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Escape plans for Jan 13, 20 were abandoned
Chandigarh, February 2

The alleged assassins of former Punjab Chief Minister Jagtar Singh Hawara and three others had dropped their plan to escape from the Burail Jail here first on January 13
and then on January 20 .

Jail escapees had no dearth of money
Chandigarh, February 2

Inflow of huge funds, hosting of feasts in the garb of “langars” inside the jail and a life of luxury were some of the facilities provided to three terrorists who escaped from Model Jail, Burail, on January 21 by their sympathisers outside.

  Tribune Group to remain committed to public cause
Chandigarh, February 2

President of The Tribune Trust, Justice R.S. Pathak (left), along with other trustees, Mr R.S. Talwar, Dr R.P. Bambah, Justice S.S. Sodhi, the General Manager, Mr R.N. Gupta, and the Editor-in-Chief, Mr H.K. Dua, paying tributes to the founder of The Tribune, Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, on the occasion of the institution’s 123rd anniversary in Chandigarh The Tribune Group of newspapers will continue to be committed to the cause of public. It will reinvent its role with the change in times.

President of The Tribune Trust, Justice R.S. Pathak (left), along with other trustees, Mr R.S. Talwar, Dr R.P. Bambah, Justice S.S. Sodhi, the General Manager, Mr R.N. Gupta, and the Editor-in-Chief, Mr H.K. Dua, paying tributes to the founder of The Tribune, Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, on the occasion of the institution’s 123rd anniversary in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Postgraduates made to pay hiked fee
Chandigarh, February 2

Despite the rollback in tuition fee by the Chandigarh Administration, city colleges continue to charge the hiked tuition fee from students of postgraduate courses. Rather, college authorities are blaming the administration for creating the confusion.


PSIEC applicants cry foul
Mohali, February 2

Applicants to the industrial housing scheme of the Punjab State Industrial and Export Corporation for allotment of residential plots in Mohali alleged today that the Punjab Government was being partisan in handing over land to a private company for development into an industrial park, leaving them in the lurch.

PEC forgets Kalpana?
Chandigarh, February 2

There was no information available regarding Punjab Engineering College planning any function to mark the first death anniversary of Kalpana Chawla, a 1982 batch alumni of the college, who had died last year in space shuttle Columbia crash.

Jan Shatabdi on popularity track
How much does it cost to reach Delhi…….
Jan-Shatabdi Rs 107 4 hours
Normal bus Rs 127 5 hrs : 30 mins
Deluxe bus Rs 248 5 hrs : 30 mins
Jan-Shatabdi (AC) Rs 345 4 hours
Seeing the popularity one AC coach and three normal coaches are being added on the Jan Shatbadi.
Chandigarh, February 2
"Jan-Shatabadi" started about 18 months ago has turned out to the most popular mode of travel between Chandigarh and Delhi. Thanks to economy class ticket on the train costing just Rs 107, the train has not only given the buses of the state transport corporations a run for their money, but also had an impact on its illustrious cousin, Shatabadi Express, which has been running to capacity for 14 years now.

Festival of Gardens from Feb 20
Chandigarh, February 2

Tourists alighting from Shatabdi Express will be presented rosebuds during the “Festival of Gardens” being organised in the city for three days from February 20. A “ropeway bridge” will also be installed in the Sector 16 Rose Garden. Along with flower competition, Rose Prince and Princess contests, will be the highlights of the festival. 

General J.J. Singh takes over today
Chandigarh, February 2

Lieut-Gen J.J. Singh will take over as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Command at Chandimandir tomorrow.

Ex-servicemen bid adieu to Lieut-Gen Mehta
Welfare of ex-servicemen and their families were given top priority by former Western Army Commander Lieut-Gen S.S. Mehta. The Western Command Helpline, started on September 15, 2002, has done immense good to the ex-servicemen community. No wonder that all other commands have taken a cue from the Western Command to launch this service.

Devotees throng mosques on Id
Devotees offer Namaz on Id-ul-Zuha at Jama Masjid Chandigarh, February 2

Devotees enthusiastically wished each other after offering the namaz in the city mosques on the occasion of Id-ul-Zuha. Lectures on the significance of the festival were also organised.

Devotees offer Namaz on Id-ul-Zuha at Jama Masjid, Sector 20, Chandigarh, on Monday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Soon, you can operate postal account anywhere
Chandigarh, February 2

Operating a saving account from any of the post offices across the country will be a reality soon. The service would be in place of the existing arrangement under which a postal account can only be operated at the specific post office where it has been opened.

Children observe World Wetlands Day
Chandigarh, February 2

On the eve of the World Wetlands Day, activists of the Children’s Alliance for Protection of the Environment visited the Sukhna and put up a signboard at the CITCO complex, requesting the visitors not to horn in the vicinity of the lake and disturb migratory birds.


Colonel booked on trespass charges
Chandigarh, February 2

A Sector 8 resident, Mr Hukam Singh Bhatti, in a complaint to the police has stated that a group of 25 to 30 persons led by Col Dhanvir Singh trespassed on his house in Sector 16 and assaulted him. The alleged incident took place on January 18. Mr Bhatti added that Col Dhanvir Singh (resident of Patiala) took away eight diamonds, a gold necklace, two gold karas, mobile phones and other household articles. A case under various sections of the IPC has been registered at police station, Sector 17.

Rs 1 lakh demanded for child’s release
Mohali, February 2

A sum of Rs 1 lakh was allegedly demanded today as ransom by kidnappers for the release of a seven-year-old child, who went missing from Shahi Majra village here on January 26.

Youths strangulate woman
Panchkula, February 2

In a case of mistaken identity, Champa Devi, a resident of Rajiv Colony, was allegedly strangulated to death by three inebriated persons in the wee hours of today.

4 gamblers arrested
Dera Bassi, February 2

The police has arrested four persons from different areas while playing ‘satta’ in public places during the past 24 hours.


Cellphone operators against ADCA.
Chandigarh, February 2

Imposition of Access Deficit Charge on cellphone service providers by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has forced them to explore other avenues to keep tariffs down.


Punjab culture brought alive by Government College girls
Mohali, February 2
The day was full of fun and festivity for students of Government College here today. Students dressed in colourful traditional costumes adorned the college campus which was tastefully decorated for the occasion.

NAAC team to visit Govt College on Feb 6
Mohali, February 2
Government College is gearing up to receive a team from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council here on February 6. Mr Harkuldeep Singh, Principal, told Chandigarh Tribune here today that the college authorities will be going to Ropar on February 5 to get the team members, who would be made to stay in the UT state guest house. The team members would be inspecting a college in Ropar on February 4 and 5 and the local college on February 6 and 7.

Seminar on Cambridge YLE test
Chandigarh, February 2
A speaker addresses a seminar Parents and members of the staff attended a seminar organised by Dikshant International School, Zirakpur, in association with the British Council here yesterday on Cambridge YLE (Young Learners English) tests. These tests are run by Cambridge ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), a department of University of Cambridge in England, and are set and marked by experts in language teaching and assessment.
A speaker addresses a seminar organised by Dikshant International School, Zirakpur, on Monday.


High Court
Notice issued
Chandigarh, February 2
The high court on Monday issued notice of motion on a bail petition filed by the then Registrar (Additional) Tara Chand. Taking up his petition against the UT Administration, Mr Justice S.S. Saron also fixed February 24 as the next date of hearing in the case.



Passion binds this French rock band together
Chandigarh, February 2
French rock group ‘Wampas’ performs at the Law Auditorium “Poetry in abstract form” is how Les Wampas, a visiting rock band from France, describe their music. When all six members of the band took to the stage at Panjab University Law Auditorium, that is exactly what one felt about their music — melody, rock and roll and a little bit of punk, all mixed together to create an aura of a modern painting.

French rock group ‘Wampas’ performs at the Law Auditorium, Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh


Fashion statement by little gals
Gold bangles with tiny bells jingle as she ties her tresses with a floral band after standing in front of a mirror. Admiring her image, she adjusts her glittering earrings with ringed fingers before leaving the house for a birthday bash. No, she is not a model but a seven-year-old student. She is not the only one passionate about make-up and good looks. Tarunima’s school friends also apply glitter on their tender lips and wear alluring bangles in different hues to go along with their dresses.

Is investment in gold a safe bet?
Gold fails to make an impact as investment option in the city. THE glittering yellow metal, though ruling the jewellery scene in the city as a possession, has failed to make an impact as a sound investment option. The ever-increasing prices of gold and desire to possess more and more of this precious metal notwithstanding, its lustre has failed to catch the attention of the investor here.

Gold fails to make an impact as investment option
in the city. 

Youngsters hooked on to kitschy accessories
It is back to the kitschy accessories for teenagers of the city. From bright dangling earrings to shell and metal belts, bead work handbags to chunky chains and pendants are the in things for the city’s teeming fashion conscious collegiate.

Hari NarayanFace to face with Mr North
Inspired from Mr Universe and Olympia Arnold, the new Mr North and Mr Chandigarh Hari Narayan, says, “Whatever I am today is thanks to my coach Sunil Walia and family. Now my aim is to become Mr Asia.” Excerpts from an interactive session with him in Bon Sante, Sector 17.

Singing audition on Feb 27
Chandigarh, February 2
The Sangam Kala Group is organising an audition for Surtarang 2004, a national singing talent hunt competition in the memory of Master Madan, at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, on February 27.

Jewellery exhibition from Feb 4
Chandigarh, February
Art Karat, a Delhi-based house of designer jewellery, has brought its latest creation "Desire" to the city. Designed by renowned jewellery designer Asha Komal Modi, "Desire" is a collection of classic designs in silver dipped in gold and studded with colourful semi-precious stones.


‘EP procedures safer than bypass surgery’
Mohali, February 2
“Electro-physiological procedures of the heart are safer and cheaper than an open-heart bypass surgery,’’ said Dr David Martin, Director, Cardiac Arrhythmia Service, Lahey Clinic Medical Centre, Burlington, MA, USA today.

Indian chicken safe, says experts
Panchkula, February 2
The Indian chicken is absolutely safe and there is no chance of an outbreak of bird flu in the country, poultry experts said at a seminar here today. Addressing the seminar organised by the Pixie Publication and the American Soybean Association, Dr S.K. Khanna, a poultry consultant, contended that the virus was not communicable to human beings.



A school that will lay stress on sports
A model of Chitkara International SchoolChandigarh, February 2
Chitkara International School, which is coming up in Sector 25 (West) here, has planned innovative means of sporting activity to be undertaken in the school. The school, a new addition to the chain of institutions run by the Chitkara Education Trust, will start the first academic session from the next month.

A model of Chitkara International School, Sector 25 (West), Chandigarh

International Testing Centre enter quarterfinal
Chandigarh, February 2
A half century (51 runs of 42 balls) by Narinder Walia and fine bowling display (5 wickets for 12) by Ajay Bhardwaj enabled the International Testing Centre beat United India Insurance by 20 runs and enter the quarterfinals of the inaugural Er Bharat Keso Gupta Memorial Tournament at Sector 3 stadium, Panchkula.

Ryan International School to have skating rink
Chandigarh, February 2
Ryan International School in Sector 49 is a branch of St Xavier’s Group of schools, Mumbai. It began its first session in April last year. “The school wants to give every child a varied experience in sports and other co-curricular activities, explained Ms Poonam Sharma, Principal.

Kila Raipur lad for national hockey camp
Chandigarh, February 2
Sukhpal Singh of Kila Raipur village (Ludhiana) has done his village proud by making it to the national camp for the Junior World Cup Hockey (under-21) Tournament.

GMC win cricket title
Chandigarh, February 2
The team of Government Medical College, Sector 32, which won the Inter-Institutional Cricket Tournament A brilliant performance by Sanjeev Massey of Government Medical College, Sector 32, who scored 53 runs and bagged two wickets for just 16 runs, enabled his team in defeating Punjab Engineering College, Sector 14, by 16 runs to win the title in the 10th Inter-institutional Cricket Tournament, played here today.
The team of Government Medical College, Sector 32, which won the
Inter-Institutional Cricket Tournament in Chandigarh on Monday.

Jasjit Singh Jasjit wins 2 tennis medals
Chandigarh, February 2

Dr Jasjit Singh, Chief Medical Officer, Punjab Raj Bhavan, Chandigarh, won two medals — a silver and a bronze — in the All India Civil Services Tennis Tournament at Hyderabad from January 27 to 31.


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