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Robbers attack family, injure 4

Zirakpur, April 13
An armed gang of robbers attacked and seriously injured four members of a family, including a woman and her teenage son, in Nabha village, around 2 km from here, late last night.

Trilochan Singh (13) points towards the blood-splattered floor in Nabha village, Zirakpur, on Saturday.
Trilochan Singh (13) points towards the blood-splattered floor in Nabha village, Zirakpur, on Saturday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

Devotees throng Mansa Devi Temple

Panchkula, April 13
Town and Country Planning and Urban Estate Minister Dhirpal Singh performed ‘pooja’ at the ancient temple of Sri Mata Mansa Devi on the first day of the ‘Navratra Mela’ and sought the ‘Devi’s’ blessings.

A temple decked up on the occasion of Navratra festival, in Chandigarh on Saturday.
A temple decked up on the occasion of Navratra festival, in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Photo Karam Singh



Overbridge inaugurated

Dera Bassi, April 13
Commuters heaved a sigh of relief as the railway overbridge near here on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala highway was thrown open to the public after being inaugurated by the oldest worker of the construction company today.

THE WAIT IS OVER: The railway overbridge at Bhankharpur level-crossing on the Chandigarh-Ambala National Highway, near Dera Bassi, was thrown open to public on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph


PUDA mum over lifting ban on plots’ transfer
SAS Nagar, April 13
Considerations other than professional seem to be weighing heavily on the minds of certain employees in the local estate office of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA).

Water flow: easy come, easy go
Chandigarh, April 13
It is going to be a thirsty summer for city residents as water will be in short supply by about 25 per cent of the requirement. In the months of May and June, the city, excluding Mani Majra, needs about 95 million gallons a day (MGD). The supply from all sources will be about 68 MGD.

HC backlog up as judges’ strength falls
Chandigarh, April 13
The backlog of cases is likely to go up with the rising shortage of judges in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The number of judges has already decreased from 30 to 26 with the retirement of Mr Justice S.S. Sudhalkar and the transfer of another judge to the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.


Baisakhi celebrated with enthusiasm
Chandigarh, April 13
Festival of Baisakhi was celebrated with enthusiasm in the city here today. ‘Shabad kirtan’ programmes were organised at various gurdwaras in the city. ‘Chhabeels’ and langars’ were also organised.

  • Celebrations at ISKCON

From the world of miniature plants

Chandigarh, April 13
The Japanese surely did well to raise the status of bonsai to a perfect living art. Thanks to them, world is increasingly indulging in the art, not just to fill empty moments but also to consciously fight stress.

Nature in miniature: Beautiful specimens of the Japanese art of bonsai on display at the third Bonsai Show, organised by the Bonsai Club at The Snack Shop, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Nature in miniature

Farm mechanisation gets major credit support
Chandigarh, April 13
Despite farm mechanisation in Punjab having reached a saturation point, the activity continues to be one of the major sectors for credit support from the banks. According to observations by Nabard, the total credit requirement for activities under farm mechanisation (on the basis of potential credit linked plans) will be Rs 847.80 crore for the year 2002-03. 

8 city cops to join UN mission
Chandigarh, April 13
Eight Chandigarh Police officials have been included in the Indian contingent scheduled to join for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo. A total of 13 candidates had been short-listed by the local authorities for final selection at New Delhi.

City lad joins British Army
Chandigarh, April 13
Sachin Handa, a 23-year-old city lad, has made it to the British Army. Sachin, a resident of Sector 45, had gone to Britain about eight months ago on a study visa. He has a bachelor's degree in computer applications. Before leaving for the United Kingdom he was working with a leading company selling Xerox machines here.

Sachin Handa

Overbridge a Baisakhi gift
am very happy that the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday gave a Baisakhi gift to commuters on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway by directing the Punjab Government to open the overbridge built at Dera Bassi. Its inauguration was postponed repeatedly in the past three months.

  • Welcome campaign

  • Burning of leaves

Slick depiction of underworld
ompany” (Jagat and KC, Panchkula) is a nicely presented slickly edited copy of the turmoil in the Indian underworld with its roots primarily in Mumbai. The script is tight and characters are very diligently crafted.


Woman duped of Rs 4.95 lakh
Panchkula, April 13
A woman was duped by a couple of Rs 4. 95 lakh on the pretext of getting her a gas agency in her handicapped daughter’s name.




Rice bran oil introduced
Chandigarh, April 13
AP Solvex, a 100-crore company has come out with Ricela — the country’s first branded refined rice bran oil. The company, which has its plant at Dhuri in Sangrur district, has developed a special process (patent applied in India) for refining rice bran oil. “Ricela has a fat profile closest to the recommendations by various studies at the international level”, said Mr A.P. Sharma, Chairman, Ricela.


Students rough up PU security guard
Chandigarh, April 13
Fracas broke out between some students and the Panjab University security guards over a car which was reportedly detained by the security guards late last night.


Compensation increased
Chandigarh, April 13
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has allowed the appeal moved by a city resident against the order passed by the District Forum-II and directed the General Manager, Telephone, to pay Rs 12, 000 as compensation to him for deficiency in services.

B. Gupta, Chopra Sr advocates
Chandigarh, April 13
Two members of the Bar — Dr Balram Gupta and Mr Ravinder Chopra — have been designated as senior advocates by the Chief Justice and the Judges of the Punjab and Haryana HIgh Court. A notification to this effect was issued by the Joint Registrar (Rules) of the High Court.

Petition admitted
Chandigarh, April 13
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana HIgh Court has admitted a petition filed by an SAS Nagar resident, Ms Kirandeep Kaur Cheema, challenging the selection of 165 junior draftsmen (civil) by the Subordinate Services Selection Board in December 2001.


A cut above the rest
Chandigarh, April 13
Sharan Kumar, may be rubbing shoulders with fashion gurus like Ritu Kumar, Nita Lala and many top of the line fashion designers, but when it comes to retaining her individuality, she has done a successful job of fortifying herself against outside influence. And this when in a city where designers are dime a dozen, you can spot her creations from a mile for the magic they conjure.


ICMR grants 14 projects to PGI
Chandigarh, April 13
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has granted 14 projects for research worth Rs 5.7 crore to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) this year. These projects were okayed by the ICMR in March 2002 and funds for some of these have started reaching the various departments of the PGI.

‘Proactive health authorities can stem rumours’
Chandigarh, April 13
There needs to be better co-ordination between the media and the health authorities to avoid panic among the public in case of a suspected epidemic.


ISTC XI beat Gourav XI by four wickets
Chandigarh, April 13
Superb bowling by Sandeep Mehta, who claimed six wickets for just 15 runs, enabled ISTC XI to beat Gourav XI by four wickets in the VIth UT League Cricket Tournament played here today.

  • Selected for training in cycling


ISBT-43 to have food joint
Chandigarh, April 13
The Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) will shortly open two eateries in Sectors 43 and 34.

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