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Despite tight security, cops fail to shield Rathore
Chandigarh, February 8
The UT police failed miserably to protect ex-Haryana DIG SPS Rathore, convicted in the Ruchika molestation The police tries to control Utsav Sharma, holding a knife in his hand, after he attacked SPS Rathore outside the District Courts in Chandigarh on Monday. case, from being stabbed in the face with a pocket knife by a youth outside the district court complex here today despite the expected high security cordon around the former senior police officer.

The police tries to control Utsav Sharma, holding a knife in his hand, after he attacked SPS Rathore outside the District Courts in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Light rain brings mercury down in city
Chandigarh, February 8
Kids enjoy drizzle in Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Monday. The scattered rainfall and continuously cloudy skies today brought temperatures down in the city after a long dry spell, with minimum temperature recorded at 13.8 degrees Celsius and the maximum at 20.1 degrees.

Kids enjoy drizzle in Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan and Vinay Malik

Registry of Property
Admn increases collectors’ rates
Mohali, February 8
To check the registry of property at under-value rates, Mohali district administration today hiked the collectors’ rate, a benchmark for the sale and purchase of property.


Cheaper liquor from UT flooding other states
Rajpura, February 8
With liquor prices in Chandigarh lower than those prevailing in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh have made the union territory a haven for liquor smugglers and the most sought-after destination for booze lovers.


Ruchika never intended to join back: Father Thomas
Chandigarh, February 8
Sacred Heart School claims to be all set to furnish the CBSE with ‘strong’ documentary evidence proving that Ruchika was not the sole child whose name had been struck off from the school’s attendance register for the fee default.

Water Supply
GMADA told to sink 10 tubewells
Mohali, February 8
In a bid to augment the water supply position in the town in view of the coming summers, the Water Supply and Sanitation Wing has requested the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to sink 10 tubewells in various parts of the town and also release funds for the provision of a hotline power connection to an underground storage reservoir (UGSR).

38 illegal kiosks razed
Mohali, February 8
The enforcement staff of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) today removed at least 38 unauthorised kiosks in the Phase-XI rehri markets.

Levying of entry tax on diesel, cement condemned
Mohali, February 8
The Consumers Protection Federation has condemned the Punjab Government for levying entry tax on diesel, cement and various other items because such a decision will put an additional burden on the people, who are already hit by the exorbitant prices of essential commodities.

Purchase of Fire Extinguishers
Army welfare society comes under scanner
Chandigarh, February 8
The purchase of fire extinguishers by the Army Welfare Housing Cooperative and Maintenance Society in Sector 47 C has come under the scrutiny of the Registrar of Societies.

Budget Meeting
Only 4 councillors submit suggestions
Chandigarh, February 8
Out of 35 councillors of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, only four councillors have submitted their suggestions regarding the proposals of development projects of the city to be discussed at the budget meeting.

AIIMS to turn to ayurveda to treat heart patients
Clinical trials to begin soon
Chandigarh, February 8
Experts at AIIMS are to start clinical trials on heart patients with the properties of Terminalia arjuna (Arjuna tree) as it can play vital role in treating the disease.This was stated by Professor SK Maulik, pharmacology, AIIMS, who is the member of a team, which is involved in studying the medicinal value of the bark of the Arjuna tree.

Children with heart disease get reason to cheer
Mohali, February 8
A driver living in Banur, Bir Chand, was shattered when his five-year-old son was diagnosed with a hole in the heart.

Ozone Computers told to pay Rs 1,100
Chandigarh, February 8
The District Consumer and Redressal Forum has directed Ozone Computers and P Authorised Service Centre to rectify the defect of touch pad sensitivity without any charge and also to compensate Rs 1,100 as costs of litigation to complainant Inderbir Singh.

Mehra appears before CBI court
Chandigarh, February 8
The Adviser to the UT Administrator Pradeep Mehra appeared before the CBI court as a prosecution witness for proceedings against a case pertaining to corruption here today.

No fee for verifying educational certificate, DoB
Chandigarh, February 8
The central government has issued a notice to universities and state education boards not to charge any fee for verification of educational certificates and date of birth from central government departments whenever they are sought.

Experts warn against misuseof water
Chandigarh, February 8
Cautioning the state governments against providing free water and electricity to farmers, agricultural scientists warned at the second day of 13th Punjab Science Congress, being held at Panjab University, that overuse and misuse of resources would convert the state into a desert soon.
A member of a tricksters’ gang who was nabbed by the public on Monday after he tried to run away with the bag of a man by misleading him that some cash of his had fallen on road. The man had stepped out of his vehicle in front of ICICI Bank in Sector 9, Chandigarh.
CAUGHT IN THE ACT: A member of a tricksters’ gang who was nabbed by the public on Monday after he tried to run away with the bag of a man by misleading him that some cash of his had fallen on road. The man had stepped out of his vehicle in front of ICICI Bank in Sector 9, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

PGI ex-doc honoured
Chandigarh, February 8
The Society for Indian Medical Anthropology, Mysore, has honoured Prof Dr DN Kakar, former assistant professor, community medicines, PGI, for his contribution in the field of anthropology in India.

Increase In Retailer's Stock Limit
Beopar Mandal reaches out to Bansal
Chandigarh, February 8
A delegation of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) called upon Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Minister for Parliament Affair and Water Resources, to convey him about the resentment of the traders over pending issues of increase in retailer's stock limits of commodities in the city without license.

Insurance company told to pay Rs 3.5 lakh
Chandigarh, February 8
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Oriental Insurance Co Limited to pay Rs 3,48,000 against the insurance of a car bought by the complainant.

Camps for implementing smart card scheme
Chandigarh, February 8
The Chandigarh administration is going to implement the smart card-based public distribution system by the end of February.Camps for the collection of bio-metrics and photographs of family members have already been held in Sectors 25, 26 and Palsora.

Raids to check misuse in shops
Chandigarh, February 8
Raids were conducted by the food and supplies department along with representatives of Indian Oil Corporation to check misuse of domestic LPG cylinders in shops or commercial establishments in Sectors 22 and 35, here today.

273 examined at healthcheck-up camp
Chandigarh, February 8
As many as 273 patients were examined at a free health check-up camp organised by Surya healthcare initiative, “Viva-Your family chemist”, Sector 37, here.


Students of The Gurukul present a bouquet to a traffic policeman during the ‘Thanks Giving Day’ at Panchkula on Monday.
Students of The Gurukul present a bouquet to a traffic policeman during the ‘Thanks Giving Day’ at Panchkula on Monday. A Tribune photograph

From Schools & Colleges
Treasure hunt at UIHMT

Chandigarh, February 8
Students of University Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism (UIHMT), Panjab University, organised a treasure hunt here today.

Winter school on pharmaceutical nanotechnolog
Mohali, February 8
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research director Prof N Sathyamurthy, Mohali, inaugurated a five-day winter school on “Nanotechnology in advance drug delivery” at National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) here today.

What’s New on PU Campus
15,000 students opt for Powerjyoti
Programme enables them to deposit fee from any part of country
Chandigarh, February 8
Breaking the stereotype and indicating a change in the mindset of people, more than 15,000 students have opted for the newly launched Powerjyoti programme of Panjab University, which enables the students to deposit fee from any part of the country.


Non-teaching staff stage dharna
Patiala, February 8
On the call of Punjab and Chandigarh Non-Teaching Employees’ Union, a full day stay in strike was observed and a dharna was also staged in front of the principal’s office at Modi College and Khalsa College today against non-implementation of the Fifth Pay Commission recommendations for non-teaching employees of private colleges.

NCC camp
Patiala, February 8
NCC cadets of Blossoms Senior Secondary School (4 Punjab Girls Batallion), organised a three-day NCC camp from February 7 to 9.The main focus of the camp was eradication of polio for which the cadets covered various areas and gave polio drops to children below five years.

Rise in VAT
Beopar Mandal opposes govt’s decision
Bassi Pathana, February 8
The state government should immediately withdraw hike in VAT and imposition of surcharge on VAT.Punjab is the only state in the country, which has imposed surcharge on VAT, resulting in the increase of prices of daily use products, hardware, diesel, etc., therefore making life of common man miserable.

PRTC may go in for bus fare revision
Patiala, February 8
Recent rise in prices of diesel is going to hit the cash-strapped Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC). Last year, the corporation had a closing loss of Rs 1.65 crore.

Norway academy lift kabaddi cup
Patiala, February 8
Displaying great attack and defence skills, Baba Deep Singh Academy, Norway, won the Patiala Kabaddi Cup, which concluded at the DMW grounds here today.

Employees union lashes out at Education Minister
Bassi Pathana, February 8
Various teachers and employees unions today held protest rallies against education minister Upinder Jit Kaur and held her responsible for the death of Kiranjit Kaur, an ESG teacher.

Bachelor of Healthcare Services
Medical body condemns Central govt’s decision
Ropar, February 8
The Indian Medical Association (IMA), Punjab chapter, has condemned the Government of India’s approval to grant bachelor of health services degrees at local civil hospitals.

Construction of foot overbridges mooted
Patiala, February 8
After coming under severe criticism from the city residents and various NGO’s, the Patiala administration has finally drafted a new traffic plan to widen the city roads.

Horticulture dept sans basic facilities
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 8
The horticulture department at Fatehgarh Sahib is running without staff and vehicles for the past  many years.

Sangrur farmers under agrarian distress: Report
Patiala, February 8
Sangrur farmers are reeling under high incidence of “indebtedness” and the “agrarian distress” has been felt most by the agricultural labour, marginal and small farmers in this district.

Rice for Central Pool
Millers refuse to contribute
Bassi Pathana, February 8
The rice millers of the country have decided not to contribute rice to the Central pool in protest against the policies of the FCI.The boycott would continue till the FCI amends its anti-millers policies that have caused a huge financial loss to the millers as well as to the state governments, said Tarsem Saini, national president of the Rice Millers Association in a press release issued here today.

Career guidance centre inaugurated
Patiala, February 8
Dr Ganda Singh Career Guidance, Counselling and Placement Centre was inaugurated at Khalsa College, Patiala, here today.Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, director, education, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandak Committee, was the chief guest on the occasion.



Kin practising in same HCs
Bar to meet today
Chandigarh, February 8
Just about two days after a news-report was carried in these columns on the Union Ministry of Law and Justice wanting a list of all judges with kith and kin practising in the same high courts, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association is expected to take up the issue during a curtail meeting scheduled to be held tomorrow. Though the agenda is to chalk out future course of action for taking the cash-for-judge scam to a logical conclusion, indications are that the Bar Association will seek the implementation of a 2004 decision by the then Chief Justice BK Roy.

Baba Pritpal Singh sent to 2-day police remand
Dera Bassi, February 8
Baba Pritpal Singh, chairman of Gurdwara Gur Sagar Sahib near Sukhna Lake, was produced in the Dera Bassi Court today. He has been sent to two days police remand.Before that, the court had sent him to 14 days judicial remand on January 27.

Babla Custody Issue
UT’s plea dismissed
Chandigarh, February 8
Justice Sabina of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed the UT’s plea against the trial court’s order permitting Congress councillor Devinder Babla to surrender in a case against him, while he was already in judicial custody in another case.


2 get 3-yr jail for duping
Panchkula, February 8
Additional District and Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jindal has sentenced two persons accused of duping a resident of Panchkula to three years of imprisonment.

Two held in fraud case
Zirakpur, February 8
The local police today arrested two residents of Ludhiana, identified as Harish Kumar and Babloo, and recovered fake bundles of Rs 500 from their possession.

DJ booked for playing loud music
Zirakpur, February 8
The Zirakpur police has booked a DJ for playing loud music at Richmond Gardens on the Chandigarh-Ambala national highway, Zirakpur.

Man held for raping 2-year-old
Panchkula, February 8
The police today arrested a resident of Chandi Mandir for allegedly raping a two-year-old girl here.The accused, identified as Kailash, is neighbour of the victim.According to the police, parents of the girl work as daily wagers and when they were not at home, Kailash took the girl to his house. 

Man injured in assault case
Chandigarh, February 8
Gurinder Pal, a resident of Sector 27, alleged that Abdul Kadir of Mahadevpur and Punit of Sector 19 had beaten and threatened him, besides tried to outrage the modesty of his wife near the Grain Market, Sector 26, yesterday.

Murder suspect arrested
Mohali, February 8
The police has arrested Umesh, a 21-year-old suspect in the murder of Lakhwinder, resident of Amb Sahib Colony.Last evening, Umesh, along with Radhey, Tony and Rakesh had stabbed

Orchestra dancer’s husband found dead
Chandigarh, February 8
An orchestra dancer’s husband, who had returned home after his release from Bathinda jail two days ago, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his house at Mani Mani Majra this morning.

Man dies in scuffle
Chandigarh, February 8
A minor scuffle landed two youths in police custody after an auto-rickshaw driver diedin a brawl here late last night.


Priya bags top spot in44 kg category
Participants in action during the All-India Inter-University Judo Championship for Women on the PU campus, Chandigarh, on Monday.Chandigarh, February 8
Priya and Sneha Tadyal of Panjab University have grabbed top positions in their respective categories on the second day of the All-India Inter-University Judo Championship for Women held at PU campus here today.

Participants in action during the All-India Inter-University Judo Championship for Women on the PU campus, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik


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