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German girl confirms rape
To be cross-examined in court today
Chandigarh, January 16
In significant development, the 20-year-old German tourist, who was allegedly abducted from the parking lot of the Taj Hotel in September 2008, today confirmed before the Additional District and Sessions Judge R.S. Attri during an in-camera proceeding that she was raped by the accused.
One of the accused being taken to the district courts in Chandigarh on Friday.
One of the accused being taken to the district courts in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Prideasia runs into legal troubles
Delhi resident moves consumer court for refund
Chandigarh, January 16
Prideasia, ultra-luxury mega housing project being executed by Parsvnath Developers and the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) at the IT Park here, has now run into legal troubles.

Income tax raids on builder
Security persons accompanying the income tax team during a raid in Panchkula on Friday. Chandigarh, January 16
Several teams of the investigation wing of the income tax department today conducted raids on nearly 25 business and residential premises of Mittal and Goel coloniser group in tricity, here today.

Security persons accompanying the income tax team during a raid in Panchkula on Friday. A Tribune photograph


Farmers accuse HDFC Bank of cheating
Stage dharna in front of Ambala branch
Ambala, January 16
Farmers of surrounding villages of Patiala and Kaithal here today alleged that they had been duped of lakhs of rupees by the staff of Ambala Cantt branch of HDFC Bank.


New Pay Scales
Teachers to stage dharnas on January 22
Chandigarh, January 16
The Punjab Federation of University and College Teachers' Organisations (PFUCTO), a federation representing all teachers of five universities, 54 government colleges and nearly 170 non-govt colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh, has decided to launch a struggle for implementation of new UGC pay scales notified by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on December 31, 2008.

Students of the UIET at fashion show “Goonj” in Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Friday evening.
Students of the UIET at fashion show “Goonj” in Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Friday evening. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Parking of buses on highways continues despite ban
Zirakpur, January 16
In a typical case of putting the cart before the horse, the Mohali district administration has banned the parking of buses on the Zirakpur-Derabassi and Zirakpur-Kalka national highways even before providing bus queue shelters on the road sections.

Polluted water being supplied in Zirakpur
Zirakpur, January 16
Residents of Zirakpur villages are complaining that they are suffering from viral fever, skin infection and stomach infection due to impure water being provided by public health department, Zirakpur.

93 docs get job letters
Mohali, January 16
The department of health and family welfare, Punjab, has appointed 93 doctors to the regular posts of medical officers (specialist) in the Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS-I) cadre. These selections have been made by the department selection committee, especially constituted for the purpose.

Satyam Fallout
Investors in region lose lakhs

Chandigarh, January 16
The window dressing scam in Satyam Computers has had its fall-out in the tricity, with thousands of people seeing their investments getting eroded. With the share prices having dropped from Rs 542 last year to Rs 22.45 now, it is estimated that investors in this region have lost lakhs of rupees.

Mumbai police commissioner under HC scanner
Chandigarh, January 16
The functioning of Mumbai police commissioner has come under the Punjab and Haryana High Court scanner. He has been asked to explain why non-bailable warrants issued in a contempt of court case against the managing partner of a government-recognised export house have not been executed.

Councillors urge CM to upgrade govt school
Mohali, January 16
Two municipal councillors have urged the Punjab Chief Minister and the Cooperation Minister to issue directions for upgrading the Government High School in Phase XI to the level of a senior secondary school.

Residents throng admn complex to submit applications
Mohali, January 16
A day after the Suvidha Camp in Phase 8 here, confusion prevailed at the district administrative complex when a large number of people reached there to pursue their applications filed yesterday.

220 ITBP recruits administered oath 
Jawans in a jubilant mood during the oath-taking ceremony in Chandigarh on Friday.Chandigarh, January 16
A passing-out parade and oath-taking ceremony of the 76th and 77th batches of constables of the Indo-Tibet Border Police (ITBP) concluded on the transport battalion ITBP grounds here this morning.

Jawans in a jubilant mood during the oath-taking ceremony in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Workshop on road safety
Chandigarh, January 16
The Chandigarh Traffic Police today organised a Road Safety Exhibition and a workshop at Government College for Boys, Sector 11, here.

Former Mayor’s letter sparks row
Chandigarh, January 16
The blatant allegations of former Mayor Anu Chatrath against nominated councillors of the Municipal Corporation of being a part of “distorted system” is going to cost the Congress party dear. In fact, her statement has sparked a row bound to have serious repercussions.

Chand to hold all-religion congregation on Jan 25
Panchkula, January 16
Chand Mohammed alias Chander Mohan, former Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, who was pushed into political wilderness since he converted to Islam and married his beloved, has chosen the path of religion once again, this time to get closer to the people of his constituency.

Workshop on tobacco laws begins
Chandigarh, January 16
A two-day regional advocacy workshop on tobacco control laws and related issues in India began at PGI here today. The chief guest Dr AR Kidwai, Governor of Haryana, inaugurated the workshop, which was organised by the department of psychiatry, PGI.

130 anganwadi centres for UT
Chandigarh, January 16
The Government of India’s ministry of women and child development, under the 3rd phase of expansion of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme, has sanctioned 130 new additional anganwadi centres under the centrally sponsored scheme to the Chandigarh Administration.

27 teams to participate in moot court competition
Chandigarh, January 16
The University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) is organising the national rounds of Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in association with Surana and Surana International Attorneys today.

National seminar on gurbani discourse
Chandigarh, January 16
The department of Guru Nanak Sikh studies organised a national seminar in collaboration with Guru Gobind Singh study circle on the theme of discourse of gurbani’s scientific perspective in the English auditorium, Panjab University, here. The seminar was presided over by senior cabinet minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh and inaugurated by Prof RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University.

Dabwali school wins science quiz
Panchkula, January 16
The team of Nehru Senior Secondary School, Mandi Dabwali, emerged winner of science quiz, organised by the Haryana State Council for Science and Technology (HSCST). The contest was inaugurated by Shashi Banerjee, Principal, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, here, yesterday.

RTI activist apprises CJM of ‘irregularities’ 
Chandigarh, January 16
Right to Information (RTI) activist Hemant Goswami today appeared before Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Chandigarh, Kanchan Wahi and apprised her about the alleged irregularities committed in the mega projects proposed for the city.

Beautify Sec 17, Sukhna: Ram Niwas
Chandigarh, January 16
UT Home-cum-Tourism Secretary Ram Niwas today chaired a meeting regarding beautification of Sector 17 and the Sukhna lake. During the meeting he directed the Chief Architect to prepare visual presentations for the structural redesigning of Sector 17.

Oil conservation fortnight begins
Chandigarh, January 16
The inaugural function of the Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight (OGCF)-2009 was organised at Baba Makhan Shah Labhana Bhavan, Sector 30, here yesterday. The theme of the OGCF-2009 is “Save Fuel means Save Money”.

Admn mulls new industrial policy
Chandigarh, January 16
The Chandigarh Administration is mulling a new industrial policy for the city. The process was set in motion at a meeting of the administration's top brass with industrialists here yesterday. Several proposals, including increase in the floor area ratio (FAR) from 1 to 1.5, upgradation of infrastructure at the industrial area, and according "industry status" to the IT industry were deliberated at the meeting.

Mayor unaware of MC officials’ trip
Chandigarh, January 16
Barely a fortnight has passed and the fissures in the Municipal Corporation appears. Though with new Mayor, promises are made to work with full coordination and cooperation, but that hardly seems to fall in place.

Administration’s functioning no longer smooth
The main job of the Adviser to the Administrator, along with advising him on policy matters, is to oversee day-to-day administration of the UT. All financial powers of the Administrator stand delegated to him. Adviser acts as a revisional authority under the Capital of Punjab (Development & Regulations) Act 1952 and an appellate authority under various rules framed under the Act.


‘Make science subjects job-oriented’
Patiala, January 16
On the first day of the conference on "Recent advances in chemical and environmental sciences" at local Multani Mal Modi College, Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, while delivering his inaugural address stressed the need to make courses in science subjects more attractive and job oriented as there was a substantial decline in students of basic sciences.

Ex-minister honoured
Fatehgarh Sahib,  January 16 Dilip Singh Pandhi, former minister of Punjab, was honoured at Jhambala village. Pandhi was recently appointed as a member of the Punjab State Schedule Caste Commission. 

Five booked for beating up transporter
Rajpura, January 16The Rajpura police today booked five persons for beating a  transporter late last night. The transporter had caught some drivers, who had been ssing his trucks for supplying narcotics to some dhaba owners in Rajpura.

Dialysis centre at hospital opens
Patiala, January 16
Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital (GSMCH), near here, has started a modern dialysis centre in the hospital. This is the first ever facility in the rural area which provides modern renal care facilities to the local population at an affordable cost.

Student commits suicide
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 16
A student of class 10th today committed suicide by jumping before a speeding train in Mandi Gobindgarh as he failed in examinations twice.


Mauli Jagran resident ‘beaten up’
Chandigarh, January 16
Raj Kumar, a resident of Mauli Jagran, has filed a complaint with the police alleging that Vinod, Parmod, Bansi, Kavita, Sonu and others beat him up and threatened him and his relatives Sanjan Kumar and Rakesh yesterday. A case under Sections 323, 506 and 34 of the IPC has been registered at the Manimajra police station.

Patiala resident booked on rape charge
Chandigarh, January 16
The police has booked a Patiala resident on the charges of raping a local woman on the pretext of marrying her. The victim alleged that the accused had concealed the fact from her that he had already married.

Mani Majra man booked for duping
Chandigarh, January 16
The police booked a Manimajra resident on the charges of a duping a man of Rs 10 lakh on the pretext of selling him a piece of land.

Ex-Air Force personnel commits suicide
Mohali, January 16
A retired Air Force personnel reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his Phase X residence here today morning. The victim, Gosh Bihari Basak (67), was found hanging from the window grill of the bathroom by his family members. The victim’s son, S. Bask told the police that his father was suffering from depression for the last few months.

Elderly couple drive away thieves
A room ransacked by thieves when the old couple was alone at home in Panchkula on Friday. Panchkula, January 16
An old couple foiled a burglary at their house at Sector 7, here yesterday. Suspecting that their house has been intruded by thieves, the couple locked the door from inside and started thrashing the door, also, they called up their relatives and police. The thieves, however, fled before the police arrived.

A room ransacked by thieves when the old couple was alone at home in Panchkula on Friday. A Tribune photograph 

40-yr-old woman hangs herself to death
Chandigarh, January 16
Suffering from heart ailment, a 40-year-old woman, Rani, reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her residence in Ram Darbar today morning.

Opium seized
Mohali, January 16
The Crime Investigating Agency (CIA) staff of the Mohali Police has seized 1.8 kg of opium from a resident of Nayagaon in Mohali on Thursday.


Inter-college championship
Navdeep fashions college win
Chandigarh, January 16
Navdeep’s six wicket haul helped Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, to drub Government College, Zira, by 96 runs on the second day of the Panjab University Inter-College (men) B-Division Championship being held on the PU grounds, here today.

Hockey academy players to be trained in Malaysia
Team leave for Kuala Lumpur
Chandigarh, January 16
An 18-member team, including two officials of the Chandigarh Hockey Academy, a venture of the Chandigarh Administration, today left for Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) for the training-cum-competitions from January 17 to February 1.

Softball Tourney
Famous Club record win
Chandigarh, January 16
9 Famous Club conducted a campaign with impressive victories on the opening day of the Chandigarh Junior and Sub-Junior Softball Championship being held on the Government College ground, here today.


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