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PU Syndicate comes to the aid of law students
Panjab University hikes fee by 10 per cent
Chandigarh, February 15
The Panjab University Syndicate today put to rest the ongoing controversy with regard to 44 students who were denied admission by the Law Department in their next semester. These students will be admitted provisionally from February 18 onwards.

Cellular giants evading tax
SC holds SIM cards, activation fee taxable
Chandigarh, February 15
Had the Kerela High Court, in a February 2002 judgment, not upheld that SIM cards and activation fee were taxable, cellular-service providers in the city would have conveniently continued to ignore their tax liability, that must now be running into several lakh rupees.



BJP dubs Sonia infiltrator
Chandigarh, February 15
After lying low for a while, the BJP is again back to its old game of hitting hard at the Congress President, Mrs Sonia Gandhi. In fact, the BJP has sharpened its attack on her.
Earlier, Mrs Sonia Gandhi was branded “videshi” ( foreigner) by the BJP. But now, it has gone one step ahead to brand her as “guspathia” ( infiltrator).

Prayers fail to give India win
Chandigarh, February 15
It was an afternoon of disappointments and an evening of sorrow for the cricket buffs, low on the World Cup spirit, after India's dismissal performance in the not-at-all exciting match against Australia.


ESIC scheme for unorganised sector
Chandigarh, February 15
The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation plans to extend its services to the unorganised sector, in addition to the employees of the organised sector. It will soon launch “need-based social security benefit packages” for specified groups of workforce in the organised sector, including construction workers and auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers, said Dr Ajay Dua, Director-General, ESIC, here today.

Embedded technology promising: experts
Chandigarh, February 15
A significant business opportunity exists in the country — providing complete solutions in the embedded technology area comprising software as well as hardware designs. This was the consensus at a panel discussion held on the conclusion of the two-day symposium on micro-electronics, organised by the Indian Micro-electronics Society here.

Thousands throng Jayanti Devi temple
Jayanti Majri (Kharar), February 15
This sleepy village situated near Chandigarh was today abuzz with activities as thousands of devotees thronged the 560- year old Mata Jayanti Devi temple here on the first day of the annual fair today.

Guru Ravidas’ teachings relevant
Chandigarh, February 15
The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut-General JFR Jacob today exhorted the people to follow the teachings of Sri Guru Ravi Das in letter and spirit. In a message on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Ravi Das, General Jacob said that throughout his life Guru ji had stressed upon the principle of dignity of labour, recognising that it was the only way to free the underprivileged from the economic servitude.

Sounds of Sea regales
Chandigarh, February 15
The Tribune-sponsored Plaza carnival was different from routine this evening. Holding the fort was the Indian Navy which hosted a special performance by the Naval Symphonic Band and Orchestra in Sector 17 piazza.

Blue rules at Forest Hill Valentine bash
Chandigarh, February 15
Fun is in the air and love will rule your heart seemed so this Valentine at Forest Hill Resort where ‘Blue’ was the theme of the Valentine Dance Jamboree. Forest Hill Resort laid out the first of its kind Open Air Disco-theque with the backdrop of hills, blue lakes with DJ in attendance. Blue ruled the event as blue was the dress code as well. Gelling with the theme was the jingling blue light which swayed to the rhythmic beat of thumping music.


Suspect in murder case caught
Chandigarh, February 15
The prime suspect in a two-month-old case of the murder of Shiv Kumar, 25, of Hallo Majra village, was arrested from Bapu Dham Colony here today. The suspect, Baljit Singh ‘Billa’, said he had stabbed Shiv in a fit of rage after Shiv had manhandled him publicly.

Pirated VCDs seized
Chandigarh, February 15
The CIA staff of the Chandigarh police has seized 638 pirated VCDs from Jammu audio-video shop in Sector 46. The owner of the shop, Mohammad Jammu, has been arrested on the charge of violation of the Copyright Act. Police sources said the raids were carried out on a complaint of Mr Vipin Vij, Manager, T-Series company (Noida).

Gurbachan SinghMan missing
Chandigarh, February 15
A woman residing in Sector 11, Ms Phoola Devi, is running from pillar to post to trace her missing husband. After inquiring into the matter, the Chandigarh Police has sent a report declaring him untraced. A daily diary report was lodged at the Sector 11 police station in September last year.


Ebony’s special World Cup offer
Chandigarh, February 15
Ebony departmental store today started a special 53 per cent off scheme for the weekend, to cheer India. Ebony is the only store which has the largest range of ICC World Cup cricket memorabilia in Punjab. The scheme started today and will be open till March 23.

NIPER bags Rs 1.8 cr project
SAS Nagar, February 15
Good news awaited the staff and students of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research on their Foundation day today. The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, has granted the prestigious Rs 1.8 crore project of the first bio-availability centre in India to NIPER.
From left: Mr C.L. Kaul, Director, NIPER, Mr Anji Reddy, Prof V.S. Ramamurthy and Dr K.K. Bhutani at the foundation day function of NIPER in SAS Nagar
From left: Mr C.L. Kaul, Director, NIPER, Mr Anji Reddy, Prof V.S. Ramamurthy and Dr K.K. Bhutani at the foundation day function of NIPER in SAS Nagar on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Seminar focuses on women issues
Chandigarh, February 15
To analyse the representation of Indian women in contemporary culture and its impact on society, a seminar on “Re-thinking women: Culture, Literature and Media” was organsied by MCM DAV College for Women in collaboration with the Indian Council of Social Science Research here today.

GCA goes cyan, red and white
Chandigarh, February 15
It was a day of celebration for the students of Government College of Art, Sector 10, who added spirit to the annual festival Oh Cyan, inaugurated this morning on the college campus. The day was all about colours and contests. The beginning of the two-day fest was well made with Padma Shri Nek Chand playing with colours right at the entrance to the College. Asian paints has provided 100 litres of paint to GCA.

Padma Shri Nek Chand joins the students in the celebrations on the inaugural day of Government College of Art-Sector 10's annual festival, Oh Cyan, in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

Padma Shri Nek Chand joins the students in the celebrations on the inaugural day of Government College of Art-Sector 10's annual festival, Oh Cyan, in Chandigarh

Talent on display at YPS fete
SAS Nagar, February 15
A two-day fete opened at Yadavindra Public School here today. Students of different classes had put up a number of stalls. Most of the stalls dealt with various types of fun games like paint your face, feed the clown, pin a tail, ring a gift etc.

Students of Yadavindra Public School get their faces painted at the two-day annual fete of the school in SAS Nagar on Saturday. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan

Students of Yadavindra Public School get their faces painted at the two-day annual fete of the school in SAS Nagar

Home Secy asks youth to read more
Chandigarh, February 15
While pointing out that the tendency of reading in children has declined, the UT Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral, has stressed that it was essential to inculcate reading habit among youngsters.


CBI files reply on contempt plea
Chandigarh, February 15
The CBI counsels today filed reply on a contempt petition filed against them by Navjot Singh, alleged to be involved in Beant Singh assassination case, before the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S Bhalla, in a special court room at Model Burail Jail.

Family drama that lacks grip
Juhi Babbar, daughter of Raj Babbar, launched with much fanfare in Kash... Aap Hamare Hote (Jagat) under the family production banner, would surely have dreamt of a much decent opening. Although displaying sparks of screen beauty, this one sure shows that she has many hurdles to cross before reaching the start-line of a steady career in Bollywood.


50-bed hospital opened
Panchkula, February 15
A 50-bed multispeciality B.R.S. City Centre Hospital was inaugurated by Ms Satwanti Ahlawat, Deputy Commissioner, in SCO-41, Sector-11, Panchkula, here today. The former DGP, Punjab, Mr Sube Singh, was the guest of honour.

The Deputy Commissioner of Panchkula, Ms Satwanti Ahlawat, takes a round of the BRS City Centre Hospital in Sector-11, Panchkula, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

The Deputy Commissioner of Panchkula, Ms Satwanti Ahlawat, takes a round of the BRS City Centre Hospital in Sector-11, Panchkula

Rare honour for Dr B.K. Sharma
Chandigarh, February 15
Dr B.K. Sharma, a former Director of the PGI, was honoured with the M. Nagano Award at a combined conference of the Indian Chapter of the International Society of Heart Research and International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences held at the PGI recently.

Rally for cancer awareness
Chandigarh, February 15
The second International Childhood Cancer Day was observed at PGI Department of Paediatrics by members and volunteers of the Sahayta Cancer Sahyog, in collaboration with the International Confederation of Childhood Cancer Parents Organisations. Students of St Stephen School took out a rally to create cancer awareness among residents. The motto of the rally was “empathise and not sympathise”.


SAYING IT THE CHILD’S WAY: Former badminton champion and Arjuna awardee Kanwal Thakur Singh releases balloons on International Childhood Cancer Day in Chandigarh on Saturday.


Plastic surgeons to hold conference
Chandigarh, February 15
The Department of Plastic Surgery will host the inaugural conference of the North Zone Association of Plastic surgeons on February 16. At least 80 to 100 delegates from Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, besides Chandigarh, will take part in the conference.

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