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Students: 1,000, rooms: 5, Principal: none!
Panchkula, May 9
The big talk about quality education-for-all notwithstanding, the Government High School, Sector-19, Panchkula, is a shining example of how unconcerned Education Department authorities are about Indiaís future-in-the-making.

A class of Govt School, Sector-19, Panchkula, in progress under the glare of blazing sun with students seated on ground amidst most unhygienic conditions A class of Govt School, Sector-19, Panchkula, in progress under the glare of blazing sun with students seated on ground amidst most unhygienic conditions.
ó Photo by writer 


Stone crushing units cause air pollution
Burj-Kotian (Panchkula), May 9
Air pollution being created by stone crushing units and plying of heavy vehicles and other goods carriers on a kuccha road linking Morni with Ambala-Kalka National Highway-22 has virtually taken over the vegetation.

No compromise on encroachments: Rodrigues
Chandigarh, May 9
There will be no compromise on the issue of illegal encroachments on government land in the city, including violation of all rules and bylaws by certain unscrupulous elements. This was said by Gen S.F.Rodrigues (retd), Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator, while addressing a meeting of the Advisory Council here today.

MC ignores encroachments on greenbelt
Chandigarh, May 9
Certain residents have made unauthorised openings into the proposed green belt in Sector 44-A. In fact, if the residents are to be believed the funds earmarked for the greenbelt had allegedly been diverted to some other works.

An unauthorised opening in the proposed greenbelt in Sector 44-A, Chandigarh. 
ó A Tribune photograph
An unauthorised opening in the proposed greenbelt in Sector 44-A, Chandigarh

Summer vacations from May 15
Chandigarh, May 9
The Punjab Education Department today declared summer vacations in all government and government-aided schools from May 15, 2006, to June 30, 2006. Orders to this effect have been issued. This year the summer break has been advanced due to the ongoing heat wave.

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Deputy Mayor asked to join probe
Chandigarh, May 9
The police today directed Deputy Mayor Harmohinder Singh Lucky to join investigations into the case of theft of expensive garments from an exclusive women garments showroom in Sector 17. The notice was issued a day after the police impounded his Skoda car allegedly used in the theft.

Computerise village work, says DC
Mohali, May 9
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejveer Singh, today called for the computerisation of work in villages where the sarpanches were educated. The Deputy Commissioner, who was speaking at the first meeting of the District Development Committee here, said in such villages funds could be allocated for the purpose. He emphasised that there should be all-round development in villages in the new district.

Three nominated to MC
Panchkula, May 9
The Haryana Government has nominated three Congress leaders, Mr Sanjiv Chopra, a former president of the Congress, Mr Surat Singh Lohat, a local Senior Congress leader, and Mr Bipan Singla, industrialist, as Municipal Councillors of Panchkula Municipal Council.


Woman cop nabbed taking bribe
Mohali, May 9
A woman Head Constable of the local police was arrested by officials of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau on a charge of accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 here today . According to bureau officials, Ravinder Kaur was allegedly caught red-handed by a vigilance team led by Zora Singh Brar, DSP, while accepting the amount from Mrs Rajwinder Kaur.

2 shops burgled
Panchkula, May 9
Burglars struck yet again at two shops in Sector 12 and decamped with cash and other goods worth thousands of rupees. The incidents occurred last mid night when the burglars broke into a chemist shop ó Bharat Medical Store ó and another shop named Kaushal Stationary Shop.

Angry husband sets house on fire
Chandigarh, May 9
In an interesting case, aman set his own house on fire after a dispute with his wife. The incident occurred at about 5 pm in Colony no-5 when Virender Singh, a resident of one of the hutments, had a quarrel with his wife.

Domestic help held with stolen revolver 
Chandigarh, May 9
The police has arrested the Sector 35-based advocateís domestic help, who had allegedly stolen a revolver and Rs 72,300 belonging to his employer, in his native place in Bihar. The police claimed to have recovered the revolver along with the cartridges.


City-based company bags animation contract
Chandigarh, May 9
Hollywood calling, indeed! Move over all ye film stars, musicians and technicians from Bollywood and Tollywood. Hollywood is now outsourcing animation contracts to city- based animation and production house, Compact Disc India.

Gautam Seengal shows the animated characters created for Hollywood. ó A Tribune photo
Gautam Seengal shows the animated characters created for Hollywood


ICWA chapter launches website
Chandigarh, May 9
The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India, Chandigarh- Panchkula chapter, today launched its own website,, during a seminar organised on MCA-21 (a single point of contact for all Ministry of Company Affairs-related services).

Saupinís staff, students visit PGI
Chandigarh, May 9
To mark International Thalassaemic Day and World Red Cross Day, students, teachers and members of the Parents Teachers Association of Saupinís School, Sector 32-A, visited the thalassaemia ward of the PGI here yesterday.

Pre-primary students of Saupinís School, Sector 32-A, Chandigarh, celebrate Motherís Day on the school premises on Monday. 
Pre-primary students of Saupinís School, Sector 32-A, Chandigarh, celebrate Motherís Day on the school premises on Monday

DEO visits govt school
Chandigarh, May 9
DEO, UT Administration, Kamla Bains was given a warm welcome by teachers and staff of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 47 D, on her visit to the school today.

CET roll numbers despatched
Chandigarh, May 9
According to a press statement issued by the Controller of Examinations, Panjab University, Chandigarh, roll numbers of students appearing for the Common Entrance Test (CET)-2006, to be conducted on May 20, have been despatched by the registered post.

Teachers seek postings at home towns
Chandigarh, May 9
The Government Teachers Union, Punjab, today staged a protest outside the office of Mr Sadhu Singh Randhawa, DPI, Secondary School, Punjab, in Sector 17 here today.


Bheora gets bail in Burail jailbreak case
Chandigarh, May 9
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr R.S. Baswana, today allowed the bail application of Paramjit Singh Bheora in the Burail Jailbreak Case. Bheora is one of the accused in the Beant Singh assassination case along with Jagtar Singh Hawara and Jagtar Singh Tara.

No power cuts in District Courts
Chandigarh, May 9
The Civil Judge (Junior Division), Mr Atul Marya, today restrained the Chandigarh Administration from imposing any power cuts in the District Courts during working hours till any alternative arrangement was made for regular and uninterrupted power supply to the courts.


Yuvraj, VRV join budding stars
Chandigarh, May 9
It was a pleasant surprise for the upcoming players of DAV School Cricket Academy, Sector 8, here, when they found their alma mater Yuvraj Singh, among them today. Yuvraj was in the town to meet his acquaintances before going to West Indies on Thursday to play Test and One-Day series, starting from May18.
Yuvraj Singh with budding cricket players at DAV School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. ó Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
Yuvraj Singh with budding cricket players at DAV School, Sector 8, Chandigarh

17 selected for ITCF coaching camp
Panchkula, May 9
Seventeen probables have been shortlisted for a coaching camp where players will be selected for Indian Twenty-20 Cricket Federation team.

CRPF cagers vie for honours
Chandigarh, May 9
The hosts North-West Sector Chandigarh team routed Manipur team 81-30 in the inaugural basketball tie of the first Central Reserve Police Force Inter-Sector Basketball Meet being held at Sector 7 sports complex here.

Varun, Priyangi TT champs 
Chandigarh, May 9
Varun Bhandari of St. Stephens School and Priyangi of Carmel Convent School, Nahan, clinched singles titles of the ICSE Inter-School Table Tennis Tournament 2006 which was held at Tender Heart School, Sector 33, here recently.


Nod to twin-level parking basements
Chandigarh, May 9
Keeping in view the growing demand for parking space in the city, the Administration has allowed provision of twin-level basements in certain categories of buildings, an official press note said here today.

156 vehicles challaned
Chandigarh, May 9
As part of itís ongoing special drive aimed at the safety and security of schoolchildren, the Chandigarh Traffic Police today issued challans for various violations outside schools here.


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