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Holy cow! MC halts cattle-catching
Chandigarh, August 4
The safety of cows has taken precedence over that of humans in the city with cattle-catching coming to a virtual halt amid allegations of the municipal corporation’s involvement in the death of 22 cows in Himachal Pradesh.

Waterlogging blocks Rock Garden expansion

Chandigarh, August 4
Creator of the Rock Garden is apprehending danger. For over three days now, the area adjoining the outer wall of the Rock Garden’s third phase is lying flooded.

Nek Chand uses wooden planks to wade through the “virtual lake” created due to extensive waterlogging in the Lake Reserve Forest Area adjoining the third phase of the Rock Garden.
Nek Chand uses wooden planks to wade through the “virtual lake” created due to extensive waterlogging in the Lake Reserve Forest Area adjoining the third phase of the Rock Garden. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

  Nek Chand may bag another award
Chandigarh, August 4
Nek Chand's world of fantasy, Rock Garden, which has put the City Beautiful on the tourist map of the world, is being considered for yet another international award — British Airways Tourist Award.

2 Bal Niketan inmates arrive
Panchkula, August 4
All people in this world dream but a few make efforts and realise their dreams. Mohit and Ram Parvesh, the two teenaged inmates of Bal Niketan, a home for destitute children, have worked hard and reached out for the stars.

All smiles : Ram Parvesh and Mohit, inmates of Bal Niketan, Panchkula, have succeeded in getting admissions to professional courses. — A Tribune photograph

All smiles

Five held in Raipur Rani robbery case
Panchkula, August 4
In a late night development, the Raipur Rani police and CIA staff claimed to have solved the highway bus robbery of July 24 by arresting five persons.

2 Haryana student leaders surrender
Chandigarh, August 4
Satinder Dahiya and Dharmender Balhara, president and chairman of the Haryana Students Association, respectively surrendered before the police here today. The two were accused in the case of rioting in the general house of the HSA at the Students Centre on August 1.

PU has a history of student violence
STUDENT activism has become synonymous with violence at Panjab University, as is evident from the recent spate of brawls and assaults. Each year the campus is a witness to ugly scenes of violence, largely due to group differences.

Two students may be punished
Chandigarh, August 4
Panjab University plans to punish two employees from the examination branch for tampering with the university results. The university proposes to stop four increments of Mr S.S. Mann, clerk and two increments of Mr G.D. Sood, ASO, for having fudged the record.


City flooded, device shows only 3 mm rainfall
Chandigarh, August 4
Even as most parts of the city were virtually flooded with rainwater, an observatory at the Air Force station, located in the south of the city, recorded only just 3 mm of rainfall.

An unending list of woes
Chandigarh, August 4
The land adjoining Subhash Nagar, Manimajra pocket 9, falls under Kishanpura village that was acquired by the Administration for setting up an information technology park. However, in the past month, the rainwater has become stagnant. In addition to this, the streets are in a bad condition and the filth spread by “illegal” dairies in an eyesore. Irregular supply of water is also a cause of concern.

Ghaggar in spate threatens villages

Dera Bassi, August 4
The Ghaggar river that has been in spate after the recent rains has left a trail of destruction in the area. The gushing waters of the river have damaged crops, vegetables, fodder over several acres of agriculture land besides endangering over a dozen villages located along its banks.

A farmer shows the damage caused by the Ghaggar river in Bhaura village near Dera Bassi in Patiala district on Monday. — Tribune photograph Karam Singh

A farmer shows the damage caused by the Ghaggar river

New employment avenues for ex-servicemen

ABOUT 60,000 armed forces personnel retire every year. The majority of them are in their thirties. All of them are well-trained, well-disciplined and highly motivated. To utilise this manpower to the best advantage of the country, a new set-up called the Army Placement Agency was established at the Army Headquarters and in all Command Headquarters in 1998.

Col Harpartap Singh, Deputy Director, Army Placement Agency, discusses job availability with an Army man and ex-serviceman.

Col Harpartap Singh, Deputy Director, Army Placement Agency, discusses job availability with an Army man

Warm memories of a frozen life
Chandigarh, August 4
"Flt Lt. M.S. Bains was full of life and vigour," this is how Col P.S Lehl remembers his cousin who was on board the AN-12 transport aircraft of the IAF that went missing while on a sortie to Leh 35 years ago. Time has failed to dim the memories of a dear one even as the recent events have revived the pain of loss, says Colonel Lehl, a S A S Nagar resident.

Traders gear up for city bandh
Chandigarh, August 4
Traders in the city are gearing up for a complete bandh in the city on August 8 in protest against the amendment to the Rent Act. A rally of traders will be held at the Sector 17 piazza and the former Union Law Minister, Mr Ram Jethmalani, will address the gathering.

Demand to remove encroachment from school
SAS Nagar, August 4
The Gram Sudhar Committee, Sohana, has demanded the removal of an encroachment from Government Elementary School in the village and also a grant from the government to construct a boundary wall of the institution.

Readers write
Refresher course for cops
N July 31, I received a call from my wife that she is waiting to be picked up from outside the British Library in Sector 8. On reaching there I pulled over to the side and waived out to her as she had moved into the corridor as it was drizzling. Soon after, a motorcycle pulled over and two traffic personnel snapped at me, that I had parked the car on a no-parked slip-road.

  • No change with coming of MC

  • Huge stakes on rent issue


22-yr-old raped in Railley
Panchkula, August 4
A 22-year-old woman was allegedly raped by her neighbour in village Railley last night. She was sleeping with her three children when the accused entered the room and raped her.


UTI Bank opens ATM
Dera Bassi, August 4
The Panchkula branch of UTI Bank opened an ATM here today. The bank claims to be the first private bank to provide the facility to the residents of the area.

PSIDC corporate agent of National Insurance
Chandigarh, August 4
National Insurance Regional Office II, Chandigarh, has issued a licence to the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation, Chandigarh, to act as its corporate agent.


B.Ed aspirants to move court on UT pool issue
Chandigarh, August 4
Even after securing “high ranks” in B.Ed entrance examinations conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University, scores of graduates from all over the region studying at Chandigarh and surrounding areas have been denied admission to the city colleges. The students have now been forced to take admission in colleges located in places as far as Bathinda, Faridkot, Jalandhar, Moga, even Hoshiarpur and Ferozepore.

Learning maths through Abacus
Chandigarh, August 4
With the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) giving emphasis on making mathematics a joyous learning experience by making the subject practical-oriented, the recent entry of the Universal Concept of Mental Arithmetic System (UCMAS) — a modern representation of an ancient art of mental mathematics using a Chinese ‘Abacus’, can be just the answer, the mathematics teachers are looking for.

Take to DEAR, students counselled
Chandigarh, August 4
The Chairman of the Department of Library and Information Sciences, Prof H.R. Chopra, asked students to cultivate the habit of reading good books. He was speaking on the second day of the Readers’ Motivation Programme at Government College, Sector 46, here today.

Green Day observed
Panchkula, August 4
The Gurukul, Sector 20, here, in association with the Horticulture Wing of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), observed Green Day”today. The idea was to impress upon the students the importance of tree.

Cut no trees: Tiny tots of The Gurukul, Sector 20, Panchkula, enact a play on the theme of afforestation on Monday.
— A Tribune photograph
Cut no trees


Inspector deposes in Beant case
Chandigarh, August 4
An inspector posted with the crime branch, Mr P.K Dhawan, today deposed before the court in the Beant Singh assassination trial that the CBI team had collected various articles, including a skull with hair, at the site where the blast took place. Former Chief Minister of Punjab Beant Singh was assassinated outside the Civil Secretariat in 1995.


He laughs and makes others laugh

Chandigarh, August 4
It’s not difficult to sense the worth of Jaaved Jafferi, who strikes an essentially harmonious conversation. Seated across the table in an interface, he throws up sequences that reflect the lesser-known aspects of his life and leads you into the days which saw his father Jagdeep sweat it out on the roads for every single penny.

Performing all the way — Jaaved Jafferi poses for the camera during his visit to the city to announce Grooves, his latest all-India talent search show to be telecast on Sahara. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

Performing all the way


Experts dwell on cataract surgery
Chandigarh, August 4
Around 250 ophthalmologists from all over the region participated in a day-long symposium on cataract surgery for practising eye surgeons at a local eye institute here yesterday.


Suguna, Taranpreet win carrom tournament
Chandigarh, August 4
Suguna Dewan and Taranpreet Pahwa emerged as winners in the junior girls and boys section, respectively, in a carrom-ranking tournament organised at St Stephen’s School in Sector 45.

  • Hockey championship

  • Soccer tourney

  • Tribune staffers win

  • Athletes selected

PEC employees register 5-wicket victory
Chandigarh, August 4
Fine batting by Rajesh Arora (32) and Gulzar (30) enabled PEC Employees Cricket Club to beat Education Department UT -XI by five wickets in a league match of the inter-institutional cricket tournament of the United India Assurance Cup at the PEC cricket grounds here yesterday.


Admn kicks off campaign to form self-help groups
Chandigarh, August 4
Women who come to study in various adult education centres run by the Chandigarh Administration will now become economically independent, as the administration today kicked off a campaign to encourage formation of self-help groups, which will be run by small thrift societies with the backing of banks and non-government organisations (NGOs) .


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