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Gurdwara Demolition Bid
Cop nabbed for abetting violence

Chandigarh, February 18
The police today arrested Ranbir Singh, a constable, for his involvement in the violent attack on the police and the enforcement staff of the UT during the demolition drive at Gurdwara Santsar Sahib in Sector 38-West on January 30.

  Gurdwara gets best bhawan award

Public Transport 
Rodrigues wants blueprint by April 15 

Chandigarh, February 18
Advocating the need for institutionalising the inter-state bus service in the region, UT Administrator SF Rodrigues yesterday called for a comprehensive traffic and transportation plan, with focus on integrating public transport system in the area and finding short, medium and the long-term solutions to meet growing needs of the residents.

Rodrigues for task force to manage water resources
Chandigarh, February 18
The UT Administrator, SF Rodrigues, at a meeting of senior officials of the engineering department and Municipal Corporation, today asked them to set up a task force to immediately tackle the problem of managing water resources, with the focus on water conservation.

Padam Vibhushan Ustad Amjad Ali Khan on sarod with Scotish Chamber Orchestra during a fusion music concert in Chandigarh
Padam Vibhushan Ustad Amjad Ali Khan on sarod with Scotish Chamber Orchestra during a fusion music concert in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik





EARLIER STORIES

Girls enjoy the ride on a cart ahead of the Rose Festival at Rose Garden in Chandigarh
Girls enjoy the ride on a cart ahead of the Rose Festival at Rose Garden in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Baba dismissed from MC
Chandigarh, February 18
More trouble spills for Baba Sarup Singh of Santsar Gurdwara in Sector 38-West as the Municipal Corporation today dismissed the baba, who was the tubewell operator.

Assembly official booked for embezzling Rs 4 lakh
Chandigarh, February 18
The Chandigarh police has booked Anil Vij, a research officer, Punjab Legislative Assembly, on charges of embezzling over Rs 4 lakh out of Rs 10 lakh sanctioned for a study tour to Pakistan in 2005. Anil Vij, who had been placed under suspension by the department concerned, was yet to be arrested, said the police.

Man clobbers wife to death, surrenders
Kiran Was denied money for alcohol
Sunil Kumar in the police custodyChandigarh, February 18
Infuriated over being refused money for liquor, Sunil Kumar, a resident of Indira Colony in Mani Majra, allegedly bludgeoned his wife to death at his residence late last night. After committing the crime, Sunil (32) reportedly surrendered before the police claiming that his wife had illicit relations with someone.

Sunil Kumar in the police custody and (inset) his wife Kiran




COMMUNITY

J&K Army units in RTI ambit, rules CIC
Chandigarh, February 18
While ruling that Army establishments located in Jammu and Kashmir come under the purview of the Right to Information Act for the purpose of disseminating information, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has also held that court of inquiry (COI) proceedings were not excluded under the Act.

Income Tax depertment officials paste a notice on a wall of the house of Gurdial Singh after attaching it in ChandigarPetrol station owner’s property attached
Chandigarh, February 18
Income tax officials today attached the property of Gurdayal Singh and Sons, which runs a petrol station in Sector 22, to recover tax arrears to the tune of  Rs 12 lakh. According to sources, four partners, Gurdayal Singh, Darshan Singh, Shamsher and Surinder Pal, own the petrol pump. IT officials swooped on their house at Sector 34 and sealed it.



Income Tax depertment officials paste a notice on a wall of the house of Gurdial Singh after attaching it in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh-Baddi rail link
Rlys to conduct survey again

Chandigarh, February 18
Engaged in a tug-of-the-war with the administration over its ambitious Chandigarh-Baddi rail link in its current form, the Railways has finally relented and decided to conduct the survey again.

Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail link in 2 years 
Northern Railways general manager Vivek Sahay (centre) at an exhibition in ChandigarhChandigarh, February 18
The Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail link, off-track for years primarily on account of land acquisition problems being faced by the Punjab government, may see the light of the day in the next two years with the Railways depositing the full land cost (with the government).



Northern Railways general manager Vivek Sahay (centre) at an exhibition in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo:Manoj Mahajan

2 locals selected for UNAIDS project
Chandigarh, February 18
Religion and faith have an unparalleled impact on the minds of the masses. Using this understanding, the UNAIDS along with World Alliance for Youth Empowerment (WAYE), an international youth NGO, has launched a project to spread awareness on HIV/AIDS with the help of religious leaders in all states.

Implement 5th pay commission, says ex-MP
Chandigarh, February 18
Satya Pal Jain, ex-MP and BJP candidate from Chandigarh Parliamentary constituency, has urged Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal to grant an approval and to notify the recommendation of the Pay Commission in Punjab, without any further delay. In a letter to Badal, Jain said the employees of Punjab and UT were anxiously waiting for the acceptance of these recommendations before coming into force of “the code of conduct” for avoiding any further delay.

Govt forcibly acquiring farmers’ land: MLA 
Mohali, February 18
Condemning the Punjab Government for reducing the rate at which land is being acquired for Mohali’s development, Kharar MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu said here today that the government was forcibly taking away the land and harming farmers’ interests.

Farmers’ body to honour basmati developers
Chandigarh, February 18
The Young Farmers Association today announced it would honour scientists responsible for developing new basmati varieties, particularly the ‘Pusa 1121’, which had increased the earnings of farmers considerably in the region.

Morcha holds meeting with sarpanches 
Brig Kahlon, president, Chandigarh Sanjha Morcha, addresses sarpanches and former sarpanches at a meeting held at Sarangpur village, ChandigarhChandigarh, February 18
Riding high on the dictatorial attitude of the Chandigarh administration towards the farmers, the Chandigarh Sanjha Morcha held a meeting of all village sarpanches and former sarpanches at Sarangpur, here, yesterday.


Brig Kahlon, president, Chandigarh Sanjha Morcha, addresses sarpanches and former sarpanches at a meeting held at Sarangpur village, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph.

Commercial activity in private garb
“Modified” scooters and motorbikes parked outside a food joint in Sector 17, ChandigarhChandigarh, February 18
Carrying out commercial activities on a private vehicle is an offence under the law but throwing rules to the wind several food joints in the city are ferrying food by carrying out modifications and thereby flouting the Motor Vehicle Act with impunity.

“Modified” scooters and motorbikes parked outside a food joint in Sector 17, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Rare spinal disc surgery 
Mohali, February 18
The local civil hospital carried out a spinal disc surgery and removed a herniated disc for the first time through a small incision at a nominal cost as compared to private hospitals.

Draw of lots for Sec 76-80 plots
Mohali, February 18
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority held a draw of lots for the allotment of 427 plot numbers falling in sectors 76-80 here today.

Classical soiree enchants audience
Chandigarh, February 18
The delectable strains of music melodies reverberated the Taj hotel hall, as the city audience was treated to a fusion music concert with the harmony of western, classical and sublime of Indian classical music coming to a perfect jugalbandi here today.

PGI staff to go on strike from Feb 23
Chandigarh, February 18
Patients visiting the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) for treatment may have tough times ahead as the non-medical employees of the institute have decided to go on an indefinite strike from February 23.

RBI staff hold protest
Chandigarh, February 18
Reserve Bank of India employees and retirees held a demonstration against the decision to withdraw hike in pension at the local head office here today.

Defence canteen staff go on hunger strike
Chandigarh, February 18
Members of the All-India Defence Civilian Canteen Union have proceeded on a hunger strike in support of their demands, including implementation of basic scales as recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission.

Letters
Amend laws

EDUCATION

Schools fail to adopt library culture
Chandigarh, February 18
The UT education department seems to be far off from adopting the directives of the National Knowledge Commission with its prime clause of brooding library culture in schools and colleges.

From Schools & Colleges
St Kabir holds biodiversity quiz

Chandigarh, February 18
The students of St Kabir Public School, Sector 26, conducted a biodiversity quiz for classes IV, V and VI. The department of environment, Chandigarh Administration, supported this quiz. The four teams were named Falcons, Hawks, Koalas and Pandas. The Hawks comprising of Hitakshi, Uday, Marriya and Arjit were declared the winners.

From PU
World Punjabi Conference on Feb 24, 25

Chandigarh, February 18
Panjab University is holding the second World Punjabi Conference on February 24 and 25 for the development of Punjabi language, literature and culture.

Water samples from schools fail test
Mohali, February 18
The Punjab Government, which is making tall claims of making Mohali as one of the best developed cities in the country, has even failed to provide clean drinking water in government schools, exposing students to waterborne diseases.

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

2 children killed in separate incidents
The Balongi police examines the spot where a seven-year-old child drowned in Patiala Ki Rao rivuletKharar, February 18
A resident of Room No 46, Ambedkar Colony, Balongi, Kanchan (7), died after slipping into a pond while following her mother to the Azad Colony near here today.




The Balongi police examines the spot where a seven-year-old child drowned in Patiala Ki Rao rivulet on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Seminar on property rights
Kharar, February 18
A seminar on intellectual property rights was held at GGSCMT, here, where general manager of Morepen Lab, Delhi, OP Midha, was the key speaker.

GM inspects rly stations
Ropar, February 18
General manager Northern Railway, Vivek Sahai, visited railway stations from Nangal to Kurali during annual inspection today.

Seven held in two murder cases
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 18
The local police solved murder cases of two taxi drivers and arrested seven people today.

Two held with opium
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 18
The Fatehgarh Sahib police arrested two men with 250 gm opium in the Amloh area yesterday.

280 examined at eye camp
Patiala, February 18 Patiala Eye Hospital and Lasik Laser Centre organised a free eye check-up camp at Kalyan, near here, where a total of 280 patients were examined.

Youth fest concludes
Ambala, February 18
A five-day inter-zonal youth festival concluded in GMN College here today. Deputy Commissioner Samir Pal Saro was the chief guest on the occasion.

Humiliated, woman ends her life
Ambala, February 18
A newly wed woman, who had come to attend the marriage of her brother at Bhudio village in this district, allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance after her husband "humiliated" her in front of her relatives.

COURTS

District courts to be set up in Sec 43
Chandigarh, February 18
The District Courts Judicial Complex in Sector 43 will be set up by the District Bar Association in accordance with the approved plan at their own cost. The multi-level parking will, on the other hand, be set up by the UT administration.

Realty firm told to pay Rs 3.92 lakh
Chandigarh, February 18
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed SMV Agencies, Jaipuria group real estate division, to refund Rs 3.92 lakh along with 12 per cent interest to complainant.

CRIME

62 mobile sets stolen
Chandigarh, February 18
Thieves decamped with mobiles and other valuable things from a mobile shop, in Mauli Jagran Colony, last night.

Panchkula realtor ‘dupes’ customer of Rs 50 lakh 
Chandigarh, February 18
Ashok Bansal, a resident of Sector 10, accused a Panchkula-based property dealer and two others of duping him of Rs 50 lakh taken as token money to sell him a one kanal house, which did not belong to the person shown as owner of the house to him.

Teenage girls ‘tortured’ by uncle
Panchkula, February 18
Two teenage girls here refused to stay with their father who killed their mother 16 years ago. And now, the maternal uncle, who was supposed to look after them, allegedly turned into their tormentor to usurp the property of the family.

Accident victims succumb to injuries
Mohali, February 18
Two persons, including a school student, were killed in different accidents in the town.

FIR against FR management
Chandigarh, February 18
The Chandigarh police today registered a case against the management of Fun Republic for allegedly raising a wall in front of the shop of one of its shopkeepers.

SPORTS

Dev Samaj drub Abohar college
Chandigarh, February 18
Dev Samaj College of Education, Chandigarh, drubbed Maharishi Dayanand College of Education, Abohar, in the final of the Panjab University Inter-College Badminton (Women) C-Division Championship for the session 2008-09 to emerge winner here at PU’s gymnasium hall today.

Ensure safety of players, HC to sports dept
Chandigarh, February 18
The Punjab and Haryana High Court wants the UT sports department to  play safe.

Tiny tots perform a balloon drill during the sports day of Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, in Chandigarh Sports day at GNPS-36
Chandigarh, February 18
Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, celebrated its annual sports day on the school premises here today.




Tiny tots perform a balloon drill during the sports day of Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Volleyball meet deferred
Chandigarh, February 18
The 4th Open Volleyball Tournament, which was scheduled to be held on February 21 and 22 here, has been postponed due to a volleyball tournament at Rurki (Uttranchal) on the same day.

Kang rallies to move up
Chandigarh, February 18
Harjinder Singh Kang of Chandigarh, rallied from a two-stroke deficit after the 10th hole to overcome Samaresh Sardar 4 and 2, as the players went through some tightly fought contests in the LG All-India Amateur Golf Championship on the par-72 greens of the Royal Calcutta Golf Club in Kolkata today.

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