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Jerath’s response to fresh FIR
Chandigarh, March 27
The registration of a fresh FIR about two weeks ago against Mr K.K. Jerath, former Chief Engineer of the UT Administration, nearly six years after an anonymous complaint was received by the Administration has raised more questions than it has answered.

Special concessions for PU students
Chandigarh, March 27
Panjab University will give a special concession to students of honours schools in the undergraduate classes in affiliated colleges from the forthcoming annual examinations. Students who could not pass the honours subject examination in the second and third-year classes can avail of the chance from the forthcoming examinations. Students opting for the honours school in affiliated colleges offer the subjects only in the second and third years.



Estate Office seeks non-existent transfer fee
Chandigarh, March 27
And old couple is being reportedly harassed by the Estate Office. The couple, Mr Kashmiri Lal and his wife Mrs Phula Devi, own a shop-cum-office in Sector 31. The SCO is in the name of Mrs Phula Devi.

OSD to Sushma in great demand
Chandigarh, March 27
Nobody in the PGI, not even the Director himself, is as sought after as the recently-appointed Officer on Special Duty to the Union Health Minister, Mrs Sushma Swaraj, who runs his office permanently sitting at PGI.

Outcry against Bush war
Chandigarh, March 27
The local unit of the Congress, led by MP Pawan Bansal and the Punjab Human Rights Organisation here today burnt effigies of the US President George W Bush and British Premier Tony Blair to protest ‘unilateral’ war on Iraq.

Members of various organisations burn an effigy of US President George Bush to protest against the Iraq war in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

Members of various organisations burn an effigy of US President George Bush to protest against the Iraq war in Sector 17, Chandigarh


Jacob asks Admn to update emergency services
Chandigarh, March 27
The UT Administrator, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd) today asked his Adviser, Mr Virendra Singh, to work out a centralised ambulance requisition system.
Attendants of the patients at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, narrated this problem to General Jacob when he made an unannounced visit to the hospital last night. 

Liquor goes cheap
Chandigarh, March 27
Once again, it is time for Bacchus lovers in the city to enjoy whisky and beer at low rates. Due to the annual stock clearance sale by liquor traders, all brands of whisky are available at discount, which varies between 30 per cent and 40 per cent. The variation is on account off brand pricing.

City dodges VAT for a while
Chandigarh, March 27
The Chandigarh Administration will not implement the much criticised Value Added Tax regime in the city on the scheduled date of April 1. Well placed sources told Chandigarh Tribune that VAT will not be implemented in Chandigarh from the scheduled date. However, this does not mean that implementation of VAT has been put off indefinitely, they added.

HUDA nets over Rs 4 cr in auction
Panchkula, March 27
The Haryana Urban Development Authority netted Rs 4.62 crore during an auction of 117 commercial sites in various parts of the town yesterday. The auction of these booth sites, built-up booths, double-storeyed shop sites, shop-cum-offices and showrooms in Sectors 16, 19, 20, 21 and 26 and Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, got a lukewarm response.

Construction stopped on IAF request
Chandigarh, March 27
Replying to a question in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha today with regard to the ban on construction within the municipal limits of Zirakpur, Chowdhary Jagjit Singh, Punjab Local Bodies Minister, said this had been done on the basis of a letter to the state government by the Air Force Station, Chandigarh.

MC order on clearance of debris
Chandigarh, March 27
Either get the debris lying in front of your house lifted through the municipal corporation at a nominal charge of Rs 50 upto 25 cubic feet and Rs 2 per cubic feet above that or face double the charges along with a penalty of Rs 500. An order to this effect has been notified by the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, invoking its newly enacted provision.

Passport makes 23-yr-old an infant
Chandigarh, March 27
Slipshod work of clerks at the Regional Passport Office here has not only caused inconvenience to a 23-year-old youth from Yamunanagar but can also land him into trouble.


Man succumbs to injuries
Mullanpur-Garibdass, March 27
A 60-year old farmer of Mullanpur-Garibdass village, Hari Singh, who had allegedly been beaten up by his neighbours, succumbed to his injuries at the Kharar Civil Hospital this evening. Hari Singh, in his police statement, reportedly named Swaroop Singh, his two sons Surinder Singh and Sucha Singh and grandson Tejinder Singh.

Three booked
Panchkula, March 27
The police has booked a bank manager — Mr Manmohan Singh, and two others — Mr K.D. Sharma and Mr Anil Sharma, on the charge of defrauding the Land Development Bank of Rs 50,000 and the Central Cooperative Bank of Rs 1.8 lakh after preparing forged documents for seeking bank loans.

Ex-Mayor’s mobile snatched
Chandigarh, March 27
Two unidentified scooterists tonight snatched a GSM mobile phone from former Mayor Harjinder Kaur on the slip road between Sectors 22 and 35. “I stopped on the way to ring up a friend to find out a shop and two persons came on a scooter and snatched my Panasonic mobile phone,” Ms Harjinder Kaur told Chandigarh Tribune tonight.

Rs 3 lakh stolen from car
Chandigarh, March 27
A briefcase containing Rs 3 lakh belonging to Mr Kulwant Singh, a scrap dealer and resident of SAS Nagar, was allegedly stolen from his Honda City car in Sector 30 here this evening.

Four AWOL  commandos arrested
SAS Nagar, March 27
The police here today arrested four commandos from the III Commando Battalion, serving in the Commando Complex, Phase X, for being absent from duty for over two months.



Common syllabus for science courses soon
Chandigarh, March 27
A common syllabus for undergraduate science courses has been recommended for all colleges of Chandigarh and Punjab regardless of their affiliation with different universities. The undergraduate board of studies for respective studies has formulated the syllabus.

260 students get degrees
Chandigarh, March 27
As many as 260 students of Guru Gobind Singh College for Women were awarded degrees at the college’s annual convocation, held here today. The Adviser to the UT Administrator, Mr Virendra Singh, was the chief guest.

Students of Guru Gobind Singh College for Women during their annual convocation in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan

Students of Guru Gobind Singh College for Women during their annual convocation in Chandigarh

‘Sadbhavana divas’ at PU
Chandigarh,, March 27
The ‘sadbhavana divas’ organised by the Panjab University Non Teaching Employees Federation here today was well attended by the staff as well as students on the campus.

Women prepare ‘langar’ on ‘sadbhavna divas’ organised by the Panjab University Non-Teaching Employees Federation in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Photo Pankaj Sharma

Women prepare ‘langar’ on ‘sadbhavna divas’ organised by the Panjab University Non-Teaching Employees Federation in Chandigarh

Workshop on analytical instrumentation
Chandigarh, March 27
A three-day workshop on analytical instrumentation was inaugurated at the Regional Instrumentation Centre of Panjab University by Dr Jujhar Singh, director of Morepen Laboratories, Parwanoo, here yesterday.

Himalayan fault lines
Chandigarh, March 27
A review of the broad physiographic features of South Asia was central to the lecture by Prof P.K. Verma at Panjab University here today.
Professor Verma, an earth scientist from Delhi University, delivered the M.R. Sahni Memorial Lecture organised by the Department of Geology.


Production of fingerprints sought
Chandigarh, March 27
The defence counsel for the accused alleged to be involved in the Beant Singh assassination case today pleaded for the production of photographs of the fingerprints of the accused taken by the CBI while arguing in a special court room in Model Burail Jail today.


The show goes on and on
Chandigarh, March 27
Regarded extremely significant in the theatre circles, World Theatre Day is looked upon as an opportunity for theatre people to focus attention on the force of the performing arts and the creative verve that stems from the collective creative act.

Subhash Ghai back with action, humour
ubhash Ghai, the showman famous for 70 mm melodramas, is back after producing “Rahul” with his banner Mukta Arts Limited’s “Ek Aur Ek Gyarah” which will hit the screen today all over and at Picaddily, Chandigarh and KC, Panchkula.


Process to select GMCH chief set in motion
Chandigarh, March 27
The process to select the new Director Principal of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, has begun, with the Chandigarh Administration inviting applications from senior doctors in Punjab and Haryana, besides the PGI.

Union writes to CVC, minister
Chandigarh, March 27
With the controversy surrounding the selections and promotions at the PGI refusing to die down, the PGI Employees Union has written to the Chief Vigilance Commissioner, CBI, and the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, detailing the alleged irregularities at the institute.

Nishchey wins tennis title
Chandigarh, March 27
Nishchey Rawal bagged the under-10 title in the Mount Carmel Total Tennis circuit for juniors which concluded here this evening in Sector 47. Mr Satinderjit Jit Singh, Additional Commissioner, Excise and Customs, gave away the prizes.


Winners of Mount Carmel Total Tennis Tournament with their prizes at Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, in Chandigarh on Thursday. —  A Tribune photograph

Winners of Mount Carmel Total Tennis Tournament with their prizes at Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, in Chandigarh

Tiger sees future for wrestling
Chandigarh, March 27
Tiger Jeet Singh, the multi-millionaire non-resident Indian based in Canada and man associated with wrestling, has reiterated his commitment to work for the growth of wrestling in India. Tiger Jeet, whose real name is Jagjit Singh Hans, was here in the city for few hours this evening on his way to Ludhiana.


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