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29 Dalits restrained from joining UT police
Chandigarh, July 16
Following lack of clarity over reservation policy, the Chandigarh police today restrained 29 Dalits and four others from joining the police force, as 48 persons belonging to other categories were included into the UT police.

Poor planning leaves projects in limbo
Chandigarh, July 16
The Chandigarh Administration has probably mastered the art of delaying projects that are vital for the development of the city. 

IN FULL SWING: City girls enjoy themselves on the first day of ‘sawan’ at Rock Garden in Chandigarh on Wednesday. 
— photo Manoj Mahajan




NCP leader held on fraud charge
SAS Nagar, July 16
A police party from Begowal in Kapurthala district today arrested Mr Bhupinder Singh Laddi, president of the Nationalist Congress Party (Youth), Punjab, from his office in Phase VII here today.

Indecision bogs down garbage-bin-free scheme
Chandigarh, July 16
Indecision over the choice of technology for solid waste management at the Daddu Majra dumping ground has bogged down the implementation of the garbage-bin-free scheme in the city.

Employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board remove an electric cablePOWER THEFT
PSEB targets jhuggi colonies
SAS Nagar, July 16
An operation against power theft was carried out in various jhuggi colonies in the town by officials of the Punjab State Electricity Board here today. The main target was Amb Sahib Colony, adjoining Phase XI.

Employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board remove an electric cable being used to provide illegal connections to residents of Amb Sahib Colony, adjoining Phase XI, in SAS Nagar on Wednesday. — photo Pankaj Sharma

Mr S.K. Behal’s house in Sector 16, Panchkula.SBI employee commits fraud; Collects Rs 1 crore from public
Chandigarh, July 16
An employee of the State Bank of India, who had collected about Rs 1 crore through thrift and credit society in the past over five years from the employees, retired persons and industrial workers in SAS Nagar, Chandigarh, Panchkula and surrounding villages, is not ready to return the amount to the aggrieved public.

Mr S.K. Behal’s house in Sector 16, Panchkula.
— A Tribune photograph



Claims, counter-claims on relief
SAS Nagar, July 16
A Punjab State Human Rights Commission investigating team, led by the ADGP, PSHRC, visited Mohali village in the evening today to record statements of residents regarding the extent of damage to their houses following the Ranbaxy blasts on June 11.

Army trains ITBP to tackle fallout of WMDs
Chandigarh, July 16
To broadbase national infrastructure for meeting challenges posed by weapons of mass destruction, the Army has begun training selected officers from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police force to contain the fallout of the use of WMDs.

Drive against violators of  fire safety norms
Chandigarh, July 16
In less than 24 hours after five youngsters sustained burn injuries due to the bursting of a gas cylinder in a Colony No. 5 sweetshop, the Fire Department today launched a drive against the shopkeepers flouting the safety norms in the slums and colonies.

Entries for Bravery Awards sought
Chandigarh, July 16
For all those who had been waiting to share their valour with others in the country, here is a chance to look forward to. Repeating the annual ritual, the Indian Council for Child Welfare, New Delhi, has yet again decided to honour the spirit of those youngsters who save the lives of others at the cost of their own.

SHO with a mission
SAS Nagar, July 16
Raka Ghirra“I want to work for the public and give them justice and at the same time work for the welfare of my force,” says Inspector Raka Ghirra, who has recently been appointed SHO of the Sohana police station. While talking to Chandigarh Tribune here this evening, the SHO, who had comeback after checking the nakas in her area, said a big responsibility had been shouldered on her as 54 villages fell under the police station.

AXN also keeps its road show going
Chandigarh, July 16
The city was full of road stuff today. Where on the one hand MTV tested and tried youngsters for their skills at adventure, AXN was sniffing the city for talent that could possibly be cast in one of its forthcoming local productions. In fact, AXN is clear about what it wants — hottest male and female winners of the road show, who sport the attitude required to be on one of those AXN shows.

50 jhuggis razed
Panchkula, July 16
The district administration today removed over 50 jhuggis from Sector 20 and and about a dozen flower vendors sitting outside different temples in the city today.



Dowry complaint against in-laws
Chandigarh, July 16
A case under Sections 34, 406, 498A of the IPC has been registered against Mr Manoj Malik, a resident of Yamunanagar on charges of harassing his wife Ms Monica Malik resident of Raipur Khurd. She had complained against her husband and in-laws residing at Yamunanagar (Haryana) to the police of the Industrial Area following which an FIR was lodged. 

3 persons commit suicide
Chandigarh, July 16
Three persons committed suicide in the city during the past 24 hours. Sources in the Police Department said Pratap Singh (45) committed suicide late last night at his residence in Sector 44 by hanging himself from a fan. The police has sent the body to the Sector 16 General Hospital for post-mortem.

Man duped of Rs1.60 lakh
Chandigarh, July 16
The Chandigarh police today arrested Rajesh Kumar (30), a resident of Sector-46 on charges of duping a Panchkula resident of Rs 1.60 lakh. A case under section 420 of the IPC has been registered against him in Sector 3 police station. He would be produced before the court tomorrow, said police sources.


A favourite hang-out for young crowd on ‘geri’ route

A scene of the main market of Sector 11Since, its inception in the year 1964-65 the Sector-11 market has now developed into a good business centre attracting customers from all around the city. With its close proximity to the Punjab University, two Government Colleges (both men and women), PGI, engineering college and Central Crafts Institute the market has come out as a 'hang-out' for the students who freak out on the geri route in the afternoon and in the evenings regularly.
A scene of the main market of Sector 11



Education Dept amends transfer policy
Chandigarh, July 16
Heads of government schools and teachers awaiting transfer orders after having completed their terms in one school can now heave a sigh of relief. The UT Education Department has amended its existing transfer policy and increased the period of stay in a school by three years in two categories.

Lengthy PU probes yield ‘nothing’
Chandigarh, July 16
The fate of a majority of inquiries into ‘scandalous’ issues at Panjab University showed that months and in certain cases years were spent, but the results were ‘negligible’.

ABVP activists hold dharna
Chandigarh, July 16
Supporters of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarathi Parishad organised a ‘dharna’ in front of the office of the Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, here today demanding the streamlining of the hostel charges.

School heads chargesheeted
Chandigarh, July 16
Chargesheeted for poor results in the middle, matric and senior secondary examinations, principals and headmasters of seven government schools have been asked to file replies by the end of this month.

US varsities to hold seminars
Chandigarh, July 16
Representatives of Indus Foundation Inc., New Jersey, is touring Chandigarh tomorrow for enrolling students for graduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses.


Bhardwaj files bail application
Chandigarh, July 16
Claiming that it was well settled phenomenon “bail not jail” held by the apex court the suspended UT Judicial Magistrate(First Class), S.S. Bhardwaj, today filed bail application in a local court in a corruption case registered against him.

City lawyer is member Income Tax Tribunal
Chandigarh, July 16
Mr Mahavir Singh, a 38-year-old income tax lawyer of the city, has been appointed judicial member of the Income Tax Tribunal by the Government of India. He is the youngest judicial member of the board.



Riding a crest, 33 hit the MTV road
Eager to tread the MTV Road from Chennai to Chail, over 800 enthusiasts from the region turned up for auditionChandigarh, July 16
The mood was as upbeat as was expected to be. Especially so for those 33 out of 900 who strode past all hiccups to secure a place for themselves on the ambitious road across India which MTV has been busy building. 

Eager to tread the MTV Road from Chennai to Chail, over 800 enthusiasts from the region turned up for audition for MTV Roadies Reality Adventure show at Hotel Mountview on Wednesday. 
— photo Parvesh Chauhan

Games keep violence at bay
o engage those waiting in the queue, special games had been put up all over the banquet hall area by sponsors. Castrol had a video game, featuring bike games where youngsters who completed a certain length got a chance to jump the queue and enter the group discussion round straight.


‘Prevent exodus of docs’ from PGI
Chandigarh, July 16
The scant attention being paid towards providing funds and infrastructure to premiere medical institutes like the AIIMS and the PGI at Lucknow and Chandigarh, could lead to exodus of doctors to private hospital, offering attractive remunerations to them.

2 cholera cases in one week
Chandigarh, July 16
Even though patients suffering from gastroenteritis are trickling into city hospitals, only two cholera cases have been admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital in the past one week.



Stadium gobbles up PUDA land
PCA likely to get away with violations
SAS Nagar, July 16
After years of paying peanuts to the Punjab Government as lease money for the sprawling club and stadium in Phase IX here, the Punjab Cricket Association can once again get away with foxing the system. The PCA authorities have encroached upon two acres of prime land belonging to the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority.

Powerlifters win 3 medals
Chandigarh, July 16
A 15-member UT powerlifting team which took part in the fourth national sub-junior meet and the northern India powerlifting championship at Lucknow gave a good performance by winning a gold medal, a silver medal and a bronze medal.


Verma’s directive to Admn officials
Chandigarh, July 16
Cracking the whip on officials of the Chandigarh Administration, the UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), today issued directions that all officers should give top priority to early redressing of grievances of the public.

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