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Tricity on fast track
Chandigarh, March 23
The engineering department of the Chandigarh administration will commence work on a new link road to Mohali and a flyover to Panchkula in the coming financial year (2007-2008). The projects, aimed at improving connectivity with the adjoining towns, are only two of more than 12 projects identified under the head of Plan budget for the city.

Death of a game
Tax the bookies as in Europe
At whatever level in sports these days, suspicion lurks like a murky shadow. Remarkable sporting achievement is often viewed as fueled by something other than protein shakes and push-ups — criminal intent and the business of murder. The macabre death of Pakistan cricket team coach Bob Woolmer has once again turned focus on bookies. This is what city sportsmen told our reporter.

Tricolour controversy
Chandigarh, March 23
Ranjit Bajaj’s tryst with controversy continues. But this time it is not about a brawl. It’s about the Tricolour, which the MTV roadie and co-owners of Asia’s biggest sports bar in Sector 8, allegedly left hoisted beyond sunset.

Boy done to death by father
Chandigarh, March 23
An 11-year-old boy was allegedly strangled to death by his father inside a local gurdwara in the wee hours of today. On a complaint of Jaspal Singh, priest of Dalima Vihar Gurdwara, the police has arrested the suspect, Rajinder Singh.

Judge’s book reveals Kalapani realities
A.R. Kidwai, Governor, Haryana, shakes hand with Justice S.N. Aggarwal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, writer of “The Heroes of Cellular Jail”, at a book release function in Chandigarh. Chandigarh, March 23
Bred on patriotism, inmates of Cellular Jail or Kalapani went on a hunger strike in 1937 after a patriot was tortured to death by the prison authorities.
A.R. Kidwai, Governor, Haryana, shakes hand with Justice S.N. Aggarwal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, writer of “The Heroes of Cellular Jail”, at a book release function in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan







EARLIER STORIES


COMMUNITY

Sewage flows on to the road near the BSNL office-cum-collection centre in Sector 34, Chandigarh.Citizens’ Grievances
Stench in city sub-centre
Chandigarh, March 23
Consumers visiting the BSNL office-cum-collection centre and Piccadily theatre in Sector 34 have not just been facing unhygienic conditions but also stench wafting from choked sewer lines for the past nine months.


Sewage flows on to the road near the BSNL office-cum-collection centre in Sector 34, Chandigarh.

Pitfalls of illegal immigration underlined
Chandigarh, March 23 Punjab is the biggest source of illegal migrants from India to Britain, followed by Tamil Nadu, said Creon Butler, chargé d’affaires, British high commission.

A blood donation camp, organised by landowners and farmers of UT villages in protest against land acquisition, in progress in ChandigarhLand Acquisition
Kishangarh farmers’ novel protest
Chandigarh, March 23
Landowners and farmers of UT villages today chose to register their protest against the land acquisition policy of the Chandigarh administration by donating blood.

A blood donation camp, organised by landowners and farmers of UT villages in protest against land acquisition, in progress in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Traders donate blood at a camp organised by the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal in Chandigarh. Traders donate blood
Chandigarh, March 23
At least 116 persons donated blood at a camp organised by the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal to mark the death anniversary of its founder-president Inder Lal Batra.



Traders donate blood at a camp organised by the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Ex-servicemen want Rs 10 coin on martyrs
Chandigarh, March 23 Welcoming the decision to introduce a coin of Rs 10 denomination, ex-servicemen in the city have urged the government to dedicate the new coin to Param Vir Chakra (PVC) winners.

Condom bar opens in city
Part of HIV prevention programme
Chandigarh, March 23
A homosexual activist working in the HIV awareness sector today launched the city’s first-of-its kind condom bar.

Trade delegation meets Rodrigues
Chandigarh, March 23
A delegation representing trade and industry of the city yesterday called on UT administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues.

Help assessees plan taxes, consultants told
R.S. Mathoda, chief commissioner of income tax (second from left), addresses tax consultants in Chandigarh Chandigarh, March 23
Chief commissioner of income tax R.S. Mathoda today called upon tax consultants to help income tax assessees in tax planning for better coordination between the department and general public.



R.S. Mathoda, chief commissioner of income tax (second from left), addresses tax consultants in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Admn must focus on industry, says body
Chandigarh, March 23
The administration needs to resolve various issues related to industry and draw a road map for infrastructure development on the basis of projections for the next 25 years and even ahead, said Vikram Sahgal, chairman, Chandigarh committee of the PHDCCI, at its first meeting here yesterday.

 
CRIME

War Widow Case
Dimpy found innocent, released
Mohali, March 23
Taking a U-turn, the police today released Vijay Pal Singh Dimpy arrested for allegedly duping a war widow of her land.

Couple hypnotises, robs 62-yr-old woman
Panchkula, March 23
A 62-year-old woman was hypnotised by a couple, in Sector 20, Panchkula, yesterday.

Jewellery, cash worth Rs 2 lakh stolen
Mohali, March 23
Thieves decamped with gold jewellery, cash and other household items, worth Rs 2 lakh, from a house in Phase V here.

Man booked for fraud
Lalru, March 23
The police has booked Daljit Singh, a resident of Kainor village in Ropar district, on the charge of duping a resident of over Rs 1.1 lakh. In his complaint to the police, Jarnail Singh, a resident of Shada Pur, near here, alleged that the accused took Rs 1.1 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad.

 
BUSINESS

‘Sell North India as one tourism destination’
Visitors at the stall of Tourism Malaysia at Hotel Shivalikview Chandigarh, March 23
The three-day India Travel Mart was inaugurated by commissioner of tourism Keshni Anand Arora here this evening. The event, which is the seventh in a series, is being organised at Hotel Shivalik View.



Visitors at the stall of Tourism Malaysia at Hotel Shivalikview, Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

‘Tourism picking up in city’
Chandigarh, March 23
“Tourism and hospitality are fast picking up in Chandigarh and the city is going to have more opportunities for trained and competent hospitality professionals,” said UT home secretary Krishna Mohan on the annual day function of the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management (CIHM), Sector 42, here yesterday.

 
EDUCATION

Alok Bhalla Indian translations crucial references for students: Expert
Chandigarh, March 23
Alok Bhalla, director, Central Institute of English and Foreign Language, Hyderabad, said today that regional language works translated into English should also form a part of teaching of literature in India.


                                                                                 Alok Bhalla

Experts discuss technology in modern times
Mohali, March 23
Dissemination of knowledge is as important as gaining it. One of the main reasons why India has lagged behind other countries is because millions of Indians are not literate and have no access to knowledge, said AJ Philip, Senior Associate Editor, The Tribune, here today.

G.S. Karna Disability course in universities soon
Chandigarh, March 23
After concerted efforts by disability rights activists, disability has been recognised as an academic discipline to be taught at colleges and universities in the country. The recognition came recently from the ministry of human resource development, which has also directed the UGC to support educational institutions to set up special departments and Rajiv Gandhi chairs on disability. However, the UGC is yet to set up a model curriculum development committee for the purpose.


                        G.S. Karna — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Extend pension scheme to us: ex-PU teachers
Chandigarh, March 23
A set of retired teachers of the Panjab University has demanded their inclusion in the university’s pension scheme implemented last year.

Degrees conferred on 745 students
Chandigarh, March 23
At least 745 graduates and postgraduates were awarded degrees at the 50th annual convocation of the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, today. Krishna Mohan, home secretary, Chandigarh administration, was the chief guest.


Students of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, hold their degrees after their 50th annual convocation in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Students of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, hold their degrees after their 50th annual convocation in Chandigarh.

PU Notes
Ergonomics science of the future: Expert
Chandigarh, March 23
The department of anthropology, Panjab University, organised a special lecture on the ‘Role of anthropological ergonomics in man-machine relationship” by renowned anthropologist Prof S.L Malik of Delhi University, invited as a visiting fellow.

 
CULTURE

Women in posters
Chandigarh, March 23
Jean Rodrigues, wife of Punjab Governor and UT Administrator General S.F. Rodrigues (retd), inaugurated a “Poster women exhibition” on women at Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, here today.

Gursharan to be honoured
Chandigarh, March 23
The Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi will honour well-known playwright Gursharan Singh and Ajmer Aulakh at a function to be held at Punjab Kala Bhavan tomorrow.

Flute recital by Pt Mehta mesmerises audience
Chandigarh, March 23
The Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi presented a classical music flute recital by Pandit Sham Prakash Mehta at the akademi conference hall, here, today. Pandit Mehta, a disciple of Padma Vibhushan Pandit Hari Prashad Chaurasia, had learnt finer nuances of the classical vocal from Ragunath Telegoankar and violin from Lalgudi G. Jairaman.



HEALTH

ENT surgeons get training
Chandigarh, March 23
Under the first phase of a pilot project of the national programme for prevention and control of deafness, ENT surgeons and audiologist-cum-speech therapists were given training by professor and head of the department of ENT, GMCH, Sector 32, Dr Arjun Dass, today.

 
SPORTS

Mukhtiar Singh SJOBA rally gets on road today
Chandigarh, March 23
As many as 55 participants will take part in the 20th Annual SJOBA Thunderbolt Sub-Himalayan Open Rally which will be flagged off tomorrow at 7 am from St John’s High School, Sector 26, here.

Raring to go at 67
Chandigarh, March 23
Sixty-seven years versus 18 - this will perhaps be the most interesting statistic to watch out for at the annual SJOBA motor rally, which kicks off tomorrow from St John’s school, Sector 26, here.



                                                            Mukhtiar Singh

BSNL team enter quarterfinals
Chandigarh, March 23
A goal at the fag-end by Sunil Yadav enabled Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Football Club to beat Crazy Football Club, Sector 41, 2-1 and advance to the quarterfinals of the Chandigarh Football Championship for the Chaudhary Jarnail Singh Trophy at the Football Stadium, Sector 17, here today.

Balwinder takes slender lead
Chandigarh, March 23
Twentyfive-year-old Balwinder Mattu of PAP, Jalandhar, sank two birdies on the back nine to take a two-stroke lead on the opening day of the Punjab State Golf Championship for the Trident Cup on the greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Badali’s bulls rise to the occasion
Chandigarh, March 23
Jasbir Singh Badali won the first place in the bull cart race in the 19th international kabaddi cup and bull cart races held at Boormajra village, about 25 kms from here today.

 

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