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Students call for PU bandh today
Chandigarh, November 20
Irked by the threatening tone of the police and college faculty here today, students have called for a Panjab University bandh tomorrow while an indefinite fast would be started and a rally held at Matka Chowk in addition to the ongoing relay fasts on college campuses.

A teacher persuades striking students to attend classes as a policewoman looks on at GCG, Sector 11, Chandigarh A teacher persuades striking students to attend classes as a policewoman looks on at GCG, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan



Notice issued to former UT Adviser
Chandigarh, November 20
A former UT Adviser, Mr Virendra Singh, was today issued a notice by a local court in a case filed against him, to set aside his order of allegedly allowing Kumar Brothers Private Ltd, to run a chemists shop at a lower rental rate.

Assistant lineman charred to death
Chandigarh, November 20
An assistant lineman of the UT Electricity Department, Balwinder Singh (45) was burnt alive while he was heating up power transformer oil in electricity subdivision in Sector 41 here this afternoon.

MC reinstates 4 suspended employees
Chandigarh, November 20
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today reinstated its four officials who had been under suspension following the registration of a corruption case by the Central Bureau of Investigation in April 2001.

4 PU staffers to be honoured
Chandigarh, November 20
As a noble gesture, Panjab University is honouring four of its employees for showing exemplary dedication to work and proving their worth a little more than was expected, otherwise.

Care centre for AIDS patients
Chandigarh, November 20
To serve as a bridge between hospital and home, the National AIDS Control Organisation will set up the first community care centre of the region in the city to provide low-cost holistic care and train families of terminally ill AIDS persons in patient care.


UT to acquire 15 acres for cattle pound
Chandigarh, November 20
The Chandigarh Administration is acquiring 15 acres in Raipur Kalan for the construction of a cattle pound. The process will be completed within a month, counsel for the Administration informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court during the hearing of the stray cattle menace case.

MC holds meeting with NGOs on gaushalas
Chandigarh, November 20
On the directions of the UT Administrator, the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Mr M.P. Singh, today convened a meeting of NGOs that are keen to set up gaushalas in Chandigarh.

Even after 10 days, working of helplines tardy
Chandigarh, November 20
Ten days after The Tribune highlighted how important telephone helplines in the city are not providing accurate information quickly enough, things have not improved much. On November 11, The Tribune had carried out a survey regarding the working of the helplines.

Ghaggar water comes to HUDA’s rescue
Panchkula, November 20
The water scarcity in the township has now propelled the Haryana Urban Development Authority to draw water from the Ghaggar and supply it to the township.

Domestic water tariff mooted for religious bodies
Chandigarh, November 20
The Water Supply and Sewerage Disposal Committee of the corporation today recommended levying of domestic water tariff and sewerage cess on religious institutions. The domestic tariff would be applicable if the premises of the religious institutions are not being used for commercial activity like marriage ceremonies.

No improvement in sanitation
Panchkula, November 20
Inspite of the tall claims made by the Municipal Council authorities of taking every precaution while allotting a tender for sanitation works by four-zoning it, the sanitation facilities in the township have not improved.

Sambhar ventures into doctor’s house
Panchkula, November 20
The local police was put on high alert today-thanks to a sleepy Police Control Room officer. A posse of cops landed in Sector 6 this morning, when the Police Control Room on receiving information about a “blue bull calf” venturing into a house, further conveyed to the cops that a leopard had strayed into a residential area.

Unaccounted income of 27 lakh detected
Chandigarh, November 20
Unaccounted income of Rs 27 lakh was detected by sleuths of the Income Tax Department, (North-West Region) Range II, in two separate surveys conducted at a jewellery shop in Sector 16 and at a sanitary shop in Sector 18.

Need for wrestling centres, says Bir Devinder
Mohali, November 20
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha Deputy Speaker, Mr Bir Devinder Singh inaugurated a wrestling training centre at Phase VI Community Centre here today. The centre will be used to train young school and college children for national and international wrestling events.

Readers Write
Need to monitor Punjab Roadways functioning
HOW insecure, unsafe, terrible and on top of all inconvenient is travelling in a Punjab Roadways bus — one can take clue from the bitter experience that I had on November 12, 2003, travelling in a Punjab Roadways (Nawanshahr Depot) bus No PB 12C 9916 which left Amritsar at 2.30 pm.

Hero’s farewell to martyr
Panchkula, November 20
His family decided to give him a hero’s farewell. There were no heart-rending scenes at the Wats house here but they took Major Navneet Wats’ death solemnly- as a tribute to the brave soldier.


Man held for forgery
Chandigarh, November 20
Kanchan Dutta, an accountant with Mohali-based Vee and Vee Sanitation was today arrested allegedly for withdrawing Rs 3 lakh from a bank by forging signatures. According to police sources, Kanchan Dutta (36) had got hold of a checkbook of May Steel Pvt. Ltd, E-84, Phase VIII, Mohali, from a Sector 17 branch of Andhra Bank and withdrew money.

Cyclist crushed to death
Panchkula, November 20
A 22-year-old cyclist was crushed to death by a CTU bus ( CH-01G- 5716) near the Sector 11 and 15 chowk this evening. It is learnt that the victim, Omkar, was a resident of Mauli Jagran in Chandigarh and had come here for work.


Technical Teachers’ Training Institute renamed
Chandigarh, November 20
The local Technical Teachers’ Training Institute has been named as the National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research. This was announced by Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, chairman of the Board of Governors, while addressing a press conference here today.

Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, Chairman of the Board of Governors, addresses a press conference at the National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research in Chandigarh on Thursday.
— A Tribune photograph
Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, Chairman of the Board of Governors, addresses a press conference at the National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research in Chandigarh

Campus Notes
PU told to ensure parity in compartment cases
A student of Panjab University is allowed to join the postgraduate classes even if he has a compartment in the final year of graduation. However, a similar concession is not extended to students with compartment who wish to join a postgraduate diploma.

Heavy rush of students at the forms and fee counter for private candidates at the Administrative Block of Panjab University.
— A Tribune photograph

Heavy rush of students at the forms and fee counter for private candidates at the Administrative Block of Panjab University

PU staff seek viable pension scheme
Chandigarh, November 20
The staff of Panjab University organised a general house in protest against non-implementation of a viable pension scheme in front of the Administration Block today.

KVM students bag declamation contest trophy
Chandigarh, November 20
The Bakshi Tek Chand Memorial Declamation Contest was held on the second day of the 34th All-India Inter State and Inter School Cultural Competitions. The trophy was bagged by Jagriti Sharma and Urvashi Pahwa of Kundan Vidya Mandir in Ludhiana.

Students present scintillating cultural show
Mohali, November 20
Fanfare marked the 29th annual day celebrations of Gian Jyoti Public School, Phase II, here today. The whole campus wore a festive look with decorations and children decked up to participate in the cultural show that was organised for the occasion.

Students of Gian Jyoti Public School, Phase 2, Mohali, present a cultural item at the annual day function in the school premises on Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Students of Gian Jyoti Public School, Phase 2, Mohali, present a cultural item at the annual day function in the school premises

Sant Isher team wins ‘vaar gayan’ contest
Mohali, November 20
The “vaar gayan” team of Sant Isher Singh Model Senior Secondary School, Phase VII, has stood first in Punjab in the state-level educational competition organised by the Punjab School Education Board.

300 students attend painting competition
Chandigarh, November 20
As part of the ongoing 75th martyrdom fortnight of Lala Lajpat Rai the Servants of the People Society today organised a painting and a slogan writing competition on drug abuse and HIV/AIDS, besides child health. About 300 students from the city schools participated.


High Court
Tribune case sent to another Bench
Chandigarh, November 20
Nearly two weeks after an order was reserved in a contempt of court case against “The Tribune” and the Central Bureau of Investigation, a three-Judge Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the listing of the matter before another Bench.

Farewell given to Justice Sodhi
Chandigarh, November 20
The rhythmic notes of bugle filled the air as Mr Justice Nauvdip Kumar Sodhi of the Punjab and Haryana High Court was presented a guard of honour during an impressive farewell function held this afternoon.

PIL filed on stray cattle menace
Chandigarh, November 20
Seeking directions to the UT Administration, the Municipal Corporation and also the UT Inspector-General of Police to take all necessary steps to ensure that no animals were allowed to move on city roads, the city-based Human Rights Organisation today filed a public interest litigation, in a local court.


Punjabi song shot at Chandigarh Club
Chandigarh, November 20
After editing videos of Punjabi music albums, Navraj Raja is now into directing. He and his team yesterday shot a Punjabi song at the Chandigarh Club. Raja had edited around 500 songs. He has worked with K2 records company for song “Chand jara chhup leine de”.


Spreading the message of peace through theatre
AN interface with thespian Madeeha Gauhar from Pakistan serves more purposes than one. To begin with, it confirms the commonness of concerns, as held by artistes on both sides of the Indo-Pak border.

IN PURSUIT OF PEACE: Thespian Madeeha Gauhar is in Chandigarh to spread the message of peace and tolerance through her production, “Bullah”, at Tagore Theatre on November 21. — A Tribune photograph
Madeeha Gauhar

Waste paper can be used to run school
Zulfiqar Khan“W
ith a newspaper circulation of over two lakh in Chandigarh, the city produces waste paper worth lakhs of rupees every month. We are aiming at collecting just a part of it as donation from the people to run a school for the slum kids who have been denied formal education by the society,” says Mr Zulfiqar Khan, President, Theatre Age Society, an NGO working in Sector 24 to provide education and training in theatre to poor boys and girls, apart from assisting them to earn their livelihood.

Wear perfume for personable outlook
ERFUME, a transparent veil that lends an aura of mystery to its wearer, also makes a subtle fashion statement. This final touch to the dressing up ritual is the first thing that is noticed about a person. To quote Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel ‘‘perfume is the unseen but unforgettable and ultimate fashion accessory.

Selecting a perfume with care. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Selecting a perfume with care

It’s my life!
Chandigarh lacks glamour
was only two and half years old, when my parents who were residing in Moga decided to send me to Chandigarh to stay with my nanaji. My first school was St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32. When I was about six years, my parents also moved to Chandigarh and I shifted to Sacred Heart, Sector 26, where I studied till Class X.                                              Sabeeha Dhillon, International shooter

Sabeeha Dhillon

New Release
‘Out of Control’ targets urban viewers
East meets West... and life gets out of control. This is the theme of Vashu Bhagnani’s ‘Out of Control’. Life becomes hell when on one side there is an Indian boy and on the other an American girl. Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilas Rao Deshmukh’s son Ritesh Deshmukh, who is not one film old, plays lead role opposite Hrishitta Bhatt.


Polio no handicap for this powerlifter
Mohali, November 20
For 29-year-old Rajinder Singh, life has been an uphill task but whenever he has reached the top he has thanked God for being with him. Son of a poor couple of village Mehsampur, Phillaur, Rajinder Singh could well be the future of the nation in bench press powerlifting in India.

Italian teacher all praise for young golfers
Chandigarh, November 20
World class golf teacher, Dr Donato Di Ponziano of Italy, has told young golfers to consider themselves lucky to have got the best of golf facilities at this age. On the concluding day of the six-day national golf coaching camp at the CGA Golf Range organised by the Chandigarh Golf Association here today, he said he was impressed with the learning ability of the golfers who could take on any kind of challenge.

Amandeep wins gold in hammer throw
Chandigarh, November 20
Amandeep Kaur and Lakhwinder Singh won gold medals in hammer throw (women) and javelin throw (men), respectively, on the opening day of the Panjab University Inter-College Athletic Meet here today at the Panjab University grounds.

CBSE hockey tourney concludes
Chandigarh, November 20
The Fifth CBSE National Hockey Tournament in under 14, under 17 section for both boys and girls today came to a close this evening at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41.

Inter-sector athletic meet results
Chandigarh, November 20
Various events were held on the fourth day of the 23rd Inter-Sector Athletic Meet being organised by the ITBP in Chandigarh. The results are: 20 km walk: Chander Dev (HP), Krishan Chand (L&C), Major Singh (Ghl).

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