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Chandigarh to Goa in Rs 4,585
Chandigarh, August 3
Now, in around Rs 4,585 you can reach Madgaon (Goa) from Chandigarh in an AC first class coach in 37 hours. The train (number 12450) for Madgaon will be flagged off at 1:30 am on August 5 from the city railway station by former Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. This will be the fourth train linking the city to the financial capital of the country, Mumbai.

‘New Chd’ villagers move Permanent Lok Adalat
Mohali, August 3
While the Punjab Government has promised to develop top-class infrastructure at ‘New Chandigarh’, the residents of the villages that fall in the area have been deprived of the basic amenities, including road links. They have moved the Permanent Lok Adalat in this regard.


No need for city Metro: Ex-chief architect
Chandigarh, August 3
City's first chief architect MN Sharma interacts with media persons at his residence in Chandigarh on Saturday. The city's first chief architect and close associate of Le Corbusier, MN Sharma, feels at present there is no need for a Metro project for the City Beautiful. On his 90th birthday, Sharma said instead of spending crores of rupees on the Metro project, the Administration should start free bus service for two hours in the morning and evening for office-goers and it would ease traffic congestion here.

City's first chief architect MN Sharma interacts with media persons at his residence in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Double murder
Doctors suspect child was abused
Panchkula, August 3
In a shocking revelation in the double murder case that took place near Pinjore, a board of doctors, who conducted the post-mortem examinations of the bodies of the woman and her seven-year-old daughter, suspect that the child was physically abused before being strangled to death.


Tricity scan
Hike in collector rates condemned
Chandigarh: Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) condemned the 50 per cent increase in the collector rates by the UT Administration. In its quarterly meeting, CBM office-bearers demanded rollback of collector rates considering recession in property prices. CBM President Charanjiv Singh said they would meet the UT officials and would demand rollback.

ML Garg and JD Gupta, president and chairman, respectively, of the Property Consultants Association, addresses the media in Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

SHRC seeks report from DC on potable water
Mohali, August 3
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has sought a report from the Mohali Deputy Commissioner on a complaint that residents of the district have not been getting potable water for the past many months.

Infra development at snail’s pace
Chandigarh, August 3
The infrastructure development in government schools of Chandigarh is going on at a slow pace. Classrooms at government schools in Chandigarh are bursting with rising number of students. Forty government schools in Chandigarh are running on double shift and many NGOs feel the quality of education is difficult to maintain in afternoon shifts.

Nirmala’s plight moves audience
Chandigarh, August 3
Artistes stage the play, “Nirmala”, on the first day of Munshi Prem Chand Theatre Festival at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Saturday. The City-based Rang Virasat Theatre Group’s fine adaption of Munshi Prem Chand’s acclaimed novel “Nirmala” kicked off the four-day-long theatre festival on the literary work of the acclaimed Indian writer today. The overall performance in the play managed to bring alive the story of an intense female character.

Artistes stage the play, “Nirmala”, on the first day of Munshi Prem Chand Theatre Festival at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Panchkula advocates go on strike over ‘assault’ on fellow lawyer
Panchkula, August 3
Litigants were a harassed lot when lawyers at the Panchkla district courts observed a strike till afternoon today following an alleged attack on their former president of the bar association, Satish Kadiyan.

Traffic violations
: Auto-rickshaws parked on the slip road near the ISBT roundabout at Sector 21, Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Mohali murder
Victim was pregnant
Mohali, August 3
A woman, whose headless body and head were recovered from a local sewerage treatment plant, was pregnant and was on the verge of delivery. The fact came to light after the postmortem examination was conducted at the Civil Hospital, Phase VI, here today. The Mohali police is still clueless about the identity of the woman, who seems to be in her 30’s and belonged to a good family.

Lifting of ban on pioglitazone brings cheer to diabetics
Chandigarh, August 3
The lifting of ban on the sale of the common diabetes drug, pioglitazone, by the Central Government brings cheer to diabetes patients in the city. The ban had left a number of patients in the lurch as many found the medicine highly cost-effective and suitable.

Cheating case
Rs 1 lakh reward on Khutten sisters
Chandigarh, August 3
The Chandigarh police has announced a reward of Rs 50,000 each on Seema Khutten (35) and her sister, Renu Khutten (32), colleagues of the deceased former municipal councillor (MC) Arshad Khan, in a cheating case.

Possession of flats, villas, plots
Owners stage protest at developer’s office
Owners stage a protest at the office of Unitech Builders, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Chandigarh, August 3
The owners waiting for the possession of flats, villas and plots in Sectors 97, 106 and 107 of SAS Nagar today staged a protest in front of the Unitech Builders Office, Sector 17, Chandigarh. They raised slogans against the developer for not giving them the possession of their plots on time.

Owners stage a protest at the office of Unitech Builders, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

BSNL achieves growth rate of 4.3% in tricity
Chandigarh, August 3
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has achieved a growth rate of 4.3 per cent in the tricity during the last financial year, which is reported to be highest in the Punjab Telecom Circle. The revenue has also increased over 13 per cent in the mobile segment of BSNL.

Israeli film fest
Day 3: ‘Yellow Asphalt Poster’ screened
Chandigarh, August 3 The third day of the Israeli Film Festival at the Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10 saw the screening of another Israeli film, “Yellow Asphalt Poster”. A film of forbidden and impossible love affairs, loyalty and betrayal, it told the story of three dramatic encounters between the east and the west. The central plot revolved around the clash of modern Israeli life with the ancient nomadic traditions. The film was unique for its sympathy toward the oppression of the middle- east women, The film was shot entirely on location in the Judean desert with local actors and with the participation of the Jahalin tribe.

Panthic Vichar Manch member defaces signboards at RLA office
Chandigarh, August 3
Signboards at Registration and Licensing Authority office were smeared with black paint Visitors to the office of the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) office in Sector 17 were on a rude shock when they found that the signboards at the office were smeared with black paint. They lamented that the notice boards which give details of different formalities required to seek documents were smeared with black paint, resulting in difficulty in filling the forms.

Signboards at Registration and Licensing Authority office were smeared with black paint on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

JEs mess up, lineman suffers electric shock
Panchkula, August 3
A 22-year-old youth suffered an electric shock due to a communication gap between the two junior engineers (JEs) of the electricity department at the Industrial Area, Phase I, Panchkula.

Independence Day rehearsals under way
Mohali, August 3
Rehearsals were held for the cultural programme to be presented by school and college students at the Independence Day function. Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal will hoist the National Flag at the function to be held at Government College in Phase VI . The cultural programme will include Rajasthani, and Gujarati dances apart from giddha and bhangra. — OC


From schools
Tree plantation
A tree plantation drive was held at Government Model High School, Sector 37C. The headmistress, staff and members of the school management committee planted saplings on the school premises. The students took part in the drive with a great enthusiasm.

Two-day art exhibition kicks off at Manav Mangal school
Chandigarh, August 3
Students enact a scene from the Ramayana during the annual art exhibition at Manav Mnagal High School, Sector 21, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Images 2013, the two-day annual art exhibition by the students of Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, Chandigarh, began on the school premises today. The students showed their talent, skills and creativity in an innovative way. Colourful decoration of the school added to the beauty of the event.

Students enact a scene from the Ramayana during the annual art exhibition at Manav Mnagal High School, Sector 21, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Pharma institute to hold summer training school from tomorrow
Chandigarh, August 3
The University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS), Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh is going to host a summer training school on the theme, "Learning Methodologies in Pharmaceutical Chemistry: Medicinal and Analytical Aspects", from August 5.

Admission date extended
Panjab University (PU) has extended the last date for online submission of application for M Ed (correspondence) upto August 5 at the University School of Open Learning (USOL) for session 2013-2015. The last date for the submission of requisite documents is August 8. The admission to 150 seats is available for in-service teachers only.


Kalka students suffer due to poor bus service
Kalka, August 3
Resentment prevails among the students over the inadequate bus service of the Haryana Roadways, who commute everyday between Kalka and Chandigarh due to the inconvenience they are facing these days.
Some of the parents of the students told the Tribune that more than 80 students are forced to travel in the bus which leaves for Chandigarh at 6.35am. The bus gets over loaded as there is only single bus service in the morning hours, which carry 80 to 100 students to Sector 17, Chandigarh via Madhya Marg.

MLA visits hospital, patients complain of poor facilities
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 3
Justice (retd) Nirmal Singh, MLA Bassi Pathana, today paid a surprise visit to the Civil Hospital, Bassi Pathana, and found the staff present in hospital. The patients complained that there are no specialised doctors, medicines are not given, X-ray tests are not conducted and the patients are referred to private labs and doctors. There are no arrangements for deliveries, operations and emergency services.

Members of Dera Bassi panchayat samiti elect office-bearers unanimously
Dera Bassi, August 3
Office-bearers of the panchayat samiti, Dera Bassi, were elected unanimously in a meeting of newly-elected members of Dera Bassi on Friday. Maninder Kaur Malkpur was elected chairperson and Gurdeep Singh elected was vice-chairperson unanimously. Election was held under the supervision of Returning Officer-cum-SDM, Inderjeet Kaur Kang, and convener BDPO, Arun Sharma. Chief Parliamentary Secretary, NK Sharma, was present during this election of panchyat samiti office-bearers. Notably, there are 23 panchyat samiti members in this block out of which 22 belong to SAD-BJP combined and only one belong to the Congress party.

200 students get degrees
Ambala, July 3
Union minister Selja conferred degrees on 200 postgraduate students of MDSD Girls' College during a in Ambala City today. She was given a warm welcome by the management and principal of the college. While addressing the students, she said a number of opportunities were available for girls in the country. She asked the students to work hard and live in a disciplined life to achieve their goals. She said they were lucky that they were getting excellence education in a premier institution of the region. — OC

Unidentified body found
Dera Bassi, August 3
An unidentified body was found from a pond of near Malkpur village. The body has been kept in the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, for 72 hours for identification. The police sources said that the victim was wearing a shirt and dhoti and seemed around 60-year-old. The body was noticed by village residents who informed the police. — OC


Fast-track trial
Rapist gets 10-year jail
Panchkula, August 3
A youth who had raped a six-year-old child, was awarded imprisonment of 10 years by the local court today. The victim, a resident of Rajiv colony, has two holes in her heart and was raped by her father’s driver, Raju (20), on December 29, 2012.


Two cops hit by auto, injured
Chandigarh, August 3
Two policemen were injured after being hit by a recklessly driven auto-rickshaw at Sector 36/37 light point this morning. The police said head constable Kadam Singh and constable Rajnish were on duty at the light point when the auto-rickshaw coming from the Sector 36/37/41/42 side jumped the red light and hit the policemen. The accused managed to flee from the scene. Both the injured were rushed to the Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, where they are undergoing treatment. The police has registered a case and has started investigations. — TNS


Ranjit beats Digvijay to clinch UT Open Tennis trophy
Chandigarh, August 3
Tennis player Ranjit Singh defeated Digvijay Partap to win the final of the boys’ (U-19) category of the UT Open Tennis Tournament held at Lake Sports Complex here today. Ranjit defeated his opponent 6-2, 7-5. In the finals of Girls (U-19) event, Chavi Saxena beat Hanshika 8-1.

Treyaksh helps Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy log win
Chandigarh, August 3
Treyaksh Bali with the help of a century helped Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy defeat Ankur Public School Punjab University by scoring 84 runs during a match of the ongoing 4th Vivek Trophy Cricket Tournament for boys (U-14) , held today.
Batting first, the winning side posted a score of 198 runs in the allotted overs. Bali contributed a fine knock of an unbeaten 112 runs while Vivek contributed 45 runs.

A batsman in action during an inter-school cricket match at St Joseph's Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Tennis tourney
Manav Mangal emerge tennis champs
Panchkula, August 3
Manav Mangal School defeated The Gurukul 3-0 in the finals (U-14) of the Panchkula District Inter-School Tennis at Gymkhana Club, Sector 6.
Results: Boys (U-14) semifinals:Manav Mangal School beat Hansraj Public School 3-0; The Gurukul beat Saupin’s 3-0. Finals: Manav Mangal School beat The Gurukul 3-0; Boys (U-17) semifinals: Manav Mangal School beat DC Model School 7-5 (Tie Break); Hansraj Public School beat DAV-8 3-1.

Team selected for Pataudi Trophy
Chandigarh, August 3
Chandigarh Cricket Association (CCA) affiliated to Haryana Cricket Association has selected local cricket team for the upcoming Pataudi Trophy Inter-District Cricket Meet, to be organised by the Haryana Cricket Association. The team will play their first match against Yamunanagar on Monday. Team: Vishal Michal (captain), Sandeep Bhattacharya, Guntash Vir Singh, Anupam Gambhir, Dhruv Pandey, Gaurav Tandon, Gitanshu, Vikas Chauhan, Jeetender Kumar, Gaurav Dhingra, Navdeep Boora, Parvesh Sharma, Karan,Rocky Ratta, Prabhjot Singh, Ganesh, Kapil Punia, Amandeep and Krishan Khatri.  — TNS

St Annes win cricket tourney
Chandigarh, August 3
St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32, won Under-14 UT Inter-School Cricket Tournament by defeating St Joseph’s Convent Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, in the finals at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 26. Batting first, St Anne’s scored 74 runs in 20 over. However, the better bowling performance by the team led it to victory as it bundled out the opponent St Joseph’s team at 67 runs in 18 over, there by wining the match by 7 runs. Iktaj and Aniket were the star performers. Iktaj took four wickets by giving 8 runs and Aniket took three wickets by giving 12 scores. The winners were later awarded. While St Joseph’s finished at second spot, Saupin’s School, Sector 32, was on third spot. — TNS


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