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Farmers, contractor clash at Apni Mandi; five hurt
Mohali, May 29
Five persons were injured in a clash between farmers and the contractor of the Kharar Market Committee and his men at the Phase VIII Apni Mandi here this morning. The contractors, on one hand, alleged that the farmers were not paying the due tax to the market committee, the farmers, on the other hand alleged that the market committee contractor was not authorised to collect tax from them.

Jewellery, cash worth Rs 17 lakh stolen
Panchkula, May 29
Thieves stuck at a house in Sector 21 and decamped with cash and jewellery worth lakhs of rupees last night.

Digging of park sparks protest
Chandigarh, May 29
Residents of Sector 20 took to streets in protest against the digging of a park for construction of a school building here today. The site was allotted by the UT Administration.
Residents of Sector 20-C protest against the allotment of a school site in a park in Chandigarh
Residents of Sector 20-C protest against the allotment of a school site in a park in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph


Panchkula to remain without power today
Panchkula, May 29
Residents will have to sweat it out tomorrow, as power supply to most parts of the township will remain suspended during the day. With the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam all set to replace the 11 KV bulk oil circuit breaker with vacuum circuit breaker in order to minimise faults at power substations, the residents will have to stay without power.

UT refuses to cancel Law Institute land allotment
Chandigarh, May 29
Despite clear-cut directions, the UT Administration has not implemented the order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court regarding the land allotted at throwaway prices to Chandigarh Law Institute Private Limited.


Congress grass everywhere in Panchkula
Panchkula, May 29
The pre-monsoon showers this month had a fallout on the health of denizens of the township. The showers have allowed the unabashed growth of congress grass in most parts of the township, leading to skin ailments and triggering asthma and other respiratory diseases.

Congress grass seems to have taken over all vacant land in Panchkula. — A Tribune photograph

Congress grass seems to have taken over all vacant land.

Welcome to Sector 48 jungle !
Chandigarh, May 29
Reeling under the omnipresent Congress grass, the comparatively new residential quarters of the city in Sector 48 and adjoining areas are crying for attention with regard to upkeep of their surroundings.

Providing adolescent healthcare to slum children
Panchkula, May 29
Channelling raw youth power in the right direction. For the first time in this region, an NGO has stepped in to offer adolescent healthcare to over 1500 children from Rajiv Colony and Indra Colony. The NGO is helping these children deal with substance abuse, drug abuse, behavioural problems, incest; promiscuity; and then rehabiliating them.

‘Power’ couple making things better for Kalka residents
Panchkula, May 29
For the past 18 years, this “power” couple from Kalka has been involved in social welfare. Having accepted politics as their calling, Mr S.S. Nanda and Ms Mohini Nanda say that their aim is to work for the betterment of Kalka.

S.S. Nanda and Mohini Nanda

S.S. Nanda and Mohini Nanda
Demolitions: Bansal’s effigy burnt
Chandigarh, May 29
Activists of the Tenement Cell of the local unit of the Bhartiya Janata Party today organised a dharna in front of the residence of Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, the local Member of Parliament, for his “casual” approach towards the problems of the poor, particularly Mani Majra residents who face demolitions in their housing structures.
Activists of the BJP burn an effigy of local MP Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal outside his residence in Sector 28, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
Activists of the BJP burn an effigy of local MP Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal outside his residence in Sector 28, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Clarion call to stem human trafficking
Chandigarh, May 29
A North India network of civil society organisations, NGO’s and government departments will now become active in Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Delhi to combat human trafficking.

Scheme on girl child amended
Chandigarh, May 29
The Apni Beti Apna Dhan Scheme was recently launched by the Chandigarh Administration aiming at improving the distorted sex ratio in the Union Territory. Under the scheme, Rs 5,000 is invested in the name of the girl child in the Children Career Plan. This amount along with the interest accumulated is given to the beneficiary, when she turns 18.

Competitions planned to popularise Hindi
Chandigarh, May 29
A meeting of the Town Official Language Implementation Committee was held here today under the chairmanship of Ms S.K. Aulakh, Chief Commissioner of Income Tax.

BDPO’s office ‘shielding encroacher’
Chandigarh, May 29
Residents of Kimbwala village here have accused the office of the Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO) of shielding village sarpanch Harmesh Kumar, who had reportedly encroached upon a piece of panchayat land measuring two kanal and 13 maralas.

MP takes up water issue with Mayor
Chandigarh, May 29
The MP, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal called upon the Mayor to discuss the problem of water supply, particularly to residents staying on the second and third floors in different parts of the city.


3 women held for stealing purse
Chandigarh, May 29
Three women were caught red-handed while stealing the purse of Ms Simrata Devi, a resident of Shanti Enclave in the Notified Area Committee, Mani Majra, yesterday.

Man dies in mishap
Panchkula, May 29
Mr Chandi Ram, a resident of Harmilap Nagar Colony in Bartana, Zirakpur, died when a vehicle hit his scooter in Sector 15 here last night.


Admn asks IT firms to set up offices in city
Chandigarh, May 29
A team of the Chandigarh Administration has invited software companies like Google, Motorola, CISCO System, Rockwell International, Outer Bay, Air Defense, Virsa Systems, Mind M4 and Xebec Limited to the city.


15 schools evade axe as HUDA, MC shift onus
Panchkula, May 29
Even as it is curtains down for most schools running from residential premises, around 15 schools running from houses in Housing Board colonies here seem to have been granted immunity.

Contractual teachers meet Bansal
Chandigarh, May 29
As many as 300 teachers working on contract in different government schools of the city met the MP Pawan Kumar Bansal over the move of the UT Education Department to terminate their services here today.

A ‘plush’ school for the destitute
Chandigarh, May 29
‘Head held high, roots firmly in the soil and wings ready to soar’ - this is the guiding mantra for Sikhya. This unique school for destitute children, starting in July, will work towards providing quality education to underprivileged children through a holistic rather than an academic approach. All this in an environment comparable to the best schools in the country and completely free!

Teachers made aware of heart diseases
Chandigarh, May 29
More than 300 science and physical education teachers of the city’s government schools have been trained under the Chandigarh Healthy Heart Action Project (CHHAP) at Nursing School, General Hospital, Sector 16, to increase awareness about the cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) in the community.

15 pc students drug addicts, says panel
Mohali, May 29
More than 15 per cent schoolchildren in Patiala, Ropar, Fatehgarh Sahib and Ludhiana have been addicted to drug or smoking. This was stated by Mrs Amteshwar Kaur of the Generation Savior Association.

CET results declared
Chandigarh, May 29 Panjab University has declared the results of the Common Entrance Test (CET) held on May 24 for admission in law, physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, biotechnology and computer science today.


Dr Sonica Krishan with her book “Herbal Healers”.Book on herbal healing
City-based Dr Sonica Krishan has come up with a book ‘Herbal healers’, which has a detailed account of herbs that can be used everyday and form part of the Indian kitchen ingredients. Many of these herbs and condiments are used in cooking or for flavouring meals. Yet, many of us are unaware that these are essential to enhance our health and vitality.

Dr Sonica Krishan with her book “Herbal Healers”. — A Tribune photograph

Making parents trainers of children
Centre for Education and Voluntary Action (CEVA) is organising a special workshop to train parents as better instructors at home.

Anganwari children ready to hop on, hop off
Full entertainment is now guaranteed for the children from all anganwari centers across the city.

Cultural evening at Gymkhana club
The diverse facets of the regional cultural programmes including the Punjabi folklore, Gatka martial art, mysteries of Indian magic and the spells of crisp comedy, lit up the cultural evening held at the Gymkhana club –II complex.


Allow treatment at pvt hospitals, say pensioners
Chandigarh, May 29
The coordination committee of the Central Government Pensioner’s Association has urged the Prime Minister the extend the package deal of private hospital to the beneficiaries of the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), as allowed valid in Delhi.

Shun tobacco, say doctors
Chandigarh, May 29
World No Tobacco Day was celebrated by Tobacco Cessation Clinic under the aegis of the Department of Psychiatry, PGI, here on Thursday. This year’s theme was “Health Professionals and Tobacco Control” hence much emphasis was given to health professionals, including Class IV employees, nurses and other PGI staff.

136 donate blood
Chandigarh, May 29
As many as 136 persons, including 17 women, donated blood at a blood donation camp organised by the Sant Nirankari Mandal at Kesho Ram Colony, Burail here today. This was the fifth camp organised by the Mandal within two months.

Volunteers donate blood at a blood donation camp held at Sant Nirankari Bhavan, Burail in Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Volunteers donate blood at a blood donation camp held at Sant Nirankari Bhavan, Burail in Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Sunday.

Medical camp at Bapudham Colony
Chandigarh, May 29
Around 250 persons visited the awareness-cum-medical camp organised by the Society for Health, Education and Environment (SHEE), an NGO, in collaboration with the State AIDS Control Society, Chandigarh, at Bapudham Colony, Sector 26, here today.


Sandeep wins billiards, snooker tournaments
Chandigarh, May 29
It was a day for Sandeep Duggal, who grabbed the winner’s title in both billiards and snooker tournaments during the Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship, held at Chandigarh Club, here today.

Sandeep Duggal, who won the Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship held at Chandigarh Club on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Sandeep Duggal, who won the Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship held at Chandigarh Club on Sunday.

Maruti organises car rally
Chandigarh, May 29
Ajay Kumar bagged the first position under general category while Rita Sharma was declared the winner under women category in the Maruti Suzuki Wheels of Fortune car rally, which was flagged off from Hotel Shivalikview, here today.

MP girls win softball title
Chandigarh, May 29
The Madhya Pradesh team lifted the trophy in the girls’ section as it won the final against Chandigarh by 10-0 in the 18th Sub-Junior National Softball Championship at the Government College for Men ground in Sector 11 here today.

New concepts to train players
Chandigarh, May 29
To elicit good performance from sportspersons, the Sports Department is considering to introduce new concepts and newly devised training schedules besides the “dummy training”, prevalent in advanced sporting countries in sports like athletics and football.

Excelling in sports and studies
Chandigarh, May 29
A few of the leading young outstanding sportspersons of Chandigarh have done exceedingly well in the class X examinations of CBSE, the results of which were declared last week.

ICLCL enter quarterfinals
Panchkula, May 29
A blasting half century by Suraj Bhan (65) helped ICL Certifications Ltd to beat Bhawan Vidyalya XI, Panchkula, by six wickets in the 13th Bathany League-cum-knockout tournament and enter the quarterfinals at Satluj Public School grounds here today.


I will carry out duties assigned to me: Rao
Chandigarh, May 29
Even as the Chandigarh Administration, in an order passed yesterday, virtually stripped the post of Deputy Commissioner of important powers, the DC-designate, Mr R.K. Rao will be joining duties here within a day or two.

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