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HC judges to inspect work on Kalka highway
Panchkula, August 22
A team of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, headed by two judges, is scheduled to visit Pinjore and Kalka to inspect the ongoing work on the national highway. A number of petitions have been filed in this regard in the high court. The team comprises Justice J.S. Khehar, Justice A.K. Mittal and a deputy advocate-general.

Education Mess
Soaring claims, biting realities
Chandigarh, August 22
While the Chandigarh education department swears by the projected success of most of its projects, city education fraternity dismisses them as thoughtless execution of soaring ambitions. Sampling the following announcements one can easily justify the misfit between the administration’s ambitions and ground realities.

Midday Meal Menu
Poori-chana with tiger ants!

Chandigarh, August 22
“Poori-chana” and tiger ants! This is what was served to students of Government High School, Sector 46, on Wednesday under the midday meal scheme.

Tardy progress on garbage unit bugs mayor
Chandigarh, August 22
The city administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), had inaugurated a garbage processing unit -- country’s pilot project -- in Dadu Majra on a trail basis three months ago with much pomp, but it is yet to be completed.


Childhood lost in heaps of vegetables
Chandigarh, August 22
For Laxmi (11), selling lemon and garlic at vegetable market, Sector 26, is easier than going to school. Laxmi has three sisters, of whom two are married, and two brothers.




‘Chargesheeted candidates should stay away from elections’
Chandigarh, August 22
“In the forthcoming parliamentary elections, we are trying our best to ensure that chargesheeted candidates do not participate. The Election Commission (EC) has sent a proposal to the parliamentary committee stating that any person who has been chargesheeted by the sessions court, be barred from contesting elections till proved innocent.

Anshul Chhatterpati addresses mediapersons at the Chandigarh Press Club, Sector 27, on Friday. Petitioner flays Haryana govt for ‘helping’ dera chief
Chandigarh, August 22

Anshul Chhatterpati, who has filed a case against Baba Gurmit Singh, head of Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa, flayed the Haryana government for helping the religious guru indirectly during the trial in CBI court at Ambala. “The government has been shielding the dera head”, alleged Chhatterpati, son of Ram Chander Chhatterpati, who was allegedly murdered in 2002.
Anshul Chhatterpati addresses mediapersons at the Chandigarh Press Club, Sector 27, on Friday. A Tribune photograph

A family enjoys at the Rock Garden in Chandigarh on Friday.
A family enjoys at the Rock Garden in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Karam Singh

Ex-IPS officer trains Delhi cops in manners
Chandigarh, August 22
The 2010 Commonwealth Games will have a Chandigarh connection. In fact, when over 40,000 cops present their "humane face" before thousands of delegates in the run-up to the sporting extravaganza in the true Indian spirit of "atithi devobhava"(guest is equivalent to God), they will thank a former top IPS officer V.K. Kapoor for bringing behavioural changes in them.

Landowners’ seminar on low land compensation
Chandigarh, August 22
To create public opinion on low land compensation being offered by the Chandigarh administration, the UT landowners will now be involving intelligentsia in the awareness exercise.

Modern dhobi ghat a hit
Chandigarh, August 22
Having troubles washing your dirty clothes? Pick up your bundle of unwashed clothes and walk to the recently inaugurated modern dhobi ghat in Sector 15 and wash them all just for Rs 20.Yes, it has arrived!

Modern Krishan Lila for devotees
Chandigarh, August 22
The Goriya Math temple decked up on the eve of Janamashtmi in Sector 20, Chandigarh, on Friday. The city is all set to celebrate Janmashtami tomorrow but with a tinge of modernisation. The way of commemorating the birth of Lord Krishna has witnessed substantial changes through the years. Gone are the days when the theatre artistes enacted different stages of Lord Krishna’s life throughout the night. This time, the festival will have the effects of stereophonic sound, visuals shot at various splendid locations and glittering costumes. The Theater Arts, Chandigarh, would organise its first modern Krishan Lila at Moti Ram School, Sector 27, tomorrow evening. “Krishan Lila is such a wide subject that it cannot be fully performed on the stage.

The Goriya Math temple decked up on the eve of Janamashtmi in Sector 20, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Hanging wires at the CTU bus stop of Sector 15 on the Madhya Marg, Chandigarh, could be the reason of a mishap.
Hanging wires at the CTU bus stop of Sector 15 on the Madhya Marg, Chandigarh, could be the reason of a mishap. Tribune photo: Karam Singh

Kitab ghar — a hope for the deprived
Chandigarh, August 22
“Don’t pick them up with wet hands.” The voice startled me and I turned around to find a young chap in tattered vest smiling at me. Shailender, a Class-X student of GMSS-26, maintains and manages a library christened ‘Kitab Ghar’, a self-funded community effort spearheaded by Yuvsatta that got rolling three months back and spelled hope for the slum colonies like Bapu Dham in Sector 26.

Ice-cream treat goes sour
Ice-cream vendors at roundabouts in the city are now not just a source of information for the police, but also perpetrators of crime in some cases.

Sector 63 Scheme
Land ownership clouds shadow CHB
Chandigarh, August 22
More trouble seems to be in store for the mega housing project of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) in Sector 63 here.

Sector 49 society stumps housing board
Seeks 30 pc interest for delayed possession
Chandigarh, August 22
Paying the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) back in the same coin, the allottees of a Sector 49 self-financing scheme today asked the board to pay interest at the rate of 30 per cent for delaying the possession of dwelling units to them.

Schoolchildren pray for Indian boxer Vijender Kumar’s victory at the Olympics, in a gurdwara in Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Friday.
HOPES KNOCKED OUT: Schoolchildren pray for Indian boxer Vijender Kumar’s victory at the Olympics, in a gurdwara in Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Verification drive by board
Chandigarh, August 22
After receiving reports that allottees under the rehabilitation policy of the UT administration had either sublet their houses or were trying to sell them under general power of attorney, a team of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) today undertook a verification drive in Sector 56 resettlement colony.

7-yr jail term for dowry death
Chandigarh, August 22
District and sessions judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi yesterday sentenced a man, Rampal, to seven-year imprisonment for dowry death.

BSNL to launch IPTV next month
Chandigarh, August 22
The BSNL is all set to launch IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) in the tricity next month. With this, consumers here will get a digital television service using internet protocol over a network infrastructure, which may include delivery by a broadband connection.

iPhone debuts, but in silent mode
Chandigarh, August 22
The much-hyped iPhone 3 G was launched in the city, minus the expected euphoria. The high cost of the gadget is primarily responsible for the poor response to the handset.

Panchkula resident wins Rs 1 cr lottery
Panchkula, August 22
It was a lucky day for Satpal Garg, a resident of Panchkula, who won a prize of Rs one crore of Punjab State Lottery here yesterday.

Concessions for the elderly
Almost all government departments like railways, income tax etc give concessions to senior citizens. The Chandigarh administration has also given a number of facilities to the city’s senior residents.


From School and Colleges
Janamashtmi celebrated with fervour
Mohali, August 22
Students of Classes Nursery to VI of Shivalik Public School, Mohali, celebrated Janamashtmi with enthusiasm, devotion and religious fervour. Students of Classes Nursery and K.G. were dressed up in Radha and Krishan costumes. Their class teachers had prepared beautiful golden crowns for all. Principal Satwant Bedi appreciated efforts of students and teachers in putting up this programme to mark the occasion.

Cancellation of nomination papers
Candidates up in arms against authorities
Chandigarh, August 22
Notwithstanding cancellation of their nomination papers for the Panjab University’s senate elections, the candidates in the graduates’ constituency were up in the arms against the authorities today.

Janamashtmi Celebrations
Religious fervour pervades city schools
Chandigarh, August 22
On the eve of Janamashtmi, the premises of KBDAV School went back to the Dwapar era when the tiny tots stepped into the school attired as Gopis and Krishnas.

From Schools & Colleges
Moti Ram students best in singing
Chandigarh, August 22
Moti Ram Senior Secondary School-27 clinched the trophy in the inter-school group song competition for girls organised at GMHS-38. GMSSS-37 and GMSSS-16 jointly got the second position whereas GMSSS-32 stood third.


Punjabi varsity grabs 240 medals in one year
Patiala, August 22
Punjabi University, Patiala, cracked remarkable performance by mustering a total of 240 medals in various individual and team events in last year’s all-India inter-university sports competitions.

Kalka-Shimla rail traffic suspended for second day
Kalka, August 22
The rail traffic on Kalka-Shimla section remained suspended on the second consecutive day today due to the maintenance work on bridge no-21 on the Sukhna River near HPMC factory.

Elections to 4 MCs before Sept 15
Kharar, August 22
The Punjab State Election Commission has directed deputy commissioners of Mohali, Muktsar, Moga and Gurdaspur to get MC elections in their respective areas conducted before September 15.

SAD (A) condemns attack on mosques
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 22
The Fatehgarh Sahib unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today condemned the communal attack allegedly launched by the RSS, SAD (Badal) and the BJP on masjids in Amritsar.

Make treasury office functional, say residents
Bassi Pathana, August 22
Though conceding to the demands of the residents, the government has sanctioned sub-treasury office for the sub-division headquarter town and also issued the required infrastructure, but due to lack of required space and staff the office could not be started yet. The heads of many social organisations of the town headed by Kulbhushan Malhotra, council president, and Manoj Banda today submitted a memorandum to deputy commissioner in this regard.

Bal film festival begins
Ropar, August 22
Bal film festival by the Children’s Film Society India (CFSI) began here today. Two cinema houses in city -- Kalyan Cinema and J.R. Theatre -- are showing four children centric films at the festival. These films include Sixer, Neel Parvat Ke Paar, Bhago Bhoot and Gilli Gilli Atta.


Johl misses cut by two strokes
Chandigarh challenge ends in Brunei Open
Chandigarh, August 22
City golfers Amandeep Johl, Harmeet Kahlon and Gurbaaz Mann as also 20-year-old Gagandeep Bhullar of Kapurthala made their exit from the Brunei Open Asian Tour event when they missed the cut on the par 71 greens of the Empire Hotel and Country Club at Jerudong in Brunei today.

API TT Tourney
Nonit wins sub-junior title
Chandigarh, August 22
Nonit (Amritsar), Neha Jr (Jalandhar), Kartik Dogra (Jalandhar) and Kirti (Ludhiana) bagged sub-junior boys’, sub-junior girls’, junior boys’ and junior girls’ titles, respectively, in ANSAL API Punjab State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament, which is going on here at Table Tennis Hall, Sector-23. While earlier in the first semifinal match, Neha Jr of Jalandhar thrashed seed Kanchan of Ropar to register her berth in final. In the second semifinal, Neha Soni of Patiala beat Saima of Ropar in sub-junior girls’ singles event.

City boy selected for Italy shooting tourney
Chandigarh, August 22
Smeet Singh in action. After Abhinav Bindra’s great feat, there is one more shooter who has made the city proud. Smeet Singh, a student of XII of DAV Model School, Sector 15, has been selected for the 5th Grand Prix Shooting Championship to be held in Italy from August 27 to September 1. For three consecutive years, this champ won the Punjab state gold medals in juniors’ category in skeet and his scintillating performance in nationals brought him for the trials for Asian shooting championship in Kuwait last year.

Smeet Singh in action. A Tribune photograph

Sports council concludes evidence against PCA
Mohali, August 22
After a day the Punjab State Information Commission has declared Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) a public authority under Section 2 (h), RTI Act 2005, the Punjab State Sports Council concluded its evidence against the association in the court of SDM, Mohali, here today.

Shooting meet from today
Patiala, August 22
The Patiala District Rifle Shooting Championship will be held at the Army shooting range, near primary wing of the Army school, on August 23 and 24.

Two selected for ball badminton team
Chandigarh, August 22
Diviya Aneja and Harneet Kaur Sandhu from Chandigarh were selected for Indian ball badminton (men and women) team. 


Axis Bank Scam: EOW registers case
Chandigarh, August 22
The economic offences wing (EOW) of the Chandigarh police has finally registered a case in the over Rs 1 crore Axis Bank scam in which three persons duped nine residents.

Former associate editor’s house burgled
Panchkula, August 22
The burglars took away cash and goods worth more than Rs 5 lakh after breaking in a house at Himshikha Colony at Pinjore near here last night. No family member was at home at the time of the incident as the owner of the house, K.P. Sinha, was undergoing a treatment at a hospital in Mohali.

15-yr-old maid commits ‘suicide’
Panchkula, August 22
Ruckus was created at Sector 14 by family members and relatives of 15-year-old Manju who died under mysterious circumstances at PGI in Chandigarh today. The parents alleged that Manju was killed by a family living in Sector 11, where she was employed as a housemaid.

3-yr-old killed in mishap
Mohali, August 22
A three-year-old boy was killed when a speeding car hit into a stationary rickshaw here today.


Retinal disease common in premature babies
Chandigarh, August 22
A study by the ophthalmology department of the PGI has said 41 per cent of premature babies here suffer from retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a disease that affects the retina, causing permanent blindness.

Painless delivery first choice with most city women
Chandigarh, August 22
No pain, no gain! However, when it comes to bearing the pain of childbirth, more and more women from the city opt for “epidurals” or “painless deliveries”. Almost 50-60 per cent women are nowadays turning to this method.

Award for PGI cardiologist
Chandigarh, August 22
Dr Sreenivas Reddy S., assistant professor, department of Cardiology, PGIMER, has been awarded the Bharat Jyoti Award for meritorious achievements and services in cardiology by the India International Friendship Society.


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