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Robbers strike 2 villages, 10 hurt
Kharar, February 20
As many as 10 persons were injured when they were attacked by unidentified persons at two places near Landran and Swara villages, near here, in the wee hours today.
Members of a family who were injured by assailants near Landran
Members of a family who were injured by assailants near Landran on Friday morning at the Kharar Civil Hospital
on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan


Verma opens Festival of Gardens
Crowds face parking blues
Chandigarh, February 20
The Governor of Punjab and Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, Justice O.P. Verma (Retd.) today inaugurated the 32nd Festival of Gardens at Zakir Rose Garden.

Carnival spirit ruled the Rose Garden as people joined in the celebrations at the Festival of Gardens in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Carnival spirit ruled the Rose Garden as people joined in the celebrations at the Festival of Gardens in Chandigarh on Friday

Jazzy B keeps fans in a tizzy
Chandigarh, February 20
If colours dominated the inaugural session of the 32nd Rose Festival today, then it was the rhythm that reigned supreme at the Leisure Valley tonight, which came as a part of the festival. With Jazzy B, the prince of Punjabi pop taking the stage on this opening night, music lovers could not have asked for more.

Punjabi singer Jazzy B performs during a cultural evening on the occasion of Festival of Gardens being held at Leisure Valley, Sector-10, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma
Punjabi singer Jazzy B performs during a cultural evening

Mother and son hit by car, killed
Chandigarh, February 20
An allegedly inebriated car driver today hit a scooter head on, killing a primary schoolteacher and her 22-year-old son near Kaimbwala village.

No possibility of cobalt theft by terrorists: expert
Chandigarh, February 20
Prof B.D. Gupta, one of the top oncologists of the country, has discounted media speculation that cobalt-60, commonly used in India for the treatment of cancer patients in hospitals. could be stolen by terrorists to make a "dirty" nuke radiation bomb.

Shut the door on criminals, corrupt, says Dua
Chandigarh, February 20
The Editor-in-Chief of the Tribune Group of Newspapers, Mr H.K. Dua, today called upon people to launch a movement to clean the system by shutting the door on the corrupt and criminals who had infiltrated the legislature.


Cong remarks on Hema invites flak
Chandigarh, February 20
A former local MP, Mr Satya Pal Jain, today ridiculed the Congress for objecting to film star Hema Malini joining the BJP. The Congress, he said, was displaying its ignorance about the constitutional provision in this regard. The 10th schedule of the Constitution says that a nominated MP can join any political party within six months of the nomination. However, the Constitution did not permit Independent elected members to join a party and the Congress probably got confused on this, Mr Jain said.

Redefine cyber crime, says expert
Chandigarh, February 20
Sessions on computer forensics and cyber crimes marked the concluding day of the conference on “e-security, Cyber Crime and Law”, being organised by the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Public Administration, here today. Fourteen presentations were made by experts on the occasion.

PSIEC men hold strike
Chandigarh, February 20
The 24-hour enmass fast observed by Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation ( PSIEC) employees in front of the Udyog Bhavan, Sector 17, here ended today.

Vendors block traffic
Panchkula, February 20
Following a crackdown on roadside rehriwalas and vendors, and pulling down of unauthorised structures in Industrial Area, Phase-I, a large number of vendors blocked traffic at Sector 7,8,16 and 17 roundabout this morning.


Car used by robbers found
Panchkula, February 20
The police claims to have recovered a Maruti car that was used by miscreants in Sector 16 robbery incident here today.

Man held for abetting suicide
Chandigarh, February 20
The Sector 36 police here today arrested a Sector 35 resident, Devi Dutt, for allegedly abetting his wife, Parbati, in attempting self-immolation on February 18.


Inter-school painting contest at Aurobindo School
Chandigarh, February 20
Sri Aurobindo School of Integral Education, Sector 27, today organised an inter-school painting competition to commemorate the 126th birth anniversary of the Mother, Mirra Alfassa. Various schools of the city participated in the competition. Dr A.K. Prasad, former DUI, Panjab University, presided over the function and distributed prizes among the winners. Children were asked to paint on topics like nature, population and the City Beautiful.

Painting competition for kids
Chandigarh, February 20
About 75 children participated in a painting competition organised by Sahayta Cancer Sahyog, a non-government organisation, at the Advanced Paediatric Centre at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research here. The competition was a part of the International Childhood Cancer Day celebrations.


Orders to Chief Secys on hospital
Chandigarh, February 20
A Division Bench of the high court directed the Chief Secretaries of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, besides the Chandigarh Administration, to hold a meeting regarding the sharing of expenses of Amritsar Mental Hospital.


Bouquet of dances from Orissa
Chandigarh, February 20
From contemporary modern dances to martial dance form Orissa, a bouquet of dances was presented on the fourth day of Swarn Nritya Pratibha organised by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, in association with the Chandigarh Administration and the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy at Tagore Theatre here this evening.

‘Shiva shakti’ on canvas
Chandigarh, February 20
Ravinder Kumar Sharma has been painting Lord Shiva for the past 15 years but everytime he works on his favourite theme there is always something new to it. Playing with light and space the artist this time has come up with a new series in which Lord Shiva is not depicted just as the destroyer but identified with every aspect of nature.


Ode to apogee of spring

N ode to the apogee of spring, the Festival of Gardens began in Chandigarh on Friday amidst cheer and varied hues that nature has endowed the City Beautiful with. The Festival of Gardens this year has captured the spring’s bounty at its zenith. Last year, the festival was held in the last week of February. The young and not-so-young converged at the Rose Garden, not just from the city or Panchkula and Mohali, but also from all over the region.

Folk dancers from Orissa enthral the audience at the Festival of Gardens in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Folk dancers from Orissa enthral the audience at the Festival of Gardens in Chandigarh on Friday.

No kidding, use sunscreen
F you think children playing in the sun need not take care of their skin you are wrong. Doctors insist that children should also apply sunscreen before venturing out in the open as they are particularly susceptible to skin damage from harmful UV rays.

Exhibition with a difference
RISHTIKON 2004-an exhibition of photographs on the photographers’ vision of nature’s bounty, is being presented at Government Museum and Art Gallery. Works of Ludhiana- based TPS Sandhu and Ranjodh Singh are refreshingly different from the otherwise mundane exhibitions on nature, organised in the city every other day.

DRISHTIKON 2004-an exhibition of photographs

Rajan is ‘Ek Raat da Sitara’
WENTYONE-year-old Rajan Gill has been selected as Airtel’s “Ban Ja Ek Raat Da Sitara”. The boy captured the hearts of music lovers, who had gathered at Fun Republic, during the auditions for the talent hunt show sponsored by Airtel yesterday.

Gursewak Mann (centre) at a function “Banjaa ik raat da sitara”, a musical talent hunt.
Gursewak Mann (centre) at a function "Banjaa ik raat da sitara", a musical talent hunt.

Get radiant skin at Spring Fest
HE onset of spring has brought cheer to your heart and soul after the cold, but it may not be good for your skin. VLCC centres in the city and neighbouring Panchkula, today launched their Spring Fest to bring the radiance back on the face and shine in the hair.


Adolescents’ health discussed

Chandigarh, February 20
Adolescents health problems were discussed during the talks organised by the Psychology Society of the Sector 46 Government College here in collaboration with the Department of Paediatrics at the local Government Medical College and Hospital.

Students at a seminar in Government College, Sector 46, Chandigarh.

Students at a seminar at Government College, Sector 46, Chandigarh.


Sports meet for special children
Chandigarh, February 20
At the initiative of the Lions Club, Chandigarh Central, special children took part in various sports at Sports Complex, Sector 7, here today. The one-day event for students of various schools of the city was an attempt to encourage children to perform and improve.

A race in progress during a meet for special children at the Sports Complex, Sector 7, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

A race in progress during a meet for special children at the Sports Complex, Sector 7, Chandigarh, on Friday.

Parnita is ladies club golf champion
Chandigarh, February 20
Parnita Garewal clinched the Sardar Wazir Singh Trophy emerging the ladies club champion of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.


Red tape puts MC employee in fix
Chandigarh, February 20
The fate of an employee of the Chandigarh Administration hangs in balance due to red-tape by his former colleagues.

PUDA auction fetches 18 cr
Mohali, February 20
Chandigarh's loss was Mohali's gain today. Following the decision of the Chandigarh Administration not to allow auction of free hold commercial property, real estate entered Mohali with a base today where the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) mopped up a whopping Rs 18 Crore during the auction of its 31 commercial sites.

Open ground used for dumping malba
Chandigarh, February 20
The local municipal corporation has allowed turning an open area dotted with growing trees into a malba-dumping ground.

An open playground in Sector 29-C which has been converted into a site for dumping malba. — A Tribune Photograph
An open playground in Sector 29-C which has been converted into a site for dumping malba.

11,000 cases pending in tribunals
Chandigarh, February 20
Over 11,000 cases are pending in about 11 Central Government industrial tribunals (CGIT) all over the country, according to the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Mr J.P. Patil. He was presiding over a Lok Adalat organised in Sector 18 here.


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