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More may face action in multiplex case
Chandigarh, February 22

Some more persons are likely to face action in the multi-crore scam involving sanctioning of wrong building plans for Fun Republic, Mani Majra. A day after booking Kewal Dhillon, vice-president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and proprietor of the Dhillon Complex, and T.P. Singh, SDO (Building), Estate Office, investigations by the CBI have brought the role of certain senior officials in the Chandigarh Administration under the scanner.

Festival of Gardens begins today
Chandigarh, February 22
The three-day Festival of Gardens, which promises more than just 585 varieties of roses, is scheduled for inauguration tomorrow. This time also, you will not have to bear the din of “two at the price of one” as the Administration has decided not to go in for the establishment of commercial stalls all along the road separating Sectors 16 and 17. The practice of giving commercial smell to the festival was discontinued last year, and 2007 is not going to be an exception, says a senior UT Administration official.

UT officials involved in the last-minute preparations on the eve of Festival of Gardens in Chandigarh on Thursday
Preparations in full bloom: UT officials involved in the last-minute preparations on the eve of Festival of Gardens in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph



 

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Rose fest: Mgt institute bags best maintained campus title
Chandigarh, February 22
The Chandigarh Administration today declared the results of the best gardens in the city as part of the Festival of Gardens-2007. Regional director, Regional Institute of Cooperative Management, Sector 32, has been awarded the first position in the best maintained college campus category. The first positions have been bagged by Gogi Sekhon (house No. 339, Sector 9-D) in the large garden category, Col Balwant Singh (house No.42, Sector 9) in medium garden and prof Arunanshu Behera (House No.8H-7, PGI, Sector 12) in small garden.




Mrs and Mr Sekhon in their lawn in Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Thursday.  — A Tribune photograph
Mrs and Mr Sekhon in their lawn in Sector 9, Chandigarh

Heaven on earth at Harmohan Sethi’s residence
Chandigarh, February 22
Lush-green carpet grass gently rising towards a side taking the experience of gardening to all new heights; chuckling red and gold flowers encouraging the blossoming of smiles, and a star of shining pebbles around a palm tree for making even the tired eyes twinkle with joy---


Blooming amidst flowers: Harmohan Singh Sethi and his wife Abnash Sethi in their Sector 21 lawn in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
Blooming amidst flowers: Harmohan Singh Sethi and his wife Abnash Sethi in their Sector 21 lawn in Chandigarh on Thursday

Drunk driver rams jeep into 4 vehicles
Chandigarh, February 22
The heavily drunk driver of a jeep allegedly rammed his vehicle into four vehicles before hitting it against a rotary in Sector 22 this morning. No one was seriously hurt in the mishap. A woman, who received minor injuries in the accident, was discharged from the Sector 16 General Hospital after administering first-aid.

COMMUNITY

Cong councillors boycott MC meeting
Chandigarh, February 22
The Congress councillors today boycotted the pre-house meeting of the Municipal Corporation. Chandermukhi Sharma was the only Congress councillor present. The paid parking is expected an issue to be debated. Trying to avoid a noisy house meeting on February 26, the mayor tried to tell the councillors to restrict the meeting only to agenda issues and the budget.

Children of Harappan civilisation played hopscotch game: Expert
Chandigarh, February 22
More than 5000 years ago, children of the Harappan civilization too played the popular “seven stones” or hopscotch game in the middle of their streets. Excavations at the Rakhigarhi site in Haryana by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) has thrown up fresh historical evidence for the reconstruction of the life of the people of the oldest civilization known in India.

Struggle in Nepal not yet over, says Maoist leader
Chandigarh, February 22
The Maoist movement in Nepal, it seems, has just begun, states Suresh Alemagar, Adviser, CPM Maoists and also an interim member of the legislative parliament, currently in place in Nepal. As many as 73 of the 325 interim members are from the CPM Maoist party.

Vishwanath Sharma, central committee member. Jan Adhikar Suraksha Sammiti, Suresh Alemagar, Adviser, CPM Maoists and NM Rawani, South Asia member, world people resistance movement.
Vishwanath Sharma, central committee member. Jan Adhikar Suraksha Sammiti, Suresh Alemagar, Adviser, CPM Maoists and NM Rawani, South Asia member, world people resistance movement

Aliens on the civil services horizon
Chandigarh, February 22
How about an American or an Italian as our Foreign Secretary or an Israeli as our Defence Secretary? The globalisation bug is all set to bite Indian bureaucracy if the Public Services Bill, 2006, drafted by the Central Government, is any indication to go by.

Couple in search of justice
Mohali, February 22
A Sector 66-based couple--Vijay Oberoi and Ajit Oberoi--is a harassed lot. Almost seven months after a fraud case was registered against five persons on their complaint, they are still moving from pillar to post to get justice.

Mangoes, melons arrive early
Chandigarh, February 22

The summers may still be far away… but you can savour the sweet summer fruits like mango and melons. Thanks to the rising temperatures in south India, these summer fruits have matured early and thus made their way to the city markets.




A fruit dealer shows the mangoes and melons that have arrived in the city. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
A fruit dealer shows the mangoes and melons that have arrived in the city

Signals Corps chief visits Chandimandir
Chandigarh, February 22
The Army’s Signal Officer-in-Chief and the Colonel Commandant of the Corps of Signals, Lt-Gen Sivasankara Pillai Sree Kumar, visited Headquarters, Western Command at Chandimandir today.

Postal staff to pay missing amount
Chandigarh, February 22
Unable to ascertain who was behind the missing Rs 1 lakh cash from the post office accounts, employees of General Post Office, Sector 17, here and senior officials have reached a compromise.

De-addiction centre proposed
Chandigarh, February 22
To curb drug menace in and around the city, the UT administration has proposed to setup a drugs de-addiction centre in the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector-16. This is for the first time that the administration has given a thought for such a centre having modern facilities and techniques.

Row over shifting of shrine
Chandigarh, February 22
An attempt to shift the place of worship of a minority community in Rani Mohalla was resented by the devotees today. Trouble began when Jasbir Singh, an advocate, and his family tried to shift the "mazar" adjoining their house allegedly with a view to undertake construction activity.They allegedly also tried to damage the shrine.

CHB to construct MIG flats
Chandigarh, February 22
Stung by criticism for ignoring the need for housing of the middle income group, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has drawn extensive plans to create housing stock for the next two to three years.

ESIC Day on Feb 24
Chandigarh, February 22
On the occasion of the 55th anniversary, the ESIC Day will be celebrated on February 24, This will be followed by a special services fortnight from February 24 to March 10.

 
CRIME

12-yr-old girl found hanging
Chandigarh, February 22
A 12-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her Colony No. 5 residence this afternoon. The reason behind the extreme step is yet to be ascertained as the family told the police that they had no inkling about her taking such a drastic step.

Ex-cop among 3 held for fraud
Chandigarh, February 22
The police today arrested three Haryana residents on the allegations of duping people on the pretext of selling fake currency notes in Sector 22 here. The SHO of the Sector 17 police station said accused Rajbir, Satpal and Suresh Kumar were nabbed following secrete information.

 
EDUCATION

PU Syndicate meeting to decide action against ex-sports director
Chandigarh, February 22
Cash-strapped Panjab University has spent Rs 1.85 lakh in holding inquiries into allegations of misappropriation of Rs 1.65 lakh. Four enquiry officers who have looked into the case of Dr Ajmer Singh, former director of sports, who is facing allegations of misappropriation of funds, have been paid more money that the amount that was allegedly misappropriated.

Vrinda Sharma, winner of the all-round best trophy
Vrinda Sharma, winner of the all-round best trophy (extreme left) is all smiles at the annual prize distribution function of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

From Colleges
'Samgama Austria-India'

Chandigarh, February 22
Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, organised an international culture exchange programme, “Samgama (going together) Austria-India” in Association with the Indian Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries and the Austrian Cultural Forum, Embassy of Austria.

Tributes paid to Powell
Zirakpur, February 22
Tributes were paid to Baden Powell, founder of Scouts and Guides at the "Thinking Day" celebrations in Kendriya Vidyalaya here today. The Principal, Ms Annie Thariyan, garlanded the photograph of Baden Powell. Students participated in the cultural programme and a pledge was also taken by all.

 
HEALTH

Conference stresses on better neuro-management
Chandigarh, February 22
Experts stressed on the need of skilled doctors in the field of trans-esophageal echocardiography (TEE) and improved skills in neuro-management in the country at the 10th annual conference of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Anaesthesiologists (IACTA) being organised at the PGI here.
Andreas Fiehn from Germany along with Balachunder and Surindra Rengaswamy from Boston, USA, at the annual conference of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Anaesthesiologists at the PGI, Chandigarh, on Thursday
Andreas Fiehn from Germany (centre) along with Balachunder (left) and Surindra Rengaswamy from Boston, USA, at the annual conference of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Anaesthesiologists (IACTA) at the PGI, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph. 

Dhaliwal is PNDT advisory panel chief
Chandigarh, February 22
Dr Lakhbir Dhaliwal, head of the department of gynaecology and obesity, PGI, has been nominated as chairperson of the pre-natal detection tests (PNDT) advisory committee for one year.

 
SPORTS

Sacred Heart, DAV overall champs in athletics
Chandigarh, February 22
Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, and DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, clinched the overall trophies by securing 70 and 58 points, respectively, in the two-day inter-school athletics meet which concluded here at the sports complex, Sector 46, here today.
Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, after winning the two-day inter-school athletics meet at the sports complex, Sector 46, on Thursday.
Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, after winning the two-day inter-school athletics meet at the sports complex, Sector 46, on Thursday

PU Campus surge ahead 
Chandigarh, February 22
The hosts PU Campus beat GKSM Government College, Tanda Urmur, by five wickets in the Panjab University Inter-College Cricket (Men) A-Division tournament on the campus grounds here today.

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