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Monsoon hits tricity
Arrives two days in advance; Met department records 22.6mm rainfall

Chandigarh, July 6
Against the earlier prediction that monsoon would arrive in the tricity region after the first week of this month, the monsoon has arrived two days in advance. The met department has recorded 22.6mm rainfall this afternoon.
Mirthful: Girls enjoy the first splash of monsoon rain in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday.
: Girls enjoy the first splash of monsoon rain in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan


Diarrhoea outbreak
High bacteria count in water samples
Chandigarh, July 6
While there was no let-up in the number of new patients suffering from diarrhoea reaching hospitals from Mauli Jagran, seven more samples of drinking water from the locality have been found unfit for human consumption.

Mobile phone towers for some residential areas
Chandigarh, July 6
In a major relief to residents and telecom operators, the UT Administration is going to allow mobile phone towers at residential areas in certain sectors where no commercial site exists.

Night food street in new avatar
Chandigarh, July 6
Two months after the night food street in the city lost its flavour with the pulling down of shutters on the unique project, the Municipal Corporation (MC) is all set to spice up the night life of the city residents once again.


4 vends sold
Chandigarh, July 6
It seems that the new UT excise policy is weighing heavy on contractors. In its last bid to dispose of the remaining 60 IMFL and countrymade liquor vends, the UT excise and taxation department could sell only four countrymade liquor vends after reducing the reserve price by 20 per cent.

Traffic awareness workshop today
Chandigarh, July 6
In order to spread awareness about road safety rules among the public, the traffic police, in association with the NGO Tamanna, will organise a traffic awareness workshop.

Waterlogging exposes MC's ill-preparedness 
Panchkula, July 6
Monsoon season's first rainfall that lashed the region for more than one hour today exposed the ill-preparedness of the municipal corporation to deal with waterlogging. As per official sources, Panchkula had received about 25 mm rainfall as compared to 5 mm recorded last year.

Civic body’s yearly income from ads goes up
Mohali , July 6
The yearly income of the Mohali municipal corporation from advertisements has gone up three times from Rs 1.75 crore to Rs 5.33 crore.

CHB puts ball in Admn’s court
Chandigarh, July 6
Extending the uncertainty over the fate of the refund of earnest money to 3,000 unsuccessful applicants in the special housing scheme for UT employees floated in 2008, the board of members of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has referred the matter to Chandigarh Administration.

PGI contractual workers end stir
Chandigarh July 6
Contractual workers with the PGI ended their strike today after the PGI administration agreed to take up their demands at the next meeting of the standing finance committee.

Traffic policeman slapped, abused
Chandigarh, July 6
In yet another incident of assault on policemen, a head constable with the traffic police was slapped and abused by a resident who was stopped for checking at the traffic light point on the road separating Sectors 23 and 24 here this evening.

EWS dwelling meant for J& K migrants
Eviction orders stayed
Chandigarh, July 6
In an interim relief to illegal occupants of EWS dwelling units in Sectors 26 and 29, who were issued eviction notice, a local court has stayed the eviction orders till further orders.

garbage collection
No effective policy in place
Chandigarh, July 6
The Municipal Corporation has failed to chalk out any effective policy for the segregation and lifting of garbage of the city till date. Due to non- availability of bylaws, the authorities could not implement many of them suitably in the city.

Ministry of Environment, Forests for action against highway authority
Flyover on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo NH-22 near Chandimandir Panchkula, July 6
The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Northern Region, has directed Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Haryana, to take action against the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for the unauthorised use of forest land under the Indian Forest Act, 1927.

Flyover on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo NH-22 near Chandimandir Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Power cuts yet again
Chandigarh, July 6 Residents of various sectors once again witnessed power cuts last night and this afternoon. Residents of Sectors 44, 45 and 22 and Mani Majra faced power cuts. Power cuts left city residents suffering sleepless nights. Residents also found it difficult to handle young children in the absence of electricity during night.

Power shortage affecting work in telemedicine centres: Expert
Mohali , July 6
Ninety per cent of the telemedicine centres in the country are not working as per plans due to various reasons and it is time to translate vision into realty. No Indian should be deprived of specialised consultation which should only be a click away.

Rs 60 Bus pass for students
Chandigarh, July 6
Students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, Chandigarh, board a CTU bus in front of their school. In what will give relief to thousands of parents whose children are studying at government schools in the city, UT education department in collaboration with the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking has decided to provide students with transport facility at an affordable price of Rs 60 per month.

Students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, Chandigarh, board a CTU bus in front of their school. Tribune Photo Pradeep Tewari


New VC will do better than me: Prof RC Sobti 
Chandigarh, July 6
Professor RC Sobti The term of Professor RC Sobti, the Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, will come to an end later this month. His six-year term has seen him being lauded for certain actions, such as getting PU out of its financial mess, and also being criticised for certain decisions, including his appearing for the interview held for selection of PU's next VC despite being the sitting one. Although, in his interaction with our correspondent Sumedha Sharma, Prof Sobti remained tight-lipped on the issue of the interview, he opened up to some other questions.


Man held with 40 kg poppy husk
BANUR, July 6
The police has recovered 20 skg of smack and 40 kg of poppy husk during various nakas. Twenty gram smack was recovered from Krishan Kumar, a resident of Gajukhera village, while a resident of Uttarakhand, Kabul Singh, was held with 40 kg of poppy husk. A truck loaded with two bags of poppy husk was also impounded.

AIIMS entrance
Patiala girl secures eighth rank
Patiala, July 6
Patiala girl Sukhman Shergill has secured eighth rank in the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) entrance examination. She had also cleared the All-India Pre Medical Test (34 rank) prior to the result of AIIMS entrance exam. 


Serious about mass transport system, UT Admn tells HC
Chandigarh, July 6
Cars will seldom be taken out of garages for visiting the city’s downtown, if the Chandigarh Administration has its way. In an affidavit filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court today, the Administration claimed that it was serious about bringing a mass transport system to the city “to move the people, not the cars”.


One arrested for Rs 36-lakh fraud
Chandigarh, July 6
The economic offences wing of the UT police has arrested Surinder Kumar Shrivastva of Gurgaon in a case of fraud of over Rs 36 lakh. Dharinder Singh Rathore stated that he and his mother-in-law Subash Parwana jointly purchased residential plots at Kansal village and two commercial plots in the name of his mother-in-law at Mundi Kharar village.

50-year-old woman commits suicide
Chandigarh, July 6 A woman residing at Sector 43 here allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan here today.


nba skills challenge
Amandeep, Prabhjot emerge winners in skill tests

Chandigarh, July 6
Troy Justice, director, NBA, shares a light moment with budding players at New Public School courts, Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Friday. Amandeep Singh and Prabhjot Kaur clinched top honours in the Junior NBA/Junior WNBA Skills Challenge event held at the New Public School courts, Sector 18, here, today
The basketball courts at the venue were buzzing with activity as nearly 800 students from 29 schools and institutions across the city turned up to compete in a series of timed skills tests, which served to measure each child’s ability in key fundamentals such as dribbling, passing and shooting.
Troy Justice, director, NBA, shares a light moment with budding players at New Public School courts, Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan


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