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Rodgriues-Mehra Slugfest
Adviser’s court not held for weeks

Chandigarh, February 4
The ongoing slugfest between UT administrator SF Rodrigues and his adviser Pradip Mehra over the controversial mega projects is having an adverse fallout on the routine work of the administration.

All’s not well at city tubewells
Chandigarh, February 4
After the recent eye-opener wherein an MC tubewell operator turned out to be the chairman of a gurdwara trust involved in encroachment controversy, startling facts have come to light at the way tubewells are being run in the city.
Barbed wire dumped at a tubewell in a southern sector of Chandigarh Barbed wire dumped at a tubewell in a southern sector of Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Hospital Fire
Infant at PGI dies
Chandigarh, February 4
After battling for life for four days, a 15-day-old boy, who was seriously injured in the January 31 Rajindra Hospital fire, died at the PGI’s Advance Paediatric Centre today.

Alternative exit missing at discotheques
Chandigarh, February 4
In case of a major fire, city discotheques, a majority of which are being run in basements, would prove to be a virtual inferno.




EARLIER STORIES



Teachers new Net hate icons
Chandigarh, February 4
The teacher-taught relationship is a love-hate game, but city students have gone a step ahead in creating a special space on the Net to criticise their “hate icons” or educators.





COMMUNITY

Mohali substation to be shifted to Majitha
Mohali, February 4
Ignoring Mohali’s development, the main transformer of a nearly complete 220 kV grid substation in Sector 80 here is reportedly being shifted to the Majitha area in Punjab allegedly in a bid to woo voters there.

Governor for online healthcare network
Chandigarh, February 4
Advocating the need for increasing the outreach of quality healthcare delivery system to every household of the rural areas and municipal limits, UT Administrator Gen SF Rodrigues today asked the health department to develop an IT-based online healthcare network to connect the PGI with other super-speciality hospitals in the region for ensuring specialised treatment to the needy patients.

City forgets to observe World Cancer Day
Chandigarh, February 4
The city, which rarely let goes the chance of celebrating ‘days’, seems to have failed to take notice of the World Cancer Day today, even though many people in the tricity fall victim to this disease every year.

Iron grills catch thieves’ fancy
Chandigarh, February 4
Iron grills on medians of city roads have caught the fancy of thieves. After stealing telephone cables and manhole covers, thieves have shifted to nicking iron grills in a bid to make quick buck.



Missing iron grills on the Madhya Marg in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Missing iron grills on the Madhya Marg in Chandigarh

CM’s cheque to MC goes missing
Mohali, February 4
Mystery surrounds the disappearance of the Rs 3-crore cheque for the Mohali Municipal Council given by the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during sangat darshan for the development of town.

Meira tells pvt sector to reserve jobs for SC, ST
Chandigarh, February 4
Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Meira Kumar today called on the private sector to make efforts for job reservation for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Life of AN-32 engines extended by 1,000 flying hrs
Chandigarh, February 4
The IAF is breathing more life into the engines of its trusted workhorse, the AN-32 medium lift tactical aircraft. The technical life of these engines is being increased from 6,000 flying hours to 7,000 flying hours.

IAF personnel work on AN-32 engines at 3 Base Repair Depot in Chandigarh on Wednesday. The life of these engines is being increased by 1,000 flying hours. Tribune photo: Kamal Kishore
IAF personnel work on AN-32 engines at 3 Base Repair Depot in Chandigarh

Indian cos sued for breach of pact
Chandigarh, February 4
Violating the terms and conditions of an agreement entered by Indian companies with a Japanese firm - Sojitz Corporation - has landed the Indian companies in courts.

GPA Transfer
Put off managing panel polls: Welfare council
Chandigarh, February 4
In backdrop of the proposal of the city administration to transfer shares in the name of the general power of attorney (GPA) holders in the cooperative house building societies, the Chandigarh Social Welfare Council today demanded postponement of the elections to the managing committees.

e-sampark centres a hit
Chandigarh, February 4
Over 2 lakh transactions were undertaken at the 10 e-sampark centres in January. Figures show that residents are making full use of public utility services provided by the department of information technology of the administration through these centres.

Illegal mining goes unchecked
Panchkula, February 4
The illegal and unregulated mining in the district brings huge profits not only to the contractors, but also to local villagers and government officials of the enforcement department.

Play on female foeticide
Chandigarh, February 4
The Sikh cultural society and the Punjabi movies and theatre academy presented a play titled “Sau Kyun Manda Aaakhiye”. The play was written and directed by Daljeet Singh and was based on the prevailing evil of female foeticide in the society.

‘Sai Kyun Manda Aakhiye’ being staged at the Sector-17 Plaza in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

‘Sai Kyun Manda Aakhiye’ being staged at the Sector-17 Plaza in Chandigarh

Measures to curb traffic problems
Chandigarh, February 4
Suggestions for carpeting of roads, adjustment of traffic light points, traffic education measures, parking problems and proper provision of slip roads came up during the 7th meeting of the Central Traffic Advisory Committee (CTAC) held yesterday at the UT police headquarters, Sector 9, Chandigarh.

EDUCATION

75 pc nursery aspirants not so lucky
Chandigarh, February 4
With over 100 of city schools having already declared the final list for almost 5,000 nursery seats about 75 per cent of applicants might have to go without admissions.

Panjab University Blunder
Disqualified student admitted to law
Chandigarh, February 4
The tall claims of Panjab University authorities of having a foolproof admission system has been exposed with the admission of a student this year in law department, who has been disqualified for two years by the university under the unfair mean case (UMC) last year.

PU to spend Rs 1.5 lakh on fire safety
Chandigarh, February 4
Panjab University will soon be well equipped with fire-safety equipment as the authorities have decided to install or upgrade all the fire extinguishers on the campus within ten days.

Policy on CAT sought
Chandigarh, February 4
In a petition before the high court, directions have been sought from the Union government and other respondents to formulate a proper policy on common admission test (CAT) conducted by private institutions offering MBA and diploma courses in management.

A clarification
Reacting to the news item “student injured in group clash” appeared in these columns on February 2, Pyuesh, today claimed that he was the victim of the crime and not an accused, as was mentioned in the news report.

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Lok Sabha Polls
Ambika Soni eyes Anandpur Sahib seat
Ropar, February 4
“I am ready to contest Lok Sabha elections from Anandpur Sahib constituency,” Union Tourism Minister Ambika Soni said this while talking to mediapersons today at the home of Congress leader Shamsher Singh Rai.

Admn ‘forcing’ traders to demolish structures
Kalka, February 4
The shopkeepers and traders here alleged that the local administration is putting pressure on them to demolish structure.

Relevance of basic sciences discussed
Patiala, February 4
While showing deep concern about basic sciences losing their importance, panelists, scholars and other participants in the symposium, organised by the Punjab Academy of Sciences on, “Relevance of basic sciences in the present day scenario” arrived at a consensus of linking basic sciences with employment to regenerate enthusiasm among the students.

Lalru thread mill gutted
Lalru, February 4
Goods worth crores of rupees were gutted in a fire that broke out in Indian Yarn Limited Company at Tasmbali village here this afternoon. According to the fire department sources, around six fire tenders, including two from Dera Bassi, two from Chandigarh and Ambala each, were pressed into service.

A view of a factory that was gutted in fire at Lalru on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph
A view of a factory that was gutted in fire at Lalru

Man held for killing wife
Ambala, February 4
The police has succeeded to solve the blind murder case of a middle-aged woman, whose body was found in a drain near the motor market here two days back. The body was identified as Neelu, a resident of Samastipur, Bihar.

70-yr-old held for attempt to rape
Morinda, February 4
Gurnam Singh (70), a resident of the Nath Mohalla area of the city, was held this evening for an attempt to rape a seven-year-old girl child.

One held with 2.5 kg poppy husk
Rajpura, February 4
The Rajpura police today claimed to have arrested one person with 2.5 kg poppy husk during a special naka near Akkar village.

Talk on rational use of drugs
Kharar, February 4
To make people aware and more responsible towards their health, Doaba Group of Colleges organised a special lecture for promotion of rational use of drugs on the College of Pharmacy campus, here yesterday.

Seminar on children's health
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 4
A seminar was held on children's health today at Mata Gujri School in Sirhind. A large number of government teachers participated in the seminar. The doctors made the teachers aware of various diseases among children. They also explained ways to identify different diseases.

HR issues discussed
Kharar, February 4
The one-day HR summit titled Nick of Time — Need of hour, organised here yesterday at Rayat-Bahra bio-technology centre of excellence concluded after a series of discussions on core issues of human resources.

‘Govt must be accountable to public’
Ambala, February 4
“We need to encourage and promote a culture of good governance and accountability at all levels of operation in the economy that calls for change in the way of planning.

Infants’ Death
Junior docs stage protest
Patiala, February 4
Hundreds of junior doctors today joined in protest by nursing staff and senior faculty members of Government Rajindra Hospital.

Hundreds throng suvidha camp
Dera Bassi, February 4
A suvidha camp was organised by the district administration at Government High School here today.

Baba Balwant Singh of Machhroli village in Yamunanagar arrives at Rajpura sporting a 55-kg (672 metres) turban to spread the message of Sikhism and urge youth to stay away from drugs.
Devotees offer prayers at Gurdwara Panjokhra Sahib during a three-day religious festival on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Harkrishan near Ambala on Wednesday. Tribune photographs


COURTS

Obscenity
Accused remanded in police custody
Chandigarh, February 4
A local court today remanded Sumit Dar of Sector 20, Panchkula, in two-day police remand for obscenity and cyber crime.

Consumer Forum
Cap-Tap Biotec told to pay Rs 2,000
Chandigarh, February 4
District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the managing director of Cap-Tap Biotec to pay compensation of Rs 2,000 to a resident of Sector 37 for deficiency in service.

CRIME

Passport Scam
Travel agent remains elusive
Chandigarh, February 4
The Chandigarh police’s manhunt for the Ahmedabad-based travel agent has hit a roadblock in the absence of any clue to his whereabouts.

Three held in robbery case
Chandigarh, February 4
The city police today arrested three persons, accused of robbing an agent of the ICICI bank, threatening with sword, last week. The police said the accused, identified as Vikas, Vicky and Harjit of Sector 25, had been arrested, following a secret information.

‘Suicide’ Bid
Youth claims it was accident

Chandigarh, February 4
Yogesh Kumar, a resident of Sector 46, who was yesterday admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, with critical burn injuries, today claimed that he suffered injuries in an accidental fire.

SPORTS

Delhi Audit humble AG HP
Chandigarh, February 4
AG UP defeated AG Uttarakhand by 8 wickets on the first day of North Zone Indian Audit and Accounts Department (IA&AD) Cricket Tournament at the Sector 16 cricket stadium, here today.

Kabaddi: GKSM thrash AS College 16-11
Chandigarh, February 4
GKSM Government College, Tanda Urmar, (Hoshiarpur) got the better of AS College, Khanna, (Ludhiana) 16-11 during the Panjab University Inter-College Kabaddi (PS) A-Division Championship being played on the PU grounds, here today.

A game of kabaddi in progress in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

A game of kabaddi in progress in Chandigarh

Punjab Gold Cup
Coach upbeat on India’s performance
Chandigarh, February 4
After playing two draw games, the coach of the Indian Hockey team, Harender Singh, is assured of a surprise in store for the next match.

City golfers miss cut in PGTI meet
Chandigarh, February 4
Harendra P Gupta of Chandigarh shot a three under par-67 to occupy the third slot at four under 136, one stroke behind the joint leaders, Sanjay Kumar and Himmat Singh Rai, at the midway stage of the Rs 30-lakh prize money PGTI Players’ Championship at the Tollygunge Golf Club in Kolkata today.

Badminton team announced
Chandigarh, February 4
The selection committee, Sports Authority of India, has selected the Badminton team that will be participating in the German Open, All-England and Swiss Open Championship.

 


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