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Mohali residents caught in water politics
Chandigarh, January 13
It is water politics again. The Punjab Chief Minister’s announcement regarding not sharing Punjab’s water with Chandigarh through Phase IV of the Kajauli Water Works would mean Mohali residents who are to share this water, would also not get a single drop from the Phase IV pipeline.

Rs 1.80 lakh looted from bank
Mohali, January 13
Burglars broke into an extension counter of the Oriental Bank of Commerce, Phase VI, last night and decamped with about Rs 1.80 lakh. It is learnt that Rs 1.83 lakh was lying in the bank safe located on the premises of Government College.

Fingerprint experts examine the robbery site at the Oriental Bank branch, Government College, Mohali, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu
Fingerprint experts examine the robbery site at the Oriental Bank branch, Government College, Mohali, on Friday

Girls celebrate Lohri at Dev Samaj College for Women in Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Friday
Girls celebrate Lohri at Dev Samaj College for Women in Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

“Chandigarh Calling” to be screened at Wisconsin varsity
Chandigarh, January 13
City film producer, Mr Sunil Babbar, has been invited for a special screening of his just completed documentary on Chandigarh titled “Chandigarh Calling” at a special screening at the University of Wisconsin in the United States. Mr Babbar is the recipient of the “Best Foreign Film” in ‘Yellowstone International Film Festival-2002’ in Montana for his Indian English feature film “Ants”.

Admn, LPG distributors reach pact
Chandigarh, January 13
LPG consumers in the city can heave a sigh of relief. The standoff between the Chandigarh Administration and the All-India LPG Distributors Federation over allotment of sites is over.


Derabassi set to witness real estate boom
Derabassi, January 13
After Zirakpur it is the turn of Derabassi, the strategic subdivisional town on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, to witness the real estate boom. With two major real estate players — the Silver City Group of Companies and the Omaxe Construction Limited — launching their mega multi-storeyed projects, the stage is set for the battle of wits among the real estate giants, who are ready to fight it out for a share in the ever-expanding booming business.

VAT notified, officers yet to be redesignated
Chandigarh, January 13
About a month ago the Chandigarh Administration had notified the value added tax. But to implement it the Administration has forgot to redesignate officers in the Excise and Taxation Department, a mandatory provision under the new tax regime

Traffic cops misbehave with NRI, inquiry on
Chandigarh, January 13
Overzealous Chandigarh Traffic Police personnel went overboard allegedly in a drunken state late last night and misbehaved with a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) and his family near the Sector 40 and 41 intersection.

Space design contest gets under way
Chandigarh, January 13
The Second Annual Asian Regional Space Settlement Design Competition got of to a start here today, with eight teams including one from Malaysia, participating in the event. The winning team would be going to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration base in Florida in July to participate in the global finals.

General Nakai laid to rest with service honours
Chandigarh, January 13
Lieutenant General J.S. Nakai, one of the oldest officers settled in the city, passed away yesterday. He was 85 and had been ailing for some time. His mortal remains were cremated with full service honours.

IAF prepares 25-year technology roadmap
Chandigarh, January 13
The Indian Air Force has prepared a 25-year technology roadmap to identify its technological requirements to cater to the roles it is perceived to play in a fast changing and fluid geo-political environment in the coming years.

Israel helps Army aviators fly in the dark
Chandigarh, January 13
The Army's helicopters are now set to fly in the dark. Its fleet of Cheetah light-utility helicopters is being equipped with Israeli night vision goggles. This would enable the Army undertake heli-borne operations at night in the operational areas, particularly Jammu and Kashmir.

File photo of a Cheetah helicopter.
File photo of a Cheetah helicopter

My uncle, the General
t was almost sixty-five years ago. My mother was suffering from an advanced condition of tuberculosis and lived permanently in the sanatorium at Jubar. She was also in an advanced state of pregnancy — she was expecting me.

Bharti gets five acres 
Chandigarh, January 13
The Chandigarh Administration has approved the allotment of 5 acres to Bharti Tele-Ventures Limited in the second Phase of the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park, making Bharti the second major company after Wipro to be part of the second Phase of the RGCTP.

NRI tourism facilitation cell set up
Chandigarh, January 13
To facilitate the visiting Non-Residents Indians and those who are planning to visit the city from different countries across the world, the Chandigarh Administration has set up an NRI tourism facilitation cell in the Department of Tourism.

Voluntary disclosure plan
Panchkula, January 13
The Haryana Power Utilities has decided to re-introduce the voluntary disclosure scheme for unauthorised load. The scheme will remain operational for a month from January 16 to February 15.

NSUI burns effigy of Amar Singh
Chandigarh, January 13
The National Students of India today burned an effigy of Mr Amar Singh, general secretary Samajwadi Party, for using abusive language, against Ms Sonia Gandhi.


Una resident held for carrying poppy husk
Chandigarh, January 13
The police today arrested a resident of Una for allegedly carrying 10 kg of poppy husk. According to sources, Harpal Singh of Una was nabbed at the Sector 17 ISBT this afternoon. A search led to the seizure of 10 kg of poppy husk. A case has been registered.


Allahabad Bank drive for NPA accounts
Chandigarh, January 13
Allahabad Bank has launched a special drive for settlement of tiny non-performing assets (NPA) accounts belonging to agriculture sector, various government-sponsored cases, artisan village and cottage industry and small ISB sectors. The NPA’s are being cleared up to Rs 25,000.

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UT to launch nutrition programme for schools
Chandigarh, January 13
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to launch an ambitious nutrition programme in schools to maintain the health and physical well-being of children and to combat the challenges posed by malnutrition among them from January 18.

This principal will not change school timings
Chandigarh, January 13
Neither cold nor instructions issued by the Education Department, UT Administration, could deter Kuldevi Yadav, Principal of Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, in her resolve not to change school timings despite complaints and representations by teachers of the school.

‘Sundar mundariye, hoye’
Mohali, January 13

Gian Jyoti Public School celebrated Lohri with aplomb. The Principal, Mrs Ranjeet Bedi, inaugurated the function by lighting a fire. Students of Doon International School celebrated Lohri with enthusiasm. A bonfire was lit and rewaris and popcorns distributed among children.

Students of Gian Jyoti School celebrate Lohri in Mohali on Friday.
Students of Gian Jyoti School celebrate Lohri in Mohali on Friday.

The warmth of Lohri
Chandigarh, January 13

Fun and frolic marked Lohri celebrations in various city schools. At Rai School, Sector 48, the celebrations included Punjabi songs, bhangra and giddha. This was followed by a huge bonfire and distribution of rewri and peanuts.

Students of DAV Public School, Sector 15, celebrate Lohri with inmates at an Old Age Home in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Students of DAV Public School, Sector 15, celebrate Lohri with inmates at an Old Age Home in Chandigarh on Friday

Mahatma’s grandson launches peace club
Chandigarh, January 13
As part of the ongoing campaign for peace, Mr Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and Director, M.K. Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence, USA, today launched the Peace Club at KB DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 7, in association with the Srijan Peace Education Centre of Yuvsatta.

Founder’s day celebrated
Dera Bassi, January 12
The Sri Sukhmani Group of Institutes celebrated founder’s day and the New Year at the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology here yesterday. Fun and frolic marked the party hosted by the Chairman, Prof Avtar Singh, and the Director, Ms Kanwaljit Kaur.


Poor medicare at SAI centre
Chandigarh, January 13
Lack of basic facilities at the newly set up northern centre of the Sports Authority of India, Sonepat, proved catastrophic for the Sharma family.

Table soccer championship
Chandigarh, January 13
The three-day National Table Soccer Championship began this afternoon at the multimedia hall of the local DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8.

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