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Prosecution of Bhushan Industries ordered
Probes indict management for lapses in safety measures

Chandigarh, January 8
Five days after a worker was killed in a blast at the Bhushan Industries plant, Industrial Area, Phase I, the District Magistrate-cum-Chief Inspector for Factories, Mr Arun Kumar, today ordered the prosecution of the management of Bhushan Industries under the Factories Act, which is punishable with imprisonment up to two years or a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh or both. “Since the case is under the Factories Act it will be filed with the Chief Judicial Magistrate and the Labour Department shall file it,” said Mr Arun Kumar.

MC gives shopkeepers 3 days to remove encroachments
Chandigarh, January 8
Shopkeepers in the city have been given three days to remove all encroachments from corridors before the Municipal Corporation’s whip gets cracking from Wednesday morning. While addressing a press conference the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, Mr P.S. Aujla, said today that the corporation staff would swing into action from January 12 and items confiscated during the anti-encroachment drive would not be returned at any cost.

Criminal booked for attempting suicide
Panchkula, January 8
The local police has booked Ashok Kumar, who had allegedly shot himself last night in order to evade arrest, on charges of attempt to suicide. A case under Section 309 of the IPC has been registered against him on the complaint of the Gohana, SHO Mr Rahul Dev.





Offices, structures of 50s being pulled down
Chandigarh, January 8
Old structures, offices and camp offices of first engineers and planners of early 50s in the city are being pulled down and new houses will come up on these lands. Once vacated, the lands are to be auctioned. Known as the “old bungalows” in local parlance, these dilapidated structures were temporary constructions, which have not been demolished all these years.

These old structures in Sector 19 are being demolished to make way for new houses. — A Tribune photograph 
These old structures in Sector 19 are being demolished to make way for new houses

Need to air Pak TV channels in India, say Pakistan journalists
Chandigarh, January 8
The Pakistani journalists felt the need of airing all Pakistani TV channels in India to strengthen 'brotherly' relations between both the countries and their citizens.

Capt. Kanwaljit Singh welcomes a delegation of Pakistani journalists at Hotel Mountview in Sector 10, Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Capt. Kanwaljit Singh welcomes a delegation of Pakistani journalists at Hotel Mountview in Sector 10

Lahore journalists’ union for tie-up with CPUJ
Chandigarh, January 8
The Punjab Union of Journalists, Lahore, has shown a keen desire to have a formal tie up with its counterpart in India. As a confirmation of this gesture, the visiting senior Pakistani journalist, Mr Majid Hussain today handed over the letter of PUJ President, Bakhat Gir Chaudhary, to Mr Vinod Kohli, president, Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists.

Weapons pose risk to mankind, says expert
Chandigarh, January 8
He is against global terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. That is why Member of Delhi-based Indian Society of International Law's executive council Professor B.C. Nirmal says that the weapons pose "formidable challenge to humankind".

Indigenous linear accelerators to be produced for cancer treatment 
Chandigarh, January 8
Unable to find any private company to manufacture the indigenous linear accelerators developed for the radiation-based cancer treatment, the Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research, Mumbai, under the aegis of the Department of Information Technology has decided to pitch in its own manpower for manufacturing the accelerators.


Evolve mechanism to give legal redress: Rodrigues
Mohali, January 8
Use your legal knowledge and your commitment, to evolve a mechanism that gives us a redressal system that we can relate to our needs and is more responsive to the emerging realities, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), Governor of Punjab, said here today.

Two police personnel take rest after a hectic day in Chandigarh on Friday
Two police personnel take rest after a hectic day in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Panchkula dist gets wildlife sanctuary
Panchkula, January 8
The government has formally notified over 2200 hectares of area falling in Panchkula district as a Wildlife sanctuary. 

Greenpeace to promote cycling in city
Chandigarh, January 8
Prominent voluntary agencies — Yuvsatta and Greenpeace — have finally joined hands to promote the use of bicycles in the city.

Workshop on road safety organised
Chandigarh, January 8
The Chandigarh Traffic Police today organised a road safety and traffic management workshop for school principals and teachers at Traffic Auditorium, Sector 29, while a separate workshop on training government drivers and taxi drivers was held at the Children Traffic Park in Sector 23.

Traders protest against property tax
Chandigarh, January 8
Traders of the local unit of the BJP held a protest in Sector 44-D against the levy of property tax by the Congress-ruled Municipal Corporation, here today. Hundreds of traders and shopkeepers from various sectors of the city participated in the protest. They raised slogans against the Corporation.

Slum children get sweaters, caps
Chandigarh, January 8
Ms Jean Rodrigues, wife of the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), donated sweaters and caps to slum children today at a function held at Indira Colony in Mani Majra.

Ms Jean Rodrigues, wife of the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, distributes sweaters among children at Government Primary School, Indira Colony, Mani Majra, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Ms Jean Rodrigues, wife of the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, distributes sweaters among children at Government Primary School, Indira Colony, Mani Majra

2 hurt in accident
Mohali, January 8
Two persons were seriously injured when a Maruti car and a motor cycle collided here today. The accident took place at the trafficlights in Phase XI. Both victims were travelling on the motor cycle.

Mohali MC chief bereaved
Mohali, January 8
Ajmer Kaur, mother of the local Municipal Council president, Mr Kulwant Singh, died in Chandigarh, today. Ajmer Kaur, who had been ill for some time, had been admitted to the PGI..


Gang of car thieves busted
Panchkula, January 8
The police today claimed to have busted a gang of car thieves who later sold stolen cars after forging documents. The police has arrested Lakhwinder Singh, a resident of Ferozepore, and recovered a stolen Zen car from him.

Rs 25,000 stolen from shop
Chandigarh, January 8
Mr Pawan Kumar of Sector 35-D reported to the police that Rs 25,000 were stolen from his shop on the Mansa Devi road in Mani Majra. He said the thieves gained entry by breaking open the locks. A case under Sections 380, 457 of the IPC has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.

Electronic goods stolen
Kharar, January 8
Electronic goods worth about Rs 2 lakh were stolen from three shops here last night. While one shop was located in the main bazar, the other two were on the Landran road. The loss reported from the first shop was estimated at Rs 1 lakh.


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PU Senate ‘not’ being politicised
Chandigarh, January 8
A group of Panjab University Senators have said some people with vested interests were tarnishing the image of the university by spreading rumours about an RSS takeover of the PU Senate.

Chatrath’s charge against PU Chancellor
Chandigarh, January 8
Ten-time Senator of Panjab University, Gopal Krishan Chatrath, today, accused the Vice-President of India and the Chancellor of Panjab University, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, of playing into the hands of the RSS and the BJP.

College to adopt 20 tsunami-hit children
Chandigarh, January 8
As a gesture towards those orphaned in the tsunami disaster, the GGDSD College, Sector 32, has announced to adopt 20 children for higher education. The college authorities have decided to provide education in medical and non-medical streams and free hostel facility to the victims.

Students hold candlelight procession for tsunami victims
Chandigarh, January 8
Members of the International Students Association (ISA), comprising nearly 200 students, here today held a candlelight procession in memory of the tsunami victims. The march was supported among others by students from Tibet, Ladakh and those from the North East.

Students hold a candlelight procession in memory of tsunami victims in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Students hold a candlelight procession in memory of tsunami victims in Chandigarh

SJOBA seminar on career opportunities
Chandigarh, January 8
The St John Old Boys Association (SJOBA) today organised a seminar on career opportunities for the students of the school. The speakers at the seminar were alumni of the school who had established themselves as professionals, bureaucrats and entrepreneurs.

DAV’s Dramatics Club wins first prize
Chandigarh, January 8

After securing the first position in the zonal youth festival for its play ‘ Uru Bhangam’, the DAV College Dramatics Club ‘Aaghaz’, has once again won first prize in the Hindi drama category at the annual fest, ‘Mood Indigo’, held recently at the IIT, Mumbai. Five teams have taken part in the final.

Students of DAV College, Chandigarh, in a jubilant mood. They won the Ist prize in Hindi drama at the annual fest at IIT, Mumbai. — A Tribune photograph. 
Students of DAV College, Chandigarh, in a jubilant mood. They won the Ist prize in Hindi drama

Students put up exhibition
Mohali, January 8
Students of the local DAV Public School put up an exhibition relating to science, maths, social sciences and art and craft here today. The maths section of the exhibition included items relating to geometrical construction and formulae.

British School opens in Panchkula
Panchkula, January 8
The Regional Manager, South Asia, University of Cambridge, Mr Mark Bartholomew, today inaugurated The Britsh School in Sector 8 here. This will now be the 54th school affiliated with Cambridge International Examination.


Cheating accused remanded in police custody
Chandigarh, January 8
A local court today sent a man accused of cheating a city jeweller of Rs 1.42 lakh to three days’ police remand. The accused, Harjit Singh, was lodged in the Ambala jail and the police procured a production warrant from the court here for the Superintendent of Ambala Jail and produced the accused in the court.

Lawyers seek unsealing of Kang’s house
Kharar, January 8
Four lawyers met the local SP, Mr Rakesh Agrawal, here today and sought unsealing of the house of Kiranbir Singh Kang, SAD leader, in Sector 69, Mohali.


Film Review

Impressive performance by Irfaan
Watching Irfaan Khan slowly but consciously build his charm in “Rog” is a pleasing experience. Playing the character of a murder expert, he yet again proves himself to be a powerful performer. Falling in love with a murdered model and that too while investigating her death, is not easy. But the super cop does it with such an ease that you just cannot help appreciate him. Suffering from insomnia, he finds in her beautiful face an antidote to his stress. Superimposed between love and tardy investigation sequences, Mahesh Bhatt’s story has many shortcomings but its exacting pace and extraordinary structure grips you. A scene from ‘Rog’.

A scene from ‘Rog’


People reluctant to spend on medical treatment
we generally avoid visiting doctors most to the times. Unlike in the West where doctors are often consulted to avoid any disease or infection, most of us consider it unlucky to consult any medical practitioners. They are called only when things go out of ones hands. Spending on medical consultations is considered to be wasteful expenditure. A few city-based doctors pointed out that this unhealthy trend was fast picking up among local population. illustration by Sandeep Joshi

Ronald Knox Raz-an Urdu poet of substance
Analytically defining ‘humour and satire’ Ronald Knox opined ‘A humourist pursues the rabbit whereas a satirist preys.’ The humour, if nicely blended with satire, casts a delightful suspense before the exposition of the final climax in any verse. William Hazlitt, however, clarified that ‘Man is the only animal that can laugh and weep’ and as such blessed with vision to feel and appreciate the felicity and elegance of the sensitive lyrical verses.

Mr Ian Richard Bayly, Director, British School, New Delhi, was in Chandigarh, to deliver a lecture on — ‘Why English’ on Saturday‘Indians have best accent in English’
“English is the only language which can help in world peace. It is not that it is the best language but it is the only language which has the potential to arouse the interest of the people. Many people around the world want to learn it and many already know it,” said Ian Richard Bayly, Director, British School, New Delhi. He was here to deliver a lecture on ‘Why English’, at British Library, Sector 9.

Mr Ian Richard Bayly, Director, British School, New Delhi, was in Chandigarh, to deliver a lecture on — ‘Why English’ on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Hobby Dhaliwal show draws crowd
A Punjabi singer, Hobby Dhaliwal, won many hearts by rendering Punjabi songs at Weekend Cultural Show at Plaza, Sector 17, on Saturday. He began the show with a religious song ‘Jadon Rang de Vich’, Then it was followed by pop numbers, including ‘Jatt Varga’, ‘Daaru de Bottle’, ‘Maar Jagiro Geda’, But it was ‘Mirza’ which drew a lot of appreciation.


Correct diagnosis must, Governor tells radiologists
Chandigarh, January 8
The UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today called upon radiologists to lay stress on accuracy and research, as their role in making correct diagnosis was of immense importance.

Over 3.5 cr PGI grant unutilised
Chandigarh, January 8
A huge amount of research grants has been lying unutilised at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research here. These were given to it by various funding agencies for various projects and schemes last year.

Experts to explore HIV, TB connection
Chandigarh, January 8
More than 60 per cent of the HIV positive persons in the country suffer from tuberculosis in the initial stages of the disease. This correlation between the two diseases becomes crucial as the HIV/AIDS infection does not have any clear symptoms and the TB can be an important pointer for a patient to get his HIV status checked.


CLTA to hold special coaching camp 
Chandigarh, January 8
A special coaching camp will be organised for junior players by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association at the CLTA stadium in Sector 10, Chandigarh, from January 9 to 17.


Four petrol stations checked 
Chandigarh, January 8
Four petrol stations — M/s Modern Automobile, Sector-15; M/s Bhagat Singh and Sons, Sector-17; M/s Happy Service Station, Sector-17; and M/s National Service Centre, Sector-17 — were checked and found to be in perfect order today.

250 learner’s licences issued
Mohali, January 8
As many as 250 learner’s driving licences were issued at a special camp organised by the police here today. Stating this the SP, Mr Rakesh Agrawal, said another such camp would be held after two months on a date to be fixed by the SDM.

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