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Surender Sharma is a principal correspondent at Chandigarh. He covers Punjab and Haryana high court.

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Now, PU to receive applications through online mode for WiFi

The Panjab University has decided to receive applications through an online mode to streamline the process of providing the WiFi facility to the students on the university campus.

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Updated on Dec 23, 2013 11:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Youth of UT's villages demand development on par with sectors

Having grown up seeing vast difference of living conditions between the planned sectors of Chandigarh and its villages, for the youth of union territory panchayats, the biggest issue appears to be development on par with the sectors.

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Updated on Dec 15, 2013 10:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

PU to name new girls’ hostel after Amrita Pritam

Panjab University’s new hostel on the south campus, which will be opened on December 23, will be named after Amrita Pritam, a leading Punjabi writer and poet of 20th century.

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Updated on Nov 29, 2013 08:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

PU syndicate polls on Dec 9, speculations on emergence of third group rife

With the date of elections to new syndicate out, hectic lobbying has started at Panjab University (PU). The elections to syndicate, the executive government of the university, will take place on December 9, after the senate meeting on December 8.

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Updated on Nov 25, 2013 01:43 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Cong to exploit WhatsApp, Blackberry services to reach out to masses

Going the whole hog into campaigning on social media, the Congress seems all set to exploit the latest technology. Twitter and Facebook are passe now, with messenger services WhatsApp and BlackBerry now being the in-thing.

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Updated on Nov 12, 2013 10:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

'Poor economic condition posing threat to research'

Danger of slowdown looms large over investments in science and research owing to poor economic conditions prevailing in the country, believes Ajay Kumar Sood, a renowned physicist and member of scientific advisory panel to the Prime Minister.

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Updated on Nov 08, 2013 09:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Shy boy from Chandigarh, now a honcho at top IT firm Skype

Classmates would eat his lunch, but he was too genial to ever complain even to his parents. That shy boy at St John's School, Chandigarh's Gurdeep Singh Pall, has now gone on to become the corporate vice-president of Microsoft's video-calling service firm Skype.

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Updated on Oct 31, 2013 03:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

'Architects should have learnt from Corbusier and moved on'

Architect Snehal Shah, who was in the city for Le Corbusier's 125th anniversary week celebrations, said planners should have gone beyond what Le Corbusier did in the construction of Chandigarh.

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Updated on Oct 07, 2013 12:28 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

PU senate to discuss teacher's re-designation

The Panjab University senate on Sunday will discuss a case of re-designation of a faculty member at Department of Indian Theater, which has already raised question about the working of the varsity.

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Updated on Sep 29, 2013 11:48 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Won't hesitate to hold indirect elections at PU, says DSW

Stung by various controversies, this year's Panjab University campus student council elections witnessed numerous violations of the Lyngdoh Committee guidelines, because of which the university could take an extreme of holding indirect elections to student body, from next year.

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Updated on Sep 23, 2013 12:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

PU polls take national turn: NSUI’s Chandan gets chair

Panjab University’s homegrown outfits suffered a severe jolt as Congress wing National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) won two out of the four seats, including that of the president, in the PU Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) elections held amid much drama on Wednesday.

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Updated on Sep 05, 2013 12:11 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Campus votes today to elect council, decide course for future

The high-voltage election carnival that culminates on Wednesday would not only give a new student council to Panjab University and the city's colleges but also be a definitive landmark for the two homegrown political parties that have ruled the campus for years.

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Updated on Sep 04, 2013 01:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Key to council: Every fifth voter is from UIET

The University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) will play a major role in who will wrest power in the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC).

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Updated on Sep 02, 2013 10:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

On campus, money is the name of game

The battle to wrest control of the Panjab University Campus Students' Council (PUCSC) has become such a high-stakes game that the per-party budget touches Rs 15 lakh. Ht has reliably learnt from student leaders - who routinely dub the Rs 5,000 per candidate limit as impractical - that the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations remain on paper. Rivals otherwise, together against Lyngdoh guidelines

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Updated on Sep 02, 2013 10:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Names out, girls shortchanged

As parties stitched up alliances and the final list of candidates for the PU Campus Students' Council (PUCSC) came out on Saturday evening, there remained just one girl in fray for the president's post, that too from an inconsequential party on. Though girls have been off these lists for long - despite being 70% of the voters - there was some hope this time with three girls in fray till the filing of nominations.

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Updated on Sep 01, 2013 12:16 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

PU keeps a check on unfair means to woo voters

With student political groups resorting to all possible means to win voters for the Panjab University (PU) student council elections, the university administration is keeping a watch on mass bunking and has barred entry of buses on the campus.

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Updated on Aug 31, 2013 01:11 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Students from Iran, Afghanistan find elections awesome

With democracy an alien word in their own countries, the handful students from Afghanistan and Iran studying in Panjab University are awed to see the hustle-bustle in the wake of the student council elections. Cavalcade of vehicles covered with posters, student leaders seeking votes with folded hands and girls raising slogans in favour of candidate of their choice - everything interests them.

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Updated on Aug 30, 2013 12:40 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Candidates or not, they remain leaders in PU politics

You may not remember the name of the PU student council president, but there are some people you associate immediately with campus politics in Chandigarh. They may not be able to contest elections, thanks to strict Lyngdoh Committee guidelines over criminal cases and attendance norms, but real power remains with these leaders even when the posts go mostly to 'dummy' candidates.

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Updated on Aug 29, 2013 10:45 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

PU steps up security for elections

With a day or two left for the formal announcement of the date of election to the Panjab University Student Council, the university authorities have stepped up security on the campus.

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Updated on Aug 28, 2013 12:41 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Loudspeaker the hurdle, no revival of open house debate

After two years of embargo and finally a formal reconsideration, Panjab University student polls will still not have the open house debate. Officials told HT they were seriously looking into various parties' demand of reviving the open house debates.

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Updated on Aug 25, 2013 12:53 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

'PU student politics not what they used to be': veterans

Panjab University, which has acted as a nursery for grooming political leaders projecting youths' voice and democratic values through the student council elections till the recent past, has steadily been witnessing trends like opportunism, use of power and political interference by mainstream parties.

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Updated on Aug 24, 2013 01:08 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

As girls hold key, parties give them their own wheels

Teams comprised exclusively of girls, open jeeps and SUVs for campaigning, and pepper spray to ward off any stalkers - parties contesting Panjab University student polls have a solid strategy involving girls this time. Little wonder, since over 70% of the voters are female.

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Updated on Aug 23, 2013 01:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNavleen Lakhi and Surender Sharma, Chandigarh

Students harm own interests by violating norms: Lyngdoh

Former chief election commissioner and head of the committee on code of conduct for student elections, James Michael Lyngdoh on Tuesday said "nothing is for all times" and that his committee's guidelines for campus polls should be reviewed from time to time.

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Updated on Aug 21, 2013 09:36 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Deficit rain may sow crop worries

If there are lesser rains in August and September, trouble could be in store for farmers of Haryana.Officials of the meteorological department said the state, so far, was almost 28% rain deficit this season.

Updated on Aug 02, 2013 06:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Jindals reaffirm clout in Hisar, tough job ahead for Rajaliwala

Hisar Congress MLA Savitri Jindal and her MP son Naveen Jindal have reaffirmed their clout in the city by installing Shakuntala Rajaliwala as mayor of the Hisar municipal corporation.

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Updated on Jul 02, 2013 08:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Hisar

Info panel pulls up Hisar SP for 'concealing' facts

The Haryana state information commission has reprimanded Hisar superintendent of police (SP) and state information officer for "concealing information" from an RTI activist who had sought video footage of five days of proceedings inside a police station here.

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Updated on Jun 28, 2013 08:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Hisar

75 emigrants from state rendered jobless in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's new labour law - Nitaqat system - that was implemented to provide employment to natives in the private sector, has rendered hundreds of emigrants jobless. Among them, 75 are from Haryana.

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Updated on Jun 24, 2013 11:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Hisar

Hisar village bans DJs in marriages

Bollywood flicks like Sheela ki Jawani and Munni Badnam Hui would not be a part of any kind of festivities and celebrations of a Hisar village as the panchayat has banned DJs from its functions, especially during marriage processions.

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Updated on Jun 20, 2013 11:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Hisar

Bhagana Dalits' protest losing steam

With two worn-out charpoys, a few utensils and dirty sacks of clothes - all lying in the open - a protest site here bear the sign of a struggle losing steam.

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Updated on May 20, 2013 11:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Hisar

Tormented by cops over Dalit rape victim gone missing, kin commit suicide

A 38-year-old woman and her 12-year-old daughter died while her husband and two minor sons ended up in a critical condition after the Dalit family consumed poison in Bheri Akbarpur village of Uklana, 50km from district headquarters Hisar, allegedly tormented by the police over the whereabouts of her elder daughter who is missing after filing a report of rape.

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Updated on Apr 22, 2013 09:28 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySurender Sharma & Devendra Uppal, Hisar/rohtak
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