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City residents may face power cuts
Admn chalks out plan to tackle crisis

Chandigarh, July 27
If the present dry spell continues, power cuts in the city are imminent. The Chandigarh Administration has drawn up a plan to impose power cuts on rotational basis in urban areas. Weekly closed days of various markets will also be changed to save power.


Employees in government offices at Panchkula sweat it out without power on day one of power regulations on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Employees in government offices at Panchkula sweat it out without power on day one of power regulations on Tuesday.

Panchkula residents sweat it out



EARLIER STORIES
 

MLA’s bodyguards rough up students
Daughter complains of ragging
Chandigarh, July 27
An introduction to a Punjab MLA’s daughter cost dear to few of her classmates at the local Government College for Arts. A ragging-wary first year student, Gunjan, Pathankot MLA Ashok Sharma’s daughter, called up her father when her classmates asked her to introduce herself today.

Non-model schools’ standard to be raised
Chandigarh, July 27
Under an ambitious plan, non-model schools in Chandigarh will be brought up to the standard of model schools. The medium of instruction, however, will remain Hindi in these schools. This was decided at a meeting to review the working of the Education Department here today.

Mother appeals to Kalam to expedite her son’s return from Pak
Chandigarh, July 27
As the nation observed the fifth anniversary of the victory in Kargil, a mother made a feverent appeal to the President for expediting the process of bringing back her son languishing in a Pakistani jail as a prisoner of war. In a letter written to the President, Chhotto Kaur, a resident of Kot Bhai near Muktsar, has stated that she feared to imagine the plight of her son, L/Nk Jagseer Singh, who went missing on September 17, 1999.



Chhotto Kaur, whose son Jagseer Singh is being held as a prisoner of war in Pakistan, along with her five-year-old granddaughter, Kuldeep, in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Chhotto Kaur, whose son Jagseer Singh is being held as a prisoner of war in Pakistan, along with her five-year-old granddaughter, Kuldeep, in Chandigarh

 
COMMUNITY

Two-wheeler drivers find parking in Sector 34 dicey

Chandigarh, July 27
Employees of various government and private offices have been feeling harassed by traffic police personnel on duty in the Sector 34 parking areas.


An unguarded parking lot in Sector 34, Chandigarh, without signboards to indicate areas in which parking is prohibited. — A Tribune photo

An unguarded parking lot in Sector 34, Chandigarh, without signboards to indicate areas in which parking is prohibited.


Pandemonium marks MC meeting
Chandigarh, July 27
Over four hours of pandemonium at the meeting of the Municipal Corporation ended with adjournment of the House after one of the nominated councillors suddenly fell ill during the proceedings, here today.


Opposition members stage a walkout during the meeting of the Municipal Corporation in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
— A Tribune photograph

SidelightsOpposition members stage a walkout during the meeting of the Municipal Corporation in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Markets remain open defying orders
Mohali, July 27
Markets of the entire town remained open after 6 pm here today despite orders issued by the Punjab Government for their closure in view of the power shortage.

MC office to remain in rented building
Mohali, July 27
A proposal to continue its office in a rented building for a period of another two years after hiking the rent amount by 7 per cent would come up for discussion at the meeting of the Municipal Council to be held here on July 29.

 
CRIME

Labourer held on rape charge
Mohali, July 27
The police here today arrested, Rahul Choudhry, a 22-year-old daily wage labourer on charges of raping a 13-year-old girl, a resident of Badh Majra village yesterday.

Cash, goods worth Rs 25,000 stolen
Panchkula, July 27
Cash and goods worth Rs 25,000 were stolen from the Sector 17 residence of an Accounts Officer with Dairy Development, Haryana, while the family was away to Gurgaon for three days.

Child hit by car, dies
Chandigarh, July 27
A seven-year-old child of Sector 53 was killed when he was hit by a car in front of the community centre yesterday. Vijay Kant (7), son of Mr Man Manohar Murali, was playing with two other children in an open area near the community centre. He suddenly crossed road while two other children stayed back when they saw a car coming towards them.

2 arrested for carrying weapons
Panchkula, July 27
The police arrested two persons near Saketri village last night and seized some arms and ammunition from them. Two of their accomplices, however, managed to escape. The arrested persons have been identified as Sanjay and Suraj. Three swords, a revolver and eight cartridges were seized from their possession.

Valuables worth 70,000 stolen
Mohali, July 27
Valuables worth Rs 70,000 from a house in Phase V here today. According to the police, thieves broke in while the owner, Ms Jaswinder Kaur, was away.

Liquor seized; 1 held
Chandigarh, July 27
A Kurukshetra resident was today arrested and 24 boxes of country-made liquor were seized from his possession at the Zirakpur border. Ashok Kumar of Haripur village in Kurukshetra district was allegedly smuggling the liquor to Haryana in an Indica car (HR-7F 8626).

BUSINESS

Power bill payment machine trial a success

Mohali, July 27
The first electricity bill payment machine (BPM) installed by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) on an experimental basis at its office here was successfully tried today.



A power consumer pays his bill through a machine installed at the Punjab State Electricity Board office in Mohali on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
A power consumer pays his bill through a machine installed at the Punjab State Electricity Board office in Mohali on Tuesday.

LIC conference
Chandigarh, July 27
The LIC of India, pension and group schemes, North Zone, organised the first conference of marketing officials at Panchkula today. Mr S.Chakrapany, Executive Director, along with Mr Nilesh Sathe, Chief (P&GS), SBU, presided over the conference.

BIS interactive session from today
Mohali, July 27
The Mohali Industries Association (MIA) will hold an interactive session with Mr K.K. Sharma, Deputy Director-General, Bureau of Indian Standards, Northern Regional Office, and other officers about the services provided to the industry in the fields of standardisation and quality control, acquisition of ISO certification, etc on July 28 at the local PCA Club.

 
EDUCATION

Admn releases schedule for PEC admissions
Chandigarh, July 27
The Joint Admission Committee would conduct counselling for admission to engineering and architecture courses in Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology and Chandigarh College of Architecture.

Students of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, Chandigarh, during a visit to The Tribune office on Tuesday.
Students of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, Chandigarh, during a visit to The Tribune office on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

6 students attend ‘round square’ conference
Chandigarh, July 27
Six students of Classes XI and XII of Vivek High School are participating in the round square conference being organised at Indore. The conference began yesterday and will continue till July 30.

Campus Rock Idol contest on Aug 13
Chandigarh, July 27
Pepsi and Hero Honda are coming to the city to hunt for the best rock bands that would then vie for the title of “Campus Rock Idol.” All college bands are eligible to participate in the competition, to be organised at the city level on August 13. Entry forms for the competition are available at www.dnanetworks.com.

CBSE to conduct teachers’ workshop
Chandigarh, July 27
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), under the ‘Strategic leadership for school principals’ programme, will conduct a workshop for teachers this year.

Vocational training project for physically challenged
Chandigarh, July 27
With the Central government sanctioning a major vocational project for the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET) in Sector 26 here, physically challenged persons can hope for a better future.

Five NCC cadets receive scholarships
Chandigarh, July 27
Five NCC cadets from Chandigarh have been awarded scholarships for the year 2003-04 under a scheme instituted by the Sahara group. The certificates and scholarships were handed over to the cadets by the Chandigarh Group Commander, Col Ashwini Sharma today.

COURTS

Divergent views on transfer of 'local' judges
Chandigarh, April 27
The general house meeting of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association continued today also. The meeting will continue on Thursday.

HIGH COURT
Govt document
Chandigarh, April 27
Counsel for the Union of India on Tuesday produced a document of the Ministry of External Affairs, which stated that the Pakistan Government has demanded that in case the Government of India wanted Pakistan to return two soldiers languishing in Pakistan jails, it should also release two Pakistani civilians and a soldier.

 
LIFESTYLE

FITNESS TRAIL
Good for health in small quantities
I
T is the stuff ‘sinful’ fantasies are made of. Children love it and some adults eat it on the sly while others munch it openly. Some are addicted to it while some others dub themselves as connoisseurs.

Sundeep KumarNominations invited for social service award
T
HE Red and White Bravery Awards has doubled the cash amount of its ‘Social Lifetime Achievement Award’ from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh. It has also announced fresh initiatives to promote the cause of bravery. The National Red and White Bravery Awards are divided into two categories — physical bravery and social acts of courage. The national award carries a cash award of Rs 1 lakh, Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 for the gold, silver and bronze medal winners, respectively.

Experimenting with wood and fibre
C
ITY people are becoming more art conscious these days. Be it home, clothes or even a way of living they seek to give an artistic touch to satisfy aesthetic urge.

City to host play based on Ghalib’s letters
T
HIS weekend will bring a splash for Urdu lovers, especially those who hold Mirza Ghalib in esteem. The city will see two functions in which celebrated theatre director Aziz Quraishi will showcase his work based on the confessions of the legendary poet.

A scene from the play “Aetraf-e-Ghalib”.
A scene from the play "Aetraf-e-Ghalib"


HEALTH

Fortis hospital to conduct trials on benefits of almonds on humans
Chandigarh, July 27
The US Government has selected a Mohali-based medical institute, Fortis Heart and Multi Specialty Hospital, to conduct a trial study on the beneficial effects of almonds on humans along with diet and exercise.

 
SPORTS

Chandigarh notch up second win

Chandigarh, July 27
Chandigarh notched up their second win, trouncing Tamil Nadu 21-2 in the XXVII Junior National Handball Championship being played at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, and Government Model Senior Secondary, Sector 19, here today. For Chandigarh, Rakesh (8) and Hukum (7) were the star performers.


A player from SAI (West) attempts a shot against UP in the 27th Junior National Handball Championship in Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
A player from SAI (West) attempts a shot against UP in the 27th Junior National Handball Championship in Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.

St Stephen’s boys win in football
Chandigarh, July 27
St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, got the better of Government Model High School, Sector 42, by 11-10 in the under-17 boys tie of the pre-Subroto Mukherjee Cup-2004 played here today at Government Model Senior Secondary School grounds, Sector 37. The half time score was 1-1.

ADMINISTRATION

UT, IBM sign MoU on e-governance
Chandigarh, July 27
In a move which will actually help in implementation of “e-governance” in Chandigarh, the Chandigarh Administration and the IT giant IBM India today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Chandigarh will start its promised “e-governance” from August 16.

Birth certificates mandatory for admission
Mohali, July 27
The Punjab Government has made it mandatory for parents to submit birth certificates of the children at the time of their admission in the schools of the state. This was disclosed by the Director Census, Punjab, Mr Inderjit Singh, while addressing a meeting of district officers held here yesterday to review the second phase of the campaign for the issuance of birth certificates.

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