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PU to study fake admissions 
December 12 date of hearing
Chandigarh, November 27
Cases detected for ‘spurious’ admissions on the basis of forged documents in all courses of the undergraduate classes in affiliated colleges will be summoned by Panjab University for a personal interview. The university has fixed December 12 as the date of hearing before any final decision is taken. At least 25 cases pertaining to different classes have been detected.

Bending, but not like Beckham anymore
Esha Deol strikes a pose with mother Hema Malini, who is accompanying her on the shooting Chandigarh, November 27
If grace had a face, it would look like her. Attired in of red, Hema Malini looked like a charming portrait. Fresh and dignified, as ever, the dream girl has not lost even an iota of her dreamy visage.

Esha Deol strikes a pose with mother Hema Malini, who is accompanying her on the shooting of J.P. Dutta's ‘LoC’, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Actress Kareena Kapoor walks towards the set of the movie LOC
Actress Kareena Kapoor walks towards the set of the movie LOC (Line of control) in Chandigarh on Wednesday. The film is about border conflict between India and Pakistan. — Reuters
An actor’s tryst with Batra’s heroism
Chandigarh, November 27
Even as Abhishek Bachchan gears up to play the role of late Captain Vikram Batra — recipient of the prestigious Paramvir Chakra the country’s highest battle honour — in the film ‘LoC’ the actor accompanied by the noted director J.P. Dutta is busy taking down tips about the mannerisms and lifestyle of Capitan Batra from his identical twin, Mr Vishal Batra and from his parents in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh.

Gen Jacob completes 3 yrs in office
Chandigarh, November 27
In the past couple of years, the face of the city has changed forever and it is noticeable. Be it provision for housing, upgrading infrastructure, development of southern sectors; better healthcare, improved care for the aged, simplification of government procedures, doing away with archaic building by -laws and not to miss the projection of Chandigarh as a hub of technology in North India.

Raids on 3 marketing companies
Chandigarh, November 27
The Chandigarh Police this evening raided three multi-level marketing companies Cossets in Sector 26, in Sector 9 and Best Internet Services in Sector 34 and seized their documents and computers.

Panchkula council elections on Jan 19
Panchkula, November 27
The long wait for first ever elections to the Panchkula Municipal Council is finally over. The state Election Commission today issued a notification for elections, which will be held on January 19, 2003, even as a large number of cases against the constitution of the council are still pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Local issues to dominate MC poll
Panchkula, November 27
Local issues are likely to dominate the election campaign for the Municipal Council elections here, announced for January 19, 2003. Sanitation, proper streetlighting, stray cattle menace, cable tariff issue, maintenance of roads - will be some of the major issues.

Rare honour for Dr Nagi
Chandigarh, November 27
The Dean and Head of the Orthopaedics Department at PGI, Dr O.N. Nagi, has been honoured with the prestigious Dr Lionel Henry Memorial Oration Award for the year 2002.


MC notices may disrupt cable operations
Chandigarh, November 27
Cable TV operation is likely to be disrupted in the city early December with the Municipal Corporation issuing “final notices” this week for removing poles of cables pending their dues since 1999. This follows talks between the Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, and cable operators ending in a virtual deadlock on the withdrawal of notices yesterday.

Garbage dumping site boundary shifted by 500m
SAS Nagar, November 27
The IAF-MC deadlock over the garbage dumping site at Sohana village ended here today. It has been decided to shift, by 500 meters, the site boundary from near the Air Force station’s outer marker to the south of the Patiala Ki Rao choe.

‘Green’ dinosaur to add to Leisure Valley charm
Chandigarh, November 27
A huge topiary of a Dinosaur will add to the attraction of the leisure valley here. The display having a height of 20 feet has a length of 15 feet and the width is more than 11 feet.

Land for Sikh centre sought
Chandigarh, November 27
A delegation of the World Sikh Foundation, led by Mr Jaswant Singh Mann, today submitted a representation to the Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R Jacob (retd), to allot a suitable piece of land here to establish an international Sikh centre under the aegis of the foundation. 

Former Secy of CEA dead
Chandigarh, November 27
Mr Partap Singh Ahluwalia, an eminent and distinguished engineer, died at Holy Family Hospital in Mumbai after a brief illness. He was 90 . He had retired as Chief Engineer and Technical Member of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), and successfully led numerous important projects, including construction of the country’s first 220-kva power line running from Punjab to Delhi. He was known for his technical competency, hard work and honesty.

New facilities at DSOI inaugurated
Chandigarh, November 27
The Defence Service Officers Institute (DSOI), Sector 36, here has expanded and now it has a new restaurant, a banquet hall, a bar and facilities to play billiards. These new facilities were inaugurated today by the Chief of Staff Headquarters, Western Command, Lieut-General H.S. Kanwar, who is also the president of the governing body of the DSOI.

Keshav Chandra is DRM
Chandigarh, November 27
Mr Keshav Chandra has joined as Divisional Railways Manager (DRM), Northern Railways, at Ambala Cantonment. A 1975 batch officer of the Indian Railway Service, Mr Chandra has 27 years experience with the Railways.


Cinema raided for screening porno scenes
Chandigarh, November 27
The Chandigarh Police here today stopped the screening of an adult movie, “Bed Partners”, in Nirman Cinema on the allegations of it being screened with inserted pornographic scenes. As per sources, the police seized the roll of the film and sealed the projector room. 

The police raid on Nirman Cinema, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
The police raid on Nirman Cinema

4 theft cases registered
Chandigarh, November 27
A Maruti car (CH03F 9688) belonging to a Sector 44 resident, Mr Sunil Kumar, was stolen from Oil Bhavan, Sector 19, here yesterday. Mr S.S Kalia, a Panchkula resident, also lodged a complaint that his Maruti car (CHF 3837) was stolen from Sector 17 on November 23.


Letter ‘exposes rift’ between Beopar Mandal members
Chandigarh, November 27
Voices of dissent against the ongoing protest by traders against the recent amendment to the East Punjab Urban Rent Restriction Act, 1949, are being heard within the local business community.

New bank scheme launched


SOPU members begin indefinite dharna
Chandigarh, November 27
Members of the Students Organisation of Panjab University yesterday sat on an indefinite dharna seeking a quick declaration of re-evaluation results besides other issues. A delegation of SOPU members also met the Dean University Instruction on this issue.

PU freshers’ function today
Chandigarh, November 27
Panjab University’s welcome function for freshers in the new academic session 2002-2003 will be organised tomorrow evening. The venue will be the open ground, opposite Students’ Centre.

NSS activities lauded
Chandigarh, November 27
The National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers should make concerted efforts in literacy campaign to realise the dream of making India fully literate, said the Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob, (retd), here on Monday.

Students take part in science congress
Chandigarh, November 27
‘How to improve the nutrition intake in our diet’ was the topic of discussion as about 250 students demonstrated 50 science projects at the Children Science Congress held at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, here yesterday. The event was inaugurated by Mr M.P. Singh, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, and Director, Science and Technology.

School holds function
Panchkula, November 27
A three-day annual prize distribution and cultural programme of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, began today at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh. A delightful display of talent of budding artists, the evening commenced with Gayatri Mantra.

Students of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, perform during the annual function at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Students of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, perform during the annual function at Tagore Theatre

Focus on relieving stress
Chandigarh, November 27
“Stress has become the biggest challenge of our times. The 21st century is destined to explore the possibility of developing deeper strategies to overcome, master and manage stress”, said Prof Jitendra Mohan, Department of Psychology, Panjab University, while delivering a special lecture on “stress management” at the ICSSR Complex here today.

22 lakh disbursed as gratuity
Chandigarh, November 27
The Sikh Educational Society disbursed Rs 22 lakh as gratuity to 18 of its employees who retired from the six colleges of the society. The society took the decision to pay the amounts because the Punjab and the UT Administration did not pay 95 per cent to the staff as gratuity which has been promised by the state governments in the past, a press note said.

Rs 6.5 cr for govt schools
Dera Bassi, November 27
“The government will spend Rs 6.5 crore on basic civic amenities and infrastructure in various government schools of Patiala district under Sarav Shiksha Abhiyan in the next five years. Of this Rs 40 lakh will be spent in 124 schools of Block I and Block II of this subdivision,” said Ms Preneet Kaur, MP from Patiala, while addressing a public meeting here.

Enhancing performance through Vedanta
Chandigarh, November 27
The Chandigarh Management Association, in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry, organised a lecture on ‘Enhancing corporate performance through Vedanta.’

Seminar on bioinformatics
Chandigarh, November 27
A seminar on bioinformatics was organised by the Department of Biotechnology at GGDSD College, Sector 32, here today, a press note said. Dr Balwinder Singh from the Institute of Microbial Technology, Sector 39, delivered the keynote address. 

PhD-enrollment exam results declared


Siau murder case: bail plea dismissed
Chandigarh, November 27
A bail plea moved by an accused, Sarwan Singh, in the Siau murder case was today dismissed by a local court. As per the prosecution, the accused in conspiracy with other accused was involved in the murder of two infants. The Sohona police registered a case against the accused under Sections 302, 148, 149, 120-B of the IPC on June 22, 2001.


Scripts evolved during puppet workshop
Chandigarh, November 27
The five-day puppet workshop, conducted by Anurupa Roy of Kat-katha, New Delhi, concluded today with a puppet theatre presentation at Baithak restaurant in Kalagram.

Members of the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy present a puppet show at Kalagram in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Members of the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy present a puppet show at Kalagram

Shooting for telefilm begins
Chandigarh, November 27
Rock Garden became a centre of activity today with yet another team from Mumbai descending upon the city for a shooting schedule. Camping in Phase I was actor Avinash Wadhawan, who rose to fame for his role opposite Pooja Bhatt in Junoon.

A song sequence for Harish Ghai’s Punjabi telefilm Mahiya Mera being shot at the Rock Garden in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan
A song sequence for Harish Ghai’s Punjabi telefilm Mahiya Mera being shot at the Rock Garden


Staff council meeting fails to end deadlock 
Chandigarh, November 27
Meeting the December 2 deadline for starting of evening OPD at PGI, seems to have become an uphill task for the authorities with a majority of the heads of department favouring creation of a separate cadre of General Duty medical officers or else postponement of the date, at the Staff Council meeting, held today.

NACO drive against AIDS from Dec 1
Chandigarh, November 27
With stigma and discrimination proving to be the greatest barrier in generating awareness about the killer disease, and its prevention, the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) will launch a two-year AIDS prevention campaign on December 1.


Archers, triathlon squad, too, for National Games
Chandigarh, November 27
The Chandigarh Olympic Association, under whose banner the city sportspersons will participate in the 32nd National Games in Andhra Pradesh from December 13 to 22, has decided to take archery, triathlon, swimming and roller-skating squads, too, to the games.

Gill, Bhatia win golf titles
Chandigarh, November 27
It was a perfect outing for the merchant navy officers who converged on the Forest Hill Golf and Country Club to have feel of the new golf course on the occasion of Eurasia Cup. Located in the picturesque Shivalik foothills, this nine-hole golf course impressed almost all the participants who enjoyed almost five hour of golfing.


Admn okays panels to approve building plans
Chandigarh, November 27
Issuing a formal notification the Chandigarh Administration today decided to form committees which will approve building plans. The committee for bigger plots, commercial property and institutional property will have 10 members and be headed by Mr Ramsekhar, Deputy Commissioner-cum- Estate Officer.

Rural development panel reconstituted
Chandigarh, November 27
The Chandigarh Administrator has re-constituted the Rural Development Committee which shall give advice on all matters concerning rural development in villages falling within the Union Territory. The Adviser to the UT Administrator shall be the chairperson of the committee.

Admn extends pact with JLL
Chandigarh, November 27
The Chandigarh Administration today extended its agreement with Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL), the consultant, for the Chandigarh Technology Park by six months. The JLL has been advising the Chandigarh Administration on the CTP for the past one year. The agreement, signed between the Secretary, Information Technology, Chandigarh Administration, Mr Karan A Singh and Mr Anurag Munshi of the JLL, shall be effective from December 1, 2002.


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