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Road blockade over operation cleanup
Balmikis, BSP men lead protest against MC staff
Chandigarh, April 6
Action by the enforcement staff of the local Municipal Corporation led to a strong protest by residents at Sector 45 here today.


Agitated residents of Burail village gherao a vehicle of the municipal council, which came to return confiscated material of the Balmiki Sabha in Sector 45, Chandigarh Agitated residents of Burail village gherao a vehicle of the municipal council, which came to return confiscated material of the Balmiki Sabha in Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

DC eyes MC kothi
Mohali, April 6
While the SAS Nagar deputy commissioner is eying the two-kanal house of the Municipal Council for residential purposes, the council staff are not inclined to yield to the wishes of the district chief.

Mayor to face no-confidence
Chandigarh, April 6
The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee at a meeting here today decided to move a no-confidence motion against Mayor Harjinder Kaur. Party councillors will meet the Commissioner on Monday, calling for a special house of the corporation.

Class X exam
Priyanka tops district
Panchkula, April 6
Priyanka Gupta, a student of New India Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, has stood first in the district in the Class X examination conducted by the Haryana School Education Board, scoring 91.33 per cent marks.






EARLIER STORIES

Mid-day Meal
More schools under plan
Chandigarh, April 6
The Chandigarh administration has extended the National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education (NP-NSPE), also called the mid-day meal scheme, to 21 schools of the city from this week onwards. Now, around 8,220 more students would be served cooked food.

Jaitley predicts mid-term poll
Chandigarh, April 6
Claiming that the BJP was at the centrestage of Indian politics, BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley today predicted a mid-term poll, saying the Congress was a "sinking ship" as it had lost a number of assembly elections recently.


Senior BJP leaders Arun Jaitley, Satya Pal Jain and Navjot Sidhu at the BJP's foundation day function in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Senior BJP leaders Arun Jaitley, Satya Pal Jain and Navjot Sidhu at the BJP's foundation day function in Chandigarh on Friday.
 
COMMUNITY

War Widow Case
Ex-servicemen demand CBI probe
Mohali, April 6
The ex-servicemen wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal has demanded a CBI probe into the land fraud involving a senior government official who allegedly deprived a war widow of the land which was given to her by the state government. A security cover has also been demanded for the family which was allegedly being threatened.

Airtel snaps 20,000 connections; not fair say consumers
Chandigarh , April 6
Airtel today set alarm bells ringing in the city by reportedly disconnecting approximately 20,000 pre-paid connections due to want of proper documentation. In all, approximately 70,000 connections are expected to be disconnected in the next couple of days.

Devotees offer prayers on Good Friday
Chandigarh, April 6
Good Friday, marking the crucifixtion of Jesus Christ, was observed in the city and surrounding area today. Special services were held in the churches and hundreds.


Devotees take part in a procession to mark Good Friday in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Devotees take part in a procession to mark Good Friday in Chandigarh

Probe building work at PGI: employees’ body
Chandigarh, April 6
Demanding a probe by the central vigilance commission and the CBI, the PGI Employees Union (group B, C and D employees) today alleged substandard work during the construction of five buildings at the PGI that had been inaugurated by dignitaries during the past two years.

Parking woes at DC office
Unused lots to handle staff vehicles
Vehicles parked on both sides of the road leading to the office of deputy commissioner in Sector 17, Chandigarh. Chandigarh, April 6
An end to parking woes for those visiting the office of deputy commissioner in Sector 17 and other public offices in its vicinity seems in sight.


Vehicles parked on both sides of the road leading to the office of deputy commissioner in Sector 17, Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

Encroachment: Record challans issued
Chandigarh, April 6
The enforcement wing of the municipal corporation has set a record by issuing 3,473 challans for encroachment last month.

Taxi operators meet mayor
Chandigarh, April 6
A delegation of the Taxi Worker Union yesterday called on Chandigarh municipal corporation mayor demanding the extension of lease period of taxi stands for current financial year i.e. 2007-08.

Govt house alterations for disabled
Chandigarh, April 6
The Chandigarh administration has invited applications from government employees in possession of government accommodation allotted by secretary, house allotment committee, Chandigarh, having not less than 40 per cent disability of self or dependent family member.

Eleven visually impaired men set off for Delhi on foot to press their demands in Chandigarh on Friday. 11 blind men on march to Delhi
Chandigarh, April 6
Eleven visually impaired activists of Haryana today set off on foot for Delhi to highlight their problems to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.




Eleven visually impaired men set off for Delhi on foot to press their demands in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Vedic mantras replete with mystical powers: Govil
Actor Arun Govil shares his views on Vedic mantras with mediapersons at the Chandigarh Press Club Chandigarh, April 6
Eulogising the pristine purity of Vedic hymns, the noted lead actor of over 70 films and the epic Ramayana, Arun Govil, claimed with authenticity that the Vedic mantras were replete with mystical powers besides the virtues of munificence and moral ethics as also other religious scriptures and granths.

Actor Arun Govil shares his views on Vedic mantras with mediapersons at the Chandigarh Press Club on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

World War veteran dead
Chandigarh, April 6
Eminent soldier and World War II veteran Brig Hardit Singh (retd) passed away this week. He was 88.
Glorious amaltas heralds spring in the Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh
Glorious amaltas heralds spring in the Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Veteran scribe dead
Chandigarh, April 6
Veteran journalist Pt Tirath Ram Sharma died here today. He was 80.

Weakening filial bond taking a toll
Chandigarh, April 6
The rise in number of suicide and attempt to suicide cases in the city this year is a reflection of how modern-day stress is taking its toll on people, according to experts.

Sabha celebrations
Chandigarh, April 6
The Garhwal Sabha, Chandigarh, will organise religious and cultural programmes throughout the year to mark its golden jubilee.

Fire in school
Panchkula, April 6
A fire broke out in Cosmopolitan School in Sector 14, here today. No casualty was reported as it was a holiday.

Raid on Tawa Chowk eateries
Panchkula, April 6
Officers of the food and supplies department here today raided ‘tawa chowk’ eateries to check misuse of domestic cylinders.

 
CRIME

Youth held for assault on nurse
Chandigarh, April 6
The local police arrested Harpreet Singh, a resident of Zirakpur, on the charge of assaulting a nurse at the General Hospital, Sector 16, Kulwant Kaur, yesterday night.

Car stolen from Sec 38
Chandigarh, April 6
Ritu Arora of Sector 38 lodged a complaint with the police station, Sector 39, alleging that her WagonR car (PB 03 P 7360) was stolen from her house last night.

 
BUSINESS

Come summer, ‘Coolex 2007’ begins at CII
Chandigarh, April 6
Air conditioners that promise more than just cool breeze, refrigerators you would love to freeze for your kitchen, and cooling solutions to help you chill in the comfort of your house - all this and much more are on display at CII’s exposition -Coolex 2007.

 
EDUCATION

Canadian institute launches scholarships for students
Mohali, April 6
The Student Scholarship and Monetary Award Scheme 2007 was launched at the Canadian institute of International Studies (CIIS), here, today by Lok Sabha deputy speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal.

Toppers’ recipe: Regular study hours
Panchkula, April 6
Regular study hours and never skipping home work hold the key to success, say students who bagged the first three positions in the district in the Class X exam held by the Haryana School Education Board. The results were declared today.


Priyanka Gupta, Class X topper in Panchkula district, with her friends at New India Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, Panchkula, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh
Priyanka Gupta, Class X topper in Panchkula district, with her friends at New India Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, Panchkula.

Student forum at Indo-Global
Mohali, April 6
The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication (IETE) Students' Forum has been set up at Indo-Global College of Engineering (IGCE), Abhipur, here, in collaboration with the IETE centre, Chandigarh. The IETE is one of the leading societies in the field of electronics and telecommunication.

Students urged to promote peace
Chandigarh, April 6
A meeting of the advisory committee for ‘Campaign for Peace-city Chandigarh’ was held at Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, here, today. Principals and teachers in-charge of the peace clubs in schools and colleges participated in the meeting.

Extend smart section to other schools: NCP
Chandigarh, April 6
Advocating the smart school concept, the local unit of the Nationalist Congress Party has suggested the extension of “smart section” in four schools - GMSSS-16, 33, 19 and 46 - to other schools of Chandigarh.

Selections within quota: PEC head
Chandigarh, April 6
Rebutting allegations that Punjab Engineering College (PEC) did not follow the reservation policy while selecting faculty, PEC Director Vijay Gupta has in his in reply to the Chandigarh Administration that all selections were strictly within the reservation quota fixed by the director of social welfare for various categories.

Badal orders release of salary grants
Chandigarh, April 6
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has ordered the release of salary grants that were not cleared by Punjab Treasury.

Three days, four unfair means cases
Chandigarh, April 6
Just three days after the commencement of final examinations conducted by Panjab University for various under-graduate and graduate courses, four cases of unfair means (UMC) have already been registered. The exams began on April 3.

 
CULTURE


Human faces is her forte
Chandigarh, April 6
Some three decades ago when there was no cluster of local newspapers around The Tribune, nor was there any trend of cultural-colour-pull-outs of the daily newspapers, it was a great honour for an ordinary person to ever be on its front page.

                                                                                   Kuki Singh
Kuki Singh


City’s journey through writer’s eyes
Chandigarh, April 6
It was a small yet motley crowd of Corbusier afficionados that gathered together in the dappled shade of the Rock Garden for the release of yet another book on Chandigarh this afternoon.

“Chandigarh - A city for all times” was released at the Rock Garden, Chandigarh, by Nek Chand (centre), with author V.P. Mehta (right) and publisher Nalin Sharma (left). — A Tribune photograph
“Chandigarh - A city for all times” was released at the Rock Garden, Chandigarh, by


HEALTH

Medics examine 80 children
Mohali, April 6
Ahead of World Health Day tomorrow, a medical team from Fortis Hospital, Mohali, today held a medical camp at New Janta Colony, on the outskirts of the city. The team reached out to 80 students of Dr B.R. Ambedkar Primary School, which is run by NGO CARES.

 
SPORTS

No gold medal for PU this session
College students losing interest in sports
Chandigarh, April 6
The interest of students in sports at the university and college level has been on a decline in the past few years. This is evident if one goes by the records of the Panjab University (PU) inter-college sports meets held this session.

CLTA to conduct coaching camp from April 9
Chandigarh, April 6
Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) will conduct a one-week coaching camp for top players up to 18 years of age from April 9 to 15 at its premises at Sector 10 here.

Martial art session for teachers
Panchkula, April 6
To mark World Health Day, Choi Kwang Do Martial Art International School will organise a free session for teachers of various schools at its premises in Sector 16 tomorrow.

Admissions to cricket academy
Mohali, April 6
The Mohali Cricket Academy will hold admissions from April 8 to 15 between 3 to 6 pm at the C-Ground of PCA Stadium here. A resident of the city/a student in any city school are eligible to join the academy. Interested persons may contact coach Sukhvinder Singh Tinku.

Tourney postponed
Chandigarh, April 6
The YMCA Total Tennis Masters Championship, scheduled to start from April 6 at YMCA courts, Sector 11, has been postponed to April 7 because of a holiday on Good Friday. The rest of the schedule will remain unchanged.

ADMINISTRATION

Conversion Plan
Dome a hurdle in KC’s multiplex dream
Chandigarh, April 6
The Chandigarh administration is still undecided on the conversion plans of KC theatre, more than a year after the application was moved.

Panel for audit of govt buildings
Chandigarh, April 6
The Chandigarh administration has constituted a committee for conducting the access audit of government and public buildings. The committee will be headed by S.K. Jaitley, superintending engineer, construction.


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