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‘Stripped’ woman’s son feared dead
Chandigarh, January 7
The family of a Janata Colony woman, who was allegedly stripped and humiliated, today feared that her son Deepak had been killed. Her family claimed that Sunita, whose disappearance from her home on December 27 sparked off revenge against Deepak’s family, had been brought back from Srinagar.

Property worth lakhs destroyed in fire
Chandigarh, January 7

A former Assistant Sub-Inspector of Punjab police, Mr Baljit Singh, 33, who is fighting environment pollution despite being his physical disability, was among the 13 persons who were given the 12th Red and White Bravery Award for Punjab and Haryana here this evening


Bravery awards presented
Winners of the 12th Red and White Bravery AwardsChandigarh, January 7
A former Assistant Sub-Inspector of Punjab police, Mr Baljit Singh, 33, who is fighting environment pollution despite being his physical disability, was among the 13 persons who were given the 12th Red and White Bravery Award for Punjab and Haryana here this evening.

Winners of the 12th Red and White Bravery Awards from Punjab and Haryana in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Mockery of an oath-taking ceremony
Chandigarh, January 7
Mr Lalit Sharma, Adviser to the Administrator, administers the oath to the newly elected sarpanches and panches
The oath-taking ceremony turned out be a mockery as the events unfolded in front of the newly-elected sarpanches and panches of the local village panchayats here today. . The ceremony was over within minutes “much to the amusements of the elected representatives of 17 village panchayats of the Union Territory”.
Mr Lalit Sharma, Adviser to the Administrator, administers the oath to the newly elected sarpanches and panches of local villages at UT Guest House in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Towards a developed India
Towards a developed India: Unmindful of the technical sessions at the Indian Science Congress, a child steers the tractor during his visit to the PU campus on Wednesday. 
— A Tribune photograph

India set to create ‘i-grid complex’
Chandigarh, January 7
After developing a super computer, India is now working on creating an “i-grid complex” which will make the services of the super computer available in different parts of the country.

Project to improve  avalanche forecast
Chandigarh, January 7
The Snow and Avalanche Studies Establishment here has initiated a project to substantially enhance its capabilities for forecasting avalanches and removing hazards in the Himalayan belt. The project would have immense benefits for the Army as it would help commanders based in snow bound areas to plan ahead.

Suspect in ‘child torture’ case hospitalised
Dera Bassi, January 7
The abduction case of a Nepalese boy took a new turn after Rakesh Kharbanda, a suspect, reportedly had a heart attack soon after his arrest by the police this afternoon. He was taken to the Civil Hospital in Dera Bassi and later referred to Government Medical College and Hospital, (Sector 32) in Chandigarh.

Mohali to be major IT Centre: CM
Mohali, January 7
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today said that Mohali was bound to emerge as a centre of excellence for the IT industry in north India as a number of top multi-national companies across the globe had evinced keen interest to choose it as their destination for investment.


Lectures on ‘first parkash’ on Guru Granth Sahib
Mohali, January 7
The Punjab School Education Board is organising a series of lectures in connection with the fourth centenary of first parkash of Guru Granth Sahib. The first lecture in the series is being delivered tomorrow.

Honour for Vedant engineers
Mohali, January 7
Texas Instruments, a USA-based global giant in microelectronics, has selected chip design engineers from VEDANT of Semiconductor Complex Ltd here during campus recruitment. This is first ever time that a company of international acclaim conducted campus interviews and selected a large number of students.

Cold claims two more lives
Chandigarh, January 7

The sweeping cold wave in its third week in the north-west region has claimed a life each in Punjab and Haryana during the past 24 hours, taking the toll to at least 70 since the onset of winter, while people in the border district of Amritsar reeled under 1.6°C temperature, two degrees below normal.

Disabled soldier fights for leave encashment
Chandigarh, January 7
Two years after Army Headquarters backtracked from its stance that a disabled ex-serviceman was not entitled to leave encashment, the affected soldier, Naik Gurbax Singh Tung, continues to run from pillar to post to get his dues released.

Faux pas in house tax bills
Panchkula, January 7
Can a bill dated January 8 be delivered on January 7? The answer may be in the negative but the local Municipal Council has performed this feat.

Readers Write
Firms continue to dupe customers
propos of news item “Reliance customers allege harassment” that featured in your columns, it is indeed shocking to learn that gullible residents of Solan have yet again been taken for a ride and this time by Reliance India Mobile. I had planned to subscribe to its services and made enquiry at their counter regarding their mobile phone services.

City has 5,400 stray dogs
Chandigarh, January 7
It is official. The city has 5400 stray dogs and 4367 stray cattle. A report of the 17th Livestock Census in Chandigarh was released by the Director Animal Husbandary, Mr Dalip Kumar, today. Also as per the figures there are 30,140 bovines and 8550 domestic dogs in the city.

2 sambhars die in road mishaps
Panchkula, January 7
As many as two sambhars died in two separate road accidents in the district last night. According to wildlife sources, a female sambhar was crushed to death on the Ambala-Kalka highway near Amaravati Enclave. In another incident, a male sambhar died on near Damala village on the Pinjore-Nalagarh road.

Urs from today
Chandigarh, January 7
District Muslim Welfare and the Roza Committee is organising annual urs of Hazrat Hafiz Mohammad Musa Chisti Sabri for two days from January 8 at Manakpur village.


Three held for cruelty  to animals
Chandigarh, January 7
Three persons were arrested for cruelly dumping 75 goats and sheep near the fire station in Mani Majra last night. The police action followed the lodging of a complaint from animal-lover Payal Sodhi heading the People for Animal Society in the city.

1 killed in hit-and-run case
Chandigarh, January 7
A Bapu Dham Colony resident Parbottam last night died when a truck hit his rickshaw near the CTU light point. Parbottam was seriously injured and taken to the Sector 32 GMCH, where he was declared brought dead.

NRI remanded for duping man of Rs 10 lakh
Panchkula, January 7
The CJM, Mr Gulab Singh, today remanded an NRI, Balbir Chaudhary, to 14 days’ police remand.

Body found
Lalru, January 7
The body of an unidentified man was found on a link road at Jalalpur village this morning. The man seemed to be mentally imbalanced and was wearing shorts, a sweater and a cap, the police said.


Kashmir handicrafts on display
Chandigarh, January 7
Farah KhanFarah Khan set up Kashmir Krafts to take the handicrafts of Kashmir outside the valley. For eight years, she has been working in close association with the artisans of Kashmir to create a product range comprising exquisite hand embroidered shawls, stoles, scarves and throws, which she has now brought to the City Beautiful. 

Farah Khan displays her hand embroidery range at a hotel in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

PNB celebrates CBS anniversary
Chandigarh, January 7
Punjab National Bank, mid-corporate branch, Sector 17-B, Chandigarh, today celebrated the first anniversary of Centralised Banking Solutions i.e. National Network Connectivity in the Northern Zone. This was the first branch office in PNB, Northern Zone, that was connected with national networking last year. PNB has now 36 branches in the northern zone.



Children load helplines with distress calls
Send out signals of stress as exams draw nearer
Chandigarh, January 7
If the number of distress calls made by children on the helplines being run in the city is any indication, it is time to start paying extra attention to them. With the examination approaching and the pressure of performance mounting, more and more children are reaching out to counsellors and medical experts for support.

Fee hike to be rolled back
Chandigarh, January 7
The Chandigarh Administration has accepted the recommendations of the committee constituted to look into the issue of fee hike. According to information, the recommendations include reduction in tuition fee from Rs 200 to Rs 125 and relaxation in half fee for students belonging to families with income up to Rs 1 lakh. Earlier the upper limit of the relaxation was Rs 60,000.

Hamara School
The aim is to build confidence and inner strength

The building of J.C. Public School, Mundi Kharar.Set up in 2001, J.C. Public School at Mundi Kharar was established in memory of the late Comrade Jagdish Chander (1922-1991) by his daughter-in-law, Mrs Reema Kant. The management is of the opinion that the school-going age is the most impressionable age in one’s life and whatever is learnt at that age gets so deeply embedded in one’s mind that it becomes difficult to change it later on.

The building of J.C. Public School, Mundi Kharar.

‘We teach by play-way method’
Premjeet Grover, PrincipalA
lot of stress is laid on outdoor teaching. Children are taken for nature walks where different trees and flowers are shown to them. The school has arrangements for indoor games, too. There is a big hall for pre-nursery children where they are taught by the play-way method.

Premjeet Grover, Principal

Students participate in egg-eating contest
Chandigarh, January 7
The last day of the Pride of India exhibition at Panjab University saw children coming forward to participate in an egg-eating competition organised by the National Egg Coordination Committee today.


Uncertainty over date of swearing in
Chandigarh, January 7
The warrants of appointment did not arrive. No wonder, uncertainty regarding the date of administering oath to three Bar members as Punjab and Haryana High Court Judges continued even today.

Anticipatory bail for Ravi Inder
Panchkula, January 7
A local court today granted anticipatory bail to two persons, including an Akali leader and former Punjab Speaker, Mr Ravi Inder Singh, in an alleged cheating and forgery case.


Home Decor
It’s warm, inviting.... it’s Milkha’s house
arm and inviting. That is the perfect way to describe the home of flying Sikh Milkha Singh in Sector 8 here. Encompassing all the basic elements of space, natural light and ventilation, it is a house befitting its residents.

Eating Out
McDonald’s also ensures 100 pc veg food
The Plush McDonald’s outlet in Fun Republic, Mani Majra, beckons foodies. T
HE initial euphoria and hype is over. Almost everybody has braved the rush, the cold and the parking blues to have a bite of the world famous McDonald’s burger at its first outlet in Chandigarh. And, have a look at another first — a multi-storeyed multiplex with four cinema theatres, food counters and retail stores. 

The Plush McDonald’s outlet in Fun Republic, Mani Majra, beckons foodies. 

Police training gets interesting
MAGINE a policeman fiddling with guitar, singing songs and practicing yoga contrary to a tough guy in khaki wielding baton or a gun. It is not a scene from a Hollywood movie but at the Recruits Training Centre here, where policemen are trained.

It’s my life
RamandeepAlways wanted to be dietician
To remain fit and energetic — that is something I always aim at. And I achieve my target with the help of right workout and correct intake. It makes me live life the most. Otherwise also, I am doing something I always wanted to do — work as a dietician. I opted for the career just after completing my graduation.

Tanjore paintings hot favourites
It could be called the Southern impact. The Impressive Tanjore paintings and the carved wooden idols at the Crafts Mela at Lajpat Rai Bhavan, are drawing a number of customers. The awesome pieces, being marketed by the Tamil Nadu Handicraft Development Corporation, are being literally lapped up by the city residents. With traditional home interiors, still being a hot favourite in the city, these artefacts are selling like hot cakes.

It’s time for shooting
The 35 young animators from Mumbai, New Delhi and Chandigarh who have converged on the city to participate in the ‘24fps: Visual Effects Awards’ spent their time shooting the live sequences for their animation entries.

Moisturiser launched


Eyesight of 250 bus drivers tested
Chandigarh, January 7
Between 20 and 30 per cent of the 250 drivers were today found to be driving buses with inadequate eyesight. This was found out during an eye-testing camp for 250 drivers of Punjab Road Transport Corporation, Himachal Road Transport Corporation, Haryana Roadways, Punjab Roadways and Chandigarh Transport Undertaking.



Milkha SinghMilkha Singh awaits administration's reply
Chandigarh, January 7
Known for his concern for the betterment of veteran players, Flying Sikh Milkha Singh awaits reply from the Chandigarh Administration regarding allotment of suitable land for setting up an old age home in the city for veteran sportspersons.

Digvijay Singh returns a backhand shot in the under-12 section of the Total Tennis championshipDigvijay overpowers Mithilesh
Chandigarh, January 7
Digvijay Singh in the under 12 age group and Karan Patnaik in the men singles section moved ahead on the second day of the Total Tennis Championship being played here today at the YMCA, Sector 11.

Digvijay Singh returns a backhand shot in the under-12 section of the Total Tennis championship played here on Wednesday at YMCA, Sector 11. — Tribune Photo by Pawan Sharma.

PU shuttlers shine at North Zone meet
Chandigarh, January 7
Panjab University won the gold medal and silver medal in the women's and men's sections, respectively, in the North Zone Inter-university Badminton Tournament which concluded at Kanpur on January 5.

Judokas win 7 gold in school games
Chandigarh, January 7
Chandigarh players garnered a rich haul of medals in various sports at the 49th National School Games. According to Mr Prem Puri, Assistant Education Officer, UT, city players have so far won seven individual gold medals, one team gold medal, four team silver medals and three individual silver medals.


Generators allowed in commercial buildings
Chandigarh, January 7
The Chandigarh Administration has allowed that a generator having a capacity upto 10 KVA be allowed on the terrace of a commercial and institutional buildings. This generator will have to be within the service zone meant for services such as cooling towers etc.

Admn refunds 15 crore to builder
Chandigarh, January 7
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has refunded Rs 15,15,30,208 to a constructor who was never handed over the possession of a hotel site that he had got in an auction, sources said here today. The site was earmarked in Sector 35.


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