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Veg prices go up by 10 pc
Apples cheaper, tomatoes dearer
Chandigarh, August 23
The impact of strike by truckers was felt today as the retail price of many perishable vegetables like tomatoes, lady’s finger, brinjal among others rose more than 10 per cent in one day.

A pair of oxen seen in the transport area in Chandigarh on Monday carrying goods from nearby areas as truckers remained on strike for the third consecutive day Back to the previous era: A pair of oxen seen in the transport area in Chandigarh on Monday carrying goods from nearby areas as truckers remained on strike for the third consecutive day. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan


PUDA to videograph construction activity
Mohali, August 23
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority will videograph all construction activity on Chandigarh’s periphery every month. According to a press note issued by the PUDA Chief Administrator, Mr A.S. Chattwal, in view of the reported violations on the periphery as well as attempts to encroach upon PUDA land, it has been decided that regular videographing will be undertaken to maintain a record of these violations.

Property worth lakhs damaged in fire at PunCom
Mohali, August 23
Property worth lakhs of rupees was damaged in a major fire which broke out at Punjab Communications (PunCom) here today. No loss of life was, however, reported.

A damaged portion of the PunCom building in Mohali where a fire broke out on Monday.
— A Tribune photograph

A damaged portion of the PunCom building in Mohali where a fire broke out

Mohali ex-SP’s nod to discharge of Kohli
Mohali, August 23
Recording his statement in a Kharar court today, Mohali’s former Superintendent of Police, Mr Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, agreed with the Punjab’s police request to discharge Maninder Pal Singh Kohli from a fake passport case registered in Mohali.

Panjab University students get caught in the rain which lashed Chandigarh
Panjab University students get caught in the rain which lashed Chandigarh on Monday. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari

Pak provides better health care at rural level, says Indian expert
Chandigarh, August 23
If Prof S. M. Bose, a former head of Surgery at the PGI and the sole Indian representative at the International conference of community oriented medical education at Karachi, Pakistan, is to be believed then India must learn a few lessons from the neighbours in providing health care at the rural level.

Full Bench: After 2 Judges, CJ also withdraws from case
Chandigarh, August 23
In yet another twist to the ongoing controversy in a case of review application filed against the order of a Division Bench, Chief Justice Mr Justice B.K. Roy of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today became the third Judge to withdraw from a Full Bench constituted by him to hear the case.

Sub-committee to submit report
Chandigarh, August 23
Following a resolution passed by the general house of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association on July 29, the President of the association has constituted a sub-committee.

Tribune photo by Manoj MahajanTHE Punjab Governor Justice O.P Verma’s passion for greening the city was much evident in his Independence Day address, Verma since joining last year, has been asking the UT Administration to work out an ambitious plan to provide verdant green cover on road berms and rotaries. Justice Verma is of a view that if we maintain and green vacant land, there are lesser chances of that place getting encroached upon and people would also tend to keep it clean.
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Submit plan on dumping ground, Verma asks MC
Chandigarh, August 23
The UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma, today asked the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, to submit a plan for the proper maintenance and greening of a dumping ground near Dadu Majra, west of Sector 38.

Residents of Dadumajra block the Dhanas-Chandigarh road on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Residents of Dadumajra block the Dhanas-Chandigarh road

Illegal exchange case: police may approach Interpol
Chandigarh, August 23
The Crime branch of the Chandigarh police is preparing a ground to rope in the Interpol in the USA and Canada in the illegal exchange case after detecting suspected remittances from the two countries in an account of one of the accused arrested.

CBI raids State Transport office
Chandigarh, August 23
A team of the Central Bureau of Investigation here today carried out six-hour-long searches in the State Transport Authority (STA office) in Sector 18. The team, led by DSP Karnail Singh, entered the UT STA office in the afternoon and remained busy in examining documents till late evening, sources said.

Estate Office gives old couple a harrowing time
Chandigarh, August 23
An old couple who moved to the city about five months ago from Dehra Dun are allegedly facing the “wrath” of the Estate Office and its demolition squad. On August 20, a team of the Estate Office demolished a grill and a portion of the balcony of their house, saying that it was illegal. The couple alleged that they had been locked inside the house by the Estate Office staff.


A portion of the broken balcony in Sector 15-A in Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

A portion of the broken balcony in Sector 15-A in Chandigarh

Fauji Beat
Are politicians out to politicise the Army?
When asked in “Hard Talk India” the other day whether there was any political compulsion behind the promotion of an officer to a Lieut-General’s rank, the Defence Minister, Mr Pranab Mukerjee, said: “We go by the recommendations of the selection board”.
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Search within
Society’s transformation: some issues
Speaking of three influences of great significance in his life, President A P.J. Abdul Kalam referred the other day to the secularism reflected in Thirukkural, a famed poetic presentation of the ethics of life, the non-violence of Mahatma Gandhi and the leadership and scientific temper of the late Vikram Sarabhai, famed space scientist.
Volunteers donate blood at a camp at Dr Ambedkar Bhavan
Volunteers donate blood at a camp at Dr Ambedkar Bhavan on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Readers write
Baddi — a tale of broken promises
Baddi, a satellite township of Chandigarh, is in a state of gross neglect and official apathy by the HP Government. Baddi could have been developed on the lines of industrial areas like Noida, Greater Noida, Sonepat, Ambala, etc which would have provided excellent employment opportunities to the local population.

Brahma Kumaris’ Raksha Bandhan programme
Mohali, August 23
About 30 programmes have been planned by the local centre of the Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya in connection with the raksha bandhan celebrations.


2 held for stealing rickshaws
Chandigarh, August 23
The local police has registered three cases of theft and arrested two persons for stealing rickshaws from different parts of the city according to a pressnote issued here today.

Three Amartex employees held
Panchkula, August 23
The police has arrested three employees of Amartex Industries- Mr Anil Bhardwaj, Mr Sushil Gulati and Mr N P Singh. The trio, along with 20 other people were booked by the police on charges of rioting, assault and trespassing in the premises of Gawritex.

CRPF jawan killed in mishap
Chandigarh, August 23
One man lost his life and another injured in two separate accidents in the city, yesterday, according to a press note released by the police today. Ram Singh a constable in CRPF was killed in an accident last night, he was hit by a Maruti car head on. He was driving without helmet at the time of accident.

Simran murder case: maid given polygraph test
Chandigarh, August 23
The police today put a maid servant through a polygraph test in the Simran murder case which has seen at least 100 people being examined without a clue since the girl was killed on July 17 last year. The maid servant of the victim’s family Kamlesh today appeared before the Central Forensic Science Laboratory.

50 mobile phones stolen from Sector 8 showroom
Panchkula, August 23
Over 50 mobile phones, valued at over Rs 3 lakh, were allegedly stolen from a showroom in Sector 8 here last night. The burglars had broken open the locks of a shutter on the staircase, forced their entry to the showroom on the first floor and fled with 50 handsets of Nokia, Panasonic and Motorola.

1 arrested for intimidating NRI
Mohali, August 23
One person was arrested and two others booked for intimidating a Holland-based NRI under various Sections of the IPC and the Arms Act, the Kharar police said yesterday.


Tourism, health, IT new growth areas, says CII
Chandigarh, August 23
Tourism, retail, healthcare IT and IT enabled services (ITes) are the potential growth areas for Chandigarh, according to a presentation made by the Confederation of Indian Industry to the UT Adviser, Mr Lalit Sharma, and senior members of the administration on “Chandigarh; Opportunities for growth’’ here today.


Syndicate decision put on hold
Seats in reserved category
Chandigarh, August 23
Panjab University has put on hold the decision of the Syndicate pertaining to advertising of vacant seats in the reserved category in the various departments before converting these to the general category.

Senate poll: PU Registrar refutes allegations
Mohali, August 23
The Registrar of Panjab University today refuted allegations levelled by Dr S.S. Randhawa of Shri Guru Gobind Singh College, Mahilpur, regarding entries in the list of voters for the Senate elections and giving of undue benefits to certain Principals allegedly loyal to the Vice-Chancellor.

Rejected, UBS Reader aspirant writes to VC
Chandigarh, August 23
Challenging the Syndicate decision of turning down his appointment as a Reader in the University Business School, Panjab University, Dr Parvinder Arora, in a representation to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, has said that it should be reviewed at tomorrow's meeting of the Senate.

From Schools & Colleges
Tender Heart wins Map Quiz-2004
Chandigarh, August 23
As many as 61 teams of different schools of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula participated in the preliminary round of Map Quiz 2004, organised by the Indian National Cartographic Association and the Geo-spatial Data Centre at Survey of India, Sector 32 here today.

Science exhibition on August 27
Chandigarh, August 23
The Central Board of  Secondary Education in collaboration with Intel is holding a two-day science exhibition competition in the city on August 27 and 28. Students from Class IX to XII of over 180 school in Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir are participating in the event scheduled to be held at DAV Public School, Sector 15.

PCCTU flays Punjab Govt
Chandigarh, August 23
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union has flayed Punjab Government for its failure to release the salary grant of Rs 14.4 crore which had been pending since March 2004.



Make promises with care                  When we keep our promises, we win the trust of our loved ones. However, many times it is not possible to fulfil certain promises. This lowers self esteem. Says Sanjay, a BA final year student, “When I fail to fulfil promises I feel guilty.” I feel bad for many days when I let down the loved ones.

Is DTH an answer to cable woes?
everal die-hard TV fans were left high and dry last week during the strike by cable operators in protest against the imposition of service tax. Irked over the disruption of cable service, Mr Ram Prakash, a resident of Mansa Devi Complex in Panchkula, said, ‘‘Last time it was the issue of increase in the subscription rates when transmission was interrupted and during summer months, power cuts played spoilsport.

Carrying the burden of education
he sight of small children carrying school bags more than their weight should spur us to take immediate remedial steps but all we have discussions and debates. The proposal of the CBSE Chairman, Mr Ashok Ganguli, that children studying up to Class II will not carry school bags, gives us some hope. A majority of young students spend over six hours in school sitting on chairs or mats.


Hawks Academy beat Gopal Academy 4-2
Chandigarh, August 23
Hawks Academy, Ropar, beat Gopal Academy, Kurali, 4-2 in the first semi-final league match of the third S.N. Vohra Memorial Sub-Junior (under-14) Hockey Tournament at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here today. At the half-time stage the winners led 2-0.

Hockey match in progress between the Chandigarh Hockey Academy and Sukhchain Academy, Faridkot, in Chandigarh on Monday.
— A Tribune photograph

Hockey match in progress between the Chandigarh Hockey Academy and Sukhchain Academy, Faridkot, in Chandigarh

Girls’ football championship begins
Chandigarh, August 23
The Chandigarh Junior Girls Football Championship for the St Stephen’s Trophy started this morning at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45. In the first match Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26 (‘A’ team) beat St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, (B Team) by 4-0 goals.

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