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LS nod to market rates for acquired land
Could put spanner in admn’s mega projects
Chandigarh, February 25
With the Lok Sabha passing the Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill, 2007, and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy, 2007, today, the UT farmers, locked in a tug-of-war with the Chandigarh administration over acquisition of its controversial mega projects, including its flagship IT Park in Kishangarh, have finally something to cheer about.

Cheating case against gurdwara head, 2 others
Chandigarh, February 25
The Chandigarh Police today registered a case of cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and under the provisions of the Passport Act against controversial Baba Sarup Singh, Baba Gurdeep Singh of Santsar Sahib Gurdwara, Sector 38, and an alleged terrorist Gurbej Singh, alias Sonu, for preparing fake documents to procure a passport for Sonu.

I-T raids on property dealers
Chandigarh, February 25
In a major operation to uncover undeclared wealth, officials of the Income Tax Department today conducted raids on at least five commercial premises and three residential premises of Motia’s Group at several places in Panchkula, Derabassi, Zirakpur and Baddi today.

Survey on premises of Alchemist promoter
Chandigarh, February 25
The Income Tax Department also conducted a survey on the residential premises of promoter of multi-crore newly opened Alchemist hospital at Panchkula in Sector 9 here today.

Rehabilitation Colonies
Admn allows extra floor in houses
Chandigarh, February 25
Keeping in view the requirements of people, the Chandigarh Administration has decided to allow one extra floor on the houses in the rehabilitation colonies of Chandigarh.



Hallo Majra Dispute
Mayor lock horns with Joint Commissioner
Chandigarh, February 25
The issue pertaining to a recent dispute over opening of a window between two residents of Hallo Majra is getting more complicated instead of being solved with Mayor Kamlesh’s intervention.
The encroached street in Hallo MajraThe damaged car of the Mayor
The encroached street in Hallo Majra; and (right) the damaged car of the Mayor.
Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Admn gets tough on illegal religious structures
Serves notice on Sector 49 gurdwara
Chandigarh, February 25
The Chandigarh administration has decided to crack the whip on illegal religious structures encroaching upon the public land.

Aerrizona Row
Admn slaps recovery notice of Rs 30 lakh
Chandigarh, February 25
Taking cognizance of the amount pending against “unpaid ground rent” for substantial period, the Chandigarh Administration has slapped a recovery notice of Rs 30 lakh to the Sector 9 discotheque Aerrizona.

CM woos Nayagaon voters
Daljit Cheema SAD-BJP candidate from Anandpur Sahib
Mohali, February 25
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal wooed the voters in Nayagaon, near here, this evening, directing officials to provide water and power connections within a week and issue ration cards to residents.

Bees target GMSSS-33 children
Discharged from hospital after first-aid
Chandigarh, February 25
Panic gripped students of the primary wing of Government Model Senior Secondary School Sector 33 here today when honeybees stung them during the school lunch hour.

Students of GMSSS, Sector 33, at GMCH-32, Chandigarh, after they suffered from bee stings during school hours on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph
Students of GMSSS, Sector 33, at GMCH-32, Chandigarh, after they suffered from bee stings during school hours

Joint Army-civil system mooted
Chandigarh, February 25
The Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator, Gen SF Rodrigues (retd.) today called for institutionalising a joint-consultative mechanism between the Army and the civil administration to work in unison and set up quick-reaction teams for prompt response in case of exigencies.

UT to preserve Corbusier’s buildings
Chandigarh, February 25
Sparing a thought for the conservation of the City Beautiful’s legacy, the administration is studying alternatives for preserving its old buildings, designed by Le Corbusier.

Review petition of public prosecutor dismissed
Chandigarh, February 25
The Central Administrative Tribunal has dismissed the revision filed by public prosecutor Ritu Jain, who had challenged the instructions of the Punjab government on the basis of which she was not being promoted to the post of the deputy district attorney.

Rs 100 cr for southern sectors
Chandigarh, February 25
As part of its commitment of developing the southern sectors of the city, the Chandigarh administration has allocated around Rs 100 crore for various developmental projects, with emphasis on development of educational and road infrastructure.

Public prosecutors’ mass leave on February 28
Panchkula, February 25
The difficulties for the state government are expected to be increased in the days ahead as after the engineers working in various departments of the government have gone on mass leave from today.

An evening dedicated to Punjabi folk
Chandigarh, February 25
After a hectic day full of intense deliberations and brainstorming sessions by Indian and NRI delegates at the ongoing second Punjabi World Conference organised by Punjab University, the delegates were treated to a bonanza of Punjabi folk music at the PU auditorium here yesterday.

International dance fest tomorrow
Chandigarh, February 25
The Chandigarh Administration in collaboration with the Punjab Arts Council and NZCC is organising an international dance festival on February 27 at the Tagore Theatre.

Tibetans take out candle march            
Chandigarh, February 25
Members of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress (RTYC) took out a candle march at the Sector 17 plaza to observe the year 2009 (Tibetan year 2136 of earth ox) as black year.

Members of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress take part in a candle march at the Sector 17 plaza in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Uniform must for MC enforcement staff
Chandigarh, February 25
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) has made wearing of uniform mandatory for the enforcement staff.

Members of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress take part in a candle march at the Sector 17 plaza in Chandigarh

Dons present papers
Chandigarh, February 25
The IInd World Punjabi Conference entered the second day today with Prof Bhupinder Singh, Department of political science, Panjab University, Chandigarh, presiding over the function.


Revised Pay Scales
Teachers’ body intensifes stir
To hold rallies, campus dharna tomorrow
Chandigarh, February 25
The Punjab Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation (PFUCTO) has decided to intensify its agitation following the Punjab government’s failure to implement the Ministry of Human resource and Development (MHRD) notification on revised pay scales for teachers and other equivalent cadres.

Madarsa students also to get mid-day meal
Chandigarh, February 25
The students of madarsas, falling under the jurisdiction of the city, have now reasons to smile. For, now onwards, they will also be getting cooked food in the noon like their counterparts studying in government and government-aided schools of the city.

459 students get prizes
Chandigarh February 25
Government College of Girls, Sector 42, organised its 27th annual prize function today. Around 459 students were awarded prizes for their excellence in the field of academics, sports and co-curricular activities.

Students in a jubilant mood after receiving prizes at Government College for Girls, Sector 42, Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Students in a jubilant mood after receiving prizes at Government College for Girls, Sector 42, Chandigarh

From Schools
Prize distribution function at GMSSS-10
Chandigarh, February 25
The prize distribution function of the 17th state-level vocational competitions was held at GMSSS-10 here today.

Principal’s appointment: Punjab government relaxes rules
Chandigarh, February 25
Soon the issue of the shortage of qualified principals in government and private B.Ed colleges affiliated with Panjab University will be resolved as the Punjab government has relaxed the rules for appointing principals who have not passed matriculation in Punjabi at the time of their recruitment.

8 papers presented at seminar on development
Chandigarh, February 25
On the concluding day of the national seminar on development, deprivation and maginalisation in India organised by the department of sociology, eight papers were presented.

Seminar on school counselling concludes
Chandigarh, February 25
A two-day seminar on strengthening guidance and counselling services in schools and colleges organised by the Centre for Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, Panjab University, and Guidance and Counselling Cell, Panjab University, Chandigarh, concluded here today.


Minister lays stone, zoo staff protest in Hoshiarpur
Chhat (Banur), February 25
While Forests and Wildlife Preservation minister Tikshan Sud was laying a foundation stone of falcon-breeding project at Chhatbir Zoo on Tuesday, entire field staff of the zoo was raising slogans against him at his constituency in Hoshiarpur.

Sand mound falls on 2 kids, die
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 25
Two children aged five and seven years, respectively, died after the mound of sand fell on them, while they were playing near Sirhind flyover late last night.

Craft teachers seek regularisation
Kalka, February 25
At least 39 craft teachers, who have been working as junior mistress (cutting and tailoring, embroidery and needle work) in various institutions on contractual basis, daily wages, ad hoc and on part time, governed by the Vocational Educational and Industrial Training Department, Haryana, have urged Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to regularise their posts.

Fissures in Patiala Cong over Preneet
Patiala, February 25
Fissures in the Patiala Congress virtually came to the fore with a number of middle and lower rung Congress and Youth Congress workers opposing the proposed candidature of sitting MP Preneet Kaur in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls in front of Central Congress Observer Anita Verma.

Folk fest from today
Patiala, February 25
Punjabi University, Patiala, will organise a two-day Punjabi folk festival on its campus from tomorrow in which 170 students from the university, its regional centres, neighbourhood campuses and affiliated colleges will participate.

Review excise policy: Cultural body to govt
Patiala, February 25
The Culture and Heritage Conservation Initiative demanded a review of the Punjab excise policy to check unlimited sale of liquor in the state, to conserve its cultural heritage and to save innocent youngsters from falling prey to health hazards and social stigma of the vice of intoxication.

Get registered as voters, DC to govt officials
Patiala, February 25
Deputy Commissioner Deepinder Singh has directed various heads of the departments in the district to get their employees registered as voters as per the Election Commission of India’s directions.

Flesh trade racket busted; 4 held
Rajpura, February 25
The Rajpura police today busted a flesh trade racket with the arrest of four persons, including a woman, two girls and a youth from Rajpura town.

2 youths killed in accident
Kharar, February 25
Two youth were killed on the Morinda-Kurali road when a motorcycle they were riding rammed into an unidentified vehicle.

One killed in accident
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 25
A resident of Sirhind was killed in accident last evening while he was on his way from Patiala to Sirhind in a Maruti car.

Patiala Mayor’s effigies burnt
Patiala, February 25
Local Congressmen burned effigies of beleaguered Patiala Mayor Ajit Pal Singh Kohli, who has been caught in a piquant situation over his alleged involvement with a woman in a car inside the GNDU campus, Amritsar, a few days ago.


One acquitted in rape case
Chandigarh, February 25
Additional District and Sessions Judge S.K. Aggarwal today acquitted Adam Khan of charges of raping a minor after the victim turned hostile.

Constable acquitted of graft charge
Chandigarh, February 25
Additional District and Sessions Judge Raj Rahul Garg yesterday acquitted the dismissed UT Police constable of graft charge after the prosecution failed to prove the case against him.

Lawyers to hold protest tomorrow
Chandigarh, February 25
The High Court Bar Association is supporting the Bar Council of India’s call for observing “black” or “protest” day on February 27.


Man hangs himself to death
Chandigarh, February 25
A lovelorn man in his mid-twenties, identified as Jeevan, was found hanging at ESI Hospital in Phase II, Industrial Area, here, this morning.

Disappearance Of Financier, Son
Police groping in dark
Panchkula, February 25
The police is yet to get a clue of the whereabouts of a Panchkula-based financier and his son who went missing on February 14.

Sisters’ guardian demands probe
Panchkula, February 25
The guardian of two sisters who was booked for allegedly cheating and thrashing a girl for usurping their property has demanded a probe into the matter, saying the girls were under the influence of an unidentified person.

3 Mohali cops beaten up, salesmen held
Chandigarh, February 25
A head constable and two constables of CIA wing of the Mohali police were allegedly beaten up by a group of salesmen at a marble store in Dhanas in the wee hours today following an altercation. The police has arrested two persons in this regard.


Punjab beat Maharashtra by 28 runs

Chandigarh, February 25
Punjab got the better of Maharashtra by 28 runs here today on the fifth day of the 8th All-India BSNL Cricket Tournament 2009 at DAV School, Sector 8.
A batsman in action during a match between Assam and Andhra Pradesh at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S. Chandan

A batsman in action during a match between Assam and Andhra Pradesh at Panjab University, Chandigarh

Police hockey tourney from March 11
Chandigarh, February 25
The UT police will host All-India Police Hockey Championship, from March 11 to March 18. The championship was scheduled to be held in November last year, but was postponed due to Mumbai terror attacks that rocked the nation.

Ravinder fires hole-in-one
Chandigarh, February 25
Ravinder Chadha, former physiotherapist of the Indian cricket team, joined the select band of golfers who have scored a hole-in-one when he achieved that rare feat at the par three 14th hole on the par 72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Ravinder Chadha uses the three woods as he goes for a big hit at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph
Ravinder Chadha uses the three woods as he goes for a big hit at the Chandigarh Golf Club

Neelam, Jobanjeet shine
Mohali, February 25
Neelam Sidhu of Nalagarh House won a gold medal in the discuss throw in the above-15 years girls’ category while Jobanjeet of Aitchison House bagged gold in 1,500 m above-16 boys’ category to set a new school record during the second day of the 30th Annual Athletics Meet at Yadavindra Public School, SAS Nagar.


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