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2 arrested for murdering childhood friend
Body exhumed from a choe
Chandigarh, October 10
Makhan Singh and Naseem of Khuda Alisher were today arrested for allegedly murdering their childhood friend, Avtar Singh alias, Tara. Makhan Singh reportedly did not like Avtar Singh visiting his residence in his absence.
Makhan Singh and Naseem who were arrested on Friday from Khuda Alisher in connection with the murder of their friend, Avtar Singh, who was missing since September 25
Makhan Singh (left) and Naseem who were arrested on Friday from Khuda Alisher in connection with the murder of their friend, Avtar Singh, who was missing since September 25. — A Tribune photograph 

Three held for kidnapping priest
SAS Nagar, October 10
Within two days of the alleged kidnapping of Jeet Dass, the caretaker-cum-priest of Dera Baba Lal Dass, Sector 68 here, the police today arrested three persons including a close relative of the priest, responsible for kidnapping and blackmailing him into paying Rs 1 lakh to them. The amount too has been recovered from the accused.

4 acquitted in Jammu blast case
Chandigarh, October 10
Four persons, including Paramjit Singh, alleged to be involved in the assassination of former Chief Minister of Punjab, Beant Singh, were acquitted today by a local court in the Jammu bomb blast case that took place in 1997.



PU plans to cut options in MA courses
Chandigarh, October 10
While universities are the centres for super-specialities as indicated by the ever-growing number of the options available at the postgraduate level, Panjab University is, interestingly, planning to cut down the number of choices, particularly in Master of Arts courses.

Rally against raids on Maya’s premises
Chandigarh, October 10
As part of the nationwide campaign against the raids conducted by the CBI on the residences of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s the Chandigarh unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party held a rally at Matka Chowk here today. To register their protest, party workers burnt the effigy of the Prime Minister.

Jaspinder, Micky rock Leisure Valley crowd
Chandigarh, October 10
Taking the crowd along, Jaspinder Narula and Micky Narula today concluded the celebrations of Chandigarh’s golden jubilee in style. Picking up one hit number after another from her films, Jaspinder displayed the strength of her musical rendering during the event.

Renowned singer Jaspinder Narula performs at Leisure Valley in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Renowned singer Jaspinder Narula performs at Leisure Valley in Chandigarh on Friday

A singer with exuberant style
Chandigarh, October 10
Thanks to the exuberant style of Jaspinder Narula, the world of music is richer than it would otherwise have been. With a voice that brims with vitality and melody alike, this highly rewarded playback singer represents a distinct genre. In this genre rest melodies that have roots in the Indian classical tradition which helps Jaspinder reject cheap renderings that fill most musical presentations of Bollywood today.


Move to privatise octroi work opposed
SAS Nagar, October 10
The proposal of the Municipal Council to privatise the work of octroi collection will be opposed as privatisation has led to a lot of harassment for residents of the town, apart from causing financial loss to the civic body.

MC meeting to take up octroi issue
SAS Nagar, October 10
Municipal councillors here will meet to consider the issue of octroi collection in the township by private contractors. This along with the issue of review of sanitation contract in the township will be discussed during the monthly meeting of the municipal council scheduled to be held on October 13.

Mystery shrouds death of cop
Panchkula, October 10
Mystery shrouds the death of a Head Constable posted at the Sector 5 police station here, who was found dead at the police station around 8 pm tonight. The 32-year-old Head Constable was posted as Moharrar in charge of the Sector 5 police station maalkhana. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Nayyar heads BJP dist unit
Panchkula, October 10
Mr Baldev Nayyar was elected president of district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party for a period of three years amid protests by several factions here today. The outgoing president, Mr Kanwar Sen Singla, has been elected to the state council of the BJP. Mr A.P. Manchanda was the returning officer for the election.

Divali shopping bonanza launched
Panchkula, October 10
Taking a cue from neighbouring Chandigarh, the Sector 7 Market Committee launched a festival Divali shopping bonanza yesterday. The festival, which has been launched for the first time in Panchkula, was formally inaugurated by the Municipal Council President, Ms Seema Chaudhary.

Chinmoy Shankar DeyYoungest scientist to get Bhatnagar award
SAS Nagar, October 10
At 41, Dr Chinmoy Shankar Dey, Professor, Department of Biotechnology, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, chosen for the Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award in Medical Sciences, is one of the youngest scientists to be honoured with the highest scientific recognition in the country.

Valmiki Jayanti celebrated
Chandigarh, October 10
A mela was organised in the city today to commemorate Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti. Satsang’s and bhajans were held in different parts of the city on the occasion. Residents, dressed up in their festive best, reached Dadu Majra Colony to attend the mela organised by Shri Maharishi Valmiki Ashram and Dharamshala.

Residents gather round the portrait of Maharishi Valmiki on the occasion of Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan 
Residents gather round the portrait of Maharishi Valmiki on the occasion of Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti in Chandigarh on Friday.


Staff, management of financial co booked for cheating
Chandigarh, October 10
Management and staff of the Mani Majra-based M/S Augment Financial Consultations Private Limited have been booked for allegedly cheating and conspiring against its customers, who had sought company’s help in the clearance of a Rs 35 lakh loan from the bank.


Kapil launches 4 Kinetic models
Chandigarh, October 10
Cricketer Kapil Dev, who is ambassador for the Kinetic brand of two-wheelers, today launched four new models of Kinetic motor cycles. On the occasion, the cricketer also inaugurated a new showroom in Industrial Area, Phase 1 here.


PU cancels book exhibition
Chandigarh, October 10
Panjab University has cancelled the book exhibition of M/s Atma Ram and Sons, a university-based book house, which was scheduled at the university library shortly. Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, said the booksellers were unnecessarily making a hue and cry over not being informed about the exhibition.

12-day camp for students begins
Chandigarh, October 10
Students from nine colleges and 12 schools in the city are attending a 12-day training camp being organised by No. 2 Chandigarh NCC Battalion. The camp, which is an annual feature, began at the Air Force Station, High Grounds, here yesterday.

Essay writing, reading contest
Chandigarh, October 10
An essay writing and reading contest on “Teachers’ accountability and contributions towards oneness of humanity and world peace” was organised by World Peace Mission to commemorate “Teacher’s Day” in Sector 16, here yesterday.

Four teachers get Saboo award
Chandigarh, October 10
Four city teachers have been conferred with Tara Chand Saboo Excellence Awards. The awards were conferred by Mrs Shobha Verma, wife of the Punjab Governor. Mr Karan Singh, Principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, Mrs Kimmy Dhanoa of St John’s School, Sector 26, and Dr Brij Rani Shukla and Mrs Satinder Walia of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45.

Interactive outing for school kids
Chandigarh, October 10
It was a day out for at least 300 students of Chandigarh Baptist School, Sector 45 and Stepping Stones School, Sector 38 who took part in various fun-filled activities at Shanti Kunj in Sector 16 here yesterday. The trip was sponsored by The Tribune as a part of its Tribune in Education programme.


Life term for killing paramour
Chandigarh, October 10
A city resident, Rakesh Kumar, was today sentenced to life imprisonment by a local court for killing his paramour, Asha, by setting her on fire. He was also fined Rs 5000 by the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S Bhalla. In case of default of fine, he will undergo two more months rigorous imprisonment.


Gold and silver on canvas
Chandigarh, October 10
Architect Shailendra Dewan loves to obliterate colours from his scheme of creation. But that does not imply he does not have a way with them. His canvases, although devoid of hues, exude a certain vibrancy, which is earthy beyond comparison.


Changes in lifestyle leading to diseases
SAS Nagar, October 10
Dr R.J. Dash, a former head of the endocrinology Department, PGI, who has now joined as a medical consultant at the Silver Oaks Hospital here said today that the changes in lifestyle was leading to a whole new range of diseases among the people of the region.


20 selected for cricket academy
Chandigarh, October 10
Twenty youngsters, with five standbys, were selected in the below-19 year age group from among 188 youngsters in the one-day cricket trials held at the Sector 16 cricket stadium here today. These boys will be trained at the first ever cricket academy to be launched by the Chandigarh Administration under the banner of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

  • Cricket camp

  • Golf tournament

  • Softball meet

Neha, Uday in AITA meet finals
Chandigarh, October 10
Neha Singh and Uday Karan Puniha, both unseeded players, made it to the final of the under-14 girls’ and boys’ sections, respectively, on the penultimate day of the AITA Junior Talent Series Tennis Tournament at the Sector 10 tennis stadium, here today.


All IT offices to come under one roof
Chandigarh, October 10
Senior citizens and physically challenged income tax payers in the city will not have to run from one office of the Income Tax Department to another to file their returns. Offices of the Income Tax Department in the city, scattered all over the city, would function under one roof.Top

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