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Show-cause notice to schools in residential areas
Chandigarh, April 2
Unrecognised schools functioning from residential areas will be issued a show-cause notice by the Chandigarh Administration asking them why they should not be asked to shut down for operating from undesignated premises.

Hotels run from SCOs face axe
Chandigarh, April 2
The Chandigarh Administration seems to be struggling to keep afloat the tourism sector in the city despite tall claims and high promises about developing the city into a weekend tourist destination.

3 hurt as experiment ends in a blast
Naya Gaon, April 2
An ambitious experiment by an alumni of Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, to use hydrogen and oxygen, the two constituents of water, as an ‘‘alternative fuel’’ for motor vehicles, left three persons including the experimenter himself, injured here this morning.

An experimental “reaction chamber” blasted at Naya Gaon An experimental “reaction chamber” blasted at Naya Gaon leaving three persons injured on Tuesday morning. The “scientist” was trying to use the constituent gases of water as fuel for motor vechicles. 
— Photo Karam Singh


DC Ramsekhar gets one-yr extension
Chandigarh, April 2
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. Ramsekhar, will continue in Chandigarh as DC for one more year. The Prime Minister's Office today granted one year's extension to him on a special request of the Chandigarh Administration.

Robbers strike in two houses
Panchkula, April 2
Robbers struck in two houses and a showroom in Sector 15 here on Monday and decamped with goods, jewellery and cash worth lakhs of rupees. From the house of Mr Raj Kumar Verma, they took away goods worth Rs 80,000. Mr Verma is a Punjab National Bank employee and posted in Sector 17 Chandigarh, while his wife is a Haryana Government employee. 
Raj Kumar Verma tries to figure out the loss
Raj Kumar Verma tries to figure out the loss in his house Sector 15 on Monday evening. — Tribune photograph

PUDA detects wastage of funds
SAS Nagar, April 2
Senior officials of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority have detected wasteful spending of public funds by the engineering wing while executing the development work of channelising the Leisure Valley choe here. 

PGI meeting to appoint Dean
Chandigarh, April 2
The emergency meeting of the PGI Governing Body is scheduled to be held in New Delhi on April 10. The meeting gains special significance as it will be appointing a new Dean for the PGI. 



Each ward to have its own committee
Chandigarh, April 2
The Municipal Corporation has agreed, in principle, to constitute separate ward committee for each ward, giving up a long resistance to the shape of such committees that are touted as ushering in development at the micro-level.

Two sustain injuries after being attacked by dog
Chandigarh, April 2
Two persons, both retired government servants, sustained severe injuries after being attacked by a dog in Sector 36 this morning. One of the injured, Mr P.N. Gupta, a retired Sessions Judge had to be taken to the Sector 32 Government Hospital.
Mr P.N. Gupta, a resident of Sector 36
Mr P.N. Gupta, a resident of Sector 36, who was injured after being attacked by a dog (left) in Chandigarh on Tuesday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Sweeper suspended for burning leaves
Chandigarh, April 2
A Municipal Corporation sweeper was placed under suspension here today for allegedly burning tree leaves in violation of the municipal body's pre-autumn instructions.

Wasteful spending on choe channelling
SAS Nagar, April 2
Senior officials of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority have detected wasteful spending of public funds by the engineering wing while channelling Leisure Valley choe here. The channelling is being undertaken to check soil erosion along the banks of the choe.

We can’t afford costlier hotels anymore
his has reference to Mr A.S. Prashar’s article ‘Death of Coffee House’ (Chandigarh Tribune, March 16).

A demolition squad of the Chandigarh Housing Board at work
A demolition squad of the Chandigarh Housing Board at work in the Modern Complex, Mani Majra, in Chandigarh on Tuesday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Residents suffer in office-bearers’ ‘fight’
Panchkula, April 2
Residents of Rail Vihar, Sector 4, Mansa Devi Complex, are having a tough time due to rivalry between the two groups of the Residents Welfare Society. 

Pensioners’ woes
his has reference to the government advertisement seeking the attention of the Central Government pensioners and defence personnel drawing pension from civil estimates and residing in Panchkula to get CGHS cards made within ten days and the consequent stopping of the fixed medical allowance of Rs 100 following the opening of the CGHS Dispensary No.1.

Sector 55 residents seek better facilities
Chandigarh, April 2
Residents of Sector 55 are crying for attention since its societies were registered in 1995. 



Jewellery worth 90,000 stolen from marriage palace
SAS Nagar, April 2
An officer of State Bank of India, Mr Harjit Singh Bajwa, had a nightmarish experience last night when thieves broke in to his car, parked inside the premises of a well guarded marriage palace, Advantage World Wide in Phase 6 here. Jewellery worth Rs 90,000 was stolen from the car.

Court directed to expedite trial
Chandigarh, April 2
Nearly six years after former MLA Bachittar Singh succumbed to his injuries after being attacked on his return journey from a rally in Ludhiana, Mr Justice M.L. Singhal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered day-to-day proceedings in the matter. The case is being tried at a court in Chandigarh.

Kidnapping case registered
Chandigarh, April 2
The police today registered a case of kidnapping on the basis of a complaint filed by Palsora resident Bhagat Singh that his 15-year-old daughter had been abducted by two men and a woman travelling in a Maruti car on March 28.

Dhaba owner held for selling liquor
Chandigarh, April 2
The police has arrested a dhaba owner in Sector 23, Surinder Pal Singh, for allegedly selling liquor without a permit. Six bottles of whisky were seized from his possession. A case under the Excise Act has been registered against him.


Textile Ministry’s office in city
Chandigarh, April 2
The Textile Committee of the Union Ministry of Textiles has opened its regional office in Chandigarh. For collecting details about the consumer purchases, preferences and dressing habits in Chandigarh, a consumer panel of 100 households on sample basis is being created.

Making sites hacker-proof
Chandigarh, April 2
I2k2 Systems, a USA-based web hosting and domain-selling company has started “Domain name protection service” in the region. Mr Raj Vrach, Chief Executive Officer of i2k2 systems, who is currently in Chandigarh, on a short visit from USA, today launched the service. 




Confusion over CBSE syllabus
Chandigarh, April 2
The Central Board of Secondary Education’s decision to bring about a few changes in the syllabus for the new academic session has given rise to a lot of confusion among students, teachers and parents here. 

LAST MINUTE PREPARATIONS: Girls having a last look at their notes before entering the examination hall of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan

Rs 40 lakh IGNOU grant for PU
Chandigarh, April 2
With special interest on student support services and development of course material, the distance education council of Indira Gandhi National Open University has released a grant of Rs 40 lakh for Panjab University.

Workshop on science writing
Chandigarh, April 2
A training workshop on science writing, journalism and illustrations organised by the State Institute of Science Education began at Panjab University here today.

NIPER to start MBA, M.Pharm courses
SAS Nagar, April 2
The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research here is starting Master of Business Administration, and Pharmaceuticals and Pharmacy Practice (M.Pharm) courses beginning from July 2002.


Summons issued to Bibi
Chandigarh, April 2
A local court today issued fresh summons to the former President of the SGPC, Bibi Jagir Kaur, for June 5 in a case of criminal conspiracy and defamation. The complainant, Ms Kulbir Kaur Dhami, who is the Director of Guru Asra Trust, alleged that Bibi Jagir Kaur and Jaspal Singh Dhillon had indulged in a conspiracy to defame her.

  • Fake currency case

  • Bail plea dismissed

  • Murder case



‘Ants’ shooting over
Chandigarh, April 2
An 18-day shooting schedule for English feature film ‘‘Ants’’ has been completed. The shooting part of the film concluded here on Sunday and the post-production job has begun in Mumbai. This is the second production of the city-based film production company ‘Pomy films’ after a highly acclaimed documentary film, ‘Chandigarh — The City Beautiful’, an exclusive film on Chandigarh.
Film actors relax after a hectic shooting schedule of film ‘Ants’


Cheaper drugs for cirrhosis patients likely
Chandigarh, April 2
Thirty per cent of the people suffering from cirrhosis of the liver die of bleeding caused due to portal hypertension. At any given time, such a bleeding attack is considered to be more fatal than a heart attack since the body ends up losing more than two to three litres of blood in one go. 

Living with dystrophy

Chandigarh, April 2
For 40-year-old Jaswinder Kaur, Sunday was one day in the last 13 years on which she ‘only lived for herself ’. Jaswinder, a former teacher at Nawanshahr, is suffering from one of the rare congenital disorders leading to muscular dystrophy, a disease which slowly degenerates the working of various muscles of the body, making the person disabled and totally dependent on outside support. 

Members of the Muscular Dystrophy Association
Members of the Muscular Dystrophy Association at the Lake Club, Chandigarh, during a get together on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

And now, health check-up packages
Chandigarh, April 2
With lifestyle becoming busier and the work environment more stressful, the one important thing which is getting totally ignored is one’s health. The result — people are catching diseases at a much younger age. 



SAS Nagar may get golf course
SAS Nagar, April 2
On the lines of golf course in Chandigarh and Panchkula, the Punjab Housing and Urban Development Department is planning to lay a golf course on the north-west rim of town. An area of around 200 acres along the Patiala Ki Rao choe is likely to be earmarked for the project.

Karan BahadurCity gymnasts bag fifth position
Chandigarh, April 2
Boy gymnasts of the city have secured overall fifth position by securing 218.50 points in the just concluded 42nd Senior National Gymnastics Championships held in Hyderabad. Highlighting the achievements, Mr D.V. Bhatia, president, Chandigarh Gymnastics Association, said with this feat, the team would qualify for the 32nd National Games going to be held in Hyderabad in November.


Revising authority of electoral rolls
Panchkula, April 2
Ms Jyoti Arora, Deputy Commissioner, has appointed Mr M.S. Yadav, Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), as Revising Authority for preparation of draft electoral rolls and final publication of electoral rolls of the 31 wards of the Panchkula Municipal Council.

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