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Chief Commissioner’s Post
Issue catches MHA’s attention

Chandigarh, January 9
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has taken cognizance of the demand of the local unit of Janata Party (JP) for the revival of the post of Chief Commissioner for Chandigarh.

Registration of LPG autos banned
Mohali, January 9
The hope of Mohali residents to travel in zero-polluting autorickshaws has been dashed with the district transport authorities discontinuing the registration of LPG-run three-wheelers in the district.

Craze for VIP nos. wanes
Chandigarh, January 9
VIP numbers no longer seem to catch the fancy of car owners. The global meltdown seems to have taken a toll on the auction of VIP numbers by the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) here today.

SD college student dies as car falls into gorge
Chandigarh, January 9
Malvika Kalra (19), a BBA-1 student of GGDSD College here, died in a road accident near Jabli on the Kalka-Shimla highway last night when the Skoda she was travelling in fell into a 500-ft deep gorge around 1 am.

Members of Federation of Muslim Societies protest against the Israel attack on Palestinians at Sector 20 in Chandigarh on Friday. Members of Federation of Muslim Societies protest against the Israel attack on Palestinians at Sector 20 in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan






EARLIER STORIES




COMMUNITY

Administration reviews ongoing projects
A new school will be built in Sector 50 at a cost of Rs 3.5 crore
Chandigarh, January 9
The Chandigarh administration’s major concern would be completion of the ongoing projects this year. Home Secretary Ram Niwas and Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar today jointly presided over a meeting to review the progress of these ongoing projects here.

It was a tough day for oil-hunters
Chandigarh, January 9
Almost 90 per cent of the petrol pumps of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) in the region on the third day of the strike by Oil Sector Officers’ Association went dry today. Even though the strike was called off in the evening, it would only be around Saturday afternoon that the fuel supply would become normal.

Strike
When all roads led to select petrol stations
Chandigarh, December 9
With over 70 per cent petrol stations running dry, it was a harrowing time for vehicle owners in the city on account of the strike, which was called off later in the day, by officials of oil company here today.


Madhya Marg wears a deserted look as vehicles went off road owing to a strike by employees of oil companies in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
Madhya Marg wears a deserted look as vehicles went off road owing to a strike by employees of oil companies in Chandigarh on Friday.

‘Bed and breakfast’ scheme may have new name
Chandigarh, January 9
In keeping with the Indian tradition of “atithi devobhava” (guest is god), there is move to rechristen the name of Chandigarh administration’s ambitious “Bed and Breakfast” scheme to “Home Stay”. The issue has already been discussed with the Union Ministry of Tourism at New Delhi. Though, the response to the scheme is good, officials say “bed and breakfast” somehow doesn’t convey the basic objective of providing homely ambience. Thus, the proposal was mooted out to change its name.


A person looks at a “Bed and breakfast” scheme board at Sukhna Lake on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan
A person looks at a “Bed and breakfast” scheme board at Sukhna Lake on Friday.

Domestic Violence
Guv for core groups at village level
Chandigarh, January 9
Concerned at increasing domestic violence and other household problems faced by families in the rural areas, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator S.F. Rodrigues has asked sarpanches of UT villages to set up cooperative core groups to come into action in the event of such incidents and sort out the issues at the local level, as part of their societal responsibilities.

CITCO issues show-cause notices to 4 employees
Chandigarh, January 9
The Chandigarh Industrial Tourism and Development Corporation (CITCO) today issued one-week show-cause notices to four of its employees of Hotel Mountview, for not following procedural practice while booking a function a month back at the hotel in Sector 10, here.

Ban on sale of non-ISI helmets
Chandigarh, January 9
The Chandigarh administration has imposed a ban on the sale of non-ISI mark helmets in the city.

Booklet on healthy lifestyle released
Chandigarh, January 9
PGI doctors released a booklet on “Cultivating Healthy Lifestyle” here today.

Minor fire at Industrial Area
Chandigarh, January 9
A minor fire broke out today afternoon at one of the industrial plots in the Industrial Area, Phase I. The fire broke out due to a short circuit on the top floor of the Chandigarh Flour Mills housed at plot number 128.


A fireman tries to douse flames which broke out at a plot in the Industrial Area-Phase I, Chandigarh, on Friday. A Tribune photograph
A fireman tries to douse flames which broke out at a plot in the Industrial Area-Phase I, Chandigarh, on Friday.


Police beat boxes cry for repair
Chandigarh, January 9
The terrible condition of the police beat boxes across the city has educed a resentment among the cops, who find it difficult to keep a vigil on everyone during the cold weather.


A damaged beat box in Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: 
Manoj Mahajan
A damaged beat box in Chandigarh.

Bansal barred from legal practice
Chandigarh, January 9
The Bar Council of India today debarred Haryana law officer Sanjiv Bansal from practice.

Vehicle involved in accident had fake number
Panchkula, January 9
The alleged hit-and-run case involving 40-year-old Navneet, a resident of Sector 9, by an unidentified vehicle here on September 12, 2008, has taken a new turn. Even as police fails to crack the case, it has now transpired that the erring vehicle was carrying a “fake” registration number.

Eviction of DC
MC chief seeks Chief Secy’s help
Mohali, January 9
The President of the local Municipal Council today sought the help of the Chief Secretary, Punjab, to get the house vacated in the municipal complex, which had allegedly been unauthorisedly occupied by the former Deputy Commissioner HIS Garewal, and to recover over Rs 10 lakh as rent to the council for the accommodation.

MC issues notices to 200 for encroachment
Zirakpur, January 9
Even as the NHAI battle it out with the banquet owners on Zirakpur-Panchkula highway over the illegal access to the highway, the Zirakpur Municipal Council has issued notices to around 200 shopkeepers on Zirakpur-Patiala highway to remove encroachments to the four-laning work.



Shopkeepers use roadside to dump construction material along the Zirakpur-Patiala highway. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
Shopkeepers use roadside to dump construction material along the Zirakpur-Patiala highway.

Pvt practitioners, health authorities sign MOU
Mohali, January 9
A MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) was signed here today between district health authorities and sentinel private practitioners on sharing of information regarding spread of diseases. “IDSP Mohali Alert”, a monthly and annual bulletin, was also launched.

Sober man challaned for drunk driving
Chandigarh, January 9
Can a sober person be challaned for drunk driving? The answer should be in the negative but the Chandigarh traffic police seems to have performed this feat by challaning Vikram Singh, a resident of Sector 7.

Partial relief for residents
Chandigarh, January 9
It was only a partial relief for city resident’s today. For, even after the calling off of strike by the Sector-26 grain market association following the removal of the checkpoints by the Chandigarh administration, the normal supply was yet be restored.
Labourers unload gunny bags at the Grain Market in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Friday. A Tribune photograph
Labourers unload gunny bags at the Grain Market in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Friday.

HIV+ as outreach workers
Chandigarh, January 9
The executive meeting of the State AIDS Control Society (SACS), Chandigarh, was held under the chairmanship of home-cum-health secretary Ram Niwas today.

Speaking Out
Fuelling chaos
With petrol stations running dry on account of a strike by oil officers, in a conversation with Priya Chadha people spoke strongly against the strike for the inconvenience that they had to face throughout the day

Office-bearers elected
Chandigarh, January 9
The following have been elected as office-bearers of the Universal Co-operative House Building (1st) Society of Sector 21, Chandigarh.

Office-bearers
Chandigarh, January 9
Residents of Defence Colony, Baltana, elected Capt Gurbachan Singh as president of their welfare association during a general body meeting held recently.

e Wild Wild Web
Internet and censorship
The recent crackdown by Chinese officials on “vulgar” websites, including Google and the Chinese leading search engine, Baidu, has once again brought the sensitive issue of the Internet and Censor to the fore. China has named 19 leading Internet companies for failing to censor inappropriate content despite warnings, or did not do so swiftly enough. Baidu has captured about two-thirds of the world’s largest Net population — over 250m and growing — with Google in second place in China.

EDUCATION


Hardwork sees Pavneet through
Chandigarh, January 9
‘I always knew I would score this much,” beamed Pavneet Singh Gulyani with confidence, as everybody applauded him for creating history by scoring 100 percentile in CAT prelims. A final year student of mechanical engineering at PEC, Pavneet, son of a retail shopkeeper from Mohali has been declared engineering’s loss but management’s gain.

Pavneet Gulyani with his mother. A Tribune photograph
Pavneet Gulyani with his mother.

More IIM calls for girls
Chandigarh, January 9
The CAT results have brought all smiles for city students as not only the percentile increased but also the number of students hitting scores above 97 percentile has increased. An added brownie is the fact that the city’s fairer sex has taken everybody for surprise as more girls compared to the last five years have got calls from various IIMs.


City girls make their presence felt at CAT. A Tribune photograph
City girls make their presence felt at CAT.

UIET students assemble single-seater car
Chandigarh, January 9
An 18-member team of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Panjab University, has assembled a single-seater car of 340 CC petrol engine with 9 bhp for participation in the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE) event in Indore, scheduled for January 30 to February 1.


Students of UIET, Panjab University, with their single-seater car in Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Vinay Malik
Students of UIET, Panjab University, with their single-seater car in Chandigarh.

From PU
Seminar on disaster management from today
Chandigarh, January 9
The department of education, Panjab University, is organising a two-day national seminar-cum-workshop on “Partners in disaster management: Institutions & Community” under the aegis of assistance programme of UGC. This event will be hosted at ICSSR Complex on Jan 10- 11. Vice-Chancellor Prof RC Sobti, will inaugurate the seminar and director general of CRRID Rashpal Malhotra, will preside over.


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Demarcation of NH-22 begins
Kalka, January 9
On the directives issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in connection with the proposed widening of National Highway-22, Ramesh Krishanan, ADC, Panchkula, also chairman of Demarcation Committee, scrutinised documents related to the ownership of shops and residences produced by the 39 owners, who were issued notices by NHAI in the Muncipal committee, Kalka, today.

PSEB sets up grievances redress forum
Patiala, January 9
Punjab State Electricity Board chairman YS Ratra, today informed that the board has foolproof mechanism for redressing consumers grievances. The grievances redressal forum has been created as per the Electricity Act 2003 from August 1 after approval from the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission, Chandigarh.

Edusat equipment stolen
Lalru, January 9
The computer and other related equipment for the setting up of edusat programme provided by the Punjab School Education Board was reportedly stolen from Senior Secondary School, Lalru.

Body found
Ambala, January 9
The body of a shopkeeper was recovered from a drain, near Ambala-Chandigarh rail track, today morning. The deceased, Piyush Gupta, was missing from his home for the past four days.


COURTS

German Rape Case
Court allows application on translators
Chandigarh, January 9
Additional district and sessions judge RS Attri today allowed the application moved by the UT police, seeking permission to appoint two translators to record the statement of the German tourist who was allegedly raped after she was abducted from Hotel Taj here in September.

Two convicted of kidnapping
Chandigarh, January 9
Three years after the kidnapping of Nikhil Joshi, son of director of Joshi Autozone, Additional District and Sessions Judge R.S. Attri yesterday convicted Aman Verma, alias Jagminder Singh, and Honey Sharma of abduction. The quantum on sentence will be pronounced on January 13.

Dowry Death
Woman gets life term
Chandigarh, January 9
Additional District and Sessions Judge S.K. Aggarwal today sentenced Kamlesh to life imprisonment for burning her sister-in-law Vidya Vati to death.


CRIME

14-yr-old’s death
Village quack booked, missing
Panchkula, January 9
While the postmortem was conducted on the body of 14-year-old boy, Dhruv, of Budhanpur village near Sector 16 here today, his relatives have lodged a complaint with the local police apprehending that his death was caused due to reaction of the medicine administered by a quack in the village.

Assailants were paid Rs 75,000 for Baltana shootout
Zirakpur, January 9
A two-month old shootout at Baltana, Zirakpur, has turned out to a case of unsuccessful contract killing with the arrest of one of the suspect.

Man hangs himself
Chandigarh, January 9
A man, aged around 40 years, allegedly hanged himself at his residence in Sector 44 here this afternoon. The police said the reason behind the death was yet to be ascertained.



Policemen at the house of Sukhwinder Singh, who committed suicide, in Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Friday. A Tribune photograph
Policemen at the house of Sukhwinder Singh, who committed suicide, in Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Friday.

Gardener dies at Sec-43 house
Chandigarh, January 9
A man in his mid fifties, Jageshwar, died while at work at a house in Sector 43 yesterday. Jageshwar, a resident of colony No. 5, was working as a gardener.

Hotel manager booked for not updating records
Chandigarh, January 9
A case has been registered against the manager of Hotel Aryan Palace, Burail, Gurdeep Singh, who had not maintained a record of tenants in the hotel register. A case has been registered at the Sector 34 police station in this regard.


SPORTS

ITF Tennis Tournament
Sood brothers clinch doubles’ title
Chandigarh, January 9
Sood brothers, Chandril and Lakshit, won the boys’ doubles title for India while the boys and girls’ singles and the girls’ doubles trophy in the ITF Junior Tennis Tournament (Grade 3) for under-18 were lifted by the foreign countries.


Sood brothers, Chandril and Lakshit, who won the boys’ doubles title for India in the Tennis Tournament in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: S. Chandan
Sood brothers, Chandril and Lakshit, who won the boys’ doubles title for India in the Tennis Tournament in Chandigarh on Friday.

National School Games
City humble Rajashthan
Chandigarh, January 9
Hosts Chandigarh got the better of Rajashthan 20-9 in a handball match on the second day of the 54th National School Games 2008-09 being organised by the education department, Chandigarh, here today at the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23.

A handball match in progress in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph
A handball match in progress in Chandigarh on Friday.

Players prefer hotels over schools
Chandigarh, January 9
Questions are being raised over some of the skating players, who are residing in city hotels rather than the government schools. The players are in town to participate in the 54th National School Games 2008-09.

Panchkula Golf Club honours Jeev
Chandigarh, January 9
It was a special day for the Panchkula Golf Club. The country's golf icon Jeev Milkha Singh was present with his wife and parents Milkha Singh and Nirmal Milkha Singh at a special ceremony to honour Jeev for winning the Asian Golf crown for the second time in three years.

PU boxers stand out
Chandigarh, January 9
After a decade, Panjab University boxers brought joy to the university as they claimed third position in the All-India Inter-University Boxing Championship, which held at Jodhpur from December 24 to 30.

Players selected for boxing meet
Chandigarh, January 9
The players for the Chandigarh team, which will be participating in the 16th Northern India Senior Men Boxing Championships to be held at Jind (Haryana) from January 10 to 12, have been selected.

Cricket meet from January 11
Chandigarh, January 9
The Chandigarh Cricket Association will organise the under-13 tournament from January 11.

 



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