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Groundwater level up, poses threat
Buildings in Sectors 37, 39, 44, 55 & Burail at high risk of cave-in, says report

Chandigarh, July 28
Buildings in southern sectors in the city are at a high risk of cave-in due to a rise in the level of "shallow water", which has posed a threat of dampness in the base of the foundation of these structures.

Fraudster lands in police net, courtesy Facebook
Chandigarh, July 28
Nearly five months after the driver of Govardhan Gabbi, a Punjabi writer, allegedly duped him and his business partner of Rs 1 lakh, the writer managed to get him arrested with the help of a social networking site by laying a honey trap on Facebook posing as a girl. The writer asked the driver to meet him in Chandigarh, which led to his arrest.


50-year-old engineer shoots himself
Panchkula, July 28
The police makes investigations at the victim's house in Kalka on Sunday. A 50-year-old electrical engineer, a resident of Kalka in Panchkula district, shot himself on his temple with a .315-bore country-made pistol in the wee hours today. The victim, Dinesh Singh Chauhan, was taken to a local hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

The police makes investigations at the victim's house in Kalka on Sunday.

Thieves strike at house in Sunny Enclave
Mohali, July 28
Policemen inspect the house where a theft took place in Sunny Enclave, Kharar, on Sunday. Thieves struck at a house in Sunny Enclave in Kharar last night and decamped with cash and jewellery worth over Rs 50 lakh, a US-made rifle, over 50 cartridges, expensive mobiles, electronic gadgets, documents and anti-theft equipment installed in the house.

Policemen inspect the house where a theft took place in Sunny Enclave, Kharar, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Ban on cheap diabetes drug hits patients
Chandigarh, July 28
The decision of the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry to ban the cheap and readily available anti-diabetes drug, pioglitazone, last month, has severely affected the lives of many patients in the city, forcing them to shell out much more for alternative medicines.



Basic amenities non-existent in Sec 48-51
Chandigarh, July 28
If one goes by the state of basic amenities provided to the residents of the cooperative housing societies spread across Sectors 48 to 51, the Chandigarh Administration and the municipal corporation seem to be biased.

Saving Rs 60 on entry tickets proves costly for two women
Chandigarh, July 28
An attempt to save Rs 30 each on the ticket charged from visitors for entering the Chandigarh Airport landed two women in police custody yesterday. They had forged their e-tickets to gain entry free of cost. Investigations revealed that both the women, who had come to see off a couple, just wanted to save the entry ticket charges.

BJP councillor for low-cost meals
Chandigarh, July 28
Councillor of the BJP Saurabh Joshi has requested city Mayor Subhash Chawla to take note of the low cost of meals of councillors in other cities like Mumbai and Delhi and reduce the cost of meals here as well. This, according to him, will bring down the expenses of the Municipal Corporation on food.

Stray Cattle menace
Councillors hand over Rs 1.08 lakh to victim’s kin
Chandigarh, July 28
Congress councillors with accident victim Harpreet Singh Sodhi’s wife at her residence in Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Congress cuncillors submitted their one-month salary cheques amounting Rs 1,08,000 to the family of Harpreet Singh Sodhi, who had died in a road accident involving a stray cattle.

Congress councillors with accident victim Harpreet Singh Sodhi’s wife at her residence in Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Sunday. tribune photo: Parvesh chauhan

Summer fest begins at Tagore Theatre
Chandigarh, July 28
Three-day TFT summer festival began today at the Tagore Theatre with the staging of a play "Baldey Tibbey". Written by late Balwant Gargi and directed by Sudesh Sharma, the play, a Punjabi adaptation of the American play “Desire Under The Elms”, dramatised the primordial desire of Punjab’s farmer community for women, wealth and land.

LPG auto operators hold protest
Chandigarh, July 28
Auto-rickshaw (LPG) operators of the city today held a protest against the policies of the Chandigarh Administration. Led by leader of the Janta Dal United Surinder Bhardwaj, the LPG auto-rickshaw operators held a rally, demanding earmarked parking lots and strict action against the diesel auto-rickshaw operators.

Saplings planted
Chandigarh, July 28
The Residents Welfare Associations affiliated with FOSWAC today conducted a tree-plantation drive in collaboration with the department of Forests and Wildlife, UT Administration, at City Club in Sector 8 here.

No let-up in monkey menace on PU campus
Chandigarh, July 28
Monkeys roam freely on the Panjab University campus. There is no respite from monkey menace on the Panjab University campus. Simians are giving a tough time to the residents of boys’ and girls’ hostels. The most affected areas are boys’ hostel number 4, 5, 6 and 7 and girls’ hostel number 1 and 2.

Monkeys roam freely on the Panjab University campus. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Residents protest against unscheduled power cuts
Mohali, July 28
Residents block traffic on the National Highway-21 in Kharar against unscheduled power cuts on Sunday. Over 300 residents of Kharar blocked the Kharar-Ludhiana-Chandigarh Highway following the unscheduled power cuts daily. Raising slogans against the state government and the Punjab State Electricity Board, the miffed residents blocked the highway at 9 pm today near the Kharar bus stand.

Residents block traffic on the National Highway-21 in Kharar against unscheduled power cuts on Sunday. Tribune photo: vicky gharu

Dose of iron pills for government students reduced 
Panchkula, July 28
Panchkula Health Department has decided to reduce the dosage of iron pills for government school children from 100 mg to 20 mg. The decision was taken after 27 children fell ill in various government schools in Panchkula. According to the officials, they would give this dose for two to three weeks and then continue with the same 100 mg dosage.
A medical camp under way on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day at the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
A medical camp under way on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day at the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan 

Tributes paid to Kargil martyrs
Panchkula, July 28
A large number of ex-servicemen, members of their families as well as civilians paid floral tributes to soldiers who were killed in action while commemorating the 14th anniversary of the 1999 Kargil conflict.

Candlelight march held for Geetanjali
Panchkula, July 28
A candlelight march was organised by the RV Trust to seek justice in the Geetanjali murder case.

Two-week health camp 
Mohali, July 28 
In an effort to reach out to the community, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Mohali, a has started a two-week-long joint replacement camp on its premises. The camp will be on till August 4 between from 10am to 6pm.

Open house suggestions
Check use of harmful chemicals
A worker shows a packet of calcium carbide, a chemical used to ripen mangoes, at the fruit market in Sector 26, Chandigarh. It is shocking and shameless that the Health Authorities are mum over the issue and do not take action against the fruit sellers/distributors/agents who openly use these deadly chemicals despite being banned by the law. Why this legally banned calcium carbide and other such harmful chemicals are openly sold in the markets? Why there is no check on the sale of these life threatening chemicals? 

A worker shows a packet of calcium carbide, a chemical used to ripen mangoes, at the fruit market in Sector 26, Chandigarh. A file photo

No check on rampant use of calcium carbide 
Chandigarh, July 28
Even as workers in city's biggest fruit market in Sector 26 have been freely using and even offering banned and toxic chemical Calcium Carbide for ripening of fruits (especially mangoes), UT Health Department is least bothered about the violation.

Research initiated to identify chemically ripened fruits 
Chandigarh, July 28
Scientists at the Mohali Unit of National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) have initiated a research project to develop a diagnostic method to distinguish the fruits ripened with prohibited ripening agents such as calcium carbide.


Refractive error common among students
Chandigarh, July 28
Malnourishment and anemia are not the only cause of concerns affecting UT schoolchildren. Thousands of students of the city government schools are also suffering from eye disorder problems.

Panchkula students’ date with NASA astronauts
Panchkula, July 28
A group of students from a Panchkula school attended the grand opening of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on June 29 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex in Florida, US.

Aryans Career Fair on July 31
Mohali, July 28
To provide education and placement opportunities to the students of the region, the Aryans Group of Colleges is going to organise “Aryans Career Fair” on its campus at Nepra village on July 31.

National-level quiz
Bhavan Vidyalaya students enter semis
Chandigarh, July 28
Avtansh Behal of Class XII and Bikramjit Singh Sidhu of Class X from Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, entered the semifinals of the national-level quiz, “Tax Your Brain”, organised by Quizcraft India and the Income Tax Department.

From Schools
Poetry-recitation competition
Chandigarh: An English poetry-recitation competition was organised for KG and Class 1 students of Bhavan Vidyalaya Junior, Sector 33. The selected students recited their poems confidently with expression, correct intonation and enthusiasm. 



Trade unions merge with CITU
Ropar, July 28
A number of trade unions have joined the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) during a convention held here today.

One killed in accident
Banur, July 28
A man was killed in a road accident near Banur on Saturday. He has been identified as Jatinder Singh (28), a resident of Dwali Kalan near Rajpura.

Residents of 28 villages face inconvenience
Banur, July 28
The residents of over 28 villages in Banur have been facing inconvenience due to their link with other two districts, Patiala and Mohali. The residents have been demanding that they should be attached with their old district, Patiala, as they are already linked with the Rajpura assembly constituency that falls in Patiala district and are bound to visit the region for all kinds of works relating to the police department or the panchayat department. 

Lalru women begin fast over demands
Dera Bassi, July 28
Women of Lalru, who have been struggling for the past few days, began a fast in favour of their demands in front of the Municipal Council office, Lalru, on Sunday. The strike would continue till their demands were not met, said the protesting women.

Hepatitis Day observed
Dera Bassi, July 28
On the occasion of World Hepatitis Day, a function was organised today in Lalru to spread awareness about the dreaded disease. Addressing the gathering, the SMO in charge CHC, Lalru, Dr Daler Singh Multani said, “Some types of hepatitis are self limiting, some require an extensive treatment and some can be cured through vaccinations.”

Plantation drive for MGNREGA workers in Fatehgarh Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 28
To provide employment to the MGNREGA job cardholders during the rainy season, the district administration has decided to involve them in planting over 2 lakh saplings in the district, said Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Baljit Singh Sandhu.

Giani Ditt Singh Welfare Society formed
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 28
To launch campaigns against social evils and initiate social welfare projects, hundreds' of youths formed a Welfare Society based on the philosophy of a renowned Sikh scholar and architect of Singh Sabha Lehar, Giani Ditt Singh today.


Murdered woman identified
Mohali, July 28
The Mohali police today claimed to have identified the migrant woman, whose headless body and head were found at the local Sewerage Treatment Plant last week.

Man killed in accident
Chandigarh, July 28
A 30-year-old pillion rider was killed in a hit-and-run case last night. The incident took place at the road separating sectors 52 and 53 at around 10.45pm. Pillion driver Durga Kumar was killed while Umesh Kumar suffered injuries.

Five booked for fraud
Zirakpur, July 28 A resident of Panjokha, Ambala, Vishal Sharma was duped of Rs 2 lakh by five miscreants on pretext of sending him abroad.

Decomposed body found
Panchkula, July 28 A decomposed body was found in the Ramsar village of Pinjore in Panchkula this morning. According to the police, a black coloured bag was also found from the spot which contained a sealed bottle of liquor, a brown coloured uniform and a belt, suspected to be that of a peon.


Soccer tourney stopped midway
Chandigarh, July 28
Providing VIP treatment to a local private school, the UT Education Department has postponed the ongoing Inter-School Football Championship for boys (U-17). Reason-the team of St John’s School, Sector 26, one of the semifinalists, wants to participate in a private tournament.

Millennium Cricket Academy register victory by 9 wickets
Chandigarh, July 28
The Millennium Cricket Academy defeated Coaching Centre of Sector 32 by 9 wickets in their ongoing match of in the fourth Vivek Trophy Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-14), being held here today.

Jaskeerat, Tarini, Jaspreet, Shrushti win chess titles
Chandigarh, July 28
Students take part in a chess championship at St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, in Chandigarh on Sunday. Jaskeerat Singh Ahluwalia, Tarini Goyal, Jaspreet Singh and Shrushti Fulzele won the competition, in their respective categories, during the concluding day of State Chess Championship, being held at St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, here today. Jaskeerat of Delhi Public School, Sector 40, won the open category (U-15) with 6 points while Tarini of Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, bagged the girls (U-15) category with 3 points.

Students take part in a chess championship at St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh chauhan

Nidhi lifts carrom title
Chandigarh, July 28
Nidhi Gupta of the St Mary’s School, Sector 46, won Sub-Junior Girls’ Singles title after overcoming Maryam of Government Model Secondary School, Sector 46, in straight two games by 21-05 and 20-00, during the ongoing State Carrom meet held at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here today. In the semifinals, Nidhi defeated Komal Gupta by 21-04, 21-05.

Satluj Public School emerge champions
Chandigarh, July 28
Satluj Public School, Panchkula, clinched Under-19 School District Cricket Tournament by badly defeating Gurukul School, Sector 20, Panchkula, in the final match held today at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, Panchkula. The team beat the opponent by 10 wickets in a one-sided match.

Cricket trials postponed
Chandigarh, July 28
The Education Department has postponed the selection trials of Cricket U-14 years (boys), scheduled for July 29 at Government High School, Sector 19, till further orders. Trials for football tournament U-17 years (boys) have also been delayed. — TNS


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