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Ex-cop suspects Pandher behind his son’s disappearance
Chandigarh, January 1
After the recovery of children’s skeletons from Nathari village residence of Moninder Singh Pandher, a local businessman, the demand for starting digging at his Sector 27 house here for possible recoveries is gaining ground.
Rajinder Chopra, a former Chandigarh Police constable, shows documents of his missing son at the Sector 27 residence of Moninder Singh Pandher in Chandigarh Rajinder Chopra, a former Chandigarh Police constable, shows documents of his missing son at the Sector 27 residence of Moninder Singh Pandher in Chandigarh on Monday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan



EARLIER STORIES

Mayors’ poll: Nominated councillors hold the key

Chandigarh, January 1
Lobbying for the post of the Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh has picked up momentum with the Deputy Commissioner today fixing January 11 as the date of elections.


Newly elected and nominated municipal councillors take oath at the MC office in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Councillors take oath

Newly elected and nominated municipal councillors take oath at the MC office in Chandigarh

Harassed firm gets 10 lakh insurance claim
Chandigarh , January 1
The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Chandigarh, has allowed an insurance claim of over Rs 10 lakh to a Ludhiana-based firm manufacturing different kinds of spare parts.

DSW: Bitta seeks CBI probe
Chandigarh, January 1
The pressure on Director, Sainik Welfare, Punjab Brig J.S. Jaswal (retd), mounted today as more people and ex-servicemen came out in the open alleging sexual misconduct.


Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta present more people before mediapersons, who levelled allegations of sexual misconduct against the Director, Sainik Welfare, Brig J.S. Jaswal (retd), in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta present more people before mediapersons, who levelled allegations of sexual misconduct against the Director, Sainik Welfare, Brig J.S. Jaswal (retd), in Chandigarh

New Year ushered in with unabated cold wave
Chandigarh, January 1
The mercury stayed low, ushering the New Year with unabated cold wave in many parts of north-west India even as dense fog affected rail and road traffic at different places in the region today.

Watch out
Vikram Rajvir Singh, fondly known as VRV Singh, has been strengthening the bowling attack of the Indian cricket squad, which is on South Africa tour of late. The Indian cricket management, including Guru Greg and Indian skipper Rahul Dravid, has high hopes on this youngster as the cricketer has impressed cricket afficionados with his bowling speed. Earlier, VRV donned the national colours against West Indies and England teams in Test matches. The team will play against South Africa at Cape Town on Tuesday.

Vikram Rajvir Singh
Vikram Rajvir Singh

In Town
Dr Subramanian Swami, national president of the Janta Party and former Union Law Minister, will be in the city tomorrow. He will deliver a lecture on the ‘Relevance of Ideology of MS Golwalkar in the present era’ at the Gandhi Bhavan Panjab University at 3pm. A PhD from Harvard University, Dr Swami will be here on the occasion of Sri Guruji Madhav Rao Sadashiv Golwalker the second Sarsanghachalak of the Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh (RSS) Janm Shatabdi Samaroh. He will address a media conference at the Press Club also.

Dr Subramanian Swami
Dr Subramanian Swami

Passing Thru
What fascinated you most in Chandigarh it being a much less happening city unlike your Mumbai?
The city beautiful with its panoramic ambience, modernity in life style and thoughts of the people and above all their love for music and aesthetic sense to appreciate the art and the artist. Handsome and gifted vocalist as you are, why you opted for ghazal gayaki against the film or pop singing.

Ghazal Maestro Sudeep Banerjee from Mumbai
Ghazal Maestro Sudeep Banerjee from Mumbai


COMMUNITY

Tips to harassed city-Ambala road users
Mohali, January 1
In view of the ongoing work on bridges in Zirakpur and Dera Bassi due to which commuters are being put to hardship , the district police conducted a survey which gives valuable information to road users to ensure that their journey is safe and convenient.

'Shikaras' launched to enhance beauty of Sukhna Lake
Chandigarh, January 1
Another milestone in the tourism industry of the city was witnessed with the launching of "Shikaras" at Sukhna Lake by General S.F. Rodrigues(Retd), Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, and the lady Governor amidst gaiety and enthusiasm, at a colourful ceremony, here today.

Punjab Governor and Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, General S.F. Rodrigues, (retd) and Mrs Jean Rodrigues take a joy ride in a Shikara after its launch ceremony at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh on Monday.
Punjab Governor and Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, General S.F. Rodrigues, (retd) and Mrs Jean Rodrigues take a joy ride in a Shikara after its launch ceremony at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh


A bird appears to fly in the path of a plane but the lower altitude of the bird keeps the plane safe in the Chandigarh sky
A bird appears to fly in the path of a plane but the lower altitude of the bird keeps the plane safe in the Chandigarh sky. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

New Year revellers land in hospital after drunken driving
Chandigarh, January 1
New Year celebrations turned sour for over 32 revelers who were rushed to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospitals, Sector 16, and the Government Medical College, Sector 32. A majority of them were drunk and had met with accidents in different parts of the city.

New Year messages choke mobile networks
Chandigarh, January 1
The tall claims of cell phone companies that the quickest way to send New Year greetings was through SMS proved not so fast after all. In spite of the enhancement of capacity to deal with rush on New Year, mobile networks remained blocked for most part around midnight and in the morning today.

Baby girls usher in 2007 in city
Chandigarh, January 1
It was a girls-year with majority of couples ringing in 2007 after getting blessed with baby girls at three city hospitals. In the first 12 hours of the New Year, 18 more babies added to the city population. The number of girls was twice the boy’s population.

Road safety week launched
Chandigarh, January 1
The Chandigarh Traffic police today launched its 18th Road Safety Week on the theme of ‘Road safety is life safety’ in Children Traffic Park in Sector 23, here. The week was inaugurated by Mr H.S. Bedi, General Manager of Indian Oil Corporation. A road safety exhibition was also installed at Plaza, Sector 17. Literature on road safety will be distributed to the general public about traffic rules and regulations.

Children present a cultural programme during the first day of the 8th Road Safety Week at the Children Traffic Park, Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Children present a cultural programme during the first day of the 8th Road Safety Week at the Children Traffic Park, Sector 23, Chandigarh

Defence body seeks justice
Mohali, January 1
The All-India Defence Brotherhood has demanded that one representative from the defence services should be included as member of the Sixth Pay Commission. The general secretary of the organisation, Lt Col A.S. Bhinder (retd), said in all previous pay commissions there was no representation from the defence services and they suffered in terms of pay, perks and in other respects.

Fauji Beat
Raise pension, not retirement age
One of the findings of the Kargil war was that our battalion commanders, being in the higher age group, were not fit enough to keep pace with their company commanders and jawans in spite of this, the retirement age of the officers is set to be enhanced by two years for the second time in the past 10 years.

Headquarters Western Command War Memorial at Chandi Mandir on the night of Vijay Divas (December 16, 2006).
Headquarters Western Command War Memorial at Chandi Mandir on the night of Vijay Divas (December 16, 2006)

Muslims condemn Saddam's execution
Chandigarh, January 1
The execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was condemned during the Id-ul-Zuha prayers in the Sector 20 Jama Masjid and other mosques in the city. Various speakers, including the Jama Masjid Imam, criticised the US Government for the execution of Saddam Hussein.


Members of the Muslim community raise slogans in protest against the execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Sector 20, Chandigarh, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Members of the Muslim community raise slogans in protest against the execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Sector 20, Chandigarh
Devotees offer namaz on the occasion of Bakr-Id in Chandigarh
Devotees offer namaz on the occasion of Bakr-Id in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Nagar kirtan tomorrow
Chandigarh, January 1
A nagar kirtan procession will be taken out from the Gurdwara Sri Guru Teg Bahadur, Sector 34 D, here, on January 3 at 10 am to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh. The procession will proceed on the roads separating Sectors 33 and 34, 44 and 45 before entering the Sector 45 market and reach the Sector 46 gurdwara.

 
CRIME

Cash, gold stolen
Chandigarh, January 1
Thieves decamped with Rs 12,000, gold and diamond ornaments worth thousands of rupees from a house in Sector 11. Ms Priya Shergill of Sector 11 lodged a complaint with the police alleging Rs 12,000, Ł110, a laptop, three gold chains.

 
BUSINESS

BoB to give easy finance for stevia farming
Chandigarh, January 1
Finance for stevia cultivation is now at hand for farmers of the region with the Bank of Baroda signing a memorandum of understanding with an NGO involved with stevia farming.

 
EDUCATION

PU to give special chance to failed candidates
Chandigarh, January 1
The year's last meeting of the Panjab University Senate brought good news for scores of failed university candidates. Members decided in principal to grant a special chance to failed candidates as part of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the university that begin from the New Year.

Date sheets for board exams out
Chandigarh, January 1
The Central Board of Secondary Education has decided to start examinations for Class 12 from March 1, 2007, with the Physics paper. The examinations for Class 10 will commence from March 2 with the Social Science paper. The examination time for all papers has been fixed at 10.30 am as per date sheet given below:

Former VC new DG of Rayat and Bahra group
Chandigarh, January 1
Former Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, Prof K. N. Pathak has joined the Rayat and Bahra group as the Director-General, Academics. An announcement to this effect was made here today at a media briefing in the presence of Prof Pathak and several directors and top officials of the Rayat and Bahra group.
Prof K. N. Pathak (left) with directors of the Rayat and Bahra Group of Institutes at a press conference in Chandigarh
Prof K. N. Pathak (left) with directors of the Rayat and Bahra Group of Institutes at a press conference in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

IPA lecture: Prof Sood shares his experience
Chandigarh, January 1
The Indian Physics Association, Chandigarh Chapter, organised a lecture on “Joys and Challenges of doing Experimental Sciences in India: Some Personal Experiences” by Professor Ajay K. Sood, an eminent scientist from the Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Candidates block road as bank cancels interviews abruptly
Panchkula, January 1
Candidates for the post of clerks in the Haryana State Cooperative Agriculture and Rural Development Bank today blocked road in Sector 2 here in protest against the cancellation of their interview.

Students protest re-examination
Chandigarh, January 1
Students of various colleges affiliated to Punjab Technical University have objected to university’s decision to re-examine students of fifth semester in the subject Design And Analysis of Algorithms. The exam was held on December 23.

NSS camp ends
Mohali, January 1
The valedictory function of the 10-day NSS camp of Government College here was presided over by former Principal S.S. Gill. A colourful cultural function was organised. Shilpi and Harpreet presented the camp report.

 
CULTURE

French, German writers share views
Chandigarh, January 1
The Punjab Arts Council organised an interaction of literary luminaries from the region with the visiting delegation of writers from Germany and France at its Kala Bhavan hall with a focus on the ensuing first-ever International Literature Festival of India at Mumbai.

Classical music welcomes 2007 at Sukhna Lake
Chandigarh, January 1
The new year celebration festival organised by the Department of Tourism, Chandigarh administration, welcomed year 2007 with an entrancing spell of Indian classical music jugalbandi at the entrance lawns of the Sukhna Lake today.

 
SPORTS

Boxing coach disenchanted with sport administration
Chandigarh, January 1
“It’s not that we lack the killer instinct or the will to win matches and medals for the country, the problem is somewhere with the administrative system and policies for which we have been paying a heavy price.                                                      Mr O.P. Bhardwaj

Mr O.P. Bhardwaj

Local lad triumphs in first round of tennis tourney
Chandigarh, January 1
Local lad Mandeep Singh Gill beat Rishi Rajpal from Canada 7-4, 5-7, 6-0 in a well-contested first round match of the Sunny Enclave ITF Junior World (Grade 3) Tennis Tournament at the CLTA courts, Sector 10, here today.



A player in action at the ITF World Junior Tennis Tournament at the CLTA courts in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

A player in action at the ITF World Junior Tennis Tournament at the CLTA courts in Chandigarh

Cricket tourney begins today
Chandigarh, January 1
The 2nd Inter-Coaching Centres Cricket Tournament for St. John’s Trophy will start from tomorrow at St. John’s Cricket Academy, Sector-26, here. As many as eight teams, under-14, will participate in the six-day tournament.

Sumit in quarterfinals
Chandigarh, January 1
Defending champion Sumit Talwar reached the quarterfinal round by defeating Dinesh 3-0 in the 23rd Chaudhary Vishnu Pal Singh Memorial Chandigarh State Snooker Championship.
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