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Two drops of life, 1.3 lakh targets
There will be no tomorrow
Chandigarh, January 3
Taken aback by the five-fold rise in case of polio in the country, the UT health authorities, drawing solace that only one case had been reported from their area, will be setting up 406 booths for administering polio drops to 1.30 lakh children below five years on January 5 and February 9.

Adviser’s assets astounding
Chandigarh, January 3
Wealth is one thing that is not in short supply for the new Adviser to the UT Administrator. According to a dossier of the Central Bureau of Investigation, the wealth of Mr Virender Singh, 1969-batch UT-cadre official, runs into crores of rupees. He was made the new Adviser yesterday.


Soundless patrolling to trap thieves
SAS Nagar, January 3
Call it going back to the basics. Following success of one such experiment, the SAS Nagar police is all set to catch criminals...on bicycles. The SP, Mr Harcharan Singh Bhullar, launched this pattern of patrolling at a special flagging off ceremony organised in the Phase VIII police station here today.
Policemen patrol on bicycles after the launch of this pattern of patrolling in SAS Nagar
Policemen patrol on bicycles after the launch of this pattern of patrolling in SAS Nagar on Friday. — Photo Pankaj Sharma

4 DSPs shifted; then, orders withdrawn
Chandigarh, January 3
The Chandigarh Administration transferred four Deputy Superintendents of Police here today and withdrew the orders within 40 minutes, well after newsmen had been told about the transfers.

Termites lay siege to city’s green cover 
Hundreds of infected trees await treatment
Chandigarh, January 3
If the termite onslaught on trees across the length and breadth of the city is anything to go by, the green cover is in grave danger. Over hundreds of trees in the city are currently being eaten by termites, due to favourable “feeding” factors prevailing due to late rains this season.

Heavily infected by termites, this tree in Sector 17. — A Tribune photograph
Heavily infected by termites

CFSL helped nail Geelani
Attack on Parliament House
Chandigarh, January 3
Two weeks ago, a Delhi Court, sentenced S A R Geelani, a Delhi University lecturer in Arabic, to death along with two others, in the December 13 Parliament attack case. But how was Geelani’s involvement in the case proved? This is, perhaps a mystery for most of people.

Verify facts, HC tells scribes
Chandigarh, January 3
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has expressed “hope and trust” that press correspondents would verify facts before publishing the news pertaining to court affairs.

Trainer to replace Kiran to fly soon
Chandigarh, January 3
Following the successful flights of the light combat aircraft (LCA), the medium combat aircraft, the next version of the LCA, is already in the concept stage while the intermediate jet trainer is ready to fly within the next two months, disclosed Dr Kota Harinarayana, the man behind the LCA project.

Military aviation ‘needs’ frequent overhaul
Chandigarh, January 3
Military aviation needs to be coping with the pace of development carried out in the commercial aviation, Air Marshal, V.A. Patkar, said while delivering the inaugural address at the national seminar on technological developments in aeronautics and its impact on maintenance here today.

Air Force Officers at a seminar in CSIO, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Air Force Officers at a seminar in CSIO, Chandigarh


Harassment of outstation vehicle owners in city
Chandigarh, January 3
It seems that considerations other than professional weigh heavily on certain cops in the traffic wing of the Chandigarh police as vehicles bearing outstation registration numbers are specifically "targeted" for violations, if any.

Sun breaks through, brings relief
Chandigarh, January 3
The sun broke through today after four days of foggy weather, even as Ludhiana remained the coldest in the northwest plains with a minimum temperature of 3.2°C. Shimla had the coldest night of the season, with the mercury dipping to minus 1.6°C.

Campaigning gains momentum
Panchkula, January 3
Banners, colourful buntings, cars zooming around with pamphlets of candidates and advertisements on the local cable channel are some of the means of canvassing being adopted by candidates here.

50 poor get blankets
Chandigarh, January 3
About 50 poor disabled, widows and old people were distributed blankets in Colony No 4 today. The programme was organised by the Society for Social Health. Certificates to 20 women were also given for completing the sewing training course run by the society in the colony.

8 cops among 24 hurt in lathi charge
Chandigarh, January 3
At least 24 persons, including eight police personnel of the Chandigarh Police, were injured in a lathi charge on protesting members of the Dismissed Panchayat Secretaries Union at the Matka Chowk here this evening.

Exclusive joint for disabled
Chandigarh, January 3
Chandigarh is all set to become the first city in the region to have an exclusive restaurant for the physically challenged persons. To be inaugurated by the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator at SCO 483-484, Sector 35-C, tomorrow morning, the restaurant will cater to the needs of the disabled who are not very happy with the unfriendliness of various commercial complexes in the city.


PAP constable booked
Panchkula, January 3
The police has registered a case of murder against Punjab Armed Police constable Jarnail Singh, accused of killing a priest, Brij Mohan Shukla, in the farm house of the Punjab Financial Commissioner, Transport, in Mogi Nand village last night.

Four youths assault PEC watchman
Chandigarh, January 3
Swaranjit Singh, a watchman of Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, was allegedly beaten up by four youths of Janta Colony, Naya Gaon, when the former objected to them jumping the college wall here yesterday.


Live demonstrations mark Orissa handloom show
Chandigarh, January 3
With a view to uplift the suffering artisans of Orissa, who have often been a target of nature’s wrath, the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, is organising a special exhibition showcasing the traditional arts and crafts of the land.

Visitors at the Orissa handicrafts and handlooms shilpi mela being held at Sector 17-C, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Visitors at the Orissa handicrafts and handlooms shilpi mela being held at Sector 17-C, Chandigarh


User-friendly technology sought for exams for the blind
SAS Nagar, January 3
The Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Punjab, Mr N.S. Rattan, today suggested that a Handicapped Assistance Cell be set up at the Punjab School Education Board to cater exclusively to students who are visually or physically handicapped and are appearing for various examinations conducted by the board.
Visually-impaired instructors being honoured at a convention on ‘education for the blind’ held in the Punjab School Education Board office, SAS Nagar, on Friday
Visually-impaired instructors being honoured at a convention on ‘education for the blind’ held in the Punjab School Education Board office, SAS Nagar, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

PU defence department to be expanded
Chandigarh, January 3
Even as Panjab University looks ahead to expand the scope and activities of its recently set up Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, the institution is facing problems in recruiting the desired faculty.

NSS team leaves for R. Day camp
Chandigarh, January 3
A 16-member NSS contingent, representing Chandigarh region, left for New Delhi today to participate in the Republic Day camp and parade. The contingent, including eight girls, is led by NSS programme officer Sobhna Sambyal from Government Degree College, Rajouri.

NSS Chandigarh region team before departing for the NSS Republic Day camp at New Delhi, in Chandigarh on Friday.
NSS Chandigarh region team before departing for the NSS Republic Day camp at New Delhi

Protest by ayurvedic staff
Chandigarh, January 3
Employees of the Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College and Hospital today held a demonstration in protest against the retrenchment of four employees of the institute.



A showcase of vibrant Myanmar culture
Chandigarh, January 3
Age-old traditions, spiritualism and festivities, all united together to form a complete picture of the cultural heritage of Myanmar as a 20-member folk dance and music group from this border nation presented a show at Tagore Theatre, this evening. The show was organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.


Cycle rally on pulse polio
SAS Nagar, January 3
The Rotary Club organised a cycle rally of schoolchildren to spread awareness about the pulse polio campaign due to begin tomorrow. More than 325 students from 12 schools of the township participated in the rally that was flagged off by the SDM Mr Darshan Singh Sandhu, from the Civil hospital, Phase VI, here today.

MRCP for city cardiologist
Chandigarh, January 3
Dr J. S. Grewal, DM Cardiology, PGI, and Consultant Cardiologist at Mediwell Heart Institute, Chandigarh, has been awarded the MRCP (Member of the Royal College of Physicians of the U.K.) degree.


UT senior weightlifting teams
Chandigarh, January 3
The Chandigarh Amateur Weightlifting Association has selected the UT senior weightlifting teams for the 39th men and 15 women Junior National Weightlifting Championship to be held at Chennai from January 6 to 10.
  • Black belt winners

  • Soccer team

  • Sports day

Martial art students of Panchkula
Martial art students of Panchkula.


Process to remove encroachments starts
Mullanpur-Garibdass, January 3
The Ropar Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain, today initiated a process to get a piece of land, belonging to the Provincial Government (of the Capital Project) in Mullanpur Garibdass village, vacated of all encroachments. She also issued directions to fence the land to prevent any further encroachments.

Admn to acquire 10 acres for garbage project
Chandigarh, January 3
The project for converting garbage into power has been put on a fast track with the Chandigarh Administration informing Mayor Subhash Chawla that 10 acres of land for the purpose would be acquired soon near the Daddu Majra dumping ground.

DC explains code of conduct to candidates
Panchkula, January 3
The Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chief Election Officer, Ms Satwanti Ahlawat, today said that elections to the Municipal Council would be held in a peaceful, free and fair manner.

Mayor to meet councillors
Chandigarh, January 3
Mayor Subhash Chawla has called a meeting of the councillors tomorrow to initiate the process of making budget ‘open.’ Mr Chawla today sought information from officials about the resource position to know what councillors could contribute in the distribution of funds in each ward.

Administration clarification
Chandigarh, January 3
The Chandigarh Administration today clarified that notifications issued under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, for acquisition of land measuring 1690 kanals, 9 marlas in Mani Majra village Hadbast No 375 were not connected with the existing Chandigarh Technology Park.


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