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R-Day Functions
Mehra overlooks key projects, harps on trivia
Gives impression city’s development has hit a wall
Chandigarh, January 27
The ghost of the controversial “mega” projects continues to haunt the UT administration with the adviser to the administrator Pradip Mehra harping on relatively minor civic projects, leaving the impression that meaningful development has virtually come to a standstill in the city.

Years change, speeches don’t
Mayor repeats text of R-Day speeches of his predecessors
Chandigarh, January 27
Reflecting sloth and lack of imagination, city Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh ended up repeating the text of last year’s speech of his predecessor Anu Chatrath at the Republic Day function held by the Municipal Corporation.


Stolen jewellery returned to Tanishq owner
Chandigarh, January 27
A local court today issued orders to return the entire jewellery, which was looted during the wee hours of January 12 from the Tanishq showroom in Mani Majra, to the owner of the showroom, Anil Goyal.

Keep 15% quota for poor students on hold: HC
Chandigarh, January 27
Acting on a petition for directions to the UT administration to ensure that all privately run schools in the city reserve 15 per cent of seats for students belonging to economically weaker sections of the population, the Punjab & Haryana High Court today asked the schools to keep these seats vacant, at least for the time being.

Cops wake up to stolen vehicles lying as junk
30% addresses turn out false
Over 1,600 unclaimed vehicles rusting at the Traffic Police Lines in Chandigarh since 2004 Chandigarh, January 27
Stolen vehicles, a majority of them two-wheelers, are lying as junk in the very backyard of the police department. Yet the police remained oblivious to it for over six long years.
Over 1,600 unclaimed vehicles rusting at the Traffic Police Lines in Chandigarh since 2004. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan



Ex-cricketer Karsan Ghavri, who played in the second World Cup in England, poses with the ICC World Cup Trophy at the PCA grounds in Mohali on Wednesday ICC World Cup reaches PCA Stadium
Mohali, January 27
The ICC World Cup 2011 mania in the tricity received a further boost on Wednesday when its glittering trophy reached the PCA Stadium in Mohali amidst tight security. Honorary treasurer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) MP Pandove unveiled the trophy at the PCA Stadium. The trophy, which reached at the stadium around 2.30 pm yesterday, was received by Pandove in the presence of former Indian cricketers, including Karsan Ghavri, Pankaj Dharmani and Reetinder Singh Sodhi, Dronacharya awardee DP Azad, budding cricketers from the tricity and cricket buffs who assembled at the stadium to have glimpse of the prestigious cup.
Ex-cricketer Karsan Ghavri, who played in the second World Cup in England, poses with the ICC World Cup Trophy at the PCA grounds in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Players of the Strawberry Cricket Academy take a look of the ICC World Cup Trophy at Strawberry Fields Wonder School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Thursday Trophy visits city school
Chandigarh, January 27
The glittering gold ICC 2011World Cup trophy was unveiled before an excited group of at least 50 budding cricketers at the Strawberry Fields World School, Sector 26 on Wednesday. The exhilaration on the school campus was palpable with young boys in their cricket whites cheering and clapping with joy.

Players of the Strawberry Cricket Academy take a look of the ICC World Cup Trophy at Strawberry Fields Wonder School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Double whammy for patient
Fungus-infected saline sold to her by chemist, administered by PGI
Chandigarh, January 27
A 65-year-old Mohali resident, Gurdial Kaur, undergoing treatment at the PGI, had a harrowing experience on January 18 when a chemist at the hospital sold her a “fungus-infected” bottle of saline. Without noticing the foreign particles in the bottle, negligent paramedical staff at the hospital’s Radiology Department used it to administer a dose of chemotherapy to her.

‘Installing an MRI machine top priority’
Chandigarh, January 27
Installing an MRI machine in the hospital and purchasing a mobile mammography unit for screening for breast cancers in Chandigarh will be the primary concern for the authorities at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32.

MC to install 20 tubewells
Honours widows of martyrs
Chandigarh, January 27
To overcome the water shortage problem in the ensuing summer season, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) is going to install 20 new tubewells in the southern sectors of the city.

HUDA grapples with staff crunch
Panchkula, January 27
The clerical wing of the Haryana Urban Development Authority HUDA is facing the staff crunch as there are only nine clerks against 14 sanctioned posts. With around 35 sectors to look after and considerable increase in the paper work and with over 35,000 pending files, the institution is grappling with shortage of manpower.

Advanced Trauma Centre at PGI in Feb: Dr Talwar
Chandigarh, January 27
The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is all set to open its Advanced Trauma Centre from next month. PGIMER Director Professor KK Talwar stated this after unfurling the National Flag here yesterday. Addressing the audience, Professor Talwar said in order to overcome the shortage of manpower, the recruitment process for 177 faculty members had already started. This would make up to some extent for the shortage of doctors in the institute, he said.

SMV Agencies told to refund Rs 71 lakh
Chandigarh, January 27
The UT State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission has directed Chandigarh-based SMV Agencies Pvt Ltd to refund Rs 71 lakh along with interest at the rate of 12 per cent per annum to three complainants for not giving the possession of their flats in time.The forum also directed the company to pay Rs 1 lakh as compensation to each of the complainants for mental agony and harassment caused by them.

Veer Ras Kavi Sammelan
Eminent poets enthral audience
Panchkula, January 26
Hindi poets of national eminence regaled large audience at the Inderdhanush Auditorium on Republic Day in a ‘Veer Ras Kavi Sammelan’ organised by Sanskar Bharti in association with the District Public Relations here yesterday.

Patil hosts ‘At Home’
Chandigarh, January 27
Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil was “At Home” with distinguished citizens of Punjab and Chandigarh at Punjab Raj Bhawan here yesterday.

Una-Haridwar train introduced
Chandigarh, January 27
Travelling to Haridwar, the sacred place of Hindus, has become easier and comfortable for people of Chandigarh and the lower areas of Himachal Pradesh with the flagging-off of Una-Haridwar link train on January 25, adding another chapter in the history of the rail network of northern region.

223 units of blood donated
Chandigarh, January 27
The Canara Bank Officers' Association, Chandigarh Region, organised a blood donation camp at the bank's circle office in Sector 34-A hereon the occasion of Republic Day in association with the Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGI , Chandigarh.

Tributes paid to Pt Bhimsen
Chandigarh, January 27
On the sad demise of doyen of Kirana Gharana, Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, who passed away on January 24, a condolence meeting was organised by the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi at its auditorium here today.

Members of the HJC burn an effigy of Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda during a protest on the roundabout of Sector 17-18, Panchkula, on Thursday HJC workers burn Hooda’s effigy
Panchkula, January 27
Hundreds of workers of the Haryana Janhit Congress burnt the effigy of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda near the Sector 17-18 roundabout here today demanding a CBI inquiry into the multi-crore Gurgaon DLF land scam.

Members of the HJC burn an effigy of Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda during a protest on the roundabout of Sector 17-18, Panchkula, on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Housing society alleges misuse of funds
Panchkula, January 27
Members of the Angel Apartments Co-op GH Society Ltd, Sector 24, here have alleged misappropriation of funds by the management of the society.

Dacoity in Berkeley Automobiles
Police still groping in the dark
Panchkula, January 27
Even after more than 10 days the police is still groping in the dark in the Berkeley Automobiles dacoity in which some unidentified persons decamped with Rs 14.5 lakh after killing the security guard with a blunt weapon on the night of January 16.

More trenches dug to plug access to highway
Zirakpur, January 27
Continuing its drive, workers of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) along with those of the local administration today dug trenches outside Sharma farmhouse and other properties to prevent direct access to the national highway between Zirakpur and Ambala.

Sanitation needs urgent attention: Ex-councillors
Mohali, January 27
As many as 20 former municipal councillors have complained of poor sanitation in the town and demanded that the work of removing unauthorised rehris should be privatised to curb corruption.

Experts to brainstorm on election reforms
Chandigarh, January 27
Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily, political leaders, academicians, jurists and even scholars from the region are set to put their heads together on February 5 to discuss the modes of strengthening the electoral system. Criminalisation of politics and financing of elections are among the issues scheduled to come up during the discussion.


Patriotic fervour marks R-Day celebrations
A Chandigarh Police contingent marches in the Republic Day parade in Chandigarh CHANDIGARH: The Chandigarh Administration celebrated the Republic Day enthusiastically at the Parade Ground, Sector 17, yesterday. Adviser to the UT Administrator, Pradip Mehra unfurled the National Flag and took salute from various contingents participating in the parade.

A Chandigarh Police contingent marches in the Republic Day parade in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

PU Notes
‘Festival of letters’
CHANDIGARH: The Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi in collaboration with Panjab University (PU) is organising the “Chandigarh Festival of Letters 2011” from January 28 to 30. Prof Manju Jaidka, chairperson, Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi (CSA), informed that the three-day festival is a judicious mix of paper presentations, lectures, readings and discussions with a quiz contest before the grand finale. Dr Karan Singh, MP Rajya Sabha and president, ICCR, will deliver the inaugural address on January 28. There will be a felicitation ceremony, too, and awards of recognitions will be conferred on selected Chandigarh writers.


Goods worth Rs 50 lakh recovered
Patiala, January 27
The police today claimed to have arrested two gangs with 10 accused and recovered tower batteries and other equipment stolen by the accused worth over Rs 50 lakh. The police has registered FIRs in the cases and has started interrogation of the accused.


Samjhauta Blasts
Accused to be produced on Feb 8
Panchkula, January 27
Swami Aseemand, arrested in connection with Samjhauta blasts, was not produced in district court here by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) today.
The officials of the NIA moved an application before the specially designated NIA court stating that as the ATS of the Rajashthan police, probing the Ajmer blasts, has got Aseemanand’s police remand till February 5, so they would be able to produce the accused only after February 5.


Two youths stabbed
Chandigarh, January 27
Two youths, including a student, were stabbed in two incidents on January 26. The condition of the injured was stated to be critical. They were admitted to Government Multi Speciality Hospital, Sector 16.

Jewellery worth lakhs stolen
Chandigarh, January 27
A wedding ceremony turned awry for a Panchkula resident after her bag containing heavy jewellery was stolen from a house in Sector 37 today. Charu Sharma, a resident of Sector 9, Panchkula, reported to the police she had come as a guest of her relative to the house where her cousin’s wedding ceremony was scheduled to take place.

One arrested for theft bid
Zirakpur, January 27
The police has arrested one person who attempted to steal money by breaking a State Bank of India ATM at the Zirakpur-Patiala highway near Lucky Dhaba yesterday. The case has been registered on the complaint of Tarlok Singh, security guard posted at the ATM, against Gursabh Singh, a resident of Ambala.


Winners of the Chandigarh Junior Golf Championship after the prize distribution function in Chandigarh on ThursdayAadil, Dhruv shine in junior golf
Chandigarh, January 27
Nine-year-old Aadil Bedi carded a 10 over par 82 score to clinch the D category title in the fourth Chandigarh Junior Golf Championship played on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Winners of the Chandigarh Junior Golf Championship after the prize distribution function in Chandigarh on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Pardeep scripts Shri Shri win
Chandigarh, January 27
Producing deadly bowling spell (four for six), Pardeep helped the Shri Shri Cricket Academy to beat Chandigarh Cricket Association (CCA) by 57 runs in the 2nd Professional Gold Cup Cricket Tournament (U-13) at the BTS cricket ground, Sector 48, here today.

FC Mittal Trophy
Chandigarh to clash with Jalandhar in final
Mohali, January 27
Chandigarh and Jalandhar will meet in the summit clash of the FC Mittal Trophy Cricket Tournament.
While Chandigarh disposed of Patiala by four wickets in the semifinal match played at the PCA Stadium here today, Jalandhar shown the doors to Ludhiana after registering a thumping victory of 119 runs over them in the second semifinal held at Ludhiana.

Inter-media cricket meet from today
Chandigarh, January 27
The Inter-Media Cricket Tournament being organised by the Chandigarh Press Club would begin from tomorrow.
As many as 10 teams from local media organisations are participating in the tourney.

Cremica Cup
GNPS, DAV-8 set for title clash
Chandigarh, January 27
The title clash of the ongoing Cremica Cup Cricket Tournament will be a local affair as Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS), Sector 36, and DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, will lock horns against each other in the tie to be held on January 29 at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here.


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