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Smart card project kicks off
Chandigarh, June 20
The UT administration has launched the country’s prestigious pilot project on smart card based public distribution system (PDS) solutions at two ‘fair price’ (ration) shops. An estimate one-third of the city population is covered under the PDS for their daily purchases and kitchen fuel.

Land compensation rates defy logic
Chandigarh, June 20
An acre at Kaimbala village in the vicinity of Sukhna Lake is worth about Rs 32 lakh. However, an acre acquired for Aerocity in Mohali, a few kilometres away, is worth around Rs 1.5 crore 

Admn steps in to prevent child abuse
Chandigarh, June 20
Finally waking up to the bitter reality of abuse and violence against children in the city, which incidentally is quite high with half of them reportedly experiencing some kind of abuse at home or at the hands of people known to them, the UT administration has decided to set up Child Protection Units (CPU) in various government run hospitals.

City’s junior team make it big
Enter semis of national soccer meet at Kolkata
Chandigarh, June 20
The Chandigarh junior team continue to create ripples, this time by storming into the semifinal of the 47th Junior National Under-19 Football Championship for Dr BC Roy Trophy being held at Kolkata.

Open House response
Evaluation confusion well confounded by CBSE
Confusion well confounded' is the apt description of the mess created in the admission process to Class XI based on Cumulative Grade Point System introduced by CBSE for matriculation result, this year.



Rural women have reason to cock a snook at urban counterparts
Chandigarh, June 20
Rustic and desi rural women finally have some reasons to smile and cock a snook at their urbane and trendy counterparts. While one would usually expect the city women to be more aware of the dangers associated with unsafe sex and have knowledge about sexually transmitted infections, it’s not the case.

Skewed Leanings

Despite the claims by the government on equality of women, a section of society stills dreams of begetting only a baby boy. A vaid advertises his “professional skill” opposite the Mansa Devi Temple in making this a reality. A Tribune photograph

Contractor shuts water kiosks for visitors
Chandigarh, June 20
People visiting Sector 17 literally have to go without water as only one out of the three water kiosks installed by the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh is in the working condition. Thus, people are left with no choice but to buy mineral water bottles to quench their thirst in the scorching heat.

A water kiosk located near the Gurdev parking lot in Sector 17, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

‘Himalayan Odyssey’ in city
City residents were in for a pleasant surprise on Saturday evening when more than 60 Royal Enfield bikes after meandering on the city roads entered Parkview Hotel in Sector 24. Youngsters were floored with the sound and grace of the mean machine. This is first among the four rallies in different parts of the country, as a part of the “Himalayan Odyssey”. The other rallies are visiting Rajasthan, Runn of Kutch and parts of South India. The rally was flagged off from New Delhi on Saturday morning.

Two arrested with 180 kg spurious ghee
Panchkula, June 21
The police has seized 180-kg spurious desi ghee and arrested two persons in the wee hours of this morning. The police has also seized a Tata mini truck 207. Those arrested have been identified as Swarn Singh and Purshotam Dass Bansal, both residents of Milk Colony, Dhanas, in Chandigarh. A case has been registered against the accused in the Sector 20 police station.

Protesters show disrespect to Tricolour
Mohali, June 20
Mohali police officials were caught unaware when members of Dalit Chetna Manch, while protesting against the alleged inaction in a case of assault on members of the Dalit community at Tasauli village, climbed to the rooftop of the Deputy Commissioner’s office and tried to show black flags near the National Flag hoisted atop the building. As per the law, it amounted to showing disrespect to the National Flag.

Grievances forum for electricity consumers
Chandigarh, June 20
The Chandigarh administration has set up a Consumer Grievances Redressal Forum (CGRF) under Section 42 (5) of the Electricity Act, 2003, to redress the grievances of electricity consumers.

Check sought on non-serious builders
Chandigarh, June 20
Building-contractor unions of the tricity have sought the intervention of the administration, alleging that the intrusion of non-serious players in the construction business has not only led to an increase in disputes between clients and contractors, but also loss of revenue to respective governments.

Drain of woe for colony residents
Zirakpur, June 20
The seasonal choe at Dhakoli village, choked with garbage and other waste material, has made the life of residents of Dashmesh Colony and others miserable. Residents rue that the entire stretch of the choe is covered with garbage and other waste material.

Gulfam Sabri, a ghazal and Sufiana kalam singer, performs at the Randhawa Auditorium in Chandigarh on Sunday. Ghazal maestro casts spell
Chandigarh, June 20
A mix of Sufiana kalam and ghazals by Delhi-based maestro Gulfam Sabri formed the veritable musical tribute to the classical dance doyen and art promoter Madan Lal Koser on his birth anniversary in a concert organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra here today. Gulfam presented ghazals in his melodious voice and the audience enjoyed Sufiana compositions from Shah Hussain and Bulle Shah. He was at his best with “Kanwan kanwan”, “Yaar mangya Si Rabba”, “Nit khair manga” and “Dard vichhore da haal”.

Gulfam Sabri, a ghazal and Sufiana kalam singer, performs at the Randhawa Auditorium in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Book released
Chandigarh, June 20
On the occasion of Father’s Day, a book titled “Karma Ka Pujari”, a biography of Dr GC Mishra, was released at Postgraduate Government College, Sector 11.


Defacement on PU campus
No uniform policy for putting posters
Chandigarh, June 20
The newly painted signboards at Panjab University campus have already been defaced by student organisations by putting up their posters on them. The signboards close to the newly constructed parking outside the university auditorium and the walls near the old bank area inside the campus are the worst sufferers of defacement on the campus.


Tribune Impact
Industrial body told to set up waste treatment plant
Dera Bassi, June 20
Taking a note of The Tribune report on the spreading of industrial pollution in Dera Bassi area, the Punjab Pollution Control Board has taken effective measures to control it.

PWD fails to build bridges
Kalka, June 20
The construction work on various bridges in the Pinjore block has been lying pending for over four years due to the apathetic attitude of the public works department.

Summer camp concludes
Patiala, June 20
An 18-day summer camp organised by the Punjabi University’s Women’s Club concluded at the university’s Kala Bhawan with scintillating performances given by 108 boys and girls, who took part in various activities during the camp.

Promotion of Punjabi
Govt employees to be honoured
Ropar, June 20
A district-level executive meeting of the committee, which is formed to promote Punjabi in various government departments, was held recently. Committee members decided to write a letter to the state-level committee to ensure the use of Punjabi in lower courts too. It was also decided to honour those government employees, who help in promoting Punjabi in their respective departments.

19 villagers booked for assault
Kharar, June 20
Ninteen persons were booked today for fighting with each other in Badali village yesterday. The police has booked persons from both groups for inflicting injuries to each other.


Five held for murder of I-T dept employee
Mohali, June 20
A day after an employee of the income tax department, Varinder Saini, alias Goldy, was brutally murdered with sharp-edged weapons at Shahi Majra village here, the police has arrested five youths. Raids are being conducted to arrest two more suspects, believed to the main conspirators of the crime.

Businessman arrested for loan fraud
Chandigarh, June 20
The police yesterday arrested a Panchkula-based businessman on charges of duping a city resident of Rs 17 lakh by issuing him postdated cheques against a family loan taken from the latter.

Two killed in road mishaps
Panchkula, June 20
Two persons lost their lives in two accidents in different parts of the district today. Satnam Singh, a resident of Surajpur and brother of victim Mewa Singh, said they were going to Pinjore on a bicycle when a speeding tipper (PB-M-6852) hit them from behind. He said his brother was injured seriously and was rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh, where he succumbed to his injuries. The police has registered the case against the driver for negligent driving.

Four nabbed for gambling
Chandigarh, June 20
The police arrested four persons while allegedly indulging in gambling from different parts of Sector 24 here yesterday. Sonu Kumar of Sector 38, Sanjeev Kumar of Mohali and Sammi Kumar and Vivash Kumar of Sector 24 were arrested from different parts of Sector 24. The police recovered Rs 1,400, Rs 1,450, Rs 1,680 and 1,490, respectively, from them.


City to get sports policy soon
Chandigarh, June 20
The much celebrated sports scenario in the city would likely to get what it has been lacking for the last 44 years - a sports policy.

Inter-District (U-19) Tournament
Patiala, Jalandhar set up title clash
Chandigarh, June 20
Patiala and Jalandhar set up a title clash in the Punjab State Inter-District (U-19) Tournament today. Both teams defeated their opponents on the basis of the first innings lead. While Jalandhar outclassed Mohali, Patiala showed the door to Amritsar in the semifinal round.

Players in action during a match between Patiala and Amritsar at Dhruv Pandove Cricket Stadium in Patiala. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

AITA Talent Series
Unseeded Shrey upsets Abhijeet
Chandigarh, June 20
Unseeded Shrey Gupta of Haryana upset seventh seed Abhijeet Singh to qualify for the main draw on the second day of the Amul-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament at Sector 10 CLTA here today.

Hero Honda Junior Golf from July 5
Chandigarh, June 20
Over 100 junior golfers of the region, including Delhi, are expected to converge on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club for the first Hero Honda Chandigarh Golf Club Junior Championship on July 5.


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