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CHB issues notices to 900 flat owners
Chandigarh, August 18
Cracking down on those who have illegally added a floor to their flats or carried out additional construction, the Chandigarh Housing Board has issued notices to about 900 flat owners in Sectors 44, 45 and 47 giving them 21 days before carrying out demolitions.

Members of the CHB Residents Federation hold a rally in support of their demands at Sector 47-D, Chandigarh Members of the CHB Residents Federation hold a rally in support of their demands at Sector 47-D, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
— A Tribune photograph

General Manager of PUDA arrested
Connivance with colonisers
Mohali, August 18
The Punjab Police today arrested Mr Hardev Singh, General Manager, Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority for allegedly ‘facilitating’ illegal colonisers in the state. This is the first major action against a senior PUDA official.





EARLIER STORIES
 

CAT quashes Lake Club GM’s appointment
Chandigarh, August 18
The Chandigarh Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal has quashed the appointment of the General Manager of the Lake Club, Dr Reet Mohinder Singh. The Bench directed the Chandigarh Administration to fill the post as per rules and regulations after advertising in newspapers within three months.

Student bodies in poll mould, begin dharna
Chandigarh, August 18
The election bugle has been sounded by various students’ organisations on the campus. The first indication came by way of regular dharnas being organised by students’ bodies in a bid to make their presence felt on the campus.

Protest against credit system
Chandigarh, August 18
The Panjab University Students’ Union organised a dharna outside the office of the Vice-Chancellor at Panjab University here today to protest against the credit system in B.Sc (Honours School) and problems of science students.

Kohli’s remand extended till Aug 25
Chandigarh, August 18
The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ms Paramvir Nijjar, extended the judicial remand of Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, main accused in the British teenager Hannah Foster rape and murder case, till August 25, today.


Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, accused in the Hannah Foster rape and murder case, being taken away by the police from the district courts in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, accused in the Hannah Foster rape and murder case, being taken away by the police from the district courts in Chandigarh

Fraud in Panchkula hospital
Panchkula, August 18
The authorities at the General Hospital here have detected a fraud worth several lakhs by some officials of the accounts department. Over a period of one year, beginning April, 2003, the staff had failed to deposit almost 20 per cent of receipts of fee charged for various diagnostic tests conducted at the hospital.

Chandigarh rail link dealt major blow
Chandigarh, August 18
One of the prestigious rail projects in this part of country – the Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail link — has received a major blow. The Railways is reportedly not in a position to electrify the 45 km Chandigarh-Morinda stretch of the Chandigarh— Ludhiana rail link.

GCM: media entry banned
Chandigarh, August 18
The Army today denied entry to media persons covering the General Court Martial trying Colonel Anil Sahgal on charges of professional impropriety in the tehelka case, at Chandimandir.

Tyagi inspects squadrons, units
Chandigarh, August 18
The Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command, Air Marshal S.P. Tyagi inspected various squadrons and units at the Chandigarh Air Force Station today. He appreciated the station’s performance in air maintenance of forward areas as well as its efforts to help the civil administration during flood relief and rescue operations earlier this month.

 
COMMUNITY

Couple unconvinced by hospital report
Chandigarh, August 18
It was a clerical mistake on the part of the nursing staff not a child swapping incident, says the internal inquiry panel report of General Hospital, Sector 16, which was constituted to probe the alleged child swapping incident that took place last week.

Reserve price for renting out open spaces fixed
Chandigarh, August 18
The Finance and Contract Committee of the municipal corporation fixed the reserve price of renting out the various open spaces of the city while rejecting the proposal to use community centres for various welfare activities.

Encroachments at Sectors 18, 19, 20 markets removed
Chandigarh, August 19
The enforcement staff of the municipal corporation removed encroachments from corridors of Sectors 18, 19 and 20 markets, here today. Shops in the Sector 20 market remained closed in protest against the drive and the “high-handedness” of the staff and the police.

Cable services resumed
Chandigarh, August 18
Cable services in Chandigarh and the satellite towns of Panchkula and Mohali resumed tonight after the strike was called off by cable operators.

Environment ministry terms for big projects
Chandigarh, August 18
In a move which could have an impact on the development of big projects in the city, the Chandigarh Administration today notified the terms of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, which says big projects have to be cleared by the ministry after an evaluation of the purported impact.

Mandira escapes media glances
Chandigarh, August 18
Mandira Bedi has her hands full these days. After her film “Shaadi ka Ladoo” which literally bombed at the box office, she is again getting ready for a cricket programme.

Old Age Home inmates  celebrate Teej
Chandigarh, August 18
For the elderly in the Old Age Home of Sector 15, the day brought loads of excitement in its fold. It all began with volunteers of the Art of Living Foundation arriving at the Old Age Home for celebrations of Teej, the festival that spells joy and hope.

Police auction from Sept 5
Chandigarh, August 18
The Chandigarh Police is to sell articles lying in various police stations. The auction will be opened to government servants, except employees of Police Department. The highest bidder will be required to deposit the bid money on the spot.

 
CRIME

Man found done to death
Panchkula, August 18
A man in his early thirties was found bludgeoned to death in a corn field in Johluwal village near Pinjore this afternoon. The victim had received injuries on his head. The police suspects that he was hit with a heavy stone.

Cyclist crushed to death
Lalru, August 18
Davinder Singh, a resident of Gholu Majra village, was crushed to death by a car on the Kalka-Chandigarh highway near Dappar village, late last night. Working with the Military Engineering Services at Dappar, Davinder (50) was riding his bicycle when a car going towards Ambala hit him at about 9.30 pm.

Woman dies in mishap
Chandigarh, August 18
A 55-year-old woman was run over by a car in the Sector 46 market on Wednesday. Ram Kali of Ram Darbar was working as a sweeper with the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.

Man stabbed by fruit seller over mango rate
Panchkula, August 18
Madan Lal, a labourer, was stabbed by a mango seller when he tried to negotiate its rate. Madan Lal (35) was reportedly returning to his residence in Ambedkar Colony, Industrial Area, late tonight, when he saw a mango seller.

Jobless youths posing as eunuchs arrested
Zirakpur, August 18
Three unemployed youths posing as eunuchs to earn livelihood for the past several months, were today exposed by eunuchs of the area. The three were later arrested in a case of cheating.

Bank cheated
Chandigarh, August 18
A man has cheated Punjab National Bank, Sector 17-C, by fraudulently taking a loan of Rs 25 lakh by showing forged documents according to a police press note released today.

BUSINESS

Motor Market re-opens
Chandigarh, August 18
The Motor Market in Mani Majra opened today after yesterday's clash between policemen and shopkeepers of the area who were protesting against the demolition drive by the municipal corporation.

 
EDUCATION

College sans water source
Mohali, August 18
Government College here has been without an independent source of water supply for about a year and is wholly dependent on the Civil Hospital for its needs, thanks to the indifferent attitude of the authorities concerned.

COURTS

Amartex MD’s arrest stayed
Panchkula, August 18
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr L.N. Jindal, has stayed the arrest of Mr Arun Grover, managing director of Amartex Industries, till August 19. The court also directed that the SP, Panchkula, should be informed that the investigating officer was not present in the court during the hearing “for taking necessary action against him”.

 
LIFESTYLE

Strike gave them chance to kick TV addiction
The two-day strike by cable operators gave an insight into the impact of the idiot box on the daily routine of a common man. While it left many city residents bored. For some it was an opportunity to kick the TV addiction and to experience the other things of the life.

 

City residents were forced to watch Doordarshan during the strike by cable operators. — A Tribune photograph

City residents were forced to watch Doordarshan during the strike by cable operators

Shahid pinning hopes on ‘Fida’
Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor, son of seasoned actor Pankaj Kapoor, is pinning high hopes on “Fida” to be released on August 20. In a telephonic interview form Bombay, he talked about his experiences.

An artist who paints reality
The portraits of P. S. Verma are grounded in reality. The painter in him follows the style made famous by late Sobha Singh in Punjab. Like Sobha Singh, who he claims was responsible for initiating him into this, Verma loves to make portraits of a bride, snake charmer, street singer or those of famous figures like Swami Vivekanand and Jagjit Singh.

Ramoowalia’s ‘Seema’ touches a chord
A world which reveals the suffering of illegal immigrants through the eyes of a woman is what Iqbal Ramoowalia has tried to depict in his novel “The Death of a Passport”. How far the novel succeeds as a literary work is yet to be seen but the documentation of the travails of Seema, his heroine, in her search for the elusive foreign passport are sure to touch an emotional chord with Punjabi.

Book on Halwarvi released
Eminent personalities from the world of Punjabi literature gathered at the Chandigarh Press Club, today to release a collection of articles in memory of Harbhajan Halwarvi, noted Punjabi writer and former Editor of Punjabi Tribune.


(Left to right) Prof Pritpal Kaur, Mr Joginder Puar, Editor, Desh Sewak, and Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, GNDU, at the Chandigarh Press Club to release a book on the life of Harbhajan Halwarvi. — A Tribune photograph
Prof Pritpal Kaur, Mr Joginder Puar, Editor, Desh Sewak, and Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, GNDU, at the Chandigarh Press Club

Institute celebrates anniversary
The JD Institute of Fashion Technology here celebrated its fourth anniversary at a Sector 35 hotel today. A dance party was organised by the institute to mark the event, in which the students had a gala time.

Students of JD Institute, Chandigarh, dance at the fourth anniversary celebrations of the institute on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph 


Students of JD Institute, Chandigarh, dance at the fourth anniversary celebrations of the institute

HEALTH

Latest know-how for optimum blood use must: Governor
Chandigarh, August 18
UT Administrator Justice O.P. Verma today underlined the need for introducing the latest blood transfusion technology for optimum utilisation of available blood.

PGI to offer special packages
Chandigarh, August 18
The Post Graduate Institute is gearing up to offer special packages for treatment in its various departments in the coming months. The institute is envisaging the package to be a wholesome treatment offered at one place instead of requiring the patient to visit various departments.

CT scan that delineates blood vessels
Chandigarh, August 19
The Department of Radiodiagnosis at the PGI has developed the latest technique of specialised CT scanning which delineates details of different blood vessels of the liver and the extent of tumour in case of gall bladder cancer.

 
SPORTS

Hockey Academy to meet CRZ in final
Chandigarh, August 18
The Chandigarh Hockey Academy (red) and the CRZ, Sonepat XI, will take on each other in tomorrow’s final of the Sahibzada Under-15 Hockey Tournament played here at the Sector 42 hockey stadium.

A goalkeeper of the Gopal Academy, Kurali, clears the ball in the semifinal match against the Chandigarh Hockey Academy during the Sahibzada (under-15) Hockey Tournament in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
A goalkeeper of the Gopal Academy, Kurali, clears the ball in the semifinal match

Iqbal Singh, Dina clinch I-Day cup
Chandigarh, August 18
Col Iqbal Singh and Col B.K.S. Dina clinched the Independence Day Golf Cup defeating the duo of SPS Mathar and Jaskaran Panag in the final at the Chandigarh Golf Club yesterday.

Rajat in action in the state nine-ball meet played in Sector 22, Chandigarh
Rajat in action in the state nine-ball meet played in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Hockey umpires’ exam on
Aug 22
Chandigarh, August 18
The Chandigarh Hockey Umpires Association will hold a written test for hockey umpires on August 22 at 9 am. The test will be held at the AG (Punjab) office in Sector 17 here.

Khaneja, Talwar make it to last four in nine-ball pool
Chandigarh, August 18
Rajat Khaneja and Sumit Talwar made it to the last four of the ongoing Chandigarh State nine-ball Pool meet played here today in Sector 22. Other players who entered the semifinal are, Pramod and Gagandeep.

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