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Varsity students to pay more
Affiliated colleges spared

Chandigarh, March 20
Panjab University syndicate members today approved a 10 per cent across-the-board hike in fee for all regular courses offered by the university. The fee hike will not be applicable to students persuing self-financing courses on the campus.

Rap and hip-hop Franco-Senegalese trio Daara J to perform at DAV College, Sector 10, at 6.30 pm, in Chandigarh on Thursday. Rap and hip-hop Franco-Senegalese trio Daara J to perform at DAV College, Sector 10, at 6.30 pm, in Chandigarh on Thursday. The free concert is being organised by the Alliance Française de Chandigarh (Sector 36) and the French Embassy in India, in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). 

 

 

EARLIER STORIES

Beer cost may get high
Chandigarh, March 20
Beer may lose some fizz this summer, with a marginal increase in its prices. To avoid a tussle with UT’s excise department over fixing the ex-brewery price (EBP), new brands of beer are expected to hit the market in the peak season.
* Price war set to shift to periphery, slum areas

* Nod to new design for ahatas 

* Minimum retail price may fall by
Rs 10 per bottle

Finish bank work right away
7-day ‘recess’ from March 27
Chandigarh, March 20
Do not wait for the last week of March to complete your banking transactions or pay your taxes in preparation for the end of this financial year.

Personnel of Ambala administration trying to divert the flow of Ghaggar
Personnel of Ambala administration trying to divert the flow of Ghaggar.

3 power pacts, but cuts to stay this summer
Chandigarh, March 20
The Chandigarh Administration today signed agreements for power supply with three projects. But city residents are unlikely to see respite from power cuts this summer as the agreements are for the year 2010-2011.

Now, March's hottest day
Chandigarh, March 20
The month of March this year has sprung some surprises. First, it recorded the highest-ever rainfall, crossing the 123.7 mm mark on March 13, then it recorded a severe hailstorm, the first of its kind in March.

Light & Sound
Free entry for 2 weekends

Chandigarh, March 20
Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation Limited (CITCO) has announced free weekend entertainment bonanza for residents and visitors at the Sound and Light Show during the coming two weekends.

J&K sex scandal
Indictment likely today
Chandigarh, March 20
With the local court concluding arguments, a decision on framing of charges against all accused in the Jammu and Kashmir sex scandal is expected tomorrow.

COMMUNITY

Harassed, NRI family turns to Badal
Mohali, March 20
An NRI has complained to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal that three persons allegedly sold her house in Phase X when the family was out of the country.

Members of the Akhil Bhartiya Uttarakhand Vikas Parishad with the book of Dr Vishnu Pandey released during a cultural event at Bal Bhavan in Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.
Members of the Akhil Bhartiya Uttarakhand Vikas Parishad with the book of Dr Vishnu Pandey released during a cultural event at Bal Bhavan in Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik 

Paid parking set to draw flak
MC house takes up issue today
Chandigarh, March 20
The Municipal Corporation at its upcoming house meeting on March 21 plans to bring the issue of paid parking up for discussion in spite of the fact that the corporation has no jurisdiction in the matter and has no authority to remove it.

Isolated, they form panel
Chandigarh, March 20
Unhappy with political parties for their constant opposition to their voting right, nominated councillors of the Chandigarh municipal corporation have formed a core committee that will seek to redress the issue with parties and request them to make their position clear on the issue.

B. Soundararajan Humble farmer hatches a rags-to-riches story
Chandigarh, March 20
It is a real life rags-to-riches story worth about Rs 1,400 crore. And the architect of this astounding success story is a humble farmer from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, B. Soundararajan, Managing Director of the Suguna Group, which currently has one of the largest presence in the poultry industry in the country.
B. Soundararajan

Seminar on plant sciences tomorrow
Chandigarh, March 20
A one-day national symposium on “New Trends in Plant Sciences” will be convened by Prof Harvinder Cheema in the department of botany, Panjab University, here on March 22. Eminent scientist from different parts of the country are expected to participate and deliberate on different aspects of plant sciences.

Driving skills of cops tested
Chandigarh, March 20
The Chandigarh traffic police held a two-day training-cum-orientation workshop for drivers of various units of the Chandigarh police in Children Traffic Park (CTP), Sector 23, here on March 18 to 19.

Parishad holds ‘parivar milan’
Dera Bassi, March 20
A “parivar milan” function was the highlight of the Samvatsar 2064 celebrations by the Bharat Vikas Parishad here last night.

Fauji Beat
A section of the Army personnel kit store.
Base selection on merit, not caste
IN his recent article “Scheduled for recruitment?” in an English daily, Omar Khalidi has tried to justify reservations for the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in the Armed Forces.


A section of the Army personnel kit store. 

3-day youth convention ends
Chandigarh, March 20
The three-day state-level convention of National Service volunteers and ‘Yuva Sathees’ organised by the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan in Punjab and Chandigarh ended here today. More than 250 youths participated in the convention.The objective of the convention was to commemorate the 150th anniversary of India’s freedom struggle of 1857. “Yuva Kriti”, an exhibition on handicrafts was another feature of this convention.

Plumbing tool kits distributed
Chandigarh, March 20
Jan Shikshan Sansthan with support from social workers distributed tool kits to persons, who completed their 6-month course in plumbing, in a function organised at its premises in Sector 38, here today.

Award for PWD employee
Chandigarh, March 20
Bharti Kaushik, an employee in the office of chief engineer, Haryana PWD, B&R, Chandigarh, was presented with Rashtriya Gaurav Award Certificate of Excellence at a seminar on “Economic Growth and National Integration” at New Delhi recently.

Media directory released
Chandigarh, March 20
Panjab University is ready to collaborate with the Indian Media Centre (IMC) and the Chandigarh Journalists Association to bring media studies and media professionals together, PU vice-chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti said while releasing the Chandigarh media directory at Chandigarh Press Club here today.

 
CRIME

One held for duping war widow
Mohali, March 20
The main suspect in a case of alleged duping of a war widow of her land has been rounded up by the Mohali police.

4 booked for fraud on businessman
Chandigarh, March 20
The Chandigarh police has booked four persons on the allegations of cheating and forgery by duping a Hoshiarpur resident on false claims that he took a loan of Rs 50 lakh from them.

Servant decamps with Rs 1.20 lakh
Chandigarh, March 20
A servant and his accomplice allegedly decamped with cash and jewellery from a house in Sector 21.

Cyclist crushed
Chandigarh, March 20
A cyclist was crushed to death when a speeding truck hit him near the Tribune chowk on the Chandigarh-Ambala road around 10 pm last evening.

 
BUSINESS

‘Land of opportunities’ bowls them over
Chandigarh, March 20
For these 11 young achievers from Commonwealth countries across the globe, India has truly been an “overwhelming” experience.

Investment way to green card
Chandigarh, March 20
A city-based immigration consultancy group has decided to publicise the US EB-5 visa immigrant investor programme targeted at investors wishing to acquire a green card.

Stamp duty: Property dealers favour two rates
Chandigarh, March 20
The Property Consultants Association of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali, have asked for distinction in rates of rented and vacant properties fixed for the levy of stamp duty.

 
EDUCATION

No guards for toddlers at government schools
Chandigarh, March 20
A few days ago, when the parents of a toddler studying in class I in a local government high school did not turn up at the designated time to pick him up, he left the school on his own without anyone’s notice, little knowing where to go.

The gate of a government high school without a guard  a guard posted at the entrance to a government senior secondary school in Chandigarh.
SCHOOLS APART: The gate of a government high school without a guard; and (right) a guard posted at the entrance to a government senior secondary school in Chandigarh. — Tribune photographs

Chandigarh NCC boys top competition
Chandigarh, March 20
Boys from the Chandigarh NCC topped the Best Cadet competition in the directorate combined annual training camp, besides winning the boys’ basketball matches during the training year 2006. Girl cadets from this group were the first runners-up in girls’ basketball, national integration awareness presentation and group song.

‘Rendezvous with deaf and dumb children’ organised
Chandigarh, March 20
A “rendezvous with deaf and dumb children” was organised at the Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences campus, here, today.

Banit wins medicinal plants competition
Chandigarh, March 20
Banit, Manisha and Perminder Singh secured the first, second and third prizes, respectively, in the “Medicinal Plants Competition,” held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, here, today.

 
CULTURE

 

Cultural programme marks end of Archo Fest
Chandigarh, March 20

The two-week long Archo Fest, ended with a grand cultural finale, this evening. The annual festival of the College of Architecture, Sector 12, was marked with great enthusiasm and high spirits amongst the students. More than 250 students of the college, along with their families, were present to witness the cultural extravaganza.



Students of Chandigarh College of Architecture take part in a fashion show during “Archo 2007” at the college in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Students of Chandigarh College of Architecture take part in a fashion show during “Archo 2007” at the college in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Engineer by profession, sarod maestro by passion
Chandigarh, March 20
An engineer by profession, Kolkata based-performing musicologist, pandit Budhadev Das Gupta (74), envisions music as the highest manifestation of the mind. He learnt sarod from pandit Radhika Mohan Moitra for over 40 years. Credited with valuable research work at the Sangeet Research Akademi, Kolkata, he represented India at leading musical festivals worldwide. His disciple-sons Anirban Gupta and Bhavani Shanker are set to carry forward his sarod-playing legacy. In the city to receive the third Koser award, the septuagenarian sarod maestro talked to the Tribune regarding his experiences and views on contemporary classical music in India.


Pandit Budhadev Das Gupta. — Tribune Photo by Vinay Malik

HEALTH

Nursing school to be shifted
Chandigarh, March 20
The administration has decided to shift the nursing school attached with the Government Hospital, Sector 16, to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

Making pain just a little less
Toy room for kids with cancer
Chandigarh, March 20
A toy room was inaugurated at the Sahayta Cancer Sahyog Bhavan for children suffering from cancer here today.



Volunteers interact with Jean Rodrigues after the inauguration of a toy room at Sahayta Cancer Sahyog Bhavan, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Volunteers interact with Jean Rodrigues after the inauguration of a toy room at Sahayta Cancer Sahyog Bhavan, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.

 
SPORTS

Nishchay, Shilpa enter final
Chandigarh, March 20
Nishchay Rawal stormed into the final of the under-12 and under-16 categories during the third L.D. Kapoor Memorial YMCA Total Tennis Championship being played at YMCA Total Tennis Academy courts, Sector 11, here today.

ADMINISTRATION

Sampark services at 4 villages
Chandigarh, March 20
At least four villages of the Union Territory will have gram sampark services before the end of March. Services will be provided at one-stop centre on 12 government and business-related activities.

SHO suspended for disobedience
Mohali, March 20
The SHO of the Phase I police station has been suspended for disobeying the orders of SSP Ranbir Singh Khatra.

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