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Cinemas take a beating from multiplexes
The good old cinemas are struggling for existence as multiplex culture has taken over Chandigarh Chandigarh, February 9
Good old cinema is on the brink of extinction. Blame it on multiplexes or the failure of cinema owners to deliver services and affordable tickets, the poor man’s medium is dying. And with it is dying the joy of cinema - once synonymous with excitement.
The good old cinemas are struggling for existence as multiplex culture has taken over Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

Bonanza for consumers
Power meter rentals down
Chandigarh, February 9
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to revise the monthly electricity meter rentals with effect from February 1, 2007. The Engineering Secretary, Mr S.K. Sandhu, said the notification to this effect had been issued by the Engineering Department.

Spl leave in UT on Feb 13
Chandigarh, February 9
In view of the Punjab Assembly elections, the UT Administration today decided to grant a special casual leave for February 13 to all those employees of the Administration who are registered as voters in any constituency of Punjab.


The LPG tanker which overturned near the Sector 20 gurdwara in Chandigarh LPG tanker overturns, tragedy averted
Chandigarh, February 9
The city sat on a live bomb through the day as a tanker containing over nine tonnes of LPG overturned at the Sectors 34, 33, 20 and 30 roundabout. It had not been removed till the filing of the report.

The LPG tanker which overturned near the Sector 20 gurdwara in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

IAF to implement new posting policy
Chandigarh, February 9
For the IAF’s air warriors, there will virtually be no more “hard areas” to serve in. According to a new policy on postings and tenures being introduced, hard areas, which are remote and where living conditions are tough, have been done away with.


Ryan: Parents to meet Home Secy today
Chandigarh, February 9
The Parents association of Ryan International School, Sector 49, will meet Home Secretary, Mr Krishan Mohan, tomorrow to help them in registering an FIR against school authorities. The parents had submitted a criminal complaint against the school authorities on February 3, the police has not yet registered any FIR against the school.

Art commission: Panel to bank on public opinion
Sub-group to table issue before MC
Chandigarh, February 9
The sub-group constituted by the Chandigarh Administration to suggest modalities for setting up the Urban Art Commission for the city will bank on the public opinion to decide its further course of action.

Admn includes public reps in dispute-settlement panels
Chandigarh, February 9
The Chandigarh Administration has included public representatives in three separate Dispute Settlement Committees of the Electricity Wing of Engineering Department. The three committees will settle disputes depending upon the amount involved.

Mandal rues hike in parking fee
Chandigarh, February 9
The Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) at a meeting today opposed the "abnormal" increase in the proposed parking tariff for the multilevel parking in Sector 17.

Burn victim's father to lodge complaint against school
Panchkula, February 9
Even as the issue of child safety in schools continues to simmer, the condition of six-year-old Aman Luthra continues to be critical at the PGI where she was shifted last night. Her father, Mr Parminder Singh, said they would lodge a formal complaint against the school authorities once the child showed some improvement.

Property deals are being thrust on this man
Panchkula, February 9
Despite not wanting to sell his property at Kundi village, Sector 20, 83-year-old Keshab Chand Gupta is having property deals forced upon him.

Bal Shree Award for city lad
Chandigarh, February 9
Sahil Aggarwal, a class IX student of Government Model High School, Sector 28, has been selected for the prestigious National Bal Shree Award in a competition held at the National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi.

RBI directs banks to check fake currency
Chandigarh, February 9
The Reserve Bank of India has issued directions to all banks in the region to ensure that counterfeit currency does not get dispensed through ATMs or across the exchange counters.

Lab facilities outsourcing gets nod
Chandigarh, February 9
The UT Health Department has sanctioned the outsourcing of the laboratory facilities at 24 civil dispensaries, community health centres of Sector 22, Manimajra and polyclinic, Sector 45, at highly subsidized rates.

Paraplegic centre to get physiotherapy block
Chandigarh, February 9
A new air-conditioned physiotherapy block having state-of-the-art physiotherapy equipment would soon come up at the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre (PRC) in Mohali.


Three-wheeler overturns, 15 injured
Chandigarh, February 9
An overloaded three-wheeler, bearing number HR-68-5592, overturned at the Railway Point at 1 pm today. According to police sources, about 14 to15 passengers were in the vehicle when the incident occurred. All passengers were injured and were taken to Government Medical College, Sector 32.

Man consumes poison, dies
Chandigarh, February 9
Anil Kumar, a resident of Sector 40 A, committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at his house this morning.



College teachers threaten stir against EC from Feb 13
Chandigarh, February 9
In response to a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), college teachers working in more than 150 non-government colleges of Punjab observed a two-period strike to protest against the denial of salaries in the name of the Model Code of Conduct.

Panjab University Vice-Chancellor R.C. Sobti (centre) addresses the university faculty at the Law Auditorium in Chandigarh on Friday Panjab varsity VC meets faculty
Chandigarh, February 9
Panjab University Vice-Chancellor R.C. Sobti today held a meeting of the faculty here. The VC appealed to the faculty members to work collectively as a team and take the university to better heights. He said the faculty should inculcate a spirit of honesty, transparency and modesty in their functioning and should have positive attitude.
Panjab University Vice-Chancellor R.C. Sobti (centre) addresses the university faculty at the Law Auditorium in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Students of Punjab Engineering College take part in a fashion show during PEC Fest 2007 PEC Fest gets off to a rollicking start
Chandigarh, February 9
The three-day fiesta, PEC Fest began today. Mr Chander Mohan, Chairman, Board of Governors of the deemed university, lighted the lamp and inaugurated the event. Prof K.K Gogna and Prof K. K Garg addressed the audience on the occasion. Mr Vijay Gupta, Director, also presented a memento to Mr Chander Mohan. The first day of this three-day extravaganza saw students from different colleges competing with each other in treasure hunt, street play, LAN gaming, and Geo quiz during the day.
Students of Punjab Engineering College take part in a fashion show during PEC Fest 2007 on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Impressive show by medicos
Chandigarh, February 9
An impressive cultural programme marked the third day of EUPHORIA-2007 organised by the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), today. The budding medicos participated in various items, including dances, debate and song competitions.

IT Fiesta-07
Kharar, February 9
IT Fiesta-07, a technical fest comprising events such as software and website designing, caption contest, debate, IT quiz was held at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women here yesterday. Students of 20 engineering colleges from Punjab and Chandigarh participated.

‘Conserve energy to overcome crisis’
Chandigarh, February 9
The Director of Environment cum Deputy Conservator of Forests, Mr Ishwar Singh, today emphasised upon the need of conservation of energy and using renewable sources of energy for solving the serious problems like energy crisis. Mr Singh expressed these views after inaugurating a one-day seminar cum workshop on ‘New and Renewable Energy’ organised by the Prakriti Environment Society of the Government College of Girls, Sector 11, on the College campus here today

Seminar on positive psychology
Chandigarh, February 9
A seminar on “Recent Perspective in Positive Psychology” was organised by the Department of Psychology in collaboration with the ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre and Centre for Adult and Continuing Education, Panjab University, at the ICSSR Complex here today.

Placement fest at GCG-11 a success
Chandigarh, February 9
The placement fest organised by career counselling and placement cell for the final year students at Government College for Girls, Sector 11, has got good response. While a visit by Wipro on January 22, started the process of placements, it ended with the Bank of America and Spice Telecom hiring students on February 8, as per a press note issued by the college.

Bank recruits 11 students
Representatives from BA conliuum solution, a 100 per cent subsidence of the Bank of America, visited Government College, Sector 46, for placement. The selection process was spread over two days in five rounds. Eleven students of the Department of Commerce were selected and offered appointment letters. Dell will be visiting the college in the next few days. — TNS

Tiny tots capture hearts with rhymes
Mohali, February 9
The primary wing of DAV School today came alive with tiny tots reciting their favourite rhymes as the school celebrated the annual ‘Song and Rhyme Day’ today. Attired in their best the children depicted birds, animals and flowers and put forward their best efforts.

Inter-department quiz
Chandigarh, February 9
The Economics Society of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, organised an inter-department quiz competition at the college auditorium. Six teams were selected after screening. Bhushan, Pankaj Gupta and Pankaj Jain were the winners of the quiz

Science exhibition opens
Panchkula, February 9
A science exhibition was inaugurated by Mr Virender Dahia, SDM, Panchkula at Satluj Public School, Sector 2, Panchkula on Friday. The exhibition will be opened to public tomorrow.


Most accidents due to epilepsy
Chandigarh, February 9
Epilepsy has emerged as a major cause of road accidents in the region, particularly Himachal Pradesh, claiming scores of lives every year. A section of the drivers community of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana has been suffering from the disease.

Symposium on epilepsy tomorrow
Neurologists at a press conference at the PGI, Chandigarh Chandigarh, February 9
The Department of Neurology, PGI, in collaboration with Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana, will organise an international symposium on “Epilepsy and Indo-Pak Neuroscience Colloquium” at the PGI on Sunday. Being the first-ever gathering of neurologists and neuro-surgeons from India, Pakistan and SAARC countries, over 100 delegates are expected to attend it.
Neurologists at a press conference at the PGI, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph


Handball players of SD college, Chandigarh, which won the tournament SD college win handball tourney
Chandigarh, February 9
GGDSD College, Chandigarh, won the Panjab University Inter-College Handball (Men) Championship for 2006-07. The tournament was held at PU grounds here today. DAV College, Chandigarh, SGGS College, Chandigarh and SCD Government College, Ludhiana, secured second, third and fourth positions, respectively.
Handball players of SD college, Chandigarh, which won the tournament on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Shiv Parkash, Komal best athletes
Chandigarh, February 9
Shiv Parkash and Komal, both of BA second year, were declared best athletes among boys and girls categories, respectively, during the silver jubilee annual athletics meet of Government College, Sector 46, here, today.

Girls engaged in a tug of war during the sports meet at Government College for Girls in Sector 42, Chandigarh Manisha shines at athletics meet
Chandigarh, February 9
Manisha emerged winner in 100 metre race and high jump on the inaugural day of the 52nd annual athletics meet of the Government College of Education, Sector 20, held at its ground today.

Show of strength: Girls engaged in a tug of war during the sports meet at Government College for Girls in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan


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