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This govt press doesn’t print NCERT books
Chandigarh, April 15
“There is no way there would have been a shortage of NCERT books if we were given a chance!” This challenge has been thrown by workers of the Government of India Text Books Press. These determined workers want to curb this chronic menace, which spoils the study schedule of almost every student.

Thikri pehra launched
Youngsters turn protectors
Chandigarh, April 15
Activists of the local unit of the Bharatiya Shiv Sena have decided to protect the residents of Mauli Jagran from criminals on their own. A group of youngsters of the organisation have been carrying out “thikri pehra” (night patrolling) for the past couple of weeks to curb the rising incidents of snatching and robberies in the vicinity.

Depts told to step up probes
Chandigarh, April 15
The Chandigarh administration has written to the senior superintendent of police, administrative secretaries and head of departments in the city to step up the investigation process. They have been asked to adhere strictly to the time frame of three months for filing a report.

Admn removes water tanks from markets
Chandigarh, April 15
The administration today came under fire from shopkeepers of different markets for carrying out a late-night drive to remove small water tanks providing potable water to visitors free of cost.
Demolition staff of the UT Estate Office left this water pipe unplugged after removing a water tank in Sector 37 market, Chandigarh Demolition staff of the UT Estate Office left this water pipe unplugged after removing a water tank in Sector 37 market, Chandigarh, on Saturday night.
— Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari




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ICCR may set up offices in major world capitals
Chandigarh, April 15
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), cultural arm of the Ministry of External Affairs, is thinking it big to take the cultural diplomacy to the next level by strengthening its overseas presence.
Dr Karan Singh
Dr Karan Singh
Pavan K Varma
Pavan K Varma

Practicing art on their own terms
Chandigarh, April 15
Madeeha Gauhar and her script-writer husband Shahid Nadeem have lived life and practiced art on their own terms. Back home in Pakistan, the otherwise celebrated theatre couple is considered quite a nuisance.

Kin of family planning body chief booked
Panchkula, April 15
President of the Family Planning Association Veena Monga today alleged that her brother-in-law Ravi Monga had manhandled her maid, Saroj Bala, while she and her daughter were away.

COMMUNITY

Religious structures on highway
Work on road widening to begin shortly
Chandigarh, April 15
It will take some more days before the work on the widening of incomplete portions of the highway passing along the Industrial Area, Phase II, begins.


A part of a religious structure (in the backdrop) impedes the flow of traffic on the highway along the Industrial Area, Phase II, Chandigarh.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

A part of a religious structure (in the backdrop) impedes the flow of traffic on the highway along the Industrial Area, Phase II, Chandigarh

Parking woes on the rise
Panchkula, April 15
Parking at select public places is going from bad to worse in the city with residents having to bear the brunt of shrinking parking lots coupled with a growing fleet of four wheelers. While most markets have adequate parking space, many are still coming up.

Bogus BPL Cards
Cong panel seeks probe
Chandigarh, April 15
The colony cell of the Chandigarh Congress territorial committee has sought an inquiry into the issuance of bogus below poverty line ration cards in Mauli Jagran. Officials of the food and supplies department have failed to verify the status of the ration card holders.

Demolition drive
Cong raps BJP for remarks
Chandigarh, April 15
Leaders of the Chandigarh Congress has condemned the statement issued by the local unit of the BJP regarding the demolition drive. Party leaders Pardeep Chhabra, Ravinder Pal Singh, Manjit Singh, Jasjit Singh Kang, Davinder Singh Babla, Kamlesh, Anu Chatrath, Harphool Kalyan, Anju Beniwala, Rita Sharma and Sheela Phool Singh in a press note said: “BJP leaders have forgotten that major demolition drives were carried out during the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Dashmesh Enclave a sore residential area
Zirakpur, April 15
The Dashmesh Enclave in Dhakoli here is sitting on the edge of an epidemic with a nullah running through the area proving to be a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. However, what has angered the residents is the fact that repeated representations to the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat authorities have fallen on deaf ears.

Cosmopolitan Chandigarh
They believe in unity in diversity
Chandigarh, April 15
With around 2,000 members in Chandigarh, including 250 active members, and over 6 million across the globe in 220 countries (out of which around 2.1 million are in India), the Bahai community certainly qualifies to be one of the most widely spread community all around.

Working women work out
Chandigarh, April 15
Instead of gossiping during the lunch break, a group of women employees at the estate office have been taking to office health club and burning calories.

 

Women employees work out at a mini gymnasium at the DC’s office in Sector 17, Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

Women employees work out at a mini gymnasium at the DC’s office in Sector 17, Chandigarh

Relieve stress mantra for simple living
Chandigarh, April 15
As many as 40 participants attended a workshop on “Living the simple life” was organised for members of a library in Sector 8, here today. Briefing on the workshop, Bipin Kumar, manager of the library, said: “Simple living is not about austerity, or frugality, or income level.

With a hole in heart, he cries for help
Chandigarh, April 15
28-year-old Vinod, suffering from coarctation of aorta with severe aortic regurgitation requiring coarct repair with aortic valve replacement, is in dire need of help as doctors at the PGI have advised him to arrange Rs 1.5 lakh for the material for the procedure.

Bengalis celebrate New Year
Chandigarh, April 15
Kalibari Chandigarh, a socio-religious and charitable organisation, celebrated its 38th Pratishtha Diwas today with great fervour and enthusiasm at Kalibari Mandir in Sector 47.



Mahabhog being served on the occasion of ‘Partishtha Divas’ at Kalibari Mandir in Sector 47, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Mahabhog being served on the occasion of ‘Partishtha Divas’ at Kalibari Mandir in Sector 47, Chandigarh

Devotees throng ISKCON function
Chandigarh, April 15
To commemorate the appearance day of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Sril Prabhupada, the founder spiritual master of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, the local chapter of the society organised a programme at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36-B, here today.

Delicacies prepared to mark the appearance day of ISKCON founder at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36-B, Chandigarh
Delicacies prepared to mark the appearance day of ISKCON founder at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36-B, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

 
CRIME

Clocks worth Rs 3.8 lakh stolen
Chandigarh, April 15
Thieves decamped with two diamond wall clocks valuing Rs 3.8 lakh from a shop in Sector 8. Sandeep Dutta of Baltana lodged a complaint with the police alleging that two wall clocks were stolen from his shop (SCOs 6 and 7) in Sector 8 last night. A case has been registered at Sector 3 police station.

CTU driver caught with poppy husk
Chandigarh, April 15
The local police arrested a CTU bus driver on the allegations of carrying 2 kg poppy husk near the airport trafficlights this evening. The police said acting on a tip-off, they pulled over a CTU bus (CH 01 G 5782) plying on the Chandigarh-Jaipur route near the trafficlights around 5 pm.

 
EDUCATION

350 teachers attend orientation programme
Chandigarh, April 15
Around 350 teachers attended the second session of ‘Curriculum Orientation Programme’ organised to apprise teachers of the changes made in the curriculum of Classes IX to XII at KB DAV School, Sector 7, here, today.

A.B. Bhaskar hands over certificates to participants of an orientation programme at KB DAV, Sector 7, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

A.B. Bhaskar hands over certificates to participants of an orientation programme at KB DAV, Sector 7

From Schools
River rafting
It was an unusual experience for 15 students of Dikshant International School, Zirakpur, as they were taken to Rishikesh for river rafting on Saturday. The students, between the age of 7 to 15, rafted around 13 km in the Ganga.

 
CULTURE

‘Bullah’ casts mystic spell
Chandigarh, April 15
Madeeha Gauhar’s much-acclaimed production “Bullah” was staged as the concluding show of the Baisakhi celebrations organised by UT administration this evening.


Sarfaraz Ansari (left) plays Bulle Shah in “Bullah”, Ajoka theatre’s acclaimed production, which was presented at Rock Garden, Chandigarh, on Sunday evening. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan


Sarfaraz Ansari (left) plays Bulle Shah in “Bullah”, Ajoka theatre’s acclaimed production, which was presented at Rock Garden, Chandigarh

Kathak dancer enthrals
Chandigarh, April 15
The panoramic ambience of Sukhna Lake and the murmur of water waves found a true match in the rhythmic dance sequences executed with brilliance by the kathak danseuse, V. Anuradha Singh here today.


Kathak dancer V. Anuradha Singh performs with her troupe at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan


Kathak dancer V. Anuradha Singh performs with her troupe at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh

Young artistes display talent
Chandigarh, April 15
The artistes from Panchkula displayed their exuberant energy in a spectacular show “Abhinay Darpan” held at Makhan Shah Lobana Auditorium, Sector 30, here, today. The show was choreographed by Mukhtha Nagesh who is a known name in this field for the past 30 years.

HEALTH

Piggeries playing havoc with health: doctor
Chandigarh, April 15
More than 3,000 patients of neurocysticercosis are registered in the NCC clinic of the department of paediatrics, PGI, here, while 200 patients visit the clinic every year with seizures, mostly partial seizures, informed Dr P. Singhi, chief of paediatric neurology and professor in the department of paediatric medicine.

Mass leave by PGI assistants on May 7
Chandigarh, April 15
Protesting against the non-implementation of pay scales on a par with their counterparts at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, the OT Technical Staff Association of PGIMER, Chandigarh, has decided to go on casual leave en masse on May 7.

Physiotherapy centre at Sood Bhavan
Panchkula, April 15
A physiotherapy centre was inaugurated at Sood Bhavan, Sector 10, here today. It is a rehabilitation centre for treatment of orthopaedic and neurological problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, osseo-arthritis, cervical and lumbar spondylosis, frozen shoulder, cerebral palsy, nerve injury, sprain, loss of strength and movements after fractures, among others.

 
SPORTS

Vishal clinches Emaar Golf Trophy

Chandigarh, April 15
Vishal Sareen of Delhi came from behind to clinch the Emaar MGF Golf Championship Trophy from a field of 70 golfers who had converged on the greens of Chandigarh and Panchkula for a three-day Chandigarh Golfing Tour which concluded at the CGA Golf range today.

Vishal Sareen with the Emaar Golf Trophy in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph


Vishal Sareen with the Emaar Golf Trophy in Chandigarh

2 Kenyan cricketers get coaching in city

Chandigarh, April 15
With a purpose to polish their cricketing skills, two Kenyans of Indian-origin have come from Nairobi to the city. Brothers Arvind Thampy and Vikram Thampy have started their training under the supervision of coach D.P. Azad at the academy at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here. The first major transformation that one can see is that they have imbibed Indian values and culture.


Vikram Thampy & Arvind Thampy
Vikram Thampy            Arvind Thampy


A match between D.P. Azad Academy and St John’s Academy in progress at St John’s grounds in Chandigarh
A match between D.P. Azad Academy and St John’s Academy in progress at St John’s grounds in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Motor Sports
100 take stewards, scrutineers’ tests
Chandigarh, April 15
“As you are the most unliked person in the field of motorsports, you would most likely be provoked, cursed or abused during the discharge of your duties, so a balanced state of mind is required to keep your cool,” said J. Prithviraj to budding scrutineers, while conducting a two-day seminar for stewards and scrutineers which concluded at the conference hall, UT Guest House, Sector 6, here today.

Marathon Rally
Umrao blames Milkha for presence of PAA officials
Jalandhar, April 15
Blaming Milkha Singh for the presence of coaches and officials of the Punjab Athletic Association in the unauthorised Jalandhar Marathon Rally, Umrao Singh, acting president, Athletic Federation of India, said that the flying Sikh has set a wrong example.

Hiten, Jasleen win road race
Chandigarh, April 15
Bhavdeep emerged winner in the boys 10-12 years age group in the rink race II event during the Chandigarh State Roller Skating Championship held at KB DAV School, Sector 7 rink, here today.



A roller hockey match in progress during the Chandigarh State Roller Skating Championship at KB DAV School in Chandigarh on Sunday.
— A Tribune photograph

A roller hockey match in progress during the Chandigarh State Roller Skating Championship at KB DAV School in Chandigarh


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