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PeopleWatch Day 2
Excise & Taxation
60 minutes, 90 pc absenteeism
Chandigarh, March 9
The first working hour of the day is not about work at the offices of Director, Social Welfare (DSW), Excise, Taxation and Environment. 



TEA BREAK ALREADY: This official in the Excise and Taxation Department, Sector 17, arrived late at 9.30 am and settled for a cup of tea right away. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
This official in the Excise and Taxation Department, Sector 17, arrived late at 9.30 am and settled for a cup of tea right away.

Estate Office
No one cares, really
Chandigarh, March 8
An order of the Assistant Estate Officer (AEO) to branch in-charges to ensure punctuality remains in papers alone.

Excuse: Convocation
Chandigarh, March 9
Panjab University vice-chancellor today called a meeting of assistant and deputy registrars following the appearance of a story in Chandigarh Tribune that highlighted lack of punctuality among some of its staff.

If time’s money, they’re poor babus
Panchkula, March 9
The generally bursting-at-its seams parking area of the district secretariat is unusually quiet at 9 am, no mad rush to get a parking place, no honking horns, no blaring radios.


EARLIER STORIES

UT effluents to be dumped near Dera Bassi
Chandigarh, March 9
The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has agreed to a request of the Chandigarh Administration to allow its hazardous waste-generating industrial units to dump waste at a site being developed near Dera Bassi.

Two teachers suspended
CM’s wife visits Aman’s family
Panchkula, March 9
The Department of Secondary Education, Haryana, today odered the suspension of Aman Luthra’s class in charge, Usha Rani, and the second class in charge, Alka Arora.

Science Cong opens today
Chandigarh, March 9
The first Chandigarh Science Congress will open at Panjab University here tomorrow. The aim is to bring together science and technology experts from different institutions within the region under one umbrella.

Travel Pangs
Stranded passengers refused refund
Banur, March 9
Commuters of the airconditioned Punjab Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) Chandigarh-Patiala bus were put to inconvenience with the vehicle breaking down near here today.


COMMUNITY

UNESCO honour for city research centre
Chandigarh, March 9
The Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) here has been honoured by UNESCO for a project on poverty eradication, the findings of which, UNESCO will be replicating in other countries.

From despair to self-reliance
Chandigarh, March 9
Hers is a journey from despair to self-reliance. Chandrakala Devi, who was widowed at a young age with three children and a small land holding, decided to fight her fate and emerge victorious.
Today, her four year old vermi compost venture has not only helped in her economic uplift, but has also become a successful business model that each of the 640 families in her village are emulating.


Chandrakala is all smiles as she poses with her father, Yadram Subedar, after receiving an award for her contribution to women empowerment. 
Chandrakala is all smiles as she poses with her father, Yadram Subedar, after receiving an award for her contribution to women empowerment.

Information campaign begins today
Chandigarh, March 9
With a view to disseminate information about various development programmes of the central government, the first public information campaign will be held in two phases from March 10 to 12 at Maloya and on March 15 and 16 at Mauli Jagran.

Celebrating womanhood
Chandigarh, March 9
International Women’s Day was celebrated at NABARD here, yesterday. Conservator of forests, Haryana, Amarinder Kaur, was the chief guest.

Fest springs no surprise
Panchkula, March 9
Veteran winners stole the show yet again in the contest for gardens organised as a part of the Spring Fest here today.




A view of the Gurukul, Sector 20, Panchkula, which won the best campus award in the senior school category. — A Tribune photograph


A view of the Gurukul, Sector 20, Panchkula, which won the best campus award in the senior school category.
Spring Fest kicks off today
Panchkula, March 9
Spring Fest, the annual two-day festival to celebrate the arrival of spring, will get under way at Yavnika, sector 5, tomorrow.
The 21st Spring Fest, hosted by the Haryana Urban Development Authority, promises to be an extravaganza for visitors. Preparations were on in full swing with flowers strewn everywhere on the eve of the fest today. While care is being taken to aesthetically decorate the venue, which will showcase a host of programmes, visitors can be assured of a peek into the rich diverse cultures of India with various troupes invited to perform on the occasion.

Preparations underway for the Spring Fest at Yavnika, Sector 5, Panchkula, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Preparations underway for the Spring Fest at Yavnika, Sector 5, Panchkula, on Friday.

Fly Menace
Sec 144 imposed in Raipur Rani, Barwala
Panchkula, March 9
SDM Varinder Singh today imposed section 144, CrPC, in areas of Raipur Rani and Barwala for two months beginning today to control the growing fly menace.

Rights panel to look into dowry case
Mohali, March 9
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has decided to inquire into allegations of harassment for dowry of a resident of phase XI here by her husband and in-laws.

CRRID seminar concludes
Chandigarh, March 9
Two-day training programme on "Implementing urban reforms agenda in JNNURM cities" for the elected representatives concluded, here today.

Social worker comes to aid of elderly
Chandigarh, March 9
Social worker Jagdish Ahuja has offered to construct an old age home-cum-night shelter in the city but the proposal has reportedly failed to materialise.

Sector 29 resident commits suicide
Chandigarh, March 9 Ram Sanjivan (29), a resident of Sector 29, allegedly committed suicide at his residence here last night.

Cops await promotions
Chandigarh, March 9
Encountering stagnation in their postings, at least 18 officers of the Chandigarh Police may soon find themselves exploring promotional avenues with the retirement of five deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) and 13 inspectors this year.

 
CRIME

Bid to loot bank
Panchkula, March 9
An unsuccessful attempt to loot a bank branch in Pinjore was made last night. While the thieves failed to open the locker which held the cash, they took away the gun of the security man, deposited at the bank after his duty.

Married woman commits suicide
Zirakpur, March 9
A married woman in her early thirties allegedly committed suicide at the Dashmesh Nagar here on the night of March 7.

ASI, three others booked
Mohali, March 9
An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) is among the four persons booked on charges of wrongful confinement, criminal conspiracy extortion and forgery today.

Securities firm manager in vigilance net
Chandigarh, March 9
A local vigilance team arrested Raaj Taparia, assistant vice-president/branch manager of M/s UTI Securities Ltd, red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 7,000 from Bhupesh Kumar of Sector 39.

 
BUSINESS

Force Motors launches delivery vans
Chandigarh, March 9
Force Motors yesterday launched their delivery vans - Traveller DV Smart - in the city. Available in two variants - high roof and flat roof - these vehicles will be available with a service package of three years or three lakh km warranty in addition to 12 free services.




Malind Kapur with new Traveller DV Smart
Malind Kapur with new Traveller DV Smart

 
EDUCATION

Teacher lives in fear of sack
Error, or just bad luck?
Chandigarh, March 9
A lapse on part of a school head, now deputy DEO of Chandigarh education department, six years ago has come back to haunt a teacher, who is at the receiving end now.

Tiny tots market goods
Chandigarh, March 9
As many as 150 students of nursery and LKG classes organised a “marketing day” at Saupin’s School, Sector 32, today.

Kids hold audience spellbound
Chandigarh, March 9
Tiny tots of Golden Jubilee Nursery School, Chandi Mandir, celebrated its Annual Day on the school premises in the military station today.

‘Smart eye’ robot developed
Chandigarh, March 9
Two second-year B.Tech students - Sumanyu Gupta and Shrey - of Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Derra Bassi, have developed a robot, based on synchronised navigation and processing (SNAP) principle.

He uses puppets as teachers
Chandigarh, March 9
Ranjan De has always lived by his rules. From walking out of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, over a scuffle with a professor to quitting uninspiring jobs, he has always sprung surprises.




Ranjan De peeps from behind his puppet theatre installation in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Ranjan De peeps from behind his puppet theatre installation in Chandigarh on Friday.

Kids put best foot forward
Chandigarh, March 9
Doon Valley Kids Block hosted its annual function at Nalagarh with full fervour and enthusiasm.

COURTS

Chahal is Bar body chief
Chandigarh, March 9
AS Chahal was today elected president of the Chandigarh District Bar Association. He defeated his nearest rival, SK Sood, by a margin of 238 votes.


Elected president Amar Singh Chahal (second from right) after District Bar Association election in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. Other office-bearers in the picture are Shankar Gupta, Kailash Chander and Munish Joshi. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

 
CULTURE

Impressive show by Kathak dancers
Panchkula, March 9
A dance bonanza “Ek Shaam Holi Ke Naam”, organised by the Haryana Arts Council in association with the department of public relations and cultural affairs, Haryana, at the Yavanika open air theatre Panchkula here was a big draw.

 
SPORTS

Rahul Garg Rahul outplays Ankur in pool
Mohali, March 9
Rahul Garg defeated Ankur Nanda 5-4 in group D3-D1 of Vishnu Memorial All-India Open 9-Ball Pool Tournament, which began at Mohali Club today.
Other results: group L1-L4: Harpreet Grover b Mandeep Singh (5-2).


Rahul Garg

Khushdeep, Divya shine
Chandigarh, March 9
Khushdeep (pre-nursery) emerged winner in hop race event in boys category, while Divya of class 1 won the girls’ flat race during the annual track events at Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 45, today.

Golf tourney from today
Chandigarh, March 9
A golf tournament being organised by the local chapter of INTACH will begin at the Chandigarh Golf Club here tomorrow. UT administrator S.F. Rodrigues will tee-off the tournament at 8 am. S.K. Mishra, former principal secretary to PM and chairman, INTACH, will participate in the tournament.

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