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Mohali airport set to take wings
*Aviation secy arrives tomorrow
*Haryana, HP asked to be partners
Chandigarh, July 24
The Punjab government is all set to sign an MoU with the airport authority of India to set up an international airport at Mohali. Led by union civil aviation secretary Ashok Chawla, a team of senior officers of the AAI will come here on July 26.

Limits of 5 villages redefined
Move aimed to check real estate speculation
Chandigarh, July 24
The Chandigarh administration has redefined the boundaries in five villages transferred to the Municipal Corporation recently, clearly segregating the abadi(inhabited) areas from the rest of the revenue estate.

Bar body wants judge transferred
Chandigarh, July 24
The Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association today passed a resolution, seeking transfer of Mr Justice Uma Nath Singh for his order on advocate Tahar Singh.

Tahar Singh issue
Don’t discuss it outside court, HC to lawyers
Chandigarh, July 24
Truce is still far, but the high court’s division Bench, comprising Justice M.M. Kumar and Justice Surya Kant, paved the way for it by observing that the Tahar Singh issue was sub judice so it would not be proper for Bar members to rake up the issue on other fora.
Lawyers raise slogans in the Punjab and Haryana High Court protesting against Justice Uma Nath Singh’s order on Tahar Singh Lawyers raise slogans in the Punjab and Haryana High Court protesting against Justice Uma Nath Singh’s order on Tahar Singh on Tuesday.
— A Tribune photograph


Lawyers exhibit unusual solidarity
Chandigarh, July 24
Solidarity of the legal fraternity of the Punjab and Haryana High Court culminated in the “release” of advocate Tahar Singh from the CBI custody in the wee hours today.

Tahar Singh (second from left) along with other lawyers in a jubilant mood outside the CBI office in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Tahar Singh (second from left) along with other lawyers in a jubilant mood outside the CBI office in Chandigarh

Pat For UT
Efforts to evict illegal occupants
Chandigarh, July 24
The Supreme Court today gave the Chandigarh administration a pat on the back for the measures taken to evict those occupying government houses illegally. Talking to the Tribune, Home Secretary Krishna Mohan said the process of evicting such persons was started on the directions of the Supreme Court more than a year back.

A student clicks a photo of her batchmates outside the Punjab and Haryana High Court building
A student clicks a photo of her batchmates outside the Punjab and Haryana High Court building on Tuesday. They are students from an architect college in Mumbai. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Drive to enhance voluntary blood donation
Chandigarh, July 24
In pursuance of the National AIDS Control Policy III, the Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society has set itself the target of achieving 90 per cent voluntary blood donation in the coming year.

Now, a black box for vehicles
Mohali, July 24
The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing here has developed a black box technology for automobiles. The black box designed to monitor and store parameters of road vehicles will provide crucial information about the vehicle’s behaviour during an accident.


11 food joint owners challaned
Chandigarh, July 24
Tightening the noose around violators of the Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act, 2003, the UT health department officials today challaned owners of 11 food joints in Sectors 8, 9, 10, 11 and 26. One person was challaned for smoking in public at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16.

Police-Public Meet
All speeches, no complaint
Mohali, July 24
The first police-public meet of the district held at Khizrabad village here ended up as a mere collection of village heads and local politicians with only a handful of persons airing their grievances before the SSP.

No More Queues
Suvidha goes SMS way
Mohali, July 24
No need for applicants to visit district-level offices in Phase I every now and then to pursue their cases. The administration has become computer savy. Applicants will be told about the status of their work through SMSs and visit the offices only to collect their documents when the work had been done.

HUDA draw of lot today
Panchkula, July 24
The stage is set for the much-awaited Haryana Urban Development Authority’s draw of lot for plots in Sector 31 slated for tomorrow. Last-minute details for the smooth conduct of the draw were finalised as officers and staff of HUDA spent the day preparing a blueprint for tomorrow.

BSNL claims normalcy, but complaints pour in
Chandigarh, July 24
Even as the BSNL today claimed normalcy in its services in the wake of the devastating June 30 fire at the Sector 17 telephone exchange, complaints of faulty telephones continue to pour in.

Dam: Strife continues
Mohali, July 24
Work on the Banur canal weir at Chatt village continued to be suspended for the third day today. Following the confrontation of villagers on the two sides of the canal, Dera Bassi SDM Sohan Lal Bhumbak met a delegation of villagers today.

Villagers block traffic
Chandigarh, July 24
In protest against an unscheduled power cut, residents of Attawa village blocked traffic at the Sector 36-42 rotary tonight. The power in the village went out at 7.30 pm when the electricity department failed to restore power even after a hour the residents resorted to protests, causing inconvenience for scores of motorists.


Taxi driver killed in accident

Panchkula, July 24
Taxi driver Sudhir Kumar of Kurali was killed when his vehicle was hit by a truck near Ramgarh, here today. The accident took place when the victim was returning home after dropping some passengers at Dehra Dun.

The mangled Tavera that was hit by a truck near Ramgarh on Tuesday morning. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

The mangled Tavera that was hit by a truck near Ramgarh on Tuesday morning

Three accused released
Mohali, July 24
The Nayagaon police today released the three accused in the land grab attempt on bail. Yesterday the police had booked the complainant, Rajbir Singh, as well in the case. The case was registered under Section 307 which was later removed from the FIR against the three brothers.

369 booked
Chandigarh, July 24
The Chandigarh traffic police today booked 369 motorists for violating traffic rules. The police had set up eight nakas across the city to check violators. The police said Rs 12,800 was collected as fines.


SAD also in varsity poll fray
Chandigarh, July 24
The student union elections promise to be an exciting affair this time. Other than the national political parties backing student organisations the reigning Shiromani Akali Dal has jumped into the fray in a big way.

PUSU protests against poor facilities
Chandigarh, July 24
Panjab University Students Union activists staged a protest at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology demanding better facilities for students. Abhishek Puri, president of PUSU who led the protest spoke of the poor facilities at UIET including water-logged kachcha roads leading to the campus.

Awards: Nominations for teachers invited
Chandigarh, July 24
Jan Seva Trust has invited nominations for the 6th Tara Chand Saboo Excellence Awards for school teachers for 2007. The awards instituted in 2002 are the only one that honour excellence in teaching, and pay tribute to the finest educationists in the region, said R.K. Saboo, trustee-chairman of Jan Seva Trust.

Patriarchy affects women more, says Kamla Bhasin
Chandigarh, July 24
Dispelling the notion of patriarchy as “benevolent paternalism”, renowned feminist activist Kamla Bhasin, spoke extensively on patriarchy as a means of suppressing women on the second day of seminar on gender sensitisation at Government College, Sector 46 today.

Cadets plant saplings
Chandigarh, July 24
As part of their ongoing tree plantation drive, cadets of the naval wing of the NCC planted saplings of ornamental trees and medicinal plants at the Government Model High School, Daria here today.


Notice to UT
PIL on poor ratio of women police officials
Chandigarh, July 24
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Mahesh Grover, today issued notice to respondents, UT administration, Punjab and Haryana, on a PIL seeking recruitment of more women in police forces.


Sulochana, Smita enthral audience
Chandigarh, July 24
Acclaimed classical vocalist Sulochana Brahaspati and young sitarist Smita Nagdev enthralled the city with their recitals at the 'Varsha Ritu Sangeet Sandhya', held at the Government Museum auditorium, here today. The musical soiree organised by the Indian National Theatre brought alive the richness, grandeur and melodic content of raga 'Malahar'.


Oz-India ODI
PCA curator inspects pitch
Chandigarh, July 24
With a one day international match slated to be held in the city on October 8 after a 14-year-drought, all eyes are focussed on the Sector 16 cricket pitch. PCA curator Daljit Singh today carried out a preliminary assessment of the wicket at the stadium. As usual, answering clichéd questions, he gave a fervent one-liner, “You will see a good match here.”

Ambala’s Manav Das plays par round
Chandigarh, July 24
Manav Das of Ambala returned a par-72 card as he finished one stroke behind the leader, Simarjeet Singh, after the first round of the Open Amateur Golf Championship at the par-72 Noida Golf Club in New Delhi today. The event forms the fourth leg of the Indian Amateur Golf Tour.


Finally, estate officers appointed
Chandigarh, July 24
Finally, the Chandigarh administration has allocated quasi judicial work to the following officers who have been appointed as estate officers under the Capital of Punjab (Development & Regulation) Act, 1952. In a notification issued yesterday, deputy commissioner R.K. Rao has been appointed as estate officer for issues relating to non-payment cases of all properties.

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