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Panel upholds charges of sports funds misuse
Chandigarh, February 22
Allegations of major financial misappropriation in the Sports Department of Panjab University have been upheld by a one-member commission appointed by the university. Sources said a senior-level committee appointed by the university had further upheld the charges levelled by the commission.

Elections in HP, hassles in UT
Chandigarh, February 22
As poll fever is catching up in Himachal Pradesh, providing security to the politicians stopping over in the city, en route to Himachal Pradesh, is telling on the health of the Chandigarh Police. The city police is already grappling with the shortage of force.

Chopra was shot with ‘service revolver’
Chandigarh, February 22
As the killers of the UT executive engineer, V.K. Chopra, continue to elude the police, the channel through which the assailant(s) procured the weapon may solve the mystery. Sources in the police say that Chopra was shot with a .38-bore service revolver.


Traffic rules go out of window
Panchkula, February 22
Traffic rules and regulations in this satellite township of Chandigarh have been thrown to the wind — thanks to skeletal staff and lack of scientific equipment. Overspeeding, triple-riding on two-wheelers, underage driving, driving without seat belts (in cars) and helmets (on two-wheelers), use of mobile phones or smoking while driving or drunken driving are quite common here.

Gurdas Mann sets stage on fire
Chandigarh, February 22
Gurdas Mann lived up to popular expectations and set the stage on “musical fire” at a jam-packed ground opposite the Students’ Centre during “Jhankar 2003”, the ongoing youth festival of Panjab University (PU) here tonight.

Gurdas Mann performs on the Panjab University campus, Chandigarh, during the ongoing “Jhankar-2003” on Saturday night.
— Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan
Gurdas Mann performs on the Panjab University campus, Chandigarh

Sepoy struggling for disability dues
Chandigarh, February 22
In 1948, he fought against the enemies for his country’s honour. Today, 55 years later, Sepoy Dalip Singh is struggling against the government for his rights. Even though he received a letter in November, 1999, from the Army authorities claiming the payment of substantial compensation to the families of Operation Vijay martyrs and their subsequent decision of paying ex-gratia to the old soldiers, he still has not been paid disability pension.

‘Indo-Pak solution lies with people’
SAS Nagar, February 22
‘‘As part of our foreign policy, India needs to ensure that it gets the importance it deserves in the world. We are constantly ignored, rarely informed about anything and never consulted,’’ stated Mr Salman Khurshid’ a former Union Foreign Minister, in an interview with The Tribune here today. He was here to attend a school function.


Husain paints slum kids with praise

Chandigarh, February 22
The legendary M.F. Husain wore a new mantle this morning. Where as for the past two days he had been in his virtual “masterly” form, today he was more of a learner and less of a perfectionist.

M.F. Husain interacts with slum children of Janata Colony, Panchkula and SAS Nagar at Punjab Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

M.F. Husain interacts with slum children of Janata Colony, Panchkula and SAS Nagar

Councillors form pressure group
Panchkula, February 22
The Bharatiya Janata Party councillor from Ward No. 3 (Sector 7), Mr C.B. Goel, has accused the administration of not giving charge of the council to the elected representatives, even as 11 other councillors have joined hands to form a pressure group.

Paswan for ‘united alliance’
Chandigarh, February 22
Lashing out at the NDA government, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, President of the Lok Janshakti Party and former Union Minister, said Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee was one of the ‘weakest’ Prime Ministers in Indian history. Advocating a ‘united alliance’ as an alternate to the NDA at the Centre he also demanded immediate dismissal of the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh.


Flesh trade racket unearthed
Panchkula, February 22
The Kalka police has unearthed a flesh trade racket and arrested four persons, including a young girl, from a guest house in Kalka last night.


Kerala woos tourists from North India
Chandigarh, February 22
After having been established as nation’s best tourist destination, Kerala has decided to attract domestic tourists, particularly from North India. As part of its extensive marketing efforts, the Kerala Tourism Department organized a road show in Chandigarh yesterday, besides presenting documentary films and distributing booklets/brochures on tourist destinations of Kerala.


Run parallel schools for poor: Khursheed
SAS Nagar, February 22
More than 100 students received awards at the 24th Founders’ Day of Yadavindra Public School here today. The awards were given away by Mr Salman Khursheed, a former Foreign Minister of the country, on the occasion.

English from class I in non-model schools
Chandigarh, February 22
The UT Education Department, has decided to introduce English in all non-model schools from class I.

No waste workshop, this!
Chandigarh, February 22
“The best out of waste workshop” was organised for the class I students at St Joseph School in Sector 44 today. Who else, but founder of a dream called Rock Garden, Nek Chand, was the guest of honour.

Creator of Rock Garden Nek Chand watches as dexterous hands make patterns during a workshop on “Making best out of waste” at St Joseph School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Creator of Rock Garden Nek Chand watches as dexterous hands make patterns during a workshop

Vibrant Punjabi culture on view

Chandigarh, February 22
Students of Guru Gobind Singh College for Women in Sector 26 presented the vibrant Punjabi culture in the most alluring way as they presented the vibrant folk songs and dances besides an interesting bridal show.

Students participate in a folk-dance competition at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

Students participate in a folk-dance competition at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women in Sector 26, Chandigarh

Juniors bid farewell to seniors
Chandigarh, February 22
The students of classes IX and +1 of Sanjay Public Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, organised a colourful cultural programme to bid farewell to the students of classes X and +2 here today.


N.K. Garg files three applications
Chandigarh, February 22
N.K. Garg, the Chartered Accountant (CA) who had been arrested by the UT police in a scam related to income tax return on the basis of forged TDS certificates, filed today three applications seeking production of bank papers, CPUs and opening of his office sealed by the police in a local court. Acting on the plea moved by Mr Garg, the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal, issued a notice to the state to file a reply in the case for February 27.

Lawyers hold conference
Chandigarh, February 22
A commission should be set up for looking into the appointment of Judges, said former Supreme Court Judge Justice Krishna Iyer while addressing the sixth national conference of the Indian Association of Lawyers.


Rafi’s melody revived on stage

Chandigarh, February 22
The old melodies of legendary singer Mohd Rafi cast a spell at Plaza Carnival today as 14 Rafi fans and amateur singers sang popular numbers once sung by the singer, keeping the audience stood rooted to the ground throughout the performance. Organised by the Centre for Carnival Arts and sponsored by The Tribune and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., the organising committee plans to do a few more shows along this line.

Contestants take part in the Mohd Rafi evening organised during The Tribune-sponsored Plaza Carnival in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Contestants take part in the Mohd Rafi evening

Foggy start for Mihir on big screen
hund’ (KC and Suraj, Panchkula), coincidently as the name indicates, has a very foggy future for screen acceptance by the audience for any kind of success at the box-office. Equally shaky is the start in Bollywood for Amar Upadhaya, (Mihir of 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' serial fame).

Gere touches new low
What does a filmmaker do with a moth-eaten script? He turns it into a creature-feature, ‘The Mothman Prophecies’ (Kiran), basing it on true incidents which took place in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in which, a mysterious “bird-like” creature appeared from nowhere and wreaked terror on people.

Music as rich as French wine
Chandigarh, February 22
After long, the city was treated to a musical concert par excellence. Holding the fort in Tagore Theatre here today were seven musicians from across the world gathered on a common platform under the direction of great Bernard Wacheux, musician and conductor.

Renowned musicians, led by celebrated conductor Birnar Wacheux, hold a Western classical music concert at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Saturday. A Tribune photograph
Renowned musicians, led by celebrated conductor Birnar Wacheux, hold a Western classical music concert at Tagore Theatre

Kalagram Utsav extended up to Feb 24
Chandigarh, February 22
Kalagram Utsav-2003 has been extended by one more day i.e. February 24 in order to accommodate art lovers.


Making ageing a healthy experience
Chandigarh, February 22
A lecture on “How to make ageing a healthy experience” was delivered by Dr Suresh Rattan, Professor, Biogenetology, Department of AARHUS University, Denmark, at Punjab Kala Bhavan in Sector 16 here this evening.

Ten probationary nurses commissioned
Panchkula, February 22
Ten probationary nurses of the 34th batch of the School of Nursing, Command Hospital, Chandimandir, were commissioned into Military Nursing Service (MNS) at an impressive ceremony held today. The Commandant of the Hospital, Maj Gen B. Sadananda, commissioned them into the service in the rank of Lieutenant.

Eye hospital to come up on Mansa Devi land
Panchkula, February 22
The Sri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board (SMMDSB) has embarked upon an ambitious plan to utilise the 10 acres of vacant land in its possession in Mansa Devi area for the benefit of humanity.

PGI plea for donation
Chandigarh, February 22
The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research has appealed to non-government organisations, trusts, social workers, companies and industries to come forward with generous donations towards the Poor Patient Welfare Fund.

Talk on mental illness held
Chandigarh, February 22
Families are important for the care of mentally ill persons in developing countries, Dr N.N. Wig, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, PGIMER, asserted during a talk on mental illness and families at Lajpat Rai Bhawan today.


Commercialisation of cricket
Chandigarh, February 22
Cricket, now considered a part of the entertainment industry in India, is all set to capture the status of a big corporate sector. The World Cup-2003 has further corroborated the fact. In the recent live coverage of various World Cup matches, commercials can be seen even while an over is in progress. 

Sameer emerges best athlete
Chandigarh, February 22
Sameer Singh was adjudged best athlete in the 50th Annual Athletics Meet of the Government College for Men, Sector 11 which was held here today on the college premises. Earlier, Mr S.P. Arora, HCS and SDM, UT Administration, inaugurated the meet in the morning, while Mr Kanwar Sandhu, Resident Editor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, gave away the prizes.


EPFO takes on defaulters

Chandigarh, February 22
“The regional office of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) here has taken a serious note of industrial units not depositing the employers’ and employees’ contributions to the provident fund (PF) in time.

Regional Provident Fund Commissioners Mr N.N. Sharma and Mr S.K. Agarwal address a Press conference in Chandigarh on Saturday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Regional Provident Fund Commissioners Mr N.N. Sharma and Mr S.K. Agarwal address a Press conference

Rose Festival from February 28
Chandigarh, February 22
The season of flowers is back again. With the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, giving finishing touches to the Rose Garden in Sector 16, the stage is all set for the annual Rose Festival or the Festival of Gardens. The festival will begin on February 28 and will last till March 2.

Sweetshops, bakeries raided
Panchkula, February 22
The district health authorities today raided five sweetshops and bakeries in different parts of the district and collected samples to check for adulteration.


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