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Under debt, PGI clerk kills pregnant wife
Chandigarh, March 30
A debt-ridden man allegedly strangled his seven-month pregnant wife to death at their Dhanas residence in the wee hours today.
Laxman undergoes treatment at the Sector 16 General Hospital after he consumed poison in Chandigarh on Friday.
Laxman undergoes treatment at the Sector 16 General Hospital after he consumed poison in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Suicide
Chetna was being stalked
Suicide by Chandigarh girl Chetna Ramachandran, a third year B.Tech student in Annamalali University in the temple town of Chidambaram led to the closure of the university as violence erupted in the campus.

Fire at power station
Chandigarh, March 30
A transformer at the 11 KV power sub-station in Sector 39 caught fire this afternoon. There was a blast. Giant flames and a curtain of thick smoke covered the sky for more than an hour. A thick cloud of smoke in Chandigarh’s Sector 39 11 KV sub-station where a transformer caught fire on Friday afternoon.
A thick cloud of smoke in Chandigarh’s Sector 39 11 KV sub-station where a transformer caught fire on Friday afternoon. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

 




EARLIER STORIES

Disabled students await results
Chandigarh, March 30

All 11 disabled students of Government Art College will sit for their final exams beginning April 9, not knowing if they’ve cleared their last class. The results of the class exam they took in April last are yet to be declared. Worse is Panjab University’s indifference towards these students, who are not in a position to argue their case.

Special students of Government Art College who are awaiting results for the past eight months. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
Special students of Government Art College who are awaiting results for the past eight months.


COMMUNITY

Tree snaps commuters out of nap

Chandigarh, March 30
It was a providential escape for commuters and motorists after a mango tree fell to the ground along the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, near the Tribune Chowk, this afternoon.





A CLOSE CALL: Commuters and motorists on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway had a narrow escape when a mango tree fell near the Tribune Chowk, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh

Commuters and motorists on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway had a narrow escape when a mango tree fell near the Tribune Chowk, Chandigarh, on Friday.

High spirits at kisan rally

Chandigarh, March 30
A farmer’s rally at the new rally ground in Sector 25 brought cheer to the owner of a liquor vend there. As thousands of farmers converged on the venue to protest in support of their demands this afternoon, liquor sale picked up at the vend.

Farmers who had come to take part in a kisan rally in Sector 25, Chandigarh, carry cases of liquor on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Farmers who had come to take part in a kisan rally in Sector 25, Chandigarh, carry cases of liquor on Friday.

Blocked entry points
HUDA waits for court order copy
Panchkula, March 30
The blocked sector entry points on road dividers remained intact as the day went by in the wait for a copy of the orders given by the district court yesterday. While the officials of HUDA said they would begin the process of opening the entry points only after they have the court directions in their hand, the Sector 7 market association was in an upbeat mood.

Govt committed to empowering women
Mohali, March 30
Empowerment of women is one of the top priorities of the cooperative sector. Women empowerment groups are being formed and these would be given financial and technical support. Training for the first batch of women started yesterday.

Obesity among major causes for rejection of IAF women candidates
Chandigarh, March 30
Obesity is among the major causes of rejection among women candidates applying for a commission in the Indian Air Force (IAF), a recent study by the IAF’s Institute for Aerospace Medicine has revealed.

Old liquor stock on sale
Chandigarh, March 30
The UT excise department will allow the sale of old liquor stock of 2006-07 in the next financial year.

Scheme for disabled
Chandigarh, March 30
Pleading for a better deal in the rehabilitation of physically and mentally challenged children through well-structured programmes, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator General S.F. Rodrigues (retd) today called for mass participation of people on this issue.

Early warning landslide monitoring system being tested at the Mansa Devi Temple hill in Hardwar. CSIO develops early warning landslide monitoring system
Chandigarh, March 30
Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) scientists have developed an early warning landslide monitoring system. Data Acquisition System (DAS) designed and developed for monitoring, detection and issue of early warning is being tested at a location in Hardwar in Uttarakhand.
Early warning landslide monitoring system being tested at the Mansa Devi Temple hill in Hardwar. — A Tribune photograph

Panel meets adviser
Chandigarh, March 30
The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (Colony Cell) today met the adviser to the administrator seeking admission for thousands of students who faced a bleak future in light of the March 31 order to close down schools operating in residential areas of Mani Majra.

Letters
Fans, did you say?
This is regrading the news item about three fans (March 27) planning to go to the West Indies despite India’s exit from the World Cup. It made for poor reading. True lovers of the game, you say.

 
CRIME

Pickpocket arrested
Chandigarh, March 30
The local police has arrested Rajbir Singh of Sector 38 A on charge of theft.

Body of youth found
Panchkula, March 30
The highly decomposed body of a man was found at a drain near Nirankari Bhavan, Sector 17, Panchkula, today. According to Chandigarh police sources, there was an injury mark on the neck of the body.

Girl ‘abducted’ from Delhi sent to kin
Mohali, March 30
A minor girl, who was allegedly abducted by a youth from Delhi, was handed over to her family here today.

Flesh-trade racket busted
Panchkula, March 30
Five girls and 11 men were arrested in a flesh trade racket busted by the CIA staff in collaboration with the Pinjore police here today. While all girls are in the age group of 17 to 24 years, the men, including two pimps and a Rajpura councillor.

 
BUSINESS

Tax Collection Banks work extra hours
Chandigarh, March 30
Transactions worth Rs 1,000 crore were effected in the tricity on the penultimate day of financial year 2006-07.

 
EDUCATION

Medal race: PU girls outrun boys
Chandigarh, March 30
About 158 students received medals and cash prizes at annual function of Panjab University at Law Auditorium, here, today. Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal addressed the audience.

Prepare blockwise model for Punjab’s growth, Badal to PU
Chandigarh, March 30
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today asked the Panjab University Vice-Chancellor, Prof R.C Sobti, to constitute a core group of economists to address the problem of acute financial stringency.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal releases “Campus Reporter” during a prize distribution function at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal releases “Campus Reporter” during a prize distribution function at Panjab University,Chandigarh, on Friday.

43 PU alumni awarded
Chandigarh, March 30
The Panjab University Alumni Association held its fourth annual award function at the auditorium of the dept of zoology on the university campus, here, today. Vice-chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti, who is also the president of the association, gave away the awards to 43 students who topped various undergraduate courses of the university.

Jaidka speaks on modernism
Chandigarh, March 30
A two-day UGC-sponsored seminar on ‘Revisiting Modernism’ organised by the postgraduate department of English concluded at Government College, Sector 11, here, today. More than 20 resource persons from around the country presented their papers and deliberated upon related issues.

Faculty training programme ends
Mohali, March 30
The two-week faculty development programme organised by Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology here concluded today after days of deliberation and programmes aimed at developing soft and hard skills of faculty members from various management institutions of the region.

Counselling for parents
Mohali, March 30
An orientation and counseling session for the parents of recently promoted students of classes X and XII was organised in Shivalik Public School, Phase 6, here today. School coordinator Malvinder Kaur appraised the audience of the aims and objectives of the session. School counsellor Rupali stressed that for students to achieve excellence and all-round development, parents, teachers and the management has to form a well-knit team.

Himani third in PTU
Mohali, March 30
Students of the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Derabassi, have topped the seventh semester examination conducted by Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, in electronics and communication and electrical engineering.

PU Notes
Seminar on nanotechnology
Chandigarh, March 30
A two-day national seminar on “Theoretical and Experimental Techniques in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology” was inaugurated by professor A.C. Kulkarni, dean university instruction, Panjab University, in the department of physics at the PU campus, here, yesterday.

Sarin moot court competition today
Chandigarh, March 30
The ‘UILS-Sarin National Moot Court Competition-2007,’ organised by the University Institute of Legal Studies, will be inaugurated by Supreme Court of India judge Justice H.S. Bedi at the University Auditorium, Panjab University, tomorrow at 12:30 pm. In all, 16 teams reported for the competition today.

Retirement age raise sought
Chandigarh, March 30
Members of the Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) have, in a memorandum to the Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, demanded the extension of retirement age of university teachers to 62 years.

 
HEALTH

255 students donate blood
Mohali, March 30
As many as 255 students of Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology (SUSCET), Tangori, donated blood at a blood donation camp here today. The camp was inaugurated by H.I.S. Grewal, deputy commissioner, Mohali.

 
SPORTS


Age no bar for them

Chandigarh, March 30

Age is no deterrence for these two determined brothers who have been minting gold in veteran athletics meets.




Gurjiwan Sidhu (left) and Pargat Sidhu display their medals and certificates. — A Tribune photograph


Gurjiwan Sidhu (left) and Pargat Sidhu display their medals and certificates.

Friendship Cup
Jubilant cricketers of the St John’s Cricket Academy in Chandigarh on Friday. St John win series
Chandigarh, March 30
A fine all-round performance by Shivam Bhambri (81 n.o. and 3 for 22) enabled St John’s Cricket Academy to score a third consecutive victory over Lahore Schools XI team in the last match of the Friendship Cup at St John's High School, Sector-26, here today. St John's won the match by 10 wickets.
Jubilant cricketers of the St John’s Cricket Academy in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Yograj is DAV chief coach
Chandigarh, March 30
Yograj Singh, former Test player, has been appointed chief coach at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, here today.

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