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Misinformation, UBS style
Chandigarh, January 2
The University Business School (UBS) of the Panjab University seems to have been providing wrong information to various leading magazines of the country, which rate business schools in their annual surveys.

Fog plays havoc with flight, rail schedules
Chandigarh, January 2
Fog threw normal life out of gear for the third consecutive day today in most places of Punjab and Haryana, but the minimum temperatures in the region, including Chandigarh, witnessed a slight increase.

Watch your step, buddy
Two persons walk on a deserted road amid thick fog in Chandigarh on Tuesday morning
Two persons walk on a deserted road amid thick fog in Chandigarh on Tuesday morning. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh



 








EARLIER STORIES

Doctor’s charred body found
Chandigarh, January 2
The charred body of Hoshiarpur-based doctor Harbans Singh was recovered from his friend’s rented accommodation in Sector 15, here this morning. The room at the first floor of the house was choked with smoke, which the police believed, might have caused by a burning cigarette stub.

Youths’ courage puts robbers behind bars
Chandigarh, January 2
Displaying exemplary courage and timely intervention five youngsters led to the arrest of two youths, who allegedly robbed Bhushan Kumar of over Rs 32,900 from his residence in Sector 16 tonight. The incident occurred when Bhushan Kumar, a sanitary dealer of Sector 7, Madhya Marg, reached home around 8 p.m.As soon as he disembarked from his car, a youth knocked at the door apparently to divert his attention.



The robbers — Santosh and Parmodh — in police custody on Tuesday night. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
The robbers — Santosh and Parmodh — in police custody on Tuesday night

School timings changed up to Jan 31
Chandigarh, January 2
The Education Department, Chandigarh Administration, has decided to change school timings. The decision will be implemented in all government and government-aided schools with immediate effect up to January 31.

Pammi Bai In Town
Renowned Punjabi folk singer Pammi Bai will be in the city to release his latest album, Putt Punjabi. An exponent of Malwai Gidda folklore, Pammi Bai has to his credit a number of music albums that have been labeled bestsellers. Not influenced by the growing culture of obscene videos, Pammi Bai is known to encourage clean ones. His latest album, Putt Punjabi, is being released by Frankfinn Music.

Passing Thru

Honesty is certainly not dead. And certainly not amongst the less fortunate ones. A perfect example is that of a waiter at the Katani Sweets in Sector 35, who found a purse containing Rs 1 lakh, besides a number of international credit cards.


COMMUNITY

All eyes on Ward No. 7
Chandigarh, January 2
All political parties now seem to be focused on Ward No. 7. All elected councillors have been directed by their respective party high commands to campaign for their party candidates.

UPA govt going soft on terrorist organisations: Swamy
Says country needs Hindu agenda
Chandigarh, January 2
Accusing the Congress-led UPA government of going soft on terrorist organisations, the president of the Janata Party, Dr Subramanian Swamy, today called upon Pro-Hindu organisations to come on one platform "to counter the forces which have been targeting the community".

Tune in for traffic info
Chandigarh, January 2
Motorists will soon be able to tune in more than just entertainment programmes. They will also be provided information regarding traffic jams and other related issues. The Chandigarh traffic police has decided to use FM radio for providing vital information regarding traffic conditions including diversions and jams.

Rodrigues opens botanical garden, bamboo valley
Chandigarh, January 2
The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today inaugurated the botanical garden in Sarangpur and the bamboo valley in Sector 23. In his address and interaction with residents at both places, General Rodrigues told them to actively participate to manage and maintain these features as these would provide an opportunity to go back to nature and to preserve environmental heritage.

Week-long New Year festival ends
Chandigarh, January 2
The concluding function of the New Year Festival organised by the Department of Tourism was held at the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, here today.


Volunteers of the Nehru Yuva Kendra perform bhangra on the concluding day of the New Year Festival at the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Volunteers of the Nehru Yuva Kendra perform bhangra on the concluding day of the New Year Festival at the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42

Patwaris stage dharna
Mohali, January 2
Members of the Revenue Patwari Union , SAS Nagar, staged a dharna outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner here today in protest against alleged police high handedness.

Gurpurb celebrations resonate
Panchkula, January 2
The sound of crackers resounded as residents followed the ‘Panj Piaras’ in celebration of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh which falls on January 5. The nagar kirtan began at about 1 pm. As the band played religious notes, students, clad in the traditional white attire, marched in the procession while ‘gatka’ players displayed their talents. A band also accompanied the procession as it went from one sector to another.

Dr Satish Kumar new director of TBRL
Chandigarh, January 2
Dr Satish Kumar is the new director of Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL), a prestigious armament lab of the DRDO. He has taken over from Mr V. S. Sethi.

Panel on child prostitution meets
Chandigarh, January 2
The advisory committee for eradicating child prostitution held its first meeting under the chairmanship of home-cum-social welfare secretary Krishna Mohan today. The committee had been constituted in compliance with directions of the Supreme Court to make suitable suggestions for eradicating child prostitution.

 
CRIME

PGI complains to cops over e-mail
Chandigarh, January 2
The PGI today sought to put an end to the alleged controversy pertaining to the circulation of an e-mail in the name of the Director of the PGI, Prof. K.K. Talwar. The institute on behalf of its director lodged a complaint with the Chandigarh police in this regard.

Body found near MC office
Chandigarh, January 2
A 35-year-old turbaned man was found dead near the Municipal Corporation building in Sector 17 here this morning. The police, ruling out the possibility of any foul play behind the death, said no visible injury mark was found on the body. The death came to light around 9 am when a passer-by informed the police. Nothing was found on the body that could help establish its identity, said the police.

 
BUSINESS

Sharp hike in rate of third party insurance
Chandigarh, January 2
The sharp increase in the rate of third party insurance for all vehicles, including cars, is going to affect the budget of most households this year. Though the annual hike in insurance for the middle class-which owns cars with 500-1500 cubic capacity (like Maruti 800, Santro, Wagon R, Indica and Zen ) - is not so high, it is the owners of luxury cars who will have to pay anything between Rs 2000 - Rs 2700 more than what they were paying last year.

Risk an integral part of every success story: expert
Chandigarh, January 2
It's a venture in unexplored territory and it has come from a man who knows no failure. Former CEO of Virsa Systems and presently General Manager of Governance, Risk and Compliance with SAP, the company which finally acquired the Virsa software, maintains that risk is an integral part of every success story.

Local companies' global ventures make city proud
Chandigarh, January 2
The recent global foray by two local companies has put the city on the roadmap of success in the technology sector. After Mobera Systems acquired Tempowest Inc, USA for $ 1.50 million, Compact Disc India Limited, a city-based animation outsourcing company, has entered into a MOU to acquire 70 percent share holdings of Mobile Software Ltd., an lsle of Man registered mobile content company.

 
EDUCATION

Special kids celebrate New Year
Chandigarh, January 2
The visually challenged children of the Institute for Blinds celebrated the arrival of New Year on the premises of the institute at Sector 26 here. The event was organised by the US-based IT giant, Outline systems Inc., New Jersey, USA, under its corporate social responsibility plan. The company’s vice-president, overseas operations, Mr Anil Sharma, especially participated in the celebrations and distributed sweaters and sweets among the students.

Digital hardware training begins
Chandigarh, January 2
The Department of Electronics and Electrical Communication, Punjab Engineering College (deemed university), is conducting a four-day training programme on “Digital Hardware Design and Synthesis” from today.

Protesting teachers to intensify stir
Chandigarh, January 2
The protesting members of the Substitute Computer Teachers Union, Punjab, today decided to intensify their agitation till their demands were not met.

COURTS

Jagvinder gets 2-day remand
Chandigarh, January 2
A local court today remanded Jagvinder Singh, notorious criminal and alleged mastermind in the kidnapping of Nikhil Joshi, son of a local car dealer, Deepak Joshi, last year, to two-day police remand.

 
HEALTH

55 donate blood at Traffic Police camp

 
SPORTS

Stiff challenge ahead for Chandigarh Dynamos
Leaves for Chennai for hockey tournament
Chandigarh, January 2
The star-studded Chandigarh Dynamos hockey team led by Rajpal Singh left the city today to proceed for the title fight for the coveted Premier Hockey League (PHL) tournament.


The Chandigarh Dynamos squad listens to the advice of its seniors before departing for Chennai to play the Premier Hockey League tournament from January 4.
The Chandigarh Dynamos squad listens to the advice of its seniors before departing for Chennai to play the Premier Hockey League tournament from January 4

2 local lads in third round of tennis tourney
Chandigarh, January 2
Two local lads- fourth seeded Vijayant Malik of CLTA-10 and Parul Verma advanced to the third round of the boys’ singles of ITF Junior World Ranking Tennis (Grade 3) Tournament underway at Sector 10 CLTA Stadium, here, today.

St John’s bt Guru Nanak lads on opening day of cricket tournament
Chandigarh, January 2
A fine opening partnership of 167 runs between Manan Vohra (82 n.o) and Veer Karan Goyal (51 n.o) enabled St John’s Cricket Academy, Sector 26, to beat Guru Nanak Cricket Academy, Sector 36, by 82 runs on the opening day of the 2nd under-14 cricket St John's trophy, here today.

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