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‘Tax-freeTreatment’ to Staff of Pvt Sector
IT Dept withdraws approval of 12 hospitals

Chandigarh, January 11
The Income Tax Department has withdrawn the approval of 12 private hospitals in the tricity, which were authorised to provide “tax-free treatment” to employees of private sector undertakings.

Sacred Heart principal returns UT award
Sister SebastinaChandigarh, January 11
The principal of Sacred Heart School, Sister Sebastina, today returned the state award conferred on her by the UT administration in 2005 for her “meritorious contribution” to city education. 

Sister Sebastina

Civilian helps rescue hostage cop 
Chandigarh, January 11
An alert civilian helped rescue a traffic policeman, who was allegedly taken hostage in a truck impounded by the traffic police for an offence.

Gajender sticks to his stand on Ashu
Panchkula, January 11
A police party with Gajender (left) in Ambala before he was brought to PanchkulaGajender, who had named Ashu Girhotra in 1993 as part of his auto-lifting gang, has once again stuck to his statement.

A police party with Gajender (left) in Ambala before he was brought to Panchkula on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Young girls balance themselves precariously on a tree to gather firewood to stave off the biting cold
Young girls balance themselves precariously on a tree to gather firewood to stave off the biting cold. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu


A couple makes idols of Goddess Saraswati in view of the fo
A couple makes idols of Goddess Saraswati in view of the forthcoming Saraswati Pooja, at Zirakpur on Monday.
Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Models during a fashion show at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh
Models during a fashion show at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photos 

Southern sectors sans basic amenities
Chandigarh, January 11
High-level reviews for the development of infrastructure of southern sectors and allocation of crores of rupees for their upgrading by the Municipal Corporation (MC) authorities, have failed to change the face of the area.


Cold wave tightens grip 
Chandigarh, January 11
The city continued to be in the grip of an intense cold wave even today with the day temperature remaining well below normal.

Warm Gesture: Shakti Rani Sharma, chairperson of the Indian Council for Social Welfare, distributes blankets to the needy in Kajheri village on Monday (Left) and a watchman tries to keep himself warm in Chandigarh (below) People return home in a three-wheeler after a day’s work on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari and Nitin Mittal/; and a cyclist braves the cold weather. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu and Nitin Mittal

MC to train youths in plumbing 
Chandigarh, January 11
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has started a plumber-training programme for the youth living below the poverty line for making them self-dependent. The project is being undertaken under the Swaran Jayanti Shahri Rozgar Yojana.

Admn to control fish population in Sukhna 
Chandigarh, January 11
The Chandigarh administration has decided to control fish population in Sukhna Lake.

Industrial plots’ conversion to get UT nod
Original allottees to be bigger gainers
Chandigarh, January 11
Original allottees of plots in the union territory’s Industrial Area stand to be the major gainers as compared to GPA holders while seeking conversion of their leasehold property into freehold entities. An original allottee will have to pay Rs 16.2 lakh per 1,000 square yards for conversion of leasehold to freehold property while a GPA holder will have to shell out Rs 35.1 lakh for conversion of a plot measuring the same area.

Sector 57 gets hotline connection to waterworks
Mohali, January 11
Thousands of residents will now heave a sigh of relief by getting adequate water as the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has provided a hot line connection to waterworks in Sector 57 here, therefore ensuring uninterrupted power supply to the waterworks which earlier faced power cuts.

Property row involving Cong MLA takes new turn
Mohali, January 11
Shinder Singh shows his damaged car in Mohali Investigations by the police into the dispute over possession of a section of a one kanal house in Phase 3B2 between Amandeep Singh, a close associate of Congress Kharar MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu, and Shinder Singh, state secretary of the human rights wing of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, have revealed both had bought a disputed property and were trying to wrest control over part of the house on the basis of registry documents.

Shinder Singh shows his damaged car in Mohali on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Cong forms panel to decide Babla’s fatePradeep Sharma
Chandigarh, January 11
Caught in a Catch-22 situation over jailed party councillor of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) Devinder Singh Babla, the local unit of the Congress today broke its silence and constituted a five-member committee to decide the fate of its senior leader.

BJP district No. 2 poll put off 
Chandigarh, January 11
There seems to be no end to factionalism in the local unit of the BJP.

Sufiana kalaams soiree enchants audience
Chandigarh, January 11
The spiritual sanctity of invocatory renditions, mystical grandeur of Sufiana kalaams and romanticism of ghazal, all weaved into melodic recitals marked the Sham-e-Qawwali organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra at their mini auditorium today.

Rotary Club honours HK Dua
Chandigarh, January 11
Pointing out at the depletion of nation’s valuable energy in solving domestic issues like casteism, communalism and Naxalism rather than using them to become a superpower in the 21st century, HK Dua, Editor-in-Chief, Tribune Group of Publications, delivered a thoughtful address during the felicitation ceremony organised by the Rotary Club, Chandigarh, in Sector 18 here today.

Red Ribbon Express to reach city in Oct
Chandigarh, January 11
Home-cum-Health Secretary Ram Niwas today chaired a meeting of the executive committee of the Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society (SACS).

3,953 administered polio drops
Mohali, January 11
On the second day of the national pulse polio campaign, the polio drops were administered to 3,953 children below five years of age during a door-to-door drive carried out by 298 volunteers at 22,000 houses in the city here today.


Save heritage buildings for better marks
Chandigarh, January 11
The CBSE students can now score better marks by taking any initiative to protect and maintain various heritage buildings in the city.

Yash Pal urges varsities to be self-regulatory
Chandigarh, January 11
Prof Yash Pal being honoured by PU Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti in Chandigarh Urging universities to take a firm stand on its internal conflicts, Prof Yash Pal, former director of UGC, and chancellor of Jawahar Lal Nehru University, today inaugurated the national seminar on- ‘Relevance of Philosophy in the Era of Science and Technology’ at the ICSSR Complex Seminar Hall, Panjab University.

Prof Yash Pal being honoured by PU Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

PUSU students call off hunger strike
PUSU students sit on a hunger strike at the department of law, Panjab University, ChandigarhChandigarh, January 11
Amid drama at the Law department in Panjab University here today, the demands of PUSU students were agreed upon by the university administration.

PUSU students sit on a hunger strike at the department of law, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: PradeepTewari

Animation institute inaugurated
Chandigarh, January 11
Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar yesterday inaugurated a training institute, Animation Live.

Nishant shines in declamation contest
Winners of the Surya National Declamation Contest at DC Model Senior Secondary School in PanchkulaPanchkula, January 11
The first prize was bagged by Nishant Ojha, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, Chandigarh, at Surya National Declamation Contest held at DC Model Senior Secondary School here today.

Winners of the Surya National Declamation Contest at DC Model Senior Secondary School in Panchkula on Monday. A Tribune photograph


Cultural programme marks annual function
Patiala, January 11
Tiny tots of Bhupindra International Public School presented a cultural programme during the school’s convocation and annual function, which was held on school premises.

Refresher course at Pbi varsity
Patiala, January 11
The Academic Staff College of Punjabi University has started a refresher course in geography, which was inaugurated by Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of the university.

College firing: Cops accused of shielding culprits
Banur, January 11
Two employees of Gurukul Vidyapeeth suffered head injuries after gunshots were allegedly fired last night by some people associated with another educational institute located nearby. The victims, who filed a complaint in this connection at the local police station today morning, have demanded registration of a case and speedy arrest of the suspects.

Lohri for a cause
Bassi Pathana, January 11
To promote the cause of girl child, the Citizens Club organised a function to celebrate Lohri of newly born 11 girls at Century Resort here today.

Placement drive on Jan 15
Kharar, January 11
Infosys Technologies Limited will hold a placement drive at the Ryat-Bahra Center of Bio-Excellence, Kharar, on January 15. Infosys is holding this drive for students of the Rayat-Bahra group under its campus recruitment programme 2009- 2010.

13,178 children in Kalka
Kalka, January 11
As many as 1,3178 children below five years were given polio drops here yesterday.

Impact of global warming underlined
Kalka, January 11
Dr IJ Nagpal, associate professor at Government College for Women, Karnal, delivered a lecture on global warming to students of Aruna Asaf Ali Government PG College, Kalka, here recently. The extension lecture was organised by the faculty in department of geography.

Projects hanging fire for years 
Kalka, January 11
Major projects have been hanging fire for more than a decade due to the apathetic attitude of the state government and district administration.


Relief for Bindra in PML case
Chandigarh, January 11
In a major relief to ace shooter Abhinav Bindra’s father Dr AS Bindra, Justice K Kannan today directed Punjab Meats Limited (PML) “will retain its possession without any imposition of terms”.

Rathore files appeal
Chandigarh, January 11
Nearly after less than a month of his conviction in the 19-year-old Ruchika molestation case and his subsequent sentencing to six-month rigorous imprisonment, former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore today filed an appeal in the District and Sessions Court of KK Garg, challenging the orders of the trial court.

Complainant seeks CBI closure report
Chandigarh, January 11
Following a notice by the CBI special court for his approval or disapproval of the closure report filed by the CBI in the infamous cash-for-judge scam, Amrik Singh, the complainant in the case through his counsel, today requested for the copy of the said report first.

PO’s judicial custody extended
Hearing on bail plea deferred
Chandigarh, January 11
Sukhdev Singh Gill, a proclaimed offender (PO) and brother of former Deputy Speaker and Minister of State of Punjab, Naseeb Singh Gill, continues to be in judicial custody after a local court today deferred the hearing on his bail application.

Cop acquitted in graft case
Chandigarh, January 11
The CBI special court of Darshan Singh today acquitted a UT cop, Bheemsen, of charges of corruption.


Darua man assaulted
Chandigarh, January 11
In yet another incident of stabbing in the city, a group of unidentified persons assaulted a man at Darua village here last night.

Fog: 2 killed in road mishaps
Mohali, January 11
Two persons died in two separate road accidents in the district due to fog.


Dala Brothers Hockey Centre lift title
Bassi Pathana, January 11
The Dala Brothers Hockey Centre, Moga, won the under-14 hockey tournament by defeating the Youth Club, Sirhind, Fatehgarh Sahib, 2-0.

Kamal Passi of Punjab celebrates after taking a wicket in the Cooch Behar U-19 semifinal match in Mohali Punjab declared winner 
Maharashtra team disqualified
Mohali, January 11
The Punjab team was declared winners in the U-19 Cooch Behar semifinal match held at the Punjab Cricket Association grounds here today as the Maharashtra team was disqualified on disciplinary grounds.

Kamal Passi of Punjab celebrates after taking a wicket in the Cooch Behar U-19 semifinal match in Mohali on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Tennis selection trials tomorrow
Chandigarh, January 11
The Chandigarh Sports Department will conduct trials to select players for the Civil Services tennis team to represent Chandigarh in the All-India Civil Services Tennis Tournament to be held on the Secretariat Sports Club premises, Old Secretariat, Patna (Bihar) from January 28.

Robin, Birbal to attend coaches’ conference
Chandigarh, January 11
Robin Kumar and Birbal Wadhera, director coaching and chief coach, respectively, Chandigarh Club Tennis Club Academy (CCTA), here would be a part of the three-day 2010 Australian Grand Slam Coaches’ Conference to be held at Hisense Arena (formerly Vodafone Arena), Melbourne Park, from January 14.



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