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CTU starts trial run on grid system
Chandigarh, January 16
The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking has started a trial run of buses on different routes in the city under the grid system, proposed to be introduced from January 23 onwards. Buses on new routes are running only on horizontal and vertical lines of the city roads and avoiding meandering through different inter-sector routes.

Cloudy weather, rain revive cold wave
Chandigarh, January 16
After brilliant sunshine and warm days for whole of last week, city residents woke up to a cloudy day and rain today. A cool breeze swept through the city as the temperature went down, reviving the cold wave.

The delayed winter rain could not dampen the spirit of these young women, who were adding colours to the dull winter day, as they walked down on the city roads on Monday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
The delayed winter rain could not dampen the spirit of these young women, who were adding colours to the dull winter day, as they walked down on the city roads on Monday








EARLIER STORIES
 
Weather hits flights
Chandigarh, January 16

Overcast sky and continual rain since morning led to delaying of some flights to and from the city today. However, no flight had to be cancelled.





Schoolchildren enjoy the drizzle on their way back from school in Chandigarh on Monday.
— Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
Schoolchildren enjoy the drizzle on their way back from school in Chandigarh on Monday

Colonisers suffer due to ‘war’ between depts
Zirakpur, January 16
With the two government departments, the Department of Country and Town Planning  and the Department of Local Bodies, allegedly working at cross-purposes, certain colonisers are at the receiving end.

Woman sets herself on fire, dies
Chandigarh, January 16
A 35-year-old woman allegedly ended her life by setting herself afire at her Pipliwala Town residence in Mani Majra this morning. Though no suicide note was found from the spot, the police cited prolonged illness as the cause behind the extreme step.

Land allotted for garbage processing unit
Chandigarh, January 16
The Municipal Corporation has handed over the possession of 10 acres of land to M/s Jai Prakash Associates limited for a period of 30 years for setting up a garbage processing unit in the city. Work on the unit is likely to start by the end of January.

The light drizzle which the city experienced throughout the day formed rain bubbles in puddles in Chandigarh on Monday FOOTPRINTS OF RAIN: The light drizzle which the city experienced throughout the day formed rain bubbles in puddles in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Travel agents bring misery to youths
Chandigarh, January 16
Thousands of Indians, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, Nepalese and others have been hired by Kuwait-based private companies through travel agents from India and other countries to cater to the needs of the US armed forces in Iraq.

HAL accelerates Su-30 production
Chandigarh, January 16
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has accelerated the production of indigenously assembled Su-30 multi-role aircraft for the IAF. This will result in the Air Force getting more aircraft every year, while cutting down the time to produce the entire Su-30 fleet by three years.

Army man’s widow moves HC over ex gratia, other benefits
Chandigarh, January 16
Denied ex gratia compensation, liberalised pension and terminal benefits by the Army, the widow of a Military Engineering Service official, one of the first to be kidnapped and killed by militants in the Kashmir valley, has now moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court for redressal of her grievances.

Playing for a Social Cause: Students in the city make it a point to play a role in raising consciousness in the less privileged colonies. Recently, the NSS unit of PEC, conducted a rally and street play targeting issues like adult literacy, de-addiction, AIDS and cleanliness in the Janata Colony.  About 60 NSS volunteers under the leadership of Dr. M.L.Gupta and Dr. Anju Singla shouted out slogans like Bapu chor do sharab, mujhko lado ek kitaab.

 
COMMUNITY

Auction for octroi collection postponed
Mohali, January 16
The Municipal Council today postponed the auction for the work of octroi collection due to poor response from bidders. The auction will now be held on January 24. Only one bidder turned up for the auction that was held at the Municipal Bhavan in Sector 68 here. A minimum of three bidders were needed to carry out the auction.

BJP opposed to demolition drive in Deep Complex
Chandigarh, January 16
The BJP and the Kisan Morcha have criticised the Chandigarh Administration and the Congress for its move to carry out demolitions in Deep Complex at Hallomajra village here.

Mulajam Front flays govt
Mohali, January 16
Members of the Mulajam Front, Punjab, flayed the state government here today for adopting anti-employee policies and not concealing to the genuine demands of employees.

Save Oil Fortnight begins
Mohali, January 16
A function in connection with soil and gas conservation fortnight was inaugurated by Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Punjab, in the auditorium of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, here today.

Students from Kurali participate in a function organised in connection with oil and gas conservation fortnight at NIPER in Mohali on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
function organised in connection with oil and gas conservation fortnight at NIPER in Mohali on Monday

Fauji Beat
In the footsteps of Cariappa

R
emembering the late Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa on the Army Day (January 15) every year, because he (then General) became the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army on this day in 1949, is not enough.


A view of the Roll of Honour and photographs of war heroes in the Barki-Sehjra Hall.
A view of the Roll of Honour and photographs of war heroes in the Barki-Sehjra Hall

NGO honours slum women
Chandigarh, January 16
A special valedictory function was today organised by Yuvsatta, an NGO, to honour slum women of Colony Number 5 for having successfully learnt the basics of reading and writing through the use of specially-designed deck of playing cards as the primary tool. The cards were used at a mutually agreed and fixed time convenient for the learner.

Traders apprise DC of problems
Chandigarh, January 16
A delegation of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal today called on Mr R.K. Rao, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Excise and Taxation Officer, and Mr Inderjit Singh Sandhu, the DETC, in connection with the problems being faced by the local traders with regard to filing of their VAT returns.

Rally planned against Admn
Chandigarh, January 16
The Chandigarh Housing Board Residents’ Federation, the apex organisation of CHB colonies, in a press release here today expressed concern over the policy of the administration to go ahead with the demolitions without notifying the concessions already given.

Fire-extinguishing ball unveiled
Mohali, January 16
A self-activating fire-extinguishing ball was launched in the presence of fire officials here today. Mr Anoop Khullar from Apple Safety Products, said the ball, which had been launched in 115 countries, required no practical training to use.

 
CRIME

Burglars strike at Sector 10 house
Panchkula, January 16
Burglars struck at the Sector 10 house of Prof V.K. Sondhi on the night of January 14 and decamped with cash and jewellery worth around Rs 1 lakh. The family of Professor Sondhi, Head of the Chemistry Department in DAV College, Chandigarh, had left the house on January 14 to attend a family function in Jalandhar.

109 bottles of liquor seized
Chandigarh, January 16
The police reportedly arrested two persons from various parts of the city and seized 109 bottles of illicit liquor today. Giving details of the seizure, in charge of the Burail police post Sub-Inspector Prem Chand said acting on secrete information a police team raided the residence of Surinder Kumar Jindal in Burail village this morning.

BUSINESS

Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight launched
Chandigarh, January 16
The Home Secretary, Chandigarh Administration, Mr Krishna Mohan, today launched the Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight, which is celebrated throughout the country to create mass awareness about the importance of conservation of oil and gas and protection of environment, here today.

Cricket updates on Spice
Chandigarh, January 16
Spice Telecom has launched services to keep the cricket buffs updated on the ongoing India-Pakistan series. According to a press note issued here today, Spice subscribers can dial 555 and listen to Ravi Shastri for his comments.

 
EDUCATION

Government girls school flouts order on timings
Chandigarh, January 16
Despite the orders by the Education Department, Chandigarh Administration, on January 9 to change the school timings in view of the cold conditions prevailing in the region, the timings at Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, still remain unchanged.

Charvi tops spelling contest
Chandigarh, January 16
Annapurna National Spelling Bee Contest 2006 was held at Tagore Theatre here today. Over 875 students from more than 40 schools participated in it. The first prize comprising Rs 5,000 was won by Charvi Handa of Sacred Heart, Chandigarh, followed by Ishaan Preet Singh of St John, who was awarded Rs 3,000 and Viren Sood who stood third with a prize of Rs 2,000.


Students during a spelling contest at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Students during a spelling contest at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Monday

PU to consider reservation for Parsi students
Chandigarh, January 16
Panjab University will consider reservation of seats in colleges for Parsi students. The proposal will come up for discussion during the forthcoming meeting of the PU Syndicate to be held on January 21.

City firm makes turbines for engg colleges
Chandigarh, January 16
For the first time, a firm here has made the state-of-the-art turbines and hydraulic rams for engineering students to learn their working in classrooms. Mr Sandeep Kumar of Bharat Engineers claims to be the first manufacturer to have begun manufacturing of research and engineering instruments for engineering colleges. Within a year, he has bagged orders from 30 engineering colleges in the city and its periphery, besides colleges in Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Assam.


Mr Sandeep Kumar shows the pelton turbine test rig designed by him at Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph.

Mr Sandeep Kumar shows the pelton turbine test rig designed by him at Chandigarh on Monday

Mothers can supervise mid-day meal service
Chandigarh, January 16
The mid-day meal scheme, under which 12 crore children are covered, will also involve mothers of those consuming it, as they are now allowed to supervise the preparation and serving of the meal.

Rs 60 lakh Central aid for PU dept
Chandigarh, January 16
The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, has sanctioned a grant of Rs 60 lakh to the Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University, under the program on “Funds for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational Institutions (FIST)”.

From Colleges
Lecture on Beckett

Chandigarh, January 16
A special lecture on Samuel Beckett was organized at the MCM DAV College Sector 36 here today. The lecture was delivered by Dr Rana Nayar, Professor, Department of English, Panjab University. He spoke on various facets of Samuel Beckett’s plays.

‘Indian faculty has potential to go global’
Mohali, January 16
A two-week long faculty development programme concluded at Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology here today.
From left: Dr M.A. Zahir, chairman, SBS, Ludhiana, Mr J.S. Bedi and Dr M. Ibrahim Alladin, Director, Cambrian College International, Canada, at a faculty development programme in Mohali on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
 Dr M.A. Zahir, chairman, SBS, Ludhiana, Mr J.S. Bedi and Dr M. Ibrahim Alladin, Director, Cambrian College International, Canada, at a faculty development programme in Mohali on Monday

Strawberry Fields students top Science Olympiad
Chandigarh, January 16
Students of class III and IV of Strawberry Fields World School, Sector 26, here have showed exceptional understanding of scientific concepts when they were tested at the 8th National Science Olympiad, held in New Delhi.

Trees planted at NSS camp
Chandigarh, January 16
A 10-day NSS camp concluded in GMSSS, Sector 47-D, here today. Fifteen trees were planted by the chief guest, Mr R.S. Goraya, DEO, Mr R.S. Saini, PTA president, Mr Jarnail Singh, Principal of the school, other staff members and students.

4 Kharar college students on merit in PTU exams
Chandigarh, January 16
Students of GGS College of Modern Technology, Kharar, have done it once again. Continuing the tradition of academic excellence and brilliance, 4 students have scored merit position in the PTU examination. The rigorous work culture of GGSCMT has borne fruit.

Session on career opportunities
Panchkula, January 16
Provider, a local institute, today organised a free-counselling session to make students aware about the career opportunities and study options abroad. Mr Avinav Gupta, teaching assistant, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois the (USA), briefed the students.

NSS camp at Landran
Mohali, January 16

Chandigarh College of Education at Landran village aims to take various constructive steps towards the betterment of health, education and environment of the village under National Service Scheme (NSS). During the inauguration of a week-long NSS camp today, the principal of the college, Dr Harpreet Kaur, announced that students would work towards making the villagers well-informed regarding drug de-addiction, polio eradication, child education and environmental cleaning.
NSS students of Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, at an NSS camp on Monday
NSS students of Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, at an NSS camp on Monday.

COURTS

Bar seeks action against driver, conductor
Panchkula, January 16
After a meeting, District Bar Association has demanded registration of an FIR and legal action against the driver and conductor of the Haryana Roadways bus who allegedly manhandled a lawyer in roadways workshop on January 13.

Protest rally by Punjab Rights Forum today
Chandigarh, January 16
The Punjab Rights Forum (PRF) will organise a demonstration at Sector 17 Plaza here tomorrow in protest against the eviction of Sikhs from their land in Uttaranchal as well as the provision of death penalty in India.

 
CULTURE

Concert for senior citizens today
Chandigarh, January 16
A special music and dance concert is being organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra in collaboration with the Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association for the entertainment of senior citizens at the Tagore Theatre tomorrow.

HEALTH

Pain management clinic 
Mohali, January 16
Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Hospital, Sohana, has started a comprehensive pain management clinic. Dr Rajinder Singh, a specialist in the field with more than 23 years’ experience, would be available for consultation and treatment at the clinic from 11 am to 1 pm on Mondays and Thursdays.

 
SPORTS

Chandigarh Dynamos gain points, win hearts
Chandigarh, January 16
The second week of the Premier Hockey League was marked by upsurge of Bangalore Lions and to some extent Sher-e-Jallandhar but on the whole, it was Chandigarh Dynamos who were the real darlings of the crowd.
Chandigarh Dynamos played two matches and won both. Chandigarh Dynamos played like a team possessed.

Chandigarh Dynamos in action during the ongoing PHL in Sector 42 floodlit astro turf hockey stadium. — A Tribune photograph
Chandigarh Dynamos in action during the ongoing PHL in Sector 42 floodlit astro turf hockey stadium

DAV Public win table soccer trophy
Mohali, January 16
Students of DAV Public School, Phase-X, here were all smiles after winning overall trophy at the National Table Soccer Tournament, which was organised by the National Table Soccer Federation.


Students of DAV Public School, Phase-X, Mohali, jubilant after winning the overall trophy at the National Table Soccer Tournament on Monday.
Students of DAV Public School, Phase-X, Mohali, jubilant after winning the overall trophy at the National Table Soccer Tournament on Monday

City ball badminton players excel
Chandigarh, January 16
Himanshu Sharma of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, Nancy Mehta of Guru Harkrishan Model School, Sector 38, and Venus Kalra of MCM DAV, Sector 36, were declared best upcoming players during the 51st Junior National Ball Badminton Championship held at Panjim in Goa recently.

Talwar is chief of boxing association
Chandigarh, January 16
Mr A.R. Talwar, Secretary to Government of Punjab, Department of Planning and Transport, has been unanimously elected president of the Chandigarh Amateur Boxing Association while Mr Satish Chandra has been elected chairman of the association.

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