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No PU fee hike for now
Chandigarh, March 22
Panjab University will constitute a new fee committee that will review the proposed fee hike and submit a new draft for consideration at the next Senate meeting.

Senator DPS Randhawa (left) offers juice to a member of the SFS after he called off his fast at Panjab University on Saturday. Tribune photo: s chandan

Students call off protest


Fee hike issue
PU failed to handle students’ stir, say Senators
Chandigarh, March 22
The Panjab University authorities failed to handle the protest by students and chaos on the campus as there was a communication gap between the authorities and the students’ representatives. A majority of the Senators expressed this view in the Senate meeting chaired by PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover here today.

Satya Pal Jain, Senate member, addresses students who were protesting in front of the Administrative Block where the Senate meeting was going on at Panjab University on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Panjab varsity not making optimum utilisation of funds
Chandigarh, March 22
The Panjab University authorities are not making the optimum utilisation of funds, which are in their kitty, due to which many projects and schemes are hanging fire for a long time. During the Senate meeting held today, a number of Senators pointed out that the funds, which were allotted for projects or schemes, were not utilised due to which most of the projects were being delayed.

Sonia, Modi, Mayawati’s rallies to send election temperature soaring
Chandigarh, March 22
The City Beautiful will witness three rallies by political bigwigs the next week. The BJP’s primeministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati will address rallies in the city. Sonia Gandhi will be the first one among the political heavyweights to visit the city. She will be visiting the city on March 27 to campaign for party candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal. She will address a rally on the Sector 25 rally ground here.

Bansal hits back
Chandigarh, March 22
Former Union Railway Minister and Congress candidate from Chandigarh Pawan Kumar Bansal, who has been under attack from the BJP and the AAP for the past many days, has hit out at his rivals, terming them as ‘outsider’ Bollywood stars. Addressing a rally at Sarangpur, Bansal targets BJP’s Kirron Kher and AAP’s Gul Panag, saying that both the parties had no faith in the local candidates as they had given tickets to ‘outsider’ Bollywood actors.

Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal wave at residents 
of Sector 49 EWS Colony during an election campaign in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph


Chandigarh votes 2014
Gul shows the ‘aam aadmi’ face
Chandigarh, March 22
Shedding her glamorous look to connect with the aam aadmi, model-turned-actor Gulkirat Kaur Panag, the Aam Admi Party (AAP) candidate, today travelled by a local bus from the ISBT, Sector 43, to the bus stand at Sector 17.

Aam Aadmi Party candidate Gul Panag interacts with passengers on a CTU bus in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Youth voice
Poll manifestos must have plan for creation of more jobs
Chandigarh, March 22
City youngsters want political parties to include in their manifestos concrete plans for generation of employment opportunities, to win their support in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Chandigarh Tribune spoke to young voters at the Government College, Sector 11.

(From left) Nitin Verma, Gagandeep Singh, Amritpal Kaur, Archana, Kamal, Shailinder Gill and Hina Verma, all first-time voters in the general elections, at Government College in Sector 11, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Hooda to hold road show today, Abhay Chautala to address rally
Panchkula, March 22
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will hold a road show in Panchkula while Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Singh Chautala will address a rally at Kalka tomorrow to seek votes for their respective party candidates for the Ambala Lok Sabha constituency.

Ambala votes 2014
Videograph leaders arguing with cops at nakas, DEO tells police
Panchkula, March 22
District Electoral Officer (DEO) Dr SS Phulia today asked the police to videograph the incident in case leaders, workers and supporters of a political party enter into heated arguments with the police personnel deployed at various nakas or flying squads. He further advised the policemen and other enforcement teams not to lose their calm while searching suspects and their vehicles.

9 file nominations on last day
Chandigarh, March 22
Nine candidates, including seven independent, filed their nomination papers on the last day today raising the number of contenders for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat to 20. Janata Dal candidate Surinder Bhardwaj, who filed his nomination papers today, was accompanied by members of the party’s youth brigade on two-wheelers and LPG autos. The caravan passed through the markets of sectors 7, 27, 19, 18, 20, 21 and 22 to reach the Returning Officer’s office in Sector 17.

Kirron woos voters at Bapu Dham Colony
Chandigarh, March 22
BJP candidate Kirron Kher carried out a road show in Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, today. As the road show reached near Bapu Dham Colony’s mosque, Kher was welcomed by members of the muslim community led by the Minority Morcha president Haji Mohammad Khurshid Ali.

BJP candidate Kirron Kher during her road show at Bapu Dham Colony in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Anandpur sahib votes 2014
Single-window system for poll-related approvals in Mohali
Mohali, March 22
A single-window system has been established at the offices of Assistant Returning Officers (AROs) for political parties and their candidates for obtaining permission for rallies, election meetings and use of loudspeakers and vehicles besides other necessary approvals. The service will be provided on the first come, first served basis.

Repair of road: Balongi residents seek election panel nod
Mohali, March 22
Residents of Balongi here have urged the Chief Election Commission, Punjab, to give a special permission for repair of the road linking the village to the National Highway-21 as well as the road in the village’s periphery. The residents, including members of Balongi Shopkeepers Welfare Association, have written to the CEC stating that the village had 13,000 registered voters. They said the development of the village had been ignored for the past 10 years and it lacked basic amenities. They would boycott the general election if their request was not conceded. OC

Candidates chirp
Kirron Kher @KirronKherBJP
11:19 am: Good Morning Chandigarh! My son Sikandar," Mom! You should be more on twitter." "Beta, twitter per zyada rahoongi to kaam kab karoongi?"
Gul Panag @GulPanag
7:38 pm: If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too. 9:58 am: Dear right wing, lies & photoshop won't get you far 9:46 am: History will never forget these absurdly corrupt and self-centered politicians. We must ensure that we confine them to history.

Street play on power of vote
Chandigarh, March 22 
As a part of its voter awareness and motivation campaign, the UT Election Department today organised a 'nukkad natak' at the Elante Mall in Industrial Area here. The theme was 'Apne vote ka paryog vivek se karein'. The play depicted the power of vote. It meant to convey that people can choose good leadership by voting. — TNS

Police take steps for peaceful polls
Chandigarh, March 22
In the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, the Chandigarh Police have taken 195 persons into preventive custody, registered 93 cases under the Central Excise Act and 10 cases under the NDPS Act. The police had initiated a campaign on March 1 to ensure that elections in the city remain peaceful.

RO advisory to BJP
Chandigarh, March 22
The District Magistrate-cum-Returning Officer, Mohammad Shayin, today issued an advisory to the BJP to carry out its election campaign as per the model code of conduct guidelines. BB Bahl, the pesident of Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, had complained that the BJP was planning to carry out a slanderous and malicious campaign against the Congress candidate, Pawan Kumar Bansal.

Draw of lots for liquor vends
Mohali, March 22
The Excise and Taxation Department netted Rs 117.70 crore during the draw of lots for the allotment of liquor vends in Mohali district here today. The department has been able to earn Rs 26.47 crore more than the last year when the revenue stood at Rs 91.23 crore.


186 posts of TGT lying vacant in govt schools
Chandigarh, March 22
Due to the lackadaisical attitude of the UT Education Department, 186 posts of Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT) have been lying vacant in government schools across the city for the past one year. The future of students has been put at stake as a majority of the faculty is being overburdened with classes and subjects in which they do not have specialisations, due to which lack of interest in teachers and students has increased considerably.

Need to channelise energy of youth: Former Lt-Guv
Chandigarh, March 22
The youth from the northern part of the country need to learn from their counterparts from down south, who, after attaining professional degrees from well-reputed institutes both national and internationally, are serving in the tribal and the rural areas. This was stated by Lt-Gen (retd) Bhopinder Singh, former Lieutenant Governor, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Puducherry.

Celebrating the moment: Students of Post-Graduate Government College, Sector 11, in a jubilant mood after receiving their degrees on Saturday. A total of 845 degrees were conferred on students. Tribune photo: s chandan

Octave 2014
Artistes from North-East mesmerise audience
Chandigarh, March 22
Artistes from the North-East mesmerised the audience with their scintillating renditions on the second day of the ongoing “Octave-2014” at Sector 17 here today. The festival is being organised by the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC), Patiala, Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

Artistes from the North-East perform an item during "Octave-2014" at the Sector 17 Plaza in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Admissions to medical, dental colleges
Reconsider eligibility criteria, govt urged
Mohali, March 22
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA), Mohali, has appealed to the Punjab Government to reconsider the latest eligibility criteria for admissions to state medical and dental colleges for the current year.

From schools
Annual Function
Chandigarh: First Edge Pre-school organised its 3rd annual function at the Bal Bhawan auditorium, here, on Saturday. Over 70 children in the age group of 2 to 5 regaled the audience with their stage presence. Michael and Delia, eminent educationists from the UK, were the guests of honour. The function began with the recitation of “Ganesh Vandana” in Sanskrit. Children enthralled the audience with a play on healthy eating habits. Student brings laurels: Poornima Haldiyan, a student of Class XI of Kendriya Vidyalaya, OCF, Sector 29-B, here, participated in the 59th National School Games (Tae kwon do U-19) Championship-2013 and bagged second position by wining a silver medal. The games were held in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh. — TNS

Students of The Nurtuary Pre-school perform during the annual day function at the Bal Bhawan, Sector 23, Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Law student bags gold medal
Chandigarh, March 22
A BA LLB student of the University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University, Parteek Mahajan, has bagged gold medal for outstanding performance from 2008 to 2013. He was presented with the medal at the 63rd Panjab University convocation. He has been a topper and a distinction holder with 77.36 per cent marks. He was awarded two gold medals at the annual convocation for the faculty of law held in April last year. He practises at the Punjab and Haryana High Court. TNS

Contests mark Day 2 of ‘VYOM’
Chandigarh, March 22
On the second day of "VYOM-2014" held at the PEC University of Technology, students of various colleges took part in events and competitions organised throughout the day. The day started with VYOM's treasured workshops of automobile design, RC aircraft design workshop and ethical hacking workshop. Dr Walter Lewin, professor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US, gave a lecture on the birth and death of stars. — TNS

119 students get placements
Mohali: As many as 119 students were offered placements at a mega job fair organised by the Indo Global colleges. Over 1,800 students from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, J&K and Haryana took part in the job fair. — OC


Speeding vehicle hits minor
Kalka, March 22
A boy sustained multiple injuries after being hit by a recklessly driven car today. As per information, the incident took place near Charnia village on the Pinjore-Nalagarh National Highway when a speeding car hit seven-year-old Arun. The boy, along with his father Vipin Kumar, was alighting from an auto-rickshaw when it hit him. The father of the child raised an alarm but the car driver failed to stop and fled from the spot. The boy has been admitted to a private hospital in Pinjore. OC


PSPCL told to refund amount to complainant
Mohali, March 22
The Permanent Lok Adalat (Public Utility Services), Mohali, headed by Jagroop Singh Mahal, came to the rescue of Kabal Singh and directed Punjab State Power Corporation Limited and the Assistant Executive Engineer, PSPCL, Mohali, to refund the excess amount recovered from him and pay him interest at 9 per cent per annum.

Drug lord Bhola produced before court
Mohali, March 22
Jagdish Singh Bhola, an alleged drug lord, was produced before the court under tight security here today. He was produced before the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge (Senior Division) Parminder Pal Singh. It has fixed April 2 as the next date for hearing. Manjinder Singh, Sarabjit Singh Saba, Jagjit Singh Chahal, Satinder Dhama, Baljinder Singh and Anoop Singh Kahlon were among the other accused produced before it. Two of the accused, Paramjit Pamma and Surjit Singh, failed to appear in the court. The police had booked Bhola and others under Sections 379, 411, 473, 471 and 120-B, IPC, Sections 21, 22, 25, 25-A, 27 and 29 of the NDPS Act and various provisions of the Arms Act. OC


Cyclist killed in accident in city
Chandigarh, March 22
A 40-year-old cyclist was killed after a college bus hit him at Sector 31 yesterday. The accident happened late evening when Suraj Kumar, a resident of Mohali, was returning home on his bicycle. A bus of Rayat and Bahra College hit him near the Kali Bari light point. A passerby reported the incident to the police and a police team rushed the victim to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, where the doctors declared him dead on arrival. Suraj worked in a private company. The bus driver, Kirpal Singh, a resident of Hasanpur village in Mohali, was arrested on the spot.


Mohali Cricket Assn trials on March 25
Chandigarh, March 22
The Mohali Cricket Association (MCA) will organise trials to select U-14 players to fill vacant seats in Non-Residential Cricket Academy being run under the banner of the Mohali Cricket Association for Boys (U-12 to 14 years). The trials will be held at 10am on March 25 (Tuesday) at the the C-Ground of the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA), Mohali. Players either studying or living in Mohali are eligible to appear for the trials. According to honorary secretary, the players, appearing for the trials, must be below 14 as on September 1, 2014 (i.e. a player must be born on or after September 1, 2000). The players are also advised to bring a photocopy of the birth certificate or a certificate from the respective institute confirming the date of birth. TNS

Bikers take part in the SJOBA rally in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: pradeep tewari

Handball meet
Chandigarh, March 22
The Chandigarh Handball Association, affiliated to the Handball Federation of India, will organise the 34th Senior (Men and Women) and 27th Junior (Boys and Girls) State Handball Championship from March 27 to 31 at GMSSS, Sector 23. The interested institutions and units are advised to submit their entry to Anand Singh Rawat (9888519722) or at the venue before March 26. Players born on or after January 2,1994, are eligible to participate in the junior category event whereas the senior category will be open to the players affiliated to clubs and units. — TNS

Under-19 cricket trials today
Chandigarh, March 22
The Chandigarh Cricket Association (CCA), affiliated to the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA), will organise trials to select the boys' U-19 cricket team. The trials will be organised on the ground of Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, at 3pm on March 23. The selected team will represent the city in the upcoming inter-district cricket tournament scheduled to be held in May. TNS


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