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Cop acts high and mighty
Assaults couple, friend
Panchkula, April 26
Ranjit Gupta and his wife In typical Bollywood fashion, a drunk policeman, having designs on a woman, assaulted her husband and his friend and threatened to implicate them in a case of prostitution. 

Ranjit Gupta and his wife, Suman Gupta, who were assaulted by a constable at Rotary Bhavan, Panchkula, on Friday night. 
— A Tribune photograph

15-year-old girl hangs herself
Chandigarh, April 26
A 15-year-old girl was found hanging at her house in Sector 44 here this evening. The body of the girl, Nidhi, a student of class X in Government Model School, Sector 35, was noticed by her younger brother, Kanu, who rushed to inform his neighbours.

25 chemists’ shops raided
Panchkula, April 26
A team of the State Drug Control Department seals samples at a chemist’s shop The state health authorities today launched a search and seizure operation against the chemists in the district. 

A team of the State Drug Control Department seals samples at a chemist’s shop in Sector 6, Panchkula, during a raid on Saturday. — Photo Pawan Sharma


Seniority of Army officers cut
IMA course duration reduced during Kargil conflict
Chandigarh, April 26
The reported decision by the Army Headquarters to reduce the service seniority of about 1,500 Army officers by six months has upset many and left them wondering whether there can be a long-term solution to the ongoing problem of shortage of officers in the Army.

‘Cramped’ nursing home sites fail to woo docs
Chandigarh, April 26
Changing quickly with times has not been the quality of Chandigarh Administration. A latest example is the administration’s policy to auction sites for nursing homes. 

PU Syndicate authorised to condone lecture shortage
Chandigarh, April 26
Panjab University has restored powers of the Syndicate to condone shortage in attendance of students in genuine cases. The provision, which existed even earlier, was withdrawn in December, 1999. Last year, at least 40 students did not fulfil the attendance conditions and the university had to set up at least four committees on the issue.

Petrol, diesel prices for city
Chandigarh, April 26
The prices of petrol and diesel were slashed for the second time in the past fortnight and these will come into force from midnight tonight. 

Reforms key to growth, says Sompal
Chandigarh, April 26
The envisaged gross domestic product growth rate target of 8 per cent in the 10th Plan is ambitious given the deceleration of the economy, which is also easily affected by what happens to the economy in the USA.



‘Banned vaccine’ sold to poultry farmers
Panchkula, April 26
The National Egg Coordination Committee has lashed out at one of the biggest animal vaccine manufacturing units in the country for illegally selling imported live vaccine to poultry farmers, thus leading to the spread of Ranikhet disease in poultry farms of Barwala and parts of Punjab.

Popcorn in the rain
Popcorn in the rain: Young girls enjoy themselves in Sector 17 in Chandigarh as the city was lashed by rain
on Saturday evening. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

Traffic helpline on the cards
Chandigarh, April 26
To cope with the ever-increasing problem of traffic management on the city roads, the Chandigarh Police is starting a traffic helpline. The helpline will also cater to distress calls of traffic blockades and wrong parking of vehicles in the parking slots.

Rain normal for this time of year
Chandigarh, April 26
A thunderstorm lashed the city and its surrounding areas this evening bringing down temperatures and providing a much-needed relief from the heat and rising temperatures.

Computer-savvy thieves one up on cops
Chandigarh, April 26
Computer-savvy thieves seem to be one step ahead of the snooping policemen of the Chandigarh Police if increasing incidents of theft of computer parts and related accessories is any indication. Interestingly, cases of theft of computers hardware from government offices are also being reported.

AOC-in-C Maintenance Command, Air Marshal D.C. Nigam (centre) along with senior Air Force officers IAF gets overhauled copters
Chandigarh, April 26
The country’s largest helicopter maintenance establishment, No.3 Base Repair Depot here, achieved an important milestone today when it rolled out the 450th Soviet-origin helicopter, Mi-8, overhauled by it for the Indian Air Force.

AOC-in-C Maintenance Command, Air Marshal D.C. Nigam (centre) along with senior Air Force officers with the 450th helicopter overhauled by 3 Base Repair Depot in Chandigarh on Saturday. 
— Photo Manoj Mahajan

MC workers hold awareness rallies
Chandigarh, April 26
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation Public Health Workers' Union and Municipal Corporation Mechanical Workers' Union here yesterday held rallies to create awareness to make the May 7 strike successful.

MC releases 68 animals
Chandigarh, April 26
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has today released 68 animals, after dairy owners deposited the fines imposed on them for illegally keeping the cattle inside the MC limits of the city.

Honesty still prevails
Chandigarh, April 26
Col G.S. Sekhon, works manager with the Pasco Automobiles, has informed that one of his technicians, Mr Pramodh Kumar, showed utmost honesty by returning a sum of Rs 50,000 to the owner of a car who had left the money in the car that he had brought for servicing.

Move against dairy owners criticised
Chandigarh, April 26
The local unit of the BJP has criticised the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh for its inhuman, cruel and humiliating behaviour against the people of Burail, by forcibly driving out their cattle from the city limits.

Satsang on yoga
Chandigarh, April 26
City residents reached the CII auditorium this evening to “experience the yogic states of a living master’s own expanded consciousness” during the “experimental satsang” by Yogiraj Satgurunath.



Man ‘detained’ in hotel illegally
Chandigarh, April 26
The Director and the General Manager of Baba Frozen Food Private Ltd in Sector 21 was allegedly detained in a room of a Sector 35 hotel here this evening. According to information, the victim, Mr Sukhpal Singh, had gone to Regency Hotel for recovery of payment.

Succumbs to injuries
A scooterist, Royal Masih, a resident of Sector 15-A, who was admitted to the PGI after being injured by a Maruti car at the Sectors 36 and 37 dividing road on Friday night, succumbed to his injuries. According to information, the car was being driven by Mr Surinder Pal, a lecturer in Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Sector 26. The car driver, who was also injured in the road accident, was also admitted to the PGI.



PEC students get degrees
Students of Punjab Engineering College, show their degreesChandigarh, April 26
Two hundred students of Punjab Engineering College were awarded bachelor’s degrees at the institute’s 32nd annual convocation organised here today. 

Students of Punjab Engineering College, show their degrees after the 32nd annual convocation of the institute in Chandigarh on Saturday. 
— A Tribune photograph

SIE plan for adolescent education
Chandigarh, April 26
The teen population of the city can look forward to a brighter horizon as the State Advisory Committee meeting of the State Institute of Education on Thursday approved a plan for adolescent education in city schools. About 35 schools in Chandigarh are going to benefit by this plan on adolescent education which is likely to be executed from July 1.

‘Cancel allotment of land to private schools’
SAS Nagar, April 26
Residents of Phase XI here have demanded that the allotment of land to private schools in the area be cancelled and the same be reserved for constructing a government senior secondary school.

Prof B.S. Thakur dead
Chandigarh, April 26
Professor B.S. Thakur, former Head of the Department of Mass Communication, Panjab University, died at Panchkula today following a heart attack. He was 71.

Workshops by British Council Library
Chandigarh, April 26
The British Council Library, in association with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, will organise a series of workshops on English. The idea is to benefit members of the library and help them understand the language better. According to the manager of the library, Mr Sushant Banerjee, 150 participants have enrolled for each workshop on the first-come-first-serve basis.


HC notice to PU controller of exams
Chandigarh, April 26
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice of motion to Panjab University’s Controller of Examination Sodhi Ram asking him to show cause why proceedings be not initiated against him for alleged violation of orders passed by the court on a petition filed by a student.

Beant case: another witness deposes
Chandigarh, April 26
Over-consumption of butter by clients is what made a witness in the Beant Singh assassination case recall the persons involved in the case while deposing before the judge in Model Burail Jail here today.



A scene from "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"Western Film Review
Cashing in on Potter hype
Chris Columbus is a film potter. His wheel has spun round once again and given shape to “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (Kiran), the second film on the magical exploits of a boy at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter, confronts a dark force lurking in a chamber under his school with the help of his best friends, Ron Weasly (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Watson ( Emma Watson). But this is not a steamy pot of food. It contains a staple diet which has been served with the sole aim of cashing in on the hype surrounding the Harry Potter series.


Urology camp at Sohana today
Chandigarh, April 26
A major free urology check-up camp will be organised by Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib (C) Eye Institute and Multidisciplinary Hospital, Sohana, tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. where a team of urologists will examine all patients suffering from various diseases of kidneys and urinary track.

Sitting here you can consult docs
Chandigarh, April 26
Dissatisfied with treatment? Want a second opinion from doctors abroad? No problem. Sitting in the clinic of your family physicians, you will soon be able to consult doctors practising across the seven seas. Having doubts? Ask Khushjit Ahluwalia, president of Heartcare India — a division of American Heartcare Limited. The non-resident Indian will tell you all about it.



DAV, Little Flower bag titles
Chandigarh, April 26
Spikers in action DAV School, Dera Bassi, emerged winners in the boys section, while Little Flower School, Panchkula, won the girls title in the ICSE Inter-school (Chandigarh region) Volleyball Tournament played at Tender Heart School, Sector 33, here today.

Spikers in action in the ICSE Inter-school Volleyball Tournament at Tender Heart School, Sector 33, Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

  • Carrom tourney

  • Cricket meet

  • Selection trials


Watering of lawns: notices served on violators
Chandigarh, April 26
The Municipal Corporation has started issuing notices for violation of ban on watering of lawns, car washing and floor cleaning in the morning.

Suspended SI reinstated
Panchkula, April 26
A Sub-Inspector and in charge of the Sector 6 police post, here, Tarun Kumar, who had been suspended for bashing up a couple at Tawa chowk on April 17, was reinstated today. The cop was indicted in the preliminary inquiry “for coming on too forcibly on Mahavir, after the latter had misbehaved with him.”

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