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One feared washed away near Mauli Jagran
Chandigarh, September 17
A 36-year-old mason, Khem Chand, is feared to have been washed away near Mauli Jagran in a nearby overflowing causeway tonight, while another survived a sudden water gush by catching an iron angle. The search for Khem Chand was on till the time of filing of this report.

Power consumers made to cough up more
Chandigarh, September 17
The policy of the Administration to supply electricity through private contractors to slums and unauthorised colonies may have helped check power pilferage and improve revenue, but it has provided an opportunity to contractors to exploit and harass consumers by overcharging them.
The residens of Hallo Majra village show receipts of inflated electricity bills being charged from them by a private contractor engaged by the Chandigarh electricity department The residents of Hallo Majra village show receipts of inflated electricity bills being charged from them by a private contractor engaged by the Chandigarh electricity department. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma


PUDA directed to pay compensation to applicants
Chandigarh, September 17
In an order favouring hundreds of investors, the UT consumer court has directed the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) to pay an interest of 9 per cent on the amount of Rs 2.75 lakh deposited by them for allotment of plots in S.A.S Nagar.

PUDA to hand over parks to MC
SAS Nagar, September 17
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has decided to hand over parks in four developed sectors of the town of the municipal council (MC) for maintenance.

Using theatre to voice feelings of sufferers
Chandigarh, September 17
Many artistes master the art of theatre, but few have the heart to take it to the grassroots. For Sangeet Natak Akademi Award winner playwright and theatre director Bhanu Bharati, theatre is not just a medium to be practiced for the elite. It is, indeed, a tool that can be employed to voice the feelings of those whose circumstances have forced them into silence and suffering.

‘Nachni’ — a virtual journey through life
Chandigarh, September 17
Handling pain and its elements on stage is perhaps the most challenging thing to do. But director Bhanu Bharati seems to have mastered the art of taking up such challenges.

Sindhu Mishra performs in a play ‘Nachni’’ that was staged at the National Theatre Festival at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Sindhu Mishra performs in a play "Nachni" that was staged at the National Theatre Festival at Tagore Theatre

Hippo gives birth to female calf
Chhat Bir, September 17
Adding another attraction to Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, a hippopotamus gave birth to a female calf this morning after a gap of over four-and-a-half years. The birth took place exactly one year after an elephant calf was born in the zoo last year. The successful breeding of elephants here had created a record in the history of Indian zoos.

Wednesday evening rain caused inconvenience to residents of Chandigarh, but compensated them with colourful patterns on roads Rain disrupts traffic movement

Riot of colours: Wednesday evening rain caused inconvenience to residents of Chandigarh, but compensated them with colourful patterns on roads. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma


Move to have  unreserved ticketing system for city
Chandigarh, September 17
After introducing the facility of unreserved ticketing system ( UTS) at Ambala, Northern Railways officials are keen on extending the facility to Chandigarh railway station. At present printed card tickets for the unreserved compartments are being issued manually, resulting in long queues at the ticket windows.

Resident demands cop’s suspension
SAS Nagar, September 17
A resident of Sohana village, who was allegedly beaten up by a munshi of the police station there, has demanded that the latter be placed under suspension and an inquiry be conducted into the matter.

Car mishap: drivers trade blows
Panchkula, September 17
Exchange of blows between drivers of two cars resulted in traffic chaos in Sector 9 late this evening. The brawl took place at about 10.30 pm after the two cars reportedly banged into each other head on.

2 killed in mishap
SAS Nagar, September 17
One person was killed when a scooter and a car collided at the Kumbra chowk, here last night. It is learnt that Wg Cdr B.S. Garewal (retd), a resident of Sector 70, was killed on the spot when a Qualis car collided with his scooter.

Bus rams into octroi post
Dera Bassi, September 17
Four persons were injured when a Haryana Roadways bus rammed into an octroi collection post on the Ambala-Kalka highway in Jawaharpur village, about 2 km from here, yesterday.

DSP to probe sexual harassment case
Chandigarh, September 16
The Panchkula Superintendent of Police, Mr Ranbir S Sharma has directed the DSP Kalka Rajesh Duggal to look into a complaint of sexual harassment of the wife of a CRPF sepoy by a doctor at CRPF Group Centre Pinjore.

Programme on saving energy
SAS Nagar, September 17
A one day industrial institutional training programme was organised free of cost at the Verka milk plant by the Petroleum Conservation and Research Association, here today.


Man murdered
Kharar, September 17
Dharminder Singh, 26, was murdered allegedly by a Sabjinder Kaur, in Ramgarh village, last night. The Kharar police has registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC against Sabjinder Kaur, who allegedly had illicit relations with the deceased.

House burgled
Panchkula, September 17
Burglars broke into a house in Sector 14 and decamped with cash and other valuables worth lakhs of rupees in broad daylight this afternoon. According to police, burglars broke into the house of Mr Krishan Kumar, a contractor, by breaking open the main door of the house at about 1 pm.


Online pool tournament
Chandigarh, September 17
iWay state-of-the-art cybercafe chain from Sify Limited, has launched its second annual online pool tournament- the ‘iWay Pool Blast’. The tournament is on in seven cities — Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chandigarh since September 8.

Tide sachet to cost less


Students admire one of the sculptures at an exhibition of sculptures being held at Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

New students’ council raring to go
Chandigarh, September 17
With the verdict of the student community under its belt, Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) is all set to take charge of the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) next week.

Ozone Day at Dev Samaj college
Chandigarh, September 17
A quiz and poster-making contest was held at Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, to mark Ozone Day here today. Students recited poems on nature and spoke on the depletion of the ozone layer and its preservation by adoption of ozone-friendly products.

Students urged to preserve environment
Chandigarh, September 17
Poster-making contests, a quiz on environment and discussions on the preservation of environment, along with an awareness drive on the depletion of the ozone layer, were among many activities organised at Stepping Stones Secondary School, Sector 38, here today.


Hearing in case against Amarinder adjourned till Sept 20
Chandigarh, September 17
Mr Sukhbir Badal, General Secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal and son of former Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal today appeared in a local court in connection with a defamation case filed against the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh. Mr Sukhbir Badal appeared in the court of the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L Mohal.

Murder suspect remanded



Seminar on birth asphyxia from Sept 20
Chandigarh, September 17
The Paediatrics Department at the PGI will organise a two-day on birth asphyxia from September 20. Birth asphyxia means failure to establish adequate breathing at birth.


Contest for fast bowlers
Chandigarh, September 17
More than 1,000 children drawn from various parts of the region in the above-16 age group are expected to take part in the second leg of the two-day Scorpio Speedster cricket carnival, beginning tomorrow at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8. The hunt for fast bowlers through this unique contest has been organised under the banner of IMG, an entertainment management company.

Cricket team trial today
Panchkula, September 17
The trial to select the Panchkula district cricket team (under15) will be held tomorrow at 3.30 pm at Hans Raj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, according to Mr Sandeep Moudgil, secretary of the Panchkula District Cricket


Admn issues contradicting orders
Rehabilitation of slum dwellers
Chandigarh, September 17
The Chandigarh Administration has issued two contradicting official orders with regard to the rehabilitation of encroachers. One of them is highly controversial. These notifications are issued to accord a finality to the orders.

Fiftyseven structures pulled down
Panchkula, September 17
Following the directions of the Deputy Commissioner, the enforcement wing of the Haryana Public Works Department (HPWD) pulled down at least 45 structures that have come up along the road leading to the Mansa Devi temple here today.
A JCB razes illegal structures at Dadu Majra Colony in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A team of the Chandigarh Housing Board demolished more than 100 structures in the colony. Residents had extended the boundary walls of their houses by 8 feet to 10 feet to encroach upon government land. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
A JCB razes illegal structures at Dadu Majra Colony in Chandigarh on Wednesday

New Lake Club in charge
Chandigarh, September 17
Following the resignation of the General Manager of Lake Club, Lieut-Col Madhu Berry (retd), the Chandigarh Administration will take legal action against him for recovery, if he is found guilty in the ongoing inquiry into the affairs of the Lake Club which is managed by the Sports Department.

Dalit youth case: probe ordered
Chandigarh, September 17
The UT Administrator, Justice O.P Verma (Retd.), yesterday asked the Deputy Commissioner to get a magisterial inquiry conducted into the alleged torture of a Dalit youth, Mr Ashok Kumar of Dadu Majra, in custody by two sub-inspectors of the Chandigarh police, last month.


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