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Solar energy project fails to take off
Chandigarh, April 16
More than an year after the sanctioning of a project on solar lighting in the UT Secretariat to the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited by the Chandigarh Administration, there has been no progress.

Irate residents pull down liquor vend
Panchkula, April 16
The structure of a liquor vend illegally opened on land belonging to the Haryana Urban Development Authority in Sector 18 on the Chandigarh-Panchkula road here was pulled down by irate residents this morning.

69-yr-old accused of raping minor
Panchkula, April 16
A 69-year-old man allegedly raped a minor domestic help migrant girl in the absence of her parents in Sector 16. The case came to light two days ago after the girl complained of stomachache and was admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 16 in Chandigarh.


Participants display their skills on the final day of the First National Gatka Competition in front of Gurdwara Sant Mandal Adiha Sahib, Lambian
Participants display their skills on the final day of the First National Gatka Competition in front of Gurdwara Sant Mandal Adiha Sahib, Lambian, on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

BA (III) philosophy paper rescheduled
Chandigarh, April 16
In a last-minute change that affects students of philosophy in BA (III), city colleges have received a notice that the date of the philosophy paper-I has been advanced from April 28 to April 17.

PU to get Rs 5 cr from Punjab after five years
Chandigarh, April 16
After waiting for over five years Panjab University will be given at least Rs 5 crore by the Punjab Government as part of the payment of Rs 23 crore that the government owed to the university.


Devotees offer prayers at the Sector 19 church in Chandigarh on the occasion of Easter
Devotees offer prayers at the Sector 19 church in Chandigarh on the occasion of Easter on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

13 of marriage party hurt in road mishap
Dera Bassi, April 16
As many as 13 members of a marriage party were seriously injured when the Toyota Qualis (CH 03 A 2789) in which they were travelling overturned on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway today. The accident took at about 12.30 p.m near Gholumajra village.

Mohali to have computerised policing system
Mohali, April 16
Mohali is set to be one of the few districts of Punjab to have a computerised policing system by the end of the month. A proposal to this effect sent by the Police Department is under active consideration of the Home Department and a go-ahead is expected by the district chief next week.

Serving armed forces personnel may vote at places of posting
Chandigarh, April 16
Serving armed forces personnel will finally be able to vote at their place of posting. The Army has initiated the process to enroll service personnel as general electors in various military stations.

Discussion on invasive species that damage forests
Chandigarh, April 16
Invasive species, that cause damage and impose enormous costs on the forests of Asia-Pacific region in terms of ecological destruction, economic losses and detrimental social effects, would be one of the major subjects of discussion at the 21st Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission meeting to be held at Dehra Dun from April 17 to 21.

Play bigger role in nation-building, Dogras told
Chandigarh, April 16
A colourful function marked the get-together of the J&K Dogra Sabha, Chandigarh, here today. The sabha, which is an association of residents of Jammu province who have shifted to Chandigarh to follow their economic, educational and other pursuits, is a social organisation.

Two children sing a song at the get-together of the J&K Dogra Sabha, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
— A Tribune photograph
Two children sing a song at the get-together of the J&K Dogra Sabha, Chandigarh

Villagers rue lack of civic amenities
Panchkula, April 16
Residents of Abheypur village, located in the Industrial Area, Phase-I, have been alleging step-motherly treatment by the Panchkula Municipal Council authorities for the past over two years.

Bansal’s son ties the knot
Chandigarh, April 16
The who’s who of the region attended the high-profile wedding of Manish Bansal, son of Union Minister of State for Finance Pawan Kumar Bansal, tonight at a resort in Zirakpur.

Residents protest against allotment of park to school
Chandigarh, April 16
Protesting against the allotment of a park site to a private school, residents of Sector 19-D sat on dharna here today. Shouting slogans against the Chandigarh Administration, the protesters alleged that with the allotment of the park to the school, the residents would be left with no open space.

Residents of Sector 19-D sit on dharna in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Residents of Sector 19-D sit on dharna in Chandigarh

Watering of lawns banned
Mohali, April 16
The XEN Water Supply and Sanitation, Mohali, has banned watering of lawns and washing of vehicles due to shortage of drinking water. A press note issued by the XEN said the consumption of water for watering of lawns had gone up substantially which was causing shortage of drinking water to residents living on the I and II floors.


Dhawan’s son, friends held; released on bail
Chandigarh, April 16
Vikram Dhawan, son of former Union Minister Harmohan Dhawan, his friends Harpreet Singh and Nirpjit Singh were arrested on the charges of assaulting and obstructing a Chandigarh Police Constable from discharging his official duty.

Pedestrian killed in mishap
Chandigarh, April 16
A pedestrian was killed after being hit by a tractor on the road separating Sectors 45 and 50 here yesterday. The victim was identified as 35-year-old Anmol Kumar, a menial labourer, of Colony No. 5. He received multiple injuries and died on the spot.

Woman held with smack
Chandigarh, April 16
The local police today recovered 80 gm of smack from a woman. Sources in the police said the Special Crime Investigation Cell of the Chandigarh Police nabbed the accused following secret information.


Mobiletek concludes
Chandigarh, April 16
The Mobiletek at CII, which ended today, was a techie’s delight. Leading names in mobile technology — Compaq, Toshiba, Lenovo and Sony today launched their new gizmos here.

Nahar group to invest Rs 1050 crore
Chandigarh, April 16
Textile major, Nahar group, will be investing Rs 1050 crore for the expansion of its facilities in their 550 acre textile park at Lalru, in the next two years.


UGC-NET aspirants protest
Chandigarh, April 16
UGC-NET aspirants and members of the Aryans Educational and Charitable Trust, an NGO engaged in creating UGC-NET awareness among students, organised a candlelight protest here last night. Raising slogans against the University Grants Commission, the students took out the procession from the Gandhi Smarak Bhavan, Sector 16, to Sector 17.

JNU prof discusses changing rural scenario
Chandigarh, April 16
The Society for the Study of Geo-Politics, Chandigarh, today organised a special lecture on “Changing contemporary rural India — a geo-political perspective”. The key speaker on the occasion was Prof Dipankar Gupta, an eminent sociologist from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Addressing the audience, Professor Gupta touched upon the changing rural scenario in the country. According to him, the socio-economic compulsions faced by the farmers/agriculturists have changed the face of rural India.

Prof Dipankar Gupta
Prof Dipankar Gupta

A day dedicated to parents
Chandigarh, April 16
Mat Pita Santan Divas, a unique way of celebrating Parents Day, a annual regular feature of Dev Samaj College of Education 36 - B was celebrated here today. Dr (Ms) Satinder Dhillon, Principal of the college, welcomed the chief guest, Kumari Satyawati, the chairperson of the college, Mr Bains, the Coordinator NSS, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Mr Amarnath, Principal (retd), parents and other members of Dev Samaj.


No shortcut to excellence, says music maestro
Panchkula, April 16
Three Padma Shri honours bestowed on members of one family alone, for the promotion and propagation of musical arts, is undeniably a testimony to the brilliance of the maverick musical genius of Pandit Vinaychandra Mudgal, his dazzling danseuse daughter Madhvi Mudgal and illustrious son Madhup Mudgal.

Captivating musical show by Madhup Mudgal
Panchkula, April 16
Unlike Chandigarh, there is a rarity of classical music programmes held in Panchkula and Mohali. So it was obvious to find a large number of music aficionados converging on the Gandharva Mahavidalya for a musical treat by renowned maestro Padma Shri Madhup Mudgal.

Madhup Mudgal performs at Gandharav Mahavidyalaya in Panchkula on Sunday.
— Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
Madhup Mudgal performs at Gandharav Mahavidyalaya in Panchkula

“Mirch Masala Nite” a big draw
Panchkula, April 16
The fully packed Yavanika open-air theatre reverberated with excitement as a strong crowd of music lovers cheered the competitors in a mega dance and music extravaganza “Mirch Masala Nite”, organised by choreographer Jatin Bawa and associates, here today.

Artistes perform at the Yavanika open-air theatre in Panchkula
Artistes perform at the Yavanika open-air theatre in Panchkula on Sunday. — Tribune photos


Panels on drug abuse, child care
Chandigarh, April 16
The Chandigarh Administration has constituted separate committees to look into cases pertaining to drug abuse and child care in the Union Territory. To take effective steps for the prevention of illicit production of drugs, leakage from illicit sources, smuggling from Pakistan border and intensive campaign against the evil effects of drugs, the Administration has constituted a state-level coordination committee.


Aditi, Jaskaran win chess titles
Chandigarh, April 16
Aditi Sharma won the sub-junior under-15 title with 6.5 points while Jaskaran won the junior under-19 title with 3.5 points on a better progressive score at the first Tender Heart Junior and Sub-Junior Prize Money Chess Championship conducted by the Chandigarh Chess Academy, which concluded at Tender Heart School here today.

Jasleen and Anshudir make their moves during the Tender Heart Chess Championship at Tender Heart School in Chandigarh
Jasleen (left) and Anshudir make their moves during the Tender Heart Chess Championship at Tender Heart School in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh beat Sangrur in opener
Chandigarh, April 16
Chandigarh registered their first victory over Sangrur by an innings and five wickets in the two-day inaugural match of the inter district (under-15) Sushil Bali Trophy at DAV School, Sector 8, here today. Resuming at the overnight score of 115 for 3, the Chandigarh team could add only 70 runs and were all out for 185.

Love Preet of Sangrur in action during the inaugural match of the Sushil Bali Trophy at DAV School in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Love Preet of Sangrur in action during the inaugural match of the Sushil Bali Trophy at DAV School in Chandigarh

Bhullar chosen volleyball body chief
Mohali, April 16
Mr Harcharan Singh Bhullar, former SP, Mohali, and SSP, Jagraon, has been unanimously chosen as the president of the newly constituted SAS Nagar Volleyball Association. Mr Bhullar’s name was proposed by Mr Chanan Singh and seconded by Mr Ranjit Singh during a meeting of the association held yesterday.

Camp for under-19 probables underway
Mohali, April 16
As many as 24 probables in the under-19 category from the North zone are honing their cricketing skills in a 40-day camp which started yesterday at the PCA stadium here. On the first day, fitness tests along with video shoots to analyse the faults in their basics were conducted by the experts.

Youngsters queue up for sports trials
Mohali, April 16
Trials at the DAV Public Senior Secondary School, Phase X, Mohali, proved to be a big draw as young sportsmen from various schools lined up outside the school today to secure a place for themselves.


IAS and PCS officers transferred
Chandigarh, April 16
Chief Secretary K.R. Lakhanpal has been given additional charge of the Power Department by the Punjab Government. Meanwhile, the state government on Friday ordered the transfer of some IAS and PCS officers.

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