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Truce with depositors
SC rejects plea of Golden Forests

The Supreme Court today rejected Chandigarh-based defunct firm Golden Forests plea seeking to settle the claims of 13 lakh odd investors. While refusing to accede to the request, the Bench of Mr Justice Ashok Bhan and Mr Justice Dalveer Bhandari said “We are not reopening the issue which we closed earlier."

College puts students’ future at stake
Chandigarh, February 8
Though academic sessions are coming to an end at colleges, for 70 BCom II students of Government College, Sector 46, here the story is different. There have been no regular classes in company law and auditing since October last year for want of a teacher.

6-year-old girl suffers burns in school
Panchkula, February 8
A six-year-old student of Sarthak Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 12 A, here received 35 per cent burns in an accident on the school premises today. While mystery surrounds the cause of the fire, the entire Education Department has decided to keep mum in the matter.

 



EARLIER STORIES

A scooterist drives on the water-logged road near the Government Multispeciality Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
A scooterist drives on the water-logged road near the Government Multispeciality Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik
An overloaded tractor-trailer causes traffic hazard on the Kharar-Landran road in Mohali on Thursday.
An overloaded tractor-trailer causes traffic hazard on the Kharar-Landran road in Mohali on Thursday. — Photo by Vicky Gharu

Man hangs himself
Chandigarh, February 8
Unable to cope with depression, a 42-year-old man hanged himself to death at his residence in Manimajra last night. The incident came to light this morning when his brother saw the body hanging from a girder with a piece of cloth.

Ryan: HC seeks CBSE views on special permission
Chandigarh, February 8
Officials of the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, today appeared before the Division Bench comprising Mr Justices Jasbir Singh and Baldev Singh of the Panjab and Haryana High Court in a matter regarding affiliation of Ryan International School here today.

Palsora murder accused surrenders
Chandigarh, February 8
The third accused of the Palsora murder case, Rakesh Kumar, alias Kaka, surrendered before a local court today. The police said the court had remanded Kaka along with other accused Yashpal in police custody till February 11. Another accused, who is a minor, had been sent to the juvenile home.

Strict HUDA rules cut banks’ gains
Only 70,000 apply for plots in P’kula, Karnal
Chandigarh, February 8
The high rates of interest charged by banks and severe restrictions imposed by HUDA to control speculation in housing schemes have curtailed the income of banks this time.

COMMUNITY

Piracy on the floor
Chandigarh, February 8
Book vendors selling their merchandise smartly spread on the floor can be spotted in the corridors of the main markets of Sector 17, 22 or 35. Their merchandise includes books of Khushwant Singh, Amartya Sen, Paulo Coelho, Arundhati Roy, Jeffrey Archer, Sidney Sheldon and many others. The books that they put on sale are unauthorised replicated versions of the celebrated authors’ work. No matter what, but these booksellers are the ones who are increasing the reading habits among city residents.

Demolition drive in Panchkula
Panchkula, February 8
In a major demolition drive, as many as 30 unauthorised structures at 15 places in the periphery were razed to the ground, here today. The structures included factories, farmhouses, shops and residences which had come up in the past six months or so.

Pension adalat on Feb 20
Mohali, February 8
A pension adalat and pension awareness programme for pensioners and staff of the pension sanctioning authorities will be held on the premises of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation here on February 20.

MC panel recommends multi-level parking
Chandigarh, February 8
The Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) has recommended the construction of the multi-level parking on the BOT basis.

Governor visits Palsora, Kajheri
Chandigarh, February 8
The UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today visited Palsora and Kajheri villages to inspect the recently laid underground drains and sewerage connections to all houses with the existing sewerage system.

Sub-Inspectors fight over kids’ spat
Chandigarh, February 8
Two Sub-Inspectors (SI) have locked horns with each other over a spat involving their minor school-going children. And the cause of conflict is nothing, but a minor altercation between their wards.

Free phone service at Old Age Home
Chandigarh, February 8
Getting connected to friends, relatives as well as to emergency services became easier for the residents of Old Age Home, Sector 15, here as Airtel installed a free fixed wireless phone at the home today. Extending another special gesture to them, the company also provided bed sheets and wall clocks as a part of its fifth anniversary celebrations.
A resident of the Old Age Home attends a phone call on the newly installed fixed wireless phone facility in Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
A resident of the Old Age Home attends a phone call on the newly installed fixed wireless phone facility in Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Thursday.

Car crash: Police says reaction was prompt
Chandigarh, February 8
Two days after the high speed car crash in which three youths were killed, the Chandigarh police yesterday claimed that the police reaction was prompt and immediate. The police said all the six victims were shifted to hospitals in less than one-and-a-half hour after the incident was reported to them.

Rejuvenate education institutions, Governor tells experts
Chandigarh, February 8
Strongly advocating the need for intensive use of knowledge-based services to empower the citizens, the Punjab Governor and Administrator, Chandigarh, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (Retd.), today called upon academicians, librarians and intellectuals to rejuvenate education institutions and broadbase their role. Besides imparting academic knowledge, these should disseminate universal values with the focus on reminding the students of their responsibilities to the nation and society at large.

Dhariwal new chief of city bridge panel
Chandigarh, February 8
Mr H.S. Dhariwal and Mr Gur Iqbal Singh have been elected president and general secretary of the Chandigarh Bridge Association, affiliated to the Bridge Federation of India. The decision was taken at the annual general meeting of the association held here. The other office-bearers are -- vice-presidents: Mr J.S. Sama, Col Govinder Singh, Col Amrik Singh, Mr M.L. Panghotra and Mr Rakesh Goyal; joint secretary: Mrs Sunanda Jain. 

Welfare society
Chandigarh, February 8 The election of the Welfare Society Sector 45-B, Chandigarh, was held under the supervision of Election Observers A.C.Dhawan, P.R. Singhania, S.C. Kalia and Rajinder Bhatia. The following have been elected office-bearers : president — S.S. Oberoi; vice-president — V.J. Dhar; general secretary — Gurnam Singh; joint secretary — Harbhajan Singh; treasurer — S.K. Mittal. — TNS

Solar Eclipse Utsav Mela on Feb 18
Panchkula, February 8 The local chapter of Sri Gita Prachar Samiti will take part in the celebrations of Solar Eclipse Utsav Mela-2007 to be held on February 18 at Brahamsarovar, Kurukshetra, according to Mr Ravi Gulati, secretary of the samiti.

 
CRIME

Parking lot employee held
Chandigarh, February 8
The local police arrested an employee of a parking lot on the allegation of taking away a motorcycle parked in the lot.

Monica’s death still shrouded in mystery
Chandigarh, February 8
Mystery continues to shroud the death of 27-year-old Monica Cheema. Her decomposed body was found in a nullah, near Dhanas, on Tuesday. The doctors have reserved their opinion on the cause of her death. Her family has told the police that they don’t suspect anyone.

Couple held for possessing liquor
Mohali, February 8
The police has arrested a couple on the charge of possessing liquor in violation of the law and recovered 35 boxes in this regard.

 
BUSINESS

‘Commercial growing of GE rice to spell disaster’
Chandigarh, February 8
Considering the health hazards and environmental damage caused by genetically engineered (GE) rice, there has been a worldwide tide of opposition.

Biz Clips
Chandigarh Simple tariffs: Hutch today announced simplified tariffs for international roamers. This new tariff model classifies countries into eight zones. All calls made or received will be charged at 60 seconds pulse and GPRS usage will be charged at 10 kb pulse. — TNS

Sector 17 A, B not developed: Traders
Chandigarh, February 8
Traders of Sector 17 A and B have expressed resentment over the step- motherly treatment being given to them by the Chandigarh Administration.

 
EDUCATION

MCM DAV wins business quiz
Chandigarh, February 8
The Department of Economics of MCM DAV College here organised an inter-college business quiz. Prof M.R. Aggarwal, an economist and an authority on international trade, was the chief guest. He stated that efficiency was the watchword in the present economic scenario and inspired the students to strive for the best.

Campus interviews at CEC
Mohali, February 8
Indian Infrastructure Equipments (Quipo) today conducted campus interviews on the Chandigarh Engineering College campus at Landran for BE (Mechanical) students.

Class XI exam date sheet announced
Chandigarh, February 7
The date sheet for the Class XI examinations, conducted by the UT Education Department, was announced here today.

SGGS teachers hold protest at seminar venue
Chandigarh, February 8
Members of the teaching and non-teaching staff of SGGS College, Sector 26, here staged a silent protest in the college against the termination of services of a teacher of the college.

Members of the joint action committee of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, Chandigarh, protest at their college on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Members of the joint action committee of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, Chandigarh, protest at their college on Thursday.

 
CULTURE

Authors should demand market value: Shobhaa De
Chandigarh, February 8
She is just the way she comes across in her works. There is no fiction at all in her works of fiction. Shobhaa De is equal to her writings. Delivering a mesmerising speech at SGGS College here today Shobhaa De said, “ I am merely a trader of words, words are my currency, writing is my vocation, it’s my livelihood.

Shobhaa De speaking at SGGS College in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photo

Shobhaa De speaking at SGGS College in Chandigarh on Thursday.
HEALTH

Talwar opposes unethical use of stem cells
Chandigarh, February 8
A one-day Indo-US symposium on “Stem cells identification and characterisation: role of molecular markers” was held at Panjab University today.




Dr K.K. Talwar, Director, PGI, inaugurates the Indo-US symposium on stem cell identification and characterisation at Panjab University on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Dr K.K. Talwar, Director, PGI, inaugurates the Indo-US symposium on stem cell identification and characterisation at Panjab University on Thursday.

Interactive
Chandigarh, February 8
An interactive session on ‘Healthy Literature for Healthy Society’ was conducted by Contemporary Readers and Writers Society of India at Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36. Some of the eminent guests on the occasion were Dr I D Singh, secretary-general of Readers and Writers Society of India, Mr Tara Singh Alam, writer, poet and speaker; Dr Iqbal Singh Dhillon, Director, Youth Welfare, and Dr J.S.Dhiman from the Department of Agricultural Science, PAU, Ludhiana.

Euphoria-07 gets underway
Chandigarh, February 8
Punjabi satirist Bhagwant Mann entertained the audience on the first day of Euphoria-2007 organised by the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) here today. Mann delighted delegates with his jokes.

Experts for more research on infertility
Chandigarh, February 8
The latest advancements in health care have virtually taken over the problem of infertility that is affecting almost 10 to 15 per cent of the married couples. The outlook has brightened with the advent of assisted reproduction techniques (ART) which are highly successful in treating both male and female infertility. With the latest techniques, almost 80 to 90 per cent of couples have got rid of the problem, claimed experts.

40 pc of HIV patients ‘develop’ TB
Chandigarh, February 8
Tuberculosis being a common infection among persons suffering from HIV/AIDS, nearly 40 per cent of the HIV patients develop tuberculosis in the course of the disease, claimed Mr K.B.S. Sidhu, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, who is also Project Director of the Punjab State AIDS Control Society.

Ministry okays two multi-disciplinary courses for PGI
Chandigarh, February 8
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has approved two multi-disciplinary programmes-Masters in Health Facility Planning and Designing and Masters in Healthcare Engineering and Management--in three educational institutions in the city and on the periphery. The PGI will be the nodal institute for the courses.

 
SPORTS

Arushi wins 1,500 m race
Mohali, February 8
Arushi Pawar of Ranjit House secured the first position in the finals of 1,500-m race under-13 girls’ category on the fourth day of the 28th Annual Athletic Meet of Yadavindra Public School at the school grounds here today.

Garanvir adjudged best sportsman
Mohali, February 8
aranvir of class IX was adjudged the best sports person of the school while Ranjit House was declared the best House of the session on the sports day of Shivalik Public School held at the school here today.

SD college beat Ludhiana college
Chandigarh, February 8
The local GGDSD College, Sector 32, defeated SCD Government College, Ludhiana, 50-26 in the Panjab University Inter-College Handball (Men) Tournament being played on league basis at the handball courts, sports complex, Sector 42, here today.

Dhudike lads win 
Chandigarh, February 8
The local Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, lost to LLR Government College, Dhudike (Moga) by 7 points (34-41) in the Panjab University Inter-College Kabaddi (PS) Men’s Tournament being played at PU grounds here today.

Skating rink at Golden Bells School
Mohali, February 8
A fast-track roller skating rink was inaugurated at Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, here today by Mr C.S.R. Reddy, Inspector-General of Police, Punjab.

Chess tourney from Feb 16
Chandigarh, February 8
The Chandigarh Chess Association is organising a prize money chess tournament (open) from February 16 to 18 at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here.Entries will close on February 15.

ADMINISTRATION

Art panel: Sub-group to meet today
Chandigarh, February 8
The sub-group of experts constituted to suggest modalities for setting up the Urban Art Commission for the city, will meet tomorrow to discuss the outcome of the special meeting of the Administrator’s Advisory Council held on January 31 last.

Ceiling on stocking of wheat, pulses
Chandigarh, February 8
Acting on the directions of the Central Government, the Chandigarh Administration will impose a ceiling on the stocking of wheat grains and pulses by traders across the city. However, no control order is being imposed on paddy.

Immunisation certificate must
Chandigarh, February 8
The Chandigarh Education Department is gearing up to ensure better hygienic conditions in all government and government-aided schools in the days to come.

Spruce up Industrial Area: Administrator
Chandigarh, February 8
Concerned over the delay in sprucing up and improving the infrastructure in the Industrial Area, the UT Administrator yesterday convened a meeting of the senior officials. Concern was expressed over the delay in working out various modalities for providing additional parking space in the Industrial Area.

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