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Six new diarrhoea cases in Panchkula
Scale of problem beats administration’s efforts
Panchkula, August 10
Six new cases of diarrhoea were reported from Rajiv and Indira colonies here today. Five of those admitted to General Hospital were children. A six-month-old child, Ankit, had died in Rajiv Colony yesterday.

UT cops beat up boy, parents
Irate residents block traffic
Chandigarh, August 10
Irate residents of Sector 20 blocked traffic for over two hours and indulged in stone throwing to protest against the ‘brutal’ beating of a teenaged boy and his parents by the police this afternoon. According to eye witnesses, a police vehicle stopped the teenager near the Sector 20 roundabout.
Amit, who was brutally roughed up by policemen, shows bruises on his back as his mother consoles him in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Amit, who was brutally roughed up by policemen, shows bruises on his back as his mother consoles him in Chandigarh


Notification hikes property prices in Zirakpur
Zirakpur, August 10
A day after the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) notified the formation of an Urban Estate in the vicinity of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat, property prices have started to rise. On the first day itself, they rose by about 10 per cent.

No change in dimension of Tibetan lake: Army
Chandigarh, August 10
While allaying fears of large-scale floods in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab on account of an artificial lake being formed in Tibet, the Army today stated that there had been little change in the dimensions of the lake since July 21 and only about a 100-km stretch along the Sutlej would see rise in water levels.

No flood waters can reach Punjab, Haryana: experts
Chandigarh, August 10
Misinformation has caused a needless scare among people in the plains of Punjab and Haryana about flood waters of the artificial lake formed on Perchu river in Tibet, affecting them. Experts based here said no water from the artificial lake could reach Punjab or Haryana and there was no need to panic for people in the plains as the threat of destruction was only in Himachal Pradesh.

Administration to give relief for houses damaged in rain
Chandigarh, August 10
The Chandigarh Administration today said that it would soon provide relief to the people whose houses were damaged in the rain on August 3. The Revenue Department is working on a formula prescribed by the Government of India for giving compensation in such cases.

Irregular power supply, floods hit industrial production
Chandigarh, August 10
The going for the industrialists of the city and the region has not been easy in the wake of irregular power supply, disruption of rail and road traffic due to the fury of floods that lashed parts of neighbouring Punjab and Haryana last week, besides hike in the steel prices.


PSEB losing Rs 400 cr in power thefts
Mohali, August 10
Power worth Rs 400 crore is being stolen in the state each year. This was stated by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Chairman, Mr Y.S. Ratra, here today. “While the board managed to detect power theft worth Rs 170 crore, a large amount remains unaccounted,’’ he added.

PSEB privatises meter reading, bill distribution
Mohali, August 10
The Punjab State Electricity Board has decided to give the twin tasks of meter reading and bill distribution into private hands in Mohali. The contractor who has been assigned the job would start work from September 1.

Home Guards stage dharna
Chandigarh, August 10
More than 300 Home Guards from Punjab sat on a dharna at the Matka Chowk here today in support of their demands. The Punjab Home Guards Welfare Association demanded that their services should be regularised. They also demanded proper allowances. They claimed that as they worked 24 hours they should be given proper treatment.
Home Guards from all over Punjab protesting in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma 
Home Guards from all over Punjab protesting in Chandigarh

Student hurt in mishap
Mohali, August 10
A student of SASIIT here was seriously injured near the Phase 3B2 and Sector 71 dividing road today when his scooter was hit by a Santro car coming from the opposite direction

VHP plea against Bhatti
Chandigarh, August 10
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad(VHP) today moved an application before a local court demanding registration of a case against Jaspal Bhatti for allegedly hurting of religious sentiments of Hindus.


SI shoots self, admitted to PGI
Mohali, August 10
A Sub-Inspector serving in Chandigarh shot himself “accidentally” with his service revolver at his Phase 11 residence here last night. Mr Lakhmir Singh, posted at the Sector 31 police control room in Chandigarh, is admitted in PGI with a serious wound near his ear, but is said to be out of danger.

Inspector held on bribe charge
Mohali, August 10
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today arrested Mr Gurmukh Singh, Inspector in charge of anti-goonda staff, Ropar, for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 5,000 from an accused whose case he was handling.


24.8 pc growth rate of LIC’s Chandigarh division
Chandigarh, August 10
The Chandigarh division of LIC of India has performed creditably in the current financial year by selling 55,492 policies with sum assured Rs 444.67 crore and the first premium income of Rs 28.41 crore.


37 in fray for PU Senate poll
Chandigarh, August 10
As many as 37 candidates will be contesting the forthcoming Senate elections of Panjab University. The list of contestants in the fray was displayed after scrutiny of nomination papers today.

Sans facilities, hostel building lies unutilised
Mohali, August 10
Students of Government College here have been deprived of hostel accommodation with the building still lacking essential facilities even after nearly two years of its completion.

Student collapses while undergoing punishment
Panchkula, August 10
A Class XI student of DC Model School fell unconscious when he, along with 20 of his class mates, were asked to take 10 rounds of the school in scorching heat. They were being punished for talking loudly in the class.

PEC counselling for general category today
Chandigarh, August 10
The second day of counselling for admission to engineering and architecture courses in Punjab Engineering College (PEC), the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET) and the Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) went off peacefully.

Science exhibition from Aug 27
Chandigarh, August 10
To select the best brains, Intel in collaboration with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is holding a two-day science exhibition competition in the city on August 27 and 28.

College to start economics honours course
Mohali, August 10
The local Government College has been given the approval to start honours classes in economics by Punjabi University, Patiala. A team of three professors from the university headed by Prof Gurbachan Kaur Bhatia, Head, Department of Economics, visited the college today. 

From Schools and Colleges
Carmel Convent holds music contest
Chandigarh, August 10
Carmel Convent School in association with the Parent Teachers Association of the school hosted Carmel Inter-School Music Competition 2004 today. Eleven schools participated in the competition. In the group song, Carmel Convent stood first followed by Sacred Heart Secondary School and the third prize went to St John’s High School.
Students of Carmel Convent School display the prizes they won at Carmel Inter-School Music Competition held on Tuesday.
Students of Carmel Convent School display the prizes they won at Carmel Inter-School Music Competition


Mobile user ordered to pay Reliance Rs 20,000
Chandigarh, August 10
Intervening in a dispute between Reliance Infocomm and a mobile user, the Permanent Lok Adalat (Public Utility Services) has awarded an amount of Rs 20,000 to the company.


Fitness trail
Eye disorders now common among kids
ye disorders are becoming common even from early childhood due to modern-day lifestyle, especially with excessive exposure of children to TV and computers. Many eye disorders start from early childhood and leave a partial or fully damaged vision if not detected in time, says Chandigarh-based ophthalmologist Dr Rajan Chugh. Lazy eye is partial loss of vision, when a clear image is not available on the retina during the early growth period, says Dr Chugh. It can develop when there is no active use of one or both eyes due to hazy or decreased vision in one eye or both eyes.

A window to raga Malhar and its 32 rich forms
he romance of this season will come alive, with the celebrations of Malhar festival in the city from tomorrow. Being organized for the first time in this part of the region, the three day festival is an attempt to reflect the grand old traditional of Indian classical music which is replete with different varieties of Malhar.

Godmen’s invasion of your living room
Spiritualism has not died in the city. Not only senior citizens, but the young are also trying to satisfy their spiritual quest, essentially through the religious channels on television. Those who remain confined to their homes, like senior citizens and housewives, watch these programmes keenly. Few people know that raag Malhar, mastered and popularized by Mian Tansen has no less than 32 forms, each exciting and vibrant in its own right.
Finding solace through the small screen.
— A Tribune photo
Finding solace through the small screen


CBSE football meet from August 26
Chandigarh, August 10
The under-19 CBSE Football Tournament is scheduled to be held from August 26 and 28 at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula. CBSE schools from Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Haryana (Panchkula and Ambala districts) have been invited to participate in the tournament. The last date for sending entries is August 16.


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