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National Sports Day
Admn shows its divided spirit
Chandigarh, August 29
It was National Sports Day - the day to commemorate the birth anniversary of legendary hockey star Dhyan Chand, who incidentally was also an epitome of team spirit. But for strange reasons, the UT administration failed to espouse that spirit by not only presenting its divided face by organising different functions to mark the occasion but also by backtracking from its word to honour international rower Manjeet Singh.

Students of GCG, Sector-42, Chandigarh, take part in Run for Fun organised on the occasion of National Sports Day on Friday. IN STEP WITH SPORTS: Students of GCG, Sector-42, Chandigarh, take part in Run for Fun organised on the occasion of National Sports Day on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Haryana DSP, ex-serviceman held
Cocaine worth Rs 1.25 cr seized
Mohali, August 29
In a major breakthrough, the Mohali district police today seized 1.23 kg of cocaine worth Rs 1.25 crore from a retired Army personnel who was supplied the drug by a DSP with the Haryana Police. Both have been arrested.

Elite couple nabbed for using stolen debit card
Panchkula, August 29
The police has arrested a well-off couple for using a debit card of an Ambala resident, Monika. Accused Sachin is a supplier with the military engineer services while his wife and co-accused Palka is working as a manager with an IT company.


Honour Killing
Man strangles daughter to death
Panchkula, August 29
The abduction of a newly married woman belonging to Jind by her relatives has turned out to be an honour killing here today. A police party from Panchkula which left for Jind last night reached the conclusion that Sheenu, the wife of complainant Tejpal, now residing in Australia, was strangulated to death on August 8 by her maternal uncle and father at Lohchab village and later, she was cremated and the ashes were consigned to a canal.


Vacate land behind secretariat, UT tells Punjab
Chandigarh, August 29
The Chandigarh Administration has asked the Punjab government to vacate 16 acres of prime land behind the Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat in Sector 1 here. The land in question is under illegal possession of the Punjab police.

BJP councillor stages dharna
Says the mayor is politicising the issue of boy’s death
Chandigarh, August 29
A dharna was staged by BJP councillor Ram Lal in the well of the house today on the issue of irresponsible attitude and politicising the case of the recent death of a boy at Ram Darbar due to electric current by Municipal Corporation Mayor Pradeep Chabbra.

Nominated councillor M P S Chawla tries to pacify BJP councillor Ram Lal, who staged a dharna in the House on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
Nominated councillor M P S Chawla tries to pacify BJP councillor Ram Lal, who staged a dharna in the House on Monday.

UT cold-shoulders southern sectors
Chandigarh, August 29
In a case of misplaced priorities, the administration seems to be meting out a "step-motherly" treatment to residents of phase III sector (from Sector 48 to 61) leaving thousands of educated middle class residents high and dry.

Delay in garbage plant
Oppn councillors seek CBI probe
Chandigarh, August 29
The opposition councillors have demanded a CBI inquiry into the allotment of garbage processing unit to the Jai Prakash Associates Ltd during the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation House meeting held here today.

German’s tryst with Chandigarh
Chandigarh, August 29
For residents, the city might have been the place with limited spots to visit, but for tourists, the city still holds a unique appeal unlike any other city in the country. While some visit the city to have a glimpse of its unique architecture - the Capitol Hill Complex and the Rock Garden - some just use it as a gateway to the scenic Himachal hills. But rarely anyone would have come to the city with a desire to meet the mayor. Sophie Baginski was the one out at the MC office here this morning.

                                      Chandigarh bahut acha shahar hai

PGI assures no action against Abhinav’s doc
Chandigarh, August 29
A day after the Chandigarh Tribune highlighted the issue of Abhinav Bindra’s trainer Dr Amit Bhatacharjee being served a show-cause notice by the PGI for accompanying the ace shooter to China, the authorities went in for a damage control exercise by assuring him that no action will be initiated against him and also offered to associate him with the hospital’s prestigious project of sports injury surveillance (SIS).

No consumer protection against frivolous cases
Chandigarh, August 29
Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum dismissed a consumer complaint filed by an advocate after it was found to be frivolous.

Traffic cops, where are you?

Driving bikes without helmets is in vogue among city youths. Giving two hoots to the traffic rules, these youths can be seen anywhere zooming their fast-moving bikes without helmets thus putting their lives at risk. Traffic cops seem helpless on this front. The situation virtually gets worsened during nights when one can find every second biker without helmet. For newly appointed SP (Traffic) H.S. Doon, the menace is a cause for concern. “It is unfortunate that educated youths are so ignorant about their own safety. Most of the accidents prove fatal due to head injuries. Despite knowing the fact, these reckless youngsters put their lives at risk”, said Doon. “I know that many youngsters are flouting the rules here but they will not be allowed to continue with it. Within a week, you will see a change as I am planning to deploy my staff at every roundabout and sensitive points, even during nights”, the SP said. The Tribune’s lensman S Chandan captures many reckless youngsters on their bikes without wearing helmets in Sectors 11 and 15 in Chandigarh.

Privatisation bug bites CITCO
Chandigarh, August 29
Finding it hard to keep pace with the changing times, the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) is planning to outsource it outlets in the city. The Corporation is likely to follow the Aroma Hotel experiment at its “Drop In” complex in Sector 34.

Cops help 280 couples reunite
Chandigarh, August 29
Showing their humane face, the UT cops helped as many as 280 couples having strained relations to re-unite through counselling.

Senate Poll
Clean chit to 13 candidates
Chandigarh, August 29
The Panjab University Vice-Chancellor today gave a clean chit to 13 of 14 candidates from the graduates’ constituency whose nominations were cancelled for the ensuing Senate elections.

‘Poohla got what he deserved’
Sevadar of Nanaksar Gurdwara, Sector 39, recalls reign of terror by Poohla
Chandigarh, August 29
“It’s the result of his deeds. Jaisi karni vaisi bharni.” That’s how Balwinder Singh, the mukh sewadar of the Nanaksar Gurdwara, Sector 39, which was illegally taken over by Ajit Singh Poohla in 1987, describes the death of the controversial Nihang.

Sector 63 Scheme
No end to woes of applicants
Chandigarh, August 29
The woes of the applicants who have provisionally been shortlisted for the final draw of lots for the Sector 63 scheme of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) continue unabated.

Residents catch thief red-handed
Chandigarh, August 29
Functioning of the Chandigarh Police once again came under scanner when residents of Sector 40-D called the police after nabbing an alleged car thief here today.

Prime land hogged by encroachers
Zirakpur, August 29
Till a few years ago, this town practically had no identity of its own. It’s only vantage point was its proximity to Chandigarh or the turning ‘point’ for the road leading to Patiala on the one side or Shimla on the other.

TWO FACES OF ZIRAKPUR: An illegal slum alongside a mall depict the growing disparity in society. — A Tribune photograph
An illegal slum alongside a mall depict the growing disparity in society.

‘Rehri menace can end if councillors stop meddling’
Mohali, August 29
The executive officer of the Mohali Municipal Council has assured the elected representatives that the town will be freed from illegal rehri menace in a week’s time if the councillors do not interfere in the working of the civic body. The assurance was given by Amna Kumar Goyal at the meeting of the council held here today.

Municipal councillors during a press conference at MC Bhawan in Mohali on Friday. — Tribune photo by 
Vicky Gharu
Municipal councillors during a press conference at MC Bhawan in Mohali on Friday.

Sports council honours hockey players
Chandigarh, August 29
Baljit Singh, Rajpal Singh and Jaswinder Singh, members of the Indian hockey team, were honoured with a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh for their meritorious performance at the international level on the National Sports Day, the birth anniversary of hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand, by the Chandigarh Sports Council at Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, here today.

Low water pressure in Mohali
Mohali, August 29
Water supply to parts of the town will have low pressure on September 1 as maintenance work has to be carried out at the Kajauli waterworks.

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Reporters' Diary
Egoist and Receptionist
Some VVIPs of the city beautiful seem to carry their inflated egos wherever they go. They don’t seem to care even if it’s a goods shop or even a salon. Just a few days back, this correspondent happened to be at a salon waiting for her turn. Just then, a big fat woman in her late fifties (apparently, a politician’s wife), who was addressed as “Madamji” by the entire salon staff, entered for her usual manicure and pedicure.


PU squatters out to demean authorities
Chandigarh, August 29
The ongoing row between squatters of the Panjab University’s boys hostel and the authorities is manifesting itself in a number of other problems. After the authorities move to make sure that the squatters are thrown out from the hostels, the squatters are now looking for opportunities to embarrass the university.

EVS part of Classes I and II curricula?
Schools and admn fail to reach consensus
Chandigarh, August 29
Is EVS a subject in Class I and II curricula? Schools say yes, and UT administration says no. Result: total confusion. After a prolonged wait for EVS books, while city schools are trying to prepare students for upcoming unit tests through 'skill based' teaching, administration has no plans to provide one as according to it, enviornmental studies is not a part of curricula for these classes.

Blood donation camp at DAV College
Chandigarh, August 29
As many as 197 persons donated blood at a blood donation camp organised at DAV College in collaboration with the SBI here yesterday.

Visually challenged honoured
Chandigarh, August 29
It was a rejoicing day for players as the Education Department of the Chandigarh Administration honoured the outstanding sportspersons on the National Sports Day at Government College for Girls, Sector 11, here today .
Visually challenged sportspersons being honoured on National Sports Day at Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Himanshu Mahajan
Visually challenged sportspersons being honoured on National Sports Day at Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Friday.

PU Notes
Ankur kids get tips on oral hygiene
Chandigarh, Aug 29
An information-education communication (IEC) series was initiated for the students of Ankur School on the theme of oral hygiene and dental care by the department of public health. As many as 200 students of the junior wing were provided information through animation movies, demonstration and active information by the first-year students of masters in public health programme.

Sports Day at Gurukul
Chandigarh, August 29
To commemorate National Sports Day, which falls on the birthday of legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand, The Gurukul School, Mani Majra, celebrated its maiden sports meet at sports complex, Sector 7 here today. Fun games like ‘Tie the lace race’, ‘Three leg race’, ‘Banana Race’ etc were held for the tiny tots during the event.


Rajpura residents getting unsafe drinking water
Rajpura, August 29
A large number of residents of New Friends Colony near underbridge have said they have been forced to drink impure water for the past many days.

Power cuts hit Ambala residents hard
Ambala, August 29
Long power cuts throughout this week have hit local residents hard. While shopkeepers are running into losses, common people are a harassed lot.

Three injured as car hits rickshaw on flyover
Rajpura, August 29
Three persons, including a rickshaw-puller, were injured when a rickshaw after being hit by a car, hanged in the middle of a flyover this evening. The condition of one of the victims was stated to be critical.

‘All 3 units of Lehra Mohabbat plant operating’
Patiala, August 29
G.S. Sra (member, generation) of the Punjab State Electricity Board said all three generating units of Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant, Lehra Mohabbat, were now functioning.

2 patwaris, lineman held for graft
Ambala, August 29
The State Vigilance Bureau, Ambala, has arrested two patwaris and a lineman of the electricity department on charges of bribery. The bureau has registered three separate cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

3 held with poppy husk
Rajpura, August 29
The police arrested three persons -Inderjeet Singh of Mehma village and Baljinder Singh and Gurdeep Singh, both of Bathonia village- with 20 Kg poppy husk from the Rajpura-Ambala road this afternoon.


CBI seeks 7-day remand for Bansal
Chandigarh, August 29
The CBI today moved an application seeking police remand of former Haryana law officer Sanjeev Bansal for seven days in the “cash-at-judge’s house” case in the Special CBI Court of Jagdeep Jain.

HC directs insurance benefits for disabled BSF jawans
Chandigarh, August 29
Border Security Force (BSF) jawans who were medically boarded out of service after being disabled in counter-terrorist operations and were fighting to get the benefits of their insurance cover have now been granted relief by the Delhi High Court.

Nepalese gets 10-yr RI
Chandigarh, August 29
Additional district and sessions judge R.S. Attri today sentenced a rigorous imprisonment of 10 years to Nand Lal under the NDPS Act. A fine of Rs 1 lakh was also imposed on him.

False job promise lands 2 in jail
Panchkula, August 29
Additional session judge Shiva Sharma sentenced Tilak Raj to four-year imprisonment and Chand Prakash to three-year imprisonment in a forgery case. The judge also directed Tilak Raj to pay Rs 2.25 lakh and Chand Prakash Rs 75,000 as penalty.


Rashid clinches Northern India title
Chandigarh, August 29
Harjinder Singh Kang of Chandigarh played a par 72 card to finish tied seventh at 304 as 17-year-old Delhi caddie Rashid Khan clinched the LG Northern India Amateur golf title with a tournament total of nine-under 279 on the par 72 greens of the Delhi Golf Club today.

‘India pays less to players’
Chandigarh, August 29
We worship champions only and what we pay to our sportspersons in India is a peanut compared to other countries. This was told by Ajmer Singh, Arjuna Awardee, former VC, LNIPE (deemed university) during a panel discussion on ‘Indian Sports Performance in the Olympics-2008’, which was organised here today at GCG-11 to mark the National Sports Day.

PU organises marathon, quiz
Chandigarh, August 29
The Department of physical education, Panjab University, celebrated the National Sports Day by organising three sports events starting with mini marathon cross country for men and women at 6.30 am, which started from Panjab University grounds.

Carmel eves beat GNPS by 26-06
Chandigarh, August 29
DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, beat DAV Public School-8 by 44-28 in quarter-final match (boys) during the ongoing 9th Pandit Mohan Lal Memorial Basket Ball Tournament held here today at SD Public School, Sector-32.


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