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Chandigarh to get new automatic weather station in Sector 7

At present, IMD has a regional centre in Sector 39 and observations are also recorded at the Chandigarh airport by airport officials. AWS stations are also installed in Panchkula and Mohali

The new automatic weather station help record precise weather conditions in the Sukhna Lake area. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Jan 16, 2024 08:58 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Cold wave continues to grip Chandigarh for second day in a row

As per India Meteorological Department officials, chances of dense fog, cold wave and cold day conditions will continue in the coming days as well

Morning walkers bundled up in woollens in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Monday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jan 16, 2024 08:54 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

This year, only 1 in 5 students in Panjab University engineering courses are female

As per data available with Panjab University officials for the 2023-24 academic session, 582 students in engineering courses are male and only 170 are female, constituting only 22.6% of the total strength

Even in the engineering courses already underway at Panjab University, only 374 of the total 1,977 students are female, forming a mere 19%. (HT File)
Updated on Jan 15, 2024 09:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

At 3.2°C, Chandigarh logs coldest January night in 7 years

Chandigarh had recorded a colder night only on January 11, 2017, when the minimum temperature had gone down to 2.7°C. In 2018 also, the minimum temperature had touched 3.2°C on January 6

Visitors bundled up in winter wear at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on a chilly Sunday morning. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Jan 15, 2024 09:10 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh’s AQI crosses 400 on Lohri night

At 430, the average AQI at 9 pm was worst at the Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Station (CAAQMS) in Sector 53, Chandigarh, followed by 423 at the Sector 22 CAAQMS, both in the “severe” category

Chandigarh’s AQI is usually far better than Delhi. On Saturday, however, the most crowded places in Delhi, including Punjabi Bagh was in close range with an average AQI of 477. Dwarka had an index of 469 and Okhla 464. Chandigarh’s air quality was, in fact, worse than some stations in Delhi like Lodhi Road, where AQI was 414, and Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, where AQI was 428. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 14, 2024 08:16 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh records coldest night as temperature dips to 5.3°C

Relief from biting chill unlikely in coming days; IMD issues orange alert for dense fog, cold day conditions in Chandigarh

Students celebrating Lohri on the Panjab University campus in Chandigarh on a chilly Friday morning. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Jan 13, 2024 09:28 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh central EWS admissions: Minority schools exempted, asked to set aside 15% seats

The minority schools in Chandigarh have been directed to admit the EWS students following a fair and transparent process at their own level

All 20 minority schools in Chandigarh have been exempted from the education department’s centralised EWS admissions portal for the 2024-25 session. (HT File (Representative image))
Updated on Jan 13, 2024 08:20 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: St John’s school told to disburse 74-lakh PF owed to bus drivers, conductors

The Employees Provident Fund Organisation has directed St John’s High School in Chandigarh to comply immediately to avoid further legal complications

During an inspection by the area enforcement officer, it was found that PF benefits were not extended to staff of 19 buses plying students of St John’s High School, Chandigarh. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 11, 2024 09:34 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

At 10.8°C, Chandigarh colder than Srinagar, Manali

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), amid overcast skies, Chandigarh remained colder than various places in Kashmir, including Srinagar (12.9°C), Anantnag (12.2°C) and Kupwara (12.7°C); even in Kargil, the maximum temperature was 7.1°C, just three degrees lower than Chandigarh

Visitors at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on a cold Wednesday evening. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Jan 11, 2024 09:22 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh sees coldest January day in nine years

This was also the coldest day of the season after maximum temperature of 11.4°C was recorded on January 7, the second coldest day of the season

While a fresh western disturbance (WD) is active in the region, the day temperature is likely to start increasing from Thursday onwards (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Jan 10, 2024 09:16 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

At 11.4°C, Chandigarh reels under coldest day of season

With day temperature dropping 4.8 degrees below normal, Chandigarh was colder than many hill stations of Himachal Pradesh

People taking a stroll amid the foggy weather at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Sunday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Jan 08, 2024 08:40 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Very dense fog makes comeback in Chandigarh as night temp falls to season’s lowest

As per IMD officials, due to the sudden drop in temperature, the visibility of the entire region was affected; Even in Chandigarh, the minimum temperature fell from 8.7°C on Wednesday to 5.7°C on Thursday

IMD Chandigarh director AK Singh said, “With fog during the day, cold day conditions are also likely with maximum temperature falling below normal. If the fog lifts by morning, then the temperature can go relatively higher in the afternoon.” (Ravi Kumar//HT)
Updated on Jan 05, 2024 09:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Vivek High School to move court after derecognition order

Chairperson of Vivek High School HS Mamik said, “We will file a petition in the Punjab and Haryana high court as the order is not legal. For around 20 years we had a stay on our recognition from the HC and this is something that the department has acknowledged before and can’t go back on.”

Vivek High School, Sector 38 will now go to court after the UT education department’s order on December 27 to derecognise the school over not admitting EWS students as under Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act. (File Photo)
Updated on Jan 04, 2024 08:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

As mercury rises 3 notches, dense fog takes a break in Chandigarh

India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials, however, said that chances of dense fog will continue in the coming days and an orange alert is in place till Thursday

On Tuesday, the visibility fell down to 600 metres around 5:30 am but improved to 800 metres by 8.30am in Chandigarh. (Sant Arora/HT)
Updated on Jan 03, 2024 08:32 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

In Chandigarh, December 2023 was wettest in nine years

Chandigarh recorded rain only on the first day of the month, with the rest of December 2023 remaining largely dry due to weaker western disturbances

As per IMD officials, due to weaker WDs, the air quality index (AQI) also crossed 300 (poor) towards the end of the month. Even light rain can considerably improve the air quality of Chandigarh. (HT File)
Updated on Jan 03, 2024 07:56 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: A foggy, chilly start to New Year at 11.8°C

This was also the season’s second ‘cold day’, which is declared when the maximum temperature goes between 4.5 to 6.4 degrees below normal and the minimum goes below 10°C

As per India Meteorological Department (IMD), cold day conditions will continue for the next two to three days and dense fog is also likely to continue in the mornings. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jan 02, 2024 08:50 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: City sees season’s 1st severe cold day; dense fog likely to continue

City colder than Himachal hill stations; IMD issues red alert for cold days, dense fog. With dense fog in the city, day temperature continued to plunge, going down from 15.1°C on Saturday to 12.4°C on Sunday, the lowest of the season. As per IMD, this was the first severe cold day of the season, a day after the first cold day was also recorded.

Commuters brave the foggy weather in Panchkula on Sunday. With dense fog in the city, day temperature continued to plunge, going down from 15.1°C on Saturday to 12.4°C on Sunday, the lowest of the season. As per the India Meteorological department (IMD), this was the first severe cold day of the season, a day after the first cold day was also recorded. (Sant Arora/ HT Photo)
Published on Dec 31, 2023 10:58 PM IST
By, Chandigarh/mohali:

Dense fog grips Chandigarh, visibility slips below 25m

While visibility had been falling below 1,000 metres earlier as well, Thursday was the first day when Chandigarh also had very dense fog

Scientist at IMD Chandigarh, Shivinder Singh said, “North Westerly winds were active in Chandigarh earlier due to its proximity with the Himalayas. The wind has stopped now so there was dense fog on Thursday.” (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 07:40 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Vivek High School derecognised over EWS admissions

It is the second institute in the city to be de-recognised by the administration this year. Earlier, in May, it had de-recognised St Kabir Public School, Sector 26, on similar grounds, but the school got temporary relief from the high court earlier this month.

The Chandigarh administration on Wednesday de-recognised Vivek High School, Sector 38 for not giving admission to EWS students in 2023-24 and for not committing to do so in the 2024-25 session either. (HT File)
Updated on Dec 28, 2023 09:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Government schools’ entry level admissions fail to kick off

Helpdesks had been set up at most of the government schools in Chandigarh, but parents were forced to go back as the website is yet to be functional

At GMSSS, Sector 35, a parent was asked to come back again on Wednesday. (HT File)
Updated on Dec 27, 2023 05:58 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

​No fog in Chandigarh, thanks to north-westerly winds

Scientist at the IMD, Chandigarh, Shivinder Singh said, “Chandigarh has more effect of north westerly winds than the adjoining areas because of its position at the foothills of the Himalayas. For dense fog, even a little wind can keep fog from forming which is what has happened here”

In Chandigarh, visibility dropped down to 800 meters at 5.30 am. When visibility is between 500-1,000 meters it is classified as shallow fog by the IMD. (HT File)
Updated on Dec 27, 2023 05:54 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Amid mercury dip, Chandigarh sees second most polluted day after Diwali

AQI between 301-400 is considered very poor. At the Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Station (CAAQMS) in Sector 53, the average AQI was 340 at 6pm while at the Sector 22 CAAQMS, it was 304.

Visitors in a Shikara on a foggy morning at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Monday (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Dec 26, 2023 08:20 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Complete Chandigarh railway station redevelopment by April 2024, authorities told

He asked the Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) to expedite the work and get it finished by April 2024 so that by May, the station can be opened in its new avatar. The Chandigarh project was dubbed as a lighthouse project and the redevelopment of railway stations in other cities will be carried out on these lines.

Officials of the RLDA and the Ambala Division of railways were present. (HT File)
Updated on Dec 25, 2023 08:18 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PU affiliation to Haryana colleges: Dhankhar steps in, says will meet Punjab CM

Stating that he will himself work to bring funding to the university, the Vice-President of India said he will meet the Punjab CM to discuss the affiliation issue

Vice President of India Jagdeep Dhankhar delivering his speech at the 4th Global Alumni Meet of Panjab University at Law Auditorium of University in Chandigarh on Saturday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Dec 24, 2023 08:18 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

4th Global Alumni meet: Nostalgia, bonhomie, gratitude: PU alumni reminisce the good old days

Over 1,000 alumni, including 150 NRIs, had reached the campus to relive the good old days and see how far their alma mater had come since they passed out

From left: Former PU V-C Arun Kumar Grover, environmental activist Vandana Shiva, Government of India’s principal scientific advisor Ajay Kumar Sood and other old students at the department of physics during the global alumni meet at Panjab University on Saturday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Dec 24, 2023 08:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: 31% increase in seats in government schools for 2024-25 academic session

As per information shared by the department, there will be a total of 4,960 seats in pre-nursery classes during the next academic session in 110 government schools across the city

31% increase in seats in Chandigarh government schools for 2024-25 academic session. (HT FILE)
Published on Dec 21, 2023 10:54 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

4th Global Alumni Meet: Panjab varsity eyes 100 cr in donations from its old students

Panjab University vice-chancellor Renu Vig said the agenda for the meet has been set by Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar, who is also the chancellor of the varsity and will be the chief guest on the occasion

Panjab university has already started receiving the donations. (HT File)
Updated on Dec 21, 2023 08:56 AM IST

Vivek High School gets show-cause notice over EWS admissions

UT education dept has asked the school why punitive action should not be taken against it for violation of the RTE Act

The UT education department has sent a show-cause notice to Vivek High School, Sector 38, for violating the Right to Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009 by not admitting students belonging to economically weaker sections (EWS) in its primary classes. (HT File)
Updated on Dec 20, 2023 09:02 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Diplomas to degrees, no takers for 14 courses at Panjab University

Apart from languages and arts, some PG engineering courses witnessed zero demand at Panjab University in the 2023-24 academic session

Stating the reason behind this, Panjab University officials said if courses are made more industry-oriented then a higher number of admissions will be seen. (HT File)
Updated on Dec 19, 2023 09:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

North-westerly winds behind the recent chill in Chandigarh: IMD

“There is a chill in the air because of the north-westerly winds that are dry and cold in nature. They will remain active for the next few days and the temperature will remain below normal,” as per Shivinder Singh, scientist at IMD Chandigarh

Chandigarh’s maximum temperature rose only slightly from 22.2°C on Saturday to 22.3°C on Sunday, three degrees below normal. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Dec 11, 2023 09:00 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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