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City fails to get mental health institute
Chandigarh, February 20
Chandigarh which boasts of one of the best health facilities in the country has no place to treat persons suffering from mental disorders, thanks to the lackadaisical approach of the city administration.

Ludhiana-City route
Pvt bus operators take passengers for a ride
Alleged to enjoy political backing
Chandigarh, February 20
The Punjab police as well as the Mohali district administration continue to turn a blind eye to incidents of harassment of passengers travelling in privately operated buses running between the city and Ludhiana. Those heading for Chandigarh are often dropped in Kharar and if any one protests with the conductor the latter is assisted by the bus “helpers” to shout him down and ask the passengers to alight from the bus.


Police for curbing car sales to ease parking woes
Chandigarh, February 20
In a significant development, the inspector general of police has written to the UT administration seeking police verification of all prospective vehicle buyers in the city be made mandatory. In case the proposal is approved all new purchases will be allowed only if the police issues a certificate vouching the buyer has ample parking space.

Consumer Courts
Business houses cook up stories for false claims
Chandigarh, February 20
If you thought it’s only customers who cook up false cases and fabricate evidence to get claims from consumer courts, it’s time for a reality check. Though one cannot rule out the existence of greedy individuals who attempt to use consumer laws to fleece companies, business houses, too, go to the extent of fabricating evidence to get out of legal tangles and to avoid paying compensations.

Cops turn devout in bid to shed ‘tough’ image
Mohali, February 20
In an unusual scene witnessed on Sunday at the Phase 8 police station here, instead of the usual sight of a gun toting cop guarding the entrance visitors were welcomed with folded hands and served food. In an effort to shed their “tough” image the staff organized an ‘akhand path’ (Sikh religious ceremony) at the station and invited members of the public as well their colleagues from other police stations. The event was the result of a proposal made by Kirpal Singh Dhuria, a retired official of Punjab Sugarfed, who was keen to bridge the gap between the police and the public.

After 2 years, 3 booked in incubator death case
Police forms team to nab the head of paediatrics department, 2 other staff members
Patiala, February 20
Almost two years after the tragic incident in which six infants were charred to death at the phototherapy unit in Government Rajindra Hospital in 2009, the Punjab police has registered an FIR today against the head of the department and has dispatched teams to arrest the accused.

Open House Response
Exit of director ungraceful
Amixed response was received to the ouster of Dr GK Gauba, director-principal HS Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Research. Though this was a voluntary exit by Dr Gauba, the decision was not welcomed by all. I know Dr Gauba very well. He is a committed and dedicated academician.


Public Sector
‘Need to adopt UK model to improve efficiency’
Zirakpur, February 20
Though the private sector has been ever emphasising on improving its efficiency, the need to lay stress on the same is being recognised lately in the government sector also. The fact that the public sector in India has a great responsibility of delivering services to the citizens makes it imperative for it to find ways to achieve performance excellence, says Sanjay Sharma, who recently completed his dissertation project on “A critical evaluation of the performance management practices in the Indian public sector” from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Short-lived joy
Stray dogs at the Golf Club in Chandigarh. The posting of new Adviser to the UT Administrator KK Sharma kept reporters on tenterhooks last week. While the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had cleared Sharma’s name, the meeting between Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit led to speculation that Sharma was being “retained” by the Delhi Government.

FOURTH UMPIRE: Stray dogs at the Golf Club in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

2,000 run for a cause
Chandigarh, February 20
More than 2,000 participants took part in a run this morning. The event, organised by the Indo-Canadian Cancer Research Foundation and the Consulate General of Canada, aimed at raising funds for cancer research.

Students from various schools participate in the ‘Terry Fox Run’, organised by the Indo-Canadian Research Foundation in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Elect leaders with clean image: Dera chief
Panchkula, February 20
Reiterating his stand of not supporting any political party in the assembly elections to be held in Punjab next year, Dera Sacha Saudha Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh said people should elect leaders with a clean image.

340 examined at health camp
Chandigarh, February 20
The Chandigarh Administration today organised a health check up camp in Palsora colony for creating awareness under the Rashtriya Swasthaya Bima Yojana (RSBY), a health insurance scheme for below poverty line (BPL) families.

Children wait for their turn during a health check-up camp under the Rashtriya Swasthaya Bima Yojana, organised by the UT Health Department at Palsora Colony on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Janata Darbar
430 applications received
Chandigarh, February 20
The Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress (CTYC) today organised a Janata Darbar at Indira Colony here. According to a press release, the darbar is held every week to take up issues such as issuance of BPL cards, ration cards, widow pension scheme and rehabilitation of jhuggi-dwellers of Indira Colony, whose tenements were demolished by the authorities concerned.

Truck overturns:
A truck (HR-37-B-6655) overturned near Poultry Farm Chowk here today. No one was injured in the accident. A case under Sections 279, 336 IPC has been registered at the Sector 31 police station. Driver of the truck was arrested and released later. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Architects festival on anvil
Chandigarh, February 20
The Chandigarh-Punjab chapter of Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) will organise a three-day “Young Architects Festival” on October 14 this year. More than 800 architects, students and professionals are expected to participate in the festival.

Seminar on labour laws
Chandigarh, February 20
The Chandigarh chapter of Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) today organised a seminar on labour laws for the benefits of industrialists and professionals.

Talk on ‘lost river’
Chandigarh, February 20
The First Friday Forum organised a talk on “the story of a lost river” by IS Kalsi, a petroleum and drilling engineer here.

Vintage Drive:
A couple during a vintage car rally where more than 17 contestants took part in Patiala on Sunday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Villagers protest against coloniser
Mohali, February 20
Residents of Durali and Sugarh protested against a private developer for forcibly closing the way to their fields here today.

Classical performance enthrals audience
Mohali, February 20
The Army Institute of Law, Mohali, hosted a musical event, which witnessed performance by renowned musician Pandit Tejindre Narayan Majumdar.

Commuters suffer as admn looks other way
Zirakpur, February 20
Mounds of sand on the Zirakpur-Chandigarh road near the flyover are causing inconvenience to thousands of commuters, who have been travelling on this stretch everyday. Even the huge lumps of sand lying along the roadside makes journey tough for two-wheelers.

Camp by health dept
Chandigarh, February 20
The UT health department in collaboration with the Young Healthcare and Social Welfare Society organised a multi-speciality camp at the Chandigarh Press Club here today.


PTU to introduce value inculcation course
Rajneesh Arora Chandigarh, February 20
Replicating the model of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), Delhi and Kanpur, nearly 306 colleges affiliated to Punjab Technical University (PTU), out of which 49 are in Chandigarh region, will now be taught “human values and professional ethics” as a part of their curriculum.
Rajneesh Arora

‘Behave good to earn extra marks’
Chandigarh, February 20
Good and disciplined behaviour in classrooms will now earn extra marks for Class IX students of schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). A circular issued this month by the board has directed the schools to award higher grades in scholastic subjects like English, mathematics, science or social science to students displaying a “good” attitude towards teachers, leadership and disciplined behaviour.

Stress on cultural integrity among youth
SAY CHEESE: A student from Afghanistan takes pictures during the valedictory function of a seminar at Panjab University on Sunday. Chandigarh, February 20
With emphasis on cultural integrity among youth, the second day of WOSY, an international seminar held at Panjab University’s English Auditorium, today began with a speech by Sunil Gupta, Vice-Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, who emphasised on the issue of cultural understanding amongst the youth from different background.

SAY CHEESE: A student from Afghanistan takes pictures during the valedictory function of a seminar at Panjab University on Sunday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Govt fails to provide guidelines to schools
Panchkula, February 20
The Union government has only passed the RTE Act, but it has failed to give specific guidelines or a direction under the RTE Act to schools, said Brother Christopher, principal St Georges College, Mussoorie.

From Schools
Sports day
CHANDIGARH: The annual sports day of the primary wing of Shivalik Public School, Sector 41 B, today kicked off with a marchpast followed by a flag hoisting ceremony by school director DS Bedi. After an oath ceremony, the events were declared opened by the school director. School principal Gurkiranjeet Nalwa and coordinator Dass were the guests of honour. Games like obstacle race, relay race, etc, were held and later awards were distributed.


Pinjore Block
Villagers gobble up panchayat land
BDPO office, sarpanches look the other way
Kalka, February 20
Owing to the apathetic attitude of the local administration, several acres of the “shamlat” land (panchayat common land) worth crores of rupees has been under illegal occupation at villages falling in Pinjore block of Kalka subdivision. Interestingly, the local BDPO office and sarpanches concerned have turned a blind eye to the encroachment.

Residents protest lack of amenities
Ambala, February 20
Hundreds of residents of Sector 9, Urban Estate, Ambala City, took out a candle march this evening and later blocked the Ambala-Hissar road near the grain market to protest against the bad condition of roads and sewerage in the locality.

Expert dwells on writing of history
Patiala, February 20
Government Mohindra College organised an extension lecture on “Literature and History” on the college campus here yesterday. The lecture was delivered by Dr ID Gaur of Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Students awarded at annual function
Kharar, February 20
Apeejay Smart School organised its annual function. Students from Classes pre-nursery to III participated in the function.


Quarkcity Engineer Murder Case
Next hearing fixed for today
Mohali, February 20
Before concluding the arguments in the five-year-old murder case of Quarkcity engineer Sukhwinder Singh, the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mohali, yesterday fixed February 21 as the next date for the defence counsel to continue with his argument.


Crime: Motorcycle stolen
Chandigarh, February 20
Jaswant Saini of Shian village, Himachal Pradesh, lodged a complaint with the police that someone had stolen his black Pulsar motorcycle (HP-33-A-3832) from Leisure Valley, Sector 10, on February 17. A case has been registered at the Sector 3 police station.

Two held for stealing two-wheelers
Chandigarh, February 20
Two persons were arrested for stealing two-wheelers. The accused have been identified as Sandeep Kumar, a resident of Sector 25, and Munish of Sirs Kheri, Haryana. The police said nine stolen two-wheelers were recovered from them.


Winners strike a pose with their trophy in the Rotary District Golf Tournament at Chandigarh on Sunday.Karandeep, Ashu win golf titles
Chandigarh, February 20
Karandeep Kochhar and Ashu B Singh clinched the individual gross and nett titles and steered Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik to clinch the nett team title in the Rotary District Golf Tournament played on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Winners strike a pose with their trophy in the Rotary District Golf Tournament at Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Ajay, Dhanwant script Kundan academy win
Chandigarh, February 20
The Kundan Cricket Academy defeated Kapsons XI to level the series in the Puma League organised by the Kapsons’ Agencies being played at Kundan International School here today.

4-wicket win for Godrej & Boyce
Panchkula, February 20
Godrej and Boyce defeated Infosys by four wickets to win the Inter-Corporate Employees League Cricket Tournament organised by the Cricket Federation of Haryana at JR Institute here today.

Hitesh, Jiya shine in athletics meet
RICH HAUL: Students of Smart Wonders School show their medals at the annual athletics meet in Chandigarh on Sunday. Chandigarh, February 20
Smart Wonders School, Mohali, organised an annual sports meet at the Sector 46 athletics stadium here today. KR Singh, DIG, intelligence director SAWT, Chandigarh, hoisted the school flag and declared the athletics meet open.

RICH HAUL: Students of Smart Wonders School show their medals at the annual athletics meet in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Squash meet from Feb 25
Chandigarh, February 20
The Chandigarh Squash Rackets Association will organise the Annual Chandigarh State Squash Championship from February 25 to 27 at Lake Club squash courts here.

KU record win
Chandigarh, February 20
Kurukshetra University (KU) defeated Punjabi University, Patiala, during the ongoing North East Zone Inter-University Lawn Tennis (women) Championship being held at Panjab University tennis courts here today.


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