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Contract mess brings CBI sleuths to PGI
Bungling worth Rs 26 cr alleged
Chandigarh, August 21
The CBI today conducted a raid on the PGI in connection with alleged bungling in awarding of three contracts worth Rs 26 crore to a Delhi-based firm, Ms Omaxe Construction Private Ltd., for the construction of Advance Eye Care, De-addiction and Cardiac Centre buildings without securing the approval of the competent authorities.

Gold rakhis with diamonds, rubies
Chandigarh, august 21
Rakhi is no longer a festival when the brother has to part with a hefty amount, as sisters are more than willing to shell out money to buy expensive ornamental rakhis, including those in silver and gold, to adorn the wrists of their brothers.

Making their own rakhis
Making their own rakhis and tying them on each other are students of Strawberry Fields School in Sector 24, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. 
— photo Parvesh Chauhan 
FOR GEM OF A BROTHER: Precious gem-studded and gold rakhis available at Tanishq showroom in Sector 17 that are being fancied by the ‘elite’ sisters in the city.


HC asks Admn to file status report
Chandigarh, August 21
Acting on a petition filed by a Shimla district resident who was allegedly raped after being drugged, Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the Chandigarh Administration to file a status report regarding investigation. 

Kashmiri Pandits to boycott Assembly poll
Chandigarh, August 21
The displaced Kashmiri Pandits in the city and surrounding areas have decided to boycott the Assembly poll in Jammu and Kashmir in protest against the failure of the Centre and the Election Commission to provide them an opportunity to exercise their franchise in the city Punjab and Haryana.

4 kids hurt as truck hits school van
Chandigarh, August 21
Four students of Class II of Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, were injured, one of them seriously, when a van in which they were travelling overturned after colliding with a truck this morning on the road dividing Sectors 35 and 43 this morning.

PUSU and SOPU  cross swords
Chandigarh, August 21
The Panjab University Students Union has pitched its ‘battle-tents’ against the Students Organisation of Panjab University at the Law Department here today.

Indians prone to heart ailments
Homecoming for cardiac surgeon
Chandigarh, August 21
“Even though the masses in India have very little access to basic health facilities, it is the cancer of corruption in the medical system which needs to be eradicated,” remarked Dr Arvind Agnihotri, a renowned Cardiac Surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital, USA.

Delhi cops to question Madhu today
Panchkula, August 21
The unavailability of woman cops in the district police prevented the Delhi police from questioning Madhu Sharma, wife of IG Ravi Kant Sharma, this evening.



Employer duty bound to guard rights of women staff
Chandigarh, August 21
When dealing with cases of sexual harassment at the workplace, the woman has a right to be heard alone and if she is not satisfied the victim has the right to approach the Apex Committee on such cases, said the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, while addressing a workshop on awareness of Rights and their Protection against Sexual Harassment at Workplace at UT State Guest House, Sector 6, here yesterday.

Jacob inaugurates SDM’s office
Chandigarh, August 21
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), yesterday inaugurated the Subdivisional Magistrate’s (East) office in the building of CTU workshop in the Industrial Area, Phase I, Chandigarh.

BJP to protest proposed hike in water charges
Chandigarh, August 21
The BJP will soon launch an agitation against the Congress on the proposed hike of water charges this week apart from issuing a charge-sheet on its eight-month rule in the Municipal Corporation and ‘’failure’’ of the Congress MP Pawan Bansal.

Panchkula Red Cross adjudged best
Chandigarh, August 21
The Panchkula district unit of the Red Cross Society has been adjudged the best in Haryana in extending services to needy people.

Cartoons with a stingCartoons with a sting
Chandigarh, August 21
The PPSC scam has finally struck an artist’s mind! Translating into art the consequences of a scam which has shaken the faith of the entire country, city-based cartoonist Chander Malhotra today justified his art, which is first supposed to reflect the society and later supposed to offer pleasure.

4 flats vacated
Chandigarh, August 21
Coming down heavily on people who misuse flats, a team of the Chandigarh Housing Board got four flats vacated for alleged misuse in the Maloya rehabilitation colony here today.

Ex-servicemen meet SP in assault case
Chandigarh, August 21
A delegation of the Ex-Servicemen Grievance Cell, SAS Nagar, led by Brig Harwant Singh, visited the residence of Col S. Singh (retd) in Sector 12, Panchkula, on Monday. He was allegedly manhandled and assaulted by some residents of Ralli village on August 16.

Paid parking lot extended ‘illegally’
Chandigarh, August 21
The parking contractor at the Anand Cinema complex today allegedly extended its area illegally to a free parking site inviting public protests.

Ram Darbar residents get muddy water
Chandigarh, August 21
Residents of Ram Darbar fear the spread of water-borne diseases as they are getting muddy water supply.



Cheating case registered
Chandigarh, August 21
A case of criminal breach of trust and cheating under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC has been registered against Panchkula resident, Ashok Kapoor, as a cheque for Rs 61,000 issued by him was dishonoured by the bank concerned.


New model of 350 cc bike launched
Chandigarh, August 21
When the motorcycle market is shifting its focus from 100 cc bikes to high-powered bikes, and Hero Honda and Bajaj Auto are trying to get a share in this growing segment, Royal Enfield, manufacturers of 350 cc bullet brand of motorcycles, has decided to introduce new models in the market to maintain its pace in this segment.

Union demands security for truckers
SAS Nagar, August 21
The local Truck Union yesterday expressed grief over the murder of two truck drivers near Meerut on August 16 by some unidentified looters. The union leaders have demanded security for truck drivers. Mr Rajinder Singh Mann, president of the union, said Amar Singh and Bhim Singh had left for Ghaziabad on August 13 to deliver some goods there. 

Gaming and animation growing at fast pace
Chandigarh, August 21
Arena Multimedia, Asia’s leader in multimedia education with 260 centers in seven countries, today organised a seminar on “Games & Animation” at Government Museum Auditorium, Chandigarh, for students aspiring to make a career in this field and also for those who are taking up gaming and animation programmes.



Fasting student rushed to hospital
Chandigarh, august 21
Even as the authorities closed the college for three days on Monday, the strike by students of Shri Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College and Hospital entered the 14th day yesterday.

215 students donate blood
Chandigarh, August 21
As many as 215 students donated blood at a camp held at Government College, Sector 11, here today. Organised by the PGI Blood Bank, the camp was the first to be organised in the on-going session.

Tiny hands design rakhis
Chandigarh, August 21
Rakhi celebrations took place at Dutt Vishesh School, Sector 26, here today. A rakhi-making contest was held in which all students from pre-nursery to Class VII participated. The students made the rakhis themselves and their wonderful and original creations surpassed anything available in the market.

MCM wins prestigious NSS award
Chandigarh, August 21
The Indira Gandhi NSS National Award by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, has come a feather in the cap of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, this being the only college of the region to be honoured since it was instituted in 1969.

Founder’s day at BRS college
Panchkula, August 21
An impressive cultural programme was presented this evening by students of the BRS Institute of Medical Sciences, located along the Panchkula-Naraingarh road in Kot Billa village, on the founder’s day and annual day celebrations of the institute.

ABVP to hold dharna outside Parliament
Chandigarh, August 21
The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad will organise a dharna outside Parliament on November 26 to put forward its demands regarding upgradation of various facets of education.

Bal Bhavan opens in Phase IV
SAS Nagar, August 21
The Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), inaugurated the newly built Bal Bhavan in Phase IV here today.

Need for distance education stressed
Chandigarh, August 21
A workshop on “Transformation of print material into self-learning material” conducted by the Department of Correspondence Studies, Panjab University, concluded here today.


Implead judges on work withdrawal
Chandigarh, August 21
In less than a month after a lawyer filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging the withdrawal of work from three High Court Judges, a Division Bench today granted the petitioner an opportunity to implead them as parties in the case. 

  • Show-cause notice to scribe

3 get 8 yrs’ RI in dowry death case
Chandigarh, August 21
Three persons were today sentenced to eight years’ rigorous imprisonment in a case of dowry death by a local court. The three — Rajiv Singla and other two — were also fined Rs 3000 by the UT Additional and Sessions Judge, Mr Balbir Singh. 

  • Teacher’s bail plea dismissed

  • Nurse granted bail

  • Arrest warrant

  • Notice issued

  • RI for 9 yrs

  • Acquitted



Winners of NIFD’s annual design awardsSister act — from Padmini to Tejaswini
Chandigarh, August 21
Tejaswini Kolhapure could not have chanced upon acting as a career. It had to come eventually to her. With mentors in sister Padmini Kolhapure, a former actress quite worth her salt, Pradeep brother-in-law (Tutu) Sharma, a film producer of repute, and another brother-in-laws Shakti Kapoor, Tejaswini could have been nothing but an actress. Winners of NIFD’s annual design awards share moments of joy with actress Tejaswini Kolhapure at the Government Museum and Art Gallery auditorium in Chandigarh on Wednesday. 
— photo Manoj Mahajan

Lacing art with experimentation
Chandigarh, August 21
Beautiful forms mark the third solo show structured by city-based artist Manoj K. Sharda, who is presently working as arts teacher with a local school in Sector 8. After having explored nature in his first two solo exhibition, Manoj has centred around better, more novel themes this time around.


Month-long heart care camp from Sept
Dr Deepak KauraChandigarh, August 21
Initiating a programme called “Dil Da Mamla Balle Balle”, Annie Heart and Medical Centre, Sector 15 will organise a month-long angiography, angioplasty and pace-maker implantation camp from September 1. During this camp, the centre will provide services related to angiography at subsidised rates.



St Stephen’s, GGSSS-20 enter semifinals
Chandigarh, August 21
Hosts — St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, and Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 20 entered last four of the Second Chandigarh Junior Girls Football Championships played at the St Stephen’s grounds, here today.


MC move on night sweeping
Chandigarh, August 21
The proposal of night sweeping in Sectors 17, 8 and 9 here yesterday inched closer to implementation with the sanitation committee of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh approving terms and conditions of contract for night sweeping in these areas.

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