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Chandigarh Club: counting over, suspense stays
Chandigarh, October 17
The counting of votes for the election to the executive body of the Chandigarh Club is over. However, the suspense regarding the new team of the office-bearers remains with the Punjab and Haryana High Court restraining the declaration of the results.

Physically challenged swims across
Sukhna for job

Jaspal Singh Chandigarh, October 17
As polio-ridden Jaspal Singh swam across the Sukhna Lake this morning, casual observers could not help marvelling at his determination. They would have marvelled more had they known the real inspiration behind a disabled man's adventure. He was swimming not to set records or flaunt his will, but to draw the attention of anyone who was powerful enough to offer him a job as a reward for his determination.



NRI girl eludes cops, marries
Prabhjot Kaur with her husband Chandigarh, October 17
Haunted almost for a month by a section of the Punjab police top brass and a leading politician of Punjab, an NRI girl from Canada, Prabhjot Kaur, today secretly married her fiancé, Bhupinder Singh, in the Sector 32 gurdwara. The parents of the girl and that of the boy could not attend the wedding as they feared that the Punjab police would implicate them in some case if they came out of the hiding.

Prabhjot Kaur with her husband

‘Sr Dy Mayor creating hurdles due to grudge’
Chandigarh, October 17
The tussle between the Market Welfare Association, Sector 22, at the Municipal Corporation over the permission for holding a shopping festival got murkier today with the former alleging that the Senior Deputy Mayor, Mr Pardeep Chhabra, was playing spoilsport because of a personal grudge against the president of the association.

Suicide by sarpanch’s husband
Chandigarh, October 17
A 40-year-old property dealer and husband of woman sarpanch of village Nada near Nayagaon committed suicide due to alleged threats from two persons.

Politicians upbeat over Aiyar’s remarks
Chandigarh, October 17
The recent indication by the Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar, that the Centre is thinking in terms of creating mini-assemblies in Union Territories to give the elected representatives a greater say in the running of their affairs has predictably enthused the politicians and dismayed the bureaucracy here.

Time ripe for Indo-Thai pact on tourism: Narula
Chandigarh, October 17
With India and Thailand entering into free trade agreement (FTA), time is now ripe for north Indian states and Thailand to synergise their efforts in promoting trade and commercial activities, particularly tourism, education and human resource development to their mutual benefit. 

Army discharges artillery troopers in unlawful manner
Chandigarh, October 17
Reported miscalculations on the posted strength of personnel in the artillery led to the Army discharging several hundred artillery troopers in a questionable manner over the past two years.


Sikh Regiment Museum to be upgraded
Chandigarh, October 17
The Sikh Regimental Museum at Ramgarh will be upgraded with additional features. Stating this at a luncheon get-together of Sikh regimental officers at the Defence Services Officers Institute here today, the Colonel of the Sikh Regiment, Lieut-Gen Devraj Singh, sought suggestions in this regard from those present.

Urdu daily editor hails Pak journalists’ visit
Chandigarh, October 17
As the editor of Taskeen, an Urdu daily based in Jammu, Sohail Kazmi is well aware of his responsibilities. For him, the newspaper is not just a medium to voice the concerns of people of the valley, it is also a platform to send out peaceful vibes.

Events mark TA anniversary celebrations
Chandigarh, October 17
Various events, including a sainik sammelan, sports competitions, a blood donation camp and a barakhana for troops marked the 55th anniversary celebrations of the Territorial Army (TA) here yesterday.

Writers’ meet begins; organisers caught unawares
Punjabi writer Mohan Bhandari speaks at the World Writers Festival in Musafir Bhavan, Sector 24, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Chandigarh, October 17
Organisers of the World Writers’ Conference, which began in the city today, left much to be desired. To begin with, they seemed little prepared to conduct the proceedings of the meeting.

Punjabi writer Mohan Bhandari speaks at the World Writers Festival in Musafir Bhavan, Sector 24, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Devotees continue to throng shrine
A long queue of devotees waiting for their turn at Mansa Devi shrine on the occasion of Navratras Panchkula, October 17
The fourth day of the Navratra fair at Mansa Devi shrine here saw a large number of devotees visiting to the shrine to pay obeisance, and participate in the dandiya organised by the Sri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board.

A long queue of devotees waiting for their turn at Mansa Devi shrine on the occasion of Navratras in Panchkula on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph


A forensic expert lifts fingerprints from the scene of crime in Sector-15, Panchkula on Sunday. Cash, goods worth Rs 1.50 lakh stolen
Panchkula, October 17
Cash and goods worth Rs 1.50 lakh were allegedly stolen from the Sector 15 residence of a former General Manager of Ropar Thermal Plant, while the family was away for a family function to Amritsar. The burglary came to light last night, when some neighbours saw that the main door of Mr V K Mahindru’s house was open.

A forensic expert lifts fingerprints from the scene of crime in Sector-15, Panchkula on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Jewellery, watches worth Rs 1 lakh stolen
Mohali, October 17
Thieves decamped with jewellery and watches worth about Rs 1 lakh from a house in Phase VII here today. The crime took place when there was no one in the house. The family had gone to Balachaur to offer condolences on the death of a relative.

Police claims solving 4 cases of theft
Chandigarh, October 17
The Sector 26 Police Station today claimed to have traced four cases of
two-wheeler theft with the arrest of a Bapu Dham resident along with a stolen  scooter.


Industrial exhibition concludes
Panchkula, October 17
The two-day national level vendor development programme-cum-industrial exhibition organised by Small Industries Service Institute at HMT Club, concluded today. Deputy Commissioner, Ms Neelam P Kasni, was the chief guest on this occasion.

e-Governance workshop today
Chandigarh, October 17
Chandigarh will be hosting the first three-day international workshop on strategic framework for e-governance, e-GovIndia 2004, at CII beginning tomorrow, following the recently established collaboration between e-Government players in India and Europe.


St Anne’s school close today
Chandigarh, October 17
The St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32, will remain closed on October 18. The Principal of the school gave this information in a press release issued here today.

  • Painting competition

  • GK test

  • Students visit Missionaries of Charity

  • Environment Quiz

  • Dasehra celebrated

  • Institute of Blind

  • Music academy

Schoolchildren celebrate Dasehra
Chandigarh, October 17
Children of Dikshant International School celebrated Dasehra today. The day started with the teachers enacting scenes from the Ramayana to imbibe in children courage and justice and the dominance of good over evil. 

Vocational training in more schools
Chandigarh, October 17
Propelled by the success of its project to arm children of the lower strata with business acumen by teaching them at Government Girls High School, Sector 25, the UT Education Department has now extended the scheme to other government schools.


Kids imitate stars at Plaza
Chandigarh, October 17
A cultural show was held at the Plaza in Sector 17 yesterday. Children gave a wonderful dance performance. Dressed up like Punjabi singers they imitated Bindrakhiya, Jazzy B, Harbhajan Mann, Gursewak Mann and Gurdas Mann.


Combining style with comfort
Art has many manifestations and a true artist can express himself in myriad forms. This holds true for Delhi-based Santosh Pall. Grace, poise and erudite expression are just some of the facets of her persona.

Anuradha presents kathak
Anuradha Arora, an instructor in kathak at Pracheen Kala Kendra, today presented her recital at Tagore Theatre. She began her presentation with a traditional invocatory piece in praise of Lord Ganesha. Portraying the finer nuances of Jaipur Gharana, she went into the technicalities of the dance form which is subtle and vigorous at the same time. In the abhinaya portion, the dancer chose to enact a sequence on Krishna by dancing on a Meera Bhajan. This was followed by another presentation titled “Panch Vatika”.

“Kanjoos” — adaptation of Molier’s play staged
Famous theatre director from Himachal Pradesh, Seema Sharma and her group presented the play, “Kanjoos” at Kalagram this evening. Adapted from Molier’s “Miser”, the play portrayed the central character’s obsession for money.

Expo for Karva Chauth shoppers
A good news for women who shop on Karva Chauth. Realising that the women spend huge sums every year and a good portion of it comes around the festive season, shopkeepers are now focusing their efforts on niche occasions by organising exhibitions.

St Stephen’s School win speech contest
Winners of the ‘Inter School ICSE Extempore Speech Competition’ held at DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, with their teachers. St Stephen’s School, Chandigarh, won overall trophy of an ‘Inter-School ICSE Extempore Speech Competition’ organised by Col. VR Mohan DAV Public School, Dera Bassi, at DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, yesterday.

Winners of the ‘Inter School ICSE Extempore Speech Competition’ held at DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, with their teachers.


40,000 city residents are asthmatic: doc
Chandigarh, October 17
Not withstanding its claim to cleanliness the city has a large number of asthmatic patients in the country. Highlighting this fact at the 19th annual update in pulmonary and critical care medicine which was held at PGI today, Dr D. Behera of the PGI said: “The presence of pollen in the air is comparatively high in the city leading to more asthma cases. 

Provide dental care in rural areas: VC
Panchkula, October 17
The Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Dr A.K. Chawla, has stressed the need for providing latest dental care at the doorsteps of people in rural areas. Dr Chawla was delivering the convocation address at the second convocation of BRS Dental College and Hospital at Kot Billa village, near here, today.



Final match of 16th  North Zone Inter-State Kabaddi Championship between Haryana and Delhi in progress at Football Stadium, Sector-17, in Chandigarh on Sunday. Haryana, Rajasthan kabaddi champs
Chandigarh, October 17
Haryana and Rajasthan emerged champion in women and men’s section respectively at the conclusion of the 16th North Zone Kabaddi championships here today at Football Stadium, Sector 17. The four-day meet was organised by the Chandigarh Kabaddi Association. Earlier Mr Karan Avtar Singh, Finance Secretary, UT gave away the prizes.

Final match of 16th North Zone Inter-State Kabaddi Championship between Haryana and Delhi in progress at Football Stadium, Sector-17, in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Tushar, Varun surge ahead
Chandigarh, October 17
On the third day of the ongoing HEAD Total tennis Championships being played at YMCA Courts, Sector 11, the seeded players in the men’s section had an easy time. Top seed Tushar Sharma trounced more experienced Gagan Wasu by the sheer power of his ground strokes.

  • Boys under-18 second round

  • Boys under-14 second round

2 silver, two bronze for Chandigarh
Chandigarh, October 17
Chandigarh clinched two silver medals and an equal number of bronze medals in the 7th Senior and Junior National Sports Aerobics Championships which concluded here today at Shivalik Public School, Mohali.

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