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PUDA begins mapping illegal constructions
Mohali, August 21
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority today started the mapping of illegal constructions in Kansal village. Undertaking a comprehensive survey of the various constructions in the area, a PUDA team noted down and photographed all fresh construction that was taking place.

Illegal houses reportedly belonging to VIPs coming up in Chandigarh’s periphery at Kansal village

Illegal houses reportedly belonging to VIPs coming up in Chandigarh’s periphery at Kansal village. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan




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Traders stock goods as truckers’ strike begins
Chandigarh, August 21
The impact of an indefinite strike by truckers will be felt in the city in two or three days when stocks of perishable vegetables and fruit exhaust. The strike had no impact today as traders had stocked vegetables and fruits anticipating the strike.


Truckers take a nap following an indefinite all-India strike in Chandigarh on Saturday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Truckers take a nap following an indefinite all-India strike in Chandigarh

Love in black & white
Cacophony has much to crow about
Chandigarh, August 21
This is another example of how love changes hearts — not just of humans but even of crows. About nine months in homely surroundings and this crow, appropriately named Cacophony, fancies himself as a human — sipping tea, feasting on almonds, cleanly tearing paper and pecking on the nose of the loved ones to show it cares for them.

Cacophony pecks at the nose of its friend Dimple Rattan, who had rescued it from the clutches of a hungry dog some time ago
“All love and play”: Cacophony pecks at the nose of its friend Dimple Rattan, who had rescued it from the clutches of a hungry dog some time ago. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Admn asks PEC to rectify merit list
Chandigarh, August 21
The merit list of sportspersons seeking admission to Punjab Engineering College violates the gradation norms. This has been pointed out by the UT Sports Department on a clarification sought by the Chandigarh Administration.

Beant case: accused raises slogans
Chandigarh, August 21
Even as the Special CBI Judge, Mr Balbir Singh, adjourned the Beant Singh assassination case to September 8, high drama was witnessed inside the high-security Burail Jail here with an accused shouting pro-Khalistan slogans.

Indian Express reporter wins prize
Chandigarh, August 21
Indian Express Staff Reporter Sweta Ramanujan has won the Journalism for Tolerance Prize, along with Subhrata Basu of Ananda Bazaar Patrika and Sri Lanka-based Sharni Jayawardena of Young Asia Television.

 
COMMUNITY

Admn’s wake-up call to police on beat boxes displaying ads
Chandigarh, August 21
The Chandigarh Administration has pulled up the city police for turning a blind eye to the mushrooming of beat boxes displaying advertisements across the city. A recent official communication from the Administration also indicates that the appearance of advertisements on the beat boxes was causing licence fee loss to the Administration.

Public, police contact drive
Chandigarh, August 21
The Chandigarh Police yesterday initiated a police-public contact programme to make the city a safer and better place. An effort in this direction was made today with the IGP, Mr Rajesh Kumar, SSP Gaurav Yadav, SP (Traffic) Amitabh Dhillon, all sub-divisional police officers and station house officers holding a meeting with a large number of representatives of residents’ welfare associations.

Opposition Senators gun for VC
Chandigarh, August 21
Tussle between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party has always occupied the centre stage at the Panjab University Senate elections. This time, just ahead of the elections, a battle is on between the BJP-appointed Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, and Mr Gopal Krishan Chatrath, a Senator owing allegiance to the Congress.

Fire officials inspect buildings
Mohali, August 21
Local fire brigade officials found the fire safety arrangements at PUDA Bhavan building in Phase VIII here upto the mark. A team of fire officials inspected the building here today and found that all fire extinguishers installed inside the building were in a working condition.

Children perform at Plaza
Chandigarh, August 21
The weekend cultural show at Plaza, Sector 17, witnessed a heavy rush on Saturday. Budding students were given a chance to show their talent in singing. The show began with a religious song sung by Karamjeet Bajwa.


Children perform at the weekend cultural show at Sector 17 plaza, Chandigarh, on Saturday.
— A Tribune photograph

Children perform at the weekend cultural show at Sector 17 plaza, Chandigarh

 
BUSINESS

Cola companies ‘missionaries’ of MNCs
Chandigarh, August 21
Terming Coca Cola and Pepsi as missionaries of MNCs out to wreak havoc on the India economy, an Allahabad-based NGO, Azadi Bachao Andolan, has decided to intensify its campaign against the “corporate capitalism”.

‘Dream home show’ attracts visitors
Chandigarh, August 21
The “Dream home road show”, being organised by Samsung at the CII convention centre in Sector 31 here, has evoked a good response from visitors, the organisers said today.


Visitors at Samsung’s “Dream home road show” at the CII convention centre in Chandigarh.

Visitors at Samsung’s "Dream home road show" at the CII convention centre in Chandigarh

 
EDUCATION

Pathak accused of favouring principals
Mohali, August 21
Panjab University has been made into a political arena instead of letting it remain like an educational institution allegedly by the authorities in charge of the university. The allegations in this regard were levelled by Dr S.S. Randhawa, Principal, Shri Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Mahalpur, while talking to mediapersons here today.

Freshers’ party at DAV College
Chandigarh, August 21
Students of the IT centre of DAV College organised a freshers’ party in the premises of the college here today. The principal, Mr S. Marriya, was present at the function. Participants danced to the tunes of famous pop numbers.



Students dance to the tune of a Punjabi pop number at the Freshers’ party at DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Students dance to the tune of a Punjabi pop number at the Freshers’ party at DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh

10,000 students paint, write, sing and dance at carnival
Chandigarh, August 21
More than 10,000 students from schools in Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali, Kalka, Kurali, Kharar, Parwanoo and other nearby areas took part in competitions in painting, essay writing, slogan writing, tatoo making, face painting, dance, singing, collage making and science exhibits at the 15-day Funcity Carnival which concluded at the Funcity Amusement park today.

Art exhibition
Panchkula, August 21
To encourage the talent of students, a two-day exhibition was put up at Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula. The exhibition covered various subject including science, social science, computer science, English, art and craft.

 

 

Students of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula, with their creations

Students of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula, with their creations

Homoeo college gets nod for counselling
Chandigarh, August 21
With eight seats still lying vacant in the Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Sector 26, the college has got Panjab University’s nod to hold another session of counselling to fill the seats.

Saplings planted in school
Chandigarh, August 21
The Chandni Eco Club of Government High School, Sector 32, here observed Vanamahotsava today. Led by Mr S.K. Sharma, President, Environment Society of India, and Ms Anita Kapur, Headmistress, the PTA president, members and teachers planted 12 saplings in the school campus.

 

 

Students plant a sapling at Government High School, Sector 32-D, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Students plant a sapling at Government High School, Sector 32-D, Chandigarh

COURTS

47 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Chandigarh, August 21
As many as 47 cases were settled and Rs 14.27 lakh awarded at Special Lok Adalat organised on the premises of the State Legal Services Authority in Sector 9 here today. The adalat was held to settle cases of GE Countrywide and IDBI Bank.

Cong councillor’s son gets bail
Chandigarh, August 21
A local court today granted bail to Brijesh Negi, son of Congress councillor of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, Ms Shyama Negi, in a forgery case.

 
LIFESTYLE

Sale sails everywhere
B
uy three shirts, get four free! Get 50 per cent discount on garments and accessories or buy one pizza and get 50 per cent off on another! Banners proclaiming sales at shops will greet you where ever you go, be it Chandigarh or Panchkula. Almost all shopkeepers are busy clearing the old stock before the arrival of fresh stock.

Shop till you drop while sale is on. — A Tribune photograph


Shop till you drop while sale is on

Don’t go ‘Fida’ over this one
W
atching a movie may not be that enjoyable if your mind remains involved in guessing games. But this is what you do while watching ‘Fida’. Directed by Ken Ghose, the film reveals his hurry to thrust romantic thriller masala upon us. He changes the gear quickly. as a result, the interplay of emotions becomes too serious and heavy- handed. It borders on an average over-hyped movie. Revolving around three main characters — Jai (Shahid Kapur), Vikram (Fardeen Khan) and Kareena Kapoor (Neha) — the central plot of the film is a fraud of Rs 550 crore, committed through the Internet.


Kareena Kapoor in ‘Fida’

Kareena Kapoor in ‘Fida’

Bollywood singer to focus on North India
Bollywood singer Vinod Sehgal has decided to lay special emphasis on reaching out to the people of North India. Talking to The Tribune, Vinod Sehgal, who is known for his song ‘Chhod aaye hum woh galiyan’ in the movie ‘Maachis’, said he would continue working in Bollywood, but would simultaneously hold live performances in the northern region.

Vinod Sehgal performs at a function in Ambala on Saturday. — Photo by Neeraj Chopra

Vinod Sehgal performs at a function in Ambala

HEALTH

GMCH-32 struggles to operate operation theatres
Chandigarh, August 21
Operating theatres in Block A of Emergency at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here remain unused due to extreme shortage of senior residents.

Transit camp extension inaugurated at PGI
Chandigarh, August 21
The Director PGI, Prof K.K. Talwar, inaugurated a transit camp extension at PGI sarai here today. Around 200 helpless and unknown patients are being looked after by Lifeline, an NGO, at transit camps at the PGI.

 


PGI Director Prof K.K. Talwar interacts with patients at the inauguration of the advanced transit camp at Rotary Sarai, PGI, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

PGI Director Prof K.K. Talwar interacts with patients at the inauguration of the advanced transit camp at Rotary Sarai, PGI

Machine out of order at PGI
Chandigarh, August 21
Patients lining up for uroflow test at the OPD of the PGI’s Department of Urology are a harassed lot as the testing machine is out of order. “We are required to drink more than two litres of water before the test.

CBI team visits PGI
Chandigarh, August 21
A special team of the CBI New Delhi office, visited the PGI today to inquire into the shop allotment case in which allegations of favouritism were levelled against former Union Health Minister C.P. Thakur.

 
SPORTS

Khushwant squashes Vipul in straight sets
Chandigarh, August 21
Khushwant Singh Sandhu won the Chandigarh Senior Squash Championship held today at the Sector 7 sports complex. In the finals played he beat Vipul Kashyap of the UIET in straight sets 9-2, 9-4, 10-8. Amit Bahri of Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, came third.


Eves of St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, who clinched two titles in the UT Inter-School Carrom Meet in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Eves of St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, who clinched two titles in the UT Inter-School Carrom Meet in Chandigarh

Abhinav broke Atlanta Olympics record
Chandigarh, August 21
Local shooter and Olympian Abhinav Bindra, who though could not bring any medal for India in the air rifle 10 m in Athens, has otherwise broken the Olympic record. Abhinav shot 597 out of 600 in the qualification round on August 15, which is a new record.

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