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Burglars strike again
This time it is Saidpura
Dera Bassi, January 7
Close on the heals of a chain of robberies in Ballopur and Malikpur villages near Lalru, burglars struck again at four houses located in Saidpura village along the Dera Bassi-Barwala road and decamped with jewellery and cash worth thousands of rupees late last night.

Now, it is all up to the resident doctors
PGI fails to resume evening OPD facility
Chandigarh, January 7
Uncertainty, confusion and chaos reigned supreme at the PGI today as patients queued up at the New OPD Block, venue for the evening OPD, only to discover that the authorities had decided not to resume the facility, that too, without any communication to the public.

Fervour marks nagar kirtan
Chandigarh, January 7
Chanting devotees marched through city streets during a nagar kirtan taken out this afternoon to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh. On the occasion, the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), was honoured with a ‘siropa’ by the Head Priest of Sector 34 gurdwara.

UT Administrator Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd) leads the nagar kirtan procession on the eve of the birth anniversary of the Tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh UT Administrator Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd) leads the nagar kirtan procession on the eve of the birth anniversary of the Tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, along with Panj Piare at Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

Cops oppose identification parade
Chandigarh, January 7
Pleading that a “request application moved by the Former UT Home Secretary and senior Haryana bureaucrat for arranging an identification parade may be declined in the Shimla-based rape case”, the UT police today filed a reply before the UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Mr K.K Goel.

A houseowner shows damage by gas fire
A houseowner shows damage by gas fire in a house in Sector 45, Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph



Four youths get 10 yrs’ RI for gangrape
Chandigarh, January 7
After five years’ of trial, four city youths were today sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for 10 years for raping a 23-year-old girl on March 12, 1997.

POWA decides to approach Centre
Chandigarh, January 7
The Property Owners Welfare Association (POWA) here today announced a fight for the removal of the Rs 1500 ceiling for rent notification to be in force, strengthening itself politically by roping in villagers.

Cold wave toll 30
Chandigarh, January 7
The piercing cold wave and dense fog played truant with rail, road and air traffic for the seventh day today while the death toll in weather-related vagaries crossed the 30 mark in the past 24 hours.

Candidates take to ‘nukkad’ meetings
Panchkula, January 7
With the administration acting tough against candidates displaying banners and posters on government, semi-government and public places, the candidates have once again resorted to door-to-door campaigning and “nukkad” meetings.

Police remand for Ranjit Bajaj
Chandigarh, January 7
The controversial ward of a senior Punjab bureaucrat couple, Ranjit Bajaj, along with his two accomplice, Naresh, alias Bobby, and Maninder were today remanded to two-day police custody by the Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Mr Sanjay Sandhir.


CM’s visit fails to cheer candidates
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala inaugurating the Haryana Police Awas Nigam Complex at Panchkula Panchkula, January 7
The visit of Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala failed to bring cheer to the candidates supported by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD). These candidates had been hoping for a major boost in their election campaign if Mr Chautala were to address party workers.

Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala inaugurating the Haryana Police Awas Nigam Complex at Panchkula on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Elite were reticent to visit polio booths: doctor
Chandigarh, January 7
Notwithstanding the problems faced by the pulse polio teams, including a reluctant elite class and bitter cold, the health authorities managed to cover the targeted 1.30 lakh children, who were immunised under the Pulse Polio Immunisation Campaign, during the past three days.

Police holds painting contest for students
Chandigarh, January 7
As many as 700 students participated in a painting competition held as part of the Traffic Safety Week, being organised by the Chandigarh Police. The judges were Mr DS Kapoor, Mr Swadesh Talwar and Mr Deepak Uniyal.

SB payment to Army officers delayed
Chandigarh, January 7
A “communication gap” between the Sector 7 branch of the State Bank of India and the bank’s service branch in Sector 17 led to 10 Army officers waiting for a week before their salaries were credited to their respective bank accounts.

Socio-economic survey
Chandigarh, January 7
The Chandigarh Administration has started the 59th round of NSS to collect data on land and livestock holding, debt and investment and situation assessment survey of Indian farmers, besides data on household consumer expenditure and employment and un-employment.

Jain to come in way of demolitions
Chandigarh, January 7
Former local BJP MP Satyapal Jain today said he had been assured of stopping acquisition of land and demolition of houses in Kishangarh and other villages by officers of Union Home Ministry and Union Rural Development Minister Shanta Kumar.

Seminars on tourism promotion
Chandigarh, January 7
With a view to promote tourism in the country, particularly in northern India, the ITFT (Institute of Tourism & Future Management Trends), Chandigarh, has planned a series of 12 seminars in 2003 by well-known national and international personalities associated with the service industry, particularly travel and tourism, hospitality, aviation, human resource development and other management disciplines.

Florist wants assailants booked, cops compromise
Chandigarh, January 7
A 20-year-old florist of Sector 44 is running from pillar to post to get justice. The victim, Sunny, was seriously injured in the head by three youths on November 24 last. when he had gone to attend the marriage of his friend in Sector 29.

‘Saat samundar...’
Chandigarh, January 7
After writing on AIDS awareness, blood donation, eye donation and national integration, Madhu Bala, a youth officer working at the NSS Regional Centre here has written five songs on NRIs.

Fill backlog of vacancies: SCs
Chandigarh, January 7
The North Zone SCs and STs Welfare Federation today accused the Punjab Government of depriving SCs and STs of promotional benefits restored by the supreme Court and showing scant concern for clearing the 15 per cent backlog of vacancies.

Police approaches car dealers
Chandigarh, January 7
After busting a gang involved in stealing cars with the help of duplicate keys, the Chandigarh Police has decided to take up the matter with vehicle dealers in the city.

Change of girdwari
atwaris and tehsildars are fraudulently changing girdwari in many places. Beneficiaries in various categories such as aged men and women, widows, ex-servicemen cannot till the land, and they have to earn their livelihood by giving their land on contract.

  • Silt in Sukhna lake
  • Restrict the ban
  • Poor sanitation
  • PSEB’s ways



Cop crushed to death
Panchkula, January 7
An MHC posted at the Pinjore police station was crushed to death by an unidentified vehicle near Chandimandir late last night.


Woollen Expo a draw
Chandigarh, January 7
Woollen Expo — 2003, organised by the Himachal Pradesh Cooperative Woollen Collection and Marketing Federation at Circus Ground here in Sector 17, is drawing crowds. The Expo started on January 5 and will continue till January 14.

Industry hails Centre’s decision
Chandigarh, January 7
The Executive Committee of the B B N Industries Association Industrial Area, Baddi, met today and welcomed the decision of Centre to extend concessions to industries of Himachal on the pattern of J&K and other northern-eastern states.


Go for gold on Lohri
humping beats of rhythmic music drowning the slight crackle of burning twigs in the blazing inferno flaming in the midst of a gathering, invigorating golden elixir in sparkling cut glasses, and something nice to don— that’s all you need for celebrating Lohri, graciously.

Venus Speaks
Pooja Party all the way
ooja is all set to celebrate Lohri. Not just with friends and acquaintances, with family also. In the afternoon, the Home Science student plans to sit around the blazing fire with her celebrating chums, listen to some real cool music, feel the heat on her fair visage, and savour sumptuous groundnuts.

Dance around the blaze, carefully
ou jived at the Halloween bash, lost your blues on the Christmas, tied the laces of your dancing shoes on the New Year’s Eve. Now it is Lohri. What? Another dance party at the local discotheque?

Lohri Top Ten


PU gives last chance to students for clarification
Chandigarh, January 7
Panjab University has decided to a give a last chance to students found having secured admissions on fake documents during the last academic session to clarify their stand.

40 teachers attend workshop
Chandigarh, January 7
Ways and means to spread technology-aided learning process in schools were discussed at a meeting organised by Koshish, an organisation of Master Trainers, at a workshop organised at Guru Harkrishan Model School, here today.

Seminar for students
Chandigarh, January 7
IDP Education Australia will organise a pre-departure seminar for the students who are leaving for Australia to pursue higher education.

Students perform giddha during a folk dance competition Youth festival concludes
Chandigarh, January 7
The third State Youth Festival organised by the Sports Department, Chandigarh Administration, concluded with a singing and dancing contest by students from different schools and colleges of the city.

Students perform giddha during a folk dance competition organised by the Sports Department, Chandigarh, at Tagore Theatre on Tuesday. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan



Jacob gifts 12 paintings to museum
Chandigarh, January 7
With work being carried out on priority, the UT Administration’s ambitious project of adding four separate sections to the Natural History Museum at Government Museum, Sector 10, is fast nearing completion.

Experimenting with all forms of music
Chandigarh, January 7
Racing for success is always adventurous, not only because it satisfies the human urge for perfection, but also because it inspires life in dead routine.

Album of hymns



ITBP athletics meet begins
Chandigarh, January 7
The 22nd Inter-Sector Athletics Meet of the Indo- Tibetan Border Police Force was opened today at Basic Training Centre, Bhanu, 22 km from here. The four-day meet was declared opened by Mr K.J. Singh, Additional Director-General, ITBP, who later took the salute in a march past by athletes.

Participants take oath at the 22nd Inter-Sector Athletic Meet of the ITBP at BTC, Bhanu, Panchkula, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photographTop

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