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Critical issues confront UT Adviser
Chandigarh, November 22
For the new Adviser to the UT Administrator, Mr Lalit Sharma, the immediate task at hand is defined to the last detail. Several important decisions, which can have an impact on the city, are at a critical stage requiring, a final push.

Classroom attendance still negligible
Chandigarh, November 22
Classroom attendance remained negligible today in the local colleges affiliated to Panjab University because of the ongoing agitation against the fee hike. The central stage of action of agitation has shifted from boys colleges to Government College for Girls, Sector 11.

UT panel on fee hike will have students
Chandigarh, November 22
The UT Administration will constitute a committee to look into the ongoing controversy regarding the fee hike in the local affiliated colleges of Panjab University which has paralysed teaching from the past more than two weeks.


An evening of rock, dance and ecstasy
Chandigarh, November 22
Excitement broke loose as B4U music’s video jockey Keith stepped up on stage before the seven-member band Hundred Octane set the evening afire with its heavy metal guitaring at St Anne’s Convent School in Sector 32, here today.

A rock concert being held at St Anne’s Convent School in Sector 32 of Chandigarh as part of Symphony — an inter-school singing competition — on Saturday.

A rock concert being held at St Anne’s Convent School in Sector 32 of Chandigarh

Army club opens doors to civilian riders
Chandigarh, November 22
After instituting a massive programme to upgrade its humble riding school at Chandi Mandir Cantonment into a well-equipped riding club that meets international equestrian standards, Western Command has decided to open the club’s doors to civilian riders.

One killed in car-truck collision
Lalru, November 22
A resident of Delhi was killed while four others sustained injuries when the car in which they were on their way to Anandpur Sahib collided head on with a truck on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway at Sarseeni village, near here, this morning.


Building bylaws given the go-by
Mohali, November 22
In what is likely to raise a question mark over the working of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority, well-placed sources have alleged gross irregularities in the functioning of the Estate Office here. The sources stated that the double SCO building complex in the Phase V market here, that collapsed some months ago, was being built not only without due permission from PUDA, but also despite having reports to the effect that wrongful construction was being undertaken in the market.

A three-storeyed restaurant building in the Phase V market  at Mohali.

A three-storeyed restaurant building in the Phase V market  at Mohali

Retired postal staff to get health benefits
Chandigarh, November 22
In a significant order, the Central Administrative Tribunal has directed the Ministry of Health, the Director of Central Government Health Scheme, New Delhi, and the Joint Director, (CGHS), Chandigarh, to provide benefits of the CGHS to the retired employees of the Postal and Telecom Department.

Returning officers for gram panchayat poll appointed
Chandigarh, November 22
The State Election Commissioner, Chandigarh, has appointed four officers of the Chandigarh Administration as returning officers in connection with elections to gram panchayats, to be held in the near future.

BJP panels for elections formed
Panchkula, November 22
Five-member committees, comprising members of the district units of the BJP, will be constituted for detecting fake votes in each district. This was stated by the newly elected district president of the BJP, Mr Baldev Nayyar, while addressing a press conference today.

Pregnant woman ‘forced’ to leave hospital
Chandigarh, November 22
Accusing the staff at the General Hospital of misbehaving with her husband, a 27-year-old pregnant women, Salma from Badheri village has alleged that she was forced to leave the hospital at midnight because of their insensitivity.

Food joints found stealing water
Chandigarh, November 22
In a surprise check conducted by a team of the municipal corporation here this evening, several educational institutions and eating joints in the northern sectors were found evading water tariff and sewerage cess to the tune of lakh of rupees.

Nagar kirtan ahead of Martyrdom Day
Chandigarh, November 22
Melodious notes of shabads filled the air as enthusiastic residents followed the “panj pyaras” holding kirpans during a nagar kirtan taken out in connection with the Martyrdom Day of Guru Teg Bahadur falling on Monday.

Children dressed as Panj Piaras lead a procession in connection with Guru Teg Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Children dressed as Panj Piaras lead a procession in connection with Guru Teg Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day in Chandigarh

Readers Write
Open GMC canteen
WE, the parents of students of the hostel for boys of Government Medical College, Chandigarh, Sector 32, are concerned about the pathetic conditions being faced by our wards for the past two months as the mess-cum-canteen is closed and no arrangement is being made to re-open it by the authorities.

Ekta Shakti fourth force in state, says party chief
Panchkula, November 22
Maratha Virendra Verma, President of the Ekta Shakti Party, has said that they are emerging as the fourth force in the state, an alternative to the “corrupt” and “dictatorial” Lals of the Haryana politics.


Two women held for indulging in flesh trade
Chandigarh, November 22
The crime branch of the police today arrested two women for being involved in flesh trade. The two were caught red-handed while accepting money from decoy customers in Sector 42 here.

2 held for thefts in temples
Chandigarh, November 22
Two members of an inter-state gang were arrested today for carrying out thefts in temples in the city and the adjoining town of Panchkula in the past few weeks. The operation cell of the police also recovered jewellery stolen from temples worth Rs 2 lakh.


Kalam to open law institute in Mohali
Chandigarh, November 22
The Army Institute of Law campus at Mohali is scheduled to be formally inaugurated by the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on December 1. The institute, being run by the Army Welfare Education Society, was shifted to Sector 68, Mohali from its interim location in Patiala in July this year.

DAV school holds annual sports day
Mohali, November 22
The annual sports day of DAV Public School, Mohali, was held here today. Justice A.L. Bahri, chairman of the local managing committee of the school, in his presidential remarks emphasised the need to develop all-round personality of the child.

Tiny tots of Kids Village Preparatory School participate in a race in Mohali on Saturday
Tiny tots of Kids Village Preparatory School participate in a race in Mohali

Instructors of Shiamak school train kids
Chandigarh, November 22
Two instructors from the famous Shiamak Davar school are helping students of lower and upper KG at Strawberry Fields shed their inhibitions. Attending the classes with two instructors from the SDIPA — Dilshad Patel and Shradul Sharma — the children are learning to tap their hidden talent.


Student gets pre-arrest bail in CBSE scam
Chandigarh, November, 22
A local court today granted anticipatory bail to Puneet, a student who was booked by the UT police in the CBSE scam. Claiming that he deserved the concession of bail, the counsel for the student pleaded that he was falsely implicated in the case.


Jassi to perform at Silver City today
Zirakpur, November 22
Punjabi singer Jasbir Jassi will enthral audience at a cultural night ‘Jassi Live’ at Silver City, a housing colony, on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, near here, tomorrow.



Pankaj Berry shares his moments in the sun
It was difficult for actor Pankaj Berry to control the flood of memories that lashed his mind all this day. On a nostalgic trip to the city which fed his aspirations when he was most hungry to learn and share, Pankaj recounted the minutest of details which another star with his quantum of success would have conveniently skipped.

Actor Pankaj Berry with students of the Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University, where he studied about 20 years ago. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
Actor Pankaj Berry with students of the Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University

New release
‘LA di maina’ — the saving grace
ut of Control” deals with the topical issue of the lure of foreign land where marriage becomes a tool and selfishness is at its extreme. All these issues are on ample display, but the moral of the film is that you still go scotfree. Never mind that the film does not hammer the issue home but it certainly provides the much-needed encouragement to the dwindling tribe of “kabootars”.

Western Film Review
A film made in slaughterhouse
CHANDIGARH: The landscape is dotted with blood. The air is full of foreboding. With gore and guts strewn all over, director Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York” (Kiran) is a blood-spattered tribute to the mean streets of New York in 1840.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz in “Gangs of New York”.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz in "Gangs of New York"

Eating Out
A mini South India on the table
Tired of the same old varieties of dosas offered in most multi-cuisine and South Indian speciality restaurants of the city? When you don’t even have to consult the menu card and straightaway order the good old masala dosa, idli or vada sambar? Go to Sagar Ratna, Sector 17, for a change of taste.

People have a gala time as they eat South Indian delicacies at the ongoing food festival at Sagar Ratna in Chandigarh on Saturday.

People have a gala time as they eat South Indian delicacies at the ongoing food festival at Sagar Ratna in Chandigarh

Sheffali Verma Volleyball playerIt’s my life
I am indebted to city beautiful
I AM indebted to Chandigarh where I was able to hone my skills in volleyball. It is thanks to the facilities available here, particularly in the Sports Training Centre of the Sports Authority of India located in Sector 18, that today I can hope to play for the Indian volleyball team.


PGI faculty body meets Ganguly on ACR issue
Chandigarh, November 22
The simmering discontentment over bias in the writing of annual confidential report of doctors by the heads of department and delay in the grant of increments has prompted a sore PGI Faculty Association to seek the intervention of the Officiating Director, Prof N.K. Ganguly.

‘Badhai’ costs 3 hospital employees dear
Chandigarh, November 22
Demanding ‘badhai’ from parents blessed with a child may cost dear to three General Hospital employees, who are being served a chargesheet for forcing people to give money or sweets on becoming parents.


DAV College wins PU athletics meet
Chandigarh, November 22
DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, emerged winner in the men’s championship in the Panjab University Inter College Athletic meet and for evening and education colleges, which concluded here today at the university campus. Sarabjit Singh of the same college was declared the best athlete.

60 countries members of world draughts body
Chandigarh, November 22
Draughts, a mind sport, is here to stay. This was stated by Leo Springer, promotion in charge of the Federation Mondiale Dejeude Dames (World Draughts Federation), who is in the city to watch the ongoing Asian Draughts Meet in progress here at the Lake Club.

DAV College wins Sambhang trophy
Chandigarh, November 22
At least 250 artistes from different schools and colleges of the city participated today in Natyotsav 2003, the 14th annual one-act play festival organised in the memory of Prabhat Gupta, who sacrificed his life while saving a girl in 1987.

DAV-8 wins trophy for best skit
Chandigarh, November 22
About 18 students participated in the Pandit Nanak Chand memorial skit and mono-acting contest at the 34th All-India Inter-State and Inter-School Cultural Competitions at DAV Senior Secondary School in Sector 8. The trophy for the best skit went to the host school.

Inter-school primary games conclude
Chandigarh, November 22
The second UT inter-school primary games concluded here today at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19. In today’s matches, GPS, Maloya, defeated GGSSS, Sector 8; GPS, Kajheri, beat GPS-46; GPS, Palsora, defeated Railway colony, GPS, HalloMajra beat GPS, Butrela.


40 shops demolished
Chandigarh, November 22
In a major demolition drive the Chandigarh Administration today removed 40 shops and about 15 cattle sheds from prime lands valued at crores in Sector 38 (west) this morning. The shops were coming in the way of expansion of a roundabout and widening of the road dividing Sectors 38 and 38- (west) and that of Sector 38 (-west) and Sector 39.

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