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Keep away from religion, Farooq advises Mufti
Says his party will re-introduce Resettlement Bill in J & K Assembly soon
Chandigarh, July 10
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Opposition National Conference's Patron Farooq Abdullah today said that the J&K Government should stop meddling in religious affairs.
Former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah teeing off at the Chandigarh Golf Club course on Saturday morning. Former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah teeing off at the Chandigarh Golf Club course on Saturday morning. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan



Cops play marriage counsellors
Chandigarh, July 10
 For once, the police is in the news for the right reasons. It has, to its credit, the task of reconciling broken families. Over a dozen couples vouched for the positive role the Chandigarh police had played in their lives, here today. The crime against women cell of the police, put on show its work of last year, inviting couples living happily.

TOGETHER FOR EVER: Chandigarh Police personnel reconcile differences between a couple in Chandigarh on Saturday. 
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh second most crowded city in country
Chandigarh, July 10
It may seem unbelievable, but going by data of the Census Department, Chandigarh is the second most crowded city in the country. The seemingly calm and serene city has a population density of 7903 persons per square kilometre, which is the second highest after Delhi, which has a density of 9294 persons per square kilometre.

City to get 100 low-floor buses within a month
Art college students design new look for the fleet
Chandigarh, July 10
UT’s public transport system is all set to be revolutionised. Encouraged by the response that low-floor buses got, the Administration plans to make the entire city operation buses low floor in near future.


Rising inflation should be checked, says Sinha
Chandigarh, July 10
Amidst the usual Congress-bashing and oft-repeated issue of tainted ministers in the government, removal of Governors and growing terrorist activities, the BJP spokesperson and former Union Finance Minister, Mr Yashwant Sinha, had a piece of advice for the present incumbent, Mr P Chidambaram.

Loose cables a virtual death trap
Panchkula, July 10
The open junction boxes of street lights and the loose cables hanging from these, in almost all sectors of the township, are a virtual death trap. Yesterday, two buffaloes were electrocuted when they came in contact with the open cables of the junction boxes in Sector 14, while grazing. Mr H.S. Swara, resident of Sector 20, said neither the municipal council nor HUDA had made efforts to cover the boxes.

Life for him will never be the same again
Abhishek Ahluwalia with his mother recalls the tragedy at their house in Chandigarh, on Saturday.  Chandigarh, July 10
It was a year ago when catastrophe had rocked the Ahluwalia family. The only son in the family, Abhishek, at the tender age of 15 had to undergo amputation of his left leg due to the alleged negligence of doctors treating him at a private hospital in Sector 34. Life for him and his family has changed drastically ever since.

Abhishek Ahluwalia with his mother recalls the tragedy at their house in Chandigarh, on Saturday.

Response to Mohali police e-mail facility poor
Mohali, July 10
Response to the local police e-mail facility for lodging complaints and giving suggestions has been poor. Hardly 10 complaints have been received over the past more than six weeks.

Make will registration simpler: Sabha
Chandigarh, July 10
The Chandigarh Nagrik Sabha has urged the UT Administration to do away with the “sperfluous” requirement of furnishing residential proof while getting the general power of attorney, special power of attorney, wills etc registered with the Sub-Registrar of Chandigarh.

Charity saves heart patient’s life
Chandigarh, July 10
It was perhaps the happiest moment for 25-year-old Pradeep Kumar and his family. Seeking some monetary assistance to replace a leaking valve in his heart with an artificial one two months ago, Pradeep yesterday is grateful to the PGI and doctors at the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery for giving him a new lease of life.

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Walk your way to happiness
A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all medicine and psychology in the world can, wrote Paul Dudley White (1886-1973), American cardiologist and founder of the American Heart Foundation.

Cleanliness drive turns into nightmare
Chandigarh, July 10
Residents of Sector 42 could have never imagined that a drive to clean the rivulet in their sector would turn into a nightmare. Teams of the municipal corporation cleaned the rivulet and dumped the rubbish in Sector 42-B and in front of shops of Attawa village which is in the same sector.

Identity of body dumped at GMCH established
Chandigarh, July 10
The man who died after being shot at and dumped outside the GMCH, Sector 32, by some unknown persons on July 6, has been identified as Hardeep Singh from Pilkhani village in Ambala. Pal Singh, his father, is a plumber by profession.

Population run
Chandigarh, July 10
To observe World Population Day tomorrow, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will be organising a run for students at 8 am tomorrow. The Nehru Yuva Kendra has been entrusted with the responsibility to organise such runs in all state capitals of the country.


Former minister’s house burgled
Panchkula, July 10
The Sector 2 house of senior Congress leader and former minister, Mrs Prasanni Devi, was burgled between June 18 and June 21. An FIR was registered by the police late last night.

PGI Law Officer surrenders
Chandigarh, July 10
PGI’s Law Officer Tajinder Singh Bagga today surrendered before the police after an FIR was lodged against him following an alleged brawl with Deputy Director Administration Meeta Rajivlochhan yesterday. He was, however, released on bail.


Mango Mela a lacklustre affair
Panchkula, July 10
A mango grower examines his produce as he waits for the judges at the Annual Mango Mela organised at Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore, on Saturday. The 13th Annual Mango Mela that began here today, was a lacklustre affair as it failed to attract mango growers from neighbouring states. However, the wide range of mango products put up at the fair seemed to have made up for a bleak participation in the commercial varieties of the fruit. 

A mango grower examines his produce as he waits for the judges at the Annual Mango Mela organised at Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore, on Saturday. 
— Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

LIC honours agents
Chandigarh, July 10
The LIC of India, Divisional Office, Chandigarh, organised a Jeevan Anand Honours qualifying meet for agents at Panchkula today in which more than 200 agents were honoured by Mr N.P. Chawla, Senior Divisional Manager, for procuring Jeevan Anand policies in the month of June, 2004.

Prices of beer reduced
Chandigarh, July 10
The price of beer was reduced today as the Administration reduced the minimum retail price of beer. A bottle ( 650 ml) of light beer will now be sold for Rs 45 while strong beer will be sold at Rs 50 a bottle. 

Market Pulse
Office furniture launched
Chandigarh, July 10
TOFC has launched a series of office furniture, especially for call centres. There are partition panels of different kinds to suit requirement of different offices. Shapes like T-type, L-type, straight, and cross and many others can be used to give the office a spacious look.

Exhibition of clothes
A five-day exhibition of designer clothes by city-based designer Neena Soin opened at Sector 10 on Saturday. Neena Soin, who is also a painter, keeps on experimenting. “ I want city women to broaden their horizons and experiment with new variety”, she says.


Girls take the cake in Class XI admissions
Chandigarh, July 10
Advantage seems to be on the girls’ side during the ongoing centralised admissions to Class XI in the government schools in the city. Maybe due to more seats, the girls with much lower pass percentage have managed to secure seats in the science and commerce stream. On the other hand, boys with better percentage could not make it.

PEC student to attend cultural function in Seoul
Chandigarh, July 10
A student of electrical engineering at Punjab Engineering College, Swati Parijat, will participate in “Youth Festival for Peace -2004 Colours of Asia ” programme to be held in Seoul, Korea.

Interviews for LLB course
Chandigarh, July 10
On the second day of counselling for the three-year LLB course, interviews were held for the seats at the university’s regional centre in Ludhiana. The counselling is being held at the Law Department, Panjab University.

Environment society to hold essay, painting contests
Mohali, July 10
The local Environment Protection Society will organise the seventh essay and painting contests for schools on July 24 as part of the National Environment Awareness campaign of the Central Government.

Services of staff to be regularised
Mohali, July 10
A subcommittee of the Punjab School Education Board has recommended the regularisation of the services of employees, who had been removed from service, at a meeting held here yesterday.



‘Garv’ a regular cop dramaFilm Review
‘Garv’ a regular cop drama
he theme of a cop-politician-underworld nexus has been attempted so many times that one loses count. To name a recent few are “Khakee”, Moqbool”, Ab Tak Chappan”, “Aan” and, “Dev”. “Garv is no different.


Nek Chand’s work to adorn museum in USA
Nek Chand with his creation "Dafli Wala", which will now adorn the collection of International Museum of Folk Art in New York. The International Museum of Folk Art in New York has always had a special relationship with Nek Chand. After having extensively featured his style and creative outpourings in their much-revered publication, the museum authorities now want one of his creations for their ensemble in the US. Left free to splash his abandon, Nek Chand just had one message in his brief that came about a month ago.

Nek Chand with his creation “Dafli Wala”, which will now adorn the collection of International Museum of Folk Art in New York. — A Tribune photograph

The man who says 'Thodi thodi piya karo'
The famous Pankaj Udhas number Thodi thodi piya karo is still a big hit, but not many of us know that the man who wrote it is Chandigarh based lyricist and music composer S. Rakesh. This is not all, he also wrote Yeh peene wale bahut ajeeb hote hain for Jagjit Singh, and Dil mangda for Usha Uthup. 

Indo-western outfits showcased
“The Substance 2004,” a designer show, was organised by Fateh Impex Pvt Ltd, Mohali, at the Tagore Theatre on Saturday. The collection was designed by Managing Director, Fateh Impex, Kanwal Sandhu, with her co-designers Savita and Gurpreet Saini.

Divya JaitelyI don’t like fictional scripts, says Divya Jaitely
Coming from a family of Army men, Femina Miss India finalist and Miss Delhi Divya Jaitely is not a woman in hurry. She believes that slow and steady wins the race. These days, she is busy compering and participating in fashion shows and inaugural ceremonies.

Divya Jaitely

Debajit explores new horizons
Debajit Chakraborty is among the few young sitarists who have gained audience acceptance in a short time. Trained in the nuances of the art form by Pt Mani Lal Nag and Shantosh Banerjee, both masters of their own styles, Debajit is now exploring new horizons, not only at home but also abroad.

Murals, screen paintings form part of exhibition
The six-week-long summer workshop organised by Gurdwara Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib in its Sector 34 premises ended on Friday with a display of delightful creations by participants.



Pak golfers may play in Chandigarh
Lt-Gen Mohammed Tariq, President of the Golf Federation of Pakistan, with the captain of the Chandigarh Golf ClubChandigarh, July 10
 Golfers from Pakistan may be seen in action on the lush course of the Chandigarh Golf Club sometime in October or November this year.

Lt-Gen Mohammed Tariq, President of the Golf Federation of Pakistan, (seventh from left), with the captain of the Chandigarh Golf Club, Mr G.S Lehal (sixth from left), and other golfers at Naldhera. Flying Sikh Milkha Singh is third from right.

Table tennis tourney results
Chandigarh, July 10
The results of Bhavan Hawk’s 10th Bhavan Vidhalaya Chandigarh State (Ist Ranking Table Tennis Tournament, organised by Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27-B, here are as follows:


Firearms banned
Chandigarh, July 10
In view of the SGPC elections tomorrow, and the ensuing Punjab Vidhan Sabha session, the District Magistrate, Mr Arun Kumar, has imposed an immediate ban on the carrying of fire-arms in the union territory.

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