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Urban panel: Admn sends reply to MHA
Chandigarh, February 13
Avoiding a debate on the contentious issue of the Urban Arts Commission on the floor of the Municipal Corporation House, the Chandigarh Administration has sent its response to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Kidnapped boy freed after 12 hours
Chandigarh, February 13
In a dramatic turn of events, a 16-year-old son of a Joint Secretary, Haryana Vidhan Sabha, who was “kidnapped” on Monday night by four unidentified men from Sector 22, was recovered from Sector 35 this morning.

Indian law should apply to NRIs: Justice Jain
Chandigarh, February 13
The Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice Vijender Jain, today stated that the Government of India should have a bilateral agreement with the countries which have a large number of NRIs in order to protect the rights of the Indian brides in these countries.
Mr Justice Vijender Jain, Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, delivering the inaugural address at a seminar in Chandigarh
Mr Justice Vijender Jain, Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, delivering the inaugural address at a seminar in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph


Banks defy RBI directive on collateral security
Chandigarh, February 13
With most commercial banks in Punjab and Haryana failing to adhere to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) directives for advancing group loans under the Swarnjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY), the Ministry of Rural Development has now decided to take up the case against these banks with the RBI.


Size matters! After all, in these days of ostentation all good things come in large packages. Love too is getting dearer and bigger for youngsters expanding their friendship horizons! Living life king-size in palatial houses even meager flats, they are opening up their hearts largely to buy full-fashioned teddy bears and even youngsters with tubby wallets are going in for full-blown celebrations by picking up giant velvet hearts dyed in the hues of passion.


Youngsters set to pour out spirit of love
On the eve of Valentine’s Day, a youngster holds a heart up for grab at a gift shop in Sector 11, Chandigarh Chandigarh, February 13
Chandigarh may have witnessed a constant flow of young lovers on the geri route, but incessant rain in the region may eventually dampen their spirits on St Valentine’s Day, especially with some parents apprehensive about allowing their precious ones to move out on February 14.

Hearts full of love: On the eve of Valentine’s Day, a youngster holds a heart up for grab at a gift shop in Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Gift of youth at 70 on Valentine’s Day
Mohali, February 13
In a unique development, two couples from the UK gifted their partners a "makeover" at Fortis Hospital here for the Valentines Day. Interestingly, both the couples are over 60 years of age (two of them over 70 !) and possess a great zest for life.

Ryan row: Parents get positive reply from CBSE
Chandigarh, February 13
The aggrieved parents of Class X students of Ryan International School, Sector 49, here received the most sought-after reply from CBSE officials on their second visit to the CBSE office at New Delhi to accommodate the students.

Cracks in flats: Fresh probe ordered
Chandigarh, February 13
With cracks appearing in certain flats of the Progressive Cooperative House Building Society, Sector 50, here, the quality of the construction has come under cloud. The role of some officials of the Estate Office is being questioned.

Now Home Secy will pass building plans
Chandigarh, February 13
To enable the conversion from industrial activity to commercial activity, the Chief Administrator, Mr S.K. Sandhu, has delegated his powers under Section 21 of the Capital of Punjab ( Development and Regulation) Act, 1952, to the Home Secretary, Mr Krishan Mohan.

F&CC members elected
Chandigarh, January 25 Kamlesh and Kuldip Singh from the Congress, Jatinder Bhatia of CVM, Rajesh Gupta of BJP and nominated councillor MPS Chawla were elected unopposed to the Finance and Contract Committee of the Municipal Corporation today. The meeting also saw the councillors requesting the Chair that the members to the other committees should also be elected through election process. Members to the seven other committees are yet to be elected. — TNS

Panel gives approval to road projects
Chandigarh, February 13
With the aim to provide infrastructure matching with upcoming mega projects in the Industrial Area, the Empowered Committee comprising Home Secretary, U.T., Finance Secretary U.T., Chairman, Chandigarh Housing Board, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, and Chief Engineer, Municipal Corporation, today gave approval to start various important projects of widening and strengthening of existing roads.

UT all set to release new excise policy
Chandigarh, January 13
After seeking legal opinion, the Chandigarh Administration is all set to release the Excise Policy for 2007-2008. The new policy is expected to be announced within this week after getting the Administrator’s approval, said an official.

Screening body set up
Chandigarh, February 13
In order to discourage contractors and to decentralise the existing system of supplementary nutrition, the UT Administrator has constituted a Screening-cum-Selection Committee under the Chairmanship of the Secretary Social Welfare, Chandigarh Administration.

5 contractors get notices
Chandigarh, February 13
The Medical Officer (Health), Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, today issued notices to five private contractors for not providing proper toilet facilities to their labourers.

Rejected candidates resent goof-up
Candidates leave the venue after being declared ineligible by the State Selection Board in Sector 2, Panchkula Panchkula, February 13
Braving inclement weather, candidates who had applied for the post of Hindi translators, today protested outside the office of the Haryana Staff Selection Commission in Sector 2 here after they were turned away on grounds of "ineligibility".

Candidates leave the venue after being declared ineligible by the State Selection Board in Sector 2, Panchkula, on Tuesday. — Tribune photograph by Malkiat Singh

Water leakage in Raj Bhavan
Chandigarh, February 13
At least, 20 complaints of leakages in government buildings following rain in the past two days has been received by the UT Engineering Departments.

Shopkeepers observe bandh
Claim losses due to closure of market entry points
Panchkula, February 13
A complete bandh was observed in the Sector 7 market on a call by the Market Welfare Association even as irked shopkeepers blocked traffic for an hour and opened the entry points recently closed by the police in the name of streamlining traffic, here today.

Saraswati Samman for Oriya poet J.P. Das
Chandigarh, February 13
The prestigious Saraswati Samman for the year 2006 has been conferred upon Dr Jagannath Prasad Das for his collection of Oriya poems, Parikrama. He is the sixteenth recipient of this award instituted by the K.K. Birla Foundation.

Talk on alcohol, drug abuse
Chandigarh, February 13
A talk on the topic “Tackling the problem of alcohol and drug abuse in today’s society: challenges, opportunities and a road map” was held under the chairmanship of Prof. K.K. Talwar, PGI Director here today.

Bhartiya Masihi Satsang choir commemorates the death centenary of Brahmabandhab Upadhyay on his birthday Hero who defied definition
Chandigarh, February 13
A small group of people came together on Sunday evening to observe the 100th death anniversary of Brahmabandhab Upadhyay. They did not know whether to observe the day or to celebrate it, as Sunday was his birthday too.
Bhartiya Masihi Satsang choir commemorates the death centenary of Brahmabandhab Upadhyay on his birthday on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Participants attend a session on resume writing at Central State Library, Sector 17, Chandigarh. Session on resume writing
Chandigarh, February 13
The American Corner at the Central State Library, Sector 17, organised a presentation on "Learn how to write an effective resume and cover letter" here yesterday. Mr Parveen Khurana, Director, American Corner, while addressing the students, said an effective resume was a selling tool in a competitive job market.

Participants attend a session on resume writing at Central State Library, Sector 17, Chandigarh.



Watchman found dead
Chandigarh, February 13
A 35-year-old watch man was found dead under mysterious circumstances in house number - 130 in Sector 8, here, this afternoon. The deceased was living alone in the house and his employer was settled in the USA, the police said.


‘Coca-Cola Love Machine’
Chandigarh, February 13 To celebrate, Valentine’s Day, Coca-Cola has launched a first of its kind initiative, called the ‘Coca-Cola Love Machine’ from February 12 to 14, the young at heart will have the innovative option of using the ‘Coca-Cola Love Machine’ to create lasting memories with their loved ones. As a part of the same initiative, consumers will also be able to play a host of exciting games and win a range of exciting gifts, including diamond pendants, dinner coupons and gift hampers.

HDFC ties up with Godrej Aadhaar
Chandigarh, February 13
HDFC Bank has entered into an agreement with Godrej Aadhaar, the agri services-cum-retail initiative of Godrej Agrovet Ltd. (GAVL) to offer attractive agri credit facility to rural community.


Principal Talwar to retire today
Chandigarh, February 13
An eventful era of almost 21 years will come to an end with the retirement of Principal Ravinder Talwar from DAV Senior Secondary School (Co educational), Sector 8-C, here, tomorrow. After his superannuation, Mr ML Garg, the senior most teacher in the school, will be the officiating chief till further appointment.

Inner conflict rules 'Where There is a Will'
Chandigarh, February 13
The Literary Society of the Punjab University Department of English staged the 11th annual theatre production 'Where There is a Will ' in their own auditorium here today.

Juniors bid adieu to Class X
Chandigarh, February 13
Isha Paul and Utkarsh were chosen ‘Ms And Mr Xavier, 2007’, respectively, after the final questionnaire round during the farewell party of Class X at St Xavier’s School, here, yesterday.


GCM to review Colonel’s acquittal
Chandigarh, February 13
The Army has ordered a general court martial (GCM) which has acquitted a Colonel charged with sexually assaulting a woman officer under his command to reconsider its findings. The GCM will reassemble on February 20.


Inter-school athletic meet postponed
Chandigarh, February 13
The two-day inter-school athletic meet under 17 and 19 years (boys and girls) which was scheduled to be held on February 14 and 15 at the Sector 46 Sports Complex has been postponed due to inclement weather conditions.


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