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Govt says HC stayed it, but is there stay?
NAC status to Naya Gaon

Chandigarh, March 3
On November 15, 2001, the then Punjab Governor had issued a notification for constituting a notified area committee (NAC) or Nagar Panchayat for the Naya Gaon area. The villages of Karoran, Nadha and Kansal were to be part of the proposed NAC, which was to have an area of around 2000 acres.

Parents take back abandoned children, plead forgiveness
Jean Rodrigues takes interest in children’s rehabilitation 
Chandigarh, March 3
The worst of wrongs stand corrected if only God wills. In a surprising twist of fate today, a sordid tale of abandonment took several vague turns to end on a pleasant note.

From tears to smiles:
Bhavna and Himanshu strike a pleasant pose after they were reunited with their mother Santosh who had abandoned them at a gurdwara on February 23. Tribune photo by Pradeep Tiwari
Bhavna and Himanshu strike a pleasant pose after they were reunited with their mother Santosh who had abandoned them at a gurdwara on February 23


Jewellers observe strike
Excise on branded jewellery a retrograde step: BIS
Chandigarh, March 3
Marriages and family functions in the city scheduled for the next few days, it seems, will have to take place without the glitter of gold. Jewellery shops all across the city, today, began their indefinite strike to protest against 2 per cent excise duty imposed on branded jewellery. The excise duty was announced by Finance Minister P. Chidambram, during his Budget speech on February 28.
Jewellery shops remained closed all over Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Jewellery shops remained closed all over Chandigarh

Udhampur, Rajouri students visit Chandimandir
Chandigarh, March 3
For a group of 72 school students from Udhampur and Rajouri districts who had never ventured outside Jammu and Kashmir, an Army-sponsored trip to the city and its environs has provided a foray into a whole new world.

Post offices stop sale of revenue stamps
Panchkula, March 3
Thousands of people in Haryana and Punjab are facing a lot of inconvenience after most of the 6500 odd post offices in the two states have stopped selling revenue stamps.

Now pay before filing consumer complaints
Chandigarh, March 3
There is bad news for consumers filing complaints before district and the state consumer forums all over the country. The filing of the complaints will no longer be a free affair with the Central Government imposing court fee in the consumer forums.

Pran, Kamini Kaushal to get awards in Pakistan
Chandigarh, March 3
This year’s World Punjabi Conference in Pakistan will be a glittering affair, with the organisers sending in invites to celebrated Indian film personalities.

Passing Thru


Kharar Murder Case
Sedatives purchased from Mohali

Kharar, March 3
The sedatives given to Bhupinder Kaur, who was allegedly murdered by her daughter and lover of the girl here on Monday night, were purchased from Mohali.

Dholis keep up the enthusiasm of Haryana Congress President Bhajan Lal’s supporters, even as the day went in anticipation of the announcement of name of the next Chief Minister
Dholis keep up the enthusiasm of Haryana Congress President Bhajan Lal’s supporters, even as the day went in anticipation of the announcement of name of the next Chief Minister of Haryana. Mr Bhajan Lal’s supporters waited outside his Sector 8 residence in Panchkula all day, hoping that their leader would be named Chief Minister. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Reverification drive in illegal colonies from March 15
Chandigarh, March 3
The Estate Office will hold a reverification-cum-confirmation survey of residents of colony Number 5 for a week beginning on March 15. 

Kalagram to be promoted on Suraj Kund pattern
Chandigarh, March 3
Kalagram is going to emerge as a major centre for the promotion of art and culture with annual fairs on the pattern of Suraj Kund. An announcement in this regard was made at the combined 21st meeting of the executive board and 19th meeting of the governing body of the North Zone Cultural Centre held under the chairmanship of Governor of Punjab and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh-cum-Chairman, NZCC, General S.F. Rodrigues (retd), at Jaipur.

Leg amputation case: no relief for family
Chandigarh, March 3
The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has dismissed the petition of the mother of the 15-year-old student of St John’s High School, Abhishek Ahluwalia, whose leg was amputated following the alleged negligence of two doctors of a leading private hospital.

Stray dog bites 15 persons
Panchkula, March 3
It was a rude shock for almost 15 persons, when a stray dog suddenly pounced on them near Sector 6 market, and bit them one by one. The dog was later done to death by shopkeepers and cops.

Delimitation Board meeting cancelled 
Mohali, March 3
The very first meeting of the Delimitation Board, which was scheduled to be held in the office of the Chairman of the board - cum-SDM tomorrow, has been cancelled. The meeting was to be held for discussing the delimination of municipal wards as elections to the civic body are due this year.

Experts welcome new savings proposals
Chandigarh, March 3
The Budget proposal allowing deduction of up to Rs 1 lakh of savings from taxable income and rationalisation of exemptions offered to investors under various sections of the IT Act will give a boost to the insurance sector.

Budget ‘leaves senior citizens poorer’
Mohali, March 3
A former member of the Consumer Court, Chandigarh, Mr H.S. Walia, said here today that the Union Budget proposals had adversely affected senior citizens making them poorer by thousands of rupees.

Sales tax collections up
Chandigarh, March 3
Sales tax collection in the city has shot up by more than 21 per cent from Rs 306 crore in February last year to Rs 372 crore in the corresponding period this year.

200 attend yoga camp
Chandigarh, March 3

Over 200 persons are attending the ongoing yoga camp being organised by the Gayatri Parivar in the Sector 46-C park here. According to a press note, the camp was being conducted by Sarita Gupta, Pariyanka Rai, Preeti Tonk and Vinita Singh.

A view of the yoga camp being organised by the Gayatri Parivar in Sector 46, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
A view of the yoga camp being organised by the Gayatri Parivar in Sector 46, Chandigarh

Langar for hospital patients starts
Panchkula, March 3
The Vishwas Foundation, Panchkula, has started a free langar for poor patients and their attendants at General Hospital, Sector 6. The foundation volunteers will every day provide lunch to about 100 persons on the premises of the hospital.

Members of the Vishwas Foundation serve free langar to poor patients and their attendants at General Hospital, Sector-6, Panchkula, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Members of the Vishwas Foundation serve free langar to poor patients and their

Creche for children of working women opened
Chandigarh, March 3
The Kanopi Kids Club, a creche, for keeping the children of working women was launched in the city yesterday. Ms Ruchika Jain said, “Today, most of the parents are working and staying in nuclear families. They go to work carrying the guilt of leaving their little ones in the care of the maid.

The Kanopi Kids Club that was inaugurated at Sector 21 in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
The Kanopi Kids Club that was inaugurated at Sector 21 in Chandigarh on Wednesday

Black-badge protest by insurance staff
Chandigarh, March 3
A massive demonstration was organised by employees and officers of four public sector joint insurance companies in front of the regional office of New India Insurance Company Ltd to press the management for an early acceptance of their genuine demands.

CAT upholds plea of 2 librarians
Chandigarh, March 3
The Central Administrative Tribunal today stayed the move of the UT Education Department to withdraw the arrears amount paid to two librarians after the revision of their pay scales.

679 youths clear Assam Rifles physical test
Chandigarh, March 3
Despite tough physical standards laid down for candidates, a good number of youth form Punjab cleared the physical test conducted by the Assam Rifles at the Police Lines, Sector 26, here.

Sanchar Nigam employees stage dharna
Chandigarh, March 3
About 150 members of the All-India Sanchar Nigam Limited Executives Association and the Sanchar Nigam Executive’s Association, India SNEA (I), Chandigarh, jointly protested against the “indifferent attitude” of the BSNL management and staged a dharna in front of the office of GMT, Punjab, Sector 34, and the office of the Principal General Manager, Sector 18, here today.

Maximum temperature up in city
Chandigarh, March 3
The skies cleared up today and the maximum temperature touched the 32ºC mark and this was at 6 degrees above the normal. The minimum temperature recorded was 15ºC, 4 degrees above the normal.


3 hurt in group clash at Fun Republic 
Chandigarh, March 3
The viewers watching the movie, “Page 3”, at Fun Republic last night, were taken aback, when two groups of boys allegedly clashed with each other. At around 11:30 pm suddenly there was a commotion inside the hall.

Showroom burgled in Panchkula
Panchkula, March 3
Close on the heels of a burglary in a Sector 21 house, a gang of burglars again targeted a showroom in the densely populated Sector 16 market and decamped with goods and cash worth lakhs of rupees in the wee hours today.

Restaurant owner’s son booked
Chandigarh, March 3
Manu Sethi, son of the owner of Gazal restaurant in Sector 17 here, has been booked by the police for allegedly threatening to kill a Canadian national, Mr Sanjiv Mahan, outside the Chandigarh Club about a fortnight ago.

Youth hangs himself to death
Chandigarh, March 3
An 18-year-old youth ended his life by hanging himself at his residence in Daria village late last night. He was noticed hanging from a girder with a dupatta by his father this morning.

Two held on theft charge
Chandigarh, March 3
The local police has arrested two persons accused of stealing in separate cases and another person for gambling while a shop was burgled in Sector 22-C, as per a press note issued by the local police here, today.

Gang of looters busted
Mohali, March 3
The police busted a three-member gang involved in the looting of people after drugging them here today. Although the police declined to confirm the arrests, sources said that gang members were picked up from the Phase VII industrial area.


Illustration by Sandeep Joshi Indo-Pak match gives nightmares to parents
Chandigarh, March 3
Annual examinations of education boards of different states are in progress and it is also the period of anxiety both for parents and students. But, what has made the parents more anxious is the Test match between India and Pakistan which will begin from March 8 at Mohali.

CBSE Class X exams begin
Chandigarh, March 3

The Class X Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) kicked off on a positive note, here today. As many as 80,000 students appeared in today’s examination from all over the region. It was conducted at 32 centres of the city. 

A teacher discusses the social science paper outside an examination centre in Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Thursday.— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan 
A teacher discusses the social science paper outside an examination centre in Sector 16, Chandigarh

School gives Rs 20,000 for relief fund
Chandigarh, March 3
Saint Soldier International School, Sector 28, here today presented a draft of Rs 20,000 to the Additional General Manager of The Tribune, Mr O.P. Arora, as contribution towards the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

400 students examined


Sonali Bendre and Farooq Sheikh in town for their play “Aapki Soniya” On a smile forever
Nature has its own ways of escorting people to where they belong. Why else would a law graduate at the threshold of his career land on the sets of “Garam Hawa” and evolve into one of the finest actors of India.

‘Aapki Soniya’ unfolds Urdu’s magic to Sonali
Thanks to Salim Arif’s “Aapki Soniya”, Sonali Bendre has emerged as a fine theatre actress. Waking up to the hidden talent has been as enjoyable as experience for Sonali as it has been for her viewers across India, who have seen her evolve on stage, act by act.

Sonali Bendre and Farooq Sheikh in town for their play “Aapki Soniya”. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Tiny tots create wonders with brush, colours
Chandigarh, March 3
Sliced melons, a lively garden, gamboling aquatic creatures and vivid pink candies festooned the walls of Citigold Center, Sector 9, here where an exhibition of paintings done by children between two and a half and six years of age concluded today.

Young artists display their work at Citigold Center, Citibank, Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Young artists display their work at Citigold Center, Citibank, Sector 9

New Release
Another ‘jat puttar’ makes debut

‘Socha Na Tha’ is a Vijeyta Films (Dhaarmendra Production House) venture that produced ‘Betaab’, ‘Ghayal’, ‘Barsaat’ and ‘Dillagi’. The film introduces another jat puttar from the Deol’s family — Dharmendra’s nephew Abhay Deol.

Sharing joys and sorrows through art
TO the young Mumbai-based Kathak dancer and actress Nandita Puri, art is a means of addressing humanity and sharing their concern of joys and sorrows alike.

NRI’s gesture to tsunami victims
Despair is inescapable in Campbell Bay, Great Nicobar. With the earthquake’s epicentre off the western coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia, just 80-90 miles from Campbell Bay, the devastating tsunami followed within minutes.


‘Guidelines needed for post-treatment trauma’
Chandigarh, March 3
Timely treatment, after an accident leading to multiple fractures in the upper limbs of a patient in his mid-20s, can take care of his injuries. But the broken limbs, though now joined, can lead to stiff joints and cannot be treated.

Free eye camp at Markfed office
Chandigarh, March 3
Markfed Blood Trust in association with Fortis Hospital, Mohali, today organised a free eye check-up camp at the Markfed office to mark the golden jubilee year of Markfed.


John Wright arrives
Chandigarh, March 3
The Indian cricket team coach John Wright, physio John Gloster and physical trainer Greg King arrived here today. In the evening the coach and the physio made a round of Punjab Cricket Association ground. He avoided all queries regarding the Indian team and players.

Varinder wins 400m title
Chandigarh, March 3
Varinder Singh of Behlana won the 400 meters men’s final on the second day of the rural sports tournament organised by the Sports Department, Chandigarh Administration, at the Sector 46 Sports Complex here today. 

Mauritius boxers for A.K. Misra championship
Chandigarh, March 3
The 12th All-India A.K. Misra Memorial Boxing Championship started today at the Sector 10 Skating Rink, here today. Ms Indu Misra, wife of late A.K. Misra, declared the tournament open. Apart from the 27 Indian teams, 10- member boxing team from Mauritius is taking part in this tournament.


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