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Farmers block traffic

Chandigarh, March 11
Thousands of city residents and bus passengers coming from Ambala, Patiala and other towns had to face inconvenience here today as farmers blocked traffic near Kisan Bhavan for over three hours to hold a protest dharna.

Six farmer unions marching towards the Kisan Bhavan to hold a dharna in Chandigarh against the Punjab State Electricity Board, which has asked the regulatory commission to increase power tariff. — Tribune photos by Pankaj Sharma

Six farmer unions marching towards the Kisan Bhavan to hold a dharna in Chandigarh against the Punjab State Electricity Board

Put off by baratis, bride says no
Panchkula, March 11
Filmmakers can take a lesson or two from the 19-year-old illiterate girl of what commitment in love and marriage means. The girl refused to marry her beau of two years after his brothers and friends created a ruckus at their wedding on Sunday.


  Ram Darbar exchange develops snag
Chandigarh, March 11
Thousands of cellular and landline subscribers faced problems in getting connected today as the Ram Darbar telephone exchange developed snag in the morning. According to information available, the one of the transmission system, developed snag, causing problem in connectivity.

3-storeyed building collapses
SAS Nagar, March 11
A major tragedy was averted after a three-storey commercial complex (restaurant) being built in the Phase V market collapsed in the wee hours here today. Over 20 workers inside the building had a narrow escape as they had just vacated it.

An under-construction multi-storeyed building that collapsed in Phase V market in the wee hours of Tuesday in SAS Nagar.
— Photo Parvesh Chauhan
An under-construction multi-storeyed building that collapsed in Phase V market in the wee hours of Tuesday in SAS Nagar.

DSPs Sagar, Randhawa swapped
Chandigarh, March 11
Within less than two months of ordering a reshuffle of four DSPs, the Chandigarh Administration today transferred the DSP, Central, Mr SS Randhawa, and the DSP, South, Mr SC Sagar. As per the orders, both the DSPs are to swap places.

Cops told to get back in shape
Chandigarh, March 11
In a decision which is sending shivers down the spine of lethargic cops with bulging bellies, the top brass of the Chandigarh police has instructed the rank and file to undergo a special refresher course at the recruitment training centre at the Police Lines here.

Nation-building: NRIs can play vital role
Chandigarh, March 11
Members of Indian diaspora who moved to South East Asia long time back were in real sense the first multinationals. They travelled from Patliputra to nearby virgin and potential lands in search of better opportunities. Their immense cultural impact without any military involvement has been perhaps the only case of its type in human history, says Mr J.C. Sharma, Secretary, Policies, Consular Services and Diaspora in the Union Ministry of External Affairs.


New wildlife rescue centre in Bir Shikargah
Panchkula, March 11
The new rescue center for wild animals will be set up in the Bir Shikargah forests near Chandimandir by next month. The centre, earlier, located at Chandimandir , had closed down last year after the Army authorities had claimed back 20 acres of land allocated to it in the cantonment area.

Forest Dept staff not paid for 6 months
Chandigarh, March 11
The Haryana Forest Department Employees’ Union, in a memorandum submitted to Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, here today demanded the release of salaries of department employees, pending for the past six months. It lamented that employees had been forced to take the agitation path to press the government for the acceptance of their demands.

F&CC meeting postponed
Chandigarh, March 11
A special meeting of Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation slated for tomorrow has been postponed to Friday.

Kamla Sharma ‘should quit’
Chandigarh, March 11
Congress councillor Pardeep Chhabra today demanded the resignation of the Leader of the Opposition, Ms Kamla Sharma, from the Municipal Corporation for having approved the acquisition of populated areas of Darshani Bagh during her mayorship in 1997. Mr Chhabra said Ms Sharma had accused the Mayor, Subhash Chawla, of having written a letter for the acquisition of the land as a smokescreen for her “anti-poor” step.

Mann plays Holi with elderly
Chandigarh, March 11
The festival of colours came a little early for residents of the Old Age Home, Sector 15, as Punjabi pop singer-turned-producer-actor Babu Mann played Holi with them after releasing the music album of his debut film “Hawayein” at the Home here today.

Inmates of Old Age Home, Sector 15, play Holi with Babu Mann in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma
Inmates of Old Age Home, Sector 15, play Holi with Babu Mann in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Jacob likely to continue till May
Chandigarh, March 11
The Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R Jacob (retd.), is likely to continue in office till further orders. He is completing his five-years in office as Governor of Punjab on April 19.

Residents wait for approach road
Chandigarh, March 11
Residents of house numbers 426 to 431 of the Dhanas Milk Colony are paying for sticking to by-laws. They have no approach road, despite repeated requests to the authorities.

Mourning by stopping work
ATS off to Kalpana Chawla for achieving the rarest of the rare distinctions of becoming the first Indian woman astronaut to have gone into space twice. Her life profile shows that she was a perfectionist by nature who covered her long journey from Karnal to NASA to space by grit, determination and hard work. She gave life for her mission of revealing the mysteries of nature for the benefit of humanity at large. Her example is bound to inspire the generations to come.
  • Property prices boom

  • Bylaw violations

  • ‘School World’

  • Blood camp

  • Remedial steps

  • A balanced formula

  • Give concession

Glitz & glamour
No need to stay away from the world of colours on Holi
HE is not scratching her pretty little head with ivory chiseled, manicured, fingers, worrying about a safe hideout for staying away from the ruthless world of colours on Holi. Nay, not anymore.


Body found


Philips introduces Eye-Fi technology for CTVs
Chandigarh, March 11
When the consumer-durable companies are lamenting that despite freebies and discounts during the ongoing Cricket World Cup, their sales have not picked up, Philips India Ltd has decided to promote its Eye-Fi technology-based CTVs. Consequently, the sale has picked up substantially, says Ramandeep Singh Trehan, branch head, Consumer Electronics, Philips India Ltd.


948 get degrees at GCG-11 convocation
Chandigarh, March 11
The Government College for Girls, Sector 11, organised its annual convocation, in which as many as 923 graduates and 25 postgraduate students were awarded degrees.

Students of the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, after receiving their degrees at the college’s annual convocation in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

Students told about entrepreneurship 
Chandigarh, March 11
As many as 200 students of various trades of Industrial Training Institute, Sector 28, here participated in an ‘entrepreneurial awareness programme’ organised by the Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (RCED) at the institute today.

Students of Little Angels School, Sector 38, take part in fancy dress competition on the school premises on Tuesday.
Students of Little Angels School, Sector 38, take part in fancy dress competition on the school premises on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Software for engg aspirants
Chandigarh, March 11
A Sector 20 resident, Devinder Singh, has come up with a computer software kit to provide a “sharp edge” to students keen on embarking on an engineering career. Referred to as Smart Testing environment, the software kit is used to perform tests online. Students can take tests on the topic and level of difficulty of their own choosing and at the time they want.

Homoeo college course gets extension
Chandigarh, March 11
A committee set up by Panjab University has recommended that the Homoeopathic College and Hospital, Chandigarh should be granted extension in provisional affiliation for running the Bachelor of Homoeopathic System of Medicine (BHMS) Professional Course.

Simple machines


Court reserves order on Bhattal’s plea
Chandigarh, March 11
A local court today adjourned its order for tomorrow on an application moved by Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Punjab Agriculture Minister, for not allowing private counsel to appear on behalf of the complainant, Mr Balwant Singh Dhillon, in a case registered against her pertaining to alleged corruption and embezzlement of Rs 20 lakh.

4 file papers for DBA posts
Chandigarh, March 11
Four candidates today filed nomination paper for the post of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer of the District Bar Association. Those who filed nominations are: Mr Sajal Koser for the post of president, Mr Vijay Kumar Sharma for the post of vice-president, Satish Bhardwaj for the post of secretary, Harpreet Singh Hundal.


Salil, Aarthi perform at Baithak
Chandigarh, March 11
Two presentations — Mohan Veena by Salil V. Bhatt and bharatnatyam by Aarthi Shankar, were performed at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35, here, this evening. The occasion was 74th monthly Baithak programme of the Kendra.
Aarthi Shankar (left) and Salil Bhatt perform at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.
Aarthi Shankar (left) and Salil Bhatt perform at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph


Haryana, Delhi sail into last four
Chandigarh, March 11
Haryana, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Delhi Audit sailed into the last four of the Inter Zonal IA and AD Football Tournament being played here at the Sector 17 football ground.

  • TT tournament semis

  • Volleyball camp

  • Lifters’ rich haul

Bottoms Up Golf at Forest Hill
Chandigarh, March 11
Holi celebrations will start at Forest Hill Golf and Country Club on March 16 with Stroh's Bottoms Up 18-Hole Golf Tournament for golfers of all clubs of Chandigarh to test the skills of the golf addicts.


Shop raided
Chandigarh, March 11
In a late night development, Income Tax officials descended upon a Sector 22 chemist shop "for carrying out a detailed survey".


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