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Murder at supper
Sentry shoots colleague
Security breach in Sector-39 VIP area
Chandigarh, March 12
A sentry of Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) of the Punjab police was allegedly shot dead by his colleague at the entrance of the high security residential zone of the Punjab Government in Sector 39, here tonight.

Hindi teacher, girls found in Uttarakhand
Sunil Kumar arrested along with servant
Chandigarh/ Dehra Dun, March 12
Two schoolgirls missing from the city since the past week have been found living in rented accommodation in Bageshwar, Uttarakhand, allegedly with their school teacher Sunil Kumar.


Girls blame parents

Construction on forest land will not get the nod
Mohali, March 12
In a blow to those who have started constructions in Nayagaon, Nada, Perch and 19 other villages, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has decided not to regularise such constructions as these fall in the forest area.

HC directs govt to file affidavit on Maj-Gen’s whereabouts
Chandigarh, March 12
Following variations in contents of an affidavit submitted before the court by a major general heading the Army’s legal wing and statements made by a representative of Army Headquarters, a Division Bench of the Delhi High Court today directed the central government to file an affidavit listing the service and posting details of the major general.


EARLIER STORIES

Aman’s family to drop case
Panchkula, March 12
The death of six-year-old Aman Luthra is a closed chapter. Eight days after her death, her father, Parminder Singh, has reached a compromise in writing with Sarthak Government School here, which says he no longer wants to pursue the case.

Dr Kiran Chadha Defence offsets to help private firms, government, says joint secy
Chandigarh, March 12
“Offsets would be applicable in all defence acquisition cases with an indicative cost of Rs 300 crore. The Indian Defence industry is capable of absorbing the full value of offsets, which would roughly amount to Rs 5,000 crore per year.”
                                                                                             
Dr Kiran Chadha
COMMUNITY

Media key to educating grass roots: experts
Chandigarh, March 12
It was a distinguished body of think tank - academics and bureaucrats - that came together for the opening day of a two-day seminar on “The media and foreign policy in a globalised world” at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), Sector 19, today.

A member of the National Federation of Blind, Haryana, protests in Chandigarh
A member of the National Federation of Blind, Haryana, protests in Chandigarh on Monday. The protesters were demanding reservation in jobs and implementation of the disability act. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tiwari 

More houses for UT employees
Chandigarh, March 12
To provide accommodation to UT employees, construction of different categories of houses is at an advanced stage across the city.

Driven by passion for road safety
Local mishap survivor in UN documentary
Chandigarh, March 12
While the Planning Commission put the social cost of road accidents at a whopping Rs 55,000 crore for 1999-2000, constituting about 3 per cent of the GDP of the year, a little was done to bring down the rate of accidents.

MC team goes beehive hunting
Chandigarh, March 12
A team of officials of the municipal corporation’s pest control department has started treating beehives to control the bee menace in the city.

Traffic moves on a wet Chandigarh road after rain lashed city 7 mm rainfall, mercury dips
Chandigarh, March 12
Cold returned to the region as rains continued to lash the city. As weather conditions continued to change, Chandigarh recorded 7 mm of rain today. Met department said the unseasonal rains might continue for some days.


Traffic moves on a wet Chandigarh road after rain lashed city on Monday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Follow-up
Cops working on Agnihotri case: Jain
Chandigarh, March 12
In response to a news item ‘Murder; son casts doubts over probe’ carried in the columns of the Chandigarh Tribune on February 26, inspector-general of police (IGP) S.K. Jain today said the investigating officer had been directed to keep Col R.K. Agnihotri, the victim’s son, informed of the progress in the case and also to consult him on regularly regarding the line of investigation.

IMA pleads for Deep Nursing Home
Chandigarh, March 12
The Chandigarh state branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has urged the inspector-general of police (IGP), Chandigarh, to withdraw the case that stands registered against the owners of Deep Nursing Home, Sector 21, for medical negligence leading to the death of a patient and her child.

Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh at Strawberry Fields World School in Sector 26, Chandigarh In pain, she discovered psychic healing powers
Chandigarh, March 12
Legendary couple Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh made a rare public appearance at the Strawberry Fields World School (SFWS) here. They appeared at home with children, eager to exchange words, hugs and smiles. It was as if they had found lost innocence….

Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh at Strawberry Fields World School in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Public Grievances
Potholes dot all Panchkula roads like this one in Sector 8
Panchkula roads say it all
Panchkula, March 12
Since the time they were recarpeted, they have begun to peel off. Roads in the city are as bad as they can get with potholes dotting all internal sector roads. Though the Municipal Council has spent a fortune on the recarpeting of the city roads and the bridges and roads section of the PWD, too, has pitched in by carpeting its share, the ground reality is that roads are in urgent need of repair.
Potholes dot all Panchkula roads like this one in Sector 8. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Defacement of Mohali
Poll over, it’s time to pay
Mohali, March 12
Candidates who had contested the Punjab Assembly elections from the Kharar constituency have been imposed fines for putting up posters and banners at unauthorised places.

Youths attack father, daughter
Panchkula, March 12
Naib Singh and his daughter Mandeep Kaur were injured after they were allegedly attacked by two youths at their residence in Raipur Rani, near here, today. They were admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 6, where doctors referred them to the PGI.

PDCs not to take ‘uncalled for’ queries
Panchkula, March 12
Representatives of the park development committee (PDC), constituted by the Municipal Council, today met deputy commissioner Neerja Shekhar to lodge their protest against the “uncalled for” queries on development issues by welfare bodies.

 
CRIME

Employee crushed under lift
Mohali, March 12
An employee of a local industrial unit today died after a lift fell on him.

Three vehicles stolen
Chandigarh, March 12
Three vehicles, including a car and a jeep, were stolen from the city on Saturday. Balraj Krishan of Sector 22 reported to the police that his Maruti (CHK-3988) was stolen from his residence on the night of February 10.

 
BUSINESS

CGM trophies awarded
Chandigarh, March 12
Hemant Contractor, chief general manager, SBI, Chandigarh Circle, today awarded CGM’s trophies for the year 2005-06 to branches, modules and STCs who excelled in the field of community services banking.


 
EDUCATION

Students of Panjab University, Chandigarh, present a dance at the inauguration of Sinm at Law Auditorium Sinm witnesses war of DJs
Chandigarh, March 12
The Panjab University campus students council today revived the inter-college Chandigarh youth festival SINM -2007 (students in the new millennium) after a gap of six years here.


Students of Panjab University, Chandigarh, present a dance at the inauguration of Sinm at Law Auditorium on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

No shots, no admissions
Chandigarh, March 12
The Chandigarh education department is initiating the process of admissions to pre-nursery and nursery classes for the government schools of the city.

Archo witnesses close contests
Chandigarh, March 12
Archo, the annual fest of the College of Architecture, witnessed some close contests among all houses - Maurya, Kanishka and Kalinga - in various cultural and sports events today.

750 works on display at Art College
Chandigarh, March 12
Around 750 works of art are on display at the annual art exhibition of the Government College of Art, Sector 10, which opened here today. Home secretary Krishna Mohan inaugurated the exhibition which provides a platform to students of all four streams - applied arts, painting, graphics (printmaking) and sculpture - to display their creations.

YPS students top YLE test
Mohali, March 12
Ten Class VI students of Yadavindra Public School, here, got 15 shields in the Young Learners’ English (YLE) examination conducted by the University of Cambridge.

Jubilant graduates of SD College, Sector 32, Chandigarh, hold their degrees after the convocation 824 students awarded degrees
Chandigarh, March 12
The 31st annual convocation of GGDSD College, Sector 32, saw the conferring of degrees on 824 students here today. Panjab University vice-chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti presided over the function.


Jubilant graduates of SD College, Sector 32, Chandigarh, hold their degrees after the convocation on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Young performers enthral audience
Chandigarh, March 12
Pre-nursery, nursery and K.G students of Stepping Stones Senior Secondary School, Sectors 38-A and 37-D, celebrated Song and Rhyme Day on their premises in Sector 38, here, today.

 
HEALTH

Eye camp on March 22
Chandigarh, March 12
The Democratic Youth Federation of India and the Guru Gobind Singh Sports Club jointly in collaboration with the Nehru Yuvak Kendra, Chandigarh, has decided to organise a free eye check-up and operation camp at Dadu Majra village on March 22.

 
SPORTS

Pool: Rajat upsets national champion
Local lad Sumit Talwar readies to play shot in the 9-ball pool tournament at Mohali Club, Phase XI Mohali, March 12
The fourth day of the Chaudhary Vishnu Pal Singh Memorial All-India Open 9-Ball Pool Tournament saw a major upset as unknown Rajat Khaneja defeated current national snooker champion Alok Kumar 7-6 in a well- contested match in the knock-out round. The tournament is being played at Mohali Club, Phase 7 here.
Local lad Sumit Talwar readies to play shot in the 9-ball pool tournament at Mohali Club, Phase XI, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu.

Field wide open for amateur golfers
Chandigarh, March 12
With top lady golfers turning pro, the field is wide open for this year’s 15th Chandigarh Ladies Amateur Golf Championship, which begins on the lush course of the Chandigarh Golf Club on Tuesday.

Twenty20: 12 teams to clash
Chandigarh, March 12
The first national Twenty20 cricket championship will be held next month here.

Cricket academy admissions from tomorrow
Chandigarh, March 12
The local D. P. Azad Cricket Academy, set up last year, will start fresh admission of budding cricketers from March 14.

Tej scripts win for Godrej
Mohali, March 12
Superb batting by Tej Gobind (65 runs off 36 balls, 3X6, 4X4) enabled Godrej Cricket Club to beat Numero UNO-XI by 62 runs in the 4th Bharat Kehso Gupta Memorial League cricket tournament. The tournament was held at the PCA Stadium, here yesterday.

Swadeep sprints to victory
Chandigarh, March 12
Swadeep emerged winner in 100m in the boys’ category, while Navneet won gold in the girls, during the athletics meet of the Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Sector 26, which was held recently.

ADMINISTRATION

174 vacant posts identified
Chandigarh, March 12
The Chandigarh administration has identified 174 posts for immediate filling to maintain essential healthcare services in the city.

New SSP, DC for Mohali
Chandigarh, March 12
Ranbir Singh Khatra will be SSP, Mohali, while Harjit Inder Singh Grewal is made deputy commissioner. The latter will replace Tejveer Singh.


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