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This battle Kanwaljit lost
Chandigarh, March 29
Even as doctors at the PGI struggled to revive Capt Kanwaljit Singh for over three hours, it was already a lost battle for the Captain. Onlookers said vital 20 minutes were lost to pull out the injured minister from the mangled remains of the car, but he was too critically injured to be saved.
Punjab Cooperative Minister Kanwaljit Singh being rushed to the PGI emergency in Chandigarh Punjab Cooperative Minister Kanwaljit Singh being rushed to the PGI emergency in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Shock, disbelief at home
Chandigarh, March 29
Heart-rending scenes were witnessed as the body of Capt Kanwaljit Singh was brought to his residence from the PGI with his family members, supporters and friends gathering to pay the last respects to the leader.

Parminder Singh Driver fights for life
Dhakoli (Zirakpur), March 29
As fate would have it, 21-year-old Parminder Singh, who was driving the ill-fated Hyundai Elantra car that met with an accident at Khanpur in Kharar, survived with serious injuries, but Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Punjab Cooperation Minister, died.

KBDAV School in trouble
Green belt being used for parking
Chandigarh, March 29
The recognition day celebrations at the KBDAV School, Sector 7, today turned sore when cars were parked in the Chandigarh MC green belt that led to a confrontation between the residents of the area, school authorities and corporation officials.



Friction in UPA brightens NDA chances: BJP
Chandigarh, March 29
The break-up in the UPA alliance has brightened the prospects of the NDA to form the next government at the Centre, said Kiran Ghai, BJP national secretary and co-in charge of Punjab and Chandigarh. Ghai, who was in the city to take a stock of the preparedness of the party for the May 13 elections in Chandigarh, was addressing a meeting of party workers at the BJP office “Kamalam” here today.

Cong candidate begins campaigning
Mohali, March 29
Congress candidate from Anandpur Sahib seat Ravneet Singh Bittu yesterday kicked off his campaign from the city by addressing a large gathering in Phase 1 here. While trying to strike a chord with the party supporters, he said youth had an important role to play in the elections.

Parminder Kaur 1 TIMER
Elect only responsible nominee

An educated and responsible candidate should be elected as people’s representative only as an aware person can understand the problems faced by the masses. While voting in elections, no importance should be given to caste or religion of candidates in the fray. We have long suffered for dividing ourselves on these lines and it is high time we make amends by choosing the right people for the job.

Patient’s kin complain of inflated bill
Chandigarh, March 29
Can the charges for a treatment for a disease commensurate with the paying capacity of the patient? The answer would be in the negative, especially when the doctor, hospital, machine and material are the same, but the experience of a family who admitted a patient to the PGI for the surgery of a brain tumour has a different story to tell.

Mono act play on Kabir
Chandigarh, March 29
If spiritual wisdom and eternal mystic utterances of Saint Kabir has influenced the social and cultural life of masses across the centuries, the one-man ensemble of Shanker Sen has paid a rightful musical tribute to the saint poet in his spectacular aesthetic spectacle “Kabir”.

A mono act play on Kabir being staged at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

A mono act play on Kabir being staged at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh

Spiritual soiree enchants audience
Panchkula, March 29
Spiritual fervour pervading Mata Mansa Devi Mandir attained an inevitable climax as the acclaimed bhajan and Bollywood playback maestro, Anoop Jalota, cast a divine spell at the ongoing Navratara fair here today.

City Scope
Just piecemeal effort not enough
This weekend, I finally managed to take my long pending trip to Kasauli, which I referred to in my last column. And undoubtedly, the drive through the post demolition Kalka was much better, even though a lot yet needs to be done.

City Scope Letters
Implement law on encroachment
This is with reference to the article “This endless land-grabbing mania” published in Chandigarh Tribune dated March 23 written by Raveen Thukral. It is a wake up call for the government and its workforce. It is easy to occupy the vacant government lands along with the national highways or any link road; one has to raise a temporary mandir, gurdwara, grave or church.

Significance of meditation discussed
Chandigarh, March 29
A person who thinks positive, contributes towards creating a positive environment, this was stated by Brahma Kumari Usha Didi, a senior Rajyoga teacher and international self-management trainer from global headquarters of Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya at Mount Abu during a seminar “facing challenges through meditation” held at the Bhargava Auditorium of PGI here today.

Palki of Sai Baba being taken in various sectors ahead of Ram Navmi in Chandigarh
Palki of Sai Baba being taken in various sectors ahead of Ram Navmi in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

FCI holds rally
Chandigarh, March 29
Employees of the Food Corporation of India (FCI), Punjab region, observed a gate meeting in front of office of General Manager in Sector 31, here. The rally was organised yesterday to mobilise the process of election for the recognition of trade unions at the national level to be held on Monday on March 3 at Chandigarh.

Press Club elections
Chandigarh, March 29
Elections to the governing council of the Chandigarh Press Club were held heretoday. Out of total 537 voters, 455 gave their votes for the aspiring candidates during the Press Club elections.

Malavika’s dance regales audience
Chandigarh, March 29
In the ongoing heritage festival, the Bharatnatyam danseuse, Malavika Sarukkai, regaled the audience at the Tagore Theatre here today. She delineated all components of dance forms like Alrippu, Jatiswaram, Shabdam, Varanmaam and Thillana through captivating compositions.


PU convocation a mismanaged affair
Chandigarh, March 29
The 58th Annual Convocation of the Panjab University held today turned out to be a bitter experience for hundreds of students and their parents who had come from all over Punjab to collect their degrees.
Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof RC Sobti (left) with UGC Chairman Prof Sukhadeo Thorat at the 58th Annual Convocation of PU in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof RC Sobti (left) with UGC Chairman Prof Sukhadeo Thorat at the 58th Annual Convocation of PU in Chandigarh

UGC set to frame mandatory anti-ragging guidelines
Chandigarh, March 29
Recent spurt in the incidents of ragging has left the entire nation shaken with the seriousness of this menace, which continues to grow unabated in the colleges, universities and educational institutions.

Education eludes 8,700 city children
Chandigarh, March 29
With 8,700 city children yet to be part of the education system for several reasons, it’s still a long way to go for the ongoing Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan here. The startling revelation has been made by the UT education department in its “Out of school children’s survey” conducted in the slums and labour colonies across the city.

From Schools & Colleges
Special children awarded
Chandigarh, March 29
After the successful completion of one year of study by 350 students of ‘Saral Ahsaas’, a school for underprivileged children at KBDAV, Sector 7, Chandigarh, adopted from Bapu Dham Colony, were given medals, trophies and certificates yesterday.


Captain’s supporters mourn his death

Bassi Pathana, March 29
A shock wave swept the town as soon as the news regarding the demise of Capt. Kanwaljit Singh, Minister for Co-operation, in an accident reached the town. The residents of the town gathered in large number and mourned his death.
Rajpura/Banur, March 29
Punjab Cooperative Minister Captain Kanwaljit’s death sent shock waves through his constituency today. People were seen calling each other and many of them immediately rushed to the PGIMER after the news spread at around 5.30 pm.

Programme on entrepreneurship ends
Ambala, March 29
A three-day programme on entrepreneurship was concluded at E-Max Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhadulli, Ambala, here yesterday.

Seminar on security of nation
Ambala, March 29
A national seminar on the security of India was held in GMN College at Ambala Cantonment yesterday. A large number of prominent citizens were present on the occasion.

Residents observe Earth Hour
Bassi Pathana, March 29
A large number of residents of the town today switched off the lights of their residences and business premises to mark the Earth hour 2009. Manoj Banda, president, the Hindu Organisation, has initiated the move in the town to create awareness by holding a meeting of all social organisations of the town.

1,600 examined at medical camp
Patiala, March 29
As many as 1,613 patients were examined at a free medical camp organised by the Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital in collaboration with Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Club at Gurdwara Sri Nimb Sahib at Akar village, near Kauli on the Patiala-Rajpura road, recently.

Councillor quits Cong
Bassi Pathana, March 29
Gurdeep Singh, Congress councillor from ward No 9 along with his supporters, left the Congress and joined the SAD in a function held at the residence of Rajesh Pal Singh Lalli, senior SAD leader.


Charas seized, one held
Chandigarh, March 29
Laxman Mukhia of the Industrial Area was arrested from Sector 25 on Saturday night and 500 grams of charas was recovered from his possession. The police has registered a case under Section 20 of the NDPS Act in the Sector 11 police station.

3 shopkeepers held with pirated CDs
Chandigarh, March 29
The police today arrested three shopkeepers from Booth No. 315 and 302 in Azad market, Sector 20, and seized pirated CDs and DVDs from their possession. Till the filing of the report, the counting of the CDs was going on.

Labourer crushed to death
Chandigarh, March 29
A 42-year-old labourer was killed after being crushed under a truck, near Colony No. 5, here this afternoon. The victim has been identified as Rangi Lal of Burail. According to eyewitnesses, the truck was waiting for a signal at the traffic lights point at around 12.


Coaching Centre-23 emerge winner

Chandigarh, March 29
Coaching Centre GMSSS-19 gave a tough competition to HB Coaching Centre-23 before losing the match 26-24 on the first day of the UT State Junior Handball Championship being played here today.

The handball match in progress in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

The handball match in progress in Chandigarh

Cricket Meet
Aggarwal brothers shine in DP Azad academy’s win
Chandigarh, March 29
Opening wicket stand of 101 runs by Aggarwal brothers- Dakash and Karan enabled Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy surpass 37 Cricket Academy by 109 runs in the Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament being organised by the Chandigarh Cricket Academy, here today, at St. Stephens school, Sector 45.

Cricket: Sanjay fashions SBoP win
Panchkula, March 29
Sanjay Mahajan with his quick knock of 81 runs off 51 balls helped State Bank of Patiala (SBoP) defeat Durga Seeds Pvt Ltd by 81 runs in a semifinal match of the Vth Bharat Kesho Gupta Memorial League Cricket Tournament being organised by the Chandigarh Sports Club at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium in Sector 3 here today.
Players in action during a cricket match in Panchkula
Players in action during a cricket match in Panchkula on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Kings XI rubbish claims of dropping Dharmani
Chandigarh, March 29
Kings XI Punjab’s vice-president Arvinder Singh yesterday dismissed a report that had appeared in a Hindi daily that Punjab Ranji team skipper Pankaj Dharmani and pacer Gagandeep Singh had been dropped from the IPL team.

Cash reward for students
Chandigarh, March 29
Punjab University is all set to laud top achievers this year in the field of sports by awarding around Rs 8 lakh to them. The money is to be distributed amongst the position holders in various international, senior national and all-India inter-university meets during the annual prize distribution function here tomorrow on the PU campus.

Bhullar sets course record
Finishes tied 5th in Asian Tour event
Chandigarh, March 29
Twenty-year-old Gaganjeet Bhullar from Kapurthala set the Black Mountain greens on fire carding a stunning nine under par 63 to set a course record and finished joint fifth in the inaugural $5 lakh Asian Tour event at Hua Hin in Thailand today.

Jaipreet wins by 3 strokes
Chandigarh, March 29
Jaipreet Ghuman clinched the Bawa Gill Trophy emerging clear winner by three strokes with a three-day total of 264 in the 13-24 handicap category in the Chandigarh Ladies’ Amateur Golf Championship here on Friday.


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