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Official Accommodation
DC, MC chief lock horns
Mohali, April 14
High drama was witnessed in the Municipal Council residential complex here today when both the deputy commissioner and the president of the civic body tried to occupy a two-kanal house.

A policeman tries to prevent a man from unloading the belongings of MC president from a truck at residential complex of the civic body in Phase-V, Mohali, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu
A policeman tries to prevent a man from unloading the belongings of MC president from a truck at residential complex of the civic body in Phase-V, Mohali, on Saturday.


City roads test motorists’ skills
Chandigarh, April 14
Roads of the “City Beautiful” do not qualify the epithet. Unkempt sections, broken portions, incomplete tracks, dug up sewer lines, mounds of earth sum up the state of the roads all over the city.

Stones lie scattered on the road separating Sectors 33 and 34 where repair work is under way. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Stones lie scattered on the road separating Sectors 33 and 34 where repair work is under way.

Bridge open, no rollback in fare
Chandigarh, April 14
Even as the Ghaggar Bridge has been thrown open to buses, state transport corporations running buses between Chandigarh and Ambala are yet to roll back the single fare from Rs 30 to Rs 26.


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EARLIER STORIES

Hot conditions cause an optical illusion on a road in Chandigarh.
SUMMER IMAGES: Hot conditions cause an optical illusion on a road in Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Depression kills
99 victims in two yrs
Chandigarh, April 14
Depression seems to have emerged as a major killer in the city. Resulting from various factors, including poverty and unemployment and drug addiction, it is taking its toll in the city with stressful life being the reason reported in over 50 per cent of the suicide cases.

Dog menace: NRI dies in accident
Chandigarh, April 14
A 60-year-old non resident Indian (NRI) woman was killed while four persons were injured when the Maruti car they were travelling in rammed into Sector 39, 40, 55 and 56 rotary this afternoon. the police said the mishap occurred when the driver of the car lost his control over the vehicle while saving a stray dog.

COMMUNITY


Crowds flock Nada Sahib gurdwara

Panchkula, April 14

Thousands of devotees flocked Shri Nada Sahib gurdwara to pay obeisance on the occasion of Baisakhi, here, today. The gates of the gurdwara were thrown open at 3 am.


Devotees pay obeisance on the occasion of Baisakhi at Shri Nada Sahib Gurdwara in Panchkula on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan


Devotees pay obeisance on the occasion of Baisakhi at Shri Nada Sahib Gurdwara in Panchkula on Saturday.


Residents of Sector 38 (West) clean the park near the market in Chandigarh.
Residents of Sector 38 (West) clean the park near the market in Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

Maj-Gen accused of interference in GCM
Chandigarh, April 14
The defence in the general court martial (GCM) trying a lady officer for professional impropriety today accused the judge advocate-general (JAG), Maj-Gen Nilendra Kumar, of “improperly and without authority” interfering in the case on his own.

‘Saving Rs 10,000 cr on streetlights possible’
Chandigarh, April 14
“India can save over Rs 10,000 crore per annum through the management of streetlights. From these savings, the country can annually set up three power plants of 1,000 MW each.”

VHP to raise voice against female foeticide
Chandigarh, April 14
Putting its rhetoric against other communities on the backburner, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is all set to don a new avatar.

Sale of cut fruit unabated
Chandigarh, April 14
The sale of cut fruit exposed to flies and dust goes unabated in the city in spite of a ban on it under the Epidemic Diseases Act.


FORBIDDEN FRUIT: A vendor sells cut fruit exposed to flies and dust near 
Neelam cinema, Sector 17, Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
A vendor sells cut fruit exposed to flies and dust near

ICCR council reconstituted
Chandigarh, April 14 minent persons from different walks of life have found a place in the reconstituted regional advisory council of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) which will meet here under the chairmanship of ICCR president Dr Karan Singh tomorrow.

Cashing in on Baisakhi spirit
Chandigarh, April 14
Nothing attracts the crowd more than the assurance of taking people back to their roots. For, people’s march towards modernism evokes a strong desire in them to look back at the pleasures left behind in the race against time.

Producer and actor Ravi Ahlawat with débutante Amrita Dhanoa pose during a press conference to announce their forthcoming movie ‘Parveen Bobby’ at Himachal Bhavan in Chandigarh on Saturday. Upcoming 'Parveen Bobby' a sleaze bag
Chandigarh, April 14
Perhaps there are only two roads to success in Bollywood: either cast big stars or make a complete skin show in the film. This is precisely the case with forthcoming movie ‘Parveen Bobby.’ In town to promote the film, producer and lead actor Ravi Ahlawat, along with the lead heroine of the film, ‘Amrita Dhanoa,’ were present at Himachal Bhawan, here, today.


Producer and actor Ravi Ahlawat with débutante Amrita Dhanoa pose during a press conference to announce their forthcoming movie ‘Parveen Bobby’ at Himachal Bhavan in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

BJP demands dissolution of MC
Panchkula, April 14

The Bharatiya Janta Party today demanded dissolution of the Municipal Council on the grounds that the situation of roads, lights and sanitation in the city had gone from bad to worse since its formation.





BJP vice-president Gian Chand Gupta (extreme left) addresses a press conference in Sector 5, Panchkula, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

BJP vice-president Gian Chand Gupta (extreme left) addresses a press conference in Sector 5, Panchkula, on Saturday.

 
CRIME

Suicide victim succumbs to burns
Chandigarh, April 14
Raveena, the divorced woman who allegedly set herself ablaze on Thursday, succumbed to her injuries at the PGI this afternoon.

51 booked, 21 billboards seized
Crackdown on tobacco Act violators
Chandigarh, April 14
The Chandigarh police today booked 51 persons and seized 21 billboards as part of it special drive against violations of the provisions of the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act-2003.




Police officials raid a cigarette shop in Industrial Area, Phase I, Chandigarh, as part of a special drive against those selling tobacco products to minors on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Police officials raid a cigarette shop in Industrial Area, Phase I, Chandigarh, as part of a special drive against those selling tobacco products to minors on Saturday.

Death in market quarrel
Police distorted facts, says victim’s son
Chandigarh, April 14
Accusing the Chandigarh police of shielding the accused, family members of 58-year-old Lal Chand Gupta, who reportedly died following a quarrel with president of the Sector 34 market on Thursday, today alleged that the police has distorted the facts.

Man commits suicide
Mohali, April 14
A resident of Sukhgarh village allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan today.

 
BUSINESS

Kashmiris biggest consumers of chicken
Chandigarh, April 14
It is the Kashmir valley and not Punjab which has the highest per capita consumption of chicken. It gets 30,000 chickens from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh every day in addition to eight to 10 lakh birds it produces for the domestic market every month.

 
EDUCATION

Gaurav tops varsity debate
Chandigarh, April 14
Polemic-07, the annual debate competition organised by the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, ended here yesterday with the finals being concluded amid much fanfare.

Book list for city govt schools approved
Chandigarh, April 14
The Chandigarh education department today approved and released a list of books for government model and non-model schools of the city for 2007-08.

Relocating students
DAV-8 building sought for second shift
Chandigarh, April 14
The education department of the Chandigarh administration has requested the principal of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, to allow the temporary use of the school building for running second shift.

500 teachers attend seminar
Chandigarh, April 14
As many as 500 delegates participated in an orientation programme on the opening day at DAV School, Sector 15, here, today. The 3-day programme is from April 14 to 16.




Teachers during the orientation programme at DAV School in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Teachers during the orientation programme at DAV School in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Honour for PU scholar
Panchkula, April 14
Panchkula resident Manu Sharma, who is doing Ph.D at the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Panjab University, on the senior research fellowship of the Indian Council of Medical Research, has been awarded the Prof A.S. Brar best paper award.

COURTS

Consumer Forum
Firm told to pay insurance claim
Chandigarh, April 14
The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has come to the rescue of Gurvinder Singh, a resident of Mohali, while getting insurance claim from Oriental Insurance Company Limited.

Under Notice
We never assured jobs: Frankfinn
Chandigarh, April 14
Responding to recent comments following an injunction suit filed by the National Consumer Welfare Council in a local court against Frankfinn Institute of Airhostess Institute of Training, the institute today said the comments made by certain individuals were in reaction to the institute’s recent successes.

 
CULTURE

‘Harmony’ released
Chandigarh, April 14
A bimonthly publication “Harmony” was released by president of the Resident Welfare Association Hitesh Kumar on the occasion of Baiskahi here today.Sher Miandad

A mystic waits for Bollywood break
Chandigarh, April 14
Sher Miandad is a man of few words. Born into a Sufi tradition that goes back 700 years, he says even a lifetime would be insufficient to recall his family’s musical history. But he tries, nevertheless.
The conversation takes root in Miandad’s status as a resident qawwal and composer at the dargah of Baba Faridudin in Pak Pattan.
                                                                          
Sher Miandad

Ghazal virtuoso works his magic
Chandigarh, April 14
The magic of Jagjit Singh’s voice worked to brighten the moods at Nehru Bhavan this evening.
For a while it seemed like the old, familiar, collaboration that has for years charmed the music-loving people of this city - the Durgas Das Foundation, The Tribune and the ghazal maestro.

Jagjit Singh performs at Nehru Bhavan, Sector 24, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Jagjit Singh performs at Nehru Bhavan, Sector 24, Chandigarh, on Saturday.

Punjabi pop is the way for Amrinder
Chandigarh, April 14
“Music forms, be it classical, traditional or its hybrid Punjabi pop, are dynamic and their growth is bound to be influenced by the changing trends in lifestyles in any part of the world,” opines Punjabi folk and playback singer Amrinder Gill.

Bugga treat at Plaza Carnival
Chandigarh, April 14
City residents were witness to traditional Baisakhi celebrations during the weekly Plaza Carnival, organised jointly by the Chandigarh administration and the Centre for Carnival Arts, this evening.



Punjabi singer Satwinder Bugga performs at Plaza Carnival, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Punjabi singer Satwinder Bugga performs at Plaza Carnival, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday.

HEALTH

PGI, AIIMS experts to share dais
Chandigarh, April 14
Experts from different fields of medicine from the PGIMER, Chandigarh, and AIIMS, New Delhi, will address a congregation of doctors, general practitioners and medical students at a CME, “Medicine Update-2007”, at the APC auditorium tomorrow.

Plan to check dengue outbreak
Chandigarh, April 14
To keep a tab on the outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and chickegunea during summer, the health department of Chandigarh has chalked out an action plan.

Rare surgery at Chaitanya hospital
Chandigarh, April 14
A newborn baby suffering from ‘rectal atresia,’ a very rare disease, was operated successfully at Chaitanya Hospital here.

 
SPORTS

Jaggi Brar returns best card
Gill takes the lead in Emaar Trophy
Chandigarh, April 14
Jaggi Brar from Dubai sank a birdie on the 15th hole to return the best three-over card of 75 on the second day of the Chandigarh Golfing Tour for the Emaar MGF Golf Championship Trophy played on the greens of the Panchkula Golf Club here today.

Ankit Pursharthy Mohali boy makes it to Zonal Cricket Academy
Mohali, April 14
Budding local cricketer Ankit Pursharthy has moved a step closer to his aim which is to be a part of the Indian cricket team. “My father, Rajinder Pursharthy, had represented Punjab in Ranji Trophy matches in 1985 but I want to go a step ahead. To don the national colours is my aim and to get it I will leave no stone unturned,” asserted Ankit.
Ankit Pursharthy

Georgian rally leaves for Chail
Chandigarh, April 14
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda flagged off the third Indian Oil-Xtrapremium Georgian Car Rally at War Memorial, Sector 3, here today.



Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda flags off the third Georgian car rally at War Memorial in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda flags off the third Georgian car rally at War Memorial in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Karthik, Tamanna win rink race
Chandigarh, April 14
Karthik Mann emerged winner in the under-6 (boys) rink race event on the opening day of the Chandigarh State Roller Skating Championship held at KB DAV School, Sector 7, here today. Tamanna Mann got the first place in the girls 8 to 9 years category while Balkirat grabbed the first place in the boys category.

ADMINISTRATION

28 private buses challaned
Chandigarh, April 14
The state transport authority of the Chandigarh administration and the police today challanned 28 buses of the Ambala Syndicate for plying without permit on the city roads. One on the buses was impounded for not possessing the necessary documents.

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