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Schoolgirl run over by vehicle
Chandigarh, January 19
A 14-year-old girl, Laxmi, was killed while her two schoolmates were injured when a speeding Toyota Innova hit them near the rotary of Sectors 39, 40, 55 and 56 here early this morning.
The Innova that hit a girl (inset) in Chandigarh on Monday; and (right) the driver of the vehicle who has been arrested. The Innova that hit a girl (inset) in Chandigarh on Monday; and (right) the driver of the vehicle who has been arrested. Tribune photographs

Cheap houses, says who?
Chandigarh, January 19
“Cheap houses”, formally christened so by the administration for the rehabilitation of the economically weaker section and built in 1953-54 in Sector 19-C, from house number 2031 to 2040, have reportedly encroached upon land demarcated for two lanes of houses (2041 to 2050) that were never built. Similarly, vacant land marked for house nos 2071, 2072, 2101 and 2102 is being illegally utilised by adjoining houses.
The “cheap houses” that have encroached on administration’s land in Sector 19-C, Chandigarh. The “cheap houses” that have encroached on administration’s land in Sector 19-C, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

LS Poll: Going will be tough for Jain
Chandigarh, January 19
The battle royale for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat is set to be a triangular contest among old political rivals -- Minister of State for Finance Pawan Bansal, former Union Minister Harmohan Dhawan and former MP Satya Pal Jain.


Zirakpur-Kalka Highway
Centre sanctions funds for widening

Chandigarh, January 19
The last hurdle in the way of widening the Zirakpur-Kalka highway has been removed.

Admn aims at dustbin-free sectors
Chandigarh, January 19
With a view to streamlining the garbage collection network in the city, the administration has endeavoured to involve residents of the respective sectors.


Traffic rules a casualty on roads
Chandigarh, January 19
In the backdrop of traffic violations in the city, chaos rules the city roads with the traffic police failing to restore order. In the first three weeks of this year, seven persons have died while at least 24 road accident victims have sustained serious injuries in the city.

On the wrong side of law: Youths riding a motorcycle without wearing helmet take a wrong turn; and (right) a policeman rides a bike on a cycle track in Sector 20, Chandigarh. Tribune photographs

Classmates, teachers in shock
Chandigarh, January 19
The death of 14-year-old Lakshmi, a class-VIII student of Government Model High School (GMHS), Sector 40, has left her classmates and school authorities in a state of shock.

Chickenpox: Doctors visit colony
Mohali, January 19
The district health authorities failed to react promptly when cases of chickenpox were brought to the Civil Hospital from a slum area here even as two children died subsequently in the locality.

Even after two big fires in nine years at furniture market
Administration refuses to budge

One of the shops that was gutted in a fire at furniture market in Sector 53 Chandigarh, January 19
Two major fires in the illegal furniture market in Sectors 52-53 in the last nine years have failed to wake up the Chandigarh administration from its slumber and make it spare a thought for the removal the encroachment on the prime land.

One of the shops that was gutted in a fire at furniture market in Sector 53 on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Rehri markets sit on powder keg
Chandigarh, January 19
Devastating fire destroying rehri markets a number of times in the past notwithstanding, most of these still continue to defy fire safety norms.

Acquitted candidate found unfit to be cop
Chandigarh, January 19
While politicians with criminal background can contest in elections, the stigma of a trivial case registered against a person was enough to “disqualify” him from the recruitment for constable of the police.

Two orphan girls sent to Nari Niketan
Panchkula, January 19
Two girls from Bihar were sent to the Nari Niketan after they were found roaming near Mouli village at Barwala by the local police here today.

Slowdown takes toll on realty
Chaandigarh, January 19
Global meltdown has begun to cast its shadow on the realty business in the region. Though the realtors and builders have so far managed to hold on to the high property prices in the tri-city, the city’s periphery and the sectors surrounding the periphery have started seeing a correction in prices.

More grant for akademis
Chandigarh, January 19
Adviser to the UT administrator Pradip Mehra today chaired the meeting of the city arts council.

‘Guru Manyo Granth’ depicts religious relevance
Chandigarh, January 19
Artistes of UK’s Guru Nanak Sikh School and Punjabi Theatre Academy perform at the Tagore Theater in Chandigarh “Blessed are those whose spell of ignorance is broken, truth has revealed itself in their soul, their illusion is over and knowledge absolute shines within,” this divine utterance of Guru Nanak Dev, elucidating the ultimate achievement for a mortal being forms the basic concept of the theatrical production. ‘Guru Manyo Ganth’ staged at the Tagore theatre here today.

Artistes of UK’s Guru Nanak Sikh School and Punjabi Theatre Academy perform at the Tagore Theater in Chandigarh on Monday. Photo: S.Chandan

No one to clean Dasehra grounds
Mohali, January 19
Dasehra grounds, a venue of public functions in Phase VIII here, have been neglected as three days after Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal held a vikas yatra rally at the venue, waste paper plates and other garbage lies scattered around.

‘Expanding’ P’kula not equipped to fight major fire
Panchkula, January 19
While the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has removed the restriction over the height of buildings in the town, the fire brigade department here is yet to gear up to meet any exigency.

Zirakpur MC gets Rs 2-cr grant
Zirakpur, January 19
“Planned development of the town is my first priority,” said Cooperation Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh while presiding over a function in Harmilap Nagar, Baltana last evening.

Tabla concert regales audience
Chandigarh, January 19
The rhythm in Indian music be it classical, light or folk, is of paramount importance. The point got substantiated as Dr Mahendra Prasad Sharma of Benaras gharana recited Tabla at a concert organised by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) at the Randhawa auditorium, here today.

Home Secy reviews operations
Chandigarh, January 19
UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas today chaired a meeting regarding shifting of the operation of long-haul buses from ISBT-17 to ISBT-43 and other issues related to the new bus stand. Niwas directed Chief Engineer Krishanjit Singh to examine the issue of underground parking and conduct a viability study whether to undertake conventional parking mode or mechanical parking mode.

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Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan projects reviewed
Chandigarh, January 19
A three-member committee of joint review mission visited various city schools today to review the ongoing projects under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan.

GCG food court fails to woo students, faculty
Chandigarh, January 19
The repute of GCG-11 of being the favourite spot for food lovers has fallen prey to the college authority’s ambitions to render a ‘hep’ makeover to the campus, as the swanky food court has failed to woo not only the students but also some of the franchisees.

Placement drive at Landran College 
Mohali, January 19
NJ India, a company dealing in distribution of financial products and services conducted campus placement drive on the campus of Chandigarh Business School, Landran. The drive was open to students who are pursuing their MBA degree from CBS.

Goonj: GCM college best in play
Chandigarh, January 19
The third day of UIET (University Institute of Engineering and Technology) fest ‘GOONJ’ turned out to be a colourful show of creativity, intelligence and performance. Various competitions like rangoli, body painting were organised in the morning fun stage arena.

Conference on corporate governance
Chandigarh, January 19
An International conference on Corporate Governance was organised by GGDSD College, Sector 32, in collaboration with the University of the Fraser Valley (Canada) in the college seminar hall today.


LS Polls
Cheema woos voters, journalists

Ropar/Anandpur Sahib, January 19
The SAD candidate for forthcoming Lok Sabha elections from Anandpur Sahib constituency, Daljit Singh Cheema, today paid obeisance at a gurdwara in Anandpur Sahib, on the eve of kick starting the campaign in the constituency.

Politics, economics of media discussed
Patiala, January 19
“Moving from scarcity to abundance, we are trying to hold on to our culture which is getting lost in this universality. This necessitates the need for the media and the society to engage in the commitment to the indigenous,” this was stated by Prof Biswajit Das, director Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi at the valedictory session of the two-day national conference on 'Media and Society'.

Man found dead
Rajpura, January 19
A body of 30-year-old man was found under mysterious circumstances in the fields on Ghanaur-Shambhu Road. The matter was brought into the notice of Rajpura Police by a sarpanch of a nearby village in the morning at around 8 am.

Official apathy consumes fire station
Kalka, January 19
The local fire station has remained dysfunctional for over five years due to the apathetic attitude of the district administration. This, in spite of the fact that several incidents of fire have been reported in the past few years here


Lawyers protest changes in CrPC 
Chandigarh, January 19
Lawyers protest at the district courts in Chandigarh Work in the district courts was affected today as advocates boycotted work in protest against the Centre’s decision to give the police the right to grant bail in some special cases.

Lawyers protest at the district courts in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan 

German’s Case
Forensic expert corroborates rape

Chandigarh, January 19
With the trial in the German tourist rape case moving at a brisk pace, a forensic expert, substantiating the allegations of the 20-year-old German tourist, today confirmed before the court that the swab test had confirmed rape.

Passport Scam
2-day police remand for Gujarat resident

Chandigarh, January 19
A local court today remanded Gujarat resident Parveen Ishwar Lal Patel, who was allegedly deported from the US for travelling on a stolen passport, in two-day police custody.

Speed Motors told to pay Rs 50,000
Chandigarh, January 19
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Speed Motors in Industrial Area to pay Rs 50,000 in compensation to the complainant for indulging in unfair trade practice and selling an old vehicle to the complainant as brand new. The vehicle had already been used by the dealership for demonstration purposes.

Sexual Abuse
Father’s plea for custody dismissed

Chandigarh, January 19
The SDM South today dismissed the application of Dharampal, who had filed a case for the custody of his 15-year-old daughter, a victim of her stepfather’s sexual lust. The girl is currently mothering her newborn whom she had delivered in October.


60-yr-old killed in mishap
Mohali, January 19
A recklessly driven private bus killed a 60-year-old scooter rider near Kumbhra traffic lights near Sector 70 here late this evening. The victim, Ajiab Singh, a resident of Phase IX, was returning home after buying vegetables from apni mandi when he was hit from behind by the bus.

Two Zirakpur houses burgled
Zirakpur, January 19
Thieves decamped with jewellery and cash after breaking locks of two flats during the day time in New Angle apartments at Green Enclave, here today.


BAM Khalsa College, Garhshankar, and DAV College, Chandigarh Poor show by city colleges
Chandigarh, January 19
City colleges had a bad time on the fourth day of the Panjab University Inter-College Football (men) A-Division Championship underway on the PU grounds, here today.

BAM Khalsa College, Garhshankar, and DAV College, Chandigarh, during a match on the PU campus. Tribune photo: S. Chandan

Jeev fires six under to finish tied 26th
Chandigarh, January 19
Jeev Milkha Singh played a flawless six-under par 66 to finish tied 26th along with Jyoti Randhawa in the $ 20 lakh Abu Dhabi Golf Championship at Abu Dhabi yesterday.

City, Haryana challenge ends in TT
Chandigarh, January 19
Chandigarh challenge ended with the exit of their team in prequarter-final competitions of the 70th Junior and Youth National Table Tennis Championship being conducted at Netaji Dindayal Upadhyay Stadium in Surat.

Amardeep hits 363, 10 strokes behind winner 
Chandigarh, January 19
Amandeep Johl of Chandigarh carded a grand 69 on the final day to finish tied 19th with a score of 363 to earn the full card for the 2009 Asian Tour season.



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