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Team Pak ruins India’s party
‘Big game’ escapes hosts through third slip, yet carnival spirit lingers on

Chandigarh, March 12
In the end, the jam-packed house went back with the consolation prize: that they had witnessed the best-ever fightback by Pakistan in recent memory. But they had come this morning charged with the scent of victory.

Indian and Pakistani cricket lovers dance on the last day of the Indo-Pak Test match
Indian and Pakistani cricket lovers dance on the last day of the Indo-Pak Test match (LEFT). A child cries over the missed chance for Indian victory at the Indo-Pak Test match that concluded at Mohali on Saturday.— Tribune photos Pradeep Tewari


PCA’s apathy shatters potter’s labour of love
Mohali, March 12
Only a few days ago, Vishnu Prajapati, the obscure potter from a small colony in Chandigarh had hit national headlines for the ingeniousness of his self-assigned task — the creation of a massive ceramics bat for the winning team of the Mohali Test match.

Cricketers visit fans’ homes
Chandigarh, March 12
In first-of-its-kind event, Pepsi today took the cricket fever sweeping the city to a new high by taking some of the popular Indian and Pakistani cricketers to homes of consumers here.

Women’s greetings overwhelm guests
Chandigarh, March 12
Destitute women from Burail village today contributed their bit to the Indo-Pakistan friendship by making hundreds of special “rainbow greeting cards” on the theme of peace and conciliation. Designed over a period of time, the cards were released today by Director Social Welfare UT, Ms Madhavi Kataria.

I have fallen in love with India, says Pak guest
Mohali, March 12
The euphoria over cricket is over in the city with the conclusion of first Test match that ended in a draw. The match played between traditional rivals India and Pakistan at the Punjab Cricket Association ground, here, evoked lot of passions and emotions. The match also provided an opportunity to remove misunderstandings from the minds of people of both countries.

PU Syndicate decides to hike tuition, admission fees
Chandigarh, March 12
Panjab University Syndicate has decided to increase the tuition and admission fee in all the departments of the campus by 10 per cent for the academic session 2005-06.

Passing Thru


Laloo is still their favourite
Chandigarh, March 12
The imposition of President’s rule in Bihar has evoked a mixed reaction among Biharis in the city. But Punjabis are jubilant over a Sikh Governor getting a chance to rule. A majority of Biharis in the city, comprising migrant labourers, are politically quite aware. Also, quite a few were critical of politicians in general, but had a soft corner for Mr Laloo Prasad Yadav because “he understood problems of the poor and empathised with them”.

IAF man moves CAT on recruitment issue
Chandigarh, March 12
An IAF sergeant Tejbir Singh, today moved the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) seeking directions to the Chandigarh Police to allow him to appear in the physical examination and written test being held for recruitment of Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) under the ex-servicemen category in the police force.

Flower festival inaugurated in Panchkula
Panchkula, March 12
The 19th Flower Festival was inaugurated amidst a riot of colours at Town Park today. A large number of people not just from the district, but also from Chandigarh and neighbouring areas of Himachal, visited the festival on the first day today.

Two-day Mohali flower show begins
Mohali, March 12
Two-day flower show Guldasta started amid riot of colour and festivity at Silvi Park in Phase X here today. The show was organised by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) in association with the municipal council.

A girl admires flowers on the opening day of Guldasta in Phase-10, Mohali, on Saturday. Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
A girl admires flowers on the opening day of Guldasta in Phase-10, Mohali

New Rotary Club chief
Chandigarh, March 12
A Rotract club was formed in DAV College, Sector 10 by President Baldev Aggarwal of Rotary Club, Chandigarh today. Ms Avneet will be the president of this club. The principal of the college, Subash Marriya assured the president all support to students for community service. Professor Umesh Vinayak committed to motivate more students participation.

Red Cross collect Rs 50 lakh for tsunami-hit
Chandigarh, March 12
The UT Red Cross Society has collected nearly Rs 50 lakh for of Tsunami affected areas. Mr Arun Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, said major contributions come from the police (Rs 16 lakh) and Agricultural Marketing Board (Rs 5 lakh).

Sewadar injured
Zirakpur, March 12
A sewadar of Gurdwara Nabha Sahib located along the Zirakpur-Patiala road was injured after his hand got trapped inside a machine (meant for preparing flour) in the gurdwara kitchen, here today.

Medicines donated
Dera Bassi, March 12
Poor patients facing difficulties due to shortage of medicines at the Government Homoeopathic Dispensary, Dera Bassi, the management of PCPL, a pharmaceutical manufacturing industrial unit, donated ayurvedic medicines today.

Girl consumes disinfectant, hospitalised
Panchkula, March 12
Sanjana, a 25-year-old girl, from Shazadpur locality, was admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 6, after she consumed disinfectant this morning. She was rushed to the hospital by her parents after her health started deteriorating.

Liquor contractor’s gesture
Chandigarh, March 12
Mr Satyapal, who has been awarded contract to sell liquor in Rajasthan today announced that he would plough back profits to teach Indian children about ancient Indian texts. The liquor vends in Rajasthan are not auctioned but given through draw of lots.


One held for stealing cycle rehris
Chandigarh, March 12
Two incidents of snatching were reported in the past 24 hours in the city while the police arrested one accused of stealing two rickshaw rehris, yesterday. Miss Parminder Kaur of Sector 38-West reported to the police that two motorcycle-borne persons snatched her bag containing passport, a driving license and Rs 1,000 in cash from near Cremation Ground, Sector 25, yesterday. A case under Sections 356 and 379 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 11 police station.

One held for theft
Chandigarh, March 12
With the arrest of Vishal, alias Pawan (19), today, the local police claimed to have solved two cases of thefts committed in the showrooms of Sector 22, recently. The suspect was arrested from Bajwara village. He was released from the jail in January this year after he served a sentence in connection with thefts he committed in Sector 35. The police following a tip-off arrested the accused today.

4 held for illegal mining
Chandigarh, March 12
The police has arrested four persons for illegal mining of sand, here, today. More arrests are likely, the police said. The police and Forest officials today raided forests covers of Nepli and Kansal choe and arrested Ram Karan, Kaka, Subash and Parkash-all residents of Kaimbwala village while they were carrying out with illegal mining. The police also impounded four tractor-trailers including one carrying sand.

Cash, jewellery stolen
Mohali, March 12
Rs 1 lakh in cash, gold jewellery and a bank credit card were stolen from a house in Phase VII. The crime came to the notice of the house owners when they returned home from Delhi today morning. The thieves probably came from the front courtyard and entered the building by damaging a wooden door.


Razing godowns to ‘affect’ freight movement
Chandigarh, March 12
Owners of godowns in Daria village have stated that they are paying around Rs 1.5 crore as sales tax per month to the Chandigarh Administration and demolishing their structures will mean revenue loss to the Administration.

Biz Clips


LIC asked to pay claim of Rs 1 lakh
Chandigarh, March 12
Upholding the order of the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I, the State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission has asked the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) to pay a claim of Rs 1 lakh to the kin of Vinod Kumar.

Stay vacated on engineer’s appointment
Chandigarh, March 12
Vacating the stay on the appointment of an Assistant Environment Engineer in the Chandigarh Pollution Control Board, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) yesterday clarified that the Pollution Control Committee did not fall under its jurisdiction.

Lok adalat settles 420 cases
Panchkula, March 12
As many as 420 cases were settled and Rs 54,450 was awarded compensation in various cases that came up in the Lok Adalat organised at the District Court’s premises today. As many as 666 cases were put up in this Lok Adalat.


Western Film Review
Saga of an eccentric aviator

Chandigarh, March 12

Hollywood has a strange way of acknowledging the works of its geniuses — by nominating them for Oscar awards, but not conferring these on them. Martin Scorsese, the 63-year-old giant filmmaker, is one such victim of the dream factory’s idiosyncrasies. Nominated on six previous occasions, but a non-recipient of the award, the director has again failed to make the grade for “The Aviator” (Fun Republic), the saga of an eccentric aviator and movie mogul, Howard Hughes.
A scene from “The Aviator”
A scene from “The Aviator”

Hans Raj Hans makes doctors dance
The ongoing annual bonanza festivities, Springfest-2005, organised by the Association of Resident Doctors was at its zenith as the strains of soulful music wafted across the otherwise calm ambience of the PGI.

‘Karam’ - hero can kill for love
Our Bollywood heroes can do anything for love. They can move mountains and climb walls like a spider. They can kill, maim and double-cross. When at stake is wife as beautiful as Priyanka Chopra, no man would lag behind.

Phulkari craft finds new expression
Chandigarh, March 12
Paramjit Kaur Kang has got her colours right. Mounted on walls of IndusInd Gallery, Sector 8, her ensemble impresses for two reasons — one, it is full of life; two, it is hugely experimental and way beyond routine shows that fill the gallery spaces these days.


Talk delivered on cancer of cervix
Chandigarh, March 12
A symposium on “Management of Cervical Pre-cancer at the Grassroots Level” was organised by the Indian Menopause Society here today.

Prof Arvind Rajwanshi, Head of the Department of Cytology, PGI, delivers a talk on “Management of Cervical Pre-cancer at the Grassroots Level” in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh
Prof Arvind Rajwanshi, Head of the Department of Cytology, PGI, delivers a talk on “Management of Cervical Pre-cancer at the Grassroots Level”

Sanction given to set up cancer treatment centre
Chandigarh, March 12
To provide a comprehensive treatment to the cancer patients in the region, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has given its sanction to establish a regional cancer treatment and Research Centre at the Postgraduate Institute (PGI) here. The Centre will come up under the National Cancer Control Programme.

Water-borne diseases on the rise
Panchkula, March 12
Water samples collected from Old Panchkula, its adjoining villages, Kalka and Pinjore are infected with bacteria. As a result there has been a sharp increase in the number of cases of water-borne infections.

Do not ignore persistent headache: experts
Chandigarh, March 12
A persistent headache that does not go away with regular medicine may not be as benign as one would like to believe. Experts warn that these could be the initial signs of brain tumour, which if diagnosed at an initial stage has higher chance of cure.

Medical camp held
Zirakpur, March 12
More than 500 slum dwellers were examined at a medical camp jointly organised by the SDS Memorial Charitable Trust, Punjab Chemicals and Crop Protection Limited, behind Lohgarh police post, here today. The patients were also distributed medicines free of cost on the occasion. 


Pooja moves ahead in judo
Chandigarh, March 12
Pooja Jalan of Chandigarh outplayed Afsana of Uttar Pradesh to move ahead on the opening day of the Senior National Judo Championships that began here today at the Skating Rink, Sector 10. In this meet, more than 300 judokas in different weight categories in both men and women section from various states and units affiliated to the Judo Federation of India are taking part. The meet is being organised by Amateur Judo Association, Chandigarh.

Athletics meet held
Chandigarh, March 12
Annual Athletics Meet of National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research, Sector 26, Chandigarh was held last evening at the institute campus. All 34 events were organised and the winners of various events are, 100 M Race : Nasib Singh, 50 m Race : Sarita , Discus Throw: Rajwinder Singh, Discus Throw (Ladies): Rama Chabbra, Shotput Throw (Ladies): Rama Chabbra, 200 M Race:(Gents), Kuldeep Singh High Jump, Nasib Singh.

Trekking expedition flagged off
Chandigarh, March 12
The Tivraghat Nabho Trekking Expedition organised by 323 Air Defence (AD) Regiment was flagged off by the Brigade Commander, Brig Kuldip Singh, from Chandimandir Cantonment, near here, today.

Brahma Kumaris meet cricket players
Mohali, March 12
A delegation of Brahma Kumaris met players of the cricket teams of India and Pakistan at PCA Stadium here yesterday. Members of the delegation, led by B.K. Prem, congratulated Saurav Ganguly and Inzamam-Ul-Haq, presidents of the two teams, for bringing people of both the countries closer by such matches.

Pitch and Putt competition
Chandigarh, March 12
A Pitch and Putt Competition for business men and women from Chandigarh and around will be held at the Chandigarh Golf Range, near Kishangarh village, on March 25.


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