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5,000 chicken die in poultry farm
Official claims starvation caused deaths; villagers fear bird flu

Barwala (Panchkula), April 28
Panic gripped the Barwala area following the deaths of 5000 chickens in a poultry farm located in Kami village near here this morning.

Poultry trade recovering from bird flu
Chandigarh, April 28
With the bird flu scare subsiding, the prices of poultry have again started rising. On Thursday, the dressed broiler was selling between Rs 75 a kg and Rs 85 a kg.

Water issue: walkout at MC meeting
Chandigarh, April 28
The issue of securing 20 MGD water in the fourth phase of Kajauli waterworks led to heated arguments between the Opposition and the ruling Congress councillors during the General House meeting of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation here today.
Councillors have a heated argument over the issue of getting water from the Kajauli waterworks during the general house meeting of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation Councillors have a heated argument over the issue of getting water from the Kajauli waterworks during the general house meeting of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation in Chandigarh on Friday. —A Tribune photograph













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No protests against demolitions for 4-laning of “killer stretch”
Encroachers, too, lend a helping hand
Zirakpur, April 28

Demolitions usually spark off protests. However, the ongoing demolitions in the township to make way for the four-laning of the 35-km "killer stretch" of Zirakpur-Ambala are unique in the sense that they seemed to be having owners' tacit approval.
A structure being pulled down at Zirakpur on Friday to pave the way for the four-laning of the Ambala-Chandigarh highway. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
A structure being pulled down at Zirakpur on Friday to pave the way for the four-laning of the Ambala-Chandigarh highway

Man held for bigamy
Chandigarh, April 28
It is a classic case of “all that glitters is not gold”. A city-based girl learned this lesson only after being duped by an already married man, the father of three-year-old child, who married her by flaunting his wealth. The bluff came to light when she made a phone call to his village after he did not turn up for some days and the phone was answered by his first wife.

Jasbir’s kin allege murder
Chandigarh, April 28
Mystery shrouds the death of 32-year-old Jasbir Singh, a mechanic, whose decomposed body was recovered on last night in his rented accommodation in Sector 34, here.

10 special trains for summer
Chandigarh, April 28
To clear the extra rush of passengers during the summer holiday, the Northern Railway has decided to run 10 special trains with 354 trips to various destinations. The special trains will run till the first week of July.

Kaavya’s act — “morally reprehensible, unpardonable”
Chandigarh, April 28
Kaavya Vishwanathan’s literary fortunes have dwindled too fast. From honour to disgrace, this Harvard graduate has seen too much life in too little time. And she has mostly seen the unsavoury bit — courtesy the games she played with readers.

CII opposes job reservation
Chandigarh, April 28
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has taken a clear and unambiguous stand on the issue of reservation as Indian Industry is opposed to reservation in any manner, but would be more than willing to engage affirmative action.

IMA criticises attack on medicos
Chandigarh, April 28
The IMA, Chandigarh branch, yesterday strongly criticised the police action against peacefully protesting medical students in Delhi. While saying that Mandal Commission aftermath should not be repeated, the members said reservations in higher studies and life- saving professions like medicine was a highly retrogressive step for the growth of country’s economy.

Decks cleared for NCC complex in Chandigarh
Chandigarh, April 27
Decks have been cleared for establishing an NCC Complex in Chandigarh, with the UT Home Secretary issuing necessary directions in this regard to the departments concerned.

Passing thru
Mark Walker, First Secretary, Education Services, British Council, New Delhi

 
COMMUNITY

MCC moots separate processing plant for meat garbage 
Chandigarh, April 28
The clear stand by a company setting up a garbage processing unit in the Union Territory not to take any slaughter house waste in the treatment process has prompted the Municipal Corporation to come up with a bio-gas plant.

100 acres needed to relocate dairies
Chandigarh, April 28
The Chandigarh Administration is looking for suitable land to rehabilitate around 20,000 cattle heads being reared in illegal dairies across 18 villages. These villages do not come under the jurisdiction of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.

Mohali roads to be widened, parks to be given to MC
Mohali, April 28
Certain roads in the town will be widened to ensure smooth flow of traffic while the parks will be handed over to the Municipal Council for maintenance. This was stated by Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Kharar MLA, while addressing a press conference here this evening.

Man threatens to sue bank over telemarketing
Chandigarh, April 28
A resident of Phase X, Mohali, is a harassed person. For the past about two years, Mr N.S. Bal has been at the receiving end of the telemarketing agents of a leading private bank.

Akademi announces awards
Chandigarh, April 28
The Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi yesterday announced its annual awards in the categories of painting, graphics, sculpture, photography and drawings. Among the winners in various categories are — Anand Shinde (painting), Sanjay Kumar (graphics), S.M. Dhami (photography), Gauri Sharma (drawing), and no award in sculpture category.

Sangeeta Mehta’s bhog held
Mohali , April 28
The bhog of the well– known Punjabi film actor, Sangeeta Mehta, took place in the Sanatan Dharam Mandir in Phase IX here today. Sangeeta Mehta had died on April 17 in the PGI, Chandigarh, after a prolonged illness.

Encroachments cleared in Raipur Kalan
Chandigarh, April 28
The demolition squad of the Estate Office today cleared encroachments on about 10.50 acre in Raipur Kalan village here today. The land has been handed over to the Municipal Corporation for setting up a gaushala.

2 more PCS officers join Admin

 
CRIME

Two held on impersonation charges
Chandigarh, April 28
Two persons were arrested on the charges of impersonation after they were caught red-handed by the Railway Recruitment Board officials here, during the verification of the documents. It was alleged that the one of the accused had send someone else to appear for him in an examination conducted by the board last year in September while the other accused had arranged the examinee for the original candidate.

House burgled, Rs 5,000 stolen
Panchkula, April 28
Close on the heels of a burglary in a showroom of an electronic goods located in the Sector 11 market, burglars struck at a house located in Sector 9 and decamped with cash and other valuable worth thousands of rupees.

Goods worth Rs 1.5 lakh stolen
Mohali, April 28
Thieves decamped with goods worth about Rs 1. 5 lakh from a factory in the Phase VII industrial area here last night . According to reports, thieves entered the building by breaking the rear wall and decamped with tractor parts and parts of some machines.

Boy dies in mishap
Mohali, April 28
A 13–year–old boy was killed after he was hit by a Punjab Roadways bus in Phase VIII here today . According to the police, Ravinder Singh, who worked as a hawker, was coming from the direction of Phase XI and the bus was going towards the bus stand when the accident took place.

 
EDUCATION

9,000 to take AIEEE test
Chandigarh, April 28
Around 9,000 students from the city and nearby areas are getting ready to crack the AIEEE examination scheduled to be held on April 30. With the option to choose from among more than 30 engineering courses, including architecture, through AIEEE, 17 examination centres have been set up in the city.

PEC wakes up, renames hostel after Kalpana Chawla
Chandigarh, April 28
Too little too late — nothing describes the response of Punjab Engineering College towards the memory of its most illustrious alumnus Kalpana Chawla more aptly than this.


Students of Punjab Engineering College light candles in front of a portrait of Kalpana Chawla during the renaming ceremony of the Himgiri Girls Hostel as Kalpana Chawla Hostel in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Students of Punjab Engineering College light candles in front of a portrait of Kalpana Chawla during the renaming ceremony of the Himgiri Girls Hostel as Kalpana Chawla Hostel in Chandigarh on Friday

Engineering students score through creativity
Mohali April 28
The campus of Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran, vibrated today with music, laughter and dance on the occasion was the annual function of the college—Ojas-2006. Arshdeep Singh was selected Mr Gabru and Kriti Kamboj as Ms Mutiyar in this function.

Students perform during the annual function of Chandigarh Engineering College at Landran, near Mohali on Friday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu
Students perform during the annual function of Chandigarh Engineering College at Landran

Need for developing child’s learning skills: Mark Walker
Mohali, April 28
There is a need for developing a child’s learning skills and make him into an independent learner. Classroom learning should be made more interactive and children should also learn from each other .

30 students enrolled under Chinmaya Mission
Chandigarh, April 28
As an initiative taken to help the needy and talented children receive proper education, 30 students of Government High School, Mauli Jagran, were today enrolled under the Chinmaya Mission.





Students of Government High School, Mauli Jagran, at the launch of a special education programme. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik
Students of Government High School, Mauli Jagran, at the launch of a special education programme

Students join ‘save tiger’ campaign
Chandigarh, April 28
Students of many schools in the city have stepped in to save the tiger and the vulture from extinction. Nearly 700 students from various schools, including St Kabir Public School, Sector 26, SD High School, Sector 24,  Government Senior Secondary School, Mani Majra, CL Aggarwal DAV Model School, Sector 7,  St John’s High School, Sector 26, and Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, have appealed to the Prime  Minister to take steps to protect these endangered creatures.
A file photo of tigers at Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, Chhatbir
A file photo of tigers at Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, Chhatbir. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh

SVIET first to tie up with British Council
Chandigarh, April 28
In a step that would go a long way in improving the communication skills of the students, the Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology (SVIET) today signed an MoU with the British Council Division (BCD), New Delhi, for the University of Cambridge's Business English Certificate (BEC).

Mr Deep Adhikari (right), Head Examination Services (North India), British Council, exchanges MoU papers with Mr Manmohan Garg, CEO of SVIET, in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Mr Deep Adhikari (right), Head Examination Services (North India), British Council, exchanges MoU papers with Mr Manmohan Garg, CEO of SVIET, in Chandigarh

Students present cultural programme
Panchkula, April 28
An impressive culture programme presented by students marked the annual day and prize distribution function of Kendriya Vidyalaya No 1, Chandimandir, near here today.





Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, Chandimandir, show their prizes at the annual day and prize distribution function in Chandimandir on Friday.
Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, Chandimandir, show their prizes at the annual day and prize distribution function in Chandimandir on Friday

Training course for liaison officers concludes
Chandigarh April 28
The first-ever three-day training course for liaison officers of 10 local Colleges to work with the University Employment Information and Guidance Bureau, Panjab University, concluded at the ICSSR Complex here today.

Goraya retires as DEO
Chandigarh, April 28
The District Education Officer, Chandigarh, Mr R.S. Goraya retired today. Mr Goraya had joined as a Lecturer in Chemistry in a UT school on October 5, 1971. He was promoted as Principal in the same department on July 23, 1990 in the Government Senior Secondary School, Karsan.

Summer activities at Lawrence School
Chandigarh, April 28
As part of its annual summer activities, the Lawrence School, Sanawar, on Tuesday announced the annual school camps 2006, including a series of team-oriented adventure activities.

COURTS

Justice Jain given farewell 
Chandigarh, April 28
The Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association today organised a get together to formally bid farewell to Mr Justice D.K. Jain, Judge, Supreme Court of India. Before his elevation to the apex court, Mr Justice Jain was the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Hit & run case: Dhawan’s son acquitted
Chandigarh, April 28
Vikas Dhawan, son of former Civil Aviation Minister and president of the Chandigarh Vikas Manch (CVM), Mr Harmohan Dhawan, was today acquitted by a local court in eight year-old case of hit and run.

 
CULTURE

Bengali theatre fest enraptures audience
The first ever three-day all-India Bengali drama competition started with two captivating presentations of Bengali plays by the local teams today at the Tagore Theatre. The event organised by the Kalibari Chandigarh in association with the BSS promises a bonanza of Bengali drama to the art lovers in the city with five teams from Delhi, one from Shimla besides two from the city.

HEALTH

Burning of leaves aggravates respiratory diseases
Chandigarh, April 28
Fire, heat and dryness — it is one deadly concoction our respiratory systems could do without as summer arrives in all its fury. Burning of leaves in the open, the complete absence of humidity in the air and the rising temperature, all contribute to aggravate problems related asthma, chronic bronchitis, respiratory infections etc sometimes even leading to pneumonia.
Dry leaves being burnt by the roadside in Sector 15, Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph 
Dry leaves being burnt by the roadside in Sector 15, Chandigarh

200 donate blood at CRPF camp
Chandigarh, April 28
As many as 200 volunteers, including senior officers and women staff, donated blood at a camp organised by the Central Reserve Police Force at its location in Hallomajra here today.






CRPF personnel donate blood at a camp organised at the CRPF Centre in Hallomajra in Chandigarh on Friday.
CRPF personnel donate blood at a camp organised at the CRPF Centre in Hallomajra in Chandigarh on Friday

 
SPORTS

Champion siblings
Chandigarh, April 28
“We had promised our grandpa to fetch gold medals, and we did it,” echoed Chaitanya Handa and Dhruv Handa, brothers who were elated over their success. Chaitanya, 4, stole the show with two consecutive wins in the under-4 category in the two-day St Xavier’s Skating Carnival held at Skating Rink, Sector 10. His elder brother, Dhruv, is delighted to clinch a gold in the All-India Open Table Soccer Championship held at Saffron City School, Fatehgarh Sahib.

Coaching Centre eves slam Sacred Heart
Chandigarh, April 28
The Coaching Centre-23 (CC) thrashed the Sacred Heart-26 team 6-0 in the girls' category while the St Baptist School-45 beat the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 30, 0-1 in the boys' group on the inaugural day of the UT State Handball championship today.

Shahnawaz shines for Chandigarh
Chandigarh, April 28
Chandigarh has put up a target of 323 runs before Jalandhar in the finals of the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District Under-15 Tournament For Sushil Bali Memorial Trophy being played at PCA Stadium.


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