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Eyewitness made accused in rape case; arrested
‘Hired actors’ in plot to frame Lancer man
Surinder Sharma and Baldev KumarChandigarh, August 26
With the arrest of the main eyewitness, Surinder Sharma, the Shimla-girl rape case took a new turn here today. Surinder has been charged with hatching this “plot” to extort money from M.K. Jain, who was the prime suspect, so far. The other eyewitness, Baldev Kumar, is on the run. On the day of the incident, Surinder and Baldev had called up the police control room (PCR) to report that a girl had been thrown out of car near the Sector 33 petrol-filling station. 

Rape victim's lawyer seeks to withdraw power of attorney
Chandigarh, August 26
Adding a new twist to the ongoing controversy, the human rights lawyer who had taken up the case of a Shimla district resident allegedly raped after losing her consciousness, today sought permission to withdraw his power of attorney even as prime accused, along with the prime witness in the case, moved court.


Schools may sign contracts with bus operators
Chandigarh, August 26
The ice just might be beginning to break. Relief is in sight for harried parents juggling between their workplaces and children’s schools with these institutions considering contracts with bus operators.

It was a sea of vehicles in Sector 26, Chandigarh, in afternoon when schools got over. Buses of these schools remained off the road for the third day on Monday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan
It was a sea of vehicles in Sector 26, Chandigarh, in afternoon when schools got over

Bansal files complaint against BJP leaders
Chandigarh, August 26
Congress national secretary Pawan Bansal has filed a complaint with the local police against BJP national secretary Om Prakash Dhankar and its national executive member Satyapal Jain along with others accusing them of trespassing on his land, hurting religious sentiments and intimidating his staff.

Vigilance raid on MC office
SAS Nagar, August 26
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau raided the office of the Municipal Council here this evening and arrested three persons on charges of corruption. It is alleged that a sum of Rs 20,000 was recovered from an employee by a team of officials headed by Mr Zora Singh Brar, DSP. 

Vigilance Bureau officials examine documents while the three Municipal Council employees, arrested on corruption charges, look on, in SAS Nagar on Monday.
Vigilance Bureau officials examine documents while the three Municipal Council employees

Typhoid scare after two deaths
Chandigarh, August 26
After cholera, it’s the fear of typhoid that has spread in the Sector 52 Kajheri Colony. Many of the persons living there have been showing symptoms of typhoid for the past one week. The Director Health Services, Dr Rameshwar Chander, however, denies that two children of Sector 52 have died due to typhoid.


Cong accuses BJP of sacrilege
Chandigarh, August 26
The Congress here today accused the BJP’s local unit of indulging in “Ravan like acts while claiming to be devotees of Ram.” “Demons used to desecrate havan kund and pujas of people during the “Ravan Raj” and the BJP workers did the same yesterday on the school site allotted to the Heritage Society sprinkling dirty water of Sukhna over the havan kund, kicking it and taking away the ash,” leader of the Congress, Mr Subhash Chawla, told reporters at a press conference in the presence of Mr Pawan Bansal.

Many join BJP
Chandigarh, August 26
The local unit of the Bharatiya Janta Party today claimed that a large number of activists of the Shiv Sena Rashtriyavadi Party of Chandigarh (SSRP) along with its president today joined the BJP.

DCC meeting
Dera Bassi, August 26
A meeting of the District Congress Committee(DCC) ended in tense atmosphere here this afternoon. Supporters of Ms Sheelam Sohi, a member of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), boycotted the meeting called by Mr Hardyal Kamboj, president of the DCC, amidst slogans and protests.

Confusion over Janmashtami date
Chandigarh, August 26
‘Dharam sankat’ — that is what believers in city are facing. Some say Janmashtami is on August 30, while others insist that the birthday of Lord Krishna falls the next day. If holiday is an indicator, August 30 is the day residents should be thronging the temples in their festive best to pay obeisance.

Discrimination irks kin of gallantry award winners
any widows of gallantry award winners are sore over the dirty game that the politicians play with them. They say “a gallantry award should have the same value, irrespective of the fact whether it was won in operation Rakshak, Vijay or Parakram”. 
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Yushita stable and out of danger
Chandigarh, August 26
The painful ordeal of seeing his daughter battle for life seems to be getting over for Mr Roop Kumar Dalal, as eight-year-old Yushita, who sustained serious head injuries, is well on her way to recovery at the emergency of the PGI.

Cycle rally for world peace
Chandigarh, August 26
The Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and the Tibetan Freedom Movement in collaboration with the Yuva Sankalp Sangathan jointly organised a cycle rally here today for world peace and harmony. The rally was also aided by the Bharat Tibet Sahyog Manch.
Tibetan students take part in a world peace cycle rally on the Panjab University campus, Chandigarh, on Monday.—  A Tribune photograph
Tibetan students take part in a world peace cycle rally on the Panjab University campus

Threat on kundi connections
Chandigarh, August 26
The action committee of Labour Colony No. 4 yesterday threatened to fill jails if any of the colony resident was booked for illegal electricity connection. The general secretary of the committee, Mr Ram Avadh Yadav, said unless the people were provided regular connections, singling out one person would not be tolerated.


Group clash in college; 8 injured
Dera Bassi, August 26
Eight youths were injured, three of them seriously, in a clash between to groups of the local government college students following an altercation on the college premises this after noon. Daggers, sticks, iron rods and other sharp-edged weapons were used in the clash that took place outside the college campus on the Dera Bassi-Mukandpur road.
Muhammad Amzad, Lakhbir Singh and Sunil Kumar in Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, after being injured in a clash in Government College, Dera Bassi, on Monday.
Muhammad Amzad, Lakhbir Singh and Sunil Kumar in Civil Hospital

350 fake cassettes seized
Panchkula, August 26
The police has seized more than 350 fake audio and video cassettes from two residents of Sector 15 here yesterday. The police team led by CIA Inspector, Rajiv Deswal had received information that Vivek Kapoor and Gaurav Kapoor were dealing in fake audio and video cassettes. 

Suicide bid by woman
SAS Nagar, August 26
A woman tried to take her life by setting her clothes on fire in Phase IV here today. Ms Rajni (27), mother of a five-month-old child, was taken to the Civil Hospital here with 90 per cent burns from where she was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.


‘Nirma Shudh Salt’ returns with a bang
Chandigarh, August 26
Nirma Limited has re-launched ‘Nirma Shudh Salt’. Announcing the re-launch of ‘Nirma Shudh Salt’, Mr Hiren Patel, Chairman and Managing Director, Nirma Consumer Care Limited, said that it had re-launched Nirma Shudh Salt in an entirely new moisture-proof pack to retain its original qualities and thus provide consumers with vacuum evaporated, extra free flow salt.

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PNB launches ‘lending to traders’ week
Chandigarh, August 26
Punjab National Bank began celebrations of a special week for “lending to traders” today. A function was held at the PNB, Consumer Financial Cell branch, Sector 22, to mark the launch. Mr Sushil Suri, manager of the branch, said that now the PNB would advance up to Rs 20 lakh for purchase of shops by traders and could also finance for renovation/ airconditioning of shops, purchase of utility vehicles, etc.


Aussie-bound students prefer management courses
Chandigarh, August 26
Management-related courses top the priority list of students going to Australia for education from India. The number of students seeking “student visa” to Australia had increased tremendously( more than 80 per cent) during the past few years. About 5000 students have gone between January and July this year.

Kang’s readmission: standoff continues
Chandigarh, August 26
The ongoing crises with students not attending classes at the Law Department in Panjab University remained unsolved today when the case came up for discussion in front of a special committee.

Talk on women empowerment
Chandigarh, August 26
As a part of the women awakening mission and channelising energy of young girls, the Arya Mahila Sangathan organised a talk on women empowerment at MCM DAV College, Sector 36, here on Saturday.

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Students pay homage to trust member
Chandigarh, August 26
Students of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41, gathered this morning to pay homage to Mr Mohinder Singh, Director-Finance of the National Educational Development Trust, by observing a two-minutes silence and singing a shabad.

  • Prize distribution function

Workshop on education
Chandigarh, August 26
Education is falling prey to market forces and quality education, particularly in professional courses, has gone out of reach of many. This was stated by Dr Kailash Sharma, national president of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, at the inaugural session of a workshop on education organised by the local chapter here yesterday.

CEVA’s theatre workshop ends
Chandigarh, August 26
The month-long theatre workshop conducted by the Centre for Education and Voluntary Action (CEVA) at St. John’s High School, Sector 26, concluded with a presentation “Our dream invention” in a community theatre style on the school premises here today. 

Workshop concludes
SAS Nagar, August 26
The Education Department, Punjab, organised a one-day workshop on medicinal plants in collaboration with the National Council for Science, Technology and Communication, the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, and the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh, at Government Senior Secondary School, Phase IIIBI, here today.

Bureaucrat VC unwanted: teachers
Chandigarh, August 26
The appointment of a retired bureaucrat, Mr S.S. Boparai, as the Vice-Chancellor of Patiala’s Punjabi University was contrary to what the Chief Minister of Punjab had said — that a distinguished academician would be made the VC, said the All-India Federation of University Teachers Association, in a press note issued here today.

Fanta Fiesta concludes with prize distribution
Chandigarh, August 26
The month-long event, Fanta Fiesta-2002 organised by Kandhari Beverages Limited at Tagore Theatre concluded with prize distribution and a cultural show here today. About 1,000 students from 30 schools in and around Chandigarh participated in the activities.


Regularise admission to physically challenged: HC
Chandigarh, August 26
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered the regularisation of provisional admission granted to a physically challenged student in Elementary Teachers Training course.

Relief for consumer
Chandigarh, August 26
The UT Consumers Disputes Redressal Forum-II has directed the Bani Investment Company to pay Rs 29,375 with an interest and also a compensation to a resident of Mohali for deficiency in service.


Five short plays staged
Chandigarh, August 26
Abhinaya, a programme based on acting, was presented by Chandni Arts at the outdoor auditorium, Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, here yesterday. Budding artistes of different age groups participated in the programme that consisted of five short plays.


Tangy chaat can be dangerous
Chandigarh, August 26
Concerned over resurfacing of cholera and other water-borne diseases in the city, the UT Health Department has asked the residents, particularly the ones residing in the colonies and adjoining areas, to take preventive measures.

‘Make daily report of cholera cases’
Chandigarh, August 26
A comprehensive daily report on status of cholera patients, if any, would be send to top officials as part of a monitoring process headed by the Director Health Services (DHS).


Gurkirat helps YPS beat St John’s
Chandigarh, August 26
A hurricane knock of 68 runs by Gurkirat Singh of Yadavindra Public School, SAS Nagar, helped his team get the better of St John’s High School, Sector 26, by a margin of just 2 runs in the cricket match for the St Kabir trophy in the below 12 section played at Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, today.

Gurkirat Singh of Yadavindra Public School, SAS Nagar, during a St Kabir Trophy cricket match in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Gurkirat Singh of Yadavindra Public School, SAS Nagar, during a St Kabir Trophy cricket match

Shooting fraternity elated over Anjali’s feat
Chandigarh, August 26
The winning of ‘Champions of Champions’ award and a silver medal in the World Cup shooting events, which concluded on August 24 in Munich (Germany), by Indian woman air rifle shooter, Anjali Vedpathak Bhagwat, has won accolades from those connected with the sport.


PUDA seeks architectural consultancy for its office
SAS Nagar, August 26
With the Municipal Council’s contest to design its new office complex in Sector 68 here failing to throw up suitable choice, the civic body has now invited architectural consultants for the project.


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