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Cheer up, UT budget up by 43 pc 
Education, health get lion’s share

Chandigarh, February 28
Chandigarh has much to cheer about in the 2011-12 Budget presented by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee in Parliament today as there has been a Rs 259.21 crore increase (43%) in the total Budget -- under both the plan and the non-plan heads -- with the total Budget pegged at Rs 2,308.42 crore compared to last year’s figure of Rs 2,049.21 crore.

MC Populist Budget
No new tax levied in city
Chandigarh, February 28
Without levying any new tax, the General House of the Congress-led Municipal Corporation (MC) in a populist move today approved the budget of ` 812.92 crore for the next fiscal year 2011-12.

Union Budget
A mixed bag
Senior citizens are happy with the reduction in age for getting a reprieve on tax from 65 to 60 years.

Denied roll no, class XII student tries to kill self
Chandigarh, February 28
A class 12 student of Government Secondary School, Manimajra, Rohit, slit his right wrist in the school premises on Monday after reportedly being refused his CBSE roll number. The incident, which took place in the morning when students were being given roll numbers for their physics examination scheduled for Tuesday, brought to the fore the obnoxious practice of city schools withholding board roll numbers until the last day and threatening students.

Burning Incident
Informer seeks time to make statement

Panchkula, February 28
The informer who was allegedly set afire by the CIA staff yesterday at his house demanded some more time to give a statement to the police here today.


Students donate blood at MCM College in Chandigarh
Noble Cause: Students donate blood at MCM College in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photo

A shobha yatra being taken out on the occasion of Mahashivratri in Chandigarh
GOOD OVER EVIL: A shobha yatra being taken out on the occasion of Mahashivratri in Chandigarh on Monday.
Tribune photo: S Chandan


PGI to enhance teacher-student ratio
Chandigarh, February 28
In order to increase postgraduate seats in medical courses, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, has decided to enhance its teacher-student ratio. A decision in this regard has already been taken by the academic committee of the institution which was also approved by a government body headed by Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Widening work on two key roads begins
Mohali, February 28
Work on the widening of the road from Balongi bypass to the bus station in Phase VIII under way in Mohali Work on the much-awaited widening of two of the busiest roads — one from Balongi bypass to the Phase VIII Mohali bus station and the second from Franco Hotel, Phase II, to Industrial Area, Phase VIII — has begun.

Work on the widening of the road from Balongi bypass to the bus station in Phase VIII under way in Mohali on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu 

MC saves 15 pc of contract amount
Mohali, February 28
The one-year contract for sanitation work in the town has been given at around 15 per cent lower than the estimated amount by the municipal corporation following stiffer competition after the introduction of the e-tendering process.

Budget disappoints middle class
Chandigarh, February 28
Already residing in the costliest city of the country, the common man of Chandigarh is a worried lot with the next fiscal year’s Budget.

Budget has message for those going to hospital
Forget private, prefer public
Rs 85.04 crore for health sector in Budget
Chandigarh, February 28
While patients visiting public-sector hospitals in the city can expect better healthcare facilities in the near future as a sum of Rs 85.04 crore has been allocated for the health sector in the Budget, those preferring tretemnt at big air-conditioned private hospitals will have to shell out more.

Tampering issue rocks MC House
Chandigarh, February 28
Opposition and ruling councillors had heated exchange of words in the municipal corporation (MC) General House meeting today for two hours on the issue of tampering in the recording of the minutes of the mayoral election, held on January 1.

Hafed staff protest official’s misbehaviour with colleague
Panchkula, February 28
Employees hold a protest against a senior official at Hafed office in Sector 5, Panchkula, High drama was witnessed at the Hafed office in Sector 5 after employees staged a protest against a senior officer of the department for allegedly misbehaving with his assistant here this morning.

Employees hold a protest against a senior official at Hafed office in Sector 5, Panchkula, on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Traders not to attend HUDA meeting
Panchkula, February 28
The standoff between the city traders and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) over the anti-encroachment drive is unlikely to be resolved as the former have decided not to attend the meeting convened by the Administrator tomorrow.

Delay in hearing of appeal
Senior citizen rues GMADA apathy

Mohali, February 28
A senior citizen of Sector 70, DS Laungia, has rued apathy on part of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) in hearing his appeal filed before the appellate authority-cum-additional chief administrator of GMADA against a demand notice of Rs 9.15 lakh issued by the estate office against the price of a plot allotted to him 17 years ago.

Vocalist Jagir Singh regales audience
Mohali, February 28
Young vocalist Jagir Singh enthralled the audience in a folk musical soiree held at the Koser auditorium here on Monday by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations in association with Pracheen Kala Kendra as part of their Horizon series.

CBI DIG’s house trespassed
Chandigarh, February 28
Acting on a complaint by CBI DIG Mahesh Aggarwal, the Chandigarh Police have arrested an assistant with the Haryana Advocate-General’s office in a case of house trespass.


Spat mars annual day celebrations at PU
Chandigarh, February 28
The annual day celebrations of the department of evening studies at Panjab University were today disrupted by a spat between certain student leaders.

UGC seminar on development in Punjab
Patiala, February 28
A two-day UGC-sponsored national seminar on “Socio-Economic Development in Punjab: A way Ahead” was organised at Public College, Samana. Eminent economists from all across the country were present and deliberated on various socio-economic issues concerning Punjab.

Certificates given to students
Chandigarh, February 28
Michael Palletier, Minister-Counsellor for Public Affairs and Diplomacy of the US Embassy, New Delhi, launched a two-year “English Access Microsholarship Programme” at SGGS College today.

CHASCON - 2011 concludes at PU
Chandigarh, February 28
120 school students today reviewed laboratories at Panjab University to see the latest technological equipment as a part of the National Science day and the Children Science Congress celebrations held simultaneously on the campus. Both events were held on the concluding day of three-day Chandigarh Science Congress (CHASCON)-2011 organised by PU today.

From Schools


80 quintal rotten pickle destroyed
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 28
The health department officials today raided a pickle-manufacturing unit and destroyed around 80 quintal pickle after it was found unfit for human consumption.

1 killed, 3 injured in cylinder blast
Patiala, February 28
One person was killed while three others were injured following a gas cylinder blast at a paint workshop on the Bhadson Road here today.

Ropar-Neelon-Doraha road to be four-laned
Ropar, February 28
The Ropar-Neelon-Doraha road passing will be widened soon. This was stated by the newly appointed Commissioner, Ropar division, SK Sandhu, during his address to government officials during a meeting here.

Chhat Bir zoo gets 2 rescued bears 
Chhat (Banur), February 28
Two Himalayan black bears that were rescued near Gopalpur zoo in Himachal Pradesh have been brought to the Mahendra Choudhury Zoological Park. They have been kept in quarantine for one month.

Building Bylaws
Admn to deal with violators sternly

Ambala, February 28
The district administration has decided to conduct checks at various schools.

Placement drive
Ambala, February 28
IBM Technologies, a renowned name in IT and hardware sector, once again organised a joint -campus placement drive at Guru Nanak Institution, Mulana, for B Tech and MCA students here today.


HC tells schools to consider admissions to EWS students
Chandigarh, February 28
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the private schools in the city to consider the admission of 15 per cent students from the economic weaker section (EWS) of the society.

Youth gets 10-yr jail in gangrape case
Another acquitted for lack of evidence
Panchkula, February 28
The district court today handed down a 10-year jail sentence to Goldy, a resident of Ambala, for violating a 25-year-old woman in a gang-rape case of 2010.

7-day police remand for accused
Panchkula, February 28
The eight persons who were arrested by the local police yesterday for impersonating candidates during an examination for the posts of conductor were remanded in seven-day police custody by the district court here today.


Youth dies in mishap
Chandigarh, February 28
A 24-year-old died and his two cousins sustained serious injuries after the car they were travelling in was hit by a rashly driven Haryana Roadways bus at the Sectors 45/46/49/50 traffic intersection here this morning.


Free ticket-holders outnumber buyers
Chandigarh, February28
It seems that the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has found more free entry ticket holders than ticket buyers for the upcoming league matches to be held in Mohali.

UT to organise marathon on March 13
Chandigarh, February 28
The Chandigarh Administration will organise the second ‘Run for the spirit of Chandigarh’ marathon on March 13 here.

Simply the best: Delhi players after receving the overall tennis trophy during the North East Zone Inter-University Lawn Tennis Tournament at PU in Chandigarh DU defeat Madras varsity to lift title
Chandigarh, February 28
Delhi University defeated Madras University, Chennai, to win the title of the All-India Inter Zonal Inter University Lawn Tennis (Women) Championship, organised by Panjab University at PU Lawn tennis courts here today.

Simply the best: Delhi players after receving the overall tennis trophy during the North East Zone Inter-University Lawn Tennis Tournament at PU in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

When fortunes swung off field
Chandigarh, February 28
The ICC World Cup match between India and England finished in a tie not only on field but also off field for bookies and punters.



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