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CVM joins hands with BJP, SAD
Chandigarh, January 4
What they couldn’t do before the elections, they finally managed it later. Setting their personal differences aside, the BJP, the SAD and the CVM came together today and announced to jointly fight the Congress in the upcoming election in Ward No. 7 and the election of the Mayor.

Photo I-card must for Assembly poll
Mohali, January 4
No one will be allowed to cast his vote in the Assembly elections being held next month if he does not carry his elector photo identity card as per the directions of the Election Commission.

More fingers pointed at Pandher
Chandigarh, January 4
Parents of two minor girls, who had been missing since June 2005 from the Mansa Devi Complex, today came to the Sector 27 residence of Moninder Singh Pandher suspecting their daughters might have become his prey.
Parents of two minor girls, who have been missing since June 2005 from the Mansa Devi Complex, show pictures of their missing daughters outside the Sector 27 residence of Moninder Singh Pandher in Chandigarh on Thursday
Parents of two minor girls, who have been missing since June 2005 from the Mansa Devi Complex, show pictures of their missing daughters outside the Sector 27 residence of Moninder Singh Pandher in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph 



 








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The Sector 38 gurdwara illuminated on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh in Chandigarh on Thursday
The Sector 38 gurdwara illuminated on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Demat accounts freezed
Chandigarh, January 4
Thousands of demat accounts and trading accounts of investors in the tricity have been frozen, on the directions of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

Police moves Punjab Govt on Jaswal case
Chandigarh, January 4
A day after booking Brig J.S. Jaswal (retd), Director, Sainik Welfare, Punjab, on the allegations of criminal intimidation and insulting the modesty of a woman on a complaint lodged by Ms Raj Kaur, the Chandigarh police today asked the Punjab Government to conduct a departmental fact-finding inquiry into the matter and communicate its findings.

CTP licence ‘racket’ now under scanner
Chandigarh, January 4
Taking a serious note of the alleged irregularities being committed at the Children Traffic Park (CTP), Sector 23, while conducting driving tests for licences, Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic) A.S. Ahlawat today ordered an inquiry into the matter.

Mahima Chaudhary In Town
Leading actress of Bollywood, Mahima Chaudhary will be in the city on Friday in connection with the launch of an exclusive diamond jewellery store. From being a model to her role as the quintessential "good Indian girl" opposite Shahrukh Khan in ‘Pardes’ shot Mahima straight to fame. Born in Delhi, her real name is Ritu Choudhary. She won the ‘Lux Zee Award’ in 1997 for ‘Best Female Debutant’ and ‘Face of the Year’ in 1997 from Lux. She has many hits to her name like ‘Dhadkan’, ‘Dil Kya Kare, ‘Khiladi 420’, ‘Daag’ etc.

Passing Thru

COMMUNITY

Admn gives raw deal to retirees
Chandigarh, January 4 The Chandigarh Administration is at it again.This time several retirees of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) are allegedly at the receiving end and are moving from pillar to post for the past several months to get their pensionary benefits.

Zirakpur-Parwanoo bypass to be completed in 30 months: Hooda
Panchkula, January 4
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, said today that the 29 km long Zirakpur-Parwanoo bypass would be constructed by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and completed in 30 months after the commencement of the project.

Chain fast enters second day
Chandigarh, January 4
The chain fast of the members of the PGI Employees Union, entered its second day with Mr Bhupinder Singh and Mr Govind Ram, propaganda secretary and an executive member of the union, respectively, replacing Mr Mohinder Singh and Mr Kanhaiya Lal, here today.

Sofosh donates blankets to widows
Chandigarh, January 4
The Society for Social Health (Sofosh) distributed blankets among 50 poor widows of Colony No 4 here today. Mrs Lalit Joshi, chairperson of the Chandigarh Social Welfare Board, who was the chief guest on the occasion, appreciated the efforts of the society, said Mrs Kamaljeet Saini, president of the society.

Panel on youth programme meets
Chandigarh January 4
The District Advisory Committee on Youth Programme held its meeting under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner R.K. Rao here today. He emphasised on effective participation of youths and adolescents in recreational activities.

Gurpurb celebrations
Zirakpur, January 4
The newly formed committee of the new gurdwara in Badal Colony, Zirakpur will celebrate the birth day of Guru Gobind Singh on January 7 in the colony. All are invited. After the bhog of Akand Path, langar will be served.

 
CRIME

War memorial tank case: youth booked
Chandigarh, January 4
The police today booked Aman of Sector 15, who had rammed his car into the fencing around the tank in front of the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, for negligent driving.

Rs 4.30 lakh ‘stolen’ from car
Mohali, January 4
A sum of Rs 4.30 lakh was allegedly stolen from a Scorpio in Phase VII here today. Police officials reached the scene to investigate the matter but were not convinced by the statements made by the complainant.

 
BUSINESS

Bank ombudsman launches awareness drive
Chandigarh, January 4
The office of Banking Ombudsman has launched a major awareness campaign in order to popularise the Banking Ombudsman Scheme and redress grievances of bank customers.

SVRTP institutes IT award
Chandigarh, January 4
Swami Vivekanand Research and Technology Park (SVRTP), Chandigarh, today announced the institution of the "SVRTP IT Award of the Year" that will be given to two IT Companies-an Indian company and a foreign-based one, annually. SVRTP is the first organisation to start such an award in the country.

 
EDUCATION

PEC finalises vision document
Chandigarh, January 4
The vision statement of the Punjab Engineering College (PEC) has been finalised. Written by a five-member committee, it will be tabled in the meeting of the board of governors. Other than vision and mission statements, the draft suggests strategies and lists focus areas.

I am not solely responsible, says UBS Reader
Chandigarh, January 4
Mr Manoj Sharma, Reader, University Business School, who is facing charges of having fudged facts to secure better ratings for the UBS, stated today that he is not solely responsible for the information provided to various ranking agencies.

Guru Gobind Singh’s birth anniversary celebrated
Chandigarh, January 4
The department of history, Government College, Sector 11, in collaboration with the Punjabi department of the college, celebrated Guru Gobind Singh’s birth anniversary here today. The celebrations kicked off with rendition of ‘shabad’ by students of the music department.

NSS workshop concludes
Chandigarh, January 4
Under the Special Camping Programme of National Service Scheme (NSS), 1125 boys and 1468 girls from various colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh, participated in a workshop, “Healthy Youth for Healthy India”, which concluded here recently.

Award for scientist
Chandigarh, January 4
Dr Anil Kumar, Reader in Pharmacology, University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences has been awarded “AICTE Career Award” for young teachers.

 
HEALTH

50,000 deaths occur annually due to snakebite in India
Chandigarh, January 4
Nearly 50,000 deaths are being reported due to snakebite in the country every year. This major medical problem in India has put the county on top of the list of deaths due to snakebite. As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) the death toll was alarming in the developing countries because of frequent human and reptile confrontations.


Dr Ian D. Simpson, Head of the WHO Snakebite Group, talks to The Tribune at the PGI, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — A Tribune photo 
Dr Ian D. Simpson, Head of the WHO Snakebite Group, talks to The Tribune at the PGI, Chandigarh, on Thursday

SPORTS

Jeev owes glory to Chandigarh greens
Chandigarh, January 4
“I must have hit thousands of golf balls on the greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club. Each stroke has helped me attain the 37th position in world golf”. These words came from Chiranjeev Milkha Singh as he went down memory lane at a function to honour “Our very own Jeev” organised by the Chandigarh Golf Club here this evening.

GCG, GGD SD in finals
Chandigarh, January 4
The Government College for Girls, Sector 11 and GGD SD College, Sector 32 stormed into the finals of the Panjab University Inter-College Tennis (women) Tournament, at the PU courts, here today.

Seeds move up in snooker tournament
Chandigarh, January 4
Sandeep Duggal, Sumit Talwar, Parveen Duggal and Rajat Khaneja moved into the semifinals of 23rd Chaudhary Vishnu Pal Singh Memorial Chandigarh State Snooker Tournament being held at Chandigarh Billiards Coaching Centre, Sector 22 D here today.

St John’s win


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