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Man gets 2-yr RI in PEC exam cheating case
Chandigarh, September 27
A 68-year-old man, Khushi Ram Arya, who was involved in the smuggling of answer sheets in the mechanical engineering examination held in 1988 along with two students of Punjab Engineering College was today sentenced to two-year rigorous imprisonment by the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal.

Is it the end of road for vocational courses?
Chandigarh, September 27
Launched with much fanfare in the mid-1990s, a majority of the courses in the vocational stream of colleges funded by the University Grants Commission have bit the dust. A large number of colleges of Panjab University offering the courses have sought disaffiliation in the subject, more prominently in the past couple of years.

Tough going for visually challenged students
Chandigarh, September 27
The almighty was unkind to them, but the government authorities and others concerned are proving even more ruthless to them. Though visually challenged, they are brilliant students. They have come from various parts of the region to study in colleges here.



V.K. BhardwajV.K. Bhardwaj appointed Chief Engineer
Chandigarh, September 27
The Chandigarh Administration today appointed Mr V.K. Bhardwaj as Chief Engineer of the UT Engineering Department. He replaces Mr Puranjit Singh, who retires on September 30. Mr K.B. Sharma will be the Chief Engineer of the Municipal Corporation, replacing Mr Bhardwaj.

Right to move superior court no ground to flee, rules HC
Chandigarh, September 27
It happens in so many cases. An accused, booked in a criminal case, goes underground as soon as a first information report is registered against him. The prosecution initiates the process of declaring him a proclaimed offender, but his counsel appears in the court insisting that the accused is pursuing his legal remedies before the superior courts.


A chowk synonymous with protests
Chandigarh, September 27
It is a place where democracy in the form of freedom of speech is best expressed. It is one roundabout with a name in Le Corbusier’s faceless city, which has no landmarks. It is almost like London’s famous Hyde Park where protesters gather.

Media not presenting reality: expert
SAS Nagar, September 27
The media has not been representing the reality of communalism and communal riots in its totality. It has overlooked the factors that have caused communalism and communal violence.
Participants at a seminar on ‘Media and Communal Harmony in multi-cultural society’ at Industrial Area, Phase VI, SAS Nagar
Participants at a seminar on ‘Media and Communal Harmony in multi-cultural society’ at Industrial Area, Phase VI, SAS Nagar, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Librarians advised to update knowledge
Chandigarh, September 27
“Librarians must read and update their knowledge in order to serve their readers in a better way”, said Mr Dilip Kumar, Joint Secretary (Finance)-cum-DPI (Colleges), Chandigarh Administration, while inaugurating a one-day seminar on “Changing Role of Librarians” organised by the Chandigarh Librarians’ Association under the aegis of the Education Department, Chandigarh, in association with the Indian Library Association, Delhi, at Regional Institute of Co-operative Management in Sector 32 here today.
Dr Mohinder Singh, Director, DESIDOC, Delhi, addresses participants at a seminar Dr Mohinder Singh, Director, DESIDOC, Delhi, addresses participants at a seminar on “Changing Role of Librarians” at the Regional Institute of Co-operative Management, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Saturday.
— A Tribune photo

North-East’s demographic profile being altered, says ex-cop
Chandigarh, September 27
A major massacre like the one that shook the country in the early 80s at Nellie in Assam can occur anytime in the North-Eastern states, observed Padmashree Prakash Singh, a former Director General of BSF, while speaking at a seminar organised by the Forum on Integrated National Security at Panjab University here today.

Backward status sought for tribes
Chandigarh, September 27
The management of the Sector 34 Gurdwara Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib today unanimously passed a resolution for according backward status to Vanjaras, Labanas and Sikligars throughout the country.

Police gears up for Kalam’s visit
Chandigarh, September 27
In the next 48 hours the President of India, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, will be in the city. This is his second visit to the city within one month. The security forces are planning to conduct rehearsal tomorrow to review the security arrangements.

Devotees throng Mansa Devi shrine
Panchkula, September 27
The second day of Navratra fair at Mata Mansa Devi shrine saw a large number of devotees thronging the shrine. The devotees have donated a sum of Rs 1.42 lakh, three grams of gold, 343 grams of silver on the first two days of the Navratras.


Goods, documents stolen from tehsil premises
Dera Bassi, September 27
A gang of unscrupulous elements struck at the local tehsil premises here last night and broke open locks of six wooden shacks and took away some goods and documents from these. The gang set a shack on fire before leaving the place.


Bank branch opened
Chandigarh, September 27
Catholic Syrian Bank Limited today opened its branch in the city, which is expected to generate a business of around Rs 15 crore in the first year, said the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the bank, Mr NR Achan. ATM facility is being provided at the bank.


New CBSE question paper format
Chandigarh, September 27
To ensure thorough study of the syllabi, the Central Board of Secondary Education has done away with the system of granting overall choice in attempting questions in the board examinations. Instead, candidates would be given internal choice in questions.

Simrit JagdevEx-students of St Kabir form body
Chandigarh, September 27
Former students of St Kabir Public School, Sector 26 here have come together under the banner of Kabir's Roll of Old Students. The school established in 1974 and grown steadily over the years with hundreds of students having passed out of its portals.

Kids get a taste of film production
Chandigarh, September 27
As the three cameras roll and the director shouts — “Action”, the scene reminds you of any film set. The only difference is that the crew, camera men and director here are children.

Students of Ryan International School record an interview scene as part of the ongoing mass media workshop at their inhouse studio in Sector 49, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Students of Ryan International School record an interview scene

Role of ozone layer stressed
Dera Bassi, September 27
As many as 225 students and teachers were educated regarding vermi compost, environment and ozone layer at a function organised by the Morning Star Fellowship Society in collaboration with the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology in Government High School, Pandwala, near here, today.

70 take part in paper reading contest
Chandigarh, September 27
At least 70 students from different government and private schools participated in the second phase of ongoing inter school paper reading and handwriting competitions held at Government Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 33 today.

Fancy dress contest held
SAS Nagar, September 27
An impressive show was put up by children at an inter-school fancy dress competition organised at AIMS Kindergarten in Phase II here today. Children dressed in colourful costumes tried to present their best to the audience.

Students of AIMS K.G School dressed up for a fancy dress competition on the school campus in Phase II, SAS Nagar, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Students of AIMS K.G School dressed up for a fancy dress competition on the school campus in Phase II, SAS Nagar


77 cases settled
Chandigarh, September 27
Seventy seven cases were settled and a sum of about Rs 36.18 lakh was awarded, besides cash recovery worth Rs 4.35 lakh was made from borrowers today at a Special Lok Adalat, organised on the premises of the UT State Legal Services Authority, Sector 9, to settle the outstanding dues of Punjab & Sind Bank, Chandigarh.


Faint appeal for peace
Chandigarh, September 27
“All our strength lies in union; all our danger in discord”. Taking a dig at the contemporary socio-political milieu, sold out to forces of disruption, “Black with Equal”, the black comedy presented by Vikram Kapadia’s group Masque, bared our “pugnacious” race on stage.

A scene from Vikram Kapadia’s “Black with Equal”, which was presented at Tagore Theatre by Oorja Entertainment on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

A scene from Vikram Kapadia’s "Black with Equal", which was presented at Tagore Theatre by Oorja Entertainment


Experts dwell on heart-related ailments
SAS Nagar, September 27
Some of the top cardiologists and anesthetists of the country took part in a medical seminar on “Advances in Medical Care” organised today by Fortis Heart Institute here.

Experts discuss surgical practices
Chandigarh, September 27
Complications in surgical practices were discussed at a continuing medical education programme, being organised at Command Hospital, Chandi Mandir. A large number of surgeons from all over the country are attending the programme, being organised under the aegis of the Medical Council of India.


Sanam, Alipt emerge champions

Chandigarh, September 27
Local tennis players romped home with three titles out of the four on the concluding day of the AITA Junior Tour Ranking Talent Series Tennis Tournament played here at the Tennis Stadium, Sector 10. Mr Rajan Kashyap, Chairman, Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association, gave away the prizes.

(From left) Navjot Saini, Alipt Sandhu, Sanam K. Singh and Navinder Pal Singh, all winners in the various age groups in the AITA Junior Tour Ranking Tennis Meet
(From left) Navjot Saini, Alipt Sandhu, Sanam K. Singh and Navinder Pal Singh, all winners in the various age groups in the AITA Junior Tour Ranking Tennis Meet held in Chandigarh on Saturday.
— A Tribune photograph

Mental toughness crucial: Sethi
Chandigarh, September 27
Geet Sethi a name synonymous with cue sport and the man who commands a dominant place in the world of billiards, stressed on the role of mental toughness to excel in this sport. Based in Mumbai, Sethi was on a day’s visit to the city as a chief guest at the Third National Pool Championship.


PGI engineer suspended
Chandigarh, September 27
Mr R. K. Gupta, working as Hospital Engineer with the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, was today ordered to be placed under suspension, according to highly placed sources in the institute.


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