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3-tier security at CBSE secrecy centre
Chandigarh, February 29
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) does not want to take any chance with the annual examinations beginning tomorrow. After last year’s case of tampering of answerbooks, the regional office of the board here has restructured the entire mechanism that goes into the storing and encoding of answerbooks.

Extortion racket resurfaces
Chandigarh, February 29
Barely two months after a contract killing and extortion racket being run from the Burail Jail was busted, another such case involving the same persons operating from the jail has come to light. This despite the fact that security and vigilance in and around jail has been heightened after the escape of Jagtar Singh Hawara.


A barn owl, rarely spotted in Chandigarh, amuses visitors at the Sector 22 market after it was rescued by a shopkeeper. Rare owl lands in Sector 22
Chandigarh, February 29
The Sector 22 market today played host to a barn owl, a rarely spotted species of owl in this part of the region. Exceptionally large and beautiful, the owl, which was injured near its wings, appeared to have been chased into the city limits by birds, especially crows.

Rare visitor: A barn owl, rarely spotted in Chandigarh, amuses visitors at the Sector 22 market after it was rescued by a shopkeeper. — Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

Ex-serviceman killed in mishap
Mohali, February 29
An ex-serviceman, Mr Balwinder Singh, a resident of Bassi Pathana, was killed when the motor cycle (PB 12 5492 ) he was riding had a head-on collision with scooterist (CH03F 0159) Rajnish Kumar near the Phase-X gurdwara.

New garbage segregation system mooted
Panchkula, February 29
For the effective disposal of garbage and solid waste, a new garbage segregation system has been mooted for the township.

BJP to contest 360 seats
Chandigarh, February 29
The BJP to contest 360 seats on its own symbol in the country. However, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance will put up candidate on 543 seats. This was disclosed here today by Mr Prakash Javadekar, national spokesman of the party. In 1999, the BJP had contested 339 seats and won 182. Last time, the Congress had contested 453 seats.

UP body to back Jain
Chandigarh, February 29
A meeting of party workers of the BJP was held at Sector 38 (West) here today where the Uttar Pradesh Welfare Association expressed its commitment to supporting Mr Satya Pal Jain, likely BJP candidate, in the forthcoming elections.

BJP plans info network
Chandigarh, February 29
The Bharatiya Janata Party will establish a national information network for the forthcoming parliamentary elections, Mr Prakash Javadekar, official spokesperson said while addressing a press conference after a media workshop here today. He said the BJP would have 100 information centres at places where newspapers were published.



Ward getting raw deal, says councillor
Panchkula, February 29
Alleging discrimination with her ward regarding development work, the councillor from Ward No 23, Ms Manvir Kaur Gill, said here yesterday that civic amenities were going from bad to worse.

ISKCON devotees take part in nagar sankirtan in Sector 43 as part of the birth celebrations of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Chandigarh on Sunday.
ISKCON devotees take part in nagar sankirtan in Sector 43 as part of the birth celebrations of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Training Command gets new GOC-in-C
Chandigarh, February 29
Lieut-Gen K. Nagaraj will take over as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Army Training Command at Shimla tomorrow. Currently he is Director-General, Infantry at Army Headquarters, a press release issued here today said.

CRPF to interlink battalions
Chandigarh, February 29
Tapping the power of information technology to enhance its operational and administrative efficiency, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is undertaking an ambitious project to interlink all its battalions and static establishments through a computerised data network.

Save Sukhna safely, says expert
Chandigarh, February 29
Mr J.S. Kohli, former Chief Engineer of the Chandigarh Administration, has suggested that the basic design of the radial gates of the Sukhna Lake must be modified if the famous water feature of the City Beautiful is to be saved in a safe manner.

Mohali roads cry for repair
Mohali, February 29
Many roads in the town are in bad condition with potholes and other damaged portions remaining unrepaired by the Municipal Council for months.

Damsels in a cheerful mood at Silvi Park, venue for flower festival, in SAS Nagar.Flower show a hit with city residents
Mohali, February 29
Even as the Municipal Council President and councillors continued to ignore various festivities organised as part of Mohali’s first flower show that concluded here today, it proved to be grand success with the people.

Damsels in a cheerful mood at Silvi Park, venue for flower festival, in SAS Nagar.

S.S.Gill wins 5 prizes in flower show
Mohali, February 29
Mr S.S. Gill, Phase 10, Mohali, won five first prizes in various categories at the Mohali Flower show organised here today. Umesh Jindal of Ambala won two first prizes in the same competition while Subhash Sharma of Sector 69, Cynthia Sheor of Panchkula, T.L. Eshwar of Nawanshahar and Sukhdev Singh of Mohali, respectively, also won first prizes.

Another open space gone to school
Sector 47-C residents hold protest
Chandigarh, February 29
Residents of Sector 47-C organised a demonstration today over occupation of a playground by Prince Model School for a new building.

Talk on dowry
Chandigarh, February 29
A talk on relevance of dowry in the present-day context was organised by the Rashtriya Meitri Parishad at Anubrat Bhavan in Sector 24 here today. Tracing the roots of dowry practice to the epic eras, Muni Vinay Kumar urged the gathering to stop accepting or giving dowry.

Volunteers donate blood at a camp organised by the Uttarakhand Yuva Manch at Garhwal Bhavan, Sector 29, in Chandigarh on Sunday.120 donate blood at Garhwal Bhavan
Chandigarh, February 29
The local Uttarakhand Yuva Manch (regd) organised its 11th annual blood donation camp and 4th free eye check-up camp at Garhwal Bhavan, Sector 29, today. As many as 120 persons, including women, donated blood.

Volunteers donate blood at a camp organised by the Uttarakhand Yuva Manch at Garhwal Bhavan, Sector 29, in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Search Within
Life is all about love
“What am I here for?” Within each of us, there is this quest for meaning. Each of us would like to find fulfillment. Though existence is only brief here, we want to make a contribution.

Nanaksar Samagam from March 1
Chandigarh, February 29
The annual samagam of Nanaksar (Kaleran) will be held at the Sector 28 Nanaksar here from March 1 to 7.

Woman falls from terrace, dies
Zirakpur, February 29
Manjit Kaur (41), daughter-in-law of a former Punjabi Tribune journalist, Mr Sohan Singh Hans, died after she fell from the terrace of her house in Preet Nagar Colony, near here, this afternoon.



Trees that were illegally axed in Sector 24-C in Chandigarh. 3 arrested for felling trees
Chandigarh, February 29
The police today arrested three persons for allegedly felling nine full-grown trees in Sector 24-C.

Trees that were illegally axed in Sector 24-C in Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Beggar found dead
Chandigarh, February 29
A beggar, Raju, was found dead near the Maharaja Crane Service in Transport Area here today.


200 rural units for khadi expo
Chandigarh, February 29
The Khadi and Village Industries Expo-2004, which will start here from March 1, is expected to be the new address of the extravagant shoppers and the fun loving people of the city.



Election date upsets PU exam schedule
Chandigarh, February 29
The Lok Sabha elections in Punjab and Chandigarh on May 10 have upset Panjab University's examination schedule, interfering in the examination season which ends in the third week of May.

Election petition awaits PU response
Chandigarh, February 29
The failure of Panjab University to reply to an election petition referred to it by the Chancellor and Vice-President of India on February 3, seeking comments of officers concerned is a hot subject of discussion on the campus here.

Children look at a model of a dinosaur during their trip to the Natural History Museum in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Sunday.Children's day out with dinosaurs
Chandigarh, February 29
Interaction teaches better than books. So when about 80 children from various schools of the city got together this morning for a date with the dinosaurs of India, they returned home enriched on various accounts.

Children look at a model of a dinosaur during their trip to the Natural History Museum in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

From Schools & Colleges
Omniscient 2004 organised at DAV College
Chandigarh, February 29
The Rotract Club, Chandigarh, organised ‘ Omniscient 2004- Mega Quiz’ at DAV College here yesterday. The District Governor of the Club, Ms Kanwal Bedi, was present on the occasion. Teams from different states in North India participated in the written prelims and a quiz.

  • Awarded
  • First prize
  • Talk show
  • World Forestry Day
  • Athletics meet
  • Headmistress retires

CBSE Class XII exams begin today
Chandigarh, February 29
A total of 1,38,563 students from the region comprising Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir are appearing in the examinations of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) commencing tomorrow.

A view of St Thomas  School, Sector 18, Chandigarh.Hamara School
Where stress is on sharing, caring
St Thomas School is English medium with classes starting from pre-nursery to class V. Teachers provide the best methods of learning to each student.

A view of St Thomas School, Sector 18, Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

Mrs S. Holkar, PrincipalSchooling adds value to life
On schooling: Ms Sheela Holkar, Principal of the school, feels that schooling is not just academic. It adds value to life. It is the responsibility of the school to enable the students to become better human beings. Academic knowledge is important but values of life are equally important.


Chambers for junior lawyers sought
Panchkula, February 29
The legal cell of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee today decided to launch a campaign in favour of party candidates in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.



K.L. GargSatire is his forte Parbina Rashid
Chandigarh, February 29
For K.L. Garg, a New Jersey-based Punjabi author, excelling in satirical writing has been a tough job. “Punjabi literature can boast of only rustic humour, not satire,” says the writer, who released his seventh satirical book, “Bande Kubande”, at a function organised by Writers Club in Sector 46 here on Sunday.

Malayalis celebrate vigour of arts
Chandigarh, February 29
The annual function organised by the Sree Ayappa Samajam featured a variety of presentations from the delightful mohiniattam to the vigorous kalaripayattu. An added attraction of the day was the presence of Mr Innocent, the much-revered Malayali comedian, who has featured in more than 350 films in a career spanning 25 years.

A quintessential comedian


Playing with forms while designing jewellery
OR Anuradha Aman, designing jewellery is mainly playing with forms. So when this Jaipur-based designer let lose her imagination, the outcome is an outstanding collection of necklaces, pendants, bracelets or rings, all crafted in semi-precious stones and silver.

Morning Chatter Wait, I am next Yapper
Scene 1: You are sitting in the waiting room outside your dentist’s cabin for over an hour, anxiously eying the door as you are next in line.

Colours of Orissa on display
F you want to know more about the traditional art and craft of Orissa, here is a opportunity not just to see the products but also to interact with the artisans of the state.

Eye surgeon with eye for design
his eye surgeon has also an eye for design. Dr Rajan Chugh, senior consultant at Fortis Heart Institute and Multi Specialty Hospital, is as much of an interior designer as an eye surgeon.

Mydoom spreads its tentacles
ust when you thought that the doom spread by Mydoom virus was over, the virus has returned with a vengeance, taking many city netizens by surprise.

‘Helping Hands’ for poor students
Four engineers, one passion — to serve humanity. The engineers, all employed with Goetze India Limited at Patiala, have been working for ensuring that meritorious children from underprivileged families are able to get proper education. They have also been carrying on a sapling plantation drive.

Pizza Hut adds South Indian flavours
Pizza Hut: After Punju pizzas, Pizza Hut has now added South Indian flavours to its range of pizza toppings. The new range, claims the pizza outlet, offers pizza lovers another opportunity to enjoy the international taste of the pizza with Indian flavours.



JahnaviAnother male bastion stormed
Chandigarh, February 29
With women regularly storming male bastions, it seemed appropriate that 19-year-old Jahnavi Upadhyay should enter the MRF National Motocross Championship-2004 at the Circus Ground, Sector 17, here.

Chicken sales pick up as flu scare ebbs
Chandigarh, February 29
With the phobia of dreaded bird flu dying down, consumers have once again started enjoying their old-favourite chicken leg pieces, thereby registering a 20 per cent increase in the prices of these products during the past two days.

City players enter handball tourney semis
Chandigarh, February 29
Hosts Chandigarh made it to the last four of both women’s and men’s section of the North Zone Handball Championship being played on the DAV Senior Secondary School grounds Sector 8 here.

Spikers get cash prizes
Chandigarh, February 29
City spikers, who had created history few days back by winning the coveted junior national volleyball title in West Bengal, were honoured by the Chandigarh Volleyball Association last evening.

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