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Principal shoots off letter to admn
Chandigarh, April 22
The situation in Government College of Art is headed for a flashpoint, with officiating principal Brahm Prakash breaking his silence on the hate campaign launched against him by some faculty members.

RTI: Lower-rung officials throw up hands
Chandigarh, April 22
Not all is well with the implementation of the Right to Information Act in Chandigarh. The sanctity of the law has lost in the bureaucratic rigmarole. In a number of cases, the information-seekers have filed appeal(s) before the central information commission, either for being supplied with incomplete or wrong information.

City song to woo tourists
Chandigarh, April 22
The Chandigarh administration has decided to associate a song with tourism in the city beautiful. The song is being prepared with a view to giving the city a distinct artistic and cultural identity.

Woman cop kills herself
Chandigarh, April 22
Savita Kumari, a head constable in the CRPF, was found hanging from a shower in the camp near Hallo Majra village, here this morning. As no suicide note was found, the police was yet to ascertain the reason behind her extreme step.



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A migrant sieves earth to separate scrap iron on the World Earth Day in Chandigarh
A migrant sieves earth to separate scrap iron on the World Earth Day in Chandigarh on Sunday.
— Tribune photo by Karam Singh

Banks asked to distribute and accept coins from customers
Chandigarh, April 22
The Reserve Bank of India has taken strong exception to the non-distribution and acceptance of coins by bank branches in the region.

Fruit prices hit the roof
Chandigarh, April 22
The season for relishing the choicest fruit is here. But, with the prices of fruits sky-rocketing, these have gone beyond the reach of the common man.

COMMUNITY

Renovation work deferred to June
Tagore Theatre reopened
Chandigarh, April 22
“A national theatre is worth having for the sake of the nation’s soul,” Bernard Shaw had once said and accordingly the centrally-located Tagore Theatre had been deemed as a pride of the City Beautiful.


Tagore Theatre at night. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Tagore Theatre at night

Mohali bus stand: A picture of neglect

Mohali, April 22
Big potholes, piles of garbage, stinking toilets, pigeon droppings and broken benches welcome commuters at the inter-state bus stand, Phase VIII, here. The bus stand of model city of the state lacks most basic amenities.


The poor condition of the road at the entrance to the Mohali bus stand, Phase VIII, Mohali.
— Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

The poor condition of the road at the entrance to the Mohali bus stand, Phase VIII, Mohali

Baby Swapping
No male born on April 12: GMCH
Chandigarh, April 22
Reacting to the allegations of baby swapping, the Government College and Medical College, Sector 32, authorities today claimed that no male baby had been born in the hospital on April 12 last. A resident of Mauli Jagran village, Shagufta Praveen, had complained to the hospital authorities yesterday that her male baby was swapped with a female one immediately after the birth at the hospital on April 12.

Tribune employee dead; family alleges foul play
Kharar, April 22
Sohan Singh, an operator with Punjabi Tribune, died at his in-laws’ house under mysterious circumstances at Khanpur village, near here, yesterday. According to the deceased’s family, Sohan (45) had left for his in-laws’ village on April 20. He had reportedly not been having cordial relationship with his wife.               Sohan Singh

Sohan Singh


Himalayan griffon sighted in Morni hills
Chandigarh, April 22
As the number of the three Asian species of vultures- the white-backed, the slender-billed and the long-billed - has declined catastrophically, a migrating species, the Himalayan griffon, can be spotted these days in the Morni hills of Haryana.


A flock of the Himalayan griffon in the forest along the Panchkula-Ramgarh highway.
— Tribune photo by Malkit Singh

A flock of the Himalayan griffon in the forest along the Panchkula-Ramgarh highway

A week too long
Chandigarh, April 22
The engineering department of the Chandigarh administration has failed to keep its promise of reopening the road separating Sectors 31 and 32 within a week after it was closed in the last week of March. The first concrete road in the city was closed merely two months after it was formally inaugurated in January.

 
CRIME

Police books complainant
Panchkula, April 22
Bowing to the pressure from the "higher-ups", the police today booked 50-year-old Ramesh, a complainant in an assault case, late last night. He complained that Sumit Singh, the boy beaten up at the CIA office in Mansa Devi two years back, had hit him on his head with a brick after he stopped him from consuming a "solution" for a kick.

Driver found dead
Panchkula, April 22
A driver was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his tent in Raipur Rani last night. The deceased, identified as Lala Singh, alias Lala, a resident of Punjab’s Barnala district, was found hanging by a nylon rope by his roommate, Satpal.

CPM leader Bhagrana succumbs to injuries
Chandigarh, April 22
CPM leader Inderjit Singh Bhagrana, who was seriously injured in an armed attack at Balsuha, near Rajpura, on April 4, succumbed to his injuries at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here today.

Man held for carjack
Chandigarh, April 22
The local police arrested a Sector 49 resident for forcibly taking away an MUV from a taxi driver near the Sector 48 motor market on Friday. SHO of police station, Sector 31, said the accused, Sandeep Kumar of Pushapak Complex, Sector 49, was arrested from the same Sector following a tip-off last night.

Gold ornaments stolen from Sec-40 house
Chandigarh, April 22
Thieves decamped with gold ornaments from a house in Sector 40. Inderjit Singh of Sector 40 reported to the police that a gold chain, a gold ring, gold locket and a pair of gold tops were stolen form his residence yesterday. A case has been registered.

 
BUSINESS

Two beauties and brawn

Chandigarh, April 22
Mention celebrities in town and the fan meter begins to go off the scale. And when celebrities in question are Miss India World 2007 Sarah Jane Dias and Miss India Earth 2007 Pooja Chitgopekar excitement is bound to rage.

Miss India World Sarah Jane Dias (left), Mr India World Kanwaljit Singh Anand and Miss India Earth Pooja Chitgopekar at the inauguration of a showroom at Mani Majra in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan


Miss India World Sarah Jane Dias (left), Mr India World Kanwaljit Singh Anand and Miss India Earth Pooja Chitgopekar at the inauguration of a showroom at Mani Majra in Chandigarh

 
EDUCATION

News Effect
Now admn to print NCERT books
Chandigarh, April 22
To overcome the shortage of NCERT textbooks, the Chandigarh administration has sought the copyright for publishing the textbooks. It has submitted a proposal to the controller of printing and stationery, Chandigarh, to provide the estimated publishing cost of the textbooks.

School Closure
Institutions asked to come to students’ aid

Chandigarh, April 22
In the wake of closure of private schools operating from residential buildings, the education department has asked all private and aided schools, NGOs and charitable trusts to help out students displaced by the move.

From Schools
Earth Day celebrations
Chandigarh
Model Senior Secondary School-19: Vasudha Eco Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19-C, celebrated Earth Day.
Students of various schools of Chandigarh celebrate Earth Day by picking up the litter strewn at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh.

From Colleges
Conference organised

Students of various schools of Chandigarh celebrate Earth Day by picking up the litter strewn at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh

Students observe Mat Pita Santan Divas
Chandigarh, April 22
‘Mat Pita Santan Divas’, a regular feature of Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, was observed on the college premises today. Students paid tributes to the hard work and sacrifice of devoted parents who provided guidance, support, and unconditional love to their children.

Vice-chancellor R.C. Sobti honours parents on the occasion of Mat Pita Santan Divas at Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, Chandigarh
Vice-chancellor R.C. Sobti honours parents on the occasion of Mat Pita Santan Divas at Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Sunday.

‘Ramayan paath’ under way
Chandigarh, April 22
A nine-day ‘Ramayan paath’ is being held by Rishikul Kendriya Samskrit Vidyapeetham at its Sector 47 premises here. As many as 111 brahmins, are taking part in the ‘paath’, being conducted under the guidance of Pt Prem Shankar Dubey.


COURTS

Beggar let off on personal bond
Chandigarh, April 22
Shankar Mehta, who was arrested by the police under the Beggary Act, returned to his hotel room minutes after he was released on a personal bond by a local court yesterday. Staff members of Akash Hotel in Attawa told Chandigarh Tribune that Shankar came to his room No. 206 yesterday after being released by the court.

 
HEALTH

492 donate blood
Chandigarh, April 22
As many as 492 volunteers, including 136 women, donated blood at a camp organised by the Sant Nirankari Mission at Sant Nirankari Satsang Bhavan, Sector 30, here today. The camp was conducted by a team of doctors headed by Dr Usha Rao of the PGI.

 
SPORTS

CFA trials: 10 boys shortlisted
Chandigarh, April 22
The two-day selection trials to fill vacant seats at the Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA), run by the Chandigarh Administration, at the Sector 42 Sports Complex, here concluded this evening. As many as 10 boys from all over the northern region were shortlisted for medical test and final selection.

Mohali whip Patiala, enter semis
Mohali, April 22
A five-wicket haul by Sumit Agnihotri helped the Mohali team beat Patiala on the basis of their first innings lead in the Punjab State Inter-District (Under-15) Cricket Tournament at PCA stadium here today.

The jubilant Mohali team returns to the pavilion after beating Patiala in the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament at PCA Stadium in Mohali on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

The jubilant Mohali team returns to the pavilion after beating Patiala in the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament at PCA Stadium in Mohali

Main draw begins today
AITA Tennis: Digvijay, Rajvir qualify
Chandigarh, April 22
Local player Digvijay S. Naruka got the better of Pankaj Kumar of Chandigarh 4-5 (3), 4-0, 4-0 in the boys under-16 singles in the final qualifying round of the AITA Championship Series which concluded at the CLTA courts here today.

Blue Bird, Manav Mangal win
Panchkula, April 22
Blue Bird Skating Club boys team clinched the first place in the Roller hockey event on the final day of the first Bhavan Vidyalaya Roller Skating Carnival held at Bhavan Vidyalaya School Rink in Sector 15, here, today.


A match between the Blue Bird and Bhavan Vidyalaya teams in progress during the first Bhavan Vidyalaya Roller Skating Carnival in Panchkula on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

A match between the Blue Bird and Bhavan Vidyalaya teams in progress during the first Bhavan Vidyalaya Roller Skating Carnival in Panchkula

Gaurav steers CFI into final
Chandigarh, April 22
An unbeaten knock of 30 runs and a fine bowling spell by Gaurav Gambhir enabled T20 CFI XI to register an emphatic win by six wickets over Delhi in the semifinals of the Twenty20 (Under-19) Cricket Tournament at the Cricket Stadium in Sector 16, here today.

Carrom calendar released
Chandigarh, April 22
The Chandigarh Carrom Association has released its annual calendar for the current year: 10th St Stephen’s Carrom Ranking Tournament: May 19-22; 17th Chandigarh State Carrom Championship: July 28-August 1; 10th Raj Kumar Babuta Memorial Prize Money: September 1-3.


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