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Towards Peaceful Poll
Student bodies pledge non-violence
Chandigarh, August 19
A history of sorts was made today on Panjab University campus when all the student organisations took an oath not to resort to any violent activities for achieving the political goals.

7 schools get resumption notices
Mohali, August 19
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) here has issued resumption notices to seven schools for alleged violation of allotment terms. These schools, according to officials, have not admitted the stipulated number of students from economically weaker sections. They are required to waive the tuition fee of these students.

UHBVN in spot over spot billing
Panchkula, August 19
On-the-spot billing by Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN), launched as a pilot project, has run into trouble.While complaints of inflated bills and wrong readings have flooded offices of electricity complaint centres, department officials say the non-cooperative attitude of the public is a major impediment in the implementation if this scheme.

In Basta
A murder angle remains unprobed

Ramesh Chawla Chandigarh, August 19
After five years and examination of more than 80 suspects and witnesses, the murder mystery of Ramesh Chawla, a commission agent of the Sector 26 grain market, remains unsolved.
                                        Ramesh Chawla




EARLIER STORIES

Software flaw costs IAF Rs 8 cr
Chandigarh, August 19
Flaws in check codes of the IAF’s information technology systems handling accounts have resulted in overpayment of allowances totalling over Rs 8 crore to airmen.

COMMUNITY


Sinking back lanes worry Sec 22 residents
Chandigarh, August 19

Buildings in Sector 22, one of the oldest inhabited areas in the city, are sinking due to number of reasons. A majority of complaints link the sinking of earth to leakage in the water supply lines and some pertain to digging work carried out by telecom companies. Much to the dismay of the residents, the poor maintenance of essential services in different pockets of the sector has become a constant irritant. Rear boundary walls of several houses have developed cracks as the back-lane area is caving in at several places and the rain water entering the cracks has made the matter worse.



Cracks in the rear boundary wall of a house in Sector 22, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
Cracks in the rear boundary wall of a house in Sector 22, Chandigarh.

 
Car hits ‘blind’ divider
Chandigarh, August 19
It seems that the authorities concerned are waiting for a major tragedy to happen to finally install glow signs on a newly constructed median on the road in front of Sector 31-C market.



A car was damaged after hitting a divider in Sector 31, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
A car was damaged after hitting a divider in Sector 31, Chandigarh, on Sunday.

Man asked to pay rent for house he never occupied
Chandigarh, August 19
The Chandigarh Administration is seeking house rent for a period of 12 years from a former employee who never even lived in the house. The man is already waging "a war" against his illegal termination and non payment of dues by the administration.

Beaten up for leaving Cong
Panchkula, August 19

Former vice-president of the Youth Congress (district unit) Joginder Singh, who joined the BJP at a function yesterday, was allegedly beaten up by activists of the Youth Congress late last night. In a complaint to the police, Joginder Singh said a few office-bearers saw a news item pertaining to his joining the BJP on the local cable. “I had some money due from one of the office-bearers and asked him to return it. I got a call from him abusing me for joining the BJP. He called me at a motel in the Industrial Area, maintaining that he would give me my money,” Joginder said.


Joginder Singh shows his bruises in Panchkula on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh
Joginder Singh shows his bruises in Panchkula on Sunday.

Jain elected press club chief
Mohali, August 19
Shashi Pal Jain and Darshan Singh were elected president and general secretary of the Mohali District Press Club, respectively, here yesterday.

A group of architects from Spain visited Government College of Art in Chandigarh’s Sector 10 on Sunday to learn about Le Corbusier’s works.
ON WHEELS OF LEARNING: A group of architects from Spain visited Government College of Art in Chandigarh’s Sector 10 on Sunday to learn about Le Corbusier’s works. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Rotary helps save child’s life
Fortis foots neurosurgery bill
Mohali, August 19
Three-year-old Laksh has undergone successful open heart surgery as well as neurosurgery at Fortis Hospital, Mohali. Laksh was diagnosed with a hole in heart when he was just two months old. A son of poor parents living in Ferozepur, Laksh underwent heart surgery free of cost under the Rotary project while the neurosurgery expenses were borne by the hospital.

Fragging
Ex-servicemen find fault with report
Mohali, August 19
Lt-Col S.S. Sohi, president of the Ex-Servicemen Grievances Cell, Mohali, has stated that while finding a solution to the problem of fragging in the forces, officers have been blamed by the parliamentary committee because there is no representation of the forces in the decision-making body of Parliament.

Early morning showers add a spring in the steps of morning walkers at Sukhna Lake on Sunday.
Early morning showers add a spring in the steps of morning walkers at Sukhna Lake on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh

Al-Anon celebrates anniversary
Members share experiences during meeting
Chandigarh, August 19
Alcoholism is an illness and a change in attitude could aid recovery, believe the members of Al-Anon Family Group, which held its anniversary meeting at Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, last evening.

AWWA week celebrations at Chandimandir
Chandigarh, August 19
As many as 1,500 participants, including about 200 women and 400 children, along with officers and men of an infantry brigade, joined in a ‘Run for Fun’ event today. The occasion marked the beginning of week-long celebrations of the Army Wives’ Welfare Association (AWWA) raising day at Chandimandir. Commander of the Infantry Brigade Brig N.K. Misra flagged off the 3.5-km run.

Bhatti’s ‘Mad Arts’ readies for launch
Mohali, August 19
Jaspal Bhatti’s Film School ‘Mad Arts’ would be formally inaugurated by MP and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday at 11.30 am at Bhatti’s Film Studio in Mohali. MP Navjot Singh Sidhu is scheduled to be the guest of honour.

Poor Amenities
Sector 17 traders submit memo to civic body
Chandigarh, August 19
A section of the traders in Sector 17 have complained about the poor quality of amenities available in the sector.

Moved to safety, says who?
Chandigarh, August 19

Allotees of Type 13 houses, recently issued notices by the Chandigarh administration to vacate homes in Sector 10 as these had become unsafe, are in for a shock.


Concrete that has fallen of a beam in a Sector 24 house in Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
Concrete that has fallen of a beam in a Sector 24 house in Chandigarh.

Tribune employee bereaved
Chandigarh, August 19
Des Raj Batta, father of N.K. Batta, an executive with The Tribune, died after a prolonged illness today. He was 95.

Rickshawpuller found hanging
Panchkula, August 19
Thirty-five year old Suraj Bhan, a rickshawpuller in Rajiv Colony, was found hanging at his one-room tenement this morning.

Labourer commits suicide
Chandigarh, August 19
The body of Raju, a migrant labourer in his early 20s, was found hanging from a ceiling fan hook at his rented accommodation in Hallo Majra village, here, this afternoon. The police, while quoting relatives of the deceased, said it was a case of suicide.

 
CRIME

26-yr-old electrocuted
Chandigarh, August 19
A 26-year-old Hallomajra resident was electrocuted while repairing high tension wires in the Industrial Area, here, this afternoon.

Man held for molesting sister-in-law
Chandigarh, august 19
A Sector 56 resident was arrested today for allegedly molesting his sister-in-law at her residence in the same sector.

235 booked for violating traffic rules
Chandigarh, August 19
The Chandigarh Traffic Police has booked 235 motorists for violating traffic rules and regulations in various parts of the city.

 
BUSINESS

Challaning of liquor vends
Retailer not responsible for packaging, says merchants’ body
Chandigarh, August 19
Reacting to the challaning of two liquor vends by the weights and measures department for selling liquor in attractive packages which do not mention the date of manufacture, the Chandigarh Wine Merchants Association has stated that the packaging had been done by the liquor company and not the retailer.

Extension of scheme sought
Mohali, August 19
The Mohali Industries Association yesterday urged finance minister P. Chidambaram to extend the Credit-Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme up to March 30, 2009.

Gold Rush
Stable prices add glitter to gold sale
Chandigarh, August 19
City residents seem to be cashing in on the more or less stable gold prices for the past few weeks. With the wedding and festival season around the corner, they seem to be making the most of the low gold prices, state industry experts.

 
EDUCATION

Accenture selects 214 at placement camp
Mohali, August 19
The efforts made by Chandigarh Engineering College (CEC) for the placements of students have started showing up with Accenture, an over $ 16 billion MNC, recruiting 214 students during the joint placement camp organised by the college. These students would take care of the company’s operations in various parts of the country.

From Schools
Teachers get tips in phonetics
Mohali, August 19
Ayesha Bhatia, an expert in phonetics from St. Xavier’s School, New Delhi, held a workshop in Shivalik Public School here for nearly 50 teachers from both Chandigarh and Mohali branches and lecturers of the Shivalik Institute of Education and Research under the guidance of director D.S. Bedi.


 
CULTURE

Lawyer captures everyday life in ‘Opri Hawa’
Chandigarh, August 19
Ripudaman Singh Roop takes on the perpetrators of social evils in his latest collection of short stories titled ‘Opri Hawa’. Released today by former advocate general, Punjab, R.S. Cheema, the book features 12 short stories, each based on a situation that seems to have gone wrong.


Ripudaman Singh Roop with his anthology of short stories, ‘Opri Hawa’, that was released in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photograph
Ripudaman Singh Roop with his anthology of short stories, ‘Opri Hawa’, that was released in Chandigarh on Sunday.


HEALTH

Docs sound parents on perils of jaundice in babies
Chandigarh, August 19
Parents of jaundiced newborn babies should immediately seek medical attention whenever some indication relating to the disease surfaces in the child. Doctors stated this on the last day of the two-day Single Theme Workshop on Newborn Jaundice at PGI, here today.

Seminar on HIV and social justice
Chandigarh, August 19
Head, Community Medicine, PGIMER, Dr Rajesh Kumar delivered a crisp lecture at the seminar on ‘HIV in India and Social Justice’ that the World News Service organised at the CII, here yesterday. He said the only way to keep the HIV virus at bay was to practice abstinence, be faithful and use a condom.

 
SPORTS

S N Vohra Tourney
Row over age mars opening match
Chandigarh, August 19
Seniors donning the robes of juniors of the Chandigarh Hockey Academy (CHA) not only got their team out of the 6th edition of the SN Vohra Memorial Sub-Junior (u-14) Hockey Tournament on the opening day today, but also brought to limelight the apathy of the administration in selecting genuine players for the academy.
A hockey match between DAV-8 and Doraha team in progress at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, in Chandigarh on Sunday.
A hockey match between DAV-8 and Doraha team in progress at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Where religion nurtures sports
Chandigarh, August 19
The Baba Sri Chand Sports Club, running from the premises of Sri Guru Nanak Sagar gurdwara in Sector 39-C, is aiming to produce players for the Commonwealth Games 2010 and Asian Games 2012.


GETTING TIPS: (From left) Balwinder Singh gives shot put tips to Kashish Khanna at the Baba Sri Chand Sports Club in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik
Balwinder Singh gives shot put tips to Kashish Khanna at the Baba Sri Chand Sports Club in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Ravinder is athletics team manager
Chandigarh, August 19
Ravinder Chaudhry, joint secretary of the Athletics Federation of India, and senior lecturer in physical education at DAV College, Sector 10, has been nominated as the manager of the Indian athletics team, which is going to participate in the 11th IAAF World Athletics Championships to be held from August 25 to September 2 in Osaka (Japan).

Jagbir pedals to victory
Panchkula, August 19
Jagbir of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula, clinched the first place in the 5 km time trial segment while Akshay of St Soldier’s School, Panchkula, grabbed the first position in the 5 km mass start category in the cycle competition held near Herbal Park, Sector 26, here, today.

Kickboxing meet from Sept 15
Chandigarh, August 19
The Chandigarh Kickboxing Association (CKA) will organise the state sub-junior and junior championships on September 15 and 16 on the premises of IS Dev Samaj School, Sector 21, here. This was decided at a meeting of the executive committee chaired by CKA president Karan Avtar Singh held recently.

Top honours for Panipat skaters
Panchkula, August 19
The u-14 girls’ team of Panchkula won the first position in the yoga competitions held today at Haryana Model School, Sector 10, on the inaugural day of the 42nd Haryana School State Games.

Former basketball player dies
Chandigarh, August 19
Pardeep Bhalla, secretary of the Chandigarh Basketball Association, died while playing a game in the morning at Sports Complex, Sector 7, here today.

Carrom tourney from Sept 1
Chandigarh, August 19
The Chandigarh Carrom Association will organise the 10th Raj Kumar Babuta Memorial Prize Money Carrom Ranking Tournament from September 1 to 3 at St Stephen's School -45. Singles event will be conducted in the senior and junior categories under the men/boys and women/girls sections.



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