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Independent candidate Riar wins Chandigarh SGPC seat
Chandigarh, July 11
Independent candidate Gurpratap Singh Riar was elected SGPC member from Chandigarh in a tough contest here today. He polled 2775 votes defeating his nearest rival, Mr Amarinder Singh, the official candidate of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) by 146 votes.

Independent candidate Gurpartap Singh Riar shows the victory sign after being elected SGPC member from Chandigarh and Mrs Jeet Kaur exercising her franchise at a polling booth in Kajheri village in Chandigarh

Independent candidate Gurpartap Singh Riar shows the victory sign after being elected SGPC member from Chandigarh on Sunday. (Right) Mrs Jeet Kaur (90), exercising her franchise at a polling booth in Kajheri village in Chandigarh during the SGPC elections. 
— Tribune photos by Manoj Mahajan 




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Hardip Singh Mohali SGPC seat likely for Panthic Morcha
 Mohali, July 11
Mr Hardip Singh of the Panthic Morcha is likely to be declared elected to the SGPC from Mohali, polling for which was held today. At the end of the counting of votes at the polling booths here this evening, it was unofficially learnt that Mr Hardip Singh had won the seat by a margin of around 2,000 votes. However, the SDM-cum-Returning Officer, Mr M.L. Sharma, said the result would be announced only tomorrow.

No extra fee for UT students seeking transfer
Chandigarh, July 11
In a decision of far-reaching consequence, the UT Administration has instructed all government, privately managed government-aided schools and recognised private schools not to charge any extra fees or funds from a student who shifts from one school to another after having paid his fees and funds to his original school.

Abandoned by sons, he has made car his home
Bachan Singh poses besides the car which has been serving as his abode for the past four and half years in Chandigarh’s Sector 27. Chandigarh, July 11
If blood is thicker than water, it does not seem to be holding true for the 89-year-old Bachan Singh. Abandoned by his four grown-up sons, old and infirm, Bachan Singh has been living in an old Ambassador car, parked by the roadside in Sector 27, for the past four and a half years.

Bachan Singh poses besides the car which has been serving as his abode for the past four and half years in Chandigarh’s Sector 27. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Tehelka tapes to be produced in GCM
Chandigarh, July 11
The original video tapes showing some Army officers allegedly demanding and accepting bribes from fictitious arms dealers are to be produced as evidence in the General Court Martial trying one of the accused officers at Chandimandir in the Tehelka scam.

Creating awareness on declining sex ratio
Chandigarh, July 11
Girls perform at the ‘World Population Day’ function at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Sunday. To mark ‘World Population Day’, the Voluntary Health Association, Punjab, in association with the Department of Adult and Continuing Education, Panjab University and Population Foundation of India launched the “campaign against the missing girls” at the Tagore Theatre. The campaign aims at creating awareness about the declining sex ratio.



Girls perform at the ‘World Population Day’ function at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

PIL seeks medical vans at nodal points
Chandigarh, July 11
A person, whose young son almost lost his life in road mishaps, has filed a public interest litigation in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

 
COMMUNITY

Rotary adopts orphan girl
Panchkula, July 11
Rotary Club Himalayan Ranges president Kulbhushan Bhasin poses for a photograph with Dolly, after his installation on Saturday. Mr Kulbhushan Bhasin was installed as president of the Rotary Club Himalayan Ranges, Chandigarh, at a ceremony last night. Speaking on the occasion, the new president announced that the board of directors of the club had decided to hold a month-long yog chetna (yoga awareness) camp at Arya Samaj Mandir, Sector 9, from July 12. He also announced that through out the year, they would hold seminars on how to decrease the stress in daily life.

Rotary Club Himalayan Ranges president Kulbhushan Bhasin poses for a photograph with Dolly, after his installation on Saturday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Govt ‘must’ give incentives to pvt doctors
 Dr P.N. Nagpal Chandigarh, July 11
“Its just the 10 per cent of doctors who perhaps indulge in unethical practices but this percentage gets blown up and reflects badly on the entire profession,’’ said one of the country’s leading ophthalmologists, Dr P.N. Nagpal, from the Retina Foundation, Ahmedabad. He was speaking on the sidelights of the national seminar on the FFA at Grewal Eye Institute here today.

Pinjore garden set for renovation
Set for a makeover: A view of the Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore. Panchkula, July 11
Haryana Tourism has asked the Central Government for assistance in restoring the pristine glory of Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore. A project for Rs 5 crore has been sent to the Central Government for the development of the gardens. This was stated by the Managing Director of Haryana Tourism, Ms Navraj Sandhu.


Set for a makeover: A view of the Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Mango Mela concludes
Panchkula, July 11
It was fun and frolic on the concluding day of the 13th annual Mango Mela at Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore, today. A number of people from the town and surrounding cities visited the gardens to know more about the king of fruits and take part in the festivities.

Shoeshine boys take a break from heat; make carry bags for a living
Four boutiques place order of 400 carry bags with children
Chandigarh, July 11
Children from the slums of Sector 25 and around engrossed in their new-found vocation of making carry bags out of waste paper, at Government High School, Sector 24, @@Chandigarh,  on Sunday. Children from the slums of Sector 25 and around have found themselves an alternative, more dignified means of earning a livelihood. Until recently, one would spot them all over the Sector 17 Plaza, trying to accost people who might consider obliging them by getting their shoes polished.


Children from the slums of Sector 25 and around engrossed in their new-found vocation of making carry bags out of waste paper, at Government High School, Sector 24, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
— Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Death of Darbara Singh’s son mourned
Mohali, July 11
The executive committee of the Mohali Industries Association has deeply mourned the untimely death of Mr Surjit Singh Johal, son of the late Darbara Singh, former Chief Minister of Punjab.

 
CRIME

Altercation costs man, wife dear
Chandigarh , July 11
A couple received serious burns here today in Sector 52 following an altercation when the wife objected to drinking liquor by her husband. Amarchand (40) and his wife Madhuri (35) were referred to the PGI from the General Hospital, Sector 16, with 95 per cent and 75 per cent burns, respectively.

BUSINESS

R-world free usage facility extended
Chandigarh, July 11
Reliance Infocomm has announced to offer its R-world suite of applications free for another three months. The Java-based R-World suite of Reliance IndiaMobile (RIM) applications offers a wide range of applications including hour-to-hour news updates, high quality video streaming, downloadable multilingual ring tones, seasonal updates, including festival specials, City and TV guides, exam results, astrology, auctions, mobile banking, railway reservation PNRs and stock prices, fashion and lifestyle content, etc.

 
EDUCATION

Senator’s plea on teachers’ past service
Chandigarh, July 11
Dr R.P.S. Josh, a Senator of Panjab University, has urged the UT Administrator, to issue orders to the Administration to immediately implement the decision of the Centre and the UGC in the matter of counting of past service of teachers for their placement in senior scale or selection grade.

Commerce, science streams in demand
Chandigarh, July 11
With each academic year the demand for seats in commerce and science stream in government schools of the city is rising. The trend was witnessed during the ongoing admission to Class XI in the government schools. As all the seats in the science and commerce stream have been filled, a marked increase in the cut off percentage in the two streams has been seen.

 
LIFESTYLE

Mini amusement parks hot with children
A mini amusement park in Sector 24.A toy train with dense gray smoke billowing out of the chimney — chugging down the tracks meandering through thick woods — crosses a bridge overlooking a pond with little ones playing. As the train comes to a halt, passengers get off at the station to savour tea and ride stationary bikes. Over the years, the popularity of such mini amusements parks has increased along with their numbers.



A mini amusement park in Sector 24.

Creating awareness on spirituality
Hymns were chanted by Art Of Living Group, Bangalore, at Plaza, Sector 17, here on Saturday. The carnival was organised by Oasis Events in association with Department of Tourism, Chandigarh Administration.

An evening of ghazals with Arjun Jaipuri
That light classical music has many takers was clear from the attendance at Kalagram where city-based singer Arjun Jaipuri presented his programme on Sunday.

Mohali-based artist Charanjeet Kaur works on her mural “In perspective” in Mohali on Wednesday. An artist of promise
“For me the most important thing is to derive satisfaction from my work. I take my work as a challenge and try to give it a unique touch”, says Mohali-based artist Charanjeet Kaur. She is a fine arts graduate and a diploma holder in interior decoration . She put up her first exhibition in terracotta decoration pieces and block printed suit dupattas.

Mohali-based artist Charanjeet Kaur works on her mural “In perspective” in Mohali on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Debajit Chakraborty enthrals listeners
Debajit Chakraborty presents a sitar recital at the Pracheen Kala Kendra in Sector 35 on Sunday. Debajit Chakraborty exhibited fine control over his instrument as he presented his recital at the 90th monthly baithak of Pracheen Kala Kendra in Sector 35 on Sunday.




Debajit Chakraborty presents a sitar recital at the Pracheen Kala Kendra in Sector 35 on Sunday. Accompanying him on the tabla is Chiradeep Banerjee.

Liquor brand launched
Alcohol happens to be the root cause of most health ailments, yet its consumption is increasing at such a pace that alcohol beverage manufacturing companies are being forced to increase their production capacity by 10 per cent or more annually.

Nek Chand opens showroom
The creator of Rock Garden, Mr Nek Chand, on Sunday inaugurated Shoe Mart, a showroom of shoes and leather accessories in Sector 22-A here on Sunday. 

HEALTH

Technique to detect eye disorders discussed
 Chandigarh, July 11
A national seminar on the technique of Fundus Flouroscein Angiography was organised at Grewal Eye Institute here today. Describing the importance of the FFA technique, experts gathered from all over the country at the seminar said the problems of eyes like age-related muscular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy hypertension, occlusion of blood vessels, different inflammatory disorders of the eye and eye injuries were some of the conditions where the accurate diagnosis was possible only through the technique. 

Blood donation camp today
Chandigarh, July 11
Hotel Heritage, Sector 35, Chandigarh, along with Bhavan's Old students Society, is organising a blood donation camp in the hotel tomorrow from 9.30 am to 3 pm.

 
SPORTS

Balwant, Aashi win cycling races
Chandigarh, July 11
The Chandigarh Amateur Cycling Association started its calendar of events with mountain bike cycling races, which were sponsored by Forest Hill Resort. Over 100 cyclists from different schools and colleges took part in the events in junior and senior categories.

Dhindsa is CACA chief
Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa Chandigarh, July 11
Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, member of Parliament, was unanimously elected president of Chandigarh Amateur Cycling Association by the general house yesterday. Mr Rakesh Mohindra was elected secretary for the second term. Mr J.S. Negi, DSO, Observer from Chandigarh Sports Council and members from all affiliated units of CACA attended the meeting.

Chandigarh boxing on July 24, 25
Chandigarh, July 11
The 28th Chandigarh state senior men boxing championship will be held on July 24 and 25 at Sports Complex, Sector 42, boxing hall, Chandigarh.

Army cycle rally reaches Chandigarh
Chandigarh, July 11
A week-long army cycle rally from Pooh in Himachal Pradesh to Chandimandir cantonment culminated here today. The rally had been flagged-off by Commander, 36 Sector, Brig S.K. Vijeshwar, on July 5.
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