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Panchkula to be shoppers’ hot spot
Panchkula, March 24
There was a time when people living in Panchkula had to come to Sector 17 in Chandigarh to shop. But over the years, the town has grown from a sleepy settlement to a self-sustaining suburban area, with a number of malls and residential projects coming up in and around the town.

All that glitters is not gold
Panchkula, March 24
Two pioneer shopping malls in Panchkula, Shalimar and Bella Vista, each constructed at a cost of Rs 100 crore, about four years ago, have failed to attract shoppers. About 100 shops in Shalimar Mall and around 40 per cent shops in Bella Vista are lying vacant.

Sector 63 housing scheme
Board to miss deadline
Chandigarh, March 24
The Chandigarh Housing Board is all set to miss the 2013 deadline for the completion of the Sector 63 General Housing Scheme. Reason: The construction of 388 flats in one of the blocks is yet to start.

The CHB flats under construction at Sector 63 adjoining Phase IX of Mohali. Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan


2 held on charge of sexual harassment
Chandigarh, March 24
The Chandigarh Police has arrested two persons for harassing and threatening women. In her complaint to the police, a girl accused Manish Rajan Mishra, a resident of Sector 22, Chandigarh, of threatening her and passing lewd remarks at her over phone.

Trendy Walk
: Students walk the ramp during Jhankar 2013 at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Sunday. A Tribune Photograph

Police to keep a tab on taxi drivers
Panchkula, March 24
Panchkula Commissioner of Police Rajbir Deswal has asked the SHOs to maintain the records of taxi drivers in their respective area. The police will keep a tab on the visit of a taxi driver, customer’s name and their fingerprints too. Two registers will be maintained, one with the taxi stand authorities and the other with the SHO of the police station concerned.

How safe are women in cabs?
Panchkula, March 24
Saturday's incident, in which a 35-year-old woman was raped by a taxi driver, has once again put a question mark over the safety of women in the region. In the recent past, a woman, who had hired a taxi at Barwala, was raped by the driver and his friend near Morni.

7-yr-old girl kidnapped, rescued from forest area
Chandigarh, March 24
Two days after a minor girl of Colony Number 5 was abducted, a seven-year old girl of Colony Number 4 was abducted by unidentified persons Saturday night. The girl was later recovered from near a choe in the colony. The police has registered a case of kidnapping at the Industrial Area police station against unknown persons. The victim has received internal injuries and has been admitted to a government hospital, the police said.


Admn, MP in confrontation mode
Chandigarh, March 24
As the Chandigarh Administration has been sticking to its gun for not extending the lal dora limits, Union Railway Minister and Member of Parliament Pawan Kumar Bansal today assured villagers that houses outside the lal dora would not be demolished.

Union Railway Minister and Member of Parliament Pawan Kumar Bansal at Raipur Khurd village in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Open house response
Officials should not while away their time
The officials on duty should be true to their calling and determine to leave the city in a better shape. Using innovative methods of motivating the staff by incentives and commendations should definitely bring about satisfactory results. Instead they tend to become smug and slack, thinking that their deputation should pass away leisurely, before returning to their parent state. Their commitment ought to be, to achieve a goal and leave an indelible, positive contribution making the city a better place to live.

Traditional move: Students present a Himachali folk dance at Panjab University on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh scan
Mothers along with their children in a jubilant mood during the ‘Best Max Mom Contest’ at Max Super Specialty Hospital PRTC gets grant
The unions of PRTC employees, Chandigarh, represented by Azad Karamchari Dal, INTUC, SCBC and CITU in a meeting held at Chandigarh, thanked the Transport Minister and Secretary Transport, Punjab and the Managing Director PRTC for getting a sum of Rs 25 crores for PRTC from the State Government.

Mothers along with their children in a jubilant mood during the ‘Best Max Mom Contest’ at Max Super Specialty Hospital in Mohali on Sunday. A Tribune Photograph

Health notes
Lecture on obesity
As a part of Golden Jubilee celebration of PGIMER, Chandigarh, a public awareness programme on obesity related diseases was organised today. Obesity has become a serious problem during the last decade, afflicting all age groups. The magnitude of the problem can be assessed by the fact that in the state of Punjab, nearly one-third of the people are obese. The co-morbidities associated with obesity make it a formidable challenge for the doctors.

Holi: Keep an eye on synthetic colours
Chandigarh, March 24
A girl takes a look at Holi colours at a roadside stall. "More than skin, it is the eyes that need to be protected while playing the festival of colours," said experts. Residents must opt for good quality colours, preferably herbal ones, to ensure that their eyes remain unaffected, they said. "Many people, especially youngsters, get mischievous and tend to mix permanent colours like paint in Holi colours," said Dr SPS Grewal, CEO, Grewal Eye Institute.

A girl takes a look at Holi colours at a roadside stall. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Soon, railway booking at e-Sampark Centres
Chandigarh, March 24
After deciding to deliver registration certificates (RCs) from e-Sampark Centres, the UT Administration is in the process of introducing the service of railway booking at the centres. Officials of the IT department said a large number of residents had been demanding the introduction of the service at these centres for long.

Nritya, sangeet sammelan concludes at Tagore Theatre
Chandigarh, March 24
The five-day 43rd Pracheen Kala Kendra Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan concluded today with enthralling Sarod recital by Kolkata-based Pandit Narendra Nath Dhar and Kathak dance performance by Vaswati Misra and troupe. Narendra Nath began his recital with Raga Puriya and impressed the audience with his profound alaap, jod and jhala. In a highly emotive rendition, he brought out the beauty of the raga touching hearts of listeners.

Narendra Nath Dhar performs on the concluding day of the 43rd Pracheen Kala Kendra Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Ministry extends deadline to May 15
Chandigarh, March 24
Providing relief to the Chandigarh Administration, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has extended the deadline to declare an eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) around the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary. Earlier, the deadline was February 15 but as the UT Administration failed to declare the ESZ on time, the ministry extended the deadline to May 15.

Evening OPD brings respite to patients
Chandigarh, March 24
The evening OPD at Government Multi-speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector16, has received a favourable response from residents. The average number of patients visiting the OPD per day in the past one week was 65.

March witnesses highest rainfall in past five years
Like a diamond in the sky: Residents make most of a pleasant Sunday at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh. Chandigarh, March 24
With the city recording 11.6mm of rainfall today, this year March has witnessed the maximum rainfall in the past five years. So far, the city received overall rainfall of 23.5 mm, which is the highest figure since 2008. Surinder Pal, Regional Director, Meteorological Department, said the excess rainfall in March this year was because of the western disturbances over J&K and the neighbouring areas. It was expected to be subdued in the next 12 hours.

Like a diamond in the sky: Residents make most of a pleasant Sunday at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan


Govt schools told to buy notebooks
Chandigarh, March 24
After school uniforms, government schools have been told to buy their own notebooks, too. An official communication in this regard has already been issued to all government schools. It has instructed each school to buy six notebooks for students from class I to class V and seven notebooks for students from class VI to class VIII. Schools with an expected expenditure of above Rs 1 lakh will have to issue the public tender as per the general financial rules.

From schools
Exhibition at Saupin’s-32
Students of the electronics club (seniors) put up an exhibition at Saupin's-32. They displayed working models made by them during the club throughout the year. The working models included burglar's alarm, frequency-based timer, LED (running display), light detecting resistor, fire alarm model and many more. Principal ABS Sidhu congratulated the students for their sincere effort.

Students present an item at RIMT World School, Mani Majra. A Tribune photograph

PU Senate sees hot debate over relieving DUI
Chandigarh, March 24
Politics among PU Senate members came to the fore when the House had a stormy discussion over the proposal by the DAV College Managing Committee to relieve DUI RK Kohli for joining as the Vice-Chancellor of DAV University, Jalandhar, on deputation.

Exempting colleges from Semester system
Panel to look into proposal
Chandigarh, March 24
The Senate today decided to form a committee to look into the proposal for exempting PU-affiliated colleges and the University School of Open Learning (USOL) from introducing the semester system in postgraduate diploma courses.

Primary, upper primary schools to get facelift
Mohali, March 24
More than Rs 12 crore will be spent on making additional rooms, boundary walls and carrying out repair work of the buildings of primary and upper primary schools in the district. Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam said out of Rs 12.17 crore to be spent on these schools, Rs 2.33 crore had already been utilised.

Degrees conferred on 250 students
Mohali, March 24
Around 250 MBA (2009-11), BBA and BCA (2008-11) and BEd (2011-12) students of Aryans Group of Colleges were awarded degrees during its third convocation held at PHD Chambers, Chandigarh, here yesterday.


Communicating ideas through engg drawing
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 24
The Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, organised an extension lecture on “Engineering Drawing: Language of Engineers”. Dr Lakhvir Singh professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, was the key speaker on the occasion.

Cultural items mark farewell ceremony
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 24
Students of Continental College of Higher Studies organised a farewell ceremony-cum-cultural event in honour of their seniors. “Kai Po Che”, an event filled with smiles, fun and rejuvenated spirits marked the occasion.


Embezzlement of funds
No action against accused
Mohali, March 24
In an interesting case, a clerk of the education department, who was allegedly found guilty of an embezzlement of several lakhs of rupees, has still been working at his job for the past few years without facing any action for his act.

Case registered against fraudster
Mohali, March 24
In yet another fraud case, the police has registered a case against Neena Sharma, owner of Guru Kirpa Immigration Consultancy who is absconding, here. In a complaint, Hardeep Kaur, a resident of Kharar, alleged that Neena had defrauded her of Rs 3 lakh on pretext of sending her son Gagandeep Chahal abroad. “Neither she sent my son abroad nor did she return my money,” alleged the complainant.

Mobile phone snatched
Chandigarh, March 24
Jitesh Kumar, a resident of Mani Majra, reported to the police that two motorcycle-borne youths snatched his mobile phone and Rs 1,000 in cash at Mani Majra.


Age no deterrent for these athletes
Chandigarh, March 24
To become an example for others, one needs to have a special quality, attained through hard work and complete dedication. The same has been attained by these veteran players, of the region, who perfectly displayed their stamina, courage and keenness, to win medals, here today.

Veteran athletes take part in a 1,500m event; and (right) Balwant Singh, an athlete, takes part in the long jump event at Post Gradute Government College, Sector 11, in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Amanpreet, Sandeep win top honours in SJOBA rally
Chandigarh, March 24
The two-day 26th SJOBA Thunderbolt Sub-Himalayan Rally concluded at St John’s School, Sector 26, here today. Amanpreet Ahluwalia of Delhi and navigator Sandeep Mansukhani, in the Extreme (SUVs) category, found the top spot ahead of all competitors and were ranked with the fastest overall.

A Gypsy zooms through a rough terrain during sjoba rally. A Tribune photograph

Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy register victory by nine runs
Chandigarh, March 24
Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy defeated Austasia Cricket Academy Srilanka by 9 runs in the boys (U-19) T-20 Austasia Cup played at Colombo, Sri Lanka. After elected to bat first, the wining side posted 219 runs after loosing 6 wickets in the allotted slot of 20 overs.

Football tennis federation cup
Delhi clinch top honours
Mohali, March 24
It was double delight for Delhi as their men’s and women’s teams clinched top honours in the singles category final matches of the Punjab Senior National Football Tennis Federation Cup, here today.

A player in action during a match at Sector 69 in Mohali on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Tennis meet from March 29
Mohali, March 24
The Chandigarh Total Tennis Academy will organise Paragon Total Tennis Championship at the Paragon Sr Sec School-71, from March 29. The events will be conducted in boys (U-10, 12, 14, 16), men singles and girl (U-12, 14) and ladies singles. The interested participants can confirm their entries with Rakesh (09781707026 ) before March 28 (5 pm). — TNS


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