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85 pc quota for UT students in PEC stays
Strictures on officials for misleading HC
Chandigarh, August 31

In a major setback to the Chandigarh Administration, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today quashed the decision of UT to reduce the number of seats reserved for city students in Punjab Engineering College (PEC) from present 85 per cent to 50 per cent.

UT declares holiday
Chandigarh, August 31
The Chandigarh Administration has notified that today (September 1) will be observed as a public holiday in all government offices/ institutions/ boards/ corporations under the Chandigarh Administration on the occasion of Parkash Utsav being celebrated to mark the 400th anniversary of Sri Guru Granth Sahib and also within the meaning of Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881. — TNS


Tajuddin Adesullaha Nigerian held guilty of drug trafficking
Panchkula, August 31
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr J.R. Chauhan, has held Nigerian national Tajuddin Adesullaha guilty of drug trafficking. He has, however, been discharged in a case under the Foreigners’ Registration Act. The punishment to the accused will be pronounced on September 2.

Tajuddin Adesullaha

UT plays ‘villain’ in Ridhima’s love story
Chandigarh, August 31
Two days after Ridhima, allegedly brutalised by her family over a love affair, tied the nuptial knot with her boyfriend, Rajiv, the UT Administration, playing the villain, has allegedly refused to register the marriage instead, it has sent the couple’s application to the SSP “to verify that the marriage had actually been solemnised at the place and time mentioned in the application.”

End practice of living guru, says Dal Khalsa
Chandigarh, August 31
On the eve of Guru Granth Sahib’s 400 years of installation, Dal Khalsa today gave a call to certain sects to end the practice of ‘living guru’.

Colonies likely to be regularised
Mohali, August 31
The Punjab Government will look into the possibility of regularising unauthorised colonies in the state after levying a compounding fee. This was decided at a meeting of senior officials of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) held under the chairmanship of Mr Raghunath Sahay Puri, Housing and Urban Development Minister, Punjab.

Neerja Bhanot ‘heroines’ announced
Chandigarh, August 31
The Neerja Bhanot Pan Am Trust today announced the names of the Neerja Bhanot 'heroines' - recipients of the Neerja Bhanot Awards for the years 2002 and 2003.

Movement for overall development of students
Chandigarh, August 31
After years of thinking and conceptualising, the Himalayan Environment Trust (HET) has launched a worldwide movement for an overall development of school students.

PU law student held for 20 cases of theft
Chandigarh, August 31
The Chandigarh Police has arrested a law student involved in around 20 cases of theft in Chandigarh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. The accused had escaped from the custody of the Amritsar police.

Chandigarh police personnel with Mandeep from whom stolen mobile phones and duplicate keys were recovered on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Prof Ramarao takes over as NIPER chief
Mohali, August 31
Prof P. Ramarao, Head, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), took over as Director of the institute from the Director, Dr C.L. Kaul, here today.

De-mining deaths: Panel seeks fresh probe
Chandigarh, August 31
Terming the loss of lives during the Army's mining operations under Operation Parakram as "avoidable", the Parliamentary Committee on Defence has sought afresh probe into the accidents and has called for fixing responsibility for use of outdated equipment and violation of safety procedures.


Mrs Jaswant Kaur and Ms Gurkanwal Kaur, wife and daughter of the late Chief Minister Beant Singh, pay floral tributes at his samadhi on his death anniversary in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tributes paid to Beant Singh
Chandigarh, August 31
People from all walks of life thronged the samadhi of former Chief Minister Beant Singh, to pay tributes to the leader on his ninth death anniversary.

Mrs Jaswant Kaur and Ms Gurkanwal Kaur, wife and daughter of the late Chief Minister Beant Singh, pay floral tributes at his samadhi on his death anniversary in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Admn, lawyers’ gesture to shoeshine boy
Chandigarh, August 31
In a unique gesture, the Chandigarh Administration and lawyers of the District Courts have pooled their resources to buy a specially-designed scooter for a physically challenged shoeshine boy, Naresh Kumar.

Orientation programme for women councillors
Chandigarh, August 31
The Centre for Women’s Studies and Development, Panjab University, in collaboration with the state urban development authority and the Local Government will organise a three-day orientation programme for women municipal councillors from Punjab from September 6.

Chandigarh-based author Prem Vij receives the Punjab State Award in literature from the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh. The award was presented to him on Independence Day. Pramaan Patra for Hindi writer Prem Vij
Chandigarh, August 31
This year’s Punjab state award in literature (Pramaan Patra) has been presented to noted Hindi writer Prem Vij, who has seven books to his credit. The award, which was presented to Vij by the Punjab Chief Minister, carries a cash prize of Rs 11,000 besides a gold medal, a commendation certificate and a shawl.

Chandigarh-based author Prem Vij receives the Punjab State Award in literature from the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh. The award was presented to him on Independence Day.

Police inaction alleged in girl slapping case
Chandigarh, August 31
In the case of a Class X student of Saraswati School, Dhanas, allegedly trying to commit suicide after being slapped by boys of her class at the instance of the school Principal, the victim’s father, Mr Harcharan Singh, today said the police had failed to take any action against the school authorities.

Insanitary conditions in a part of the Industrial Area, Phase I, Chandigarh, have made industrialists’ lives difficult. Entrepreneurs rue insanitary conditions
Chandigarh, August 31
Entrepreneurs of a part of the Industrial Area, Phase I, are a harassed lot on account of the insanitary conditions in the area.

Insanitary conditions in a part of the Industrial Area, Phase I, Chandigarh, have made industrialists’ lives difficult. — A Tribune photograph

Journalists meet IG, submit memo
Chandigarh, August 31

A delegation of the Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists (CPUJ) today met Mr Rajesh Kumar, Inspector-General of Police, Chandigarh, regarding the “harassment” of a local journalist Dinesh Goyal. The delegation was led by Mr Vinod Kohli, president of the union. The police chief was told that in spite of various representations no action had yet been taken against the “guilty” police officers.

Fire victims’ kin get aid
Chandigarh, August 31
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to give a financial assistance of Rs 50,000 each to the three persons, Sat Pal, Jatinder and Kishore, who died in the recent fire that broke out in Industrial Area on August 26.


INLD leader alleges assault
Panchkula, August 31
Mr Ravinder Pator, senior Indian National Lok Dal leader and husband of Zila Parishad President, Ms Shimla Bhatti, was allegedly assaulted by six men in Sector 20 last evening.

Held on kidnap charge
Mohali, August 31
The police has arrested one person on charges of kidnapping a woman and compelling her into marriage.

Five held for gambling, let off on bail
Chandigarh, August 31
The police arrested five persons from different places for gambling, according to a press note issued here today.

1 injured as Sumo hits mobike
Mohali, August 31
One person was seriously injured when a Tata Sumo jeep and a motor cycle collided at PCL Chowk here today.

Youth succumbs to bullet injuries
Lalru, August 31
A youth, who was shot at and thrown along the Kalka-Ambala highway at Gholumajra village on Monday, succumbed to his injuries at the PGI this afternoon. Mr Jarnail Singh, a security guard of an industrial unit, had found the youth with blood smeared clothes lying along the road.


PNB to finance all farmers
Mohali, August 31
The Punjab National Bank (PNB) has decided to finance all farmers, not only eligible ones, as was being done earlier.

Market pulse
New range of cosmetics
Chandigarh, August 31
The K. K. Modi Group unveiled Color Bar, an all-new range of colour cosmetics, today at Sector 10.


Students told to submit forms by Sept 4
Chandigarh, August 31
Mr Satish Chandra, Secretary, Medical Education and Research, Punjab, today said that the admission supervision committee had asked the students concerned to submit their applications to the Registrar of Baba Farid University for Health Sciences till September 4 for admission under management quota seats in dental, ayurvedic and homoeopathy courses.

PEC sports merit list: Admn seeks guidelines
Chandigarh, August 31
Acting on the representation of sportspersons seeking admission to Punjab Engineering College (PEC), who had alleged that a wrong sports merit list had been prepared by the college authorities, the Chandigarh Administration had sought comments of the officials concerned on the issue.


PPSC case adjourned
Chandigarh, August 31
A local court today adjourned till September 14 a case relating to the appointment of two members of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) by the Capt Amarinder Singh government. The court also directed the Punjab Government to file a fresh reply to the application filed by Mr Gurmit Singh Matharoo, a SAD leader. Mr Matharoo had challenged the appointment of two PPSC members by the Congress government.

Gawritex directors’ anticipatory bail plea rejected
Panchkula, August 31
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr L.N. Jindal, today rejected the anticipatory bail application filed by the managing director and director of Gawritex Industries.


Juhi Chawla Juhi wants sensitive roles
Juhi Chawla is treading the Bollywood path with care lest she goes down the film history as “just another actress.”

Series of events for elderly
The Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association on Tuesday announced to hold a series of events spread over a month and culminating with a cultural programme on October 1, Senior Citizens’ Day. It would be presided over by the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Mr O.P. Verma.Avantika Sharma

Tall beauty sets her aim high
Budding model Avantika Sharma thinks and aims high. Born in Chandigarh, this 5 ft 8 inches tall beauty is all set to make a place for herself in the world of glamour. It is her second year in this profession. She has done various ramp shows and still shoots in Delhi and Chandigarh. She won the title of “ Ms beautiful skin” at a fashion show held in the city.

The makeup guru tells it all
Bored will your appearance? Sometimes even changing hairstyle doesn’t help. What you need is the right stroke of the blusher or eyeliner. Then, a transformation in your looks can even surprise you.

Fitness trail
Breakfast is most important meal
Have breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. This is one of the most cliched fitness mantras on which dietitians and nutrition experts have been screaming themselves hoarse, but it is true. Now there is growing scientific evidence to prove that breakfast is the ‘most important meal’ of the day, says Mohali-based nutrition expert Dr Neelu Malhotra.


New Public School basketball champs
Chandigarh, August 31
New Public School, Sector 18, beat IS Dev Samaj School, Sector 21, by 38-18 here today to claim the girls title in the fifth Pandit Mohan Lal Memorial Basketball Tournament. The half-time score was 24-4 in favour of the winners. Gurjeet (16), Sonika (7), Sanchi(6) and Pinky (4) were the main scorers.

Girls of New Public School, Sector 18

boys of DAV Senior Secondary School

Girls of New Public School, Sector 18, Chandigarh, and (right) boys of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, in a jubilant mood after winning the 5th Pandit Mohan Lal Memorial Basketball Tournament at Sanatan Dharma Public School, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Badminton championships from Sept 9
Chandigarh, August 31
The Chandigarh State Badminton Championships will be held at the Sector 42 Indoor Badminton Hall from September 9 to 12. Competitions will be held in the under-10, under-13, under-16, and under-19 categories as also senior men and women sections. Competitions for veterans in the 35 plus and 45 plus sections will also be held.


Ex-Mayor Gian Chand Gupta resigns
Chandigarh, August 31
Former Mayor and two-time councillor Gian Chand Gupta resigned here today as municipal councillor.

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