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Feb surprise: City parts don white mantle
Chandigarh, February 15
Heavy rain, accompanied by hailstorm, which lashed the city this evening, brought down the temperature appreciably. The city recorded 19 mm rainfall today. The Meteorological Department has stated showers are likely to continue till tomorrow morning.

Youth enjoy the white look of a road at Industrial Area, Phase-I, after hailstorm in Chandigarh on Saturday.
White carpet: Youth enjoy the white look of a road at Industrial Area, Phase-I, after hailstorm in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal


Disabled brigadier dies awaiting medical reimbursement
Chandigarh, February 15
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has proved to be the nemesis of a critically ill disabled brigadier. The officer died yesterday while waiting for the reimbursement of expenses incurred on his emergency treatment several years ago. Despite judicial orders three years ago, which were upheld by the Supreme Court, the MoD has been sitting on the case.

Caught with her friend, girl jumps off roof
Chandigarh, February 15
High drama was witnessed in a house in Sector 27 when a minor girl jumped off the roof of her house after she was caught with her male friend by her father. The girl suffered injuries and has been admitted to the Advance Trauma Centre of the PGI. Her condition was stable. Her friend, who was with her, is her classmate. He escaped through the staircase. The incident occurred at the government quarters complex in Sector 27 around 1.15 pm.

Lottery scam
Panchkula cops suspect wider network
Panchkula, February 15
Many persons in the tricity are suspected to have fallen prey to the 'special lotteries' run by Nigerian nationals who were arrested by the Panchkula police late last night. The Panchkula Police had arrested these foreign nationals and two women for duping a man of Rs 14 lakh.

Nigerian nationals, accused in a lottery scam, being taken to a court in Panchkula on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal


Agri Summit: Change in venue keeps officials on their toes
Mohali, February 15
Shifting the venue of Kisan Sammelan at the eleventh hour kept the government functionaries on their toes today. Having less than 24 hours for the inauguration of the sammelan at Modern Vegetable Market by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, the entire state functionary was racing against time to complete the arrangements at the site.

Narrow escape for fire officials
Chappar Chiri (Mohali), February 15
A policeman rescues a firefighter who got stuck in a fire tender after it overturned in a field at Chappar Chiri village in Mohali during rain on Saturday. Four personnel of the Fire Department, Mohali, including fire officer, had a narrow escape when the fire tender they were travelling in overturned near the ‘Fateh Burj’ as a part of a newly constructed road caved in at Chappar Chiri village this afternoon.

A policeman rescues a firefighter who got stuck in a fire tender after it overturned in a field at Chappar Chiri village in Mohali during rain on Saturday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharun

Book released
A book on Advance Pharmacology was released at North Zone, New Horrizon in Pharmacy and Pharmacology, during the Indian Pharmacological Society (IPS) meet, Mathura, on Saturday. The book has been written by Dr Bikash Medhi and Dr Ajay Prakash from the Department of Pharmacology, PGIMER. The book has been divided into three sections for easy learning, and each of them covers different aspects of drug module.

Dr Gurpreet Singh, surgeon, PGI, and Dr Shashi Prabha during a book release function in Sector 43, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Poll buzz
All is not well in Congress camppoll buzz
Chandigarh, February 15
There is no end to fissures in the Chandigarh unit of the Congress if absence of senior party leaders at a 'patch up' tea party organised for the sitting MP, Pawan Kumar Bansal, by a foe-turned-friend HS Lucky here this evening is any indication. Barring Bansal, general secretary of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) Pawan Sharma and councillor Darshan Garg, other leaders were conspicuous by their absence.

Listen to me: Artistes enact a scene from the play ‘Be-Libbas’ at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Project inauguration at mauli jagran
Mayor, area councillor at loggerheads
Chandigarh, February 15
The inauguration of three projects at Mauli Jagran planned by the Municipal Corporation (MC) on February 17, without intimating the information to the area councillor, BJP, in advance has led to a controversy. The projects were to be inaugurated by the Congrees Mayor HC Kalyan, however the area councillor in a bid to express resentment over the matter has decided to boycott the inauguration and get the projects inaugurated by residents of the area on February 16 instead.

Patch up: Lucky’s U-turn irks supporters
Chandigarh, February 15
The District Congress Committee (Urban-1) president HS Lucky's 'patch up' with the sitting Congress MP, Pawan Kumar Bansal, has drawn his supporters' ire. Taking a dig at the tea party organised for Bansal, Ajay Sikka, one of Lucky's supporters who claims to be a general secretary in the District Congress Committee (Urban-1), posted a comment on a social networking site, "Get ready for hot tea party at Sector 20 Community Centre, where HS Lucky, who had earlier sought ticket (for Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat), is going to shake hands with MP Pawan Kumar Bansal after playing with the emotions of everyone. This tea party will be too hot."

Residents of housing societies meet MP
Chandigarh, February 15
A delegation of the Housing Societies Residents Welfare Federation for Sectors 48, 49, 50 and 51, Chandigarh, today met the local Member Parliament, Pawan Kumar Bansal to discuss their long-pending demands.

Cops, councillor should join hands to stop light thefts
Hibiscus Garden, situated adjacent to the CFSL and Alliance French Study Centre in Sector 36, is one of the oldest gardens in Chandigarh. The unique set up and calm atmosphere in the evenings cast a soothing spell on the visitors, who despite of the shortage of benches regularly visit the garden. Two days back, we were shocked to find five newly-installed lights stolen from the park. Yesterday too, we found the iron cage broken and one more light had been stolen by some miscreants. We hope that the councillor concerned and officials of the horticulture wing, with the help of police, will do something about it at the earliest.

Interest of consumers on mind, BIS launches i-Care
Chandigarh, February 15
For effective networking and engaging all stake holders, including industry, market and consumers, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) launched an i-Care programme here today.

Flash mob centred on women safety
Chandigarh, February 15
A flash mob was organised in Sector 17 Plaza by volunteers of Humanity Organisation and other city youths. The flash mob event was based on the guiding slogan of the movement ‘Rise, Release, Dance’. It was organised to observe ‘1 billion rising for justice’, a worldwide movement in favour of the women's safety and freedom. A street play ‘Insaniyat ki maut: The death of humanity’ was also staged by members of Alankaar Theatre Group. The small play highlighted the objectification of women in the advertising world, indifferent behaviour of police towards the women subjected to inhumanity, increase in domestic violence and the low status of women in the society. — TNS

AAP begins campaign in city
Chandigarh, February 15
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) launched its 'Jhadu chalao bhrasht bhagao' campaign at Sector 15 here today. Spreading awareness about AAP’s policies, over 100 volunteers moved around Sectors 15 and 16 distributing pamphlets and requesting people to join the AAP to change the corrupt political system. Later, they visited the market in Sector 22. An AAP volunteer said tomorrow, they would be visiting Dadu Majra, Dhanas and Maloya to sensitise people to the party's objectives. — TNS

AAP workers take out a march in Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Yatra in P’kula postponed
Panchkula, February 15
A day after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal resigned as the CM of Delhi, the party’s ‘jhadu yatra’ was suspended in Panchkula. While the party volunteers stated that the suspension was due to bad weather, sources in the party revealed that the volunteers got demoralised following yesterday’s development. Earlier, AAP volunteers were to gather at Barwala and then move towards Raipurrani. Anand Prakash, a volunteer, said, “The yatra was cancelled only due to poor weather. Rain has left the roads in Raipurrani and Barwala messy. No one is discouraged. In fact, Kejriwal is now a lion who just got free.” The yatra will now start from the Amravati Enclave tomorrow. — TNS

Young buds: Students of Sant Waryam Singh School, Ratwara Sahib, present a cultural item as the 5th Panjab University Rose Festival began on the university campus on Saturday. Dean, University Instructions, Prof AK Bhandari inaugurated the festival. About 500 students took part in various competitions organised on the inaugural day. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Anti-encroachment drive: 110 challans issued
Chandigarh, February 15
The enforcement wing of the Municipal Corporation (MC), Chandigarh, today issued 110 challans during an anti-encroachment drive carried out in various markets of the city. MC officials stated that while 65 challans were issued for violations in Sector 22, the remaining 45 challans were issued for encroachments in the markets of Sectors 10, 11, 32, 35, 37 and 29 and the Industrial Area. The enforcement staff also impounded goods of the encroachers. — TNS


2 PU senators to go on fast
Chandigarh, February 15
For the first time in the history of the Panjab University (PU), two of its senators are going on sit on hunger strike and will stage a ‘dharna’ against the vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover. The senators were demanding legitimate right of rotation of post of chairperson in University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS).

School notes
Oil conservation highlighted
Chandigarh: An oil conservation fortnight concluded at Government High School, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Friday. Organised by the Dhanwantri Eco Club, the fortnight saw teachers Rajni Taneja, Neelam Diwaan, Rajesh, Sunaina and eco club in-charge Baljit Kaur sensitising students to the depleting natural resource and the need to conserve it. Vijay won the paper reading competition, Suraj Mehta secured the first position in quiz, Rohit’s work was adjudged the best in the poster-making competition while Mashina won the slogan-writing contest. A rally was also organised on the occasion to spread awareness about the need to conserve fuel. School headmaster Ram Kumar flagged off the rally.

NIPER celebrates foundation day
Mohali, February 15
The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) celebrated its foundation day today. Prof SS Gill, vice-chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, was the chief guest. He delivered the foundation day lecture entitled on the topic “Why Science?”

Dr Ganesh Pandey delivers a lecture at the NIPER foundation day celebrations in Mohali on Saturday. Tribune photo: Vicky gharu

Traffic awareness seminar held at Manav Mangal School
Panchkula, February 15
A traffic awareness seminar was organised at the Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula, under its ‘Social Awareness Campaign.’ Justice Rajive Bhalla of the High Court Punjab and Haryana was the keynote speaker in the seminar which was attended by about 600 students.

college notes
Fashion show
The Department of Fashion Designing in collaboration with Kaushaliya Devi Verma Institute for Women, Tailoring, Embroidery and Beauty Culture, a charitable trust being run under the aegis of the GGDSD College Society, organized an exhibition ‘Traditions 2014’ today. Adarsh Sharma, wife of Upkar Krishan Sharma, president, GGDSD College Society, was the chief guest of the occasion. Students showcased their garments in a fashion show.

Orientation course begins at PU
Chandigarh, February 15
UGC-Academic Staff College (ASC) of Panjab University (PU) today commenced its 101th orientation course for the benefit of teachers of different universities and colleges from all over the country. The course will be for 28-days up to March 14, 2014. Twenty seven participants from different states of the country will attend the programme.


BDS student ends her life in hostel room
Dera Bassi, February 15
A girl student of the Gian Sagar Medical College, Banur, ended her life by hanging herself from the ceiling fan in her hostel room. The deceased has been identified as Anju Bala, a student of BDS IInd year. She belonged to Nawan Sankhian village of Jalandhar district and was residing in the college hostel for the last two years. During vacations, she used to visit her relatives in Kukar village of Jalandhar district as her parents lived in the USA.

Cops accused of biased probe
Kharar, February 15
The working of the local police came under the scanner when they registered a case against unidentified persons in an accident case even as the police apparently knew about the details of the accused. “The accused, both youngsters belong to rich families and the police are trying to save them for obvious reasons,” said a local resident on the condition of anonymity.

UP resident arrested for theft in bank at Dera Bassi
Dera Bassi, February 15
The police have arrested one person on the charge of breaking the lock of the Dena Bank, Dera Bassi branch, on Friday night. Radhe Shyam, who hailed from Uttar Pradesh and was presently living at Pabhat village, broke the lock and made a futile attempt to take away cash. However, he succeeded in decamping with an LCD, which has been recovered. A case has been registered. — OC


Yadav gets exemption from court appearance
Chandigarh, February 15
A CBI court today allowed Justice (retd) Nirmal Yadav permanent exemption from appearance during the trial. Yadav, who appeared in the court on the first hearing after framing of charges today, was granted exemption subject to the condition that she will appear before the court as and when directed. Charges were framed against Justice Yadav and other accused in the case on January 18.

Referral coaching, mentoring programme begins at UT district courts
Chandigarh, February 15
The UT State Legal Services Authority have organised two-day ‘Awareness, referral coaching and mentoring progamme’, which began today, at UT district courts. The programme was organised under the guidance of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Chief Justice, High Court of Punjab and Haryana, Patron-¬in¬-Chief of the Authority and Justice Hemant Gupta, Judge, High Court of Punjab and Haryana, and executive chairman of the authority.


Robbers held
Mohali, February 15
The Police today arrested Deepak Lamba of Moga and Prince Kalra of Pathankot for the Rs 2-lakh robbery at Yougalsons, a garments shop at Phase 7, here. Their accomplicesLakhwinder Singh and Gurpreet Singh are absconding. The police said the accused worked at the shop and knew the code number of the safe. A sum of Rs 1.85 lakh has been recovered from them. — TNS


All-India inter-university shooting championship
Delhi University corner glory
Chandigarh, February 15
Shooters from Delhi University bagged overall championship trophy in both men's and women's category during the All- India Inter-University Shooting Championship at the newly-built shooting range in Panjab University. The host team, Panjab University, secured runner-up spot, while Mumbai University, Mumbai, notched the third spot in the championship.

The winners in a jubilant mood at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Saturday. 
Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Hockey mania: Fans cheer hockey players in Mohali on Saturday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Rain exposes Mohali Hockey Stadium’s poor planning
Chandigarh, February 15
The recent rain in the city has revealed the quality of material used for the construction of the Hockey Stadium in Mohali. The stadium was inaugurated on September 27, 2013, by the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Junior players’ parents cry foul
Chandigarh, February 15
Parents of junior hockey players, who were denied admission to the Chandigarh football and hockey academy after falling in the age determination test last year, had demanded induction of their wards back in the academy under the newly approved policy.


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