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12 labourers fall sick after consuming ‘poisoned food’
Panchkula, January 29
As many as 12 persons were removed to various hospitals after they had dinner at Kedarpur village in Pinjore around midnight. The police says that their food had been poisoned mysteriously .

Ministry official held for bribery
Chandigarh, January 29
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested an officer of the Ministry of Labour, posted at Kendriya Sadan, Sector 9, while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 60,000 in a hotel in Sector 22 last night.

City industrial units sans amenities, safety measures
Chandigarh, January 29
Very few industrial units in Chandigarh have all basic amenities, says a report following an inspection drive launched by the Labour Department to inspect the hazardous industrial units in the city in order to ascertain the availability of basic amenities as well as to ensure the basic safety requirements.

Rift in city Cong over Badheri’s issue
Chandigarh, January 29
Fissures in the local Congress came to the forefront today with Mr B.B. Bahl, president of the local unit, constituting a special committee to inquire into the UT Administration’s allegations of misuse of official vehicle against Mr Bhupinder Singh Badheri, president of the District Congress Committee (rural).


Court acquits 9 PGI employees of forgery charge
Chandigarh, January 29
Mr R.S. Baswana, Additional Sessions Judge here today acquitted nine employees of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in a case of forgery.

General to lay stress on operational training
Chandigarh, January 29
The Army Chief-designate and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lt-Gen J.J Singh, today said he wanted a better public image of the Army and impressed on the need for imparting proper training to the manpower.

Western Command officers giving a warm send-off to Lieut-Gen J.J. Singh, GOC-in-C and Army Chief- designate by pulling an open jeep in Chandimandir on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma
Western Command officers giving a warm send-off to Lieut-Gen J.J. Singh, GOC-in-C and Army Chief- designate by pulling an open jeep in Chandimandir on Saturday

Passing Thru: Rashid Malik


Admn to capitalise on IT potential of city
Chandigarh, January 29
Chandigarh Administration has now plans to use the potential of Chandigarh as an emerging Information Technology destination for accelerated economic growth by creating a competitive knowledge base for sustaining the growth of Information Technology Enabled Services and Business Process Outsourcing industry.

Book former Mayor Kamlesh, says BJP
Chandigarh, January 29
Seeking the registration of a criminal case against former Mayor Ms Kamlesh, and her family members for their role in the functioning of the Mohalla Sudhar Committee, Ram Darbar, the BJP today demanded a CBI probe into the issue.

Run for tsunami held
Chandigarh, January 29
To raise funds for tsunami victims ‘Come run for tsunami TSUmone’ was organised by Rotract Club Chandigarh, the Youth Wing of Rotary International. Nearly 1200 people including students of schools and colleges participated in this event.

Students participating in the run for tsunami to collect fund for tsunami victims on Saturday. — Photo by Manoj Mahajan
Students participating in the run for tsunami to collect fund for tsunami victims on Saturday

Access file status in Estate Office at information kiosk
Chandigarh, January 29
The Estate Office has set up an information kiosk which will facilitate access to information on the status of files in the Estate Office through an Integrated File Tracking System (IFTS), doing away with the need to run after babus.

Lions Club’s regional conference today
Chandigarh, January 29
The annual region conference, Rainbow, of Lions Clubs of Region XI District 321-F will be held at Hotel Sunbeam, Sector 22, on January 30. As many as 250 Lion members and 18 past district governors from all over Punjab will attend the conference.

Sood Sabha function
Chandigarh, January 29
The Sood Sabha Chandigarh will hold its 43rd All-India Annual Sood Mela at Sood Bhawan in Sector 44-A here on February 13.


A file photo of Sher Nath Decomposed body of Mubarikpur dera head found
Dera Bassi, January 29
A decomposed body of sadhu Sher Nath (80), who was missing since November 15 from his dera located in the Stone Crushers Zone in Mubarikpur, was found dumped in a ditch in fields in the village, 3 km from here, this evening.  Crime came to light after his disciples Samat Nath, Uttamvir and Krishi Pal found dogs digging soil from a field.
          A file photo of Sher Nath

2 wanted in Arms Act surrender
Chandigarh, January 29
Two persons, who were wanted by the police in an Arms Act case, surrendered before the police here today. The case was registered against them on January 20 after the police arrested family members of the boy with arms and a vehicle with weapons belonging to the girl’s family members. Both families were against their marriage.

Newborn baby found abandoned
Chandigarh, January 29
A newborn male baby was found from near Government Tubewell in Rajiv Vihar, Mani Majra, last night. The baby was wrapped in a polythene bag. The police said a passerby noticed the polythene bag lying in an open ground.


PU exam, revaluation forms to be available on Net
Chandigarh, January 29
Panjab University has decided to make examination and revaluation forms of the university available on the Internet. The decision has been taken to spare students from the harassment of personally coming to collect the forms.

From School and Colleges
Students perform at Tagore Theatre

Chandigarh, January 29
The students of Guru Nanak Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Sector 30, celebrated the school’s annual day at Tagore Theatre here today. Mr Tarlochan Singh, Chairman of the Minorities Commission, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Seminar on Punjabi teaching concludes
Chandigarh, January 29
“Seminar on Present Scenario of Postgraduate Punjabi Teaching and Research” concluded at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26 here today. The seminar was inaugurated by Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University.


Election of DBA vice-president challenged
Chandigarh, January 29
Mr Manjit Singh Chouhan, today challenged the election of the vice-president of District Bar Association. In his application to a court, here, Mr Chouhan said his name was printed as Mr Manjit Singh only on the ballot paper instead of Mr Manjit Singh Chouhan. He claimed that he had filed nomination papers as Mr Manjit Singh Chouhan.


Film Review
A peep into life of glitterati

When Madhur Bhandarkar decided to film his own tribe, his own type, he chose a script which spared none in the system — social birds, police, glam-hunter, stars and upcoming models and actress. They all have one thing in common — they simmer with a desire to squeeze the juice out of life. Fun at any cost is important, even if means taking away happiness of the other.


Swiss museum Director to write book on Nek Chand
Nek Chand can be considered as an outlaw in the world of traditional artists but he has shown a way to others to look for beauty in seemingly uninteresting things in life. This ‘outsider’ is undoubtedly one of the greatest living artists of the world.

Nek Chand, creator of Rock Garden, flanked by Lucienne Peiry (left), Director of a museum in Switzerland, and Phillippe Lespinasse, director of a film on Nek Chand, at Rock Garden in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Nek Chand, creator of Rock Garden, flanked by Lucienne Peiry, Director of a museum in Switzerland, and Phillippe Lespinasse, director of a film on Nek Chand, at Rock Garden in Chandigarh

Parents should spend quality time with children, says Kher
Anupam KherAnupam Kher was today striking a different note. In city in connection with the shooting of forthcoming movie “ Yaran naal bahran”, the veteran actor, known for his versatility and sensitive portrayal of his characters, unveiled hitherto unknown attributes of his personality. Parents should spend quality time with their children so that they could give them a strong foundation, said Kher, who he is playing the role of an Army officer and father of Juhi Babbar in the movie.

‘Bikhre Palan di Mehak’ released
“Religion is supreme for any society, as it imparts moral and spiritual education to inculcate social and national values and its sanctity should not be affected due to its misuse for achieving political or personal gains,” said Mr Tarlochan Singh, Chairman, National Minorities Commission, and Member, Rajya Sabha. He was addressing litterateurs at a function organised by two literary associations, Haryana Punjabi Lekhak Sabha Panchkula and Kalman Da Kafila, at the Press Club to felicitate him and on the occasion of release of book “Bikhre Palan Di Mehak”, written by Dr S.S. Arshi.

Aloke Das enthrals
Having conquered western frontiers with his brilliance of technique, adroit mastery and in-depth understanding of the classical music California-based sitar wizard Aloke Das Gupta mesmerised the audience with his performance at the Pracheen Kala Kendra today.


Baby boomers prone to ppsychiatric problems: experts
Chandigarh, January 29
Witness to the unparalleled social upheaval after the World War II, the persons born between the year 1946 to 1964 are more prone to developing depression than those born after this time period. Terming them as baby boomers, studies have found that the stress and sociological changes led to more vulnerability of this group, especially in the western countries.


Two speed skating tracks by year-end
Chandigarh, January 29
City’s skating fraternity has a reason to cheer. Two new speed tracks will be available by the end of this year for the speed event skaters. The Skating Rink, Sector 10 will also have a new track. Another track will be laid at the KB DAV Centenary School, Sector 7.

The vacant space behind the skating rink, Sector 10 which will have new speed track by the end of this year. — A Tribune photograph
The vacant space behind the skating rink, Sector 10 which will have new speed track by the end of this year

India leads in Indo-Pak tennis series
Chandigarh, January 29
On the second day today of the ongoing Fort Ramgarh Indo-Pak Total Tennis Friendship Series, six matches were played between the players of the two nations on the Total Tennis Academy’s YMCA, Sector 11, premises.


Deadline extended
Chandigarh, January 29
The Chandigarh Administration has extended the deadline for the employees of the Punjab Engineering College to submit their options for permanent absorption in the deemed university or reverting to the Chandigarh Administration.


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