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Woman dies as CTU bus falls into ravine
25 passengers injured seriously

Panchkula, August 4
Widow of a martyr was killed while over 25 other passengers, including a four-year-old girl, sustained serious injuries when a bus belonging to the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking-III going towards Naraingarh from Chandigarh, fell into a deep ravine along the “killer” Panchkula-Naraingarh road near Nadha village this morning.

Admn struggles to find Dhingra’s replacement
Chandigarh, August 4
The Engineering Department of the Chandigarh Administration continues to be a favourite haunt for the CBI, as it has trapped more 20 corrupt officials during the past decade. The first major catch was a Chief Engineer who had a network of several other officers and the latest is a Superintending Engineer, V.P. Dhingra, caught red-handed accepting bribe.


Headlights of vehicles on a dimly lit road create assorted bands of colours just like threads of rakhis. Tribune lensman Karam Singh captured the moment in Chandigarh on Friday
Illusions: Headlights of vehicles on a dimly lit road create assorted bands of colours just like threads of rakhis. Tribune lensman Karam Singh captured the moment in Chandigarh on Friday.

Manhole Death Case
8 MC employees booked 

Chandigarh, August 4
For the first time in the city, the Chandigarh police today held eight employees of the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, including a junior engineer, Rajeev Kumar, responsible for causing death due to negligence in constable Jaswinder Kaur’s death case.

Kalam to visit city on Aug 17
Chandigarh, August 4
President Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will visit the city on August 17, sources said here today. Dr Kalam will inaugurate a war memorial at Bougainvillaea Garden, Sector 3. — TNS

DAV College girl crushed to death
Chandigarh, August 4
Reetu Singla had many a plan for forthcoming “Raakhi”. She was to surprise her younger brothers with her choice of threads this year. The threads were to be “more vibrant and more beautiful than ever”.


UT, Punjab to resolve border dispute
Chandigarh, August 4
A long-pending border dispute between Chandigarh and Punjab is finally set to be resolved. Officials of Punjab and Chandigarh have agreed to solve the problem of overlapping borders on the northern periphery of the city, adjoining Mohali.

The boundary shaded in red indicates the overlapping area between Chandigarh and Mohali

Race for MC chief post intensifies
Bid to form front to oppose Sidhu group
Mohali, August 4
Even as the race for presidentship of the Municipal Council intensified today, efforts are on to form a front of councillors to take on the group backed by the local District Congress Committee chief.

Soft drinks banned in Assembly canteen
Chandigarh, August 4
The findings on pesticide use in soft drinks is finally beginning to take its toll on their sale in the tricities. These aerated drinks have suddenly vanished from party scene, canteens and houses.

Residents say conman moving scot free
Chandigarh, August 4
If allegations of certain city residents are to be believed, a Mani Majra-based conman not only cheated them of lakhs of rupees, but also implicated them in false cases registered at police station in Punjab and Haryana. The victims have alleged that the local police is dragging feet in taking action against the conman, despite the fact that he is a ‘bad character’ in police records.

A journey through ‘hell’ on rail
Chandigarh, August 4
When Neerja Mittal boarded the Golden Temple Express at the Mumbai Central Railway Station on her way back home, she could only think about her approaching marriage scheduled for later next week. The Second AC sleeper appeared comfortable and she thought the journey would conclude soon, little realising what was in store for her and her fellow passengers.

Delegation meets DC on merger of villages
Chandigarh, August 4
A delegation of sarpanch, panch and members of the Zila Parishad, the Panchayat Samiti and the Market Committee today called upon Deputy Commissioner R.K. Rao and presented him a memorandum, addressed to the President of India, Prime Minister and Union Home Minister, expressing displeasure at the decision of the Chandigarh Administration to merge villages around the city with the Municipal Corporation.

One killed as tanker catches fire
Dera Bassi, August 4
One person was killed and another was seriously injured when a tanker of a factory on the Dera Bassi-Barwala road caught fire following a blast in the wee hours today. While Karam Singh, a native of Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh and working as operator, died on the spot following severe burn injuries, another worker, Surinderpal Singh, was seriously injured. He was shifted to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh.
A view of the tanker after a blast which killed a person on the Dera Bassi-Barwala road on Friday
A view of the tanker after a blast which killed a person on the Dera Bassi-Barwala road on Friday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Jat Sikhs discuss problems
Chandigarh, August 4
The Jat Sikh community residing in North India assembled at the Kisan Bhavan here to discuss the problems being faced by the community especially the youth who are straying from their roots, Mr Divjoyt Singh Sandhu, the press secretary of the newly formed Jat Sikh Welfare Association, said today.

Cultural nite in aid of HelpAge India
Chandigarh, August 4
Worldwide Immigration Consultancy Services (WWICS) is organising a cultural nite in support of HelpAge India on August 6 at the WWICS Head Office in Mohali. HelpAge India is a non-government organisation engaged in providing succor to aged needy persons.

16 on ministers’ staff promoted
Chandigarh, August 4
The Punjab Government has issued orders to promote 16 employees attached with various ministers. Mr Sher Singh Kainth has been promoted to the rank of Special Secretary to Minister.

One more AC bus for Delhi


Raid on Sector 29 chemist shop
Chandigarh, August 4
A team from Industrial Area police station today raided a chemist shop in Sector 29 and booked two chemists for allegedly selling addictive drugs without proper medical prescription and billing.

Police uproots tent of NRI accused of stabbing
Chandigarh, August 4
Ranjit Singh Saini, the protester who was jailed on Thursday for stabbing six daily wagers at the Matka chowk on Wednesday night is believed to have committed the crime in a “fit of madness”.

Mobile thief arrested; 2 cases solved
Chandigarh, August 4
Technology caught up with mobile thieves last evening. In less than a month after the police ordered a fresh probe into the theft of mobile phones following the publication of a story in these columns, the cops managed to trace a Sector 46 resident with the help of call details. The police claimed to have solved two cases of mobile phone thefts with his arrest.

5 booked for woman’s death
Mohali, August 4
A young woman living in a colony near Gurdwara Amb Sahib died under mysterious circumstances here today. According to the police, the body of Rinky (18) has been sent for a post-mortem examination to the local Civil Hospital.

3 held for duping city resident
Chandigarh, August 4
The police has arrested three persons on allegations of duping a city resident of Rs 5 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. Sources in the Operations Cell of the Chandigarh Police said Gagan and Gautam of Sector 7, Panchkula, and Romi Wadhawa of Sector 30 were booked in a case of cheating on a complaint filed by Baljit Singh of Sector 30.

Slum kids dupe four
Mohali, August 4
Four persons were allegedly duped of over Rs 2 lakh by two small children in Phase II here today. According to the police, the four persons were sitting in a car with a bag containing more than Rs 2 lakh. A small child came and started scratching the car with a stone. In order to stop the child, all of them came out of the car.

Bus operator arrested


Battle lines drawn for PUTA elections 
Chandigarh, August 4
The battle lines have been drawn for the Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) elections on August 11. The withdrawal of nomination forms ended at 5 pm yesterday.

PCCTU to launch campaign against Amarinder govt
Chandigarh, August 4
Members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) representing teachers of more than 160 non-government colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh today launched a campaign against the Congress government to remind the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh about the poll promise made to them regarding the implementation of the Pension-Gratuity scheme.

Wipro executive addresses students
Chandigarh, August 4
The Punjab Engineering College Old Students’ Association (PECOSA) organised the first of the lecture series at Punjab Engineering College today. The speaker, Mr Sanjay Gupta, was introduced to the students by Mr Dharinder Tayal, vice- president, PECOSA. A senior vice-president of Wipro, US, Mr Gupta is an alumnus of the college and a gold medallist from the IIM, Ahmedabad. He spoke to the final-year students on “The educated Indian as a global professional”.

From Colleges
Freshers’ party at Guru Gobind Singh college

Chandigarh, August 4
A freshers’ party was organised at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, here today. The event titled “Aurora” is held each year to welcome new students and to recognise their talents.

Miss Fresher Nivedita (centre), Navi and Shenaz, first and second runners-up, at a party organised at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Miss Fresher Nivedita, Navi and Shenaz, first and second runners-up, at a party organised at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Friday

Pharmacy students begin strike
Chandigarh, August 4
Pharmacy students of Panjab University started an indefinite strike today for not being allowed admissions in second and third year of the course. According to students of the department, over 20 students of the Department of Pharmacy had been denied admission as they had not been able to clear the preceding course.
Students of the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Science hold a dharna near the VC’s office at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
Students of the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Science hold a dharna near the VC’s office at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Friday

19 students pass BSc (nursing)
Chandigarh, August 4
A group of 19 students of the local INSCOL Academy graduated with BSc. (Hons.) nursing degree from the University of Sunderland, UK. The graduation ceremony held at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, was presided over by Lord David Putnam, Chancellor of the university.


A musical tribute to Kishore Kumar
Chandigarh, August 4
As many as 40 vocalists paid rich tribute to late legendary singer actor Kishore Kumar on his birth anniversary in a musical soiree today. The competition was organised by the Chandigarh Institute of Performing Arts (CIPA) in collaboration with the NZCC at the Kalagram complex here.


UK ban on Indian nurses: not much impact in region
Chandigarh, August 4
Britain's decision to ban recruitment of nurses from non-European Union nations has not yet dampened the spirit of aspirants from the region. Notwithstanding the ban which will be enforced on August 7, young aspirants from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh have been enrolling with nursing institutes that offer international degrees recognized in countries outside India.


City impresses Vietnamese tennis team
Chandigarh, August 4
“The most attractive thing I have found here is the colourful Punjabi suit which I wore during our visit to Amritsar. Dancing on the beats of fast Punjabi numbers is simply mind-blowing. Chandigarh is a beautiful place and its roundabouts are very fascinating,” said 17-year-old Thui Trang in broken English.
The tennis squad from Vietnam along with their coach in a joyous mood in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tiwari 
The tennis squad from Vietnam along with their coach in a joyous mood in Chandigarh on Friday

PU plans to give fillip to sports
Chandigarh, August 4
In the coming days, Panjab University (PU) will be buzzing with a lot of sports activities. The sports authorities of the university have geared up to rejuvenate sports at the campus with the starting of the new session.




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