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Helmetless, 2 students killed in accident
Chandigarh, January 19
Matul Chauhan, Paras Sharma Racing on the city roads without helmets claimed the lives of two youths in a fatal accident late last night. Both victims suffered severe head injuries as their bikes, which were at full throttle, barged into the road berm near the Sector 16-17 light point.

Red tapism hits elevated road to Panchkula
Chandigarh, January 19
After paying a “few lakhs” to a consultant to prepare a feasibility study for an elevated highway between Transport Chowk and Panchkula, the Chandigarh Administration is appointing another consultant to prepare a revised feasibility report.

Shifting of DAC
Residents up in arms
Mohali, January 19
The opposition against the construction of the district administrative complex in Sanetta village gathered momentum today with members of the District Mohali Bar Association objecting to the shifting of the judicial complex to the village.

Injecting Drug Use
Problem in Punjab, Haryana serious: Study
Chandigarh, January 19
Punjab and Haryana are going the Nagaland, Manipur way. At least that’s what the first-ever size estimation of injecting drug use population in the two northern states and their capital Chandigarh has revealed.



Police, prosecutors must coordinate for speedy trial
Chandigarh, January 19
Lack of coordination between the police personnel and judiciary was dwelled upon at workshop held at the CII today.

‘Pending cases cause overcrowded jails’
Chandigarh, January 19
The number of inmates in Punjab jails is 5,000 more than their actual capacity. This was revealed by NPS Aulakh DGP, Punjab, at a workshop organised at CII today.

Meet on foeticide reduced to ‘sarkari’ show
Chandigarh, January 19
The Chandigarh Social Welfare Board’s (CSWB) women’s meet on female foeticide was reduced to a ‘sarkari’ show, with the organisers going on an overdrive to welcome their political guests. Besides, it appeared out and out a Congress event, with the guest list thick with Congress stalwarts.

Update skills to tackle white-collar crimes: Expert
Chandigarh, January 19
Emphasising the need to upgrade human resources to keep pace with technology to deal with white-collar crimes, Mahesh Aggarwal, SP, CBI, Anti-Corruption Branch, said yesterday that white-collar and cyber crime could be detected with updated skill with far better accuracy and effectively.

Marriage causes traffic jam
Chandigarh, January 19
Thousands of commuters along the Patiala-Zirakpur road were tonight stranded for over two hours in a traffic jam outside AKM resorts. Indiscriminate parking of cars at the resort, where a wedding was in progress, was the cause of blockade that stretched over three km along the highway.

Shopkeepers protest against HUDA, observe bandh
Panchkula, January 19
Protesting against the alleged high-handedness of HUDA officials, shopkeepers of Sector 7 observed a bandh till afternoon here today. The shopkeepers alleged that HUDA staff, with heavy police force, lifted their goods from the corridors of the market without any warning.

Provide facilities at Sec-43 ISBT
Shifting of buses running from the Sector 17 ISBT to that of Sector 43 is definitely a good step. It will lessen the rush of traffic in Sector 17 and other adjoining sectors. But all this was done in haste. People had to face a lot of inconvenience, as they were not properly informed about the change.


PU Notes
INSO demands bus service for girl hostellers
Chandigarh, January 19
INSO leaders at Panjab University met dean, students’ welfare (DSW), and demanded that the girl students living in hostels should be provided with the bus service from library to their hostels between 5 pm and 10 pm.

Summer camps for city students in Canada
Chandigarh, January 19
Students between 11 and 17 years are in for a special surprise. For, AIMS Global Education is organising special summer camps in Canada.

From Schools & Colleges
Cultural Fest: Morinda Girls emerge winner
Ropar, January 19
The two-day cultural fest, organised by the Ropar district administration at Maharaja Ranjit Singh park, ended here today. The Morinda Girls’ College team turned out to be the overall winner in the competitions organised in the last two days.

Media Fest
Day 2: Bands rock PU campus
Chandigarh, January 19
The second day of the three-day media festival ‘Soch-08’, organised by the department of mass communication, Panjab University, began with ‘Limericks’ wherein each participant had to compose five-line witty/humorous poem and then recite it.

400 students honoured
Chandigarh, January 19
Government Model Senior Secondary School, 10-A, organised its annual prize distribution function at its auditorium today. Around 400 students, who excelled in the academics, sports and cultural activities during the previous year, were awarded trophies and certificates by DPI (S) S.K. Setia, who was the chief guest.


Consumer Courts
Insurance firm to pay Rs 4 lakh
Chandigarh, January 19
The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has asked Oriental Insurance Company to pay the claim of Rs 4 lakh to a Ambala resident with an interest of 9 per cent per annum. The insurance firm was also asked to pay Rs 5,000 as litigation costs.

10,000 traffic challans disposed of at Lok Adalat
Chandigarh, January 19
The State Legal Services Authority (SLSA), UT, organised a special Lok Adalat for disposal of traffic challans in the District Courts today.


School on Park Land
MC chief in line of fire
Posters lay bare truth behind the project
Dera Bassi, January 19
Less than a day before MP Praneet Kaur is to inaugurate Guru Harjkrishan Public School in the township tomorrow, the legitimacy of the school project became the focus of public attention. In the line of fire was none other than municipal council chief Amrit Pal Singh.

Sikhs abroad not united, says Canadian MP
Patiala, January 19
Canadian MP Gurbax Malhi has rued that the Sikhs abroad, particularly in Canada, were not united hence community work was being hampered. Malhi was speaking at a function organised at Phagganmajra village-based Bhai Gurdas Nursing Institute on Friday. He was accompanied by institute chairman Baldev Singh Balluana.

Artiste needs financial help
Patiala, January 19
The Punjab Theatre Forum, including the NTAS, the Patiala Art Theatre, the Progressive Dramatic Club, the Kala Kriti and the city’s art and literary personalities have pleaded for providing financial help for the treatment of Punjabi dramatist Ajmer Singh Aulakh, a Shiromani Sahitkar awardee.

Tribune Impact
Power supply to streetlights restored
Bassi Pathana, January 19
Power supply to streetlights and a water tubewell of the Bassi Pathana municipal council that was disconnected due to non-payment of pending electricity bills, has been restored after the issue was highlighted in the columns of The Tribune yesterday.

Bhaniarawala appears in court
Ambala, January 19
Baba Bhaniarawala appeared in the court of CJM here today. As many as six cases are pending against the baba in this court. The statement of a prosecution witness was recorded.


Rahul, Abhishek to clash in Indian Open golf final
Chandigarh, January 19
Seventeen-year-old Rahul Bakshi of Chandigarh overcame the last of the visitors' challenge as he clinched a 3 & 2 win over Malaysian Mohammad Arie to set up a title clash with Bangalore's Abhishek Jha in the 107th LG Indian Open Amateur Golf Championship on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Laxman best rower
Chandigarh, January 19
Laxman Singh won the top honours in the men’s single scull event in the Chandigarh State Senior Rowing Championships for men and women at the Lake Club here today.

Speaking Out
Team India vindicated
It was the much-needed win for the country to save its honour. Everyone knows very well what happened during the Sydney Test. So only a win in the Perth Test could show the world that all the protests by our team were genuine and we were in a winning position that time also.

Dodgeball trials tomorrow
Chandigarh, January 19
The Dodgeball Association of Chandigarh will conduct trials to select boys and girls teams on January 21 at Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, at 3 pm.

Haryana, Punjab in finals
Chandigarh, January 19
The Haryana and Punjab teams reached in the finals in the ongoing Women Open Baseball Championship at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, here today.


Robbery at Gunpoint
Panchkula police had information
Panchkula, January 19
The working of the local police came under scanner after the Rs 5 lakh robbery in the Industrial Area here yesterday. Despite getting crucial leads about the robbery in the township well in advance from its intelligence wing, the Panchkula police could not thwart the incident.

Trader kills himself, wife blamed
Chandigarh, January 19
A resident of Sector 28 committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan here today. Rajat Garg, 26, was a rice merchant and used to run a shop Natraj Traders in Grain Market, Sector 26. His wife Jyoti Grag has been booked for charges of abetment to suicide as a suicide note recovered from his room mentioned her to be responsible for the death.

Couple arrested for forgery
Mohali, January 19
The local police today arrested a couple for allegedly cheating banks by forging documents and getting loans sanctioned for cars.

Motorcycle stolen
Chandigarh, January 19
Atul Guleria of Highland Cooperative Society, Zirakpur (Baltana), has reported to the local police that someone has stolen his Pulsar motorcycle (CH 03 Z 1826) from the parking lot of the Sector 26 market yesterday.

Assailants smash car outside home
Chandigarh, January 19
Unidentified assailants smashed an Accent car, parked outside a house in Sector 21 here today. The incident occurred at 3 am in the morning when the assailants came in their car and pelted stones at the Accent car, which belonged to Omkar Singh. The group fled before the residents rushed outside.


Musical tribute to Talat Mehmood
Chandigarh, January 19
The larger than life image of legendary maestro Talat Mehmood conjured up in the minds of the intrusive audience as Pracheen Kala Kendra presented its first ever special concert of light music "Ek Shaam Talat Mehmood Ke Naam" at the Randhawa auditorium here today.

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