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Roadways bus kills youth
Agitated villagers torch the vehicle
Derabassi, January 2
The Zirakpur-Ambala National Highway remained blocked for an hour after agitated residents of Bhankarpur village torched a Punjab Roadways bus in protest against the death of a 26-year-old youth in a road accident near Bhankarpur, Derabassi.
A Punjab Roadways bus in flames on the Zirakpur-Ambala highway near Bhankarpur village on Friday night; and (right) remains of the bus
A Punjab Roadways bus in flames on the Zirakpur-Ambala highway near Bhankarpur village on Friday night; and (right) remains of the bus. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Scooterist killed in mishap
Chandigarh, January 2
Parveen Kumar, a 42-year-old resident of Sector 26 grain market, was killed last night after his scooter rammed into an electricity pole on road dividing Sectors 27 and 28. The police said the accident occurred due to fog and over speeding.
Women scooterists participate in a rally to promote wearing of helmets among female two-wheeler riders during the 20th Road Safety Week in Chandigarh Women scooterists participate in a rally to promote wearing of helmets among female two-wheeler riders during the 20th Road Safety Week in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan




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CHILL PILL: An icecream vendor tries to keep himself warm at Sector 35 in Chandigarh
CHILL PILL:
An icecream vendor tries to keep himself warm at Sector 35 in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

The illumined Sector 34 gurdwara ahead of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh that falls on January 5
The illumined Sector 34 gurdwara ahead of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh that falls on January 5. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

German tourist to appear in court on Jan 16
Chandigarh, January 2
The 20-year-old German tourist, who was allegedly raped after being kidnapped by five youths from outside hotel Taj at Sector 17 on September 28, 2008, is likely to arrive in the city by January 15 to depose before a local court for trial.

Land records to be computerised soon
Mohali, January 2
As a New Year gift to the landowners of Mohali district, the district administration, in the next few days, will start providing computer-generated details of land records to the applicants.

Handball camp selections under scanner
‘Deserving players left out to accommodate children of high-ups’
Chandigarh, January 2
The UT Administration’s ongoing handball camp at Sector 23 is in the news for wrong reasons following accusations of favouritism in the selection process.

Lucid SMSes flood mobile users
Chandigarh, January 2
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COMMUNITY

Admn cracks whip on tax-evading traders
Sets up check posts at entry and exit points of grain market
Chandigarh, January 2
The Chandigarh Administration has decided act tough against the unscrupulous traders of the Sector 26 grain market. In a bid to check tax evasion, the Administration has set up check posts at the exit and entry points to maintain the record of goods vehicles entering the grain markets.

Mayor to discuss various projects on Jan 6
Chandigarh, January 2
After joining office today, the newly elected mayor, Kamlesh, was bubbling with energy and was all set to take on the role of a Mayor. Listing her “things-to-do”, she re-emphasised on the need to have more community parking lots in the city.

Musical soiree by Prahlad Tipaniya
Chandigarh, January 2
“Pothi pad pad jag mua pandit bhyo na koye, dhai akshar prem ke pade so pandit hoye”. The essence of such sakhis and songs of saint Kabir replete with mysticism of highest order were brought to life in a musical soiree by acclaimed maestro, Prahlad Singh Tipaniya here.


Prahlad Singh Tipanya presents Kabir Bani ‘Suno Bhai Sadho’ at Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy Hall on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
Prahlad Singh Tipanya presents Kabir Bani ‘Suno Bhai Sadho’ at Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy Hall

Sensors to monitor traffic signals 
Chandigarh, January 2
In an attempt to allow free flow of traffic, the Chandigarh Traffic Police is in the process of installing Vehicle Actuate Signal Controllers (VASC) on traffic lights at busy intersections in the city.

Army veterans unhappy with pay panel report
Chandigarh, January 2
While the government’s decision to move lieutenant colonels into pay band-4 has been welcomed, the reported move to restrict it to officers in the “ready for combat” posts category and grant of grade pay lower than their IAS counterparts, has drawn the service community’s ire.

Digital elocution to hunt talent
Chandigarh, January 2
Over 1,250 students from around 125 schools in Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana region are all set to compete in the 4th Reliance National Digital Elocution Competition (NDEC) to be held in the country in months of January and February.

Devotees participate in nagar kirtan
Panchkula, January 2
Hundreds of devotees from the town and villages participated in a nagar kirtan of Nadda Sahib today in town. The kirtan was organised before the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.



Devotees take part in a procession, ahead of Guru Gobind Singh’s birth anniversary, in Panchkula on Friday. A Tribune photograph
Devotees take part in a procession, ahead of Guru Gobind Singh’s birth anniversary, in Panchkula

Revised GPA-Transfer Fee
Jain urges admn to withdraw notification
Chandigarh, January 2
Satya Pal Jain, former local MP, today urged the Union Home Ministry and the UT administration to withdraw its notification of revised transfer fee on GPA holders of the cooperative-house building societies ranging from about Rs 3 to 5 lakh per dwelling unit.

‘Glory of India’ award for Dr Raj Bahadur
Chandigarh, January 2
Dr Raj Bahadur, eminent orthopaedic surgeon and director-principal of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 (GMCH-32), has added another in his cap. On the occasion of Global Friendship Day, Dr Raj Bahadur has been awarded the “Glory of India” award for his meritorious services in promoting global integration and economic development.
Dr Raj Bahadur

Girl students take out traffic-awareness rally
Chandigarh, January 2
The city traffic police today organised a scooter rally of girl students to promote wearing of helmets among female two-wheeler riders as part of the 20th Road Safety Week.

Hallo Majra to have green belt
Chandigarh, January 2
The Municipal Corporation is coming up with a first green belt in Hallo Majra. The decision to develop green belts in Hallo Majra, Kajheri and Maloya was taken by former mayor Pradeep Chhabra.

MC inspector acquitted in graft case
Chandigarh, January 2
CBI Special Court of Jagdeep Jain today acquitted inspector, Municipal Corporation (MC), Darshan Pal Singh and Shalinder Kumar Pandey in a corruption case as the witness turned hostile.

Senior citizens meet SP
Chandigarh, January 2
A group of the Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association (CSCA) held a meeting with HS Doon, SP (security and traffic), to discuss the traffic and parking problems being faced by senior citizens at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 37, here.

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Admn promises two bypasses
Ropar, January 2
The district administration today claimed to come up with two new bypasses in the city to ease traffic bottlenecks as well as to facilitate easy approach to the proposed Ropar IIT. In a press conference conducted today, Deputy Commissioner Baldeo Purushartha said the two bypasses have been proposed to the government.

Widening of NH-22
Various aspects of project discussed at meeting
Kalka, January 2
On directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court related to demarcation of the NH-22, the main bazaar of Kalka, ADC Ramesh Krishan, Panchkula, today chaired a meeting of local officials and shopkeepers of Kalka in the SDM office in connection with the proposed widening of the NH-22, which passes through the Kalka main market.

Preventing blindness due to diabetes biggest challenge: Experts
Patiala, January 2
Dr Manmohinder Singh Hayreh, associate clinical professor at the University of California, Los Angles (UCLA), yesterday said that diabetes was a devastating vascular disease. It is going to be the biggest challenge to prevent and treat blindness due to diabetes.

Murder of taxi driver
No breakthrough in case
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 2
There is no breakthrough in the murder case of a taxi driver who was shot dead by some unidentified people at the GT Road, Sirhind, on Wednesday. Padam, a resident of Jhajjar in Haryana, dropped passengers at Amritsar from Delhi and was found dead during the wee hours in Sirhind near a dhaba.

Factory worker killed in accident
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 2
A worker deployed in Kirshna Forging at Fatehgarh Sahib was killed when a heavy weight went off the hook from a crane this morning. The victim has been identified as Babu Ram, a resident of Bihar. He was working in the factory for the past sometime.

Undertrial dies in Ambala jail
Ambala, January 2
An undertrial in a theft case, lodged in the Central Jail here, died in his barrack today. Naibo, hailing from Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh, was found dead in the barrack of the jail. He was reportedly suffering from asthma.

Army exhibition on Jan 9, 10
Patiala, January 2
Celebrating the Army Day in its usual gaiety, the Army would bring to Patiala the biggest Army exhibition at the Army ground on January 9 and January 10, which the city has ever witnessed.

Two held with fake currency
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 2
The Fatehgarh Sahib police today arrested two people and recovered fake bills of Rs 1.2 lakh. The accused were arrested by the in charge of CIA staff, Gurdeep Singh, and special branch in charge, Gurcharan Singh.

Commissioner for Baradari’s development
Patiala, January 2
“Baradari's all-round development, Garden Theatre and better public service are my first priorities,” said Jasbir Singh Bir, Divisional Commissioner, Patiala. Bir was addressing a congregation of the social welfare and art organisations at a special “Mel-Milap” session, held at the New Year programme.

COURTS

Consumer Courts
Shivkon Infra told to refund Rs 6.5 lakh
Chandigarh, January 2
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has asked builder, Shivkon Infrastructures, to refund Rs 6.5 lakh that the petitioner Ashutosh Goyal had deposited as advance for allotment of a flat. The forum had also asked him to pay a compensation of Rs 10,000 for mental agony and harassment.

CRIME

Youth’s death: Police groping in dark
Chandigarh, January 2
The local police is still clueless about the identity of the auto-rickshaw driver, who dumped an injured youth in Kambala village, whose motorcycle collided with his vehicle here on Wednesday. The victim, later identified as Shushil Kumar (22) of New Indira Colony, Mani Majra, succumbed to his injuries there.

Mobile phone snatched
Chandigarh, January 2
The local police registered a case on the complaint filed by Sachin, a resident of Mani Majra, alleging that four unknown persons robbed his mobile phone and sped away from the motor market, Mani Majra, yesterday. A case has been registered at Mani Majra police station.

SPORTS

City eves win National School Games

Chandigarh, January 2
After lifting the All-India Mohinder Pratap Singh Grewal Women Hockey Tournament in Ludhiana last year, the Chandigarh Hockey Academy (CHA), a venture of the Chandigarh Administration, achieved one more milestone as they won the 54th National School Games at Warangal (Andhra Pradesh) organised from December 26 to 30.

The Chandigarh Hockey Academy girls, who won the 54th National School Games at Warangal, in Chandigarh
The Chandigarh Hockey Academy girls, who won the 54th National School Games at Warangal, in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Tennis tournament from Jan 5
Chandigarh, January 2
Ronak Manuja and Rashmi Teltumbde, both of India, are the leading and hot favourites among the boys and girls’ singles of the ITF Junior Tennis (Grade 3) Tennis Tournament for the boys and girls’ under-18 being organised by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association at Sector 10 Tennis Stadium here from January 5 to 10.

Rashid wears junior golf crown
Ashbeer wins U-15 title by big margin
Chandigarh, January 2
Fifteen-year-old Kapurthala lad Ashbeer Saini caved in after an initial lead in the final round to offer the amateur open crown on a platter to Rashid Khan, the 18-year-old reigning amateur from Delhi, in the Lalit Suri All-India Junior Golf Championship on the par 72 greens of Royal Calcutta Golf Club in Kolkata today.

Football fails to find feet in city
Sector 17 football stadium sans equipment, coach
Chandigarh, January 2
A decade ago, the best football stadium of the North zone, but now, a vain piece of land is without athletic tracks and sporting equipment. A stadium that had witnessed important national tournaments now cries for attention. It produced outstanding players, but now has no record of the players ' performance.

‘Indian pitchers have strong shoulders’
Chandigarh, January 2
Baseball gained momentum in India as two baseball players from the country fetched 200-crore package under the Million Dollar Arm programme, an initiative of an USA-based baseball association, while the city lad, Mohammad Ali, was declared as the runner-up.

Kunal to lead u-19 cricket team
Chandigarh, January 2
Kunal Mahajan will lead the under-19 cricket team in the forthcoming National School Games to be held at Andhra Pradesh from January 6 to 10.

 


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