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4 killed in accidents
Chandigarh, March 22
A scooterist was killed late last night after being knocked down by an unidentified vehicle near the Sector 44 petrol pump. The victim has been identified as Sukhwinder Kumar (38) of Sector 56. The police said the accident took place around 11 pm when the victim’s scooter was hit by an unidentified vehicle.

Judicial custody for Saji
However, many questions remain unanswered
Chandigarh, March 22
Even as Saji Mohan’s eight-day police remand ended today, most questions for which his remand was sought remained unanswered. For the Chandigarh Police has not been able to find out where the alleged embezzled amount of Rs 13.81 lakh had gone, as the investigators were left groping in the dark in the varied versions given by Saji Mohan and his subordinate Balwinder Kumar.

Admn dumps artwork in washroom
Chandigarh, March 22
While the Chandigarh administration officials sing their own praises about preserving and promoting artistic heritage, an abandoned painting speaks volumes about their hollow claims.
The painting on huge canvas lying abandoned at one of the washrooms at Sector 9 Additional Deluxe Building The painting on huge canvas lying abandoned at one of the washrooms at Sector 9 Additional Deluxe Building. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik



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Quality norms elude GMSH-16, GMCH-32
Chandigarh, March 22
Believe it or not, the two major government hospitals, GMSH-16 and GMCH-32, in the city are far behind to meet the Quality Council of India (QCI) norms. Though it is not mandatory, yet the doctors believe that the hospitals should make efforts to get an accreditation from the QCI.





COMMUNITY

Ravneet Bittu vs Daljit Singh Cheema
Cong plays youth card in Anandpur Sahib
Mohali, March 22
In the coming general elections, the Congress is all set to use the youth card against the SAD-BJP combine in the Anandpur Sahib parliamentary seat. Apparently trying to strike a chord with a sizeable section of young voters in the constituency, the party has pitched Punjab Youth Congress president Ravneet Bittu from the Anandpur Sahib seat against the seasoned Akali candidate, Dr Daljit Singh Cheema.

Poll sops for Faidan villagers
Chandigarh, March 22
Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal today assured the residents of Faidan village that they would be rehabilitated, if he voted to power in the Lok Sabha polls and all residential dwellings would be regularised. Addressing a large gathering, Bansal said all efforts would be made to denotify the area.

Gurpreet Sandhu 1 TIMER
Give chance to young leaders
While voting to elect a representative, who is supposed to take our country on to the path of progress, I take into account his or her past credentials as a performance-oriented leader. Accidents of birth should not decide who will govern our nation. The use of money and muscle power in today’s politics is fast threatening to undermine the very essence of democracy.

Test for Licence
Mohali lacks computerisation
Mohali, March 22
The city residents are being deprived of the fruits of technology when it comes to conducting computer-aided test to get a learning driving licence. While the authorities at Chandigarh and Panchkula have already started the computer-aided test for the driving licence, the Punjab transport department has failed to cash on the IT boom.

MC ignores eco concerns
Fixes paver blocks in violation of norms
Chandigarh, March 22
While environment concern is bothering scientists, researchers and governments alike all over the globe, the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, seems to care less about the same.

Paver blocks fixed along the road dividing Sectors 22, 23 pose a threat to the trees. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Paver blocks fixed along the road dividing Sectors 22, 23 pose a threat to the trees

Col on deputation to ITBP side-stepped, placed under junior
Chandigarh, March 22
The appointment of the first ever Army officer to head the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force’s (ITBP) veterinary department has resulted in a bizarre situation. The officer, who was supposed to command the entire department after getting a higher, rank has been sent to a remote centre to head a small unit within the department while an ITBP officer junior to him would exercise control over the department.

Play depicts Guru Nanak’s teachings
Chandigarh, March 22
The department of Indian theatre at PU has maintained its tradition with the staging of another magnum opus “Gagan Mai Thal” at its studio theatre. Replete with the wisdom and ethical content as propounded by the self-illumined Guru Nanak Dev, the apostle of truth and humanism, the play holds a special significance, being written by the legendary playwright Balwant Gargi, to whom the department owes its very existence.



Students perform in play Gagan Mai Thal at department of Indian Theatre at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Students perform in play Gagan Mai Thal at department of Indian Theatre at Panjab University, Chandigarh

Streetplay leaves audience spellbound
Chandigarh, March 22
The Senior Citizen Welfare Association, Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra, celebrated its annual function today at Kalagram, Chandigarh. Dedicating the function to the International Women’s Day, association president Amrit Dhingra welcomed chief guest Vipin Pubby, Resident Editor, The Indian Express, and Sumedha Talwar.

City Scope
This endless land-grabbing mania
As luck would have it, I spent about 10 months in Canada in 2007-08. And if anyone asks me today what I miss the most from that country, apart from my son who is studying there, my answer would be driving.

COLOURFUL DIVIDER: Bougainvillaea hedge runs almost the entire stretch of Madhya Marg in Chandigarh
COLOURFUL DIVIDER:
Bougainvillaea hedge runs almost the entire stretch of Madhya Marg in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

WATER WATER EVERYWHERE AND A LOT OF IT TO WASTE: Precious drinking water flows down the drain on World Water Day at the Sector 25 colony in Chandigarh
WATER WATER EVERYWHERE AND A LOT OF IT TO WASTE:
Precious drinking water flows down the drain on World Water Day at the Sector 25 colony in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Newborns vulnerable to cataract: Doctor
Chandigarh, March 22
Contrary to the belief that cataract is a disease restricted to elderly people, it can affect children as well. According to figures available with the PGI Advanced Eye Centre, nearly 400 children are operated upon for cataract every year at the hospital alone.

Doctors hail SC ruling on negligence
Chandigarh, March 22
The Indian Medical Association (IMA), Chandigarh State branch, has hailed the recent Supreme Court’s ruling that the police and courts, both criminal and consumer, must establish "prime facie guilt" before proceeding against a doctor accused of medical negligence.

1,100 examined at health mela
Chandigarh, March 22
A health mela was organised under the aegis of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) at the civil dispensary, Daddu Majra colony, here today.

200 examined at dental camp
Chandigarh, March 22
Nearly 200 children and women were examined and given toothpaste and brush during a free dental check-up camp organised at Bhaskar Colony in Sector 25 here.

DC finds hospital in a shambles
Panchkula, March 22
The staff of General Hospital, Sector 6, caught unaware when Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Rajender Kataria visited the hospital to inspect the compliance of disposal in bio-medical waste here recently.

Air Marshal Nayyar given warm send-off
Chandigarh, March 22
The Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Maintenance Command, Air Marshal Gautam Nayyar, was given a warm send-off during his farewell visit to No. 3 Base Repair Depot here recently.

EDUCATION

Workshop on research in Hindi ends
Chandigarh, March 22
A five-day workshop on research in Hindi concluded yesterday at the department of Hindi, Panjab University, Chandigarh. The workshop was conducted under the supervision of visiting fellow and progressive critic Prof Manager Pandey of Jawahar Lal Nehru University, Delhi.

From Schools & Colleges
Saint Soldier awards students
Chandigarh, March 22
“Appreciation day” was organised at Saint Soldier International School today. The programme was presided over by chairman of the school, Gurdev Singh Hayer. The students were awarded for their excellent performance in the fields of academics, sports and co-curricular activities.

From Schools  & Colleges
Rs 610 cr sought for primary education
Mohali, March 22
The Punjab government demanded Rs 610 crore for the development of primary education in the state. These views were expressed by Dr Sandhu Singh Randhwa, DPI, primary, while addressing a seminar held at Chandigarh College of Education, Landran.

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

XEN accused of violating SC directives
Kalka, March 22
Hari Narain Gupta (80), a resident of 599, main bazaar, here, has lodged a complaint against Anil Dahiya, XEN of the NHAI, at the local police station for deliberating demolishing residential building and violating the directives of the Supreme Court.

Work on Kaushalya dam in full swing
Kalka, March 22
Construction work on Koshalya Dam, initiated by the Haryana irrigation department in March last year, is in full swing these days. The dam is being constructed across Kaushlya river near Amaravati Enclave, opposite HMT complex, Pinjore, which is 8 km from Panchkula.

Tizzy barati shoots boy accidentally
Banur, March 22
A drunken barati shot dead a 13-year-old boy during a marriage party in Banur this afternoon. The victim, Parvez, was standing beside the accused, who was firing gunshots in the air while dancing to the songs of orchestra artistes.

Degrees conferred on 308 students
Patiala, March 22
Annual convocation function of Khalsa College was organised on its premises, in which Balwinder Singh Bhundar, general secretary of Shiromani Akali Dal, was the chief guest.

Kisan Mela
Don’t plant paddy before June 15, says minister
Rakhra (Patiala), March 22
The Punjab Young Farmers Association organised a Kisan Mela at Rakhra near here in which farmers from all over the state and the neighbouring states of Haryana and Rajasthan thronged the mela. More than 7, 000 farmers participated in the mela.

Jimmy Shergill exhorts students to think big
Patiala, March 22
Film star Jimmy Shergill and TV artiste turned film star, Kulraj Randhawa, visited Government College for Girls, Patiala, here recently.

Amrik bags gold in race
Banur, March 22
Amrik Singh of Talwandi Sabo clinched gold medal in 10,000 m race on the second day of the 12th Punjab Technical University Inter-College Athletics Championship held on the campus of Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori.

Kalka resident alleges harassment by council
Kalka, March 22
Kuldeep Narain, a resident of Bharat Nagar, Kalka, alleged that the authorities of Kalka Muncipal Committee are harassing him since more than three months, as he is not being provided with his plan (map) of house despite depositing the required amount.

5 selected in placement drive
Patiala, March 22
More than 250 students from different colleges of the state participated in the poll campus placement drive conducted at Berkley College here for Dell International Company.

44 kg opium seized
Ambala, March 22
The Ambala police has seized 44 kg of opium from an Indica at Ambala city this morning. The cost of the opium is estimated around Rs. 30 lakh.

105 units of blood donated
Ambala, March 22
SGN Polytechnic College, Chormastpur, Ambala, in collaboration with Red Cross Society, Ambala, organised a blood donation camp yesterday. As many as 105 units of blood were donated by staff and students.

CRIME

6 arrested for gambling
Chandigarh, March 22
The police arrested six persons from various parts in Manimajra on the charges of indulging in gambling in the wee hours today. The police said Sunil Kumar of Manimajra and Balwinder Singh of Saketri, Panchkula, were arrested from Morigate in Manimajra.

SPORTS

SJOBA Rally
Suresh, Ashwin lift trophy
Chandigarh, March 22
The 22nd SJOBA Thunderbolt Sub-Himalayan Rally finished on a thrilling note today evening as rallyists roared into the finish line at St. John’s School, Sector 26.


The rallyists after reaching Chandigarh during the 22nd SJOBA Thunderbolt Sub-Himalayan Rally on Sunday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

The rallyists after reaching Chandigarh during the 22nd SJOBA Thunderbolt Sub-Himalayan Rally

Shifting of IPL disappoints fans
Chandigarh, March 22
The city cricket enthusiasts, who were to witness seven Indian Premier League (IPL) matches, have been disappointed with shifting of the second leg of the IPL abroad this year.

Panchkula clinch Rotary Golf title
Chandigarh, March 22
Panchkula upset the three-time winners Chandigarh to clinch the trophy in the Annual Inter-Club Rotary Tournament held on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

The Panchkula golfers are all smiles as they lift the Rotary Golf trophy at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

The Panchkula golfers are all smiles as they lift the Rotary Golf trophy at the Chandigarh Golf Club

 


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