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MC Budget
Big money sought for roads

Chandigarh, February 22
The proposed budget of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh accords top priority to improvement of road infrastructure in the city. A demand for Rs 65 crore has been made by the body for the purpose.

Cops loath to move against rich and mighty
Panchkula, February 22
When it comes to taking action against the influential, the local police appears to look the other way. In at least three cases in the recent past, the police has failed to take action against the accused, bringing its credibility under a cloud.

Rose Festival a withering affair
Chandigarh, February 22
It’s an annual affair with monotony creeping into it each time. The 36th Annual Rose Festival, which was thrown open to the people today, proved to be a routine affair, bordering on the tedious.

Bhangra boys make a spirited start to the Rose Festival in Chandigarh
Bhangra boys make a spirited start to the Rose Festival in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan


DAV marks inquiry into charges against principal
Panchkula, February 22
The DAV college managing committee, New Delhi , has marked an inquiry into the alleged misuse of position by the principal of the local Chaman Lal DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 11, Anjali Marriya.

Remand for rape accused; accomplice not traced
Chandigarh, February 22
Constable Dinesh of the Haryana Armed Force and Vijender, a commando with Governor’s security, who allegedly raped a 40-year-old woman inside the staff quarters of Haryana Raj Bhawan, were sent to 14 days’ judicial custody today.

38-yr-old housewife commits suicide
Chandigarh, February 22
Arshi Sharma, 38, a resident of Sector 22, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan at her residence this afternoon. She is survived by her husband and a 10-year-old son.


Information on military quarters can be revealed: CIC
Chandigarh, February 22
The Central Information Commission (CIC) has ruled that information pertaining to allotment of military residential accommodation and occupation thereof is within the realm of public domain as defined by the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

Awaiting a plot for 30 years
Mohali, February 22
Lt Col Ashok Budhiraja is still waiting for the fulfillment of a promise made three decades ago. The retired Army officer, who suffered injuries during the 1971 Indo-Pak war and remained in the hospital for over a year, has been waiting for a plot from the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) since 1977 (then the Punjab Housing and Urban development Department).

Rotary Club celebrates 103 years
Chandigarh, February 22
Rotary Club is celebrating 103 years of its establishment tomorrow. Paul Harris founded the Rotary in Chicago in 1905. More than 1,000 Rotarians from Chandigarh, Panjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and UP, will be converging for the annual district conference, which will be held at Inder Dhanush Auditorium in Panchkula.

Beopar mandal elections tomorrow
Chandigarh, February 22
A balanced rent act and simplified building bylaws figure prominently on the agenda of the two contenders for the post of the president of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, elections to which are slated to be held on February 24.

Short-circuit causes fire, 1 hurt
Mohali, February 22

Fire broke out at a printing press in the basement of a shop in Phase VII, here on Friday. No loss of life was, however, reported. According to fire brigade officials, the cause behind the fire was a short-circuit.

Officials surveying the fire damage at the printing press in Phase VII, Mohali on Friday.
— A Tribune photograph

Officials surveying the fire damage at the printing press in Phase VII, Mohali


UT home secy reviews education projects
Chandigarh, February 22
UT home secretary Krishna Mohan today reviewed status of the higher and technical education projects with an aim of adding speed to these projects. He said that education deserves top priority and new projects like education city and Vocational Training Centre were in the offing.

From Schools & Colleges
Akshay wins ‘Intoxication-2008’
Chandigarh, February 22
A cocktail competition, “Intoxication-2008,” was organised by food and beverage club members at Dr B.R. Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management and Catering, Sector 42.

Students of KBDAV-7 perform dance at "Saral Ahsaas" at Indradhanush Auditorium in Sector 5, Panchkula, on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Students of KBDAV-7 perform dance at "Saral Ahsaas" at Indradhanush Auditorium in Sector 5, Panchkula

From Schools & Colleges
Auditorium inaugurated at Manav Mangal
Mohali, February 22
Punjab minister for industries Manoranjan Kalia inaugurated a state-of-the art auditorium at the Manav Mangal Smart School here this evening.

Students of Manav Mangal perform during the inauguration of the school auditorium in Mohali on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Students of Manav Mangal perform during the inauguration of the school auditorium in Mohali


Consumer Court
Travel firm fined Rs 50,000
Medical insurance, visa service denied
Chandigarh, February 22
Enhancing the compensation, the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed an agent of SOTC, Sector 8, Bikram S. Boparai, and chief executive officer, Zubin Karkaria, to pay Rs 50,000 for not providing adequate facilities to the appellant, Karamjit Singh Rudra.

Man acquitted in NDPS case
Chandigarh, February 22
Additional district and sessions judge Raj Shekhar Attri today acquitted Major Singh in the NDPS case as the prosecution failed to prove the allegations against him. Major Singh was arrested with 8 kg poppy husk in 2002. As the prosecution failed to prove the allegations, he was acquitted.


PRTC set to launch 125 AC buses
Doubts loom large over budget
Patiala, February 22
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation is set to join hands with private players to ensure that it runs AC buses on various scheduled routes. Sources here disclosed that the PRTC had to take this decision because many private bus operators had not evinced much interest in operating AC buses on many key routes.

Weapon licence renewal at sub-division level
Bassi Pathana, February 22
Giving a major relief to residents of the district, district magistrate Ashok Singla in an order issued today authorised the respective SDMs and tehsildars to verify the weapons as well as to renew the arms licences at sub-division and tehsil level.


Chess Championship
Himal takes lead with 2 points
Chandigarh, February 22
Local chess prodigy Himal Gusain took lead with two points after the completion of the second round on the opening day of the Chandigarh Prize Money Chess Championship 2008, which started at St. Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here today.

A Chess match in progress between Akash (right) and Mukesh in open category at St. Xavier School, Sector 44, Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

A Chess match in progress between Akash (right) and Mukesh in open category at St. Xavier School, Sector 44, Chandigarh

Mokham sprints to victory
Chandigarh, February 22
Mokham Singh won top honours, trailing Jaswinder Singh and Gourav to second and third spots, respectively, in 1500 m race during the annual sports meet of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, which started here today.

Dev Samaj beat Dashmesh 2-0
Chandigarh, February 22
Dev Samaj College of Education for Women, Sector 36, hammered Dashmesh College of Education, Badal (Muktsar), 2-0 in the Panjab University Inter- College Badminton B-Division (women) Tournament being played at the PU gymnasium hall here today.

Junior National Hockey Championship
CHA finish runners-up
Chandigarh, February 22
The Chandigarh Hockey Academy (CHA) cornered glory, finishing runners-up in the 4th (U-18) Junior National Hockey Championship that concluded last week at Hyderabad.

Football coaching camp begins
Chandigarh, February 22
A 20-day coaching camp of the Chandigarh football team began at Dev Samaj College in Sector 45 yesterday. The team is preparing for the 16th Senior Women National Football Championship.

Chandigarh b W. Bengal
Chandigarh, February 22
Chandigarh beat West Bengal 6-0 in the baseball nationals organised by the Sports Excellence Academy in association with the Baseball Federation of India and Women Baseball Federation of India at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, here yesterday.

Mini marathon
Chandigarh, February 22
The St. John’s Old Boys Association will be organising a Fastrack mini marathon on February 24. The marathon would be open to everyone. The registration forms are available at the World of Titan, SCO 323-324, Sector 35, Chandigarh.


PGI, Smile Train to cure kids with cleft lip
Chandigarh, February 22
The Smile Train, an international charity, and PGI are on a mission to bring back smiles on the faces of children born with cleft lip. “In fact, under a unique first-of-its-kind initiative with the help of the Smile Train, PGI has performed 165 free surgeries since April 2007.


Youth held for fraud
Chandigarh, February 22
The Chandigarh police today arrested a youth for duping mobile shop owners and for threatening them. The accused, Gagandeep Singh, who hails from Jalandhar, used to reside in a rented accommodation in Sector 22.

Murder Case
Prime witness records statement after 8 years
Chandigarh, February 22
It took eight years for the court to record the statement of the prime witness in a murder case. The additional district and sessions judge, Raj Rahul Garg, today recorded the statement of the prime witness, Kanwaljit Kaur.

Chicken shop owner held for illegal bid
Chandigarh, February 22
The police today arrested Tehel Singh, owner of a famous chicken shop in Sector 22, for fraud. The suspect is charged with making an illegal bid for the purchase of an SCO in Sector 46-D.


Padmashri Mudgal weaves vocal magic
Chandigarh, February 22
The melancholic melody of raags, efficient and correct vocal notes by well acclaimed maestro Padmashri Madhup Mudgal and his daughter, Sawani Mudgal, echoed the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan auditorium, here today.


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