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PU bans protests in staff residential area
Interest on employees’ PF slashed
Chandigarh, August 3
In a major decision today, the Panjab University Syndicate today banned protests of any kind in the residential area of the staff members.  

Schools seek early allotment of sites
Chandigarh, August 3
The Recognised School Managements Association, Chandigarh today pledged to put pressure on the Chandigarh Administration to speed up the process of allotment of school sites and resumption of the hefty charges levied by Estate Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Chandigarh Housing Board to those schools operating from residential premises.

Whoever says you can’t bathe a Jumbo Whoever says you can’t bathe a Jumbo with “trunk-ated” water supply. — Photo Karam Singh


Star Plus package denied to viewers
SAS Nagar, August 3
40 per cent of cable subscribers in the town have been denied the viewership of the Star Plus package as the connection to Punjab Cable Services was cut here yesterday with the operator threatening to go to court against the step.

Police to play games with public
SAS Nagar, August 3
Residents of the township are in for a major treat with the police deciding to organise an police-public games soon. This was stated by the Superintendent of police, Mr H.S. Bhullar during a special ‘meet the press’ organised by the Mohali Journalists Association here today.

Mystery shrouds child’s death
Chandigarh, August 3
Garima Mehta (2) was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her house on the Panjab University campus here today. Garima, daughter of a Panjab University employee, was found unconscious in her house in the evening. She was taken to the Advanced Paediatric Centre at the PGI, but was declared brought dead.

Village learns of soldier’s sacrifice
Dera Bassi, August 3
Subedar Major Sucha Singh (45) of 11 Sikh Light Infantry, posted at East Ashwani in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, sacrificed his life in the line of duty on August 1. He belonged to Behra village on the Dera-Bassi-Barwala road.


Confusion prevails over number of accused
Chandigarh, August 3
The Chandigarh police and the Rajpura police are on the trail of three absconding suspects of a burglary at the Sector 22 branch of the Haryana State Cooperative Agriculture and Diary Development Bank.

A day of celebrations for friends
Chandigarh, August 3
It’s a day of celebrations for friends. But it has not yet achieved that much popularity as the Valentine day or Flowers’ Day have. Bharti, an MA (history) student of Panjab University, said, “Friendship Day has not gained much popularity, that is why people don’t celebrate it so much.” 

Anxious eyes of dames search for a card to say the right words on the eve of Friendship Day, in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan
Anxious eyes of dames search for a card

Anomaly in road tax fixation
Chandigarh, August 3
An anomaly in fixation of the road tax is making owners of nine-year-old four-seater vehicles to pay higher taxes than a person owning a five-seater or six-seater vehicle.

Saini Forum poll not held, says RO
Chandigarh, August 3
The Returning Officer for the Elections to the Northern India Saini Cultural Society, Mr Piara Singh Saini, today claimed that the news item in the Tribune which read “85 life members on Saini Forum” was incorrect. The elections are scheduled to be held on September 29, 2002 and Mr Joginder Singh cannot claim to be the President of the Society before the date of the election.

No end to power cuts in Bartana
would like to bring to the attention of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, through this letter, that the people of Bartana (Zirakpur) have been facing untold hardship due to endless power cuts in the region. We do not have power for almost eight to ten hours every day. These cuts fall in different categories — regular, scheduled and long.
  • Petrol malpractices
  • Celebrating Vijay Divas

Amnesiac woman sent to Nari Niketan
Chandigarh, August 3
An unidentified woman, aged somewhere between 35 and 40 years, who seems to have lost her memory was today sent to Nari Niketan by the SDM (east), Mr S. P. Arora.


2 bank burglars in police net
Rajpura, August 3
In a major breakthrough, the Rajpura police busted a gang of burglars which had allegedly burgled a bank in Sector 22, Chandigarh, and seized Rs 3.05 lakh and electronic gadgets worth Rs 30,000 from them.

Four vehicle thefts reported
Chandigarh, August 3
The police has registered at least four cases of vehicle thefts in different parts of the city during the past 24 hours. A Maruti car (PB-02N-7101) of Mr Ankur Mehta, was reportedly stolen from a paid parking lot near the DC Office in Sector 17 on July 31. A case has been registered against the contractor of the parking lot.


Contest to meet Hrithik and  Rani Mukherjee
Chandigarh, August 3
Here is a chance for the fans of Hrithik Roshan and Rani Mukherjee to meet their idols, by participating in the contest — Kwality Wall’s Mujhse Dosti Karoge Carnival, to be organised on Sunday at Fun City. The event is being organised simultaneously in five cities to celebrate Friendship Day.


Schools frown on use of ‘Hinglish’ 
Chandigarh, August 3
Do not let your little ones corrupt English, even Hindi and Punjabi, — that is the latest message the school authorities are conveying to parents of young ones studying in kindergartens. Talk to them in one language at a time and not in a mish-mash of two, the authorities are insisting.

Seminar on portal trends
Chandigarh, August 3
The SPIC Microsoft Centre of Excellence, under the aegis of the Department of Information Technology, Chandigarh, today organised a seminar on ‘Portal trends and architecture by Infosys at Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, here.

Smiles for senior citizens on Guru’s birthday
Chandigarh, August 3
There were ‘shabad kirtan’, lectures, eye-care and dental-care camps and ‘langar’ all over the city on Guru Harkishan birthday here today. Tiny tots and the staff of the Sector 38 Sri Guru Harkishan Model School celebrated the occasion with the elderly in the Sector 15 Old Age Home.
Students of Sri Guru Harkishan Model Senior Secondary School share the joys of Guru Harkishan birthday with senior citizens in Old Age Home, Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan
Students of Sri Guru Harkishan Model Senior Secondary School share the joys of Guru Harkishan birthday

Vanamahotsava in school
Chandigarh, August 3
Grow more trees for healthy environment — that was message behind holding Vanamahotsava at Paragon Senior Secondary School in Sector 71, SAS Nagar. The function was organised by Region XIII of District 321-F Lions Club, Lions Club Chandigarh “Host”, Lions Club Lotus, Lions Club Chandigarh Grace, Lions Club Manimajra, Lions Club Mohali, Lions Club Shivalik and Lions Club Rajpura.

7 nominations for PUTA chief
Chandigarh, August 3
Seven nominations have been received and accepted for the post of the president of the Panjab University Teachers Association. Withdrawals will be accepted till August 5, a press note said, here today.


Consumer court have limited jurisdiction
Chandigarh, August 3
The Punjab and Haryana High Court in a significant judgement has ruled that the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum and the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission are “courts of limited jurisdiction” and “do not enjoy any plenary or inherent power like the civil courts”.

  • FIR against chemist quashed


Loosely packaged comedy masala

‘Ankhiyon Se Goli Mare’ (Nirman and KC, Panchkula) is a loosely packaged comedy ‘masala’ which lacks in slickness of the dialogues typical to situational comedies and smartness of presentation.

A wonder of science and technology
CHANDIGARH: Steven Spielberg lives in, thinks of and works for the future. “I think all of us would love to know what is just around the corner”, the director who has made science fiction his signature trait, said in a recent interview, adding “we’d all love to know what is going to happen next — in the world, in our lives”. His futuristic action thriller, “Minority Report” (Kiran), deals with the concept of what if people had the chance to know certain things about the future.
Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell in ‘Minority Report’.
Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell in ‘Minority Report’

Of sculptural forms and melodious tunes
Chandigarh, August 3
The nuances of Odissi and santoor came alive on the stage of Pracheen Kala Kendra this evening with the husband-wife duo Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya and Sanchita Bhattacharya reflecting the best in their respective traditions.

Sanchita Bhattacharya gives a performance of Odissi; and (right) Tarun Bhattacharya mesmerises the audience with his santoor at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Sanchita Bhattacharya gives a performance of Odiss

Practising music beyond deejay’s closet
Chandigarh, August 3
He has always followed rhythm. And he had followed it even harder over the past two years which brought some amount of glory to him. For Amit, a happening deejay at 27 years of age, music is not just a medium. It is a beautiful discipline which spans physical boundaries and cultures to spell harmony. No wonder it requires a sensitive heart and a delicate mind to be handled. And fortunately for Amit, he possesses both these assets.

DJ Amit in Aerizzona, Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

DJ Amit in Aerizzona


EDP staff flay health scheme
Chandigarh, August 3
The All-India Census EDP Staff Association has alleged that the Central Government Health Scheme has totally failed to provide facilities to serving Central Government employees and their kin. According to a press note, the medical facilities being provided to them were inadequate as there was just one dispensary in the area.

Focus on breast-feeding
Chandigarh, August 3
World Breast Feeding Week is being observed by the Chandigarh Chapter of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics from August 1 to 7. The theme for the week focuses on health and nutrition needs of women before and during pregnancy and health through successful breastfeeding.



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