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Day 1: Drive selective
Chandigarh July 15
Smoking at public places, particularly markets, inhabited by migrant labourers continued, despite the ban which came into effect in the Union Territory today. However places of tourist interest like the Sukhna Lake, Rock Garden and Sector 17 plaza, remained clear of smokers.

No Ifs and Butts
A man challaned for smoking in public tries to argue it out with the police.
A man challaned for smoking in public tries to argue it out with the police.—A Tribune photograph

SMOKE-FREE, FINALLY
Chandigarh, July 15
With the implementation of provisions of the Central Tobacco Control Act in all parts of the city, the Union Territory of Chandigarh has become first smoke-free city in the country.

Vardhman officer drugged in bus, dies
Chandigarh, July 15
Omit Ghosh, chief manager of Baddi-based wing of Vardhman Textiles, died after being drugged in a bus on the Delhi-Chandigarh route on Friday night. He was in his fifties.

PUDA abandons pet project
Chandigarh, July 15
After five years of flip-flop, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has shelved the architectural design conceptualised by renowned urban planner Dr B.V. Doshi for the development of the Sector 62 City Centre here.




EARLIER STORIES

Mob Rage
Police urges peace, but...
Another woman points finger at SI
Chandigarh, July 15
The Chandigarh Police registered a case of rioting, damaging public property and criminal intimidation against unidentified miscreants who indulged in hooliganism at the PGI, the cremation ground and outside the police station in Mani Majra on Saturday. No arrest has been made.

UT SSP Dinesh Bhatt addresses a gathering at the Mani Majra police station during a peace meeting on Sunday afternoon.—A Tribune photograph
UT SSP Dinesh Bhatt addresses a gathering at the Mani Majra police station during a peace meeting on Sunday afternoon.

In Basta
9 months gone, no sketch of molester
Chandigarh, July 15
It’s been over nine months since a five-year-old girl was sexually abused in Sector 41. The local police is still struggling to identify the culprit.


COMMUNITY

Cosmopolitan Chandigarh
Bengali share their bond

Part of city, yet apart

Chandigarh, July 15
It is one big extended family for the Bengalis’ living in the city. One of the most widespread communities, Bengali community has been able to preserve their rich heritage and traditions.

Farewell function organised
Chandigarh, July 15
The Punjab and Chandigarh unit of India-China Friendship Association organised a farewell function, in honour of Young Linha and his wife, Cultural Councilor of Peoples’ Republic of China, New Delhi, at ICSSR complex in Panjab University, here, today.

Young Linha, Cultural Councilor of Peoples’ Republic of China, New Delhi, addresses the audience during the farewell function at ICSSR Complex in Panjab University on Sunday. —A Tribune photograph

Young Linha, Cultural Councilor of Peoples’ Republic of China, New Delhi, addresses the audience during the farewell function at ICSSR Complex in Panjab University on Sunday.

Airtel appoints executive director
Chandigarh, July 15
Bharti Airtel announced the appointment of Syed Safawi as executive director, northern hub today. Syed Safawi will succeed Sanjay Nandrajog, who has taken over as the executive director, International Operations and Managed Services, for Bharti Airtel.

Girl electrocuted
Chandigarh, July 15 An eight-year-old girl was electrocuted while mopping floor at her Mauli Jagran residence this morning when the piece of wet cloth came in contact with a desert cooler.

Rickshaw-puller dies in hit and run case
Chandigarh, July 15
In a hit-and-run road accident, a rickshaw-puller lost his life while his passenger was seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle on road dividing Sectors 27 and 28 on Saturday night. The rickshaw-puller was found to be under the influence of liquor.

Rs 2 lakh for Press Club
Mohali, July 15
Punjab cooperative minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh presided over the installation ceremony of the District Press Club, SAS Nagar, here today.

Power cuts make life miserable in Baltana
Zirakpur, July 15
The power situation in the Baltana area turned from bad to worse in the past couple of days. There was no electricity in the area for as long as 12 hours yesterday. The residents were left with no choice but keep sweating, as the inverters installed by them got exhausted, too.

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CRIME

Gang of chain snatchers busted
Panchkula, July 15
The district police claimed to have solved 40 incidents of chain snatching in the tricity with the arrest of a four-member gang, here today.

 

Chain snatchers arrested by the CIA staff outside the District Secretariat in Sector 1, Panchkula, on Sunday.—Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Chain snatchers arrested by the CIA staff outside the District Secretariat in Sector 1, Panchkula, on Sunday.

Women thieves in cosmetic shop
Zirakpur, July 15 High drama was witnessed in the market of Baltana village, near here, when some women were allegedly caught stealing cosmetics this evening.

‘Spirited’ cop booked for indiscipline
Chandigarh, July 15
A tipsy constable Ranjit Singh created a scene in Sector 39 Gazetted Officers’ Colony here this afternoon.


 
BUSINESS

Marginal increase in fruit, vegetable prices
Chandigarh, July 15 With the prices of the commonly used cereals, fruits and vegetables registering a marginal increase, your monthly household bill may also registere an increase. In fact, the onset of monsoon has burnt holes in the pockets of the common man as the prices of these commodities are on the rise credited to the supplies are affected in this season.

 
EDUCATION

Programme for hostlers at GCG-11
Chandigarh, July 15
Government College for Girls Sector 11 organised an orientation programme for the hostlers and their parents here today. A large number of parents and guardians attended the programme.


 
CULTURE

Her Master’s Voice
Daler’s better half gets musical
Chandigarh, July 15
Nikki Mehndi is every bit Daler Mehndi’s better half. And this she admits with a sense of pride. “I am what I am because of him,” she says, warding off queries about how she got where she got. With one album already to her name, she is all set to go west, just as her husband did after he had set foot on the Indian musical soil. Only, Nikki’s travels are going to be a little tough, as she has been singing only for five years.
Nikki Mehndi with Santokh Singh, the composer of her first album in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Nikki Mehndi with Santokh Singh, the composer of her first album in Chandigarh on Sunday.—A Tribune photograph

'Sochan De Ghund' released
Chandigarh, July 15
The Kidar Adabi Trust organised a seminar to mark the release ceremony of a Punjabi poetry book 'Sochan de Ghund', a collection of ghazals by poet R.S. Faraz, at Punjab Kala Bhavan, here, today.


HEALTH

For snake bite, primary health centres won’t do
Chandigarh, July 15
India required to upgrade the facilities in primary health centres (PHC) in the rural areas and district hospitals to bring down the mortality rate due to snake bites in the country. This was stated by Ian Simpson, a herpetologist from Oxford University, the UK, here today.


 
SPORTS

CCA register big win
Chandigarh, July 15
The CCA Punjab registered a thumping victory over Panchkula district by nine wickets in the match for the fifth S.N. Vohra Memorial Cricket Tournament at DAV Sector 8, here today.

Cricket Tourney
Michael to lead Chandigarh
Chandigarh, July 15
Michael Vishal will lead the u-22 Chandigarh district cricket team at the Haryana state inter-district cricket tournament for the Rajinder Goel Trophy to be organised by the Haryana Cricket Association. Vipul Chadha has been deputed as vice-captain of the team.

Table Tennis
Parsoon, Aishwarya clinch titles
Panchkula, July 15
Parsoon and Aishwarya of Manav Mangal, Panchkula, stole the show by winning titles in their respective categories during the Panchkula District Table Tennis Tournament. The tournament was held at DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur, near here, under the aegis of the Panchkula District Table Tennis Association.

Dev rules the roost
Chandigarh, July 15
Dev Saini proved his mettle by winning three different titles in the boys’ singles, young boys u-20 and men's singles in the Bhavan Vidyalaya Chandigarh State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament at Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here today.

Roll Ball
Haryana lift trophy
Chandigarh, July 15
Haryana lifted the overall trophy in the Fourth Sub-junior (u-14) and Fifth Junior (u-17) National Roll Ball Championship held at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 3, here, today.  The hosts bagged five gold and one bronze medal in the six events in both categories.

Varinder, Seema emerge champs
Chandigarh, July 15
Varinder Kumar and Seema Thakur emerged winners in the boys’ and girls’ u-18 category during the archery competition organised at Lake Sports Complex on its premises, here, today.

 

Archers in action during an archery competition organised at Lake Sports Complex in Chandigarh on Sunday.—A Tribune photograph

Archers in action during an archery competition organised at Lake Sports Complex in Chandigarh on Sunday.

12 get karate belts
Ambala, July 15
Twelve karatekas got belts in a ceremony held here on Thursday. Haryana chief instructor Hemant Sharma gave away the belts.

 

Young karatekas receive belts at a ceremony in Ambala.—Tribune photo by K. Sachar

Young karatekas receive belts at a ceremony in Ambala.

Karate training camp in progress
Ambala, July 15
A five-day advanced karate training camp began here yesterday.

Squash team 
Chandigarh, July 15 
The following players have been selected for the National Squash and Inter-State Squash Championship from July 17 to 20 and July 21 to 26, respectively, at Chennai: Ajay Manchanda, Abhilaskshay, Ishan Wadera, Vinay Thakur, Vicky Nayar, Saurabh Nayar, Karan and coach-cum-player Khushwant Singh. — TNS


ADMINISTRATION

Rs 1.12 cr spent on Central plan not claimed
Lethargy costs UT dear
Chandigarh, July 15
The Administration has incurred a loss of Rs 1.12 crore on account of not claiming its dues from the Central Government for the expenditure it incurred on the National Service Scheme(NSS).



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