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Master plan for Zirakpur, Dera Bassi out
Mohali, August 8
The Punjab government has finally come out with the final master plan for Zirakpur and Dera Bassi towns. Prepared under the Punjab Regional and Town Planning and Development Act, 2006, the land use would be freezed in the local planning areas of the two important towns, located along the Chandigarh-Delhi National Highway 22.

‘Tuk-tuk’ service from tomorrow
Chandigarh, August 8
If everything goes according to the plan, travelling on the city roads will become an altogether different ball game for auto-rickshaw travellers.

Finishing touches being given to a sparkling pink “tuk-tuk” at an auto-workshop in Industrial Area on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Govt, Commercial Establishments
Fire Dept to verify authenticity of NOCs
Chandigarh, August 8
In the wake of the recent incident of issuing NOC to City Emporia Mall, Industrial Area, Phase I, the Fire and Emergency Services Department of the municipal corporation is going to verify the authenticity of all NOCs issued by it to the government and commercial establishments in the city.


Dr Sofat booked for murder bid
Panchkula, August 8
Dr Sumit Sofat of Ludhiana, who is facing several criminal cases, was today booked by the Panchkula police for attempt to murder.

Swine flu: 3 quarantined
Chandigarh, August 8
The UT health authorities today “home quarantined” three family members of a Sector 34 resident after they came in contact with an H1N1 influenza patient in Delhi on the occasion of Rakhi.


Ward No 10: 41 pc cast their votes
Voters wait for their turn at Butrela in Chandigarh on Saturday. Chandigarh, August 8
Urban voters of ward No.10 of the local municipal corporation seemed less interested in casting their votes in their ward’s byelections as compared to voters of rural ones. The total turn out of voters for today’s poll was 41.09 per cent.

Voters wait for their turn at Butrela in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Con men held for duping woman
Chandigarh, August 8
Two tricksters who used to dupe people of ornaments on the pretext of gold polish were caught after a long chase by a Sector 55 woman here today. The accused have been identified as Khantar Kumar Shah and Mantoo, both residents of Bihar. They were later taken for medical examination and would be produced in the court tomorrow.

Xpressions-09 a big draw
Mohali, August 8
The annual exhibition “Xpressions-’09” organised by Manav Mangal Smart School attracted a huge crowd on the first day today. Everybody appreciated the thoughtful picking up of themes. The pre-nursery section creatively portrayed the animal world and their habitat.

5 more security tents from VIP houses removed
The enforcement staff of the municipal corporation remove a security tent from Sector 7 in Chandigarh on Saturday. Chandigarh, August 8
Five security tents erected by VIPs were removed from Sectors 4, 7 and 9, on the second day of the demolition drive carried out by the municipal corporation’s enforcement staff.

The enforcement staff of the municipal corporation remove a security tent from Sector 7 in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

VAT Returns
e-filing made mandatory
Chandigarh, August 8
The UT Excise and Taxation Department has made e-filing of VAT returns mandatory for all those dealers whose annual turnover is above Rs 1 crore for manufacturing units and Rs 2 crore for trading units. This would be applicable for those dealers too whose ITC (Input Tax Credit) refund is more than Rs 1 lakh during the preceding year.

Fire zones disappear from parking lots
Chandigarh, August 8
Even before the municipal corporation could raise awareness on fire zones in various city markets, the yellow lines earmarked for the purpose have started to disappear from parking lots.

Gorkhas to scale Mt Leo Parigial
Chandigarh, August 8
A thirty-member team of the Gorkha Brigade will attempt to scale Mt Leo Parigial, the highest mountain peak in the Zanskar Ranges of Himachal Pradesh. The team was flagged-off from Pooh by Brig VK Batura, Commandant, 14 Gorkha Training Centre (GTC), today.

Forum holds lecture on economic crisis
Chandigarh, August 8
The Chandigarh Social Forum organised a lecture on ‘Global Economic Crises and its Political Fallout’ at the seminar hall of the Punjab Book Centre today.

Institute owner in trouble for posing as Chief Justice
Chandigarh, August 8
The police is on the lookout for Ajay Arora, owner of Guru Dronacharya Institute, Sector 36, for allegedly asking the vice-chancellor of Maulana University for a “special” admission, impersonating as the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

ISKCON devotees take out a nagar sankirtan at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Satuday. Devotees take out nagar sankirtan
Chandigarh, August 8
A local unit of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) organised “nagar sankirtan” as a part of celebration of Sri Krishna Janamashtami at Sector 17 Plaza, here today.

ISKCON devotees take out a nagar sankirtan at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Satuday. Photo: S Chandan

Spreading ecological awareness
Ambala, August 8
PKR Jain Vatika organised a function on the school premises to promote environmental thinking among students.


Sports hostel conversion without approval draws flak
Chandigarh, August 8
Panjab University’s bid to convert sports hostel into girls hostel no.7 without getting an approval from executive committee of the Panjab University Committee of Sports has upset many.

Innovative Centres
Edu dept to sign MoU with NGOs
Chandigarh, August 8
After slogging for weeks at the AIE centres, it is finally felicitation time for selected NGOs that had been yielding results in the partnership initiative programme (PIP) of the UT administration.

‘Mentors’ to check ragging at GMCH
Chandigarh, August 8
To prevent ragging, the GMCH-32 authorities have decided to appoint mentors for freshers. Each fresher would be attached with a faculty member who would act as a mentor and provide help in case of trouble with seniors.

Students’ conference from tomorrow
Chandigarh, August 8
WORDZ — the debating society, an initiative of over 200 students from across the globe will be organising WORDZMUN-08, national level students’ conference in Chandigarh from August 10 at CII Convention Centre and PHD Chamber.


Computer college in a shambles
Punjab govt wastes Rs 30 lakh
Kot Ise Khan (Banur), August 8
A testimony of sheer wastage of scarce government funds lies in this village. The proposed site for a computer college, envisioned by former Punjab Cooperatives Minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh, now lies in doldrums.

Residents of Rajpura make a beeline for water from a private tanker. Tribune photo: JS Virdi

Power cuts
Residents gherao PSEB complaint centre
Bassi Pathana, August 8
Irked over failure of the PSEB to restore power supply in most parts of the town, residents who are reeling under power cuts from the past 38 hours, gheraoed the PSEB complaint centre last night and raised slogans against the PSEB officials.

Day after strike
Rs 150 crore transaction in banks
Ropar, August 8
Transaction worth Rs 150 crore was registered across 112 branches of different banks in the district today, a day after the strike.

5 of family booked for abetting suicide bid
Kharar, August 8
Five members of a family were booked today for forcing their daughter-in-law Suman, a resident of Dasmesh Nagar, Kharar, to commit suicide.

Chaman Vatika girls bag five golds
Students of Chaman Vatika, who won the tae kwon do championship in Ambala. Ambala, August 8
The girls of Chaman Vatika participated in the district-level championship of tae kwon do and bagged the second overall championship trophy. In different categories of taekwondo, the girls of this school had left everybody spell bound by bagging five gold, four silver and one bronze medals.

Students of Chaman Vatika, who won the tae kwon do championship in Ambala. A Tribune photograph

Blossoms school first in song contest
Patiala, August 8
Blossoms Senior Secondary School, Patiala, organised an inter-school “Patriotic song competition” under the Patiala Sahodaya School Complex here yesterday on the school premises.

Rly employee held for rape bid
Kalka, August 8
The police has arrested Rajinder, a railway employee, who allegedly tried to outrage the modesty of a woman last night.

Miscreants decamp with Rs 5000
Kalka, August 8
Two miscreants allegedly entered the shop of a woman, a resident of Tipra Railway Colony near Kalka, and stole Rs 5,000 from her residence.


Liquor contractor dies as car hits truck
The car that collided with a truck on the Zirakpur-Ambala highway on Friday. (Inset) Virender Kumar, the deceased. Zirakpur, August 8
An Ambala-based liquor contractor was killed while his accountant sustained serious injuries when the car in which they were travelling rammed into a truck near the ST barrier on the Zirakpur-Ambala highway late last night. The deceased has been identified as Virender Kumar Garg (40) and the injured as Naresh Kapoor.

The car that collided with a truck on the Zirakpur-Ambala highway on Friday. (Inset) Virender Kumar, the deceased. A Tribune photograph

Man assaulted
Mohali, August 8
The police has registered a case of assault against unidentified persons on the complaint of Rajinder Kumar of Sector 40-C, Chandigarh.


Cricket Meet
St Xavier’s, Ryan in semis
Panchkula, August 8
St Xavier’s School “B” Team, Panchkula, Ryan International “A”, Chandigarh and Delhi Public School “A” Team, Pinjore, qualified for the Under-16 semifinals of the 1st Clive Shear Six -A- Side Cricket Tournament being organised by the St Xavier’s School, Panchkula, at the JR Institute of Cricket Technology at Barwala today.

Billiards: Kinger enters quarterfinal
Panchkula, August 8
Pradeep Kinger entered the quarterfinal by beating Aman Goyal 3-1 in senior billiards event of Haryana Billiards and Snooker State Championship 2009 being held at Haryana Billiards’ Sector 11 premises.


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