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Drug Racket
ATS report names DSP, journalist
Chandigarh, February 6
Investigations by the Maharashtra Police’s Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) into the alleged drug trafficking racket run by the former NCB Zonal Director, Saji Mohan, is likely to turn the heat on a DSP of Chandigarh Police and a local journalist.

Models ‘confined’ for 6 hrs at resort
Chandigarh, February 6
Five Delhi-based models were allegedly detained for over six hours at Bristol Resorts, Zirakpur, after their show got cancelled this evening.
The Delhi-based models who were detained at a private resort at Zirakpur on Friday. The Delhi-based models who were detained at a private resort at Zirakpur on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Prideasia Woes
Now, Mahila Congress vice-chief wants refund
Chandigarh, February 6
Parsvnath Developers’ Prideasia, an ultra luxury mega housing project at the IT park, here continues to be in the news for the wrong reasons.

District courts not safe either
Chandigarh, February 6
Due to inadequate fire safety measures, the district courts complex may become a virtual death trap in case of a major fire. No fire extinguisher, sand bucket or water hydrant system is available in and around the courtrooms.



EARLIER STORIES

Girl ends her life for not scoring high enough
Chandigarh, February 6
Preeti, a Class IX student, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her house in the Police Lines in Sector 26 here this afternoon.


COMMUNITY

Embezzlement
CBI indicts 5 bank officials, 9 others
Chandigarh, February 6
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has charge-sheeted five bank officials, two lawyers and five others besides two prime accused for embezzling funds running into several crores.

Bank guard in dock for ATM fraud
Chandigarh, February 6
A private security guard at the Sector 15 branch of the Central Bank of India allegedly stole ATM cards of some customers before these could be dispatched to them and withdrew over Rs 75,000 from their accounts.

Hospital Fire
2 more infants at PGI
Chandigarh, February 6
The PGI relived the Rajendra hospital tragedy with the arrival of two more fire victims, 10 day-old boy and seven-day-old girl, here yesterday. The infants were admitted to the Nehru Hospital Nursery after being referred by the Rajendra hospital doctors. They were burnt during the incident while undergoing phototherapy treatment on January 31.


The two infants who were admitted to the PGI in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph
The two infants who were admitted to the PGI in Chandigarh on Friday.

Gurdwara Case
Admn, police scrutinise video footage
Chandigarh, February 6
The Chandigarh administration and the UT police are scrutinising the video footage of the stone pelting incident at Santsar Gurdwara in Sector 38 (West) on January 30 to identify the other miscreants involved in the incident.

Admn to go strict on encroachments
Chandigarh, February 6
Taking note of the increasing encroachments on the public land, the city administration today decided to make the field officials accountable for these encroachments in their respective areas.

MC gives sops ahead of polls
Chandigarh, February 6
The Congress dominated Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, is all set to offer sops to squatters ahead of Lok Sabha polls. Though sources claimed the decision had not gone down too well with the other councillors and officials, nevertheless, the freebies were surely going to help in adding up to the vote bank of the candidate.

Chandigarh girl bags National Child Award
New Delhi, February 6
Chandigarh girl, Pragati Trikha, has bagged the National Child Award for exceptional achievement. At a function held here yesterday, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury awarded her a cash prize of Rs 10,000, a silver medal, a certificate and a citation.

Mohali to have working women’s hostel
Mohali, February 6
There is good news for the ever-increasing number of working women and the elderly here. The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has drawn up plans to set up a working women’s hostel and a veterans’ enclave at a central location in the town.

Transfer of Plots
GMADA prepares report on procedure
Mohali, February 6
A report on procedure adopted by the HUDA and Chandigarh Administration to allow transfer of ownership of plots in event of death of an allottee has been prepared by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to finalise its procedure in such cases.

Hockey stick gifted by Hitler on display
Chandigarh, February 6
At a very tender age, Gurdev Singh, might have taken a hockey stick just as another ordinary stick from his maternal grandfather, Puran Singh. But as he grew older he realised the magical stick was given to his grandfather by the legendary hockey player, Dhyan Chand, who was awarded the stick by the German dictator Adolf Hitler, after India won the final of the 11th Olympic Games in 1936 against Germany.



Gurdev Singh (right) exhibits the historic hockey stick at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh on Friday. Photo: S. Chandan
Gurdev Singh (right) exhibits the historic hockey stick at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh on Friday.

Panel for safai workers meets MC officials
Chandigarh, February 6
The Delhi Commission for Safai Karamcharis headed by chairman Swarup Chand Rajan along with Raju Sharsar, a member, visited Chandigarh to conduct a study on existing sanitation system and problems of the safai karamcharies in Chandigarh.

National folk dance fest kicks off
Mohali, February 6
It seemes as if a mini-India came alive at the three-day National Folk Dance Festival 2009 ‘Loktaramh’, which began in Phase 8, here today. While the Union Tourism Minister, Ambika Soni, and Union Minister of State for Finance, Pawan Kumar Bansal, were present to inaugurate the festival, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and top brass of the Akali government were conspicuous by their absence.
Artistes perform at the National Folk Dance Festival 2009 in Mohali on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu
Artistes perform at the National Folk Dance Festival 2009 in Mohali on Friday.


Cong undecided over Anandpur Sahib seat
Mohali, February 6
While the Akalis have taken a clear lead by announcing the name Daljit Singh Cheema for the Anandpur Sahib seat, the Congress continues to dither and is still weighing the pro and cons of the potential candidates.


                                                                             Ambika Soni
Ambika Soni

Essence of ‘Japuji Sahib’ discussed
Chandigarh, February 6
A treatise on religion had deeply inspired architect Prem Chand Kansil to sculpt a book “Japuji Sahib - As I understand it”, which was discussed at a function organised by the First Friday Forum at Punjab Kala Bhavan, here today.

Workshop on new mgmt systems
Chandigarh, February 6
The British Standards Institute, a leading provider of management systems, certification and training, organised a business partners’ meet here today.

Dog show tomorrow
Chandigarh, February 6
The circus ground, Sector 17, will be the hub of dog lover's on February 8. The Chandigarh Kennel Club, which is affiliated to the Kennel Club of India, Chennai, held a press conference today for the upcoming dog show. The club has been organising the dog sho w since 28 years now.

Tribune journalist bereaved
Chandigarh, February 6 Sampuran Singh, father of Devinder Bir Kaur, Deputy News Editor, The Tribune, passed away on February 3 here after a brief illness. He was 90. He retired from the Air Force and led an active life till three years ago, when he had a brain stroke.

Letters
Delay in draw of lots
The Patiala Improvement Trust invited applications for residential plots in Maharaja Narinder Enclave on April 11, 2008 and a majority of people of Patiala applied but till date nothing has been done in this regard.


EDUCATION

Arts students to pay 10 pc more
Chandigarh, February 6
Panjab University authorities have hiked the examination fee of the arts stream by 10 per cent without any prior information to the students. Interestingly, in the last three months, the authorities hiked the examination fee from Rs 100 to Rs 120.

Lecture on Marxism, literature
Chandigarh, February 6
The University School of Open Learning (earlier known as the department of correspondence studies), Panjab University, organised first-of-its-kind special lecture on Marxism and literature today.

Simrandeep is PUSU chief
Chandigarh, February 6
The general body meeting of PUSU was held today in which the members of the party took unanimous decision that Simrandeep Singh Sandhu, student of UILS department, is nominated as the chairman of PUSU party. Sandhu after being appointed as the chairman of the party assured the party workers and members for his commitment to the party welfare.



 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Kalka-Shimla Section
Locomotive back on track
Kalka, February 6
The new locomotive provided by the railway board was closed down after the incident of derailment of 253 up holiday special train on Kalka-Shimla rail section, near Dharampur and Sanawar, on December 21, 2008, has again started running on the section after a span of one-and-half month.

Dumped voter ID-cards
Administration to hold inquiry
Dera Bassi, February 6
A day after 691 voters’ identity cards were found dumped in an open drain near an educational institute in Dera Bassi, the district administration has decided to conduct an inquiry in the matter. They would visit persons whose names figured in the dumped voters’ identity cards.

National child award for Isha
Patiala, February 6
Isha Dand, a student of Our Lady of Fatima Convent School, received the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement-2008 from Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson, the UPA, at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, yesterday.

Robbery bid at Ambala jewellery shop
Ambala, February 6
An attempt of robbery in a jewellery shop was foiled in Ambala City due to the alertness of the shopkeeper this evening.

Pay Anomaly
Principals to go on mass casual leave
Ambala, February 6
The school principals of the state will remain on mass casual leave on February 13 to get their salaries anamoly removed that they have been facing since the time of implementation of the fifth pay commission, which now had been aggravated after the implementation of the sixth pay commission, said Sudhir Kalra, president of Haryana school education officers (Principals) association.

Scholars can check global meltdown: Manpreet Badal
Patiala, February 6
“The need of the hour is to dwell upon the existing capitalist and socialist models, both of which have not yielded intended results, and draw out a new model suiting the financial needs and requirements of our country.

Labourer found dead
Ambala, February 6
A body of a labourer was recovered from a drain near Jagadhari Gate at Ambala City this morning. The deceased was identified as Sham Lal, a resident of Durga Nagar.

Rally leaves commuters fuming
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 6
The Congress rally held today in Sirhind left hundreds of commuters fuming, as none of traffic police officials was present outside the venue of the rally. Thousands of supporters of various Congress leaders attended the rally wherein former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh was to address the gathering.

6 held for fraud
Kalka, February 6
The Pinjore police has nabbed a local patwari and five others for making false deed of land worth crores of rupees, which falls under Kalka district.



COURTS

4 get 10-yr RI for drug peddling
Chandigarh, February 6
Additional District and Sessions Judge RS Attri, sentenced Surinder, Varinder, Abhilash Sharma and Sya Ram to rigorous imprisonment of 10-years under the NDPS Act.

CRIME

Shopkeeper assaulted
Chandigarh, February 6 A financial dispute took a violent turn when a group of shopkeepers assaulted another shopkeeper, Amit Arora, in Sector 22 here today.

SPORTS


Double delight for SGGS College-26
Chandigarh, February 6
Maintaining their winning spree, SGGS College, Sector 26, won both the matches it played today during the ongoing Panjab University Inter-College Kabaddi (PS) A-Division Championship, being played at PU here.
In the first match, they got the better of GKSM Government College, Tanda Urmar (Hoshiarpur), by 36-24 points. In second match, they eked out a spirited challenge of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar (Ludhiana), by 45-36 points.



Players of GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, and GKSM Government College, Tanda, during a kabaddi match at PU in Chandigarh on Friday. Photo: Parvesh Chauhan
Players of GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, and GKSM Government College, Tanda, during a kabaddi match at PU in Chandigarh on Friday.

Golf Tourney: Kahlon finishes tied 11th
Chandigarh, February 6
Seasoned Harmeet Kahlon played a par 70 to finish tied 11th in the Rs 30 lakh PGTI Players’ Championship at the Tollygunge Golf Club greens in Kolkata today.

Cricket Meet
Jaswant, Arun lead AG Punjab to victory
Chandigarh, February 6
It was a cakewalk for AG Punjab, as they easily beat AG UP by 66 runs, in the final match to win the North Zone Indian Audit and Accounts Department Cricket Tournament being played at the Sector-16 Cricket Stadium, here today.

IAF station to get Astro-turf
Chandigarh, February 6
A state-of-the-art synthetic hockey field is being set up by the IAF at No.3 Base Repair Depot (BRD) here. The project, estimated to cost Rs 5 crore would be completed within a stipulated time of 60 days.

Athletics meet at college
Chandigarh, February 6
The 44th Annual Athletics Meet was held here in Government Home Science College, Sector 10, on Friday.

Netball
Indian eves win
Chandigarh, February 6
Indian netball women team snuffed out a spirited challenge of Sri Lanka with a narrow margin of 35-31 to clinch the International Netball Series for women- 2009 here today at the speed skating rink of KB DAV, Sector 7.
— TNS

 



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