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Bloody battle in Zirakpur
Residents storm police station after ‘brutality’
12 hurt; police opens fire to disperse protesters
Zirakpur, March 24
Alleged use of third degree on a Zirakpur resident tonight sparked off violent protests, even firing by the police, along the Chandigarh-Ambala highway. The protests, marked by mass road blockade by irate residents, left a dozen, including six police personnel, injured.
An injured cop being taken to the hospital; and (right) mob indulges in stone-pelting near Zirakpur police station on Saturday.
— Tribune photos by Parvesh Chauhan

Every thousandth person in city a PO
Chandigarh, March 24
Can you help the Chandigarh police in nabbing one of the 860 proclaimed offenders it has on its watch-out list? If the efforts made by it or the information on its website are any indication, it seems it does not want citizenry’s help in this regard.

Fans vent ire through SMSs
Chandigarh, March 24
Guess who is responsible for India almost bowled out of the World Cup 2007? No, it’s not Greg Chappell. Certainly not Sachin Tendulkar or even the Dravid and company. It’s country’s former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi ! At least this is what short messages circulating on the mobile phones contend.







EARLIER STORIES

UT to outsource delivery services
Chandigarh, March 24
The Chandigarh administration has initiated the process of outsourcing a number of services in the city with a view to strengthening delivery services to the citizens. The main services which will be outsourced include the cleaning of premises, horticulture, housekeeping, transport and maintenance of buildings, besides others.

Pair of white tigers to charm Chhat Bir zoo visitors
Chandigarh, March 24
A pair of white tigers will charm the visitors to Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park at Chhat Bir on the Chandigarh-Patiala highway, near here. In fact, it was a big day for the zoo management today as it got a male and a female tiger aged about one each, besides other animals, under an exchange programme with the National Zoological Park, New Delhi.
One of the white tigers received from the National Zoological Park, New Delhi, at Chhat Bir Zoo, near Chandigarh
One of the white tigers received from the National Zoological Park, New Delhi, at Chhat Bir Zoo, near Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

COMMUNITY

Land Acquisition
Rights lawyers want regulatory body
Chandigarh, March 24
Questioning the wisdom of the Chandigarh administration in acquiring land, a body of human rights lawyers today demanded setting up of a land resource regulatory authority.

Members of the Lawyers for Human Rights International address a press conference in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Members of the Lawyers for Human Rights International address a press conference in Chandigarh

Speaking Out: Paid Parking
Vehicle safety, staff conduct paramount
Chandigarh, March 24
The issue of paid parking may have become a bone of contention for parties but for the common man it is a cause for worry. While parties are only concerned about fulfilling their election promise of removing paid parking, city residents are interestingly not bothered about it. On the other hand, they are more keen on seeking friendlier staff and getting more parking space.

Heritage structures losing sheen
Three symbols of city’s identity in neglect
Chandigarh, March 24
Pt Jawaharlal Nehru dreamed of a city “unfettered by the traditions of the past - an expression of the nation’s faith in the future”. His words on Chandigarh, delivered in 1952 stand tremulous today with the city’s very character - its architectural heritage - facing neglect and indifference.

THE LOST GLORY: The symbolic structure in Sector 9, marking the spot from where Pandit Nehru surveyed the land for Chandigarh, surrounded by dead leaves and flowers; (centre) Rubbish and overgrown shrubbery characterise the cube that marks the second phase of Chandigarh in Sector 35; and (extreme right) The cube in Sector 34 lies unkempt and uncared for.
— Tribune photos by Parvesh Chauhan

MC to cap city’s dump
Chandigarh, March 24
The municipal corporation, Chandigarh, will cap the area where municipal solid waste of the city is being dumped. It will also develop a sanitary landfill for future dumping of the city garbage after garbage processing unit.

Workshop on project report making
Chandigarh, March 24
Chandigarh municipal corporation mayor Harjinder Kaur yesterday inaugurated a one-day workshop on “Preparation of detailed progress reports” under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission at the UT guesthouse.

Honest to the core
Chandigarh, March 24
For S.N. Hans, train superintendent, Kalka Shatabdi Express, honesty is a way of life. Already decorated with the general manager Railways award for outstanding service, he has now been recommended to the railway minister for higher honours. And the one recommending him is renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr O.N. Nagi, associated with Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi.
S.N. Hans

Fire at Sector-15 house
Panchkula, March 24
Goods worth Rs 1 lakh were destroyed in a fire at a house in Sector 15, here today. The owner, Om Prakash, said he had lit an earthen lamp during his morning prayers after which had gone downstairs for some work. A little later he noticed smoke billowing out of one of the rooms and immediately called the fire brigade.

Goods destroyed in a fire at a house in Sector 15, Panchkula, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Goods destroyed in a fire at a house in Sector 15, Panchkula

 
CRIME

Disproportionate Assets Case
CBI books Nitcon MD
Chandigarh, March 24
The CBI today booked V.S. Pandey, managing director of North India Consultancy Organisation (Nitcon), on the charge of possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Two vehicles stolen
Chandigarh, March 24
Two vehicles were stolen from the city during the past 24 hours. Ashutosh Sharma of Sector 40-A lodged a complaint with the police claiming that his Mahindra Scorpio (CH 03 V 9931) was stolen from his residence yesterday.

2 chain-snatching incidents reported
Panchkula, March 24
Two incidents of chain snatching were reported from the city here today. While Rekha Berry claimed that her chain worth Rs 18,000 was snatched at the local bus where she had gone to catch a bus to Kalka.

 
BUSINESS

Sector 41 to house modern fish market
Chandigarh, March 24
Keeping in view the increasing demand for fish in Chandigarh the UT administration is constructing a modern air-conditioned fish market in Sector 41. The fish market is expected to be completed within the next two months.

BSNL goes strict
Chandigarh, March 24
BSNL has now decided to sell its pre-paid connections in a de-activated status following the instructions issued by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and the department of telecommunications.

 
EDUCATION

‘Education must benefit society’
Chandigarh, March 24
“Students must give something back to society and it is the responsibility of the educational institutions to ensure that the students get education which is relevant to society and country at large.”

H.K. Dua, editor-in-chief, Tribune Group of Newspapers, addresses delegates and management students at a valedictory function of a two-day international conference on research in management and technology organised by the Gyan Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Mohali, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu
H.K. Dua, editor-in-chief, Tribune Group of Newspapers, addresses delegates and management students at a valedictory function


Tiny tots of May Buds, Sector 21, Panchkula, at a fancy dress competition organised on the school campus
Tiny tots of May Buds, Sector 21, Panchkula, at a fancy dress competition organised on the school campus on Saturday.

‘Jammu conflict political rather than religious’
Chandigarh, March 24
Prof Rekha Chowdhary, Jammu University, visiting scholar to the department of political science, Panjab University, delivered a lecture on “Religion, Conflict and Peace Building in Jammu and Kashmir” organised by the ICSSR in collaboration with the department of political science, here, yesterday. She noted that though today Muslim identity in politics forms the core of the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir.

Faculty seminar at GC-46
Chandigarh, March 24
Annual seminar of FCAT - faculty for critical academic thinking, an apolitical interdisciplinary discussion forum of the faculties of Government College, Sector 46, was organised on the college premises today. The theme of the seminar was ‘Locating knowledge in information society’.

Members of the FCAT- faculty for critical academic thinking - during a seminar on ‘Locating knowledge in information society’ at Government College, Sector 46, in Chandigarh
Members of the FCAT- faculty for critical academic thinking - during a seminar on ‘Locating knowledge in information society’ at Government College, Sector 46, in Chandigarh on Saturday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Little achievers
Panchkula, March 24
Students of The Gurukul, Sector 20, were handed over their achievement certificates and progress cards at a function organised to mark Achievement Day today. Home secretary, Chandigarh, Krishan Mohan, was the chief guest.


 
CULTURE

She makes the violin sing
Chandigarh, March 24
M. Narmadha’s romance with the violin goes back to many years.Yet, it seems to grow younger with time. Initiated into music by her grandfather, the illustrious Parur Sundaram Ayyar, the violinist is busy enriching her discipline these days. That she is doing well is evident. About her, it is said: “She makes the violin sing”.                                                                
M. Narmadha

M. Narmadha

Bhaskar Rao sammelan gets off to a majestic start
Chandigarh, March 24
The 37th All-India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan got off to a majestic start with a mesmerising spell by Padmavibhushan Dr M. Balamurali Krishna, doyen of Carnatic classical music, here today at Government Polytechnic for Women.

Mohd Rafi remembered
Chandigarh, March 24
The weekend Plaza Carnival proved to be a big draw as acclaimed singers from the region brought alive the magic of melody maker Mohammad Rafi, here today. Titled “Mohd Rafi Nite”, the evening was a tribute to the great maestro of timeless melodies.

HEALTH

TB: 2,000 lives saved in past five years
Chandigarh, March 24
The health department has helped save nearly 2,000 lives from deadly TB since the launch of revised national tuberculosis control programme (RNTCP) in January, 2002, said Dr Kavita Talwar, district family welfare officer, after inaugurating the World TB Day at Civil Dispensary, Mauli Jagran.

 
SPORTS

Chandigarh club enter semifinal
Chandigarh, March 24
Holders Chandigarh Football Club and Golden Club from Group A and Panjab University Campus Football Club and Youngsters Football Club from Group B qualified for the semifinals of the Chandigarh Senior Football Championship for Chaudhary Jarnail Singh Trophy.

Rana wins SJOBA-Thunderbolt Sub-Himalayan Open Rally-2007 
Chandigarh, March 24
Defending champion Sunny Sidhu faced tough competition from Suresh Rana and Khushwant Randhawa in the car/jeep category on the first day of the 20th SJOBA-Thunderbolt Sub-Himalayan Open Rally-2007 today.

A participant during the 20th Sjoba sub-Himalayan rally passes through Jhajha village, near Chail, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

A participant during the 20th Sjoba sub-Himalayan rally passes through Jhajha village, near Chail

What ails Indian sport?
Ooh, aah India
More often than not, India disappoints at the sporting arena. Akash Ghai and G.S. Paul get views from persons connected to sports as to what leads to India’s lacklustre performance.

All set for cricket semifinals
Chandigarh, March 24
High Court I will meet District Bar Association, Jalandhar, while District Bar Association, Panipat, will cross swords with District Court, Chandigarh, in the semifinals of the inaugural cricket tournament organised by the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh, at JR Institute of Cricket Technology at Barwal in Panchkula tomorrow.

U-15 cricket trials today
Mohali, March 24
Trials to select the Mohali district under-15 cricket team will be held on March 25 at 3 pm at PCA Cricket Stadium, C-Ground, here. Players born on or after September 1, 1992, either studying or living in Mohali are eligible for the trials.

Robin, Sakshi are best athletes
Chandigarh, March 24
Robin Singh and Sakshi Mittal were adjudged best athletes in the boys and girls categories, respectively, during the first annual athletics meet of Swami Vivekanand Group of Institutes held at Ram Nagar (Banur) near here today.

Paras academy girls win gold
Chandigarh, March 24
Paras Ram Academy, Jalandhar, clinched the gold medal in the girls category defeating Chandigarh on the second day for the 19th International Kabaddi Cup being played at Boor Majra village, about 20 kms from here, today.

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