Praful Patel to lay foundation stone for Chandigarh Airport terminal

Chandigarh, Jan 4: Civil Aviation Minister Praful PatelCivil Aviation Minister Praful Patel will lay the foundation stone for the construction of a new Integrated Terminal Building at the Chandigarh Airport today.
Patel will also be present at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of a international civil air terminal complex at Mohali.

The MoU will be signed between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).

UNESCO delegation visits Chandigarh

Chandigarh, Dec.31: Chandigarh today boasts of all those features which are required to get a world heritage status. The next step is the submission of a dossier to the UNESCO for its nomination.

Amidst hectic activities which are underway, the city recently hosted a high powered team from UNESCO. The idea was to gain insight into the development and maintenance of the city’s original architecture in modern times.

It was sheer coincidence for the UNESCO delegates, who were to attend a workshop of Historic Urban Landscapes in Chandigarh, to be treated to Le-Corbusier's pieces of architecture.

Chandigarh is in the reckoning to be crowned a World Heritage City.

Pak journalist terms Shahi Imam of Ludhiana illiterate

Aroosa AlamChandigarh, dec 27: Maulana Mabibur Rehman Shahi Imam, Jama Masjid Ludhiana, issued a fatwa in Ludhiana calling for Pakistani journalist Aroosa Alam’s social boycott by Muslims.

The Shahi Imam said that the tenets of Islam did not permit a woman to move about or keep company with any man other than her blood relations (father, mother and son).

Asked about the fatwa issued by the Shahi Imam asking Muslims to boycott her, Aroosa said illiterate clerics are the bane of a civilised society.

‘So-called marriage with Capt Amarinder Singh had put my life in danger’

former Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder SinghChandigarh, December 24: Pakistani journalist and friend of former Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, Aroosa Alam, has said that reports regarding her so-called marriage with Capt Amarinder Singh had put her life in danger in Pakistan.

"Anything could have happened to me following the appearing of that sort of stories", she said.

"However, as I have a good number of friends in Pakistan media, they supported me like anything to clarify my position in that country", Aroosa added.

Crafting of folk instruments alive in Punjab

Chandigarh, Dec 7: Punjabi folk traditionsA family in Punjab's Nawanshahr District has for generations been engaged in crafting rare folk instruments to uphold the true spirit of Punjabi folk traditions.

Sixty-three-year-old Krishan Singh Ramgarhia is the fourth generation creator engaged in making Punjab's folk and classical instruments like Sarangi, Taus, Saranda and Rabab, many of them on the endangered list.

At his residential-cum-manufacturing unit in Nawanshahr, he is busy readying instruments against the orders piled from clients in Punjab and abroad.

Pakistan propaganda fails to convince listeners in border areas

Chandigarh, Dec 4: Pakistan’s Radio programme ‘Punjabi Durbar’ continues to level false allegations against the State and Central Government hoping to mislead the people in the border areas, but the propaganda is having no impact on them.

In one of its recent broadcasts ‘Punjabi Durbar’ has alleged that the Government of India is discriminatory in its attitude towards people living in Punjab. It alleged that the Centre is diverting water from Punjab to other areas by constructing canals and dams.

The broadcasts also alleged that the Indian government has described Sikh community as “terrorists”, looting and robbery is prevalent in Punjab, and Punjabi Hindus treat women badly.

After UP, Punjab lifts ban on ‘Aaja Nachle’

Chandigarh, Dec 2: A day after banning the screening of Madhuri Dixit’s come back film ‘Aaja Nachle’, the Punjab Government today lifted the bar.

The Uttar Pradesh Government, yesterday, lifted the ban after an apology from film producer Yash Chopra and chopping of lines from the title song, which certain section of Dalits felt was derogatory.

Central Board of Film Certification chairperson Sharmila Tagore also rendered an apology for giving a nod to the title track of the film with lines “Mohale mein kaisi maara-mar hai, bole mochi bhi khud ko sunar hai” that offended the Dalits

The Haryana Government has also banned the screening of the film in the state.

Online gaming a craze among youngsters in Punjab

Chandigarh, Nov 24: Craze for online gaming is now gripping young minds in Punjab.

After a tiring day at school, playing on computer is one of the coolest relaxing activities for eight-year-old Khusi Sood. She accesses the internet and goes online to play cards, sports and puzzle games.

“Many of my friends in Ludhiana play online games like chess, billiards and cards,” Khushi said.

A student of class three, Khusi of Ludhiana has many friends with whom she plays online games.

In Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Jalandhar and even Amritsar, one finds the young trying their hand at games of skill against unknown masterminds across the globe.

Pakistan Radio's comment on poor Sikh leadership fails to convince Indian Sikhs

Chandigarh, Nov 24: Persistent efforts to disturb communal harmony in India has led the Sikh community to question the credentials of Pakistan Radio.

It is a known fact that its propagandist programmes do not enjoy much popularity among Sikhs living along the Indo-Pakistan border in Punjab.

Take for example one of its recent broadcasts, Pakistan Radio claimed that the Sikh leadership in India is not able to give the right direction to Sikhs, and instead, was joining hands with Hindus to promote their own personal interests after Operation Blue Star and the anti Sikh riots in 1984.

Pakistan Radio’s ‘Punjabi Darbar’ exhortations, however, have had little or no impact on Sikhs.

Jaspal Bhatti, the comedy icon of Indian small screen

Jaspal Bhatti Chandigarh, Nov.23 : Jaspal Bhatti is today known as one of the most popular characters of Indian small screen with his famous serials “Ulta Pulta” and “Flop Show” showcasing an impressive sense of humour mixed with satire on daily life.
An engineer-turned-showman, Bhatti gained popularity at a time when most people would watch television for movies or national news. No cable television technology was available at that time.

Most of his productions are spoofs ridiculing corruption in society. We call this satirist, actor and director "the achiever".

Non-Resident Punjabis doing their bit to take India's booming economy forward

Chandigarh, Nov 19 : A number of non-resident Indians (NRIs), looking for best investment opportunities, are keenly looking at India's growing economy.

Desiring to be a part of the India's growth story, many non-resident Punjabis are now ploughing back redemption proceeds from various NRI deposit schemes and investing them in India's stock markets.

Growing liberalisation and the opening up of India's economy is luring NRI investors, who are directly or indirectly pouring money into the Indian capital markets.

G S Chahal has already invested nearly 20,000 dollars in the past two years. The money has been sent by his Canada-based son-in-law and two brothers-in-law based in the United States.

Now, Shoaib Akhtar wants to do a Jolie by adopting a baby!

Chandigarh, Nov 10 : Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar is looking for a baby whom he wants to adopt.

Akhtar revealed this while paying a visit to a school for mentally challenged children in Chandigarh on Friday, a day after Pakistan won the second ODI match against India levelling the series 1-1.

"I don't want to publicise this matter. I am looking for one (baby)," Akhtar said.

The controversial Pakistani player who has been in news for all the wrong reasons, be it doping charges or hitting his team mate with a bat, said that he has not yet decided whether to adopt a baby boy or girl.

Young Leadership Award for Chandigarh social activist

Chandigarh, Oct.18 : In recognition of the work done on tobacco control at the global level by Mr. Hemant Goswami, a social activist from India, he has been selected to receive the "Young Leadership Award" in tobacco control.

Hemant shall be presented the award at the "8 th Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health" presently undergoing in Taipei , Taiwan.

Hemant has also been awarded young scholars award for the study done by him on "Tobacco in Movies and its Impact on Youth," conducted in association with WHO and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The awards shall be presented on October 19 at Howard Plaza, Taipei, Taiwan, a website called Third Estate, said in a release. (ANI)

Chandigarh's Sector 16 stadium readies to host an ODI after 14 years

Chandigarh, Oct 6 : Chandigarh is gearing up to host the fourth one-day international of the ongoing seven-match series between Australia and India.

The Sector 16 stadium is being spruced up to host the match to be played on Monday, which will be its first in over 14 years.

Groundsmen are working hard to give finishing touches to the pitch and the outfield. New pavilions have been constructed, while the existing ones have been expanded to fit in more seats.

I. S. Sandhu, Director Sports, Chandigarh, said the ground is ready to hold an international match.

Punjabi youth to have degrees with ‘foreign tag’

Chandigarh, Sept. 21 : As globalisation has had an impact on all facets of life, Punjab has geared up to allow students to achieve international standards in education.

Recently, Canadian universities and institutions landed in India to woo Punjabi students.

It’s like a dream come true for every single Punjabi youth, who want a degree with a ‘foreign’ tag.

Being the world’s second largest country area wise, Canada is one of the world’s wealthiest nations with a high per capita income.

Chandigarh B-schools offer training in managing retail outlets

Chandigarh, Sept 20 : Taking a cue from a boom in organised retailing, management institutes have sprung up to cater to the demand for skilled professionals to manage mega outlets.

Organised retailing is expected to become a 24 billion dollar industry by 2010 in India. It will require trained manpower to run hypermarkets, super stores and wholesale cash and carry facilities.

Those aspiring to make a career in retail industry feel that a management institute gives them all that is needed to become successful.

Dera Sacha Sauda Chief gets interim Bail

Chandigarh: Punjab and Haryana High Court has granted interim bail to Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh till October 4. Dera Chief has been booked under two cases of murder and one case of rape. The investigation was done by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

As per the court orders, Dera Chief has been directed to surrender his passport. Justice L N Mittal also ordered Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to file an affidavit that he did not possess any other passport.

The Dera chief will have to apply for a regular bail in Ambala court. Till the time, the decision comes from the Ambala court, the interim bail will be applicable. The charges were filed by CBI in Ambala.

Badal Demands An Unconditional Apology From The UPA Govt.

Chandigarh: The giant Akali leader and the Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal has demanded a public apology from the UPA government.

Badal yesterday described the Centre's stand before the Supreme Court questioning the very existence Lord Rama, as "shocking beyond belief and utterly insensitive."

Badal demanded that the government should tender a "timely and unconditional apology to the masses for having grievously hurt their religious sentiments."

Badal said, “The government must make amends for this gave lapse.”
He also called for the strict action against the functionaries responsible for the "blunder".

Realty Costs To Go Up In Indian Markets - Ansal

Chandigarh: Realty developer Ansal Housing and Constructions Ltd stated that real estate prices in the metropolitan cities will arise between 10-15 per cent whereas 20-25 per cent in small cities in next 1-2 years.

Ansal Housing auspicated this development regardless of the claims that real estate market in India is heated up.

Musharraf’s Book Banned In Chandigarh For ‘Distorted’ Facts

In The Line Of FireChandigarh: The Chandigarh government cast out the Hindi edition of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s book “In the Line of Fire” as it had distorted the Indian map.

In an announcement, it said the map of India printed in the book didn't match to the country’s map as released by the Survey of India.

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