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Eight days on, Jaswal booked
Chandigarh, January 3
The local police today booked Brig J.S. Jaswal (retd), Director, Sainik Welfare, Punjab, on the charge of criminal intimidation and insulting the modesty of a woman on a complaint lodged by Ms Raj Kaur, working as clerk at his office.

Caring two hoots for war memorabilia
Chandigarh, January 3
A car that rammed into the fencing of the tank in front of the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, being removed from the spot on Wednesday. Youngsters on the ‘geri’ route have little respect for traffic rules but this young man, Aman of Sector 15, doesn’t seem to have any respect for historical mem- orabilia either.
A car that rammed into the fencing of the tank in front of the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, being removed from the spot on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik



EARLIER STORIES

A SUNNY DAY

People enjoy bright sunshine after a few foggy days in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
People enjoy bright sunshine after a few foggy days in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

20 from city shine in CAT
No information available yet about two IIMs
Chandigarh, January 3
At least 20 students from the city have made it to premier business schools in the country, the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).

Sec 23 resident, friend die in accident
Chandigarh, January 3
A Sector 23-D resident and his friend were killed in the wee hours today when a car they were travelling in and a jeep collided on the National Highway 21 near Nilokheri, about 18 km from Karnal.

Nagar kirtan taken out
Chandigarh, January 3
A nagar kirtan was held from the Sector 34 Gurdwara today to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh. The procession moved through Sectors 45, 46, 20, 21, 22, 23 before terminating at the Sector 37 gurdwara. TNS

A nagar kirtan held in connection with the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
A nagar kirtan held in connection with the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Watch out
Vijayant Malik Vijayant Malik, a trainee of the Sector 10 Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Academy, has moved to the third round of Boys’ singles of the ITF Junior World Ranking Tennis (Grade 3) Tournament underway at Sector 10 CLTA Stadium. Spotted under the Chandigarh Academy for Rural Tennis (CHART), a specially designed programme to nourish the upcoming tennis talent, Vijyant was picked up by the CLTA from a village in Haryana at the age of 11 years.

Passing Thru
Gurdas Mann What brings you to the city?
I have close links with this beautiful city, having lived here since many years. I am here for the launch of Pammi Bai’s Punjabi music album. What hopes do you have for your movie Waaris at the Oscars?
A lot. It is a well made film and a lot of effort has gone into it. We are hoping it will receive a good response from the jury.

In Town
Ian D. SimpsonIan D. Simpson, a Herpetologist from Oxford, U.K., will be in the city on Thursday. Mr Simpson will deliver a lecture on “Management of Snake Bite in Indian context” in lecture theatre No.1, Nehru Hospital , PGI. A number of herpetologists from the region will attend the lecture and will share their experiences in treating patients with snake bites. The lecture will help herpetologists in providing better treatment to patients.

COMMUNITY

Last chance for making voter cards from today
Mohali, January 3
Voters are being given a last opportunity to get photo identity cards made, which have been made mandatory by the Election Commission of India for the Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections. The last phase of the process starts tomorrow.

Peak hours: 45 CTU buses kept off road
A rush of commuters waiting for their buses at ISBT, Chandigarh on Wednesday. Chandigarh, January 3
Waiting for Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) buses at the ISBT for more than half an hour in the evening is a part of the routine of hundreds of commuters.

A rush of commuters waiting for their buses at ISBT, Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Chilly wind kept residents indoors
Chandigarh, January 3
In spite of the sun shining bright during the day, the chilly wind that swept the city in the morning and the evening ensured that the residents continue to remain indoors. There was a sharp difference in the maximum and minimum temperatures at 19. 4°C and 4. 2°C, respectively.

Police awards youths for helping nab robbers
The seven youngsters, who helped the police nab two robbers in Sector 23 on Tuesday, pose for a photograph along with police officials at the DIG’s office in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Chandigarh, January 3
The Chandigarh police today awarded first-class certificates to seven youngsters, instrumental in the arrest of two robbers, who looted a Sector 16 resident of Rs 35,000 last night.


The seven youngsters, who helped the police nab two robbers in Sector 23 on Tuesday, pose for a photograph along with police officials at the DIG’s office in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Officials authorised to lodge complaints of power theft
Chandigarh, January 3
With a view to come down heavily on those stealing electricity using kundi connections in the city, the Chandigarh Administration has authorised officers of the electricity wing of the engineering department to lodge complaints with the Police in this regard. A notification to this effect was issued today by Mr S.K. Sandhu, Secretary, Engineering.

Leaves grow only to wither away with the passage of time to complete their own cycle of life.
Leaves grow only to wither away with the passage of time to complete their own cycle of life. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Allotment of govt houses: Applications invited
Chandigarh, January 3
The House Allotment Committee, Chandigarh Administration, has invited fresh house allotment applications from employees of the Chandigarh Administration, Governments of Punjab and Haryana and Punjab and Haryana High Court for various categories of houses for 2007-08.

DIT to obtain ISO 9001 certificate
Chandigarh, January 3
The Department of Information Technology (DIT), Chandigarh Administration, has decided to obtain ISO 9001:2000 certification to harmonise its systems and procedures with international quality management systems.

40 teen clubs participate in workshop
Chandigarh, January 3
The Nehru Yuva Kendra, Chandigarh organised a state-level workshop-Adolescent Development and Empowerment Project, at the Commonwealth Youth Programme, Asia Centre, here today.

British Library incorporates ‘Lifestyle’ section
Members thronging the newly launched ‘Lifestyle’ section at the British Library in Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Chandigarh, January 3
If you are planning to make changes in your lifestyle this New Year, the British Library can prove to be the right place. Keeping in mind the needs of its members, the British Library, Sector 9, launched its ‘Lifestyle’ section here today, taking the tally of the total sections to 12.



Members thronging the newly launched ‘Lifestyle’ section at the British Library in Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.

Parties join hands on Mayor issue
Chandigarh, January 3
While all political parties are competing among themselves for the ‘coveted’ Ward No. 7 seat, the opposition parties seem to be joining hands in the House to elect a Mayor.

 
CRIME

2 held for forgery
Chandigarh, January 3
The police has arrested two agents of a local bank on the charges of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy for duping the bank by raising loan on fake documents.

12 booked for criminal intimidation
Mohali, January 3
The police has booked a resident of Sector 71 along with 11 youths on charges of criminal intimidation, wrongful restraint, rioting and armed with deadly weapon.

 
EDUCATION

Practise while you study: AES aims at comprehensive learning
Chandigarh, January 3
Students undergoing professional education can now get practical training and opportunities to interact with leading experts of their respective fields.

UBS fudging of facts: Probe panel set up
Chandigarh, January 3
Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti today constituted a fact- finding committee to look into the alleged fudging of facts by a faculty member of the University Business School for securing better ratings for the UBS.

Newsletter released on New Year function
Chandigarh, January 3
Students and the staff of the Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 19 here, organised a function to celebrate the New Year. Principal Bhupinder Singh released a newsletter on the occasion. Dr Rosy Walia and Mr Amarpreet Singh also blessed the students and wished them a happy new year.

 
CULTURE

Pammi Bai offers ‘Putt Punjabi’
Chandigarh, January 3
Renowned Punjabi folk singer Pammi Bai today introduced his latest offering ‘Putt Punjabi’ at a function here today.

‘Maya Devi’ a big draw
Chandigarh, January 3
The splendour of Haryanvi folklore in dance drama continued on the fifth day of the ‘Swang Utsav’ as the Lok Kala Rangmanch, Kurukshetra, staged ‘Maya Devi’ at the jampacked Tagore Theatre here today.

HEALTH

Invasive fungal infections kill 40 pc patients
Chandigarh, January 3
Nearly 10 per cent patients die after acquiring invasive fungal infections in the terminal stage in various tertiary-care hospitals in the country every year. The fungal infection is spreading among human being for the past a few years.

A view of the newly upgraded Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh. Nothing special about GMSH
Chandigarh, January 3
Even after the upgradation of the General Hospital, Sector 16, to Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH) by the Administration, speciality seem to be a dream for city and periphery residents. The hospital has been losing its credibility in the region.


A view of the newly upgraded Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

Hooda to kick off health centre today
Panchkula, January 3
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, will inaugurate the upgrading of a Community Health Centre at Kalka tomorrow while the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Chander Mohan will preside over the function.

Chain fast by PGI union members
Chandigarh, January 3
In protest against the callous attitude of the PGI, the PGI Employees Union started a 24-hour chain hunger strike at the Dharna Ground, Sector 25, here today.


 
SPORTS

Vijayant, Bhavani enter quarterfinals
Chandigarh, January 3
Uzbekistan’s Alexey Tikhonov and Rifat Biktyakov return a shot during their match at the ITF Junior World Ranking Tennis Tournament being played at the CLTA courts in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Fourth seed local lad Vijayant Malik stunned another Chandigarhian Parul Verma in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 to move into the quarterfinals (boys singles) of the ongoing Sunny Enclave ITF Junior World Ranking (Grade 3) Tennis Tournament being played at the CLTA courts, Sector 10, here today.

Uzbekistan’s Alexey Tikhonov and Rifat Biktyakov return a shot during their match at the ITF Junior World Ranking Tennis Tournament being played at the CLTA courts in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Rahul gets top slot in junior ranking
Rahul Bakshi Chandigarh, January 3
Rahul Bakshi is barely 16, but he has carved a niche for himself in the under-18 category. Yes this Class X student of St John’s School has been ranked the nation’s No 1 junior player by the Indian Golf Union. His ranking came after his performance in the junior golf circuit which concluded with the Western India championship in Mumbai on December 22.

Vivek academy win Vikings Cup
Chandigarh, January 3
Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy defeated Starlets Cricket Academy, Delhi, by 177 runs in the final of first Vikings Cricket Cup organised by the Twenty20 Cricket Federation of India played at Vivek High School, Sector 38-B, Chandigarh.

CCA-19 bt St John’s lads
Chandigarh, January 3
An overall performance by Guntash Vir (3 for 20 and 21 runs) enabled CCA-19 to beat the hosts St. John’s (B) by 79 runs in the 2nd cricket tournament for St. John’s Trophy at the school grounds, Sector 26 here today.

Sumit, Parveen enter semis
Chandigarh, January 3
Fifth seed Parveen Duggal entered the semifinal stage of the 23rd Chaudhary Vishnu Pal Singh Memorial Chandigarh State Snooker Championship which is being held at the Sector 22 Chandigarh Billiards and Snooker Centre, here.

Softball trials today
Chandigarh, January 3
The Chandigarh Softball Association will conduct selection trials at the SD College, Sector 32 on Thursday at 3.30 pm, said the association secretary, Rooplal Sharma. Selected players will represent Chandigarh in the Senior National Softball Championship slated to be held in Devas, Madhya Pradesh from January 9 to 14.


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