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Fuel for disaster
Petrol stations flout safety norms, tease luck
Chandigarh, August 28
The city is sitting on a virtual powder keg. Thousands of lives and property worth several crores of rupees can be at a risk within seconds, if a small lapse occurs at any of the 40 petrol stations in the city.

45 Agro-Dutch workers hurt in bus mishap
Lalru, August 28
As many as 45 women passengers were injured, two of them seriously, when a private bus in which they were travelling rammed into a stationary bus of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) on the Kalka-Ambala highway at Sarseeni village this morning.

Victims of the accident on the Kalka-Ambala highway near Sarseeni village, in Civil Hospital Victims of the accident on the Kalka-Ambala highway near Sarseeni village, in Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph










EARLIER STORIES
 

Demand to remove Bahl as CTCC chief
Chandigarh, August 28
Activists of the Congress led by three district presidents and youth congress workers stepped up the demanded to remove Mr BB Bahl as president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, here today.

Schools to remain closed tomorrow
Chandigarh, August 28
The UT Education Department announced a holiday in all government schools on August 30 on account of Raksha Bandhan. Though there was no official communication from the private schools, inquiries reveal that most of the private schools have also announced a holiday on Monday.

French tourist’s pocket picked 
Chandigarh, August 28
Three French tourists, on a visit to find “inner peace”, got a taste of what things can be, when one of them had his pocket picked at the Inter State Bus Terminus at Sector 17.

NCC may be introduced as regular subject in varsities
Chandigarh, August 28
To give an impetus to its activities, the National Cadet Corps has written to state governors, requesting them to nominate a professor associated with the NCC to the syndicates of universities located in the region.

 
COMMUNITY

Rights body to protest against police ‘excesses’
Chandigarh, August 28
The Lawyers for Human Rights International (LHRI) yesterday decided to hold a protest in front of Punjab Raj Bhavan on September 3 against the alleged framing of innocent people by the Chandigarh police.

Another INLD activist joins Cong
Panchkula, August 28
Barely a week after the Zila Parishad Vice-President, Mr Sohan Lal, joined the Congress, the local unit of Indian National Lok Dal suffered another set back with another activist, Mr Deepak Rai Walia joining the Congress.

Fresh fruits, vegetables arrive
Chandigarh, August 28
As the strike by truckers ended late last night, fresh stocks of fruits and vegetables started pouring in in Chandigarh — a nodal point for trading in produce from Himachal Pradesh and also large parts of Punjab. Apple, which was kept in cold storage, was also transported to other parts of the country.

Punjab’s assurance to CITI
Mohali, August 28
The Government of Punjab extended support to the Centre for International Trade & Industry (CITI) in projecting Mohali as Trade Fair destination. This was disclosed by Mr Jai Singh Gill, Chief Secretary, Punjab during his meeting with Mr Mohan Singh, Director-General, Centre for International Trade and Industry (CITI) yesterday.

MC turns a blind eye to garbage
Mohali, August 28
Even as the municipal council here continues to look the other way, residents of Phase XI are living in conditions unfit for human living. A huge heap of garbage has piled up in front of the row of houses numbered 863 to 879.

 
CRIME

23-year-old found dead in room
Chandigarh, August 28
A 23-year-old youth was found dead in his room in Burail village this morning. He ended his life by hanging himself from the ceiling fan, according to the police. Gurtej Singh Bunty was working for a courier company in Sector 32 and living in a rented house in Burail. He earlier used to live with his married sister in Nayagayon village.

Power theft detected in two houses 
Mohali, August 29
An enforcement team of the Punjab State Electricity Board, Mohali circle today raided two houses in Phase VII here and caught residents of these houses pilfering power. The team led by a junior engineer found the residents using a hidden wire connection to the main cable to steal electricity.

 
EDUCATION

Using students to woo voters shocks DAV chief
Chandigarh, August 28
The news of the use of schoolchildren for gathering votes by the DAV institutions in the city was received with shock and disbelief by its central committee in New Delhi when the president of the DAV Managing Committee, Mr G.P. Chopra, reacted by saying that “these schools are playing with fire”.
Voters at an informal meeting with a DAV candidate for the Panjab University Senate elections at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Voters at an informal meeting with a DAV candidate for the Panjab University Senate elections at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8

20 best science exhibits awarded
Chandigarh, August 28
The two-day regional science exhibition organised by the CBSE and Intel concluded at DAV Public School, Sector 15, and 20 exhibits were judged among the best and selected by the judges.

Schoolchildren in a jubilant mood after their exhibits were selected among the best 20 of a science exhibition which concluded at DAV Public School, Sector 15, here on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Schoolchildren in a jubilant mood after their exhibits were selected among the best 20 of a science exhibition which concluded at DAV Public School

Sohail Khan wins NIIFT award
Mohali, August 28
Sohail Khan made Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT) proud by winning the Student Designer of the Year-2004 award at a contest held in Mumbai on August 3.

From Schools
School students celebrate Rakhi
Mohali, August 28
Students of Golden Bells Public School, Mohali, and Sector 35, Chandigarh celebrated Rakhi. Students participated in group singing, fancy dress and dance competitions. Among those who won prizes on the occasion include Ankit, Pinku, Kulraj, Avleen, and Geeta. The school Principal, Mrs Gurjeet Bawa, addressed the students.

Programme to enhance personality
Chandigarh, August 28
DAV College, Chandigarh, in association with Global Voice, a training organisation, today announced the launch of Personality Development Programme for students of the college.

PU accepts ABVP demands
Chandigarh, August 28
Authorities of Panjab University today accepted demands raised by ABVP activists. Consequently, the hunger strike by their president Gurparvez Singh Sandhu was called off.

 
CULTURE

Telly stars twinkle in city
Chandigarh, August 28

It poured stars in the city today. Thanks to Sony, the visitors to Hotel Mount View had a mouthful of “starry” treat.



“Stars all the way”: (Top from left) Maanav Gohil, Amit Sareen and Shakti Anand; (below from left) Juhi Parmar and Aashika Goradia who were in Chandigarh to take part in a Sony TV event at Dara Studios in Mohali, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Maanav Gohil, Amit Sareen and Shakti Anand; Juhi Parmar and Aashika Goradia who were in Chandigarh to take part in a Sony TV event at Dara Studios in Mohali

Film Review
Pleading a cause indifferently

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n “Phir Milenge” actress-turned-director Revathy Menon has made a common cause with AIDS patients. She has tried to awaken the film industry hibernating in its commercial cave. The movie starts on a serene note but moves at a snail’s pace. Tammana (Shilpa Shetty) is the creative head of an advertising agency. Hardworking and talented, she is the most trusted partner of his boss.



Abhishek Bachchan, Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty in ‘Phir Milenge’.
Abhishek Bachchan, Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty in ‘Phir Milenge’

Western Film Review
Boas that will give you creeps

Chandigarh: Hisses and more hisses. Yes, the name suggests that “Anacondas — The Hunt for the Blood Orchid” (Kiran, Fun Republic) might be all about snakes and fangs. It is much more than that.

Remembering Saigal
Chandigarh, August 28
As a custodian of a celebrated tradition, Dilip Sircar has a lot of enriching information to offer, especially on K.L. Saigal. It was the theatre company of his father B.N. Sircar which gave the first ever break to the man who was to be the Tansen of Indian music as also an actor par excellence.

LIFESTYLE

No glamour, all gold — that’s Jassi

Chandigarh, August 28
Mona Singh is one with Jassi, so much so that she loves to carry the baggage of her role around. The star of superhit Sony soap “Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi” is so in love with the innocence of her character that she can live it till the end of time unless of course TRP ratings demand otherwise.


The inseparable twosome: Mona Singh ‘aka’ Jassi and Gaurav Gera ‘aka’ Nandu who are in Chandigarh for a Sony TV event. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan 

The inseparable twosome: Mona Singh ‘aka’ Jassi and Gaurav Gera ‘aka’ Nandu who are in Chandigarh for a Sony TV

Sufi festival concludes 
Chandigarh, August 28
It was another evening of soulful Sufi renditions at Kalagram which came alive with the music of Barkat Sidhu, Hans Raj Hans and Master Saleem. Picking up the affair of melody where Zila Khan and Wadali brothers left it last night, Master Saleem struck the melodic chord with a folk song with Sufi strains. “Aj hove didaar mahi da” was the first presentation of this evening.

HEALTH

Endoscopic surgery for treating sinusitis
Chandigarh, August 28
With minimum incision and more success rate compared to the conventional surgery, the endoscopic sinus surgery is the latest treatment finding favours with the leading physicians.

 
SPORTS

Dhyan Chand’s birth anniversary today
Chandigarh, August 28

The 100th birth anniversary of one of the greatest icons of Indian sports, Major Dhyan Chand, falls tomorrow. Indian hockey needs to take inspiration from the name, once admired by people like Adolf Hitler, at a time when the sport is going through a tough phase. Major Dhyan Chand, who was born in Allahabad in 1905, was instrumental in making India a super power in the sport, with the country winning gold medals in three consecutive Olympics i.e. from 1928 to 1936.
Interestingly, his son Ashok Kumar also represented India in the Olympics. Major Dhyan Chand not only mesmerised crores of Indians but became a household name in all hockey playing nations. His deft stick-work and amazing ball control left fellow players and spectators awestruck. He remained the dominant power in hockey for more than 20 years and left the game at the age of 42.

Major Dhyan Chand
Major Dhyan Chand


Today is National Sports Day
Tomorrow is the National Sports Day. The day has been dedicated to Major Dhyan Chand, whose birth anniversary falls on this day. Almost a decade back, the Indian Government had decided to celebrate this day as Sports Day, but the message has not gone down to the masses in its entirety.
Students of Gurukul send a message on the eve of the National Sports Day in Panchkula on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Students of Gurukul send a message on the eve of the National Sports Day

DAV boys win football title
Chandigarh, August 28

DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, downed Guru Nanak Mission School, Paonta Sahib, by 4-1 to bag the CBSE North-Zone Football Meet (Cluster XIII) which concluded today at Satluj Public School in Panchkula. The third place went to Sanjay Public School, Sector 44, who beat Guru Nanak Mission School, Paonta Sahib, by six goals to one.

Players in action in the Anup Singh memorial Shootingball meet at Sector 26 Police Lines, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Players in action in the Anup Singh memorial Shootingball meet at Sector 26 Police Lines, Chandigarh

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