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City’s plan budget down by Rs 4 cr
But massive hike of Rs 606 cr in non-plan head
Chandigarh, February 16
Chandigarh will have nothing to cheer about from the interim Budget 2009-10. A marginal decrease of Rs 4.3 crore in the plan budget estimate (BE) from Rs 304.65 crore in the last financial year to Rs 300.35 for 2009-10 is likely to have an adverse affect on infrastructure development in various sectors like education, education, transport and energy.

Budget: Little cheer for sagging industry
Chandigarh, February 16
The interim budget announced by the UPA government has failed to lift the recessionary market sentiment, leaving the industry in the region high and dry. The industry here said though they were hopeful of getting some tax relief, the government had failed to come to their rescue in these difficult economic times.

HC puts brakes on admn’s expansion plans
Chandigarh, February 16
The city administration will soon find itself powerless to take “ad hoc” decisions on developing the city and its periphery without a master plan for future.


Youth gets life term for killing parents, aunt
Accused Pawandeep Singh being taken to the Sector 17 police station in Chandigarh after being sentenced to life imprisonment.Chandigarh, February 16
Additional District and Sessions Judge Raj Rahul Garg has sentenced Pawandeep Singh, who had masterminded the cold-blooded murder of his father Group Captain TP Singh (retd), mother Shibani Singh (a teacher of Bhavan Vidyalaya), and aunt Ajit Kaur, to life imprisonment.

Accused Pawandeep Singh being taken to the Sector 17 police station in Chandigarh after being sentenced to life imprisonment. A Tribune photograph

Fiza presses rape charge against Chand
FizaMohali, February 16
Chand Mohammed, former Haryana Deputy Chief Minister and Kalka MLA, could be in a spot as his estranged second wife, Fiza, today lodged a criminal complaint against him with the police. Accusing him of cheating and defaming her, in her complaint to the SSP, Mohali, she stated that Chander Mohan changed his faith with the intention of raping her. “I have been hurt mentally and physically. My religious faith has also been deeply hurt by the act of the Kalka MLA,” she said in her complaint.


Ten more houses planned for HC judges
Chandigarh, February 16
The acute shortage of accommodation for judges is set to be eased with the city administration deciding to construct 10 houses for judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Industrial Policy
Consult industry before finalising, Governor to officials
Chandigarh, February 16
Interacting with a delegation of the Chandigarh Industrial Association during the public hearing session at the UT Secretariat here today, UT Administrator SF Rodrigues indicated that a new industrial policy was being finalised and asked officers to give it a final shape after discussing the details with the representatives of industry.
Artistes perform a Rajasthani dance during a food, craft and music festival at Rajasthan Bhavan in Chandigarh on Monday
Artistes perform a Rajasthani dance during a food, craft and music festival at Rajasthan Bhavan in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Counselling centre at Chandi Mandir
Chandigarh, February 16
A counselling centre for women and children of Chandi Mandir Military Station has been established at the AWWA Vocational Training Complex.

MC: 5 get job letters
Chandigarh February 16
Jean Rodrigues, wife of UT Administrator SF Rodrigues, today handed over appointment letters to the dependents of five officials of the Chandigarh municipal corporation who had died during service.

Building Bylaws
Defaulting schools to face music
Chandigarh, February 16
The educational institutions of the city that are violating the building bylaws, will now have to face the consequences. The Chandigarh estate office has started issuing notices to them under the relevant section. The estate office has identified over 15 such educational institutions and notices have been served on them. The assistant estate officer, Ashwani Kumar, confirmed that the defaulters had been served notices under the Section VIII of the Capital of Punjab Act 1952.

Students perform a traditional dance during the South Asian Youth Festival-2009 at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Monday.
Students perform a traditional dance during the South Asian Youth Festival-2009 at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

From Schools & Colleges
City don to present paper in US
Chandigarh, February 16
Dr Pardeep Singh Walia, senior lecturer in Commerce, Government College for Girls, Sector 11, was invited by the International Academy of Management and Business, USA, after his research paper was accepted for publication and presentation at the international conference.

From PU
Wi-fi usage goes unchecked
Chandigarh, February 16
The computer science and applications department, Panjab University, has no appropriate system to check the use of wi-fi by the students.

Two more buses for PU students
Chandigarh, February 16
For offering internal bus services to the students of the Panjab University campus at nominal rates, the authorities are mooting a proposal of adding Rs 5 in the monthly fee of the students. As per the proposal prepared by the authorities, Rs 5 would be added in the fee of each department, from the next session, so that they can avail the bus service just by showing university identity card. The authorities have decided to start two buses under this scheme for the campus students from next session.

Mohali man deported over mistaken identity
Paramjit Singh shows documents in Mohali on Monday. Shared name with KLF chief
Mohali, February 16
If Shakespeare was alive today and heard the case of mistaken identity of Paramjit Singh, who had harrowing experience at the hands of Thai and Indian immigration authorities, the world of literature would have definitely missed one famous quote: “What’s in a name”.

Paramjit Singh shows documents in Mohali on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Book on poetry launched
Chandigarh, February 16
Former city Mayor Harjinder Kaur, chairman, Punjab Arts Council, released Dr Kulbir Kaur’s maiden English poetry anthology “Eternity in Motion” , at a function organised by the First Friday Forum, at Punjab Kala Bhawan, here yesterday.

Movie lovers spoilt for choice
Chandigarh, February 16
The inauguration of two new multiplexes is set to revolutionise multiplex culture in the city. These latest additions to the existing multiplexes have amplified the choice of movie buffs.

Engineers allege bias in promotions
Chandigarh, February 16
The UT Engineers’ Association lodged protest with the Secretary, Engineering, Chandigarh administration, against the alleged dictatorial and biased attitude towards promotional avenues of the engineering department.

Nehru centre to accommodate 2,000 vehicles
Chandigarh, February 16
Aware of the parking problem in Sector 34, the Chandigarh administration has planned to build a huge parking space in the upcoming Nehru Centre for Performing Arts. The parking at the centre will accommodate around 2,000 vehicles.

e wild wild web
When Google messed it up
On January 31, Google search users were surprised and puzzled to find the message “Warning! This site may harm your computer” on every search result. This happened around 7 pm (IST) and lasted for around 40 minutes. The message also directed users to visit StopBadware.org to learn more.

Rajput officers get together
Chandigarh, February 16
Serving and veteran officers of Rajput Regiment held their biannual meet here today. A large number of regimental officers and their wives attended the event. Among them was Lieut-Gen VS Tonk, General Officer Commanding 11 Corps, Jalandhar, the senior-most serving Rajput officer in the region.

Importance of culture highlighted
Chandigarh, February 16
A three-day national seminar on the theme of ‘Globalisation and Cultural Identities: Philosophical Challenges and Opportunities’ was organised by the department of philosophy, Panjab University, here today. The seminar was inaugurated by Raji P Srivastava, IAS, secretary, education and special secretary, finance, Chandigarh.

1.5 acre land for press club soon: Co-op minister
Mohali, February 16
The Punjab Co-operation Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, today said for the allotment of land for the town journalists’ house building cooperative society, the registrar, cooperative societies, (RCS) had been asked to take up the matter with the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).

UT drops VAT on eatables
Chandigarh, February 16
The Chandigarh administration has decided to exempt eatables and drinks being served to students in messes and canteens run in educational institutions in the city from VAT. The decision was taken to provide food items to students of the university and other institutes on low price as compared to the open market.Commercial establishments like Student Centre of Panjab University will not be exempt. — TNS


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Stress on role of institutes in disaster mgmt
Kharar, February 16
A one-day seminar-cum-workshop on the role of educational institutions was held at Doaba College of Education, Ghataur. Prof Manjit Singh, Dean, college development, Punjabi University, Patiala, was chief guest and Dr Kulwinder Singh, head of education department of the university was guest of honour. 

Emphasis on human rights
Patiala, February 16
The onslaught of globalisation, free market economy and the increasing cult of privatisation has immensely affected human relationships and civilisation besides having posed serious challenges to the environment.

Tribune Impact
Traffic diverted from unsafe bridge
Kharar, February 16
Following the report of traffic plying on unsafe bridge near Kailon village on the Kharar-Landran road, carried in Chandigarh Tribune on February 15, the authorities closed the bridge today and provided an alternate way to commuters.

Three of family killed in accident
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 16
Three of family were killed in an accident near village Chourwala late in today evening. According to reports, a couple, their child and brother of the woman were on a bike from village Sonour towards Sirhind. They collided with a speeding Lancer car, which was going towards Patiala.

Two killed in accident
Bassi Pathana, February 16
Two motorcyclists were killed in an accident with Maruti car that occurred at bus stand here last night. The deceased were identified as Gaya Chand and Chonewadi, both residents of Uttar Pradesh.

Bank employees’ strike today
Patiala, February 16
The State Sector Bank Employees’ Association has decided to go on a strike for their demands on February 17. More than 50,000 employees of various banks from all over the nation, including the State Bank of Patiala, the State Bank of Bikaner and the State Bank of Hyderabad, will be on the strike.

Make sub-treasury office operational: Residents
Bassi Pathana, February 16
Representatives of various social of the town, headed by Kulbhushan Malhotra, council president, have demanded to start sub-treasury office here, which was sanctioned a long time back.

CSD staff to go on hunger strike
Kalka, February 16
The All-India Defence Civilian Canteen Employees’ Union (URC) popularly known as CSD has decided to go on a hunger strike from February 17 in protest against anti-employees’ policies of the Central government. TS Chauhan, general secretary of the union, said approximately 10,000 civilians were working in the URCs under the control of the ministry of defence.

Rs 18-crore MC budget passed
Ambala, February 16
The annual budget of the municipal council for the year 2009-2010 of more than Rs 18 crore was passed here today.

Woman gets burns; husband, 3 others booked
Rajpura, February 16
The police today booked four relatives of a woman, including her husband, who received 55 per cent burns at Guru Nanak Pura Mohalla herelast evening.


SC defers demolition case
Panchkula, February 16
The Supreme Court deferred the hearing on the demolition of buildings adjacent to the national highway 22 in Kalka for next two weeks.


6-yr-old sodomised, killed
Pappu Paswan in police custody in Chandigarh on Monday.Chandigarh, February 16
In a gruesome murder, a 35-year-old man allegedly sodomised a six-year-old boy before slitting his throat with a shaving blade at a secluded place in the overgrown area of Sector 48 on February 13. The murder was detected today when the accused, Pappu Paswan, admitted to his crime and the police recovered the body following his disclosure.

Pappu Paswan in police custody in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Man booked for theft, debit card misuse
Chandigarh, February 16
A resident of Sector 51, Akash Dwivedi, filed a complaint with the police alleging that an unidentified person stole his purse containing Rs 500 in cash and some debit cards from Sector 35 on February 8 and purchased goods worth Rs 22,000 on one of the cards.

NDPS Act case
Convict surrenders in court
Panchkula, February 16
The raids of the police to nab a convict under the NDPS Act bore fruit, when the convict, Navdeep Sahota, surrendered before a court at Ambala today.
Following directions of Punjab and Haryana High Court to arrest Sahota, the district police had formed a special investigation team to arrest him.

Missing financier: Case registered
Panchkula, February 16
After delaying in registering FIR for two days in the missing case of a local financier reportedly from Baltana in Zirakpur, the police has decided to investigate into the matter after registering an FIR.


Kings XI trials
Unannounced fee stumps players
Players during the trials of Kings XI Punjab cricket academy at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. Mohali, February 16
The unannounced registration fee of Rs 500 for the Kings XI Punjab trials left the players, particularly the outstation ones, high and dry. Kings XI Punjab that did not miss any opportunity to hog the limelight by promoting its franchise and plans, however, seemed to have forgotten making efforts for the notification of the registration charges.

Players during the trials of Kings XI Punjab cricket academy at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Golf: Kang, Moin on song
Chandigarh, February 16
Harjinder Singh Kang could barely muster a three over par 75 card to be tied 12th in the LG All-India Amateur Golf Championship on the par-72 greens of the Royal Calcutta Golf Club today. But, the seasoned golfer from here, riding on the back of team-mate Moin Malak’s grand five under par 67, took a big lead in the event. Comprising India B team, Kang and Moin Malak totalled two under 142.

A batsman of GNPS Cricket Academy, Sector 36, plays a shot against Sector 16 Cricket Stadium during the
A batsman of GNPS Cricket Academy, Sector 36, plays a shot against Sector 16 Cricket Stadium during the 
APJ tournament (u-13) for boys in Chandigarh on Monday. The match could not be completed following a protest by a participating team. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Umesh, Ajay steer Godrej Club to win
Barwala (Panchkula), February 16
A brilliant fast knock of 102 off 49 balls by Umesh Kaira and terrific bowling by Ajay Bhardwaj (6 for 15) helped Godrej Cricket Club to outplay Numero Uno XI by 108 runs in the IInd Tilak Ram Mittal Memorial League Cricket Tournament, being organised by Chandigarh Sports Club here yesterday at JR Institute Stadium in Barwala .

3-month junior golf camp from March 26
Chandgiarh, February 16
The Chandigarh Golf Club will open its greens to non-members for a three-month junior golf programme to be held on the local greens from March 28 to June 28. To be conducted by Ajay Gujral, a coach certified by the European Golf Teachers Federation, the camp will be open to boys and girls in the seven-to-15 age-group, including non-members.

Sports fund
Education dept to charge for lending school grounds
Chandigarh, February 16
The UT education department will soon be levying booking charges for lending school grounds for conducting tournaments. The plan is still in its rudimentary stage and aims at enriching the sports fund of schools.


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