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Farmers’ dharna keeps cops on their toes
Chandigarh, March 10
Agitating farmers of Punjab, under the aegis of the Kirti Kisan Union, today again laid an “indefinite siege” to the dual carriageway running between Sectors 16 and 17. And personnel of the Chandigarh Police had every reason to be apprehensive about the policing.

Six kisan unions under the banner of the Bharatiya Kisan Union hold a rally at Matka Chowk in Chandigarh Six kisan unions under the banner of the Bharatiya Kisan Union hold a rally at Matka Chowk in Chandigarh on Monday.


Heroes of Spring Fest 2003 at Panchkula

Forget morning walk, farmers are here
Chandigarh, March 10
Residents of the city, especially those who go for a morning walk to the Rose Garden, may have to face a tough time in the coming days as six farmers’ unions of Punjab have put up their tents at Matka Chowk to hold an indefinite dharna in protest against the “anti-farmer” policies of the state and Central governments.

Cricket win sparks off celebrations
Chandigarh, March 10
Deafening din of cheers reverberated against the decked up walls of bars and pubs all over the city as the men-in-blue bowled their way into the World Cup semi-finals late this evening.

We have done ‘it again’, residents shout soon after India defeated Sri Lanka to ensure entry in the World Cup semi-finals in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan
We have done ‘it again’, residents shout soon after India defeated Sri Lanka to ensure entry in the World Cup semi-finals in Chandigarh

Construction of temple wall stopped
SAS Nagar, March 10
Officials of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority today stopped the construction of a wall of the Prachin Shiv temple, alleging that the construction was illegal and being done to encroach upon PUDA land.


Revision of history-sheeters’ records begins
Chandigarh, March 10
The Chandigarh police has begun the exercise of revising its records of the bad characters and history sheeters. Names of persons convicted thrice were also being included in the Bundle A list in the police records. The entire exercise in all police stations was expected to be completed by the end of this month.

Pool raids: Sec-34 SHO transferred
Chandigarh, March 10
The controversy over the manner in which raids were conducted on various pool joints in the city today took its first causality when the Station House Officer of the Sector 34 Police Station, Inspector Dhan Raj,was transferred to the Police Lines. However, no official reason has been given for the transfer.

New STD code unwelcome
SAS Nagar, March 10
Various organisations of the town have demanded that SAS Nagar should not be delinked from the Chandigarh telephone circle as it will adversely affect trade and industry here.

Stop payment, says Mayor
Chandigarh, March 10
The Mayor of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, Mr Subash Chawla, today asked the Commissioner of the MC not to release payment for the populated area of Darshani Bagh on the basis of an assurance given to the MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, and Mr Chawla by the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Mr Virendra Singh, at a meeting held on March 2.

Now manure from organic kitchen waste
Chandigarh, March 10
Residents will now be able to convert their organic kitchen waste into manure in their backyards without worrying about pollution or stink. The Punjab State Council for Science and Technology has designed a portable system for converting organic household waste into manure through vermi-composting.

Leaf from history
An awe-inspiring cyclorama
Artists, too, make history and sometimes their craftsmanship matches that of the professional historian, and they bring life to leaves from history in ways unthought by historian. In the history of Chandigarh, the role of artists of various kinds has been considerable. Many of them have created artefacts whose artistry has been acknowledged worldwide.

Inside the Cyclorama of life
Inside the Cyclorama of life

A get-together with a difference
It is their camaraderie that brings them together again and again. The retired officers of almost all regiments and corps get-together periodically to renew their contacts. This an occasion when the veterans reminisce about their heydays of soldiering.

NRI’s view on Tenancy Act
I keep coming from U.K. to Chandigarh to look after my aged parents. I always return sadder after hearing about the miserable plight of relations of NRIs who have had the misfortune of acquiring properties for their sustenance back home. The tenants behave like de facto landlords whom they treat so shabbily.

Dharam Jagran Yatra reaches city
Chandigarh, March 10
The Dharam Jagran Yatra being taken out by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad reached here tonight from Punjab. Bajrang Dal activists received the members of the procession at the Sanatan Dharam Mandir, Sector 23.

Senior citizens hold meeting
Chandigarh, March 10
A meeting of the Senior Citizens Welfare Association, Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra, was held under the chairmanship of Mr Amrit Dhingra (president). Dr Rahul Kalra, a dental surgeon, apprised the members about the dental diseases and the necessary measures to be adopted in this regard.


8 held
Panchkula, March 10
The police arrested eight persons, Jagdish, Surendra, Harpal Singh, Afsan Hashmi, Raj Kishore, Sushil Kumar and Vikram Singh, on charges of drinking at a public place and seized eight bottles of liquor from them.


Independent faculty of architecture mooted
Chandigarh, March 10
An independent faculty of architecture and planning is in the process of being set up by Punjab University for controlling architecture courses being offered by colleges affiliated to it. In addition, a proposal to establish independent boards of study for different disciplines of architecture has also been mooted.

‘Archo-2003’ gets off to colourful start
Chandigarh, March 10
“Archo-2003”, the annual festival of the Chandigarh College of Architecture, got off to a colourful start here today. A number of inter-house contests, cultural events and display of artistic skills and sports are being organised as part of the festival.

Students of the College of Architecture participate in the face-paint competition at “Archo-2003” in Chandigarh on Monday.
— Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma
Students of the College of Architecture participate in the face-paint competition at "Archo-2003" in Chandigarh

3-day programme on corruption
Chandigarh, March 10
A three-day programme on “Towards a theory of corruption and its eradication” began at Panjab University here today. In his inaugural address, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, emphasised the need for identifying the parameters of corruption.

School World
About Afghanistan
A land-locked country, Afghanistan shares borders with Iran, Pakistan, China, India, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Approximately three quarters of its territory is inaccessible terrain.

Annual function
Chandigarh, March 10
An extravaganza of cultural items was presented by junior students of the Psycho Society of the Government College, Sector 46, on the second annual function held here today.


Notice issued to UT Adviser
Chandigarh, March 10
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, comprising the Chief Justice, Mr Justice B.K. Roy, and Mr Justice Swatantar Kumar, today issued a notice for March 12 to the Adviser to the UT Administrator on a writ petition filed by the Residents Welfare Association of Sector 37.

Remand for 3 Pak spies
Chandigarh, March 10
Three Pak spies — Abdul Wahid, Aabid Mehmood and Mohammad Arif — arrested by the UT police, were remanded in judicial custody till March 22 by a local court yesterday.


A poetess rooted in reality
Chandigarh, March 10
Surjit Kalsey might strike you as a very romantic person, but once you try to delve into her personality, you find that it is reality that sways her more than romanticism. Be it gender inequality or women’s sensitivity, they all find expression in Kalsey's writings.


Woodlands sports day
Chandigarh, March 10
Woodlands House School, Sector 8, Panchkula, today celebrated its annual sports day for pre-nursery and nursery children. As many as 200 children in the age-group two to four years took part in this meet. A cultural function was also held.

Octogenarian paddler still going strong
Chandigarh, March 10
An 87-year-old paddler CK Ramakrishnan from Chennai is here to participate in the 10th National Veterans TT tournament.
Ramakrishnan said he began playing TT in 1929 when wooden racquets and ‘Halex’, Diamond balls were in use. In those days, the number of tournaments was quite less

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