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Robbers strike again at petrol station
Take away Rs 2.5 lakh
Panchkula, August 16
Striking again within a week at another petrol station, robbers beat up the staff and owner and took away around Rs 2.5 lakh at gunpoint in the wee hours of today. The petrol station in Sector 5 here is located near the main police station.
Petrol station employees narrate the robbery incident in Panchkula Petrol station employees narrate the robbery incident in Panchkula on Sunday.
A Tribune photograph

Shivalikview staff, gamblers hand in glove?
Chandigarh, August 16
The arrest of an employee of CITCO for gambling in Hotel Shivalikview three days ago in which Rs 3.5 lakh were seized has raised questions on the possibilities of a nexus between corporation employees and gamblers.

Zoo to get back power hotline
Chhat (Banur), August 16
While the common man sweats it out under unscheduled power cuts, animals at Chhatbir Zoo are fortunate enough as the hotline power connection to the zoo would be restored soon.

Postal schemes come a cropper
Chandigarh, August 16
In this era of e-mail, e-shopping, e-billing, e-payments et al, nothing seems to be going the postal department way. Despite launching innovative schemes like door-to-door collection of BSNL bills and making Kerala spices and prasad from Thiruvananthapuram available to residents of Punjab on their doorstep via speed post, there are literally no takers for it.


Poll date not out, but defacement already on at PU
Chandigarh, August 16
It’s defacement time again at Panjab University. Though the Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) elections are yet to be announced, a large number of printed posters and stickers of various students’ unions are defacing the campus, apparently in violation of the directions of the Lyngdoh Committee.
Printed material pasted in a boys’ hostel at Panjab University, Chandigarh
Printed material pasted in a boys’ hostel at Panjab University, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari


GPA transfer policy under a cloud
Bansal urged to intervene
Chandigarh, August 16
The implementation of the general power of attorney(GPA) policy for the transfer of flats in the names of the GPA holders in the cooperative group housing societies has come under a cloud.

Encroachments in grain market ignored
Chandigarh, August 16
The Chandigarh Administration seems to have gone numb to the blatant encroachment on public land by shopkeepers in the city’s grain market in Sector 26. Openly defying rules, a majority of shopkeepers in the market have extended their shops along the frontal passages, ideally constructed for easy movement of customers while shopping.
Encroachments carried out by traders outside shops at the grain market, Sector 26, Chandigarh
Encroachments carried out by traders outside shops at the grain market, Sector 26, Chandigarh. Photos: Nitin Mittal

Living under fear for a year
Windowpanes of cars of Aggarwal family have been smashed many times
Chandigarh, August 16
A Sector 35 family is a harried lot. They have been living under constant fear for the past over a year as unidentified miscreants have damaged their cars several times.
A smashed windowpane of a car in Sector 35-C in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari
A smashed windowpane of a car in Sector 35-C in Chandigarh

SC candidates being ‘victimised’
Chandigarh, August 16
The National Confederation of Dalits Organisation (NACDOR) has alleged victimisation of SC candidates at the time of promotions in various departments of the UT administration.

Plan to set up logistics park
Chandigarh, August 16
The UT is planning to undertake a comprehensive warehousing project for developing an integrated warehousing complex called “Logistics Park” on 45 acres in Industrial Area Phase III, Chandigarh.

Speaking Out
Direct Tax Code gets thumbs up
Chandigarh, August 16
The decision of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to introduce dynamic changes for increasing direct tax collections by simplification and reducing paperwork and at the same time giving relief to people by increasing in tax slabs and providing exemptions has been widely hailed by the city residents.

City Scope
Tit for Tat
Raveen Thukral
I seldom agree with what our politicians say. But the statement of Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni, which came as a reaction to Shahrukh Khan's detention at Newark airport, is an exception. Her suggestion for a 'tit for tat' response is absolutely correct and I support it to the hilt but with a small rider.

City Scope Letters
Police should go modern
This is with reference to the article, “A way to go” by Raveen Thukral published in Chandigarh Tribune on August 10. He has desired the Chandigarh Police to act fast and go the modern way by switching over to the latest techniques in the matter of investigations.

Two hoots to norms: Unmindful of the risk involved, youth cling to the ropes of an overloaded truck in Mohali
Two hoots to norms:
Unmindful of the risk involved, youth cling to the ropes of an overloaded truck in Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

A devotee during “Sheetla Mata pooja” at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh
A devotee during “Sheetla Mata pooja” at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Plantation drive in Sector 38 (W)
Chandigarh, August 16
Pushing ahead its social responsibility agenda, newly-formed voluntary organisation URGE today undertook a tree plantation drive in an area in Sector 38 West that was bereft of green cover.

Suspected swine flu cases rise
Chandigarh, August 16
The number of suspected swine flu cases continues to rise as more people turn up at government hospitals, citing symptoms of the disease. Four suspected cases of swine flu were reported today at various hospitals.

Kumbhra traffic lights on the blink
Mohali, August 16
It was 10 pm on last Friday when driver of a bus, who was coming at a high speed from the Sohana side, saw the traffic lights at Kumbhra chowk to be non-functional and decided not to stop. He ignored a vehicle coming from another side towards the traffic junction.

‘Sawan Mela’ at Tagore Theatre
Chandigarh, August 16
The Bhatinda Zone Social Welfare Society presented a Punjabi folk cultural programme at the Tagore Theatre to mark the “Sawan Mela” celebrations. Punjabi folk singer Balbir Chotian presented hit songs from his albums while folk dancers from Bhatinda gave a performance of Malvai giddha.

Rehriwallas back in business
Mohali, August 16
The rehris are back in Mohali. After a concerted move by the Mohali district administration to remove rehris from roadside across the city, the rehri operators were removed in the anti-encroachment drive.

Minister’s death condoled
Panchkula, August 16
The Haryana Civil Medical Services Association condoled the death of health minister Kartar Devi. In a condolence message, Dr Kamal Singh, president of the association, said it was the contribution of Kartar Devi in the health services due to which the state introduced the major health projects, including delivery huts, free medicines in OPDs and surgical packages.

Essay contest on Aug 31
Chandigarh, August 16
As part of the anniversary celebrations of the First Friday Forum, the forum is organising an essay-writing contest on the theme, “Architecture and music”.


Regional Identities at PU
Feeling at home still a dream
Chandigarh, August 16
The expression “home away from home” seems to have failed miserably to paint a true picture of students from Bihar at Panjab University. Unlike other regional groups who have managed to carve a niche for themselves in the university, these students can’t seem to even get past the “bhaiya” tag.
A group of students from Bihar in Panjab University. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

A group of students from Bihar in Panjab University

Announce polls for students’ council: INSO
Chandigarh, August 16
The Indian National Students’ Organisation (INSO) of Panjab University today appealed to the PU authorities to declare early elections for the students' council. Stating that the scheduled time of the election will waste academic time of the students, INSO leader Deepika Thakur expressed her concern on the issue.

VC lists out achievements
Chandigarh, August 16
The lauding and listing of various new initiatives and achievements made by the university in the recent past marked the Independence Day at Panjab University. PU Vice-Chancellor, Prof RC Sobti, emphasised the importance of participatory management while hoisting the flag.


Victim’s kin want friends arrested
Rajpura, August 16
The parents of Sahil Sharma (19), who drowned in the Bhakra-Narwana canal, have demanded the immediate arrest of all six friends of their son. His father Mohan Lal Sharma said some nearby dhaba owners had revealed that the boys were in an inebriated state and perhaps four of them had consumed liquor.

A truck that overturned at Balongi-Kharar barrier
A truck that overturned at Balongi-Kharar barrier on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Fund Crunch
Students studying in unsafe building
Ropar, August 16
Lack of funds with the government has forced 300-odd students of Government Senior Secondary School for Boys near Bachat Chowk to study in an unsafe building. As per a government proposal, the then MLA, Nangal, and parliamentary secretary Rana KP Singh, laid the foundation stone for a new building at Giani Zail Singh Nagar in May 2005.

100 participate in group discussion
Patiala, August 16
Over 100 students of the department of journalism and mass communication and Centre for Advanced Media Studies (CAMS), Punjabi University, Patiala, participated in a discussion and a ground activity on the theme “Angrez Ki Aulad”, organised by Radio BIG 92.7 FM with the objective of promoting Punjabi language and culture.

Girl sets herself ablaze, dies
Zirakpur, August 16
Shivani (19), a resident of Gobind Vihar, Baltana, died after she allegedly set herself ablaze at her residence this afternoon. According to the police, the incident took place around 2.30 pm when Shivani had come home after dropping her mother and sister-in-law at Panchkula.

Youngsters take dip in canal, risk lives
Rajpura, August 16
Youngsters are risking their lives by taking bath in various water bodies of Rajpura, despite the fact that a number of deaths have been reported in these water channels in the past sometime.

Death in Italy
Body of Dera Bassi youth cremated
Dera Bassi, August 16
The mortal remains of a Dera Bassi youth, Ramesh Kumar, whose body was found under mysterious circumstances on July 28 at Milan, Italy, was consigned to flames at Dera Bassi crematorium here yesterday. Earlier in the day, the body had arrived from Milan.

Haryana sports dept to set up 4 stadiums
Kalka, August 16
The Haryana sports department will soon set up four sports stadiums in Kalka and its vicinity. Official sources said the department had decided to construct the facilities to encourage sports activities in the area.


Robbery: Sketch of suspect released
Chandigarh, August 16
The police today released a sketch of one of the suspects involved in robbing a woman of Rs 5 lakh and jewellery in Sector 35 on August 13. The police said the sketch was prepared on the basis of details provided by the victim.

Cantilever Collapse
Labourer dies in PGI
Chandigarh, August 16
A labourer today died at the PGI where he was admitted in a critical condition on Saturday. According to the police, victim Harmesh Singh was severely injured as cantilever of a house, in which he was working, fell on him.


Gurdeep sets two records in bench press
Chandigarh, August 16
Gurdeep Singh of Railway Sports Promotion Board set two new records in bench press by lifting 225 kg in the 90kg men category on the penultimate day of the 35th Men and 27th Women Senior Powerlifting Championship at Sports Complex, Sector 42, today.

Winners pose with their medals during the 35th Men and 27th Women Senior Powerlifting Championship in Chandigarh
Winners pose with their medals during the 35th Men and 27th Women Senior Powerlifting Championship in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Top seeds sail into semis
Chandigarh, August 16
All four top seeds made it to the semifinal stage by beating their respective opponents in the boys’ under-12 singles on the penultimate day of the LD Kapoor Memorial Total Tennis Championship at Total Tennis Academy’s YMCA, Sector 11, here today.

Chauhan XI drub MP Pandove XI
Chandigarh, August 16
RS Chauhan XI beat MP Pandove XI by 88 runs during a match organised by the Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy at St Stephen’s School ground here today. A number of Ranji and international players participated in the 40-over-a-side match.

Girish wrecks Azzaro XI
Chandigarh, August 16
A fine bowling spell by Girish Bhanot (4 for 6) enabled United Sports Club beat Azzaro XI in the IInd Prakash Devi Arora Memorial League Cricket Tournament organised by the Chandigarh Sports Club here today.

Table Soccer
5 win gold medal
Mohali, August 16
Five students of DAV Senior Secondary School, Mohali, won gold medal at Rajiv Gandhi National Memorial Table Soccer Championship held at Parwanoo. As many as 500 children from all over the country participated in the championship.

Hockey meet for girls
Chandigarh, August 16
Rock Rovers Hockey Club Chandigarh will organise a hockey tournament for girls from August 18 to 21 at Hockey Stadium, Sector 18. The tournament will be played on knock-out basis. Eight teams will take part in the tournament.

Ramit outplays Varun in squash
Chandigarh, August 16
Ramit got the better of Varun 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 in the under-11 match of the Freedom Squash Open-2009 held at Sector 42 today. Cherag also got the better of Robin 11-7, 12-10, 11-2 in the under-13 final match.


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