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City records 58 mm rainfall
Chandigarh, August 17
The city and its neighbouring areas recorded heavy rainfall of 58 mm till about 5.30 pm today. Some areas of the city reeled under the impact of heavy rains all the day. The worst affected were residents of Kishangarh.

SPLASH: Chandigarh and its surrounding areas received heavy rainfall on Tuesday. SPLASH: Chandigarh and its surrounding areas received heavy rainfall on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Rain a curse for Zirakpur residents
Incomplete sewerage work a hazard
Zirakpur, August 17
The monsoon has virtually spelt curse for residents of this area with the Punjab Sewerage Board failing to complete the work of laying the sewer pipelines in Bartana village for the last over three months.





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Tiny tots walk home in the rain after school in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Tiny tots walk home in the rain after school in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Vehicles at Press Chowk pass through water accumulated after the rain that lashed Chandigarh on Tuesday afternoon.
Vehicles at Press Chowk pass through water accumulated after the rain that lashed Chandigarh on Tuesday afternoon. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Cable operators beam select channels
Chandigarh, August 17
Cable services in the city and satellite towns of Panchkula and Mohali were crippled today following an indefinite strike by cable operators in protest against the decision of the Central Government to bring them under the service tax net.

Four more Amartex men held
Panchkula, August 17
Even as four employees of Amartex Industries, arrested by the police yesterday, were released on bail today, the police arrested four other employees of the company for rioting and assaulting the staff of rival Gawritex Industries.

Inquiry marked against teacher
Chandigarh, August 17
In connection with the complaint by the father of a girl student against the maths teacher of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, the UT Education Department has marked a departmental inquiry into the matter.

Drop armed forces Act, say expert, sufferers
Chandigarh, August 17
“The Armed Forces Powers Act is a pugnacious piece of draconian law which violates the federal character of the nation and the Constitution. It provides the Army with absolute powers and legal immunity, eroding civic authority and civil space in the process.”

Petrol station on rivulet’s bank a hazard
Panchkula, August 17
The newly constructed petrol station on the embankment of a seasonal rivulet, passing through Mansa Devi Complex here has become a bone of contention between residents and the Haryana Urban Development Authority.

 
COMMUNITY

Workers’ rally in front of assistant labour chief’s office
Mohali, August 17
Workers’ unions of different industrial units of the town held a rally in front of the Assistant Labour Commissioner in support of their demands here today. Demanding the revival of units that had been closed down, they presented a memorandum addressed to Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, Mr Shisram Ola, Labour Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister and Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, to the SDM, Mr M.L. Sharma.

e-governance project set to take off
A computerised office set up under the “e-governance project” at Sector 9 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Chandigarh, August 17
The Chandigarh Administration has launched a pilot project for starting the much awaited “e-governance” project. Totally computerised offices are being set up at three locations across the city to collect various taxes, levies, bills, even issue bus passes or birth and death certificates, from September 1.

A computerised office set up under the “e-governance project” at Sector 9 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Residents want underbridge at road crossing
Mohali, August 17
Residents of a number of villages have demanded construction of an underbridge at the crossing linking Kambala and other villages to the Phase IX Industrial Area here. A similar demand has also been made by the Industrial Welfare Association of the area.

Bank complains against JE
Chandigarh, August 17
Angry with the high-handed behaviour of the enforcement wing of the UT Estate Office, the staff of the Central Bank of India has complained to the Chandigarh Administrator.

I-Day invitations bore no names, says Mayor
Chandigarh, August 17
Clarifying that the administration had sent 25 invitation cards for 29 councillors, the mayor, Ms Kamlesh, today claimed that the cards received by her office bore no names on the envelopes.

Police registering ‘false’ cases
Chandigarh, August 17
The functioning of the local police has come under a cloud with a human rights body, Lawyers for Human Rights International (LHRI), submitting a “chargesheet” against it for its various acts of omission and commission to the Chandigarh Administration.

 
CRIME

Rekha 22-yr-old woman killed in brawl
Chandigarh, August 17
Rekha, a 22-year-old housewife, succumbed to her injuries at the PGI here today. She was admitted to the hospital after she was injured in a brawl at Saheed Bhagat Singh Colony, Mauli Jagran. It is learnt that Rekha along with her three-month-old daughter, came to her brother Noni’s home.

Four theft cases registered
Chandigarh, August 17
The Chandigarh police has registered four cases of theft and arrested two persons, according to a press note today.

Youths snatch woman’s chain
Panchkula, August 17
Chain-snatchers struck again today. This time their hapless victim was a 54-year-old morning walker, Mrs Kanwal Garg. The victim, a resident of Sector 17 here, had gone for a routine walk in the morning. As she was walking on the road dividing Sectors 8 and 9, she noticed a youth following her and another on a motor cycle at some distance. The youth snatched her gold chain. Almost instantly, a motor cycle came towards them and the two youths fled. The police has registered a case.

Scooterist succumbs to injuries
Chandigarh, August 17
A man was killed and two women were injured in two separate accidents in different parts of the city yesterday. Vijay Kumar, a resident of Dhanas village was injured when his scooter hit a cyclist last night. He was taken to the PGI where he succumbed to his injuries.

3 held for illegal colonies
Mohali, August 17
Three persons were today arrested on charges of carving out illegal residential colonies. According to the police, those arrested were Amba Prasad, Sunil Saini, both from Chandigarh, and Jaidev, a resident of Nayagaon. A case against them had been registered at the local police station on July 4 on a complaint lodged by the Inspector General of Police, in charge of the Economic Offences Wing.

BUSINESS

Market Pulse
Samsung draw: Samsung India Electronics Limited on Tuesday took out the first lucky draw under its promotional campaign “Balle-Balle Offer!” The draw was held at Samsung Digital Home, Sector 8, Chandigarh. The mega prize of Maruti car was won by Simriti Jagdev, 1101, Sector 8-C. 

 
EDUCATION

Senate to discuss probe report on Principal
Chandigarh, August 17
The Panjab University Senate will meet on August 24 to discuss and approve appointments and recommendations of various committees. The inquiry report by Justice S.K. Jain, declaring Dr Surjit Singh Randhawa, Principal of SGGS College, Mahilpur, guilty of impersonation and cheating is also on the agenda .

Gabbi is PUSU chairman
Chandigarh, August 17

Gurpreet Singh Gabbi was nominated chairman of the Panjab University Students’ Union here today. The declaration came at a meeting held at the university Coffee House.

COURTS

Rights panel to defend Kohli
Chandigarh, August 17
A teams of Lawyers for the Human Rights International will defend Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, the main accused in the rape and murder of British teenager, Hannah Foster, who will appear in a local court tomorrow after the expiry of his judicial remand.

 
LIFESTYLE

Fitness Trail
De-focus to bust stress
In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, one thing which everyone has in common is stress. Even little kids are affected by this modern-day disease. Harried parents of today’s super brats, the young IT professional, call centre executives, students, working mothers, all lead stressful lives, the price for which is diseases like hypertension, insomnia, and heart problems.

‘Vigyan ke Chamatkar’ staged
Artistes from Theatre Arts, Chandigarh, stage “Vigyan ke Chamatkar” at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. TO educate people about modern scientific techniques, a play “Vigyan ke Chamatkar” was enacted in Sector 17 on Tuesday. The story of the play revolved around two brothers, Buta Singh and Succha Singh, of a village in Punjab. The family of Buta Singh was illiterate and believed in old rituals.

Artistes from Theatre Arts, Chandigarh, stage “Vigyan ke Chamatkar” at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Revisiting the world of a master creator
Chandigarh has many reasons to remember S.L. Parasher, the founder principal of School of Arts, Shimla which was later relocated in the serene ambience of Sector 10. A visionary all the way, S.L. Parasher is still respected for the new artistic space he created for himself and also inspired around others.

Coffee bars attract the young
Increasing coffee shops and pubs point at the rise of coffee culture in the city. The coffee pubs capture the spirit of age. These are trendy in terms of décor as well as music. Interior designers of coffee shops now enthusiastically blend western and Indian designs to create the right ambience. People come to these coffee shops not just for the coffee, but also for discussing issues concerning them. As coffee goes upmarket, the Indian consumer is learning a new language and lifestyle.

 
SPORTS

St Stephen’s School qualify for Subroto cup
Chandigarh, August 17
The winning under-17 football team of St Stephen’s School, Chandigarh. St Stephen’s School, Sector 45-B, Chandigarh, annexed the Pre-Subroto Mukherjee Under-17 Football Tournament by outplaying Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, Chandigarh, 5-0, here today.

The winning under-17 football team of St Stephen’s School, Chandigarh.

Gopal Academy defeat Batala team
A match in progress between Chandigarh Coaching Centre and CRZ, Haryana, during Sahibzada Hockey (under-15) Tournament Chandigarh, August 17
Gopal Academy, Kurali, defeated Cheema Academy, Batala, 2-1 in the Sahibzada Hockey Tournament for under-15 years at the hockey stadium, Sector 42, here today.

A match in progress between Chandigarh Coaching Centre and CRZ, Haryana, during Sahibzada Hockey (under-15) Tournament at the Hockey Stadium, Sector-42, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.

Bhatnagar in charge of cricket academy
Chandigarh, August 17
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has appointed senior cricket coach Varinder Bhatnagar to look after the Chandigarh Cricket Academy at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium.

ADMINISTRATION

5 habitual offenders lose licence
Chandigarh, August 17
The Superintendent, Traffic Police, Chandigarh, has recommended the Licensing Authority to disqualify five habitual offenders of traffic rules from holding a driving licence for 2 to 6 months with effect from August 16. Some of these offenders have been issued as much as 19 challans for various offences committed by them time and again.

Police to patrol Mohali parks
Mohali, August 17
The local police will patrol the parks of the town in order to check their misuse by anti-social elements. A number of residents had complained to the SP, Mr Rakesh Agarwal, at a meeting held here this evening with municipal counsillors and welfare associations, that some unwanted elements frequented the parks and youngsters also indulged in eve-teasing.
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