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STA secy’s husband booked for fraud
Another case of cheating reopened following Ambala IG’s orders
Panchkula, August 20
The police today booked Vishavjit Arora, husband of Vandana Disodia, STA secretary, Chandigarh, and son-in-law of a former Haryana financial commissioner, for duping Yogesh Kumar of Manimajra of Rs 5 lakh.

Above Law?
IGP Mustafa, MLA wife axe trees for view
Panchkula, August 20
In total disregard for law, four “chakrasia” trees, aged 15 to 18 years, have been illegally cut, allegedly at the instance of Punjab IPS officer, Mohd Mustafa, and his wife Razia Sultan, Congress MLA from Malerkotla, for a scenic view at their newly acquired house (25, Sector 4) at Mansa Devi Complex.
The stump of one of the four trees that has been axed in front of the house of IGP Mohammad Mustafa at Mansa Devi Complex in Panchkula A police Gypsy that is being used to ferry labourers from Chandigarh to the house for renovation
The stump of one of the four trees that has been axed in front of the house of IGP Mohammad Mustafa at Mansa Devi Complex in Panchkula; and a police Gypsy that is being used to ferry labourers from Chandigarh to the house for renovation. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari

Another PGI doc has swine flu
Chandigarh, August 20
A PGI doctor has been tested positive for the HINI influenza. Though the doctor does not have any travel history, chances of him contracting the flu from patients are not being ruled out. The PGI authorities, however, have refused to comment.


Death at Mukat Hospital
Patient’s kin allege negligence
Chandigarh, August 20
The kin of Hardev Singh of Rajpura, who died at Mukat Hospital, Sector 34, have accused doctors of negligence. Nishavar, uncle of the deceased, said his nephew complained of uneasiness yesterday and he was referred to the hospital by the Civil Hospital at Rajpura.


Break from Classes: Schoolchildren swing on tree branches in Sector 7, Chandigarh
Break from Classes:
Schoolchildren swing on tree branches in Sector 7, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Delay in payment by railway authorities
Irate farmers threaten to take away computers
Mohali, August 20
Delay on part of the railway authorities in paying the enhanced land compensation to Mohali farmers against the land acquired for the Chandigarh-Ludhiana level crossing threatens to spell doom for the railway commuters.

Modern bus terminus to come up in 18 months
Mohali, August 20
With the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) approving the concept plan of the modern bus terminus-cum-commercial centre, work at the site of the project in Sector 57 here is all set to begin.

Saving power not on striking officials’ agenda
Chandigarh, August 20
While BSNL officials were on strike today, power wastage in the empty BSNL office reflected careless attitude and lack of social responsibility on their part.

Don’t get misled, wireless union warned
Mohali, August 20
The Punjab Wireless Systems Employees Union has urged its members not get misled by certain elements, who have been asking the employees of the company not to accept their claims.

Wrong Selection
CAT notice to Health Dept, GMSH-16
Chandigarh, August 20
Challenging appointment of a Scheduled Caste candidate against general-category vacancy, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has issued notices to the UT Health Department and Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, over wrongful selection of a candidate.

Ganju takes over as SASE Director
Chandigarh, August 20
Ashwagosha Ganju has been appointed as the Director of the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) here. He takes over from Dr RN Sarwade, who has retired from service.

Consumer forum for controlling price rise
Mohali, August 20
The Consumer Protection and Awareness Council, Mohali, has urged the authorities concerned to take immediate steps to control price rise as essential commodities were getting out of the reach of the common man.

Taxpayers sensitised on excise tax
Chandigarh, August 20
The PHD Chamber, in collaboration with Central Excise and Service Tax, Chandigarh zone, and Director-General of Systems, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), New Delhi, organised a “Presentation on Automation of Central Excise and Service Tax (ACES)” to sensitise and train the taxpayers towards ACES.

Mehra administers pledge for harmony
Chandigarh, August 20
A pledge-taking ceremony was organised today at the UT Secretariat on the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

7 cops get commendation certificates
Chandigarh, August 20
UT IGP on Tuesday gave away commendation certificates to seven policemen who were instrumental in arresting three snatchers in various parts of the city in the past 48 hours.

Mobile subscribers at receiving end
Chandigarh, August 20
Hundreds of BSNL mobile subscribers had a harrowing day today as the network remained down throughout the day.

Orientation programme
Mohali, August 20
Swami Vivekananda Institute of Emerging Technology, conducted an orientation program for the first semester students of BTech. About 200 students attended the programme.

Sadbhavna Divas observed
Chandigarh, August 20
Employees of the Municipal Corporation today pledged to maintain the freedom and unity of the nation on the occasion of “Sadbhavana Diwas”.


Applied mgmt students get voting rights
Chandigarh, August 20
360 students of the University Institute of Applied Management may very soon be an active part of the upcoming student council elections with the recommending committee granting them voting rights.

Face to face
With Student elections just round the corner here is a brief overview of the two major contenders Panjab University Student Union and Student Organization of Panjab University. While SOPU who won the elections last year claims to have achieved substantiate success in getting student demands fulfilled the ex opposition members PUSU accuse them of sheer indifference towards the students whose woes were being taken care by them.

PUTA Polls
Tankeshwar group withdraws nominations
Chandigarh, August 20
The speculated political equations preceding Panjab University Teachers’ Association elections took a curious turn today with Tankeshwar Kumar of department of computer sciences, who was being perceived as a major contender for the post of president, withdrew his nomination along with his entire group today.

Urja Diwas
Sensitisation programme on energy conservation
Chandigarh, August 20
On the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas, Srishti-- the environment society of GCG, Sector 42-- organised an awareness campaign to sensitise public about energy conservation. Dr Nindru Bal, principal of the college, addressed the students and motivated them to carry this message to the masses.
Students of Government College, Sector 42, take part in a rally to celebrate Urja Diwas in Chandigarh
Students of Government College, Sector 42, take part in a rally to celebrate Urja Diwas in Chandigarh on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

SSA scholarship for special kids
Chandigarh, August 20
The UT education department, in collaboration with Alinco, is all set to provide scholarships to the students with special needs. The move that comes under the umbrella of ongoing Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) project will aim to provide aids, like callipers, tricycles, crutches and hearing aids to these special kids coming from economically weaker backgrounds.


Delay in milling worries agencies
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 20
Even as the new season of paddy arrival in market is to begin in next one-and-a-half month, rice millers of the district are yet to mill rice of previous season.

Gang rape case
High cost may deter cops from conducting DNA tests
Kharar, August 20
The high cost of DNA test and tedious procedure involved might help the three of four accused in the minor’s gang rape case from getting off the hook.

Privatisation of PSEB draws flak
Members to protest in Patiala today
Mohali, August 20
Members of the Mohali circle of the Technical Services Union of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) refused to accept privatisation of the power board and were ready to make sacrifices to save it from being given into private hands.

Labourer confesses to killing wife
Rajpura, August 20
Migrant labourer admits killing wife over a petty issue as both of them were in inebriated state. Raj Bali, a resident of Rajpura, was arrested by the police yesterday and was sent to two-day police remand. He was accused of killing his wife on Monday over a petty issue.

Two booked in rape case
Zirakpur, August 20
Two persons, including a woman, were today booked by the police, in connection with the rape of a 24-year-old woman of Panchkula-based Nada Sahib village.

Pay Scale
BSNL employees continue protest
Kalka, August 20
On the call of VN Nabudri, general secretary of All-India BSNL Employees Union, local unit of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Employees Union staged 48 hours dharna on the second consecutive day outside the main gate of BSNL Telephone Exchange, Kalka.

Daughter shot at, man held
Ambala, August 20
The Ambala police arrested Roshan Lal, a resident of Ambala City, for allegedly firing at her daughter Shabnam on Tuesday evening. Shabnam was rushed to the civil hospital where she was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

Coloniser booked
Kharar, August 20
A coloniser was booked on the complaint of the Chief Administrator, PUDA, Mohali, for carving out a colony in the Sante Majra area without having a licence.

Placement drive at Sri Sukhmani institute
Dera Bassi, August 20
Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology yesterday organised a joint placement drive at the Wi-Fi campus of the engineering college. Sri Sukhmani Group of Institutes chairman, Prof Avtar Singh, and director Kanwaljit Kaur inaugurated the drive.

Lectures on art and culture
Patiala, August 20
Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, has started a series of lectures and demonstrations on art and culture for the new academic session.

Heart check-up camp
Patiala, August 20
As a social awareness and special initiative, Grecian Super-Speciality Hospital will hold a camp to detect and treat children with heart diseases across the state.


Charges framed against tainted NCB official
Chandigarh, August 20
A local court today framed charges against Balwinder, suspended Deputy Superintendent of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) pertaining to a case registered with the economics offences wing of the UT police.


Canadian Visa
Conman dupes applicants
Chandigarh, August 20
High drama prevailed outside the Canadian Consulate in Sector 17 here this afternoon after a Ludhiana conman, along with a woman impersonating as a consulate employee, defrauded over a dozen persons and sent them to the consulate for the processing of their visa applications.

Cheating Case
Babla claims innocence
Chandigarh, August 20
A day after the registration of a cheating case against him by the UT police, Congress councillor and Pawan Bansal loyalist Devinder Singh Babla today cried foul and accused UT Administrator SF Rodrigues of “orchestrating” his “frame-up”.

5 dowry cases registered
Chandigarh, August 20
The police has registered five cases of dowry harassment. Rajdeep Kaur of Sector 15 lodged a complaint against her husband Gurveer Singh Khullar and in-laws, all residents of Sector 70, Mohali, alleging that they had been harassing her to bring dowry.

Speeding car runs over 67-yr-old man
Panchkula, August 20
A 67-year-old resident of Sector 7 was killed when a speeding car hit his scooter near Shalimar Mall this morning. The deceased identified as SS Malhotra, a retierd official from food and supply office, was going towards Sector 8 at the time of mishap.


Hockey Tourney
GMHS-18, CC-18 storm into final
Chandigarh, August 20
Two strong contenders, Government Model High School, Sector 18, and Coaching Centre-18, are pitched for the final encounter in the girls hockey tournament being organised by Rock Rovers Hockey Club at the Sector 18 Hockey Stadium.

GMSSS-35 players hold protest
Chandigarh, August 20
Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, today protested against the organisers of the ongoing hockey tournament for allegedly manipulating fixtures and filed a written complaint.

Iran shine with 13 gold
Chandigarh, August 20
Iran powerlifters claimed 13 gold medals on the penultimate day of the Asian Bench Press Championship at Sector 28-B Himachal Bhavan. Japan powerlifters won eight gold medals, while Kazakhstan and India won five gold medals each.

A player in action during the Asian Bench Press Championship in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik
A player in action during the Asian Bench Press Championship in Chandigarh

Pauline, Sheena win I-Day Ladies Golf Cup
Chandigarh, August 20
Pauline JM Singh and Sheena Sekhon clinched the Ladies Independence Day Golf Cup by defeating Ashu Singh and Hema Bedi on the 15th hole with a 4-3 margin on the par-71 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club.

St Mary’s, GMSSS-28 dominate
Chandigarh, August 20
Government Model High School, Sector 28, and St Mary’s School, Sector 46, claimed both girls and boys titles, respectively, in the Chandigarh Mini State Netball Championship for St Soldier’s Trophy, which concluded here today on the school premises.


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