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E-governance to take off in April
City to follow Hyderabad model
Chandigarh, February 11
Chandigarh is on the verge of replicating the Hyderabad model of e-governance. Totally computerised offices where multipurpose work will be handled are being set up at seven locations across the city to collect various taxes, levies, bills, registration of new vehicles, driving licences and even issue bus passes or birth and death certificates.

Judicial custody for Chaura
Chandigarh, February 11
Even as the interrogation of 16 persons, arrested in the Burail jailbreak case, has failed to provide any vital clues that could lead to the arrest of terrorist Jagtar Singh Hawara and the three other escapees, the police said today that more people would be arrested in this connection soon.

Hawara’s harbourers spotted in Delhi
Chandigarh, February 11
Possible harbourers of Jagtar Singh Hawara, Paramjit Singh Bheora and Jagtar Singh Tara were spotted recently in Delhi, strengthening the suspicion that the three escapees might be in the Capital, sources said today.



Power bill default over Rs 70 lakh
PUDA, hospital, police fail to pay up
Mohali, February 11
Government institutions and private industrial units have failed to pay their power bills and other dues amounting to more than Rs 70 lakh. Among the defaulters are the Civil Hospital, the Punjab State Tubewell Corporation, the Punjab Planning and Urban Development Authority (PUDA) and the police besides private companies like JCT, Lachhman Singh and Sons and Raja Ram Corn Products.

Bird flu scare
Poultry belt losses cross Rs 100 crore
Panchkula, February 11
Alleging “deep-rooted” conspiracy behind the bird flu scare in India, the Northern India Poultry Farmers Association claimed today that the largest poultry belt in North India, had suffered a loss of over Rs 100 crore during the past month.

Sanjay, Sunil to star in film to counter flu scare
Chandigarh, February 11
Notwithstanding avian influenza scare, Sanjay Dutt and Sunil Shetty have been eating more chicken than usual for the past some days. The idea is not to build muscle, which the two already have in plenty, but to send across the message that all is well with the poultry industry of India and that there is no cause for panic.

Partners for a cause: Pals Sanjay Dutt and Sunil Shetty talk about avian influenza and films during their sojourn in Chandigarh on Wednesday. They were on their way to Manali. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh
Partners for a cause: Pals Sanjay Dutt and Sunil Shetty talk about avian influenza and films during their sojourn in Chandigarh on Wednesday. They were on their way to Manali.

Publisher, reporter’s apology accepted
Chandigarh, February 11
Holding the Times of India and another newspaper Hari Bhoomi guilty of committing criminal contempt of court, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that an effort had been made by them to scandalise the appointment of a High Court Judge. The Bench, however, accepted unconditional apology submitted by them.


He served jail term on earned leave!
Chandigarh, February 11
A Central Poultry Development Organisation employee got earned leave while he was in Burail Jail in connection with a case registered by the police station, Sector 31.

Woman suffers burns as oil canister catches fire
Zirakpur, February 11
Wife of an Army man sustained burns when a plastic canister containing petroleum accidentally caught fire from a burning matchstick, thrown by her, in Vikas Nagar Colony, Bartana village, near here, this evening.

Search Within
Will you stand up for what is right when it can prove costly?
o be honest, such a question should send tremors into some of us, who are aware of the ground realities. Standing up for what is right has become a costly affair in this nation. Twelve drunken men throwing out a passenger from a running train, that accommodates more than 60 passengers, with impunity, is symbolic of the situation we face in the political, social and other realms of life. According to one version, the policemen who were present in the compartment of the Chhattisgarh Express just watched the fight and did not intervene.

Traffic hazard at Industrial Area
Chandigarh, February 11
The local Federation of Small Scale Industries in a letter to the Superintendent of Police (Traffic) has highlighted the traffic hazard in the Industrial Area, Phase I, besides the misuse of the industrial premises by certain occupants.

Celebrate love with diamonds
iamonds are a girl’s best friend. But are expensive too. So in case you cannot afford to buy the sparkling stones, just drive down to Sector 35 market for buying gems after taking out anywhere between Rs 200 and Rs 7000 from your pocket.

Visually impaired intensify stir
Chandigarh, February 11
Eight of the 33 visually impaired activists of the Netrahin Jagriti Sangh, Haryana, who had been arrested on February 9 by the Chandigarh police and were later sent to judicial remand, were today released.

Readers Write
PGI’s wrong priorities
I felt sad on reading the report about the mismanagement of public money of the PGI administration. Is the managements aware that not a single sheet or blanket is available for a patient in winter brought to the emergency at midnight?

  • Bus no 7 route

  • Redesigning city centre

  • Mohali should be district

  • PEC and SC/ST students


Burglary at chemist shop
Chandigarh, February 11
Medicines estimated to be worth Rs more than 5 lakh have been stolen by burglars from a chemist shop, National Trading Agencies, in Sector 37.


Private candidates can’t opt for practical subjects, says PU
Chandigarh, February 11
The Panjab University authorities have been caught napping. This time, without doing its homework. The Examination Branch has despatched letters to private candidates of BA (music), rejecting their option to appear for vocal music in BA first year and asking them for an alternative.

City students resent cut in PEC quota
Chandigarh, February 11
In conformance with the requirement of the deemed university status for Punjab Engineering College, 50 per cent of the seats in the courses would be reserved for eligible candidates of Chandigarh.

Placement week begins at SD College
Chandigarh, February 11
Placement week at GGDSD College, Sector 32, began today with various companies queuing up for recruiting students of arts, commerce and science streams of the college.

Hamara School
A school for slum kids

Sunbeam Public School, Mauli Jagran, has come up with a noble idea: Provide education to children of slum areas and those belonging to the section below the poverty line. The school was started by Mr Satwant Singh Dhillon.

Sunbeam Public School, Mauli Jagran, Chandigarh.
Sunbeam Public School, Mauli Jagran, Chandigarh.

Mr Satwant Singh DhillonImparting education delights him
Having run Sunbeam School as its Principal-cum-Director, Mr Satwant Singh Dhillon, was brought up in a family of landlords. From seven students to over over 600 students, the experience of imparting education delights him.


Narrating life through puppets
Chandigarh, February 11
Andrew Hansen uses all kinds of puppets in his repertoire. Initiated into the fine art of puppet making way back in 1976 when he founded the Hand Span Theatre back home in Australia, Andrew has been teaching the use of hand and rod puppets, besides extensively employing the art in all possible spheres — from stage to education.
Andrew Hansen of Australia and master puppeteer from India, Dadi Pudumjee, share creative ideas during the special puppet making workshop that began at Kalagram
Andrew Hansen of Australia and master puppeteer from India, Dadi Pudumjee, share creative ideas during the special puppet making workshop that began at Kalagram on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pamkaj Sharma


Morning Chatter
Master of big sizes Yapper
Presuming you are not one of those who lives on lukewarm water, salads and a carbohydrate-free diet. Presuming that you have accumulated unsavoury tyres around the waist post- pregnancy but you have a secret desire to fit into all those stylishly cut western outfits which tease you from the fashion spreads of magazines.

Eating out
Vegas nights at Blue Ice
IF you have not got the opportunity to visit Las Vegas, USA, get a feel of a typical casino of the city of lights at Blue Ice, the restaurant-cum-bar in Sector 17, Chandigarh, near Meena Bazar. And those who have had the good luck to enjoy a drink there, will agree that the eatery has made a good attempt in organising the 15-day festival called the ‘Vegas Nights’.

Wrap it up in style
You have already picked you a nice box of imported chocolates for St Valentine’s Day. And are looking forward to the event. But in the process you have forgotten all about packing the gift up in an alluring cellophane paper with transparent hearts. Well, there is still time, Just drive down to the market for getting the gift wrapped, nicely and properly.


As many as 59 cases of cleftlip and cleft palate have been identified and registered for carrying out a restructure surgery on them. About 50 patients, suffering from a similar deformity are likely to be identified in the next week or so. The operations will be done free of cost.

Senior officers of the Health Department inspect the Civil Hospital, Mohali, for the forthcoming visit of a Canadian team of doctors. — A Tribune photograph
Senior officers of the Health Department inspect the Civil Hospital, Mohali, for the forthcoming visit of a Canadian team of doctors.

Palliative care meet begins tomorrow
Chandigarh, February 11
The Department of Radiotherapy, PGI, is organising the 11th International Conference of Indian Association of Palliative Care from February 13 to 15. About 150 delegates from all over the country and 30 foreign delegates, including from the UK, Australia and Europe, are expected to be participate in the conference.


Raman Kumar Raman Kumar shines in one-sided match
Chandigarh, February 11
A devastating bowling spell by left-arm spinner Raman Kumar (6 for 17) helped A.G., Haryana, thrash A.G., J&K, by 10 wickets in a one-sided affair in the opening match of the North Zone Indian Audit & Accounts Department Cricket Championship being held at Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here today.

4 CFA players invited for selection trials
Chandigarh, February 11
The Secretary of the All-India Football Federation has informed the Chandigarh Football Association that four players of the Chandigarh Football Academy, Sector 42, have been invited for selection trials for the India under-14 team which will be held at Margao (Goa) from February 27.


PUDA’s proposal for railway reservation counter shot down
Mohali, February 11
A proposal mooted by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to set up a railway tickets reservation counter in the township has been rejected by the Secretary Housing and Urban Development, Mr K.B.S. Sidhu, on orders of the Minister for Housing and Urban Planning, Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri.

F&CC meeting postponed
Chandigarh, February 11
The meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee of the Municipal Corporation, scheduled for today, was postponed. The meeting has been postponed following the death of the mother of Ms Kamlesh, Mayor, and no fresh date of the meeting has been announced.

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