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Woman, 2 daughters commit suicide
Kharar, March 2
A woman, along with her two daughters, committed suicide in her house at Mundi Kharar village here last night. According to the police, the dead bodies of Usha Rani (45) and her two daughters, Manisha (18) and Madhu (16), were found hanging from ceiling fans at about mid-night.

Festival of Gardens concludes
Chandigarh, March 2
Responses to the 31st Festival of Gardens notwithstanding, the UT Administration deserves all the praise in the world for having steered the festival towards a fairly decent halt.
Jasbir Jassi performs at the concluding day of the Festival of Gardens Jasbir Jassi performs at the concluding day of the Festival of Gardens at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph 


Nihang comes in way of demolition
SAS Nagar, March 2
Delay in removing an encroachment in a public park in Sector 69 today led to the resurfacing of encroachment. A nihang who had allegedly encroached upon a public park today replaced the Guru Granth Sahib in a room after having removed it.

Allegations mar panchayat poll
Zirakpur, March 2
Allegations and counter-allegations marked the elections to the three-year-old Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat amid tight security here today.
Mr R.R. Bhardwaj, Deputy Chairman of the Punjab Planning Board, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, and Mr Deepinder Singh Dhillon, Additional Advocate General of Punjab, settle an issue after candidates levelled allegations and counter-allegations of bogus voting at ward No 6 in Lohgarh village during the Zirakpur Nagar 
Panchayat elections on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Mr R.R. Bhardwaj, Deputy Chairman of the Punjab Planning Board, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, and Mr Deepinder Singh Dhillon, Additional Advocate General of Punjab

Villagers show self-help is the best help
Mullanpur Garibdass, March 2
Fed up with the alleged indifferent attitude of the district administration towards their civic problems, the residents of Mullanpur Garibdass took upon themselves the responsibility of laying a causeway on a nullah and repairing of other nullahs here today.

Villagers perform kar seva to build a causeway at Mullanpur Garibdass village on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Villagers perform kar seva to build a causeway at Mullanpur Garibdass village

ALTHOUGH the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation had planned to reduce the deficit incurred against subsidised water supply to the residents of the city by means of strict vigilance, increased tariff and rationalising the system of billing but still a lot has to be done to save water — the precious natural resource on earth.
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Inbreeding claimed lions’ lives: report
ChhatBir (Patiala), March 2
Investigations into the mysterious death of nine cubs of Asiatic lions at Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park have ‘strongly’ pointed out massive inbreeding to be the main cause of mortality for the last one-and-a-half years.

Members of MC panels yet to be nominated
Chandigarh, March 2
It would take another couple of weeks to nominate members to various committees constituted to ensure smooth working of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation. Talking to TNS, Subash Chawla, Mayor of the MC said two new committees - the Enforcement Committee and the Resources Generation Committee had also been constituted to further streamline the process of policy making in the civic body.

66 in fray for MC poll

Cable operators evading entertainment tax
SAS Nagar, March 2
Most of the cable TV operators in the town are running their networks without paying entertainment tax. The violation came to light at a meeting of cable operators which had been organised at the office of the SDM here today. 

SHSAD delegation to meet Jacob
SAS Nagar, March 2
A delegation comprising members of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) will meet the Punjab Governor, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), on March 4 to demand from the Centre Rs 700 per quintal rate for wheat for farmers.

A clarification
special programme reported under the headline “Dept’s no to GSI programme’ on March 2 was erroneously reported to have been organised by the Geological Survey of India. Dr Gurdev Singh, Director of the Geological Survey of India, said the organisation had nothing to do with the programme.

Scouts, guides bring laurels to city
Chandigarh, March 2
Cadets of Hindustan Scouts and Guides (HSG) have brought laurels to the city by bagging the maximum number of prizes during the National Integration Camp held at the Yoga Training Centre, near Udhampur, last week.

Body not identified


Painter succumbs to injuries
Panchkula, March 2
A painter in Abheypur village, Radhe Shyam, was allegedly attacked on the head by a fellow villager with a heavy stone on February 27. He succumbed to his injuries in PGI, Chandigarh, yesterday and the police has registered a case of murder.

Man dies in mishap
Chandigarh March 2,
A 38 year-old employee of the Haryana Electricity Department died after being hit by a truck near Durga Nursery in Manimajra here today. According to the information available, the victim, Pushpinder of Sector 21, was coming from Panchkula when the accident took place. The driver of the truck, Jai Kumar, has been arrested.

4 hurt in road mishap


Edible oil producers sore at duty hike
Chandigarh, March 2
Edible oil producers in the city and surrounding towns have feared that Finance Minister Jaswant Singh’s decision to impose 8 per cent excise duty on branded and packaged refined edible oil and vananspati in sealed containers for retail sale would adversely affect the sale of quality products in the market. It has resulted in an increase in price of refined edible oil and vanaspati by Rs 45 to Rs 50 per 15kg tin.

Transit Lodge opened
Chandigarh, March 2
The UT Administrator Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), inaugurated Transit Lodge, a budget accommodation for tourists on the first floor of Inter State Bus Terminus in Sector 17 yesterday. Transit Lodge has 43 beds, which includes 9 double bed rooms, two family dormitories and one common dormitory.

A terrific trimmer
Chandigarh, March 2
Monica Sharma talks about VLCC's weight-loss programme with the zeal of a missionary. But then she has a reason for it, for this lady who weighed 148 kg a year ago has now turned into a suave, slim lady as nature had originally intended her to be.


College students left in the lurch
Chandigarh, March 2
With guest faculty in government colleges having been relieved of its duties, students of some of the courses are finding it difficult to get their problems solved. Talking to TNS, a section of the students said while their classes were continuing, the guest faculty had been relieved of its duties. They said their classes would continue till March 15.

Farewell party at Govt College-46
Chandigarh, March 2
A farewell party for outgoing students of Government College, Sector 46, was given yesterday. Various cultural programmes were presented by students, which included solo and group songs, dances and skits. The college principal, Mr S.C. Nijhawan, was the chief guest.

Biology teachers attend conference
Chandigarh, March 2
The seventh annual conference of the Indian Association of Biology Teachers was held at the Government College for Girls, Sector 42, here today. Professor Emeritus, Dr G.P. Sharma, former head of the Department of Zoology, Panjab University, was the chief guest on the occasion.

A new dimension to heritage
he city of Patiala is famous for the rulers who have ruled it and the heritage which have given its citizen a culture, that is world famous. Continuing the royal tradition of giving something new to the society, Bhupindra Society at the dawn of April 3, 2001 gave the city of Patiala, a star in its galaxy that is shining as Bhupindra International Pubic School.
Bhupindra International Public School, Patiala.
Bhupindra International Public School, Patiala

For us each child is unique 
s Rupali Philip, Principal of the school believes in amalgamation of the ambience, curriculum and the co- curricular activities in such a way that as a whole it should nurture every child in physical, intellectual, aesthetic, emotional and social aspect.

Get set for success in exams
oard exams are at the door-step-feeling nervous and jittery? Relax-exams are not difficult if you know how. Have the right attitude, the right thinking. Follow the right technique and success will be yours.


Play on drug abuse marks Plaza carnival
Chandigarh, March 2
The Plaza carnival in Sector 17 started on a serious note this time - a message for the youngsters to refrain themselves from drug abuse. A group of young boys enacted a street play “Nasha Sirf Tabahi” with characters symbolising various drugs and how in a subtle way they work into the body of their victims causing them pain and misery in the long run.

Colourful show by Garhwali artistes
Chandigarh, March 2
The Uttaranchal Geet and Natya Manch organised a programme of folk songs and colourful dance items at the Bal Bhavan, Sector 23, here this evening. A number of folk singers from Uttaranchal, including Kalpana Chauhan, Manhor Bhai, Meera Maithani and others, entertained the audience.


Childhood asthma is curable: experts
Chandigarh, March 2
Prof Ranjit Chandra, Vice-Chancellor of University' Internationale Des Sciences De La Sante, Switzerland, delivered the first oration at the Advanced Paediatric Centre on the second day of the ongoing WWCA-2003 (What Works in Childhood Asthma) workshop being organised by the Department of Paediatrics at the PGI here today.

Another award for Dr Nagi


Raman surges ahead in tennis meet
Chandigarh, March 2
Raman Kumar of Jalandhar defeated H.S. Tiwana of Chandigarh, 8-3, to move in the last eight of the Arjun Singh Memorial Total Tennis Championship at the YMCA, Sector 11, Chandigarh, here today. 

Boxing championship
Chandigarh, March 2
Dharmendra in the light fly-weight section and Dharam Singh in the bantamweight section, both from Chandigarh, moved up on the third day of the 10th All India Invitational AK Misra Memorial Boxing Championship being held at the skating-rink in Sector 10 here today.


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