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House tax: MC faces heat
Chandigarh, February 22
The municipal corporation has to pay for its populist approach of not imposing house tax as the Chandigarh Administration has decided to act tough with it by imposing an embargo on the transfer of land to the civic body. With the Lok Sabha elections due next year, the Congress, which is in power in the MC, is not imposing house tax on city residents despite a number of reminders sent by the UT Administration.

Administration gets choosy over boundary walls
Chandigarh, February 22
The Chandigarh Administration seems to have adopted a "pick-and-choose" policy by asking the rich and affluent in northern sectors to lower the height of the boundary walls of their houses but sparing government houses.

Monica Goyal’s in-laws charged with murder
Chandigarh, February 22
The court of District and Sessions Judge SK Aggarwal today framed charges of murder and abetment to suicide against four accused in the Monica Goyal murder case that took place on October 15 last year.


Hair and now: Students thrash barber
Chandigarh, February 22
Going to a barber is a well thought-out action, any day. Ask the dapper or the girl next door. They’d tell you that your barber knows it best: the hair once gone would take a while before inching up back again. It’s a defining moment, one that can showcase your features, redefine a new you. Provided, you give in to the barber.

OPDs closed on Feb 25
All OPDs in the PGI will remain closed on February 25 on account of Guru Ravi Dass Jayanti, a gazetted holiday. The emergency services will function as usual.


A girl poses with roses at the Rose Garden in Chandigarh on Friday. Colours blend with joy as 3-day rose festival takes off
Chandigarh, February 22
The much awaited three-day Rose Festival started with a colourful show today. The inauguration ceremony commenced with beating of drums, playing of bands and folk dance performed by the artists from different states. Regional art form was the main attraction of the ceremony.

A girl poses with roses at the Rose Garden in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh scan
City doctor is IMA vice-president
Dr Ramneek Singh Bedi was installed as the national vice-president of Indian Medical Association at the 87th National Conference IMACON at Kanyakumari. IMA is the largest association of doctors in the country. He is the second doctor from Chandigarh State to be elevated to this position. He is currently the President of IMA, Chandigarh, for the second year in succession.

Rose Fest gets off to a colourful start

Girls add glamour quotient to the Rose Festival during the Miss Rose contest on the inaugural day at the Rose Garden in Sector 16, Chandigarh
Girls add glamour quotient to the Rose Festival during the Miss Rose contest on the inaugural day at the Rose Garden in Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Govt school uniforms
Procurement process made easy
Chandigarh, February 22
Now each government school will procure free school uniforms for their respective students. After a series of meetings, the UT education department has finalised the required formalities and guidelines to financially empower School Management Committees (SMCs) of each government school to buy free school uniforms for their respective students. In Chandigarh, there are over one-lakh school students from class I to class VIII who are eligible for the purpose of free school uniforms.

Usha Mangeshkar graces musical evening
Usha Mangeshkar at a musical function at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Friday. Chandigarh, February 22
Legendary singer Usha Mangeshkar graced a musical evening here at the Tagore theatre. Usha Mangeshkar shot into fame, way back in 1955 when she sang a duet with elder sister Lata, "Aplam Chaplam Chaplai Re". People thronged in good number to have her glimpse.

Usha Mangeshkar at a musical function at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Airport incident
Runway was clear: IAF
Chandigarh, February 22 Questioning reports of an aircraft collision being narrowly averted at the Chandigarh airport, the Air Force authorities today said that the runway was totally clear of any aircraft when a scheduled flight of IndiGo Airlines was coming in to land.

Photo exhibition inaugurated
Justice SS Sodhi (second from right), a former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, with photographers Idris Ahmed, Angad B Sodhi and Mathew Kurien at "Living the Dream", a group photography exhibition, in Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Friday. Chandigarh, February 22
A group photography exhibition "Living the Dream" began here at a art studio in Sector 9, brought the creative ideas to light through varied themes and expressions.

Justice SS Sodhi (second from right), a former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, with photographers Idris Ahmed, Angad B Sodhi and Mathew Kurien at "Living the Dream", a group photography exhibition, in Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

PU to discontinue MBA (Executive) course
Chandigarh, February 22
The Panjab University’s University Business School (UBS) has decided to discontinue its MBA (Executive) due to declining number of applications for the course in past few years and also due to lack of availability of sufficient number of eligible candidates. The issue would be tabled before the syndicate in its meeting to be held on February 24.

Team members of the Rotary Club, Florida, intract with students at Tribune Model School, Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune Photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Poor working of govt hospitals: NHRC issues notice to UT Administrator
New Delhi, February 22
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), taking cognizance of a media report alleging that emergency wards in three city government hospitals were not catering to critical needs of patients, has issued a notice to the UT Administrator. The report had mentioned three hospitals that were found erring during a check on the night of February 5: the PGIMER, Sector 12; Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16; and Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

Evasion of vat
Rs 5 lakh recovered, 20 vehicles impounded
Chandigarh, February 23
The round-the-clock mobile nakas of the UT excise department have resulted in the recovery of around Rs 5 lakh in the past three days. The department has also confiscated around 20 vehicles being used to transport goods without paying the value added tax (VAT).

Amrita Sher-Gill art week
Senior artists share their work
Chandigarh, February 22
The fifth day of the Amrita Sher-Gil National Art week at the Govt Art Museum witnessed two senior artistes Dayanita Singh and reputed journalist Navina Sundaram, taking the theme of the festival forward.

Dayanita Singh takes a photograph during the Amrita Sher-Gil National Art Week at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday. tribune photo: S chandan

3 child labourers rescued
Chandigarh, February 22
The anti-human trafficking unit of the UT police raided some shops and dhabas in Sector 9 and rescued three children who were being forcibly made to work.

One more swine flu case
Chandigarh: A 35-year-old man of Sector 32 was detected positive for swine flu on Friday. The authorities said Tamiflu was available free of cost at all the three government hospitals. — TNS


Irregularities: Homoeopathic college faculty approaches PU VC against management
Chandigarh, February 22
The faculty of Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Sector 26, has approached the Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University (PU) with various alleged irregularities going-on in the college. In a representation made to the VC, the faculty members stated that as per the circular issued by the college management, no staff member could directly or indirectly approach any higher authority against the decision of management.

32 law schools to take part in moot court
Mohali, February 22
The principle of the rule of law is universally accepted, while discretion should be used in the most judicious manner, said the Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil, chief guest at the National Moot Court Competition, Checkmate-2013, organised at the Army Institute of Law.

Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil at the inaugural ceremony of Checkmate-2013 at the Army Institute of Law, Sector 68, Mohali,on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu


Missing lawyer yet to be traced
Ropar, February 22
Mystery over disappearance of a local lawyer, Satwinder Singh, has been deepened with that the police has found the footsteps on the bank of Bhakhra canal at the spot where the missing lawyer's car was found parked on February 17.

22-year-old girl goes missing from Pinjore
Kalka, February 22
A 22-year-old girl went missing under mysterious circumstances from her house in Bitna Colony, Pinjore, here on Thursday. The police said that mother of the victim has lodged a complaint with the Pinjore police station that her daughter has been missing since yesterday, when she (mother) had gone to market from 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm. When she returned, she found her daughter missing from home. She repeatedly tried to contact her daughter on phone but in vain.

Two snatchers held in Ambala
Ambala, February 22
The local police has arrested two youths for allegedly snatching a purse of a woman in Sarafa Bazar at Ambala City this evening.

Man gets life term for killing wife
Ambala, February 22
Special judge of Ambala Fast Track Court Vimlesh Tanwar has sentenced life term imprisonment to Gulshan, a resident of Ambala Cantonment, for killing his wife. The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the accused.


Nirmal Yadav case: Hearing adjourned to March 21
Chandigarh, February 22
The hearing of the bribery case involving former Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Nirmal Yadav was adjourned to March 21 today. The court has to decide on two applications.


Rahul, alias Ricky, an accused in the extortion bid case, in police custody in Mohali on Friday Extortion bid: Second accused in police net
Mohali, February 22
The local police today arrested the second accused in the case of issuing threats for extortion to a local contractor Gurjit Singh by two miscreants posing themselves as fake terrorist of Babbar Khalsa group.

Rahul, alias Ricky, an accused in the extortion bid case, in police custody in Mohali on Friday. A Tribune Photograph

Companies booked under highway Act
Zirakpur, February 22
Following the complaint of the National Highway Authority of India, the police has registered a case against some companies for having illegal accesses near the Ambala-Chandigarh National Highway.

Thieves target car in Mohali, steal tyres
Mohali, February 22
In another incident of theft of car tyres, thieves targeted a Polo car (PB65N-0165) parked outside the owners’ residence in Sector 69. The thieves took away all the four tyres of the car and left the vehicle on bricks.
The owner of the car, Saby Anand, said he was shocked to see his car on bricks. “It was parked on the pavement in front of my house, along the main road dividing Sector 69 and 70.

The car from which tyres were stolen in Sector 69, Mohali, on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Two drug peddlers arrested
Chandigarh, February 22
The Operation Cell of the Chandigarh Police has recovered around 900 grams of charas from two passengers travelling on a Himachal Roadway bus. The accused, Atma Ram and Sonu Thakur, both belonging to Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh, were frisked at the ISBT-44.

Two held for murder bid, kidnapping
Mohali, February 22
The Mohali police today arrested two persons, Mangu and Iqbal, on the charges of attempt to murder and kidnapping.

Man booked for duping car dealer
Chandigarh, February 22
The police has booked a Dera Bassi resident for duping a city-based Chevrolet car dealer of Rs 5 lakh.


16 teams to vie for cricket cup
Panchkula, February 22
As many as 16 teams including 12 states from all over India and four International teams from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Dubai (UAE) have confirmed their participation in the 19th All-India Chaudhary Ranbir Singh Hooda Under-17 National Day/Night League Cricket Championship 2013 at the International Cricket Stadiums, Sector 3, Panchkula, and Sector 16, Chandigarh and LIC Cricket Ground, Sector 26,Chandigarh, starting from 9th May to 12th May, 2013.

Students take part in a three-legged race during an athletics meet at the Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

YPS annual sports day
Anya bags top spot in high jump
Mohali, February 22
The annual sports day of the YPS, Mohali, saw students competing for several sporting events including high jump, broad jump, triple jump, 800, 400 and 100 mt under various age groups. Anya of Tagore House won the first spot high jump (U-19 girls) Kamandeep (Patiala House) was declared winner of broad jump (U-12 Boys).

Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy win by 18 runs
Chandigarh, February 22
Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy Beat Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy Juniors by 18 runs and enter into finals of 2nd Sardar Bhagwant Singh Memorial Cricket Tournament 2013, organised by Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy played at Vivek High School, Sector 38 B, Chandigarh. Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy won the toss and elected to bat first.

100 students participate in annual sports day
Chandigarh, February 22
Nearly 100 students from playgroup, nursery and lower KG of Eurokids Schools participated in the “Health is Wealth Day” the annual sports day, organised here today.


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