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German’s Cross-Examination
Victim: Had pressed rape charge on Day 1

Blames language barrier for foul-up
Chandigarh, January 17
The 20-year-old German tourist today claimed that she had repeatedly told the Chief Judicial Magistrate the very first day that she was raped but the same was not recorded apparently due to language barrier.

Families left to fend for themselves
Hit by cop’s vehicle
Mohali, January 17
Even as law is taking its course, the month-old tragic road accident, involving a reckless Punjab Police head constable, has left two families crippled. On December 6, two sisters, residents of Phase XI, Mohali, were killed and a mother and son were left seriously injured when a head constable with Mohali police, Parminder Singh, hit them with his Maruti Zen car (CH 03 V 3054).
Badly injured Longsri and Shivam at their hutment in Nehru Colony, Sector 52, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan
Badly injured Longsri and Shivam at their hutment in Nehru Colony, Sector 52, Chandigarh

Drunk woman found dead in flat
Sister critical, admitted to GMSH-16
Chandigarh, January 17
A resident of Sector 40 Ranjit Kaur (35) lost her life under mysterious circumstances at her residence here while her elder sister, Jasbir Kaur (40), who is physically challenged, is reportedly under critical situation.
A policeman shows the picture of deceased Ranjit Kaur in Chandigarh A policeman shows the picture of deceased Ranjit Kaur in Chandigarh on Saturday.
A Tribune photograph


Tobacco Consumption
Gutka leads over cigarette
Chandigarh, January 17
The city youth seem to be hooked on more to tobacco products like gutka and pan masala as compared to smoking. However, urbane mothers can heave a sigh of relief as youngsters, hailing from rural areas, are more easily falling prey to such vices than their city-bred counterparts.

Mass campaign required to control tobacco use
Chandigarh, January 17
A mass campaign is required for creating awareness among people against the use of tobacco and its products for better healthcare of the society, said experts during the two-day workshop on “tobacco control laws and related issues in India” that concluded at the PGI here today.


Badal showers grants on Mohali, Kharar, Kurali
Relief for Desumajra residents
Mohali, January 17
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today disbursed cheuqes of development grants for Rs 3 crore for Mohali, Rs 2 crore each for Kharar and Kurali and Rs 1 crore for Nayagaon civic bodies.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal hands over a cheque for the Municipal Council, Mohali, at a sangat darshan programme on Saturday.
A Tribune photograph

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal hands over a cheque for the Municipal Council, Mohali, at a sangat darshan programme

Shed fear to usher in change, says Ujjal Dosanjh
Chandigarh, January 17
Former British Columbia Premier Ujjal Dosanjh said India needed yet another “liberation movement” that could free its people from an unknown fear that prevented them from speaking out the truth in front of their elders, seniors, more affluent and more powerful members of the society.

Sanjot Malhi Sanjot Malhi brings laurels to city
Chandigarh, January 17
If Chiranjeev Milkha Singh has been bringing laurels to city in golf, Sanjot Malhi has done the same in academics. He has become the first ever non-American Indian to be selected as silver scholar by the Yale School of Management. The selection was announced last night.

BSP activist joins Cong
Chandigarh, January 17
Dejected by the BSP’s dictatorial attitude, Amit Kumar, a young activist of the party along with his supporters today announced to join the Congress. This development was held during the new Congress party’s meeting held under the chairmanship of principal Ram Pal Hans.

Letter Controversy
Councillors seek apology from ex-Mayor Smriti Sharma
Chandigarh, January 17
The controversy over the letter written by former Mayor Anu Chatrath levelling allegations against nominated councillors refuses to die down. Two days after the letter was published in these columns, the nominated councillors today held a meeting to discuss the matter. Out of total nine nominated councillors, six attended the meeting.

80 units of blood collected
Chandigarh, January 17
The Chandigarh Social Welfare Council and the Modern Housing Complex (Duplex) Residents Welfare Association, Manimajra, today held a blood donation-cum-plantation camp at Manimajra, here, today. The camp was dedicated to the memory of Veer Deva Veerji, a prominent freedom fighter of Manimajra.

Fire in showroom
Panchkula, January 17
Fire broke out at the office of a Finland-based trading company here today. However, no major loss was reported. Manager of the company Sujit Jacob said the fire was noticed in the office located at the first floor in SCO No 345 in Sector 9 when employees reached to join the duties in the morning.

Sanjay Kumar gets PR secy’s charge
Chandigarh, January 17
The Chandigarh administration has given the charge of Secretary, Public Relations, to Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar whereas the charge of Director, Public Relations, has been given to Director, Information Technology, Manjit Singh Brar.

Governor no longer required
The post of the Chief Commissioner should be revived. The Administrator was appointed for the better coordination between the forces and the administration during the days of terrorism. But it is continuing because of political reasons as Punjab wants its hold on the city.


Private schools look to enhance charges
Mohali, January 17
Parents of students studying in private schools here will have to pay more from the next academic session with the managements drawing up plans for charging higher fee. Most private schools barring Yadavindra Public School and Shivalik Public School are looking to hike charges, including tuition fee, for providing “better facilities” and rise in school expenses.

Shrubs, says PEC; trees, say experts
Chandigarh, January 17
Contrary to the claims of the PEC authorities that only some bushes were trimmed and no trees were cut on the campus, as reported in these columns on January 12 “Trees cut for PEC cycle track”, experts have identified the stubs to be that of an “evergreen tree”, yellow oleander, popularly known as Kaner.
A stub of yellow oleander tree on the PEC campus; and (right) a fully grown yellow oleander at PU
A stub of yellow oleander tree on the PEC campus; and (right) a fully grown yellow oleander at PU. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari

Goonj 2009
Various contests mark Day 2
Chandigarh, January 17
On the second day of the “Goonj” at the Panjab University, various competitions testing mental aptitude and emotional quotient of students were held today. A photography exhibition was also put up by a freelance photojournalist Mayank Austen Soofa from Delhi.

Moot Court
8 teams make it to quarterfinals
Chandigarh, January 17
The national rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Competition, organised by University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) and Surana and Surana International Attorneys, began at the law auditorium of the Panjab University here today.

Child art gallery to come up in February
Chandigarh, January 17
Come February, a new state-of-the-art children’s gallery will come up at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10. The ‘Child art gallery’ will be the first of its kind in North India. This museum will cater to the talent of children between 3 and 15 years of age.

‘Praznik-09’ from today
Chandigarh, January 17
The University Institute of Applied Management Sciences (UIAMS) will organise a three-day management-cum-cultural fest, “Praznik 09”, on the PU campus from tomorrow. Prof AK Sahejpal said business seminars, fashion shows, rock show, star night, informal events, business events, cultural events would be held during the festival.


1,692 litre adulterated ghee seized
Rajpura, January 17
As much as 1,692 liters of adulterated ghee was destroyed today in Rajpura by the police and the health department. The ghee was seized by police officials on January 11 and a case against three persons was registered at city police station.

Memorial to Banda Bahadur for Fatehgarh Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 17
A memorial will be built up near Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib in the memory of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, who attacked Sirhind on May 17, 1710. The tercentennial anniversary of the battle of Sirhind will be observed in 2010.

Vice-chief of market panel honoured
Bassi Pathana, January 17
The local unit of the BJP today organised a function to honour Kuldeep Madan for his appointment as vice-chairman, Market Committee, Khamano, by the state government. He is also holding the office of senior vice-president of the district unit. Hundreds of BJP workers attended the function.

Man held with 60 gram smack
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 17
The Fatehgarh Sahib police today arrested one person with 60 grams smack from near the Amloh Grain Market. The accused has been identified as Mewa Singh, a resident of Bhaddal Thua village in Amloh.

Mobile phones stolen
Bassi Pathana, January 17
Unidentified thieves decamped with mobile phones and recharge coupons worth Rs 2.25 lakh from a shop at the local bus stand here last night. Owner of the shop Sunil Kumar said that he got a call from his neighbour that the shutter of his shop was open.

Ban on liquor
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 17
Fatehgarh Sahib Deputy Commissioner Surjit Singh Dhillon today ordered a ban on sale of liquor in eleven villages in view of the elections of village panchayat members.


MC clerk gets 5-year RI
Chandigarh, January 17
The CBI Special Court of Jagdeep Jain today sentenced Usha Rani, working as booking clerk in the Municipal Corporation (MC) and wife of former Deputy Mayor Balraj Singh, to rigorous imprisonment of five years for indulging in corruption.


1 injured in accident
Chandigarh, January 17
Arvind Singh, a resident of Hallo Majra, filed a complaint with the police alleging that a car (PB-11-P-5779) driven by Sandeep Singh of Mani Majra hit his cycle near Industrial Area. He was injured and admitted to GMCH, Sector 32.

Idol vandalised
Chandigarh, January 17
Some Dhanas residents filed a complaint with the police alleging that some unidentified persons vandalised an idol located in the forest area of Dhanas last night. They alleged that some persons apparently under the influence of liquor damaged an idol of Hanuman located at Kali temple of Dhanas.

Sector 33 man booked for fraud
Chandigarh, January 17
Sanjiv Sharma, a resident of Sector 32, lodged an FIR alleging that Shatrughan Rathore and his wife, both residents of Sector 33, took Rs 22 lakh from him to send his whole family abroad, but neither he sent them abroad nor returned the money.


Cricket Tourney
Chandigarh rout Zone-B by 7 wickets
Chandigarh, January 17
Chandigarh got the better of Zone-B team by seven wickets in the first match of the FC Mittal Trophy Tournament 2008-09 being played at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here today.

Cricket Championship
Govt College beat Dasmesh college by 75 runs
Chandigarh, January 17
A fine all-round performance by players of Government College, Karamsar, Ludhiana, sailed their team to an easy triumph over Dasmesh Khalsa College, Muktsar, by 75 runs during the ongoing Panjab University Inter-College Cricket (men) B-Division Championship being organised on the PU grounds here today.

Softball Tourney
Famous Club win sub-junior girls’ title
Chandigarh, January 17
Spirited 9 Famous Club won the sub-junior girls’ title by defeating Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, by 11-1 in the final of the Chandigarh Sub-Junior and Junior Softball Championship being played on the Government College campus in Sector 11 here today.

The members of 9 Famous Club after winning the sub-junior girls’ title in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

The members of 9 Famous Club after winning the sub-junior girls’ title in Chandigarh

Ball badminton trials today
Chandigarh, January 17
The Ball Badminton Sports Promotion Association, Chandigarh, will conduct the trails to select the Chandigarh ball badminton team (boys and girls) to participate in the 54th Junior National Ball Badminton Championship, which will be held at Selu (Maharashtra) from January 1 to February 2.

Office-bearers elected
Chandigarh, January 17
Charles Samuel, principal of Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, has been unanimously elected as president of the Chandigarh South District Netball Association in the general house meeting.


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