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SC for deducting relief from cops’ salary
Torture of boys at Panchkula

New Delhi, October 18
The Supreme Court today said that the six officials of the Crime Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the Haryana police would have to pay compensation to the poor boys allegedly tortured by them at a Panchkula police station recently, which was recorded in a sting operation by a TV channel.

Bail for Head Constable

Fear of stigma bares hollowness of ‘Goonj’
AIDS group chief stays away from functions
Chandigarh, October 18
The sound of the AIDS alert, Goonj, today failed to move the president of the Chandigarh Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS, a group formed on September 2 as an initiative by the UT State AIDS Control Society. Faced with discrimination and stigma from her own family members, the president failed to show up for the inauguration of the “drop-in centre” and also for the other events. Her absence not only raised questions in the minds of those present but also put the other members of the network in doubt.

Participants at “Goonj”, a mass mobilisation campaign, organised by Naco and the state AIDS control societies of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh in Chandigarh on Tuesday Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda blows a whistle to sound the AIDS alert during “Goonj” in Chandigarh on Tuesday
Participants at “Goonj”, a mass mobilisation campaign, organised by Naco and the state AIDS control societies of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda blows a whistle to sound the AIDS alert during “Goonj” in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photos by Vinay Malik

Goonj fails to make required “goonj”
Chandigarh, October 18
Not all alarms ring a bell. At least the one set so laboriously to awaken Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to the AIDS menace did not ring one. It was sounded bang on time but it waned before creating a resonance.

Educate youth on AIDS: Ramadoss
Chandigarh, October 18
“Goonj” the second mass mobilisation campaign organised by the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) and the State AIDS Control Society of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh today marked the culmination of the week-long awareness campaign at the Leisure Valley here where political figures, performing artistes and well-known celebrities congregated together.

The Union Health Minister, Dr A. Ramadoss, addresses the gathering at “Goonj”, a mass mobilisation campaign, organised by the National AIDS Control Organisation and the state AIDS Control Society of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh at Leisure Valley in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

The Union Health Minister, Dr A. Ramadoss, addresses the gathering at “Goonj”, a mass mobilisation campaign, organised by the National AIDS Control Organisation and the state AIDS Control Society of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh at Leisure Valley in Chandigarh on Tuesday

Workshop on AIDS ends on a heartwarming note
Chandigarh, October 18
The Population Foundation of India’s workshop meant for mediapersons writing on HIV/AIDS issues served more purposes than one. Besides exploding myths about the diseases that is spreading menacingly across the country, the workshop brought the participants together as a cohesive group interested in helping those down with the HIV virus.

Home away from home for HIV patients
Infected men conceal disease from wives: counsellors
Chandigarh, October 18
People living with HIV/AIDS can now look forward to a temporary home away from home at the Red Cross managed Community Care Centre at Khuda Ali Sher here. Funded by the State AIDS Control Society, Chandigarh, through the National AIDS Control Organisation, the centre offers patients counselling and treatment for a fortnight.

Car rally marks AIDS day
Mohali, October 18
The local Rotary Club and the Mohali Industries Association (MIA) organised a joint car rally here today to mark AIDS awareness day. The rally, which was flagged off by the Mohali SP, Mr Varinder Pal Singh, from Rotary Bhavan in Sector 70, passed through main roads of the town and culminated at MIA Bhavan in the Industrial Area. It was led by the president of the club, Dr B.S. Chandhok, and the MIA president, Mr Balbir Singh.

Tribune Impact
Police “brutality”: HP rights panel moved

Chandigarh, October 18
The Lawyers for Human Rights International (LHRI), a local human rights organisation, today moved the Himachal Pradesh Human Rights Commission and the National Human Rights Commission against alleged brutality of the Himachal Pradesh police on Sector 40 resident Suresh Kumar.

PSIEC commercial sites fetch 86.31 cr at auction
Mohali, October 18
Creating history of sorts in the state, two commercial hub sites of the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) in Industrial Area Phase VIII B here were auctioned for a whopping Rs 86.31 crore today at more than double the reserve price.

Man commits suicide
Chandigarh, October 18
Stung by desertion of his second wife, a 55-year-old man allegedly ended his life this morning by consuming poisonous substance in Sector 21 here. According to information available, Sawan Prashad, a domestic help servant consumed some poisonous substance at his employer’s house this morning.

Jolt to small savings movement
Chandigarh, October 18
In a jolt to the small savings movement, the postal department has asked for closure of all the public Savings Bank (SB) accounts in which crores of rupees have been invested under various small savings schemes. All such public accounts would be treated as irregular after December 31, 2005.

CRRID gives Rs 40,000 
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 18
Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) has made a donation of Rs 40,000 to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for relief work in the earthquake affected areas in Jammu and Kashmir. The donation has come from the Director-General, Mr Rashpal Malhotra, members of the faculty and staff of the centre in response to The Tribune ‘Earthquake Relief Fund’ appeal.

Passing Thru
N.R Ramanujam, Managing Director, Canbank Investment Management Services.


Cops lock horns over jurisdiction
Snatching victim harassed
Chandigarh, October 18
The victim of a snatching incident got a taste of red-tapism today as instead of making efforts to trace the snatchers, the Mohali and the Chandigarh police officials kept on debating over the issue of jurisdiction for more than three hours. However, in the end, the Mohali police succumbed and received a complaint from the victim.

Promised journey turns into nightmare
Chandigarh, October 18
They promised him a journey to heaven. And a Patiala resident, P.S. Sidhu paid a city-based travel agent full amount for a “foreign holiday” to Dubai and Mauritius. But he was reportedly not given the tickets. When he asked the agent to return the money, the full amount was not given back — this is what he is claiming.

Council takes U-turn on water, sewerage charges
Mohali, October 18
The local Municipal Council today took a U-turn on the controversial issue of the hike in water and sewerage charges urging the Punjab Government to impose a stay on the increase and reconsider the decision.

Panel to review hike in sewerage charges
Mohali, October 18
A committee has been set up to reconsider the hike in the water and sewerage charges here and in other parts of Punjab, the Minister for Local Government, Mr Jagjit Singh, said today.

Tile-laying work disrupts water supply
Chandigarh, October 18
Tile-laying work on berms which was to be started in the Greenbelt facing house numbers 2850 to 2885(MIG-I ), Sector 40 C has put residents in an uncomfortable position. During the night of October 17 the contractor dug up the entire berm.

HUDA for rainwater harvesting
Panchkula, October 18
Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has decided to introduce community rainwater harvesting structures in the township. With the ground water level depleting fast, HUDA has decided to construct rainwater harvesting structures in community buildings in various sectors here.

Contractors’ plea to HUDA
Panchkula, October 18
The HUDA Contractors Association has resented the awarding of contracts for works in Panchkula to societies registered outside Panchkula district. In a written representation to the HUDA authorities, the association has said cooperative labour and construction societies registered outside Panchkula have been vying for and getting tenders for the construction work.

Raising Day of Corps of Military Police celebrated
Chandigarh, October 18
The Western Command Provost Unit celebrated the 66th anniversary of the Corps of Military Police (CMP) in Chandimandir Military Station near here today. Senior officers Western Command along with a number of retired CMP officers attended a tea party hosted at Command Headquarters on the occasion.

Workers hold demonstration
Chandigarh, October 18
On the call of the Centre of Trade Unions (CTU), hundreds of workers today held a demonstration in support of their demands. Addressing the rally, Mr Chander Shekhar of the CTU, came down heavily on the “anti-people” policies of the Punjab Government.


60-year-old found dead
Chandigarh, October 18
A 60-year-old man was found dead near Sector 45 Ekta Market, today. The police, however, ruled out any foul play in the case and said no injury marks were found on the body.

Woman held with smack
Chandigarh, October 18
In a major breakthrough, the Crime Branch of the Chandigarh police today arrested a Delhi-based woman with 100 gm of smack valued at about Rs 10 lakh in the international market. The police said the woman was smuggling the contraband into the city from Delhi. Besides this the crime branch arrested one person for allegedly indulging in gambling.

Briefcase snatched
Chandigarh, October 18
Two cyclists fled after snatching the briefcase of a Sector 46 resident early this morning. Besides this, the local police arrested a woman for allegedly stealing silver ornaments and Rs 500 from a house in Mani Majra. In another incident a house in Sector 31 was burgled and jewellery and Rs 10,000 were stolen. A car was also reportedly stolen in the city in a separate incident.


SMS to win diamonds
Chandigarh, October 17
SaharaOne TV channel has launched an interactive contest for the festival season to give an opportunity to its viewers to win diamonds. The contest, named “Kohinoor Ki Divali, Heeron Wali”, is on till October 31. Lucky winners will win diamonds worth Rs 45 lakh.


Public information available at CBSE office
Chandigarh, October 18
The Regional Office of the Central Board of Secondary Education today implemented the Right of Information Act, 2005, and set up a public information counter at its regional office in Sector 32, here today.

Cambridge programme to enthuse students
Panchkula, October 18
The Cambridge international primary (CIP) programme is all about developing an understanding about the curriculum and encouraging the child to think. It is different from the traditional spoon-feeding encouraged by the teachers.

Bid to boost students' interest in space technology
Chandigarh, October 18
In the backdrop of Indian space programme planners aiming to send a manned mission to the moon, the Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) has decided to initiate interested youngsters in this arena.

Emeritus fellowship for Dr Kohli
Chandigarh, October 18
The UGC has offered emeritus fellowship in the subject of education to Dr Tehal Kohli, former Chairperson, Department of Education, Panjab University, for a period of two years.

M. Com students to meet VC today
Chandigarh, October 18
Students pursuing M. Com at various colleges in the city will be meeting the Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, tomorrow morning in protest against the varsity’s decision to reduce the internal assessment marks from 50 to 20 mid-session.


Police heads for contempt of court in jailbreak case
Chandigarh, October 18
The local police seems to be heading for the contempt of court in the infamous Burail jailbreak case. In fact, the filing of the supplementary challan in a local court, imposing sedition charges on the accused, again seems to have opened a Pandora’s box for the police.


Music album launched


4-day state games from Oct 27
Chandigarh, October 18
The first Chandigarh State Games will be conducted by the Chandigarh Olympic Association from October 27 to 30. Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), Administrator, Chandigarh, who is also the chief patron of the organising committee, will inaugurate the games at the Sector 17 football grounds on October 27 at 3 pm. The mascot of the games “Veeru”, the dancing beer, showing the spirit of liveliness, was released today by the Administrator.

Convincing win by New Public School team
Chandigarh, October 18
New Public School, Sector 18, Chandigarh, thrashed Sachdeva Public School, Delhi 85-68 in CBSE North Zone -1 Basketball Tournament held at IS Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, here today.

Badminton meet
Chandigarh, October 18
Defending Champion Delhi Audit stormed into final of the North Zone IA and AD Badminton Tournament by beating Accountant General (AG), Himachal Pradesh, 3-0 at Sports Complex, Sector 42, here.


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