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City schools detaining ‘weak’ students
Ignore CBSE norms on pass percentage
Chandigarh, June 18
Going all out to add to their regulation, certain schools in the city are playing with the career of their students. The students, who have not fared up to the expectations of their schools, are being detained in Classes IX and XI. Ignoring instructions of the Central Board of Secondary Education, the schools have devised their own criteria of pass percentage for evaluating the students.

Visa racket: two held for cheating student
Chandigarh, June 18
Inderjeet Singh and Rupa Pathak of the Sector 35-based Shine Star Education and Immigration Consultancy were today arrested for allegedly cheating a student from Punjab with a promise to send him to Ireland for higher education.



Play leaves audience in splits
Punjab actress Neena Tiwana during the staging of a play, “Mela Munde Kuriyaan Da”, at Tagore Theatre
Punjab actress Neena Tiwana during the staging of a play, “Mela Munde Kuriyaan Da”, at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Friday.
— Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Darkness in many Mohali streets as PSEB snaps ‘kundis’
Mohali, June 18
Streets were plunged into darkness here this evening following removal of ‘kundi’ connections supplying electricity to over 800 streetlights in the township. While Punjab State Electricity Board officials alleged that the municipal council was pilfering power for these streetlights, the council authorities stated that they had resorted to such connections as the PSEB had failed to repair its non-operational meters.

Local bus service in new format delayed
Chandigarh, June 18
The promised local bus service in its new format will be delayed beyond the deadline of August 15 as the bus supplier has sought time. Sources in the Administration have said the technical and financial bids have been opened, but, the process has been delayed and it will not start on the deadline.

Flouting HC orders, Syals sold properties
Chandigarh, June 18
On August 17, 2001, the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered the management of Golden Forests (India) Limited and its subsidiary companies not to sell/alienate any property. About two years later, on June 18, 2003, the same court appointed a former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, Justice R N Aggarwal, as Provisional Liquidator to manage, control and sell properties of Golden Forests (India) Limited.

Girl commits suicide
Chandigarh , June 18
An 18-year-old girl Veermati today allegedly immolated herself in Janata Colony, Sector 25, after pouring about 10 litres of kerosene on her. Veermati’s father Rup Lal had gone to bring fuel wood from a shop and two brothers and her mother were away from their jhuggi when the girl allegedly committed suicide. The father of the girl said she used to get very angry whenever the family spoke of her marriage.


IL-76 freighter for Alaska exercises
Chandigarh, June 18
An IL-76 at the Chandigarh Air Force Station. While attention is focused on IAF Jaguars, which are scheduled to fly to Alaska for the multinational exercise, Cope Thunder 2004, an IL-76 freighter is being quietly prepared at Chandigarh to accompany the fighters for the long haul across four continents.
An IL-76 at the Chandigarh Air Force Station. 
— A Tribune photograph

Gurdwara management lands in controversy
Chandigarh, June 18
The management committee of Sector 34 gurdwara has been accused of spending huge amounts on the construction of a school at Sawara village in Punjab, about 14 km from the city.


2 tricksters brought to city on remand
Chandigarh, June 18
The two youths from Rohtak, who tricked a man from Panchkula into handing over the keys of his car for a trial at Sukhna Lake and later made good with the vehicle on June 13, were today brought to Chandigarh on transit remand.

Woman dies in accident
Chandigarh, June 18
A 27-year-old woman of Mauli Jagran Complex was killed while her husband Raj Kumar was seriously injured when a truck allegedly hit their bicycle near the Hallo Majra roundabout here today.

Youth robbed of Rs 6,000
Chandigarh, June 18
Two cycle-borne youths last night allegedly robbed a local resident of Rs 6,000 and a mobile phone when he was in Kajheri. Mr Ganpat Bhutani, a Sector 44 resident, reported to the police the two youths threatened him with dire consequences if he did not part with whatever he had.


Kitchen 2004 opens
Chandigarh, June 18
Kitchen 2004, Confederation of Indian Industry’s annual exhibition on kitchen equipment and accessories, opened today. The four-day fair showcases everything connected with kitchen and cooking, from electric chimneys to designer glasses.

Scooter launched
Panchkula, June 18
Bajaj has launched the new Chetak four-stroke with ‘wonder gears’. It has a new gear. It gives a mileage of 60 kmpl in city conditions. The instrument console displays the gear position in an electronic flash form.


Admission rush begins in city colleges
Chandigarh, June 18
Its the great admission rush that has begun in the city colleges where hordes of students are thronging the college campuses to know their chances of getting admission in the session 2004-05. As the admissions begin on July 5, Chandigarh Tribune decided to have a glance as to what the various colleges across the city offer to the students who want to take admission in undergraduate courses in various city colleges.

Lesser syllabus for CBSE chemistry students
Chandigarh, June 18
From the new academic session, students taking up chemistry subject in senior secondary classes will have to cover lesser syllabus. To reduce the load on the science students, the Central Board of Secondary Education has decided to omit certain portion of the text from the NCERT books while evaluating the students in the examination to be held next year.


Play leaves audience in splits
Chandigarh, June 18
The Harpal Tiwana foundation today presented “Mela Munde Kuriyaan Da”, a production that reflects the inherent maladies of Punjab’s social, political and educational system. Written in the language of comedy, laced with sting, the play featured, among others, Harpal Tiwana’s wife Neena, his son Manpal, famous Punjabi actress Nirmal Rishi, Ashi Parashar and Tarsinder Soni. The play was sponsored by The Tribune.

French DJ rocks city youth with magical sounds
French musician and deejay, Romuald Tual, mixes music at a discotheque in Chandigarh on Friday.Chandigarh, June 18
French musician and deejay Romuald Tual loves to call himself DJ Rom. Ask him why he has a fascination for vague names, and he makes a strong reference to computers and to the art of making music on computers. “Rom is a term we associate with the fastest technology. And I am the musician of the present times, a musician who makes electronic music that dabbles purely in sound and its many contours.

French musician and deejay, Romuald Tual, mixes music at a discotheque in Chandigarh on Friday. 
— A Tribune photograph


Vendors educated about PFA rules
Chandigarh, June 18
Officials of the Prevention of Food and Adulteration Act Cell, UT, today held a meeting with the vendors and manufacturers of cold drinks to educate them about the PFA Act and various other rules. The interaction was held in the auditorium of the Department of Family Welfare, Sector 22.

Awareness programme on female foeticide
Mohali, June 18
The Family Planning Association of India, Mohali branch, organised a sensitisation programme for mediapersons as part of its ‘Girl Child and Prevention of Female Foeticide’ project. The project has been launched to create awareness in the community about the Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques Act 1994 and to generate strong social disapproval to female foeticide.


India beat Pak in tough snooker contest
Pankaj Advani of India plays a shot during the Indo-Pak Peace Cup Snooker Tournament in Chandigarh on Friday. Chandigarh, June 18
The opening day of the three-test Rexello Castors Indo-Pak Peace Cup Snooker Tournament series, belonged to the hosts when they overcame a stiff challenge from visiting Pakistan 4-3 here today at the Chandigarh Club. The day began with India getting 3-0 lead, but Pakistan bounced back by winning the next three games.

Pankaj Advani of India plays a shot during the Indo-Pak Peace Cup Snooker Tournament in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Mandira Bedi plays ‘gully’ cricket in city today
Chandigarh, June 18
MAX, the premium Movies and Special Events channel, now gives the women of Chandigarh a wonderful opportunity to come out and play cricket with the vivacious Extraaa Innings superstar Mandira Bedi! The city of Chandigarh will experience cricket fever like never before as Mandira Bedi visits it tomorrow (Saturday, 19 June, 2004) as part of the exciting Himalaya Herbals Protein Shampoo Gully Cricket with Mandira promotion.

70 take part in ‘Save mountains’ show
Chandigarh, June 18
More than 70 Royal Enfield motor cycles today passed through various sectors of the city. The show, organised by the Road Survivors-Chandigarh Bullet Club, began around 6 pm in Sector 9. Mr Mayank Gupta, media co-ordinator of the show, said they wanted to communicate the message to mountain visitors, mostly families on picnic, not to litter. The message was ‘Save mountains’.

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