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Counterfeit revenue stamps worth Rs 2 crore seized
Chandigarh, July 28
Counterfeit stamps valued at over Rs 2.10 crore were today seized from members of an inter-state gang, which was operating from a Sector 35-based office, Quick Service.
Three members of an inter-state gang, Sanjay Arora, Sahil and Gopi Nath Nayyar, who were arrested
Three members of an inter-state gang, Sanjay Arora, Sahil and Gopi Nath Nayyar, who were arrested on Sunday by the Chandigarh police for selling counterfeit stamps. 

Central excise raids on pharmaceutical co.
Chandigarh, July 28
Sleuths of the Excise and Customs Department raided the premises of a Panchkula-based pharmaceutical company, Surya Pharmaceuticals, in Panchkula, Banur and Chandigarh. The officials have also seized a truck at Transport Nagar which was illegally carrying company's material to Mumbai.


Banks can take possession of secured assets
Chandigarh, July 28
Serious objections raised by the All-India Bank Employees Association over the utility of the “Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Ordinance, 2002” notwithstanding, some of the public sector banks have directed their zonal and regional offices to start taking possession of secured assets of NPA (non-performing assets) borrowers without any court or tribunal orders.

PUDA acts pricey over cattle pound land
SAS Nagar, July 28
In what might be the biggest blow to the efforts of the local bodies trying to deal with the cattle menace in the township, the Municipal Council has put its foot down showing its inability to pay the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) Rs 1.7 crore as the price of two acres of absolute wasteland to be used as a cattle pond.

THIRSTY KYA? A scanty rainfall and soaring mercury compel these birds to quench their thirst from a puddle in a Chandigarh lawn. — Photo Karam Singh

Allottee feels cheated by HUDA
Chandigarh, July 28
Mrs Nisha Varma, a resident of Sector 18, Chandigarh, feels that HUDA has cheated her through “misleading” brochures printed by it at the time of inviting applications for residential plots in various urban estates of the state.

City schools, offices closed
Chandigarh, July 28
A public holiday will be observed in all public offices, educational institutions, boards and corporations of the Chandigarh Administration tomorrow due to the death of Mr Krishan Kant, Vice-President of India.

After the cholera outbreak in Chandigarh it was a phone call from the United Kingdom, which spurred the bureaucracy into action. No it is not that the administration has started taking orders from Tony Blair and co.
  • Effect of announcement
  • Remote sympathy
  • “Paper tigers”
  • A toss-up
  • Taj on tender rates
  • Prem Raj Kaushik
  • Gujarat vs Uttaranchal
  • Nobody’s baby
  • Incentives
  • No pink city this!
  • Parking blues
  • Cheap art


Houses ill-designed, say residents
Panel to look into faulty plan
Chandigarh, July 28
The cholera outbreak in the city may prove to be a blessing in disguise for inhabitants of resettlement colonies as the Adviser to the Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, has set up a two-member committee to look into the techno-engineering faults in the plan of these colonies and houses built there.

Professionals resent govt move
Chandigarh, July 28
The coordination committee of the Professional Services Association as well as the Subdivisional Engineers Association, PWD (B&R), in meetings held here during the past two days have threatened to launch statewide agitations in case any “meritorious and deserving” professional was retrenched as a fallout of the cash-for-job scam.

20 selected for youth awards
Chandigarh, July 28
Over 60 people participated in the special auditioning programme organised at the Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, by Oasis events people. Out of the 60 people, who attended the auditioning, 20 have been selected to take part in the various contests to be organised in the second week of August.
Children give audition test for the forthcoming Youth Achievement Awards organised by the Oasis events at Punjab Kala Bhavan in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Children give audition test for the forthcoming Youth Achievement Awards

Handicapped Day observed
SAS Nagar, July 28
Global Handicapped Day was observed in the Paraplegic Home, Phase VI, here today. The programme was organised by the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithi No. VII, Chandigarh. 


Police fails to nab undertrial
Chandigarh, July 28
The Chandigarh police is on the lookout for a 60-year-old undertrial, Naginder Singh Harika, who escaped from the custody of three policemen of the Punjab police at the PGI here on July 20. The suspect was facing trial in a case of cheating and was lodged at the Bathinda jail.

Youth crushed to death in Chandi Mandir
Panchkula, July 28
A 19-year-old youth was crushed to death in Chandi Mandir today. Deepak Sharma, a resident of Chandigarh, was coming back from an uphill destination with his friends when his scooter was run over by a truck. He was killed on the spot.

One killed in mishap
Chandigarh, July 28
A 45-year-old resident of Sector 9 died after the Honda City car he was driving rammed head-on into the roundabout of Sectors 32, 33, 44 and 45 in the wee hours of this morning.


CTU told to discontinue damaged buses
Chandigarh, July 28
Taking serious note of the problems faced by passengers due to poor services of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking buses, the Consumer Court has directed the CTU to discontinue the unfair trade practice of putting on road the defective or damaged buses or those buses which are not in a reasonable good condition.


NZCC offer to promote theatre artistes
Chandigarh, July 28
Good news for struggling theatre groups who are bogged down by the ever increasing hike in rents of city-based auditoriums. To promote theatre and provide a platform for interaction among local groups and those from other states, the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) is throwing open the gates of its outdoor auditorium free of cost at Kala Gram for stage artistes.


Professional donors’ blood not always safe
Chandigarh, July 28
Despite Supreme Court directions to curb trading and commercialisation of blood, the fact remains that even today 50 per cent of the donors are professionals, thereby increasing the dangers associated with transmissible hazards to the recipients.

Eye care for the poor and elderly
HelpAge gives Rs 5.40 lakh for free operations
Chandigarh, July 28
For all the poor and the elderly who can ill afford the treatment of their eyes, here is some help at hand. HelpAge India, which has about two decades of working nationwide for the cause and care of the elderly, has now chartered a plan for the region whereby free cataract operations will be performed on the poor elderly people.

Sonia concerned over cholera cases
Chandigarh, July 28
The All India Congress Committee President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, enquired about measures being taken to tackle the cholera outbreak in the city. The issue came up during a meeting between Ms Gandhi and the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee general secretary and the party councillor, Mr Chandermukhi Sharma, in New Delhi yesterday.

Drop in diarrhoea cases
Chandigarh, July 28
The outbreak of cholera in Sector 52 and Dadu Majra seems to have been contained as only three patients from these areas were hospitalised today, though the number of persons who have tested positive so far at the General Hospital has risen to 37.

250 examined at camp
Chandigarh, July 28
A team of 15 doctors treated patients suffering from arthritis, diabetes, acidity, blood pressure and heart problems at a free ayurvedic camp organised at the Arya Samaj office, Sector 7, here today.


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