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Healthyway director surrenders in court
Three fresh cases against immigration firm
Chandigarh, August 16
Amit Kakkar, Director of Healthyway Immigration in Sector 42, surrendered before the court today in a case of cheating registered against him in which a large number of clients have been duped of huge sums of money on the pretext of sending them abroad.

Dreams of scores shattered
Chandigarh, August 16
Three friends from Shutrana village in Patiala had dreamt of flying to greener pastures abroad since childhood. Gurbhej Singh, Jagdeep Singh and Sandeep Singh approached Healthyway Immigration in June 2009, which promised them a student visa and easy migration to the UK in just two months. The company took Rs 1.02 lakh from each of them.


Confined to wheelchair, but going the extra mile
City hits the streets to back Anna’s crusade
Chandigarh, August 16
Even though 26-year-old Akram is confined to a wheelchair and can’t walk, he is ready to do his bit to lend his support to the ongoing nationwide movement against corruption in high places. Having never attended school he earns his living by working for daily wages, but has gathered enough knowledge in recent months about the Jan Lokpal Bill to take part in the crusade.
Supporters of Anna Hazare protest at the roundabout of Sectors 7, 8, 18 and 19 in Chandigarh on Tuesday
Supporters of Anna Hazare protest at the roundabout of Sectors 7, 8, 18 and 19 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

City fumes at Anna Hazare’s arrest
Chandigarh, August 16
Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare’s arrest just before he was to undertake an indefinite fast over the Lokpal issue sparked a protest among various sections of the society in Chandigarh.

Supporters of Anna Hazare protest near the Sector 7-8 roundabout in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vinay malik

Supporters of Anna Hazare protest near the Sector 7-8 roundabout in Chandigarh on Tuesday

Section 144 imposed
Chandigarh, August 16
In order to maintain law and order, District Magistrate Brijendra Singh has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC for six days in the city. The decision has been taken following information that certain groups were planning to hold rallies, dharnas and resort to other methods that might disturb public peace and tranquillity.

residents speak
Chandigarh youths support anti-graft movement
Raising anti-corruption slogans and awareness messages, youngsters in the city were out on the streets on Tuesday in support of the movement led by social activist Anna Hazare. Tribune Correspondent Neha Miglani talks to city youths to find out what’s their take on the nationwide movement.

Two Mohali boys drown in rivulet
Dhanaura (Mohali), August 16
The bodies of 15-year-old Gurpreet and 11-year-old Jagmohan, who drowned in a swollen seasonal rivulet at Dhanaura village near Mullanpur, were fished out today, after about 24 hours of the incident.

English continues to stump UT babus
Patil’s I-Day speech liberally peppered with gaffes
Chandigarh, August 16
It appears writing correct English has become the Achilles’ heel for the top brass of the UT administration. Even a cursory look at the 10-page English translation of the Independence Day speech of Punjab Governor and UT administrator Shivraj Patil, given before an elite gathering comprising eminent citizens from different walks of life, including senior bureaucrats, elected public representatives and retired officials, calls into question communication skills of senior ‘babus’.

Rain dampens Patil’s At Home
Chandigarh, August 16
The intermittent rain played spoilsport at the ceremonial “At Home” hosted by Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj Patil for distinguished citizens at Punjab Raj Bhavan here yesterday.

Invitees take shelter in the corridor of the Raj Bhavan as rain played spoilsport at the ceremonial "At Home" hosted by Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj Patil. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Invitees take shelter in the corridor of the Raj Bhavan as rain played spoilsport at the ceremonial "At Home" hosted by Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj Patil


7 months of unfulfilled promises
Chandigarh MC Mayor avoids mentioning pending projects
Chandigarh, August 16
The speech by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh on the 65th Independence Day reminded the city residents about the unfulfilled commitments made seven months ago, when he took over the charge, to clear the backlog of all pending projects of his predecessors.

Chandigarh Police personnel take part in a parade at Sector 17 in Chandigarh; and (right) children celebrate the Independence Day at Mohali on Monday
Chandigarh Police personnel take part in a parade at Sector 17 in Chandigarh; and (right) children celebrate the Independence Day at Mohali on Monday. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan and Vicky Gharu

Construction cost set to come down
HC allows short-term permits, mining contracts through auction till Dec 31
Panchkula, August 16
Those planning to construct houses and other buildings in the region can hope for some relief in the coming days, as the prices of sand and gravel are likely to see a substantial fall in the near future with the auctioning of rivers for mining of minor minerals on August 31.

‘Veer Naaris’ honoured
Chandigarh, August 16
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation honoured four “Veer Naaris” and 10 freedom fighters during the Independence Day celebrations on Monday. All the 'Veer Naaris' are the wives of martyrs in the rank of Lt Naik and sepoy. Besides, 10 MC employees were also honoured for meritorious services.

IMD forecasts lesser rainfall
Chandigarh, August 16
After wreaking havoc at various places in Punjab and Haryana for the past about one week, the area is likely to witness lesser rainfall during the next few days leading to increase in temperature.

858 POs in Punjab, Haryana and UT
Chandigarh, August 16
As many as 858 proclaimed offenders are evading arrest in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. The information was furnished by Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh before the Punjab and Haryana High Court today.

solid waste management facility
Suggestions to be heard on Sept 15
Mohali, August 16
A public hearing in connection with the solid waste management facility, which is being set up at Samgauli village, has been fixed for September 15 to hear suggestions, views, comments and objections from bonafide residents and others after which the land acquisition process is likely to start by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).

Applications invited for eco-friendly rickshaws
Panchkula, August 16
To introduce eco-friendly rickshaws, popularly known as ‘eco-cabs’ in Panchkula, the Municipal Corporation has invited applications from the rickshaw-pullers of the city. The civic body had recently held a meeting with a Fazilka-based NGO, the brain behind these eco-cabs, rickshaw-puller union and rickshaw manufacturers.


Pathak lobby releases manifesto
PUTA elections
Chandigarh, August 16
Ahead of the elections of the Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA), the lobby headed by Promila Pathak today held a press conference within the university campus today announced its election manifesto.

Bringing corruption to the fore with wit
Chandigarh, August 16
The Punjabi Natak Akademi presented the satirical play “Jaagde Raho”, written and directed by CS Sindra, at the Randhawa auditorium here today. It was structured in a rural ambience, with a ‘somras’ plaza as the takeoff point, depicting the rising of the village head to the coveted position of a minister.


Woman commits suicide
Kalka, August 16
A 26-year-old woman of Yadav Colony of powerhouse, Surajpur, allegedly committed suicide last night. According to information, Premila was disturbed over the illness of his eight-month-old son, as she could not provide the child with the medicine due to scarcity of money.


Rape victim moves HC, seeks CBI probe
Chandigarh, August 16
Less than a month after she was allegedly raped by a Sector 22 jeweller, the victim today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on the ground that she was being pressured to compromise the matter even by a general hospital doctor.

Assault on naib court
14 advocates granted bail
Chandigarh, August 16
More than three months after a Chandigarh Police constable posted as naib court in the district courts was assaulted in a courtroom by a group of lawyers, a local court today granted bail to 14 advocates. Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMIC) SK Sharma today granted bail to the advocates after they furnished bail bonds of Rs 50,000 each.

paid parking
Home Secy, Mayor told to file reply
Chandigarh, August 16
A local court today directed the UT Home Secretary, the Mayor and the Commissioner of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to file a reply on September 12 on a PIL filed by advocate Pankaj Chandgothia, seeking solutions to the paid parking chaos in the city.


Cheating case: Accounts clerk held after six months
Chandigarh, August 16
Six months after the UT Police registered a case of cheating against an accounts clerk in the office of the State Project Director, Haryana Prathmik Siksha Pariyojna Parishad, the accused was arrested today.

Two youths arrested for rape
Chandigarh, August 16
The police arrested two persons for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl in Burail village. The accused have been identified as Babu Lal, alias Kaka (20), and Narinder, alias Bunny (20), both residents of Burail. The police said the victim worked as a maid. Narinder took her to his residence on the pretext of hiring her for household work.

Couple killed in accident
Panchkula, August 16
A couple was crushed to death by a speeding truck near Barwala on the national highway 73 today. The deceased have been identified as Pardia Ram and his wife Mamta of Sunderpur village.


Local player among Indian women’s kabbadi probables
Chandigarh, August 16
Her friends and coach call her as fast as ‘bijli’. She has proved them right with her selection in the list of probables for the Indian women’s kabbadi team. Having impressed selectors with her swift moves to dodge opponents, Moti Chandan has won best catcher and best raider titles during various tournaments.

Emerging players’ cricket tourney from August 21
Chandigarh, August 16
In an effort to get good performances, Punjab’s senior selection committee has decided to organise an emerging players’ tournament for the Umesh Kumar Trophy here. The committee has divided players into four teams.



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