programme will continue till February 10. Registration for the course will be done only till September 10.


Order on coop housing societies
Chandigarh, July 22
In a major decision involving cooperative housing societies, the Chandigarh Administration has ordered that members who have not been allotted any flat cannot cast their vote to elect the managing committee of a society or contest elections to the managing committee.

Centre to check sale of stolen vehicles
Chandigarh, July 22
The Chandigarh Police is starting a centre for providing information about the second-hand stolen vehicles. The facility will enable buyers to check particulars of a vehicle before finalising a deal.

City lawyer made rly panel member
Chandigarh, July 22
The Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee, Ferozepore Division, constituted by the Railway Ministry, has nominated Chandigarh-based advocate Mansur Ali as a member, Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee, New Delhi.


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