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Mid-day meal scheme goes haywire
on Day 1

Food reaches after recess; no utensils to serve food in schools
Chandigarh, April 17
The modified mid-day meal programme that re-started today in the city’s government schools was full of glitches. The programme which was to start during the lunch break in all 60 model and non-model schools in rural and colony areas for students of classes I to V, proved to be a flop as at most of the places the cooked food reached well after the recess and at places where it did reach in time there were no utensils to serve it in.

Students being served cooked mid-day meal at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 45, Chandigarh Students being served cooked mid-day meal at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Monday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan


A slum girl pensively watches a super model on a giant screen at Panchkula during a fashion show
A slum girl pensively watches a super model on a giant screen at Panchkula during a fashion show on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Students’ worst fears come true
Confusion over BA (III) philosophy exam date
Chandigarh, April 17
For Daljit Singh, a student of BA (III) at Government College, Sector 46, here, the day began with a student’s nightmare coming true.

Five dupe truck dealer of
Rs 60 lakh

Chandigarh, April 17
At least five persons claiming to be from Sonepat district in Haryana took a city-based truck dealer for a ride and duped him of Rs 60 lakh by ‘‘purchasing’’ six trucks by furnishing forged documents. Giving details of the case, sources in the Economic Offences Wing of the Chandigarh Police said the accused furnished forged documents giving fake names and addresses to ‘purchase’ the trucks.

Driving around Matka Chowk an ordeal
Chandigarh, April 17
Commuting on city roads is nothing less than an ordeal for so many motorists on days of dharnas and rallies following the failure of the Chandigarh Police to comply with the directions issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, ordering free flow of traffic.

Liquor vend impasse ends
Panchkula, April 17
After much protests and controversy over a liquor vend in Sector 18, the district administration and officials of the Excise and Taxation Department today reached a compromise to solve the problem being faced by residents.

Getting ready for summer
Having waved a happy send-off to the winters, the city residents are atop the merry go-round of sweltering summers. Harsh summers may not be very pleasant, but the present weather is a virtual treat to the senses. Watermelon, melon and mango are now selling ate the roadsides.


Mohali DC, officials take charge minus offices
SSP functions from car
Mohali, April 17
The new district administration is going through teething troubles even as the Deputy Commissioner and other senior officials took charge without their offices ready for use in the PUDA building in Phase I here today. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejveer Singh, functioned from the office of the SDM.

Mr Tejveer Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Mohali, listens to complaints of people in the city on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Mr Tejveer Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Mohali, listens to complaints of people in the city

Amend property Act, demand Punjab colonisers
Chandigarh, April 17
The Punjab Colonisers and Builders Association has demanded amendments in the Punjab Apartment and Property Act for the planned and regulated development of small towns to cater to housing needs of society.

Office-bearers of the Punjab Colonisers and Builders Association address a press conference in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Office-bearers of the Punjab Colonisers and Builders Association address a press conference in Chandigarh

Revamp of Central libraries on the cards
Chandigarh, April 17
The Chandigarh Administration has planned major changes for the various central state libraries in the city. The libraries are being made handicapped friendly, better lighted, well catalogued and plans are afoot to create a special section of books with large prints and also stock books on tape.

Poultry farmers organise protest march
Chandigarh, April 17
Hundreds of poultry farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh today joined hands to hold a massive protest against the alleged apathetic attitude of the government, for trying to save the poultry business from ruin.

Poultry farmers hold a protest march in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pardeep Tewari
Poultry farmers hold a protest march in Chandigarh on Monday

Press Club team installed
Chandigarh, April 17
The newly elected office- bearers of the Chandigarh Press Club were today installed at a special ceremony held at the club. Present on the occasion was well-known Sufi singer, Hans Raj Hans, who enthralled the audience with his Sufi compositions.

Noted singer Hans Raj Hans, who performed at the Chandigarh Press Club on Monday.
— A Tribune photograph

Noted singer Hans Raj Hans, who performed at the Chandigarh Press Club

Stage set for Indian Idol-2 finals
Chandigarh, April 17
It is an open challenge, a twist to the tale, a hurried change of dates of the grand finale for a final confrontation between the two contestants of Indian Idol 2. In two special episodes to be telecast on April 17 and 18, before the grand finale on April 22, the finalists-Sandeep Acharya and N.C Karunya came up with the idea of challenging each other and making each other sing the songs selected by them.

Peepal mistaken for banyan
I refer to the item "Great big banyan tree" in the feature "Chandigarh Calling" (Chandigarh Tribune, April 11). I feel peepal has been mistaken for banyan. Indeed, do we hold nothing sacred any more?

Fauji Beat
Are we heading towards conscription?
Gone are the days when the Army was an attractive service. Today, it has almost become the last choice of the youth. This is because the craze for money has surpassed all other considerations of life.

An advanced jet trainer, Hawk

An advanced jet trainer, Hawk

Girl catches fire from stove
Chandigarh, April 17
A 10-year-old girl sustained burn injuries after she caught fire from a stove at her Colony Number 4 residence this afternoon. Ruling out any foul play, the police said the incident took place when the girl was lighting the stove to cook.


Thugs rob 72-yr-old woman
Panchkula, April 17
A 72-year-old woman from Sector 15 was looted of her jewellery worth lakhs of rupees by a couple this morning. The victim, Ms Santosh Aggarwal, was going to the temple to offer prayers when a man aged about 45 years asked her the way to the Radha Swami Bhavan.

Computer, scooter stolen
Chandigarh, April 17
Thieves decamped with a computer after breaking into factory premises in the Industrial Area. In another incident, eatables and electronic appliances were stolen from a shop in Sector 35. Elsewhere, a scooter was stolen from Sector 15.


ITI to become Centre of Excellence soon
Chandigarh, April 17
The Industrial Training Institute in the city will soon be converted into a ‘‘Centre of Excellence’’ and the Chandigarh Administration has started its drive towards creating a Public-Private partnership model for designing and implementing the scheme.

Campus Notes
Pension scheme has PU staff confused
Chandigarh, April 17
Not everyone in Panjab University has gone gaga over the university's pension scheme. Out of the over 4500 university employees, only 3300 opted for the pension. The last date for giving in the option ended at 5 pm today.

PU employees queue up on the last day to give in their pension options at the university on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

PU employees queue up on the last day to give in their pension options at the university

Miss India Universe to launch NIFD’s global look
Chandigarh, April 17
The National Institute of Fashion Design has added another plume to its cap by going international with a strategic tie-up with the Los Angles Design Academy.                                                   Neha Kapur

Paper-reading contest on female foeticide
Mohali, April 17
A paper-reading contest on female foeticide was held at the Shivalik Institute of Education and Research here today. The contest was organised by the Rotary Club, S.A.S. Nagar, in collaboration with the institute.

Neha Kapur


CGA ruckus accused get anticipatory bail
Chandigarh, April 17
A local court today granted anticipatory bail to those involved in the incident of creating ruckus at the Chandigarh Golf Association on April 9. Sources in the police said the court had granted anticipatory bail to the accused subjected to the satisfaction of the Station House Officer of the Sector 26 police station.


Pt Jasraj to hold concert at Chandigarh
Chandigarh, April 17
Pandit Jasraj, the doyen of Indian classical vocal tradition, will hold a concert for music lovers of the region on April 24. Being organised at Chandigarh by the Durga Das Foundation, The Tribune and Spice Telecom, this concert will be among the rare ones that Pt Jasraj has offered in this part of the country.                                   Pandit Jasraj

Pandit Jasraj


Early detection key to curing glaucoma
Chandigarh, April 17
A symposium on glaucoma was today organised by the Chandigarh Opthalmological Society in collaboration with the Glaucoma Society of India at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

100 examined at medical camp
Mohali, April 17
The All-India Citizen's Welfare Society, in collaboration with the Association of Ayurvedic Study and Health, organised a medical camp at Kambali village, near here, yesterday.

Nurses’ body holds election
Chandigarh, April 17
The Nurses Welfare Body, GMCH, Chandigarh, recently organised a general body meeting to elect its office-bearers. The association elected Prem Lata as the president, Jacob Masih as senior vice-president, Ambily Jose as general secretary, Veena as joint secretary and Ajay as treasurer.


Follow safety standards while swimming
Chandigarh, April 17
In summers there is nothing more appealing than a dip in the water. The city has prepared itself to beat the scorching heat. One can have a splash in the water in a number of pools, various clubs and centres.

Children enjoy the watery blues in one of the pools in Chandigarh. — Photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Children enjoy the watery blues in one of the pools in Chandigarh

Asian Show Jumping Challenge from April 23
Chandigarh, April 17
Western Command's Shivalik Riding and Pony Club is organising the Asian Show Jumping Challenge and National Show Jumping Championships for the first time here from April 23.

Trials for championship on April 19
Chandigarh, April 17
The Chandigarh Wushu Association will conduct selection trials for junior boys and girls on April 19 at 3 pm at Labour Hall in Sector 30 here. The selected players will represent Chandigarh in the 6th Junior National Championship being held at Jabalpur from May 10 to 15.

YPS shines in basketball tourney
Chandigarh, April 17
Yadvindra Public School, Mohali, outclassed Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41, in the first GNPS Inter-School Invitational Basketball Tournament held at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, here today.

Sports festival held for kids
Mohali , April 17
The Residents Welfare Association, Phase IV, organised a sports festival for children below the age of 13 years. Mr Puran Singh Kirti , president of the association , said here today that about 200 children from the area took part in various events.

Anron Cycles win LG tourney
Panchkula, April 17
A superb batting (62 n.o off 46 balls) by Yuvraj Anand enabled Anron Cycles to beat the Bedi Cricket Club by 7 wickets in the finals of the third LG Cup League Cricket tournament held at the Sector 3 cricket stadium here today.

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