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PU gets tough on outsiders in hostels
Chandigarh, August 29
Panjab University officials caught nearly a dozen “outsiders” putting up at campus hostels during surprise raids conducted at 4 am here today. Most of them were found to be either staying in the hostels after “guest charges” or had sneaked in along with their friends.

Another ATM fraud
Rs 15,000 withdrawn from account of Air Force man
Chandigarh, August 29
In yet another incident, an Air Force personnel lost Rs 15,000 to ATM fraudsters through the suspected cloning of his ATM card even as the State Bank of India (SBI) claimed to have deployed security guards at its ATM counters in the tricity and the police is clueless about the identity of the miscreants.

PGI’s swine flu testing lab not working
Chandigarh, August 29
While cases of swine flu have started pouring in at hospitals here from all over the region, the H1N1 testing laboratory at the PGI has been lying non-functional, resulting in delay of reports of diagnostic tests.

Underage Driving
Stiffer penalties needed
Chandigarh, August 29
In the absence of harsher punishments provided in the law for underage drivers, the lackadaisical attitude of the traffic police as well as the irresponsible behaviour of parents who let their teenaged wards drive without a licence have only compounded the menace.

Soccer champs given a miss even on sports day
Chandigarh, August 29
Once again the hopes of the soccer heroes of the city shattered as neither the Chandigarh Administration nor the Chandigarh Football Association came forward to honour them on the occasion of the National Sports Day today.



Chandigarh Railway Station
With no check, free access a norm
Chandigarh, August 29
Thanks to the indifference of the railway authorities in checking the flow of unauthorised persons on to the Chandigarh railway station, crowding of the station is commonplace on a regular basis. And, if a couple of trains are scheduled to arrive or depart together, all hell breaks loose at the station.

People move freely without check for platform tickets at the entrance to the Chandigarh railway station. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Northern sectors, too, not spared power cuts
Chandigarh, August 29
It has been a harrowing summer for residents in Chandigarh. After frequent power cuts in southern sectors, residents of the comparatively affluent northern sectors are at the receiving end of unscheduled power cuts, putting residents to inconvenience.

Check eye ailments after birth
Most can be cured if detected in time, says AIIMS prof
Chandigarh, August 29 Most eye problems can be cured if parents or medicos are able to detect those in time after the birth of the child. This was stated by Dr Pradeep Sharma, professor with the Dr RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, here today.

Lessons for oppn councillors
Opposition parties in the Chandigarh municipal corporation have engaged professionals to train immature councillors to perform well during general house meetings. In a recently-held meeting, the BJP councillors for the first time tried to react aggressively on each and every issue tabled in the house.

Two policemen (encircled) chat while children play cricket at a roundabout near the Inter-State Bus Terminus, Sector 43. There is danger in case a ball hits a motorist. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Threat of epidemic looms large in P’kula
Panchkula, August 29
Threat of epidemic looms large on the residents of Sector 17 extension, which is surrounded by slum colonies from two sides, as the municipal corporation has failed to take note of the unhygienic and filthy conditions prevailing in the area.

Women’s group protests at Bawala college
Panchkula, August 29
High drama was witnessed when a women’s group, led by Manjit Kaur, a social worker, raised slogans against the management of the Swami Devi Dayal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SDDIET), Mouli village, near Barwala, demanding accommodation for the MBA student, who was allegedly thrown out of the hostel room yesterday.

HC relief for disabled BSF troopers
Chandigarh, August 29
Coming to the rescue to disabled Border Security Force personnel disabled in the line of duty, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Central government to release their disability pension after placing them in the correct medical category.

They raise their ‘voice’ with eyes and hands
Chandigarh, August 29
Their eyes and hands act as their voices. They cannot comprehend what you are saying neither would you be able to understand their expressions. But it does not make their life difficult. There were hundreds of hearing impaired persons who had converged at the third national seminar on promoting empowerment of hearing-impaired women organised by a Delhi-based NGO, Deaf Way Foundation, at the Indira Holiday Home in Sector 24, Chandigarh.

The hearing impaired celebrate birthday of one of their colleagues at the Indira Holiday Home on Saturday. A Tribune photo

Magic of old melodies in full splendour
Chandigarh, August 29
The melodic splendour of old Bollywood numbers by 22 finalists of the ‘Voice of Chandigarh-2010’ contest regaled the audience at the Randhawa Auditorium here today. It was organised by the S-4 Trust and the Gurukul Vidyapeeth as part of its ‘Sur Wid Taal-Talent Hunt-2010’.

Zirakpur-Patiala Highway
Choked drain a nuisance for residents
Zirakpur, August 29
In the absence of proper drainage system, a choked drain on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway has made life miserable for hundreds of shopkeepers and commuters, who cross this stretch everyday.

Sameer Watts Murder Case
Police hopeful of breakthrough
Mohali, August 29
In an over-one-year-old murder case of Sameer Watts (34), a senior official with a Mohali-based office of a cellular operator, the Mohali police is pinning its hope on an email it got from an unidentified person who is believed to be either related to the assailant or someone who knows vital clues about the murder. For the last one year, the police had been groping in the dark.

Newborn’s Death
Bulbul’s room changed after stone pelting
Chandigarh, August 29
Bulbul, who had been forced to deliver her baby in the open at the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, last month, resulting in the baby’s death, requested that her room at the Panchayat Bhawan, Sector 18, be changed after an incident of stone pelting last night.

SSA teachers protest notification withdrawal
Chandigarh, August 29
Over 700 Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers have termed the move of the UT education department to withdraw the notification of salary hike as unjust, arbitrary and discriminatory.

‘Manage time, you can manage everything’
Chandigarh, August 29
The Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya at Rajyoga Bhawan, Sector 33, organised a lecture on ‘time management’ here today.

PU student falls off second floor
Chandigarh, August 29
Priyam, a first year student of the University Institute of Legal studies (UILS), Panjab University, today accidentally fell from the second floor balcony of the Sarojini hostel.

Tribune staffer bereaved 
Chandigarh, August 29 
Raja Ram Sharma, father of The Tribune staffer Sushil Sharma, passed away at his residence in Baltana tonight after a brief illness. He was 86. Raja Ram had retired from The Tribune in 1984. The cremation will take place tomorrow at Manimajra cremation ground. He is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters. TNS


Bagful of promises
Chandigarh, August 29
The Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) assured research scholars on the campus that they would tide over their problems on a priority basis after election. In the party’s election manifesto released today, emphasis was laid on the accountability of PhD supervisor in delaying the submission of thesis. SOPU members said such delays were common in institutions like PGIMER but not in PU.

Activists of SOPU, ABVP and NSUI release their poll manifestoes at Panjab University on Sunday. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari and Vicky Gharu

Candidates’ list to be out by tomorrow
Chandigarh, August 29
As per schedule of the Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) Election 2010-11, nominations for office-bearers will be filed on August 30. The process shall end with the filing of objections by 4.30 pm. These nominations include names of president, vice-president, secretary, joint secretary and departmental representatives. The final list of candidates will be released on August 31 for contesting election on September 3. The PU authorities said any objection, if received, should be looked into by a grievance redressal cell.

Student politics shows its ugly face
Chandigarh, August 29
Scared of flouting norms of the election code of conduct on the Panjab University campus, student leaders have now painted the city in ugly colours. Be it the university campus or Sectors 15 and 16, defacement is visible almost everywhere. Right from traffic signs to other signboards at crucial points, banners of student organisations, particularly the Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) are visible everywhere.

Election Round-Up
ABVP announces panel
The Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) announced its election panel for the forthcoming PUCSC elections today. Jagdish Prashad Jat of the University Institute of Chemical Engineering and technology (UICET) will be the presidential candidate. Manoj, department of history, Vikas Sharma, department of Sanskrit, and Amanpreet Singh, law department, will contest for the posts of vice-president, general secretary and joint secretary, respectively.

Upgrade two govt high schools, demand MC vice-presidents
Mohali, August 29
Senior vice-president and vice-president of the municipal council have demanded that two government high schools should be upgraded to the level of senior secondary schools so that students of Mohali did not have to depend on Chandigarh schools for higher education.

Admn tells MC to explain study tour destinations
Wants to know reasons for selecting Gangtok, Puducherry, Chennai
Chandigarh, August 29
The Chandigarh administration has sought reasons from the municipal corporation (MC) for selecting Gangtok, Puducherry and Chennai as places by councillors to visit as a part of a study tour. After receiving the communication, the administration will clear two places for study tours this year.

From Schools
City lad shines in soccer meet
Chandigarh: Narinder Singh, a student of Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, Mohali, participated in the Inter Master Series International Table Soccer Tournament held in Germany. Narinder is also the member of Indian contingent. Around 200 players from six countries participated in the tournament. Narinder Singh secured the fifth rank.


Computer teachers block traffic
Kharar, August 29
Computer teachers from all over the state staged dharna against the Punjab government here today and blocked traffic on Chandigarh-Kharar road in wake of their long pending demands. The agitating teachers staged dharna by walking or moving in rickshaws from Khanpur chowk to Kharar bus stand.

Inter-Block Rural Games
Sanaur emerge overall champions
Patiala, August 29
The two-day inter-block rural games (U-16) for boys and girls concluded at the Polo Ground, here this evening. Additional Deputy Commissioner APS Virk was the chief guest who later gave away prizes to the winners.


Teenagers rob petrol station salesman, held
Mohali, August 29
Two youngsters robbed a salesman at a petrol station in Phase X here last night. However, their misadventure was short lived as their Maruti car met with an accident near Punjab School Education Board in Phase VIII here.

PGI sweeper commits suicide
Had been under depression due to tuberculosis
Chandigarh, August 29
Unable to endure suffering due to tuberculosis, a 52-year-old PGI employee allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Maloya here this morning. Prem had been working as sweeper at the PGI.

Woman commits suicide
Zirakpur, August 29
A 25-year-old married woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan with her dupatta at her cottage in K-Area late last evening. Zirakpur, SHO, Yogi Raj stated that a suicide note was found from the spot. He said the exact cause of death would be confirmed after the post-mortem report. The police has started investigating the case.


KV Regional Athletics Meet
Jaskaran, Simranjeet shatter national records
Panchkula, August 29
Jaskaran of KV 1 RCF, Hussainpur, and Simranjeet Singh of KV 1 AFS, Halwara, set new national records in their respective disciplines during the KV Regional Athletics Meet (boys) here today. 

Simranjeet Singh and Jaskaran who shattered national records during the KV Regional Athletics Meet (boys) at Panchkula on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

SN Vohra Hockey Tourney
Sahil’s exploits win Shivalik academy trophy
Players of Shivalik Hockey Academy, Mohali, celebrate their title win over Surjit Academy, Jalandhar, in the 9th SN Vohra Memorial Sub-Junior (u-14) Hockey Tournament at the Hockey Stadium in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Monday. Chandigarh, August 29
Powered by forward Sahil’s three goals, local outfit Shivalik Hockey Academy, Mohali, lifted the trophy by drubbing Surjit Academy, Jalandhar, 3-1 in the ONGC 9th SN Vohra Sub-Junior (U-14) Hockey Tournament that concluded at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, here today.

Players of Shivalik Hockey Academy, Mohali, celebrate their title win over Surjit Academy, Jalandhar, in the 9th SN Vohra Memorial Sub-Junior (u-14) Hockey Tournament at the Hockey Stadium in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Power golf to make India debut in city
Chandigarh, August 29
Power golf — an event in which participants compete for executing the longest drives — has arrived in India, with the Chandigarh Golf Club emerging as the first host for the event to be held from November 23 to 29.

Maxx Power Golf owner Sikhsimran Singh Gill and Chandigarh Golf Club president BS Gill during a press conference in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Sheetal strikes gold in marathon
Chandigarh, August 29
Sheetal clinched a gold medal, while Dilpreet Kaur and Shanika bagged silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the marathon run, organised by Gurukul Global School at IT Park here today. The three-km marathon was organised to celebrate the National Sports Day.

Shanky, Anjali run to glory
Chandigarh, August 29
To commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey Olympian Major Dhyan Chand, the Chandigarh sports department organised a 3-km race for boys and girls (under-14 and under-17) here today. In the boys’ u-17 section, Shanky Ram finished first, while in the girls’ group, Anjali clinched the top position.

Sportspersons take part in a mini-marathon organised by the UT sports department on the National Sports Day at Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

National Sports Day
Winning UT schools honoured
Chandigarh, August 29
All local schools that had won top three positions in the inter-school tournament held recently were given trophies by the UT education department during a function at Government College for Women, Sector 11, here today.

DAV School players who won the overall championship in sports during a function to mark the National Sports Day organised by the UT education department on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Women’s Cricket
LIC Club to clash with GMSSS-56
Chandigarh, August 29
LIC Club, Sector 26, will clash with Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 56, Club for the Sub-Junior State Women’s Cricket Championship (Under 16) for Kailash Behal Trophy on August 31.


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