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If you fail, you’ll be ‘detained’
Fail appears to be a derogatory word. It discourages the student. That’s why, we have decided to use the word ‘detained’ — DPI(S)

Chandigarh, March 15
The word “fail” has been struck off from the dictionary of the Chandigarh Education Department from this session. For, the department has devised new result criteria to be adopted instantly.

Manimajra to don new look
Chandigarh, March 15
Long dubbed as the city's poor cousin, Manimajra is finally catching up with Chandigarh. In fact, the village-turned-township, inhabitated by over 1.1 lakh persons according to 2001 census, is set to have a five-star hotel, a multi-speciality hospital, a convention hall, a college and a sports complex, besides a major revamp of the civic amenities.

Ads on CTU Buses
CBI denied permission to probe tenders

Chandigarh, March 15
The CBI has closed the matter involving alleged irregularities in the award of advertising tenders for CTU buses in 2006. Closure comes in the wake of ministry of home denying the CBI permission to conduct an enquiry into the matter involving senior UT officers, including secretary, transport Krishan Mohan. The CBI admitted to having closed the matter in its reply to an RTI application filed by The Tribune last month. Information furnished by the CBI indicates that permission to investigate the matter was sought, but not granted.



India mulls regional centre in Central Asia
Chandigarh, March 15
Minister for external affairs Pranab Mukherjee (left) with Punjab Governor General S.F. Rodrigues (retd) and Himachal Pradesh Governor V.S. Kokje (right) at a conference in Chandigarh Stating that India was prepared to share its experience in banking, market mechanisms, services and telecommunications with Central Asian states, external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee revealed that the government is examining the possibility of setting up a regional centre in Central Asia which could cater to inhabitants of the region in areas such as English language training, entrepreneurship development and technical courses.

Minister for external affairs Pranab Mukherjee (left) with Punjab Governor General S.F. Rodrigues (retd) and Himachal Pradesh Governor V.S. Kokje (right) at a conference in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Lilies cast a mystical shadow on the waters underneath in Chandigarh
Vignettes of Life: Lilies cast a mystical shadow on the waters underneath in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo Karam Singh

UT proposes, Centre disposes
Babus in Delhi appear to be in conflict with the UT’s top brass while clearing the name of bureaucrats for inter-state deputation with the UT
Chandigarh, March 15
The Union home minister’s nod to the name of R.K. Khullar, a 1988 batch Haryana-cadre officer as the UT’s home secretary while overruling the Administration’s first choice of Jyoti Arora, has once again reflected the disagreement over choice of bureaucrats for inter-cadre deputations.

Ban on watering lawns, washing vehicles
Mohali, March 15
The water supply and sanitation division of the Department of Public Health has imposed a ban on watering of lawns and washing of vehicles from April 1. Violators will be imposed a fine of Rs 500 and their water connections will be cut.

Council opposes GMADA move
Mohali, March 15
The Citizens’ Welfare Council, Phase X, has opposed Greater Mohali Area Development Authority’s (GMADA) move of handing over parks in various parts of the town to welfare associations for maintenance purposes.

Mini truck overturns
The mini truck that overturned on Zirakpur-Chandigarh highwayChandigarh, March 15
Rajinder from Dham Majra village had a narrow escape when the mini truck being driven by him turned turtle on Zirakpur-Chandigarh highway near Hallomajra, today afternoon. Police sources said that the truck, bearing registration number PB-11-S 9799, was coming from Patiala to Chandigarh Industrial Area when its front tyre burst all of a sudden due to which it overturned.

The mini truck that overturned on Zirakpur-Chandigarh highway on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Officials should be more accountable


Former reader of UBS retains official room
Chandigarh, March 15
One of the most progressive departments in the Panjab University seems to be not so sound technologically, if the inept official website is anything to go by.

Nominations for child award by June 30
Chandigarh, March 15
The Chandigarh Education Department on the instance of the Government of India is initiating to invite applications for the National Child Award-2008.

PU Notes
Workshop on ‘Gender Budgets’

Chandigarh, March 15
The Centre for Women’s Studies and Development, PU, is organising a one-day workshop on ‘Gender Budgets’ on March 17.


Fake Doctor Case
Lawyers who verified documents 

Panchkula, March 15
Lawyers who verified the documents submitted by fake doctor Sandip Sharma to the banks to obtain loans will be under police scanner now. The police remand of the accused has been extended till Monday.

Lok adalat disposes 2,957 cases
Chandigarh, March 15
A composite lok adalat disposed off 2,957 cases at the district courts, here today. The lok adalat was held under the supervision of Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice Pramod Kohli, administrative judge, Sessions division.


From Schools & Colleges
428 students awarded degrees

Ambala, March 15
A convocation function was held in DAV College, Ambala City, on Saturday. Principal J.S. Nain welcomed the chief guest justice R.N. Mittal and the guest of honour M.L. Aeri, director, Public School, DAV College Managing Committee. This college has been declared as ‘Heritage Collfge’ by the DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi.

Seminar on environment
Ambala, March 15
Deepak Jindal, assistant advocate general, Haryana, while speaking in a seminar in MM Engineering College on the environment said literature remains humanity’s greatest vehicles for the dissemination of spiritual and moral concepts. One might argue that science is a discipline based on observation alone and that it does not deal with morality or spirituality, however, such an argument is not satisfactory.

8 scrap stealers nabbed
Bassi Pathana, March 15
The police nabbed eight-member gang of robbers, who used to steal iron, steel, scrap and sponge from trucks. The gang members also used to enter rolling steel mills and iron and steel godowns in night and after threatening the watchmen, used to take away the material. They have been identified as Jasvir Singh, Rajinder Kumar, Gurdeep Masih, Rajwinder Singh, Bagga Singh, Soam Nath and Rachpal Singh.


Kang clinches Punjab Golf title
Chandigarh, March 15
Chandigarh’s seasoned amateur golfer Harjinder Singh Kang rallied to avert an upset by Rajesh Kumar, a young caddie of the Chandigarh Golf Club, clinching a play-off to emerge champion in the Punjab Golf Championship on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.


60-yr-old arrested for stealing
Panchkula, March 15
The police has arrested 60-year-old Jagdish Raj, a retired employee of GGDSD College, Sector 32, Chandigarh, for stealing a lap top from Tau Devi Lal stadium’s parking.

Woman ends her life
Chandigarh, March 15
In yet another suicide, a woman ended her life by hanging herself with the ceiling fan of her house in colony number 4 today afternoon.


Artistes rue condition of classical arts 
Chandigarh, March 15“
Padmabhushan Girija Devi (vocalist) and Kathak Wizard Uma Sharma smile during a press conference in Sector 35, Chandigarh While the majesty and grandeur of the Indian classical music arts had been reigning supreme in the world over the centuries, the genuine artists who had cultivated and enriched the classical arts with dedication had been bereft of the liberal patronage from the government or other agencies,” opined the Thumri queen Girija Devi. She was in the city along with Kathak Guru Uma Sharma and Singapore-based Kathak maestro Rajendra Gangani on the invitation of the Pracheen Kala Kendra.

Padmabhushan Girija Devi (vocalist) and Kathak Wizard Uma Sharma smile during a press conference in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Babbu Mann steals the show
Babbu Mann performs at DAV College, Sector 10, in ChandigarhChandigarh, March 15
Babbu Mann, renowned Punjabi singer, feels that piracy is a decease that will kill the music within a year or two. Mann, who came to perform at DAV College, Sector 10, is going to release the music of his first Punjabi film, Hashar- a love story, very soon. Playing a leading role, the movie would release in the month of May. Mann feels that dugs are killing the youth, especially in Punjab.

Babbu Mann performs at DAV College, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph


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