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Ghaggar gasping for breath
Rising toxicity threatens river’s existence
Panchkula, July 13
The discharge of various pollutants into the Ghaggar is having an adverse effect on the marine life in the seasonal river with fish production declining each year.

Cholera fear looms large as water samples fail
Chandigarh, July 13
Nearly all water samples collected from a construction site in Sector 50 and Colony number 5 in the wake of cholera outbreak last week have failed the test of purity. Incidentally, of these samples, only the ones collected from MC water tankers have passed, while the rest taken from hand pumps and contractors’ taps have failed.

Paper leak: CBSE yet to get tough with staff
Chandigarh, July 13
The CBSE has adopted a double yardstick to deal with examination-related irregularities. In the one-year-old case of tampering with answersheets, the board has cancelled the results of the 21 students who were found involved in the scam. It has, however, allowed erring officers posted at the answerbook cell to go scot-free.




Slum colony holds up work on rail link
Chandigarh, July 13

Work on one of the high profile development projects in North India — The Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail link — has been held up due political manoeuvrings in Chandigarh. City-based politicians want the Chandigarh Administration to first re-settle about 300 families living illegally on the land meant for the upcoming railway line before the Railways can start work on it.
An illegal slum colony in Chandigarh which is coming in the way of the Chandigarh- Ludhiana rail line. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

An illegal slum colony in Chandigarh which is coming in the way of the Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail line

Kidnapped child rescued
Chandigarh, July 13
A two-and-a-half year-old girl, Suman, was allegedly kidnapped by the “paramour” of her mother Raj Kumari of Sector 30 to force her divorced and pregnant mother to live with him. Babban Pal (27) allegedly first lured his divorced landlady and allegedly seduced her and pressurised her to live with him at Sangoli village in Pratapgarh district of Uttar Pradesh.


‘Managements must reach out to staff’
Chandigarh, July 13
The Chandigarh Management Association organised the first programme on “Human values in management” under the CMA knowledge series at the Rotary Bhawan, Sector 18, here today.

Shopkeepers remove structures
Zirakpur, July 13
Following directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, shopkeepers today removed structures marked by the National Highway Authority of India, Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat and the local Revenue Department as encroachments on the government land.

Following court orders, shopkeepers remove structures from government land along the Chandigarh-Ambala Highway in Zirakpur on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan.
Following court orders, shopkeepers remove structures from government land along the Chandigarh-Ambala Highway in Zirakpur

Abandoned girl diagnosed with TB
Panchkula, July 13
Eight-year-old Pooja, who was abandoned by her brother, is suffering from tuberculosis. Her condition is stated to be serious. The girl was admitted to General Hospital yesterday by a social worker, who found her crying at Raghunath temple in Sector 15 on the night of July 11.

Girl sustains 80 pc burns as stove bursts
Dera Bassi, July 13
Shikha Rani (18), a resident of Lalru, sustained burn injuries when the stove she was using to prepare tea in her kitchen burst this morning. Daughter of Mr Lakhbir Singh, an employee of Government Degree College, Dera Bassi, Shikha was admitted to the PGI with 80 per cent burns.

City-based designer Reeth Batth displays her collection in an exhibition at Hotel Piccadilly  on Tuesday.Exhibition opens
Chandigarh, July 13
A three-day exhibition of designer clothes opened today at Piccadily Hotel in Chandigarh. This exhibition has been put up by city-based designer, Reeth Batth. She has designed an array of garments which bear the stamp of her creativity. Her collection includes, Indo-westerns, and ethnic Indian outfits. She has extensively used embroidery, beads, stones, sequins, dabka, mukaish, mirror and aari work in her outfits.

City-based designer Reeth Batth displays her collection in an exhibition at Hotel Piccadilly on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph


Man succumbs to burn injuries
Chandigarh, July 13
A 40-year-old Sector 52 resident late last night succumbed to burn injuries at the PGI where he was admitted along with his wife with 95 per cent burns on July 11. Amarchand had a tiff with his wife Madhuri (35) following which the latter tried to immolate herself on July 11.

  • Domestic help booked

  • 3 booked in dowry case


Spice announces value-packed offer
Chandigarh, July 13
Spice Telecom today announced a value-packed offer on prepaid - Quicky full value offer on every activation and recharge. Under this limited period offer on every activation on MRP Rs 250, Rs 299 and Rs 495 will get full talk time.

New Esteem unveiled
Chandigarh, July 13
Maruti Udyog Limited today unveiled the new, Esteem. The car, known for its performance and fuel efficiency, now comes in a refreshing new font styling, with a new bonnet, multi reflector clear headlamps, new bumper and new chrome grille. The rear has been redesigned with multi-reflector clear tail lamps and new boot garnish. It can also boast of refined interiors.


ABVP celebrates ‘vidyarthi divas’
Chandigarh, July 13
The local unit of ABVP celebrated “vidyarthi divas” on the occasion of 50th anniversary of its foundation day at Panjab University, here today. Addressing the gathering, the state unit Organisation Secretary of ABVP, Mr Subhash Sharma, said that the vidyarthi parishad was not a trade union but an organisation of the students and by the students and for the students.


Chandigarh, July 13
A mega dance competition, “Taal 2004” was held at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, on Tuesday. It was organised jointly by the Western Star group, the All-Art Cultural Association and the CITI Entertainment Network.

Children performing in “Taal 2004” dance competition at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Children performing in "Taal 2004" dance competition at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Chandigarh


Fortis launches education drive
Chandigarh, July 13
As part of its third anniversary celebrations, Fortis Heart Institute and Multi-Specialty Hospital at Mohali today announced the launch of a special education campaign on heart ailments.


Selection trials for sports wings
Chandigarh, July 13
Selection trials for various sports wings for UT schools will begin from July 16. These wings to be functional for six months beginning August 1 will have specialised coaching apart from sports kit and equipment worth Rs 1500. The wings will be managed by the coaches of the UT Sports Department.

  • Asian tennis workshop

  • Bench press team

PU sports hostel to be opened in August
Chandigarh, July 13
A new sports hostel meant for accommodating sportspersons of Panjab University will be thrown open by next month. Located near the Panjab University gymnasium this hostel was inaugurated in March 2002 by the Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh.


Dealers in electronic goods fined
Chandigarh, July 13
The Electricity Department today imposed fines on Sector 35-based dealers in electronic goods, saying that the electronic goods kept for display would also be taken into account while sanctioning power load. Interestingly, all goods on display are never operated at the same time. Thus, the question of consuming more power than the sanctioned load does not arise.

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