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Cops show true colours
Prove black always remains black
Chandigarh, August 27

The police was put to an unusual task today when its personnel at the Sector 19 police station had to wash a horse to confirm its colour. It was alleged that the owner of the horse had dyed his animal black to dupe people by selling its worn shoes, considered a good omen, to them.

HORSESHOE SENSE: Many believe that to hang the shoe of a black horse with ends pointing upwards is good luck as a storage container of sorts for any good luck that happens to be floating by. Others believe that no matter which way you hang the horseshoe, good luck will fall out.

Anil Kumar with his horse
Anil Kumar with his horse

Porches in VIP homes
Chandigarh, August 27
The UT administration is violating its own building bylaws, so it seems. No procedure has been followed in constructing porches in a row of houses in Sector 7 where the top brass of the administration and Punjab and Haryana lives.
Porches in Sector 7 government houses in Chandigarh which have come up in violation of building bylaws Porches in Sector 7 government houses in Chandigarh which have come up in violation of building bylaws.
— A Tribune photograph




EARLIER STORIES

Garg again, his notice has 60-yr-old on the run
Chandigarh, August 27
Ankur Garg, SDM (central), accused of thrashing a minor boy at Janta Colony, Naya Gaon, in May during a protest over the construction of PGI boundary, has apparently landed into another trouble for issuing a notice to an elderly man of Nada Sahib village in Panchkula district.                                              
      Ankur Garg

Ankur Garg


Sister Act

A young girl selects a rakhi at the Sector 20 market in Chandigarh
A young girl selects a rakhi at the Sector 20 market in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

National Sports Day
UT wings show their paces
Chandigarh, August 27
An important occasion like the National Sports Day on August 29 has failed to unite various wings of the Chandigarh administration. The day is organised to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Dhyan Chand.

Tattoo on arm gave him AIDS
Chandigarh, August 27
Getting a tattoo on an arm turned out to be life threatening for 18-year-old Deepak. He will always repent letting that HIV+ infected needle enter his body.

COMMUNITY

BJP district chief’s resignation accepted
Panchkula, August 27
The high command of the Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Janta Party, today, accepted the resignation of Ravinder Sehgal, district unit chief, who put in his papers on the grounds that the local leaders were not cooperating with him.

Notification eases construction norms around airfields
Chandigarh, August 27
The ministry of defence (MoD) has issued a fresh notification restricting construction around air force bases and other installations. The notification prohibits construction of any kind within an area of 100-900 metres from the perimeter of the airbase.

Shanti Kunj bears the Teej brunt        
Chandigarh, August 27
Controversies over the Teej festival organised by the municipal corporation over the weekend refuse to die. Two days after the event was organised, it has been observed that the walking path in Shanti Kunj has been partially destroyed, while the lawn has markings of tyre marks and sunken earth.


The damaged track in Shanti Kunj. — A Tribune photograph

The damaged track in Shanti Kunj

Congress grass all-pervasive
Panchkula, August 27
The Congress-ruled Municipal Council has a soft corner for Congress grass, evident from the way it has invaded the entire city. It dots the city landscape and residents’ welfare organisations have cried themselves hoarse seeking its removal but the Council remains unmoved.
Congress grass at the grounds of the Tau Devi Lal stadium in Sector 3 in Panchkula. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh 

Congress grass at the grounds of the Tau Devi Lal stadium in Sector 3 in Panchkula

BSNL fails to keep word on waiver, again
Chandigarh, August 27
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited continues to live up to its reputation of taking the subscribers for a ride. Close on the heels of the failure of the BSNL to refund the monthly rental for the telephones remaining out of order for more than three days in the wake of the June 30 fire at the Sector 17 telephone exchange, more complaints are pouring in from harassed subscribers.

Fervour marks Onam
Chandigarh, August 27
Fervour and gaiety marked the celebration of Onam, the most important festival of Keralites, in the city and the surrounding areas today. People tastefully decorated their homes with pookkalam (circular patterns of flower) to welcome the mythical king Mahabali, who returns to visit his subjects on the “thiruvonam” day of the month of “chingam” of the Malayalam calendar.

 
CRIME

Man held for stealing scooter
Chandigarh, August 27
The police has arrested a Sector 22 resident on the allegation of stealing a scooter. The police said Sukhwinder Singh of Baterla village lodged a complaint alleging that Suresh Kumar of Sector 22-B had stolen his Bajaj Chetak scooter (CH-01-S-5459) from his house on August 24.

Two arrested for robbery
Mohali, August 27
The local police today arrested two suspected drug addicts who had allegedly looted and beaten up two shopkeepers at gunpoint in Phase X, here. A part of the looted amount (Rs 36,000), two revolvers and 30 cartridges have been recovered from the duo.

Slapping Incident
Accused yet to be traced
Chandigarh, August 27
The police is yet to establish the identity of the youngsters who slapped a student of the GCG in Sector 11 here on August 23. Sources in the Sector 11 police station said so far the investigating officials were thinking that the youngsters could be wards of the Chandigarh police personnel, but their identity was yet to be confirmed.

Beaten and shot at
Panchkula, August 27
Jaibir (23), a resident of Barwala, was allegedly beaten up and shot at by unidentified men near Kami village, here today. Jaibir is admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh, where his condition is stated to be stable.

Man held for harassing in-laws
Panchkula, August 27
Vipin Kumar, a Sector 15 resident, was arrested by the Chandigarh Police for tossing a petrol bomb at the house on his in-laws in Chandigarh. Surprisingly, it seems he threw a similar bomb at their Sector 10 home as well.

Murder victim yet to be identified
Chandigarh, August 27
The police is yet to ascertain the identity of the man whose highly decomposed body was found near a government tubewell in Daria village on Sunday. SHO of the industrial area police station inspector said efforts were on to identify the victim.

Three quacks arrested
Dera Bassi, August 27
The local police has arrested three quacks who were running medical clinics without having the requisite degree. The health officials along with the CIA staff raided various clinics today.

 
EDUCATION

SAARC honour for PU professor

Chandigarh, August 27
Adding a unique feather to Panjab University’s academic cap, Prof R K Kolhi, coordinator-head, Centre for Environment and Vocational Studies, has been appointed to the SAARC Chair at Bangladesh, for this year. It is a special achievement for several reasons. While the SAARC Chair, Fellowship and Scholarship Scheme provides for several fellowships and scholarships, the Chair is a distinctive and singular appointment.


Professor R. K. Kohli
Professor R. K. Kohli

Agri-Discussion
Can we feed 10b people in 2050?
Chandigarh, August 27
“Investment in agricultural research is amongst the most productive investments that a government can make,” said Dr Manjit Singh Kang, vice-chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, at a panel discussion on "Punjab's lost pride: what should be done?" organised by Kadam, an NGO, in the city today.

Jasmine Guria (St Xavier School), Preeti Behl (Smart Kids School) and Shreya Kataria (Strawberry Field World School), winners of the Paint-A-Face contest organised by the Glass Palace in Chandigarh
Jasmine Guria (St Xavier School), Preeti Behl (Smart Kids School) and Shreya Kataria (Strawberry Field World School), winners of the Paint-A-Face contest organised by the Glass Palace in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Interaction session with senior citizens
Chandigarh, August 27
In order to assimilate the senior citizens to more of social activity, the Chandigarh Education Department has asked them to arrange an interaction session with the school children on regular basis.

Alliance Française centre in Panchkula
Chandigarh, August 27
The Alliance Française de Chandigarh will have an extension at Panchkula starting August 30. The classes will take place at Toddlers' School, Sector 10, Panchkula. The class timings will be 7 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. and 5:35 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

From Schools & Colleges
58 KVs participate in science exhibition
Panchkula, August 27
The 35th Jawaharlal Nehru science exhibition 2007-08 had a colourful inauguration at KV-2, Chandimandir here today. As many as 58 Kendriya Vidyalayas of the Chandigarh region, participated.

Students of Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology celebrating Rakhi with visually challenged children in Mohali on Monday.
— Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu
Students of Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology celebrating Rakhi with visually challenged children in Mohali

PU Notes
No financial crunch in PU, says VC
Chandigarh, August 27
Allaying fears Dr R.C. Sobti announced that there is no financial crunch in Panjab University. The University has sufficient bank balance to pay salaries up to November 2007 already, he said. He was addressing the B&C class employees of the University at the Law Auditorium here on Monday.

COURTS

Hawara unlikely to appear in court
Chandigarh, August 27
Whether Jagtar Singh Hawara, convicted in the high-profile Beant Singh assassination case, will be allowed to be present during the trial of his case at the high court tomorrow is still doubtful. Last week, the high court had asked him to appear before the court on August 28 to confirm his plea for the death sentence.

 
HEALTH

Total disc replacement, now at PGI
Chandigarh, August 27
With the successful surgery performed here today for total disc replacement, the PGI, Chandigarh, has ensured the artificial disc for masses in the region. Not more than 50 discs have been replaced in the country and most of these were in corporate hospitals, like Apollo Hospital, Chennai and Delhi, Amrita Hospital, Cochin, Max Hospital, Delhi, and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi.

Governor’s call against foeticide
Chandigarh, August 27
The Punjab governor and the UT Administrator, General (retd) S.F. Rodrigues, while extending his greetings on the auspicious occasion of "Raksha Bandhan", called upon the people to renew their firm resolve to actively join the drive against the unethical practice of female foeticide.

Lift trouble in GMCH-32
Chandigarh, August 27
The lifts in the A block of Government College and Hospital, Sector 32, have again gone out of order leaving the staff and attendants in a lurch.

Physiotherapy centre for sportspersons
Chandigarh, August 27
To facilitate sportspersons, staff, faculty and their families, a physiotherapy and rehabilitation medicine centre has come up at Gymnasium Hall, Panjab University campus here today.
PU V-C RC Sobti and DUI SK Kulkarni exercise at the new physiotherapy centre at PU on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tiwari

PU V-C RC Sobti and DUI SK Kulkarni exercise at the new physiotherapy centre at PU

 
SPORTS

Budding city skaters make it to nationals
Panchkula, August 27
Three local budding skaters Anshul Sharma, Megha Bisht and Bhavya Bansal have been selected for the All-India National School Championship, which is likely to be held in October this year at Goa. The skaters have grabbed gold medals in the state schools championship held from August 19 to 22.

Sports Day at GC-11 losing sheen
Chandigarh, August 27
National Sports Day, which falls on August 29, will no longer be the same for students of Government College, Sector 11. Unlike the past many years, when the day would be marked by a number of sports activities, including a basketball match, volleyball match, football match, tug of war and a swimming competition, this time there will only be a swimming competition and a cross country.
Concrete-mixing machine lying in disuse at Government College, Sector 11, in Chandigarh
Concrete-mixing machine lying in disuse at Government College, Sector 11, in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

MG Cup cricket tourney from Sept 2
Chandigarh, August 27
The Chandigarh Sports Club would organise the Second MG Cup League Cricket Tournament from September 2. Teams from banks, financial institutes and corporate sectors are eligible to participate in the tournament. The league matches will be of 25 overs and semi-finals would be of 30 overs and the final of 35 overs.

U-13 football fest begins today
Chandigarh, August 27
Three-day Chandigarh girls u-13 football festival for the RF Saupin Trophy will start tomorrow at Saupin's School, Sector 32, here. Eight teams from different schools of the city will participate. The teams will be divided into two groups.

Mandeep scripts PDCA win
Panchkula, August 27
An all-round performance by Mandeep Singh (71 runs and 2 for 38) helped Panchkula District Cricket Association to register victory over Rest of Haryana by 35 runs in a league match of the Haryana State Inter-district (U-22) Cricket Championship at the JR Institute of Cricket Technology, Barwala, here today.

Rakesh shines on Day 1
Chandigarh, August 27
A 62-run knock by Rakesh helped the Chandigarh Cricket Association (CCA) team to score 167 all out in 67 overs against Bhiwani District in the first innings of the two-day Haryana inter-district (u-15) league match at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here today.
Chandigarh batsman plays a shot against Bhiwani bowler during a Haryana inter-district (u-15) league match at Government Model Senior Secondary School-19 in Chandigarh
Chandigarh batsman plays a shot against Bhiwani bowler during a Haryana inter-district (u-15) league match at Government Model Senior Secondary School-19 in Chandigarh on Monday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Carmel Convent thrash DAV-15
Chandigarh, August 27
Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, thrashed DAV-15 40-10 in the first match of the eighth Pandit Mohan Lal Memorial Basketball Tournament, which started at PML SD School, Sector 32, here today.

ADMINISTRATION

Conversion
UT not to extend deadline
Chandigarh, August 27
The Chandigarh administration has decided not to give more time to industrialists to opt for conversion after the September 17 deadline. Adviser to the UT administrator Lalit Sharma said a two-year period was enough for the industrialists to make a choice


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