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Boston Fiasco
Students used letterheads of ‘non-existent’ PU depts
Varsity receives correspondence from HNMUN
Chandigarh, February 27
Letterheads of “non-existing” departments of Panjab University were created and stamped by students and even “outsiders” to forge entries to attend the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN), held on February 11-14 in Boston, USA.

Class IX Exam
CBSE’s idea of uniformity backfires
Chandigarh, February 27
The CBSE’s novel idea of introducing uniformity in the class IX examination by itself setting the examination papers for all schools has backfired, as duplication of these papers, coupled with varied date-sheets, has led to what is being called a “paper leak”.


Teacher Recruitment Controversy
‘Admn not giving proper hearing’
Home Secy rubbishes claims
Chandigarh, February 27
Controversy seems to have become an indispensable part of the recently declared teacher recruitment results, with the ongoing representation hearings being the latest to have come under scanner.

Discrepancies in excise and taxation policy for liquor
Punjab for parity of rates
Chandigarh, February 27
Alleging that the Union Territory was making a hole in the treasury of the Punjab government with discrepancies in the excise and taxation policy for liquor, the Punjab Government has sought a parity of rates.


Play Holi but with caution
Chandigarh, February 27
While the festival of colours brings plenty of rejoicing, doctors warn that it’s important to take care of skin and hair. The bright Holi colours may be inviting and appealing to the eyes, but chemical used in it can be harmful to skin and also the hair. Many colours have chemicals like arsenic in them others are exceedingly poisonous, says Dr GP Thami, head of dermatology department at GMCH-32.

Liquor vends to remain closed on Holi
Chandigarh, February 27
It will be a “dry” Holi for Bacchus lovers this year. In perhaps a first of its kind order, the UT administration has decided to close all liquor vends on account of Holi from 7 am till 3 pm on March 1.

MC keen to revise rates of land given to liquor vendors
Plan to demand Rs 1 per bottle as share from UT admn
Chandigarh, February 27
Once again the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is planning to revise rates of land, which is given to liquor vendors. It is also deciding to demand Rs 1, on each bottle, as share from the Chandigarh Administration.

Literary Fest
Focus on Indian writings in English
Chandigarh, February 27
Divergent yet meaningful views were expressed on the world literary scene with a focus on the Indian writings in English and vernacular languages on the concluding day of the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademy’s first ever literary fest in association with PU and Melus Melu International Conference on Contemporary issues: Literature and Culture since 1980.

Experts at the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademy’s literary fest in Panjab University, Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

Constitution of working committee
BJP to send observer with special orders
Chandigarh, February 27
To sort out latest rift between the BJP factions in the city over the constitution of a new working committee, the party high command is going to send its observer Balbir Punj with special orders to the city.

PETAL PALETTE: Dahlias in full bloom at Matka Chowk in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Sanitation Supervision In Panchkula
Ward executive panel comes under criticism
Panchkula, February 27
Two months after the sanitation supervision was handed over to the ward executive committees formed under the chairmanship of local councillors, the systems has come under criticism from the councillors as well as residents.

VIP Numbers Auction
‘0001’ fetches Rs 4.30 lakh
Chandigarh, February 27
While yesterday’s Budget may not have been the one for aam aadmi, but it failed to affect the spending capacity of the city’s rich and affluent. A testimony to this was the auction of VIP numbers by the Registering and Licencing Authority today. While number CH-01-AB-0001 fetched Rs 4.30 lakh, number 0002 in the series went for Rs 2.55 lakh. Interestingly, Talwarsons Jewellers bought both numbers.

Fire dept lacks data on storage of chemicals
Chandigarh, February 27
Thanks to the swiftness shown by firemen of the Chandigarh Fire and Emergency Services, a massive fire, which broke out at Vardhman Industries, plot No. 30, Industrial Area, Phase-I, yesterday was controlled on time, which otherwise could have proved to be a major mishap.

Row over seniority of DIGs in ITBP
Chandigarh, February 27
A Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police posted at Bhanu, near here, has challenged the seniority of two other officers of the same rank.

Talk on drug metabolism
Mohali, February 27
A two-day symposium on ‘Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics (DMPK): Applications toward Drug Discovery and Development’ was inaugurated at National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) here today.

Koena performs at Rose Festival
Models participate in a fashion show during Rose Festival 2010 at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Chandigarh, February 27
The second musical night of the Chandigarh Rose Festival was throughly entertaining with performances by Bollywood beauty Koena Mitra, acrobat dancers and a fashion show. The night began with the fashion show that showcased collection by Riyaz of Libas. The spring summer collection has a lot of floral prints. Models displayed on the ramp one piece tube dresses and other casual wear for the summer season. Actor Koena Mitra performed on various Bollywood tracks that included Jee Karda from the movie, Singh is Kingg and Aahon Aahon from Love Aaj Kal. It were the acrobatics by artists from Ukraine that set the pace for the night. Bollywood actor Gul Panag was the guest of honour, who presented awards to the winners of Friday’s musical programme Mehakti Sham.

Models participate in a fashion show during Rose Festival 2010 at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

160 units of blood donated
Mohali, February 27
As many as 160 units of blood were donated at a blood donation camp organised by Manav Mangal Smart School here today. The camp was organised under the aegis of Simply Health Plus, the school’s health service provider. A team of doctors from the PGI conducted the camp.

A blood donation camp in progress at Manav Mangal Smart School, Phase X, Mohali, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Himachali folk dances impress audience
Chandigarh, February 27
The Indian Council of Cultural Relations organised a programme at Navodya Vidyalya, Sector 25, under their horizon series. The programme began with a Himachali vandana by artistes of Baunal Sanskrit Dal Sirmour. They presented a “Sirmouri Naati”. A captivating dance performance “Rasa Nrit” was appreciated by all. “Deepak Diwali Dance” and “Praat Nrit (brass plate)” mesmerised audience. The programme concluded with “Purudha Giddha”.

Seminar on Punjabi culture ends
Chandigarh, February 27
International seminar on Punjabi culture concluded at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26. Experts deliberated upon several facets of Punjabi culture, language, history and traditions.


Students are all smiles after receiving prizes at a function in the MCM DAV College for Women in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Changes in IIMs selection process disappoint students
Chandigarh, February 27
Chandigarh, February 27
The declaration of three IIMs to consider marks of final year of graduation has panicked MBA aspirants who took online CAT examination this year. The three IIMs, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Shillong, have drastically reduced the weightage of CAT score. IIM Bangalore will now give merely 20 points to CAT score, while IIM Kozhikode has reduced the weightage for CAT to 50 points from 90 points.

Syndicate Meeting
Migration fee for law students waived
Chandigarh, February 27
Migration fee of Rs 4,00,000 for law students seeking admission from regional centre of Panjab University to the campus has been waived off. Syndicate members took the decision at a meeting held today.

Prize distribution at GCG-42
Chandigarh, February 27
Government College for Girls, Sector 42 (GCG-42), has launched its annual newsletter of the Functional English department.


Website of Ropar police by March: SSP
Ropar, February 27
The Ropar police will launch its website by March. This “user friendly” website will also have separate pages informing common man on cyber crimes. Besides, CCTV cameras are being installed at all seven police stations of the district with control room at the SSP office.

Children purchase colours and fountains for the Holi celebrations in Rajpura on Saturday. Tribune photo: JS Virdi

BJP to oppose corporation for Ambala
Ambala, February 27
The Bharatiya Janata Party would oppose any move to have a municipal corporation for Ambala City and Ambala Cantt. According to BJP leaders, the party would oppose the proposal to have a joint municipal corporation for Ambala City and Ambala Cantt, a joint corporation for Jagadhri and Yamunanagar, and a corporation for Panchkula and Kalka.

Youth Fest
Polytechnic College wins overall trophy
Patiala, February 27
The two-day inter-polytechnic zonal youth festival for girls concluded at Government Polytechnic College, Patiala, today. Displaying great skills and talents, Government Polytechnic College won the overall trophy, whereas SRS Government Polytechnic College for Girls, Ludhiana, was adjudged runner-up. Technical education assistant director Mohanbir Singh Sidhu, Punjab, was the chief guest and gave away prizes to the winners.

Junior science colleges in engg institutes
Kharar, February 27
Junior science colleges will be set up in all engineering institutions of Punjab to improve science education at Class XII level. Technical education principal secretary Suresh Kumar said this while addressing a gathering at Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran. He added that these junior colleges would begin from the forthcoming session.

NSS organises plantation drive
Patiala, February 27
The NSS unit of Vidya Sagar College of Management and Technology (VSCMT) organised its first NSS camp on its premises.

YPS celebrates annual day
Patiala, February 27
Yadavindra Public School, Patiala, celebrated its annual day on the school premises here today.

Man hit by truck, dies
Dera Bassi, February 27
A 55-year-old man died after being hit by a speeding truck at the bus stand late last night. The deceased has been identified as Ratan Singh, a resident of Dappar village.

Motorcyclist injured in accident
Kalka, February 27
A recklessly driven truck hit a motorcyclist on a steep road on Kalka - Paploha road yesterday, in which the motorcyclist was hurt seriously. He belonged to a near by village.

ITI instructors to gherao minister's residence
Bassi Pathana, February 27
On the call given by the state unit, the newly appointed instructors of the local ITI recently organised a gate rally in protest against the failure of the government to increase their salaries.

Body found
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 27 Body of an unidentified man was found near the railway lines of Sirhind railway station today.

100-kg poppy husk seized
Lalru, February 27
The police seized 100 kg of poppy husk from a car at Lehli village late last evening.


Amritsar Improvement Trust Case
Former Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh at a Mohali court on Saturday.
Hearing postponed till April 10
Mohali, February 27
In the Amritsar Improvement Trust case registered by the Punjab vigilance against former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, a local court today postponed the hearing of the case till April 10. The orders were passed after the former Chief Minister’s counsel informed the court that the case had been challenged in the Supreme Court on constitutional ground. Later talking to mediapersons, the former CM said the decision taken by Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi regarding the president of PPCC would be acceptable to everyone.

Former Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh at a Mohali court on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Man gets 5-yr RI for rape
Chandigarh, February 27
The local court today sentenced Vinay Kumar, a resident of Sector 41, to five years rigorous imprisonment for raping a girl in April 2008. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000.


3 held for consuming liquor at public place
Chandigarh, February 27
Three persons identified as Suresh Kumar, resident of Zirakpur, Arshdeep and Jaskaran residents of Rajiv Vihar Mani Majra, were arrested for consuming liquor at public places. A case under the Excise Act has been registered against them. All accused have been released on bail and investigations by the police were on.


Punjab & Haryana HC team outplay Delhi
Justice TPS Mann gives scintillating batting performance
Mohali, February 27
A quick fire of 41 runs off 22 balls by Justice TPS Mann enabled Punjab and Haryana High Court (Punjab and Haryana HC) Chief Justice XI beat Delhi High Court Chief justice XI by seven wickets in T-20 match played at PCA Stadium here today. After winning the toss, Chief Justice Mukul Moudgil of the Punjab and Haryana HC opted to field first. Justice Valmiki J Mehta and Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed opened the innings for the Delhi team. The two stitched an opening wicket partnership of 77 runs in 11.3 overs before Justice Valmiki was out for 34 runs off 40 balls, inclusive of 3 boundaries.

A match in progress at the PCA Stadium, Chandigarh, on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Vampire Trophy
Guntashveer stars in Vampire XI win
Chandigarh, February 27
An excellent performance by Guntashveer and Sandeep Bhattcharya enabled Vampire XI to beat Dell by 20 runs in the Inaugural Vampire Trophy being played at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here today.

YPS Athletics Meet
Tanuj emerges best athlete
Mohali, February 27
Tanuj Thakur bagged the Harjesh Boparai Trophy (Best Athlete U-19 boys) during the annual athletics meet of the Yadavindra Public School, which concluded here today.

Yoga week at Rishikesh from March 1
Chandigarh, February 27
In order to promote the ancient science of yoga, Uttarakhand Tourism would be organising the international yoga week at Rishikesh (Uttaranchal) from March 1.

Merc Trophy golf begins
Panchkula, February 27
The 10th Mercedes Trophy regional golf tournament was teed off on the par-72 greens of the Panchkula Golf Club here today.

EuroKids School’s athletics meet
Chandigarh, February 27
Tiny tots of EuroKids School, Zirakpur, participated in various events during the annual athletics meet held on the school premises.

City boxers fail to make it to final
Chandigarh, February 27
It was a disappointing day for the city boxers, as none of the them could make it to the final of the 17th AK Misra All-India Senior Men Boxing Championship being held at the Skating Rink, Sector 10, here today. In the 49 kg category, Vikas of Chandigarh A lost to Bony Singh of ASI 0-5, while Pankaj of Punjab beat Jagdeep of PEPSU 4-1.

Participants in action during the semifinal match of the 17th AK Mishra All-India Senior Men Boxing Championship, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari


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