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Kitchen budget goes through the roof
Chandigarh, June 26
Tomato costs Rs 40 per kg in the city. It cost only Rs 10 about a month ago. Bottle gourd now costs Rs 16 per kg but was Rs 8 per kg about a fortnight ago. The prices of lemon have also gone up to Rs 40-45 per kg.

VAT reduced to 4 pc on 89 items
Chandigarh, June 26
In an important decision, Chandigarh Administration has decided to reduce VAT from 12.5 per cent to 4 per cent on 89 items as done by the Punjab Government, an official press release said here today.

No land allotted even after 23 years
Panchkula, June 26
After dedicating 38 years of his life to the Indian Air Force, a retired Flying Officer SS Mehndiratta has been running from pillar to post for getting his land from the Delhi Development Authorities for the past over 23 years.

A retired Flying Officer of the Indian Air Force, Mr SS Mehndiratta, and his wife Prem Lata show documents of a piece of land in Panchkula

A retired Flying Officer of the Indian Air Force, Mr SS Mehndiratta, and his wife Prem Lata show documents of a piece of land in Panchkula on Monday.
— Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh








EARLIER STORIES

A man atop a date tree extracts and collects the juice in a polythene bag near Fragrance Garden in Chandigarh
DATE WITH A DATE: A man atop a date tree extracts and collects the juice in a polythene bag near Fragrance Garden in Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Anti-Drug Day
‘My mother prayed for my death’
On the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, The Tribune reporter, Pradeep Sharma, spoke to a former drug addict who escaped from the jaws of death, courtesy the Narcotics Anonymous.

Anti-Drug Day
“Motivated can kick the killer drug”
Chandigarh, June 26
"Alcohol, smoking, drugs. People are becoming exposed to these at a younger age as it is no longer a taboo to smoke or drink openly. Smoking rate is decreasing in the West due to adverse publicity, but increasing in developing countries such as in India", says Dr Simmi Waraich, a Consultant Psychiatrist at Fortis City Centre here.

Photo by Parvesh Chauhan Season of the harsh sun
The sun is at its harshest end-June when monsoon seems to be just round the corner. Beating the humid heat in the city has become a massive challenge and more so for those who make a living by the roadside. Tribune photographer brought this telling picture of fruit vendors. Forced to cit in the sun, one woman managed an umbrella but another one turned a jut-covered basket into a sunshade.


COMMUNITY


MC allows cabins in parking lots

Defies own norms
Chandigarh, June 26
In violation of its own stand against allowing permanent structures in parking spaces — and in defiance of all norms — the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has allowed steady cabins to come up in lots across the city.


Eyesores … Cabins in parking lots are a smudge on the face of the City Beautiful. — A Tribune photograph

Eyesores … Cabins in parking lots are a smudge on the face of the City Beautiful

Airport security in for a major makeover
Chandigarh, June 26
A high-profile Central Industrial Security Force delegation is currently visiting the UK to preview the working of modern airport security technology, including human scanners and computer-aided profiling system.

Mohali industrialists protest against PSEB

Mohali, June 26
More than 50 industrialists from Mohali participated in a meeting held at the Mohali Industries Association Bhawan to show resentments against unscheduled power cuts by the Punjab State Electricity Board.


Members of the Mohali Industries Association (MIA) protest against power cuts outside the Punjab State Electricity Board’s office in Mohali on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Members of the Mohali Industries Association (MIA) protest against power cuts outside the Punjab State Electricity Board’s office in Mohali


BJP protest against price hike
Mohali, June 26
BJP members today held the UPA government responsible for the rising prices of all essential commodities. The price hike was not a result of any natural calamity, but a “manufactured crisis” by the UPA, they said, marking a protest in front of the DC’s office here.


BJP activists protest against the hike in prices outside the DC’s office in Mohali on Monday. — A Tribune photograph


BJP activists protest against the hike in prices outside the DC’s office in Mohali

Bhatti takes dig at price rise
Chandigarh, June 26
Jaspal Bhatti, a renowned comedian, took a dig at the Central Government for not being able to control the sky-rocketting prices of pulses and vegetables. Bhatti along with his wife Savita was seen in Sector 17 shopping complex of the city today adorning vegetable “jewellery”.

Children perform at Tagore Theatre on the concluding day of Bharat Natyam workshop organised by Bharat Natyam Guru Suchitra Mitra in Chandigarh
Children perform at Tagore Theatre on the concluding day of Bharat Natyam workshop organised by Bharat Natyam Guru Suchitra Mitra in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Fauji Beat
Need for setting up more helplines
Over 50,000 defence personnel retire every year with meagre pensions. Most of them are not only in their young age but also have a host of problems on their hands such as completing the education of their children and settling them in life.

Bijli nigam man electrocuted
Panchkula, June 26
Dharam Singh, an employee of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, was today electrocuted when he was repairing a high tension power line here.

 
CRIME

Inmates accuse hostel cook of sex abuse
Chandigarh, June 26
Inmates of Amarjain Hostel in Sector 27-B here boycotted their hostel mess after they allegedly caught the cook when he was having unnatural sex within hostel premises on the intervening night of June 21 and June 22.

Two killed in road accidents
Lalru, June 26
Two persons were killed and one seriously injured in two accidents on the Chandigarh-Ambala road since last night. According to police sources, the first accident took place near here around 4 am when a jeep coming from Chandigarh side collided head-on with a truck.

One killed in road accident
Chandigarh, June 26
A 26-year-old Manimajra resident succumbed to his injuries at PGI, here, this morning. He along with another person was going on his scooter, which was hit by a CTU bus near Garcha Turn in the Industrial Area on Sunday afternoon.

One killed in road mishap
Mohali, June 26
A man was killed after being hit by a truck while crossing a road in Dappar on Sunday. Giving details, sources in the Lalru police Station said, Darshan Singh of Nabha in Patiala district lodged a complaint alleging that an unidentified truck hit Updesh, son of Ziledar, while he was crossing the road.

 
BUSINESS

Handloom expert worried over shrinking market
Chandigarh, June 26
“The artisans are endowed with considerable amount of human capital. However, they are constrained by the insignificant size of the market for their products”, said Mr Zahid Hussain, Managing Director, Jammu and Kashmir Handloom Development Corporation while addressing a buyer-seller meet on “J & K handloom industry: march of tradition in the domain of modernity” organised jointly by the Confederation of Indian industry and the corporation here today.

 
EDUCATION

CBSE toppers set to dominate admissions
Chandigarh, June 26
Having scored exceptionally high marks this year, Class XII passouts of the Central Board of Secondary Education are ruling the roost in all top colleges of the region. In loss are students of state boards, very few of whom have scored marks at par with the CBSE and stand a chance of finding a berth in good colleges in Chandigarh or New Delhi.

Virtual Instrumentation Centre opened
Chandigarh, June 26
Dr Vijay Gupta, Director, Punjab Engineering College, today inaugurated the Virtual Instrumentation Centre at the college. The first training programme for the PEC faculty has commenced at the center and will continue up to June 30.

Commerce courses top charts
Chandigarh, June 26
While commerce seems to be topping the charts in the city with colleges flooded with over 5000 applications for BCom course, the city is also witnessing a resurgence of the BCA course after a gap of over five years.

Children’s workshop ends with gala function

Chandigarh, June 26
The Jack and Jill Hilltop Club's second 10-day workshop concluded yesterday on the Vivek Nursery and Preparatory School premises. The gala function, that was held at Jayanti Majri, was attended by children of the first and second batch, along with their parents and friends.


Students of Vivek Nursery and Preparatory School at a gala function in Jayanti Majri on Sunday.

Students of Vivek Nursery and Preparatory School at a gala function in Jayanti Majri

 
CULTURE

Mohd Rafi contest on July 8, 15
Chandigarh, June 26
The Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society will hold the first round of its annual singing competition for the best singer award in senior category (18 years and above) and in the junior category (below 18 years) for male and female amateur singers respectively on July 8 and 15 at Bal Bhawan, Sector 23, Chandigarh at 8 a.m.

 
SPORTS

Sonepat romp home in u-19 cricket tourney

Panchkula, June 26
Sonepat emerged victorious against hosts Panchkula by 14 runs in the last league match of the Haryana State Inter-District (under 19) League cum Knockout Championship played at JR Institute (Naggal), here, today.


A match between Panchkula and Sonepat during the Haryana state inter-district (under-19) championship being played at JR Institute (Naggal), Barwala, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

A match between Panchkula and Sonepat during the Haryana state inter-district (under-19) championship being played at JR Institute (Naggal), Barwala

Soccer Carnival travels through city
Chandigarh, June 26
To create awareness and excitement around Indian football and Indian football stars, a three-week long Soccer Carnival kicked off from Chandigarh today. This Soccer Carnival is part of All India Football Federation joining hands with Zee Sport’s project “GOAL 2010”.

A live DJ performance as a part of the Soccer Carnival moving on a specially designed vehicle in different parts of the city on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

A live DJ performance as a part of the Soccer Carnival moving on a specially designed vehicle in different parts of the city



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