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Kidnapped boy returns
Police on lookout for former cop, 1 kidnapper held

SAS Nagar, July 21
Even as 11-year-old Gagandeep was released by his kidnappers near his house this morning, for the Mohali police Gagandeep’s arrival is just the beginning of a manhunt for one of the most dreaded extortion gangs led by a former constable of the Punjab Police operating in the township.

Gagandeep Singh along with his mother, Gurnaam Kaur, at the SP’s office in SAS Nagar
Gagandeep Singh along with his mother, Gurnaam Kaur, at the SP’s office in SAS Nagar on Monday. — Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

Transfer of 11 lecturers finalised
Chandigarh, July 21
After dilly-dallying for over a fortnight, the UT Education Department has prepared a tentative list of 150 schoolteachers and finalised the transfer of 11 lecturers here today.




Massive water bylaw violations
Chandigarh, July 21
A house-to-house survey conducted by the municipal corporation has found 3910 water bylaws’ violations, posing a major threat of contamination to potable water in Daddu Majra, Kajheri and Palsora colonies.

Mr M. N. SharmaWorld-class experiment going wrong, says former Chief Architect
Chandigarh, July 21
Mr M. N. Sharma, the first Indian Chief Architect of the Chandigarh Capital Project, has warned that the biggest experiment in contemporary history of planning and architecture represented by Chandigarh faces an uncertain future today, thanks to a combination of factors.

Airport expansion, but where is land?
Chandigarh, July 21
With air traffic to and from the city over the past few years registering an increase, Chandigarh airport is being expanded to make place for more aircraft as well as to handle additional passenger traffic.

Train to Chennai a few weeks away
Chandigarh, July 21
The train between Chandigarh and Chennai, announced in the Railway Budget in February, is only a few weeks away. Chandigarh Railway Station has berthing space for only three trains at a time. The problem will arise on Sundays as three trains are already scheduled to be berthed here.


Study: more women take to sex-selection drugs
Chandigarh, July 21
The desire to have a respectful existence in the house makes more than 70 per cent rural women in UT prefer having a for a male child for which they even take sex selection drugs, that are becoming increasingly popular amongst those wanting to deliver a son.

Fighting a lone battle for justice
Chowki (Panchkula), July 21
His soul will not rest in peace, if those who killed him are allowed to go scot-free. I will leave no stone unturned to seek justice for my dead husband , says 45-year-old Gurpal Kaur, who has been fighting a lone battle against certain “influential “ villagers, who she alleges had killed her husband two years ago.

Gurpal Kaur holds the photograph of her husband, Balwant Singh, who was killed allegedly by some ‘influential’ villagers two years ago.

Gurpal Kaur holds the photograph of her husband, Balwant Singh, who was killed allegedly by some ‘influential’ villagers two years ago

Abandoned infant dies
Chandigarh, July 21
The newly born male child who was found abandoned in a wild growth near Sector 41 Government Model School on July 15, died at General Hospital, Sector 16, this morning. Sources said the child was unwell and was believed to be born premature.

World Bank aid for four-laning highways
Panchkula, July 21
The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MRTH) has decided to seek aid for the four-laning work on 131 km of two National Highways in the region from the World Bank.

Don’t make mockery of bravery
G.S. SuriW
HEN a soldier exhibits bravery while fighting against the enemy, he is given a gallantry award — Param Vir Chakra (PVC), Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) or Vir Chakra (Vr C), according to the degree of his valour. The low-intensity conflict (LIC) has thrown up a situation in which the thin line between war and LIC gets obliterated to the disadvantage of the brave soldiers. Of many such examples, only one is quoted here. The late Capt G.S. Suri of the Army Ordinance Corps (AOC), who was on attachment with 12 Bihar in J&K, was the “ghatak” platoon commander of the unit.

Capt G.S. Suri, winner of the Mahavir Chakra (posthumously)

IOC relief for disabled defence personnel
Chandigarh, July 21
In a step towards fulfilling its social obligations, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) handed over a cheque for the rehabilitation of war wounded and disabled defence personnel to Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi, former Vice Chief of the Army Staff, at a function held here today.

Indian Oil Corporation’s Executive Director, P.S. Ahluwalia hands over a cheque to Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi (retd) for rehabilitation of war-wounded soldiers in Chandigarh on Monday.
Indian Oil Corporation’s Executive Director, P.S. Ahluwalia hands over a cheque to Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi

Rehabilitation of migrants opposed
Chandigarh, July 21
The president of the local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Mr Gurpartap Singh Riar, here today opposed the rehabilitation of migrants in the city and urged the Chandigarh Administration to leave it to the time when the disputed city is transferred to either Punjab or Haryana.


Indian Airlines offers new packages to boost air traffic
Chandigarh, July 21
With the fall in air traffic during the rainy season, Indian Airlines has come up with new packages and discounts on the Chandigarh-Delhi route to boost its business. It is offering discounts to individual and corporate customers. With the increasing competition from Jet Airways, IA is offering new fares and discounts in the cargo transportation.

Hike in steel prices worries chamber
Chandigarh, July 21
The Chamber of Chandigarh Industries Association has expressed concern over the unprecedented increase in iron and steel prices by Steel Authority of India Ltd and Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd. It has claimed that the prices of MS round, wire round, billet, angle, channel and joists have increased by Rs 2,800 to Rs 3,000 per metric tonne in the past six months thus affecting the SSI sector.


Rishab Sharma wins painting contest

Chandigarh, July 21
Winners of on the spot painting contest organised by Joshi Autozone, as a part of the ongoing Maruti Wagnon R painting contest for schoolchildren, were awarded at a function organised at Tribune Model School, Sector 29, here today.

Winners of ‘Maruti Wagon R. Painting Contest’ pose with their bicycles at Tribune Model School, Sector-29, in Chandigarh, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Winners of ‘Maruti Wagon R. Painting Contest’ pose with their bicycles at Tribune Model School

About Bhutan
LAND-LOCKED country, the Kingdom of Bhutan is located in the Eastern Himalayas in South Asia. Tibet lies to its north and north-west, while it shares its eastern, southern and south-western borders with India.


One-day police remand for Bhavna
Chandigarh, July 21
Bhavna Karir, the Delhi-based owner of Media Ad Link, who allegedly cheated several persons on the pretext of getting them modelling career was today produced in a local court in a case of cheating registered against her in the city. She was arrested by the Delhi police in a separate case of cheating on June 30 and had been lodged in Tihar Jail ever since. She was today brought from Delhi on production warrants by the UT police.


Romance with ‘Love Letters’

Chandigarh, July 21
They might have been reading “Love Letters” for the past 11 years now, but time certainly has not robbed them of their enthusiasm. Actor Rajit Kapur and Shernaz Patel are still excited and bit nervous to enact characters of two love struck persons at Tagore Theatre tomorrow.

Actor Rajit Kapoor and actress Shernaz Patel talks to mediapersons at UT Guest House in Sector 6 , Chandigarh, on Monday. — A Tribune Photograph

Actor Rajit Kapoor and actress Shernaz Patel talks to mediapersons at UT Guest House in Sector 6

Radio makes a comeback
Chandigarh, July 21
Silenced in the 90’s after the great cable TV invasion, radio is again making a comeback in the city and with a bang. Just like it did in Delhi, Indore, Pune and Ahmedabad. If you find it hard to believe it, just listen to what Delhi-based FM jockey Sachin Sahni has to say. No, not over the radio, but in an interview with The Tribune.


Mixed response to ex-servicemen health scheme
Chandigarh, July 21
While the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), launched by Army Headquarters recently, has received a mixed response, the scheme is expected to take several years to stabilise on account of the massive infrastructure that needs to be put into place.

Sec 33 a victim of admn’s apathy
Chandigarh, July 21
A plethora of problems dog Sector 33, considered to be a posh locality of City Beautiful. Residents of Sector 33 are unhappy with the callous attitude of the Chandigarh Administration as well as the Municipal Corporation, which they feel have ignored the development and upkeep of the sector.

Medical students in tight spot
Chandigarh, July 21
Students appearing for counselling of seats in medical colleges of Punjab and Karnataka are in tight spot following a clash of dates and are hopeful that the Punjab Government will come to their rescue.

2-yr-old with suspected cholera
Chandigarh, July 21
Even as the cholera patient admitted to the PGI continues to be critical, two-year-old girl Kehkanshan, was admitted to the Pediatrics Department of the institute with cholera-like symptoms.


Rich haul by Arjun Pratap
Chandigarh, July 21
Arjun Pratap Atma Ram, a student of the BCom-II of SD College, Sector 32, triumphed in the air rifle event when he won a rich haul of medals in the Chandigarh State Shooting Championship, which concluded last evening at the Sector 25 shooting range.

Arjun Pratap Atma Ram aims for the bull’s eye.

Arjun Pratap Atma Ram aims for the bull’s eye.


Ban on rallies in certain sectors
Chandigarh, July 21
The District Magistrate, Mr Arun Kumar, extended the ban on certain activities north of Madhya Marg Sectors 1 to 12 and Sector 25, 26. Under the order the District Magistrate has banned the holding of processions, dharnas, raising of slogans, carrying of lathis and also assembly of five or more persons north of the Madhya Marg.

MC committee meeting put off
Chandigarh, July 21
The Water Supply and Sewerage Disposal Committee of the Municipal Corporation today could not hold its meeting, with five of its seven members, barring chairman Pardeep Chhabra, failing to turn up. The meeting scheduled to take up 14 important agenda items on water augmentation, road gullies and laying of new storm water lines had to be postponed. The next date of the meeting has not yet been decided.


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