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Shops in malls fail to attract business
Chandigarh, February 7
Chandigarh and its satellite towns of Panchkula and Mohali seem to have given a cold response to the much-hyped mall culture.

Shops in a mall lying vacant. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

Scrap dealer finds ‘life’ from garbage dump
Chandigarh, February 7
Septuagenarian scrap dealer Ram Rattan, a resident of the Colony No 4 here, has been earning his bread and butter by picking up empty liquor bottles for many years.

Drizzle ends dry spell
Chandigarh, February 7
A short drizzle late in the night ended the dry spell in the city and neighbouring areas, providing relief to residents.

Light showers lashed Chandigarh on Sunday, ending the prolonged dry spell. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan




Southern sectors suffer in basic amenities
Chandigarh, February 7
The southern sectors continue to be poor cousins of the privileged northern sectors with regard to civic amenities.

A potholed road in Sector 50 that has not been repaired for the past one year, a non-functional streetlight in Sector 51.
A potholed road in Sector 50 that has not been repaired for the past one year, a non-functional streetlight in Sector 51. Tribune photos: Parvesh Chauhan


‘Tricity needs master plan on lines of NCR’ 
Chandigarh, February 7
The Federation of Sector Welfare Associations (FOSWAC) held its executive meeting here today. The meeting, which was attended by 45 representatives of different Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs), urged the Chandigarh administration to formulate an integrated comprehensive development master plan for the tricity on the pattern of the National Capital Region (NCR) to ensure orderly growth in the area. The Punjab Periphery Control Act, 1952, as applicable to the UT, has lost its relevance.

The fountain at the Sector 42 lake in Chandigarh is a major attraction for visitors.
Fountain of joy: The fountain at the Sector 42 lake in Chandigarh is a major attraction for visitors. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Over 77,000 given polio drops
Chandigarh, February 7
A total of 77,632 children were administered polio drops on the first day of the fifth round of the Pulse Polio Immunisation Campaign here today. The main objective of the campaign was to cover maximum children.

Raipur Khurd residents face poor LPG supply
Chandigarh, February 7
Resentment prevails among thousands of Indane LPG consumers with regard to poor supply of LPG in Raipur Khurd village for over a month.

Illegal parking near Darua village harasses commuters
Chandigarh, February 7
Traffic problems near railway yard at Darua village have multiplied over a period of time with an increase in the number of trucks coupled with the indifferent attitude of truck drivers and practically no control of the police on the situation.

Harbhajan Maan performs at Jalsa Youth Festival at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Harbhajan Maan performs at Jalsa Youth Festival at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Modern PCR work kicks off
Mohali, February 7
Work on providing an ultra modern police control room (PCR) for Mohali district has begun. Located at the Phase VIII Police Station, the job of raising the structure for the PCR has been started and it is expected to be over by six months.

Rajat shines in declamation contest
Chandigarh, February 7
An inter-tutorial declamation contest was organised at GGDSD College, Sector 32, in the college seminar hall here recently.

Cuisine from God’s own country
Mohali, February 7
The seventh Kerala Food Festival turned out be a hit as a large number of persons visited the Kerala Bhavan in Phase XI here today. The event was organised by the Malayalee Samajam, Mohali. Family members of the samajam had prepared mouth-watering dishes.

Over 3,000 take MAT
Chandigarh, February 7
More than 3,000 students appeared in Management Aptitude Test (MAT) in the city and region today. Lajpat Rai Bhawan and UIET were the two main centres in Chandigarh, where the test was held. 

Meet discusses heart ailments
Chandigarh, February 7
The World Heart Failure Society, an international organisation of doctors, is expected to rope in PGI for joint research work in the fields of surgery, medicine as well as stem cell therapy, said Dr Inder S Anand, secretary of the society and professor of medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, USA.

Open House Response
Admn-MC work areas need streamlining
It is on record, rather a historical fact, that a majority party alliance, in the city, had allowed election of a Mayor from the opposition due to inside party bickering. Recent media reports spoke about a free for all in the house of MCC. The name of Mayor is missing from big administrative functions and senior administrative functionaries are often missing at MC functions.

City downtown faces dog menace 
Stray dogs are having a field day in Sector 17, the heart of the city. Though the office of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) is at a stone's throw from here, yet the civic body seems to be least bothered to check the menace. Touted to be a walkers' paradise, the plaza area seems to be worst affected by stray dogs (see picture).

Cleanliness Drive
School adopts Yadavindra Gardens
Panchkula, February 7
Hansraj Public School has adopted Yadavindra Gardens for its upkeep and cleanliness.

100 examined at medical camp
Mohali, February 7
Around 100 persons were examined during a medical check-up camp organised by  the Social Awareness Group at Sector 70 here today.


From Schools & Colleges
Cultural bonanza at Golden Bells School
Mohali, February 7
Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, Mohali, celebrated its annual cultural and prize distribution function at the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, here today.

GCG doc to present paper in Australia
Chandigarh, February 7
Dr Sudhir Hindwan, a senior faculty member in the department of political science at GCG, Sector 42, has been invited to present research paper on “The Trauma of Refugees” in a series of the International Peace Research Association conference to be held at the University of Sydney, Australia.


CTU worker drowns
Rajpura, February 7
A Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) worker fell into Gandi Kheri river and drowned.

Work on steel foot overbridges to start soon
Pedestrians risk their lives while crossing a road divider in Lalru. Dera Bassi, February 7
The construction of steel foot overbridges at three different locations on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway is expected to start by February end.
Meanwhile, installation of traffic lights at three sections on the same stretch is also in progress.

Pedestrians risk their lives while crossing a road divider in Lalru. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Test Tube Baby Case
Bulider to hand over child to Bharti
Kharar, February 7
“I am the father of child and I am waiting for the DNA report. Why will I want to delay the report when I have nothing to fear,” said Palwinder Singh Oberoi, the builder who has complained against resident Bharti Sehdev of not giving his test tube baby.

10 of wedding party hurt in mishap
Rajpura, February 7
At least 10 people of a wedding party were injured, four of them seriously, when a vehicle they were travelling in collided head-on with a truck on the Patiala-Chandigarh road.

Books given to needy students
Bassi Pathana, February 7
Members of the Citizens’ Club distributed books and uniforms to 61 needy students of Government Elementary School yesterday.

Govt college wins declamation contest
Patiala, February 7
An inter-college declamation contest was organised at Government Mohindra College yesterday, in which 12 teams participated.

Workshop ends
Patiala, February 7
A two-day workshop on “Stress Management” concluded at Punjabi University here today. The workshop was organised by the Women’s Studies Centre of the university.


GEAC’s legal status challenged
Chandigarh, February 7
The Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC), constituted by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest is an illegal body; and the ministry be prevented from approving genetically engineered and modified crops and vegetables, the Punjab and Haryana High Court heard on Friday. The GEAC had only recently cleared Bt Brinjal crop.


Vehicles stolen
Chandigarh, February 7
Manish Ahuja of Sector 44 had lodged a complaint with the police alleging that someone had stolen his scooter (CH-01-W-3710) from Sector 17 on February 2.

2 held for kidnapping 10-yr-old boy
The accused in police custody at the Sector 36 police station in Chandigarh on Sunday.Chandigarh, February 7
The police arrested two youths allegedly for demanding a ransom of Rs 2 lakh from a fruit juice vendor for releasing his 10-year-old son, Sumit, whom they had kidnapped yesterday.

The accused in police custody at the Sector 36 police station in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Ludhiana man accuses cops of harassment
Chandigarh, February 7
A Ludhiana resident accused the Chandigarh police and the Punjab police of playing into the hands of the land mafia, which had been harassing him.

520 cases of illicit liquor seized
Panchkula, February 7
The district police achieved another success within a fortnight in confiscating a large consignment of liquor being smuggled from Chandigarh to other states here today.

32-yr-old ends life
Mohali, February 7
A 32-year-old man, Ravi Parkash Singh, reportedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at a house in Sector 71 here on Sunday.


4-wicket win for Chandigarh Invitation XI 
Kapil Dev in a discussion with team members.Chandigarh, February 7
All round performance by Sunil Sharma enabled Chandigarh Invitation XI beat Aaj Tak XI by four wickets in a cricket match organised by the LIC Cricket Club at the Sector-16 Stadium here today.

Kapil Dev in a discussion with team members. Tribune photos: Parvesh Chauhan

Pbi varsity lads, eves emerge champs
Patiala, February 7
Punjabi University players won both men and women championships during the All-India Inter-University Handball Championship at Raja Bhalendra Stadium of the university here yesterday.

Kabir, Druv hog limelight in mountain biking
A cyclist performs a stunt during the first Dirt Fest near the YPS in Mohali.Mohali, February 7
Kabir Dhillon and Druv hogged limelight in mountain biking in the first Dirt Fest organised near YPS School here today. The event was organised by Crank Extreme.

A cyclist performs a stunt during the first Dirt Fest near the YPS in Mohali. A Tribune photograph

MCM claim St Soldier trophy
Chandigarh, February 7
Excellent batting performance by Harsaroop enabled MCM beat Greenfield Cricket Academy by 21 runs in an exciting final match of the Ist Saint Soldier Trophy held at Saint Soldier International School, Sector 28, here today.

Participants in action during the All-India Inter-University Judo Championship.Garima, Gagandeep steal march
Chandigarh, February 7
Garima Chaudhary and Gangandeep of Panjab University have claimed the top positions in the 63 kg and 57 kg events during the All-India Inter-University Judo Championship (women).
The championship began today on the PU campus.

Participants in action during the All-India Inter-University Judo Championship. A Tribune photograph

Maninderjeet, Magdelene adjudged best athletes
Panchkula, February 7
Maninderjeet Singh and Magdelene Ofonime were declared best athletes in the boys and girls categories, respectively, during the second annual athletics meet of the Saupin’s School at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex here today.

Golf academy inaugurated
Chandigarh, February 7
Birender Singh Gill, president, Golf Club, Capt IPS Mann and secretary SPS Ghai inaugurated the Junior Golf Academy at the British School here today. Gill lauded the efforts of the school.

Jind eves take home kabaddi title
Panchkula, February 7
Chaudhary Bhagat Singh Memorial Sports School, Nidani, Jind, won the state-level Women’s Open Kabaddi Tournament, which concluded at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 3, here yesterday.

Rowing meet at Sukhna
Chandigarh, February 7
The 2nd Open Punjab State Rowing Championship will be held at the Sukhna Lake from February 13. National and international rowing players are likely to participate in the tournament.


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