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Mirage in the soil; disaster ahead
Chandigarh, August 2
It is an illusion that southern sectors are rich in underground water. A layer of soil (impervious layer) in these sectors that does not allow water to seep in creates a water trough a few feet below the ground, killing newly planted saplings.

MC lacks funds to check diseases: CE
Chandigarh, August 2
The danger spread of cholera still looms large in the city but the municipal corporation was unable to handle the situation due to lack of funds, said the Chief Engineer of the municipal corporation, Mr V. K. Bhardwaj, and the Medical Officer (Health), Dr G.C. Bansal, at a meeting of the corporation held here today. A seven-hour meeting saw the ruling Congress and the Opposition BJP engaged in accusing each other of being responsible for failing to check the spread of cholera.

PU Syndicate to take up copying issue today
Chandigarh, August 2
With a view to tightening its hold around those indulging in mass copying and other unfair means in examination, the Panjab University Syndicate will take-up recommendations compiled by a committee.


Sunil Dutt puts ‘tape’ on mouth
Inaugurates Punjab film institute
SAS Nagar, August 2
In carefully evading questions on the Sanjay-Shakeel tapes, Sunil Dutt, perhaps, gave one of his finest performances here today. Not even a single negative emotion registered on his face — he was all smiles and courtesy at the inauguration of the Punjab Government film training institute, PESCO FTI, at the Industrial Area here — nothing that would give him away.
Sunil Dutt at the inauguration of the Punjab Government film and TV institute in SAS Nagar on Friday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan
Sunil Dutt at the inauguartion of the Punjab Government film and TV institute

PU students’ agitation ends
Chandigarh, August 2
The week-long students’ agitation at Panjab University ended today with the authorities accepting their demand of a special chance to students of B.Sc (honours school) for promotion to M.Sc (honours school). The university, however, has spelt out certain conditions to maintain academic standards.

Time for reformed reforms: Manmohan
Chandigarh, August 2
“Reforms in indirect taxation have not yielded the desired results due to administrative laxity and a lack of political will,” said Dr Manmohan Singh, a former Union Finance Minister, at a seminar in Panjab University here today.
Dr Manmohan Singh receives a bouquet of flowers at a national seminar on ‘Development of Indian Economy: The Post Reforms Scenario’ in Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Friday. The university Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, is also in the picture.—  A Tribune photograph
Dr Manmohan Singh receives a bouquet


Villagers discuss water problem, corruption
Dera Bassi, August 2
Corruption in different government offices and inadequate water supply to various villages and colonies were the main points of discussion at a meeting chaired by Mr R.R. Bhardwaj, Deputy Chairman of the Punjab State Planning Board, here today.

Proposal for lift irrigation
Panchkula, August 2
With a view to implementing lift irrigation system in the Shivalik area of the district, the administration has sent a proposal costing Rs 10.55 crore to the Central Government under the Swaran Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana.

MCC wakes up to plug water leakage
Chandigarh, August 2
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today plugged the one-and-a-half-year-old leakage in the Industrial Area reported in Chandigarh Tribune. The leakage could be checked only after 12 hours of operation in the presence of senior officers, while the MCC House was discussing the Tribune story.

For Bhullar, policing is a learning process
SAS Nagar, August 2
If it is true that people get the police they deserve, then residents of this township should consider themselves lucky. To have the Punjab DGP’s son as the Superintendent of Police of Mohali is one thing but a single look beyond the familial policing tradition reveals a young man with a vision who loves his job and wants to do something for his country.

85 life members on Saini forum
Chandigarh, August 2
The Northern India Saini Cultural Society here today announced the constitution of the Executive Committee of the society consisting of 85 life members, Mr Jaswant Singh, Zirakpur, president of the society, in a press note said fair representations had been given to Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh as well as Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Bihar, and UP.

Feeding on Priya's memories, Gullu lives on...
Chandigarh, August 2
Solace seldom works in the realm of death. It might dilute the pain of loss for a moment, but it can never really rub off the scar that death leaves behind. The pinch is meant to stay, just as it still stays in the heart of Gullu Singh, the fond younger brother of actress Priya Rajvansh, who was done to death by Chetan Anand's sons and their aides on March 27, 2000.With the landmark judgment of the Mumbai Sessions Court in his hand, Gullu may afford some measure of peace as of today, but in the depth of his heart Priya's memories still pinch.
Priya Rajvansh's brother Gullu Singh is in the city to spend some time in his ancestral house which abounds with in his sister's memories. — A Tribune photograph
Priya Rajvansh's brother Gullu Singh is in the city to spend some time in his ancestral house

Rotarians urged to educate illiterates
Chandigarh, August 2
Mr Kashmiri Lal, a renowned poet, recipient of the National Ghalib Award and author of over 100 books, gave a talk on literacy at a meeting of Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik last right.

Powerless Mohali sulks
SAS Nagar, August 2
While clouds continued to play hide and seek, the town had a 10-hour power cut here today. Electricity board employees said, since the cut orders had come from Patiala on telephone, there was no way townsfolk could have been informed.


Sec 22 bank burglary: one more held
Chandigarh, August 2
In connection with Rs 6.80-lakh burglary at the Sector 22 branch of Haryana State Cooperative Agriculture and Dairy Development Bank, the Chandigarh police today arrested Balinder Singh (25) from Dadu Majra village here. The suspect was arrested while alighting from a bus.

History-sheeter arrested
Chandigarh, August 2
For 55-year-old Piara Singh, a history-sheeter, committing burglaries has been an avocation for the past 22 years and he has no regret. Today was no exception when he was arrested by the operation cell of the Chandigarh police.

Five injured in clash
SAS Nagar, August 2
Five persons were injured in a clash between residents of Phase II and some persons belonging to a jhuggi colony in Chandigarh territory nearby here last evening. It is reported that a large number of people gathered near Bassi theatre and started pelting stones. The police had to reach the scene to stop any untoward incident to take place.


Protest against assault on MC
Dera Bassi, August 2
In protest against the high-handness of octroi staff, members of the Dera Bassi Industrialists Association, Focal Point Industrialists Association, Dera Bassi Small Scale Industrialists Association, local traders and residents today wore black badges and criticised the beating up of a municipal councillor by the octroi staff.


Judicious use of water stressed
Chandigarh, August 2
Use water judiciously and help in raising more awareness about water as it is a precious commodity, advised Mr Ishwar Singh, Director, Environment, Chandigarh Administration, while addressing about 400 students from nine different schools of the city who participated in a “save water campaign cycle rally”.

Schoolchildren participate in the ‘save water campaign cycle rally’ in Chandigarh on Friday.— Photo Pankaj Sharma
Schoolchildren participate in the ‘save water campaign cycle rally’

73 students get diplomas
Chandigarh, August 2
About 73 students were awarded diplomas at the 37th convocation of the Indo-Swiss Training Centre, Sector 30, here today. In instrumental technology, 35 students were awarded diplomas, while in mechatronics and industrial automation and die and mould making 16 and 22 students, respectively, were awarded diplomas.

40 teachers attend workshop
Chandigarh, August 2
As many as 40 teachers from different cities of India participated in a two-day workshop for teaching Sanskrit organised at DAV Model School in Sector 15 here today. A professor of Delhi University, Dr Chand Kiran Saluja, was the resource person for the workshop.

Teachers participate in a workshop on teaching of Sanskrit organised by the CBSE at DAV Model School, Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Teachers participate in a workshop on teaching of Sanskrit

Schools resent notices for fine
Chandigarh, August 2
Members of the Chandigarh Private Schools Association today expressed their resentment and anger against the Chandigarh Administration for issuing notices asking schools to deposit a hefty fine for misuse. An emergency general body meeting of the association was held today at Gandhi Smarak Bhavan, Sector 16.

Schools’ controversy continues
Chandigarh, August 2
The tiff between Dev Samaj Junior Model School and Dev Samaj Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, took a new turn as the authorities of the Junior Model School held classes for the senior wing at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41.


Judicial remand for SI
Chandigarh, August 2
A Sub-Inspector of the UT police, Gurmukh Singh, who was arrested by the CBI under the Prevention of Corruption Act, was today remanded in judicial custody by a local court.


Three-day painting workshop begins
Chandigarh, August 2
The Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi in collaboration with Chandigarh Press Club started a three-day painting workshop which was inaugurated in the club in Sector 27 here today.

Sangeet award
Chandigarh, August 2
Internationally-acclaimed mohan veena artiste Salil Bhatt and top ranking Bharatanatyam dancer Aarthi Shankar have been honoured with the title of Mahakaal Sangeet Ratna during the 10th Mahakaleshwar Utsav-2002 organised at the world-famous Mahakaal temple in Ujjain.


Commissioned vehicles coordination centre
Chandigarh, August 2
The DIG of the Chandigarh police, Mr Ajay Kashyap, today said that nine stolen vehicles lying unclaimed at the Traffic Police Lines in Sector 29 here have been successfully matched with the help of the recently commissioned vehicles coordination centre. The centre had been set up with the assistance of the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB).


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