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INLD all set to gain majority
Five councillors cross over to ruling party
Panchkula, February 4
The ruling INLD is all set to gain an absolute majority in the newly elected municipal council here with the crossing over of at least five councillors from other parties. With two weeks left for the elapse of the one-month period for issuing the election notification, the ruling party is making efforts to woo Independent councillors, including Congressmen who had fought the elections as Independents.

FCI official, wife appear before police
Chandigarh/Hoshiarpur, February 4
The controversial senior official of the Food Corporation of India (FCI), Mr P.P. Singh, and his lawyer wife, Madhu Singh, appeared before the Hoshiarpur police today to record their statements in the Rs 1 crore black money case.

As the sun pushes aside a thick blanket of fog over the Chhat Bir zoo, a Rosy Pelican comes out in the open to enjoy the pleasant weather SPREADING THE WINGS OF JOY: As the sun pushes aside a thick blanket of fog over the Chhat Bir zoo, a Rosy Pelican comes out in the open to enjoy the pleasant weather, on Tuesday.
— Photo Karam Singh



Sarabjit was eccentric: Mohali cops
Chandigarh, February 4
An eerie silence prevails at the Phase 7 house where a 45-year old tenant was stabbed to death by Sarabjit, son of the landlord. The sympathies of residents of the locality are with the assailant’s father, Sq Ldr Chamkaur Singh Mandher (retd). Said to be a religious person who is respected in the locality, the 65-year-old father was seen pleading the case of his son who entered into a quarrel with the tenants.

Not enough firemen to save city
Chandigarh, February 4
The Fire Department does not have enough staff for handling simultaneous fires in the city, so, the damage may get multiplied, if a natural calamity strikes the city. According to sources, the shortage is so acute that even untrained staff members are told to drive fire engines whenever there is a fire.

Nursing Council office raided
SAS Nagar, February 4
Officials of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, conducted a raid on the office of the Nursing Council here today in connection with some alleged irregularities found in the preparation of results of GNM students.

Fog plays spoilsport again
Chandigarh, February 4
Thick layers of fog again hit normal schedule of rail, road and air services today while Amritsar remained the coldest with mercury dipping to 4.7°C and maximum temperatures staying two to three degrees below normal in the region.


Police rounds up ‘innocent’
Chandigarh, February 4
In their overzealousness to check the sale of drugs outside schools in the city, cops rounded up some persons who happened to be basking in the Sun.

HUDA to recover Rs 20 cr from defaulters
Panchkula, February 4
The Haryana Urban Development Authority is all set to recover over Rs 20 crore of defaulting amount from allottees of commercial, industrial and residential plots here.

The passing of a legend
Chandigarh, February 4
Amaresh Chandra Chowdhury, the great vocalist, a missionary, and an intellectual, breathes no more. As he heads for his heavenly abode, it is time to spare a thought for the great musician, who not only enriched his own world by mastering the grammar of Kirana gharana, but also performed acts of benevolence by virtue of being associated with the Ramakrishna Mission.

Panchayat’s plea not to acquire land
Chandigarh, February 4
Raipur Kalan sarpanch Bahadur Singh and panch Ramvir Singh Bhatti have demanded that a two-and-a-half kanal of land be not acquired for the development of Industrial Area, Phase-III.

Kalpana’s death condoled
Chandigarh, February 4
The Chandigarh chapter of the Aeronautical Society of India today held a condolence meeting in the memory of astronaut, Kalpana Chawla, who lost her life with six others when American space shuttle, Columbia, crashed on Saturday.

Workshop in British Library
Chandigarh, February 4
A workshop was organised for over 50 young members of The British Library in Sector 8, which was aimed at helping them develop life skills. Prof Jitendra Mohan, Director of Asia’s Centre for Excellence, was the resource person at the workshop titled ‘Personality: Achieving Excellence’.

A section of the participants at a workshop on ‘Personality: Achieving Excellence’ at The British Library in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Erratic power, water supply
Chandigarh, February 4
Residents of a part of Maloya Colony are facing hardship these days due to erratic power and water supply in the area. Students are the worst hit.



Scooterist killed in mishap
Panchkula, February 4
A 27-year-old scooterist, Suresh Kumar, was killed when his scooter skidded near the labour chowk in Sector 16 here late today.

  • Poppy husk seized

  • Cops ‘bash up’ 3 students


Look back with love on Valentine’s Day
E is there at the afternoon bash. Smart hunk in dazzling leather jacket over torn-at-knees black denims. Mr Right, no doubt about it. Leaning against the discotheque’s decked up wall, he is holding a sparkling mug full of invigorating yellow elixir in his firm hands.

Steer clear from trouble
LL you guys and dolls geared up for zooming on the geri route in jaunty jalopies decked up with cheerful balloons, steer clear from trouble on St Valentine's Day, that's the advise college student Ruchi Kaushal has to offer.

Don’t accept cards sealed with trouble
he accepted the proposal for trouble, sealed tightly with a perilous kiss of danger, in a cheerful crimson envelope with tender little hearts strewn all over.

Valentine songs from the 90s


Training programme for DEOs
SAS Nagar, February 4
A two-day state-level training programme of District Education Officers in connection with the 7th All-India School Education Survey by the State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT), Punjab, began here today. The programme is being organised in collaboration with experts from the NCERT and the NIC.

Construction of school put off
Chandigarh, February 4
The construction of the school on V-6 road of Sector 37-D, being opposed by a section of residents, has reportedly been suspended following a formal request from the area councillor Kamla Sharma and the Residents Welfare Association to Adviser, Virendra Singh.

PU team to attend AP youth fest
Chandigarh, February 4
Panjab University team will participate in the Inter-Zonal Youth Festival to be held from February 7 to 11 at University of Arts and Science College, Kakatiyah University, Andhra Pradesh, an official press note said here today.

PU exams from April 4
Chandigarh, February 4
Annual examinations of all undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered by Panjab University will commence from April 4 onwards.

Geeta Rani is best volunteer
Chandigarh, February 4
The NSS unit of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, celebrated its annual function and prize distribution ceremony here today, an official press note said.


Badal's case against CM adjourned
Chandigarh, February 4
A defamation case filed against Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh by former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal alleging that the contents of the advertisements published by the congress during Assembly elections were false, malicious and contrary to facts on record was today adjourned for March 17 by the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal.

  • IT scam case



Iranian cultural week from Feb 6
Chandigarh, February 4
The Persian Literary Society and the Department of Persian, Panjab University, will organise an ‘Iranian cultural week from February 6. This was stated by Dr Madhukar Arya, convener, while addressing a press conference here today.

Kamal Tewari to be honoured
Chandigarh, February 4
Celebrated theatre music director Kamal Tewari, also a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 1999-2000, has now been selected for the late Shri Ramchander Saha Srijan Samman.


OPDs turn sick at Mohali hospital
SAS Nagar, February 4
The outpatient wing of the Civil Hospital here has been badly hit due to lack of Emergency Medical Officers (EMOs), causing inconvenience to patients apart from adversely affecting the hospital finances.

Urology Gold Medal for PGI Director
Chandigarh, February 4
The PGI Director, Prof S.K. Sharma, has been selected for the Urology Gold Medal and Dr Himadiri Sarkar Memorial Oration for 2003 - 2004. The decision was taken at the annual conference of the Urological Society of India, at Guwahati last month.



Tushar loses to unseeded player 
Chandigarh, February 4
The second day of the ongoing ITF Junior Ranking Tennis Tournament, organised by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association and being played at Tennis Stadium, Sector 10, brought disappointment for the local tennis buffs when sixth-seed Tushar Liberhan went down fighting Cavaday Nicholas, an unseeded British player, in straight sets.

  • Sports meet

  • Table tennis team


Naresh Kumar is DPR
Chandigarh, February 4
The Chandigarh Administration today relieved Mr Vivek Atray of the charge of Director, Public Relations, (DPR), making him free to concentrate on Chandigarh Technology Park in his capacity of Director, Information Technology.

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