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Custodial death: SHO, 2 more cops suspended
Magisterial inquiry marked to unravel the mystery
Chandigarh, January 4
The Chandigarh police today placed under suspension the SHO of the Sector 31 police station, inspector Har Sahai Sharma, and two other policemen on the basis of an interim report into the alleged custodial death of Nirmal Singh of Hallomajra.
DSP (south) KIP Singh placates the protesters, assuring them of a fair probe into Nirmal Singh’s death at Hallomajra village on Friday.
DSP(south)KIP Singh placates the protes-
ters, assuring them of a fair probe into Nirmal Singh’s death at Hallomajra village on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Delhi police does another Hawara
Picks up militants from under local cops’ nose
Mohali/Panchkula, January 4
The Delhi police today did another Hawara and picked up dreaded militants from right under the local police’s nose. While the Delhi police arrested Baljit and Tirlochan, suspected Babbar Khalsa International militants, from Patiala and Panchkula respectively, the local police of these areas seemed to haveno clues about their plans.

Crime graph up, admits top cop
Rise due to ‘ready’ registeration of cases
Chandigarh, January 4
The year 2007 saw a jump in the crime graph in the city, admitted UT IGP SK Jain during the annual press conference in Sector 26 Police Lines here today.
The UT IGP addresses the media during the annual press conference at Police Lines in Sector 26 on Friday. Also seen in the picture is UT SSP SS Srivastva (left).
The UT IGP addresses the media during the annual press conference at Police Lines in Sector 26 on Friday.


Army promotions: Two colonels move Delhi HC
Chandigarh, January 4
A controversy has erupted over promotions in the Army’s Remounts and Veterinary Corps, with allegations that some officers, who should have been relegated in seniority, picking up ranks in normal course of time.


Civil hospital docs shirking responsibility: MD
Mohali, January 4
Doctors at the civil hospital here are shirking responsibility by referring patients to the PGI, Chandigarh, and other hospitals. These views were expressed by the managing director of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation in a communication dated December 27, 2007, a copy of which was sent to the SMO in charge of the civil hospital.

Development without values futile: Dosanj
Chandigarh, January 4
“All infrastructural development will prove futile unless immediate stress is laid on rebuilding ethics and values in daily life. After two wars for independence, in 1857 and 1947, there is a need to lead the nation through a third war to strengthen our roots. We have to infuse in our people core values of honesty and integrity to improve the prevailing system in order to improve quality of life.

WHO fellowship for health professionals
Mohali, January 4
The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced more than 500 fresh fellowships for health professionals under the WHO’s fellowship programme for 2007-09. These fellowships are provided in prestigious institutions within the country and foreign countries such as Australia and Thailand.

Sikh battalion leaves for Congo on UN mission
Chandigarh, January 4
The 6th Battalion of the Sikh Regiment has moved overseas for deployment under the UN Peace Keeping Mission in Congo. The battalion embarked from New Delhi yesterday, according to a statement issued here today.

Number of deaths in road mishaps rising: IG
Mohali, January 4
“The number of deaths due to road accidents in Punjab has increased from 2,763 in 2006 to 3,100 in 2007,” said H.S. Dhillon, IG, traffic, Punjab. Dhillon was speaking during a workshop organised by the Punjab traffic police as part of the 19th road safety week celebrations here today.

Police officers attend a seminar on road safety, organised by the Punjab traffic police in Mohali on Friday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu
Police officers attend a seminar on road safety, organised by the Punjab traffic police in Mohali on Friday.

New Year celebrations at district courts
Chandigarh, January 4
More than 300 court employees gathered at District Courts Complex, Sector 17, today at 3 pm for a cultural programme organised to celebrate New Year. This is the for time such an event was organised at the courts.

Conversion policy killing small units: Panel
Chandigarh, January 4
The Chandigarh Industrial Area Tenants Association has held the conversion policy of the Chandigarh administration responsible for killing small scale units in Industrial Area, Phases I and II here.

Polio drive on Jan 6
Chandigarh, January 4
The pulse polio immunisation drive to mark National Immunisation Day will be launched in Chandigarh on January 6 from 9 am to 4 pm. The aim is ensure that all children below five years are vaccinated against polio with the rest of the country.

Mayor inspects garbage processing unit
Chandigarh, January 4
Mayor Pradeep Chhabra today inspected the progress of dumping ground at Dadu Majra where work for closing, capping and development of sanitary landfill for scientific disposal of garbage is currently in progress.

Residents complain against gas agency
Chandigarh, January 4
Residents of Dhanas village have lodged a complaint that a Sector17-based gas agency, Chandigarh Gas Company, was resorting to unfair trade practices.

Punjabi society convention from today
500 delegates to attend
Chandigarh, January 4
The 34th anniversary celebrations and International Punjabi Society convention will be held at Mumbai from January 5 to 7.

Allot vacant plots: Panel
Chandigarh, January 4
The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (colony cell) brought the issue of 101 vacant plots at Charan Singh Colony in Mauli Jagran village to the notice of the adviser to the UT administrator.

Blood donation camp held
Chandigarh, January 4
A blood donation camp was organised at Gurdwara Sri Muktsar Sahib, Punjab University, by a team of doctors from Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, today. Despite severe cold and a working day, more than 80 donors including teachers, students and non-teaching employees of the university donated blood.

Volunteers donating blood at the camp organised at PU gurdwara on the eve of gurpurb
Volunteers donating blood at the camp organised at PU gurdwara on the eve of gurpurb


Phase X resident shot at
Mohali, January 4
A resident of Phase 10 here was shot at by an unidentified assailant late last night. According to the police, the victim, Dilshad Singh (27), who is admitted to the PGI, has been shot in the thigh and is out of danger.


BIS certification mandatory
Chandigarh, January 4
The Central Government has made BIS certification mandatory for 17 steel products, under the Steel and Steel Products (Quality Control) Order 2007 issued by the ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution. The orders issued on November 12 2007 will come into force after six months. 


Protests mark the day at PU
Chandigarh, January 4
It was a day of protests at Panjab University, with two student bodies staging agitations to register their disagreement today. Activists of Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) staged a protest against favoritism of PU authorities and consequential monopoly of shopkeepers in university market, who have been getting their lease renewed continuously for last fifty years.
INSO activists stage a protest on Panjab University campus in Chandigarh on Friday.
INSO activists stage a protest on Panjab University campus in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

UIET might relax attendance norms
Chandigarh, January 4
It is a proposal that may bring cheers to students of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology. Now, students may not be required to fulfil the stringent condition of attending minimum 75 percent lectures to appear in examinations as the faculty is mooting the idea of reducing the numbers for the semester examinations.

Extension of special chance
Chandigarh, January 4
The Panjab University has extended the date of the special chance given to students of professional and other courses, who had appeared in the university examinations held between April, 1980, and April, 2007 and could not clear their compartment/re-appear cases (sessional/external). These candidates may avail of this extension till April 2008 annual examinations.

Students return from trip, honoured
Chandigarh, January 4
At a function organised at KB DAV-7, as many as 22 students and two teachers of KB DAV School, Sector 7, and New Public School, Sector 18, who recently returned from an educational trip to Karnataka, Goa and New Delhi, were honoured.


Juveniles acquitted
Chandigarh, January 4
Disposing of cases at a fast pace, the Juvenile Justice Board headed by J.S. Bhinder yesterday acquitted two juveniles of rape charge after 11 years. The case was registered in September 1997 on complaint of the victim’s grandmother Balwinder Kaur.


A nagar kirtan being taken out to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh on Friday.
A nagar kirtan being taken out to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

3 killed as cab rams into tree
Ambala, January 4
Three persons travelling in a maxi cab were killed near Naraingarh on Kala Amb road, 30 km from here today. It is learnt that the incident occurred when the driver of the maxi cab lost control of the vehicle and it rammed into a tree.

Police forms committees to resolve marital disputes
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 4
The district police has constituted four separate committees comprising of prominent citizens to resolve marital disputes. These committees are headed by senior police officials and have retired educationists and lawyers as panel members.

Taxi union protest permit tax hike
Ambala, January 4
The Ambala unit of the All India Taxi Permit Union threatened that if the Punjab government did not withdraw its decision to hike the commercial vehicle permit tax of commercial vehicles there, the taxi owners and drivers of Ambala will not allow the vehicles of Punjab to cross either from Chandigarh-Ambala highway or Rajpura-Ambala national highway.

BSNL to pay Rs 20,000 as compensation
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 4
The district consumer dispute redressal forum has directed Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to pay a compensation of Rs 20,000 to Beant Singh for its failure to re-start his mobile connection which had become non-operational due to some problem in the SIM card.

‘Understanding of Planet Earth’ launched
Patiala, January 4
Rashtriya Vigyan and Prodyogiki Sanchar Parishad (RVPSP), department of science and technology, Government of India, organised a programme named ‘Understanding of Planet Earth’ at Government In-service Training Centre, State College of Education, here today.


Competitive spirit palpable before semis
Chandigarh, January 4
The competitive mood before the Premier Hockey league semifinals to be played at Sector 42 stadium tomorrow is palpable. “Except us all the three semi-finalists, including Bangalore Hi-Fliers, Hyderabad Sultans and Orissa Steelers have clinched the Premier Hockey League (PHL) championships. Now it’s our turn,” asserted Rajpal Singh, skipper of Chandigarh Dynamos.

End of foreign players’ innings
Chandigarh, January 4
Albeit the Premier Hockey League has entered the semifinal stage, it’s an end of the innings for some of the foreign players participating in the competition. Players like Rehan Butt, Don Prinse, Salman Akbar and Moon Kweeom, who not only played well but also became the hot favourite of hockey lovers, will no longer be seen as their respective teams have not qualified for the semis.

Teams arrive for 53rd National Games
Chandigarh, January 4
About 13 hockey teams and 10 softball teams have arrived here to participate in the 53 rd National School Games scheduled to begin from today. Pradip Mehra, advisor to the Chandigarh administrator, will inaugurate the games at the Sports Complex, Sector 42, at 11:30 am.

DAV College win softball tourney
Chandigarh, January 4
DAV College, Chandigarh, won the Panjab University Inter-college Softball (men) Championship 2007-08, while SCD Government College, Ludhiana, and SGGS College, Chandigarh, finished second and third, respectively.

A player in action during an inter-college softball match at Panjab University on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
A player in action during an inter-college softball match at Panjab University on Friday.

Hooda felicitates junior hockey players
Chandigarh, January 4
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda felicitated the junior Indian hockey players at his residence here today.

Double Carrom
Arvind, Yogesh on top
Chandigarh, January 4
Advocate Arvind Sandhu and Yogesh bagged the first position in the doubles carrom competition held by the District Bar Association (DBA), Chandigarh.


Reader’s Appointment at GMCH
CAT stays selection result
Chandigarh, January 4
Putting stay on the selection result of the reader’s post in the department of ophthalmology of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, the central administrative tribunal (CAT) has asked the college authorities to provisionally interview the applicant, Subina Narang, on Monday.

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