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Dams’ construction bulldozes reserve forest rules
Panchkula, January 29
Illegal construction within the reserve forest at Khol Hai Rattan near here has threatened wildlife in the area.
A part of the reserve forest at Khol Hai Rattan. A part of the reserve forest at Khol Hai Rattan. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Panic after fire in pharma unit 
Villagers asked to leave; flames doused after two hours
Jangpura (Banur), January 29
Panic gripped Jangpura and nearby villages after a major fire broke out at Surya Pharmaceutical Limited near Jangpura village today evening.
Firemen douse flames at Surya Pharmaceuticals, Banur, on Friday. Firemen douse flames at Surya Pharmaceuticals, Banur, on Friday. 
Photo by the writer




Shatabdi worst hit by long delays
Chandigarh, January 29
The train that was most affected by delays in January was the prestigious Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi Express, with railway officials blaming the dense fog prevailing in the entire region for several days. The delays were reportedly also incurred due to a section of the rail tracks near Sonepat being damaged, which slowed down the train. However, the railways have denied this.

Rathore turns up at PGI for check-up, told he’s okay
Chandigarh, January 29
The otherwise quiet porch of PGI’s Advanced Cardiac Centre (ACC) was teeming with newsmen this afternoon as former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, convicted in the Ruchika molestation case, walked into the hospital at 11 am with a complaint of “chest pain”.

Govt offices, schools to remain shut today
Chandigarh: The UTadministration has declared a public holiday on Saturday on account of birthday of Guru Ravidas. All government offices, boards, corporations, educational institutions, government-aided schools and colleges will remain closed.


MC Meeting
Sector 17 to get fifth fountain
Councillors during the Municipal Corporation House meeting in Chandigarh on Friday.Chandigarh, January 29
The Municipal Corporation has approved installation of a fifth fountain for Sector 17 here in the MC house meeting today. Interestingly, the house has also given green signal to a multi-media laser show on water screen with musical fountain at plaza worth Rs 3 crore, which will be the fifth fountain of Sector 17.

Councillors during the Municipal Corporation House meeting in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Mayor defers fire academy plan
Chandigarh, January 29
The controversial issue of setting up a fire academy in the city was again left unsettled following a heated debate at the municipal corporation’s house meeting today, the first after Anu Chatrath took over as mayor. Most of the councillors criticised the proposal saying it would be a sheer waste of public funds.

Badals keep 200 cops on toes for five hours
Mohali, January 29
It seems that providing security to VIPs has become the primary duty of the Mohali cops. Instead of maintaining law and order and providing security to the common man, frequent visits by the VIPs are keeping the Mohali cops busy.

0001 fetches Rs 2.38 lakh
Bidders at the office of the District Transport Officer in Mohali.Mohali, January 29
Start of the new ‘K series at the beginning of the New Year today saw the VIP number 0001 fetching Rs 2.38 lakh during the auction of ‘fancy’ vehicle registration numbers held at the office of the Mohali district transport officer (DTO) here.

Bidders at the office of the District Transport Officer in Mohali. A Tribune photograph

No public consensus over Bt Brinjal
Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh (right) at a programme on consultation on Bt Brinjal in Chandigarh on Friday.Chandigarh, January 29
If numerical strength and sheer emotions were to be taken into account, the number of denials carried the house. The affirmations, however, had the academicians on their side as well as agricultural experts and even the humble farmer.

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh (right) at a programme on consultation on Bt Brinjal in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Traffic jam at the level crossing on the Hallo Majra-Panchkula road. Level crossing bane of residents
Chandigarh, January 29
The level crossing (No. 125) near Vikas Nagar is becoming a nightmare for residents of the city with the increase in vehicular traffic, adding to the congestion and long-hour closure of the level crossing.

Traffic jam at the level crossing on the Hallo Majra-Panchkula road. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Misuse of Power By MC chief
Now, hearing on March 11
Mohali, January 29
The hearing in connection with the case of alleged misuse of power by Municipal Council president Rajinder Singh Rana was today postponed as the Principal Secretary of the Local Government Department, Punjab, was out of station. Now, the hearing has been fixed for March 11.

A car zips past dead leaves strewn along a road berm in Mohali.
VROOM: A car zips past dead leaves strewn along a road berm in Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Govt land in capital’s periphery decreases
Chandigarh, January 29
The area under village common land and collective ownership in Chandigarh’s periphery is apparently decreasing, and the authorities concerned in Punjab are not even forthcoming with an explanation.

Pensioners seek release of arrears
Chandigarh, January 29
Members of the Punjab Government Pensioners’ Welfare Association organised a protest rally in Sector 17 here today demanding the release of 43-month arrears in view of the pension revised after the pay commission report announced by the state government.

Panel finds irregularities in Ghaggar project
Zirakpur, January 29
A three-member committee of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, including MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha, MLA Banur, Jasjeet Singh Bunny, and MLA Madal Lal Thekedar today inspected the work of the under-construction Ghaggar project near Chhatbir at Zirakpur and found irregularities during the construction of the project.

LPG-run autos queue up at filling stations
Autos queue up at a filling station in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Friday.Chandigarh, January 29
A long queue of auto-rickshaws was seen at the LPG filling station in Sector 34 this evening, as one out of the two nozzles was not functioning.

Autos queue up at a filling station in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Channi to replace Anand as HFI chief
Chandigarh, January 29
Principal Secretary for Industries and Commerce SS Channi, a senior bureaucrat from Punjab, has been unanimously elected as the new president of the Handball Federation of India (HFI). Channi is presently the vice-president and will be elevated to the post of the HFI president on February 1.

Fashion show at Home Science College
Chandigarh, January 29
Aakriti, a fashion show, to provide a platform to fashion designing students was held at Home Science College, Sector 10, here today.

PU to bid for Rs 50-cr UGC grant
Makes five-yr plan for ‘sustainable development
Chandigarh, January 29
After being shortlisted among the 10 prominent universities in the country by the University Grants Commission (UGC), Panjab University is now bidding for Rs 50 crore, which is to be allocated to top five universities with “focussed area” of development.

Yoga meet tomorrow
Chandigarh, January 29
Swami Vivekanand International Youth and Yog Research Council, India, in collaboration with UD Gour Memorial Trust would be organising the yoga championship at the Law Bhawan auditorium, Sector 37, on January 31.


From Schools & Colleges
Students submit memo on Bt brinjal issue
Chandigarh, January 29
The Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) submitted a memorandum to Jairam Ramesh, Minister of State (independent charge), Ministry of Environment and Forests, on "Forbidding the entry of Bt brinjal into India," here today.

Interactive session at UBS
Chandigarh, January 29
The University Business School (UBS), Panjab University, today organised an interactive session of students with a leading entrepreneur, Sanjeev Aggarwal, originator of IBM Daksh, here today.

NGO to school rural kids
Chandigarh, January 29
“Sanjivani a Commitment”, an NGO, was launched here yesterday. The motto of the NGO is “Each one to teach one”.


21 domestic LPG cylinders recovered
Dera Bassi, January 29
The Punjab Food and Supply Department today conducted raid here and recovered 21 domestic LPG cylinders from commercial shops.

Medical camps organised
Bassi Pathana, January 29
The health department today organised free medical check-up camps at civil hospital, Primary Health Centre, Nandpur Kalour, and Community Health Centre, Khera, for expecting mothers and children.

Conference on business process
Patiala, January 29
Government Bikram College of Commerce, Patiala, in association with the Punjab Commerce and Management Association is going to organise a one-day national conference on “Business process re-engineering” tomorrow on the college premises.

Man duped of Rs 3 lakh
Kharar, January 29
Sham Singh, a resident of Jhajheri village in Kurali, was duped of Rs 3 lakh.

‘Samadhaan’ for BSNL customers
Officials to meet customers to resolve problems related to broadband
Patiala, January 29
In order to gain customer loyalty, BSNL will organise a special meeting of their senior officials with existing and ex-customers to resolve various problems faced by broadband users at the office of GMTD, Patiala, on February 6.

Kidnapped youth rescued amid crossfire
Rajpura, January 29
The Rajpura police rescued a youth from the clutches of kidnappers amidst crossfire and bullet exchange last night on the Chandigarh-Patiala road.

Lecture on life of Bhagat Singh
Kalka, January 29
An extension lecture on life and legacy of Bhagat Singh was organised today at Government Postgraduate College, Kalka, under the aegis of college principal SK Manocha.

Environment Protection
Appreciation certificate to Khalsa school
Kharar, January 29
The Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST) has awarded Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Kharar, for the work done in the field of environment protection.


Contempt notice to Mohali DC
Chandigarh, January 29
Mohali Deputy Commissioner is in for contempt, and possible removal. Issuing contempt of court notice to him for his failure to cooperate with the probe ordered the Punjab and Haryana High Court into the assets acquired by top cops and others in Chandigarh’s periphery.

Fake Yoga Certificate 
Defence pleads for re-investigation
Next hearing on Feb 1
Chandigarh, January 29
The court of the Judicial Magistrate (First Class) today witnessed intense arguments between both the parties in the ongoing fake yoga certificate case involving UT police inspector Ram Gopal.

Consumer Court
Complainant told to pay Rs 10,000 compensation
Chandigarh, January 29
The District Consumer and Disputes Redressal Forum-I has directed a consumer to pay a compensation of Rs 10,000 for filling a frivolous complaint under Section 26 of the Consumer Protection Act against Pearls Academy of Fashion, Jaipur.

Graft Case
2-yr RI for UT cops
Chandigarh, January 29
The court of CBI special judge Darshan Singh sentenced two convicted UT cops- sub inspector Sukhdeep Singh and head constable Iqbal Singh to two years of rigorous imprisonment, along with a fine of Rs 10,000 each.

One acquitted of rape charge
Chandigarh, January 29
A local court today acquitted a man of charge of raping a minor after the victim turned hostile. Dalip Kumar was arrested on a complaint filed by the victim’s mother on July 13, 2009.


Man robbed of Rs 14,000
Zirakpur, January 29
A person was robbed of Rs 14,000 yesterday. The complainant, Baldev Singh, a resident of Preet Nagar, Barwala road, Dera Bassi, alleged that three unidentified youths, who were in a car (CH02-T-2002), chased him and snatched his wallet.


Haryana sports meet begins
Panchkula, January 29
The three-day Haryana State Inter-Centre Sports Tournament commenced today at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, Panchkula.


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