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Woman alleges inhuman torture by police
Chandigarh, September 26
Karamjit Kaur shows injuries marksAn another incident of brutal torture came to light when a 20-year-old girl, Karamjit Kaur, who was rescued by the Warrant Officer of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, today alleged that she was subjected to inhuman treatment and was asked to remove her clothes by the Punjab Police personnel at a press conference organised by the NGO Lawyers for Human Rights International here today.

Karamjit Kaur shows injury marks on her leg. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Controversy row over IPS officers’ posting ends
Police Lines back with SSP Yadav
Chandigarh, September 26
The controversy kicked up by the transfer of IPS officers made by the Inspector General Police, Mr Rajesh Kumar, ended today with the UT Home Department having its rightful say in the matter. 



Touts 'help' poor to secure bail
Chandigarh, September 26
Many suspended UT and municipal council employees have reportedly formed a band of touts, who are "helping" the accused to secure bail in the UT district courts by furnishing false local sureties on fake identity cards.

Income tax returns without PAN allowed
Chandigarh, September 26
With four days left for the expiry of a deadline to file income-tax returns, the Central Board of Direct Taxes has allowed the income tax assessees to file their returns without the Permanent Account Number.

Designing theatre for purpose
Vikram Kapadia
Chandigarh, September 26
With 17 years of theatre behind him, Vikram Kapadia is still going strong. Famous for his impressive folio of celebrated productions like Ken Jenkin’s “Rupert’s Birthday”, William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” and “Romeo and Juliet” and Makrand Deshpande’s “Musk Maiden”, Vikram is now ready to surface in the avataar of a film-maker.

ETO booked for abetting suicide
Panchkula, September 26
Neeraj Kansal (27), whose charred body was found in wilderness along the Panchkula-Naraingarh National Highway in the wee hours today, committed suicide after being allegedly harassed by an Excise and Taxation Officer of Chandigarh.

Bhatti honours Capt, Badal as “greatest comedians”
Jaspal Bhatti’s Nonsense Club presents the “best Punjab comedy award” to Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Capt Amarinder SinghChandigarh, September 26
Jaspal Bhatti’s Nonsense Club got back into action this evening by honouring Mr Parkash Singh Badal and the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, with the “best comedian award” in the recent times.

Jaspal Bhatti’s Nonsense Club presents the “best Punjab comedy award” to Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Capt Amarinder Singh for their exceptional abilities as “political entertainers” in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma



MC in catch-22 situation over auction of 2 sites
Chandigarh, September 26
Once bitten twice shy. The proverb fits in the case of the officers of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh. After the 16-crore scam over delay in allotment of a hotel site in Sector 35, officials in the corporation are jittery to hand over possession of the two SCO sites in Sector 9 which were auctioned last year.

Penalty against Chief Engineer recommended
Chandigarh, September 26
The CBI tonight recommended major penalty against UT Chief Engineer Puranjit Singh. The action comes three days ahead of his scheduled retirement on September 30. The CBI has sent the report to the Central Vigilance Commission and has sent a copy to the Administration. 

Shift Ranbaxy from residential area: panel
SAS Nagar, September 26
A subcommittee, comprising municipal councillors and civic body officials, formed by the council to visit Ranbaxy Laboratories to check fire-fighting arrangements has sought the shifting of the factory from the residential area in the interest of the public.

Back home from a dangerous Safari
Zirakpur, September 26
Mr Darshan Singh Khosa and Charan Singh, who were kidnapped by a gang of Biharis by luring them with an attractive prize, have finally reached home safely. Kidnapped for ransom, the lucky survivors — property dealer Darshan Singh and his friend Charan Singh — said they had lost the hope of returning to their native place and reuniting with their loved ones.

Raising Day celebrated
Chandigarh, September 26
Directorate-General of Quality Assurance Raising Day was celebrated in the city by Senior Quality Assurance Establishment (Electronics and Systems) — a defence organisation under the DGQA.

Minister’s assurance on City-Ambala highway
Chandigarh, September 26
The Union Minister for Surface Transport and National Highways has assured the member of the National Executive of the BJP, Mr Satya Pal Jain, of taking a decision on widening the Chandigarh-Ambala national highway to four lanes soon.

Youth dared to gulp chilli shake
On the second day of AXN Xtreme Dhamaka roadshow and shootingChandigarh, September 26
AXN challenges got a little tough as the Xtreme Dhamaka show entered its second day in Chandigarh today. The entire focus of Mike Whitney, Tania Zaetta, Salil Acharya and Deepica, official hosts for the Xtreme Dhamaka to be aired on AXN from December, was on the city centre — Sector 17 today.

On the second day of AXN Xtreme Dhamaka roadshow and shooting, a spirited aspirant accepts the challenge of catching a massive “rumaali roti” in Sector 17 Plaza in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Preparations on for Durga puja
Chandigarh, September 26
The preparations are on. Even though Durga, Lakshmi and Kali puja is almost a week away, you can feel the excitement among members of the Bengali community putting up in Chandigarh.

Navratra Fair
Thousands throng Mansa Devi Temple
Panchkula, September 26
Thousands of devotees from all over the region thronged the Mata Mansa Devi Temple to pay their obeisance on the first day of Navratras today. The nine-day fair began at the shrine complex with religious fervour. Haryana Governor Babu Parmanand and his wife Mrs Sudesh Kumari were among the first few to pay their obeisance and perform “yajana” at the “Shakti Peeth”.

Police accused of shirking responsibility
SAS Nagar, September 26
Mr Harjit Singh Bhullar, vice-president of the Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, has accused the police of distorting facts in a case of attempt to kidnap his son.

CSIO honours staff members
Chandigarh, September 26
The Central Scientific Instruments Organisation today celebrated its foundation day by holding an open day for general public. As many as 1500 visitors, including students from schools and colleges, went around various laboratories of the organisations and interacted with scientists.



Industries Director to head panel
Chandigarh, September 26
The Chandigarh Administration yesterday decided to form a committee which will amicably sort out the matter of the people who had applied for industrial plots about two decades ago. 

New hotel at Panchkula
Chandigarh, September 26
Best Western, stated to be world’s largest chain of independently owned and operated hotels with over 4,000 hotels all around the globe, has officially launched Hotel K.C. Cross Road at Panchkula, near Chandigarh as a Best Western Hotel. Mrs Satwanti Ahlawat, Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula was the chief guest.



Stress on making quality education accessible
Dr Latha Pillai, Adviser to the NAAC, delivers the keynote address at the golden jubilee seminar of the UGC at the ICSSR complexChandigarh, September 26
Indian universities should be prepared to meet the demands of the new generation which will be knocking at their doors in unprecedentedly large numbers under changed global scenario — both economical and academic.

Dr Latha Pillai, Adviser to the NAAC, delivers the keynote address at the golden jubilee seminar of the UGC at the ICSSR complex, Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Friday.
— A Tribune photograph

Now CBSE duplicate certificates in 25 min
Chandigarh, September 25
On the fast-track, the regional office of the Central Board of Secondary Education is all set to go hi-tech with just 25 minutes between the payment of fee and the issuing of duplicate migration and pass certificates.

Three-day workshop concludes
Chandigarh, September 26
A three-day workshop on “Training manual for local self government representatives and non-formal and adult education” concluded at the ICSSR complex of Panjab University here today. The workshop was organised jointly by the North-Western Regional Centre of the ICSSR and UNESCO.

Tiny tots celebrate Dasehra
Chandigarh, September 26
Tiny tots of Evergreen Academy in Sector 34 celebrated Dasehra with religious fervour here today. Ramlila began on September 17 at the school and children from various classes enacted the scenes. The celebrations came to a grand finale today with the burning of Ravana, which symbolises triumph of good over evil.

Students present a parody during a freshers’ party at the History DepartmentFreshers’ parties at PU
Chandigarh, September 26
To provide an opportunity for a formal exchange of ideas and making a base for camaraderie among seniors and juniors, the History Department of Panjab University arranged a freshers’ party here today.

Students present a parody during a freshers’ party at the History Department of Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

265 take part in calligraphy contest
Chandigarh, September 26
As a part of the ongoing children's festival organised by the State Institute of Education, as many as 265 students from 47 schools of the city took part in a calligraphy competition at the institute complex in Sector 32 here today.

School celebrates founder’s day
Chandigarh, September 25
An impressive show was put up by students of St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here today to mark the 20th Founder’s Day celebrations. The show was titled, “Scientific and Artistic Outlook”. The day started with a small celebration in honour of the chairman and founder, Andrew Gosain.

Cultural feast at school’s annual function
Chandigarh, September 26
A colourful cultural bonanza marked the annual function and prize distribution ceremony of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, that was organised at Tagore Theatre here today.


Bhardwaj doesn’t deserve bail, rules HC judge
Chandigarh, September 26
Dismissing a petition filed by Chandigarh’s suspended Judicial Magistrate S.S. Bhardwaj seeking grant of bail in an alleged corruption case, Mr Justice M.M. Kumar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that the accused was “likely to threaten the witnesses and may even flee the process of law resulting in his absence from trial”.



Lovleen Mishra TV no more challenging for “Chutki”
Chandigarh, September 26
Lovleen Mishra looks as unassuming as she looked years ago when she played the coveted role of Chutki in the television magnum opus “Hum Log”. Years later, the Delhi girl is still busy with theatre, with over 30 serials, telefilms, documentaries, short films and sitcoms to her credit.


Prabhakar to head medical board
Chandigarh, September 26
The Head of the PGI’s Neurology Department, Prof S.K. Prabhakar, will head the Special Medical Board constituted by the UT Administrator for issuing disability certificates. The board will function at the PGI itself.

Malaria cases reported at Burj Kotian
Panchkula/Chandigarh, September 26
The outbreak of P Falciparum malaria (cerebral malaria) and P Vibax malaria in a labour colony at Burj Kotian, near Pinjore, has the Panchkula Health Department in jittery.



Ankita, Shiva secure berth in AITA final
Chandigarh, September 26
Ankita Singh and Shiva Sangwan, both from Chandigarh, secured berth in the under-14 finals in the girls and boys section, respectively, on the penultimate day of the ongoing AITA Junior Ranking Tennis Tournament here today at the Tennis Stadium, Sector 10.

Elderly participate in brisk-walk contest
Senior citizens take part in a brisk-walk competition Chandigarh, September 26
About 500 senior citizens participated in a brisk-walk competition organised by the Chandigarh Police in collaboration with the Senior Citizens’ Association at Sukhna Lake here today.

Senior citizens take part in a brisk-walk competition organised at Sukhna Lake 
on Friday morning. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

National triathlon meet on Sunday
Chandigarh, September 26
The 12th Senior National Triathlon Championship will be held at Sukhna Lake on Sunday. It is for the first time that the Chandigarh State Triathlon Association is organising the meet in the city.

Manan national pool champion
Chandigarh, September 26
Manan Chandra defeated defending champion Alok Kumar in the final of the Third National Pool Championship that concluded at the Chandigarh Club this evening.


Five DSPs transferred
Chandigarh, September 26
The Chandigarh Administration today issued transfer orders to shift five Deputy Superintendents of Police including newly promoted DSP, Mr P.K. Dhawan. Some of the transfers made by the IG in his August 6 order have been changed, while one has been regularised.

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