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Two in Vigilance net for kerosene fraud
Chandigarh, January 15
The UT Vigilance Department today arrested a partner of the kerosene pump in Sector 35 here along with his accomplice for selling oil on the black market.
People wait to get supply of kerosene in front of the kerosene pump in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Monday
People wait to get supply of kerosene in front of the kerosene pump in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

PU Dept in timetable mess
Chandigarh, January 15
A Panjab University report has found that the preparation of a new timetable for the faculty of the Department of Evening Studies last year was "illegal". The report has, in the process, laid bare the erratic functioning of the department due to inter- faculty intrigues.










EARLIER STORIES

MCC all set for panel scramble
Chandigarh, January 15
The first meeting of the Municipal Corporation House will be conducted on January 25. All eyes are now set on who would be part of the various committees of the MCC.

Keep manifesto promises, Bansal asks Mayor 
Chandigarh, January 15
Buoyed by the Congress' success in Ward No 7, the Minister of State for Finance, Mr Pawan Bansal, today asked the BJP-SAD alliance Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, to scrap the parking fee and property tax as promised in the alliance's poll manifesto.


Mr Pawan Bansal, Minister of State for Finance (right), addresses a press conference in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Mr Pawan Bansal, Minister of State for Finance, addresses a press conference in Chandigarh on Monday

Chill: Parents want schools’ closure for another week
Chandigarh, January 15
With temperatures dropping noticeably and cold wave sweeping the region for the past several days, the schoolchildren have to brave the chill and fog to reach their schools. Some of them cycle to their schools in dense fog, which may cause accidents. The Education Department has cold shouldered the demand of the parents for the closure of schools for at least one week so that the children could get respite from the biting cold. Though the department has extended the timings of all schools from 8 am to 8.30 am, it does not make any difference in terms of mitigated chill.

Braving the fog and chill: A girl cycles to school in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tiwari
A girl cycles to school in Chandigarh on Monday

Remembering bravehearts
Army men carry a wreath to be laid at the Veer Smriti in Chandi Mandir on Monday
Army men carry a wreath to be laid at the Veer Smriti in Chandi Mandir on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Martyrs remembered
Chandigarh, January 15
To mark the Army Day, Chief of Staff, Western Command, Lt-Gen A.N. Aul, laid a wreath at the Veer Smriti in Chandi Mandir here today to pay tributes to soldiers who laid down their lives in the line of duty. Army Day is observed every day to commemorate late Field Marshal K.M. Carriappa taking over the reins of the army 59 years ago from the British after Independence. — TNS

Passing Thru

COMMUNITY

No need to dissolve House: Cong chief
Panchkula, January 15
The President of the City Congress Committee and councillor, Mr RK Kakkar, today said that the Municipal Act did not provide for dissolving the Municipal Council when a term of less than a year remains.

Govt intervenes to prevent sugar prices from falling further
Chandigarh, January 15
The high production of sugar across the country during this season has failed to substantially bring down retail prices of sugar. Though the wholesale price of sugar has come down by Rs 4000 per tonne (Rs 4 per kg) during the past two months, retail prices have remained static at Rs 18-19 a kg.

IAF to buy US special mission aircraft 
Chandigarh, January 15
In what would be the first purchase of military aircraft from the United States in about five decades, the Indian Air Force will be procuring six C-130J Super Hercules special mission aircraft.

Inter-active session on Indo-Pak dialogue
Chandigarh, January 15
A crucial two-day interactive session on the future course of India-Pakistan dialogue will be held in Chandigarh on January 20 and 21. To be organised by the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development the session will have participants from both nations.

Cops not bothered about Supreme Court guidelines on arrest 
Chandigarh, January 15
Over 10 years have lapsed since the Supreme Court of India laid down "specific guidelines" for making arrests while delivering verdict in D.K. Basu Vs State of West Bengal case, yet the cops are still not complying with the directions.

Additional bridge to come up over bridge
Chandigarh January 15
The Chandigarh Administration is all set to construct an additional bridge over the natural choe crossing NH-21 between Sectors 42 and 53. The NH-21 passing through Chandigarh is an important link between the states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. There is existing a four-lane minor bridge over the natural choe, which caters to the present traffic volume, a press note said here today.

Pizza outlet in hair trouble 
Chandigarh, January 15
“Order a pizza and get a bunch of hair free”, seems to be a new scheme introduced by a leading Pizza chain in the city. A Sector-22 based computer trader, who had ordered a four pizzas from Domino’s, a Sector 34 located pizza eating joint, was shocked when he found hair in a pizza cake this afternoon.

Fauji Beat
Police, Army defaulters must be punished

In a recent incident, two army officers who allegedly misbehaved with women at a hotel in Kolkata, were put in the police lock-up. When the news about this reached their unit, 3 Madras, 20 men under a Lieut-Col stormed the police station and rescued their officers.
The Army chief, General J.J. Singh, accompanied by the Western Army Commander, Lieut-Gen Daljeet Singh (on his right and behind) and other officers, going around the War Memorial in Chandigarh.
The Army chief, General J.J. Singh, accompanied by the Western Army Commander, Lieut-Gen Daljeet Singh (on his right and behind) and other officers, going around the War Memorial in Chandigarh

Illegal rehris removed
Chandigarh, January 15

The Estate Office today removed over 50 encroachments from Sector 46 here. According to sources, the illegal rehris near the Sector 46 Rehri Market were removed by the enforcement staff of the Estate Office. The rehri owners had reportedly encroached upon public land for the past over several years.
A view of the encroachments removed by the Estate Office in Sector 46, Chandigarh, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
A view of the encroachments removed by the Estate Office in Sector 46, Chandigarh, on Monday

Shergill is new UT Transport Director
Chandigarh January 15
The Chandigarh Administration today ordered the new posting/transfers of PCS officers with immediate effect. Mr P.S. Shergill, Director, Industries-cum-General Manager, District Industries Centre, and also Secretary, STA and Controller, Weights and Measures has been posted as Divisional Manager, Chandigarh Transport Undertaking and Director, Transport. He will also hold the additional charges presently handled by him.

 
CRIME

An old hand in snatching nabbed
Mohali, January 15
A 32-year-old carpenter, who robbed off women, has been nabbed here. The police claims the man has admitted to have been involved in 21 cases of snatching in Mohali and Chandigarh.

Two scooters stolen
Chandigarh, January 15
Two scooters were stolen from various parts of the city in the past 24 hours. Mr Narinder Kumar of Sector 40 reported to the police alleging that his scooter was stolen from Sector 22 market. In another incident, Mr Navjot Singh of Sector 70, Mohali, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his scooter was stolen from Sector 17.Two separate cases of thefts have been registered.

 
BUSINESS

Adopt practical methods to conserve oil and gas: IG 
Chandigarh, January 15
The inaugural function of the Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight (OGCF)-2007, was organised at the Baba Makhan Shah Lobaba Bhawan in Sector 30-A, here today. The program was convened by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) as the state-level coordinator, UT Administration, on behalf of the oil industry. The UT Inspector General of Police (IGP), S. K. Jain was the chief guest on the occasion.

SBI to become customer friendly
Chandigarh, January 15
The State Bank Of India, Chandigarh Circle, is becoming more customer centric and a number of initiatives have been rolled out to make banking a pleasant experience for its customers.

Biz Clips
Airtel auction


 
EDUCATION

From Schools
Satirical play on environment pollution

Mohali, January 15
The CEVA Drama Repertory Company presented a satirical play ‘Khuli Hawa Ki Talash Mein’ at Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, here today. The aim of the play was to make children aware about environmental and ecological degradation caused due to littering and the rampant use of plastic and polythene in day-to-day life.
A play ‘Khuli Hawa Ki Talash Mein’ being held at Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, in Mohali on Monday A story telling session being held at Euro Kids Schoolin Mohali on Monday
A play ‘Khuli Hawa Ki Talash Mein’ being held at Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, in Mohali on Monday. A story telling session being held at Euro Kids Schoolin Mohali on Monday.

PU Reader gets AICTE award
Chandigarh, January 15
Dr Anil Kumar, Reader in Pharmacology, Panjab University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has been awarded the “AICTE Career Award” for young teachers. The AICTE shall pay the awardee a research grant of up to Rs 10.5 lakh over a period of three years for the purchase of equipment, books and journals.

 
CULTURE

'Nach Nacho' reflects Punjab folkfore
Chandigarh, January 15
A Punjabi musical album 'Nach Nacho' by acclaimed folksinger, Sarabjit Cheema, was released at a largely attended function, at the Chandigarh Press Club, here today. Performing the release ceremony, Chief Guest, Darshan Kumar, Managing Director, Super Cassette Industries, complimented the singer and the music director Sukhpal Sukh for capturing the mosaic of the folklore of Punjab mingled with contemporary musical influences.
Folk singer Sarabjit Cheema at the release of his latest album 'Nach Nacho' at the Chandigarh Press Club on Monday
Folk singer Sarabjit Cheema at the release of his latest album 'Nach Nacho' at the Chandigarh Press Club on Monday. 

HEALTH

City doc’s works in foreign text book
Chandigarh, January 15
A city-based physician, Dr Ashit Syngle, has added another feather to his cap after Springer, a reputed international publisher from Netherlands, published a complete chapter of a medical text book “Prevention and Treatment of Age related diseases” on his works.

Eye camp

 
SPORTS

Ankit’s knock helps DAV enter final
Mohali, January 15
The local DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, and Government Multi-purpose School (GMS), Patiala, entered the final of the PCA Parle Super League-cum-Knockout match at the PCA Cricket Stadium here today. In the semifinal matches, DAV School thrashed Kundan Vidya Mandir School of Ludhiana by 101 runs while GMS, Patiala, beat Sain Das Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar, by 33 runs.

Long jump: Jaswinder wins gold
Chandigarh, January 15

Jaswinder Singh of DAV College, Sector 10, won top honours in the long jump event (7.01 m) trailed by his college-mate Herwinder Singh (6.78 m), in the Chandigarh State Athletics Meet 2006-07 for sub-juniors (girls and boys) and seniors (men and women), which concluded at the Sports Complex, Sector 7, here today.
Jaswinder Singh of DAV College, Sector 10, jumps to win gold in long jump (men) at the Chandigarh State Athletics Meet at Sports Complex, Sector 7, here, on Monday
Jaswinder Singh of DAV College, Sector 10, jumps to win gold in long jump (men) at the Chandigarh State Athletics Meet at Sports Complex, Sector 7, here, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

UT badminton team selected
Chandigarh, January 15
The following players will represent Chandigarh in the forthcoming 52nd Senior National Ball Badminton Championship to be held at Latur (Maharashtra) from January 18 to 21.

Billiards: Sumit thrashes Divya
Chandigarh, January 15
Top seed Sumit Talwar defeated Divya Sharma (9-1) in the first semi-final league match of the Chaudhary Vishnu Pal Singh Memorial 9- Ball Open Prize Money Tournament at the Billiards Coaching Centre, Sector -22, here today.

Administrator's Cup from Jan 18
Chandigarh, January 15
The Ist Inter-School Administrator's Cup Limited Overs Cricket Tournament for u-19 boys will be starting from January 18 to 25. The tournament, being organised by the Chandigarh Sports Department, will be played at three venues: Sector 16 Cricket Stadium, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23 and St John's High School, Sector 26. The tournament will be played on a knockout basis.

Lakhwinder brings laurels to DAV School
Chandigarh, January 15
Lakhwinder Singh, a student of DAV Model School, Sector 15 A won the laurels for the school by winning the Best Athlete title at C.B.S.E National Sports meet held at Jamshedpur recently.




The students of DAV Model School, Sector 15, dispaly their medals at the school premises on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
The students of DAV Model School, Sector 15, dispaly their medals at the school premises

Body building meet on January 28
Chandigarh, January 15
The Chandigarh Amateur Body Building Association ( CAABA) will organise the 13th Sub-junior and 16th Junior Body Building Championship at the DAV College, Sector 10, here on January 28.

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