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Desilting Sukhna will cost Rs 80 crore
Chandigarh, February 23
It will cost Rs 80 crore and take five years to desilt the Sukhna Lake and increase its depth, says a latest communique sent by the Visakhapatnam-based National Ship Building and Design Corporation of India to the Chandigarh Administration.

CAT stays creation of DSP’s post against quota
Chandigarh, February 23
The Central Administrative Tribunal today stayed the conduct of the Departmental Promotion Committee for promotion of Inspectors and DSPs of the Chandigarh Police, thereby affecting their promotions.

Two Xens promoted
Chandigarh, February 23
The Union Public Service Commission has promoted Mr Kishanjit Singh and Mr S.K. Jaitely as Superintending Engineers of the Chandigarh Administration.

Introduction of high security number plates to miss May 31 deadline
Chandigarh, February 23
City residents may have to wait longer to get high security number plates for their vehicles as arrangements for the purpose are yet to be made.


All set for ‘Festival of Gardens’ tomorrow
Chandigarh, February 23
The Rose Garden here wears a festive look to welcome guests at the annual festival from February 25 to February 27. This is the 33rd “Festival of Gardens”.

Passing Thru


Unbearable stench at Grain Market
Chandigarh, February 23
There are more than 125 unoccupied booths for vegetable and fruit- sellers in the Grain Market, Sector 26. The fact is interesting in the light that as a part of the ongoing anti-encroachment drive, scores of vegetable and fruit-sellers are uprooted by the authorities daily who stage comeback the next day.

Sec-8 market closed; shopkeepers told to assist police
Chandigarh, February 23
Shopkeepers, who today kept the Sector 8 market closed in protest against the high-handedness of the traffic police, were themselves made traffic marshals.

Industrial Area lacking even basic facilities
Panchkula, February 23
Apathy on the part of various departments of the government has led to the near failure of the Industrial Area in the township.

The dilapidated condition of roads in the Industrial Area, Panchkula, shows the apathy of the government towards development of the area.
— Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma
The dilapidated condition of roads in the Industrial Area, Panchkula, shows the apathy of the government towards development of the area.

Awards for NGOs announced
Chandigarh, February 23
To motivate and recognise outstanding work done by NGOs in the Union Territory of Chandigarh, the Department today announced three state-level annual awards.

City Congress leader falls, in serious condition

Laboratory inaugurated
Panchkula, February 23
Chairman of Sood Sewa Bhawan Trust and Municipal Councillor, V.K. Sood today inaugurated a charitable diagnostic laboratory at Sood Bhavan, Sector 10.


Police inaction alleged
Zirakpur, February 23
A Bartana based retired defence personnel Mr Rajinder Singh and his family have been living in fear for the last fortnight following threats from some unscrupulous property dealers.

Car, scooter stolen
Chandigarh, February 23
A Ford Ikon car and a scooter were stolen from the city while the police has arrested one person for stealing cloth from a shop, according to the police here, today.


Market panel meets today on no-trust vote
Chandigarh, February 23
A meeting of the Market Committee has been summoned tomorrow to discuss the motion of no confidence against its chairman.

India all set to market handicrafts to world
Chandigarh, February 23
India is all set to market its handicrafts to the world in a big way. Associating sportspersons of international repute, barring cricketers, to market these crafts around the globe is the latest idea up their sleeve.

700 fill property tax forms
Chandigarh, February 23
A team of MC officials today made themselves available to the industrialists of the city to assist them in depositing property tax on their industrial units and in filling the self assessment scheme forms.


Architecture engg students first to get jobs, says study
Mohali, February 23
In an interesting finding, the review committee reporting on revitalizing technical education in Punjab has pointed that architecture engineering students in the state are among the first to obtain jobs followed by agriculture engineers.

Guru Nanak Varsity wins Bhangra competition
Chandigarh, February 23
It was the day of the bhangra and giddha at the Panjab University today as their annual cultural festival-Jhankar, organised by the Panjab University Students Council, entered second day. Music and the rhythmic movements of the dancers charged the atmosphere as the university auditorium remained full to its capacity while the folk dances regaled the audience.

Students present bhangra during Jhankar-2005 at Panjab University on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
Students present bhangra during Jhankar-2005 at Panjab University on Wednesday.

Practise discipline, Governor advises NCC cadets

Chandigarh, February 23
The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today called upon NCC cadets to practise discipline, adventurism, fortitude and ideals which they acquired during training. This would enable them to contribute to society and the country.

Punjab Governor and UT Administrator S.F. Rodrigues with the NCC cadets, who won medals at Republic Day parade in Delhi. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Punjab Governor and UT Administrator S.F. Rodrigues with the NCC cadets, who won medals at Republic Day parade in Delhi.

Prof Yashpal interacts with students

Chandigarh, February 23

As part of its ongoing ‘Campaign for Peace-city Chandigarh’ Yuvsatta in association with CRRID today organised an interaction of Prof Yashpal with students of different schools.

Prof Yashpal interacts with school children at the Centre of Research, Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), Sector 19, Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo Malkiat Singh

Prof Yashpal interacts with school children at the Centre of Research, Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), Sector 19, Chandigarh on Wednesday.

PU panel rejects move to limit CLs in December
Chandigarh, February 23
The move to bring in order to the university departments has been thwarted once again at Panjab University as a high-powered committee constituted by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, has decided against the proposal to limit the casual leaves to be availed by the employees to four in December, the end of the year.

Farewell for senior students
Panchkula, February 23
Students of Jainendra Gurukul School, Sector 1, hosted a farewell party for the students of Class X at Kalagram, here today. The programme comprised cultural items and titles for Class X students.

Roll numbers of X, XII students despatched
Mohali, February 23
The Punjab School Education Board has despatched roll numbers of students appearing in the matriculation and Class XII examinations starting from March 2.

Book exhibition held at MCM DAV College
Chandigarh, February 23
A book exhibition was put up by MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, on the college premises, here today. The exhibition offered a wide array of books ranging from cookery, literature, self-help to bestsellers.


Four jailed for life
Panchkula, February 23
A court here today sentenced four persons accused of kidnapping a young girl, to life. Additional District and Sessions Judge, J.R. Chauhan, ordered rigorous imprisonment for a life term to all four accused of kidnapping — Lovepreet Kaur, Lohit Kaushal, Parminder and Manjit Singh.

CAT notice on ASIs’ direct recruitment
Chandigarh, February 23
Acting on an application moved by 20 head constables against the direct recruitment for the posts of Assistant Sub-Inspector in the Chandigarh police, the Central Administrative Tribunal yesterday issued notice to the local police.


‘Ni Sultana Re’: a play on times of Kumar Vikal

Chandigarh, February 23

Cities are often identified by their poets. Urdu poet Sahir Ludhianvi carried with him the name of his city wherever he went and Batala is known as the city of the Punjabi lyrical poet, Shiv Kumar Batalvi. Even though he did not string the name of his city to his name yet the most prominent poet who emerged on the city canvas, spanning over half a century, was the Hindi poet Kumar Vikal.

Kumar Vikal with photographer Dewan Manna

Kumar Vikal with photographer Dewan Manna

Street plays staged
Mohali, February 23
Ranbaxy Community Health Care staged two street plays on the theme of women empowerment at village Shahi Majra here today.


Rhea finds peace in Art of Living

Rhea Pillai is in a state of absolute bliss and there is little this world and its enterprise can do to shatter that. Hers is a life given to the art of living the moment which encompasses in its tiny fold a whole existence — pulsating with peace, purpose and productivity. The baggage of “toxic” emotion has long been shed and Rhea is in a celebrative mood despite Sanjay Dutt and despite the wrench of her soured marriage. So full of life is she that all attempts to seek out frustration in her utterances meet with defeat. The Rhea Pillai of today is anything but sad, and before we begin to wonder where and when she made friends with peace, the former model rushes to tell.

Art of living expert Rhea Pillai in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Art of living expert Rhea Pillai in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Raka Mukherjee regales audience
Transcending rigidity of the musical gharana cult, Kolkatta-based classical vocalist Raka Mukherjee has evolved her own signature style in Hindustani classical music assimilating the best ingredients from the Kirana, Agra and other gharanas.

Hind di Chadar staged at Tagore Theatre
The ‘Sur Sanjh Cultural Society’ staged a religious play’ Hind Di Chadar’ at the Tagore Theatre in collaboration with the North Zone Cultural Centre Patiala and the Department of Public Relations Chandigarh Administration today.


Centres for children with special needs
Chandigarh, February 23
Is your child having problems with numbers or spellings or can’t concentrate on anything for more than a few seconds? These can be symptoms of learning disabilities.

Brain awareness week from March 14
Chandigarh, February 23
The Department of Neurology, PGI, will celebrate Brain awareness week from March 14 to 20. Coordinated by the European Dana Alliance of Brain, the event features participation of various centres and institutions across the globe which take the occasion to boost neurosciences by communicating the achievements of brain research.


YPS meet: Patiala House leads

Chandigarh, February 23
Patiala House led at the conclusion of the second day of the 25th Annual Athletic meet of Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, here today. They got 309 points while Aitchison with 263 points were at second place. Tomorrow the events will begin at 9 am and finish at 3.30 pm. In this six day meet, which will end on February 27, every student of the school was allowed to take part in as many events one wish to take part.
YPS students participate in athletics on Wednesday.

YPS students participate in athletics on Wednesday.

AG Uttar Pradesh down AG Haryana

Chandigarh, February 23
AG, Uttar Pradesh downed AG, Haryana, by three goals in the inaugural tie of the three-day North Zone Indian Audit and Accounts Department Hockey Tournament which began here at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42.

Haryana AG player being checked by UP AG players during the inter AG hockey championship on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Haryana AG player being checked by UP AG players during the inter AG hockey championship on Wednesday.

Intikhab hopeful of Punjab winning Ranji trophy
Mohali, February 23
The Pakistan cricket team coming to India for a three Test and six One Day International match series is the weakest ever team of Pakistan, though it has lot of young players,
claimed Intikhab Alam, a former skipper of Pakistan team, who is at present the Punjab Ranji team coach, here.

Karamjit declared best athlete
Chandigarh, February 23
Karamjit Kaur was declared as the best athlete at the forty-ninth annual athletic meet of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, held here today.


Milkfed roundabout adjudged the best
Chandigarh, February 23
The results of various contests of the Festival of Gardens 2005 are as follows: Section F-1 Large garden (with area over 2 kanals): Rana Gurjit Singh, Sector 4 (I); S. Paramjit Singh, Sector 33 (2).

Order on show-cause notice to MC employees
Mohali, February 23
The Director, Local Government, Punjab, Dr G. Vajralingum, has given orders for the issuance of a show-cause notice to two employees of the local Municipal Council for not maintaining the office record properly.

Physical test for ASIs made tough
Chandigarh, February 23
Not a single measuring tape has been snapped in the Assistant Sub-Inspector’s (ASI) ongoing recruitment drive in the Chandigarh police against and average of 70 per day when the city police conducted physical test for constables for which 1.35 lakh candidates had applied against 235 posts.


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