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Financier killed, son thrown into canal
Panchkula, February 28
The Panchkula- based financier, Vinod Mittal, and his four-year-old son, Yashan, who disappeared on February 14 night from Bartana in Zirakpur, were allegedly killed by his business partner the same night.

A file photo of the victim, Vinod Mittal, with his son Yashan and wife.

Bodies yet to be recovered
Rajpura, February 28 Police officials from Rajpura and Panchkula today searched for the bodies of Panchkula-based financier Vinod Mittal and his four-year-old son Yashan in the Bhakra canal near Gandakheri village. However, the bodies could not be traced till late in the evening.

Sobti appointed VC of central varsity in HP
Chandigarh, February 28
Amidst speculations whether Prof RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, will get extension for another term, he was today appointed the Vice-Chancellor of a new, yet-to-be-set up, central university in Himachal Pradesh. With this announcement, the race for the next eligible candidate for the post of Vice-Chancellor once again gained momentum.


Youth killed in Sector 17 over Rs 2,500
Chandigarh, February 28
A dispute over Rs 2,500 led to the death of a 21-year-old youth in a bloody brawl at Parade Ground in Sector 17 here late last night. The deceased had tried to break peace between his friend and another persons during an exhibition being held there.

The four accused in custody at the Sector 17 police station in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Bag containing Rs 3 lakh snatched
Panchkula, February 28
Two motor cyclists snatched a bag containing Rs 3 lakh from two persons near Kotak Bank in Sector 9 here today. The incident happened just after two hours when new Superintendent of Police Amitabh Dhillon joined his office.

Strike fails to hit work at PGI
Chandigarh, February 28
A one-day token strike called by the PGI Employees’ Union and medical technologists failed to leave any significant impact on the hospital functioning today.

Gurdwara Row
2-day police remand for Baba
Chandigarh, February 28
The local court today sent Baba Gurdeep Singh of Gurdwara Santsar Sahib, Sector 38, in police remand of two days. He was booked in a forgery case for preparing fake documents for the passport of an alleged terrorist Gurbej Singh Sonu.


Govindacharya back in politics
Chandigarh, February 28
“The GDP growth of a country depends upon the sound social capital and family traditions”, opined RSS ideologue and former BJP leader KN Govindacharya. The leader shared his views about the ideology and the scientific style of working to achieve the socio-economic goal and said the increasing GDP growth did not automatically mean more welfare for the people.

Erratic weather can cause viral infections: Docs
Chandigarh, February 28
With temperature fluctuating over the past few days, local physicians say that they have been getting quite a few patients suffering from viral infections. The doctors say that the sudden change in temperatures had people complaining of throat irritation, cough and viral fever. “Also, because of the recent party season, there are plenty of people eating out and some are suffering from anemic and other forms of dysenteries,” says Deepinder Kapoor, senior consultant, Cheema Medical Complex, Mohali.

Scheme to make women self-reliant
Zirakpur, February 28
Punjab Cooperation Minister Capt. Kanwaljit Singh yesterday launched Mai Bhago Scheme and also announced a club for women in Zirakpur.

Scribes hold talk on media ethics
Chandigarh, February 28
Eminent journalists of the region, with incredible contribution in the realm of print and electronic medium of journalism, participated in a panel discussion on “Ethics and the media” here today. The seminar, which turned out to be an absorbing brainstorming session, was organised by the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademy.

Godowns, shops razed in Daria
Chandigarh, February 28
In the ongoing anti-encroachment drive, the UT Administration demolished some illegal structures, including two godowns, two shops, three rooms and eight other unauthorized structures, in Daria here today.

An anti-encroachment drive in progress at Daria, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune Photo: S. Chandan

Industrial Plots
Amendment made in conversion policy
Chandigarh, February 28
The Chandigarh Administration today made an amendment in the Conversion Scheme of Industrial Plots for commercial use by allowing the new transferee to pay the entire balance of conversion fee.

French artistes perform on the second day of the international folk dance festival in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Kamal Kishore

Theatre body appeals CM to hold Basant mela
Mohali, February 28
The Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) has condemned the rejection of the proposal by the director, local government, on the holding of a basant mela by the local municipal council. It has appealed to the Punjab Chief Minister to give approval for organising the event.

Cops transferred
Chandigarh, February 28
TIG S K Jain passed transfer orders of some police officials, including four lady head constables, 90 lady constables, 269 head constables and 911 constables to the different wings today.


Syndicate Meeting
Colleges not allowed to start MBA courses
Chandigarh, February 28 Panjab University Syndicate at its meeting held today announced that the city colleges affiliated to PU will not be allowed to start MBA courses from the forthcoming academic year.

‘Open dept of translation studies at PU’
Chandigarh, February 28
A two-day national seminar organised by the department of Hindi, Panjab University, Chandigarh, on “Culture of translation, translation of culture: Hindi as context” concluded on a note of optimism as scholars and translators from across the nation spoke in favour of translation as a cultural imperative of multilingual Indian nation.

PU Notes
Open school distributes prizes
Chandigarh, February 28
University school of open learning, earlier known as department of correspondence studies, held annual prize distribution function yesterday. Prof SK Sharma, chairperson of the school, exhorted the students to work hard. The function had earlier started with the lighting of ceremonial lamp. The toppers in undergraduate and postgraduate classes were awarded the prizes by the Vice-Chancellor.

Chitkara students win Hudco trophy
Chandigarh, February 28
Architecture students of Chitkara School of Planning and Architecture won the Hudco trophy by securing first prize at the National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA) convention held at Pune from February 20-22.

The students of Chitkara School of Planning and Architecture who won the Hudco Trophy in Pune recently. A Tribune photograph

Science Day in PU
Chandigarh, February 28
The department of physics, Panjab University, celebrated Science Day under the guidance of Professor M M Gupta here today.


Roll of honour conferred on 26 students
Patiala, February 28
Annual prize distribution function was organised at Khalsa College today in which Jathedar Avtar Singh, president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, was the chief guest.

Complete bandh call on March 2
Bassi Pathana, February 28
Various social, religious and traders’ organisations of the town decided to organise a complete bandh and to organise a massive protest rally on March 2 against the government apathy towards the town, said Manoj Kumar Banda, president of the Hindu Organisation, in a press note issued here today.

Material worth crores gutted in Rajpura factory
Rajpura, February 28
Material worth crores was gutted in a fire that broke out at a refrigerator and AC assembling factory at Rajpura late last night.

Conference on chemical engg
Patiala, February 28
The Department of Chemical Engineering, Thapar University, Patiala, today organised a conference on Advances in Chemical Engineering which was inaugurated by Dr K V Raghavan, professor, INAE, from Hyderabad.

Azad Hind Fauj veteran dead
Rajpura, February 28
Azad Hind Fauj veteran, Harbans Singh (95), died in Ghaggar Sarai village yesterday. He was reportedly a Captain in the Army led by Subhash Chander Bose. He was born in Pakistan near Lahore and had been residing in Ghaggarsarai for the past few years. He lost his both sons recently and was living with his two grandsons.


‘Ad hoc’ appointments can be regular, rules high court
Chandigarh, February 28
Even if an appointment is termed “ad hoc” in the appointment letter, substantially it can be a regular appointment, suggests a latest judgment of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

House Transfer
Two minors move court against grandmother
Chandigarh, February 28
Two minors have moved a local court against their grandmother in a property matter. Amandeep Singh and Osheen Singh want the court to declare they are the “sole and absolute” owners of a Sector 10 house. A perusal of the plaint suggests the house was owned by grandfather HS Ahluwalia, who died on December 7, 2006.

Dimpy murder accused seeks change of jail
Chandigarh, February 28
Adding yet another turn to the ongoing controversy on the investigation by the UT police in the Dimpy murder case, prime accused Jaswinder Singh alias Rocky has moved an application alleging free flow of drugs inside the jail premises.

Information officer penalised Rs 10,000
Mohali, February 28
The State Information Commission, Punjab, has imposed a penalty of Rs 10,000 on Public Information Officer (PIO) in the office of the District Education Officer, Elementary Education, Mohali, for causing delay in supply of information under the Right to Information Act (RTI). The information was supplied after a gap of seven months.

Moot court contest begins
Chandigarh, February 28
The two-day Deep Chand Memorial National Moot Court Competition-2009 was inaugurated today in the moot court hall of the Department of Laws, Panjab University, and Chandigarh.


Theft case registered
Mohali, February 28
The local police registered a case of theft on the complaint of Surinder Singh, a resident of Phase VII, yesterday.


Malhotra, BM Singh win Audi golf title
Chandigarh, February 28
Madhukaran Malhotra and BM Singh logged 44.6 points to clinch victory in the inaugural Audi Quattro Cup Amateur Golf Championship held on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

From left: Ramanjeet Singh Sanghera and Simarjit Bawa, (first runners-up); Martin Birkner, head of marketing, Audi India; BM Singh and Madhukaran Malhotra, (winning team); Atul Aggarwal, managing director, Audi, Chandigarh; Arvind Bajaj and A.P.S Kahai (second runners-up). A Tribune photograph

NTR-Delhi retains cricket title
Chandigarh, February 28
NTR-Delhi retained the title by thrashing West Bengal by a big margin of 303 runs in the final of 8th BSNL All India Cricket Tournament here today at the Sector 16 cricket stadium.

Members of NTR-Delhi after wining the 8th BSNL All India Cricket Tournament at the Sector 16 cricket stadium on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Himanshu wins hurdle race
Chandigarh, February 28
Himanshu claimed the first position in the hurdle race boys category during the annual sports day of Little Hearts, the pre-primary wing of Sri Guru Harkrishan Model Senior School, Sector 38 D, here today.

Foreign coaches for boxing teams soon
Chandigarh, February 28
The Indian boxing team will soon have the services of foreign coaches for the coming camp of the Kings Cup and Asian Championship to be held in Bangkok and China.

Kho kho
DAV beat Baptist Club by 9 points
Chandigarh, February 28
DAV College, Sector 10, defeated Baptist Club, Sector 45, by nine points on the first day of the 37th Chandigarh Senior State Kho-Kho Championship here at St Soldier’s International School, Sector 28, on Saturday.

Lawn Tennis
Lovely drub Bhagat Singh Institute
Chandigarh, February 28
Lovely Institute of Engineering and Technology, Phagwara, beat Shaheed Bhagat Singh Institute of Engineering and Technology, Ferozepur, 2-1 in a quarterfinal match on the second day of PTU Inter-College Lawn Tennis Tournament being organised by SVIET here on the college campus.


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