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Affection or affectation, you choose
Money may not buy happiness, but it surely helps you express affection. And, as you pull out cash for your wallet to pick up the souvenirs of love in this material world of malls and multiplexes, city businessmen are the ones making a fast buck. That’s right. Industry of love is fast growing in and around Chandigarh. And it’s not just the florists who are blooming.

Romeos, take care
Chandigarh, February 13
The police will use the “third eye” to nail hooligans and reckless drivers on the geri route and around all educational institutions on Valentine’s Day tomorrow. The police said those breaking law would be captured on the camera, which would be used as evidence against them.

They dread the din
Mohali, February 13
It began with a “I just called to say I love you…” Now, Valentine’s celebrations have reached screeching heights. And dreading midnight bashes the most are parents whose exam-stressed children would have to cope with loud music played till the wee hours of February 15. While most party managers promise to “keep all that sound indoors” there are some who claim to have “special permission” from the SDM to rool’n rock till midnight.

In Mohali, you can drive at risky speed
Mohali, February 13
Believe it or not! The deputy commissioner, SAS Nagar, has allowed residents of Mohali to drive their vehicles at breakneck speed. Boards put up at the entry points to internal roads of the township allow cars and jeeps to drive at 60 km an hour (kmh) next to congested commercial and residential areas. The speed limit on such roads in Chandigarh varies from 45 kmh to 50 kmh.


Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day
— Tribune photo by Kamal Sachar

HC restores cop’s promotion
Chandigarh, February 13
Nearly seven years after the Central Administrative Tribunal's verdict led to the quashing of an order promoting Daya Nand as deputy superintendent of Chandigarh Police, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today restored the order of March 9, 1994, promoting him with effect from April 4, 1992. Pronouncing the orders in an open court, a High Court Division Bench, comprising Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Mohinder Pal, held: The rule of promotion being seniority, the petitioner was rightly found fit for recommendation to List "G" and for promotion by the Departmental Promotion Committee.

Towards child-friendly cities
‘Children should take part in policy making’
Chandigarh, February 13
“Children and young people should take part in policy making because only they can better tell what changes are required in their lives,” said Dr Eliana Riggio, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence, while delivering the presidential address during the first international conference on ‘Child-Friendly Cities’ held at Panjab University today.
A speaker makes her point during the conference on child-friendly cities at Panjab University in Chandigarh
A speaker makes her point during the conference on child-friendly cities at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan


Child burnt to death in jhuggi fire

Mohali, February 13
A one-year-old child got burnt to death after a fire broke out in a jhuggi in Udham Singh Colony last night. All the members of the family of Soran were sleeping in the jhuggi when the fire broke out in the Phase VIII industrial area.

A jhuggi that caught fire at Udham Singh Colony in Mohali on Tuesday night. — A Tribune photograph

A jhuggi that caught fire at Udham Singh Colony in Mohali on Tuesday night

Rose Fest from February 22

Chandigarh, February 13
Rose festival will take place at Rose Garden from February 22 to 24. Bollywood singer Sunidhi Chauhan will perform at the event. North Zone Cultural Centre artists would be performing on the forenoon and afternoons of February 22 and 23.

Roses in bloom for the forthcoming Rose Festival at Rose Garden in Sector 16, Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

Roses in bloom for the forthcoming Rose Festival at Rose Garden in Sector 16, Chandigarh

School buses violating norms to be challaned
Mohali, February 13
District transport authorities will now act tough with schools violating norms while transporting students by school buses. A letter of the state transport commissioner, Punjab, received by the local transport office last week, stated that rules laid down under the Motor Vehicles Act had to be implemented strictly, keeping in view the safety of school students.

Jandu elected Tribune union president
Chandigarh, February 13
Balbir Singh Jandu and Anil Gupta have been elected as president and general secretary of the Tribune employees Union, respectively. The elections were held yesterday and the results were declared late last night. The union holds bi-annual elections.

Smoking likely to cause 1 million deaths: Study
Chandigarh, February 13
India is in the midst of a catastrophic epidemic of smoking deaths, which are expected to cause about one million deaths a year during the 2010s, including one in five of all male deaths and one in 20 of all female deaths at ages 30-69. On an average, male bidi smokers lose about six years of life, female bidi smokers lose about eight years and male cigarette smokers lose about 10 years.

Jaunt-y babus ...
DPR: Expenses as per eligibility
In response to The Tribune story “Jaunt-y babus cost you Rs 50 lakh”, director public relations UT Vivek Atray has said that foreign travels of officers were as per Government of India instructions/sanctions and expenses incurred thereof as per eligibility norms.

IAF men to skydive over Everest
Chandigarh, February 13
The Air Force is planning a skydiving expedition over Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak. The divers would land at the Everest’s base camp, where the actual ascent to the summit by mountaineers commences.

A file photo of the base camp at Mount Everest.

A file photo of the base camp at Mount Everest.

New design for sentry post at Sukhna

Chandigarh, February 13
The Chandigarh police believes in transparency, literally. For as a part of the beautification drive, a new sentry post, which will be fitted with glass, is being constructed at Sukhna Lake.

A newly designed sentry post under construction at Sukhna Lake. — A Tribune photograph

A newly designed sentry post under construction at Sukhna Lake

Deceased’s kin allege negligence by hospital
Chandigarh, February 13
High drama was witnessed following the death of a patient in a Sector 19-based private hospital. The deceased’s family alleged that despite demanding a hefty amount, the hospital did not provide adequate treatment to the patient.


From Schools & Colleges
Annual exam date-sheet announced
Chandigarh, February 13
The common date-sheet for annual examinations was announced today. Setia said there will be centralised examination this year for the classes V, VI, VII, IX and XI. The examination will start from March 4 for these classes.

From Schools & Colleges
Basant Panchami celebrated with fervour
Mohali, February 13
Basant was celebrated with fervour at DAV School here yesterday. Students flew kites to celebrate the day. Principal Jaya Bhardwaj wished the children happiness and luck.

Students of Spring Valley Public School celebrate Basant Panchmi in Mohali. — A Tribune photograph

Students of Spring Valley Public School celebrate Basant Panchmi in Mohali


Bandh in protest against withdrawal of train stopover
Bassi Pathana, February 13
A complete bandh was observed today against the decision of the Railways to withdraw the stopover of 4553, 4554 Himachal Express at Bassi Pathana railway station. Sabzi mandi, dhabas, chemists and sweet shops also remained closed.


AITA Series
Rishab sets up title clash with Manish
Chandigarh, February 13
Local lad Nischay Rawal lost to Punjab’s Rishab Dev 6(2)-7, 3-6 in the boys’ under-14 singles semifinals of the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament being held at Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association, Sector-10, here today.
A player in action during the AITA Tennis tourney at CLTA, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

A player in action during the AITA Tennis tourney at CLTA, Sector 10, Chandigarh


2 youths held for chain snatching
Chandigarh, February 13
The crime branch of the Chandigarh Police arrested two youths allegedly involved in several incidents of snatching in Chandigarh and Mohali. According to inspector Prem Chand, 25-year-old Rajwant Singh of Kamalpur village in Chamkaur Sahib was arrested from a naka set up on the road dividing Sectors 40 and 41 last night.

SDE caught taking bribe
Panchkula, February 13
The Vigilance Bureau sleuths have caught a subdivisional engineer of Haryana Tourism while allegedly taking bribe here today. According to sources, the suspect, Vinod Kumar Gupta, posted at the office of tourism at Chandigarh, demanded Rs 10,000 from a contractor to clear his bills worth around Rs 5 lakh.


A lesson on how to express love
Mohali, February 13
There is madness in love. So believe the students and teachers of ‘Mad Arts’, a Jaspal Bhatti Film School here. Tomorrow when hordes of boys and girls would be whispering soft nothings, students of the school would be learning how to prefect the expression of love.


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