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Dengue tightens grip; 19 more cases reported
Chandigarh, October 8
With reports of 19 more cases testing positive, the total number of dengue cases at the PGI, the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, and the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, mounted to 69 today.

Used in vasectomy ad, man sues PHSC
Chandigarh, October 8
The Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) had got advertisements inserted in many newspapers, informing the public about the benefits of getting a vasectomy done.
                        Harpal Singh

Harpal Singh


The cop who cornered Lankan cricketers
Chandigarh, October 8
Lankan cricketers and their coach Tom Moody had a pleasant shock before they left the city here this afternoon.

(1) A constable of the Chandigarh Police tries to get close to Jayasuriya to get himself photographed with him; (2) stops Jayasuriya;(3) hugs Muralitharan as the cricketer tries to get into the bus; (4) Muralitharan pinches on his arm . — The photographs were clicked by Tribune lensman Vinay Malik at Hotel Taj in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Motorists lose way as marriage palaces make hay
Zirakpur, October 8
Parking chaos is back on the busy Zirakpur-Panchkula highway with a bang in the wake of the onset of the marriage season. In fact, it is becoming a nightmarish experience to drive on the highway with hundreds of vehicles parked on both sides of the road dotted with marriage palaces and resorts, making it an accident-prone area.

Gursewak booked for ‘clicking’ girl in bathroom
Panchkula, October 8
The Chandimandir police today booked Punjabi singer Gursewak Mann on the complaint of Neha Thakur, a student of the IAS Training Centre, Panjab University, for taking the picture of the complainant on his mobile phone in ladies’ toilet and assaulting her.

Is Dhawan planning to join BJP?
Chandigarh, October 8
In an interesting turn of events in the local political scenario, Mr Harmohan Dhawan, a former Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation in the Janata Dal government in 1989, is hobnobbing actively with the Bharatiya Janata Party these days.

Watch out
Dr C.K. Jerath, Honorary Secretary, Chandigarh Amateur Boxing Association and vice-president, Indian Amateur Boxing Federation, is accompanying the Chandigarh boxing contingent, as a technical member/delegate of the Asian Men Boxing Championship to be held at Calangute (Goa). The meet is going to commence on Monday and will continue till October 16.                                      Dr C.K. Jerath

Dr C.K. Jerath

In Town
The Euphoria, one of the most famous and successful bands of India, will perform at the Pinjore Heritage Festival at the Yadavindra Gardens in Pinjore today. The band, led by Dr Palash Sen, a qualified orthopaedician, is known for its combination of different music types. Their different style has helped them create an audience from themselves as an alternative to the dominant Indian film or classical music.                                                    Palash Sen

Palash Sen

Passing Through
How are you feeling to be here?
I am excited to be part of the All-India Inter-Varsity Swimming Meet at Panjab University. I cannot forget this place because this is the pool where I won the first national bronze medal in the Diving High Board event.

Nomita Dogra, a member of the Delhi University swimming squad

Nomita Dogra


Pricey veggies upset household budgets
Chandigarh, October 8
Low stocks and steep increase in demand for onions is going to upset budgets in most households. In the past one week, the prices of onions have gone up from Rs 7 per kg, to Rs 10-12 per kg, and are likely to increase further in the next few days.

Don’t pardon Afzal, asserts Venkaiah
Chandigarh, October 8
“Mohammad Afzal Guru should not be pardoned and should be hanged on the date decided by the Supreme Court,” said Mr Venkaiah Naidu, vice-president of the BJP. “Can political parties give an assurance that if he is pardoned, terrorism will end?” he asked.                                                                Venkaiah Naidu

Venkaiah Naidu

Dispute over parking space at car bazar

Chandigarh, October 8
Inability on the part of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to regularise the parking area for the Sunday car bazar today resulted in tension between a car dealer and the owner of “World of Whiskies” in Sector 7 here this afternoon.

Trucks parked at the car bazar in Sector 7, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Trucks parked at the car bazar in Sector 7, Chandigarh

Mass marriages solemnised
Mohali, October 8
As many as 13 couples from poor families tied the knot at a special ceremony held at the Shri Guru Ravidas Bhavan, Phase VII, here today. The mass marriage was organised by the Punjabi Cultural and Welfare Society in collaboration with the Sukhdev Singh Gill Memorial Welfare Club.

De-addiction centre to be sealed
Mohali, October 8
The SDM of Mohali today ordered the sealing of Paras Drug De-addiction Centre in Phase 3B2 here following allegations that the addicts were being treated inhumanly at the centre.

Kangra Mahajan Assn celebrates anniversary
Chandigarh, October 8
The Kangra Valley Mahajan Association, Chandigarh, celebrated its third birth anniversary here today. Prof Satyavan Bhatnagar, President, said the association had disbursed financial aid to the tune of Rs 60,000 among 29 school-going children in 2005-06.

Sai Baba’s death anniversary observed
Chandigarh, October 8
Religious fervour marked the death anniversary function of Sri Sai Baba here yesterday. A shobha yatra, which started from Sai Baba Temple in Sector 29, passed through various sectors, including Sector 30,20,21, 22 and 34, before culminating at Sector 29.

A view of the shobha yatra to mark the death anniversary of Sri Sai Baba in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

A view of the shobha yatra to mark the death anniversary of Sri Sai Baba in Chandigarh


Scuffle on highway halts traffic
Chandigarh, October 8
Traffic came to a halt on the Chandimandir-Kalka national highway this evening for half an hour after a scuffle broke out between a passenger and the driver of a Haryana Roadways Bus. Hundreds of commuters were stranded on the road. Being Sunday, many were on there way to the Pinjore Heritage Festival.


From Colleges
NSS volunteers’ efforts lauded
Chandigarh, October 8
A valedictory function was organised at GGDSD College, Sector 32, here to mark the end of a 10-day NSS camp. A cultural show was put up by the volunteers at the prize distribution ceremony. Dr M.S Bains, Programme Coordinator, NSS, Panjab University, was the chief guest on the occasion. Dr Bains encouraged the volunteers and gave away prizes to 15 best volunteers of the camp.

From Schools
Experts share tips on effective parenting
Mohali, October 8
Parents attended a seminar on ‘‘Art of Parenting’’ organised by an NGO— Disha—at Shemrock Senior Secondary School, here today. In the seminar various speakers, including Ms Jyoti (psychologist), Ms Rupinder Chahal (dietician), Dr R.K. Salhon M.D. (paediatrician), Ms Sunaina Grewal (psychologist) and Mr Rajeev Vashisht (Editor, Mohali Reporter), shared their views with the parents.

Creating wildlife awareness through models, posters
Chandigarh, October 8
A three-day exhibition on wildlife, organised at Maharishi Dayanand Public School, Daria village, concluded here today. Chairman of Sanskrit Department, Panjab University, Dr Virender Alnkar, was the chief guest.


Practising theatre for social activism
Chandigarh, October 8
Back home in Pakistan, Madeeha Gauhar has been synonymous with progressivism. Bulk of her theatre has been inspired by the desire for freedom from everything that binds. Naturally, in her pursuit of liberation, she has incensed many a dogmatist, besides offending the establishment every once in a while. “But that is the whole purpose of theatre. Art has to be anti-establishment. At Ajoka, we have been working tirelessly to inspire a change in attitudes. 

Madeeha Gauhar

Madeeha Gauhar

Every dance form creates its own aura, says master choreographer
“Every dance form creates its own aura and exhales its particular atmosphere . If Bharatnatyam has solemnity and spiritual grandeur the Kathak is its complete antithesis, being hybrid offspring of vastly different cultures. To be precise it is called the love child of the Moghul-Hindu union as it retains, to a far greater degree, the zest of life and sensuality, comments the acclaimed choreographer danseuse Daksha Seth.

Daksha Seth with husband
Daksha Seth with husband

Exploring pain through theatre
Chandigarh, October 8
Madeeha Gauhar’s “Dukh Darya” is a dramatic representation of real-life pain. Based on the overwhelming account of a Pakistani woman, who strays into the Indian territory only to be marooned in trauma, the story is provocative to the hilt.

Members of Pakistan’s Ajoka Theatre group present “Dukh Darya” on the concluding day of the Sada-e-Aman theatre festival at Tagore Theatre. — A Tribune photograph

Members of Pakistan’s Ajoka Theatre group present “Dukh Darya” on the concluding day of the Sada-e-Aman theatre festival at Tagore Theatre


Guru Nanak Public School-36 register win
Chandigarh, October 8
Guru Nanak Public School-36 beat Vivek High School-36 in the boys’ category 23-15 while IS Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, girls toppled Sacred Heart-26 cagers in the CBSE Cluster XIII Basketball tournament held on its premises here today.

Jeev talks about his sport and life
Chandigarh, October 8
In the European circuit, Indians are known not only for cricket or hockey, but also for golf now. “They have realised how big golf is getting in India. However, the scenario was quite different five to six years ago. Since I was one of the starters, the feel is tough to explain in words,” said Chandigarh-based international golfer Jeev Milkha Singh.                                                     Jeev Milkha Singh

Jeev Milkha Singh

Holinder leads in shooting meet

Chandigarh, October 8
Holinder Singh is leading in the centre fire pistol and standard pistol events with 267/300 and 271/300 points, respectively, on the third day of 31st Chandigarh State Shooting Championship held at the Sector-25 shooting range here today.

Shooters take part in the .22 rifle event of the 31st Chandigarh State Shooting Championship at the Sector-25 shooting range in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Shooters take part in the .22 rifle event of the 31st Chandigarh State Shooting Championship at the Sector-25 shooting range in Chandigarh


2 cops suspended
Mohali, October 8
The SAS Nagar police has booked eight persons and suspended two police personnel for indulging in various violations. Head Constable Kuldip Singh and Constable Jaspinderjit Singh have been suspended following allegations that they sold complimentary tickets given to them for their personal use.

IG takes charge today
Chandigarh, October 8
A welcome parade will be held tomorrow in the Police Lines, Sector 26, here in honour of Mr Shanti Kumar Jain, the new UT Inspector-General of Police. Mr Jain has succeeded Mr Satish Chandra, who relinquished the charge on Saturday after being transferred to Delhi.                                                              Shanti Kumar Jain

Shanti Kumar Jain


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