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GPA transfer policy notification soon
Chandigarh, March 1
The city administration’s transfer policy for the general power of attorney (GPA) holders in the cooperative group housing societies is set to take a concrete shape. With the UT senior standing counsel “favourably inclined” to the formulation of the transfer policy, decks have been cleared for the notification of the policy that would benefit hundreds of GPA holders in cooperative societies of Sectors 48 to 51.

Cops ignore ASP’s order, refuse to lodge FIR
Theft case not registered in six days
Chandigarh, March 1
Even as the Supreme Court has issued clear directions that the police must register an FIR where a cognizable offence has taken place, the UT police is finding it hard to break free from its “mindset” of not registering a case at the first instance.

Expired medicines given at eye camp
Kharar, March 1
Expired medicines were distributed at an eye camp held at Malikpur village here today. The eye camp was held at the sidelines of a blood donation camp by the local Youth Services Club.
Outdated medicines that were distributed by an NGO at an eye camp at a village in Kharar on Sunday.
Outdated medicines that were distributed by an NGO at an eye camp at a village in Kharar on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Octogenarian couple killed in Patiala
Patiala, March 1
An elderly couple was found murdered in their house here this afternoon. Sirjit Singh Sekhon (85) and his wife Satwant Kaur (80) were found dead in their posh Bhupindra road house.




EARLIER STORIES

PU boarder commits suicide
Kulbir SinghChandigarh, March 1
Kulbir Singh, a PhD student of Panjab University, was found hanging in his room in hostel number 1 here this afternoon. The police said 27-year-old Kulbir Singh had written in his suicide note that he was suffering from depression and no one was responsible for this extreme step.

Punjab board under scanner
Now, textbook scam
Mohali, March 1
A scam involving the release of payment of lakhs of rupees to certain private printers without books of various classes being supplied to the Punjab School Education Board has come to light.

 


COMMUNITY

Handling Stress
Boost morale of children during examinations

Chandigarh, March 1
As school board exams inch closer, it’s once again time for the thousands of students to get sweaty hands and cold feet. “Will I crack the exam or will I flunk,” the question continues to bother students year after year.

Akansha Dubey wins best mooter award
Students of National Law School, Jodhpur, receive overall trophy of the national moot court competition in Chandigarh on Sunday. Chandigarh, March 1
On the concluding day of the ongoing two-day Shri Dip Chand Memorial National Moot Court Competition-2009, the final rounds were conducted here today. The four semifinalist teams comprising National Law University, Jodhpur, Government Law College, Mumbai, Campus Law Centre II, Delhi University, and Army Institute of Law, Mohali, vied against each other for the coveted seats in the final rounds.

Students of National Law School, Jodhpur, receive overall trophy of the national moot court competition in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Marginal rise in tourist influx
Chandigarh, March 1
Has the global meltdown really affected the tourism industry of the City Beautiful? Probably, not much, if the figures of the tourist influx of the recent years are to be believed!

80,000 kids administered polio drops
A child being administered polio drop in Chandigarh on Sunday. Chandigarh, March 1
More than 80,000 children below the age of five years, including newborns, were administered polio drops at various centres spread across the city on the Pulse Polio Immunization Day here today. About 463 stationary booths and 66 mobile teams were deputed, comprising 2,100 personnel belonging to the Health, Education and Social Welfare Department, various nursing institutions, students of GMCH-32, PGIMER, volunteers from various colleges, NSS and NGOs for administering polio drops.



A child being administered polio drop in Chandigarh on Sunday. Photo: S. Chandan

Iran Trial
Bahai body demands release of its leaders
Chandigarh, March 1
The Bahai community today demanded immediate release of its community leaders facing trial in Iran. At a meeting attended by delegates from Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pardesh and Jammu and Kashmir, here, the community urged the international community to put pressure on the Iranian government for the release of detainees.
TIME FOR REST: Camel owners stop for a while along the road on a bright day in Mohali on Sunday.
TIME FOR REST: Camel owners stop for a while along the road on a bright day in Mohali on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Himalayan Eagles celebrate anniversary
Chandigarh, March 1
The Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Himalayan Eagles squadron, which maintains the vital air-bridge to the remote northern sector for round-the-year logistics support to troops as well as civilians, celebrated its 46th anniversary here today.

Coop society gets tech savvy
Website to benefit 15,000 members
Chandigarh, March 1
Transparency and accountability seem to be the new mantra of the Office of Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Chandigarh. For the first time ever, this office is developing its own website specifically for making the credentials of the group housing societies, a public document. This would enable the members to have access on the society proceedings right from the preliminary stage.

Safai karamcharis stage dharna
Safai karamchari protesting at Sector 25 in Chandigarh on Sunday. Chandigarh, March 1
On the call of coordination committee of the government and municipal employees and workers, Chandigarh, safai karamcharis working under the medical officer of health and UT panchayats staged dharna in protest against non- fulfillment of there demands

Safai karamchari protesting at Sector 25 in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Gurdwara Row
Cops to seek Ranbir’s remand
Chandigarh, March 1
The Chandigarh police is going to take constable Ranbir Singh into police remand for his alleged role in the getting a passport issued to alleged terrorist Burbhej Singh Sonu by furnishing fake documents.

Zirakpur residents allege inaction by cops
Block national highway for two hours
Residents of Zirakpur block the Panchkula-Zirakpur national highway alleging inaction on part of the Baltana police in the murder case of the Panchkula financier on Sunday.Zirakpur, March 1
Alleged inefficiency of the Mohali police for not taking timely action in case of kidnapping of Panchkula-based financier Vinod Mittal and his son, who were killed by their captors, today saw road blockade and protest by the area residents.

Residents of Zirakpur block the Panchkula-Zirakpur national highway alleging inaction on part of the Baltana police in the murder case of the Panchkula financier on Sunday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Seminar on Chinese history from today
Chandigarh, March 1
Department of Chinese and Tibetan, Panjab University, will organise a two-day seminar on “China, since 1949”, to be held at ICSSR Complex on March 2 and 3.

Seminar on tax deduction
Chandigarh, March 1
The Chandigarh-Panchkula chapter of the ICWAI organised a seminar on the tax deducted at source (TDS) here today, wherein as many as 70 members and students participated. Balwinder Singh, central council member of the ICWAI, inaugurated the seminar.


EDUCATION

A promising career cut short
Chandigarh, March 1
Tragic death of Kulbir Singh has left his friends and teachers in a state of shock and disbelief. Describing him as a brilliant student, his teachers are finding it hard to come to terms with the untimely demise of such a bright student, who had a number of achievements to his credit.

Use IT for education: Ex-Dean
Chandigarh, March 1
“Nothing can substitute a teacher but modern technique like information and communication technology (ICT), if used by teachers, can increase the benefits of education manifolds.” That is how Dr DN Sansanwal has explained the importance of a symbiotic existence between teachers and technology.

From PU
Seminar on Dalit social mobility ends
Chandigarh, March 1
A national-level seminar on “Dalit Social Mobility” concluded here yesterday. A documentary directed by noted Dalit rights advocate Chandra Bhan was screened on the occasion. Dr Ronki Ram, while putting forward an alternate agenda said that the existing models are unable to explain Dalit mobility in Punjab and showed how the “adharma” movement was different from both.


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Prepare list of polling agents, says DC
Ropar, March 1
Political parties should prepare list of polling agents for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections and submit the same at district election office.

Teachers to step up stir for pension
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 1
A large number of government-aided school teachers decided to intensify their agitation in view of “backtracking” by the Punjab government over providing them pension benefits.

Govt Apathy
Residents to observe bandh today
Bassi Pathana, March 1
Social, religious and traders’ organisations held a joint meeting to discuss the pitiable condition of the town and decided to observe a bandh and hold a massive rally here tomorrow.

Newly married woman commits ‘suicide’
Rajpura, March 1
A newly married woman reportedly ended her life by burning herself at the house of her in-laws in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar this evening.

Kali Mata temple parking issue resolved
Patiala, March 1
The contentious Kali Mata temple parking lot issue seems to have come to an end to some extent with the district administration agreeing to the point that a piece of land, sufficient for parking 200 vehicles, could be earmarked for the temple after the intervention of senior SAD leader Prem Singh Chandumajra.

GSMCH to start diploma in ophthalmology
Patiala, March 1
The National Board of Examinations has granted an accredition to the Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital to start a Diploma of National Board in the subject of ophthalmology from this session.

One arrested with smack
Rajpura, March 1
The Rajpura police today arrested a resident of Pipli, Haryana, with 100-gram smack. The accused has been identified as Krishan Lal who was carrying the narcotics near Shambhu barrier. He was coming from Ambala and was caught by the cops who laid a special naka to check the commuters.

Non-payment of bonus irks farmers
Bassi Pathana, March 1
Resentment has prevailed among the local commission agents as well as farmer organisations against the failure of the officials of the PUNSUP to deliver them the cheques of bonus declared by the government on the paddy procured by the agency, where as all other procurement agencies have distributed bonus either in form of cash or cheques.

Painting contest winners awarded
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 1
Former Director General of Police, Punjab, NPS Aulakh honoured school students who won painting competitions on traffic awareness. The competition was organised by the State Apex Committee of Punjab police last week.

Junior Commonwealth Games
Patiala girl bags bronze in fencing
Patiala, March 1
Tarneet Kaur, student of Multani Mal Modi College, Patiala, won a bronze medal in Fencing (Saber Event) at Junior Commonwealth Games held at Peanag (Malaysia) from February 16 to 21, 2009.

Eves shine in lawn tennis
Banur, March 1
Hosts Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology , Banur, sneaked past Guru Nanak Dev College of Engineering and Technology, Ludhiana, in the final encounter to lift the PTU Inter-College Lawn Tennis Championship here today. 

Rayat win PTU inter-college cricket tournament
Kharar, March 1
Rayat Institute of Engineering and Information Technology, Rail Majra, has won PTU Inter-College Cricket Tournament by defeating Adesh Institute of Engineering and Technology, Faridkot,  in finals.


CRIME

FIR against two for stealing cash, jewellery
Chandigarh, March 1
A Sector-44 resident accused a man and a woman of stealing cash and jewellery from her residence after breaking open the locks.

Financier’s Murder
Accused sent to police custody
Suspects involved in the murder of financier Vinod Mittal and his son being produced in Panchkula court on Sunday.Panchkula, March 1
The four accused arrested for murdering city-based financier Vinod Mittal and his four-year-old son Yashan have been sent to police custody till March 9 after they were produced before the duty magistrate at district courts here today. Accused Ashok, Sanjay, Mobil alias Chhotu Khan and Sonu were arrested by local police from Hanumanarh in Rajasthan yesterday.

Suspects involved in the murder of financier Vinod Mittal and his son being produced in Panchkula court on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Thieves decamp with Rs 10 lakh
The office of Paul Merchants Phase VII in Mohali where burglars struck. Mohali, March 1
A spate of theft is keeping the Mohali police on its toes, as burglars decamped with a currency chest containing around Rs 10 lakh and cheques from the shop of Paul Merchants , Phase VII, here yesterday night. The police suspects that the theft took place in the wee hours today.
Though the employees of Paul Merchants refused to divulge details of the loss, police officials said it was Rs 10 lakh and some cheques. 

The office of Paul Merchants Phase VII in Mohali where burglars struck. A Tribune photograph


SPORTS

Kho Kho Meet
Coaching centre trounce Chandigarh Club
A kho kho game in progress in Chandigarh on Sunday.Chandigarh, March 1
Coaching Centre, Sector 43, trounced Chandigarh Club by nine points in the men’s category finals to win the 37th Chandigarh Senior State Kho Kho Championship, which held at St. Soldiers International School here today.
While the Chandigarh Club won the women’s title by beating the GGS Club by eight points in the finals.

A kho kho game in progress in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Tennis players selected
Chandigarh, March 1
Final selection of the Chandigarh Academy of Rural Tennis (CHART) took place on CLTA’s Sector 10 premises here today. Out of the forty trainees, who were shortlisted for final selection, six were selected. The selected players, according to their order of priority with their ranks, are:

Cricket: Sumit guides Binny XI to win
Corporation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh being felicitated at Tribune Colony, Baltana, on Sunday. Chandigarh, March 1
Sumit’s valuable knock of 40 runs helped Binny XI post an easy win over Punjab XI to annex the cricket championship being organised by the Youth Friends Welfare Club (Regd.) here in Tribune Colony, Baltana, today.


Corporation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh being felicitated at Tribune Colony, Baltana, on Sunday. A Tribune photograph 

Cricket Tourney
Godrej Club lift Mittal Trophy
Panchkula, March 1
Umesh Kaira struck a century to secure Godrej CC an easy win over United Sports Club of Panchkula to annex the 2nd Tilak Ram Mittal Memorial League Cricket Tournament organised by the Chandigarh Sports Club at JR Institute of Cricket Technology, Barwala.

Football
AG Haryana to take on Uttaranchal today
Chandigarh, March 1
Hosts AG Haryana will take on AG Uttranchal in the opening match of the North Zone Football Tournament of Indian Audit and Accounts Department at the Sector 17 Football Stadium at 11:00 am here tomorrow.

Ajay Shukla claims DLF Golf title
The winners of the DLF Invitation Golf Tournament in Panchkula on Sunday. Chandigarh, March 1
Ajay Shukla logged 37 points to clinch the title in the 0-9 handicap category in the DLF Invitation Golf Tournament at the Panchkula Golf Club today.
Braving windy conditions, 93 golfers from the region, including three ladies, teed off this morning for the different prizes at stake. The tournament was played on the stableford format.

The winners of the DLF Invitation Golf Tournament in Panchkula on Sunday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan.

Sports day at Dikshant School
Panchkula, March 1
Around 600 students of Class I to IX of Dikshant International School participated in the 7th Annual Sports Day held at the Tau Devilal Stadium, Sector 3, here today.

Bhullar tied 45th in Asian tour event
Chandigarh, March 1
Gaganjeet Singh Bhullar (20) from Kapurthala carded a one under par 71 to climb up from 63rd position to occupy the tied 45th slot on the penultimate day of the $ 12.50 lakh Enjoy Jakarta Indonesian Open Asian Tour event at the New Kuta Golf Resort in Bali yesterday.

Inter-district meet to be played in phases
Mohali, March 1
A combined meeting of honorary secretaries of 16 districts of PCA was held at the PCA Stadium here today to take stock of the performance of the state teams under various age categories during the domestic season.


 



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