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No high-rises in Sector 2-5: HC
Chandigarh, January 16
In an order aimed at preserving Chandigarh's architectural ethos, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that multi-storey apartments or additional covered area will not only be an"assault" on the city's character and heritage, but will also put hard-to-sustain pressure on the northern sectors: from Sector 2 to Sector 5.

Reliance Power share at Rs 900 in grey market
Special counters set up for demat account
Chandigarh, January 16
There has been an overwhelming response to the initial public offering of Reliance Power in the tricity with over 15,000 new demat accounts opened. Trade analysts say that there was a sudden rush among investors to open a demat account, just before the IPO was announced.

Cocky JEs stall transfers
Chandigarh, January 16
Engineers in the city have become so powerful that their postings have become a matter of “pressure” and “sifarish”. So much so that the orders of the Chandigarh administration to move more than 12 JEs are in abeyance since the past one month.

Rs 5 lakh theft at Hotel Taj
Ring ceremony goes awry
Chandigarh, January 16
A ring ceremony at Hotel Taj in Sector 17 here went awry after thieves decamped with jewellery amounting to lakhs belonging to the girl’s family here today. The police is trying to nab the culprits on the basis of television footage obtained from CCTV cameras installed at the hotel.


HUDA’s hotel project fails to take off
No bidder turns up for auction
Panchkula, January 16
The ambitious plan of the Haryana Urban Development Authority to attract big investments in the city fizzled out when no one turned up for bidding at its much publicised auction of eight acres site for a 24-storied five star hotel here today.

Empty chairs could be seen at the Inderdhanush auditorium, Sector 5, Panchkula, where HUDA failed to attract even a single bidder for the auction of a hotel site. — A Tribune photograph

Empty chairs could be seen at the Inderdhanush auditorium, Sector 5, Panchkula, where HUDA failed to attract even a single bidder for the auction of a hotel site


Govt not too keen on metro rail for tricity
Chandigarh, January 16
Even as the governments of Punjab, Haryana and the Chandigarh administration are keen on having a metro-rail based rapid transport system for the tricity and beyond, officials of government of India seem hell-bent upon having a high capacity bus service rather than a metro; without realising how a bus service would be useful on existing city roads like the Madhya Marg or Dakshin Marg.

Fire Dept flouts own rules
Gives extension to station fire officer
Chandigarh, January 16
The Fire Department of the Municipal Corporation seems to be unaware of its own rules, framed within the organisation. An office order of the MC’s fire and emergency service says the period of ad hoc promotion of Madan Lal Sharma, station fire officer, Sector 17, has been extended for six months from January 26.

Wake-up Call for MC

The litter left after a Lohri bash in a children’s park in Sector 33-D, Chandigarh, remains there even three days after the event
The litter left after a Lohri bash in a children’s park in Sector 33-D, Chandigarh, remains there even three days after the event. — A Tribune photograph

Citco meeting likely to be rocky
Employees write to UT adviser against agenda items
Chandigarh, January 16
The January 21 meeting of board of directors of Citco may be rocky, considering Citco employees have written to the UT adviser against items on the meet's agenda.

District admn complex at Sanetta
Residents up in arms
Mohali, January 16
Members of the Phase IV Residents’ Welfare Association today strongly opposed the establishment of the district administrative complex at Sanetta village.

Commercial sites under hammer
Auction to fetch PUDA Rs 17 cr
Mohali, January 16
The auction of commercial sites at Urban Estate, Patiala, held here today evoked a good response. PUDA had offered 29 booth and six SCO/SCF sites for disposal through open auction.

Fauji Beat
Gen Panag’s posting raises eyebrows
Northern Army Commander Lieut-Gen H.S. Panag had an interview with defence minister A.K. Antony on January 5. This raises two important issues. One: Should an Army Commander seek an interview with the defence minister? Two: Is General Panag’s posting from Northern to Central Command justified?

VIP visit: Commuters a harassed lot again
Chandigarh, January 16
A visit by a VVIP once again caused inconvenience to city residents. Thousands of office-goers were a harassed lot as the convoy of vice-president Hamid Ansari resulted in traffic jams twice here today.

UT remakes tourism advisory panel
Chandigarh, January 16
The UT administration today reconstituted the Chandigarh Tourism Advisory Committee for one year. UT tourism secretary Krishna Mohan will be the chairman of the committee which will have 25 members.

Training programme for councillors
Chandigarh, January 16
Pardeep Chhabra, mayor, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, today said the “Centre for Good Governance”, Hyderabad, is organising a training programme on capacity building of urban local bodies under JNNURM for the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.

Amnesty scheme for ESI staff
Chandigarh, January 16
The ESI Corporation has approved the amnesty scheme to withdraw the prosecution cases filed against the employees up to December 12, 2007, under Sections 84 and 85 of the ESI Act of 1948 as amended and cases filed under Section 75 of the ESI Act in EI courts.

CTYC honours mayor
Chandigarh, January 16
The Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress today honoured Pardeep Chhabra, mayor, Anju Beniwala and H.C. Kalyan in the presence of the minister of state Pawan Kumar Bansal, president CTYC H.S. Lucky and other councillors, including Devender Singh Babla, and other senior party leaders.

Sixth decoration for TA officer
Chandigarh, January 16
High Court lawyer and Territorial Army (TA) volunteer, Capt Navdeep Singh, has been decorated with the Chief of Army Staff's Commendation on Army Day. This is his sixth commendation which is the highest number in the history of TA.


57th Panjab University Convocation
Ansari for building future on best elements of past
Chandigarh, January 16
“Panjab University has played a significant role in Punjab’s overall contribution to national life and evoked the youth of the state to seize new opportunities to address the problems at the local, regional and national level and to uphold the banner of their alma mater”, Vice-President and chancellor of the university Hamid Ansari stated this while addressing the 57th annual convocation held on the Panjab University campus here today.
Prof G.K.Chadha, former vice-chancellor, JNU, congratulates Yash Chopra, noted film director and producer, and Dr Pritam Singh after receiving honouris causa degrees in D litt during the 57th annual convocation of Panjab University in Chandigarh
Prof G.K.Chadha, former vice-chancellor, JNU, congratulates Yash Chopra, noted film director and producer, and Dr Pritam Singh after receiving honouris causa degrees in D litt during the 57th annual convocation of Panjab University in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune Photo by Manoj Mahajan

To progress, Punjabi literature needs to be original: Pritam Singh
Chandigarh, January 16
“Punjabi writings and current literature is like left-over of English and Hindi writings. Unless Punjabi writers bring originality to their work, Punjabi language and literature cannot progress”, said Dr Pritam Singh, renowned academician, who was conferred with honouris causa degree in D.litt by vice-president of India, Dr Hamid Ansari.

NZ scholarship for city girl                      
Chandigarh, January 16
Meet confident city girl Mohini, who has been awarded the New Zealand International Undergraduate Scholarship ($25,000), which would entitle her to enrol herself in a three-year degree course in commerce at University of Auckland, starting from March 3.                              

1m jobs await youth, says California dean
Chandigarh, January 16
States need to channel its resources and train its youth in order to ensure that they can get the jobs promised by the Prime Minister in the 11th Five Year Plan.


From Schools & Colleges
Students get expert advice on nutritious diet
Chandigarh, January 16
An interactive power point presentation on health and nutrition for the students of Classes IX to XII was organised today at Sri Guru Harkrishan Model School Sector 38-D, here. Dr Dinesh and Rupinder from the community medicine department, PGI, were the resource persons, who discussed the importance of regular exercise, yoga and stress management.

From Colleges
Students given tips on soft skills
Mohali, January 16
International Institute of Fashion Technology, Phase VII here, organised a workshop for its students. National motivational speaker and soft skills trainer T.S. Madan conducted a day-long workshop that covered communication skills, speaking and listening skills, personality development.

563 students get degrees
Chandigarh, January 16
The 57th annual convocation of Panjab University was held today amidst tight security at Gymnasium Hall. In the first session, Vice-President of India and chancellor of the university Dr Hamid Ansari conferred the DLit and doctorate of science degrees upon renowned academician Dr Preetam Singh, internationally renowned film producer.
Students in a jubilant mood at the 57th annual convocation at Panjab University, Chandigarh
HAPPY GRAD: Students in a jubilant mood at the 57th annual convocation at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

UT’s job fest on Jan 19
Chandigarh, January 16
The Chandigarh administration's department of information technology, in collaboration with the National Association of Software and Services Company and department of higher education, will organise an exclusive job fest at Government College for Girls, Sector 11, on January 19.

Identify sites for Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan schools: DC
Mohali, January 16
Deputy commissioner H.I.S. Garewal has directed the officials concerned to identify six sites for setting up schools under Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan for slum children. He said a survey should be carried out to set up more such schools. In urban areas, executive officials of civic bodies should be asked to locate sites for schools.


Consumer Courts
ICICI Bank, Premier Motors told to pay damages
Chandigarh, January 16
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I has asked ICICI Bank and Crystal Lease Financial Company, Sector 7, to pay compensation of Rs 50,000 for deficiency in service to a Mohali resident.

HC notice on market panel poll
Chandigarh, January 16
Acting on a petition for directions to the UT administration to constitute market committee in accordance with the provisions of the Punjab Agricultural Produce Markets Act, 1961, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for February 1.

Man gets 5-yr jail
Chandigarh, January 16
Rajinder Pal was sentenced five years imprisonment by additional district and sessions judge Raj Rahul Garg today for intoxicating the complainant before robbing his valuables.


Pbi varsity to fill sanctioned posts by March 31
Patiala, January 16
A meeting of the Punjabi University syndicate, held under the chairmanship of vice-chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh here today, took some vital decisions to streamline the functioning of the university with a view to further the cause of accelerating academic and scholastic excellence on the university and its satellite campuses.

Athlete’s body found hanging
Ambala, January 16
Sukhwinder Kaur (26), an athlete working with the Railways at Ambala Cantonment, allegedly committed suicide here this morning. Sukhwinder was working as a fitter with the Railways and belonged to Gurdaspur district. She was residing in railway colony at Ambala Cantonment.

Kidnappers’ gang kingpin held
Ambala, January 16
Police here have arrested Lali, leader of the gang involved in the kidnapping of Ashok Daang, son of a Naraingarh trader. Around six persons had kidnapped Ashok on December 29, while he was travelling in his car near Naraingarh. Police have already nabbed 10 persons from Uttar Pardesh and Haryana in this regard.

Two held with illegal weapons
Rajpura, January 16
The Rajpura police today arrested two persons on charges of possessing illegal weapons. Those arrested were identified as Gurwinder Singh Bhatia, a resident of Navyug colony in Rajpura, and Dalbir Singh, a resident of Mahima village in the district.

Panchayat bypoll results notified
Ambala, January 16
State Election Commission of Haryana has notified the names of the persons who have been elected to the offices of panches and sarpanches during the panchayat byelections held on December 16, 2007.

Jan Kalyan Insurance Scheme for farmers launched
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 16
Punjab co-operation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh today launched a multi-beneficial Jan Kalyan Insurance Scheme for farmers. The scheme aims at providing insurance benefits to farmers in case of fire incidents, damage caused by riots, strikes, theft, individual accidental insurance, health insurance and insurance for many other aspects.


20 shuttlers make it to nationals
Chandigarh, January 16
After cricket, the city is emerging as a nursery for badminton also. The city has now produced about 20 badminton players who have been selected for the 53rd National Games, which started yesterday at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, Panchkula.

Seeds suffer shock defeats in Indian Open Amateur Golf
Chandigarh, January 16
Four seeded players, including the defending champion, K Prabagaran of Sri Lanka, fell by the wayside on a cold and cloudy day in the first round of the 107th LG Indian Open Amateur Golf Championship on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today. The first to begin the execution of the favourites was Aditya Singh. Seeded 55th, this Jaipur lad sent the 10th seed, Chien Yao Hung of Chinese Taipei, crashing to defeat.

Seventeen-year-old Kanishk Madan views the angle before putting on the final hole in the Indian Open Amateur Golf Championship at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo by Vinay Malik
Seventeen-year-old Kanishk Madan views the angle before putting on the final hole in the Indian Open Amateur Golf Championship at the Chandigarh Golf Club

National Badminton Games
City boys thrash Jharkhand 2-0
Panchkula, January 16

Chandigarh thrashed Jharkhand 2-0 in the under-19 age group in boys’ section during the 53rd National Badminton Games-2008 being held at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 3, here today.

CITY KIDS DO WELL IN BADMINTON: The coach (extreme right) guides young badminton players, who have been selected for the National Games (under-19) being held at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula. — A Tribune photograph

The coach (extreme right) guides young badminton players, who have been selected for the National Games (under-19) being held at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula

Sunita best athlete among girls
Chandigarh, January 16
Rahul of Class VIII emerged as the Best Body Athlete for the second consecutive year while Sunita was adjudged to be the best athlete among girls during the second athletics meet that concluded at the Sector 46 Sikhya grounds here today.

Haryana beat 9 Famous Club
Chandigarh, January 16
Haryana registered a victory over the local 9 Famous Club by 3-2 in the opening match of the Open Women’s Baseball Championship, which commenced at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, here today.

SD College win by 3 wickets
Chandigarh, January 16
DAV College, Sector 10, once a force to reckon with, yesterday made their inglorious exit from the semi-final of the Inter-College Limited Overs Cricket Tournament for the Administrator's Cup as they lost to SD College of Sector 32 by three wickets at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here.

‘Judo needs better opportunities’
Chandigarh, January 16
Better opportunities is what is required to promote judo in India, said Kalpana Devi, a judo player from Panjab University, who today won the first gold medal in the All-India Inter-University Championship being played at MCM DAV College, Sector 36.


Telemedicine project opens at civil hospital
Mohali, January 16
Punjab health and family welfare minister Prof Lakshmi Kanta Chawla inaugurated a telemedicine project at the Civil Hospital here today. The hospital has been linked to the PGI, Chandigarh, the Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) office and the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC).

100 examined at bone density camp
Chandigarh, January 16
More than 100 members of the Chandigarh Press Club and their family members diagnosed at osteoporosis detection camp at the club here today. The camp was organised by the club in association with Intas Pharmaceutical.


Criminal proceedings against JBT teacher
Chandigarh, January 16
The Chandigarh education department has initiated criminal proceedings against Joginder Singh, a JBT teacher at Government High School, Mauli Colony, Chandigarh. According to officials, Joginder Singh was reportedly involved in embezzlement of departmental funds while working in the capacity of a head teacher of Government Primary School, Indira Colony, Manimajra.


Benegal, Sathyu to grace film fest
Chandigarh, January 16
The second Chandigarh film festival has just gleaned more stardust. News is that the four-day jamboree will be attended not only by Hema Malini who will perform on the inaugural, but also two of the most celebrated filmmakers of our times. Only today, Shyam Benegal, the magic maker, and M.S. Sathyu, the prolific film director, confirmed their participation in the festival beginning February 1.

‘It’s script that matters the most’
Chandigarh, January 16
His movies offer all ingredients required for a commercial flick. While comedy has been his current mantra, director Anees Bazmee has also tried his hand at thrillers and action movies and tasted success through them, too. This young director says that it’s his belief that movies should offer entertainment alone. 
                  Anees Bazmee
Anees Bazmee

Play on declining values staged
Chandigarh, January 16
The Creative Cultural Society, in collaboration with the NZCC, staged Punjabi play 'Toya' before a limited but receptive audience at Kalagram here today. The play, sculpted by legendary playwright Gursharan Singh, fairly depicted the overall fractured state of affairs in governance, religion and politics still growing strong under the façade of modern society.

‘Stage shows my first love’
Chandigarh, January 16
Versatile singer known for her husky voice, who has given Bollywood a bunch of hit numbers, including the recent ‘Jag Soona Soona’ from Om shanti Om and title song of Sanwariya, Richa Sharma was in town today for a private function of singing devotional songs.                                                                 
Richa Sharma
Richa Sharma

Book on saga of Partition released
Chandigarh, January 16
The issue of partition intrigues Dr Sucha Nand, an oncologist in America, and his book, ‘The Partition’, is an outcome of his desire to put all his pent-up feelings on paper. Though Dr Nand was not directly affected by the partition, his novel tries to capture the rigmarole of emotions against the backdrop of a village in Pakistan.


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