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Bhardwaj’s escape: CBI initiates inquiry
P.C. SharmaChandigarh, May 28
The Central Bureau of Investigation has initiated an inquiry against the officials of the CBI responsible for the escape of Chandigarh Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Mr S.S. Bhardwaj, allegedly involved in a corruption case.

What to choose — contract or tax?
Chandigarh, May 28
The rejection of the new sanitation contract by a nine-member committee of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has left the residents with a question: should they accept the streamlined sanitation contract on account of its promise to ensure good quality of sanitation or prepare themselves to pay a tax to the tune of Rs 7.52 crore to employ 1,009 sweepers on a regular basis.

Forthrightness to bravery — Preity has it all
Chandigarh, May 28
Preity Zinta is surely working her way up the starry path. And that there is no dearth of popularity at her end became abundantly clear this afternoon, which saw the actress in full command, busy spilling her charms all over the place.

Preity Zinta flashes her million-dollar smile during a visit to the Ultimate Hyundai showroom in Industrial Area, Phase-I, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan

Preity Zinta flashes her million-dollar smile during a visit to the Ultimate Hyundai showroom

Nod to total covering of SCFs
Chandigarh, May 28
The Chandigarh Administration has issued a notification allowing shopkeepers to cover first and second floors of their showrooms. Thus the upper floors of shops can be used as a single unit connected to the ground floor for commercial purposes. No change has been allowed in the facade.

Arun Kumar is new DC
Chandigarh, May 28
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs today issued orders to appoint Mr Arun Kumar, a 1989 batch Haryana cadre IAS official, as the new Deputy Commissioner of Chandigarh.


PUDA demolishes 45 hutments

SAS Nagar, May 28
In a major anti-encroachment operation, a team of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority today demolished over 45 unauthorised hutments in Phase I here. Some of these structures were over 25 years’ old.

A JCB razes illegal structures to the ground in Phase I, SAS Nagar, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

A JCB razes illegal structures to the ground in Phase I, SAS Nagar

MC wants cost of plot written off
SAS Nagar, May 28
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 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.

Slum women exposed to AIDS risk
Pushed into trade by fathers, husbands
Chandigarh, May 28
With the threat of AIDS looming large, a burgeoning population of commercial sex workers and intravenous drug users in most of the slum and labour colonies mushrooming in the city, has the health authorities and voluntary organisations worrying.

Child beating case: mother to move court
SAS Nagar, May 28
Balwinder Kaur, mother of the seven-year-old Gurpavresh, who was allegedly beaten up by the Principal of the Police Public School in the Commando Complex Phase XI last week, today stated that she would be approaching the Kharar courts to get a case registered against the principal of the school under Section 323 of the IPC (harassment).

Passport office staff to go on strike
Chandigarh, May 28
Fed up with carrying on a nearly four-year-long productive agitation, popular in Japan, the All-India Passport Employees Association has threatened to go on an indefinite strike from June 2.

Stamp to commemorate conquest of Everest
Chandigarh, May 28
To commemorate the golden jubilee of the conquest of the Mount Everest, the Department of Post will issue a postage stamp tomorrow of the denomination of Rs 15. The stamp will be available at Philatelic Bureau, Chandigarh GPO.

A commission on Chandigarh
IT is not easy to forget that Chandigarh was not built on a rugged, arid or unproductive land. Scores of villages were bulldozed for this new city to come up. To this day a good number of displaced villagers of the area are both emotionally and economically unsettled.

Get together at Getto....
Chandigarh, May 28
Getto... the get-together joint. This is the renovated restaurant of Heritage Hotel in the Sector 35 lane of eateries. The new-look with clouds as the theme of the decor has the features that should attract the Chandigarhians, specially the youngsters, on the lookout for a chic hanging out place south of the Madhya Marg.

The tables are full at Getto...., Sector 35, Chandigarh. — Photo Pawan Sharma
The tables are full at Getto...., Sector 35, Chandigarh

One phone number to register power complaints
SAS Nagar, May 28
With a view to end one of the perpetual grievances of the residents of the township, the Punjab State Electricity Board's local office here has decided to launch a single telephone complaint number manned round-the-clock during the coming fortnight.

“No FIR...”
Kanwar Ashwani Kumar, an advocate of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and counsel for Mr Mann Singh, in a communication to The Tribune has stated: “Apropos of the news report entitled ‘No FIR in NRI assault case yet’ published on May 25, 2003, on page 5 in Chandigarh Tribune, it is stated that the news report is wrong, baseless and devoid of all facts.

A ray of hope for physically challenged
Chandigarh, May 28
After 18 years, polio victim of Nardu village in Patiala district, can finally walk to her school every morning. Reena Rani is now self-dependent because of the crutches and callipers provided to her.


Burglars strike at 2 shops
Panchkula, May 28
Burglars struck at two showrooms in Sector 8 market late last night and decamped with goods and cash worth thousands of rupees.
The burglars entered the showrooms after breaking open the windowpanes of a ventilators of their backroom. The burglars also broke the cash boxes and threw them away before fleeing the showrooms.


Mongias open Sec 17 showroom
Chandigarh, May 28
Newly weds Dinesh Mongia and Aarti made their maiden public appearance together at the reopening of the Reebok store in Sector 17 here today. Interaction with guests and mediapersons lasted for about half an hour.

A DIFFERENT INNINGS: City-based cricketer Dinesh Mongia and his wife Aarti inaugurate a sports showroom in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph



Plea to continue vocational courses
Chandigarh, May 28
Good result, job potential, employment, on-hand-training, acquiring a skill and a plus two certificate, a vocational stream had it all going for city students. However, recent decision of the Central Board of Secondary Education declaring withdrawal of five of the most sought-after vocational courses offered at the senior secondary level from this session onwards has upset their applecart.

Free lunch for needy students
Chandigarh, May 28
Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Sector 40-C (Chief Khalsa Diwan), Chandigarh, today launched a unique scheme of serving free lunch to needy students. The scheme was inaugurated by Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, Member of Parliament, Chandigarh.

A new scheme of serving free lunch for needy students was launched in Sri Guru Harkishan Public School, Sector 40-C, on Tuesday.
A new scheme of serving free lunch for needy students was launched in Sri Guru Harkishan Public School, Sector 40-C

Young Achiever

‘Tennis comes first’
DO not let the demure look of Vijayant Malik fool you. For this 13-year-old slightly built young boy from Panipat is now Chandigarh’s second-ranking lawn tennis player who has bought many laurels for the city.


Orders reserved on N.K. Jain’s bail plea
Chandigarh, May 28
Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today reserved orders on a petition filed by IAS officer N.K. Jain for the grant of bail in an alleged rape case involving a Shimla district resident.

Flesh trade case: driver’s bail plea rejected
Chandigarh, May 28
A local court today dismissed the bail application moved by Mr Anil Sharma, a pimp-cum driver arrested by the UT police under the Prevention of the Immoral Trafficking Act.


Vijayant, Arjun in second round
Chandigarh, May 28
Local eves Neha Singh and Amanpreet Kaur entered the second round of the AITA junior tour ranking talent series tennis tournament, which began here at Tennis Stadium, Sector 10, here today. In the boys’ under-14 and under-18 sections, fancied Vijayant Malik and Arjun Talwar entered the second round.


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