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PEC cuts quota for city students
Chandigarh, April 30
The Board of Governors, Punjab Engineering College, decided that the all-India and Chandigarh quota for admission to undergraduate courses at Punjab Engineering College for the academic session 2005-06 would be 50:50. The quota was in the light of the recent Supreme Court order, whereby the earlier order of Punjab and Haryana High Court had been stayed.

Sunday Special
In SC, UT had opposed site division
Chandigarh, April 30
The UT Administration’s policy on apartments in the city has seen many flip-flops over the years. At one stage, the Administration even went to the Supreme Court to challenge a judgement of the Punjab and Haryana High Court that had set aside the rule that made fragmentation of any site or building in Chandigarh.
An apartment complex under construction in Sector 8, Chandigarh.
An apartment complex under construction in Sector 8, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan



Israeli smuggler seeks probe against NCB officials
Alleges misappropriation of Rs 10 lakh
Chandigarh, April 30
An international drug trafficker, Lior Avi Ben Moyal, who was arrested with one of the largest narcotics hauls here by the Narcotics Control Bureau in February this year, has sought an inquiry “at the highest level” into the alleged misappropriation of Rs 10 lakh by the NCB officials.

Curtains for star nites, fashion shows at PU
Chandigarh, April 30
It's finally curtains for star nites and fashion shows organised by various departments on the Panjab University campus. PU Syndicate, at its meeting held here today, accepted the report of the committee headed by the Dean University Instructions (DUI), which strongly recommended against holding such shows, which are non-academic and do not involve university students.

Badheri seeks apology from DC
Chandigarh, April 30
Mr Bhupinder Singh Badheri, a former chairman of the Market Committee, has served a legal notice on the Deputy Commissioner demanding an unconditional apology from him and a local daily for “tarnishing his public image”.

Passing Thru


UT skyline for sale
Curb unplanned colonisation 
Open spaces, areas reserved for greens, houses built under strict zoning restrictions and Le Corbusier’s vision in the planned city of Chandigarh may soon fade into oblivion. Flats or apartments in residential houses being developed at an expeditious commercial pace to be sold as money spinners for exorbitant sums by builders and property dealers are the order of the day.

Territorial Army’s infantry units being disembodied
Chandigarh, April 30
About three-and-a-half years after the Territorial Army (TA) was mobilised during Operation Parakram, India’s military posture along the international border with Pakistan in the wake of the December, 2001, attack on Parliament, its infantry units are finally being disembodied.

Policemen want govt to stop travel deduction
Chandigarh, April 30
The Chandigarh police is deducting nearly Rs 50 lakh per annum from the salaries of its around 4000 field staff to pay to the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) for what it calls free travel compensation.

Budget night shelter’s renovation on
Chandigarh, April 30
Rain Basera located in Sector-17 near the Bus Stand is being upgraded and improved to cater to people who are looking for cheap accommodation. They may be students, those appearing for exams or coming for medical examination.

Scheme to uplift urban poor on the anvil
Chandigarh, April 30
The Congress-led UPA Government proposes to set up a National Urban Renewal Mission to provide basic amenities such as housing, water, education and health to the urban poor.

The Union Minister of State for Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation, Selja (centre), at a function organised by National Cooperative Housing Federation in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

The Union Minister of State for Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation, Selja (centre), at a function organised by National Cooperative Housing Federation in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Police to check migration soon: Selja
Panchkula, April 30
The Union Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Employment and local Member of Parliament, Ms Selja, today said a national policy to control large-scale migration to urban areas was on the anvil.

Scheme to help physically challenged
Chandigarh, April 30
The Social Welfare Department is implementing a scheme to provide assistance to physically challenged persons in purchasing aids and appliances. Under this scheme, the financial assistance is being provided to them.

Fire breaks out at singers’ function
Mohali, April 30
A fire broke out at the local Shivalik Public School where singers Harbhajan Mann and Gursewak Mann were to give a performance this evening.

Function held on May Day’s eve
Chandigarh, April 30
On the eve of May Day, the women cell of the Punjab Bank Employees Federation organised a function here today.

Admn, MC staff stage dharna
Chandigarh, April 30
Hundreds of employees from various departments of the UT Administration and the Municipal Corporation today organised a dharna at the Matka Chowk, demanding that their issues be heard by the authorities concerned.

Economic census from today
Chandigarh, April 30
The fifth economic census will be conducted in Chandigarh from May 1 to June 30. As many as 70 teams, comprising six persons each, would make a door-to-door survey to enumerate all entrepreneurial units in the territory, Mr Vivek Atray, Joint Secretary Finance, told reporters here yesterday.

Raids to nab accused cops conducted
Panchkula, April 30
The police conducted raids at several places to nab Sub-Inspector Verender Sharma and Assistant Sub-Inspector Ashwani Sharma, who have been booked on charges of corruption.

Sack of 2 councillors sought
Chandigarh, April 30
The Chandigarh Vikas Manch today demanded the dismissal of two nominated councillors Mr KS Raju and Mr PC Sanghi for their “unparliamentary outbursts” at a meeting of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh yesterday.


Burglars decamp with DVD player, ornaments, cash
Chandigarh, April 30
A house was reportedly burgled of gold ornaments, a DVD player and cash Rs 11,000 today. In another incident two unidentified persons snatched a purse from a woman. The local police released this information here today.

Car thief arrested
Chandigarh, April 30
The local police arrested Suraj (20), one the of the car thieves arrested by the police about a fortnight back, from the Chandigarh railway station this morning. Suraj gave the slip to the police on April 19, when the police party was taking him to identify a spot in Mauli Jagran.

Gangrape accused arrested
Panchkula, April 30
The four accused in the alleged gangrape of a 15-year-old minor girl at Majra Mehtab village have been arrested by the police. The accused — Sonu, Vinod, Sunil and Lok Raj — were produced before the court and sent in judicial custody.


Government schools go all out to woo students
Mohali, April 30
These days, an unfamiliar announcement is heard from the loudspeakers of the gurdwara in Kurari village, Kharar. The village residents are being asked to admit their children to the Government Senior Secondary School. Similarly, the local cable TV channel in Gharuan village is running a strip encouraging girls of the village to take admission in the Government School which is now offering science classes in English medium.

Shun tobacco, students show with colours
Mohali, April 30
An inter-school on-the-spot painting competition was organised by the Generation Saviour Association at Yadavindra Public School, here, today. As many as 519 students from 16 different schools took part in the competition.

Students take part in a painting competition at YPS, Mohali, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Students take part in a painting competition at YPS, Mohali, on Saturday.
From Schools
Kendriya Vidyalayas celebrate annual day
Chandigarh, April 30
Songs, dances and skits marked the annual function celebrations of Kendriya Vidyalayas, Dappar, and Sector 47, here today. At Dappar, the programme began with tiny-tots welcoming the chief guest, Col Anil Kumar, and the guest of honour, Ms S. Mirdha, Executive Officer, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS).

Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Zirakpur, in jubilant mood at their annual function on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Zirakpur, in jubilant mood at their annual function on Saturday.

Bishop Cotton student adjudged best speaker
Chandigarh, April 30
St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School hosted the Frank Anthony Memorial All-India Inter-Schools Debate Competition here yesterday. Conducted by the ICSE, New Delhi, five school participated in the debate. The judges were Dr Kulbir Kaur and Ms Niyti Chitkara.

Teachers told to improve quality of education
Chandigarh, April 30
A meeting of representatives of various teachers’ unions today held a meeting with officials of the Education Department, Haryana, seeking amicable redressal of their administrative problems regarding their promotion, seniority, ACR, increment, etc, on priority basis.

UIET students’ fast continues
Chandigarh, April 30
The fast by two students of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology outside the Vice-Chancellor K.N. Pathak’s office entered the third day today.


Regional states may set up judicial academy
Chandigarh, April 30
Himachal Pradesh has expressed its willingness to join hands with Punjab and Haryana, besides the Union Territory of Chandigarh, to set up a joint academy for members of the subordinate judiciary.


Film Review
Frames of frightening fare
First-timer director Soham has accomplished what few of his genre can-combating the live and burying the dead. He succeeds in making Bollywood a livewire which can annihilate the stereotype.

German film fest from tomorrow
Chandigarh, April 30
Highlights of the festival of 10 German films that opens in the city on Monday are Volker Scholondroff’s ‘Tin Drum’, based on the novel of the same name by Gunter Grass, Werner Herzog’s ‘Fitzcarraldo’ featuring the great German actor, Klaus Kinski, and Hans Pflaum’s ‘I Don’t Just Want You To Love Me’, a documentary on the life of famous film-maker, Rainer Werner Fassbinder.


Akshat, Uday begin in style
Chandigarh, April 30
It was a day of local lads Akshat Joshi and Uday Karan S. Puniha who toppled their opponents. Akshat Joshi thrashed Karanveer S. Dhillon of West Bengal 6-1, 6-4 and Uday Karan S Puniha of Chandigarh gave a straight set defeat to Nirav Thakkar of Gujarat 6-0, 6-0 in the first round of under-16 qualifying draw of the AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament being held at CLTA, Sector 10, here today.
Akshat Joshi of Chandigarh returns a shot against Karamvir Singh of Calcutta during AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament at CLTA on Saturday.
Akshat Joshi of Chandigarh returns a shot against Karamvir Singh of Calcutta during AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament at CLTA on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Minerva Academy crush CEC
Chandigarh, April 30
Minerva Academy thrashed Chandigarh Engineering College by 182 runs in 25 overs to move into the quarterfinals of the UT League Cricket Tournament-2005 at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here today. Minerva Academy won the toss and elected to bat. Their openers went on rampage with Saida Khan scoring 76 runs off just 36 balls and Harpreet Sunny made 68 off 44 balls.

CLSA Blue enters lawyers’ cricket tournament final
Chandigarh, April 30
The CLSA Blue thrashed the CLSA Yellow to reach the final of the Lawyers’ Cricket tournament organised by the Chandigarh Lawyers Sports Association (CLSA), on the high court grounds here today.

Football trials on May 2
Chandigarh, April 30
Trials to select 25 probables for 14th National Football Championship (u-14 boys) would be conducted by the Chandigarh Football Association at the Sector 17 Football Stadium on May 2 at 4 p.m. The championship will be held at Uttaranchal from May 20.

Patiala take 42-run lead
Mohali, April 30
A superb century by Amandeep (107) helped the Patiala District team to consolidate its position against Chandigarh District in the final of the three-day Sushil Bali Inter-district Cricket Tournament (u-15) at Punjab Cricket Association grounds, here today.


HUDA seals Florence School
Panchkula, April 30
Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) today sealed a school running in an industrial site in the Industrial Area here. Florence Convent School was sealed by HUDA officials in Industrial Area, Phase II.


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