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Move to scrap film city pact
Satish Kaushik threatens to move court
Chandigarh, January 6
The administration’s reported move to “bail out” Parsvnath Developers in the controversial film city project today hit a roadblock with actor-director Satish Kaushik, a partner in the project, crying foul over Parsvnath’s “unilateral decision” to withdraw from the project.

Governor or Chief Commissioner for city?
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A body of public opinion is growing in Chandigarh, which is questioning the nature of the set-up that is governing the Union Territory.

Devgan lights a smoke & a controversy
Chandigarh, January 6
Taking cognisance of a news report highlighting actor Ajay Devgan smoking at a public place, published in a section of the Press, activists of an NGO have filed a complaint against him with the police.

SCANT REGARD FOR LAW: Actor Ajay Devgan caught smoking at Chandigarh Airport. A Tribune photograph

Major theft at Sector 37 temple
Chandigarh, January 6
Robbers decamped with gold and silver ornaments worth about Rs 15 lakh after assaulting two watchmen in a Sector 37 temple here in the wee hours of today.


EARLIER STORIES

Coop scam comes to fore
January 6, 2009
Robbers shoot at man
January 5, 2009
NHAI asked to provide slow carriageway
January 4, 2009
Roadways bus kills youth
January 3, 2009
Kamlesh is city Mayor
January 2, 2009
Warm welcome to 2009
January 1, 2009
City shivers at 7.6°C
December 31, 2008
GMADA dumps Sahara City
December 30, 2008
Commercial shows in school auditorium
December 29, 2008
Citizens seek CBI probe into land deals
December 28, 2008





COMMUNITY

Maga Projects
Admn’s claims on bid falls flat
Chandigarh, January 6
The Chandigarh administration’s attempts to issue clarifications regarding the alleged misappropriations meted out in its mega projects apparently turns out to be void if the revenue sharing bid for theme-cum-amusement park is any indication.

Three found dead
Chandigarh, January 6
Mahinder Pal, a debt-ridden peon of Punjab State Corporation of Labour Federation and Construction allegedly hanged himself to death at the office premises in Sector 23, here, last night. While in two separate incidents, two persons were found dead in various parts of the city.

Defaulting NGOs bleed Red Cross dry
Chandigarh, January 6
Commercial “misadventures” of the UT Red Cross are not the only loss-making propositions for the society. Certain NGOs defaulting on the rents of their offices in the Karuna Sadan building in Sector 11 are bleeding the society with outstanding rent arrears touching Rs 3.74 lakh for 2007-08.

On the sets of ‘London Dreams’
Mohali, January 6
Kurali Railway Station, on a regular day, sees one or two trains, a few passengers, loading and unloading of luggage, and nothing much. But on Tuesday, the railway station saw something it had never seen before. Almost everybody from Kurali was out to have a glimpse of Salman and Ajay Devgan.

Showroom allottees upset over delay
Panchkula, January 6
The showroom allottees of Shalimar Mega Mall here, are harassed over the possession of the showroom, which is pending for the past two years.

18 autorickshaws, 10 school buses challaned
Chandigarh, January 6
Cracking a whip on those school buses and auto rickshaws, which commit blatant violations, the State Transport Authority (STA) today came into action and put “check points” at various parts of the city.

Defaulting chemical units told not to store raw material
Panchkula, January 6
The Panchkula SDM Ashok Kumar Meena, today asked both the chemical industries owner to lift all the raw material from the premises. He further ordered them not to store any raw material on the premises till they attained the permission from the department concerned.

‘Ghost invites’ to R-Day function
Freedom fighters’ families peeved
Chandigarh, January 6
A partial ghost list has raised the heckles of families of freedoms fighters of the city who, while grateful at an invitation to the annual Republic Day function, are peeved that the administration had not taken care to maintain a list of surviving freedoms fighters nor given due recognition to their wards.

Terrorism a political strategy: Experts
Chandigarh, January 6
An overzealous approach to tackle terrorism has skewed attempts to promote justice and reduce crime. Various governments, including that in India, has tried to hide behind terrorism to cover its poor governance.

Fun with work
1st meeting at Mayor’s house
Chandigarh, January 6 The first meet of all councillors organised by newly elected Mayor, Kamlesh, to know their agendas and priorities in their respective wards and MC officials turned out to be more fun than just discussing work.

Army Postal Service reunion today
Chandigarh, January 6
The three-day celebrations of the 6th reunion of the Army Postal Service (APS) will begin at its centre in Kamptee near Nagpur tomorrow, according to a statement issued here today.

Mohali cops honour motorists
Mohali, January 6
As part of weeklong traffic awareness celebrations, the Mohali police today honoured motorists, who were found possessing all registration documents, at a function organised in Phase 8 here today. IG training, SK Sharma, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Sufi soiree enchants audience
Chandigarh, January 6
The city music lovers were treated to a divine sufina spell with the mystic wisdom of sufi saints in a music concert “ Sada-E-Sufi” organised by the Sufi Foundation of India, in collaboration with IDC, Chandigarh, at the Tagore theatre, here today.

A music concert ‘Sada-E-Sufi’ going on in Chandigarh on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

PCCTU to stage dharna on January 12
Chandigarh, January 6
The indifferent attitude of the Punjab government towards the problems of teachers of non-government colleges has forced the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU), to stage a daily dharna in front of the office of DPI(c), Punjab, w.e.f. January 12.

Widening of highway: Tension escalates
Zirakpur, January 6
The ongoing tension between the officials of NHAI and the owners of the banquet halls over the widening of Panchkula-Zirkapur highway today resulted in the alleged bashing up of an employee of the company engaged in the widening work. Jatinder Singh, an owner of the banquet hall, denied the allegations of the employee.

Orientation programme for resource persons
Chandigarh, January 6
A two-day state level orientation programme on ‘Procedures of Evaluation and Monitoring’ for key resource persons and active literacy functionaries of Punjab is being organised by the Regional Resource Centre for Adult and Continuing Education on January 6 and 7 at Panjab University, here today.

92 medical officers given job letters
Mohali, January 6
As many as 92 homoeopathic medical officers were given appointment letters by the homoeopathic department, Punjab, under the National Rural Health Mission Scheme.

Punjabi poetry book released
Chandigarh, January 6
A Punjabi poetry book “Tusin Kadon Udas Hovoge” by Khushhal Singh Naga Bezaar was released at a function organised by Punjabi Lekhak Sabha at Punjab Kala Bhavan, here today.

Film school artistes enact play
Mohali, January 6
In a drive against taverns and liquor shops, the students from Mad Arts, Jaspal Bhatti’s Film School, organised a play ‘Theko Theke’ in Phase V, here today.

Staff protests union leaders’ victimisation
Chandigarh, January 6
Employees of the New India Assurance, CMD today staged a demonstration against the alleged victimisation of trade union leaders by the New India Assurances on a call given by the National Federation of General Insurance Employees (NFGIEU), Mumbai.

Cops, drivers get driving tips
Chandigarh, January 6
The police today conducted workshops to impart safe driving tips to the cops and other drivers of the commercial vehicles in various parts of the city as a part of the ongoing 20th Road Safety Week. The police said workshop for school bus drivers and taxi drivers was held at Children’s Traffic Park and the third workshop was held for truck drivers at the transport area.

Motorcyclists ride without safety helmets in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Even the number plate on the motorcycle violates of the Motor Vehicles Act, which prohibits anything on the plate except the vehicle’s registration number. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Indefinite strike by market committee
Chandigarh, January 6
A joint emergency meeting of Sector 26 sabzi mandi and grain market was held today in the wake of agitation by the commission agents opposing the installations of check posts at the major entry points of the market.

EDUCATION

PU to introduce book for neo-literates
Chandigarh, January 6
At a time, when market forces are driving the world economy after a recent economic meltdown, Panjab University’s regional resource centre for adult and continuing education (RRC) is aiming to make the neo-literates stand on their own feet.

Administration’s Directive
Students, auto drivers bear the brunt
Chandigarh, January 6
The UT administration finally seems to have succeeded in doing away with the problem of overcrowded autos as on the first day after the winter vacations most of the autorickshaws were spotted ferrying maximum of five students at a time in city schools.

PU suspends UIET student
Chandigarh, January 6
Two days after the incident, wherein, a student of UIET along with an outsider banged his car against Panjab University’s gate number 2 and broke the barricades and newly-installed drop gate, the university authorities today decided to suspend Saurabh, a final year student from UIET, involved in the incident.

Education board selects 41
Mohali, January 6
The Punjab Education Minister Upinderjit Kaur, today distributed appointment letters to 41 candidates. The appointment letters are given to eight Master Cadre, five C and V Cadre, 18 clerks and 10 Class IV employees.

British Columbia school launched
Chandigarh, January 6
The Canada India British Columbia Academy announced an official launch of the first British Columbia (BC) Offshore School in India here today.


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Nursing students block highway
Speak to CM, but refuse to relent
Rajpura, January 6
About 400 students of nursing, mainly women, from the College of Nursing, Faridkot and other places, blocked traffic on the Delhi-Amritsar national highway. Irate over the “lackadaisical” attitude of the state government, they braved the cold weather, but felt harassed by the police that did not even allow them to answer the call of nature.

Nursing students protest against the Punjab Government in Rajpura on Tuesday.
A Tribune photograph

Migrant women face cancer threat
Patiala, January 6
After teenagers, now it’s turn of migrant womanfolk to get addicted to the scourge of tobacco.

Brothers held for bid to loot petrol station
Ropar, January 6
Two brothers were held today for trying to loot a petrol pump in Batala as well as firing shots in air to frighten the employees at the petrol pump.

7-year-old crushed to death
Kalka, January 6
In a tragic incident that took place on Chandimandir-Jallah Road today, a 7-year-old boy Rahul, was crushed to death by a recklessly driven truck. Anguished over the accident, hundreds of villagers blocked the traffic on the Chandimandir-Jallah link road for more than four hours.

Body found near rail track
Bassi Pathana, January 6
The body of a young lady was found lying near the railway platform at Bassi Pathana Railway Station today.

Gold medallist given cash award
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 6
Rakesh Kumar, a student of Ashoka Senior Secondary School, Sirhind, was honoured today on the school campus for winning a gold medal in the Indo-Nepal Table Soccer Championship.


COURTS

Accused may be released on bail after 180 days
HC relief for undertrials
Chandigarh, January 6
Undertrials can now find their way out of the prison on bail six months after the beginning of prosecution evidence.

Verma’s bail plea put off to Jan 9
Chandigarh, January 6
During the arguments on the anticipatory bail application of Anurag Verma, an IAS officer, his counsel stressed that the facts of various complaints filed by Shevta, his wife, were contradictory to one another.

CRIME

Man duped of Rs 40 lakh
Chandigarh, January 6
The economic offences wing of the local police registered a case on the complaint filed by Shakti Ram Garg, a resident of Sector 40, alleging that Ajay Kumar of Maloya fled away with an amount of Rs 40 lakh after withdrawing the money from his account through a cheque.

One held for assault
Chandigarh, January 6
The police arrested Ajay Kumar, a resident of Sector 29-A, on the charges of assaulting a resident of the same sector a few days ago.


SPORTS

Tennis Tournament
Yoannis sneaks past Chandril
Chandigarh, January 6
Unseeded Yoannis Hilelis of France stunned second seed Chandril Sood of India in the boys singles second round match of the ITF Junior Tennis Tournament (Grade 3) for under-18, being conducted by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association at the Sector 10 Tennis stadium, here today. After losing the first set, Yoannis Hilelis, ITF, ranked 379th , reorganised his game and won the next two sets to move into quarter-final. Playing percentage tennis Yoannis Hilelis won 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 against 115th ranked Chandril Sood.

Alena Gerasimdu returns a shot during a tennis tournament in Chandigarh on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Baseball Tournament
Akash fashions Panjab varsity win
Chandigarh, January 6
After winning the All-India Inter-University Baseball (Women) Championship last week, the spirited Panjab University (PU), maintaining its dominance in the sport, annexed the men championship as well here today.

Jubilant team members of Panjab University after winning the baseball match in Chandigarh on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Junior Golf Championship
Ashbeer takes one-stroke lead
Chandigarh, January 6
Ashbeeer Singh Saini was at it again, when he fired an eagle on the 10th and followed it up with four birdies in a row from the 13th hole carding a three under par 67 to take a one-stroke lead over the reigning junior champion Rashid in the Lalit Suri Eastern India Junior Golf Championship that got under way on the par 70 greens of Tollygunge Golf Club in Kolkata today.


 



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