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Snags in royal rituals
Mohali, March 28
After a hectic schedule at Anandpur Sahib , the Duchess of Cornwall had a bad day at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research here today. First, her dress was left dripping and soiled while she was planting a sapling and then she fell down when she was about to sit to sign the visitor’s book.
A NIPER employee wipes water off Ms Camilla Parker’s dress at the institute’s garden in Mohali
A NIPER employee wipes water off Ms Camilla Parker’s dress at the institute’s garden in Mohali on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu



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UT was advised not to give full-scale formal welcome to Prince
Chandigarh, March 28
Even as Prince Charles, the future king of Britain, today concluded his much-publicised two-day trip across Punjab, the Union Ministry of External Affairs, had instructed the Chandigarh Administration that a full-scale formal welcome, as per protocol.

Bear pleads with Prince to ‘save my skin’
Chandigarh, March 28
There seems to be no escape for Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwell from the bear. Though there were plenty of bear hugs for the Royal couple in Punjab a “bear” followed them passionately from all the way from London with a passionate appeal to “save my skin”.

An activist of PETA dressed as a bear protesting the slaughter of Canada’s black bears for the Queen guard’s ceremonial bearskin hats. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

An activist of PETA dressed as a bear protesting the slaughter of Canada’s black bears for the Queen guard’s ceremonial bearskin hats

Drug addict ends life
Chandigarh, March 28
Unable to break free from the web of drugs, a 23-year-old addict ended his life by consuming some poisonous substance at his Dadu Majra Colony residence. His body was recovered from his rented accommodation late last night when his room mate came back to the city after three days.

Student killed in mishap
Chandigarh, March 28
A 22-year-old student of Rayat College of Engineering and Technology was killed while three others were injured after their over speeding car rammed into an electricity pole near Jayanti Majri Naka late last night. The victim, Gagandeep Singh of Kapurthala, succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital, said the police.

Stable liquor prices keep tipplers guessing
Chandigarh, March 28
With just three days left for an end to the monopoly of the liquor cartel which has been “dictating” the prices of liquor in the past and the current financial year, the cartel today adopted wait-and-catch policy in the run up to March 31.

Punjab, Haryana to get fresh power allocation
Chandigarh, March 28
To meet the demand for power in Punjab and Haryana in the coming summer season, the Union Government will make a firm allocation of power to both states in two major hydro-power projects, in Bhutan and the Tehri Dam, says the Chairman of the Central Electricity Authority, Mr Rakesh Nath.

 
COMMUNITY

NRI challaned for not having Indian driving licence
Chandigarh, March 28
Ignorance on part of a Chandigarh Traffic Police officer cost an NRI dear. He was challaned for “failure to produce a driving licence on demand”, just because the cop on duty could not recognise an international licence possessed by the NRI.

Bartana residents want special bus service resumed
Zirakpur, March 28
With the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU authorities having stopped the special bus service between Bartana and Tribune Model School, Sector 29,residents of Bartana and the adjoining areas are a harassed lot.

MC files plea over SCO
Chandigarh, March 28
Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh has filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court against the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to take back possession of an SCO in pocket 6 of Manimajra.

MC, Admn staff strike today
Chandigarh, March 28
Employees of the Municipal Corporation and the UT Administration will observe a daylong strike tomorrow. This was stated by members of the co-ordination committee of the MC employees and workers of the UT, Chandigarh, at a press conference here yesterday.

PF issues discussed
Chandigarh, March 28
A meeting of the Regional Committee, Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation, Punjab region, was held at the Punjabi Mini-Secretariat here today. It was chaired by Mr M.P. Singh, Secretary, Labour and Employment, Punjab, and attended by the Labour Commissioner, other officers of the Punjab Government and representative of employers and employees.

Unions oppose new AC taxis
Chandigarh, March 28
The Chandigarh Administration’s decision to introduce air-conditioned taxis in the tricity has raised a storm with the taxi unions opposing the decision tooth and nail. Urging the administration to hold the decision “in abeyance”, the Ekta Taxi Union, Railway Station, alleged that the decision would hit taxi operators hard.

NABARD seminar opens
Chandigarh, March 28
The Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator, Gen (retd) S.F. Rodrigues, today asked the NABARD authorities to reorient their approach and utilise the bank’s resources to empower the common man and help improve quality of life, besides accelerating the process of national development through public-private partnerships.

Junked rail coach catches fire
Chandigarh, March 28
A major causality was averted today when a fire broke out at the Kalka railway station yard. The fire occurred at about 12 pm when a condemned narrow gauge coach caught fire at the yard.

Farmers protest wheat import decision
Chandigarh, March 28
Farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh staged a protest against the UPA government at Matka Chowk here today. They were protesting the government’s decision to import wheat.

Pharmacists lathicharged
Chandigarh, March 28
The police resorted to lathi charge and use of water canons and threw tear gas at protesting activists of the Punjab Pharmacist Association at Matka Chowk here today. As many as 12 activists got injured in the action.

Ex-Mayor bereaved
Panchkula, March 28
Ashwani Gupta, son of a former Mayor of Chandigarh and treasurer of the Haryana BJP, Mr Gian Chand Gupta, died in an accident after his car collided with a truck in front of the ITBP camp at Bhanu today.

 
CRIME

19 kg heroin seized
Chandigarh, March 28
In a major breakthrough, the Narcotic Control Bureau and Border Security Force following a joint operation claimed to have seized 19 kg of heroin, a Pakistani made pistol, two magazines and 16 live cartridges with the arrest of an Amritsar resident from Indo-Pak Border, late last night.

Car stolen
Chandigarh, March 28
Dr Avinash Jolly of Sector 20-D reported the theft of his Maruti Car (CH-01-T-1286) from Lajpat Rai Bhavan, Sector 15 on Monday. A case of theft has been registered.

Car stolen in front of owner
Chandigarh, March 28
The Maruti 800 car of Sector 28 resident Parmal Kumar Gupta was stolen in his presence here yesterday. The incident took place at the Sector 22 parking opposite the Kiran Theatre.

 
EDUCATION

PSEB budget passed
Mohali, March 28
The Punjab School Education Board cleared a budget of about Rs 100 crore for the year 2006-07 at a special meeting held here today. The members proposed to contribute a sum of Rs 5 crore to the pension corpus fund so that pension could be paid to employees, including teachers of Adarsh schools.

DAV College students protest
Chandigarh, March 28
Over 200 students of DAV college ,Sector 10, here staged a protest against the college management and principal for withholding their roll numbers following shortage of their lectures.

Palak tops in DAV exam
Chandigarh, March 28
Palak Mehra of the KBDAV School, Sector 7, has topped in the DAV education board Class VIII examination in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali by securing 92.67 per cent marks. Debashish Ghoshal has stood second by securing 91.50 per cent marks in the examination, results of which were announced yesterday.
Palak Mehra
Palak Mehra
Debashish Ghoshal
Debashish Ghoshal


Teachers stage dharna
Chandigarh, March 28
In response to the call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union, the executive committee members of PCCTU staged a dharna at Matka Chowk, Chandigarh yesterday.

NIFD holds annual function
Chandigarh, March 28
The NIFD’s annual awards and cultural function was held at the Kala Gram here this evening.

Students of the NIFD perform during their annual awards and cultural function in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik


Students of the NIFD perform during their annual awards and cultural function in Chandigarh

COURTS

Warrant for Bheora’s custody
Chandigarh, March 28
A local court today granted production warrant to the Chandigarh Police to bring BKI chief Paramjit Singh Behora from Delhi. The bail application of Bheora moved by his counsels was rejected by the court.

 
CULTURE

Modern art yet to arrive in India, says Goswami
Chandigarh, March 28
When seen through Dr B.N. Goswami's prism, the otherwise inscrutable world of art appears most friendly - as if it were born to reach out and stay on...
Art stayed on to enrapture the audiences again today as art historian Dr Goswami took control of its aspects at Government Museum auditorium this afternoon.


HEALTH

Sarangal opens course for SMOs
Mohali, March 28
Mr Tilak R. Sarangal, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab and Managing Director, Punjab Health Systems Corporation, inaugurated the second Professional Development Course in Management, Public Health and Health Sector Reforms for district-level Senior Medical Officers at the State Institute of Health and Family Welfare here yesterday.

 
SPORTS

PSEB lift hockey title
Chandigarh, March 28
Punjab State Electricity Board defeated Calcutta Electricity Supply Corporation Limted 2-1 in the final of the 32nd All-India Electricity Boards Hockey Tournament at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here today.
Winners of the 32nd All-India Electricity Boards Hockey Tournament at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Winners of the 32nd All-India Electricity Boards Hockey Tournament at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, Chandigarh

Amar Ujala win trophy
Mohali, March 28
Amar Ujala lifted the Airtel-Press Club Inter-Media Cricket Trophy by beating Dainik Bhaskar by four runs in the final of the tournament at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium here today. Dainik Bhaskar elected to field first and Amar Ujala scored 167 for 5 in their allotted 30 overs.

Winners of the Airtel-Press Club Inter-Media Cricket Tournament at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium in Mohali on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Winners of the Airtel-Press Club Inter-Media Cricket Tournament at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium in Mohali

Chandigarh wrestling team announced
Chandigarh, March 28
The Chandigarh Wrestling Association today announced its 42-member team which will take part in the Senior and Junior National Wrestling Championships to be held at the Chaudhary Bharat Singh Memorial Sports School in Nidani (Jind District) from March 31 to April 3.
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