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Kharar bridge could collapse any time
The bridge stands on just one pillar and its right side has sunk into the bed area. A portion of the bridge has been closed temporarily, but heavy traffic continues to ply

A traffic jam on the damaged bridge near Kailon village on the Kharar-Landran road on Sunday. Kharar, February 15
Thousands of vehicles on the Kharar-Landran-Tepla road near Kailon village cross the bridge here which is unsafe.

A traffic jam on the damaged bridge near Kailon village on the Kharar-Landran road on Sunday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Massive turnout at BSP rally
Harmohan Dhawan shows his party symbol at a rally in Chandigarh on Sunday Chandigarh, February 15
With the next Lok Sabha elections round the corner, the political scene has hotted up in the city with the BSP organising a show of strength here today.

Harmohan Dhawan shows his party symbol at a rally in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Burial provokes protest
Mohali, February 15
Tension prevailed in Sector 57 here today when residents of the area opposed the burial of the body of an eight-year-old girl, claiming it to be illegal. Reacting to their opposition, a large number of members of a particular community gathered at the spot to ensure the burial.



EARLIER STORIES

UT
High literacy, higher infant mortality
Chandigarh, February 15
Despite having the highest literacy rate (males 86.8 per cent and females 77.4 per cent) and a per capita income, the city is yet to show any signs of improvement when it comes to dealing with infant mortality rate (IMR) and malnutrition among children.

Pramodji, just two mins, please…
To Mr Pramod Muthalik Rashtriya Hindustan Sena chief and leader Ram Sena, Mangalore.

I hope this letter finds you in good health and high spirits (not the one sold at Mangalore pubs).



COMMUNITY

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Pensioners protest delay in implementation
Members of the Punjab Government Pensioners Assoication, Chandigarh, protest in support of their demands in Sector 40, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Chandigarh, February 15
Members of the Punjab Government Pensioners’ Association today lodged their protest against the non-implementation of the recommendations of 5th Punjab Pay Commission. The protest was held at Sector 40, here.

Members of the Punjab Government Pensioners Assoication, Chandigarh, protest in support of their demands in Sector 40, Chandigarh, on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Shopkeepers’ dharna
Chandigarh, February 15
Shopkeepers running their business at Fun Republic mall, Mani Majra, staged a dharna in protest against a wall erected by the mall authorities in front of their shops.

Father’s desperate act to get justice
Balbir Singh and his wife with the picture of their son in Chandigarh Chandigarh, February 15
A father’s act of flinging case papers relating to the death of his son at the Chief Justice of India may be punishable under the law. But it was a deep sense of anguish and frustration over the past 16 years that forced him to take this step.



Balbir Singh and his wife with the picture of their son in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

Sahayta recognises cancer survivors
Chandigarh, February 15
The Sahayta group celebrated Cancer Survivors’ and International Childhood Cancer Day at St Stephan’s School. The function was presided over by Jean Rodrigues and Raji P Shrivastva. The show was put up by cancer survivors. The function started with a prayer, followed by a dance by the children.

Rose festival ends
Lakhwinder Wadali performs on the PU campus in Chandigarh on Sunday. Chandigarh, February 15
A three-day rose festival at Panjab University concluded today. Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Cooperative Minister, was the chief guest at the concluding day of the festival.


Lakhwinder Wadali performs on the PU campus in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

NIPER celebrates foundation day
Mohali, February 15
The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Mohali, celebrated its foundation day at convention centre of the institute here today.

Withdrawal of medical cover
Short service officers aggrieved
Chandigarh, February 15
After having been granted the benefit of medical treatment at military hospitals for about 40 years, Short Service Commission (SSC) and Emergency Commission (EC) officers are now out on a limb. They are distressed over the withdrawal of this facility to them.

‘Info Warriors’ turn 99
Chandigarh, February 15
The Corps of Signals, also known as “Information Warriors”, celebrated its 99th Raising Day at Headquarters Western Command in Chandimandir today. Several events were organised to mark the occasion.

Architects’ website on anvil
Surinder Bahga Chandigarh, February 15
The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) is set to use information technology (IT) to bridge gap between architects and the building industry with the launch of the architects’ website. “This, coupled with a comprehensive directory of the IIA members, is high on the agenda to improve the architecture scenario in the region,” Surinder Bahga, newly elected chairman of the Chandigarh-Punjab chapter of the IIA told The Tribune here today.

SAP centre to continue working
Chandigarh, February 15
The reported compromise between egyan, an institute in Sector 36, and its franchiser has come as a sigh of relief for students and their parents.

Fresh dimension to theatre
Chandigarh, February 15
The five-day Katha Manchan-2009 festival of theatrical staging of stories of eminent writers with a presentation based on Sharad Joshi’s classic “Prem Katha” at the Randhawa auditorium, here today.

From Schools & Colleges
Baby show at Golden Bells School
Mohali, February 15
As many as 100 toddlers from Mohali, Chandigarh and Panchkula participated in a ‘Health Baby Show’ organised by the Golden Bells Public School, Sector-77, here today.

Book on paediatric nutrition released
Chandigarh, February 15
“Nutritional deficiencies are widely present among children. The major cause is lack of availability of food, especially affected by poverty and ignorance regarding the knowledge of what and how to feed them at various stages of life,” said Dr Madhu Sharma, PGI dietician on the occasion of book release of “Basic Pediatric Nutrition” at the PGI.
Activists of the Kheti Virasat Mission hold a candlelight protest against genetically modified brinjal at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Activists of the Kheti Virasat Mission hold a candlelight protest against genetically modified brinjal at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Sports Complex
Planners asked to realign rivulet’s course
Mohali, February 15
Consultants preparing layout plan of the proposed modern sports-cum-commercial complex in Sector 63 opposite the Punjab Cricket Stadium (PCA) have been asked to re-work the proposed alignment of the seasonal rivulet passing through the land.

20 get stuck in lift
Panchkula, February 15
A visit to newly inaugurated Shalimar Mall, Sector 5, proved to be a nightmare for visitors as over 20 of them got stuck in an elevator for almost 15 minutes here tonight.

‘No improvement in sex ratio’
Panchkula, February 15
While the country can claim of achieving milestones in the fields of health, education, or life-style improvement, it is a matter of extreme concern that when it comes to girl child and trees, the greatest gifts of nature, we have actually gone backwards. This was stated by Harpal Singh, chairman emeritus, Fortis healthcare and founder chairman of Nanhi Chhaan foundation.

Man attacked by stray dogs
Mohali, February 15
A retired Army officer was attacked by a group of stray dogs at Leisure Valley here this evening. Capt Bedi, the victim, was taking an evening stroll when the stray dogs suddenly attacked him.

NIPER director wins 2 awards
Mohali, February 15
Prof P Rama Rao, director, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Punjab, has bagged two prestigious awards in the field of pharmaceutical sciences.

Symposium on drug metabolism
Mohali, February 15
A two-day symposium on “Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics: Applications toward Drug Discovery and Development” concluded at National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) here yesterday.

Car catches fire
Mohali, February 15
Traffic on the road dividing Phase X and XI was blocked for a few minutes when a Maruti car suddenly got fire here this evening.

Sector 19 residents block road again
P’kula, Zirakpur MC officials to meet today
Panchkula, February 15
A minor incident of blocking the way to their locality by residents of Sector 19 here seems to be turning into an inter-state dispute. While the Panchkula administration has to seek legal opinion on the issue, a meeting of officials of the Panchkula and Zirakpur municipal councils has been scheduled for tomorrow to resolve the matter.

3 bag Shreyas Awards
Panchkula, February 15
Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, a well-known environmentalist, social activist of child and mother rights Dr Nina Puri and Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra were presented with the Shreyas Awards on the concluding day of the two-day district conference of Rotary District 3080 here today.

LS Elections: BJP mobilises workers
Chandigarh, February 15
The local unit of the BJP organised workers’ sammelan for its activists working at booth level and of samiti presidents at the party office in Sector 33 here today.

Setback for panchayat elections
Delay in issuance of SC certificates
Chandigarh, February 15
The lackadaisical attitude of the Chandigarh administration in resolving the issue of Scheduled Castes’ (SC) certification has not only troubled common man but also panchayat polls.

Landlords told to furnish tenants’ details
Chandigarh, February 15
As an emergency measure, the Chandigarh administration has ordered landlords intending to offer accommodation on rent to inform in writing the particulars of tenants to the SHO concerned.

Excise officers for consolidated transfer policy
Chandigarh, February 15
Newly elected president of the Chandigarh Zone of Central Excise and Gazetted Executive Officers Association AK Sharma today called for formulation of a consolidated transfer policy to stabilise the cadre.

Youth Cong meeting
Chandigarh, February 15
A meeting of the Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress (CTYC) was held here today. The meeting was presided over by Indian Youth Congress (IYC) secretary Vinod Sultanpuri, who had come from New Delhi to take note of the preparations for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Ailing youth needs financial help
Chandigarh, February 15
Alim Miyan (20), a resident of Daria village, UT, is suffering from a serious rheumatic heart disease and needs heart valve replacement surgery. He has been fighting a twin battle with poverty and a serious heart ailment.

Conference on women’s rights
Chandigarh, February 15
A cultural programme was organised and also Women’s Day was celebrated by the Kerela Samajam, a socio-cultural organisation, with a vision to promote and propagate art and culture of Kerela.

Course on low-calorie diet
Chandigarh, February 15
The foods and nutrition department of the Government Home Science College conducted a five-day course on low calorie dishes. The participants were given a demonstration on the preparations of nutritious low-calorie snacks, main dishes and puddings. 

Letters


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Shivalik Board
Nominate non-official members, say residents
Kalka, February 15
Residents of Morni area, including sarpanches of various gram panchayats, have demanded the state government to nominate non-official members in the Shivalik Development Board.

Cremation ground gets Rs 5 lakh
Rajpura, February 15
MP Preneet Kaur today handed a cheque of Rs 5 lakh from the MPLAD fund for cremation ground in Rajpura. The money would prove helpful for the construction of boundary wall of the cremation ground.

No Vacancies
BEd teachers protest
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 15
The B.Ed Teacher's Front today burnt the effigy of Punjab government and raised slogans against Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal.

Sukhbir to lay foundation stone of AC bus stand
Patiala, February 15
Patiala is all set to have a fully air-conditioned ultramodern bus stand soon as Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal is scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the new bus stand on February 18.

Commercial security cause for concern
Kalka, February 15
With a major bank robbery in broad daylight in Panchkula on Thursday and many robberies in the town in a couple of months, the security at most of the banks, private companies and other financial institutions here, Pinjore, Parwanoo and Baddi, the industrial areas of Himachal Pradesh, remain a cause of concern. The miscreants have struck twice at a bank in Karanpur, near Pinjore, in recent past.


CRIME

6 bottles of liquor seized
Chandigarh, February 15
The police arrested Amit Kumar, a resident of Sector 25, and seized six bottles and 16 quarters of country-made wine yesterday. A case has been registered at the Sector 11 police station.

Three booked
Mohali, February 15
The police today booked three persons of Lalru for allegedly beating Chanda Singh, a daily wager. The victim was seriously injured following a fight with three persons on February 13. — TNS


SPORTS

Harinderpal Bedi claims golf title
Harinderpal Singh Bedi (right) receives the trophy after winning the Civil Service Golf Championship at the Panchkula Golf Club on Sunday. Chandigarh, February 15
Harinderpal Singh Bedi tamed the fast putting greens to clinch the title in the Budge Signs North Zone Civil Service Golf Championship on the par-72 greens of the Panchkula Golf Club today.
Bedi played a three over par 75 card to log a two-day tally of 153. This was four strokes better than second-placed RK Arora, who also carded a 75 score.

Harinderpal Singh Bedi (right) receives the trophy after winning the Civil Service Golf Championship at the Panchkula Golf Club on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan 


Athletes take part in a 5-km walk during the trials of master athletes at the Sector 46 Sports Complex in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Athletes take part in a 5-km walk during the trials of master athletes at the Sector 46 Sports Complex in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Sports Meet
Harmanpreet, Mitali best athletes
Patiala, February 15
The annual sports meet was organised by Ryan International School on its premises, here today. Sukhneet Singh, winner of Mr Patiala contest, and a renowned body builder, was the chief guest on this occasion.

Cricket trials today
Mohali, February 15
Open trials for selecting budding cricketers for the Kings XI Punjab Academy will be conducted on February 16 and 17 at the PCA stadium.

Ashish emerges tennis champion
Patiala, February 15
Tennis players from across the region participated in a two-day tennis tournament at the Rajindra Gymkhana and Mohindra Club, which concluded here today.

KK Cricket Academy inaugurated
Chandigarh, February 15
KK Cricket Academy was inaugurated at the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, here today. The construction work at the academy, which has got four turf wickets in nets and three central turf wickets, is going on.

Kings XI to co-sponsor Manali carnival
Chandigarh, February 15
Kings XI Punjab, leading IPL franchise, will co-sponsor the Manali Winter Carnival in an endeavour to promote sports and cultural activities in Manali from February 15 to 19.


 



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