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‘Wireless Scam’
CBI court rejects closure report

Chandigarh, January 25
In a new twist to the Rs 5.25 crore ‘wireless scam’ that rocked the Punjab police in 2006, a CBI court today ordered further investigations by the investigative agency while rejecting the closure report filed by the latter. Observing there was further scope for investigation, CBI Special Judge Darshan Singh said the case would not be closed.

PU moots barring students with criminal past from polls
Chandigarh, January 25
Fed up by the reoccurrence of violence during student elections, the Panjab University administration proposes to include a clause in the new admission prospectus, beginning from the next academic session, which would debar “any student involved in criminal activity, major or minor, from not just contesting student council elections but also participating in any election activity”.

 Neelam Man Singh Padma Shri for Neelam Man Singh
Chandigarh, January 25
Theatre thespian Dr Neelam Man Singh Chaudhary has done the city proud and added one more feather to her cap, with the Centre today announcing her name for the coveted Padma Shri. The President will present her the award at a national function.


NHAI selective in digging trenches
Illegal access in front of farmhouse of SAD leader and head of Zirakpur MC NK Sharma left out
Zirakpur/Mohali, January 25
Call it coincidence or an intended move, officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the local administration, while carrying out a drive to plug unauthorised access to the Chandigarh-Ambala National Highway on Tuesday, left out the illegal access in front of the farmhouse owned by senior SAD leader and president of the Zirakpur municipal council NK Sharma.


BJP activists protest against J&K govt
Panchkula, January 25
Hundreds of BJP workers here today organised a protest rally near the Deputy Commissioner’s office at the mini-secretariat in Sector 1 to protest against the Jammu and Kashmir government for arresting its national leaders in Jammu yesterday.

16 cops to get Police Medals, commendation certificates
Chandigarh, January 25
Twelve police officials of the Chandigarh Police, including two Inspectors who cracked the recent Tanishq heist, will be awarded Administrative Police Medal for distinguished or meritorious services on the occasion of Republic Day. Besides, three police officials will be awarded commendation certificates.

President’s Police Medal for ITBP DIG
Chandigarh, January 25
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) HS Goraya has been decorated with the President’s Police Medal for distinguished service on the eve of the 62nd Republic Day. He is presently head of the ITBP’s Basic Training Centre at Bhanu near here.

Cops, sportspersons among 23 to be feted
Ropar, January 25
Cops, a farmer, educationists, sportspersons and an agriculture officer are among 23 people from Ropar who would be honoured on the occasion of Republic Day.

Former Canada minister Axworthy visits PU
Chandigarh, January 25
Having attained the status of a centrally-funded institution, Panjab University can now explore opportunities to host joint educational programmes in collaboration with leading foreign universities.

MC cancels awards to 3
Chandigarh, January 25
The Municipal Corporation (MC) here today cancelled the list of employees to be honoured on the occasion of the Republic Day by the Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh.

Six P’kula cops to be honoured
Panchkula, January 25
Six police personnel from Panchkula district would be honoured at the Republic Day function to be held in Parade Ground, Sector 5, here tomorrow.

‘Apratim-11’ on March 4
Chandigarh, January 25
The Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET) today announced the launching of its first ever cultural-cum-technical festival on its campus.

Patient jumps to death in PGI
Chandigarh, January 25
A 40-year-old labourer, who was undergoing heart treatment at the PGI, allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the third floor of the Advanced Cardiac Centre here this afternoon.

39,000 foreign tourists visited city in 2010
Chandigarh, January 25
The number of foreign tourist visiting city in 2010 touched 39,330 as against 37,967 in 2009. According to a press note, the number of domestic tourists crossed a figure of nine lakh as per the occupancy register of various hotels and guesthouses in the city. 

Voters’ day
Chandigarh, January 25
The Adviser to the UT Administrator, Pradip Mehra, today inaugurated a state-level national voter’s day function at Government College of Education, Sector 20 in Chandigarh.

Expedite work on NH-21
Zirakpur, January 25
Mohali Deputy Commissioner Praveen Kumar today asked the officials of Powercom, Forest and PWD to speed up the construction work of service roads on both sides of the National Highway-21. He has also issued directions to complete the project within the scheduled time period.

24-hour shuttle service at PU soon
Chandigarh, January 25
Shuttle service in Panjab University that enables students to travel from their hostels to the main library in buses, will soon become a 24-hour service. The decision was taken at a meeting of student leaders and PU Dean Student Welfare (DSW) Naval Kishore this afternoon.

Patriotic fervour pervades Tagore Theatre
Chandigarh, January 25
The patriotic fervour pervaded the Tagore Theatre, as the city students presented a colourful bonanza of music and dance to mark the Republic Day celebrations here today. Children of DAV School, Sector 15, participate in a cultural bonanza on the eve of Republic Day at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

CHB workers seek pension scheme
Chandigarh, January 25
A general body meeting of the CHB Coordination Committee was held yesterday for the implementation of pension scheme and its present status of pension, besides other issues such as regularisation of daily wage workers.

Follow secret voting system: Councillor 
Chandigarh, January 25
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) councillor Jagjit Singh Kang today said the MC should follow the secret voting system in the Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) elections scheduled for January 28.

Rathore’s stabber at it again
Attacks Arushi’s father in Ghaziabad

Chandigarh, January 25
Hitting headlines for wrong reasons yet again, Utsav Sharma, a student of National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, stabbed Arushi’s father in Ghaziabad today. The boy had stabbed former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore last year outside the district courts, Chandigarh.


AIE students again passed over for R-Day function
Chandigarh, January 25
In complete contravention of its self-proclaimed commitment to ensure equal opportunities for over 7,500 poor students enrolled in the city’s alternative & innovative education (AIE) centres, the UT administration’s education department has yet again overlooked inviting them to participate in the Republic Day function. While students from several “mainstream” schools will be presenting cultural shows, these children, however, continue to wait for a chance to showcase their talent.

Colours of joy and despair

Girls with Tricolour painted on their face in a jubilant mood on the eve of Republic Day at MCM DAV College, Sector 36, Chandigarh; and (right) Children at an AIE centre, who earlier had to brave severe cold after they were handed shorts in the peak of winter season, have now been left out from participating in Wednesday’s Republic Day function.
Girls with Tricolour painted on their face in a jubilant mood on the eve of Republic Day at MCM DAV College, Sector 36, Chandigarh; and (right) Children at an AIE centre, who earlier had to brave severe cold after they were handed shorts in the peak of winter season, have now been left out from participating in Wednesday’s Republic Day function. Photos: Parvesh Chauhan & Manoj Mahajan 

UT to take over dyslexic students centre in Sec 8
Chandigarh, January 25
The UT administration will fully take over the centre for dyslexic students, which has been running at the premises of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 8. This was decided at a meeting convened by education secretary Ram Niwas with officials of the Sarv Sikhsha Abhiyan scheme and the education department.

Shifting of institute’s site questioned
Mohali, January 25
With just two days left for the proposed foundation stone laying ceremony of Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra Institute of Advanced Studies in Sikhism at Patiala, a member of the SGPC Hardeep Singh has questioned the decision of the SGPC president to shift the site of the institute from Mohali to Patiala.

From Schools
R-Day celebrations
Mohali: Republic Day was celebrated at St Xavier’s. A scene from Bhagat Singh’s life was enacted. A quiz was also held. Students presented a dance. A fancy-dress competition was organised.


Attempt to Murder Case
Six get 3-yr jail
Ropar, January 25
The Ropar court sentenced six persons to three-year imprisonment and Rs 1,000 fine each for attempt to murder.
In July 2007, Amar Chand, wife Saroj Rani, sons Surinder Kumar and Mandeep Kumar, daughter-in-law, Mamta Rani, Sohan Singh and Gurdeep Singh Deepa, all from Haripur village, and Neelam Rani, a resident of Kubbaheri village, and Pawan Kumar were booked under Sections 307, 459, 427, 342, 323, 506, 48 and 149 of the IPC.


Wrong Blood Transfusion
Notices to GMSH, PGI
Chandigarh, January 25
The UT State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission today issued notices to Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH-16) and three doctors on a petition filed by Suman for allegedly administering wrong blood to her on December 16, 2010.

Land to Disabled
Cover all categories of disabilities: HC
Chandigarh, January 25
In a significant judgment, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the expansion of policy for providing housing, accommodation or land to the disabled to cover all categories of persons with disabilities as defined by the 1995 Equal Opportunities Act.


Jewellery worth Rs 2.70 lakh stolen
Panchkula, January 25
Keeping the police on its toes, robbers once again took away cash and gold jewellery worth ` 2.70 lakh from a house here.

DJ booked for flouting norms
Zirakpur, January 25
The police has booked a Chandigarh-based DJ for playing loud music at a marriage palace on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway after 10.30 pm on Monday night. 

Murder Case
Police yet to arrest accused
Panchkula, January 25
Even after the CFSL report received by the Chandi Mandir police confirming death of Payal, daughter-in-law of a retired colonel, through strangulation, the police is yet to arrest the accused in the case.


Cremica Cup
DAV-8 book berth in final
Chandigarh, January 25
DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, made it to the final of the Cremica Cricket Cup-2011 after beating Hindu Sabha, Amritsar, by nine runs in the first semifinal match held at Gandhi Ground, Amritsar, today.

World cup trophy to reach PCA today
Mohali, January 25
The ICC Cricket World Cup-2011 Trophy will reach the Punjab Cricket Association stadium tomorrow. Board of Control for Cricket in India’s treasurer and PCA secretary M P Pandove will receive the trophy.

GNPS emerge victorious
Chandigarh, January 25
Young brigade of Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS), Sector 36, beat SEGUNS, the team consisting alumni of the school, by four wickets in a Twenty-20 match at the school grounds.


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