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Two children per couple
City meets 2010 target
Chandigarh, July 19
The city has added another feather to its cap by achieving the total fertility rate (TFR) of two children per couple target set by the Union Government in the National Population Policy (NPP), 2000.

Traffic Violations - I
Youngsters couldn’t care less about rules
Chandigarh, July 19
Reckless driving by youngsters, especially those riding two-wheelers, continues unabated in the city, snuffing out lives in freak road accidents. Experts on road safety attribute the rise in accidents to the city emerging as an educational hub. The mushrooming of legal and illegal paying guest accommodation, besides rented accommodation, is changing the driving culture in the city.

Two-wheeler riders without helmets in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Two-wheeler riders without helmets in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photographs


Solar eclipse on July 22 from 5.37 am to 7.26 am
Caution, the word for schoolkids
Chandigarh, July 19
It is not just a routine celestial configuration occurring in the space. The “longest duration” complete solar eclipse, predicted on July 22, is thought to be a rare occasion by experts since it is the second in the row of triple eclipses occurring in 30 days this year.

VIPs cock a snook at MC’s notice
Chandigarh, July 19
Despite the anti-encroachment notice and the High Court’s cognizance of the blatant violations by encroaching on the public land in the name of security, the Municipal Corporation (MC) and these VIPs are hardly bothered to act in response.

(Left) Chandigarh Police DSP (crime) KIP Singh’s security men have encroached the service lane in Sector 21.

(Right) A tent of security guards of SSP (vigilance) Surinder Pal on the main road in Sector 23. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari


These service encroachments
This column may upset some of my friends and their wives too. No, I'm neither heading to participate in the latest TV reality show, ‘sach ka saamna’, to reveal anything nor do I intend to spill any beans here. But yes, I'm going to touch upon a subject that'll make a lot of people, particularly the bigwigs in the bureaucratic and political circles, uncomfortable. And the issue is about the deputationists - teachers, doctors, lecturers et el- from Punjab and Haryana, who have overstayed their tenures in this city.

CityScope Letters
Give development a chance
This refers to the City Scope “Divided they’ll ensure the fall” (July 13) by Raveen Thukral, it appears that the fall is imminent. The circumstances are alarming regarding the affairs of the MC that the relations between the administrator and MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, besides others, have become acrimonious to the extent of implicitly setting scores with each other or showdown.

Public plaints don’t matter for MC
Website still not updated
Chandigarh, July 19
It seems that the authorities of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation does not care to redress public grievances received through mail or e-mail.
Complaint boxes packed with letters at the Municipal Corporation office, Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

Col reprimanded for loss of ID cards
Chandigarh, July 19
A general court martial has awarded a severe reprimand and forfeiture of one year’s service for the purpose of pension to the commanding officer of an armoured regiment in a case pertaining to the loss of 87 identity cards belonging to troops of his unit. While the army court acquitted the colonel of the first charge that the decision of keeping the ID cards was his, he was held guilty on two other charges of not issuing appropriate instructions and belatedly reporting the matter to higher authorities.

New-look admn by year-end
Chandigarh, July 19
A new-look Chandigarh Administration is on the cards by the year-end with certain senior functionaries moving away from the city in the backdrop of completion of their tenures.

SI-Biker Accident
Special crime cell to probe death in mishap
Chandigarh, July 19
The police has transferred the investigations of the fatal accident, in which a Chandigarh Police sub-inspector Jaspal Singh Bhullar was involved, to the Special Crime Investigation Cell (SCIC).

House tax issue set to rock MC house
Panchkula, July 19
The issue of house tax being charged by the municipal council on rented accommodation is set to rock the house during its meeting tomorrow as all eight concillors of the BJP have already signed a resolution to this effect.

SSP likely to get extension
Chandigarh, July 19
The Central Government may have refused extension to UT Deputy Commissioner (DC) RK Rao, yet stage is set for one-year extension to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) SS Srivastava.

Tenders to be floated soon for Mohali golf academy
Mohali, July 19
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is all set to float tenders for the city’s first golf academy on nine acres of land in phase XI here. All the formalities for the project have been completed and the tenders would be floated once the election code of conduct was withdrawn, said a senior official in GMADA.

Tension outside PG accommodation
Mohali, July 19
Suspecting that certain anti-social elements were creating nuisance at a paying guest accommodation being run from a house in Phase 3B2 here late last night, residents laid a virtual siege to the house and called up the police.

Dassh Chakkra a nexus of politicians, babus
Chandigarh, July 19
Diverging form the conventional themes, the Sandli Pairan Kala Kender, supported by the National Sangeet Natak Akademy, UT cultural affairs has ventured to take up issues concerning welfare through their production “Dassh Chakkra” staged today at Randhawa auditorium.

Pay Anomalies
Engineers to launch stir
Panchkula, July 19
Irked over the “delay” in the implementation of the anomaly committee report, the Haryana Federation of Engineers has decided to launch a fresh agitation against the “injustice” meted out to it by the government.

2 H1N1 cases test negative
Chandigarh, July 19
Two suspected cases of H1N1 reported yesterday at GMSH-16 were found negative after their throat swabs samples report arrived from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), Delhi.

Contract teachers strike continues
Chandigarh, July 19
A protest rally by UT contractual school teachers and their families wearing black gowns was held today for pressing their demand of regularisation of the services of the contractual teachers working for the past 13 years.

Poles supporting transformer give way
Mohali, July 19
The power supply to YPS and other buildings in its vicinity was affected after the poles supporting a transformer fell after rains last night.

Body found near bus stand
Panchkula, July 19
The body of a man in his thirties was found here yesterday. The deceased was spotted last night while having drinks along with some others near bus stand in Sector 5.

Tabla recital by Anuradha today
Chandigarh, July 19
World renowned Mumbai-based tabla maestro Anuradha Pal will present a tabla recital in a special concert organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra at the Randhawa Auditorium here tomorrow at 7 pm.


Fabricated structures for students
Innovative education centres cry for attention
Students of AIE centre at GHS-Colony No. 4 sit on the floor under the stairs Chandigarh, July 19
In a reality check of the ambitious plans of the UT education department and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), one comes across a sorry state of affairs on visiting the AIE (Alternative Innovative Education) centres, where classes are being conducted under the staircase, on floor, in corridor and even outside school building.

Students of AIE centre at GHS-Colony No. 4 sit on the floor under the stairs. Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan


Campaigning hots up in Banur
Zirakpur/DeraBassi/Lalru, July 19
“The Congress had put Punjab on the road to development but during the SAD-BJP rule every one felt ignored except the kin of the Badal family,” said MP Mohinder Singh KP while addressing a public rally in support of Congress candidate Deepinder Singh for Banur byelection here today.

Toxic effluents damage crops
Villagers seek compensation
Banur, July 19
Farmers from six villages have accused a pharmaceutical manufacturing unit in Banur of releasing toxic effluents from the factory, which not only damaged 123 acres of crops a few days ago but has also caused skin problems to villagers.

Kanwarias block highway for two hours
Rajpura, July 19
A large number of kanwarias blocked the national highway near Bathounia village after a car and tractor collided on the road here today. The protesting kanwarias, who were on their way towards Ambala and had halted for some time near Bathounia village, alleged that a speeding tractor-trailer coming from the wrong side hit a car.

Leaders all ears to people
Banur, July 19
With elections in the mind a large number of leaders are canvassing for their respective parties in Banur, Dera Bassi, Lalru and other parts of the constituency and the voters and local leaders are, too, making most of it by bringing forth their problems.

Jabarjit outperforms Khushwinder in TT
Patiala, July 19
The Patiala District Table Tennis Ranking Tournament began at Raja Bhalindra Singh Stadium, Punjabi University, Patiala, under the aegis of Patiala District Table Tennis Association, Patiala. University’s table tennis coach Prince Inder Singh said they had registered more than 100 entries for each age group in the tournament.

Wasteful MC
Garbage carts trashed in dumps
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 19
A large number of carts purchased by the municipal council in Sirhind to lift garbage has become a source of nuisance for residents as these carts lay abandoned amidst the unpicked garbage.

9-yr-old tests positive for swine flu
Ropar, July 19
A 9-yr-old child from Behrampur Zimindara village has tested positive for swine flu. The child had recently returned from Singapore. The child had gone to Singapore with his mother to meet relatives. The patient approached a local pediatrician with symptoms of cough and cold and was referred to the local civil hospital.

Journalist bereaved
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 19
Balbir Kaur (80), mother of veteran journalist Gur Kirpal Singh Ashq from Mandi Gobindgarh, passed away today morning. She was suffering from some ailment for the past few months.


Man dies as bike hits cow
Chandigarh, July 19
Two died in different road accidents in the city in the last 48 hours. In the first incident, a 36-year-old man died after his bike hit a cow, which came on his way near a petrol pump, Sector 28. The accident occurred on July 14 and the victim was admitted to the PGI. He breathed his last in the hospital yesterday.

Ludhiana doc fired at, driver injured
Panchkula, July 19
A Ludhiana-based doctor had a narrow escape while his driver was injured seriously when their SUV was fired at allegedly by a youth in the Morni area here today. The driver, identified as Nelson from Ludhiana, was admitted to the PGI with bullet injuries in the chest. The condition of the victim was stated to be stable.

Man held for fighting with parents
Chandigarh, July 19
Brij Mohan alias Bhupa, who is on parole in connection with several crime cases, was arrested by the police for allegedly fighting with his parents here today.


Carrom Meet
Mohd Talib during a carrom match against Manoj in Chandigarh on Sunday. Kudrat gets better of Farheen in semis
Chandigarh, July 19
Kudrat got the better of top seed and former sub-junior national champion Farheen in a thrilling encounter by 12-11, 6-10, 8-7 in the women’s singles semifinal of the XII St Stephen's Carrom Ranking Tournament being played here on the school premises.

Mohd Talib during a carrom match against Manoj in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh beat Punjab Blue 3-1
Chandigarh, July 19
Chandigarh pipped Punjab Blue 3-1 to annex the title in the under-14 years age-group in the first 7-a-side Schools Football Championship, organised by the Schools 7-A Side Football Federation of India, which concluded on Punjab High School ground at Mundian Kalan on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road in Ludhiana today.

The Chandigarh team after winning their trophy in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

EGTF to run 3-month junior golf camp
Chandigarh, July 19
The summer vacations are over but enthusiasm among parents for special golf camps for their wards has not waned. Keeping in mind the demand for more golf camps, the Chandigarh Golf Club plans to open its greens for more such training programmes.

Dhindsa is kho-kho assn president
Patiala, July 19
The Punjab Kho-Kho Association at a meeting today decided to elect Parminder Singh Dhindsa as president of the association.

Western Air Command claim Air Force hockey title
Chandigarh, July 19
For the third continuous year, the Western Air Command claimed the title of the Air Force Hockey Championship. They beat South-Western Air Command in a tiebreaker after the match was 3-3 draw during the schedule time.

Team members of Western Air Command who won the title of Air Force Hockey Championship in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Cricket trials today
Chandigarh, July 19
Trails for the Chandigarh district cricket team (Under-19) for the Haryana Inter-District Cricket Tournament, which was scheduled to be held yesterday and was cancelled due to heavy rain would now be conducted tomorrow at 3 pm in Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19.


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