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Industrial Plot Policy
Admn gets HC rap
Chandigarh, January 19
The city administration today received a rap on its knuckles for its policy on pocketing profits from industrial land sales. The Punjab and Haryana High Court ruled that the administration was not a private vendor trying to sell a property for profit. It was a public body that must allow public interest and national interest must govern its decisions.

Man convicted of raping 22-month old
Chandigarh, January 19
In an exceptional case based on circumstantial evidence, a local court today convicted the suspect accused of raping a 22-month-old girl in March last. Additional district & sessions judge Raj Rahul Garg will pronounce the quantum of sentence on January 21.


Victim’s parents want rapist hanged
Chandigarh, January 19
“My daughter has no right to live if justice is not done for her - I may be even driven to kill her myself. Who’ll marry her after what happened to her?” asks an inconsolable Shanti (name changed), expressing her anger and helplessness over the rape of her daughter, at that time a toddler of 22 months, by a 19-year-old youth, Joginder Singh, living in the vicinity.

Tribune Impact
Felling in Perch forest put on hold
Mohali, January 19
Taking note of the Tribune’s report regarding the illegal felling of trees in the Perch forest area, the Punjab forest department today stopped the felling until further orders. Undersized trees and those standing on the slopes had been marked for felling by the contractor in violation of rules in the ecologically-fragile Shivalik Hills.

Jyoti Basu Chandigarh, January 19
In conversation with the Tribune correspondent, Sanjeev Singh Bariana , Raghunath Singh, a comrade in arms with veteran Communist leader Jyoti Basu for over three decades and CITU general secretary of Punjab, gave a brief insight into the life of the towering personality whose body was consigned to the flames on Tuesday.


Chandigarh police personnel take part in the passing-out parade of the first batch of promotion course at the RTC, Police Lines, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.
Chandigarh police personnel take part in the passing-out parade of the first batch of promotion course at the RTC, Police Lines, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

New Guv raises hopes for better governance
Chandigarh, January 19
After having been at the receiving end for the past five years, city residents are pinning their hopes for improved governance on the new Punjab Governor-cum-UT administrator Shivraj Patil, who assumes office on January 22.

Foggy day blinds region
Chandigarh, January 19
A thick blanket of fog covered the city and neighbouring parts of Punjab and Haryana today, throwing normal life out of gear and causing rail and air traffic to go haywire.

Non-payment of tax on Parsvnath deal
CHB to lose Rs 329 crore
Chandigarh, January 19
While the Chandigarh administration’s much-hyped housing project with the Parsvnath Developers remains embroiled in controversy, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) is all set to get poorer by a whopping Rs 329 crore as the income tax (IT) department will recover the amount on account of non-payment of tax on the deal.

Pups huddle together to escape the chill that has gripped Chandigarh once again after a few days of respite. The city had a low of 5.7°C on Monday.
Pups huddle together to escape the chill that has gripped Chandigarh once again after a few days of respite. The city had a low of 5.7°C on Monday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Pavement Blocks
No move till roads are widened
Chandigarh, January 19
The municipal corporation has decided that the proposal for the installation of pavement blocks will not be prepared till road widening is completed by the department. This decision was taken at a meeting under the chairmanship of Mayor Anu Chatrath with area councillors of wards 6 to 10 and officials here today.

Cops search murder victim’s house again
Chandigarh, January 19
In an attempt to get some vital clues, the Chandigarh police today thoroughly searched murder victim Shashi Sharma’s house again in the presence of her relatives.

LPG agencies told to regulate supply
Mohali, January 19
Even as the DC, Prabhjot Singh Mand, today took note of the shortage of domestic LPG cylinders, unauthorised use and sale of the gas continues in the district. The DC directed the district food and supplies department to take action against those indulging in the illegal activity.

Boy cooks up kidnap story
Chandigarh, January 19
A 12-year-old boy concocted a kidnapping story today to avoid being scolded by his parents for not going to school. The boy, Suraj of Khudda Jassu village, kept the police confused for hours.


Teachers’ assessment losing steam
Chandigarh, January 19
A student of MSc in Panjab University was penalised in the internal examination for asking too many questions in the class. Next year, the same student stood second in the class by not participating in the classroom discussions, confesses the student.

PU VC to attend coordination meeting in Delhi
Chandigarh, January 19
Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof RC Sobti will attend a meeting in New Delhi next week. The meeting is called by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development to take decision on co-ordination between schools, colleges and university.

DAV students told about traffic rules
Chandigarh, January 19 NSS unit of MCM DAV College today conducted a “Traffic awareness programme” in the college. HS Doon, SP (traffic and security) was the chief guest and Vijay Kumar, DSP traffic was the guest of honour.


Purchase of sweets, clothes on rise
Patiala, January 19
City residents are all set to celebrate Basant Panchami in a colourful way tomorrow. Basant Panchami, which is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, heralds the end of winter season and the beginning of spring. Despite a sudden decrease in temperature once again, people are making their own plans to welcome the new season in a way that is unique, yet traditional.

The mangled remains of a car that rammed into two buses on the Chandigarh-Rajpura road near Rajpura on Tuesday. Accident snarls traffic on Patiala road
Rajpura, January 19
Vehicular traffic was thrown out of gear for nearly three and a half hours on the Chandigarh-Patiala road due to an accident involving a car and two buses near Jansua village, adjoining Rajpura. Commuters faced a harrowing time with vehicles forced to inch forward for three hours.

The mangled remains of a car that rammed into two buses on the Chandigarh-Rajpura road near Rajpura on Tuesday. Tribune photo: JS Virdi

Basant in the air
Patiala, January 19
Children dress up in yellow attire and show tricolour kites on the eve of Basant Panchami at DAV Public School in Patiala on Tuesday. Yellow coloured dresses, yellow kesar tilak on foreheads, yellow kites and yellow eatables, this was the scene of Basant celebration at DAV Public School, Patiala. Students presented a colourful cultural bonanza. To invoke the blessings of God Havan yajna was performed in the morning. Shabad gayan on Basant raag commenced the programme. To observe the blessing of Goddess Saraswati students presented Saraswati gayan.

Children dress up in yellow attire and show tricolour kites on the eve of Basant Panchami at DAV Public School in Patiala on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Seminar on drug de-addiction
Patiala, January 19
An seminar on drug de-addiction and stress management was organised at the First IRB Excise Battalion, here today. IG, IRB, Punjab, RP Meena inaugurated the seminar on drug de-addiction.

Residents flay cops for failing to check thefts
Patiala, January 19
Residents of Urban Estate, Phase II, have strongly flayed the police administration for not being able to check the increasing theft and snatching incidents in the area.

Poster-making competition
Patiala, January 19
The economics association of Government College for Girls, Patiala, organised an exhibition-cum- poster-making and slogan writing contests on topics, including socio-economic obstacles in economic development and energy conservation on the college campus here today.

32-year old electrocuted
Lalru, January 19
A 32-year-old man was electrocuted while he came in contact with high tension wires at his residence in Nagla village here yesterday.

Migrant found murdered
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 19
A 21-year-old migrant labourer working in a gas agency as a watchman-cum-deliveryman was found murdered late last night. The deceased has been identified as Sandeep Kumar, a resident of Rai Bareli in Uttar Pradesh.

Exploit tourism potential of HP, says Selja
Baddi, January 19
Kumari Selja has urged the hospitality industry to exploit the tourism potential of Himachal Pradesh.


Man gets life term for killing wife
Panchkula, January 19
Additional District and Sessions Judge Sanjeev Jindal has awarded life imprisonment to a resident of Majri village for killing his wife here today. The sentence was awarded to the guilty on the dying statement of the deceased recorded by a magistrate.

Two get five years for assault, robbery
Chandigarh, January 19
A local court today convicted two persons, Amar and Vijay, on the charge of robbing a person in 2008 and sentenced both of them to five years’ imprisonment each.

Three convicted under NDPS Act
Chandigarh, January 19
The court of additional district and sessions judge Raj Shekhar Attri today convicted three persons, including a Nigerian, under the NDPS Act.

Babla’s plea dismissed
Chandigarh, January 19
A local court today dismissed the application of Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla pertaining to the issuance of production warrants in the FIR registered by the vigilance cell and allowing him to surrender in this case.


Vehicle thief held
Chandigarh, January 19
A local resident got his stolen vehicle back immediately due to timely action by the local police yesterday. The thief, a resident of Darua village, was also nabbed on the spot.

Man beaten up
Chandigarh, January 19
A group of miscreants thrashed a resident of the Bapu Dham Colony here last night. Hardeep Singh of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, reported to the police that Sanjay, Sumit and others threatened and beat him up near his residence.


Inter-Media Cricket
The Tribune tame Aaj Samaj
Chandigarh, January 19
Led by a strong opening stand between Rohit Awasthi and Vikrant Parmar, The Tribune defeated Aaj Samaj by 38 runs in their opening match of the HMEL Inter-Media Cricket Tournament at the LIC ground in Sector 26, here today.

‘Jaago Re’ Soccer
Saupin’s lads corner glory
Chandigarh, January 19
Saupin’s School of Sector 32 emerged new champions by snatching an exciting 1-0 victory over SD Senior Secondary School, Sector 24, in the final of the third edition (Chandigarh leg) of the Tata Tea Jaago Re Soccer for Under-15 Stars, which concluded at the football stadium, Sector 17, here today.

Cremica Cup 2010
St John’s, Vivek stay afloat
Chandigarh, January 19
St John’s High School, Sector 26, beat Saupin’s School, Sector 32, and Vivek High School, Sector 38, trampled Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, in the knockout matches of the Times NIE Cremica Cup 2010 held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here today.

HR Royals Kings stamp authority
Chandigarh, January 19
An unbeaten half century by Pranjay helped HR Royals Kings beat Sunfire Rockets by six wickets in the first U-13 Tricity Premier League Cricket Tournament at Banyan Tree School Ground, Sector 48, here today.

Kenyan, Ethiopian runners for Chandigarh Marathon
Chandigarh, January 19
Athletes from Kenya and Ethiopia will be part of the 1st Chandigarh Marathon, being organised by the Chandigarh administration, slated for January 31.

Karate tourney on January 24
Chandigarh, January 19
The Karate-do-Indo-Ryu Association International will organise the Republic Cup Karate-Do Championships for sub-junior, junior and senior categories at Shivalik Convent School, Ambala road, Banur, on January 24.

GHG Khalsa bag title
Chandigarh, January 19
GHG Khalsa College of Education, Gurusar Sadhar, has won the Panjab University Inter-College Football (Men) Evening and Education Colleges’ Championship for the session 2009-10.

Senior athletics meet from Jan 23
Chandigarh, January 19
The Amateur Athletics Association, Chandigarh, will organise a two-day Chandigarh State Senior Athletics Championships (Men and Women) from January 23 at 10 am.


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