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Surplus budget, but nothing in UT kitty
Chandigarh, April 3
Chandigarh is probably the only Union Territory in the country that has surplus budget, yet it does not get a penny out of its revenue- generating ventures. "Chandigarh recorded a surplus of Rs 85 crore in 2000-2001.

‘Instant’ orders stump pupils
Chandigarh, April 3
On the opening day of registration for admission to Class IX, high drama was seen outside the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, among the four schools to be converted into Smart Schools.

Students of GMSSS-16, Chandigarh, stage a protest against denial of admission to them Students of GMSSS-16, Chandigarh, stage a protest against denial of admission to them on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Cop Block
Wife beater constable scot free
Chandigarh, April 3
Chandigarh police personnel seem to be above the law. If allegations of dowry harassment are to be believed, the Chandigarh police is shielding a constable booked in a dowry case along with his family.

Scrutiny into senior officers’ role in carbine theft case sought
Chandigarh, April 3
The defence counsel in the recently held general court martial in which it tried two Army personnel for alleged theft of a carbine has urged the Army authorities to investigate the role played by senior officers in the whole episode.







EARLIER STORIES

SWEET BURDEN: As schools re-open after break, students take home mid-day meals in Chandigarh
sweet burden
: As schools re-open after break, students take home mid-day meals in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

198 push-ups to world record
New Delhi, April 3
Believe it or not, but the dialogue ‘Tera Kya Hoga Kaalia’ which immortalised Gabbar Singh and Sholay which created cinematic historym, can actually help enhance your memory.

Exam Toll
Former MLA’s son commits suicide
Chandigarh, April 3
Unable to face failure in examinations, 20-year-old son of a former MLA from Pathankot allegedly hanged himself to death at his rented accommodation in Sector 15 here this evening.

Abhimanyu arrested; out on bail
Dehra Dun, April 3
The police today arrested Abhimanyu Walia, one of the Doon School students involved in the death of a motorcyclist in an accident about a week back. He was later bailed out.

Father tries to molest daughter
Panchkula, April 3
Forty-year-old Shyam today allegedly attempted to rape his four-year- old daughter while his wife, Sheela, and three other children were out for work. In her complaint to the police, Sheela said he had attempted to molest her two teenaged daughters as well.


COMMUNITY

Garbage dump has workers fuming

Mohali, April 3
An industrial unit owner here has demanded that the garbage dump in the area be shifted to other place as it was creating a major health hazard for inhabitants and workers of Sector VIII.

Fire brigade personnel try to put out the fire at a garbage dump in Phase VIII, Industrial Area, Mohali, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph


Fire brigade personnel try to put out the fire at a garbage dump in Phase VIII, Industrial Area, Mohali

Delegation meets Governor on paid parking
Chandigarh, April 3
A joint delegation of BJP-SAD yesterday called upon Governor of Punjab and Administrator UT Chandigarh General S.F. Rodrigues at the Punjab Raj Bhawan. The delegation consisted of BJP president (Chandigarh) Pramod Mahajan, Gurpratap Singh Riar, Gurcharan Das Kala, leader in the house of MCC, among other BJP councillors.

Selling headgear not a norm here
City two-wheeler dealers flouting Act
Chandigarh, April 3
Dealers of two-wheeler in the city are flouting the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act by not providing helmets to customers on purchase of two-wheelers. The Rule 138 (F) of the Motor Vehicle Act states that “with effect from April 2006, manufacturers of two-wheeler shall provide to all its customers a protective headgear conforming to specifications prescribed by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), under the BIS Act, 1986.”

Income Tax
Rural areas see higher returns
Chandigarh, April 3
Rural and semi-urban areas have taken a lead in the filing of returns in the Chandigarh region, where 2.57 lakh assessees filed their return before the March 31 deadline. In fact, the range V and VI, which comprise a substantial part of the rural and semi-urban population, have accounted for an increase of over 10,000 returns of the total increase of 13,524 returns over the last year.

Family alleges negligence
Emeritus professor dies of cardiac arrest
Mohali, April 3
Emeritus professor of Panjab University A.K. Prasad died at a private hospital here today amid allegations by his family of negligence in medical treatment. Dr Prasad (70) underwent bypass surgery at Grecian Super-Speciality Hospital on March 12. He died of cardiac arrest.                                                                    A.K. Prasad

A.K. Prasad


Life an unending struggle for him
Chandigarh, April 3
For Mehraj Deen, a 33-year-old resident of Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir, life has been an unending struggle. Suffering from multiple diseases and undergoing treatment at the PGI, debt-ridden Mehraj and his mother are hoping against hope and facing acute financial crunch for their treatment. In fact, trauma of the mother, Sunder, is compounded by the fact at the age of over 60 years she is forced to look after his only ailing son.


Mehraj Deen and his mother in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan


Mehraj Deen and his mother in Chandigarh

A sign of authenticity

Chandigarh, April 3
In the competitive liquor trade, a veteran player has successfully brought out a new practise of certifying the quality of every bottle sold at his counter. “I started the practise last year.



Liquor contractor Sat Pal puts his signature on a liquor bottle at his vend in Attawa village.
— A Tribune photograph


Liquor contractor Sat Pal puts his signature on a liquor bottle at his vend in Attawa village

Experts dwell on ‘Knowledge City’
Chandigarh, April 3
Change is imperative and the process of evolution demands it. Change can be more effective if mankind is empowered with knowledge. This was stated by Gen (retd.) S.F. Rodrigues, Governor of Punjab and administrator, Chandigarh, while delivering the inaugural address at a session on “Towards being a Knowledge City” organised at CII, here, today.

1,860 BSNL connections disconnected
Chandigarh, April 3
The mobile connections of 1,860 subscribers of BSNL in Chandigarh region (comprising of the city, Panchkula and Mohali) have been disconnected. D.R. Paul, the principal general manager, telecom, Chandigarh, informed TNS that the step was initiated after the subscribers had failed to provide their proof of residence.

Lineman devises quake warning system
Chandigarh, April 3
As there were reports of mild tremors in several parts of Punjab, including Chandigarh, an assistant lineman with the UT electricity department, Jagdish, today claimed that a system devised by him had detected the seismic activity.

Dr A.K. Prasad passes away
Chandigarh, April 3
Anand Kishore Prasad (70), former head of geology department, Panjab University, died of lung failure at a city hospital today. Awarded the honour of emeritus professor at the PU convocation held last month, Dr Prasad had guided 32 research scholars in his lifetime.

400 trees face axe
Mohali, April 3
Around 400 trees will be axed to widen a road linking Mohali and Chandigarh. The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority has planned to widen all link roads connecting Mohali to Chandigarh due to excess traffic, beginning with the road dividing Sectors 53 and 54.

 
CRIME

Phoren dream has him duped
Chandigarh, April 3
The local police booked a man last night for cheating several persons from Punjab of Rs 50 lakh on the pretext of sending them to New Zealand. The police is yet to ascertain his identity. Sources in the police said a case had been registered on the complaint of Surinder Pal Singh of Ludhiana against Vinod Kumar of Fizza Enterprises in Sector 22.

Two of gang held for robbery
Chandigarh, April 3
The local police today arrested two members of a notorious Muradabad-based gang involved in robberies in the city. The SHO of police station, Sector 17, said the two gang members - 40-year-old Ravinder Pal and 32-year-old Sanjay - had robbed Rs 4,700 from Chandpal, a stamp vendor in Sector 17, around 5 pm near the LIC building today.

 
BUSINESS

Nabard: Rs 5,386 cr spent on rural development
Chandigarh, April 3
Nabard’s support to agriculture and rural development in Punjab and Haryana and Chandigarh touched a record Rs 5,386 crore during 2006-07, up by 36 per cent over Rs 3,972 crore achieved during 2005-06.

 
EDUCATION

PU sports dept seeks Rs 8.5 crore
Chandigarh, April 3
To develop top class infrastructure at Panjab University, the (PU) sports department has sought a sanction of Rs 8.5 crore from the central government under the 11th plan. The sports department last week had sent its proposal to dean university instructions, (DUI), PU, in this regard.

‘International’ PU students showcase their cultures
Chandigarh, April 3
Annual day of the international students of Panjab University was celebrated today. A variety of interesting ethnic stage items marked the inter-cultural event in which students from Iran, Afghanistan, Ladakh, Yemen, Iraq, Tibet, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Japan and India represented their cultures.

Panchkula lad tops IIM-A
Panchkula, April 3
Twenty-five-year-old Mayank Rawat, a resident of Mansa Devi Complex, has brought laurels to the city by winning the President's medal for topping at IIM-Ahmedabad. "It's been a lot of hard work. All we did in the first year was eat, sleep and study. There were absolutely no breathers. When I went to the institute, I was only expecting to be an above average student.

Mayank Rawat shows the award he received for being ranked first in IIM-Ahmedabad at his residence in Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, Panchkula, on Tuesday.  — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Mayank Rawat shows the award he received for being ranked first in IIM-Ahmedabad at his residence in Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, Panchkula

Admissions to acting school on
Chandigarh, April 3
Actor Prepares, an organisation set up by renowned actor Anupam Kher, and the Society for Tourism and Entertainment Promotion in Chandigarh, an initiative of the Chandigarh administration, have initiated the process of admissions to their recently launched Chandigarh Acting Institute.

UGC project for lecturer
Chandigarh, April 3
Dr Shagandeep Kaur, lecturer in postgraduate department of zoology, DAV College, Sector 10, has been awarded a major research project on “Biosystematics studies of aedes mosquitoes”, which are vectors of various dreadful diseases like dengue and chikungunya in India, by the University Grants Commission.

Aulakh takes charge as principal
Chandigarh, April 3
Rup Aulakh took over as principal Government College here today. She expressed her desire to uplift the college by completing the work on gymnasium, and bringing about infrastructure development.

Parents get tips on positive parenting
Mohali, April 3
The first leg of an orientation programme was held at St Soldier International Convent School, here, today. This interactive session was held for the parents and teachers of pre-primary wing.

DPI transferred
Chandigarh, April 3
The Director, Public Instructions (Schools), Ashwani Kumar, has been transferred as Director Hospitality and Secretary House Allotment Committee, an official press release said, here yesterday.

 
CULTURE

209 exhibits displayed at Putul Yatra

Chandigarh, April 3
The second day of the ongoing ‘Putul Yatra-2007’ witnessed a burst of activities, including the inauguration of the ‘Exhibition of Indian Puppetry’ and staging of three puppet plays at the Punjab Kala Bhavan, here, today.

Artistes perform ‘Krishna Radha Milan’ at Putul Yatra 2007 at Panjab Kala Bhavan, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan


Artistes perform ‘Krishna Radha Milan’ at Putul Yatra 2007 at Panjab Kala Bhavan, Chandigarh

HEALTH

Doctors to be reshuffled soon, says Chawla
Chandigarh, April 3
Laxmi Kanta Chawla, minister of health and family welfare, Punjab, today stated that the government was not going to withdraw the non-practicing allowance being given to government doctors in the state.


Punjab minister of health and family welfare Laxmi Kanta Chawla with PU vice-chancellor R.C. Sobti at Dr H.S. Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University, in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Punjab minister of health and family welfare Laxmi Kanta Chawla with PU vice-chancellor R.C. Sobti at Dr H.S. Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University, in Chandigarh

Pkl will have best of health services: civil surgeon

Panchkula, April 3
Dr Kamla Singh, who took over as the new civil surgeon of the district, has vowed to begin with a clean slate, without bias or prejudice. Her priority, she says, will be to make the best in health services available to the public. "Unlike other civil surgeons, I will go out in the field and strengthen my supervisory role. The idea is to ensure that the doctors are available to the patients in the different blocks and villages where we have health centres.


Dr Kamla Singh
Dr Kamla Singh

PGI downplays Kanwalpreet episode
Chandigarh, April 3
Amidst different employee organisations urging the PGIMER director to take stern action against hockey player Kanwalpreet Singh for training a revolver at a doctor yesterday, the authorities have played down the incident, terming it a stray one.

Overburdened PGI, skeleton staff
Chandigarh, April 3
It is a nightmare for more than 42,000 patients who visit the OPDs at the PGI every month. They have to wait for hours for their turn, for several continuously in some cases. The out-of-turn checkup of acquaintances of the staff adds to the woes of the waiting patients.

A dose of health for anganwari centres
Chandigarh, April 3
For improving the health of anganwari centres in the city, the UT Health Department plans to give the more doctors. A proposal, seeking the appointment of as many as 10 doctors, has been forwarded to the authorities concerned.


Little kids are all smiles at an anganwari centre. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Little kids are all smiles at an anganwari centre

Dr Bali is cardiology director
Chandigarh, April 3
Former PGI additional professor (cardiology) Dr H.K. Bali has taken over as director, (cardiology), Fortis Hospital, Mohali. A renowned cardiologist, Dr Bali served in the PGI for over 25 years before putting in his papers to take up his present assignment.

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