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Admn announces biotech policy
Chandigarh, January 4
The Chandigarh Administration today announced a policy for promoting research in biotechnology and ensuring growth of related industry in Chandigarh. The aim will be achieved with the help of various national-level institutions present here.

Who will be next PU DUI?
Chandigarh, January 4
Who will be the next Dean University Instructions of Panjab University? The issue gains importance in the wake of Prof R.J.Hans-Gill, DUI, proceeding on a long leave from January 6.

All set for Pulse Polio drive today
Chandigarh, January 4
You pick up the phone and hear a voice asking you to get polio drops administered to your child before the constant hum of the dial tone. Go out and you will hear the message blaring from loudspeakers fixed atop rickshaws.

‘Protect Sikh shrines in Bangladesh’
Chandigarh, January 4
Prof Harnam Singh, former Chairman of Guru Nanak Chair and Head of Punjabi as well as Sikh Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, is back from Bangladesh. He was there to participate in the 17th Conference of the International Association of Historians of Asia.




DPI’s visit leads to unpleasantness among teachers
Chandigarh, January 4
A surprise visit by a team led by Mr Dilip Kumar, DPI (Colleges), to Government College for Girls, Sector 42, here today, made 35 teachers submit their leave applications, as despite being physically present on the campus they had not signed the attendance register. 

South Asia’s biggest problem — ‘strained Indo-Pak relations’
Paul WallaceChandigarh, January 4
Stating Jammu and Kashmir to be among the three major focal areas where Islamic terrorism was concerned, Prof Paul Wallace, a political analyst from the University of Missouri in the United States, said South Asia’s biggest problem was strained Indo-Pak relations and it was up to the two countries to resolve it.

Honour for forensic expert
Chandigarh, January 4
For his outstanding contribution in the field of forensic physical sciences, Dr S.K. Jain, Assistant Director of the local Central Forensic Science Laboratory, will be presented with the prestigious Home Minister’s award on January 6, during the All-India Forensic Science Conference at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai. 



Tailor-made lubricants needed for LCA: expert
Chandigarh, January 4
Lubricants can play a crucial role in the life of a fighter aircraft. However, the coolant being used for the Light Combat Aircraft is of a technology that is old, observed Mr J.R. Nanda, chief executive of a top oil company, while speaking at a national seminar on ‘Technological Developments in Aeronautics and its impact on maintenance’ at the CSIO here today.

Pay-channel signals blocked in Mohali
SAS Nagar, January 4
Distributors of the ESPN, Star Sports and Sony TV channels have allegedly blocked pay-channel signals to Punjab Cable Service here. Mr Sukhwinder Singh, partner, in the cable TV network, alleged here today that this had been done to pressurise the network to withdraw cases filed against the distributors in the District Courts in Chandigarh.

All is not well in INLD
Panchkula, January 4
The first ever elections to the Panchkula Municipal Council have caused chinks in the armoury of the ruling Indian National Lok Dal here, with office bearers and senior party workers opposing official candidates at the hustings.

Candidates release manifestoes
Panchkula, January 4
The cold and foggy weather notwithstanding, hectic campaigning marked the day. With several candidates releasing their election manifestoes and election offices of other candidates being inaugurated today, the township witnessed hectic election activity.

The ugly side of housing societies
his refers to a report ‘HUDA’s Panchkula extension dream in doldrums’ (Chandigarh Tribune, November 27). The checklist given in the report is, in itself, an eye-opener. Now, HUDA has decided to give some facilities to the Group Housing Societies for new registration.

Harbhajan Mann shares few moments with physically challenged kidsFirst revolving restaurant in city
Chandigarh, January 4
For the many disabled kids from various institutions in the city, this morning brought some happy moments. 

Harbhajan Mann shares few moments with physically challenged kids at the inaugural function of a revolving restaurant, in Chandigarh on Saturday.
— photo Manoj Mahajan

Equal status for ex-servicemen sought
Chandigarh, January 4
Taking up the issue of grant of equal status for all ex-servicemen and demanding the doing away with separate counters for officers and other ranks, the social brotherhood group of the All India Ex-servicemen Welfare Association today held a meeting.

CHB body reconstituted
Chandigarh, January 4
The Chandigarh Housing Board has re-constituted its board of members. The nine-member body headed by the Chairman of the CHB, Mr G.K. Marwah, shall have a three-year term.

‘Rehris’ removed
SAS Nagar, January 4
In a day-long operation, an MC team removed unauthorised ‘rehris’ from Phase I residential complex next to the Mohali village here.

MC officials’ term expires
SAS Nagar, January 4
With the term of the senior Vice-President and the Vice-President of the Municipal Council coming to an end today, the councillors are now grouping among themselves to field and support their candidates for the two posts.



‘Car thieves’, who tracked targets from garage
Chandigarh, January 4
A group of youths belonging to well-off families were arrested here today on the charge of being involved in several cases of vehicle theft. These youths used to sell stolen vehicles after forging registration documents.

Woman held; charas seized
Chandigarh, January 4
A surprise search operation was carried in Khuda Alisher village by the Chandigarh Police in the wee hours of this morning. According to the information available, the operation led by DSP, Central, Mr S.S. Randhawa, was carried to weed out anti-social elements in wake of the Republic Day function.

Car taken away at gunpoint
Chandigarh, January 4
A driver of a Tata Indica car was robbed of his vehicle at gunpoint by three persons near the Sectors 27 and 28 traffic junction here late this evening. One of the snatchers, who has been identified as Balinder Singh of Nabha, Patiala, came to the spot along with three other persons and forcibly took the car from Balwinder Singh, a resident of Sector 28 here.

Man crushed to death
Dera Bassi, January 4
Hari Kant, an accountant with Chandigarh Stone Crusher located at Mubarikpur-Ramgarh village, was crushed to death when a multi-axle vehicle rammed into a half-body truck parked adjacent to the stone crusher, near here today.

Escape bid by 9 murder accused
Panchkula, January 4
Chaos prevailed in the district courts here today when nine accused in a murder case tried to escape after picking up a fight with other accused lodged in a makeshift prison here.



Saroj Saini appointed Director
Chandigarh, January 4
Dr Saroj Saini has been appointed as Director, Institute of State Education, Sector 32, Chandigarh, according to a statement issued here today. Prior to this, Dr Saini was posted as Senior Lecturer in the Government College for Education, Sector 20.



Surapuri performs at Plaza Carnival
Gurpal Surapuri (centre) performs at The Tribune sponsored Plaza CarnivalChandigarh, January 4
The Plaza Carnival organised by the Centre for Carnival Art in association with The Tribune presented Gurkirpal Surapuri, a Punjabi pop singer, who enthralled the audience with a combination of peppy pop numbers and sad songs in sector 17, here this evening.

Gurpal Surapuri (centre) performs at The Tribune sponsored Plaza Carnival in Sector 17, 
Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Talaash for action
‘Talaash’ (Neelam) is unlikely to end the drought of hits, but will draw crowds. Kareena Kapoor and action-hero Akshay Kumar are drawn to eachother in the beautiful locales of South Africa in this Pahlaj Nihalani production.


Holiday time at PGI
Chandigarh, January 4
If you happen to be an out station patient and not an emergency case, which can wait, it is better to postpone your visit to the PGI as it is that time of the year when things move at a slow pace as more than 150 doctors at the institute are away enjoying their winter vacations.


Children of Satluj Public School, Sector 2, Panchkula, take part in tricycle rally Sports day in Satluj Public School
Chandigarh, January 4
The annual sports day of the junior wing of Satluj Public School, Sector 2, Panchkula, held today as budding sportspersons were a spectacle to be watched. Principal Krit Serai of the senior wing of the school highlighted the sports achievements of the school.

Children of Satluj Public School, Sector 2, Panchkula, take part in tricycle rally at their annual sports day on the school premises on Saturday. 
— A Tribune photograph

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