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Battle lost, Bansal readies for war
Speaker accepts resignation as probe panel chief
Chandigarh, January 27
The Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Mr Somnath Chatterjee, has accepted the resignation of Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, the local Member of Parliament, as chairman of the Parliamentary Ethics Committee probing the alleged misuse of MPLADS funds.

Bansal’s effigy burnt
Mr Pawan Bansal, MP, addresses a press conference in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Friday.
Mr Pawan Bansal, MP, addresses a press conference in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Sacrifices of freedom fighters remembered
Chandigarh, January 27
Parliamentary Secretary Dilu Ram reviewed the parade and unfurled the National Flag on the 57th Republic Day celebrations at Cricket Grounds yesterday. He reminded people of the sacrifices made by freedom fighters, especially the role of freedom fighters from Haryana, in the Freedom Struggle.




EARLIER STORIES

 
Patriotic zeal marks functions
Chandigarh, January 27
Patriotic fervour marked Republic Day celebrations in various schools, colleges, Panjab University, and the PGIMER. At Government Model High School, Sector 20, a function was organised which was presided over by Mr H.S. Lucky, Deputy Mayor, Chandigarh.
Children of St Anne’s, Sector 32, Chandigarh, in a jubilant mood after winning the first position in the cultural event organised on the occasion of Republic Day at Parade Ground, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
Children of St Anne’s, Sector 32, Chandigarh, in a jubilant mood after winning the first position in the cultural event organised on the occasion of Republic Day at Parade Ground, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Bid to take possession of doctor’s house
Panchkula, January 27
Persons claiming to be aides of former MLA Vidya Beniwal, allegedly tried to take possession of a house here in Sector 8 yesterday morning. The owners of the house, a Rajpura-based doctor and his wife, were also assaulted by the accused.

Tribune Union celebrates silver jubilee
Chandigarh, January 27
Rich tributes were paid to the founder of The Tribune Trust, Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, on the occasion the silver jubilee function of The Tribune Employees Union, held at Tribune Model School, Sector 29, yesterday. Tribune trustee, Mr. R P Bambah, and other members of The Tribune family were present in large numbers.
Blood donors pose with senior functionaries of The Tribune Trust at the silver jubilee function of The Tribune Employees Union at Tribune school, Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
Blood donors pose with senior functionaries of The Tribune Trust at the silver jubilee function of The Tribune Employees Union at Tribune school, Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

 
COMMUNITY

Honoured for promoting literature
Chandigarh, January 27
Dr Kashmiri Lal Zakir The bestowing of the Padma Shri on a city-based litterateur, Dr Kashmiri Lal Zakir, is a recognition of his prolific writings and dedicated services for the promotion of literature. Reigning supreme on the literary firmament since 1942 and credited with 110 books on diverse subjects, Zakir claimed that awards and recognitions had flowed in plenty during the 65 years of his literary voyage, but being the only recipient of Padma Shri in the field of literature and education this year from the region is really encouraging.

Surinder Kaur Surinder Kaur gets Padma Shri
Chandigarh, January 27
The prestigious national honour of Padma Shri conferred on the living legend, Punjabi folksinger, Surinder Kaur, came as a joy to her daughters and other family members at her Panchkula residence. Notwithstanding the delayed recognition, a beaming Surinder Kaur termed it as an honour to the pure and rich folk singing of Punjab and crores of music lovers the world over.

H.L. Sibal A witness to country’s legal system
Chandigarh, January 27
It was recognition long due for veteran Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate H.L. Sibal, a recipient of Padma Bhushan award. “I am very happy and satisfied with the award”, said Mr Sibal while talking to The Tribune. After over 67 years, Mr Sibal recently retired from active legal practice. Having started practice as a young lawyer, the recipient of the highest civilian award is an institution in himself.

Director wants to see PGI grow
Chandigarh, January 27
Dr K.K. Talwar For the Director of one of the most prestigious medical institutes in the country, the honour of being the recipient of Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in India, is just not a matter of pride but of greater responsibilities and challenges. While the award will remain a constant reminder of the dreams to be traced, the doctor, meanwhile, is not just using his healing touch, but is also working to see the institute grow and glow in spite of all odds and constraints.

Rajendra K. Saboo Working for a polio-free world
Chandigarh, January 27
The Padma Shri bestowed upon Mr Rajendra K. Saboo has resulted from 45 years of relentless service to humanity. Acknowledged as one of the founding fathers of the Worldwide Polio Plus Programme, Mr Saboo is today seen more as a ‘social worker’ involved in ameliorating pain and suffering rather than as an industrialist who has built his huge business empire on the foundation of honesty and hard work.



Residents oppose apartments complexes

Zirakpur, January 27
In a first of its kind objection, residents of the Sarv Mangal (Phase 1) Residents Welfare Association are up in arms against the construction of certain apartment complexes.

The Grain Market, Sector 26, Chandigarh, where a fire broke out on Thursday morning.
The Grain Market, Sector 26, Chandigarh, where a fire broke out on Thursday morning. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Commission for minimum wages to BSNL safai workers
Chandigarh, January 27
Chairperson of National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Santosh Chowdhary asked the top brass in the Punjab circle of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to ensure that all contractual safai karamcharis were given the minimum specified wages.

Sales manager falls from third floor
Chandigarh, January 27
The Area Sales Manager of Samsung had a narrow escape after falling from the third floor of his Sector 42 house on Wednesday night. He was found lying in a pool of blood by a newspaper hawker in the morning and was rushed to hospital, where his condition is stated to be stable, the police said.

Chahal releases Press Club calendar
Chandigarh, January 27
Mr B.I.S. Chahal, Media Adviser to the Chief Minister, Punjab, released a magazine, a well calendar and a diary-cum-directory of the Press Club, here today.

Man on mobike falls into ditch
Mohali, January 27
A person was seriously injured in Phase III B 2 here today when he fell into a ditch dug by a private telephone company. According to information, Mr Sanjay Handa who was going to the Phase III B 2 market on a motor cycle fell into the ditch along with the vehicle while avoiding a vehicle coming from the opposite direction.

A motorcycle that fell into a pit at 3 B2, Mohali, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

A motorcycle that fell into a pit at 3 B2, Mohali, on Friday.

Two shops gutted at Sohana
Mohali, January 27
Two shops were destroyed in fire in Sohana village that broke out early in the morning yesterday.

Trust solemnises marriages
Mohali, January 27
The Guru Asra Trust, Phase VII, solemnised the marriages of two girls belonging to families of militants who were allegedly killed by the police.

Principal discharged
Mohali, January 27
“I suffered a major catastrophe but have come out of it with a strong will power and by the personal attention given to me by the medical team and members of my family.”

Readers Write
Industrial prosperity at cost of domestic sector
Prior to the year 2000, the industrial sector always helped the domestic sector at the time of fixation of electricity rates in line with the provisions of Electricity Supply Act.

  • Discourteous rail staff
  • Streetlights not functioning
  • Stringent powers to Lok Adalat
  • Eligibility cut-off criterion faulty
 
CRIME

Two cars stolen
Chandigarh, January 27
Two cars were stolen from the city in the past 48 hours. In a separate incident thieves reportedly decamped with Rs 14,000 and from a house in Mani Majra. The local police arrested seven persons on the allegations of indulging in gambling.

Burglars strike at 5 shops
Mohali, January 27
Burglars struck at five shops in Phase XI on the night of January 25 and decamped with cash and other items.

BUSINESS

Political inhibitions holding up Indo-Pak trade
Chandigarh, January 27
Opening up of international borders for trade and commerce will immensely benefit the agricultural community in India as well as Pakistan, but inhibitions at the political level on either side is holding up the issue.

A Pakistan National Assembly member and Chairman of the Farmers' Association of Pakistan, Mr Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, along with agricultural experts at a seminar organised at CRRID, in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

A Pakistan National Assembly member and Chairman of the Farmers' Association of Pakistan, Mr Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, along with agricultural experts at a seminar organised at CRRID, in Chandigarh on Friday.

 
EDUCATION

Corporate heads spell out requirements
Chandigarh, January 27
The annual technical-cum-cultural fest — “GOONJ” — of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology took off with an interface with the corporate head honchos today.

Painting competition
Chandigarh, January 27
A drawing and painting competition on conservation of petroleum products was organised by state-level coordinator (oil industry), Mr V.K. Yadav, Chandigarh at St. Peter’s School, Sector 37, recently.

Students elect council
Panchkula, January 27
Elections to elect head girl, head boy and school’s students’ council were held at Blue Bird High School for 2006-’07 recently.

COURTS

Promotions against quota stayed
Chandigarh, January 27
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today stayed the process of appointing IAS officers in Punjab, promoted against the state quota for 2004 and 2005. The orders would affect the promotion of two officers of the Punjab Civil Services (PCS) whose names had been cleared by the selection committee of the UPSC in December 2005.

Ex-bank employee, son get 1 year in jail
Chandigarh, January 27
A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court today sentenced a former Assistant and general secretary of the All-India Oriental Bank Employees Union and his son to one-year rigorous imprisonment for criminal conspiracy and forging a fake birth certificate to secure a job as a peon in the bank.

Gurpreet Ghuggi, Manmohan Singh, Harbhajan Mann and Neeru Bajwa at the launch of the Centre for Media and Entertainment Studies at Hotel Mountview in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday.
From left: Gurpreet Ghuggi, Manmohan Singh, Harbhajan Mann and Neeru Bajwa at the launch of the Centre for Media and Entertainment Studies at Hotel Mountview in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
CULTURE

Mann to perform
at Derabassi

Derabassi, January 27
On the invitation of the Old Students Association, Government College, Derabassi, eminent Punjabi singer Gurdas Mann will perform at “Nostalgia-2006” here tomorrow.

According to Mr Bhupinder Saini, coordinator, Mann will be honoured with the “Punjab Sabhyachar Rattan” award by the chief guest, Capt Kanwaljit Singh. —TNS

 
SPORTS

Punjab beat HP in TT
Chandigarh, January 27
Janak Raj and Paramjit Singh gave a straight set defeat to their rivals and enabled Punjab beat Himachal Pradesh 3-1 on the inaugural day of the All-India BSNL Table Tennis tournament being held at Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here, from today.

A participant at the All-India BSNL Table Tennis Championship at Table Tennis Ground, Sector 23, Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

A participant at the All-India BSNL Table Tennis Championship at Table Tennis Ground, Sector 23, Chandigarh on Friday.

Mrs Sarita ManujaRoll Ball Assn president
Chandigarh, January 27
Mrs Sarita Manuja, Principal, DAV Public School, Sector 8, has been appointed president of the Chandigarh Roll Ball Association. This is an affiliate unit of the National Roll Ball Federation. Ms Manuja said this sport was played on roller skates and in the skating rink alone.

Fine knock by Amit Uniyal
Chandigarh, January 27
A fine knock of 62 runs by Amit Uniyal helped Minerva Academy to enter the quarter-finals after beating Professional Cricket Club by 20 runs in Tarsem Singh Memorial Cricket Tournament at GMSS School, Sector 19, here today. In the second match, Kalsi XI upset Rakesh XI by 6 wickets.

Delhi varsity are champs
Chandigarh, January 27
Delhi University won the North-East Zone Inter University Tennis (Men) Championship 2005-06 after thrashing hosts Panjab University (PU) 3-0 at the courts of PU here today.

ADMINISTRATION

Admn working on new excise policy
Chandigarh, January 27
Chandigarh Administration has listed the dismal sex ratio as one of the top priority areas for future work.

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