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Drug Racket
Seizure of AK-47 rifles baffles NCB

Chandigarh, February 5
The recovery of two unaccounted for AK-47 rifles from the “malkhana” of the Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB)’s regional office, here, has the left NCB officials in a quandary. Sources said the NCB was trying to locate the source of the sophisticated weapons.

Fiza wants some answers
Mohali, February 5
Fiza shows a letter purportedly written by Chander Mohan in his blood at Mohali After waging her battle through media, Chander Mohan’s estranged ladylove and second wife Anuradha Bali aka Fiza seems to be hoping against hope.

Fiza shows a letter purportedly written by Chander Mohan in his blood at Mohali on Thursday. A Tribune photograph 

PGI technicians at it again 
Feb 10, 16 strike to hit patients
Chandigarh, February 5
Giving scant regard to the inconvenience that may be caused to patients and their kin, PGI technicians are set to strike work for the third time in the past three years for two hours on February 10 and 16. They will hold a dharna in support of their demands.

Liver transplant to be reality in city 
Chandigarh, February 5
If things go as planned, transplantation of liver would be a reality in the city within a couple of months as the PGI is all set to upgrade its Liver Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Once available, the facility will prove a boon for patients suffering from liver cirrhosis, commonly known as chronic alcoholism.




EARLIER STORIES

Lecturer shoots himself at Dehradun
Dehradun/Kharar, February 5
A lecturer of Doaba Group of Colleges, Kharar, committed suicide at Dehradun today.

No fee for SC/ST students at PU
Chandigarh, February 5
From the next academic session, students belonging to the Schedule Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) category can just walk in and get admission to Panjab University without paying any fee.



COMMUNITY

Admn seeks cut in radio taxi fares
Feb 10, 16 strike to hit patients
Vijay Raina of Easy Cabs, Manish Dhariwal of Mega Cabs and VS Dhillon of Indus Cabs address mediapersons in ChandigarhChandigarh, February 5
Faced with the directive of the UT administration to bring down the fares for availing radio taxi facility in view of the diesel prices coming down, the radio taxi operators toughened their stance and threatened to take their cars off the road, if the move is not taken back, here today.

From left: Vijay Raina of Easy Cabs, Manish Dhariwal of Mega Cabs and VS Dhillon of Indus Cabs address mediapersons in Chandigarh on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Denial of certificate miffs Dalit leaders
Chandigarh, February 5
The National Conference of Dalit Organisations (NACDOR) has condemned the denial of issuance of SC certificates to some children by Sub-Divisional Magistrate concerned in spite of orders by the Deputy Commissioner.

Rehri markets virtual firetraps 
Chandigarh, February 5
One of the corridors in the rehri market, Sector 19, where shopkeepers have encroached upon the passage With barely some space to move about in the corridors and with encroachment galore, rehri markets in the city are proving to be virtually death traps in case of immediate fire. Notwithstanding the fact that devastating fire has destroyed rehri markets a number of times in past few years, most of these markets still continue to overlook fire safety norms.

One of the corridors in the rehri market, Sector 19, where shopkeepers have encroached upon the passage. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Finally, Rs 3-cr grant reaches Mohali MC
A draft for Rs 3 crore being handed over to MC officials in Mohali Mohali, February 5
The Mohali municipal council has finally received the Rs 3-crore grant amount given by the Punjab government for the development of the town.




A draft for Rs 3 crore being handed over to MC officials in Mohali on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

HUDA to approve compounding fee by post
Panchkula, February 5
In an effort to bring transparency and relieve the public from harassment at its office, HUDA, has decided to inform the applicants of completion certificate about the approval of compounding fee by post only.

Encroachers eye urban land in Haryana
Panchkula, February 5
The lack of coordination between the enforcement department of the Haryana Urban Development Authority and the Panchkula municipal council has not only led to the encroachments at over 100 acres of prime land here, it even left the land reclaimed by the enforcement staff of HUDA exposed to the threat of encroachments.

Encroachers make hay ahead of LS polls
Chandigarh, February 5
With the Lok Sabha elections around the corner, the encroachers are having a field day in the city, under the alleged patronage politicians cutting across party lines. This is likely to emerge as a serious headache for the law enforcement agencies in the run-up to the elections.

691 voters’ cards found dumped
Dera Bassi, February 5
As many as 691 voter identity cards were found in an open sewer near Sukhmani Institute in Dera Bassi here today.

Mayor reviews projects
Chandigarh, February 5
Kamlesh, Mayor Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, today held first review committee meeting with all the councillors and officers of the corporation regarding developmental works.

GMADA Auction
Anomaly in number of flats
Mohali, February 5
While finalising the details before holding the draw of lots for the third phase of plots in Sectors 76 to 80, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has found that it does not have adequate number of 100 sq yard plots reserved for the oustees under the housing scheme.

Speed governors mandatory from March 21
Chandigarh, February 5
The Chandigarh Administration, through a notification issued here today, made the installation of speed governors (conforming to the Standard AIS:018, as amended from time to time) by the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) in its buses and by the operators of all school buses mandatory.

Alka Yagnik to perform in Rose Festival
Chandigarh, February 5
Bollywood singer Alka Yagnik, actress-turned-singer Sanobar Kabir, and Punjabi singer Labh Janjua will be performing in the three-day Rose Festival commencing from February 20. This was stated at a meeting held today under the chairmanship of home secretary Ram Niwas.

National folk dance fest from today
Mohali, February 5
A full-dress rehearsal for the national folk dance festival that begins on Friday in Mohali. The cultural face of the country would emerge at the three-day National Folk Dance Festival 2009 beginning here from tomorrow. The event, being held for the first time outside Delhi, would see participation by 500 artistes drawn from various states, said DS Saroya, director, North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC), Patiala, while addressing a pre-event conference here today.

A full-dress rehearsal for the national folk dance festival that begins on Friday in Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Tributes paid to Dr Randhawa
Mohali, February 5
Dr MS Randhawa memorial lecture on "A passionate promoter of architecture and architects" was the highlight of the 100th Dr MS Randhawa birth anniversary celebrations at Indo Global College of Architecture at Ahbipur, about 20 km from here.

Letters
Parking blues

EDUCATION

Education dept to hire new counsellors
Chandigarh, February 5
With exams round the corner, the UT education department, seems to be geared up for a fresh ‘counsellor hunt’ to combat the existing shortage, thereby forgetting about 14 prospective counsellors ‘nurtured’ by it last year.
Sonsoi Rajiv Sinha, president of the Traditional Karate Federation of India, gives tips of martial arts to students of Government College, Sector 46, Chandigarh
Sonsoi Rajiv Sinha, president of the Traditional Karate Federation of India, gives tips of martial arts to students of Government College, Sector 46, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan 

Tribune Impact
PU cancels student’s admission

Chandigarh, February 5
Panjab University authorities today cancelled the admission of Jaswinder Singh (Jassi) in the law department of the university this year, as he had been disqualified for two years under unfair mean case (UMC) registered against him last year. The decision was taken in the meeting of the board of controller, which met here today. It was decided to cancel the admission of Jaswinder and a forgery case may be registered against him soon.

Jimmy Shergill enthralls MCM girls
Chandigarh, February 5
Jimmy Shergill in MCM DAV College Students of MCM DAV, Sector 36, were enthralled by the presence of Jimmy Shergill amongst them today evening. The cine star apprised the girls of the opportunities and the struggle involved to make a name in the film industry. 






Jimmy Shergill in MCM DAV College. Tribune Photo: Vinay Malik

Law students seek more facilities, go on strike
Students of department of legal studies of Panjab University stage a protest in ChandigarhChandigarh, February 5
Students of Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University, went on an indefinite strike till the authorities conceded their genuine demands that have been pending for a long time.





Students of department of legal studies of Panjab University stage a protest in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Parvesh Chauhan 

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Dogs lead to poachers' arrest
Ropar, February 5
Hound dogs of poachers led to their arrest near Rajgiri village on Wednesday late night.
  Wildlife warden Balwinder Singh received secret information that some people are hunting Sambar in the area along with their hound dogs. Balwinder Singh and four other officials reached the spot. When the team members reached the spot, all five poachers hid themselves in dense shrubs and nearby pits as well. Their "faithful" hound dogs ran and stood by them, due to which the wildlife officials were able to trace them.
The accused with carcass of sambar at Ropar. A Tribune photograph

Doc held for conducting illegal abortion 
Ropar, February 5
A doctor practicing privately was today booked for illegal abortion at her private clinic in Mata Rani Mohalla today.

Brawl over pushing of passenger
Banur, February 5
Heated arguments were witnessed after a bus conductor allegedly pushed a passenger out of a PRTC bus here today.

The cage from which the civet cat escaped at Chhat Bir Zoo. Rare cat goes missing
Zirakpur (Chhat), February 5
The cat is out of its cage! Chhat Bir Zoo authorities on a lookout for a rare female civet cat that escaped from its cage at the zoo four days ago.




The cage from which the civet cat escaped at Chhat Bir Zoo. A Tribune photograph

One killed in mishap
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 5
A resident of Samrala, Harpal, was killed in an accident last night near the Madhopur chowk in Sirhind.

Robber meets his match in doctor
Ambala, February 5
A doctor foiled a robbery when he took on the robber single-handedly at his clinic here this morning.

Train accident ends their Army dream
Ambala, February 5
The sudden and tragic death of three youths from tehsil Mullana has brought an end to the dreams and aspirations of three families. The youth in their late teens belonging to village Jafarpur and Sarheri died in a train accident in Rorkee on Tuesday.

COURTS

Summons issued to Harbhajan, Mona Singh
Chandigarh, February 5
A local court today issued summons to cricketer Harbhajan Singh and actress Mona Singh at district courts following a petition filed by a human rights activist for hurting religious sentiments.

Five acquitted in murder case
Chandigarh, February 5
Additional District and Session Judge SK Aggarwal today acquitted five accused, namely Mandeep, Javed, Guddu, Raju and Jasbir Singh, in a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder as a postmortem report of the deceased was in their favour.

Immigration company told to pay Rs 25,000
Chandigarh, February 5
District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed WWICS, a consultant company to pay Rs 25,000 compensation to a resident of Mohali for deficiency in services.

CRIME

Man duped of Rs 2 lakh 
Chandigarh, February 5
Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Sector 30, has filed a complaint with the police alleging that Piare Lal and Sanjiv Kumar, both resident of Sector 7, duped him of Rs 2 lakh to provide a job in the High Court. However, neither they provided him a job nor returned the money. A case of cheating and criminal conspiracy has been registered at the Sector 26 police station.

Sec-49 resident killed in accident
Chandigarh, February 5
A 61-year-old resident of Sector 49, Ramesh Chand, lost his life after he was hit by a rashly-driven Scorpio on the road separating Sectors 48 and 49, last night.

Meena in police custody at Mohali Youth sets himself afire 
Mohali, February 5
A 30-year-old youth, Satish Kumar, received burns injuries after pouring kerosene oil over him here today morning. He had come to visit the house of a married woman, Meera, in Phase II here when the incident took place.


Meena in police custody at Mohali. A Tribune photograph


SPORTS

Harendra slips to tied seventh slot
Chandigarh, February 5
Harendra P Gupta conceded three double-bogeys in a row and slipped from the third slot to tied seventh position at one under 209. He got seven strokes behind the leader, Himmat Singh Rai, on the penultimate day of the Rs 30 lakh PGTI Players Championship at the Tollygunge Golf Club, Kolkata, today.

Chess, martial art trials on Feb 7
Panchkula, February 5
The trials for the Chess Academy and Martial Arts Academy for u-7, u-9, u-11, u-13 and open category would be held on February 7 at 10.30 am in the indoor hall of The British School, Sector 8.

AG Punjab, AG UP set up title clash
Chandigarh, February 5
Players in action in Chandigarh AG Punjab will lock horns with AG UP in the final of the North Zone Indian Audit and Accounts Department Cricket Tournament, here tomorrow, at the Sector-16 Cricket  Stadium.





Players in action in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Dutch players give tips on hockey
Members of the Chandigarh Hockey Academy get tips from Holland playersChandigarh, February 5
The Holland hockey team took a sabbatical from its busy schedule to give tips to the budding city players at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium, here today.





Members of the Chandigarh Hockey Academy get tips from Holland players. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik. 

Kabaddi: SGGS sneak past Govt College
Chandigarh, February 5
SGGS College, Sector 26, edged past Government College, Sector 11, by 36-19 during the ongoing Panjab University Inter- College Kabaddi (PS) A- -Division Championship being played on the PU grounds, here today.

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