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PUDA cautions parents on schools
on residential premises

Mohali, February 18
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority today cautioned parents in the township against admitting their children to the schools running in residential and industrial sites here. An advertisement to this effect informed the parents that these schools would not be allowed to function from such premises from the coming session following orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Harassed litigants await new District & Sessions Judge
Chandigarh, February 18
With the local District Courts functioning sans a District and Sessions Judge, scores of the litigants are a harassed lot and the routine judicial and administrative work has been virtually crippled.

BEL develops command, control system
Chandigarh, February 18
To meet battlefield requirements where the response time available to commanders has reduced, an indigenous command and control system for artillery regiments has been developed by defence sector major Bharat Electronics Limited.


New surgical technique for arthritis patients
Chandigarh, February 18
A 20-year-old patient from Yamunanagar, Haryana, was heartbroken when doctors informed him that the cure of his arthritis lay in total hip replacement surgery. The fear of restricted movement throughout his life was the main consideration for the young patient who wanted to be active just like any other person of his age.

His hope lies only in constant sunshine
Chandigarh, February 18
Dark existence in bright sunshine is his lot as doctors can come to him only when the sun comes out. Thus, all the prayers of Ramesh Kumar are directed to the sun god to give a rain-free, bright and sunny sky so that he can be brought to the footpath outside the Emergency ward of the PGI to be examined by doctors.

Ramesh Kumar (centre) with father Madan Lal (left) and wife Pooja lie on a footpath outside the Emergency ward in the PGI, Chandigarh.
— Tribune photo by Naveen S. Garewal
Ramesh Kumar with father Madan Lal and wife Pooja lie on a footpath outside the Emergency ward in the PGI, Chandigarh


Water top priority in MC budget
Chandigarh, February 18
The Municipal Corporation has attached top priority to the supply of drinking water to the city. At least six different proposals will come up for approval of the corporation in its budget.

Make mobile handsets affordable: BSNL ex-chief
Chandigarh, February 18
Development of wireless technology is imperative as most of the expansion will take place in mobile and wireless communications. This was stated by Mr Prithipal Singh, former Chairman-cum-Managing Director, BSNL, while inaugurating the two-day conference on microelectronics organised by the Indian Microelectronics Society at Panjab University here today.

Cong rift widens in city unit
Chandigarh, February 18
The divide in the local unit of the Congress has further widened with the content of a press note today showing the growing dissent in the groups backed Mr B.B. Bahl, president of the local unit, and the other backed by Mr Pawan Bansal, the local Member of Parliament.

HUDA draws flak for bid to cut peepal tree
Panchkula, February 18
It’s a lesson learnt by Haryana Urban Development Authority too late. After having paid Rs 4. 57 lakh as compensation for not removing a tree on a residential plot alloted in Sector 12-A for 20 years, HUDA faced flak as it launched a drive today to clear plots of encroachments, etc before possession is given.
Trees in Nahan Kothi in Sector 12-A, Panchkula, even after residential plots have been allotted on the land
Trees in Nahan Kothi in Sector 12-A, Panchkula, even after residential plots have been allotted on the land. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

ITBP replaces Assam Rifles in North-East
Chandigarh, February 18
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force has taken over the responsibility of manning the Sino-Indian border in the North-East from the Assam Rifles. Stating this here today, the ITBP Director-General, Mr K.J. Singh, said nine battalions had been redeployed to the North-East for this.

NOC from Fisheries Dept must, says HP minister
Chandigarh, February 18
The Government of Himachal Pradesh has made it compulsory to obtain ‘no objection certificate’ from the Department of Fisheries before implementing any project in the state.

63 recruits join Chandigarh police
Chandigarh, February 18
Sixty three recruits were inducted into the Chandigarh police at a “dikshant parade” in the Police Lines here today. The Adviser to the UT Administrator, Mr Lalit Sharma, was the chief guest.

UN recognition for CRRID
Chandigarh, February 18
The Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, Sector 19, Chandigarh, has been granted Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Dentist couple hits jackpot in game show
Panchkula, February 18
A local couple has hit the jackpot and won prizes worth Rs 5 lakh in a game show, “Khul Ja Sim Sim,” to be telecast on Star Plus tonight. The couple, Dr Rohit and Dr Manisha, both dentists, say that it was an exhilarating experience.

Advisory panel on renewable energy
Mohali, February 18
The Government of Punjab and the Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources, Government of India, have set up a district advisory committee on renewable energy under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar.


Two cars stolen from city
Chandigarh, February 18
Two cars, including an Hyundai Accent, have been stolen from the city since last night. According to the police, Mr A.K. Bhandari, a resident of Rajiv Vihar in Mani Majra, complained that his Hyundai Accent car had been stolen from his residence.


The teaching and non-teaching staff of Panjab University hold a candlelight procession in Chandigarh
The teaching and non-teaching staff of Panjab University hold a candlelight procession in Chandigarh on Friday evening in protest against the non-implementation of the pension scheme. — Tribune photo by Pardeep Tewari

PU joins hands with SCL on academic interaction
Chandigarh, February 18
A memorandum of understanding has been signed between Panjab University and Semiconductor Complex Limited, SAS Nagar, here today.
Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, PU and Dr M.J. Zarabi, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, SCL, Mohali signed the MoU. The MoU, which is valid for the next three years, envisages academic interaction between the two institutions in the emerging areas of technology and in particular, organisation of M Tech.


Court Briefs
SPO gets life term for murder
Panchkula, February 18
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mrs Sneh Prashar, today sentenced a Punjab police SPO to life imprisonment after he was held guilty in a murder case.

25 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Chandigarh, February 18
The eighth Lok Adalat of Central Industrial Tribunal-cum-Labour Court was held on the premises of the Labour court in Sector 18 here today. As many as 25 cases were settled during the adalat.


200 participants for Gladrags contest
WITH a dream to touch the sky more than 200 aspiring models came to take part in the preliminary round of Gladrags Megamodel and Manhunt contest which was held in the city today. Of these, only seven were girls.

Youngsters gather to take part in the Gladrags Megamodel and Manhunt contest in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Youngsters gather to take part in the Gladrags Megamodel and Manhunt contest in Chandigarh


PGI, Austrian varsity  sign MoU
Chandigarh, February 18
A memorandum of understanding was signed between the PGI, Chandigarh, and the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria, at New Delhi on Thursday. Prof K.K. Talwar, Director, PGI, and Prof Hans Grunicke of the Medical University of Innsbruck signed the MoU in the presence of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and the President of Austria, Mr Heinez Fischer.


Brothers corner glory in tennis meet
Chandigarh, February 18
Anmol Singh Ladhar and Fateh Singh Ladhar, both students of Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, brought laurels to the city in the All-India Tennis Association Tennis Meet that concluded at the National Tennis Academy, Gurgaon.


UT to give shield to best village
Chandigarh, February 18
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to give a shield for the best village amongst the 18 villages in the periphery. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Arun Kumar, said the trophy would be given every year on the eve of Republic Day.

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