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Fire
BSNL caught napping
Chandigarh, June 30
The BSNL was today caught napping when a major fire broke out this morning in the Sector 17 telephone exchange which controls the entire network in the region.


Firemen at work outside the BSNL exchange building in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Firemen at work outside the BSNL exchange building in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

On The Blink
Emergency services smashed
Chandigarh, June 30
Emergency services in the tricity, including hospitals, fire and police, were severely affected following the fire at the BSNL exchange.




EARLIER STORIES

Aspirants leave the ITBP centre at Panchkula on Saturday after taking the fitness test.
Aspirants leave the ITBP centre at Panchkula on Saturday after taking the fitness test. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Misuse Of Powers
Panchkula MC chief in soup
Panchkula, June 30
The director, urban local bodies, Haryana, today served a show-cause notice to Panchkula municipal council president Manveer Gill for the alleged misuse of powers under Section 35 of the Haryana Municipal Act 1973.

UT farmers wrongly taxed
Chandigarh, June 30
Despite a clear decision of the income tax department not to charge tax from farmers whose agricultural land has been acquired, the income tax office has sent letters asking for tax on the total enhanced amount being paid as compensation. Instead of tax on merely the interest, the tax has been levied on the total amount.

Jet Lag
Bhatti, Preity get taste of monsoon
Chandigarh, June 30
Bollywood actors Preity Zinta, Arbaz Khan and poker-faced Jaspal Bhatti had their first experience of southwest monsoon in Mumbai this morning.

COMMUNITY

 
HIV + children most vulnerable
Chandigarh, June 30
HIV infected and affected children are among the most vulnerable ones who, unlike adults, cannot lobby for themselves or press policy makers to cater to their needs and requirements, and thus suffer from stigma, isolation, diseases and rejection. This was stated by Pooja Thakur, president of the Chandigarh Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS here today.







An HIV positive child waits to present flowers to the chief guest at Drop in Centre in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
An HIV positive child waits to present flowers to the chief guest at Drop in Centre in Chandigarh on Saturday.

People face harassment at RLA office
Chandigarh, June 30
Even as the Chandigarh administration is going all out to announce people-friendly facilities at the office of the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) here, those visiting the office today had to face a lot of harassment.


Labouring to learn the alphabet
Chandigarh, June 30
Phoolmani Devi was 45 years old when she picked up a pencil for the first time to write. Bogged down with feeding and looking after her ten-member family, the adult literacy programme seemed just another pipe-dream. Today, a month later, Phoolmani can not only read and write, she is even doing simple maths.








A woman does her class work at a literacy project at Panjab University. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
A woman does her class work at a literacy project at Panjab University.


Sahib Singh’s death mourned
Chandigarh, June 30
The Punjab unit of the BJP organised a condolence meeting here today to mourn the death of Sahib Singh Verma, party in charge for the state, who died in a road accident in Rajasthan.


BJP leaders at a condolence meeting to mourn the death of Sahib Singh Verma in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
BJP leaders at a condolence meeting to mourn the death of Sahib Singh Verma in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Rights body for Indian students’ cause
Chandigarh, June 30
A human rights organisation - Global Human Rights Council - today decided to take up the issue of exploitation of Indian students in the UK and Australia with the Amnesty International.

Tribune employee retires
Chandigarh, June 30
Prem Gorkhi, reviser in Punjabi Tribune proof-reading section, retired today after putting up about 29 years of service in the Tribune group. He joined Punjabi Tribune in July 1978, and headed proof-reading section for more than 26 years.



                                                                                                  Prem Gorkhi
Prem Gorkhi

6 PGI employees retire
Chandigarh, June 30
Prof K.K.Talwar, director, PGI, presented mementoes to six employees on their superannuation here today. They were handed over beneficiary cheques comprising the GPF, gratuity and group insurance today itself by Ritu Dhillon, financial adviser.

 
CRIME

Snatchers rob two women
Chandigarh, June 30
Two women fell prey to snatchers in a span of 30 minutes, here today.

Cop in CBI net for graft
Chandigarh, June 30
Sleuths of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) caught Chandigarh police head constable Shiv Kumar red-handed for accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a proclaimed offender (PO) to help him in his case.

 
EDUCATION

Work on judicial academy begins
Chandigarh, June 30
Construction work on the prestigious State Judicial Academy, Sector 43, started today with the “bhoomi pujan” ceremony performed by the director-general, State Judicial Academy, Justice J.S. Narang (retd).

School with a difference
Panchkula, June 30
With the aim of providing good facilities for children with learning disabilities, the Joy Lal Memorial Educational Society is opening a centre at Surajpur, near here.

Counselling session for students
Chandigarh, June 30
Kangroo Studies Pvt Ltd, Sector 9, today organised a pre-departure counselling session at Hotel Chandigarh Beckons, Sector 42, for its students who will be joining various courses such as MBA, MIS, master’s in accountancy, hospitality management and hair dressing at universities across Australia and New Zealand. These students, most of whom hail from Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Chandigarh and Amritsar, will be leaving in July.

Manju, Neeta top NTT exam
Chandigarh, June 30
Manju Chauhan and Neeta Roy, both of DAV Model School, Sector 15 (DAV-15), shared the first position in the city by scoring 905/950 marks (95.26 per cent) in the nursery teachers training examination (IV semester). The result was declared today.

‘Mission Reading’ accomplished
Chandigarh, June 30
It was an exercise no less, albeit a pleasurable one. When The British Library, Sector 9, launched their reading programme for the summer, they aptly titled it ‘The Reading Mission’ referring to it as a ‘challenge that could last a lifetime’.

Raeka (3), the youngest participant of ‘The Reading Mission’ programme, walks up to collect her certificate as the other children look on during the conclusion of the programme at The British Library, Sector 9, in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
Raeka (3), the youngest participant of ‘The Reading Mission’ programme, walks up to collect her certificate as the other children look on during the conclusion of the programme at The British Library, Sector 9, in Chandigarh on Saturday.

239 offered jobs
Mohali, June 30
As many as 239 students from various engineering colleges of this region were selected by Satyam Computers during a joint placement meet held at Chandigarh Engineering College (CEC), Landran, today.

Student body for higher quota in Haryana
Panchkula, June 30
The Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) has demanded 75 percent reservation instead of 25 per cent for students of Haryana in educational institutes in the state.

COURTS

Bar Council in identity crisis
Claims to be public authority before HC; otherwise before info panel
Chandigarh, June 30
Strange are the ways of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana which dons the mantle of public authority for some causes and becomes a private body for others. This chameleon-like conduct of the council has raised some important questions which need to be addressed urgently.

Sexual assault case
Defence counsel withdraws from GCM
Chandigarh, June 30
The defence counsel in the general court martial (GCM) trying a Major at Tibri for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman officer, withdrew from the court after the GCM refused to take on record a submission furnished by him in support of his contentions.

Gurdwara Clash
13 get judicial custody
Chandigarh, June 30
A local court today remanded all 13 accused in a clash that took place in the Sector 39 Gurdwara Nanak Sagar on Thursday morning in judicial custody.

 
CULTURE

‘Poetry in the Park’ today
Chandigarh, June 30
‘Poetry in the Park’ is seeking poets and poetry lovers to enjoy and celebrate the beauty of nature and poems amidst the plethora of green spaces in the city. A novel attempt to bring people from different walks of life together, ‘Poetry in the Park’, conceptualised by Shumita Didi Sandhu, is a means of reconnecting poetry to the outdoors, “where is it performed best”.

HEALTH

Blood camp today
Chandigarh, June 30
The Thalassaemic Children Welfare Association (TCWA), Chandigarh, has urged voluntary donors and social organisations to come forward to donate blood for the welfare of thalassaemics.

 
SPORTS

Surender Preet shoots into fame
Chandigarh, June 30
Surender Preet Singh of Patiala stole the show on the opening day of the 8th Punjab State Inter-School Shooting Championship-2007 that commenced at the shooting range here today.



Shooters in action during the Punjab State Inter-School Shooting Championship-2007 at the shooting range on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu
Shooters in action during the Punjab State Inter-School Shooting Championship-2007 at the shooting range on Saturday.

Triangular Trophy
CCA-GNPS XI get the better of DAV School-8 
Chandigarh, June 30
The CCA-GNPS XI outclassed DAV School-8 Academy on the opening day of the u-13 GNPS Triangular Trophy Tournament for the CCA and GNPS Cup held at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, here, today.

Rahul for Nomura Cup trials
Chandigarh, June 30
Rahul Bakshi is just 16, but this Chandigarh boy is one of two junior golfers to have been called for trials to select an Indian amateur open team for the Nomura Cup Amateur Golf Championship to be held in Taipei in October.


                                                                         Rahul Bakshi
Rahul Bakshi

Trials for sports wing seats
Lukewarm response from boys, too
Chandigarh, June 30
The situation on the second day of trials for sports wing seats for colleges affiliated with Panjab University was no different than yesterday’s, as only 218 boys showed up on the PU campus today.



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