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New summer, old story
Much sweat over power
Chandigarh, April 4
As mercury soars and power consumption goes up, the tri-city seems to be headed for a power and water crises. Anticipating a shortfall of 50 to 80 mw, UT power officials do not rule out rotational power cuts. 

Water woes begin
Panchkula:
The electricity department is hopeful of doing without power cuts for a couple of months. But water woes have already begun. While no power cuts are likely in the months of April and May in the city.

Cell to look into grievances
Mohali:
To minimise inconvenience to power consumers during the summer months the Mohali circle of the Punjab State Electricity Board ( PSEB) is setting up a 24 - hour control room for immediate redressal of complaints.

Row over Roll Nos
Kalka students hold protest
Panchkula, April 4
Students of Government College, Kalka, today took to the streets to protest against denial of roll numbers to 30-odd under-graduates of the first and second year here today.

At GCG-42, it is death threat
Chandigarh, April 4
Two sitting councillors of the city “forced” a college to issue roll numbers to students, who had been denied the same due to shortage of lectures.

Burnt leaves raise a film of smoke in Chandigarh SMOKY DUSK: Burnt leaves raise a film of smoke in Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

 

 

 

EARLIER STORIES

NCERT Delay
Pvt publishers make hay
Chandigarh, April 4
The new session has begun, but the new NCERT textbooks on various subjects are yet to hit the markets in Chandigarh.

Even in this electronic age, there are some who earn their livelihood by making traditional hand-made toys like this woman in Mohali.
Even in this electronic age, there are some who earn their livelihood by making traditional hand-made toys like this woman in Mohali. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Suicide by domestic help
Chandigarh, April 4
A 20-year-old domestic help allegedly ended his life by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his employer’s residence in Sector 22 here this evening.

‘Obscene’ cop thrashed
Chandigarh, April 4
An assistant sub-inspector of the Chandigarh Police, who was reportedly under the influence of liquor, was the target of mob fury in Sector 36 before he was taken into custody by his colleagues last night.

PPCB ‘diluted’ rules to adjust promoters
Chandigarh, April 4
If you thought the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has been protecting the environment and your ‘green’ interests, read on. The PPCB is perhaps the only pollution-controlling agency in the country that allows housing projects to be set up next to highly polluting industries. It has also ruled that residents of such colonies will never complaint against the polluted environs they are living in.

Smart School fallout
Students block traffic
Chandigarh, April 4
About 75 students and their parents staged a protest at the gate of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, against the new Smart School concept being implemented in the school. Reason: the school authorities have refused to promote Class VIII students of the school to the next class.
Parents and students of Class VIII of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, block traffic in protest against the denial of admission to the next class due to the Smart School concept in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Parents and students of Class VIII of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, block traffic in protest against the denial of admission to the next class due to the Smart School concept in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

COMMUNITY


Chohan’s Mohali connection

Mohali, April 4

The one-kanal house of the self-styled president of “Khalistan” Jagjit Singh Chohan here wore a deserted look today. He died at Tanda in Hoshiarpur district in the morning.



The house of Jagjit Singh Chohan in Mohali. — Tribune photo by Viki Gharu


The house of Jagjit Singh Chohan in Mohali.

9 days gone, no trace of auditor
Chandigarh, April 4
The family of 38-year-old Suresh Kumar Yadav, a senior auditor with the audit department, accountant general, Haryana, in Sector 33, is a worried lot as the local police has failed to trace their son, who has been missing since March 26.

Suresh Kumar Yadav

Security blues for owners of bus-stop kiosks

Chandigarh, April 4
The experiment of installing kiosks at various bus shelters across the city has got a mixed response. While at some places these kiosks are a success, at others these remained closed.




A commuter buys eatables from a kiosk at the bus shelter opposite the GMCH, Sector 32, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pravesh Chauhan

A commuter buys eatables from a kiosk at the bus shelter opposite the GMCH, Sector 32, in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Kiran Chaudhary redresses citizens’ grievances
Panchkula, April 4
Haryana Tourism Minister Kiran Chaudhary chaired a meeting of the district grievances committee at the District Secretariat, Sector 1, here today. This was her first meeting after being made minister in charge of the district early this year.

Tourism minister Kiran Chaudhary listens to the grievances of the public at a district grievances committee meeting at the district secretariat, Sector 1, Panchkula, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh
Tourism minister Kiran Chaudhary listens to the grievances of the public at a district grievances committee meeting at the district secretariat, Sector 1, Panchkula, on Wednesday.


A lotus blooms at Art College in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
A lotus blooms at Art College in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Bhai Vir Singh Award for Majhail
Mohali, April 4
A writer, journalist and educationist, Dr Harjinder Singh Majhail, was awarded the Padma Bhushan Dr Bhai Vir Singh Award by the Sahit Kala Sabhyachar Manch for his contribution to the development of literature and arts.

Aggarwal re-elected CII council chief
Chandigarh, April 4
Partap K. Aggarwal has been re-elected chairman of the CII Chandigarh Council for a second consecutive term.

Letters
Admn should develop tourist spots
This is regarding the news “ Punjab eyes UT farmhouse”that appeared in the April 31 edition of Chandigarh Tribune. It is ironic that where the UT administration has failed, Punjab thinks it can succeed. Though the city attracts a lot of tourists round the year, there has not been enough effort by the administration to develop more tourists sites.

 
CRIME

Woman robbed near Fun Republic
Chandigarh, April 4
A woman was robbed of her ear rings and mobile phone in broad daylight by two unidentified youngsters near Fun Republic, here, this afternoon.

Pinjore arrests
Bail refused to accused
Panchkula, April 4
Chief judicial magistrate Anshu Shukla today dismissed the bail pleas of all accused in the flesh trade racket. Eleven persons, including three pimps and five girls, were arrested by the Pinjore police and the CIA staff from a hotel on March 30.

 
BUSINESS

Flour mill owners coming, not big cos
Chandigarh, April 4
High taxes and freight charges on wheat is keeping away agri-corporates from making a foray in the wheat procurement process in Punjab. The high cost of wheat from Punjab has forced most of the companies like ITC, Adani, Cargill, Glencore and Australian Wheat Board to procure wheat from mandis of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

Biz Clips
Tie-up
CHANDIGARH Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training on Wednesday announced its tie up with Air Deccan to provide cabin crew and in-flight training. The tie up makes Frankfinn Air Deccan’s “Exclusive Cabin Crew Recruitment Partner.”

 
EDUCATION

PU Institute of Dental Sciences hikes pay of faculty
Chandigarh, April 4
Pay scales of faculty of Dr HS Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Sector 25, Panjab University, have been revised. The enhanced pay scales were approved during the last meeting of the by the Board of Finance and ratified by the PU syndicate  and senate.

City lad to represent country in Physics Olympiad
Chandigarh, April 4
Ish Dhand, a student of Class XII of Ajit Karam Singh International School (AKSIPS), Chandigarh, has been selected to represent India at the eighth Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO), to be held in Shanghai, China, from April 22 to 28.

Ish Dand

Joint recruitment drive at Landran college
Chandigarh, April 4
Life Business Projects has been conducting a joint recruitment drive at Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, from April 3-7. 2,579 students from 22 colleges of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, are participating in this drive. BTech students of electronics and communications, computer science, information technology, mechanical and electrical engineering branches and students of MBA, LLB, LLM are eligible to appear.

Applications for award invited
Chandigarh, April 4
The Chandigarh administration has invited applications and recommendations for the Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award for service to children which is given to individuals for outstanding contribution in the field.

Sobti seeks Rs 250 cr
Chandigarh, April 4
Panjab University vice-chancellor Prof RC Sobti is awaiting response from the Government of India on his request for Rs 250 crore for the university’s diamond jubilee celebrations.

 
CULTURE

Putul Yatra 2007
A day of plays
Chandigarh, April 4
With an appreciable audience at the ongoing festival and exhibition of Indian puppetry, Putul Yatra-2007 entered its third day at the Punjab Kal Bhavan. The event, being organised by the National Sangeet Natak Akademy, New Delhi, in collaboration with the Punjab Arts council, is the first of its kind to promote the rich cultural heritage from the region.

Artistes from Rahel’s Little Theatre perform a play “Kab Tak Rahega” at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Artistes from Rahel’s Little Theatre perform a play “Kab Tak Rahega” at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
HEALTH

Executive body of IMA takes charge
Chandigarh, April 4
The new executive body of the Chandigarh chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), based at Sector 35-B, has taken charge. Dr Zora Singh, chairman of Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, was elected to the posts of both president and vice-president of the body.

Population on high HIV risk rising in Chandigarh
Chandigarh, April 4
Population of three core groups, identified as high risk by National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), has been on the rise in Chandigarh.

City gets advanced laser technique
Chandigarh, April 4
City-based Grewal Eye Institute, which introduced the VISX advanced ‘customvue’ laser vision correction procedure, has claimed that the technology is capable of treating more than 99.75 per cent persons eligible for vision correction.

 
SPORTS

SAI contests orders to vacate hostel
Chandigarh, April 4
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) officials, who are in a dilemma after getting orders from the Chandigarh administration to vacate their sports hostel at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, has sought time from Gen S. F. Roderigues (retd), UT Administrator.

Amandeep honoured with gold medal
Chandigarh, April 4
Amandeep Singh, a student of Class XII of KB DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, Chandigarh, has been honoured with a gold medal for his exceptional achievement in roller hockey. He was handed over the medal on Mahatama Hansraj Day by minister of human resource and development Arjun Singh at a function held at Talkatora Stadium on March 31.

ADMINISTRATION

Panel of IPS officers sought
Chandigarh, April 4
With the term of UT SSP Gaurav Yadav ending in June 2007, the Chandigarh administration has sought a panel of four IPS officers from the Punjab Government.

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