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A day of accidents
3 killed in Patiala, 1 in city, another near Lalru
Chandigarh, February 17
In a day of accidents, five persons, including two miners, were killed in separate accidents in Chandigarh, Patiala and Lalru in the past 24 hours.

The mangled remains of a pick-up van which collided head-on with a truck on the Kalka-Ambala highway near Lalru on Thursday. The mangled remains of a pick-up van which collided head-on with a truck on the Kalka-Ambala highway near Lalru on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

CAT orders pension on notional pay basis
Major relief for retired Admin staff
Chandigarh, February 17
In a major relief to employees of the Chandigarh Administration who retired between January 1986 and March 1991, the Central Administrative Tribunal has granted them pension benefits on the basis of notional pay fixed on the basis of the Punjab pattern.



Murder suspect alleges police torture
Chandigarh, February 17
Sunil, a suspect in the Randhir Malik murder case and student of DAV College, was allegedly tortured by the police yesterday, resulting in fracture in his right arm.

PGI Anatomy Dept finally gets some more bodies
Chandigarh, February 17
One place which has been awaiting the arrival of the dead for decades but is eluded by their presence is the department of Anatomy at the PGI.

B.K. Roy clarifies on Law Ministry enquiry
Chandigarh, February 17
The Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice, Mr Justice B.K. Roy, today clarified that the Law Ministry had neither enquired from him, nor from the Registrar (Administration), who is looking after the work of the Registrar General or the Registrar (Judicial) about the handing over of the charge by the Chief Justice.

Passing Thru : Dr Devinder K. Banwet


A view of encroachments in the Grain Market, Sector 26, Chandigarh. Encroachments back in grain market
Chandigarh, February 17
With the Chandigarh Administration looking for illegal structures elsewhere in the city, encroachments by shopkeepers in the Sector 26 grain market are back on the pavements.

A view of encroachments in the Grain Market, Sector 26, Chandigarh.
— A Tribune photograph

Raid on New Generation Apartments
Zirakpur, February 17
The electricity wing of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau conducted a surprise raid on the New Generation Apartments, a housing society located along the Zirakpur-Panchkula road, and temporarily disconnected the power supply to the society today.

Allottees seek probe into Kansal ‘land scam’
Kharar, February 17
A high-level inquiry has been demanded into the alleged land scam at Kansal village by allottees of plots who were reportedly carrying out constructions in the area out of panic.

Dr P.V. DehadraiTsunami upheaval can increase fish stock, says expert
Chandigarh, February 17
Every dark cloud has a silver lining. This holds true in the case of the December 26 tsunami disaster. Though the incident wreaked havoc in coastal areas claiming thousands of lives, it has also proved to be a blessing in disguise in some ways.

Audit officers hold rally
Chandigarh, February 17
The Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh units of the Association of Senior Audit Officers and Audit Officers today held a rally during the lunch break and wore black badges to demand upgradation in the pay scales of Senior Accounts Officers and Accounts Officers.

Special camp by PSEB
Mohali, February 17
The Punjab State Electricity Board today held a special camp in Phase V as part of its voluntary disclosure scheme launched in the beginning of this month.

Former Professor of PU dead
Chandigarh, February 17
Prof Harshinder Singh, a former chairman of the Department of Statistics at Panjab University died in the USA on February 5, according to a delayed report.

Cong denies involvement in sevadar bashing case
Chandigarh, February 17
Members of the local unit of the Congress today said no partyman was involved in the alleged bashing of a sevadar in Sector 27. The Congress condemned the incident, he said.

Neel Sambar killed
Panchkula, February 17
A three-year-old Neel Sambar was killed after it was hit by a vehicle on the Pinjore-Nalagarh road.

Directive to housing societies
Chandigarh, February 17
The housing societies and also the thrift and credit societies have been asked by the Joint Registrar, Cooperative Societies, to supply their members a statement of accounts within 15 days.


One injured in group clash
Dera Bassi, February 17
A student of Shri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology was hurt in a clash between two groups of students in the institute premises here today.

Thieves decamp with jewellery
Mohali, February 17
Thieves decamped with gold jewellery and household items from a house in Phase IX. A case in this regard was registered late last night.

Burglars strike in Panchkula
Panchkula, February 17
Burglars struck at flats of Group Housing Society No 3 in Mansa Devi Complex in Sector 5 and decamped with cash and jewellery worth lakhs of rupees in broad daylight, here today.


City to play host to graduates from all over the world
Chandigarh, February 17
Come March and almost the entire world will fit into City Beautiful, courtesy AIESEC, a global youth network spread across 89 countries and 800 universities. For nearly two-and-a-half months the city will play host to graduates from all over the world under Project WorldView.

Some of the winners show their medals at the convocation of Punjab Technical University held at Mohali on Thursday. Biotechnology institute for Punjab soon
216 PTU students conferred degrees
Mohali, February 17
The Government of India has approved the setting up of a national institute of biotechnology in Punjab. This was announced here today by Capt Amarinder Singh at the annual convocation of Punjab Technical University (PTU) here.

Some of the winners show their medals at the convocation of Punjab Technical University held at Mohali on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Computer chips from fish scales!
Chandigarh, February 17
Fish, electronic chips and strong teeth. If one fails to decipher a meaningful association between the three, the latest research at the Department of Zoology, Panjab University, throws surprising linkages, as it demonstrates that the use of the extracted chemicals from the scales of fish in developing high-powered computer chips and also in coating teeth to make them strong.

From Colleges
Career counselling held in college
Chandigarh, February 17
The State Bank of India, Sector 7, organised a career counselling programme at Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, today. Ms Usha Albuquerque and Ms Asha Nayar from Career Smart, Delhi, spoke about career options.

From Schools
250 students examined for dental hygiene
Chandigarh, February 17
A dental check-up camp for students of kindergarten and class I was organised at Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, here today. As many as 250 students underwent check-up, which was conducted by doctors of Oral Health Sciences Centre, PGI.

‘Maths Olympiad’ at Shemrock
Mohali, February 17
Shemrock Senior Second-ary School, hosted ‘Maths Olympiad’ on its premises here today. The participating teams were from Standard V of Gian Jyoti Public School, St Kabir School, Yadavindra Public School, Shivalik Public School, St Xavier’s School, Guru Nanak School, Saupin’s Public School, Shemrock Senior Second-ary School and Ryan International School.


High court
Imposition of property tax challenged
Chandigarh, February 17
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice to the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation in a writ petition challenging imposition of property tax.

Nanu, an auto thief, in police custody in Chandigarh on Thursday. Auto thief remanded in police custody
Chandigarh, February 17
A local court today remanded Nanu, an auto thief, who was arrested by the police yesterday, to two days’ police custody.

Nanu, an auto thief, in police custody in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph


Shiv Singh interacts with students of Mango Grove School in Panchkula on Thursday. Shiv Singh interacts with child prodigies
Chandigarh, February 17
“All art is but an imitation of nature and child prodigies must be given a free hand to express their feelings on any object, phenomenon or happening as they perceive it in the media of their choice be it through colours, music or dance,” said artist Shiv Singh, Chairperson, Lalit Kala academi.

Shiv Singh interacts with students of Mango Grove School in Panchkula on Thursday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Bobby Deol and Lara Datta in ‘Jurm’New Releases
‘Jurm’, a crime buster high on drama
With action back in flavour, Bobby Deol is at it again. Dharam ‘puttar’ is hoping that “Jurm”, directed by Vikram Bhatt, will turn out to be a money-spinner. After “Bardasht” Bobby Deol and Lara Datta are back together in this film. “Jurm” continues with the crime run. This crime buster is high on action and drama.

Bobby Deol and Lara Datta in ‘Jurm’


Museum gets its dinosaurs
“The subject of evolution of man and dinosaurs of India is of great interest and relevance in inculcating a sense of history and disseminating knowledge about the evolution of man”, the Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), said in Chandigarh on Thursday. He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of two sections in the Natural History Museum. These are “Dinosaurs of India” and “Evolution of Man”.


Upgraded maternity ward inaugurated
Mohali, February 17
The local Civil Hospital will be upgraded to the level of a 100-bed hospital during the current year and the Punjab Health Minister has given his approval in this regard. This was stated by Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Kharar MLA, while talking to mediapersons after inaugurating an upgraded maternity ward at the hospital here today.

Workshop on bronchial asthma
Chandigarh, February 17
A two-day workshop for framing the guidelines for the treatment of bronchial asthma will be held at the PGI on Saturday.

101 persons donate blood
Mohali, February 17
As many as 101 persons donated blood at a camp organised by Baba Shiekh Farid Blood Donors Council, Mohali, today. The camp was inaugurated by Ms Nisha Sharad, DPI (Colleges), Punjab, and Chairman of the Red Cross Society, Punjab. Dr G. Jolly, founder, Blood Bank, PGI, was also present on the occasion. TNS


‘Flying Sikh’ of Malaysia in city
Chandigarh, February 17
Meet world renowned car rallyist Karamjit Singh, a Malaysia-based NRI. Popularly known as ‘Flying Sikh’ of Malaysia, 43-year-old Karamjit Singh is in the city on a holiday at the invitation of his friend and reputed Indian rallyist Hari Singh. Seeded 19th in the world, Karamjit Singh is a versatile rallyist.

Parveen KumarParveen Kumar to officiate in Dubai Open
Chandigarh, February 17
Parveen Kumar, a city-based international tennis official, has been invited by Tennis Emirates to officiate in the Dubai Duty Free Men’s and Women’s Opens, starting from February 21 to March 5 at the Aviation Club, Dubai.

DAV school to host table soccer championship
Chandigarh, February 17
The Table Soccer Federation of India will hold the National Table Soccer Championship from June 3 to 5 at DAV School, Sector 8. Stating this, the president of the federation, Mr Balwinder Singh Johal, also said Mr Ravinder Talwar had been nominated as the chairman of the TSFI.


MC passes all agenda items
Mohali, February 17
All items on the agenda were unanimously passed at the General House meeting of the Municipal Council here today.


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