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Admission cutoff dates
HC lets unaided minority schools go ahead
Chandigarh, March 9
Making it clear that unaided minority schools have the freedom and autonomy to decide all matters pertaining to administration of their institutions, admissions included, the Punjab & Haryana High Court on Wednesday allowed these schools to complete the admission process on the basis of dates that had been announced earlier. 

High prices in city push buyers to periphery
Chandigarh, March 9
Chandigarh’s periphery, which is bursting at its seams in the backdrop of the construction of thousands of apartments, is suddenly in demand.

Automated parking barrier project gathers dust
Chandigarh, March 9
The municipal corporation’s pilot project on “hi-tech” parking lots in the city has been languishing for the past seven months.


Foreign students’ enrolment looks up
Chandigarh, March 9
The enrolment of foreign students in Panjab University (PU) has almost doubled in the current academic session compared to the past few years.From a mere 48 enrolments in 2008-2009 and 66 in 2009-2010, the PU has attracted 107 foreign students on the campus this year for different courses. 

Neha murder
3 suspects taken to Gujarat for narco test
Chandigarh, March 9
Three of the five suspects in the sensational murder of 21-year-old Neha Ahalwat in July last year were taken to Forensic Science Laboratory, Gandhinagar, in Gujarat for brain mapping test today.The Court of Judicial Magistrate Palwinderjeet Kaur had allowed the brain mapping and narco analysis test of five suspects, including Bitesh Kumar, Sachin Kumar, Hitanshu Saini, Sunesh and Sagar, after they had agreed and given their consent for the same on January 3.


Fireworks likely at emergency Syndicate meet today
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Fireworks are likely at an emergency Syndicate meeting summoned by the Panjab University authorities tomorrow on the contentious issue of reinstating a teacher to his parent department.

Honour for PGI doc on medical illustrations
Chandigarh, March 9
Not many will be aware of the fact that art and medical science go hand in hand. Nearly 4,000 illustrations of Frank H. Netter, an artist and a physician, remain the most frequently used pictures globally by medical doctors and teachers for their lectures and other purposes.


Students of Dev Samaj College, Sector 45, at a farewell function in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Students of Dev Samaj College, Sector 45, at a farewell function in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Property rates touch a new high
Chandigarh, March 9
A couple of days after the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) fixed Rs 90 lakh as the price for two BHK flats under the assured allotment scheme, property rates across the tricity have touched a new high.

Prices soar in city’s periphery too
Panchkula, March 9
The boom in the realty market has also swept this satellite town of Chandigarh where the prices in the residential property have increased between 20 and 40 per cent in a short span of six months.

Chhabra slaps legal notice on Shergill
Chandigarh, March 9
Former Mayor and Municipal Corporation councillor Pardeep Chhabra, who has been named as a part of the “booth mafia” in Chandigarh in the magisterial inquiry by former ADC PS Shergill, today slapped a legal notice on the latter.

UT consumer panel chief to attend national conference
Chandigarh, March 9
The newly appointed president of the UT State Consumer Commission, Justice Shyam Sunder (retd), will represent the city at the National Consumer Conference to be held in New Delhi on March 15 on the occasion of the World Consumer Rights Day.

Perfect gift on Women’s Day 

Mothers with their daughters, born on the International Women’s Day, at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh. A business house presented gifts to the babies.
Mothers with their daughters, born on the International Women’s Day, at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh. A business house presented gifts to the babies. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

‘Asbestos causes lung cancer’
Chandigarh, March 9
Asbestos, a fireproofing and insulating material used in corrugated cement sheets, plasters and building material in India, is responsible for causing lung and pleural cancers, especially in smokers.

LPG cylinder bursts, family unhurt
Panchkula, March 9
A family escaped tragedy in the slum area of Rajiv colony in Panchkula when an LPG cylinder burst in their house during the wee hours here today.The blast was so powerful that it damaged the roof of house and goods were gutted.

Zirakpur roads chaotic sans bus stand
Zirakpur, March 9
For the past several years, Zirakpur’s residents are awaiting a designated bus stand to solve their travelling woes.Residents rue that Zirakpur, known for its multi-storey buildings and malls, is still lacking a proper space for a bus stand.

Speed of light

A pattern created by light from vehicles on Madhya Marg, Chandigarh.
A pattern created by light from vehicles on Madhya Marg, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Sharp bend warning signs put upon flyover
Zirakpur, March 9
Following the news report in this column on March 5, titled ‘Curve becoming accident hotspot’, GMR, the firm undertaking maintenance of the Ambala-Chandigarh highway, has installed warning signage on streetlights to alert motorists about the sharp bend on the Zirakpur flyover.

Police conducts surprise checks
Mohali : The police today carried out surprise checking of vehicles at the Industrial Area, Phase VII, ahead of the ICC World Cup match between West Indies and Ireland in Mohali tomorrow.


PU hosts first e-seminar
Renu Vig, director, UIET, addresses a seminar at Panjab University on Tuesday. Chandigarh, March 9
Panjab University hosted its first e-seminar, which was live podcast yesterday, to celebrate 40 years of the University School of Open Learning (USOL) also known as the department of correspondence studies.

Renu Vig, director, UIET, addresses a seminar at Panjab University on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Govt college teachers to get laptops
Chandigarh, March 9
UT government college faculties are all set to get laptops as part of the higher education department’s ambitious e-learning project.The project aimed at doing away with chalk-and-talk classrooms and is keen on replacing traditional teaching with hi-tech e-learning.

Cultural bonanza at PU
Chandigarh, March 9
Panjab University is upbeat with plenty of extra- curricular activities, fests and programmes this month, which are keeping students, staff and organisers on their toes.

SOPU announces panel for student poll
Chandigarh, March 9
The Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) today announced its new party president and panel for student election on the campus in 2011-2012.Robin Brar was named as the SOPU president at the student centre today in the presence of nearly 200 members of the party.


MoU signed for global exchange programme
Ambala, March 9
The E-max Group of Institutions collaborated with one of the largest student-run organisation “AIESEC” for jointly working on global exchange programme with over 1,600 universities throughout the world.

Thief stuffs 13-yr-old into bed box after gagging him
Flees empty handed
Kharar, March 9
A suspected thief broke into a house in Gillco Enclave on the Chandigarh-Kharar highway on Wednesday and made a futile attempt to steal the belongings of the occupants after gagging a 13-year-old boy and stuffing him into the box of a bed.

Rajpura MC employees block road
Rajpura, March 9
Employees of Rajpura Municipal Council yesterday staged a dharna at the Rajpura flyover on the Chandigarh-Patiala road for nearly one hour.The protesters included safai karamcharis and others who were not getting “adequate salaries” for the past long time. The agitators, led by Raj Kumar, alleged that the government was not regularising them and had been dilly-dallying.

Pair of Asiatic lions reaches Chhatbir Zoo
Chhat (Banur), March 9
A pair of pure Asiatic lions finally reached Chhatbir Zoo from Rajkot Zoological Park, Gujarat.The big cats arrived atChhatbir late last night after travelling for three days and three nights.

Woman attacked by wild animal
Ambala, March 9
A middle-aged woman of Naya Gaon village close to Ambala City was injured when she was attacked by a wild animal, which looked like a leopard.Injured Kiran Bala said that on Tuesday evening, when she was working in the field at Badi Ghel village a wild animal, which looked like a leopard came out from a sugarcane field and attacked her.

Census officials forced to sit on ground
Rajpura, March 9
The statewide strike of municipal council employees on Monday forced officials deployed on census duty to sit on ground to carry out their paperwork.The monthly meeting of the councillors was also held at the PWD rest house, instead of the MC office, because of the strike.

3 students fall sick after eating hostel food
Warden denies allegations
Ambala, March 9
Three girl students of Government Polytechnic, Ambala City, got sick after consuming unhygienic food last night. The girls, Kanika, Sukh Simran and Tanu Verma were rushed to the local civil hospital.

DC inspects govt offices
Kalka, March 9
Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, today inspected several government offices here today.According to sources, Ashima Brar, DC, Panchkula, reached Kalka before noon and inspected Kalka SDM office.

Class X student run over by train
Kalka, March 9
A class X student of Rajjipur( Surajpur) Government School was run over by a train on the Chandigarh - Kalka rail track today.The incident took place today when Gurcharan Singh, son of Labh Singh of Surajpur Colony adjacent to the railway track was on his way to school, when he was run over by a train. He died on the spot.

‘Women homemakers as well as bread earners’
Patiala, March 9
The Rashtriya Joti Kala Manch, Patiala, organised the Women Era Awards on the International Women’s Day function held at hotel flyover, here today.The Deputy Director, Income Tax, Patiala, Rajinder Kaur, and Sangrur Akal Degree College principal Sukhmeen Kaur Sidhu were the prominent speakers who spoke on women empowerment and their role in the modern-day society.

Residents being supplied contaminated water
Kalka, March 9
Great resentment prevails among the residents Ward No-11 of Bharat Nagar, Kalka , as they are being supplied with contaminated water since the past more than two weeks. Subsequently, they have been facing inconvenience .


Man robbed of Rs 25,000 at knifepoint
Chandigarh, March 9
Four unidentified assailants robbed a person of cash and a mobile phone in Hallo Majra late last night.The incident took place when Rohit Kumar was approaching his residence on foot and was stopped by unidentified youths. The police said one of the assailants slapped the victim and then threatened him at knifepoint. They then fled with the Rs 25,000 and also snatched his mobile phone.

Burglars decamp with money, jewellery
Zirakpur, March 9
Burglars decamped with jewellery, cash and foreign currency after breaking into a locked house of a Chandigarh based-businessman at Silver City located on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway here on Tuesday.

16-yr-old hangs herself to death
Mohali, March 9
A 16-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide at Sohana village here today by hanging herself from a ceiling fan.


West Indies vs Ireland
Teams sweat out at practice session
Chandigarh, March 9
With just two days left for the clash between West Indies and Ireland for the ICC-Cricket World Cup Championship to be held at the PCA Stadium, Mohali, both teams sweat out hard at the venue during their practice session here today.

Players of Ireland and West Indies during a practice session ahead of their match on March 11.
Players of Ireland and West Indies during a practice session ahead of their match on March 11.Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu

World Cup evokes mixed response at PU hostels
Chandigarh, March 9
India vs Netherlands match was given a miss by girls at Panjab University hostels today. Cricket enthusiasm was missing in most hostels, where the daily soaps had taken over the cricket match.

Hockey: PNB drub Chandigarh XI 3-2
Chandigarh, March 9
Punjab National Bank (PNB) dominated in the opening match of the All-India Sahibzada Ajit Singh Hockey Championship being held at Olympian Pithipal Singh AstroTurf at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.


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