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Policemen cane-charge sweepers
Chandigarh, April 28
Members of the Sweepers Union of Chandigarh held a protest here today against the opening of tenders by the local municipal corporation (MC) to hand over a portion of the sanitation work to private contactors. 
Sweepers throw garbage in front of the main gate of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation office on Monday evening.
Sweepers throw garbage in front of the main gate of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation office on Monday evening. — Tribune photo Pawan Sharma

SARS: UT sets up panel
Chandigarh, April 28
Four days after an Indian bride from Singapore blamed the health authorities for not checking her up for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Chandigarh's Director Health Services has constituted a core committee for dealing with the killer disease.

Book store destroyed in fire
Chandigarh, April 28
JD Book store was today destroyed when the Sector 48 mini-market was engulfed by fire caused by an LPG cylinder lying in the verandah.





HC nod to land acquisition proceedings
Chandigarh, April 28
Upholding the proceedings initiated by the Chandigarh Administration for acquiring 37.55 acres in the revenue estate of Mani Majra "for developing residential complex" a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed writ petitions challenging a notification issued by it.

LPG distributors to go on strike from May 1
Chandigarh, April 28
The LPG Distributors Association (Chandigarh) today decided to go on strike from May 1, if the issue of allotting godown sites to the LPG distributors was not solved. A delegation of the association will meet officials of the Chandigarh Administration tomorrow.

Yet another suicide
Chandigarh, April 28
A 22-year-old girl, Deepika committed suicide by hanging herself in her Sector 44 house here today. The body was found hanging in her room by her family members in the morning when she did not respond to their calls. She was pursuing her MBA degree from Himachal Pradesh University.

CM’s son ‘forces’ choice on councillors
Seema Chaudhary elected Panchkula MC chief unopposed

Panchkula, April 28
Ms Seema Chaudhary and Ms Kuljit Waraich were today elected the president and vice-president respectively, of the Panchkula Municipal Council in a unanimous decision that seemed to have been forced councillors by the Chief Minister’s son, Mr Abhay Chautala.

Mr Amardeep Chaudhary, state Secretary of the INLD, greets his wife, Mrs Seema Chaudhary
Mr Amardeep Chaudhary, state Secretary of the INLD, greets his wife, Mrs Seema Chaudhary, upon her election as president of the Panchkula Municipal Council on Monday. — Photo Pawan Sharma

Govt to bear Kultar’s medical expenses
Chandigarh, April 28
A day after Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s 84-year-old brother Kultar Singh was admitted to the PGI here, the Punjab Government decided to bear his medical expenses.

Sewerage cess deferred
Chandigarh, April 28
The Water Supply and Sewerage Disposal Committee here today yet again deferred the decision on increasing the sewerage cess despite officials citing lack of funds as the reason for not being able to improve pressure of the water supply.


Illegal constructions: Bansal resents notices
Chandigarh, April 28
The local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, today protested in the Lok Sabha against the sudden issuance of notices for the demolition of unauthorised constructions within houses in the city and their resumption.

Jacob lays stone of war memorial
Chandigarh, April 28
The Punjab Governor and Union Territory Administrator, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob, PVSM (Retd.), laid the foundation stone of a war memorial — one of its own kind to be built in the picturesque Bougainvillaea Garden — here today.

UT, MC staff dharna today
Chandigarh, April 28
Employees of the Chandigarh Administration and the Municipal Corporation will stage a demonstration tomorrow morning in favour of their demands. These include restoration of service conditions prevailing in 1966, increase in retirement age, grant of bonus to employees and sorting the issue of deputation of employees sent to the Municipal Corporation.

Cows’ death: VHP threatens stir
Chandigarh, April 28
The VHP here tonight claimed that three cows had died of some disease in the Sector 45 gaushala and threatened to launch an agitation from tomorrow.

“Aao Bune” contest for Army men’s wives
Panchkula, April 28
Over 450 wives of JCO’s / ORs, participated in the “Aao Bune”, knitting contest organised by the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) and Vardhaman Spinning and General Mills at Manekshaw Auditorium in Chandi Mandir today.

Rashtriya Rifles — the expanding force
HE Rashtriya Rifles (RR) has emerged as a fine force and is being modernised to meet the present and future needs”, the Deputy Chief of the Army Staff, Lieut-Gen J.B.S. Yadava, said at a press conference held in Jammu on April 16. He said 13 more battalions of RR were being raised to enhance the strength of this force from the present 53 to 66 battalions by 2006-07. The necessity of raising a force like the RR was felt in the early 90s when militancy in Punjab was at its peak. It was decided that in order to release the pressure of counter-insurgency duties from the Army, 18 RR battalions with the Army manpower would be raised. 

VI KEO Cavalry War Memorial in Ferozepore Cantonment.

VI KEO Cavalry War Memorial in Ferozepore Cantonment.

Cop’s plea for justice
Chandigarh, April 28
Ever heard of a guardian of law praying for justice? This is true of Mr Shamsher Singh, a head constable of the Chandigarh police, who was hit by a car near the fire brigade office in Sector 17 on April 2.

Fresh case against HP INTUC chief
Panchkula, April 28
The police has registered a case against Amarjit Bawa, Himachal Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) chief, for assault and criminal intimidation. His son, Ramandeep ‘Shammi’, Sukha and others have also been charged.

Leaf from history
Document that tells city’s social history

THE Wajib-ul-Arz, a document, of the villages from the Chandigarh region was finally completed in 1888. This document became the basis for inquiring into village society that had preceded Chandigarh. Even today, having gone through these documents one can see many of the continuities that mark the villages of contemporary times with those of the late 19th century.

Coop Bank staff threaten to step up stir
Chandigarh, April 28
The Cooperative Bank Employees Federation (CBEF) of Punjab has warned to further intensify its stir, if the Punjab Government does not accept their demands, particularly to withdraw a circular of pay parity issued on April 17, within 10-days.

Fire panel convenes cinema owners’ meeting
Chandigarh, April 28
The Fire Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh here today decided to call a meeting of cinema hall owners to assess their preparedness to fight fire.

Check-dams need maintenance
AISING the level of the Sukhna Lake by 2 feet was considered once but keeping in mind the cantours of the area, it was not found feasible because it would have submerged the area around the Rock Garden.


3 held for stealing mobile phones
Chandigarh, April 28
Three youths were arrested on Monday for stealing mobile phone sets from glove boxes of scooters parked on the campus of Panjab University. According to information, the youths had stolen four mobile phones.

Hotelier held for illegal detention
Chandigarh, April 28
The owner of Regency Hotel in Sector 35, Tejinder Singh Rekhi, has been arrested for allegedly detaining the Director and the General Manager of Baba Frozen Food Private Ltd, Mr Sukpal Singh, in a room of the hotel on April 26. The hotelier was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days by a local court today.


Canam Academy launched
Chandigarh, April 28
Canam today launched the Canam Academy of Advanced Learning (CAAL) in India, the only institute offering a variety of courses for the preparation of both national and international level tests that are a cut above the rest in terms of quality of education and infrastructure.

Fortis organises seminar on VAT
Chandigarh, April 28
“It took almost six years for the government and experts to reach a conclusion on VAT. It is not an easy job to implement VAT in the present system. The existing tax system is not reliable because of certain reasons, especially due to corruption.


12 add-on courses for commerce students
Chandigarh, April 28
Panjab University’s Academic Council today resolved to introduce 12 add-on courses for commerce undergraduates. They would, now, be allowed to pursue certificate, advanced certificate and diploma courses in 12 disciplines alongwith their regular curriculum.

Tributes paid to Thakur
Chandigarh, April 28
Tributes were paid to Prof B.S. Thakur, a former Head of Panjab University’s Department of Mass Communication, who passed away at his residence in Panchkula on Saturday.

  • Dharna by ABVP members

Executives get tips on English
Chandigarh, April 28
Nearly 150 corporate executives of the city got tips on spoken and written English from Ms Brinder Aulakh, Director, Regional Institute of English, on the inaugural day of a three-day workshop at British Library in Sector 8 here today.

Participants attend the English workshop organised by the British Library, Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Participants attend the English workshop organised by the British Library, Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Monday.

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Sidhu takes oath amid unruly scenes
Chandigarh, April 28
Dr Anmol Rattan Singh Sidhu took the oath as President of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association, along with other office-bearers, amidst unruly scenes.


Paintings exude creative energy
Chandigarh, April 28
It was an exhibition of paintings in which creative energy flew effortlessly. The day which started as a fun workshop organised by the All-India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi, and the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi in connection with the platinum jubilee celebrations of the former and "artists day" for the later, yielded nine vibrant paintings with technical perfections.Barry John

Taking theatre to the disabled, street kids
Chandigarh, April 28
Barry John may be better known as the maker of Shah Rukh Khan and Manoj Bajpai, but he does encourage this introduction. He loves to speak about his association with theatre as a medium of education and therapy. No wonder he has taken theatre out of its royal settings to the disabled and the street children, proving that it can work at every level.

A play that tugs at heart strings
Chandigarh, April 28
The power of theatre was for everybody to see this evening at Tagore Theatre, which was the venue for the play, “It’s All About Money, Honey” directed by Barry John. Presented by Theatreworks, a group promoted by Shilpa Bagrodia, the play reflects real life concerns of a youth that is so given to ostentation that he loses his real worth.
Members of Barry John’s Imago Media Company present his latest play, “It’s All About Money, Honey”, at Tagore Theatre on Monday.
Members of Barry John’s Imago Media Company present his latest play, “It’s All About Money, Honey”, at Tagore Theatre on Monday. The play was presented by Theatreworks. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan


Women’s cricket meet from May 1
Chandigarh, April 28
Panchkula will host the National Junior Women Cricket Championship from May 1 at the cricket ground of the new Sports Complex located in Sector 3. On a visit to the complex this evening, this reporter saw Haryana women probables practising for this four-day meet.
Cricketers of Haryana during a preparatory camp for the Junior National Women’s Meet, at Panchkula on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Cricketers of Haryana during a preparatory camp for the Junior National Women’s Meet, at Panchkula on Monday.


Rs 2 crore for bridge construction
SAS Nagar, April 28
The Punjab Government has sanctioned Rs 2 crore for the construction of a bridge on Maniali choe near here.

MC to hold sanitation festival
Chandigarh, April 28
The Municipal Corporation today decided to organise a sanitation festival in the city on the pattern of Taipei, capital of Taiwan, in June to begin a people-government partnership for ensuring cleanliness.

Centre for physically challenged kids
SAS Nagar, April 28
A special centre for physically challenged children will be established in SAS Nagar. This was stated by the Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, while laying the foundation stone of a school in Phase XI here today.


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