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After rain, the deluge
*Record-breaking downpour * 12 feared washed away * 24 cases of house collapse * Army out in Panchkula, Ambala * All trains from city cancelled * Airport flooded, flights disrupted *Road traffic severely hit
Chandigarh/Panchkula, August 3
Record-breaking downpour of 30 cm in the past 24 hours wrecked havoc in the city and adjoining areas today. It claimed at least five lives.

Swirling waters gush out of a street in Behlana village near the Chandigarh airport
Swirling waters gush out of a street in Behlana village near the Chandigarh airport on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan










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3 feared washed away as rivulet floods slums
Panchkula, August 3
Three persons, including two children, are feared to have been washed away as the seasonal rivulet passing through Rajiv and Indra colonies near Sector 17, flooded the area this morning.

6 labourers feared washed away

Southern sectors flooded, chinks in drainage exposed
Chandigarh, August 3
Besides the downpour, poor maintenance, bad planning in the southern sectors and even the natural slope which carries water to Sectors 34, 35, 44 and 43, contributed to the flooding of these areas in the city.

Shopkeepers of Palika Bazar, Sector 19, Chandigarh, try to rescue their goods A number of houses collapsed in Kishangarh
Business hit: Shopkeepers of Palika Bazar, Sector 19, Chandigarh, try to rescue their goods. Houses collapse: A number of houses collapsed in Kishangarh.
 A portion of road on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway that caved in following incessant rain A bus that rammed into a tree on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near The Tribune office
Highway breached:  A portion of road on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway that caved in following incessant rain in Chandigarh.  Bus accident: A bus that rammed into a tree on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near The Tribune office. Tribune photos by Manoj Mahajan

Crisis management system comes a cropper
Chandigarh, August 3
The crisis management system of the Chandigarh Administration and the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh(MCC) came a cropper as the season’s heaviest rainfall so far proved to be a nightmare for residents in certain parts of the city.

Commercial flights cancelled
Airfield water-logged
Chandigarh, August 3
All flying operations, including commercial traffic, was suspended to and from Chandigarh as incessant rain in the past 24 hours resulted in the airfield being water-logged. Besides, the civilian air terminal adjacent to the Air Force Station was heavily inundated.

Hundreds of families stranded atop houses
Dera Bassi, August 3
Hundreds of families living in over 25 villages were stranded atop their houses following the continuous heavy rain that has played havoc in this subdivision. The raging Ghaggar, flowing at a record 2.40 lakh cusecs and above its danger level, left a trail of destruction, damaging crops and washing away protective spurs near the Lion Safari of the Chhat Bir Zoo.

Irate residents raise slogans against HUDA
Motorists stranded as commuters scurry for shelter
Mohali bridge damaged

Rain keeps away councillors from House meeting
Panchkula schools closed today
PGI closes operating theatres
Sukhna Lake filled to brim


A jhuggi in Sector 25, Chandigarh, which collapsed killing two children Berms of the road dividing Sectors 4 and 12 were washed away in Panchkula
A jhuggi in Sector 25, Chandigarh, which collapsed killing two children on Tuesday. Berms of the road dividing Sectors 4 and 12 were washed away in Panchkula.
Traffic jam on the Chandigarh-Kalka road puts motorists to inconvenience Traffic came to a standstill near the Sector 29-30-31-32 rotary in Chandigarh
Traffic jam on the Chandigarh-Kalka road puts motorists to inconvenience. Traffic came to a standstill near the Sector 29-30-31-32 rotary in Chandigarh.

Residents of a house in Sector 21, Chandigarh, drain out water from their drawing room

Kishangarh village under rain water
Residents of a house in Sector 21, Chandigarh, drain out water from their drawing room. Kishangarh village under rain water.
— Tribune photos by Manoj Mahajan, Parvesh Chauhan and Pradeep Tiwari
 
COMMUNITY

PUDA fixes terms for coloniser 
Mohali, August 3
The Secretary of the Punjab Housing and Urban Development Authority, Mr K.B.S. Sidhu, while disposing of an appeal for Janta Land Promoters Ltd, which had sought a licence to develop a part of Sector 91 of Mohali, has imposed a set of conditions on the company and also sent the case back to the PUDA Chief Administrator for a final decision on the issue of the licence.

Tuesday proved to be a tough day for firemen
Tuesday proved to be a tough day for firemen. While they were busy pumping out water and evacuating stranded people during the day on account of the downpour, in the evening they fought a raging fire at a factory manufacturing steel pipes in the Industrial Area in Chandigarh for an hour. Though reasons for the fire in a tank containing 100-150 litres rust-resistant oil were not known, the firemen were able to douse the flames after pressing two fire brigades into service. — A Tribune photograph

Verma calls upon NGOs to check abuse of children
Chandigarh, August 3
The UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), today gave a call to the non-government organisations and voluntary organisations to launch a concerted drive to check the exploitation and abuse of children.

Hi-tech equipment worth crores lying unused
Chandigarh, August 3
Failure of the Air Force to prepare a comprehensive proposal for procurement, installation and utilisation of hi-tech maintenance systems has resulted in non-utilisation of equipment worth over Rs 1 crore at various Base Repair Depots (BRDs).

Free workshop on phone communication
Chandigarh, August 3
A workshop on “Effective telephonic communication” for unemployed youth will be organised here tomorrow by an NGO, First Business Club. According to Mr S.K. Gulati, chairman of the Chandigarh chapter of the club, the telephone was one of the most used instrument but the least cared for business tool.

Hearing deferred in tehelka case
Chandigarh, August 3
The General Court Martial (GCM) trying Col Anil Sahgal in the tehelka case deferred its hearing today as quorum of the court was not complete because three members were not present. August 4 has been fixed as the next date of hearing.

Aeronautical society to hold seminar
Chandigarh, August 3
The Chandigarh Chapter of the Aeronautical Society of India will hold a two-day seminar on "Careers in aviation : Options and opportunities", in the City from October 15.

 
CRIME

Motorist cheated by imposters
Chandigarh, August 3
Kanwar Anand Bhushan, an executive of a private firm, had a harrowing experience last night at the hands of a group of persons claiming to be employees of an octroi post at Rajpura.

 
COURTS

High Court
Revision sought
Chandigarh, August 3
Suspended judge S.S. Bhardwaj, who was caught red-handed while accepting bribe, has moved the High Court, seeking revision of the order of the Special Judge on an application filed by him.

Accused in shootout case gets bail
Panchkula, August 3
The accused in the shootout in Abheypur on July 31, Sanjay Vasudev, was granted bail by a local court today. He was arrested by the police on charges of mishandling firearms late last night.

 
LIFESTYLE

Positive criticism helpful: Anmol
City girl Anmol Gill made waves when she was chosen for the Zee TV programme after an audition in June this year. She was then teaching computer engineering in NIFT, Mohali. She has done her schooling from Kendriya Vidaylay, Sector 31-D.

Neglected children are emotionally weak: psychologist
R
ohan, who is just five-year-old spends most of his time with a maid, Reshma. His mother is a marketing executive in a private company. Reshma has been looking after Rohan since his birth. It is not surprising that he is more attached to the maid than to his mother.

Make your child iron fisted
Anaemia is a ‘democratic’ disease. Whether you are from economically weaker section or from the affluent class, it can strike both. Surprisingly the reasons are quite similar, malnutrition and lack of balanced diet.

HEALTH

Telemedicine by PGI a success
Chandigarh, August 3
For the benefit of heart patients in neighbouring areas of Punjab, the PGI, under the Rural Punjab Telemedicine Access Project (RPTAP), would provide expertise in handling critical cardiac cases.

New vision correction surgery
Chandigarh, August 3
New Delhi-based ophthalmologist Dr Vipin Buckshey says the latest technique in vision correction and surgery customvue —could restore vision with 98 per cent precision.

 
SPORTS

Hockey academy players raise hopes
Chandigarh, August 3
Since they joined the Hockey Academy in Sector 42, being run and managed by the Chandigarh Administration, on June 1, 2000, the raw kids are slowly but steadily maturing into budding players. There has been tremendous improvement in their basic skills. And this showing in the tournaments they are taking part.

Puneet, Sanam to be honoured on I-Day
Chandigarh, August 3
The SAF-2004 games gold medalist in swimming, Puneet Rana, is among those city sportspersons whose names have been recommended to the Chandigarh Administration by the UT Sports Department for honouring them on the Independence Day function this year.

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