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New Chandigarh: The Tribune kicks off a debate
The twists in the tale of two cities
With the Punjab Government announcing setting up of New Chandigarh, a new concrete reality has come dangerously closer to the original city. Questions are being raised about the cost involved, both in terms of the impending loss to the eco-fragile Shivaliks as well as the burden that the new township will bear on the City Beautiful.

A high-rise tower coming up in the re-christened New Chandigarh along the Chandigarh-Baddi road in Mullanpur.
A high-rise tower coming up in the re-christened New Chandigarh along the Chandigarh-Baddi road in Mullanpur. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


Woman attacked by stray dogs
Chandigarh, July 13
Visiting a gurdwara in Sector 43 proved a 54-year-old woman dear as she was attacked by a group of stray dogs this morning. The woman, Khushwinder Kaur, was taken to the GMSH-16 for treatment.

MC proposes hike in water tariff
Chandigarh, July 13
In order to stop the misuse of water, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has proposed to hike the water tariff, especially for bulk consumers. The MC proposed that the hike should be more in the upper slabs. At present, residents have to pay Rs 8 per kiloliter for consuming 60 kiloliter of water or above per month. But the MC has proposed to increase the water tariff in this slab from Rs 8 per kiloliter to Rs 20 kilolitre.


Industrial units to remain ‘powerless’ for 72 hours
Mohali, July 13
Resentment prevails among industrial unit owners over the decision of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited to impose a 72-hour weekly power cut on the large-scale sector. Information in this regard was received by the industrial unit owners this afternoon.

MP Pawan Kumar Bansal during a rally at Colony No. 5 in Chandigarh on Saturday. Bansal comes with a bagful of promises
Chandigarh, July 13
Former Union Railways Minister and Member of Parliament (MP) Pawan Kumar Bansal today stated that dispensaries and schools would be set up under the slum rehabilitation project in Maloya and Mauli Jagran. 

MP Pawan Kumar Bansal during a rally at Colony No. 5 in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

NSUI national president discusses poll strategy
Chandigarh, July 13
Rohit Chaudhary, all-India president, National Students’ Union of India, addresses party members at Panjab University on Saturday. Gearing up for the upcoming student council elections at Panjab University (PU), student parties have started roping in senior leaders to plan the poll strategy. All-India president of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) Rohit Chaudhary, who was in the city today, held a meeting with the NSUI members at the university.

Rohit Chaudhary, all-India president, National Students’ Union of India, addresses party members at Panjab University on Saturday. Tribune Photo Pradeep Tewari

Residents’ day out: The scenic beauty of Sukhna Lake blends with a pleasant Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Police to paste photos of criminals in hotels
Panchkula, July 13
The police has decided to paste photographs of hardcore criminals at various hotels in the town. This will discourage the criminals from taking shelter in the hotels. Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashwin Shenvi said hotel owners and managers would now be cautious while letting people with a criminal past check in.


MBBS course
Increase in number of seats mooted
Chandigarh, July 13
Following the media reports that the Central Government has approved the proposal to allow additional 50 MBBS seats in all public and private medical colleges for the current session and asked them to apply for it before July 15, many medical colleges in the region have started applying for an increase in the seats.

From schools
Science exhibition
St John’s High School, Sector 26, organised a science exhibition, 'Sciensational Technothon'. Students from Class VI to XII participated in the event. Various models under different categories were displayed. Eco-friendly smart school, anti-kidnapping alarm and other such projects showcased the latent talent and scientific temper of students. The highlight was a rocket launcher created by Darpen Bhagar and Bhanij Kapal.

Students display science projects during an exhibition at St John’s High School, Sector 26, Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Bcom admissions
Only 167 seats remain vacant in UT pool
Chandigarh, July 13
Students deposit admission forms at MCM DAV College in Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Only 167 BCom seats in the general quota of UT pool (85 per cent) remain vacant in three colleges of Chandigarh. PU coordinator for BCom centralised admissions Prof RK Gupta said that only 167 seats remained vacant in colleges, including Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45; Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26; and Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26.

Students deposit admission forms at MCM DAV College in Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan


131 cancer patients benefit from relief fund in Fatehgarh Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 13
An amount of Rs 1.44 crore has been provided to 131 cancer patients in the district from Chief Minister Relief Fund. While presiding over the meeting with health department officials, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairman, District Health Society, Arun Shekri directed them to ensure proper medical facilities, medicines and other services for patients.

Siblings drown in Bhakra canal
Ropar, July 13
Two brothers drowned in the Bhakra canal near Bhartgarh yesterday. The deceased were identified as Parmjit Singh Pola (40) and Som Nath Soma (35), residents of Goraya, Jalandhar. The siblings had visited Gajipur village for some work. The incident, reportedly, took place when both had gone for a walk along Bhakra canal after having their meal. Parmjit decided to take a bath in the canal and lost his balance. In an attempt to save his brother, Som Nath, reportedly, jumped into the canal but was caught in the strong current. Victims’ bodies are yet to be recovered. — TNS

10 jail inmates released
Ambala, July 13
Ten inmates of the Ambala Central Jail were released during two lok adalats today. AK Jain, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ambala, disposed of four cases. Satish Kumar, who had been behind the bars for the past five days, was released. A resident of Bihar Suresh Mehta, who was convicted in a theft case, was also released. Ajay Ganju and Ram Singh were let off. Panchkula Judicial Magistrate Amit Kumar directed the officials to release six students who were not involved in serious crimes. — OC

Woman dies in mishap
Dera Bassi, July 13
A 60-year-old woman was killed in a road accident near Dera Bassi last night. The deceased has been identified as Ramesh Kumari of Mubarkpur. She was hit by an unidentified truck while crossing the road and died on the spot. The victim’s body was handed over to her relatives after conducting the post-mortem. — OC


Theft at Panchkula Govt College
Panchkula, July 13
Thieves struck at Government College, Sector 1, and decamped with monitors, central processing units (CPUs) and inverter batteries today. The theft has exposed the slack approach of the police towards intensifying patrolling.

Mauli Baidwan
Five arrested in firing case
Mohali, July 13
In a new twist to the Mauli Baidwan firing case, five persons have been arrested after the registration of a cross case by the police here today. The arrested persons are Gursewak Singh, Gurwinder Singh, Laadi, Dalbara Singh and Bachitar Singh. Two of them—Gursewak Singh and Gurwinder Singh—were injured in the firing which took place on July 5. They are said to be supporters of Kiranbir Singh Kang, vice-president, SAD.

Inspector injured
Chandigarh, July 13
An inspector suffered injuries after being hit by a three-wheeler in Sector 42 on Friday evening. He was admitted to the GMSH-16. Jasminder Singh was on night duty and had gone to an accident site when he met with the accident. A case has been registered in this connection.

Bag stolen from car
Chandigarh, July 13
Thieves decamped with a bag containing documents after breaking the windowpane of a car parked outside a temple at Industrial Area, Phase II, late on Saturday evening. Owner of the vehicle Shiv Kumar said he was at the temple when the incident took place. The police is investigating the case. — TNS


Siddharth, Sanjana win yoga meet
Chandigarh, July 13
Around 50 students participated in an inter-school yoga competition at Stepping Stones Senior Secondary School. Siddharth and Sanjana of the host school were declared winners in the under-16 boys’ and girls’ categories respectively.


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