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Land Acquisition, Sanctioning of Projects
UT following norms, home ministry told

Chandigarh, August 12
Summoned by the ministry of home affairs on various sensitive issues concerning the city, officials of the Chandigarh Administration today presented the UT’s version before senior officials of the MHA at a meeting held at Delhi.

Amendments to Building Bylaws
Another review panel formed
Chandigarh, August 12
Yet another committee to review the amendments to the building bylaws has been constituted by the Chandigarh administration. At the receiving end over a recent move to allow free additional floor area ratio (FAR) for big plots opting for conversion in Industrial Area and for plots in the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP), the administration has constituted a committee of UT officials and experts.

Motorists drive through rain in Chandigarh
Motorists drive through rain in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
— Photo by Vinay Malik


Humiliation of Physically Challenged Youth
Principal, teacher in the dock
Chandigarh, August 12
The belated decision of the Chandigarh Administration to initiate action against the principal and a teacher of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 44-B, for the humiliation meted out by them to 19-year-old Ganesh in March this year, may not be enough to wipe away the scars from the physically challenged youth’s psyche.

Ganesh in his room
Ganesh in his room

Sunrise at Sukhna Lake
Sunrise at Sukhna Lake on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh

Ragging’s worst form rings alarm bells
Chandigarh, August 12
Increasing incidents of ragging on the Panjab University campus has rung many alarm bells. This year, the academic session has started barely a month ago and there have been four incidents of ragging reported so far.

17-yr-old boy commits suicide
Chandigarh, August 12
Raju (17), a resident of Sector 25, allegedly ended his life by hanging himself from a tree outside the government school in Sector 25 this morning. The police has, so far, ruled out any foul play behind the death. However, the reason behind the incident is yet to ascertained.

Power Shortage
Govt to promote energy efficient devices
Chandigarh, August 12
As the country reels under severe power crisis, the Ministry of Power is now going in for demand side management. Not only will the government grant incentives to those manufacturing energy efficient devices, but is also promoting the use of CFLs and IT enabled services to check power losses.
                          Anil Razdan
Anil Razdan


Punjab sends panel for UT post
Chandigarh, August 12
The ‘officer crunch’ in the Chandigarh administration continues unabated even as the Punjab government today sent a panel of four IAS officers for the post of special secretary, finance, to replace present incumbent Raji P. Srivastava.

Sharma is MC addl joint commissioner
Chandigarh, August 12
The Chandigarh administration has posted P.K. Sharma, secretary of the municipal corporation, as the additional joint commissioner. The decision has been taken after the appointment of Samvarthak Singh as MCC secretary.

Aditya Prakash dead
Chandigarh, August 12
“Bichhra kuchh iss tarah se ke rut hi badl gayi, Ik shakhs saare shehar ko veeran kar gya...” The couplet reflects the feelings of the city’s art lovers, who plunged into grief when they came to know about the sudden demise of Aditya Prakash, an eminent architect, artiste, scholar and, above all, a fine human being.
Aditya Prakash performs in his play, “Zindagi kabhi retire nahin hoti”
Aditya Prakash performs in his play, “Zindagi kabhi retire nahin hoti”. — A file photo

Cow rescued from collapsed sewer line
Mohali, August 12
A stray cow was rescued after it fell into a sewer line which collapsed here today. Schoolchildren who were waiting for their bus this morning were shocked to see the cow disappear into a deep pit which developed all of a sudden near a house on the road dividing Phase VII and Phase 3B1.

The sewer line that collapsed due to rain on the road dividing Phase 3B-1 and Phase 7 in Mohali on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

The sewer line that collapsed due to rain on the road dividing Phase 3B-1 and Phase 7 in Mohali


PU staff go on mass leave
Chandigarh, August 12
More than 600 faculty members of Panjab University today went on mass casual leave to protest against the inordinate delay in the communication of the decision of the Punjab Government to the Centre regarding Central University status for Panjab University.

PU fines two hostels for ignoring cleanliness
Chandigarh, August 12
Panjab University authorities seem to have gone on a cleanliness overdrive after the recent sanitation campaign on the campus. Nevertheless the campus turned out to be an eye-opener for the university authorities.

Unanimity on all posts except president
Chandigarh, August 12
The last date of withdrawal of the nominations for PUTA elections sprung surprises for all. After the withdrawal of four contestants, Madhukar Arya (Urdu) for president and vice-president, Surbhi Goel (English) for secretary, V.T. Sebastian (philosophy) for executive group I.

Old Dental College staff yet to get revised scales
Chandigarh, August 12
Resentment prevails in Dental College, Sector 25, here, against the disparity in the pay scales of old and new teaching staff here. Even after one-and-a-half year, the revision of pay scale of 31 faculty members is yet to be implemented.


Jail-break Case
Challan submitted against S.P. Singh
Chandigarh, August 12
The UT police submitted a challan against businessman S.P. Singh in the sensational jail-break case in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Kanchan Mahi here today. The case was adjourned till September 8.

Man gets 10-yr RI for selling charas
Panchkula, August 12
Additional district and sessions judge Sanjiv Jindal sentenced a resident of Azad colony for 10 years of rigourous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1 lakh for possessing charas here today.


Medicines worth Rs 2.5 lakh seized
Kharar, August 12
Medicines worth Rs 2.5 lakh were confiscated from near Bansa Wali Chungi from two persons today. The CIA police got a tip-off that a white- coloured Versa car was carrying large quantities of medicines illegally to be sold in the periphery of UT, including certain areas of Panchkula and Mohali.

Contractor buried alive in sewer
Ambala, August 12
A contractor who had been laying the sewerage pipe in Jaggi colony at Ambala city was today buried alive when he went down in a 13-foot deep sewerage line that was dug up recently. The deceased was identified as Karnail Singh.

House collapses due to landslide
Kalka, August 12
A house collapsed due to a landslide at Mahadev Colony of Rampur Seuri village near Surajpur. The house was owned by Ali Jaan.

Strict vigil for I-Day
Kalka, August 12
In wake of the Independence Day, the police and the Railway Protection Force (RPF), Kalka, have intensified security at railway station and bus stand here.

Man hurt as gun goes off in bank
Zirakpur, August 12
Anil Kumar, resident of Hallomajra, was injured when a bank guard's gun fired accidentally here this afternoon.


Deepu, Shivali lift I-Day Cup
Chandigarh, August 12
Sixteen-year-old Shivali Aggarwal and Deepu Dhanoa clinched the Independence Day Cup in the ladies section played on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Deepu Dhanoa and Shivali Aggarwal, winners of the Independence Day Cup, at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Deepu Dhanoa and Shivali Aggarwal, winners of the Independence Day Cup, at the Chandigarh Golf Club

AITA: Mehak upsets Jaanesh
Chandigarh, August 12
Wild card and top-seed Jaanesh Kaur, a trainee of high performance tennis programme of the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association, today looked out of form as she was shocked by Mehak in the girls’ under-18 singles first-round match of the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament being played at the CLTA stadium in Sector 10 today.

NCC boat-pulling contest begins
Chandigarh, August 12
The NCC organised a boat-pulling competition at Sukhna Lake here today as part of the Pre-Nau Sainik Camp. Teams comprising naval wing cadets of Amritsar, Bilaspur, Chandigarh, Faridabad and Naya Nangal groups are attending the camp.


Banned meat at marriage party
30 held after group clash
Raipur Rani (Panchkula), August 12
Tension prevailed in the town when members of a particular community, infuriated over the use of banned meat at a marriage ceremony, allegedly thrashed a group of people belonging to another community at Hangoli village, near here, today.

4 held for snatching
Chandigarh, August 12
The local police today arrested four people, including a rickshaw puller, on charges of snatching and robbery from Sector 52 near Kajheri village this morning. The accused have been identified as Dharaminder and Vijay, residents of Kajheri, Nazim, a resident of Burail, and Munish of Industrial Area.

28-yr-old found dead
Panchkula, August 12
A 28-year-old was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his house here today. The deceased identified as Joginder, belonging to Bhiwani, was an employee at a pharmaceutical company in industrial area of the city.

Youth booked for negligent driving
Chandigarh, August 12
A youth in his mid 20s hit a student in Sector 17 this evening. The victim was identified as Prabjit Singh, student of a private institute. According to eyewitnesses, Sukhraj Singh, driver of a Skoda car, was driving at high speed when the accident took place.

1 held for outraging modesty
Chandigarh, August 12
The local police tonight arrested Hira Chand, a labourer, on the charges of outraging the modesty of an 11-year-old deaf and dumb girl here.


Young dancer impresses
Chandigarh, August 12
It was indeed a spectacle to the eyes and gratification to the ears as Pune-based Bharatnatyam artiste Sweta Prachande gave an enthralling dance performance at Pracheen Kala Kendra here yesterday.

‘Books & Beyond’ opens at DLF centre
Chandigarh, August 12
For book readers and music lovers “Books & Beyond” brings good news as its sixth outlet opened here today at DLF City Centre, IT Park, Chandigarh. In addition to 35,000 books, the store has a whole spectrum of magazines, toys, stationery, gift items, music and accessories.


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