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Thin crowd welcomes cricket heavyweights
Chandigarh, October 14
A thin crowd was waiting for Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Ajit Agarkar and Zaheer Khan when they reached the Chandigarh airport today.
Welcoming cricket’s blue-eyed boys Welcoming cricket’s blue-eyed boys
Welcoming cricket’s blue-eyed boys: A traditional welcome awaits Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble on their arrival at Hotel Mountview in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Will Yuvraj get his Test cap at Mohali?
Chandigarh, October 14
Will local lad Yuvraj Singh finally get his Test cap when India take on New Zealand in the second Test of the two-match series at the PCA Stadium at Mohali on Thursday?

AUTOGRAPH HUNT: Young fans corner Virender Sehwag for autographs during net practice at PCA Stadium, SAS Nagar, on Tuesday. Tribune photographs

Kiwi One-Day experts arrive today
Chandigarh, October 14
New Zealand’s One-Day specialist players, including Chris Harris and Chris Cairns, will arrive in the city tomorrow. They will be accompanied by three others.

‘First come Sachin, Saurav, then Vajpayee, Kalam’
Chandigarh, October 14
Two Behlana village boys today added Sachin and Saurav along with six other top Indian cricketers to the list of celebrities they got close to.

Picked for day’s work their dreams were fulfilled
SAS Nagar, October 14
When Ram Swaroop and his group of 60 men were picked up today from the city’s labour chowk for a day’s work at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium here, neither he nor others could have imagined that their dreams would be fulfilled when in less than an hour they found themselves face to face with the Indian cricket team.

R.K. Anand’s appointment issue
Administrator rejects CM’s plea 
Chandigarh, October 14
The Governor of Punjab-cum-UT Administrator reportedly again rejected the plea moved by the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, to appoint Mr R.K Anand “Pleader Gratis” to appear on behalf of the Punjab State in a corruption case registered against Punjab Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.

UGC warns against fake varsities
Chandigarh, October 14
Students have been warned against seeking admission to nearly 20 fake universities in the country as their courses are not recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Cousin bitter over raw deal to martyr Sukhdev
Chandigarh, October 14
She has cherished memories of her cousin and freedom fighter, Sukhdev Thapar, a martyr of a Ghaddar fame, but has only bitter experiences to share regarding the country’s efforts to commemorate his sacrifice for the freedom of the nation.


Verma okays tertiary-water network plan
To be operational in educational institutions in six months
Chandigarh, October 14
A plan to lay a tertiary-water network (to use treated water for watering lawns) in all government institutions, including educational institutions in Chandigarh, will be operational within a period of six months.

DC told to conduct magisterial probe into Jaiveer’s death
Panchkula, October 14
The police has asked the Deputy Commissioner to get a fresh inquiry conducted by a Magistrate into the circumstances leading to the death of Head Constable Jaiveer Singh. This move comes after the report of an inquiry into the inquest proceedings was submitted to the Superintendent of Police by the Deputy Commissioner today.

11-kv feeder line commissioned
SAS Nagar, October 14
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has reduced its financial losses to a large extent and will be able to break even by March 31, 2004. This was stated by Mr Y.S. Ratra, Chairman, PSEB, while talking to mediapersons after the commissioning of the 11-kv direct feeder line at the Chandigarh Engineering College, near Landran, here today. The college will now be getting its supply from Kumbra urban feeder.

Golden Forests Resort fined for stealing power
Lalru, October 14
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today slapped a penalty of Rs 11, 91,846 on Golden Forest Resorts located at Jharmari village along the Kalka-Ambala highway, near here, for pilfering power by tampering with seals of electric meters.

4 pc DA hike is UT staff’s Divali gift
Chandigarh, October 14
UT employees will get a Divali gift in the form of 4 per cent hike in dearness allowance (DA) as the Chandigarh Administration has decided to follow Punjab which today decided to release another installment of DA to its employees with effect from July 1, 2003.

JPC panel to examine Wakf Board functioning
Chandigarh, October 14
A sub-committee of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) will arrive in Chandigarh on a two-day visit on October 19. It will examine the functioning of the Wakf Board. During its stay in the city the sub-committee members would interact with a cross section of people having insight in Wakf matters on October 19 and on October 20 the sub-committee will have discussions with the UT Administrator and other officers.

Decked up in their festive best, women offer prayers on the occasion of Karva Chauth Fast of faith 
Chandigarh, October 14
Praying for the long lives of their husbands, city wives today pushed all thoughts of food and water out of their minds, at least till late in the evening on the occasion of Karva Chauth.

Decked up in their festive best, women offer prayers on the occasion of Karva Chauth in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Experts look for clues in Avtar murder case
Chandigarh, October 14
A team of the Central Scientific Forensic Laboratory (CFSL) today visited the jungles adjoining Prem Pura village, where parts of the body of Khuda Alisher village resident Avtar Singh Tara had been dumped to collect more evidence.

Mohali water supply timings


Verka Dy Manager held 
SAS Nagar, October 14
A Deputy Manager of the Verka milk plant, Mr Manohar Singh Sood, was allegedly caught red-handed by officials of the Vigilance Department while accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from a secretary of the Milk Producers Society here today.

Two caught selling crude oil
Panchkula, October 14
The CID crime branch today busted a six-member gang involved in illegal sale of crude oil meant for the defence forces in Ladakh. Two members of the gang Paramjit and Raj Kumar were caught red-handed at the Panchkula-Zirakpur border today. The duo, who were ferrying a tanker (HR-37A-2326) of crude oil from the Ambala depot for Ladakh, were arrested while they were trying to sell crude oil to a private person in Zirakpur.


Competitions mark World Food Day
Chandigarh, October 14
The Dev Samaj College of Education celebrated World Food Day in collaboration with Yuvsatta on the college premises in Sector 36 here today. The programme was marked by an inter-school painting competition on “Food for All” and an inter-college debate on. “How Youth can work together to fight hunger”. Around 200 students from local schools and colleges participated.

Improvement chances for B.Sc (Honours) students
Chandigarh, October 14
Panjab University has decided to give two chances for improving their previous results to students who clear their normal graduation in Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree.


Accused in Beant assassination case identified
Chandigarh, October 14
The Inspector with the CBI, Mr Rajesh Kumar, today identified one of the accused Shamsher Singh, allegedly involved in the assassination of former Chief Minister of Punjab, Beant Singh, in the court of the UT Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Balbir Singh. The accused Shamsher along with others were present behind the barrack in the special court room in jail.


Capturing shades of matrimony
Chandigarh, October 14
Love may move the world but when it comes to catching an artist’s fancy, it is not just the love between a man and a woman as much as the final act of union of two souls in the bond of matrimony which has the power to light up a canvas. So working on the theme of marriage, as many as 70 amateur artists from the region have captured these emotional moments and their work is being displayed at the VIIth Annual Art Exhibition 2003. The exhibition was inaugurated at Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10, here today.

Sufi singers enthral audience
Chandigarh, October 14
The magic of Sufi singing mesmerised the audience at GGDSD College, Sector 32, as own Fantasy, Own World, a cultural society, celebrated the golden jubilee of City Beautiful here today. Singers Nanak Shah and Manak Ali rendered soul-searching Sufiana kalam in their mellifluous voice for over an hour.
Sufi singers Nanak Shah and Manak Ali perform at GGDSD College, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Sufi singers Nanak Shah and Manak Ali perform at GGDSD College

‘Sheesh Guran De' released
Zirakpur, October 14
A Punjabi cassette, ‘‘Sheesh Guran De’’, containing religious songs by Jaswant Jassi was released at a cultural function organised in Chhat village, about 5 km from here today.


2 city lads invited for cricket trials in Mumbai
Chandigarh, October 14
V.R.V. Singh, a fast bowler, and Naresh Gogian, left-arm spinner, both of the DAV cricket coaching centre, Sector 8, have been invited to take part in the Indian under-19 cricket team trials going to be held in Mumbai. According to Mr Sukhwinder Singh Bawa, cricket coach at the DAV centre, the boys will be among the 25 boys selected for the trials.

New astroturf for hockey stadium
Chandigarh, October 14
Even as the city has been gripped by the cricket mania, the Chandigarh Administration today announced that the US team entrusted the job of laying astroturf in Sector 42 Hockey Stadium would arrive in Chandigarh tomorrow and start its work within two to three days.


Measures to check fire-cracker accidents
Chandigarh, October 14
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh will allow stalls for the sale of fire-crackers to be set up only at the sites earmarked by the Chandigarh Administration. The corporation has started receiving applications for the sale of fire-crackers, said a senior officer of the corporation.

Crackers displayed for sale in the Sector 15 market in Chandigarh 11 days before Divali. — A Tribune photograph
Crackers displayed for sale in the Sector 15 market in Chandigarh 11 days before Divali


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