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Zirakpur Highway
Badal wants width reduced
Experts will come calling
Chandigarh, June 24
In what could bring relief for thousands of people in Zirakpur and save property wroth crores, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today asked union road transport and highway and shipping minister T.R. Baalu to ensure that there was minimum displacement of people in the process of widening the road in Punjab.

Auto loan fraud
Dealer defrauded of 2 Scorpios
Chandigarh, June 24
Auto dealers in the region, beware! A gang indulging in auto loan fraud is on the prowl. A Mahindra dealer based in Panchkula has been defrauded of two Scorpios by members of this gang.

CTU makes changes in grid
Chandigarh, June 24
The Chandigarh administration has decided to make alterations in the existing grid system of the CTU. At least eight routes will have lesser frequency of buses in the first step due to poor financial returns on account of mediocre passenger usage.

Noise pollution ban goes phut
Despite the Supreme Court ban on noise pollution after 10 pm, the neighbouring towns of Mohali and Panchkula are full of glaring examples where the ban is flouted. There are several instances of loudspeakers being used after fixed hours and even before 6 am.



EARLIER STORIES

Vandalism taking toll on Rock Garden
Chandigarh, June 24
A fresh survey on the state of sculptures in Rock Garden has made startling revelation. Conducted as part of Nek Chand Foundation's mission to help Nek Chand ready the garden for the upcoming diamond jubilee celebrations, the survey documents existing and impending damages to spaces and sculptures and suggests ways of correcting them.

A damaged sculpture in Rock Garden. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

A damaged sculpture in Rock Garden.

COMMUNITY

John Higgins Indian cuisine impresses Toronto chef
Chandigarh, June 24
Chef John Higgins, director and corporate chef, George Brown chef school, Toronto, Canada, has cooked for the Queen and heads of state, won dozens of gold medals in international competitions and commands international acclaim. He possesses the quality he terms important to be a successful chef i. e. being humble.

John Higgins

Cosmopolitan Chandigarh
A home away from home
Community members participate in the annual havan at Kashmiri Bhavan in Chandigarh. Chandigarh, June 24
One of the most resilient communities that has braved all odds and survived adverse conditions are the Kashmiris who have blended perfectly with the people, culture and ethos of Chandigarh and have created their own little state here.

Community members participate in the annual havan at Kashmiri Bhavan in Chandigarh.

At the Crossroads
Twilight memories of bygone days
Herbert Read has said very pointedly that sympathy is “feeling with” while empathy is “feeling into”. It is good to be sympathetic to others but to identify oneself with the state of mind of a suffering person is a thing apart. This is not an attitude but the bent of mind. In 1951, I was desperate to get a job and, at the same time, to pursue higher studies. My childhood friend, Inder Kumar Sagar, had joined central government service in New Delhi after his Intermediate examination. I wrote to him a letter, after my graduation, to do something for me.

Bahuguna stands up against ski village
Sunder Lal Bahuguna with his wife Vimla at the Chandigarh Press Club, Sector 27, Chandigarh.
Says HP project to hit 40,000 people
Chandigarh, June 24
Renowned environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna today stated that selling “jal, jungle and zameen” of indigenous people of Himachal Pradesh to a foreign company for setting up the Rs 1,600-crore Himalayan ski village was undemocratic.


Sunder Lal Bahuguna with his wife Vimla at the Chandigarh Press Club, Sector 27, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Punjabi body for panel to monitor MC spending
Panchkula, June 24
Haryana Punjabi Mahasabha president Hemant Kinger today demanded the setting up of a purchase committee to monitor the expenditure of the municipal council.

Unnatural Death Cases
Lack of viscera reports hits probe
Chandigarh, June 24
Unavailability of viscera reports has forced the Chandigarh police to go slow on the investigation into unnatural death cases. As investigations into two cases of unnatural deaths are testament to this fact.

Vegetable vendors at mercy of the elements
Chandigarh, June 24
Truckloads of vegetables are exposed to the vagaries of weather as the market committee is yet to raise a roof on the auction platform.

In the absence of a tin shed, traders are forced to sell vegetables in the open in the vegetable and fruit market, Sector 26, Chandigarh.In the absence of a tin shed, traders are forced to sell vegetables in the open in the vegetable and fruit market, Sector 26, Chandigarh.
In the absence of a tin shed, traders are forced to sell vegetables in the open in the vegetable and fruit market, Sector 26, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

No respite from humidity
Chandigarh, June 24
With pre-monsoon showers eluding the city, residents continued to reel under highly humid conditions. As against yesterday when the maximum relative humidity touched 74 per cent, Sunday witnessed even more heat, with the humidity skyrocketing to settle at 84 per cent.

Bansal releases FOSWAC souvenir
Chandigarh, June 24
Union minister of state for finance Pawan Bansal released the souvenir of the Federation of Sector Welfare Associations here today.

Milk found adulterated
Mohali, June 24
At awareness camp organised in Phase I, here yesterday, only four milk samples out of a total of 29 were found to be meeting the required standards.

 
CRIME

Property dealer, woman held for fraud
Chandigarh, June 24
The local police has arrested a property dealer and a woman for duping a Palsora resident to the tune of Rs 6 lakh by selling her a tenement in Sector 56 provided under the rehabilitation scheme. The police said as per the rules, the tenement could not be sold.

Catfight at discotheque
Chandigarh, June 24
Sunday revelries at a Sector 9 discothèque went for a toss this evening when an altercation between two girls took a violent turn.

Autorickshaw driver held with pistol
Chandigarh, June 24
The local police today arrested a Kajheri resident with a country-made pistol and two live cartridges. The police said 22-year-old Om Parkash, alias Raju, of Pandit Colony, Kajheri, was arrested from the same locality while carrying the illegal weapon.

Scooterist killed in accident
Panchkula, June 24
A scooterist was killed in a head-on collision with a truck on the bridge over the Tangri in Raipur Rani, here today.

Man hit by train, dies
Chandigarh, June 24
A 35-year-old Ram Darbar resident was killed after being hit by a train on an elevated track along the Chandigarh-Ambala road this afternoon. The police said it was an accident.

59 booked for traffic offences
Chandigarh, June 24
The Chandigarh traffic police today set up pickets at three places in various parts of the city and booked 59 motorists for offending traffic rules.

 
EDUCATION

CBSE compartment exams from July 20
Chandigarh, June 24
The compartmental examinations for CBSE Senior Secondary School Certificate (Class XII) and Senior Secondary School (Class X) have been scheduled to start from July 20.

Vocational training for girl dropouts
Chandigarh, June 24
Central Social Welfare Board has selected its Chandigarh branch to run a pilot project on vocational programmes for dropout girls. The programme aims at imparting employment generation skills to young girls, who have had to leave school for one reason or the other.

Training course on hydrology begins today
Chandigarh, June 24
A five-day training course on “Hydrology of lakes for sustainable human benefits” is being jointly organised by the National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, and the centre of advanced study in geology, department of geology, Panjab University, beginning tomorrow.

Punjab budget disappoints PCCTU
Chandigarh, June 24
Members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) have condemned the maiden budget of the SAD-BJP alliance government in Punjab.

Candidates board a train after appearing in a test conducted by the Railway Recruitment Board in Chandigarh on Sunday. 20,000 take railway test
Chandigarh, June 24
The Railway Recruitment Board today conducted a test to fill posts of assistant station master. The written test was conducted at 104 centres located across the city, Mohali and Panchkula.

Candidates board a train after appearing in a test conducted by the Railway Recruitment Board in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

COURTS

Non-bailable warrants
Chandigarh, June 24
The SDM (south) has issued non-bailable warrants against Major Karnail Singh and Amar Singh, president and general secretary, respectively, of the Sector 34 Gurdwara Sahib Paastshahi Nauvin Managing Committee.

 
CULTURE

Kala Kendra Programme
Young dancers enthral audience
Chandigarh, June 24
The 15th month-long workshop in classical and folk dances, conducted by the Pracheen Kala Kendra, concluded at the Indira Holiday Home Auditorium, Sector 24, here today.

HEALTH

De-addiction centre opened
Chandigarh, June 24
Pawan Bansal, union minister of state for finance, today inaugurated a drug de-addiction centre on the premises of Gurdwara Gursagar Sahib at Kaimbala village, near Sukhna Lake, here. The centre will be run by the Gurdwara Gursagar Charitable Wellness Trust in collaboration with VCare 4U. — TNS

 
SPORTS

Yoga vital in sports: Mishra
Chandigarh, June 24
He has been keeping up the family tradition. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, he has become one of the most prominent yoga instructors in the country.

A match in progress during the Blessed Edmund Rice Triangular Series played at St John’s High School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Sunday. ERCA win Edmund Rice trophy
Chandigarh, June 24
A fine knock of 70 runs by Aayush Raj Soni and an all-round performance by Sahib Malhotra (3 for 20 and 20 runs) enabled the Edmund Rice Cricket Academy (ERCA) beat the Victoria Park Cricket Academy, Meerut, in the final of the u-19 Blessed Edmund Rice Triangular Series played at St John’s High School, Sector 26, here, today.

A match in progress during the Blessed Edmund Rice Triangular Series played at St John’s High School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Rival faction to fight it out legally
Chandigarh, June 24
The Chandigarh Olympic Association’s election row got murkier with the rival faction of Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi group deciding to fight a legal battle against the holding of annual general meeting (AGM) followed by elections to the association yesterday.

SD Club register 15-11 win in korfball
Chandigarh, June 24
SD Club beat Unified Club 15-11 on the opening day of the 4th Senior Chandigarh State Korfball Championship at Banyan Tree School, Sector 48, here today.



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