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Deputation: Teachers to be put to test
Chandigarh, April 17
Coming on deputation to Chandigarh schools will no longer be easy. The administration has designed a special test for screening aspirant teachers from neighbouring states seeking deputation here.

Stumped smokers plead ignorance of law
92 booked for smoking at public places
Chandigarh, April 17
Dragging a puff, he walked down the corridors of the Sector 17 shopping complex here. A police officer stopped him and asked for his driving licence.
Police officials issue a challan to a youngster caught smoking at the Sector 17 shopping plaza on Tuesday afternoon, as part of the drive against those violating the Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act-2003.
Police officials issue a challan to a youngster caught smoking at the Sector 17 shopping plaza on Tuesday afternoon, as part of the drive against those violating the Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act-2003. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

GMADA to resume vacant plots
Mohali, April 17
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is set to initiate proceedings to resume plots allotted more than eight years ago on which no construction has been carried out till date. The process of issuing no-objection certificates for sale of such plots has been halted.

Finally, MC kothi goes to DC
Mohali, April 17
Deputy commissioner H.I.S Garewal finally took possession of the two-kanal house in the municipal council complex here today, while the belongings of MC president Rajinder Singh Rana were removed from the house. The DC had requisitioned the house for residential purposes and a notice in this regard was sent to the civic body many days ago.




EARLIER STORIES

Nandigram leaves Left divided
Chandigarh, April 17
Historically speaking, this could be the ‘great Bengal intellectual divide’. The Nandigram incident that led to the killing of protesters trying to save their land from acquisition by the West Bengal Government for a special economic zone (SEZ) has left the Left sharply divided.

                                                                                                                   Sumit Sarkar
Sumit Sarkar


Road Rash

School bus kills scooterist
Mohali, April 17
A resident of Phase XI was killed after his scooter was allegedly hit by a school bus at a traffic light point here today.

Senseless Act

Water tanks were removed needlessly
Chandigarh, April 17
Distancing itself from last Saturday’s act of demolishing structures being used to provide drinking water, the district administration today told the shopkeepers of Sector 37 to re- establish the structures.
 
COMMUNITY

Closure of schools
Allot sites or let these function: Jain
Chandigarh, April 17
Former MP and member of the BJP executive Satya Pal Jain has urged the central government to review its decision regarding closure of schools running from residential areas.

CTU union blocks private buses
Chandigarh, April 17
Members of Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) Union today blocked eight buses of private operator Ambala Bus Syndicate (ABS) alleging that they were not following the set time tables and were flouting rules.



Members of the CTU union block buses of Ambala Bus Syndicate at the Sector 17 ISBT in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Members of the CTU union block buses of Ambala Bus Syndicate at the Sector 17 ISBT in Chandigarh.


Visitors from abroad view the sculpture of standing Vishnu during their visit to the Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, Chandigarh.
Visitors from abroad view the sculpture of standing Vishnu during their visit to the Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

State Transport Authority’s special drive
32 buses, 388 auto-rickshaws challaned
Chandigarh, April 17
The Chandigarh Administration today continued its drive against illegal bus operators and autos violating rules here today.

Conversion rate for Dhanas dairies
Chandigarh, April 17
Residents of Dhanas village can now get the area earmarked as dairy converted into residential use on a conversion fee of Rs 1,600 per sq yard.

Audit exam results
Chandigarh, April 17
The results of the Section Officer (audit) examination 2006, conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), has been declared.

Boxes containing electric meters outside the Indira Colony in Sector 16, Panchkula. Power board corners ‘kundi’ users
Power line losses down by 12 pc
Panchkula, April 17
It is being touted as a "historic" achievement by the Haryana Electricity Board. Panchkula is the model city they want to replicate all over Haryana for they have successfully brought down line losses in the city.






Boxes containing electric meters outside the Indira Colony in Sector 16, Panchkula. — A Tribune photograph

Traders call on DC
Chandigarh, April 17
The Chandigarh Beopar Mandal has demanded changes in building bylaws, including commercial use of the upper floors of the showrooms for general trade.

Auto driver gets cop transferred
Chandigarh, April 17
The perseverance of an autorickshaw driver against a traffic police head constable (HC), who harassed him for money, has finally paid off. Acting on a complaint of the driver, the Chandigarh Police transferred the erring cop to the security wing of the police.

Admn misleading public, say farmers
Chandigarh, April 17
The Mani Majra Farmers Welfare and Environment Protection Association today accused officials of the Chandigarh administration of doublespeaking on the issue of land acquisition for IT park in Kishangarh village.

Traffic hazard
Vegetable and fruit vendors cause traffic hazard on the dividing road of Sectors 17 and 8 in Panchkula.
Vegetable and fruit vendors cause traffic hazard on the dividing road of Sectors 17 and 8 in Panchkula. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

The master blender at work
Chandigarh, April 17
The perfectly blended whisky is not just a mere concoction of spirits, but a time-consuming art that unfortunately seems to go down in a quick sip!

Recounting of votes ordered
Mohali, April 17
The deputy commissioner today ordered the recounting of votes for a ward where the municipal elections were held last year. Former president of the Municipal Council Kulwant Singh had contested the elections from this ward.

Kinger seeks security
Panchkula, April 17
President of the Punjabi Sabha Hemant Kinger today met deputy commissioner Neerja Shekhar and sought her intervention in the registration of a case against the contractors who had beaten him up yesterday.

Female foeticide
Minister for launching crusade
Panchkula, April 17
Haryana health minister Kartar Devi has called upon people to launch a crusade against female foeticide, which is not only posing a threat to the social fabric of society but is also responsible for a low sex-ratio. The minister was addressing a function at the physical fitness competition organised by the health department here to mark World Health Day today.

 
CRIME

61-yr-old run over by car
Chandigarh, April 17
In a hit-and-run case, a 61-year-old resident of Sector 20, was killed when he was hit by a car near Labour Chowk yesterday morning.

Computer parts stolen
Chandigarh, April 17
Thieves decamped with computer parts worth thousands of rupees from a Sector 34 institute.

 
BUSINESS
 
EDUCATION


Devinder Kaur with her book of 63 short stories 'Pyasi Dharti' which was released by award-winning writer Mohan Bhandari.
Devinder Kaur with her book of 63 short stories 'Pyasi Dharti' which was released by award-winning writer Mohan Bhandari at a hotel in Sector 46, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. 

City schools to accommodate 4,500 more
Chandigarh, April 17
The education department of Chandigarh administration has said it was prepared to accommodate approximately 4,500 more students in government schools near Mani Majra. Hundreds of children faced the problem of finding alternate sites following closure of schools in the area, recently, following directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

New assignments for lecturers
Chandigarh, April 17
Lecturers of various government arts and science colleges have been entrusted new assignments by the department of higher education, Chandigarh administration, with immediate effect. These will be in addition to their existing teaching duties.

City to get 16 more schools
Chandigarh, April 17
The education department of the Chandigarh administration has proposed to construct at least 16 new high and secondary schools for the City Beautiful.


Students of Deep Mala Public School, Dera Bassi, during their visit to The Tribune office.
Students of Deep Mala Public School, Dera Bassi, during their visit to The Tribune office on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph.

Career courses
Students go with trends
Chandigarh, April 17
Trends change each year and so does students’ choice of courses. An overview of city colleges reveals that most students prefer career-oriented and professional courses to routine degrees. And perhaps this is the reason why city colleges introduce some new courses apart from the conventional arts, science and commerce courses each year.

‘Lamhe-2007’ at Sukhmani institute
Dera Bassi, April 17
‘Lamhe-2007’, annual function of the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology (SSIET), Dera Bassi, was organised on the institute campus wherein students performed various cultural items, including folk dances of Punjab.

 
CULTURE

‘Aadhaar’ all set for release
Chandigarh, April 17
“Kaun kehta hai aasmaan mein surakh nahin hota, ek pathhar toh tabiyat se uchhalo yaaro” was the spirit behind the resolute resolve of theatre artiste Sunjay Veer Sagar in producing a low-budget film, ‘Aadhaar,’ that contains emotional drama and soulful music surrounded by the panoramic beauty of Shimla.

 
SPORTS

Cricket brings Canada-born Punjabi to Jalandhar
Chandigarh, April 17
It was the sheer passion to earn a name in cricket which brought this 17-year-old Canada-born Punjabi boy Navrozepreet Singh Sihota to Jalandhar.

‘More tournaments at school level needed’
Gurpreet Singh Sihota and Sutixen Mehta at the Sector 16 cricket stadium in Chandigarh. Chandigarh, April 17
“We have a vision to promote young talent and take them to a world stage. We seek to provide leading-edge training and development initiatives for players, coaches, umpires, curators as well as administrators and our target is to groom players at the grassroots level,” opined Gurpreet Singh Sihota, chairperson of Twenty20 Cricket Federation of India and a cricketer by passion.

Gurpreet Singh Sihota and Sutixen Mehta at the Sector 16 cricket stadium in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo by Pradeep Tiwari


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