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Conversion pangs persist
Zoning control gets loose
But rules on facade remain
Chandigarh, February 28
Almost 18 months after the industrial conversion policy was launched, the Chandigarh administration is having serious reservations on relaxing crucial architectural controls over converted sites in Industrial Area, Phase II.

Stem cell therapy puts him on his legs again
Chandigarh, March 28
  Uggarsain A 33-year-old man was able to walk after the first successful application of stem cell therapy for a spinal cord injury, here at the PGI. It was a significant recovery as Uggarsain, a resident of Malkon village of Patiala district, was able to walk as well as control his urine and bowel movements in less than three months after the treatment performed, said professor Raj Bahadur, orthopaedics, PGI.

Disability unfriendly city
Chandigarh, March 28
The status of inclusive education for disabled children in the city is dismal, according to a study conducted to find out the level of disabled children joining mainstream education.

Cop’s son arrested for rape
Chandigarh, March 28
A police constable’s son was today arrested on the charge of raping a Sector 56 resident. The four-month pregnant victim alleged that the accused established ties with her on the pretext of marriage, but ditched her after a year.




EARLIER STORIES

Class IX boy crushed to death
Chandigarh, March 28 A 16-year-old boy was crushed to death at the Sector 43 ISBT early this morning. The police said the victim, Amit Kumar of Sector 20, was coming out of the bus stand on his motorcycle form the wrong side when the accident took place.

Youth succumbs to injuries
Chandigarh, March 28
The 25-year-old boy who lost his legs in an accident yesterday, succumbed to his injuries at the PGIMER here today.

COMMUNITY

IAF mulls short service enrolment for airmen
Chandigarh, March 28
To check supersession and stagnation in its rank and file, the IAF has proposed introduction of short service enrolment for airmen. Under this, airmen would serve for 10 years with the option of further extension in service. This is part of several steps recommended by Air Headquarters to generate vacancies in the higher levels for meritorious personnel below officer rank (PBOR) and ensuring career progression.

A doctor examines a patient at an eye camp organised at Aggarwal Bhavan in Panchkula on Wednesday. Seventy eye operations were conducted and 325 patients examined at the camp organised by the Ashwini Gupta Memorial Education, Sports and Charitable Trust.
NOW, IT’S OK: A doctor examines a patient at an eye camp organised at Aggarwal Bhavan in Panchkula on Wednesday. Seventy eye operations were conducted and 325 patients examined at the camp organised by the Ashwini Gupta Memorial Education, Sports and Charitable Trust. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Consumers’ Rights
Doctors promoting brands, says ADC
Mohali, March 28
Certain doctors have been promoting drugs of particular brands, additional deputy commissioner Ajoy Sharma said at a function organised by the Consumers Protection Forum to mark World Consumers’ Rights Day here today.

Rally flagged off to Pak
Chandigarh, March 28
Demonstrating the underlying unity and oneness of the South-Asia region, Punjab Governor and UT administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues, flagged off the SAARC car rally for its onward journey to Pakistan through the Wagah border.

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CRIME

Idols stolen from Harmohan Dhawan’s home
Chandigarh, March 28
Thieves decamped with three brass idols from the Sector 9 residence of former union minister and president of Chandigarh Vikas Manch, Harmohan Dhawan, last night.

60 mobile phones stolen from shop
Panchkula, March 28
A theft of 60 mobile phones was reported from a shop in Sector 8, here today. The owner of the showroom, in his complaint, said that mobile phones worth Rs 5.5 lakh and cash to the tune of Rs 40 lakh was stolen from the shop. The police said that the shutters of the shop were locked when they arrived at the scene of the crime.

 
BUSINESS

Biz clips
Chandigarh e-bikes outlet: Hero electric bikes - a joint venture between Hero Electric and Ultra Motors - today opened an exclusive outlet of e-bikes (battery operated bicycles and scooters) in Sector 23 and Industrial Area, Panchkula.

 
EDUCATION

Closure of pvt schools
Govt schools to take the load
Chandigarh, March 28
The Chandigarh education department has devised a plan to ensure admission to 7,000 Mani Majra students following the closure of private schools in residential areas of Mani Majra.

Ishan Bansal gets a hug from his mother.Ishan, Aaisha top DAV board examination
Panchkula, March 28
Ishan Bansal of KB DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, and Aaisha Madaan of DAV Public School, Sector 8, brought laurels to their schools by standing first in the tricity in the DAV Education Board Examination for Class VIII (session 2006-07). They secured 95.17 per cent in the examination.

Ishan Bansal gets a hug from his mother. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Aastha best all-rounder
Chandigarh, March 28
Annual day function of Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition, Sector 42, was held on the institute premises today. Krishan Mohan, secretary home and tourism, UT administration, gave away the prizes to around 200 students for excelling in academics, sports and other activities.

854 awarded degrees
Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Vijender Kumar Jain interacts with students of GGDSD College, Sector 32, Chandigarh, during the 32nd annual convocation held on the college premises on Wednesday. Chandigarh, March 28
The 32nd annual convocation of GGDSD College, Sector 32-C, Chandigarh, was organised on the college premises today. Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Vijender Kumar Jain presided over the function and the principal of the college, Dr A.C. Vaid, conferred degrees on 854 students.

Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Vijender Kumar Jain interacts with students of GGDSD College, Sector 32, Chandigarh, during the 32nd annual convocation held on the college premises on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Biology teachers hold conference
Chandigarh, March 28
The Indian Association of Biology Teachers (colleges) organised its 11th annual conference at DAV College, here. More than 100 delegates from different parts of the country participated in the conference. Prof Tajinder Gill, chairperson of the zoology department, Panjab University, who was the chief guest, inaugurated the conference. She lauded the efforts of the association in upgrading the academic environment of the biology teaching.

‘Replace’ Shakespeare, say experts
Chandigarh, March 28
The Regional Institute of English, Sector 32, Chandigarh, organised a one-day seminar on ‘Linking Teaching of English with Emerging Market Needs’. The seminar was inaugurated by Raji P. Srivastava, DHE, Chandigarh administration. She underlined the need for professionals to come together and reflect on what we can do for students at the undergraduate level.

Orientation programme for parents
Mohali, March 28
With a view to acquaint the parents of new students with their global pattern of education, The British School (TBS), Mohali, organised an orientation programme on its premises, here, today.

Central nod for dam on Koshallia river
Chandigarh, March 28
The Central Water Commission (CWC) has accorded sanction to the Haryana Government’s proposal to construct a dam on the Koshallia river along the Panchkula-Kalka national highway in Panchkula district. The dam is estimated to be built at a cost of Rs 98.19 crore.

Drawing competition at Rock Garden
Nek Chand takes a look at students’ creations during a drawing competition organised by Aanchal International School, Sector 41, at Rock Garden on Wednesday. Chandigarh, March 28
An on-the-spot drawing competition was organised by Aanchal International School, Sector 41, at Rock Garden, here, today. The creator of the garden Nek Chand judged the works of the children. Later, he distributed the prizes to the winners.

Nek Chand takes a look at students’ creations during a drawing competition organised by Aanchal International School, Sector 41, at Rock Garden on Wednesday. —  Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

COURTS

Three acquitted
Chandigarh, March 28
Three persons were acquitted in a case pertaining to loot here today. Anil Kumar, Rupinder Pal and Satish were acquitted in the case pertaining to loot of $ 4,000 and gold from Subhash Chander. The prosecution could not prove the charges.

 
CULTURE

‘Every artist is like ...’ staged
Chandigarh, March 28
It was perhaps celebration of a different kind, a commemoration of the spirit of rebellion, and to mark the same a play, ‘Every artist is like a river... Bhagat Singh. …Kumar Vikal…. Changing Chandigarh’ was staged by the Kaifi Azmi Foundation in association with the Folk Theatre Group and the Chandigarh administration at Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, today.

 
SPORTS

Tina clinches Medal of Medals title
Chandigarh, March 28
Tina Jain, who plays with a handicap of 34, clinched the medal of medals title returning a net score of 67 in the Lady's Captain Golf Tournament played on the greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.
Rupinder Pal Singh (left) and Dharamvir.

2 city boys in u-18 national team
Chandigarh, March 28
Two trainees of the Chandigarh Hockey Academy - Dharamvir and Rupinder Pal Singh - have made it to the under-18 Indian team. The team will take on the top hockey teams of the country in the prestigious annual Bombay Hockey Gold Cup, scheduled from April 16 to 25 at Mumbai.
This is not the first time that these players have participated in a prestigious national event. The talented duo has cornered glory by participating in many top-level events as well as attending national camps.




Rupinder Pal Singh (left) and Dharamvir. — A Tribune photograph

Sukhvir Singh TV show takes Mohali boy to County cricket
Chandigarh, March 28
It was a big day for the son of a bus driver of local transport, who left his studies after Class XII for cricket, when he emerged winner in ‘Cricket Star’, a cricket talent hunt TV show by a big margin.

Sukhvir Singh

PEC win cricket tourney
Chandigarh, March 28
Punjab Engineering College (PEC) beat National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, by 23 runs in the final of the Inter- Engineering Deemed University tournament at NIT grounds, Hamirpur.

ADMINISTRATION

Panel to look into direct recruitment
Chandigarh, March 28
The Chandigarh administration has constituted a screening committee under the chairmanship of home secretary, Chandigarh administration, to examine proposals related to the filling up of direct recruitment vacancies in different offices and departments of UT.


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