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Poultry farmers hit hard; sharp decline in sales
Barwala (Panchkula), February 21
The bird flu scare has kept the poultry farmers in the country's second largest poultry belt here on tenterhooks. In the wake of the influenza scare, sales have dropped drastically, even as the poultry industry has geared up to take all precautions against the deadly disease.
Chickens at a poultry farm in Barwala, near Panchkula Random sampling of blood extracts continues

Chickens at a poultry farm in Barwala, near Panchkula.
— Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan


Blast at Sector 43 oil station
Two critically injured
Chandigarh, February 21
Two persons were injured critically in a blast at the Hindustan Petroleum petrol station, Sector 43, late in the night today. The blast which occurred at around 10 pm happened when workers drilled in to the underground diesel storage tank.

Cops inspect the blast site at the Sector 43 petrol station in Chandigarh on Tuesday night.
— Tribune photo by Vinay Malik
Cops inspect the blast site at the Sector 43 petrol station in Chandigarh on Tuesday night













EARLIER STORIES
  Big players in race for liquor vends in city
Chandigarh, February 21
Under the new liquor policy, big companies have evinced more interest in running the liquor vends located in the commercial hubs of the city— Sectors 17 and 22. Some of the major companies which have applied for the liquor licence include Som Distilleries, Dhillon Kool Drinks and Clarian Hotels Pvt ltd.

Comic timing a gift from God: Johnny Lever
Chandigarh, February 21
Behind the bundle of laughs lies a man deeply entrenched in his craft. In the city on a flying visit, actor ‘funny-man’ Johnny Lever charmed with his welcoming demeanour, honest-to-goodness earnest answers and waxed eloquent on the miracle, called life.


Comedian Johnny Lever strikes a pose at Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik


Comedian Johnny Lever strikes a pose at Chandigarh

Chandigarh Transport Undertaking is responding to the public response to the newly introduced ‘Grid System’ of the bus service in the city. The authorities are responding to the voice of people from the areas which were left out under the new system. One such area where the CTU has responded by restarting a discontinued route includes Route Number 33 and 40 in the periphery of the city.


 
COMMUNITY


A water canon being used by the police on members of the AISF and the AIYF during their protest in Chandigarh
A water canon being used by the police on members of the AISF and the AIYF during their protest in Chandigarh on Tuesday.  — A Tribune photograph

Members of the BJP hold a protest in Panchkula
Members of the BJP hold a protest in Panchkula on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Mr I.D. Swami, Former Union Minister of State, addresses a press conference at the BJP office in Panchkula
Mr I.D. Swami, Former Union Minister of State, addresses a press conference at the BJP office in Panchkula on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Garbage processing plant inaugurated
Chandigarh, February 21
The Administrator, Union Territory, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today laid the foundation stone of a garbage processing plant at Dadu Majra. The solid waste management project will be set up at a cost of Rs 23 crore. The project, first of its kind in the city, is a joint venture by the Chandigarh Administration with Jai Parkash Associates.

Taxi service to commence from April 15
Chandigarh, February 21
Chandigarh is all set to have the local taxi service operational from April 15 onwards. The date has been given to the taxi operators, approved by the Chandigarh Administration, to start the service.

Shatabdi gets another coach
Chandigarh, February 21
Good news for passengers of Shatabadi Express. The Northern Railway has come up with an additional coach in all Shatabadi Express trains. This was done with effect from yesterday. To make the rail journey more convenient, the capacity of all Shatabadi trains has been increased by one or two coaches (chair cars). This was a long-pending demand of the passengers.

Motorists harassed by cops?
Chandigarh, February 21
The Chandigarh Police is out on a harassment spree, apparently. In violation of its own stand against stopping drivers not committing any visible offence, the cops have been carrying out checks late in the evenings after setting up nakas reportedly without any reason or authority.

Mi-17 copters to fly at higher altitude
Chandigarh, February 21
About five years after the IAF inducted Mi-17 IV helicopters, it has embarked upon a project to enable the aircraft to fly at higher altitude. The project is being undertaken at No.3 Base Repair Depot here, which is responsible for all technical matters pertaining to the Mi-series helicopters


A file photo of an Mi-17 IV helicopter

A file photo of an Mi-17 IV helicopter

Bidders stay away from auction
Mohali, February 21
Bidders once again kept away from the auction for octroi collection work organised by the local Municipal Council in Ludhiana today, which was to be conducted under the supervision of Deputy Director, Urban Local Bodies, Ludhiana.

MCC to remove hoardings
Chandigarh, February 21
The enforcement wing of the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, today launched a drive to remove the hoardings bigger than the assigned size in Sector 17 market. The drive was however, discontinued later as a few officials were hurt while removing the hoardings.

 
CRIME

One killed in accident
Chandigarh, February 21
A 25-year-old man was killed in a road accident after the motorcycle he was riding on collided head on with a car near the Sector 19, 20, 27 and 30 roundabout on Monday. He was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 16, where the doctors declared him ‘dead on arrival’ said the police.

5 held for gambling at public place
Chandigarh, February 21
The police has arrested five persons on the charges of indulging in gambling from various parts of the city. Besides this, a motorcycle was stolen from the city. According to sources the police has arrested Surinder Kumar of Kurukshetra district from Sector 17 ISBT.

18-year-old run over by train, dead
Chandigarh, February 21
An 18-year-old resident of Ram Darbar was critically injured after he was crushed under the Kalka-Ambala passenger train this afternoon. He was rushed to the PGI, where he succumbed to his injuries in the evening.

BUSINESS

‘Sabka’ savings account
Chandigarh, February 21
IDBI Bank has launched its no frills ‘Sabka’ savings account to make banking services accessible to the vast majority of the unbanked population. An official press note said with this new savings product, the average balance requirement had been considerably reduced to Rs 250 in rural / semi-urban branches.

 
EDUCATION

NIFD Director launches airhostess academy
Chandigarh, February 21
The tagline is about "training a smarter India" and at the helm of this new affair is NIFD Director, Priyanka Khosla. As the Managing Director of Flying Cats (Cosmo Airhostess Training School), the venture promises to be a perfect blend of grooming for aviation, travel and tourism and the hospitality industries.

Priyanka Khosla releases pigeons to announce the launch of airhostess academy Flying Cats at the Chandigarh Press Club on Tuesday.
— A Tribune photograph
Priyanka Khosla releases pigeons to announce the launch of airhostess academy Flying Cats at the Chandigarh Press Club

4-day workshop at NIPER
Mohali, February 21
A four-day workshop on Drug Discovery and Development in the New Millennuim-3 interfacing with predictions, targets, disease models pharmacological, experiments and clinical research was inaugurated at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research here today.

Air Vice-Marshal inspects TETTRA School
Chandigarh, February 21
Senior Maintenance Staff Officer of the IAF’s Training Command, Air Vice-Marshal Ambrish Kumar, today inspected the MiG 27/29 TETTRA School at the Air Force High Grounds here today.



Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, Training Command, Air Vice-Marshal Ambrish Kumar (second from left), interacts with IAF officers during his visit to the MiG 27/29 TETTRA School in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, Training Command, Air Vice-Marshal Ambrish Kumar (second from left), interacts with IAF officers during his visit to the MiG 27/29 TETTRA School in Chandigarh

 
CULTURE

‘Chief Minister’ fails to impress
Chandigarh, February 21
On the third day of the Theatre Festival, the Art and Act Academy staged another play “Chief Minister” from the repository of playwright icon Vijay Tendulakar. The play, a powerful satire on the life of politicians, is relevant in the contemporary set up.

A scene from the play “Chief Minister” at the Tagore Theatre on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph


A scene from the play “Chief Minister” at the Tagore Theatre
HEALTH

Prof Adams from UK to deliver lecture at PGI
Chandigarh, February 21
The Department of Hepatology of the PGI has invited Prof David Adams from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. His research interest is on liver immunology and transplantation. He has a number of awards orations and research grants to his credit.

Workshop on clinical pharmacology
Chandigarh, February 21
The second day of the on-going National Workshop on Clinical Pharmacology, in the Department of Pharmacology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, began with the lecture of Prof. P.Pandhi, Head, Department of Pharmacology.

Meditation centre stone laid
Mohali, February 21
The foundation stone of Vishvas Meditation Centre was laid by Gurudev Shri Swami Vishvas Ji in Sector 66 here today. After laying the foundation stone, Swami Vishvas took the audience into the realm of meditation.

 
SPORTS

Hardik, Gurvinder shine in athletics events
Chandigarh, February 21
Hardik Verma and Gurvinder Singh bagged the first position in the three-leg race (Boys) during the Annual Sports Day of Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition, Sector 42, held at the Sports Complex, Sector 46, here, today.

Boys of the Hotel Management Institute, Sector 42, participate in three-legged race at the Sector 46 stadium in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
— A Tribune photograph
Boys of the Hotel Management Institute, Sector 42, participate in three-legged race at the Sector 46 stadium in Chandigarh

Mandeep declared best athlete
Chandigarh, February 21
Mandeep of BA ( I ) went home with the tag of “Best athlete” and emerged winner in the 200 m, 800 m, 800m walk, 100m, 400m, 1500m and Chatti Race events during the annual athletics meet of the Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, held on its premises here today.

Girls of Dev Samaj, Sector 36, participate in the 23rd Annual Athletics Meet on the college premises in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Girls of Dev Samaj, Sector 36, participate in the 23rd Annual Athletics Meet on the college premises in Chandigarh

Pbi Varsity win in softball
Chandigarh, February 21
It was a day for Punjabi University, Patiala as their sluggers thrashed Vikram University, Ujjain’s softball team (10-0) and Bikaner University’s softball team (10-0) in today's knockout ties of the All-India Inter-university Softball Meet for Women held at Panjab University grounds, here, today.

St Stephen’s to host carrom match on March 7
Chandigarh, February 21
St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, will host the second Test match in the forthcoming Carrom Test Series (men and women) with Sri Lanka on its premises on March 7 here.

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