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1 dead, 86 bus passengers hurt
Dera Bassi, August 4
Mangled remains of a Rajasthan depot bus that had a head-on collision with a Punjab Roadways bus at Gholu Majra village near Dera Bassi on Wednesday.  One passenger was killed and 86 were injured, 27 of them seriously when two buses had a head-on collision in Gholu Majra village on the Kalka-Ambala highway, 5 km from here, this morning.
Mangled remains of a Rajasthan depot bus that had a head-on collision with a Punjab Roadways bus at Gholu Majra village near Dera Bassi on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Woman robbed by youths posing as power staff 
Mohali, August 4
In a daring daylight robbery, two youths armed with a fake revoler, robbed a 59-year-old woman of gold bangles in Sector 70 here today. 




EARLIER STORIES
 

Downpour and the aftermath

A road being repaired in Phase VII Mohali
A road being repaired in Phase VII Mohali.

Operation clean-up picks speed
Chandigarh, August 4
Broken branches, fallen trees, pot-holed and caved-in roads, mud and grime on the roads — this was the scene in City Beautiful today. The city ravaged by yesterday’s record rainfall was a picture of disarray this morning. This was before the Municipal Corporation and UT Administration stepped in for a clean-up and repair operation.

8 trains on Kalka-Ambala section cancelled
Youth drowns in seasonal rivulet
PGI OTs closed for second day
Check-up camp for flood victims
Residents sweat it out in sultry weather
PU don pays for construction dept’s apathy

Residents help a child to wade through flood waters in Banur on Wednesday
Residents help a child to wade through flood waters in Banur on Wednesday.

Repair work of the road damaged at Kishangarh in progress
Repair work of the road damaged at Kishangarh in progress.

LPG cylinders being unloaded from a truck that was washed away by the strong current of water on the Kalka-Ambala highway
LPG cylinders being unloaded from a truck that was washed away by the strong current of water on the Kalka-Ambala highway near Lalru on Tuesday.

The boundary wall of ML Puri Government Senior Secondary School, Mullanpur Garibdass, that collapsed due to heavy rains
The boundary wall of ML Puri Government Senior Secondary School, Mullanpur Garibdass, that collapsed due to heavy rains. — Tribune photos by Pankaj Sharma and Parvesh Chauhan

Mansa industrialist duped by couple
Chandigarh, August 4
An industrialist from Mansa, Mr Hari Ram Garg, could not resist a temptation of getting his Rs 15 lakh loan from Punjab Financial Corporation taken over by a less interest charging company in November last year.

Provide vocational education to disabled: Pant
Mohali, August 4
Children who have been deprived of education due to various reasons should be served with dedication. The mission of promoting education has to be borne in mind while discharging one’s duty.

PEC raises retirement age of faculty
Chandigarh, August 4
In its first meeting, the Board of Governors of the Punjab Engineering College Society today increased the age of retirement of its faculty from 58 years to 62 years. The Board also decided to constitute a search committee to appoint a Director.

 
COMMUNITY

Installation Day of Guru Granth Sahib
Chandigarh, August 4
The National Commission of Minorities has asked state governments all over the country to celebrate the Installation Day of Guru Granth Sahib falling on September 1.

B.C. Roy awardees tell their experiences
Chandigarh, August 4
Visibly pleased Prof K.K. Talwar, Director, PGI, who received the B.C. Roy National Award, shared his vision of transforming the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research here today. He received the award from the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, at a ceremony organised at the Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday. The director talks of making technological advances and conducting research in new areas the focus for the institute.

Poor planning leads to collapse of school wall
Mullanpur Garibdass (Kharar), August 4
Poor planning led to the collapse of wall of a stadium in a school here yesterday in the flood waters. The wall was built under the Panchayati Raj scheme by the Punjab Government less than two years ago.

Ropar SSP admitted to Fortis
Surinder Pal Singh Mohali, August 4
The SSP, Ropar, Mr Surinder Pal Singh, has been admitted to the Fortis Heart Hospital here. The SSP reportedly suffered a massive heart attack yesterday at Ropar while he was in his office. While no one from the SSP’s family agreed to comment on his health, sources said he was in the Intensive Care Unit till this afternoon. The Fortis hospital authorities refused to comment.

UT Admn to reward SSI entrepreneurs
Chandigarh, August 4
The Industries Department, Chandigarh Administration, has decided to confer State Awards on the eligible entrepreneurs of small scale industrial units to give due recognition to their achievements.

 
CRIME

Cyclist crushed under truck
Chandigarh, August 4
An unidentified cyclist was today crushed under a Municipal Corporation truck (CH-01-1063) near the Piccadily roundabout. The truck hit the victim’s cycle from behind between Kisan Chowk and Piccadily Chowk.

  • Car stolen

  • 3 scooterists hurt

  • Scooter stolen

BUSINESS

BSNL centre opens in Sec 20
Chandigarh, August 4
Taking a cue from the private operators, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited decided to open its Customer Service Centre in Sector 20 from 8 am to 8 pm from today and offer several services under one roof for the convenience of general public.

 
EDUCATION


YPS students in their computer lab
YPS students in their computer lab at Mohali on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presents a trophy to the Headmistress of St. John’s High School, Chandigarh, Mrs Pushpinder Cheema, for the school’s performance in the second Computer Literacy Excellence Awards
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presents a trophy to the Headmistress of St. John’s High School, Chandigarh, Mrs Pushpinder Cheema, for the school’s performance in the second Computer Literacy Excellence Awards for Schools-2003, New Delhi, on Wednesday. — PTI photo

YPS receives computer literacy award from Kalam
Mohali, August 4
‘‘We are one of the few schools in which every student has to appear for a board examination in computer education in Class X. And that is our trump card vis a vis other schools,’’ said an elated Dr Harish Dhillon, Principal, Yadvindra Public School, Mohali. Mr Dhillon was in New Delhi today to receive the prestigious Computer Literacy Excellence Award 2003 for his school from the President of India, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

Punjabi play on trauma faced by children
Mohali, August 4
Oh kahani nahin si, a punjabi play directed by Dr Sahib Singh will be staged at Tagore Theatre sector 18 on August 6 at 6.30 pm. The play based on a Punjabi novel ‘Bhowjal’ has been written by Dr Daleep Kaur Tiwana. 

Canadian institute students attend retail workshop in USA
Mohali, August 4
Mihir Nanavati and Paveena Malhotra, students of Canadian Institute for International Studies, Mohali, an extension campus of Georgian College, Canada, participated in International Computerised Automotive Retail Simulation, ICARS at Northwood University, Cedar Hill, Texas, USA.

Hamara School
Patel Public School, Rajpura A school with global concept of education
Patel Public School, Rajpura, a unique position in the academic galaxy of the city. It is run by Patel Memorial Management Society. The Management comprises learned educationists and administrators. The school has well-qualified, experienced, dedicated, loving and caring staff members. They believe in instilling a deep sense of self-respect and discipline among students.

Patel Public School, Rajpura

Principal speak
Stress on extra-curricular activities
Umesh Singhi Student activities are not confined to studies. In recent years the students organised road safety and pulse polio marches. In Avantika essay writing competition, 10 students got gold medals, 13 silver and 11 bronze medals. Students also excelled in the sixth national science olympiad. This year the school plans the first edition of the school magazine “KALPANA”.

COURTS

HIGH COURT
PEC directed to resume counselling
Chandigarh, August 4
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Chandigarh, to conduct counselling for admission for engineering courses.

 
LIFESTYLE

Reviving romance with radio
Ms Tarika Katyal, Director, Rhythm’Z Infotainment flanked by Ms Richa Sharma, CEO, Rhythm’Z Infotainment (left) and Ms Rachna Aneja, RJ with “Radio Kaan Laga Ke” in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Who says radio is going out of fashion? Ask Richa Sharma, a journalist-turned-radio programmer, who along with Tarika Katyal established “Radio Kaan Laga Ke” a year ago and started producing sponsored radio programmes for AIR, Chandigarh’s, FM channel, adding in no small measure to the growing popularity of the radio in the region.

Ms Tarika Katyal, Director, Rhythm’Z Infotainment flanked by Ms Richa Sharma, CEO, Rhythm’Z Infotainment (left) and Ms Rachna Aneja, RJ with “Radio Kaan Laga Ke” in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Roop Chand speaks on city’s art, culture
Artist Gurcharan with his oil painting on display at an exhibition at IndusInd Art Gallery, Sector-8 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Perhaps, a few people in Indian art scene know that Le Corbusier was a painter of merit who also founded DE Stijil. As a painter he was known as Charles Eduard Jeneret.

Artist Gurcharan with his oil painting on display at an exhibition at IndusInd Art Gallery, Sector-8 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Food Festival
Savour Awadhi cuisine
Mohammed Hasan and Rais Khan, chefs from Lucknow, display their creation at Piccadily, Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. In the season of monsoon when malpuas and kheer dominate the preference of the palate, the Curry’s restaurant of the Sector 22 Piccadily Hotel has brought chefs from Lucknow specially to give a taste of authentic Awadhi cuisine to city residents. Sham-e-Awadh, the 10-day food festival got under way on August 1.

Mohammed Hasan and Rais Khan, chefs from Lucknow, display their creation at Piccadily, Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Queen’s English in Maharaja’s city
Queen’s English in Maharaja’s city? Rather incongruous. However, it is true that every time Dr Subhas Chander Sharma, the multifaceted silver tongued orator from Patiala takes to the mike he does the city proud.

HEALTH

Over 150 examined at neuro-sciences camp
Chandigarh, August 4
More than 150 patients from surrounding areas as well as far off places such as Kaithal, Mandi, Shimla and Bilaspur attended a three-day free neuro-sciences (neurology, neuro surgery and psychiatry camp organised at Fortis Heart Institute and Multi Speciality Hospital, Mohali, as a part of its outreach programme.

AIDS workshop
Chandigarh, August 4
Over 100 industrial workers from two industries participated in a CII workplace intervention programme on HIV/AIDS here yesterday. The workshop was organised by the CII in collaboration with the State AIDS Control Society, UT, Chandigarh, to sensitise the community; particularly industrial workers, towards HIV/AIDS related issues and measures.

 
SPORTS

Youngsters do India proud
Chandigarh, August 4
Indian youngsters returned home with a rich haul of medals won in the Third Children of Asia, International Sport and Games held at Yakutsk, Russia, from July 24 to 30. Stating this, Raja K.S. Sidhu of city, who went was the Chief De Mission, disclosed that boys and girls won six gold medals, 17 silver and 14 bronze. India took part basketball, boxing, judo, volleyball, wrestling, gymnastics and table tennis.

Mehak (right) and Mrignaynee, who won the U-14 girls double title, St Peter’s Tennis Tournament, in action  on Wednesday. Mehak wins tennis tourney
Chandigarh, August 4
Mehak along with Mrignayani bagged the girls double title in the St Peter’s Open Tennis Tournament played here today in Sector 37. Mehak Singh will meet Mrignayani in the singles final to be held tomorrow.

Mehak (right) and Mrignaynee, who won the U-14 girls double title, St Peter’s Tennis Tournament, in action on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Special chance for UT sportspersons
Chandigarh, August 4
The Sports Department, Chandigarh Administration, has fixed August 9 as the last date for special chance of trial and interview to issue Sports Gradation Certificates for left-over cases. 

ADMINISTRATION

DC seeks views on timings
Chandigarh, August 4
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Arun Kumar, has invited suggestions and objections from shopkeepers in Sector 17 with regards to change in timing of opening of shops in the sector.

Dhingra is SE (elect)
Chandigarh, August 4
The Chandigarh Administration today appointed Mr V.P. Dhingra as Superintending Engineer, Electricity Operations, replacing Mr Paramhans Singh, who has been promoted as Chief Engineer, and sent back to his parent cadre of Punjab.
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