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The rot in City Beautiful
* Councillors fear contractors * MC afraid of workers’ union * Officials want dual system to end
Chandigarh, July 4
The city is going to the dogs quite literally. Sanitary conditions are deteriorating every day with those entrusted with keeping the “City Beautiful” tag intact busy passing the buck. Councillors want power sans responsibility, officials are looking for scapegoats and, in this clamour for control, sanitation has become a casualty. It is virtually nobody’s baby.

Don’t avoid knee surgery, advises expert
Chandigarh, July 4
Don’t shy away from surgery when bones are involved, especially knees, says one of India’s top knee replacement surgeon, Dr Ashok Rajgopal, who is credited with having successfully completed over 9700 arthroscopies and 3000 Total Knee Arthroplasties not only in India but also abroad.

Verma, CM express grief 
Chandigarh, July 4
Punjab Governor Justice O.P. Verma (retd) and Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of 22 persons who were killed and 11 others injured in a bus mishap near Zira in Ferozepore district .










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24 Cadet Instructors to be recruited
Chandigarh, July 4
The National Cadet Corps has launched a drive to overcome deficiencies of Girl Cadet Instructors (GCI) in the organisation, which has been affecting activities of girls' battalions.

Poorav BhardwajMy Budget
I
don’t have high expectations from this Budget although it is being crafted by economists like Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Mr P. Chidambaram. Just one Budget is not enough to stem the rot that the country, particularly the youth, faces today. As a fresh computer engineer, I would obviously expect the Budget to suggest measures that are employment-centric.

 
COMMUNITY


A snake-like worm found in the water tap at House No. 2046, Sector 45C
A snake-like worm found in the water tap at House No. 2046, Sector 45C, in Chandigarh.— A Tribune photograph

“Sunday shopping”: admn, traders to meet on July 7
Chandigarh, July 4
Even as the impasse over the “Sunday shopping” in Sectors 17 and 22 continues, the Chandigarh Administration and traders are slated to meet on July 7 again to explore the possibility of “seven-day week” shopping concept.

PWD staff warn government
Mohali, July 4
Members of the Joint Action Committee of Engineers and Employees of Punjab PWD (B&R), today warned the Punjab government that in case any of the engineers arrested by the Vigilance Bureau suffered health problems, the state government would be responsible for it.

Ex-Food Inspector denies charge
Chandigarh, July 4
Former food inspector M.K. Sharma has denied the charge levelled against him of furnishing a fake diploma  certificate more than three decades ago  to get a job in the UT Health Department.

Self-defence training camps end
Mohali, July 4
The concluding ceremony of self-defence training camps, organised by the All-India Anti- Terrorist Front, was held here today at Government Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 22 A. A large number of participants of the camps and their parents attended the ceremony.

Girls break firebricks at the concluding ceremony of “self-defence sports training camp”, organised by the All-India Anti-terrorist Front in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma
Girls break firebricks at the concluding ceremony of "self-defence sports training camp", organised by the All-India Anti-terrorist Front in Chandigarh

Young boy, big dream
Chandigarh, July 4
At 12 years of age, Rustam Singh is determined to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records with his printout collection of cartoon characters. With already 250 printouts in his hands, he is working hard to reach the 500 mark.

Khushjiv Singh installed Rotary President
Mohali, July 4
Rotarian Mr Khushjiv Singh Sethi was installed as President of Rotary Club of Mohali for 2004-05 at a special ceremony held here today. He took over from Rotarian B.S. Khandpur whose term expired on June 30.

Dera helps destitute get married
Mohali, July 4
Kumari Suresh, a destitute resident of Sector 23, was wedded to Kumar Ashok of Perch village at Dera Shri Sai Sidh Baba Balak Nath, Behlolpur. Mr Balbir Singh Wadhawan of the dera said her father had died and her mother had turned insane.





Kumari Suresh and Kumar Ashok being wedded at Dera Shri Sai Sidh Baba Balak Nath, Behlolpur. — A Tribune photograph
Kumari Suresh and Kumar Ashok being wedded at Dera Shri Sai Sidh Baba Balak Nath

 
CRIME

Businessman held for duping mobile dealers
Chandigarh, July 4
The Chandigarh Police has arrested a businessman-turned-trickster who had tricked mobile phone dealers into parting with 35 expensive sets worth around Rs 6 lakh. Rajeev Kumar of Ambala was arrested yesterday from Sector 10 after a tip-off, the police said here today. He has confessed to having procured two mobile sets each from Sectors 8 and 22 during the past six months. He had duped several mobile phone dealers in Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai also. Rajeev, who according to the police is the son of a former SBI manager and had a water treatment business in Vapi in Gujarat, used to target mobile phone distributors by taking a vacant premises on rent in the their neighbourhood.

Rajeev Kumar, who was arrested by the police for duping mobile phone dealers, at Sector 3 police station in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Rajeev Kumar, who was arrested by the police for duping mobile phone dealers, at Sector 3 police station in Chandigarh

Ailing teenager commits suicide
Chandigarh, July 4
Depressed about her ailment, Samina (15), a jhuggi dweller of Colony No.4, committed suicide by setting herself afire on last evening. Mr Kishore Mohammad, Samina’s neighbour, told the police that she set herself on fire after pouring kerosene on her body. Hearing her shouts, the neighbours rushed to her rescue.

 
EDUCATION

Children take English language test
Chandigarh, July 4
The British Council in association with Inlingua School of Languages conducted its Cambridge Young Learners English (YLE) test for the first time here today. The Cambridge Young Learners’ programme consists of a series of tests for children aged between 7 and 12.

Students take Cambridge Young Learners’ test in 
Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Students take Cambridge Young Learners’ test in

Students celebrate Jamun Day
Chandigarh, July 4
The Environment Society of India (ESI) celebrated the annual Jamun Day during the nature discovery project at the Municipal Corporation Nursery in Sector 26 yesterday.

Himjeet SinghPEC student’s claim on magic puzzle
Chandigarh, July 4
A student of electronics engineering at Punjab Engineering College, Himjeet Singh, has devised formulae by which he can draw a magic puzzle through any odd number combination.

Dev Samaj students shine in BA(I) exam

 
LIFESTYLE

Rahi’s work for Conference of World Religions
C
ity-based author Dr Malkiat Singh Rahi will have his share of fame at the International Conference of World Religions, to be held at Barcelona from July 7. Regarded as a significant piece of literature, his book titled “Guru Granth Sahib in The Eyes of non-Sikh Scholars” has been translated in two foreign languages for the purpose of release and free distribution at the forthcoming conference.

Painters churn out creativity
T
he 21st annual painting workshop being organised by the Haryana Cultural Affairs Department brings together two generations of painters. The workshop, a ritual, began on a heartening note this year also.




Artists from Haryana interact with each other during the 21st annual painting workshop organised by the Cultural Affairs Department, Haryana, at Haryana Panchayat Bhavan, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Artists from Haryana interact with each other during the 21st annual painting workshop organised by the Cultural Affairs Department, Haryana, at Haryana Panchayat Bhavan

Telefilm on life of Makhan Shah Lobana
Producers of films like “Waaris” and “Chan Pardesi” are back, this time with a telefilm inspired by history. For the first time ever, a team of professionals from the world of theatre and films have come together to make a film on the life and times of Baba Makhan Shah Lobana and his divine inspiration.

Script writer Keshav Bhrata talks about the making of “Guru Ladho Re”, the telefilm based on the life of Baba Makhan Shah Lobana, at a function held at Chandigarh Press Club on Sunday. Actress Gick Grewal (on the right) will also feature in the telefilm.  — A Tribune photograph
Script writer Keshav Bhrata talks about the making of "Guru Ladho Re", the telefilm based on the life of Baba Makhan Shah Lobana, at a function held at Chandigarh Press Club

Dream kitchen a reality
A
spacious kitchen which creates the mood for joyful cooking is the dream of every housewife. Ancient wisdom says that food cooked with affection in a peaceful atmosphere nourishes the soul. The kitchen is the most important place in the house. While we may choose to ignore feng shui or vaastu experts, we can enliven it. A dull kitchen does not invite cooking initiative.

A spacious kitchen with minimum embellishments
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A spacious kitchen with minimum embellishments

Students get tips on adventure sport
Doon Valley Public School, Nalagarh, organised a five-day adventure course in high-altitude trekking, rappelling, rock climbing and river crossing for students of Classes V to VIII at Narkanda from June 21 to 25.




Students of Doon Valley Public School, Nalagarh, at Hatu Peak as part of their adventure course.
Students of Doon Valley Public School, Nalagarh, at Hatu Peak as part of their adventure course

A spirited cultural show
I
T was all colour and lights at the weekend cultural show at Sector 17 on Saturday. A police band rendered music for an hour. There were three dance groups to keep the festive spirit running throughout the show. The Goldy Bhangra group gave a performance on Punjabi songs, including “Yaar Punjabi hai”,” Jaan Jaan da khatra” and “Satrangi Peeng”. The Michael Jackson dance Troupe performed a fire dance.



HEALTH

70 donate blood
Zirakpur, July 4
As many as 70 persons donated blood at a camp jointly organised by the Baba Farid Blood Donors Council, Mohali, and the Daulat Singhwala Sports and Youth Club, Bhabhat, in Bhabhat village near here, today.

 
SPORTS


Young wrestlers fight for victory at "Vishal Kushti Dangal" near Motor Market in Sector 48 Chandigarh
Young wrestlers fight for victory at “Vishal Kushti Dangal” near Motor Market in Sector 48 Chandigarh on Sunday. — — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

TT title for Sunil, Anu
Chandigarh, July 4
Sunil Ahuja of Haryana and Anu of Jalandhar won the men single and women single title, respectively, in the 2nd Kishan Lal Arya Memorial T.T. Tournament at the Sector 23, Table Tennis Hall here today. In the men single final Sunil beat the upcoming player Dev in four straight games. Women single final Anu the 2nd seeded upset Nadia Saini the top seeded by 4-1. Boys single (final): Anshul of UP beat Hitesh Dogra of PSPBA, Ajmer 4-1. Dev Saini, of Petroleum Sports Promotion Board Academy, Ajmer, created a major upset by out classing Dheeraj Arora seed no 1 and two-time state champion in the men quarterfinal 4-2. 

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