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Staff crunch dents UT’s excise revenue
Liquor contractors thrive under lone excise inspector

Chandigarh, January 30
The UT Administration may be raking in more money than neighbouring Mohali from the liquor trade every year but the revenue could be many times more.

Rain chills soaring temperature
Nights to remain warm
Chandigarh, January 30
Chandigarh's weather is in no mood to get predictable. Continuing with its surprising change overs, it donned yet another unexpected mantle today as the maximum temperature fell for the first time over the past week.


Families of armed forces personnel and residents light candles at the Chandigarh War Memorial on Tuesday Families of armed forces personnel and residents light candles at the Chandigarh War Memorial on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan










EARLIER STORIES

Revised BPL rolls ready
Panchkula, January 30
The revised Below Poverty Line (BPL) rolls of the district are ready. While 30 per cent of the total population is covered under BPL in all blocks of the district, 25 per cent of the population of Barwala has been identified for BPL benefits.

Cyclist killed near Hallo Majra
Chandigarh, January 30
A cyclist was killed after being hit by a bus this morning near Hallo Majra village. The police, 35-year-old Dhani Ram of Rajiv Colony, Sector 17 Panchkula was hit by a speeding Pepsu Roadways Transport Corporation bus. The bus dragged him along with the cycle to a distance of about 15 feet before coming to halt. He was seriously hurt in the mishap. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead.

Last couple of days saw the weather altering its shades in the most dramatic way. After touching an all time low, a minimum of zero degrees, that forced most of the city residents to ‘hide’ in heavy blankets and pullovers, the day (maximum) temperature rose coercing the residents to bid farewell to quilts and warmers at least for a day or two. And then came the spell of unexpected showers on a windy Tuesday afternoon renewing the chilly conditions.

COMMUNITY

Poll: DC’s permission must for using vehicles 
Mohali, January 30
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejveer Singh, said here today that no vehicle without the required permission would be allowed to ply for election-related activities. Mr Tejveer Singh, who held a meeting here this evening with the Election Observers appointed for the Kharar, Morinda and Banur constituencies, Returning Officers, Assistant Returning Officers and police officers, said the permit issued by the Returning Officer concerned should be pasted on the windscreen. All vehicles plying without the required permission would be impounded by the police. He said not more than three vehicles were allowed in a convoy.

Army Aviation in for major reorganisation
Chandigarh, January 30
Amidst a massive acquisition and expansion programme, the Army Aviation Corps (AAC), one of the Army’s youngest arms, is in for a major re-organisation and re-structuring.

Sambhar poaching: Fight over flesh nails 4
Mohali, January 30
A fight over the distribution of their “pound of flesh” led Ropar district forest officials to nab four poachers who had allegedly hunted and killed a sambar in the Sunana forest near here yesterday.

Reservation granted to physically challenged
Panchkula, January 30
The National Handicapped Welfare Council, Haryana, has welcomed the courts orders of the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Government of India as well as Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Government of Haryana ordering Haryana Urban Development Authority for granting reservation to physically challenged persons for allotment of plots for Group Housing Societies.

Roundabouts add to road blues
Chandigarh, January 30
City roundabouts, created beautifully by Le Corbusier, are turning into accident-prone areas. In fact, the recent recarpeting of certain roads seems to have made some of the roundabouts virtual "death traps".With the authorities concerned following no proper procedure in recarpeting the area around the roundabouts, driving for thousands of motorists and two-wheeler drivers has become a risky affair.

District panel members elected
Panchkula, January 30
Elections to choose the members of the District Planning Committee were held at the district secretariat under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Neerja Shekhar, here today.

How about a helping hand?
41-yr-old renal failure patient struggles to survive at PGI
Chandigarh, January 30
Life has been unkind to Janamjai Sahu to say the least. The 41-year-old was first diagnosed with renal failure and now that his wife is willing to donate her kidney, they don’t have money for dialysis, let alone the transplant. The Sahus’ world came crashing down some eight months ago when Janamjai, the sole earning member of his family, was diagnosed with kidney failure. After wife Sano Devi decided to donate her kidney, he was brought to PGI from Ranchi. Upon admission, PGI doctors asked the family to arrange for Rs 3.5 lakh for his transplant, an unimaginable sum for the Sahus.

Janamjai Sahu with wife Sano Devi. — A Tribune photograph

Janamjai Sahu with wife Sano Devi

Factors to stem the tide of globalisation discussed
Chandigarh, January 30
Listing out factors which are pre-requisite to stem the tide of globalisation, Prof Andrey I. Fursov, Director of the Institute of Russian History, Moscow, said a country should be big territorially and demographically, strong militarily and have a robust industrial economy and strong civilisational potential.

Protest march against rising prices
Panchkula, January 30
The local unit of the Bhatariya Janta Party organised a protest march from the party office in Sector 2, to the District Sectretariat against the rising prices in the Congress regime. Led by the Vice President of the state unit, Mr Gian Chand Gupta, and former Member of the Parliament, R.L. kataria, the BJP activists raised slogans against the Congress Party and UPA chairman Sonia Gandhi for pursuing policies which had led to unprecedented hike in rates of essential commodities.

Rodrigues to lay stone of judicial complex today
Chandigarh, January 30
UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) will lay the foundation stone of the judicial complex tomorrow in the presence of Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Vijender Jain. The complex which would come up in Sector 43 would have at least 30 courts.

Taps go dry at Jayanti Devi temple
Chandigarh, January 30
Devotees visiting the 550-year-old Jayanti Dev Temple, Kharar, are at the receiving end, thanks to the elections in Punjab. As the politicians, including outgoing Punjab Tourism Minister, Mr Jagmohan Kang, are busy in contesting the election from the Morinda assembly segment, taps are running dry for the last one week at the historic temple.

 
CRIME

Woman commits suicide
Chandigarh, January 30
Meenu, a resident of the New Generation Apartments on the Zirakpur-Kalka road here, has allegedly committed suicide. According to sources, Meenu's father,Mr Sajjan Singh Handa, a resident of Sector 2 of Panchkula, had spoken to his daughter on January 28 when she was reportedly "depressed". After that the mobile phone of the deceased was reportedly switched off.

Nabha man held for forgery
Chandigarh, January 30
The local police today arrested a Nabha resident on the allegations of obtaining licence from the Chandigarh Bar Council by furnishing fake documents. Gurmail Singh of Nabha was arrested from his village. The Chandigarh Bar Council had earlier lodged a complaint with the police against those persons who obtained licences by submitting fake documents. A case of cheating and forgery has been registered against him.

Drunk driver runs amok 
Chandigarh, January 30
People scurried for their lives in the Sector 44 booth market this evening when an inebriated car driver rammed into several vehicles while reversing his car. According to eyewitnesses, at least 10 vehicles, including scooters, motorcycles and bicycles, were hit by the car before it came to a halt. No one was seriously hurt. Bystanders nabbed the driver, found him to be heavily drunk and informed the police.

Call girl nabbed

 
BUSINESS

BMW sets shop in Chandigarh
Chandigarh, January 30
BMW- the super luxury car, will now be available in Chandigarh. BMW India today announced the appointment of Krishna Automobiles as its exclusive dealership partner in Chandigarh.

Seminar on Advantages of Virginia in CII
Chandigarh, January 30
Virginia is the best business destination for all type of businesses, which require fast, efficient and a trouble-free working environment. This was the key message of the address by Ms Kimberly Weir, the International Investment Manager, Virginia Economic Development Partnership Division of International Trade and Investment, while addressing select industry representatives during a Session on Advantages of Virginia for Indian Companies, organised by CII Chandigarh Council here today.

 
EDUCATION

Law students to represent PU at Harvard
Chandigarh, January 30
Opportunity knocks only once and the five students of University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University have grabbed this one. Five students Rohan Bhandari, Deepshikha Dutt, Devaki Anand, Sukhmani Bajwa, Simran Brar of law are going to represent their institute at Harvard (Boston) in Harvard National Model United Nations conference being held from 15-18 February 2007.

Gandhi’s message ‘still relevant’
Martyrdom day observed at PU
Chandigarh, January 30
A special lecture on the topic, “Gandhi in Modern Context” was delivered on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s martyrdom day, by Professor R.N.Pal, former Pro Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala in Gandhi Bhawan, Panjab University here today.



Speakers at a function organised at Gandhi Bhavan, Panjab University, Chandigarh, to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s martyrdom day in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune Photograph
Speakers at a function organised at Gandhi Bhavan, Panjab University, Chandigarh, to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s martyrdom day

COURTS

High Court
PIL on compensation filed

Chandigarh, January 30
A PIL has been filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking enactment of law for empowering courts to award adequate compensation in cases of unlawful arrests and detentions.

 
CULTURE

Vinod Khanna willing to anchor KBC
Chandigarh , January 30
He does not believe in taking “risks”. No wonder, after “eating into his savings” while playing the part of a politician, actor-turned-leader Vinod Khanna is back in films for “consolidating his financial position”.

 
SPORTS

Easy win for Shaolin
Chandigarh, January 30
Second seed Chandam Shaolin, a trainee of the Rural Scheme of the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association, third seed Mandeep Singh Gill and unseeded Amit Chauhan moved into the second round of boys under-18 singles on the opening day of the Chandigarh Open Tennis Tournament for the Adviser's Scholarships. The tournament is being played at the Lake Sports Complex courts here.

Sumit wins Open Prize Money Tournament
Chandigarh, January 30
Sumit Talwar defeated Sumeer Singh Chandi in a onesided encounter (9-2) in 9-ball open Prize Money Tournament held at Chandigarh Billiards Coaching Centre, Sector 22, yesterday.

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