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Crime in city: Mid-year review
The Panchkula paradox
Panchkula, July 30
The crime graph in the district has gone down as compared to last year. However, the spurt in burglaries, incidents of snatching and group clashes have created a fear psychosis among residents.

UT refuses to cut PEC seats
Chandigarh, July 30
The Chandigarh Administration will not reduce the number of seats in all streams offered in Punjab Engineering College, as decided by the All-India Council for Technical Education.

Survey of flats with illegal floor ordered
Chandigarh, July 30
Cracking down on people who have illegally added a floor to their flats, the Chandigarh Housing Board has ordered a survey of all such flats. Sources within the CHB said a fresh survey had been ordered to identify the major violators.


Punjab, Haryana escape cut in water share
BBMB postpones meeting
Chandigarh, July 30
The states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan today escaped what was to be a major cut in their share from river waters thus getting, the proverbial last chance to save crops in these states.

Maninder Pal Singh KohliKohli’s confession ‘valid’ in UK
Mohali, July 30
Legal experts today stated that Maninder Pal Singh Kohli's confession before the media while in the custody of the Punjab Police was a valid piece of evidence under British law, even if it was inadmissible as evidence before the Indian courts of law.

Police questions Kohli’s brother
Mohali, July 30
Ishtpreet Singh, brother of Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, was questioned at the Phase VIII police station here today. Sources added that the Phase VIII police station officer, Mr Sukhjit Singh Virk, had been assigned the task of examining the extent of involvement of Kohli’s two brothers, Ishtpreet and Amrit Pal in harbouring and aiding Kohli while he was on the run.

Holiday in UT’s govt schools today
Chandigarh, July 30
There will be a holiday in government schools in the city tomorrow. It may be mentioned that the Chandigarh Administration has, however, not announced a holiday in the offices and institutions of the administration.


Mayor’s “discretionary quota” in eye of storm
Chandigarh, July 30
The 10 per cent “discretionary quota” of the Mayor in the proposed mega housing complex in Mani Majra is in the eye of the storm with certain Councillors of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh demanding a review of the decision.

MC decides to instal chlorine-testing facility
Chandigarh, July 30
The Finance and Contract Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today approved various development works for the city. At its meeting here today, it decided to install chlorine testing facility at various tubewells in Sector 37, Colony No 4, Dhanas, Maloya and Modern Housing Complex in Mani Majra.

Rs 17 cr to be spent on women’s schemes
Panchkula, July 30
A sum of Rs 17 crore is being spent on various women empowerment and development schemes under a World Bank-aided project, Swashakti. The pilot project is being run in the three districts — Jind, Bhiwani and Sonepat — and almost 25,000 women affiliated through 1410 self help groups are beneficiaries under the scheme.

Need for preserving heritage of city stressed
Chandigarh, July 30
Conservation of modern heritage of Chandigarh was not anti-development but a sustainable approach for future and economic development of the city was needed. This was brought out during a presentation on “Modern Heritage of Chandigarh” made by Prof Kiran Joshi at the UT Secretariat, Sector 9, before the Adviser to the Administrator, UT, Mr Lalit Sharma.

Unruly scenes mark Hans show
Panchkula, July 30
Unruly scenes and mild police lathicharge was as much a highlight of the Hans Raj Hans live show organised by Alpha TV Punjabi as the massive response drawn by scintillating performances by Hans Raj Hans, Nachhatar Gill, Satwinder Bugga and Sarabjit Mangat.

Ailing and broke, he needs help
Chandigarh, July 30
Life has come to a standstill for 25-year-old Vinod after he was diagnosed with TB of the hip more than a year ago. Unable to afford treatment, this father of four small children, hailing from a remote village in Muzaffarnagar, has been staying under the huge mango tree near the PGI entrance for the past six months.

Vinod with his wife, Santosh, and four children under the huge mango tree at the PGI in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Vinod with his wife, Santosh, and four children under the huge mango tree at the PGI in Chandigarh

Encroachments removed
Chandigarh, July 30
Continuing with its anti-encroachment drive, the enforcement staff of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today removed encroachments from Sectors 7, 8 and 26 here. According to sources, varandahs were cleared off the encroachments, which had been blocking pedestrians’ way.


Gang of robbers busted
Mohali, July 30
The Ropar police today claimed to have busted a gang involved in over five murders and nine looting incidents in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. Two kingpins of this gang were arrested by the police today and a revolver and looted money amounting to lakhs was recovered from them.

Brother-in-law, husband held in dowry death case
Chandigarh, July 30
Ashok Kumar, an employee of Gymkhana Club, managed by HUDA, and his elder brother Mahinder Pal have been arrested for the death of the former’s 20-year-old wife Sunaina, who consumed some poisonous substance after allegedly being harassed for dowry.

Woman alleges sexual harassment by 2 colleagues
Chandigarh, July 30
A 25-year-old unmarried woman, working as Inspector with the Food and Civil Supplies Department, has accused two colleagues of sexually harassing her in the department office yesterday. She said Inspectors Updhesh Singh and Sushil Kumar Gupta kept used condoms in the drawer of her table in her absence.

Man remanded in police custody
Panchkula, July 30
Gurmeet Singh, who was arrested by the police yesterday on charges of kidnapping a girl from Sector 12-A on July 18, was remanded to three days in police custody by a local court today.

Youth attacked in market
Chandigarh, July 30
A Sector 20-C youth is fighting for life in the PGI after he was allegedly hit in the head by three youths of the same sector. According to the police, Anil Kumar of Sector 20 and Paramjit of Industrial Area, Phase 1, were standing in the Sector 20-C market when they entered in to an altercation which turned violent.

Girl attacked
Panchkula, July 30
An 18-year-old girl, resident of Sector 4 here, was allegedly beaten by four youths outside the venue of Hans Raj Hans nite tonight.

Amplifier stolen from beat box
Chandigarh, July 30
An amplifier of the Chandigarh traffic police was today found stolen from the Press Chowk light point. Assistant Sub-Inspector Mahinder Singh today reported that he returned home after closing the beat box at 8 pm yesterday and when he returned this morning, he found the amplifier of the microphone missing.

2 injured in assault
Chandigarh, July 30
An Attawa resident received 17 stitches on his hand when four persons allegedly attacked him with knives, rods and hockeys tonight. Ajay was taken to Sector 16 hospital, according to Ajay’s brother Om Prakash.


Students of ITBP industrial training centre protest
Panchkula, July 30
Over 40 students and staff members of industrial training centre, being run under the ITBP Welfare Scheme, today protested against the closure of the centre by the Indo-Tibet Border Police authorities.

NSUI delegation meets DSW over hostel accommodation
Chandigarh, July 30
Senate poll: The process of filing nominations for the forthcoming Senate elections got underway on July 27 and will continue till August 5. Held every four years, the first election for the 91-member Senate would be held on August 25.

Environment Day observed
Chandigarh, July 30
Environment Day was observed at Dikshant International School on Wednesday. About 300 students planted saplings on the Zirakpur highway. The children took an oath to protect the environment and took a pledge to plant at least one sapling every year.


Artistes perform at ‘Ritu Rang’ programme at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, Chandigarh
Artistes perform at ‘Ritu Rang’ programme at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.

Unfolding the world of painter’s imagination
Chandigarh, July 30
One has often heard that the purpose of all art is pleasure. But very often it is difficult to accept this quotation, perhaps because it refers to a realm taken so much for granted. Thankfully, a long lost connection was established today, courtesy Dr B.N. Goswamy, who unfolded before the audience the wondrous world of painters’ imagination.

Rafi singing contest final tomorrow
Chandigarh, July 30
The Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society will hold the final round of the singing competition for the best singer award on August 1 at Tagore Theatre here at 5 pm.


Beauty comes from within
A beauty minus grace has no real value. If you are not beautiful from inside, it reflects in your being. These days beauty pageants, media and magazines set the standard for beauty and majority of women follow it keenly. No doubt beauty parlours or saloons help in improving physical looks. One can increase height, correct his or her nose and remove wrinkles. But having certain kind of features or complexion or being slim doesn’t ensure that we will be beautiful. We all know real beauty comes from within. Beauty, comes from truth. But most of the time we live untruthfully. Right from the childhood, we are taught not to be ourselves.


Too much milk can be bad for child: experts
Chandigarh, July 30
If your are among those who think more consumption of the milk would make your child strong, then you are not alone nurturing the myth of false diet. Contrary to the prevalent notion in this milk-rich region that feeding more milk and milk-based products are good for health, dieticians advise otherwise and suggest that if the milk consumption is overdone, the children may end up as “milk addict”.


Punjab, SAI (West) in handball final
Chandigarh, July 30
Punjab and SAI (West) will vie with each other in the final of the ongoing 27th Junior National Handball championship which entered the penultimate day here today at the DAV Senior Secondary School grounds, Sector 8. In the semifinals played today, Punjab overpowered hosts Chandigarh 32-21 with half time score being 20-11.


A player from SAI (West) attempts a shot against Andhra Pradesh in the semifinals of the 27th Junior National Handball Championship in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

A player from SAI (West) attempts a shot against Andhra Pradesh in the semifinals of the 27th Junior National Handball Championship in Chandigarh

Asian jr handball at Hyderabad
Chandigarh, July 30
India will play host to the ninth Asian Junior Men’s Handball Championship at Hyderabad from September 8. This was stated by Dr R.L. Anand, president of the Handball Federation of India, here today.

Dr R.L. Anand (left), President, and Mr S.M. Bali, Secretary, Handball Federation of India, at a press conference in Chandigarh on Friday.
— A Tribune photograph

Dr R.L. Anand, President, and Mr S.M. Bali, Secretary, Handball Federation of India, at a press conference in Chandigarh

St Stephen’s win

Chandigarh, July 30
St Stephen’s School, Sector 45 downed St John’s High School, Sector 26 by two goals to nil in the under 17 section of the pre-Subroto Mukherjee Cup Soccer Tournament played here today at the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37. Jashanpreet was the star player for this school as he scored one goal each in 49th and 52nd minutes.


A soccer player (left) of St. Stephen’s School, Sector 45, vies for supremacy against a player of St John’s School in the pre-Subroto Cup soccer meet in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

A soccer player of St. Stephen’s School, Sector 45, vies for supremacy against a player of St John’s School in the pre-Subroto Cup soccer meet in Chandigarh

Anchit, Charvi win badminton titles
Chandigarh, July 30
Anchit Mahajan and Charvi clinched the under 10 singles title in boys and girls sections, respectively, in the Xth District Panchkula Badminton Championship played here today at Sector 3 sports complex, Panchkula. Anchit beat Pulkit 15-5,15-0 while Charvi downed Ruby 11-2,11-0.

Manav Mangal gymnasts shine
Chandigarh, July 30
Gymnasts of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula made a clean sweep in Gymnastics by winning the overall Championship in the District Gymnastics championship organised by the Education Department, Panchkula.


Admn to consider electronic ad panels
Chandigarh, July 30
Keeping in view the changing requirements of the industry, the Chandigarh Administration will study how electronic display panels can be allowed at strategic places. The idea stems from the fact that mobile companies wanting to advertise in Chandigarh had to hire places from shopkeepers in the recent advertisement war between mobile service providers.

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