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Operation Demolition at Kalka today
Kalka, February 1
Even as the apex court is expected to take up the appeal against the High Court’s orders of removing encroachments at Kalka tomorrow, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the district administration have started gearing up to carry out an anti-encroachment drive.

Govt schools vulnerable
Chandigarh, February 1
Government schools are blatantly violated the mandatory fire safety guidelines under the Fire Safety Act, endangering the lives of students. Going by the findings of a random survey conducted by the municipal corporation, almost 75 city government schools have been found guilty of violating the provisions of the Delhi Fire Safety and Prevention Act (1985)(56 of 1986) as extended to the UT.

3 nabbed with revolver, drugs
Mohali, February 1
The Anti-Narcotics Cell of the Mohali Police has arrested three miscreants and seized a .32 bore revolver and 2 cartridges from their possession. Around 850 grams of white powder (suspected to be drug) has also been seized from the gangsters. To confirm the veracity of the powder, it will be sent for chemical examination.


Why speedy justice not a rule?
I am not a pessimist but frankly speaking, I wasn't expecting the trial in the German tourist rape case to be over so soon. And this didn't have anything to do with my faith in our judicial system.


GMADA in a fix over transfer of plots
Mohali, February 1
Hundreds of files pertaining to transfer of ownership of plots after the death of allottee are piling in the estate office of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA). Reason, the GMADA is yet to make its mind on the procedure to be followed to allow the transfer in such cases.

Women take part in tug of war during Basant Panchami celebrations at Leisure Valley in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Parts of Plaza cry for maintenance
Chandigarh, February 1
While the administration and officers in the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, are busy claiming to beautify the city, there are parts of Sector-17 Plaza (Phase II) that has pits dug all over the place. It has been four months since the MC dug these pits to lay sewerage lines, but after the work was over, the pits remained in bad shape and were never covered.

38 lakh kids given polio drops
Mohali, February 1
R Talwar, principal secretary Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, launched the second round of Pulse Polio Immunisation Campaign in Punjab today by administering polio drops to children at Dera Bassi and other villages of the Mohali district.

80,000 given polio drops
Chandigarh, February 1
More than 80,000 children below the age of five years, including newborns, were administered polio drops at various centres spread across the city on the first day of the pulse polio immunisation campaign here today. About 463 stationary booths and 66 mobile teams were deputed, consisting of about 2,100 personnel belonging to the department of health, education and social welfare, various nursing institutions, students of GMCH-32, PGIMER, volunteers from various colleges, NSS and NGOs.

A child administered polio drops in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Trubune photograph

Rajasthani folk dance delights audience
Chandigarh, February 1
About 40 amateur female dancers endeavoured to bring alive the vitality and grandeur of vibrant Rajasthani folk dance at the Tagore theatre, here today. The folk musical bonanza presented under the aegis of the Anupreet Dance Akademy was evolved during a workshop and directed by Udaipur-based Nritya Shiromani choreographer Shakuntla Pawar assisted by city bred dancer Anupreet Arora.

Girls perform at Grand Mega show of Rajasthani dance at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Basant Panchami celebrated

Children fly kites on Basant Panchami in Panchkula on Sunday. A Tribune photograph
Panchkula, February 1
The ICON, an organisation devoted to the propagation of rich Indian culture and values, celebrated Saraswati Puja with zeal and fervour in Hari-Har temple complex hall, here on Sunday. A cultural programme was also organised by the ICON. Students of Ashirwad School, Sector 20, also presented a colourful show of music and dance, which was appreciated by everyone present there.

Bansal wooing employees ahead of poll
Takes up their issues with Centre government
Chandigarh, February 1
The UT's alleged failure on employees' demands has provided a perfect opportunity to Minister of State for Finance Pawan Bansal to woo the employees and take up their case with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

2000 fire: Booth allotment to victims ‘unfair’
Chandigarh, February 1
The rehabilitation of fire victims of the Sector 46 Rajiv Gandhi rehri market gutted in 2000 reflects the lopsided appeasement policy of the Chandigarh administration. The administration has been adamant that only those with handcart or hawker licenses under the Rehabilitation Scheme of 1991 would be considered for allotment of booths.

Villages under MC to get canal water supply
Chandigarh, February 1
Residents of the villages, which come under the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, will soon get canal water supply as the corporation has started laying the water pipes in these areas. Presently, while most of the sectors are getting canal water supply, most of the villages are getting water from the tubewell.

6 Lancers celebrates Silver Jubilee
Chandigarh, February 1
The Silver Jubilee of 6 Lancers, an elite unit of the Armoured Corps, was solemnly celebrated in the Western Sector today. Several ceremonial functions and activities were organised by the unit to commemorate the occasion.


Appointment of polytechnic principal challenged
Chandigarh, February 1
Veena Sood, head of department in Government Polytechnic for Women in Sector 10, challenged the appointment Narinder Sathi as the principal of the college before the Central Administrative Tribunal.

4,000 appear for MAT
Chandigarh, February 1
Around 4,000 candidates appeared for the Management Admission Test (MAT) in various centres here today.


Phototherapy platform made of poor material
Patiala, February 1
The photo-therapy platform, on which infants were made to lie and which had turned into a coffin causing the death of five infants in the neo-natal wing of Government Medical College and Hospital here, was a non-standardised gadget. Even it did not figure in the official records of the hospital.

Teachers without salaries for four months
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 1
A large number of teachers deployed at various government-aided schools today adopted religious route to reach Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal for their long-pending demands of salaries and remunerations.

National seminar on Punjabi ends
Patiala, February 1
The three-day national seminar on "Punjabi Language, Thought and Culture: Development and Evaluation" concluded here today with scholars from various disciplines expressing serious concerns about the all-inclusive and multi-dimensional development of Punjabi. The seminar was organised by Punjabi University's Department of Encyclopaedia of Sikhism in collaboration with the government's Centre for Studies in Civilization (CSC) and the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), Chandigarh.

Grant for Pbi varsity departments
Patiala, February 1
Punjabi University, Patiala, has been crowned with glory by the department of science and technology (DST), Government of India, for the splendid performance by its various departments covered under the faculties of Physical and Life Sciences.

Artists honoured at workshop
Mohali, February 1
A three-day fine arts workshop at Government College concluded, here today. The Mohali deputy commissioner, Prabhjot Singh Mand, said fine arts was a good medium to improve the talent of budding artists. Many artists from Punjab, Haryana and Delhi participated in the workshop.

Release grant for temple, says trust
Mohali, February 1
The Mohali district administration is delaying the grant meant to fortify the foundation of the Jyanti Majri temple, a historic temple on the periphery of Chandigarh. The hillock supporting the Jyanti Majri temple has been suffering erosion.

Scribe donates library to alma mater
Bassi Pathana, February 1
It’s not easy to express gratitude to one’s alma-mater where one learnt the elementary lessons of life, veteran journalist Gobind Thukral said while laying the foundation stone of a library that he has donated in the memory of his father to Lala Lajpat Rai High Secondary School, here today.

Seven goats found dead
Rajpura, February 1
Seven goats were killed under mysterious circumstances in Shambhu Kalan village today.

Caught copying, girl accuses teacher of molestation
Panchkula, February 1
A girl student taking exams of MBA yesterday accused a teacher on duty at Government College, Sector 1, here of molesting her on the pretext of searching her for using unfair means.

Dance show organised
Mohali, February 1
Children of the HIG flats in Phase 2 here organised a colourful dance show “All for one, let’s have fun” in Zorawar Singh Park in the area on Saturday evening.


2 bikers injured in accidents
Chandigarh, February 1
Two motorcyclists were injured in two separate road accidents in the past 24 hours in the city. According to the police, an unidentified motorcyclist was seriously injured after being knocked down by a Punjab Roadways bus near New Mohali Barrier on Saturday afternoon. The victim was admitted to the PGI, where he is still reported to be unconscious.

Man held with 1.8 kg ganja
Chandigarh, February 1
The police arrested a Bihar resident on the charges of carrying ganja while a rickshaw-puller was caught red-handed with stolen articles. The police said Babloo Shah of Bihar was nabbed from near Colony Number 5 while carrying 1.8 kg of ganja on Saturday. A case under Section 20 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been registered against him.


German fans enliven atmosphere
Chandigarh, February 1
A full support of the German hockey supporters added a much-needed flavour at the Sector 42 hockey stadium on the second day of the Gold Cup Hockey Tournament.

Cricket Tourney
Siddharth fashions PCA XI win
Mohali, February 1
Bagging maximum points, PCA Colts and PCA XI set up the title clash in the Kings XI Punjab Cup which is to be played here tomorrow at the PCA stadium.

A batsman plays a shot during the Kings XI Punjab Cup at the PCA stadium in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Punjab thrash Delhi 11-0
Baseball looking up in India
Patiala, February 1
The National Baseball Federation Cup-2009, organised by the Baseball Federation of India (BFI), which concluded on the Punjabi University campus yesterday, has proved that in a cricket crazy India, prowess with the bat and ball is a well trodden path to sporting fame and fortune.

Fans throng the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

City's Harendra bags top prize money
Chandigarh, February 1
Harendra Gupta of Chandigarh took home the prize money of Rs 3,23,300 despite finishing five strokes behind Bangladesh amateur Mohd Jamal Hossain Mollah in the City Bank-Dhaka Bank Bangladesh Open at the Dhaka Golf Club yesterday.

Cricket Meet
SBoP beat United Sports Club
Chandigarh, February 1
An all-round performance (100 runs not out and 2 wickets for 23 runs) by Rajiv Sirhindi, enables State Bank of Patiala (SBoP) to hand over a convincing defeat to United Sports Club (USC) in the opening match of the 1st Ashok Memorial Corporate Cup at the MCM DAV College, here today.

Rahil Verma shines in race
Mohali, February 1
Yadavindra Public School celebrated its Annual Inter-House Cross-Country Race on the school campus, here today.


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