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MC auction fetches Rs 20 crore
Biggest-ever sale of property
Chandigarh, January 23
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, estimated to accrue a budget deficit of Rs 15 crore by the end of the fiscal year, today auctioned 54 commercial sites for more than Rs 20 crore in the biggest-even sale of its property involving the auction of 209 sites.

PU introduces Computer Science in colleges
Chandigarh, January 23
In a major step, in keeping with contemporary trends in the educational arena, Panjab University has decided to introduce Computer Science as one of the optional subjects at the graduation level from the forthcoming session. A decision in this regard has been cleared by the syndicate.

PGI ill-prepared for fire emergency
Mock drill last held more than a year back
Chandigarh, January 23
On any given working day, the PGI has more than 10,000 people in various buildings. Not surprising at all, considering that it is the premier medical institute of the region. What might come as a surprise is the fact that there are only ten security men professionally trained in fighting fire to save these thousands of people in case of a major fire.



OH! FOR A MOUTHFUL OF SUN: A lioness relaxes on a sunny day at Chhat Bir Zoo. — Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

It’s music to ears: CD for the cost of cassette
Chandigarh, January 23
This comes as music to the ears. You can take home a music Compact Disc (CD) for the cost of a cassette. Music companies are not announcing it, but the fact is there for all to see. If you do not believe it, go to any of the shops in the city and take home a CD after pulling out just Rs 90 from your wallet.

Admn told to hand over parking lot to MC
Chandigarh, January 23
The Chandigarh Administration has been asked to vacate the underground parking lot in front of the Estate Office in Sector-17 and hand it over “to the Municipal Corporation to make it functional”.

Paid parking on MC agenda
Chandigarh, January 23
Imposition of paid parking, privatising public toilets and mobile vans, framing up draft bylaws on polythene bags, election of F&CC members and constitution of committees are among few of the official items on the agenda of the first Congress-dominated meeting of the second House of the Municipal Corporation scheduled for January 28.


R-Day awards for varsity don, Dr Jolly, Irina Brar
Chandigarh, January 23
The Chandigarh Administration announced awards for meritorious and outstanding services here tonight. These people will be given commendation certificates on the Republic Day.

Gurpreet Kaur

R-Day honours: it is all politics
Chandigarh, January 23
Acts of omission are not uncommon in a bureaucratic set-up. The UT Administration, despite a highly-claimed will to uplift the status of sports in the region, has not been able to do justice to deserving sportspersons of the city.

The mystery behind Partition
Chandigarh, January 23
The founder of Pakistan, Mohd Ali Jinnah’s design was to see a disorganised and unconsolidated India where Muslims on this side held a dominant position while, on the other hand, Pakistan emerged stronger, asserted historian, Dr Gopal Krishan while speaking on ‘‘ Rationality of Partition’’ at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development here this afternoon.

50 Burail Jail inmates apply for legal aid
Chandigarh, January 23
A legal aid cell has become operational in the Model Burail jail with a view to providing effective and timely legal assistance to inmates. The authority has been providing advocates at the state’s expense and financial assistance like expenses of court fee on behalf of eligible persons, expenses for documentation, expenses for summoning of witnesses and other incidental expenses connected with litigation.

Adhere to security rules, hotel owners told
Chandigarh, January 23
With a view to maintaining all-round security environment in the city, the local police today sensitised owners and managers of various hotels, sarais and bhavan of the need of proper verification of people availing boarding and lodging facilities at their places.

Man alleges forcible occupation of house
Chandigarh, January 23
A resident of Nabha, Ajay Goyal, who had purchased a house in Sector 34 about a year ago, has complained of forceful occupation of the house, allegedly at the behest of the person from whom he had bought the house.

Cong, BJP fail to decide on candidates
Chandigarh, January 23
The Congress and the BJP today failed to decide its candidates for election to five vacancies of the F&CC, while the CVM has asked Mr Vijay Singh Rana to file papers on the last day of nominations tomorrow.

Residents’ protest suffers a setback
Panchkula, January 23
The ongoing dharna staged by the District Youth Congress in protest against the imposition of house tax , increase in cable tariff by operators and hike in water charges by HUDA, entered the sixth day today.

Neighbourhood Watch in Sect 42-B
Chandigarh, January 23
The Chandigarh Police’s Neighbourhood Watch Scheme was launched in Sector 42-B by the UT Inspector General of Police, Mr. B.S. Bassi this evening as the UT Engineering Department finalised a plan for allowing installation of iron gates in various sectors by making certain changes in the building bylaws, said a spokesman of the Police Department.

Museum, library at Mansa Devi
Panchkula, January 23
The Mansa Devi Shrine Board has decided to set up a museum, including a library. A decision to this effect was taken during a meting of the shrine board presided over by the Chief Secretary, Mr L.M. Goyal. It was also decided that a light and sound project be started here to educate the devotees regarding the historical and mythological background of the shrine.

Cable operators plan rally in Delhi
SAS Nagar, January 23
The Punjab Cable TV Network Association today decided to organise a rally in Delhi in the first week of February to protest against the enhancement of fee by TV channels.

Salute to Netaji
Chandigarh, January 23
The birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chander Bose was celebrated at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala.


Two youths held for stealing petrol
Chandigarh, January 23
The local police arrested two youths for allegedly stealing petrol from a scooter in Sector 22 in the wee hours here today. Mr Netar Singh, in his complaint, said accused Kailash Chander, a resident of Janta Colony, Sector 25, and Parmod Kumar, a Sector-38 resident, were caught while they were committing the crime. The two were booked under Sections 379 and 411 of the Indian Penal Code.

49-yr woman crushed to death
Chandigarh, January 23
A 49-year old woman was crushed to death by a bus near counter No. 10 at the Inter State Bus Terminus, Sector 17, here this evening.


Learning in lap of nature
Chandigarh, January 23
Boys of St John’s School had a new set of teachers from January 19 to 21. It was the tall pine oaks, the imposing Kasauli hills and the curvaceous mountain roads, which became their qualified instructors as boys of Class IV and V ran through an adventure camp planned out by the Durga Das Foundation. Rappelling, rock climbing, angling, and pitching of tents were some of the physical aspects that they experienced.

Children of St John’s High School attend an adventure camp organised by the Durga Das Foundation in Kasauli hills.

200 participate in ‘Aao Bune contest’
Panchkula, January 23
Over 200 students from 19 schools of Panchkula, Kalka, SAS Nagar and Pinjore, participated in the zonal round of ‘Aao Bune knitting contest’ at DC Model Senior Secondary School here, organised by Vardhman Spinning and General Mills.

Students take part in ‘Aao Bune knitting contest’ at DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, Panchkula, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan

School kids get a taste of cooking
Chandigarh, January 23
It is not just “Temptation Island” and other serials on the television that interest students. Cooking and baking, too, is a passion with young children. The fact became apparent after around 86 students prepared samosas with noodles, baked noodles and other goodies during the Nestle “Cook ‘N’ Serve” contest held at St Stephens School, Sector 45, today. The winners were judged on the basis of recipe, innovation, taste and presentation of the items.

Girls with their preparations at cookery competition held at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
 — A Tribune photograph


Summons to IAS officer quashed
Chandigarh, January 23
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today quashed the summoning orders issued against an IAS officer on the basis of a complaint filed by a Jalandhar resident. In his complaint, the resident had alleged that the officer had joined a health club being run by his wife but had refused to make payment. She had even threatened the owner and soon after the incident income tax raids were carried out.

  • No action on plot till plea disposal


Capturing romance of journey to queen of hills
Chandigarh, January 23
Images of the full flooded glory of Shivalik Hills whose charms can put the best sights to shame; the long nostalgic rail track which bears the grand steam-driven railway along the Kalka-Shimla route; the Kalka-Shimla mail in full view.... And other such images form a part of the photo project put together by lensman Sumeet Inder Singh and the Tourism Promotion Society of Chandigarh. To label the ensemble as a plain exhibit of pictures in black and white would tantamount to underrating its significance.


AIDS bomb ticking in S. Asia: experts
Chandigarh, January 23
There is a need to create awareness among people in India about HIV, Dr David Miller, Country Programme Adviser, UNAIDS (India), said while inaugurating a three-day sub-regional training workshop organised by the Commonwealth Youth Programme: Asia Centre.

Workshop on HIV and drug abuse
Chandigarh, January 23
The Commonwealth Youth Programme Asia Centre organised a three-day workshop from today till January 25 on HIV and drug abuse at its premises. According to the Regional Director of the centre, Youth Ambassadors from Positive Living and Young People either infected by HIV, rehabilitated drug addicts and healthy people recruited by the CYP Asia Centre to create awareness and educate youth on healthy living will take part.


Cycling championship from today
Chandigarh, January 23
The Second National Mountain Bike Championship will begin here tomorrow in senior, junior and sub-junior boys and girls sections at the Kaimbala village slopes behind the Sukhna Lake. An MTB Race Course has been specially laid down as per international specifications which include forest path/track, fields, earth or gravel paths and water obstacle. Two types of races will be conducted during the championship in each category, Cross Country Mass Start Race and point-to-point Time Trail Race.


17 auto drivers challaned

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