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Chill spells kitchen trouble
Veggie prices up by 30 pc

Chandigarh, February 3
The plummeting mercury has sent the tomato prices soaring. In the past two days, the prices of most seasonal vegetables have gone up by 25 per cent-30 per cent.

Fresh snow in Shimla renews cold wave
Patiala coldest at 2.5 degrees
Chandigarh, February 3
With Shimla receiving snow for the third time in 10 days, the day temperature in the city plummeted, renewing the cold wave. Mild showers through the night ensured people remained indoors. Although the maximum temperature in the city dropped by 4.4 degrees compared to yesterday, the night temperature rose a little from 2 degrees to 4 degrees. It was still three degrees below normal, indicating that winter was nowhere near retreat.

Hema Malini Hema Malini in new role
Chief patron of baseball fed
Chandigarh, February 3
Adding glam to the sport of baseball, yesteryear’s ‘Dream Girl’, Hema Malini, has donned the cap of chief patron of the Women Baseball Federation of India. The star is now all set to promote the game in the country.

Photo by Pradeep Tewari


A family pedals through the rain in Chandigarh on Sunday even as the cold wave in the region intensified.
A family pedals through the rain in Chandigarh on Sunday even as the cold wave in the region intensified. — Tribune photograph by Pradeep Tewari

No Info Officer
CIC seeks comment in 15 days
Chandigarh, February 3
The Central Information Commission has sought comments from the office of the UT Administrator on the matter pertaining to absence of central public information officer in the said office.

Now, schools to remain shut till Feb 6
Chandigarh, February 3
The UT education department today extended holidays for junior classes (up to Class V) for three more days till February 6 in the wake of unrelenting cold conditions. The order is for government as well as private schools in the city.

J&K cops book local resident
Chandigarh, February 3
Jammu and Kashmir police crime branch has registered a case under Section 420-B, IPC, against local resident Rajan Bansal and Harinder of Jammu.


Manavjit’s family declares wildlife trophies
Chandigarh, February 3
While the CBI inquiry into the alleged poaching charges against Khel Rattan awardee Manavjit Sandhu is yet to initiate, fresh information reveals the family’s listed wildlife treasures.

Sewage plant encounters delay
Mohali, February 3
Lack of proper implementation strategy by PUDA (now GMADA) and a lackadaisical approach to getting court stay orders on land vacated in time, have brought to a halt the operationalising of the town’s first sewage treatment plant (STP) set up in Sector 83.

Students of Dr Khera’s institute garland their parents during the Mat Pita Divas function at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
WARM GESTURE: Students of Dr Khera’s institute garland their parents during the Mat Pita Divas function at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Misbehaviour by SSP, DSP
PHRC seeks report from Punjab govt
Chandigarh, February 3
Taking up a petition filed by a Panchkula resident, alleging that the SSP and DSP, SAS Nagar, misbehaved with him, the Punjab Human Rights Commission has asked the Punjab government to report on the matter.

Digging grave
Chandigarh, February 3
The moment you enter Sector 19, there is every chance that you may fall into a ditch owing to the digging being done by a telecom company.
Children seem to enjoy the cold in Ambala on Sunday.
CHILL THRILL: Children seem to enjoy the cold in Ambala on Sunday. Tribune photo by Kamal Sachar

Representation against IG Prisons
Chandigarh, February 3
An advocate has given a representation before the Chandigarh Administration that the IG Prisons, Dinesh Bhatt, is holding two posts. It was mentioned in the representation that Bhatt was holding the post of senior superintendent of police, operations, along with the post of IG, Prisons.

Dog show on February 10
Chandigarh, February 3
The annual dog show will be held on February 10 at Leisure Valley. Last year, rain played spoilsport on the day of the dog show, and organisers are hoping that this year, the sun will shine.

Sexual Harassment
DPI(S) orders inquiry against teacher
Chandigarh, February 3
Director Public Instructions (Schools), S.K. Setia has ordered an inquiry into the allegations of sexual harassment against a teacher of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, here today. DEO Kushinder Sharma has been asked to conduct the inquiry and submit the report within two days. Setia said strict action will be taken against the person whosoever found guilty.

A choked drain floods showrooms at Punjab Modern Complex in Baltana on Sunday.A choked drain floods showrooms at Punjab Modern Complex in Baltana on Sunday.
A choked drain floods showrooms at Punjab Modern Complex in Baltana on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Cylinder bursts; tragedy averted
Panchkula, February 3
A major tragedy was averted when a LPG cylinder burst inside house number 1250, Sector 19, here today. Police said the house was being used to pilfer LPG from cylinders. Ten cylinders meant for domestic as well as commercial use were also recovered from the site.

Vendor menace at traffic lights
Vendors selling balloons, match boxes and paper napkins at traffic lights, particularly the ones near Sanatan Dharm Temple in Sector 37, are increasingly becoming a nuisance.


Teachers to go on mass leave tomorrow
Chandigarh, February 3
To protest against the indifferent attitude of the Punjab Government towards the teachers working in the non-government aided colleges of Chandigarh, members of the Punjab and Chandigarh Teachers Union (PCCTU) have decided to cease work on February 5. They will assemble in front of the office of the DPI (colleges), Punjab, in Sector 17.

From Schools
Brainstorm: Students of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, today organised "Brainstorm" for students of Classes VI to XII.


Info delay: Commission issues show-cause notice
Panchkula, February 3
Taking cognisance of the delay in furnishing information under the Right to Information Act, 2005, the State Information Commission Haryana has decided to issue a show-cause notice to the state public information officer (SPIO) of Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board.

Consumer Court
Power department fined Rs 5,000 for wrong bill
Chandigarh, February 3
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Chandigarh electricity department to pay a compensation of Rs 5,000 for issuing a false bill to a petitioner, Jasmail Singh Brar.


Tribune Impact
Fund embezzlement: CM’s office orders probe
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 3
After The Tribune highlighted the issue of misuse of funds meant for development of a park in the district, Punjab chief minister's office has asked the district police to probe the matter and submit a report as soon as possible.

Thousands get jobs under NREG scheme
Ambala, February 3
The district administration here has claimed that 19,840 households have so far been registered under the National Rural Employment Guarantee (NREG) Scheme and 17,947 registered families have been given job cards. The administration stated that 14,204 applicants in the district have already been given employment for 100 days.

Society stages plays against foeticide
Patiala, February 3
The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) observed its 77th monthly garden theatre winter programme at Baradari Garden, here today.

Angioplasty safer for heart patients
Ambala, February 3
Renowned interventional cardiologist and director cardiology at Fortis Hospital, Mohali, Dr Harinder K. Bali stated here today that angioplasty was more effective and safer treatment for heart patients as compared to the administration of clot busters (thrmbolytic drugs). Interacting with media, ahead of a CME organised at the local Panchayat Bhawan, Dr Bali said early angioplasty is the most effective method of opening blocked coronary arteries worldwide.


Spikers rue lack of facilities
Chandigarh, February 3
Lack of initiative and facilities on part of the UT Administration is resulting in the downfall of volleyball and also shattering the talent of volleyball players. City-based international players, who had been representing in a number of international volleyball championships, are now insecure about their futures.

Sarpreet strikes gold
Patiala, February 3
The hero of the last three days, Punjabi University cyclist Sarpreet Singh, once against gave ample evidence of his potential by winning gold medal in the 4 km individual pursuit in the All-India inter-university cycling meet being held at the Punjabi University, here today.

A bout in progress during judo championship in Chandigarh on Sunday. Mandeep bags top honours in judo championship
Chandigarh, February 3
Mandeep clinched top honours in the 73 kg category, Parveen Kumar and Ashu Batra bagged silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the Senior Chandigarh State Judo Championship 2007-08, at Sports Complex, Sector 42, here today. In women open category Yogesh finished as champion. Harsha won silver medal while Sukanya and Simran clinched bronze medals.

A bout in progress during judo championship in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Education dept orders repainting of school walls
Chandigarh, February 3
To motivate school children for sports, the Education Department is starting an innovative sports oriented programme. Under this, government school walls would be repainted with the figures displaying sports activities.

Cricket coaching camp from Feb 18
Panchkula, February 3
Association for Twenty-20 Cricket, Punjab, will be holding a coaching camp for the probables of the forthcoming under-19 nationals to be held in Hyderabad from February 18 to 22.


Brush test, a ray of hope for oral cancer patients
Chandigarh, February 3
There is finally light at the end of the tunnel for patients suffering from oral cancer which claims a life every seventh minute in India.

100 surgeons attend CME
Chandigarh, February 3
Over 100 surgeons form the tricity attended the seventh general body meeting and the continuing medical education (CME) programme of the Chandigarh Surgical Society at the CII convention centre yesterday.


Sec-19 resident commits suicide
Chandigarh, February 3
Poverty forced 53-year-old Rajeev Kumar, a resident of Sector 19, to commit suicide this morning.

Three cars stolen
Chandigarh, February 3
Three cars were stolen from different places on the intervening night of February 2 and 3.


Biometric cards for vendors
Chandigarh, February 3
The Union Bank of India yesterday launched biometric cards for financial inclusion of small vendors in the city. With this, 1,300 vendors can avail of banking services through the use of this card, which will enable them to make transactions through a hand-held computer.


Women maestros enchant audience
Chandigarh, February 3
The fourth two-day Acharya K.C.D. Brahaspati Sangeet Samaroh concluded at the auditorium of Law Bhavan in Sector 37 today. The festival titled 'Prathma', organised under the aegis of Acharya Brahspati Institute in association with Sadbhavna Arts, was a tribute to the acclaimed musicologist, Acharya K.C.D. Brahaspati.

City locations ideal for shooting: Filmmaker
Chandigarh, February 3
“The reverberations of the ongoing Chandigarh Film Festival are felt in the Bollywood but it has yet to catch up the intensity acquired by the annual Goa Film Festival,” opined the acclaimed film maker Anil Sharma, known for hits like Gadar, Apne, The Hero and many more.
Anil Sharma

Chandigarh Film Fest
Director Nathani’s ‘Hope’ screened
Filmmaker Kamal Nathani at Government Museum Complex in Sector 10, Chandigarh, Chandigarh, February 3
Kamal Nathani, producer of films like ‘Khatta Meetha’, ‘Jalwa’ and ‘Chashme Badoor’ today lent charm to the ongoing Chandigarh Film Festival. Known for his penchant for novelty and fun, the producer today shed light on his new role as writer and director.

Filmmaker Kamal Nathani at Government Museum Complex in Sector 10, Chandigarh,
on Sunday. Tribune photo by Vinay Malik


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