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4-laning of Zirakpur-Parwanoo road
Contract awarded to JP Group

Chandigarh, September 1
Travelling to Shimla, the queen of hills, is soon going be a smooth affair, with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) awarding the contract for the four-laning of the Zirakpur-Parwanoo stretch of National Highway 22. The Rs 295-crore project, which entails the construction of the Pinjore-Kalka-Parwanoo bypass, has been awarded to Jaiprakash and Associates on a built-operate-and-transfer (BOT) basis. It will have a concession period of 20 years, including a construction period of 30 months, sources said.

Braveheart foils snatching bid
Chandigarh, September 1
Displaying exemplary courage, a Maloya resident foiled an attempt by two unidentified motorcyclists to snatch his mobile phone near his village.

Custodial Death
Nod to polygraph test 
Chandigarh, September 1
Judge R.K. Singla here today gave nod to hold polygraph test of sub-inspector (SI) Narinder Singh, allegedly responsible for the custodial death of 21-year-old youth Anil Kumar at the Mani Majra police station. 

Over half of Army’s field ranges non-operational
Chandigarh, September 1
More than half of the Army’s field ranges are out of bounds for training activities.Of the 92 field firing ranges (FFRs) across the country, as many as 52 remain non-operational because they have not been re-notified by the respective state governments for use by the Army. 




COMMUNITY

Relief from unwanted phone calls
Chandigarh, September 1
Harassed subscribers can now get rid of the unwanted telemarketing calls as the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has launched the "national do not call registry".

Hitch-hiking rides around the world
Chandigarh, September 1
It was on January 1, 2003, when Ludovic Hubler stuck out his thumb in Strasbourg, France, for the first time and since then this twenty-something has been hitch-hiking across the world, learning the lessons from the best school, “the school of life”.


French hitch-hiker Ludovic Hubler makes a point while interacting with students of Government College, Sector 46, in Chandigarh on Saturday.—Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
French hitch-hiker Ludovic Hubler makes a point while interacting with students of Government College, Sector 46, in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Neerja Bhanot awards nominations
Chandigarh, September 1
The Neerja Bhanot Pan Am Trust has called nominations for the Neerja Bhanot Awards-2007.The awards, constituted in 1990, are given annually in the memory of Neerja Bhanot, the brave 23-year-old Indian airhostess who gave up her life saving the lives of hundreds of other passengers on board a Pan Am flight hijacked at Karachi airport on September 5, 1986.
Chairman of the Raj Gram Udyog Samiti being conferred the National Award for Excellency in the field of khadi and village industry by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi
Chairman of the Raj Gram Udyog Samiti being conferred the National Award for Excellency in the field of khadi and village industry by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi

LIC plans to go ‘paperless’
Chandigarh, September 1
Taking a giant leap in providing single window service to its policy holders, the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) plans to go “paperless” with the commissioning of its state-of-the-art enterprise data management system (EDMS) for digitising its 280 million policy records

It is a political conspiracy, says Ramnik
Chandigarh, September 1
Congress leader Ramnik Sharma, who was arrested after a CCTV camera was recovered from the bathroom of a paying guest accommodation given to two girls at his residence in Sector 38-C, here, alleged today that he was made a scapegoat of a political conspiracy.

Hotel owner’s son booked 
Chandigarh, September 1
Chandigarh police has booked Rohit Bajaj, son of Sweety Bajaj, the owner of Solitaire hotel, Manimajra for kidnapping, rioting and causing injury. The FIR was registered at Sector 3 police station following a complaint of Sidharth and Noshant, two Sector 44 residents, who alleged that late last night, they were kidnapped by Rohit Bajaj and some others, thrashed and then dumped in Panchkula. SHO of Sector 3 police station, while confirming the case, said that the accused were absconding and no arrests had been made so far.

144 motorists challaned
Chandigarh, September 1
The Chandigarh Traffic Police booked 144 motorists for violating traffic rules, here today.
Traffic lights at the Tribune Chowk are not properly synchronised and, as a result, those who enter the rotary when the light goes green are not able to exit properly. This photograph showing the resultant chaos was taken by Karam Singh on Saturday.
Traffic lights at the Tribune Chowk are not properly synchronised and, as a result, those who enter the rotary when the light goes green are not able to exit properly. This photograph showing the resultant chaos was taken by Karam Singh on Saturday. 

Race for UT chief engineer hots up
Chandigarh, September 1
With just two months left for UT chief engineer V.K. Bhardwaj to retire, the race for the top post has begun.

Mansa Devi board holds review meeting
Panchkula, September 1
Fifth review meeting of the Standing Committee of Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board to discuss about ongoing works and plans held at Mata Mansa Devi temple complex, here on Thursday.

Employees threatened for asking dues
Mohali, September 1
Former employees of a company dealing in automobile sales here have complained to the police that the company’s management allegedly threatened them when they asked the company to pay their outstanding dues.

Development projects face govt apathy
Mohali, September 1
Expressing concern over the stalling of the development projects in the Morinda assembly constituency, former Punjab minister Jagmohan Singh Kang alleged that projects initiated during the previous Congress regime had come to stand still after the SAD-BJP combine took over power in Punjab. As such public exchequer already spent on the ongoing projects had gone down the drain.

Letters
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CRIME

4 women pickpockets from MP held 
Mohali, September 1
Four women who allegedly stole Rs 50,000 from a man were nabbed and handed over to the police here today.According to reports, Gurnam Singh of Durali village had withdrawn Rs 50,000 from an IDBI branch and later went to a shop in Phase III B 2 here to get some documents laminated.

 
EDUCATION

Teachers to go on mass leave 
Chandigarh, September 1
The teachers working in the non-government colleges of Chandigarh would go on ‘mass casual leave’ on the ‘Teachers Day’ i.e. on September 5 on the call of Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU). The teachers would also participate in the state-level rally to be held in front of the office of DPI (colleges), Punjab Sector 17 on that day.

From Schools & Colleges
150 donate blood for PGI
Chandigarh, September 1
 More than 150 people including staff members and parents of students at Saupins School, Sector 32 donated the blood at a blood donation camp held at school premises here on Saturday. The camp was organised by the Saupin’s Community Service Organisation (SCSO) with the help of The Thalassaemia Ward of the PGI.

Parents of students and staff members donate blood at Saupin’s School, Sector 32 to help the Thalassaemic children on Saturday at Chandigarh.— A Tribune photograph
Parents of students and staff members donate blood at Saupin’s School, Sector 32 to help the Thalassaemic children on Saturday at Chandigarh

7 teachers chosen for State Award
Chandigarh, September 1
The Chandigarh Administration today announced the names of seven teachers who have been selected for this year’s State Award and five for commendation certificates for Excellence in the field of Education for the year 2006-07.

New principal for Government College-11
Chandigarh, September 1
All the speculations were put to an end when the UT administration appointed Dr A L Gauba, as the principal of the Government College, Sector 11 today. Dr Gauba was earlier the dean students at the same college. Though there were many rumours doing the rounds after Dr A.N. Garg relinquished the charge as principal yesterday.

                                                              Dr A L Gauba

Dr A L Gauba

26 lecturers attend orientation programme
Chandigarh, September 1
Inauguration of the 75th general orientation programme of the Academic Staff College, Panjab University took place on Saturday. Prof G.K. Chadha, economic advisor to the Prime Minister and former V-C of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, emphasised on the importance of education for sustaining high economic growth rate of the country in his inaugural address. 26 lecturers from colleges and universities from Chandigarh, Uttaranchal, Punjab and Haryana joined the four-week long course.

COURTS

Burglar nabbed; gets transit remand
Chandigarh, September 1
A team of Chandigarh Police has obtained a transit remand of four days for Mohammad Sarfaraz alias Ayub, an accomplice of Ali Hasaan, who fled from police custody on August 18. The police had arrested Hassan in a theft case.

 
CULTURE

Music maestro Mukesh remembered
Chandigarh, September 1
"Jag mein reh jayange pyare tere bol " Surely the bols of the timeless melodic songs of invincible maestro, Mukesh are bound to stay for for centuries enrapturing all inquisitive music aficionados even after thirty years of his demise. Some of his hit songs were presented at a musical tribute " Mukesh Ki Yadein -IX ", organised by the Payal Musical Club and Pancham Musical club at the Tagore theatre here today.

Carving a niche in kathak
Chandigarh, September 1                                            
Coming events cast their shadows before which is veritably true of the Jaipur gharana Kathak prodigy Devanshi Mishra, who is a legend in the making. With a panorama of achievements in the realm of classical dancing besides other cultural and sports activities Devanshi, yet in her teens, has carved a niche for herself.

Devanshi Mishra performs Kathak dance at Law Bhavan, Sector 37, Chandigarh on Saturday.

Gurvinder attempts revival of Sufi music
Chandigarh, September 1
‘Pala’ deals with the diversity of the centuries old storytelling and musical tradition of Punjab of which Pala, the protagonist, is a part. It is a tradition on the decline.

Devanshi Mishra

 
SPORTS

Chandigarh outclass Orissa 
Chandigarh, September 1 
Showing a top class game, local favourite Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) outclassed Orissa Football Association (OFA) 6-1 in the opening match of the 5th Administrator's Challenge Cup All-India Football Tournament for u-17 at the Football Stadium, Sector 17, here today.

A match between Chandigarh Football Academy and Orissa Football Association in progress at the Sector 17 football stadium in Chandigarh on Saturday.—Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

A match between Chandigarh Football Academy and Orissa Football Association in progress at the Sector 17 football stadium in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Cricket: Tarun scripts St Anne’s win
Chandigarh, September 1
Tarun, with his deadly bowling spell, captured five wickets for 14 runs, thus enabling St Anne’s Cricket Academy, Sector 32, to beat Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy in the WWICS Under-14 Cricket Tournament at St Stephen's School Stadium in Togan, near here, today. 

Jatin outshines Suminder
Chandigarh, September 1 
Jatin Arora gave a clean sweep to Suminder Singh 24-0, 22-0 in the boys’ junior category, while Tanya Mahajan beat Gurkiran 25-3, 25-0 on the opening day of the 10th edition of the Rajkumar Babuta Memorial Prize Money Carrom Ranking Tournament. The Chandigarh Carrom Association is organising the tournament at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here. 

PU sports dept to have new director soon 
Chandigarh, September 1 
The Panjab University sports department is likely to have a new director soon. According to sources, vice-chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti may make the announcement regarding the appointment of a new director for the sports department in an executive meeting scheduled to take place on Tuesday. 

 


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