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Chandigarh, February 18
The Chandigarh Administration’s order yesterday of not allowing auction of commercial property on a freehold basis has kicked off a storm with property owners feeling totally flummoxed by its shifting stance over the past two years.

Students oppose lifting of ban on soft drinks
Chandigarh, February 18
Student organisations of Panjab University have decided to oppose the lifting of the ban on aerated drinks. While an all-party meeting will be held shortly on the campus to discuss the issue, at their individual level, activists of student organisations will approach the students for a feedback on the lifting of the ban.

States directed to keep DNA record
of accused
Chandigarh, February 18
For making detection and identification of escapees easier, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the states of Punjab and Haryana, besides the Union Territory of Chandigarh, to maintain record regarding DNA profile and blood group of accused, wherever necessary.

  VIP’s car kills 25-year-old youth?
Chandigarh, February 18
A Lancer car (PB 04 H 0001) allegedly hit 25-year-old Ravinder Singh as he came out of a wedding party in Rajasthan Bhawan in Sector 33 at 1.20 am on Tuesday. The car dragged him for 20 metres before speeding away.

UT cops to interrogate Goldy
Chandigarh, February 18
The Chandigarh Police today decided to secure the custody of Surinder Singh Goldy on production remand from the Punjab Police to unravel the conspiracy behind the Burail jailbreak case involving Jagtar Singh Hawara.


Council likely to okay cattle pound payment
Mohali, February 18
The Municipal Council is expected to clear a proposal to pay Rs 6.5 lakh out of the total cost of Rs 30 lakh for land allotted to it by PUDA for setting up a much-needed cattle pound in the town.

Land owners want govt to withdraw notification
Mohali, February 18
Land owners of a number of villages, whose land is being acquired by the Punjab Planning and Urban Development Authority today demanded withdrawal of the notification issued in this regard as they do not want to part with their property.

Industrial land conversion lamented
Mohali, February 18
Disapproving of the Punjab Government’s scheme to have residential pockets in the midst of industrial areas in Mohali, the Chairman of the Punjab Pollution Control Board, Mr Rana K.P. Singh, today stated that residential areas should be kept away from polluting units.

Pak boys get new lease of life
Chandigarh, February 18
The fear of the unknown was haunting them before they left their homes in Pakistan last month for undergoing heart surgery. Today, they could not contain their excitement. As 11-year-old Afzal and a year younger Rohit got off a van to meet people at a function, a smile played on their thin lips.

Two Pakistani boys, Afzal and Rohit, with Dr R.S. Dhaliwal in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Two Pakistani boys, Afzal and Rohit, with Dr R.S. Dhaliwal in Chandigarh

Goods worth lakhs perish in fire
Zirakpur, February 18
Household goods worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed in a fire at the house of Mr M. L. Kalra in Ekta Vihar Colony, Bartana village, near here, this morning. Mr Kalra is a former Senior Administrative Officer of the engineering wing of Western Command, Chandimandir.


The remains of a cupboard that was destroyed in a fire at the house of Mr M.L. Kalra in Ekta Vihar Colony, Bartana village near Zirakpur, on Wednesday.
— A Tribune photograph

The remains of a cupboard that was destroyed in a fire at the house of Mr M.L. Kalra in Ekta Vihar Colony, Bartana village near Zirakpur

Woman “bought” for Rs 1.35 lakh?
Kharar, February 18
Was a woman “purchased” for Rs 1.35 lakh from Dehra Dun for a resident of Mundi Kharar here? The answer to the question remains a mystery. The police is silent about the matter and claims that a “compromise” has been effected between disputing complainants, who had a quarrel over money matters.

Best garden results declared
Chandigarh, February 18
Blooming flowers, gardens painted in varied hues of spring and celebration will come together for the three-day Festival of Gardens which gets underway at the Zakir Rose Garden, Sector 16, on February 20.

Panchkula tops in agriculture finance
Panchkula, February 18
Panchkula district stood first in the state in financing agriculture and allied activity during the last year. Rs 177.55 crore were given to agriculture and allied activity sector against the target of Rs 121.68 crore and Rs 73.34 crore were given to other priority sectors against the target of Rs 41.74 crore.

RBI to introduce changes in notes
Chandigarh, February 18
The Reserve Bank of India will shortly be issuing currency notes of Rs 5, Rs 10, Rs 50 and Rs 100 denomination with inset letter ‘R’ and notes of Rs 500 denomination with inset letter ‘B’ in the numbering panel in the Mahatma Gandhi series, according to an official spokesman.

Temples decked up for Shivaratri
Chandigarh, February 18
Residents today thronged temples decked up in colourful blinking lights to celebrate the marriage of Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati during Maha Shivratri. They offered milk and fruit to shivlings in the temples.

Flow of devotion: Devotees offer milk on Mahashivaratri in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
— A Tribune photograph

Flow of devotion: Devotees offer milk on Mahashivaratri in Chandigarh

Devotees throng temples
Panchkula, February 18
More than 2 lakh devotees thronged Shiv Temple in Saketri to pay obeisance on the occasion of Mahashivaratri, that was celebrated with fervour in the city and surrounding areas today.

Agitators force cops to register case
Chandigarh, February 18
Hundreds of members of a community today gathered at the Sector 36 police station, demanding registration of a case in a hit-and-run case which resulted in the death of a hair-dresser from their community yesterday.

Mohali Diary
Golden Bells holds annual baby show
Mohali, February 18
Golden Bells Public School, Sohana, organised the annual baby show and prize distribution function at the school. A large number of children participated in the baby show.


Two held in criminal case
Panchkula, February 18
The police claims to have arrested Guddi Singh and Hanish Thakur, suspects in a criminal case, and seized a country-made pistol and 6 kg of poppy husk from them. The duo along with their three accomplices, Pramod, Kanheya, and Sanjeev were reportedly picked up by the police six days ago for their involvement in a criminal case.

Police tightens noose around gamblers
Dera Bassi, February 18
Tightening noose around gamblers in Dera Bassi, Zirakpur, Lalru and nearby areas, the police today arrested nine persons while playing ‘satta’, near Canter Union Office, on the Dera Bassi-Barwala road this evening.


Hamara School
In Holy Child a sense of pride is developed in children
If you let anything get in the way of applying yourself to your goals, its only an excuse. Success and failure are simply outcomes of your own behaviour. At Holy Child School, Panchkula, we believe in making constant investments in respect of time and hard work with our children.

Principal speaks
Never give up, says Trehan
Just as we are on the threshold of achieving some success with the near completion of the new school building our school motto rings loud and clear through my mind — Per Ardua Ad Astra i.e. Reaching for the stars by overcoming hurdles.

From schools
Students participate in elocution contest
Chandigarh, February 18
A three-day elocution contest was held at Dutt Vishesh School, Sector 26. Every student of the school participated in the competition. Ms Sangeeta Vardhan, Mr Belu Maheswari and Brig S.K.Issar were the guests of honour.

School welcomes Chinese team
Chandigarh, February 18
DAV Public School, Sector 8-C, Chandigarh, and Punjab and Chandigarh chapter of India-China Friendship Association today jointly accorded a warm reception to a seven-member Chinese delegation led by Mr G.E. Gaolin, Deputy Director-General of Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education at the school campus.
Chinese delegates are thrilled to take part in a havan performed at DAV Public School, Sector 8-C, Chandigarh
Chinese delegates are thrilled to take part in a havan performed at DAV Public School, Sector 8-C, Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Two-day NIIFT festival begins
Mohali, February 18
Mehfil Mitran di—fun fiesta friendship.....forever. This is the theme of a two-day festival that began at the Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology here today.


Army has no role in horse show, HC told
Chandigarh, February 18
In less than a fortnight after a report appeared in a local newspaper regarding a horse show being organised at the Forest Hill Golf and Country Club with the help of the Indian Army, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, was yesterday informed that the defence authorities had nothing to do with it.

Licences of 3 advocates suspended
Chandigarh, February 18
The Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana has suspended licence of three more practising ‘‘advocates’’ after their law degrees were allegedly found fake. The three have been also issued show-cause notice as to why their names be not struck off from the Roll of Advocates and an FIR be registered against them.


I want to act in Punjabi films: Karan
Chandigarh, February 18
Dark glasses concealing his eyes added charm to his stubbled face as actor Karan Nath marched into a Sector 10 hotel this evening. He stars with Manisha Koirala and city-based Natanya Singh in movie “Tum” to be released on Friday.


Home Decor
In this Sector 8 house, you feel you are in the lap of nature
In the lap of nature. And with an earthy appeal. That’s the Sud home in Sector 8, which would instantly reveal the owners’ love for nature’s bounty.

Nature’s bounty is expressed through indoor plants and wall panels depicting animal forms.
— Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Nature’s bounty is expressed through indoor plants and wall panels depicting animal forms

Turbaned youths to rule
the ramp
It is the Chandigarh boys who will rule the ramp. The screening process by Launchers- The Modeler- the modelling agency out to promote Sikhism in the fashion world, has selected 14 city boys to sashay down the ramp.

WE WILL ROCK YOU: Young Sikh aspiring models say that after capturing the fashion world, they will carve a niche for themselves in Bollywood. — Tribune Photo by Pawan Sharma

Young Sikh aspiring models say that after capturing the fashion world, they will carve a niche for themselves in Bollywood

Eating out
Wow food in wow ambience
Wow! The term that Ruby Tuesday credits itself with is the just the right one. That’s the feeling one gets after a visit to the eatery that is known worldwide. Opened last week in the hugely popular multiplex, Fun Republic, Ruby Tuesday has filled a niche gap in the food category.

Get rid of those loathsome kilos
INTERESTED in losing those loathsome kilos without sweating it out? Well, here is some good news for you. New slimming and inch loss therapies were today launched at Slim-n-Shape saloon in Mani Majra by film director Darshan Bagga. Non-chemical weight loss and inch loss therapies are based on Ayurveda. They ensure weight loss by combining the therapies with latest slimming machines.


Polyclinic comes to soldier’s rescue
Chandigarh, February 18
Following reports of a 72-year-old disabled ex-serviceman being in dire straits, the Defence Veterans Polyclinic in Mohali has taken up the task of his treatment free of cost.


Indian team played well in Australia, says Yuvraj
Chandigarh, February 18
Yuvraj Singh, the local cricket sensation, is excited to pay his maiden visit to Pakistan in near future. Speaking to newspersons here today at the Forest Hill resort, near Karoran village, he said it was good that the Government of India had cleared the tour of the Indian cricket team to Pakistan.

Visually impaired cricketers for more Indo-Pak matches
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 18
Cricket and hockey matches between the teams of India and Pakistan are always keenly contested. These also helped in improving relations between the two countries.


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