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Robbers shoot at man
Meanwhile, main post office ransacked
CFSL experts collect samples from the main post office in Sector 8, Panchkula, on Sunday. Panchkula, January 4  
Robbers stalked the city last night as two incidents of attempt to rob were reported to the police.

CFSL experts collect samples from the main post office in Sector 8, Panchkula, on Sunday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Rodrigues-Mehra Tussle
Revive post of Chief Commissioner: JP
Chandigarh, January 4 
In the backdrop of the slugfest between UT administrator SF Rodrigues and his adviser Pradip Mehra over the administration’s controversial mega projects, the demand for the revival of the post of Chief Commissioner (CC) is gaining momentum.After the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC), the local unit of the Janata Party has batted for the revival of the post, which was scrapped in 1984.

Cop hurt as gun goes off accidentally
Chandigarh, January 4 
A head constable of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) had a narrow escape when a pistol went off accidentally when another policeman was cleaning it at the CISF camp near the Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat here this morning. P Tungamani was rushed to the PGI and discharged after first aid.

UT official website frozen in time
Chandigarh, January 4  
Who is the Managing Director of Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO)? In all probability, the answer should have been DK Tiwari.But, it seems that the Chandigarh administration has not yet come out of its hangover of retaining Jasbir Singh Bir as Managing Director of CITCO. 



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COMMUNITY

Unending police excesses
Writing a weekly column, like my chief once told me, makes one a "slave of days". Every Saturday morning I get up and the first thing I do, even before getting my daily dose of news from the bunch of newspapers, is to pick my laptop and start tapping, since its no longer penning, my thoughts.

Protest against bombing of Gaza
Activists of the Voice of Civils protest against Gaza bombings by Israel at the Sector-17 plaza, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Chandigarh, January 4
Volunteers of the Voice of Civils, an organisation, staged a protest against the bombardment of Gaza by Israel at the Sector-17 plaza today. Holding placards that read “Stop Genocide in Gaza” and “Why bomb Innocents?”, the protesters demanded India’s intervention in creating a wave of resentment against the act.

Activists of the Voice of Civils protest against Gaza bombings by Israel at the Sector-17 plaza, Chandigarh, on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Condolence meeting in memory of Manjit Bawa
Chandigarh, January 4 The Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi at its office in the Sector 34 state library held a condolence meeting in memory of eminent artist, painter Manjit Bawa, who passed away a few days back after being in coma for three years. Renowned art critic Nirupama Dutt shared the art of Manjit Bawa with audience consisting of various personalities from different walks of life, who gathered to pay homage to the legendary artist. 

A growth of cannabis near hostel No 6, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Cannabis junkies have a field day
Chandigarh, January 4 
City has been a junkies’ paradise with easy availability of cannabis (marijuana), popularly known as “sukha”, here and in its vicinity.Hemp can easily be found growing at Panjab University, PGI and in vacant areas of the city as also roadsides. At Dadu Majra and its nearby villages, the wild growth and people addicted to it, including youngsters, can be found in abundance.

A growth of cannabis near hostel No 6, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Defence software institute still nowhere in sight
Chandigarh, January 4
Even as the microchip assumes growing importance and relevance in today’s computer-dominated battlefield, the proposed Defence Service Software Institute (DSSI) is nowhere in sight. The institute was envisioned to train service officers and meet specialised software requirements of the armed forces.


Women present a dance during the New Year’s celebrations organised by the Kerala Sastra Kala Manch at Sector 29, Chandigarh.
Women present a dance during the New Year’s celebrations organised by the Kerala Sastra Kala Manch at Sector 29, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Seminar on corporate competitiveness concludes
Chandigarh, January 4
A two-day conference on “Management Accounting for Corporate Competitiveness” organised by The Institute of Cost & Works Accountant of India (northern region) concluded here today.

Relay fast enters fourth day
Chandigarh, January 4
The relay fast of the Chandigarh Industrial Area Tenants Association entered its fourth day today. The industrial tenants are demanding rehabilitation of tenants in Industrial Area, Phase III.

Mission holds meeting
Chandigarh, December 4
The Guru Nanak Mission International (GNMI), Ambala, held a general meeting today in the city at its General Secretary office, to bring the developments of the mission to notice of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC) and to highlight the purpose of the mission to make society free of intoxication and provide job-oriented education courses.

Officials of the Traffic Police give tips on road safety to rickshaw-pullers at Children Traffic Park in Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Workshop for cops
Chandigarh, January 4
The Chandigarh Traffic Police today organised a first-aid workshop for police control room (PCR) and the Traffic Police personnel at the Traffic Police Lines in Sector 29, here, as part of the ongoing 20th Road Safety Week.

Officials of the Traffic Police give tips on road safety to rickshaw-pullers at Children Traffic Park in Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Youth falls off second floor, dies
Chandigarh, January 4
Yogesh Kumar, in his early 20s, died last night after falling from the second floor of his rented accommodation in Mauli Jagran last night. He was rushed to the Sector 16 Government Multi Speciality Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

OUT IN THE SUN: After foggy days, families enjoy an afternoon at Rose Garden in Chandigarh on Sunday.
OUT IN THE SUN: After foggy days, families enjoy an afternoon at Rose Garden in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Police starts SMS, e-mail
service

Chandigarh, January 4
The Chandigarh police has initiated a round-the-clock mobile SMS service and e-mail facility in addition to existing telephone services provided at the police control room (PCR).

Gunshot victim calls it accident
Mohali, January 4
Karan Raj, a resident of Sector 38, Chandigarh, who was injured in a gunfire shot at a house of an arms dealer in Phase 3 (A) here on last Friday night, told the police today that it was an accidental fire. He had gone to the dealer’s house to buy the firearm.

Night shelters little relief for poor
Many forced to sleep out in open
People forced to sleep outside the PGI auditorium, Chandigarh, on a chilly night. Chandigarh, December 4
The city’s night shelters have apparently failed to provide any protection to the less fortunate of the city from the dipping mercury. The ongoing intense cold wave has specifically been harsh on pavement dwellers, labourers and rickshaw-pullers.

People forced to sleep outside the PGI auditorium, Chandigarh, on a chilly night. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Guv’s greetings on Gurpurb
Chandigarh, January 4
Punjab Governor and UT Administrator SF Rodrigues has extended his greetings to people on the occasion of Gurpurb of Guru Gobind Singh and called upon them to rededicate themselves to the ideals and goals set out by the great Guru for creating a harmonious society based on values of humanism and secularism.

Streetlights, reality poles apart
Chandigarh, January 4
Dense fog and poor lighting on roads has made it difficult for residents as they have to drive in poor visibility. In various parts of the city, streetlights are not working and in some areas, lights have not even been installed.

Artistes stage a play, “Arjun gumm hai”, in Chandigarh on Saturday. Punjabi play on today’s Arjun 
Chandigarh, January 4
The Punjabi Natak Akademy staged a Punjabi play “Arjun gumm hai” at the Randhawa auditorium here yesterday. Scripted by Dr Gurpreet Singh Sindra the play brought into focus exploitation and corrupt practices adopted by those at the helm of affairs. Playwright had employed the mythological character of Arjuna, the greatest Pandva warrior and a symbol of perfection to augment the contrasting life of a present day Arjuna but depressed and unemployed despite being qualified and competent.



Artistes stage a play, “Arjun gumm hai”, in Chandigarh on Saturday.Tribune photo: S. Chandan

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Bloggers, beware of copyright laws

Bloggers usually take liberty with perceived impunity while copying photographs and material from anywhere in the ever bulging blogosphere. Majority of them give links or credits to the websites from where they copy the material. However, bloggers seem to be oblivious of the copyright laws. Leave the blogging aside, even the existing copyright laws are not usually taken into cognizance in India where plagiarism has almost become a routine affairs for writers in the absence of awareness about the copyright laws.

Letters


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Rare ghariyals being bred in captivity
Chhatbir, January 4
Rare ghariyals are breeding in Mahendra Chaudhary Chhatbir zoo, a first of its kind project in north India after Delhi zoo.

Smelly drain puts off residents
Bassi Pathana, January 4
With no permanent employee in the Municipal Council at Bassi Pathana, a large number of residents are upset due to smelly drain going through the residential area.

Cop, two arrested for selling wheat illegally
Kharar, January 4
A Punsup inspector and two farmers were arrested on the charges of selling wheat bags meant for distribution among the poor people. Punsup inspector Sewa Singh, farmer Ishwar Singh and his son Kanwar, both residents of Mandi Gobindgarh were arrested today by the CIA staff.


Artist Sukhpal Singh gives final touches to a painting of Sikh Guru Gobind Singh on the eve of his birth anniversary in Patiala on Sunday.
Artist Sukhpal Singh gives final touches to a painting of Sikh Guru Gobind Singh on the eve of his birth anniversary in Patiala on Sunday. Tribue photo: Rajesh Sachar

Society to shift schools to new premises
Patiala, January 4
The Society for the Welfare of Handicapped which is managing Patiala School for Deaf and Blind near Amar Ashram since 41 years has now decided to shift all its various schools to its own state-of-the-art building in an attempt to provide special education to the deaf and blind children, Balwinder Singh Saifdipur, patron of the society, said here yesterday.

Giant urinary bladder stone removed
Patiala, January 4
The Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, near here, has reported a rare case of giant urinary bladder stone having been removed by surgery.

Another labourer dies of asphyxiation
Bassi Pathana, January 4
Bhupinder Singh (20) asphyxia affected labourer of Santemajra village, who was admitted in an unconscious state, expired today in Civil Hospital, Bassi Pathana.

Office-bearers
Patiala, January 4
The first general body meeting of Patiala Focal Point Industries Association (PFPIA) was held here today to elect its new office bearers. At the meeting, the house unanimously elected Baljit Singh as president and as per association constitution president was authorised to select his executive body.


CRIME

Man’s body found from rivulet
Chandigarh, January 4
The bloated body of a man in his 30s was found in a rivulet at Maloya village, here this morning. The police has ruled out the possibility of foul play, as no visible injury marks have been found on the body.

Two booked for assault
Chandigarh, January 4
The police booked Raj Bahadur Yadav and Sunil Kumar, both residents of Industrial Area-I, for allegedly beating up and threatening complainant Jatinder Kumar near fire brigade office yesterday.

Truck carrying 575 liquor cases seized
A truck that carried 575 liquor cases was seized by the excise department in Panchkula on Sunday. Panchkula, January 4
In a major catch, the Regional Transport Authority, intercepted a truck loaded with 575 cases of liquor during the routine check of vehicles on Panchkula-Ramgarh Road here today morning.



A truck that carried 575 liquor cases was seized by the excise department in Panchkula on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

28-year-old dies as stove burst
Panchkula, January 4
A 28-year-old resident of old Panchkula died as the stove burst at his house. The deceased has been identified as Amit Kumar, a labourer, and he was making tea at his house, when the stove burst and got multiple injuries.


SPORTS

GNPS CCA lift Gold Cup
Players of the GNPS CCA who won the 1st GNPS Gold Cup on GNPS ground, Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Sunday.  Chandigarh, January 4
Guru Nanak Public School and Chandigarh Cricket Association (GNPS CCA) snuffed out a spirited challenge of Sector-16 Cricket Academy by 17 runs to lift the 1st GNPS Gold Cup here today on GNPS ground, Sector 36.

Players of the GNPS CCA who won the 1st GNPS Gold Cup on GNPS ground, Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Sunday.  Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Baseball Tourney
A match of the All-India Inter-University Baseball Championship for Men in progress on PU grounds on Sunday. DU, KU enter league stage
Chandigarh, January 4
Kurukshetra University (KU), Kurukshetra, Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, Delhi University (DU), Delhi and MDU, Rohtak, registered the league berth after defeating their respective rivals in knock out matches during the ongoing All-India Inter-University Baseball Championship for Men underway on PU grounds, here today.

A match of the All-India Inter-University Baseball Championship for Men in progress on PU grounds on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Trials for selection of cricket team tomorrow
Mohali, January 4
Trials for the selection of Mohali district senior cricket team which will take part in the forthcoming FC Mittal Trophy to be organised by the Punjab Cricket Association on January 5 in the PCA stadium’s C-ground at 3.00 pm.

Mohali to have golf course soon
Mohali, January 4
Recreational-cum-sports activity in Mohali’s periphery is all set to get a boost. The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has planned a golf course in the Greater Mohali Area.

Tennis Tourney
Ravnoor, Mehak qualify for main draw
Chandigarh, January 4
Ravnoor Kaur and Mehak, both of Chandigarh, qualified for the girls’ main draw in the ITF Junior Tennis Tournament (Grade 3) for boys and girls under-18 being conducted by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association at the Sector 10 Tennis Stadium here today.


 



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