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Bird watchers have a field day
Chandigarh, February 17
Wildlife enthusiasts spotted a black-headed jay, a bird found only in the hills, during the 3rd Chandigarh Bird Race held here today, taking the number in the check list of the bird species found in and around Chandigarh to 374, against the earlier figure of 373. The black-headed jay, being a rare bird found in this area, also clinched the "Bird of the Day" title.
A team of bird watchers spot birds at Dhakoli, Zirakpur, on Sunday. A team of bird watchers spot birds at Dhakoli, Zirakpur, on Sunday. A Tribune photograph


City residents give thumbs up to Bigelow's 'ZD30'
Chandigarh, February 17
The Oscar-nominated film, a significant portion of which was shot in the city, has received an overwhelming response from the residents. "Zero Dark 30" (ZD30), the film, which features the fate of one of the world's most dangerous men, Osama Bin Laden, has been running houseful since Friday when it was released here.

p’kula rape case
Major Harish Chander Sharma Accused handed over broom in jail
Panchkula, February 17
The moment Major Harish Chander Sharma (retired) entered the Ambala jail this afternoon, he was handed over a broom to clean the third class in the jail. Sources said he was handed over the broom in view of the heinous crime he had perpetrated.

A file photo of Major Harish Chander Sharma

One held for Park Plaza theft
Chandigarh, February 17
A week after valuables worth over Rs 30 lakh were reportedly stolen from a room in Hotel Park Plaza in Sector 17, the crime branch of the UT police claims to have solved the case. One of the thieves was arrested while his accomplice is absconding.

Probe fails to grill hotel staff
Chandigarh, February 17
Even though the police has solved the burglary at Hotel Park Plaza, it has failed to nail anyone from the hotel staff in view of glaring lapses found in hotel security. Some questions have remained unanswered and the police has not bothered to look deep into the investigation.



Affordable accommodation remains dream for working women
Chandigarh, February 17
A working women’s hostel at Sector 24, Chandigarh. For the thousands of women who land up in Chandigarh to work in the growing service sector, there are only 136 seats available in the working women hostels. These women also fail to obtain any information online about the availability of rooms or location of these hostels.

A working women’s hostel at Sector 24, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Admn misses deadline to declare eco-sensitive zone around Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary
Chandigarh, February 17
The Chandigarh Administration has missed the February 15 deadline set by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to declare an eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) around the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary.

Ranbir Kapoor shoots for movie Besharm at Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
lights, camera, action: Ranbir Kapoor shoots for movie Besharm at Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Mohali family admitted to GMCH-32
Mohali, February 17
The four members of the Mohali-based family, who had confined themselves in their house at Phase 3B1 for past several years, were admitted to the psychiatry department of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here today.

Residents of Sector 38-W complain water contamination
Chandigarh, February 17
The residents of the EWS houses of Sector 38-W filed a complaint with the area councillor citing contamination in water supply.

Another notification out, no relief for property owners 
Panchkula, February 17
In another jolt to the property owners in Panchkula, the last hope of getting relief in the property tax sunk into the ground as the latest notification issued by the government mentioned no change in the existing rates.

Contract scrapped, Mohali MC to hire security guards 
Mohali, February 17 Things are back to square one as far as the concept of setting up security gates at various sites in the residential areas of the town is concerned.

RWA organises medical camp
Chandigarh, February 17 The Residents Welfare Association of Sector 50 organised a free Medical check-up camp with Lab Tests near Government Smart School, Sector 50.

78-yr-old dies of swine flu
Panchkula, February 17
A 78-year-old Panchkula resident died of swine flu at the PGI, Chandigarh, this evening. He was referred to PGI after he tested positive of swine flu. His death has taken the toll to four in the tricity. Till now, 31 cases of swine flu have been reported from the Chandigarh region. — TNS

open house responses
Allow governance by an elected assembly
Chandigarh is governed more by the bureaucrats than the politicians. This context is relevant in the case of bureaucracy acting proactively and putting the general pace of the growth in the city in the reverse gear. Chandigarh Housing Board built flats in the city without keeping next generation need based requirement that led to mushrooming violations that even threatens the structural stability.


No toilet for 1,400 students at Burail School
Chandigarh, February 17
The guidelines of the Supreme Court are being openly violated as there is no toilet for over 1,400 students at Government Middle School, Burail, Sector 45, Chandigarh.

Four schools being run from a building in Panchkula
Panchkula, February 17
Four schools are being run from a small building at Rally village in Sector 12-A here. Two government primary schools (of Rally village and Sector 12-A), one middle school and one anganwadi school are being run from the building.

teachers’ recruitment
SST teachers may get relief
Chandigarh, February 17
The expelled government teachers and those who came under the scanner due to the revised merit list of SST teachers may get relief if the Chandigarh Administration takes cognisance of a judgment of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in relation to a service matter.

Dev Samaj to discontinue MEd course
Chandigarh, February 17
From the next academic session, the students willing to study Master of Education (MEd) in the city will have to go through a cut-throat competition to get admission as Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, has decided to discontinue the course, leaving Government College of Education, Sector 20, and Panjab University campus as the only option for the students to study MEd (General). Over 1,000 students apply for admissions to the course every year.

off-campus mba course
No weightage for work experience 
Chandigarh, February 17
The candidates planning to pursue MBA (off-campus) from Panjab University (PU) will not be offered weightage of 20 per cent for work experience at the time of admission. The university has proposed that the entrance test should be of 100 marks.

from schools
Basant Panchami celebrated
The kite magician, Naresh Kumar, who can fly 150 kites on a string was at The Gurukul, Sector 20, Panchkula, on Basant Panchami. Kumar celebrated the day with the students. Naresh Kumar, a veg pakora vendor from Samrala, proves beyond doubt that imagination, creativity and will power have no boundaries. He inspired the students to reach out for the impossible and make a mark in the field they choose. 


Over 300 senior citizens celebrate annual day
Kalka, February 17
Senior Citizens Welfare Association today celebrated its second annual day function in the Railway Community Hall. More than 300 senior citizens of the area attended the function. Satinder Rana, general secretary state Congress and former MLA was the chief guest on the occasion. 
Tiny tots present a dance item during the annual function of First Edge Pre-School in Dera Bassi on Sunday.
Tiny tots present a dance item during the annual function of First Edge Pre-School in Dera Bassi on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

SGGS World varsity to set up Sikh portrait gallery
Fatehgarh Sahib, Feb 17
Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University has decided to set up a portrait gallery, depicting various important events related to Sikh history, the eminent saints whose verses have been included in Sri Guru Granth Sahib and of Sikhs emperors, kings, warriors and generals who made an important contribution for the development of Sikhism, said Jathedar Avtar Singh, president SGPC and Chancellor of the University, while unveiling the first such portrait depicting Guru Nanak Dev Ji reciting the holy verses while Baba Mardana is playing rababas an accompanist.

Cultural items mark annual function
Fatehgarh Sahib, Feb 17
Sant Namdev Kanya Mahavidhyalya and Sant Namdev Public School, Bassi Pathana, jointly organised annual function at Bassi Pathana town today.


Property dealer dupes man of Rs 15 lakh
Mohali, February 17
The Mohali police has arrested a local property dealer for duping a person of Rs 15 lakh. The accused, identified as Harminder Singh, had reportedly sold a plot at Sunny Enclave to the complainant, Naresh Khurana, by arranging the meeting with a fake owner of the property.

Attendant manhandles doctor
Chandigarh, February 17
High drama prevailed at the Emergency Unit of Government Medical College and Hopsital (GMCH), Sector 32, on Sunday night when a patient’s attendant manhandled a senior resident doctor.


Sonu, Stephen win 5km ambuja chandigarh marathon
Chandigarh, February 17
Even last night’s continuous drizzling failed to stop, the running enthusiasts to wear their sports gear and take participate in the Ambuja Chandigarh Marathon, organised early morning at 6 am, here today.

Players in action during a kabaddi match at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Sunday. Dev Samaj College lift kabaddi cup
Chandigarh, February 17
The Kabaddi team of Dev Samaj College, Ferozpur, won the Panjab University Inter-College Circle Kabaddi Championship for Women (A-division), held at Kabaddi grounds of Panjab University, here today.

Players in action during a kabaddi match at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: S chandan

GMCH-32 blank Gyan Sagar College, win football tourney
Chandigarh, February 17
Soccer team of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, (GMCH 32) lifted the winning trophy of All-India Medical Football Championship, here today. In the final, played at the round of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, the team registered a 1-0 win over Gyan Sagar College, Patiala.


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