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Admn, MC get tough with building bylaw violators
Chandigarh, January 14
Finally the Chandigarh Administration and the Municipal Corporation are tackling the issue of alterations and additions in residential property and of encroachments made by shopkeepers in commercial areas.

High drama as panther strays into VIP farmhouse
Escapes as teams gear up to capture it
Panchkula, January 14
Panic, high-drama, disillusionment... and more panic. These were the highlights of the over three-hour-long drama at the farmhouse of Congress MLA, Mr Chander Mohan, near Ramgarh after an adult panther strayed here last night. People run in panic after hearing news of a panther’s escape.
People run in panic after hearing news of a panther’s escape. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma


Abandoned girl child dead
Panchkula, January 14
Even as many parts of North India celebrated Lohri with great enthusiasm and traditional fervour, it was a tragic day for a baby girl, abandoned by her family at Bal Niketan, who died last night.

Illegal internet exchange busted
DoT suffers Rs 50 lakh loss
Mohali, January 14
The police has busted an illegal internet exchange racket running for the past six months in the city. The functioning of the illegal exchange has reportedly caused loss of about Rs 50 lakh to the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, other than being a possible national security threat.

Divya Dutta
Divya Dutta

Passing Thru
You have worked in TV serials, music videos and films. How do you straddle so many worlds at the same time?
Every medium has its own charm. I owe tremendously to television which brought me some of the best assignments. I have done some popular shows like Superhit Muqabla, Rajesh Khanna’s debut serial Ittefaq, Sansar and Kadam. I have also hosted Deepti Bhatnagar’s Musafir Hoon Yaaron on Star Plus.

Statements jam four-laning project
Chandigarh, January 14
There is bad news for thousands of people hoping for an early four-laning of the National Highway — 22 stretch between Zirakpur, near Chandigarh, and Ambala. As of now, government has no proposal for this project.


Syed Jamaluddin displays his kite flying skills with 250 kites on a single string during a show organised at the Sector 17 Plaza in Chandigarh Flying high with his kites
Chandigarh, January 14
Syed Jamaluddin is proud of his inheritance. Humble it may be, but it is unusual nevertheless — unusual enough to facilitate an obscure man’s entry into a film as Deepa Mehta’s classic “1947 - Earth.” “I featured prominently in the film, thanks to my kites,” tells the man, too unassuming to allow this bit of conversation to linger.

Syed Jamaluddin displays his kite flying skills with 250 kites on a single string during a show organised at the Sector 17 Plaza in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Dept not allowing MC to sink tubewells
Mohali, January 14
The Department of Local Government is not permitting the Municipal Council to sink tubewells in the town at its own level even when tubewells sunk by the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage have failed.

A little devotee lights an agarbatti to mark Makaravilakku Puja at Sree Ayyappa Temple, Sector 47, Chandigarh, on Friday.
A little devotee lights an agarbatti to mark Makaravilakku Puja at Sree Ayyappa Temple, Sector 47, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Photo by Malkiat Singh

Police gets Namrata’s
post-mortem report

Panchkula, January 14
The investigation into the mysterious death of Namrata Kinger, wife of Congress general secretary Hemant Kinger, is still on. The police has so far not made any arrests. Namrata had died of suspected poisoning yesterday, but, her father had alleged that she had been poisoned by Mr Kinger. The police says that it has received the post-mortem report and arrests will be made after detailed investigations.

Chemists send medicines worth 10 lakh
Chandigarh, January 14
The Chandigarh Administration has despatched anti-diarrhoea, anti-allergics, eye drops, dressings and ointments to the Collector (Deputy Commissioner) of Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu. This consignment of medicines are for the victims of tsunami tragedy. The market price of medicines is Rs 10 lakh.

80 artists join to help tsunami victims
Chandigarh, Jan 14
About 80 artists from the region will come together to display their works in a fund-raising show for tsunami victims. Opening at Government Museum in Sector 10 tomorrow, the show will last for two days. It is being jointly organised by the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, and Government College of Art, Sector 10.

Golf Club members donate Rs 5 lakh
Chandigarh, January 14
Members of the Chandigarh Golf Club presented a cheque of Rs. five lakh to the UT Administrator S.F. Rodrigues at Punjab Raj Bhavan, here today for the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. The Management of Bharitya Vidya Bhavan and students of the institution have also presented a cheque of Rs 1.25 lakh to the Administrator at a function here last evening.

Lecture on consumer rights held
Chandigarh, January 14
The Consumer Club of Government College, Sector 46, organised a lecture on “Consumer Rights and Awareness: Focus on the Role of Bureau of Indian Standards”.

Air Marshal Patkar visits 3 BRD
Chandigarh, January 14
The Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command, Air Marshal V A Patkar, arrived at No.3 Base Repair Depot on an official visit, here today.


Constable among 2 held for accepting bribe
Mohali, January 14
The CIA staff, Ropar, has arrested two persons, including a Constable posted in Jalandhar, on charges of extorting money from the public in the name of the ADGP (Vigilance), Mr A.P. Pandey. The accused Constable, Jagdish Kumar, is working with the PAP 82nd Battalion, Jalandhar, and is well known among police circles for having won a gold medal in weight lifting during the All-India Police Games.

Rs 1.75 lakh stolen
Mohali, January 14
Goods and cash worth Rs 1.75 lakh were found stolen from a house in Sector 70 last night. Owners were out of station when the theft took place.

Car, motor cycle stolen
Chandigarh, January 14
A car and a mobile phone were reported to have been stolen from the city while the local police arrested one person accused of stealing treeguards, according to the information given by the local police here today.

Policeman dies in mishap
Chandigarh, January 14
Harish Kumar (26), a constable in the Chandigarh Traffic Police was killed this morning, when a school bus hit his motor cycle near the Police Lines in Sector 26. Harish Kumar was to marry on February 16. Another Constable Sunil Hooda, who was driving the motor cycle received minor injuries.

3 youths held for beating up family
Chandigarh, January 14
The local police today arrested three youths, who allegedly entered a house in an inebriated condition and beat up a family in Phase II, Ram Darbar, last night.


PEC Director-designate visits city
Chandigarh, January 14
Director-designate of Punjab Engineering College Prof Vijay Gupta, on his first visit to the city after selection as director, interacted with faculty members of the college.

Principals resent order banning co-curricular activities
Chandigarh, January 14
The principals of government schools in the city have reacted adversely to an order passed by the UT Education Department over “banning” the co-curricular activities in and outside the school premises.

School celebrates Lohri
Chandigarh, January 14
Staff and students of Kendriya Vidyalaya Ammunition Depot, Dappar, celebrated Lohri in a traditional manner. Ms S. Mirdha, Education Officer (CR) was the chief guest on the occasion. A cultural programme was organised on the occasion. Students were given Lohri sweets.


Law student writes to Justice Roy
Chandigarh, January 14
A law student belonging to the city has sought probe into the circumstances in which a complaint case filed by him was transferred by two Judicial Magistrates. In a letter to the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice B.K. Roy, the student — Vikram Batra — has also sought directions to the trial court for “time-bound” disposal of the case. Mr Justice Roy is also the Inspecting Judge of Chandigarh Sessions Division.


Meenakshi Sharma Meenakshi has Govind Nihalani’s Midas touch
Chandigarh, January 14
Meenakshi Sharma has several traces of Govind Nihalani’s cinematic genius. Had it not been for the legendary film maker’s Midas touch, an apparent fledgling would not have created a product as fine as “Dev.”


PGI begins free distribution of drugs to AIDS patients
Chandigarh, January 14
The PGI today started free distribution of anti-retroviral drugs for AIDS patients coming regularly to the institute for treatment. Despite running behind schedule in implementing a policy decision regarding free distribution of medicines by almost a fortnight, the PGI today began the distribution of drugs free of cost.


Gajendra to train  budding tennis players
Chandigarh, January 14
Tennis is about power — mental and physical — and then come talent and technique. Lack of planning has led to many talented youngsters losing their way after they reach the age of 19. These views were expressed by Gajendra Singh, director, travelling and planning, All-India Tennis Association.
A young tennis player executes a shot under the guidance of tennis coach Gajendra Singh at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association courts in Sector 10, Chandigarh
A young tennis player executes a shot under the guidance of tennis coach Gajendra Singh at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association courts in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Tribune photograph

18 teams for junior soccer tournament
Chandigarh, January 14
Eighteen teams, including four outstation outfits, will compete in the second edition of Chandigarh Junior Challenge Football Tournament for under-16 from January 20 to 24 at the Sector 42 Football Ground, according to Mr J.P.S. Sidhu, Joint Director Sports, Chandigarh Administration.


70 kiosks removed
Mohali, January 14
Nearly 70 kiosks selling meat and fish were demolished by the anti-encroachment wing of the Municipal Council in Phase VI here today. The demolition was carried out by a team of 60 employees, including 10 policemen, led by Mr Avtar Singh Kalsia.


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