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Police cook’s wife poisons self, 3 kids to death
Chandigarh, August 16
Mystery shrouded the sensational death of the wife and three minor children of a cook with the Chandigarh police who worked at the residence of the UT inspector general of police. The four were found lying unconscious at their Sector 26 Police Lines home on Independence Day. 

Sunita Devi (Left) and Vishnu (sitting) with family members at Government Multispeciality Hospital, Sector 16, in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Non-payment of Rs 328-crore tax demand
IT dept recovers Rs 43 cr from CHB
Chandigarh, August 16
The income tax (IT) department today recovered at least Rs 43 crore from different bank accounts of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) during its ongoing account attachment drive over the non-payment of a tax demand of approximately Rs 328 crore.

Board has everything to lose

Patil skips mega projects in I-Day speech
Chandigarh, August 16
The controversies surrounding the UT administration’s much-hyped mega projects appears to have taken their toll on the ceremonial Independence Day speech of Punjab governor-cum-UT administrator Shivraj Patil.

Nature’s palette 
A road lights up with colour after rain at Sector 16, Chandigarh,
A road lights up with colour after rain at Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu


Registration of Property
Collector’s rate goes up again in Mohali

Mohali, August 16
Owning a residential or commercial property in Mohali is going to be expensive from tomorrow. The cash-starved Punjab Government is going in for another revision of collector’s rate, six months after the rates were hiked.

Murder witness turns hostile
Deceased’s mother devastated
Chandigarh, August 16
The about turn by Surinder Sharma, an eyewitness in Deepak’s murder, shocked Roma Rani, the deceased’s mother, as Surinder was her relative.

Mohali resident may have H1N1
Mohali, August 16
A patient suspected to be suffering from swine flu has come to the notice of the officials of the health department here today.

Major fire at Quark 

Mohali, August 16 
A major fir broke out at Quark City here late tonight. According to information, goods worth lakhs were destroyed in the fire that broke out in one corner of the construction site of the multi-storeyed Quark City in the industrial area, phase 7, around 12.30 am. Till the filling of the report, firemen were struggling to control the fire.  — TNS


31 complainants taken up at public hearing session
Patil releases booklet prepared by Ram Niwas
Chandigarh, August 16
Punjab Governor-cum-Chandigarh Administrator Shivraj Patil gave a sympathetic hearing to 31 complainants, which appeared in today’s public hearing session.

Patil lays stress on health, education
Chandigarh, August 16
The Chandigarh administration marked the 63rd anniversary of the independence of the nation by organising a flag-hoisting function at the Parade Ground in Sector 17.

Mayor wants more funds for MC
Says unauthorised colonies to get basic amenities
Chandigarh, August 16
The Chandigarh administration should allocate necessary funds to the municipal corporation (MC) for the departments which have recently been transferred to it, said Mayor Anu Chatrath here yesterday. She was addressing the 63rd Independence Day celebrations after unfurling the National Flag at the MC building at Sector 17.

GMADA yet to receive 1.23 lakh applications
Mohali, August 16
As time is running out for the proposed schedule to hold the draw of lots for Aerocity, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is yet to receive 1.23 lakh applications from the State Bank of India (SBI). The total number of applicants in the housing scheme was around 3 lakh.

Zila parishad poll
Rajesh of Cong elected chairman

Panchkula, August 16
Setting speculations at rest, Rajesh Kumar and Champa Devi -- both from the Congress -- were unanimously elected chairman and vice-chairman of the zila parishad, respectively, here today.

Slow progress in labrador ownership case
Panchkula, August 16
Dispute over ownership of a three-year-old labrador, which has become bone of contention between a businessman and a retired Colonel, has made little progress as the police has recorded the statements of the two parties.

No rainwater harvesting in Mohali
Mohali, August 16
In the last four years, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and the Punjab water supply and sanitation department spent a whopping Rs 6 crore on augmenting Mohali’s storm water network so that private property worth lakhs of rupees was not damaged after rainwater entered houses.

Protest march by senior citizens
Members of the Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association protest Chandigarh, August 16
Members of the Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association today held a silent protest against the non-implementation of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen Act across the country.

Members of the Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association protest at Sector 17 on Monday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Awareness on vector-borne diseases
Panchkula, August 16
In order to create awareness about vector-borne diseases, an anti-malaria workshop was organised at the State Health and Family Welfare Centre in Sector 6 here today.

United colours of freedom
Panchkula, August 16
Agriculture Minister Parmvir Singh unfurled the National Flag to mark the 64th Independence Day at parade ground in Sector 5 here yesterday.

Independence Day celebrations at Panchkula and Mohali
Independence Day celebrations at Panchkula and Mohali on Sunday. Tribune photos: S Chandan and Vicky Gharu

Sukhna endangering several houses
Kalka, August 16 The Sukhna in Kalka is endangering more than 25 residential houses situated on both the banks of the river. A visit by the Tribune team to ward no. 4 of Kalka revealed that the swift flow of water in the river (due to the heavy rains in Himachal) has already washed away two houses and a historic Water Bawri behind Thakur Dwara Mandir adjacent to Kali Mata Temple, which has created a panic among residents of the locality, as the water has entered into several houses.

New ambulance van for NGO
Chandigarh, August 16
The Life Line, an NGO working for the unidentified and unattended patients at the PGI, inducted a new ambulance van at the Sarai Complex of the PGI here today.

History relived
Chandigarh, August 16
Artistes stage a play ‘Amar Katha’ at Randhwa auditorium in Chandigarh A Punjabi play “Amar Katha” was staged by Adakar Manch, Mohali, at the Randhwa auditorium here today. Well-acclaimed playwright, actor director Dr Sahib Singh had sculpted the play from three short stories written by eminent Punjabi litterateur and journalist Gulzar Sandhu, former editor Punjabi Tribune.

Artistes stage a play ‘Amar Katha’ at Randhwa auditorium in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu


Cake trouble for student leaders
Enter girls hostel number 6 for celebration

A view of Sarojini hostel, Panjab University.Chandigarh, August 16
The bid to woo voters has landed Panjab University student leaders and two security guards of the girls hostel in trouble. On Saturday night (August 14), the PU authorities received a complaint that a leader of the Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) had entered the girls hostel 6 (Sarojini extension) to deliver cakes.

A view of Sarojini hostel, Panjab University. Tribune photo: S Chandan

PhD aspirants boycott test
Chandigarh, August 16
The inability of the PEC University of Technology to inform PhD aspirants about the syllabus of the entrance examination led to a protest on the campus today. This, along with inadequate information on the official website of the institute regarding the exam, added to the confusion, students claimed.

From Schools


55,000 hectares in kandi area to be denotified 
Ropar, August 16
Land spread over 55,000 hectares in the kandi area falling under the purview of the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) will be denotified soon, providing relief to farmers.

Construction near Jharmal choe causes flood in fields
Dera Bassi, August 16
Due to heavy rain here on Saturday water of Jharmal choe has caused flood in the fields of nearby villages.

Infant dies as hospital fails to provide ambulance
Ambala, August 16
A one-and-a-half-month-old child died in the Civil Hospital at Ambala City as the hospital authority failed to provide him ambulance for the PGI, Chandigarh.


Newly appointed judge Ritu Bahri with Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Mukul Mudgal. Ritu Bahri sworn in as HC judge
Chandigarh, August 16
Pursuant to her elevation, Haryana’s Senior Deputy Advocate-General Ritu Bahri was today administered oath as an additional judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court by Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal.

Newly appointed judge Ritu Bahri with Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Mukul Mudgal. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Phase III of Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park
HC tells Adviser to explain
Govt directives on land acquisition being flouted
Chandigarh, August 16
Just over three months after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) claimed that land acquisition for phase III of the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park was unjustified, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the Adviser to the UT Administrator to file an affidavit to explain why the directives of the Government of India on land acquisition in city’s periphery were not being followed.

Kotak Mahindra told to pay relief
Chandigarh, August 16
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum today directed Kotak Mahindra Prime Limited to pay a compensation of Rs 50,000 for harassing a complainant and indulging in unfair practices.


Driver held for hitting pedestrian
Chandigarh, August 16
The driver of former UT home secretary was held on the charges of rash driving after he knocked down a woman on August 14.

2 youths booked for chain snatching
Zirakpur, August 16
Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a gold chain from Usha Rani, a resident of Highland Cooperative Society, Baltana, yesterday.


Farheen, Hassan shine in carrom
Chandigarh, August 16
Players in action during the 20th Chandigarh State Carrom TournamentFarheen and Hassan of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, brought laurels to the school by claiming doubles titles in the 20th Chandigarh State Carrom Tournament-2010 on the school premises here today. While Farheen won the top honours in the girls junior and women sections, Hassan finished as champion in the boys junior and men’s sections.

Players in action during the 20th Chandigarh State Carrom Tournament at Sector 45 on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Foreign exposure valuable, says budding shuttler
Has failed to attract sponsor so far
Rupinder Pal SinghChandigarh, August 16
The success of Saina Nehwal has inspired many youngsters to choose badminton as their career, but 15-year-old Rupinder Pal Singh is already creating ripples in the area.

Rupinder Pal Singh

Raghav takes Little Flower home
Panchkula, August 16
With his five-wicket haul (5 for 20), Raghav Goyal guided his team Little Flower Cricket Academy, Panchkula, to register a one-run win over Chandigarh Baptist Cricket team in the inaugural match of the Smt Kaushalya Devi Memorial Inter-Academy (U-14) League Cricket Championship at Hansraj Cricket Academy, Sector 6, here today.

Circle kabaddi matches from Sept 7
Chandigarh, August 16
Circle kabaddi exhibition match series between India and Pakistan will be organised by the Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India (ACKFI) from September 7.

Dev Samaj eves annex title
Chandigarh, August 16
The kho-kho team of Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, lifted the champion’s trophy after beating Khalsa College Club, Sector 26, by six points in the 39th Senior Chandigarh Kho-Kho State Championship, while in the men’s section, the Chandigarh Kho-Kho Welfare Club emerged victorious after outplaying the PGGC Club, Sector 46, by three points here today.



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