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DC-designate Rao’s powers curtailed
Chandigarh, May 28
In an unprecedented move which may cause a bureaucratic controversy, the Chandigarh Administration today stripped the Deputy Commissioner-designate, Mr R.K. Rao, of two important works.

Sabotage behind blank TV screens
Chandigarh, May 28
Residents of the city regularly face blank television screens owing to rivalry between different camps of cable operators. The cable service got disrupted last evening in the city and in Mohali.

Woman jumps to death in PGI
Chandigarh, May 28
A 21-year-old-unmarried woman allegedly jumped to death this morning from the sixth floor of the Research Block in the PGI.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh being welcomed by Ms Kartar Devi, Haryana Health Minister, and Ms Anu Chatrath, Mayor, at Chandigarh Airforce Station, on his way to Himachal Pradesh on Saturday Prime Minister Manmohan Singh being welcomed by Ms Kartar Devi, Haryana Health Minister, and Ms Anu Chatrath, Mayor, at Chandigarh Airforce Station, on his way to Himachal Pradesh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Sunday Special
Raising their servants’ kids as their own

Chandigarh, May 28

A penniless couple in search of shelter found a new way of living when they knocked at the door of Mr Chandan Singh (84), a resident of Sector 8, about eight years ago. Mr Chandan Singh, whose wife was on the deathbed at that time, not only provided them with a job as domestic help, but also shelter. Now they are living with him as part of his family.

Mr Harbans Lal Khanna with the son of his servant.
Mr Harbans Lal Khanna with the son of his servant

More powers sought for panchayati raj bodies
Chandigarh, May 28
A 10-day training programme for panches and sarpanches of UT villages at Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) here proved to be an eye opener for 160 participants.

Computer training for children with multiple disabilities at Prayaas
Chandigarh, May 28 
After 19 years of purposeful existence, the Prayaas Rehabilitation Centre for Special Children located in Sector 38, Chandigarh, is ready with another offering. The centre will provide for an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Cell for comprehensive empowerment of special children - the first of its kind in the region.
Special children during a training session at Prayaas.
Special children during a training session at Prayaas

35 p.c. Army men prefer civil medicare, suggests a study 
Chandigarh, May 28
Research undertaken by a senior Army Medical Corps officer has revealed that a large number of army personnel are preferring civilian practitioners or institutes for availing medical treatment. The study has also found that about half the personnel preferring civilian medicare are choosing alternate therapy like homeopathy or ayurveda, which it suggests could be a new trend.

Rare manuscripts to go online
Chandigarh, May 28

A miniature (2x2 inch) Bhagwad Geeta, to be the country’s smallest and read only using a magnifier, or the tome titled “History of the world” dating back to 1634! This is merely a glimpse of the collection of original manuscripts and rare books with the Panjab University’s AC Joshi Library, which is ready to have a facelift, courtesy the digital world. Moving on from merely eulogising its rich collection hidden in the obscure almirahs, PU is making compact discs (CDs) of its much acclaimed manuscripts so that the collection is just a click away. 

A miniature Bhagwad Geeta that can be read only using a magnifier at the Panjab University’s AC Joshi Library.
A miniature Bhagwad Geeta that can be read only using a magnifier at the Panjab University’s AC Joshi Library

Renovated night shelter opened
Chandigarh, May 28
Mrs Jean Rodrigues, wife of the Punjab Governor, inaugurated the newly renovated Rain Basera (night shelter) near the Bus Stand in Sector 17 here today. The Rs 10 lakh project was launched by the UT Red Cross and will provide all modern basic facilities to tourists at nominal charges.

General visits Engineers’ Brigade
Chandigarh, May 28
The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lieut-Gen S. Pattabhiraman, visited an Engineers Brigade in western Sector today. He was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Lakshmi Raman, president, Army Wives Welfare Association (AWW),Western Command.


15 booked for assaulting driver
Lalru, May 28
The police has booked 15 unidentified employees of Agro Dutch Foods Limited, an industrial unit near Lalru, for their involvement in the Haryana Roadways bus driver assault case.

Couple in dock for forging father’s will
Chandigarh, May 28
It is a flick straight from a Bollywood potboiler. A local couple allegedly forges father’s will and other documents in connivance with certain officials to grab a prime commercial property in Sector 22-D here.

Liquor smuggler in Army uniform arrested
Chandigarh, May 28
Looks can be deceptive. The police realised this fact last night when they intercepted a man in army uniform on suspicion, only to find that he was carrying illicit liquor. After conducting a search the police recovered as many as 60 bottles of XXX Rum from his possession. Other than this, in two separate cases the local police arrested two persons and recovered 68 bottles of liquor from their possession.

3 women pick-pockets arrested
Chandigarh, May 28
The local police arrested three women on the charges of picking pockets in a CTU bus near Dhillon traffic lights point this afternoon. The police recovered Rs 700 from them.

Body of 45-year-old man found
Chandigarh, May 28
A body of a 45-year-old man was found by the police in fields at Gharuan village, near Kharar, today. According to the police, the body bore severe injury marks. The police believe that the victim had been involved in an accident and was thrown into the fields by those involved in the accident. The police has, however, ruled out the possibility of murder.

Woman complains against son
Chandigarh, May 28
A Sector 37 resident has been booked on the charge of cheating for getting a booth registered in his name by submitting a fake affidavit. Interestingly, the complainants are the widow mother and three siblings of the accused.

Woman dies of excessive bleeding
Lalru, May 28
Mrs Jaswinder Kaur (35), a resident of Lalru, died in the PGI, Chandigarh, after excessive bleeding yesterday. According to the police, the victim had gone for an abortion at a local hospital some days ago.


UGC delay irks NET candidates
Chandigarh, May 28
Candidates appearing for national eligibility test conducted by the University Grants Commission are facing a lot of problems as the UGC has failed to declare the results of the NET examination held in December, 2004. The next examination is slated for June 26.

PU’s digital library inaugurated
Chandigarh, May 28

Member of Parliament Pawan Kumar Bansal today inaugurated digital library’ at A.C. Joshi Library, Panjab University and announced a grant of Rs 2 lakhs for providing more facilities in the library from his MPLAD funds here today.

Prof K.N. Pathak, VC, Panjab University, and Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, MP, at the inauguration of the digital library in handigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Prof K.N. Pathak, VC, Panjab University, and Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, MP, at the inauguration of the digital library

Peerless teacher is no more
Chandigarh, May 28 A legend is no more. Rev. Br. Roylance Ignatius Meredith (1914-2005) a teacher, friend, guide, advisor and confidant to all his pupils passed away in the early hours today. He loved and liked all. It turn, his pupils — young and old-adored him. St. John’s High School in the city was synonymous with Rev. Br. Meredith. He was an apostle of simplicity with high values and strong traditions.

BCom II results declared
Chandigarh May 28
Panjab University has declared the results of B. Com II here today. The gazettes will be available at the main enquiry counter at PU at 2 pm. These will also be available at the PU website “www.puchd.”.

Seminar on Australian education system
Patiala, May 28
A two-day seminar on education began at Hotel Mohan Continental here on Saturday. Delegates from Australia and Chandigarh are taking part in the seminar and will highlight the Australia education system to Indian students.

PMT topper gets Rs 1 lakh as prize money
Chandigarh, May 28
Mayank Sardana, a student of Akash Institute, Sector 34, has secured the first rank in the Haryana PMT. As per the prize scheme announced by Mr M.L. Syal, Principal of the institute, a cheque of Rs one lakh was given to Mayank.


Film Review
A comedy worth watching

Making quick money and getting famous in short time is what young generation is looking for. This flick by Yash Chopra clicks on this point, pulling in youngsters. After ‘Yuva’, Rani Mukherjee and Abhishek Bachchan have come together again in ‘Bunty Aur Babli’.

A scene from “Bunty Aur Babli”.
A scene from “Bunty Aur Babli”


Children take part in a dance workshop at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Saturday
Children take part in a dance workshop at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

An evening of Haryanvi folklore
THE richness of spiritual fervour, rustic vigour and elan of Harynavi folklore with all the appeal mesmerised audience at a programme organised by the Welfare cadre group.

‘Sham-e-ghazal’ well received
As part of the campaign of the Chandigarh Administration to boost culture, a Sham Ghazal was organised by the Chandigarh Institute of Performing Arts in association with the Administration at the Fragrance Garden on Saturday.

Children show interest in writing, painting
It was the fifth day of cultural workshop being organised under the patronage of Srijan, an institute of creativity, at DAV Public School, Sector 8. Children are showing keen interest in writing, poems, and short stories and in painting. They developed new ideas on the canvas with water colours.

Workshops begin


70 pc are regular smokers: study
Chandigarh, May 28
The statistics are terrifying—experimentation with smoking begins between 13 to 15 years in this part of the country. A whopping 70 per cent smoke regularly. It may sound alarming but the fact is that peer pressure and smoking friends prompt 97 per cent of youngsters to take to smoking. Youngsters also believe that smoking is ‘cool’, little realising that 50 per cent of all young people who smoke will die of related diseases.

Medical camp for slum children
Chandigarh, May 28
A free health check-up camp for slum children, adopted under the Indradhanush programme of St John’s High School, Sector 26, was conducted by Fortis Hospital, Mohali, here yesterday. More than 250 children participated in the two-day camp.


Chandigarh eves in softball semis
Chandigarh, May 28

Chandigarh girls’ softball team entered the semifinals beating Chattisgarh 11-1 to take the top position with an average of 8.5 in the super league matches of the 18th Subjunior National Softball Championship being organised by the Chandigarh Amateur Softball Association at Government College for Men, here today.
As many as 37 cricketers are participating in the camp. These budding players have been selected by the selection committee of PCA, on the basis of their performance in the Sushil Bali Tournament held recently.

Priti of Rajasthan tries to hit the ball against Kerala during a softball match in Chandigarh on Saturday.  — A Tribune photograph
Priti of Rajasthan tries to hit the ball against Kerala during a softball match in Chandigarh on Saturday

Camp for cricketers begins at PCA
Mohali, May 28
A 10-day camp for under-15 cricketers started at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here today. The PCA camp is being conducted under the guidance of Mr D P Azad, the first Dronacharaya awardee and renowned cricket coach.

He is the ‘tiger on wheels’
Chandigarh, May 28
Meet the “Tiger on Wheels”. Sahil Khattar, a 17-year-old Panchkula boy, was accorded this term during the Asian Roller Skating Championship held at Jeonju City (Korea) from May 10 to 14. Sahil was instrumental in giving India a bronze medal in this meet. He scored 10 goals in this tournament. His teammates said he moved like a tiger in the skating rink and this won him the title.

Sandeep faces Pankaj in final
Chandigarh, May 28
Sandeep Duggal will face Pankaj Gulati in the final after defeating their respective opponents Mahesh Chaudhary and Vineet Khosla in the ongoing Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship being held at Chandigarh Club, here today. Sandeep Duggal trounced Mahesh Chaudhary 250-157 in the semifinal. In the second match, Pankaj Gulati had a convincing win over Vineet Khosla at 250-190.

Sandeep Kochhar in action in the snooker semifinal against Sandeep Chadha at Chandigarh Club on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
Sandeep Kochhar in action in the snooker semifinal against Sandeep Chadha at Chandigarh Club on Saturday

Sports camps from June 15
Chandigarh, May 28
To hone the skills of sportspersons and to use the summer vacations fruitfully, the Sports Department, Chandigarh Administration, is going to start its annual sports camps in all disciplines from June 15.

Minerva Academy win
Chandigarh, May 28
Minerva Academy continued with their superb performance when they downed DC Model School and Satluj Public School , Panchkula, respectively by nine and eight wickets, respectively, in the 13th Bathany Cup Cricket Tournament played here today.


Fruit rehris removed from roundabouts
Panchkula, May 28
The Enforcement Wing of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) yesterday removed fruit rehris from various roundabouts in the township today. Led by JE Karam Chand, the enforcement staff removed the rehris from Sector 7/8/17/18 roundabout, Sector 7/8/5/6 roundabout and other rotaries.


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