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Home dream gets dearer
3-bedroom flat goes for Rs 68 lakh 2-bedroom Rs 40.54 lakh 1-bedroom Rs 23 lakh
Chandigarh, June 26
Bad news for those looking for a flat at a reasonable price. Bidding for various categories of flats under the Sector 63 housing scheme of the CHB, held here today, is almost certain to further push up property prices in the tricity.The bidding was done under the assured allotment scheme.

Councillors walk out; MC meeting over in minutes
Mohali, June 26
Councillors of the opposition party, along with two from the ruling group, staged a walkout from the monthly MC meeting here this afternoon. Alleging corruption, they protested against the inability of the council to remove roadside vendors.

Parking lot auction fetches MC Rs 1.19 cr
Chandigarh, June 26
The municipal corporation earned around Rs 1.19 cr as revenue from the auction of its eight parking lots in Sectors 22, 35, 34 and 9 held at the municipal corporation office, here today.

Open school system to help dropouts
Chandigarh, June 26
Keeping the universalisation of secondary education (USE) on priority, the education department, through the State Institute of Education (SIE), has proposed to set up an open school system.



Palsora road a nightmare for motorists
Chandigarh, June 26
A stretch of Palsora road leading to Mohali has become a virtual death trap for motorists, especially those commuting during night. Congress grass and unkempt open areas being used for dumping of debris has aggravated the problem.
The Palsora road leading to Mohali in dilapidated condition. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

The Palsora road leading to Mohali in dilapidated condition

Free parking lots nobody’s baby
Chandigarh, June 26
Free parking lots in the city are nobody’s baby as the municipal corporation has yet to affix the responsibility for their upkeep and maintenance. There are six free parking lots in Sector 17 earmarked by the corporation for two-wheelers, but these are in a state of neglect.

Road panel nod to building pavements
Chandigarh, June 26
The roads committee of the municipal corporation has decided to construct paved surface along different roads and markets across the city. A meeting was held under the chairmanship of Ravinder Pal Singh and was attended by members of the committee.

Rowing boats of the Water Sports Lake Club being shifted to near deep waters of the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh
Rowing boats of the Water Sports Lake Club being shifted to near deep waters of the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Thursday. These boats were used for the Chandigarh State Rowing Championship held in May this year. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh

A young girl enjoys being caught between water sprinklers at the Rose Garden in Sector-16, Chandigarh
A young girl enjoys being caught between water sprinklers at the Rose Garden in Sector-16, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Students of KV No. 1 take part in an awareness rally on drug de-addiction in Ambala
Students of KV No. 1 take part in an awareness rally on drug de-addiction in Ambala on Thursday. — Photo by Kamal Sachar

Experts dwell on performance management
Chandigarh, June 26
“The real success of performance management is to create performance-oriented culture as it brings transparency, openness and an enabling environment.” This was stated by speakers during a one-day training programme on performance management organised at PHD House, here yesterday.

Mining resumes at Ghaggar
Prices of sand, gravel set to dip
Panchkula, June 26
The prices of coarse sand and gravel (bajri) are likely to fall substantially in the region after mining has started once again at Ghaggar river here since yesterday. Following this, a few stone crushers and washing plants have also started working again after a gap of almost three months.

BSNL Blues
Dial customer care service for inconvenience
Chandigarh, June 26
BSNL customer care services are becoming a major irritant for customers, for these end up as a time-consuming exercise without mitigating their problem. Ironically, BSNL desk executives are also confused about the ambit of the help being extended by such helplines.

Cable theft causing BSNL losses
Chandigarh, June 26

In spite of the intensification of efforts by the BSNL, cable wires are still being stolen. Sources said last week about seven cable wires were stolen from under a manhole on the road dividing Sectors 34 and 44, after which almost 5,000 telephones in various sectors, including Sectors 31, 32 and 45, went dead.

International Day
Against Drug Abuse
City slums on a high
Sitting in a dingy room in the slums of Mauli Jagran, Shanti (name changed) has a somber look on her face. An HIV +ve sex worker, she also dabbles frequently in drugs and alcohol. Her husband, a chronic intravenous drug (IVD) user, died a year ago, leaving her to fend for herself and her sons.

Addiction up, but NDPS cases down
Even as drug addiction is on the rise, with the Narcotics Control Bureau putting the figure of addicts in India at 90 lakh, the number of cases registered by the Chandigarh Police under the NDPS Act are on a decline.

Private de-addiction centres a hell
In the absence of proper administrative checks, illegal private “drug de-addiction” centres and clinics continue to mushroom, more so in the city’s periphery.

F&CC Meeting
Air ticket issue to be taken up
Chandigarh, June 26
The dispute between the municipal corporation and a travel agency over booking of foreign trip tickets will figure at a meeting of the finance and contract committee tomorrow.

Submit job policy, CAT to education dept
Chandigarh, June 26
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has directed the department of education to specify the policy while appointing retired persons on contract in preference to the younger lot who has worked with the department.

Domestic Violence
Verma refutes allegations
Chandigarh, June 26
Joining investigation with the police today, Anurag Verma, an IAS officer and managing director of Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation, refuted allegations of domestic violence levelled by his wife.

No letup in humidity: Met dept
Chandigarh, June 26
With monsoon rains eluding the city for the past one week, hot weather conditions have been persisting in the area. According to met officials, with no break in the pre-monsoon showers in the region, the city will continue to reel under high humidity.

Vijay Diwas
I was not the chief guest: ADC
Panchkula, June 26
Contrary to the claims of Panchkula additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Parveen Kumar that he was not the chief guest at the ceremony held yesterday to pay floral tributes to martyr Sandeep Sagar on his ninth death anniversary, the family confirmed that he had agreed to be the chief guest on the occasion.


Education dept ties up with British Library
Chandigarh, June 26
To inculcate reading habit among government school students, the Chandigarh education department has tied up with the British Library in Sector 8 here. Sixty thousand students would be benefited from this move.

Now, a patent can get you promotion in PU
Chandigarh, June 26
Researchers in Panjab University have a reason to cheer. For very soon, apart from publications, even patents would get them promoted from a reader to a professor under the CAS scheme.

PUSU seeks lift in girls’ hostel
Chandigarh, June 26
A protest was held by the PUSU students’ today lead by Tejpal singh Cheema (PUSU president) along with Parminder Jaswal (PUCSC president) for the installation of lift in the girls’ hostel No.6. The students said they had already given a memorandum in the month of November 2007 to the vice-chancellor.
Prof Naval Kishore (extreme right) tries to pacify PUSU activists outside the VC’s office in PU
Prof Naval Kishore (extreme right) tries to pacify PUSU activists outside the VC’s office in PU on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Workshop on digital film-making
Chandigarh, June 26
A seven-day workshop on film-making on the theme ‘Shoot the city beautiful beautifully’ by Mad Arts, a Jaspal Bhatti Film School, kicked off yesterday at Sukhna Lake. Experts gave free advice to people who got video cameras.

40 delegates attend physics workshop
Chandigarh, June 26
The department of physics, PU, organised a one-day workshop on “Curriculum and teaching methodology for electronics,” on Thursday. The workshop got an overwhelming response as about 40 delegates from different institutions participated.

Central Varsity Status
Students’ bodies to support fast
Chandigarh, June 26
The teachers and research scholars of Punjabi language from the department of evening studies sat on fast on the 81st day of the chain fast. Those who sat on the fast among the teachers were Gurpal Singh, Nirmal Singh, M.S. Bajwa and among the research scholars were Manpreet Kaur and Manjit Kaur.


Know your judges
Rajan Gupta CBI's standing counsel and chief prosecutor in the High Court, and additional standing counsel for the UT, Rajan Gupta belongs to a family of doctors. His father, Dr H.C. Gupta, was the head of surgery in Sector 16 General Hospital. His brother, too, is a doctor.

Banking services in lok adalat ambit
Chandigarh, June 26
The Chandigarh administration has declared that banking and financial services will fall under the public utility services in the city. The declaration will help a large number of people involved in disputes relating to banking and finance sectors.

4-day police remand for Ghai
Chandigarh, June 26
Bharat Ghai, operational director of Air Slovakia, who was arrested by the police earlier this week, was remanded in four-day police custody by a local court here today.


Candidates spend big bucks to woo voters
Zirakpur, June 26
The municipal elections here are getting almost as big as the Vidhan Sabha polls. With a bitter fight on between SAD candidates and SAD breakaway group led by N.K. Sharma here, sky seems to be the limit for election-related expenditure.

Book candidates for defacing property: SDM
Ropar, June 26
Nine candidates in the fray for the municipal council elections here will be booked for defacement of public property. Returning officer SDM Kavita Singh has strongly recommended to SSP P.K. Sinha that a case be registered against these candidates who are from various political parties. 

Five booked for selling shamlat land
Dera Bassi, June 26
In a first of a kind case, the SAS Nagar police has booked five persons of Bhakarpur village for having partitioned and sold the shamlat (common land) of the village. The police has booked these persons on the complaint of the deputy commissioner, SAS Nagar.

Cleansing Act
14 Mohali cops opt for de-addiction
Kharar, June 26
The Mohali police observed International Day Against Drug Abuse today in an unusual way. Fourteen constables posted in Dera Bassi, Zirakpur, Kurali and Kharar areas were admitted to the Red Cross De-addiction Centre in Khanpur village.

Rains dampen cooler sales
Patiala, June 26
Early onset of monsoon this season has dampened the sales of air coolers as they have registered a new low during the month of June in last decade. The sale of air coolers starts from April end and is at its peak in June. Normally, monsoon hits Punjab early July and its early onset this year has jolted the air cooler industry.

Unsold coolers at a shop in Patiala.
— A Tribune photograph
Unsold coolers at a shop in Patiala

Rare machine is junk for railways
Kalka, June 26
Even as the Kalka-Shimla rail section is on the verge of making a mark on the world heritage map, several old machines and equipments are lying in a neglected state here. A 100-year-old rail trolley has been reduced to scrap as it is wearing away near the Kalka diesel shed.

Thapar students ready for Formula test
Patiala, June 26
Team Fateh is the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology’s (TIET) first official entry to the formula racing student competition that will be held in Silverstone (UK) from July 10 to 13.

Now, cops ready to arrest drug menace
Bassi Pathana, June 26
The police personnel organised a seminar-cum-awareness camp to mark International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking here today. Former minister Randhir Singh Cheema was the chief guest while Bassi Pathana DSP Rajwinder Singh Sohal presided over the function.

Black Elephants trampled
Patiala, June 26
Multipurpose Cricket Academy beat Black Elephant Cricket Club, Patiala, by 88 runs in the first Multipurpose Challenge Cup (U-16) Tournament played at Multipurpose Secondary School here today.

I am working on Sukhbir’s directions, says Bunny
Zirakpur, June 26
Punjab State Cooperative Bank Ltd chairman Jasjit Singh Bunny said today he was working in the Zirakpur municipal polls on the directions of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Passengers raise slogans against rly authorities
Ambala, June 26
Around 300 passengers raised slogans against the railway authorities at Ambala Cantonment railway station this evening.

Residents rue erratic power supply
Kalka, June 26
Unscheduled power cuts and erratic power supply is putting residents of Kalka and Pinjore and its surrounding areas through a lot of inconvenience.


Chandigarh teams prove their class
Chandigarh, June 26
Continuing their winning spree, Chandigarh men and women recorded comfortable victories in today’s matches of the 30th Senior National Softball Championship being hosted by the Chandigarh Softball Association at Panjab University.
A softball match of the 30th Senior National Softball Championship in progress at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Thursday.
— A Tribune photograph
A softball match of the 30th Senior National Softball Championship in progress at Panjab University in Chandigarh

Officers set out to trek Himachal valleys

Chandigarh, June 26
A team of seven Air Force officers, headed by Wg Cdr K. Dinesh, proceeded on a trekking expedition to Chamba, Bharmaur and Lahaul Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh today.

RARING TO GO: Members of the IAF trekking expedition that was flagged off from the Chandigarh Air Force station on Thursday.
— A Tribune photograph

Members of the IAF trekking expedition that was flagged off from the Chandigarh Air Force station

Administrator's Challenge Cup
20 teams to vie for football title
Chandigarh, June 26
As many as 20 teams, including 10 from outstations, will feature in the sixth Administrator's Challenge Cup All-India Football Tournament for Boys U-17 being organised by the Chandigarh sports department from September 1 to 9.

Challenger Trophy
St John’s to host final on June 29
Chandigarh, June 26
The semifinals and final of the All-India Challenger Trophy Under-16 Cricket Tournament will be played at St John’s High School, Sector 26, Chandigarh.


‘Need to fight drug menace collectively’

Chandigarh, June 26
To commemorate International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the Narcotics Control Bureau, the Chandigarh Police, and the Drug De-addiction and Treatment Centre (DDTC), Department of Psychiatry, PGI, Chandigarh, organised a panel discussion at the Bhargava Auditorium at the PGI today.

Justice S.S. Sodhi, former Chief Justice of the Allahadbad High Court, speaks at a panel discussion on drug abuse in Chandigarh
Justice S.S. Sodhi, former Chief Justice of the Allahadbad High Court, speaks at a panel discussion on drug abuse in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Untreated thyroid can prove fatal: Study
Chandigarh, June 26
Women, especially those above 50, are 10 times more at risk of having hypothyroidism (a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone) than men and ignoring its treatment can prove fatal.

60 attend free medical camp
Chandigarh, June 26
A two-day free medical camp was organised by NGOs, Bhai Gurdas Social Foundation and Kailsh Pati Ayurvedic Research Centre, in association with the Chandigarh Police to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse at Industrial Area, Phase-I. Around 60 persons addicted to drugs visited the camp.
Patients being examined during a drug de-addiction camp at Industrial Area, Phase I, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Patients being examined during a drug de-addiction camp at Industrial Area, Phase I, Chandigarh


Driver arrested for injuring scooterist
Chandigarh, June 26
Renu, a scooterist, was seriously injured when she was hit by a speeding vehicle being driven by Jeevan Singh, a resident of Sector 41, near the Sector 44 gurdwara yesterday. The victim sustained multiple injuries and was admitted to the PGI in an unconscious condition. The driver has been arrested.


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