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Disabled man ‘given electric shocks’
Torture allegations against SHO

SAS Nagar, May 10
Putting the SAS Nagar police in an extremely tight spot, a physically challenged man, who had allegedly been detained and tortured in the Central Police Station here today narrated his tale of sorrows to a High Court Warrant Officer.

Surinder Jindal (left) at the Phase VIII police station in SAS Nagar on Saturday.
Surinder Jindal (left) at the Phase VIII police station in SAS Nagar on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Zirakpur residents heave sigh of relief
Ban on construction activity goes
Zirakpur, May 10
Thousands of residents and top Indian as well as multi national companies, who have their homes or godowns near Zirakpur and its surrounding villages, are in for a bonanza.



PGI chemist knows your operation date before you
Chandigarh May, 10
Such is the influence that some of the city chemists wield at the PGI that even before the patients know about their surgery date, the list of operations scheduled for the day is with them, as they approach attendants of patients to make purchases from their shop.

Residents resent PSEB apathy
Zirakpur, May 10
A major mishap is waiting to happen in Badhawa Nagar Colony in Bartana village as an electricity transformer, that feeds power to the area, has been placed on ground instead of on electricity pole for the past couple of years. Thanks to the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) authorities at Zirakpur the transformer has not been installed on the poles in spite of repeated requests by the residents. The transformer is functioning from a small platform that has been encircled with a barbed wire since long.

An electricity transformer has been lying on the ground in Badhawa Nagar Colony in Bartana village, near Zirakpur, for the past couple of years. It has become a virtual deathtrap. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan
An electricity transformer has been lying on the ground in Badhawa Nagar Colony in Bartana village, near Zirakpur, for the past couple of years.

Power reforms on ‘wrong track’
Chandigarh, May 10
Power reforms in the country are on the wrong track. The process of privatisation of the state power boards has been started to make profit from the power sector and not with a social objective of providing electricity to the people at affordable rates, Mr M.G. Devasahayam, a utility management expert and former IAS officer, said here today.

Celebrating the glamour of simplicity
Chandigarh, May 10
After a long time, the city's fashion circuit had something to boast of. As a little-heard-of local designer — Dimpy Gujral — unveiled her summer collection in the wonderfully engaging ambience of Rock Garden, one was assured that the City Beautiful still had some share of creative verve.

BEAUTIES AMONG ROCKS: Top models walk the unusual ramp at Rock Garden’s first phase, where designer Dimpy Gujral’s summer collection was unveiled on Saturday evening. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

Sahib for freedom of labour movement
Chandigarh, May 10
Every individual should get an opportunity to work, as employment is the best security or protection and massive efforts be made for training of unskilled workers. Dr Sahib Singh Verma, Union Minister of Labour in his inaugural address, stated this, at a seminar on "Social Dialogue as an instrument of Decent Work" organised by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Council of Indian Employers here, today.


Octroi staff harassing residents: councillors
SAS Nagar, May 10
A number of complaints regarding harassment being caused to residents by the octroi contractor and his staff were made by certain councillors at the Municipal Council meeting held here today. The councillors asked the civic body President to look into the matter.

PCR personnel will be more disciplined now
Chandigarh, May 10
Now it will not be easy for police personnel on the Police Control Room (PCR) vehicles to booze around while on duty.

MC seeks pipeline to meet water shortage
SAS Nagar, May 10
The Municipal Council (MC) has sought the laying of a new 20 million gallons per day (mgd) pipeline for the supply of canal water to the town to overcome the worsening problem of water shortage.

BJP trying to ‘derail’ MC working
Chandigarh, May 10
The BJP is trying to derail the functioning of the Municipal Corporation and harm the interests of city residents by using its links in the Central Government to pressurise the Chandigarh Administration into issuing anti-people orders like the imposition of hiked property tax and the amendment to the Rent Act.

Indo-Pak ties: Gen Malik for cautious approach
Chandigarh, May 10
Welcoming a dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve bilateral issues, the former Chief of Army Staff, Gen V.P. Malik, has advised a cautious approach, while keeping ground realities governing the region’s strategic environment in view.

Former Army Chief Gen V.P. Malik gives a talk on Indian strategic issues at the British Library in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Former Army Chief Gen V.P. Malik gives a talk on Indian strategic issues at the British Library in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Indian couple on Discovery Channel
Chandigarh, May 10
The Discovery Channel will feature an Indian couple in a series that premiers on Mother’s Day tomorrow.

Improving condition of IAF flats
HIS is with reference to the news item to The Tribune dated April 16, 2003. It has been mentioned that more than 800 Air Force flats, built about 25 years ago, are in bad shape, bars are exposed and there are cracks. MES carried out repairs, but the desired result was not obtained. The defects cropped up during the construction stage. Some of these defects include less concrete cover, less vibrations, honey combing voids, quality of material, more WC ratio and less curing. The defects during the post-construction stage were ingress of water, CO2 and CI2.

  • A ‘hell’ of a town

  • Safai scheme for the city

  • Well done, Jacob

  • Streamline courts’ working

  • Cruelty to animals

  • Traffic drives should be educative

  • Fire safety plans

Dredging is the best solution


Four private financiers held
Chandigarh, May 10
The Panchkula police arrested four private financiers from different parts of the city late this evening on charges of violating the RBI rules on lending.

Sanjay Nai’s remand extended
Panchkula, May 10
A local court today extended the police remand of Sanjay Nai, one of the prime accused in the Sachin Garg kidnapping case, till May 12. However, two other accused, Gaurav Bhalla and Munish Bhalla, have been remanded in 14 days judicial custody by the JMIC, Mr P.K. Yadav.

Police asks CBSE for ‘altered’ answer-sheets
Chandigarh, May 10
The Chandigarh police has written to senior authorities of the CBSE to provide answer-sheets of the students whose roll numbers have been disclosed by the members of the gang during preliminary investigations, in the CBSE scam unearthed yesterday. A forensic test would be conducted to prove the difference in ink or handwriting.


Sales conference of HMT Tractor ends
Panchkula, May 10
The three-day annual sales conference of the HMT Tractor Business Group concluded today. About 50 regional / area sales managers from all over the country participated in the conference.

  • Cotton Gold Alliance

Truck operators shifting business to Haryana
Chandigarh, May 10
A large number of truck operators from Punjab, including that of SAS Nagar, have shifted their base to Haryana, reportedly due to considerable difference in permit fee and overloading charges in both states. Truck operators have claimed that due to harassment at the hands of district transport officers (DTOs) and higher charges, they were shifting to the neighbouring state.


More girls appear as private candidates at PU
Chandigarh, May 10
Panjab University is witnessing a steep rise in the number of girl students enrolling as private candidates, more specifically in the recent past. PU extends the facility of private candidature exclusively to girl students.

58 DAV kids awarded certificates
Chandigarh, May 10
About 58 students of DAV Public School Sector 8, were awarded certificates and badges of Cambridge Young Learners Examination by the First Secretary, Education Services, British Council Division, Mr Mark Walker, here today.

Mr Mark Walker from the British Council Division, New Delhi, interacts with students of DAV Public School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, who received their certificates of Cambridge Young Learners examination on Saturday.
— A Tribune photograph
Mr Mark Walker from the British Council Division, New Delhi, interacts with students of DAV Public School, Sector 8, Chandigarh

500 kids take part in competitions
Chandigarh, May 10
About 500 students from 20 schools participated in inter-school drawing, painting, craft and shabad gayan competitions to mark the founder’s day celebration of Maharaja Jassa Singh Ramgarhia Public School in Sector 27-D today. In shabad gayan group competition, the first prize was bagged by Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41.

P. JayarajanDesigning winning strategies for British Libraries in India
Chandigarh, May 10
For years, Mr P. Jayarajan has been formulating winning strategies for the British Libraries in India. As Head of the Library and Information Services of the British Council in India, he is currently managing 11 libraries across the country.

Eashwaramma celebrations
Panchkula, May 10
The week-long Eashwaramma celebrations by the Sri Sathya Sai Sewa Organisation concluded here with a prize distribution function at DC Model Senior Secondary School today.

Mother’s Day celebrated
Chandigarh, May 10
To acknowledge the role of mothers and express gratitude for the love and care provided by them, Mother’s Day was celebrated at Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, here today.

WHO SAYS WE ARE ALONE: Unaware of Mother’s Day, these brave students of the Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, Chandigarh, seek solace in one another’s company as they enjoy the afternoon meal in their mess. — A Tribune photograph

Fine show by students at IET function
Chandigarh, May 10
Vista, the third annual function of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal, was organised at the college campus, where an electrifying performance put up by students kept the audience spellbound yesterday.


Details of Judges’ kin sought
Chandigarh, May 10
In a letter to the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, the Bar Council of India has asked for information regarding relatives of Punjab and Haryana High Court Judges practising here. The details, regarding their addresses and names, have been asked “in view of Bar Council of India rules”.


Carnival culture thrives at Plaza
Chandigarh, May 10
It has been almost 10 years since the Plaza Carnival became a part of the city’s cultural calendar, bringing a tiny part of London’s Covent Garden (the place where the original idea of mixing shopping with entertainment began) to our own shopping area in Sector 17 every Saturday night, but it has not lost its appeal among the city residents over the years.

Scintillating kathak show by Anuradha
Chandigarh, May 10
The Horizon series of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Pracheen Kala Kendra presented a scintillating performance by kathak exponent Anuradha Arora at the kendra auditorium in Sector 35 here today. Living up to her image of ‘Nritya Urvashi’, Anuradha showed her command over the technical aspects of kathak as well as ‘abhinaya’. Opening with Ganesh vandana, Anuradha went through the motions of ‘thaat’, ‘uthaan’, ‘aamad,’ ‘tore,’ ‘tukre,’ ‘paran’ and ‘lari’ of 16 beats showing intricate and vibrant footwork. The quintessence of kathak was witnessed in the speed and whirls which bore the mark of her guru Shobha Koser, the doyen of Jaipur Gharana.

Kathak dancer Anuradha Arora performs at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Saturday.
Kathak dancer Anuradha Arora performs at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Saturday.

Teenage love story
shq Vishk’ (Neelam and Suraj, Panchkula) is a teenage love story in the background of youthful colours and frolics on a college campus. The show is definitely an initial crowd attraction. However, peripheral care to the handling of the emotional scenes which are crucial to any love story do not promise any great future at the box-office.

Fitting tribute to a martyr
t is said that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. During the Kargil conflict, Capt Vijayant Thapar, all of 22, showed that he was made of sterner stuff when he faced his life’s biggest challenge — Mission Black Rocks.

Street play on migrant labourers’ miseries
Chandigarh, May 10
Artistes of Sandli Pairan Kala Kendra portrayed the miseries and humiliation of migrant labourers, who come from states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to this region in search of a better life, through a street play at the Sector 17 Plaza here today.


No Evening OPDs likely during vacation
Chandigarh, May 10
With the PGI faculty proceeding on a two-month summer vacation from May 16, the Evening OPD services are likely to remain suspended during this period.


Yuvraj, Mongia making waves
Chandigarh, May 10
Local star cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Mongia, who have made waves in the Indian cricket in recent times, are now the most sought-after players. Only a few days ago, it was announced that Yuvraj would be playing for the Yorkshire county club from May 18.

  • Kinetic trophy

  • Billiards

  • Karate championship

  • Basketball meet


98 vehicles challaned for using black films
Chandigarh, May 10
The Chandigarh traffic police today challaned 98 vehicles and impounded six others for using black films. With this, the total number of vehicles challaned so far during the past couple of weeks has gone up to 200.


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