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V-Day low-key affair this time
Chandigarh, February 14
 A guy gets a whack from a girl on Valentine’s Day at a Sector 8 park in Chandigarh on Sunday. The tight security on the streets on a Sunday and changing trends in ways to express love combined to make the spirit of Valentine’s Day subdued this year. Other than parties hosted by individuals and at the city’s discotheques the mood remained hushed, with only a modest crowd at eating joints and restaurants.

Love Hurts: A guy gets a whack from a girl on Valentine’s Day at a Sector 8 park in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

3 labourers crushed under tractor
Lalru, February 14
Three labourers were killed and three injured when the tractor in which they were travelling rolled down from the road into the fields near the Jaulan Kalan chowk here this morning.

Students of Ryan International School perform a cultural item at carnival on the school campus in Sector 49, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
Students of Ryan International School perform a cultural item at carnival on the school campus in Sector 49, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Sec 307 against MLA’s kin dropped
Panchkula, February 14
In what could only be termed as blatant appeasement, the district police has not only transferred one of its own men and complainant in a case, but also dropped Section 307, IPC, (attempt to murder) from the FIR against an accused who happens to be a relative of the Kalka MLA.


PU to modify syllabi to suit industry needs
Chandigarh, February 14
In a major overhaul, Panjab University has decided to upgrade the syllabi of all its courses to suit the needs of the industry. It would now review the feedback from the corporate sector and design the course module accordingly.

Open House 
Despite a clear-cut ban, waste from city hospitals continues to reach the dumping ground at Dadu Majra in Chandigarh. UT needs a vision on garbage processing

With no scope of expansion in its existing geographical domain of 114 square kilometres, on any of its sides in the Union Territory, garbage disposal will assume monstrous proportions incase the existing lifting and treatment mechanism were not put in the right place and a master plan not prepared for the future.The total garbage accumulation exceeds 400 tons, each day. The population has increased from 1.20 lakh in 1961 to more than 10 lakh today.

Despite a clear-cut ban, waste from city hospitals continues to reach the dumping ground at Dadu Majra in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


Gender inequality takes centrestage
Chandigarh, February 14
Women had been extolled as an angel in our holy scriptures, but the gender disparity existed from ages. This issue was brought alive in an adroit solo dramatic performance by Pushpa Wishavkarma in a play “Seemantani Updesh” during the on going Katha Manchan fest at the Randhawa Auditorium here today.

Fiza addresses a press conference in Mohali on Sunday. Message from Fiza: Be careful in love
Mohali, February 14
Fiza, estranged wife of Chander Mohan, had a special message for those who are in love on the Valentine’s Day.“Be careful in love so that you are not cheated by your partner,” she told mediapersons at her residence in Sector 48 here today.Without realising the essence of the Valentine’s Day, people try to play with others’ feelings and often pay a price for it, she said while drawing attention towards her case.

Fiza addresses a press conference in Mohali on Sunday.A Tribune photograph

Hyderabad law students adjudged best
Mohali, February 14
While earning livelihood through practising law, the plight of the underprivileged should not be forgotten and their cases should be fought free of cost.This was stated by Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the concluding function of the third Surna and Surna National Corporate Law Moot Court competition at the Army Institute of Law (AIL) here today.

The police patrols Rose Garden on Valentine’s Day in Chandigarh on Sunday.
The police patrols Rose Garden on Valentine’s Day in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Pune Blast
Cops raid Sector 22 market
Chandigarh, February 14
The local police raided various areas of the city today to nab anti-social elements in view of the bomb blast at Pune yesterday.A heavy posse of policemen raided the busy Shastri Market in Sector 22 and removed illegal encroachments in the area.

Cold wave on the wane
Chandigarh, February 14
The severe cold wave seems to be on the wane, with the sun shining brightly for the past three days, but with a little dip in temperatures.Compared to the chill during nights, that continued for more than a week, Saturday night was a bit colder.

15 trees felled illegally at government dispensary
Mohali, February 14
Some unidentified persons axed at least 15 full-grown trees at the government dispensary in Phase 7 here today.Located adjacent to the Phase 7 commercial area, the trees were felled within a few hours and no one from the health department noticed the illegal activity.
HEARTS’ DAY OUT: Balloon sellers throng a road on Valentine’s Day in Chandigarh.
HEARTS’ DAY OUT: Balloon sellers throng a road on Valentine’s Day in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik 

Cops failed twice to nab Ranjit Bajaj
Panchkula, February 14
Lady luck missed the district cops twice while they were trying to track Ranjit Bajaj in Mumbai and Delhi.They reached a little after he left the venue on both occasions. Teams sent to both places returned empty handed, following which a red-corner alert was issued.

Thousands pay tributes to Dhir
Mohali, February 14
A sea of humanity from all walks of life converged on the smriti samaroh to pay homage to litterateur Santokh Singh Dhir in Phase X here today.Describing him as a crusader for the downtrodden, Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, said Dhir’s demise was a big jolt to the Punjabi literary world.

School adoption scheme comes unstuck
Chandigarh, February 14
Almost eight months after it was launched, the UT administration’s much publicised programme of voluntary ‘adoption’ of a government school in the city’s periphery by a private school located nearby has proved to be a damp squib.

Tying the knot with circumstances
Chandigarh, February 14
The power of money and the glamour of the West weigh heavily on human and blood relationships as circumstances compel a man to tie the knot with his niece.

Remaining vigilant about one’s rights
Chandigarhians are only too aware about their rights. In fact, a minor goof-up by the UT administration is enough for alert residents to report the matter to the press. A case in point was ‘condoning off’ a newly installed state-of-the-art multi play equipment for children at Rose Garden by the engineering department. The equipment, which was open to the public till a few days ago, suddenly became "out of bounds”, giving a children visiting the garden a raw deal, said a visitor.

Divisions of same department lack coordination
Chandigarh, February 14
Lakhs are drained with the publication of separate advertisements for similar work by various divisions of the same department, but the municipal corporation does not seem concerned.

Activists of the Shiv Sena hold a rally to protest against Valentine’s Day at Mauli Jagran in Chandigarh on Sunday. 41 Shiv Sainiks arrested
Chandigarh, February 14
The police arrested 41 Shiv Sainiks when they tried to hold a rally at the Housing Board Chowk here today.The Shiv Sena activists started a march from their office at Mauli Jagran in protest against Valentine’s Day.

Activists of the Shiv Sena hold a rally to protest against Valentine’s Day at Mauli Jagran in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph


DAV-15 kids win quiz
Chandigarh, February 14
Prateek Yadav and Shivan K Sahib of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, stood first in “Know UK Quiz 2010” grand finals organised by The British Council in New Delhi on February 11.

Workshop on soft skills concludes
Chandigarh, February 14
The three-day workshop organised by the central placement cell of Panjab University concluded at the ICSSR Complex here today.

Students apprised of IT trends
Chandigarh, February 14
With an aim to spread awareness among students of rural background for opting Information Technology (IT) as their career, the department of Information Technology under its IT reach out programme in collaboration with Infosys, Chandigarh, today organised a visit of the students of Government Senior Secondary School, Baghapurna, Moga district, to the Infosys Campus for attending an interactive session “spark event.”


Science fest at Udham Singh College
Banur, February 14
Shaheed Udham Singh College of Research and Technology and Pharmacy jointly organised a science fest wherein students participated in quiz, paper-reading and debate contests.

CGI to host conference on engg trends
Fatehgarh Sahib,February 14
Continental Group of Institutes (CGI) will host international conference on engineering innovations - a fillip to economic development on its Jalvehra campus from February 18 to 20.

Punjabi University steal march
Patiala, February 14
Punjabi University emerged champions in the All-India Inter-University Baseball Championship organised on the university campus here today.

250 doctors for medicine update
Banur, February 14
Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital will organise “medicine update” on its campus.The update is being organised by department of medicine. Dr AS Sekhon, dean and principal of Gian Sagar of Medical College and Hospital, was chief guest.

State award winners honoured
Bassi Pathana, Februray 14
The management of Holy Heart Public High School honoured the state-level award winners by organising a function here.

US accreditation for B-School
Banur, February 14
Aryans Business School (ABS) got membership of the US-based world’s best accreditation body, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

MC to remove 173 encroachments by next week
Kharar, February 14
At least 173 encroachments doting the Kharar-Chandigarh stretch of national highway No. 21 will be removed by next week.

Man arrested for firing at cop
Fatehgarh Sahib,February 14
The local police today arrested a man after he opened fire at a policeman at a checkpoint in Patiala late last night.The accused has been identified as Dilpreet Singh, a resident of Anand Nagar, Patiala. The police also recovered Hyundai Verna car, the vehicle used in the crime, and two live cartridges.

Auto Mall
Indo Global students win second prize
Kharar, February 14
A solar car, “Sun Rider”, one of the two concept cars exhibited by mechanical engineering students of Indo Global Colleges, Abhipur, in Auto Mall-2010 at parade ground, Chandigarh, won second prize of Rs 31,000 in the concept car category.

Shivratri celebrations
Ropar, February 14
Brahmkumaris celebrated Shivratri by holding a programme here today.

Body found at lottery bazaar
Lalru, February 14
An unidentified body of a man in his mid-30s was found at a lottery bazaar here this morning. The police stated that it received information around 10.30 am that a body had been lying on the roof of a shop. On reaching the spot, it found that the man was in a semi nude condition and his dinner meal was lying under his bed. The statement of shopkeepers have been recorded and investigations are on. No injury marks were found on the body, but the possibility of murder is not being ruled out. The victim worked at a lottery shop and was called Pappu, but no one knows his original name. The body would be kept for identification purposes at the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, for 72 hours. Inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC have been initiated.

5 booked for Internet fraud,one held
Rajpura, February 14
The police booked five persons for committing a Rs 5-crore fraud through the Internet here today.The accused have been identified as Seham Mohandeep, a resident of Cochin, Amardeep Singh, a resident of Delhi, his sister Preetipal Kaur, her husband Charanjit Singh and Rahul, a resident of Mumbai.

Placement drive by Quark
Kharar, February 14
Software development company Quark-India conducted a joint campus placement drive on the campus of Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Gharuan, for students of BTech computer science, electronics and MCA.


Two arrested for robbery
Chandigarh, February 14
The police today claimed to have achieved a major success with the arrest of two persons allegedly involved in four cases of robbery in Chandigarh and Panchkula.The two accused were identified as Raju of Bapu Dham Colony and Rakesh of Mauli Jagran. The police sought two-day police remand of the accused.

Four arrested for gambling
Chandigarh, February 14
The local police arrested four persons for gambling and recovered Rs 4,890 from their possession during raids conducted at Burail last night.The police received information that Ashok Kumar, Ram Shankar, Sanjay Gupta and Satti Kumar, residents of Burail, were playing ‘satta’.


Hanuman academy lift trophy
Panchkula, February 14
An all-round performance by Ankit Chaudhary, who took four wickets for just seven runs and scored 23 runs, helped Sri Hanuman Cricket Academy beat Hansraj Cricket Academy by two wickets to lift the Hansraj Cricket Tournament Trophy. In the final match played at Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, today, Hansraj Cricket Academy elected to bat first, however, its batsmen failed to face the tight and accurate bowling of Sri Hanuman Cricket Academy bowlers and were bundled out for 162 runs in 28.1 overs.

Hansraj academy trounce Godrej club
Panchkula, February 14
An excellent performance by Jai Pal Singh (48 runs off 42 balls) enabled the senior team of Hansraj Cricket Academy thrash Godrej Cricket Club, Chandigarh, by 60 runs in the first Corporate Cup League Cricket Tournament being played at Hansraj Cricket Academy, Sector 6, here today.

Rupinder Singh wins North Zone title
Chandigarh, February 14
Rupinder Singh made the most of a sunny day to clinch the title in the fifth North Zone Civil Services Golf Championship tallying a 150 gross score in the two-day event on the par-72 greens of the Panchkula Golf Club here today.

Deepu shines in golf
Chandigarh, February 14
Deepu Dhanoa carded a net 69 score to clinch the February Kingfisher Medal Round in the women section of the Chandigarh Golf Club here recently.

Mandeep clinches four golds in rowing
Chandigarh, February 14
Mandeep Kaur bagged four gold medals in the second Open Punjab State Rowing Championship (men and women), which concluded at the Rowing Centre, Sukhna Lake, yesterday.


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