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The robbers who preferred gold
l Loot believed to be of 40-45 kg of gold l Diamonds ignored l Police quizzes Tanishq employees
Chandigarh, January 13
Going by the inventory of the jewellery stolen at the Tanishq outlet yesterday, the 15 dacoits have turned out to be gold hunters. From amongst all the jewels displayed in the showroom, the dacoits ignored diamonds and other precious stones in their 45 kg gold heist. For, 95 per cent of the loot is reported to be pure gold with a few diamonds figuring only because they formed part of the gold jewellery.

Install auto dialer systems in 15 days, banks told
Chandigarh, January 13
The city police is now set to harness the latest state-of-the-art technology for crime prevention. In the backdrop of major crime incidents, including Wednesday’s Rs 10 crore robbery at the Tanishq jewellery store in Manimajra, the police today asked all banks to install auto dialer systems in their premises within 15 days.


Lohri chill & thrill 

Youngsters celebrate Lohri in Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
Youngsters celebrate Lohri in Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Speaking out
City no more safe
The dacoity of jewellery worth ` 10 crore at Tanishq showroom at Mani Majra and kidnapping-cum-gruesome murder of five-year-old Khushpreet has has once again raised questions over the functioning of the police in the city. Despite tall claims of being more active, deploying its forces better and striving for greater accountability, city residents say they have lost faith in the UT Police. 

Badri gang suspect
Panchkula, January 13
Rajesh, alias Badri, a notorious gangster suspected to be involved in the heist at the Tanishq jewellery showroom in Mani Majra, on Wednesday morning, continues to regularly make news for wrong reasons in the region.

UT fumbles on saving city’s heritage
No proper inventory yet of items in record room
Chandigarh, January 12
It’s now official: The city’s heritage has been grossly neglected. In a classic case of putting the cart before the horse, the UT administration appears to be inept in preserving the remaining legacy of its master creator Le Corbusier.


Lohri celebrated with fervour
Students light candles for “Save the girl child” before Lohri celebrations at Panjab University on Thursday.Chandigarh, January 13  Non-teaching and teaching staff of Postgraduate Government College, Sector 46, celebrated Lohri with enthusiasm and zeal on the college premises today. The newly appointed principal Dr Shamlata, lighted the holy fire and wished luck to all the members of staff and asked them to sweeten their lives with the sweetness of rewri and gachak.

Students light candles for “Save the girl child” before Lohri celebrations at Panjab University on Thursday.

Sun greets residents on Lohri
Rise in max, min temperatures
People bask in the sun at Plaza in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday.Chandigarh, January 13
The city enjoyed a cold Lohri today as the day remained considerably warm with the maximum temperature climbing to 21.6 degrees Celsius from Wednesday’s 16.8 degrees, one degree above normal for this time of the year.

People bask in the sun at Plaza in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Mohali gets customer care centre
Mohali January 13
A fully-equipped customer care centre set up at the local office of the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd for the convenience of consumers has become functional.

Water supply info a click away soon
Chandigarh, January 13
If all goes as per the plans, officials of the Municipal Corporation will know the record of the raw water supply from the water treatment plants in the city at the click of the mouse.

Road Safety Council Meeting 
Members for imposing entry tax
Chandigarh, January 13
To review the important road safety issues for better traffic management in the city, the first meeting of State-Level Road Safety Council was convened today.

Railways offer trolley service for elderly, women 
Chandigarh, January 13
Senior citizens and women passengers travelling in trains will soon introduce be able to book luggage trolleys in advance by dialing a designated telephone number. Once they arrive at the station, a uniformed ‘rail yatri sevak’, holding a placard with the trolley number, will provide them the service for a price. The facility will also be available without advance booking.

Tenant, relatives quizzed
Chandigarh, January 13 The Crime Branch of the UT Police today again questioned several relatives and also Avtar Singh, a tenant, in the sensational Khushpreet case for any possible leads into the kidnapping followed by the blind murder of the five-year-old.

Republic Day
Security beefed up at airport
Chandigarh, January 13
A red alert has been sounded at the Chandigarh airport ahead of the Republic Day celebrations.

Construction near airport boundary
Safety takes a back seat here
Zirakpur, January 13
Safety concerns have come crashing with the setting up of a structure and scrap being piled in the vicinity of the airport boundary in Pabhat village. Rules prohibit any kind of construction activity within 100m of the airport boundary. Heaps of scrap pose the danger of bird-hit to the planes.

Modern PCR inaugurated
Mohali, January 13
The Director-General of Police, Punjab, today inaugurated a modern police control room (PCR) of the Mohali district police, equipped with GIS/GPS-based automatic vehicle-tracking system, at the Phase 8 police station here.

‘I can’t comment on crime in UT, P’kula’
On a visit to Mohali, Director-General of Police (DGP) Punjab PS Gill exhibited a casual approach when asked about the rising crime in the tricity.

Honour for doc
Mohali, January 13
The biography of Dr Ashit Syngle, consultant physician, cardiologist, diabetologist and rheumatologist, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, has been included in the 2010 edition of Who’s Who in the World.

Foreign experts visit garbage plant
Chandigarh, January 13
A delegation of 30 experts of solid waste management of developing countries today visited the garbage processing unit at Dadu Majra as part of international training programme on Renewable Energy and Energy efficiency.


New engg college from this session
Chandigarh, January 13
Aryans Group of Colleges (AGC), on Tuesday announced the opening of an engineering college on a 20-acre campus near Chandigarh from the 2011-12 session.

PU Notes
Chandigarh: The Centre for IAS and Competitive Examinations, Panjab University, will start coaching classes for IAS preliminary (CSAT) from January 24, 2011. Last date for the receipt of application has been extended to January 15 from January 12. Rajan Gaur, director of the centre, said admission test would be conducted on January 16 at 11 am at the centre and interviews would be held on January 18 from 11 am onwards.


Ropar gets only Rs 7 lakh
Ropar, January 13
The Ropar district has received funds of only Rs 7 lakh against required Rs 212 lakh under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA).

New site for grain market identified
Ambala, January 13
The Ambala district administration has finally woken up to the need of shifting of the grain market from the present busy location to a more spacious place. The district administration has identified a site along the GT road where the grain market would be shifted during this year.

One arrested for fraud
Dera Bassi, January 13
The police has arrested one person for conducting illegal purchase of land. A case was registered on the recommendation of naib tehsildar Varinder Dhoot who had caught the accused at the time of registering the sale of land.


MLA’s role in murder case
Notice of motion issued to state
Chandigarh, January 13
The functioning of Punjab MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu has come under the Punjab and Haryana High Court scanner.

4 judges to take oath today
Chandigarh, January 13
Four additional judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court will be administered the oath as regular Judges on Friday.

Samjhauta blast case
Accused to be produced in court
Panchkula, January 13
National Investigative Agency has moved an application before Panchkula Judicial Magistrate for recording the confessional statement of Swami Aseemanand, an accused of Samjhauta Express bomb blast, here today.


Thieves strike at jewellery shop
Mohali, January 13
Thieves struck at a jewellery shop in Nayagaon and decamped with cash and ornaments worth lakhs on Wednesday. The owner of Sri Ram Jewellery shop, Subhash Chander, a resident of Adarsh Nagar, Nayagaon, told the police that he locked his shop on January 11.


ITF World Ranking Tennis 
All-India affair in boys’ doubles
Chandigarh, January 13
The title clash in the boys’ doubles will be an all-India affair in Mehru-ITF World Ranking Junior Circuit Grade-3 Tennis Tournament.

Tennis meet starts today
Mohali, January 13
Manav Mangal Total Tennis Academy will be organising Manav Mangal Total Tennis Tournament at Manav Mangal Smart School, here from January 14 to 16.

Central Revenue Sports Meet
Chandigarh players after winning the hockey final match against Delhi in the Central Revenue North Zone Sports Meet at the Sector 42 hockey stadium on Thursday. Double delight for city
Chandigarh, January 13
The soccer and hockey teams of the Chandigarh Central Excise Department won championship trophies on the final day of the North-Zone Central Revenue Sports Meet that concluded here today.

Chandigarh players after winning the hockey final match against Delhi in the Central Revenue North Zone Sports Meet at the Sector 42 hockey stadium on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

School games draw to a close
Chandigarh, January 13
The final day of 56th National School Games here brought cheer to the local sports fans as the city’s cricket under-19 team and football under-14 team emerged champions yesterday.


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