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Congress wins MC poll
Dera Bassi, March 12
The Congress here today wrested the Dera Bassi Municipal Council from the SAD-BJP alliance, winning eight of the 13 seats. Counting was conducted for 12 wards today amid tight security at the local community centre. Of the 12 results declared, candidates belonging to the Congress won eight seats while the SAD-BJP alliance could win only four seats.
Congress candidates are all smiles after winning the Dera Bassi Municipal Council elections on Wednesday. Congress candidates are all smiles after winning the Dera Bassi Municipal Council elections on Wednesday.
— A Tribune photograph

Five die as car, bus collide 
The remains of the car which collided with a bus, leaving its five occupants dead on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala highway near Dera BassiDera Bassi, March 12
In a head-on collision between a car and a Haryana Roadways bus the five car occupants died on the spot at Jawaharpur village on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala highway near here today.

The remains of the car which collided with a bus, leaving its five occupants dead on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala highway near Dera Bassi on Wednesday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan




Man dies in cylinder blast
Chandigarh, March 12
A man was killed and another seriously injured when an oxygen cylinder used for welding burst in the Industrial Area, Phase-II, here this morning.

Minor girl found murdered
The wailing mother of Priyanka (inset), who was found murdered at her residence at Darua village in Chandigarh on Wednesday.Chandigarh, March 12
A minor girl, Priyanka, was found murdered in her one-room set house at Darua village near the railway station here today. The police did not find any apparent sign of an attempt to outrage the modesty of Priyanka or that of theft in the house.

The wailing mother of Priyanka (inset), who was found murdered at her residence at Darua village in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
— Photo Pankaj Sharma

UT to have new DC
Chandigarh, March 12
Chandigarh will soon have a new Deputy Commissioner (DC). The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has reportedly decided on Mr Arun Kumar, a 1989-batch Haryana cadre IAS officer, for the post.

Key elements not in UT relief package
Chandigarh, March 12
The long fight of victims of terrorism and police action has goaded the Chandigarh Administration to finalise a compensation package on the Punjab pattern. However, the crucial elements of providing a job to the family members of the affected and a committee to assess the damage enunciated in the Punjab policy are missing from the UT government order making the victims feel the battle is only half won.

FCI team prevented from entering warehouse
Chandigarh, March 12
Members of the FCI State Consultative Committee who had gone today to check the FCI stocks at the central warehouse were prevented from entering the premises by officials of the warehouse on the plea that the FCI officials were not accompanying the team. The team had gone there to take samples of foodgrain stocks and to check the movement of stocks.


New Mohali STD codes from March 15
Chandigarh, March 12
The STD code of SAS Nagar BSNL landline subscribers will change to 0160 with effect from March 15, midnight, besides addition of ‘2’ before the number. The telephone subscribers of Panchkula also would be soon delinked from Chandigarh circle of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), following the suit of SAS Nagar.

Bir Devinder takes up cudgels for Mohali residents
SAS Nagar, March 12
The Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, today called for a stay on the decision to introduce a new STD code for the town and demanded that the matter should be reconsidered.

A damaged road in Sector 35-C, Chandigarh.Mayor’s surprise check in Sec-35
Chandigarh, March 12
The Mayor of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, Mr Subash Chawla, along with senior officials of the MC made a surprise check of the lane on the rear end of hotels in Sector-35C here late in the evening.

A damaged road in Sector 35-C, Chandigarh.
— A Tribune photograph

Farmers keen to stall power tariff hike
Chandigarh, March 12
Encouraged by the Central Government’s decision to withdraw the hike in the prices of fertilisers, farmers’ unions of Punjab are determined to stall the increase in power tariff in the state with effect from April 1 this year.

Raising Day celebrations end
Chandigarh, March 12
The two-day 36th Raising Day celebrations of the 102 Infantry Battalion of the Territorial Army concluded at Kalka, near here, today.

IT camp held
Chandigarh, March 12
As part of its efforts to bring more and more people in the income tax net, the Income Tax Department has launched a door-to-door survey in the city. Today, a team of department officials led by Ms Pushpa Sharma, ITO, visited the Bajwara Rehri Market of Sector 22, to mobilise the shopkeepers to file their returns.

A hit joint for vegetarians
SAS Nagar, March 12
Hungry Hunter. The name flashes images of a cowboy. A Sam from the West. Well, it is literally so. Mr Onkar Singh, an NRI from California, has brought the name from the US of A and tried to replicate his experience in Mohali.



Couple killed in mishap
Raipur Rani (Panchkula), March 12
A couple died on the spot while their four children sustained injuries when the car in which they were travelling was hit by an unidentified vehicle at Golpura village on the Panchkula-Naraingarh road, near here, last night.
  • 9 women booked

  • Construction case

  • 3 thefts reported

  • 2 hurt in mishaps

  • Three arrested

  • Bid to steal car

Three booked for abduction
Kharar, March 12
The police has booked Lali of Landran village, Dalbaro of Chuhad Majra village and Nirpal Singh of Majat village on the charge of abducting and inducing a married woman, Gurvinder Kaur, to remarry.


A view of the Sector 20-C and 20-D market.MARKET SPOTLIGHT 20-C and 20-D
Where wholesalers, retailers offer you the best deal
It claims to offer the best deal if you think of dressing yourself up. Whether it is the price or variety in cloth, the market is confident of competing with Sectors 17 and 22.

A view of the Sector 20-C and 20-D market.
— Photo Manoj Mahajan


PU teachers on mass leave today
Chandigarh, March 12
All teachers of Panjab University will proceed on a day’s casual leave on March 13 in protest against the ‘callous’ attitude of the university authorities towards their demands.

  • Fellowships for PU students

Fine arts course for physically, mentally challenged 
Chandigarh, March 12
A special diploma course in fine arts for speech-and-hearing-impaired persons is being introduced at Government College of Arts, here. Provisions will also be made to accommodate mentally challenged persons in the course.

Students of SGGS College, Sector 26, at their annual convocation in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
333 SGGSC students get degrees
Chandigarh, March 12
The 34th annual convocation of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, was organised here today in which as many as 333 students were awarded degrees. The Registrar of Panjab University, Prof Paramjit Singh, was the chief guest and delivered the convocation address.

Students of SGGS College, Sector 26, at their annual convocation in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan
  • Arts college function

  • Seminar

  • Blood donation camp

  • Seminar on women

Moms join kids in taking exams
Chandigarh, March 12
Around 46 mothers joined their children in taking the two-day Hindi, mathematics and general knowledge exams at the Government High School, Sector 29, yesterday. They took written and oral tests.

ords can be likened to wings. Unless you have the power of words your flight to success will remain restricted.. In this world governed by wisdom, language is your only key to the door that opens to destiny.


Court allows Bhattal’s plea
Chandigarh, March 12
A plea 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, was today allowed by a local court in a case registered against her pertaining to alleged corruption and embezzlement of Rs 20 lakh.

4-yr RI for city resident



Odissi’s grace and vigour brought alive
Dancers of the Udayan Cultural Academy, Shree Jagannath Puri, perform at an evening of Chandigarh, March 12
As always, the Pracheen Kala Kendra lived up to its reputation of showcasing tradition at its best. In attendance at Tagore Theatre this evening was a troupe of delightful Odissi performers who, on the one hand, reflected the grandeur of the ancient dance form through pure sequences and on the other displayed the critical balance of body and spirit by performing awesome feats.

Dancers of the Udayan Cultural Academy, Shree Jagannath Puri, perform at an evening of 
festivity dedicated to Lord Jagannath Puri organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph


Trauma services: teaching programme mooted
Chandigarh, march 12
With facilities for trauma patients in India being virtually non-existent, Toledo Hospital, Ohio (USA), is keen to start a teaching programme at the PGI as part of worldwide efforts being made by the American College of Surgeons to provide best possible medical care during emergency.



Harish reaches last eight in TT
Chandigarh, March 12
Harish Kumar of Chandigarh has made it to the last eight of the men's singles event of the North Zone IA & AD Table Tennis Tournament being played here at the Sector 23 TT hall. Harish overpowered Prashand of Delhi in three straight games.

  • Football tourney

  • Chandigarh games


Building collapse: demolition ordered 
SAS Nagar, March 12
The administration today ordered the complete demolition of the building that collapsed yesterday in one of SAS Nagar’s busiest markets. This three-storeyed commercial complex in Phase V, allegedly being built in violation of building norms, had been declared unsafe yesterday.

SSC dates for physical test
Chandigarh, March 12
The Staff Selection Commission, North-Western Region, Chandigarh (SSC-NWR) has announced the dates for the physical efficiency test (PET) for those candidates who have qualified the Central Police Organisation (Sub-Inspector) examination 2002 held on January 12, 2003.

UT powermen strike on March 26

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