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Neha Ahlawat murder case
Groping in dark, police announces Rs 1 lakh reward
Chandigarh, November 30
Neha Ahlawat Unable to achieve any breakthrough in the sensational Neha Ahlawat murder case during the past four months, the UT Police today announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh to anyone providing a clue to crack the case. The announcement of the reward is a clear indication that the police has so far exhausted its means to crack the case and has come out openly admitting that it could not crack the case.

Realtor’s Death
Police probes love angle
Mohali, November 30
A failed love affair has emerged as a possible cause of horrific death of the 25-year-old Panchkula-based property dealer Suresh Kumar whose charred remains was found lying on the rear seat of the burnt Suzuki Swift car near Siswan village on the Mullanpur-Baddi highway on Friday night.


Ram Niwas gets charge of key depts
Chandigarh, November 30
Punjab governor & UT administrator Shivraj V Patil today reposed faith in the old guard while allocating various departments held by finance secretary Sanjay Kumar by entrusting most of them to home secretary Ram Niwas in a reshuffle. Kumar proceeded on long leave after he was hit with allegations of tampering with official records in a bid to secure membership of the Chandigarh Golf Range.

Finally, city airport to have ILS this month
Chandigarh, November 30
After several postponements and delays of many months, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is finally going to stick to its December deadline for the installation of the instrument landing system (ILS) at the city’s airport.

A farmer stands amidst his swaying mustard crop at Dharamgarh village in Mohali on Tuesday.
Nature’s bounty:
A farmer stands amidst his swaying mustard crop at Dharamgarh village in Mohali on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

1 killed, 2 hurt in mishaps
Chandigarh, November 30
A 19-year-old youth was killed while his 22-year-old cousin was seriously injured in a road accident early Tuesday morning when a car rammed into their motorcycle they were riding near the traffic lights on the road separating Sectors 20 and 30 here. In another incident a scooterist was hurt after being knocked down by a car.

The accused (centre) in CBI custody on Tuesday. Estate Office official held for graft
Chandigarh, November 30
The anti-corruption branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today caught red-handed Mahal Chand, superintendent, UT Estate Office, while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh at his office.

The accused (centre) in CBI custody on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

UT official shifted on corruption charges
Chandigarh, November 30 The UT administration today transferred the Employment Officer-cum-Registering and Licensing Officer (additional charge), Anil Sharma, following a complaint to the department of Social Welfare.


File photo of an apni mandi. MC to auction apni mandi sites
Chandigarh, November 30
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has decided to auction all apni mandis to private contractors to earn more revenue. As per the fresh draft tabled before the apni mandi committee today, the authorities have proposed that the contractors will have to deposit Rs 1 lakh as security with the MC after the allotment of mandis to them.

File photo of an apni mandi.

Allottees gherao GMADA office
Demand possession of remaining plots
Mohali, November 30
Allottees of Sectors 76 to 80 gheraoed the office of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), here, today and demanded possession of their remaining plots and development of these sectors. The protesters blocked the gate of the GMADA office for about an hour and nobody was allowed to enter or move out of the building.

Hearing on EWS quota case deferred
Panchkula, November 30
Hearing on the quota for the economically weaker sections (EWS) in private schools has been deferred by the local court today when the Panchkula district administration and six respondent private schools sought time to file their reply.

Draft Electoral Rolls
Names deleted in arbitrary manner, says Janata Party
Chandigarh, November 30
Deletion of thousands of names in the draft electoral rolls for 2011 has come in for sharp criticism from the local unit of the Janata Party. In a representation to the Adviser to the UT Administrator, president of the Janata Party Ajay Jagga alleged that thousands of entries existing in the Electoral rolls for 2010 have been deleted in an arbitrary manner.

Hike in vehicle-registration fee mooted
Chandigarh, November 30
Following the proposed hike in the road tax for four-wheeler, the UT administration is all set to hike the vehicle-registration fee. The proposed hike is on the pattern of neighbouring states, including Punjab, Delhi and Haryana. A proposal in this regard was sent to the UT administration around three months ago by the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA).

Illegal structures razed in Sector 45
Workers remove debris from the demolition site in Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik Chandigarh, November 30
Officials of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) today conducted a demolition drive at Sector 45-A. Led by MM Sabharwal, secretary, CHB, the team along with the police demolished 34 out of 37 illegal structures, including illegal garages, sheds ad others structures on government land. The CHB had served notices to these violators a month back asking them to remove the structures voluntarily.

Workers remove debris from the demolition site in Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Noise Pollution
Crackdown begins on violators
Chandigarh, November 30
As part of its special ongoing drive against noise pollution in the city, the Chandigarh Police had directed all station house officers and in charges of police posts across the city to catch violators in their areas.


Evaluation of Research Papers
PU fails to devise mechanism
Chandigarh, November 30
Contrary to its usual claims of striving to strengthen research activities in the campus, Panjab University has till date failed to devise any mechanism to evaluate research papers and detect plagiarism.

Poster-making contest
CHANDIGARH: The Sohanjana Eco Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, and Orchid Eco Club of Gurukul Global School, Mani Majra, in collaboration with the UT department of environment and forests organised a poster-making competition on “Nature conservation and safety of migration birds” at Sukhna wetland. Chief guest Santosh Kumar, conservator of forests, chief wildlife warden-cum-director environment, stressed that we should provide protection and shelter to migratory birds.

Students of The Gurukul engaged in sculpting during a 10-day workshop; and (right) schoolkids participate in a painting competition on environment at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Students of The Gurukul engaged in sculpting during a 10-day workshop; and (right) schoolkids participate in a painting competition on environment at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photographs

PU Notes
CHANDIGARH: Professor VK Jindal of the physics department, Panjab University, and a former coordinator, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Centre, has been appointed as the governing council member of three universities of Mumbai, Kolkata and Madras. The emeritus scientist has been offered this distinction following fulfillment of stringent criteria laid down by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for the appointment.

Students continue chain fast
Chandigarh, November 30
While instructors at GCYEH (Yoga College), Sector 23, reportedly withdrew their strike today, students continued their hunger strike demanding an action against principal KL Sodhi for his alleged objectionable behaviour with girl students.

Stress to take social research at micro level
Chandigarh, November 30
The department of political science on behalf of Academic Staff College, Panjab University, started a refresher course on “Social sciences in India: Emerging trends” for assistant professors on the campus here today.


Road rage leaves driver injured
Zirakpur, November 30
A minor collision between two cars near the railway crossing on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway here last night led to a road rage, which resulted in a driver of a Skoda car being seriously injured. The injured driver has been identified as Devinder (27), a resident of Chandigarh. He was admitted to GMCH-32, Chandigarh, for the treatment of head injury.

UP lift Nehru memorial cricket cup
Patiala, November 30
Uttar Pradesh beat Punjab to win the two-day first All-India Nehru Memorial Cricket Cup Tournament. The tournament was organised by the Blind Welfare Society, Punjab, at Punjabi University. Teams from northern region, including Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, participated in the tournament.

Workshop on sanitation
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 30
A two-day workshop on training and coordination for implementation of sanitation programme was organized by the District Programme Management Cell, Patiala and Fatehgarh Sahib wings of Punjab Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Department. The workshop concluded today.

Body of youth found in pond
Lalru, November 30
A body of 20-year-old youth was found in a pond near Khelan village yesterday. The youth was identified as Jaswant Singh, son of Raj Kumar of Khelan village. After conducting a post-mortem examination the body was handed over to the relatives of the deceased.


High Court
CJ’s elevation list raises eyebrows
Despite being at the fag end of his tenure, the Chief Justice has cleared names of six advocates and a sessions judge for elevation
Chandigarh, November 30
Less than a month after the Punjab and Haryana High Court collegium met practically after a gap of nearly three years to clear for elevation the names of six advocates and a sessions judge, the list has been forwarded to the two states for its nod.

HC stays promotion of inspectors
Chandigarh, November 30
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the proceedings of the departmental promotion committee (DPC) for promotions of inspectors to the rank of DSPs. The order would remain in force till the outcome of the petition pending before the court.


Spate of thefts in city
A bank employee shows the place from where burglars tried to enter a bank in Dhanas, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
Thieves strike at six shops in grain market, attempt to burgle bank in Dhanas
Chandigarh, November 30
Some unidentified miscreants made an attempt to commit burglary at Chandigarh State Cooperative Bank in Dhanas here last night. Besides, six incidents of thefts have been reported form different parts of the city. In charge of the Dhanas police post sub-inspector Kirpal Singh Kooner said Balbir Singh, the manager of the bank, reported that an attempt was made to burgle the bank. The police inspected the spot and found that the thieves gained access from a vacant house at the rear side of the bank.

A bank employee shows the place from where burglars tried to enter a bank in Dhanas, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Three suspects being produced in a Mohali court on Tuesday. Gang of robbers busted
Mohali, November 30
The Mohali police today arrested three members of a gang of robbers. The suspects were active in Mohali and Chandigarh. The three suspects, Parmod, Ashok and Manoj, aged about 20 years have confessed to have snatched five mobile handsets and stolen a motorcycle.

Three suspects being produced in a Mohali court on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

20-yr-old held for rape
Chandigarh, November 30
The police today arrested a 20-year-old youth on the charges of raping a 15-year-old girl of Sector 49. The police said Vicky, a resident of Sector 48, was working with a local advertisement company. It said the victim’s parents lodged a missing person’s report when she failed to return home after school on November 23.

Purse snatched
Chandigarh, November 30
An unidentified pedestrian snatched a purse from a woman in Sector 44 here on Monday. Sunita Sethi, a resident of Sector 44-C, reported to the police alleging that an unidentified pedestrian snatched her purse containing two ATM cards and other documents.


Cooch Behar Trophy
Punjab U-19 team dominate
Chandigarh, November 30
Punjab U-19 team scored three points after registering win over Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association on the basis of first innings lead in Cooch Behar Trophy at Rewa (Madhya Pradesh) here today. Punjab team took a one-run lead in the first innings of the four-day match.

Nehru Yuva Sports Tournament
St John’s lads set to prove mettle
Chandigarh, November 30
Motivated by city’s U-14 and U-16 soccer teams who lifted two national trophies in a row, young players of Chandigarh are all set to establish their dominance in the fifth Nehru Yuva Sports Tournament to be held in Bhopal.

Students of Air Force School 3 BRD AF during the school’s sports day. Niranjana declared best sports girl
Chandigarh, November 30
Ashoka House won the best house trophy, while Akash Singh of Class X was declared the best sports boy during the annual sports day of Air Force School 3 BRD AF here today. Niranjana Garg of Class IX was named the best sports girl. Earlier, students from pre-primary to Class X participated in the event. Chief guest Captain KK Gupta, Station Commander, 3 BRD AF, and Meenakshi gave away prizes to winners.

Students of Air Force School 3 BRD AF during the school’s sports day. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Tennis trials on Dec 3
Chandigarh, November 30
The Chandigarh sports department is conducting trials to select probables for the All-India Civil Services Lawn Tennis Tournament on December 3 at Tennis Courts, Sports Complex, Sector 42, at 3 pm.All UT departments are eligible to take part in the trials. Interested participants must carry individual identity cards at the time of trials.


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