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2 die in Panchkula wall collapse
n Record 25 mm rainfall in town
n Trains delayed as track submerges
Chandigarh, July 12
Heavy rain that lashed the city and its peripheral areas, particularly Panchkula, Zirakpur and Dera Bassi, this afternoon claimed two lives, injured two and brought life to a virtual standstill due to flooding.
Commuters wade through an inundated road in Panchkula
Commuters wade through an inundated road in Panchkula — Tribune photos by Manoj Mahajan

Top cops, babus on peddler’s list
Call details of the accused reveal that he was in touch with bureaucrats. He was also supplying heroin to wards of some politicians and IAS officers
Chandigarh, July 12
The arrest of Harpal Singh, alias Raju, a drug peddler, by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Thursday could blow the lid off the use of drugs by big shots of the city.

Youth flaunt their drug status
Chandigarh, July 12
The high and mighty of the city are again in the limelight following the recent seizure of nearly 3.5 kg heroin in the city. The high society culture and elite lifestyle is now conducive to drugs. It is perceived by the youth as a means of letting out frustrations, besides being a symbol of freedom, supremacy, style statement and adventure.


A gas plant in a dilapidated condition is now being used as a public toilet in the Punjab and Haryana Public Analysis Lab complex in Sector 11, Chandigarh.
A gas plant in a dilapidated condition is now being used as a public toilet in the Punjab and Haryana Public Analysis Lab complex in Sector 11, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh

Green spaces may now be parking lots
Chandigarh, July 12
After relaxing the floor area ratio (FAR) for developers of multiplexes in the industrial area here, the city administration plans to give away green spaces along roads for additional parking facility.

Non-creative pros joining animation industry
Chandigarh, July 12
Non-creative professionals are now dominating the animation industry that earlier was considered to be a hub of creative professionals.


Stolen Passport Case
Gurginder Pal Singh and Upjeet Singh in police custody in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan Crime branch on lookout for Delhi-based agent
Chandigarh, July 12
The arrest of two more suspects in the stolen passport case has lent a new twist to the case. The crime branch, which had earlier claimed that the passports were stolen by Gurjinder Singh Lucky, is now looking for Verma, a Delhi-based travel agent. Verma had arranged passports for Lucky, the prime suspect, and both are still absconding.

Gurginder Pal Singh and Upjeet Singh in police custody in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

FR Building Violation
CBI questions estate office
Chandigarh, July 12
While investigating building violation case of Fun Republic, the Central Bureau of Investigation has broadened its perspective wherein its has questioned the estate office on the criteria followed by the technical committee constituted to inspect the buildings of cinemas in UT.

Tribune Impact
GMCH-32 told to procure drugs
Chandigarh, July 12
After Chandigarh Tribune reported the shortage of essential medicines, cotton and gauze at the emergency of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, the UT health secretary has directed the director-principal to procure drugs and cotton with immediate effect.

Stress on media in proactive role
Chandigarh, July 12
Various speakers at a seminar on “Public perception of the Media” organised by the Chandigarh Press Club here today stressed the need for a proactive and pro-people role from journalists of all hues. It was unanimously felt that media must place the issues related to common man on priority.

Dug-up Routes
MC apathetic to road users
Chandigarh, July 12
Incomplete work and dug-up roads have become a source of nuisance for road users across the city. Thanks to the slack attitude of the authorities concerned, the sand and debris, spilled over the roads, make the motorists vulnerable.

Sec-44 roads not recarpeted for years
Chandigarh, July 12
The internal roads of Sector 44 have become a virtual death trap for motorists, especially at night. Congress grass and open areas being used for dumping debris has aggravated the problem.

Insurance co told to pay Rs 29 lakh
Chandigarh, July 12
The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed National Insurance Company to pay claim of Rs 29 lakh along with interest of 12 per cent per annum to a resident of Delhi for repudiating claim of diesel generator (DG) set.

MC keen to outsource upkeep of parks
Chandigarh, July 12
Buoyed by the cost-cutting factors and better upkeep, the municipal corporation is keen to outsource the maintenance of parks and green belts in the city.

BSF launches plantation drive
Chandigarh, July 12
A plantation drive was launched by the Border Security Force on its Lakhnaur campus here today.

1,000 saplings planted in park
Chandigarh, July 12
The horticulture wing of the municipal corporation yesterday planted around 1,000 saplings of various varieties in a newly developed park in Phase I, Ram Darbar, to celebrate vanamahotsava, here on Thursday.

Seminar on emergency response
Chandigarh, July 12
The UT police today organised a seminar on emergency response and care awareness campaign for the senior citizens of the city.

Two Rohtak residents duped
Panchkula, July 12
Two Rohtak residents were allegedly duped of Rs 1,40,000 when they reached here to purchase a car on Thursday. The victims Sumit and Amit were rescued by the police from a locked room in Ramgarh where they were dumped by the accused after giving them some sedative.

N-deal in interest of Punjab: Ravi Inder
Mohali, July 12
Akali Dal (1920) supports Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue of nuclear deal and wanted the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) also to do the same instead of getting involved in a narrow political game.

Mohali industries association gets new president
Mohali, July 12
B.S. Anand, director, Jupiter Aqua Lines Ltd. has been chosen as the president of the Mohali Industries Association. The office bearers of the Association were finalised during its annual general meeting held yesterday under the chairmanship of T.L. Easwar, president, MIA.

Music needs innovation to survive: Jagjit Singh
Chandigarh July 12
“Any musical art form, though rooted in tradition, can survive only through innovations and by enriching it from other compatible sources,” opines Jagjit Singh, epoch-making ghazal maestro.

Sales beckon customers who are turning elusive in this era of rising prices. Slump forces retailers to put up sales
Chandigarh, July 12
Reeling under a weak consumer demand as the inflation soars to 11.89 per cent, retailers in the city are now trying to woo customers by offering discounts. The “end of season sale” has started at least a month in advance this year.

Sales beckon customers who are turning elusive in this era of rising prices. — A Tribune photograph

Seminar on fuel conservation
Chandigarh, July 12
Keeping in view the present scenario of skyrocketing fuel prices and the need to conserve depleting energy recourses, IAF’s 12 Wing organised a one-day seminar on fuel conservation here today. The seminar was conducted by the Petroleum Conservation and Research Association (PCRA).

Make city bicycle-friendly
Whilst the Chandigarh administration is busy providing new facilities to motorists, it should not forget those who use environment-friendly means like bicycles for commuting.


BBA not a ticket to MBA
Chandigarh, July 12
Is Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA) a ticket to Master’s in Business Administration (MBA)? A rare probability, if the experts are to be believed.

Humanities seats in model schools filled
Chandigarh, July 12
The 10th day of Class-XI admissions saw a thin crowd as the day was scheduled for compartment candidates having 47 per cent and above marks as well as the compartment candidates under the sports category. The counselling is underway at GMSSS-10.

Students run to highlight population pangs
Chandigarh, July 12
Maharishi Dayanand Public School, Daria, in collaboration with the department of environment, Chandigarh, organised a run to mark World Population Day.

From Schools and Colleges
Seminar on enterprise planning held
Mohali, July 12
A seminar on enterprise resources planning was conducted by ‘Headstart’ at Indo Global College of Engineering, SAS Nagar. The key spokesman on the subject was Vivek Kumar, business manager, Headstart, Chandigarh. The seminar was attended by large number of faculty members and students of computer science, electronics, mechanical and civil engineering departments.


PSEB faces power crisis as rain hits coalfields
Patiala, July 12
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is facing a temporary shortfall in the availability of power due to certain technical faults in units falling under the jurisdiction of the Board. Board chairman Y.S Ratra said here on Wednesday that due to widespread rains in coal pit head areas, wet coal was being received. This was causing frequent choking in the coal path to boiler bunkers and affecting generation to a great extent.

Patiala reels under power cuts
Patiala, July 12
Power cuts have become an usual phenomenon in almost all parts of the city. The residents suffer a power cut of around six hours everyday. In some cases, the cuts get stretched to nine hours as well. The city residents experienced around nine hours of unscheduled power cuts here on Thursday. The worst hit areas were New Mehar Singh Colony, Tripuri, Harinder Nagar, Cycle Market, Model Town, New Officer’s Colony, Baran area etc.

Cyber crime: Police looking for computer savvy persons
Patiala, July 12
In an attempt to pre-empt incidences of increasing cyber crime, the state police  is now on the lookout for computer savvy persons who can work for  the department.

A shopkeeper in Dera Bassi surveys the condition of his shop on Saturday. Rain pours woes on Zirakpur, Dera Bassi
Zirakpur/Dera Bassi, July 12
Monsoons, it seems, bring only woes for those residing in Zirakpur and Dera Bassi. With just a few hours of rain today these two towns on two sides of Ghaggar river were flooded with water entering houses and shops. Water was flowing on the roads and traffic came to a virtual standstill for hours at Zirakpur. Dera Bassi was worst affected and residents had to manually take out water from their houses. Shopkeepers also spent the day doing the same thing, reporting damages worth thousands of rupees due to the rain.

A shopkeeper in Dera Bassi surveys the condition of his shop on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Woman dies of burns, husband booked
Fathegarh Sahib, July 12
The police has booked the in-laws and husband of a woman who succumbed to burns in the PGI this morning.

A sealed bottle of Bisleri containing a mosquito, in Patiala. Mosquito found in sealed water bottle
Patiala, July 12
In yet another incident of negligence on the part of a company, a dead mosquito was found in a sealed five-litre bottle of Bisleri water. Gagandeep Singh Sandhu, a city resident, purchased the bottle from Mauji stores, 22 Number phatak, for his mother-in-law who is suffering from Hepatitis C. He regularly purchases water bottles from here.

A sealed bottle of Bisleri containing a mosquito, in Patiala. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar


Hero Honda golf is a million-dollar event now
Chandigarh, July 12
An all-time high prize money of one-million US dollars will be there for the taking in the Indian golf's flagship event, the Hero Honda Indian Open, to be held at the Delhi Golf Club from October 9 to 12.

Davaksh, Mayank are table tennis champions
Chandigarh, July 12
Davaksh Dawar and Mayank Kapoor emerged winners in the cadet boys’ and sub-junior boys’ singles, respectively, in the Bhavan Hawk's 14th Bhavan Vidyalaya Chandigarh State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament at Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here today.

AITA: Rain plays spoilsport, matches postponed
Chandigarh, July 12
Rain played spoilsport on the inaugural day of the AITA Talent Series at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis courts in Sector 10 here today.

Local tennis player makes waves in US
Chandigarh, July 12
Local tennis player Kinshuk Sharma, who shifted to the US in December last year to pursue higher studies as well as the game, has started bringing laurels to the city.

Discontinuation of sports scholarships leaves players high and dry
Chandigarh, July 12
Decision of the Central Government to put on hold the Sports Scholarship Scheme for budding sportspersons has left the players high and dry not only in the city but throughout the country.


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