Monday, August 11, 2003, Chandigarh, India

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Three cops held for extortion
Panchkula, August 10
Three policemen posted at a Police Control Room (PCR) jeep in Kalka have been arrested on charges of “extorting entry fee” from truckers entering Haryana from Himachal Pradesh. The accused — Head Constable Ram Karan, Constable Mewa Singh from the Haryana Armed Police (First Battalion), and Constable Driver Rajinder Singh — were allegedly demanding and accepting an “entry fee” of Rs 50 from each trucker entering Kalka.

Convicted for graft, JE reinstated by MC
Chandigarh, August 10
In a strange turn of events, a junior engineer, convicted for corruption, has been reinstated by the Municipal Corporation (MC) of Chandigarh. This happens months after the MC, in the wake of Kuldeep Singh’s conviction, chose to dismiss him from service on August 2 last.

Verdict withheld is justice denied
Chandigarh, August 10
Even though the Supreme Court has ruled that the “pronouncement of judgement is a part of the justice dispensation system” and “should be done without delay”, verdict is still being pronounced months after the conclusion of arguments in so many cases.


SPIC MACAY ropes in great masters for Virasat-2003
Chandigarh, August 10
After investing 26 years of his life in promoting an awareness of the rich cultural tapestry of India among the youth, Dr Kiran Seth feels he has just scratched the surface as yet.

The founder of SPIC MACAY, Dr Kiran Seth, addresses members during the north zone convention held at the Faculty House, Panjab University, on Sunday. — Photo Pankaj Sharma
The founder of SPIC MACAY, Dr Kiran Seth, addresses members during the north zone convention held at the Faculty House

Bus hits truck, triggers chaos
SAS Nagar, August 10
At least six persons were injured, three of them seriously, in a freak accident in the Industrial Area here this afternoon. The accident occurred when a bus jumped the lights at a crossing and hit a truck. The truck driver lost control of the vehicle and rammed into a rehriwallah and a rickshaw before falling into a low-lying khud alongside the road.

The Star of Bethlehem blooms
The Star of Bethlehem blooms at the Sector 33 residence of Wg Cdr Surinder Kumar Ahluwalia. This special variety of cactus has 80 species, of which the variety captured in his frame by Tribune lensman Parvesh Chauhan is one of the most beautiful. It blooms twice a year, August and January.

Jats seek quota on Rajasthan pattern
Chandigarh, August 10
The All-India Jat Mahasabha today demanded reservation to the Jats across the country on the pattern of Rajasthan.

Kargil scam: YC for ouster of NDA Govt
Chandigarh, August 10
The President of the Indian Youth Congress, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, today demanded that the NDA Government should make public admission of its guilt, tender an apology to the nation and quit before it was swept away in a cloudburst of anger over the “Kargil shame”.

The controversy over the presence of pesticides and insecticides in major soft drink brands is resulting in some interesting incidents. Earlier, a Public Relation Officer of a leading bank in the city used to offer cold drinks to the media persons, though the bottles were kept under lock. He would often say:‘‘ My peons and lower rank employees would consume all the drinks within a day if the bottles are not locked.’’
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Fill quota seats, demand  physically challenged
Chandigarh, August 10
Struggling hard to survive in a city which is not friendly to the disabled at least 200 physically challenged persons have united under the umbrella of the Handicapped Welfare Association to demand the implementation of the Person With Disability Act , 1995, in its true spirit.

Verma lauds Church’s role in education
Chandigarh, August 10
Appreciating the efforts of the Christian community in spreading education and message of peace, religious heads and other dignitaries present at a public meeting today felicitated the members of St Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church in Sector 46 for their role in organising charity activities. The “senior-most” members of the church were also honoured during the meeting organised as a part of the church’s silver jubilee celebrations, besides the episcopal golden jubilee of its supreme head Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews-II. Delhi Diocese Metropolitan Job Mar Philoxenos presided over the meeting.
Justice O.P. Verma, UT Administrator and Punjab Governor, and his holiness Moran Mar Basaelios Marthoma Mathews-II
Justice O.P. Verma (retd), UT Administrator and Punjab Governor, and his holiness Moran Mar Basaelios Marthoma Mathews-II release souvenir at a function on the occasion of silver jubilee celebrations of St Mary Orthodox Syrian Church, Sector 46, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Delhi Diocese Metropolitan Job Mar Pheloxenos (left) also in the picture. — A Tribune photograph

Speech recognition will help catch terrorists
Chandigarh, August 10
After succeeding in identifying voices of those involved in the December 13 attack on Parliament that led to their conviction, the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) here is developing a software to catch criminals using dialects as disguise.

Laugh your blues away
Chandigarh, August 10
The person who coined the phrase ‘laughter is the best medicine’ knew what he was talking about. India’s first-ever “guru of giggling” Dr. Madan Kataria who started the first Laughter Club in India and has popularised the concept the world over is in town.
Laughing all the way: Dr Madan Kataria and his wife, Madhuri, hold a laughter session at Parshuram Bhavan, Sector 37, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — Photo Pankaj Sharma
Laughing all the way

Another girl scooterist dies  in mishap
Chandigarh, August 10
Another girl driving a two-wheeler without a helmet lost her life in a road accident in Sector 45 last evening. Seventeen-year-old, Mandeep Kaur was killed when an autorickshaw reportedly rammed into her scooter (CHO1N 9903) at 8 pm yesterday.

Kranti Jyoti padyatra reaches Panchkula
Panchkula, August 10
Members of the District Congress Committee, led by Mr Chander Mohan, MLA, began Kranti Jyoti padyatra in the Panchkula block here today. The yatra is a part of a statewide yatra being organised to pay homage to freedom fighters. It was started from Khokhra village yesterday. 

Slaughter house proposal opposed
Zirakpur, August 10
Residents of Luxmi Enclave Colony in Dhakauli village are up in arms against setting up of a slaughter house by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) in Industrial Area Phase-I, Panchkula.

Amar Bedi taken to hospital, discharged
SAS Nagar, August 10
Mr Amar Bedi, Director, Amarjot Drug De-addiction Centre, was admitted to the Civil Hospital here following severe stomach pain and fever. He is on two days’ police remand following his arrest on Friday.

Canter overturns, driver dead
Lalru, August 10
One person was killed on the spot when the vehicle he was driving overturned on the Naraingarh-Ambala highway near Handesra village, 16 km from here, last night.


3 cases of robbery solved
Dera Bassi, August 10
The police claims to have solved cases of three robberies, in which two persons were killed, with the arrest of six members of Bawaria gang active in the area. The gangsters were brought on production warrants from the Nabha police yesterday.


CBSE team meets to finalise textbook
Chandigarh, August 10
A 10-member material production group of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) met at Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, to give shape to text selected for a book on functional English for Class XII.

Students all set to step into shoes of leaders
Chandigarh, August 10
Her rich tradition and zillion legends, folklore and exuberant dance forms, myriad cultures and mouth-watering cuisines — children of Delhi Public School, Sector 40, are getting a peek into all that makes India — beginning August 25.

Preparing students for knowledge explosion
Bridging the gap between imagination and reality, words and deeds, promises and performance - that is exactly what Shivalik Public School believes in. Since the time of inception, the immense service that the school has rendered to the students community, is noteworthy.  SPS, aims to generate an environment where students endeavour to ensure stability, happiness, discipline and become a caring community.

A view of Shivalik Public School, Phase VI, SAS Nagar. — Photos Parvesh Chauhan
A view of Shivalik Public School, Phase VI, SAS Nagar


Teej celebrated at Press Club
Chandigarh, August 10
Traditional ‘jhulas’, ‘kheer’ and ‘malpuras’ added to the festivities at the Chandigarh Press Club where members of the club along with their families celebrated Teej here today.


Century steel outplays Panchkula club
Chandigarh, August 10
Century Steel Industries outplayed the Panchkula Cricket Club by six wickets, thanks to superb performance by Jai Kapil who scored unbeaten 37 runs and claimed two wickets for nine runs in the Satluj Cup League Cricket Tournament played here at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula.


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