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Man poisons wife, three kids; commits suicide
Chandigarh, January 17
A 38-year-old resident of Burail, Ravinder Rai, allegedly committed suicide after poisoning his wife and three children. The body of Ravinder was found hanging from the ceiling in his single-room accommodation this morning.

A file photo of Raju, Sita and Sushma

A file photo of Raju, Sita and Sushma, children of Ravinder Rai, who have been admitted to the GMCH-32, Chandigarh.

Ravinder Rai
Ravinder Rai

Fake I-cards: SEC begins probe
Panchkula, January 17
Taking cognizance of the reports appearing in a section of the media against issuing of fake voters identity cards, the State Election Commission has initiated an inquiry into large scale irregularities in issuing of these cards by district administration.

40 PGI docs at receiving end
Chandigarh, January 17
A batch of 40-odd Assistant Professors whose services were regularised in 1999 after over five years of ad hoc service are awaiting that period to be counted as “teaching experience” for promotion as Associate/Additional Professors.


Driving in fog no child’s play
Chandigarh/Ludhiana, January 17
Punjabi comedian Bhagwant Mann while parodying rash and drunken drivers on Indian roads narrates how such drivers bang their vehicles into “safedas” (eucalyptus trees) along the highways. Mann may as well be right as blinding fog in the past three weeks has made roads dangerous to travel and lucky is the person who reaches his destination safely, avoiding the “safedas”, or for that matter other roadsides trees, oncoming vehicles, bullock carts, cyclists, pedestrians and speeding buses, besides an assortment of animals. Traffic on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala road had to be diverted on Friday morning as a truck driver blinded by fog hit the railing of a bridge over the Ghaggar and two wheels of the truck came off
Traffic on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala road had to be diverted on Friday morning as a truck driver blinded by fog hit the railing of a bridge over the Ghaggar and two wheels of the truck came off. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

Ludhiana, Narnaul coldest
Chandigarh, January 17
People in most of northwest region today greeted the sun after experiencing yet another foggy weather early today, while Ludhiana and Narnaul turned coldest again in plains where the minimum dipped to 1.9 and 1.0° C, respectively.

Keep body warm to avoid chilblains
Chandigarh, January 17
This is one of those medical problems where doctors or medicines can be of little help, as the only protection that one can have against chilblains is to keep yourself warm, which in itself is proving to be a difficult task with the entire region reeling under severe cold wave.


Campaigning ends in Panchkula
Panchkula, January 17
The last day of the campaigning saw the entire electorate of the township on the roads. With the Sun God shining bright, car rallies and processions marked the campaigning by candidates in the fray. The rallies in various wards saw a huge turnout, showing the interest of voters in the first ever municipal council elections scheduled for the coming Sunday.
Car rallies in Panchkula on the last day of canvassing for the municipal council poll
Car rallies in Panchkula on the last day of canvassing for the municipal council poll on Friday. 
— Photo Manoj Mahajan

INLD leaving nothing to chance
Panchkula, January 17
The ruling Indian National Lok Dal is leaving nothing to chance for the Municipal Council elections scheduled for the coming Sunday. The entire rank and file of the party is camping here to ensure a smooth sailing for the party candidates. Party leaders hope to project a united front for ensuring a win. With party bigwigs, led by INLD president, Mr Sher Singh Badshami, to the trusted lieutenants of the Chief Minister, including the Urban Development Minister, Mr Subhash Goyal, ensuring that the rebel candidates down their swords, the party hopes for a better performance here.

Raj Kapoor to Ritu Nanda — the tradition flows
Chandigarh, January 17
Not everyone can cherish the moments gone by, especially so when a lot of precious life has been lost along the way. But to some fortunate people, the understanding of life and its equations comes easy.

Ritu Nanda describes the CD ROM which contains visual version of “Raj Kapoor Speaks”, the book she has authored on her father. — Photo Pankaj Sharma
Ritu Nanda describes the CD ROM which contains visual version of "Raj Kapoor Speaks", the book she has authored on her father

PUDA allottees resent delay
SAS Nagar, January 17
In a move which is being seen as grossly unfair by the 3,931 allottees of residential plots in the upcoming Sectors 76 to 80 here, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority, has once again delayed the allotment of actual sites to these allottees by another one year.

Chandigarh to have planetarium in 2 years
Chandigarh, January 17
The five-year-long wait for the city to have its own planetarium finally seems to be over. For after the final nod has come from the office of Chief Architect in a recent meeting, the administration is gearing up to complete the project within the next two years.

Eyesores on green belts, courtesy MC
Chandigarh, January 17
Covering green belts under ugly bricks enclosures for throwing garbage — that is exactly what the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh is doing now-a-days. Even though corporation officials claim that the structures are not being raised in violation of the existing rules and by-laws, architects and experts associated with the city since long claim that the construction of “brick jalis” is defeating the perceived purpose of the green belts.
A newly constructed brick enclosure for dumping garbage in Sector 27 on a green belt that has become an eyesore
A newly constructed brick enclosure for dumping garbage in Sector 27 on a green belt that has become an eyesore. — A Tribune photograph

Indian Building Congress seminar
Chandigarh, January 17
The Indian Building Congress, a national body of building professionals, will hold a two-day mid-term session and seminar on the theme of ‘Management and Maintenance of Built Environment’ here from January 17.

Seminar on VAT
Chandigarh, January 17
“Government machinery was not yet ready for implementation of the ‘value added tax’ (VAT) likely to replace the sales tax shortly, said Mr Amarjit Chopra, a member of the Bar Council, while addressing a seminar on value added tax (VAT) organised by the local branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India here today.

Rights panel’s complaint against former SSP
Chandigarh, January 17
Lawyer for Human Rights International today submitted a complaint to the UT Administrator against a former UT Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr C.S.R. Reddy, Inspector P.K. Dhawan and Sub-Inspector Dilsher Singh Chandel demanding legal proceeding against them in the jailbreak case.

Idol installation at Sector 42 temple
Chandigarh, January 17
A five-day ‘murti sthapana samaroh’ is being held at Shree Sanatan Dharma Temple, Sector 42, since Wednesday.

Puri trust for early transfer of land
Chandigarh, January17
A joint delegation of the Rural Area Development Committee, Ropar, and the Puri Development Trust, Mullanpur, met the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and submitted a memorandum to him here yesterday.

Rally on water conservation
Chandigarh, January 17
An awareness rally on water conservation launched from Anandpur Sahib by the Yuva Shakti Punjab, reached Chandigarh today, where it was received by the Punjab Irrigation Minister, Mr G.S. Bhullar, according to a statement issued here today.


Man held for rape bid
Chandigarh, January 17
A 40-year-old resident of Sector 27 was today arrested for allegedly trying to rape a 23-year-old behind the Police Lines in Sector 26 here. According to information, the suspect, Bhim, said to be in inebriated state, took the woman to a deserted place behind the Police Lines.

2 booked for fraud
Chandigarh, January 17
The Chandigarh police has booked Avtar Singh Rekhi and Ms Mahinder Kaur, residents of Sector 2, Panchkula, under Sections 406, 420 and 120 B of the IPC on the complaint of Mr Surinder Minhas, a resident of Sector 42-C on charges of selling the machinery of a firm in which they were partners.


Wock-Oliver launches hi-tech STPs
Chandigarh, January 17
Wock-Oliver Inc, a Panchkula-based company, claims to have developed high speed bio-system Sewerage Treatment Plants (STPs), based on the EEC USA Company’s technology. Unlike the traditional STP, these plants are much cheaper and need minimum space to start. The company has successfully exported these plants to the USA, Australia and other countries.

Impressive display of Maharashtra handicrafts
Chandigarh, January 17
Trimourti Maharashtra emporium is organising a special handicraft exhibition in the city. Beginning from today, the artisans from Maharashtra will be displaying their creations at Panchayat Bhavan. The exhibition is being sponsored by the Ministry of Textiles.

Doc wins trip to Shimla
SAS Nagar, January 17
Dr Navneet Singh, working with Fortis Heart Institute and Multi-Specialty Hospital here, has won a trip to Shimla by participating in the i-netbanking contest organised by the IDBI Bank.



PU wins inter-univ quiz contest
Chandigarh, January 17
Twentythree years after Panjab University bagged an award at the Inter-University Youth Festival, it has regained its past glory with a team from a local college winning the first prize in a quiz during the recently held North Zone Inter-University Youth Festival in Allahabad.

PU law paper not from syllabus
Chandigarh, January 17
Students of Panjab University’s Department of Laws have alleged that certain portions of third semester’s paper on Direct Taxation, conducted today, were not from syllabus.

PU offices open today

Prize distribution function
Chandigarh, January 17
In the age of modern technology when every one is influenced by computers or cable TV, the programmes launched to promote book culture to motivate students is highly laudable. Stating this while presiding over the prize distribution function for competitions organised by the Chandigarh Librarians Association, the Joint Secretary Finance and DPI (Colleges), Mr Dilip Kumar, said even small efforts in this field would pay rich dividends in the long run.

Agitating students block traffic
SAS Nagar, January 17
More than 150 students of Government College here staged a dharna in front of the SDM’s office, blocking traffic on the road for over half-an-hour here today.


10-year RI


Health camp at Kajheri
Chandigarh, January 17
Mr Hemant Arora, District Governor, Rotary Shivalik Chandigarh, visited Kajheri village, adopted by the club, for inspecting a health camp for detection of cataract and tuberculosis in poor patients.

IMA defends Amritsar docs
Chandigarh, January 17
Coming out in defence of the doctors allegedly involved in the kidney sale racket in Amritsar, the Chandigarh branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) today condemned the police action and subsequent trial by the media, sensationalising the role of doctors.


5 clay courts for tennis enthusiasts
Chandigarh, January 17
Total Tennis Academy today dedicated five red clay courts to the city tennis enthusiasts in the YMCA, Sector 11, Chandigarh, with inauguration done by Mr Satish Chandra. Mr L.D. Kapoor, chief coach-cum-director of the academy, said red clay is the best surface for the players to improve their game. These courts give perfect bounce to every ball and this gives a player more time to improve his striking skills.


Revised orders on DSPs’ transfers
Chandigarh, January 17
After a fortnight of withdrawing its orders on transfers of Deputy Superintendents of Police, the Chandigarh Administration today issued revised transfers orders with ‘negligible’ changes.

40 illegal structures demolished
SAS Nagar, January 17
In a day-long operation a team of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority here demolished over 40 unauthorised structures encroaching on PUDA land in various parts of the township. The operation, which was carried out under the leadership of SDO (Buildings) J. S. Tiwana, lasted for over 10 hours.


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