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PEC gets Rs 20 lakh grant from DRDO
Chandigarh, January 10
In an endeavour to boost aeronautical development in the country and attract bright students towards this field, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has started giving financial grants to academic institutions and engineering colleges.

Rally on road safety
Chandigarh, January 10
On the fifth day of Road Safety Week, a rally on two-wheelers, with riders wearing helmets, was organised by the local traffic police. More than 250 girl students participated in the rally that passed through various sectors 
Girls wearing helmets take part in a scooter rally

Girls wearing helmets take part in a scooter rally as part of the Road Safety Week in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan


Residents go in for hi-tech surveillance
Zirakpur, January 10
Community policing, hi-tech surveillance cameras and electrified barbed wire fencing are some of the steps panicky residents of Zirakpur and its surrounding are taking following the recent spate of robberies, murders and thefts.

PGI Director fails to pacify resident doctors
Chandigarh, January 10
With the PGI Director, Prof S.K. Sharma, failing to convince the resident doctors to join evening OPD, it were the faculty members who ran the facility on the second day today.

Cold claims 2 lives in city
Chandigarh, January 10
The dipping mercury with temperature being recorded the lowest of the season at 1.4°C is suspected to have claimed the lives of two persons who were recently displaced from Janata Kumhar Colony here today.

Fog hits IAF flights
Chandigarh, January 10
Unusually cold and foggy conditions have hit operations of transport aircraft and helicopters from the local Airbase. Since the base which houses the squadron of the 12 Wing is critical for movement of supplies for troops in forward areas along the Indo-Pak border and also along the Line of Control (LoC) the disruption in flight schedule is of concern.

Now broilers for troops
Chandigarh, January 10
Come April 1 and Indian soldiers will be able to enjoy ‘broilers in their meals. Until now they could only have ducks, jungle fowl, water fowl, turkey, guinea fowl, culled fowl/chicken in their meals.

Wedding planners hold the key
Be it Devdas setting or ‘Evening in Paris’
Chandigarh, January 10
Marriage is not so simple an affair anymore. Had it been just about the union of two souls, affluence would not have made its way to the events that mark its solemnization. There is something about weddings that no family worth a social reckoning can afford to dismiss these days.
Meher Sarid (inset) of Sound of Music, the biggest players in the wedding planning industry. Her Devdas setting is highly applauded. — Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan
Meher Sarid of Sound of Music, the biggest players in the wedding planning industry


Civic body poll: contestants brave the chill
Panchkula, January 10
Even as the cold wave sweeping the region forced most people to remain indoors, the contestants for the MC poll faced the chilling winds as they went door-to-door seeking votes.

Free security for private functions costs police dear
Chandigarh, January 10
In the absence of clear guidelines to charge money for providing security at private functions, the Chandigarh Police is losing out on revenue, running into lakhs of rupees. Every week, on an average around 400 policemen are deployed on law and order duty at cultural events, religious congregations and trade fairs in the city.

Encroachments galore in SAS Nagar
SAS Nagar, January 10
All men are equal but some are more equal than others. Much to anguish of the residents of the township, civic and administrative authorities have conveniently turned a blind eye to some of the most common and easily visible forms of encroachments by these more-than-equal residents.

VHP for probe into conversion by tantrik
Chandigarh, January 10
The VHP yesterday claimed the conversion of Pargat Singh through alleged inducements by Mohammed Shabir, a tantrik at Rajpura, and asked Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to get an inquiry conducted into the affair and its possible connection with the ISI.

Virender Singh arrives in city
Chandigarh, January 10
I need some time to settle down and it is a bit too early to say what will be idea of dealing with the new assignment, said Mr Virender Singh, Adviser to the UT Administrator, after he arrived in Chandigarh this evening to take charge of his new job.

The Adviser to the UT Administrator, Mr Virender Singh, being received in Chandigarh on Friday evening. — A Tribune photograph
The Adviser to the UT Administrator, Mr Virender Singh, being received

Dignity personified — that was Bhabdeshda
Chandigarh, January 10
The fold of death is strong. But the forces of life always emerge stronger. That is why in the final judgment, it is the beauty of life that is counted more than the ugly finality of death. A day after his departure for heavenly abode, the revered B.C. Sanyal, fondly called Bhabdeshda, has already begun a new life in the memory of his friends, who remember him as a man of “dignity, integrity and sincerity.”

Bar DJ retracts statement
Chandigarh, January 10
The incident in which Manu Sharma was accused of assaulting Parikshit Pandit, alias Christo, a local DJ, yesterday, has turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. In a written statement issued here today, Parikshit alleged that he had been assaulted by Rahul Kakkar, manager, Blue Ice Bar, Sector 17, and not Manu Sharma, whom he even did not recognise.

ITBP to get more battalions
Chandigarh, January 10
As much as Rs 250 crore will be spent towards modernising the Indo-Tibetan Border Force Police (ITBP). This was revealed by Mr R C Agarwal, Director-General, ITBP, in an interaction with The Tribune today at the Basic Training Centre, Bhanu (near Panchkula), where he was the chief guest at the concluding function of the 22nd ITBP Inter-Sector Athletics Meet.

ICS officer Mangat Rai dead
Chandigarh, January 10
Mr Edward Nirmal Mangat Rai, the oldest surviving member of the ICS, died at Dehra Dun today. He was 88. He is survived by his wife, Mrs Nayantara Sehgal. Born in Abottabad in the NWFP of undivided India, Mr Mangat Rai did his graduation from St Stephen’s College, Delhi, before joining the ICS in 1938 and served Punjab with distinction where his last posting was as Financial Commissioner (Development).


‘Cops’ snatch scooter
Chandigarh, January 10
Two youths, posing as policemen, snatched a new scooter from a Class XI student near the junction of Sectors 18 and 21 here today. The duo escaped on the scooter after aiming a knife at the student, Amarjeet, who is a student of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 21.

Girl’s murder: molestation ruled out
Chandigarh, January 10
In the yesterday's case of murder of a seven-year-old girl by a migrant labourer, Mangal, the autopsy of the victim has reportedly ruled out the possibility of her being molested before being killed. A police official said though the autopsy report was yet to be given to the police, the victim, Beetan, had died of strangulation


PU ‘reserved’ on reservations
Chandigarh, January 10
Complaints have been heard on the Panjab University campus that the reservation policy for students of the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes are not being implemented. The issue that the teaching and non-teaching posts do not have the required number of reserved-category candidates on these has been raised many times in the PU Senate.

Closing of schools: Admn to decide today
Chandigarh, January 10
While principals of private schools in the city will now meet on Tuesday to decide on whether to close schools on account of the severe cold wave gripping the region, the UT Administration is expected to announce its decision on the matter tomorrow. Sources said the decision would cover private schools also.

Career guidance campaign
Chandigarh, January 10
A career guidance campaign will be organised from January 13 to 24 by vocational guidance units to acquaint students of Haryana with the facilities available in the employment exchanges and employment information and guidance bureaus.


Beant case: evidence by year-end
Chandigarh, January 10
The prosecution evidence in the assassination case of the then Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh case was likely to be completed by the end of this year, the counsel for the Central Bureau of Investigation informed a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Bail for two city shop-owners
Chandigarh, January 10
The two city shop owners — Jagdish Lal, Vijay Gupta — who were arrested by the CIA branch of the UT police in a case under the Copyright Act, Trademark and Merchant Dyemark and cheating under the IPC were today granted bail by the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal.

Bail for Ranjit Bajaj, 2 others


‘Vivah’ exhibition sparkles with masterpieces
Chandigarh, January 10
To add an extra sparkle to the wedding season, d’Mart Exclusif, Delhi’s premium lifestyle boutique, has brought a variety of objets d’art from its renowned silverware collection to City Beautiful.


L&C Sector corner glory 
Chandigarh, January 10
Log and Communication (L&C) Sector, Chandigarh, cornered glory on the final day of the 22nd inter-Sector athletics meet of Indo- Tibetan Border Force which came to close this evening at Bhanu (near Panchkula) here today. L&C won the overall position among the eight sectors.

Athletes of Log and Communication Sector jubilant after winning the overall trophy in the 22nd ITBP Inter-Sector Athletics Meet at Bhanu (Panchkula) on Friday. — A Tribune photograph 
Athletes of log and Communication Sector, jubilant after winning the overall trophy in the 22nd ITBP Inter-Sector Athletics Meet

GMSSS-22 to have concrete b’ball court
Chandigarh, January 10
A concrete basketball court will be developed at the Sector 22 Government Model Senior Secondary School, GMSSS, Sector 22, the money for which will be provided by local Member of Parliament Pawan Kumar Bansal out his MP ‘s fund. This was stated by Mr Bansal while addressing students at the school during the institute’s annual prize distribution function.


PUDA auction fetches Rs 4.5 crore
SAS Nagar, January 10
The PUDA auction of some of its commercial sites in the town fetched Rs 4.5 crore today. The auctioned nine-shop-cum office and shop-cum-flat sites are located in Sectors 65 and 70.


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