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Sukhvinder’s wife, aide held for murder

Mohali, December 7
The Ropar police today claimed to have cracked the murder case of Quark engineer Sukhvinder Singh. The wife of the deceased and an advocate said to be close to her have been arrested in this connection. This followed sustained grilling of the two by the CIA staff of the Ropar police during which both acknowledged their role in the murder.

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Commercial sites fetch over Rs 10 cr in Mohali
Mohali, December 7
The Punjab Small Industries and Exports Corporation today collected over Rs 10 crore during the auction of 16 commercial sites at the focal points in Phase VII and Phase IX here. In a record of sorts, these sites sold for the highest rates ever in the area.


  UT power staff defer strike
Chandigarh, December 7
The UT Powermen Union today decided to defer its proposed strike for tomorrow. The decision came following a round of discussions the union had with the Superintending Engineer (Electricity) followed by a round of discussions with the Chief Engineer of the Chandigarh Administration here today.

Rail reservation a nightmare for common man
Chandigarh, December 7
Some railway reservation counters at the Sector 17 bus stand are being misused to oblige touts and travel agents. There is no explanation why group bookings comprising 50 odd people should be done at a counter meant for senior citizens, handicapped, VIPs and foreign tourists.


Change building bylaws, demand Sec 22 shopkeepers
Chandigarh, December 7
Shopkeepers of the city are demanding that the Administration should allow changes in building byelaws according to the requirements of the changed times. Several issues related to the matter were raised at a press conference organised by the Market Welfare Association, Sector 22-D, here today.

Long queues at licensing office
Chandigarh, December 7
As the authorities at the office of the Registering and Licensing Authority, Chandigarh, wait for the installation of new computer systems, the visitors are facing harassment in getting their work done in time.

Globalisation shaping new conflicts in S. Asia
Chandigarh, December 7
South-Asian countries are today facing new conflicts and challenges that have emerged out of globalisation. Nurtured by the Cold War era, where cultures, territories, identities and economies had fixed boundaries, these challenges have a bearing on issues relating to human security, environmental degradation, deteriorating ecological balance, population mobility, poverty, distributive justice contextualised in multicultural settings.
Peace and conflict experts at the Institute for Development and Communication (IDC), extension centre at Mohali
Peace and conflict experts at the Institute for Development and Communication (IDC), extension centre at Mohali, on Wednesday.
— A Tribune photograph

BSF adopts 5 quake-hit J&K villages
Chandigarh, December 7
The Border Security Force has adopted five villages in Jammu and Kashmir to help inhabitants who were rendered homeless in the earthquake that devastated parts of western Kashmir last month.

Russian musicians in city
Chandigarh, December 7
Lawyers, music teachers, retired soldiers and even a 75-year-old former driver comprise the Cossack choir. It is a group of 11 musicians, two professionals and amateurs from Astana in Russia.

Members of the Russian Cossack folk group from Astana, ‘Stanichniki’, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Members of the Russian Cossack folk group from Astana, ‘Stanichniki’, in Chandigarh

‘KAURS’ to be launched today
Mohali, December 7
Finally, a magazine that celebrates Sikh womanhood is here. It is called “KAURS”, appropriately titled after the middle name that unites all Sikh women. Started by women themselves, the magazine seeks to portray the Sikh woman not in the traditional context of a passive housewife but rather to echo her social, economic and spiritual voice.

New residents too can apply for CHB flats now
Chandigarh, December 7
The Chandigarh Housing Board has decided to waive the condition which required any applicant for a flat to have resided in the city for more than three years. A decision to this regard was taken at a meeting of the board of directors of the board here today.

Class IV employees protest in support of their demands at the MC office in Sector 17, Chandigarh
Class IV employees protest in support of their demands at the MC office in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Deep Complex residents find support
Chandigarh, December 7
On the issue of uprooting of residents of Deep Complex, an all-party meeting was called by Mr Devi Dayal Sharma, secretary of the district council of the CPI, Chandigarh, which was attended, among others, by Mr Sat Pal Jain, BJP, Gurpartap Singh Riar SAD, Mr Pawan Kumar Sharma, Congress, and Mr Gurbachan Singh, NCP.

Defying prohibitory orders, Sena activists hold rally
Panchkula, December 7
Activists of the Shiv Sena (Hindustan) yesterday held a rally in various parts of the township. Brandishing swords and double barrel guns, and with orange turbans around their forehead, the activists marked the 13th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.

Sandhu to make MC people-friendly
Mohali, December 7
The Mohali Administrator, Mr Darshan Singh Sandhu, yesterday listed his priorities for the township. In the first press conference held by the Administrator after he took over the reins of the Mohali Municipal Council following the disbanding of councillors, Mr Sandhu said he would make the council people-friendly.


Heroin worth Rs 3 cr seized
Chandigarh, December 7
In a major breakthrough, the Narcotic Control Bureau today arrested a Patiala resident from Mohali and claimed to have seized 3 kg of heroin worth Rs 3 crore from his possession. However, in Bollywood style, his associate travelling in another vehicle managed to gave a slip to both the NCB sleuths and Punjab police.

Woman sets self afire
Chandigarh, December 7
A 51-year-old woman allegedly set herself afire at her Sector 19 residence this morning. The police said the woman was mentally upset and suffered 85 per cent burn injuries. She in her statement before the Magistrate held no one responsible for her step.

Master forger arrested
Chandigarh, December 7
The police has arrested a Sector 15 resident on the allegations of duping a bank of Rs 2.86 lakh that he had taken as a loan. Police sources said the accused, a master in forging documents, had been dismissed from UT Secretariat on a similar charge.

Married man held for raping minor
Chandigarh, December 7
The police today arrested a 24-year-old married man on the allegation of abducting and raping a minor girl. Acting on a complaint of the victim, the police has taken in custody a ‘sister’ of the accused last evening, at whose house he allegedly raped the girl.

Two held for rape of minor
Mohali, December 7
The local police today arrested a Phase XI resident and his wife on the allegations of repeatedly raping a minor girl living in his vicinity for the past one year. Sources in the police said the matter came to light when the 16-year-old victim reported the matter to her widow mother the previous day.

Panipat trader jailed in cheque bounce case
Panchkula, December 7
A Panipat-based businessman, held guilty in a cheque bounce case, was sentenced to one year imprisonment and slapped with a fine Rs 2.50 lakh by Chief Judicial Magistrate Gulabh Singh here today.

Junk dealer held with charas
Chandigarh, December 7
The UT police’s Crime Branch today arrested a junk dealer for allegedly carrying 1.5 kg of charas. Police sources said the accused has been involved in several criminal cases.

One held in murder case
Panchkula, December 7
The police has nabbed one Arjun Singh, an accused in a murder case, from Indra Colony, Mani Majra, and presented him before Chief Judicial Magistrate Gulab Singh, who sent Arjun for three days police remand.


Audit sought to cut PU’s power, water bills
Chandigarh, December 7
Displeased over Panjab University’s whopping electricity and water bills, running into over 2 crore per annum, members of the Panjab University Board of Finance have asked the university administration to undertake an “energy audit” for the campus.

Naga students depart after three-day visit
Chandigarh, December 7
A group of 50 NSS volunteers — 25 girls and 25 boys — from Nagaland ended their three-day visit to the Sri Guru Gobind College for Women, Sector 26, here. The students had come to attend a national integration camp organised by the NSS unit of the college and the NSS unit of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26.
Students from Nagaland pose for a photograph on the final day of the three-day visit to Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Students from Nagaland pose for a photograph on the final day of the three-day visit to Chandigarh

NIOS to enter e-age in 2006
Chandigarh, December 7
Come 2006 and the Regional Centre of National Institute of Open Schooling will enter the e-age. With a host of new initiatives taken by the NIOS to ensure quality education through greater reach, the students enrolled under the Open School System can now look forward to e-learning through virtual classrooms.

Teachers stage dharna
Chandigarh, December 7
In response to the call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, representing more than 160 non-government colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh, teachers staged a dharna at Matka Chowk today. The non-teaching employees unions of non-government colleges of Punjab also extended support and joined the dharna.

Poster-display contest on Einstein held
Chandigarh, December 7
A three-day activity programme organised by the Department of Physics, Government College, Sector 11, to mark World Year of Physics ended today. In the morning session, students displayed various posters on Albert Einstein’s contributions.


Theatre workshop by Sankalp
Mohali, December 7
Sankalp, an all-India organisation for integrated participatory development, organised a theatre workshop at Sanjay Public School here yesterday. The workshop aimed to promote, propagate and disseminate India’s cultural diversity, particularly its rich and varied performing arts.


Drug deaddiction camp organised
Chandigarh, December 7
A drug deaddiction awareness camp was organised by the Drug Deaddiction and Treatment Centre, Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER, today at Padiala village in Kharar under the guidance of Prof P Kulhara, Head of the Department.


East Zone defeat NEF in hockey
Chandigarh, December 7
East Zone defeated NEF Zone by 3-2 on the third day of the 35th All-India FCI Inter-Zonal Hockey Tournament being played at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium, today. For East Zone, Bhim Kumar, Surin Cored and Sushir Minz scored one goal each. N. Ranjeet Mittee and Thoiba Singh scored one goal each for the NEF. Though the NEF squad made a couple of good moves, they could not sustain the pressure of the East Zone team in the dying minutes and lost the match.

Raja Raman, goalkeeper of South Zone, clears the ball against West Zone during the 35th All-India FCI Inter-Zone Hockey Tournament at Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari 

Raja Raman, goalkeeper of South Zone, clears the ball against West Zone during the 35th All-India FCI Inter-Zone Hockey Tournament at Sector 42, Chandigarh

Pinjore DPS skaters win medals
Chandigarh, December 7
Skaters of Delhi Public School, Pinjore, cornered glory by winning six gold medals, five silver medals and three bronze medals in the recently concluded Panchkula District Roller Skating Championship, which was organised by the Roller Skating Association, Panchkula.

Skaters of Delhi Public School, Pinjore, who won a rich haul of medals in the Panchkula District Roller Skating meet which concluded recently.

Skaters of Delhi Public School, Pinjore, who won a rich haul of medals in the Panchkula District Roller Skating meet which concluded recently

Indoor games held
Chandigarh, December 7
Swami Vivekanand Group of Institutes, Banur, Chandigarh, organised a three-day Inter-college indoor games competition at Banur near here. The students of Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology, Swami Vivekanand College of Pharmacy, Swami Vivekanand College of Education and Swami Vivekanand Institute of Mass Communication participated in indoor games like chess, carrom, sudoku and table tennis.

Awijit, Gaurav steer win in cricket tourney
Chandigarh, December 7
A superb batting performance by Awijit (100) and Gaurav (97) enabled DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, team to beat Guru Nanak School, Sector 36, by 30 runs in the finals of the UT Chandigarh inter-school under-19 cricket match held at the DAV school here, today.

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