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‘Laltu’ is new PUTA chief
Election results mixed 
Harjinder Singh ‘Laltu’ Chandigarh, August 13
The elections to the Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) today resulted in a split panel. Dr Harjinder Singh ‘Laltu’ and Dr Akshaya Kumar were elected president and the secretary, respectively.

Case filed against Cipla drug company
Chandigarh, August 13
The Health Department of Haryana has initiated criminal proceedings against Cipla Limited, a Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company, for selling life-saving drugs at exorbitant prices to the public.

All set to go All set to go: Jawans of the Punjab Police at a full dress rehearsal in preparation for the Independence Day function at Parade Ground in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan


PSHRC reserves order on Ranbaxy fire
Chandigarh, August 13
Lawyers for Human Rights International, an NGO, today urged the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) to order the closure or shifting of Ranbaxy Laboratories to an alternative site at a safe distance from residential areas. The commission, after hearing the pleas of the complainant and Ranbaxy, reserved its order in the case.

IT sector labour laws relaxed
Chandigarh, August 13
The Chandigarh Administration today announced relaxation of labour laws for IT and IT-enabled service companies operating from the city. It would enable women employees to work during night hours provided certain conditions were fulfilled by them.

Two persons released from ‘illegal’ detention 
Chandigarh, August 13
A warrant officer today got two persons released from alleged illegal detention from the Sector 17 police station here. Vinod and Dinesh, sons of an absconding CITCO watchman Chandan Singh, suspected to be involved in the murder of another employee, alleged that they had been picked up by the police and tortured to force their father join the investigation.

Aristocrat girls dance to Indian tunes
Mast Aristocrat girls sway to the tunes of "Chhoti se umariya mein"
Chandigarh, August 13
For youngsters of the city, it was yet another day out with music. Visiting the city for the promotion of their latest remix album “Mast Aristocrat Mix” were none other than the hot and happening Mast Aristocrat Girls from Australia, who have set the small screen on fire. Being promoted by Aristocrat, the album is being released by the girls in prominent cities all over India.

Mast Aristocrat girls sway to the tunes of “Chhoti se umariya mein”, the title song of the album Mast Aristocrat Mix,” which they earlier released at Music World in Sector 17 during a promotional function. — Photo Pankaj Sharma

CBI not probing Bhardwaj's escape
Chandigarh, August 13
In a corruption case involving two judicial officers, the CBI is not investigating as to where suspended Judicial Magistrate S.S. Bhardwaj stayed for a month after escaping from the CBI custody during raids on his house on June 10.

NRI woman entrepreneur makes millions in UK
Chandigarh, August 13
Madhu (Madi) Sharma has made a name for herself in the business of manufacturing Indian food in Nottingham town of England with a turnover crossing the £ 1 million mark.

US scholars in city for Punjab programme
Chandigarh, August 13
Two important American scholars, Prof Mark Juergensmeyer and Prof John Stratton Hawley, were in Chandigarh recently to participate in what has now become the most significant Punjab studies programme offered by an American university.

Students interact with members of the Muslim community as part of their programme at Jama Masjid, Chandigarh.
Students interact with members of the Muslim community as part of their programme at Jama Masjid


Foreign town planners visit SAS Nagar
Plan to develop ‘integrated township’ in Sectors 88, 89
SAS Nagar, August 13
If the response of a team of foreign investors visiting the township is anything to go by, SAS Nagar will soon house the first ‘integrated township’ in Punjab, completely planned, developed and marketed by foreign investors.

The Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA, SAS Nagar, Mr Yashvir Mahajan (centre), discusses site plan with a team of foreign investors from Malaysia and Singapore at SAS Nagar on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
The Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA, SAS Nagar, Mr Yashvir Mahajan, discusses site plan with a team of foreign investors from Malaysia and Singapore

Traffic restrictions for I-Day
Chandigarh, August 13
In view of the Independence Day function, the Chandigarh police has imposed restrictions on the movement of traffic on certain roads in the city. Diversions on certain sections of roads leading to Parade Ground and Punjab Raj Bhavan would be effective till the end of the function as per the schedule given below.

Seven policemen to be honoured on I-Day
Chandigarh, August 13
Seven police personnel, including an Inspector, will be awarded medals and commendation certificates for meritorious services on the Independence Day function here.

GMCH scampers to finish block before Kalam’s visit
Chandigarh, August 13
Even though the authorities have failed to meet the deadline of August 14, for the completion of the Rs 35 crore Block-C at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), it is expected that the nine-storey building will be inaugurated by the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, during his visit to the city next month.

Virus hits Internet users
Chandigarh, August 13
A computer virus ‘‘Worm -32’’, has hit the city’s Internet users in the past few days. Though the local Internet service providers (ISPs) have taken steps to block it, the virus is reported to have attacked computers in several government offices located in Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana.

Memorable day for special children
SAS Nagar, August 13
It was a memorable day for more than 200 physically challenged children who went on an excursion to an amusement park near here today. One could see excitement all around at Thunder Zone Amusement Park as children in groups could be seen enjoying different rides and boating.
It was a fun-filled day for disabled children during their trip to Thunder Zone organised by the National Society for Handicapped Child Artistes, SAS Nagar, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
It was a fun-filled day for disabled children during their trip to Thunder Zone organised by the National Society for Handicapped Child Artistes

Special dessert from the desert
Hotel Maya Palace in the Sector 35 lane of hotels wears a festive look these days. Strings of electric lights dangle down the front facade, twinkling bright at night. A camel dressed up in desert finery gives children joyrides at the entrance. Another lot is occupied by a puppeteer who entertains guests with the show embellished by loud music.

A family enjoys the special treat offered by Hotel Maya Palace, Sector 35, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan
A family enjoys the special treat offered by Hotel Maya Palace

BIS officer inspects police support unit
Chandigarh, August 13
A Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) team is inspecting the Women and Child Support Unit of the Police as the latter strives to become the first police unit in the country to get ISO 9001-2000 for quality service.

Confusion over Janmashtmi date
Chandigarh, August 13
Even though Janamashtmi, Lord Krishna’s birth anniversary is round the corner, people are still unsure of the exact date. The confusion stems from the fact that a majority of government offices are closed on August 20, while a substantial number of temples in the city are celebrating the occasion on August 19.


Four thefts in  24 hours
Chandigarh, August 13
In the past 24 hours, the police has registered at least four cases of theft, including one regarding cash and jewellery worth Rs 88,000. A Sector 20 man, Mr B.K. Sharma, reported that someone had stolen gold jewellery worth Rs 70,000 and Rs 18,000 from his first floor house (324) on the night of August 11.

Former ultra turns extortionist, nabbed


Axed school board employees hold dharna
SAS Nagar, August 13
Employees working as daily wage workers, on ad hoc basis and on contract with the Punjab School Education Board, who had been removed from service some time ago, sat in dharna in protest against the move of the board here today.

Another CBSE officer transferred
Chandigarh, August 13
Another officer posted at the Regional Office of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in Sector 32 here has been transferred out in connection with the answer-book tempering scam which was unearthed in May.

3-day function for students
Chandigarh, August 13
Students from five schools participated in a three-day function organised in connection with Independence Day by the Global Vision Home Charitable Trust and Gandhi Samarak Bhavan in Sector 16.


Pandit YashpaulAt last, recognition to guardian  of Agra Gharana
Chandigarh, August 13
As a celebrated vocalist of Agra Gharana, Pandit Yashpaul has created a vast repertoire of compositions that stand out not only for a remarkable rhythmic power but also for their simplified base. Known more for his innovations in the system of music education and less for his public appearances, Pandit Yashpaul has always been contented with the way life has treated him.

Ranjit Bajaj MTV Roadies finalist
Chandigarh, August 13
Ranjit Bajaj, the city lad has made it to the coveted list of the seven finalists who will now form part of MTV’s adventure expedition, to be flagged off from Chennai on August 15.


Yajiani Baluja of Chandigarh serves on the opening day of the AITA Junior Talent Series Tennis Tournament Vijayant, Yajiani move ahead
Chandigarh, August 13
The main draw rounds of the AITA Junior Tour Championship began here today at the Sector 10 tennis stadium. Top seed in the boys under-14 section, Vijayant Malik, a student of DAV Public School, Sector 8, justified his seed when he downed Uday Karan Puniha, also of Chandigarh, in straight sets. In the girls under-14 section, Yajiani Baluja, another budding youngster from Chandigarh, proved her worth when she outplayed eighth seed Saumya in two sets to move in the third round.

Yajiani Baluja of Chandigarh serves on the opening day of the AITA Junior Talent Series Tennis Tournament in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Coach foresees bright future for spikers
Chandigarh, August 13
Tall and lanky Om Parkash, who will receive the coveted Major Dhyan Chand Life Time Achievement Award in volleyball on August 29 at Delhi, predicts a bright future for India in volleyball.


New window film stickers for vehicles
Chandigarh, August 13
The Chandigarh Police today decided to cancel the stickers issued for window films of vehicles issued till August 7, 2003, and give fresh ones. The police has sought applications till September from those who want filming of windows of their vehicles as per the new design.


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