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Work stress taking toll on cops’ health
Bakshish Singh SHO dies of cardiac arrest
Chandigarh, January 18
A 48-year-old UT police Inspector, presently serving as the Station House Officer of Sector 31 police station, died late yesterday night, following cardiac arrest.
Bakshish Singh

Schools revert to old admission criteria
Chandigarh, January 18
The UT Administration today rolled back the arbitrary change of age eligibility criteria following high drama at schools yesterday.

Tanishq Heist
Paras Soni Kingpin wanted in 3 murder cases
Chandigarh, January 18
The brain behind the Tanishq dacoity, Paras Soni, alias Pritpal Singh, has given a tough time to the police of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan ever since he escaped from the custody of the Rajasthan police in 2003.
Paras Soni

ASI gets 3-yr jail for cheating
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 18
The court of sessions judge GS Gill today sentenced a police assistant subinspector and a constable along with a woman and a jeweler to three years’ imprisonment in a case of cheating. A fine was also imposed on each of them.

Showroom Robbery
15 teams set up to nab accused
Panchkula, January 18
Even after 36 hours, the police is yet to make any headway in the Berkeley Automobiles robbery case in which some unidentified persons decamped with Rs 14.5 lakh after killing the security guard on the intervening night of January 16 and 17.


Filling station owner booked for axing trees
Chandigarh, January 18
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation today lodged an FIR against the owner of Gurdyal Singh and Sons petrol station in Sector 22 for “cutting trees without taking permission from the competent authorities”.



MC budget
Focus on new schools, revamp of old ones
Chandigarh, January 18
The municipal corporation has accorded top priority to setting up new schools and renovating existing ones in its proposed budget for the next fiscal (2011-12). Six new primary schools are proposed to be set up in the city and their sites will be finalized from among the existing 18 earmarked for schools by the Chandigarh Housing Board.

Plan Expenditure & Progress
HS takes stock
Chandigarh, January 18
Home Secretary Ram Niwas yesterday held meetings with various departments to review the plan expenditure and progress of major works. In the first meeting, it was stated that the education department had spent an amount of ` 3309.59 lakh on upgradation of schools.

Residents queue up at a stall selling subsidised onions at the grain market in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Tuesday Subsidised Onions
Admn’s stall a big draw
Chandigarh, January 18
In a first of its kind initiative, the UT administration’s food & supplies department in conjunction with the Manimajra Cooperative Society today put up a stall to provide onions to city residents at subsidized rates. Over a tonne of onions were sold out in six hours at the stall, put up in the Sector 26 grain market near the market committee office.
No More Tears: Residents queue up at a stall selling subsidised onions at the grain market in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Artistes perform the play ‘Lohakut’ at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Tuesday ‘Lohakut’ staged to perfection
Chandigarh, January 18
Popular Punjabi play “Lohakut” was staged to perfection by the host TFT Theatre Group on the second day of the ongoing sixth TFT Winter National Festival at the Tagore Theatre here today. The standing ovation given by intrusive audience after the play was indeed a testimony to the incredible literary classic play scripted by legendary playwright Balwant Gargi.
Artistes perform the play ‘Lohakut’ at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Rs 1.66 cr for upgrade of Mountview rooms
Chandigarh, January 18
CITCO’s only five star hotel, Hotel Mountview, is all set to provide facilities and amenities on a par with international standards to its clients as the organisation plans to spend ` 1.66 crore to redo certain rooms in the hotel.


Vehicles caught in a traffic jam at Matka Chowk in Chandigarh on Tuesday
Vehicles caught in a traffic jam at Matka Chowk in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chilly still but respite in sight
Punjab, Haryana colder than city
Chandigarh, January 18
Icy winds from the northern region kept temperatures below average here today, but the weatherman has predicted a slight respite in the coming days. Tuesday’s maximum temperature was recorded at 18.0 °C, three notches below the average for this time of the season, while the minimum was at 4.3 °C, two notches below average but marginally lower that yesterday’s 4.7 °C, an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Sanitation Work
MC fails to allot contract even as deadline nears
Mohali, January 18
Failing to understand the gravity of the situation, the Mohali civic body has yet not allocated the work of sanitation on contract for another year even when the two-month extended period is due to end in a week’s time. Another extension will have to be given to keep the work going.

Now, ID must to surf Internet in Panchkula
Panchkula, January 18
The district administration here today prohibited the use of cyber cafes by persons whose identity could not be established. District Magistrate (DM) Ashima Brar while proclaiming the order directed cyber café owners to check visitors’ identity proofs and maintain a daily ‘in and out’ register recording their name, address and telephone number. The time of logging in and logging off for each Internet users will have to be recorded on the register.

Pruning of unkempt branches begins
Mohali, January 18
Pruned branches along the road dividing Phases 3B1 and 4 in Mohali In a significant decision, the horticulture wing of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has begun pruning of unkempt branches of fully-grown trees that are leaning towards roadside. Around 15,000 trees along different roads have been identified under the exercise. Due to mind-less chopping by the electricity department to protect overhead power cables, scattered branches of hundreds of trees have not only become a threat to commuters, but have also blocked streetlights.
Pruned branches along the road dividing Phases 3B1 and 4 in Mohali. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu

Noble Gesture

Differently abled children being given prosthetics at a camp in Sector 10, Chandigarh
Differently abled children being given prosthetics at a camp in Sector 10, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Giving Shamlat Land on Lease
Residents of Sanoli village protest
Zirakpur, January 18
Congress leader Dipinder Singh Dhillon and residents of Sanoli village today staged a protest against handing over of 23-acre village shamlat land to a private educational institution on lease by a sarpanch and three panchayat members in connivance with the local panchayat department officials. Levelling allegations against the SAD-BJP government, Dhillon alleged that state government had ignored interest of the villagers while giving the prime land worth crores of rupees for 33 years on lease.

Admn gives Rs 1 lakh to family
Chandigarh, January 18
Deputy Commissioner Brijendra Singh has issued ` 1 lakh to the family of Khushpreet Singh as ex gratia. ML Sharma, who is conducting the magisterial probe, has recorded the statements of Khushpreet’s relatives, members of various social organisations, police officials of the Sector 34 police station and inspected the scene where the ransom was paid. — TNS


PU to provide advisory services to budding entrepreneurs
Chandigarh, January 18
Expanding its character from being an academic institution to providing expert consultative services also, Panjab University’s newly incepted entrepreneurship cell will now provide advisory services to students interested in setting up their own business.

PU VC gets Swami Vivekananda award
Chandigarh, January 18
Panjab University Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti has been awarded the prestigious Swami Vivekananda National Award-2011 for education in recognition of his contribution towards establishing institutions of scientific excellence and making Panjab University a leading university in biomedical sciences.

UIET students bring laurels to PU
Win first prize in ‘Robowars’
Chandigarh, January 18
“PU Junkies”, a team of six third-year mechanical engineering students of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Panjab University, along with their robot christened “Blade” won the first prize in the “Robowars” held recently at “Techfest” hosted by IIT, Mumbai, which is among the largest technology festivals held in Asian colleges.

Fine arts dept renamed
Patiala, January 18
Punjabi University’s department of fine arts has been renamed as S Sobha Singh department of fine arts. This was announced by university Vice-Chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh during a function on the university campus here yesterday.


Experts dwell on importance of public health
Chandigarh, January 18
The two-day national seminar on “Sustainable development and public health in India” organised by the Centre for Public Health (IEAST), Panjab University, concluded today with several delegates from different public health institutions from across India participating in the seminar.

Astrophysicist from US in city
Chandigarh, January 18
Dr Priyamvada Natarajan, from department of astronomy and physics, Yale University, USA, who was in the city to interact with faculty members of Chitkara University said: “Often we don’t teach students how to learn, instead the emphasis is on clearing one particular examination.”


Death of five by drowning
Delay in autopsy irks relatives
Ambala, January 18
Delay in the conduct of post-mortem examination of five persons, who had drowned after their car plunged into a village pond at Noorpur on Sunday, irked their relatives who had assembled at the Civil Hospital, Ambala City, yesterday morning.

2-yr jail for 6
Ambala, January 18
Ambala Additional Session Judge Aradhna Sahni sentenced two years imprisonment each to six citizens of Bangladesh who had been residing in Ambala without valid passport and were allegedly involved in a few theft cases. One of the accused was acquitted due to lack of sufficient evidences.

5 held for immoral trafficking
Ambala, January 18
The police arrested five persons, including two women, from a house in Dayal Bagh Colony on charges of immoral trafficking here on Sunday.

Overflowing sewage residents’ bane
Kalka, January 18
Resentment prevails among the residents of Bharat Nagar owing to the overflow of sewage on the main road of the locality.

Purse snatched
Ambala, January 18
Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched the purse of a woman near Police DAV Public School at Ambala City yesterday afternoon. The purse contained a mobile phone, a necklace and some cash.

Placement Drive
Infosys selects 282 students
Ambala, January 18
Infosys, one of the major IT companies, selected 156 students of MM Engineering College in a placement drive held here at the MM University, Mullana. The in charge of the central placement cell, MM University, asserted that last year 93 students of the college got selected by Infosys, but this time the number had increased to 156 students.

Sweaters given
Bassi Pathana, January 18
The members of a social organisation led by OP Tangri yesterday distributed sweaters, shoes and uniforms to the needy students of Government Primary School, Fatehpur Arian.

Cop found dead
Ambala, January 18
A head constable, Mahipal Singh (32), deployed as a prison guard, was found dead at a police post yesterday morning. According to sources, the head constable was found lying in an unconscious state by some police officials when they reached the SP office in the morning.


J&K Sex Scandal
Victim turns hostile
Chandigarh, January 18
In yet another blow to the prosecution in the Jammu and Kashmir sex scandal, a “victim” has turned hostile, giving a clean chit to five accused allegedly involved in the scandal. Taking a U-turn, the 25-year-old girl who had earlier alleged rape against five — former J&K Minister Raman Mattoo; former DSP Mohammad Ashraf Mir; IAS officer Iqbal Khandey; DSP (counter-insurgency) Mohammad Yousuf Mir, and former Additional Advocate General, J&K, Anil Sethi.

2-yr jail for data entry operator
Chandigarh, January 18
The Court of Special CBI judge Darshan Singh today awarded two years’ imprisonment to Manjeet Singh, a data entry operator in the office of the district project coordinator of Haryana Prathmik Shiksha Pariyojna Parishad (HPSPP), Jind. As per the prosecution, Singh had forged bills of Rs 25,000. The case was registered in 2005 during the investigation of a case registered against 1985-batch IAS officer Sanjeev Kumar in the infamous ‘textbook scam’.

Panchkula MC Status
Hearing on Jan 21
Panchkula, January 18
The case regarding the status of Panchkula municipal corporation will come up for hearing before the Division Bench of Supreme Court of India on January 21.


Woman killed, husband hurt in mishap
Panchkula, January 18
Ramwati (32), a native of Uttar Pradesh, was killed and her husband Badshah seriously injured when their bicycle was hit by a rashly-driven Jeep near Sector 25 here on Sunday evening.

3 held for thefts
Panchkula, January 18
The district police yesterday claimed to have arrested three persons for their involvement in two cases of theft.
One of the accused has been identified as Inderjit Singh, a resident of Blongi, Mohali, who had stolen a truck from Haripur village, near Raipur Rani, on January 16.

Two booked for dowry
Mohali, January 18
The Mohali police has registered a case under the Dowry Act against, Kapil Gulati, branch manager of Bell Ceramics, his mother Kamlesh Gulati, both residents of Sector 38.

Seven proclaimed offenders held
Mohali, January 18
In a special drive undertaken by the Mohali police, a stolen transformer, one stolen Zen car and a motorcycle have been recovered and seven proclaimed offenders in different cases have been arrested.


An athlete attempts a long jump during the XXXI PSPB Athletics Meet at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 3, Panchkula, on Tuesday ONGC athletes strike 8 golds
Panchkula, January 18
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation athletes maintained their dominance by winning eight gold medals in different events during the XXXI PSPB Athletics Meet held at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 3, here today.
Suresh Kumar of the ONGC won the top honours in 10,000m men’s race, while another athlete from the same department Pritam Kumar Bind bagged a silver medal in the event.
An athlete attempts a long jump during the XXXI PSPB Athletics Meet at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 3, Panchkula, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

City basks in sportspersons’ glory
Football, hockey players honoured by Patil
Chandigarh, January 18
UT Administrator Shivraj K Patil today felicitated local football and hockey players, along with their coaches, who have brought laurels to the city by claiming various positions during the national-level competitions.

Gujarat restrict Punjab to 233 runs
Chandigarh, January 18
Gujarat bowlers dominated the proceedings on the first day of the final of Cooch Behar Elite Trophy (U-19) by restricting Punjab team to 233 runs at Valsad here today.

Tribune school enter quarterfinals
Chandigarh, January 18
Tribune Model School, Sector 29, team sailed into quarterfinals after thrashing St Soldier’s International School (blue), Sector 28, team by 3-0 in the Arsenal Tata Tea Jaago Re Soccer Stars at football stadium, Sector 17, here today. The other teams to make it to the top include St Xavier’s, Sector 44, Government Model School, Sector 36, Saupin’s School, Sector 32, St Stephen’s, Sector 45, St Soldier’s International (red) team, Chandigarh Baptist, Sector 45 and St John’s, Sector 26.


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