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Young models exhibit oomph and confidence at pageant
Natural charm takes backseat

Chandigarh, February 23
Silky brown highlighted tresses tumbling down the shoulders, short skirts with slits teamed with backless spaghetti tops, and high-heel ankle boots completing the ensemble — for so many young innocent children, the Rose Prince and Princess “pageant” was nothing less than first step towards flowering into models.

For the budding performers, life is not a rose garden as they earn a thorny living amidst the bloom during the Rose Festival at Zakir Rose Garden in Chandigarh on Saturday
WILTED CHILDHOOD: For the budding performers, life is not a rose garden as they earn a thorny living amidst the bloom during the Rose Festival at Zakir Rose Garden in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Krrish, Harnoor youngest prince, princess
Krrish Guleria, Harsh Preet Singh, Idarsh Khurana — Rose Prince and Harnoor Kaur, Harshita, and Ashmeet Kaur Reen -- Rose Princess, in the 12 to 18 months, 18 to 24 months, and 2 to 3 year categories at the competition held at the Rose Festival in Chandigarh on Saturday
Krrish Guleria, Harsh Preet Singh, Idarsh Khurana — Rose Prince (top) and Harnoor Kaur, Harshita, and Ashmeet Kaur Reen -- Rose Princess, in the 12 to 18 months, 18 to 24 months, and 2 to 3 year categories at the competition held at the Rose Festival in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan












EARLIER STORIES

Sanu leaves audience spellbound
Chandigarh, February 24

Expression of love could have never been the same in Bollywood without the romantic and melodious renditions by Kumar Sanu in numerous films. With a career span of almost three decades, Sanu has to his credit more than 14000 songs, a count that puts him in the league of one of India’s most prolific singer’s category.





Playback singer Kumar Sanu performs at Leisure Valley in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu
Playback singer Kumar Sanu performs at Leisure Valley in Chandigarh on Saturday

Youth hangs himself
Panchkula, February 24
Twenty-three-year-old Suresh, a native of Uttar Pradesh, committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree near Sector 25,  here, today. The deceased was unmarried and had been staying at Vikas Nagar. No suicide note was recovered from him and the reason for his death is still unknown.
Cops try to identify the deceased who committed suicide near a dargah in Sector 25, Panchkula, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh 
Cops try to identify the deceased who committed suicide near a dargah in Sector 25, Panchkula, on Saturday

Parks in 12 sectors to get treated water soon 
Chandigarh, February 24
The irrigation network on both sides of the Shanti Path covering 12 sectors was today commissioned by Krishan Mohan, home secretary, UT, in the presence of mayor Harjinder Kaur and municipal commissioner P.S. Aujla. Now, green belts and parks in southern sectors will get treated sewage water soon.

Man killed as tractor hits bike, wife serious
Chandigarh, February 24
Kunal Kaura, a resident of Manimajra, died in an accident after a tractor trolley, with registration number HR 37-4233, hit his motorcycle at the dividing road between Sector 27 and 7 near Khalsa College in Chandigarh.

MHA for cut in UT staff
Chandigarh, February 24
The Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Home Affairs, has asked the Chandigarh Administration to reduce the strength of its employees by one third. The present strength of the employees has also been sought. The communication has come in response to a letter for additional strength sought by the Chandigarh Administration.

COMMUNITY

IAF to showcase para-jump by Air Chief Tyagi
Chandigarh, February 24
A para-jump by Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi and 75 air force personnel would be among the highlights of the IAF’s fourth Presidential Fleet Review (PFR), to be organised here on March 7 as part of its Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Sexual Assault Case
JAG told not to  carry out revision
Chandigarh, February 24
The prosecution in the General Court Martial (GCM), which has re-assembled at Tibri to revise its earlier findings in a case pertaining to alleged sexual assault by a colonel, today stated that the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Branch at the Army Headquarters had been advised against carrying out any revision.

Probe into NRI’s kidnapping soon

Panchkula, February 24
In a case of alleged kidnapping from Sector 25, the medical examination of the victim, Harjit Kaur, an NRI, was carried out at the General Hospital, Sector 6, late last night.
On her complaint, the police has also registered a case under Sections 365, 323 and 506 of the IPC.


Harjit Kaur shows her bruises at the police post in Sector 25, Panchkula, on Saturday. — Tribune Photo by Malkiat Singh 

Harjit Kaur shows her bruises at the police post in Sector 25, Panchkula, on Saturday

Training Command chief visits High Grounds

Chandigarh, February 24
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the IAF’s Bangalore-based Training Command, Air Marshal G.S. Chaudhry, arrived at Air Force Station High Grounds here today on an inspection visit.




Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command, Air Marshal G.S. Chaudhry (centre), is briefed about a cut-away section of a MiG engine by an instructor during his visit to the Air Force Station High Grounds in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command, Air Marshal G.S. Chaudhry

Retd officer awaits outcome of never-ending enquiry
Chandigarh, February 24
A retired senior assistant from the office of the deputy commissioner Satish Dutt Sharma is waiting for the outcome of the departmental enquiry pending against him for the past over six years .

Artistes in action at the Plaza Carnival sponsored by The Tribune in Chandigarh on Saturday
Artistes in action at the Plaza Carnival sponsored by The Tribune in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Plot encroached by bureaucrat
Chandigarh, February 24
A Punjab bureaucrat has encroached upon a vacant piece of land adjoining his house in Sector 39 here. By raising a cane fence, the occupants of the house (H. No 1619) is doing landscaping on the plot.

Traffic trouble
Chandigarh, February 24
The vehicular traffic on the Panchkula-Kalka highway came to a near standstill as the Ghaggar bridge remained partially closed today also due to the ongoing repair work.

Bomb hoax

 
CRIME

Three booked for forgery
Mohali, February 24
The local police has booked three residents of Amritsar on forgery charges. According to the police, Partap Krishan Aggarwal, a resident of Sector 2 in Chandigarh, alleged that Ajaib Singh Chadha, Harpal and Rupesh Kumar issued him cheques for making payments which bounced.

 
EDUCATION

Funds fraud: Teachers’ union seeks probe
Enquiry into administrator’s appointment also sought
Chandigarh, February 24
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers' Union (PCCTU) has demanded an enquiry into the fraud of Rs 40 lakh at the SGGS College, Sector 26, here. The union has also sought enquiries into the appointment of an administrator in place of the college management and removal of the principal of the college.

Tiny-tots of Chaitanya Nursery School perform at their annual function at Government Home Science College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Saturday
Tiny-tots of Chaitanya Nursery School perform at their annual function at Government Home Science College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Saturday.  — Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Third batch passes out from CIIS
Mohali, February 24
The third batch of the nurses passed out of the Canadian Institute of International Studies (CIIS) here today. The impressive ceremony saw several dignitaries from New Zealand High Commission and the Universal College of Learning (UCOL), the educational partner of the CIIS, gracing the occasion. Director of the PGI Dr K K Talwar delivered the convocation address and read out the key note address to a symposium on "impact of globalisation on nursing career".

Good moments for Mass Com alumni
Chandigarh, February 24
For former students of Panjab University's Mass Communications Department, it was time to share "some good old moments" spent in the university today. Around 200 of them from the 1944 to 2006 batch converged at the varsity's New Department Building in Arts Block II for an alumni meet.

Lecture on emotional intelligence
Chandigarh, February 24
The Department of Public Administration, Panjab University, in association with the IIPA Regional Branch for Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, organised a lecture on “Emotional Intelligence at Work”. Commissioner, Public Health, Government of Haryana, Dalip Singh was the guest speaker.

School extension inaugurated 
Mohali, February 24
The ultra modern extension of Small Wonders school building was inaugurated at its already existing Phase 7 premises, here, today. The inauguration was done by the Child prodigy and acting wonder from Mumbai Shriya Sharma.

Aakash outlet in city
Chandigarh, February 24
Aakash Institute has opened its centre at Chandigarh, here, today. The faculty at Chandigarh will be trained faculty of Delhi Corporate and the pattern style of teaching would remain the same as at Delhi.

 
CULTURE

Singing in pure Indian classical tradition
Chandigarh, February 24
Meeta Pandit is a revolutionary in many ways. Born to the classicist Pt Laxman Rao Pandit of the Gwalior gharana, she has broken free from tradition in a rather non-controversial way. So much so that her musical trespasses have been appreciated by the purest of the purists, her father included.

US maestro enchants music lovers
Chandigarh, February 24
The US-born performer, Hoffman amazed the crowd with his command over the Indian vocal and instrumental music at a musical concert held at the museum auditorium as a part of the ongoing Rose festival. The event was organised by the Administration in association with the Kaifi Azmi foundation.

Kathak, vocal recital at music festival
Chandigarh, February 24
The second day of the Brahaspati Sangeet Samaroh saw a fine blend of presentations. Where on the one hand was the inimitable Meeta Pandit presenting the best of Gwalior vocal tradition, on the other was the young and energetic Shakti Vardhan from Chandigarh, who danced her best today.

HEALTH

PGI’s Virology Dept referral lab for dengue, encephalitis
Chandigarh, February 24
The department of virology, PGI, has been identified as one of the referral laboratories for the advanced diagnosis of dengue, Japanese encephalitis, chikungunya and other vector borne viral diseases in India. The frequent reappearance of these diseases in larger proportions was the basis of establishing the reference laboratory with state-of-the-art facilities in this region.

Heart diseases discussed at IACTA
Chandigarh, February 24
Techniques to stabilise and transport the critically ill neonates, prior to the surgical intervention, complex heart diseases in children and brain protection during open heart surgery using heart-lung machine were discussed by experts in the 10th annual conference of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Anaesthesiologists (IACTA 2007) at the PGI, here today.

“Computer-assisted surgeries beneficial”
Chandigarh, February 24
The computer-assisted surgeries have been proving beneficial in joint surgeries. With the assistance of sophisticated equipments, orthopaedic surgeons have been performing surgeries with more accuracy and efficiency than other techniques.

Importance of biostatistics discussed
Chandigarh, February 24
The importance of biostatistics in clinical research was emphasised by doctors at the 25th national workshop on clinical pharmacology being organised by the department of pharmacology, PGI, here.

432 examined at eye camp
Chandigarh, February 24

The Sant Baba Ishar Singh Sant Mandal Foundation and the Project Ophthalcare Society, Mohali, today organised the 12th eye camp at Gurdwara Sant Mandal, Angitha Sahib, Phase 8, Mohali.





Dr Jatinder Singh examines a patient at an eye camp in Mohali on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Dr Jatinder Singh examines a patient at an eye camp in Mohali on Saturday

 
SPORTS

Punjabi sports magazine released
Chandigarh, February 24
Punjab DGP R.S. Gill released a Punjabi sports magazine “Khed Sansar” dedicated to the 15th Asian Games held at Doha (Qatar), at Punjab Kala Bhawan here on Thursday.

A boy is selling popcorns during the Premier Hockey League in Chandigarh even though child labour is banned
A boy is selling popcorns during the Premier Hockey League in Chandigarh even though child labour is banned. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Big win for Punjab in BSNL soccer
Chandigarh, February 24
Punjab thrashed Chhatisgarh 10-0 in a pool ‘D’ match of the sixth All-India BSNL Football Tournament held at football stadium, Sector 17, here today.

Rajwinder Kaur adjudged best athlete
Chandigarh, February 24
Rajwinder Kaur of BA III was adjudged the best athlete during the 22nd Annual Athletic Meet which concluded at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, here, today.

PU inter-college sports
Chandigarh, February 24
Department of Evening Studies, Panjab University, won the Panjab University Inter-College Basketball (Evening and Education College) Tournament (B Division) for the year 2006-07, beating GHG Khalsa College of Education, Gurusar Sadhar, 47-30 at the PU basketball courts here today.

Harmandeep, Chandrika best athletes
Chandigarh, February 24
Harmandeep Singh of BCA was declared the best male athlete while Ms Chandrika of MBA was the best female athlete at the annual sports day of SAS Institute here today.

UT boxing team
Chandigarh, February 24
The following pugilists will represent Chandigarh in the 39th National Junior Boxing Championship to be held at Burnpur (West Bengal) from February 25 to March 2. Lt Fly- Bhupinder, Fly-Jai Hind, Bantam- Ashok Sura, Feather -Dalbir, Light- Mukesh, Lt Welter- Bhupinder, Wealter-Yajur DS Brar, Lt Heavy- Sham Yadav.

Sports meet

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