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UT wakes up to sale of drugs
Calls meeting of health officials; asks cops to act

Chandigarh, March 24
Shaken by the revelations about the easy availability and distribution of addictive scheduled “H” drugs in the city in these columns today, the UT administration went into the overdrive and convened a high-level meeting of health officials tomorrow. It also ordered the police to initiate action to curb the menace.

Adarsh Kohli/D.P. Azad

Shameful, say residents

Milkha Singh/Raj Bahadur/Neelam Man Singh

Shameful, say residents
Chandigarh, March 24
With The Tribune unearthing the ongoing unchecked drug-peddling on the streets of Ram Darbar yesterday, the city’s “who’s who” has expressed utter shock and despair over the callousness of the khaki brigade accusing the cops of being hand-in-glove with the culprits, the city residents have demanded stern action, not only against the guilty but also those who have “protected” them so far.


Nek Chand enjoys a dance with students of College of Art at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh
Nek Chand enjoys a dance with students of College of Art at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Land worth crores, but worthless without road
Chandigarh, March 24
For want of a road, the prime piece of land worth multi crores in Sector 19 has been lying abandoned.

ICSE Class X geography paper ‘leaked’
Subject exam shifted to April 2
Chandigarh, March 24
The ICSE Class X geography paper scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed to April 2 following a “leak” in a Bangalore centre yesterday.

Teachers come to blows; one injured
Chandigarh, March 24
Tension prevailed in Government Middle School, Indira Colony, today with two teachers retorting to a fistfight allegedly to decide upon their rightful seats in staff room.


81 booths, 12 areas identified sensitive
Chandigarh, March 24
The Chandigarh police has identified about 81 booths and 12 areas as sensitive in various parts of the city for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The police has sought eight companies of reserve force from the Central Government for election duty. Police sources say that emphasis would be put on all 18 slums in the city. Besides five villages in the city have also been termed sensitive as far as poll related violence is concerned.

Development real poll issue: Bansal
Chandigarh, March 24
Playing development card to the hilt, Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal today claimed that anti-incumbency was not an issue in the May-13 elections to the Chandigarh parliamentary constituency.

Follow poll code, DC to parties
Chandigarh, March 24
The returning officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner today again reminded the political parties that sending bulk SMS shall be counted as election expenditure and slandering will tantamount to violation of the code of conduct.

BJP wanting in second-rung leadership
Chandigarh, March 24
While the BJP may boast of being a strong cadre-based party, personal ambitions of its senior leaders in the city seem to have acted as a major impediment for the party’s growth at the grass roots and the cutting edge levels. And this could well prove to be its nemesis in the coming Lok Sabha polls.

Cong, BJP cross swords over rehab issue
Chandigarh, March 24
The war of words between the BJP and the Congress over rehabilitation of the Faidan villages intensified today with senior Congress leaders Rampal Sharma, Subhash Chawla, D.D. Jindal, Bhupender Badheri, Pardeep Chhabra and Pawan Sharma lashing out at the statement of BJP leaders, in which they alleged that Pawan Bansal has misled people of Faidan village.

Tenders for finishing items delayed
Chandigarh, March 24
The Chandigarh Housing Board today confirmed that the tender process for finishing items of 208 units of two-bedroom flats have been delayed because of legal implications.

270 examined at eye camp
Chandigarh, March 24
A free eye check up camp was organised by Mahajan Sabha at Mahajan Bhawan, Sector 37, here yesterday.

Youth must come forward

Richa Gupta, I believe that we must vote. The anti-incumbency factor is certainly there and I feel there is a need to change now. The nation has suffered due to perilous issues like terrorism. The issues that concern the life of a common man have not been addressed in the past few years. The youth brigade also need to come forward and take the charge and should not have a laid back attitude.

Richa Gupta, MSc student



Move to abolish BEd entrance test
VCs of three universities to meet soon
Chandigarh, March 24
Universities in Punjab are pondering over a proposal to abolish the entrance test for the admission in B.Ed colleges affiliated to the universities.

Need for more women in police: Dean
Chandigarh, March 24
A special lecture on professional training for police officers organised at MA police administration at Panjab University today. Prof D J Singh, Senior Deputy Director and Dean, Social Sciences, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, delivered the lecture on this occasion.

Lecture on Hindi literature
Chandigarh, March 24
Panjab University, department of Hindi, organised a public lecture on “vichardhara aur sahitya” today.

Vibha tops informatics olympiad
Panchkula, March 24
Vibha Talwar, a student of Class VI of Manav Mangal School, has bagged the first position at International Informatics Olympiad 2008 organised by the Computer Literacy Foundation , New Delhi.

College lecturers seek new pay scales 
Kalka, March 24
Great resentment prevails among college cadre lecturers regarding non-implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission to the university and college cadre lecturers in Haryana.

Students apprised of cultural heritage
Chandigarh, March 24
The British School (TBS) organised a cultural programme to apprise students of our rich cultural heritage and history.


65 left without degrees
Kalka, March 24
As many as 350 students were conferred degrees in the annual convocation of the Government Postgradute College.


Zirakpur-Derabassi Road
Width catches HC attention

Chandigarh, March 24
The Punjab and Haryana High Court believes there is a lack of co-ordination between the government departments, the corporations and the municipal authorities concerned with the implementation of the government policy of having 60-foot wide approach roads.


Man escapes from captors’ clutches
‘Detained’ over property dispute
Panchkula, March 24
In a daring act, a resident of Sector 25 here, Bhupinder Kumar, who was allegedly detained at gunpoint by six youths at a house in Sector 21 this morning, escaped from the clutches of his captors despite a fractured leg later in the evening.

One booked for kidnapping
Mohali, March 24
The local police registered a case of kidnapping against Deepak Bahadur, a resident of Shahi Majra, on the complaint of Kamla Devi, a resident of Shahi Majra village, here today.

IT officials arrest businessman
Local businessman AK Malhotra in the custody of income tax officials in ChandigarhChandigarh, March 24
Income tax officials today arrested a local businessman, AK Malhotra, in connection with the alleged non-payment of dues to the tune of Rs 13 lakh. The department sent him to the civil jail later in the evening.
As part of its recovery proceedings, the income tax department also attached the accused’s Esteem car.

Local businessman AK Malhotra in the custody of income tax officials in Chandigarh on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Molestation bid at Food Street
Chandigarh,March 24
The tall claims of the Chandigarh police over providing security at the Food Street near the PGI went for a toss late tonight when at least six allegedly drunk hooligans tried to molest a married woman.

12-yr-old goes missing
Chandigarh, March 24
A 12-year-old boy goes missing from Hallo Majra village. Atma Ram of Hallo Majra reported to the police that his son Datta Ram, wearing jeans and chapples had gone missing from his residence since March 22. A case has been registered in Sector-31 police station.


Coaching Centres-8, 42 lock horns in final today
Girls vie for the ball during a handball semifinal in ChandigarhChandigarh, March 24
Coaching Centre DAV-8 and Coaching Centre 42 will vie for the top honours in the men final of the 23rd Sub-Junior and 29th Senior State Handball Championship here tomorrow at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19.

Girls vie for the ball during a handball semifinal in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Shot put: Another feather in Sidhu’s cap
Chandigarh, March 24
With clinching of a gold medal in shot put in the 75 plus age group during the recently concluded 30th Masters’ National Championship held at Hissar, 77-year-old Gurjiwan Singh Sidhu added second hat trick to his kitty in the last seven years.

CLTA scholarships for 13 players
Chandigarh, March 24
Indian probable for New Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, Vijayant Mailk, was among the 13 trainees of the Chandgarh Lawn Tennis Association, who were given scholarship on the basis of their performance in various National and International tournaments during 2007 and 2008.



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