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Fire at furniture market
Chandigarh, January 18
A major tragedy was averted when a fire broke out in the furniture market, near Sector 42, late this evening.

Firemen douse the fire that broke out at furniture market near Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Jawan held with stolen AK-47
Had planned to rob bank
Ropar, January 18
Balvir Singh (22), a sepoy of 16 Sikh Regiment of the Indian Army, along with an accomplice was held with a stolen AK-47 rifle and 68 live cartridges.

The seized AK-47 and cartridges. Tribune photo

NRI, maid killed in accident
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 18
Barely two months after six persons from Haryana were killed at Madhopur chowk, an NRI and his maid lost their lives while five others sustained serious injuries in an accident at the same chowk on the GT Road, here today.

2 players, 3 others hurt
Chandigarh, January 18
In a freak accident, five persons, including two national-level basketball players, two girls and an elderly man, were injured when a recklessly driven Maruti Swift car hit a motor cycle, a scooter and a Maruti car on the road separating Sectors 33 and 45, here tonight.

EARLIER STORIES

Woman, watchman found dead
Chandigarh, January 18
A 64-year-old woman, Mohini Puri, and a watchman in the UT PWD, Rudher Bhadur, were found dead at separate places in Mani Majra early this morning. The police has ruled out foul play behind both deaths and termed them as natural occurrences.

Citizens as Catalysts
Chandigarh, January 18
In a unique citizens’ initiative, prominent residents of the tricity have got together and formed a group, CATALYST, that will strive to identify and create groundbreaking, sustainable solutions to social, civic and environmental challenges faced by the residents.

Members of newly formed forum CATALYST, a citizens’ initiative, during a meeting held at Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

This system, less said the better!
In response to one of my earlier columns, Musings from Beijing, in which I had raved about the cleanliness and the discipline that I witnessed in China, a reader mentioned that usually people who return from abroad are in a habit to talk like this and things weren't really that bad here, at least in Chandigarh. This remark took me down the memory lane to my much younger, albeit naiver, days and reminded me of how even I used to react when relatives from abroad raved about the "system" in US and cribbed about the problems in our country.



COMMUNITY



VIBRANT HUES: Leaves form a carpet on the ‘geri route’ in Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Woman’s Death
Police struggles to locate kin
Sister battles for life in hospital

Chandigarh, January 18

Mystery continues to shroud the death of Ranjit Kaur, alias Dolly, who was found dead at her Sector-40 residence, here yesterday.

UT must have its own civil services
The Punjab Governor should be relieved of holding additional post of the UT Administrator.

Pvt Teachers’ Building Society
Admn initiates probe into irregularities
Chandigarh, January 18
The functioning of the Private Teachers’ House Building Society, Sector 49 C, has come under scanner with the Chandigarh administration initiating an inquiry into the construction of flats by the society.

Deep Vein Thrombosis
Obese diabetics more prone to risk: Experts
Chandigarh, January 18
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) has become a major risk factor for patients undergoing joint replacements, especially of the hip and knee, and can prove to be fatal if not diagnosed and treated in time. This was stated by Dr Ravul Jindal, consultant, vascular surgeon, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, at a symposium held by the Chandigarh Chapter of the Indian Orthopaedic Association here yesterday evening.

Court martial of Major for sexual assault
Case referred to convening authority
Chandigarh, January 18
The plea to jurisdiction of the general court martial (GCM) trying a Major for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman officer of the same unit, has been referred to the court’s convening authority for its directives. The examination of witnesses and arguments in the case is over and the trial is in its concluding stage.

Hoardings of leaders along roads
Political parties violate law
Mohali/ Zirakpur, January 18
Political parties, irrespective of their affiliations, are blatantly violating the law when they put up hoardings along highways and other roads in Zirakpur and Mohali.

A hoarding on a liquor vend in Zirakpur congratulates Banur MLA Capt Kanwaljit Singh on his birthday. A Tribune photograph

Lok Sabha Polls
Khanna’s visit triggers speculation
BJP forwards six names from city

Chandigarh, January 18
Even as the local BJP recommended six names to the party high command for the Chandigarh parliamentary seat today, the entry of Hoshiarpur MP Avinash Rai Khanna into the local political scene has created ripples in the BJP circles here.

Co-op Scam
Govt drags feet on inquiry report
Mohali, January 18
The Punjab government is turning a blind eye to the alleged cooperative scam in the recovery of short-term loans from farmers of eleven villages in Mohali district. Officials of the Mohali and Ropar branch of the registrar cooperative societies (RCS) are sitting on the inquiry report in to the irregularities by the secretary of an agri society, lament the farmers.

City to have more community parkings
Chandigarh, January 18
Giving a breather to the city, the Chandigarh municipal corporation that had earlier decided to initiate a community parking here, is now ready with more sites for the same.

Graft Case
CBI drops proceedings against cop
Chandigarh, January 18
CBI Special Court of Jagdeep Jain yesterday dropped proceedings against Sub-inspector Diwan Singh, who was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on charges of bribe.

Reserve seats for poor, admn tells pvt schools
Panchkula, January 18
The district administration has asked the managements of private schools being run in the district at the land allotted by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to ensure that 10 per cent seats in the schools were reserved for the students from the poor section of society. Another 10 per cent seats should be filled at need-cum-merit base.

Security Withdrawal
Zila parishad chairman to move High Court
Panchkula, January 18
Zila parishad chairman Umesh Sood, alleged that district administration has withdrawal his security despite threat to his life. Now he would challenge the administration’s move in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, said Sood in a press conference here today.

City records 4.4 mm rain
Chandigarh, January 18
A spell of rain in the tricity today forced the residents to remain indoors during the morning and the afternoon. The rain also brought down the temperature. Cool breeze prevailed in the city throughout the day.

Medical team visits Dhakoli
Zirakpur, January 18
The medical team of the district health department yesterday visited Dhakoli village from where two cases of fever were reported, said Dr Ram Kumar, SMO, Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi.

Battery players exhibit products
Chandigarh, January 18
A three-day International Battery Industry Trade Fair started yesterday here at the exhibition ground in Sector 34. More than 200 battery manufacturers from India and 12 other countries, including the USA, Australia, Malaysia and Hong Kong, are taking part in this mega event.

Rain, road repair lead to slush
Chandigarh, January 18
The recent rain in the city has yet again played havoc on city roads. Though the rain did not last long, it brought back slush on most of the city roads, posing a threat to the commuters. The road leading to Mohali, near Sector 52, was full of mud, thanks to the repair work being carried out on that road.

A slushy patch on the road in Sector 52 leading to Mohali following rain on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Riot victims stage dharna
Mohali, January 18
The Riot victims yesterday staged a dharna in Phase 8 here during the vikas yatra rally of the Punjab Chief Minister in protest against the failure of the Chief Minister to give financial help to the victims of the 1984 riots.

BSP leaders join Congress
Chandigarh, January 18
Several BSP leaders, including vice-president Mehandi Hassan, general secretary of the minority cell Shamshad Ahmed, and secretary of the minority cell Naseer Ali, today joined the Congress in the presence of Pawan Bansal, Minister of state for finance and Parliamentary affairs, and BB Bahl, president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC).

Book on Sikh history released
Chandigarh, January 18
Very few books in English, as compared to the vernacular languages, are written in the region and the latest being “A Story of the Sikhs - Pursuit of Sovereignty” was released here yesterday.

Letters
Smoking Ban: Hard realities, soft target
This is in reference to the report written by Raveen Thukral in Chandigarh Tribune dated January 11, 2009. The administration had put a ban on smoking, few years ago and the Indian government has banned smoking in India on October 2, 2008.

EDUCATION

Moot Court Competition
B’lore law school claims honours
Chandigarh, January 18
The national rounds of the prestigious Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition organised by University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) and Surana and Surana concluded today. The competition was a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.

Winner of the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Assault !
Education dept to probe case
Zirakpur, January 18
Taking serious note of the incident of eight students of Class VIII, who were allegedly beaten by a science teacher for not doing homework, the education department has marked an inquiry into the entire incident.

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Admn’s apathy hits Sunami Gate
Decides to pull down the historical gate
Patiala, January 18
The historical Sunami Gate is now in a state of ruins and has become a traffic bottleneck. Thanks to the apathy of the civic administration that the historical gate caved in about eight months ago following incessant rains is in a dilapidated state. The administration has thus decided to pull down the gate but the implementation of the project is still hanging fire.

Kalka constituency to have 171 polling booths
Kalka, January 18
After the delimitation, the Kalka constituency will now have 171 polling booths. After the Panchkula constituency has got its own entity, the Kalka constituency now is spread within the area of 70 km, which comprises of Khokhra , Morni, Raipur Rani, Mallah and from Mouli to Baghwala, including muncipal committee of Kalka, Pinjore, Surajpur, Amaravati, Raitan and Doon.

Villagers examined for diabetes
Bassi Pathana, January18
Local Mehar Baba Charitable Trust organised diabetes, blood pressure awareness and women empowerment camp at near Thablan village today.

Conference on environmental sciences
Patiala, January 18
The two-day conference on recent advances in chemical and environmental sciences concluded at Multani Mal Modi College, here today.

CRIME

Car stolen from Sec 11
Chandigarh, January 18
Tanvi Narula, a resident of Sector 11, filed a complaint with the police alleging that her Maruti (HP-18-B-0005) was stolen from her residence on the night of January 16. A case has been registered in this regard.


SPORTS

PU Inter-College Meet
SGGS lads rout Doraha team
Chandigarh, January 18
SGGS College, Sector 26, made a big splash in the ongoing Panjab University Inter-College Football Championship as they blanked GNN, Doraha, 5-0, on the PU campus here on Sunday. The match saw the winning team dominating their rivals right from the start. Supinder netted the first field goal in the 11th minute. After his goal, SGGS made several attempts to goal, but their efforts bore fruit only in the 36th minute, when Sukhwinder struck a field goal to give his team a lead with 2-0.

Players vie for the ball in a match between SGGS College, Sector 26, and GNN, Doraha, during the Panjab University Inter-College Football Championship on the PU campus in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Delayed meet leaves wrestlers in lurch
Chandigarh, January 18
Preparation of city’s wrestling-coaching camp for 30 members has been trashed with the postponement of the National Wrestling Championship, which was scheduled to be held in Jharkhand from February 15.

Softball Tourney
9 Famous thrash Striker Club 12-2
Chandigarh, January 18
After winning the sub-junior girls title, 9 Famous Club claimed the junior girls and boys titles during the Chandigarh State Sub-Junior and Junior Softball Championships, which concluded at the Government College, here today.

City don international basketball referee
Chandigarh, January 18
Harish Kumar, physical lecturer of GGS College for Women, Sector 26, became the only international referee from here after clearing the international referee test, which was conducted by the FIBA from December 12 to 14 in Jaipur.

GMCH to start PG in surgery
Chandigarh, January 18
The National Board of Examination (NBE) has given its nod to start postgraduate course in general surgery in Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here.


 



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