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Mixed bag for city in Union Budget
Non-plan outlay down by Rs 10.68 cr; plan budget up by 69 lakh
Chandigarh, February 26
It was a mixed bag for Chandigarh in the Union Budget 2010-11. While the non-plan outlay for 2010-11 showed a decline of Rs 10.68 crore from Rs 1478.68 crore to Rs 1,468 crore than the last financial year.

Major fire breaks out in Industrial Area godown
Goods worth crores gutted
Chandigarh, February 26
Property worth crores of rupees was destroyed in a major fire that broke out at the Vardhman Industries plot in Industrial Area (Phase I) today afternoon.
Fire brigade personnel try to extinguish the fire which broke out in a chemical factory at Industrial Area, Chandigarh, on Friday. Fire brigade personnel try to extinguish the fire which broke out in a chemical factory at Industrial Area, Chandigarh, on Friday. A Tribune photograph


Chb Flats
HC nod to allotment to UT admn employees
Chandigarh, February 26
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today paved the way for the allotment of flats under a special scheme launched by the Chandigarh Housing Board for UT administration employees by disposing of a bunch of petitions.

Engg dept washes hands off ‘wrong challan’
A sign on the road leading to the PGI and the PU displays a speed limit of 65 kmph in Chandigarh.Chandigarh, February 26
Caught in a piquant situation after the challaning of an alert motorist for obeying a wrong traffic sign, the authorities are passing the buck to wash their hands off the goof-up. Five months after a car driver was challaned by the Chandigarh traffic police, the UT engineering department claimed that the traffic police had installed the wrong signboard on its own.

A sign on the road leading to the PGI and the PU displays a speed limit of 65 kmph in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


Budget has failed to check price rise: Residents
RK Saboo, Raj BahadurChandigarh, February 26
A ‘growth oriented exercise’ is how city residents today described the 2010-11 budget proposals presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. However, most rue the major issue that concerns them -spiraling prices - has not been tackled and they will now have to pay more for fuel.

RK Saboo, Raj Bahadur

Gets CII thumbs-up
Chandigarh, February 26
The Union Budget for 2009-2010 has laid down a good basis for a strong economy and a strong social fabric. The Finance Minister has taken care of fiscal discipline by bringing down fiscal deficit.

MC panel approves paver blocks for roads 
Chandigarh, February 26
The Road Committee meeting of the Municipal Corporation was conducted under the chairmanship of Resham Chand Jakhu, which gave approval to various items on the agenda today.

PGI doc heads orthopaedic body
Chandigarh, February 26
Prof MS Dhillon, Head of Orthopaedics Department, PGI, has been elected as the president of the North Zone Indian Orthopaedic Association at the recently concluded annual conference at Jammu.

To-Be Retirees Seeking Extension
Interim relief for 10 UT employees
Chandigarh, February 26
Ten UT employees today got interim relief as the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) ruled that UT employees who were to retire on February 28, but had applied for extension, would be entitled to all benefits.

Fire breaks out in quilt-making enclosures
Mohali, February 26
A fire broke out in two quilt-making roadside enclosures in Madanpur village here today destroying cotton, fibre and other material stocked there. A minor boy working in one of the joints sustained burn injuries.

States told to submit proposal on traffic mgmt
Chandigarh, February 26
Justice Rajiv Bhalla directed states of Punjab and Haryana to submit a proposal how the traffic could be streamlined in Amritsar and Gurgaon.

‘Mahekti Shaam’ a treat for audience
Students of the ITFT perform during the Rose Festival at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday.Chandigarh, February 26
Call it a celebration of flowers or promotion of tourism through Bollywood, the cultural extravaganza put forth by the students of ITFT, Chandigarh, was more than a regular song and dance sequence. A part of the ongoing Rose Festival celebrations, the show, Mahekti Shaam at Liesure Valley-10 traced the journey of Bollywood from 1947 to 2010, through songs, which had a mention of flowers.

Students of the ITFT perform during the Rose Festival at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Mohali fire brigade keen on hi-tech vehicles
Demands hydraulic platform worth Rs 7 cr
Mohali, February 26
The Mohali fire brigade, which has been crying for hi-tech vehicles and equipment over the years, has once again demanded a hydraulic platform costing Rs 7 crore to tackle fire in high-rise buildings in the town.

Kanwaljit’s daughter vents pain in blog
Zirakpur, February 26
Manpreet Kaur Dolly, daughter of the late Capt Kanwaljit Singh, has expressed anguish over the death of her father in her blog dollydhillon.wordpress.com.

Cops preparing sketch of girl’s abductor
Mohali, February 26
A day after the five-year-old girl, Mehak, who was kidnapped from her house in Phase X here last evening, returned home after being released by her abductors in Ambala, the police is again reconstructing the sequence of events leading to the incident.


Higher Education for Differently Abled Students
Colleges don’t care despite UGC grants
Chandigarh, February 26
Despite efforts of Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal and the University Grants Commission (UGC) for the promotion of higher education for differently abled students, there are no takers for such a scheme in the city.

Delay in CAT result worries students
Chandigarh, February 26
With CAT online examination results expected in the next few days, MBA aspirants in the city are in a fix, as the top non-IIM B-schools are already done with their admission process.

Writers explore perspectives in literary realms
Chandigarh, February 26“Literature is a creation of three factors, races, milieu and moment,” observed M Taine, a French literary historian. Over 250 prolific writers, including 20 from abroad, are engaged in exploring new perspectives in the literary realm at the ongoing international conference on “Contemporary issues: Literature and culture since 1980” at PU, Chandigarh.

National Science Day observed
A scientist explains the working of a technical instrument to students in Chandigarh on Friday.Chandigarh, February 26
National Science Day was observed at research and developments institutions in the city by holding lectures and opening laboratories to the public.

A scientist explains the working of a technical instrument to students in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Poor coordination by admn hits school garden contest
Chandigarh, February 26
The UT administration’s move on the ‘best-maintained government-school garden’ competition during the ongoing Rose Festival seems to have failed miserably because of lack of coordination among its departments.


Rajpura hospital to get uninterrupted power
Rajpura, February 26
The Rajpura Civil Hospital would soon get hotline power connection as the health department has released Rs 13 lakh for the same.

Girls perform a Punjabi folk dance at the folk festival in Patiala on Friday.
Girls perform a Punjabi folk dance at the folk festival in Patiala on Friday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Villagers demand repair of road
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 26
A large number of villagers along with members of the Kisan Congress Khet Mazdoor, Punjab, today demanded immediate repair of roads connecting their villages. They submitted a memorandum to ADC Dharam Pal in this regard.

Pbi varsity, teachers take out rally
Patiala, February 26
On the call given by the Punjab Federation of University and College Teachers Organisations (PFUCTO), a rally was organised by the teachers of Punjabi University, Patiala, in front of the office of Vice-Chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh.

Farmer information centre opens
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 26
Deputy Commissioner Yashvir Mahajan yesterday inaugurated a farmers’ information centre on the Bassi Pathana road in Sirhind.

MC staff stage dharna
Furious over misbehaviour with workers
Rajpura, February 26
Employees of the municipal council today staged a dharna on the Tahli Wala Chowk.

Students  celebrate Holi with senior citizens
Banur, February 26
Students of Gurukul Vidyapeeth Group of Institutes today celebrated Holi with senior citizens of Chandigarh on their campus.


Ranjit Bajaj files bail plea
Panchkula, February 26
Facing arrest in a case of attempt to murder, Ranjit Bajaj, son of a retired IAS couple, has moved an application for anticipatory bail in the local court here today. Additional district and sessions judge Sanjeev Jindal issued a notice to the state directing that the petition be placed before sessions judge on March 5.

Missing Law Student Case
HC summons cop
Chandigarh, February 26
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the station house officer of the Sector 17 police station to appear in person on March 18 to explain why cops failed to track down a law student missing since January 5.


Two held for cheating
Chandigarh, February 26
The police has arrested two residents of Mohali on charges of duping a Sector 15 resident of Rs 70 lakh.

Two held for snatching
Chandigarh, February 26
The police arrested two persons allegedly involved in several incidents of snatchings and recovered 12 mobile phones and other articles from them today.

Woman commits suicide
Mohali, February 26
A 49-year-old widow allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her Phase X house here today. After the death of her husband, Suresh Nakotia, the woman was under depression and was undergoing treatment. Her husband had died last year.


IET Bhaddal athletics meet begins
Kharar, February 26
The annual athletics meet began at IET Bhaddal campus today. Sports and youth services additional secretary Daljeet Singh, Punjab, was the chief guest.

6 city pugilists enter semis
Chandigarh, February 26
Chandigarh pugilists continued their winning streak, as about six boxers of A and B team from the city entered the semifinals of the 17th AK Misra All-India Senior Men Boxers Championship being held at the Sector-10 Skating Rink here today.

Anikait, Garima star in ball badminton
Chandigarh, February 26
Anikait and Garima have been declared stars of India by the Ball Badminton Federation of India during the 55th Senior National Ball Badminton Championship, which concluded recently at Kaddapa (Andhra Pradesh).


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