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MCM lecturers join DAV protest
Chandigarh, March 4
Reacting to the protest by lecturers over the alleged victimisation and suspension of three lecturers of DAV College here yesterday, principal BC Josan has held “undisciplined” behaviour of these lecturers a reason for their suspension.

Retd Air Vice-Marshal shoots himself
Manjit Singh Dhillon Chandigarh, March 4
Sixtynine-year-old Air Vice-Marshal Manjit Singh Dhillon (retd) reportedly shot himself at his Sector 35 house here in the wee hours of today. Though no suicide note was recovered from the house, the police, quoting his wife, claimed that he was depressed due to loneliness. A highly-decorated officer, Dhillon was the recipient of Vir Chakra and two Vayu Sena Medals.

Manjit Singh Dhillon

Police for DNA test on cinema owner
Panchkula, March 4
The police has decided to conduct a DNA test on the owner of KC Theatre, Pawan Valecha, who has been accused of raping his domestic help.

Citco cuts discount to babus
Chandigarh, March 4
UT babus with privilege cards will have to shell out more while dining at administration’s hotels, including its flagship Hotel Mountview. Stung by media criticism, Citco’s board of directors today decided to roll back the discount to bureaucrats and former board members to 25 per cent as against the prevailing 50 per cent.

‘Eve-teaser’ thrashed; car panes broken
Chandigarh, March 4
High drama was witnessed at the railway lights here this afternoon when a woman accompanied by her friend thrashed a man who allegedly passed some offensive remarks against her, before smashing his car with a baseball bat in full public view.



UN rights council to examine turban ban
Chandigarh, March 4
The United Nations Human Rights Council is set to examine the issue of ban on wearing of turbans and religious symbols in France during its current session at Geneva.

Stress laid on regulation of surrogacy
Chandigarh, March 4
To keep a check on the increasing reproductive industry in India, there is a dire need to have a law in order to regulate it, said Dr Justice A R Lakshmanan, chairman, Law Commission of India, at a panel discussion on Surrogacy: Bane or Boon organised by the department of laws, Panjab University, here today.

Family recounts doctor’s betrayal
Chandigarh, March 4
Nine years after the operation conducted by former Head of PGI’s cardiovascular and thoracic surgery department Prof RS Dhaliwal, who was sent behind bars yesterday, the family of a patient who died soon after the surgery has still not recovered from the shock.

Mohinder Kaur shows the picture of her husband Baldev Singh who took treatment from Dr Dhaliwal. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

An evening of Sufiana kalam at Kala Kendra
Chandigarh, March 4
Coupling their versatility in full measure so as to experience, define and bare the mystical content of the utterances of Sufi saints the Kumar Bandhus enraptured the audience at the Pracheen Kala Kendra here today.

PGI head for diversification of healthcare
Chandigarh, March 4
Stressing the need for greater diversification, decentralisation and improvement in healthcare services, PGIMER director Dr KK Talwar said Punjab’s prosperity had also brought in some kind of health problems that needed to be addressed immediately.

Girls take part in ‘Jago’ as a part of ‘Jhankaar 2009’ at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

MC to hand over graveyard land to wakf board
Chandigarh, March 4
After much ado, the municipal corporation will finally have to give a piece of land measuring 12.9 kanal, which was acquired by the UT administration in 1989 and is meant for a Muslim graveyard, to the Chandigarh Wakf Board.

Punjab, UT staff stir enters second day
Chandigarh, March 4
The relay hunger strike by the Joint Action Committee Punjab and UT Employees, who are seeking the release of the fifth pay commission report, entered its second day today. The employees are protesting at the plaza in Sector 17.

Daytime recarpeting harasses commuters
Chandigarh, March 4
The move of the municipal corporation to carpet roads during daytime resulted in traffic violations and jams at Matka roundabout, Sector 17, here recently.

Plaque of foundation stone goes missing
Chandigarh, March 4
The brass plaque of the foundation stone of a government school in Sector 53, which was laid by UT Administrator SF Rodrigues last month, has gone missing. In a development that reflects poorly on the people’s civic sense, the structure of the foundation stone has been vandalised. The area is inhabited by migrants from various parts of the country.

The missing foundation stone of a school in Sector 53, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Gurdwara Santsar mgmt approaches admn
Chandigarh, March 4
With the hope of release of nine followers of Gurdwara Santsar Sahib, Sector 38-West, a delegation of the gurdwara management went to meet senior officials of the UT administration here today. However, they were asked to come tomorrow.

Actor Gurkirat Chauhan dies
Chandigarh, March 4
The artiste fraternity of the city plunged into grief following the sudden demise of acclaimed actor Gurkirtan Chauhan here yesterday. Acclaimed artist Gurkirtan has done wonderful stage performances in over twenty dramas staged at Tagore Theatre and in around thirtyPunjabi movies also.

Book on military pensions released
Chandigarh, March 4
A book on defence pensionary, allied provisions and regulations for armed forces personnel was released by Lt Gen TK Sapru, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, at Chandimandir today.

‘Mann de Haani’ staged
Chandigarh, March 4
The NZCC-Adakar Manch National Theatre Festival, supported by the Punjab Arts Council and Punjabi Akademy, New Delhi, commenced at Randhawa Auditorium here yesterday.

Lt Gen TK Sapru, GOC, Western Command (centre), releases a book on military pensions authored by Maj Navdeep Singh (left) in Chandimandir on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Awards given to small-scale units
Chandigarh, March 4
The state award function for distribution of prizes to outstanding small-scale industrial units for their significant contribution to quality was held at the UT Guest House here yesterday.

DNA sample of financier’s father taken
Panchkula, March 4
The police has got the DNA test conducted on Ved Parkash Mittal, father of Vinod Mittal, at Karnal today.

Tribune employee bereaved
Chandigarh, March 4 Krishna (58), wife of Balwant Singh, a supervisor in the composing department of the Punjabi Tribune, died after a brief illness at the PGI here today.

New SP takes charge
Mohali, March 4
Sukhwant Singh Gill has taken took over as the Superintendent of Police (City), Mohali. He replaced Varinder Pal Singh, who has been transferred as AIG (Intelligence) at Punjab Police headquarters, Chandigarh.


PTU to start six schools by 2010
Mohali, March 4
Punjab Technical University (PTU) will set up six schools of excellence in the state by 2010, which will facilitate the students and faculty for conducting research and development programmes , said Dr Rajneesh Arora, Vice-Chancellor, PTU, during the second Annual Placement Day celebrations at Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran.

Class X Exam
Diagram confuses students
Chandigarh, March 4
The Class X board question paper of Social Studies left many students confused over a diagram today.

PU exams rescheduled
Chandigarh, March 4
After the announcement of general elections, the Panjab University has modified datesheet for the undergraduate and postgraduate exams, which were scheduled for May. It has been decided that for the courses being run in the affiliated colleges in Punjab and Chandigarh, there will be no exams from May 4 to 16. The second stage of exams will resume from May 18.


SGPC honours Sikh boxer
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 4
A boxer who was not allowed to play international matches due to his beard and long hair was honoured yesterday by the SGPC and was also given a cheque of Rs 1 lakh, as he refused to cut off his hair and beard.

Inventing affordable drugs for common man
Patiala, March 4
Efforts in drug discovery and research, particularly in the field of pharmaceutical sciences, should be directed towards inventing drugs that a common man could easily afford. Teachers and scientists should be given freedom by the government to work and invent cheaper drugs with infrastructure and other facilities made available to them.

Uproar in MC over removal of Beant’s portrait
Ropar, March 4
The meeting of Municipal Council Ropar turned ugly today over the issue of removing portrait of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh from the meeting room.

Power board staff protest privatisation
Patiala, March 4
Punjab State Electricity Board Employees’ joint forum today held a massive rally in coordination with different farmers’ organisations to demand the scrapping of the Electricity Act of 2003 and also urged the state government not to implement the said Act. The rally was held by Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Kapurthala, Khanna, Sangrur, Jalandhar and Ludhiana circles in front of the PSEB head office at the Mall road here blocking the entire traffic and putting hundreds of commuters to inconvenience.

Pay Commission
Govt staff rally on March 8
Bassi Pathana, March 4
The government employees under the banner of Punjab State Karamchari Dal would organise a protest rally at Bhatinda and Badal village on March 8 against the anti-employees policies of the government as well as its failure to implement the report of the 5th Pay Commission, said Hari Singh Tohra, president Punjab State Karamchari Dal, while talking to the mediapersons here today.

Lok Sabha Polls
Meeting of political parties convened
Ropar, March 4
The district election officer, Priyank Bharti, convened a meeting of political parties in wake of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections here today. Representatives of all registered political parties participated in the meeting, where in, they were directed to inform the authorities concerned about their programmes for holding rallies or other gatherings. This was directed to avoid any kind of last minute chaos and to ensure security.

Woman empowerment day celebrated
Ambala, March 4
Woman empowerment day was organised in Sohan Lal DAV Education at Ambala City today.
The secretary of DAV College management committee, Vijay Sabharwal, was the chief guest.

Three injured in mishap
Dera Bassi, March 4
Three persons were injured in a head on collision between a truck and a car near Jawarharpur village at Dera Bassi on Ambala-Chandigarh highway this evening. The injured were identified as S Kasturi, Anil and Randhir Singh, who were moving towards Chandigarh from Delhi.

664 EVMs needed for Ropar
Ropar, March 4
A total of 664 electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be required for the voters of Ropar district, including Vidhan Sabha constituencies of Anandpur Sahib, Ropar and Chamkaur Sahib.

Undertrial attempts suicide, another escapes
Ambala, March 4
An undertrial prisoner, Rinku, lodged in the Ambala Jail attempted to commit suicide by slitting a vein here yesterday.


HC for day-to-day hearing of rape, dowry death cases
Chandigarh, March 4
The Punjab and Haryana High Court wants the subordinate judiciary to expeditiously decide rape, dowry death and corruption cases. It also wants eviction cases of non-resident Indians to be accorded top priority.

Bar to decide on boycott issue today
Chandigarh, March 4
The General House of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association will on Thursday decide the future course of action on the boycott of Justice Uma Nath Singh’s court. Already, rumblings within the Bar members over the issue can be heard.

Bail plea of rape accused rejected
Panchkula, March 4
The bail application of one of the accused for the alleged rape of a patient at Command Hospital was dismissed by the local court here today. The court while dismissing the application of accused Iftikhar Khan said there were no fresh grounds in the application to grant bail to the accused.


Two held for possessing ganja
Chandigarh, March 4
A Bihar resident, Barinder Singh, was arrested from Hallo Majra for possessing 12 kg ganja here yesterday.

Youth found dead
Panchkula, March 4
A 22-year-old youth was found dead under mysterious circumstances at Naya Nagar locality, Pinjore, near here today. The deceased identified as Vikas, a resident of Jind, was staying at Dera Manav Ruahani Kendra. Father of Vikas is employed as a lecturer at Jind.

Motorcyclist run over by truck
Chandigarh, March 4
Pardeep Kumar, a 24-year-old motorcyclist, was killed after being hit by a truck at Mani Majra last night. According to the police, the mishap occurred around 8 pm when Pardeep, who was coming to Panchkula on his motorcycle, was hit by a truck from the rear. He lost control over the motorcycle and fell in front of the truck and was seriously injured. His helmet was crushed to pieces due to the impact.

Two held for theft
Panchkula, March 4
With the arrest of two accused, the local police has claimed to have solved more than a dozen incidents of thefts in cars in the town here today. The accused have been identified as Kamal and Surender, both natives of Nepal.

6 booked for kidnapping
Mohali, March 4
Six persons were today booked by the Mohali police for allegedly kidnapping Hari Charan, head of Manuli-based dera. The dera head went missing on last Saturday around 2 pm when he was moving towards Chandigarh in his Honda City.


City lad makes it to UAE team
Chandigarh, March 4
City lad Ravi Varma shot to fame recently after being selected in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) cricket team. “For my mates back home it’s a great thing, but truth is that cricket out here is not that jazzy,” he quipped.

Hockey: CISF, 3 BRD Air Force in final
Chandigarh, March 4
After registering wins in semifinals, CISF and 3 BRD Air Force registered their berth in the finals of the Chandigarh State Hockey Championship for Seniors that will be played at the Sector 18 hockey stadium here tomorrow.

Players vie for the ball during the Chandigarh State Hockey Championship for Seniors in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Pugilist Vijender Singh back in ring
Chandigarh, March 4
After staying away from boxing tournaments for a long time now due to fitness concerns. Olympic bronze medallist, Vijender Singh, is now fit to participate in the upcoming championships.
“I am fit now and will be able to tell in a week time that whether I will be playing in the forthcoming Kings Cup and Asian Championship to be held in Bangkok and China respectively,” said the Olympian while talking to mediapersons here at DAV College, Sector 10, during a college function.
Olympic bronze medallist, Vijender Singh, while interacting with mediapersons in DAV College, Sector 10, in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

DACR Delhi down Haryana 4-2
Chandigarh, March 4
DACR Delhi got the better of hosts Accountant General Haryana by 4-2 on penalties after a goalless draw in the stipulated period of the final played at the Sector-17 Football Stadium here today, to retain the North-Zone Audit Football Tournament.

DACR Delhi and hosts Accountant General Haryana during their final encounter at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

550 students take part in athletics meet
Chandigarh, March 4
More than 550 students of Government Polytechnic College for Women, Sector 10, participated during the annual athletics meet here today on the college premises.


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