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Hotels go high on Cricket World Cup
Chandigarh, February 8
Cricket buffs, eagerly waiting for the Indian cricket team to enter the field during the World Cup, will, now, be able to celebrate Ganguly’s big knock or drown their sorrow after he gets out, with invigorating beer, sitting in front of giant screens in bars and pubs here.
World Cup feve World Cup fever: Salesmen in colours of the Indian Cricket team, in Sector 22, Chandigarh. 
— photo Parvesh Chauhan

Mastermind behind income tax refund fraud
Chandigarh, February 8
The preliminary inquiries conducted by the Income Tax Department into the fraudulent withdrawal of IT returns on the basis of fake documents reveal that the fraud was intelligently designed by professional Chartered Accountant N.K. Garg. 


50 pc Puncom employees opt for VRS
SAS Nagar, February 8
In a mass exodus, the first of its kind under the shadow of disinvestment, over half the employees of Punjab Communications Limited (Puncom) have sought to be relieved from service.

Rape case
Chandigarh, February 8
The victim in the Shimla-girl rape case today recorded her statement in the court of the UT Judicial Magistrate. She claimed she did not know any person mentioned as accused in the case by the police. The victim stated that only Surinder Sharma was shown to her by the police.


Punjabi folk dancers present ‘Jhoomer’ during Basant Utsav
Punjabi folk dancers present ‘Jhoomer’ during Basant Utsav at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Saturday. 

People search for their electricity bills
People search for their electricity bills at an electricity complaint booth in Bartana, near Zirakpur, on Saturday.
— A Tribune photographs

The Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and the Freedom Movement (Chandigarh) on fast
The Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and the Freedom Movement (Chandigarh) on fast in Chandigarh on Saturday in protest against the killing of one of their leaders. 
— photo Pankaj Sharma

UT needs more cops: Jacob
Chandigarh, February 8
Rapid socio, political and economic transformation coupled with its unique geographic and political profile, makes Chandigarh vulnerable to militant activities, opined the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), while speaking at the conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security.

Gypsies add zing to carnival
Chandigarh, February 8
There was something very fresh about the Plaza Carnival this evening. Way from routine, the organisers today managed a great cultural show, which was made memorable by “The Gypsies”.

Ex-Deputy Mayor expelled
Chandigarh, February 8
The former Deputy Mayor of Chandigarh, Mr Balraj Singh, has been expelled from the primary membership of the Chandigarh Pradesh Valmiki Sabha for a period of six years for anti-sabha activities and using defamatory remarks against the sabha.

Woman Home Guard missing
Chandigarh, February 8
A 25-year-old-woman Home Guard volunteer of Punjab, has been reported missing from her house in Maloya colony since February 1. The husband of the woman, Pawan Kumar, who is employed as an operator with the Sector 39 Water Works, told the TNS that his wife was deputed in the security wing at the local airport.

Defending love and its symbols...
N times when love has come to be defined by concepts borrowed from the West, it becomes important to understand what it really means, the worth it carries and whether it is a feeling to be formally reiterated on occasions as Valentine’s Day.

Beant Singh memorial to house exhibition centre
Chandigarh, February 8
A nine-acre ground adjoining the Beant Singh project in Sector 42 is proposed to be used as an exhibition centre on the lines of Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. 



Rs 1 lakh stolen from glove box
Chandigarh, February 8
An employee of Raja Forging and Gears today reported to the police that a sum of Rs 1 lakh was stolen from the glove box of his scooter parked outside the Sector 8 branch of Indus Ind Bank.


Plant opened
SAS Nagar, February 8
A Indo-German-Japanese joint venture plant to manufacture oil seals, valve stem seals, radial shaft seals, etc. for automotive industries was inaugurated at the Industrial Area here yesterday.



Panjab University session from July 1
Chandigarh, February 8
The next academic session(2003-2004) at Panjab University and affiliated colleges will commence from July 1 with classes for second and third-year students. A formal decision to this regard was taken by a high-level committee of the university, reliable sources said.

B.Ed must be a 2-yr course: Rajput
Chandigarh, February 8
Coming down heavily on the quality of Bachelor of Education, the Director of National Council for Education and Research Training, Mr J.S. Rajput, today said that the duration of B.Ed for training teachers should be two years. He was here to attend a seminar at Panjab University.

Focus on changing trends of globalisation
Chandigarh, February 8
Changing trends of globalisation were discussed at a seminar organised at the Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, here today. In his talk, the noted cardiovascular surgeon, Dr Swaraj Singh, emphasised that the future teachers had to shoulder the Herculean task of instilling the spirit of nationalism among students.

SD College wins song contest
Chandigarh, February 8
An inter-college song competition marked the conclusion of the Government College golden-jubilee celebrations in Sector 11 here today. The team of the Sector 32 GGD SD College, comprising Rajan and Poonam, won the overall trophy in the ‘geet-ghazal’ competition.

GGS Vidya Mandir gets Rs 50,000 for library
Chandigarh, February 8
Guru Gobind Singh Vidya Mandir organised its second annual prize distribution function on Thursday at Ratwara Sahib. Its founder, Sant Baba Waryam Singh Ji Maharaj, had opened this English medium school along with IT College and many other institutions.

Bahuguna motivates teachers
Chandigarh, February 8
In a two-day environment-education refresher course organised by the State Institute of Science Education (Punjab), 110 teachers of the Ropar district participated. The course, organised in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, concluded in the Sector 41 Shivalik Public School here today.



Raveena all the way
‘Satta’ (Neelam) is another decent presentation where the credit goes to Madhur Bhandarkar, the director. The director is fast making his name among the better ones in the Bollywood arena as even his last release ‘Chandni Bar ‘ had earned rave reviews and Tabu had bagged the best actress award at different fora.

Style yes, substance no
“What’s the worst that could happen,” asked a viewer in the midst of the staccato sounds of the gun. “We could go mad at the end,” yelled his woman companion in exasperation. How true, you dimly think.


Second round to eliminate polio
Chandigarh, February 8
The UT Health Department is all set for the second round of immunisation programme to be held on tomorrow. As per Health officials, it is mandatory for all children, immunised in the previous rounds, to receive the pulse polio drops again. All newborn children who are sick, travelling or previously immunized must receive these extra doses of polio vaccine.

‘Key pharmacy areas need attention’
Chandigarh, February 8
Key areas of pharmacy which need government attention were discussed at length at the 20th annual conference of the Indian Pharmacy Graduates’ Association at Panjab University here today.

Cancer survivors celebrate life
Chandigarh, February 8
“Celebration of life” was the theme of ‘Cancer Survivor’s Day’ organised by the Sahayta Cancer Sahyog here today. The local Member of Parliament, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, was the chief guest.

Paediatrics Department accredited
Chandigarh, February 8
The Paediatrics Department at the General Hospital, Sector 16, has been accredited by the National Neo-Natal Forum, an apex body for gradation of paediatrics services in India.



Sanaa BhambriSix tennis players get cash awards
Chandigarh, February 8
The Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association gave cash awards worth Rs60,000 here today to six young tennis players from Chandigarh, for their outstanding performance during 2002. Those awarded were Tushar Liberhan, Sanam K. Singh, Taskeen Bains, Kinshuk Sharma, Chatwinder Singh and Gurvarinder Singh. Immediately after the conclusion of the ITF International Junior Tennis Tournament at the CLTA courts here today, Mr Virendera Singh, Adviser to the Administrator, distribute gave cheques to the players.

Sanaa Bhambri, who won the maiden title in the ITF Junior Tournament-Grade III at the CLTA, Sector-10, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph


Move to check cyber crime
Chandigarh, February 8
The Chandigarh Police has decided to take help of owners of cyber cafes in order to check cyber crime in the city. According to information, it has been found that cyber cafes are being used for elementary hacking of sites, extending extortion threats and seeking information of vital installation through hacking of sites.

Security up in Sector 38 (West)
Chandigarh, February 8
The Chandigarh Police will provide security at the three gates erected around the residential colony of Sector 38 West. The residents of the area in coordination with the Chandigarh Housing Board have erected gates at seven entrances to the area.

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