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No hoarding at liquor vends
Chandigarh, April 11
Henceforth, liquor contractors will not be allowed to use huge hoarding and banners to lure customers. The advertisements, apart from being an eyesore, violate the terms and conditions of licence given by the excise department.

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Tobacco vendors thrive on young clients
Nasha at stone’s throw from schools
A vendor sells tobacco products opposite Government Girls Senior Secondary School-18. Chandigarh, April 11
In utter disregard of prohibition orders, cigarettes and tobacco products are being sold near school gates-thanks to the indifference of the administration towards the growing menace.

DANGER ZONE: A vendor sells tobacco products opposite Government Girls Senior Secondary School-18. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Sarthak principal back
Panchkula, April 11
She's back as principal of Sarthak Model School, Sector 12-A. Reinstated within a gap of 10 days of her suspension for alleged negligence in the fire incident that led to the death of Aman Luthra, principal Madhvi Shrivastva joined office and proceeded on leave.

Quick Buck
Student steals, sells friend’s mobike
Chandigarh, April 11
Unable to meet the cost of a lavish lifestyle, a student of a local private college allegedly stole the motorcycle of his friend and sold it to a Sector 15 resident at a throwaway price. However, his “luck” ran out and he landed behind bars after seven months of the crime.





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EARLIER STORIES


All environmental concerns seem to go up in smoke with leaves being burnt on the road dividing Sector-32 and Sector-30 on Wednesday.
UP IN SMOKE: All environmental concerns seem to go up in smoke with leaves being burnt on the road dividing Sector-32 and Sector-30 on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Tightlipped
ITBP officer suffers bullet injuries
Chandigarh, April 11
Assistant Commandant with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force Ajay Kumar was admitted to the PGI late last night with gunshot wounds. He is posted at the ITBP Basic Training Centre in Bhanu near Ramgarh in Panchkula district.

CBI videographs Forest Hill Resort premises
Chandigarh, April 11
The CBI videographed the premises of the Forest Hill Resort here today. The exercise was carried out in the presence of the patwari and tehsildar. The team carried out measurement of the area and recorded the irregularities at the premises.

Follow-up
NACO to airlift non-available ARV drugs from Bangalore
Chandigarh, April 11
Faced with an emergency situation caused by non-availability of a vital antiretroviral drug type at ART centres across the country, the National AIDS Control Organisation has decided to get them airlifted from the suppliers at Bangalore. The organisation has been attributing the unavailability of the drug to delayed supply by the drug supplying company in question.

Wular will be cleared of willows to make way for water
Ministry evolving legal provisions to conserve wetlands
Chandigarh, April 11
The ministry of environment and forests is in the process of formulating a draft policy for regulating the use of 94 valuable wetlands of the country. The move follows the commitment of the National Environment Policy 2006, which sought to evolve a legally enforceable regulatory mechanism to prevent wetlands from degradation.

Petrol trouble tomorrow
Chandigarh, April 11
Except for company-owned petrol stations in the city, the rest are expected to be closed at midnight tomorrow. Petroleum dealers have sought, among other things, a five per cent margin on invoice value. — TNS

Cong councillors want ward panels reviewed
Chandigarh, April 11
Upset over the ‘non-inclusion’ of a few persons recommended by Congress councillors in ward committees formed yesterday, they have written to the UT Administrator, demanding that the list of members be reviewed. The councillor have stated that “the formation of the ward committees have shaken the faith of the elected people as lists sent by them have been ignored and names of those close to officials included.” — TNS

COMMUNITY

Every year 7, 500 addicts join AA
Chandigarh, April 11
That alcoholism has reached alarming proportions can be gauged from the fact that more than 7,500 alcoholics join groups of Alcoholics Anonymous, a non-government organisation in the tricity, every year in an attempt to return to normal life.

Letters
Info centre of little help
The director of tourism, Chandigarh administration, through a press note a few years ago, had notified through the media that the tourist information centre at the bus terminus in Sector 17 would daily function from 7 am to 7 pm and would only remain closed on national holidays.

 
CRIME

Thieves decamp with computers
Mohali, April 11
Seven computers and a server worth about Rs 2.5 lakh were stolen from a showroom in Phase III B 2 here last night.

 
BUSINESS

Rs 809-cr credit plan for Mohali
Mohali, April 11 The annual credit plan for the SAS Nagar district to the tune of Rs 809 crore was launched here yesterday. The plan is for the financial year 2007-08.

 
EDUCATION

Governor’s no to Kapoor’s plea for extension
Chandigarh, April 11
UT Administrator General SF Rodrigues (Retd) has turned down the claim of former principal of the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Sector 26, Baljit Kapoor for extension in service for another four years.

From Colleges
Business school opened

The Swami Vivekanand Group of Institutes, Banur, on Monday launched a School of Business Management offering postgraduate programme in management. The course approved by the All-India Council of Technical Education will commence from the 2007-2008 session.

Community centre to become school
The team of Chandigarh administration inspects Jatindera Public School, Mani Majra, on Wednesday. Chandigarh, April 11
The UT administration has decided to start a school of two shifts in the community centre adjacent to the Modern Complex, Mani Majra, and a second shift school at Little Flower School building, Mani Majra.

The team of Chandigarh administration inspects Jatindera Public School, Mani Majra, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Several function without recognition
56 schools apply for recognition

Panchkula, April 11
Fiftysix schools from the district have applied to the Haryana education department for recognition though a number of such schools are still functioning without recognition.

Education must produce good citizens: Rodrigues
Chandigarh, April 11
UT administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) today called attention to producing good citizens who were alive to their duty to the nation, responsibility to the community and concern for the society, while presiding over the meeting of board of governors of Punjab Public School, Nabha, at Punjab Raj Bhavan, here today.

Minister meets teachers
Chandigarh, April 11
Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal held a meeting with representatives of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) to discuss their demands in connection with his first budget to be presented in June. Dr Jagwant Singh, general secretary, PCCTU, presented the union’s views on the 95 per cent salary deficit grant in aid scheme, clearance of admitted amount arrears of teachers on account pays vision and 50 per cent DA merger.

Now, entrance test for M.Ed students
Chandigarh, April 11
Admission to the two-year M.Ed course by correspondence for in-service teachers will be done through Common Entrance Test OCET-2007.

 
CULTURE

Kishore Namit Kapoor He trained top stars
Chandigarh, April 11
“Actors are born and they are merely trained and polished just like uncut diamonds are chiselled,” said acting guru Kishore Namit Kapoor who is in town to hunt for fresh talent from the region.

Young dancers impress
Kathak dancer Samira Koser’s students perform during baithak programme at the Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Chandigarh, April 11
On their 117th baithak programme, the Pracheen Kala Kendra presented a classical and regional music dance performance by disciples of kathak danseuse Samira Koser. It was a proud moment for young mothers Amarjit Bains, Gunit, Anupma and Pallavi Pinge who learnt and rehearsed well to perform with their artiste children.

Kathak dancer Samira Koser’s students perform during baithak programme at the Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

HEALTH

Dr Ravi Gupta (right) with former West Indian cricket captain Clive Lloyd at the World Congress on Science and Medicine of Cricket held at Barbados recently. GMCH doc attends world congress
Chandigarh, April 11
Dr Ravi Gupta, senior consultant, department of orthopaedics, GMCH, Sector 32, attended the 'World Congress on Science and Medicine of Cricket’, held in Barbados, West Indies, from April 4 to 7.

Dr Ravi Gupta (right) with former West Indian cricket captain Clive Lloyd at the World Congress on Science and Medicine of Cricket held at Barbados recently.

2.5 kg cloth pieces removed from abdomen
Panchkula, April 11
In a freak operation, Dr Subhash Sharma of Gokul Nursing Home, Sector 15, here today extracted two-and-a-half kg of cloth pieces and small strips of gunny bags from the abdomen of 25-year-old Nimmo Devi.

De-addiction camp today
Chandigarh, April 11
The Drug De-addiction and Treatment Centre, department of psychiatry, PGI, Chandigarh, will hold a drug de-addiction awareness and treatment camp in the “Bassi Mubarakpur Truck Operators Union Office,” Dera Bassi, tomorrow.

 
SPORTS

Seeds Resham, Harmeet crash out
Kamal Kishore in action during the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament at CLTA Stadium in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Chandigarh, April 11
Top seed Digvijay Singh Naruka of Chandigarh, sixth seed Suraj Hasrani of Kerala and Ranjeet Singh of Chandigarh ensured their berths in the semifinals in the AITA Talent Tennis Championship at the CLTA Tennis Stadium, Sector 10, here.

Kamal Kishore in action during the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament at CLTA Stadium in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Sahib Malhotra (left) and Jaskaran. Brothers Sahib, Jaskaran selected for zonal academy
Chandigarh, April 11
City boys Sahib Malhotra and his brother Jaskaran Malhotra have been selected for the Zonal Cricket Academy (ZCA) (North zone) of National Cricket Academy (NCA), Bangalore. Sahib has been selected in the under-17 category while Jaskaran has been selected in the under-19 group of the ZCA (North zone).

Sahib Malhotra (left) and Jaskaran. — A Tribune photograph

‘City has great tennis potential’
Chandigarh, April 11
“Players do not want to sweat it out to win. They want fame but not at the cost of hardship,” remarked former Davis Cup player and renowned international tennis coach Akhtar Ali.

Football academy trials on April 18
Chandigarh, April 11
The Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) is all set to admit the next batch of 24 players for the academy.

U-17 camp begins today
Chandigarh, April 11
As many as 36 probables have been selected by the Chandigarh Cricket Association’s selection committee for a under-17 preparatory camp which is scheduled to start tomorrow at DAV Senior Secondary High School, Sector 8, here. These players are required to report to Yog Raj Singh at 3 pm at the venue.

Korfball
City to host Federation Cup, national meet
Chandigarh, April 11
The Federation Cup and the eighth Sub-Junior National Korfball Championships will be held at the Panjab University (PU) campus here. The Chandigarh Korfball Association will organise the tournaments.

Mandeep Dhillon on international panel
Dr Mandeep Singh Dhillon Chandigarh, April 11
Dr Mandeep Singh Dhillon has been appointed on the International Committee on Sports Medicine in Orthopaedics. This committee, constituted by ISAKOS (International Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Society), is the premier world body that looks after the development of the science of orthopaedics-related sports medicine.

Hockey team selected
Chandigarh, April 11
Harmanpreet Singh will lead the Chandigarh hockey team in the third (u-18) Junior National Hockey Championship to be held at Guntur (AP) from April 14 to 22.

ADMINISTRATION

Appointed
Chandigarh, April 11
Dr A.S. Sethi has been appointed as the principal of Government College of Commerce, Sector 19. Earlier, he was dean in Government College of Girls, Sector 11. Dr K.S. Saluja has been appointed as the principal in Government College, Sector 46. — TNS

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