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Shivraj Patil sworn in Punjab Governor
Chandigarh, January 22
With former Lok Sabha speaker and home minister Shivraj Vishwanath Patil becoming the first politician to be sworn in as the Punjab Governor-cum-UT administrator in almost two decades, the political who's who in the region thronged the Punjab Raj Bhavan to greet the new incumbent.

The caravan of new Punjab Governor Shiv Raj Patil on the way to Punjab Raj Bhavan for the oath-taking ceremony in Chandigarh on Friday.
The caravan of new Punjab Governor Shiv Raj Patil on the way to Punjab Raj Bhavan for the oath-taking ceremony in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


HC stay stymies GMADA mixed-use project 
Mohali, January 22
With the Punjab & Haryana High Court granting an interim stay on acquisition of land from Sector 74 to Desumajra for mixed use, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority’s ambitious project has hit a roadblock.

Rathore ‘fails’ to join investigation
Chandigarh, January 22
Confusion prevailed throughout the day over the questioning of SPS Rathore by the CBI in the Ruchika case here today. The CBI in its notice to Rathore had asked him to join investigation by January 22.
 Early morning dew on the grass gives it a pearly look on a foggy day.
Magical drops: Early morning dew on the grass gives it a pearly look on a foggy day. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Raid on fair-price shops
Chandigarh, January 22
The CBI today conducted surprise checks at fair-price shops across the city.The DIG of the CBI, Mahesh Aggarwal, said a surprise check had also been conducted at the office of the food and supplies department in Sector 17 and some records had been seized from there too.

Bitter Pill
Jaggery dearer than sugar
Kharar, January 22
Small cane-crushing units dotting the Chunni-Landran road are charging exorbitantly for jaggery in the absence of any authority to monitor them.Last year, the cost of jaggery was Rs 35 per kg while this year it has gone up to Rs 60 per kg -- more than even the current price of sugar (Rs 50) in the market. While the cost of manufacturing a quintal of sugar is around Rs 2,500, making jaggery is much cheaper at Rs 1,500 to Rs 1,700. Jaggery also weighs more than sugar.


Cold weather, fog set to continue
Chandigarh, January 22
With the cold wave showing no signs of easing and the sun playing truant, city residents continued to shiver as the mercury dipped further with the maximum temperature recorded today at 16.5 degrees Celsius and the minimum at 6.8 degrees.

MC House Meeting
Fire academy proposal to be tabled, again
Chandigarh, January 22
The proposal for setting up of a fire academy by the Chandigarh municipal corporation will once again be tabled in the house during its meeting scheduled for January 29.

UT police drags feet on fraud case
Chandigarh, January 22
When it comes to dilly-dallying over a complaint, the Chandigarh Police even ignores the recommendation of the UT law department.

Swine Flu Vaccine
Human trials may begin at PGI shortly
Chandigarh, January 22
Human trials for the imported vaccine against swine flu or influenza A (H1N1), which will pave the way for its use in India, are likely to be conducted at the PGI in the coming week.

Road Wing
Mayor wants uniform policy
Chandigarh, January 22
To streamline the functioning of the Municipal Corporation’s road wing, Mayor Anu Chatrath has instructed Chief Engineer SK Bansal to formulate a uniform policy. This was decided at a meeting chaired by Chatrath with councillors from ward Nos 11 to 15 and officials recently. She expressed surprise that the three divisions of the road wing followed different norms for similar work, due to which there was no coordination between them.

5 councillors file papers
Chandigarh, January 22
Five nominations papers were filed by councillors of the Chandigarh municipal corporation for the January-29 elections to the finance and contracts committee today.

Rs 11.44 crore for revamp of 110 govt schools
Chandigarh, January 22
In a bid to revamp the infrastructure of about 110 government schools the UT administration has earmarked Rs114.4 million (Rs11.44 crore) under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) scheme.

2,000 candidates turn up at job fest
Chandigarh, January 22
Career Weavers Consultants Pvt. Ltd., a city based human capital management organisation, conducted The Grand Employment Fair 2010 at Hotel Piccadilly, Sector 22 today.
Policemen lift a car that overturned after an accident at Industrial Area, Phase I,in Chandigarh on Friday.
Policemen lift a car that overturned after an accident at Industrial Area, Phase I,in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Four cops promoted
Chandigarh, January 22
Sub-inspectors Amanjot Singh and Baljinder Singh were promoted as inspectors by the Chandigarh police yesterday.

Maid’s body found hanging
Chandigarh, January 22
The body of a 17-year-old maidservant was found hanging at her employer’s residence in Sector 50 here this afternoon.

Workshop on stress management
Chandigarh, January 22
The Department of Psychology, DAV College, Sector 10, organised a workshop on stress management for the faculty and students of the college here today.

Students buy books at a bookstall on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand and Subhas Chandra Bose at Student Centre, Punjab University, Chandigarh, on Friday.
Students buy books at a bookstall on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand and Subhas Chandra Bose at Student Centre, Punjab University, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan 

Ex-serviceman remembered
Mohali, January 22
The ex-servicemen league has remembered Capt Mehnga Singh (88), a decorated officer of the Sikh Regiment and a former honorary Captain of Indian Military Academy, who breathed his last on January 14. He died at Fortis Hospital after prolonged illness here.

25 commandos for traffic duty
Mohali, January 22
To strengthen the traffic wing of the Mohali police, at least 25 commandos of the Punjab Police were today deputed to regulate traffic at busy traffic junctions in the city.

Canadian MP visits WWICS
Mohali, January 22
Canada is the only country that spends maximum for benefits of new immigrants to help them integrate in the maple leaf country.


From Colleges
New trends in business discussed
Chandigarh, January 22
The postgraduate department of commerce, Government College, Sector 46, organised an inter-college multi-media presentation competition on e-business for the postgraduate students here today. Dr JK Sehgal, head of the department, welcomed the guests and judges. He apprised students of new trends in business. Dr JS Raghu presided over the competition.

Teachers’ Evaluation
Student leaders all for it
Chandigarh, January 22
Student leaders of Panjab University have come out strongly in protest of the dilly dallying attitude of the teachers on the issue of teachers’ evaluation and have even threatened to appeal to the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) in this regard.


400 participate in campus placement
Kharar, January 22
A joint campus placement drive for CSE, ECE, MBA and MCA students was organized by Spectraforce Technologies at Indo Global Colleges, Abhipur SAS Nagar. Around 400 students from various engineering colleges across North India participated  in this joint campus placement.

Dashmesh school students win quiz
Patiala, January 22
Two students of Dashmesh Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Patiala, have bagged the second prize in a quiz competition organized by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy at Mumbai recently.

Shoes distributed
Patiala, January 22
The Sara Education and Social Society in collaboration with the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Youth and Sports Club organised a programme in which shoes were distributed to 400 needy school students.

SHO donates Rs 10,000 to govt school
Patiala, January 22
In a unique goodwill gesture, the SHO of Shambhu Kalan Police Station, Amanpal Singh Virk, donated Rs 10,000 for providing benches for Government Primary School, Nanhera village, Banur, Patiala, during a visit to the village. While he had gone to the village for some work, he decided to meet the students and see how the school was running.

Car bazaar creates traffic chaos at Chhoti Baradari
Patiala, January 22
Chhoti Baradari Shopping Complex located in the heart of the city, near the Mall, has become a parking hazard for general public visiting the market.

Anti-encroachment drive
Members of Hindu bodies block highway
Rajpura, January 22
A large number of members of the Hindu organisations of the city today staged a dharna at Thikriwal Chowk here after two temples were damaged in an anti-encroachment drive.

Elopement Agitation fizzles out
Kurali, January 22
The relatives of the woman, who allegedly eloped with her lover, today called off their agitation against the police unconditionally.


Explanation sought from admn on PIL
Chandigarh, January 22
The Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday asked the UT administration to explain why status report had not been filed on a petition filed in public interest on the hazards faced by people living in the vicinity of the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16.

ASI gets 2-year jail for graft
Chandigarh, January 22
A local court today sentenced convicted ASI of the UT police to two years of imprisonment in a graft case.

Denial of Admission Form
Carmel Convent files affidavit
Chandigarh, January 22
In an affidavit placed before Justice Permod Kohli of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Carmel Convent, Sector 9, today gave reason for its stand on denial of admission form to persons other than either of the parents.


Two arrested for robbery
The two youths who were arrested for robbery being produced at the district courts in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday.Chandigarh, January 22
The police arrested two youngsters on charges of robbing a man herelast night.The police said Sandeep Kumar of Maloya, a salesman in furniture market, had lodged a complaint with the police that two knife-wielding youngsters riding motorcycles had robbed him of his wallet containing Rs 3,500 in cash and a mobile phone. He jotted down the registration number of one of the motorcycles used in the crime and handed over it over to the police.

The two youths who were arrested for robbery being produced at the district courts in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Nittin Mittal

Valuables stolen from Sec-32 house
Chandigarh, January 22
Thieves decamped with gold ornaments and other household articles after breaking into a house in a high-security residential colony in Sector 32 here.Vijay Kumar, a resident, reported to the police that a gold chain, five pairs of gold earrings, two gold pendants, a pair of silver bangles, a silver coin and two gas cylinders were stolen from his residence on January 20 during daytime. A case has been registered.

Three booked for fraud
Chandigarh, January 22
The police booked two city residents on charges of duping ICICI Bank by furnishing fake documents to obtain loans.In another incident, a woman was booked for defrauding a Patiala resident by falsely promising to send him abroad.

Accident victim succumbs to injuries
Mohali, January 22
Vishal Kumar, a resident of Sector 70, was killed in a road accident near the ESI Hospital, Phase VII, late last night.The police stated that the incident took place when Vishal was on his way to his house on a scooter. When he reached near the ESI Hospital a speeding Tavera hit the scooter from rear. He fell on the road and sustained serious injuries. A passer-by immediately rushed him to nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries during the treatment this morning.

Woman held for fraud
Panchkula, January 22
The police claimed to have arrested a relative of former Nawab of Raipur Rani and Morni Hills allegedly for involvement in selling a property fraudulently. The accused has been identified as Birjesh Fatima (50), a resident of Lucknow, who was declared a proclaimed offender in 2005.


Guru Ram Dass college register victory
Chandigarh, January 22
Guru Ram Dass BEd College, Jalalabad, has won the Panjab University Inter-College Badminton (men) Evening and Education Colleges Championship held on the PU Campus here today.

Trials for bowlers today
Mohali, January 22
Former Indian pace bowler Manoj Prabhakar will train pace bowlers to be selected during the Chandigarh Zonal Selection, which will be held at Yadavindra Public School on January 23.Winners of the U-15, U-19 and U-22 categories from each zonal competition will be selected and provided with a structured training-cum-selection session to be conducted by Manoj Prabhakar.

Tribune XI to lock horns with Dainik Bhaskar in final
Openers raise their bats after taking Tribune XI home in Chandigarh on Friday.Chandigarh, January 22
Tight and accurate bowling helped Tribune XI beat Dainik Jagran by 10 wickets in the Inter-Media Cricket Tournament being held at Government Senior Secondary School , Sector 26, here today.Tribune XI will take on Dainik Bhaskar in the final match.Dainik Bhaskar defeated The Indian Express by nine wickets in the second semifinal match held at the same venue,

Openers raise their bats after taking Tribune XI home in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Modgill Challengers outplay Pace Riders
Chandigarh, January 22
An all-round performance by Yogesh helped Modgill Challengers beat Pace Riders by 46 runs in the First U-13 Tricity Premier League (TPL) Cricket Tournament being held at Banyan Tree School, Sector 48, here today.

GNPS-36, APJ Kharar emerge winners
Chandigarh, January 22
Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, and APJ Kharar, have won their respective matches in the Times NIE-Cremica Inter-School Knock-Out Cricket Tournament held here today.


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