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PCA brazenly flouts rules
No sanction for building 30 rooms
Mohali, September 3
Cocking a snook at the law, the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has started massive construction activity at the PCA Stadium here without taking the mandatory approval.


Construction work in full swing at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Construction work in full swing at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Sunday.





EARLIER STORIES

PU Elections
Canvassing in top gear, tie-ups galore
NSUI fields woman candidate for the post of president
Chandigarh, September 3
The National Students Union of India has, for the first time in the history of the Panjab University, fielded a women candidate for the post of the president of the Panjab University Campus Students Council.

Wooing students with chicken
Chandigarh, September 3
Coming down heavily on the alleged violation of the model code of conduct by canvassing student leaders, the Panjab University authorities today suspended contractor who had served non-vegetarian dishes to students during dinner in boys hostel number 7 on the instance of a particular party.

Security beefed up in university
Chandigarh, September 3
The police has beefed up security on the Panjab University campus for the coming students’ elections.

Sector 15 victim was strangled, says police
Chandigarh, September 3
Sarla Rani Anand, who was found murdered in her Sector 15 house yesterday, was strangled, the police said while quoting the post-mortem report here today.

Former Punwire workers hope for better future
Chandigarh, September 3
For almost 16 years now, Arun Pal Sharma, a former Senior Technical Assistant at Punwire, has been doing odd jobs to make both ends meet. From working as a production assistant with a Punjabi channel to now acting as an event coordinator, it has been a long struggle for him. But with the Sun Group now taking over the communication equipment major and the revival of the industry on the cards, he hopes for better future prospects.
Mr Balbir Singh, a Senior Operator at Punwire, was forced to open a cycle repair shop at Balongi, near Mohali, after the lock-in of the company.
Mr Balbir Singh, a Senior Operator at Punwire, was forced to open a cycle repair shop at Balongi, near Mohali, after the lock-in of the company. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Bollywood stars to own houses in Zirakpur area
Bollywood star Amisha Patel talks to mediapersons at the site of a housing project in Zirakpur on Sunday.I love Punjab: Amisha Patel
Chandigarh, September 3 Come 2008 and Bollywood stars would literally descend on Chandigarh's periphery. If claims of the Hanumant Builders, promoters of a housing project, are any indication, a host of film stars starting from Ajay Devgan to Amisha Patel are set to own the state-of-the-art apartments in Zirakpur in the vicinity of Panchkula's 20 at the Shivalik foothills. In fact, Amisha Patel is in the city to launch the housing project and announce her intention to own an apartment in the project.


Bollywood star Amisha Patel talks to mediapersons at the site of a housing project in Zirakpur on Sunday. — Tribune photo Malkiat Singh

COMMUNITY

Man asked to vacate house over wrong affidavit
Chandigarh, September 3
The calm in the life of Mr Jagdish Singh Negi was shattered in November 1999 when he received a phone call from the Chandigarh Housing Board asking him to vacate the house he was staying in Sector 55. He had purchased it three years back on a general power of attorney (GPA) and the ordeal continues till date.

Sale of substandard helmets on the rise
Chandigarh, September 3
Blame it on lack of awareness among the public or lackadaisical attitude of the Chandigarh traffic police, the sale of substandard (non-ISI mark) helmets in the city is on the rise.


A roadside vendor sells substandard helmets in Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph 
A roadside vendor sells substandard helmets in Chandigarh.

Merger of MC, villages opposed
Chandigarh, September 3
The Chandigarh Administration has received nine objections regarding the merger of five more villages with the Municipal Corporation. Villagers are objecting against the projected loss of their agricultural land, in case the villages are merged with the MC.


64 pledge their eyes
Dera Bassi, September 3
Awareness about eye donation is comparatively low in the region. However, Dera Bassi subdivision seems to have taken a lead in the field of eye donation.



Donors take oath to pledge their eyes at a function in Dera Bassi. — A Tribune photograph
Donors take oath to pledge their eyes at a function in Dera Bassi.


Over 200 anglers given licences

Chandigarh, September 3
Avid anglers and fish vendors, today made a beeline to the Sukhna Lake to seek angling licence. It being a weekend, a number of enthusiasts today thronged the lake. An official of the Fisheries Department disclosed that over 200 licences were given today. The Chandigarh Administration had lifted the ban on angling at the lake from last Friday.

Seekers of angling licence throng Sukhna Lake on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Seekers of angling licence throng Sukhna Lake on Sunday.

Admn asked to mark areas for taxi stands
Panchkula, September 3
The Panchkula Joint Welfare Association Forum today urged the district administration to earmark areas for taxi stands functioning from Mansa Devi Complex, Sectors 10, 14 and 16.

An idol of Lord Ganesha being immersed by devotees in the Ghaggar near Nada Sahib on Sunday.
An idol of Lord Ganesha being immersed by devotees in the Ghaggar near Nada Sahib on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Riot victims given compensation
Mohali, September 3
The Mohali SDM, Mr Sandeep Hans, today distributed cheques worth Rs 32 lakh to 16 families of the 1984 riot victims living in the township. These families had applied for the grant before May 15.

Goods worth Rs 8 lakh gutted
Mohali, September 3
Goods worth Rs 8 lakh were gutted in a fire that broke out in a wood-work factory here late last night. The fire started at the Wood Craft Factory in the industrial area here at 12.30 last night and quickly spread gutting finished products and raw material lying in the premises.

 
BUSINESS

Mahima Chaudhary Mahima’s charm captivates fans
Panchkula, September 3
With a 100-watt smile lighting up her face, Mahima Chaudhary bedazzled everybody as she stepped out of her car to inaugurate ‘Chhabra 555’ in Sector 9 here today. In complete awe of her beauty, a crowd of friends, family and clients, present on the inaugural, went berserk in an attempt to have a glimpse of the star, shoot her with mobiles and digital cameras and grab an autograph.


 
EDUCATION

Lecture on global biodiversity
Chandigarh, September 3
A lecture on “Global biodiversity vs Indian diversity” was organised by the Department Zoology, MCM DAV College, here today.

COURTS

Witnesses against former Home Secy turn hostile
Chandigarh, September 3
In the corruption case against the former UT Home Secretary, Mr N.K. Jain, two important witnesses, who were to corroborate the allegations of demand of commission by the Home Secretary to approve tenders, have turned hostile.

 
CULTURE

Vietnamese choreographic troupe weaves magic
Members of a Vietnamese cultural troupe perform at a function by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations at the Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Chandigarh, September 3
Not everyday do you encounter such vibrant choreographic patterns as were woven on the stage of the Tagore Theatre by the visiting Vietnamese troupe. Rich with the folklore of Vietnam and its diverse cultural traditions, the presentation was well-crafted to suit the tastes of Indian audience.

Members of a Vietnamese cultural troupe perform at a function by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations at the Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Pravesh Chauhan

Improve amenities in Kerala express, ministers urged
Chandigarh, September 3
The Malayalee Association, Chandigarh, today urged the Union Minister of External Affairs, Mr E. Ehmed, and the Union Minister of State of Finance, Mr Pawan Bansal, to direct the Railway Ministry to improve amenities in the Chandigarh-Kerala Sampark Kranti Express.


A cultural programme being presented as part of Onam celebrations in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
A cultural programme being presented as part of Onam celebrations in Chandigarh on Sunday.


HEALTH

Haryana Governor inaugurates clinic
Mohali, September 3
The Haryana Governor, Mr A.R. Kidwai, inaugurated a clinic of Dr Batra’s positive health private limited in phase 3B2 here today.

718 examined at medical camp
Mohali, September 3
A medical check up camp was held at Kurrdi village here yesterday. Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Kharar MLA, inaugurated the camp. He presented mementos to Dr M.S. Toor, Civil Surgeon, Dr V.K. Jain, District Health Officer, Dr Veena Sagar, SMO in charge Gharuan, and Mr Kirpal Singh Assistant Unit Officer.

 
SPORTS


KV-47 girls lift hockey trophy
Chandigarh, September 3
The KV-31 volleyball team won gold defeating KV-47 team 2-0 (25-7, 25-7) on the final day of the Volley Ball (Girls) Tournament of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Chandigarh Region, which concluded at Zirakpur today.

KV-47 girls’ hockey team in a jubilant mood after receiving a trophy in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

KV-47 girls’ hockey team in a jubilant mood after receiving a trophy in Chandigarh on Sunday.

HFA hammer Himachal 11-0 in soccer
Chandigarh, September 3
Riding high on the four goals netted by Mandeep, Haryana Football Association hammered Himachal Pradesh by a huge margin of 11-0 in the first match on the third day of the 4 th Administrator’s Challenge Cup All India Football Tournament, being played at Sports Complex, Sector 42, here today.

Chandigarh thrash Sangrur
Chandigarh, September 3
Chandigarh thrashed Sangrur on the basis of the first innings lead in the league match of Cricket Tournament for Katoch Shield (Seniors) on the DAV cricket ground, Sector 8, here today.

Six awarded black belts
Panchkula, September 3
Ayush Agnihotri, Shiv Raj Gharti, Gunanidhi Sharma, Niranjan Kumar, Praveen Thapa and Bampi Thapa were awarded black belts on the final day of the National Choi Kwang Do (CKD) Martial Art Training Camp cum Seminar at Tau Devi Lal Stadium here today.

Grand Master Jo Choi imparts training to participants at a camp in Panchkula on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Grand Master Jo Choi imparts training to participants at a camp in Panchkula on Sunday.


Golf camp ends
Chandigarh, September 3
A week-long certification camp for golf coaches concluded at CGA Golf Range here today. In the camp, organised by the Indian National Golf Academy under the aegis of the IGU and PGA of India, the class ‘C’ to class ‘B’ upgradation course was conducted by Mr Jesse Grewal and Mr Vijay Divecha

Golf coaches at CGA Golf Range. — A Tribune photograph.
Golf coaches at CGA Golf Range.

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