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Shanties around air base vex IAF officials
Mohali, July 18
With an area consisting of a few hundred dwelling units having turned into a full-fledged slum, the unauthorised structures mushrooming around the Chandigarh Air Force Station has become a matter of concern for officials of the vital air base.
A view of unauthorised shanties around Jagatpura village A view of unauthorised shanties around Jagatpura village. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Dacoity of Rs 15 lakh
Police groping in the dark
Panchkula, July 18
Even after two days the police is yet to make any headway in the Sector-10 dacoity in which gun-totting youths decamped with cash and jewellery worth Rs 15 lakh after keeping hostage 13 member of a family in the wee hours of July 16.

RWAs demand installation of security gates
Panchkula, July 18
Concerned over Friday’s dacoity a large number of residents’ welfare associations demanded immediate steps to install security gates on the sectors’ entry-exit points as well as increase in the strength of the police in town.

Schools helping kids with learning disabilities
Chandigarh, July 18
Taking a considerate view of students with learning disabilities, three schools in the Tricity have set an example by admitting such children despite their handicaps. In a situation where most parents of disabled kids are shown the door, DAV School in Sector 8, Panchkula.


CITCO staff await new uniform
Chandigarh, July 18

Guests at the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO)-run hotels these days are welcomed by a rather depressing sight. While CITCO has been busy calculating its profits, staff members of the corporation are in dire straits. Worn-out uniforms of waiters tell bare-all stories.

Right from kitchen staff to front office, it has been around two years that the staff members have not got their uniform

Even a paid parking lot can be unsafe
Tata Safari with central locking stolen from Sector 22
Chandigarh, July 18
If you think your vehicle - that too equipped with a central locking system, which you have left behind in any of the city’s authorised parking lots is secure, you are dead wrong. The theft of a new Tata Safari SUV last night from a paid parking lot in front of a Sector 22 hotel has again exposed the lack of safety of parked vehicles.

Simian menace grips city
Monkey menace is on the rise, with reports coming in from various parts of Chandigarh
Monkey menace is on the rise, with reports coming in from various parts of Chandigarh.
Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal


Commencement of international flights a distant dream
Chandigarh, July 18
The much talked about Chandigarh International Airport may still take some time before it is completed as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has not given the mandatory permission to the Airports Authority of India (AAI). No construction work has been started as yet.


A gurdwara at Sector 44, Chandigarh, in all its glory
A gurdwara at Sector 44, Chandigarh, in all its glory. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Residents seek dispensaries, e-sampark centres in each sector
Chandigarh, July 18

A meeting of the Executive Committee of Chandigarh Residents Welfare Federation was held under the presidentship of MR Lakhanpal. The meeting was attended by 35 representatives of various residents’ welfare associations.

Panchkula residents fear outbreak of epidemic
Panchkula, July 18
Residents of Sector 23 here fear the outbreak of an epidemic as some private companies and sweetmeat shops are dumping garbage near residential buildings in the area despite a notice board installed by the municipal corporation (MC).

Govt releases Rs 25.6 cr for new district complex
Mohali, July 18
The Punjab government has released a sum of Rs 25.63 crore for acquiring land for the proposed Mohali district administrative-cum-judicial complex (DAJC) and for constructing the Kharar subdivisional magistrate’s office.

Seminar on direct tax code held
Chandigarh, July 18
While the Central government is preparing to implement the new Direct Tax Code replacing the 50-year-old Income Tax Act, it is expected that the outcomes would result in putting a cap on the number of SEZs being set up in different parts of the country.

Renowned author on direct taxes Dr Girish Ahuja (right) and ICWAI president GN Venkatraman at a seminar in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan
Renowned author on direct taxes Dr Girish Ahuja (right) and ICWAI president GN Venkatraman at a seminar in Chandigarh

Couple seeks security from parents
Zirakpur, July 18
A couple of Chhat village here was forced to stay away from their own village as the girl’s family did not agree to the marriage and allegedly threatened to kill them. Sakinder Singh (27) and Navjeet Kaur (24), both residents of Chhat village, got married on January 1.


Residents of Dadu Majra protest against the non-availability of drinking water in Chandigarh
Residents of Dadu Majra protest against the non-availability of drinking water in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Open House Response
No democracy survives without public opinion
I fully support the suggestion that ‘PU's hurried decision on Senate needs a re-look’ published in the Open House columns of Chandigarh Tribune, recently, by Sanjeev Singh Bariana. We owe it to history as well as to our future generations who will be beneficiaries or victims of our decisions to explain the logic behind the decisions we take.

Reporters' Diary
Stray cattle menace continues
The menace of stray cattle on the periphery of the city, especially on the Chandigarh-Ambala national highway, is contributing to road accidents. As many as three such mishaps were reported only this week, when drivers lost control over their vehicles, causing injuries to both passengers as well as cattle straying on the highway.


Student bodies’ new poll mantra
Lure voters by offering free accommodation
handigarh, July 18
Offering free accommodations to meritorious and poor students is the latest gimmick adopted by Panjab University student organisations to lure students two months before the student council elections.


Students come out after appearing in the B.Ed entrance examination
Students come out after appearing in the B.Ed entrance examination on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

KU committee inspects infrastructure at college
Panchkula, July 18
There seems to be a ray of hope for rural students in the district, as a two-member team from the department of law, Kurukshetra University (KU), yesterday visited Government College, Sector 1, Panchkula, to inspect the infrastructure at the college.

Applications of 3D imaging discussed
Chandigarh, July 18
A two-day symposium on “Image processing, analysis and clinical applications” concluded yesterday at University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Panjab University.

Prodigies show music skills
Chandigarh, July 18
Young prodigies from tricity schools attempted to bring alive the serenity of Hindustani classical music, romance of ghazal and earthen flavour of folklore in a musical contest held under the aegis of the Mount Carmel School, Sector 47.



Volunteers donate blood at a camp organised by the Nirankari Mandal at Dera Bassi
Volunteers donate blood at a camp organised by the Nirankari Mandal at Dera Bassi on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Rs 7,000 cr marked as arrears
Ropar, July 18
The state government has marked Rs 7,000 crore as arrears to be distributed among government employees and pensioners as per the recommendation of the sixth central pay commission.

Deluge results in hike of vegetable prices
Ambala, July 18
“The increase in the prices of essential commodities has burnt a big hole in the common man’s pocket,” said Geetika Wadhera, a bank employee and a resident of Raja Park.

Low voltage irks villagers
Dera Bassi, July 18
Farmers and domestic power consumers have been facing harassment in the Lalru area due to low voltage and loose wires. Faults have been affecting power supply and causing untoward incidents.


Theft at Sector 8 house
Chandigarh, July 18
In a shocking incident, two girls in their early 20s made away with valuables and cash worth Rs 10,000 after breaking into a Sector 8 house this afternoon. In his complaint, owner of the house Subhash Jain, alleged that the incident occurred at 2.30 pm, when his wife was alone at home.

35-year old killed in mishap
Chandigarh, July 18
A 35-year-old person was killed when an over-speeding trailer ran over him near railway station around 9.30 am today. The deceased has been identified as Tanga Velu, a resident of Dariya village.

Two held for beggary
Chandigarh, July 18
Two persons were arrested for begging from different parts of city yesterday. Raj Kishor, a resident of Rajeev Colony, Dadu Majra, lodged a complaint with the police against Ram Chander, a resident of Sector 37-D market, for begging in Sector 37 on Saturday.

Girl commits suicide
Chandigarh, July 18
A 21-year-old girl committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her residence in Sector 20 here this evening. The deceased was identified as Poonam, a student of Government College for Girls, Sector 11.

Cops: Pak spy was at Bikaner
Chandigarh, July 18
Revealing new facts about Kashif Ali, accused of being a Pakistani spy, the Chandigarh police said he was a well-trained secret agent. It said he underwent special training by the military intelligence of the Pakistan army at Okara in Faisalabad before infiltrating the country.


Punjab soccer eves taste victory
Chandigarh, July 18
Punjab girls soccer team scripted their first win in the league stage during the ninth junior nationals for girls being held in city here today. Punjab defeated Rajasthan by a goal in their second match of Cluster VIII on the PEC grounds.

A match in progress between West Bengal and Puducherry on the PEC grounds in Chandigarh
A match in progress between West Bengal and Puducherry on the PEC grounds in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Kalyani beats Nadia to claim title
Chandigarh, July 18
Kalyani of Sacred Heart School defeated Nadia Saini 5-11,11-8,11-7,6-11,11-9,11-6 in the women’s final of 16th Bhavan Hawk City State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament being held at Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here today.

Kuldeepak records win in carrom
Chandigarh, July 18
Kuldeepak Dhir defeated Parteek 13-0, 12-0 in the XII Raj Kumar Babuta Prize Money Ranking Carom Tournament being held at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here today. The Chandigarh Carom Association is organising the tournament.


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