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Jeweller robbed, shot dead in Kharar
A policeman with a sniffer dog at the place where Satinder Pal Singh was shot deadKharar, January 28
Close on the heels of yesterday’s dacoity at a Panchkula jewellery showroom, three unidentified youths shot dead Satinder Pal Singh, owner of Kanchan Jewelers on the Arya College road, here this evening.

A policeman with a sniffer dog at the place where Satinder Pal Singh was shot dead on Wednesday evening. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

German Rape Case Judgment
Accused deserved no leniency: Court 

Chandigarh, January 28
Handing out an “exemplary sentence” of life imprisonment against the five accused in the 20-year-old German tourist rape case, District and Sessions Judge Raj Shekhar Attri observed that the accused were not entitled to any leniency as they had committed a “heinous crime with a guest of the country”.

Sentence harsh, say convicts’ families
Ambala, January 28
Surinder Kaur, mother of Sukhwinder Singh, one of the convicts, and his aunt Paramjit Kaur at their residence in Bihta village The awarding of life sentence to the five accused in the German rape case by the District Court in Chandigarh has sent shock waves among the residents of their respective villages here.

Surinder Kaur, mother of Sukhwinder Singh, one of the convicts, and his aunt Paramjit Kaur at their residence in Bihta village. A Tribune photograph


Relief To Resumed Properties 
Standing counsel's request may spark fresh row
Chandigarh, January 28
The request of UT Senior Standing Counsel Anupam Gupta to summon the entire record of UT Adviser Pradip Mehra granting relief to the owners of the resumed properties is likely to spark off a fresh row.

Over 50 rape cases pending in courts 
Chandigarh, January 28
While the orders in the 20-year-old German tourist rape case have been pronounced after four months of the crime, there are over 50 such case pending in the district courts in which orders are yet to be pronounced.

Zirakpur-Parwanoo bypass
HC for removing illegal structures within 15 days

Chandigarh, January 28
The Punjab and Haryana High Court wants illegal structures on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo Road to be removed within 15 days of issuance of notices. It has asked the authority concerned to issue 15-day notice to the landowners, and also to affix these at conspicuous places.


Senior Citizens Act
Despite harassment, records speak otherwise

Chandigarh January 28
It is said that statistics conceal more than they reveal. And this seems apt when it comes to assessing the plight of elderly parents and senior citizens vis-à-vis number of cases registered under the much publicised, albeit poorly implemented, the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.

HUDA gets silver medal in e-governance
Chandigarh, January 28
Recognition for Haryana’s potential and standing in e-governance has come by way of a silver medal for the initiatives of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) in connecting to the people.

Tax evasion: Three properties attached 
Chandigarh, January 28
Attachment orders being read out amid drumbeats at Sector 17, Chandigarh The Income Tax Department today attached three prime properties owned by a local businessman, Arun Goyal, in Sector 17 and 22, including the one housing the office of Punjab Vigilance Bureau.

Attachment orders being read out amid drumbeats at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Plan to make Tagore 
Theatre centre of excellence 
Chandigarh, January 28
The Chandigarh Administration has chalked out an ambitious plan to convert the recently-opened Tagore Theatre into a centre of excellence for art and culture.

Dadu Majra colony stinks
...as waste-disposal plant fails to start 
Chandigarh, January 28
While the residents of Dadu Majra Colony and nearby areas continue to live under “stinking” conditions, thanks to the dumping ground situated right next to the colony, where the garbage of the entire city is dumped, the Municipal Corporation’s much hyped project of solid waste disposal plant remains a non-starter.

Police dispatches five parties to nab accused

Panchkula, January 28
Claiming to have some vital clues in hand the Panchkula police has today dispatched five parties to different destinations in search of robbers who took away jewellery worth Rs 1.73 crore on a gunpoint from PC Jewellers in Sector 14 yesterday.
CCTV grabs of dacoity at a jewellery showroom in Panchkula
CCTV grabs of dacoity at a jewellery showroom in Panchkula on Tuesday.

Police understaffed, unprepared
Panchkula, January 28
Even though Panchkula remained a soft target of robbers and dacoit during the last one year, authorities have failed to take any step to improve the policing in the town as well as its infrastructure.

The police post where cops have encroached upon public land by constructing a wall in the public passage in Sector 6, Panchkula; and (below) an empty beat box in Sector 7, Panchkula. Tribune photos: S. Chandan 

Admn, ministry of labour sign MoU
Chandigarh, January 28
With a view to secure workers in the unorganised sector by providing health insurance cover, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed today between the Chandigarh administration and the ministry of labour and employment, New Delhi.

AC taxis set to be cheaper
Chandigarh, January 28
Travel by AC taxis is set to be cheaper. With the government mulling a rollback in the oil prices, the administration has decided to reduce the current taxi rate of Rs 15 per km.

Saji Mohan’s arrest likely to open Pandora’s box 
Chandigarh, January 28
The arrest of Saji Mohan, former Zonal Director of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Chandigarh, in a drug trafficking case is likely to open a Pandora box as the wife of a Ludhiana resident today lodged a complaint with the NCB alleging that her husband was implicated in a case in 2007.

Draw for nursery sites held
Chandigarh, January 28
Draw of lots for allotment of nursery sites in the Garden Centre spreading over an area of 20 acres in Raipur Kalan was held in the estate office today.

Seminar on bone cement surgery
Chandigarh, January 28
There should be good collaboration among engineers, biomechanical scientists and orthoaedic surgeons who find new biological material and mortal implants, which have better strength and elasticity. This was stated by Prof Subrata Saha, director of musculoskeletal research, the US, here today.

Mohali to host festival of folk dances
Structures being put up for national festival of folk dances, to be held in Mohali from Feburary 6,
First such show outside Delhi
Mohali, January 28
For the first time ever, the famous Festival of Folk Dances, which remained confined to Delhi during the Republic Day celebrations, will now be moved out of the national capital and be held at Mohali and Jaipur next month.

Structures being put up for national festival of folk dances, to be held in Mohali from Feburary 6, on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Council poll on Jan 30
Mohali, January 28
Elections for the posts of senior vice-president and vice-president of the local Municipal Council have been announced again with January 30 being the fixed date for poll.

Medical assn supports Dr Cheema
Patiala, January 28
The state branch of the Indian Medical Association has supported the candidature of Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema, adviser to the Punjab Chief Minister, from Anandpur Sahib Parliamentary constituency.

MC holds conference for computerisation
Chandigarh, January 28
For the computerisation of the working of MC, a pre-bid conference was held today with around 15 company representatives. The meeting was chaired by MC commissioner, Dr Roshan Sankaria, along with other officials of  the MC.

GMADA flayed for ‘anti-farmer’ stance
Mohali, January 28
Members of the Kissan Hit Bachao Committee, panchayats, block samitis, zila parishads and villagers villages today condemned the officials of the Punjab Housing Department and GMADA for adopting “anti-farmer” attitude.

95 attend cancer awareness camp 
Chandigarh, January 28
Three cases were suspected in a breast cancer detection camp organised by State Bank of India at the Officers Colony, Sector , here today.

Dr Adarsh Kohli ‘Asha Nigam Award’ for PGI professor
Chandigarh, January 28
Dr Adarsh Kohli, additional professor in the department of psychiatry at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) received the “Asha Nigam Award for child psychology” at the annual conference of clinical psychologists at Hyderabad from January 16-18. This honour is for her lifetime contribution and extraordinary services to the field of child psychology.

Dr Adarsh Kohli

ewild wild web
China Internet use exceeds global average

The People's Republic of China now boasts almost 300 million Web users. It’s Internet population recorded about 42 per cent growth in 2008, as penetration exceeded the global average for the first time.

Lack of civic sense


Teachers on mass casual leave 
Academic activity paralysed in colleges, university 

Chandigarh, January 28
Teachers of universities and colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh at a rally in Sector 25, Chandigarh, Academic activity was paralysed in city colleges and university today following a mass casual leave protest by teachers seeking implementation of revised UGC pay-scales notified by Ministry of Human Resources and Development on December 31, 2008.

Teachers of universities and colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh at a rally in Sector 25, Chandigarh, on Wednesday . Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

PU Notes
‘Gandhian philosophy eroded’

Chandigarh, January 28
The three-day international conference under the aegis of the Indian Society of Gandhian Studies in its annual conference started today at Gandhi Bhawan, Panjab University, here today.


CM re-lays foundation stone of Bahawalpur Bhawan
Rajpura, January 28
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal lays foundation stone of development works at Rajpura In his eagerness to woo voters, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today re-laid the foundation stone of Bahawalpur Bhawan here today. Earlier, 12 years ago, foundation stone of the same project was laid at the time of Congress government in 1996. The project hung in fire and could not be completed.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal lays foundation stone of development works at Rajpura on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Only social scientists able to solve recession: VC
Patiala, January 28
"Indian society has witnessed massive socio-economic changes in recent times, with socialistic patterns opening up to the bare realities of capitalist market. This ongoing trend of changes has led to global economic recession with developing countries, including India, having adversely affected by it. Only social scientists can identify, analyse and provide viable solutions to these serious issues plaguing the society." This was stated by Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, while presiding over a workshop on the study of development at regional level, organised by the Centre for South-West Asia Study (CSWAS) here today.

Seminar on Punjabi media
Patiala, January 28
The Global Punjab Foundation organised a seminar titled "Punjabi Global Media: condition and direction" on the Punjabi University campus here today.

‘Ayurveda can lift national economy’
Patiala, January 28
National Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Research, erstwhile Central Research Institute for Ayurveda, headed by Dr Parveen Bansal, conducted a one-day workshop on quality control of ASU drugs with pharmaceutical industry as a partner on its campus, here yesterday.

Govt to recruit 11,000 teachers
Ropar, January 28
The education department will recruit 11,000 teachers in the next financial year, said education minister Dr Upinderjit Kaur.

Mulana chairs Cong workers’ meeting
Kalka, January 28
Phool Chand Mulana, the state Congress president chaired Congress workers’ meeting today, which was organised by Manveer Kaur Gill, former president of the Municipal Council, on the premises of Hindu Girls’ School, Kalka.


One booked for suicide bid
Chandigarh, January 28
The police has registered a case on the complaint filed by Sohan Lal, a resident of Kishangarh alleging that Surya Parkash of the same village tried to commit suicide by hanging with the iron pipe, yesterday.

Two youths arrested within hours of robbery 
The accused in Chandigarh Police custody
Decamped with computer, mobile phone from Bal Bhawan
Chandigarh, January 28
Acting swiftly, the Chandigarh Police arrested two youths within hours after they allegedly decamped with two computers, a mobile phone and others articles on pistol and knifepoint from the Bal Bhawan in Sector 23 here in the wee hours today.

The accused in Chandigarh Police custody on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph


New Zealand hockey team reaches city
Chandigarh, January 28
European hockey champion, New Zealand, reached the city today to partake in the forthcoming

T20: Kings XI drubs HPCA colts
Mohali, January 28
Riding high on a superb bowling spell of Sarabjit Ladda (4-0-20-5), PCA XI got the better of HPCA Colts by 17 runs in a first low scoring match of the T-20 Cricket Cup Tournament for KXIP CUP by Kings XI Punjab here today at the PCA Stadium.



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