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MC chief poll put off indefinitely
Zirakpur, July 23
The district administration of SAS Nagar today postponed the elections of MC chiefs at Zirakpur, Naya Gaon and Kurali. Citing a report of the SSP that enough security personnel were not available for the “safe” conduct of the elections, the DC issued the orders, hours before the elections were to be held.

A protest being held outside the MC’s office against the order in Zirakpur A protest being held outside the MC’s office against the order in Zirakpur on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Bandh near-total in Mohali
Mohali, July 23
Members of various Sikh groups ensured an almost complete compliance to the Punjab bandh call given by the Sant Samaj today. Markets wore a deserted look with a majority of shopkeepers voluntarily downing their shutters. At some places in Phases X and XI shopkeepers tried to open their shops in the afternoon but were forced to close them by volunteers of the Akali Dal Panch Pardhani.


Protesters burn tyres at Balongi village in Kharar Passengers wait for buses during Punjab bandh in Mohali
Protesters burn tyres at Balongi village in Kharar; and (right) passengers wait for buses during Punjab bandh in Mohali on Wednesday. — Tribune photos by Vicky Gharu
Sikh organisations protest at Sirhind Khanna presents a deserted look during the bandh call
Sikh organisations protest at Sirhind; and (right) Khanna presents a deserted look during the bandh call on Wednesday. — Tribune photographs

The Chandigarh administration has locked the toilets at Rose Garden, Sector 16, much to the inconvenience of the visitors
Conveniences for whom?
The Chandigarh administration has locked the toilets at Rose Garden, Sector 16, much to the inconvenience of the visitors. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh

Diarrhoea claims child’s life in Mohali
Mohali, July 23
A seven-year-old child of Balmiki Colony died due to diarrhoea today even as three members of the same family have been admitted to the local Civil Hospital. Deputy commissioner Rahul Bhandari has ordered an inquiry into the death of the child.

Mohali DC inspects villages
Mohali, July 23
The SAS Nagar DC has ordered the immediate cleaning of areas where cases of diarrhoea, suspected cholera and dengue had been reported. Rahul Bhandari, DC, visited Madanpura, Matour, Jagatpura and Jhota Kutt Colony along with GMADA and district administration officials.

15 cholera cases confirmed
Panchkula, July 23
Fifteen cases of cholera have been confirmed at Panchkula till today. The district health authorities have been informed by the PGI, Chandigarh, that the samples of fifteen patients sent to the hospital for test against the disease have been found positive, said Rajinder Kataria, deputy commissioner, Panchkula.

Promila was killed for honour
Father, brother held
Chandigarh, July 23
The police today claimed to have solved the killing of 17-year-old Promila whose body was found in Sector 52 on Sunday, with the arrest of her father and brother. Jaswant Singh and his son Sunil have reportedly confessed to having killed Promila, who was four months pregnant, to save the honour of the family. “She was a blot on our family,” Jaswant said, showing no remorse for killing his daughter and then burning her face with acid in a bid to conceal her identity.

Sunil Kumar and Jaswant Singh at the Sector 36 police station in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Sunil Kumar and Jaswant Singh at the Sector 36 police station in Chandigarh

Herb Dhaliwal marries PU teacher
Chandigarh, July 23
Fifty-six-year-old Herb Dhaliwal, the first Indian-Canadian to become cabinet minister in Canada, is in the news again, but for a different reason. He has married Neelu Kang who teaches sociology at Panjab University here.The marriage was solemnised a couple of weeks ago.


Concessions in store for marla house owners
Chandigarh, July 23
Bowing to pressure from different quarters, the Chandigarh administration is finally set to grant certain major concessions to thousands of marla houses in the city bringing smile on the face of the owners.

2 days gone, carcass still on road
Chandigarh, July 23
Callous! Nothing else can explain the attitude of the civic authorities, which failed to remove carcass of a buffalo from the road dividing Sectors 48 and 49 even after two days.

Carcass of a buffalo lying on the road dividing Sectors 48 and 49 in Chandigarh for the past two days. — A Tribune photograph

Carcass of a buffalo lying on the road dividing Sectors 48 and 49 in Chandigarh for the past two days

Lt-Gen in controversy over supply irregularities
Chandigarh, July 23
The Army has ordered a court of inquiry (COI) to investigate allegations of irregularities in registration contractors with the Army Service Corps (ASC) and discrepancies in hiring civilian vehicles for army use.

Explain delay in reader’s appointment, GMCH told
Chandigarh, July 23
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has sought an explanation from the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, for the delay in the appointment of a reader in the department of surgery under the direct recruitment category.

Sterilisation of Dogs
Animal board not happy with MC, NGOs’ work: Chairman
Chandigarh, July 23
The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has expressed unhappiness over the performance of the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) and two city-based NGOs for not doing much work for the sterilisation of stray dogs in the city despite receiving huge funds from the board every year.

BJP cell to begin signature campaign against UPA govt
Chandigarh, July 23
A meeting of the BJP's IT cell was held here today under the chairmanship of Satinder Singh, convener of the cell, on the occasion of the birth anniversary of great freedom fighters Chander Shekhar Azad and Bal Gangadhar Tilak.

BJP activists burn UPA’s effigy
Chandigarh, July 23
The local unit of the BJP, under the leadership of its president Kamla Sharma, today protested against the UPA government headed by Manmohan Singh and burnt an effigy of the central government.

BJP workers protest against the UPA government in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

BJP workers protest against the UPA government in Chandigarh

Sector 34 parking contractor challaned
Chandigarh, July 23
The Chandigarh municipal corporation has challaned and issued warning to the contractor of the parking area adjoining the passport office in Sector 34 for allowing more vehicles than the capacity of the parking area without appointing adequate staff to manage them.

Awareness programme inaugurated
Chandigarh, July 23
Chandigarh mayor Pardeep Chhabra inaugurated an awareness programme organised by the Surya Foundation in Ram Darbar here last evening. The programme will continue till July 30.

Unscheduled power cuts irk residents
Chandigarh, July 23
The residents of Sectors 47, 48, 49 and other adjoining Sectors had to sweat out late tonight following a complete blackout due to unscheduled power cut. For around half an hour, the electricity went out and the residents had no option then to come outside their houses owing to the humid weather conditions.

FPAI celebrates 59th Foundation Day
Mohali, July 23
Members of the Family Planning Association of India celebrated the 59th Foundation Day of the association at Sehat Bhawan here today.


New recruitment policy for school teachers
No interview, no written tests
Chandigarh, July 23
In a bid to eliminate “external pressures” and having “merit” the sole criteria for selection, the Chandigarh administration has decided to do away with the process of the interviews and written tests for recruitment of teachers in city schools.

UIET students caught ragging in PU hostel
Chandigarh, July 23
Panjab University had its first brush with ragging in the new academic session that began just a few days back. All claims of the university to ensure no ragging is done were proved otherwise when a case of freshers being ragged by their seniors came to light on Tuesday night.

PU to add more scholarships
Chandigarh, July 23
Brilliant and meritorious students of Panjab University and its affiliated colleges have something to cheer about as the university proposes to increase the number of scholarships for toppers of various disciplines from affiliated colleges as well as from the teaching departments of PU.

PU physics dept recommended for CAS programme
Chandigarh, July 23
The department of physics, PU, known for high quality of teaching and research, has once again been recommended to the University Grants Commission to continue CAS programme for the IVth Phase w.e.f April 1, 2008 to March 3, 2013.

From Schools and Colleges
60 participate in annual principals’ conference
Chandigarh, July 23
The two-day Annual Regional Principals’ Conference which got off to a serene start yesterday with ‘sarswati vandana’ and a melodious welcome song culminated successfully at Regional Institute of Co-operative Management, Sector 32, here, today.

Tiny tots of SGGS Collegiate-26 present a cultural programme in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Himanshu Mahajan

Tiny tots of SGGS Collegiate-26 present a cultural programme in Chandigarh

‘Model’ dropped from school names
Chandigarh, July 23
The Chandigarh education department has proposed to eradicate the word ‘model’ from the names of city schools. The department has classified the schools in two categories - urban and non-urban. The idea behind this move is to introduce English as well as Hindi medium in both category schools.

From Colleges
Pharmacy college holds faculty development programme
Mohali, July 23
Swami Vivekanand College of Pharmacy conducted a one-day “Faculty Development Program” in its campus today. The key speaker in the programme was Prof A.K. Chakarborty, head of department of medicinal chemistry, NIPER, Mohali.

Students sensitised on healthy living
Chandigarh, July 23
The department of anatomy, PGI, organised the I.J. Dewan Memorial Educational Workshop on healthy living for schoolchildren here today. More than 80 student delegates from various government model schools of Chandigarh participated in the workshop that was inaugurated by Prof B.N.S. Walia, former director, PGI.

Gupta in charge of Ludhiana MBA centre
Chandigarh, July 23
Prof Dinesh Gupta, chairman, University Business School, has been appointed the overall in charge of the Ludhiana MBA centre.


District Court
2 acquitted in abduction case
Chandigarh, July 23
Additional District and Sessions Judge R.S. Attri today acquitted Sonu and Saroj in a case of abduction of a minor. According to the prosecution, the accused had abducted the 14-year-old girl on April 23, 2007.

Consumer Court
PNB told to pay Rs 25,000 to housing board
Chandigarh, July 23
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Punjab National Bank to pay compensation of Rs 25,000 on account of harassment to the Chandigarh Housing Board.


Schoolgirls perform giddha during the inauguration of sports meet at S.S. School, Kolan village, in Ambala
Schoolgirls perform giddha during the inauguration of sports meet at S.S. School, Kolan village, in Ambala on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Bandh throws life out of gear
Fatehgarh Sahib/Rajpura
The Bandh call given by a large number of religious and Sikh organisations was peaceful at Fatehgarh Sahib and Rajpura. The activists of these organisations blocked the G.T. Road near Sirhind forcing the commuters to take different routes.

Four take away hired car
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 23
The Fatehgarh Sahib Police has booked four unidentified men for forcefully taking away an Innova car from a taxi driver. They had hired the taxi from the traffic lights near Aroma in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Sirhind boy state champion in javelin throw
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 23
Sirhind boy Bir Devender Singh grabbed the title of state champion in javelin throw during the Punjab State Athletic Championship held at Punjabi University, Patiala.


Twenty20: Nipun steers DAV to victory
Chandigarh, July 23
An all-round performance by Nipun Bhargav (55 runs not out and 3 for 4) steered DAV School, Sector 15 team to beat Paragon Senior Secondary School (Mohali) team by 64 runs in the ongoing Vivek Trophy Twenty 20 Inter-School Cricket Tournament-2008 at Vivek High School, Sector 38, here today.

Inter-School Tourney
GHS-26 beat DAV in dodgeball
Chandigarh, July 23
Government High School, Sector 26, will face Government Model High School, Sector 26, in the finals of dodgeball discipline in the ongoing inter-school (under-14 boys) sports tournament being held here.

Golf Club course needs relook, say Aussie experts
Chandigarh, July 23
The design of the Chandigarh Golf Club course needs a total relook, according to experts from Australia, who had a two-hour meeting with office-bearers of the club in which former captains were also invited.

Club opens course to selected caddies

Chandigarh, July 23
The Chandigarh Golf Club is going all out to give green access to amateur and pro caddies to help them achieve higher goals on the national circuit.

Brig H.S. Bath
Brig H.S. Bath

Sepak takraw meet from July 26
Chandigarh, July 23
The Chandigarh Sepak Takraw Association is going to hold the 5th Chandigarh Junior State Sepak Takraw Championship (boys and girls) for the Santosh Kumar Rana Trophy from July 26 to 28 at Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, here.


Labourer run over by tractor, dies
Panchkula, July 23
A 37-year-old labourer was run over by a tractor trailer when the driver lost control and the tractor hit a hill in Morni, near here, today. The tractor trailer was being used to ferry labourers to the site of a road construction on the Raipur Rani-Triolokpur road.

Woman foils snatching
Panchkula, July 23
The presence of mind and bravery shown by a local woman not only thwarted an attempt of snatching, it led to nabbing of one of the three snatchers also. It was the second case in the city when a snatcher was nabbed by the locals.

Man thrashed for roaming nude, dies
Chandigarh, July 23
The police arrested four persons – Manpreet, Guddu, Raju, Jasbir – following death of 48-year-old rickshaw-puller Rajwant Singh, who was allegedly roughed up for roaming naked in Colony No. 5, here, this afternoon. The deceased hailed from Uttar Pradesh and was an alcoholic. He is survived by wife and a teenager son. His wife is said to be hearing and speech impaired.
                             Rajwant Singh
Rajwant Singh

3 snatchings in 30 minutes
Chandigarh, July 23
Three incidents of snatching were reported from various parts of the city within a short span of just half-an-hour this evening. The miscreants snatched three gold chains from the residential areas of the southern sectors.

Woman killed in accident
Panchkula, July 23
A 55-year-old woman was killed and her husband was seriously injured when a car hit their motorcycle near Bir Ghaggar here today. The deceased has been identified as Amarjeet Kaur, a resident of Majri chowk.


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