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Mixed response to Jan Shatabdi timings
Chandigarh, September 7
It rolled down the tracks to Chandigarh from New Delhi on Friday after months of waiting. Though Jan Shatabdi — common man’s fast train — has been welcomed by a large number of people, some persons belonging to the business and service class are objecting to its timings.

MC all set to impose professional tax
Panchkula, September 7
The Municipal Council is all set to impose professional tax here. This will help increase the annual income of the civic body by Rs 15 lakh and the total annual income will be over Rs 9 crore.

US ‘designs’ threat to India: ex-Navy chief
Chandigarh, September 7
India led by the USA is following the path of ‘economic terrorism which disintegrated Yugoslavia and Soviet Union’ and Andhra Pradesh and Orissa have even agreed to lose their sovereignty under a British financing arm.


Rain brings down temperature
Chandigarh, September 7
It was a wet and pleasant day for Chandigarh and the surrounding areas as intermittent rain lashed the area throughout the day today, bringing down day the temperature to 26°C, 7 degrees below the normal average for this time of the year. Interestingly, since the start of this month it has rained 15 cm. The total rain so far has been 68.3 cm.

Damsels enjoy the showers in City Beautiful on Saturday.— Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan
Damsels enjoy the showers in City Beautiful

Unclaimed vehicles to be auctioned
Chandigarh, September 7
The Chandigarh police has started disposing of unclaimed vehicles “decaying” at Police Lines in Sector 29 here. At least 340 vehicles are there, that had been impounded under the Motor Vehicles Act till December 31, 2001.


BJP’s charge on showroom sale
Chandigarh, September 7
The local unit of the BJP has alleged that the Municipal Corporation sold off a showroom in Sector 9 at a rate lower than was being offered a few months ago. The BJP pointed out that the corporation on August 28 auctioned shop-cum-office 178-79 in Sector 9 for Rs 1.34 crore.

‘Govinda’ flop in rain; losses mount
Dera Bassi, September 7
A much popular and early-maturing variety of paddy — Govinda has not withstood the vagaries of weather in several parts of the region. Continuous downpour and high-velocity winds have flattened the paddy at many places, dashing to ground hopes for a bumper crop.

Govinda, an early variety of rice, flattened by rain in Stabgarh village near Banur on Saturday.— Photo Karam Singh
Govinda, an early variety of rice, flattened by rain in Stabgarh village

No security for retired Army officers
retired Colonel and his wife were reportedly thrashed by some villagers in Sector 12 of Panchkula recently. A delegation of senior retired Army officers met the deputy commissioner and the Superintendent of Police and requested them to take appropriate action against the guilty. But then, nothing happened after the meeting.

  • Business as usual
  • No park in Sector 29-D

Monkey bites 4 school children
Dera Bassi, September 7
Four students of two private schools, located on the Zirakpur-Bhabhat road, fell prey to a monkey here this morning. The four — Mamta, Deepika, Gaurav and Manoj — were on their way to the schools when the animal pounced upon them. The simian bit the students one after another and disappeared, leaving them injured.

‘Learn to live with injustice’
Chandigarh, September 7
“The nation on the threshold of invisible slavery” was the theme of deliberations at a joint meeting of the Servants of the People Society and the Azadi Bachao Andolan at the Lajpat Rai Bhavan here today.


Rape case: woman at large
Mullanpur-Garibdas, September 7
Kusum Sharma, a resident of the village, who allegedly made her husband rape a 13-year old girl, is still at large. Her husband has been arrested and remanded in judicial custody. The couple has been booked on charges of rape, criminal intimidation and furthering a crime with common intent.

Theft in Sector 12 house
Panchkula, September 7
Cash and goods worth thousands of rupees were stolen from the Sector 12 house of Mr R. Khanna on Saturday. The incident took place while all members of the family were away to work.


New Ford car hits the road
Chandigarh, September 7
“The Ikon models of Ford India Limited, catering to the growing C segment, has captured a 24 per cent market share in the country. The company was planning to export 80 per cent of its production, about 30,000 cars, the previous year,” said Mr Sumeet Yadav, General Manager Sales of the company, here today.


Rain fails to dampen kids’ spirits
Panchkula, September 7
Even incessant rain failed to dampen the spirits of tiny tots of Dikshant International School who literally painted the school green. As many as 50 school children participated in the poster -making and colouring competition and poetry recitation competition held here today.
Students of Dikshant International School, Panchkula, display banners promoting afforestation on the school premises on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Students of Dikshant International School, Panchkula, display banners promoting afforestation

TTTI Annual Day function
Chandigarh, September 7
The Technical Teachers Training Institute (TTTI) Sector 26, celebrated its 35th Annual Day here today. A three-day national seminar on “Employment and productivity in the informal sector” organised as part of the programme concluded today. At least 80 scholars from different parts of the country participated in the seminar.
Some of the award winners at the Annual Day celebrations of the Technical Teachers Training Institute
Some of the award winners at the Annual Day celebrations of the Technical Teachers Training Institute in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Talent search competition
Chandigarh, September 7
A two-day talent search competition concluded at Guru Gobind Singh College in Sector 26 here today. The competitions, including skit, mono acting, declamation, dance and giddha exhibited the talents of the students.

Girls perform at a talent search competition in Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Saturday.— Photo Parvesh Chauhan
Girls perform at a talent search competition in Guru Gobind Singh College for Women

National awards for Ravinder Talwar
Chandigarh, September 7
The name of Mr Ravinder Talwar, Principal of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, has been nominated for the presentation of ‘Jewel of India’ award for his outstanding achievements in the field of education, a press release said here today.


File papers on drugs at malkhanas, states told
Chandigarh, September 7
Taking a serious view of the fact that seized contraband, instead of being disposed of after following the due procedure, was being kept in police malkhanas, Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Home Secretaries of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to file affidavits.
  • Dalal’s plea disposed of
  • Punjab told to keep record ready

Special Lok Adalat settles 1,200 cases
Chandigarh, September 7
About Rs 50 lakh was awarded as compensation to litigants in a Special Lok Adalat organised in the Sector 17 District Courts today, where 1,200 cases were disposed of and Rs 1.75 lakh was realised in fine. About 1,850 cases of accident claims, matrimonial disputes, rent, recovery of money and labour disputes were taken up in 18 courts. 
Special Lok Adalat
The District and Sessions Judge, Mr Justice H.S. Bhalla (centre), the UT Additional and Sessions Judge and Member-Secretary of the SLSA, Mr Justice Sant Parkash, and the UT Additional and Sessions Judge, Mr Justice J.S. Klar, dispose of cases in a Special Lok Adalat, in District Courts, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Rape case: hearing on bail plea adjourned
Chandigarh, September 7
Hearing on an anticipatory bail plea moved by the two suspects in the Shimla girl rape case was today adjourned by a local court. The bail plea moved by the suspect, M.K Jain and Ram Lal, came-up for hearing before the UT Additional and Sessions Judge, Mr Lakhbir Singh, who adjourned the bail till September 11.


Presenting varied hues of love
il hai tumhara’ (Piccadily, Chandigarh, and Suraj, Panchkula) promises a decent family outing in an attempt that has painted varying emotions of bonds of love. Preity Zinta has done a marvellous job in the role of the stepdaughter of the local mayor Rekha. Mahima Chaudhary has ably supported her. Arjun Rampal in the role of her lover is also appreciable.

Jagjit’s magic wearing thin
Chandigarh, September 7
The much-awaited live concert by ‘ghazal’ maestro Jagjit Singh, notwithstanding hopes of fans and efforts of event managers “overly” involved in the affair, was just not destined to be.

Telefilm shooting begins
SAS Nagar, September 7
A telefilm “Khasam Ki Bani” is being made by a local organisation, Sunehri Virsa. The first shot of the film was taken at Gurdwara Sahib in Phase VI here yesterday after Bhai Jasbir Singh Khannewale switched on the camera at a special function.


‘Govt should lend ear to otologists’
Chandigarh, September 7
The amount of funds, equipment and training required for treating ear related problems is not being pumped in, especially in the government sector. “With the cost of ear implant being as high as Rs 7 lakh, there are a lucky few in India who can afford it, so, the government should come forward to support some persons with profound deafness, so that even young doctors can get exposure,” said Dr Y.N. Mehra, a former Dean and Head of the ENT Department of the PGI, at the inauguration of the workshop on microsurgery of the Ear and Update in Otology, in the PGI, here today.

Docs launch helpline for head injuries
Chandigarh, September 7
With maximum number of accidental deaths in India resulting due to head injuries, city-based doctors have launched a helpline for head injury and plastic surgery. “Since the initial time is very crucial, we have started the helpline for head injury so that within the minimum possible time, the patient is guided to the right place and given treatment at the earliest,” stated Dr Sanjay Bansal, a neurosurgeon.

Timely medical aid vital for kids
Chandigarh, September 7
Even though ailments like high fever, respiratory problems, loose motions, vomiting and low alertness in children may be taken lightly, these seemingly simple problems could result in life-threatening conditions if not tackled properly.

Workshop on adolescent health 
Panchkula, September 7
A training workshop with participatory learning for action technique on adolescent health was organised by the Family Planning Association of India , Panchkula branch alongwith the Inner Wheel Club at Hansraj Public School on Friday. As many as 26 high school girls and 19 volunteers of the FPAI , the Inner Wheel Club and teachers participated in the workshop.


Sumit wins snooker titles
Chandigarh, September 7
Sumit Talwar proved to be the star player of the day when he captured two titles in the open snooker and junior pool section in the Chandigarh Snooker and Pool Tournament organised by A Triple Syndicate, which concluded here. The other title holders were, Deepak Goyal in senior pool section and Aman Bhasin in the junior snooker event.


Verification drive by cops today
Chandigarh, September 7
As part of the drive launched by the Chandigarh police to ensure security of the residents, on-the-spot verification is being done at 11 different places in the city tomorrow.


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