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E-Revolution 2005
IT should not be limited to seminars alone: Rodrigues

Chandigarh, July 16
Less than 24 hours after the Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh promised to pump in Rs 200 crore for developing Mohali as an IT destination, the state Governor-cum-UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues, today said Chandigarh already had enough to offer to the Information Technology (IT) giants.

UT Administrator-cum-Punjab Governor Gen S.F. Rodrigues presents a momento to Mr J. Satyanarayana, CEO of Hyderabad's National Institute for Smart Governance on the occasion of E-Revolution-2005 at Taj, Chandigarh, on Saturday while UT Adviser Lalit Sharma looks on. UT Administrator-
cum-Punjab Governor Gen S.F. Rodrigues presents a momento to Mr J. Satyanarayana, CEO of Hyderabad's National Institute for Smart Governance on the occasion of E-Revolution-2005 at Taj, Chandigarh, on Saturday while UT Adviser Lalit Sharma looks on. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan



Punjab, UT Haryana to tie up for IT ventures
Chandigarh, July 16
In an important development, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh have decided to set up a coordination committee to woo investment in the information technology sector and iron out irritants in the official work related to the sector.

Dr A.R. Kidwai City offers congenial environment for IT growth
Chandigarh, July 16
The Governor of Haryana, Dr A.R. Kidwai, said today that the city and its neighbouring satellite towns of Panchkula and Mohali offer a congenial environment for study and research which could benefit the IT industry. He was speaking at the valedictory function of IT conference here. He said Haryana was exporting software worth crores of rupees and it was one of the top most IT destinations in the country. “The celebrations started with this conference must be speeded up since our region has been slow. China and Eastern European countries are already ahead.

Dr A.R. Kidwai

Haryana dismisses ‘lack of visibility’ at IT Conclave
Chandigarh, July 16
It was Punjab followed by Chandigarh all the way at the three-day ”e-Revolution 2005”. All through the mega event, Haryana was conspicuous by its absence. Whether the state was basking in the glory of Gurgaon’s Rs 7,300-crore business or it was plain lack of interest was not clear, but marketing was certainly not on Haryana participants’ minds when they came for the show.

Mr Sanjay Rastogi City to be hotbed for e-revolution
Chandigarh, July 16
“e for ear”, “e for express”, “e for equal” and, finally, the e for “e-revolution” which rocked the city for three days. The man behind these one-liners with pictures which caught everybody’s attention at “e-Revolution 2005”, Mr Sanjay Rastogi, Chief Executive of Delhi-based Quantum Communication, says, “The job was easy after Chandigarh’s IT Department gave us a blueprint of exactly what they were looking for.                                      
Mr Sanjay Rastogi

New web portal to be guiding light
Chandigarh, July 16
The last session of “e-Revolution 2005” at the Taj focused on “Shared services: ethics and Moral of technology”, here today. Mr. Pradeep Gupta, CMD Cyber Media India Limited, provided an overview of the technological changes that the common man will be encountering. “The IT industry will have to look into the entire gamut of processes, products and people as e-governance shapes up the country’s landscape,” he said.

CM’s announcement on IT Industry hailed
Mohali, July 16
The Mohali Industries Association (MIA) has welcomed the announcement of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, of spending Rs 200 crore on providing infrastructural facilities in Mohali in order to attract the IT industry to the town.

Hawara’s police remand extended till July 20

Chandigarh, July 16
A local court today extended the police remand of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) chief and the main accused in the Beant Singh assassination and the Burail jailbreak cases till July 20.

Jagtar Singh Hawara being produced in District Courts, Sector 17, in Chandigarh
on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Jagtar Singh Hawara being produced in District Courts, Sector 17, in Chandigarh

Passing Thru
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Rodrigues congratulates Press Club
Chandigarh, July 16
The Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), congratulated the president and members of the Chandigarh Press Club on the occasion of its Silver Jubilee celebrations, a press note said here on Saturday.

Clouds play with the colours of the setting sun to paint a picture-perfect sky in the city on Saturday.
Clouds play with the colours of the setting sun to paint a picture-perfect sky in the city on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

50 lakh youngsters jobless in region, says study
Chandigarh, July 16
An estimated 50 lakh youngsters are jobless in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh. The number increases every year with 1.5 lakh graduates passing out annually from the universities and colleges — at least this is what a research on employment scenario in the region conducted by the Institute of Tourism and Future Management Trends (ITFT) says.

Levy fee for hoardings, plead MC staff
Panchkula, July 16
The issue of “illegal” billboards on all major intersections in the township came up for discussion during a meeting of municipal council officials and HUDA officials today.

Three bombs found
Panchkula, July 16
Three projectile bombs were found by the police from the Ghaggar river bed in Sector 28 late last night. It is believed that the bombs could have swept away into a nullah in Chandimandir, which later merges into the Ghaggar.

Three bombs that were found in Sector 28, Panchkula, on Friday night. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
Three bombs that were found in Sector 28, Panchkula, on Friday night.

Rains displace rail track, repairs on
Panchkula, July 16
The good monsoon this year has displaced the plinth under a small section of the railway line near Sector 19 here. As a result, the railway line was slightly displaced. Trains crossing this point would suffer a slight jerk.

Unsuitable clothing led to jawans’ death: ITBP chief
Chandigarh, July 16
Hot and humid weather conditions as well as unsuitable clothing were the prime factors for the deaths of Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) personnel. They had died following massive heat stroke a few days ago. The incident had occurred during a training run at the ITBP’s Basic Training Centre in Bhanu near here.

Photo exhibition on AIDS awareness
Panchkula, July 16
The Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, has put up a photo exhibition on AIDS awareness at DC Model Senior Secondary School.

Salman Khan’s effigy burnt


Two killed on highway
Lalru, July 16
Two persons, including a woman, were killed in separate accidents on the busy Kalka-Ambala highway, near here, today.


Infosys selects 82 PEC students
Chandigarh, July 15
The placement process at Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12 got going when a team of Infosys company conducted interviews at campus yesterday. Nearly 200 final year students appeared for the test.

Council to inspect dental college
Chandigarh, July 16
The authorities of Panjab University are gearing up to spruce up the new building of dental college in sector 25. The reason is a Dental Council of India inspection team will be visit Panjab University.

Shoddy hostels mar students’ spirit
Chandigarh, July 15
Yet again another batch of freshers has lit up the sprawling campus of Government College, Sector 11. The session has begun and the young hopefuls are having a nice time. Hostelers, too, eager to turn over a new leaf, have left comfortable confines of their homes to join their classes. But the spirit of the wannabes has been considerably dampened by the rains which have left their roofs leaking and hostels creaking . The college provides accommodation to 400 boys. There are six blocks in the building and every block has just one toilet. The condition of toilets is pitiable and not exactly a good start for a good morning session.

Government College, Sector 11, hostel’s toilet in a bad shape. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Government College, Sector 11, hostel’s toilet in a bad shape.

Financial aid for minority girl students
Chandigarh, July 15
The Maulana Azad Education Foundation, Ministry of Social Justice Empowerment, New Delhi, will provide financial assistance to meritorious girl students belonging to minorities under the scheme of the Maulana Azad National Scholarship, an official press release stated here today.

Scholarships for students of German
Chandigarh, July 15
A former student, of the Department of German, Panjab University, Mr J.C. Dhingra, has proposed to give two scholarships of Rs 2,500 each from academic session 2004-05. The scholarships will be given to student who score highest marks in certificate and diploma courses in German and are willing to join the next higher course.

Conference of KV Principals
Panchkula, July 15
The fresh changes in examination and evaluation system introduced by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) dominated the inaugural session of the regional conference of Kendriya Vidyalaya Principals. It was also decided to introduce NCC in Kendriya Vidyalayas in this region.

Science camp organised
Mohali, July 16
A camp was organised here yesterday by the local unit of the Breakthrough Science Society to commemorate the 100th year of the propounding of the Special Theory of Relativity by Albert Einstein.

553 students take part in essay-writing contest
Mohali, July 16
An essay writing and painting competition was organised by the Environment Protection Society in collaboration with St Soldier International Convent School in Phase VII here today.

Workshop on dropouts
Mohali, July 16
A two-day workshop organised in connection with the bridge-3 course for school dropouts by the Sarv Siksha Abhiyan Authority, Punjab, on the premises of the Punjab School Education Board, concluded here yesterday.


Bringing smiles to tired faces

Chandigarh, July 16

A career in the tinsel town takes much more than merely dreaming to settle down. In a changed scenario of economic, social and professional worlds, the career graph needs to be planned meticulously. This was said by Kulraj Randhawa of the tele-serial ‘Kareena Kareena’ fame while talking to The Tribune here today.

Kareena’s charm is for real
The charm is for real. The smile is warm, dimpled and appealing. No starry airs for this pretty lass, for, as one of Sony Television’s famous and successful mascots, ‘Kareena Kareena’, Kulraj Randhawa makes for an engaging picture. In the city for the inauguration of Hakoba’s first showroom in Chandigarh and in Sector 22 D, this lovely lady has her feet on the ground despite the curiosity and adulation surrounding her.

Kulraj Randhawa
Kulraj Randhawa

Daman to get Punjab Sangeet Natak Award
An adolescent child prodigy, Devinder, hailing from a sleepy Bhattiwal village in Sangrur district could have hardly dreamt that he will be cheered by the elite theatre aficionados of America, Canada Singapore and many other countries for his 34 memorable theatrical performances as an actor, playwright and the director.

Mann weaves magic
It was vintage Gurdas Mann right through with the audience tapping its feet to his singing despite the fact that the function was marked by police lathi charges with fans attempting to enter the venue in Mohali on the night of Saturday.

Gurdas Mann, Punjabi singer, performs at “Mann Punjab Da” show at the Dushera Ground, Phase VIII, Mohali, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Gurdas Mann, Punjabi singer, performs at “Mann Punjab Da” show at the Dushera Ground, Phase VIII, Mohali, on Saturday.

Harry Potter sales ‘awesome’
Magic spread its enchanting wings all over the city today as the sixth book in the Harry Potter series was released worldwide today. Book stores are thriving on the excitement the book has generated and the children’s smiles are wider than a wand.

VCD of ‘Dafftar’ released
Chandigarh, July 16
The Sarghi Kala Kender, Mohali, today released the video CD of its theatre production “Dafftar”. Written and directed by Sanjeevan Singh, president of the kender, the production hits out at rampant corruption in  all government offices and launches a tirade against those responsible for the rot.


Entire Punjab covered under TB programme
Mohali, July 16
Mr D.S. Guru, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, yesterday said that the entire Punjab had been covered under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP).

Market association holds blood donation camp
Panchkula, July 16
In a novel gesture, members of the Market Welfare Association, Sector 7, today organised a blood donation camp in the market. As many as 38 units of blood were collected in the camp.

‘Have fresh water, keep diseases away’
Chandigarh, July 16
After days of heavy downpour, it is the time for the micro-organisms to flourish and cause infections among the residents.


Sidharth wins 50m back stroke
Chandigarh, July 16
Sidharth Singh of hosts school cornered glory by winning silver medal in the 50 metre back stroke event on the second day of the North Zone Inter DPS Aquatic Meet (under14) being held today at the swimming pool of Delhi Public School, Sector 40.

Plan to lay synthetic track shelved
Chandigarh, July 16
The infrastructure at the Sector 7 Sports Complex here is being spruced up but plans to have a synthetic track of international standards for athletes have been shelved due to paucity of space to lay an eight-lane running track.

Chess championship from July 28
Chandigarh, July 16
The Chandigarh Chess Association will organise the 16th Chandigarh Chess Championship-2005 from July 28 to 31 at Navodaya Vidyalaya School, Sector 25, here.

Cricket trials on July 18
Chandigarh, July 16
Trials to select players for the Chandigarh Cricket Association (CCA) and St. John’s Cricket Academy will be held at St. John’s High School, Sector-26, Chandigarh on July 18 from 3:30 p m onwards. The trials will be held in the age groups of U-12, U-15 and U-17. The trials are open for boys studying in schools of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali.


CLTA organises tennis course for coaches
Chandigarh, July 16
A basic tennis teachers course (BTTC), organised by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association, commence at the CLTA Tennis Stadium, Sector 10, here today. This course, will continue till July 18.


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