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School never expelled Ruchika, says Principal
Chandigarh, December 31
Denying all allegations of having victimised Ruchika, Scared Heart School today issued a statement, saying she was never expelled.

BSP to abstain from mayoral poll 
A shot in the arm for Cong
Chandigarh, December 31
With the decision of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to abstain from voting during the mayoral elections of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation scheduled for tomorrow, the chances of winning the posts of mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor have become brighter for the Congress.

Kids strike a pose to usher in the New Year
welcome 2010! Kids strike a pose to usher in the New Year. Tribune photo: Vicky Gahru 


Fireworks explode on the eve of New Year at Plazza in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday night.
BRIGHT START: Fireworks explode on the eve of New Year at Plazza in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday night. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Babla gets permisssion to vote
Chandigarh, December 31
The Civil Court today granted permission to Devinder Singh Babla to cast his vote in the Municipal Corporation’s mayoral election tomorrow. Besides, the court has remanded him in one-day police custody.

Flights, trains hit by fog
Chandigarh, December 31
Fog played havoc with flight and rail schedules today, with GoAir Airlines having to cancel its Delhi-Chandigarh and Chandigarh-Mumbai flights, while several long-distance trains running on the Chandigarh-Ambala-Delhi-Lucknow rail section, including Shatabdi Express, were delayed by a few hours due to foggy conditions.

H1N1: 3 more test positive
Chandigarh, December 31
With three more persons being tested positive for H1N1, the total number of confirmed swine flu cases in the city has gone up to 58.


‘Immigrants must adopt legal ways’
Chandigarh, December 31
People looking for greener pastures from the Third World, particularly India, to the developed countries should adopt legal ways for immigration to avoid complications, said Lois Brown, member of Parliament from Newmarket-Aurora, Ontario.

A girl paints her face with Tricolour on the New Year Eve in Patiala on Thursday.
A girl paints her face with Tricolour on the New Year Eve in Patiala on Thursday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

City shivers as mercury dips further
Chandigarh, December 31
Piercing cold wave continued to sweep the city today even as the mercury dipped slightly to settle at 3.4 degree Celsius. Yesterday, the minimum was 3.8 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature, meanwhile, was recorded at 19.0 degree Celsius.

Tribune asst editor retires
Chandigarh, December 31
Dr Renuka Nayyar, Acting Assistant Editor of Dainik Tribune, retired today after putting in over 31 years of service.

Tribune asst manager retires
Chandigarh, December 31
Baldev Chand Sharma, assistant manager (press) retired today after putting in 36 years of service. He joined The Tribune in 1974.

Mullanpur Urban Estate
Villagers seek compensation at market rates
Mohali, December 31
Rejecting the land pooling scheme in its existing format, landowners of Mullanpur have sought that the Punjab government allows them to retain a part of their land and also compensate them at market rates.

B.Tech student found dead
Panchkula, December 31 Shubham Aggarwal, a B.Tech student belonging to Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh), was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Sector 10 here today.

CTU to double bus fares 
Chandigarh, December 31
The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) has decided to double the bus fares for passengers travelling more than 5 km on a straight run in the buses plying in the Union Territory and adjoining towns of Mohali and Panchkula in the coming fortnight.

2010 welcomed with fervour
Chandigarh, December 31
Intense cold failed to foil the thrill,as revellers took to streets to celebrate the New Year. Well before the clock struck 12, celebrations began, as partying crowd rocked the city roads while dancing their way into 2010.

Candle march against misuse of Section 498-A
Protesters take out a candle march against the misuse of Section 498-A (dowry harassment) at the Sector 17 plaza, Chandigarh, on Thursday.Chandigarh, December 31
Around 50 persons took out a candle march against the misuse of Section 498-A (dowry harassment) at the Sector 17 plaza here this evening.

Protesters take out a candle march against the misuse of Section 498-A (dowry harassment) at the Sector 17 plaza, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan 

Power Cuts
City was better off than neighbours

Chandigarh, December 31
The year 2009 may have spelt power shortages all over the country, but Chandigarh had a different experience. While people in the neighbouring states reeled under severe and prolonged power cuts, residents of Chandigarh were spared by the outages, thanks to the keen efforts made by the electricity department of the UT administration to meet the challenge.

Housefed seeks full-time chief administrator
Mohali, December 31
The Housefed Flat Sangarsh Committee (Sector 79), Mohali, has demanded that a full-time chief administrator of Housefed should be appointed by the government so that work related to the construction of 632 flats could be expedited as the present incumbent was allegedly not taking much interest in the work of the department.


Forum urges govt to control price rise
Bassi Pathana, December 31
The local consumer protection forum at its meeting, held here today, urged the government to control the prices of essential commodities, so that the common man could meet both ends smoothly.

Tehsildar appointed to probe prisoner’s death
Ropar, December 31
District magistrate-cum-deputy commissioner of Ropar, Priyank Bharti, today appointed tehsildar Gurnam Singh as investigation officer to look into the prisoners’ death.

Women cops to register rape cases
Ropar, December 31
Ropar SSP LK Yadav has ordered that rape cases would be registered by women cops only.

Woman robbed of gold ornaments
Kalka, December 31
A woman was robbed of gold ornaments and thousands of rupees at Dharmpur Colony, Pinjore, last night. According to sources, two unidentified persons, entered Bimla Devi’s shop at 11 pm on the pretext of purchasing some articles. They pulled her hair and robbed her of gold bangles, earrings and rings. She raised the alarm and her nephew Vikas rushed to help her, but one of the robbers, attacked on his neck resulting him unconscious and fled.

3 injured in different accidents
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 31
Three persons received injuries in separate accidents at Fatehgarh Sahib late last night and one person got killed near Polo Majra village.The deceased has been identified as 50-year-old Kesar Singh, a resident of Badla village, Fatehgarh Sahib. He was driving a scooter when an unidentified vehicle hit him.


Two held for torching auto-rickshaw
Chandigarh, December 31
Two persons were arrested for allegedly setting afire an auto-rickshaw.Ganga Parshad of Sector 52 alleged that Kuldeep Singh and Sushil, alias Shera, both residents of Colony No. 5, beat him up and tried to rob him of his money near the T-Point in their colony on Wednesday afternoon. They also put his vehicle afire.

Businessman shot at
Zirakpur, December 31
The New Year celebrations for Harish Sharma, a 45 year- old-buisnessman of Bhabat, turned sour when he was injured in a gun shot fired at him by burgalrs at his godown in Bhabat here late this night. He was rushed to the GMCH, Sector 32, with an injured hand.


LIC Juniors win by 74 runs
Chandigarh, December 31
A fine performance by Pranjay helped LIC Juniors beat MCM Blue Caps-36 by 74 runs in the first U-13 BTS Gold Cup Cricket Tournament being organised by BTS Cricket Academy, Sector 48, here today.

Arya College emerge victorious
Chandigarh, December 31
Arya College, Ludhiana, won the Panjab University Weightlifting (men) Championship.MR Government College, Fazilka, and GKSM Government College, Tanda, secured the second and third positions, respectively.

Greenfield academy record win
Chandigarh, December 31
Greenfield Cricket Academy beat CM Eleven by seven wickets in the St Soldier’s Trophy match at St Soldier’s International School, Sector 28, here.


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