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GMADA auction fetches Rs 76.69 cr
Mohali, August 21
Commercial and residential properties in Mohali just went out of the reach of the common man. The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) today earned Rs 76. 69 crore from the auction of 66 sites in the township against the reserve price of Rs 43.95 crore.

PU leader Goldy arrested for assault
Chandigarh, August 21

The police today arrested Dalbir Singh Goldy, president of the Panjab University Campus Student’s Council, and Vikaramjit Singh for allegedly assaulting and threatening a Mohali resident in a Sector 8-based discothèque on Sunday night.

Cop Rot
Sitting pretty on plum posts
Chandigarh, August 21
IGPs will come and go but “blue-eyed” officials remain at crucial posts. This despite the fact that the central vigilance commission (CVC) has issued clear directions against posting of officials for over three years on sensitive posts.

Cop faces youth wrath
Chandigarh, August 21
In less than a month after a Chandigarh police constable had fallen prey to the rage of rowdy youths, another constable was thrashed by three car-borne youths in front of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, here this afternoon. The youths, however, sped away in their car, which was bearing a SOPU sticker.




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COMMUNITY

Centre keen on more woman judges
Chandigarh, August 21
For a country which has celebrated the rise of a woman to the post of President, it is indeed a matter of concern that there are only 6.5 per cent women judges in the higher judiciary.

15-month-old boy fights a losing battle
Needs Rs 65 lakh for rare surgery
Chandigarh, August 21
Fifteen-month-old Om Kapoor may appear cheerful but he is inching towards death, with no medical centre in India equipped enough to conduct the procedure that can save his life. Diagnosed with Wiskott Aldrich Syndrome (WAS), the rarest among primary immunodeficiency disorders known to occur among boys with a frequency of four in a million, Om needs a highly complicated bone marrow transplant for which his doctors haven’t been able to find a matching bone  marrow in India.

Om with his mother Ritu Kapoor. —Tribune photo by  Manoj Mahajan

Om with his mother Ritu Kapoor.

Army summer camp for Lebanese kids
Chandigarh, August 21
As part of its humanitarian activities in strife-torn southern Lebanon, 15 Punjab organised a two-day summer camp for Lebanese children, this week.

Team to probe J&K depot fire
Chandigarh, August 21
The Defence Ministry has constituted a fact-finding team to enquire the August 11 fire at the Army’s biggest ammunition depot in Jammu and Kashmir. The team will leave for Khundroo tomorrow. The team is led by Binoy Kumar, joint secretary, Ordnance, in the ministry and includes a high-level official from the Home Ministry, a statement issued here said.

Molestation bid in Army hospital
Nursing assistant gets 1-yr RI
Chandigarh, August 21
An Army nursing assistant has been dismissed from service and awarded one year rigorous imprisonment for allegedly attempting to sexually assault a woman patient admitted to a military hospital, it is learnt.

Bringing up terror at global forum
Chandigarh, August 21
Punjab’s former director-general of police (DGP) Sarabjit Singh believes Interpol has become “too bureaucratic” in its functioning.

ROLE REVERSAL: A sequence of images shows constable Vijay Pal being thrashed by some youths in front of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.
ROLE REVERSAL: A sequence of images shows constable Vijay Pal being thrashed by some youths in front of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.

PU Poll
PUSU candidate meets Sobti
Chandigarh, August 21
The pledge for non-violence undertaken by various students unions at PU is bearing fruits, albeit of a different kind. Instead of the customary clashes, students unions are now forging customary alliances in the run-up to the student council elections.

30 scholars to attend seminar
Panchkula, August 21
The Haryana Urdu Akademy in collaboration with the National Council for the Promotion of Urdu, Government of India is organising a three-day seminar on legendary poet, Raghupati Sahai 'Firaq Gorkahpuri' at the ICSSR Conference Hall of the Panjab University. Over thirty eminent scholars and critics of Urdu and Hindi will read out their papers during the seminar, spanning over six sessions.

UT projects: Bansal miffed at sloppy replies
Chandigarh, August 21
Taking a dig at the Chandigarh administration’s claim of transparency in supplying information, Pawan Kumar Bansal, minister of state for finance and the local member of Parliament said he was peeved at the “lackadaisical approach of the authorities in replying to his queries posted in April 14 this year.”

RLA to issue new smart cards from today
Chandigarh, August 21
The applicants, who have been waiting to get driving licence and registration documents (RC) in the form of a high security smart card will finally get these tomorrow.

ISO certification training for Sec 17 cops begins
Chandigarh, August 21
The Chandigarh police today launched a two-day training programme for staff of the Sector 17 police station to impart training them for ISO: 9001: 2000 certification.


Police personnel attend a programme for ISO 9001:2000 certification at Sector 17 police station, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.— A Tribune photograph

Police personnel attend a programme for ISO 9001:2000 certification at Sector 17 police station, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.

Patient ‘denied’ ventilator, dies
Chandigarh, August 21
Yet another patient lost his life at PGI due to the shortage of ventilators and this time the victim was an employee of the institute. Raj Kumar, a safai karamchari at the institute, had been admitted to the hospital's emergency ward after suffering an epileptic attack on August 18.

Roots in boots

Children plant saplings in their shoes at Stowery Kids in Patiala on Tuesday.
Children plant saplings in their shoes at Stowery Kids in Patiala on Tuesday. —Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Umesh is ZP chief
Panchkula, August 21
Umesh Sood was chosen chairman of the Zila Parishad at a meeting attended by the local MLA and deputy chief minister, Chander Mohan, and parliamentary secretary and Naraingarh MLA Ram Kishen, here today.

Discipline, unity in party top priority: Mullana
Panchkula, August 21
After visiting all 20 districts of the state, the president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, Phool Chand Mullana, said today that his only priority would be to inculcate discipline and keep the Congress workers together.

PGI prof dies
Chandigarh, August 21
Prof Anil Malhotra, department of psychiatry, PGIMER, Chandigarh, died of cardiac arrest here today. He was 58. — TNS

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CRIME

Two cops held for graft
Chandigarh, August 21
CBI sleuths tonight nabbed in charge of the Mauli Jagran police post, SI Baljit Singh, constable Ballu Singh, while allegedly taking Rs 20,000 bribe from a Behlana resident.

Man accuses driver of stealing Rs 8.9 lakh
Chandigarh, August 21
A Shimla resident alleged that his driver, Raj Kishore, stole his bag containing Rs 8.9 lakh and other articles from his car parked in Industrial Area on Monday.



 
EDUCATION

From Colleges
MCM DAV holds Rotaract Princess Contest
Chandigarh, August 21
The MCM DAV Rotary Club organised ‘The Rotaract Princess Contest and Cultural Eve’ today at the college premises. The annual event was organised to raise funds for charity, and this year, the targetted charity is ‘The Heart Line’ - for the heart surgery of the poor.


COURTS

... Going on 62
Soon-to-retire PU teachers to continue
HC interim order brings relief
Chandigarh, August 21
Issuing notice to the Panjab University over a petition filed by members of various faculties, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered that the petitioners - due to attain the age of 62 (superannuation age) - would continue in service. This is an interim order depending on the respondents’ reply and also on the final outcome of the petition.

Hawara seeks copy of evidence
Chandigarh, August 21
The High Court has asked Jagtar Singh Hawara, convicted in the Beant Singh assassination case, to appear in court on August 28 for hearing on confirmation of his death sentence, said A.S. Chahal, defence lawyer.

Custodial death
Crime branch files affidavit
Chandigarh, August 21
The UT police today submitted CCTV recordings, medical and other reports retated to the alleged custodial death of Anil Kumar, a Colony No 4 resident, to the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Crime branch’ s investigating officer SI Satbir Singh filed an affidavit. A Division Bench comprising Mr Justice Uma Nath Singh and Mr Justice Rajive Bhalla said the Bench needed time to peruse the material and adjourned the case for tomorrow.


 
CULTURE
Bhatti’s Mad Arts gets rolling
Mohali, August 21
Member parliament and President Shiromani Akali Dal, Sukhbir Singh Badal inaugurated Mad Arts,  Jaspal Bhatti Film School here today. 

(L-R) Jaspal Bhatti, SAD president Sukhbir Badal, MP Navjot Singh Sidhu and Savita Bhatti at the inauguration of Bhatti’s Mad Arts in Mohali on Tuesday. —Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

(L-R) Jaspal Bhatti, SAD president Sukhbir Badal, MP Navjot Singh Sidhu and Savita Bhatti at the inauguration of Bhatti’s Mad Arts in Mohali on Tuesday.


 
SPORTS

GRM, Uttam academy enter semis
Chandigarh, August 21
GRM Academy, New Delhi, and Baba Uttam Singh Hockey Academy, Khadur Sahib, moved to the semi-finals of the 6th SN Vohra Sub-junior (U-14) Hockey Tournament being played at the Sector 42 hockey stadium, here.

CROSSING STICKS: A match in progress during the 6th SN Vohra Sub-junior U-14 Hockey Tournament at the Sector 42 hockey stadium in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

CROSSING STICKS: A match in progress during the 6th SN Vohra Sub-junior U-14 Hockey Tournament at the Sector 42 hockey stadium in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Nikhat, Chahat swim to glory
Chandigarh, August 21
Nikhat Pannu of Caramel Convent-9 emerged winner in the u-17 girls’ category of the inter-school swimming competition being held at the Government College, Sector 11, here.

DAV crush Carmel Convent
Chandigarh, August 21
DAV School registered a thrilling (9-0) win against the Carmel Convent School in the opening match of the inter-school football meet held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, here, today. 



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