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H1N1 back in city
PGI nurse tests positive
Chandigarh, August 14
Swine flu struck the city again with a PGI nurse testing positive today. The 30-year-old patient, a resident of Sector 35, was admitted to Fortis Hospital on Thursday where testing of her blood samples confirmed she was suffering from the disease.

Students suffer for want of teachers
Professional courses take a hit; four govt colleges need 300 contractual lecturers
Chandigarh August 14
Acute shortage of teachers is crippling the functioning of government colleges in the city. It has been over one month since over 2,000 students, enrolled in various professional courses in city government colleges, are waiting for teachers as the UT administration is taking its sweet time to hire contractual lecturers.


Celebrating the spirit of freedom

Students of KB DAV, Chandigarh, participate in the Independence Day celebrations on the school premises on Saturday
Students of KB DAV, Chandigarh, participate in the Independence Day celebrations on the school premises on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Non-payment of Tax
20 bank accounts of cash-rich CHB attached
Chandigarh, August 14
What could prove to be a major embarrassment to the UT administration, the Income Tax authorities today attached nearly 20 bank accounts of the cash-rich Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) over non-payment of a tax “demand” of Rs 328 crore. The department had issued the demand notices to the CHB in December last for dues for the assessment year 2007-08 on account of its much-publicised multi crore -land deal with Parsavnath Builders that made the Board richer by Rs 815 crore.

Helping Leh flood victims in their own way
Chandigarh, August 14
We live in a materialistic world but there are still are some good Samaritans who live for others and want to contribute to society. As The Tribune Trust has started the Ladakh Relief Fund after a natural calamity hit the Leh valley and Ladakh, a large number of donations have poured in from all sections of society.

Stressed out docs come to blows at PGI
Chandigarh, August 14
Two apparently stressed out junior doctors entered into a heated argument over a helmet soon after completing their night duty last night. The young doctors not only exchanged fisticuffs in full public view, but even hit a senior doctor. Family members of both the doctors, who reached the spot following a verbal complaint made by all three doctors before the police at the PGI’s police post, said the doctors had not slept for quite a few days which in turn had made them irritable.


Tribune Impact
Foundation stone of Martyrs’ Pillar laid
Martyr Rajeev Sandhu’s father DS Sandhu and mother Jai Kanta lay the foundation stone of the Martyrs’ Pillar at Terrace Garden, Sector 33, Chandigarh, Chandigarh, August 14
Parents of Maha Vir Chakra awardee, late Lt Rajeev Sandhu, who was one of the youngest officers of the Indian Army to get the Nations Second Highest Gallantry Award, was given the privilege of laying the foundation stone of the Martyrs’ Pillar in Terrace Garden, Sector 33, today. The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, as a tribute to the martyrs of the city, has undertaken the work of construction of this pillar on which names of 28 martyrs, who laid down their lives for the security of the country, would be engraved in golden letters.

Martyr Rajeev Sandhu’s father DS Sandhu and mother Jai Kanta lay the foundation stone of the Martyrs’ Pillar at Terrace Garden, Sector 33, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Neha murder: Cops still in dark
Chandigarh, August 14
Even after a fortnight the police is yet to make any headway in the blind murder of a 22-year-old college student of Sector 38 West, Neha Ahlawat, whose body was found at a short distance from her home on July 30 night.

Bansal assures lawyers funds for free chambers
Chandigarh, August 14
MP Pawan Kumar Bansal today gave assurance to members of the District Bar Association (DBA) that he would arrange funds for construction of free chambers for lawyers in the new district courts complex in Sector 43.

Rain showers relief
Chandigarh, August 14
Consistent monsoon showers in the morning came as a pleasant surprise to the city residents, as the day temperature came down by one degree Celsius.

Mata Mansa Devi Shrine
Slippery stairs take toll on devotees
Panchkula, August 14
The wet stairs at the historic Mata Mansa Devi Shrine following the rainy season, these days, are causing problems to devotees, many of whom have suffered fractures after slipping in the complex.

Security check

Police personnel check vehicles ahead of Independence Day celebrations at the Sector 22 market in Chandigarh on Saturday
Police personnel check vehicles ahead of Independence Day celebrations at the Sector 22 market in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

More proof to nail doc doing 2 jobs
Chandigarh, August 14
Even as the Chandigarh Administration continues to dither over taking action against Dr BR Sharma, Professor in Forensic Department, GMCH-32 (Chandigarh), more evidence has surfaced nailing the doctor's lie and proving that he violated service rules. The doctor allegedly took up a job at Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Government Medical Science & Research Institute (VCSGGMS&RI), Srinagar, Pauri Garhwal (Uttarakhand), while being on duty here too.

80 low-quality pressure cookers seized
Panchkula, August 14
The police has recovered 80 pressure cookers from a shopkeeper of Raipur Rani who was fraudulently selling these under a high-quality brand name.

Firing incident near Burail Jail
Police zeroes in on gym owner
Mohali, August 14
In last Thursday’s firing incident on the Mohali-Chandigarh border near Burail Jail, the Mohali police has zeroed in on a Patran-based owner of a gymnasium, Amarinder Singh alias Captain.

Badal reviews development projects
Chandigarh, August 14
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday asked the Punjab State Sewerage Board and Water Supply to complete the ongoing sewerage and water supply projects of Rs 125 crore expeditiously to cover the entire  city of Patiala by the end of October.

PGI starts monitoring adverse drug reactions
Chandigarh, August 14
The Department of Pharmacology, PGIMER, has been selected as a pharmacovigilance centre to collect and monitor the Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) in the region. At PGI, the first phase of the programme has been launched on July 15.

Retired majors seek revision of pension
Chandigarh, August 14
Several retired majors and equivalent ranks in the other services have approached the Armed Forces Tribunal seeking re-fixation of their pension in commensuration with the length of their service.

Musical bonanza at Tagore Theatre
Chandigarh, August 14
Patriotic fervour gripped the Tagore Theatre, as students from city schools brought alive the diverse cultures of the region in a musical bonanza on the eve of the 64th Independence Day here today.

It’s time to pay back
Admn to honour 32 persons
Panchkula, August 14
Agriculture Minister Parmveer Singh will honour 32 persons for their distinguished services in their respective fields during the Independence Day function to be held at Sector 5 here tomorrow.

Making it big with ordinary moves
Chandigarh, August 14
From making unique kites with global messages on humanity to conceptualise the idea of Sampark centres in crucial transaction areas in the city, the UT Administration will award certain city heroes with commendation certificate for their exceptional contribution in their own fields.


Research scholars spice up PU poll arena
Chandigarh, August 14
When it comes to academic qualification of student leaders, a reversal in trend is now being witnessed in Panjab University (PU) student politics. The entrance of research scholars in the students’ political arena has now broken the monopoly of law students, who have long been known for their domination as the office-bearers of the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC).

I-Day celebrated with patriotic fervour
Mohali, August 14
Tiny tots of Small Wonders School present a cultural programme as a part of the Independence Day celebrations Inter-section poetry recitation of classes I and II was held in the Gymnasium Hall at Shivalik Public School, Mohali. Students expressed their feelings in a poetic manner. Students were confident and full of energy. From class 1, Tanvir stood first, Deepali stood second, whereas Dilpreet Singh stood third and Harmilap got the consolation prize. From class II, Chitvin stood first.
Tiny tots of Small Wonders School present a cultural programme as a part of the Independence Day celebrations. A Tribune photograph

PU Notes
Cultural programme to mark I-Day
Chandigarh, August 14
The Independence Day will be celebrated at the Parade Ground (Old Convocation Ground) near the university guesthouse at 8 am on August 15. Panjab University Registrar SS Bari will welcome guests. Thereafter, Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti will be given the guard of honour.

‘Refund’, satire on education system
Chandigarh, August 14
“Quality education must be made to empower a person and to develop inborn creative potential.” This was was the crux of a Hindi play “Refund” staged under the aegis of NZCC and Neti Theatre, Patiala, to a sizable crowd of senior citizens at the Kalagram here yesterday.

A clarification
In response to a report “Summons to Kolkata firm for forgery” carried by Chandigarh Tribune on April 12 has been clarified on behalf of Seri Equipment Finance Private Limited, Kolkata, that what was issued to the firm by the court was not a summon but a notice.

Teej: Students connect with culture
Dera Bassi, August 14
The festival of teej was celebrated with fervour here yesterday. Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology organised an impressive function, including swings, mehandi, games etc.


Financier’s body found
Ambala, August 14
The body of a financier, Charnjit Budhiraja (50), a resident of Ambala Cantt, was recovered from a canal near Kurukshetra this afternoon.
He was missing from his house since August 10. The relatives of the deceased had lodged a complaint with the Ambala police three days ago.

Residents submit memo against chemical factory
Dera Bassi, August 14
Residents of Hebatpura village yesterday submitted a memorandum to SDM Dera Bassi against pollution norms being violated by chemical factory Nector life science and threatened to block national highway on August 22, if no action was taken.

Doc goes missing
Ropar, August 14
A government doctor, Dr Kulwinder Kaur, deployed at the Civil Hospital, has been missing since August 11. In her complaint to the Ropar police, Dr Kulwinder’s mother has stated that as per her daughter’s colleagues, she has not reported for work since August 11. According to her mother, she has been undergoing treatment for psychiatry disorder for past few years.

Minister’s effigy burnt
Ambala, August 14
The Midday Meal Workers’ Union burnt an effigy of education minister Geeta Bhukkal in front of the office of Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) today.
Later they also submitted a memorandum to the Superintendent of the ADC office, which was addressed to the Haryana Chief Minister.

Brick-kiln owners threaten stir
KK Khanduja (right), president of the Punjab Brick kiln Association at a press conference in Dera Bassi on Sunday Dera Bassi, August 14
The Brick-kiln Owners Association has decided not to sell bricks in Punjab from August 16 to 18 to protest for their demands. Chairman of the association KK Khanduja said they would start their protest from August 16 against the state and Central government.

KK Khanduja (right), president of the Punjab Brick kiln Association at a press conference in Dera Bassi on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal


Carrom Meet
Rachit gets better of Abhishek
Chandigarh, August 14
Rachit Pahwa defeated Abhishek Sharma in the sub-junior category of the 20th Chandigarh State Carrom Tournament being held at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here today.


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