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J&K Migrants
HC terms forcible eviction untenable
Chandigarh, February 3 Branding as “absolutely untenable” the move to forcibly evict with police help migrants from Jammu and Kashmir, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the UT administration to consider the feasibility of evolving a policy for accommodating “any migrant labour”.

City’s cycle tracks rapidly falling into disuse
Chandigarh, February 3
A gaping pothole on a cycle track in Sector 45, Chandigarh. Though cycle tracks were a prominent feature that Le Corbusier had included in the Chandigarh master plan, they appear to have virtually disappeared from the city even after crores of rupees being spent on developing them. According to the master plan as envisaged by the legendary Swiss-born French architect, the city was to have around 106 kilometres of cycle tracks.

A gaping pothole on a cycle track in Sector 45, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

No uniformity for schools
Wide variation in land allotment rates
Chandigarh, February 3
The land allotment policy of the Chandigarh administration to educational institutions, particularly schools, has come under a cloud. With the whims and fancies of bureaucrats ruling the roost, there is a wide variation in land allotment rates to different educational institutions.


PU rivalry turns ugly
Chandigarh, February 3
In a breach of security on the Panjab University campus here tonight, at least 15 members of SOPU, including some outsiders, reportedly entered the campus with weapons to threaten their rivals at boys’ hostel number 4.

Students bank on stars
Numerology charts, tarot cards, horoscopes are in
Chandigarh, February 3
Ankush (name changed), a chirpy four-year-old kindergarten student, had been having problems with his school scores. The report card cited poor concentration as the main reason and his parents, both IT professionals, rushed to an astrologer to deal with it.


Planners for integrated development of tri-city
Chandigarh, February 3
A meeting was held today under the chairmanship of UT Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar for the preparation of an inter-state regional plan for the periphery of Chandigarh in Punjab and Haryana.

Cops accused of bias in handling brawl case
Chandigarh, February 3
A resident of Darua has accused the police of acting in a “biased” manner after “coming under political pressure” in a case of brawl that occurred in the village on January 31. Besides the complainant, Sanjeev Kumar, also alleged the police had failed to arrive in time at the scene even after several calls were made on the police control room (PCR) number.

Chief Justice of Punjab and High Court Justice Mukul Mudgal (right) and Rajyalakshmi Rao, the author, releasing the book in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Now, read ‘Consumer is King’ in Punjabi
Chandigarh, February 3
A book titled “Upbhokta Badshah He” authored by Rajyalakshmi Rao was released by Justice Mukul Mudgal, Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, here today.

Chief Justice of Punjab and High Court Justice Mukul Mudgal (right) and Rajyalakshmi Rao, the author, releasing the book in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Autos breach defence security with impunity
Chandigarh, February 3
Defence security is being breached with impunity right under the watchful eyes of Army personnel in the designated N Area on the airport road. Three-wheeler drivers can often be seen huddled at the main gate of N Area of the Army headquarters. Auto-rickshaw drivers even enter the premises, especially when jawans have to hire their vehicles.

Auto-rickshaws lined up in front of the main gate of N Area of the Army headquarters in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Physiotherapy centre for elderly opened at Lajpat Rai Bhawan
Chandigarh, February 3
In order to provide better medical services to the elderly living in the city and its surrounding areas, HelpAge India, an NGO, started a fully equipped physiotherapy centre at Lajpat Rai Bhawan, Sector 15, today. The centre has been launched by the NGO in association with Senior Citizen Centre, Servants of the People Society. It also launched local chapter of the Helpage India Elders’ Helpline to provide counselling, information services, distress intervention, guidance and support to elderly people of the region. They could access the services by dialing toll-free No. 1800-180-1253.

An elderly woman exercises on a machine at a newly opened physiotherapy centre at Lajpat Rai Bhawan, Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Poll duty: Criteria for employees urged
Mohali, February 3
The Municipal Employees Union has urged the District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner to set up criteria for employees on election duty so that all departments were given equal responsibilities instead of deputing employees from the civic body office.

Budget Proposals
Now, councillors will have a say
Chandigarh, February 3
For the first time, councillors of the municipal corporation will contribute to the preparation of the budget by proposing development projects of their areas.

Days warmer, but nights remain cold
Chandigarh, February 3
City residents have already begun putting their heavy woollens away even though there was a slight nip in the air in the evening followed by a comparatively chilly night during the last two days.

WHO STOLE THE FOLIAGE?: A pair of parrots return to their wooden abode on a leafless and partially axed tree in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

EO’s Building Branch
Two inspectors transferred
Chandigarh, February 3
Following the directions of former UT administrator Gen SF Rodrigues (retd) to transfer inspectors allegedly involved in controversies in the building branch of the UT estate office, two of them have been transferred while two others have been brought in from the UT’s engineering department.

Sukhna Lake
Project planned to remove silt, UT tells HC
Chandigarh, February 3
The UT engineering department has conceived a project for removing 1.63-lakh cubic meter silt from Sukhna Lake at a proposed cost of Rs 1.84 cr.

Cardiac problems can be cured by changing lifestyle, says doc
Chandigarh, February 3
Dr GS Kalra, Director, Cardiology, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, addressed the management, teachers and students of DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh during a Health Camp organised by the women’s Cell of DAV on the college premises. Over 100 persons attended the talk.

Rural health mission trains NSS volunteers
Chandigarh, February 3
The National Rural Health Mission, UT, has come up with a novel way of utilising the services of NSS volunteers to take forward the process of community monitoring. Around 220 NSS volunteers have been sensitised and trained in community monitoring in all 22 villages of the city.

Price Rise
Statewide protest by BJP on Feb 6
Chandigarh, February 3
Sanjay Tandon, president of the local unit of the BJP, today announced the holding of a state-level demonstration against unprecedented price rise at the Sector 7-8-18-19 roundabout on February 6.

Sanjay Tandon, president of the local unit of the BJP, addresses mediapersons in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

200 NSS volunteers donate blood
Chandigarh, February 3
As many as 200 NSS volunteers of Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET), diploma wing, Sector 26, donated blood on the sixth day of their on-going NSS camp here yesterday.


PU Syndicate to bring mgmt info system in effect
Appoints special adviser
Chandigarh, February 3
Taking a stern view of its dismantled information bank, Panjab University syndicate has passed a resolution to bring a management information system (MIS) in effect on the campus.

7,654 teachers to be appointed: Minister
Mohali, February 3
The Punjab Government will be appointing 7, 654 teachers to bring about an improvement in the sphere of education, Dr Upinderjit Kaur, Education Minister, Punjab, said as she handed over appointment letters to 132 families on compassionate grounds at a function held at the Punjab School Education Board here today.

From Schools
Experts apprise students of cyber security
Chandigarh, February 3
A team of experts from the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Mohali, today apprised students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31, of the latest development and education of the security of personal information on the Internet.

Tiny tots of Swami Ram Tirtha Public School present a dance on the annual show, SPLASH 2010, at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Swami Ram Tirtha school kids enthral audience
Chandigarh, February 3
Students of Swami Ram Tirtha Public High School, Phase IV, Mohali, enthralled the audience with their endearing and enthusiastic performances in their annual show entitled Splash 2010 at Tagore Theatre here this evening.

Tiny tots of Swami Ram Tirtha Public School present a dance on the annual show, SPLASH 2010, at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal


Four kidnappers, woman held
Rajpura, February 3
The police today arrested four kidnappers, including a woman involved in abducting a 28-year-old youth and demanding ransom of Rs 1.5 crore. The victim, Rupesh, was rescued by a police party led by Patiala SSP Ranbir Singh Khattra and SP (D) Gurdeep Singh Pannu on January 28, however, the accused fled after firing gun shots aiming the police.

Widening of NH-21
Commuters a harried lot
Kharar, February 3
The widening of National Highway 21 Kharar-Chandigarh stretch is giving tough time to commuters resulting in traffic jams.

Test Tube Baby Case
Builder uses money to delay DNA report
Kharar, February 3
Bharti Sehdev, mother of the infant who was allegedly kidnapped by an Ambala-based builder and later handed over to his mother in court on December 10 last year, has approached the DGP, Punjab, demanding safety of the child.

National conference at commerce college
Patiala, February 3
Government Bikram College of Commerce, Patiala, in collaboration with the Punjab Commerce and Management Association, organised a national conference sponsored by the State Bank of Patiala, PNB, and BSNL on “Business Process Re-engineering” on the college campus here recently.

Man injures kin, self
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 3
A woman from Bhambri village was injured by her brother-in-law with a sharp-edged weapon and later injured himself with the same weapon here today.

Trends in HR discussed
Kharar, February 3
A lecture on trends in HR was held at Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Gharuan campus. Sachin Dutta, circle head, HR, Bharti Infratel delivered a lecture emphasising that corporate world is looking at academia to prepare students to fit into organisations.

NCC training camp
Patiala, February 3
The combined annual training camp of the 14 Battalion NCC, Nabha, was organised at the Patiala Cantt area in which about 300 cadets of schools and colleges from all over Punjab took part.

DC honoured
Ambala, February 3
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi honoured Samir Pal Saro Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, for implementing the NRGEA in the district. The union government had selected 24 districts in the country for excellent performance in NRGEA.


HC sets aside order on resumption of house
Chandigarh, February 3
Reprimanding the Chandigarh administration for flouting the law with impunity, justice K Kannan of the Punjab & Haryana High Court today set aside the UT estate officer’s order for resumption of a residential house in Sector 21. The judge also imposed an exemplary cost of Rs 25,000 on the respondents.


Shopkeeper caught using domestic LPG cylinders
Chandigarh, February 3
The food and supply department has caught a shopkeeper for using domestic LPG cylinders for commercial purposes. Pardeep Kumar, inspector, food and supply department, Sector 17, reported to the police that Manoj Sood of Sector 44-A, proprietor of Chawla Chicken Corner, Sector 8 C, was caught using domestic LPG gas cylinders for commercial purpose at his shop yesterday.

Man gets 2-yr RI for graft
Chandigarh, February 3
The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Raj Rahul Garg today sentenced Labh Singh to two-year rigorous imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 10,000 for committing offence under Section 13(1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

2 held for fraud
Mohali, February 3
The police has booked two Kharar residents on charges of misappropriating over Rs 50 lakh of an immigration company. According to the police, Rajiv Bajaj, who worked as an estate officer with Worldwide Immigration Consultancy Services, had complained that Deep Sharma, a resident of Sunny Enclave, and Gurpreet Singh Virk, a resident of Astha Enclave, who worked as accountant and treasury manager, respectively, used to allegedly make fake drafts and deposit only half of the amount received from clients.

Man held for raping minor
Chandigarh, February 3
The police arrested a Sector-46 resident, Arvind, for allegedly raping a girl on the pretext of marrying her.


Unbeaten ton by Sachit helps DAV win
Chandigarh, February 3
Unbeaten quick fire knock by Sachit helped DAV Model School, Sector 15, beat Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, by 126 runs in the Times-Cremica inter-school tournament held here today.

GGSC win fencing championship
Chandigarh, January 3
The Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, has won the Panjab University Inter-College Fencing (Women) Championship with 29 points for the session 2009-10 at the PU Campus here today.

Fencers in action during the Punjab University Fencing Inter-College Women Championship in Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Pathankot thrash Halwara in handball
Chandigarh, February 3
Pathankot thrash Halwara by a margin of 16 goals in the WAC Inter-Area Hand Ball Championship being held here today. Yousef and Deepat were the main scorers for the Pathankot team as they scored 9 and 6 goals, respectively. AK Sharma and R Satish were the other scorers, who struck 3 goals each. Sunil Kumar also scored one goal. In reply, Satya Narayan and BP Manu scored 3 goals each for the Halwara team

A kabbadi match in progress at the Inter-College Sports Tournament at Punjab University, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Guru Ram Dass, Bhutta colleges to clash for title
Chandigarh, February 3
Guru Ram Dass B.Ed College, Jalalabad, will clash with Bhutta College of Education, Ludhiana, in the finals of the Panjab University Inter-College Kabaddi (men) Evening and Education Colleges Tournament being held on PU campus.

A kabbadi match in progress at the Inter-College Sports Tournament at Punjab University, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Golf camp for kids
Chandigarh, February 3
The Chandigarh Golf Club Academy will hold a three-month EGTF Junior Golf Development Programme for boys and girls in the 7-15 age-group from March 27 to June 27. To be conducted by EGTF coach Ajay Gujral, the camp will enroll 10 children for the junior coaching programme on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Schoolchildren bunk classes to watch a cricket match between DAV Model School, Sector 15, and Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, in the Times-Cremica Inter-School Tournament at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

IT Dept to hold golf meet from tomorrow
Chandigarh, January 3
The two-day Central Revenue Sports Board (CRSB) Invitational Golf Tournament will be organised by the Income Tax Department, Chandigarh, at the Golf Club from February 5.

Roller skating championship from Feb 10
Chandigarh, February 3
The two-day Chandigarh State Roller Skating Championship for the year 2009-10 will be held from February 10 at KBDAV School, Sector 7. Stating this in a press release Rajinder Walia, secretary, CRSA, said the entries for participation would be received at the venue on February 8 and 9 from 4pm to 6 pm. He said the participants should deposit the entry forms with Rajinder Sharma, joint secretary or Yash, treasurer.


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