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JCT to revive unit in Mohali
Mohali, July 18
There is good news for Mohali industry. The JCT, flagship company of the Thapar Group, one of India’s largest industrial conglomerates, is all set to revive its sick unit, JCT Electronics Limited, here.

Admn to be firm with schools on fire safety norms
Chandigarh, July 18
The educational institutions not adhering to the fire safety standards beware. To prevent another Kumbakonam, the Chandigarh Administration is gearing up to deal strictly with those not adhering to the fire safety standards.


Editorials:

Children aren’t for burning
Teachers’ betrayal




 

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Does admn care for fire safety?
Delay in upgrading Fire Dept; lack of precautions in govt & private buildings
Panchkula, July 18
The fire tragedy at Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, where 90 children had died in a devastating fire in a school, has turned attention to the delay in the upgradation of the local fire department and lack of fire precautions being taken in various government as well as private buildings in the township.

2 killed as truck hits tractor-trailer
A truck perched precariously on a culvert near Mankya village, Panchkula, after it hit a tractor-trailer killing two persons. Mankya (Panchkula), July 18
Two persons were killed when a tractor-trailer carrying sand was hit by a truck from behind, near here, this afternoon. According to the police, the tractor-trailer, carrying sand, was hit by a half-bodied truck. The tractor-trailer fell into a dry river bed burying Alaamdin (18) and his uncle, Ilamdin (35), under the sand. 

A truck perched precariously on a culvert near Mankya village, Panchkula, after it hit a tractor-trailer killing two persons. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Bansal to ensure MPs' participation in debates
Mr P.K. Bansal, MP, is greeted by a Congress worker at a function in Chandigarh Chandigarh, July 18
Mr Pawan Bansal, newly appointed Chief Whip of the Congress Parliamentary Party in the Lok Sabha, said today that in his new role he would try to ensure that all party MPs participated in debates of the House constructively and fruitfully. Floor coordination and management in a volatile House like the Lok Sabha is a tough job and can test the skills of any veteran parliamentarian.

Mr P.K. Bansal, MP, is greeted by a Congress worker at a function in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari

Mi-35 copters being retrofitted with missile-firing simulators
Chandigarh, July 18
The IAF's Mi-35 helicopter gunships are being retrofitted with in-flight missile-firing simulators, which would do away with the need to launch live anti-tank missiles during training sorties and, consequently, cut down on costs.

Tehelka chief urges scribes to guard public interest
Tarun Tejpal Chandigarh, July 18
Terming communalism as the biggest challenge to the Indian democracy, Mr Tarun Tejpal, Editor-in-Chief of Tehelka, today urged journalists to be the guardians of public interest and protect the democratic values enshrined in the Indian Constitution. 

Mr Tarun Tejpal, Editor-in-Chief of Tehelka, delivers Shri Vidya Sagar Memorial Lecture on ‘Investigative Journalism in India: Potential and Pitfalls’ at the Chandigarh Press Club, Sector-27, in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photo

Wake up on sleep disorders, say doctors
Mohali, July 18
Snoring isn’t just cacophonic, but also entails a plethora of grave health hazards. Dubbed by medical experts the indication of further long-term complications, sleep disorders and snoring even today escape the serious attention of the common man.

 
COMMUNITY

Fighting war of a different kind
Chandigarh, July 18
Twentytwo years after he was bundled out of service on medical grounds, Havildar Gurdev Singh, a war veteran now residing in Mattaur village, near Mohali, continues to fight for his disability pension.

No arrest in kidnapping incident
Mohali, July 18
Even as the Mohali police has yet to arrest anyone in yesterday’s kidnapping incident, sources have revealed that the victim Sandeep Singh, alias Sunny, owed over Rs 1.75 crore to as many as 45 persons. At least two separate complaints to this effect made to the Chandigarh Police were also pending against Sandeep, sources added.

Book on call centre trade
Chandigarh, July 18
For those who wish to pick up tricks of the call centre trade, here is an interesting book at hand. Written by Chandigarh-based Roma Chadha, a communication specialist and consulting trainer with various call centres in India, the book is a guide for students interested in pursuing a career in the call centre industry in the country or abroad.

Cong workers lash out at Bahl
Chandigarh, July 18
Local Congress leaders used the opportunity of a felicitation function held to honour local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, on his being appointed as chief whip of the party to lash out at the president of the Chandigarh Congress Territorial Committee, Mr BB Bahl, here today.

 
CRIME

Warrants against wife, father of YAD leader
Mohali, July 18
The police yesterday procured non-bailable warrants against the wife, father and two supporters of Kiranbeer Singh Kang, senior vice-president, Youth Akali Dal, the main accused in the July 2 shootout at an SGPC election rally in Kharar, which claimed two lives.

Seven arrested for gambling
Chandigarh, July 18
Tightening its noose around gamblers, the UT police today arrested seven persons and recovered a sum of Rs 7,460 from their possession. A press note issued by the police claims that Hardip Singh of Khuda Lahora village was arrested with Rs 550 when gambling in the village. Naresh Kumar and Digamber Pandey of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, were caught red-handed playing satta in the Grain Market.

 
EDUCATION

PU to host national cell biology conference
Chandigarh, July 18
After successfully hosting the five-day Indian Science Congress in January this year, Panjab University is gearing itself up for another prestigious conference. This time, the university will play host to leading genomists and cell biologists at the 28th All India Cell Biology Conference and Symposium on Genome Biology.

200 attend symposium on architecture
A girl at a painting competition organised for underprivileged children at Panchkula on Sunday. Chandigarh, July 18
A cross-section of views on the new concepts in architecture education and emerging job prospects were expressed by experts at a symposium on ‘Architecture education and professional practice career prospects’ was organised by Chitkara Education Trust at Government College of Architecture, Sector 12, here today.

A girl at a painting competition organised for underprivileged children at Panchkula on Sunday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Underprivileged kids have brush with colours
Panchkula, July 18
They painted the white sheet in bright hues. Under-privileged working children from Azad Colony, Sector 21, today gave expression to their imagination as they painted pictures of mountains, seas, flowers and their ideal home.

Entrance view of Guru Nanak Public SchoolHamara School
A school for all-round growth
As one enters the portals of Guru Nanak Public School, one is struck by the sheer grandeur of the school building bathed in golden sunlight. It is simply mesmerising. Behind the school walls, the place throbs with activity. The school started in 1974. With each passing year, it has emerged stronger.

Entrance view of Guru Nanak Public School

Principal speak
Teachers must show the way
Ms Jasminder S. Singh The word education is derived from the Latin word ‘Educare’; the oxford meaning of which reads ‘to bring up’ (young persons) ; give intellectual and moral training to each one of you may have fond memories of your favourite teacher at school who touched your life in a special way and played an important role in shaping you into the kind of person you are.

Science exhibition
Chandigarh, July 18
The regional level CBSE-INTEL science exhibition competition will be held on August 27 and 28 at DAV Model School, Sector-15. The board has registered 75 participating teams so far and keeping in view the enthusiasm of the schools and students, the last date of submission of forms has been extended up to July 31. Now the schools can forward their application of participating teams till July 31.

COURTS

Club poll contestants move board
Chandigarh, July 18
Three members of the Chandigarh Club have moved the Principal Bench of the Company Law Board (CLB) in Delhi for declaration of the club results held up since April 3, 2004. Mukesh Bassi, a presidential candidate in the held-up elections, has moved an application under Regulation 44 of the CLB Regulations, 1991, for intervention by the applicants (contestants for the club’s executive committee elections, 2004) praying that the results be declared.

 
LIFESTYLE

Having a latest mobile phone is the best way to flaunt one’s lifestyle. Mobiles with camera in vogue
Mobile phone fever seems to have gripped the city youth. Most of them change their model every few months. Shelling out that extra amount is no problem. Mobiles with cameras are the most sought after. Mini cells which are easy to carry are the latest trend.

Having a latest mobile phone is the best way to flaunt one’s lifestyle.

Rugs can energise a room
Rugs with floral pattern create a harmonious ambience DECORATING your home is a test of creativity but it requires a lot of common sense also. While one may spend a lot of money on furniture or on buying wall accessories, at times floors are denied of accessories. 

Rugs with floral pattern create a harmonious ambience

Tickle your taste buds at Yellow Chilli
A celebrity chef, country's best-selling author and entrepreneur venturing into fine dining restaurants. That and much more is the versatile Sanjeev Kapoor of the Khaana Khazaana fame (incidentally, the show is also the longest-running tele-show in the country).

Sports brand launches apparel range
A man displays a sports apparel at a showroom in Chandigarh. Sprandi International, a leisure sports brand, which manufactures sports apparel, footwear and accessories, has launched its apparel range in the city and the neighbouring towns of Punjab. The company, which started operations in India with footwear in 2003, has come out with affordable and stylish sportswear. Anything splashy or in vibrant colours got to be Sprandi. It targets youth in the age group of 16 and above.

A man displays a sports apparel at a showroom in Chandigarh.

HEALTH

Dengue — prevention is the best option
Chandigarh, July 18
With some suspected dengue fever cases being reported in the region, Fortis Heart and Multi-Specialty Hospital, Mohali, today outlined precautions and health safeguards citizens of the region should take to prevent the diseases. Keep the area around you clean and dry. Ensure that there is no water in unused water-coolers, old tyres, flower-pots etc. The dengue mosquito bites in daytime. Make sure that you are adequately protected from mosquitoes. Cover your arms and legs and wear loose fitting cotton clothes. In case nose bleeding starts, hospitalisation is a must.

 
SPORTS

Balancing sports and studies
Chandigarh, July 18
Anant Vidur Puri is a new name in city sports fraternity who has tried to strike a perfect balance between sports and studies. Anant is just 14 and his achievements continue to galore in roller skating, tennis, quiz, debates thus making him a complete all-rounder. A Class IX student of local St John’s High School, Sector 26, he has won 60 medals in state and national-level skating meets.

State games in Oct, says Rana Sodhi
Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, president, (second from right), speaks at the Chandigarh Olympic Association Annual General body meeting in Sector 10, Panchkula, on Sunday. Others in the picture (from left): Mr Ravinder Talwar, Mr T.C. Gupta and Mr K.S. Sidhu. Chandigarh, July 18
Sports in city is set to get a major boost with the Chandigarh State Games scheduled for later this year. This was revealed by Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, President of the Chandigarh Olympic Association. He also presided over the annual general meeting of the COA attended by various affiliated units members.


Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, president, (second from right), speaks at the Chandigarh Olympic Association Annual General body meeting in Sector 10, Panchkula, on Sunday. Others in the picture (from left): Mr Ravinder Talwar, Mr T.C. Gupta and Mr K.S. Sidhu. — A Tribune photograph

Coaching centre Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector-19, take on the coaching centre Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School, Sector-8, during the 18th Chandigarh Junior Handball Championship semifinals at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector-8, in Chandigarh on Sunday. Jr Handball Championship
Chandigarh, July 18
Coaching Centre, Sector 21, and DAV Club, Sector 8, Chandigarh will meet in the final of the boys section of the 18th Chandigarh Junior Handball Championship played here today at DAV Senior Secondary school grounds, Sector 8.

Coaching centre Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector-19, take on the coaching centre Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School, Sector-8, during the 18th Chandigarh Junior Handball Championship semifinals at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector-8, in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photo

Dinesh sculpts PFC win
Chandigarh, July 18
A superb batting performance by Dinesh Gupta who scored 62 runs in 44 deliveries enabled Punjab Financial Corporation to beat BSNL XI in a cricket match played here today.

ADMINISTRATION

PUDA not to give licence to Mohali MC chief’s company
Mohali, July 18
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority, has reiterated its decision not to give licence to a company of the Mohali Municipal Council President to develop and sell prime land in Mohali. While an appeal filed by the company against PUDA’s earlier decision is scheduled for hearing with the Secretary, Department of Housing, Mr K.B.S. Sidhu, tomorrow, the Chief Administrator, PUDA, Mr A.S. Chattwal, has clearly stated that the authority will stand by its decision not to grant the licence.
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