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Daylight robbery in Sector 35 house
Armed men loot Rs 5 lakh, jewellery from woman
Chandigarh, August 13
The claim of the Chandigarh Police regarding enhanci- ng security in view of the Independen- ce Day celebrations fell flat today, with a daring daylight robbery in a Sector 35-C house, where a woman was robbed of Rs 5 lakh and gold ornaments. A policeman inspects the ransacked house in Sector 35 in Chandigarh on Thursday; and (right) Nirmal Kaur narrates the incident.
A policeman inspects the ransacked house in Sector 35 in Chandigarh on Thursday; and (right) Nirmal Kaur narrates the incident. Tribune photos: Parvesh Chauhan

Driving schools violate norms
Chandigarh, August 13
They may themselves not possess the licence to teach but still promise to get you a “licence” to drive. Strange but true. Right under the nose of the STA and police officials, scores of illegal driving schools are operating in the city without the mandatory permits to run such institutions.

8 nabbed for gambling at Shivalikview
Chandigarh, August 13
The police arrested eight persons on the charges of indulging in gambling in Hotel Shivalikview in Sector 17 here in the wee hours today. The police has seized Rs 3.52 lakh from their possession which is said to be the highest recovery ever made by the Chandigarh Police in a raid on gamblers.


JAI HO: Schoolchildren during the Independence Day rehearsal at Sector 17 Parade Ground in Chandigarh on Thursday.
JAI HO: Schoolchildren during the Independence Day rehearsal at Sector 17 Parade Ground in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

PU cancels gatherings
Chandigarh, August 13
The Panjab University (PU) authorities have decided not to organise official gatherings and functions following the swine flu threat. The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the Syndicate here today. The Syndicate also decided that if any suspected case was reported on the campus, the student would immediately be referred to government hospital and if admitted, would be marked present during the treatment.

Swine Flu
17 more suspects in city hospitals
Chandigarh, August 13
Even as 17 new cases of suspected swine flu were reported in city hospitals today, result of more than 20 cases, sent last week to Delhi, is still awaited.

Videshi virus, desi nuskhe
Chandigarh, August 13
Even as pharma companies across the world are busy making Tamilfu to fight the H1N1 influenza, propagators of desi “medicines” from ayurveda to homeopathy etc are all claiming to have a cure for it. While Baba Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravi Shanker of the Art of Living have endorsed ayurvedic “medicines”, a mix of Giloy (Amta)’s one-foot-long branch and seven leaves of tulsi, tea made from Laxmi taru (botanical name: Simarouba) leaves and Amla for developing immunity against the disease, homeopathic and aloe vera practitioners are flaunting a regular dose of “influneznium” and “Aloe Vera Gel Capsules”, respectively, as a “precautionary” measure.


Children from Ryan International dress up in the Tricolours during the final rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations in Patiala on Thursday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Swine Flu
Only one isolation ward in Mohali
Mohali, August 13
Even as neighbouring Chandigarh, which has three fully functional isolation wards in government hospitals to tackle cases of swine flu, has now taken the help of private hospitals for admitting suspected patients, Mohali district has only one isolation ward set up in the Civil Hospital here.

3 more persons admitted in Panchkula
Panchkula, August 13
Three more persons suspected of swine flu were admitted to General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, today, taking the number of suspected cases to 14.

Water leakage in hospital repels patients
Mohali, August 13
Admitting patients for treatment at the Civil Hospital in Phase VI here has become a problem as some rooms have become unusable after heavy leakage was witnessed in these more than a week ago.

‘Convert autos to LPG by Aug 31’
Mohali, August 13
All the Mohali-based auto-rickshaws operating between Chandigarh and Mohali have been directed to switch over to LPG by August 31.

Nek Chand, Jaspal Bhatti and DP Azad in a joyous mood after being honoured at the ‘Wah Chandigarh’ conclave on Thursday. ‘Wah Chandigarh’ gets under way
Chandigarh, August 13
Celebrating the spirit of Chandigarh, a joint initiative of the CII and the UT administration kicked off with “Wah Chandigarh” on the CII premises in Sector 31 here today.

Nek Chand, Jaspal Bhatti and DP Azad in a joyous mood after being honoured at the ‘Wah Chandigarh’ conclave on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Delay in airport building holds up Dubai flight
Chandigarh, August 13
Delay in the construction of a new terminal building for the Chandigarh airport has apparently held up the launch of the city’s much-awaited air link with Dubai. Besides, the delay has also brought into focus safety concerns.

Renal transplant unit at Fortis
Mohali, August 13
The government does take care of quality health services in the country but there is a need to cut down the cost to make the services available for everybody, said Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Minister for Parlimentary Affairs and Water Resources, after inaugurating a state-of-the-art renal transplant unit at Fortis Hospital here yesterday.

Suspended clerks protest outside the main gate of the Punjab School Education Board office, Mohali, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

MC staff in power trouble
Mohali, August 13
Power cuts in Mohali compelled certain employees of the Municipal Council to hold their office outside the building here today.

Single window for clearing challans
Mohali, August 13
A single window counter for dealing with cases of challans was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh Mand in the District Transport Office here yesterday.

Rahul’s parents seek justice
Panchkula, August 13
The parents of Rahul, a 17-year-old engineering student who was allegedly tortured by the police before arresting him under Sections 332 and 353 of the IPC on Sunday, have requested the Director-General of Police for justice.

Weekend special trains for Shimla
Chandigarh, August 13
With Janamashtami and Independence Day falling on two consecutive days, the Northern Railway’s has started two special trains between Kalka- Shimla sections from today onwards. These trains will run between the two stations on August 14 and 15 as well.


Child dodges abductors
Dera Bassi, August 13
A 12-year-old child from Mubarikpur managed to free himself from the clutches of four unidentified persons from near the railway station here today. The victim was put in a sack and dumped into a stationery train yesterday.

16-year-old gangraped
Kharar, August 13
A 16-year-old girl from Kharar was allegedly raped last night. In her complaint to the Kharar police, victim’s mother alleged that four youths took away her daughter fraudulently.

YPS student admitted to Rajindra Hospital
Patiala, August 13
In yet another case of suspected swine flu, Mallika (12), who just returned from the USA after spending her holidays, has been admitted in Government Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, with the symptoms of the flu. Mallika is Class VII student of YPS School, Patiala.

Canadian held with 2.4 kg of charas
Lalru, August 13
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) today arrested a Canadian citizen in his mid-fifties and seized contraband from him at Dappar toll plaza near Lalru.

Two youths killed in accidents
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 13
Two bodies were found lying on railway tracks at different places today. GRP police station SHO Sanjiv Kumar said the body of an unknown youth was found on Mandi Gobindgarh-Sirhind tracks. The deceased was about 25 years of age. He had apparently been hit by a vehicle and died.

KU extends admission date
Kalka , August 13
Kurukshetra University has extended the date of admission for various classes in Govt PG College up to August 31. S.K.Manocha, principal of the college, said earlier, the last date of admission was July 15 and with late fee of Rs 50 and Rs 400 was July 31.

Power Cuts: Ambala residents block highway
Ambala, August 13
Hundreds of residents of Ambala City blocked the Delhi-Amritsar National Highway last late night for two hours to protest against the erratic power supply and unscheduled power cuts.


Nari Niketan Case
Cops submit 499-page charge-sheet
Chandigarh, August 13
The Chandigarh police filed 499-page charge sheet in the Nari Niketan rape case today. The charge sheet that was submitted in the court of Judicial Magistrate Anshul Berry today is based on the circumstantial proofs, documents, statement of the accused and witnesses and the proof collected in the course of the investigation.

2-day police remand for Saji
Chandigarh, August 13
A local court today remanded former zonal director of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Saji Mohan in two-day police custody in connection with a case of stealing heroin from the NCB.

PEC teacher faces bailable warrants
Chandigarh, August 13
Justice Permod Kohli of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the issuance of bailable warrants to ensure the personal appearance of Punjab Engineering College’s head of the civil engineering department.


Man arrested for rickshaw-puller’s murder
Panchkula, August 13
The local police has arrested Rajesh, a resident of Sarangpur village in Chandigarh, for the murder of a local rickshaw-puller.

Cyclist hurt in mishap
Chandigarh, August 13
A cyclist was seriously injured while his pillion rider sustained minor injuries when a speeding car rammed into the cycle here this evening near Housing Board Chowk.

Bikers snatch gold chain
Panchkula, August 13
A day after the robbery at the liquor vend, two bikers snatched a gold chain from a woman in Sector 15 here today. The victim identified as Sudesh, a resident of house No. 2303, was going towards the market when this incident took place.

Nayagaon man booked
Mohali, August 13
The police has booked a resident of Naygaon on charges of cheating.


St Soldier’s win, surrender title to St John’s after protest
Chandigarh, August 13
Hosts St Soldier’s International School won the final match against St John’s School, Sector 26, but later surrendered the title as a goodwill gesture to avoid any controversy in the Chandigarh Sub-Junior Football Championship for St Soldier Trophy played on the school premises in Sector 28 here today.

Total Tennis
Top four seeds enter quarterfinals
Chandigarh, August 13
LD Kapoor Memorial Total Tennis Championship for juniors commenced today at Total Tennis Academy’s YMCA, Sector 11, premises. About 200 players are participating in this championship. The boys’ under-16 matches were played today.

Himanshu claims billiards title
Panchkula, August 13
Himanshu Aggarwal from Kurukshetra claimed the junior billiards title defeating three opponents in the semifinal league of the Haryana State Billiards and Snooker Championship-2009 being held on the premises of Haryana Billiards, Sector 11, here.

Friendship cup begins today
Chandigarh, August 13
Six teams have staked their claim for the top honours in the Inter-School Under-13 Cricket Tournament for the friendship cup being organised by the St. John's Cricket Academy, Sector-26, from August 14 on the school campus.


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