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Air fare hike imminent
Chandigarh, June 2
For the second time in less than a month, the spiralling international prices of crude oil are forcing aviation companies to once again hike fuel surcharge, making air travel from the city to Delhi and Mumbai dearer by Rs 400 to Rs 500.

Raj Kapoor For Gen X, he’s just grandpa of Kareena
Chandigarh, June 2
Late 1940 saw the emergence of a great legendary actor, director and later on, a producer, Raj Kapoor. Starting his career as a clapper boy in Kiddar Sharma’s movie Nilkamal, the doyen of Indian cinema went on to capture the hearts of millions of film lovers both in India and abroad, especially Russia.

Biker killed in accident
Panchkula, June 2
Driving without helmet claimed the life of a 22-year-old youth from Chandigarh early morning here today.

30 warehouses razed in Daria village
Chandigarh, June 2
A girl of a displaced family cries as her family members helplessly watch the demolition drive. Acting tough on the violators of the Periphery Act, the land acquisition office of the Chandigarh Administration today carried out a day-long demolition drive in Daria village here today.

A girl of a displaced family cries as her family members helplessly watch the demolition drive. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


Four bodies found in a day
Chandigarh, June 2
It was a day of deaths for the City Beautiful. Four bodies were recovered from different parts of the city. Two friends of Sohana village was found dead in Kajheri, while the other two was recovered from Sector 51 and Grain Market, Sector 26, here.


Bed and breakfast scheme okayed
Tourists to enjoy Punjabi hospitality
Chandigarh, June 2
Opening a new chapter in social tourism, expensive Chandigarh will now offer budget accommodation to the tourists in a homely environment with the Chandigarh Administration approving the ambitious bed & breakfast scheme.

Irregularities in EO, coop societies
Rodrigues orders probe, seeks report
Chandigarh, June 2
UT Administrator SF Rodrigues today directed the officials to hold an inquiry into the alleged malpractices in the estate office and the cooperative housing societies and submit a time-bound report against guilty officials.

Despite cola wars, this tangy drink remains a thirst quencher. A jaljeera stand near Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh, on Monday.
Jaljeera still rules: Despite cola wars, this tangy drink remains a thirst quencher. A jaljeera stand near Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo by Karam Singh

Nurse detects expired injection; girl saved
Chandigarh, June 2
A PGI nurse turned out to be a saviour for a two and a half years old baby girl, Jasleen Kaur, as she saved her from being administered an expired injection, Maxicine, on Saturday. But for Alka Massey’s presence of mind, the story of the recovery of the little girl, suffering from a heart ailment, would have been something else.

Next govt at Centre
BSP, regional parties to call shots, says Chandraswami
Chandigarh, June 2
Unsure of his own fate in a slew of Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) violation cases against him, controversial godman Chandraswami, alias Nemichand Jain, today predicted that the BSP and other regional parties would call the shots in the next government at the Centre after the 2009 General Election.

Beating the heat

A man pours water on him in Ambala.
A man pours water on him in Ambala.
A swan frolicks in Rajindra Lake.
A swan frolicks in Rajindra Lake.
A golden deer quenches his thirst at Deer Park in Patiala on Monday.
A golden deer quenches his thirst at Deer Park in Patiala on Monday. Tribune photographs

Dismal state of Pinjore-Kalka road
NHAI to start repair work tomorrow
Panchkula, June 2
Much to the relief of Pinjore and Kalka residents, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to start repair work on the road from Pinjore to Parwanoo barrier in Kalka at a cost of Rs 3.33 crore on Wednesday. Panchkula deputy commissioner Rajinder Kataria, along with SP Sandip Khirwar and NHAI project director Lieutenant Colonel (retd) K.P. Sharma, visited the spot today.

Social worker, author honoured
Chandigarh, June 2
The Academy of National Literature and Culture, hosted an international literary programme to honour social worker Balhar Singh Ramewal, based in the UK, with Shirmoni Smajak Chetna Award 2007-08 for his contribution towards spreading Punjabi literature. During this occasion, a book named ‘Darr’ by Major H.S. Noor, was also released. Gurpartap Sing Riar, president Akali Dal (B), Chandigarh unit, was the chief guest on this occasion.

Chandigarh, June 2
A seminar on ‘Alternative Dispute Redressal Mechanism for Bank Debt’ was organised here recently by the Bankers’ Executive Forum, Chandigarh, at CII Auditorium, Chandigarh. Justice H.S. Bedi, judge, Supreme Court of India, was the chief guest.

Training CPIOs, a wise move
This is apropos news item ‘Admn officials to get lessons in RTI’ dated May 26. UT administration’s decision to train CPIOs is a welcome move. Though CPIOs already have refined tactics, it will help them to deal with active RTIs. Recently the management of RTI cases at official-level has been at the receiving end and this move will no doubt give extra teeth to CPIOs and appellate.

Wild wild web

Blogging, the engine of the WWW (Worldwide web), is coming of age in India too. To borrow the recent observations of Shekhar Kapur (shekharkapur.com ), the noted film director and avid blogger, "Blogging is an interactive and democratic process through which no person is allowed to become so powerful that he/she becomes the ‘gatekeeper’ of public opinion and even news, bloggers carry the responsibility to nourish and nurture this new medium (New Media).

Snippets From Blogosphere
e wild wild web
Blogs – the shortened term for “web logs” – are a lot like sexual fetishes. If you can think of a subject (or especially if you can’t), there’s one out there. The beauty of the blog is that it’d infinitely and instantaneously updatable; user-friendly blogging software has revolutionised the internet and the way media is done.

Some gadgets to lure the eyes and lighten the pouch!
CECT WRIST is a wrist watch mobile phone
Though numerous cell phone wrist watches have hit the market, but cell phone wrist watches have never really taken off really. The CECT WRIST is a wrist watch mobile phone with a dedicated keypad built on to its strap and stands apart in it league with this peculiar keypad built on strap feature. The GSM phone also features a small 1.3? TFT Touch screen, Bluetooth, FM radio, MP4 and 3GP video support, a WAP browser and the phone retails for £151.57.


Poor Results
Admn guns for teachers
Chandigarh, June 2
Taking cognizance of the downfall in the CBSE Class X and XII results of government schools, the Chandigarh administration is identifying teachers and officiating principals who had been negligent in performing their duties.

PU puts light on alternate sources of energy
Chandigarh, June 2
Centre for Adult, Continuing Education & Extension (CACEE), Panjab University, in collaboration with Energy Resource Centre, department of chemical engineering and technology, PU, organised a training programme for more than 30 men and women of Sarangpur village , Chandigarh, on “Alternate sources of energy: Their impact on environment and health” today.

Attack on PU student inside exam hall
Two arrested; sent to police remand
Harpreet Multani (second from right) and Vikram outside the Sector 4 police station on Monday. Chandigarh, June 2
Almost a month after a Panjab University student was stabbed inside the examination hall, the police at last managed to arrest Harpreet Singh Multani, the main accused, along with Vickram here this morning.

Harpreet Multani (second from right) and Vikram outside the Sector 4 police station on Monday. Tribune photograph: Manoj Mahajan

From Schools
Camp to develop kids’ skills ends
Chandigarh, June 2
With an aim to develop special skills among school kids, a week-long summer camp titled ‘POET- Hobby Hub’ organised by Kundan International School, Sector 46-B, concluded here.

Central Varsity Status
UIPS join relay fast
Chandigarh, June 2
Teachers and students sit on chain hunger strike for the central university status at PU on Monday. The teachers and students of university institute of pharmaceutical sciences (UIPS) took the charge of the dharna site today on the 57th day of the relay fast for the central university status for Panjab University. Anil Kumar, Rajesh Yadav, Anupam Saini, Ranju Bansal and Renu Chadha were the five teachers of UIPS who sat on the fast. Prof S.K. Kulkarni, dean, university instructions, also visited the site to give moral support to the colleagues from the department.

Teachers and students sit on chain hunger strike for the central university status at PU on Monday. Tribune photograph: Pradeep Tewari

Landran college, Nirula’s sign MoU
Mohali, June 2
Nirula’s will be recruiting students of Chandigarh College of Hospitality (CCH), Landran, every year for their eating joints across the country.


Consumer Courts
Supply of defective goods

Furniture shop owner to pay Rs 5,000
Chandigarh, June 2
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Nitin of Param Furniture, Phase XI, Mohali, to pay a compensation of Rs 5,000 for selling a defective sofa-cum-bed to a resident, TPS Kochhar, of Sector 37 here. The furniture shop was also asked to refund Rs 10,500 to the petitioner.


Two CHB officials repatriated
Chandigarh, June 2
Two senior officers of the Chandigarh Housing Board have been repatriated. According to sources, Amarnath, chief executive officer and an IAS officer on the UT cadre, has been shifted to New Delhi. He plans to eventually go to study in the USA.


Council Elections
Reservation of wards upsets councillors’ calculations
Bassi Pathana, June 2
With the notification of the council elections in the state, hectic political activity has begun in the town. The sitting councillors as well as the new aspirants have started appearing at public places and visiting their voters.

Suicide by Woman
Husband, mother-in-law arrested after high drama
Kharar, June 2
Husband and mother-in-law of Rajni Devi, who committed suicide on Sunday morning, were arrested today amid high drama. Rajni's body was brought to Kharar civil hospital today for postmortem.

Lovers consume poison, dead
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 2
A married man and woman having illicit relations ended their lives after their spouses came to know about the relation last evening.


Mount Shivalik Cricket Trophy
Harmanpreet leads Bhavan to win
A match in progress between Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy (DPCA) and Bhavan Vidalaya of Panchkula at St Stephen's School ground during Inter-Academy Under-15 Cricket Tournament for Mount Shivalik Trophy. Chandigarh, June 2
Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy (DPCA) beat Bhavan Vidalaya of Panchkula by 60 runs in the Inter-Academy Under-15 Cricket Tournament for Mount Shivalik Trophy being organised by DPAC at St Stephen's School ground here today. Harmanpreet Singh’s knock of 156 runs as an opener took his team to a massive total of 300 for 7 wickets in 35 overs.

A match in progress between Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy (DPCA) and Bhavan Vidalaya of Panchkula at St Stephen's School ground during Inter-Academy Under-15 Cricket Tournament for Mount Shivalik Trophy. A Tribune photograph

Gupta, Mann all set to conquer Rs 20 lakh Nepal Masters
Chandigarh, June 2
With the conquest of the golf pro-giants in Chandigarh a couple of days back still fresh in his mind, city golfer Harindra Gupta is all set to tee off along with an array of top professionals in the Nepalese Rs 20 lakh Surya Nepal Masters 2008 which gets under way with the pro-am event tomorrow.

St Stephen’s all set for Asian round
Chandigarh, June 2
St Stephen’s football team have won the India final of Manchester United Premier Cup (under 15) at Goa in January this year.Now, the local outfit, the first ever school-team of the country to achieve the feat, are all prepared to win top honours in the South-East Asian qualifying round of the prestigious cup, starting from June 4 at Malaysia.

Day 2: Patiala bundled out for 217
Hitesh Bhutani took six wickets
Mohali, June 2
Following their previous day’s score of 27 runs at the loss of two wickets in 16 overs, Patiala team were bundled out for 217 runs in 90.2 overs on the second day of the final of the Punjab Inter-District U-16 M.L. Markan Trophy’s first innings played at the PCA pitch here today.

Black Elephant beat YPS by 61 runs
Patiala, June 2
Black Elephant Cricket Club, Patiala, downed Yadvindra Public School (YPS) by 61 runs in a league-match of the 10th Hot Weather Cricket

Golf camp to hone skills of caddies
Chandigarh, June 2
With an aim to tap talent, The Chandigarh Golf Club will provide free coaching to promising amateur caddies in the 0-9 handicap. The programme, which includes two-hour free coaching to caddies every Monday, started today under EGTF-certified coach Ajay Gujral with 20 amateur caddies learning the finer points of the game.


Upgraded burns unit opened in PGI
Chandigarh, June 2
The PGI has upgraded its services to the patients of burn injuries. The centrally air-conditioned burns unit and renovated plastic surgery ward was inaugurated by General S.F. Rodrigues (retd), Governor, Punjab, and Administrator, on Saturday.


Doctor held for fraud
Involved in issuing fake job letters
Chandigarh, June 2
Dr Pankaj Mittal and Krishan Ghai were arrested on the charges of fraud by issuing fake appointment letters to the people. The police has booked them, along with a couple Rajeev and his wife Anu, under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 210-B. Rajeev and Anu is still absconding.

Tribune Impact
Cyber cafe owners held for not keeping record
Chandigarh, June 2
The police yesterday arrested the owners of cyber cafés, including a Sector 19-based cyber café, on the charge of not maintaining a proper record of users at his cafe.

Cars stolen from outside homes
Chandigarh, June 2
Inderjit Singh, a resident of Sector 45, reported to the police that his car (CH-03-M-2526) was stolen on May 28 from outside his home. A case under Section 379, IPC, has been registered at the police station, Sector 34.

3 held for bid to murder niece
Panchkula, June 2
The police has arrested three residents of Mani Majra allegedly for attempting to murder their niece here today.

Woman attempts suicide
Panchkula, June 2
High drama prevailed at the local district courts when a 37-year-old woman attempted to commit suicide by jumping from the first floor of the court building here today.


Low mustard yield hits NAFED
Forced to buy produce at commercial rates
Chandigarh, June 2
The low production of mustard and high market price fetched by the crop has forced National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED) to procure the crop at commercial rates from Haryana and Punjab.


Shannon Benjamin and Priti Gupta perform at Indira Holiday Home in Chandigarh on Monday. Get ready for boogie woogie
Chandigarh, June 2
Ballroom dancing is the fusion of two heartbeats and its flow is evident with every single rhythm. But only a passionate dancer knows that overall body discipline along with mind and soul goes behind every move of ballroom dancing.

Shannon Benjamin and Priti Gupta perform at Indira Holiday Home in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Saang ‘Satwanti Devi’ staged
Panchkula, June 2
The rich rustic vigour, grandeur, grace and twang of Haryanvi folklore permeated the ambience at the Inderdhanush auditorium complex here on the fifth day of the ongoing Haryanvi Saang Fest.

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