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Firemen to speed up, on Pulsars & jeeps
Chandigarh, September 3
Latest fire-fighting equipment that is compact in size and easy and effective to operate, has given a significant boost to the Chandigarh fire department’s capability to control major fires in a relatively shorter time. Fire officer S.K Gosain (extreme left) and his team demonstrates the new foam-based fire extinguishing equipment, on Monday.
Fire officer S.K Gosain (extreme left) and his team demonstrates the new foam-based fire extinguishing equipment, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

MC issues notice to Sanghi for impersonation
Chandigarh, September 3
A former nominated councillor of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, P.C. Sanghi, has been served with a notice of impersonation. Sanghi has been accused of using the official letter head stating himself to be a councillor of the Municipal Corporation. Sanghi ceased to be a councillor from December 31 last year, when his five-year term as the nominated councillor came to an end.

SOPU may strike back
Peace pact on the rocks?
Chandigarh, September 3
Only three weeks back, student bodies of Panjab University sat together and in a display of rare bon homie reached a peace pact. This pact seems to have gone for a toss with SOPU chief today threatening to sue PUSU president for defamation.

Education City Project
Expert committee recommends organisations
Chandigarh, September 3
The flagship Education City project of the Chandigarh Administration has moved a step closer to reality with the expert committee recommending suitable organisations for setting up educational institutions and suggesting high-end courses.




EARLIER STORIES

An infant dressed as Lord Krishna at a congregation to celebrate Janamashtami at the Sector 46 temple in Chandigarh on Monday.
Fires of faith burn bright: An infant dressed as Lord Krishna at a congregation to celebrate Janamashtami at the Sector 46 temple in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune Photo by Manoj Mahajan

Daring night rescue by IAF pilots
Chandigarh, September 3
In a daring night rescue operation by the IAF, a MI-17 helicopter crew from the Jodhpur-based 107 helicopter unit rescued a reveller, Dilip Kumar, who was washed away in the flash floods, while saving others in his group. The group had gone to the gorges at Bhawarkund, a picnic spot on the banks of Chambal river near Kota town in Rajasthan.

‘Fundamental rights can be amended’
Chandigarh, September 3
Fundamental rights can be amended, if they take away your basic rights. These can be examined if challenged, said Supreme Court Judge Justice Ashok Bhan.



(From left) Prof Virendra Kumar, DUI Prof S.K. Kulkarni (behind), P.K. Saini, director, ICSSR and Justice Ashok Bhan during a talk at Panjab University on Monday. — A Tribune photograph


Prof Virendra Kumar, DUI Prof S.K. Kulkarni (behind), P.K. Saini, director, ICSSR and Justice Ashok Bhan during a talk at Panjab University on Monday.
COMMUNITY

CHB to float low-cost scheme at IT park
Chandigarh, September 3
After the high-end accommodation, Prideasia, which was launched for the elite class by Parsvnath and the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) yesterday, the area bordering the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP) is now set to get accommodation for the ecomonically weaker sections of society (EWS).

A health official collects a water sample in Saketri village in Panchkula on Monday. Water samples collected in Saketri
Panchkula, September 3
Water samples of “contaminated water” were collected in Saketri and medicines and chlorine tablets distributed among villagers following reports that a number of people had been taken ill in the village. While a team of the health department led by Dr M.L. Garg visited the village late in the night, five teams were constituted to carry out a door-to-door survey.




A health official collects a water sample in Saketri village in Panchkula on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Governor’s instructions go unheeded
A CTU bus driver drops off passengers at the entrance, without caring for the instruction board at ISBT-17 in Chandigarh on Monday.Problems galore at ISBT-17
Chandigarh, September 3
Nothing, apparently, can put things in order at the Sector 17 Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT). Even the visit of Chandigarh administrator and Punjab Governor Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) last month has failed to solve the prevailing problems at the terminus.
A CTU bus driver drops off passengers at the entrance, without caring for the instruction board at ISBT-17 in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Guvs’ greetings on Janamashtami
Chandigarh, September 3
Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues today greeted the people of Punjab and Chandigarh on the auspicious occasion of Janamashtami.

A pair of red lilies in full bloom at the Nature Observatory Park in Sector 26, Chandigarh.
COLOURS OF NATURE: A pair of red lilies in full bloom at the Nature Observatory Park in Sector 26, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh

Can’t enter cyber cafes sans I-card
Chandigarh, September 3
Using cyber cafes without declaring one's identity will be no longer permissible. The district magistrate today prohibited the use of cyber cafes by “unidentified” persons.

Punjab wants periphery areas included in MRTS
Chandigarh, September 3
Punjab wants the proposed mass rapid transport system(MRTS) for Chandigarh to be extended to the peripheral towns of Kharar, Zirakpur and Dera Bassi.

SSC short-circuited
Candidates hunt for sifarish
Chandigarh, September 3
Ad hocism or lack of transparency, the Chandigarh administration appears to have bypassed the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) for appointments to non-gazetted Class "C" and "D" posts, bringing the recruitment process under a cloud.

Director’s Post
GMCH faculty favours direct recruitment
Chandigarh, September 3
The faculty at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, (GMCH) is in favour of direct recruitment of its Director-Principal through UPSC. Seven senior professors and heads of departments have, in an application to the Governor of Punjab and Administrator, Chandigarh, Gen S.F Rodrigues (retd.), contended that the re-advertisement of the post by the administration in the newspapers is unjustified since the administration has already exhausted the first method of recruitment.

Award for K.L. Zakir
Chandigarh, September 3
Chairman of the Jan Shikshan Sansthan, K. L. Zakir, has been awarded the NLM-UNESCO Award.

Drunken Driving
‘Spy brigade’ scheme a damp squib
Chandigarh, September 3
The Chandigarh Traffic Police’s scheme of deploying “spy-brigade” of NCC cadets to curb drunken driving seems to have fizzled out with the men-in-white booking only two offenders in the past fortnight.

Woman commits suicide
Chandigarh, September 3
A married woman, identified as Punam, allegedly ended her life by hanging herself at her Sector 10 residence, here this evening. The police has recovered a note bearing the signatures of the deceased from the house mentioning that “no one should be punished” for her action.

2 Panchkula residents commit suicide
Panchkula, September 3
Two persons committed suicide in separate incidents in the city here today. While Azad colony resident Manohar Lal was mentally upset, Avinash, a resident of Sector 16, was in depression after suffering losses in business.

159 motorists challaned
Chandigarh, September 3
In a move to curb traffic violations, the Chandigarh Traffic Police today set up five nakas across the city and booked 159 motorists for violating traffic rules.

Health awards on Oct 5
Chandigarh, September 3
The second season of the Positive Health Awards would be held on October 5 at Mumbai.

FAUJI BEAT
Army gets raw deal in pension
We had brought out in our last column (August 30) that V.S. Jafa, a former secretary (finance), Ministry of Defence, was not in favour of the armed forces getting a better pay package. In this one, we bring out his blinkered views that he has expressed in his article, “Suicides in the Army”, in The Tribune (August 17) about the weightage in service.

 
CRIME

Aggrieved youth thrashes policeman
Chandigarh, September 3
Enraged over police inaction, a Shahpur Colony resident allegedly manhandled head constable Kuldeep Singh yesterday. The police has taken action under Section 107 and 151 of the CrPC. Sources said Harjit Singh, alias Bittu, of Shahpur Colony, had a property dispute with his uncle Gurmukh Singh who had reportedly tried to poison Bittu’s sister. The latter was hospitalised.

Cash, jewellery worth Rs 8 lakh stolen
The ransacked room in the house in Secor 12, Panchkula, where a major theft took place on Monday.Panchkula, September 3
Thieves decamped with cash and jewellery worth nearly Rs 8 lakh from two houses in Sector 12 today while the occupants were away. The houses of the two families staying on the ground floor and the first floor were ransacked and locks of all cupboards and lockers were found broke open.


The ransacked room in the house in Secor 12, Panchkula, where a major theft took place on Monday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Three shops burgled
Chandigarh, September 3
Thieves decamped with cash and articles, including sweets, after breaking into three shops in Bapu Dham Colony last night.

 
EDUCATION

Infrastructure lacking at ill-managed B-school
Chandigarh, September 3
A year after it was set up, Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 19, has already run into trouble. If the present state of affairs is considered, it seems that the college has been left to die its natural death.

Second counselling tomorrow
Chandigarh, September 3
Second counselling for BEd (regular) for UT colleges and Yoga Centre for general and UT pool will be held on September 5 at Law Auditorium.

City schools inch towards e-learning
Chandigarh, September 3
With an aim to implement computer-aided learning in various government schools of the city, the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, Chandigarh chapter, and Shiksha India Trust, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) here today.

Chitkara students hold ‘Upanayana’
Chandigarh, September 3
“Women should learn to respect themselves first. Only then can they expect others to respect them,” said Dr Sween, director, Adult Continuing Education and Extension, during ‘Upanayana’, a function at Chitkara College of Education for Women today. Dr Sween, who was the chief guest on the occasion, urged the students to take control of their own lives.

St Kabir qualifies for aerospace olympiad
Chandigarh, September 3
Two schools - St Kabir Public School (Chandigarh) and Sacred Heart Convent School (Ludhiana) have been selected from Chandigarh and Punjab, respectively, to participate in the Second National Aerospace Olympiad being organised by the Aeronautical Society of India in November.

Conference on computing in December
Chandigarh, September 3
The Third International Conference on Systems, Computing Sciences and Software Engineering (SCSS 2007) would be held from December 3-12. The conference provides a virtual forum for presentation and discussion of the state-of the-art research on systems, computing sciences and software engineering.

Schools resound with Janamashtami celebrations
Chandigarh, September 3
Janamashtami, the birth of Lord Krishna, was celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm by the kindergarten and primary blocks at St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here today. The tiny tots of KG enthralled everyone with their medley of bhajans and dances.


Students of Ashima International School, Mohali, get ready to participate in a cultural programme to mark Janamashtami Students of St Joseph’s School-44 celebrate the festival in their school on Monday.
Final touches: Students of Ashima International School, Mohali, get ready to participate in a cultural programme to mark Janamashtami; (right) Students of St Joseph’s School-44 celebrate the festival in their school on Monday. — Tribune photos by Vicky Gharu, Pradeep Tiwari


COURTS

Police remand of SI extended
Chandigarh, September 3
A local court today extended the police remand of sub-inspector Narinder Singh, an accused in the custodial death of 21-year-old Anil Kumar, by two days.

 
CULTURE

Sangeet Sharma, whose album ‘Melody with Me’ was released in Chandigarh on Monday. Making music for a noble cause
Chandigarh, September 3
“Music, as a pure art form, is both individual and universal because it has an expression that has the same sublime impact on the artists, listeners or connoisseurs,” feels Rotarian Sangeet Sharma, an author and architect by profession but a gifted vocalist, guitarist, poet and Santoor player by passion.

Sangeet Sharma, whose album ‘Melody with Me’ was released in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

HEALTH

Diabetics taking BP drugs could cut risk of death: Study
Diabetics, who take a fixed combination of two blood pressure lowering drugs, could cut their risk of death due to the disease by almost one-fifth, according to a study released here today.

 
SPORTS

A carrom match in progress at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Monday. Double delight for Farheen
Chandigarh, September 3
Living up to expectations, Chandigarh state champion Farheen of St Stephen's School, Sector 45, clinched top honours in both the women’s and girls' junior categories during the 10th edition of the Rajkumar Babuta Memorial Prize Money Carrom Ranking Tournament, which concluded at St Stephen's School, here today.


A carrom match in progress at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Football
Mahilpur rout Chhattisgarh 7-0
Chandigarh, September 3
Mahilpur Football Academy (MFA), Punjab, thrashed Chhattisgarh Football Association 7-0 (Group B) on the third day of the u-17 All-India Football Tournament for the 5th Administrator's Challenge Cup at the Sports Complex, Sector 42, here today. The tournament is being organised by the Chandigarh Sports Department.

Refreshment money for schoolchildren increased
Chandigarh, September 3
There is good news for schoolchildren who wish to participate in inter-school sports’ tournaments. The Chandigarh education department has decided to increase their refreshment money from Rs 4 to Rs 15 each.

Cricket trials on Sept 6
Chandigarh, September 3
Trials to select the Chandigarh Women’s Senior Cricket team (affiliated to the PCA) will be held on September 6 at 3 pm at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, here.

DAV bowled out for 27 runs
Chandigarh, September 3
CCA-Guru Nanak Public School Academy beat DAV Public School, Sector 15, by 82 runs in the u-14 WWICS Cup Cricket Tournament at the cricket stadium of St Stephen's School in Togan, near here, today.

Athletics meet tomorrow
Chandigarh, September 3
The Chandigarh State Sub-junior and Junior Athletics Championships-2007 for boys and girls will be held at Athletic Complex, Sector 7, here, on September 5 and 6. The championships are being organised by the Amateur Athletic Association, Chandigarh. Only bonafide athletes (residents/students) of the city can participate in the championship.

Mohali dist TT tourney from Sept 15
Chandigarh, September 3
The Mohali District Table Tennis Association will organise the First Punjab State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament from September 15 to 17 at Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here.

Powerlifting trials postponed
Chandigarh, September 3
The Chandigarh Powerlifting Association has postponed the date of trials for sub-junior boys from September 5 to September 6. The trials will be held at the Weightlifting Coaching Centre, Sports Complex, Sector 42, here.



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