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Tearful adieu to Khushpreet
Chandigarh, January 7
It was a heart-rending scene at the cremation ground in Sector 25 here this afternoon, where the lifeless body of five-year-old Khushpreet was cremated.

(Clockwise) Villagers and relatives of Khushpreet gather at the Sector 25 cremation ground, Chandigarh, for his last rites on Friday. The police force, seen in the background, was deployed to prevent any untoward incident; and grandfather and brother of Khushpreet break down. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari

Cops failed to nab suspects within 1-km area
Kidnappers unlikely to have left tricity with boy
Chandigarh, January 7
Shocking as it may sound, Khushpreet’s body was recovered barely a kilometre from where he had been kidnapped 16 days ago, indicating that the kidnappers had probably been residing in the same area. 


speaking out
Khuspreet Case
Parents of young kids express disbelief...
Khushpreet’s murder has triggered intense shock, disbelief and concern among parents of young children in the city, many of whom now feel unsafe to permit their children to play alone in parks. When a Tribune team interacted with parents, a few shared their apprehensions about the law and order situation while others were not even willing to come on record about the case.

Reliving the trauma
Members of families whose children were kidnapped and later released, relive the horrifying moments when their children were in the hands of kidnappers
Mohali/Panchkula, January 7
“I wish Khushpreet was alive. One can imagine the pain and agony parents go through when their children are kidnapped,” said Daman Chinna, mother of six-year-old Mehak, who was kidnapped on February 24 last year from Phase X, Mohali, and released a day later by her kidnappers after reportedly being paid ransom.

Strangled, but not tortured
The preliminary postmortem findings on Khushpreet confirmed that he had been strangled a maximum of 24 hours prior to his body being found and had not been tortured. The discovery of undigested food particles in his stomach suggests that he had been fed only a few hours before his death, giving rise to speculation that the kidnappers decided to kill him on the spur of the moment.

Woman died of natural causes 9 days ago: Postmortem
Chandigarh, January 7
In a U-turn to what appeared to be a sensational murder of septuagenarian Gurbal Maninder Mann, mother-in-law of Punjab’s acting Advocate General Rupinder Khosla, the postmortem report today termed the death of the woman as “natural” and ruled out any foul play. The report also revealed that the body was at least nine days old.

Robbery Bid: Computer shop employee stabbed
Chandigarh, January 7
A computer shop employee sustained knife injures in an attack by six unidentified assailants at the busy Sector 33-20 roundabout here this morning. He, along with another employee, was on his way to deposit cash when the robbery was attempted.


Twilight years, and now, a time to be watchful
Negligence on the part of children of Gurbal Maninder Mann, the 75-year-old resident of Sector 21 who died a natural death a few days ago, is of great concern for senior citizens, who are left high and dry at this age by their offspring, either by turning them out or by going abroad or other parts of the country to earn a living.
Family members cannot absolve themselves of the responsibility to keep in touch with elders. A majority of senior citizens are not exercising safety precautions like bolting doors and locking main gates at their places. In fact, the elders staying alone should shift to old-age homes.

NRIs concerned, too
Chandigarh, January 7
Concerned over the increasing attacks on senior citizens in the tricity, non-resident Indians are seeking the support of a local NGO to ensure the safety of their parents here. They are contacting agencies to look after daily needs of their parents.

Sun brings little respite, chill to persist
Chandigarh, January 7
People covered themselves in woollen clothes as icy winds lashed the tricity today. Their winter woes were compounded as the cold wave continued and the minimum temperature dipped to 4.4 degree Celsius from 5.7 degree Celsius yesterday, making the cold unbearable.

Development works to be completed within six months
Zirakpur, January 7
Zirakpur municipal council (MC) president Narinder Kumar Sharma today fixed a deadline to complete all pending development works within a span of six months.Sharma visited four wards of Baltana and asked officials concerned to speed up the development works in the area.

Budget proposals discussed
Chandigarh, January 7
A meeting of secretaries of different departments was held under UT Adviser Pardip Mehra here today.Budget proposals for the next financial year 2011-12 were discussed by the representatives of different departments of the UT administration, including UT engineering department, Chandigarh Housing Board, municipal corporation, Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO), education and others.

In Full Swing

A match between Andhra Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh in progress during the 32nd Senior National Softball Championship at Sector 12 in Chandigarh on Friday.
A match between Andhra Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh in progress during the 32nd Senior National Softball Championship at Sector 12 in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Fearing raw deal through MC notification
Cong councillors set to move court
Mohali, January 7
Councillors backed by the Congress are all set to challenge in court a notification expected any day for the formation of the new Mohali municipal corporation if injustice was done to them by the government.

Varsity, college teachers stage dharna
Demand implementation of UGC scales
Panchkula, January 7
Hundreds of college and university teachers from the state today staged a dharna outside the office of department of higher education in Sector 4 here demanding immediate implementation of the UCG scales.3

Proposed fire station in Sector 28
Hydraulic platform fire tender planned
Panchkula, January 7
In view of the coming up of several high-rise buildings in the town, a hydraulic platform fire tender, costing around Rs 6 crore, is being planned for the new fire station to be set up in Sector 28.

‘Tension-free mind necessary for long life’
Chandigarh, January 7
“Simple living with controlled and normal dietary habits and a tension-free mind is absolutely necessary for a healthy and longer life.” The didactic advice came from Harmohan Dhawan (70) the chief guest at the New Year-welcome function organised by the Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association (Chapter -6) at the Guru Nanak Public School auditorium -37 here today.

Candle-lit march at PU for Khushpreet
Chandigarh, January 7
Student’s Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) today held a candle-lit march starting from Gandhi Bhawan at Panjab University to express solidarity with Khuspreet Singh’s family and pay condolence to him.

8 more cases registered
Mohali, January 7
The horticulture wing of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) today got complaints registered with the police against occupants of eight houses in Phase IV for allegedly cutting trees in a park. Executive engineer (horticulture) Devinder Singh said the complaints had been lodged at the office of the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) for necessary action.


Hike in Rates of Re-evaluation Forms
Student leaders protest outside VC office
DSW Nawal Kishore insists NSUI vice-president Sunny Mehta to end his hunger strike outside the VC office at PU in Chandigarh on FridayChandigarh, January 7
Protesting against hiked rates of re-evaluation forms by Panjab University authorities, student leaders of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) today protested in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office.To get the demands fulfilled student leader Sunny Mehta sat on hunger strike at 12 noon, which was later called off after the dean students welfare (DSW)Naval Kishore, arrived on the spot. The DSW agreed to the demands of student leaders and held a meeting of student leaders later at 3pm.

DSW Nawal Kishore insists NSUI vice-president Sunny Mehta to end his hunger strike outside the VC office at PU in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

New academic session begins at PGI
Chandigarh, January 7
Major HPS Ahluwalia (retired), chairman, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi, inaugurated the new academic session at PGIMER here today.As many as 110 candidates have joined the MD/MS course of major specialties, including anesthesia, medicine, nuclear medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, orthosurgery, radiodiagnosis, general surgery, microbiology and pathology.


4 of family, driver killed in road accident
The mangled remains of Toyota Innova that met with an accident on the Banur-Ambala road on Friday. Banur, January 7
Four members of a family, including two minor children, from Morinda and a car driver were killed in a road accident on the Banur-Ambala road here this morning.The victims have been identified as Anju (39), her two sons Jatin (11) and Nitin (9), Anju’s nephew Aditya (20) and driver Sarabjit Singh (28).

The mangled remains of Toyota Innova that met with an accident on the Banur-Ambala road on Friday. Tribune photo: Gurdeep Singh Mann

Lift in disuse
DC pulls up authorities
Ambala, January 7
The lift of the Ambala City Civil Hospital, which is not in use since its installation, will start working soon.It’s been almost a decade that the new building of the hospital had started working, but the lift could not be put into operation due to some technical and administrative reasons.

Three gangsters open fire after pursuit
Caught by public, thrashed
Ambala, January 7
Panic gripped the city when three members of a criminal gang opened fire in a busy area near the local bus station this afternoon. No one was injured in the incident.Drivers of the nearby taxi stand grabbed hold of the three and thrashed them, before handed them over to the police.

7 booked for assault
Mohali, January 7
The police booked seven persons for allegedly assaulting Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Industrial Area, Phase III, here today.The accused have been identified as Jaspal Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Parminder Singh, Rajesh Kumar, all residents of Mohali village, Monu and his brother, residents of Sector 38, Chandigarh, and Jaspal Singh Saini, a resident of Kharar.

Land freed from illegal occupation
Dera Bassi, January 7
Following court orders, the panchayat department took possession of 10 acres of panchayat land at Mukandpur village here today. The land had been under illegal occupation of some villagers for the past few years.

Opening of retail outlet
Magistrate cancels NOC to BPCL
Ambala, January 7
District Magistrate Samir Pal Saro in an order has cancelled the no objection certificate (NOC) issued to Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) for opening a retail outlet at Saha village on the National Highway-73, near Ambala Cantonment.

100 admitted for free education
Dera Bassi, January 7
Sarla Devi Jeevan Mukat Nisualk School at Dappar has admitted 100 students this year to educate them free of cost.The school was set up three years back to educate children belonging to poor families.

Dons win best research paper award
Ambala, January 7
The physics department of Maharishi Markandeshwar (MM) University marked a landmark at the international conference on materials and methods in science and technology recently held at the National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research in Chandigarh.

Urdu classes from January 10
Ropar, January 7
Classes for learning Urdu language would begin from January 10 onwards. Government employees and other aspirants of learning Urdu can take admission for it.District language official Manjit Kaur said the classes were being held free of cost and it was a six-month course.

Students excel in state-level exams
Dera Bassi, January 7
Students of the WCITI, Dera Bassi, have brought laurel to the institute by excelling in the state-level examination.The two students grabbed the top position in the state by securing highest marks in the final examinations. Gaurav Sharma, was first in the Welder Trade, whereas Ashish held the top slot in Fitter Trade.


Woman’s purse snatched
Panchkula, January 7
Two motorcycle-borne youngsters snatched a purse of a woman in Sector 21 here this afternoon.Rita, the complainant, told the police said that two youths on a motorcycle slowed down and sped away after snatching her purse.


56th National School Games begin
Students perform at the opening ceremony of the 56th National School Games at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh on Friday. Chandigarh, January 7
The year 2010-11, which began at the Sports Complex, Sector 42, was inaugurated by Pradip Mehra, Adviser to the Administrator, by unfurling the games flag, here today.Addressing the participants, Mehra said that sports played a crucial role in character building of a human being. It also brought the feeling of teamwork and universal brotherhood.

Students perform at the opening ceremony of the 56th National School Games at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Uday helps GCCBC win by 5 wickets
Chandigarh, January 7
Fine batting performance by Uday Singh (91 not out) Government College of Commerce and Business Administration (GCCBC), Sector 42, beat College of Engineering and Technology, (CCET) Sector 26, by 5 wickets in the Panjab University Inter-College Cricket (Men) B-Division tournament, held on the PU campus here today.


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