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PU introduces master’s in radiation, medical physics
Science congress takes off

Chandigarh, March 10
The first Chandigarh Science Congress took off at Panjab University auditorium this morning. Started to promote interaction among scientists of the region and scientific temper, the congress was inaugurated by union minister for science and technology Kapil Sibal.

A section of the audience at the first Chandigarh Science Congress that opened at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Saturday A tired Kapil Sibal rubs his eye
A section of the audience at the first Chandigarh Science Congress that opened at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Saturday; and (right) a tired Kapil Sibal rubs his eye. A Tribune photograph

Kapil Sibal rues dearth of investment in R and D
Chandigarh, March 10
By 2009, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Earth Sciences would have “sufficiently modernised” Met Department, union minister Kapil Sibal said today.

Union minister for science and technology Kalip Sibal presents lifetime achievement awards to The Tribune trustee Prof R.P. Bambah, among others, on the inauguration of the first Chandigarh Science Congress at Panjab University on Saturday
( L to R) - Union minister for science and technology Kalip Sibal presents lifetime achievement awards to The Tribune trustee Prof R.P. Bambah, among others, on the inauguration of the first Chandigarh Science Congress at Panjab University on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu




EARLIER STORIES

Hit and Run
4-year-old girl awaits aid
Despite tall claims, cops of little help
Chandigarh, March 10
Incapacitated in a hit-and-run accident, a four-year-old girl of Sector 28 has been provided with no assistance whatsoever, despite the tall claims of the Chandigarh Police in the matter. Even though 22 days have passed since the accident took place, the police has yet to contact the victim’s family.

FR case: CBI to widen investigation scope
Chandigarh, March 10
A day after arresting Brij Mohan, an assistant engineer (AE) of Estate Office, in connection with the case of building violation at Fun Republic, Mani Majra, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is widening the scope of investigation.

Farmers plan Gandhian protest; get Meeta Vashisht’s support
Chandigarh, March 10
Land owners of Kishangarh, including those whose land is being acquired for the third phase of the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP), today announced it would ask social activists, Bollywood and public figures to create public opinion against the acquisition.

Viral Infection
Students fall ill, schools worried

Chandigarh, March 10
The frequent change in weather and fluctuation in temperature has resulted in viral fever, particularly affecting children. There were at least three to four students who had to go on a leave due to fever, informed Rakesh Sachdeva principal DAV School, Sector 15, Chandigarh.

COMMUNITY

Abduction case
Victim’s father spoke to suspect on phone

Chandigarh, March 10
Sunil Kumar, accused of abducting two girl students of Government Senior Secondary School in Sector 22, spoke to one of the girl’s father on Monday night.The police said the victim’s father pleaded with the accused to “release” his daughter, but his pleas fell on deaf ears.

BJP-SAD councillors want paid parking to go
Chandigarh, March 10
A meeting of leaders of the BJP-SAD, including councillors, was held in the BJP office in Sector-33 here today. Yash Pal Mahajan, president of the BJP Chandigarh, Gurpartap Singh Riar, president of the SAD and Harjinder Kaur, mayor, participated. Councillors Gurcharan Dass Kala, Anil Dubey, Sunita Choudhary, Gurnam Singh (SAD) of the SAD were also present.

Fragrance, colour, music @ Spring Fest
Panchkula, March 10
The fragrance of flowers and the sound of music filled the air at the Town Park in Sector 5 as the 21st Spring Fest started off with a splash of colour here today.
A performer from the Nasik area in Maharashtra with two bicycles tied to his hair in action during the Spring Fest at Yavanika, Sector 5, Panchkula, on Saturday Folk dancers from Haryana perform during the Spring Fest at Yavanika, Sector 5, Panchkula, on Saturday
A performer from the Nasik area in Maharashtra with two bicycles tied to his hair in action during the Spring Fest at Yavanika, Sector 5, Panchkula, on Saturday. Folk dancers from Haryana perform during the Spring Fest at Yavanika, Sector 5, Panchkula, on Saturday. — Tribune photos by Malkiat Singh

Warehousing body celebrates 50 years
Panchkula, March 10
The regional office of the Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) celebrated its golden jubilee here. The function was presided over by A.N. Laller, former commercial manager of the corporation, who highlighted the journey of the corporation through 50 years.

No flower show likely this year
Mohali, March 10
Like last year, the authorities concerned are not likely to hold a flower show in Mohali this year also. Till now, only two flower shows have been organised in Mohali by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority.

Senior citizens honour 5 women
Chandigarh, March 10

Five eminent women were honoured in recognition of their services to society at a function organised by the Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association here today in connection with the International Women's Day.

Honey bees attack kids
Mohali, March 10
At least 24 children and a few adults were attacked by honey bees in sector 48-C here last evening. A number of children were playing in a park in the evening and adults and senior citizens were walking about in the area when the bees attacked them.

 
CRIME

Rickshaw-puller found dead
Chandigarh, March 10
A 35-year-old rickshaw-puller was found dead at the Mauli complex here this morning. Ruling out the possibility of any foul play behind the death, the police said the man might have died due to excessive drinking.

 
BUSINESS

Seminar for budding entrepreneurs 
Chandigarh, March 10
A unique concept of lending a helping hand to the budding entrepreneurs to move up the corporate ladder was brought to the city by the Chandigarh chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs in association with Band of Angels.

 
EDUCATION

PU expenditure for 2007-08 approved
Chandigarh, March 10
The total expenditure of Panjab University for the session 2007-08, estimated to be Rs 167 crore, was approved with slight modifications by the PU Board of Finance at a meeting here today.

Expert: Interest in reading declining
Chandigarh, March 10
A three-week UGC-sponsored refresher course on the theme “Literature, language, and culture in a globalised world” commenced at the Department of English, Panjab University, here, today.

PU Notes
BARC scientists discuss Punjab farmers’ problems
Chandigarh, March 10
The Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Panjab University’s biophysics department organised a “scientists-farmers” meet here yesterday. A large number of farmers from various areas of Punjab participated in the programme.

From Colleges
GCG-42 students get degrees

Chandigarh, March 10

The Government College for Girls, Sector 42, held its 21st annual convocation function on the college premises today. 659 graduates were conferred degrees on the occasion.


Students of the GCG-42 in a joyous mood after receiving their degrees at the convocation held in the college on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Students of the GCG-42 in a joyous mood after receiving their degrees at the convocation held in the college

‘Skills initiative’ by CII
Chandigarh, March 10
Reiterating its commitment to take industry to a new and enhanced level of competitiveness by creating a world- class skilled workforce, the CII and City and Guilds have launched a nationwide 'skills initiative' to develop and spread occupational skills among India 's current and potential work force.

Sankalp offers help
Chandigarh, March 10
Sandeep, a poor child and a heart patient being treated at PGI, was helped by students of DAV College Sector 10, by presenting a cheque of Rs 40000 to Prof Raj Bahadur, additional medical superintendent PGI here today.

COURTS

SI gets 1-yr RI in graft case
Chandigarh, March 10
CBI special judge Jagdeep Jain today sentenced Chandigarh police SI Sunita Bakshi to one-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) and a fine of Rs 5000 for being involved in a case of corruption.

 
CULTURE

Waaris casts magic spell at Panache ’07
Chandigarh, March 10
Noted Punjabi singer Manmohan Waaris weaved a magic spell with his electrifying performance on the concluding day of Panache ’07 at the Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Techno-logy, Tangori, near here, last night.

Music albums released
Chandigarh, March 10
Two Punjabi music cassettes, ‘Punjabi Mera Naaam’ and ‘Nishani’, were released at Chandigarh Press Club. ‘Punjabi Mera Naaam’ is the third cassette of the Punjabi singer Paramjit Nabha. Its music is composed by UK-based music director Pavneet Virdi while Aryavir Rinku has directed the video filming of the title song and a Lohri song.

Rain washes out Jagjit concert
Chandigarh, March 10

The much-awaited concert by ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh was advanced on account of the downpour today. The show will now be held later in the month; dates will be announced later. Cards issued for today’s show will be valid for the next show.


Jagjit Singh fans wait with unbrellas for his show at Nehru Bhavan, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Jagjit Singh fans wait with unbrellas for his show at Nehru Bhavan, Chandigarh, on Saturday

HEALTH

Every fifth diabetic in world an Indian: Expert
Chandigarh, March 10
Every fifth diabetes patient in the world is an Indian as more than 30 million people are suffering with the disease in the country. This was stated by Dr Anil Bhansal, head of the Department of Endocrinology, PGI, here today.

Gastro society formed
Chandigarh, March 10
Aiming at promoting the advancement of basic and clinical research on prevalent and emerging gastrointestinal infections and providing a platform for discussion and deliberations on various modalities for the diagnosis and treatment in the field, the Gastointestinal Infection Society of India has been formed here.

200 attend AIDS workshop

 
SPORTS

Golf
Pauline, Vikas swing to glory

Chandigarh, March 10
Vikas, P.K. Chowdhary and Pauline J.M. Singh made the most of a windy day on the Chandigarh Golf Club greens as they clinched the men’s and ladies’ titles of the Intach Golf Tournament here today.

Sigma beat Connect for cricket title
Chandigarh, March 10
An unbeaten knock of 30 by skipper Sanjay Jain helped Sigma XI register a two-wicket win over Connect XI in the final of the inaugural Inter-Corporate/ Media/ Financial Institutions Twenty-20 Cricket Tournament organised by Chandigarh Twenty-20 Cricket Association today.

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