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Irked farmers block rail traffic
Chandigarh, September 29
Farmers belonging to various farmer organisations today blocked rail traffic near Chandigarh Railway station, as part of their ongoing agitation against inadequate MSP announced by the Central Government.

Farmers hold a sit-in on the railway tracks

Youth Cong to organise ‘Kisan akrosh rally’

Farmers hold a sit-in on the railway tracks near Chandigarh Railway Station to disrupt rail traffic on Sunday. 
— Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan

Two suspects held in Daddu Majra
Chandigarh, September 29
The week-old gruesome murder of a 22-year-old resident of Amritsar was traced to Daddu Majra Colony here today by the Chandigarh Police. Naresh and Ashok Kumar, both employed as sweepers at the Sector 34 telephone exchanges were arrested from the colony by the police in this connection.


The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Mr Shatrughan Sinha, at the foundation stone laying ceremonyEvening OPD at PGI likely
Chandigarh, September 29
After AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital at Delhi, the PGI could be the next government institute in the country to start with an evening OPD, much in line with Union Health Minister, Shatrughan Sinha’s mantra of focussing not on the haves but on the have nots.

The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Mr Shatrughan Sinha, at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Advanced Trauma Centre at the PGI, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Mr S.K. Sharma, Director, is also seen in the picture. — Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

Amanjot KaurGirl dies of suspected food poisoning
Chandigarh, September 29
It was indeed the last supper for an 11-year-old girl of Palsora village, Amanjot Kaur. After consuming home-cooked food last night, the girl was found unconscious under mysterious circumstances in the morning. She was declared brought dead at the Sector 16 General Hospital here. The police said the girl had died of food poisoning, suspectedly by eating saag.

PU plan to upgrade library facilities
Chandigarh, September 29
In a futuristic vision, Panjab University has drafted a programme to extend its library facilities to reach faculty work-place, residences and hostels. This is one of the several recommendations which is part of a working paper on “Futuristic Plan for Panjab University library” submitted to the university.

Strange are the ways of the functioning of the Chandigarh Administration. Many projects are started with great pomp and show but are subsequently discarded or neglected. There are several examples where projects once started were never completed. The cycle track started by Mr Baleshwar Rai was never completed.



Housing societies becoming popular
Zirakpur, September 29
With the prices of residential plots in Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar becoming out of the reach for middle-class families, the only option left for them is to go in for plots and flats offered by housing societies.

Violation of rules by admn alleged
Chandigarh, September 29
The Residential Leasehold Plot Owners Association here today accused the Chandigarh Administration of violating the guiding conversion rules of 1996 by hiking the fee 20 times and nullifying the formula already fixed.

A loaded truck which overturned near the 3 BRD
A loaded truck which overturned near the 3 BRD in Sector 31, Chandigarh, on Sunday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Samadhaan for joint policing system
Chandigarh, September 29
Mr R.P. Malhotra, president of Samadhaan, a pressure group for social justice, has called for a joint policing system by all three police forces operating in the Chandigarh capital region — comprising Panchkula, SAS Nagar and Chandigarh.

Panchkula couple shot at in Ekta Express
Panchkula, September 29
A local couple was seriously injured in an armed dacoity in Ekta Express in the wee hours of the morning today. Mahendra Dhawan, a draftsman in the Public Health Department Chandigarh and a resident of Sector 10, here was shot at on his shoulder by dacoits, when he showed resistance.

Picnic for senior citizens
Chandigarh, September 29
The Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association in collaboration with Lions Club, Chandigarh Central, organised a picnic for residents of Old Age Home, Sector 15 here today.

New Lions Club chief installed
Chandigarh, September 29
Mr Prem Kaushik was installed president of the Lions Club Chandigarh (Midtown) at a function held here yesterday.

Kolkata-based magician M.K. Panth shows his magicMission to spread ‘art of magic’
Chandigarh, September 29
Children visiting Sukhna Lake had a surprise this evening as they got a chance to watch magical antics of Kolkata-based magician, M.K Panth.

Kolkata-based magician M.K. Panth shows his magic tricks at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Sunday. 
— A Tribune photograph

CTYC panel for action against cable operators
Chandigarh, September 29
The Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress has constituted a 21-member committee to initiate politico-legal action against cable operators from October 1, the last day of the CTYC’s one-week ultimatum to cable operators.



Three arrested for thefts
Chandigarh, September 29
Several cases of autolifting and a case of burglary were solved today with the arrest of three suspects by the Operation Cell of the Chandigarh Police. T

1 held for stealing mobile phone
Chandigarh, September 29
Rupesh Kumar of Sector 31 was arrested for allegedly stealing a mobile phone instrument, clothes and a bed sheet from the GMCH, Sector 32, last evening. 


Training course introduced
Chandigarh, September 29
Recognising the potential airlines industry has for creating quality job-oriented opportunities, the ITFT (Institute of Tourism & Future Management Trends) has introduced what is claimed to be the country’s most economical airlines intensive training programme.

SBI loans for students
State Bank of India officials explain the education loan schemes
Chandigarh, September 29
The State Bank of India is providing education loans up to Rs 7.5 lakh for study in India and up to Rs 15 lakh for studying abroad. This was stated by Mr S.S. Gupta, Assistant General Manager of the Punjab Engineering College branch of the bank, here today.
State Bank of India officials explain the education loan schemes at an exhibition held at Lala Lajpat Rai Bhavan, Chandigarh, on Sunday.



ICWAI seminar on communication skills
Chandigarh, September 29
The Chandigarh-Panchkula chapter of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants organised a seminar on communication skills and reporting here today.

St. Anne’s convent school, sector-32
St Anne’s Convent School, Sector-32, Chandigarh. Photos: Parvesh Chauhan
In the service of God and mankind
A Christian institution established by Simla-Chandigarh Educational Society under the Catholic Bishop of Simla-Chandigarh Diocese, St Anne’s Convent School has grown in stature since it came into being in October, 1977 With just 25 students on roll, the school was run by three sisters, Sr.Alberta, Sr. Gonzaga & Sr. Blandina, in a residential building in Sector 32.
St Anne’s Convent School, Sector-32, Chandigarh. — photo Parvesh Chauhan 

“Giving value-oriented education is our mission”
Sister Rose George, PrincipalS
HE has a strict discipline code in school to keep her house in order. Sister Rose George manages the 2500-odd students by awarding students who abide by rules and regulations. Beginning her day with prayers, she says her entire time is at the disposal of the students during which she plans academic and co-curricular activities and the satisfactory results of the school are evidence that the goods are being delivered.

Uncertainty over PU student poll date
Chandigarh, September 29
This year’s jinxed elections to the students’ council of Panjab University and colleges are facing uncertainty yet again, this time over election dates. The latest proposal puts the date down to anytime after the third week of October.

Students make ‘best out of waste’
Panchkula, September 29
Students of Saint Soldier Divine Public School, Sector 16, Panchkula put up an exhibition of their products made from the waste and used materials at the school premises here today. 

Pension scheme rejection decried
Chandigarh, September 29
The Panjab University Research Scholars’ Association and the Dr Ambedkar Students’ Association in a press release here today condemned the decision of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Human Resource Development to reject the pension scheme for PU employees, a press note said here today.



‘Ghasiram Kotwal’ leaves audience spellbound
Chandigarh, September 29
Today was not an ordinary day for Chandigarhians. With the National School of Drama Repertory Company offering two of their most popular plays — ‘Ei Ladki’ and ‘Ghasiram Kotwal’, the day proved to be an intellectually stimulating one for all those who thronged the Tagore Theatre, filling the auditorium beyond its capacity.

Cultural evening
Chandigarh, September 29
A cultural evening called “Saddi Himmat “Sadda Dance”, a dance related programme was organised by R. S. Films and Music Entertainment, at Bal Bhawan in Sector 23 here yesterday.


Mrs Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha, OSD to Punjab Chief Minister (second from left), watches a patientOver 350 examined at medical camp
SAS Nagar, September 29
A free medical camp was inaugurated at Cheema Medical Complex in Phase IV here today by the OSD to Punjab Chief Minister, Mrs Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha. Several specialists examined around 350 patients at the camp. 

Mrs Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha, OSD to Punjab Chief Minister (second from left), watches a patient being examined after inaugurating a medical camp at Cheema Medical Complex in SAS Nagar on Sunday.

Panchkula GH to be opened in Oct
Panchkula, September 29
The newly constructed building of General Hospital Sector 6, will be inaugurated in October. The Union Health Minister, Mr Shatrughan Sinha is being approached for its inauguration.



Suraj BhaanSuraj Bhan is ‘Mr Inter Club’
Chandigarh, September 29
Bon Sante, a body-building training centre, bagged the overall championship in the third Inter-Club Body-Building Championship held at the DAV College auditorium, Sector 10, here today. The one day meet was organised by the Chandigarh Amateur Body-Building Association. 

Suraj Bhaan of Bon Sante who won the 3rd “Mr Inter Club” at DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh on Sunday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Rain disappoints big-screen buffs
Chandigarh, September 29
The long wait to witness Indian batting live on the big screen turned futile when rain played the spoilsport in the final of the ICC trophy final in Colombo. The rain forced the organisers to abandon the match.

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