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Class X at Ryan = ?
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
The 81 class X students of the Ryan International Public School, Sector 49, here are in a catch-22 situation as they are not sure whether they can appear in the annual examination, scheduled to commence on March 2 next, as the school has not got the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliation.

The attitude and approach of the school authorities regarding the affiliation has left the students and their parents in the lurch.

Mr Krishan Mohan, Home Secretary-cum-Secretary Education, said, “I will look into the matter and talk to the higher authorities of the CBSE tomorrow so that no inconvenience is caused to the students and their year is not wasted”.

In the event of non-receipt of the affiliation, the hapless parents will have no option but to initiate criminal proceedings against the school authorities.

The Principal of the school, Ms Poonam Sharma, said, “In a day or two, we will get a positive reply from the CBSE office. I appeal to the parents not to be panicky as we hold full responsibility for their children.”

Regarding the undue delay in the affiliation process, she said, “The process got delayed because the building completion formalities took excessive time and without this certificate, we could not proceed further”.

Mr Sudhir Chitnis, manager, Ryan Institute, stated, “There are two or three administrative authorities involved in the building completion process. Since we could not apply for the no-objection certificate before completing these formalities, the process got delayed. We have asked for special permission from the CBSE to let our students appear in the class X examination.”

He further said, “If we get the special permission, the students will appear in the examination and their examination centres will be at any other school in Chandigarh”.

Till date, despite the assurance given by the school authorities, the worried parents alleged that the case seem to be at a standstill.

The last date for sending examination forms was October 31 last and the practical examination was scheduled from the last week of January to February 15 next.

The datesheet for the final examination had been announced and admit cards to the candidates applicable were in the process of issuance.

The school conducted the pre-board examination of class X from January 8 to 19.

The question papers did not mention the board for which the examination was held.

The Principal gave them in writing through a letter dated December 28 last that the school authorities had filed the papers for affiliation.

Later the parents procured a copy of a CBSE letter dated December 19 last, which revealed that the application for grant of affiliation or upgradation was registered for the 2008-09 session.

This meant that the school, which had started classes on the CBSE pattern without prior permission from the board would be treated as unauthorised and the application of the school was liable to be rejected.

According to sources, no affiliation application by the school for the current session had been pending with the board. Though the school authorities were denying it, they could not show any evidence of communication in this regard.

“All letters are lying at our central office in New Delhi. Right now, we do not possess any document in our school”, said the Principal.

The agitated parents argued that it was beyond their understanding how the school had been allotted the site by the Chandigarh Administration though the school was not affiliated with any recognised education board.

“It is hard to digest that the Administration is not in the know of this fact. The students have been given dummy forms, on which they have been asked to furnish their credentials”, said a parent.

“They have to submit the forms along with a fee of Rs 350. This seems to be mock exercise to misguide parents that the examination or admission forms are being filled in”, said another parent.

Leaving nothing to chance, the parents decided to file a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking directions to the CBSE and other respondents to allow their wards to appear in the examination as they were not at fault.

“We will wait for two more days and if nothing happens, we will go ahead and file the writ petition”, said an agitated parent.



Improving quality of life UT’s priority
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
Listing various achievements of the Chandigarh Administration, Mr Lalit Sharma, Adviser to the UT Administrator, claimed here yesterday that the Administration was committed to enriching the lives of citizens through economic growth by continuously improving the quality and quantity of civic services.

Addressing the Republic Day function after unfurling the Tricolour at the Parade Ground here, Mr Sharma said the departments of the Administration had been asked to make a clear distinction between their public service and regulatory functions. "Over the next one year the Administration will focus on the service role of all departments and review all practices and procedures to make them public-friendly," Mr Sharma asserted.

"We have taken a decision to register patients visiting government hospitals and dispensaries at e-Sampark centres thus saving time spent in hospitals," the Adviser announced.

"In recognition of the excellence of citizens of Chandigarh at the national and international level, the Administrator has decided to institute an annual Administrator’s Gold Medal, to be awarded on Independence Day", he added

Our efforts to provide better infrastructural services such as power supply, water supply, health and education services along with efficient public transport have met with some success, but much more remains to be done.

The Administration has issued instructions that new connections of a load less than 5 KW will be released within 7 days, and no estimate/demand notice will be issued. A Citizen Facilitation Centre has been set up by the Engineering Department where residents can lodge their complaints at a single telephone number for redressal of their grievances in respect of power supply, public health and road works, he stated.

In the field of school education a novel model of partnership has been devised with the help of distinguished persons. This model envisages construction of school buildings by the Administration but educational services being provided by institutions in civil society. We expect this model will succeed in providing high quality education at low cost, the top official hoped.

“Recently we have been able to add to our capacities in the health sector,” he said.

The Education Department has been implementing the mid-day meal scheme. A new government college of commerce and business administration has been sanctioned and the college has started functioning, in Sector 19 from this year.

“We have been able to attract fresh investment in the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park. A Regional Cyber Security and Research Centre is being set up in collaboration with NASSCOM.” the Adviser informed.

Similarly, a Financial Services Centre is to be established by the Administration.

New projects like the Education City, Theme Park, and the Multimedia Film City Project have progressed significantly in terms of preparatory work. The Multimedia Film City Project is likely to take off by March this year.

Chandigarh has been placed on the tentative list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, and the Chandigarh Museum and Art Gallery, Natural History Museum, Chandigarh Architecture Museum, and National Gallery of Portraits have been upgraded.

The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking is in the process of installing global positioning system to provide real time information to passengers. The Registering and Licencing Authority has started the practice of issuing learners’ licence, duplicate licence, renewal of licence, international driving licence and regular licence on the same day.

The Chandigarh Housing Board is engaged in building of more than 20,000 small flats. The Cricket Stadium in Sector 16 has been upgraded. Floodlights have been provided in the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42.



Tributes paid to nationalists, soldiers, martyrs on R-Day
Tribune News Service

Students present a colourful programme on the occasion of Republic Day in Panchkula on Friday.
Students present a colourful programme on the occasion of Republic Day in Panchkula on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Panchkula, January 27
Greeting the people on the occasion of the 58th Republic Day, the Parliamentary Secretary, Agriculture, Mr Ramkishen, said that it was the duty of every Indian to maintain peace and brotherhood in a nation which had diverse cultures.

Speaking at the district-level function after unfurling the Tricolour yesterday, he paid tributes to nationalists and leaders, soldiers and martyrs who had laid down their lives to carve out India's freedom.

Highlighting the achievements of the Congress Government in the state, Mr Ramkishen stated that the state was progressing well due to the balanced policies of the government. He said that the government led by Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda was not only working towards strengthening the infrastructure but had a people -friendly approach.

"The government has already waived off pending electricity bills to the tune of Rs 1,600 crore of farmers and rural consumers, hiking charges on destruction of crop, public utilities, new roads and opening schools are among a few other steps initiated by the government," he stated.

While he took the salute of the marchpast by the district police, NCC cadets, scouts and guides drawn from various schools, a colourful cultural programme was also presented on the occasion. Students of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, The Gurukul, Sector 20, Hansraj School, Sector 6, government schools of the city, put up a song, dance and drill show steeped in patriotism.

In the contest of tableaux, the scenic beauty of Morni came alive in a presentation by the Forest Department which bagged the first prize along with a trophy. The second prize went to a tableau by the Red Cross wing of the district while the tableau by the Women and Child Welfare Department came third. In the cultural programme, Hansraj School came first, The Gurukul was adjudged second while the Government Girls Middle School, Sector 15, was third.

Meanwhile, after the function, the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Neerja Shekhar, distributed fruit among the patients admitted to General Hospital, Sector 6, on the occasion of the Republic Day. The SDM, Kalka, Mr Maheshwar Sharma, unfurled the National Flag in Kalka. A physical training show, a marchpast and a prize distribution function was also held.

Republic Day was celebrated with patriotic fervour in Satluj Public School, Junior (Foundation) Wing, Sector 2, and Senior Secondary Wing, Sector 4. The celebrations began with a special assembly during which various cultural items were presented by the students.

Celebrations began with unfurling of the flag and National Anthem followed by patriotic dances and songs. Painting competition, quiz and essay writing competition was also held. Students were awarded with certificates. Students presented a Tricolor Ribbon Drill, Dumb-bell Show, Lazium Show, Housewise March Past, Group Dance - Desh Mera Rangeela, Action Song — India in the Space Age.



GMSSS-47 win R-Day trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
The bhangra team of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 47, here, won the overall winners’ trophy on the occasion of Republic Day celebrations held at Parade Ground, Sector 17, here, yesterday.

The team which presented ‘Jinda Naach’ was handed over the trophy by the Adviser to the Administrator, Mr Lalit Mohan. The students of Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sector 25, bagged the runners-up trophy by presenting ‘Lilliput dance’ while the students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, got the third prize for performing Rajasthani Dance.

Adarsh Academy-47

Adarsh Academy, Sector 47, celebrated Republic Day in the school premises on Friday. Dr Jatinder Singh, MD of Kudos Pharmaceuticals, who was the chief guest hoisted the National Flag. Founder president Acharya Atmaram Mishra, school director and executive committee members of the school were present on the occasion.

Students took out a march past followed by patriotic songs, poems and speeches. Sports day was also organised on the occasion in which students participated in various events.

The chief guest presented the prizes to the winners. Flags and sweets were distributed among the students.

GHS, Dadu Majra

Students presented a play titled ‘Bhagat Singh’. This was followed by a cultural programme. Members of Lioness Club, Panchkula presented a computer to the school.

Government Model High School-39

With the cooperation of the PTA and staff of the school, students distributed shoes to the needy students. They also gave sweaters to the evening shift students of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan. A cultural programme was organised on the occasion.

Vivek High School-38

The celebrations at the school started with a march past by the senior wing students followed by an opening address. Patriotic songs, dance performances, poems and speeches by the students marked the occasion.

The day ended with an address by Ms Opinder Singh, Head of the History Department.

St Anne’s Convent School-32

Mr Ashok Sood, the father of the topper of class X, was the chief guest on the occasion. He hoisted the flag and took the salute. Later, he honoured the winners of various competitions conducted during the academic year and presented trophies to the winning house captains. Manager Rev Fr Ambrose D’Souza and Principal Sr Felicia greeted the gathering on the occasion.

Guru Nanak Public School-36

Students celebrated the day with great enthusiasm and patriotic zeal. The tricolour was unfurled by the principal Ms Jasminder S. Singh. It was followed by speeches and a cultural programme.

Ryan International School-49

The school celebrated Republic Day on the school premises. An inter-house patriotic song activity was organised. Flag hoisting, march past, speeches and aerobics marked the celebrations. Students of Class V presented a play on Fundamental Rights.

Kendriya Vidyalaya, Zirakpur

Principal Ms Annie Thariyan hosted the National Flag followed by the singing of the National Anthem. In her address, she exhorted the students to fight against social evils and to work for the solidarity and integrity of the nation. A cultural programme was presented.

Sharda Sarvhitkari Model Senior Secondary School- 40

The celebration started with the unfurling of the National flag by the school Principal, Mr B.S Kanwar. In his speech, he stressed upon the sacrifices made by freedom fighters. The speech was followed by a cultural programme.

KV High Grounds

The school was decorated with tricolour buntings and balloons to mark the occasion. The Chief Guest Gp Capt B.K. Sood, Station Commander and Chairman, VMC, hoisted the national flag. Other dignitaries of the station and the parents also attended the function.

Shivang Sood of Class VIII traced the events in India’s struggle for freedom. A group song and group dance was presented by the secondary students. Tiny tots presented the song, ‘Desh Rangila’. Ms Preetika Sood, president, AFWWA(L) honoured Ekta Goel and Neeraj Dhankar for topping the Class XII and class X CBSE examination.

Ashmah International School, Mohali

Students presented songs like ‘Rang De Basanti’, ‘Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawaanon Ka’ and ‘I love my India’ on the occasion. A fancy dress competition was held in which students came dressed up as Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Principal Ms Devneet Singh addressed the students.



Schoolgirl falls ill at R-Day
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 27
A Class XII student of Khalsa Senior Secondary School in Phase VIII here suffered an attack due to stress soon after the state-level Republic Day function concluded at Government College here yesterday.

Aman suffered the attack as soon as the gathering started to disperse. She was immediately taken to an ambulance parked on the college premises and then to the local Civil Hospital.

Doctors attending on her said that she had suffered a “panic attack,” probably due to stress. They said the stress might have been due to preparations being made over the past few days for the presentation of her school item at the celebrations.

The Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), unfurled the National Flag and also took the salute at an impressive marchpast at the first state-level function held in the new district.

Mrs Jean Rodrigues, wife of the Punjab Governor, Mr R.S. Gill, Director General of Police, Mr Tejveer Singh Deputy Commissioner, were among those present at the celebrations.



Ranbaxy celebrates R-Day with villagers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, Toansa, celebrated Republic Day with the residents of village and its employees yesterday. The seniormost resident of the village, Mr Moola Singh (85), unfurled the National Flag.

All the prominent figures of the village including the sarpanch, Mr Dharam Pal, nambardar Shankar Singh and former sarpanches Ram Lal and Harbnans Lal were present on the occasion.

In the welcome address, Mr T.L. Easwar, Director, API manufacturing Ranbaxy Labs Limited, thanked the villagers for joining them on the Republic Day celebrations and sought their presence on all such occasions in future also. 

Children of various schools in the village sang the National Anthem and patriotic songs. Sweets and gifts were also distributed among them.



Hospitals celebrate R-Day

Chandigarh, January 27
Prof K.K. Talwar, Director, PGI, hoisted the National Flag and took the salute from the march past taken out by the institute’s security staff during the Republic Day celebration at the PGI here on Friday.

Prof Talwar recalled the contributions of Jawahar Lal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri and B.R. Ambedkar in shaping the destiny of India.

Patriotic songs were sung by the nursing staff and sweets were distributed among children on the occasion.


Prof H.S. Swami, director-principal of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, took the salute and unfurled the flag during Republic Day celebrations on Friday. He highlighted the institute’s achievements and stressed upon its development. — TNS



R-Day celebrated

Zirakpur, January 27
A Baltana-based housing society, Highland Cooperative Society, celebrated the Republic Day by organising a Sukhmani Sahib path and a Shabad Kirtan yesterday.

A community kitchen was also organised. According to a press note, raagi Bhagwan Singh Mohaliwale and Harpal Singh of Sector 30, Chandigarh, conducted the path.

Sarbjit Kaur, wife of Punjab’s former Finance Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh, was the guest of honour. — TNS



Mortality rate of Sukhna’s migratory birds up
Another dies, 2 seriously ill, sent to Jalandhar
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
Although seasonal mortality of migratory birds is routine, what is not routine is the death of 10 birds in a row. Earlier this week, nine birds had been found dead at the lake. Today, yet another bird, kept under observation of the UT Wildlife Department for five days, died, heightening concern over the cause of mortality.

The department sent the dead bird, along with two other ailing ones, to the Regional Diagnostic Laboratory, Jalandhar. Bodies of nine birds were sent to this laboratory earlier. It is learnt that they had further been sent to Bhopal for thorough medical investigation.

As regards the birds at the Sukhna Lake, their sampling had been stopped for a while. The Chief Wildlife Warden, UT, Mr Ishwar Singh said the department was awaiting the report on dead birds already under investigation at Jalandhar.

"We have given the sampling a break. We did not think it proper to keep the ailing birds under our observation as it was serving no purpose. When one more bird died today, we deemed it fit to refer the cases to Jalandhar", he said.

The latest case of mortality and ailment was reported in the grey-legged goose which, wildlife officials said, did not present any signs of injury. That ruled out poaching.

From cursory observation of three birds kept under care by Wildlife Department, it seemed that they had some sort of food-related infection.

"They were not accepting food, which indicates interruption of their food chain. As I said earlier, consumption of insecticide-infested grains could have caused this problem. Despite our repeated requests not to feed migratory birds, who have enough food in the Sukhna habitat, people have been feeding the birds, causing harm", he said, ruling out avian influenza as the cause of mortality.

In any case, avian flu causes mass casualty at a time and it presents unique symptoms which the dead birds of Sukhna have not presented. But in this case, birds have died after about two months of flocking at Sukhna and have died at intervals.

Citing a similar case involving the death of migratory birds at the Chilka Lake in Orissa, he said avian cholera was detected as the cause of their mortality.



Chandigarh hottest in region
Night temperature up by 4.2 degrees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
Despite some changes in weather conditions today, the temperature fluctuation continued, so much so that the night temperature rose by a considerable 4.2 degree over the past two days.

Although there was a slight dip in day (maximum) temperature today, the minimum temperature increased by over four degree, making the night warmer as compared to earlier nights. This is the first big rise in night temperature over the past week.

The night temperature recorded here today was 10.6 degree as against 6.4 degree recorded on January 25. There has, however, been a minor drop in day temperature. It came down to 26.8 degree as compared to 27 degree recorded on January 25. The drop of 0.2 degree is quite insignificant in actual terms as the days and night continue to get warmer.

It is significant to note that Chandigarh is the hottest place in the meterological zone right now. Whereas the day and night temperature recorded here is 26.8 and 10.6 degree, respectively, the corresponding measurements for other areas are as follows: Ambala (25.7 and 7.0 degree), Amritsar (23.8 and 2.4 degree), Bhuntar (23.8 and 4.1 degree), Patiala (25.1 and 9.0) and Ludhiana (24.8 and 7.6 degree).



Priest charred to death
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 27
A 35-year-old priest was charred to death last night while he was sleeping in his room behind the Kali temple in Sector 5, Mansa Devi Complex, here. His skeletal remains were found by his mother today morning when the police forced open the room.

The priest, Shiv Kumar, had been looking after the temple for the past 25 years. In a statement to the police, his mother, Savitri, a resident of Bhainsa Tibba, said that she came today morning to meet her son. She found smoke coming out from under the door after which she informed the police.

The police broke open the door and found that the body had been burnt beyond recognition along with his bedding. Only his arm, which was dangling out of bed, was identifiable. Police sources said that his family members, in their statements, had said that the priest was an alcoholic and would consume the liquor offered at the temple.



Three held for installing statues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
The local police today arrested three representatives of the Saheed Bhagat Singh Sewa Morcha (SBSSM), Yamunanagar, on the charge of unlawfully installing statutes of martyrs at various roundabouts in the city.

The police said six cases were registered under Section 3-A of the West Bengal Provision of Property Act against the persons for installing statutes at various rotaries on the outer Dakshin Marg on the eve of Republic Day.

The police said Mohinder Singh of Guru Teg Bhadur Nagar, Suresh Kumar of Bank Colony and Gurpreet Singh of Goldenpuri, Yamunanagar, were arrested in this regard.

They told the police that they had come to Mohali to install statues, but the authorities did not grant them permission for the same.



Jasjit Singh filed papers as SAD candidate, Independent
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 27
In a step that puzzled many, Mr Jasjit Singh, SAD candidate from the Kharar constituency for the Punjab elections, had filed four sets of nomination papers one of them as an Independent.

According to information obtained from the office of the Returning Officer, all candidates had filed only one set of papers each even when the maximum number of sets that can be filed by each candidate is four.

Mr Jasjit Singh had filed his nomination papers on January 25, the last day for filing nominations. He was accompanied to the office of the SDM-cum-Returning Officer, Mr Sandeep Hans, by Capt Kanwaljit Singh, SAD general secretary, Mrs Daljit Kaur, former MLA, Mr Sat Pal Jain, senior BJP leader, Mr Rajbir Singh Padiala, SAD leader, and Mr Khushwant Rai Giga, BJP leader.

The nomination papers were scrutinised by the SDM-cum-Returning Officer today and all of them were found to be correct. Now only 13 candidates are left in the fray.

As many as 16 candidates, including three covering candidates had filed their nomination papers from the Kharar constituency.

The candidates contesting the elections from the Kharar constituency are Mr Jasjit Singh (SAD), Br Balbir Sing Sidhu (Congress), Mr Anil Kumar (Bhartiya Jan Shakti Party), Mr Swarn Singh (BSP-Ambedkar), Mr Jaswinder Singh (BSP), Joginder Kaur Sahota (SAD-Amritsar), Mr Nacchatar Singh, Mr Parmod Kumar, Ms Ishwar Kaur, Mr Gurnam Singh, Mr Tarlochan Singh Mann, Mr Parminder Singh and Mr Bhajan Singh Shergill (all Independents).



Vehicle goes up in flames
Tribune News Service

The Qualis which caught fire on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway, near Sector 20, in Panchkula on Saturday.
The Qualis which caught fire on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway, near Sector 20, in Panchkula on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Panchkula, January 27
Occupants of a Toyata Qualis (HR-23U-0283) today had a miraculous escape when their vehicle caught fire on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway, near Sector 20, around 4 am here today.

The occupants of the vehicle were on their way from Sikar in Rajasthan to their home in Sector 21 here.

The driver of the Qualis, Mr Jagdish Ram, said he had come from Rajasthan to drop relatives of the vehicle owner, Mr Purnemal, of Sikar district in Rajasthan.

On reaching Sector 21, he noticed smoke coming out of the bonnet. He and others got out to investigate when the vehicle caught fire.

Nobody was injured in the accident and the fire brigade was called in to douse the flames.



Chiefs of 37 air forces to attend seminar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
An international seminar on the theme of “Aerospace power in tomorrow’s world” is being organised by the Indian Air Force in New Delhi on February 4 and 5.

The seminar will be attended by the chiefs of 37 air forces, including those of the USA, Britain, China, Israel and Sri Lanka. Former services chiefs from the Indian armed forces are also expected to attend the seminar.

The seminar is been organised by the IAF as part of the events to commemorate its platinum jubilee, which falls on October 8 this year.



Sood Sabha mela on Feb 4
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
The Sood Sabha, Chandigarh, will hold its 45th annual mela at Sood Bhavan, Chandigarh, on February 4. Mrs Kanta Saroop Krishen, honourary secretary, Blood Bank Society, will be the chief guest. Air Cdre Manmohan Sood and Mr Rewal Chand Sood, philanthropist, will be the guest of honour. Sood Ratan award will be given to Dr Bhushan Sood of Canada for his exemplary social services.

The sabha will organise eye donation awakening camp in association with the Eye Bank, GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, at the mela.



‘At Home’ organised

Chandigarh, January 27
The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), was ‘At Home’ with distinguished citizens of Punjab and Chandigarh on the lush green lawns of the Punjab Raj Bhavan here today.

The pathway was decorated to receive the gathering. The ‘At Home’ function began as the Punjab police band played the National Anthem. Unlike ‘At Home’ functions in previous years, the gathering was less. — TNS



1 booked for selling resumed plot
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
A Mani Majra resident allegedly duped a man of Rs 2 lakh on the pretext of selling him a plot, which was already resumed by HUDA.

The police said Mr Bhupesh Kumar of Sector 18-C lodged a complaint with the economic offences wing (EOW) that Shiv Kumar Sharma of Rama Market, Mani Majra, had entered a deal with him for selling a plot for a booth in the Mansa Devi complex. The deal was settled for Rs 17 lakh and the complainant had given Rs 2 lakh in advance for the same. However, he later realised that the plot had already been resumed by HUDA.

A case of cheating and criminal conspiracy under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered.

Vehicle stolen

Mr Raj Kumar of Sector 38 reported to the police that a government Maruti Gypsy (CH-01-G-0403) was stolen from his residence on the night of January 25.

A case of theft has been registered.

Theft case

Mr Manpreet Singh of Sector 69, Mohali, lodged a complaint with the police that spare parts were stolen from his shop in Sector 47 on the night of January 25.

A case has been registered.

Hit-and-run case

A motorcyclist, Mr Vanit Singh Rawat, of Sector 41-B was hurt after being hit by a car (CH-03-S-5340) near a temple in Sector 36 on January 24. He was admitted to the PGI. The car driver managed to speed away from the spot. A case of causing hurt due and rash and negligent driving under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 36 police station.



Cable stolen from Lake Club
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
Thieves decamped with 10-metre cable wire from the Lake Sports Club.

Dr Reet Mohinder Singh, General Manager of the club, reported to the police that 10-meters cable wire from the club were taken away on the night of January 24. A case has been registered in this connection.


Akhsit Kumar, a student of Class IX at Government Model School, Sector 16, had gone missing on January 23. His father, Mr Suresh Chander, has reported the matter to the police and a DDR has been recorded in this regard. He announced that anyone providing information about the missing child would be given a reward of Rs 5,000. The information can be given on his telephone number 5081238.

Man held for assault

An altercation between two colleagues took a violent turn this morning when one of them hit the other with an iron rod on the head. The victim was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32. Later, the victim was discharged.

The police said the incident took place at around 9.30 am at Sahani Taxi Stand, when Ramesh Chander and Jaswinder Singh, both taxi drivers, had a heated argument. Following this, Jaswinder Singh hit Ramesh with an iron rod on his head injuring him. At the hospital, Ramesh was administered seven stitches.

The police arrested Jaswinder Singh on the allegation of culpable homicide not amounting to murder under Section 308 of the Indian Penal code.



Booked for kidnapping
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 27
The police has booked more than five persons on charges of kidnapping and cheating.

According to the police, Mr Chaman Lal, a resident of Pannumajra village falling in Nawanshahr district, had complaint that Mohinder Singh, Gurinder Singh, Nirmal Singh, Jeet Kaur, Gurjeet Singh and others had allegedly kidnapped Dharamveer, his relative, from Mohali.

The police said Gurinder Singh, his wife and child had to go to America and were looking for a travel agent who could get the required documents prepared.

Mr Dharamveer had got the family introduced to a Delhi-based travel agent who asked for Rs 40 lakh for doing the work.

The family paid Rs 20 lakh and got two passports along with the required visas.

But the travel agent had withheld one passport for which he asked the family to pay the remaining amount of Rs 20 lakh before getting the third passport.

Mr Dharamveer was called to Mohali by the family to pay the balance amount.

But when he came here he was allegedly kidnapped.

Mr Varinder Pal Singh, SP (City) said the police is investigating the matter.

A case has been registered in this regard.



Microsoft to set up office in UT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
Microsoft Corporation India will soon set up its office in Chandigarh. The office, to become operational before March, will include establishing a direct sales infrastructure, broadening partner eco system and market education initiatives and programmes.

Officials in the company said this office would enable the small and mid-market organisations to easily access a comprehensive portfolio of Microsoft products and services, faster deployment of its customized solutions and increased support from both Microsoft and its partners.

Other than Chandigarh, Microsoft is also planning to open offices in Ahmedabad, Indore, Nagpur, Cochin and Coimbatore. This would take the presence of the Microsoft in India to 13 cities, up from the existing seven cities.

Managing Director of Microsoft India, Neelam Dhawan said, “Small and medium businesses are playing a key role in driving India’s growth. We remain committed to helping them utilize technology for empowering people, addressing consumer needs better and streamlining their businesses”.

The new office here will aim at empowering a broad section of small and mid-market organisations understand better the role to be played by technology in driving growth and competitiveness of the local industry in the local and global arena. Officials said though the location of the office to be set up in the city is not yet finalised, it would not be set up in the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park. “This is because this office would not be a development centre. Moreover, many of our channel partners already have their offices in the Technology park,” said an official of the company.

The direct team in the city will be supported by regional branch for deeper functional expertise as per Microsoft’s Hub and Spoke model. Microsoft will also forge relationships with industry organisations here to understand and address local business challenges, said a company official.



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