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Surplus faculties’ fate hangs in balance
Chandigarh, April 21
With self-financing professional courses in a number of colleges, affiliated to Panjab University, closing down or being on the verge of closure, a question mark has arisen over the fate of the faculty employed to conduct these courses.

Erika and Karl Heinz Pruemm from Germany share some moments with a child Erika and Karl Heinz Pruemm from Germany share some moments with a child suffering from cancer at the PGI, as they donated money for treatment of such patients in Chandigarh on Monday. 
— photo Manoj Mahajan

With gifts and love from Germany
Chandigarh, April 21
“It is so depressing and painful to see small children dying for lack of treatment due to poverty in India,” feel Erika and Karl Heinz Pruemm. 




Strike leaves two crore people ‘workless’
Chandigarh, April 21
Rapid increase in the prices of commodities ferried by road transport notwithstanding, the impact of the ongoing indefinite strike by truckers on the economy of the region in general and the employment sector in particular has started becoming visible.

New code on thickness, size of poly bags
Chandigarh, April 21
Showing concern on pollution caused due to polythene bags, the Chandigarh Administration has decided to enforce a stricter code for manufacture and use of polythene bags in the city.

Hope for thallasaemics
‘Green blood’ therapy works wonders
Chandigarh, April 21
If the preliminary results are any indication,” green blood” may prove to be a panacea for all thallasaemic patients, whose only life support system today remains regular blood transfusions.

Campaign to make UT cycle city launched
Chandigarh, April 21
Former Mayor Harjinder Kaur, Director Environment Ishwar Singh and policeman Ram Chander participate in a cycle city campaign A campaign aimed at making the Union Territory the first cycle city in the country was launched here today on the eve of Earth Day. Flagging off a rally of around 200 cyclists to promote the concept, Adviser to the Administrator Virendra Singh promised to re-start the stalled work of cycle tracks within a month. 

Former Mayor Harjinder Kaur, Director Environment Ishwar Singh and policeman Ram Chander participate in a cycle city campaign launched in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Autopsy on Swiss national performed
Chandigarh, April 21
As the body of 43-year-old Edwin Bosshard was finally wrapped up following an autopsy at the Sector 16 General Hospital today, tears rolled down the faces of members of Helluyou.ws, a Kulu-based software solutions provider organisation.



Protesting farmers begin fast unto death
BKU(Ekta) leaders begin a fast unto death at Matka ChowkChandigarh, April 21
Seven leaders of the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) began a fast unto death at Matka Chowk here today “in protest against the Punjab Government's dilly-dallying attitude towards their demands”, an agreement about which was signed between the Minister of Finance, Mr Lal Singh, and the representatives of six farmer unions last month.
BKU(Ekta) leaders begin a fast unto death at Matka Chowk in support of their demands in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Couple-bashing: inquiry report indicts SI
Panchkula, April 21
A preliminary inquiry into a case involving the alleged bashing of a couple by a Sub-Inspector of police at Tawa Chowk on April 17 has reportedly indicted Sub-Inspector Tarun Kumar for going too far in reacting to a “provocation” by the couple.

Burning of leaves leads to another fire incident
Panchkula, April 21
A day after three major fires occurred in the township, human error led to yet another fire in a Sector 6 house this afternoon. The burning of dried leaves by sweepers of the Municipal Council outside the house led to the sparks falling inside the garden of the house, on to the thatched hut.

Footpath workers hold a dharnaFootpath workers hold protest march
Chandigarh, April 21
Hundreds of footpath workers of Chandigarh, under the banner of the Footpath Worker’s Rozgar Bachao Samiti, held a ‘halla march’ to the Punjab Raj Bhavan here today. But they were forcibly stopped from proceeding towards Raj Bhavan beyond the Sector-8 roundabout.
Footpath workers hold a dharna at the roundabout of Sectors 7, 8, 18 and 19 in support of their demands in Chandigarh 
on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Maratha (LI) forges bond with INS Mumbai
T an impressive ceremony held onboard INS Mumbai at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, the other day, the Maratha Light Infantry Regiment was affiliated with this warship. The bond of friendship was created by signing the charter and by the exchange of mementos between Leiut-Gen J.J.Singh, GOC-in-C, Army Training Command, Shimla, and Colonel of the MLI Regiment, and Rear Admiral Vijay Shankar, Western Fleet Commander.

2 community centres for Mohali
SAS Nagar, April 21
The town is set to get two new community centres in Sectors 70 and 71 here. A library and three new tubewells have also been planned for the benefit of residents. Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, will be inaugurating the two community centres on April 24.

Jacob presents books to slum kids
Chandigarh, April 21
For 80 children of Government High School of Sarangpur village, who are a part of the night school, today evening brought a special ray of hope when they were handed over notebooks by the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd.).

Paid parking lots fetch MC 1.5 crore
Chandigarh, April 21
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today completed the auction process of paid parking lots in Sectors 17, 8 and 9, netting around Rs 1.5 crore as against around Rs one crore last year.

Jain talks to Advani on Municipal Act
Chandigarh, April 21
Former MP Satya Pal Jain and member of the National Executive of the BJP met Deputy Prime Minister and Union Minister of Home Affairs L.K. Advani at his residence in New Delhi, last evening, and urged him to expedite the process of amendment of Punjab Municipal Act - 1976, as applicable to UT Chandigarh.

PM’s rally leaves Kashmiri Pandits cold
Chandigarh, April 21
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s much-hyped public rally in Srinagar, touted as a potential harbinger of peace in the troubled Valley, has despaired the displaced Kashmiri Pandits in the city, Panchkula and SAS Nagar.

Tackle suspended silt on priority
ukhna can be saved by adopting three measures. One is by reducing the inflow of silt into it and the second by desilting the already deposited silt. The third is by not allowing the suspended silt particles to settle down in the lake.

Abandoned woman returns home
SAS Nagar, April 21
Within 24 hours of the police here having found a semi-conscious woman from Madanpura village, the 47-year-old woman identified as Kanta Devi is back home safe and sound. A resident of Zirakpur, the woman is married and lives with her husband’s joint family there and is said to be mentally disturbed for the past 20 years.

Grant for renovation of cremation ground
Chandigarh, April 21
The renovation of the Sector-25 cremation ground got a boost today with MP Pawan Bansal deciding to grant half of the project cost from the Member of Parliament Local Area Development fund.

Poems that capture spirit of Chandigarh
or the later-day historian writing the story of urbanisation in the country, Chandigarh city might not be as unique a city as it was envisaged to be. But one thing that remains uncontendly unique to the city is the fact that every resident of the city has an opinion about it. Good or bad, we all have something to say about the city we live in.

Participants being questioned about recipesCooking contest held
Chandigarh, April 21
The aroma of sandwiches and salads filled the air as Chandigarh Club members participated in the Cremica cooking contest today. Ms Talwar won the first prize for Russian salad. The second prize was bagged by Ms Sonica for shahi salad.

Participants being questioned about recipes of their dishes in the Cremica cookery contest held at the Chandigarh Club in Chandigarh on Monday. 
— A Tribune photograph



Rape case: accused goes underground
Chandigarh, April 21
The head of an Ambala-based religious organisation, recently booked by the Haryana police in a rape and criminal intimidation case, is reportedly absconding. The victim has, meanwhile, been provided with police protection.

Youth held for impersonation
Panchkula, April 21
A 22-year-old youth, Om Prakash, was arrested for appearing in BA I (History) examination in place of one Prabhjot at Government College here today.

Slum-dweller commits suicide
Chandigarh, April 21
A young slum-dweller committed suicide by reportedly consuming a poisonous substance here tonight.



Students allege errors in paper
Chandigarh, April 21
M.Com (final year) students of the Panjab University’s Department of Correspondence Studies have alleged errors in a question paper set by the university.


DBA chief meets Dist and Sessions Judge
Chandigarh, April 21
Members of the District Bar Association today held a meeting on the issue of alleged misbehaviour one of the judicial officers while remanding police custody of an accused, Amarjit Singh, in a dowry harassment case.

  • Bail for ice-cream vendor

  • Man acquitted



Baring the evil of female foeticide
Chandigarh, April 21
Only a man with the sensitivity of Dr Sahib Singh, a doctor-turned-theatre artiste, can view the subject so well — the practice of killing female foetus. His latest play “Khamba Di Talash”, which he read out to mediapersons and literary personalities at Punjab Kala Bhavan in Sector 16, deals with the subject at various levels — highlighting the female psyche, the male ego and the greed of people.

Harbhajan’s second appearance on big screen soon
Harbhajan Mann
Chandigarh, April 21
Famous pop singer-turned-actor Harbhajan Mann will soon be seen in another Punjabi film. Harbhajan, who visited The Tribune office today to thank people here for their cooperation during his door-to-door campaign for his debut film “Jee Aaiya Nu”, said shooting for his next film, which will be directed by Manmohan Singh, would commence in August.


Dr G.S. Kochhar, president, Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik, explains about the health check-up camp300 examined at health camp
Chandigarh, April 21
Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik organised a multi-specialty health camp at Kajheri village here today. Doctors of Government Medical College and Hospital, from different specialities like medical, surgical, gynae and paediatric examined more than 300 patients. Free medicines were distributed to the needy.
Dr G.S. Kochhar, president, Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik, explains about the health check-up camp to Dr S.B.S. Mann at Kajheri village on Monday.



Inter-Haryana power utilities sports meet begins
Chandigarh, April 21
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam established lead on the opening day of the Inter-Haryana Power Utilities Sports Meet that began here today at Panchkula.

St Anne’s, SGHPS win basketball titles
Chandigarh, April 21
St Anne’s School, Sector 32, and Sri Guru Harkishan Public School, Sector 38, bagged titles in the Chandigarh Sub-Junior Basketball Championship, which concluded here this evening at New Public School, Sector 18.


Nagar panchayat to take over private tubewells
Zirakpur, April 21
To meet the water requirement of the residents of the area, the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat authorities are likely to take over all tubewells sunk by colonisers in their respective colonies falling within the civic body limits.

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