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CM begins journey amid chaos, confusion
Mohali, March 2
The swearing-in ceremony of the Parkash Singh Badal ministry at the PCA Stadium brought misery to the residents as the VVIP movement around the stadium threw life out gear putting the residents to a lot of inconvenience.

The PCA Stadium at Mohali witnessed huge crowds at the swearing-in of the Badal ministry on Friday The PCA Stadium at Mohali witnessed huge crowds at the swearing-in of the Badal ministry on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Free for all at PCA Stadium
Pitch area damaged
Mohali, March 2
The oath-ceremony of the new regime under the leadership of Parkash Singh Badal was a new chapter for Punjab. But for Punjab Cricket Association stadium and sports lovers, it proved a nightmare.

Speaking Out
Damage to PCA Stadium saddens sportspersons

Stadiums are meant for sports activities, not for social or political functions. Therefore today’s swearing-in-ceremony of the Parkash Singh Badal government at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium has left the sports persons as well as sports officials miffed. The anger and disappointment over the misuse of the stadium was evident when the eminent local sports-related officials talked to The Tribune:




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Grandchildren of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at the oath-taking ceremony  Defying age, these supporters of the Akali-BJP combine wait to see the new ministers take over the reins of Punjab Former Himachal Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal and former Defence Minister George Fernandes exchange notes at the oath-taking ceremony at PCA Stadium, Mohali, on Friday
From left: Grandchildren of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at the oath-taking ceremony. Defying age, these supporters of the Akali-BJP combine wait to see the new ministers take over the reins of Punjab. Former Himachal Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal and former Defence Minister George Fernandes exchange notes at the oath-taking ceremony at PCA Stadium, Mohali, on Friday. — Tribune photos by Manoj Mahajan
The grill in the pavillion area leading to the launge gave way after the crowds tried to barge into the PCA Stadium, Mohali, on Friday The relaid pitch of the PCA Stadium after the swearing-in ceremony of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and other ministers at Mohali on Friday
The grill in the pavillion area leading to the launge gave way after the crowds tried to barge into the PCA Stadium, Mohali, on Friday.  The relaid pitch of the PCA Stadium after the swearing-in ceremony of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and other ministers at Mohali on Friday. — Tribune photos by Vicky Gharu

Suicide bid in police station
Chandigarh, March 2
A 25- year old love-lorn youth, arrested on charges of disrupting public peace by stalling his beau's engagement, tried to attempt suicide in Police Station Sector 34, where he was confined in the investigation officers room.

Suspended student moves High Court against NIIFT
Chandigarh, March 2
The Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT), situated in the Industrial Area, Phase VII, Mohali, is in the news once again for the wrong reason. This time one of its students, Deeplekha Goyal, is up in arms against the functioning of the institute and she has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court against it.

Lt Gen awarded censure in meat scam
Chandigarh, March 2
A Lieutenant General in the Army Service Corps (ASC) has been awarded a censure for irregularities in the operation of a contract for supplying frozen meat to troops based in the northern sector.

2 call centre employees die in mishap
Mohali, March 2
Arun Verma, an employee of an international call centre company, and his woman colleague were seriously injured when their two-wheeler was hit by an unknown vehicle here yesterday.

COMMUNITY

CBI challenges version on record tampering
Violation of bylaws at Fun Republic
Chandigarh, March 2
In the case of building bylaws violation at Fun Republic, Mani Majra, the CBI today challenged the version of Assistant Engineer (AE) Brij Mohan regarding the tampering of records of the estate office by the investigating agency officials.

Corruption charge against Colonel
Chandigarh, March 2
A Colonel from the Corps of Engineers is facing trial by a general court martial (GCM) on charges of misappropriation of funds and professional impropriety. The trial, presided over by Brig Anil Mehta, Commander of an infantry brigade, was ordered by the General Officer Commanding, 14 Infantry Division, and began in Dehra Dun a few days ago, sources said.

Air chief practises para-jumps 
Chandigarh, March 2
As a run-up to the Presidential Fleet Review, Chief of the Air Staff S.P. Tyagi today carried out two practice para-jumps at the Chandigarh Air Force Station today.






Two Mi-35 attack helicopters perform a combat air patrol as part of special heliborne operations. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik
Two Mi-35 attack helicopters perform a combat air patrol as part of special heliborne operations

Held captive by rampant simini
Panchkula, March 2
Captives in their own house - that's the fate of a handful of residents of Sector 8 being held hostage by monkeys. While they can't step out of the houses anymore without "sparing a thought" for the wild monkeys who seem at home on their terraces.

City ranked fifth on e-readiness
Chandigarh, March 2
The city has again been adjudged as a leader in the latest report on e-readiness of states and UTs. The report was recently released by the Department of Information Technology, Government of India, after conducting a survey in association with the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER).

Residents force rehriwallas to vacate ground
Chandigarh, March 2
Residents of Sector 19, Panchkula, got a ground vacated from the occupation of rehriwallas here today. Fifty-odd men led by chairman M.H. Khan of the area’s joint action committee and Manphool Singh forced the rehriwallas to leave who had encroached upon the open ground in the sector.

LIC staff protest
Chandigarh, March 2 Employees of the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) today staged a demonstration in Sector 17 against the proposal made by the Finance Minister P. Chidambaram regarding a comprehensive insurance bill.

Panel constituted for SAARC car rally
Chandigarh, March 2
The Administration has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner R.K. Rao for making arrangements in connection with the SAARC car rally. Orders to this effect were issued by the UT Home Secretary.

 
EDUCATION

Professor emeritus status for former VCs, deans
Chandigarh, March 2
All former vice-chancellors and deans, University Instructions (DUI), Panjab University, will be conferred the status of professor emeritus in view of their contribution to the university. The university syndicate had earlier approved the decision.

35,000 students take Class X exam
Chandigarh, March 2
As many as 35,000 students appeared in the CBSE Class X social studies examination in the city today. The three-hour paper started at 10.30 am. It is for the first time that an extra time of 15 minutes is being granted to students for going through the question paper.


Former class X students of Ryan school in joyous mood after taking their exam at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 32, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Former class X students of Ryan school in joyous mood after taking their exam at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 32, on Friday

Burn injuries: School absolved, teacher in soup
Panchkula, March 2
While the authorities of Sarthak Government School, Sector 12 A, have been absolved of any responsibility for the accident in which six-year-old Aman Luthra sustained burn injuries, the teacher in charge of the class has been charged with "negligent" behaviour.

Good performances at ‘Pratibha’
Mohali, March 2
Electrifying performances marked ‘Pratibha 2007’ held at Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Phase-II here today. Padma Shree Chandra Mohan, former Chairman and Managing Director Punjab Tractors Limited, lit the lamp and declared the event open. Shiv Kumar was the coordinator for ‘Pratibha 2007’. More than 300 students from over 20 colleges participated in various competitions.

From Colleges
Various aspects of human rights discussed

Chandigarh, March 2
“Spread awareness to develop a human rights culture,” said V.K. Bansal, former chairperson, Department of Laws and former DUI, Punjab University, in his presidential remarks on the occasion of a UGC-sponsored seminar conducted in the auditorium of the Government College, Sector 11, by the Departments of English, Commerce and Social Sciences.

Camp on women empowerment
Chandigarh, March 2
LifeSteps Foundation, on NGO, inaugurated on eight-day camp on Empowerment of Women through Awareness Generation at Raipur Khurd, in collaboration with the Department of Adult and Continuing Education, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

COURTS

Ryan school withdraws petition
Chandigarh, March 2
The Ryan International School, Sector 49, today withdrew its petition seeking directions to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to grant affiliation to it.

 
HEALTH

Advances in artificial respiration discussed
Chandigarh, March 2
Latest advancements in artificial respiration - high frequency ventilation - and their role in paediatric intensive care was discussed on the second day of the international continuing medical education (CME) on advanced course in paediatric intensive care here today.

City doc to deliver lecture in Dhaka
Chandigarh, March 2
A city-based doctor Mohinder Kaushal, a senior orthopaedic surgeon, will deliver a lecture on “Minimal invasive spine surgery: Current state of the art” at an international orthopaedic conference organised by the Bangladesh Orthopaedic Society in Dhaka from March 4 to 6.

PGI patient needs financial help
Chandigarh, March 2
Santa Singh, a 46-year-old farmer from Panja-ka-Uttar village along the Indo-Pak border in Ferozepore district, has been struggling for financial help for his treatment. Unable to stand his own feet, Santa Singh lost his toe in a road accident and later developed complications.



Santa Singh, a resident of Panja-ka-Uttar village along the Indo-Pak border in Ferozepore, along with his wife Sheelo Devi, at Rotary Sarai, PGI, Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph.

Santa Singh, a resident of Panja-ka-Uttar village along the Indo-Pak border in Ferozepore, along with his wife Sheelo Devi, at Rotary Sarai, PGI

 
SPORTS

Col Bhupinder Singh lifts golf title
Chandigarh, March 2
Sixty-seven-year-old Col Bhupinder Singh could not have asked for more. He showed some good putting to clinch the Defence Golf Cup from a wide field of defence golfers who had converged on the greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club for the annual event conducted by the Defence Golf Brotherhood. Participating in the 61 to 70-year-age group Colonel Bhupinder Singh showed his class in driving and putting to muster 36 points in the tournament played on the stableford format.


Col Bhupinder Singh after winning the Defence Golf Cup. — A Tribune photograph

Col Bhupinder Singh after winning the Defence Golf Cup

Medical college athletic meet
Chandigarh, March 2
Mayank Kaushal emerged winner in the boys 1500 metre race while Kamlesh won the first place in the shot put event in girls category on the opening day of the 14th Annual Athletic meet of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 (GMCH-32). The meet was held at the sector 46 sports complex, here today.

Grant for ailing sportsperson
Chandigarh, March 2
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today sanctioned a grant of Rs 2 lakh to the ailing sportsman and an Asian Games gold medalist, Pardumman Singh. The grant was announced after a representation was made in his favour by Narinder Singh International. Pardumman Singh has a serious ailment and is presently hospitalized in Bhuccho Mandi in Bathinda.

ADMINISTRATION

UT signs pact on film city project
Chandigarh, March 2
The Chandigarh Administration today signed an agreement with the Parsvnath Developers Ltd for a multimedia-cum-film city project at a ceremony held at the UT secretariat.

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