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Chaos follows Admn crackdown on school buses
Chandigarh, August 23
The Administration showed its iron hand and cracked down on buses and three-wheelers ferrying children to school. The traffic police and the State Transport Authority, in separate operations, challaned more than 130 buses out of which 35 were impounded. 

With the Administration having impounded several unregistered school buses in a drive on Friday morning, it was time for chaos
With the Administration having impounded several unregistered school buses in a drive on Friday morning, it was time for chaos outside city schools. Sector 26 was the worst hit as parents flocked to pick up their children causing a traffic jam for about two hours. 
— Tribune photos Pravesh Chauhan



With 3 fresh cases cholera tightens its grip
Chandigarh, august 23
With three fresh cases of cholera being reported from Sectors 49 and 55, the fear of an epidemic-like situation being created in the city has increased as several cases of gastroenteritis have also been reported from various slum areas as unhygienic and insanitary conditions prevail in most of these areas.

  • Jacob pays surprise visit to Palsora slum
    The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob, visits Palsora village Chandigarh, August 23
    Reacting to the reports of cholera outbreak in an illegal slum near Palsora village, the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today paid a surprise visit to the slum.

The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), visits Palsora village where cases of cholera have been reported. — A Tribune photograph

Chaos in MC over encroachments, cholera
Chandigarh, August 23
Concern on the reports of fresh cases of cholera in the city echoed in the House meeting of the Municipal Corporation today inviting belligerence from the BJP-Shiromani Akali Dal members, leading to the suspension of two former BJP mayors and councillors for the day.

MC okays water tariff hike
Chandigarh, August 23
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has put a final seal on the hike of water charges with unanimity after two BJP councillors were suspended for the day and the other two boycotted proceedings.

Admn stopped from allotting booths
Chandigarh, August 23
Issuing notice of motion for September 30, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Mr Justice Kiran Anand Lall, today restrained the Chandigarh Administration from allotting booths in Sector 46-C rehri market.

Car identity holds key in rape case
Chandigarh, August 23
Was the car used in dumping the unconscious rape victim near the Sector 33 Petrol Pump a Mitsubushi Lancer or a Maruti Zen? An answer to this question could finally solve the mystery behind the case of rape of a girl in her twenties.

UT Judge Singal suspended



Lucky draw scheme by BSNL
Chandigarh, August 23
The tardy and cumbersome legal procedures to recover outstanding telephone bills from wilful defaulters has resulted in locking of crores of rupees of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited.

Applications for bravery awards
Chandigarh, August 23
The Indian Council for Child Welfare, New Delhi has invited for bravery awards for the year 2002 for children between six to eight years of age who have shown courage or done a brave deed during the period from July 1, 2001, to June 30, 2002.

Scheme reviewed
Chandigarh, August 23
The Inspector General of Chandigarh Police today held a meeting with various resident welfare organisations to review the neighbourhood watch scheme being implemented in eight different sectors of the city. 

One-way traffic on Vigyan Path
Chandigarh, August 23
To implement the directions of “no vehicle zone” on Saturdays and Sundays on Uttar Marg, running along Sukhna Lake and Lake Club, the concept of one-way traffic has been introduced on Vigyan Path road, dividing Sectors 5 and 8 and turning to Sector 5.



Section Officer held on bribery charge
A section officer of the Chandigarh engineering wing, Raghbir Singh (turbaned), who was caught while accepting a bribe
Chandigarh, August 23
Carrying on its action against the Chandigarh Engineering Department, the Central Bureau of Investigation today arrested a Section Officer of the Engineering Wing while accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from his colleague to release the latter’s salary.
A section officer of the Chandigarh engineering wing, Raghbir Singh (turbaned), who was caught while accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from his colleague, being whisked away by CBI sleuths from the Sector 26 office of the mechanical sub-division of the Engineering Wing in Chandigarh on Friday.

Abductor of minor girl arrested
Chandigarh, August 23
Sagar (21), who had allegedly abducted and raped a minor girl, was today arrested from Ambala by the Chandigarh Police. According to information, Sagar working with a florist in Sector 9 here had eloped with the girl of Kishangarh village. He had also been living near the girl’s house.

Wife, father-in-law booked in murder case
Dera Bassi, August 23
The police has booked members of a Chadiyala village-based family, including the wife and the father-in-law of resident of Baupur village of Kaithal district who had died under mysterious circumstances here January 1 this year.


Washing machine range launched
Chandigarh, August 23
Electrolux Kelvinator Limited today launched its next generation washing machines, the Washy Talky, in the city. The washing machine tells the user how to get a perfect wash and has been designed, developed and manufactured in India. 



PU appoints mediator to resolve impasse
SOPU leaders sit on an indefinite hunger strike
Chandigarh, August 23
In another twist to the story of re-admission of the Panjab University Student Union president, Panjab University has appointed a mediator to work out the controversy.

SOPU leaders sit on an indefinite hunger strike at Law Department, PU, Chandigarh, on Friday. 
— A Tribune photograph 

UGC team begins visit to PEC
Chandigarh, August 23
A high-level team of the UGC today commenced its three-day visit of Punjab Engineering College here. The inspection is being carried out with regard to confirming the status of deemed university to the PEC.

PU flayed on reservation policy
Chandigarh, August 23
The National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes has pointed out that it was “ disgusting” to find that Panjab University was not implementing the reservation policy in the teaching and non-teaching wings.


Sapling plantation camp: The NSS unit of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, organised a one-day sapling plantation camp on the college campus here on Friday. The unit, which has been working towards a greener and cleaner environment, had recently been awarded with the prestigious Indira Gandhi National Award for its service. 

St Stephen’s, St John’s kids win contest
One of the participating teams perform a bhangra
Chandigarh, August 23
From the subtle rhythm of Assam in the form of jhumur to the vigorous bhangra and giddha of Punjab, participants of ‘Fanta Fiesta — 2002’ brought out cultural hues of different states while contesting for the folk dance competition organised by Kandhari Beverages Ltd at Tagore Theatre here today.

One of the participating teams perform a bhangra number during the ‘Fanta Fiesta — 2002’ at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Friday.

Snake charmers rid school of cobras
Chandigarh, August 23
The five-day-long spell of fear from a pair of cobras roaming in Government Girls High School, Mullanpur Garibdas, ended today with snake charmers from Kurali catching them.


Pay 2.5 lakh ex gratia to war hero’s kin
Chandigarh, August 23
In less than two years after Major Nitin Bali of Kurukshetra sacrificed his life during the counter-insurgency operations in Kargil, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Union of India to pay Rs 2.5 lakh ex gratia to the petitioner.

  • Don’t disburse dues to corpn staff

  • Stay on recovery

  • Should litigants get relief over strike?

Court order to restore girl to parents
Chandigarh, August 23
Indira Colony resident Uma, who surfaced on August 5 after staying away from her house for almost two years, has been handed back to her parents by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.



Reviving the rare art of Tibetan thangka
Art collector Asha Chopra in the company of a Tibetan thangka.Chandigarh, August 23
Asha Chopra’s involvement with her art form is complete. And that she lives Tibet, deriving inspiration from its timeless heritage, becomes clear the moment you sit in her company. Without an iota of emphasis on self, this Delhi-based art collector, also the chairperson of the Delhi Commonwealth Women’s Association, begins to talk of the Tibetan thangkas, a form of art essentially legendary in character and delightful in execution.
Art collector Asha Chopra in the company of a Tibetan thangka.

Giving message of emancipation to women
Chandigarh, August 23
Lo sathiyon aaye hum, aur ek natak laye hum; natak bahut purana hai par badla nahi zamana hai — The beginning of a “Kya Main Azad Hoon,” a powerful social statement by playwright Daljit Singh was well made at Pracheen Kala Kendra here today. 

Taste of success after struggle
Vikrant Kumar
Chandigarh, August 23
More often than not, real talent takes a world of time to surface. Not just because it cannot speak for itself in the absence of vital finances, but also because no one else speaks on its behalf for the same reason. After years of wading through tough waters, the well-deserving city boy Vikrant Kumar is now beginning to get buyers for his art.


Work allotment had nod of panel: PGI
Chandigarh, August 23
The PGI today entangled itself in knots, as it issued a statement that the allotment of works of the eye care centre, presently under the CBI scanner, had the prior approval of the project implementation committee.

Slow pace of work on PGI lifts
Chandigarh, August 23
Notwithstanding the fact that thousands of patients, coming to the PGI daily for treatment, face inconvenience, work on renovating 5 of the 10 lifts installed in Nehru Hospital for the public has been going on at a snail’s pace for the past one year.



Thumping win for St Stephen’s team
The eves of St Stephen’s SchoolChandigarh, August 23
Jasdeep Kaur proved to be the star player for St Stephen’s School, Sector 45 when she scored three goals and helped her team beat Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, 7-0 in the finals of the second Chandigarh Junior Girls Football Championship, which concluded here this evening at the grounds of St Stephen’s School. 
The eves of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45 who won the trophy at the Chandigarh Junior Girls Football Meet in Chandigarh on Friday. 
— A Tribune photograph
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  • Basketball tourney

  • Carrom championship

  • 25 cricketer selected

  • St Kabir trophy

  • Shivalik boys bag title


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