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Heist goes wrong, robber shot at
Bid to rob salary foiled; three hurt
Mohali, December 31
Three persons were injured in a shootout following an armed robbery bid at Indian Overseas Bank outside Punjab Tractors Limited factory here this morning.

A view of the place where alleged robber Rajwinder Singh was shot at the bank guard near Shahi Majra village in Mohali on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pravesh Chauhan

A view of the place where alleged robber Rajwinder Singh was shot at the bank guard near Shahi Majra village in Mohali

100 revellers stranded at Timber Trail
Chandigarh, December 31
Over 100 persons, who were in a festive mood to celebrate the New Year eve at the Timber Trail Resort near Parwanoo, were stranded in the uphill resort when the cable car service was suddenly stopped because of the high velocity winds.


IAF response hurts missing sergeant’s kin
Chandigarh, December 31
Sergeant Sukhwinder Singh posted at the 37 Wing Air Force base, Car Nicobar, his wife Manmeet Kaur (30) and their two-year-old son Simarpreet Singh have been reported missing in the tsunami hit.


A file photo of Sgt Sukhwinder Singh and his wife Manmeet (inset) their son Simarpreet.

A file photo of Sgt Sukhwinder Singh and his wife Manmeet (inset) their son Simarpreet

Ringing in 2005
New Year revellers sway to the tune of a Punjabi pop number at a discotheque in Chandigarh
New Year revellers sway to the tune of a Punjabi pop number at a discotheque in Chandigarh on Friday night. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Outgoing Mayor’s statement stirs up a hornet’s nest
Chandigarh, December 31
The statement of outgoing Mayor Ms Kamlesh that the imposition of the property tax on the commercial buildings was one of the successes of the Congress-dominated Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh in 2004 has stirred up a hornet’s nest.

Good weather for rabi
Chandigarh, December 31
Though the falling temperature and fast blowing chilly winds accompanied by light showers have brought misery in their wake for the poor, but biting cold conditions are considered immensely good for the wheat and other rabi crops in this part of the region.

Donors open hearts and wallets for tsunami victims
Chandigarh, December 31
Donations for tsunami victims continued to pour in. Leading the donars today was UK-based Vedanta/Sterlite group. They will donate Rs 1 crore to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and another Rs 51 lakh to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. The employees of the company will also donate one day’s salary.

Tsunami shadow over celebrations
Chandigarh, December 31
Yielding to the triumphant spirit of hope, party revellers in the city welcomed the New Year with traditional warmth and gusto. But a sizeable chunk of residents called off their merry-making plans due to the tsunami tragedy.

Lt-Gen S. Pattabhiraman to be W. Command Goc-in-Chief
Chandigarh, December 31
Lt-Gen S. Pattabhiraman will be the next General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Command. He will take over the command from Lt-Gen J.J Singh on his assuming the appointment of the Chief of the Army Staff on February 1, 2005.

Punjabi Tribune Assistant Editor retires
Chandigarh, December 31
A warm farewell was given to Mr Karamjit Singh, Assistant Editor, Punjabi Tribune, who attained superannuation after serving the institution for 26 years here today. He joined Punjabi Tribune as Sub-Editor in 1978 and worked in various capacities before reaching the level of Assistant Editor and often wrote about important current issues, especially those relating to state politics and national affairs.

Karamjit Singh
Mr Karamjit Singh

Police recommends suspension of 10 driver’s licences
Chandigarh, December 31
The Chandigarh Traffic police has recommended the suspension of driver’s licence of 10 habitual offenders under Section 19 of Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, for a period of one to six months from January 1, 2005.

Electricity duty hike decried
Mohali, December 31
Members of the Mohali Industries Association here today expressed shock and anguish over the Punjab Government’s decision to double electricity duty from 5 per cent to 10 per cent.

Road Safety Week to commence from Jan 3
Chandigarh, December 31
In order to raise awareness regarding the road safety norms, the Chandigarh Traffic Police is going to organise the 16th Road safety Week between January 3 and 9. On January 3, the inaugural day, the traffic police would launch a website of the Chandigarh Traffic Police and also release an educational compact disc at the Children Traffic Park in Sector 23 at 11 am.

Improvement in sanitation claimed
Chandigarh, December 31
The sanitation issue was brought to the centrestage during 2004 with several innovative steps being taken by the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh to ameliorate insanitary conditions in the city, the outgoing Chairman of the Sanitation Committee, Mr Chander Mukhi Sharma, said here today.

Search Within
Let God guide us to new horizons
A new study by researchers of Iowa University (US), covering 550 adults over the age of 65, found that people who believe in God live longer than people who don’t. People who go to the religious services are 35 per cent more likely to live longer than those who never attended church.

MP meets minister on Punwire’s revival
Mohali, December 31
Member of Parliament and General Secretary, All- India Forward Bloc, Debabratta Biswas today met Labour Minister Government of India, Chander Shekhar Rao at Delhi today to discuss problem of Punwire employees here.

250 blankets given to poor
Chandigarh, December 31
The President of the Mata Mansa Devi Sewak Dal Dhamartha and Bhandara Committee, Mr Sat Paul Garg, said that 250 blankets were distributed among needy persons at the PGI, Sector 16 General Hospital and GMCH, Sector 32.


Opium smuggling racket busted
Chandigarh, December 31
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) here today claimed to have unearthed a decade-old opium smuggling racket spread in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

Two held for theft, goods recovered
Chandigarh, December 31
The Crime Branch of the Chandigarh Police has arrested two youths allegedly involved in vehicular theft and burglaries. The police also recovered stolen property worth Rs 82,000 from the possession of the two.

Theft by servant
Chandigarh, December 31
Mr Ajay Kundri of Sector 37-A reported to the police that his servant, Rajesh Rana, has stolen cash a sum of Rs 1.20 lakh from his office in Sector 38-C on December 29. A case has been registered.


South Korean schoolchildren arrive on educational tour
Mohali, December 31
A 20-member delegation of 11 students, principal and eight teachers of Mokpo Jeong Myung Girls Middle School, South Korea arrived at the Paragon Senior Secondary School, Sector-71, here as part of an Educational Exchange Programme between the two schools.

Korean students and teachers at Paragon School, Sector 71, in Mohali on Friday.
— Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Korean students and teachers at Paragon School, Sector 71, in Mohali

Villagers move HC to get a regular teacher
Chandigarh, December 31
Discontented with the attitude of the Punjab Education Department over posting a regular teacher at the Government Elementary School, Soyemajra (Ropar), the village panchayat has approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the Education Department.

Schoolchildren enact play on unity
Gharuan, December 31
Students of Sacred Souls’ School sang and danced during annual function of the school. In animal show students attired in the garb of animals brought jungle to life on the campus.


Judges make news
Chandigarh, December 31
More than the judgements of Punjab and Haryana High Court, the judges themselves remained in news during the year gone by. Angered by alleged ridicules from Chief Justice Mr Justice B.K. Roy the majority of Judges went on mass leave on April 19.

Insurance firm told to pay Rs 90,000 relief
Chandigarh, December 31
The Permanent Lok Adalat (Public Utility Services) has asked the National Insurance Company to pay an amount of Rs 94,050 to an apple trader, Mr S.K. Rafi, for deficiency in service.


Western Film Review
‘Alexander’ — just great
Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone has based “Alexander” on the true story of history’s most charismatic leader and soldier. The movie, a Warner Brothers Production, takes a bold and honest initiative at portraying the influences on the life and relationships of the man who conquered almost the entire world and died on battlefield.


Eye institute launches check-up drive
Mohali, December 31
With an eye on health upkeep and patient care, the Eye Institute and Multispeciality Hospital, Sohana, here today embarked upon “Vision 2005”. Under the programme, the hospital has planned to hold a free eye and dental check-up camps at selected venues all over Chandigarh.


Gagandeep, Bhanu lift carrom titles
Chandigarh, December 31
Bhanu Jain in women’s section and Gagandeep Singh in men’s section emerged winners in the 7th Raj Kumar Babuta Memorial Carrom Ranking Tournament, which concluded at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here today. In women’s final, Bhanu beat Sushila Prasad in straight games — 25-20, 25-04.


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