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Young hearts celebrate V-Day with gusto
34 Shiv Sena activists held for breach of peace
Amit Khanna/ Archit Watts

Chandigarh, February 14
Barring a protest by Shiv Sainiks against any form of vulgarity in the name of Valentine’s Day, the much-awaited day of expressing love passed off peacefully in the city with only one untoward incident reported by the police.

Red roses, balloons and couples moving around hand in hand were the order of the day with people of all ages thronging different public places to celebrate the day with their loved ones.

“This is our first Valentine’s Day after our marriage and we had been planning for it for a long time. I am going to make it very special for my husband,” said Priyanka blushingly.

Notwithstanding recession, gift shops were swarming with young hearts splurging on newly introduced chocolate cards, soft toys and other gift items.

“With many international brands like Fizziy Moon, Russ and Me to You launching their quality range in the city this time, there was a lot to choose from. The brand conscious people of the city were not inclined towards cheap stuff from China anymore. The response has been tremendous and we are almost running out of stock,” said Diwaker Sahoonja, an owner of gift shop.

With the police maintaining strict vigil, major schools and colleges wore a deserted look. The police has deployed quick reaction teams (QRT) at various locations to thwart any incident. “The heavy police presence has left many hearts broken. Students should not be treated like criminals and be given a free hand,” said Jeetinder Singh, a college student, venting his feelings.

“This is a disappointing day as there are not many young guys outside our college owing to the heavy police present there,” said Ramnik, a student of MCM College, Sector 36.

However, by the evening, “Geri route”, the most sought after place, turned into a virtual party place with youngsters on their bikes and cars were seen enjoying to the hilt.

The recent attack on women in a Mangalore pub seemed to have no effect on the city crowd who partied in pubs and discotheques no end. “We already have 400 people inside and we expect the number to increase as DJ Shireen will be playing tonight. There is nothing to fear,” said Pali from a discotheque in Sector 9.

“We care two hoots for these so called protectors of Indian social fabric. There are so many other problems they should focus on,” echoed a group of girls from Carmel Convent School, determined to celebrate the day.

Meanwhile, the police today arrested 34 activists of Shiv Sena, including their president Ajay Chauhan, and two females on the charges of breach of peace, as they were protesting against the Valentine’s Day celebrations.

The police prevented the activists of Shiv Sena from carrying out a rally as they were planning to go to Sector 17 from Mauli Jagran through the Housing Board lights point. Later, SDM Niharika Rai bailed them out.

Besides, the police booked more than hundred of motorists for violating various traffic rules and especially issued challans to drunk drivers. UT SSP SS Srivastva said, “Except one or two incidents, people celebrated the Valentine’s Day peacefully and the police personnel were present in every nook and corner of the city.” 



Rodrigues defends mega projects at school function
Rajmeet Singh and Kulwinder Sangha

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.

Apparently unmindful that his audience comprised mainly parents and teachers who had come to witness their children’s performances and perhaps hear some good words about the school, Rodrigues devoted most part of his near 45-minute speech to convincing the gathering about how important his mega projects were. He also quoted his standing counsel’s statement in the High Court to highlight how a few bureaucrats in Chandigarh were out to put a spanner in his pet projects.

“I am really surprised why the Governor spoke about the mega projects at a school function,” said a senior teacher. “His speech was incoherent and it oscillated between the projects, high court, bureaucrats, the school and the education system,” said a parent.

Rodrigues’ speech was devoted to how “great and far sighted” his projects, primarily the Medi City and Education City, were and how certain “elitists” were against them.

While he refrained from taking any names, he proudly said, “my standing counsel told the High Court that a very strange culture of governance by photostat has evolved in the UT administration where even before the ink has dried on an officer’s note, it reaches the media and gets published”.

He, however, failed to mention that the High Court had directed the administration to re-invite the Expressions of Interests for the Medi City project, thus bringing the back the process to square one.

While he made no mention that various controversies shrouding the mega projects had forced the CVC’s intervention, he claimed that all these were conceived with focus on empowerment of disadvantaged section of society. He even took the trouble of explaining that all these programmes initiated in the city had been processed in a transparent and open manner and also dwelled on the process involved in it.

In the last leg of his speech, Rodrigues did spare a thought for the children and emphasised on the need to motivate them in taking pride in the country’s heritage and value systems. He stressed the need to inculcate basic human values among students, with focus on a personal value system and a sense of responsibility towards society and duty to the state and the nation.

H.S. Dhillon, principal, said these days too much of importance was being given to studies, which deprived a student of his childhood.



Poor security at tricity banks
Amit Khanna/ Archit Watts

Chandigarh, February 14
Thursday’s bank robbery in Panchkula is another grim reminder of the worsening security situation in the tricity.

Though the incident once again exposed the tall claims of the establishment, it seems to have made no impact on the bank authorities and the police in the city.

A reality check by The Tribune unearthed glaring gaps in the security set up with a number of banks, not even having a single security guard at the entrance.

Surprisingly, a visit to the bank at Nayagaon, revealed the bank was closed even after the lunch hours and the manager revealed the guard was having lunch and thus the bank was closed, as they had received a call yesterday from their headquarters to keep a vigil on everyone to avoid any risk.

“The security person sits inside and keeps on making rounds in and out of the bank. We need more security inside than outside” alleged an employee of the Union Bank, Sector 35 C.

Moreover, the weapons provided to the guards were not maintained properly and in case of any eventuality, their efficacy is questionable, he said.

“The revolver becomes dysfunctional due to lack of maintenance and moreover, we are instructed not to use it actually even in case of emergency. We only use it as a deterrent,” a security personnel said.

Though many blame the red tapism rampant in the government sector banks for the lack of technical surveillance infrastructure, it is high time the authorities must take concrete steps to ensure against any untoward incident.

A security chief of a nationalised bank also accepted the lapse of security and said, “The guards have to stand inside the bank premises to keep a vigil on every element, but most of the times they neglect their duties and do unnecessary work.”

SP (traffic and security), UT, HS Doon, said, “We have already alerted the bank staff to call at 100, in case it is required. Moreover, the cops have also been given special instructions to deal with such situations.” 



Clean chit to ASP Madhur Verma
Archit Watts

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.

However, Pandey has dubbed the inquiry report submitted by the SP as an eyewash and has threatened to move the Punjab and Haryana High Court for registration of a case against the ASP. The SP had submitted his report to IG S.K. Jain last week and had found “no base” in Pandey’s claims.

Pandey, a complainant in a corruption case registered against former in-charge of Sector 17 police post, Sanjeev Kumar, by the CBI had accused Verma of beating him up in office on December 25.

Doon said he had conducted a detailed inquiry and recorded the versions of the doctors at GMSH, Sector 16, who had examined Pandey. “According to doctors, Pandey had told them that he had been beaten up by his brother Parmod,” said the SP. Doon said he had thus concluded that the complaint against Verma was wrong and Parmod was the actual culprit. “It is a family dispute and they should deal with it,” he said.

However, when asked, Doon refused to give the names of the doctors who had testified against Pandey. He, however, gave no reason for his reluctance in divulging the details.

Expressing shock at Doon’s report, Pandey said: “If Parmod had beaten me, why should I blame the ASP for it.”

Claiming that he would move the High Court for justice, Pandey said, “The police had initially claimed that my entire statement was wrong, but now at least they are admitting that I was beaten up. Pandey said that he had some recorded statements to establish his claims.

Verma refused to comment on the inquiry report but maintained that he was innocent. When asked whether he planned any legal proceedings against Pandey for “defaming” him, Verma said he has no such intentions.



Kundi connection at DSP’s residence
Tribune News Service

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.

Headed by Senior Executive Engineer from the Ludhiana circle, the team detected 19 more kundi connections in the vicinity.

SDO Sukhrampur Tappariyan division, Dilpreet Singh, said the houses of the DSP and two other consumers where kundi connections were found were found locked.

The electricity load can be calculated only once all electrical gadgets and fittings are closely studied.

Action will be initiated against them after calculating the load, he added.

Rs 2.14 lakh penalty was imposed on 15 of the erring consumers on the spot and they were served seven-day notice for this.

Two electricity meters were found tampered with and have been sent to the laboratory of the PSEB for testing.

Action will be initiated against the owners of these two meters after the lab reports come.



Valentine’s Day
Love your country, Art of Living tells youth
Neha Miglani

Chandigarh, February 14
This year Valentine’s Day was celebrated differently in the city. With the frequent terror attacks in the city, youngsters on the cupid’s day got together for a cause and celebrated the day by declaring the country as their valentine.

Reviving the feelings of patriotism among the youth, an awareness campaign, was organised by youth wing of the Art of Living foundation - Yes! +.

To spread the message, youngsters assembled at Sector-17 Plaza. Setting an example for youngsters, they sung patriotic songs raised slogans - “India is my valentine”, “Jai Hind” and “Vande Matram”.

“The two things that have shaken up the entire nation today are terrorism and corruption. We appeal to the youth to join us in fighting terrorism and corruption,” says Natasha Goyal, a Class 11 student.

Students from different departments of Panjab University, UIET, Panjab Engineering College and other schools and colleges of the city were also present.

Making it loud and clear that every individual’s first love must be for the country, Ramnik Bansal, senior teacher with the Art of Living adds, “For me love for the country has been my first love since childhood.”

Elaborating on it, an IIT, IIM pass out, Ramnik asserts, “Today the country needs the youth power, we need to imbibe the spirit of patriotism again in ourselves.”

Spreading the message of love for the country, these students from different colleges, have come together. Laying stress on patriotism or the love for country as the theme for the day, an engineering student Abhay Sharma affirms, “We all belong to different academic backgrounds but what binds us is love for our nation. Today in the crisis situation when our nation is being hit by terror attacks time and again like the one in Mumbai, we want to convey the message that our country needs us.”

Thousands of these youngsters will be joining an event titled “The March” being held in New Delhi on March 1, at Parliament Street led by Kiran Bedi.



Fiza’s V-Day message
Be careful in love
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 14
On the Valentine’s Day, Chand Mohammad’s 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. “I want him to come and clear his stand on the issue and reply to all those promises he made during the courtship and whatever he is saying now,” said Fiza.

On her five-day notice, she said wanted to give him more time and would reveal her future action in coming days.

She remained evasive on the nature of legal action that she planned to take. Her counsel indicated that the case could be pursued under the relevant Sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).



Paramilitary forces up in arms over pay 
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

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.

While retired paramilitary personnel are planning to hold a rally near Parliament on February 18, some serving officers said a major grouse amongst them was dissimilarity in their status, pay and privileges vis-ŕ-vis the armed forces, despite similar nature of service conditions.

A senior paramilitary officer said the Sixth Pay Commission had ignored the recommendations contained in the report of the Group of Ministers (GoM) on National Security that was submitted in February 2001.

“The harsh living conditions in many parts of the Rajasthan-Gujarat border, particularly the desert and the Rann of Kutch, adversely influence the morale of the personnel posted in the area. Special attention needs to be paid on a priority basis to the problems being faced by the border-guarding forces. The MHA should work out the financial implications to implement this recommendation and process the approval,” the report stated.

Further, the report stated that border-guarding forces like the BSF, ITBP and SSB were the nation’s first line of defence and more akin to the Army and hence, needed to be distinguished from other Central paramilitary forces because of their distinctive functions.

“There is no justification for differences to exist any longer in the matter of supply of rations in kind and other allowances when border-guarding forces personnel are posted to areas, similar to the ones where the Army personnel get such entitlements. The existing differences may be removed,” the report stated.

“It is very difficult to make men deployed in remote areas and harsh climate understand that though they are performing same duties, they won’t be paid equally, even if at times they outperform their comrades in the Army, because they are wearing a different uniform and come under a different ministry,” an ITBP officer said.

“The recommendations of the GoM carries weight and the Pay Commission should have taken note of it. It seems that either the paramilitary top brass failed to bring this to the Commission’s notice or the issues were ignored,” a BSF officer remarked. 



Health issue vital in adolescence: Expert
Tribune News Service

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. Dr JP Singh, director, Health Services (FW), Punjab was also present.

While addressing the participants, Satish Chandra said the ARSH programme was targeted to take care of special health needs of the children during adolescence (10-19 years age), during which physiological changes happen in their bodies.

He said special attention from health point of view was required to be given to the adolescents. He added that the ARSH programme was launched last year in six districts of the state, whereas now it was being launched in seven more districts: Patiala, Gurdaspur, Faridkot, Kapurthala, Muktsar, Fatehgarh Sahib and SAS Nagar. The remaining seven districts will be covered next year.

Dr Singh said adolescents formed 22 per cent of the population of the country. “It is a very sensitive stage during which the child needs special awareness regarding health-related issues,” he added.

Prominent among the speakers who addressed the workshop included Dr Amarjit Singh from Medical College, Faridkot; Dr VK Goyal, state immunisation officer; Dr CL Bhatia, state programme manager and Dr Arun Tandon, programme officer (mental health). 



Mohali to have 10-storeyed commercial tower soon
Tribune News Service

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.

The Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) has approved a bid of Rs 57 crore for the ambitious project. Earlier, a bid of Rs 201 crore was attracted but the bidder withdrew.

Though there is no official confirmation about the Deputy CM visit, sources said since there was plan to lay the foundation stone of some projects in Mohali, the bus terminus project and the Sector 62 city centre were on the top priority. The bidder would have to pay back the money to the state government over the next 90 years, the lease period of the deal.

The original bidder company, Aakruti City Limited, had to pay the government Rs 200 crore upfront and another Rs 10 crore every year with a 5 per cent increase each year for the next 90 years.

A first-of-its-kind in India, the bus terminal-cum-commercial mall project is coming up on 6.6 acres of land in Phase 1 here. The land is owned by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and will be given to the company, which will plan, design, finance, construct, market and operate it in the public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

The air-conditioned bus terminal will be on the ground floor, while the rest of the commercial mall complex will be housed in a tower atop the bus terminal.

A part of the vision for the bus terminal includes a shopping mall, a multiplex, food plazas, hotels and an entertainment office complex.



Govt rejects Basant Mela proposal
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 14
Mohali Municipal Council’s plan to organise a Basant Mela at the Silvi Park in Phase X here has been rejected by the government.

The proposal to organise the mela was cleared at the meeting of the civic body on December 30. A sum of Rs 4.25 lakh was to be spent for organising the mela.

The director, local government, had rejected the proposal saying that there was no need for the civic body to spend funds on cultural activities when a full-fledged department of the government was there to promote cultural activities.

The proposal to hold the mela was prepared by an 11-member committee. There was a plan to organise a traditional dress competition, folk dances, plays on historical themes, sufi songs and kite flying competition.

The committee had also decided to name the open-air theatre in the Silvi Park after the name of Balwant Gargi.

The 11-member committee was constituted at the civic body meeting on July 29, which was asked to chalk out the programme for the open-air theatre on the pattern of Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh.



Residents block entry to Sector 19
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 14
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.

Soon the residents from Dhakoli village started gathering at the spot and tension was diffused only after the local administration convinced the people to remove the hurdles on the promise that a barricade would be installed on the spot to restrict the entry of heavy vehicles in the area.

The residents of Sector 19 allege that heavy vehicles, including trucks and tractor trolleys loaded with goods, entered the localilty from the Zirakpur-Panchkula highway in order to avoid barriers to reach the Panchkula Industrial Area. This posed danger to their children moving on the road, they said. The hurdles were put only after the permission from the administration, said the residents.

Keeping in view the tension mounting in the area, police force was sent on the spot, to tackle any untoward incident.

The local municipal councillor, Ramesh Bartwal, who was also on the spot, intervened and talked to the Deputy Commissioner, who in turn asked the police officials to remove the hurdles for time being and assured the residents that a barricade would be set up.



Section 144 around exam centres
Tribune News Service

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.

In addition to it, the DM under Section 144 of CrPC has prohibited keeping photostat machine in the vicinity of the centers.

There are 31 examination centres earmarked in different schools of the district.



Prices rise as quantity falls
Companies fleece consumers, upset household budget 
Kulwinder Sangha

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.

The tactics adopted by these companies seem to be working well with most customers hardly caring to check the price and the weight of the products they are purchasing. Some companies have been decreasing the quantity and selling the items at the old price, while the others are resorting to hike in price with decrease in weight. Either way, it is the consumer who is suffering.

The prices of tealeaves, soaps, sugar, soft drinks and washing powders have gone up drastically in the recent past. The consumer will not only have to dish out extra money for these items, he would also have to satisfy himself with lesser quantity of the product as well.

According to a shopkeeper, 1 kilogram of Tide washing powder, which was earlier sold for Rs 55, is was now available in a packing of 750 grams and is priced at Rs 62. One kilogram of Nirma washing powder was earlier available for Rs 20. However, the company has not hiked the price, but is selling packets weighing 600 grams at the same price. Similarly, 500 grams of Surf was being sold for Rs 63 against the price of Rs 40 about two months ago. In the case of Vim dishwashing bar, the price of a three-piece package weighing 795 grams was Rs 34, which has recently been hiked to Rs 43 even when the weight had been reduced to 762 grams.

The price of 250 grams Brooke Bond Red Label tealeaves had been hiked even when the weight had been reduced by 5 grams. A consumer earlier paid Rs 20 for a packet of potato chips weighing 100 grams. The companies selling chips have also reduced the weight but have retained the price at Rs 20. Some packets available now weigh only 70 grams.

Similarly, a packet of Britannia Tiger biscuits is available for Rs 3 even when the weight has been reduced from 75 grams to 60 grams. One had to pay Rs 20 for a soft drink bottle containing 600 ml, but a consumer is now getting only 500 ml for the same price. The price of sugar had also gone up by about Rs 4 per kilogram.

Gurmeet Kaur, a housewife and mother of three school-going children, said that it had become difficult for her to keep her budget under control as there was spurt in the prices of daily need items. Even though the government claims of controlling the prices of essential commodities there seems to be not relief to a common man. She said it was surprising that the government had no control over the manufacturers who sell products keeping their own interests in mind.



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.

During the survey, which continued till Saturday, a large number of incriminating documents pertaining to the sale and purchase of property and computer data were seized by the IT sleuths. According to G.S. Randhawa, Commissioner, Income Tax, (CIT-I), owner of Astra Lightning Ltd. had surrendered Rs 3 crore. — TNS



Katha Manchan-2009
Philosophical themes dominate Day 4
SD Sharma

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.

The programme commenced with dramatic presentation of “Sharat”, based on Anton Chekhov’s classic “The Bet”, by the Saakar Manch. The play was directed by Sumit Sood, who played important role of “rich man”. The protagonist enters into a bet with rich man to spend 15 years in solitary confinement for twenty lakh rupees. As the dead line approaches, the rich man turns poor while the protagonist, with the vast knowledge he attained from study of books, gets his self elevated to such higher plane that he refuses to accept the bet money. Another department of Indian theatre alumnus, Vijay Giri, presented an impressive monologue of “Khamkhah”, also written by him. The story captured the sordid realities of relationships being faced by many in the Indian societal and joint family set up. Giri sought introspection of the social ethics that bind a family, society.

Yet another “Ekalap”, staged by the studded group, “The Virsat” yesterday kept the intuitive and receptive audience engrossed. Director Asif Ali, an alumnus of the National School of Drama amalgamated two stories by writer Aaputo Gava to explore the concept of “truth” in its varied manifestations and duality of self. Vandna Vashsisht, Rahul Joshi, Kumar Vijay, Ranjan Sehgal, Asshu Sharma, Nisha Sharma, Sunil Soni and Chakresh Kumar bared the psyche of respective characters. A romance, with a dramatically cohesive action and story, all came refreshing in another offering “Leather Coat” by The Theatre Army. 



PU Rose Fest
Dev Samaj College wins rangoli contest
Tribune News Service

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

Solo dance competition was won by Deepika Goyal of GCG, Sector 42, Gunpreet won fashion show in boys’ category and Sonia in girls’ category. In quiz, as many as 10 teams participated, in which the team of botany department of the university won. In rangoli, Dev Samaj College, Sector 45, won. Manisha won painting competition, Prashan Aneja photography competition and Aarti Kashyap collage-making.

Under the age group of 0 to 1 year, Summervir won title of prince and Avani of princess. Under the category of 1 to 2 years, Amitaz Singh was selected as prince and Prilata as princess. Under the age group of 2 to 3 years, Arpit Singh was selected as prince and Asmi as princess.



Kashish crowned Miss Blue Bird
Tribune News Service

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.


The Psychology department of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, is organising a two-day national conference on “violence, peace and conflict resolution” from February 17. Many prestigious universities and colleges from all over the country will be participating in the conference. 



City rose fest from Feb 20
Tribune News Service

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

During the three-day festival, many cultural and musical activities will be organised.

The festival will be inaugurated on February 20 at 11 am at Rose Garden, Sector-16.

The children from various schools and artists from NZCC will enthrall the gathering with their performances, which include folk dance and fashion show.

Flower competition, painting competition, band competition, kite-flying, rose quiz, antakhari, Rose Prince and Princess competitions will be main attractions.

There will be a live concert by Bollywood singer Labh Janjhua and a dance performance by Sanobar Kabir on February 21 and a musical night by Bollywood singer Alka Yagnik with a dance troupe.

A laughter show, followed by bhangra will be organised on the concluding day.

Meanwhile, in order to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of the Rose Garden, the stalls will be put up at Leisure Valley. The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) will exhibit water feature with artificial rocks and plants.



Seminar on entrepreneurship sensitisation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
Aryans Business School today organised a seminar on the topic “Entrepreneurship sensitisation day” at Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Sector 3, here, yesterday.

Addressing gathering, Dr J Sadakkadulla, regional director, the Reserve Bank of India, opined that the global meltdown has affected many economies adversely.

Meanwhile, Satish Goel, GM, the Bank of India (BOI), informed students about various schemes of the BOI especially meant to aid young entrepreneurs. Anshu Kataria, chairman, ABS presided over the function.



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