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Cooperative Group Housing Societies
Relief for GPA holders
Chandigarh, January 29
Sparing a thought for the general power of attorney (GPA) holders in the cooperative group housing societies, the Chandigarh administration has decided to allow the transfer of share certificates in the name of the members of the societies having occupancy rights.

Fiza in hospital, Chand elusive
Chandigarh, January 29
A day after claiming that her husband had been kidnapped, former Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan, alias Chand Mohammed’s second wife, Fiza, alias Anuradha Bali, attempted suicide at her residence in Sector 48 this morning.

A TV grab of Fiza, who consumed sleeping pills, shows her being taken to a hospital in Chandigarh on Thursday.

Man gets life term for killing wife
Chandigarh, January 29
District and Sessions Judge KK Garg today sentenced Nirmal Singh, 53, to life imprisonment for murdering his wife as she had allegedly misbehaved with him. While the court acquitted another accused Ajit Pal Singh, who was the son of the deceased.

Student politics takes backseat in PU
Chandigarh, January 29
It seems that students’ politics of the Panjab University has lost its charm. The scenario has, now, changed with leaders hardly having any agenda to work upon for the students’ rights.


‘Panj Piaras’ take part in a nagar kirtan on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Hari Rai, in Mohali on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Poll for MC posts today
Chandigarh, January 29
Elections for the posts of the senior vice-president and the vice-president of the Mohali Municipal Council are scheduled to held tomorrow at 3 pm. This was submitted by the Punjab state counsel before Justice Ajai Lamba of the Punjab and Haryana High Court during the hearing on the writ petition filed by Kuljit Singh Bedi, a council member, today.

Frequent transfer of DCs, SSPs in Mohali
Public works, development matters suffer
Mohali, January 29
While the Union Government has been talking of administrative reforms, including fixing of tenure of two years for IAS officers to end political interference, Mohali district has seen four deputy commissioners in the past three years, with none having a stint of more than a year.

Easing traffic new DC’s priority
Mohali, January 29
The new Deputy Commissioner, Prabhjot Singh Mand, who took charge here today, said among his priorities in the town would be to ease traffic congestion and beautify the Leisure Valley.


SAD, Cong indulge in horse trading
Ruling party trying hard to dislodge Cong-backed council president Rajinder Singh Rana
Mohali, January 29
Both ruling as well as the Opposition groups of the Mohali Municipal Council has intensified their efforts to capture the post of a senior vice- president of the civic body. Horse trading is also being done to woo councillors for the elections to the two vacant posts, which is to be held tomorrow.

Wrestler Geetika, Tiwana to get Kalpana Chawla Award
Chandigarh, January 29
The Kalpana Chawla Excellence Awards constituted by the PECOBA (Punjab Engineering College Old Boys’ Association) were announced here today.

(From left) Prof VS Malhotra, Prof Amarjit Singh Kohli and Prof Namita talk about the Kalpana Chawla Excellence Award at a press conference in Chandigarh on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Centre gives nod to raise reserve battalion
Chandigarh, December 29
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has given nod to the UT police for raising Indian Reserve Battalion. The strength of he battalion will be 1,007 personnel.

Rehabilitation of dhaba owners
Despite MC assurance, proposal hangs fire
Chandigarh, January 29
Despite Municipal Corporation’s assurance to rehabilitate the dhaba owners running their business from the Transport Area, Sector-26, their fate still hangs fire. To add to their woes, officials of the corporation’s enforcement wing every second day take away their utensils besides handing over the challans.

Dhabas in the Transport Area in Sector-26, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Forest dept to conduct bird survey
Chandigarh, January 29
The Chandigarh and Haryana forest department along with Avian Habitat and Wetland Society (AHWS), an NGO, is conducting Chandigarh Bird Survey 2009, covering Chandigarh and adjacent forests of Morni in Haryana.

Paintings depict girl child’s agony
Chandigarh, January 29
Workshop on “Art for the girl child” at Government College for Girls, Sector 11, concluded today. Fifteen artists from the region participated in the workshop. Students from various colleges of the city learnt painting skills under the guidance of popular painters. The paintings, portraying the problems of the girl child, were depicted in a varied and versatile manner.

Artists participate in a workshop at Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Admn to set up dog ponds
Chandigarh, January 29
The administration has planned to set up two dog ponds in order to free the city from the dog menace. A meeting in this regard was held yesterday under the chairmanship of Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar.

MC reviews dog bylaws
Chandigarh, January 29
The Municipal Corporation is reviewing the dog bylaws, which were sent earlier to the UT administration for approval.

The Chandigarh police beat up elementary teachers from Punjab at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

German Rape Case
IG rewards 23 police officers
Chandigarh, January 29
UT IG SK Jain rewarded the team of 23 police personnel led by ASP (Central) Madhur Verma to ensuring investigation speedy trial in the German tourist rape case.

SBI donates ambulance to HelpAge India
Chandigarh, January 29
Chief General Manager of the State Bank of India, Ajay Swaroop, today handed over the keys of a mobile medicare unit to Bhavneshwar Sharma, State Manager, Helpage India, a charitable and social organisation working for the welfare of the needy and neglected elders.

Exhibition van flagged off at MC
Chandigarh, January 29
TPS Phoolka, Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, today flagged off a mobile exhibition van for the products prepared by the BPL trainees.

Tribune employees bereaved
Chandigarh, January 29
Ratan Kaur, mother of Manjit Singh Sabharwal, assistant manager (press), and Sarabjeet Singh, proof reader in The Tribune, died recently following a brief illness. She was 78.

Apropos report “Migratory birds make village pond their home” in Chandigarh Tribune, dated January 26.


Gandhian Studies
Gandhi’s non-violence still relevant: Don
Chandigarh, January 29
The second day of the International conference on Gandhian Studies commenced with a special lecture by Prof Ramjee Singh, former Vice-Chancellor, Jain Vishva Bharati University, Ladnun, at Gandhi Bhawan, PU, here today. Prof Ramjee while speaking on the theme of “Training on non-violence,” viewed that if Gandhian studies has to be made relevant today, we should have to understand Gandhi’s philosophy on non-violence in proper perspective.

From PU
Ex-Chancellor’s death condoled
Chandigarh, January 29
A condolence meeting of students, faculty and non-teaching staff to condole sad demise of R Venkataraman, former President of India and the former chancellor of PU, was held at English Auditorium here today. The university fraternity offered their prayers to grant peace to the departed soul.


Killing of Jeweller
Son gave tough fight to assailants
Kharar, January 29
Amrit Pal Singh (22), the son of jeweller and financier Satinder Pal Singh, who was shot dead on Wednesday late evening near Gurdwara Kalgidhar Sahib on Arya College road, had given a tough fight to the assailants and even managed to seriously injure one of them.

‘Speedy completion of development works needed’
Patiala, January 29
Lt Gen DS Dhaliwal, technical advisor to the Chief Minister, Punjab, has underlined the need for speedy completion of development projects and optimum utilisation of development funds.

Workshop on statistics in research
Patiala, January 29
Workshop on "Application of statistical methods in research," organised by the Punjabi University's department of commerce laid focus on using latest computer packages to facilitate qualitative research in social sciences.

Grants to clubs on performance basis: DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 29
The Deputy Commissioner, Surjit Singh Dhillon, today said the clubs in the district would now be given grants only on the basis of their performance.

20 bonded labourers rescued
Lalru, January 29
Dera Bassi SDM Puneet Goyal rescued 20 bonded labourers from a brick-kiln located in a Dharamgarh village, here today.

Distillery unearthed
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 29
The police today unearthed a distillery, being run illegally by a resident of Sirhind from his house. It also seized four bottles of illicit liquor and the tools used to run the distillery.

Seminar on Punjabi from today
Patiala, January 29
Punjabi University, Patiala, has planned to hold a three-day national seminar on "Punjabi Language, Thought and Culture: Development and Evaluation" from January 30 to February 1.

Govt introduces new sports policy
Bassi Pathana, January 29
The Punjab government is initiating a new sports policy to boost sports in the state and encourage the youth to participate in sports activities. Minister for sports Sukhbir Badal has also waged a war against drug addiction to save youngsters from the shackles of drug abuse.

BSNL to get more towers
Kalka, January 29
To cope with poor signal problem and to improve mobile services, the department of BSNL is going to install more mobile towers in the area.

‘Sukhbir Badal a good choice’
Patiala, January 29
Sikh Intellectual Council president Baldev Singh Balluana has appreciated the decision of the core committee of Shiromani Akali Dal to induct Sukhbir Singh Badal as the deputy Chief Minister.

Govt schemes reviewed
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 29
Various government schemes were reviewed today in a meeting presided over by ADC (D) Pradeep Singh Kaleke. He stressed upon the need of providing maximum benefit to the poor.


Pending Cases
Priority to notices issued by HC registry
Chandigarh, January 29
In first of its kind order aimed at cutting down delay in pending cases, Justice SD Anand of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the courts in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to accord top priority to the notices issued by the high court registry.

Film City: Kaushik slaps legal notice on Parsvnath
Chandigarh, January 29
Miffed at the unilateral decision of the Parsvnath Developers Limited(PDL) to pull out of the Film City project, noted bollywood personality and technical adviser of the project Satish Kaushik today slapped a legal notice on the real estate giant.

Contraband Case
HC asks admn, Centre to file replie
Chandigarh, January 29
Less than a week after IPS officer Shaji Mohan was arrested in a contraband case the Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday made it clear that it wanted to go deep into the drugs menace.

Man gets 7-yr jail for rape
Chandigarh, January 29
Additional District and Session Judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi has sentenced Shyam Ekka to imprisonment of seven years for raping a domestic worker.

Four cops move court against FIR cancellation
Chandigarh, January 29
In a move to ensure that the FIR against Ram Gopal, a cop, is not cancelled, the four other cops have filed an application in the Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Sumit Ghai’s court, seeking rejection of the cancellation report. The application has also sought for another probe into the case.


Dacoity at Jewellery Shop
Rs 50,000 reward announced
Panchkula, January 29
Groping in the dark for the third day, the local police today announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for the person providing information about the accused of the dacoity at PC Jewellers, in Sector 14, here.

Rs 18,000 stolen from house
Chandigarh, January 29
The local police registered a case on the complaint filed by Rakesh Chopra, a resident of Sector 11, alleging that his tenants, namely Ashish Bhatia of Mandi Gobindgarh, Puneet Bansal, Tilak Raj and one more person, threatened him and stolen Rs 18,000 from his house. The accused have been arrested. A case has been registered at the Sector 11 police station.

Robbers decamp with valuables worth Rs 1 lakh
Panchkula, January 29
Burglars once again struck in the city and decamped with jewellery and valuables worth more than Rs 1 lakh from a house in Sector-14 here today. A lock of the neighbouring house was also fond damaged indicating that an attempt was also made to intrude into the house. Incidentally house No. 233 from where the robbers stolen valuable is in the vicinity of the Chief Judicial Magistrate and Sub- Divisional Officer’s residences.

Two youths arrested
Panchkula, January 29
CIA staff of the Kalka police has arrested two youth for looting residents at Kalka near here today. The accused have been identified as Nitin and Gaurav Rana of Tipra and Tibbi Mohalla. Two of their accomplices have been absconding.


Punjab Gold Cup International Hockey Tournament
Holland, Germany team in city
Chandigarh, January 29
European champions Holland and Olympic champions Germany arrived, here today, to participate in the Punjab Gold Cup International Hockey Tournament to be held here from January 31 to February 9.

Holland hockey team at the Hotel Taj, Chandigarh, on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Indian lad in New Zealand squad
Chandigarh, January 29
It will be a challenging tournament ahead for 24-year-old Priyesh Bhana, the only player from Indian origin in New Zealand Hockey team, who will be debuting in the international arena by partaking in the upcoming Punjab Gold Cup Hockey Tournament to be held here at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium. “I have had good games this season that got me berth in the national squad and now it will be a challenge for me to keep up the good work and perform better in the tournament,” he said.

Germany biggest hurdle to cross: Prabjot Singh
Chandigarh January 29
Ending the recently concluded series 2-2 with a better placed team in the form of Argentina, ranked seventh in the world, has given much needed confidence to Prabjot Singh. “We started off well with two wins but despite playing well in the other matches we lost to them. However, the series was a perfect preparation for the Gold Cup,” says the charismatic forward who is vital to India’s plans in the tournament starting on Saturday.

Prabjot Singh

DD to telecast matches
Chandigarh, January 29
Doordarshan will telecast live the matches of the Four-Nation Punjab Gold Cup Invitational Hockey Tournament being organised by the Punjab government at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here from January 31 to February 9.

Golf: Saaniya shares lead
Chandigarh, January 29
Saaniya Sharma, the big-hitter from Chandigarh, shared the lead with Nalini Singh and Vandana Aggarwal at 13 over par 157 on the penultimate day of the DLF Women's Professional Golf Tour at the Noida Golf Course today. Saaniya shared the best card of the day with Nalini Singh, which was six over par 78.

180 kids attend tennis trials
Chandigarh, January 29
At least 180 children (between nine to 11 years) from different districts of Punjab are attending the second phase of the two-day selection procedure of the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association for selecting new trainees under its Rural Tennis Academy Scheme at the Sector 42 Sports Complex here yesterday.


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