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Coop scam comes to fore
Society kept charging higher interest on short loan

Nadiali (Mohali), January 5
A cooperative scam in the recovery of short-term loans from farmers of 11 villages in Mohali district has come to light.

Red Cross runs into losses
Commercial ventures its undoing
Chandigarh, January 5
The UT Red Cross Society seems to have gone astray from its basic objective. Putting the welfare of the poor and the sick on the back burner, the society has been indulging in commercial ventures, but without much success.

Chief Commissioner’s Post
Now, residents join chorus

Chandigarh, January 5
The demand for the restoration of Chief Commissioner’s post got a shot in the arm today with 46 residents welfare associations affiliated with the Federation of Sector Welfare Associations (FOSWAC) coming out openly against the “Governor-cum-Administrator” system in Chandigarh.

Stray dog bites judge
Chandigarh, January 5
District and Sessions Judge KK Garg was bitten by a stray dog here today.

COMMUNITY

Truckers’ Strike
Little impact on Day 1
Truck drivers play cards on the first day of their strike in ChandigarhChandigarh, January 5
The city faced minimal impact on the first day of the nationwide truckers’ strike as most trucks laden with goods delivered their consignment early this morning, before the strike came into effect. 

Truck drivers play cards on the first day of their strike in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan









EARLIER STORIES


Traders protest deployment of admn staff
Chandigarh, January 5
Traders at a dharna outside the Market Committee office in Sector 26, Chandigarh, Even as the Grain Market Association organised a dharna in protest against the manning of entry and exit points to the grain market by officials of the Chandigarh administration, the latter has justified the decision saying that the new system has reduced pilferage and malpractices, besides increasing the quantity of commodities at the market.

Traders at a dharna outside the Market Committee office in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Doctors to go on strike from January 13
Panchkula, January 5
Medical services in General Hospital, Sector 6, is likely to be paralysed from January 13 with doctors deciding to boycott OPDs indefinitely in protest against the pending demand of pay hike.

Salman Khan in city for shooting
Actor Salman Khan being “bashed up” during the shooting of “London Dreams” on the outskirts of ChandigarhChandigarh, January 5
After a series of successes with ‘Namaste London’, shot in the city beautiful, Vipul Shah is all set to embark on his new venture again with ‘London dreams’.






Actor Salman Khan being “bashed up” during the shooting of “London Dreams” on the outskirts of Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

DRDO clones to replace Swedish rocket launchers 
Chandigarh, January 5
The Army will be replacing its Swedish-origin Carl Gustav rocket launchers with indigenous lightweight clones developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Ecological crisis should not be ignored: Expert
Chandigarh, January 5
Susan George, “The financial meltdown facing the world cannot be viewed in isolation from the social and ecological crises. Something needs to be done on a war footing to deal with the ecological crisis; else an irreparable harm would be done to the world. People and nations have to come together to check ecological erosion in a war-like situation as the governments are not doing enough for ecological erosion that has a far more serious consequences for the world as compared to the financial and social crises”.

Susan George, president on the Board of Transnational Institute, Amsterdam

Devotees throng gurdwaras
Chandigarh, January 5
The birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, was observed at the city gurdwaras, today. Langars were also organised in various parts of the city.

Devotees throng Nada Sahib Gurdwara; and (right) langar being served by children on the occasion of Gurpurb
Devotees throng Nada Sahib Gurdwara; and (right) langar being served by children on the occasion of Gurpurb on Monday. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

IT raid on Taneja Developers
Chandigarh, January 5
A team of income tax officials from Delhi raided the official premises of Taneja Developers and Infrastructure Limited (TDI) at Sectors 15 and 22 here today.

Paras mall gets partial relief from MC 
Zirakpur, January 5
The local government department has given partial relief to Zirakpur’s first shopping mall-cum-multiplex, Paras Down Town Square.

Councillors seek probe against MC chief
SAD-BJP municipal councillors of Zirakpur hold a press conferenceZirakpur, January 5
Zirakpur MC president NK Sharma’s statement against the Punjab cooperation minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, for allegedly interfering in the corporation’s functioning kicked off a political storm today.


SAD-BJP municipal councillors of Zirakpur hold a press conference on Monday. A Ttribune photograph

Workshop on road safety for bus drivers
Chandigarh, January 5
As part of the ongoing 20th Road Safety Week, the Chandigarh Traffic Police today organised a workshop for bus drivers to sensitise them about road safety.

Mega Projects: BJP mum for time being
Let UPA clear stand first, says Jain
Chandigarh, January 5
Even as the clamour for an independent inquiry into the controversial mega projects of the Chandigarh administration, in the wake of alleged irregularities, gets louder, the local unit of the BJP has preferred to keep mum on the issue for the time being.

Ontario govt keen on working with Punjab: Minister
Chandigarh, January 5
Harinder Singh Takhar, Minister of Small Business and Consumer Service, Ontario, addresses mediapersons at Chandigarh Press Club “The Ontario Government in Canada has introduced various schemes to make younger generation suitable for competitive world,” said Harinder Singh Takhar, Minister of Small Business and Consumer Service, Ontario, here today.




Harinder Singh Takhar, Minister of Small Business and Consumer Service, Ontario, addresses mediapersons at Chandigarh Press Club on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Centre okays Rs 2.73-cr grant for Sukhna’s makeover
Chandigarh, January 5
It is makeover time for the city’s most-famous landmark — the Sukhna Lake. Acceding to the persistent demands of the Chandigarh Administration, the Union Ministry of Tourism has okayed a grant of Rs 2.73 crore for the water body that had been at the receiving end of poor upkeep and silt during the past few years.
Boys clamber up a wall in Mullanpur village to catch a glimpse of Bollywood actor Salman Khan
Hard climb for Sallu BHAI: Boys clamber up a wall in Mullanpur village to catch a glimpse of Bollywood actor Salman Khan on Monday. He is shooting in the village for his film, “London Dreams”. 
Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Uphill task ahead of Mayor
Chandigarh, January 5
After donning Mayor’s cap, Kamlesh is now set to woo councillors and keep them happy. To start with, she is organising a luncheon meeting tomorrow. In spite of their party inclinations, most councillors are expected to attend the meeting. Given this diplomacy, insiders claim it is not going to be a cakewalk for her to keep everyone on her side.
While the opposition is in favour of such a move, as they allegedly hold a grudge with previous Congress Mayor Pradeep Chhabra for keeping them at an arm’s length and delyaing their projects, what seems to be an uphill task for the new Mayor is to keep all Congress councillors together.

Workshop
Mohali, January 5
A personality development workshop for the students of economically weaker sections of society from various villages of Punjab concluded, here today, at Continental Institute of International Studies (CIIS), Mohali.

EDUCATION

Restriction on number of students to be ferried
Admn’s decision unacceptable, say auto drivers

Chandigarh, January 5
Though the administration has rolled back its decision of implementing a blanket ban, effective from January 1, on autorickshaws ferrying school children, uncertainty prevails over the number of children to be allowed in an autorickshaw and the life span of the vehicle.



A file photo of schoolchildren being ferried in an autorickshaw. 

Hindi, Punjabi scholars honoured
Patiala, January 5
Scholar of Hindi and Punjabi literature, Dr IS Tiwana, former principal PMN College, Rajpura, has been awarded by the Literary Society of India, Gemini Academy, Panipat. He has been honoured for his efforts in the field of literature and his  valuable contribution for setting up academic utopia as principal.

Anshu wins Saraswati Vidya award
Chandigarh, January 5
International Institute of Education and Management (IIEM), New Delhi, presented the National Saraswati Vidya Award to Anshu Kataria, a chairman of Aryan Business School at New Delhi.

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Two arrested for murder 
Kalka, January 5
In Suresh’s murder case, in which he was found dead at Madhawala village on December 25, the police arrested two persons from the same village, today.

Marketing board’s apathy hits repair of link roads 
14 years on, no initiative despite CM’s directives
Kalka, January 5

The link-roads’ of various villages of Kalka sub-divisioin, which were laid in 1994-95 by the Haryana State Agriculture Marketing Board (HSAMB) are in a state of neglect. Vijay Bansal, former secretary of state Congress and former chairman market committee, Kalka, said marketing board has not taken any initiative to repair these roads in the past 14 years, subsequently the roads have been turned into deteriorating condition and have even lost their existence. 

12-yr-old drowned in well
Ambala, January 5
A boy of Saraswati Nagar here fell in an abandoned well today noon when he was on way to his home. The body of the boy was removed after an hour with the help of fire brigade and residents of nearby area.

Directive
Ambala, January 5
In an effort to streamline the traffic problem and the frequent mishaps that occur due to dense fog in the region Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate Sameer Pal Srow has declared the area from Kalka Chowk to Arya School Chowk, Polytechnic Chowk to Maharaja Aggarsain Chowk and Manav Chowk to Durga Nagar as a no parking zone till March.

One killed of excessive liquor intake
Rajpura, January 5
Sukhdev Singh, a local resident, was killed due to excessive consumption of liquor near Ambala barrier. The police has initiated an inquest under Section 174 of the CrPC.

Truck operators join nationwide strike
Ropar, January 5
The truck operators of the town and from Nangal truck unions joined the nationwide call on strike against fuel hike.

Win patients’ trust: Expert to docs
Patiala, January 5
The local branch of the Indian Medical Association organised a continuing medical education (CME) programme on allegations of medical negligence at Government Medical College here today.

PU boxers stand out
Patiala, January 5
Punjabi University pugilists stood overall second in the All-India Inter-University Boxing Championship that was held at JNV University, Jamshedpur, from December 24 to 31. The team won one gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

Seminar on road safety
Bassi Pathana, January 5
During the ongoing Road Safety Week celebrations, the district traffic police in collaboration with the Bassi Pathana police organised a seminar at ITI, here today.

Rai claims to be Cong candidate 
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 5
Close on the heels of former Deputy Speaker Vidhan Sabha Bir Devinder, retired IAS officer Dr Rai Singh today claimed to be the Congress candidate for the Lok Sabha elections from here.

Body found
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 5
Dead body of an unidentified man was found today at platform no. 2 of the Sirhind railway station.

COURTS

‘Criminal justice system in complete shambles’ 
HC suggests setting up of monitoring committee

Chandigarh, January 5
The Punjab and Haryana High Court believes “the criminal justice system is in complete shambles”.

SC admits panchayat’s SLP
Mohali, January 5
In connection with the alleged wrong mutations of around 500 acres of shamlat land at Mullapur Garibdass village, the Supreme Court has admitted an SLP of Mullanpur gram panchayat and granted an interim stay in favour of the petitioners.

No verdict on release of court property yet
Chandigarh, January 5
Even three months after Kashmir Singh and Gurmeet Singh, acquitted in the court firing case, moved a petition for the release of case property, order is yet to be pronounced. The case property includes weapons — two carbines and two magzines.

CRIME

Thefts go unchecked in Industrial Area
The unit in Phase II, Industrial Area, Chandigarh, from where scrap was stolenChandigarh, January 5
Industrialists in the Phase II of the Industrial Area are harried in the wake of spate of theft in the area. Not only organised gangs of thieves, but also petty thieves and drug addicts are having a field day in the absence of police patrol.


The unit in Phase II, Industrial Area, Chandigarh, from where scrap was stolen on Sunday night. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Industrial tenants gun for conversion policy
Chandigarh, January 5
After the controversial mega projects, the ambitious conversion policy of the Chandigarh administration for industrial plots in Industrial Area has come under attack.

Missing security guard found murdered
Ram Swaroop, father of the deceased, Harjinder Singh, at General Hospital, PanchkulaPanchkula, January 5
Harjinder Singh, security guard of the main post office, was found murdered at Sector 26, Panchkula, last night. The assailants stabbed him to death.




Ram Swaroop, father of the deceased, Harjinder Singh, at General Hospital, Panchkula; (Inset) a file photo of Harjinder Singh. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan 

Man beaten up by wife, sons
Chandigarh, January 5
The local police registered a case on the complaint of Birbal Singh of Mani Majra alleging that his wife Kadri, along with his two sons, had beaten him near his residence yesterday. He was injured and taken to the PHC, Mani Majra. A case has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.

SPORTS

PCA stadium vicinity in disarray
Despite spending lakhs of rupees in providing multiple-security cordon around the PCA stadium, the venue of a recent match between India and England, the area around the stadium did not get a facelift.

PU thrash Delhi varsity 14-0
A baseball match in progress in ChandigarhChandigarh, January 5
It was a cakewalk for hosts Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, who blanked Delhi University, Delhi, 14-0 home runs in a league match of the All-India Inter-University Baseball Championship for Men, here today.




A baseball match in progress in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan 

Baseball players await certificates
Chandigarh, January 5
Lack of coordination between the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and other universities has left the Panjab University men baseball team in lurch, as the players haven’t got their certificates and gold medals even after a lapse of an year.

A player returns the shot during the Tennis Tournament in Chandigarh Belgium’s Laurent emerges champion
Chandigarh, January 5
Belgium’s Laurent Daxhelet and Russian Alexander Igoshin caused disappointment in the boys singles first-round matches in the ITF Junior Tennis Tournament (Grade 3) for under-18 being organised by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association at the Tennis Stadium, here today.

A player returns the shot during the Tennis Tournament in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan 

Sri Lanka, Singapore for cricket meet
Chandigarh, January 5
Srilanka and Singapore have confirmed their participation for the 1st V Hanumantha Rao All-India Under-19 National Twenty-20 Federation Cup League Cricket Tournament from January 12 to 15, which is being organised by the Cricket Federation of India and Cricket Federation of Hyderabad.

Ashbeer all set for Eastern India golf
Chandigarh, January 5
Ashbeer Saini (15) of Kapurthala is all set to give another challenge to India’s top junior golfers when the Lalit Suri Eastern India Junior Golf Championship gets underway on the par-71 greens of the Tollygunge Golf Club in Kolkata on Tuesday.

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