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Placement agencies defraud youths of Rs 2 crore
Chandigarh, September 30
Thousands of educated unemployed youths from the city and surrounding towns have been defrauded of about Rs 2 crore by a network of placement agencies in the city. Some of these companies have already closed down their offices, and the youths are running from pillar to post to get back the amount deposited and their salary for three to six months’ work.

Youths from Ambala Cantonment who were given jobs of field officers but have not been paid salary for the past over two months. Youths from Ambala Cantonment who were given jobs of field officers but have not been paid salary for the past over two months.
— Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

BSNL to disconnect 10,000 connections on Monday
Chandigarh, September 30
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Chandigarh Telecom District, has announced that it will disconnect over 10,000 land line connections on Monday, October 6, of those subscribers who have failed to deposit their bills in time.





UK police in India to get murder victim identified
Chandigarh, September 30
The Lancashire Constabulary in the United Kingdom has for the first time come to India to identify a male murder victim whose skeletal remains were found on July 26, 2002, in a rural locality in Lancashire. Addressing a press conference at the Chandigarh Press Club, Detective Sergeant Graham Coates and Detective Al Yusuf said they came to India after nine months of an exhaustive inquiry failed to identify the person in England.

A computer-generated image of a youth got prepared by the UK police. The youth, who was found murdered in 2001 in Lancashire, is believed to be of Asian origin.

A computer-generated image of a youth got prepared by the UK police.

PGI staff union comes to ousted Director’s defence
Chandigarh, September 30
Coming to the defence of the ousted PGI Director, Prof S.K. Sharma, the PGI Employees Union today shot a letter to the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mrs Sushma Swaraj, seeking reconsideration of the decision to remove him.

PU plans changes in conduct of exams
Chandigarh, September 30
In a step towards improving the examination system, Panjab university plans to introduce changes in the process of conduct of exams for saving volume of work for the concerned branch.

Selection of judges being questioned
Chandigarh, September 30
Claiming that the mode of appointing judges in India and Pakistan was “increasingly under criticism”, Pakistani Punjab's Advocate-General Syed Shabbar Raza Rizvi today asserted that “dissatisfaction was being expressed by jurists, Bar Association members and even Senior Judiciary members in Pakistan about the mode of selection”.

Fast-track court for UT soon
Chandigarh, September 30
Accused groping in the dark in the corridors of the Districts Courts Complex may find justice sooner than they expect, for Chandigarh is shortly going to get a fast-track court.


Lily Garden to be take-off point
Chandigarh, September 30
Lily Garden in Sector 9, a symbol of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru’s association with the City Beautiful, will be the take-off point for the year-long celebrations to mark the golden jubilee of the city. The inaugural function to mark the celebrations will be held on October 7.

Ranbaxy issue postponed again in MC meeting
SAS Nagar, September 30
Even as the issue pertaining to the proposed shifting of the Ranbaxy unit from its current location was postponed at the municipal council monthly meeting held here today, the House witnessed heated exchanges on the issue of regularising 13 contractual firemen and renewal of the sanitation contract.

International Day of Older Persons observed
Chandigarh, September 30
Members of the Senior Citizens Council, here observed International Day of Older Persons on the premises of Sri Guru Harkrishan Model High School, Sector 38, here today.

A girl from the Dev Samaj College of Education sings at the International Day of Older Persons celebrations in Sri Guru Harkrishan Model School, Sector 38, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photo
A girl from the Dev Samaj College of Education sings at the International Day of Older Persons celebrations

Building ‘symbols of evil’

Chandigarh, September 30
If you happen to park your car in front of Panjab University’s Music Department, you will see some impressive bamboo structures wrapped up in newspapers. Yes, you have guessed it right.

IT IS KUMBHKARANA'S SLEEP: Artistes who prepare effigies for Dashera take a nap after a hard day’s work in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Photo by Manoj Mahajan


Outgoing Chief Engineer chargesheeted
Chandigarh, September 30
The outgoing Chief Engineer of the Chandigarh Administration, Mr Puranjit Singh, was today chargesheeted following the recommendation of the Central Vigilance Commission.

Cong hold rally against NDA
Chandigarh, September 30
Undue interference by the BJP leaders at the Centre in the affairs of Chandigarh, demolition of jhuggis without the knowledge of the sitting MP, withdrawal of the Rent Act notification and demands of UT employee dominated the rally held by the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee here today.

District Congress Committee members protest against “anti-people policies of the NDA government” in Panchkula on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
District Congress Committee members protest against “anti-people policies of the NDA government” in Panchkula on Tuesday.

Readers Write
Government apathetic towards teachers

PROPOS of Mr Avanindra Chopra’s write-up “Government fails to keep word with college teachers” that appeared in these columns on September 9, 2003, I agree with his views that the teachers working in private colleges are not being given fair treatment.

  • Vanamahotsava or ‘funotsava’

  • The threesome


Man commits suicide
SAS Nagar, September 30
A 50-year-old resident of Phase VII, here, allegedly committed suicide following depression related to payment of pending loans. Following the recovery of a suicide note, the police today registered a case against six residents of the township on charges of abetment to suicide.


CII Chandigarh fair from October 2
Chandigarh, September 30
Over 200 companies are participating in CII's Chandigarh Fair, which makes its eighth annual appearance in the City Beautiful in a bigger and brighter avatar this year. Perfectly timed to cater to consumer's in the festive season, the prestigious fair is being held at the Circus Grounds from October 2 to 5.

Heavy rush at Income Tax counters
Chandigarh, September 30
As the deadline to file income tax returns for the salaried class and businessmen having income up to Rs 40 lakh ended today, a heavy rush of income tax payers was witnessed at three counters opened by the Income Tax Department in the city. Compared to last year, officers of the Income Tax Department had deputed sufficient staff to accept maximum number of returns.

Designer clothes shop to open in city
Chandigarh, September 30
The fashion-conscious crowd of City Beautiful have a treat in store. Ebony in Sector 9 is going to present a designer shop, Designer Studio, which will be inaugurated by a leading fashion designer of the country, Malini Ramani, on October 3.

Nightwear for fashion-conscious girls
Chandigarh, September 30
For fashion-conscious girls, especially the brides-to-be, going in for high-fashion lingerie and nightwear, the opening of a new store, Attractions, couldn't have come at a better time, with the marriage season round the concern. A wide collection of lingerie in vibrant colours is being presented, right from copy of international brands like Marks and Spencer and Victoria Lauet to local brands.


MoU with China on education
SAS Nagar, September 30
In what is being considered as a historical step, the Punjab School Education Board has signed a three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Department of Education, China, to encourage exchange between Punjab and the Jiangsu province of China in the field of primary and secondary education.

Contest on ‘Best out of waste’
Chandigarh, September 30
A contest on “Best out of waste material” was held for schoolchildren on the concluding day of the Children’s Festival at the State Institute of Education (SIE), Sector 32, here today.

NSS volunteers educate villagers
Chandigarh, September 30
NSS volunteers of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, continued with their awareness drive on health and hygiene in their adopted village, Badehri, as a part of the ongoing camp here today.


Non-bailable warrant against Tara Chand
Chandigarh, September 30
DSP, Mr S. C Sagar, today procured a non-bailable arrest warrant against the suspended Punjab and Haryana High Court Registrar (Additional), Tara Chand, who has been out of police net since the registration of a case for allegedly possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Plan to computerise all district courts
Chandigarh, September 30
All the district courts in the country would soon be computerised, this was disclosed by the Minister of State, for Law and Justice, Mr P.C. Thomas, at an “International legal conference organised by the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association here.


‘Banwas’ scene at Sukhna

Chandigarh, September 30
The “khevat” struggled hard with the oars to keep the boat floating against the tide as a crowd gathered at the banks of Sukhna Lake to witness "Lord Rama" being exiled from Ayodhya. He was accompanied by "Lakshman" and "Sita".

A Ramlila scene being enacted at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Photo by Malkiat Singh

A Ramlila scene being enacted at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Workshop on TV programming ends
Chandigarh, September 30
To culminate the 10-day workshop on “Mass Communication and Television Programming” conducted by Ryan International School, Chandigarh, a premier show of television programmes produced by the participants was held at Tagore Theatre here today.

Gujarati folk dances showcased
Chandigarh, September 30
Mrudang, a Gujarat-based folk dance group, today performed at Satsang Bhavan in Sector 26 here today.


Puneet, Kirandeep rule the pool

Chandigarh, September 30
Puneet Rana and Kirandeep Kaur swam to glory in the men’s and women’s section, respectively, in the Panjab University inter-college swimming championship held today at the campus pool.

A match between GMSSS, Sector 10, and St Peter’s School, Sector 37, in progress at the sub-junior football meet in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Photo by Pawan Sharma
A match between GMSSS, Sector 10, and St Peter’s School, Sector 37, in progress at the sub-junior football meet in Chandigarh on Tuesday

  • Walkout by team

  • St Stephen’s win 11-0

  • DAV paddlers champs

  • Tennis tourney

  • Karate championship

  • Netball team

  • Karate team excels


IT survey at police officer’s resort
Chandigarh, September 30
A resort owned by the family of a Punjab police officer in Zirakpur today came under the watchful eyes of the Income Tax Department. Sleuths of the department landed at the resort, Bristol, located on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, to ascertain the sources of investment in creating its infrastructure.

Panchayat land to house cattle owners
Chandigarh, September 30
The Chandigarh Administration today decided to give Rs 8 lakh to develop panchayat land spread across five villages for settling cattle rearers in the villages while charging rent which will be payable to the panchayats.

Notification for land acquisition
Chandigarh, September 30
The Administration has issued notification under Section 6 of the Land Acquisition Act for acquisition of land in Kishangarh and Bhagwanpura villages for development of Chandigarh Technology Park, protection of ecology and environment of Sukhna Choe Watershed and urban development of the area between Chandigarh and Manimajra.

Rural areas to get urban facilities
Chandigarh, September 30
Now all rural areas in the union territory of Chandigarh will get facilities on a par with the urban areas. A survey was ordered today in this connection by the UT Administrator, Justice O.P Verma (retd.).


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