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Dollar dreams land youth in debt
Pushpinder Singh
Chandigarh, February 7
After having failed to reach his promised land — the USA — Pushpinder Singh (20) got depressed. His debt-ridden parents have now put their house on sale to repay the loan raised to pay Rs 6.6 lakh to a Kharar-based travel agent who duped Pushpinder.

Concession to PU girls remains
Chandigarh, February 7
Panjab University will continue the concession of allowing private candidature, exclusively to girl students.

Revellers add spirit to the celebration of spring at The Tribune-sponsored Basant Utsav at Leisure Valley
Revellers add spirit to the celebration of spring at The Tribune-sponsored Basant Utsav at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan





UK minister opens vulture care centre
Panchkula, February 7
The British Minister for Nature Conservation and Biodiversity, Mr Elliot Morley, inaugurated the first of its kind vulture captive care centre for Gyps species of vultures at Pinjore today.

The British Minister for Nature Conservation, Environment and Biodiversity, Mr Elliot Morely, opens Vulture Captive Care Centre at Pinjore on Friday.
The British Minister for Nature Conservation, Environment and Biodiversity, Mr Elliot Morely, opens Vulture Captive Care Centre at Pinjore

Plane engine retrieved
Rola Heri, February 7
Russian heavy machinery operated by Air Force personnel failed to extricate the British era aircraft in one piece from the Markanda river-bed today. The process of retrieving the aircraft wreckage, believed to be of a Spitfire, has not made significant headway. Ropes tied around the aircraft’s wings tore into the structure.

Bottled water: probe ordered
Chandigarh, February 7
A probe has been ordered into the exposures relating to unclean bottled drinking water. Samples have been collected from all over the country, said Mr Sharad Yadav, Union Minister for Food and Consumer Affairs, while talking to mediapersons here this evening. A joint secretary-level official will conduct the probe within three weeks, the minister said.

Evasion of customs duty detected
Chandigarh, February 7
The Central Excise and Customs has detected collective evasion of customs duty to the tune of Rs 22 crore by four export-oriented units of Gujarat.


Kitchen that left Jacob steaming
Chandigarh, February 7
Slush in kitchen, broken sinks and vegetable peels all over the kitchen floor greeted the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), when he paid a surprise visit to Panchayat Bhavan here today. He gave the officials seven days to set things right and said he would revisit the place to review the changes.

Need to modify judicial system: scribes
Chandigarh, February 7
The media plays a constructive role in projecting the problems of the people, but the mechanism to redress grievances does not lie with the media. Stating this while addressing delegates at a symposium on Media and Violence, Mr Amar Chandel, Deputy Editor, The Tribune, added that though it was desirable for the media to be able to go beyond just highlighting problems, such a proposition was not feasible.
Mr Amar Chandel, Deputy Editor, The Tribune, along with delegates at a seminar
Mr Amar Chandel (second from left), Deputy Editor, The Tribune, along with delegates at a seminar on ‘Media and Violence’ in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

2 labourers suffer burn injuries
Chandigarh, February 7
Two migrant labourers suffered burn injuries when they poured kerosene into an earthen oven at a construction site in Sector 27 late to night. The victims, Kalia and Amrica, were rushed to the PGI emergency. The condition of one of the victims was said to be serious.


11 held for mob attack on DIG’s house
SAS Nagar, February 7
A man named Gopal Shukla ‘Pappu’ and ten other members of the Labour Union of Chandigarh were arrested here today on the charge of leading an attack on a house under construction and beating up the labourers working there.

Woman hacked to death
Panchkula, February 7
In a gruesome incident, a 65- year- old woman was hacked to death by unknown persons and her feet were chopped off at Ramgarh village yesterday.


Swarovski outlet opens in city
Chandigarh, February 7
There is good news for those who have been longing for a diversified market of gifts and collectibles in the city. Swarovski, world leaders in the manufacture of full cut crystal, opened a full-fledged section at Ethos in Sector 8 today.


Paper-reading contest
SAS Nagar, February 7
The first ‘Jaspal Sethi Memorial Paper-Reading Contest’ was organised by the local Rotary Club at Shivalik Public School here today. Fortytwo students from 14 schools took part in the contest, which was held in three languages — English, Hindi and Punjabi. Students read papers on one of the five topics provided to them.

City teacher wins contest
Chandigarh, February 7
Dr Arun Kumar Sharma, a Lecturer at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16 has been awarded the first prize in a national essay-writing competition on “The Need and the Outline of a Curriculum on Oil Conservation in Schools”.


Notice of motion
AKING up a petition filed by 43 doctors having degrees from “recognised institutes in the erstwhile USSR” seeking the initiation of contempt of court proceedings against Secretary of, the Medical Council of India, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notice of motion for April 29.

Rape victim seeks security
Chandigarh, February 7
The victim in the Shimla girl rape case today moved a plea in a local court for making arrangements for her safety tomorrow when she appears before the Magistrate to record her statement in a complaint filed by her.

Murder suspects in police remand
Panchkula, February 7
The four accused in the murder of taxi driver Deepak Singh were today presented before the Chief Judicial Magistrate and sent to police remand till February 15.



Cardiologists’ meet begins at PGI

Chandigarh, February 7
‘‘In developed countries six of the top 10 risks to health are directly related to cardiovascular diseases. These include the use of tobacco, high blood pressure, cholesterol, increased body mass, low consumption of fruit and vegetables and physical inactivity,’’ said Dr Anil Grover, Head of Department of Cardiology, PGI, welcoming delegates at the annual meeting and conference of the International Society of Heart Research (ISHR) and International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences that began at the PGI here today.

Dr N.K. Ganguly, Director-General ICMR (Delhi), discusses a point with Prof S.K. Sharma, Director PGI
Dr N.K. Ganguly, Director-General ICMR (Delhi), discusses a point with Prof S.K. Sharma, Director PGI, during the annual conference of the International Society of Heart Research (India) in the PGI, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Neonatal ventilation workshop
Chandigarh, February 7
A two-day workshop on neonatal ventilation started at the PGI here today. During the workshop, experts said that keeping pace with major advancements in the medical field, survival on neonates had improved due to the expertise and efforts of caregivers and cooperation from the government.

Pharmacists’ conference
Chandigarh, February 7
All aspects related to employment, deployment, access and utility pertaining to pharmacists will come up for a detailed discussion at the annual conference of the Indian Pharmacy Graduates Association, which meets at Panjab University tomorrow.


Archana, Ajit win in athletics meet
Chandigarh, February 7
Archana and Ajit Kumar stole the show in girls and boys’ sections, respectively, in the 21st annual athletics meet of Government College, Sector 46, today.

Dimitri concedes title  to Somdev
Chandigarh, February 7
Second-seed Somdev K. Varman won the boys’ singles crown on the penultimate day of the ITF Junior Ranking Tennis Tournament on the Sector 10 CLTA courts here today. Sanaa Bhambri of India will clash with fourth-seed Thassha Vitayaviroj of Thailand tomorrow for the girls’ singles title.


Registrar gets show-cause notice
SAS Nagar, February 7
A show-cause notice has been issued here to Ms Aruna Chabbra, Registrar Punjab State Nurses Registration Council, by Dr D.P.S. Sandhu, Director Health Services of Punjab.


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