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Contest poll, Bansal dares General
Chandigarh, April 22
The local Member of Parliament has challenged the Governor to contest an election from the city if he thinks his anti-encroachment drive in the name of public welfare has been accepted by the masses.

Cong war of words continues
Chandigarh, April 22
The division in the rank and file of the local Congress today saw another press note issued by supporters of the group led by Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, the local Member of Parliament, against Mr B.B. Bahl, president of the local unit of the party.

Police yet to trace owner of unclaimed pistol
Chandigarh, April 22
The mystery behind the ownership of an unclaimed pistol found at Sukhna Lake about a month ago is haunting the UT police till date. All efforts the UT police had made to trace its owner have failed to bear any fruits.

Sanitation workers go on strike
Panchkula, April 22
More than 200 sanitation workers employed by the sanitation contractor today went on a strike in protest against the non-payment of salaries. They littered roads in various sectors with garbage.


Sack corrupt officers summarily: Hota
Chandigarh, April 22
Sack corrupt government officers after holding summary proceedings. Also take away the freedom of transferring officers from the ministers. This is what Chairman of Administrative Reforms Committee P.C. Hota has to say.

Dual-degree courses a success, says VC
Chandigarh, April 22
In the age of attaining a competitive edge in the least possible time, the dual-degree system successfully followed by Annamalai University is a cue for other universities to devise flexible courses.

Jilted and threatened, Amandeep pays the price of love
Chandigarh, April 22
For Amandeep Kaur who alienated every other affection for the sake of love, life is not going to be rosy. Soon after the woebegone girl dared to bare her wounds in public, she is allegedly being hounded by those who want to muffle her.

Cash, jewellery stolen
Panchkula, April 22
Cash and jewellery worth lakhs of rupees was stolen in separate burglaries in the district. While cash and goods worth Rs 5 lakh were stolen from a house in Pinjore, the loss because of a theft in Sector 11 house here is estimated to be in several thousands.

Car taken away at gunpoint
Mohali, April 22
A group of persons took away a car at gunpoint and damaged property in a house in Phase IX here today. According to the police, seven persons came to the house in two cars.

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Beopar mandal, POWA back on collision course
Chandigarh, April 22
The recent visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seems to have revived the Rent Control Act controversy with the Property Owners Welfare Association (POWA) and the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) back on a collision course.

CII housing proposal for Baddi to get nod soon
Baddi, April 22
Even as the CII, HP State Council proposal for housing in Baddi, Barotiwala, Nalagarh and Parwanoo was under consideration of the state government, the industrialists of area were hopeful of improvement in housing facilities after implementation of proposal.

Chandigarh witnessed a solar aurora on Thursday afternoon City witnesses solar aurora
Chandigarh, April 22
The city yesterday witnessed what is called a “solar aurora” in scientific terms. A rare phenomena though, the aurora around the sun does not signify any major alteration in the existing patterns.  It’s just a moment in time, quite natural and normal. It occurred at about 1.30 pm today and lasted for few minutes.

Chandigarh witnessed a solar aurora on Thursday afternoon. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Maps of 34 villages digitised
Mohali, April 22
In a first of its kind achievement, the geographical maps of 34 villages in Majri block of Ropar district have been digitised by Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Chandigarh, for the Ropar Administration as part of the Budhki Rao Watershed Project .

3 nominated hearing committee members
Chandigarh, April 22
Three city residents, including a Municipal Councillor, have been nominated members of the Public Hearing Committee on the construction project of new housing scheme by the Chandigarh Housing Board.

Police patrol vehicles again on roads
Mohali, April 22
Motor cycles used for patrolling by the police in the town here, which had to be parked yesterday because the slashed fuel quota fixed for vehicles was exhausted, were again on the roads today.

Check earth’s exploitation, students urged
Mohali, April 22
The Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS) celebrated the World Earth Day on its premises here today. More than 260 students of different vocational courses and 50 men and women from rural areas participated.

Stamp released on Earth Day
Chandigarh, April 22
To commemorate the Earth Day, a special first stamp day was released by the Postal department at a function here today. The special stamp is available for sale at Philatelic Bureau, GPO, Chandigarh.

Celebrating 35 years of first Moon landing
Chandigarh, April 22
Space memorabilia and a plethora of stirring mission tales marked the launch of Omega’s space exhibition, “Speedmaster Missions — Moon to Mars” at a Sector 8 showroom here today.

Mahavir Jayanti celebrated
Chandigarh, April 22

To celebrate the Mahavir Jayanti, a procession was taken out today. The procession started from Sri Digamber Jain Temple, Sector 27-B here in the morning and proceeded towards Shwetamber Jain Temple situated in Sector 28. It also went across the northern and southern sectors and concluded at Sector 18.
Devotees take out shobha yatra on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti in Sector 27, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Devotees take out shobha yatra on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti in Sector 27, Chandigarh

Market panel chief’s election on April 28
Chandigarh, April 22
Election to choose Chairman of the Market Committee, Chandigarh will be held on April 28 at 11 am under the supervision of the Additional Deputy Commissioner Inderjit Singh Sandhu in his office.

Local doctor elected national body vice-chief
Chandigarh, April 22
Dr G.C. Bansal, Medical Officer Health of the Municipal Corporation, has been unanimously elected vice-president of the national-level Association of Municipal Waste Managers.


Labourer commits suicide
Chandigarh, April 22
Tormented over the death of his sister six months ago, 20-year-old-labourer Mani Kandam today ended his life by hanging at his Maloya Colony house here. He left a suicide note saying that nobody was responsible for his step and asked his brother to take care of his mother and sister-in-law.

Notice to Returning Officer, sarpanch
Panchkula, April 22
Chief Judicial Magistrate, Gulab Singh today issued a notice to the Returning Officer and the sarpanch elect of Mandlai village. Acting on a petition filed by Bihki Devi, Amar Singh and Narata Ram of Mandlai, the court issued them a notice for tomorrow.

Rs 1000 stolen from car
Chandigarh, April 22
Surjeet Kalia, a resident of Sector 43, complained to the police here that his bag was stolen from his car (CH-01-R-2728), which was parked in front of the Aroma Hotel, Sector 22, yesterday.


Timex Trading ties up with Masonite International
Mohali, April 22
A local industrial unit, Timex Trading, has a tie-up with Masonite International Corporation, a world renowned company, for manufactured molded panel doors. Mr Simon D. Lee. Director, Sales and Marketing, presided over a meeting held with architects and bulk customers here this evening.

MLA opens store
Mohali, April 22
The MLA, Kharar, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, today inaugurated Amartex Shoppers World at the Phase III Industrial Area here. The garment manufacturing unit with a factory outlet will now also sell grocery items and cosmetics.


Dyslexia can be controlled: Kate
ow would you feel if books are just a jumble of alphabets and even the lines of text seem to swim in front of your eyes? Desperate, obviously at not being able to make sense of the jumbled alphabets in front of you.

Kate Currawala, founder of the Maharashtra Dyslexia Association, addresses parents and teachers at a workshop held in Panchkula on Friday. 
Kate Currawala, founder of the Maharashtra Dyslexia Association, addresses parents and teachers

Workshop on slow learning
Panchkula, April 22
The third pre-seminar workshop being organised by the Optimising Development in Education (ODE) on slow learning at Hansraj Public School, was conducted by Kate Currawalla and Masarrat Khan, founder president of the MDA (Maharashtra Dyslexia Association) and CEO of the MDA respectively.

Schools celebrate World Earth Day
Chandigarh, April 22
Delhi Public School, Sector 40, celebrated ‘Earth Day’ where the students were made aware about the importance of protecting their environment and preserving precious resources of earth.

Cleanliness drive at Sukhna Lake
Chandigarh, April 22
Two hundred students from various schools of the city gathered for a cleanliness drive, organised by Yuvsatta, at the Sukhna Lake today. Accompanying these students from KB DAV Senior Secondary School, Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary School and St Soldier International School were the volunteers of Yuvsatta, staff of the Environment Department, UT, and Greenpeace volunteers.

Students’ date with nature
Chandigarh, April 22
Environmental and ecological awareness was the focus of a field visit by 72 boys from Government Senior Secondary School, Mani Majra, to Nature Park in Sector 26 yesterday. The visit marked the school’s participation in the ‘Earth Day’ celebrations. This year is the 35th anniversary of commemorating the sanctity of the earth and of preserving the environment.

16 Landran college students excel
Mohali, April 22
Sixteen students of Chandigarh Engineering College (CEC), Landran, studying in the different semesters of B. Tech courses, have secured top positions on the merit list released by Punjab Technical university (PTU). The PTU had conducted the B.Tech examinations in December, 2004.

185 engg students given degrees
Mohali, April 22
Shaeed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology (SUSCET), Tangori, held its convocation on the college campus here today. Dr S.K. Salwan, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Technical University (PTU) was the chief guest on the occasion and Dr M.S. Grewal, Registrar PTU the guest of honour.
Students after receiving degrees at the convocation of Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
Students after receiving degrees at the convocation of Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori, on Friday

Principal honoured
Chandigarh, April 22
Principal of DAV College, sector 10, S. Marriya, has been honoured by the DAV College Managing Committee for contribution in the field of education. Mr Marriya, along with four other principals of DAV Colleges, was presented with a gold medal, a shawl and a commendation certificate by Union Minister for Sports and Youth Welfare, Sunil Dutt, at a function held on Wednesday at Talkatora Stadium, Delhi.


Burail jailbreak: surety amount reduced 
Chandigarh, April 22
Giving further relief to the accused in the infamous Burail jailbreak case, a local court today reduced the bail amount for the sureties of the five accused. The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr B.K. Mehta, reduced the amount for each surety to Rs 20,000 from Rs 50,000. The accused which will be benefited from the order include Baljeet Kaur, Subeg Singh, Nand Singh, Lakhwinder Singh and Sher Singh.


Cassette released
Mohali, April 22
A devotional audio cassette and a VCD “Siraan Watte Sardarian” was released at Gurdwara Singh Shahee-dan, Sohana, here today. The cassette, which has eight devotional songs, has been marketed by RDX Music Company and the songs have been sung by the director of the company, Gurmeet Singh, Jeeta, and Baljeet Kaur Mohali.


India funding cricket stadium in Guyana
Avinash Gupta Chandigarh, April 22
India is funding the construction of a cricket stadium in Georgetown in Guyana, which is likely a venue for the forthcoming World Cup in West Indies in 2007. This was announced by Mr Avinash Gupta, India’s Ambassador to Guyana, in an interaction at the Confederation of Indian Industry(CII) here today.

PSEB winning spree continues
Chandigarh, April 22
Vikas Mahajan of the Punjab State Electricity Board continued his winning spree and cruised past Vivek Lakhanpal of the Haryana Power Sports Group in a well-decided tie by 11-6,11-9,11-9,9-11,11-8 in the mens’ singles quarter final of the 31st All-India Electricity Sports Control Board Table Tennis Tournament at Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here today.

MCC club to take on Punjab Sectt club in final
Chandigarh, April 22
The Punjab Secretariat Cricket Club defeated the Chandigarh Education Employees Cricket team in the semifinal of the league-cum-knockout Employees Cricket Tournament held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, here today.

Jason Gillespie may visit city
Chandigarh, April 22
Jason Gillespie, Australian cricket team’s fast bowler, may visit the City on April 26 at a function to be hosted by Chandigarh Club Limited in collaboration with Fosters India. The event is scheduled to be held at Chandigarh Club Lawns from 8.30 pm.


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