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WWICS appointments set to create stir
New directors disassociate themselves from immigration

I have nothing to do with the immigration business
I have nothing to do with the immigration business

— Gen BKN Chibber (former Guv)

I am not aware of the CBI case. I will find out if there is something wrong
I am not aware of the CBI case. I will find out if there is something wrong

— Joginder Singh (CBI ex-director)

I have received a letter from the company, but I’ve not given my consent yet.
I have received a letter from the company, but I’ve not given my consent yet.

— AA Siddiqui (former DGP)

Chandigarh, February 3
World Wide Immigration and Consultancy Services (WWICS) announcement to appoint prominent personalities, including a former Governor, BKN Chibber, and former CBI director Joginder Singh as independent directors in the company, apparently to lend credence to its business, seems to have backfired with the bigwigs developing cold feet.

Most police buildings unsafe
31 of the 36 buildings have no basic fire safety equipment
Chandigarh, February 3
The police would surely have investigated and also prosecuted several people for negligence in cases of accidental fires, but when it comes to adhering to fire safety rules, its own record is dismal.

Even after clean chit, Mehra can’t write ACRs
Chandigarh, February 3
Over two weeks after the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) gave a clean chit to UT adviser Pradip Mehra in an alleged case of misuse of CITCO funds for the renovation of his house in New Delhi, the restoration of powers to write the annual confidential reports (ACRs) of his subordinates hasn’t come through.


Open pit costs MC dear
Chandigarh, February 3
Leaving pits open has cost the municipal corporation dear as the consumer court has asked it to pay a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to Ravinder Lal, retired deputy inspector of the BSF, for not covering manholes.


CHB board of directors okay rehabilitation project
Chandigarh, February 3
Clearing the decks for the Chandigarh administration’s ambitious rehabilitation scheme, a dream project of UT Administrator SF Rodrigues, the board of directors of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), today gave a green signal to the project proposed at Maloya, Mouli Jagraon and Dhanas.

Gurdwara Clash Baba suspended
Chandigarh, February 3
A day after accepting Baba Swaroop Singh of Santsar Gurudwara, Sector 38 west, as its employee, the MC today suspended him on the basis of a report submitted by the ADC, IS Sandhu, who was injured on January 30 after a team of the enforcement wing went to demolish illegal residential structure on the religious premises.

Now, Jain takes up cudgels for UT staff
Chandigarh, February 3
After Congress candidate Pawan Bansal, it’s now the turn of his BJP counterpart Satya Pal Jain to woo UT voters with for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Amendments to CrPC
Lawyers strike work
Chandigarh, February 3
Regular work at the district courts remained suspended in protest against recent amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (CrPC) here today.

1.3 lakh vaccinated against polio
Chandigarh, February 3
The three-day pulse polio programme concluded here today. Over 1.3 lakh children below the age of five years, including newborns, were administered polio drops at various centres spread across the city during the campaign The campaign involved one-day booth activity and two-day house-to-house coverage.

Shaurya Chakra for Gp Capt Chafekar
Chandigarh, February 3 Commanding Officer of Chandigarh-based 48 Squadron Gp Capt SC Chafekar has been decorated with the Shaurya Chakra for exceptional courage and professionalism.

Yeti may exist: Indian researchers
Yeti — the snowman which has been an enigma and baffled scientists and explorers alike, may exist after all, an Indian journalist and researcher has concluded.

Insurance scheme for workers unveiled
Chandigarh, February 3
UT Administrator SF Rodrigues today launched the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana at Colony No. 5 with a view to providing health insurance cover to workers in the unorganised sector.

Protest by blind outside CM’s residence
Members of the Neterheen Jagaritee Sangh, Punjab, raise slogans outside the residence of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Sector 2, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Chandigarh, February 3
The visually impaired from Punjab today raised slogans in support of their demands outside the residence of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Sector 2, here this afternoon. The Chief Minister met with representatives of the protesters later in the day and assured them action on their demands.

Members of the Neterheen Jagaritee Sangh, Punjab, raise slogans outside the residence of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Sector 2, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Brawls: Colleges in passive mode
Chandigarh, February 3
Barely 15 days after a bloody brawl at DAV College in Sector 10, there was a violent spat between a student of SD College-32 and a group of boys, including some former students, here yesterday.

1 killed, 2 injured in accident
Chandigarh, February 3
Ram Kumar of Colony No 5, in his thirties, was today killed while two others were injured in a road accident involving a motor cycle and an auto-rickshaw on the road dividing Sectors 34 and 35, here, this morning.

Protest over school in residential area
Mohali, February 3
Residents of Phase III-A here are up against the proposed construction of a government primary school by the Punjab Education Department in a park situated in the midst of 10-marla houses.

Health dept recruits 19 analysts
Mohali, February 3
The department of health and family welfare, Punjab, issued appointment letters to 19 analysts employed on a regular basis for the food, drugs, excise and chemical laboratories in the state.

Mumbai team visits MC office
Chandigarh, February 3
The second team of 15 elected representatives of Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation visited the municipal corporation office today to study its key projects. Their objective was to refresh knowledge on practices in urban management, etc.

Builder surrenders Rs 2.5 cr as tax
Chandigarh, February 3
A city-based builder, Pioneer Land Construction Pvt Ltd., Sector 34, today surrendered Rs 2.5 crore as tax to the income tax department after a survey was conducted by the department.

95 pledge organs at PGI
Chandigarh, February 3
Ninety-five patients pledged their organs after death during an an initiative taken by the department of transplant surgery, PGI, her yesterday. The department has decided to organise a week-long activity for spreading awareness regarding donation of various organs after death.

‘Sach ki Bani’ released
Chandigarh, February 3
This year’s historic 300th anniversary of the investiture of the Guru Granth Sahib could not have passed without a long lasting tribute. Sach ki Bani- Universal Message for Peace, a compilation, which was released today by Shromani Khalsa Panchayat, has been dedicated to the tercentenary celebrations.

Italian envoy’s statement on Netaji ‘hurtful’
Ropar, February 3
The statement of Italy’s Ambassador in India Alessandro Quaroni about Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose has deeply hurt sentiments of followers of Netaji.

Draw of lots soon
Mohali, February 3
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is holding draw of lots for the third phase of plots in Sectors 76 to 80. The draw of lots for around 1,300 plots is likely to be held before the third week of this month.



Admn to set up more government schools
Chandigarh, February 3
The UT administration is soon to come up with three government high schools in sectors 50-B, 53-B, 54-A and also an Indoor Basketball hall in the Sports Complex in Sector 42, the foundation stones of which were laid by Gen (Retd) SF Rodrigues, PVSM VSM, today.

PU examination system to go hi-tech
Chandigarh, February 3
Panjab University is all set to upgrade its old examination system and make it more techno-savvy for the forthcoming annual exams.

Tops in NAAC grade
Chandigarh, February 3
Panjab University is leading in the region in academics by securing 3.47 grades out of four as per the grading done by the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC).

From PU
MD, MS entrance test results out
Chandigarh, February 3
This is for the information of public in general and candidates in particular that the result of MD/MS Entrance Test-2009 conducted on January 28, 2009 by Panjab University, Chandigarh, has been declared today.


Shiv Sena leader beaten up, booked
Kharar, February 3
Shiv Sena leader Rajbir Singh Raji was allegedly beaten up by former youth Congress block president here today.

Demolition drive
Fear prevails in Kalka 
Kalka, February 3
Despite the fact that the Supreme Court has granted a status quo against the order of Punjab and Haryana High Court pertaining to the anti-encroachment demolition drive in Kalka, under the aegis of the NHAI, up to February 10, yet the fear related to the demolition of shops and residential houses was still prevailing among the traders here.

One killed, three injured in Lalru accident
Lalru, February 3
The early morning fog is still taking its toll on the Chandigarh-Ambala National Highway. One person was killed and three others were injured in an accident, which lead to a traffic jam on the Ambala-Chandigarh Highway for over an hour near Lehli village here on Tuesday morning.

40 bonded labourers rescued
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 3
As many as 40 bonded labourers were released today from a brick kiln in Gandolian village. The victims were working in the brick kiln for the past five months. Around eight family members were working and its owner allegedly did not allow them to leave the place. Instead of giving them their salaries he had been threatening them for the past many days.


Implementation of orders by authorities
Wake up or face action: HC
Chandigarh, February 3
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has condemned the approach of state government authorities, who wake up from slumber only after a contempt petition is filed for the implementation of court orders.

SC unlikely to give relief to Chandigarh plot owners
New Delhi, February 3
The Supreme Court today reserved the judgment in a case relating to the absence of civic amenities in the area where the Chandigarh administration had auctioned plots during 1996-99.

Consumer Courts
Harmony Honda told to pay Rs 21,000
Chandigarh, February 3
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Harmony Honda Joshi Automotives Pvt Ltd to pay Rs 21,126 to a Panchkula resident after a problem arose with tyres of a newly purchased car.

Consumer Courts
Pune institute told to refund deposit
Chandigarh, February 3
The consumer forum has asked the director of Indian Institute of e-Business Management, Pune, to refund hostel deposit and hostel rent due with it to the complainant. The placement deposit amounts to Rs 65,900 and hostel rent Rs 18,000.


Thieves decamp with 12 laptops
A fingerprint expert inspects the theft site in Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Chandigarh, February 3
Thieves decamped with computers and laptops after breaking into a shop in Sector 32, here yesterday. According to the police, owner of the shop Rajiv Chadha said 12 laptops and 15 computers with TFT screens were stolen from his shop after breaking the locks.

A fingerprint expert inspects the theft site in Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

16-yr-old sets herself afire
Zirakpur, February 3
A 16-year-old girl of Baltana village in Zirakpur allegedly committed suicide after setting herself afire at her residence on Monday night. According to the police, Pooja, a resident of Baltana village and a student of private school, allegedly set herself on fire after emptying a can of kerosene on her.


Cricket Meet
Patiala lift FC Mittal trophy
Players in action during the FC Mittal Trophy at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Tuesday.Mohali, February 3
The scintillating performance by batter Himanshu (100) and Pankaj Dharmani (92) was enough to force the hosts Chandigarh to virtually surrender before Patiala in the final of the FC Mittal Trophy by 92 runs, which was played at the PCA stadium, here today.

Players in action during the FC Mittal Trophy at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Punjab cricket team announced
Chandigarh, February 3
The senior selection committee announced the names of the Punjab cricket team, which will participate in the forthcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament starting from February 15 in Himachal Pradesh.

Golf C’ship
Ghuman wins AVM trophy
Chandigarh, February 3
Jaipreet Ghuman, a class IX student of local KB DAV School in Sector 7, cruised to a comfortable victory in the AVM Trophy (silver division gross stroke play) in the 92nd All-India Ladies’ Amateur Golf Championship which concluded at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club in Kolkata on Sunday.

Kabaddi Tournament
Narangwal lads emerge champions
A kabaddi match in progress in Chandigarh on Monday. Chandigarh, February 3
Govind National College, Narangwal (Ludhiana), lifted the Panjab University Inter-College Kabaddi (PS) Championship for the session 2008-09 being played on the PU grounds, here today while Guru Nanak College, Moga, secured the second place.—TNS

A kabaddi match in progress in Chandigarh on Monday.  Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

International coach at CLTA
Chandigarh, February 3
All-India Tennis Association (AITA) attached international tennis coach, Doug MacCurdy, with Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) for a period of 24 weeks.


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