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chhatbir zoo
Special winter care for animals
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, January 24
In the wake of winters, authorities of Chhatbir Zoo have made proper arrangements for the safety of animals. Field Director of MC Zoological Park Chhatbir, Munish, said that there is a small lake where hundreds of migratory birds visit every winter.

Every year, special seasonal care and support is given to the animals for their better up-keep. The zoo management tries its best to provide hygiene and comfortable environment to keep them stress free.

The winter-care arrangements, done by the Chhatbir Zoo, are room heaters and heat convectors in the night shelters of all the tigers, leopards, lions and other small cats. All the windows have been covered with polythene sheets. Temporary shelters/huts made from kanna (munja), wooden logs and bamboos etc have been prepared with the help of binding wire and ropes with the facility of waterproof arrangements (black tarpal fixed in the roof) in all the enclosures of herbivores animals. Paddy straw and wheat husk bedding have been provided to all the herbivores animals for cozy flooring.

All the cages of birds have been covered with fibre clothes, jute mat and polythene sheets tightly to save them from wind chill and winter rain. Paddy straw and wheat husk bedding have been provided to all the birds for warm nesting.

This zoo was established with the objective of conservation of rare fauna, education and awareness on wildlife to general public and research on the wildlife behavior and disease management, said the director.



national girl child day
India accounts for 40% child marriages
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 24
The district administration organised a programme to observe the National Girl Child Day at the Mini-Secretariat here today.

Quoting figures of a survey, done under National Government of India ICMR, Dr Harshinder Kaur, Deputy Medical Superintendent of the Government Rajindra Hospital informed that 40 per cent of all child marriages all over the world happen in India and more than 50 per cent girls in eight states of India are getting married before the age of 18 years.

She also informed that 16 per cent of rich families and 75 per cent of poor families are marrying off their daughters before the marriageable age and 90.8 per cent of such couples are not using contraception and hence, result in early and frequent pregnancies and exposed to sexually transmitted diseases.



Rs 4 lakh stolen from scooter glove box
Tribune News Service

Ambala, January 24
Thieves today struck outside a national bank on the thickly populated Nicholson Road and fled with Rs 4 lakh after breaking open the boot space under the scooter seat, here today.

Raju, a of resident of Sawan Vihar, informed the police that he along with with his mother had withdrawn Rs 4 lakh from the Union Bank of India and kept the money in the boot space of scooter which was to be deposited in Allahabad Bank. On their way to the bank, they stopped at the local Punjab National bank to undertake some transitions and parked the scooter outside the bank. While coming out of the bank, he spotted two youths trying to break open the scooter’s boot space. As he rushed to scooter, the two accused fled from the scene and took away the cash. The police has started the investigation.



netball tournament
GMSSS-20, GMHS-28 win titles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
Chandigarh Sub-Junior State Netball Championship (Under-16 years and Under-14) of boys and girls concluded here at St Soldier International School, Sector 28-B.

Today’s results are mentioned below:

Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20-D, (GMSSS-20) emerged winner in Under-16 year boys’ category after beating Government Model High School, Sector 28, by score 19-17.

In girls Under-16, Government Model High School, Sector 28, (GMHS-28) topped the chart by defeating Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, by score 9-5.

In Under-14 years boys’ final match, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20-D, beat Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, by score 15-14. In Girls Matches

In final match in girl’s section, Government Model High School, Sector 28, beat Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, by score 6-5 Sub-Junior State Netball Championship.



Chandigarh cyclothon on February 3
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
Over 5,000 cycling enthusiasts, including children and international-level cyclists, will participate in the third edition of Chandigarh Cyclothon on February 3 in Chandigarh.

Announcing the event AK Malhotra, GM, Tourism, CITCO, said the highlight of the cycling event would be a Special National elite race, which will feature as many as 100 professional cyclists locked in a battle to clinch top honours.

The race would be of a grueling 60 km and will be flagged off at 6.30 am from Janmarg, Sector 10.

“The total prize money to be won is Rs 3 lakh which will be shared among the top cyclists. We will be arranging for their travel and stay of the athletes who will be coming from as many as 20 states,” he said.

Mass events would feature categories, Junior/ Fun Ride-a 5 km race, Amateur Ride-a 10 km race and Corporate Ride-a 10 kms race.

People from different age groups and diverse walks of life are expected to take part in the cycling events to be held under the aegis of Cycling Federation of India, it is informed.

According to officials, the city provides a perfect setting for this sporting event.

Those, who are interested in registering for races, can log on at www.chandigarhcyclothon.com from Jan 25 to Jan 30.

Eligibility for Chandigarh cyclothon junior ride/fun ride is 8-16 years and for amateur and corporate ride for 18 years and above.



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