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Khushpreet dead Residents go
on rampage
Khushpreet Singh Chandigarh, January 5
A strangulated body of five-year-old Khushpreet Singh, who was kidnapped from outside his house in Chandigarh’s Burail village on December 21, was recovered from near a road in Mohali’s Phase X at 4.30 pm thus marking a tragic and brutal end to the 16 -day kidnapping episode.

Residents of Burail block the road at the Sector 45 lights in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Residents of Burail block the road at the Sector 45 lights in Chandigarh on Wednesday.


Violence erupts in Burail after Khushpreet’s murder
(Moments captured by Tribune lensmen S Chandan and Vicky Gharu)

14 cops injured in stone pelting
Chandigarh, January 5
Agitated and visibly upset Burail residents went on a riot as soon as word of Khushpreet’s brutal murder spread. Laying siege to the Burail police post and blocking all roads leading and around Sector 45, the infuriated residents not only shut down all the shops of the area but also indulged in heavy stone pelting that continued till late in the night.

Bedlam on roads
Chandigarh, January 5
With hundreds of agitators pouring onto roads, commuters were forced to either wait for over 3 hours in serpentine queues or take long detours to reach their destination.

All is lost: parents
Chandigarh, January 5
It was a heartrending scene at Khushpreet’s residence at Burail as soon as the family learnt about the brutal death of their five-year-old boy at around 4.45 pm. An emotionally shattered father, Lakhbir Singh, had to be shifted to the Government Medical College Hospital, Sector 32, soon after he identified the body of his son while the condition of the murdered infant’s grandparents, both heart patients, deteriorated on hearing the news.

Kidnappers known to family
Police has dismissed the theory that the kidnappers are strangers to the family. “Had the accused been strangers, they would have released the child. They killed him because they knew that the child will recognise them,” said a police official.


Blanket of fog engulfs city
Chandigarh, December 5
Flight and rail services were hit when mercury dipped further and heavy fog engulfed the city, this morning. “The general visibility was less than 100 metre in the early morning hours. The possibility of dense fog in the morning and evening is likely in the days to come,” India Meteorological Department director Surender Paul said.

Drivers have a tough time due to fog.

Passengers wait for trains at the Chandigarh Railway Station on Wednesday.

Drivers have a tough time due to fog; and (right) passengers wait for trains at the Chandigarh Railway Station on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal

Schools to be closed till January 11
Chandigarh, January 5
With mercury dipping still further, the UT Administration has declared holidays in all city schools till January 11, 2010. However, all the teachers and other employees will report for duty as usual. All teachers of double shift government schools will observe the timing of morning shift schools i.e. from 8.30 am to 2.00 pm. All the Heads, teachers, other staff and students involved in any activity related to National School Games will follow the pre specified schedule. — TNS

Cashier’s Murder
Three suspects released
Zirakpur, January 5
A day after the police arrested the three youths in cashier’s murder case, the trio was released today after verification. The development is significant as the police had created much hype about the accused by claiming that one of them was wanted by Jammu Police.

Prime suspect a proclaimed offender, says Jammu police
Jammu, January 5
A day after the arrest of three suspects in the murder of Mahavir Singla, cashier of a liquor shop at Baltana in Mohali district, near Chandigarh, the Jammu police said here today that the prime suspect was a proclaimed offender and wanted in a number of cases.

MC nets Rs 6.83 lakh
MC rent notices to 2 Food Street kiosk owners
Chandigarh, January 5
The municipal corporation has issued notices to the owners of two kiosks at ‘Night Food Street” located near PGI for not depositing their monthly rental. According to MC records though these kiosks were leased out last September their owners had till date deposited the rent only for a month. A source in the MC said civic officials had spoken to the two owners several times to pay the monthly rent on time but the pending amount had not yet been deposited.

Kang challenges Pali’s election
Independent mayoral candidate JS Kang, along with BJP senior leaders, on their way to file a plea at the DC office in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.Files plea before DC
Chandigarh, January 5
Independent mayoral candidate Jajgit Singh Kang today challenged the election of Ravinder Pal Singh (Pali) as Mayor to the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC). An election petition has been filed by him before the UT Deputy Commissioner (DC) who is the prescribed authority to hear the petition for the post of Mayor held on January 1.

Independent mayoral candidate JS Kang, along with BJP senior leaders, on their way to file a plea at the DC office in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

BJYM burns JKLF’s chief effigy
Chandigarh, January 5
The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) today organised a protest demonstration against the statement of Muhammad Yasin Malik, chairman of the separatist Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).

UT transport authority challans, impounds 606 vehicles
Chandigarh, January 5
To curb the tendency of plying unauthorised vehicles with incomplete documents, driving overloaded vehicles and in order to make the city pollution free, the UT State Transport Authority (STA) carried out an intensive checking campaign of vehicles in December.

Officials inspect sites for garden projects
Chandigarh, January 5
Senior officials of the UT administration, including the Home Secretary, along with UT Chief Engineer, UT Chief Architect, MC Chief Engineer, Director Tourism, and Dr Satish Narula, senior horticulture consultant, inspected sites where garden projects are to be developed with the support of the ministry of tourism.

Land Pooling Scheme
Planning board chief favours decision
Mohali, January 5
The chairman of the Mohali District Planning Board NK Sharma has welcomed the decision of the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of taking back the acquisition notices issued to farmers in the land pooling scheme.

Man run over by train
Chandigarh, January 5
A 28-year-old man was run over by a passenger train on the Chandigarh-Ghaggar railway track near Dadua village yesterday. The deceased was identified as Mohammad Farid Alam of Bihar.

UT’s bias out in open and how!
A piece of land owned by the UT Administration in front of Strawberry Fields School, St Kabir School and the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration in Sector 26 is being cordoned with a fence (right) as per the UT Home Secretary’s orders, thereby eating into the parking space for parents’ vehicles. On the other hand, parking at other open areas goes unchecked (below) as captured by Tribune lensman Manoj Mahajan
I have not seen the area, which is being fenced. I will look into it tomorrow when I will go to the office. — Pradeep Mehra, Adviser, UT Administration


PhD Degree
PU issues fresh circular to depts
Chandigarh, January 5
Clarifying the status and modalities of “course work” to be done compulsorily with PhD degree now, Panjab University has issued a fresh circular to all departments. The course work of one-semester duration, in which basic research methodology would be taught to research students, was recommended by the University Grants Commission (UGC) last year, as a part of the minimum standards and procedure of award of Phd degree in 2010.

Pvt schools not inclined to extend vacations
Panchkula, January 5
Even though the state government had announced 10-day winter vacations in schools from January 7 in view of severe cold conditions prevailing in the region, private schools were not inclined to extend the vacations.

Help services for Class X students
Chandigarh, January 5
The department of geography, Panjab University, is all set to launch “Geography help services” for students preparing for Class X board examination to be held in March. In the help services beginning from January 6, the department will answer questions related to geography syllabus for students from any part of the country and offer solutions to the problems. Department teachers can be contacted by an email geodept@pu.ac.in or call at 0172- 2727714 between 4 to 5 pm from Monday to Friday.


Illegal encroachments under Bridge no. 22 in Patiala. Encroachments galore at busy market
Patiala, January 5
Illegal encroachments under Bridge no. 22 is a cause of concern for city residents. While the entire walking path is encroached upon by shopkeepers by placing their tandoors and cooking stoves, others have also left no space for the passersby.

Illegal encroachments under Bridge no. 22 in Patiala. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Raids to detect misuse of LPG cylinders
Residents queue up out side an LPG agency to refill their cylinders at Ambala Cantonment. Ambala, January 5
The Ambala district administration has launched a campaign against the use of domestic LPG cylinders for commercial purposes. Raids were conducted at a number of places in the Ambala Cantonment today, wherein domestic LPG cylinders were seized from commercial establishments.

Residents queue up out side an LPG agency to refill their cylinders at Ambala Cantonment. A Tribune photograph

Players honoured
Ambala, January 5
Police DAV Public School, Ambala City, honoured the upcoming players of the school at a function organised to celebrate the first anniversary of its boxing ring here today. Ambala SP Shashank Ananad was the chief guest. The chief guest honoured boxers, including Gourav Atwal, Rahul Bhagal, Rahul Singh, Dipanshu, Sidharth, Ashirwad, Ankit Saini, Nishan Sandhu and Akhilesh.

Tae Kwan Do
Kavita clinches black belt
Kalka, January 5
Kavita Rani, a resident of Kalka, has brought laurels by clinching black belt in the 25th National ITF Tae Kwan Do Championship, which was recently held in New Delhi.


Plea for shifting SSP’s residence
HC asks admn to furnish list of houses
Chandigarh, January 5
Justice Surya Kant of the Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday asked the UT administration to submit a list of occupants of type 5 and 6 houses, while taking up a petition for shifting Senior Superintendent of Police Naunihal Singh’s official accommodation.


Molestation Case
Chargesheet filed against teacher
Panchkula, January 5
The police today filed a chargesheet against the music teacher of Army Public School, Chandi Mandir, Sham Bahadur Thapa, who is accused of molesting four students of Class V.

Case filed in gangrape of mentally challenged girl
Panchkula, January 5
The Chandimandir police station filed a case against unidentified suspects for allegedly raping a mentally challenged and blind girl here late Tuesday night. According to sources the police acted on the directions of deputy commissioner Ashima Brar after residents of Ramgarh village accompanied by the victim’s mother and brothers accused the cops of trying to “shield” the suspects under “political pressure”.

FIR registered in missing girl’s case
Chandigarh, January 5
The Chandigarh police has registered an FIR on the complaint of its own constable Sadashiv Tripathi, whose minor daughter Pratima went missing from his house on October 10 last year. The FIR was registered on December 20, four days after Tripathi approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court through his wife Rajeshwari Tripathi

Four held for begging
Mohali, January 5
The police has arrested four persons, wearing saffron-coloured clothes, who were found begging in the market at Phase III B 2.


Cooch Behar Elite Tie
Punjab take 100-run lead
Chandigarh, January 5
The Punjab team took 100 runs lead in the first innings after it bundled out the UP Cricket Academy (UPCA) under-19 team for 309 runs in 101 overs on the third day of the Cooch Behar Elite Tie quarterfinal being played at the Holkar Ground in Indore today.

Harpreet fashions Mohali Orange win
Mohali, January 5
Quick fire 86 of 73 balls by Harpreet Sunny helped Mohali Orange beat Mohali Blue by 16 runs in a match held at PCA Stadium here today. After winning the toss, Mohali blue elected to field first.

A cricket match in progress at the Tricity Premier League in Sector 48, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.Tricity Premier League
Jaswinder, Parvesh script Pace Riders win
Chandigarh, January 5
Jaswinder Saini and Parvesh Sharma helped the Pace Riders beat Punjabi Tigers by eight wickets in the Tricity Premier League being held at the BTS Academy grounds in Sector 48 here today.

A cricket match in progress at the Tricity Premier League in Sector 48, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Tennis meet from Jan 8
Chandigarh, January 5
Players from 17 countries, including India will participate in the eight-day India ITF Junior Circuit Grade-3 Tennis Tournament, which will start from January 8.

City tennis coach to attend Australian conference
Chandigarh, January 5
Robin Kumar, director coaching, Chandigarh Club Tennis Academy (CCTA) has been invited to attend the three-day annual Australian Grand Slam Coaches’ Conference prior to the Australian Open to be held at Hisense Arena in Australia from January 13.


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