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PEC eases eligibility norm
Do only Class XII from city for UT quota seat
Chandigarh, June 26
With just a few days left for the admission process to start, the UT Administration has modified the eligibility criteria for seats reserved for Chandigarh students seeking admission to Punjab Engineering College.

50 pc posts lying vacant in PEC
Chandigarh, June 26
The prestigious Punjab Engineering College which was set up as a centre of excellence and is expected to get the status of a deemed university, ironically has almost 50 per cent of its faculty posts lying vacant. Of the total 158 sanctioned posts in various disciplines, 76 posts are vacant, thus affecting the quality of education.

2,200 more jhuggis razed
Chandigarh, June 26
The Chandigarh Administration today removed another 2,200 jhuggis in Palsora Colony in the on-going drive which saw lobbing of two tear gas shells and use of mild force by the police on a mob opposing demolition. JBCs demolish illegal structures at Palsora village in Chandigarh on Thursday
JBCs demolish illegal structures at Palsora village in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph 



Encroachments by meat sellers removed
SAS Nagar, June 26
Within hours of Chandigarh Tribune carrying a news item on the encroachments by meat market shopkeepers next to the PUDA Estate Office here, the Estate Officer ordered immediate removal of the market.

MC enforcement staff damage shop counter
Chandigarh, June 26
The Traders Association of Sector 21 today alleged that members of the enforcement wing of the Chandigarh Municipal had damaged the cash counter of a liquor shop and the counters of some other shops in the market here this evening. The enforcement staff, however, denied the allegation.

Astrologer, aides held for fraud
SAS Nagar, June 26
The police today arrested nadi astrologer B. Raju, operating from a house in Phase VII here on charges of fraud. B. Raju and his three helpers predict the future of their clients by reading from ancient Tamil scriptures on palm leaves.

B. Raju and his accomplices are taken away by the police in SAS Nagar on Thursday. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan
B. Raju and his accomplices are taken away by the police in SAS Nagar

Sportsmen seek representation in Rajya Sabha
Milkha SinghChandigarh, June 26
The Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, has lent support to outstanding sportsmen and women of the country demanding representation in the Rajya Sabha against seats reserved for “persons having special knowledge or practical experience in respect of such matters as literature, art, science and social service”.

Jewellery worth 2.8 lakh stolen
Chandigarh, June 26
Gold jewellery worth Rs 2.8 lakh has been allegedly stolen from house No. 1118, Sector 33, here. The victim, Mr Sanjiv Verma, has reported to the police that the occupants of the house were not at home when the burglars broke into the house.

Om Puri Om Puri returns to Patiala for a cause
Chandigarh, June 26
For Om Puri, life seems to be coming full circle. Decades ago, when he took his flight to success, he was very much a part of Punjab, more so of Patiala, the place that gave him his mentor — Harpal Tiwana. Years later, the quintessential actor is back to his moorings — ready to offer to the region what he took from it.


Islamabad’s architecture more pragmatic
Chandigarh, June 26
Islamabad is compared with Delhi in terms of a political power centre but resembles the sectoral design of the City Beautiful. The two beautiful cities of South Asia are vying for a special status in design but Islamabad seems to have overtaken the larger and rule-rigid Chandigarh due to pragmatic architecture of the Pakistani city.

Gurcharan Singh’s murderer belongs to Ambala?
SAS Nagar, June 26
The mystery surrounding the murder of Gurcharan Singh, Chairman, Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal, deepened today with the Senior Superintendent of Police, Ropar, Mr Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, stating that they were also investigating a lead received by them through an anonymous letter, a day after the murder. The letter had named the murderer and stated that he belonged to Ambala, the SSP added.

Students back chairman’s policies
SAS Nagar, June 26
Students of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal, today, came out in the open for the first time after the murder of the chairman of the institute Gurcharan Singh, stating that they fully support his policies as he had ensured that a good academic environment is created in the college.

Housing societies get vacated land
Chandigarh, June 26
The removal of the slums in Sector 49, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony, has its positive side. Five acres of land, valued at Rs 6.50 crore and vacated after the slum was removed, has been allotted to eligible group housing cooperative societies, thus giving about 200 middle class families their long pending due.

Shrine roof leakage worries DC
Panchkula, June 26
The seepage of water from the ceiling of the sanctum sanctorum of the Sri Mata Mansa Devi shrine here was the main issue of discussion at a meeting of the Sri Masta Mansa Devi Shrine Board today.

Water harvesting a resounding success in city
Chandigarh, June 26
Buoyed by the success of a rainwater harvesting project in Leisure Valley, the Chandigarh Administration has again requested the Central Ground Water Board of the Ministry of Water Resources to lend assistance in setting up such projects in Rose Garden and Shanti Kunj. In the valley, the Administration has constructed eight recharge structures with the scientific and financial assistance of the board.

Saira SethiPlatform: Save water
ATER is a precious gift of nature without which life, both human and animal, is not possible. Therefore, it has to be conserved. Due to drought, water has disappeared from wells, springs and ponds. Women with pitchers have to travel several kilometres from their homes in search of water.

Taj shopping plaza
AYAWATI is not to be blamed. If her government has sanctioned the construction of a shopping mall at a cost of Rs 175 crore, then she should be lauded because she has honoured the sentiments of lakhs of women who would lay down their lives in the name of shopping.


Man kills brother
Panchkula, June 26
In a case of fratricide, a 22-year-old resident of village Tabar village was hacked to death by his elder brother on the night of June 23 .The case came to light today, when a distant relative from a neighbouring village informed the police. Police sources say that the accused, Sukhbir Singh (27) suspected the victim Satbir Singh of having illicit relations with his wife. It is learnt that the two brothers had several fist fights over the issue earlier.


BSNL reverts to bi-monthly billing cycle
Chandigarh, June 26
About two lakh telephone subscribers of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited in Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula can now relax, though ‘‘temporarily’’ as they will not have to stand in long queues every month to deposit their telephone bills. The BSNL has decided that ‘‘till further instructions’’ the individual subscribers in Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula will be issued bimonthly bills. This was stated by Mr R.C. Vaish, Chief General Manager, BSNL, Chandigarh, here today.

200 to take part in Canada Day ‘run for fun’
Chandigarh, June 26
Canada’s unification of all its provinces is celebrated as Canada Day on July 1. Indo-Canadian Business Chamber is organising “Canada Day” celebration on July 1 in New Delhi under the aegis of Mr Man Mohan Bhagat, President of ICBC.


Holidaying for profit
“Strange people food and bed / Why not stay at home instead // Its cheap and easy to arrange / A Rest is better than a Change//” As the holiday season peaks I am reminded of this doggerel. Yet there are people who long to travel.

Class XI form submission ends today
Chandigarh, June 26
The admission season in local government schools is all set to pick up with the deadline for the submission of forms to Class XI ending tomorrow. The last date for submission of forms was extended by two days keeping in view the late declaration of the results of the Punjab and Haryana school education boards.

Teachers seek benefit of past service
Chandigarh, June 26
Members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union yesterday staged a dharna outside the office of the DPI (Colleges), Punjab, demanding extension of the pay revision notification to cover teachers of unaided colleges. They also demanded release of pay arrears and benefit of past service as per the UGC norms.


Judicial remand for Maloya godman
Chandigarh, June 26
A self-styled godman of Maloya, Jai Dev Giri Baba alias Deepak Bhatachariya, of Daronachariya Mandir, who had been arrested by the UT police for allegedly detaining and raping a minor girl, was today remanded in judicial custody by a local court. The suspect was produced before the Duty Magistrate, Mr Phalit Sharma, who remanded him in judicial custody till July 10.


Love triangle by Rajshri
rithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan. Director Sooraj R Barjatya has gathered three shining stars to weave the glittering tapestry of a love triangle called ‘Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon’. Keeping in line with the tradition of Rajshri to provide wholesome entertainment, Barjatya has reportedly come up with a remake of the Zarina Wahab, Amol Palekar and Vijayendra Ghatge starrer ‘Chit Chor’.


AIDS control society holds camps
Chandigarh, June 26
Three medical-cum-awareness camps were organised today at government dispensaries in Indira Colony, Dhanas and Sarangpur by the UT State AIDS Control Society. The camps were held in collaboration with NGOs as a part of the Family Health Awareness Campaign. Medicines and information brochures were also distributed.

Mann to continue as Director-Principal
Chandigarh, June 26
Director Principal of Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital, Professor S.B.S. Mann, will continue on the post till further orders, as per the directions issued by the Union Health Ministry to the UT Administration.


Minerva Academy win
Chandigarh, June 26
The Ist Lieut-Col I.S. Deol Memorial Cricket Tournament began here today. According to Mr Ranjit Bajaj, organising secretary of the tournament, 32 teams are taking part in the meet.

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Anoop TejinderLocal lad for European golf tour
Chandigarh, June 26
Anoop Tejinder, a student of BA first year of the local DAV College, will participate in the European junior golf tour events to be held in Austria, Poland, Czech Republic and Latvia next month. Anoop (18) took to golf when he was a student of St John’s High School under the guidance of Amandeep Johal, a reputed golfer.


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