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MC Staff Crunch
Budget cuts proposed on development works
Chandigarh, February 12
The shortage of staff has not only hampered most of the municipal corporation’s development projects but has also forced the civic body to propose a reduced budget for the next financial year. A number of works sanctioned last year which did not take off have been included in this year’s budget plan, not because of the funds crunch but paucity of staff in various departments.

Cong panel fails to decide Babla’s fate
Chandigarh, February 12
Jailed Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla, accused of serious irregularities in the shed allotment at the Sector 26 grain market, continues to be a hot potato for the Congress to handle.

Breather for Parsavnath
Chandigarh, February 12
Giving a breather to realtor Parsavnath for now on a default notice served to it by the Chandigarh Housing Board earlier, the Arbitration Tribunal, New Delhi, will now decide on February 27 whether the board could further serve a termination notice to the builder or not.


Utsav granted bail
Chandigarh, February 12 The local district court on Friday accepted the bail application of Utsav Sharma, who attacked former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore. He was released on furnishing a bail bond of Rs 50,000 and surety of a like amount.


My Name Is Khan
Security beefed up outside cinema halls
Chandigarh, February 12
The Chandigarh Police has beefed up security outside all the theatres screening Shah Rukh Khan’s “My Name is Khan” to avoid any untoward incident. Adapting the principal of “forearmed is forewarned”, the UT police has taken lessons from the stirs that rocked Mumbai and even some parts of Delhi.

Police personnel outside a mall where ‘My Name is Khan’ film was screened on the first day of its release in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Valentine’s Day
Symbiosis of love, money
Chandigarh, February 12
Is Valentine’s Day an expression of love? Or is it just a marketing strategy by businessmen in the city? Or is the day finding its actual meaning in all relationships? To get a clear picture, let’s get talking with lovebirds and money lovers. Valentine’s week is a boom for various businesses, be it eateries or luxury gift shops.

HEART TO HEART: Girls buying gifts for Valentine’s Day in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Facelift of Mohali
Oz company projects widening of roads
Mohali, February 12
In a blue print to give a facelift to Mohali, Dickson Rothschild India Ltd, an Australian consultant, has projected widening of city roads and landscaping of the road berms.

Pensioners’ body seeks revision of tax slabs
Mohali, February 12
With the hike in prices of essential commodities, the Defence Accounts Pensioners Welfare Association has demanded the revision of tax slabs in the 2010 budget.

Seminar on Hindi literature, media
Panchkula, February 12
The Haryana Sahitya Akademy organised a seminar with a focus on contemporary Hindi literature and modern media at their conference hall here yesterday.

Power generation building opened
Panchkula, February 12
The newly constructed office building of Haryana Power Generation Corp Ltd (HPGCL), named Urja Bhawan’, in Panchkula has been connected to the company’s power stations, enabling access to online plant data through a computerised integrated plant management system.

‘Ahata’ close to school a nuisance
Chandigarh, February 12
The UT may have all rules in place to keep the liquor vends at bay from educational institutions, yet these get blatantly violated near some institutions like GMSSS, Sector 52, which has an ‘ahata’ adjoining its boundary wall.

The liquor vend that adjoins the boundary wall of GMSSS, Sector 52. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Prem Chand’s ‘Qaidi’ staged
Chandigarh, February 12
The Fools Paradise Theatre Group, Shimla, presented a dramatisation of Munshi Prem Chand’s story “Qaidi” on the second day of the annual Katha Manchan-2010 organised by the Mask Theatre Group at the Randhawa Auditorium here today.

Rotary committee constitutes task force
Chandigarh, February 12
Rotary India National Polio Plus Committee has constituted a task force of volunteers to overcome staff crunch which has emerged as a major impediment in eradicating the dreaded disease.

Entrepreneurs attend CEO Forum
Chandigarh, February 12
Over 75 entrepreneurs and senior managers today attended a CEO Forum organised by the Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Punjab and Chandigarh, in which issues relating to building high performance teams as well as creating organisational branding and differentiation were discussed.

Newcastle Mayor meets Chatrath
Chandigarh, February 12
Mike Cookson, Lord Mayor of Newcastle City, UK, along with Lady Mayor Dorrie Cookson, held a meeting with Anu Chatrath, Mayor, PK Sharma, Additional Commissioner, other councillors and officials of the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, yesterday regarding the sister-city relationship programme.

Prabhdeep crowned Miss Mountview
Zirakpur, February 12
Mountview Public School, Baltana, organised a farewell party on the school premises here today. The function was presided over by principal Rekha and chairman of the school Major Gurcharan Singh.

Advocate invited to attend conference
Chandigarh, February 12
Ajay Jagga, advocate, Punjab and Haryana High Court, has been invited for the international conference on electronic voting machines (EVMs) to be held in Chennai on February 13.


Inter-college play contest on HIV/AIDS at GCG-11
Chandigarh, February 12
The Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society organised an inter-college play competition on HIV/AIDS at Government College for Girls, Sector 11, here. Nearly 10 teams from various colleges participated in the event.

Screening of documentaries marks ‘Glitterati’
Chandigarh, February 12
The department of English, Government College for Girls, Sector 11, organised its annual literary and cultural event “Glitterati” here yesterday.

ETT teachers burn govt’s effigy
Bassi Pathana, February 12
The state government has crossed all its limits on committing atrocities on ETT teachers and their family members. The teachers’ houses are being raided and ransacked, family members are manhandled and the teachers are treated like criminals.


10-yr-old girl killed in accident
Ambala, February 12
A 10-year-old girl Muskan died in a road accident on the Ambala-Chandigarh road near Baldev Nagar at Ambala City today noon while going to Shiv Temple along with her parents. Her sister Jiyoti also sustained serious injuries and was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

Two hurt as cop fires in wedding party
Rajpura, February 12
A Punjab Police constable and a Kurukshetra resident were injured after a Haryana Police constable allegedly fired gunshots at a wedding party in Rajpura today evening.

Jail inmates celebrate Shivratri
Ropar, February 12
Inmates of the Ropar jail today celebrated Shivratri on the jail premises with a cultural programme. Addressing the inmates, SSP LK Yadav said the Punjab government was spending Rs 77 crore on the upgradation of jails in the state. Jail superintendent Rajan Kapoor said the jail was designated as the district jail in 2008 and presently 411 undertrials and convicts live here, including 24 women.

Stress on interaction between coaches, players
Patiala, February 12
A two-day workshop on “Scientific backup to 2010 Commonwealth Games probables with special reference to kinanthropometric support” was inaugurated by LS Ranawat, executive director, SAI, NS NIS, Patiala.

Urs begins at Roza Sharif
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 12
Three-day yearly Urs, a Muslim festival, began yesterday at Roza Sharif wherein people in large numbers paid their obeisance. People from various parts of India and adjoining Bangladesh and Afghanistan also visited Roza Sharif.

Athletics meet at Chaman
Ambala, February 12
The athletics meet of Chaman Vatika Public School, Ambala City, concluded here yesterday. Senior advocate Aadish Jain was the chief guest.

Bank told to pay Rs 10,000
Ambala, February 12
The Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Ambala branch of the State Bank of India to pay Rs 10,000 to the complainant within 30 days.


Cyclist killed in road mishap
Mohali, February 12
A cyclist, Amar Gir, died after being hit by a speeding car near Shahpur village. The victim along with Bhimsham Gir, were returning to their native village, Shahpur, when the speeding car hit Amar from behind. The victim was declared brought dead at the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh. A case under Section 304 A of the IPC has been registered at the Sohana Police Station.

Vehicles stolen
Chandigarh, February 12
Sandeep, a resident of Ludhiana, reported to the police alleging that someone had stolen his Bullet motorcycle (PB-43-C-7743) from Sector 22 on Wednesday. A case has been registered.

Scooterist hurt in mishap
Chandigarh, February 12
Vishwa Nath, a resident of Sector 41-A, was injured when the scooter he was riding hit a motorcycle coming from the opposite direction near Government College for Girls, Sector 42, late last night. The injured was driving his scooter on the wrong side, said the police.


PU judokas excel in inter-varsity championship
Chandigarh, February 12
Judokas of Panjab University have won three gold medals in the All-India Inter-University Judo Championship for Men, which began at the Panjab University campus here today. Dr DS Bedi, director principal, Shivalik Public School, Mohali and Chandigarh, inaugurated the championship. The judokas representing 65 universities from all over India are participating in this championship.

The All-India Inter-University Judo Championship in progress at Panjab University on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Satluj T20 Champions Trophy
St Stephen’s crush DAV-15
Panchkula, February 12
An excellent knock of 110 by Udit Hari Mehta enabled St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, reach the final of the Satluj T20 Champions Trophy. St Stephen’s School thrashed DAV School, Sector 15, by 126 runs in the first semifinal match held at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, here today.

Aadil takes lead in junior golf
Chandigarh, February 12
Eight-year-old Aadil Bedi of Vivek High School played a 14-over 86 card to take a one-stroke lead over 10-year-old Amrit Lal in the D category on the opening day of the inaugural CGA Junior 2010 Golf Circuit at the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

SAI badminton coach returns with glory
Chandigarh, February 12
City SAI coach Surinder Mahajan returned with glory as the Indian badminton team won two golds and one silver medal in the Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge, which concluded in Tehran on February 6.

Tug-of-War Assn
Gill nominated patron-in-chief
Chandigarh, February 12
The Chandigarh Tug-of-War Association has nominated PS Gill, Director-General of Police, Punjab, as patron-in-chief of the Chandigarh Tug-of-War Association.


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