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CIC reprimand for housing board
Chandigarh, February 11
The alleged dilution of the RTI Act by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), the construction arm of the Chandigarh Administration, has come under the scanner of the Central Information Commission (CIC).

The Sakateri temple is decked up with lights on the eve of Mahashivaratri.
The Sakateri temple is decked up with lights on the eve of Mahashivaratri. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan




Financier dupes shopkeeper of Rs 25 lakh
Panchkula, February 11
The dream of having a BMW car cost the son of a shopkeeper of Sector 7 here dear. After allegedly losing more than Rs 25 lakh to a local finance company, he has now sought the intervention of the police after receiving threats.

Land acquisition policy: UT farmers call on Patil
Chandigarh,February 11
The "lop-sided" land acquisition policy of the Chandigarh Administration came under sharp focus today, with UT farmers calling on Punjab Governor-cum-UT Administrator Shivraj Patil and bringing to his notice the "mindless" land acquisition for the controversial projects.

Sodomy Case
ASI gets 4-yr RI
Chandigarh, February 11
Additional district & sessions judge Raj Sekhar Attri sentenced assistant subinspector Dalwinder Singh to four years’ rigorous imprisonment under sections 367, 377, 342 & 506 of the IPC for sodomising a teenager in 2008.

PU to allot hostel rooms only during admission
Chandigarh, February 11
In a major change in hostel accommodation regulations, Panjab University will now allot hostel rooms to students only at the time of admission in the upcoming academic session beginning July-August 2010. With a view to streamline the process and after having experimented with other procedures in the past, the university administration resolved to discontinue the practice of assigning rooms throughout the year.


Wrong info on bridge query under RTI Act
Work on the Manauli-Dairi bridge is far from over. Dairi (Mohali), February 11
Residents of Manauli and surrounding villages have been fighting a battle with the Punjab PWD (B&R) for the early completion of a bridge linking Manauli with Dairi and other villages in Mohali’s periphery.

Work on the Manauli-Dairi bridge is far from over. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

GMADA asks encroachers to vacate land
Mohali, February 11
The estate office of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has asked residents of Lambian village to vacate the land which had been encroached upon by them in order to avoid the tough action of the enforcement wing of the authority.

Sugarfed chief takes over amid controversy
Mohali, February 11
In an embarrassment for the Akali Dal government, the taking-over ceremony of Sukhbir Singh Vahla, chairman of the Sugarfed, was marred by absence of the elected board of directors of the federation.

Days to warm up, nights to stay cold
Chandigarh, February 11
Weather in the city as well as in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana continued to remain warm today with the met department forecasting a partly cloudy sky in the coming days along with a further rise in the day temperature.

Point Counter Point
Does MC need more powers?
Need of the hour In a democratic set-up, the government is by the people, for the people and of the people.

Pre-Valentine’s Day bash at PU
Chandigarh, February 11
Students of the Panjab University gathered to celebrate a pre-Valentine’s Day bash at the Student Centre here today.

200 students get training in first aid
Chandigarh, February 11
The department of paediatrics of the PGI, along with NSS volunteers of the National Institute of Nursing Education (NINE), organised a workshop at the Advanced Paediatric Centre for nearly 200 students of St John’s High School.

Lifetime achievement award for PU ex-don
Chandigarh, February 11
Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Women, Kamalpura, Ludhiana, conferred a lifetime achievement award to Dr Surinder Sharma, a retired professor of chemistry, PU, a veteran comedian of Punjabi films and present advisor to the Vice-Chancellor, for his contributions in the field of art and academics.

Hallmark school celebrates annual day
Students of Hallmark Public School present a cultural dance during its annual day, ‘Srijan 2010’, at Tagore theatre in Chandigarh on Thursday.Panchkula, February 11
Hallmark Public School, Sector15, here, celebrated its Annual Day- “Srijan -2010” with grandeur and enthusiasm at the Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, today.

Students of Hallmark Public School present a cultural dance during its annual day, ‘Srijan 2010’, at Tagore theatre in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Orphan sent to Children Home
Panchkula, February 11
The SDM (south) today sent an 8-year-old orphan boy to Children Home, whose father Kamrudeen — a beggar — had died on February 7.


Shivalik school report submitted
Chandigarh, February 11
The inspection committee constituted under SDM Abhishek Deo to inspect the Shivalik Public School formally submitted its report to the Home Secretary today.


Two cops hurt in mishap
Lalru, February 11
Two cops on patrolling duty were injured in a road accident on Chandigarh-Amlaba highway after their jeep rammed into a truck trailer near Lehli village here last night.

Tricycles given to physically challenged
Dera Bassi, February 11
The Bharat Vikas Parishad today distributed tricycles and crutches to 27 disabled persons free of cost during a function at the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, today.

Dropping construction of rly subway 
Youth Congress to gherao DRM office
Ambala, February 11
The Youth Congress, Ambala, has threatened to gherao the DRM, Ambala railway division, for dumping construction of railway subway at Ambala City, which was already approved by the Railway Ministry with the efforts of Union Minister Kumari Selja and local MLA Venod Sharma around four years back.

Plea filed against proposed formation of MC
Kalka, February 11
Anguished over the state government’s decision on the proposed formation of the Panchkula Muncipal Corporation under which the municipal committees of Kalka and Pinjore are to be included in the corporation, residents of Pinjore including Vijay Bansal, senior politician, Amar Chand Dhiman, vice-president MC, Pinjore, Sanjeev Kumar, Municipal Councilor, Pinjore, and Satinder Singh Municipal Councilor, Pinjore have filed a civic writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, under Articles 226/227of the Constitution challenged the formation of the above said corporation.

Salil’s performance enthrals audience
Kharar, February 11
Indo Global Colleges, Abhipur, organised a live concert of renowned Pt Salil Bhatt, son of legendary musician Grammy Award winner Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.

Blood donation camp
Ambala, February 11
A blood donation camp was organised in MM University, Mullana, today. Sanjay Singh, an MP from Uttar Pradesh, was the chief guest. Nineteen boys and 30 girls donated blood on the occasion.

400 students felicitated at annual function
Patiala, February 11
Government Mohindra College, Patiala, today celebrated its annual prize distribution function, in which Dr Malkit Singh, dean academic affairs, Punjabi University, was the chief guest.

Graft case: Engineer sent to judicial custody
Ambala, February 11
Assistant Garrison Engineer of Military Engineering Service (MES), Ambala, Rakesh Sharma, who was nabbed by a team of the CBI, Chandigarh, last night while allegedly taking bribe of Rs 1 lakh from an MES contractor, Rohit Kumar, was produced in the court of Duty Magistrate Rahul Bishnoi here today who remanded him in judicial custody till February 25.

Couple duped of jewellery worth lakhs
Kalka, February 11
A couple from Ambala, DP Singla and Lata Singla, was duped of jewellery worth lakhs during their visit to Pinjore.

IT raids: Factories surrender Rs 19 cr
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 11 Two industrial units have surrendered Rs 19 crore besides recovery of Rs 1.42 crore from other Mandi Gobindgarh-based factories after raids conducted by the income tax department.

12 selected in placement drive
Kharar, February 11
A joint placement drive was organised at Indo Global Colleges, Abhipur, by Nahar Group of Companies for recruiting final year mechanical and electrical students.


Inspector Ram Gopal Case
HC restrains lower court from giving verdict
Chandigarh, February 11
Justice MMS Bedi of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today restrained a lower court from pronouncing its verdict in the case against UT inspector Ram Gopal till a decision was taken on a petition pending before him.

Clerk acquitted in graft case
Chandigarh, February 11
The CBI court yesterday acquitted an assistant and a clerk of the District Courts in a bribery case.

7 held guilty of attacking resident
Chandigarh, February 11
Additional District and Sessions Judge Raj Rahul Garg here today acquitted three persons, while seven were held guilty for attacking a Ram Darbar resident.

Hearing of Utsav’s bail plea postponed
Chandigarh, February 11
The district courts today postponed the hearing for bail application of Utsav till tomorrow. The hearing was to come up in the court of Palwinderjit Kaur today, but as she was not available the case was referred to Civil Judge-cum-Judicial Magistrate Hem Raj who put off the hearing of the same for tomorrow.

Red corner notice for Ranjit Bajaj
Panchkula, February 11
Troubles for Ranjit Bajaj seem to have no end after he allegedly injured Gurmohan Singh Bedi, son of Justice MMS Bedi of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, by attacking him at hotel North Park here on January 30.


Girl assaulted
Chandigarh, February 11
A local girl has lodged a complaint with the police against Binder of Dhanas for assaulting her with the intention of outraging her modesty on January 29. A case was registered.

Woman arrested for duping three youths
Chandigarh, February 11
The police today arrested Shilpa Aggarwal for duping three youths of Rs 6 lakh for sending them to Canada in search of greener pastures. Shilpa, a resident of Sector 37, had been absconding since 2008, after the police had registered a case against her in the same year for arranging fake visa documents, on the complaint of the three youths.

5 held for black marketing of LPG
Panchkula, February 11
In an effort to contain black marketing of LPG cylinders, the district police has arrested 5 persons, including the manager of a gas agency, here yesterday.

Goods worth lakhs gutted
Zirakpur, February 11
Goods worth lakhs were gutted in a fire that broke out in two shops located on Chandigarh-Ambala road here on last night.


Students take part in the sack race event at the 25th Annual Athletics meet at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Rajni adjudged best athlete
Chandigarh, February 11
Rajni has been declared the best athlete in the 25th Annual Athletics Meet held at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, today, while Jyoti was declared the best athlete in the non-sports category.

Students take part in the sack race event at the 25th Annual Athletics meet at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

St Stephen’s book berth in semis
Panchkula, February 11
The all-round performance by Talwinderjit Singh enabled St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, to enter the semifinals of Satluj T20 Champions Trophy in the last league match held at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, here today.

80 golfers to tee off today
Chandigarh, February 11
Eighty under-17 golfers from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh will converge on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club for the inaugural tournament of the Chandigarh Golf Association Junior 2010 Circuit, which gets underway tomorrow.


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