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Regulate stay in PU hostels: panel
Chandigarh, May 25
A special committee of Panjab University has recommended that no student should be allowed a stay on the campus beyond five years. The stay will be allowed only in “vertical courses” and not in “horizontal courses”.

THORNY IS BEAUTIFUL: A rare cactus in full bloom at the cactus garden in Panchkula. — Photo Karam Singh

Encroachment on Mayor’s rights?
Chandigarh, May 25
A tussle seems to be brewing between the officers of the Chandigarh Administration and Mayor Subhash Chawla. Mr Chawla’s missive to Commissioner M.P. Singh as to who is the boss of the Municipal Corporation employees bears testimony to it.


Don’t divide kathak into gharanas: Shovana
Chandigarh, May 25
Not many people in the world have the courage to introspect with the purpose of self-criticism and improvement. But for some reason, internationally-acclaimed danseuse Shovana Narayan has always found it easy to count her weaknesses and treat them as stimuli for growth.

Complementing debate with dance
Chandigarh, May 25
The two-day kathak seminar organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35, was not just about rhetoric. On the one hand, kathak exponents debated the need to set the dance form free from the fetters of gharanas and infuse it with new life and vigour, on the other hand, they also demonstrated how subtleties in technique and style could go a long way in elevating kathak to a pedestal it rightly deserved.

Principal accused of injuring kid
SAS Nagar, May 25
In a second case of its kind in a month, a school Principal was today accused of beating up one of the school students here.
In a complaint received at the child protection unit (CPU) of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission here, Principal Jhujhar Kaur of Police Public School, Phase-XI, was charged with beating up a student Gurparvesh causing serious injuries on his hand and arm.

Flesh trade racket busted 
Chandigarh, May 25
A flesh trade racket being operated from New Delhi was busted by the Chandigarh Police today. Call girls, operating under the banner of a dance troupe, were being supplied by a Delhi-based woman, Kiran.

Punjab Raj Bhavan here has undergone a change. The new Governor, Justice O.P. Verma, has issued instructions that no liquor is to be served in Raj Bhavan at any function. And also no one will bring in liquor. 
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Change property sale laws: sabha 
Chandigarh, May 25
The Chandigarh Nagrik Sabha today urged the Administrator of Chandigarh, Justice O.P. Verma, to initiate steps to bring about the much-needed transparency in the Administration by introducing changes in the laws governing the sale and purchase of property.

Revise family pension, demand pensioners
Chandigarh, May 25
The Punjab Government should bring the pensioners’ who had retired before January, 1996 on a par with those who had retired after January, 1996 by revising their pension up to 50 per cent of the grades of the last post held by them at the time of retirement. Their family pension should be revised up to 30 per cent of their total pension as per the notification issued by the Central, Maharashtra and Haryana governments.

Kalka remains picture of neglect... courtesy powers that be
Historic town in danger of passing into history
Kalka, May 25
Considered the gateway to the pristine beauty of Himalayas, this historic town is slowly losing its glory. 

Mr Lachchman Singh, former Member of Rajya Sabha, makes a point during an interactive session organised by The Tribune at Kalka on Sunday, and the participants at the session. — Tribune photos Parvesh Chauhan
Mr Lachchman Singh, former Member of Rajya Sabha, makes a point during an interactive session organised by The Tribune at Kalka on Sunday

Society members complain against management
Chandigarh, May 25
Eight members of the Blood Donors Cooperative House Building Society have in a joint complaint to the local Deputy Commissioner and Registrar of the Cooperative Societies alleged that the managing body of the society has been misleading the members by not disclosing the documents to the members regarding the allotment of contract to construct the flats.

‘Order changed’ behind petitioner’s back
Chandigarh, May 25
If allegations in a petition filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court are to be believed, Chandigarh’s Additional Registrar of Co-operative Socities “changed an order” regarding the holding of election behind the back of the petitioner — Pink Rose House Co-operative Building Society Limited.

Woman alleges police inaction
Chandigarh, May 25
A resident of Faidan village, Surinder Kaur, yesterday alleged that the Chandigarh Police had failed to take action against persons who had assaulted her and her husband in their house on Friday.

VHP distributes tridents
Panchkula, May 25
About 180 persons were given tridents “for self protection” during a “trishul deeksha samaroh” organised by the Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, amidst anti-Muslim rhetoric by leaders of the two parties at Pracheen Shiv Mandir, Sector 9, today. 

Residents hold protest rally
Chandigarh, May 25
Residents of Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) houses in Sector 45 today held a protest rally near kerosene pump against the move of the CHB authorities to demolish boundary walls and minor constructions done by the allottees.


Jewellery stolen from car
Chandigarh, May 25
Thieves took away five leather bags containing jewellery, clothing and some other articles worth Rs 50,000 from a Maruti car parked in front of Maya Palace Hotel in Sector 35. The police has registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC.


Ask for BIS-stamped gold: dealers
Chandigarh, May 25
After Iraq war, it is now the depreciating value of dollar that is affecting the price of the gold in the international market. Despite the ongoing marriage season in North India, say dealers, the sales have not picked up. Besides purchasing limited quantity of gold ornaments for marriage, the couples are also coming to the dealers to exchange old traditional gold ornaments given by parents for sleek and stone studded jewellery.


Students allege mismanagement
SAS Nagar, May 25
Over 70 students of the Northern India Institute of Fashion Design and Technology (NIIFT), Industrial Area, met Mrs Lakhvinder Kaur Garcha, OSD to the Punjab Chief Minister, here today and gave her a memorandum of their demands. These students had gone on strike yesterday protesting against the decision of the management to cancel their annual fashion show.
NIIFT students with Mrs Lakhvinder Kaur Garcha, OSD to the Punjab Chief Minister, in SAS Nagar on Sunday.
NIIFT students with Mrs Lakhvinder Kaur Garcha, OSD to the Punjab Chief Minister

UGC urged to abolish grading system
Chandigarh, May 25
Teachers have urged the University Grants Commission to abolish the grading system introduced in refresher courses. Mr R.P.S. Josh, a Fellow of Panjab University, in a letter to the Chairman of the University Grants Commission, has said: “These guidelines have several repercussions. It is likely to introduce corruption.

A school of simplicity and homeliness
The striking point of Government Model High School, sector 36, is its simplicity and homeliness. Surrounded by huge trees the moderate building in a secluded corner of the city of the school provide education to about 800 students. It is the peace and serene ambience which prompts the students and staff of the school call it the 'Shanti Niketan'.

A view of Govt. Model High School Sector 36 Chandigarh. — Tribune Photos Parvesh Chauhan
A view of Govt. Model High School Sector 36

Education should be practical oriented
ushma Prabhakar has spent 34 years of her life spreading education in the city and she has seen it all - how education has spread among the commoners from the elite few in the elite few to the new trends in education that have come from time to time. her experience has empowered her to make sound judgement over the issuers connected to education at school level.

Poems by students

Changing role of the teacher
uru has been considered supreme since time immemorial. When a teacher instructs a student, what is learned is always greater than what is in the book. Teacher -pupil relationship is both sacred and permanent. Since ages, this relationship is talked about and sung by poets and sages. Whether it was Dronacharya, Valmiki, a lecturer in a university or a teacher in a school, the influence is significant on the pupils.


Learning theatre the fun way
Chandigarh, May 25
Noted television and film artiste Pradeep Sharma was in the city to conduct acting classes in an ongoing workshop at Rajasthan Bhawan, Sector 33. The workshop is being conducted in acting, dancing (western, modern, folk and classical), music (vocal, instrumental and patriotic songs), theatre (plays, skits, story telling, imagination, improvisation, voice, speech and stage performance), painting, art, craft and personality development.
Children attend a summer workshop under the guidance of film and television artiste Pradeep Sharma
Children attend a summer workshop under the guidance of film and television artiste Pradeep Sharma (centre) at Rajasthan Bhavan, in Chandigarh on Sunday.


Change style, live better: experts
Chandigarh, May 25
A well balanced diet and life- style changes can be the key to good health and well being with advancing age. The Bharat Vikas Parishad today organised a seminar on the concept of ‘Wellness after 40’ in which senior doctors, including gynaecologists, orthopaedicians, ophthalmologists spoke about various ailments associated with advancing age.

Blood resource centre within a month
Chandigarh May, 25
The launch of a blood resource centre in the city will not just be realisation of the dream that a handful of volunteers saw in 1964 but will also be an endeavour towards meeting blood requirements during times of disasters.

Verma opens blood donation camp
Chandigarh, May 25
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Justice O.P. Verma, today inaugurated a blood donation camp organised by Sant Nirankari Mandal, at Sant Nirankari Bhavan, Sector 30, Chandigarh.


Gurparnit sets new shooting record
Chandigarh, May 25
Gurparnit Singh Sekhon of SAS Nagar created a new record by scoring 577 out of 600 in the 10 metre Air Rifle event of the Ropar District Shooting Championship, which was held today at Markfed Shooting Range, Phase VI, SAS Nagar, breaking the previous record of 568/600.

Excelling in sports, studies
Chandigarh, May 25
Going great guns on both fronts i.e. studies and sports holds true for 15-year-old Arjun Talwar, who has secured 91 per cent marks in Class X examination of the CBSE, results of which were declared yesterday. Arjun has brought laurels in cricket as a student of St John’s High School, Sector 26. 


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