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PGI nurses Patiala fire victim
Chandigarh, January 31
Wails of Patialaís Government Rajindra Hospital tragedy echoed in the corridors of the PGI as an anxious grandmother, Rajinder Kaur, wheeled in her 15-day-old grandchild in a critical state here this morning. The child was among the five babies who survived the fire, which consumed five others, at the hospitalís nursery while undergoing phototherapy treatment.
Rajinder Kaur with her grandchild at the PGI.
Rajinder Kaur with her grandchild at the PGI

All gone in 40 minutes
Patiala, January 31
Even as it took 40 minutes for the relatives of patients to douse the flames in the ill-equipped paediatric department nursery of the Rajindra Hospital, it has shattered the hopes of parents who have lost their newborns in the incident. Instead of any meaningful help, the authorities at the hospital failed to provide any help to the Good Samaritans who managed to save the life of five infants.

Short-circuit due to overheating of power point
Patiala, January 31
While an oxygen cylinder kept in the infantsí nursery of the paediatrics department of the Rajindra Hospital here is suspected to have fuelled the fire which claimed lives of five infants, the short-circuit might have been triggered by overheating of an electric point bearing the load of seven tube lights and four heaters at the same time.




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Fire Safety Norms: MC
When law enforcer becomes violator
Chandigarh, January 31
Even as the fire and emergency wing of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is responsible for ensuring that the fire safety norms are followed in the city, it is the MCís own building in Sector 17 that flouts them the most.

Vehicles parked in the basement of the MC building. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahjan
Vehicles parked in the basement of the MC building

Politics takes over gurdwara row

Religious leaders demand release of 6 followers; ex-Mayor hits out at Bansal
Chandigarh, January 31
Even as heads of Sikh bodies from Punjab and Chandigarh gathered here today to condemn the UTís action at Gurdwara Santsar Sahib of Sector 38-West, politics took the centre stage as leaders of political parties reached the spot to express solidarity with the gurdwara management while criticising the incident.
Former Mayor Harjinder Kaur reacts to Pawan Bansalís speech at gurdwara Santsar Sahib in Chandigarh
Former Mayor Harjinder Kaur reacts to Pawan Bansalís speech at gurdwara Santsar Sahib in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan


Children fly kites on the occasion of Basant Panchami celebrations at Leisure Valley in Sector 10, Chandigarh
Children fly kites on the occasion of Basant Panchami celebrations at Leisure Valley in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: S. Chandan

Zero tolerance on encroachment: Admn
Chandigarh, January 31
Reacting to the usurping of public property in the name of religion and construction of religious places without permission, the Chandigarh administration today pointed out that there is zero tolerance on encroachment on government land.

Fiza mum on Chandís statement
Mohali, January 31
Everything between Chand Mohammad and Fiza is not fine. While Chand, after remaining missing for three days, appeared at Gurgaon expressing his feelings about his first wife, Fiza was seen here advising people not to use religion and women.





COMMUNITY

CHB to add 28 more flats in Sec 63
Chandigarh, January 31
The CHB recent move to raise the elevation of the upcoming self-financing housing scheme in Sector-63 from the existing four-storied to six-storied will result in increase in the number of dwellings.

Auto-rickshaw drivers stage dharna
Protest against admn move to replace autos with LPG ones
Chandigarh, January 31
The joint action committee of the Chandigarh-Mohali-Panchkula auto rickshaw drivers today staged a protest in Sector 17 against the administrationís decision to replace petrol and diesel-driven autos with LPG.
Auto-rickshaw drivers protest at the circus ground in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday.
A Tribune photograph
Auto-rickshaw drivers protest at the circus ground in Sector 17, Chandigarh

Banks must provide easy loans to poor: Bansal
Chandigarh, January 31
Union Minister of State for Finance Pawan Kumar Bansal urged banks to play an important role in uplifting the economically weaker sections by providing them easy loans to fulfil their requirements and creating their own employment opportunity.

Ashok Malik Tribune employee retires
Chandigarh, January 31
Ashok Malik, Assistant Editor, Dainik Tribune, today retired after serving the institution for more than 30 years. He was among the founder editorial members who joined the newspaper in July 1978 as sub editor and rose up to the post of Assistant Editor.

Library head retires
Chandigarh, January 31
Raghbir Singh, librarian and head of the Sector 34 library here, retired today after putting in 33 years of service in the Chandigarh Administration. Possessing a postgraduate degree in library science, he began his stint in the Regional Institute of English here in 1975.

EDUCATION


Nihangs perform gatka on the inaugural day of the Four-Nation Punjab Gold Cup Hockey Tournament in Sector 42, Chandigarh
Nihangs perform gatka on the inaugural day of the Four-Nation Punjab Gold Cup Hockey Tournament in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

An artiste performs a traditional dance during the Basant celebration organised at Jaat Bhawan, Sector 6, Panchkula
An artiste performs a traditional dance during the Basant celebration organised at Jaat Bhawan, Sector 6, Panchkula, on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Coaching centre for MD, MS aspirants
Panchkula, January 31
Senior former faculty from the PGIMER, Chandigarh, and other surrounding medical institutes have joined hands to set up Chandigarh Medical Sciences Academy to make available a total digital live coaching for those doctors who aspire to take admission to postgraduate courses.

From Schools & Colleges
Studentsí rally marks Anti-Leprosy Day
Chandigarh, January 31
To mark the Anti-Leprosy Day, the NSS unit of GGDSD College, Sector 32, took out a rally in Colony No. 5 to spread awareness among the residents regarding myths related to the disease and its cure.

From Schools
Puppet show organised
Mohali, January 31
A puppet show was organised as part of a five-day puppet workshop organised at Millennium School here. The workshop, conducted in five phases, included making puppets from junk material, using left cloth as alternative puppet-making material, learning techniques of story presentations and presenting educational plays. 

From Colleges
Gandhi Jayanti observed
Mohali, January 31
NSS student volunteers, staff and other employees of Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology (GJIMT), Mohali, Gian Jyoti Public School and Gian Jyoti Global School observed the Martyrdom Day of Mahatma Gandhi. A two-minute silence was observed to pay homage to Bapu.

Conference on management on February 6
Mohali, January 31
Academicians, research scholars and corporate leaders from India and abroad will share their views on global recession, marketing, financial services and value creation through corporate restructuring during one-day international conference on management being organised by Indo Global Colleges, Abhipur, here on February 6.

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

HC Demolition Orders
Kalka shopkeepers to move Supreme Court
Kalka, January 31
Fearing demolition of shops and houses after the orders of the high court to remove encroachments from both sides of the National highway 22, the affected persons rushed to New Delhi to move the Supreme Court against the order here today.

Assault victim succumbs to burns
Dera Bassi, January 31
Bhupinder Singh, a resident of Sundra village, who was allegedly set afire by his uncle after an altercation over property here on January 25, succumbed to injuries at GMCH-32, Chandigarh, today.

Basant Panchami celebrated
Bassi Pathana, January 31
Basant Panchami was celebrated with great enthusiasm at local Sant Namdev temple. Thousands of devotees, particularly belonging to Tonk (Khatri) community, assembled here to celebrate this day.

Spring fest
Ambala, January 31
Tulsi Public School celebrated spring fest today in which students and teachers participated with great zeal and enthusiasm. The children presented several items related to the importance of nature.

DAV College best in singing
Ambala, January 31
An inter-college bhajan and shabad singing competition, Stuti Sarita, was organised in Arya Girls College, here yesterday. Six teams and five individuals participated in the competition.

COURTS

HC admits plea on councillorsí nomination
Chandigarh, January 31
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has admitted a petition on the nomination of three municipal councillors and their right to vote in the mayoral polls. In the petition placed before Justice Ajai Lamba, city advocate Ajay Jagga had earlier sought directions to restrain the three councillors from participating in the elections to the posts of the mayor, the senior deputy mayor and the deputy mayor.

CRIME

11 mobiles stolen
Chandigarh, January 31
Varinder Pal, a resident of Sector 26, lodged an FIR alleging that his 11 mobile phones have been stolen from his shop on the night of January 29. SHO, the Sector 26 police station, Raghubir Singh said, ďThe complaint has given a written complaint to us alleging that he went outside from his shop for a moment and when he came back, he found that mobiles were missing.

Scribe receives threat call, lodges complaint
Mohali, January 31
Even as the Punjab government claims to having ordered registration of case against Balwinder Singh, an Akali worker from Mottemajra village, for allegedly manhandling a Mohali-based Punjabi Tribune journalist during yesterdayís election of Mohali municipal council vice-resident, the journalist today lodged a complaint with the police alleging that he had received threat call on his mobile.

SPORTS

Punjab Gold Cup
DD fails to cover matches on Day I
Chandigarh, January 31
Striving hard to get licence for telecasting cricket matches among sports channels is always witnessed by people of the country, however, there was a little respect shown to the coverage of hockey, which is incidentally our national game.
A supporter cheers the Indian team during the inaugural match against New Zealand at Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

A supporter cheers the Indian team during the inaugural match against New Zealand at Sector 42, Chandigarh

 


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