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PU plans more academic independence
Chandigarh, July 7
Panjab University plans more independence in decisions pertaining to academic matters. This is evident from a proposal that was mooted by the university seeking amendment of Section 31 of the Panjab University Act that says that all university decisions — both academic and non-academic— have to bear the final stamp of the Centre for final approval.

Won’t anyone stop for the dead?
Chhat Bir (Patiala), July 7
The body of a man lies crumpled on the road but heavy volume of traffic and cycles moves on unfazed by the occurrence. The scene was a real one today on the Chandigarh-Patiala road where the body of a man lay unattended for over 12 hours near Chhat bus stop while no one bothered to stop and inform the authorities concerned.



14 lawyers to face inquiry
Chandigarh, July 7
Taking a serious note of the increasing number of complaints of professional misconduct, the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana has referred 14 complaints against advocates belonging to Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to the disciplinary committee for initiating an inquiry against them.

Filming the strange and the unexplained
Chandigarh, July 7
At long last, here is someone who not only harbours faith in strange happenings but also believes in documenting them for posterity. On the trail of things unexplained is a Delhi-based film maker Shyam Malick, who has filmed over 300 case histories of people, places, phenomena and animals, which defy the principles of modern science.
Filmmaker Shyam Malick
Filmmaker Shyam Malick, who has filmed 300 cases of supernatural significance, in his all-purpose vehicle, which serves as a house, a studio, a recording centre, when required. — Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan

CMD: negative growth in civil aviation sector
Chandigarh, July 7
In the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the USA, the civil aviation sector in India registered negative growth. Against projected growth of 5 per cent in 2001-2002, the domestic civil aviation sector witnessed 7 to 13 per cent fall in its turnover. Now negative growth has stabilised at 7 per cent, says Mr Sunil Arora, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Indian Airlines.

CAN a few bucketfuls of sand extinguish a fire in any of the petrol pumps in the city? The answer is a clear and big “no”. Is it not surprising then that none of the petrol stations in the city has fire hydrants or any provision for stocking adequate quantity of water and other firefighting means and equipment.
  • Lotus saplings
  • Silicon Valley
  • Mud-slinging
  • The men in white
  • Security angle
  • Wide choice


Water in abundance, but not potable
Rise in shallow water table in southern sectors
Chandigarh, July 7
Structures in the southern sectors of Chandigarh are facing a threat from the rise in shallow water table but the people still seem destined to a scarcity of drinking water. Though waterlogging has not occurred but the table has been increasing every year due to no exploitation of shallow water and over drawal of the ground water,'' sources in the Central Ground Water Board told the Chandigarh Tribune here today.

Mobile calls could lead to vital clues
Chandigarh, July 7
In the three-week-old murder case of Sector 26 trader Ramesh Chawla, communication between the assailants through their mobile phones could lead the investigators to vital clues.

Emphasis on stress management
Panchkula, July 7
“The birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change, but they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent,” sums up the motto of the Institute of Stress Management and Research, launched, here today, with a seminar on “Media and Stress”.

The Director of the Institute of Stress Management and Research, Mr V.K. Kapoor, delivers a talk on “Media and Stress” in Panchkula on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
The Director of the Institute of Stress Management and Research, Mr V.K. Kapoor, delivers a talk on Media and Stress

Benefits of yoga highlighted
Chandigarh, July 7
In his endeavour to highlight the benefits of yoga and meditation for city residents, Swami Adhyatmananda has been holding camps here. “It is unfortunate that Indians have so far not realised how valuable yoga and meditation can be for the overall well-being of not only the individual but also the nation, while foreigners, realising its worth, are trying to gain from it,” he remarked after a yoga session at the Sector 10 tennis stadium here.

Dr Kochhar installed Rotary President
Chandigarh, July 7
At a brief but impressive ceremony, Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik installed Rtn. Dr G.S. Kochhar as President and other members of his team on Saturday night at GK International in Sector 35 here today.

Lt-Col A.P. Singh, outgoing President, puts on the President’s Colour on Dr Kochhar, President for the year 2002-03, of Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik at G.K. International in Chandigarh on Saturday night. Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta (right) and Mr R.K. Saboo are also seen in the picture. — A Tribune photograph
Lt-Col A.P. Singh, outgoing President, puts on the President’s Colour on Dr Kochhar, President for the year 2002-03

ITFT introduces PG course
Chandigarh, July 7
With the service sector emerging as one of the major job creators, related industry like tourism, hospitality, aviation and event management will have maximum direct and indirect employment opportunities the world over. According to the Planning Commission report, in the next 10 years about 70 per cent of the new jobs created will be in the service sector.

CITCO employees regret demotion orders
Chandigarh, July 7
Employees of the Chandigarh Industry and Tourism Development Corporation here have reacted sharply to the Board of Directors’ decision to demote 14 employees, by the managing director about two years ago.

Residents seek action against SDE
Chandigarh, July 7
The co-ordination committee of the Residents Welfare Associations, including residents associations of Sectors 38, 39 to 47, organised rally here today demanding the registration of an FIR against Mr C.S. Gujral, SDE, Sector 43.

Tiger cub dies in fight
Chhat Bir, July 7
Tragedy struck again at the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, Chhat Bir, as a Royal Bengal tiger cub lost its life in a fight with two other inmates in an enclosure early this morning.


Woman alleges rape
Panchkula, July 7
A woman was allegedly raped by her mother’s neighbour at Rattewali village, when she had gone to stay there. It is alleged that the victim had come from Mauli Jagran to visit her mother, Ms Phoolwati. She was sleeping on the terrace on the night of July 5, when the accused Balwinder Singh, from the adjoining house sneaked onto their terrace.
  • Burnt to death
  • Assaulted
  • Cash, jewellery stolen
  • Rickshaw-pullers booked
  • Car lifted
  • Gambling case

One killed as bus, scooter collide
SAS Nagar, July 7
One person was killed and two were injured when a bus collided with the scooter they were riding here today.


Counselling for vacant seats
Chandigarh, July 7
Panjab University will hold counselling for admissions to B.Sc (honours school) in physics, maths and computers on July 9.


Satire on socio-political set up
Chandigarh, July 7
Two short plays — “Hawayi Gole” and “Vikalp” — presented by students of the theatre wing of the Pracheen Kala Kendra lashed out at the existing political and socio-economic system of the country. The venue was Studio Theatre of the kendra in Sector 35 here.

Artistes perform in a play, “Hawayi Gole”, which was staged at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Artistes perform in a play, Hawayi Gole, which was staged at Pracheen Kala Kendra

Lucky enthrals audience
Chandigarh, July 7
It was a night of Gurdas Mann’s popular songs at the Lake Club here where Lucky Gurdaspuri, a Punjabi folk singer, presented hit songs of a famous singer. The programme was organised by the Chandigarh Institute of Performing Arts in association with the club today.

Kids spill energy on stage
Chandigarh, July 7
This evening saw yet another dance contest organised in the city. Held at Musafir Auditorium, the attractively titled show, “Hum Bhi Hain Josh Mein,” was all about energy spilling on the performance space. Although a routine show, the organisers did manage some deal of quality in the dance contest.

Children take part in a dance competition organised at Musafir Auditorium, Sector 24, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Children take part in a dance competition


Be wary of unhygienic pickles
Chandigarh, July 7
The spicy and tangy pickles are no doubt an essential accompaniment with Indian food, but before feasting on these at any rehri, dhaba or even a hotel, just ensure that these are not infected with bacteria and fungus.

What’s ailing Saket Hospital?
Panchkula, July 7
Rickety iron beds, rude and inadequate staff, insanitary conditions, inadequate water supply and frequent power failures, rats and termites - this is the state of Saket Hospital , a wing of Saket Institute for Orthopaedically Handicapped and Rehabilitation in Sector 1 here.

700 attend disability camp
Chandigarh, July 7
With workers of the State Resource Centre, Government Medical College and Hospital, emerging as a vital link between patients and the centre, over 700 persons attended the disability detection camp held at Burail in Sector 45 by the UT Red Cross Society today.

A councillor, Mr Vijay Rana, helps a handicapped woman at a medical checkup camp held at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 45, in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
A councillor, Mr Vijay Rana, helps a handicapped woman at a medical checkup camp


Need to tap young talent, says DPI
Chandigarh, July 7
The decision to allot sports wings to various government schools in the city will boost sports at the grass roots. This was observed by Mr D.S. Mangat, DPI (Schools), UT Administration.

LG XI win by 51 runs
Chandigarh, July 7
A superb knock of 97 runs in just 64 deliveries by Harminder Singh enabled LG XI in beating Chandigarh Youth XI by 51 runs in the inaugural LG league-cum-knockout cricket tournament played here today.


A number of equestrian clubs are coming up in Chandigarh to popularise horse-riding among children and youngsters.
(28k, 56k)


Protest by Markfed staff on July 9
Chandigarh, July 7
The Punjab State Cooperative Markfed Employees Union has condemned the government’s decision to slash the allowances of employees working with different boards, corporations and co-operative institutions. The union has announced that all employees of Markfed and other corporations will take mass casual leave on July 9 to protest against the decision.

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