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Girls charge teacher with molestation
Chandigarh, February 18
Public instruction at Jawahar Navyodaya Vidyalayas no longer seems to be a safe affair. In the news for the wrong reasons for the past over a year, the Navyodaya Vidyalaya Samiti now faces a fresh blot. Located in Sector 25, Jawahar Navyodaya Vidyalaya has been rocked with a sleazy scandal of its kind. A group of girls from class X have alleged sexual harassment at the hands of a trained graduate teacher.

2 held in Chopra murder case
SAS Nagar, February 18
Claiming to have solved last night’s murder of V.K. Chopra, Xen, UT Administration, the SAS Nagar police today arrested a colleague of Chopra and a politician-cum-building contractor who had allegedly conspired to get him killed through three men, including a history-sheeter with the UT police. Professional rivalry and personal enmity are said to be the cause of the murder. Ravinder Sharma and Parampal Singh Matharoo, who have been arrested by the police on the charge of being involved in the conspiracy that led to the murder of V.K. Chopra
Ravinder Sharma and Parampal Singh Matharoo, who have been arrested by the police on the charge of being involved in the conspiracy that led to the murder of V.K. Chopra, XEN, Chandigarh Administration.


M.K. Jain gets bail
Panchkula, February 18
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhangoo, granted anticipatory bail here today to Chandigarh businessman M.K. Jain, who had been charged by a Shimla woman with abduction and rape for a second time.

Forcing fee on kids for farewell party
Chandigarh, February 18
Outgoing students of Kailash Bahl Memorial DAV Public School, Sector 7, have alleged that they are being compelled to shell out Rs 600 each for their farewell party and for buying an expensive gift for the school Principal.

Five hurt in bus mishap
SAS Nagar, February 18
Five police commandos travelling in a Punjab Roadways bus were injured in an accident which took place near Kumbra Chowk here today.

Bharatpur BJP leader held
Panchkula, February 18
The police has arrested a Bharatiya Janata Party leader from Bharatpur in Rajasthan, Anil Bijwari, in the Rinku Jewellers robbery case.

District Attorney found dead
Chandigarh, February 18
A District Attorney in Haryana Vigilance, S.S. Chadha, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his Sector 27 house here today. The main door of the house was found locked from inside, said a police official.

Bowled over by Punjabi hospitality
Chandigarh, February 18
Far from the palm-fringed golden beaches of the emerald island, the Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) team from Sri Lanka has found another home. Discovering the grand Indian milieu and experiencing the famous Punjabi hospitality, the visit to India is turning out to be a heady mix for the team members.


Panchkula assured of regular power supply
Panchkula, February 18
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam ( UHBVN) is all set to make a 66 kv ring main circuit for Panchkula functional before the onset of summers. This system of having alternate transmission lines is being set up for the first time in the region.

Members of the Markfed Employees Joint Action Committee protest in support of their demands Markfed staff hold rally
Chandigarh, February 18
Despite tough weather conditions, employees of Markfed organised a protest rally on a call of the Markfed Employees Joint Action Committee. 

Members of the Markfed Employees Joint Action Committee protest in support of their demands in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.
— A Tribune photograph

LIC Class I officers on strike today
Chandigarh, February 18
Class I officers of the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India would observe a day’s strike tomorrow in support of the demands raised by the Federation of LIC Class I Officers’ Associations, said Mr R.C. Chaudhary, zonal secretary of the association, here today.

PPCC President H.S. Hanspal offers juice to dismissed panchayat secretariesPanchayat Secys call off stir
Chandigarh, February 18
The dismissed panchayat secretaries of Punjab called off their agitation against the Punjab Government following an assurance from Mr H.S. Hanspal, PPCC President, today that they would be reinstated. The PPCC chief offered juice to the dismissed panchayat secretaries, who had been on indefinite fast.

PPCC President H.S. Hanspal offers juice to dismissed panchayat secretaries, who were observing fast unto death, in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

Protest by BSNL staff
Chandigarh, February 18
Members of the BSNL Employees Union organised a march to the office of the Chief GMT (Punjab circle) against the move of the Union Government to privatise the BSNL here today.

200 men stage dharna
Panchkula, February 18
At least 200 employees of the Forest Department from various parts of the state, staged a dharna outside the Forest Complex in Sector 6 early on Tuesday.

47 fined for littering



50-yr-old commits suicide
Chandigarh, February 18
A 50-year-old committed suicide by hanging himself in his house in Palsora village here today.

Cartpuller injured in mishap
Chandigarh, February 18
A cartpuller was rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, in the evening after a Maruti car rammed into his cart on the Ambala highway opposite the CII building.


Glitz & glamour
Seven hot style secrets for cool looks 
YOU have taken out that tie-and-dye top, but are scared of wearing it over blue denims or white trousers. Are afraid of looking clumsy. Overcome your fears. Feel fashionable like the girl next door. Follow our simple guide for hip-chick looks during the Festival of Gardens, and even after.

Venus Speaks
Smile is the secret
lipping through the pages of a handy magazine her dad subscribed to when she was still in the school, the under-grad saw "Laughter is the best medicine" printed across the sheet in bold letters.

Nail tales just for you
harmers of the world eager to nail hearts with painted-in-the-hues-of-affection nails during the Festival of Gardens, even afterwards, here are seven no-chipping tips from a make-up artist gathered after digging deep into the problem.

Radio buzz
Top 10 discotheque hits


German academics warn students 
Chandigarh, February 18
Students should ignore touts and middlemen while applying for education opportunities in Germany, said academics from Germany, who were on a visit to Panjab University here today. They are in the city in connection with an Indo-German workshop on ‘application of nuclear and nano-science in environment, electronics and medicine’ being conducted by the CSIO.

English or no English, board discusses
SAS Nagar, February 18
“Save Punjab from the predominance of English. The English-medium education is proving to be a big burden on students, which may adversely affect their academic growth”, said Dr Kehar Singh, Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board, at a function organised by the Kartar Singh Rannu Memorial Trust of the board on the fifth death anniversary of Rannu here today.

Workshop on nuclear sciences concludes
Chandigarh, February 18
At least 17 eminent academicians and scientists, including eight from Germany, participated in a three-day Indo-German workshop on nano and nuclear sciences that concluded here today. The workshop was organised jointly by the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation of Germany, Panjab University and the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO).

Law students re-admitted
Chandigarh, February 18
The Law Department today allowed re-admission to over 40 students who had been denied admission at the beginning of the current semester.

Declamation contest
Chandigarh, February 18
An inter-class declamation contest on current psychological issues marked the second day of Psycho Horizons-2003, being organised by the Government College, Sector 46. The topics for the contest included stress and youth, role of memory, functions of the brain, psycho-physics, abnormality and the importance of psychology.

Students put up fine show
Chandigarh, February 18
It was an encouraging sight to see the students of literature translate the classroom learning onto the stage at the performance of Mahesh Dattani's play, Final Solutions, at Panjab University here this evening.

ICWAI felicitates members
Chandigarh, February 18
The Chandigarh-Panchkula chapter of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI) organised a function last evening to felicitate its members for achievements in their respective fields.


Life term for 2 in murder case
Chandigarh, February 18
Two residents of Colony No 5 were today sentenced to life imprisonment in a brutal murder case. The duo, Munna and Naresh, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the UT Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Balbir Singh, who also imposed a fine of Rs 3,000 each on them.

  • Statement of witness recorded



View from the master’s lens
Chandigarh, February 18
Portfolios of well-known photo artists of India and a few of other countries like Austria, China, Singapore, Taiwan and Pakistan will be displayed in the city by the Friends of Photography (FOP). The FOP will also exhibit their own works in Punjab Kala Bhavan of Sector 16. There will be 73 black-and-white and colour prints on display.


‘Screen drug firms’ literature’
Chandigarh, February 18
The second day of the national workshop on clinical pharmacology in the PGI’s Department of Pharmacology began with a lecture by Professor S.K. Garg of the Department of Pharmacology.

Specialised resection of liver performed
SAS Nagar, February 18
A team of doctors led by Dr Navin Raina, Senior Consultant Surgeon, Fortis Heart Institute, here has successfully conducted a highly-specialised resection of liver on a 72-year-old patient, Mr Iqbal Singh, at the institute.



Cricket buffs offer prayers
Chandigarh, February 18
All roads led to religious places in the city today. As the evening sun disappeared behind the impressive buildings in the west, students rushed out of their residences to pray for the success of the Indian team in the World Cup match on Wednesday.

Shikha, Gurvinder, Madhu enter quarterfinals
Chandigarh, February 18
Shikha Sharma, Gurvinder Kaur and Madhu Walia all of the RSB, Chandigarh made it to the last eight of the women’s section of the All India Civil Services Table Tennis Tournament here today.

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