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Little industry, all mall
Industrial Area all set to become business hub
Administration gives nod to conversion of land use

Chandigarh, May 16
The Industrial Area in the city, spread across 1200 acres, is all set to undergo a change. It will soon emerge as a commercial hot spot. In a landmark decision, the UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), has approved the conversion of industrial plots for commercial use on the payment of conversion charges, a spokesperson of the Chandigarh Administration said here today.

Baithak to have more ethnic look
Chandigarh, May 16
In order to meet the emerging challenges in the changed market scenario, the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) has chalked out a detailed programme to upgrade the existing facilities and work out fresh avenues. Hotel Mountview is being renovated, staff is being re-trained and menu is being upgraded.


Stray dogs call the shots in city
Chandigarh, May 16
Ritu Diwan and her two young children are under siege — by a pack of stray dogs! As many as nine dogs have blocked the entrance to her house. There are 20 dogs in all roaming around the street in Sector 34 C scaring away visitors and casual passersby.
Stray dogs lay siege to a house in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Monday, causing
Stray dogs lay siege to a house in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Monday, causing
residents to stay indoors in fear. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Two applications filed in Law Institute case

Chandigarh, May 16
The alleged “conflict of opinion” between the two Judges, who constituted the Division Bench that decided the case regarding alleged irregularities in the allotment of prime land to Chandigarh Law Institute Private Limited, is all set to be exploited legally by the respondents.

A file photo of the incomplete building of the Chandigarh Law Institute in Sector 38, Chandigarh.

A file photo of the incomplete building of the Chandigarh Law Institute in Sector 38, Chandigarh.

Why are so many Indian weddings held during hot summer days? Well, it all has to with auspicious stars and many of us are firm believers in astrology. So the past two weeks have been seeing ever so many summer weddings. Of course, people have evolved special ways of tackling summer celebrations.


Fighting with courage to keep dignity intact
Chandigarh, May 16  It’s home coming for 37-year-old Udita. It was here in Chandigarh in the early 80s that she came from Manipur to complete her school education. The city since then has changed, she says, but her life, dramatically, she adds.

DUST AFTER HEAT: A sudden dust storm reduces visibility and catches commuters unawares on the Kalka-Zirakpur Highwar near Zirakpur on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

NGOs’ help sought in welfare schemes
Chandigarh, May 16
The Director, Social Welfare, Chandigarh Administration, Ms Madhvi Kataria, today held a meeting with local NGOs and individuals who have volunteered to do various social welfare activities.

Global tenders to develop City Centre
Mohali, May 16
Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, Minister for Housing and Urban Development, said global tenders would be called to develop City Centre of Mohali.

Office-bearers of senior citizens’ body
Chandigarh, MAY 16
The Senior Citizens Federation North Zone (SENFED-NZ), comprising members of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh, have constituted its governing council.

India, Pak asked to withdraw curbs on media exchange
Chandigarh, May 16
The Chandigarh Press Club has asked the governments of India and Pakistan to immediately withdraw all restrictions on the sale and exchange of newspapers, magazines and telecast of news channels between the two countries.

Maini Sr vice-chief of Mohali MC
Mohali, May 16
Mr Bharat Bhushan Maini has been elected senior vice-president of the Municipal Council at an election held at the office of the civic body here today.

Fauji Beat
Forgotten during life, remembered after death

THERE has been a tidal wave of praise for Lieut-Gen J.S. Aurora after his death. What is unusual is that not only the soldiers but a large number of public and some politicians also have showered praise on him. Appreciation for this war hero, who transformed the map of the subcontinent by creating Bangladesh, has also flowed in from that country.

Officers attend a dinner night in summer mess dress.
Officers attend a dinner night in summer mess dress.

Readers write
Bias against women Army officers

Reading Fauji Upbeat was a way of reliving the association I enjoyed with the Armed forces ever since I hung my uniform in 2000. But the article dated May 3, 2005 left a bad taste in my mouth and forced me to pen down this rejoinder.

Complaint against doctor lodged
Mohali, May 16
A resident of Kumbra village here has complained to the police that doctors of the local Civil Hospital did not attend him when was admitted there and has sought action against them.

Issue of water charges hike again kept in abeyance
Mohali, May 16
The proposal to hike water and sewerage charges in the town has once again been kept pending by the municipal council at the general House meeting of the civic body held here today.


Former murder accused held
Chandigarh, May 16
A former accused in a murder case and a resident of the Dadu Majra colony, Dinesh Anand, was arrested here today by the police on the charges of possessing 5 gm smack.

Two conductors, 3 more arrested for possessing drugs
Chandigarh, May 16
The city seems to be turning a haven for drug pushers if the number of cases registered under the NDPS Act during the past 48 hours is any indication. With the registration of three more cases today, the number has gone up to nine.

One held
Chandigarh, May 16
The local police today arrested Zareena, a resident of Bapu Dham Colony in Sector 26, on the charges of stealing a mobile phone set.


20 students leave for Yemen
Chandigarh, May 16
The first batch of 20 students from Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training fulfilled their dream of soaring high in the skies, as they left for their training to Sanaa, capital of Yemen. Yemen Airways had recently conducted exclusive interviews at the Frankfinn campus. A total of 45 students were selected and 20 have left for training.

City resident's son wins laurels in USA
Chandigarh, May 16
Jeffrey Bhasin (18), son of Dr Kul Bhasin of Chandigarh, currently residing in the USA, has received prestigious awards at the 56th annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in Phoenix, Arizona, from May 8-14.

Emphasising on holistic development
Atma Devi Public School, Morinda, is located in the heart of Morinda town on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana road. The school is coeducational and is affiliated by the Punjab School Education Board. The school is managed by the Bhai Kanahiya Social Educational and Charitable Society, Morinda.

A view of Atma Devi Public School, Morinda.

A view of Atma Devi Public School, Morinda.

SBI ladies club distributes uniforms
Chandigarh, May 16
The State Bank Ladies Club distributed uniforms, school bags, books and note-books to 23 needy students belonging to the weaker sections of society and studying in Government High School, Sector 24, here yesterday.

Essay writing competition
Mohali, May 16
The eighth annual essay writing and painting competition was oraganised by the Environment Protection Society at St Soldier International Convent School, Phase VII, here today.

Work with dedication, lawyers told
Chandigarh, May 16
A Judge of the Gujarat High Court, Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi, has exhorted young lawyers to work with dedication and commitment.

Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi, a Judge of the Gujarat High Court (second from left), at a function in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi, a Judge of the Gujarat High Court, at a function in Chandigarh


Digital film-makers to showcase their talent in Chandigarh

New Delhi, May 16
Digital filmmakers across the country will get a chance to explore their talent at the digital film festival in September. For the third consecutive year, the British Council is supporting the festival, scheduled to begin on September 5. Ekka Films, a Delhi based film-production house, has invited entries for the digital film festival. The festival will conclude in Delhi on September 9.

Madhureeta Anand
Madhureeta Anand

Devoted to promotion of Punjabi literature
Panchkula, May 16
The new Director of Haryana Punjabi Sahitya Academy, Mr C.R. Moudgil, is optimistic of the credible performance of the academy to augment the envisaged projects and of accomplishing the mission of promoting and propagating the Punjabi literary and cultural activities in the state.


Merchant of old world charm
A gramophone maybe a slice out of history in this jet-set age of computers and information technology. However, Dera Bassi-based Uma exports is reaping a fortune selling gramophones for the past six years. The gramophones are back in fashion and are occupying centrestage in drawing rooms of the rich and famous. This trend is just beginning to seep into the upper middle class. Abroad, these locally-made gramophones are a big hit.

Capt Satinder Sharma with his gramophones. — A Tribune photograph
Capt Satinder Sharma with his gramophones.

Marathon solo dance begins
The much-hyped marathon solo dance by Vijay Sharma got off to a good start at 8.02 pm today at the Kalagram complex. Exuberance and anxiety marked the event which was delayed by over 90 minutes. A sleepy Kalagram got ready to greet the firstever dancing venture held to secure a place in the coveted Guinness Book of World Record. Chief guest Anu Chatrath attended the havan. Mayor Amar Nath formally inaugurated the unique dance event amidst cheers from the crowd comprising mostly youngsters.

NIFD designs media blast
The National Institute of Fashion Design (NIIFD), Sector 8 here, with a network of 180 design institutes in India and abroad, has launched a nationwide campaign to spread fashion and design education and to motivate the youth to adopt designing as an alternate career. The NIFD is now all set to hit the national electronic media in a big way. It will sponsor programmes on Sony, Zee, Channel V, MTV, Zoom, Star News.

Aditi Srivastava, of the NIFD, shows an advertisement of its institute in a magazine at Sector 8, Chandigarh on Monday. 
— A Tribune photograph.
Aditi Srivastava, of the NIFD, shows an advertisement of its institute in a magazine at Sector 8, Chandigarh on Monday.

Sculpture camp concludes at Kalagram
Sculptures, though, are seemingly silent but exude an aesthetic promise and appeal and there are 84 such pieces of art work adoring the Kalagram complex. The setting up of a regular Sculptors Studio here is a welcome endeavour of the North Zone Cultural Centre for artists and art lovers. The sculpture’s camp, fourth in the series, which concluded today, had featured two acclaimed academicians and artists from Mahabalipuram.


AIDS awareness high among teenagers: survey
Chandigarh, May 16
How many of the teenagers can ask plain questions on sex and related issues to their teachers or parents without any hesitation? How comfortable we are about with them while discussing these issues? Or do we just let them go to find their answers through “other means”?

Eye check-up camp for senior citizens
Chandigarh, May 16
More than 100 senior citizens were examined at the free eye check-up camp, organised at Sri Sathya Sai Old-Age Home in Sector 30 here today.

Patients being examined at a free eye check-up camp held for senior citizens at Sri Sathya Sai Old Age Home, Sector 30-B, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph.
Patients being examined at a free eye check-up camp held for senior citizens at Sri Sathya Sai Old Age Home, Sector 30-B, on Monday.

Cholera vaccine undergoing final clinical trials

Chandigarh, May 16
Scientists at the Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) based in Sector 39 here have developed what is the country’s first vaccine against cholera, a disease that causes jitters to civic authorities each year. Rather it is first vaccine against cholera outside the USA. The vaccine is presently undergoing final clinical trials that are called “stage III” in medical parlance.
Dr Amit Ghosh
Dr Amit Ghosh

Contests mark nurses’ week celebrations
Chandigarh, May 16
The nurses’ week celebrations reached its second phase yesterday at General Hospital, Sector 16. The function was presided over by the Medical Superintendent, Dr Usha Bishnoi and Deputy Medical Superintendent, Dr G. Dewan.


Harveen, Abhinav to take part in shooting world cups
Chandigarh, May 16
Patiala based air pistol shooter Harveen Sarao in women’s section and Chandigarh lad and Olympian Abhinav Bindra in men’s section have found berth in the Indian shooting team that will take part in the two prestigious world cups in air weapons events going to be held in Munich (Germany) from June 6 to 13 and the world cup in Milan (Italy) from June 13 to 20.

School tourney from May 26
Chandigarh, May 16
The annual ICL Certifications U-15 inter-school tournament would start at DAV College, Sector 10 here from May 26. The Chandigarh Cricket Association (CCA) affiliated to Haryana Cricket Association would organise the tournament.

Prasad moves into final
Chandigarh, May 16
Top seed Sushila Prasad made it to the finals of the women singles event of the 8th St Stephen’s Carrom Ranking Tournament played here today at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45. Sushila beat Inder Kanta 25-12,25-21. 

Junior semifinals carrom match in progress between Reena (Left) and Harshpreet at St. Stephen School, Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Monday. — A Tribune Photograph
Junior semifinals carrom match in progress

Minerva Academy score easy win
Chandigarh, May 16
Minerva Academy easily overpowered the Coaching Centre, Sector 16 team by 30 runs in the UT league Cricket Tournament played at Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here today. International Yuvraj scored 30 runs for Minerva Academy team.

Trials for powerlifting team on May 21
Chandigarh, May 16
Trials for the selection of Chandigarh (sub-junior) boys’ powerlifting team will be held at the Weightlifting Coaching Centre, Sector 42, here on May 21.

Prestige Honda XI triumph
Panchkula, May 16
Prestige Honda XI beat United Steels XI by 33 runs in the ICL Certifications Limited Inter Institutional Cup Cricket Tournament at Cricket Stadium, Sector 3 here yesterday.

Chandigarh take lead
Mohali, May 16
The Chandigarh District Under-17 cricket team today scored 354 runs in 90 overs while replying to Jalandhar District’s 229 in the first innings of the semifinal of M L Markan Inter-District Cricket Tournament at Punjab Cricket Association grounds here today.
Nitish (left) and Himanshu of Chandigarh district who scored 72 runs each against Jalandhar district in the under-17 tournament for L. Markan Inter-District Cricket Tournament at PCA Cricket Stadium, Mohali on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Nitish and Himanshu of Chandigarh district who scored 72 runs each against Jalandhar district in the under-17 tournament for L. Markan Inter-District Cricket Tournament at PCA Cricket Stadium, Mohali on Monday.

Website on arms licences record
Chandigarh, May 16
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to put the records of all 20,000 arms licences on the website of the estate office. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Arun Kumar, said all records of the arms licenses would on the website

Regional chief
Chandigarh, May 16
Mr Malay Chatterjee took over as regional chief of the Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited (HUDCO), Regional Office, Chandigarh. He has taken over operations in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and UT. Earlier, Mr Chatterjee was in charge of operations in Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal.


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