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Four surveillance centres set up
Chandigarh, February 19
In the wake of the plague threat following cases admitted to the PGI, the Chandigarh Health Department has established four disease surveillance centres to provide immediate medical aid to the persons visiting Chandigarh from plague-affected areas of Himachal Pradesh.

Priya is all Josh, language no bar
Chandigarh, February 19
“Language should not be a barrier for an actor or actress,” says actress Priya Gill. It is really challenging to portray some emotion without speaking or understanding the language, she admits. If some good project comes up, she will not mind working in more Punjabi films.

Priya Gill, who has starred in ‘Tere Mere Sapne’, ‘Bade Dilwala’, ‘Josh’ and ‘Sirf Tum’, during the mahurat shot of the Punjabi film ‘Jee Aayian Noon’ near Zirakpur on Tuesday.
Priya Gill, who has starred in ‘Tere Mere Sapne’, ‘Bade Dilwala’, ‘Josh’ and ‘Sirf Tum’, during the mahurat shot of the Punjabi film ‘Jee Aayian Noon’ near Zirakpur on Tuesday. — Tribune photos Pradeep Tewari






Class X examinees await surprise
Chandigarh, February 19
While students rejoice in the new found liberty to exercise choice in the mathematics examination of the Central Board of Secondary Examination of Class X, the teachers are skeptical and apprehensive about the paper that will actually land in the hand of the students in the examination hall.

Blossom, blossom! Spring is here
Chandigarh, February 19
Splendour is suddenly back to the city which has shed its winter-weary soul and emerged fresh and virgin in the honour of spring. With cold, languid days nearly done and over with, the air is already breathing warmth and exuding the same. Thank the sun for returning so soon this time...even before April has returned to the skies. And thank it more for blessing near-frozen hearts and spaces with the warmth of its full dazzling beams.

Spring 2002
Spring 2002. — Tribune photo Karam Singh

Raise excise exemption limit: SSIs
Chandigarh, February 19
The recession-hit small-scale industries (SSIs) are looking forward to major initiatives for its revival, in the Union Budget 2002-03, a few of these being increase in the Central excise exemption limit, reduction of transportation costs and lowering of cost of credit to the SSI.

Illegal phone links threat to security
Chandigarh, February 19
The recent investigations by the CBI into the alleged use of an unauthorised sophisticated satellite signal receiving system by a Gurgaon-based private communications firm has raised the issue of such equipment being used for espionage and subversive activities, besides other criminal activities.


Faith in God boosts soldier’s morale
HE inauguration of the fully air-conditioned, computerised, expanded and renovated CSD canteen in Sector 21, Chandigarh, which was inaugurated by Lt-Gen Surjit Singh, GOC-in-C Western Command on February 10, has made the ex-servicemen’s dream come true.

  • Training in mines

  • House tax

Lt-Gen Surjit Singh inaugurates the Sector 21 CSD canteen in Chandigarh.
Lt-Gen Surjit Singh inaugurates the Sector 21 CSD canteen in Chandigarh.

Residents of Colony no.-5, Chandigarh on their way to the Ghaggar for the immersion of goddess Saraswati’s idol on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Beant memorial plan improvised
Chandigarh, February 19
A multi-purpose convention centre will be set up within the under-construction Beant Singh Memorial in Sector 42. The complex will also house a restaurant. These were among some of the changes suggested by the Executive Council of the Beant Singh Memorial project at its meeting held here today.

Baseless allegations
HIS has reference to the report “Cops summon ‘harassed’ girl” (Punjab Page, February 7). The Department of Fine Arts is deeply perturbed about the report on the basis of a complaint lodged by Ms Saru Rana, MA-II year student, to the Vice-Chancellor and now to the Chancellor of the university.


JCO hurt in accident
Chandigarh, February 19
An Army JCO, Naib Sub Ambika Parshad Anand, was injured after his cycle was knocked down by a truck near the airport. He was admitted to the Sector 32 Government Hospital. The truck driver, Dilbar Singh, a resident of Ropar has been arrested and his vehicle (CH-03-A-6393) impounded. A case has been registered against him.

CBI books own officer
Chandigarh, February 19
The Chandigarh branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against one of its own officers on charges of impersonation and graft, it is learnt.


Dial design contest

Waaris Verma got the first prize — cash Rs 10,000 — in the Dial Design Contest organised by Kamla Dials here on Tuesday. While Neeraj Lal (Arena Sector 17 student) was the runner up, Monica Angrish (Arena, Sector 17) and Amit Kumar (NIIFT student) bagged second prize. The participants were required to submit a set of five designs for dials. TNS

  • SBoP anniversary

  • Road show organised

  • Blood donation camp

Palio Sport is here
Chandigarh, February 19
Fiat India’s new sporty-hatchback, Palio Sport, made its entry in the city markets today.


Rustication issue makes students, teachers restive
Chandigarh, February 19
Some of Panjab University faculty members have threatened to go on strike if the Department of History or any other department take back students whose names were earlier struck off due to shortage of lectures.

Spellbound, they watched....

Chandigarh, February 19
Rustic notes of folk instruments and melody of folk songs came alive at Tagore Theatre on the second day of the 43rd PU Inter-Zonal Youth Festival with dance items slated for today. Amidst aesthetically decorated surroundings, complete with earthen lamps, flowers and dancing peacocks painted as the backdrop, participants put up a spirited performance for a jam-packed hall.

  • Literary contests

Participants of the 43rd PU Inter-Zonal Youth Festival present a colourful dance at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Participants of the 43rd PU Inter-Zonal Youth Festival present a colourful dance at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Tuesday. —Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


Coop bank amendment struck down
Chandigarh, January 19
Declaring illegal an amendment in the common cadre rules for cooperative bank staff, providing a quota of 30 per cent to employees upgraded as grade-A secretaries, Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed that the state of Haryana and other respondents “to proceed to consider the claims of all eligible persons in accordance with the common cadre rules”.

  • DAG given time on proxy replies

  • Order reserved on Bansi Lal’s dues

  • Give reasonable opportunity to debtor

Witness testifies in Beant case
Chandigarh, February 19
One of the witnesses in the Beant Singh assassination case today made statement before the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhalla, that he had identified the body of the driver of the former Chief Minister of the Punjab, who was killed in the bomb blast that took place in front of the UT Secretariat on August 31, 1995.
  • Hearing adjourned

  • 1-yr RI

  • One acquitted

  • Bail granted

Plea against compulsory retirement quashed
Chandigarh, February 19
“Only efficient and honest officers are to be retained while persons of doubtful integrity or inefficiency are to be dispensed with. The government can take a decision to chop the deadwood or get rid of the persons who are corrupt or whose integrity is doubtful,” said Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in a significant order while rejecting the petition moved by an Estate Supervisor with the Indian Institute of Advanced Study Society Rashtrapati Nivas, Simla-5.


Workshop on pharmacology
Chandigarh, February 19
The six-day XX National Clinical Pharmacology workshop organised by the Department of Pharmacology, PGI, started here yesterday. Dr Pandhi delivered the welcome address. Later Prof P.L. Sharma delivered a lecture on the availability and access to drugs at affordable prices.


Bocce zonal festival in March
Chandigarh, February 19
Do you know of a game which can be played by people of all ages, gender and ability ? The answer is: Bocce, a Chinese game, which has been played for more than 7,000 years. One reason why this game has been very popular is that anyone can play it and it does not require any strength, stamina or agility.


Civic bodies to identify dump sites
Chandigarh, February 19
Municipal bodies will have to identify locations for landfills for waste disposal by the end of the year under a law notified by the Ministry of Environment and Forest after a Supreme Court order. This means that municipal bodies can face litigations for failing to provide facilities like sanitation, water supply, sewerage, roads and electricity entrusted to these bodies under specific Acts by several state governments.


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