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PU: One hunger strike ends, another begins
* 2 students rushed to hospital by police
* PU denies any decision
* No end to strike in sight
Chandigarh, February 6
The ongoing student agitation on the Panjab University campus, seeking ouster of the director of dental college, ended today for a brief time after students were convinced that their demand had been met.
Students belonging to the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU), who were on a hunger strike, being taken to a hospital by the police Students belonging to the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU), who were on a hunger strike, being taken to a hospital by the police on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari


Countryside bloom

A couple flies a kite on the eve of Basant Panchami near Chandigarh
A couple flies a kite on the eve of Basant Panchami near Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

PGI strike ends
Chandigarh, February 6
The operation theatre (OT) technologists of the Post Graduate Institute for Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here called off their four-day-old strike after a late night meeting with acting director of the institute Dr Amod Gupta.

Basic policing a casualty in city
50 pc posts of constables, head constables vacant
Chandigarh, February 6
Even as the crime graph of the city is on a steady rise, 11 police stations here are grappling with the problem of staff shortage thereby reflecting their inability to deal with the burgeoning demand.

Provisions of consumer Act being misused
Chandigarh, February 6
If you thought consumer courts were being used only by genuinely harassed customers to seek compensation from companies which had failed to provide services/products as promised, you could be wrong.

No policy on laying pavement blocks
Chandigarh, February 6
Though the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is spending crores of rupees on laying pavement blocks annually, it is clueless about its quality as there is no policy to monitor it.

A view of a pavement along a garden at Sector 22, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

A view of a pavement along a garden at Sector 22, Chandigarh

UT undertakes not to recover Rs 39 cr from DLF
Chandigarh, February 6
In a major relief to DLF Info City Developers (Chandigarh) Limited, the Chandigarh Administration has undertaken before the Punjab and Haryana High Court that it shall not insist on recovering Rs 39 crore for “misuse” during the pendency of the company’s appeal.

Open House
Night Food Street needs a revamp
Floated as the local answer to Lahore’s famed Food Street, the Night Food Street in Sector 14 of the city has failed to live up to public expectations. Families fear going to the food outlets, adjoining the boundary wall of Panjab University and opposite the PGIMER, for the simple reason that they don't feel secure at the venue which is a witness to drunken brawls very often.

A view of Night Food Street at Sector 14 in Chandigarh
A view of Night Food Street at Sector 14 in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: S Chandan


Quiet burial for mega projects
60-acre Sarangpur land given to Indian Reserve Battalion
Chandigarh, February 6
Controversial mega projects’ loss is police’s gain. The land allotted to the now-scrapped mega projects of the Chandigarh administration has officially been transferred the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) of the Chandigarh Police for the construction of a 60-acre state-of-the-art IRB complex at the Institutional Area of Sarangpur here.

Conserving Water
Councillors told to identify leakage points
Chandigarh, February 6
To check the wastage of water due to leakage in pipelines in various parts of the city, MC councillors have been asked to prepare a detailed report on water and sewerage leakage points in their wards within a fortnight.

Cleanliness drive at Rock Garden
Chandigarh, February 6
Geocool, an NGO formed by several college students, launched an environment awareness campaign “Envirothon” at Rock Garden on Saturday. A cleanliness drive was carried out in the garden.

Reporters' Diary
V-day spirit catches on
Keeping the rising demand for roses in mind, especially with V-Day just a week away, florists in the city have already started stocking flowers in advance. Seeing the demand, some of the gardeners in the city have even taken to commercial cultivation of flowers, especially roses.
A huge truck enters a ‘no entry zone’ from a slip road to Sector 29, Chandigarh
A huge truck enters a ‘no entry zone’ from a slip road to Sector 29, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Hoax call sends police in a tizzy
Chandigarh, February 6
A hoax call claiming some calamity was to take place in Garwal Bhawan and in a mosque in Sector 29 sent the police in a tizzy this evening. The call was received at the police control room around 6.30 pm and according to the caller, some disaster was to occur within 20 minutes.

Corruption Cases
Welfare bodies to hold protest rally
Chandigarh, February 6
The Federation of Sector Welfare Associations (FOSWAC) at its executive committee meeting today decided to hold a protest rally against the increasing corruption and deteriorating law and order situation in the city.

Four houses gutted, 3 hurt
Panchkula, February 6
Three persons were injured and one is reportedly serious in a fire incident at Rajeev Colony near Sector 16 here yesterday. According to sources, leakage of gas cylinder was the reason behind the incident. Four houses were also gutted.

Music lovers mourn violinist Prithavi Raj’s demise
Chandigarh, February 6
Artists and music lovers mourned the demise of noted city-based violinist and music composer Prithavi Raj (75), who passed away following a brief illness here today.


What ails Panjab University?
Is it strained teacher-student relationship?
Chandigarh, February 6
Allegations levelled against teachers by students, followed by counter-allegations, apologies and disappointment among teachers; if the repeated protests occurring at Panjab University are any indication, there appears a drastic change in the student-teacher relationship.

Discipline goes for a toss
Chandigarh, February 6
Despite decorum being reduced to a mere mockery by students over the last few years, Panjab University is yet to take stern or deterring action against student violence and indiscipline.


Youth found dead on railway tracks
Kalka, February 6
The police recovered a body of a youth from the Kalka-Ambala rail track, who is suspected to be run over by some train last night. The deceased was identified as Rahul (19), a resident of Dera Bassi, who had come to meet his friends in HMT, Pinjore, a couple of days ago.

100 take part in painting contest
Dera Bassi, February 6
Drawing and painting contest was held at Mount Litera Zee School, Sundran. More than 100 students from various schools participated. Chairman Gaurav Goel inaugurated the function, while her wife distributed prizes to the winners.


Two held for stealing Gypsy
Chandigarh, February 6
Two persons were held for stealing an official Maruti Gypsy belonging to the CID Cell of Punjab Police. The accused have been identified as Vikas Bhalla (24), a resident of SAS Nagar, and Deepak Kumar (25), a resident of Amritsar.

35-year-old man stabbed, robbed
Chandigarh, February 6
A 35-year-old man was allegedly stabbed and robbed near the railway station by three unidentified persons around 9 pm today. The victim, whose identity was not immediately known, was taken to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, by the PCR staff.


Proflex Cup
Godrej & Boyce sail into final
Panchkula, February 6
An all-round performance by Rohit Singh (51 not out and three for 28) enabled Godrej and Boyce XI to beat Talwar Cricket-11 by seven wickets in the IInd Proflex Cup Inter-Corporate Cricket Tournament at the Sector 3 Cricket Stadium here today.

DAV-8 pocket cricket title
Chandigarh, February 6
DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, lifted the champions’ trophy after thrashing the APJ Cricket Academy, Kharar, by 82 runs in the final match of the Inter-Academy Winter League (under-16) at St Stephen’s School ground, Sector 45, here today.

Work on sports complex begins
Mohali, February 6
After lying in disuse for years, the work on the multi-purpose sports complex has finally been initiated by the Punjab Sports Department. Apart from the international-level hockey stadium with synthetic turf, the 20-acre site would be used to develop an ultra-modern swimming pool and other sports facilities.

Puma League Meet
Ajay fashions Kundan academy win
Chandigarh, February 6
An unbeaten ton by Ajay Kumar (103 not out off 87) steered the Kundan Cricket Academy to beat Kapsons XI by three wickets in the ongoing Puma League Tournament being played at Kundan International School, Sector 46, here today.

Prabhdeep, Harshini declared best athletes
Mohali, February 6
Prabhdeep Singh and Harshini Madan were declared best athletes in the U-19 annual inter-house cross country races organised by Yadavindra Public School here yesterday.


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