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Maid drugs employer, decamps with valuables
Chandigarh, January 17
A maid servant reportedly drugged her employer and his wife and decamped with jewellery and other valuables from a Sector 22 house, last night. The victim, Mr Rajesh Dhawan and his wife Radha have been admitted to the Sector 16 General Hospital. They are out of danger.
Mr Rajesh Dhawan and his wife Radha in semi-conscious condition at the Sector 16 General Hospital in Chandigarh on Tuesday
Mr Rajesh Dhawan and his wife Radha in semi-conscious condition at the Sector 16 General Hospital in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo  by Manoj Mahajan

A woman burns a log to keep herself warm in Phase I of Mohali
BEATING THE WINTER CHILL: A woman burns a log to keep herself warm in Phase I of Mohali. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Now change trade without payment, application
Seven trades, Indl Area Phase I, II out of purview
Chandigarh, January 17
Traders of the city can start any fresh trade at their existing premises. The Chandigarh Administration has allowed the allottee of commercial sites to pursue any trade following conversion without paying any charges or even applying for conversion. The conversion is allowed for all except seven trades under a special category.

Non-teaching PU staff protest today
Implementation of National Academic Calendar
Chandigarh, January 17
Members of the Panjab University Non-teaching Employees Federation here held an emergency meeting today and decided to launch a protest against the university's move to consider the implementation of the National Academic Calendar in the PU.

Man hit by train, killed
Chandigarh, January 17
An unidentified man in his forties was killed early this morning after being hit by Shatabdi Express near Manimajra. Giving details of the incident, the sources in the Railway Police said the accident took place at 6:30 am and the body was dragged to some distance.

Rose Festival from Feb 24
Chandigarh, January 17
Rose Festival, the much awaited event every year, will be hosted at the Rose Garden, Sector 16 from February 24 to 26. Confirming this Mr V.K. Bhardwaj, the Chief Engineer of the Chandigarh Administration, said no commercial stalls will be allowed inside the Rose Garden this year.

Chandigarh boy president of Canadian Academy of Sciences
Chandigarh, January 17
Dr Ashok Vijh, a world renowned scientist, has done his alma mater - Panjab University - and Chandigarh proud with his election as President of the Academy of Science, the largest academy in the Royal Society of Canada.

Hovering dark clouds above and a fountain with water gushing out below make the environment look greener and cleaner as cars in contrasting colours zip past the Matka Chowk in Chandigarh on Tuesday GREEN AS WELL AS CLEAN: Hovering dark clouds above and a fountain with water gushing out below make the environment look greener and cleaner as cars in contrasting colours zip past the Matka Chowk in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan 


Collectorate rates revised
Derabassi, January 17
Property is going to cost more in the Derabassi subdivision following the revision in the collectorate rate, the government-fixed rate for the registration of property, by the district administration.

Haryana spends Rs 52.2 cr on welfare schemes
Panchkula, January 17
The Haryana Government has spent over Rs. 52.28 crore in various welfare schemes implemented in the district, during this financial year. An official press release said that the government had implemented various schemes for the welfare of farmers, labourers, businessmen, industrialists etc.

Flour mill gutted
Mohali, January 17

Property worth about Rs 2.5 lakh was destroyed in a fire that broke out in a flour mill in Phase XI last night. The fire was noticed by a police patrolling party which then informed the fire brigade.

Remains of the flour mill after a devastating fire in Phase XI in Mohali on Monday night. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu
Remains of the flour mill after a devastating fire in Phase XI in Mohali on Monday night

High fee opposed for information under Act 
Chandigarh, January 17
The Sampuran Kranti Manch, Haryana, has expressed concern over the high fee fixed by the Haryana Government for applicants seeking information from various departments under the Right to Information Act.

Raising Day celebrations from Jan 30 
Chandigarh, January 17
The Third Battalion of the Sikh Regiment will be celebrating its 150th Raising Day from January 30 to February 1 at its location somewhere in the western sector. A large number of military and civil dignitaries, including Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, will be attending the celebrations.

Home Secy moots library e-network
Chandigarh, January 17
All local libraries should be made online, inter-connected and assured full support of the Administration in setting up Chandigarh Library Network to facilitate members to share resources.

Pleasant weather invigorates city
Chandigarh, January 17
Pleasant weather, cloudy sky and cool breeze — it was a perfect day for the city residents who enjoyed the welcome change after last week’s “warm” days.

Mohindra Kothi to be used as museum
Chandigarh, January 17
At its meeting held under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, Patiala Urban Development Authority here today approved the conservation and use of Mahindra Kothi as a cultural centre and museum.

Warm reception to chetna yatra
Derabassi, January 17
A warm reception was accorded to Saini chetna yatra on its arrival here today. Later addressing a gathering on the occasion, Mr Indraj Singh Saini, president of the All-India Saini Samaj, exhorted the community to unite under one banner to capture political power for its socio-economic development.

Members of the Saini chetna yatra being welcomed at Derabassi on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Members of the Saini chetna yatra being welcomed at Derabassi

Award for Gursharan
Chandigarh, January 17
“Jug jug jeevey Gursharan Singh”, echoed 20,000 persons at Kussa village near Barnala for Bhai Manna Singh of Punjabi theatre as he received the Revolutionary Dedication Award. He has also been voted Punjabi of the Year. At the age of 77, he is still experimenting with revolutionary ideas.

CAT warrants against DOPT Secy
Chandigarh, January 17
The Central Administrative Tribunal today issued bail able warrants against Mr AN Tewari, Secretary Department of Personnel and Training for non compliance of its orders in case of promotion of MR Hr Gangar, a Punjab Civil Services officer to Indian Administrative Services, against the state quota.

PUDA to shift slum dwellers
Mohali, January 17
PUDA has decided to shift slum dwellers from two unauthorised colonies in the town after the alternate site was properly developed. A meeting was today held under the chairmanship of the Additional Chief Administrator, Mr Yashvir Majajan, where it was decided to prepare estimates for the works to be carried out in the area near Jagatpura village.

Dhawan to oppose Deep Complex demolition
Chandigarh, January 17
General secretary of the Chandigarh Vikas Manch Sandeep Singh today in a press note said Harmohan Dhawan, former Union minister and president of the manch would oppose the move of the Administration to demolish Deep Complex in Hallomajra village.

Residents demand civic amenities
Panchkula, January 17
The Citizens Welfare Association has urged upon the Haryana Government to take preventive measures against officials who have failed to ensure proper civic amenities in the township.


3 schoolgirls hurt in road accident
Zirakpur, January 17
Three schoolgirls were injured in a road accident on the Zirakpur-Patiala road at Nabha Sahib village, near here today. The students, Gurpreet Kaur, Priti Saini and Parminder Kaur, all residents of Ramgarh Bhudda, were on their way to Holy Family School in Nabha Sahib village.

Man caught snatching mobile
Chandigarh, January 17
The Chandigarh Police arrested Nand Lal, a resident of Burail, when he was attempting to run away after snatching a mobile phone of a 17-year-old girl in Sector 33 here this evening.

Cop manhandles PGI doctor
Chandigarh, January 17
A doctor on duty at the PGI was allegedly manhandled by a traffic cop leading to unpleasant scenes here this evening. The police has registered a case against the cop who had come to the hospital for the treatment of his ailing father.


Move to install one more ATM in Sector 15
Chandigarh, January 17
Over 125 customers attended the customer-relation meet organised by the State Bank of India, Panjab University branch in Sector-14 here today.

Charges baseless, says company
Chandigarh, January 17
Mr Jagjit Singh, local representative of Baroda-based company Super Scientific, on behalf of its directors has clarified that the allegation levelled by Mr S.K. Gupta is false and baseless and termed it an act to defame the company.

Airtel’s Indo-Pak Cricket Pack
Chandigarh, January 17
Airtel, India’s leading mobile service provider, today launched an Indo-Pak Cricket Pack for its postpaid and prepaid customers in Punjab.


Nip alcohol abuse in bud, students told
Panchkula, January 17
A regional-level seminar on “Drug abuse, its causes and effects” was organised by the Department of Psychology of the Government College here today. Eminent educationists and psychologists participated in the deliberations.

25 pass PU computer course
Chandigarh, January 17
The Centre for Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, Panjab University, held a function to award certificates to 25 successful candidates of a 4-month training course in computer applications here today.

Placement fortnight
Derabassi, January 17
The local Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology will organise a placement fortnight for the students who have just passed out on its campus from February 1 to 15.

UPA govt dividing students, says ABVP
Chandigarh, January 17
Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad activists burned the effigy of UPA Government at the DAV College, Sector 10 here today. The city vice- president of ABVP, Mr Prashant Sharma, said the UPA government stood for “Un-Principled Alliance”.

Shilpi wins painting contest
Panchkula, January 17
The Haryana Pollution Control Board and the Education Department organised an eco quiz and a painting competition at Saarthak Senior Secondary School, Sector 12-A, here today.

Inter-school dance contest held
Chandigarh, January 17
An inter-school dance competition was today organised by Gul Arts and the Punjabi Kala Manch, UK. The function was presided over by Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, Chief Parliamentary Secretary.

21 DAV students get job at Wipro
Chandigarh, January 17
More than 110 students of DAV College, Sector 10, registered for placement during a visit by Wipro officials at the college here today.


Insurance firm told to pay Rs 1 lakh
Chandigarh, January 17
The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Chandigarh, has directed the United India Insurance Company to pay a claim of Rs 1lakh to the kin of a deceased constable of the Haryana Police under the Group Janta Personal Accident Policy.


A musical treat for senior citizens
Chandigarh, January 17
The Chandigarh Senior Citizen Association and Pracheen Kala Kendra teamed up to greet and treat senior citizens to a feast of melodious music, dances and drama at Tagore Theatre here today.

Senior citizens at a function organised by the Chandigarh Senior Citizen Association and Pracheen Kala Kendra at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Senior citizens at a function organised by the Chandigarh Senior Citizen Association and Pracheen Kala Kendra at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Tuesday

Film maker to work on tribes in India
Chandigarh, January 17
“We have to encourage students of literature to delve deeper into the lives and works of the great masters of literature,” said Mr Praveen Arora, renowned film maker here today.

Dhillon screens movie on Sikh religion
Chandigarh, January 17
He believes in using creative forces for the achievement of higher goals. That’s, perhaps, the reason why Bollywood actor-turned-filmmaker Mangal Dhillon insists on spreading the message of great Sikh religion through movies.

Indian Idol music album
Chandigarh, January 17
Indian Idol Series 2 has received astounding response from millions of viewers across the country. With all the add-on glamour and glitz, Indian Idol now launches the first music album and music video of the top 12 finalists of Series 2.


Optimise healthcare in tricity: Governor
Chandigarh, January 17
With a view to improving the availability of quality healthcare, the Punjab Governor and UT, Administrator, Gen. (retd.) S.F. Rodrigues, today emphasised the need for optimal utilisation of existing healthcare infrastructure in the tri-cities of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula, by evolving a suitable strategy and coordinated effort.


Thakur set to prove his mettle, says coach
Chandigarh, January 17
Twentyfive-year-old Deepak Thakur Sonkhla is among the star attractions in the ongoing Premier Hockey League. This tough Himachali boy is playing for Chandigarh Dynamos. He is one of the most experienced hockey forwards that India has produced.

U-17 girls basketball team announced
Chandigarh, January 17
A 12-member under-17 girls’ basketball team will represent Chandigarh in the 51st National School Games going to begin at the Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, tomorrow.

PU archery team
Chandigarh, January 17
The following archers will represent Panjab University archery (men and women) Indian round team which will take part in the All-India Inter University Archery Championship being organised by Acharya Nagarjuna University, Nagarjuna Nagar, Guntur (AP) from January 21 to 24.


IG transfers cop for bashing up minor
Chandigarh, January 17
In a swift move, the UT Inspector- General of Police today transferred the Station House Officer of the Sector 34 police station following the media focus on the alleged bashing-up of a minor boy by a police party in Burail village.

Punjab to retain Administrator’s charge
Chandigarh, January 17
The charge of UT Administrator will remain with the Punjab Governor despite demands from the Haryana Chief Minister to have the Haryana Governor as UT Administrator.


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