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118 jhuggis removed in Sector 57
SAS Nagar, April 5
In its second major operation in two days, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) demolished another illegal colony having over 118 jhuggis in Sector 57 here today. PUDA has claimed to have rendered the sector completely free of any illegal encroachments.

An evening of folk melody and comedy
Chandigarh, April 5
The rich folk melody of Punjab laced with a heavy doze of comedy left the audience spellbound at the Plaza carnival in Sector 17 here today. 
Bai Amarjit, Punjabi folk singer; and  Malkiat Singh Malanga and Kamaljit Singh Patanga perform at Plaza Carnival Bai Amarjit, Punjabi folk singer; and (right) Malkiat Singh Malanga and Kamaljit Singh Patanga perform at Plaza Carnival in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photo 


Ranbaxy to submit proposal on SARS
Chandigarh, April 5
Claiming to be the only laboratory in India having exclusive panel of tests in its kitty to detect the candidate virus of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), SRL Ranbaxy will soon be submitting a formal proposition in this regard to the Union Health Ministry.

Retrenchment: MP for Jacob’s intervention
Chandigarh, April 5
Acting on the news report ‘Retrenchment process begins” published in Chandigarh Tribune today, the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, has urged Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), Administrator, Chandigarh, to intervene in the matter of ‘retrenchment’ of 6,700 employees of the Chandigarh Administration transferred to the Municipal Corporation.

Dust over PU appointments refuses to settle down
Chandigarh, April 5
The dust over a number of appointments made during the tenure of the last Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University refuses to settle down as the university has constituted another committee which is expected to give its time-bound recommendations regarding the matter .

Woman commits suicide
Chandigarh, April 5
A 31-year-old woman of Kishangarh village committed suicide and another 35-year-old woman of Dadu Majra attempted suicide by consuming phenyl in the city today.

Don’t staple notes, RBI tells banks
Chandigarh, April 5
The Reserve Bank of India has issued directions to banks ‘‘not to staple’’ currency notes, otherwise they could be prosecuted under Section 35-A of the Banking Regulation Act. It has asked the banks to install note counting machines to address the problem of missing of notes from wads. It has told the banks not to issue soiled or stapled notes, otherwise their chests could be suspended.

Argument over girl leads to youth’s murder
Chandigarh, April 5
A youth, believed to be in his late teens, was murdered and his two friends were seriously injured when around 10 armed youths attacked them in a park near the Army flats in Sector 44 here tonight. The victim, Mandeep, a resident of Burail, was declared brought dead at the Sector 32 GMCH here.


Police no longer deters slum dwellers
Chandigarh, April 5
A mentality of a frenzied mob attacking anything within the legal framework has been emerging in slum colonies of the city and its surrounding townships of Panchkula and SAS Nagar. Slum dwellers, who largely hail from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have been turning into a law unto themselves in the past year or so. It is getting dangerous for city residents, especially women .

Communalism fatal for country: Dhir
SAS Nagar, April 5
In the present times, media has become a spokesperson of different sections of society and is playing the role of an opportunist. These views were expressed by Mr Jitender Pannu, Assistant Editor of Nawan Zamana, at a seminar on “Communalism — a social challenge” organised by Adara Tarak here today.
Santokh Singh Dhir, eminent Punjabi writer, speaks at a seminar organised by Adara Tarak in SAS Nagar on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Santokh Singh Dhir, eminent Punjabi writer, speaks at a seminar

BJP members resign
Chandigarh, April 5
A section of the Minority Morcha of the BJP here yesterday raised the banner of revolt against the party president, Mr Yashpal Mahajan, for expelling the morcha president, Mr Mohammed Salim Khan, and tendered their resignation from the party.

Talks focus on writers
Chandigarh, April 5
The national conference on “South Asians in the United States — the diasporic experience” organised by the society for the study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States( MELUS) concluded at the Commonwealth Youth Programme Asian Centre here today.

Christians hail Administration decision
Chandigarh, April 5
The local Christian Community has welcomed the decision of the Chandigarh Administration to declare April 18, Good Friday, a holiday. The Administration had announced the holiday on April 3.

Guard of honour for ADGP
Panchkula, April 5
Mr J.K. Sinha, ADGP, ITBP, was presented a guard of honour during his first visit to the Basic Training Centre, Bhanu, near here, today. During his visit, Mr Sinha examined various training works being carried out at the Centre and also the residential premises.


New water spot at amusement park 
Ramgarh, April 5
Surya Foundation Limited today introduced a new water spot at Fun City which is located on the Panchkula-Naraingarh road. The company is the second in the country to introduce the water slide — Pendulum — in this region. 

This pendulum slide is the latest adventure spot introduced at Fun City Amusement Park, near Panchkula, on Saturday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan.
This pendulum slide is the latest adventure spot introduced at Fun City Amusement Park

Beopar Mandal flays demand
Chandigarh, April 5
The Chandigarh Beopar Mandal has unanimously condemned the demand for the recovery of losses by the F&CC of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation from Gian Chand Gupta for ordering the withdrawal of paid parking in Chandigarh during his tenure as Mayor of the MC.

Summer camp for Daewoo cars


Databank on scientific researches
Chandigarh, April 5
In the first ever exercise of its kind, a comprehensive databank on all research activities undertaken by academic and scientific institutions as well as industrial establishments located in Chandigarh and Punjab is being compiled.

Australian college for city
Chandigarh, April 5
Besides conventional degrees Australia’s service sector prefers trained manpower, says Professor Keith F. Kennett consultant to Australia’s BSP group. He was recently in Chandigarh and Punjab to interact with senior faculty members of various universities and technical education institutions.

UBS organises seminar
Chandigarh, April 5
Panjab University Business School organised a seminar on the “Human Resource Professionals — Challenges and Responses” here today. It was organised in collaboration with the National HRD Network.

Speakers at a seminar on ‘HR Professional — Challenges and responses’ at the ICSSR complex, Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Speakers at a seminar on ‘HR Professional — Challenges and responses’ at the ICSSR complex

It’s back to school for parents
Chandigarh, April 5
If you thought phonetics and phonology were just for students of linguistics, you are mistaken. Parents, too, are learning the art of pronunciation sitting on the hard benches in classrooms.

Teen talk show
Panchkula, April 5
A no-holds-barred teen talk show, organised by an NGO, Chavi, discussed the issues of teenage pregnancy, dating and other issues related to teenagers of today. Students from various schools of the township participated in the show, which had persons from different fields of life, including the DSP City, Mr Devinder Yadav, as panellists in the discussion.

Class VIII students left in lurch
Panchkula, April 5
Hundreds of students appearing in the English examination of the Class VIII of the Haryana School Education Board were left in the lurch when they learnt that the exam had been cancelled.


Pay compensation, firm told
Chandigarh, April 5
Acting on a complaint filed by Mr Avtar Singh (80), the consumer court has directed Surinder Radios Private Limited to pay Rs 500 as compensation to the complainant. The court has also directed the firm to pay Rs 1,500 for not returning the tape-recorder after repair to the complainant.

Terrorist brought from Yamunanagar
Panchkula, April 5
The police has brought Waryam Singh, a terrorist from Punjab, from Yamunanagar on a production warrant in a case of murder. He was brought here by a team of the Raipur Rani police late last night.

Youth sentenced for robbery
Chandigarh, April 5
A city youth was today sentenced to three years’ rigorous imprisonment for committing robbery by the UT Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Tejwinder Singh. The accused, Abhishek, was also fined Rs 1,000.


Kids with spying skills
Fun, frolic, thrills-combining these three ingredients of entertainment, “Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams” (Kiran), is director Robert Rodriguez’s funny tale about the robust spirit of exploration of two ordinary kids with extraordinary spying skills.

Good music, stale story
eh Dil’ (Batra) tries out new permutations and combinations in relations to reach the expected result of a happy ending, as in a majority of Indian screen love stories. The presentation lacks in a convincing action package, although the supporting cast to the Tusshar- Nataasha(nee Amrita) pair has sustained the pace of the script.

Designer with free spirit
Chandigarh, April 5
Fashion designer Nina Sain can be best described as a person with a free spirit. Her vivacity and her adventurous nature is reflected in her collection which she exhibited under the banner of ‘Taman’s collection’ here today. This may be her first exhibition, but the unique lines and cuts that gives each one of her dresses a special effect, speaks volumes about her talent as a dress designer.


Gen. Mehta launches health scheme
Chandimandir, April 5
Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme, which has been planned to provide comprehensive medicare for pensioners, widow pensioners and their dependents, was launched by the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lieut-Gen S.S. Mehta, at Command Hospital, here today. A one-time contribution fee ranging between Rs 1,800 and Rs 18,000 will be required depending upon the pension being drawn.
Lieut-Gen S.S. Mehta, GOC-in-Chief, Western Command, listens to ex-servicemen
Lieut-Gen S.S. Mehta, GOC-in-Chief, Western Command, listens to ex-servicemen at the launch of an ex-servicemen’s contributory health scheme at a function at the Command Hospital Auditorium, Chandimandir, on Saturday.— A Tribune photograph

PGI to hold panel discussion
Chandigarh, April 5
On the occasion of World Health Day, the Indian Public Health Association (IPHA), will be organising a panel discussion on “ Shape the future of life — Healthy environment for children” at the Advanced Paediatric Centre, PGI, on April 7.

Artificial limbs distributed
Zirakpur, April 5
Artificial limbs, tricycles, callipers, hearing aids and other items were given to poor physically challenged persons free of cost by Dr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, Minister for Removal of Grievances, Pension and Cooperation, Punjab, during his visit to the Nevedac Prosthetic Centre in Bhabhat village, near here, today. The minister interacted with physically challenged persons there. He also assured the trust to continue a grant of Rs 50,000 to it.
Dr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, Minister for Removal of Grievances, Pension and Cooperation, Punjab, gives a tricycle to a disabled woman
Dr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, Minister for Removal of Grievances, Pension and Cooperation, Punjab, gives a tricycle to a disabled woman at Nevedac Prosthetic Centre in Bhabhat village, near Zirakpur, on Saturday.

World Health Day


A promising roller hockey player
Chandigarh, April 5
Sahil Khattar is a new name among the top ranked roller hockey players of Haryana. This 16-year-old Panchkula-based player is also on the threshold of making it to the Indian roller hockey team. 

Brar, Patnaik to clash in TT final
Chandigarh, April 5
It will be a clash between Gurmehar Brar and Karan Patnaik in the finals of the under-18 section of the ongoing Total Tennis tournament being played on the St Soldier’s Tennis Academy premises, Sector 16, Panchkula.

Schoolchildren call on Yuvraj
Panchkula, April 5
Cricketer Yuvraj Singh today played host to about 30 odd students of Holy Child High School, in Panchkula at his Mani Majra residence this morning. The students, accompanied by staff members of the school, arrived at the house of the cricket star at about 10 am.

Youngsters take autograph from ace cricketer Yuvraj Singh at his house in Modern Complex, Mani Majra, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Youngsters take autograph from ace cricketer Yuvraj Singh at his house


Strict action likely against boozer-cops
Chandigarh, April 5
Observing the prevalence of excessive drinking among cops of the city police, the top brass is taking strict action against the erring cops. Ten police personnel have been suspended in the past three months for drinking and creating nuisance at public place. 

CVO told to issue show-cause notice
SAS Nagar, April 5
The Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, has asked the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), Local Government, to issue a show-cause notice to the Municipal Council here for having failed to get its vehicles registered in time leading to the imposition of penalty of Rs 2.7 lakh to the council.

1 suspended over missing file


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