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Water tanker owners make a killing
Chandigarh, August 28
Private water tanker suppliers have cashed in on the ongoing water crisis in Chandigarh and Mohali. With officials of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation and the Punjab Government miserably failing to restore the full water supply to Chandigarh and Mohali, both towns are facing one of their worst-ever water crises.

Six reservoirs in city go dry
Chandigarh, August 28
The water crisis in the city for the past one week has resulted in the drying up of six water reservoirs, which used to come in handy during an emergency situation. Sources in the department said after distributing water in the city, which included 33.5 MGD received by the MC from the Kajauli waterworks (phase I and II), no water had been left in these reservoirs now.


Supply from Kajauli likely to resume by tomorrow
Mohali, August 28
Repair work under way on pipelines at Gharuan near Kharar on Wednesday. The supply of water from Kajauli to Mohali is likely to be resumed by Friday morning, a senior GMADA official said this evening. Rain had delayed work at Kajauli. There was rainwater in trenches, which had to be removed. He said work on the phase III pipeline was almost complete and the final touches would be given tomorrow. Work was also in progress on phase IV.
Repair work under way on pipelines at Gharuan near Kharar on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Residents cash in on stronger $
Chandigarh, August 28
While the fall of the rupee against the US dollar and the pound is emerging as a major challenge for the economy, city residents, who had invested in these foreign currencies, are making the most of the situation.

Pu polls
Parties contacting students’ families, friends for support
SOPU workers during a door-to-door canvassing at a student's residence in Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Chandigarh, August 28
Desperate to win the Panjab University Campus Student Council elections, various student parties are contacting friends and family members of students, asking them to support their party. Party supporters have prepared a list of students hailing from various parts of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, who are being contacted through their family and friends.

SOPU workers during a door-to-door canvassing at a student's residence in Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan


Unsafe spots
No lessons learnt by Panchkula police
Panchkula, August 28
Locations like Shakti Mills Compound, Mumbai, where the gruesome gang rape of a 22-year-old took place are in Panchkula also which wear a deserted look and are unsafe even during the day time. However, not even a single PCR is seen at these places. It seems that the police has not learnt a lesson yet.

A deserted piece of land behind Shalimar Mall, Sector 5, Panchkula; and (right) the Suraj Theatre Complex. Tribune Photos: Nitin Mittal

Janmashtami rain no damper
Chandigarh, August 28
Janmashtami was celebrated with a lot of religious fervour across the tricity. The devotees thronged the ISKCON temple in Sector 36 and other temples in the city to pay their obeisance to Lord Krishna. At the ISKCON temple, a golden darbar was specially prepared at a cost of Rs 2 lakh to mark the festival.

Divine ritual: ISKCON devotees take part in the "abhishek" ceremony on the occasion of Janmashtami at Hare Krishna Dham in Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Restaurant fined for deficiency in service
Chandigarh, August 28
A Sector 26-based restaurant has been penalised by the UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum for serving Diet Coke while the complainant had ordered Diet Pepsi. The forum found that the restaurant charged money for Diet Pepsi but the complainant had ordered Diet Coke.

Substandard ration being used for mid-day meal at Ramgarh govt school
Panchkula, August 28
Substandard ration is being served to students at a government school in Ramgarh. Despite several incidents of unhygienic mid-day meals, no efforts are being made to check the same. In about 10 government schools, mid-day meal lapses were found. Still the 44-member panel that was recently constituted by the Panchkula Deputy Commissioner has failed to take any action.

Insect-infested rice, which was meant for students of a government school in Ramgarh. A Tribune photograph

Fitness programme for expectant mothers launched
Chandigarh, August 28
For expectant mothers in city, a pre-natal fitness programme, Natal Wise, was launched today that would offer counseling as well as fitness regimen during and after the pregnancy.

Patients at PGI devoid of free life-saving drugs
Chandigarh, August 28
The PGIMER stocks over 300 life-saving drugs and surgical items to be provided free of cost and quickly to patients in the first 24 hours of admission. But, the hospital has miserably failed to utilise these items, forcing patients to buy even these items from chemists.

Kishangarh roads in poor shape
Chandigarh, August 28
Roads in Kishangarh village here have been crying for attention for the past one year. The UT Administration and the village Panchayat have failed to recarpet the roads with bitumen. Today’s rain aggravated the villagers' problems, as they find it difficult to move on the potholed roads.

MLA leads residents’ protest
Mohali, August 28
A protest led by MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu was staged today over the water crisis being faced by the residents in various parts of the town. The protesters first gathered at the Phase VIII ground and later moved onto the Phase VII chowk where they staged a dharna. Slogans were raised against the government. Some of them were attired in black gowns.

Residents, led by MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu, protest against the water crisis at the Phase VII light point in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh SCAN
Chandigarh: Dr SPS Grewal, Director, Grewal Eye Institute, was awarded 'Indian Achiever's Award' and 'Bharat Vibhushan Samman Puraskar' for patient care. This award was presented during the 'Indian Achiever's Summit' held recently in New Delhi. The 'Bharat Vibhushan Samman Puraskar' was presented by the Economic and Human Resource Development Association (EHRDA), a non-governmental society.

Kin suspect foul play in man’s death
Chandigarh, August 28
Traffic was disrupted at the Sector 49-50 light point when the members of a Sector 49 resident's family, reportedly died after consuming poison, staged a protest, alleging that his paramour poisoned the man at her house in Sector 49. Deepak (28), a resident of the same sector, had allegedly consumed poison at her paramour's house on Tuesday.

A police official pacifies agitating relatives of Deepak (inset) in Chandigarh on Wednesday.  Tribune photo: parvesh chauhan

Nature’s marvel: A splendid view of the sun shining through the clouds in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

Woman drowned in rivulet;
2 rescued
Panchkula, August 28
A woman drowned while two men were rescued after the water level rose suddenly in a rivulet, which they were crossing near Pinjore late this evening. The incessant rain in the evening triggered flooding in the rivulet. After a search operation was carried out by the local villagers and a rescue team, the body of the victim, identified as Manorma, was found near Maddhawala village in Pinjore. The three were returning to their native village of Kona after work. The two men were rescued at a distance while Manorma was swept by the current. — TNS

Panchkula Mayor hears people’s grievances
Panchkula, August 28
Panchkula Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia today visited and conducted a survey of Sector 19 this morning. She addressed the problems of the residents there. She was welcomed by the local councillor Ravi Kant Swami at the community center of Sector 19. The main problem that came forth was that of water entering the houses. Some of the women also started crying in front of Ahluwalia stating that most of their belongings have been spoilt after water entered their houses due to the 'nallah' there. Over 100 people today submitted their grievances to Ahluwalia. — TNS

Panchkula Mayor Upinder Kaur listens to the problems of local residents at a community centre on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal


Pu polls: Post of president
NSUI, HIMSU announce joint nominee
Chandigarh, August 28
With the declaration of the election date, the National Students Union of India (NSUI) and HIMSU today announced a PhD student as their joint presidential candidate for the Panjab University student elections. A research scholar in Biophysics Department, the candidate, Chandan Rana, claims to have a deep knowledge of student problems in PU and aims at addressing them.

NSUI workers carry presidential nominee Chandan Rana at Panjab University on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S. Chandan

Student parties go door to door to garner support
Chandigarh, August 28
The campaigning for the Panjab University elections is not only restricted to the university campus, but also the student parties are visiting the houses of PU students in a bid to seek their support for the upcoming elections. With hardly six days left for the elections, the student parties are going from door-to-door to seek votes.

SOPU workers gear up for canvassing at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Poll pitch
: SOPU workers gear up for canvassing at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S. Chandan

Panjab varsity declares August 31 teaching day
Chandigarh, August 28
Panjab University has declared August 31 as the teaching day in the departments as the withdrawal and the final list of candidates has to be declared on that day. Navdeep Goyal, Dean Students Welfare (DSW), said Saturday was earlier a holiday. However, the final list of candidates had to be declared on that day, following which classes would be held on that day and teachers would have to remain present in the departments.

Malpractices in Education Dept: Panel
Chandigarh, August 28
Members of the Joint Action Committee highlighted alleged malpractices in the Education Department at a press conference today. One of the members, Swarn Singh Kamboj, raised malpractice in buying school uniform.

3-member committee to look into fee structure of private minority schools
Chandigarh, August 28
Decks have been cleared for the three-member committee to look into the fee hike issue of city-based private minority schools following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which clarified in its judgment dated August 26 that the fee charged by private minority schools could be regulated.

from schools
Religious fervour marks Janmashtami
Gurukul Global School: Chandigarh: The little ones of Gurukul Global School, Mani Majra, celebrated Janmashtami with fervour. The celebrations began with a diya-lighting ceremony, followed by prayers of Lord Krishna. Students of kindergarten sang and danced in the god’s glory.

Students of Ashmah International School, Mohali, have fun while celebrating Janmashtami. A Tribune photograph

Fee hike issue
Panel proposes strong mechanism
Chandigarh, August 28
The internal committee of the UT Education Department has proposed a strong mechanism to look into the issue of fee hike in private schools on a permanent basis in the UT.


Woman delivers baby on doorstep of hospital
Ambala, August 28
In a shocking incident, a 25-year-old pregnant woman, Mamta, was forced to give birth to a baby boy just outside the entry gate of the trauma centre in Ambala city this morning. Sunita Devi, mother of Mamta, said she had brought her daughter to the trauma centre on a rickshaw after the complaint of labour pain by Mamta at around 9.30 am. The lady doctor on duty was not available so she approached the nursing staff present there who asked her to bring an OPD slip from the main building of the hospital.

Farmers get tips on direct sowing of paddy
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 28
To promote ‘Direct Sowing of Rice’ (DSR), Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Fatehgarh Sahib, organised a field day seminar at a farmhouse of a progressive farmer, Manjit Singh, at Shampur village today. Harinder Singh, deputy director, KVK, motivated the farmers to adopt the technology for a brighter future. He apprised them about the main requirements like laser levelling and stale seed bed for DSR.

8-day theatre dance workshop begins
Patiala, August 28
The Department of Dance of the Punjabi University organised a production oriented theatre dance workshop which started today and will be carried on till September 4. According to Dr Daisy Walia, professor and head of Department of Dance, there will be around 80 vibrant students from the Dance Department participating in the workshop. Students will be taught for 8 days by Miss Sangeeta Sharma from Delhi (Founder director of ASPA). She will impart knowledge about various dance forms, including contemporary, theatrical-based elements and much more. The chief guest for the inaugural ceremony was Dr Sunita Dhir, professor and head of the Department of Theatre and Television, Punjabi University. — TNS

Consultation camp organised
Dera Bassi, August 28
A free consultation-cum-counselling camp for the parents and infants of the First Edge Pre School, Mubarikpur was organised by Sri Sukhmani Multispecialty Hospital in collaboration with Sri Sukhmani Dental College, Dera Bassi. A specialised team of expert doctors from various fields visited the school for the free of cost guidance, check-up and examination advice. A free examination schedule was formulated by the expert team of doctors and a detailed and problem-oriented counselling was done by the team of pediatricians on vaccination, food habits and other healthy lifestyle tips for the infants. — OC

Janmashtami celebrated with fervour
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 28
Sri Krishna Janmashtmi was celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervour in all the temples of the town. People from all walks of life thronged the temples and offered prayers. The temples were beautifully decorated and fruits were offered as “Prasad”. Tableaux of Lord Krishna and Radha were the main center of attraction. The festival was celebrated with equal zest at the Sanatan Dharm Mandir, Triveni Shiv Mandi and Mata Sri Naina Devi Mandir. Artists from Vrindavan recited bhajans remembering Lord Krishna at the Shiv Mandir in Sirhind. Similarly, in Bassi Pathana the followers of Usha Mata Ji celebrated the occasion at the Usha Mata Mandir. — OC

3 killed in road mishap
Ropar, August 28
Three youths died in a road accident when their motorcycle skid into a 150 feet deep gorge at Anandpur Sahib today. The deceased has been identified as Amit Bhatnagar (21), a resident of Kalka, Haryana, Vikas Rana (22) of Dubeta, and Jaspal (24) of Gaddiwal, Nurpur Bedi. They were returning after paying obeisance at the Naina Devi shrine.Vikas Rana was a BTech student of Indus University.According to an eye-witness, when they crossed Bhakhra Dam and were moving towards Nangal their motorcycle fell into gorge. — TNS

Two held with illegal pesticides
Banur, August 28
The police arrested two
persons Abhimanyu and Sooraj Parkash, both residents of Karnal, and has recovered illegal pesticides worth Rs 1,50,000 from their possession during a naka set up last night. A case has been registered against both the accused under Section 420 of the IPC. — OC


Advocate’s murder
Police remand of proclaimed offender extended
Mohali, August 28
A proclaimed offender in the case of the murder of a Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate Amarpreet Singh Sethi has been remanded in police custody for three more days. He was produced in a court here today.


Man held for misbehaving with traffic cop
Chandigarh: The police has registered a case against Raj Kumar, a resident of Jagatpura village, in Punjab who quarreled with Head Constable of Traffic police and tore his uniform while he was on duty at a traffic naka near Sector 25-38 roundabout. Accused has been arrested in this case.


National sports day
Sports facilities in city in a state of disarray
Chandigarh, August 28
The nation will celebrate National Sports Day tomorrow and so will the City Beautiful. The day is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Indian hockey legend, Dhyan Chand, and like every year, the city will celebrate it by organising a cultural evening and awarding meritorious players.

1) A gym at the Football Stadium, Sector 17, in bad shape. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan 2) Work on the basketball court at the Sports Complex, Sector 7, Chandigarh, is yet to be completed. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan 3) Iron rods pose a risk to players at the Sports Complex, Sector 46. Tribune Photo: Parvesh Chauhan 4) An under-construction indoor basketball court at the Sports Complex, Sector 42. Tribune Photo: Parvesh Chauhan 5) Damaged Astroturf at the Hockey Stadium in the Sector 42 Sports Complex. Tribune Photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Minerva Academy lift cricket cup
Panchkula, August 28
The cricket team of Minerva Academy lifted the title of first All-India Survivor Cup Cricket League, organised by the Skyline Cricket Academy, at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, here yesterday. In the final match, the team defeated MG XI by 40 runs. After electing to bat first, the winning side scored 138 runs with Rajesh Patha scoring a brilliant half century (54).

Eyeing the ball
: Players of Saupin’s School and Shishu Niketan School in action during the Sub-Junior State Football Championship in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

ball badminton tournament
SGGS College-26 emerge victorious
Chandigarh, August 28
The ball badminton team of SGGS College, Sector 26, won the Panjab University Inter-College Ball Badminton Championship for Men, being held at Panjab University, here yesterday. The team of GGDSD College, Sector 32, DM College, Moga, finished second and third, respectively, while the Panjab University campus side attained fourth place in the competition. In total five teams participated in the competition. In the final match, the team of SGGS College defeated GGDSD College, Sector 32, 29-20 and 29-13 while DM College, Moga, beat PU campus 29-12 and 29-10, to finish third in the competition. — TNS

Local girls win table soccer tournament
Chandigarh, August 28
Local girl’s Table Soccer team attained first position during the 10th National Table Soccer Championship held at Jaipur, Rajasthan. Results-Open doubles: Jyoti and Kiran; Girls (U-16 to U-18) Kiran and Anupama. Girls’ singles: Muskaan, Neelam. Girls’ double: U-14 to U-16-Suchita and Nancy, Kiran and Saroj. Girls’ singles: Archana, Neha. Boys’ Doubles: Saurav and Naseeb. Boys’ doubles-Nikhil and Ravinder. — TNS

Hockey match today
Chandigarh, August 28
Local Shri Guru Gobind Singh Hockey Academy (SGGSHA) will play its first match of the season to mark the birth anniversary of the Indian hockey legend, Dhyan Chand, against the Kurali XI, tomorrow. The match will be played at the Shaheed Dewnt Singh Hockey Stadium, Kurali. After a gap of almost a decade, a hockey academy has been started at college level, earlier this year. — TNS


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