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Hot Millions office, lockers sealed
Owners of the fast food joint were showing an annual income of Rs 15 lakh in the returns and evading huge taxes
Chandigarh, September 19
The income tax department (investigation wing) reportedly seized Rs 30 lakh during a two-day search operation conducted on a leading fast food chain, Hot Millions.

Sept rain breaks 5-yr record
Chandigarh, September 19
Incessant rain in the city threw life out of gear today. The city received the highest rainfall for a single day this month at 60 mm.

Traffic jam on the road separating Sectors 34 and 21 in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

City, Mohali schools closed today
Water crosses danger mark in Sukhna
Rain snaps road links

Rs 250 cr in UT kitty, but development nil
Chandigarh, September 19
The much-debated conversion policy of the administration for the industrial area, which ended after three years yesterday, has made the authorities richer by about Rs 250 crore.

A view of the damaged road in front of Centra Mall in the industrial area in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan


17-year-old gangraped, tortured
Panchkula, September 19
A 17-year-old girl from a well-off family was reportedly raped and tortured by five persons, including a girl, on September 16. Though a case has been registered by the police, no arrests have been made so far.


Smart driving card system a non-starter
Police fails to procure card readers
Chandigarh, September 19
The smart card operating system for transport applications (SCOSTA) smart driving card launched by the UT administration some five years back has failed to deliver the desired results in the absence of card readers.

Don’t act as consumer panel, NGOs told
Chandigarh, September 19
Placing a judgment on record by a lawyer in the Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum might invite trouble for a parallel NGO. The forum has forwarded the order of the NGO to the Home Secretary seeking appropriate directions in this regard.

Naked wires at Skating Rink in Sector 10, Chandigarh, can prove to be fatal. Tribune photo: Karam Singh

Sinusitis can affect vision: Doctor
Chandigarh, September 19
Those who feel that sinusitis (common cold) is a simple problem and needs no treatment are mistaken. This simple problem could turn into chronic sinusitis and, if not treated for a long time, could affect vision, said head of ENT department, PGI, Prof A.K. Gupta.

Another feather in ICCR director’s cap
Chandigarh, September 19
M.M. Sharma, regional director, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), has added another feather in his cap. The eminent art and culture administrator has been posted as the first secretary of the Indian High Commission at Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and director of the Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Cultural Cooperation.

Death of Bull
MC staff set deadline for withdrawal of case
Mohali, September 19
Employees of the municipal council today gave a three-day ultimatum to the police authorities to withdraw a case registered against their colleagues, failing which they would go on strike.

Setting up of CCTV cameras mandatory in Sector 35 market
Chandigarh, September 19
In a bid to step up security in Sector 35 market, the local police has made it mandatory to install CCTV cameras at the entry gates of hotels, pubs, discotheques and restaurants.

Minister for reforms in jails
Mohali, September 19
Administrative reforms are being brought about in jails to provide better facilities to prisoners in Punjab, said Hira Singh Gabria, minister for jails, tourism and cultural affairs at a ‘Meet the Press’ programme organised by the SAS Nagar Press Club here today.

Traders in fix over availability of paper bags
Say consumers will have to shell out more
Chandigarh, September 19
In the wake of the proposed ban on the polythene bags, the shopkeepers are in a fix about the availability of paper bags, as these are not manufactured in the city at all.

Hands-on cadaveric dissection demonstrated
Chandigarh, September 19
The department of otorhinolaryngology, Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, organised a continuous medical education on endoscopic sinus surgery and hands on cadaveric dissection today.

New session at GMCH
Chandigarh, September 19
The new academic session of the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, was inaugurated today by Prof J.S. Bajaj, professor and chairman, National Academy of Medical Sciences. Welcoming the new batch of undergraduates, professor Bajaj, exhorted them to strive and achieve the highest goals and follow the principles of the profession as envisioned by eminent medical teachers.

Rural Health Mission
Officials discuss execution of programmes
Mohali, September 19
A state-level meeting of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Punjab, was held here today to discuss key issues regarding the implementation of various programmes in Punjab.

‘Jugaad’ Jeeps in new avatar
Chandigarh, September 19
The great Indian ‘jugaad jeeps’ have got a newer and modern avatar, this time they are not only catering to the requirements of the villagers, but also to the “prosperous” youngsters, especially the university students.

An open Jeep, which is banned in Chandigarh.

Scant regard for law
Chandigarh, September 19
Miffed at the apathetic attitude of the police, city residents, particularly slum dwellers, seem to be taking to the streets in a bid to get their problems resolved.

‘Umeed’ for special children
Chandigarh, September 19
The life has changed for Ajay, a 20-year-old mentally challenged boy, since the day he has realised his worth. He is working with a recently inaugurated ice cream parlour in Sector-17. The job has given him a life that he had never thought of even in his dreams, independent and confident. He handles the entire counter on his own and efficiently delivers to the expectations of the customers.

Pleasing the media
It was a classic case of good intentions gone awry. A rap from the chairman of the national commission for SCs, Buta Singh, during a review meeting and later at a press conference last week for “shoddy” work on the welfare of SCs in the city, prompted the administration to placate the press. While Buta Singh and other commission top functionaries had lunch at the UT Guest House, the media was given special treatment in the form of an elaborate buffet at Hotel Shivalikview.

Two doctors to attend world conferences
Panchkula, September 19
Dr Rajeev Trehan, a doctor at General Hospital, Sector 6, will present two research papers at the World Congress of Psychiatry to be held between September 20 and 25 at Prague, Czech Republic.

Naat Utsav concludes
Chandigarh, September 19
The fifth Gursharan Singh Naat Utsav-2008 concluded on a social awakening note with the staging of two Punjabi plays ‘Janam’ and ‘Tamasha Moteyan Da’ at the Randhawa auditorium here yesterday.


MCM scuffle reaches police
Victim formally lodges complaint
Chandigarh, September 19
Notwithstanding the efforts of the principal of the MCM DAV, Sector 36, Dr Puneet Bedi, to brush under the carpet yesterday’s fiasco, where a student was bashed up by a group of fellow girls outside the college gate, the matter reached the police with the victim, Priyanka, lodging a formal complaint today.

Wings of freedom
Girls move from catfights to ‘dadagiri’ now
Chandigarh, September 19
Girls ganging up together and bashing another girl on the college campus tearing apart each other’s clothes… Group of ‘ likeminded’ girls browbeating their fellow hostel residents over their food habits, dressing style… Girls turning into ‘dadas’ and setting the rules for others…

AC reading rooms for girls’ hostels soon, says VC
Patiala, September 19
Punjabi University vice-chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh today said their first priority would be to provide girl boarders with a well-furnished air-conditioned reading room in their hostels. This would give them ample time to study and save them the problem of going to the main library.

Students’ council yet to take oath
Chandigarh, September 19
In a mockery of democratic norms and institutions, the newly elected students’ council of Panjab University, in a complete defiance of the system has reportedly refused to take oath and take charge of the office.

PU Notes
Donations sought for flood-hit areas
Chandigarh, September 19
Dr R.C. Sobti, vice-chancellor, PU convened a meeting with the presidents, general secretaries of various staff associations here today to discuss the contributions to be made for the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for the flood victims of Bihar. It was decided that A class employees will contribute Rs.1000 each, B class employees will contribute Rs.500 each and C class employees will contribute Rs.250 each.

Rohan clinches debate title
Panchkula, September 19
Rohan Jain of Bhawan Vidyalaya was adjudged winner of the Association of British Scholar’s debate competition for Tata Steel Rolling Trophy organised at Satluj Public School here yesterday.

Ruskin’s story adapted into play
Mohali, September 19
Class V students of YPS attended a theatre workshop conducted by Zubin Mehta. The workshop went on for over a month, during which students were taught expression through the medium of theatre.


27 key posts vacant in agriculture department
Salary of remaining staff not released for two months
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 19
The entire working of the agriculture department here had come to a standstill for the past long time as all 27 key posts, including that of the chief agriculture officer (CAO), were lying vacant.

Morinda locales catch Bollywood fancy
Ranjitpura (Morinda), September 19
What do “Veer Zaara”, “Namaste London”, “Singh Is Kinng” have in common? It’s the lush-green surroundings and “not-so-inquisitive” people from villages around Morinda that appear in these films.

Rice millers’ assn resents early purchase of paddy
Bassi Pathana, September 19
The Punjab Rice Miller’s Association has criticised the decision of the state government to advance the process of procurement of paddy.

Singer alleges police-realtor nexus
Kharar, September 19
Punjabi singer Karan Jesbir has accused the police of being hand in glove with property dealers in Kharar. He alleged that in spite of registering an FIR against 12 persons last year, including property dealers, the police had not presented challan against them in court.

Tributes paid to martyrs
Patiala, September 19
The First Armoured Division marked the Black Elephant Day, commemorating the surrender of Hyderabad army on September 18, 1948, by organising a ceremony at the Black Elephant Cenotaph here on Wednesday.

Library building opened for senior citizens
Patiala, September 19
State Bank of Patiala managing director A.C. Varma today inaugurated a library building at Bir Dasondhi Ram Senior Citizen home in Model Town, here today. Commissioner, Patiala division, S.K. Ahluwalia, was also present.

One held with charas
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 19
The Fatehgarh Sahib police has arrested Shailender Singh alias Raju, a resident of division number 5, Manjit Nagar, Ludhiana with 1.4 kg of charas. T


451 cases settled in lok adalat
Chandigarh, September 19
The State Legal Service Authority held a special lok adalat for bank cases here today. Member secretary of the authority Manjit Singh presided over the lok adalat. As many as 451 cases relating to HDFC Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank were taken up out of which 16 cases were settled in favour of the bank by amicable settlement.


Travel agents booked
Chandigarh, September 19
The police has booked two travel agents on the charges of duping a Ferozepur resident of Rs 2.98 lakh on the pretext of sending him aboard.

SBI employees booked
A Sector 11 resident, Raminder Vasu Kalsi, has lodged a complaint against the employees of the State Bank of India, Sector 12, alleging that they had forged the documents and cheated her. She alleged that she had deposited Rs 3.2 lakh in the bank in July but it was not credited in her account. A case of cheating, theft, forgery and criminal conspiracy has been registered.

25-yr-old youth shoots himself in car
Mohali, September 19
A 25-year-old student of fashion technology allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with a pistol in a car near his Phase I residence late last night.

Former MLA’s car hits four
Panchkula, September 19
Four people were injured, two of them seriously, when a speeding car hit an auto-rickshaw parked on the roadside near Fun City on National Highway 73 here today.

Assistant booked for taking bribe
Chandigarh, September 19
The UT Vigilance Department today caught red-handed Jagmohinder Singh, a dealing assistant posted at the Haryana Civil Secretariat while allegedly accepting a bribe.

Gang of robbers busted; 3 held
Chandigarh, September 19
The Chandigarh police claimed to have busted a gang of car lifters and robbers with the arrest of three of its members from Sector 44 here today.


Enthralled team of Government Mohindra College after winning inter-college swimming championship in Patiala on Friday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Table Tennis
DAV-8 emerge champions
Chandigarh, September 19
DAV Public School, Sector 8, maintained their dominance in the under 16 age group (girls) and under-14 (boys) by claiming the top honours in the North Zone Central Board of Secondary Education (Cluster XIII) Table Tennis Championship at the Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here today.

Golf: Rashid completes two-in-a-row win
Chandigarh, September 19
Manav Das of Ambala fired a one over par 73 card in the final round to settle for the seventh slot at six over 294 as Delhi’s teenaged caddie Rashid Khan completed his two-in-row triumph on the LG Indian Amateur Tour winning the LG Golden Greens Amateur Championship by eight strokes at Gurgaon today.

Gurmit hockey from tomorrow
Chandigarh, September 19
The 38th edition of S.N. Vohra All-India Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament is set to begin from September 21 at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42 here.

Rain plays spoilsport
Chandigarh, September 19
Intermittent rains played spoilsport in the city, which has been buzzing with various sports activities of late. Overcast sky forced all organisers of various sports events to postpone their schedule or abandon the events altogether.

National Football Tourney
A. Gomei to lead city’s campaign
Chandigarh, September 19
A. Gomei of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, will lead the city team in the 31st Sub-Junior National Football Championship (Under-14) for Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy, starting from September 20 to October 6 at Mahilpur (Punjab).


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