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Chidambaram cold-shoulders UT
Announces paltry outlay hike of Rs 12.63 cr
New Delhi, February 28
The total outlay of budget estimate for Chandigarh for this fiscal has been rather disappointing, with a marginal increase of just Rs 12.63 crore from 2006-07 revised estimate.

Mixed response to budget
Chandigarh, February 28
The budget 2007-08, announced by the finance minister P. Chidambaram today, may not benefit the common man directly, but the steps initiated by him to control inflation will help in controlling the spiralling prices of all essential commodities.

Budget funds: Panjab varsity left high & dry
Chandigarh, February 28
The Union Budget has once again ignored Panjab University.

Budget could have been better, says Bishnoi
Chandigarh, February 28 
Various political leaders have reacted to the Union Budget presented in the Lok Sabha today on expected party lines.

Childern wait for their parents in rain in front of their school in Sector 47, Chandigarh on Wednesday. Childern wait for their parents in rain in front of their school in Sector 47, Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Photo by Vinay Malik





EARLIER STORIES

Hope for destitute girls
School at Mata Mansa Devi shrine in April
Panchkula, February 28
There's hope for the destitute girls of Haryana with a brand new home being readied for them under the aegis of the district administration which has also started a toll-free number, 1089, to deal with distress calls from the children of the city.

Kher signs MoU for acting school
Chandigarh, February 28
For Anupam Kher, it was a moment of emotion; for Chandigarh, a moment of pride.As the actor sealed the deal for the Chandigarh Acting Institute (CAI) by signing the MoU with the UT Administration today, it was time for both regalia and skepticism to step in.

National Science Day
Various aspects of science discussed
Kharar, February 28
Rayat and Bahra Institute of Engineering and Biotechnology, Sahauran, celebrated national science day. On this occasion, Dr Girish Sahni, director, Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), delivered a lecture on ‘Exploitation of microbial diversity for biotechnological benefits’.

Admn sits over building plans
Chandigarh, February 28
Stakeholders in the much-hyped conversion policy for Industrial Area are losing patience, thanks to the delay in the sanctioning of the building plans by the Chandigarh Administration.

The owner of an industrial plot No.125, who applied for conversion of his plot into a car showroom under the conversion policy, is till waiting for the sanctioning of the building plans. Work on the showroom is in final stages. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

The owner of an industrial plot No.125, who applied for conversion of his plot into a car showroom under the conversion policy, is till waiting for the sanctioning of the building plans. Work on the showroom is in final stages.
COMMUNITY

Kidney patient Samar Nandi who is in need of financial help Kidney patient needs help
Chandigarh, February 28
Hailing from Bhatta Bazaar of Purnia in Bihar, Samar Nandi (28) has been suffering from renal failure. After being diagnosed for renal failure, Nandi approached the CMC Hospital in Tamil Nandu and later got treatment at the AIIMS, New Delhi. Financial crunch forced him to switch over to the PGI, Chandigarh.
Kidney patient Samar Nandi who is in need of financial help

Illegal tree felling continues
Chandigarh, February 28
Even though Chandigarh has grown to be the greenest city in the country with 35.5 per cent of its total area under tree and forest cover, the menace of illegal tree felling by cultivated residents continues in the city.

Spat over shifting of office 
Panchkula, February 28
Tempers ran high at the district secretariat in Sector 1, here today, as a routine shifting of offices took an ugly turn. Trouble began when the Assistant Superintendent, Mohinder Singh, began the process of shifting out the District Statistical Department from its present rooms to the hall shared by the staff of the District Town Planner.

Fauji Beat
War Memorial at NowsheraRestructure Rashtriya Rifles
The necessity to raise a force like the Army was felt in the early nineties when militancy in Punjab was at its peak and the Army in large numbers (about nine divisions) was deployed there to quell insurgency. To release pressure on the Army of counter insurgency duties, six Rashtriya Rifles (RR) battalions were raised in 1991, by drawing manpower from various arms and services.
War Memorial at Nowshera

Interview goof-up by HUDA
Panchkula, February 28
It was a day of high drama at the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) office here where candidates, scheduled to appear for an interview for the post of manager, Gymkhana Club II, descended at 3:30 pm today.

Dr Paul DeanUnclean drinking water root cause of all diseases
Chandigarh, February 28
From cholera to dermatology, Dr Paul Dean has mastered many a medical art. For the start, he was part of the team that developed the first oral solution for the treatment of cholera. Famously called the ORS (oral rehydration solution), the treatment was a turning point in the history of medical science. It promised life to those that would otherwise die of dehydration in the event of an outbreak.
Dr Paul Dean

80-yr-old accident victim succumbs to injuries
Chandigarh, February 28
An 80-year-old woman of Daria village, who suffered serious injuries after being crushed by a Haryana Roadways Bus at Sector 17 ISBT on Tuesday afternoon, succumbed to her injuries in in the PGI in the wee hours today.

Day, night temperatures converge
Chandigarh, February 28
Unseasonal rains continued for the second day in a row today, with the city recording 38 mm rainfall from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm today. Return of the cold wave is also being attributed to the persisting rains which are expected to continue into tomorrow. Cold wave in the upper reaches of Himachal is causing the shift in weather systems, Met said today.

Parking contractor liable to pay for vehicle theft: MC
Chandigarh, February 28
There’s a good news for the owners of sports utility vehicles (SUVs) paying double the fee at all places where paid parking has been imposed. The Finance and Contract Committee (F and CC) of the Municipal Corporation today recommended clubbing the SUVs with cars in the four-wheeler category for parking charges.

Defeated MLAs told to vacate houses

 
CRIME

Goods worth Rs 5 lakh stolen from garment shop
Chandigarh, February 28
A shopkeeper, Harish Gulati, reported to the police alleging that saries and garments worth about Rs 5 lakh were stolen from his shop, Gulati Creations, Sector 44, on Tuesday night. He told the police that the theft came to light this morning when he reached his shop and found its shutter opened. The locks of the shutter were also broken. The shop was ransacked and expensive garments were missing.

Cop caught red-handed on wrong side of the law
Chandigarh, February 28
Sleuths of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today caught Chandigarh police constable Satish Sharma red-handed while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 1000 from a sector 23 resident.

 
BUSINESS

‘Budget to boost social, farm sectors’
Mohali, February 28
Reacting to the Union Budget, Gurmeet Singh Bhatia, Managing Director, Punjab Biotechnology Park Ltd, today appreciated the budget stating that it was dedicated to social and agriculture sectors as well as new technology segment.

 
EDUCATION

Contests, quiz mark science day
Chandigarh, February 28
An on-the-spot poster making contest and a science quiz was organised on the occasion of national science day at the Government College of Education, Sector 20, here today.

Daria school students take out awareness rally
Chandigarh, February 28
Students of science club of Maharishi Dayanand Public School, Daria,organised an awareness rally on the occasion of national science day with the collaboration of the department of science and technology, Chandigarh Administration, here today.


Students of the science club of Maharishi Dayanand Public School, Daria, Chandigarh, display their message through placards and posters during a rally on the occasion of National Science Day on Wednesday.
Students of the science club of Maharishi Dayanand Public School, Daria, Chandigarh, display their message through placards and posters during a rally on the occasion of National Science Day on Wednesday.

Role of biotechnology highlighted
Chandigarh, February 28
To create awareness about the role on biotechnology in improving the quality of human life, different activities were organised at New Public School, Sector 18, here today.

Tiny tots play Holi with elderly
Chandigarh, February 28
Students of Shishu Niketan Public School, Sector 43-A, celebrated Holi with the inmates of the Sector-43 Senior Citizens’ Home, here today. The children staged a procession from the school to the Home. Sweets were also distributed among them.

New college principals
Mohali, February 28
Vice-principal, Government College for Girls, sector 11, Promila Kaushal, will be the new principal of the college from tomorrow. Deputy director colleges, P.R. Aggarwal, has been assigned additional charge as principal, Government College for Commerce and Business Administration.

 
CULTURE

Abhinet stages Sircar’s classic
Chandigarh, February 28
Known for their atypical innovative theatre productions over three decades, leading theatre group Abhinet staged ‘Pagla Ghoda’ in collaboration with the Chandigarh administration and the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi at the Tagore theatre here.

Plays by slum kids keep audience engaged
Chandigarh, February 28
The Centre for Education and Voluntary Action (CEVA), an NGO, organised its seventh theatre festival here at the Plaza here today. The continuous rain and chill failed to dampen the spirit of participating child artists as also the spectators, who shifted the activities under the bridge.

HEALTH

De-commissioned aircraft give breath of life to patients
Chandigarh, February 28
The IAF has successfully adapted the oxygen system of decommissioned Iskra trainer aircraft for use in crash ambulances. This has greatly increased the efficiency of oxygen delivery to patients.

Blood donation
Chandigarh, February 28
More than 40 employees ESIC donated blood at a camp organised at it region office in Madhya Marg, Sector 19-A, as a part of the ongoing celebration of the corporation, here today.

 
SPORTS

Stage set for night golf
Chandigarh, February 28
The stage is set for the first night golf tournament to be played on the flood-lit nine holes Chandigarh Golf Club greens on March 3.

ADMINISTRATION

Erect shelters at bus stops, admn urged
Chandigarh, February 28
While the Chandigarh Administration is all set to modernise its ISBTs at Sectors 17 and 43, the one area that cries for attention is the erection of bus queue shelters in the city.

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