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Rise in Tangri water level threatens villages
Jodhpur (Lalru), August 2
Terrified residents of over half a dozen villages located along the banks of Tangri, a tributary of the Ghaggar, have had sleepless nights for the past few days as the water level in the river continues to rise.

Tangri river, a tributary of the Ghaggar, is in spate. Sand bags have been stacked by the Drainage Department on its banks to prevent floods in Jodhpur village, 45 km from Dera Bassi Tangri river, a tributary of the Ghaggar, is in spate. Sand bags have been stacked by the Drainage Department on its banks to prevent floods in Jodhpur village, 45 km from Dera Bassi. — Photo Karam Singh

It poured chaos
Chandigarh, August 2
A heavy downpour this evening exposed the ugly side of City Beautiful. The water outlet at the cremation ground in Sector 25 was blocked, Water from a drain flooded houses in Sector 40-C, hundreds of commuters were stranded on the road dividing Sectors 40 and 41, traffic was held up near the Piccadily roundabout, the Aroma traffic lights and also on the road to Panchkula.



ESI leads in rainwater harvesting
Chandigarh, August 2
For a long time now, Chandigarh, like Punjab and Haryana, has been facing the problem of groundwater depletion. With the watertable declining due to urbanisation and extensive tubewells, the city has no choice but to wake up to rainwater harvesting.

  • Punjab losing on wetlands

Cops force peace on PU campus
Chandigarh, August 2
It was all quiet at Panjab University campus today, a day after a fierce group clash over who was to head one of the organisations. It was a subdued weekend after the tumult over the murderous assault on student leader Malvinder Singh Kang on Wednesday.

Army trucks ferrying kids to school illegally
Chandigarh, August 2
The use of modified military trucks as school buses to ferry wards of defence personnel, which violate safety directives issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the Supreme Court, has come into focus following an accident involving one such vehicle in Chandigarh earlier this week.

Get new secure, smart PAN cards
Chandigarh, August 2
Issuing a new Permanent Account Number card is not restricted to the new income tax assessees. The assessees who have already been issued the PANs can also opt for the new “smart” card.


PF Dept offices computerised
Chandigarh, August 2
The process of settling claims and issuing of cheques has been computerised in all offices of the Provident Fund Department in the Punjab region. The inter-connectivity has speeded up the process of settlement of claims, said Mr S.K. Aggarwal, Regional PF Commissioner-II, Chandigarh.

Rs 4.5 crore for making Kaimbwala model village
Chandigarh, August 2
The Chandigarh Administration today approved a Rs 4.5 crore action plan for developing Kaimbwala south of the Sukhna as a model village. It also will be the first police-free model village of the country.

Forum to tap retired men’s talent
Chandigarh, August 2
Punjab’s former Director-General of Police, Mr P.C. Dogra , along with a former Vice-Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal P.S. Brar (retd), today formed the Forum on Integrated National Security.

Murdered boy’s father approaches city cops
Chandigarh, August 2
Truth eludes a Jind district resident even nearly three years after his 21-year-old son Anil Kumar’s body was found with a smashed forehead along with that of his friend. The Haryana police has failed to trace the culprits. In fact, the cops have filed an “untrace report” even though some persons were named as suspects.

Employees’ fast enters 11th day
SAS Nagar, August 2
The relay fast of employees of Punjab Recorder Limited entered its 11th day today. According to a press note issued by the employees’ union, the management has not taken any step to end the strike. Six employees of the unit, including four women, are on a fast in protest against the non-payment of salaries to the employees for the past eight months.
  • Workshop for students

  • Martyrdom day

  • Teej celebrated

  • Muddy water

  • Meeting held

  • Residents’ complaint

  • Students’ feats

Dharna against make-shift liquor shops
Chandigarh, August 2
Activists of the Chandigarh Territorial Janata Dal (U) workers led by its president, Mr Surinder Bhardwaj, today held a dharna in front of the liquor vend in a tin shed in Sector 17 near the Reserve Bank of India building.

Members of the Chandigarh Territorial Janata Dal (U) on Saturday stage a dharna in Sector 17 against the Administration for allowing make-shift liquor shops. — A Tribune photograph
Members of the Chandigarh Territorial Janata Dal (U) on Saturday stage a dharna in Sector 17 against the Administration for allowing make-shift liquor shops

Pilgrims have something to cheer about
Panchkula, August 2
Sri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board is all set to develop 67 acres for providing basic amenities for lakhs of pilgrims visiting the shrine each year.

Heavy rush at voter card centres
SAS Nagar, August 2
The first phase of making voter cards of residents of the Kharar constituency began today. While over 60,000 residents are expected to get their cards during the next few days, those who reached the centres today alleged that they had to face mismanagement and inconvenience.

NGO takes up sterilisation of dogs
Panchkula, August 2
The People for Animals, a Chandigarh-based NGO, today launched the Animal British Control Project with the help of various resident welfare associations here today.


Labourer dies as roof collapses
Chandigarh, August 2
A 28-year-old migrant labourer, Harichand, died after the roof of the house on which he was engaged in construction work collapsed in Nehru Colony, Sector 52, here this morning.
  • Consignment missing

  • Purse snatched

  • Bag stolen

  • Arrested

  • Died


Professionals advised to become entrepreneurs
SAS Nagar, August 2
The two-day orientation programme organised by the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology ended here today. Reputed academicians, scientists, industrialists and intellectuals shared their experiences and expertise with students of MBA and MCA as part of the programme.

Focus on technical education, says minister
Chandigarh, August 2
“Global competition has brought technical education into the limelight and increased the onus on technically trained personnel,” said Mr B.S. Rawat, Union Minister of State for Science and Technology, presiding over the 38th convocation of Indo-Swiss Training Centre of the Central Scientific Instrumentation Organisation, Sector 30, here today.

Exhibition showcases creative talent
Chandigarh, August 2
An exhibition to highlight the creative talent of students was organised at Manav Mangal High School in Sector 21, here today. The displays ranged from craftwork to posters and collages, pots, glass painting and mural work to stuffed toys.

  • Seminar held

Personality development course
Chandigarh, August 2
DAV College in Sector 10, in association with Global Voice, a training organisation, today announced the introduction of personality development courses for the second and third-year students besides those studying in postgraduate classes, including BBA, BCA, MA, M.Com and M.Sc.

Silver jubilee celebrations
Chandigarh, August 2
The silver jubilee celebrations of DAV Public School, Sector 8, began with the unveiling of the silver jubilee logo by Bhumika Malhotra, the youngest student of the school, here today. The logo has been designed by the students themselves.

Dev Samaj freshers get warm welcome
Chandigarh, August 2
The second-year students of Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, gave a warm welcome to the first-year students here today.

Freshers of Dev Samaj College, Sector 45, have a gala time at the programme marking their entry into the current academic session in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan
Freshers of Dev Samaj College, Sector 45, have a gala time at the programme marking their entry into the current academic session in Chandigarh

Education Society to give award
Chandigarh, August 2
The Arya Bhatta Educational Society, a society dedicated to the upliftment of students by providing them financial support, will be conducting an “Award of Excellence” test on November 30. The last date for submission of application forms is October 24.


Publisher told to withdraw book
Chandigarh, August 2
The UT Consumer Court today directed the Bright Career Institute publishing house through its director in New Delhi to pay a compensation of Rs 50, 000 for providing incorrect information in a book.

35 cases settled at Special Lok Adalat
Chandigarh August 2
Thirtyfive cases were settled and Rs 91 lakh outstanding dues of ICICI Bank were recovered at a Special Lok Adalat organised by the State Legal Services Authority at Additional Deluxe Building, Sector 9, here today.


Mirchi girl sans ‘inhibitions’
Chandigarh, August 2
Rakhi Sawant has no qualms about using her sexuality to work her way up the ladder of Bollywood. In less than one year of her presence in the tinsel town, this Mumbai girl has done close to six sensational appearances in productions of fairly renowned banners.

Rakhi Sawant performs during an Airtel function at the Sector 17 Piazza, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan
Rakhi Sawant performs during an Airtel function at the Sector 17 Piazza, Chandigarh


Thalassaemics have reason to cheer
Sales tax on drugs may go
Chandigarh, August 2
The thalassaemics got a reason to smile when the Punjab Governor and the UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma, today directed that the 8.8 per cent sales tax on at least two drugs used by persons with this genetic disorder be waived. The drugs are Deferral injection (Desferoxamine) and Kelfer (Deferiprone).

Cataract can be cured at any stage
Chandigarh, August 2
The effect of medicines available in the market to prevent cataract has not been proved, said the chief executive officer of Grewal Eye Institute, Dr S.P.S. Grewal, during a conference to spread the awareness about cataract and the new techniques in its surgery.

Charitable dispensary opened
Panchkula, August 2
A free charitable dispensary, Sri Sri Chikitsa Kendra, was inaugurated at Industrial Area Phase I this evening. This was followed by a bhajan sandhya by Chitra ji from Art of Living.


Tisha, Mohit annex badminton titles
Chandigarh, August 2
Tisha and Mohit clinched the under-10 girls and boys section titles, respectively, in the Panchkula District Badminton Championship played here today at the Sector 3 Sports Complex, Panchkula. Tisha defeated Palak 11-1,11-2 while Mohit prevailed upon Prabal 15-3,15-1.
  • Carrom tourney

  • Judo championship



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