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City second most urbanised UT
Chandigarh, July 15
Chandigarh is India’s second most urbanised union territory (UT) after the NCT of Delhi, with an overwhelming 97.25 per cent of the population living in urban areas, a decadal increase of 7.48 per cent over the 2001 Census.

25-year-old youth wins ‘0001’ for Rs 7.5 lakh
Chandigarh, July 15
Hardeep poses with his BMW near the RLA office at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Friday. A 25-year-old city resident bid a whopping Rs 7.5 lakh for the number ‘0001’, that was auctioned today, for his swanky grey BMW, priced at Rs 50 lakh.“This is the third time I participated and won in an auction for VIP numbers.

Hardeep poses with his BMW near the RLA office at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan


Students suffer CBSE delay
Chandigarh, July 15
month after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declared the class X examination results, thousands of city students are yet to get continuous and comprehensive evaluation report cards.

Another witness turns hostile
Chandigarh, July 15
A key prosecution witness in the rape-on-wheels case, watchman Eklakh, turned hostile here today. The high-profile case had been registered against former UT Home Secretary and top Haryana-cadre IAS officer NK Jain and others.


Rain brings relief from humidity
Chandigarh, July 15
Dark clouds hover ominously over Chandigarh on Friday. Giving the much-needed respite to the people of the tricity from hot and humid conditions, monsoon showers in the morning came as a pleasant surprise for them, as the day temperature came down by six degrees.Chandigarh and its neighborhood recorded about 5.1mm rainfall during the past 24 hours.The temperature came down to 27.6 °C from yesterday’s 33.6 °C.

The Silver lining:(Top) Dark clouds hover ominously over Chandigarh on Friday. However, the rain that followed brought respite to residents.

Unfinished work on the widening of roads in front of houses has not only caused inconvenience to residents, but also led to waterlogging at Sector 51, Chandigarh. Rain, MC apathy aggravate residents’ woes
Chandigarh, July 15
A few spells of rain this season have played havoc with city roads even as the work on widening and re-carpeting of roads goes on in the city.The ongoing work on internal roads in various sectors has become a source of inconvenience for area residents, especially when the city is in the midst of the rainy season.

waterfront :Unfinished work on the widening of roads in front of houses has not only caused inconvenience to residents, but also led to waterlogging at Sector 51, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Two witnesses turn hostile in kidney scam case
Chandigarh, July 15
Two days after one of the prosecution witnesses turned hostile in the Special CBI court, it was another day of setback for the premier investigating agency of the country in the infamous kidney scam of Gurgaon when two other witnesses turned hostile in the court today.

With eye on polls, councillors go all out to woo voters
Chandigarh, July 15
Uncertain about allotment of wards in the upcoming municipal corporation elections, all 26 elected councillors are making frantic efforts to woo voters all over the city. Without missing out any opportunity they have been on their toes to make themselves accessible to the public, promising to resolve any area specific problems.

Councillors want MC depts to complete unfinished works
Chandigarh, July 15
The issue of failure of the departments concerned to complete development works in the city was taken up at a meeting held under MC Chief Engineer SS Bidda with councillors of ward Nos. 6 to 10 here today

Healthyway, tavern get EO notices
Chandigarh, July 15
The local estate office today served a notice on three offices of Healthyway Immigration Consultants for misusing the basement of their premises in Sector 42 here today.

Service lanes serve as dumps, parking lots for city residents
Chandigarh, July 15
Planned in the first phase of City Beautiful to keep the city clean, service lanes are fast turning into dumps of debris and waste material and a happy hunting ground for encroachers.

Panchkula students favour Chandigarh colleges
Panchkula, July 15
More than 60 per cent of the seats in almost all streams at Government College, Sector 1, here are lying vacant, as Chandigarh colleges continue to attract students of this satellite town.

Police to question insurance firms, buyers
Mohali, July 15
The recovery of 51 cars by the Mohali Police from members of a notorious gang of interstate criminals has led the investigators to the insurance companies from where the information about the total loss vehicles was being procured.

Joy for some, misery for others
Commuters wade their way through a waterlogged stretch on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway on Friday. Zirakpur, July 15
Friday showers brought both relief and sorrow for Zirakpur residents. People were happy as the temperature dipped due to heavy rain, while at the same time, a resident of Monarch Apartment on the VIP road had suffered a loss worth lakhs of rupees as a wall collapsed on her car.

Commuters wade their way through a waterlogged stretch on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway on Friday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Shopkeepers of Lambian village protest against GMADA at Phase VIII in Mohali on Friday. Shopkeepers told to vacate land
Mohali, July 15
Resentment prevails among shopkeepers of Lambian village here who have been asked by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to vacate the area within three days failing which their structures would be razed.

Shopkeepers of Lambian village protest against GMADA at Phase VIII in Mohali on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Chaos at Sec-30 gurdwara as applicants allege favouritism
Chandigarh, July 15
High drama was witnessed at the Sector-30 gurdwara, one of the centres set up by the UT administration for the registration of unique identification (UID) cards of residents, after some applicants who had waited for hours in the queue for their turn alleged favouritism by those overseeing the campaign at the centre.

Shalimar Estates directed to refund Rs 2.8 lakh with interest
Chandigarh, July 15
The UT Consumer Forum has directed Shalimar Estates to refund Rs 2.8 lakh along with an interest of 9 per annum to a Delhi resident for not giving the possession of his plot on time.

Woman commits suicide
Chandigarh, July 15
A 24-year-old woman reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her Burail residence here this evening. The victim, Poonam, got married two months ago and was suffering from depression, the police said.

Entry of trucks on city-P’kula stretch may be restricted
Chandigarh, July 15
With the traffic density on the Chandigarh-Panchkula stretch having risen sharply, the Chandigarh police and the State Transport Authority (STA) plan to divert heavy transport vehicles from Panchkula towards Zirakpur.

Hoax bomb call at Punjab Secretariat
Chandigarh, July 15
Two days after the serial bomb blasts rocked Mumbai, the Chandigarh Police received a call at the Police Control Room last night informing that a bomb has been planted in the Punjab Secretariat and is set to explode in some minutes. The call turned out to be hoax and police has arrested the caller.

Professor Emeritus Dr Udwadiato address PGI freshers today
Chandigarh, July 15
Dr Farokh E Udwadia, Emeritus Professor of medicine, Grant Medical College & JJ Group of Hospitals, Mumbai, and an academic and author, will inaugurate the new academic session of the PGI here on Saturday.

First woman SHO suffers cervical attack
Chandigarh, July 15
Inspector Punam Dilawari, who had recently been posted as the SHO of the Sector-3 police station, was rushed to the PGI today after she suffered a cervical attack.



Kendriya Vidyalaya to come up at Mohali
Chandigarh, July 15
Seven new Kendriya Vidyalayas will come up in Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh in the coming two years, with one being set up at Mohali. This was stated by Commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalya Sangathan, Avinash Dikshit, who was in the city yesterday to address annual principal conference.

BCom most sought after course in Mohali’s lone college
Mohali, July 15
BCom is the first choice of students seeking admission to Government College, Phase VI, here, as a result of which cut off percentage has gone higher this year.The college had received 400 applications for BCom this year against 120 seats, while last year only 300 students applied.

City’s fantastic 4 among first 50 in AIIMS
Chandigarh, July 15
In what seems to be a replay of last year, the city has yet again shone in the All India institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) entrance examination today. Even more, it has produced the national topper, a resident of Karnal, who studied at a coaching centre in the city.


Doping: Ignorance, insecurity key factors
Patiala, July 15
The recent dope controversy has not only thrown light on the ignorance of Indian players but also on the doping menace that has fast spread its roots. Drug abuse by sportspersons must be stopped but punishing them alone will not solve any purpose.

Aided schools to face action for misusing grant
Ambala, July 15
The Ambala district administration launched investigation into the matter of misuse of government grants by some government-aided schools in Ambala district.Nisha Sharma, District Education Officer, Ambala, said investigations were on whether private schools getting 75 per cent aid from the government were justifying the amount of grant paid by the government or were they misusing the grant.

ETT teachers burn govt’s effigy
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 15
The ETT Teachers Union today burnt an effigy of the state government in view of their long pending demands. Large number of the elementary teachers training (ETT) teachers gathered outside the district administrative complex and raised slogans against the state government.

Drugs seized from grocery shop
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 15
To check the sale of illegal drugs, the district health department today conducted a raid on a grocery shop and seized large amounts of drugs. The shop owner was selling these drugs to customers without any prescription or license. A case in this connection was forwarded to the state drug controller, said a health department official. 

Senior Congress leader killed in road mishap
Ambala, July 15
Madhu Dogra (47), a senior leader of the Ambala Congress, was killed in a road accident on the railway over bridge at Ambala City this evening. Dogra had been a senior functionary of the Ambala Mahila Congress and recently she was nominated as executive member of the Block Congress Committee.

Milk shop raided
Dera Bassi, July 15
A team of the health department raided the Shiv Shakti Enterprises near Dera Bassi and took samples of milk products. The raid was conducted yesterday on the basis of complaints made by the area residents in which it was alleged that defective material of Amul company was being sold at the shop.

Water enters houses, shops
Bassi Pathana, July 15
Heavy rain put normal life out of gear in the town today. Rainwater entered almost in all houses in every nook and corner of the town. Besides, goods in many shops of the main bazaar were damaged due to rainwater.



HC declines husband’s bail plea
Chandigarh, July 15
Over two years after the body of a city resident, Anuradha, was found with her throat slit in her bedroom on the first floor of the duplex in Sector 38, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today declined her husband Baljinder Singh, alias Tala’s, bail plea.


SD school cagers win top honours
Chandigarh, July 15
Packing a punch Rahul (in red) lands a punch on his opponent Mukesh during a bout at SD School, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Friday. Hosts PML SD Public School, Sector 32, won top honors in the 26th Chandigarh State Sub-Junior Boxing Championship here today.The hosts won the title with 44 points, while Guru Nanak Public School finished runners-up with 10 points. Vipin was declared best boxer.

Packing a punch Rahul (in red) lands a punch on his opponent Mukesh during a bout at SD School, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Jerath manager of boxing squad
Chandigarh, July 15
Dr CK Jerath, honorary secretary, Chandigarh Amateur Boxing Association (CABA), and vice-president, Indian Boxing Federation (IBF), has been appointed manager of the Indian boxing (juniors) squad for the World Boxing Championship to be held at Astana, Kazakhstan, from July 20 to 31.

Tennis meet from July 18
Chandigarh, July 15
The Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) will organise an Open 50K Tennis Tournament in men and women category at the CLTA Complex and Lake Sports Complex from July 18 to 22 here.


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