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Chandigarh Golf Club
150 members lose the greens

Chandigarh, March 18
In a severe indictment, a local court has declared the membership of 150 green card holders of the prestigious Chandigarh Golf Club as null and void, three years after a city-based retired brigadier took legal recourse to the alleged irregularities in the grant of membership.

‘Flying Sikh’ to take off on big screen
Milkha SinghChandigarh, March 18
Half-a-century after he achieved international fame, ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh will soon be adding another feather to his cap. Bollywood’s famed director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra of ‘Rang De Basanti’ fame will make a film on this acclaimed achiever, the first ever on an Indian sportsperson.

Mohali does away with affidavits
Mohali, March 18
The Mohali district administration today announced to do away with the cumbersome procedure of using affidavits in day-to-day official works. Instead, self-declaration by applicants along with their photo would be entertained in government offices.


Posting Policy Merit least of PU’s concern
Chandigarh, March 18
When it comes to “managing” the faculty or heads for its various professional courses, arbitrariness seems to be the key policy at Panjab University.


Flesh trade booming in city
Difficult to prove with evidence, admits cop
Chandigarh, March 18
Busting of two sex-trade rackets in the city in two days is just the tip of the iceberg of the booming illegal trade in the wake of the tardy implementation of the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act, 1956.

Eye TB can cause blindness
40 cases from city so far
Chandigarh, March 18
Contrary to the general perception that it attacks only the lungs a nd the respiratory system, tuberculosis (TB), caused by mycobacteria, can infect the eyes and cause blindness.

PGI director: We have set ophthalmic care benchmark
Chandigarh, March 18
The fourth Founder’s Day of the Advanced Eye Care (AEC) centre at the PGI was celebrated here today.

CITU Conference
Govt ‘promoting’ price rise to benefit traders
Zirakpur, March 18
The second-day of 13th Conference of CITU started with the paying of homage to departed stalwarts and leaders viz. Jyoti Basu, Chittabrata Majumdar, E Balanandan, Harkishen Singh Surjeet, WR Varada Rajan, Ranjit Basu and other leaders and activists of the democratic movement who died during the intervening period.

Travelling distances to spread ideology, make money
A Basha from Madurai, Tamil Nadu, sells accessories during the 13th All-India CITU Conference at Zirakpur on Thursday.Zirakpur, March 18
He is not happy with the response to the articles he sells here but his passion for communist ideology drives him to serve the party at Joyti Basu Nagar in Zirakpur. A Basha (67) of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, has set up a stall to sell key chains, posters, badges carrying pictures of communist leaders besides other things.

A Basha from Madurai, Tamil Nadu, sells accessories during the 13th All-India CITU Conference at Zirakpur on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Grievances Darbar
Staff on deputation, contract objected to
Chandigarh, March 18
Appointment of deputationists and contractual employees on key posts in various wings of the municipal corporation was the prominent issue raised during the first employees’ grievances darbar, chaired by MC Commissioner Roshan Sunkaria here today.

Corporation formation to boost growth: DC
Panchkula, March 18
While the appointment of Panchkula Municipal Commissioner is expected any time after the notification in this regard, the district administration has claimed that the formation of the municipal corporation will help in the fast development of the area.

Rehri Menace
Councillor moves RTI plea on tehbazari wing
Mohali, March 18
Encroachment by rehriwallas, which has been a bane of the town, has forced a municipal councillor to seek information under the RTI Act from the civic body on the issue in order to move court.

Science Express chugs in to lukewarm response
Visitors come out from Science Express at the Chandigarh railway station on Thursday.Chandigarh, March 18
Efforts of the Centre to popularise science and technology in the country, especially among the youth, got a major fillip today when third phase of the mobile science exhibition train, popularly called Science Express, pulled into the Chandigarh railway station here this morning.

Visitors come out from Science Express at the Chandigarh railway station on Thursday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

IT raids yield 
Rs 14.5 cr in unaccounted income
Chandigarh, March 18
Surveys and searches conducted in the past 24 hours on leading business houses in the city by the income tax department have unearthed unaccounted income of over Rs 14.5 crore.

Magic of folk theatre captivates audience
Chandigarh, March 18
Lovers of Haryanvi cultural heritage and folktales thronged the Kalagram open air theatre here much before Sheonath Tyagi and his troupe took the stage to present a glimpse of Haryanvi folk theatre through ‘Veer Bikramajit Khande Raopuri’ yesterday.

Nothing being done for Kalka, says MLA
Panchkula, March 18
The Kalka MLA, Pardeep Chaudhary, has alleged that the government has ignored the interest of the people of his constituency by not allocating special funds for the area during the budget this year.

British Columbia’s first offshore school opens
Mohali, March 18
After exploring countries around the world and opening offshore schools in 19 countries, British Colombia has officially arrived in the country with the opening of its first accredited offshore school.

IT Park
Farmers’ body asks nature of MHA probe
Chandigarh, March 18
In the light of the audit report of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on the Rs 5,000-crore IT Park, the executive committee of the Mani Majra Farmers Welfare and Environment Protection Society has demanded that the MHA clearly spell out the nature of inquiry and criminal investigation.

Raid at PU
CBI scrutinises seized records
Chandigarh, March 18
Following its raid at the administrative block of Panjab University yesterday, the CBI is scrutinising the records seized from there.

Get-together by Kashmiri Pandits
Panchkula, March 18
The Kashmiri Pandit Sabha organised a get-together of women to mark the “Jang Triya” in Sector 20 here today.


PU push for undergraduates’ research

Chandigarh, March 18
Panjab University budget for the year 2010-2011 aims to mobilising faculty members and students to produce more of quality research.


60 wards, 27 panchayats to be part of new MC
Ambala, March 18
The new municipal corporation, notification for which was issued yesterday, will cover an area of 41.31 sq km with the merger of the areas of Ambala City and Ambala Sadar municipal councils.

Overhead power lines endanger commuters’ lives
Madinpur (Fatehgarh Sahib),March 18
High-tension electricity wires on the Madinpur-Alour road near Mandi Gobindgarh are posing a grave danger to hundreds of commuters with the overhead lines nearly touching vehicles, especially buses and overloaded trucks.

Agri service centres a boon for small farmers
Niholka (Kharar), March 18
A 26-year-old small farmer, Bikram Singh, wields the power of reducing input cost on farm operations and aids his colleagues in using hi-tech agriculture implements without actually owing them.

Sewage polluting Tangri river
Ambala, March 18
Sectors developed by HUDA in Ambala City and a host of other colonies have been polluting the Tangri that flows along the town.

Stress on promoting secularism
Patiala, March 18
Members of the public paid tributes to Shambhu Prasad, who was gunned down by militants during terrorism, during a programme organised to commemorate his 23rd death anniversary.

Woman falls off train, injured
Dera Bassi, March 18
A woman was seriously injured after slipping from a train at Dappar railway station last night.

40 shortlisted in placement drive
Kharar, March 18
Infosys visited Indo Global College of Engineering, Abhipur, for campus recruitment drive.

358 get degrees
Kalka, March 18
Degrees to 358 students of arts, science and commerce stream were awarded and postgraduates from three disciplines i.e. Hindi, political science and geography were handed over the degrees in the annual convocation function of Smt Aruna Asaf Ali Government PG College, Kalka, organised today on the college premises amidst considerate excitement and fervour.

Trekking expedition flagged off
Army men flash victory sign during the start of a cycle-cum-trekking expedition in Ambala Cantonment.Ambala, March 18
A cycling-cum-trekking expedition was flagged off here yesterday.
Brigadier P Vivekanandan flagged off the team near the Kali Paltan bridge, which was headed by Lt Abhinav and consisted of one Army officer, two JCOs and 12 other Army personnel.

Army men flash victory sign during the start of a cycle-cum-trekking expedition in Ambala Cantonment. Tribune photo: Devdutt Sharma


PIL on schools: HC notice to HRD, home ministries, UT
Chandigarh, March 18
Acting on a public interest litigation by social activist Hemant Goswami, Punjab & Haryana High Court Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and justice Jasbir Singh today issued notice of motion for May 19 to the union HRD and home affairs ministries and the Chandigarh administration.

Firing: Attempted murder case registered
Chandigarh, March 18
The police today registered a case of attempt to murder against unidentified persons into the incident of alleged firing on a car in Sector 11 here last night.


2 arrested for breaking naka
Chandigarh, March 18
The police today arrested two youths for speeding away from a police naka at the Sector 49 here.  The police said Satish Kumar and Deepak, both residents of Sector 49, were riding a motorcycle without wearing helmets last night in Sector 49. They were in their early 20s and worked with a lawyer.


SJOBA rally to kick off today
Participants of SJOBA car rally strike a pose at St John’s School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Thursday.Chandigarh, March 18
“A slight change in the route this year would result in more challenge”, feel participants of the SJOBA-Thunderbolt Sub-Himalayan Rally, which will start from tomorrow here.

Participants of SJOBA car rally strike a pose at St John’s School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Cricket Cup
8 teams confirm participation
Chandigarh, March 18
As many as eight teams have confirmed their participation in the second edition of St Stephen’s School Cricket Cup (U-16), starting from March 20 here. In the league-cum-knockout tournament, there would be 50-over matches.

Golf camp for school kids from March 27
Chandigarh, March 18
The British School Junior Golf Academy in Sector 44 here has opened its five-hole miniature golf course to students of all schools for a two-month junior golf camp starting on March 27. Open to children in the age group of 5-12 years, the camp will be held twice a week under the guidance of Manjit Kochar, director overseas, Junior Golf Development Programme of the Indo-Canadian Golf Association.


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