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New-look Shatabdi with German comforts
Chandigarh, August 17
On Saturdays, gentle rocking in Shatabdi Express — chugging between Delhi and Kalka — becomes more relaxing than other days. The cheerful cushioned seats are “more comfortable”. Even the bathrooms are airconditioned.
Weekend special

Weekend special: The sky blue colour, impressive windows, and “better suspension” make all the difference in the special Shatabdi running between Chandigarh and New Delhi on Saturdays. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

Punjab lecturers get bonanza
Refresher courses get recognition
Chandigarh, August 17
In an order that will come as a respite to more than 400 college teachers of Panjab University’s affiliated colleges, the Punjab government has given recognition to certain refreshers courses in inter-disciplinary subjects which will be counted at par with normal refresher courses.


‘Banta’ sale goes on, despite ban
Chandigarh, August 17
Mocking at the efforts of the UT Health Department to make the city secure against Cholera and other water-borne diseases, sweetened aerated drinks in bottles sealed with marbles are being openly sold in Chandigarh.

Gift of life for talented 13-yr-old
Chandigarh, August 17
Arti’s dream of playing hockey for India may finally come true, as the Fortis Heart Institute and the Rotary Club of Chandigarh have come forward to bear the entire cost of heart-valve replacement of the 13-year-old who is battling for life in the cardiac-care unit of the PGI.

Two new high schools for city
Chandigarh, August 17
Taking cognisance of the growing demand for more schools in the city on account of rising population, the Chandigarh Administration has given the nod for opening two new high schools in the city to cater to the upcoming sectors devoid of adequate educational facilities.


Sikhs to elect new leader: Manch
Chandigarh, August 17
The Panthic Vichar Manch has charged the government at the Centre with subverting the basic structure of the Constitution and dismantling its essential secular and democratic features, making minority communities insecure and vulnerable.

Jaitley defends Mahajan
Chandigarh, August 17
BJP’s national spokesperson, Arun Jaitley, on a visit to the city, evaded questions regarding the need for the DNA test of the Union minister, Mr Pramod Mahajan, or the child of murdered journalist Shivani Bhatnagar.

A body of British scholars
Chandigarh, August 17
In the recent times, the British government has been focusing on formulating newer and better policies with a view to strengthen ties with India. Sustained efforts have been made in this direction through the office of the British High Commission in India, which has not only established a vast network of British libraries all over the country, but has also concentrated on providing increased information and better infrastructural facilities to Indian students interested in taking up studies in British universities.

Poor-oriented LIC schemes highlighted
Chandigarh, August 17
A function was organised by the Tamil Welfare Association at Mauli Vikas Nagar village, near Chandigarh yesterday. Mr Tejinder Singh, Senior Divisional Manager, LIC of India was the chief guest. He explained the features of Janshree Bima Yojana and Shikhsha Sahyog Yojana for the poor people launched by Prime Minister on August 15, 2000.

Afghan cops’ training concludes
Chandigarh, August 17
The 21-day course which was specially designed and organised for Afghanistan police officers, concluded at Central Detective Training School (CDTS), Sector 36, here today. The training of the first batch continued from July 8 to July 13, and the second batch from July 29 to August 17.

Afghani police officials at the concluding day of their training in Central Detective Training School, Chandigarh, on Saturday.
Afghani police officials at the concluding day of their training

JCT workers criticise factory management
SAS Nagar, August 17
Workers of JCT Electronics Limited, while welcoming the orders of the Punjab Labour Commissioner prohibiting the continuance of the temporary lockout in both plants of the factory here, today condemned the anti-labour policies of the management.

Gardeners take part in workshop
Chandigarh, August 17
Officials of the Horticulture Department and gardeners working in UT gardens took part in a workshop ‘Composting of garden waste’ held at Leisure Valley in Sector 10 here today. It was chaired by Ms Neeru Nanda, Adviser to the Administrator.

Artful tribute to freedom fighters
Chandigarh, August 17
In keeping with its tradition, with a view to promoting talent in the region, the Department of Cultural Affairs of Haryana has begun its annual painting workshop in Haryana Panchayat Bhavan, Sector 28, here.

Budding artists paint freedom fighters — the theme of the annual painting workshop of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Haryana — in Haryana Panchayat Bhavan, Sector 28, Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph
Budding artists paint freedom fighters

Take care of priority areas, bankers told
Chandigarh, August 17
On the auspicious occasion of the celebration of the 55th year of the India’s Independence, the National Flag was unfurled by Mr U.S. Bhargava, General Manager, Punjab National Bank, Northern Zone, in front of PNB house, Sector 17-B, Chandigarh, with salute by security guards of the PNB working in various branch offices of the bank in the City Beautiful.

Museum Advisory Committee recast
Chandigarh, August 17
As per a recent notification of the UT Administration, the Museum Advisory Committee for advising the Chandigarh Administration in the working and development of the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, has been reconstituted.

Liquor vends blot on city’s face
lanned city, with strict building bylaws and designated slots for every trade, is what has made Chandigarh the City Beautiful. However, the greed and desire to mobilise additional revenue by the Chandigarh Administration and the departments concerned are eroding its beauty. The building bylaws are being thrown to the wind with impunity.
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Cyber cafe owner held for showing porno movies
Chandigarh, August 17
The Chandigarh police unearthed a clandestine business of showing porno movies at a cyber cafe in Sector 22 here today. The owner of the cyber cafe, Cyberzone, was showing the short duration porno movies. He used to charged money for the show, Rs 10 for an hour in the morning and Rs 20 in the night hours.

PGI employee held for theft
Chandigarh, August 17
An employee of the PGI was here today arrested by the Chandigarh police for stealing a cheque book from the bag of a junior resident doctor in the Emergency Ward. 

Three incidents of snatching in the city
Chandigarh, August 17
Three incidents of snatching were reported in the city. In a daring incident, a scooter-borne youth sntached gold chain from a 75-year-old woman in the front courtyard of her house in Sector 15 here this evening. The suspect, dressed in a black clothes, escaped on a Kinetic Honda scooter.

Rape case: main accused yet to be arrested
Chandigarh, August 17
In a case of alleged drugging and kidnapping a girl in her twenties, who was abandoned near the Sector 33 petrol station, the main suspect in the case M.K. Jain is yet to be arrested.

Man falls from car; dies
Chandigarh, August 17
A 35-year resident of Mani Majra died after he fell while while alighting from his Gypsy near the Sector 17 petrol station here this morning. According to the information available, the victim, Bachittar Singh, died after he was admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh.

In-laws booked on harassment charge
Dera Bassi, August 17
Eight members of a Paonta Sahib-based family were booked by the Dera Bassi police on charge of harassing and beating up Ms Satwinder Kaur, a local girl who was married in the family in 1998.


New haircare products launched
Chandigarh, August 17
Indo Cosmi launched of its range of Vidal hair fruits shampoos and conditioners here yesterday. Made to suit the Indian hair type, the shampoos, that are available in five basic variants, are manufactured and packaged in Europe.

5-kg LPG cylinders launched
Kharar, August 17
Hindustan Petroleum Company Ltd launched 5-kg HP gas cylinders in Punjab at a function held at Kurali yesterday. Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Dairy Development, Fisheries, Sports and Youth Services Minister, Punjab, was the chief guest.


Workshop concludes with play
Chandigarh, August 17
A month-long community theatre workshop organised by the Centre for Education and Voluntary Action (CEVA) in Government Model Senior Secondary School for Girls, Sector 18, ended with a play “Kya sab ko sab kuch aata hai?”, which was staged by the students of Class VII, in the school hall here today.

PU yet to decide on Kang’s admission
Chandigarh, August 17
No formal decision was taken by the committee about the cancellation of admission of Malwinder Kang, president of the Panjab University Students Union, to the Department of Law. The admission was cancelled recently.


Suicide case: police remand  for accused
Chandigarh, August 17
An accused, Sameer Jain, who was arrested by the UT police in a case of abetment to suicide, was today produced in the court of UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal, who remanded him in one day police custody. The case against the accused was registered after a Sector-22 jeweller allegedly committed suicide on August 8.


Another “naagin” revenge stuff
aani Dushman’ (Nirman) is an amalgamation of heights of absurdity putting your patience to the most trying test. Playing mockery at a common man’s ‘sense and sensibility’, only providence can save this one from a definite box-office disaster.

Celebrating the joy of rhythm 
Chandigarh, August 17
Tagore Theatre today played host to a troupe that danced not for the sake of technique, but for the joy of creation. Under the direction of Narendra Sharma, disciple of Pandit Uday Shankar and perhaps one of the last propagators of his style that originated and bloomed from the Indian Cultural Centre at Almora, nine dancers today presented a dance of soul.

Narendra Sharma’s dance troupe reflects the concern for environment in a sequence dedicated to Siberian cranes, in Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan

Narendra Sharma’s dance troupe reflects the concern for environment


Patients hit due to OTs’ closure
Chandigarh, August 17
Sarabjit Kaur, who has been admitted to the PGI for valve replacement for the past one month, has no idea as to which doctor is treating her or when she will be operated upon as she has been told that it could easily take another two months.


Manav Mangal tennis tourney from Aug 23
Chandigarh, August 17
The fourth Manav Mangal Open Table Tennis Tournament will be held at Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23 from August 23 to 25. The tournament will be held in four events, cadet boys and girls — below 12, sub-junior boys and girls — below 14, junior boys and girls — below 17 and men and women singles.


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