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PGI becomes costlier
Chandigarh, March 21
Treatment in PGI will now cost more. The patients visiting the PGI will have to pay more for the various laboratory tests, CT scans, X rays. The private room rents have also been increased.

Nine-day holiday bonanza in offing
Chandigarh, March 21
Starting Saturday March 23, the government offices will go on a virtual holiday spree for nine days at a stretch. So the salaried class, the businessmen and traders need to rush with their Income Tax formalities. And the same is true for people who need to file in Sales Tax returns.

On a high with maestros’ melody
Chandigarh, March 21
Rare are the occasions when melody reigns supreme, when rhythm stands tall in midst of everything that is mortal and spreads its wings wide... so wide that neither the soul nor the senses remain significant any longer.

Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra and Payal Ramachandani perform at the 32nd All-India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sanget Sammelan at the Tagore Theatre on Thursday.
Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra and Payal Ramachandani perform at the 32nd All-India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sanget Sammelan at the Tagore Theatre on Thursday. — Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan 





MC seeks barricades from traffic police
Chandigarh, March 21
The Municipal Corporation, after yesterday’s bitter experience of having remained busy with complaints of the people (sometimes on unjustified grounds), today asked the traffic police to provide it with 25 barricades to replace ropes for checking those who refused to pay parking fee on the exit.

Audience sway at this ‘mast’ show
Panchkula, March 21
Foot-tapping music, scintillating dance performances and swinging crowds. This was the high-energy blast of Punjabi music, “Chak de Phatte”, held at cricket grounds here tonight.

Punjabi singer Ashok Masti performs at Panchkula on Thursday. — Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari

Punjabi singer Ashok Masti performs at Panchkula on Thursday.

Cable viewers may have to shell out more
Chandigarh, March 21
Cable network subscribers may have to pay between Rs 300 and 360 a month for the service within next couple of months.


Minister gives top priority to housing for poor
Chandigarh, March 21
The new Minister for Housing and Urban Development Department-cum-Chairman, Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, while reviewing the working of the department here today announced that housing for the poor/downtrodden, provision of basic civic amenities for slums, planned urban development by encouraging private participation and redressal of public grievances would be amongst his priorities.

Move against underage drivers
Chandigarh, March 21
Friends will not be able to travel to school on their motor bikes and scooters from the next academic session if the teachers put their proposal into force.

People urged to plant saplings
Panchkula, March 21
The Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Mr M.K. Miglani, has stressed the need for change in the work culture of government departments, saying that instead of community participation , the emphasis should be on community action so that people themselves implement their programmes.

More power to UT augurs no-sweat summers
Chandigarh, March 21
Summers will be more comfortable for city residents as the Union Ministry of Power today allocated additional power to Chandigarh out of its unallocated quota in the Central power pool. In a fax message to the Chandigarh Administration today, the ministry said 5 per cent of the unallocated power quota has been made with immediate effect.

Training camp for sarpanches
Panchkula, March 21
A training camp for panches and sarpanches of villages in the district was organised by the State Community Development and Training Centre, Neelokheri, here today. They were imparted training on the Jawahar Gram Samriddhi Yojana.

Jail inmates get reading material
Chandigarh, March 21
The Jan Shikshan Sansthan distributed reading material on spiritualism and human values among inmates of Burail Jail. The material was provided in association with Sant Assa Ram Ashram, Sector 20.

Lottery agents hold protest
SAS Nagar, March 21
Lottery agents selling tickets for Punjab State Holi Bumper staged a protest in front of the Municipal Council office in Phase-VII here today. Protesters alleged that civic body employees harassed the stall owners and even removed banners and posters put up by them. 

General body meeting of society
Panchkula, March 21
A general body meeting of the Shivalik Environ Coop House Building Society, Saketri, will be held in Red Bishop, Panchkula, at 10 am on March 24.

Week of love and war
Tips Films and Allu Arvind presentation ‘Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai’ is an eye-opener for members of generation next, who never think anything beyond love. The ‘Mast’ and ‘Kasoor’ boy Aftab Shivdasani comes of age in this film and impresses cinegoers with his vulnerable yet convincing presence. After ‘Kaho Na Pyaar Hai’ and ‘Gadar’, Ameesha Patel springs a surprise in this role. This movie releases today at K.C. Chandigarh and K.C. Panchkula.


City police gets custody of murder accused
Chandigarh, March 21
The Mumbai police has reportedly handed over the custody of a local resident, Ashish Arora, accused in a murder case here, to the Chandigarh police.

One dies in road mishap
Kharar, March 21
Sat Pal was killed and Ghan Shyam injured when their vehicle (HR-01-GA-0149) was hit by a tanker (HP-20-5891) near Daon Majra village on the Kharar-Kurali road this morning.


Saving cash on transactions
Chandigarh, March 21
Using the age-old concept of barter system, Net 4 Barter Company is today helping large corporates save cash on transactions. With more than 750 corporate members, the transaction volume by the company, in it's one-and-a-half-year of inception, has been as high as Rs 18 crore.


Computer science for undergraduates
Chandigarh, March 21
Panjab University is introducing computer science as an ‘additional optional’ subject in its affiliated colleges from the coming session. The course is being offered initially at degree level. 

Entomologists dwell on vector control
Chandigarh, March 21
The urban malaria vector is highly adaptable and lays eggs in water coolers, air conditioners, flower pots and the lilac and its management needed greater care.

Seminar on instrumentation and IT
Chandigarh, March 21
A national seminar on ‘Instrumentation and Information Technology (IT) for disabled’ is being organised at the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), here. The two-day seminar will be inaugurated by the Governor of Punjab, Lt Gen (retd) J.F.R. Jacob tomorrow.

350 students donate blood
Chandigarh, March 21
More than 350 students donated blood, while two students Sushima Samra and Sumit Behl, both youth ambassadors of the college, were issued certificates for meritorious services by the Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral, at Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, here today.

100 attend workshop on architecture
Chandigarh, March 21
A click of a button was all it took to construct a house and the world opened to a virtual walk-through in the rooms at a workshop conducted at the College of Architecture, Sector 12, here today.

Students pledge to keep environment clean
Chandigarh, March 21
The students of Government High School, Sector 26, pledged to make the environment clean and green by planting and conserving trees and shunning the use of polythene on the occasion of World Forestry Day, here today.


Recover costs from officer’s pocket
Chandigarh, March 21
The Punjab and Haryana High Court, in a significant judgement, today ordered that costs or interest to be paid by the state to employees compelled to move court should be recovered from the erring officer.

  • Ensure signing of petitions

  • Rape suspects’ bail cancelled

Encroachments: PUDA asked to furnish status report
Chandigarh, March 21
Requesting two advocates to submit a status report after undertaking another survey of SAS Nagar preferably in the first week of April, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today observed that the report submitted by them in the court today prima facie strengthened their apprehension that Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority had adopted a pick-and-choose policy.

HC directive on Puri’s duplex house
Chandigarh, March 21
Mr Justice H.S. Bedi and Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the dispossession of Panjab University’s former Vice- Chancellor M.M. Puri from the duplex house allotted to him in Mani Majra.


Delight for birdwatchers, art lovers
Chandigarh, March 21
Sanjay Kaushal’s photographic show, which opened for the public at Punjab Kala Bhavan today, makes a conversation of sorts. The frames speak up on the behalf of the artist, who is genuinely driven by a sensitive motive.

A water colour painting by Chaman Sharma displayed at IndusInd Art Gallery, Sector 8, Chandigarh. — A Tribune Photograph

A water colour painting by Chaman Sharma displayed at IndusInd Art Gallery, Sector 8, Chandigarh.

Long wait for accommodation

Chandigarh, March 21
Nearly 150 PGI employees, who joined service after 1981, have been waiting for an official accommodation. Three months back it seemed that a few of them will get an accommodation with the construction of 36 houses for Class III and Class IV employees. But till today they are craving for accommodation.

Type 1 houses in the PGI await occupants. — A Tribune photograph

Type 1 houses in the PGI await occupants.

Panel set up to check quacks
Panchkula, March 21
Concerned over the proliferation of unqualified medical practioners in the rural areas of the district, a high powered committee has been set up in order to keep a check on them.

PGI request for blood
Chandigarh, March 21
The PGI has requested all those who possess B-ive blood group to donate for a patient admitted to the PGI, Lal Hussain,(35) who was admitted to the PGI for treatment of rheumatic heart disease in December 2001. His open heart surgery was postponed due to lack of funds.


A boon for swimmers during winters
Chandigarh, March 21
A good news for swimmers! Now one can use a swimming pool even during winters if a solar water heating system, which regulates adequate temperature in the pool, is installed. 

Mongia leaves for Mumbai
Chandigarh, March 21
Dinesh Mongia, the hero of the just concluded India-Zimbabwe series, left for Mumbai this morning to join other members of the Indian team, which is preparing for the forthcoming Indian tour to West Indies.


Sale of cut fruit banned
Chandigarh, March 21
Keeping in mind infections in the forthcoming summer months the Chandigarh Administration today banned the sale of cut fruit, unhygienic ice, ice-candies, aerated water, unchlorinated drinking water, and food articles exposed to dust and flies.


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