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Preetam Singh held in Kishangarh land case
Chandigarh, October 29
Preetam Singh, accused of illegally selling land in Kishangarh village, was today arrested by the crime branch of the Chandigarh police after two months. The crime branch also secured an arrest warrant for his younger brother and Sarpanch of Kishangarh.

PUDA brings down 51 structures
Mohali, October 29
In the first major demolition drive following police crackdown on illegal colonisers in the periphery, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority enforcement team today demolished 51 illegal structures coming up in Kansal, Mullanpur and Milkh villages.

Man rescued from police custody
Chandigarh, October 29
The Dalit Rights Protection Forum, Punjab, an NGO, yesterday rescued a 45-year-old man from wrongful confinement of the Ropar police.



8-year-old boy sexually abused
Chandigarh, October 29
An eight-year-old boy of Sector 36 was allegedly sexually abused by a 24-year-old son of a watchman of the Sector 36 Government Model High School inside the school building. The watchman’s son, Mukesh, has been arrested and put through medical examination along with the child.

No extension for S.P. Singh, Gaurav Yadav
Chandigarh, October 29
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs today rejected a plea of the Chandigarh Administration to give an extension in tenure to the UT SSP, Mr Gaurav Yadav, and the Managing Director of CITCO, Mr S.P. Singh.

Market gets nod for podium
Chandigarh, October 29
The Market Welfare Association, Sector 22, finally tasted victory here today, after the Municipal Corporation allowed them to install a podium for displaying prizes during the month-long shopping festival.

Trauma crime victims go through to get justice
Chandigarh, October 29
A seven-year-old girl was raped by her 34-year-old neighbour, who dumped her in the countryside, thinking that the child had died. Profusely bleeding, the girl could not speak for three days until she confided in her parents who probed about the heinous crime.


MC to form panel for Dadu Majra dump
Chandigarh, October 29
A five-member committee, comprising the councillors and officials of the Municipal Corporation, would be constituted to inspect the dumping ground in Dadu Majra. The decision was taken at the MC House meeting here today.

BJP councillor, Ms Kamla Sharma (centre) and Chandigarh Vikas Manch councillor, Mr Jatinder Bhatia (right) make a point at the meeting of the MC House in Chandigarh on Friday.
— A Tribune photograph

BJP councillor, Ms Kamla Sharma and Chandigarh Vikas Manch councillor, Mr Jatinder Bhatia make a point at the meeting of the MC House in Chandigarh

Admn to seek Rs 21 cr from Centre
Chandigarh, October 29
Faced with sudden hike in salaries of its employees, the Chandigarh Administration will ask the Union Finance Ministry to allocate Rs 21 crore to pay salaries in remaining five months of this financial year ending March 3, 2005.

Delhi group likely to help revive Punwire
Mohali, October 29
The SUN Group, a Delhi-based global investment group, is likely to chip in for the revival of Punwire here. Sources close to the Minister for Finance, Punjab, Mr Surinder Singla, told The Tribune today that a meeting with a representative of the group had been fixed for November 5.

Privatisation of octroi deferred
Mohali, October 29
The Mohali Municipal Council today deferred, for at least six months, the decision to privatise octroi collection in the township. This was done following discussions during the monthly meeting of the council held here today.

Journalists seek new wage board
Chandigarh, October 29
Hundreds of journalists and non-journalist employees today held a demonstration at the Sector 17 Plaza demanding the constitution of a new wage board. They raised slogans against the government and employers for delay in fixing salaries afresh.

Newspaper and news agency employees hold a demonstration in support of their demand for a new wage board in the Sector 17 Plaza on Friday. — A Tribune photograph.
Newspaper and news agency employees hold a demonstration in support of their demand for a new wage board in the Sector 17 Plaza

Sayeed releases souvenir on BBMB

Chandigarh, October 29
Union Power Minister P.M. Sayeed today released a souvenir in Delhi to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of operation of Nangal Hydel channel under the Bhakra Beas Management Board. The Nangal channel is part of the Bhakra Nangal project and carries water to Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh and Rajasthan, an official release said here.

P.M. Sayeed, Union Power Minister, (left) with the Chairman of the BBMB, Mr Rakesh Nath, at the release of the souvenir on Nangal Hydel Channel, in Delhi on Friday.

P.M. Sayeed, Union Power Minister, with the Chairman of the BBMB, Mr Rakesh Nath, at the release of the souvenir on Nangal Hydel Channel, in Delhi

House gutted
Mohali, October 29
A house in Phase I here was gutted in a fire caused by an electric short circuit. The entire belongings of the household were destroyed. The house was locked when the fire started.

Bus passenger alleges misconduct
Zirakpur, October 29
A local passenger who boarded a syndicate bus for to Dera Bassi was allegedly humiliated by its crew members when he was told to get off before his destination.


NRI assaulted
Mohali, October 29
An NRI was allegedly assaulted by personnel of the Chandigarh police in Sector 17 on October 27 when he tried to stop them from manhandling an auto-rickshaw driver.

Bimal Khalsa’s son-in-law assaulted
Mohali, October 29
Mr Harinder Singh, son-in-law of former MP Bimal Kaur Khalsa, was attacked by unidentified youths with knives here tonight. Harinder sustained some injuries on his hand.

Woman abducted, recovered
Chandigarh, October 29
A father of two children abducted a neighbouring 26-year-old woman, a mother of three children in Mauli Jagran. Ram Raj has been arrested and remanded in judicial custody after the recovery of the woman.


‘Her world’ opens

Chandigarh, October 29
“Her World” opened here today at Hotel Shivalikview, Sector 17. In this three-day fair products including electronics, consumer durables, cosmetics, woman wear, leather, home interiors, home appliances, health and fitness and more will be exhibited.

Mayor Kamlesh inaugurates the fair, “Her world” at Hotel Shivalikview, Sector 17, on Friday.

Mayor Kamlesh inaugurates the fair, "Her world" at Hotel Shivalikview, Sector 17


Rural Punjab comes alive at youth fest
Chandigarh, October 29
It seemed that marriage festivity usually seen at a Punjab village had come alive on stage. The occasion was the ongoing zonal youth and heritage festival at DAV College here.

Girls sing sithnis at the Youth and Heritage Festival at DAV College, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Girls sing sithnis at the Youth and Heritage Festival at DAV College, Chandigarh

YLE students get certificates
Chandigarh, October 29
The British Council in association with Chitkara International School today presented certificates to the first batch of the Cambridge Young Learners English (YLE ) programme.

Teachers hold meeting
Chandigarh, October 29
The Government Teachers’ Union, at a meeting held today, decided to prepare a detailed proposal on the creation of post of Vice-Principal in schools.

Science programme
Chandigarh, October 29
A two-day science and technology programme opened at Tender Heart School here today. On the opening day, elimination rounds of the quiz contest were held in which nine schools participated.


Shop eviction stayed
Chandigarh, October 29
Acting on the complaint of Mr Satish Kumar, a local court has stayed the eviction of a shop in Sector 22-D till November 11.

Gujral ACR case hearing on Nov 8
Chandigarh, October 29
The Chandigarh Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal today fixed November 8 as the next date of hearing in a case related to the “downgrading” of the annual confidential reports of the UT Home Secretary, Mr RS Gujral.


Grandeur of Odissi in Geeta
Chandigarh, October 29
Geeta Mahalik’s dance represents the best in Odissi. Soft, subtle and soothing, her act brings alive the sculpturesque grandeur of a form that is endowed with endless charms.


Targeting cancerous growth with particle physics

Chandigarh, October 29
Effective treatment of cancer is one of the most phenomenal contributions that particle physics research has made to the world of medical instrumentation. The discipline has helped overcome some inherent weaknesses of radiation which is most commonly used for cancer treatment across the globe.                                           
Dr Henri Videau

No honey for newborn on day one
Chandigarh, October 29
If you are thinking that a drop of honey or jaggery water is going to act as an elixir for a newborn baby, then think again. The researchers in the USA have found out that these practices widely prevalent in Indian households, can infact prove detrimental to the newborn.

Dr Henri Videau

How to wear contact lens
Chandigarh, October 29
Department of Ophthalmo-logy Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 organised contact lens symposium-cum- workshop today, in collaboration with the International Association of Contact Lens Educator under the aegis of Chandigarh Ophthalmological Society.

Governor opens neonatology meet
Chandigarh, October 29
The annual convention of the National Neonatology Forum was inaugurated by the Governor of Haryana, Dr A.R. Kidwai, at the PGI today. Dr Kidwai, said there was an urgent need to improve newborn health care facilities all over the country, especially when the infant mortality rate in the country was 4.5 per cent.


Pak badminton team in city
Chandigarh, October 29
Badminton is coming up well in Pakistan and in times to come our players will certainly do well on the international circuit. These were the views of Syed Naqi Mohsin, senior vice-president of the Pakistan Badminton Federation, who is accompanying the Pakistan badminton team as its manager for a friendly test match for Goel Autolines Challenge Trophy.

Pakistan badminton players being welcomed at a hotel in Sector 35
Pakistan badminton players being welcomed at a hotel in Sector 35 on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Puja wins bronze in judo
Chandigarh, October 29
Puja Jalan of IS Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, clinched the bronze medal in the under-19 (48 kg) section on the second day of the CBSE National Judo Championship The meet is being held at the Gian Jyoti Public School, Mohali.

New Public School win basketball match
Chandigarh, October 29
New Public School, Sector 18, and DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, won their respective matches in the boys section of the CBSE North Zone Basketball Tournament played at Sector 18, here today.                                                                    
  Prateek Gupta
Prateek Gupta


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