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HC seeks GMADA’s reply
Plea on free treatment by pvt hospitals

Chandigarh, August 1
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Mahesh Grover, today issued a notice to Punjab and the GMADA for November 12 on a PIL seeking free treatment for BPL category patients by private hospitals allotted land at concessional rates without auction.

Member paints Akademi black
Chandigarh, August 1
In an embarrassment to the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, one of its executive council members, Tirthankar Bhattacharya, has lodged a complaint against its functioning with the secretary, culture.
Tirthankar Bhattacharya with the art work that went “missing” from the Lalit Kala Akademi office. It was later found in the storeroom.
Tirthankar Bhattacharya with the art work that went “missing” from the Lalit Kala Akademi office. It was later found in the storeroom.

Now, woman in Sec 34 duped
Third victim in 24 hrs, but cops won’t move
Chandigarh, August 1
Despite efforts of the Chandigarh Police, the Muradabadi gang struck the city again this afternoon, depriving a woman of Rs 5,000 in cash and some documents in Sector 34, the third victim in 24 hours.

Madanpur
Blame it on filth
Mohali, August 1
The entire district administration descended on Madanpur village today following reports of a diahorrea outbreak in a colony there. A team led by the ADC assessed the situation in the colony. Three children have died due to diahorrea and 15 hospitalised in the past week.Yet, there is no respite for residents from the filthy conditions that they live in.




EARLIER STORIES

A gem of a rubble
Mohali, August 1
A treasure hunt left scores of residents of Nehru Colony here ‘rubble rich.’ The clearing of the wreckage at the Phase 3BI rehri market, gutted in a fire two months ago, began this morning. As the blistered tinsheets were removed, burnt goods found from beneath attracted a host of residents from the nearby Nehru Colony.

Computerised selection system for armed forces
Chandigarh, August 1
Two computerised selection tests are being introduced by the armed forces to screen candidates seeking a commission as officers. One is a comprehensive battery of cognitive assessment and the other, a pilot selection system is already undergoing field trials with a selection board.

COMMUNITY

Installation of high-capacity incinerator
Admn strikes down GMCH proposal
Chandigarh, August 1
The Chandigarh administration has rejected a proposal of the GMCH, Sector 32, to install a high-capacity incinerator to treat biomedical waste.

Securitymen frisk a man at the entry gate for judges at the District Courts in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Securitymen frisk a man at the entry gate for judges at the District Courts in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Security has been beefed up in and around the courts following the pronouncement of sentence in the Beant Singh assassination case. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Farmers to plead before IT bigwigs
Chandigarh, August 1
To register their resentment against the acquisition of land for Phase III of the IT park, farmers under the banner of the Chandigarh Sanjha Morcha would now be approaching big personalities associated with the IT industry.

IT conclave begins today
Chandigarh, August 1
The chairman of Nasscom, Lakshmi Narayanan, would be in the city tomorrow to attend the inaugural session of the two-day IT conclave at Taj GVK here tomorrow.

Date with doctors a click away
Chandigarh, August 1
Patients can now get appointments with doctors at the GMSH, Sector 16, and the GMCH, Sector 32, at e-jan sampark and gram sampark centres of the city.

Plan to extend voter card drive
Chandigarh, August 1
Following complaints against photography teams for not going from door-to-door to click photographs of voters, the election department is contemplating to extend the drive for some more days.

Humidity high at 91 pc
Chandigarh, August 1
Monsoon today made a brief halt in the city, which recorded 28 mm rainfall after a long dry spell. It had rained about 24 mm four days ago, improving the situation marginally. However, the rainfall for monsoon is still below normal. “It should be about 300 mm from June 1 up to now but it has not reached that mark yet,” said Met director Chattar Singh Malik.










A woman caught in the rain in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
A woman caught in the rain in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Man found dead
Chandigarh, August 1
A 45-year-old Karnal resident was found dead early this morning near the road dividing Sectors 33 and 45 here. The police ruled out foul as there were no visible injury marks on the body. The body was identified as that of Damodar Mathwal.

Shopkeepers not involved in arson: Mandal
Panchkula, August 1
Coming out in support of shopkeepers of Railla village in Sector 12-A, members of the beopar mandal yesterday met officers of the district administration and submitted a representation.

Green campaign on the roll
Mohali, August 1
BSF personnel and their families launched a campaign, Greening India on the BSF campus, Lakhnaur here.

Distt Secretariat
Divorced from cleanliness
Panchkula, August 1
The district secretariat in Sector 1, is nobody’s baby. While rubbish piles up in stairways, the secretariat’s different floors have virtually turned a junkyard with discarded sanchi models, a cable dish, broken furniture and huge trunks occupying the space in the corridors.

Anti-encroachment drive in Sector 7 market fails
Panchkula, August 1
The enforcement wing of the Estate Office, Haryana Urban Development Authority, returned empty-handed in an anti-encroachment drive in the Sector 7 market, where violations are the order of the day.

Labourers injured as earth gives in
Chandigarh, August 1
Two labourers escaped with minor injuries when the earth gave in at a construction site in Phase I, Industrial Area, here this afternoon. The victims have been identified as 30-year-old Puti Lal and 21-year-old Ram Asre.







Firemen and police officials clear mud from the site where two labourers sustained injuries in Phase I, Industrial Area, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Firemen and police officials clear mud from the site where two labourers sustained injuries in Phase I, Industrial Area, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.

16 detained for drinking
Chandigarh, August 1
In a late-night raid, the police rounded up 16 persons for consuming alcohol in public places at different locations from around the city, here tonight. The raid was conducted in Sectors 18, 21, Industrial area, 34, and Mani Majra.

Work divided between GMADA, council
Mohali, August 1
A day after the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and the Municipal Council here were caught in a conflict over who is accountable for the cleanliness and maintenance of Madanpur village, the chief administrator, GMADA, today demarcated its responsibilities.

 
CRIME

Dowry case: Raid on house of hotelier
Chandigarh, August 1
A team of the Chhattisgarh police today conducted raids on the Sector 33 house of Raj Kumar Gupta, owner of Park Inn Hotel, Sector 35, in connection with a dowry harassment case registered against his son in Bhilai.

Travel agent goes back on his word, arrested
Chandigarh, August 1
The police today arrested a travel agent for allegedly duping a Ludhiana-based businessman.

ASI jailed
Chandigarh, August 1
An ASI with the Chandigarh police, Kaka Singh, was today sentenced to one-year imprisonment by a special CBI court which held him guilty of graft charges.

Man robbed of Rs 1.80 lakh
Chandigarh, August 1
Thieves broke open the boot of a scooter parked in Burail village and decamped with Rs 1.80 lakh, here, this afternoon.

 
BUSINESS

Farmer’s Mart opens
Panchkula, August 1
Chairman, Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board, Shadi Lal Batra, today inaugurated the first government-managed Farmer's Mart at the office complex of the HSAMB, Sector 5, here today.



A view of the Farmer’s Mart in Panchkula on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat singh
A view of the Farmer’s Mart in Panchkula on Wednesday.

Neeta Lulla might open store in town
Chandigarh, August 1
After fashioning a career for herself in apparel designing, Bollywood’s “hottest” designer Neeta Lulla is now considering the feasibility of opening her flagship store in Chandigarh for catering to the style needs of the region.

 
EDUCATION

Ayurvedic college students boycott classes
Chandigarh, August 1
Alleging victimisation at the hands of the management, the students of Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College, Sector 46, boycotted classes here today. They alleged that they were boycotting classes since Monday to register their protest as the management was forcing them to deposit Rs 31,600 in excess of the fee. They were also demanding that the suspension of faculty member Dr Sudhir be revoked.

Varsity cancels affiliation of add-on courses
Chandigarh, August 1
The DAV college teachers’ union welcomed the bold step taken by prof R.C. Sobti, vice-chancellor, PU, of withdrawing the affiliation granted to colleges to run various add-on courses. The university has directed the colleges to close admissions to 27 elective add-on courses from this year.

Recruitment by Accenture
Chandigarh, August 1
Accenture , a $ 16.65 billion MNC, will hold joint placements of 2008 batch BTech and MCA students at Chandigarh Engineering College (CEC), Landran, on August 4.

Chaos, confusion at Class XI counselling
Chandigarh, August 1
Total chaos was witnessed yet again during the second counselling session for admission to Class XI, especially for migration cases, at the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23 - the designated centre for centralised admissions.

Heavy rush of students enquiring about their cases during counselling for admission at GMSSS-23 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan. 
Heavy rush of students enquiring about their cases during counselling for admission at GMSSS-23 in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Comply with rules, CBSE warns schools
Chandigarh, August 1
The central board of secondary education (CBSE) has instructed all schools seeking affiliation with the board to comply with the ‘grant of affiliation rules’ strictly.

Polytechnic courses find favour with students 
Chandigarh, August 1
Most of the students vying for seats in diploma courses in 58 polytechnic colleges spread across Punjab, including three in Chandigarh, prefer computer science, electronics and communication, IT and mechanical engineering diploma. This was evident during the ongoing counselling at the State Board of Technical Education, Sector 36 here.

PU results
Chandigarh, August 1
Results of BE (computer science and engineering) semester II special exam, January 2007; M. Phil (geography) semester I, February 2007; LLB semester I, April 2007, and BE (food and technology) Semester VI, May 2007, have been declared.

COURTS

Protest moves dist admn
Plan to set up 60 sheds for lawyers
Mohali, August 1
As the protest of lawyers for the provision of basic facilities continues, the administration has drawn up a plan of making land available for 60 temporary structures to accommodate them on the premises of the judicial court complex housed in a community centre in Phase III B 1.

 
SPORTS

Manav Mangal paddlers shine, lift 4 titles
Panchkula, August 1
The paddlers of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula, emerged undisputed champions, winning all four titles in the Panchkula District Table Tennis Championship. The meet is being organised by the district education department on the school premises.

A match in progress during the Panchkula District Table Tennis Championship at Manav Mangal School, Panchkula, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
A match in progress during the Panchkula District Table Tennis Championship at Manav Mangal School, Panchkula, on Wednesday.

KSEB cagers pocket title
Panchkula, August 1
The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) clinched the title defeating the Punjab State Electricity Board 72-50 in the 33rd All-India Inter-State Electricity Board Basketball Tournament. The tournament was held at Sector 15, Power Colony, here.

Football
GMSSS-37 qualify for Subroto Cup
Chandigarh, August 1
Scoring one goal each, Gagandeep and Pankaj Negi steered Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 37, to qualify for the Subroto Mukherjee Football Cup to be held at Delhi.

Martial art training for girls
Chandigarh, August 1

Keeping in view the increasing crime against women, especially young girls, director public instructions (schools) S.K. Setia has instructed the principals of all girls’ schools to start martial art training on the school premises.



GEARED FOR THE KILL: Girls in all city government schools will now be imparted training in self-defence.
Girls in all city government schools will now be imparted training in self-defence.

Jassowal to host ITF tourney
Chandigarh, August 1
Players from as many as 10 countries will participate in the ITF Men's Futures Tennis Tournament to be organised at Jassowal in Jagraon tehsil of Ludhiana from August 6 to 11.

Boxing c’ships from Aug 11
Chandigarh, August 1
The Chandigarh Amateur Boxing Association will conduct the 31st Chandigarh State Senior Men and 7th Senior Women Boxing Championships on August 11 and 12 at Boxing Hall, Sports Complex, Sector 42, here.

Cricket probables selected
Chandigarh, August 1
The selection committee of the Chandigarh Cricket Association (affiliated to the Punjab Cricket Association) has selected the following u-22 probables for the Punjab Inter-District Tournament.

Cricket trials tomorrow
Chandigarh, August 1
Trials to select Chandigarh’s u-15 cricket team will be held on August 3 at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, at 3 pm.

Table Soccer team
Chandigarh, August 1
Palak Dhingra of DPS, Pinjore, led the national table soccer team in the VIFA Asia Cup held at Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) from July 27 to 31.



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