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Soaring temperatures; Sukhna drying up
Chandigarh, June 25
The hot and dry weather seems to have taken its toll on the city’s most famous landmark, Sukhna Lake. In fact, bad days are awaiting the lake, with the meteorological department forecasting a “below normal” monsoon in the region.

...it’s all hot ‘n’ dry

Naya Gaon residents protest against water shortage on the outskirts of Chandigarh on Thursday a dry bed spells trouble for Sukhna Lake.
Naya Gaon residents protest against water shortage on the outskirts of Chandigarh on Thursday even as (right) a dry bed spells trouble for Sukhna Lake. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Erratic water supply irks residents
Chandigarh, June 25
What is the most sought after thing at Adarsh Nagar Colony, Naya Gaon? It is nothing but a bucket of water. While merciless sun and elusive monsoon have left no stone unturned to make the city parched, Adarsh Nagar Colony’s residents are scrambling for even a single bucket of water as erratic water supply has severely affected their day-to-day life.

PU diverts quota funds
Chandigarh, June 25
Panjab University’s move to “divert” funds (for constructing two hostels) received as advance from the Centre to implement the OBC quota has raised many eyebrows, putting university officials in the dock.



ASI attacked at rly station
Chandigarh, June 25
A group of railway station vendors and autorickshaw drivers attacked an ASI at the railway police post after he rounded up a tea seller following his altercation with an Armyman. The ASI sustained severe head injuries and was admitted to the General Hospital at Panchkula.

Over 10 PGI doctors down with hepatitis-A
Quality of water at mess suspect
Chandigarh, June 25
A dozen resident doctors of the PGI have contacted hepatitis-A (jaundice), an acute water-borne infectious disease of the liver caused by a virus (HAV). This news comes close on the heels of the recent outbreak of cholera, also a water-borne disease, at Mohali village.


Safai karamcharis litter ward
Garbage lying scattered at the D block of the GMCH-32, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Chandigarh, June 25
In a bizarre way of registering protest against the alleged sacking of a safai karamchari by the GMCH authorities, members of the hospital’s safai karamchari association threw garbage in the visitors’ hall of the emergency ward this morning. It showed their apathy toward ailing and critical patients who are admitted to the emergency every day.

Garbage lying scattered at the D block of the GMCH-32, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan 

Property dispute: Four injured in brawl
Chandigarh, June 25
A property dispute took a violent turn in Burail yesterday night when two parties clashed over the issue and indulged in stone pelting.

Night shelter for homeless
One of the inmates of Vineet -17, Chandigarh, prepares breakfast. Chandigarh, June 25
Nishad, barely 15-year-old, ran away from his house in Uttar Pradesh after stealing Rs 500 from his home just to pay a visit to the city beautiful. Other than Nishad, as many as 17 other children under 18 years of age are living in the night shelter for poor children in Sector 17, named Vineet-17.

One of the inmates of Vineet -17, Chandigarh, prepares breakfast. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Contract teachers form human chain
Chandigarh, June 25
As a part of the ongoing agitation of the contractual government school teachers of Chandigarh, a human chain comprising teachers and their families was formed today from Matka Chowk towards cricket stadium for pursuing their demand of regularisation.
As the mercury rises, these girls rely on ice-candies to beat the heat.
As the mercury rises, these girls rely on ice-candies to beat the heat. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Highway experts discuss quality control
Chandigarh, June 25
A two-day northern region workshop on quality control in roads and bridges was inaugurated by Kulbir Singh, Secretary PWD (Bridges and Road), at the CII headquarters here today.

SMEs get tips on IT benefits
Chandigarh, June 25
PHD Chamber of Commerce and Dell India today addressed the needs of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) at PHDCC House, Chandigarh, through a seminar on ‘Information Technology - Advantage for SMEs’.

Inside Babudom
City youth is private secy to Commerce Minister
Chandigarh, June 25
As most of the members of the Union Council of Ministers have settled down in their new departments, many of them have got civil servants of their choice posted on their personal staff.
BLIND TO SAFETY: A welder works without a protective gear for his eyes at the industrial area in Mohali on Thursday.
BLIND TO SAFETY: A welder works without a protective gear for his eyes at the industrial area in Mohali on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Vicky Gharo

Curbing Fraud
Police, bank officials discuss strategies

Chandigarh, June 25
The Chandigarh police yesterday held a meeting with 56 officers of various nationalised and private banks from the city to take steps to prevent banking related frauds.

VAT: Eating at dhabas to cost more
Chandigarh, June 25
Digging into your favourite dish at a dhaba in Chandigarh is going to cost more with the Chandigarh Administration bringing these eating joints under the purview of the value added tax (VAT).

Epidemic Threat
DC tells authorities to take preventive measures
Panchkula, June 25
Waking up to the epidemic threats in the slums of the town, Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Yadav has directed the officials concerned from different agencies to gear up the preventive measures while coordinating with each other.

More cases of cholera in Mohali
Mohali, June 25
Even as the authorities concerned have so far failed to detect the source of cholera after an outbreak of the disease had struck Mohali village on Saturday, more patients poured in at the Civil Hospital here today for treatment.

Martyr remembered
Panchkula, June 25
Rich tributes were paid to Major Sandeep Sagar, the martyr of Operation Vijay, on his tenth anniversary, here today. While the families of martyrs from Panchkula accompanied Harbans Lal Sagar, father of Major Sandeep, to pay homage at Major Sandeep Sagar Memorial Chowk, the district administration was represented by Rajpal, SDM, Panchkula.

Woman dies in mishap
Mohali, June 25
A resident of Chandigarh was killed in an accident after a truck collided with a motorcycle near PCL Chowk here late last night.

Centre for mentally challenged kids
Rodrigues wants work speeded up
Chandigarh, June 25
Setting a deadline for completing the first phase of Regional Centre for Mentally Challenged Children, Sector 31, and making it operational by August 1, 2009, UT Administrator SF Rodrigues today asked the Home Secretary and Finance Secretary to start the process of arranging equipment, trained manpower along with participation of NGOs to run various programmes.

Selja to visit city on June 29
Chandigarh, June 25
With Chandigarh acting as a gateway to Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and nearby hill sojourns, the Union Minister of Tourism, Selja, would visit the city on June 29 to review its tourism potential and to promote it further as a tourism destination.

Home Secy meets welfare body
Chandigarh, June 25 UT Home Secretary today held a meeting with the chairman and office-bearers of FOSWAC to discuss various issues here yesterday.


Counselling slips hard to come by, still
Students submit their admission forms at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Thursday. Chandigarh, June 25
It seems that Chandigarh education department’s tall claims of simple and less time-consuming receipt of admission forms for Class XI has been exposed. While visiting various centres today, it was found that the students were facing difficulty in getting their final counselling date slips after the submission of admission forms.

Students submit their admission forms at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Career options in English
Chandigarh, June 25
English has entrenched so much in the roots of Indian sub-continent that every student wants to acquire an expertise when it comes to writing and speaking it.

CBSE Class X Results
Student gets 95 marks, shown 45
Chandigarh, June 25
It seems that CBSE authorities are least bothered while preparing the correct result of board examination. In one of the cases, result of a Chandigarh student, Mehak Narang, who appeared in Class X examinations, she got 90 plus marks in every subject expected in English, in which she got only 45 marks.


Kalka goes without power for 17 hrs
Kalka, June 25
Several areas of Pinjore, Kalka and its surrounding villages remained without electricity for 17 hours due to burning of the main cables of 66 kv substation, Kalka. Subsequently, residents of these areas were deprived of electricity from 9.45 pm yesterday till 2 pm on Thursday. 

Farmers block road for 4 hrs
Patiala, June 25
Farmers affiliated to various trade unions staged a protest rally at Pasiana bridge near here today to protest the government decision of not providing eight-hour power to the agriculture sectors. Members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta), Punjab, during a protest near Bhakra canal at Patiala on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Twelve penalised for power theft
Rajpura, June 25
Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today detected 12 electricity theft cases in two villages near here. A team of electricity department officials raided in Mehana and Bhagnana villages, wherein they found tube-wells not as per their prescribed capacity.

Villagers protest irregular power supply
Rajpura, June 25
Many women today gheraoed the local office of Punjab State Electricity Board and demanded restoration of electricity in their villages.

Treading kilometres for water
Morni (Panchkula), June 25
The long dry spell has forced residents to tread several kilometres to fetch water from “baolis” even as the district administration has decided to supplement drinking water supply through tankers. A woman collects water from a broken water pipeline at Morni. Photo by writer

PSEB employees assault scribe
Patiala, June 25
Some employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board here today allegedly assaulted Deepak Maudgil, in charge of the Patiala office of Dainik Bhaskar.

Banks asked to install CCTVs
Zirakpur, June 25
After the highway robberies and an attempt to rob a bank in Mohali district, Zirakpur SHO Sukhwinder Singh convened a meeting with bank officials and asked them to install CCTV cameras in their respective branches to keep proper vigil.

3 killed in accident
Ambala, June 25
Three persons, including a woman, were killed in a road accident on the GT Road, near Ambala Cantt, this morning. The deceased who belonged to Hatrass were identified as Krishan Lal, Rani Devi and Chauthar Singh.

Four booked for forgery
Zirakpur, June 25
The police today booked four persons on the charges of forgery. One of the accused has been identified as Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of Lalru, who was arrested while his accomplices have been still absconding.


Undertrial flees custody; nabbed
Chandigarh, June 25
A constable nabbed an accused in a murder case within minutes after he fled from his custody from the district courts in Sector 17 here today afternoon. Earlier also, undertrials managed to give the slips to the policemen.

Well-off car thieves arrested
Three youths from prosperous families in police net for stealing cars of acquaintances
Chandigarh, June 25
Driven by a craze for swanky cars, three youths from well-off families allegedly stole cars from Chandigarh and Mohali to maintain a lavish lifestyle.

Two arrested with fake notes
Chandigarh, June 25
The Chandigarh police today arrested two persons for possessing duplicate notes of Rs 1,000 worth total Rs 50,000. The police arrested Raj Kumar Gill, a resident of Firozpur, from parking of Motor Market, Sector 48, yesterday night and recovered 39 duplicate notes of Rs 1,000 from his Tata Safari . 


Bharti Vij academy storm into final
Chandigarh, June 25
The Bharti Vij Cricket Academy remained undefeated in the LIC tournament as they won all league matches convincingly. They qualified for the final and will lock horns with the 37 Academy here at Government Model School, Sector 26, on June 28.

Cricket Meet
Mohali academy win
Chandigarh, June 25
A match-winning third wicket partnership between Kinderpreet Singh (41, 4x4s) and Shine Sharma (36, 4x4s) paved the way for Mohali Cricket Academy for a facile six-wicket victory over Satluj Public School Academy of Panchkula in the Ind-Swift Under-15 Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament, being organised by Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy here today.

Women’s Cricket
Yamunanagar defeat city by 205 runs

A cricket match in progress in Chandigarh on Thursday. Chandigarh, June 25
City girls’ cricket team was defeated by Yamunanagar girls’ cricket team by a huge margin of 205 runs in the Haryana Women Inter-District Cricket Tournament, being organised at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here today. The tournament is being organised by the Haryana Cricket Association.

A cricket match in progress in Chandigarh on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Ball b’minton meet today
Chandigarh, June 25
Around 16 teams are participating in the 30th North Zone Ball Badminton (Men and Women) Championship being organised by the Ball Badmintion Sports Promotion Association under the aegis of the Ball Badminton Federation of India at Banyan Tree School from tomorrow.

Kang slips to tied 14th slot
Chandigarh, June 25
Harjinder Singh Kang of Chandigarh battled against poor weather and bad course conditions to card a miserable 10 over 82 to slip down to tied 14th position at 19-over 235, 13 strokes behind the leader, Abhishek Jha of Bangalore, on the penultimate day of the LG Tamil Nadu Open Amateur Golf Championship on the par 72 greens of the Coimbatore Golf Club in Coimbatore today.


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