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Banking services back in place, almost
Chandigarh, July 2
After a tense weekend, Monday saw the banking services in the city more or less restored, much to the relief of pensioners and salaried employees who turned up to make withdrawals as it was the first working day of the month.


‘100’ starts ringing
BSNL employees install new equipment at the Sector 17 exchange in Chandigarh
BSNL employees install new equipment at the Sector 17 exchange in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

BSNL crash impacts PU
Chandigarh, July 2
For Panjab University, the BSNL service collapse could not have come at a worse time than this. It is the most hectic time of the year with the admissions on and the university declaring hoards of results each day.

Admin to go in for satellite phones
Chandigarh, July 2
Following the ongoing communication disaster due to the fire in the BSNL exchange, the Chandigarh administration has decided to purchase satellite telephone sets as a back-up in case of an emergency.

BSNL guard among 2 found dead
Chandigarh, July 2
The semi-clad body of a security guard at a BSNL tower in Phase I, Industrial Area, here was found lying in a pool of blood in the courtyard of an industrial plot under mysterious circumstances this morning.





EARLIER STORIES

Exigencies
City hospitals ill-equipped
Chandigarh, July 2
Hospitals in the city are ill-equipped to meet exigencies as neither the ambulance service staff nor paramedics are trained for the purpose. The PGI has three ambulances in addition to the ambulances run by Life Line, an NGO, while Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, has five ambulances.

COMMUNITY

Friendly City
They come as patients, stay back forever
Chandigarh, July 2
The generosity of people of the region has not only won hearts of poor patients coming for treatment to the PGI from other states, it has also provided them the opportunity of settling in the City Beautiful. Many patients staying here for years for treatment ultimately decide to stay back. The Khudda Lahora colony near the PGI with affordable accommodation comes in handy for them.

Propagate Sikhism, says US devotee
Chandigarh, July 2
Ralph Singh, an American Sikh, who is a devotee of Baba Virsa Singh of Gobind Sadan near Delhi said here today that the message of Guru Granth Sahib provided a basis for the world to overcome its conflicts and live together as one human family. Speaking to mediapersons at the Press Club, Ralph Singh said he was concerned about the lack of propagation of Sikhism. 
                      Ralph Singh

Ralph Singh

Entries invited for Indira Gandhi Award
Chandigarh, July 2
The Chandigarh administration has invited nominations for Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration, 2006. The nominations are to be sent to the deputy commissioner by associations, institutions or organisations having a legal status and registered in India.

Fauji Beat
Govt should rehabilitate war widows, injured soldiers
One of the factors that go to make the defence forces unattractive is the neglect of widows and war-wounded soldiers by the government. The Army has suffered heavy casualties in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in J&K and North-East in the past few years.

The German-manufactured Microlight CSTW Advance in which the IAF crew is on round-the-world expedition.

The German-manufactured Microlight CSTW Advance in which the IAF crew is on round-the-world expedition

Pitiable condition of park irks residents
Panchkula, July 2
The Sector 12-A Welfare Association yesterday demanded that the park in their sector be developed at the earliest. In a meeting with the executive officer of the municipal council, the vice-president of the association Anoop Singh and general secretary D.C. Bhardwaj said though the tender for the development of the park near House No. 134 had been floated over a year back, no development work had begun so far.

Man killed in mishap
Mohali, July 2
A motor mechanic was killed in a collision between two scooters in Phase X, here today. According to the police, Manjeet Singh, who worked as a mechanic in the Phase VII market, had gone to Phase X to check a car when the accident took place.

The motorcycle and scooter, which were involved in an accident near Phase IV, Mohali, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

The motorcycle and scooter, which were involved in an accident near Phase IV, Mohali

Man bitten by insect dies
Lalru, July 2
Surinder Patel, a migrant labourer from Nepal, who was allegedly bitten by a poisonous insect, died at the PGI, Chandigarh, yesterday. According to sources, Patel was bitten by the insect while planting paddy at village Khazoor Mandi, near here, on June 29.

Faidan residents seek better amenities
Chandigarh, July 2
A delegation of the Faidan Residents Welfare Association, led by its president Mohinder Chaudhary, met UT chief engineer V.K. Bhardwaj here today with regard to basic amenities.

 
CRIME

Two thieves arrested
Chandigarh, July 2
The local police has claimed to have solved three cases of theft with the arrest of two persons. The accused have been identified as 23-year-old Navdeep Kashyap of Zirakpur and 30-year-old Sunil Kumar of Sector 23.

Hoshiarpur man held with poppy
Chandigarh, July 2
The local police arrested a Hoshiarpur resident from the Sector 17 ISBT, here, for allegedly carrying 10 kg of poppy husk, this evening. The police said the contraband was worth about Rs 50,000.

330 motorists booked
Chandigarh, July 2
The Chandigarh traffic police today booked 330 motorists for violating traffic rules in various parts of the city. In all, nine pickets were set up. Sources in the traffic police said the police collected Rs 19,200 as fine.

 
EDUCATION

Thousands queue up for admissions
Chandigarh, July 2
Colleges across the city witnessed frenzied activity as thousands of students queued up to seek admissions to various professional and academic courses which began today.

Admissions begin, so do pangs
Panchkula, July 2
A new girls college, happening courses and a merit list for professional courses - that’s the scene of higher education in Panchkula as admissions began in the two government colleges in Sectors 1 and 14, here, today.

Admission Chaos
Students bear the brunt
Chandigarh, July 2
The ‘big day’ for admissions in city colleges showed both the bright and dark sides of the process. At the Government College, Sector 11, there was some confusion regarding the admission dates for the reserved categories in BA I while at Government College for Girls, Sector 11, the principle of first-come-first-serve to get a hostel aggrieved many students.


Back to school
Chandigarh, July 2
After a month-long summer vacation, all government and most of the private schools in the city reopened today. There was a mixed response from students as well as teachers. With a bright look on their faces, students seemed eager to meet their classmates.


HAPPY REUNION: Students feel excited on meeting their friends after a long vacation.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
HAPPY REUNION: Students feel excited on meeting their friends after a long vacation

Indo Global College wi-fi enabled
Chandigarh, July 2
The Indo Global College campus has been made wi-fi enabled. This technology enables students to get round-the-clock internet connectivity on their laptops/cellphones/PDA devices in the vicinity of the college campus.

Rationalise fee, urge students
Chandigarh, July 2
Members of the Indian National Students Organisation have demanded rationalisation of fee in all government and private colleges of Chandigarh. Private colleges are charging high fee and funds on “flimsy” grounds, they said.

‘Pollution Hai Haiwan’ staged
Chandigarh, July 2
Students of Dikshant International School staged a street play titled ‘Pollution Hai Haiwan’ in Sector 17, here, today.

Students of Dikshant International School stage a play on environmental issues in Sector 17 on Monday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

PU Notes

Students of Dikshant International School stage a play on environmental issues in Sector 17

COURTS

Sexual Assault Case
GCM defence sends submission on irregularities in proceedings
Chandigarh, July 2
The defence in the general court martial trying a major at Tibri for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman officer has forwarded a lengthy submission to the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, and the court’s convening authority over perceived irregularities and illegalities in the trial’s proceedings.

 
CULTURE

Dharm se, this film reaches out with its message
Chandigarh, July 2
Ask if ‘Dharm’ is a film out to reform and the talented husband and wife duo, Pankaj Kapur and Supriya Pathak, acting in it, are quick to dispel that notion. “As actors we look at the content of a film.

The cast and crew of ‘Dharm’ pose for the camera, a few days prior to the release of the film, in Panchkula on Monday. (From right) Actors Supriya Pathak and Pankaj Kapur, producer Sheetal Talwar and director Bhavna Talwar (behind). — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

The cast and crew of ‘Dharm’ pose for the camera, a few days prior to the release of the film, in Panchkula

 
SPORTS

Under-13 Tri-Series
Cricket Academy-16 enter final
Chandigarh, July 2
Guljinder Singh steered Sector 16 Cricket Academy to a 32-run victory with a superb knock of 62 runs and two wickets against DAV School, Sector 8, in the last league match of the Under-13 Tri-Series at CCA Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, here today.

Players of DAV School appeal during a league match of the Under-13 Tri-Series at the GNPS, Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik
Players of DAV School appeal during a league match of the Under-13 Tri-Series at the GNPS, Sector 36, Chandigarh

Shooter par excellence
Chandigarh, July 2
Hitting the bull’s eye is in her blood and she has proved this with her achievements. A 12th standard student of Dashmesh Girls Senior Secondary Public School, Badal, Preeti Tomar has created a niche for herself in the shooting arena.



Preeti Tomar in action. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu



Preeti Tomar in action

Grooming future tennis stars
Chandigarh, July 2
The city has become a flourishing nursery of tennis players with the presence of various top class tennis academies here. Around 10 academies here cater to over 1,000 budding players in various groups.

Young trainees hone their skills at the Total Tennis Academy at the YMCA, Sector 11, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Young trainees hone their skills at the Total Tennis Academy at the YMCA, Sector 11, Chandigarh

Tennis academy at Chandigarh Club
Chandigarh, July 2
A state-of-the-art tennis academy was inaugurated at Chandigarh Club, Sector 2, today. It was inaugurated by club president Mukesh Bassi. The academy, opened to cater to the needs of tennis players, houses four clay, four grass and two synthetic courts.

Chandigarh Club president Mukesh Bassi interacts with budding players at the inauguration of a tennis academy at the club in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh Club president Mukesh Bassi interacts with budding players at the inauguration of a tennis academy at the club in Chandigarh






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