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Pinjore Road Expansion
There was never even a proposal!

Panchkula, August 8
The hopes of commuters and residents of Kalka and Pinjore to get a respite from the frequent traffic jams on NH-22 have been dashed as the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has claimed that there is no proposal to widen the road passing through these towns.

Amendment to Bylaws
Centre questions UT’s competency
Chandigarh, August 8
Already being questioned by the union ministry of home affairs (MHA) on the issue of low land compensation to landowners, the Chandigarh administration has been pushed to the wall on the contentious issue of amending the bylaws and bringing mega projects to the city.

Dil hai Hindustani, but foreign players real stars
Chandigarh, August 8
Foreign phones, foreign apparels, foreign shoes, foreign toys and now it’s foreign players at the Beijing Olympics, who are catching the fancy of the city youth. But all said and done, “phir bhi dil hai Hindustani” as they want local lad Abhinav Bindra to return with a medal.
Sports lovers watch the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympics in Chandigarh Sports lovers watch the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympics in Chandigarh on Friday.
— Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari


With rain, surge in diseases
Chandigarh, August 8
Heavy rains have choked drains on the one hand and opened floodgates of diseases on the other. Statistics with government hospitals indicate a sharp increase in the incidence of water-borne diseases, including diarrhoea, cholera and typhoid, cough and cold, viral fever, and gastroenteritis that are common to the season.

@-Revolution 2008
‘Retail biggies to focus on ethical sourcing’
Chandigarh, August 8
The entry of retail biggies in the country could finally awaken the domestic industry’s concerns towards sustainability. So far, the Indian industry has little concern over the issues of ethical sourcing of goods and environmental concerns.

Role of youth takes centre stage
Chandigarh, August 8
“It is great to be an Indian and to be a young politician, as I feel empowered to change the face of my state and country,” said Punjab’s finance minister Manpreet Badal, while addressing a gathering on the second day of eRevolution-2008 here today.

Entrepreneurs share success stories
Chandigarh, August 8
The eRevolution-2008 has brought together entrepreneurs who have made mark in their respective fields of operations from around the country. These entrepreneurs highlighted their journey to success in the afternoon session today.


MC pays crores for unavailed electricity
Panchkula, August 8
Panchkula municipal council paid crores of rupees against the consumption of electricity that it never availed. Interestingly, residents of the city, who paid this money from their pockets as municipal tax, had to go through dark streets for around one year.

Admn statement on land acquisitions ‘misleading’
Chandigarh, August 8
The Manimajra Farmers Welfare and Environment Protection Society at a meeting of its executive held here today claimed that the statement of the Chandigarh administration on land acquisitions was devoid of merit and was an attempt to mislead the union ministry of home affairs.

Ambala-Zirakpur flyover to be ready by Oct 15
Zirakpur, August 8
The countdown has begun. Come October 15, the Ambala-Zirakpur flyover would be thrown open to the public almost a month before the deadline of its completion. The Rs 300-crore ambitious project of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) took off in 2006 and included the construction of Zirakpur flyover, Baldev Nagar flyover, four major bridges and underpasses.
An aerial view of the Zirakpur flyover being built by the National Highway Authority of India
An aerial view of the Zirakpur flyover being built by the National Highway Authority of India.
— Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

NRI mother gets interim custody amid drama
Chandigarh, August 8
It was an emotional mother-child reunion. A wave of a hand, a beautiful innocent smile on the child’s face and tears rolling down the eye’s of the mother in a packed court room of Justice M.M.S. Bedi in the High Court ended the month-long separation between NRI woman Depinder Kaur and her 10-month-old son Aviraj.
Depinder Kaur kisses her 10-month-old son Aviraj after getting the interim custody in Chandigarh
Depinder Kaur kisses her 10-month-old son Aviraj after getting the interim custody in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

MC panel goes tough to improve sanitation
Mohali, August 8
With residents critical of the unsatisfactory sanitation situation in the town, a municipal council committee has spelt out tough measures, including fines, to rein in the sanitation contractors.

Admn must develop reserve areas: MC panel
Chandigarh, August 8
Members of the MC’s environment and city beautification committee asked the administration to take up the responsibility of maintaining reserve areas of the city at a meeting held here today.

Villagers suffer owing to neglect of Sukhna choe
Zirakpur, August 8
Polythene, garbage and other waste material carried by the Sukhna choe is causing health hazards and other problems to residents of Baltana village and surrounding areas.

Rains wreak havoc on roads
Chandigarh, August 8
Roads in the city have borne the brunt of heavy rains that have lashed the city in the past few days. Consequently, motorists have been forced to take a bumpy ride across the city.

A damaged portion of cycle track after heavy rains at Kajheri village, Sector 52, Chandigarh.
— Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

A damaged portion of cycle track after heavy rains at Kajheri village, Sector 52, Chandigarh

40-yr-old tree makes way for car shelter
Chandigarh, August 8
Throwing norms to the winds, a 40-year-old tree has been chopped off in Sector 22-A here. The tree, which was planted by the former occupant of house no. 536, Karan Pal Chaudhary, has allegedly been chopped off by the current occupant Sham Singh to make way for a car shelter.

Tributes paid to Major Shankla
Chandigarh, August 8
Rich tributes were paid to Ashoka Chakra recipient Maj Sandeep Shankla who had died in action while combating terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir on this day in 1991. A contingent of the 18 Dogra Battalion presented a guard of honour at his memorial in Sector 2, Panchkula.

An officer lays a wreath at the memorial to Major Sandeep Shankla on his martyrdom day at Panchkula on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

An officer lays a wreath at the memorial to Major Sandeep Shankla on his martyrdom day at Panchkula

Reporter's Diary
Living in the past
Though Manisha Malik’s term as vice-president, Zirakpur MC, ended three months ago, she continues to live in past glory. The nameplate outside her house still names her as the vice-president of the nagar panchayat, Zirakpur.

Contractor’s bid to take forcible possession
Chandigarh, August 8
A building contractor and his men tried to forcibly evict members of SAI Enclave, plot No. 6, Sector 49 D, from the society premises here today.

Mountview develops leakage
Chandigarh, August 8
Mountview, the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation Limited’s five-star hotel, also tasted the fury of the heavy downpour today.

Priyanka in city for shooting
Chandigarh, August 8
Bollywood actor and Miss World 2000 Priyanka Chopra is in the city for shooting of first part of Madhu Bhandarkar’s new film “Fashion”.


Cabinet nod to PGI dental and nursing college
Chandigarh, August 8
With the Cabinet today according approval to the long- pending demand of awarding recognition to the PGI dental and nursing college, the PGI will now be able to take a decision without having to attend to the formalities of the Dental and Nursing Council of India. However, the decision is yet to be approved by Parliament.

Ayurvedic college’s affiliation cancelled
Chandigarh, August 8
Sri Dhanwanatry Ayurvedic College, Sector 46, affiliated to Panjab University, is spelling trouble for its students as the Central Council of Indian Medicine has allegedly cancelled affiliation of the college early this year. It is further alleged that the college has made fresh admissions despite having been told categorically not to do so by the council.

Merger to damage CCA status: Alumni
Chandigarh, August 8
The proposed merger of Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) with Punjab Engineering College (PEC) has kicked up a storm. Close on the heels of murmurs of protests from the faculty and the students, the distinguished faculty is up in the arms against what they call a "retrograde step" against the vision of the founding fathers of Chandigarh.

Awareness programme on community responsibility
Chandigarh, August 8
The University Institute of Fashion Technology (UIFT) and the Centre for Adult Continuing Education and Extension organised an awareness programme on social and community responsibility for the students. Dr Janak McGilligan and her husband James R. McGilligan, who run Barli Development Institute for rural women in Indore, shared their experiences with the students.

PU’s new courses lack infrastructure, faculty
Chandigarh, August 8
Panjab University created a history by starting 48 new courses this year, but it seems making necessary arrangements for running these course was hardly on the minds of PU authorities. An example is the self-financing course of masters in public health, which started with 20 seats.

PR education should be industry-centric: Atray
Chandigarh, August 8
The Chandigarh chapter of the Public Relations Society of India organised a brainstorming session on the occasion of National Public Relations Education Day at UT Guest House here.

PU to implement OBC quota
Chandigarh, August 8
Admissions under the OBC quota to the various courses being offered by the Panjab University and its affiliated colleges will be done by August 31 as the varsity authorities are hopeful of getting a letter regarding the amount of the grant from the UGC within a week.


ICICI Bank fined for harassment
Chandigarh, August 8
District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed ICICI Bank, Sector 9, to pay a compensation of Rs 50,000 for harassing a resident of Sector 32 by threatening him on phone.


GMADA officials visit Sunny Enclave
Kharar, August 8
The residents of Sunny Enclave township, Desu Majra, have decided not to pay for the security charges, cleanliness and water to the colony developer. Sunny Enclave Residents Welfare Association today distributed pamphlets in the area calling upon people to refrain from paying Rs 250 as charges of these facilities.

Cong workers welcome Amarinder
Rajpura, August 8
A large number of Congress workers and MLAs welcomed former CM Amarinder Singh at Sambhu, an interstate border of Punjab and Haryana. He was on his way from Delhi to Patiala where Congress workers from all over Punjab and MLAs were present to welcome him.

Seechewal exhorts people to plant more trees
Patiala, August 8
Noted environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, president of the Ekonkar Charitable Trust, today gave a clarion call to people to plant more trees with a view to saving environment from increasing pollution.

Review rationalisation in govt colleges: Assn
Patiala, August 8
The Punjab Government College Teachers Association has urged the Punjab government to review the rationalisation done in various subjects in government colleges.

Rain floods roads in Ambala
Ambala, August 8
Heavy rain in the district today once again brought life to a standstill for many. The rain that continued till evening caused a flood like situation in Ambala. Rainwater entered a number of houses and shops located in the low-lying areas of the district.

300 quintals of spices sealed
Patiala, August 8
A team comprising civil surgeon Dr Avtar Singh Grewal, Dr Vikas Goel, Dr Purshottam Goel and DHO Dr Charanjeet Singh inspected two spice dealers, Gupta Spices and Ved Prakash & Sons, and sealed around 300 quintals of spices.

Lalli, Cheema group reach compromise
Bassi Pathana, August 8
Giving a major relief to the party, two warring factions of the SAD (B), led by Rajesh Pal Singh Lalli and former minister R.S. Cheema, today reached a compromise and decided to work together in future to strengthen the party base in the area under the leadership of Sukhbir Badal.

22-year-old commits suicide
Rajpura, August 8
A resident of Urdan village committed suicide by hanging himself with the roof of his house yesterday. The victim has been identified as Raj Kumar who was running a grocery shop in nearby Nadiali village, along with his father Ashok Kumar.

Minister opens bridge
Dera Bassi, August 8
The Punjab cooperation minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, today inaugurated a bridge over the Jharmal choe on the link road of Dera Bassi and Samaraoli here.


Indian shooters already ‘hot favourite’
Chandigarh, August 8
Medal or no medal, Indian shooters have already won the hearts of the people especially the Indian-origin natives of Beijing. Though India is participating in archery, athletics, badminton, rowing, tennis and wrestling but it is the shooting contingent on which high hopes are resting.

Johl climbs to 18th slot in Asian Tour event
Chandigarh, August 8
Thirty nine-year-old Amandeep Johl of Chandigarh moved up from tied 31 position to occupy the 18th slot along with Gaurav Ghei on the penultimate day of the Worldwide Selangor Masters as play was again suspended at 7.25 p.m. due to fading light at Petaling Jaya in Malaysia.

WAC are hockey champions
Chandigarh, August 8
The Western Air Command (WAC) are Air Force hockey champions. Today the team lifted the top honours, beating Central Air Command (CAC) by 2-0 in the finals of Air Force Hockey Championship, which culminated at hockey stadium, Sector 42 here today.

Players in action during Air Force Hockey Championship at hockey stadium, Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Players in action during Air Force Hockey Championship at hockey stadium, Sector 42, Chandigarh

Jeev overcomes pain to share lead in US major
Chandigarh, August 8
Overcoming a painful tendon on the right ankle, Jeev Milkha Singh bounced back after a bad start to share the lead with Sweden's Robert Karisson, both shooting two under par 68, after the first round of the US PGA Championship on the par-70 greens of Oakland Hills at Michigan yesterday.

Team selected for cricket tournament
Chandigarh, August 8
Avinash will lead Cricket Federation of Punjab team in the National Inter-State under-15 Cricket Tournament to be held in Chennai from August 13 to 17. Nirpakash Singh will accompany the team as coach-cum-manager.

Seminar for aspiring umpires
Mohali, August 8
To prepare the aspirants for the BCCI panel umpires examination to be held next month, a three-day seminar, began at Punjab Cricket Association here today.

St Stephen’s carrom tourney begins
Chandigarh, August 8
Chandigarh Carrom Association (CCA) is organising XIth St. Stephen's Carrom Ranking Tournament at St Stephen's School, Sector 45, from August 9 to 12.

Rain hinders hockey tourney
Chandigarh, August 8
Rain played spoilsport during the Chandigarh State Hockey Championship that got underway at the hockey stadium, Sector 18, here today.


Computer dealer cheats many of lakhs; goes missing
Chandigarh, August 8
After allegedly duping a number of city- based computer dealers, Karan Singh Deol, owner of Priya Export House, Jaipur, is now missing. He has also cheated some Jaipur dealers, not for the first time, of Rs 40 lakh approximately.

Arrest of suspects
SHOs told to follow guidelines
Chandigarh, August 8
Days after the custodial death of Inderjit Singh, a resident of colony No 4, at the Industrial Area police station, the UT police has issued fresh instructions to SHOs regarding guidelines to be followed while arresting a person.

‘Dead’ woman in youth’s custody: Kin
Chandigarh, August 8
Mystery shrouds the disappearance of Rashmi, a resident of Sector 23 who went missing from Sector 24 on July 18. Even though the police claims that Rashmi died after allegedly jumping into the Bhakhra canal, her family still believes that she is alive.

8-month-old found dead
Dera Bassi, August 8
Shivam, an eight-month-old child, was found dead in a drain near Mahiwal village, Dera Bassi this evening.

SMO held taking bribe
Chandigarh, August 8
The CBI arrested R. M. Singh, senior medical officer of a civil dispensary, from his home in Sector 19, here this evening, on the charges of taking bribe from a distributor.

Truck driver killed in accident
Panchkula, August 8
A truck driver killed when he was run over by another truck here last night. The victim has been identified as Rakesh, a resident of West Bengal.


Heart patient can’t see newborn
Chandigarh, August 8
Giving birth to a child is said to be the most pleasant moment of a woman’s life, but for Sonia it has become an irony as this 22 year-old woman has been separated from her baby girl, whom she gave birth a few days ago.


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