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Areas near slum colonies to be developed
Panchkula, March 30
The Haryana Urban Development Authority and the State Town and Country Planning Department are all set to develop areas in Sector 17, adjacent to the biggest slum colonies here by carving out residential plots.

VAT to hit consumers hard
Chandigarh, March 30
By deciding to put off for the time being the implementation of the Value-Added Tax (VAT) regime with effect from April 1, the Government of Punjab and the UT Administration may have temporarily avoided facing a potentially explosive issue which touches the common man, but the trading community is under no illusion that given the new economic scenario in the country, it will have to learn to live with VAT sooner than later.

Auto-rickshaw owners resent Admn move
Chandigarh, March 30
The seriousness of the Chandigarh Administration in banning highly-polluting vehicles can be gauged from the fact that from now such diesel-run models of auto-rickshaws will be allowed to run on the roads, which are not permitted in cities like Delhi.




PU student commits suicide
Chandigarh, March 30
A 21-year-old student of the Punjabi Department, Panjab University, died after he fell off the balcony of a room at the second floor of Boys Hostel No. 5 in the university complex here this evening. The victim, a student of MA-II (Punjabi), had reportedly consumed some poisonous substance before he fell off the balcony. A chair on which the victim fell has been taken into its possession by the police. A bottle of some poisonous substance and a suicide note written by the victim was found lying in the room.

Students show the balcony of a room on the second floor of Boys Hostel No. 5 at Panjab University from where Manjot, an MA-II (Punjabi) student, fell off. — A Tribune photograph
Students show the balcony of a room on the second floor of Boys Hostel No. 5 at Panjab University from where Manjot, an MA-II (Punjabi) student, fell off.

PU budget passed
Chandigarh, March 30
The annual budget of Panjab University with hardly any significant changes. This year as expected more than 80 per cent of the total budget expenditure is on the salary alone. The “budget of constraints” has very little resources earmarked for any development activity which was voiced by a number of the Senate members at a meeting held here today.

Khushboo, Swati, Shiv top Middle exam
Chandigarh, March 30
The results of the Middle Standard Examination, conducted by the UT Education Department in February, 2003, have been declared. The detailed results will be available tomorrow.

‘USA has underestimated Iraq’
Chandigarh, March 30
The ongoing Iraq war may seem distant to an average Indian, but there are many who are following it with great interest and concern. Nowhere is it as great as it is in the armed forces and the vast community of ex-servicemen.

Liquor vends may move to SCOs
Chandigarh, March 30
City residents can heave a sigh of relief. The Chandigarh Administration is finally working to remove the ugly looking liquor vends and ahatas functioning from tin sheds in various places across the city.


WORK in government offices in Chandigarh — as also Punjab, Haryana and Himachal will come to a standstill for almost 10 days from April 11 to 20 on account of various festivals and other gazetted holidays. The holidays are April 11 (Ram Navami), 12 and 13 (Saturday and Sunday), 14 (Dr Ambedkar’s birthday). 15 (Mahavir Jayanti), 18 (Good Friday), 19 and 20 (Saturday and Sunday).
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Dr Jagir Singh Local ragi gets prestigious award
Chandigarh, March 30
Local ragi Dr Jagir Singh has become the first ragi from the city to be honoured with the coveted Central Sangeet Natak Akademi award, initiated in the category of Gurbani Kirtan. Interestingly, it is the first time that the Akademi has presented an award in the category of Gurbani Kirtan. Meanwhile, Sharayu Kelkar, also from city, has been selected for the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi award in the category of Hindustani classical music.

Fresh snow, rain revive cold wave
Shimla, March 30
The intense cold wave sweeping mid and higher hills of Himachal Pradesh continued unabated today as the higher reaches of tribal areas and high mountain passes experienced another spell of heavy snowfall while the mid and lower hills were lashed by widespread rains.

Slight drizzle in city
Chandigarh, March 30
Overcast conditions and a slight drizzle in the city and its surrounding areas resulted in pleasant weather conditions throughout the day. The city recorded a day time maximum temperature of 29.6° Celsius, one degree below the normal average for this time of the year.

The pilgrim’s progress
The pilgrim’s progress: A sage walks on a windswept day on a Chandigarh road on Sunday. — Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

Commuter’s death: mystery deepens
Chandigarh, March 30
The body of a 37-year-old typist of Ropar, Budh Ram, was found near Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Sector 25 here yesterday under mysterious circumstances. It is learnt that Budh Ram died in an accident while commuting in a CTU bus plying on the Chandigarh-Kharar route.

Gurbachan Singh is NCP chief
Chandigarh, March 30
The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chandigarh unit of the Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) here today: president — Mr Gurbachan Singh; vice-presidents — Mr Raminder Pal Singh, Mr M.R.Premi, Ms Darshan Kaur; general secretaries — Mr Sham Lal Kanoujia, Mr G.C.Dhadwal, and Mr Jaspal Singh; secretaries — Mr Ramesh Chand, Ms Asha Gupta, Ms Sarla Gupta; treasurer — Mr V.K.Gupta; and executive members — Mr Ashok Bector, Ms Surjit Kaur, Mr Vishwa Bandhu Sharma and Mr Shakil Ahmed.

Pandher panel sweeps Press Club poll
Chandigarh, March 30
A nine-member panel, led by Mr Sarabjit Pandher, swept the annual poll of the Chandigarh Press Club today by winning all seats to the governing council. Mr Pandher was re-elected as President by polling 203 votes. He defeated his rival Mr Naresh Kaushal who polled 157 votes.

Environment awareness programme
Chandigarh, March 30
The Society for Social Health organised an environment awareness programme in Colony No 4, in collaboration with Environment Society of India, here today.

Kajheri residents protest land acquisition
Chandigarh, March 30
About 1500 residents of Kajheri village gathered here this evening to launch their protest against land acquisition in the village. The residents were mostly from the 450 families whose houses are affected by the move.

Narrow escape for bus passengers
SAS Nagar, March 30
Passengers travelling in a Punjab Roadways bus from Kharar to SAS Nagar escaped with minor injuries when the bus skidded and fell into a ditch close to the Balongi bridge on the Chandigarh-Kharar road last night.

Providential escape: The bus which fell into a khud at Balongi on the Chandigarh-Kharar road on Saturday night. Passengers escaped with minor injuries.
Providential escape


ASI beaten up by mistake
Chandigarh, March 30
Sukhwinder Singh (17) who was arrested yesterday near Shastri Market, in Sector 22, for snatching a mobile of a Sector-15 woman, Ms Pooja Mittal was today sent to juvenile home by the juvenile court.


Gram Shri attracting huge crowds
Chandigarh, March 30
The Gram Shri exhibition of rural handicrafts and technologies organised at Circus Ground here is attracting huge crowds. The exhibition is being organised by Jindal Trust, Nabha, and sponsored by the Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Rural Development. The exhibition will continue till April 6.


Future of libraries discussed
Chandigarh, March 30
One government college and one government school library will be kept open for use of the general public in the neighbourhood as an experiment to encourage city residents to read more books.

Sanjay Public School Chandigarh

Shaping personalities and lives
AMONG the prominent educational institutions that Chandigarh can boast of Sanjay Public School occupies a place of pride. The immense service that this school has rendered to the student community in academic, sports and socio-cultural spheres, is hard to access.

A view of the Sanjay Public School, Sector 44 Chandigarh

A view of the Sanjay Public School, Sector 44 Chandigarh

Tunnel vision
NY path is only a path and there is no affront to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you. One should look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as one thinks necessary. Then ask yourself and yourself alone, one question… Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good: if it does not, it is of no use.


Doctors lay stress on improving vaccines
Chandigarh, March 30
Contrary to government claims that 80 per cent of children are covered under the National Immunisation programme, independent surveys have put this figure at a mere 42 per cent.

Disabled, yet living life to fullest
Chandigarh, march 30
Trying to live every moment of her life to the fullest, despite suffering from muscular dystrophy, a rare genetic disorder, leading to disability, Jaswinder went through hell for 13 years as her marriage broke and she went into depression.


Sunny, Kamaldeep take lead in SJOBA rally
Chandigarh, March 30
The second day of the 16th St. John’s Old Boys Association (SJOBA) Sub-Himalayan Thunderbolt Rally saw the duo of Sunny Sidhu and Kamaldeep taking the lead in their white Gypsy in the Jeep category. They were the first to reach St. John’s High School, Sector 26, venue of the rally, at 3.16 pm. The provisional results of the rally were declared this evening.

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Tough task ahead for COA
Chandigarh, March 30
The newly elected Chandigarh Olympic Association team has a tough task to uplift sports in the city as promised by President Rana Gurmit Sodhi last evening. The COA will have to start from scratch as the COA has a meagre balance of Rs 2,000 in its kitty.


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