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Siti Cable reporter dies in accident
Chandigarh, March 22
A 25-year-old woman reporter with a local cable TV network, Siti Cable, died after being crushed under a rear wheel of a school bus near Kajehri village in Sector 42 here this morning. 
Police officials examine the spot where Simmi Marwaha was crushed to death by a school bus in Sector 42 Police officials examine the spot where Simmi Marwaha was crushed to death by a school bus in Sector 42 on Saturday; and (inset) a file photo of the victim. — A Tribune photograph

No headway in judge’s son beating case
Chandigarh, March 22
In the case of a son of a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court being assaulted near the Sector 8 gurdwara last evening, the Chandigarh Police is yet to make any arrests.


Crucial Senate meeting on March 30
Chandigarh, March 22
Recommendations of the Panjab University's Board of Finance, appointment of the Dean, University Instruction, and the inquiry against finance and development officer M.G. Sharma are among the major issues to be debated upon during the meeting of the university Senate on March 30.

Police-thief connivance alleged
Chandigarh, March 22
Alleging police connivance in letting off the thieves involved in the theft of a car from Sector 12-A, Panchkula, infuriated residents of the area staged a protest at the police barrier on Zirakpur-Kalka Highway, late in the night.

Flexi fares have come to stay: IA CMD
Chandigarh, March 22
“The response to flexi or apex fares introduced by the civil aviation industry in December, 2001, has been overwhelming as on an average as many as 1,000 to 1,500 travel on Indian Airlines planes on these fares every day,” says Mr Sunil Arora, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Indian Airlines.

Travel at old fares till March 31
Chandigarh, March 22
The announcement about an immediate 15 per cent hike in domestic air fares notwithstanding, Indian Airlines has announced that any passenger who buys tickets on or before March 25 and starts journey on or before March 31 will be charged old fares.

Panchkula couple’s sons stranded in Gulf
Panchkula, March 22
For Mr Kidar Nath and his wife, Mrs Kamla Rani, residents of Sector 16 here, life has suddenly come to a standstill. With the US-led coalition forces having attacked Iraq on the night of March 20 thus beginning the second Iraq war, their retired and easy life here is once again beset with anxiety for their two sons settled in a small town on the Iraq- Kuwait border.

Kapil Dev and his wife, Sangeeta, in a file photo taken at their Salmia house in Kuwait.
Kapil Dev and his wife, Sangeeta, in a file photo taken at their Salmia house in Kuwait.

Call for protests against war
Chandigarh, March 22
The All-India People’s Resistance Forum has called upon the people to raise their voice against the unjust American war on Iraq. Dr Darshan Pal, president of the forum, in a statement issued here today said the people all over the world had been holding demonstrations against this war. In India, people should exhibit solidarity with Iraq and should build up pressure on the USA to stop the war.

SAD rally against US action
Chandigarh, March 22
The local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal today held a protest rally to condemn the aggressive action of the USA on Iraq. Demanding immediate stoppage of war and providing all possible humanitarian assistance to the people of Iraq, Mr N.S. Minhas, president of the unit, said the USA had violated all norms in connivance with a handful of allies.

Activists of the local unit of SAD protest against US attack on Iraq in Chandigarh on Saturday.—  A Tribune photograph
Activists of the local unit of SAD protest against US attack on Iraq in Chandigarh

Chandigarh decks up for battle royale
ll you cricket buffs eager to watch the men-in-blue crush the Kangaroos for bringing home the World Cup, don't just repose on comfortable sofa sets in front of the television, pressing the remote control keys with anxious fingers, waiting for the action. Go, get up. Pick up the phone, now.

Good luck India


Orders not to acquire Darshani Bagh areas: BJP
Chandigarh, March 22
The president of the local unit of the BJP, Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, has claimed that the Governor of Punjab and Administrator of the UT Chandigarh, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), has ordered not to acquire the populated areas of Darshani Bagh, Mani Majra, and issued instructions to the Adviser to issue a notification regarding this.

Bhagat Singh remembered

Chandigarh, March 22
The Chandigarh unit of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front took out a procession through various sectors of Chandigarh to commemorate the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. Members of the front, wearing saffron turbans and carrying national flags, passed through various sectors on motor cycles.

Members of the All India Anti-Terrorist Front take oath to follow the path shown by Shaheed Bhagat Singh in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Members of the All India Anti-Terrorist Front take oath to follow the path shown by Shaheed Bhagat Singh

Cops to take special care of aged
Chandigarh, March 22
The Chandigarh Police will be taking extra care of senior citizens in the city. Acknowledging the fact that aged persons were victims of fraudulent dealings, physical and emotional abuse, and easy preys for unscrupulous elements, the Station House Officer (SHO’s) were on Thursday asked to interact with senior citizens directly and through the resident welfare associations.

Scheme amended
Chandigarh, March 22
The Chandigarh Housing Board has made some amendments in the scheme for allotment of flats to the disabled. The last date for receipt of applications under the scheme has been extended from March 31 to April 30.

Woman sustains burn injuries


170 crates of liquor seized
Chandigarh, March 22
In a major haul of liquor, a police party from the Darua police post today seized a truck carrying 170 crates of liquor being taken to Mauli Jagran. At lease four persons have been arrested under the Excise Act.

Judicial remand for Pinjore resident
Panchkula, March 22
A resident of Abdulapur, Pinjore, Jaspreet Singh, who has been accused of attempt to murder was today remanded in judicial custody till April 5 by a local court here today.

3 hurt in clash
Chandigarh, March 22
In a clash between two groups in Colony No 5 here, at least three persons, including a woman, received injuries. The injured were rushed to the GMCH, Sector 32. According to information, members of a community were playing cricket on land adjoining the colony.


Students get degrees
Panchkula, March 22
The township is growing and soon it will have better education facilities with a view to minimising the gap in this sector with Chandigarh. The Haryana Government is making all-out efforts in this regard, said Mr D.S. Dhesi, Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Haryana, while presiding over the convocation function of Government College, Panchkula, today.
Students of Government College, Panchkula, get degrees
Students of Government College, Panchkula, get degrees at their convocation function on Saturday. —  A Tribune photograph

175 get degrees, prizes
Chandigarh, March 22
As many as 175 students of Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, received degrees and prizes during the annual convocation and prize distribution function organised here today. The UT Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. Ramsekhar, was the chief guest on the occasion and delivered the convocation address.
Smiles galore, of course. But do certificates fetch jobs with any degree of chance? — A Tribune photo
Smiles galore, of course

250 students get prizes
SAS Nagar, March 22
The annual prize distribution function of Government College was held here today. Dr S.K. Vashisht, Principal, Government College, Malerkotla, was the chief guest. Addressing students, he said they should recognise themselves in this fast-changing scenario.

Kids form human chain
Chandigarh, march 22
As part of the ongoing initiatives to increase eyecare awareness, schoolchildren on the occasion of World Optometry Day today formed a human chain in the shape of an eye in Sector 17.

Students remember martyrs
Panchkula, March 22
Students and staff of the BRS Institute of Medical Sciences, Kot Billa, paid homage to martyrs Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev, on the eve of their martyrdom day today.


25 cases settled at lok adalat
Chandigarh, March 22
Twentyfive cases were settled and an amount of Rs 13, 39, 485 lakh was recovered from defaulters at a special lok adalat organised by the UT State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) in Sector 9 here today.

IT officers told to pay Rs 10,000
Chandigarh, March 22
Coming down heavily on the Income Tax authorities while pronouncing orders on a petition alleging the demand of bribe by officials for “not opening” a case, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has imposed costs of Rs 10,000 “to be paid personally in equal shares by an Assessing Officer and another officer who granted sanction” for going ahead in the matter.

2 students get police remand
Chandigarh, March 22
The two students — Kawarpreet and Summet — who were arrested by the UT police in a case of impersonation, were today remanded in police custody by a local court. A student of Guru Gobind Singh Collegiate Public School in Sector 26 here, Kawarpreet Singh had been arrested for allowing another student, Sumeet Upadhay, to appear on his behalf in the CBSE class XII examination.


Esha Deol all the way
FH Rave and Pantaloon have jointly come up with their latest production ‘Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne’ which opened yesterday all over and at Neelam (Chandigarh) and Suraj (Panchkula).

Mamata leaves an enraptured audience
Chandigarh, March 22
Mamata Shankar, the illustrious daughter of illustrious parents (dancers Uday Shankar and Amala Shankar) has added a new dimension to contemporary dance in India. Following in the footsteps of her father, who pioneered the ballet movement in the country, Mamata has evolved her own style and language to present varied themes through dance.


Workshop on PNDT Act concludes
Panchkula, March 22
A two-day training workshop on the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1994, (PNDT Act) ended today. The authorities concerned from Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh attended it. The workshop was aimed at checking female foeticide.

Acute shortage of anaesthesiologists
Chandigarh, March 22
Even as the demand for anaesthesiology services outside the operating room is steadily increasing, there is an acute shortage of anaesthesiologists in the country. As against a requirement of one lakh, there are only 25,000 professionals in the field.

Research Award for PGI Professor
Chandigarh, march 22
Prof Pratibha Singhi, Paediatrics Department, PGI, has been awarded Asian Research Award in recognition of her contribution to advancements in understanding infantile seizures.


Beyant joins Total Tennis Academy
Chandigarh, March 22
Wing Commander Beyant Singh (retd) has joined the Total Tennis Academy as its chief coach at the YMCA centre. The academy runs three centres in Chandigarh and Panchkula having more than 200 trainees on its roll.


Disabled to get booths at concessional rate
Chandigarh, March 22
The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today approved a policy to give 50 per cent concession in the reserve price of land for booths to be allotted to disabled persons. With this, Chandigarh becomes the first city in the country to offer such concessions to the disabled.


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