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School sites on sale
Chandigarh/ Mohali, July 19
The UT Estate Office and the Punjab Urban Planning Authority (PUDA), Mohali, are unaware of the shady land deals involving sale of school sites here. Re-sale of school sites is not allowed by these authorities that allot sites to educational societies on a lease hold basis in UT and freehold basis in Mohali.

Sukhwinder’s husband not allowed to attend cremation
Chandigarh, July 19
Her last wish was fulfilled. Before breathing her last on Sunday morning, Sukhwinder Kaur had clearly stated in her suicide note that her body and that of her son should not be handed over to husband Amarjit Singh Benhiwal. The cremation of both mother and her son was carried out in the absence of Behniwal. 

Cows quench their thirst after showers in Chandigarh on Tuesday morning
Water of life: Cows quench their thirst after showers in Chandigarh on Tuesday morning. — Photo by Vinay Malik

Work yet to start on city-Baddi road
Centre’s nod needed
Chandigarh, July 19
Work on a direct road link between Chandigarh and Baddi, an upcoming industrial township in Solan district, has not started as the Punjab Government is yet to get clearance from the Union Ministry of Forests and Environment.

Undertrial’s escape
5 cops suspended
Chandigarh, July 19
Less than 24 hours after an undertrial escaped from the custody of five Chandigarh police personnel, they were placed under suspension by the Senior Superintendent of Police today. The cops today had to be told how to go about performing their job following the incident.

Doctor, not police, competent to declare person dead
Chandigarh, July 19
Dr Christian Barnard would not have been able to perform the first heart transplant had he been living in this part of the region. He was passed by his assistant Hamilton Nacky the heart of a brain-dead woman run over by a speeding bus. Had he been here, the police would have simply declared the woman dead without even taking her to the hospital for hours together — at least this is what legal luminaries, even retired policemen, assert.

Tehelka case: Minister seeks explanation
Chandigarh, July 19
The Defence Minister has sought an explanation from the Army’s top legal officer, a major-general posted at Army Headquarters, over advice rendered by him in the matter pertaining to tampering of certain documents in the Tehelka case, it is learnt.

Passing Thru


MC chief introduces new schemes for civic amenities
Panchkula, July 19
Amidst a near “boycott” by councillors owing allegiance to the Chander Mohan faction of Congress, Mr Tarun Bhandari’s maiden Municipal House meeting as president went off peacefully. Only 15 councillors in the 31-member strong House were present in today’s meeting.

Has city police become complacent?
Chandigarh, July 19
You just cannot give Chandigarh Police the credit of tracking down accused. Over the years the cops have simply proved they are good only at encouraging parties to strike compromises. As far as tracing accused is concerned, they just know how to make futile attempts.

Seminar on Urdu poet Hali today
Chandigarh, July 19
Before the Haryana Government fulfils its promise of opening a museum documenting the life of Urdu poet Altaf Hassain Hali, the Haryana Urdu Akademi is doing its bit in introducing Hali to the region.

Nari Niketan home gets functional
Chandigarh, July 19
Responding to the dire necessity of providing a shelter home for women in difficult circumstances, Gen (Retd.) S.F.Rodrigues, UT Administrator, has approved immediate operationalisation of a Home in Block II of Nari Niketan, Sector 26, an official press note said here today.

Enforcement staff comb sectors
Chandigarh, July 19
The enforcement staff of the Municipal Corporation undertook a major drive to check the growing menace of encroachments in markets and parking areas, including Phase I and II of the Industrial Area of the city, here today.

Probe into panchayat land sale
Chandigarh, July 19
The Director, Rural Development and Panchayat, Chandigarh, Mr Amarnath, has said in the alleged case of illegal sale of panchayat land of Mauli Jagran Gram Panchyat the SDM( South) has been asked to hold a full-fledged inquiry into the role of the members of the panchayat who were under suspension.

Birth anniversary of Sixth Guru
Chandigarh, July 19
The birth anniversary of the sixth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Hargobind, was celebrated at the Khalsa Mohalla in Patiala on July 17 and 18. More than 1000 dovotees from all over the city participated in the celebrations with enthusiasm. The function was organised by the Patiala unit of the International Kirtan Council.

Readers write
One-way traffic system

It is good to see the signpost of one-way traffic in Sadar Bazar, Ambala Cantt. This was in force earlier too. It is a temporary measure and hardly serves any purpose.


Reebok showroom burgled
Chandigarh, July 19
Thieves decamped with goods worth Rs 4 lakh from the Reebok showroom in Sector 17 late last night. In separate incidents, the police arrested one person on theft charge and two others for indulging in gambling. Besides, a motor cycle was reportedly stolen from the city.
Giving details of the theft, the franchisee of the Reebok showroom in Sector 17-E, Mr Ankit Jain, alleged that the thieves gained entry from behind the showroom. He said the roof had a weak point, which the thieves were possibly aware of.

The Reebok showroom in Sector 17 in Chandigarh that was burgled on Monday night. — A Tribune photograph
The Reebok showroom in Sector 17 in Chandigarh that was burgled on Monday night

Woman booked for abusing govt employees
Panchkula, July 19
A woman was arrested by the police from the office of the Managing Director, Haryana Power Generation Corporation, Mr P.K. Das, when she allegedly abused and manhandled some of his staff members.

Suicide at Sukhna: girl identified
Chandigarh, July 19
A young woman who allegedly jumped to death in the Sukhna Lake last evening has been identified as 16-year-old Shelly, a resident of Sector 27-D, here. Though the police is looking into the reasons behind the extreme step, her family says she was under depression.

IAF Junior Warrant Officer dies in accident
Zirakpur, July 19
A Punjab Roadways bus on the busy Zirakpur-Patiala highway this evening crushed a 40-year-old Junior Warrant Officer of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to death. The accident occurred in Chhat village.

Balongi resident found dead
Mohali, July 19
The body of a 55-year-old resident of Balongi was found hanging from the ceiling of his house here this evening. The victim, Gulzar Singh, working as a security guard and an alcoholic, is believed to have committed suicide. 

One held for gambling
Mohali, July 19
One person was arrested on charges of gambling here today. The accused, Gurdeep Singh, a resident of Nayagaon, was arrested and Rs 1500 recovered from him.


New marketing mantra of BSNL
Chandigarh, July 19
Over nine lakh cellular and about one lakh more broadband connections by the year-end, besides two new tariff plans for landline customers in Punjab and Chandigarh — Bharat Sanchar Nagam Limited (BSNL) — are set to ring in a new marketing mantra.

Conference at CII tomorrow
Chandigarh, July 19
To give an impetus to public-private partnership in urban development, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Punjab State Council, in association with PUDA & IL and FS, is organising a conference on sustainable urban development through public-private partnership here at the CII Northern Region Headquarters on July 21.


Delay in declaration of results harming students
Chandigarh, July 19
The delay in the declaration of the result of the first semester of the ME (chemical), Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University, is harming the interests of the students. Feeling harassed, the students are suffering for no fault of theirs.

Entrance test for Ph.D
Chandigarh, July 19
Panjab University will hold the Ph D entrance test on September 4. The prospectus along with the application form will be available from July 20 at the SBI Extension counter in the administrative block, of the PU. The last date for the receipt of complete forms by hand and by post in the old enquiry, (administrative block) PU is August 12 up to 5 pm.

Hamara School
A kaleidoscope of activities

Shishu Niketan Public School in Sector 5, Mansa Devi Complex, is a sister concern of Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22-D, Chandigarh. The main branch was founded in 1953 by Director Suchinta Khorana. The school churns out scores of talent in various fields. It has come up with an impressive building in Sector 5, MDC, and was inaugurated by Dr A.R. Kidwai, Haryana Governor.

Discipline must be fostered, not imposed

As the scope of education is broadening the functions of a school are also evolving. Today, schools are not just temples of learning but workhouses for comprehensive personality development. Education doesn’t mean pouring the students into one mould but enabling them to discover their uniqueness. Learning is enhanced in a positive school atmosphere, which builds self-esteem and morale of the students. Education is still the blueprint of the future but at the same time activities, which stimulate the mind and body, are encouraged to create healthy values.


Rodrigues wants rural healthcare online
Chandigarh, July 19
To ensure access to quality healthcare in rural areas of UT, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) called for developing an “IT-based online strong healthcare network” that can harmonies resources available with government and private healthcare agencies and establishing a strong partnership with the community.


CLTA acquires ball-throwing machines, radar gun
Chandigarh, July 19
Offering world-class facilities to players, the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) aims to produce players of national or international level. Arrangements here are progressively upgraded and the results are spectacular. The infrastructure at the CLTA is being spruced up and a training programme has been chalked keeping in view international standards.

Players undergo training at the CLTA complex, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday.
Players undergo training at the CLTA complex, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday

Coaches allege bias in transfers
Chandigarh, July 19
Though transfers of coaches by the Sports Authority of India have created a stir in the coaches fraternity, those transferred to the monitoring cell of the SAIs’ regional office have been benefited.

8 selected for hockey academy
Chandigarh, July 19
Eight players of under-12 category have been selected for the Hockey Academy, Sector 42, after the two-day trials that concluded at Sports Complex, Sector 42, here today. Over 60 players from all over the region participated in the trials.

Venugopal trained in city
Chandigarh, July 19
The city cricket fraternity got disappointed with the exclusion of local cricket star Dinesh Mongia from the Indian team for the coming Lanka tour. However, the inclusion of Yuvraj Singh and Yalaka Venugopal Rao, right-hand batsman, has come as a respite.

Pawan adjudged best footballer
Chandigarh, July 19
Local footballer Pawan Kumar was adjudged the “Best player of the tournament” in the third Bangladesh Krira Sheikha Protishtan (BKSP) Cup Football Tournament-2005 held in Dhaka (Bangladesh) from July 9 to 16.

Trials conclude


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