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Chief Commissioner Residents’ Choice
The verdict is out. Residents of the City Beautiful are overwhelmingly in favour of a change in the city's administrative structure and want restoration of the post of the Chief Commissioner for better, transparent and accountable governance.

Adopt one-man, one-post principle
Authority sans accountability fatal
Chandigarh witnessed the worst period of governance in 2008, with various democratic organisations, political parties, farmers associations, industrial associations, residents welfare organisations, etc protesting against the whimsical and autocratic policies of the Administration.

Youth killed in car-Scorpio collision
Chandigarh, January 13
Kapil Kharbanda (24), a resident of Sector 44, was killed when a recklessly driven MUV Mahindra Scorpio collided with his Maruti car on the road dividing Sectors 36 and 42 here around midnight.

Labourer run over by vehicle
Chandigarh, January 13
A sixty-year-old labourer was killed after being run over by an unidentified vehicle near the Indira Colony in Manimajra in the wee hours today.

Move to give extension to Dr Bhandari
Chandigarh, January 13
In an unprecedented move, the UT Health Department has initiated the process for granting three months' extension to Joint Medical Superintendent of Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, Dr S.K. Bhandari.

Mega Projects: Citizens seek end to stalemate
Chandigarh, January 13
Prominent citizens have demanded an immediate end to the stalemate over the UT's controversial mega projects so the development in the city was not affected.


Joshi Kidnapping
Two get life term
Chandigarh, January 13
Additional District and Sessions Judge R.S. Attri today sentenced Aman Verma, alias Jagminder Singh, and Honey Sharma to life imprisonment for abducting of Nikhil Joshi, son of a Deepak Joshi, director of a Joshi Autozone.

Govt vs Private Schools
State-run institutions take beating
Chandigarh, January 13
Government schools across the country are losing out on students. Parents, especially those who have sons, seem to be flocking to private educational institutions.


Irregularities in hospital supplies
Brigadier in dock
Chandigarh, January 13
The Army has ordered a court of inquiry (COI) into allegations of large-scale irregularities in the procurement of medical supplies and other misappropriations by a Brigadier posted earlier as the commandant of the military hospital in Jalandhar.

Advertisers, shop owners axe trees
Mohali, January 13
Green cover in Mohali is at the mercy of the advertisers. The local municipal authorities and the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority are looking the other way, as the advertisers and shopkeepers are pruning and cutting the trees for their convenience.

Tress that have been cut in Mohali on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Tress that have been cut in Mohali

DC bans illegal parking on NH-21, 22
Mohali, January 13
The District Magistrate, Mohali, has banned unauthorised parking of vehicles, including the public transport on the Zirakpur-Derabassi section of the National Highway-22, and the Zirakpur-Panchkula section of the Chandigarh-Ambala National Highway-21.

Another food street for Industrial Area
Chandigarh, January 13
After tasting success in the first ever night food street in Sector 14, the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, is now ready with a proposal for another one in Industrial Area I and Industrial Area II.

‘Need to improve policing to curb crime’
Chandigarh, January 13
The UT Inspector-General of Police, S.K. Jain, has admitted the need to improve basic policing to curb incidents of motor vehicle thefts and snatchings. He added that beat patrolling needed to be intensified and should be conducted in three shifts, which is being conducted during daytime at present, due to staff shortage.

Municipal Council poll deferred again
Mohali, January 13
Elections for the posts of senior vice-president and vice-president of the local Municipal Council, which are pending for nearly a year and a half have been postponed indefinitely.

Warehousing Project
Stress laid on revised advt
Chandigarh, January 13
Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar today chaired a meeting regarding the warehousing project and the modern terminal market.

Water supply to be suspended on Jan 15, 16
Chandigarh, January 13
Water supply in the city would remain suspended for a few hours on January 15 for urgent repair of PSC pipeline near the Sirhind road, Morinda.


Teacher on deputation
Education dept charged with favouritism
Chandigarh, January 13
Transfer of Bharti Gupta, a Hindi mistress from GMSSS, Sector 22, to GCG 11 on deputation as a stopgap arrangement is not only creating resentment among lecturer fraternity but has also brought the administration’s appointment mechanism under scanner once again.

Students move to ‘dhol’ beats at PU
Chandigarh, January 13
Reverberating with music and pulsating with life, the Student Centre at Panjab University wore a festive look, as students from the various departments of the 7university got together to celebrate Lohri here today.

From Schools & Colleges
Cultural bonanza marks Lohri celebrations
Chandigarh, January 13
Principal, staff and students of IS Dev Samaj Senior Secondary School, Sector 21-C, celebrated Lohri with inmates of the Old age home and Bal Niketan, Sector15, and orphans at Mother Terassa Home, Sector 23. Gifts, rewaris, peanuts, milk, fruits and caps were distributed.
Students of Dev Samaj College celebrate Lohri in Chandigarh
Students of Dev Samaj College celebrate Lohri in Chandigarh on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph


Kang mobilises youth for Lok Sabha elections
Sirhind, January 13
Youth Akali Dal president of the SAD (B) Kiranbir Singh Kang today mobilised youth of Sirhind and Bassi Pathana areas for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. He addressed rallies at Sirhind grain market and Bassi Pathana. Addressing these rallies, he urged masses to shun the Congress and join the SAD.

Govt to upgrade infrastructure in schools
Kalka, January 13
Under a special scheme, the state government is trying to strengthen and consolidate infrastructure in 213 government senior secondary schools, Haryana.

Proclaimed offender held
Bassi Pathana, January 13
The Bassi Pathana police today arrested a proclaimed offender (PO) wanted in a fraud case registered in Rajasthan. After registering a case against Paramjit Singh, cops from Rajasthan reached Alampur village to nab him, however, his family members beat the cops and helped Paramjit to evade arrest.

Millers oppose VAT on paddy
Bassi Pathana, January 13
The Rice Millers’ Association of Punjab has criticised the SAD-BJP government for not fulfilling the promise of eliminating 4 per cent VAT on paddy and rice husk.

138 register for cancer check-up
Ropar, January 13
Kandi Friends Educational Trust and ROKO Cancer Charitable Trust organised second early detection of breast cancer checkup camp on IET Bhaddal campus, Ropar.

Defying disability, they sway on bhangra beats
Kharar, January 13
It was a colourful day in the lives of around 100 underprivileged children and inmates of home for destitute, Padiala, today. All these people danced to the beat of bhangra, celebrating Lohri with MP Avinash Rai Khanna and staff, management and students of Rayat and Bahra Institute.
MP Avinash Khanna and Gurvinder Bahra, vice-chairman, Rayat and Bahra College, celebrate Lohri on the campus near Mohali
MP Avinash Khanna and Gurvinder Bahra, vice-chairman, Rayat and Bahra College, celebrate Lohri on the campus near Mohali on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Drive launched against anti-social elements
Patiala, January 13
A campaign against anti-social activities has been launched in this district on the directions of SK Asthana, IPS, senior superintendent of police, Patiala.

One held for murder
Bassi Pathana, January 13
The local police today arrested Gurinder Singh Goni from here today. The police said the accused was allegedly involved in a man’s murder case in Mehdudan village few months back.


No dependent status for married kin of deceased soldier: HC
Chandigarh, January 13
A latest judgment of the Punjab and Haryana High Court makes it clear that tying of knot by a deceased soldier’s kin will result in his parting of ways with the dependent status. A Division Bench of the high court has, in fact, upheld provisions of a policy in this regard.

Tehelka prosecutor faces court martial for contempt
Chandigarh, January 13
A lieutenant colonel who had served as the prosecutor in the court martial of two senior officers respectively in the infamous Tehelka scam is now himself facing a possible trial by general court martial for contempt and other charges, it is learnt.

Consumer Forum
Pilot training institute asked to pay Rs 2.23 lakh
Chandigarh, January 13
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has asked a pilot training institute, Asia USA, Florida, to pay Rs 2 lakh compensation for cheating a student. The student was assured that he would be offered a training course that was not offered later.

Travel co fined Rs 40,000
Chandigarh, January 13
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed American Travel and Tours Private Limited in Sector 34 to pay compensation of Rs 40,000 for deficiency in service to a resident of Mohali.


Woman hangs herself to death
Chandigarh, January 13
A 22-year-old married woman allegedly hanged herself to death at her residence in Mauli Jagran Complex, here this afternoon. The police said reason behind the death was yet to be ascertained.

Man threatened, beaten up
Chandigarh, January 13
The police registered a case on the complaint of Ayodhya Parshad of Grain Market, Sector 26, alleging that Vinod Kumar of the same market, beaten and threatened him on January 10. He was injured and admitted in GMCH, Sector 32. A case has been registered at the Sector 26 police station.

Statements of 7 witnesses recorded
Chandigarh, January 13
Additional District and Sessions Judge Raj Rahul Garg yesterday completed the prosecution evidence in the case of 17-year-old girl Promila, who was bludgeoned to death by her father and brother last year, in one-day wherein the statements of seven witnesses were recorded.


National Games ends with cultural programme

Chandigarh, January 13
The 54th National School Games 2008-09 which were organised in the city from January 8 to 13 concluded with a colourful cultural programme and prize distribution here today in the Sector 42 hockey stadium.

Children perform at the National School Games at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Children perform at the National School Games at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh

Players vent ire against ‘biased’ organisers
Chandigarh, January 13
The controversy over the alleged biased behaviour towards the city team has failed to die, as today some of the participating teams in the 54th National School Games protested over being left out during the felicitation by the Governor here in the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium.

National Cycling Meet
Verghese wins 500m time trial
Patiala, January 13
Kezia Verghese of Kerala won 500m time trial event in the girls (u-17) category in the National track cycling championship which commenced at the Punjabi University here today.

Softball meet from Jan 16
Chandigarh, January 13
The Chandigarh Softball Association is conducting the Sub-Junior and Junior State Championship for boys and girls at Government College for Men in Sector 11 from January 16 to 18.

Soccer trials today
Chandigarh, January 13
The Chandigarh Football Association is holding selection trials tomorrow at Dev Samaj College in Sector 45 at 3.30 pm to choose 25 probables for a coaching camp to prepare the Chandigarh team for participation in the 17th Senior Women National Football Championship to be held in Chennai from February 4.


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