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New curriculum from this session: CBSE chief
Biotechnology, French, Urdu to be introduced
Panchkula, May 11
“The Central Board of Secondary Education has decided to revamp the course curriculum from Class IX onwards from this academic session,” said the Chairman of the board, Mr Ashok Ganguly, in his address at a principals’ meet of the CBSE-affiliated schools in Hansraj Public School here today.

Sewerage system for city villages
Chandigarh, May 11
Villages of Chandigarh will have a sewerage soon with the Zila Parishad allocating Rs 7.5 lakh for the purpose and demanding a Rs 52 lakh grant from the MP Local Area Development Fund.

Are evening colleges on their way out?
Chandigarh, May 11
The Panjab University authorities are yet to make up their minds as to how to ‘restructure’ the Department of Evening Studies despite all the available inputs pointing to the “speedy discontinuance of this unwieldy giant in its present form”.



Cement traders evading octroi
SAS Nagar, May 11
Barely two weeks after reimposition of octroi in Punjab, the evasion of octroi on cement has begun. Truckloads of cement bags are billed in the name of godowns in Kumbhara village outside the SAS Nagar municipal limits and sold in the town.


Vermiculture undertaken in Sec 45 cattle pound 
Admn to extend the project to 2.5 acre land in Maloya
Chandigarh, May 11
The Chandigarh Administration, in association with the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) and local NGOs, has embarked upon a unique waste management project, whereby cowdung will be used for extensive vermiculture.
A vermicomposting unit installed jointly by the UT Administration and the MCC at the Sector 45 cow shelter that will produce high-quality manure for sale to Chandigarh residents. —A Tribune photograph
A vermicomposting unit installed jointly by the UT Administration

SOS village may provide home to Gujarat orphans
Rajpura, May 11
The SOS India, a voluntary child care organisation, is in touch with the Gujarat Government to set up a new SOS Children Village for the riots and earthquake affected children for permanent care and later for other children of Gujarat in need of such family care. This was stated by Mr Pradeep Singh, National Director (India), SOS India, while addressing a press conference after inauguration of a four-day ‘Bal Mitra Utsav’ at SOS Children’s Village here today. 
Children at SOS village in Rajpura.
Children at SOS village in Rajpura.

Sathya Sai Seva function
Chandigarh, May 11
Celebrations of ‘Easwaramma Week’ concluded in a colourful cultural programme presented by members of 12 different units of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18 here today. he programme titled Bal Vikas Cultural Programme was presented by the education wing of the organisation.

Children perform at the conclusion of the ‘Easwaramma Week’ in Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Children perform at the conclusion of the ‘Easwaramma Week’

National Technology Day celebrated
Chandigarh, May 11
Scientific institutes of national importance in the city — Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTEC), Survey of India and National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) — celebrated the National Technology Day to commemorate India conducting nuclear device test on the same day in 1998, here today.

ISKCON seminar concludes
Chandigarh, May 11
The five-day seminar organised by the local chapter of International Society for Krishna Consciousness ( ISKCON ) at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36, concluded here today. About 100 devotees, including teenagers and the elderly, participated in this second annual course being conducted in Chandigarh and Panchkula exclusively for women devotees on the request of H.H. Gopal Krishna Goswami, ISKCON GBC and Spiritual Master, according to Bhakti Vinod Dasa Prabhu, president of the local unit of ISKCON.

Water supply to Sector 9 disrupted
Panchkula, May 11
Water supply to over 200 houses in Sector 9 was disrupted when HUDA employees cut the connection from the old PVC water supply pipes to start supply through the changed AC water pipes.

11-yr-old succumbs to injuries
Chandigarh, May 11
Eleven-year old Nidhi, who was seriously injured in a car-truck collision on the night of May 6, succumbed to her injuries at the PGI today. It may be recalled that the incident occurred while Vinod Kumar, a resident of Sector 30, was returning home along with his family from Panchkula.

Road cries for repair
he road dividing Sectors 40 to 47 on one side and Sectors 48 to 55 on the other side in Chandigarh is in a deplorable condition. Road users are put to lot of inconvenience when it rains. Big patches on the road are preventing vehicle users from using the road. During the rainy season, cyclists, two wheelers and cars cannot use the road.
  • Courier service
  • Poor cable services
  • Headship rotation

Towards better beat policing
SAS Nagar, May 11
For better policing, the beat system in the town has been divided into three shifts. The staff in each staff has been given job cards which entail the nature of duties to be performed by them. 

‘Free legal aid an alternative recourse’
Chandigarh, May 11
A member of the State Legal Service Authority-cum-Judge permanent Lok Adalat, Mr Sant Parkash, today disseminated information regarding free legal aid while addressing a gathering in a seminar on legal awareness at Punjab Engineering college here today. 


Man stabbed at marriage party
Chandigarh, May 11
A resident of Dadu Majra, Gurdial Singh, was injured after he was stabbed by a resident of the same colony at a marriage function late last evening. Police sources say Gurdial was stabbed in the thigh following a brawl over a minor issue. He has been admitted to Sector-16 General Hospital. 

Son, grandson booked on murder charge
Panchkula, May 11
An 84-year-old resident of Bagpur in Raipur Rani was done to death reportedly by his own son and grandson following an altercation over the possession of a room in the house of the victim. Though the incident took place exactly a month ago, the case came to light only today.


Contest within the ruling group
Chandigarh, May 11
The elections to the top posts of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU), scheduled for May 25 and 26 are turning out to be a contest between teachers of the same group — the one in power.


2 cops in dock for false statement 
Chandigarh, May 11
Coming down heavily on the police authorities for making a false statement in a petition filed by a former informer, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked Patiala’s former Superintendent of Police and the in charge of Sangrur police chowki to show cause why the court should not order their prosecution and initiate proceedings under the Contempt of Court Act.

  • Rs 80,000 relief for amputated arm
  • Payment ordered for ex-employee
  • Clerks’ selection: notice issued
  • Haryana IGP summoned

Konark sculptures brought alive in Odissi
Chandigarh, May 11
The sculptural elements of Odissi came alive in the performance of Sriparna Bose in Pracheen Kala Kendra here today. Humility — the hallmark of every disciple of guru Murlidhar Majhi — dominated her presence. Originally a student of bharatnatyam, Sriparna was led into Odissi after she realised that her form had been made for portraying the expressions in the sculptures of Sun Temple at Konark. Ever since then, she devoted herself to this dance form and has grown with it.

Sriparna Bose during her Odissi performance in Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan
Sriparna Bose

Na Tum Jano na....director
ven chocolate faces that hold the key to screen fever as love-idols cannot sustain a loose presentation. The future of Esha Deol-Hrithik Roshan-starrer ‘Na Tum Jaano Na Hum’ (Piccadily and Panchkula) seems to be in doldrums because of a loosely drawn presentation.

Singing contest for Rafi Award
Chandigarh, May 11
The Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society will hold the first round of the singing competition for Rafi Award-2002 in men’s and women’s sections on June 9 and 16 at DAV College mini auditorium, Sector 10, Chandigarh.

Jassi releases another album
hen Punjabi songs are mixed with the beats of the West the result is — ‘Rocking!’ And this is what one feels after listening to Jassi Sidhu’s new album “Jadon Jawani Wala”.


‘Sun strokes can be fatal’
Chandigarh, May 11
If you are experiencing “feverish lassitude” after a trip outdoors do not take it lightly, please. Chances are that you may be suffering from a mild heat stroke, like so many other city residents exposed to the sun. According to medical experts, cases of heat stroke, characterised by a rise in the body temperature caused by excessive exposure to heat, were increasing in the city, due to the rising temperature. They add that everyday, doctors at polyclinics, besides private practitioners, were receiving a large number of patients with heat stroke symptoms. Though exact data was not available, doctors said as many as two to three patients were visiting each polyclinic in the city daily.

SUNBURNT TOUGHIE: Heat wave leaves its imprint on this Chandigarh road on Saturday. — Photo Karam Singh


Tennis academy opens at Mount Carmel-47
Chandigarh, May 11
The Mount Carmel Total Tennis Academy was today formally opened by Mr P.K. Verma, Financial Commissioner, Development, Punjab, on the premises of Mount Carmel School, Sector 47. The aim of the project is to promote mini tennis at the first instance.

Mr L.D. Kapoor, Director, Total Tennis Academy, gives tips to students in Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph 

Mr L.D. Kapoor, Director


Mechanics removed from markets
Chandigarh, May 11
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh claimed that it had confiscated seven truckloads of mechanics’ equipment from Sectors 21, 27 and 28 here today. The Enforcement Wing also penalised 90 mechanics for not shifting from these places in spite of receiving notices to do so. The deadline for shifting was yesterday.
Workers of the Enforcement Wing of the Municipal Corporation remove mechanics’ equipment from the Sector 27 market in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Workers of the Enforcement Wing


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