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Violence on Gandhi’s death anniversary
ADC, cops hurt in Sector 38 gurdwara clash
Chandigarh, January 30
Gurdwara Santsar Sahib, Sector 38-West, literally turned into a battleground today when the inmates resisted the demolition of an “illegal” floor of a residential quarter there by allegedly firing gunshots and pelting stones at the UT enforcement wing.

Baba Swaroop Singh an MC staffer?

Cops pelted with stones by gurdwara followers from the first floor of the ‘illegal’ building at Sector 38-West gurdwara in Chandigarh cops fire shots to control the situation
Head Constable Jagan Nath

Head Constable Jagan Nath

SHO Hukam Singh

a gurdwara follower brandishes a sword
(Clockwise from left top) Cops pelted with stones by gurdwara followers from the first floor of the ‘illegal’ building at Sector 38-West gurdwara in Chandigarh; cops fire shots to control the situation; and a gurdwara follower brandishes a sword. Tribune photos: S. Chandan

Scribe roughed up by Akalis during MC poll
Mohali, January 30
Tempers ran high when some Akali workers allegedly roughed up a correspondent of the Punjabi Tribune, Darshan Singh Sodhi, during the election for two posts of Mohali Municipal Council here today.
Punjabi Tribune scribe Darshan Singh Sodhi being manhandled by a SAD supporter in MC building during the election to the post of senior vice-president of the Mohali MC on Friday.
Punjabi Tribune scribe Darshan Singh Sodhi being manhandled by a SAD supporter in MC building during the election to the post of senior vice-president of the Mohali MC on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu






EARLIER STORIES

2 youths killed, one hurt in accidents
Panchkula, January 30
A 24-year-old youth was killed while another seriously injured when their motorcycle collided at Pinjore near here today. The deceased has been identified as Ajay Kumar, a resident of Mani Majra. The injured, Sunny (19), was admitted at PGI in critical condition.



COMMUNITY

Public Conveyance
UT to enter reciprocal agreement with Haryana
Chandigarh, January 30
Close on the heels of inter-state reciprocal agreement with Punjab for public conveyance, the Chandigarh Administration is all set to enter a similar agreement with Haryana.

To allow only CNG, LPG autos

Admn asked to hold DPC for ADAs
Chandigarh, January 30
Taking view of a contempt petition filed by nine Assistant District Attorneys (ADAs) against the UT Administration, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has directed the former hold Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) for promoting the ADAs to Deputy District Attorney.

UT police to train PGI guards
Aims to acquaint them with situations like terror attacks
Chandigarh, January 30
In a bid to train its regular security guards in dealing with situations similar to the ones witnessed at Cama and Bombay Hospitals during the Mumbai terror attacks, PGI authorities are all set to seek help of the Chandigarh police.

Guards overworked, underpaid

Training course mooted for security agencies
Chandigarh, January 30
The managements of private security agencies may have to undergo a capsule training course so that they are able to better understand the legal, technical, administrative and social issues concerning the functioning of such organisations.

Air Force school to be upgraded
Chandigarh, January 30
The Air Force School, located at 3 Base Repair Depot, will be getting its own new building besides being upgraded to Class-XII level.

Decision to withdraw commission
Travel agents protest against foreign airlines
Chandigarh, January 30
Travel agents throughout north India kept their establishments closed for the first half of the day today in protest against 13 foreign airlines for their decision to withdraw the commission given to agents for sale of air passenger tickets.


Travel agents protest against foreign airlines at Sector 17 in Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
Travel agents protest against foreign airlines at Sector 17 in Chandigarh, on Friday.

Campaign against GM brinjal
Chandigarh, January 30
Coalition for a GM free India — an NGO working against the use of genetically modified (GM) crops, today launched a campaign “I am no Lab Rat” here against allowing the use of genetically modified brinjal.

PGI records 21 pc rise in leprosy cases
Chandigarh/Mohali, January 30
Leprosy, contrary to public perception, is still around. Or that is what disturbing figures from the PGI indicate. In the past two years, the PGI itself has recorded as many as 204 fresh leprosy cases, an increase of 21 per cent from 92 in 2007 to 112 in 2008.

Nursing students participate in a poster-making competition at the Civil Surgeon office in Mohali on Friday. A Tribune photograph
Nursing students participate in a poster-making competition at the Civil Surgeon office in Mohali on Friday.

Consumer Forum
Samsung told to pay Rs 5,000
Chandigarh, January 30
Selling 27 inches wide television instead of a 29 inch, as promised by Samsung Electronics has costed the company dear, as the consumer forum has asked them to pay compensation of Rs 5,000 to the complainant other than replacing the television set.

Campaign on girl child ends
Chandigarh, January 30
The ongoing campaign of the Chandigarh administration on ‘Valuing the Girl Child and Fighting Female Foeticide’ concluded today with a function at the Government College, Sector 11, here today.

MC Elections
SAD misused official machinery, says Congress MLA
Mohali, January 30
It was apparently a trailer in the run up to forthcoming general elections. With the official machinery at disposal, Punjab Cooperation Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh today led a boisterous group of SAD supporters while ensuring the victory of the party candidate on the post of senior vice-president.

The cavalcade of Punjab Cooperation Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh escorts a bus carrying councillors before the election of senior vice-president of the Mohali MC on Friday. A Tribune photograph
The cavalcade of Punjab Cooperation Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh escorts a bus carrying councillors before the election of senior vice-president of the Mohali MC on Friday.

SAD captures MC senior vice-chief post
Mohali, January 30
A supporter of Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, won the post of senior vice-president of the Mohali Municipal Council after elections were held here this afternoon.

Zirakpur MC upgraded
Zirakpur, January 30
The Zirakpur Municipal Council has become a grade-one category municipal body. This was disclosed today at a Zirakpur MC meeting. Municipal Council officials stated that after fulfilling the essential formalities by the MC, the local government department had approved the proposal.

Dacoity: Main accused identified
Cops seek help of jewellers
Panchkula, January 30
Facing embarrassment over a spate of robberies and burglaries in the town during the recent past, the Panchkula police claimed to have identified the main accused of duping an Amritsar-based jeweller.

Gangrape
Victim’s kin to move HC
Panchkula, January 30
Disappointed over no arrests of remaining accused and granting bail to one of the accused in the gang-rape case of a 17-year-old student, the victim’s family has decided to move the High Court. The victim’s father said they would file a petition against the bail granted to accused Aman Ahuja by the Panchkula Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Jindal.

Fiza arrested, bailed out
Mohali, January 30
A few hours after being discharged from GMCH, Sector 32, the Mohali police arrested Fiza alias Anuradha Bali, second wife of former Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan alias Chand Mohammed and subsequently released on security of Rs 25,000.


Fiza, wife of Chand Mohammed, after being discharged from GMCH-32, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan
Fiza, wife of Chand Mohammed, after being discharged from GMCH-32, Chandigarh, on Friday.


Sambhar strays into Dadu Majra Colony
Chandigarh, January 30
It was literally a wild chase for the residents of Dadu Majra Colony residents to trap a male sambhar that strayed into the city limits in the wee hours today. The wild animal was spotted in the compound of Dadu Majra health centre, which reportedly strayed from the Patiala ki Rao area. The residents of the colony informed the forest and wildlife authorities.


A sambhar caught by the residents of Dadu Majra village on Friday. Photo: Pardeep Tiwari
A sambhar caught by the residents of Dadu Majra village on Friday.

English plays enrapture crowds
Chandigarh, January 30
As a part of the three-day Literary Fest, the Literary Society of the English department, Panjab University, staged two English plays at their auditorium, here today.

Martyrs remembered
Chandigarh, January 30
To commemorate the Martyrs’ Day, a candle lighting ceremony was organised at War Memorial, Bougainvillea Garden, Sector 3, here today. The Administrator, Chandigarh, General (retd) SF Rodrigues, along with his wife, led the ceremony.

Children take part in a candlelight vigil on the Martyrs’ Day in Chandigarh on Friday. Photo: Kamal Kishore
Children take part in a candlelight vigil on the Martyrs’ Day in Chandigarh on Friday.

Letters
Noisy woes
I would like to highlight a common problem that the residents of Jal Vayu Vihar Society have been facing since the start of the wedding season. The situation has become more alarming now as the final examinations of the students are near.


EDUCATION

From PU
Martyrdom Day
Bapu remembered
Chandigarh, January 30
“Gandhian Studies as an optional subject has been included by the Union Public Service Commission for the Civil Service Exam from 2011 onwards and youth should adopt Gandhian philosophy not only in their life but also have an option to fight with the best of talent in the Civil Services Examination”, said RP Mishra, former vice-chancellor Allahabad University, while speaking on the concluding day of the three-day International conference on Gandhi, held at Gandhi Bhawan, in PU on Friday.

Spreading peace messages through balloons
Chandigarh, January 30
In a collaborative initiative of the education department,the Yuvsatta, the Gandhi Smriti and the Darshan Samiti to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi's martyrdom day, students of The Gurukul School, IT park, released hundreds of balloons painted with peace messages at Sector-17 Plaza today.
A slogan-writing competition being organised A slogan-writing competition being organised; and (right) students leave balloons painted with peace messages on the Martyrdom Day of Mahatma Gandhi in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan Students leave balloons painted with peace messages on the Martyrdom Day of Mahatma Gandhi in Chandigarh on Friday.

Tributes paid to Gandhi
Chandigarh, January 30
Peace Club of GMSSS, Sector 46-D, organised various activities to pay a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, here today. Representatives of Param Pujya Sant Sri Asaramji Bapu Ashram gave a lecture to the students on truth and non-violence. A slogan writing and printing competition was organised and students delivered speeches and recited poems related to Mahatma Gandhi.

SJOBA honours students
Chandigarh, January 30
Taking a cue from the ongoing “Janta ki choice” trend in various reality shows, SJOBA foundation in first of its kind initiative has tried to identify and nurture a prospective Nobel laureate or an Olympic medallist from amongst school boys.



 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

CJM visits central jail
Ambala, January 30
Chief Judicial Magistrate Parveen Gupta visited central jail to hear the grievances of the prisoners, here today.

Indo-Pak tension hampering economic growth: Expert
Patiala, January 30
A three-day seminar on "Punjabi language, thought and culture: Development and evolution" is being organised by the Punjabi University's department of encyclopaedia of Sikhism in collaboration with the Centre for Studies in Civilisation (CSC), New Delhi, and the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, Chandigarh, at the Senate hall here today.

Blood donation camp
Patiala, January 30
A blood donation camp was organised by the Dhruve Pandove Cricket Trust in association with the Patiala Cricket Association, Patiala, in the memory of ace cricketer Dhruve Pandove.

Dikhsha, Lakshay shine
Ambala, January 30
Major RN Kapoor DAV Public School Senior Secondary School, Ambala Cantonment, organised an inter-school solo bhajan competition. Some of the schools that participated were Police DAV Public School, Ambala City, Murlidhar DAV Public School, Ambala City, DAV Model Town, Ambala City, Sohan Lal College, Ambala City, and Anil Kapoor DAV, Ismailabad.

Selected
Ropar, January 30
About 14 students of IET Bhaddal campus have been selected by Tata Communications Services Limited through campus placement drive. These students are from B.Tech CSE, ECE, IT and MBA.



CRIME

Ex-narcotics director booked
Chandigarh, January 30
The police today registered a case against Saji Mohan for misappropriating the public money, former zonal director of the Narcotic Control Bureau, Chandigarh, who was arrested with 12 kg of heroin by the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Maharastra Police.

Student found hanging from tree
Zirakpur, January 30
Manoj Kumar, a 16-year old student of Class X, was found hanging from a tree in the forest area of Baltana near the Zirakpur-Chandigarh highway.


SPORTS

India to take on NZ today
Chandigarh, January 30
The coach of the New Zealand hockey team, Shane McLeod, opened the secret of their strategy against India a day before it will start on the inaugural day of the Four-Nation Gold Cup International Hockey Tournament, here tomorrow.


Players of the New Zealand hockey team sweat it out during a practice session at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium. A Tribune photograph
Players of the New Zealand hockey team sweat it out during a practice session at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium.

Punjab Gold Cup Hockey
Players to undergo dope tests
Chandigarh, January 30
Players participating in the Four-Nation Punjab Gold Cup Hockey Tournament in Chandigarh from January 31 to February 9 will be covered in accordance with the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Anti-Doping Policy.

Badminton Meet
Ludhiana college annex title
Chandigarh, January 30
Govind National College, Narangwal (Ludhiana), blanked MBBG RGC Girls College, Mansowal (Hoshiarpur), 2-0 in the final to annex the Panjab University Inter-College Badminton (Women) B-Division Championship for the session 2008-2009 on the PU grounds, here today.

Kings XI Punjab Cup
Pradeep leads Haryana colts to victory
Mohali, January 30
Man of the match, Pradeep Sahu (73) paved the way of Haryana colts to an easy win over HPCA colts by six wickets here today on the third day of the Kings XI Punjab Cup at the PCA Stadium.
Earlier HPCA colts won the toss and decided to bat first. Paras Dogra (42) and

A match in progress between the PCA colts and PCA XI at PCA, Mohali, on Friday. Photo: 
Vicky Gharu
A match in progress between the PCA colts and PCA XI at PCA, Mohali, on Friday.

Bhullar, Kahlon tied fourth
Chandigarh, January 30
Kapurthala’s Gaganjeet Bhullar fired a two under par 70 to catch up with Chandigarh’s seasoned Harmeet Kahlon at the tied fourth spot on the penultimate day of the Rs 20-lakh City Bank-Dhaka Bank Bangladesh Open on the par 72 greens of the Dhaka Golf Club today.

 



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