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Young hearts celebrate V-Day with gusto
34 Shiv Sena activists held for breach of peace
Chandigarh, February 14
Barring a protest by Shiv Sainiks against any form of vulgarity in the name of Valentineís Day, the much-awaited day of expressing love passed off peacefully in the city with only one untoward incident reported by the police.

A young girl on ďGeri routeĒ celebrates Valentineís Day. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tiwari/Shiv Sena activists protest against Valentineís Day at Mauli Jagran in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Rodrigues defends mega projects at school function
Mohali, February 14
It seems Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Gen SF Rodrigues (retd) is smitten by mega projects. While he has so far refrained to directly address the controversy shrouding these projects, much to the surprise of the gathered parents, he used the annual function of YPS School here today to vent his ire against those objecting to the ways and the manner in which these projects have been floated and handled.

Poor security at tricity banks
Chandigarh, February 14
Banks in Sector 42 sans security guards Thursdayís bank robbery in Panchkula is another grim reminder of the worsening security situation in the tricity.

Banks in Sector 42 sans security guards. A Tribune photograph


Clean chit to ASP Madhur Verma
Chandigarh, February 14
ASP Madhur Verma, facing accusations of beating up a Sector 17 shopkeeper, Arvind Pandey, has been given a clean chit by SP H.S. Doon.

Kundi connection at DSPís residence
Ropar, February 14
Law-enforcers were caught stealing when the enforcement wing of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) detected a kundi connection at the residence of the DSP (headquarters) at the police lines here today.


Valentineís Day
Love your country, Art of Living tells youth

Chandigarh, February 14
Youngsters participate in an awareness campaign at the Sector-17 Plaza in Chandigarh This year Valentineís Day was celebrated differently in the city. With the frequent terror attacks in the city, youngsters on the cupidís day got together for a cause and celebrated the day by declaring the country as their valentine.

Youngsters participate in an awareness campaign at the Sector-17 Plaza in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Fizaís V-Day message
Be careful in love

Mohali, February 14
On the Valentineís Day, Chand Mohammadís estranged ladylove and second wife Fiza had special message for those who are in love. "Be careful in love so that you are not cheated by your partner," she said to mediapersons at her Sector-48 residence here. The day is not merely celebrated between lovers, it is a symbol of affection and care of those whom you like. It has a wider significance, normally understood by the youth.
She said she was completely shattered by the outcome of her married life. Still, she wanted to give some more time to her love.

Paramilitary forces up in arms over pay 
Chandigarh, February 14
After ex-servicemen, it is now retired paramilitary personnel who are threatening public agitation over their perceived anomalies in the Sixth Pay Commission and the alleged continued apathy of the Central government over their demands.

Satish Chandra Health issue vital in adolescence: Expert
Chandigarh, February 14
A state-level workshop on adolescent reproductive sexual health (ARSH) for district programme officers, NGOs, representatives from social welfare, women and child welfare department and teachers was organised here today by the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Punjab. The workshop was inaugurated by Satish Chandra, secretary, health, and mission director, NRHM.

Satish Chandra

Mohali to have 10-storeyed commercial tower soon
Mohali, February 14
In a pre-election gift to city residents, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal is expected to lay the foundation stone of the ultramodern 10-storey bus terminus-cum-commercial tower in Sector 57 here.

Govt rejects Basant Mela proposal
Mohali, February 14
Mohali Municipal Councilís plan to organise a Basant Mela at the Silvi Park in Phase X here has been rejected by the government.

Residents block entry to Sector 19
Panchkula, February 14
Residents of Sector 19, Panchkula, places a water pipe to block the traffic The road joining Sector 19 with Dhakoli village of Zirakpur became bone of contention among the residents from both sides, when the Sector 19 residents put the hurdles on the road, blocking the traffic coming from Punjab side, here today.

Residents of Sector 19, Panchkula, places a water pipe to block the traffic on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Section 144 around exam centres
Panchkula, February 14
In order to check the copying during examinations of the second semester of middle and senior secondary classes to be conducted by the board of schoool education, Bhiwani, between February 16 and March 10, District Magistrate Rajender Kataria has imposed the restrictions on free movements of the persons around the radius of 200 metres of the examination centres in the district.

Prices rise as quantity falls
Companies fleece consumers, upset household budget 
Mohali, February 14
With the prices of daily need items shooting up and the companies resorting to new tactics to befool the consumers, the monthly budget of housewives is going for a toss.

Unaccounted income of 3 cr surrendered
Chandigarh, February 14
The survey conducted by the Income Tax department on the city-based manufacturer of compact fluorescent lamp and high-density lamp - Astra Lightning Ltd, Sector 20, has unearthed unaccounted income to the tune of Rs 3 crore. Teams of IT officials, led by Ajay Sharma, Additional Commissioner, Income Tax, Range III, carried out simultaneous surveys on the business premises of leading groups of the company. These included factory at Ballowal, Lalru, Katha and Baddi.

Katha Manchan-2009
Philosophical themes dominate Day 4

Chandigarh, February 14
Philosophical and psychological themes dominated the dramatic presentations even on the fourth day of the ongoing Katha Manchan-2009 at the Randhawa auditorium here.


PU Rose Fest
Dev Samaj College wins rangoli contest

Chandigarh, February 14
On the second day of the Rose Festival at Panjab University, various competitions were organised for the students.

Kashish crowned Miss Blue Bird
Chandigarh, February 14
Students of Blue Bird High School today organised a farewell party for the outgoing Class X students. Various cultural items were presented by the students on the occasion. Kashish and Aman were crowned Miss and Mr Blue Bird, respectively.

City rose fest from Feb 20
Chandigarh, February 14
The city administration will organise Chandigarh Rose Festival-09 from February 20 to 22.

Seminar on entrepreneurship sensitisation
Chandigarh, February 14
Aryans Business School today organised a seminar on the topic ďEntrepreneurship sensitisation dayĒ at Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Sector 3, here, yesterday.


90 donate blood 
Patiala, February 14
A medical team from Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital conducted a free medical and blood donation camp at the Bhadson Forest Range (Rani Dhee), which was organised by the Patiala forest department, here today.

Tragic end on V-Day 
Rajpura, February 14
Twenty-five-year-old Balbir Singh was killed after a bullet pierced through his heart while he was cleaning the .12 bore rifle of his father at his house in Sundar Nagar here today.


CJI favours elevation of more judicial officers to HC
Chandigarh, February 14
Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan (right) with Justice Dalveer Bhandari at a conference in Chandigarh The Chief Justice of India, Justice KG Balakrishnan, is not averse to the idea of increasing the quota of judicial officers from 33 per cent to 40 per cent for elevation to the high courts. As of now, both judicial officers and advocates are elevated to the Bench.

Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan (right) with Justice Dalveer Bhandari at a conference in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

In-house mechanism in judiciary not in place: Law minister
Chandigarh, February 14
Union Minister for Law and Justice HR Bhardwaj believes the in-house mechanism, to check aberrations in judiciary, is not in place.

High Court on expansion track
Chandigarh, February 14
The Punjab and Haryana High Court is on the fast track of expansion.

Triple-murder case
Sentencing deferred till February 17

Chandigarh, February 14
The sentencing of Pawandeep Singh and two others for the gruesome murder of his parents, Group Captain TP Singh and Shibani Singh (a teacher of Bhavan Vidyalaya), and aunt, Ajit Kaur, will be pronounced on February 17.


Man duped of Rs 7,000
Chandigarh, February 14
The police registered a case on the complaint filed by a rickshaw-puller Gursharan, a resident of Burail, alleging that two unknown persons took Rs 7,000 by cheating him at a bank in Mani Majra, yesterday.

Fire breaks out at NCB constableís house
Booked for storing petrol illegally
Chandigarh, February 14
A fire broke out in the house of Narcotics Bureau Controlís (NCB) constable Paramjeet Singh at Custom and Central Excise Colony, Sector 37, here this morning due to leakage of gas cylinder, where about 385 liters of petrol was illegally stored.


Rupinder, Jolly share lead
Chandigarh, February 14
Rupinder Singh from the Punjab Police and former Haryana Ranji Trophy cricketer Rakesh Jolly from Customs carded five under par 77 scores to emerge joint leaders on the opening day of the Budget Signs North Zone Civil Services Golf Championship which was inaugurated by Patiala Zone IG CSR Reddy on the par 72 greens of the Panchkula Golf Club today.

Lal Chand wins menís single title
Chandigarh, February 14
Lal Chand emerged as winner in the menís single skull category during the Chandigarh State Senior Rowing Championship for Men and Women held at the Lake Club today.



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