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Bhupa arrested for Chopra’s murder
Confesses to crime, names 2 others
SAS Nagar, March 4
Brij Bhushan SharmaIn a major breakthrough, the Mohali police today claimed to have arrested 45-year-old Brij Bhushan Sharma, alias Bhupa, the main accused in the murder of V.K. Chopra, an Executive Engineer with the Chandigarh Administration, who was shot dead by three masked scooter-borne assailants on February 17 outside a marriage hall here.

PU sets up investment panel
Chandigarh, March 4
With a view to tightening the financial administration and overcoming any loss due to delay in investments, Panjab University has constituted a committee to work out the details of future deals. The university had observed that “due to lack of timely steps in encashment and reinvestment of FDRs, the university has suffered an avoidable loss of Rs 2,81,210 in the recent past.


Govt school students resent inequality
Chandigarh, March 4
It is an inequality that class VIII students of government schools are resenting. Even though their counterparts in private schools do not have to take Board examination, they are forced to take these. What irks the parents and teachers alike is that these young students, who are being forced to take an exam which is not even mandatory for all, are not even given a second chance if they fail in one subject, causing countless students lose one complete year in the process.

Avalanche warning in HP
Fresh snow in higher reaches
Srinagar, March 4
Heavy snow in the valley has forced wild animals, especially leopards to intrude into human habitations in causing panic among residents, official sources said today. The residents, who are facing difficulties due to waterlogging and disruption of electric supply and communication links since the past three days, are facing a new threat from wild animals forcing the Wildlife Department to take precautions.

Nikita Anand — the new face of vivacity
Chandigarh, March 4
You don't have to labour too hard to sense real beauty. Cutting across all shams and pretensions, beauty has the power to touch you in the most unassuming fashion and impress you with charms so simple that you can't help being smitten and struck!

Ms India presents diplomas to NIFD students
Chandigarh, March 4
For the 400 students of National Institute of Fashion Design, Sector 8, it was a moment of great joy when none other than Miss India Universe Nikita Anand graced their annual convocation function at Tagore Theatre today.

Femina Miss India Universe-2003, Nikita Anand, surrounded by students at the annual convocation of the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
— Photo Pankaj Sharma

Femina Miss India Universe-2003, Nikita Anand, surrounded by students


Milk producers refute BKU allegations
SAS Nagar, March 4
Mr Gurnek Singh Bhagomajra and Mr Narender Singh Shiomajra, chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the Ropar district Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd, today refuted the allegations of a large-scale bungling in the Punjab Milkfed levelled here the other day by the BKU leader, Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal.

‘Fluctuation behind underweight pouches’
SAS Nagar, March 4
The Mohali Milk Plant of the Punjab Milkfed denied today that milk pouches being produced by it were frequently underweight due to pilferage. “The entire process of filling the processed milk in pouches at the plant is automatic and at no stage can anyone fiddle with it,” said Mr S.C. Aggarwal, General Manager, Punjab Milkfed, and Mr D.D. Maini, General Manager, Mohali Milk Plant, in a talk with mediapersons here today.

13 hurt in police lathi charge

Chandigarh, March 4
At least 13 persons, including 6 women, were injured when the local police used water cannon and later resorted to lathi charge to disperse the mob that had blocked traffic on the Chandigarh-Shimla national highway for more than a hour this morning.

Protesters surround women who were injured when the police resorted to lathi charge and use of water cannon to end a blockade on the Chandigarh-Kalka National Highway. Residents were protesting against the acquisition of their land in Darshani Bagh, Mani Majra, on Tuesday.
— Photo Manoj Mahajan

Protesters surround women who were injured when the police resorted to lathi charge and use of water cannon to end a blockade on the Chandigarh-Kalka National Highway

Security tightened in Lalru
Lalru, March 4
Taking serious note of the spate of robbery incidents in Dehar and Lalru Mandi where masked robbers struck at two houses and hacked Shadi Ram Saini, an employee of the Ambala Municipal Council, in the wee hours yesterday, the Patiala police deployed two commando companies here today.

Documents of 5 MC vehicles seized
SAS Nagar, March 4
Documents relating to five MC vehicles, which had not been registered over the past many years, were seized by officials of the Chief Vigilance Office of the Local Government Department here today. Earlier, fines amounting to about Rs 2.50 lakh had been imposed on the civic body by the department concerned for violating the rules.

Sweepers block traffic near police station
Chandigarh, March 4
Agitated over alleged misbehaviour with three women members of the Sweepers Union Chandigarh by a contractor and reported use of derogatory words by some cops against leaders, around 200 union activists gheraoed the Sector 19 police station and blocked traffic for over three hours here today.

Need to enact law for abandoned brides: Jacob
Chandigarh, March 4
With the number of abandoned brides reaching 8,000 in Punjab, the Governor, Lieut- Gen J. F. R. Jacob (retd) here today expressed the need to enact a special law to deal with the social evil.


Glitz & glamour
Hot tips for cool looks in examination season
LL you guys and dolls anxious more about the semi-circles underlining your exhausted eyes, than history of English literature, do not worry. We know examination season is here, testing time for your complexion. That's the reason why we have complied hot new tips that will help you look gorgeous even after flipping the yellowing pages of dog-eared books throughout the night.

Chic Pick
Handle cards with care and affection
EY kids, the examination season is here and you still haven't picked up nice alluring cards with your rugged hands for conveying tender best of luck wishes.... How can you be so careless? If she doesn't score over 70 per cent in mathematics, you will get the blame for not wishing her success.

Mars Speaks
Successful all the way
UCCESS comes when you get what you want, or desire. The starting point then, is to know what you want in life. I have always kept my focus on my target and I go after it with single minded devotion, concentration and total resoluteness.

Fruity top 10 just for you
E have songs named after different stuff, ranging from colours to famous people, from days of the week to professions. Radio Buzz has compiled a list of the TOP 10 songs that have a fruit mentioned in each of them. Go ahead, savour the names. Happy listening.


Upgradation of Urdu course hangs fire
Chandigarh, March 4
Three years after a proposal was mooted to upgrade the Urdu course being run by the Languages Department, Punjab, the issue continues to hang fire, with no headway being made in this regard.

Pvt students not allowed to take exam
Chandigarh, March 4
Parents of several students who were appearing as private candidates for the matriculation examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education today alleged that their wards could not sit for the examination on account of a goof-up by the board.

Council at your doorstep programme
Chandigarh, March 4
The Panjab University Campus Students Council will be visiting different teaching departments tomorrow onwards under its ‘Council at Your Doorstep’ programme, an official press note of the council said here today.

‘Pratibha - 2003’ organised
SAS Nagar, March 4
The Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology organised “Pratibha - 2003” here today. Students from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh took part in the event which had been organised with an aim to develop a competitive spirit among students which was important in this fast-changing scenario.

Teachers’ rally deferred
Chandigarh, March 4
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union has deferred the rally proposed to be held at Patiala tomorrow according to press note of the union issued here today.

300 students get awards
Chandigarh, March 4
About 300 students of the MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, were awarded for excellence in studies, sports and extra-curricular activities at the institute’s annual prize distribution function held here today. The Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, Prof K.N. Pathak, was the chief guest on the occasion.
Students of MCM DAV College for Women at their annual prize distribution function in Chandigarh
Students of MCM DAV College for Women at their annual prize distribution function in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Students of Shivalik Public School awarded
SAS Nagar, March 4
Four students of Shivalik Public School here have been awarded for their entries to the 11th All-India Essay Writing Competition for school students on the theme of road safety organised by the United Schools Organisation of India, New Delhi.


Chandigarh, March 4
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday allowed a petition filed by an advocate seeking directions to the Government of India and two other respondents for including the Ghadr Movement of 1914-15 in the list of recognised mutinies for granting “Samman Pension”. Details of the order were not yet available.

Man sentenced for rash driving
Chandigarh, March 4
A city resident, Dalip Singh, was today sentenced to one-year rigorous imprisonment by a local court for causing death due to rash and negligent driving. The accused was sentenced by the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal, who also fined Rs 1000 to the accused.


Exhibition of Purewal’s works
Chandigarh, March 4
The richness and vibrancy of Punjab comes alive in the works of Ambala-based H.S. Purewal. The show, which went into evidence at the IndusInd gallery this morning, is all about the greatness of Punjabi culture and the magnificence of its rural society which has a lot of colour to offer.

‘Daaire’ 30th show
Chandigarh, March 4
The 30th performance of the anti-female foeticide Punjabi musical play ‘‘Daaire’’, directed by Mr Pran Sabharwal and Mrs Sunita Sabharwal of National Theatre Arts Society, Patiala, was staged at DM College of Education, Moga, yesterday.

AK Misra Boxing Championship ends
Chandigarh, March 4
The 10th All India Invitational AK Misra Boxing Championship ended this evening at the Skating-rink in Sector 10. Local star, Dharam Singh, gave a tough fight to Kamal Chauhan of Himachal Pradesh before bowing in the final of the bantamweight section.

Boxers of the Army Sports Institute, Pune, with the overall trophy on the concluding day of the 10th All-India Invitation AK Misra Memorial Boxing Championship in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
— A Tribune photograph
Boxers of the Army Sports Institute, Pune, with the overall trophy on the concluding day of the 10th All-India Invitation AK Misra Memorial Boxing Championship


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