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Land worth 900 cr under illegal occupation
Admn to approach HC for speedy trial
Chandigarh, July 12
Jolted into action by the fact that land estimated to be valued at Rs 900 crore is locked up in long standing court cases, the Chandigarh Administration will approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court for speedy hearing in these matters.

Revolt against UT Cong chief
Chandigarh, July 12
A revolt has broken out in the local unit of the Congress party against the president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC), Mr B.B. Bahl.

Candidates harassed during counselling
Chandigarh, July 12
It turned out to be a day of harassment for candidates who had come from far off places to appear in the centralised counselling being conducted at the Sector 26 campus of the National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research (NITTTR) for candidates who appeared for the All-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) here today.



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Girl abandoned by brother
Panchkula, July 12
She stares into nothingness for hours together. The pain in her huge eyes, set in the pale face, is apparent the moment you look at her. In a state of shock, she would not even know that you have called her several times, unless you shake her out of her shell.


A nurse tries to talk to Pooja, who was abandoned by her brother on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
A nurse tries to talk to Pooja, who was abandoned by her brother on Monday.

Gurpratap Singh RiarRiar for reviving democracy in SGPC
Chandigarh, July 12
The newly elected SGPC member from the city, Mr Gurpratap Singh Riar, has his agenda for his five-year term chalked out. From reviving democracy and ousting dictatorship in the 170-member House, he plans to move resolutions seeking the abolition of the NRI quota in admissions, opening a public school and allocation of funds to members to carry out developmental works in their areas.

Hardeep SinghHardeep to focus on Sikh youth
Mohali, July 12
Mr Hardeep Singh, the newly elected member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) today stated that there was a need to enhance powers of SGPC members. The SGPC as an institution has been politicised. Religion and politics can go together but religion should show the right path to politicians and not vice versa. Politics is leading SGPC, making it subservient to political aims.

TRIBUNE IMPACT
Relief rains on “carwala” Baba

Chandigarh, July 12
Offers of help and money poured in throughout the day today for the “carwala Baba” whose miserable plight was highlighted in the columns of the Tribune yesterday. A constant stream of visitors comprising people from all walks of life offered solace and monetary help to the 89-year-old Bachan Singh, who has been abandoned by his four sons and 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 interacts with visitors who called on him in Sector 27, Chandigarh, on Monday.

Bachan Singh interacts with visitors who called on him in Sector 27, Chandigarh, on Monday.
— Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Midnight drama: ‘I am not Xen in charge’
Chandigarh, July 12
After a hectic day -- gurdwara elections and results -- when I returned home around 11.30 last night there was no electricity in parts of Sector 44-B. Probably yet another transformer had flamed out ! It was perhaps the third of our Sector during this summer.

CAT orders UT to prepare seniority list of lecturers 
Chandigarh, July 12
In an important decision, the Chandigarh Bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has directed the UT Administration to prepare the seniority list of all lecturers employed in various government schools in Chandigarh within three months and objections invited from lecturers.


The Chandigarh Traffic Police is going overboard devising different ways and means to streamline the ever-burgeoning flow of traffic on the city roads. In an endeavour to make the management of traffic hassle free, almost all sensitive points have been provided with rotary or traffic lights.

 
COMMUNITY

Kalka, a picture of neglect
Panchkula, July 12
The cash-strapped Municipal Committee of Kalka has failed to carry on any development work in the historical town, which presents a picture of neglect.

Rotary Club holds installation ceremony
Chandigarh, July 12
The Rotary Club Chandigarh Central organised its installation ceremony here last night . The team under the leadership of Mr Navjit Singh Aulakh, president and Mr Rajneesh Gupta, secretary, took the oath.


Members of the Rotary Club Chandigarh Central along with the chief guest, Mr US Bhargava, General Manager, Punjab National Bank ( second from left), at the installation ceremony in Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph.
Members of the Rotary Club Chandigarh Central along with the chief guest, Mr US Bhargava, General Manager, Punjab National Bank ( second from left), at the installation ceremony in Chandigarh.

FAUJI BEAT
Politicians’ inborn prejudice harming Army

WHEN the first Commander-in-Chief of Independent India, Sir Robert Lockhart, presented a paper to Jawaharlal Nehru on the proposed size and shape of the Army in the light of the perceived threats, his (Nehru’s) remark was: “Rubbish, total rubbish”. He further said: “We don’t need a defence plan.



While performing “The rolling in”, side drummers lead officers into the dining hall on a dinner night.

While performing "The rolling in", side drummers lead officers into the dining hall on a dinner night

Accident victim dies of injuries
Chandigarh, July 12
A 30-year-old resident of Dhanas today died after he was allegedly hit by an unidentified vehicle at the Railway light point.

 
CRIME

Man held for conspiring to kill tenant
Chandigarh, July 12
A landlord was today arrested for allegedly conspiring to kill his tenant Morepal who was shot at the neck on July 7 at Kishangarh.

Junk dealer held for attacking SI
Chandigarh, July 12
A junk dealer was today arrested for allegedly attacking a Sub-Inspector of the Police Control Room (PCR) last night. Harjeet Singh of Sector 38 allegedly assaulted Sub-Inspector Jaspal Singh of the PCR when he reached his house on the complaint of Harjeet’s father.

Labourer stabbed
Panchkula, July 12
A labourer was allegedly stabbed by another labourer in Industrial Area near V Tex, following a drunken brawl today afternoon. The victim, Shripal, has been admitted to hospital with injuries on his back and legs.

Burglars decamp with cash, goods worth Rs 1 lakh
Panchkula, July 12
Cash and goods worth Rs 1 lakh were stolen from the Sector 16 residence of a General Manager with Milkfed, Punjab, while the family was away to Moga for two days. The burglary came to light this morning, when the family of Mr SK Gupta returned home after two days.


Mr S.K. Gupta assesses the damage as he sifts through the ransacked room at his Sector 16 residence in Panchkula on Monday. — A Tribune Photograph
Mr S.K. Gupta assesses the damage as he sifts through the ransacked room at his Sector 16 residence in Panchkula on Monday.

Burglar arrested
Chandigarh , July 12
The local police has arrested a burglar alleged to be involved in at least 12 cases and had been evading arrest for years. He was declared a proclaimed offender in three cases for jumping bail.

Labourer run over by train
Zirakpur, July 12
Mumtaz Ansari, a migrant labourer, was run over by a train on the Kalka-Ambala railway line in Dhakauli village early this morning.

BUSINESS

Two firms willing to buy Punwire 
Mohali, July 12
Employees’ protest not withstanding, as many as 24 parties have shown interest in buying Punwire as a whole or its various other property items.

Better connectivity key to business growth: CII study
Chandigarh, July 12
The physical connectivity of Chandigarh was inadequate and failed to keep pace with the requirements of the city, thereby hampering the prospects of business growth in the Northern region.

 
EDUCATION

AICTE team inspects PEC
Chandigarh, July 12
A four-member team from the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) today visited Punjab Engineering College to inspect the infrastructure in the college. The members held a closed-door meeting with officials of the UT Technical Education Department and the college authorities.

Patch up, Prof, Lab Asst urged
Chandigarh, July 12
Teaching and non-teaching associations are trying to work out a patch-up between the Professor and Lab Assistant of the Microbiology Department of Panjab University who were involved in a brawl in their department on July 8.

B Sc (nursing) at Inscol in collaboration with UK varsity 
Chandigarh, July 12
Inscol Academy Chandigarh, and the University of Sunderland, UK, have entered into a teaching collaboration to offer B Sc (nursing) programme in the city. The programme is designed for the existing nurses to upgrade their qualification to the B.Sc level and to enhance their skills to international standards.

COURTS

UT asked about applications for land allotment
Chandigarh, July 12
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the UT Administration to inform it as to how many applications were received by it for allotment of land that was allotted to societies and organisations for educational purposes in the past five years.

 
LIFESTYLE

Amrita Rao elected NIFD Fashion Icon
W
ith her cool looks, star of Main Hoon Na, Amrita Rao recorded landslide victory in the poll to select NIFD Fashion Icon 2004. A total of 6,295 budding designers of the National Institute of Fashion Design cast their votes all across the country to select their fashion icon.

I never thought of joining films, says Apoorva
S
he had never thought of joining films. “It just happened. Though it sounds silly but it is true,” said actress and model, Apoorva Jha. She was here to inaugurate the Cleopatra’s second spa, beauty and slimming centre at Panchkula.

Spa, beauty centre at Panchkula
C
leopatra opened its second spa, beauty and slimming centre on Monday at Panchkula. Film star and model, Apoorva Jha inaugurated the centre. The centre is providing various beauty treatments, including spa, weight loss, body sculpturing, bridal and groom makeup for the special day under one roof.

New menswear store
A
new Arrow store was inaugurated in Sector 17 on Friday. The store houses entire range of menswear from Arrow and will be the company’s flagship store in the city.

HEALTH

Symptoms of adult growth hormone deficiency
Chandigarh, July 12
Anxiety, depression, increased body fat around waist or loss of libido are symptoms indicating adult growth hormone deficiency (AGHD).

PGI panel records statement
Chandigarh, July 12
The PGI’s three-member fact-finding committee recorded the statement of law officer Tajinder Singh Bagga today in the case pertaining to the brawl between the Law Officer and the Deputy Director, Administration (DDA) Ms Meeta Rajivlochan, that took place last Friday.

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