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2 Army men involved in mortar shell blast
Panchkula, October 4
The blast in a scrap dealer's shop in old Panchkula last night has exposed the pilferage of old and unused mortars and shells from the cantonment area.

The anti-sabotage team along with trained dogs inspects the site of the blast at Old Panchkula The police and the Army authorities make the case file of last night's blast
The anti-sabotage team along with trained dogs inspects the
site of the blast at Old Panchkula. 
The police and the Army authorities make the case file of last night's blast. — Tribune Photos by Pawan Sharma

Man kills son
Chandigarh, October 4
Thirty two-year-old Davinder Singh, a resident of Sector 40, was allegedly shot dead by his father, Kulwant Singh, when he returned home drunk late last night. It was a brawl between the father and son, which had become a “routine affair”, that cost the son his life. The police said Kulwant Singh was also drunk at the time of the incident.

The demons end up in flames
Chandigarh, October 4
The burning of the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkaran and Meghnad here today on Dasehra marked the conclusion of Ramlilas in different parts of the city. Huge crowds could be seen at the Parade Ground in Sector 17, Sector 29, Sector 7, Sector 27, Sector 26, Sector 46, Bapu Dham Colony and several other places.

An effigy of Ravana goes up in flames during Dasehra celebrations in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
An effigy of Ravana goes up in flames during Dasehra celebrations

Musharraf — the fourth demon
SAS Nagar, October 4
Maybe the successful test-firing of the Hatf missile that made the organisers here come up with the idea of burning an effigy of General Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan President. An eight-foot effigy of General Musharaf with nuclear war heads on both arms laced with bullets and guns was consigned to the flames amid cheers and slogans of “Jai Hind”. Although for most of the crowd the idea of symbolically burning down India’s enemy was a good one, many thought it was in bad taste. “On one hand our Prime Minister is going out of his way to extend a hand of friendship to the Pakistanis and here we are sending these vindictive signals across the borders,” pointed Col K.S. Sidhu (retd).

The effigy of General Pervez Musharraf before being consigned to flames at the Phase VIII Dasehra ground,  SAS Nagar, on Saturday.

The effigy of General Pervez Musharraf before being consigned to flames at the Phase VIII Dasehra ground

Foreign policy not Pak-centric, says Sibal
Panchkula, October 4
The Foreign Secretary, Mr Kanwal Sibal, tonight gave an overview of India’s Foreign Policy in the 21st century and identified the challenges and strategies that formed the contours of such a policy.

Kashmir one of the issues with Pak: General Oberoi
Chandigarh, October 4
Kashmir need not be the focal point to improve Indo-Pak bilateral relations. Instead initiatives can be made in a host of other areas and the Kashmir issue can be tackled side-by-side.

Bodies of ITBP men reach city
Chandigarh, October 4
The bodies of two Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel killed in an avalanche during a mountaineering expedition last month were received here with full service honours and sent to their native places in Himachal Pradesh.

The bodies of Tasi Ram Negi (left) and Yog Raj, who were killed in an avalanche in September, are given full service honours before being sent to their respective home towns in Himachal Pradesh, at the ITBP’s Transport Battalion in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
The bodies of Tasi Ram Negi and Yog Raj, who were killed in an avalanche in September

Tu hi re... Hariharan
Chandigarh, October 4
There is something intensely imaginative about Hariharan’s musical style that reflects the richness of Carnatic and the subtlety of Hindustani traditions. Literally born into music, he did not take long to master the art of song. Well before he started dotting the light musical concert circuits, he had won the All-India Sur Singaar contest in 1977, assuring himself a place among the stars.

Hariharan’s ingenious style to fore
Chandigarh, October 4
Once in a while, it pays to take time off the daily rut and soak in the timeless melodies rendered by people wedded to music. This evening brought in its fold one such rendezvous with a musical style that peculiarly defines the genius of Hariharan, who is known to dress up melodies with awesome liberty and commanding them as if they were born to him.
Hariharan performs at the CII in Sector 31, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Hariharan performs at the CII in Sector 31, Chandigarh


Treacherous trench irks villagers
Zirakpur, October 4
Unfinished work on a sewerage line has become a nightmare for residents of Bartana village and a number of colonies that have come up in this part of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat. Courtesy the civic body, a deep trench has been dug on the village link road in Govind Vihar Colony, work on which was abandoned after a day, and left uncovered.

A stranger in the city
very city has its own contradictions and Chandigarh is no different, so it would seem. When I first arrived in the city a week or so ago, I was told by the man who met me at the railway station, Dr N.K. Sharma from the Institute of Tourism and Future Management Trends that this city used to be known as a “city of long roads and high winds”. 

Tell your kids to play safe this festive season
Chandigarh, October 4
It happened last year. A Class X student was rushed to a private clinic in Sector 23 with an eye injury. He, along with his friend, were playing with bow and arrows when a misdirected shot left him bleeding.

Polio is no handicap for him
Chandigarh, October 4
“After stealing Rs 5 from my house in 1976, I reached Chandigarh. Since I had topped the entire Ropar district in the matriculation examination, my aim was to get best education and establish myself in life despite my physical limitations,” says Mr Virender Sood with a sense of pride.

Narrow escape for schoolchildren
Panchkula, October 4
It was a narrow escape for over 30 children returning back from a picnic at Tikkar Taal, near Morni, after their school bus rolled down 15 feet in a gorge. The children , students of Police Public School, Ambala, were returning when the bus driver lost control of the vehicle while manoeuvring a sharp turn on the Morni- Raipur Rani road and the bus rolled down the gorge. 

Teach according to interests of students
one are the days when students used to be sent to gurukuls for higher education. Now people prefer convent schools though government schools too attract many. Schools help in socialisation of the children and teachers groom their personality and polish their intellectual skills. Education should be according to the interests of the students and by taking into account their capabilities and levels. Forcible teaching invites only trouble.

Residents face water shortage


Cash, jewellery stolen
Panchkula, October 4
Cash and jewellery worth over Rs 3 lakh were stolen from a house in Sector 2, while the house owner was out of station for two days. The miscreant(s) broke into the house after breaking the grill of a window.

Man found dead
Chandigarh, October 4
Fortyfive-year-old Rajinder Singh ended his life by allegedly hanging himself from the ceiling of his house in Burail late yesterday. The reason behind the incident was not known.


Herbal products draw crowds at CII Fair
Chandigarh, October 4
Herbal and beauty-enhancing products are attracting a large number of customers at the CII Chandigarh Fair. Customers say that though most of the stalls are offering the same products, counters of herbal products and those holding some sort of a lucky draw are a major attraction.

A one-minute show organised by a telecom company in progress at the CII Fair in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph 
A one-minute show organised by a telecom company in progress at the CII Fair


CBSE painting contest on Oct 12
Chandigarh, October 4
A painting contest on the theme of “Disaster management” is being organised by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on October 12. The contest is being organised in connection with as the National Day for Disaster Reduction, which falls on October 29.


Tara Chand's police remand extended
Chandigarh, October 4
The suspended Additional Registrar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Tara Chand, was today further remanded in police custody by a local court. He was produced in the court of the UT Duty Magistrate, Ms Sangeeta Rai Sachdeva, who after hearing the police plea, remanded him in police custody till October 6. Tara Chand was booked on September 22 for allegedly possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.


Scaling new heights of buffoonery
Director Gore Verbinski has a belief. That crime can be comical. Adventure can be frivolous. And humour can be boisterous. Consumed by the belief, he cobbles together an army of pirates and makes them scale new heights of buffoonery in ‘‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’’ (Kiran).

Meher Bhasin opens Decorators
Chandigarh, October 4
Model Meher Bhasin is always on the move. She was here again this afternoon to inaugurate an apparel studio put together by budding designer Simple Kaur. After opening the store, which houses an exclusive range of fabric laced with Kashmiri embroidery and a host of traditional motifs, Meher talked about her latest engagement which has roots in fashion. “I have had my hands full all these months. Currently I am paying attention to my academy in Delhi, which trains modelling aspirants. I am now planning to open branches of my academy all over India, and Chandigarh is obviously my first preference after Delhi.”

Model Meher Bhasin inaugurates designer  Simple Kaur’s fashion collection at Decorators in Sector 35, Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Model Meher Bhasin inaugurates designer  Simple Kaur’s fashion collection at Decorators in Sector 35


Transfer gene testing facility to smaller hospitals: PGI Dean
Chandigarh, October 4
Lack of genetic testing and counselling facilities in smaller hospitals in India, for treatment, cure and prevention of many genetic disorders is adding to the disease burden with birth of children suffering from thalassaemia, muscular dystrophy, downs syndrome and haemophilia.

The PGI Dean, Prof Sudha Suri, delivers the keynote address at a symposium on ‘Recent advances in anatomy’ at the PGI, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
The PGI Dean, Prof Sudha Suri, delivers the keynote address at a symposium on ‘Recent advances in anatomy’


Afro-Asian Games to boost India’s image
Chandigarh, October 4
With the recent upsurge in the sports achievements by Indian sportspersons, in athletics, hockey, shooting, tennis, golf, weightlifting and wrestling where India showed good performance now sports in the country is attracting big sponsors. The forthcoming Afro-Asian Games to be held in Hyderabad from October 24 will give a tremendous boost to the euphoria created by recent upswing in the sports standards of the country sportspersons.  Today we have hockey team already taking the world by stride with three great wins out of four in the past one year, then shooters Abhinav Bindra, Anjali Bhagwat, R. Rathore, Manavjit Singh giving their best. 

Golf tournament at Forest Hill
Chandigarh, October 4
The Chandigarh Golf Association in association with the Forest Hill Golf and Country Club will hold a golf tournament on October 11 at the Forest Hill golf course for the benefit of the CGA Golf Range members and their dependents.


Bar: extend date for filing IT returns
Chandigarh, October 4
The Income Tax Bar Association has urged the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to extend the last date for filing returns by two more working days October 7. The association said the decision of the CBDT to extend the last date to file returns till October 3 could not be communicated to the assesses causing a lat confusion.


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