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No power cuts for Mohali VIPs
Mohali, June 22
All men are equal but some are more equal than others! This seems to be true in Mohali. The Punjab State Electricity Board, Mohali, has been reportedly giving uninterrupted power supply to certain houses in the township, even as majority of the residents seethe in heat with over six to eight hours of power cuts everyday.

Girl crushed as iron rack falls on her
Chandigarh, June 22
A seven-year-old girl was crushed to death this morning, when an iron rack weighing around two quintals, fell on her accidentally in Burial village, here. Rakhi died on the spot.

A honey bee sucks nectar from a flower at Panjab University in Chandigarh
A honey bee sucks nectar from a flower at Panjab University in Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma


Rising humidity rains misery
Chandigarh, June 22
The maximum temperature dropped another notch today to 42.8°C from yesterday’s 43.4°C. The minimum temperature saw a marginal rise of 0.2°C to 31.6 °C. Despite the drop in the day temperature, the heat continued unabated, raining misery on the residents. The blame can be placed on the rising humidity levels in the city which touched a high of 59 percent today, almost a 10 per cent rise from yesterday’s 50 per cent. The minimum relative humidity recorded for today was at 25 per cent.
Two young girls beat the relentless heat by covering their faces in the city on Wednesday You have all heard the story of a thirsty crow. But the modern crow has neither pebbles nor a pitcher, so it bends a bit to quench its thirst on a hot, sultry day in Chandigarh
Two young girls beat the relentless heat by covering their faces in the city on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan IN SEARCH OF A TRICKLE: You have all heard the story of a thirsty crow. But the modern crow has neither pebbles nor a pitcher, so it bends a bit to quench its thirst on a hot, sultry day in Chandigarh. —  Tribune photo by Karam Singh

Vinay Singh is SDM (East)
Chandigarh, June 22
Mr Vinay Singh, a Haryana Civil Services officer, will be the new SDM (East) and also Director, Public Relations, of the Chandigarh Administration. He has joined the Administration on deputation from Haryana.

Passing Thru


Jagatpura up in arms against PUDA decision
Mohali, June 22
Hundreds of residents of Jagatpura village today protested against the shifting of Guru Nanak Colony in the vicinity of the village. The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) had planned to temporarily “Resettle” residents of the unauthorised colony in Phase X to a 7-acre plot near the village.

A roundabout prone to mishaps
Chandigarh, June 22

Is the UT Administration waiting for a tragedy to happen at the small roundabout of Sectors 46, 47, 48 and 49? Local residents and daily commuters say approximately 50 mishaps have taken place this year at the roundabout. However, the police figures put the number at only six. 

Vehicles damaged in road accidents at the roundabout. — A file photograph
Vehicles damaged in road accidents at the roundabout.

Sonia to decide on CTCC chief
Chandigarh, June 22
Burying all differences, the delegates of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee today unanimously authorised Ms Sonia Gandhi, President of the All-India Congress Committee, to nominate the president of the CTCC.

‘Jan Sampark’ project on anvil
Chandigarh, June 22
“We need to look at industry in a holistic manner by providing integrated services like the facilities of recreation, health and education of the wards of the employees by visualising the needs of all stakeholders.” This was stated by Mr S.K. Sandhu, Secretary, Finance, Chandigarh Administration, while interacting with industry representatives at the Industry - Administration Interaction organised by CII Chandigarh Council, here today.

A matter of morality
Chandigarh, June 22
Director Umesh Kant is known for using theatre as a sounding board for simmering social issues. His technique is plain and style simple. He manages to serve serious fare on unadorned platters. After handling a range of human emotions in plays like Vijay Tendulkar’s “Sakharam Binder” and the Greek tragedy “Medea”, Kant is yet again indulging in pain, this time with “Ek aur Dronacharya”, one of the most acclaimed Hindi plays written in recent times.

Canadian envoy rules out joint training exercises
Chandigarh, June 22
While ruling out joint training exercises between Indian and Canadian militaries, the Canadian High Commissioner for India, Ms Lucie Edwards, said the defence forces of the two countries would continue to work alongside to render humanitarian assistance in the international arena.

Tree falls on labourers, 5 hurt
Chandigarh, June 22

Five labourers, including a woman were injured, when a Gulmohar tree fell on them at Punjab Raj Bhavan this afternoon. One of the labourers was critically injured and was later referred to the PGI. The incident occurred at around 1 pm. An eyewitness said a major tragedy was averted as almost the entire weight of the tree was taken by a stationary road roller.

One of the injured being shifted to the PGI on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
One of the injured being shifted to the PGI on Wednesday

BJP alleges water shortage in city
Chandigarh, June 22
“There is an acute shortage of drinking water in the city and the UT Administration as well as Municipal Corporation are sleeping over the problem”, said Mr Jai Ram Joshi, a former president of the local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party, in a press note here today.

He needs aid to plug hole in heart
Chandigarh, June 22
Eleven-year-old Rajit Singh awaits generous help to be healthy like other children of his age. Diagnosed with a hole in the heart since birth, Rajit’s ailment has left him frail and emaciated. His parents have been making rounds of hospitals in the hope of finding a cure to their only son’s problem.

PSEB staff put off stir
Mohali, June 22
The Technical Services Union has postponed the two-day strike scheduled to begin on June 22 as most of the demands of the employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board have been conceded to by the management.

Sikh Thinkers Forum formed
Chandigarh, June 22
To actively involve the Sikh masses in spreading the true message of Sikhism, a new organisation — the Sikh Thinkers Forum — was formed here yesterday. At a meeting here under the chairmanship of Dr MS Rahi, a noted writer, Dr Gursharan Singh, was elected convener and Mr Rajinder Singh Bhasin co-convener.

Namdharis hail govt decision on Kuka Movement
Chandigarh, June 22
The Union Government’s decision to recognise the Kuka Movement of Namdharies as freedom fighting movement against the British rule has been hailed by the Namdhari community.

63 file nominations for ZP poll
Chandigarh, June 22
As many as 63 nominations were today filed for the election to the 10 wards of the Zila Parishad, scheduled to be held on July 3. The scrutiny of the nominations will be held tomorrow and the last date for the withdrawal of candidature is June 25.

Tribune jatha leaves for Amarnath
Chandigarh, June 22
A jatha of Tribune employees left for the Amarnath pilgrimage here today. The group comprising 24 employees and their family members has left for the visit to the holy shrine in four vehicles.

SSC seeks applications for recruitment
Chandigarh, June 22
The North Western region of Staff Selection Commission (SSC) here has invited applications for the competitive examination for the recruitment of Sections Officer (Commercial Audit) Examination-2005 to be held on September 25.


House burgled, scooter stolen
Chandigarh, June 22
A house was burgled and a scooter stolen in the city in the past 24 hours. In his complaint to the police, Mr Naresh Kumar of Sector 45 claimed that a gold set and a gold ring, besides Rs 8,000, were stolen from his residence yesterday.


Panjab University revises dates of entrance test
Chandigarh, June 22
Panjab University has revised the dates for conducting the entrance test for admission to Bachelor of Dental Sciences (BDS) course at Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences today. The test will now be conducted on July 10, instead of July 3 as decided by the university earlier.

PU ecologist gets accreditation
Chandigarh, June 22
Prof R.K. Kohli, Centre for Environment and Vocational Studies, and Fellow and member of the Syndicate, Panjab University, has been bestowed with highest accreditation as Certified Senior Ecologist by the Board of Professional Certification of the Ecological Society of America. This accreditation is valid for five years till June 30, 2010, with an option of re-certification for the next five year term.

5,000 candidates take B.Ed test in city
Chandigarh, June 22
The B.Ed test was conducted by Panjab University at 23 examination centres here today. Around 5,000 students took the test in the city. Most of the candidates who could not receive their roll numbers even today were allowed to sit in the examination hall after they produced the acknowledgment receipt of submitting the application form.

Teachers hold dharna
Chandigarh, June 22
On a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) supported by the non-teaching employees’ union of non-government colleges of Punjab, the executive members of the two unions held a dharna in front of the office of DPI (Colleges) Punjab in Sector 17 today.
Members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union protest in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union protest in Sector 17, Chandigarh

Summer camp concludes
Mohali, June 22

A summer camp, held at Tiny-Tots Foundation School, ended with stage show presented by children. The camp which started on June 1, was organised in association with Sarghi Kala Kender. About 80 children in the age group of three and a half years to and 14 years from various schools of Mohali and Chandigarh participated in the camp.
A stage show presented on the conclusion of a summer camp held at Tiny-Tots Foundation School in Mohali on Tuesday.
A stage show presented on the conclusion of a summer camp held at Tiny-Tots Foundation School in Mohali on Tuesday

50 teachers take part in training course
Zirakpur, June 22
More than 50 primary teachers of Kendriya Vidyalayas Chandigarh region, have attended a 21-day inservice training course organised at Kendriya Vidyalaya Air Force Station high grounds located on the Chandigarh-Patiala highway near here.


UT villages to get a taste of culture
Chandigarh, June 22
Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi is prepared to shed the dead wood it has accumulated over the years. Starting fresh with a reconstituted team, akademi chairperson Kamal Tiwari has mooted certain proposals which will help reshape the cultural landscape of the city and its vicinity.


Gagan Ajit, Tirkey in race for HISA award
Chandigarh, June 22
Ace Indian hockey star Gagan Ajit Singh, who is also the global brand ambassador for Indian handicrafts, is all set to defend his Hero Indian Sports Academy (HISA) award for the year 2004. The awards ceremony is to be held on July 9 at Bangalore.

Minerva Academy win
Chandigarh, June 22
Minerva Academy beat Khalsa Cricket Club in the final of the 2nd day/night Open Cricket Tournament at Dhanas cricket grounds here yesterday night. Minerva Academy scored 100 runs for one wicket in 12 overs. In reply, Khalsa Cricket Club could muster only 60 runs.


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