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Student poll strictly by Lyngdoh code
Chandigarh, August 9
Panjab University has decided to implement the Lyngdoh committee recommendations for the coming student council elections on the campus. This will finally put to rest the muscle might on display between various student unions in the run-up to the elections which are a month away.

Ministry asks for DC’s safai
Mohali, August 9
Deputy commissioner H.I.S Garewal has been asked by the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, ministry of social justice and empowerment, to send a detailed report on safai karamcharis of the local municipal council working unauthorisedly in offices and residences of senior functionaries and not in areas assigned to them.

These young men were seen carrying swords and stones in the park opposite Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, Chandigarh
LETHAL INTENT?: These young men were seen carrying swords and stones in the park opposite Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Thursday. It was not known where they were headed. May be, the police can tell. After all, security in the city is said to be watertight, especially in view of the student council elections. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Hawara to contest death penalty
Chandigarh, August 9
Jagtar Singh Hawara, convicted in the Beant Singh assassination case, has given his assent to his lawyers to make an appeal in the High Court against his death sentence. His lawyers intend to file an appeal in a week’s time.


With the city getting no respite from hot weather due to a delay in monsoon, a rower at the Sukhna Lake beats the summer heat in Chandigarh
With the city getting no respite from hot weather due to a delay in monsoon, a rower at the Sukhna Lake beats the summer heat in Chandigarh on Thursday evening. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Canal water diversion
Punjab moves Himachal HC to vacate interim order
Chandigarh, August 9
On the face of it, it looks like an ordinary plea seeking diversion of canal water to prevent damages to a private land. But, according to Punjab, if the plea is accepted it will not only endanger many lives but also lead to loss of valuable water to Pakistan. Importantly, Rajasthan will be deprived of much-needed water, leading to an inter-state crisis.

Dolly, Kamal bask under ‘Blue Umbrella’

Chandigarh, August 9
Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj makes a winning combination with Chandigarh-based actor couple Dolly and Kamal Tewari. The last time this team was in news was when Dolly bagged the Filmfare award for best costumes in Vishal’s “Omkara”. This time, it’s about “Blue Umbrella”, adjudged the best children’s film at the national film awards ceremony.


Rehabilitation farce since 30 yrs
Over 60 per cent tenements sold
Chandigarh, August 9
A scam, involving the illegal sale of dwelling units allotted under different rehabilitation schemes, has been going on with impunity for the past 30 years. Over 60 per cent of the tenements or sites leased out to slum-dwellers have been disposed of.

Haryana employees stage rally
Chandigarh, August 9
Commuters faced a lot of inconvenience today due to a massive rally organised by the Sarav Karamchari Sangh Haryana at Sector 25 in support of their demands. Traffic jams were witnessed on the busy Madhya Marg as hundreds of protestors marched from the railway station to the rally ground.

Sibling’s Death
Health officials take water samples
Mohali, August 9
The death of two siblings here under mysterious circumstances yesterday had the entire health department on the doorstep of the victim’s family this morning. The two children had died within hours of one another.

Death Wish
Destitute refuses treatment, awaits demise
Panchkula, August 9
Seventy-six-year old Kalu Ram, a destitute who spent the last three months living at a bus stop, yearns to be free - of life, illness and poverty. He lives each day in the hope that he has inched closer to death and eagerly awaits his exit from the world.

Ambala highway
NHAI gets instalment of Rs 26.21 crore
New Delhi, August 9
The National Highways Authority of India today received Rs 26.213 crore as negative grant for the second year from the concessionaire M/s GMR Ambala-Chandigarh Expressway Pvt. Ltd.

Protesters flout smoking ban
Chandigarh, August 9
All efforts of the administration to keep the city “smoke free” went up in smoke by members of the Sarav Karmchari Sangh, Haryana, during the rally. A large number of protesters were seen not only smoking openly but also consuming liquor.

A protester smokes during the rally at Sector 25, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

A protester smokes during the rally at Sector 25, Chandigarh

Governor inspects ISBT
Chandigarh, August 9
Multi-language electronic display boards to apprise the commuters of the location of buses and bus routes, more water coolers and proper security arrangements will come up soon at the ISBT, Sector 17.

Six to get police medals      
Chandigarh, August 9
The administration has decided to confer Administrator’s Police Medal for distinguished/meritorious services on six personnel of the police on the eve of Independence Day.

Zila parishad meeting on August 21
Panchkula, August 9
A meeting of the zila parishad has been convened on August 21 to elect a new president. Deputy commissioner Neerja Shekhar said notices had been issued to all parishad members.


Alert driver foils robbery by Muradabadi gang
Chandigarh, August 9
An alert car driver yesterday thwarted a robbery bid of the nefarious Muradabadi Gang, which tried to decamp with two bags from his car in Sector 22, this afternoon. However, the three gang members managed to give him the slip and sped away in an auto-rickshaw, which is also presumed to belong to them.

Sec-37 resident assaulted in market
Mohali, August 9
A resident of Sector 37, Gurnaib Singh, was beaten up by a group of people at the Phase V market this afternoon after he roughed up Gagandeep Singh, who had gone there to have food.

80-year-old dies in mishap
Chandigarh, August 9
Sat Narayan, an eighty-year-old man, lost his life after being hit by a speeding car near Colony No. 5, here, this morning. The police said the accident took place when the old man was crossing the road.

One held for rash driving
Chandigarh, August 9
A Burail resident was booked for rash and negligent driving after his Toyota Qualis collided with the official vehicle of the UT home secretary in Sector 9 today. No one was reportedly hurt in the mishap.


Excise figures hint at industrial revival in J&K
Chandigarh, August 9
The central excise collection figures for the April-June (first quarter of 2007-08) may sound music to the ears of Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Ghulam Nabi Azad. Even the collections fail to make much headway in other industrially-advanced centres of the Chandigarh Zone.


Student body’s roadmap on poll reforms
Chandigarh, August 9
While ‘protesting’ memorandums are believed to have the desired result in garnering attention both of the students and authorities, this one seems different. The Indian National Students Organisation has submitted “a model and road map” for election reforms aimed at reducing the money.

US-based Indian on a mission
Bringing varsities, communities closer
Chandigarh, August 9
Surishtha G. Sehgal, an alumna of Panjab University and founder president of the Atlanta-based Jimmy & Rosalyn Carter Partnership Foundation, is here on a mission. Daughter of Dr Piara Singh Gill, a former director of the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, Surishtha, wants universities and corporate houses to play major role in raising their civic engagements.

Surishtha G. Sehgal
Surishtha G. Sehgal

Seminarians warned against materialism
Chandigarh, August 9
A two-day national seminar on ‘Science and Spirituality in the Indian Context’ was inaugurated today at Panjab University followed by a welcome address by vice-chancellor, Professor R C Sobti.

Contractual teachers stage protest
Chandigarh, August 9
More than 350 teachers hired on contract from various government schools of city held a protest at Plaza, Sector 17, here, today. The teachers have been demanding the formulation of policy matter for regularisation of their services for the last two years.

Scout and Guide function
Setia late; Sobti in a hurry
Chandigarh, August 9
The supposedly well-disciplined one-hour Bharat Scout and Guide Centenary commemoration function at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 47, here, was delayed by half an hour as chief guest S.K. Setia, (DPI) (S), could not make it on time.


Female Foeticide
Frenzied prayers make CJ take up PIL
Chandigarh, August 9
Counsel for Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh UT as well petitioner H.C. Arora were today at their persuasive best urging Chief Justice Vijender Jain to hear a PIL on female foeticide.

High Court
FIR should carry exact age
Chandigarh, August 9
In an important judgement, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Chandigarh administration, Punjab and Haryana, that an FIR should record the exact age of the accused.

Former KLF militant moves HC
Chandigarh, August 9
Daya Singh Lahoria, a former member of the Khalistan Liberation Force, facing several criminal cases, moved the High Court today challenging the fresh proceedings initiated against him under the TADA Act.


Kaleidoscope of talent

Chandigarh, August 9
Some people never travel without roots, like this group of eight artists from West Bengal, called Dimention 9. A rage on the art circuit, they bring with them nuances of the Bengal school of art, famous for its splendour and reach.
Members of Bengal art group Dimention 9 share some thoughts on the eve of their exhibition at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Members of Bengal art group Dimention 9 share some thoughts on the eve of their exhibition at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, Chandigarh

‘Dear Bapu’ in city on August 17
Chandigarh, August 9
After a film on Mahatma Gandhi, here’s a play. Called "Dear Bapu", the unique production, written and directed by thespian Mohan Maharishi, will be staged at Tagore Theatre on August 17.


SAI emerge overall champions
Chandigarh, August 9
The Sports Authority of India, Bhiwani, emerged the overall champion in the 40th Haryana State Boxing Championship, which concluded at Tau Devi Lal Complex, Sector 3, here today.

St Xavier’s, St John’s set up title clash
Chandigarh, August 9
Hosts St Xavier's Yellow and St John's-26 set up a title clash in the North Zone St Xavier's Six-A-Side Football Tournament (U-13), which is being held at the St Xavier's grounds, Sector 44.

A football match between NPS-18 and Ryan International-49 in progress at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, in Chandigarh on Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

A football match between NPS-18 and Ryan International-49 in progress at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, in Chandigarh

Facile win for DPA Academy
Chandigarh, August 9
A fine unbeaten knock of 48 by Mohin Vashisht went in vain as his team Shri Shri Cricket Academy, Panchkula, lost to the hosts DPA Academy by seven wickets in the Chandigarh Inter-Academy Invitational Cricket Tournament for U-11 at St Stephen's School, Sector 45, here today.


Cop suspended
Chandigarh, August 9
Head Constable Daljit Singh of the Chandigarh Traffic Police has been suspended for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 200 from an offender who jumped the lights. Daljit Singh stopped a vehicle (HR01-N-9292) near Aroma last evening.

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