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IPL: All fun no game
Fans at the Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals match at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday.Mohali, March 24
The traditional world of grace, patience and grit associated with cricket seems to have collapsed.

Fans at the Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals match at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Fee hike by schools
Parents set to face heat

Chandigarh, March 24
The new academic session is bound to pinch parents with many city schools set to hike their fee yet again by a minimum of 10 per cent.


‘Missing’ Answersheets
Dept to conduct re-exam, punish guilty invigilator

Chandigarh, March 24
Failing to find the “missing” Class XI answersheets of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, the education department has decided to conduct a re-examination and punish the guilty invigilator.

Eyewitness Account
It’s the interns who handle night emergency shift
Chandigarh, March 24
At first glance the duty roster of the emergency ward at the Government Multi Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16 has an impressive line-up of doctors on duty even at night. Besides the emergency medical officer (EMO) there are five other doctors - a physician, an orthopaedic surgeon, a gynaecologist, a paediatrician and a general surgeon.


Empower deprived students for higher education: Pranab
Eminent scientist Yash Pal being honoured by Pranab Mukherjee in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Chandigarh, March 24
Emphasising on the need to empower thousands of unprivileged college students who are deprived of higher education and cannot make it to the university, the Union Minister of Finance, Pranab Mukherjee, today delivered his convocation address at the 59th annual convocation of the Panjab University.

Eminent scientist Yash Pal being honoured by Pranab Mukherjee in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Mercury soars further, touches 37.1 °C
Chandigarh, March 24
The month of March this year is turning out to be the hottest and driest one compared to the past six years, with lack of rain worsening the situation.

Polio drops administered
Chandigarh, March 24 As many as 1,26,796 children in the age group of 0-5 years were immunised during the three-day pulse polio campaign organised in various slums, colonies, villages and sectors of the city.

Should Chandigarh revert to the Chief Commissioner system?
The need for the restoration of the post of the Chief Commissioner cannot be overemphasised. The office of the Punjab Governor, who also holds the post of the UT Administrator, has huge accessibility problem given the constitutional post he holds and his pre-occupations. A senior bureaucrat as the Chief Commissioner would be more approachable to the common man than the Governor. You see the five-year tenure of the former Governor-cum-Administrator, SF Rodrigues, where he rode roughshod over the established democratic norms and traditions. The spectre of the return of the authoritarian regime looms large over the city if we get another administrator like Rodrigues.

Scripting success against odds
Chandigarh, March 24
To work at a cement store and a chemist shop was the only option left for him in order to study, as poor economic conditions forced him to drop school in Class IX.Today, delighted to receive his doctorate degree in management at the annual convocation of the PU, Dr Anshu Kataria, now an entrepreneur, failed to find words to express his joy.

Missing NRI’s body found hanging from tree
Panchkula, March 24
The body of an NRI, Devinder Singh Rawat, 30, who was reported missing since March 22, was today found hanging from a tree in the forested area in between Berwara and Madna villages on Morni road. A postmortem was conducted at the General Hospital, Sector 6 after the CFSL team took samples of fingerprints at the scene.

MC mulls installation of water meters in colonies
Chandigarh, March 24
To streamline water tariff across the city, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) is all set to install water meters in all the rehabilitation colonies and villages.

Unaccounted income of Rs 50 cr disclosed
Chandigarh, March 24
The search and seizure operations conducted by the Ludhiana income tax department on the premises of a real estate player, Peral Group, on Monday has led to the disclosure of unaccounted income of Rs 50 crore yesterday.

PGI docs again seek pay panel benefits
Chandigarh, March 24
Agitated over the delay in implementation of the sixth pay commission’s recommendations, PGI doctors reiterated their demands at a general body meeting of the Faculty Association of PGI, Chandigarh held on Tuesday. These include pay band 4 for assistant professors, promotion of assistant professor to professor by ten years and removal of nonpracticing allowance of faculty members.

Bickering within MC stalls development work
Mohali, March 24
The internal bickering within the municipal corporation has stalled development work in the town.The power tussle between the ruling and opposition groups has put the residents’ interests on the back burner.

Valley of springs to have rare trees
Chandigarh, March 24
The city will soon get a garden to preserve the green heritage. The visitors would be able to have a feel of the spring as soon as they enter the garden to be set up in Sector 53 by the horticulture department.

Quench Quest: Neelgais in search of water in Seonk village near Mohali on Wednesday.
Quench Quest: Neelgais in search of water in Seonk village near Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Generator sets removed
Mohali, March 24
Diesel generator sets put up in front of houses for the Indian

Tributes paid to martyrs
Panchkula, March 24
Senior officers of the district administration paid floral tributes to Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on their Martyrdom Day at the War Memorial, Sector 12, here yesterday.

Six police stations for Mohali
Mohali, March 24
Punjab’s Home Department has sanctioned six new police stations for Mohali district.

Eye check-up camp
Panchkula, March 24
A seminar on glaucoma (kala motia) was organised by Grewal Eye Institute (GEI) here today.A free eye check-up camp was also held.Dr Guneet Mann stressed the necessity of regular eye check-up.

Admission to govt schools not easy for poor
Lack of birth certificate, residential proof major problems
Chandigarh, March 24
Contrary to its much-professed commitment towards getting more and more students from economically weaker sections enrolled in schools, the UT Education Department has, in a way, “prevented” hundreds of such students from applying for admission to kindergarten classes of government schools.A majority of parents, who are slum-dwellers and migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, were shooed away from various schools and denied registration for not having the child’s birth certificate or residential proof.

XEN repatriated
Chandigarh, March 24
Chandigarh Municipal Corporation road division 1 executive engineer (XEN) Zorawar Singh has been repatriated to his parent state of Punjab after the concurrence of UT Administrator Shivraj Patil.

Leakage leaves parks waterlogged
Chandigarh, March 24
Parks and the green belts, particularly in the southern sectors, are replete with sights of leaking tertiary water pipelines.The Tribune team came across a number of leaking pipes in Sectors 44, 45, 47, 48 and 50. A visit to various parks and greenbelts revealed that most of the tertiary pipelines that were laid recently were not properly plugged, leading to waterlogging in most of the parks of the city. Residents allege that it is useless to have such greenbelts around the residential areas, which have become a breeding ground for the mosquitoes.

Hotel lacks fire safety norms
Chandigarh, March 24
A city-based hotel has been slapped a notice for not complying with the provisions of the Fire Safety Act.Madan Lal Sharma, station fire officer, the nominated authority appointed under the Delhi Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Act, 1986, inspected the hotel located at motor market in Mani Majra on March 4 and found deficiencies in fare safety measures. The building is owned by Chetan Sharma and is occupied by Deepak Sharma, who is running a hotel. 

Aerodynamic shapes of planes discussed
Mohali, March 24 A seminar on aero modelling was organised by the SAE INDIA Collegiate Club of mechanical engineering department of Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology here yesterday.


Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park
Director’s official vehicle ‘misused’
Chhat (Banur), March 24
The Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park director’s official gypsy was today pressed into the “service” of a senior wildlife official daughter for sightseeing.

Grooming session for boxers begins
Patiala, March 24
The Sports Authority of India organised a five-day boxing workshop at Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports (NS NIS), Patiala, today.The workshop aims at training boxers for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.Patiala SP Davinder Singh Ghuman was the chief guest on the occasion.

4-kg opium seized, 1 held
Rajpura, March 24
The Rajpura police today arrested one person with 4 kg of opium. The accused has been identified as Gurmukh Singh, a resident of Jaggi Colony, Ambala.

5 booked in gangster murder case
Ambala, March 24
The Ambala police has booked five persons in connection with the murder of gangster Rakesh, alias Bobby, who was shot by assailants in the Ambala court complex on March 3.

Thermal plant working reviewed
Ropar, March 24
Member (generation) of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Engineer Gurtej Singh Sra visited Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal plant, Ropar, to review the progress of overhauling work going on at Unit No. 4.

World Water Day
Students submit memo
Patiala, March 24
In the wake of World Water Day, students of Punjabi University, Patiala, have asked the university authorities to adopt a policy for using rain water to raise the ground water level.

Protest against rights abuse in Pak
Patiala, March 24
Accusing the United Nation of failing to take steps to stop the abuse of human rights of minorities and women in Pakistan, activists of the Sikh Nation Organisation (SNO) staged a protest near Gurdwara Dukhniwaran and Singh Sabha here on Monday.

Ram Navami celebrated with fervour
Bassi Pathana, March 24
Ram Navami was celebrated with fervour here today. All the temples were well decorated and the main function was organised at the historical Pracheen Ram Temple.

Thapar varsity fest from today
Patiala, March 24 Thapar University will organise its annual cultural fest “Saturnalia” starting tomorrow. The fest will commence with a fashion show “Lombre”, which will see participation from major colleges of India.

BJP demands shifting of MC office
Ambala, March 24
The BJP has demanded that the office of the municipal corporation in Ambala City be shifted to Ambala Cantt.

BJP lashes out at authorities
Bassi Pathana, March 24 Lashing out at the school authorities for not declaring a holiday on Ram Navami, various Hindu organisations and the local BJP unit have served an ultimatum on these institutions.


Murder accused held after 2 years
Zirakpur, March 24
Nearly 24 months after a migrant labourer was murdered at Pabhat village here, the police has managed to arrest one of the accused.While one of the accused has been arrested, the other is still at large.

Dilbagh Singh (85) and his wife Tripta Singh, who were beaten up by their tenant, at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Landlord injured in assault case
Chandigarh, March 24
Tripta Singh, a resident of Sector 18, here alleged that their tenant Rupam along with her relatives assaulted them today. As a result her husband, Sardar Dilbagh Singh, received head injuries.

Dilbagh Singh (85) and his wife Tripta Singh, who were beaten up by their tenant, at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Bank duped of Rs 3.4 lakh
Chandigarh, March 24
Harpreet Singh, manager of Kotak Mohindra Bank, Sector 9, alleged that Khushwant Singh, a resident of Himmatpura village in Kaithal district of Haryana took loan of Rs 3.4 lakh from the bank by producing fake documents. A case of cheating has been registered.


Star-studded show at PCA
Raj Kundra, along with Shilpa Shetty, in a cheerful mood after tasting victory against Kings XI Punjab at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday. Mohali, March 24
‘Zinta vs Shetty’ or ‘Pathan vs Pathan’, today's match was a total ‘paisa vasool’ for spectators at the PCA Stadium.The floodlit stadium became brighter with the presence of battery of stars. While glamorous Shilpa Shetty, her husband Raj Kundra and sister Shamita Shetty were cheering the Royals from their respective stands, Vivek

Raj Kundra, along with Shilpa Shetty, in a cheerful mood after tasting victory against Kings XI Punjab at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photos: S Chandan

ITF Men’s Circuit
Karan books berth in quarterfinals
Chandigarh, March 24
In a keenly contested match, Indian Davis Cupper Vivek Shokeen demolished the challenge of top seeded Juan Pablo Villar of Argentina by 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (6) in two hours and 19 minutes in the pre-quarterfinal singles match of the $ 10,000 India F2 Futures ITF Men’s Circuit being played at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association Stadium in Sector 10 here today.

Arpit scripts GNPS academy win
Chandigarh, March 24
Fine all-round performance by Arpit Singh who scored 37 runs and took three wickets for 10 helped CCA-GNPS Academy beat YPS-MC Academy by 68 runs in the Under-16 St Stephen’s Cricket Trophy being organised by Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy here today.

Modgill Challengers trounce Pace Riders
Chandigarh, March 24
Excellent bowling spell by Ankit and Swapnil, who took three and two wickets, respectively, helped Modgill Challengers beat Pace Riders by 82 runs in the Under-13 CCA T20 Cricket Tournament organised by the Chandigarh Cricket Association at Banyan Tree School ground, Sector 48, here yesterday.

Oscar claims singles’ title
Chandigarh, March 24
Local badminton player Oscar Bansal has added another feather to his cap by winning the men’s singles title in the ongoing Mauritius International 2010.

‘Increased workload can strengthen muscles’
Chandigarh, March 24
Dr Kanwaljit Singh, director sports and head of the department of physical education, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, delivered a lecture at the refresher course, which concluded at the Sports Complex, Sector 42, here yesterday.

Selection of choi kwang do teams
Chandigarh, March 24
The education department, Chandigarh, will select the choi kwang do U-19 boys and girls teams for the forthcoming three-day 55th National School Games to be held in Ambala Cantonment from April 7.

5 amateurs hone skills for Queen Sirikit Cup
Chandigarh, March 24
Five top amateur lady golfers of the country have converged on the greens of the CGA Golf Range for a one-week conditioning camp under National Golf Academy of India director Jesse Grewal.


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