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DCC gen secy’s wife dies of
suspected poisoning

Panchkula, January 13
General secretary of the District Congress Committee Hemant Kinger has been accused of killing his wife by poisoning her. His wife, Kailash (45), alias Namrata, died of suspected poisoning this morning.

Xen submits report to Urban Estate Dept
Finds irregularities in development work
Panchkula, January 13
A preliminary inquiry by the Urban Estate Department, Haryana, has found irregularities by Municipal Council authorities in carrying out development works in various parts of Panchkula.

Tribune readers send Rs 56.79 lakh to PMO
Relief for tsunami victims

Chandigarh, January 13
The Tribune Trust today dispatched the first installment of Rs 56.79 lakh, collected for the tsunami victims by “The Tribune Tsunami Relief Fund”, to the Prime Minister Office (PMO). The Tribune rose to the occasion after tsunami struck the Indian coasts and set up the relief fund.


Vigilance recommends action against UT teacher
Chandigarh, January 13
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has indicted a UT school teacher for his involvement in a case of irregularity in checking of answer books of the examination conducted by the Punjab Nursing Council.

MC challans 426 for encroachment
Chandigarh, January 13
When the anti-encroachment staff of the municipal corporation left the MC office for the much-publicised anti-encroachment drive, initiated after a warning of three days, they were pleasantly surprised.

Gurdas Mann Passing Thru
Do you see Punjabi cinema evolving?
HE regional film industry is emerging in a big way. With professionals like Manmohan Singh and Harbhajan Maan making films like “Jee Aayan Nu…” Punjabi film makers can nurture better dreams. Good Punjabi cinema is a privilege to those of us who take pride in the language and its glorious history.

Hijab Akhtar Khoso Indian work impressive, says Pak fashion designer
Chandigarh, January 13
Hijab Akhtar Khoso perfectly exemplifies the resurgence of Pakistani woman. As Vice-President of the Women's Chamber for Commerce and Industry, Pakistan, she has not only created a comfortable space for herself in the extremely chauvinistic industrial set up of her country, but has also led many rural artisans on the road to financial empowerment.
Hijab Akhtar Khoso

A workshop that was never held
Chandigarh, January 13
The seriousness of the government about female foeticide can be gauged from the fact that the Press Information Bureau of the Government of India today reported holding of a workshop on the issue at Panjab University which was never held.


Graffiti writers in Rock Garden to be fined
Chandigarh, January 13
Stung by the graffiti on walls of the Rock Garden, the society which runs the garden has decided to impose a fine of Rs 100 on anyone found defacing the walls and statues inside one of the city’s leading tourist attractions.

Tribune Impact
Nabard to review credit society’s working

Chandigarh, January 13
The depositors and the members of the Nabard Employees Credit and Thrift Society today got a reprieve with the bank management agreeing to review the working of the society in coordination with the Registrar of Cooperative Societies (RCS).

Villagers donate foodgrains
Mohali, January 13
The SDM, Mr M.L. Sharma, had early this week, urged city residents to collectively donate foodgrains and clothes in order to help those who lost their family members and homes during the havoc caused by tsunami on December 26, 2004.

Villagers donate in kind for tsunami victims at Mohali on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Villagers donate in kind for tsunami victims at Mohali on Thursday.

‘Saturn’s opposition,’ visual treat for star gazers
Mohali, January 13
The astronomy wing of the Department of Physics, Punjabi University, Patiala, will be observing and photographing a prominent celestial event, “Saturn’s opposition”, starting from midnight tonight when Saturn will be closest to the Earth and at its brightest.

Search Within
Breathing your way out of stress
“Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more, and all good things will be yours”, so runs a Swedish proverb on ways to health and happiness.

Parties celebrate Lohri to woo voters
Panchkula, January 13
Lohri celebrations was another day for political parties to further their election campaign for the Assembly elections. Candidates of various parties today held election meetings, while they celebrated Lohri at various places in the Kalka constituency today.

Lohri celebrated with focus on girl child
Mohali, January 13
Students of Jan Shikshan Sansthan here celebrated Lohri on the campus today. The focus of the celebration was to promote the need and relevance of the education of girl child. Around 200 students participated in it.

Mohali police to lead R-Day parade
Mohali, January 13
Over 1,000 students of various schools here would participate in the Republic Day function to be held at Government Senior Secondary School, Phase 3B1.

BJP industrial cell holds protest
Chandigarh, January 13
The industrial cell of the BJP held a protest against imposition of property tax. The protesters, led by the president of the industrial cell, Mr Radhey Shyam Garg, burnt an effigy of the Congress-ruled Municipal Corporation.

BJP workers burn an effigy of the Municipal Corporation at Ram Darbar in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

BJP workers burn an effigy of the Municipal Corporation at Ram Darbar in Chandigarh on Thursday.


Rash driving claims youth’s life
Chandigarh, January 13
Neeraj Sharma (22), a resident of Burail village, was killed in a road accident last night when he lost control over his motor cycle and hit the road berms on the Sector 21-22 dividing road. The police said he was driving rashly and was also drunk.

Six hurt in mishap
Lalru, January 13
Six persons, including three women, were injured, two of them seriously, in separate accidents on the Kalka-Ambala highway during the past 24 hours.

Cyclist crushed to death
Panchkula, January 13
A 18-year-old cyclist was crushed to death by a jeep near Alipore village, on the Panchkula-Naraingarh highway this morning. The victim, Rakesh Kumar, was employed as a labourer at Dhiman factory in Alipore. The accident took place when he was sent to buy milk by his seniors from the factory.

Cash, goods stolen
Panchkula, January 13
Cash and goods worth Rs 1 lakh were stolen in a burglary at Pinjore last night. As many as six shops were broken into on the Mallah road at Pinjore.The police says that Rs 10,000 in cash and goods worth Rs 85,000 were stolen in the burglary.

Teenager dupes 2 children
Decamps with jewellery

Chandigarh, January 13
A teenaged cheat duped two children and decamped with jewellery from their houses in Sector 38 (West). The children were alone when the incident took place.


Schools, colleges celebrate Lohri

Chandigarh, January 13
‘Havan’ was performed in MDAV at Sector 22 school to celebrate Lohri and Makar Sakranti. Students and teachers participated in it. A Sanskrit teacher chanted mantras. School principal also performed the havan.

Students of Dev Samaj College of Education, Sectror 36, celebrate Lohri on college premises, in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Students of Dev Samaj College of Education, Sectror 36, celebrate Lohri on college premises, in Chandigarh on Thursday.

Hamara School
Preparing students for challenges

The school emerged on the educational horizon of Haryana in 1995, under the aegis of the Doon Public School Education Society, Panchkula. Here the students are prepared mentally as well as physically to meet all challenges and achieve excellence in all spheres of life.

Panjab University students dance during a Lohri function at student centre in Chandigarh on Thursday.
Panjab University students dance during a Lohri function at student centre in Chandigarh on Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
PGI staff celebrate Lohri with families of patients in Chandigarh on Thursday.
PGI staff celebrate Lohri with families of patients in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Workshop for women organised at MCM DAV
Chandigarh, January 13
A six-day entrepreneurship development workshop for women on ‘Food Science and Quality Control’ began at MCM DAV College, Sector 36, here today. The workshop has been sponsored by the Directorate Industries with the assistance of the Regional Centre for Agro Processing Entrepreneurship Development.

Holiday in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan today
The Principal of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan said in the wake of today’s function a holiday had been declared for tomorrow.

C-Toss test on January 30
Chandigarh, January 13
The second Chandigarh - Training On Soft Skills (C-TOSS) test will be held on January 30, a spokesperson for the Department of Information Technology said. The Society for the Promotion of IT in Chandigarh (SPIC) will be holding the test at the following centres in the city: Government College for Women, Sector 42, Government College, Sector 46, MCM DAV College, Sector 36, and SPIC, PEC Campus, Sector 12, Chandigarh.

School help for tsunami victims
Mohali, January 13
The management, teachers and students of Sant Isher Singh Model Senior Secondary School here has contributed Rs 31,000 to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the tsunami victims. The Director of the school, Mrs Hardeep Kaur Gill, said this today.

Play staged to help tsunami victims
Mohali, January 13
The Theatre Arts today staged a play, “Mitti ka Aadmi”, at Lawrance Public School, Phase VI. The play was staged in aid of tsunami victims. Mr Pushpinderjit Singh, Director Operation, Tynor Orthntic Limited, was the guest of honour, while Ms Veena Malhotra, Principal, was the chief guest.


DSP granted bail
Panchkula, January 13
A local court today granted bail to Deputy Superintendent of Police Ms Rajshree, in a case filed against her, a tehsildar and an ASI of the Police. The DSP had moved the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate for bail, after bailable warrants were iissued against her, Tehsildar Bir Singh and Assistant Sub Inspector of Police, Omkar Singh in November, in a case filed by a pharmacist at the ESI dispensary in Pinjore.


Sham-e-ghazal organised by
Dera Bassi, January 13
Artistes from Dera Bassi and surrounding areas performed at ‘Sham-e-ghazal’, organised by the City Sports Club, Dera Bassi, in collaboration with the Vividh Sangeet Kala Kendra, Dera Bassi, to mark the Lohri festival here, last night.

New Releases
Mithun back in action

Mithun Chakraborty is back again in the role of a underworld don. Director Vikram Bhatt expects something special from Mithun da in ‘Elaan’. This one is Venus Tapes and Records presentation film. Young soldiers like Arjun Rampal, John Abraham, Rahul Khanna, Lara Dutta and Amisha Patel sound war cry against underworld in ‘Elaan’.


Amrita begins to rediscover herself
Amrita Singh’s life is eventually turning around. The baggage of failed matrimony has been shed, and the source of strength relocated. For the actress who once made a million hearts beat, the dust is just beginning to settle and the sun is tiptoeing towards the horizon.

Amrita Singh

Not affected by tsunami, but close enough
Dr T.S. Bedi, a former principal, and his wife, Ms Darshan Kaur, didn’t see the tsunami waves hit the coastal belt in the South, yet they are not much distant from the “water attack”. Parents of the Cuddalore District Magistrate, Mr Gagandeep Singh Bedi, who himself had a brush with death when the waves struck, they still have their fingers crossed and the nightmare of December 26 doesn’t seem to fade away. “Gagan was away to Mahabaleshwar with his family for an outing. In the morning we got a call from him saying he and his family was safe and disconnected.

Dr T.S. Bedi and his wife, Ms Darshan Kaur, at their residence in Mani Majra, show a picture of Gagandeep and his wife. — A Tribune photograph
Dr T.S. Bedi and his wife, Ms Darshan Kaur, at their residence in Mani Majra, show a picture of Gagandeep and his wife.

‘Des Hoyaa Pardes’ promos on R World

Reliance Infocomm today launched a unique service of showcasing a Punjabi film on Reliance India Mobile Showtime. As Manjit Mann’s film “Des Hoyaa Pardes” was chosen as the first-ever Punjabi film whose trailers, song clips and wall papers will be available on R World, the cast of the film had a tough time handling the rush which hardly left them any time to speak to the media.

Divya Dutta, Gurdas Mann and Manjit Mann discuss film “Des Hoyaa Pardes” at Reliance Web World in Sector 35, Chandigarh on Thursday.
(Left to right): Divya Dutta, Gurdas Mann and Manjit Mann discuss film “Des Hoyaa Pardes” at Reliance Web World in Sector 35, Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Top vocalists to perform at Brahaspti Sangeet Samaroh
Notwithstanding the growing thrust of western pop and remix music on the mind set of the people in the region, there seems no dearth of aficionados and proponents of the classical music.

A gym to keep staff in shape
Music blaring from within the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Sector 17 and employees sweating it out in a gymnasium. Seems unlikely but is true.


PGI, Shimla college to be linked under telemedicine project
Chandigarh, January 13
Making use of Information Technology to extend its services to the far-flung areas, the PGI here is planning to link Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), Shimla, to it by March under the telemedicine project. The teams from the PGI have visited the IGMC to review the feasibility of the project.

Co-occurrence of TB cause of concern: expert
Chandigarh, January 13
The co-occurrence of Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV is going to the major concern for the developing countries like India, which are prone to a TB epidemic.

New technique of retinal imaging
Chandigarh, January 13
A city eye institute has started the latest retinal imaging technique. Dr S.P.S. Grewal said the technique was not available with any other practitioner in the city. It would enable the doctor to see details of an eye structure, which is 250 microns thick.


Amartex Cup cricket tourney from Jan 16
Panchkula January 13
The Panchkula District Cricket Association will organise a knockout-cum league cricket tournament for the Amartex Cup from January 16. The matches will be played at the JR Institute of Cricket Technology Stadium, Barwala, here.

Women hockey team selected
Chandigarh, January 13
A 16-member Chandigarh women’s hockey team has been selected to take part in the Regional Hockey Tournament, to be organised from January 14 to 17 in Patiala.


Administrator for reorienting policies
Chandigarh, January 13
The UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), has called for reorienting the policies and strategies to ensure their applicability with efficiency and commitment in the country.
UT Administrator S.F. Rodrigues (centre) has a word with Mr R.K. Saboo, Chairman (left) at the inauguration of auditorium-cum-administrative block of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Sector 27, Chandigarh, on Thursday. A Tribune photograph


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