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Ticket-holders fail to gain entry into stadium
SAS Nagar, March 10
Diehard fans of cricket trying to sneak into the cricket stadium here could not be turned away by baton-wielding cops and those mounted on horseback. This was evident at the PCA cricket stadium this afternoon.

Damsels cheer Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly.
Damsels cheer Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly. — Tribune photo

Mobiles go on the blink
SAS Nagar, March 10
Thousands of mobile phone users sitting inside the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium in Phase IX here and even those around the stadium could not dial any number or receive calls for more than hours while the cricket match between India and Zimbabwe was being played from 2 p.m. to around midnight today.

Permit to fell khair trees suspended
550 trees found uprooted
Mirzapur (Kharar), March 10
The Punjab Forest Department has suspended the permit to fell trees from the Mirzapur forests in the Siswana range after finding that over 550 khair trees had been uprooted.




Father-son duo attacked, Rs 65,000 robbed
Panchkula, March 10
A father-son duo were attacked by unknown miscreants at their residence in Bhainsa Tibba village in the wee hours of the morning today. The accused fled away with cash and gold jewellery worth Rs 65,000.

Focus on vitality of India
Chandigarh, March 10
The scepticism seen among intellectuals at the beginning of a two-day brainstorming session on the “Vitality of India” at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development here on Saturday, changed into optimism at the closing session today.

Colonial rule — his forte
Chandigarh, March 10
His knowledge of the cultural and social history of India under colonial rule is encyclopaedic. He lives in the pre-camera age and his books speak volumes for his in depth research into several areas of the British Empire.

Adolescent health clinics: non-starters?
Chandigarh, March 10
If there is any place in the city’s hospitals where doctors are looking for patients but can find none, it is at the special adolescent health clinics being run at the PGI, the General Hospital, Sector 16 and Government Medical College, Sector 32.These once-a-week clinics have been running for more than six months in the city at three places, but have registered not more than two to three patients per clinic per week.


IT was a typical Indian style of keeping others waiting for hours when the South African delegation did not arrive even one and a half hour after the scheduled time for an interaction between businessmen and the delegation. It happened because Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh arrived late for a meeting with the delegation.


Of entrance tests, rail tickets and quick bucks
Chandigarh, March 10
In view of the forthcoming entrance tests to medical institutions in Karnataka and other southern states, unscrupulous agents have booked railway tickets in bulk, creating an artificial scarcity in the market. This is forcing anxious parents, wanting to send their children in time for these tests, to approach these agents and get the tickets at a premium. The premium is craftily priced to keep it well within the reach of the parent, while being lower than airfare.

Corruption widespread in India: Joginder
Panchkula, March 10
India is the 69th most corrupt nation in the world, where politicians and bureaucrats collude with each other in an unholy nexus. These views were expressed by the former Chief of Central Bureau of Investigations, Mr Joginder Singh, here today. He was the main speaker during a seminar on Corruption, organised by Arya Samaj, Sector 12, as part of the 178th birth anniversary celebrations of Maharishi Dayanand.

Kerala food festival held
SAS Nagar, March 10
A large number of persons visited the 3rd Kerala food festival organised by the Malayalee Samajam on the premises of Swami Ram Tiratha Bhavan in Phase IV here today.

Monkeys pose a threat to commuters

Panchkula, March 10
Hundreds of monkeys converging on the Panchkula- Naraingarh road from the upper reaches of the Shivaliks are keeping the Haryana Wildlife Department on its toes.

A large number of monkeys converge on the Panchkula- Naraingarh road seeking fruits from Hanuman devotees and posing a traffic hazard.
— Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

A large number of monkeys converge on the Panchkula- Naraingarh road seeking fruits from Hanuman devotees and posing a traffic hazard.

Woman alleges assault
Panchkula, March 10
A woman in Sector 19 was reportedly assaulted by her neighbours here this evening. However, her neighbours, today met the Deputy Commissioner at her residence and alleged that they were being falsely implicated.

Dry cleaners to stage dharna
Chandigarh, March 10
Members of the Dry Cleaners and Dyers Association have decided to observe a day's dharna in front of the Parliament, and also observe a day’s ‘bandh’ next week in Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal, Rajasthan, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to protest against the 5 per cent service tax imposed on the dry cleaning trade, informed the general secretary of the Punjab Dry Cleaners and Dryers association, Mr Prit Pal Singh Khaira, in a press conference here today.

Tribune employee dies in road mishap
Chandigarh, March 10
Mr Tarsem Kumar Sharma (49), Senior Bromide Paster in the Advertisement Department of The Tribune, died in a road accident here today.

Land allotted for cultural complex
SAS Nagar, March 10
The PUDA authorities have allotted a two kanal plot in Sector 66 here for the construction of a cultural complex.


Tailor held for breach of trust
Chandigarh, March 10
The police has arrested a tailor working in Sector 38, Sabudin Ansari, after a resident of Sector 44, Arjan Singh, reported that the accused did not return four ladies’ suits, which had been given to him for stitching in January. The police has booked the tailor for breach of trust.


Maruti Treasure Trail results
Chandigarh, March 10
Mr Harshwardhan bagged the first prize in the overall category in the Maruti Treasure Trail organised by Maruti Udyog Limited , here today. In the women category, Ms Sarika Chhabra won the first prize and Mr S.C. Rampal bagged the first prize in the senior citizens category.


Custodian of musical legacy
Chandigarh, March 10
There are reflections of a legend in his eyes. Even his fingers serve as reminders to an unmatched musical heritage of 500 years. Fathered as he is by Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, who gave the world of music the Mohan Veena, it was only natural for Salil V. Bhatt to inherit musical genes.

Salil V. Bhatt and Aarthi Shankar will present Mohan Veena and Bharat Anatyam recitals, respectively, at Pracheen Kala Kendra on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Salil V. Bhatt and Aarthi Shankar will present Mohan Veena and Bharat Anatyam recitals, respectively, at Pracheen Kala Kendra on Monday.

New kid on the film block
Chandigarh, March 10
His chocolate charm is not his only asset. There is more to this actor than meets the eye. That explains why he was picked by ace director Ram Gopal Verma after being spotted in a commercial. What followed was a dream come true for Aaftab Shivdasani, who perfectly matched Urmila Matondkar's glamour in Mast and later went on to prove himself in a more challenging role opposite Lisa Ray in Kasoor.

Hans’ novel released
Dera Bassi, March 10
Author of the original script of the award winning Bollywood movie ‘Waaris’’ — Sohan Singh Hans — is back in news again. His novel ‘Banto’ was formally released in Chandigarh here today.


Polyclinic inaugurated
Chandigarh, March 10
The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob, PVSM (Retd), inaugurated a computerised polyclinic ‘Sahibzada Ajit Singh Polyclinic’ at Perch village here today.

Seminar on IT and medicine
Chandigarh, March 10
The Indian Medical Association, Chandigarh state branch, organised a one-day workshop on “Information technology & medicine” in association with Ind Medica Ltd. here today.

Dr O.P. Sharma (extreme left) gives presentation on IT and medicine at a seminar organised by the IMA, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Dr O.P. Sharma (extreme left) gives presentation on IT and medicine at a seminar organised by the IMA, Chandigarh, on Sunday.


Jakhu elected president
Chandigarh, March 10
Ramendra Jakhu, IAS, Haryana, was unanimously elected as the president of the Amateur Rugby Football Federatin of India at its meeting held today at Panchkula. In order to promote the rugby football in India, the federation took some far reaching decisions. It approved the calendar of events for the next financial year.


CAT asks UT to recruit as per rules
Chandigarh, March 10
While allowing a petition filed by a Civil Engineer, the Central Administrative Tribunal(CAT) has directed the UT Administrator through its administrator, UT Chief Engineer, the Superintendent Engineer, Project Health Circle, to fill the three posts of, Section officer and junior engineers, in the Public Health Department strictly in accordance with recruitment rules.

MCC told to approach OPEC for funds
Chandigarh, March 10
The Chandigarh Administration has asked the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) to approach the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for seeking a grant to set up a waste management apparatus in the city.

Mayor urged to offer projects to NGOs
Chandigarh, March 10
The Chandigarh chapter of the Indian Council for Social Welfare (ICSW), hosted the central executive meeting of the council here today. After welcome address by the vice-president (North), Dr Vanita Gupta, the president, ICSW, Mr P.G. Gavai IAS (retd) and Ex Lieut-Governor, Delhi, outlined the activities of the organisation.


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