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Four of family asphyxiated in house

Chandigarh, February 2
A 32-year-old industrial worker, his two daughters and a son died due to asphyxiation in a room of their house in Hallo Majra village here today. The lone survivor of the family, the wife of the worker, Sheela (30), is fighting for life at the GMCH, Sector 32.

The body of a man who, along with his three children, was asphyxiated in his house in Hallo Majra village, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
The body of a man who, along with his three children, was asphyxiated in his house in Hallo Majra village, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Ban on liquor flouted with impunity
Panchkula, February 2
A few hours before the electorate of the Kalka Assembly constituency got down to appoint the new ‘King’, the political opponents in the fray were out to woo them. And not just by promising them ‘Bijli, Paani and Sadak’.



Punjab, Haryana told to remove disparity in reservations
Chandigarh, February 2
The National Commission of Scheduled Castes has asked the states of Punjab and Haryana to do away with the disparity between various scheduled castes with regard to reservation in jobs and other benefits. The directive, if implemented, may have far-reaching consequences.

Pattabhiraman takes over as GOC-in-C, Western Command
Chandigarh, February 2
Lieutenant General S. Pattabhiraman formally assumed charge as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Command in Chandimandir Cantonment, near here, today.

Zee channels go off air
Panchkula, February 2
The cable price war is costing dear to hundreds of cable television subscribers in Panchkula and in nearby Notified Area Committee of Mani Majra. After the cable operators here refused to agree with the Zee Network authorities for paying the increased subscription rates, the latter stopped beaming its 17 odd pay-channels to hundreds of homes here.

Passing Thru
What brings you to Chandigarh?
It is my first visit to India and I came to Chandigarh to conduct workshops on teaching new techniques and trends of hair colouring to Indian hairdressers.

Millicent Howe, hair colour specialist, Prague


Power supply restored to Hallo Majra
Chandigarh, February 2
After remaining without power for over a week the Chandigarh Administration today restored the supply to over 800 dwelling units, located outside the lal dora at Hallo Majra village.

Bahl ‘mishandled’ MC panel poll
Chandigarh, February 2
Carrying on with their tirade against the president of local unit of the Congress, Mr B.B. Bahl, the three district presidents of the Congress, have shot off a letter accusing him of mishandling the election to the two seats in the crucial Finance and Contract Committee (Fand CC) of the Municipal Corporation.

Villagers’ plea on MC limit expansion
Chandigarh, February 2
Members of gram panchayat samitis of different villages in Chandigarh have urged the UT Administrator not to bring their villages under the Municipal Corporation.


Five two-wheelers stolen
Chandigarh, February 2
Three scooters and two motor cycles were reportedly stolen in the city, the local police said today.

Drug addict found dead
Chandigarh, February 2
A suspected drug addict yesterday died after allegedly taking an injection.

2 held in snatching cases
Mohali, February 2
The police has arrested two persons who indulged in snatchings in the town.

IT, defence officials land in CBI net
Chandigarh, February 2
The CBI today booked a Delhi-based defence procurement officer and an income tax officer during its simultaneous raids in Patiala and Ludhiana under the Prevention of Corruption Act. They have been charged with possessing property disproportionate to their known sources of income.

65-yr-old man succumbs to injuries
Chandigarh, February 2
Bhagwan Din, a 65-year-old cyclist, succumbed to injuries early this morning in the PGI, today. He was hit by a truck near Hallo Majra village, late last night.


Azim Premji to visit city on Sunday
Chandigarh, February 2
The Chairman of the information technology giant, Wipro, Mr Azim Premji, will be in the city on Sunday. His company is reportedly keen on setting up a base in either Mohali or Chandigarh.


PU employees intensify stir on pension issue

Chandigarh, February 2
The struggle of teaching and non-teaching employees of Panjab University, under the leadership of joint action committee (JAC) for the implementation of pension scheme, intensified, after employees began a chain of protests on the campus, here today.

Members of the joint action committee of Panjab University protest in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Members of the joint action committee of Panjab University protest in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

From Schools
Bhavan Vidyalaya students given farewell

Chandigarh, February 2
Students of Class XII, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, were given a warm farewell by their juniors on the school campus here today. Fun-filled games, interesting titles to the out-going students, peppy songs and dances marked the party.

GGS College organises green festival
Chandigarh, February 2
The environment society of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, organised a green festival — an inter-college competition on the environmental issues as an observance of ‘Wetland Day’ today.

Hamara School
Innovative teaching is their hallmark

Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31- D, Chandigarh came into being in 1974 and since then it is growing from strength to strength. Presently, there are about 2000 students, most of whom are from the defence sector. A team of trained and well-qualified staff headed by a dynamic Principal Dr (Mrs) S.P. Shergill nurtures the school.

Mobile ban — no deterrent for college students
Chandigarh, February 2
Mobiles might be a hip and happening for the younger generation but city schools think otherwise and have effected a ban on their premises long before the infamous MMS-episode in a Delhi school set the government thinking. The college students, however, are “incorrigible” and authorities say they can do little.

For some, it was time to bask in the sun on the Panjab University campus in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
For some, it was time to bask in the sun on the Panjab University campus in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari 

School board staff donate Rs 8.75 lakh
Chandigarh/Mohali, February 2
Staff of the Punjab School Education Board have contributed their one-day salary amounting to Rs 8.75 lakh to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

Absorption in PEC: last date for option extended
Chandigarh, February 2
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to extend the last date for the employees to send their option whether they wish to be permanently absorbed in the new set-up of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) or remain in government service.

'Vidya Bhavan' not to be built in Govt College
Mohali, February 2
The Punjab Government's proposal to construct a "Vidya Bhavan" in Government College, Mohali, has been shelved.


Case about legality of Chief Justice’s order adjourned
Chandigarh, February 2
The seven-Judge Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today adjourned till tomorrow the case regarding the legality of the order of the Chief Justice to constitute a larger Bench to hear review petition against the judgement of a Division Bench.

District Courts library —in name only
Chandigarh, February 2
With the District Courts library devoid of important copies of judgements and books, advocates are getting a raw deal.


Play staged to create AIDS awareness
Mani Majra, February 2
To make students aware about AIDS, a play was staged at Government Senior Secondary School, Mani Majra at the prize distribution function of the school yesterday.


Brace yourself up for lovers’ day

HE has been scratching her pretty little head with ivory-chiselled fingers thinking about the Valentine's Day festivities. The big day is still nearly a fortnight away. But Tanisha knows how time flies.

A city student admires hearts on display at a card and chunk jewellery shop in Sector 11 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tiwari

A city student admires hearts on display at a card and chunk jewellery shop in Sector 11 in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

She brought poetic richness, depth to life
THE lyrical intensity of ghazals like “diye farabe nazaaron ne bar bar mujhe, ke har khiza ko samjhna prah bahaar mujhe” or “ dard se mera daaman bhar de yaa Allah, phir chaahe deevana karde yaa Allah” when rendered with a deep emotional feeling brings alive its poetic richness and depth.

Shashi Lata Virk performs at Punjab Kala Bhavan on Wednesday. 
— A Tribune photograph


Date of new rates for health scheme draws flak
Chandigarh, February 2
While welcoming the government's decision to favourably revise the subscription rates of the Ex-Servicemen's Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), a section of ex-servicemen has resented the applicability of the new rates from April 1, 2004.


Indians continue winning streak in Total Tennis
Chandigarh, February 2
Indian tennis players continued with their winning trend on the penultimate day of the The Fort Ramgarh Indo-Pak Total Tennis Friendship Series, being held at the Total Tennis Academy’s YMCA premises, Sector 11. On the sixth day six matches were played, with India winning four of them to have 21-15 lead over Pakistan.

Youngsters tipped on tennis basics
Chandigarh, February 2
Forty young players attended the tennis coaching camp organised in YMCA Sector, 11, today, under the guidance of former Davis Cupper, Rashid Malik. The Former Pakistan national champion gave few tips to up coming tennis players about the basics of the game, positioning and body movements.
Rashid Malik, Pakistan tennis coach, gives tips to the budding players at Total Tennis Academy, YMCA, Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Media coverage has increased hockey popularity: Sodhi
Chandigarh, February 2
Excessive media coverage given to the Premiere Hockey League (PHL), being held at Hyderabad, has catapulted the popularity of the sport in the country.


30 unauthorised shops demolished
Mohali, February 2
Over 30 unauthorised shops at Balongi village were demolished by a squad of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) here today amidst protest by villagers armed with stones and sickles. Interestingly, these shops were demolished last week by the authority but the owners had rebuilt these over the week.

Defence team lists structures close to Air Force Station
Zirakpur, February 2
The defence authorities today started demarcating and preparing a list of structures that have come up within a radial distance of 100 metres and 300 metres, respectively, from defence installations in Zirakpur and its surrounding areas.

Office heads asked to deposit service tax
Chandigarh, February 2
Heads of all government departments and offices of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh Administration and Centre have been asked to deposit service tax on or before February 10, failing which the Municipal Corporation will levy a fine on the tax amount.

Draw of lots for plinths held
Chandigarh, February 2
The Estate Office today held a draw of lots, for 320 persons, for allotment of plinths in the Kumhar Colony, Sector 25.

Poll leave for factory workers
Chandigarh, February 2
Keeping in view the Vidhan Sabha elections in Haryana tomorrow, the Chandigarh Administration today decided that the management of shops, commercial establishments, factories and contractors shall allow special leave on February 3 to those workers who are working in Chandigarh and have their names in the voter list of any constituency of Haryana so that they can cast votes.

Police to hold camp
Mohali, February 2
A camp, Suvidha, is being organised by the police here on February 5 at Celebrations, a marriage palace in Phase VI, for an on-the-spot disposal of all pending cases lying with the police in various divisions falling under Ropar district.


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