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City celebrates its 50th anniversary
Chandigarh, October 7
Lily Garden in Sector 9, the historic place where Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru inspected the layout plan of the city in 1952, played host to the golden jubilee celebrations of the city, which officially took off today.
The UT Administrator and Punjab Governor, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), releases balloons

The UT Administrator and Punjab Governor, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), releases balloons
to mark the start of golden jubilee celebrations of Chandigarh at Sector 9 Lily Garden on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Verma announces series of projects
Chandigarh, October 7
As the first planned city of independent India, Chandigarh, today celebrated its golden jubilee, the Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory of Chandigarh, Justice O.P. Verma, announced a series of projects meant to upgrade the infrastructure of the city.

Chandigarh is 50
HANDIGARH, the nation’s most modern and vibrant city, is celebrating its Golden Jubilee today. The Tribune, which has been associated with the growth of Chandigarh and has shared its joys and sorrows, is offering to its readers a Special Supplement — “Chandigarh is 50” — to celebrate the occasion.


“Kambakth” man leaves a trail of melodies
Chandigarh, October 7
The magic of music came alive at the Leisure Valley in Sector 10, which became the venue for the grand musical concert presented by Sukhwinder Singh of “Chhaiya chhaiya” fame. 
  • Rahman to Speilberg — that’s Sukhwinder
    The depth of his words hits you as much as the harmony of his rendering. Punching the conversation with spiritual nuggets, sourced from the rich repertoire of Sufis saints, our quintessential singer-composer-writer Sukhwinder Singh humbly calls his music a “message from God.”

Singer Sukhwinder Singh performs at Leisure Valley
Singer Sukhwinder Singh performs at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, during a function organised by the UT Administration to mark 50 years of the inception of Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photo

An occasion to reflect and cherish
Chandigarh, October 7
The historical frames that filled the space of the Government Art College gallery on the occasion of 50 years of Chandigarh’s inception appeared less like leaves from history and more like vignettes from a family album.

A girl applies tilak on the forehead of the UT Administrator and Punjab Governor, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), at Lily Garden in Sector 9 on Tuesday. — Tribune photo

Sharing the past and future: As the city turns 50, an old man reflects on the progress of the city as he looks at the Nehru Memorial in Lily Garden in Sector 9 on Tuesday. — A Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

City vignettes
A European look
ide roads, spacious parks, widely spaced houses, low boundary walls, large windows — how did Chandigarh’s planners incorporate these very un-Indian features? With the region having witnessed so much violence in the past, how could security not be a consideration?
Country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on a visit to Panjab University’s Gandhi Bhavan
Country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on a visit to Panjab University’s Gandhi Bhavan, meeting architects Pierre Jeanneret and B.P. Mathur.

Councillors air views on city’s master plan
Chandigarh, October 7
A two-hour special general house meeting of the Municipal Corporation held here today discussed the master plan of the city. Councillors expressed concern about the shortcomings in the planning of the city.

Indian murdered in USA
Prosperity cited as cause behind incident
Sukhbir SinghLalru, October 7
Dreams of the family members of Sukhbir Singh, who was away to the USA to earn livelihood for the past over six years, came crashing down when they received the news of his murder by a US national on September 24. Son of a farmer of Ramgarhrurki village, 5 km from Lalru, Sukhbir was stabbed to death by Brush Phillip Reed. 

Indian-Americans affluent, says Malik
Chandigarh, October 7
Over the past few years, Indian-Americans have acquired a brand image and have emerged as a major influence on the US policy. Stating this during a lecture on “Indian oversees as an emerging factor in India’s foreign policy”, London-based journalist K.N. Malik said that the Indian-Americans’ influence could be discerned from the number of executive appointments they held.

Growth of radical Islam worries Australia
Chandigarh, October 7
While the general perception in Australia is that Pakistan is supporting cross-border terrorism in Kashmir, the growth of radical Islam is a cause of wider concern as it directly affects the security situation across the Asia-Pacific region.

Manish Babbar with his fatherTeacher’s wrath forces boy to run to Sukhna
SAS Nagar, October 7
An 11-year-old Class V student of Paragon School in Phase 1 here “left home” yesterday following the fear of getting beaten up by his class teacher and an altercation with his grandparents. Hours later, the child was found at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh, alone — hungry and tired.

Manish Babbar with his father and grandfather at the SP Mohali’s office in SAS Nagar on Tuesday.



Unsatisfactory sanitation work in Mohali
SAS Nagar, October 7
The sanitation contractor has not been able to provide satisfactory service to the town and the issue of extending or terminating the work order is likely to be discussed at the Municipal Council meeting to be held next week.

Committee formed to tackle cattle menace
Panchkula, October 7
Following the direction of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the district administration today constituted a three-member committee to tackle the stray cattle menace here and in the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

Media told to report items on children responsibly
Chandigarh, October 7
The media has a special responsibility while reporting on children in view of their psychology and perspective. This was the consensus at a one-day workshop on “The children’s rights and the role of the media” organised by the Chandigarh Journalists Association, affiliated with the National Union of Journalists(I), at the Press Club here today.

Special prayer sessions from Oct 20
Chandigarh, October 7
The city is all set to celebrate the beautification of Mother Teresa beginning October 20. The beautification ceremony, slated for October 19 in Rome, will usher in a season of special prayer sessions at the home of the Missionaries of Charity, Shantidan, Sector 23, as well as the Catholic Church in Sector 19.

A child goes about her business as a bulldozer razes unauthorised structuresOld structure demolished
SAS Nagar, October 7
An old structure in Kumbra village that came in the way of development activity was removed by the enforcement wing of PUDA during a demolition drive here today. Mr J.S. Tiwana, SDO, Buildings, said some development works like laying of an 80-foot-wide road and a storm sewer were lying pending as the building came in the way of the activity.

A child goes about her business as a bulldozer razes unauthorised structures at Maloya in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photo

Old tusker dies at Chhat Bir
Chhat Bir (Patiala), October 7
Kaweri, a 95-year-old elephant, died because of oldage at Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park located on the Chandigarh-Patiala highway here this afternoon. Brought to the Zoo after Kamla Circus wound up in 1978, Kaweri was a prime attraction for visitors thronging the zoo.

Scrap dealer in blast case surrenders
Panchkula, October 7
Lalit Kumar, a scrap dealer allegedly involved in the mortar shell blast case, surrendered before the police this afternoon. He was at large since the blast incident in his scrap shop. The police has booked him under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code and under the provisions of the Explosive Act.

Villagers asked to return explosives
Panchkula, October 7
The police yesterday swung into action and made public announcements in Bhudd and Mandlai villages, asking the residents to return any explosive device that they had gathered from a nearby Army firing range.

Serial on Samrat Shankar
Chandigarh, October 7
Doordarshan has made a serial on the life of magician Samrat Shankar. The serial has already started its run on the DD Bharati Channel from October 6. The serial has been divided into 10 episodes with half an hour duration everyday.

Readers Write
What ails government schools?
n a news item published in Chandigarh Tribune on August 31, “Nine city students clear talent search exam”, it was mentioned that all nine students were from public or English-medium schools. Not even a single student was from any government school. Is it not a matter of shame for our Education Department as well as qualified teachers of these schools?



Proclaimed offender arrested
Chandigarh, October 7
The Economic Offences Wing of the Chandigarh Police today arrested the Global Human Resources Management Limited director, Ajit Singh, alias Sukhninder Singh Parmar, who had been evading arrest since February.

Man commits suicide
Chandigarh, October 7
A 41-year-old resident of Sector 46-B, Bhupinder Singh, today hanged himself to death. He was found hanged to the ceiling fan of his room by his family members in the afternoon. He has not left any suicide note behind, the police said.


Balwant Singh CITU president again
Chandigarh, October 7
Mr Balwant Singh was re-elected president of the Punjab unit of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, along with a 63-member state executive body, here today. Mr Raghunath Singh and Mr Vijay Mishra were elected general secretary and the working president of the unit, respectively.



Grant to 7 private colleges withheld
Chandigarh, October 7
The holding back of second quarter of the 95 per cent grant meant for payment of staff salaries and other dues by the UT Education Department for the second time in a year, adding up to Rs 3 crore, has landed the seven private colleges of the city in a soup.

‘Ineligible' made eligible by PU rules
Chandigarh, October 7
Contradictory stands in the rule books governing admission and eligibility have come to the rescue of the students who were wrongly admitted in an affiliated college of Panjab University. At least two students spent one whole year in the college after wrongful admission and even appeared in the annual examination, which meant they would have lost an entire year.

A hot spot for Panjab University students
Students relax outside the Students’ CentreChandigarh, October 7
The importance of place nearby Students Centre on the Panjab University campus can be gauged from a heavy rush even during the long vacation during the scorching months of May and June each year. 

Students relax outside the Students’ Centre at Panjab University on Tuesday. — A Tribune photo

Film institute lying closed
SAS Nagar, October 7
Almost a-year-old Pesco Film and TV Institute in the industrial area here, which had been promoted by the Punjab Government, is lying closed. The institute had been inaugurated with great fanfare by Sunil Dutt on August 2 last year.

PU teachers to go on mass leave
Chandigarh, October 7
Teachers of Panjab University will go on a mass casual leave on October 9 in protest against the non-implementation of a viable pension scheme, a press note of Panjab University Teachers Association said here today.

Talent hunt contest concludes
Dera Bassi, October 7
A two-day talent hunt competition organised by Government Degree College concluded here today. The competition that were organised on the occasion include painting, clay modeling, cartooning, poster making, collage making, rangoli, poem recitation, declamation contest, histrionics, giddha, bhangra, folk songs, geet, ghazals, and fancy dress competition.

Seva trust to award teachers
Chandigarh, October 7
The Jan Seva Trust, a trust instituted in memory of Late Tara Chand Saboo by his family, will award four teachers in different categories.


Speedy disposal of Bhattal case sought
Chandigarh, October 7
Claiming that he is being harassed due to delay in the trial, Mr Balwant Singh Dhillon, the complainant in a corruption case registered against, Punjab Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, today pleaded for the speedy disposal of the case during hearing in a local court.

Statement in Beant case recorded
Chandigarh, October 7
The statement of Mr Tilak Raj Mehra, Principal Scientific Officer, Central Forensic Science Laboratory, New Delhi, was today recorded in the Beant Singh assassination trial in a special court room in the Model Burail Jail.



Abhinet back with theatre festival
Chandigarh, October 7
In 30 years of its existence, Abhinet, a local amateur theatre group, has given theatre lovers of the city a lot to cherish. Formed to keep Chandigarh culturally alive, Abhinet has been regularly staging productions, often bringing classic plays to the city.

A play with dramatic elements
Chandigarh, October 7
It was a story of a man's vanity which was told in the "Nautanki" style, where a story unfolds with all the dramatic elements — a “sutradhar” to narrate the theme, complemented by songs and dance sequences besides pompous dialogues.



Abhinav eyes Olympic medal
Chandigarh, October 7
Abhinav Bindra (21), the first sportsperson from India to get quota place in shooting for the 2004 Athens Olympics, is all set to perform in the ISSF World Cup final being held in Milan, Italy. Though officially the six-day meet began today, the 10 m air rifle event, in which Abhinav is pitted against top-ranked shooters of the world, would be held on October 10.

6-day carom meet begins
Chandigarh, October 7
The six-day 13th Chandigarh State Carom Championship with 316 entries in seven categories began here today at the St Stephen’s School, Sector 45. In the sub-junior girls’ (singles) category, Tanvi and Prabhpreet moved up by beating their respective opponents, Shivalika and Vishakha.

  • Judo championship

  • AITA tennis series

  • Talent hunt

  • Cycling championship

Chadha to head key cricket panel
Chandigarh, October 7
The Chandigarh Administration has constituted three committees — Cricket Upgradation Committee, Administrative Committee and Technical and Coaching Committee — to conduct cricketing affairs in the Union Territory under the guidance of the Board of Control for Cricket in India as also to utilise the financial support which the national body will extend to the Union Territory to improve the facilities for the game. 

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