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PGI doctor ‘jumps’ to death
She had no rift with husband, says father
Chandigarh, January 19
Babita Kaura Dr Babita Kaura (38), an Assistant Professor in the PGI, is suspected to have jumped to death from her flat on the third floor of an apartment of PGI doctors in Sector 24 here late last night. The police neither recovered any suicide note nor found any immediate cause of the alleged suicide.

PGI faculty expresses shock
Chandigarh, January 19
“We have lost a very bright, imaginative and interactive medical scientist.’’ This is how the faculty at the PGI here reacted today after learning about the death of Dr Babita Kaura of the Department of immunopathology at her residence in Sector 24 on Tuesday night.

The location of the PGI Doctors Apartments in Sector 24 where Dr Babita is suspected to have jumped from her third floor house on Tuesday night. — A Tribune photograph



Priyanka8-yr-old girl drowned in Sukhna choe
Chandigarh, January 19
An eight-year-old girl was today found drowned in the polluted water of the Sukhna choe along the Kajheri village. Priyanka (8) had gone to buy chocolates from the market yesterday morning but did not return till late night.

Rs 7 lakh stolen from hotel
Chandigarh, January 19
Cash worth Rs 7 lakh has been stolen from the office of the managing director of G.K. International Hotel in Sector 35 in a continuing spate of thefts and burglaries the city.

Poor response to property tax scheme in UT
Chandigarh, January 19
Ten days after the levying of property tax in the city, only five units out of the 10,000 odd in the categories of commercial, industrial and institutional lands covered under the scheme have deposited their tax.

Last date for submitting factsheets extended
Chandigarh, January 19
The Excise and Taxation Department of the Chandigarh Administration has extended the last date for the submission of factsheets for obtaining new registration number along with certificate.

Magazine funds in govt schools unutilised
Chandigarh, January 19
Funds worth lakhs of rupees, collected from students for bringing out the annual school magazine, are lying unutilised in government schools in the city.

Anxious residents of Ber Majra village, in the vicinity of the Ammunition Depot, Dappar, ponder over their uncertain future in the wake of the evacuation move initiated by the Ministry of Defence.Villagers falling under ‘no construction zone’ cry foul 
Dappar (Lalru), January 19
Fearing evacuation by the defence authorities, over 4000 residents of 10 villages in the vicinity of the Ammunition Depot, Dappar, have been crying foul. They are likely to be displaced from their homes by the Ministry of Defence for the second time.

Anxious residents of Ber Majra village, in the vicinity of the Ammunition Depot, Dappar, ponder over their uncertain future in the wake of the evacuation move initiated by the Ministry of Defence. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Bar association detects “forgery”
Chandigarh, January 19
The Executive Committee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association is scheduled to meet tomorrow afternoon to discuss a "serious matter of forgery" in its records.


Police in a fix over girl’s ‘elopement’
Mohali, January 19
The Mohali police is in a fix over investigations into a case of a minor girl who reportedly eloped with her elder sister’s brother-in-law, got married and started living with him in UP.

CTU men return bag containing cash, jewellery
Chandigarh, January 19
But for CTU employees’ honesty, a man would have lost Rs 35,000 and jewellery worth Rs 1 lakh. Mr Joginder Singh, a teacher from Gurdaspur told Chandigarh Tribune that he forgot his bag containing currency notes and jewellery in a CTU bus (CH-01-G-5909) at the ISBT, Sector 43, this evening.

Horticulture wing to set up complaint centres
Mohali, January 19
The horticulture wing of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has decided to set up complaint centres in different parts of the town for the convenience of the public.

Flower festival from March 5
Mohali, January 19
The two day Mohali Flower Festival would be held on March 5 and 6. This was decided during a meeting chaired by the Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, held in Chandigarh yesterday.

Power cuts plague Mohali
Mohali, January 19
Unscheduled power cuts have plagued the town during the past several days adversely affecting routine and business activities. The position worsened since yesterday as repeated power cuts were imposed at night and even during the day today.

Materialism blamed for decline in values
Mohali, January 19
Mere materialism is prevailing in society these days which has resulted in a decline of moral values. There is a need to follow the path shown by Brahma Baba to attain world peace, harmony and unity.

Drive to make ration cards for poor
Chandigarh, January 19
The Food and Supplies Department of the Chandigarh Administration has launched a drive for the preparation of special ration cards for those people living below poverty line and under the Antyodaya Anna Yojna.

Employees resent bill collection privatisation
Mohali, January 19
Members of the Technical Employees Union today protested against the Punjab Government’s decision to privatise bill collection and meter reading work in the Mohali circle.

Councillor alleges misuse of parking area
Mohali, January 19
A local municipal councillor has alleged that the parking area in the Phase X market was being misused by an eating joint in the area leading to inconvenience.

Rs 30 lakh collected for tsunami-hit
Chandigarh, January 19
The UT Red Cross Society has collected more than Rs 30 lakh from various agencies for the help of the tsunami affected areas.

Accident victim succumbs to injuries
Lalru, January 19
After struggling for life for over a week, Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of Jatwar village in Ambala, who was seriously injured in an accident here on January 12, succumbed to injuries at the PGI, Chandigarh, late last night.


Jagbir Singh Sukhminder Singh 
Jagbir Singh Sukhminder Singh

Photos of two released in illegal exchange case
Mohali, January 19
The Mohali police today released the photographs of two of the five accused in the illegal exchange case. The SP, Mohali, Mr Rakesh Agarwal, said Jagbir Singh was the mastermind behind establishing and running the illegal exchange in Mohali.

FIR registered 22 days after accident
Chandigarh, January 19
The Mohali police had registered FIR in an accident case 22 days after the mishap took place. The police yesterday booked a case under Sections 279/337 of the IPC against an unknown driver of a car that had caused an accident in Mohali on December 29, 2004.


A view of the Kailash Bahl DAV Centenary Public School, ChandigarhHamara School
Exploring latent talent of students

THE Kailash Bahl DAV Centenary Public School was started by the DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi, in 1994. The founder principal of the school, Ms Madhu Bahl, started the school with 94 students and four teachers.

A view of the Kailash Bahl DAV Centenary Public School, Chandigarh

Madhu BahlPrincipal Speak
Our children are our hope

Our children are our hope for the future and our responsibility for the present. It is our duty to provide each child with best development opportunities. The school has successfully created the right conditions and climate for the growth and opportunity.

Admn to act tough with cheating in exams
Panchkula, January 19
The district administration has decided to act tough in order to control the malpractice of cheating in the forthcoming examination. Other than ensuring police patrolling outside the examination centres of Class VIII, X and XII, the administration will also send its officers for checking.

Diet clinic opened in college
Chandigarh, January 19
The department of food and nutrition of Government Home Science College has started a diet clinic to cater to general public, regarding dietary advice in normal and therapeutic conditions.

Primary education scene grim: Atwal
Chandigarh, January 19
“Education, apart from realising our economic, social and spiritual goals, is also the biggest guarantee for employment generation. We have to give it a serious thought as to what is lacking in our educational system and to make it meaningful for the corporate world and how to make it at par with international standards.”

Interview of teachers to start in Feb
Chandigarh, January 19
The UT Education Department is all set to fill 200 posts of teacher on contract under the Central Government — sponsored Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).

Scholar for alliance between Sikhs, Dalits
Chandigarh, January 19
The Sikh Students Federation today organised a seminar on “The Role of Sikhs and Dalits in the Future of South Asian Sub-continent” at the English Auditorium, Panjab University, here today.


Hearing adjourned in plots allotment case
Chandigarh, January 19
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday adjourned to January 21 the hearing in the case relating to allotment of the 538 plots in Sectors 2 and 6 in the Mansa Devi Complex, Panchkula.


Harry BawejaPunjab should have policy to promote film tourism, says Harry Baweja
Chandigarh, January 19
Harry Baweja looks at Punjab as a vibrant service provider for the film industry. All praise for the state's breathtaking locales which enhanced the beauty of Yash Chopra's "Veer-Zaara", Baweja wondered what had kept the state government from evolving a policy on film tourism.


Jimmy Shergill in action on the Panjab University campus Jimmy Shergill shoots for Punjabi film
The contractors at Sukhna Lake parking lot had a roaring business today. With actor Jimmy Shergill and director Manmohan Singh in action, they could not have asked for more. Thanks to the presence of the new-age Punjabi filmmakers, who are changing the very definition of regional cinema, the entire rush was diverted from the lake to its parking today.

Jimmy Shergill in action on the Panjab University campus where Manmohan Singh shot for his new Punjabi film “Yaaran Naal Baharaan” on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Portrayal of grief, desire dominates drama festival
Grief and desire, sorrow and longing, passion and pain were apparent in both plays staged at Tagore Theatre on the third day of the drama festival organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra under the care of thespian Gursharan Singh.

A woman sculptor from Udaipur (Rajasthan) participates in a national-level sculpture camp being held at Kalagram, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Sculptors carve beauties in stones
The wonder of stone lies bared on the campus of Kalagram, the base for 10 sculptors here to share trends in the art form. Handling white stone to the best of their artistic abilities, the renowned artistes from all over the country are all set to cast aesthetic impressions by the time the workshop ends on January 23.

A woman sculptor from Udaipur (Rajasthan) participates in a national-level sculpture camp being held at Kalagram, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

A feast for classical music lovers
“THE ancient masters did not rest with the presentation of a beautiful form but endeavoured hard to project into it the strivings of their innermost experience and consciousness which made their creation a reflection of their personality”.

Dealing with addiction
A life ruined by drugs rediscovers its rhythm. No matter how strong is the grip of addiction, one can be get out of the trap with steadfastness and a bit of determination. This happened with Pankaj Sharma. It could happen with those grappling with the similar problem.


Medical camp at Mauli Jagran police post
Patients being checked at a medical camp at the Mauli Jagran police post in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Chandigarh, January 19
A medical camp was organised by the Chandigarh police at Mauli Jagran police post here today. The function was organised to launch the third Youth Club supported by the police in labour colonies.

Patients being checked at a medical camp at the Mauli Jagran police post in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph


The team of the Coaching Centre-42 in a jubilant mood after winning the Senior State Handball Tournament at DAV School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.  CC-42, DAV Club clinch handball titles
Chandigarh, January 19
Coaching Centre, Sector 42, and DAV Club ‘A’ team clinched girls and boys section titles, respectively, in the Chandigarh Senior State Handball Championship which concluded here today at the DAV Senior Secondary School grounds, Sector 8.

The team of the Coaching Centre-42 in a jubilant mood after winning the Senior State Handball Tournament at DAV School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Sania’s performance makes fellow players happy
Isha LakhaniShruti Dhawan Chandigarh, January 19
Two national women tennis players of the country, who have played with and are friends of tennis sensation Sania Mirza, are jubilant on her making history by reaching the third round of the Australian Open Tennis meet, in progress at Melbourne. This
18-year-old Hyderabad girl on Wednesday surprised Petra Mandula of Hungary, the 84th seed.


Encroachments removed
Dera Bassi, January 19
Following directions of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, the enforcement wing of the Dera Bassi Municipal Council today removed encroachments from the local market.


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