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2 Nari Niketan inmates attempt suicide
Chandigarh, February 16
Two girls living in Nari Niketan in Sector 26 here reportedly attempted to commit suicide by consuming a poisonous substance last evening. They were admitted to the Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16 after they complained of complications this morning.

Students of the Environment Studies Department pose with painted faces during a protest against Bt Brinjal in Chandigarh. NO TO Bt: Students of the Environment Studies Department pose with painted faces during a protest against Bt Brinjal in Chandigarh. — Reuters


Nari Niketan Case
Judgment reserved for March 3
Chandigarh, February 16
The district court today reserved the judgment in the Nari Niketan rape case for March 3 after the counsel for the accused objected to the joint filing of challan under Section 173.

Boston Fiasco
PU claims on students’ visit fall flat
Chandigarh, February 16
In an interesting turn in the case of the PU student, Nitin Jindal, held by the Boston police on charges of molestation, the claims of the PU authorities that the students had gone on their own and had applied online, proved false today.

Commercial property prices dip in Mohali auction
Mohali, February 16
Reversing the trend, reflective of high reserve prices coupled with the ongoing recession, the average auctioned price of commercial properties in the town declined at the auction held by GMADA here today.


Proposals by Mohali MC opposition get nod
Mohali, February 16
The Congress-backed ruling group of the Mohali Municipal Council gets a jolt with the director, local government, Punjab, approving all those estimates related to development works in the town which were selectively cleared by councillors of the opposition group at the general house meeting held on December 29.

People gamble at a public park in Dadu Majra Colony, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Wired for Disaster: A communication equipment with a security guard deployed at the main gate of Hotel Taj, Chandigarh, continues to be outdated in spite of terror threat. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Rent-a-womb case: Bharti gets son’s custody
Chandigarh, February 16
She has won the battle; and the reward is her own son’s custody. Bharti Sahdev was oscillating between apprehension and hope, despair and elation, ever since the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered the DNA test for determining whether her son was born out of lawful wedlock or was a test tube baby fathered by another man wanting to rent her womb.

CCE Backfires — II
Formative assessment key to good result
Chandigarh, February 16
One of the most ambitious aspects of the CBSE’s Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation is its formative assessment, which as its summative counterpart, will act as an easy tool to ensure a good result.

Rly plans paid enquiry number soon
Chandigarh, February 16
The railways has prepared a comprehensive plan to introduce a new paid phone enquiry No. 138, which will be in addition to the present centralised national enquiry No. 139 already outsourced by the railways for its better maintenance and round-the-clock service.

Housing board allows need-based changes
Chandigarh, February 16
Giving a breather to occupants of houses of the Chandigarh Housing Board, the board has allowed need-based changes.


Disaffiliation of Shivalik Public School
Admn to send inspection report to CBSE
Chandigarh, February 16
Playing it safe on the matter of granting recognition to Shivalik Public School, the UT administration has decided to forward its inspection report to CBSE. It may be noted that soon after the board disaffiliated the school last month, the UT education department formed a hi-power inspection committee to look into the objections cited by the board.

Guv for empowering blind students
Chandigarh, February 16
Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj Patil on his maiden visit to the Institute for the Blind in Sector 26 today emphasised the need for empowering the blind students by imparting them education and vocational training to enable them to live a life with pride and dignity.


New bus stands for Punjab dists
Patiala, February 16
All districts of Punjab would soon have ultramodern bus stands. The exercise has been started with Patiala and would cover all district headquarters. After Patiala, Mohali would be the next district headquarters that would have an ultramodern bus stand.

Construction of building begins at Punjabi varsity
Patiala, February 16
The construction of a new building for the MBA and computer science departments at Punjabi University began today. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 15.25 crore and it will be completed in 18 months.

Contempt case against IAS officer
Complainant seeks security cover
Mohali, February 16
A day after the Punjab Vigilance Bureau filed a contempt petition in the court of the Special Judge, Mohali, against suspended IAS officer VK Janjua for “scandalising the court, announcing his refusal to accept the authority of the court and wilfully interfering with the administration of justice”, the complainant in the vigilance case, TR Mishra, today filed application before the vigilance seeking security cover. The application filed by Mishra was brought on record of the local court by the vigilance.

Two held for forgery
Ambala, February 16
The Mumbai Police raided a pharmaceutical company at Ambala City and arrested two senior officials of the company in a forgery case today. According to the Mumbai Police, Sasirang Bhosle of a Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company, DPP, had supplied raw material to an Ambala firm worth Rs 1.93 crore around two years back.

Symposium on trends in chemistry
Patiala, February 16
A two-day symposium on “Emerging Trends in Chemistry” concluded with a valedictory function at the department of chemistry, Punjabi University, Patiala, here today. Dr Manjit Singh, Dean (colleges), Punjabi University, Patiala, presided over the function.

Bhupinder claims top spot in 100m
Patiala, February 16
Government Mohindra College organised its 134th annual sports day. Paramjeet Singh Gill, IG, Patiala zone, graced the occasion as chief guest. He declared the meet open.

177 cases settled at lok adalat
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 16
As many as 177 cases out of 387 were settled in a lok adalat which was held under Additional District and Sessions Judge PS Virk.

Sports day
Ambala, February 16
DAV College, Ambala, organised its annual sports day here today. Mukesh Ahuja, SDM, Ambala, was the chief guest on the occasion. Ahuja motivated students to take part in extra-curricular activities.

Jawan killed in accident
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 16
A constable deployed with the Central Industrial Security Force died after his scooter rammed into a stationed truck near Peerjain village here today.


Now, mediators to settle family conflicts out of court
Chandigarh, February 16
Family disputes coming before various women’s cells will now be amicably resolved with the assistance of ‘mediators’ and ‘conciliation centres’ located in the premises of the high court and district courts here. This was stated by the OSD cum member secretary of the high court legal services committee after a meeting held recently to explore ways to patch up such disputes. The meet was attended by senior superintendents of police of Panchkula, Mohali and Chandigarh.

High Court
Notice to SSP, SP for contempt
Chandigarh, February 16
Justice Permod Kohli of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice for March 16 to UT SSP KK Srivastava, SP (city and crime) Madhur Verma and CID inspector Devinder Kumar to show cause why proceedings under the contempt of court Act be not initiated against them for alleged deliberate defiance of January 21 orders.

PIL on child labour
Division Bench of Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice Jasbir Singh has issued notice of motion to Union of India, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Panjab University and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights on a PIL filed by social activist Hemant Goswami. The writ brings to fore the alleged violation and non-compliance of provisions of the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, by the Union and the states.

Judicial remand for TV channel owner
Chandigarh, February 16
A local court remanded Iqbal Singh, owner of a local TV channel, along with his father, brother and four friends in judicial custody today. The police had arrested the accused in three cases of trespass, rioting, causing injuries and criminal intimidation yesterday.

School Admission
HC not keen on plea withdrawal
Chandigarh, February 16
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today made clear its intention of going deep into the admission system of city schools. Taking up the Carmel Convent-9 admission matter, Justice Permod Kohli indicated that the matter was not restricted to an individual’s battle for securing admission for her daughter, but involved larger issues. The petitioner had expressed his willingness to withdraw the petition with the school paving the way for the admission following the court case.


Hit by bus, pedestrian dies
Chandigarh, February 16
A man was killed and a woman injured in separate road accidents in the city. The police said a pedestrian was seriously injured after being hit by a CTU bus in Sector 20 last night. The victim was crossing the road when the mishap occurred. He was admitted to the Sector 32 GMCH, where he died.

Two arrested for conning woman
Chandigarh, February 16
Two persons were caught while attempting to dupe a woman of gold ornaments after offering to polishing these in Sector 20 here today.

4 held for gambling
Chandigarh, February 16
The police today arrested four persons from Dadu Majra Colony (DMC) on charges of indulging in gambling. Maloya police post in charge Baldev Kumar said Surjit Singh, Ravinder Kumar, Bunty and Deepak Kumar, all residents of the DMC, were arrested for gambling.


St Stephen’s lift T20 trophy
Satluj Public School bite dust
Chandigarh, February 16
St Stephen’s, Sector 45-C, Chandigarh, clinched the Satluj T20 Championship Trophy by defeating Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula, by nine runs in the final match played at Satluj Public School here today.

Roller Skating
Haryana shine on Day 2
Chandigarh, February 16
Haryana once again proved its mettle on the second day of the 47th National Roller Hockey and Inline Hockey Championship being played at the KBDAV-7 skating rink, Sector 10, here today.

A match in progress at KBDAV School, Sector 7, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


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