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Dera row: Bus, train services hit
Chandigarh, February 28
Commuters travelling to Punjab and Haryana had a tough time today as train and bus services to the two states were severely affected from the city following large-scale violence after filing of a fresh murder case against the Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Gurmit Ram Rahim.

Panchkula suspends bus service to various routes
Security up around CBI office

HOLIKA DAHAN: People perform rituals on Holi in Chandigarh
HOLIKA DAHAN: People perform rituals on Holi in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari


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Hostel residents of DAV School, Sector 15, celebrate Holi on the school campus
Hostel residents of DAV School, Sector 15, celebrate Holi on the school campus on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

UT gets go-ahead on metro project
Chandigarh, February 28
UT Administrator Shivraj Patil has cleared the plan for the metro outline in the city and asked the administration to pursue the case in line with the project report prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

Full second-floor coverage okayed
Mohali, February 28
Following in the footsteps of the Chandigarh administration, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is all set to replicate people-friendly bylaws here.

City lad scores 100 percentile in CAT
Chandigarh, February 28
City lad Ankit Garg has scored 100 percentile in the much-awaited Common Admission Test (CAT). For the third consecutive year, a city student has scored 100 percentile. The CAT result was declared today.

Parents of Ankit Garg, CAT topper, give him sweets at their residence in Sector 48, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal
Parents of Ankit Garg, CAT topper, give him sweets at their residence in Sector 48, Chandigarh

Open House Response
UT needs to prioritise garbage collection
The solid waste management in Chandigarh, where garbage accumulation exceeds 400 tons each day, is really pathetic. Sanjeev Singh Bariana has rightly pointed out that the situation shall be worse with surging population growth of the city, projected to be 19.5 lakhs by 2021.


A butterfly sits on a flower at a garden in Chandigarh
A butterfly sits on a flower at a garden in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Tiny tots of Evergreen Academy present a colourful programme at their annual function
Tiny tots of Evergreen Academy present a colourful programme at their annual function on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Bollywood actor Anupam Kher at Baradari Gardens in Patiala
Bollywood actor Anupam Kher at Baradari Gardens in Patiala on Sunday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Sweepers deprived of EPF, ESI benefits
Panchkula, February 28
While changes in the sanitation system has led to heaps of garbage piling up in the town, it has left the sweepers deputed to Panchkula high and dry as every one of them has been deprived of employer’s contribution towards the Employees Service Insurance Corp (ESIC) and Employees Provident Fund (EPF).

Man fights for retirement benefits
Mohali, February 28
For the past 10 years, Harbhajan Singh, a former PSEB employee, has been running from pillar to post to get his retirement benefits. Harbhajan Singh, who worked with the Punjab State Electricity Board as an auto mechanic, retired after 35 years. In 1963, he joined Beas Dam Project Talwara Township and he was promoted as an auto mechanic in 1968.

Critic should be unbiased: Atamjit
Chandigarh, February 28
“Jis ke tufail mujh ko meri zindagi mili, Voh geet meine shayad likha nahin.” The essence of Urdu couplet by acclaimed poet Padmabhushan Sardar Anjum is a veritable summation of playwright Dr Atamjit’s contention that he is yet to sculpt a play closed to his heart and a lifetime achievement of his art.

Education Dept Scam
Officials held meetings to collect funds
Mohali, February 28
In the alleged scam involving collection of funds by the Mohali district education office (DEO) to organise a district-level function to honour government teachers, it has come to light that meetings were held by education department officials to collect the funds.

Day temperature rises
Chandigarh, February 28
The day temperature today rose above normal for the second time this season in the city and adjoining areas. It seemed that summer had almost set in. Mercury touched the 27.9 degree Celsius mark.

Dry Holi
Liquor vends witness rush
Chandigarh, February 28
Bacchus lovers made beelines to vends in the city today after the UT administration declared a dry Holi tomorrow announcing closing of vends from 7 am to 3 pm.

Health camp on HIV/AIDS
Panchkula, February 28
The Butterfly Nature Club of India (BNCI) organised a special health camp in collaboration with the Haryana State AIDS Control Society (HSACS) at the Labour Chowk here today.

Reporters' Diary
Rose Festival not so rosy this year

As a regular visitor to the annual rose festival at the Rose Garden, this year I was surprised to see a sizeable number flower beds were devoid of the seasonal beauty. “The general appearance looks very lethargic in the garden”, Col Raghuwinder Singh, another regular festival visitor said.

ISKCON celebrates appearance day
Chandigarh, February 28
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) celebrated the appearance day of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu on the occasion of Guar Purnima here today.

Narinder appointed technical official
Chandigarh, February 28
Narinder Rana has been appointed technical official for the International Inter-City Kabaddi Championship to be held in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) from March 4.

Chopra appointed chief selector
Chandigarh, February 28
Former Ranji Trophy player Varinder Chopra has been appointed chief selector for the T-10 gully cricket matches to be held at Jan Nayak Tau Devi Lal Cricket Academy, Sirsa, from March 3.


Views on sociological aspect of culture expressed
Chandigarh, February 28
Prof Harjinder Singh Laltu, Prof Akshaya Kumar, department of English, and Dr Kiranpreet Kaur, sociology department, shared their views with participants on the second day of the national seminar on “Philosophy, history and multiculturalism: Contesting claims” organised by the department of philosophy, Panjab University, and department of philosophy, Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepur.

PU rose fest from March 5
Chandigarh, February 28
Panjab University is organising its second Rose Festival on the university campus from March 5 to 7. To explore the hidden talent of youth from various schools, colleges, university and general public, the organising committee has decided to arrange competitions like singing, mono acting, laughter competition, painting, creative mehndi, mime, etc. for different age groups.


Sant Namdev college gets Pbi varsity affiliation
Bassi Pathana, February 28
Punjabi University, Patiala, has given affiliation to local Sant Namdev Kanya Mahavidhyalya and has also allotted 60 seats for BCA. The managing committee of the institution had been taking up the cause with the university since a long time.

Club organises eye camp
Patiala, February 28
In a joint collaboration, Rotary Club, Patiala Mid-Town and Rotary Club Toronto, Canada, organised a free eye checkup and operation camp at Ajnauda Village on Nabha Road, here yesterday.

Holi celebrated with fervour
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 28
Residents of Fatehgarh Sahib, Sirhind and adjoining areas today celebrated Holi with fervour. People paid obeisance at the Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib and Jyoti Swarup. Youngsters were seen swarming streets and markets with different colours.

‘Guilty’ cop to inquire
Patiala, February 28
Sub-inspector Dharam Dev, who allegedly beat up Gurjeet Singh, a protesting member of the Unemployed ETT Teachers Union, during the Mohindra College convocation on Friday last, was made investigating officer in the same case.

Cocaine worth Rs 2 cr seized
Ambala, February 28
CIA staff II of the Ambala police has recovered 675 gm of cocaine from the possession of three youths at Ambala Cantonment today. The cost of the recovered cocaine was estimated around Rs 2 crore in the market.


Afghan woman sets herself afire
Chandigarh, February 28
A 23-year-old Afghan national set herself afire in Sector 16 here in the wee hours today. In another incident, a 26-year-old widow was found hanging at her Sector 56 house this morning.

Thieves decamp with laptop, camera
Mohali, February 28
Valuables worth lakhs of rupees were reportedly stolen from four business establishments in Phase I here last night.

Man flees without paying for fuel
Chandigarh, February 28
A car driver sped away without making a payment of Rs 1,100 for fuel from a refilling station in Sector 39 here.


Godrej Boyce thrash ETA club
Panchkula, February 28
Excellent all-round performance by Amar Jit Kumar and Vinod Sharma enabled the Godrej Boyce Cricket XI beat ETA Cricket Club by four wickets in the Bharat Kesho League Cricket Cup organised by the Chandigarh Sports Club at the Cricket Stadium, Panchkula, here today.

Tavleen wins top spot in golf tournament
Chandigarh, February 28
Tavleen Batra scored 27 gross stable ford points to win the 0-12 handicap category title in the Rotary Golf Tournament on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Sunil adjudged best boxer
Chandigarh, February 28
Sunil Kumar from Army Sports Institute has been declared best boxer in the 17th AK Misra All-Inida Senior Men Boxing Championship, which concluded at the Sector 10 Skating Rink here today.

Participants in action during the 17th AK Mishra All-India Senior Men Boxing Championship at the Skating Rink, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Participants in action during the 17th AK Mishra All-India Senior Men Boxing Championship at the Skating Rink, Sector 10, Chandigarh

Wrestlers’ body demands stadium in Kharar
Chandigarh, February 28
Resentment continues to prevail among members of the Punjab Wrestling Association against the apathetic attitude of the Punjab government towards the setting up of multipurpose stadium in Kharar in memory of former international wrestler Christina Kahlon who died unsung after prolonged illness of seven years.

7-wicket win for Vampire XI
Chandigarh, February 28
Vampire XI beat Samsung XI by seven wickets in the inaugural Vampire Trophy being organised by the Chandigarh Cricket Association being held at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here today.


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