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HUDA removes Rana’s shed
Panchkula, October 17
The enforcement wing of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) today removed the temporary shed outside the Sector 4 residence of Rana Gurmeet Sodhi, Political Secretary to Punjab Chief Minister.
The enforcement wing of HUDA removes the unauthorised structure The enforcement wing of HUDA removes the unauthorised structure outside the Sector 4 residence of Rana Gurmeet Sodhi in Panchkula on Thursday. — Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

Six more dengue cases reported
Chandigarh, October 17
Four patients were admitted to the Sector 16 General Hospital and two to the Manimajra Civil Hospital with suspected dengue today. A list of two patients, one from Ram Darbar and other from Ludhiana, was also furnished by PGI officials to the health authorities.

  ST on diamond, gold cut
Chandigarh, October 17
Keeping in line with the festive season, the prices of bullion, gold and silver articles and jewellery, and precious stones have been reduced. The most significant reduction has been in the case of diamonds and precious stones. A set of gold jewellery costing Rs 20,000 will now be less by Rs 200 and a diamond, ruby or an emerald, which earlier cost Rs 20,000, will be less by Rs 1,600.

Spread education in rural areas: Jacob
Chandigarh, October 17
The two-day founder’s day celebrations of St Kabir Public School, Sector 26, concluded today with a variety programme presented by students of senior classes. Beginning with the school prayer, anthem and march past, the parents were transported to the vibrant world of spirited dances, man, machine and fusion dance.

Rs 2.5 crore sanctioned for V-6 roads
Chandigarh, October 17
The Municipal Corporation today cleared an allocation of Rs 2.5 crore for the recarpeting of V-6 roads and parking lots in eight sectors of central and southern parts of the city in the post monsoon phase.


Civic nominee’s promise
SAS Nagar, October 17
Sqn Ldr S.P. Bains (retd) one of the two contestants from municipal Ward 14 where by-election is scheduled to be held on October 20, said today that if elected he would ensure all-round development of the area.

Officials honoured for promoting Hindi
Chandigarh, October 17
The Town Official Language Implementation Committee (TOLIC), Chandigarh, organised its annual prize distribution and cultural function at Technical Teachers Training Institute (TTTI), Chandigarh.


Sector 8 house burgled
Chandigarh, October 17
Burglar(s) broke into the Sector 8 residence of Dr Amarjit Kaur and decamped with gold and silver jewellery, ancient coins and Rs 1 lakh in cash sometime between 11 am and 1 pm yesterday. Dr Amarjit Kaur told Chandigarh Tribune that her entire house was ransacked by the burglars. The cash and jewellery were stolen from a cupboard.

Widow booked for cheating another
Chandigarh, October 17
Ms Nirmaljit Kaur Natt, widow of former Sergeant, has lodged a complaint against Ms Rajinder Kaur Aujla, widow of former Major, for allegedly cheating her on the pretext of making her a partner in an LPG agency. The police has registered a case under Section 420, IPC, against Ms Rajinder Kaur Aujla. Both of them belong to SAS Nagar.

Three held for attacking cops
Chandigarh, October 17
Three persons were arrested here this evening for allegedly attacking two cops with stones. The cops posted at the PCR vehicle in Maloya were injured when a group of 10-12 youths reportedly started pelting stones on them. The cops had to fire rounds to save themselves.

Man chops off wife’s nose
Chandigarh, October 17
In a bizarre incident, a husband allegedly chopped off his wife’s nose over a minor altercation late last evening. The victim has been admitted to the PGI. According to police sources, Amrit Lal, a resident of Mauli Jagran Complex here, irritated after an altercation with his wife, Ms Pushpa, kidnapped her, nailed her down and severed her nose.

Woman’s bid to commit suicide
Chandigarh, October 17
Geeta (31) allegedly tried to end her life by dousing herself with kerosene oil and then setting herself ablaze this afternoon. She is admitted to the GMCH, Sector 32 with 90 per cent burn injuries and is stated to be serious.


Spice best operator in Punjab, says UK study
Chandigarh, October 17
Spice Telecom has been rated as the best cellphone operator in the Punjab circle in an independent survey, entitled Cell Track-3 (2002) conducted by a UK-based organisation, National Family Opinion (NFO), on Indian cellular users.

‘Proper water pricing only way to promote water conservation’ 
Chandigarh, October17
Since the cost of water is almost negligible for residents and industrialists of Chandigarh and the surrounding towns, they use it indiscriminately without realising the fact that the region is going to face a severe problem of clean and drinking water, says Mr Shaju Peter, Managing Director, Daftech Engineers Pvt. Limited.


UGC team visits depts 
Chandigarh, October 17
The collaboration of Panjab University with the Fermi Lab, USA, in discovery of the top quark tops the list of achievements in “ recent breakthroughs in research” which has been supplied to the visiting team from the University Grants Commission.

PU professor on UGC panel
Chandigarh, October 17
Prof Shankarji Jha, former Chairman and Head of the Department of Sanskrit, Panjab University, Chandigarh, has been nominated as a member of the expert committee constituted by the UGC to visit Shri Jagannath Sanskrit University, Puri (Orissa), to assess the financial requirements of the prestigious body in the 10th Plan.

Talent hunt contest begins
Chandigarh, October 17
A two-day talent hunt contest began at Government College, Sector 11, here today, to select the best students for the forthcoming youth festival and other cultural programmes organised from time to time. A debate, poetry recitation and histrionics contest, organised today, elicited tremendous response from students who participated in large numbers.


Rail tribunal order upheld 
Chandigarh, October 17
Coming down heavily on the railway authorities for being “totally unorganised” and treating passengers worse than chattels by issuing tickets without verifying the availability of seats, Mr Justice J.S. Narang of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the Chairman of the Railway Board to improvise a method for ensuring that the commuters travelled comfortably after being provided with seats they had paid for.

Statements recorded
Chandigarh, October 17
The statements of two witnesses — Mr Ramesh Chander, and Mr Charanjit Singh — were recorded in the Beant Singh assassination case before the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S Bhalla, in the courtroom in Model Burail Jail.


Wings of desire and of melody....

Chandigarh, October 17
Time has not passed his voice by. With melodies as fresh as ever, ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh once again dwelt upon music to caress pain with lilting notes. As always, listening to him was a relief to the soul. For all the time that he adorned the beautifully-done-up stage, care did not seem to press one down even a bit.
Noted ghazal singer Jagjit Singh performs at the Leisure Valley in Sector 10 of Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph 

Noted ghazal singer Jagjit Singh performs at the Leisure Valley in Sector 10 of Chandigarh

New dimension to comedy

Chandigarh, October 17
Comedian Jagtar Jaggi is bringing a new dimension to his comedy — drama, — and his latest album “Fukrian” is full of it — dramatised comedy interspersed with funny songs. His digs at the latest scandals in pop culture to the tips on the road to success is just what you need to come out of your daily stress.

A tribute to ‘Pancham da’
ncouraged with the success of “Everybody Says I'm fine”, filmmaker Viveck Vaswani, in a bid to be different, has churned out a low budget film. Metalight Productions Private Limited, in association with Insight Productions Private Limited, has produced “Dil Vil Pyar Vyar ”(DVPV) starring R. Madhvan, Jimmy Shergill, Namrata Shirodkar, Sonali Kulkarni, Hrishita Bhatt, Bhawna Pani , Sanjay Suri and Rakesh Bapat, besides Gulshan Grover, Kiran Kumar and Asrani.

New name to secret agent genre
Chandigarh, October 17
Catapulting the secret agent genre into the new millennium comes Revolution studios’ venture, “XXX”, which will hit the screens in the city tomorrow. Starring Vin Diesel of “The Fast and Furious” fame and Samuel L. Jackson, one of Hollywood’s most-acclaimed motion picture performers, “XXX” explores the daring exploits of former extreme sports athlete, Xander Cage (Diesel), who is notorious for his death defying stunts.

Dazzling virtuosity binds audience
Chandigarh, October 17
Ms Asha Arpit of “Own Fantasy, Own Art” a spiritual and cultural outfit, has brought a slice of UNESCO’s “Decade for Peace and Non-Violence” celebrations to town by starting a series of cultural functions.


AIDS awareness rally held
Chandigarh, October 17
An AIDS awareness rally-cum-procession was organised by NSS campers of Government College of education, Sector 20, here today. Flagged off by the Principal, Ms Surinder kaur Tangri, the rally went through Sectors 19 and 20 and concluded at the college campus. Placards conveying messages on AIDS were carried by the processionists with the objective to create awareness regarding AIDS among the people.
Students of Government College of Education, Sector 20, participate in a raly on AIDS awareness
Students of Government College of Education, Sector 20, participate in a rally on AIDS awareness in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph


City carrom boys enter third round
Chandigarh, October 17
City boys entered the third round in the boys’ doubles carrom event of the 31st Junior National Carrom Championship played at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here today. Junior India No.2 Mohamad Salim of New Delhi entered the third round of the boys singles’ defeating Kishan Soni of Chhattisgarh 25-1, 25-4.

Chandigarh XI enter last four
Chandigarh, October 17
Saurabh Arora, a Class XI student of the local Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, played a stellar role as skipper of the Chandigarh XI when it humbled Faridabad by 11 runs to enter the last four of the Haryana Inter District (Under17) cricket tournament for the Rajinder Goel Trophy played at Faridabad today. Chandigarh won the toss and opted to bat first. 

Slow-cycling contest held
Chandigarh, October 17
Avon Cycles Limited today kicked off its campaign to introduce the concept of slow cycling among schools of Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula. The event was held at Sant Isher Singh Model Senior Secondary School, SAS Nagar, where enthusiastic schoolchildren vied for top honours by trying to balance their movements in slow cycling. It created a lot of fun.


Firm gets 1-month hold on parking lot
Chandigarh, October 17
The Municipal Corporation here today asked Magnetic Autocontrol, the Chennai-based subsidiary of Australian Magnetic Autocontrol, to operate one of the parking areas free of cost for at least one month so that it could judge the effectiveness of electronically managing parking lots.

MC nod to Divali stalls in markets
Chandigarh, October 17
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today allowed setting up of stalls in markets during the Divali festival. These stalls can now be set up by procuring pre-paid coupons from the corporation.


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