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Park usurped by VIPs
MoU with MC says it’s out of bounds for sector residents
Chandigarh, Sept 16
The public park in sector 39-A is serving a private purpose. Part of the green belt running north to south across the heart of the city, originally meant for the residents, is in exclusive possession of Punjab VIPs residing in the area. 
A locked iron gate greets visitors at the southern entry to Sector 39-A public park in Chandigarh.
A locked iron gate greets visitors at the southern entry to Sector 39-A public park in Chandigarh.

Mocha Coffee menu did it
Chandigarh, September 16
A day after the raid at the sector 26 Mocha Coffee, the excise department found that the outlet was openly offering beverages laced with alcohol to its customers.

Student found dead
Chandigarh, September 16
A 23-year-student of a private engineering college in Mohali was found dead in strange circumstances at his rented accommodation in Buterla village this morning. The police ruled out possibility of foul play as no visible injury mark was found on the body.

Thief out, in within 24 hrs
Chandigarh, September 16
Less than 24-hours after he was released from jail, a youngster from Sector 24 was arrested on the allegations of attempt to theft and criminal trespass in Sector 23 here this evening.

In Basta
Rajpura murder case reaches a dead end
Chandigarh, September 16
Except for identifying the victim, the local police has achieved little in the murder case of a Rajpura resident whose mutilated body was found at Circus Ground in Sector 17 on September 11, 2005.




EARLIER STORIES

CM’s brother in Fortis
Mohali, September 16
Gurdas Badal, former member of Parliament and younger brother of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, was admitted to Fortis Hospital here today.

COMMUNITY

Subathu-Dharampur bridge faces govt apathy
Chandigarh, September 16
Even as concerted efforts are on to include 104-year-old Kalka-Shimla railway line in the world heritage list by UNESCO, a strategic bridge connecting Dharampur with Subathu over a tunnel has failed to catch the attention of the authorities concerned.

Annual report, yoga at INSPIRE meeting
Chandigarh, September 16
The 14th annual general meeting of the Institute for Secretarial Practices and Development (INSPIRE) was held at the Chandigarh Press Club, here today. This was followed by a live demonstration on yoga.

Abandoned Baby at PGI
Cops to verify father’s claims
Chandigarh, September 16
A police team will go to Ludhiana to verify the antecedents of Vinod, who claimed to be the father of a new-born child, who was found abandoned by doctors at the PGI yesterday.

Joint secy reviews ongoing projects
Chandigarh, September 16
Joint Secretary (UT), ministry of home affairs, B.A Coutinho, yesterday visited Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park, garbage treatment plant and other ongoing projects here.

Idma site to share info on environment
Chandigarh, September 16
Pawan Kapur, director of the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), today inaugurated the website of Idma Foundation for Sustainable Development (www.idmafoundation.in), a city NGO.

Verka butter rated second in country
Mohali, September 16
Verka butter has been rated second for overall quality and acceptability in a nationwide survey by ‘Consumer Voice’ magazine. Sneha butter has been termed as the best butter.

Army band mesmerises audience
Chandigarh, September 16
The Western Command Diamond Jubilee celebrations at the Chandimandir military station hit a high note last evening with a spellbinding symphonic band concert conducted by Lt-Col Noel Andrew and played by different Army bands.

An Army band concert organised as part of the Western Command Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Chandimandir on Saturday evening.

An Army band concert organised as part of the Western Command Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Chandimandir on Saturday evening.

Nation in dire need of radiotherapy machines
Chandigarh, September 16
There were just 400 radiotherapy machines in the country while more than 8 lakh new cancer cases are diagnosed every year with the prevalence of between 20 and 25 lakh found in the country. This was stated Dr V. Sakhuja, dean, PGIMER.

Sweeper hangs himself to death
Chandigarh, September 16
A poverty-stricken 47-year-old sweeper of the UT Health Department ended his life by hanging himself at his Mauli Complex residence, here, this afternoon. Quoting the family, the police said the deceased was undergoing depression due to financial constraints.

Tagore Theatre closed for repair
Chandigarh, September 16
In the peak cultural season, Tagore Theatre in Sector 18 here was today closed for another six months for renovation. Those engaged in culture promotion had, however, demanded the renovation schedule to be postponed when there was little cultural activity. The office of the chief engineer has refused booking beyond October 2.

Digging started for renovation of Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Sunday . —Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Digging started for renovation of Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Sunday .

UNESCO team visits Yadavindra Gardens
Panchkula, September 16
With an eye on staking its claim as a World Heritage Site for Kurukshetra and Pinjore, the Yadavindra Gardens played host to a two-member UNESCO team comprising Dr Robert Leen and E.V. Walker, here today.

Kiran Chaudhary, tourism minister, Haryana, explains a point to UNESCO team member Dr Robert Leen, (centre) and E.V. Walker during their visit at Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore, on Sunday night. —Tribune Photo by Parvesh Chauhan
Kiran Chaudhary, tourism minister, Haryana, explains a point to UNESCO team member Dr Robert Leen, (centre) and E.V. Walker during their visit at Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore, on Sunday night.


 
CRIME

2 youths nabbed; cars, mobiles recovered
Chandigarh, September 16
With the arrest of two youngsters, the Special Crime Investigation Cell of the Chandigarh Police claimed to have solved several cases of vehicle thefts and snatchings.

Love Affair
8 arrested for kidnapping youth
Chandigarh, September 16
The police today arrested eight persons, including two women, on the allegations of rioting, kidnapping, trespassing and causing injuries and kidnapping a father-son-duo of Sector 46.

Woman booked in 3 theft cases
Chandigarh, September 16
The local police yesterday registered three cases of theft against Kamaljit Kaur of Yamunanagar, who was recently nabbed by the police for looting persons after hitching a ride from them.


 
BUSINESS

Poultry prices on the rise
Chandigarh, September 16 With a dip in the supply of meat and poultry products, the prices seem to have touched an all-time high this year. In fact, chicken is selling at Rs 120 per kg. The price of the Bromark chicken was in the range of Rs 120-125, Vijay, president of the Meat Market Association, Sector 21, said.

Mansa Devi traders submit demands to Dy CM 
Panchkula, September 16 The shopkeepers of the area around Mansa Devi shrine, today, protested against the anti-encroachment drive undertaken at the behest of deputy commissioner Rajinder Kataria. As many as 250 shopkeepers of the area descended at the residence of Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan here and submitted a memorandum against the authorities for demolishing the extended structures without prior notice.

Corporates should promote sports culture: Ranike
Chandigarh, September 16
A joint meeting of the representatives of corporate houses and sports industries with Punjab sports minister Gulzar Singh Ranike, sports secretary R.P.S. Pawar and sports director Pargat Singh was held at Ludhiana yesterday.


 
EDUCATION

Trust to aid poor meritorious students
Chandigarh, September 16
With an aim to provide quality education to poor but brilliant students, some eminent educationists and noted academicians have joined hands to form the Kalpana Chawla Memorial Educational Trust.

Dual degree for B-school students
Mohali, September 16
The University of Missouri-Rolla, US, would provide dual degree to the students of Chandigarh Business School, Landran. This degree programme was offered by Brenda Bouse (director) and Debbie Schatz from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

CGC officials with the representatives of University of Missouri-Rolla in Mohali.— A Tribune photograph

CGC officials with the representatives of University of Missouri-Rolla in Mohali.

Lions Club honours five teachers
Chandigarh, September 16
As many as five teachers from various schools of Chandigarh and Mohali were honoured in the field of academics, culture and sports by the Lions Club Chandigarh Supreme on the Teacher’s Day function held, here today.

The teachers who were honoured in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph 

The teachers who were honoured in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Lesson planning — the key to teachers’ performance
Chandigarh, September 16
Lesson planning was the focus of the sixth English language Training (ELT) workshop organised today by the British Library as part of its organisational membership programme.

Plum placements for Rayat students
Mohali, September 16
As many as 16 students of Rayat Institute of Engineering and Information Technology, Railmajra, have made it to the big league with impressive placements as associate software engineers with Accenture, a leading management consultancy and technology service provider with worldwide presence.


COURTS

ICICI Lombard told to pay up damages
Chandigarh, September 16
Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I directed ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation for harassment to complainant Rajesh Mittal here yesterday.


 
CULTURE

Low-budget movies have novelty: Kirron Kher
Chandigarh, September 16
“The urge to create something special is always born out of involvement with life, and instead of the conventional lavishly produced films, the low budget films - with a novelty of content and treatment - like ‘Tara Rum’, ‘Bheja Fry’, ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’ created a spell,” said Kirron Kher. ‘Mummyji’, a family movie that offers subtle humor, relates to every family and the life in all its varied manifestations, the accomplished actor said. Talking to TNS, Kher remarked that it is not necessary that the beautiful heroines are also the best actors, as she said ‘all that glitters is not gold’.

Kirron Kher and Kanwaljit Singh with crew members of “Mummyji” in Chandigarh to promote the film. —Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Kirron Kher and Kanwaljit Singh with crew members of “Mummyji” in Chandigarh to promote the film.

Hunt on for talented bathroom singers
Chandigarh, September 16
With the spurt of reality shows on various TV channels, a majority of the viewers feel attached or associated with these telecasts. After some popular music talent hunt competitions like the ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Voice of India and Indian Idol, Sahara Filmy too has entered into the fray with ‘Bathroom Singer’.

 



Shabani Kashyap at Hotel Shivalikview in Chandigarh on Sunday. —Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Shabani Kashyap at Hotel Shivalikview in Chandigarh on Sunday

Classical dance bonanza marks Balraj Sahni awards
Chandigarh, September 16
The All India Artists’ Association Shimla, Mumbai and Chandigarh, a socio-cultural organisation, held a colourful bonanza of Indian classical dances to mark the annual award ceremony of Balraj Sahni National awards at the Tagore Theatre, yesterday.

Director to hold workshop at MAD Arts
Mohali, September 16
Well-known Hindi film director Kundan Shah would soon conduct a special comedy workshop for MAD Arts - Jaspal Bhatti’s film school.

‘Chak De’ singer lifts audience mood
Chandigarh, September 16
The ‘Chak De India’ spirit being celebrated by the nation pervaded the Chandigarh Press Club here as the versatile playback singer Krishna cast a spell with his latest film and folk songs.

Film on playwright Gursharan’s life
Chandigarh, September 16
Thespian Gursharan Singh’s life was never a bed of roses. His revolutionary writing came with its share of penalty, to the extent that post-emergency, Gurshsran Singh lost his job for daring to call spade a spade. The job was restored when the Janta Party government was installed at the Centre, but problems continued....


HEALTH

India home to 31.7 m diabetics, says doctor
Chandigarh, September 16
With 12 per cent of the population diabetic, the country is home to 31.7 million patients and the number is expected to rise up to 79.4 by 2030.

Insulin spray for diabetics soon
Mohali, September 16 There is good news for those suffering from diabetes. Insulin will now be available in spray form and is expected to replace insulin injections.

Hospitals ill-equipped to handle gynae cases
Chandigarh, September 16
Even as the Administration has decided to provide effective health care to women and promote institutional deliveries in the UT, city hospitals are working with inadequate infrastructure at gynaecology departments.


 
SPORTS

Lovepreet pockets TT title
Chandigarh, September 16
Lovepreet of Ropar outplayed Manisha Devi to win the title in the sub-junior girls’ category while Vitesh Kapoor of Amritsar emerged winner in the sub-junior boys’ category on the penultimate day of the first EMMAR Punjab State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament today.

Banerjee, Mukherjee emerge champs
Patiala, September 16
The pair of A.N. Banerjee of Eastern Railway and S. Mukherjee of Metro Railway, Kolkata, accumulated 207 points to emerge champions in the 30th All-India Inter-railway Bridge Championships, which concluded on the Diesel Loco Modernisation Works (DMW) premises here today.

450 run for healthy cause
Chandigarh, September 16
Punjab Engineering College (PEC) organised a mini marathon to promote awareness about health and wellness here today.

Haryana karateka for world meet
Ambala, September 16
Sunil Rathi of the Haryana team has been selected for the world karate championship to be held in Turkey.

Supriya, Harpreet restrict Patiala to 59
Chandigarh, September 16
Terrific bowling spells by Chandigarh’s Supriya and Harpreet restrained Patiala eves to pack up at just 59 runs in 44 overs during the semifinals of the Senior Women Inter-district Cricket Tournament. The tournament is underway at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, here.

Chandigarh golfers clinch Kashmir Uzma trophy
Chandigarh, September 16
Playing on the Royal Springs golf course in Srinagar, Chandigarh golfers led by Ravinder Sandhu scored a one-point win over the Kashmir team led by Farooq Abdullah to clinch the Kashmir Uzma running trophy. The tournament saw golfers from Chandigarh, Delhi and Kashmir taking part.

Chandigarh golfers with the Kashmir Uzma trophy. —A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh golfers with the Kashmir Uzma trophy

Neeraj shines in Vivek win
Chandigarh, September 16
An all-round performance by Neeraj Rana helped Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy to beat Twenty20 Cricket Association of Jammu & Kashmir by 101 runs in the opening match of the Vivek Twenty20 Cricket Cup 2007 today.

Katoch Shield
Karan puts Ludhiana in driver’s seat
Mohali, September 16
Magnificent run rate slapped by Karan Goel (217 runs off 281 balls) enabled Ludhiana to notch up a comfortable score against Amritsar on the inaugural day of the finals of the Punjab State Inter-district Senior Tournament for the Katoch Shield. The tournament is underway at the PCA pitch, here.

Joseph’s get better of DPS-Delhi
Chandigarh, September 16
Hosts St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, upset Delhi Public School of New Delhi by 3-1 (u-19) in the fourth round of the three-day Central Board of Secondary Education North Zone (I) Chess Tournament on the second last day, here today.

Wrestling team for nationals
Chandigarh, September 16
The Chandigarh Wrestling Association selected a 24-member team to represent the union territory in the 26th junior boys’ and girls’ national wrestling championship to be held in Srinagar from September 21 to 23.


The newly selected team, which will represent Chandigarh in the 26th junior boys’ and girls’ national wrestling championship to be held in Srinagar. —A Tribune photograph

The newly selected team, which will represent Chandigarh in the 26th junior boys’ and girls’ national wrestling championship to be held in Srinagar.



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