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CBI fails to get Gupta’s police remand
Chandigarh, May 17
The CBI today paid the price for its negligence in a corruption case involving two judicial officers when a local court turned down its request for further police remand of the suspended Jalandhar District and Sessions Judge R.M Gupta and remanded him in judicial custody till May 30.

Black films: UT seeks list of users from Haryana
Chandigarh, May 17
After the Punjab police giving permission for only 18 vehicles of the VIPs to have black film on the car windows, the Chandigarh police has sought details about the permissions given by the Haryana police. The Haryana police has been asked to give a list of vehicles for which the permissions have been granted.

Combat aircraft parked in open
Blast pen shelters yet to come up
Chandigarh, May 17
On account of changes in the concept and scope from time to time, which are prima facie indicative of deficiencies in planning and lack of clarity in regard to operational requirements, blast pens for housing frontline aircraft in a forward operational airbase in the western sector are yet to be constructed even more than a decade after the project was initiated.



Plan on sewage plant in cold storage
Chandigarh, May 17
Tonnes of sewage emanating from the urban sprawl of Chandigarh seems to be nobody’s baby. A plan to shift the sewage treatment plant from Phase IX in SAS Nagar is lying in cold storage for the past eight months. No formal sanction has been accorded to get the work started, even as authorities in Punjab have been breathing down the neck of the Chandigarh Administration.

Badal’s guards create scene
Chandigarh, May 17
High drama prevailed on the district court premises in the morning for about half hour when an altercation took place between NSG commandos attached with the security of former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and a security guard deployed at the entrance gate of the court complex.

HC may cut Division Benches to 3
Chandigarh, May 17
In an attempt to reduce the number of pending cases, the Punjab and Haryana High Court is considering cutting down the number of Division Benches. According to sources, the high court is planning to have just two or three Division Benches to take up constitutional matters, public interest litigations cases, those involving vital legal issues and certain other matters.

Accused continue to elude police
Chandigarh, May 17
For the 10th day today, a Sector-49 based woman, her son and a property dealer continued to elude the police in a case of cheating a Canada-based NRI. Sukhpreet Singh Rana, husband of the woman who was in police remand for three days, was sent in judicial custody by a local court last evening.


Development plan of Haryana will ‘kill’ Sukhna
Chandigarh, May 17
In a petition filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Naya Gaon resident Dr B. Singh produced a development plan of Haryana. Describing it as “death warrant”, he said the plan would stop the inflow of rain water into the Sukhna Lake, rendering it a dumping ground for waste material.

Seminar focuses on environment
Chandigarh, May 17
Hari Bhari National Environment Protection Society organised a seminar on environment protection here today. The seminar was part of the third annual function celebrations of the society and was inaugurated by Justice R.P. Sethi, former SC Judge the at CII auditorium.

Restrict entry, Sec 17 parking contractor told
Chandigarh, May 17
The contractor managing the paid-parking lot in Sector 17 has been asked to restrict the number of vehicles to the space available in the parking zone concerned.

Municipal corporation wants cost of plot written off
SAS Nagar, May 17
The municipal council here has appealed to the Punjab Minister for Local Government to either get the cost of the Rs 2-crore plot allotted by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to the council for building its office here written off or ask PUDA to charge only the amount at which the land had been originally purchased by it.

Paying lakhs for streetlights that don’t work
Zirakpur, May 17
Residents of the area are up in arms against the non-functioning of streetlights even though the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat authorities had paid the necessary charges to the PSEB over a year ago.

Plea to excommunicate Namdharis
Chandigarh, May 17
The central coordination committee of all gurdwaras and Sikh institutions of Chandigarh has urged Akal Takht to excommunicate Namdharis from the Sikh Panth. Talking to mediapersons here today, Mr Gurpartap Singh Riar, Chairman of Coordination Committee, said the Guru of the Namdhari sect Jagjit Singh was trying to defame the Panth. Mr Gurpratap Singh Riar (left), chairman of the central coordination committee of all-gurdwaras and Sikh institutions of Chandigarh, addresses mediapersons in Chandigarh
Mr Gurpratap Singh Riar (left), chairman of the central coordination committee of all-gurdwaras and Sikh institutions of Chandigarh, addresses mediapersons in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Suicide: a socio-legal perspective
HE number of suicides in the city is increasing at an alarming rate. At least 23 cases of suicide have taken place in the month of April, 2003 (as reported in ‘The Tribune’ dated 01.05.03). Every act of suicide may appear as a manifestation of one individual’s temperament, but in reality it is nothing but the result of exterior manifestation of a corresponding social situation.

Summer workshop opens
Chandigarh, May 17
A five-day Gandhi Darshan Summer Workshop for children was inaugurated by Gandhian and naturopath, Dr S.S. Goindi, at Kala Sagar in Sector 36 here today. The workshop is being organised by ‘Yuvsatta’, a voluntary organisation, in collaboration with the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti of New Delhi.
Vijay Pal Goel teaching the art of making figurines out of waste material to students of Asha School, Sector 25, and Colony No. 5 at Kala Sagar in Sector 36, Chandigarh
Vijay Pal Goel teaching the art of making figurines out of waste material to students of Asha School, Sector 25, and Colony No. 5 at Kala Sagar in Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Saturday. —A Tribune photograph

Residents’ help to eliminate congress grass sought
Panchkula, May 17
The district administration has urged the welfare associations of various sectors and the general public to help it eliminate congress grass from the township. While chairing a meeting of the sector welfare associations and office-bearers of different department of the administration, Ms Satwanti Ahalawat, Deputy Commissioner, stressed the public should come forward to remove the congress grass from the areas adjoining their houses and internal roads.


One held on forgery charge
Panchkula, May 17
In a case of forgery and criminal breach of trust, the police arrested a man of Chandigarh’s Sector 47, Vikas Sharma, here today.


L’Oreal salon in Chandigarh
Chandigarh, May 17
One would wonder why L’Oreal, the internationally acclaimed fashion brand, would prefer Chandigarh to Bangalore as a lucrative market for its fifth collaboration beauty salon. A second thought to the issue would yield all answers.

Models display a range of hairstyles at Tress Lounge, a L’Oreal collaboration beauty salon, that was inaugurated in Sector 8-C, Chandigarh, on Saturday. —  Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma
Models display a range of hairstyles at Tress Lounge, a L’Oreal collaboration beauty salon, that was inaugurated in Sector 8-C

City ‘biggest’ market for legal cell phones
Chandigarh, May 17
Helped by a high rate of literacy and a discerning, alert and sophisticated consumer, Chandigarh has emerged as the biggest Legal market for mobile handsets in the country.


B.Com admissions decentralised
Chandigarh, May 17
Panjab University has decentralised admissions to the Bachelor of Commerce course from the coming academic session. The matter comes before the university Syndicate for a formal clearance at its next meeting, while it has already been cleared by a university committee.

Bye, bye school — it’s vacation time
Chandigarh, May 17
It was bye to school for now for students. As the bell announced the end of study hours and beginning of the summer vacation, excited students rushed out of classrooms, shouting enthusiastically.

GOODBYE SCHOOL, HELLO FUN: Excited students rushing out of Tender Heart School on the day before the summer break in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

NIIFT talent impresses designers
SAS Nagar, May 17
“It is a time to go in for casuals, easy fabrics, cottons and georgettes in bright and fresh colours and to go easy on embroidery.” These views were expressed by prominent dress designers who had come to NIIFT here today as jury members to evaluate the creations put up by the final year students of fashion designing. They were impressed by the talent presented by NIIFT students.

130 take part in fancy dress contest
Chandigarh, May 17
Students of Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, and its Mohali branch were given an opportunity to “be the person of their own choice” for a day as part of the inter house fancy dress competition held at the DAV College auditorium in Sector 10 today. As many as 130 students participated.

Tiny tots of Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, participate in an inter-house fancy dress competition held at DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Tiny tots of Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, participate in an inter-house fancy dress competition held at DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh

No accommodation for wardens in GCG-42
Chandigarh, May 17
The non-availability of accommodation for hostel wardens and a resident nurse is plaguing the Sector 42 Government College for Girls, here for the past several years. The warden and the nurse have been housed in, make-shift dwelling units.


Portraying pain through theatre
Chandigarh, May 17
Pain is a strange emotion that has the power to drive the heart to a point of no return. In the course of life, we are often faced with situations that seem to overpower us, with all their painful elements.

Preity Zinta all the way
rmaan' (Piccadily and Suraj, Panchkula) is a tale of an over-possessive heart playing with the dreams of fellow beings. Myriad emotional games to control the loved one are a test of character of a son fighting his way to fulfil his father's dreams of a state of the art hospital in a hilly town.

Reinventing a lost genre
Ever wondered what life was like in Chicago in 1929? Rewind to an era of debauchery and deception. Lust, jealousy and murder are the high points of the low world. Committing a crime is adored. Sticking one’s neck out for someone is ridiculed. It is a decadent world and it revels in its decadence.

Gymnastics at Plaza carnival
Chandigarh, May 17
The Centre for Carnival Arts today organised a special programme at the Plaza carnival in Sector 17 here that had all the elements of entertainment — sports, dance and humour.

Folk artistes perform at Plaza carnival in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Folk artistes perform at Plaza carnival in Sector 17, Chandigarh

‘Soch ki Khushboo’ released
Chandigarh, May 17
“Soch ki Khushboo”, a book of Urdu poetry authored by Gulshan Khanna, was released at a function organised by the local chapter of the Adabi Kendra at Panjab University here this evening.


Say no to alcohol, save liver
Chandigarh, May 17
Making transition from an ancient medicine to biological toxin, alcohol has today become the underlying cause for serious liver disease like alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis for those habitual of crossing the social limits of safe drinking.

Cardiology Society to hold lectures
Chandigarh May, 16
In its endeavour to disseminate knowledge and technical advances made in the prevention and fight against heart diseases, the Cardiology Society of Chandigarh will be hold lectures and seminars on a regular basis.

Street plays on AIDS
SAS Nagar, May 17
“Nurses: Fighting, AIDS stigma” was the theme for a week-long Nurse’s Week celebrated at the Fortis Heart Institute and Multi-Speciality Hospital, here from May 12.


Bajaj helps Minerva Club win
Chandigarh, May 17
A brilliant knock of unbeaten 55 runs by Ranjeet Bajaj helped his team, Minerva Club, beat Canara Bank XI, by eight runs in the VIIth UT League Cricket Tournament here today at the PEC grounds in Sector 12.

  • Kabaddi tourney

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Ideal time for rowing, sailing
Chandigarh, May 17
Chandigarh has a good sports infrastructure, which is much better than most cities in the country. This is specially true when it comes to water sports. Few cities can boast of a large water body which serves the interests of sports, recreation and environment. Sukhna Lake, the pride of Chandigarh, is the only water sports center in north India, offering good opportunities for city’s sportspersons.

Exercise, but carefully
Chandigarh, May 17
Care for exercises or a game of cricket in summer? Just remember to take the necessary precautions before you leave behind the cool comfort of your home for jogging down the road to the Sukhna or hitting the ball hard across the boundary. The tips, gathered after talking to experts, will also help athletes actively involved in outdoor games.

Skipper Mohit helps NICS win
Patiala, May 17
Mohit Mohindra played a sweet little knock of 32 and, later, chipped in with an important wicket to help the NICS Cricket Club beat the Panchkula Coaching Centre by 20 runs in a league match of the 5th Patiala Hot Weather Cricket Tournament played at the Army School grounds here today.


Action against CBI officials on cards?
Chandigarh, May 17
Is the CBI contemplating action against its officials who were present at the house of the suspended Judicial Magistrate, S.S. Bhardwaj, when the latter gave them a slip?

UT forms plan approval panel
Chandigarh, May 16
The Administration has constituted the Plan Approval Committee (Lower) under the chairmanship of the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh. The committee shall meet at a time and place to be designated by the Chairman and meet once a week.


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