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Tanishq Heist
Two 8-second calls did them in
Chandigarh, January 16
The accused being taken to the Manimajra police station in Chandigarh on Sunday Two calls, each of eight-second duration, made by gang members after fleeing from Chandigarh and before destroying the mobiles in Karnal proved to be the undoing of the gang.

The accused being taken to the Manimajra police station in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

n Police remand till Jan 24

Admn messes up on implementing RTE Act
Chandigarh, January 16
In its overzealous efforts to implement the Right of Children to Free & Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, the UT administration has ended up in only violating its provisions. Despite being a union territory without an independent legislature, the administration is not only guilty of framing separate draft rules but has also got enmeshed in a prolonged deliberative exercise.


Underuse of funds keeps south lagging behind
A damaged divider on a road separating Sectors 52 and 62 in Chandigarh Chandigarh, January 16
For councillors representing the city’s southern sectors, pledges made on the floor of the municipal corporation house do not appear to be translating into action when it comes to spending funds on development projects in their respective wards. None of the eleven councillors from the southern sectors were able to spend on an average more than half of the funds allocated for their wards during the past four years. 
Going South: A damaged divider on a road separating Sectors 52 and 62 in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu


Remembering Khushpreet, tears roll down
The bhog ceremony under way at the Sector 34 gurdwara in Chandigarh on Sunday. Chandigarh, January 16
Eyes turned moist at the ‘bhog’ ceremony for five-year-old Khushpreet Singh, who was kept in captivity for 16 days before being killed by his kidnappers. His inconsolable parents, Lakhbir Singh and Kulwinder Kaur, broke down repeatedly whenever someone spoke about their child at the ceremony, which passed off peacefully.
The bhog ceremony under way at the Sector 34 gurdwara in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Icy winds sweep city, mercury plunges to 4.7°
Chandigarh, January 16
After a brief two-day respite from the severe cold, the sharp and sudden dip in minimum temperature by 7.5 degrees Celsius on Sunday led city residents to put on their heavy woollens once again. Icy winds blowing from snowcapped mountains to the north swept the city since morning, causing people to shiver even under multiple layered clothing and in front of room heaters.

Metro Project for tricity
A sigh of relief for Panchkula
Panchkula, January 16
With the authorities of Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh agreeing in principle to share the cost of drawing up a detailed project report (DPR) by the Delhi Metro Rail Corp (DMRC) for the constructing a Metro Rail Transit System in the tricity, local residents have started looking at relief from the everyday traffic jams, especially between Panchkula and Chandigarh, in the future.

Zirakpur residents want in
Zirakpur, January 16
The exclusion of Zirakpur from the Phase I of the Metro project has come as a setback for local residents, who have been grappling with the problem of traffic on a daily basis. A growing need for a swift public transport system has been felt in the town, which faces frequent traffic jams. The lack of a swift public transport system in the town has left the residents with little choice but to catch auto-rickshaws or local buses to reach their destinations.

Modern Fruit & Veggie Market
The site for the proposed modern fruit and vegetable market at Phase XI, Mohali Project back on drawing board
Mohali, January 16
A decade-old proposal to set up a modern fruit and vegetable market by the Punjab Mandi Board on 20 acres of land in Sector 65 A (Phase XI) is once again on the drawing board, thanks to politicians who have been over the years promising an ultra-modern facility at the site.

The site for the proposed modern fruit and vegetable market at Phase XI, Mohali. A Tribune photograph

PG accommodations, slums searched
Policemen carry out a search in a slum area of Zirakpur on SundayZirakpur, January 16
To keep a tab on inter-state criminal activities of anti-social elements, the local police launched a major search operation in paying guest and rented accommodations, besides slum areas, here today. A team led by SHO Yogi Raj conducted search in paying guest and rented accommodations in various colonies of Lohgarh road, VIP road and Pabhat area of the town. The police also carried out search in the slum areas.
Policemen carry out a search in a slum area of Zirakpur on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Vehicle impounded
Mohali, January 16
The local police has impounded a Skoda car for violating the traffic rules by using a red beacon. Matour police station SHO Tarlochan Singh said the car (CH 01 AB 9999) with a red beacon atop was intercepted near Matour.

Canadian Member of Parliament Dr Ruby Dhalla (right) is all ears to Punjabi anchor Satinder Satti during a function at Mohali on Sunday Canadian MP for promoting Punjabi
Mohali, January 16
Canadian Member of Parliament Dr Ruby Dhalla has asked the Punjabi youth to be proud of their culture, heritage and tradition. “Every effort should be made to respect and promote our mother tongue,” she said while speaking at a function organised by the SAD at Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) here today.
Mirror Image: Canadian Member of Parliament Dr Ruby Dhalla (right) is all ears to Punjabi anchor Satinder Satti during a function at Mohali on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Dropped midway, workers block highway
Were arrested for marching towards CM’s residence
Zirakpur, January 16
High drama was witnessed here late last night when daily wageworkers of the Punjab Water Supply Department blocked the Zirakpur-Patiala highway for over half an hour after the Chandigarh Police left them at a bus stop here.

Meeting at PGI
Chandigarh, January 16
The governing body, institutional body and academic committee of the PGI will hold a meeting tomorrow. Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad will chair the meeting. While decision on the appointment of dean and sub-dean of the premier health institute will be taken by the institutional body, a committee will be formed to select the successor of PGI director Prof KK Talwar.

scooter graveyard
Two-wheelers at the rear side of the Sector 21 police station in Panchkula Tribune photographer Nitin Mittal was rather amazed to see more than 100 scooters parked at the rear side of the Sector 21 police station in Panchkula last week. They looked like worn out and grounded. “What’s up?” he asked a fellow photographer. “These have been impounded by the police, over the years, for irregularities. The owners never came to take these back:”Many of the scooters appeared to have been buried.
Two-wheelers at the rear side of the Sector 21 police station in Panchkula. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Onion prices go up
Chandigarh, January 16
With the prices of tomatoes and onions going up, there seems to be no respite in sight for consumers. Garlic and ginger are being sold for Rs 200 and Rs 80 per kg, respectively. In each case, the hike is over 25 per cent.

Growing craze for brands among residents
Chandigarh, January 16
Comfort and price are passé when it comes to the purchase of ready-made garments especially for Chandigarh and Ludhiana residents. A majority of them go for brands and wear what others like. In an interesting study by a Panjab University teacher, it was found that a significantly high consideration is given to “other’s liking” and “brand” by people these days while buying ready-made garments.

Open House Response
Too many chinks in ‘draw of lots’
I am surprised the way Chandigarh Administration is going ahead blindly with the ‘draw of lots’ for all schools without even debating the practicability of the system in our schools.


Rs 15-lakh pay package for students
PU business school’s formula works
Chandigarh, January 16
A year after Panjab University’s coveted University Business School (UBS) imposed a minimum limit of Rs 4.5 lakh on salaries offered by companies, the formula has worked well this year, with 100 out of 120 interested candidates already placed at salaries above this scale.

Merchant navy lucrative career option
Chandigarh, January 16
A dearth of manpower in the shipping industry worldwide coupled with better competency level and reputation of Indian seafarers abroad has now led international companies to look for students and officers for recruitments in the city.

PU dental college to expand
Chandigarh, January 16
Dental College and Hospital, Panjab University, will now expand to a 200-chair dental hospital. According to PU officials, the number of patients have increased in PU’s dental hospital from 7,000 in 2006 to 65,000 in 2010.

Nepal president at PGI convocation
Chandigarh, January 16
Nepal President Dr Ram Baran Yadav will be the chief guest on the occasion of annual convocation of the PGI to be held on February 4. Yadav, an alumnus of the PGI, was awarded with a degree in internal medicine in 1985. Thereafter, his son, Dr Chandra Mohan Yadav, and daughter-in-law also did their post graduation from the PGI.


Worker drowns at factory
Dera Bassi, January 16
A young worker drowned in a pool on the premises of Parabolic Drugs at Sundra village yesterday.
The victim was identified as 18-year-old Ankush, son of Desraj, a resident of Sunder Colony, Ganganagar district of Rajasthan.

1 dead, 2 hurt in car-truck collision
Kalka, January 16
A car-truck collision left one person dead and two others, including a woman, seriously injured on the National Highway-22, near Surajpur, here today.
According to sources, the accident took place when a recklessly-driven truck rammed into a car occupied by Sanjeev Pal, his wife Sapna and father Sham Lal. The family was on its way to Chandigarh.

Woman dies in accident
Kharar, January 16
A resident of Ranjit Nagar was killed in a road accident on the Chandigarh-Kharar stretch of the National Highway-21 near Sunny Enclave today.
The victim, Ranjit Kaur, died on the spot after she was mowed down by a speeding car.

200 students take part in Dastar contest
Patiala, January 16
Dastar competition, being organised by Sarbat Khalsa Sewa Dal (Regd), at Gurdwara Dukhnivaran Sahib, here today got a huge response as a total of 200 students and youth took part.

Lecture on thyroid cancer
Patiala, January 16
Dr Manjit Singh Bal, head, department of pathology, Government Medical College, while delivering a lecture on thyroid cancer at Amar Ashram here today said thyroid cancer was three times more common among women.



Spurned youth sets three scooters afire
Cops come 1.30 hours after emergency call
Chandigarh, January 16
Hours after the confidence-instilling exercise by the top brass of the Chandigarh Police, including the IGP and the SSP, by visiting houses of residents across the city, the UT police showed gaping holes in ground realities when cops arrived an hour and-a-half after an emergency call made by a resident of Sector 22 in the wee hours this morning.


A couple performs at the Chandigarh Dance Sport Championship at Sector 10, Chandigarh, on SundayDance Sport Championship
Pankaj, Jasmeet claim titles
Chandigarh, January 16
Pankaj and Jasmeet claimed two titles in the Chandigarh Dance Sport Championship held at the Sector 10 Skating Rink here today.
The competition was organised by the Chandigarh Dance Sport Association. Participants gave a display of some perfect foot movements to the tunes of "Mambo Italiano.." "Some kinda wonderful....." and "Sobe Son.." Occupying the judges' seat were India's Latin American dance queen Vallary Lokre and choreographer Puja Parikh from Mumbai. Dressed in Latin costumes, mostly in black colour, the couples captivated audience.

A couple performs at the Chandigarh Dance Sport Championship at Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

SEPTA team lift golf trophy
Chandigarh, January 16
SEPTA Golf Club team of Chandi Mandir comprising RS Grewal, Angad Cheema, Col Nerval and Col Arvind clinched the overall team championship trophy in the third Col BS Kahlon Memorial Inter-Club Golf Championship played on the greens of SEPTA golf course in Chandi Mandir yesterday.
The Chandigarh Golf Club team finished as runners-up in the tournament organised by the Punjab Golf Association in which 11 golf clubs of Punjab and Haryana took part. The runner-up quartet included Pauline JM Singh, IPS Mann, Capt JM Singh and APS Kahai.

Soccer meet from tomorrow
Chandigarh, January 16
More than 32 schools are participating in the Arsenal Tata Tea Jaago Re Soccer Star Season 4 to be held at football stadium, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on January 18 and 19.


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