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Exam near; PU students await notes
Chandigarh, March 24
With less than a week for the undergraduate and postgraduate annual exams to begin, students of various correspondence courses of Panjab University are still hunting for their lessons (reading material).

Two impersonators arrested
Inderjit Singh Chandigarh, March 24
A person posing as the personal security officer-cum-driver of the Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), was nabbed by the Chandigarh police as he was driving a Gypsy bearing a plate which read “CBI Director”. He used to fleece gullible young couples sitting in parks and used to steal things from vehicles parked in markets or at secluded places.





EARLIER STORIES
 

NIPER budget goes up three times
Mohali, March 24
The Government of India has tripled the budget allocation for the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali. Announcing this here today, Ms Satwant Reddy, Secretary, department of Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemical and Fertilisers, said in order to enhance human resources development and research in pharmaceutical sciences, the Centre was thinking of establishing additional NIPER centres in the country.

Ex-drug addicts join hands against abuse
Zirakpur, March 24
It is a unique “prayaas” (effort) for the drug addicts by former drug addicts. Dedicated bands of former drug addicts have joined hands to start a drug rehabilitation centre at Kalgidhar Enclave here.

Much more to UP than Taj: Hameed
Chandigarh, March 24.
Uttar Pradesh is out to hardsell its history to the tourists — be it the Sanauli excavations (dating back to Copper Age), the ethos of the oldest surviving city, Varanasi, or the Lakshyagreha and Hastinapur (of Mahabharata age).

Ministry opposes excise duty cut on pharmaceutical items
Mohali, March 24
The Finance Ministry of the Government of India has opposed the reduction of excise duty on all pharmaceutical products from 16 per cent to 8 per cent as proposed by the Department of Petrochemical and Pharmaceuticals.





Secretary of the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, GOI, Mrs Satwant Reddy along with Mr P. Rama Rao, Director NIPER, Mohali during a press conference on Friday in Mohali. — A Tribune photograph
Secretary of the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, GOI, Mrs Satwant Reddy along with Mr P. Rama Rao, Director NIPER, Mohali during a press conference

Commerce killing sacred disciplines: Pandit Debu
Chandigarh, March 24
The path of tradition is a rutted one. And there are few travellers who can handle the foot sores. Pt Debu Chaudhuri is one among them. He not only handles his sores well but cherishes them for their power to tell the tale of his commitment to a cause.




Padma Bhushan sitar maestro Pt Debu Chaudhuri (left) with his son Prateek in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Padma Bhushan sitar maestro Pt Debu Chaudhuri  with his son Prateek in Chandigarh

 
COMMUNITY

Bheora: police team to leave for Delhi today
Chandigarh, March 24
The Chandigarh Police will send a team to Delhi tomorrow for bringing Paramjit Singh Bheora, one of the prime accused in the assassination of Punjab’s former Chief Minister Beant Singh, to Chandigarh.

Embrarer on display at air show
Chandigarh, March 24
The IAF's latest acquisition, the Brazilian Embrarer VIP transport aircraft, would be among the aircraft being displayed at the air show being organised at 12 Wing here tomorrow.

Experts discuss management systems
Chandigarh, March 24
A regional-level review meeting of representatives of various management system certification licencees of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) was held here yesterday. The meeting was chaired by the Deputy Director-General, Mr Chandra Shekhar, and was presided over by Mr Sunil Duggal, vice-president, Gujarat Ambuja Cement Ltd.

Traders meet IT Commissioner
Chandigarh, March 24
A delegation of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) held a meeting with the Commissioner of Income Tax-II, Mr Girish Sharma, here today regarding the new provisions for scrutinising income tax returns.

Empowerment of professionals discussed
Chandigarh, March 24
The Chandigarh-Panchkula chapter of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India today organised a regional conference on empowerment of professionals in the changing economic environment. Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan inaugurated the conference.

YC burns effigies of BJP leaders
Mohali, March 24
Members of the Youth Congress (YC) today burnt effigies of BJP leaders in protest against the allegations against Mrs Sonia Gandhi due to which she had to resign.

UN award for Amir Chand
Chandigarh, March 24
Brahma Kumar Amir Chand has been honoured with the International Award UN 2006 jointly by the International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP), the USA, the Commonwealth Association for the Education and Training of Adults (CAETA), the UK, and Global Open University, Milan.

 
CRIME

Youth arrested for stealing purse from bank
Chandigarh, March 24
The local police arrested a youth, who stole a purse from a local bank about 23 days ago, when he visited the bank unmindful of the fact that his image was captured by the cameras installed in the bank.

Man injures sister’s husband
Chandigarh, March 24
In a shocking incident a brother attacked and injured his sister’s husband, who had married her against the wishes of her family, in Sector 30 here last night. The victim was admitted to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital, where his condition was stated to be stable.

Man jumps before train, dies
Chandigarh, March 24
A 22-year-old resident of Indira Colony allegedly ended his life by jumping before a passenger train this afternoon. The police said the victim's family ruled out any foul play behind the incident and said the victim was undergoing depression.

BUSINESS

Revamp small-scale industry: chamber
Panchkula, March 24
Inadequate power generation, interrupted supply to industrial units, avoidable line losses, shifting of about 45,000 small-scale units from the state after 1997 and related issues came up for discussion at a state-level meeting of the Haryana Chamber of Commerce held here on Wednesday.

 
EDUCATION

Seminar on higher education organised
Chandigarh, March 24
A one-day seminar on 'Higher Education and Engineering Programmes in France' was organised under the guidance of Mr J.S. Sidhu, Chairman, Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology (SUSCET), Tangori, in collaboration with Edufrance and ESIGELEC, school of engineering, France.

College teachers stage dharna
Chandigarh, March 24
In response to a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), teachers working in more than 160 non- government colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh staged a dharna in support of their demands.

Seminar on NAC test
Chandigarh, March 24
The UT Department of Information Technology through SPIC in association with NASSCOM, Hewitt Associates and British Council organised NAC (NASSCOM assessment of competence) orientation program at SPIC and a NAC seminar at the SAS Institute of Technology and Management, Mohali, according to a press note issued here yesterday.

From Panjab University
Training programme for teachers

Chandigarh, March 24
The ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre, Panjab University, will organise a five-day training programme on “Research Methodology: The Emerging Needs in Designing and Implementing Research Proposals in Social Sciences” from March 27-31 at the ICSSR complex, Panjab University.

Retired teachers assn function today

COURTS

Consumer forum order goes missing
Chandigarh, March 24
An order of the District Consumer Redressal Forum-I sent to the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chandigarh, for taking action against an insurance company which had filed a false affidavit in case of an insurance claim, has gone missing.

 
CULTURE

Debu mesmerises audience
36th Bhaskar Rao music festival
Chandigarh, March 24

The serenity and grandeur of classical musical arts pervaded the ambience of the local Tagore Theatre as the 36th All-India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan, being organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra, commenced today. Sitar wizard Pandit Debu Choudhry, accompanied by the executive board of the kendra, lighted the traditional lamp to inaugurate the sammelan. He lauded the dedication of the kendra management in maintaining their tradition of excellence in propagating the classical arts in the region.



Leesa Mohanty, along with her troupe, presents Odissi dance at the 36th All-India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik 

Leesa Mohanty, along with her troupe, presents Odissi dance at the 36th All-India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh

For art’s sake 
Chandigarh, March 24

Art has few takers, at least in this part of India. This explains why 49 established artists from Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali have come together for a show that is unique in two ways.




A view of the art exhibition put together by the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi. — A Tribune photograph
A view of the art exhibition put together by the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi

Framed innocence
Chandigarh, March 24

Any show that draws inspiration from children is likely to cast a spell. That is how O.P. Gupta's exhibition of 39 photographs at the Punjab Kala Bhavan appeals to an average viewer. Though not technically perfect, the show is powerful with striking themes.
O.P. Gupta with his photographs at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
O.P. Gupta with his photographs at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Chandigarh

‘Meet Brothers’ come calling
Chandigarh, March 24

You know them better for their acting skills, but Meet Brothers of Ekta Kapoor's "K" brigade are now trying their hand at something new— singing. And if the structure of their music videos is anything to go by, there is a faint chance they will fail.
Shefali, Karishma, Harmeet and Manmeet, who are in the city for the release of their next album “Meet Brothers — Fully Loaded”, in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik
Shefali, Karishma, Harmeet and Manmeet, who are in the city for the release of their next album “Meet Brothers — Fully Loaded”, in Chandigarh

Telefilm on Guru Arjan Dev
Mohali, March 24
A telefilm, Shaheedan de Sartaj, dedicated to the 400th martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev, has been produced by Mr Hardeep Singh, a member of the SGPC. The premier show of the film was organised at Shivalik Public School here today.

Exhibition at crafts institute
Chandigarh, March 24
As part of a plan to empower women by combining the creative talent of students with the traditional artistic skills of disadvantaged women, the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), inaugurated an annual crafts exhibition at the Government Central Crafts Institute for Women here yesterday.

HEALTH

HelpAge India holds health camp
Chandigarh, March 24
The HelpAge India organised an eye-cum-health camp at Dadu Majra village here today. According to Ms Rajneet Gill, project officer, Mobile Medicare Unit, Chandigarh, the organisation has been running 54 mobile medicare units all over the country.


Villagers wait for their turn at a health camp organised by the HelpAge India at Dadu Majra village in Chandigarh on Friday.
Villagers wait for their turn at a health camp organised by the HelpAge India at Dadu Majra village in Chandigarh on Friday

 
SPORTS

PSEB beat AP Genco in hockey
Chandigarh, March 24
PSEB Patiala registered a brilliant victory over AP Genco 7-0 in a one sided match on the second day of the All-India Electricity Sports Control Board Hockey Tournament played at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, here today.




A match of the 32nd All-India Electricity Sports Control Hockey Tournament in progress at Sector 42 in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Vickey Gharu
A match of the 32nd All-India Electricity Sports Control Hockey Tournament in progress at Sector 42 in Chandigarh

Sports meet of Haryana Warehouse begins
Panchkula, March 24
RK Nayyar of Panchkula gave a one-sided defeat to Inderjit Singh, also from Panchkula, in the table tennis (singles) event 11-4, 11-6, 11-6 on the inaugural day of the 9th Annual Sports Meet of the Haryana Warehousing Corporation held at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 3, here today.

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