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Cops probed 2 hrs after call for ransom: STD booth
Chandigarh, January 9
UT SSP Naunihal Singh (encircled) at the STD booth from where the suspected kidnapper of Khushpreet made the call for ransom. T “The suspected kidnapper of Khushpreet, a turbaned tall man in his mid-twenties, made the call for ransom from my STD booth in Sector 69, Mohali, at 8.10 am on December 22.

UT SSP Naunihal Singh (encircled) at the STD booth from where the suspected kidnapper of Khushpreet made the call for ransom. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Work on Mullanpur road halted after ministry’s objection
Mullanpur (Mohali),January 9
The Punjab government has ordered work on widening the Mullanpur-Siswan road to stop after the central environment & forests ministry raised serious objections to the state going ahead with the project without getting its mandatory sanction.


Magisterial probe begins
Chandigarh, January 9
The magisterial inquiry into the Khushpreet case took off here today with the recording of statements of family members of the deceased.ML Sharma, Director, CTU and Sports, who has been made inquiry officer (IO) by the UT Administration, visited Khushpreet’s residence in Burail this morning.The IO recorded the statements of Lakhbir Singh, father of Khushpreet, his wife Kulwinder Kaur, brother Sukhwinder Singh, his sister and two members of an NGO.

Lukewarm response to CTU buses in tricity
Less than 5 pc of the population uses buses as mode of transport
Chandigarh, January 9
Even though the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) continues to add more buses to its existing fleet of AC, non-AC and grid buses, going by the rate of occupancy, it has failed to elicit a good response from the general public.

Child, woman killed in accidents
Chandigarh, January 9
Two persons, including a six-year-old child, were killed in road accidents today.In the first incident, a child, Bhupinder Singh, was crushed to death when he was playing on a road near his house at Khuda Jassu village.

LPG Misuse: Hotels, restaurants raided
Mohali, January 9
In a major crackdown on eating outlets using domestic LPG cylinders for commercial use, the Mohali district administration conducted surprise checks at various known eating outlets in Mohali and confiscated at least 14 domestic LPG cylinders that were being used for commercial activity.


Schools must redouble safety efforts
Chandigarh, January 9
How safe is the City Beautiful for our children? The gruesome killing of Khushpreet, who was abducted a fortnight ago near his Burail home, has left many pondering over the question.

Recruitment drive for defence services
Chandigarh, January 9
Leading companies, lucrative salaries and better job profiles are not the only attractions for Panjab University (PU) students this placement season. They are lured to join defence services and serve the country.

Open House Response
Mixed reaction to draw of lots
The proposed draw of lots for admission is not fair for talented students. Granting of admission based on test is the only best way.The test shall give an equal chance of admission to the talented children. The open test shall give a fair chance to everyone and surely the ones with original brightness shall pave the way for their future while getting a chance of studying in the best institutions/schools.

Polio no barrier to Jagtar’smission to provide jobs
With support from an NGO Roshni, the entrepreneur arranged employment for 180 rural girls at spinning mills in Baddi
Chandigarh, January 9
Jagtar Singh, with polio-afflicted lower limbs, has arranged employment for 180 rural girls at spinning mills in Baddi. This Lohri is brighter and more prosperous for Jagtar, who has been honoured by an NGO Roshini, for his contribution and courage at a ceremony held at St Stephen’s school, village Togan.

Death in firing case
Victim’s son to approach Capt
Mohali, January 9
Harjinder Singh, son of Rattan Singh, who was killed in a firing incident involving Kulwant Singh, sarpanch of Baraille village, yesterday said he was seeking intervention of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh to bring to book the assailants behind the murder.

Exam aspirants forced to brave chill
Chandigarh, January 9
Candidates who appeared for the entrance test conducted by the Oriental Bank of Commerce in various city schools today had a harrowing time due to the foggy weather.

Co-pilot’s widow wants all culprits punished
Mohali, January 9
“All guilty in the 1985 Air India bombing that killed 329 persons be brought to book. Though our loss cannot be compensated, Inderjit Singh Reyat (who was yesterday sentenced to nine years in prison by a court in Vancouver, Canada) should also name others who perpetrated the crime,” said Amarjeet Kaur, widow of Kanishka co-pilot SS Bhinder.

At 3.6 °C, city hits another low
Thick blanket of fog in region throws life out of gear
Chandigarh, January 9
Boys play cricket in dense fog at the Sector 39 grain market on Sunday. Dense fog and intense cold wave conditions continued to throw life out of gear as the temperature in the city plunged to yet another low of 3.6 degrees Celsius.Chandigarh was once again colder than Shimla and Srinagar at 11.7 and 9.5 degrees, respectively. The maximum temperature recorded in the city today was 8.2 degrees Celsius.

Boys play cricket in dense fog at the Sector 39 grain market on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Projects languish as architecture department dallies
Chandigarh, January 9
The lackadaisical attitude of the UT administration’s architecture department has been cited as the primary reason for the inordinate delay in major municipal corporation projects taking off the ground.

Remembering Khuspreet
Students to boycott Lohri celebrations
Chandigarh, January 9
The Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) today organised a candlelight march from the Students’ Centre to Panjab University market, expressing grief over Khuspreet’s murder.

Players from the South brave the chill during the 56th National School Games in Chandigarh. Hearty New Year
Heart beats for about one-lakh times in 24 hours. A very strong muscle, heart starts beating soon after conception and continues to do so till death, said Dr Baljit Singh, an eminent cardiologist, during his presentation on “Hearty New Year” organised by the First Friday Forum at Chandigarh the other day.

TOO COOL FOR THEM: Players from the South brave the chill during the 56th National School Games in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Bus Routes
Finally, CTU to have directory
The CTU is in the process of putting together a directory containing details of all bus routes and is expected to be released within the next two months
Chandigarh, January 9
Over four decades after coming into existence, the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) seems to have finally woken up to the need for publishing an information directory for its bus routes.The CTU is in the process of putting together a directory containing details of all bus routes. CTU officials say the directory is expected to be released within the next two months.

Newfoundland steals the show
Mohali, January 9
The Mohali Kennel Club, a chapter of the Kennel Club of India, organised the 3rd and 4th All Breed Championship Dog Show near Yadavindra Public School in Sector 62 here today.Two canine judges Robert LT Dewson and Jagteshwar Singh judged the entries and Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police GPS Bhullar declared the show open.

AC travel passes for lowest-grade staff
Chandigarh, January 9
In a populist move aimed at securing top-end-seat travel for Railways’ lowest-grade employees with their families, the Railways has, for the first time, extended the facility of AC three-tier travel pass for families of lowest-grade employees like gangmen and khalasis.

Suman’s family left to fend for itself
Chandigarh, January 9
A resident of Colony No.4, Suman, who was transfused wrong blood at Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, three weeks ago on December 16, is yet to recover.The Chandigarh administration has already left the family to fend for itself, which is now finding it hard to return the money borrowed for her treatment.

Female ratio on decline in Punjab, Haryana
Mohali, January 9
Skewed sex ratio is a matter of concern, said Urvashi Gulati, Chief Secretary, Haryana, who inaugurated “Nanhi Chaan” nursery at Fortis Hospital here.While speaking at the function organised to celebrate ‘Nanhi Chaan Day’, she said that Punjab and Haryana had appalling sex ratios in India with only 798 girls to 1,000 boys. “The sex ratio declined from 808 in 2002 to just 775 in 2004.

Begging is not a crime here
Zirakpur, January 9
Zirakpur town, which is already dealing with rampant traffic jams everyday, is also plagued by the menace of beggars, in the age group of 5 to 60.These beggars are working in small groups and can be easily spotted troubling and following commuters even in front of the police.

Global Human Rights Award
Chandigarh, January 9
In this era of global competition, a few organisations stand firm on the pillars of moral values and ethics.Man behind this mission Manmohan K Garg, chairman-cum-CEO of the organisation, was honoured with the Global Human Rights Award for excellence in education here yesterday.


Will invite experts to train students
Chandigarh, January 9
Heading towards an industrial-academic alliance, the placement cell of the University Institute of Applied Management Studies (UIAMS), Panjab University, is all set to sign MoUs with leading companies for this year’s placement.


150 examined at medical camp
Dera Bassi, January 9
A fee medical check-up camp was held at JK Shanti Charitable Clinic, Mubarkpur.Thousands of patients were benefited. Doctors said more than 150 patients were examined and given medicines free of cost.

1,600 take AIEEE mock test
Kharar, January 9
As many as 1,623 students participated in the mock AIEEE 2011 test organised at Rayat-Bahra Group at Kharar today.Aimed at testing skills ahead of the AIEEE 11, mock test was organised with a bounty of prizes aimed at encouraging the students. Aspirants in engineering courses, only those with plus two non-medical/medical with mathematics, appeared for the exam.

Family fears for abducted kid’s life, seeks CBI probe
Dera Bassi, January 9
Coming only a few days after the murder of a five-year-old boy, Khushpreet, who was kidnapped in Burail last month, panic gripped the family of another five-year-old child, Aryan Gupta, who was abducted in Mubarakpur near here a year and a half ago.

Investors given trading tips
Patiala, January 9
In order to share their perspective about the basics of investing and the road ahead for the Indian stock markets, India Infoline Ltd (IIFL), a financial services provider, organised an investor meet here today.

60 bonded labourers rescued from brick-kiln
Ambala, January 9
The Ambala district administration has rescued 60 bonded labourers from a brick-kiln at Manglai village in the district.Following directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Sub-Divisional Magistrate Mukesh Ahuja, along with a posse of police, today rescued 60 labourers, including women and children, from Laxmi Bricks at Manglai village near Ambala Cantt. The SDM also arranged to send all the labourers to their hometown of Muzaffarnagar in Western UP.


End north-south divide, says HC
Chandigarh, January 9
The Punjab and Haryana High Court wants an end to the north-south divide in the city. It has asked the UT administration to provide the “same, if not similar facilities”, to residents of southern sectors.


Trader shot at
Panchkula, January 9
A trader was shot at by three unidentified persons when he was returning to his home at Barwala, near here, last night. The assailants, however, fled leaving him injured after which he was taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.


City team drub Manipur in U-14
A football match in progress between Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh at GMSSS, Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Chandigarh, January 9
Maintaining their winning streak, local soccer team today drubbed Manipur by 3-0 in the league Match of “A” group (boys, U-14) in the ongoing 56th National School Games at Football Stadium, Sector 17, here, today.Girls’ team in the same age group again missed to open their account, as the team held the Match draw against Jharkhand team. No team could score any goal during the tie.

A football match in progress between Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh at GMSSS, Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

North zone sports meet from tomorrow
Chandigarh, January 9
The annual Customs, Excise and Income Tax North Zone Sports Meet will kick off from January 11.The three-day meet, being organised under the aegis of the Central Revenue Sports Board, New Delhi, would witness competition in 16 disciplines, including track and field events, table tennis, lawn tennis, volleyball, hockey, cricket and kabaddi.

Modgill Challengers in a jubilant mood after winning the Tricity Premier League in Chandigarh on Sunday. Chandigarh, Delhi to fight for title
Chandigarh, January 9
Chandigarh and Delhi set up title clash in the mens’ section of the 32nd National Softball Championship, being played at PEC ground, here today.In women section, Punjab and Kerala will face each other in the finals of the tournament.

Modgill Challengers in a jubilant mood after winning the Tricity Premier League in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Challengers lift trophy
Chandigarh, January 9
Modgill Challengers (MC) lifted the Tricity Premier League trophy by beating Punjabi Tigers (PT) by 95 runs in the final match of the league at Banyan Tree School here today.

Nilachal to face Suhavini in final
Chandigarh, January 9
Nilachal will face Suhavini Bhullar tomorrow in the finals of the girls’ under-14 category in the YMCA Total Tennis Championship, being played at the Total Tennis Academy, Sector 11.


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