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2 Australians, NRI in police net for kidnap bid
Get 3-day police remand
Chandigarh, August 20
With the arrest of two Australian nationals and a Ropar-based NRI in Australia, the police today claimed to have foiled the kidnapping of a city resident for a ransom of Rs 1 crore.

Gursher Singh (L), Simon Ginty (centre) and Grant Alan being taken for medical examination to the GMSH, Chandigarh, on Friday.
Gursher Singh (L), Simon Ginty (centre) and Grant Alan being taken for medical examination to the GMSH, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan




Assault on Teachers
Education dept seeks police help
Chandigarh, August 20
In a bid to deal with the ever-increasing incidents of assaulting teachers in or outside the school campus, the UT education department has sought help from police officials.

Eyewitness punches holes in police theory
Residents light candles to remember accident victims of Kansal village in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday.Chandigarh, August 20
Contradictions remained central to the ongoing investigation into the road accident that claimed the lives of 21-year-old Sukhwinder Singh and six-year-old Harpreet Singh, both residents of Kansal village, near here.

Residents light candles to remember accident victims of Kansal village in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal 

RLA goes without water
Meter disconnected after it fails to clear dues
Chandigarh, August 20
The office of the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA), adjoining the municipal corporation, went without water today as its meter was disconnected on account of non-payment of tariff. As per records of the corporation, the RLA owes more than Rs 50,000 for the last six months.

De-notified land still not demarcated
Mohali, August 20
The Punjab revenue department’s inability to demarcate de-notified forestland in Karoran, Nadah and Perch villages, locked under the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA), has literally turned over 1,000 hectares in these villages into no man’s land.


Nights to be pleasant this weekend
An illuminated view of The Plaza after the showers in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday.Chandigarh, August 20
It was the third day in succession that the city woke up to a pleasant windy morning today. As the day progressed, the humidity level kept on increasing. The Met office has some good news for the city residents: “Nights will remain cooler and pleasant towards the weekend.”

An illuminated view of The Plaza after the showers in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: S. Chandan

WiMAX service to be introduced in city
Chandigarh, August 20
After launching WiMAX Broadband Service in Punjab, state owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is all set to introduce the service on a trial basis in the city from the second week of September.

Transfer of Depts
MC to table draft on Aug 23
Chandigarh, August 20
The draft prepared for the departments recently transferred from the Chandigarh administration to the municipal corporation is expected to be tabled during the meeting of Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC), to be held on August 23.

Admn forms standing committees
Chandigarh, August 20
The Chandigarh administration has constituted various standing committees of the Administrator’s Advisory Council(AAC)-a development which will go a long way in initiating the process of public participation in the decision-making process.

CITCO bends service rules
Conditional promotion for junior staff without financial benefits
Chandigarh, August 20
When it comes to promotions, the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) seems to have different set of rules for everyone.

After swine flu, it may be dengue
15 under treatment, blood reports awaited
Chandigarh, August 20
After a case of swine flu in the city last week, dengue has increased the worries of the health authorities.

Houses damaged in landslides
Victims await compensation
Bir Ghaggar (Panchkula), August 20
Three families whose houses were damaged in landslides about three weeks back are still waiting for the compensation to be given by the district administration.

12 illegal structures removed
Zirakpur, August 20
A number of illegal encroachments built along the Chandigarh-Ambala National Highway in Zirakpur were removed by GMR Ambala-Chandigarh Expressways Pvt Ltd on Friday, the company holding the contract for maintaining the Ambala-Chandigarh National Highway.

Godown area sans basic amenities
A link road on the Zirakpur-Chandigarh highway in a pathetic condition.Zirakpur, August 20
Lack of basic amenities in the godown area in Pabhat village on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway has been annoying the owners of the godowns of multinational and Indian companies.

A link road on the Zirakpur-Chandigarh highway in a pathetic condition. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Dialysis unit to be functional from Aug 31
Mohali, August 20
For the first time a 10-bed drug de-addiction centre and dialysis unit will start functioning from the Civil Hospital in Phase VI here.

Steno typists seek justice
Chandigarh, August 20
There have been great irregularities in the promotion of steno typists since 1994 at Powercom and Transco Limited. Promotions of employees in all categories working in the power board are done on the basis of seniority-cum-merit, but in the stenography cadre, promotions are done on the basis of merit alone which is contrary to the rules and regulations of the board.

Marla-house GPA holders allege bias
Chandigarh, August 20
General power of attorney (GPA) holders of marla houses are up in arms against the decision of the estate office not to recognise GPA for property transactions.

PU plays down eve-teasing incident
Chandigarh, August 20
A first year student of Panjab University’s department of environment sciences today lodged a complaint at the Dean Student Welfare (DSW) office against a boy who misbehaved with her at the student centre.

‘Love on the Brink’ has audience in splits
Artistes perform during the play ‘Love on the Brink’ at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Friday.Chandigarh, August 20
“Master achievers do not do different things but they do things differently”. It veritably applies to acclaimed film actor thespian Lillete Dubey, who gave a new dimension to her production, an English play, “Love on the Brink”, staged in the Tagore Theatre here today.

Artistes perform during the play ‘Love on the Brink’ at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Rustic splendour brought alive
Panchkula, August 20
The magnificence of diverse folk musical cultures of Haryana and its bordering areas were brought alive with élan and rustic splendour at the Inderdhanush Auditorium in the state-level “Lok Sangeet Utsav” here today.


PU Dental College
Minor blast in dept lab, girl suffers injuries
Chandigarh, August 20
A second-year student of Panjab University’s HS Judge Dental College today suffered injuries while working in the department lab. The incident triggered panic among students of her batch, who were working in the same lab at the time of the incident.

Law students protest against 2 teachers
Chandigarh, August 20
Alleged misbehaviour of two teachers with students of the department of laws, Panjab University, evoked widespread protest by the students today.

From Schools & Colleges
CHANDIGARH: Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Divas was celebrated on Friday at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, to create mass awareness and encourage people towards adopting renewable energy dependent appliances. UT Finance-cum-Environment Secretary Sanjay Kumar was the chief guest.


Govt aid for children with serious ailments
Kharar, August 20
The Punjab government has initiated Rs 5 crore plan for providing free medicines to children suffering from heart problem, cancer and thalassaemia, said health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla.

Rare species of snakes give birth to 37
Chhat (Banur), August 20
A rare variety of snakes, which do not lay eggs and are stated to be a missing link between mammals and reptiles, today gave birth to 37 snakes in Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park.


Antique furniture catches HC eye
Advocate seeks heritage preservation; hearing on October 27
Chandigarh, August 20
Accusing the UT administration of shirking the responsibility of preserving the city’s antique furniture, advocate-cum-social activist Ajay Jagga today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court for preventing its disposal to junk dealers.


Man duped of Rs 90,000 at bank 
Chandigarh, August 20
A swindler duped a man of Rs 90,000 at the Punjab National Bank in Sector 17 here this afternoon on the pretext of helping him in getting the amount deposited.

Ruckus outside CM’s house, woman held
Chandigarh, August 20
The police arrested a woman hailing from Panipat on charges of creating ruckus outside the Haryana Chief Minister’s residence here yesterday.

Fake Encounter Case
Inquiry report records missing
Chandigarh, August 20
The records of the inquiry report of former sessions judge MS Lobana in the case of the alleged fake encounter of Kulwinder Singh, alias Kid, on the Tangori-Kurda road at SAS Nagar are missing.

Man booked for cheating
Chandigarh, August 20
A Karnal resident has accused a city resident of duping him of Rs 50,000 on the pretext of getting him a job.

Youth, woman killed in mishaps
Zirakpur, August 20
Two persons, including a youth and an old woman, were killed in separate mishaps that took place in the area in the past 24 hours.

IMFL worth Rs 5 lakh seized
Panchkula, August 20
The police seized 750 cartons of the Indian made foreign liquor worth over Rs 5 lakh being illegally transported to another state today.


Chess Championship
Himal, Biswas take lead
Players in action during the Chandigarh Chess Championship at St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Friday.Chandigarh, August 20
Himal Gusain of SD Public School, Sector 32, and Sanjeev Biswas with four points each were leading at the end of the fourth round at the 21st Chandigarh Chess Championship being held at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44-C, here, today.

Players in action during the Chandigarh Chess Championship at St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Football extravaganza tomorrow
Chandigarh, August 20
A new football extravaganza “Super Sunday Soccer” would be organised at the Sector 17 Football Stadium on August 22 from 7 am onwards.

Punjab bowled out for 282
Chandigarh, August 20
Punjab were bowled out for 282 by Tamil Nadu on the first day of the Buchi Babu Tournament being held at M Chidambaram stadium in Chennai today.

Ajit school, NPS to lock horns in final
Chandigarh, August 20
Ajit Karam Singh Public School, Sector 41, and New Public School (NPS), Sector 18, will lock horns in the final of the under-14 category of the Inter-School Table Tennis Tournament, underway at the Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here, today.

IC Club, Govt Model-56 to clash for title
Chandigarh, August 20
The IC Club, Sector 26, will meet Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 56 (Club), in the Under-16 Sub-Junior State Women’s Cricket Championship for Kailash Behal Trophy at I.S. Dev Samaj Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, on August 23.


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