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24 kids fall ill after eating wild seeds
Mohali, February 7
As many as 24 children from Parol village fell ill after they ate seeds from a tree growing near a brick-kiln in the area today. Parents of the children who were admitted to the Civil Hospital here said they were shocked to see so many children vomiting.

V-Day Now, moral policing by Asaram followers
Chandigarh, February 7
Taking a cue from the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and Shri Ram Sena in Mangalore to disrupt Valentine’s Day, followers of Asaram Bapu have donned the mantle of the moral police and raised the banner of anti-Valentine’s Day in the city.
A poster pasted by followers of Asaram Bapu A poster pasted by followers of Asaram Bapu.
A Tribune photograph

Restoration of Properties
Graver cases overlooked
Former UT Advisers also passed “questionable” orders
Chandigarh, February 7
While UT Administrator Gen SF Rodrigues (retd) has chosen to seek legal opinion on his Adviser Pradip Mehra’s decision to entertain a revision petition and restoring a residential property by fixing Rs 50 as the forfeiture amount, he seems to have turned a blind eye to the act of the former Adviser, Lalit Sharma.


Getting away with fraud?
Decade gone, but Nabard society investors yet to get their money back
Chandigarh, February 7
Hundreds of members of the Thrift and Credit Society of Nabard have been left in the lurch as no headway has been made in the arbitration cases against some former office-bearers of the society who were at the wrong side of the law.

Fire threat real at GMSH
Chandigarh, February 7
When it comes to fire safety, one would expect hospital managements to be cautious and even over prepared to deal with such an eventuality since most of those housed there are incapacitated patients.


Devotees take part in the ‘shobha yatra’ on the eve of Guru Ravidas Jayanti in Chandigarh
Devotees take part in the ‘shobha yatra’ on the eve of Guru Ravidas Jayanti in Chandigarh on Saturday. Photo: Parvesh Chauhan

School bus drivers flout rules with impunity
Refuse to ferry kids till naka lifted
Chandigarh, February 7
A team of the State Transport Authority (STA) has discovered a unique modus operandi of the school bus operators, who are on the wrong side of law, to escape from getting their vehicles challaned.

Traffic cop ‘manhandles’ girl
Panchkula, February 7
Learning little from the criticism in the past for its attitude towards women, the Haryana police is again in the news for wrong reasons. For, a policeman deputed at the Mansa Devi complex T-point to regulate traffic allegedly misbehaved and manhandled a girl here today.

Land Acquisition
Mani Majra farmers meet Mehra
Chandigarh, February 7
Delegation city farmers, today, submitted a detailed representation with UT Adviser Pradip Mehra, regarding the misappropriation committed by UT officials during acquisition of 272 acres for the IT Park, Phase III.

Detention at Resort
Issue resolved, claim models
Zirakpur, February 7
The last night drama at Bristol resort here that saw alleged detention of five Delhi-based models was today amicably solved. The models, who had till about 4 am today blamed the organisers for non-payment of their dues, left the city after stating that the controversy stood resolved.

Spreading awareness on organ donation
Chandigarh, February 7
Heart, Kidney or Eyes? If you have to part with one of these which one would it be? But let’s just think for a while how the life would be without any of these organs. There are millions of people who live like this with malfunctioning of organs and die a slow death.
Haryana Governor AR Kidwai honours a family member of a donor at the PGI in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph
Haryana Governor AR Kidwai honours a family member of a donor at the PGI in Chandigarh

Despite power failure music maestro binds audience

Chandigarh, February 7
The abrupt power failure at the Randhawa auditorium proved discordant while the classical music concert “Aai Basant Bahar” was at its zenith with the vocal wizard Pandit Laxman Krishna Rao casting a magical spell.

Vocal recital by Pt Laxman Krishnarao at the Punjab Kala Bhavan in Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Vocal recital by Pt Laxman Krishnarao at the Punjab Kala Bhavan in Chandigarh

Global Warming
‘Extensive use of fossil fuels showing impact’
Mohali, February 7
Global warming can only be delayed and not avoided, but environment degradation can surely be managed by human beings, said Dr AD Ahluwalia, chairman and head, Centre for Advanced Studies in Geology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, at a regional seminar on “Climate Change”.

Labourer refused compensation
Meant for Haryana domicile: Admn
Panchkula, February 7
The district administration refused to disburse the amount of compensation to a handicapped labourer, who lost two members of his family after they were buried under the debris of a wall collapsed in Sector 20 in July last year.

Panchayat decries patwari’s posting
Mohali, February 7
Gram panchayat of Mullanpur Garibdass village warned to resort to protest against a reported move of the revenue department to post back a tainted patwari, Harvinder Singh Kohli.

Anti-encroachment campaign
Chandigarh, February 7
Cracking a whip on violators of building bylaws, the enforcement wing of the Office of Sub-Divisional Officer (Building), Chandigarh, today carried out a demolition drive in different parts of the city.


1,600 students attend job fest at GGDSD
Chandigarh, February 7
GGDSD College- Sector 32, Chandigarh, in association with Vision Unlimited organised a two-day job fest in the college today. Vivek Arora, chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Chandigarh Chapter, inaugurated the fest.

PU to set up consortium of libraries
Chandigarh, February 7
As a sequel to initiative of setting up a consortium of scientific libraries of Chandigarh taken by Panjab University, Vice-Chancellor Prof RC Sobti said, seven libraries, including Panjab University library, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER).

Hardeep wins National Child Award
Chandigarh, February 7
Exceptional performance of Hardeep Singh Dhull in a wide range of sports events has earned him the National Child Award, 2008. Hardeep, a Class VIII student of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, received the award from Sonia Gandhi on February 5, at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, organised by the Government of India, Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Maths dept holds workshop
Chandigarh, February 7
A workshop was organised by the mathematics department of MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh, on ‘How to improve calculation and accuracy’. A presentation ‘life without maths’ was shown by Ravjot Singh of PT Institute and he gave tips on how to improve IQ.


Understanding learning disabilities
Kharar, February 7
A seminar on learning disabilities perceived as a challenge in the realm of special education was organised at Rayat and Bahra College of Education, Sahauran yesterday.

INLD supporters reach Ambala
Ambala, February 7
The ‘janakrosh padyatra’ undertaken by Ajay Chautala today reached Ambala from Kurukshetra. Jalobi village in the district was the first venue of his stop where he was given a robust welcome by his supporters.

Three injured in accident
Bassi Pathana, February 7
Three persons were critically injured when a truck loaded with logs overturned and hit their motorcycle. All three were admitted in local civil hospital. The driver of the truck, coming from Morinda side, could not judge a blind turn and lost control over the vehicle.

Annual sports meet at Ryan
Patiala, February 7
Ryan International School, Patiala, celebrated the annual sports meet of the Montessorri Section with great enthusiasm and fervour. The Tiny-tots had long been preparing and eagerly waiting for this day. Gurbaksh Singh, boxing champion, and a Dronacharya awardee, was the chief guest.

Foreign delegates suggest tie-up with CIIS
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 7
A delegation from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, led by Prof Kathryn Palvlovich, dean for business studies, and Mark W Rodrigues visited Continental Institute for International Studies (CIIS) campus here on Thursday.


Notorious financier in police net
Chandigarh, February 7
Cops have finally been able to catch notorious financier, Sant Kumar, who had reportedly filed over 400 fictitious cheque bounce cases and recovery suites against his clients, who had borrowed money from him. Later on, even after the loan cases were settled he had filed case against them.

Burail jail inmate attempts suicide
Chandigarh, February 7
An inmate of Model Jail, Burail, allegedly tried to commit suicide by eating a bulb within the jail premises, yesterday evening. Jail’s deputy superintendent has in a complaint lodged with the police alleged that Sunny Kapoor, the inmate, tried to commit suicide within jail premises.

Case against man for forging car papers
Chandigarh, February 7
Ravinder, a resident of Mohali, who was declared proclaimed offender by the Ludhiana police, had allegedly forged the documents of a car and sold it. The police said Raghu Pal, a resident of Mani Majra, had in FIR alleged that Ravinder sold Indigo car (PB-10-CA-3703) to him against Rs 2.40 lakh.

Motorcycle stolen from Sec-36
Chandigarh, February 7
Munish Goel, a resident of Baltana, has in a complaint lodged with the police alleged that his Pulsar motor cycle (CH-04-A-0263) was stolen from Sector-36, yesterday. A theft case has been registered at Sector-36 police station.


India needs proficient coaches, feels MacCurdy
Chandigarh, February 7
India needs efficient coaches, feels Doug MacCurdy, international tennis coach, who is in the city to conduct a special camp for young players of the region from February 5 to 20, at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA), Sector 10 tennis stadium.

Harsimran, Harvir pedal to glory
Chandigarh, February 7
Over 80 cyclists representing different colleges and schools took part in races in boys and girls’ category during the Chandigarh Cycling Championships in track and mountain bike discipline at Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, here today.
A race in progress during Cycling Championship at Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari
A race in progress during Cycling Championship at Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, Chandigarh

Graffiti boards a big draw

Chandigarh, February 7
Former Indian cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi’s recent statement to replace hockey with cricket as the country’s national game doesn’t seem to hold much ground going by the response to graffiti boards that have been put up at various parts of the city.

A graffiti board at the hockey stadium in Sector 42, Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

A graffiti board at the hockey stadium in Sector 42, Chandigarh

Punjab Gold Cup
Young guns fail to fire for New Zealand
Chandigarh, February 7
The Black Sticks seem to be regretting their decision to induct five new faces in their squad for the four-nation Punjab Gold Cup, as the debutants have failed to live up to the expectation of the team.


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