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Pain for Rodrigues, Gain for Mehra
Mega projects under CVC lens

SF Rodrigues
SF Rodrigues

Pradip Mehra
Pradip Mehra

Chandigarh, January 7
The first round of the slugfest between UT Administrator SF Rodrigues and his Adviser Pradip Mehra over the Administration's much-touted mega projects has ended in favour of the latter with the the Central Vigilance Commission deciding to hold an inquiry into the land deals in the run-up to the allotment of land for these projects.

4 of family drugged, valuables stolen
Police suspects servant’s hand
Panchkula, January 7
Four members of a family were found unconscious under mysterious circumstances at their residence in Haripur village, Sector 4, this morning. The police suspected that a servant, employed a few days ago, had drugged the family to commit theft.
One of the victims, who was allegedly drugged by a servant, at the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula One of the victims, who was allegedly drugged by a servant, at the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, on Wednesday.
A Tribune photograph


Governor or Chief Commissioner for city?
Send your views to The Tribune
A body of public opinion is growing in Chandigarh, which is questioning the nature of the set-up that is governing the Union Territory. Local units of two political parties - the Congress and the Janata Party - and a federation of residents welfare associations representing the citizens of Chandigarh have demanded a change in the set-up.

Ajay Devgan: Challan likely
Chandigarh, January 7
The Chandigarh Police is likely to challan cinestar Ajay Devgan, allegedly smoking at Chandigarh Airport day before yesterday. The police went to hotel Taj today and discussed the matter with Ajay devgan's manager. — TNS


Truckers’ strike jack up vegetable, fruit prices
Chandigarh, January 7
With the truckers’ strike entering the third day today coupled with Sector-26 market traders’ strike, the residents are in a double whammy due to the sharp increase in the prices of a majority of vegetables and fruits in the city.

Porters look for other alternatives
Chandigarh, January 7
While the city is yet to feel the pinch of the ongoing truckers strike, daily wagers at the local mandi in Sector 26, particularly those who earned their livelihood by loading and unloading the supplies, are increasingly finding it difficult to make their ends meet.
Porters look worried due to the ongoing truckers’ strike at Sector-26 vegetable market on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
Porters look worried due to the ongoing truckers’ strike at Sector-26 vegetable market

Trouble on LPG front
Chandigarh, January 7
More trouble for city inmates as after the grain market strike, it is oil officers who have made a similar noise by announcing to go on an indefinite strike. The effect was quiet evident on the first day as many people who were suppose to receive their cylinders did not get them as no bookings were made.

Gulmohar residents in agitation mood
Say withdraw acquisition notice or face protest
Mohali, January 7
Members of the Gulmohar Resident Welfare Society, Desu Majra, have urged the government to withdraw a notification issued for acquiring over nine acres of land falling under Kharar municipal limits failing which they will stage protests.
Members of Gulmohar Residence Welfare Association protest against GMADA during a press conference in Mohali on Wednesday.
A Tribune photograph
Members of Gulmohar Residence Welfare Association protest against GMADA during a press conference in Mohali

Appeal by intellectuals
India, Pak must resume talks
Chandigarh, January 7
A group of Indian and Pakistani intellectuals have appealed to India and Pakistan to resume the peace process immediately because “all talk of partial or targeted action (against terrorist camps in Pakistan) is ill-informed and dangerous given the nuclearisation of the subcontinent.”

Reva, not cop-friendly
Chandigarh, January 7
The much-touted environment-friendly Reva car has become a source of trouble for the police. For, the three cars purchased by the police in 2006 have made more rounds to the workshops than seen moving on the roads. Teginder Singh, maintenance officer at the police lines, Sector 26, said, “There is no workshop near Chandigarh and that’s why the repair is costly.

Implementation of Directives
Transport authority in dilemma over less manpower
Chandigarh, January 7
It's ironical that while the administration passes hasty directives, like the one imposing the conditional ban on the number of schoolchildren travelling in a three wheeler or school buses running without conforming prescribed norms, but it does not have the wherewithal to implement the same.

Dog Helpline
Hounded? Call 9888864775
Chandigarh, January 7
It takes a stray dog to bite a District and Sessions Judge for the Municipal Corporation to wake up to the need of setting up a dog help line in the city. That is precisely the case as the corporation started a help line today exactly two days after the dog bit District and Sessions Judge KK Garg.

Dog Bite
MC sends carcass to Kasauli
Chandigarh, January 7
Taking cognisance of Monday’s incident, wherein, a District and Sessions Judge was bitten by a stray dog, which died later, the municipal corporation authorities yesterday sent the carcass of the dog to Kasauli for examination.

PGI to have geriatric care centre
Chandigarh, January 7
The Union Health Ministry has finally woken up to address the growing healthcare needs of the ageing population of the country. As part of its nationwide programme to provide geriatric care (read healthcare for the aged), the ministry is set to open specialised centres and PGI here is going to be one of them.       
Prof NK Ganguly
Prof NK Ganguly

Nine nurses get commission as lieutenants

Chandigarh, January 7
Nine probationer nurses were commissioned as lieutenants into the Military Nursing Service (MNS) at a commissioning ceremony held at the Command Hospital, Chandimandir, today.

Lt Gen TK Sapru, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, with military nursing officers after they were commissioned in Chandimandir on Wednesday.

Lt Gen TK Sapru, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, with military nursing officers after they were commissioned in Chandimandir

Road Safety Week concludes
Do more to cut accident rate in city, says IG
Chandigarh, January 7
UT IGP SK Jain today asked the traffic police to make more efforts to reduce the accident rate on city roads during the concluding day of the 20th Road Safety Week under the theme of "Drive Carefully, Reach Alive" at Children Traffic park in Sector 23 here.
IG SK Jain carries out a ritual to induct two interceptor Gypsies in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

IG SK Jain carries out a ritual to induct two interceptor Gypsies in Chandigarh

Mayor, team start work
Chandigarh, January 7
After an informal meet yesterday, it was back to work for the Mayor as well as councillors today. As said earlier, Mayor Kamlesh asked all councillors to submit a list of all projects with respect to their wards, which included the projects, which were pending or going on.

Sunkaria inspects ongoing projects
Chandigarh, January 7
Roshan Sunkaria, commissioner, municipal corporation, Chandigarh, along with the chief engineer, MC and other officers of the MCC inspected various projects undertaken by the corporation. He also issued necessary directions for the projects.

Tribune staffer bereaved
Panchkula, January 7
Damyanti Bambroo (80), mother of Tribune staff correspondent Sanjay Bambroo and wife of former News Editor of The Tribune J.N. Bambroo, died here last night after a prolonged illness.

Grant to develop anti-cancer drug
Chandigarh, January 7
Dr Malleshappa Noolvi of Amar Shaheed Baba Ajit Singh Jujhar Memorial College of Pharmacy, Bela, Ropar, has received a grant of Rs 16.56 lakh for development of anti-cancer drug from the department of sciences and technology, government of India.

Relay fast
Chandigarh, January 7
The relay fast by the Chandigarh Industrial Area Tenants Association entered the seventh day today. The members, who sat on relay fast, were Sabhajit Yadav and Ajay Yadav.


Education department probes a sham?
Chandigarh, January 7
While the UT’s education department shows alacrity in ordering inquiries, its seems most of these fail to achieve any tangible result. For, more often than not, these end up as a mere exercise to hand out clean chit to those who fall in the ambit of such probes.

PU Examinations
Metal detectors to check cellphones
Chandigarh, January 7
In continuation with its efforts to curb the usage of mobile phones by students inside the examination hall, the Panjab University authorities have now decided to use metal detectors to search students before they enter the examination halls.

PU Notes
Varsity music teacher honoured
Chandigarh, January 7
Dr Pankaj Mala Sharma, Professor in Music Department, PU, received “Shruti Puruskar-2008” for her book “Samagana: Udbhava Vyavhar Evem Siddhanta”, a work in the field of Vedic Music, from Akhil Bhartiya Vidvat Parishad, Varanasi. Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, former Union HRD Minister, conferred a shawl, memento, certificate and a cheque of Rs 5,000 on her at a function organised by the parishad at Varanasi recently.

SD College gets nod for courses
Chandigarh, January 7
GGDSD College, Sector 32, has been granted the UGC approval for running two more career-oriented add-on courses of "Video Reporting" and "Electronics and its Equipments Maintenance” making it the only college in India to run 26 parallel add-on courses.


Nursing students’ demands accepted

Rajpura, January 7
The three-day agitation by nursing students ended with the Punjab Government today accepting their demands amid high drama.

Nursing students of Rajindra Hospital protest at Gagan chowk in Rajpura. A Tribune photograph

Nursing students of Rajindra Hospital protest at Gagan chowk in Rajpura

Fake Encounter Case
Eight cops get bail
Patiala, January 7
Eight police personnel, charged with involvement in a fake encounter case, were granted bail by Sessions Judge Inderjit Singh Walia here today. A total of 25 police personal have been accused of their involvement in the case.

Industrialists misusing media: Damdami
Patiala, January 7
The Punjabi department of Punjabi University organised a seminar here today. Vice-Chancellor Jaspal Singh presided over the seminar. Punjabi Tribune Editor Sidhu Damdami gave inaugural address and Punjabi writer and critic Amarjit Singh Grewal presented the keynote address.

Two arrested with medicines
Kharar, January 7
Two people were arrested with medicines that are abused as drugs. The CIA police arrested Gagan Sharma, a resident of Kurali, and Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Malakpur, with 4,900 capsules of sinotil, 200 capsules of paronespas, 12 bottles of cough syrups etc.

Smugglers get 10-year jail
Ambala, January 7
Additional Session Judge, R N Bharti, sentenced ten-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1 lakh to 6 persons, including a resident of Italy involved in charas smuggling. The smugglers, who were convicted are Chaman Lal, Gautam Chand, Meene Ram, Bhumi Chand, Dev Raj and Frenko Terzi.

3 booked for firing
Ambala, January 7
The Ambala Sadar police booked Gurdarshan Singh and others on the complaint of Karamjit Singh for firing three shots. The incident took place at Dhanora village this afternoon. According to Karamjit, he and his nephew were working on their land, which is in dispute with Gurdarshan.

Three hurt in accident
Lalru, January 7
Three youths were injured in a road accident on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway on this evening. According to the police, the accident took place near ITI roundabout. The youths were standing on the roadside when a speeding bus coming from Ambala hit them.

Honour for PSEB member
Patiala, January 7
SC Sabharwal, member transmission Punjab State Electricity Board, has been conferred with Bharat Gaurav Award by Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixit, on the eve of Global Friendship Day on January 2.


Suspension of Sentence
Sum up conviction period: Court
Chandigarh, January 7
The Punjab and Haryana High Court believes it is unfair to make convicts languish behind bars for a “certain minimum period” before suspending their sentence, when as undertrials they have spent long time in custody.

Consumer Forum
Tata insurance to pay Rs 20,000 compensation
Chandigarh, January 7
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Tata AIG General Insurance Company Ltd to pay a compensation of Rs 20,000 to a professor of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) for deficiency in services.

Consumer Forum
Perfetti India asked to pay Rs 3 lakh
Chandigarh, January 7
Denial of a trip as prize by Perfetti India, as promised on the wrapper of a Big Babool chewing gum, manufactured by Perfetti India, has cost the company dear as the UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has asked them to pay a compensation of Rs 3 lakh, which includes Rs 1 lakh for punitive damages.

Doc acquitted as complainant turns hostile
Chandigarh, January 7
Additional District and Sessions Judge SK Aggarwal today acquitted Chitranjan Kumar Kaushal on charges of medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) after the complainant turned hostile.


Two caught stealing BSNL cables
Chandigarh, January 7
Workers employed by a contractor of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) caught two persons red-handed while they were trying to steal underground cables in Sector-34, early today morning. The suspects were, later on, handed over to the police.

Major scam involving GPA uncovered
False addresses used for registration
Mohali, January 7
A major scam involving the registration of general power of attorneys (GPA) of Chandigarh properties on the basis of false local address has rocked the city. Sellers of flats, booths and houses in the UT’s rehabilitation colonies furnished “identical” false residence proof of Mohali to get their property transactions registered in the past two years.

Six-yr-old raped
Mohali, January 7
A six-year-old girl was allegedly raped by unidentified persons in the Industrial Area, Phase VIII, here yesterday. According to the police, the child was playing with her brother when two persons on a bicycle approached them and took the girl away. Her were not home at the time of the incident.

Man held with smack
Chandigarh, January 7
The police arrested Ravi, a resident of Sector 56, from the rotary of grain market, Sector 39, and seized 8 gram smack from his possession yesterday. A case has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.

‘Kidnapped’ boy returns home
Panchkula, January 7
A Sector 4 family had great relief when their 9-year-old child missing since evening returned home safely after four hours at 10 pm here today. Meanwhile the family reported the matter to police following which the police was alerted and the borders were sealed while Superintendent of police Sandip Khirwar and other police officials reached the house of family to investigate the matter.


Kazakhstan’s Valentina enters semis
Chandigarh, January 7
Sixth seed Valentina Starkova of Kazaksthan toppled top seed Indian Rashmi Teltumbde in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 in the girls singles quarter-final encounter to register semifinal berth in the ITF Junior Tennis Tournament (Grade 3) for Under-18 boys and girls being conducted by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association, here today. In another girls singles quarter-final match, Aishwarya Agarwal prevailed over mighty Nova Patel in three sets 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

Valentina Starkova in action during the ITF tournament in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Valentina Starkova in action during the ITF tournament in Chandigarh

Ashbeer slips to overall third spot
Maintains big lead in Category B
Chandigarh, January 7
Ashbeer Singh Saini fell two strokes behind the leader as Bangalore’s Chikkarangappa carded a one under 69 to take the overall lead at one under 139 at the midway stage of the Lalit Suri Eastern India Junior Golf Championship on the par-70 greens of the Tollygunge Golf Club in Kolkata today.

To some, selection still unfair
Chandigarh, January 7
Despite the administration’s belated attempt to lend credence to its teams’ selection process, the controversy regarding the same refuses to die down.

Kho-Kho Championship
Sant Hari college emerge winners
Chandigarh, January 7
Sant Hari Singh Memorial College for Women, Chella, Makhsuspur, got the better of MLBG Girls Government College, Tapprian Khurd (Hoshiarpur), by 10 points and one inning in the final match to lift the Panjab University Inter-College Kho-Kho (Women) B-Division Championship for the session 2008-09, here today.
The jubilant team after winning kho-kho championship in Chandigarh
The jubilant team after winning kho-kho championship in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Kabaddi Championship
Punjab team bag gold
Chandigarh, January 7
Indian Punjab team of Kabaddi won the gold medal in the 1st International Inter-City Championship, which was organised by the Kabaddi Association of Kualalumpur in Malaysia from December 26 to 28.

Sports meet from January 9
Chandigarh, January 7
More than 1500 students from 75 schools have confirmed their names for the State Level Sports Tournament ‘Ranbhoomi-09’ being organised by Swami Vivekananda Group of Institutes (SVIET) at its north campus from January 9 to 12.


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