THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
C H A N D I G A R H
Top stories | Community | Crime | EducationCourts
Lifestyle | Culture | Health | Sports | Administration

TOP STORIES

Wipe out rich-poor divide: Shekhawat
Chandigarh, December 13

Calling upon educationists to wipe out the divide between the rich and the poor by opening doors of quality education to one and all, the Vice-President of India, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, said today that India’s greatest asset was its human resource.

The Vice-President of India, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, offers floral tributes at the memorial to Kargil martyrs at DAV College, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Saturday.
The Vice-President of India, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, offers floral tributes at the memorial to Kargil martyrs at DAV College, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan



EARLIER STORIES
 

Shekhawat exhorts youth to take India on fast track
460 students honoured at PU convocation
Chandigarh, December 13
Panjab University today honoured 460 students who have come out with flying colours in the university examinations in different categories of bachelor, master and doctoral-level degree courses. The occasion was the 53rd annual convocation.

Shekhawat mingles with Rajasthanis
Chandigarh, December 13
The Rajasthani community, given its business acumen and selfless service to society, is accepted in every part of the country as well as abroad, said the Vice-President, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, at a felicitation function organised by the Rajasthan Parishad here today.
  Opens PU hostel

  Traffic chaos

  Memorandum

Generous applause for Jacob

Chandigarh, December 13
The loved and popular Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), who left a mark during his stint as Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, was reminded about his popularity when he was greeted with a thunderous applause as he stood up to receive the Doctorate of Science (honoris causa) degree at the annual convocation of Panjab University here today.
Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob, a former Governor of Punjab, and Mr Pawan Bansal share a joke following conferring of Doctorate of Science (honoris causa) degrees at the annual convocation of Panjab University in Chandigarh on Saturday.
 — Tribune photo

Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob, a former Governor of Punjab, and Mr Pawan Bansal share a joke following conferring of Doctorate of Science (honoris causa) degrees at the annual convocation of Panjab University in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Crucial report against Sharma to be tabled on Dec 17
Chandigarh, December 13
The status report of the crucial inquiry being conducted against PGI Director Prof S.K. Sharma will be placed before the Institute Body, whose meeting will be chaired by the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mrs Sushma Swaraj, at New Delhi on December, 17.

PSEB reviews billing rules
Mohali, December 13
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has reviewed its rules that
regulate billing to consumers who have more than one meter installed
at their homes.

Pak patient at city clinic
Chandigarh, December 13
“Had it not been for the man-made physical boundary between India and Pakistan, thousands of people across the border could have been cured by availing the excellent medical facilities here,” is how 14-year-old Serish from Karachi, who underwent plastic surgery at a private clinic today, feels about the strained relations between the two neighbours. A car accident in December, 1995, left Serish, a Class 12 student at High Grade School in Karachi, with a completely disfigured face as her right eyelid and eyebrow were damaged.



Serish with her mother Nasreen in Chandigarh on Saturday.
— Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Serish with her mother Nasreen in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Population boom threat to food security, says Datta
Chandigarh, December 13
Burgeoning population will pose stiff competition to the food security requirements of the country in the current century. The country needs to wake up to the need of the hour, now, with eyes on futurist planning for security of lives.

Video
Chandigarh declared 'Peace City'.
(28k, 56k)

 
COMMUNITY

Arora’s daughter in suspect list
Panchkula, December 13
The triple murder case of the Arora family here was further complicated when two brothers of Praveen Arora in an affidavit today alleged that Kum Kum, daughter of the K. L.Arora was also involved in the murder conspiracy.

Awareness needed among Dalits
Mohali, December 13
Regressive and unprincipled tendencies of some members of the Dalit community are responsible for its social exploitation and discrimination against it.

Exhibition on khadi
Mohali, December 13
The Khadi Village Industries Commission has decided to spend over Rs 18 crore on popularising of khadi across the country. This was stated by Ms Maya S. Sinha, Financial Adviser of the commission, while inaugurating the first-ever khadi exhibition here yesterday.

Federation opposes PUDA policy
Mohali, December 13
The Citizens Welfare Federation has opposed PUDA’s policy on penalties relating to the regularisation of alterations made in residential units in the town and has demanded its withdrawal.

2 incidents of fire reported
Mohali, December 13
Fire broke out in the Industrial Area and Sector 70 here today. In the Industrial Area, a fire broke out early this morning and spread to a mobile toilet van lying nearby. Fire engines were called in and the fire was brought under control within half an hour.

‘Honest judge can check corruption’
Chandigarh, December 13
“Only the selection of right kind of judges can help root out corruption and reduce the number of pending cases. This can also help build trust of the people in the judicial system”, said Mr Justice S. Rajendra Babu, Chairman of the National Legal Service Authority (NLSA), while stressing the need for stemming corruption in the society.

Rotary team leaves for Cambodia today
Chandigarh, December 13
As part of the Intercontinental Medicare Project, a 19-member team of Rotarian volunteers, including three city doctors will leave for Cambodia tomorrow.

Chrysanthemum Show draws big crowd
Chandigarh, December 13
The second day of the three-day Chrysanthemum Show witnessed a heavy rush of visitors, with a number of them making inquiries regarding tips to grow seasonal flowers. Children were attracted by the topiary of various animals made in attractive patterns of marigold petals.

Mohali’s first flower show next Feb
Mohali, December 13
The green-fingered residents of the township can start pruning their plants. Come February, the town will be hosting its first two-day flower show. Other than an exhibition of colourful potted plants and the best grown flowers, the best home and corporate gardens will also be awarded during the show.

Ex-servicemen to hold protest
Chandigarh, December 13
Ex-servicemen across the country would wear black bands on their left arms on December 22 and also submit a memorandum to the civil authorities concerned to protest against the alleged indifference of the government towards their genuine demands. They will also hold protest rallies.

Veterinary corps anniversary
Chandigarh, December 13
The Remount and Veterinary Corps (RVC) today celebrated its 224th anniversary at Chandimandir Cantonment. The specialised force is responsible for breeding, training and treatment of military horses, cattle and dogs.

READERS WRITE
Sukhna Nadi bridge, a traffic hazard

I
fully endorse Col M.S. Sandhu’s views about the Sukhna Nadi bridge in Zirakpur, which were published in Chandigarh Tribune dated December 4. The area beyond this bridge is developing fast, both commercially and academically. A number of educational institutions, including Central School in the cantonment and the Regional Institute of Craft and Health Training Centre, are coming up in the area. Many other institutions are also located on the other side of the bridge.

  • In search of justice

  • Praise should have been in print

 
CRIME

Delhi trader killed in accident
Dera Bassi, December 13
A trader from Karol Bagh, New Delhi, was killed on the spot while his companion sustained serious injuries when the car they were travelling in collided with another car coming from the opposite direction on the Kalka-Ambala highway at Devi Nagar village this morning.

Three booked for forgery
Chandigarh, December 13
The police registered two cases of fraud worth Rs 30 lakh here yesterday.

 
EDUCATION

A day of joy for DAV alumni

Chandigarh, December 13
While it was a moment of great joy for the students of DAV College, Sector 10, attending their alumni meet on the college campus here today, it was a solemn affair for parents of martyrs, one in which they took consolation and derived strength from each other.

A section of the alumni and parents of martyrs from DAV College (front row) , Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Saturday. 
— Tribune photograph

A section of the alumni and parents of martyrs from DAV College (front row) , Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Testing times for geology lab
MOHALI: For a majority of the residents of the township, the existence of a hi-tech geology laboratory in the township’s Industrial Area might come as news. Tucked away in a corner of the Phase VII Industrial Area here, the laboratory is as good as non-existent.

Agreement on IT training
Chandigarh, December 13
The Society for Promotion for IT in Chandigarh (SPIC) yesterday signed an agreement with the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research, Sector 26, to provide need-based training programmes for the faculty of engineering colleges and polytechnics of the Northern region comprising Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Chandigarh in the field of information technology.

PU Reader advocates spread of Hindi
Chandigarh, December 13
In a letter to the Vice-President of India and Panjab University Chancellor, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Dr Arun Deep Ahluwalia, Reader, Geology Department, PU, has sought his intervention in the promotion of Hindi in science teaching.

DAV to open primary school in city
Chandigarh, December 13
To mark the silver-jubilee year of its existence, the Principal of DAV Public School, Sector 8, Ms Sarita Manuja, announced the opening of a primary school here today.

Two-day career fair opens
Chandigarh, December 13
The two-day career fair organised by Fair and Lovely Foundation was inaugurated today at Maharaj Aggarsen Bhavan, Sector 30. The best thing about the fair is that you do not have to attend seminars. The organisers have placed impressive boards all over the venue for visitors to read the information of your interest.

COURTS

Summons issued on bank’s plea
Chandigarh, December 13
Taking up an application filed by Allahabad Bank’s Sector 17 branch office, the Debts Recovery Tribunal here has asked Punjab State Tubewell Corporation Limited and the Punjab Government to “appear on January 8, 2004 at 10.30 am in person or through duly authorised agent or advocate to show cause why relief and interim relief prayed for should not be allowed”.

Object of arbitration ‘fair resolution of disputes’
Chandigarh, December 13
“The object of arbitration is to obtain fair resolution of the disputes by an impartial tribunal without unnecessary delay or expenses. The parties should be free to agree as to how their disputes are solved,” said Mr Justice S. Rajendra Babu of the Supreme Court, while addressing a seminar on “Arbitration, whether efficacious means of dispute resolution” here today.

 
CULTURE

Laughter rocks theatre
Chandigarh, December 13
Issues ranging from degeneration of politics, terrorism and Indo-Pak relations were at the receiving end at a Hasya Kavi Sammelan organised by the municipal corporation and Chandigarh Tourism at Tagore Theatre here this evening.

Film Review
You need patience to tolerate this film
I
T is high time that violence and hatred across the borders stops otherwise film viewers like us will continue to bear the brunt of patriotism-romance masala like ‘Dil Pardesi ho Gaya’.

LIFESTYLE

Monika PokhariaProfessional attitude sets her apart
H
ER face exudes innocence which is enhanced by a smile. Monika Pokharia, has the kind of looks that photographers eagerly look for. She is still very young, but this class XI-girl from KV-31 knows her mind. When we were discussing the shoot, she said, “I want to look different, and not just that, you must make me look the best.” It is this zeal to do the best, which sets Monika apart from many others in the field. Before she comes for a shoot, she does a lot of homework on posing, clothes, and accessories. Once in front of the camera, she goes on improvicing till the best shot is taken.

Malkit sings a different song
Says channels promoting vulgarity
S
PARKLING stars did not twinkle on his turban for he was not wearing “pagri” with “gota” lining the border. The bold pendants, too, were missing. The ones you had seen him wearing so many times on the small screen in music video albums. But one look was enough to tell you that the “tutak-tutak” man was here. The demeanor, and the style, made it clear.

Keep wrestling tradition alive: Dara Singh

SCORES of wrestlers and sportspersons have been forced to live in penury without any medicare. The state and Central governments have compelled the elderly wrestlers and sportsmen to virtually live the life of a beggar.


World-famous wrestler Dara Singh poses for The Tribune during a shooting session of a TV commercial advertisement near Dera Bassi.
— Tribune photo by Malkait Singh

World-famous wrestler Dara Singh poses for The Tribune during a shooting session of a TV commercial advertisement near Dera Bassi.

Punjabi pop’s new contender, Mona
R
iDING the Punjabi pop wave, Mona, a daughter of London-based music composer Channi Singh, is trying to make a mark as a Punjabi pop singer with her second album, “Kankaan de Ohle”. Tips Music as recently released her album.

Shubham ChandrachurIt’s my life
No short cuts to success
F
aith in God and persistent hard labour has placed me where I am today. When I started my career as a model in Patiala after winning the Mr Super Model — 1999 contest, I had only Punjabi albums to look forward to. Soon, I realised that I could not bank upon modelling alone to establish a name for myself as there is little scope for it in Patiala.
Shubham Chandrachur, Model-cum-choreographer

HEALTH

Use water purifiers, fight contamination 
CHANDIGARH: City residents may feel proud of having the highest per capita income but the matter of fact is that a majority of population is still drinking water, contaminated with impurities which can result in water-borne diseases, say manufacturers of high-end water purifier systems.

Iraq’s loss is science’s gain
Chandigarh, December 13
Iraq may have come under the US attack for suspected possession of weapons of mass destruction containing clestridium, but medical sciences is using these very dreaded micro-organisms to treat patients suffering from movement disorders and diseases like Parkinson and dystonia.

 
SPORTS

Sub-junior boxing meet gets under way

Chandigarh, December 13
The Chandigarh State Sub-Junior Boys and Women Boxing Championship began here today at the Sports Complex, Sector 42. In the matches played, Mallika of Dev Samaj College went down fighting to Sukhpal Kaur of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, by one point.




Dharinder Singh (left) and Sumit Sharma battle it out in the Chandigarh Sub-Junior Boxing Meet in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Dharinder Singh (left) and Sumit Sharma battle it out in the Chandigarh Sub-Junior Boxing Meet in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Saturday.

2,000 take part in selection trials
Chandigarh, December 13
The three-day selection trials conducted by the UT Education Department, in which more than 2,000 sportspersons took part, concluded on Thursday at various coaching centres in the city. The trials were held to select teams in various disciplines for the different editions of the 49th National School Games, which would be held at various venues in the country during the next two months.

Road cycling meet today
Chandigarh, December 13
The Chandigarh Road Cycling Championships for Boys and Girls will be held at Lake Club Circuit tomorrow at 7 am. The one-day meet would be organised by the Chandigarh Amateur Cycling Association.  During the meet, cyclists would be selected for the Ninth Road National Cycling Championships to be held at Kolkata from December 23 to 28.

Pulse Polio drive from Jan 4
Chandigarh, December 13
There will be two Pulse Polio immunisation rounds in the city — January 4 to 6 and January 22 to 24 — as part of the countrywide drive. This was decided at a meeting of the steering committee.

ADMINISTRATION

Online IT refunds hit block
Chandigarh, December 13
The target set by the Income Tax Department to electronically send refunds of taxpayers directly into their bank accounts by the year-end is far from being achieved, thanks to procedural discrepancies.

Top

HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Mailbag | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | National Capital |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |