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Class XI student commits suicide
Chandigarh, March 31
A 17-year-old girl student of Government Model High School in Sector 10 here today took the extreme step of ending her life after she failed in her class XI ( science stream) annual examinations. 

PU announces fee hike in courses by 10 pc
Chandigarh, March 31
Panjab University has decided to hike by 10 per cent the fees and funds for classes on the campus from the forthcoming academic session. 

Traders hold protest against VAT
Members of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal burn copies of VATChandigarh, March 31
Traders from all over the city gathered in Sector 17 in protest against the imposition of Value Added Tax.

Members of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal burn copies of VAT in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph



Probe sought into Rajpura businessman’s death
Chandigarh, March 31
A 28-year-old businessman of Rajpura was declared brought dead at the Sector 16 General Hospital here this morning. The victim had come to the Sector 40 residence of Mr Vikas Jain, who runs a drug counselling centre at SAS Nagar. 

Beware ! April Fool’s to (Day)
Chandigarh, March 31
This is not a joke. The very non-seriously taken April Fool’s Day has a great deal of serious rooting. In fact, for ages it has just been taken for what it is called. But reality shows that it was brought to life in a different context than it has come to be accepted and practised in.



Noisy scenes rock MC House meeting
Chandigarh, March 31
Noisy scenes rocked the general house meeting of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation today, forcing the Mayor to adjourn the proceedings on two occasions. The monthly meeting witnessed heated exchange of words between ruling and opposition councillors over the issue of delay in putting up the recommendations of the sanitation committee before the House for over 11 months and discussion on the issue of a piece of land acquisition in Darshani Bagh, Mani Majra.

Meat sellers’ encroachment bid
SAS Nagar, March 31
For the second time in a month, PUDA officials today successfully foiled a bid by ousted meat and fish sellers from encroaching upon prime PUDA land opposite its office in Phase I here. Interestingly, sources in PUDA stated that senior PUDA officials had unofficially ‘allowed’ this encroachment.

War hits foreign tourist inflow
Chandigarh, March 31
Like other sectors of the economy, the prolonged Iraq war has badly affected the visit of the foreign tourists to this region. Consequently, it has forced domestic tour operators to explore the potential of domestic tourists.

The Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J. F. R. Jacob (retd), lights a lamp to inaugurate a functionJacob for running trains on humanitarian mission
Chandigarh, March 31
The Governor of Punjab, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today urged the Railway Ministry to introduce "hospital on wheels" trains for the benefit of people residing in remote areas.

The Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J. F. R. Jacob (retd), lights a lamp to inaugurate a function to mark 150 years of the Indian Railways in Chandigarh on Monday. 
— A Tribune photograph 

ZP bypoll on April 12
Chandigarh, March 31
Elections to fill a vacancy in the local Zila Parishad will be held on April 12. On the same date byelections will also be held to fill vacancies of sarpanch of Daria village and panch of Khuda Jassu village. The vacancy in Zila Parishad is for villages of Kishangarh and Mauli Jagran and the seat is reserved for women. Other poll are for un-reserved seats.

Refresher course for cops concludes
Chandigarh, March 31
A residential refresher course for Sub-Inspectors and Assistant Sub-Inspectors concluded at Police Lines, Sector 26 here today. As many as 25 Sub-Inspectors and Assistant Sub-Inspectors, drawn from various units of the city police participated in the 15-day refresher course.

The tragedy of Sukhna’s silt
or the last umpteen years the U T Administration has been carrying on its annual exercise of creating some extra capacity in Sukhna lake by desilting it with the help of machines and motivated volunteers. The resulting relief, if any, is short-lived and vanishes by the end of the monsoon. In any case, it does not extend up to the winter, when it is needed the most.

Admn gears up for Navratra Fair
Panchkula, March 31
The district administration has made all arrangements for Navratra fair to be held at the Mansa Devi shrine from April 2 onwards. The administration has appointed nodal officers for the fair here while appointing the SDM, Panchkula, Mr Inder Singh, overall in charge. 

Valmiki Samaj holds meeting
Chandigarh, March 31
A meeting of the representatives of the Valmiki Samaj was today held under the chairmanship of Mr Subash Sagar, Deputy Superintendent of Police, UT Police, regarding the celebration of ‘Murti Pargat Divas’ of Lord Valmiki at Bhagvan Valmiki Mandir here.

Tribune scribe retires
Chandigarh, March 31
Mr Vinaya Sharma, Chief Proofreader, The Tribune, retired today after completing 39 years of service. He joined the institution as a proofreader at Ambala in 1964.


Bus impounded in typist’s death case
Chandigarh, March 31
In the three-day-old case in which the mutilated body of a 37-year-old typist of Ropar, Budh Ram, was found lying under mysterious circumstances near the Jawahar Navyodaya Vidyalya in Sector 25 here, the Chandigarh Police today impounded the bus of the CTU which was involved in the accident.

3 held under Excise Act
Panchkula, March 31
Three persons have been arrested in separate incidents under of Excise Act. While Balbir Singh was arrested from Sector 19 with 12 bottles of beer, Manoj Kumar was held from Burj Kotian village with 12 bottles of liquor. Babu Lal was arrested from near Sector 14 petrol station on charges of consuming liquor at a public place.


‘CAs should be aware of new RBI norms’
Chandigarh, March 31
It was an irony that mandatory concurrent bank audits over the years have failed to unearth any major fraud in the banking sector. Though as per the RBI instructions, the banks were filing certified reports signed by chartered accountants, rarely they had brought out any fraud in the balance sheets and profit and loss accounts, said Mr S.C.Gupta, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Indian Overseas Bank, here today.


Alison SriparamEnglish language section in British Library
Chandigarh, March 31
Fulfilling the long-standing local demand for providing a rich repertoire of English, The British Library today opened a full-fledged English Language Teaching section on its premises in Sector 8.
                                                                                               Alison Sriparam

Training programme for teachers
Chandigarh, March 31
A 12-day short-term training programme for technical teachers on the “Optical communications — emerging trends, it’s role, and technology appreciation” began at Punjab Engineering College, here today.

New PEC research programmes
Chandigarh, March 31
Punjab Engineering College has introduced a full-time Ph.D programme in engineering and technology and in applied sciences. Approval to take up regular research work under the doctoral programme was received from the UT Administration recently.

English dominance around city was limited
HE area around Chandigarh was relatively new for the English traveller in the early 19th century. The region was still without any definite ruler. It fell at the borders of a number of rulers. Like any other border area in olden times, the people were left much to their own devices, with only a nominal presence of the state to maintain law and order. 


Sidhu appears in court
Chandigarh, March 31
Former Punjab Public Service Commission Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu today appeared in a local court in a case registered against him under the Arms Act and the Excise Act. 

More chambers for lawyers on poll agenda
Chandigarh, March 31
Chambers for advocates, library with computers and sufficient books, better relationship between the Bar and the Bench, need to run canteen hygienically, stipend for young lawyers, spacious parking lot are some of the issues raised by the candidates who are contesting elections for various posts to the District Bar Association to be held on April 4.



AGs hockey finals today
Chandigarh, March 31
Hosts AG, Punjab, will clash with AG, Jharkhand for tomorrow’s finals of the All-India Inter Zonal IA and AD hockey tournament. In the semi-finals held today at the Hockey stadium, AG, Punjab, outplayed AG, Orissa by a solitary goal which was scored by Surjit Singh in the dying moments of the match.


Education, power supply get more money
Chandigarh, March 31
More money has been allocated for general education, technical education and power supply in Chandigarh for this financial year. The Chandigarh Administration had projected an outlay of Rs 205 crore for annual Plan, however, the Union Finance Ministry has agreed for a spending of Rs 168 crore. 

Admn clarifies on Sukhna water level
Chandigarh, March 31
The UT Engineering Department has sought to allay apprehensions expressed by Dr G.S. Dhillon, a former Chief Engineer of Punjab Irrigation, with regard to the threat which could be posed to the Sukhna Lake by its move to increase the water level by raising the sill level of the radial gates of the regulator.

Weak trees to be pruned
Chandigarh, March 31
The Chandigarh Administration’s Engineering Department would soon start pruning weak and matured trees that are located near various government schools. Stating this, Mr Subhash Chawla, Mayor, said he had written a letter to the Education Department a few days ago and pointed out that certain trees along with the boundary walls of some government schools had become weak and frail.

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