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Sukhi denies involvement in ‘kabootarbaazi’
Sukhi Brar Mohali, September 5
Renowned Punjabi folk singer Sukhi Brar today refuted allegations regarding her involvement in helping a young singer-dancer Baljinder Kaur to enter USA illegally.

Men in khaki to don new role
To provide free services to senior citizens
Panchkula, September 5
In yet another step towards turning people friendly, the Panchkula police will now be assisting senior citizens by providing them safety, succour and free services.

Ila loves exploring man-woman ties
Ila Arun Chandigarh, September 5
Call her a maverick out to make a point or a feminist in search of an audience, Ila Arun is at home with all introductions. She will allow you the liberty to judge her, run her down, even dismiss her offerings as frivolous, because she has never let go of that one childhood lesson her mother gave her: “Nindak nere raakhiye aangan kuti chhavaye, bin paani sabun bina nirmal hoye subhaye.”

  Ila Arun’s play addresses women’s issues
One is very much impressed with the profile of Surnai, the theatre group that boasts of a celebrated cast. For two decades now, a motley group of people including K.K. Raina, Ila Arun, Rajit Kapur, Rajeshwari Sachdev and Ravi Jhankal have been treating meaningful themes from portals of their organisation in Mumbai.

Cast of “Jameela Bai Kalaali” play at Nehru Bhavan in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph 
Cast of "Jameela Bai Kalaali" play at Nehru Bhavan in Chandigarh

Additional booths set up for PU Senate poll 
Chandigarh, September 5
Panjab University has created 29 additional booths in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi for the forthcoming elections of the graduate constituency of the Senate. With this, the total number of booths for the elections where over two lakh voters are expected to cast their vote on September 19, is up to 266.

They defied caste to get married only to be chased by police
Chandigarh, September 5
A 23-year-old Ms Iram Sultana did not think in her wildest dreams that her nine-year-long wait to get married to a low caste neighbouring boy Mohammed Shabbir (36) on August 26 this year will set the Punjab police after them. Despite being 23 and getting a graduate degree, Ms Sultana’s pleas before the Malerkotla police that she and Mohammed Shabbir were married on August 26 this year, the police refuses to accept that she had not been kidnapped.
Ms Iram Sultana and her husband Mohammed Shabbir talking to media persons on Sunday in Chandigarh. — A Tribune photo.
Ms Iram Sultana and her husband Mohammed Shabbir talking to media persons

India survived due to secular approach: Ex-President 
K.R. Narayanan Chandigarh, September 5
“How to create a secular state in a religious society was the most difficult task before the first Prime Minister of the country, Jawaharlal Nehru. Even in Europe the tolerance rose only after the religious beliefs weakened. In India religious beliefs did not weaken, still we were able to create a secular state. We can be proud of it.”
Dr K.R. Narayanan

Service personnel may be registered as voters 
Chandigarh, September 5
In the backdrop of the recently introduced proxy voting scheme and postal ballots receiving a poor response, the Election Commission of India may register service personnel as voters at their respective place of posting itself and delegate certain powers to local military authorities for compiling and revising nomination rolls.

Banks go on hiring spree; look for agricultural officers
Chandigarh, September 5
Agricultural graduates in the region can look forward to some job opportunities as public sector banks are going on a hiring spree to pick up agricultural officers.The banks are keen to engage the graduates either on a contract basis or on an experimental basis for a short term of three to six months.


UHBVN schedules power cuts 
Panchkula, September 5
After reeling under unscheduled power cuts for almost one week now, the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has announced scheduled power restrictions on all categories of consumers.

Mansa Devi Complex traders’ woes
Panchkula, September 5
The shopkeepers of Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5 market have alleged that, they are suffering huge losses because of the step-motherly treatment meted out to the market by Haryana Urban Development Authority. In the past one year, two shops in the market have closed down their operations, while two others have put up boards for renting out their shops after closing business.

A view of the Mansa Devi Complex market, Sector 5, Panchkula. — A Tribune photograph
A view of the Mansa Devi Complex market, Sector 5, Panchkula

Hospital row: society awaits action
Chandigarh, September 5
Agitated over the closure of B.D. Hospital in Sector 23, the Blood Diseases Hospital Society, which owns the hospital, awaits action against Delhi-based Swaran Singh and his son Manjit Singh.

Park land for school stirs hornets’ nest
Chandigarh, September 5
The allotment of park land to a private school by the Chandigarh Administration in Sector 19-C has stirred a hornet’s nest, with residents threatening to move court. Terming the allotment as “illegal and unjustified”, the residents alleged that the construction of another school in the congested vicinity would deprive them of a green belt and add to the noise pollution level as Sector 19-C already had three schools.
Construction work for a school in progress in Sector 19 green belt of Chandigarh
Construction work for a school in progress in Sector 19 green belt of Chandigarh, which is being opposed by residents. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Housing societies lack basic amenities
Zirakpur, September 5
Residents of various housing colonies within the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat limits have been facing inconvenience due to lack of various basic civic amenities including inadequate water supply, absence of streetlights and metalled roads.

Woman threatens self-immolation
Alleges police connivance with daughter’s kidnappers 
Mohali, September 5
Gulzaro, a resident of Kambala village, here is going through the most harrowing days of her life. After the death of her young son three years ago, Gulzaro is now clueless about the disappearance of her 16-year-old daughter, Sona. Allegedly kidnapped by three youths of the village, two of whom are in police custody, there is  no news of her since August 20.

Onam celebrated
Mohali, September 5

Onam commemorates the home-coming of the great Emperor, Mahabali. He sacrificed his life for the sake of his people. The festival promotes the spirit of Love, Compassion, equality and prosperity.

Festive spirit: School children perform Thiruvthira dance at Onam celebrations organised by the Ayyappa Sewa Samiti at Mohali on Sunday. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari
School children perform Thiruvthira dance at Onam celebrations organised by the Ayyappa Sewa

ISKCON devotees celebrate Janmashtami
Chandigarh, September 5
As part of Sri Krishna Janmashtami celebration, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) organised a nagar sankirtan here today in which hundreds of devotees from all walks of life participated, according to Akinchan Priya Dasa Prabhu, a spokesman of ISKCON.

ISKCON devotees chant Hare Krishna mahamantra during as part of Janmashtami celebrations Artists give finishing touches to idols at Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, Sector 20, in connection with Janmashtami celebrations
ISKCON devotees chant Hare Krishna mahamantra during as part of Janmashtami celebrations in Chandigarh on Sunday.  Artists give finishing touches to idols at Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, Sector 20, in connection with Janmashtami celebrations in Chandigarh on Sunday.  — Tribune photographs

Monkey creating nuisance caught
Panchkula, September 5
After a gruelling three-month chase the Wildlife Department officials caught a monkey that was creating nuisance in Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 4.

French Rotarians bring ‘gift of sight’
Chandigarh, September 5
The Rotary Club of St Marcellin in France has gifted 500 spectacles to the Rotary Club of Chandigarh for distribution among the needy. The gift was handed over by Rtn. Claudette Bonnetron to the president of Rotary Club Chandigarh, Rtn. Baldev Aggarwal.

Rtn Ms Claudette Bonnetron hands over 500 pairs of spectacles to Mr Baldev Aggarwal, President of Rotary Club of Chandigarh.
Rtn Ms Claudette Bonnetron hands over 500 pairs of spectacles to Mr Baldev Aggarwal

Expedite probe into murder case, urges SBI
Chandigarh, September 5
The State Bank of India has taken up the case of the murder of one of its officers, S.K. Dhingra, posted at the Kalbog Branch in Himachal Pradesh with the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, who has assured an expeditious headway into the case.

Former Army officers’ meet
Chandigarh, September 5
It was a memorable time for officers of the Ninth Short Service Commission as they got together at Chandimandir to observe the 34th anniversary of their becoming commissioned officers today.

Balmiki convention from Sept 10
Panchkula, September 4
The Haryana Balmiki Mahasabha will organise a three-day national Balmiki convention here from September 10. This was disclosed by the Chairman of the National Balmiki Mahasabha, Mr Banta Ram, today.

Plug leakages, say villagers
Kharar, September 5
The Gram Vikas Sabha of Jandpur village has demanded that leakage at certain points from the Kajauli pipeline be plugged immediately.


7 hurt as two cars collide
Mohali, September 5
At least seven persons were in an accident involving two cars and two cyclists in Phase VIII Industrial area here today. According to the police while five of the injured have been admitted to the Phase VI Civil Hospital, two others have been rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh.

Nepalese crushed to death
Lalru, September 5
A Nepali national was crushed to death by an unidentified vehicle while he was crossing the Kalka-Ambala highway near here, early this morning. According to the police, Manbahadur, a resident of Vasana in Liva area of Nepal, was crushed to death by a vehicle while brother-in-law, Roshan Lal, had a narrow escape. Manbahadur was running a vegetable shop at Kotkhai in Shimla.

Immigration firm manager held
Panchkula, September 5
The Economics Offences Wing of the Police has busted another immigration racket operating from the township and detected a fraud of over Rs 6 lakh Complaints against immigration firm, Fly International, are still pouring in.

Lottery vendors raided
Mohali, September 5
The Mohali police today cracked down on lottery vendors in the township allegedly running satta here. Police teams conducted raids in Phase 1, Phase VIII and Nayagaon under the over all supervision of DSP Mohali Harpreet Singh.


Shopkeepers’ strike continues
Chandigarh, September 5
Shopkeepers of the Panjab University continued their strike for the third day today to protest against the eviction of a shopkeeper, here today. A decision in this regard is expected tomorrow.

e-journal on education and technology launched
Chandigarh, September 5
EduTech, India’s first e-journal on education and technology, was released here today by Dr Kalpana Mahajan, Professor at the Department of Statistics, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Releasing the journal, Dr Mahajan said, “The delay and decay process in printed journals has been quite agonising for the researchers.

From Schools & Colleges 
Freshers welcomed at GGSCW-26
Chandigarh, September 5
A two-day talent search-cum-freshers day celebrations concluded at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, here today. On the first day, contests were held in music and dance events.

Lions Club honours eight teachers
Chandigarh, September 5
The Lions Club, Chandigarh Supreme, celebrated Teachers’ Day by honouring eight teachers from different schools for their contribution in the fields of academics, culture and sports. The function was organised at Government Senior Secondary School.

Teachers of various UT schools who were honoured by Mrs Rajesh Chaudhry, District Education Officer UT (centre), at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 45-C, Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Teachers of various UT schools who were honoured by Mrs Rajesh Chaudhry

NSUI congratulates Sonia Gandhi
Chandigarh, September 5
The unit of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) held a special meeting today under the chairmanship of Nitin Goyal, President, and passed a resolution congratulating Ms Sonia Gandhi on the victory of the NSUI in Delhi University elections, here today.


Capturing the beauty of moment
TO capture the beauty of the moment in camera is an art and Ronny Kaula, a photographer is quite good at it. He was in Panchkula on Sunday to shoot a model for a French retail store. Kanika Ashok is modelling for this assignment. Delhi-based makeup artist Chandini Singh is doing the makeup.


Chiks enliven decor
The history of chiks (bamboo blinds) probably is as old as the Mughal history in India. But there is a new awakening among the city elite about this. Thanks to the innovative styles of about 15 artisans, who have given a new ‘avtaar’ to this age-old bamboo partitions. Now, the humble chiks of yesteryear is presented in all colours and patterns to suit the décor of your household.

Colourful chiks on display in Sector 22, Chandigarh A woman makes bamboo chiks in Sector 22, Chandigarh
Colourful chiks on display in Sector 22, Chandigarh. A woman makes bamboo chiks in Sector 22, Chandigarh.

Master of Mughlai cuisine
e is a master chef who has tickled the taste buds of generals, film stars and other celebrities for eight decades. He is Babu Khan, the 85-year-old master chef from Delhi. 

Master chef Babu Khan checks the preparation of his disciple at the inauguration of a biryani and korma kebab corner in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan
Master chef Babu Khan checks the preparation of his disciple at the inauguration of a biryani and korma kebab corner in Sector 35

Singing ghazals is her passion
Singing is her passion, her meditation and life. She draws nourishment from singing “ghazals “. For Sadhana Rahaatganvkar, who hails from a small village in Chattisgarh, it was this passion which brought her recognition and awards.

Home Decor
Seacoast ambience at conventional home
Here is a house where the fragrance of soil under your feet is mixed with a distinct smell of salt-laden breeze of the high seas. The owner of this house is a merchant navy engineer who has collected exquisite articles from across the seaports of the world.


Change lifestyle for cardiac health, say experts
Chandigarh, September 5
The US National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Washington, has identified Fortis hospital at Mohali as a nodal centre for clinical trial called STICH (Surgical Treatment of Ischaemic Heart Failure).


Ritu of PU shines in gymnastics
Chandigarh, September 5
International Aerobics player Ritu Aithini of Panjab University, Chandigarh justified her seeding when she stole the show in senior girls section by scoring 16 points to emerge winner in the Individual girls section of the 32nd Chandigarh State Gymnastics Championships which concluded here today at ITBP Gymnasium Hall, Behlana.

DAV College win Water polo championship
Chandigarh, September 5
DAV College, Sector 10, captured the Panjab University Inter-College Water Polo Championship while international swimmer Puneet Rana created three new meet records in various events in the Inter-College Swimming Championship played here today at the PU swimming pool.


Admn grants relief to flood-hit
Chandigarh, September 5
The Chandigarh Administration has granted Rs 50,000 each to kin of those persons who were killed in recent August 3 floods. The Administration granted a help of Rs 10,000 each to those seven Kishangarh residents whose houses were damaged in the August 3 flood in the village.

Power curbs on industrial units
Chandigarh, September 5
In view of the reduced hydro-power generation, the Administration has decided to impose several restrictions on industrial units with immediate effect. These include a staggering of weekly off-days for all industrial consumers and daily peak load hour restrictions from 7 pm to 10 pm. Any violation of these restrictions will attract penal action, according to an announcement by the Chief Engineer, UT.


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