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City temple belongs to Mahabharata period: expert
Chandigarh, October 8
The Baba Balak Nath temple located on Dakshin Marg, opposite The Tribune office complex, is part of a prized archeological site, according to Mr Devendra Handa, former head of the Department of Ancient History, Culture and Archeology of Panjab University.

Mr Davendra Handa explains a point at the Baba Balak Nath temple on Dakshin Marg, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Priest kidnapped, 1 lakh paid, let off
SAS Nagar, October 8
A middle-aged caretaker-cum-priest of a temple-cum-dera in Sector 68 here was allegedly kidnapped by two unidentified men posing as policemen and made to shell out Rs 1 lakh before being let off in the evening.


Mega screen set to lure spectators at PCA stadium
SAS Nagar, October 8
The cricket Test match between India and New Zealand is all set to be one of the biggest commercial extravaganza to be hosted by the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) at its palatial stadium here from October 16.

Gurdwaras provide langar to Badal men

Chandigarh, October 8
It was langar provided by the Shiromani Gudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)-run gurdwaras that seemed to have provided lung power to an estimated 6000 Akalis against the Amarinder Singh government during the four hours of the questioning of their party chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, by the Vigilance Bureau here today.

While Punjab Vigilance Bureau officials were busy questioning the Badals at their Sector 2 residence, Chandigarh police personnel utilised their time in cleaning the utensils for the langar near Parkash Singh Badal’s residence in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

While Punjab Vigilance Bureau officials were busy questioning the Badals at their Sector 2 residence

Shopping mania grips city residents
Chandigarh, October 8
The playing of loud music in the background, special lighting arrangements to decorate shops, heavy discounts and attractive prizes through lucky coupons have began to attract customers to city markets.

Crowds of shoppers stop to gaze at the prizes of the lucky draw scheme announced by the Sector 22 market in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma
Crowds of shoppers stop to gaze at the prizes of the lucky draw scheme announced by the Sector 22 market in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

City’s stepmotherly treatment to tribals 
Chandigarh, October 8
The 3,000-odd tribal population of Chandigarh is facing difficulties in getting housing and other benefits, according to Mr Xavier Pamei, chairman of the All-India Tribal Students Association (AITSA). The problem, according to him, occurs from the fact that the Chandigarh Administration will not recognise tribals whenever a census is carried out.

City Vignettes
Role of bureaucracy
EMBERS of the royalty were great patrons of art and architecture. Their education and training put them in a special position to promote art and culture. Great schools of architecture, like the Mughal and the Rajasthani, flourished under their patronage. With the demise of royalty, the profession of architecture has been orphaned. A vacuum has been created, only to be filled by the bureaucracy. The history of Chandigarh provides an interesting insight into the role played by the bureaucracy in promoting this profession.

Ratwara Sahib samagam venue shifted
SAS Nagar, October 8
Following the schism within the Ratwara Sahib Gurdwara Management, Baba Lakhbeer Singh has shifted the venue of the annual samagam from Ratwara Sahib to Badh Majra near Kharar. The three-day samagam, to be held from October 10, is expected to attract the personal followers of the Baba, who along with his supporters has shifted to a vacant factory premises at the village.

Baba Lakhbeer Singh (right) at the press conference organised at Badh Majra near Kharar on Wednesday.
Baba Lakhbeer Singh (right) at the press conference organised at Badh Majra near Kharar on Wednesday.

Tearful adieu to Kaveri
Chhat Bir (Patiala), October 8
Kaveri, a 95-year-old tusker, which died after attending crowds for over 25 years at Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, was given tearful adieu here today.

Zoo staffers make preparations for the burial of Kaveri, a 95-year-old female elephant, who died in Chhat Bir Zoo, on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan.

Zoo staffers make preparations for the burial of the carcass of Kaveri, a 95 year-old female elephant, in Chhat Bir Zoo on Wednesday.

Park bench purchase
Probe report still awaited

SAS Nagar, October 8
An inquiry ordered by the Ropar Deputy Commissioner, about a month ago, into the purchase of park benches worth lakhs of rupees by the local municipal council has made little headway.

Shobha yatra taken out
Chandigarh, October 8
The thumping beats of drums and the rhythmic notes of trumpets filled the air as a shobha yatra taken out in connection with Valmiki Prakat Utsav was welcomed in Sector 22 Nehru Park. It was organised by the Sweepers Union of Chandigarh and the Akhil Bhartiya Safai Mazdoor Congress.

Employees stage dharna
Chandigarh, October 8
Hundreds of employees of the Chandigarh Administration and the Municipal Corporation under the banner of the Chandigarh UT Subordinate Services Federation today staged dharna opposite the DC Office in Sector 17 demanding release of the pending bonus and DA instalments before Divali.

TA’s Raising Day today
Chandigarh, October 8
Celebrations of the 55th Raising Day of the Territorial Army (TA), commonly referred to as the Citizens’ Army, began with a ‘bara khana’ and an inter-unit kabaddi competition, here today.

Readers Write
Work is worship, but where is work culture
ORK is worship is not only an idiom but a fact in today’s world. Work is a great stress remover. If one is under tension then work of any kind will prove to be a great stressbuster, be it of any kind other than your routine professional work or exercise of any kind, long walk, gardening, music, etc. it is seen that after retirement people go into depression.

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  • Address change in RCs

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7 officials booked in land dispute case
Raipur Rani (Panchkula), October 8
The police has booked an Executive Engineer, a Sub Divisional Officer and a Junior Engineer of the Public Health Department (Division No I) along with a Naib Tehsildar, a kanoongo, a patwari and a sarpanch of Raipur Rani in a land dispute case.

Wallet snatched
Chandigarh, October 8
Two miscreants riding a scooter snatched a wallet from Mr Suraj Jha of Kajheri village in the village yesterday. Mr Jha has reported the matter to the police. A case under Sections 356 and 379 of the IPC has been registered.


GGSC-26 implements new fee structure without Senate nod
Chandigarh, October 8
In violation of the Panjab University Senate decision to put on hold the fee hike proposed by the UT Administration till its committee comes up with a final word in the matter, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, has taken the “lead” in implementing the new structure even as the other six private colleges of the city are awaiting “orders”.

Students forced to leave school readmitted
Chandigarh, October 8
The fear of being reprimanded by the UT Education department for poor results at the end of the session drove the in charge of a Government High School, Daria, Ms Manjit Kaur, to force five students, weak in studies, to leave her school. The students were today readmitted to the school after the department intervened to resolve the matter.

A rare honour for Vivek High School
Chandigarh, October 8
Vivek High School, Sector 38, has been given permanent membership in the Round Square set of schools in a conference held recently at Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. This year the representatives of the school were the school vice-captains Disha Singh, Manavpreet Singh and Anisha Bali of class X.

CBSE mathematical Olympiad on Dec 7
Chandigarh, October 8
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct the seventh CBSE Group Mathematical Olympiad on December 7 at DAV Public School, Sector 8.

Teaching resources in PU dwindling
Chandigarh, October 8
Dwindling manpower resources for teaching has led to Panjab University witnessing more trying times in maintaining minimum academic standards with more than a dozen teachers going off its rolls making the picture of staff deployment more grim.

Amritsar naval unit adjudged best
Chandigarh, October 8
Over 550 NCC cadets of the Naval wing attended a 12-day training camp which concluded at the Air Force High Grounds near here today. The cadets were from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, a statement issued here said.

Parents’ workshop
Chandigarh, October 8
About 70 parents participated in a workshop to discuss different social issues parents of mentally challenged children face. The workshop was part of the ongoing mental health week being held at Government Institute of Mentally Retarded Children in Sector 32.


Inspector deposes in Beant Singh case
Chandigarh, October 8
Statement of an Inspector, Special In charge Cell, CBI, Mr Ravi Gambhir, was recorded today in the Beant Singh assassination trial in the special court room in Model Burail Jail.


Uzbek folk dancers enthral

Chandigarh, October 8
After bringing to town a delightful presentation by a troupe from Turkmenistan about a fortnight ago, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) today put together yet another vibrant show, this time from Uzbekistan. Spreading the message of cultural exchange through the medium of song and dance were members of the Uzbekistan folk and dance group, which was founded way back in 1936.

Draped in vibrant hues, an Uzbek performer presents a traditional dance item, reflecting the cultural richness of her land, during a show organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) at the Baba Makhan Shah Lobana Foundation Auditorium in Sector 30 on Wednesday. — A Tribune photo

A play with message of socialism and equality
Chandigarh, October 8
Celebrating 30 years of its theatrical journey, amateur theatre group from the city, Abhinet, today presented the first play in the series of four productions, which will be staged over a period of few months.

Ramlila contest results
Chandigarh, October 8
The Garhwal Ramlila Mandal Bijli Board of Sector 28 won first prize during the Ramlila competition held late last night.

Now Karva Chauth bears signature of maidens too
f you think marriage and Karva Chauth are tied in a knot, you are mistaken. In fact, you cannot be more divorced from reality. The ceremony, once the signature of the married ones, is now celebrated by maidens too.

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Neha enters second round of AITA meet

Chandigarh, October 8
Neha Singh of Chandigarh created a flutter when she upset fourth seed Isha Toor, also of Chandigarh, to enter the second round of the under-18 AITA Junior Talent Series Tennis championship, which began at the Tennis Stadium, Sector 10, here today. In another crucial girls’ tie, Rakshita of Chandigarh beat Qudrat Paul to surge ahead. Ankita Singh of Chandigarh too upseted the third seed Jaya Vatwani to book her berth in the second round.

City girl Rakshita, winner of the first round of the main draw of AITA Tennis Championship Series being held at CLTA, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
City girl Rakshita, winner of the first round of main draw of AITA Tennis Championship Series being held at CLTA, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.

Banks Olympiad from Nov 1
Chandigarh, October 8
Banks Olympiad-2003-2004 will be organised by the State Bank of Patiala group from November 1 to 8. Stating this, Mr A.K. Das, Managing Director of the bank, said more than 2,000 sportspersons from various public sector banks will vie for top honours in 14 sports disciplines. The event would be held simultaneously at Chandigarh and Patiala.


MC decision on garbage collection irks residents
Chandigarh, October 8
In just over a month after the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh ruled that its staff would not collect garbage “from the domestic dustbins, ‘haudies and open points, even the backlanes”, the “private” garbage collectors, gathering waste from house to house, have hiked their charges leading to resentment among the residents.


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