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BBA course fails to attract students
Several PU-affiliated colleges to discontinue course
Chandigarh, April 3
Except for a few colleges, the Bachelor of Business Administration course which was launched with much fanfare in colleges affiliated to Panjab University has been a failure.

Burning of leaves: driver chargesheeted
Chandigarh, April 3
The Municipal Corporation has chargesheeted one of its Sanitation Department drivers for allegedly asking his sweeper colleagues to burn tree leaves. This is the second case of giving severe punishment, for those employees who are causing air pollution in the city by resorting to a banned practice of burning leaves.

MC pays for official's negligence
Chandigarh, April 3
An ignorant Municipal Corporation recently had two of its vehicles attached by a local court for failure to give a Rs 50,000 compensation to a person who met with an accident with one of the vehicles in 1997.

Two lion cubs die at zoo
Chhat Bir, April 3
Two lion cubs died in the Lion Safari of the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park in past 24 hours. Sources in the zoo disclosed that a six-month-old cub, that had sustained injuries in a fight among other big cats, died due to the alleged negligence of zoo veterinary staff.



Back to school for parents!
Chandigarh, April 3
It is back to school for parents. No, not for higher studies, but to assist their little ones in learning the basics, at least initially. Schools present a funny sight as teachers recite poems while playing on piano, and the parents, like obedient children, sit straight on benches listening attentively.

CLTA starts coaching children
Chandigarh, April 3
The biggest nursery of tennis in the region, Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA), which has established itself as one of the premier tennis coaching centres in the age group of 7-16 years, has now embarked upon an ambitious programme of mini-tennis for children in the age group of 4-6 years.

Biotechnology key to future of agriculture
Chandigarh, April 3
Application of biotechnology to produce genetically modified food crops that are disease/insect resistant, nutritionally rich, environment-friendly and economical holds the key to the future of agriculture, given the problems that beset progressive states like Punjab and Haryana.


Sialkot Gandhi’s daughter
Chandigarh, April 3
The life of Dr Sucheta Goindi reads like a book. Daughter of well-known Gandhian Sardar Bhagwan Singh Goindi, also referred to as ‘Sialkot Gandhi’, Dr Sucheta, along with her brother and sister, carries the flame of Gandhi ji’s teachings forward to the next generation with Allahabad as her base and educational institutions in Uttar Pradesh, her bastion.

Red tape ‘chokes’ 8-seater vehicle owners
Chandigarh, April 3
If you live in Chandigarh and own a eight- seater vehicle like a Maruti van, Toyota Qualis, Tata Sumo, a Mohindra Bolero or any of the big jeeps and newly introduced multi-utility vehicles like the Maruti Versa, it can be sheer harassment as the vehicle needs to be passed for road worthiness each year and road tax too to be paid every year.

Mayor told to book Sec 22 byelaw violators
Chandigarh, April 3
The Citizens Welfare Association, Sector 22-C, Chandigarh, has highlighted the problems persistently haunting and plaguing the residents, particularly those living in house nos. 2501 to 2520, located in front of the back lane of shops in Sector 22-C, and urged the Mayor of Chandigarh to order an immediate crackdown on violators of byelaws.

Ban on washing cars, watering gardens likely
Chandigarh, April 3
Due to peak time water supply shortage from April 15 a ban on washing of cars and watering gardens will be imposed and it may also force a review of afternoon water supply.

Labour colony residents to be ‘rehabilitated’
SAS Nagar, April 3
Land is to be acquired outside the town to rehabilitate residents of illegal labour colonies here. The PUDA authorities have been asked to carry out a survey of such colonies to determine, among other things, when these were set up and whether their residents are registered voters.

Fires in dumping sites irk residents
Chandigarh, April 3
Residents of Daddu Majra, Sector 38, and areas adjoining the dumping ground have been having a harrowing time for the past three days due to repeated fires in the garbage.

Beat patrolling to go hi-tech
Panchkula, April 3
The city police is all set to follow Chennai Police and Bangalore Police as it readies itself to launch an ambitious electronic beat patrolling (e- beat) system later this month.

Place to pep up the palate
Salt’n Pepper is the place to go to if you want to relish momos. This Sector 8 restaurant in the internal market offers the North-Eastern delight with spicy red chilli sauce. The sauce peps up this snack and is especially a must for the Punjabi tongue that will not quite savour it otherwise. For the uninitiated, a momo is a samosa with a difference. 


Alert salesman prevents theft

Chandigarh, April 3
An alert salesman of Sector-22 based electronics dealer, Surindra Radios, caught a gang of five women red-handed while stealing a briefcase and a telephone from the showroom. The briefcase contained important documents, a cheque book and some cash.

Five women, who were arrested on the charge of stealing a briefcase from an electronics showroom in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Five women, who were arrested on the charge of stealing a briefcase from an electronics showroom in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.

Dowry harassment case registered
Chandigarh, April 3
Ms Sunita, a resident of Sector 55, has complained to the police that her husband and in-laws were maltreating and harassing her for bringing more dowry. She had been married to Sunil Bhatti, a resident of Kalka, in April last year.


Major ISPs set to provide Internet telephony
Chandigarh, April 3
The opening up of Internet telephony in the country - which is being foreseen as a communication revolution, would not only reduce the costs of calls, especially abroad, but would also increase competition among the Internet Service Providers.

Website for marriage
Chandigarh, April 3
For all those who are planning to get married or engaged,, a website that will find their dream mate and prepare for wedding, has recently been launched.


Shoeshine boys get gifts

Chandigarh, April 3
For the three shoeshine boys who cleared class V examination this year, success could not have been sweeter. As stars continued to remain settled for Arjun, Arun and Vinod, yet another gift fell in their lap today, courtesy Adviser to UT Administration who not only joined them in celebration of their success, but also made their effort worthwhile by progressing beyond rhetorical praise.

Adviser to the UT Administrator Neeru Nanda watches shoeshine boys who cleared Class V exams this year, even as they enjoy gifts presented to them by officials at Government High School, Sector 24, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari 

144 students get degrees

Chandigarh, April 3
As many as 144 students of Government Home Science College, Sector 10, were awarded degrees and diplomas at the annual prize distribution function of the college here today.

Girls of Home Science College Sector 10, after receiving their degrees at the annual convocation and prize distribution function in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

Girls of Home Science College Sector 10, after receiving their degrees at the annual convocation and prize distribution function in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Tunisian envoy meets Pathak

Chandigarh, April 3
The Ambassador of Tunisia, Mr Elyes Kasri, visited Panjab University here today. He had prolonged discussion with Prof K.N.Pathak, the Vice Chancellor, and other senior functionaries to explore the possibility of an exchange programme with the university.

Mr Elyes Kasri, Ambassador of Tunisia, being welcomed by Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Mr Elyes Kasri, Ambassador of Tunisia, being welcomed by Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, on Wednesday.


VRS for bank staff illegal
Chandigarh, April 3
Nearly two years after the “Voluntary Retirement Scheme — 2000” was framed for permanent full-time bank employees, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today declared it illegal.

  • VC’s bail extended

  • Punia case plea

  • Officer’s report sought

  • Para quashed

  • Declare result

Defamation case hearing adjourned
Chandigarh, April 3
The hearing of a suit, seeking recovery of Rs 5 crore as damages, filed by the former Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal against the Congress President, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, and the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, was today adjourned for May 14 by the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L Mohal, for reply.


Chandigarh, April 3
Jarnail Singh Hoshiarpuri is an administrator and an artist. A crusader against social evils through stage plays, Jarnail is planning a change in administrative branch of the DPI, schools.


Handing over of hospital extension block delayed
SAS Nagar, April 3
The extension block of the Civil Hospital, which was to be handed over to the authorities here by February 15, has still not been effected. Although one of the contractors on the construction job, Mr Ramesh Kumar, claimed today that the new building had been handed over to the authorities concerned on March 30, hospital officials here pleaded ignorance of the development.

Prof Dash chief of PGI panel
Chandigarh, April 3
Prof R.J. Dash, Head of the Endocrinology Department, has been appointed as Chairman of the Standing Academic Committee of the PGI. He says this is for the first time in the 40-year history of the PGI that a serving professor has been appointed to this post.


Carrom: building strikers
Chandigarh, April 3
The Chandigarh Carrom Association has made an all-out effort to promote the game of carrom in the city. Earlier it conducted State Championship but with the passage of time it introduced Inter-School Carrom, Prize Money Ranking Carrom and St. Stephen’s Carrom Ranking Tournament.


Mohali MC plan on water bills stalled
SAS Nagar, April 3
The proposal of the Municipal Council to depute the staff, which had been rendered surplus after the abolition of octroi, on water bill collection duty has run into a hurdle with the Local Government Department staying its implementation.

Airport upgradation being reconsidered
Chandigarh, April 3
The Union Civil Aviation Ministry is re-considering a proposal to upgrade the Chandigarh airport to an international one. The Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Mr Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, has agreed to look into the demand as Chandigarh was emerging an important regional hub for business activities.

14 companies to be booked for defacing public property
Panchkula, April 3
The Municipal Council has asked the local police to register cases against 14 local companies, including Amartex Industries, Gawritex Industries and National Institute of Fashion Design on charges of defacing public property.

States send lists for Chief Architect's post
Chandigarh, April 3
The appointment of a Chief Architect in the Chandigarh Administration is generating much heat as both Punjab and Haryana, have sent in their, respective, panels of architects.

Water-melon vendors may get rent rebate
Chandigarh, April 3
Water-melon venders are likely to get a concession on daily rent from the Municipal Corporation this season. But the vendors main demand that they should be allowed to put up their stalls on V-3 roads, has been rejected, sources said.


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