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Bhaddal institute chief hacked to death
SAS Nagar, June 21
In a gruesome murder, Gurcharan Singh, chairman of the trust running the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal, Ropar, was stabbed to death by at least two unidentified youths, 500 yards away from his house in Phase XI here.

A sniffer dog at the site of murder of Gurcharan Singh, Chairman, IET Bhaddal A sniffer dog at the site of murder of Gurcharan Singh (inset), Chairman, IET Bhaddal, at Neighbourhood Park, Phase XI, SAS Nagar, on Saturday.
— Photo Manoj Mahajan



Mayor, lawyer hold joint press conference
SSP orders probe into club episode
Chandigarh, June 21
The infamous incident at the Chandigarh Club, involving the Mayor, Mr Subash Chawla, and an advocate, Mr Satbir Singh Goripuria, took a new turn today. The duo held a joint press conference, in which the advocate said he was under the influence of liquor when he lodged the Daily Diary Report with the police on the night of June 18.

Councillor to file suit against lawyer
Chandigarh, June 21
The general secretary of the local unit of the Congress and a councillor, Mr Chandermukhi Sharma, has announced that he will file a defamation case against advocate Satbir Singh for damaging the image of the Congress by allegedly levelling ‘serious’ charges against Mr Subash Chawla.

Operation clean-up claims 5 structures
Panchkula, June 21
Coming heavily on structures that had come up within a radius of 900 metres from the outer fence of the Terminal Blastic Research Laboratory and also in violation of the Punjab New Capital Periphery Control (Regulation) Act, 1952, in Moginand Naggal village along the Panchkula-Naraingarh road, the District Town and Country Planing  Department today demolished five structures.


Commuters dissatisfied, CTU running into losses
Chandigarh, June 21
Despite having a good public transport system only a few persons are using the local bus service of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking. According to senior officials of the CTU, during non-peak hours, the occupancy on local routes is 10 per cent.

Vehicular traffic was blocked at the Tribune chowk, Chandigarh
Vehicular traffic was blocked at the Tribune chowk, Chandigarh, for more than half an hour following a collision between two vehicles on Saturday. Motorists who were stranded complained of poor police response, which arrived late on the scene. — A Tribune photograph

Bulk users ‘are not following RBI order’
Chandigarh, June 21
The Reserve Bank of India’s recent instructions to the banks to offer ‘clean currency notes’ by ensuring staple-free bundles, have started making impact on market.

Eligibility lists for allotment out
Chandigarh, June 21
The Estate Office has prepared separate eligibility lists for allotment of dwelling units and also for booths in commercial areas under the rehabilitation policy for slum-dwellers and for rehriwallahs, respectively.

10 villages shortlisted for UN scheme
Chandigarh, June 21
Falling in line with the new mantra on water resource management, 10 villages located on the periphery of Chandigarh have been shortlisted for a United Nations- backed scheme in the nearby Shivalik hills. This is part of the national action programme.

ITBP to introduce disaster management course
Chandigarh, June 21
With the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force introducing a special disaster management course, disaster management in the country will soon assume a professional and more efficient approach.

Budding designers showcase talent
Panchkula, June 21
Budding designers were provided an opportunity to showcase their talent at a contest organised by Renoo’s designer studio in Sector 8 here today. Titled “Be A Designer”, the contest attracted more than 70 entries from Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar.

Designers display their creations at a contest in Sector 8, Panchkula, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Designers display their creations at a contest in Sector 8, Panchkula

Parliamentarians meet BSNL officials
Chandigarh, June 21
An eight-member delegation of Parliament reached here today to review the functioning of the telecom sector, especially of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited. The members of the Standing Committee on Communications held meetings with the officials of the BSNL and consumer forums.

‘Striking sweepers not GMCH employees’
Chandigarh, June 21
The authorities of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, today clarified that the striking safai karamcharis were not their employees. Reacting to a news item, the Joint Director (Administration) stated that they were the employees of a contractor.

Traffic police turns to public for help
Chandigarh, June 21
Concerned at increasing traffic violations during the late evening and night hours, the police has sought cooperation from members of the public to enforce the traffic rules.

Gopal Krishan MohanCheck wastage
Water is a pre-condition of life. The presence of water has made the earth a unique planet. With the changing lifestyle the demand of drinking water has gone up. In spite of concerted efforts to increase drinking water supply, there is a yawning gap between demand and supply.

Labourer dies from electrocution at PGI
Chandigarh, June 21
A 19-year-old labourer was electrocuted while working at a construction site in the PGI here late last evening. The victim, Deepak, who hailed from Minardhu, West Bengal, had been employed by a contractor, Neeraj Goyal, two months ago for constructing a water tank on the PGI premises.

Cupboard falls on girl, dies
Panchkula, June 21
A two-and-a-half year old girl died after a cupboard fell on her while she was asleep in her house in Sector 12 here late last night. The police said the deceased, Savita, sustained severe head injuries and was rushed to the General Hospital in Sector 6 by her father Raju.

MC warning on ad panels
Chandigarh, June 21
The Municipal Commissioner, Mr M. P. Singh, who has been authorised to deal with violations of advertisement display norms, yesterday warned the persons running shops and offices to bring their advertisement panels in conformity with the rules or face action.

Ex-servicemen’s body against contributory health scheme
Chandigarh, June 21
The All-India Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association here has, in a representation sent to the Ministry of Defence, asked the three service chiefs to reconsider the recently launched Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme on the grounds that it is against the interests of personnel below officer rank.


Solar energy devices launched
Chandigarh, June 21
If you want a safe, effective, economical and environment- friendly cooker, or want your little ones to learn more about the application of solar power, just walk into the office of Tata BP Solar India Limited, which was inaugurated in the city today.


PU firm on environment studies as subject
Chandigarh, June 21
Students of science stream will not be exempted from appearing in the environment studies paper in the annual examination of Panjab University.
The decision is important in the context that a university committee in February had recommended closure of environment studies as a compulsory subject in science classes at undergraduate level.

12 PU students held, remanded
Chandigarh, June 21
At least 12 students of Panjab University, protesting under the banner of the Students Organisation of Panjab University against the sale of admission forms along with the prospectus for admission to various departments, were arrested by the police for blocking the way to the sales counters in Administration Block on the university campus here today.

YPS students to visit Canada
SAS Nagar, June 21
Students of Yadavindra Public School here, along with students of YPS, Patiala, will participate in a special 15-day summer camp in Canada. The camp begins tomorrow. The students are being taken to Canada in Association with Overseas Education and Immigration Services, Chandigarh.

Fun, frolic come to an end
SAS Nagar, June 21
Fun and frolic came to an end today for the 50 children who attended the four-week summer camp at Spring Valley Public School, SAS Nagar. It was a package deal for the kids who learnt to dance on western, Hindi and Punjabi songs along with music — both vocal and instrumental.

Children enjoy at a summer camp at Spring Valley Public School, SAS Nagar, on Saturday.

Children enjoy at a summer camp at Spring Valley Public School, SAS Nagar



Devdas to Kalpana — Abhishek settles for a cause
Chandigarh, June 21
For some time now film director Abhishek Verma has been grappling with the dimensions of his latest film project. Rooted in a social and national cause, the idea behind his new film flows from the memory of Kalpana Chawla, Asia’s first woman astronaut, who lives even after her death.

Bubbu TirBubbu Tir’s anthology due for release
Chandigarh, June 21
For Bubbu Tir, writing is a passion. “This is what I have inherited from my illustrious father, Dr Gurnam Singh Tir. When he was on his death-bed, he handed over his pen to me and that is what has inspired me to complete my first book of poems,” she says, revealing that her first anthology is all set for release next week.


Seminars on AIDS for hairdressers, beauticians
Chandigarh, June 21
As a part of the nationwide family health awareness campaign, seminars for hairdressers and beauticians were organised all over the city. Camps for truckers and transporters were also held. For further creating awareness among the public, plays and magic shows were also performed.

Residents urged to help check spread of malaria
Chandigarh, June 21
Public cooperation is essential for making the anti-malaria campaign a success, said the Medical Superintendent of the Sector 16 General Hospital, Dr N.K. Kulshrestha. Inaugurating a camp at Mauli Jagran, he asserted the residents should take part in the prevention and control activities launched by the department.

Awareness programme for middle-aged women
Chandigarh, June 21
The feeling of well-being can be restored in middle-aged women after they have finished their reproductive phase with little care, senior gynaecologist and menopause consultant Dr Meenal Kumar has asserted.


Vijayant bags two tennis titles
Chandigarh, June 21
Vijayant Malik of DAV Public School, Sector 8, won two titles at the Fort St Soldier’s total tennis championship, which concluded here this evening at St Soldier’s School, Panchkula. Vijayant won the under-14 both singles and doubles titles.

Aiming at bull’s-eye
Chandigarh, June 21
Can Abhinav Bindra live up to the expectations of crores of Indians by bringing home an Olympic medal in shooting?
If one goes by his current performance and the views generated by experts, there is bright hope for this 21-year-old shooter.



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