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Sarkari steps won’t do
BEAST OF BURDEN: Young girls at Nehru Colony in Chandigarh carry home cans filled with water as their brother prattles along."It’s not about dislike for daughters; it is about fondness for sons
Chandigarh, Sept 23
In a survey conducted recently in Punjab, 81 per cent respondents said they “needed a male child”. More women (84 per cent) than men (78 per cent) said they would rather have a son.

BEAST OF BURDEN: Young girls at Nehru Colony in Chandigarh carry home cans filled with water as their brother prattles along. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Jumbled numbers put help on hold
Chandigarh, September 23
You would believe that emergency numbers are for public convenience. You are wrong. Emergency phone numbers in Chandigarh and surrounding areas serve no purpose.

Shrine wall comes up on govt land
Mohali, September 23
Over 200 kar sevaks undertook construction of a boundary wall outside a place of worship at Sohana tonight, even as Greater Mohali Area Development Authority officials cried hoarse that this was encroachment on government land. GMADA team, which had been keeping a watch on the site for two days, had to leave as it was outnumbered by hundreds of kar sevaks.



EARLIER STORIES

In Basta
After 5 months, cops give up on murder case
Chandigarh, September 23

After a mere five months and four days, the Chandigarh Police has accepted failure in solving the murder case of an unidentified man, whose body was found on the road dividing Sectors 48 and 49 on November 17, 2006.

Mandi man held with panther hide
Chandigarh, September 23
The operation cell of the Chandigarh Police today arrested a Mandi resident and recovered the hide of two panthers, a male and a female, said the police.

COMMUNITY

Kid needs help; Will someone pitch in?
Suraj, with a hole in his heart, sitting in the lap of his mother. Chandigarh, September 23
It was a shock of life for a poor labourer family when their 5-year-old son was found suffering from heart disease. The baby needs immediate surgery, says doctor at the PGI. Suraj has started suffering from fever since the beginning of the year, said Ganga Devi, the mother of baby from Bihar. “When Suraj got no relief under the treatment of local doctors, we took to the child at a bigger hospital in Darbhanga near our Doharia village of district Madhuabani where doctors suggested us to take the baby at the PGI, said Ganga Devi.

Suraj, with a hole in his heart, sitting in the lap of his mother. — A Tribune photograph

Letter to Badal
Kang: Remove Naya Gaon, Karoran from forest Act
Mohali, September 23
Former cabinet minister and former MLA from Morinda Jagmohan Singh Kang has written to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal requesting him to de-notify the areas falling in Chandigarh’s periphery from the provisions of the Punjab Land Preservation Act, 1900.

An ill-maintained bus shelter in Sector 24, Chandigarh. Bus queue shelters that shelter none
Chandigarh, September 23
It seems that the built-operate-transfer-based (BOT) bus queue shelters are not part of the planned "City Beautiful".

An ill-maintained bus shelter in Sector 24, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

CHB residents’ council protest from Sept 30
Chandigarh, September 23
Expressing dismay with the UT’s bureaucracy in redressing their long-pending demands, the CHB Residents’ Federation today sought intervention by the city’s elected representatives to take up their issues.

The ball badminton team of Manav Mangal School-21, Chandigarh, that won the inter-school u-17 ball badminton tournament on Sunday.
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: The ball badminton team of Manav Mangal School-21, Chandigarh, that won the inter-school u-17 ball badminton tournament on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Trauma Centre Plan
Private partnership will defeat purpose

Chandigarh, September 23
Even as the Administration is mulling over involving a private partner in its 280-crore Regional Trauma Centre Project to be set up at 10 acres in Sector 53 here, the medical fraternity has started expressing apprehension over the proposal. The private partner will evaluate the profits while running the center despite the fact that it is planned for the welfare of common man, feel medicos.

Slip road or parking place
Chandigarh, September 23
Slip roads carved a couple of months ago to ease the traffic flow on the roundabouts of Dakshin Marg are still lying unused for the want of tarmac carpeting. The futility of these slip roads can be evident as these roads are only being used as parking site.

GCM of Major Dimple
Defence seeks removal of judge advocate
Chandigarh, September 23
The defence counsel in the general court martial trying Major Dimple Singla on the charges of professional impropriety has demanded that the judge advocate in the trial be changed immediately.

Jordan Valley Day celebrated
Chandigarh, September 23
The Deccan Horse, one of the oldest cavalry regiment of the Army, celebrated the 89th anniversary of the Jordan Valley Day to commemorate its spectacular victory against Turkish troops in the Middle East, somewhere in the western sector today.

12 couples tie knot at mass wedding
Mohali, September 23
The Dalit Chetna Manch, Punjab, today solemnised the marriage of 12 couples belonging to weaker sections of society. While 11 of these marriages were solemnised according to Sikh rites, one was held according to the Muslim rituals. The couples were blessed by residents, local politicians and social workers. Manch president Shamsher Purkhalvi said the organisation had spent over Rs 57 lakh in getting couples from poor families married.

Adventure bug bites city trekkers
Chandigarh, September 23
The newly formed Chandigarh Adventures, Treks and Sports (CATS) organised the second trek from Jabli to Kasauli today.

Plant to dispose of meat waste
Chandigarh, September 23
The MC has allotted the work for the setting up of a bio-methanation plant for the disposal of slaughterhouse and meat market waste of 3 TPD capacity to Sun Technics Energy System Pvt Ltd, Bangalore.

Letters
Various depts must coordinate
The Chandigarh Administration and Municipal Corporation are doing their best to keep the city as clean and tidy as possible. Every effort is being made to provide its residents with an absolutely clean and healthy environment.

 
CRIME

Maruti, Bullet stolen
Chandigarh, September 23
Two vehicles were reportedly stolen from various parts of the city. Harminder Singh of Dadu Majra Colony reported to the police alleging that his Maruti car (CH-01-S-9585) was stolen from Sector 34 on September 21. In another incident, Jaswinder Singh of Sector 21-A lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his Bullet motorcycle (CH-37-(T)-1653) was stolen from his residence on September 17.

Robbed by man in khaki
Chandigarh, September 23
Two unidentified persons, one in police uniform, snatched Rs 40,000 from a Sector 49 resident on the road dividing Sectors 45 and 49 here this afternoon.

Police remand for car theft accused
Panchkula, September 23
A man, Joginder, arrested by the police on charges of auto theft, was today remanded in police custody till September 26.

 
BUSINESS

Meet on exporters’ demands
Chandigarh, September 23
“We are considering some more services that would facilitate the abolition of service tax paid by the exporters,” said R.S. Gujral, director general of Foreign Trade, during an interactive session jointly organized by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Federation of Indian Export Organisations recently.


 
EDUCATION

India’s first global meet for mgmt accountants in Jan
Chandigarh, September 23
The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI) has proposed to revise the curriculum from January 2008.

‘Bachpan’ chain of schools opens branch in region
Panchkula, September 23
Responding to the immediate need of imparting good education at the grassroots, the Bachpan chain of schools today opened a branch in Baltana, near here, today.

Sainik School honours alumni
Chandigarh, September 23
Members of the Sainik School Kapurthala Alumni Association (Saikapians) today honoured Justice H.S. Bhalla of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and H.S. Mattewal, advocate general Punjab, for their achievements. Both are alumni of the Sainik School.

COURTS

CrPC amendments: Not much hope for undertrials
Chandigarh, September 23
Amendments to an existing statute are reflective of a dynamic and progressive society acutely aware of its changing mores and requirements. But the jury is still out on whether the amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) offer some hope, particularly for undertrials, or not.

Murder case pending since 1985
Chandigarh, September 23
Twentytwo years gone and the Inderjit Singh murder case is still pending. Allah Singh, deceased’s father, who is 82-year-old, still does not know whether he will get justice before his death.

 
CULTURE

Collectors doling out lakhs for ‘globally recognised’ art works
Chandigarh, September 23
Collages by Banoj Mohant from Orissa were hot sells at ‘Arty Facts’, an exhibition by Art Konsult held at the Taj, New Delhi, on Thursday. Art lovers dished out lakhs to buy artworks by globally recognised artists. It may well be the beginning of a new chapter in the art-collection history of Chandigarh. On Thursday, Rabindra Nath Tagore’s great grandnephew Siddhartha Tagore brought to the city an assortment of contemporary artworks by the best-selling Indian artists. Today, he is busy handling queries about the range of other works by these artists, who were part of ‘Arty Facts’, at Tagore’s day-long exhibition held at Taj.

Collages by Banoj Mohant from Orissa were hot sells at ‘Arty Facts’, an exhibition by Art Konsult held at the Taj, New Delhi, on Thursday. Art lovers dished out lakhs to buy artworks by globally recognised artists.

HEALTH

Blood transfusion: India faces staff shortage
Chandigarh, September 23
There is an acute shortage of manpower in the blood transfusion services in the country and without having experts in the field, quality and standards expected from the blood banks is a distant dream.

Para-medical facilities on highways
Chandigarh, September 23
Alarmed by the rising number of fatalities on highways, the government has included provisions directing the contractors of built-operate-transfer (BOT) projects to provide para-medical facilities along the highways.

 
SPORTS

JP Atray Tourney
Chandan scripts win for PCA Colts
Radhey Shyam of ONGC hits a shot during the 14th JP Atray Cricket Tournament at the St John’s grounds, Sector 26, in Chandigarh on Sunday. Chandigarh, September 23
An unbeaten half century by Chandan Madan of PCA Colts steered his team to a nail-biting win by five runs against Minerva Cricket Academy (MCA) in the 14th All-India JP Atray Memorial Cricket Tournament at Barwala Cricket Stadium, Panchkula, today. In the match, which was reduced to 35 overs because of wet conditions, PCA batted first and scored 180 for six wickets in 35 overs. Southpaw Ankur Kakkar smashed 56 off 46, hitting five boundaries and two towering sixes.

Radhey Shyam of ONGC hits a shot during the 14th JP Atray Cricket Tournament at the St John’s grounds, Sector 26, in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Pardeep Tewari

DAV-15 athletes are overall champs
Jubilant athletes of DAV-15 with the trophy they won during the CBSE Inter-school Cluster XIII Athletics Meet, which concluded at Sports Complex, Sector 7, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Also seen in the picture is chief guest Milkha Singh. Chandigarh, September 23
Athletes of DAV Model School, Sector 15, were adjudged the overall champions during the CBSE Inter-school Cluster XIII Athletics Meet, which concluded at Sports Complex, Sector 7, here, today. The second place went to Saint Soldier’s School, Sector 28.

Jubilant athletes of DAV-15 with the trophy they won during the CBSE Inter-school Cluster XIII Athletics Meet, which concluded at Sports Complex, Sector 7, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Also seen in the picture is chief guest Milkha Singh. — A Tribune photograph

Rudraksh is best karateka
Chandigarh, September 23
Rudraksh Gupta of host Ryan International School-49 bagged trophy in the u-14 boys’ (below 15 kg) category of the Chandigarh State Open Karate Tournament organised by the Chandigarh Karate Association on the school premises today.

Struggling for ‘respectable life’, ex-cricketer knocks HC doors
Chandigarh, September 23
It is not just any other petition but a pathetic revelation of the plight of a former cricketer. D.C. Worrel, an acclaimed Ranji player who spent a precious part of his life training and grooming budding cricketers, is just a pale shadow of his former self.

Daaman-Rashmi doubles queens
Daaman (left) and Rashmi after clinching the u-13 doubles title of the Chandigarh State Badminton Championship at Sports Complex, Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Chandigarh, September 23
Daaman and Rashmi emerged under-13 girls doubles champions beating Shreya and Mehak Sood 20-22, 21-14, 21-18 on the final day of 19th Yonex Chandigarh State Open Badminton Championships at badminton hall, Sports Complex, Sector 42, here today.

Daaman (left) and Rashmi after clinching the u-13 doubles title of the Chandigarh State Badminton Championship at Sports Complex, Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

P’kula eves register win in volleyball
Panchkula, September 23
Panchkula players beat the Mewat team in volleyball but lost in the basketball event against the Gurgaon team during the 21st Haryana State Women Sports Festival held at Tau Devi Lal Complex, Sector 3, here, today.

Talwar re-elected boxing assn chief
Chandigarh, September 23
A.R. Talwar and C.K. Jerath have unanimously been re-elected president and honorary secretary of the Chandigarh Amateur Boxing Association for the next four years. The panel was voted during the annual general council meeting of the association held at a local hotel on Saturday.

Cricket probables
Chandigarh, September 23
The Haryana Cricket Association announced 25 probables for the Haryana state U-22 cricket team here today.



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