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Rash driving claims woman’s life
Chandigarh, January 25
Ram Bateri, a 45-year-old woman of Sector 25 Bhaskar Colony, was killed while her son escaped unhurt when a truck hit their scooter near Poultry Farm Chowk here this afternoon. In another mishap, a motorcyclist was injured after being hit by a car last night.

R-Day
Cops on toes in city
Chandigarh, January 25
On the eve of Republic Day, the Police carried out flag marches and set up special pickets across the city. Sources in the police said 46 nakas had been set up in the city to ensure law and order. The nakas were managed in three shifts and the police personnel frisked the vehicles.

ALL EARS: Children of the Institute for Blind, Sector 26, Chandigarh, rejoice on listening patriotic songs on a transistor on Republic Day eve ALL EARS: Children of the Institute for Blind, Sector 26, Chandigarh, rejoice on listening patriotic songs on a transistor on Republic Day eve. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Padma Shri for V-C Sobti
Chandigarh, January 25
The Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, Dr R C Sobti, has been conferred with Padma Shri for his contribution to literature and education. It has been announced in New Delhi today. Talking to The Tribune, Sobti credited this award to his family and colleagues at the university.

Manipulation of CITCO Bills: Probe a ‘farce exercise’
Chandigarh, January 25
The “accountability” for the misappropriation committed while booking functions at Hotel Mountview of CITCO has come under scanner.




EARLIER STORIES



All-Religion Congregation
Chand loyalists remain absent
Panchkula, January 25
The efforts of Chand Mohammad aka Chander Mohan to come closer to his constituents through religion seemed to have proved futile as not only majority of locals remained oblivious of his visit to the town, the local leaders, known to be his loyalists, also preferred to stay away from the function.
Chand Mohammad, aka Chander Mohan, former Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, with his second wife Fiza, welcomes the people at the ‘Sarv Dharm Sammelan’ organised by his supporters in Panchkula
Chand Mohammad, aka Chander Mohan, former Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, with his second wife Fiza, welcomes the people at the ‘Sarv Dharm Sammelan’ organised by his supporters in Panchkula on Sunday. A Tribune photograph





COMMUNITY

Group Housing
GPA holders to turn heat on politicians
Chandigarh, January 25
The issue of regularisation of general power of attorneys (GPAs) in the group housing societies is set to assume political overtones with the GPA holders deciding to turn the heat on political parties in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections.

Cultural bonanza on R-Day eve
Chandigarh, January 25

“Shaheedon ki chitaon par lageinge har baras mele, watan par mitne walon ka baqi nishaan hoga,” the popular couplet from Comrade Teeka Ram rightly describes the confluence of patriotic fervour and reverence for the freedom fighter martyrs at the Tagore theatre here.


Schoolchildren perform on the eve on Republic Day at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Photo: Vinay Malik
Schoolchildren perform on the eve on Republic Day at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh

26 to be honoured at R-Day function
Mohali, January 25
Twentysix persons from various fields in the district will be honoured at the Republic Day function here tomorrow. The function will be held at Government College in Phase VI. Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Cooperation Minister, will hoist the National Flag at the district-level function.

Girls perform at a function organised by Malayalam Samajam at Shivalik Public School, Mohali
Girls perform at a function organised by Malayalam Samajam at Shivalik Public School, Mohali, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Air Marshal Nayyar, Gen Sapru get PVSM
Chandigarh, January 25
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lt Gen TK Sapru and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command, Air Marshal Gautam Nayyar, are among those decorated with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) for distinguished services.

Admn should not increase the workload of judiciary
This refers to "This system, less said the better!" City Scope by Raveen Thukral, January 19. The Indians has accepted petty politicians, ineffective bureaucrats and their poor governance. They have given corrupt administration to the people. The system is rotten.

‘Shaheed Ki Wapsi’ at Sukhna
Chandigarh, January 25
The Theatre Arts group staged a patriotic street play “Shaheed Ki Wapsi” on the eve of the 60th Republic Day at the Sukhna lake here today. Written by CS Sindra, the play had been staged extensively for the last 10 years under the direction of Rajiv Mehta.
Artistes stage play ‘Shaheed Ki Wapsi’ on the eve of the 60th Republic Day at the Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh, on Sunday. A Tribune photograph
Artistes stage play ‘Shaheed Ki Wapsi’ on the eve of the 60th Republic Day at the Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh

100 attend medical conference
Chandigarh, January 25
A medical conference on transradial angioplasty was held at Hotel Park View here today. More than 100 senior medical professionals from North India attended the conference.

Students take out cycle rally
Chandigarh, January 25
For promoting physical activity in city, school of public health of the PGI, in collaboration with State NCD Control Program and Amateur Cycling Association, today organised a cycle rally from the PGI to Sukhna Lake.

Children take part in a cycle rally organised by the school of public health, pgimer, on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Children take part in a cycle rally organised by the school of public health, pgimer

Basant Utsav from Jan 31
Chandigarh, January 25
For the promotion of tourism, heritage and culture in Chandigarh and surrounding areas, Basant Utsav-2009 will be organised from January 31 to February 1 at the Leisure Valley, Sector 10, to mark the annual Bassat Panchami festival.

Presentation on ‘city centre’
Chandigarh, January 25
Archana Chaudhary, architect, Housing Board, Haryana, Panchkula, will give a presentation on "Chandigarh's city centre -- a critical appraisal" at the 11th international conference on humane habitat, 2009, to be held at Mumbai from January 29 to 31.

EHSAS, official alumni association of Hansraj Public School, performs a havan for the martyrs of Mumbai attacks at Panchkula
EHSAS, official alumni association of Hansraj Public School, performs a havan for the martyrs of Mumbai attacks at Panchkula on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Krishan nominated local RJD chief
Chandigarh, January 25
Rajinder Krishan has been nominated as president of the local unit of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). The national general secretary of RJD, SM Qamar Alam, has informed about this development through a communiqué here today.

A clarification
Chandigarh, January 25
Reacting to news item “Schoolgirl run over by vehicle” published in these columns on January 19, the IET Bhaddal clarified that the driver of the vehicle had himself informed the police about the incident and was not nabbed by onlookers from the spot, as reported.

CityScope
Due to unavoidable circumstances, the CityScope column is not being carried today. It will appear next Monday.

EDUCATION

Proposed hike in prospectus charges to be reviewed
Chandigarh, January 25
In its first meeting held here today, the Panjab University Syndicate resolved to review the proposed hike in the prospectus forms’ charges for admission to various courses.


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Migratory birds make village pond their home
Mota Majra (Banur), January 25
Migratory birds have made this village's pond their haven. Situated on Chandigarh-Patiala road, the village boasts of playing host to scores of migratory birds that arrive at the onset of every winter and leave by March end.

Govt backing separatists: MLA
Ropar, January 25
The government's trick to play Anandpur Sahib resolution in wake of Lok Sabha elections is yet another tool to encourage separatists in state. The Congress MLA from Nangal, Rana KP Singh, said this while talking to The Tribune today.

Industry to defy peak hour restrictions
Bassi Pathana, January 25
The district Beopar Mandal has decided to defy the recent orders of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) imposing peak hour restriction from 4 pm to 9 pm. In a release issued here today, president of the district Beopar Mandal Varinder Rattan said the PSEB had issued a notice imposing a ban on running industry from 4 pm to 9 pm.

Traffic jam in Zirakpur
Zirakpur, January 25
The heavy rush of vehicles led to the traffic jam on the Zirkapur-Panchkula highway here today. Motorists stranded for more than one hour at Zirakpur as they were struck in a jam to get into the newly opened mall for shopping in Zirakpur, said commuters.

Kalka residents rue erratic power supply
Kalka, January 25
Residents of Kalka, Pinjore and its vicinity are sore over erratic power supply for the last couple of months. Unscheduled power cuts have badly affected the normal life as the residents allege that the official agencies have been indifferent towards their plight.

3,000 test their skills in mock test
Kharar, January 25
Around 3,000 students participated in the mock AIEEE-2009 test organised by Rayat-Bahra Biotechnology Centre here today. The mock test was organised free of cost. Special arrangements like pick-up-drop facility were made for students from Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula.

246 examined at medical camp
Kharar, January 25
A medical camp, especially for expectant mothers and children, was organised at civil hospital, Kharar, today on the eve of Republic Day. The medical camp was inaugurated by the Director, health services, Dr YC Markan, Punjab.

3 held for robbery
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 25
The Bassi Pathana police has arrested three persons involved in various incidents of robbery here, Ropar and Morinda areas. The accused had robbed Rs 1,200 from a vegetable seller on January 5 near Bhuchi village in Bassi Pathana.

Two held for hitting cop
Kharar, January 25
Two persons from Mohali in an inebriated condition hit a traffic cop on Saturday late evening and left him injured. The incident took place at around 8 pm, when Mandish Singh, a resident of Phase IX, Mohali, and GP Singh, also a resident of Mohali, were coming from Mohali.

Man crushed under train
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 25
Thakur Singh of Muddon village, near Kurali, was crushed under a speeding train late last night. According to the police officials, the deceased was trying to cross the railway lines when he came in contact with the train.


CRIME

Youth held with stolen bike
Chandigarh, January 25
The Chandigarh police today arrested a Mohali resident, along with a stolen motorcycle, from the road dividing Sectors 44 and 34, here this afternoon. The accused, Paraminder Singh, had come to city to sell the motorcycle in Burail.

2 held with obscene CDs
Chandigarh, January 25
The police has arrested Balwinder Singh, a resident of Dadu Majra, with five CDs of obscene movies from his possession yesterday. A case has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.

Urinating in Public
2 hurt in clash
Chandigarh, January 25
A clash on trivial issue of urinating in public left two persons injured in Industrial area here, tonight. According to the police, it all started when one Malkiat Singh was about to urinate near an industrial unit in Phase I.


SPORTS

Roller hockey gold in city’s kitty

Chandigarh, January 25

Showing their dominance in roller hockey, the spirited senior Chandigarh team bagged national gold medal for the sixth time here today during the 46th National Roller Hockey & Inline Hockey Champions that concluded at the Sector 7 KBDAV Skating Ring.


A final match in progress between Chandigarh roller hockey team and Haryana in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

A final match in progress between Chandigarh roller hockey team and Haryana in Chandigarh

Indian hockey team in city
Chandigarh, January 25
The Indian hockey team reached in the city today to participate in the forthcoming first four-nation Punjab Gold Cup Hockey Tournament, to be played at the Sector-42 Hockey Stadium here from January 31 to February 9.


 


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