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35 shops gutted in fire
Chandigarh, July 22
Goods worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed today when around 35 shops at the Janata Rehri Market in Manimajra were gutted by fire early this morning. The market was destroyed by fire around three years ago.

Shopkeepers of Janata Rehri Market, Mani Majra, look for their goods after a fire destroyed their shops in Chandigarh on Tuesday morning. Shopkeepers of Janata Rehri Market, Mani Majra, look for their goods after a fire destroyed their shops in Chandigarh on Tuesday morning.
 — Photo Manoj Mahajan

Surjit Singh BainsMain conspirator in kidnapping case held
SAS Nagar, July 22
The local police today arrested the prime suspect in the case of kidnapping of an 11-year-old child here on July 19.




Encroachments removed from more than 35 acres meant for the development of Industrial Area, Phase III, in Raipur Kalan village, near railway station, in Chandigarh on Tuesday.Encroachments in Raipur Kalan removed
Chandigarh, July 22
The demolition squad of the Chandigarh Administration today got illegal brick kilns and about 150 structures vacated from about 35 acres in Raipur Kalan village, near railway station.

Encroachments removed from more than 35 acres meant for the development of Industrial Area, Phase III, in Raipur Kalan village, near railway station, in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan

Politics of encroachments in City Beautiful
Chandigarh, July 22
If the road to Parliament lies through labour colonies of Chandigarh, not many know it better than the local politicians.

Fee hike withdrawal vindicates PU stance
Chandigarh, July 22
The decision of the Punjab Government to withdraw the “massive” fee hike is being seen as a victory for Panjab University, which has not yet cleared the revised rates.

Ranbaxy fails to submit complete documents
Chandigarh, July 22
Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited and the Lawyers for Human Rights International (LHRI) have not submitted complete documents required by the Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) to complete an inquiry into the fire incident that took place on Ranbaxy factory premises in SAS Nagar last month.

Youth commits suicide at PGI
Chandigarh, July 22
In a late-night incident, a youth, who could not be identified, committed suicide by shooting himself with a country-made pistol on the PGI campus.

Rajit Kapoor and Shernaz Patel  during their potrayal as Andy and Malissa in the Rahul da Cunha production “Love Letters”, which was  staged at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.‘Love Letters’, a tale of two hearts
Chandigarh, July 22
Good plays, like good actors, are seldom seen. So when something rare crosses the eye, the heart yearns to behold the impression it leaves.

Rajit Kapoor and Shernaz Patel during their potrayal as Andy and Malissa in the Rahul da Cunha production “Love Letters”, which was staged at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — Photo Pawan Sharma


Sewage treatment plant for Mohali on cards
SAS Nagar, July 22
The much-needed sewage-treatment plant for the town is all set to become a reality with the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) preparing to take the possession of the land for the project shortly.

PUDA action on reservation counter ‘unjustified’
Chandigarh, July 22
Reacting to a news item in The Tribune ‘‘ Puda tells Railways to pay for space ’’ Mr Joginder Singh Bhogal, an activist on railway matters today said it was unfortunate and unjustified on PUDA’s part for not providing free space in SAS Nagar to open a railway reservation counter.

Slain ASI’s wife sees conspiracy behind mishap
Chandigarh, July 22
Ms Victoria, the wife of ASI Mangat Masih, (49), who was killed in a road accident on Sunday, has alleged that it was not a case of accident. She has alleged that three persons who had an old enmity with her husband were behind the accident.

Other side of the NRI deceit
Chandigarh, July 22
Whenever matters close to the heart are surrendered for public scrutiny, some part of the story gets buried in the heap of allegations made and testimonies offered. For some time now the deserted wives of NRI husbands have been seeking legal succour to compensate for the maltreatment meted out to them by their men abroad.

Kwatra becomes ‘messiah’ for youth
Chandigarh, July 22
In less than 24 hours after a Panchkula couple — Ajay Kwatra and Manisha Bhardwaj — promised to live together for better or for worse according to Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian rites, a social organisation today decided to honour the youth “striving hard to build up strong relationships across the religious lines”.

War Wounded Federation to spread wings
Chandigarh, July 22
In less than a year since it was established, the War Wounded Foundation (WWF), a voluntary organisation established for rehabilitation of battle casualties, is set to expand its wings. With a couple of success stories under its belt, the foundation will set up regional centres in the country. The north zone office, being set up in Chandigarh is scheduled to be inaugurated on August 4.

Sanitary conditions in Dadu Majra deplorable
Chandigarh, July 22
Heaps of garbage with animal and human excreta dotting the streets and lanes and unsafe drinking water supply to over 16,000 residents of Dadu Majra makes the colony vulnerable to outbreak of diseases like cholera and dengue.

Expedition to Tiger Hill
Chandigarh, July 22
A 14-member team of the Indian Army, along with Hero Honda Motors Limited, will embark on a “unique” road expedition to mark the fourth anniversary of Kargil Vijay Divas and pay tributes to the “Desh ki dhadkan” — the valiant soldiers who laid down their lives in the battle of Kargil.

Ensure supply of clean water: DC
Panchkula, July 22
In order to prevent the spread of seasonal diseases like cholera, malaria and dengue, the Deputy Commissioner, Mrs Satwanti Ahlawat, today directed the officers of the Health Department, Public Health, the Haryana Urban Development Authority and the Municipal Council to ensure that clean water is supplied to the public.

Residents catch monkey in Sector 71
SAS Nagar, July 22
The monkey which was spotted in an area in Sector 71 here last evening was finally caught by four residents of the area this evening by throwing a bedsheet on it.

New lights to add to Sector 17 charm
Chandigarh, July 22
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh is changing the lighting pattern of Sector 17 Piazza to enhance its beauty.

Excellence award for Gurmail Bajwa
Chandigarh, July 22
The Friendship Forum of India has selected Mr Gurmail Singh Bajwa, District Youth Coordinator with the Nehru Yuva Kendra, Chandigarh, for the Bharat Excellence award and gold medal, 2003.

Eighty-year-old missing
Chandigarh, July 22
Eighty-year-old Bactwari Devi of Ram Darbar has been missing since Friday evening. Her two sons and relatives have made efforts to trace her at all the possible places, including Uttar Pradesh where she could have gone.

Talwar reelected Arya Sabha Chief



Delhi resident robbed of Rs 35,000, jewellery
Chandigarh, July 22
A visit of two residents of New Delhi to the city beautiful cost them dear. While one lost her cash and jewellery, the other lost his car to thieves. Ms Pritwa Juneja, resident of Mahivir Enclave, New Delhi, became poorer by Rs 35,000 and gold jewellery after these were snatched by two youths from her near the traffic light point of Sectors 17 and 18 here yesterday.

Man crushed to death
Panchkula, July 22
In a freak accident, a helper was crushed to death near truck union office in Sector 20 here late this evening.

Body found in Sector 26


CII conference on contract farming
Chandigarh, July 22
A competitive agriculture sector under the WTO regime is the biggest challenge for North India. Only an integrated approach from industry, researchers and government will help the farmer improve his productivity, quality and cost competitiveness to attain global acceptance.

Market Pulse
New range of tiles
rient Ceramics and Industries Limited (OCIL), an ISO 14001, company and one of the progressively leading ceramic tile manufacturers of the country, has launched its Color Plus range of wall tiles.

  • Anti-tan cream
  • New mantra for long black hair

City makes big leap in small savings
Chandigarh, July 22
Despite cut in the interest rates, the national small savings from the city have touched Rs 130 crore during the financial year that ended on March 31, 2003 as against the target of Rs 98 crore.


Education Dept officials a harried lot
Chandigarh, July 22
Admission blues might be over for the students and parents with the beginning of the new academic session in schools. For the officials of the UT Education Department, hectic times have just begun as they sift through the piling heaps of letters on their tables.

PUSU issue hots up again
Chandigarh, July 22
The controversy over the real Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) refuses to die down on the university campus here.

PU declares vacant seats
Chandigarh, July 22
Panjab University has announced vacant seats in the certificate and diploma courses in the Departments of German, Chinese, Russian, Persian, Tibetan and Urdu.

31 teachers shifted
Chandigarh, July 22
The UT Education Department transferred 31 trained graduate teacher (TGT) and nursery teachers under the revised policy of transfers of government school teachers here today.

ELECTRICITY is the flow of negatively charged electrons.


RC case hearing on July 30
Chandigarh, July 22
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today fixed July 30 as the next date of hearing for enabling the Union of India to file a written statement in a case pertaining to the change of address in the registration certificates of vehicles.

Judicial remand for Bhavna Karir
Chandigarh, July 22
Bhavna Karir, owner of Delhi-based Media Ad Link, who allegedly cheated several persons on the pretext of getting them a modelling career was today sent to judicial custody by a local court.

Rs 1 lakh compensation for woman
Panchkula, July 22
The District Consumers Forum has directed a Kalka-based doctor and an insurance company to pay Rs 1 lakh as compensation for negligence during an operation conducted on a woman in May, 2001.



Anita ShabdeshAnita to perform in Birmingham
Chandigarh, July 22
Crusading against social evils has always been a passion for Anita Shabdesh which she has been effectively doing through the medium of stage acting.

Album to mark 4th centenary of Guru Granth Sahib
Chandigarh, July 22
An audio-video album to commemorate the fourth centenary of the Parkash Utsav of Guru Granth Sahib, the celebrations of which will begin from September 1, 2003, and culminate in September next year, will be released on July 24.

Glimpses of Lakme India Fashion show at Mumbai
ll you gals, eager to trot down to the college campus wearing something new, but tired of looking at the same old stuff hanging in the picture windows of the garment stores, forget all about the “local stuff”. Just look at the apparels worn by the pretty damsels during the Lakme India Fashion Week at Mumbai.


Surinder MahajanCity coach invited to Czech Republic
Chandigarh, July 22
The Czech Republic badminton authorities have invited Surinder Mahajan, a Sports Authority of India badminton coach, for third consecutive year to impart training to their badminton players.


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