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Minority schools, kids have reason to cheer
HC raps Admn for flip-flop over RTE
Chandigarh, February 15
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has agreed that minority schools have a right to prescribe their own admission norms. Justice Mahesh Grover has also come down heavily on the UT Administration for “doing a flip-flop of sorts” and has held its stand to be illogical.
Three-year-olds get a shot at admission
Chandigarh, February 15
Putting to rest the controversy over admission age, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, St John’s School, Sector 26, and St Anne’s School, Sector 32, “to consider the cases of all children born up to September 30, 2006”.


PU rivalry spills over to court
Lawyer assaulted in front of police station
Lawyers engage in a scuffle with mediapersons at the Government Multi- Speciality Hospital at Sector 16 in Chandigarh on Tuesday.Chandigarh, February 15
An advocate, who is also a student leader, was beaten up with baseball bats, iron rods, batons and even sharp-edged weapons by four youths due to old student rivalry in broad daylight and full public view opposite the Sector 17 police station here today.

Lawyers engage in a scuffle with mediapersons at the Government Multi- Speciality Hospital at Sector 16 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

KK Sharma ‘on way’ from Delhi to UT
Chandigarh, February 15
The Delhi government is set to relieve KK Sharma, a 1983-batch IAS officer and Principal Secretary (PWD), who has been posted as the new Adviser to the UT Administrator, ending earlier uncertainty on whether or when he will join the Chandigarh Administration.

Now, PUSU begins protest over hostel mess charges
Chandigarh, February 15
Exactly a week after the principal of Panjab University’s dental college, Dr Krishan Gauba, was forced to resign following an eight-day long student agitation and barely 24 hours after the University Business School head expressed his “regret” to protesting girl students of his department, it was the turn of the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) to launch a protest outside the vice chancellor’s office demanding uniform mess charges in girls and boys hostels.

10-year-old goes missing from ‘Snehalaya’
Chandigarh, February 15
A 10-year-old boy went missing from ‘Snehalaya’ at Maloya village here this evening. Suraj was admitted to the home for the destitute last year.



Sibling revelry: Little girls enjoy an outing to the Sector 17 market on a pleasant evening after showers in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Showers bring in some chill
Chandigarh, February 15
Cloudy sky and a slight drizzle for the third consecutive day caused the mercury to dip, bringing in some chill in the city today. A Met official said the intermittent drizzle and the dip in temperature was because of the rain in almost all parts of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. The weatherman has forecast more rains even on Wednesday.

Sibling revelry: Little girls enjoy an outing to the Sector 17 market on a pleasant evening after showers in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

RTE Guidelines
Admn did not issue complete documents: Private schools
Panchkula, February 15
Even as the district administration in its reply informed the court yesterday that it had framed the RTE policy and guidelines and had issued the same to schools, the counsel for the private schools denied having received any detailed guidelines from the administration.

Experts review cyber crimes
Chandigarh, February 15
The Centre for Police Administration, University Institute of Emerging Areas in Social Sciences (UIEASS), Panjab University, organised a special lecture on “Current Trends in Cyber Crime and Practicing Cyber Safety” by Sanjeev Sofat, professor and head, department of computer science and engineering and coordinator, Cyber Security Research Centre, PEC University of Technology, on the PU campus here today.

Sanitation Work
MC to go in for e-tendering
Mohali, February 15
In order to introduce more competitiveness, the Mohali municipal corporation has decided to go in for e-tendering for outsourcing sanitation work. The move will help contractors belonging to far-off areas give their bids, thus introducing more competition among bidders. The civic body authorities claimed that such a move would help check corruption and bring about transparency in the system of allotting work to contractors. The tenders for sanitation work will be opened on February 22.

Stabbing victim alleges police bias
Chandigarh, February 15
The family members of Siddharth Malhotra, who was stabbed in Sector 40 on January 28, met with the UT SSP today and accused the police of registering a false case against their son.

Booking of officials
Forest officials’ strike tomorrow
Mohali, February 15
Irritated over being implicated in a case at the alleged behest of sand mining mafia, field officers in the Punjab Forest Department are going on a one-day statewide pen down strike on February 17, demanding cancellation of the First Information Report (FIR) registered against some of their officials.

MC panel okays 3,500 new posts
Chandigarh, February 15
A special committee headed by city mayor Ravinder Pal Singh today approved creation of about 3,500 new posts for various sections of the municipal corporation with an additional budget of approximately Rs 60 crore.

Free dental check-up
Panchkula, February 15
About 110 persons availed free dental check-up facility during a camp organised by Sunder Lal Ram Parshad Khosla Charitable Trust at Kundi village in Sector 20 here today.


Students from Bhutan to get reservation in PGI
Chandigarh, February 15
The PGI is all set to give reservation to students from Bhutan. The reservation, first of its kind for students from any foreign country, is being introduced on an initiative of the Central government.


High Court
Admn not keen on shifting National Gallery of Portraits
Chandigarh, February 15
The UT administration is not keen on shifting the National Gallery of Portraits from Sector 17. In a reply to a petition seeking its shifting, the administration said: “When the state exchequer has spent around Rs 50 lakh on the National Gallery of Portraits on beautification and upgrade in its endeavour to make it the most unique national gallery in the country, there is no right with the petitioner to file the present civil writ petition.”

Mayor’s Election
Hearing set for February 21
Chandigarh, February 15
The Deputy Commissioner has fixed the next hearing of the petition challenging the election of the MC Mayor for February 21. The petition was filed by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (CMC) independent mayoral candidate Jagjit Singh Kang, challenging the recently held mayoral elections.


Truck runs over five-year-old
Chandigarh, February 15
A five-year-old girl was crushed to death by a truck near the Chandigarh airport here this morning. The victim, Shikha Kumari, a nursery student of Government Model School, Makhanmajra village, died while her father sustained injuries in the mishap.

One held for demanding dowry
Panchkula, February 15
The police today arrested a local resident for demanding dowry. In her complaint, Shweta, a resident of Parwanoo, alleged that her husband Amit Goyal, his parents and brother Vineed were harassing her for dowry.


SJOBA Sub-Himalayan Open Rally
Electronic timing technology to be introduced
Chandigarh, February 15
The electronic timing technology will be introduced in the two-day adventurous 24th edition of SJOBA Thunderbolt Sub-Himalayan Open Rally, which will begin from March 25. For this, a RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chip will be used to observe proper timings of the participants in the rally in order to do away with human error in keeping the time during the rally, which includes, jeeps/gypsies, cars and bikes.

AITA Series: Dhruv thrashes Nirbhay
A player plays a shot during a tennis match at the CLTA, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Chandigarh, February 15
Dhruv Agarwal defeated Nirbhay Singh Soin to move into the next round of CLTA-AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament being held at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association Complex and Lake Sport Complex, here today.

A player plays a shot during a tennis match at the CLTA, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S. Chandan


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