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Ram Niwas loses education 
...Yet gets key posts as Finance Secretary is disempowered

Chandigarh, January 28
The ongoing slugfest between the UT administration’s education
Ram Niwas and VK Singh department and privately run schools over implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act has appeared to have taken its toll on education secretary Ram Niwas, who has been accused of being “arrogant” and “rigid”. 

Ram Niwas and VK Singh

Controversial tenure

MC House
Rs 27 cr & 42 projects in 60 min
Rs 45 lakh per minute-and-a-half
Chandigarh, January 28
Can you take a decision to spend about Rs 45 lakh public money in one-and-a-half minutes? The answer may appear to be in the negative but the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) today performed just this feat.

House needs language lessons
Chandigarh, January 28
The use of unparliamentary language on frivolous issues by both the ruling Congress and the Opposition councillors dominated the proceedings of MC House for over an hour-and-a-half in the run-up to the election of the five-member Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC).

Mayor announces 5 F&CC members 
Councillors go berserk
Chandigarh, January 28
Councillors protest during the general house of the municipal corporation at Sector 17, Chandigarh, There was chaos at the general house of the municipal corporation after Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh (Pali) announced names of five members of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC).

Councillors protest during the general house of the municipal corporation at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. A Tribune photograph

A Starry Affair
Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Anushka Sharma on the eve of Punjabi Film Awards at Indradhanush auditorium in Sector 5, Panchkula, on Friday.
Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Anushka Sharma on the eve of Punjabi Film Awards at Indradhanush auditorium in Sector 5, Panchkula, on Friday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal


Tribune Impact 

UT engineering department workers remove barbed wire that had been put up to fence off vacant land, which was highlighted in these columns (left). The fence was raised following instructions of UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas even though the vacant piece of land was being used by parents to park their vehicles while dropping off and picking their wards. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

24-yr-old girl found dumped naked near road
Panchkula, January 28
In a bizarre incident, a 24-year-old girl, said by the police to be “mentally challenged”, was allegedly found dumped near near National Highway 22 in a nude condition by some unidentified people in the vicinity of Maheshpur village in Sector 4 today morning. The girl, who was later identified as Harmanjit Kaur, a resident of Amritsar, reportedly lay in the same position for over about half an hour. However, a female passerby gave her some clothes that were lying nearby to put on and called up the police.

No sterilisation, no surgery

Chandigarh, January 28
Setting their house in order seems to be the last word in the dictionary of the authorities at the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16.


Villagers complain of rising pollution
Chandigarh, January 28
Residents of Raipur Khurd and Makhan Majra villages have alleged that certain people have been violating norms and creating pollution in the vicinity of the two villages.

Aerocity, Mullanpur
Impact on environment to be studied

Mohali, January 28
Three months after concluding the draw of lots for plots in Aerocity, the Union Ministry of Environment has directed the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to conduct an environment impact assessment study of the much-hyped urban estate, indicating that nod to start development work at the site will come by June.

Residents don’t want cops as neighbours
Mohali, January 28
The allotment of a one-kanal plot in a residential area of Phase 9 by the Greater Area Mohali Development Authority (GMADA) to the Punjab Police intelligence wing for constructing a safe house has led to protest by residents of the area.

Crime busters to work in harmony
Will set up joint interrogation teams to crack major cases
Chandigarh, January 28
The UT police is all set to tie up with the police of other states and set up joint interrogation teams to investigate major and sensational crime cases. The decision was taken at a coordination meeting held here today.

Deputationists’ delight no more
Patil gets cracking on period of stay with UT Admn
Chandigarh, January 28
Known to be a deputationists’ paradise for bureaucrats from Punjab and Haryana, many of whom have been overstaying with the UT Administration by seeking extensions, UT Administrator Shivraj Patil is finally putting a stop to this trend.

What is in a nose?
They will reply — mental health!
Panchkula, January 28
Abnormality in nose shape may lead to psychiatric problems. Sounds bizarre, but it is true. Two such cases have been reported at a private hospital in Sector 21 here recently.

Police, MC to instal CCTVs in Zirakpur 
Zirakpur, January 28
Taking a step towards better policing and to keep a tab on the movements of anti-social elements, the Zirakpur municipal council and the police have collectively planned to instal closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras all across the town.

GMADA to hire cityscape, traffic experts
Mohali, January 28
After hiring horticulture and town planning consultants, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) will now hire cityscape and traffic experts to change the face of Mohali, dubbed the future city of Punjab by the Akali government.

R-Day Camp
Region’s NCC directorate among top 3

Chandigarh, January 28
The Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Chandigarh NCC Directorate was adjudged second runners-up in the national-level Republic Day Camp held at New Delhi. The directorate, for the second consecutive year, has been placed among the top three among 17 directorates.

Suchitra Mitra performs at Randhawa auditorium in Chandigarh Treat for classical lovers
Chandigarh, January 28
Dr Karan Singh, former Union minister, and president, Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), was the chief guest at a classical dance programme organised by the regional chapter of ICCR and Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademy at Randhawa auditorium here today.

Suchitra Mitra performs at Randhawa auditorium in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

National Girl Child Day observed'
Dera Bassi, January 28
A function was organised at Sekhpur Kalan village to mark the National Girl Child Day.

Uterus weighing 2 kg removed
Mohali, January 28 Doctors of the Mohali Civil Hospital today successfully removed a big uterus, weighing about 2 kg, during a surgery carried out on a 52-year-old patient suffering from excessive menstrual bleeding for the past two years.


‘Self-help groups can empower women’
Chandigarh, January 28
Postgraduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, Chandigarh, today organised a national seminar on “Women Empowerment in Socio-Cultural Context: Issues and Concerns”.

Students air grievances at PU
Chandigarh, January 28
Replicating the “Reach out programme” launched by the Students Council at Panjab University last year, members of the Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) have initiated a “Speak to the council” programme in all university hostels.

Manjul Bajaj ‘Consider English as another language’
Chandigarh, January 28
On the first day of the Chandigarh Festival of Letters, held at Panjab University today, Dr Karan Singh, member of the Rajya Sabha and president, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, said consider English as another Indian language contributing equally to the richness of the  Indian ethos. “We have to preserve our literature and culture no matter whatever happens,” he said, elaborating further by referring to books as “More precious than gems.”

Manjul Bajaj

Seminar on challenges for India
Chandigarh, January 28
A national seminar on “Challenges of Inclusive Development in North-West India: Sites, Strategies and Possibilities” began at Panjab University here today. The seminar was organised jointly by the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP) and the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla.

3,000 students attend management fest
Chandigarh, January 28
More than 3,000 students from various colleges from across the tricity participated in the two-day annual management festival being organised by GGDSD College, Sector 32. The fest, along with an MBA fair, is being organised by the BBA Club of the college in collaboration with Bulls Eye, an MBA coaching institute.

Chandigarh: Postgraduate Government College, Sector 46, has started free coaching classes for students belonging to SC/ST/OBC/minorities/physically challenged categories for competitive exams of civil services and bank recruitments. Principal of the college Sham Lata motivated the college students to become more career conscious. She said regular maths, reasoning, general studies and English classes would be taken.


Four schoolchildren killed in accidents 
Patiala, January 28
Four school students were killed in two different accidents that took place here today. The police has registered FIRs in both the cases.

Amul Goel, Gurtej Singh and Harinder Singh 

Black Elephant club record win
Patiala, January 28
Black Elephant Cricket Club, Patiala, defeated District Cricket Coaching Centre, Panchkula, by 55 runs in the final of the three match series to clinch the trophy 2-1.

Tips given on teaching techniques
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 28
About 50 per cent of population in the country is below 30-35 years and this target group must be converted into an asset. Former chief secretary of Punjab AS Chatha said this today while addressing a gathering on “Innovative and effective teaching techniques” at Continental Group of Institutes.

Residents oppose blocking of level crossing
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 28
Residents of Brahmanmajra, near Sirhind, are opposing permanent closure of level crossing after the construction of a flyover on the railway tracks.

Residents protest against encroachments
Banur, January 28
A section of area residents with members of the Shehar Bhalai Manch today staged a dharna against encroachments on the government land. Manch president, Karanvir Singh Shanty, who is sitting on a hunger strike against the encroachments for the past three days alleged that eight important portions of government land had been encroached upon at different locations in Banur.

Day V: Farmers stay firm
Dera Bassi, January 28
It’s been five days that farmers of the Bhankarpur village have been protesting to get the ownership right of the land that they have been cultivating since 50 years.


Shalimar Estates told to pay Rs 42.80 lakh
Chandigarh, January 28
The UT State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission has directed Shalimar Estates (P) Ltd to refund ` 42.80 lakh, along with interest at the rate of 15 per cent per annum, to three complainants for not giving the possession of their showrooms in time. The commission has also directed the company to pay ` 50,000 as compensation to each of the complainants for mental agony and harassment caused to them.


Laptop stolen from car
Chandigarh, January 28
In his complaint, Surjit Pal, a resident of Kapurthala, reported to the police that someone had stolen a laptop from his car (PB-62-AW-5301) near Leisure Valley, Sector 10. The police has registered a case of theft.

1 arrested for theft bid
Chandigarh, January 28
The police arrested a man when he was attempting to break the lock of a house in Sector 22 here this evening.


Chandigarh, Jalandhar to clash for title
Mohali, January 28
Chandigarh and Jalandhar will clash in the final of the One Day Limited Overs Tournament for FC Mittal Trophy at the PCA stadium tomorrow.



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