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Katrina serves notice on NIFD
Katrina Kaif
Chandigarh, September 6
By serving a legal notice on the city-based National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) and asking it to tender an unconditional apology, model-turned-actress Katrina Kaif has cleared the air over the controversy regarding the cancellation of her contract with the designing institute for performing at its Nagpur fashion show.

Activists work overtime to convince girl hostellers
Chandigarh, September 6
Panjab University directions on campaigning are being flouted with impunity by student organisations who do not stick to the norms on timings.

PU forms panel to restudy fee pattern
Chandigarh, September 6
Panjab University has constituted a high-powered committee to restudy the fee structure on the campus and more than 100 affiliated colleges. It has been constituted following the university rejecting the mammoth fee hike suggested by the Punjab Government.




Southern sectors to be spruced up
Chandigarh, September 6
The Chandigarh Administration today okayed a plan to re-carpet roads, augment stormwater drainage system, besides construct cycle tracks, in southern sectors of the city. The Chandigarh Housing Board will be carrying out this integrated development.

Couple killed as car, scooter collide
SAS Nagar, September 6
A couple was killed when a car and a scooter collided near Sector 68 here today. H.K. Singh and his wife Kiranjot Kaur, who were on the scooter, died on the way to hospital, according to the police. An 11-month-old baby, Mahipal, who was with them had a miraculous escape.

City rail station to get better facilities
Chandigarh, September 6
Following the increased revenue from passenger traffic, especially by the Shatabdi Express trains, the Northern Railways has okayed the expansion and upgradation of Chandigarh railway station. It includes a ‘budget hotel’ by the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).

Robbery at petrol station
Chandigarh, September 6
Four youths reportedly looted Rs 70,000 from a petrol station in Sector 52 at gunpoint late last night.


Don’t expect justice, NMC chief tells ’84 riot
Chandigarh, September 6
Referring to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and the limited powers of the commissions appointed by the government to probe them, Chairman of the National Minorities Commission (NMC), Mr Tarlochan Singh, today said that the victimised families should abandon all hopes of justice in this regard.

Exploring nature with puppets

Chandigarh, September 6
Those who have watched this group of eight puppeteers from Kolkata perform Shakuntalam on stage would know exactly what they stand for. Putting the romantic overtones of Kalidasa’s creation behind them, these practitioners of contemporary puppetry have based their entire interpretation of the master’s work not on the pangs of separation suffered by Shakuntala, the heroine, but on her sensitisation towards environment.

The eight young puppeteers of Dolls Theatre, Kolkata, who won the International Puppet Festival held at Tehran in 2000
The eight young puppeteers of Dolls Theatre, Kolkata, who won the International Puppet Festival held at Tehran in 2000, are all set to translate a Satyajit Ray story into the medium of puppet theatre. — Tribune photo Pawan Sharma

Erosion of zeal in media lamented
Chandigarh, September 6
The president of the Editors Guild of India, Mr Hari Jaisingh, today emphasised the role of media in informing the public on the emerging trends in various sectors of society.

Flies, flies everywhere
Kakrali/Toda, September 6
Thousands of villagers of the Raipur Rani block are facing a potential health hazard because of swarms of houseflies in the area. Flies at Kakrali, Toda, Jaaspur, Natwal, Mauli, Baabalpur and Golpura villages , which fall in the second largest poultry belt of the country, have made life difficult for the residents.

The housefly menace in the Raipur Rani block in Panchkula district is so severe that it is almost impossible to have food. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
The housefly menace in the Raipur Rani

Inflated bills for mobile subscribers
Chandigarh, September 6
Hundreds of mobile subscribers in the city are shocked every month when they get inflated bills from mobile operators. Apart from alleged manipulations by the companies, the customers have to pay higher bills as they have to pay roaming charges while making calls from border areas of the city neighbouring with Haryana and Himachal Pradesh telecom circles.

200 jhuggis demolished
SAS Nagar, September 6
The PUDA authorities demolished at least 200 illegal jhuggis near the cremation ground here today.

Commonwealth Asia Centre to women’s rescue
Chandigarh, September 6
A social organisation, the Commonwealth Youth Asia Centre, based on the Punjab Engineering College campus, is now into promoting self-help groups of rural women. 

Mrs Virginia Goodings, Head of the Human Resources Commonwealth Secretariat, London, on a visit to a city slum to gauge the success of self-help groups on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma
Mrs Virginia Goodings, Head of the Human Resources Commonwealth Secretariat, London, on a visit to a city slum

Most TA battalions in J&K
Chandigarh, September 6
Even several months after Operation Parakram, was declared to be over, Territorial Army (TA) battalions continue to remain embodied. Besides, a majority of the battalions have been sent to Jammu and Kashmir for undertaking counter-insurgency operations for which they are neither equipped and nor do jawans have the requisite insurance cover.

Sanjivani holds IT camp
Chandigarh, September 6
A non-government organisation (NGO), Sanjivani, today organised an income tax (IT) camp for senior citizens, women assessees and the salaried class. And the response was overwhelming. Around 700 queries were answered by Sanjivani volunteers.

Members of Sanjivani, an NGO, listen to a query from senior citizens at an income tax camp at the Sector 17 piaza on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Members of Sanjivani, an NGO, listen to a query from senior citizens

Woman scooterist killed in mishap
Chandigarh, September 6
A Panchkula resident, Neena Manchanda, 31, died in an accident here yesterday. She was not wearing a helmet when the accident took place.

BJP city chief’s election on Sept 21
Chandigarh, September 6
BJP Secretary O.P. Dhankar today said the election to the post of the president of the Chandigarh unit of the party would be held on September 21. Mr Dhankar said the president would not be appointed as had been done for the past three years.

Mahajan listens to grievances
Chandigarh, September 6
Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, President of the Chandigarh unit of the BJP, Mr Satya Pal Jain, a former Member of Parliament, and Mr Kewal Krishan Adiwal, a former Mayor, listened to the grievances of Sector 24 residents.

Power shutdown
Dera Bassi, September 6
The power supply to Rampur Sainia, Kuranwala, Behra , Fatehpur, Kheri Gujran and Bhagwas villages will remain suspended tomorrow.


Man duped of cash, mobile phone
Chandigarh, September 6
A man was duped of some cash and his mobile by a motorcyclist in Industrial Area at about 8.30 p.m. A local businessman Laxmi Narayan, was going to Zirakpur in his car (HR-49-C0050) when the incident took place. He had stopped the car near the Indutrial Area petrol station to ease himself when a motorcycle-borne youth approached him. The youth reportedly gave him some papers and said these had flown out of Narayan’s car.

Girl commits suicide
Panchkula, September 6
A 16-year-old girl committed suicide by hanging herself in her hutment in Indira Colony this evening. The victim, Neetu, was reportedly under depression because of her ill health. Her father, Raj Kumar, said she had a breathing problem and was under depression. She locked herself in the hutment this evening and hung herself.


Biz clip
Mahindra Show
Chandigarh, September 6
Mahindra and Mahindra and its authorised dealer Swami Automobiles, Chandigarh, today organised a show at Waraich Farms, Zirakpur for its Bolero and Invader customers. Under the Bolero Bollywood Masala Show, TV and film star Nitin and his dance troupe entertained the customers.

Now designer wear for expectant mothers
Chandigarh, September 6
Pregnant women here have something interesting to see, which has travelled all the way from Delhi. Conceptualised by a Delhi-based corporate consultant, Jhilmil Breckenridge, who graduated into designer wear for expectant mothers. The two-day unique exhibition, which opened in the city today, features special garments for pregnant women.


Vocationalisation stressed

Chandigarh, September 6
In a country where talented people are available for managing the pyramidal structure of the organisation but not enough skilled technician, vocationalisation of education seems to be the only answer to fill the void, opine experts speaking on the popularisation of vocational education at a national-level seminar at Technical Teachers’ Training Institute here today.

Dr Y.K. Anand, Mr R.C. Chauhan and Mr O.P. Bajpai on the panel of a technical session
(from left) Dr Y.K. Anand, Mr R.C. Chauhan and Mr O.P. Bajpai on the panel of a technical session of the National Seminar on Vocational Education and Training at TTTI, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Panchkula Diary
Teachers’ Day functions
Panchkula, September 6
The ongoing nutrition week celebrations at Jainendra Public School, Sector 1, concluded today with an inter-house nutritious cooking competition and a poster making contest.

Freshers' party at DAV school
Chandigarh, September 6
Monika Arora was declared Miss Fresher of the Nursery Teacher Training course run by Sector 15 DAV Model School. A freshers' party and a talent search contest was also held. Monika Sharma was declared the first runner-up with Amandeep Kaur and Ragini Sharma second runners-up.

  • Teachers' Day


Babu Mann files reply
Chandigarh September 6
Punjabi singer Babu Mann today filed a reply in a public interest litigation(PIL) filed against him pleading for a stay on his song “Chak lau revolver badla lena hai” in album “Saun di Jhadi”.

  • Suit adjourned


Navtej’s latest ‘Ranjha turda jaave’
Chandigarh, September 6
Navtej Singh Johar, the bharatnatyam dancer, who took the world of classical dance by storm by entering the female bastion in style, shared his experiences with art lovers at Punjab Kala Bhawan in Sector 16 this evening. Talking about his journey through various forms of art, Navtej said that bharanatyam was the closest to his heart.


Cholera scare in SAS Nagar colony
SAS Nagar, September 6
A scare has been created that several children have fallen ill with cholera-like symptoms in Badmajra colony, near Dara Studio, here.

Hospital serves notice on grocery
Chandigarh, September 6
The Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), today issued a show-cause notice to a grocery, illegally functioning as a sample collection centre in the hospital.

Programme on women’s health today
Chandigarh, September 6
The Dietetics Department of Government Medical College Hospital (GMCH), in collaboration with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, is organizing a one-day continuing medical education (CME) programme on “Women’s health and nutrition” tomorrow at Bhargava Auditorium, PGIMER.

Diabetes camp
Chandigarh, September 6
The Lions Club Region-VI, of district 321F organised a free diabetes detection camp at Sukhna Lake and Fragrance Garden, Sector 36, here today. Atleast 300 patients were checked up for the diabetes. Lion N.K. Aggarwal Region Chair-man, said that more such camps would be organised.


Judo championship begins
Chandigarh, September 6
The three-day CBSE North Zone judo championship was inaugurated today by Mr S. Tej Prakash Singh, Transport Minister, at IS Dev Samaj Girls School, Sector 21. The minister announced a grant of Rs 21,000 for the school.

Estesa XI enter semis
Chandigarh, September 6
A deadly spell of bowling by M.L. Chauhan ( 7 for 14 runs) enabled Estesa-XI to beat United India Insurance Company by 48 runs and enter the semifinals of the United India Insurance Cup at the PEC Cricket ground today. Batting first Estesa-XI scored 134 for 9 in 25 overs. Estesa-XI captain Vijay Bhasin played a sensible knock of 34 runs and Mohan Singh made 38.

  • Moti Ram School win

  • Subjunior v'ball

  • KVS sports meet

  • YRSCA win


Neighbourhood Watch Scheme launched in Sector 41-D
Chandigarh, September 6
The police launched its ambitious Neighbourhood Watch Scheme aimed at providing security to persons living alone in their houses and check thefts, in Sector 41-D here this evening. The scheme was first launched on January 28, 2001, in Sector 38 (West) and was later extended to several other sectors.

IT sleuths conduct survey on 3 premises
Chandigarh, September 6
Apprehending evasion of income tax to the tune of lakhs, sleuths of the Income Tax Department , North-West region, have conducted an intensive survey on the premises of Grace Locks, a unit manufacturing in-built door locks, Chandigarh Wires Priate Limited and Shivalik Wires Private Limited, both wiredrawing units in Industrial Area, Phase I.

Sanitation in Dera Bassi to be privatised
Dera Bassi, September 6
Sanitation within the Dera Bassi Municipal Council area will be privatised on the pattern of Chandigarh and stress should be given to develop the parks of the township, said Capt. R R Bhardwaj, Deputy Chairman of the Punjab Planning Board.

33 nakas to check thefts
Chandigarh, September 6
To check incidents of snatching and auto-theft, as many as 33 special check-points (nakas) were set up in different parts of the city this evening.


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