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CBI raids on Estate Office, city residences
Chandigarh, February 21
Vice-president of the Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee and proprietor of Dhillon Complex Kewal Dhillon and the SDO (Building), Estate Office, T.P. Singh, were today booked by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on charges of criminal conspiracy and Prevention of Corruption Act.


A file photo of Fun Republic, whose owner, Kewal Dhillon, was booked by the CBI A file photo of Fun Republic, whose owner, Kewal Dhillon, was booked by the CBI on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Bank strike call withdrawn
Chandigarh, February 21
The strike call by the United Forum of Central Bank Unions has been withdrawn. The strike was scheduled to begin tomorrow.

MHA seeks draft of arts panel
Chandigarh, February 21
Acting on the response of the Chandigarh Administration regarding the contentious issue of the Urban Arts Commission, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked the former to send a draft of the proposed Commission.

Police Gypsy stolen
Chandigarh, February 21
It might sound unbelievable, but it has actually happened. A Gypsy belonging to the Punjab Police was stolen from Sector 42 this morning.






EARLIER STORIES

GCM: Defence raises two pleas against Army
Chandigarh, February 21
The general court martial (GCM) which re-convened to revise its findings in a case pertaining to sexual assault by a colonel on a women officer under his command, today took a new turn with the defence raising two pleas against the actions of the Army authorities.


COMMUNITY

SAD joins BJP in opposing urban arts panel
Chandigarh, February 21
The formation of the Urban Arts Commission has stirred a hornet’s nest. Close on the heels of the BJP and the CVM opposing it tooth and nail, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today came down heavily on its formation, terming it as another attempt by the Central Government to “remote control” city’s decision-making process and muzzle the voice of the elected representatives of the people.

Test for learners too!
Chandigarh, February 21
The Chandigarh Administration has introduced a schematic test for the applicants of the learner’s licence. The test would be a pre-qualification for getting the licence.

Air Marshal Chaturvedi visits 3 BRD
Chandigarh, February 21
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the IAF's Nagpur based Maintenance Command, Air Marshal K.S. Chaturvedi, arrived at No 3 Base Repair Depot here on an inspection visit today.

A retired Head Constable of Chandigarh police, Ajit Singh (right) who found a suitcase containing Rs 5 lakh from the road leading to the railway station Bomb scare proves lucky for businessman
Chandigarh, February 21
Bomb scare proved lucky for a Faridabad-based business man today when he got back his suitcase containing Rs 5 lakh, which he lost near Mauli Jagran on his way to Chandigarh railway station. The suitcase kept lying on the road as no one picked it up suspecting it to be carrying some explosives, said the police.
A retired Head Constable of Chandigarh police, Ajit Singh (right) who found a suitcase containing Rs 5 lakh from the road leading to the railway station on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Property dealers meet EO over case disposal
Panchkula, February 21
A delegation of the Haryana State Property Dealers Welfare Association today met estate officer S.P. Arora and told him of the inordinate delay in the disposal of cases pertaining to property.

Plea to demarcate ‘abadi deh’ area
Panchkula, February 21
The panchayats of 154 villages of Pinjore, today, demanded withdrawal of a criminal case against 15 villagers for holding the district town planner captive during a demolition drive in the periphery.

Need to encourage alternative means of resolving cases: Expert
Chandigarh, February 21
“In Canada, around 80 per cent of the cases are settled before reaching the trial stage. This expedites the decision-making process and allows the client to get on with his life and save costs. It is very common for the lawyer there to even sit in a conference room or talk to the other side or write to the other side and suggest a settlement.

Sec 35 ruckus: Youth, mother interrogated
Chandigarh, February 21
The Chandigarh Police today swung into action after a news item “Mentally unstable youth creates ruckus in Sector 35” appeared in these columns, and took the youth to the Sector 16 General Hospital for medical examination.

Water comes out of an LPG cylinder in Sector 26, Panchkula Water in LPG cylinder!
Panchkula, February 21
Dr Ramesh, a resident of Sector 26, complained here today that the LPG cylinder being used at his home for the past few days was filled with water. Maintaining that he had bought the cylinder a month back, he said he had installed it only five days back. "Two days back, we could not light the burner. We checked the cylinder and its weight was down to 27 kg. I turned it around to see what was wrong and water gushed out of the spout," he stated.





Water comes out of an LPG cylinder in Sector 26, Panchkula, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

 
BUSINESS

CII conference concludes
Chandigarh, February 21
The two day CII- defence industry partnership conference that concluded at the CII Northern Region Headquarters here today, set a road map to create cross-linkage between the private sector and defence forces for long-term benefit and to facilitate the indiginization process of Indian defence industry.


 
EDUCATION

MoU between PU, University of Wisconsin
Chandigarh, February 21
A Memorandum of Understanding between the Panjab University and the University of Wisconsin-LA CROSSE, USA, was signed here today. Vice-chancellor R.C. Sobti and provost vice-chancellor Elizabeth J. Hitch were the signatories on behalf of their respective Universities.

Students of GCG-42, Chandigarh, at their annual prize distribution function 431 students get prizes at annual day function
Chandigarh, February 21
The annual prize distribution function of Government College for Girls, Sector 42 was organised on the college premises today. As many as 431 students were awarded prizes for excelling in academics, sports and co-curricular activities.

Students of GCG-42, Chandigarh, at their annual prize distribution function on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

100 CEC students to take part in NSS camp
Mohali, February 21
Inaugurating a 10-day NSS camp at the Chandigarh College of Education a part of the Chandigarh Group of Colleges here today Baldev Singh Sidhu, DEO, Mohali, stressed upon the need to eradicate the evil of female foeticide from society.

Green Festival at SGGSC
Chandigarh, February 21
Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics and Environmental Society of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, had organised an inter-state ‘Biotechnology-Bioinformatics Festival’ and ‘Green Festival’. More than 15 colleges and university departments from Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana, participated in many onstage and offstage competitive events.

CIET gets new infrastructure
Chandigarh, February 21
An innovative and simplified computing infrastructure to connect users and desktop applications has been installed at the Chitkara Institute of Engineering Technology (CIET). The Chitkara infrastructure supports more than 5,000 students and faculty members.


 
CULTURE

Odissi dance fest gets underway
Artistes perform at “Odissi Sandhya” organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh, in collaboration with the Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneswar, at Law Bhavan in Chandigarh Chandigarh, February 21
The odissi classical music and dance festival got underway at the Law Bhavan here today. The first ever Odissi festival organised by the Parcheen Kala Kendra in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Orissa, and the Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneswar, featured vocalists and dancers.
Artistes perform at “Odissi Sandhya” organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh, in collaboration with the Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneswar, at Law Bhavan in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Soulful strains of sitar, bharatnatyam captivate
Chandigarh, February 21
The Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademy presented a classical musical bonanza in instrumental music and bharatnatyam by eminent maestros at Tagore Theatre here yesterday.


HEALTH

Annual conference of IACTA begins
Chandigarh, February 21
An educative session was interspersed with live video relay of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) at a patient undergoing open-heart surgery for the replacement of a diseased valve at the first day of the 10th annual conference of Indian Association of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anaesthesiologists (IACTA 2007) being organised by the department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, PGI, here today.

From left to right Prof. M.S. Dhillon, Prof. S.S. Gill and Prof Raj Bahadur addressing mediapersons Arthroplasty assn to meet in city on February 24
Chandigarh, February 21
More than 300 registered delegates, including eight foreign faculty members and 10 others from countries like the USA, UK, Japan, Korea, Switzerland, Singapore and Germany, will participate in the biennial conference being organised by the Indian Arthroplasty Association (IAA) in the city on February 24 and 25.


From left to right Prof. M.S. Dhillon, Prof. S.S. Gill and Prof Raj Bahadur addressing mediapersons on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph.

 
SPORTS

AG Punjab win soccer tourney
Chandigarh, February 21
Accountant General, Punjab, beat Delhi Audit, 4-2, in the final of the North Zone IA and AD Football Tournament at the Sector 17 football stadium here today.

Govt College-11 move ahead in cricket meet
Chandigarh, February 21
An unbeaten knock of 65 runs enabled Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh, beat GN Khalsa College, Abohar, by three wickets during the Panjab University Inter-College Cricket Meet (men) A- Division being held at PU grounds, here today.


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