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Panicky colonisers go underground
Property rates in Zirakpur crash
Zirakpur, August 19
Panic has gripped residents and colonisers of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat following the arrest of the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) General Manager and some colonisers.
A property dealer’s signboard in Zirakpur gets a white coat of fresh paint on Thursday following PUDA action against illegal colonisers A property dealer’s signboard in Zirakpur gets a white coat of fresh paint on Thursday following PUDA action against illegal colonisers. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

PUDA GM sent to 4-day police remand
Mohali, August 19
Hardev Singh, General Manager, Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), was today sent to four days’ of police remand by a Kharar Court. He was arrested by the Punjab Police yesterday for allegedly ‘facilitating’ illegal colonisers in the state.


Colonisers’ case now with Mohali DSP
Mohali, August 19
The investigation into the illegal colonisers’ case registered in Mohali on July 4 will now be handled by the DSP, Mohali, Mr Harpreet Singh. Earlier, this case was being investigated under the direct supervision of the DIG (Economic Offences Wing), Mr Rohit Chaudhry

Amit Suri case
Constables used excessive force, says DSP’s report
Chandigarh, August 19
Traffic Police Constables Balwinder Singh and Jang Singh, who publicly bashed up teenager car driver Amit Suri on August 10, have been found guilty of using “excessive force” against him and his parents. The D.S.P. (South), Mr S. S. Randhawa, in his inquiry report said the two constables accompanying Sub-Inspector Poonam Dilawari used “excessive force and over-reacted.”

2 illegal telephone exchanges unearthed, 4 held
Chandigarh, August 19
The Crime Branch of the Chandigarh police today claimed to have unearthed two illegal telephone exchanges connecting international calls to the USA on local charges by bypassing Indian security monitoring.

Volte-face of Kohli surprises none
Chandigarh, August 19
Manjinderpal Singh Kohli's volte-face has raised questions about the credibility of the Punjab Police. Once again, the men in khaki have come under severe criticism for extracting confessions from suspects in different cases.

Judges cite reasons for withdrawing from Bench
Chandigarh, August 19
Mr Justice H.S. Bedi and Mr Justice Nirmal Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, who, on August 12, withdrew from a Full Bench headed by Chief Justice Mr Justice B.K. Roy, have given their reasons for withdrawing from the same.


UT not planning action against illegal houses
Chandigarh, August 19
The Chandigarh Administration is not contemplating immediate action against those who have illegally built houses  outside the “lal dora” in the 18 villages within the Union Territory. It is learnt that the Administration will take  a lenient view on such illegal houses and not  follow Punjab’s decision to crack down on colonisers.

Man enters sewerage pipeline in search of pet
Chandigarh, August 19
Drama was witnessed on the road dividing Sectors 17 and 18 here today, when a rickshaw-puller, Hanuman Singh, got into a sewerage pipeline in an attempt to save his pet dog. The firemen and the police who reached the site on receiving information that a man was lying in the sewerage pipeline, cajoled him to come out. However, the man remained adamant, saying he would not leave his “abode” till his dog was found. In a statement to the police, he said his dog had hurt itself and taken shelter in a pipeline to escape medicine being applied on the wound.

Firemen pull Hanuman Singh out from the sewerage pipeline in Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan.
Firemen pull Hanuman Singh out from the sewerage pipeline in Sector 17 in Chandigarh

Couple reconciled but say error caused much pain
Chandigarh, August 19
The DNA report has finally put an end to the controversy surrounding the alleged child swapping case at the General Hospital, Sector 16, as the report has confirmed that the mother, Kuljeet Kaur, actually gave birth to a female child instead of a male.

Residents complain of muddy water supply
Mohali, August 19
Residents here have complained that muddy water was being supplied by the Department of Public Health in certain areas of the town. Complaints in this regard have regard have been received from pockets in Phase I, II, V, VII, and Sector 71.

Resident writes to DGP against cops
Mohali, August 19
Navdeep Gupta, a resident of Sector 37, Chandigarh, has in a written complaint to the DGP, Punjab, alleged that he was detained illegally by the Mohali police and beat up, till rendered unconscious, till rendered.

Fitness test for recruitment


Villager crushed to death
Lalru, August 19
Hans Raj (35), a resident of Ranimajra village, was crushed to death by a truck on the Lalru-Handesra road late last night. According to the police, Hans Raj was riding bicycle when the truck, run over him at Jola Kalan village. He succumbed to his injuries on the spot.

Three cases of vehicle theft
Chandigarh, August 19
The local police has registered three cases of vehicle theft in different parts of the city, according to a press note. Mr Gurkamal Preet Pal Singh, a resident of Sector 38-A, filed a complaint with the Sector 11, police station that his Maruti car (DL-1-CE-2285) was stolen from Panjab University, on August 18. 

Two youths teased, woman booked
Chandigarh, August 19
A high drama unfolded at the roundabout of Sector 34-35 after an incident of “adam teasing” here today. The incident happened about 11 am when two youths, who were coming from Grain Market, Sector 26 in a rickshaw, stopped by a roadside fruit vendor on the road separating Sectors 34 and 35.

Body found near Pinjore identified
Panchkula, August 19
The police has identified the person found murdered in a corn field at Johluwal village, near Pinjore, as Raju Singh. The body was found by the owner of the field, Sucha Singh, yesterday.

Lineman roughed up
Chandigarh, August 19
Irate residents of a locality in Sector 24 roughed up a lineman of the Electricity Department on August 17. Hari Chand, a lineman is posted at a complaint centre of the electricity Office in Sector 22. The residents of that lacality were facing inconvenience due to erratic supply of electricity because of faulty wires.

Alert woman foils theft bid, one held
Mohali, August 19
The alertness of a woman prevented a thief from committing a crime who was later caught by residents of Phase VII here today. It is learnt that around 1.30 pm. Ms Angoori Devi, a resident of HE quarters, saw that an unidentified person had lifted a folding bed lying outside her house and was about to escape on a bicycle.


Fire system at board office found wanting
Mohali, August 19
The fire fighting system installed on the premises of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) headquarters has been found in a state of neglect by officials of the local fire department.

Police to man PU gates, new timings announced
Chandigarh, August 19
In an effort to check harassment of girl students by outsiders and apprehending breach of peace and public nuisance at Panjab University, the authorities concerned have ordered that gate No.1 (towards the PGI) should be closed till further orders while a portion of the gate would remain open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Class X supplementary exam results today
Chandigarh, August 19
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will declare the result of the Class X compartment examination tomorrow. Over 12,000 students from Chandigarh region, comprising Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, appeared in it.

Science conference in Chandigarh
Chandigarh, August 19
The Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), Chandigarh, and the National Institute of Science and Development Studies (NISTAD), New Delhi, are jointly organising an international conference on “Science and Technology — New Challenges in the Context of Globalisation” in Chandigarh in March next year.


Amartex MD’s anticipatory bail plea rejected
Panchkula, August 19
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr L.N. Jindal, dismissed the bail application filed by the Managing Director of Amartex Industries, Mr Arun Grover, here today.


Style i
Bright, airy apparel is the in thing
he pitter-patter of rain is music to the ears after the scorching summer but puddles of dirty water, slush, sudden showers are certainly a nightmare for someone trying to look glamorous in the rainy season. While Bollywood sirens Nargis, Sri Devi, Kajol or Priety Zinta can afford to get drenched and splash around in slush on screen, it is not so going for commoners.

Mini Mathur dumps TV for its regressive character
Mini Mathur has not allowed fame to get the better of her. Perhaps that is why she can still smile from the heart. She was in the city today to host a special evening for a liquor company which announced the prize of one of its contests at the Chandigarh Club tonight.

(Left to right): TV presenter Mini Mathur strikes a pose with Candy, Cheryl and Shazeen, members of Caliche, the all-girl band that performed at a programme organised by a liquor manufacturing company at the Chandigarh Club on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
TV presenter Mini Mathur strikes a pose with Candy, Cheryl and Shazeen, members of Caliche, the all-girl band that performed at a programme organised by a liquor manufacturing company at the Chandigarh Club

Tragic play about a life wasted
ragedy is a heavy word. Even before it occurs, its consciousness troubles human sensitivities. It was the burden of this consciousness that weighed heavily on the mind as one viewed Mohan Maharishi’s latest production, “Ho Rahega Kuch na Kuch” at the Tagore Theatre today.

A scene from “Ho Rehega Kuchh Na Kuchh” being staged at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
A scene from "Ho Rehega Kuchh Na Kuchh" being staged at Tagore Theatre

New Release
An unusual love tale
ips Films with brothers Kumar Taurani and Ramesh Taurani have to their credit hit films like “Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai”, “Soldier”, “Kachche Dhaage”, “Kunwara”, “Kya Kehna, Dil Hai Tumhara” and Ken Ghosh’s directorial debut “Ishq Vishq”.


More than 130 units collected at blood camp
Mohali, August 19
More than 130 units of blood were collected at a camp organised jointly by the Mohali Industries Association (MIA), the SSI branch of the State Bank of India and the local Rotary Club at MIA Bhawan here today.

2-month-old dies of diarrhoea
Panchkula, August 19
Two-month-old Somvir, who was suffering from diarrhoea, died at the General Hospital today. The baby was brought to the hospital from Rajiv Colony with diarrhoea symptoms. After a bout of vomiting, the vomit entered in his respiratory tract, causing his death.


Chandigarh academy wins hockey tourney
Chandigarh, August 19
Chandigarh Hockey Academy (red) bagged the inaugural Sahibzada under-15 hockey tournament for boys which concluded here today at the Sector 42 hockey stadium. They thrashed CRZ, Sonepat, by four goals to nil and the star player was Dharamveer.

Deepak of Chandigarh Hockey Academy being checked by the CRZ, Haryana, player during the final match of Sahibzada Hockey (under-15) Tournament in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
Deepak of Chandigarh Hockey Academy being checked by the CRZ, Haryana, player during the final match of Sahibzada Hockey

Sumit bags nine-ball pool title
Chandigarh, August 19
Sumit Talwar registered a win over Gagandeep to bag the title in the Chandigarh Nine-Ball Pool Championship that concluded at Sector 22 here today. Sumit had to play a tough tie against Gagandeep and both were neck and neck at 6-6 before Sumit  won 7-6.


Notices to guest houses
Chandigarh, August 19
A total of 21 unauthorised guest houses in the city and villages of the Union Territory will be served notices by the Chandigarh Administration, giving them 15 days time to wind up operations or else their premises will be sealed.


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