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Chandigarh, January 19
Khushpreet Singh The Chandigarh Police’s callousness in handling the case of five-year-old Khushpreet’s kidnapping followed by his murder is now official. Acting on a magisterial inquiry report submitted today, an embarrassed police finally cracked the whip against the guilty officials. Two Inspectors and a Sub-Inspector were suspended and the DSP (South) transferred to the Police Lines.

A file photo of the protest.
A file photo of the protest.


The guilty cops


Children pick scattered flowers (left) and a tourist captures his wife on camera at the Rose Garden in Sector 16 of Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan


Recounting Partition pangs
Artistes stage the play ‘Ghar Wapsi Ke Geet’ at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.Chandigarh, January 19
Apart from meaningful entertainment, theatre festivals bring alive diverse regional cultures. Trilingual play “ Ghar Wapsi Ke Geet” presented by Alternate Living theatre group from Kolkata on the third day of the ongoing sixth TFT festival at Tagore Theatre too was significant in thisregard.

Artistes stage the play ‘Ghar Wapsi Ke Geet’ at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Pravesh Chauhan

Rs 12 crore sanctioned for three new schools
Chandigarh, January 19
Putting its own house in order to implement the Right of Children To free and Compulsory Education (RTE) ACT, the UT administration today approved around `12 crore for the construction of three new schools in the city.

Job fest gets underway in Panchkula
Panchkula, January 19
Students at the job fest in Sector 5, Panchkula, on Wednesday. Hundreds of boys and girls converged on a stall set up by the Army at a three-day Haryana Employment Development Fair that commenced today at the Sector 5 parade ground.Young boys and girls could be seen enquiring about the recruitment process at the stall.Various software companies had also put up stalls at the fair.

Students at the job fest in Sector 5, Panchkula, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Two new hostels to come up at PU
Chandigarh, January 19
All set to introduce 20 per cent reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC), Panjab University today approved construction of two new hostels on its Sector 25 campus.

Development course for medicos
Mohali, January 19
The eighth professional development course (PDC) in management, public health and health sector reforms for district-level senior medical officers was inaugurated today by Prof Laxmi Kanta Chawla, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab.

Stopgap Measure
2-acre land for dump sought at Jheuriwala
Panchkula, January 19
After facing protests from Sector-23 residents over the dumping of garbage in the sector, the municipal council has urged the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to allot two acres of land at Jheuriwala village as a stopgap arrangement.

Over the top

Commandos rehearse a formation on a bike for the Republic Day ceremony at Parade Ground, Sector 5, Panchkula, on Wednesday.
Commandos rehearse a formation on a bike for the Republic Day ceremony at Parade Ground, Sector 5, Panchkula, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Draftsmen’s protest
Mohali, January 19
Members of the Punjab Draftsmen Association staged a dharna in support of their demands here today. The protesters raised slogans and asked the government to keep their welfare in mind and accept their demands or face protest. They alleged that the government had failed to do justice with them.

LPG Cylinder Blast
Victims yet to receive admn’s help
Mohali, January 19
Two days after an LPG cylinder blast damaged houses in Phase XI here, victims are yet to receive assistance from the administration.There was panic among residents of the LIG houses in the locality as some buildings had become unsafe. While the house in which the blast took place was badly damaged, adjoining houses had also developed cracks.

Police gropes in the dark
Panchkula, January 19
Even after two days of the murder of Berkeley Automobiles security guard and robbery of Rs 14.5 lakh in cash, the local police is groping in the dark.The police is waiting for the fingerprint report from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Madhuban, to match with the criminals active in the state, Punjab, UP and the national capital region of New Delhi.

Illegal construction stopped
Panchkula, January 19
Fearing a possible collapse of two residential buildings, residents of Abheypur village protested against the illegal construction of additional floors by their owner here today.

Admn’s confession to Planning Commission
Infrastructure crumbling
Chandigarh, Janaury 19
It is now official. The city’s infrastructure, primarily health and education, is crumbling.Candidly confessing this to the Planning Commission of India, the UT Administration today sought to justify an enhancement of their planned budget to Rs 934 crore, marking an increase of Rs 473.09 crore over the existing Rs 450.91 crore, for the next financial year (2011-2012).

Warmer day, but icy winds continue to sweep city
Chandigarh, January 19
Chilly winds continued to blow through the city as well as several areas in adjoining Punjab and Haryana today. However, residents could take heart from the slight increase in minimum temperature in Chandigarh to 5 degrees Celsius, which had plummeted to 4.3 degrees on Tuesday.

22-yr-old woman commits suicide
Chandigarh, January 19
A 22-year-old resident of Manimajra committed suicide by hanging herself at her residence here today.The victim, Mayawati, a housewife, was found hanging from the ceiling fan by her niece, Pooja, in the afternoon.She took the extreme step in the morning when she was alone at home. No suicide note was found  from the spot.

Sub-committees’ Elections
11 file papers for chairman
Chandigarh, January 19
Eleven councillors have filed their nomination papers for posts of chairman of 12 sub-committees constituted by Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh Pali on January 12.Seven councillors have filed their papers for posts of vice-chairman. Today was the last date for filing papers for the road, water supply and sewerage disposal, electricity, environment and city beautification, house tax and apni mandi sub-committees.

Ranchi Mayor visits MC
Chandigarh, January 19
A three-member team of the Ranchi municipal corporation (MC) visited the MC office here today to study water supply, sewage treatment, garbage collection and maintenance of green belts and parks.

Car firm, dealer told to repair or refund
Chandigarh, January 19
Acting on a complaint of a Mohali resident, the UT District Consumer Redressal Forum has directed Tata Motors and Joshi Autos to either repair the complainant’s Indigo car or refund its value to him and pay him a compensation of Rs 20,000.

Insurance firm, bank told to pay Rs 18.75 lakh
Chandigarh, January 19
In a significant judgement, nailing the evasive attitude of insurance and credit card companies, the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has ordered Royal Sundaram Alliance Insurance Company Limited and Citi Bank to pay Rs 18.75 lakh to a Panchkula resident, Ritu Sodhi, whose husband died in a road accident in the city in July 2007.

Demand for freehold bidding grows
Chandigarh, January 19
In the backdrop of the forthcoming auction of commercial property, the demand for the auction of commercial property on freehold basis like residential property has staged a comeback.

Tanishq Heist
SI, 4 others promoted
Chandigarh, January 19
Senior police officers today promoted a Sub-Inspector and four constables, lauding their effort in cracking the Tanishq heist.Sub-Inspector Ranjit Singh of the Crime Branch was promoted as Inspector while constables Kanwar Pal, Durjan Singh, Jasbir Kumar and Jaswinder Singh were promoted to the rank of head constables.

Two health employees at the Phase VI hospital in Mohali on Wednesday. 7 health staffers fall ill
Mohali, January 19
Seven employees of the health department were taken ill here on Wednesday after they drank tea that had been prepared using a chemical which they mistook to be water. The employees, most of whom were women, worked under the revised national TB control programme at the town’s Civil Hospital.

Two health employees at the Phase VI hospital in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu


Dangerous greenery

The City Beautiful, which is known for its greenery is facing a problem of irregular growth of trees, with some leaning on to the roads at several places across the city. Heavy vehicles avoid using these roads as such trees obstruct their movement. A majority of the trees are on the Museum Road of Sector 10 in front of the UT Secretariat, which has a separate horticulture department, but nothing concrete has been done to check their haphazard growth. The overgrown trees have formed a canopy on the road separating Sectors 18 and 19, and Sectors 20 and 21, and have not been pruned for a long time, posing an obstacle to the flow of heavy traffic. The same is the case of Dakshin Marg.

The road separating Sectors 18 and 19 ;The road separating Sectors 20 and 21. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

LURKING DANGER: Museum Road of Sector 10 in front of the UT Secretariat;Dakshin Marg



PU Notes
Chandigarh: The department-cum-centre for women’s studies of Panjab University will organise a seminar on “Women and Culture: Embodied Realities and Social Constructions” on January 21 at the ICSSR Complex.


Two hurt in accident
Dera Bassi, January 19
Two persons were injured in a road accident on the national highway, near here, today. The accident took place when two persons riding a scooter were hit by a bus. In the process, two cars collided with each other while trying to avoid another car parked on the road. 

Man found dead in car
Dera Bassi, January 19
A man hailing from Mohali was found dead in a car near here this morning.The matter came to light when some passersby found a man lying on the back seat of the car parked along the national highway, near Ghaggar Bridge, at Bhankhar village.

4 panther hides seized, 3 held
Kalka, January 19
The department of wildlife claimed to have seized four panther hides from three persons.RK Sharma, DFO (wildlife), Pinjore, said the wildlife officials arrested three hunters, including a woman, during routine patrol near Model Town on the Nalagarh Road last night. All three were slum-dwellers.

Woman run over by bus
Ambala, January 19
Monika, a 24-year-old Baltana resident, died after she was crushed under the tyres of a bus here today.Police sources said Monika had come to visit her in-laws’ in the town.



Court summons Sonia Gandhi
Chandigarh, January 19
Acting on a petition filed by an advocate, a lower court today issued summons to Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson, UPA. The next date of hearing of the case is April 7.The petitioner, Arvind Thakur, raised the issue of price hike in basic amenities. He contended that the UPA had failed miserably to contain the hike in prices of basic commodities required for livelihood.


3 bookies arrested
Panchkula, January 19
The local police claimed to have busted a betting racket in Sector 10 with the arrest of three bookies here yesterday evening.The sleuths also recovered Rs 36,020 in cash and 13 mobile phones from their possession.

Shopkeeper held for selling duplicate bags
Zirakpur, January 19
A Baltana-based shopkeeper was arrested by the police for selling duplicate bags of a Tamil Nadu-based company, Fasttrack, here today.The accused has been identified as Shamshad, owner of Shamshad Bag House.

Advocate booked
Chandigarh, January 19
The police has booked advocate Arvind Thakur in a case under Section 188 of the IPC (disobedience of order by magistrate) after he went to the district courts last month carrying live cartridges.


Rabiya clinches women’s golf title
Chandigarh, January 19
Eighteen-year-old Rabiya Gill clinched the Chandigarh Ladies Golf Championship trophy finishing with a two-day gross score of 164 in the two-day tournament that concluded on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Gujarat muster 283 runs
Chandigarh, January 19
Gujarat strengthened their position by taking vital first innings lead of 50 runs against Punjab on the second day of the final match of the Cooch Behar Elite Trophy at Valsad.

Korfball championship starts today
Chandigarh, January 19
Panjab University will be hosting All-India Inter University Korfball Championship for the session 2010-11, starting from tomorrow at Panjab University Grounds, here.About 300 players from 20 universities across the country will be participating in the three-day championship.

Five local lads picked up for Arsenal India camp
Chandigarh, January 19
Four of the selected players in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. The organisers of ‘Arsenal Tata Tea Jaago Re Stars’ picked up five local soccer players for their Arsenal India camp after their two-day event in the city here today.The names of the selected players are Timohi, Arjit, Daniel, Gursimran and Anuj Yadav.

Four of the selected players in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Govt model school bag top honours
Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 36, lifted the top honours after thrashing St John’s High School team 5-0 in the Arsenal Tata Tea Jaago Soccer Stars Competition that concluded at Football Stadium, Sector 17, here, today.

DAV sail into quarterfinals
Chandigarh, January 19
DAV School, Sector 8, and DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, sailed in to the quarterfinals of the ongoing Cremica Cup-2011 Inter-school (U-19) Cricket Tournament, here today. While DAV-8 beat Sain Dass of ASC Secondary School, Jalandhar by 17 runs, the DAV-15 team drubbed Government Senior Secondary Model School, Punjab Agriculture Univeristy, Ludhiana, by 9 wickets in the pre-quarters matches, being held at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, grounds today.


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