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Petrol dealers to join nationwide stir
Chandigarh, February 21
Members of the Chandigarh Petroleum Dealers Association will join the countrywide protest of dealers by not lifting stocks of petrol or diesel on Monday. Petrol stations in Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar will get their last supplies by tomorrow noon and the next supply will come only by Tuesday.

Police remand for 2 in Chopra murder case
Kharar, February 21
The SAS Nagar police produced two accused in the case of the murder of executive engineer V.K. Chopra — Ravinder Sharma and Dharam Pal Singh Matharoo — in the court of the Kharar Judicial Magistrate, Ms Preeti Sahni, today and were given police remand till February 24.

PU Board of Studies poll announced
Chandigarh, February 21
Poll activity has caught on for elections to the Board of Studies at Panjab University which will witness contest in over 50 bodies for the undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the campus and more than 100 affiliated colleges.




Tough road ahead for HUDA
Recovery of Rs 20 cr from allottees
Panchkula, February 21
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) may not be able to make recoveries to the tune of Rs 20 crore from allottees of commercial, industrial and residential plots here.

Sikh women raise equality issue
Chandigarh, February 21
Many Sikh organisations had joined hands against the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for not allowing baptised Sikh women to participate in ‘seva’ and ‘kirtan’ in the Golden Temple at Amritsar.

(From left) Bibi Harjinder Kaur, Jathedar Ishar Singh and Bibi Majinderjit Kaur at a press conference in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Bibi Harjinder Kaur, Jathedar Ishar Singh and Bibi Majinderjit Kaur at a press conference in Chandigarh on Friday.

UT, Haryana to check illegal sale of liquor
Chandigarh, February 21
Haryana and the Chandigarh Administration have decided to act in concert to check illegal sale of countrymade liquor in their respective territories, according to informed sources.

Husain’s Gajagamini fetches Rs 15 lakh
Chandigarh, February 21
Legends never speak for themselves; only their works do. When M.F. Husain lifted the brush here today to unleash the process of creativity, the gathering did not know what marvel of a creation it was about to witness.

POETRY PERSONIFIED IN ART: M.F. Husain paints an image of his Gajagamini in Punjab Kala Bhavan, Chandigarh, on Friday. The work has fetched Rs 15 lakh. — Photo Manoj Mahajan


Cable fee: SDM meets operators
SAS Nagar, February 21
Following complaints from residents regarding ‘overcharging’ by certain cable TV operators in the town, the SDM, Mr D.S. Sandhu, called a meeting of the representatives of various operators here today.

ACA seeks file
SAS Nagar, February 21
Taking notice of the story carried by Chandigarh Tribune today about the alleged double sale of a letter of intent by an agreement holder in connivance with a property dealer, the ACA, SAS Nagar, PUDA, Mr Yashvir Mahajan, has ordered for the file to be sent to him for inquiring into the whole matter.

Black-money case: whose baby?
Chandigarh, February 21
After over a month’s investigation into the case of Rs 1 crore black money, allegedly belonging to an official of the Food Corporation of India (FCI), the Punjab Police has told the Chandigarh police to register an FIR that the offence had taken place in Chandigarh.

Sonia Gandhi stops over in city
Chandigarh, February 21
Ms Sonia Gandhi, president of the All-India Congress Committee and Leader of the Opposition, made a brief halt at the Chandigarh airport on her way to Himachal Pradesh for electioneering.

Cooperative banks staff hold rally
Chandigarh, February 21
At the call of the All India Bank Employees Association, employees of Punjab and Haryana Cooperative Banks held a joint rally today to observe the Cooperative Banks Day. The rally was held in front of Agricultural Development Bank, Sector 17.

BJP men submit memorandum
Chandigarh, February 21
A delegation of local BJP leaders under the leadership of Mr Yash Pal Mahajan handed over a memorandum to Lieut Gen JFR Jacob (retd), regarding the problems being faced by the residents of Sector 37-C and D and Sector 38-C. The delegation told the Administrator that a school was allotted 2.04 acres of land in Sector 37-D that was surrounded by houses.


Four cases of cheating registered
Chandigarh, February 21
The police today registered at least four cases of cheating involving an amount of around Rs 7.40 lakh. According to information, the manger of an immigration consultancy company took an amount of around Rs 4 lakh for sending four persons abroad, but he did not fulfill his promise.

JE held for theft
Panchkula, February 21
The local police has arrested a Junior Engineer with the Department of Town and Country Planning Inder Singh and another person, Raj Kumar , on charges of theft.


‘Customers benefit from call centres’
SAS Nagar, February 21
Call centres play a vital role in helping a business improve customer services, apart from reducing expenses, Mr M.N. Prasanna Kumar, senior consultant, BSG OA, HCL Infosystems Ltd, said.

Facility to exchange soiled notes
Chandigarh, February 21
Under the RBI’s policy to provide crisp currency notes to the public, Allahabad Bank will offer facility of exchange of soiled notes with new ones on one Sunday every month. The facility would begin at the Sector 17-B branch of the bank on February 23. Timings will be from 10 am and 2 pm.


CBSE move confuses teachers
Chandigarh, February 21
Confusion regarding the new question pattern for classes X and XII (CBSE) continued to prevail as both the office authority and school principals failed to come up with satisfactory information. After a report about the changes in a few selected papers in an English daily yesterday, parents continued to rush to the CBSE office in Sector 32 and various schools.

Science, maths will soon be fun
Chandigarh, February 21
For those who have always feared mathematics and science, the Department of Science and Technology, of the Government of India is working out something really practicable. From Monday, the city will witness a series of sessions under a special programme being funded by the Central Government.

Govt school teachers stage dharna
Chandigarh, February 21
Teachers from government schools of Haryana staged a dharna in Sector 17 today, against the commercialisation and privatisation of education and demanded regularisation of services of teachers working on contractual basis. The teachers also organised a protest rally in front of the directorate of the primary and secondary education.

Workshop on English
Chandigarh, February 21
About 150 members of the British Library had an opportunity to learn the basics of spoken English during a workshop on “Beauty of English: The Spoken Language” organised at its hall in sector 8 today evening. The workshop was conducted by former English news reader of All India Radio Col. J.M.S. Hattar (retd).

Talk on effective teaching
Chandigarh, February 21
A talk on ‘How to Become an Effective Teacher’ was delivered by Prof K.P. Pandey, a former Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith at Varanasi and Emeritus Professor of Education (UGC), in the Sector 20 Government College of Education, here today.

Cyber cafe in college
Chandigarh, February 21
The campus of GGDSD College, Sector 32 hummed with activity as the college witnessed the success of a UGC-sponsored Sanskrit speaking course, inauguration of a cyber cafe and a workshop on computerised accounting, under Sanskriti with Technology programme here today.

National Science Day celebrations conclude
Chandigarh, February 21
The two-day National Science Day celebrations concluded at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19 today. Mr Sarjit Talwar, member, NSCTs Network, New Delhi explained scientific theories behind miracles with the help of magic.

Jacob lays stone of Aurobindo’s new block
Chandigarh, February 21
In an impressive function organised at Aurobindo Bhavan in Sector 27 on the occasion of “the Mother’s” 125th birth anniversary, the foundation stone lying ceremony of its new block was performed by the UT Administrator, Lt Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd). The ceremony was followed by meditation.

Children perform at the Mother’s 125th birth anniversary function, in Sri Aurbindo Bhavan, Sector 27, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Children perform at the Mother’s 125th birth anniversary function, in Sri Aurbindo Bhavan, Sector 27

Pvt schools too want to introduce NCC
Chandigarh, February 21
With several private schools in the city envisaging a keen interest to introduce NCC as an extra-curricular activity, the NCC directorate has decided to restructure the allocation of vacancies to accommodate the increasing number of such schools.

Blood donation camp at Govt College
Chandigarh, February 21
A blood donation camp was organised at Government College, Sector 46, in collaboration with the Lions Club, Nightingale, here today. About 117 units of blood were donated by students and teachers.

Bhangra beats set the mood
Chandigarh, February 21
The ongoing youth festival ‘Jhankar 2003’ at Panjab University witnessed an overwhelming response on the second day here today. The main venue at the Law Auditorium remained packed to capacity for most part of the day.

A bhangra team performs at ‘Jhankar-2003’ in Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Friday.
— A Tribune photograph
A bhangra team performs at ‘Jhankar-2003’ in Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Friday.


Allaha Singh case sent to CJM’s court
Chandigarh, February 21
The UT Additional and Sessions Judge yesterday sent Allaha Singh case to the court of the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate for examination of witnesses. Allaha Singh’s 24-year-old son, Inderjit Singh, was allegedly murdered by his landlord on July 1985, in Sector 34-D.

CAT orders expunging of adverse remarks
Chandigarh, February 21
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has allowed a plea moved by Jagdish Chander, Reader (microbiology) at the Sector 32 Government Medical College, seeking expunging of the adverse remarks in his ACR of 1999-2000, recorded by Dr R.M. Joshi, Professor and Head of Department of Microbiology, at the college.

  • Acquitted

On-line lottery
N a public interest litigation filed before the High Court, MLA Vir Singh Lopoke on Friday challenged the on-line lottery scheme being organised, promoted and conducted by Zee group of companies.


When moments reveal a lifetime

Chandigarh, February 21
For the first time perhaps, so many celebrated frames have gathered under a single roof. On display at the gallery of Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16, are 75 striking photographs, composed by master photo-artists from various corners of the world, as also by local members of the Friends of Photography.

One of the photographs on display at the Friends of Photography show inaugurated in Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

One of the photographs on display at the Friends of Photography show inaugurated in Punjab Kala Bhavan

Honour for city dancer
Chandigarh, February 21
City-based dancer Avtar Singh Channa, who has long been working to popularise various folk dances of Punjab abroad has been enrolled a member of the International Dance Council for 2003.


Making name in rhythmic gymnastics
Chandigarh, February 21
Punjab has now established its name in rhythmic gymnastics, thanks to Patiala-based gymnast and Arjuna Award winner Kalpana Debnath, whose trainees Rajani Sharma and Dimple have proved their prowess in the sport.


Encroachment removed at gurdwara
Panchkula, February 21
Tension prevailed at Haripur village in Sector 4 here after the enforcement staff of HUDA demolished an illegal wall of the village gurdwara.


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