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Blow to liquor cartel; Admin allots vends
Chandigarh, March 8
Testing new grounds in the lucrative liquor trade, the Chandigarh Administration “broke” the monopoly of the liquor cartel which has been “dictating” the prices of liquor in the current financial year.

Inderpreet Chadha, Director of Chadha Group

Policy flawed, says Inderpreet Chadha

Fans and supporters of the cricket teams cool off during a practice session at the PCA stadium in Mohali on Wednesday. Heat before the match: Fans and supporters of the cricket teams cool off during a practice session at the PCA stadium in Mohali on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

 

 

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ASI caught taking bribe
Chandigarh, March 8
The CBI sleuths today caught another assistant sub-inspector (ASI) posted at the Sector 31 police station while accepting Rs 3,000 as bribe. The sources in the CBI said ASI Kaka Singh Dhillon was nabbed by the sleuths from the compound of the Sector 31 police station this morning.

A CBI officer records the statement of ASI Kaka Singh Dhillon at the Sector 31 police station in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
A CBI officer records the statement of ASI Kaka Singh Dhillon at the Sector 31 police station in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Rs 300-crore bonanza for Mohali
Mohali, March 8
The Punjab Government has set aside more than Rs 300 crore for the development of Mohali. Various development agencies of the state have been allocated specific amounts for undertaking various activities in the proposed new district. This was announced by the Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, during a press conference here today.

Punjab, Haryana protest to Centre
Sale of illegal Bt cotton seed
Chandigarh, March 8
Punjab, Haryana and Maharashtra have joined hands to stop the sale of illegal Bt cotton seed as also the sale of spurious Bt cotton seed from Gujarat.

 
COMMUNITY

Tribune employees donate blood

Chandigarh, March 8
Lauding the efforts of The Tribune Employees Union for being active supporters of the voluntary blood donation movement, Dr Saudamini Bambah, one of the luminaries of the blood donation movement in the city, said that 60 per cent of the blood in the city came from voluntary donation.


Tribune employees donate blood at a camp organised by The Tribune Employees Union to mark International Women's Day at the Tribune Office, Sector 29, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. —Tribune photograph

Tribune employees donate blood at a camp organised by The Tribune Employees Union to mark International Women's Day at the Tribune Office, Sector 29, in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

2 Corps poised for operations in plains
Ambala, March 8
About 35 years after it was raised, the Army's most powerful strike formation, 2 Corps, is poised for a re-orientation of its operational role. From its earlier focus on launching offensives in the desert, it would now be concentrating on operations in the plains.

Book on Sikh Light Infantry released
Chandigarh, March 8
To present a pictorial exposition of its history the Sikh Light Infantry (LI) has bought out a glossy coffee table book. Titled "Soldering with Faith" the book aims to provide a succinct picture of what the Sikh LI was, is and looks to be in the years ahead. The book was released by the Vice- Chief of Army Staff, Lieut-Gen S. Pattabhiraman, in New Delhi a few days ago. The Vice-Chief is Colonel Commandant of the Bombay Sappers, which has a historic association with the Sikh LI as the regiment traces its origin to the Royal Sikh Pioneers, which were part of the sappers during the 19th century. Published by the Sikh LI Regimental Centre at Fatehgarh, the book has been edited by Col Harjeet Singh (retd), a regimental officer settled in Chandigarh.

Dr Mishra’s latest book acclaimed
The National Human Rights Commission has selected Dr R.C. Mishra’s, latest book “Manavadhikar Sanrakshan” on conservation of human rights with special reference to the protection of rights of criminals’. In this connection Dr Mishra was honoured at a function at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, by Commission chairman A.R. Savant.

No threat to Mulayam Govt: Ajit Singh
Chandigarh, March 8
The President of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), Mr Ajit Singh, said here yesterday that there was no immediate threat to the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government in Uttar Pradesh after the Allahabad High Court’s ruling setting aside the split in the BSP 40 rebel MLAs of which support the government.

Standing up for women’s rights
Chandigarh/Mohali/Kharar, March 8
‘Save her today she will save your tomorrow’
‘Heroes of the generation: He-man; Super-man; Wo-man’
Panjab University students lend words to their feelings on International Women’s Day pouring it all out on a colourful collage at the Students’ Centre today. Organised by members of Dayitva, a social organisation of students of various universities of the north, the “expression drive” started with messages for Jessica Lal. “Jessica Lal needs a Rang de Basanti” said one.
The International Women’s Day has no relevance in the lives of these women who will continue to carry load to feed their families.
The International Women’s Day has no relevance in the lives of these women who will continue to carry load to feed their families. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Calendar on Surajkund mela launched

Chandigarh, March 8
A riot of colours, a peep into the myriad cultures and ethos of the country, revelry at a traditional fair... the Surajkund Crafts Mela calendar, launched by the Haryana Tourism, showcases the diversity of incredible India.



A little girl admires pictures of the Surajkund Crafts Mela at a photo exhibition held to mark the launch of a calendar on the mela by the Haryana Tourism in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

A little girl admires pictures of the Surajkund Crafts Mela at a photo exhibition held to mark the launch of a calendar on the mela by the Haryana Tourism in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Rape ‘victim’ backtracks statement; says she eloped
Chandigarh, March 8
Denying allegations of rape and kidnapping by Neha, a 21-year-old girl, against a neighbour Pankaj, his mother and two other persons, the police today found out that the girl had instead eloped with him, and not kidnapped by the accused as was mentioned in a complaint lodged by her father.

Kumhars seek RS nomination
Panchkula, March 8
The Haryana Kumhar Samaj has lamented that the affluent leadership in the government hardly cares for the Backward Classes, especially the Kumhars, who are 8 per cent of the population.

Free plumbing course
Chandigarh, March 8
A six-month free plumbing training course started by Rotary Club of Chandigarh Midtown concluded today. Under privileged and unemployed young boys of Khuda Ali Sher village and surrounding areas, who completed the course, were awarded certificates and tool kits by Mr Jeevan Aggraval, CEO, AAR AAR Castings.

 
CRIME

Cop held with 1.4 kg of poppy husk
Chandigarh, March 8
The Chandigarh Police today arrested a Punjab Police constable on the charge of carrying 1.4 kg of poppy husk.

BUSINESS

Banks directed to strengthen security arrangements
Chandigarh, March 8
With the National Consumer Commission recently noting that a security lapse in a bank qualifies to be a deficiency in service, the Indian Banking Association has now issued directions to all bank branches for strengthening their security arrangements.

 
EDUCATION

Computer course for visually impaired

Chandigarh, March 8
Close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting in front of a computer. Try and type your name using the keyboard. Chances are you will not be able to even find the letters.


A visually impaired student learns computer after the release of a special software at the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology. — A Tribune photograph

A visually impaired student learns computer after the release of a special software at the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology.

PU students object to late fees
Chandigarh, March 8
Members of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) have objected to Panjab University taking an arbitrary decision of charging late fees of Rs 6040 from each student who took admission in the Department of Laws in the current session, following migration from other universities.

Cancellation of paper leaves students confused
Chandigarh, March 8
Confusion prevailed among the city students after the news of Class XII CBSE Business Studies paper leak at Panipat.

Australia, new Mecca for Indian students
Chandigarh, March 8
With the Australian Government pumping in $ 25 million to facilitate India-specific research and scholarships, IDP Education Australia is ready to meet the surge in the demand from Indian students for opting for studying in Australia.

Archo-Fest results
Chandigarh, March 8
A host of events were organised on the eighth day of the Archo-Fest at Chandigarh College of Architecture.

UBS prepares for reunion
Chandigarh, March 8
University Business School (UBS), Panjab University, is bustling with activity as preparation is on for the annual reunion of the Alumni Association to be held on March 11.

COURTS

Bomb hoax in District Courts, Sec 19 market
Chandigarh, March 8
Panic triggered in the District Courts and the Sector 19 market this afternoon following bomb hoax calls. The police said a woman from Sector 38-West called the police control room and informed that she had received an anonymous call informing about bombs in both the places.


Sniffer dogs in action at the District Courts complex, Sector 17, Chandigarh, after a bomb hoax call on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Sniffer dogs in action at the District Courts complex, Sector 17, Chandigarh, after a bomb hoax call on Wednesday.

 
SPORTS

PCA indoor nets opened to cricketers

Mohali, March 8
Putting to rest the controversy over the fiery remarks by Indian coach Greg Chappell against former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly in an interview, the Union Agriculture Minister and BCCI’s supremo Mr Sharad Pawar said the board had conveyed its concern to the coach and he (Chappell) had assured that the matter had ended.
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar talks to Sachin Tendulkar at the inauguration of the indoor nets installed at the PCA stadium, Mohali, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar talks to Sachin Tendulkar at the inauguration of the indoor nets installed at the PCA stadium, Mohali, on Wednesday.

Ropar cops to provide security for Mohali Test
Mohali, March 7
The Ropar Police would provide security at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium during the Test match between India and England.

Anuj enters second leg of cue masters’ nationals
Chandigarh, March 8
Anuj Uppal of Delhi entered the second leg of the National Cue Masters League today by winning the qualifier round held at Asia Billiards Hall, Sector 34, here.

CCET athletics meet concludes
Chandigarh, March 8
Malti Kandhari has been adjudged best athlete among girls while Kuldeep and Jatinder went home with the best athlete tag in boys group under Scheme for Persons with Disabilities (SPWD) during the 4th annual athletics meet of Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, which concluded today on its premises in Sector 26, here today. Dr Baljeet S. Kapoor, Principal, CCET, gave away prizes to the winners




The boys’ javelin throw event in progress during the annual sports meet of CCET at Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.

The boys’ javelin throw event in progress during the annual sports meet of CCET at Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
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