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Cornered by cops, accused tries to
kill himself

Panchkula, January 7
An accused in a kidnapping case, Ashok Kumar, wanted by the Gohana Police, allegedly shot himself in the stomach to evade arrest. The incident took place around 8 p.m. when a police party from Gohana, reached his hideout in Mahadev temple at Manav Kendra Colony, Saketri.

Ashok Kumar, who was wanted by the Gohana police, being rushed to the PGI, after he allegedly shot himself to evade arrest on Friday night Ashok Kumar, who was wanted by the Gohana police, being rushed to the PGI, after he allegedly shot himself to evade arrest on Friday night. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Youths rob rickshawpullers, nabbed
Chandigarh, January 7
Three motor cycle-borne youths and a DJ allegedly robbed two rickshawpullers of Rs 110 in the wee hours today in Sector 42 but were caught by the police when a person in one of the rickshaws put up resistance.

Boy fakes kidnapping, restored to parents
Chandigarh, January 7
Afraid of his parents’ wrath after an “unimpressive” performance in the examination, Class VIII student of Shishu Niketan allegedly faked his kidnapping story.





$ 1,000 note brings misery to boy’s family
Chandigarh, January 7
A 10-year-old boy of a slum found a $ 1,000 note from a garbage heap, but misery soon followed his family as the police arrested them on charges of theft. Bhudev of Amb Sahib Colony, Phase 10, Mohali, found the note from garbage on Wednesday evening.

Man found dead near Punjab Secretariat
Chandigarh, January 7
Om Parkash, alias Lali, a 40-year-old resident of the Janta Colony in Naya Gaon, was found dead in Rajindra Park near the Punjab Civil Secretariat this morning. An empty bottle of liquor was also found near the body.

City’s gross domestic product up
Chandigarh, January 7
Chandigarh's rising financial muscle was evident today. Latest data says the city has showed economic activity of Rs 6,130 crore for the year ending March 31, 2004. This is about Rs 867 crore more than last year's 5263 crore.

Panj Darya Conference

Newsmen pledge to build bridges of peace
Panj Darya Conference concludes
Chandigarh, January 7
Deliberations between the Indian and Pakistani journalists have laid the foundations for a permanent alliance between mediapersons from across the border after they met here for the Panj Darya Media Conference organised by the Chandigarh Press Club in collaboration with the Lahore Press club.

Pak journalists visit Tribune office
Chandigarh, January 7
A group of Pakistani journalists, who are currently in Chandigarh to attend the Panj Darya Media Conference, today visited The Tribune to have a first-hand experience of the working of an Indian newspaper. The Pakistani journalists, who spent some time in various departments of the newspaper, were highly impressed by the working of the organisation.
Journalists from Pakistan at The Tribune office in Chandigarh
Journalists from Pakistan at The Tribune office in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

For Pak journalists, Taj is still a dream

Chandigarh, January 7
For almost all Pakistani delegates here to attend the Panj Darya media meet, the visit to India would have been complete, but for a journey to the historic Ajmer Sharif and the Taj Mahal.

Pak journalists who came here to take part in the Panj Darya media meet held at the Chandigarh Press Club offer Friday prayers in Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Pak journalists who came here to take part in the Panj Darya media meet held at the Chandigarh Press Club offer Friday prayers in Chandigarh

Indo-Pak photo journalists form forum
Chandigarh, January 7
The Chandigarh Photo Journalists Association and the Lahore Photo Journalists Association today formed, the Panj Darya Photo Journalists Forum for the exchange of photographs and organising photo exhibitions at their respective places.

Awais Saleem Lahore’s Punjab University has diploma course in Hindi
Chandigarh, January 7
Punjab University, Lahore, which is considered the mother university of all higher education institutions in Pakistan, seems to have developed a fascination for Hindi. It has already started one-year diploma course in Hindi and is scouting for more faculty members to start a master’s degree in it. The course is located in the university’s College of Oriental Languages.

The Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), interacts with journalists from Pakistan at the Panj Darya Media Conference in Chandigarh
The Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), interacts with journalists from Pakistan at the Panj Darya Media Conference in Chandigarh on Friday. The Chief Minister of Haryana, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, is also seen in the picture.
— A Tribune photograph

Indo-Pak media fellowship announced
Chandigarh, January 7
A first of its kind media fellowship was announced on the concluding day of the two-day Panj Darya Media Conference. This fellowship is reciprocal in nature. Its main aims is to make journalists of both India and Pakistan aware of life and culture on both sides of the border, besides promoting people-to-people friendship.

Pak channel moots serials on Balaji lines
Chandigarh, January 7
Courtesy hosts, the visiting Pakistani journalists had the best of food and films today. Their day that began on a delicious note with rich South Indian fare being served at Chandigarh Press Club ended on a highly emotional one after a special screening of “Veer-Zaara” at the Fun Republic.


Good governance my priority: Rodrigues
Chandigarh, January 7
The UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues, while interacting with the Mayor, Ms Anu Chatrath, and delegation of Congress councillors today made it clear that “he was here to provide governance and not follow the Congress political agenda.”

Admin to videotape encroachments
Chandigarh, January 7 The Estate Office has decided to videotape all encroachments on the government land here. Estate Officer Arun Kumar said for a special camera had been purchased and Mr S.K.Setia, Land Acquisition Officer-cum-Encroachment Officer, had been told to form teams that would visit all illegal slums and colonies.

275 drivers attend road safety camps
Chandigarh, January 7
To educate truck and bus drivers regarding safe driving and traffic rules and regulations, the Chandigarh Police held two workshops in the transport Area, Sector 26, and at the CTU workshop in the Industrial Area here today.


Stolen car racket unearthed
Panchkula, January 7
The Subdivisional Magistrate, Panchkula, Mr Varinder Dahiya, today claimed to have unearthed a racket involving the buying of stolen cars and getting their re-registeration done by supplying fake documents.

Two held for eve-teasing
Chandigarh, January 7
Two motor cycles were stolen here, the police said today. Mr Rahul Barhjatia of Kundan Nagar, Model Town, Ludhiana, reported to the police that his Bajaj motor cycle (PB-10-Y-7685) was stolen from Sector 35 market on January 5.


UK varsity plan to give affiliation to schools
Chandigarh, January 7
Targeting quality and affordable school education in the country was the main priority of the University of Cambridge. By 2008, the university plans to give affiliation to around 750 schools from the present strength of 120 schools, said Mr Mark Bartholomew, South Asia Manager of University of Cambridge, (International Examination), here today.                                                               
Mark Bartholomew

Mark Bartholomew

Two-day workshop on international law
Mohali, January 7
A two-day workshop on “Emerging role of international law’ is being organised at the Army Institute of Law in Sector 68 here from tomorrow. The workshop which is jointly being organised by the AIL and Indian Society of International Law will be inaugurated by Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), Governor, Punjab.

Qual Tech convention on January 10
Chandigarh, January 7
The North-West QualTech Awards 2004 will be presented at the 4th North-West QualTech Convention to be held in Mohali on January 10. Addressing mediapersons here today, Mr. Chandra Mohan, Chairman of the Governing Council of PTU’s Gian Jyoti School of TQM and Entrepreneurship said that 32 companies from the region were participating in this competition.

School contributes 50,000 to PM’s fund
Chandigarh, January 7
Ankur Nursery School on the Panjab University campus has decided to donate Rs 50,000 out of its students aid fund to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for tsunami victims.

Street children given books, bags
Panchkula, January 7
The smile on their faces and curiosity in their eyes was for real. As 65 street children, residing in jhuggis in Sector 15, got a set of books and school bags their joie de verve was for everyone to see.


Interim bail to Kang in murder case
Chandigarh, January 7
Youth Akali Dal leader Kiran Bir Kang, accused in the Siau village murder case, was granted interim bail by the Additional Sessions Judge Balbir Singh here today.


AG, Himachal Pradesh, win volleyball title
Chandigarh, January 7
Spikers of AG, Himachal Pradesh, downed AG, Punjab, 3-2 in the final of the North Zone Inter-Audit Volleyball Tournament that concluded today at the Sports Complex, Sector 7, here.

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