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Devotees throng gurdwaras
Chandigarh, September 1
Religious fervour and gaiety marked the quadricentennial celebrations of the installation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in the city and surrounding areas today. Chanting hymns from the holy scripture, thousands of devotees thronged the gurdwaras since early morning. Great rush was witnessed at Sector 34 gurdwara as devotees waited patiently in long queues for their turns.

Sea of humanity at Nada Sahib
An illuminated Nada Sahib gurdwara in Panchkula on Wednesday to mark 400 years
An illuminated Nada Sahib gurdwara in Panchkula on Wednesday to mark 400 years of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib. — A Tribune photograph


No retrospective promotion for censured employees
Chandigarh, September 1
In a significant judgement, the Full Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today ruled that an eligible censured government employee could not get promotion with retrospective effect.

Booked for driving wife to suicide
Lalru, September 1
The police booked Kuldeep Khan, alias Deepa, a resident of Barana village, for allegedly forcing his wife to commit suicide, today. He has been booked under Section 304-B of the Indian Penal Code on the complaint of his father-in-law, Mr Mehru Khan.

Beggar menace in City Beautiful
Chandigarh, September 1
Begging continues unhindered in the city despite a ban, and a sudden police crackdown, in Sectors 34, 35, 17 and 22 markets, the ISBT, the Aroma light point, Transport Chowk and in front of temples. The menace has assumed alarming proportions.

Victimised for exposing corruption, Major moves High Court
Chandigarh, September 1
An Army officer has alleged that he was implicated in a false and concocted case by the Army authorities and thereafter tried by a General Court Martial (GCM) for trying to expose corrupt practices and criminal acts while undergoing a training course at an Army establishment.


Bir Devinder writes to CM for release of funds
Mohali, September 1
The Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, in a communication to the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has demanded the release of funds for development works for the Kharar Assembly constituency.

Gian Chand GuptaEx-Mayor Gian Chand eyeing Kalka ticket
Chandigarh, September 1
After strengthening the party base in the city by launching an enrollment drive during his term as BJP president, former Mayor and two-time councillor, Mr Gian Chand Gupta, has set his eyes on doing the same for Haryana. Unable to devote time to his ward after taking over as the Treasurer of the BJP in Haryana, Mr Gupta resigned from the councillorship of the municipal corporation yesterday.
Gian Chand Gupta

Residents side with Muslim body over graveyard
Mohali, September 1
Residents of Shahi Majra village today expressed solidarity with members of the Muslims Welfare Committee, Mohali, on the issue of ownership of about two acres of land in Sector 57 here.

Police ill-equipped to handle snakes
Chandigarh, September 1

The Fire Brigade and the police, generally called to handle snakes, are not equipped to handle the reptiles. Both the wings of the government are as ignorant about the snakes as a petrified common man. The snake is generally killed instead of caught and restored to its natural surrounding. The process only strengthens the myth that all snakes are harmful. No effort is made to create an understanding about the nature and its conservation. Surprisingly, the Forest and Wildlife Department is not involved in the handling of snakes. A nature conservationist and snake catcher, Captain Suresh Sharma, said the police and the Fire Brigade only perpetrated the fear about the snake.

Captain Suresh Sharma in the act of catching a snake. — A Tribune photograph
Captain Suresh Sharma in the act of catching a snake

BJP leader held in Bangalore
Chandigarh, September 1
On the first day of Satyagraha launched to show solidarity with former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Ms Uma Bharati, Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, President of the local unit of BJP, was arrested in Bangalore, today, along with Mr L.K. Advani, former Deputy Prime Minister of India.

Bull fight damages two cars
Chandigarh, September 1

A half-an-hour-long bull fight today damaged two Maruti 800 cars in front of the Mukut Hospital parking in Sector 34. The fighting bulls moved to the parking lot where they broke the windscreen of one car. The head of one bull smashed into the car, damaging the car’s music system. Then the bulls moved a little away and damaged another car.

Two damaged Maruti cars in front of the Mukut Hospital parking in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.  — A Tribune photograph
Two damaged Maruti cars in front of the Mukut Hospital parking in Sector 34, Chandigarh

IT kendra to aid of tax-payers
Chandigarh, September 1
The Income Tax Department has set up a call centre, Aayakar Sampark Kendra, for the convenience of the income tax payers.

‘Jhulan yatra’ concludes
Chandigarh, September 1
As part of celebrations of Janmashtami, a week-long “Jhulan yatra” organised by the local chapter of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36-B, concluded here today.

Labourer dies on way to hospital
Chandigarh, September 1
An ailing 22-year-old labourer working at the Parade Ground, Sector 17, here died today while on way to hospital.

LIC gets 1,000 agents
Chandigarh, September 1
The Chandigarh division of LIC will recruit 1,000 agents in the current financial year. Addressing mediapersons here today, Senior Divisional Manager, Mr N.P. Chawla, said the division has collected a single premium of Rs 70 crore during April-August this year by selling 60,371 policies with sum assured Rs 491.10 crore and first premium income of Rs 32.75 crore.

504 clear police test
Chandigarh, September 1
On the first day of recruitment of constables in the Chandigarh Police, 1500 applicants out of 3400 came to take the physical ability test here. It is learnt that in all 1,34,000 candidates had applied against 230 posts of constable.


2 held on kidnapping charge
Mohali, September 1
The police here today arrested two persons on charges of kidnapping a minor. The two, Pinto and Vicky, were arrested from Kambala village on the complaint of another resident.

One held for eve teasing
Chandigarh, September 1
The police has arrested Sucha Singh, a resident of Sector 29, for eve-teasing today. Jaspal Singh, father of a minor girl, who lives in the same sector, filed a complaint in the Industrial Area police station that he teased her and insulted the modesty of his daughter at his residence.


Panel on problems faced by small units hailed
Mohali, September 1
The Centre For International Trade and Industry (CITI) here has welcomed the Prime Minister’s initiative for setting up a national commission to examine problems being faced by small and medium enterprises (SMEs).


‘Women photographers in demand’
Chandigarh, September 1
The Chandigarh Management Association organised a workshop on “Broadcast production techniques and opportunities” for students of the Government Polytechnic for Girls and the Government College of Arts here today.

Landran college holds freshers’ party
Mohali, September 1
Students of Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, organised a freshers’ party “Shafak” at the Mohali Club yesterday, which was an attempt to capture the western and Punjabi culture.

SSC exam put off
Chandigarh, September 1
The examination of the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) for stenographers Grade ‘D’ scheduled to be held on September 10 has been cancelled due to administrative reasons.


Kohli’s remand extended till Sept 8
Chandigarh, September 1
Even as a local court has extended the judicial remand of Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, main accused in the British teenager Hannah Foster rape and murder case, till September 8, the defence counsel today sought initiation of contempt of court proceedings against an Inspector of the Chandigarh Police for handcuffing Kohli while undergoing medical examination at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.


Slum children display histrionic skills
The Theatre Age was back with another meaningful production this evening. The best part of the play “Khichdi”, presented under the aegis of Theater Age, was its energetic cast that hailed from slums of the city. For the first time in its history, the performance space of the Tagore Theatre witnessed the talent of untutored children who had a world of vibrancy to offer.
Artistes perform “Khichri” at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari
Artistes perform "Khichri" at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18

Sonalika Sahay ‘Models are not mere sex symbols’
“People should not view models merely as sex symbols,” says Sonalika Sahay, a model who was in the city on Wednesday. She is into ramp shows from past two years and doesn’t ask for more. Though she has received offers from Bollywood, she remains focused on the fashion world alone. She has done various commercials. Interestingly, she has worked in Singapore Airlines as cabin crew. In a black outfit and high heels, it was her shining eyes that drew instant appreciation. “Though people used to recommend me, that I should do modelling, I never took it seriously. Then I got an offer in Singapore. After that there was no looking back for me,” Sonalika states. For keeping herself fit, she works out in the gym and takes proper care of her health.
Sonalika Sahay

Give your feet he(e)aling touch
irtues of high-heeled sandals are many. They give you much needed height when you are wearing saree or long flowing skirt. Of course, with it comes the look of being smart from tip to toes. But if by chance you walk into your doctor’s clinic in those high heels, you are bound to get some words of caution. These can trigger backache or aggravate spondylitis, he may tell you. When you take the wise decision to heed to his advice, the search for the flat-soled footwear begins.

Market Pulse
Cure for several ills
Described as the comprehensive health enhancer, NONI juice with 125 nutrients is supposed to cure several health complications. "The regular dosage of the juice can keep the heart problems, skin diseases, diabetes, blood pressure, arthritis away. It also act as a blood purifier. The western world has recognised the benefits of this juice,’’ said Dr P I Peter of the Indian NONI Research Foundation, Chennai, while making a presentation on the juice on Wednesday.

Glaxo’s new vaccines
Glaxo Smithkline, the country’s largest vaccine company is coming up with vaccinations for a number of diseases, including the HIV, thyphoid, tuberculosis, influenza and malaria. This was stated by the company’s General Manager, Mr Sumer Dheri, while interacting with mediapersons today.


GMCH to start therapy session for diabetics
Chandigarh, September 1
Working on the premise that patients discuss their problems more openly with their peer group in an informal setting, the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, is introducing a special three-hour group therapy session for diabetic patients from Thursday.


Hockey umpire returns from Athens
Chandigarh, September 1
Chandigarh-based Satinder Sharma, who made a debut in umpiring hockey matches at the Olympics, reached Chandigarh today. In a brief interaction, Satinder shared his rich experience while umpiring five matches.

St Joseph’s teams bag titles
Chandigarh, September 1

Hosts St Joseph’s Coaching Centre, Sector 44, emerged winners in both girls and boys’ section in the VIIIth Chandigarh Junior (under-19) State Ball Badminton Championship played at St Joseph’s centre today.
Teams that won the Chandigarh Junior State Ball Badminton Championship held at St Joseph’s School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
Teams that won the Chandigarh Junior State Ball Badminton Championship held at St Joseph’s School, Sector 44

CLTA to focus on junior players
Chandigarh, September 1
Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) will focus on its junior players where it has a joint venture with the Western Command. According to Mr Rajan Kashyap, Chairman, CLTA, the CLTA had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Western Command, Chandimandir, in training the youngsters. He said 12 boys, were selected and receiving training.

Sportsmen donate blood
Chandigarh, September 1
Fifty persons, including tennis players and other sportsmen, donated blood at a blood donation camp organised in the Sector 10 tennis stadium. The camp was organised by the CHIRAG Blood Resource Centre, a joint venture of the Rotary Club of Chandigarh and the Blood Bank Society.


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