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Sukhna check dams saved city from flooding
Chandigarh, August 11
About 180 small check dams in the lower Shivaliks have saved the Sukhna Lake from a possible ecological catastrophe and also prevented a situation which could have threatened the city with heavy flooding.


Small check dams stopped a huge amount of silt from flowing into the Sukhna lake during the rains last week. gushing waters affected a small area in the Sukhna sanctuary bringing down trees and damaging a portion of a flood protection wall.
Small check dams stopped a huge amount of silt from flowing into the Sukhna lake during the rains last week. On the right, gushing waters affected a small area in the Sukhna sanctuary bringing down trees and damaging a portion of a flood protection wall. — Tribune photos by Parvesh Chauhan




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Couple alleges swapping of baby in General Hospital
DNA test likely; probe ordered

Chandigarh, August 11
It came as a rude shock for Mr Kuldeep Singh and his wife Kuljeet Kaur, who were initially told that they had been blessed with a baby boy at the General Hospital, Sector 16, on Tuesday night but instead were handed a baby girl today.

Woman tests positive for cholera
Chandigarh, August 11
Despite the UT Health Department’s claim that the city has nothing to fear on account of diseases, cholera has resurfaced in Chandigarh. A 35-year-old resident of Colony No 5 here, Jyoti, here tested positive for the water-borne disease at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, today.

Governor orders probe into beating incident
Chandigarh, August 11
The Punjab Governor and Administrator of Chandigarh, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), today assured the agitating residents of Burail, of a speedy action in the case relating to the beating up of a boy and his parents by Chandigarh police personnel yesterday. The Governor also ordered a thorough enquiry into the episode.

Captain beaten up in pub
Chandigarh, August 11
An Army Captain invited trouble when he allegedly made an offer to a girl to dance at a pub in Sector 17 last night.

Villagers up in arms against move on Urban Estate
Zirakpur, August 11
Hundreds of residents of Singhpura, Ramgarh Bhudda and Nagla villages are up in arms against the Punjab Urban Development Authorities (PUDA) move for acquiring their agricultural land for developing an urban estate.

Reports about HC judges’ transfer baseless: minister
Chandigarh, August 11
Dismissing as baseless rumours about the transfer of Punjab and Haryana High Court Judges, Union Minister of Law and Justice H R Bhardwaj today claimed that their problem with the High Court Chief Justice had more or less been resolved.

BEL develops tactical radio for Army
Chandigarh, August 11
In the backdrop of electronic warfare assuming a crucial role in today's battlefield environment, Bharat Electronic Limited (BEL) has developed a tactical radio for mobile communications which is not only capable of secure transmission, but also highly resistant to jamming by the enemy.

 
COMMUNITY

Tribune union decries cut in EPF rate
Chandigarh, August 11
Even as the Union Government's decision to cut interest rate on the employees' provident fund(EPF) by 1 per cent has drawn flak from various quarters, over 23 lakh employees of Punjab and Chandigarh will be affected by the decision.

Eco-Notes
Beware, snakes are lurking around

WHILE walking in the thick vegetation areas, if you hear a hiss, don’t panic. Come to a halt immediately as you may have inadvertently intruded into the territory of a serpent. After the rains, they normally come out in the open. Snakes, which are called bio-indicators, can be seen in the Leisure Valley, parks, the forest areas behind Panjab University and the Rock Garden, vegetation between the Sukhna Lake and the golf grounds, the catchment area of the lake, which is botanically the richest area in Chandigarh, or even in your backyard.


Capt Suresh Sharma (retd), who has set up a snake cell, holds a common krait caught from a showroom in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Capt Suresh Sharma (retd), who has set up a snake cell, holds a common krait caught from a showroom in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.

2 students hit with rifle butt
Mohali, August 11
A day after the Chandigarh police thrashed a young boy and his parents for violating traffic rules, a Mohali police commando today hit two college students riding a scooter with the butt of a rifle near Government College here.

Shifting of proposed garbage centre sought

Chandigarh, August 11
Resentment prevails among residents of Sector 46-C against the move of the Municipal Corporation to construct a garbage dumping centre (Sehaj Safai Kendra) outside main gates of the government creche and Government High School. It also falls in the residential area.




The site in Sector 46-C where the Municipal Corporation proposes to construct a garbage dumping centre.

The site in Sector 46-C  where the Municipal Corporation proposes to construct a garbage dumping  centre.

Property owners to take up bylaws with admn
Chandigarh, August 11
The executive body of the Property Owners Welfare Association (POWA) at a meeting today decided to take up the matter of building bylaws with the Chandigarh Administration.

High-handedness by toll barrier staff alleged
Dera Bassi, August 11
Mr P.S. Bhinder, Chief Manager, Indian Overseas Bank, Gurgaon, has alleged highhandedness by Toll Tax collectors at the railway overbridge on the Kalka-Ambala highway near here, on August 7.

 
CRIME

Two held for eve-teasing
Chandigarh, August 11
The police has arrested two persons on the charge of eve-teasing.

 
EDUCATION

From Colleges
College releases journal on social sciences
Chandigarh, August 11
To promote research in the field of social sciences, DAV College, Sector 10, released the first issue of a half-yearly journal of social sciences, titled “Diviner” at a function here today. The journal was released by Principal of the college, S.C. Marriya.

Polytechnics to introduce three courses
Chandigarh, August 11
The polytechnics in Haryana will have three new courses, — fashion design, fashion technology and medical electronics, from this academic session.

CAMPUS NOTES
Engg workshop’s foundation stone laid
Chandigarh, August 11
The Adviser to the UT Administrator, Mr Lalit Sharma, planted saplings to mark the Go Green Movement-2004 on the Panjab University campus here today.

COURTS

Man accused of raping daughter gets bail
Chandigarh, August 11
The District and Sessions Judge, Mr R.S. Baswana, today granted bail to Mr Ram Bahadur, a resident of Maloya, who had been accused by the police of raping his 10-year-old daughter.

Goods confiscated from kiosk in District Courts
Chandigarh, August 11
Enforcement staff from the Estate Office allegedly barged into a kiosk after breaking open the lock and ransacked before carrying away goods, including refrigerator and coffee-vending machine, at the District Courts on Saturday. The power supply was also disconnected.

HC not satisfied with UGC reply
Chandigarh, August 11
Taking up petitions challenging the move to declare the Punjab Engineering College as deemed university, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today expressed dissatisfaction over the reply filed by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

PSIEC residential plots allottees to move court
Mohali, August 11
The 280 allottees of the Punjab State Industrial Exports Corporation’s residential plots in Mohali today decided to move court to demand relief against an order of the Department of Industries, cancelling their allotments.

Help HC regain glory, Law Minister urges Bar
Panchkula, August 11
“The Bar is the pulse of the judiciary and the legal system. It is their duty to apprise the Chief Justice of any tension brewing on the court premises. Also, it is their responsibility that names for judges are forwarded promptty so that justice to the common man is not delayed.”

 
LIFESTYLE


Compositions impress audience

Chandigarh, August 11
The second half of the Malhar Festival being organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra featured recital by three famous vocalists from the region today.

From left: Vocalists Pt Telegaonkar, Hari Dev and Saubhagya Vardhan perform during the second half of the Malhar Festival celebrations at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Vocalists Pt Telegaonkar, Hari Dev and Saubhagya Vardhan perform during the second half of the Malhar Festival celebrations at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.

Malhar casts spell on musicologists

Chandigarh, August 11
There could not have been a better beginning to the three-day Malhar festival than what one witnessed at Pracheen Kala Kendra in Sector 35 today.

From left: Eminent musicologists Sulochana Brahaspati, Dr Sharayu Kalekar and Dr Pankaj Mala Sharma on the opening day of the Malhar Festival at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photo

Eminent musicologists Sulochana Brahaspati, Dr Sharayu Kalekar and Dr Pankaj Mala Sharma on the opening day of the Malhar Festival at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.

‘Campus Rock Idols’ competition today

THE first round of a nationwide music competition, “Campus Rock Idols,” will be organised at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on August 12. In the run-up to the main event, a two-day roadshow began yesterday. The show was anchored by Guarav who attracted a lot of youngsters.

Youngsters participating in ‘Campus Rock Idols’ roadshow in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari 

Youngsters participating in ‘Campus Rock Idols’ roadshow in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.

Steering clear of the snake pit of jealousy
WHAT exactly do you feel when you find that your friend has got a promotion or acquired the latest model of the car which you were yearning for? When he or she is happily serving us sweets on these occasions, we may at times suffer from pangs of jealousy. It cannot only take away your best friends, but it is also bad for your inner growth as a person.

Eating Out
Limited variety, but economical
NANAK Sweets is housed in a small enclosure adjoining the gurdwara in Sector 19-D here. It recently added a menu of meals to its list of sweets and snacks.

 
SPORTS

SGFI move to benefit DAV school students
Chandigarh, August 11
Thousands of sportsmen and women studying in more than 680 schools under the DAV Management Committee throughout India will stand to benefit from the recent decision of the School Games Federation of India (SGFI) to grant them affiliation for the year 2004-2005.

Kanika to the fore in swimming
Chandigarh, August 11
Kanika bagged honours in the 400 metres free style (group IV) on the opening day of the Sports Department Chandigarh Sub-Junior, Junior and Senior Swimming championship which began here today at the swimming pool, Sector 23. She clocked 7:57.51 seconds. The three-day meet is an annual feature of the Chandigarh Sports Department.

ADMINISTRATION

Admn team to check attendance of employees in offices
Chandigarh, August 11
A team of the Chandigarh Administration will conduct surprise checks to monitor the attendance of employees working in various departments of the administration under the Deputy Commissioner. The checks will be carried out once a week.


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