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Water-logging endangers Mother Teresa home
Chandigarh, August 26
Even as permanent blockage of rainwater drains threatens to flood and damage Mother Teresa Home, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has intervened to ensure damage-control at the earliest.

Hallomajra structures regularised
Chandigarh, August 26
The UT Administrator is learnt to have given his consent to regularising over 700 structures on 33 acres of land in Deep complex, Hallomajra. The decision will benefit at least 3,000 families.

Policemen enjoy a cards session and one of them a beedi outside the Panjab University student centre, a ‘no smoking’ zone, in Chandigarh on Sunday. LAW GROUNDED: Policemen enjoy a cards session and one of them a beedi outside the Panjab University student centre, a ‘no smoking’ zone, in Chandigarh on Sunday.—Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Information sought on axing trees
Chandigarh, August 26
Reacting to a story on the Chandigarh administration cutting 230 trees in Industrial Area for new malls, R.K. Garg, a resident of Sector 27, has sought information under the Right to Information Act (RTI) from the municipal corporation regarding the trees.

Lovers die in suicide pact
Zirakpur, August 26
A 25-year-old man was found dead at the Chhat Bir zoo yesterday with a glass full of poison nearby. The police concluded it was just another suicide. This morning at Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandigarh, a 30-year-old married woman was reported to have died of poisoning too and a sordid tale of an extra-marital alliance culminating in a suicide pact was found.


EARLIER STORIES

RTI Act
Kanungo fined Rs 25,000
Chandigarh, August 26
The Estate Office of the Chandigarh administration is in trouble yet again with the Central Information Commission (CIC) imposing a fine of Rs 25,000 on a kanungo for not providing requisite information to Shakuntala Sethi of Sector 28.

In Basta
Leads lead cops nowhere in murder case
Chandigarh, August 26
Failing to track the killers of Mainpal Singh, an inkman at the Haryana Cooperative Press, Industrial Area here, who was found brutally murdered in Sector 45 on Independence Day in 2003, the police sent the case as untraced after working on it for 30 months.

High alert sounded in city
Chandigarh, August 26
The city police today sounded high alert in the wake of the bomb blasts that rocked Hyderabad on Saturday.


COMMUNITY

Miffed GPA holders approach head of coop societies
Chandigarh, August 26
Even as the Chandigarh administration clears the mega projects post-haste, issues of public welfare continue to hang fire for years together. A case in point is the regularisation of the general power of attorney (GPA) holders in the cooperative housing societies in the UT.
Hundreds of GPA holders of such flats in the housing cooperative societies in Chandigarh are yet to get ownership rights as the Chandigarh Administration has failed to frame a policy.
Hundreds of GPA holders of such flats in the housing cooperative societies in Chandigarh are yet to get ownership rights as the Chandigarh Administration has failed to frame a policy. —A Tribune photograph

Crusade for Heritage
Original residents seek recognition
Chandigarh, August 26
If the Chandigarh Administration has started the work to preserve the works of Le Corbusier, the master architect, it should also work on saving bits of history from the 50 villages whose people gave their land for the emergence of one of the greatest modern day cities in the world. The history of more than 500-year-old villages, which were uprooted to make way for the city, deserves to be recognised.

Inspired by Maya’s UP magic, CVM to merge with BSP
Chandigarh, August 26
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati’s UP experiment of social engineering is set to be replicated in Chandigarh with the former union minister and president of Chandigarh Vikas Manch (CVM) Harmohan Dhawan throwing his lot with the party.
A scene of a road cave-in in Sector 22 following the recent heavy rains in Chandigarh.
A scene of a road cave-in in Sector 22 following the recent heavy rains in Chandigarh. —Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
The college bus (HR-68-7502) that was completely burnt after it caught fire due to a short-circuit near showrooms of pocket no. 8 in Mani Majra on Sunday. The bus, which used to ferry students of Swami Devi Dayal College, Barwala, had no one on board at the time of the incident.
The college bus (HR-68-7502) that was completely burnt after it caught fire due to a short-circuit near showrooms of pocket no. 8 in Mani Majra on Sunday. The bus, which used to ferry students of Swami Devi Dayal College, Barwala, had no one on board at the time of the incident. —A Tribune photograph

10 hurt in accident
Lalru, August 26
Ten persons, including five women, were injured when the Tata Sumo in which they were travelling crashed into an autorickshaw here this morning. They were on their way to Raipur Rani to attend a bhog ceremony.

PU Poll
Student bodies await admn nod for elections
Chandigarh, August 26
Will Panjab University get the nod of the UT Administration to hold elections to the student body this year is a million dollar question. Nevertheless the election fever is in full swing at different college campus.

IAF man dies in accident
Chandigarh, August 26
A sergeant posted at the local Air Force station, John Joseph, lost his life in a hit-and-run accident in Phase II, Industrial Area, last night. He was in his mid-thirties.

Dairy prices rise due to less yield
Chandigarh, August 26
There has been a sharp increase in the prices of the dairy products over the last month. With the production of milk declining during the past couple of months, the prices were bound to rise, retailers said here today.The milk prices were quoted at Rs 10.50 per half kg for the Verka brand. The price was Rs 9.50 last month.

Simrit Josan Serving the mankind - Simrit Josan
Chandigarh, August 26
She is all set to head an all-women’s ‘lion’ team and take her ‘pride’ a long way in the service of her society. Tomorrow as the soft-spoken Simrit Josan is appointed as president of the all-woman Lions Club Nightingale at an installation ceremony, she is determined that nothing, not even her gentle demeanour will come in the way of her making a difference.

Students showcase flair for writing
Chandigarh, August 26
As many as 103 school students participated in a one-day workshop on creative writing organised by the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademy at their conference hall yesterday.

Decomposed body of man found
Chandigarh, August 26
A highly decomposed body of an unidentified man, who was apparently strangled to death, was found lying near government tubewell at Daria village, near here, this morning.

Letters


 
CRIME

Man held for attacking in-laws’ house
Chandigarh, August 26
The police yesterday arrested a Panchkula resident accused of throwing burning bottles of petrol at his wife’s Sector 37 residence on August 17.

Indira Colony resident held with 170 kg beef
Chandigarh, August 26
The police arrested a resident of Indira Colony for possessing over 170 kg beef, here last night. Ayub (60) was held from Bapu Dham Colony.



 
EDUCATION

From Schools & Colleges
Presentation to enlighten students on global warming
Chandigarh, August 26
The students of Ryan International School, Sector 49,Chandigarh were enlightened on conservation of Mother Earth during the “Cool Mother Earth Day” celebrations held at school premises on Sunday by Mr. Arun D Ahluwalia, FGS, Professor in Geology, PU, Chandigarh. The interactive session commenced with a multimedia presentation depicting massive destruction caused by rising level of sea and melting of ice caps due to global warming.


 
CULTURE

Onam celebrations bring joy to ashram inmates
Chandigarh, August 26
Kerala Sastra Kala Manch, a voluntary organisation, working for the uplift of the downtrodden, today organised a special celebration of “Onam” for the inmates of Chandi Kusht Ashram, Sector 47. The festivities brought alive the joy of Onam, the traditional festival of Kerala. The idea was to reach out to those suffering from leprosy and involve them in festivity.

Students present Bharatnatyam at Chandi Kusht Ashram, Sector47, Chandigarh, during Onam celebration organised by Kerala Sastra Kala Manch on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Students present Bharatnatyam at Chandi Kusht Ashram, Sector47, Chandigarh, during Onam celebration organised by Kerala Sastra Kala Manch on Sunday.

Heritage festival in Oct
Chandigarh, August 26
The UT administration and city residents will celebrate the Chandigarh Heritage Festival on October 7 and 8.

Vir Das casts a comic spell
Chandigarh, August 26
Truth is the funniest thing, says stand-up comedian Vir Das, who was in the city yesterday to stage "Son of a Switch", his latest production which looks at battle of the sexes in a rather funny way.



HEALTH

Fortis offers to set up 2 health cities
Chandigarh, August 26
Fortis Health Care has offered to set up two health cities in Punjab. These ‘integrated health townships’ will have a hospital, a medical college, a dental college, a nursing college and a technical institute in a common campus.

Diagnostic centre inaugurated
Chandigarh, August 26
Patients requiring angiography need not go for bed rest after the procedure as noninvasive technology was launched here today.

GH-6 all set to provide better health care
Panchkula, August 26
Better facilities, augmented staff strength and the latest in technology at the service of the patients - General Hospital, Sector 6, has never had it better and there’s a lot more in the offing.


 
SPORTS

SN Vohra Tourney
Malwa school pocket title
Chandigarh, August 26
Malwa Khalsa School, Ludhiana, scripted a scintillating win against Maharaja Ranjit Singh Academy, Amritsar, 2-0 in the final match of the 6th SN Vohra Sub-junior (u-14) hockey tournament.



Victory cry
: Jubilant players of Malwa Khalra School, Ludhiana, who won the 6th SN Vohra Sub-junior Hockey Tournament held at the Sector 42 hockey stadium in Chandigarh on Sunday. —A Tribune photograph

Victory cry: Jubilant players of Malwa Khalra School, Ludhiana, who won the 6th SN Vohra Sub-junior Hockey Tournament held at the Sector 42 hockey stadium in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Jyoti wins laurels in table soccer
Chandigarh, August 26
Jyoti Kaushik of Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, Chandigarh, emerged winner in the girls’ u-18 singles category of the all-India invitational table soccer championship, which concluded at Banyan Tree School, here, today.

GNPS CCA lift trophy
Chandigarh, August 26
With his deadly bowling (3 for 12), Abhishek helped hosts GNPS and CCA Academy to lift the first CCA U-11 Gold Cup Cricket Tournament, organised by GNPS and CCA Academy, Sector 36, at Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS), Sector 36, here today.

Inter-district Cricket
Patiala set up final date with Amritsar
Patiala, August 26
Patiala youngsters displayed tremendous grit to take a 37-run lead in the first innings against Jalandhar in the semifinal match of the Punjab Inter-district U-22 Cricket Tournament, which concluded at Dhruv Pandove Stadium, here, today.

Mini Tennis
Seerat in last two
Chandigarh, August 26 
Seerat secured a berth in the finals of the Independence Day Mini Tennis Tournament, beating Sukhmani 10-4 in the girls’ semifinal at CLTA Stadium, Sector 10, here today. 

Kartik skates to victory
Zirakpur, August 26
Kartik Mehta clinched the top position while Shivam Taneja stood second and Aneesh Sood third in the Third Shrimati Rama Dikshit Memorial All-India Dikshant Roller Skating Championship-2007, which concluded at Dikshant International School, here, today.

KV Pinjore boys grab gold
Chandi Mandir, August 26
The Kendriya Vidyalaya, CRPF, Pinjore, team clinched gold medal, defeating KV, Rohtak, by a mammoth margin (25-7) in the Regional Inter-KV Boys’ Handball Tournament held at KV No. 1, Chandi Mandir, today. The Chandi Mandir team got the third position by defeating the Ambala Cantonment team by 15-8.


ADMINISTRATION

Nod to commercial use of basement
Chandigarh, August 26
The Chandigarh Administration has allowed the commercial use of basement in plots measuring up to 2 kanals in the Industrial Area.



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