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Settle doctors’ row, says PGI governing council
Chandigarh, July 13
The controversy over headship of the Department of General Surgery at the PGI between Dr J.D. Wig and Dr R. Minz could be dragged to the Supreme Court. The governing body has directed the authorities concerned to settle the issue amicably between the two doctors, failing which a Special Leave Petition (SLP) should be filed against the high court orders in this regard.

UT plans golden jubilee celebrations
Chandigarh, July 13
The UT Administration is planning to celebrate the golden jubilee of the City Beautiful later this year. The celebrations may be spread over a year and are likely to be kicked off with a grand function on October 7, 2003. 

A sketch of the Open Hand, the symbol of Chandigarh, drawn by Le Corbusier.




Police remand for Sapra’s wife
Chandigarh, July 13
A local court today remanded Dr Swapna Singh in two-day police custody on the charge of killing her husband, Mandiv Sapra, executive director of the Delhi-based Group 4 Securities Guarding, in a city hotel on Saturday.

The "Divine painter" chose the Chandigarh sky as his canvas to create an artwork on Sunday.
The “Divine painter” chose the Chandigarh sky as his canvas to create an artwork on Sunday.
— Photo Karam Singh

Power board, HUDA lock horns over electrification plan
Panchkula, July 13
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) have locked horns over the electrification plan for the city’s main commercial centre, City Centre, in Sector 5.

Vajpayee unrivalled leader of BJP: Naidu
Chandigarh, July 13
Mr M. Venkaiah Naidu, National President of the Bharatiya Janata Party, today sought to lay at rest the controversy over his recent remarks about Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Mr L.K. Advani jointly leading the party into the next parliamentary elections by declaring that the Prime Minister was the only leader acceptable both within and outside the party.

Venkaiah flays Cong on alliance issue
Chandigarh, July 13
BJP President M. Venkaiah Naidu here today ridiculed the Congress for offering alliances to other parties. He also hinted at party’s inclination towards holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and the state assemblies.

It was one unseemly controversy which the Bharatiya Janata Party could have avoided at any cost. Contradictory statements were issued by the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr I.D. Swami, and the Chandigarh Administration on the issue of demolitions in slums and urban areas of Chandigarh. The minister when he came to Chandigarh earlier this week announced that there would be no demolition of slums or of any construction being carried out in urban areas.

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After VAT, abolish state taxes: experts
Chandigarh, July 13
It would be ideal that with the implementation of value-added tax (VAT), various state-levied taxes such as state sales tax, turnover tax, entry tax, octroi, municipal tax and other local taxes and levies on sale or movement or transfer of goods be abolished.

Mayawati’s rally tomorrow
Chandigarh, July 13
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Ms Mayawati, will hold a rally in the city on July 15 as show of strength to demand the resignation of the Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, over caste violence in Talhan village of Jalandhar district. 


Robber arrested
Chandigarh, July 13
A team of the Sector 11 police station has arrested a Sector 25 resident for trying to commit a burglary in Sanatan Dharam Mandir in Sector 11 here. The burglar, Suresh Kumar, was arrested by a priest at the mandir.


A view of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, PanchkulaHAMARA SCHOOL
Stop not till the goal is reached
Manav Mangal School, Sector 11 Panchkula has come a long way in a short span of about 10 years. During the silver jubilee year of establishment of Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21-C, Chandigarh, the school management undertook expansion of its educational service to Panchkula and started this English Medium, co-educational school under the name and style of Manav Mangal School.

Nuggets on vedic mathematics-II
HE beautiful system of Vedic Mathematics is far more unified and direct than conventional mathematics. It is so easy that it is really a system of mental mathematics, and this, combined with the coherence and flexibility of the system, encourages the development and use of intuition and creativity. 


City boy ready with “Far from India”
Chandigarh, July 13
After “Monsoon Wedding”, “Bend it Like Beckham”, another movie about Indian diaspora — “Far from India” — is all set for release in the USA on August 9.

Romancing the sitar
Chandigarh, July 13
It was not the declining popularity of Patiala Gharana of Hindustani vocal that led Vijay Sharma to move away from his family tradition and adopt sitar as his instrument. It was the love for it coupled with his willingness to remain associated with all famous Kathak dancers that he preferred to stick to the sitar rather than follow the footsteps of his father and forefathers - all doyens of Patiala Gharana. Under his guru and father Jawahar Lal Sharma and his uncle Atam Prakash, Vijay’s romance with the sitar started when a famous sitar maker Masood Ali Khan from Pakistan visited them.

Vijay Sharma

Vijay Sharma

Documentary maker profiles war, Partition
Chandigarh, July 13
Daljit Ami has always worked for a cause. After taking a diploma in journalism from the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sector 27, he decided to enter into film production instead of taking the route of print journalism.


PGI technologists to get higher pay scale
Chandigarh, July 13
The demand of PGI medical technologists for grant of higher pay scale has been accepted by the institute’s governing body (GB), headed by the Union Health Minister, Ms Sushma Swaraj.Mr Inderjit Singh

Doctors’ negligence, patient’s trauma
SAS Nagar, July 13
Mr Inderjit Singh, a 35-year-old agriculturalist from Morinda, has had one of the most harrowing experiences of his life. Claiming to have been operated upon in Mumbai in February this year for a spinal problem, Inderjit says he suffered through pain and infection for over four months before it was found that Mumbai doctors had left a gauze piece inside his body during the operation. The 12-inch-long gauze was then taken out from his body at a private nursing home here this month. Inderjit, who had gone to visit his sister in Mumbai in December last year, started having some nerve-related problem in his lower back.


St Stephen’s players excel
Chandigarh, July 13
St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, and Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22, excelled in the roller hockey event in the Rollerbones Open Skating Tournament played here today at the Sector 10 skating rink.


Admn decision on RCs worries traders
Chandigarh, July 13
Traders in the city have apprehended that UT Administration’s move to “harass” thousands of vehicle owners in the city by slightly varying the interpretation of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 may discourage investors from investing in the city. They are worried that if the administration fails to revert back to its earlier to position, it would affect the city’s investment-friendly image, which has recently been declared as one of the best cities in the country for investment.

Pension scheme for senior citizens from today
Chandigarh, July 13
The wait of millions of retired persons would be over tomorrow when Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee launches “Varishtha Pension Bima Yojna” in New Delhi. It would enable senior citizens with minimum age of 55 years to earn 9 per cent return on their savings with an upper limit of Rs 2,77,490.


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