Tuesday, August 12, 2003, Chandigarh, India

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Volleyball player found dead
SAS Nagar, August 11
A 24-year-old volleyball player was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his house in Phase VII here this evening. According to the police, the deceased, Navdeep Singh, had most likely died of over consumption of alcohol but chances of suicide and murder are not being ruled out.

Now file IT returns electronically
Chandigarh, August 11
Employers in the city can file their tax deducted at source (TDS) through a compact disc (CD). But individual income tax assessees will have to wait for another year to file returns “electronically”.

No more running after Estate Office clerks
Chandigarh, August 11
It is good news for 70,000 people who own properties in Chandigarh. They will not have to run after clerks at the Estate Office to deposit annual ground rent, lease money, installments and other fines. The Bank of Punjab will do the job for them.

Students of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, Chandigarh, play “The Kaleidoscope Classic”, a mind game, which was introduced in the school on Monday.
Students of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, Chandigarh, play “The Kaleidoscope Classic”, a mind game, which was introduced in the school on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Cops prepare for Independence Day
Twentythree nabbed in raids
Chandigarh, August 11
The police today launched a hunt for “terrorists and anti-social elements” who are likely to “sneak into the city” to strike ahead or on the occasion of Independence Day.

Advani signs note on MC Act amendment
Chandigarh, August 11
The Municipal Corporation Employees Union today informed that a cabinet note on the proposed amendment to the Punjab Municipal Act had been signed by the Deputy Prime Minister and a query had been marked to the Department of Personnel and Training.

Gaurav Malhotra narrating his tale of woeBrutal ragging forces boy to leave Army Institute of Technology
Chandigarh, August 11
A 17 year-old Gaurav Malhotra’s nightmarish experience at a boys-hostel of Pune-based Army Institute of Technology continues to haunt him. The boy, who had secured a seat in the prestigious institute this year through an All-India level entrance examination, was “brutally” ragged by his seniors.


Janmashtmi may be more than a week away, but preparations are on for the festival in Chandigarh.
Janmashtmi may be more than a week away, but preparations are on for the festival in Chandigarh. — Photo by Manoj Mahajan

Saboo appeals to Rotarians to make world polio-free
Chandigarh, August 11
Past Rotary International President Raja Saboo has called upon the Rotarians to gear up to make the world polio-free by 2005. Addressing Rotary leaders of 75 clubs of district 3080 comprising areas of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttaranchal and UP here last evening Raja Saboo said the Rotary International had taken a pledge to banish polio.

Woman seeks action against Dr Chahal
Kharar, August 11
The case of alleged sexual harassment of Ms Sandhya Sharma, senior T.B. Laboratory Supervisor, Civil Hospital, Kharar, by Dr G.S. Chahal, state T.B. Officer, took a new turn today when Ms Sharma along with her colleagues met Mr Bir Devinder Singh, local MLA and Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, here today. She gave Mr Bir Devinder Singh a written complaint demanding action against Dr Chahal.

Link ambulances through wireless, says Verma
Chandigarh, August 11
All ambulances in Chandigarh will have to be linked through the wireless so that police control room vans can summon the same in case of an emergency, instructed UT Administrator Justice O.P. Verma (retd) during a meeting of senior officers here today.

Exotic plants grace Herbal Garden
Chandigarh, August 11
Some of the most exotic varieties of medicinal trees and shrubs will grow close to Chandigarh, with the UT Forest Department completing the plantation process on the 35 acres earmarked in Sarangpur village for the Herbal Garden project.

I-Day bus services
Chandigarh, August 11
On Independence Day, the Chandigarh Administration will operate special buses for students and general public from various Sectors to Parade Ground and the Inter-state Bus Terminus in Sector 17. The special buses will run on the following routes from 6.30 am to noon: The Industrial Area, Phase-I, to Bus Stand via Sectors 28, 27, 19 and 18.

International Youth Day
Chandigarh, August 11
International Youth Day was observed here today at the Commonwealth Youth Programme Asia Centre as part of worldwide celebrations.

Ex-servicemen up in arms against CSD tax
RIG Mohinder Singh (retd), president, All India Ex-services League (AIEL), is highly critical of the Punjab Government for its decision to levy sales tax on all items purchased from the CSD canteens in Punjab. In a letter to the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, the AIEL president has requested him to review this decision.

  • War wounded soldiers
  • Injustice in pension

Brahma Kumaris’ rakhi programme
SAS Nagar, August 11
A three-day Raksha Bandhan programme of Brahma Kumaris began here today with the tying of rakhis to mediapersons.



8-yr-old driver injures couple
Panchkula, August 11
A couple was injured when the Maruti Esteem car by which they were travelling was allegedly hit by a Zen car being driven by an eight-year-old child on the road separating Sectors 4 and 5 here last night.


BSNL Raksha Bandhan offer
Chandigarh, August 11
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has decided to have one-day special promotional scheme for Landline and Cellone connection on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan tomorrow.


Stage set for PUTA poll
HE stage is all set for elections to the Panjab University Teachers Association, which is scheduled for August 13. As usual, there are two groups in the fray. Hectic group meetings are known to be going on at the campus.

  • Second counselling concludes

  • Extension

  • New restrictions

From Schools
Rakhi-making contest
Chandigarh, August 11
At least 854 students from 12 city schools participated in the inter-school rakhi making competition organised by the Rotaract Chandigarh Shivalik. The competition was coordinated by President Apurv Bhalla and Project Chairperson Reetika Bhalla.

  • Raksha Bandhan

  • Song contest

  • Golden Bells School


Sukhbir appears in court
Chandigarh, August 11
Mr Sukhbir Badal, son of former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, today appeared in a local court in a defamation case filed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal against the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh.

Bhattal’s case adjourned till August 21
Chandigarh, August 11
Appearing on behalf of complainant Balwant Singh Dhillon, Supreme Court advocate P.N. Lekhi alleged that the relevant documents for which Punjab Agriculture Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal had moved an application in a local court, were already in her possession.



Vijay Crishna and Lilette Dubey in ‘Dance Like a Man’.‘Dance Like a Man’ to be staged on Aug 21
Chandigarh, August 11
‘Dance Like a Man’, one of contemporary Indian theatre’s most successful and long running plays, is scheduled to be staged in Chandigarh on August 21, courtesy the Durga Das Foundation, Spice Telecom and The Tribune who have revived the cultural scene of the city.

Vijay Crishna and Lilette Dubey in ‘Dance Like a Man’.


Electric drill used in heart operation
Chandigarh, August 11
In what is claimed to be a first in medical history, an electric drill has been used to blast calcium deposits in a patient’s heart to reopen his blocked aortic valve.

Drive against dengue intensified
Chandigarh, August 11
The UT Health Department has intensified its drive against dengue. Even though no case has so far been reported in the city as against 14 last year, the department has launched a house-to-house campaign.



Medal winners of Special Olympics being honoured by Justice O.P. Verma, Governor, Punjab, at Punjab Raj Bhavan, Chandigarh, on Monday.Special day for Special Olympics achievers
Chandigarh, August 11
It was a special day for athletes of Special Olympics — they had a date with the Governor of Punjab, Justice O.P. Verma, at Raj Bhavan today. More than 30 children who had competed under the banner of Special Olympics (Chandigarh region) were honoured at this function organised by the Chandigarh Sports Council.

Medal winners of Special Olympics being honoured by Justice O.P. Verma, Governor, Punjab, at Punjab Raj Bhavan, Chandigarh, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

  • Judo champs

  • Skating tourney


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