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Politicians join residents’ dharna on closure of link road
Lalru, March 18
The alleged closure of the Magra-Jalalpur-Bassi link road by the Nahar Group of Companies has snowballed into a major controversy with the politicians joining the indefinite dharna by the residents of the affected villages.
Irate residents protest against the alleged closure of a link road by an industrial house near Lalru Irate residents protest against the alleged closure of a link road by an industrial house near Lalru on Saturday.
— Photo by Sarbjit Bhatti

Khuda Lahora teacher suspended
Chandigarh, March 18
The Education Department yesterday suspended, Yogesh, a JBT teacher, working at Government High School, Khuda Lahora. It was alleged that Yogesh had hit his colleague Surinder, who had later reported the matter to the police.


Balwant admits to Beant Singh’s assassination
Chandigarh, March 18
In the high-profile Beant Singh assassination trial being heard by the Additional Sessions Judge-cum-Special CBI Judge, Mr MM Sharma, he recorded a statement of the accused under Section 313 of the CrPC at the Burail Jail here today.

Cong workers block traffic
Chandigarh, March 18
Prospective ticket seekers of the Congress from the Mohali Assembly constituency and their supporters blocked the road leading to the Sector 17 bus terminus from the Sector 17 police station for over two hours here today.

Can’t afford to lose people’s faith: CJ
Chandigarh, March 18
“.. the growing feeling of disillusionment and frustration amongst litigants on account of delayed justice looms large as a threat of erosion of confidence in judical system, which we cannot afford at any cost.”

Shekhawat seeks affordable healthcare for all
Chandigarh, March 18
Calling upon doctors to bridge the glaring rural-urban divide in health infrastructure, the Vice-President of India, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, asked them to put in place affordable basic healthcare system for all citizens, including 26 per cent of the population living below poverty line.
The Vice-President of India, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, at the 27th annual convocation of the PGI in Chandigarh
The Vice-President of India, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, at the 27th annual convocation of the PGI in Chandigarh on Saturday. PGI Director Prof K.K. Talwar and Union Minister of Health, Mr A. Ramdoss, are also seen in the picture. — A Tribune photograph


Problem of uncovered manhole
Mohali, March 18
Uncovered water chambers and a manhole in Sector 70 here are causing inconvenience to residents. There are six uncovered chambers made of concrete in a part of a park near MIG Super houses. Residents have brought these risk spots to the notice of PUDA authorities.

Bus passengers put to inconvenience as rivals clash
Mohali, March 18
Passengers bound for Gurdaspur were put to great harassment when a private bus operating from Phase II was prevented by a rival group from moving out at the scheduled time.

Wish list of Backward Caste body
Chandigarh, March 18
The Akhil Bhartiya Mahatma Phoole Samta Parishad, in a memorandum to the President and the Prime Minister, has sought a separate schedule in the Constitution for Other Backward Classes like Saini, Marar, Khushwaha, Shakya, Mali, Maruya, etc.

Heart patient needs help
Chandigarh, March 18
Bhagmali, a heart patient undergoing treatment at the PGI here, needs financial help. According to a press note issued by the Akhil Bharatiya Uttaranchal Vikas Parishad, the woman, who has two small children to look after, comes from a below poverty line family and cannot afford the treatment costing around Rs 1 lakh.


Panchayat Samiti okays projects
Chandigarh, March 18
The Panchayat Samiti of UT villages has approved village development projects to the tune of Rs 80 lakh. Mr Didar Singh, Chairman of the samiti, said another amount of Rs 53 lakh was earmarked for other development projects in the villages.


One held for sodomy
Mohali, March 18
One person was arrested on a charge of sodomising a seven-year-old here today. According to the police, the offence was committed by a neighbour of the boy living in Shaheed Udham Singh Colony in the Phase VIII Industrial Area.

No arrest in kidnapping case
Mohali, March 18
The police is probing the alleged kidnapping of a 13-year-old boy from Mauli village on March 16 who was released after a ransom was paid. The SHO of Sohana police station, Mr Vinod Sharma, said that investigations were on though no arrests had been made so far.


2 BSNL schemes
Chandigarh, March 18
The BSNL has announced two new schemes for its subscribers in Punjab. Under Excel scheme, pre paid customers can avail full talk time on recharge coupons of Rs 300 and Rs 500 denomination.


PU staff confused over pension scheme
Chandigarh, March 18
Confusion has replaced the euphoria which marked the introduction of a pension scheme for Panjab University employees. With very little information available with the university regarding the new scheme.

Let’s have norms for mobile use in public
Chandigarh, March 18
There is a need to lay down norms for mobile use in public places. This was stated by Dr Nilika Malhotra of the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, JNU, New Delhi, at seminar held at Panjab University here recently.

Seminar on orchid opens
Chandigarh, March 18
The north-eastern part of the country could become a global hub for orchid cultivation and export, said Dr V.P. Kamboj, president of National Academy of Sciences, during a national seminar on orchid today.

Dr V.P. Kamboj, president of the National Academy of Sciences, addresses the inaugural session of a seminar on orchid at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Saturday.
— A Tribune photograph
Dr V.P. Kamboj, president of the National Academy of Sciences, addresses the inaugural session of a seminar on orchid at Panjab University, Chandigarh

SGGS toppers honoured
Chandigarh, March 18
The 36th annual convocation function of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, here was organised today within the college premises. Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Minister of State for Finance, was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

220 students get degrees
Chandigarh, March 18
The 21st annual convocation of the Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, was held here today. Prof G.K. Chadha, member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Committee and Former Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, was the chief guest on the occasion.
Students of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, Chandigarh Students of Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, Chandigarh

Students of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, Chandigarh, and the Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, Chandigarh, (right) after receiving degrees on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Lecture on framing of public policies
Chandigarh, March 18
On the third day of the ongoing “Project Citizen” at DAV Public School, Sector 8, Prof Paramjeet S. Jaiswal, Director, Ryat Law College, Ropar, and former Head of the Department of Law, Panjab University, today delivered a lecture on need and importance of framing public policies.

From Schools and Colleges
Debate on ‘Rang De Basanti’
Chandigarh, March 18
FACT (Faculty for Critical Academic Thinking), a discussion forum of Lecturers of Government College, Sector-46, today held its annual seminar on “Youth and Violence — a take on ‘Rang De Basanti’”.

Sculpture Park inaugurated
A sculpture park was inaugurated at Government College, Sector 11, here, by Aditya Prakash, Chairman, Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, today. College Principal Pahlad Aggarwalsaid the sculptures had added to the beauty of the college campus.


Talk on multiple sclerosis
Chandigarh, March 18
“An unpredictable disease of the central nervous system, multiple sclerosis can range from relatively benign to somewhat disabling to devastating, as communication between the brain and other parts of the body is disrupted.

PGI docs get degrees
Ramadoss says bird flu under control
Chandigarh, March 18
Speaking on the sidelines of 27th convocation of the PGIMER, Dr Anbumani Ramadoss, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, today said there had been no symptoms of bird flu in any human being so far and there was no reason to panic. He informed that the flu-hit Jalgaon in Maharashtra was under close observation.
Medical students after receiving their degrees at the 27th convocation of the PGIMER, Chandigarh
Medical students after receiving their degrees at the 27th convocation of the PGIMER, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Medical staff protest against health dept
Dera Bassi, March 18
Medical and para-medical staff today organised a rally at the local Civil Hospital here in protest against the “anti-employee” and “anti-people” policies of the Punjab Health Department.


Training course for tennis coaches concludes
Chandigarh, March 18
All India Tennis Association's one-week-long 'Tennis Coaches' Level-I Course' concluded at the CLTA Tennis Stadium Complex, Sector 10, here today. As many as 26 coaches from various states of the country namely Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, participated in the course.

HT, Bhaskar win
Chandigarh, March 18
Hindustan Times and Dainik Bhaskar emerged triumphant in their matches against Financial World and The Indian Express, respectively, to advance to the next stage of the Airtel-Press Club Inter-Media Cricket Tournament being played at DAV Sr Sec School, Sector 8, here today.

Athletics meet from today
Chandigarh, March 18
The Chandigarh State Athletics Competition for veterans will be held tomorrow at Sports Complex, Sector 46, here. The competition, in which only bonafide residents of Chandigarh can participate, will be organised by Veterans Amateur Athletics Association of Chandigarh.

Athletics trials on April 30
Chandigarh, March 18
The Chandigarh Masters Athletics Association will conduct trials of the master athletes of Chandigarh in the age group ranging from above 35 to above 70, for both men and women categories, on April 30 at Sports Complex, Sector 46, here.

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