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Shave off privatisation
Chandigarh, July 27
Over 50 employees of the Regional Passport Office here got their heads tonsured today to protest against the privatisation of the passport offices in the country. The call was given by the All-India Passport Employees Association.

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Passport office staff get tonsured in protest

Employees of the Regional Passport Office, Sector 34, Chandigarh, tonsured their heads in protest against the privatisation of the working of the office Employees of the Regional Passport Office, Sector 34, Chandigarh, tonsured their heads in protest against the privatisation of the working of the office on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan


An arduous journey but worth the fight: Rupan
Chandigarh, July 27
The sentiment is one of relief for Ms Rupan Deol Bajaj, Financial Commissioner, Revenue, Punjab Government. After 17 long years, justice was finally delivered. The Supreme Court today upheld the conviction of former Punjab DGP and President of the Indian Hockey Federation K.P.S. Gill on the charge of outraging the modesty of senior IAS woman officer Rupan Deol Bajaj.

Vindicated Rupan Deol Bajaj

Vindicated Rupan Deol Bajaj

Vehicles zip past police drive
Chandigarh, July 27
Even though the Chandigarh Police claimed the continuation of drive against erring drivers of school buses, little was done by them to check violations like overspeeding — at least during the morning hours.

Older people Bill raises hopes for the aged
Chandigarh, July 27
After years of endurance, the 82 million elderly of India have something to look forward to. The much-awaited Care, Protection and Maintenance of Older People Bill, which was recently introduced in Parliament, has finally been sent to state governments for consultation.                                                      
Mathew Cherian

Mathew Cherian

ETT pass-outs to be freed soon
Chandigarh July 27
Mr Harnam Dass Johar, School Education Minister, Punjab, today said the detained unemployed Elementary Teachers Training passouts, would be released soon. As the state government had already lifted the ban on recruitments, the education department would also initiate the process to fill the existing vacancies shortly.


Travel on this road at your own risk
Dera Bassi, July 27
The deplorable condition of the Ramgarh-Mubarikpur-Dera Bassi road has been putting thousands of commuters and motorists to great hardships for the last over a couple of years.

A car driver avoids a deep pothole on the Mubarikpur-Ramgarh road in Daffarpur village. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

A car driver avoids a deep pothole on the Mubarikpur-Ramgarh road in Daffarpur village

City under heavy air
Chandigarh, July 27
The city has witnessed an increase in air pollution during the summer months preceeding the monsoon. Officials quote a reduction of at least 30 per cent in the pollution levels during July.

Manjot booked in false case, claims human rights counsel
Chandigarh, July 27
Representatives of Lawyers for Human rights International today alleged the alleged kidnapping of Sector 34 resident Manjot Kaur by the Punjab Police cops as a blatant abuse of human rights.

ATM trouble in city
Chandigarh, July 27
City residents today faced inconvenience while carrying out cash transactions at ATMs following disruption in computerised banking services. Incessant rains in Mumbai are being cited as the reason behind the problem.

Business page: Mumbai floods hit ATM operations

7/7 hit race ties, says Dr Dhillon
Mohali, July 27
“Asians living in the UK are a frightened lot today. After the London blasts, there is a palpable difference in the behaviour of the Whites towards Asians,” said Dr Soraya Dhillon, Dean and Head of School of Pharmacy at the University of Hertfordshire, UK.

Dr Soraya Dhillon

Dr Soraya Dhillon

Storm water drain gets F & CC nod
Chandigarh, July 27
The Finance and Contract Committee of the Municipal Corporation today approved the laying of additional storm water drains in Sector 43-B and approved the auction of a parking site adjoining Nirman Theatre.

Adarsh jodi for 25 yrs                  
Chandigarh, July 27
Jaipal Behl and Asha Rani Behl, have been living together for the past 25 years. And they are still in love. Therefore it was no wonder that the couple achieved an ‘iconic’ status.

Made for eachother: Jaipal Behl and Asha Rani

Made for eachother: Jaipal Behl and Asha Rani


Three vehicles thieves held
Chandigarh, July 27
Three city youths, who used to steal two-wheelers at night using duplicate keys have been arrested by the local police. The police said the accused used to abandon the vehicles at secluded places in the city after committing thefts.

Courier co. employee held on theft charge
Chandigarh, July 27
A 17-year-old boy, working in a courier company, was today arrested by the local police on a charge of stealing a mobile phone. The SHO of Sector 26 police station said the accused, a resident of Kishangarh village, was working in a Sector 9-based courier company.

Two bodies found in Sec 24
Chandigarh, July 27
Two bodies were found in Sector 24 today. One is that of a 30-year-old resident of Janata Colony while the other has not been identified. A highly decomposed body of a clean-shaven man in his mid-thirties was found from near Saini Bhavan in Sector 24 this morning.

Migrant crushed to death
Panchkula, June 27
An unidentified migrant labourer was crushed to death under a truck on the Kalka-Ambala highway in Chuna Bhatti near Chandimandir this afternoon. According to the police, the truck driver had crushed the head of the person following which the body could not be identified.


Students plant a sapling at Government High School, Sector 32, Chandigarh
Students plant a sapling at Government High School, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. The vanamahotsava organised by the Chandni Eco Club.
— A Tribune photograph

Acute shortage of staff in govt colleges
Chandigarh, July 27
There is shortage of staff at four government colleges of the city. The problem is so acute that it has become difficult for the college authorities to start classes of the newly introduced courses. This is also causing resentment among the students who had taken the admission in the new courses to shape their careers.

Administrator for quality education to poor
Chandigarh, July 27
With a view to accessing quality education and knowledge to the disadvantaged sections of society, Gen(retd) S.F. Rodrigues, Governor of Punjab, today impressed upon the heads of privately-managed public schools the need to institute a transparent and responsive mechanism for ensuring 15 per cent reservation to the Economically Backward Children.

Protest against chairperson of History Dept
Chandigarh, July 27
Activists of the Indian National Students Organisation held a protest outside the office of the chairperson of the History Department. They have alleged that the chairperson, Mr Surinder Singh, was forcing two students Amardeep Singh and Ashok Kumar, who have passed their first year in MA history, to take up the subject of histograpy instead of the subject of their choice, the Indian National Movement.


Tehelka case: court dismisses prosecution plea
Chandigarh, July 27
The General Court Martial trying Brig Iqbal Singh for professional impropriety in the Tehelka case today rejected the prosecution’s plea to recall CBI Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr K. Y. Guruprasad, for producing record of the deposition made by the accused before the erstwhile Justice Phukan Commission of Inquiry.


Doctors concerned over gender-test kits
Mohali, July 27
The report of the introduction in the US markets of a home kit to determine the sex of an unborn child had come as a major setback to the efforts to curb female foeticide.

Monitor cases of female foeticide CM tells DCs
Chandigarh, July 27
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today asked all Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to personally supervise quality control of various on-going development projects like roads and bridges besides monitoring cases of female foeticide, in their respective districts.

Colony No. 5 gets mobile medicare van
Chandigarh, July 27
Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, local MP, today inaugurated a new mobile medicare van which was provided to the HelpAge India from his MPLADS fund. The van was presented to Mr Mathew Cherian, chief executive of the organisation. It is meant to facilitate the treatment of the elderly people of the area, which has been adopted by the HelpAge.

Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal hands over the keys of mobile medicare van to the HelpAge India's country head, Mr Mathew Cherian, at Colony No. 5

Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal hands over the keys of mobile medicare van to the HelpAge India's country head, Mr Mathew Cherian, at Colony No. 5 on Wednesday. The van will facilitate medical treatment of the older people of the area. — A Tribune photograph

Dr Tankeshwar to get Vijay Shree Award
Chandigarh, July 27
Dr Tankeshwar Kumar, Reader, Department of Physics, and presently Director, Computer Centre, Department of Computer Science and Applications, Panjab University will be conferred with Vjay Shree Award instituted by India International Friendship Society.


City archers finally get coach
Chandigarh, July 27
City archers have a reason to smile. Rajni Bajaj, a former national level archer from Delhi, has agreed to coach the budding archers. The city has been without any archery coach for a long time. The Chandigarh Archery Association had approached various government organisations to appoint a coach all these years but in vain.
                                                                                                  Rajni Bajaj

Rajni Bajaj

Trials held for dodge ball team
Chandigarh, July 27
The trials for selecting the Chandigarh dodge ball men’s team were held at Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22. The technical committee of the Dodge Ball Association of Chandigarh has selected 20 players from various institutions for coaching camp which is scheduled to start from July 28 till August 3 at 5 pm daily.

Video session for judging hockey players’ skill
Chandigarh, July 27
The probables of Indian Hockey team practice for more than three hours regularly in the morning and evening on the Astro Turf surface of Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here. They are participating in the ongoing 20-day training camp being organised at the stadium.

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