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Top honours for YPS in ISC Class XII exam
Chandigarh, May 24
In addition to St Kabir Public School, Chandigarh, students of Yadavindra Public School, SAS Nagar, have also fared very well in the Class X and XII examinations conducted by the Indian Council of Secondary Education and Indian Secondary Certificate.

Major fire in Industrial Area
Chandigarh, May 24
A major fire broke out in three adjoining factories in Plot No. 11 of Industrial Area, Phase II, in the late hours here today. Property worth lakhs was reportedly destroyed in the fire. However, no loss of life was reported.

Many lose rupees in chasing dollar dreams
This Australian firm might be cheating you, too
Chandigarh, May 24
Hundreds of residents of the city and Panchkula are being lured by an Australia-based company to participate in an international lottery that has Australian $ 23 lakh at stake.

Admn reserves 3 pc CHB flats for disabled
Chandigarh, May 24
The Chandigarh Administration under a new scheme,“ Chandigarh Allotment of land to the persons with disabilities scheme 2001” shall reserve 3 per cent of the dwelling units for disabled persons in all housing schemes of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB).




KA Singh’s name cleared for FS post
Chandigarh, May 24
The name of Mr Karan Avtar Singh, a 1984 batch IAS officer of the Punjab cadre, has been cleared by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for appointment as Finance Secretary, Chandigarh Administration.

Sale of drugs still goes on unchecked
Kurali (Ropar), May 24
Malkit(18), belonging to a village in Ropar district, has a permanent hole in his upper thigh in which he injects a fatal drug everyday. He has to inject himself in his thighs as his arms have become insensitive to these injections. He says he started taking injections at the age of 12. Today, he cannot do without his daily fix.

Tribune survey

It’s workshops, special courses

The concept of summer camps or workshops is still new in the Doaba and deep Malwa belts. Certain institutions, however, have introduced this Western concept there by offering both young and old alike some useful courses, workshops and other positive options to keep them occupied during the long summer vacation.

Indo-Canadian jv for sewer cleaning
Chandigarh, May 24
“There is immense potential for municipal cleaning systems,” says Mr Hemant M. Shah, Chief Executive Officer of Cubex, a Winnipeg-based company, maintaining that the systems are “cost-effective clean-up solutions for some of India’s most important environment challenges”

Another case of negligence at PGI
Chandigarh, May 24
In yet another episode in the series of unsavoury incidents that have been rocking the PGI during the past couple of months, relatives of 80-year-old Surjit Singh have alleged that he died in a private hospital in Delhi yesterday, following negligence by the doctors in the PGI emergency on Tuesday last.

Probe into Khanpur clash
Kharar, May 24
The District Magistrate, Mr Gurinder Singh Grewal, has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the police excesses reported during a clash between the police and villagers of Khanpur on May 21.


A view of the traffic congestion at the Transport Area light point in Chandigarh.
A view of the traffic congestion at the Transport Area light point in Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph


A crossing known for accidents
Chandigarh, May 24
The Transport Area light point on Madhya Marg is not only the busiest intersection in the city but also one of the most accident-prone. According to official records, two or three minor accidents take place at this junction every day. Figures maintained by the traffic police show that so far four serious accidents have taken place at this point this year. 

PGI seeks specific orders in Munjal case
Chandigarh, May 24
Regarding the reinstatement of the dismissed union leader, Mr Ashwini Munjal, the PGI Director, Prof S.K. Sharma, urged the Union Health Minister, Dr C.P. Thakur, today to issue specific orders under the Central Civil Services Classification Control and Appeal Rules (CCS CCA Rules).

CHB’s decision condemned
Chandigarh, May 24
The president of the Chandigarh Vikas Manch, Mr Harmohan Dhawan, today condemned the declaration of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) that it would demolish the illegal additions and alterations in the flats from August onwards.

Children dance to a popular tune at a summer workshop in Rose Club, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
Children dance to a popular tune at a summer workshop in Rose Club, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Bachpan bachao march in city
Chandigarh, May 24
Hundreds of children participating in an all-India march organised by the South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude, New Delhi, to focus the attention of the nation on the need of free primary education for all children, passed through the City Centre today. “Equal education is essential for creating an equal and exploitation-free, just society,” said Mr Kailash Satyarthi, Chairperson of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan, as this march was named at a press conference here today.

Honour for TA battalion
Chandigarh, May 24
The Army Commander Banner for the Best Territorial Army Unit of the Western Command for the year 2000-01 has gone to the 112 Infantry Battalion (Dogra). 

The GOC-in-C, Western Command, Lieut-Gen Surjit Singh, presents the Army Commander Banner to 112 Infantry Battalion (Dogra) for being adjudged the best Territorial Army unit of the Western Command, at Chandi Mandir on Thursday.

Scribes protest
Chandigarh, May 24
Journalists and the other employees of ‘Desh Sewak’, a vernacular daily published from here, went on a lightning strike today against the termination of the services of a journalist by the newspaper’s management body yesterday. So far, the services of six employees of the newspaper have been terminated.


Kashmir: lasting solution can be found ‘only through talks’
Chandigarh, May 24
Terming the BJP-led NDA government’s invitation to Pakistan’s Chief Executive, General Pervez Musharraf, for peace talks as a “positive step”, a cross-section of the people has expressed the hope that the initiative could go a long way in resolving the vexed Kashmir issue.


Mother, son booked for cheating
SAS Nagar, May 24
A resident of Phase 3B 2 and his mother were today booked by the police for allegedly cheating the Income Tax Department by getting an income tax clearance certificate of Rs 16 lakh by posing owner of an industrial plot in the Industrial Area, Phase II, here. 

Lawyer, family members booked
SAS Nagar, May 24
The Ropar police has booked a Chandigarh-based lawyer, Mr Hari Singh and his family members for allegedly purchasing land of a private company at Desumajra village through cheating and forgery. The case has been registered on a complaint by Mr Ravneet Singh, director of M/s Falcon Breeders Limited.

Rickshaw-puller found dead
Chandigarh, May 24
The body of a 35-year-old rickshaw-puller was found by the police near Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, this morning.



Report reveals hollowness of PU re-evaluation system
Chandigarh, May 24
Dr B.B. Goel’s case of Panjab University of having increased the marks of a student from zero to 42 during re-evaluation may just be the proverbial tip of the iceberg as Justice D.V. Sehgal’s report lays bare the shocking reality and hollowness of the PU re-evaluation system.

Theatre workshop in school
Chandigarh, May 24
About 20 children and adults expressed their creativity in a fun filled atmosphere during the inaugural session of a 15-day theatre workshop “Theatre of Joy”, organised by the Centre for Education and Voluntary Action at Guru Harkishan Modern School in Sector 38 here today.

‘It helped me make new friends’
Chandigarh, May 24
Dancing their way through the three-hour session is what the summer camp at Rose Club in Sector 16 is all about. Or so it seems with the Punjabi pop music rolling for the entire session as children twist and turn to the peppy beats.


Filing of charge sheet stayed
Issuing notice to Haryana Advocate-General on a petition filed by MLA Karan Singh Dalal and three other residents of Palwal in Faridabad district seeking the quashing of a first information report, Mr Justice K.S. Kumaran of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday stayed the filing of the charge sheet till August 16.

  • Notification stayed

  • Anticipatory bail plea

Army HQ rejects Bhatnagar’s complaint
Chandigarh, May 24
A statutory complaint filed by Maj Maneesh Bhatnagar against his superior officers, alleging that he was being made a scapegoat as he tried to expose their misdeeds, has been rejected by Army Headquarters.


R.K. Mishra wins chess tournament
Chandigarh, May 24
R.K. Mishra of the Regional Sports Board, Indore, won the individual title after defeating Hari Om Sharma of the RSB, Kanpur, in the 9th and final round of the All India Civil Services Chess Tournament which concluded here today at the Badminton Hall, Sector 42. S.K. Rathore of the RSB, Indore, was at second place with 7.5 points when he defeated SS Soman of the RSB, Mumbai, in a 54-move game. Soman had to satisfy with third position only.


Police rally for rickshaw-pullers
Chandigarh, May 24
The Chandigarh Traffic police today organised a meeting-cum-rally of rickshaw-pullers in the Children Traffic Park. Hundreds of rickshaw-pullers owing allegeince to various unions and associations, participated in the rally.

125 encroachers challaned
Chandigarh, May 24
The enforcement staff of the Estate Office, UT, during their anti-encroachment drive today issued as many as 125 challans in various parts of the city. According to the UT Enforcement Magistrate, Mr Ishwar Singh, focus of the drive was on the unauthorised vendors and encroachments made by the shopkeepers in the verandahs of the market places in various sectors.


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