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Undersized trees axed in Perch forest
Contractor flouts felling rules

The stump of a chopped tree on the edge of an erosion- prone slope in Perch forest; and (inset) an undersized tree that has been illegally cut. Perch (Mohali), January 18
The permit granted by the Punjab forest department for felling of 27,000 different species of trees in the forested area near Perch village is being misused to chop down undersized trees, which is strictly illegal.

The stump of a chopped tree on the edge of an erosion- prone slope in Perch forest; and (inset) an undersized tree that has been illegally cut. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu



CBI asks Rathore to join probe
Chandigarh, January 18
After recording the statements of the Girhotras and Anand Prakash and his family last week, the CBI has served a notice on former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore to join investigation in the Ruchika molestation case.

At 5.2 °C, city colder than Shimla
Chandigarh, January 18
Once again, Chandigarh remained colder than Shimla with the minimum temperature touching 5.2 °C in the city while Shimla recorded 5.6 °C today. Even Patiala and Ludhiana were warmer than Chandigarh with the minimum temperatures being 8.4 °C and 7 °C, respectively.

Social worker at 16
Chandigarh, January 18
Jaimeet Gandhok At 16, Jaimeet Singh has achieved what others only dream of. A Class XI student of commerce at Vivek High School, Jaimeet has done the city proud by winning the Global Scholar Education World Young Achievers Award for social work. A state-level basketball player, he has been involved in social work ever since the neighbourhood kids decided not to burst crackers on Diwali years ago.

Jaimeet Gandhok

Sanjay Tandon new city BJP chief 
Chandigarh, January 18
On the lines of having a younger national president, the BJP’s local unit today elected 46-year-old ‘young turk’ Sanjay Tandon, son of former Punjab minister and BJP veteran Balramji Dass Tandon, as its head. However, his "unanimous" election as president was not a smooth affair with intense lobbying preceding the election at a meeting of the party’s ‘core committee’.


A girl on way to school at 7:50 am in Chandigarh Fog throws life out of gear
Chandigarh, January 18
The city and its surrounding areas remained enveloped in fog today, affecting normal life. All flights from the city were cancelled while trains ran behind schedule due to speed restrictions.

A girl on way to school at 7:50 am in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Property tax imposition a tall order for Chatrath
Chandigarh, January 18
Property tax imposition remains the biggest challenge before Mayor Anu Chatrath, who took charge of the office recently. In spite of a clear stipulation by the Centre, particularly in reference to the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNRUM) programmes, the UT has not been able to implement the same.

Cops working on various theories in murder case
Chandigarh, January 18
The Chandigarh police is analysing various clues, including tracking of victim Shashi Sharma’s mobile phone, to achieve a breakthrough in the gruesome blind murder case. The killer(s) slit the victim’s throat with such precision that it hinted that they could be professional.

Protest by UT staff
Members of the co-ordination committee of UT administChandigarh, January 18
The coordination committee of the Chandigarh administration and municipal corporation employees stage a protest by forming a human chain at the cricket stadium roundabout in Sector 16 today.

Members of the co-ordination committee of UT administration and MC employees hold a protest at the Sector 16-17 roundabout in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Abortion due to wrong medication 
Woman seeks action against chemist

Mohali, January 18
A resident of Phase III-B2 has complained to the managing director of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation that her foetus got aborted after she was allegedly given wrong medicine by a drug store.

A cyclist waits for a chance to cross the busy road separating Sectors 9 and 10 in Chandigarh
A cyclist waits for a chance to cross the busy road separating Sectors 9 and 10 in Chandigarh on Monday evening. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Traffic diverted for bridge widening
Panchkula, January 18
In order to remove the bottleneck on the road separating Sectors 7 and 18, the HUDA authorities have started widening the bridge near housing board chowk here today. While a slab on the bridge was laid today, the traffic from Panchkula to Chandigarh on the road was diverted through the road separating Sectors 17 and 18. The road, however, would be opened for the vehicular traffic tomorrow.

Housefed blames GMADA for delay
Mohali, January 18
The managing director of Housefed, Punjab, has blamed the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) for failing to provide sewerage connection and other public health facilities for the two plots it had sold more than six years ago leading to a huge loss to Housefed as well as its member allottees.

‘Preferred posting’ scam
3 inspectors record statements

Mohali, January 18
In the “preferred posting” scam of the Punjab Police, three inspectors today recorded their statement before the investigating officer here today.

Chided, Ashiana agrees to admit girl
Panchkula, January 18
Taking a U-turn, the Ashiana management has agreed to admit an orphan after officials from the social welfare department held meetings with the guardian of the child and officials from the home for destitute.

Brahma Kumaris pay homage to founding father
Mohali, January 18
Intensive meditation and public programmes to radiate vibrations of peace and goodwill were organised by Brahmas Kumaris today to pay homage to the institution’s corporeal founding father Prajapita Brahma on his 41st ascension anniversary.

An artiste performs at the Randhwa auditorium in Chandigarh Musical tributes paid to Saigal
Chandigarh, January 18
“Aisa koi fankaar-e-mukkammal nahin aaya, naghmon ka barasta badal nahin aaya, sangeet ke mahir to bahut aaye hain, par doosra koi Saigal nahin aaya.”

An artiste performs at the Randhwa auditorium in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

CITCO hotels’ sales up 45 pc
Chandigarh, January 18 Duping fears of the global recession denting their business and earning prospects, the three CITCO-owned hotels in Chandigarh have posted more than 45 per cent increase in their sales in the three quarters of the fiscal year 2009-10.


Biz school interviews
Chandigarh, January 18
Preliminary interviews and group discussions for the management courses of IFM (The Institute of Finance and International Management) Business School will be conducted locally on January 20, a press note issued here said today.

Primary classes reopen
Chandigarh, January 18
After almost a month’s break due to the chilly and foggy weather, the primary classes in the city schools finally re-opened today.

PU to check inflated mark assessment
Chandigarh, January 18
Panjab University will no longer accept internal assessment marks of a student if there is a difference of more than 20 per cent in the final examinations and internal assessment.

PU VC to be honoured
Chandigarh, January 18
Sri Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, PU, will honour Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof RC Sobti at the ICSSR complex on Tuesday.


Sirhind gets aid to improve sex ratio
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 18
In its bid to improve poor sex ratio of Fatehgarh Sahib and encourage girl child education, Rs 97 lakh had been distributed in Sirhind block under the Dhan Laxmi Scheme of the Central government.

Shopkeeper shot at in Rajpura
Rajpura, January 18
Five unknown persons shot at a shopkeeper here late last night when the latter was bound for home.

Kin of cancer patients seek aid
Patiala, January 18
Family members of a teenage girl, Reema Devi, suffering from throat cancer, have appealed for monetary help as they are unable to bear the expenses to be incurred on the treatment.

Drug peddler arrested
Bassi Pathana, January 18
The police arrested a person on Bhakra Canal Bridge, near Khalspur village, yesterday and recovered a huge amount of drugs from him.

12 villages to merge in Dera Bassi: Bunny
Dera Bassi, January 18
The municipal limits of Dera Bassi would be increased shortly. This was disclosed by Banur MLA Jasjeet Singh Bunny while laying the foundation stone of bus shelter at Shekhpura Kalan here today.

INTACH to enlist heritage buildings of Ambala
Ambala, January 18
The Ambala chapter of Indian National Trust for Art and Culture Heritage (INTACH) has decided to enlist historic and heritage monuments of Ambala in order to protect and preserve it.


Ruchika Case
‘Trial for abetment to suicide never began’

Chandigarh, January 18
Ruchika Girhotra’s brother, Ashu, today claimed that “the factum of abetment to suicide had never been adjudicated”.

Notice to UT admn, Carmel Convent School
Chandigarh, January 18
Issuing notice of motion to the Chandigarh administration and Carmel Convent School on a civil writ petition filed by a city resident, Justice Permod Kohli of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has observed that admission of children to schools is a matter of concern for society. The petitioner, Sector-19 resident Lalit Gupta, in his petition filed before court, stated that Carmel Convent School refused to issue admission form to his father for the admission of his daughter to the school when he was abroad. He wanted to get his daughter admitted to lower KG.

Land Fraud 
Baba’s bail plea rejected

Chandigarh, January 18
A local court today rejected the bail application of Baba Pritpal Singh, currently in judicial custody in connection with his alleged role in a land deal.


Four cases of dowry registered
Chandigarh, January 18
Shelly of the Badal Colony at Zirakpur has reported to the police that her in-laws and husband Sanjeev Gupta of village 989 at Kishangarh have been harassing her to bring more dowry.

2 houses burgled
Chandigarh, January 18
Two houses were burgled while a motorcycle was reportedly stolen from various parts of the city.

Burglars strike at Sector 21 house
Panchkula, January 18
Burglars decamped with valuables and cash worth more than Rs 1.5 lakh from a house in Sector 21 here yesterday. The owner of the house was out of station at the time of the incident.


T20 tourney begins at DAV-8
Chandigarh, January 18
Players in action during the Time NIE-Cremica Cup- 2010 Twenty- 20 Cricket Tournament at DAV School, Sector 8, Chandigarh Outgoing Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, General (retd) Dr SF Rodrigues, stressed upon the need for imbibing moral values among students, along with education and sports, to enable them to become good citizens.

Players in action during the Time NIE-Cremica Cup- 2010 Twenty- 20 Cricket Tournament at DAV School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Nipun dazzles in Pace Riders’ win
Chandigarh, January 18
Nipun’s quick fire 72 of 52 balls helped Pace Riders beat Sunfire Rockets by 64 runs in the first U-13 Tricity Premier League (TPL) Cricket Tournament held on Banyan Tree School Ground, Sector 48, here today.

TT trials tomorrow
Chandigarh, January 18
The trials to select the RSB Chandigarh table tennis team would be held on January 20 in the Recreation Hall, Sector 17, here.

MCM, Greenfield to fight for title
Chandigarh, January 18
MCM beat BTS and Greenfield beat Bharti Vij Academy in the semifinal of Saint Soldier Trophy at Saint Soldier International School, Sector 28, here yesterday.

16 teams make it to second phase
Chandigarh, January 18
About 16 teams qualified for the second phase of the third edition of the Tata Tea Jaago Re Soccer for the Under-15 stars in which as many as 33 teams are taking part in the league-cum-knockout tournament which commenced at the Sector-17 Football Stadium here today.

Golden Bells School bag bronze
Mohali, January 18
Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, brought laurels to the Mohali district by getting third position in the Sub-Junior Punjab State Ball Badminton Championship, held here from January 15 to 17.

The Panjab University Inter-College B Division Football Tournament in progress  in Chandigarh City college shown the door
Chandigarh, January 18
Government College, Karamsar, thrashed Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Sector 26, by 4-0 in the Panjab University Inter-College Football (men) B Division Tournament being held on PU grounds.

The Panjab University Inter-College B Division Football Tournament in progress  in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari



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