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Chaura leads to weapon recovery
Pistol, cartridges were to be passed on to Hawara?
Chandigarh, February 8
The Chandigarh Police today claimed that the main facilitator in the Burail jailbreak case Narain Singh Chaura, had led them to the recovery of a pistol and five cartridges near the boundary wall of the jail. He had hidden the weapon under some bricks in Sector 51 grounds.

Family receives pilot’s body
Zirakpur, February 8
A pall of gloom descended at the house of Master Warrant Officer Ajay Kumar Sharma as the news of the death of his son Flight Lieutenant Bharat Kumar reached in Preet Vihar Colony in Bartana village, near here, this morning.
Mr Ajay Kumar Sharma, grief-stricken father of Flt-Lt Bharat (inset) who died in a MiG-23 crash in the Chandhan field firing range, about 40 km from Jaislmer, in Rajasthan on Saturday at his residence in Bartana village near Zirakpur on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma





Ravi Sidhu to report at SP office
Mohali, February 8
Mr Ravi Sidhu, former Chairman, Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), who is out on bail after having spent 23 months in prison, will now be a regular visitor to the SP office in Phase XI here. Following order of the Supreme Court, Mr Sidhu will, for the next six months, mark his presence at the office every alternate Saturday.

Delightful moments for dog lovers

FEED TIME: Hungry puppies crawl up to the mother during the dog show at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Land-owners form protest committee
Mohali, February 8
Land-owners of five villages here will protest against the acquisition of land by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA). This was decided at a meeting of over 150 land-owners of these villages held at Sohana here today.

Assessees may not find it easy to evade IT
Chandigarh, February 8
Income tax assessees will not find it easy now to evade tax as the Income Tax Department has decided to centralise all information concerning them on the computer network across the country. The department will use surplus staff to scrutinise the returns filed by the assessees more closely and cross-check the payment of refunds paid to them.

Sikh Regiment’s reunion to be held at Ranchi
Chandigarh, February 8
The Sikh Regiment will be holding its reunion at its Regimental Centre in Ramgarh near Ranchi from February 17 to 20. A reunion is held after every four years and it gives serving as well as retired comrades-in-arms a platform to get together and keep one another abreast of personal as well as regimental matters.

Sikh Regiment officers at their bi-monthly get-together in Chandigarh on Sunday.
— A Tribune photograph.
Sikh Regiment officers at their bi-monthly get-together in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Now spam jam on your cell phone
Chandigarh, February 8
If you thought your spam problem cannot get worse, think again. Spam can now get you even while you are watching a movie, enjoying a party or a holiday, by way of your cell phone. And imagine getting one of those annoying calls from a telemarketer when you are in the midst of an important business conference and then being billed for answering the call! Sounds absurd? It happens!

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Feel-good slogan a farce, says Prabha Thakur

Chandigarh, February 8
“The BJP has surely outdone us in one department and that is corruption. The party’s claim of achieving great progress in five years, something that we could not achieve in 50 years, is best suited to sum up its share in scams and scandals”.

Ms Prabha Thakur (centre), spokesperson of the AICC, talks to mediapersons at a press conference in Chandigarh on Sunday. Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, former MP (left) and Mr B. B. Behl, president of the local unit (right) are also seen in the picture. — A Tribune photograph

Ms Prabha Thakur (centre), spokesperson of the AICC, talks to mediapersons at a press conference in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Satirist Bhatti receives Rotary award
Mohali, February 8
Past Rotary International president Rajendra K. Saboo presented an Award of Excellence on the behalf of the Rotary District 3080 to Jaspal Bhatti for his contribution to the Punjabi culture and highlighting social issues through satire on the concluding day of the two-day district conference “Aastha” here today.

Goods worth Rs 47 lakh destroyed in warehouse fire
Mohali, February 8
Goods worth 47 lakh were destroyed in the fire that took place in a warehouse in Industrial Area yesterday. Giving details of the total damage, Chief Fire Officer Bhupinder Singh Sandhu today said that this amount does not include the damage caused to the building.

Rent Act issue hots up
Chandigarh, February 8
The issue of the Rent Act is hotting up again. A body of landlords, the Property Owners Welfare Association (POWA) today said it would field its candidate in the forthcoming Lok Sabha poll as the political parties were adopting dual standards. On the other hand, a delegation of the Commercial Tenants Association met the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr I.D. Swami, yesterday and were assured of a balanced Rent Act.

Osho meditation camp ends today
Panchkula, February 8
A three-day Osho meditation camp is being held at Osho Commune, 58, Phase I, Industrial Area, here.


Canadian panel holds meeting
Mohali, February 8
Members of the advisory committee of the Canadian Automotive Institute (CAI), comprising prominent leaders from the industry, held its inaugural meeting here yesterday.


Koshish awarded for heading IT crusade in schools
Chandigarh, February 8
A pioneer in using technology-aided learning (TAL) in classrooms, DAV Public School, Sector 8, has added another feather to its cap. This time, it is the school’s IT club, Koshish, which has been awarded for spearheading the IT crusade in city schools.

PEC alumni flay delay in appointment of Director
Chandigarh, February 8
The Punjab Engineering College Old Student Association ( PECOSA) today said that delay on the part the Chandigarh Administration to appoint Director of Punjab Engineering College, notified as a deemed university, could jeopardise the admission process of the institution which was being conducted under the All-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE).

From Schools
JPA toddlers impress audience
Chandigarh, February 8
The annual function of the JPA Toddlers’ World, Sector 10, Panchkula, was organised at Tagore Theatre here on Saturday. The function began with a dance performance by students of Kindergarten Class. Mr Bruno Plasse, Director of the Alliance Francaise, was the chief guest. Two plays presented by tiny-tots was the highlight of the function.

From Schools
Yadavindra School fete concludes
Mohali , February 8
A two-day Yadavindra Public School (YPS) fete concluded here today. Schoolchildren, along with their parents and guests, had enjoyed fun, games, music, dance programmes and good food during the fete.


Veejaying to films — Shenaz on starry trail
Chandigarh, February 8
Shenaz Treasurywala’s flight to stardom has been fairly sudden. Jumping the league of MTV veejays, this Mumbai girl has already managed her share of starry role on the big screen. And for a fledgling of her order, hitting Bollywood with nothing less than a promising role in a Ken Ghosh film was not a bad start at all.

Museum to take away Nandi from Art College
fter about 30 years, the Government Museum authorities in Sector 10 have suddenly woken up to their belongings. In the process of digging two medieval sculptures, which have long been adorning two separate locations in Sector 10, the authorities will shortly relocate these in the museum’s foyers gallery to prevent their further defacement at the hands of unscrupulous elements.
The Government Museum authorities in Sector 10 have dug out the medieval sculpture of Nandi bull from its present location in Government Art College.
The Government Museum authorities in Sector 10 have dug out the medieval sculpture of Nandi bull from its present location in Government Art College. It will now be relocated in museum’s foyers gallery. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Mapping conflicts in relationships
Chandigarh, February 8
The conflict between dream and reality which leads two people to drift apart was the major element of Shyam Juneja directed play "Subhah Kab Hogi" that was staged at Tagore Theatre, here this evening.

A scene from a play 'Subhah Kab Hogi' held at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

A scene from a play 'Subhah Kab Hogi' held at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Nostalgic moments for NRI poet
Chandigarh, February 8
The local Writers Club today hosted a special ceremony to release the latest anthology of poems written by a UK-based Indian poet, Parkash Singh Azad. Returning to his homeland after 40 years, Azad was naturally full of nostalgia as he introduced the theme of his works.

Bringing Kerala’s culture alive
Chandigarh, February 8
Kerala Samajam, Chandigarh, organised a variety programme on the occasion of its annual day at Government Polytechnic for Women in Sector 10, here today.

Shankar enthrals with peppy Punjabi pop
Chandigarh, February 8
Punjabi pop singer Shankar Sawhney enthralled the audience with his new and old hit songs at a function organised by Reliance India Mobile at Hotel Mountview in Sector 10, here today.

Exhibition of budding artists’ talent
Chandigarh, February 8
A two-day Regional Exhibition of All-India Camel Colour Contest — 2003 concluded at Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10 here today. The exhibition showcased more than 35 lakh entries received from about 5,000 schools, apart from the 75 entries at state level in Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh.


Morning Chatter
Who is the man of the house?
ou take your role as the man of the house seriously. You are the provider for a brood which includes three daughters, your other half’s widowed mother and a live-in maid, who was a part of the ‘dowry.’ In other words, yours is a perpetual houseful situation. You have for long given up expecting a rousing welcome when you come back home in the evening. If during the initial years a cup of tea along with home-made laddoos and samosas were part of a Japanese-style tea ceremony, you now make do with a glass of water thrust absent mindedly in your direction. And that too if you ask for it!

Local henna artists going places
ubhash has just received a call from Mumbai on his cell phone. The caller, after identifying himself as a businessman, has promised to pay him a handsome amount for getting a job executed. Before committing anything, Subhash flips through the pages of his appointment diary. After satisfying himself, he promises to catch the train next week, provided the reservations are made for him. Subhash is a henna artist.

Woo your Valentine with chocolates
f you are looking for a special way to melt your sweetheart’s heart this Valentine’s Day, do it with Raveen Sawhney’s hand-crafted chocolates. Packed attractively, Raveen’s chocolates promises to do magic. This local entrepreneur has come up with an exhibition of her exclusive range of chocolates just for the occasion.

Thai delicacies for city gourmets
angkok, the city of fun, frolic and exotic cuisines, is on your doorstep, courtesy Mehfil Restaurant, Sector 17, Chandigarh.

Delightful moments for dog lovers
pomeranian owned by Mr Karanjit Singh won the best dog of the city award at the 36th and 37th annual dog show organised by the Chandigarh Kennel Club here today. The club is affiliated to the Kennel Club of India. Mr Karanjit Singh also bagged the prize for the best puppy at the show.

Amritsari kulchas tickle palates in Patiala
he crowd surrounding his ‘tandoor’ never thins and if you happen to be late in placing your order chances are that the ‘Amritsari kulchas’ being dished out at Ravinder’s Corner Dhaba will all be sold out by the time it is your turn to be served.


Dry-eye syndrome on the increase
Chandigarh, February 8
The damage caused by the high-pollution level is no longer restricted to just chest diseases as an increasing number of people, especially those living in polluted areas, stand the risk of getting the dry-eye syndrome, where their vision can get affected.

Health mela draws big crowds
Chandigarh, February 8
The Swasthya Jagrukta Mela, being organised by the UT Health Department drew huge crowds on the first day as 2,800 patients were registered at various OPD services being offered to the city residents.


Indian players lack physical toughness, says Ramesh

Chandigarh, February 8
Ramesh Krishnan, an ace tennis legendary, is here in the city. Son of another former reputed tennis personality, Ramanathan Krishnan, Ramesh is here to prove their family’s domain in tennis. This time, 14-year-old daughter of Ramesh, Gayatri Krishnan, will vie for top honours in the girl’s singles in the ITF Junior Tennis Tournament.

Former tennis player Ramesh Krishnan with his daughter, Gayatri, at the ITF Junior Circuit Tennis Tournament being held at the CLTA, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Former tennis player Ramesh Krishnan with his daughter, Gayatri, at the ITF Junior Circuit Tennis Tournament being held at the CLTA, Chandigarh, on Sunday.

3 city players get wild card entry
Chandigarh, February 8
Three local players Kinshuk Sharma, Alipt Sandhu and Inayat Khosla got wild card entry to the main draw in the ITF Junior Grade-3 Tennis Tournament being held at the CLTA Tennis Stadium, Sector 10. Meanwhile, the qualifying rounds concluded today and no other city player could qualify for the main draw.

Eleonora Sitdjemileva of Uzbekistan serves to qualify for the main draw in the ITF Junior Tennis Tournament played at CLTA Tennis Stadium, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pankaj Sharma

Haryana bags kabaddi titles
Chandigarh, February 8
Haryana bagged both men and women titles at the conclusion of the 16th National Circle Kabaddi Tournament played here today at Sector 17 Football Stadium. Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, gave away the prizes.

Punjab and Haryana girls vie for top honours in the final of 16th National Circle Kabaddi Tournament in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Punjab and Haryana girls vie for top honours in the final of 16th National Circle Kabaddi Tournament in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Annual sports meet of SBOP concludes
Patiala, February 8
The three-day 7th edition of the annual sports meet of the State Bank of Patiala, which attracted as many as 500 employees and their children, concluded at the Government Physical College of Education (GPCE) grounds here today.


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