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PU Senate okays 20 pc fee hike in colleges
Chandigarh, October 28
A 20 per cent hike in tuition and admission fee in all affiliated colleges of Panjab University in Punjab and Chandigarh, 25 per cent hike for professional courses other than self-financing ones on the university campus and 10 per cent hike for all other courses of the university was approved by a committee constituted by the PU Senate at a meeting held here today.

Muslims throng mosques as Ramzan begins
Chandigarh, October 28
Even before the sun rays illuminated the night sky, members of the Muslim community thronged mosques all over the city for offering namaz on the first day of the holy month of Ramzan.

Muslims offer Isha Namaz on the start of Ramzan at Jama Masjid in Sector 20, Chandigarh Muslims offer Isha Namaz on the start of Ramzan at Jama Masjid in Sector 20, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph


  1.1 lakh looted from Sec 3 house
Chandigarh, October 28
Thieves broke into the first floor of a house in Sector 3, one of the so called VIP sectors of the city, and decamped with jewellery, goods and cash worth over Rs 1.10 lakh. The theft, took place sometime between October 24 and today afternoon, while the owner of the house had gone out of station along with his family.

The ransacked room of H.No. 14, Sector 3, Chandigarh, where a burglary had been committed. — A Tribune photograph 
The ransacked room of H.No. 14, Sector 3, Chandigarh, where a burglary had been committed.

Health Dept to take over maintenance of buildings
Panchkula, October 28
The user charges collected as fee for getting a CT scan, X- ray and ultra sound tests at the General Hospital here, will now be used for the maintenance of all government health care institutions in the district.

Go-ahead for Panchkula lake project
HUDA to give Rs 4 crore for plan
Panchkula, October 28
The Department of Town and Country Planning today okayed a proposal for setting up a lake in Panchkula. The proposed lake will be made on the Ghaggar, near Sector 24 between the Naddha and Nandana choes.

Admn dashes hopes of 5,000 oustees
Asked to approach CHB for dwelling units
Chandigarh, October 28
The Chandigarh Administration has given a crushing blow to the aspirations of 5,000 villagers who had been uprooted more than 30 years ago to make way for the second phase of Chandigarh’s plan.

Exercise inherent powers, but with caution: HC
Chandigarh, October 28
A civil court has inherent powers to pass orders necessary for meeting the ends of justice or to prevent the abuse of the court process, but such powers are to be exercised sparingly, the Punjab and Haryana High Court ruled today.

Rlys to have unified cadre of Group C staff
Chandigarh, October 28
A decision of the Ministry of Railways to merge the cadre of Group C employees into a unified cadre of station masters (SMs) and assistant station masters (ASMs) has led to resentment among the existing cadre of the station masters. All the zonal railways are in the process of implementing the decision.


Punjab lacks infrastructure to attract NRIs: Malhi
SAS Nagar, October 28
The Punjab Government has virtually failed to provide a proper infrastructure to attract NRI investments. This was stated by Mr Gurbax Singh Malhi, Parliamentary Secretary, Labour, Canada, while talking to mediapersons here today.

Guess how many students on a rickshaw?
Guess how many students on a rickshaw?: Well, in any case they are more than the number of children that can be comfortably and safely accommodated. The photograph was taken in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Deputy Director’s letter sans date
Probe against octroi contractor

SAS Nagar, October 28
The Deputy Director, Urban Local Bodies, Ludhiana, seems to have an indifferent attitude to a probe into complaints lodged by certain municipal councillors against an octroi contractor. This was evident from the letters which were received by them here today.

No right to strike, says expert
Chandigarh, October 28
Stating that over 90 per cent strikes in India were illegal, Dr Naveen Chandra, a senior fellow at the National Labour Institute, Noida, in town for a lecture on “Do we have right to strike?” at the Sociology Department, Panjab University, said there were no rights in the support of strikes.

Architects favour centralised cell for building plans
Chandigarh, October 28
The Practising Architects Association has said the latest announcement of the Chandigarh Administration in streamlining the building plan approval procedure will fail to provide relief to people constructing houses.

Enforcement staff rotation gets jammed
Chandigarh, October 28
The Municipal Corporation move to rotate the enforcement wing staff for six months seems to have failed.

‘To be young is very heaven’

This refers to “Chandigarh is 50 and young” (October 7). Indeed ‘to be young’, says Wordsworth in an entirely different context, is ‘very heaven’. Further, to be still young at 50 is an auspicious sign of hopefulness, a rosy and promising assurance.

Decorated soldier dead
Chandigarh, October 28
A highly decorated soldier, Risaldar (Honorary Lieutenant) Kartar Singh Gill passed away in his native village, Paden, yesterday. He has the unique distinction of being awarded the Vir Chakra for gallantry twice in the same year in 1948. Just a few days ago, he had celebrated his 90th birthday along with his relatives.


Cash, ornaments stolen from temple
Chandigarh, October 28
Thieves reportedly broke into the Sanatan Dharm mandir, Sector 28, and took away ornaments of idols and cash on the night of October 26.

Liquidator held for theft of computer parts
Chandigarh, October 28
The official liquidator of Gurgaon-based Altos India Limited, H.S. Bawa, was arrested yesterday in connection with the theft of computer parts worth Rs 1.5 crore from the firm in 1999.

JE booked on graft charges
Chandigarh, October 28
The Sector 17 police today booked a Junior Engineer, Kashmira Singh, posted with the Building Branch of the Estate Office, under Section 420 of the IPC and Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.



Kids impress at inter-school music contest

Chandigarh, October 28
Budding singers from various schools of the city left the audience spellbound with their soulful and melodious performances during K.J. Khosla Memorial Inter-School Music Contest organised by Bhavan Vidyalaya at the auditorium of Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, here today.

Students of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, present a group song at Government Art Museum in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Students of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, present a group song at Government Art Museum in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.

Certificates given to students
Chandigarh, October 28
The SPIC-Microsoft “Centre of Excellence” today presented certificates to its students for the courses they had undertaken. The certificates were given to the students by Mr Vivek Atray, Director, IT-cum-CEO, SPIC, Chandigarh Administration, at a function at the SPIC-Microsoft office at Punjab Engineering College this evening.


Status quo on Hansraj Principal’s transfer
Panchkula, October 28
Acting on a suit filed by the Principal of Hansraj Public School, Ms Rajni Thareja, a local court today ordered the maintenance of status quo regarding the implementation of her transfer order dated October 22.

District Courts
Voting rights of advocates practising outside withdrawn
Chandigarh, October 28
The general house meeting of the District Bar Association (DBA) was today marked with an exchange of heated arguments, allegations and counter-allegations between different groups of advocates for about three hours in the UT District Courts.


In support of socialist concerns
Chandigarh, October 28
Sardar Gursharan Singh’s plays are always a delight to watch, not only because they truly mirror social realities without misleading the viewer with rosy settings and rhetoric, but also because they are divested of pretentious sets that take much of the punch away from the performance.

A scene from the play “Curfew” directed by Gursharan Singh and staged by the Chandigarh School of Drama and Pracheen Kala Kendra at Tagore Theatre on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma.

A scene from the play Curfew directed by Gursharan Singh and staged by the Chandigarh School of Drama and Pracheen Kala Kendra at Tagore Theatre on Tuesday.

A.M. Singh’s debut album released
Chandigarh, October 28
Yet another youngster A.M. Singh is ready to set the Punjabi music scene ablaze with his debut album”Mera Mahiya” which was released amid much fanfare at a local hotel in Sector 35 here today. The album was launched by renowned poet Dr Sardar Anjum.

Munna khush hai aaj khamkha...
Chandigarh, October 28
The starry destination is not too far away from Munna Dhiman who has traversed the road from Burail Colony in Chandigarh to Bollywood rather fast. Already a name to reckon with in the music circles of Mumbai, Munna, a local boy who works extensively on street theatre scripts often staged by the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi, is suddenly much in demand in the advertisement as well as the pop music circuit. And this for reasons not far to seek.

Munna Dhiman
Munna Dhiman


India in grip of deadly diabetes
Chandigarh, October 28
Diabetes, one of the most costly and arduous diseases, is fast assuming epidemic proportions which will take India by the storm in a few years from now. The world over there are approximately 150 million diabetes patients out of which 35 million are in India. Worse still, a WHO report has estimated that the later figure will rise to 57.2 million by 2025.


Nadia Saini clinches two table tennis titles

Chandigarh, October 28
Nadia Saini of DAV Public School, Sector 8, won two titles in the 16th Chandigarh State Table Tennis Championship at the Sector 23 TT Hall here today. Nadia first won the sub-junior girls singles title beating Sunanda Mahindra of the same school 11-5, 11-7, 11-6.

Nadia Saini, who won two titles at the 16th Chandigarh State Table Tennis Championship at the TT Hall, Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Nadia Saini, who won two titles at the 16th Chandigarh State Table Tennis Championship at the TT Hall, Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.

Sports festival begins
Chandigarh, October 28
The 16th Sarvhitkari Punjab State Sports Festival began at Sarvhitkari Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, here today. A total of 358 students from all over Punjab are participating in the festival organised by the Sarvhitkari Educational Society.


Administration launches drive against sales tax evasion
Chandigarh, October 28
In view the unprecedented sales during the current Divali festival in the city to the tune of over Rs 100 crore during the past few days, the officials in the Excise and Taxation Department are apprehending sales tax evasion itself could run into crores of rupees. The major tax evaders, they said, are jewellery, readymade garment, utensil, dry fruit, fire works, footwear and electronic item traders

2 SHOs transferred
Chandigarh, October 28
The Chandigarh police today transferred its two Station House Officers (SHO) and also the in charge of its crack unit, the CIA. The in charge of the CID wing of the police has also been changed.

Waste segregation scheme being launched in Sec 15
Chandigarh, October 28
A scheme to segregate solid waste from bio-degradable waste at the time of collection of garbage is being launched in Sector 15. Earlier, the scheme launched in Sector 27 had failed to take off.

Ban on carrying firearms extended
Chandigarh, October 28
The ban on carrying of licensed firearms in public places has been extended following an order of the District Magistrate, Mr Arun Kumar. The order will come into force from October 30 and continue till December 28.

Sohana police station shifted to Sector 66
SAS Nagar, October 28
The Sohana police station, which had been functioning from an old PUDA building, is being shifted to Sector 66.


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