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Admn orders probe into garbage plant
Chandigarh, February 20
In a major embarrassment to the MC top brass, the city administration today ordered an inquiry into the “non-functioning” of the controversial garbage processing plant at Dadu Majra here.

Fiza appears before SP
Mohali, February 20
Responding to the notice issued by the Mohali police, Fiza, the estranged ladylove and the second wife of Chand Mohammed, former Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, today appeared before SP (City) Varinder Pal Singh.

Fiza comes out of the office of the SSP, Mohali, on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Police only for VIPs?
Panchkula, February 20
VIP duties have taken a toll on investigation by the police here. Shortage of staff, coupled with a substantial number of police personnel busy with VIP duties, anti-encroachment drive and traffic management on highways, ensures that criminal investigation takes a back seat.

Govt school playground marriage venue
Mullanpur Garibdass (Mohali), February 20
Even as the annual examinations of the Punjab School Education Board are beginning tomorrow, the panchayat continues to distract students of Muna Lal Puri Government Senior Secondary School here.

Tents pitched in a school playground for a marriage function at Mullanpur Garibdass village, Mohali, on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


EARLIER STORIES

Rose Fest: Visitors get thorny reception
Chandigarh, February 20
It is an irony that a potted plant of a local college principal was drawing much more attention on the Day 1 of the Rose Festival than the roses in the flowerbeds at the Rose Garden. The much-publicised Rose Festival will come to pass without the roses in the flowerbeds at the Asia's largest Rose Garden.

A Russian model at a fashion show during Rose Festival in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Kamal Kishore


COMMUNITY

Major embarrassment for Mayor
Commissioner refuses pay to two employed at camp office
Chandigarh, February 20
Employing two persons in her camp office in Sector 24 has landed Mayor Kamlesh in trouble after the Municipal Commissioner reportedly refused to pay their salaries from the MC account.

Female foeticide: Mohali fails to nail offenders
Mohali, February 20
Even though the sex ratio of Mohali district is 805 to 1,000, the authorities have failed to nail even a single offender under the PNDT Act since the formation of the district about three years ago.

Protest against Justice Uma Nath
Bar boycott continues
Chandigarh, February 20
The standoff continues. It seems that the compromise arrived at by the Bar and the Bench this afternoon to suspend the agitation over Justice Uma Nath Singh’s way of functioning has ended in a fiasco.

Koser Award for tabla maestro, dancer
Chandigarh, February 20
Keeping the tradition of excellence in promoting the deserving artists and the Indian classical arts alive, the Pracheen Kala Kendra presented the fifth annual “Guru Madan Lal Koser - Guru Shobha Koser Award” for their lifelong contribution in their respective realms of performing arts.

Padma Shree Nek Chand (right) presents Koser Award to Sunayana Hazarilal and tabla maestro Pt Shanker Ghosh at the Punjab Kala Bhawan in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Transplantation Act grossly misused, claims doctor
Chandigarh, February 20
Loopholes in the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994 have played a havoc with women and poor in the country as it not only makes it possible for the wealthy and influential to purchase kidneys but also forces women to part with one of their kidneys to save their ailing husbands.

Conference on clinical research, training
Mohali, February 20
A three-day symposium on “Clinical Research and Training” was inaugurated today by Prof Ranjit Roy Chaudhary, clinical pharmacologist and chairman, Apollo Task Force for Research, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Punjab.

Girl dies, parents allege murder
Panchkula, February 20
The parents of a six-year-old girl from Ramgarh have alleged that their daughter was poisoned, leading to her death here yesterday. The girl, identified as Pratibha, had died under mysterious circumstances after she was admitted at the General Hospital on Wednesday.

Cash Scam
Ravinder’s plea rejected
Chandigarh, February 20
The CBI Special Court of Jagdeep Jain today dismissed the application of Ravinder Singh, an accused in cash-at-judge’s door case, wherein he had sought for dropping of charges against him before the investigation was completed.

Family ‘assaulted’ by cops
Mohali, February 20
A resident of House No. 286, Phase VII, lodged a complaint with the SP (City) alleging that he and his family was being assaulted by the police when they had come to search his house yesterday.

Rodrigues visits Sec-20 mosque
Chandigarh, February 20
UT Administrator SF Rodrigues visited Jama Masjid and listened to the problems of members of the Muslim community in Sector 20 today.

EDUCATION

Bogus Degree Case
Education dept yet to take action
Chandigarh, February 20
Its been over three months that the departmental inquiry in the bogus degree case of Amar Singh, lecturer (under suspension) Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, has concluded but the department is yet to initiate any further action.

Battle for VC’s post hots up
Chandigarh, February 20
Though the tenure of the existing Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University completes in July, the corridors of the campus are agog with discussions on the likely extension of RC Sobti or new candidates who are in fray for the post of Vice-Chancellor.

Teachers seek uniform pay
Chandigarh, February 20
A meeting of All-India Federation of Polytechnic Teachers’ organisation (AICTE) was held here today to discuss the implementation of the AICTE pay scales.


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Man strangles wife at Kalka
Kalka, February 20
A middle-aged woman, Kashmira (40) of Broad Gauge Railway Colony was allegedly strangled by her husband, Chanan Rai, a foundry worker, here today.

Youths beaten up, run over
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 20
Traffic on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana road remained disrupted for half hour as some unidentified men attacked three persons with sharp-edged weapons, inflicting serious injuries.

MLA Chand ‘missing’
Development projects hang fire
Kalka, February 20
Residents of Kalka constituency, particularly of the rural areas, have great resentment towards the state government as the various development projects are hanging fire due to the absence of local MLA Chand Mohammed from the constituency.

House burgled, servant suspect
Dera Bassi, February 20
Thieves struck at a house of ward number-9, Rohni Mohalla, here last night and decamped with Rs 2 lakh and a mobile set. The missing domestic helper is suspected to be behind the theft.

Guidelines made mandatory for banks
Ambala, February 20
Keeping in view the recent bank heist at Naraingarh, the district administration has formulated a list of security guidelines that the banks in the district would have to follow.

Dog show tomorrow
Patiala, February 20
Patiala Kennel Club is organising its 32nd and 33rd all breeds championship dog show on February 22 at Raja Bhalendra Singh Stadium Polo Grounds, Patiala.

Seminar on female foeticide
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 20
A district-level seminar on female foeticide was held today at Lions Community Hall in Sirhind, wherein local area residents, representatives of NGOs and others participated. Civil surgeon, district health officer and Sirhind MLA were present on the occasion. During lectures disadvantages of killing females were highlighted.

Placement drive at Rayat-Bahra
Kharar, February 20
A campus placement drive began at Rayat and Bahra Institute on the Sahauran campus here today. The fifteen-day drive will witness top- notch companies looking for potential candidates in various parts of India.

COURTS

High Court
Notice to Forest Ministry, UT Adviser
Chandigarh, February 20
Taking up a plea by a city-based organisation seeking for protection of a heritage water body believed be 225 years old in Sector 26, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notice of motion for March 5 to the Union Environment and Forest Ministry, along with UT Adviser.

Consumer Courts
Centurion Bank of Punjab slapped Rs 50,000 fine
Chandigarh, February 20
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has imposed a penalty of Rs 50,000 on Centurion Bank of Punjab Limited for indulging in unfair trade practice. The bank had started taking recovery of installments without actual payment of the loan.

CRIME

Rs 1 lakh, laptop stolen from car
Chandigarh, February 20
Thieves stole Rs 1 lakh in cash and a laptop after breaking the windowpane of a car parked in the market area of Sector 38, here this morning.

Tavera drives loses control, leaves 5 hurt
Chandigarh, February 20
Five persons were injured when the driver of a Chevrolet Tavera lost control of the vehicle and rammed it into several carts and rickshaws at Mauli Complex, here this morning.

Jewellery worth Rs 1.5 lakh stolen
Panchkula, February 20
A day after the theft of stereos from ten cars in different sectors, the burglars decamped with jewellery worth over Rs 1.50 lakh from Venkateshwara Swami temple here yesterday night.

Eight car stereos stolen
Panchkula, February 20
Thieves, perhaps in their peculiar way of extending farewell to the outgoing SP, Sandip Khirwar, have taken away stereos from eight cars parked in different sectors here on Thursday. The owners of these cars in Sectors 2, 4 and 12-A woke up this morning to find the window panes of their cars damaged and stereos missing.

SPORTS

Badminton
Cold big hurdle in Holland, Germany: Anuradha
Chandigarh, February 20
In just three years of her badminton career, 18-year-old Anuradha Shrikande has donned the national colours. And she is India’s best hope for the forthcoming German and Holland Junior Open Badminton Championships to be held from February 25 to March 8.

Mandeep, Hira best athletes
Chandigarh, February 20
Mandeep Singh and Hira Maya were declared the best athletes in boys and girls category, respectively, during the 27th Annual Athletic Meet of Government College, Sector-46, here today.

BSNL cricket tourney today
Chandigarh, February 20
The Punjab Circle Sports and Cultural Board of BSNL is organising the 8th All-India BSNL Cricket Tournament 2009 in the tricity from February 21 to 28.

Top judges, lawyers for Jurist Golf Cup
Chandigarh, February 20
Judges and lawyers of the High Courts of Punjab and Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan will converge on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club for the country’s biggest gathering of golf enthusiasts of the legal fraternity to battle it out for ‘The Jurist Cup 2009’ here tomorrow.

100 take part in marathon
Chandigarh, February 20
About 100 students of the economics department participated in a marathon called ‘ Elaan-2009’ in Panjab University here today. The marathon was organised to spread awareness about the power of the youth, Divneet Sandhu, a student of the department, said.

Lawn tennis meet ends
Ambala, February 20
The Lawn Tennis Championship (under-12) organised by the Ambala Lawn Tennis Association concluded here today.

 



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