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Green belts in city
Fountains suffer for want of maintenance
Chandigarh, January 29
The fountain installed in Sector 28, Chandigarh, is non-functional for the past five months Scores of ultra-modern fountains installed at a cost of lakhs of rupees in various green belts and parks across the city have been literally “orphaned”, thanks to the wisdom of babus.
The fountain installed in Sector 28, Chandigarh, is non-functional for the past five months. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Execution of orders by consumer courts in five years
450 pc rise in applications
Chandigarh, January 29
In a span of just five years, there has been a 450 per cent increase in the number of applications filed in the city's consumer courts for the execution of the orders passed by it. From a mere 42 applications in 2006, the number of such pleas filed in the two UT consumer forums shot up to 230 in 2010, forcing the courts to sentence violators to imprisonment. However, till date no one has been imprisoned for the non-implementation of the consumer forum's orders, as 90 per cent of the violators cough up their dues before the summon dates.

Drunken driving claims life
Chandigarh, January 29
Triple riding on a bike in an inebriated state claimed the life of the 24-year-old man driving the bike and injured three others in a head-on collision between a scooter and a bike in Maloya village here this morning.


Stabbing Incident
Teenager loses thumb, forefinger; police yet to act
Siddharth Malhotra, the victim Chandigarh, January 29
A stab injury following a road rage incident wrecked a teenager’s right arm in Sector 40 last evening and it took over five hours for the PGI doctors today to operate upon the 18-year-old. The victim, Siddharth Malhotra, a Class XII student, will not be able to move his forefinger and thumb again, stated doctors to the boy’s family.

Siddharth Malhotra, the victim

U-16 footballers do city proud
Lift North Zone trophy
Chandigarh, January 29
Chandigarh U-16 football team has done the city proud by lifting the North Zone trophy for the first time today. With this there is a double bonanza in this month, as other city football teams have won top honours at national level. Besides, the city had secured two national titles last year taking the title tally to four in nine months.



Shortage of radiologists
Health dept reaches out to private sector
Mohali, January 29
With only two radiologists in five government hospitals in Mohali district, the Punjab health department has pressed the alarm button and come out with a scheme to reach out to the private sector to overcome the crisis even as a lifestyle clinic is being set up at the local civil hospital.

Matter of Faith

The 150-gram gold crown donated by some unknown person at the Sai Baba Temple in Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Saturday
The 150-gram gold crown donated by some unknown person at the Sai Baba Temple in Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

GMCH gets nine new posts
Chandigarh, January 29
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has given its nod for creating three posts of junior residents in the department of dentistry at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32.

Girl goes missing from hospital
Was earlier found dumped naked along NH
Panchkula, January 29
The role of the police is under scanner as the “mentally retarded” girl who was found dumped near Sector 4 Maheshpur village on the National Highway-22 yesterday was found missing from her bed in the Sector 6 General Hospital this morning.

Land Acquisition
Residents up in arms against pvt institute
Residents up in arms against officials of an educational institute at Sanoli village on SaturdayZirakpur, January 29
High tension prevailed in Sanoli village when hundreds of village residents opposed the land acquisition by a private educational institute here today. The institute had taken a common land on lease for 33 years for setting up a world class day-boarding school. Village residents raised slogans against the state government and Banur MLA Jasjeet Singh Bunny.
Residents up in arms against officials of an educational institute at Sanoli village on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Golf tourism packages launched
Chandigarh, January 29 The UT Administration through the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) has launched golf tourism packages aimed at promoting golf tourism in and around Chandigarh. Tourists can avail golf packages at Hotel Mountview, Hotel Shivalikview and Hotel Parkview.

Iranian city MC team visits UT
Chandigarh, January 29
A 14-member team of the Municipal Corporation of Jordian city in Iran visited the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation today to study its working. MC Additional Commissioner (I) TPS Phoolka welcomed the delegation and SE, public health, RK Goyal has given a brief introduction regarding various projects of water supply, gardens and greenbelts, urban planning and architecture to the delegation.

False alarm puts police in a tizzy
Chandigarh, January 29
The police was on its toes today after the Police Control Room received a call of a bank robbery in Canara Bank, Sector 35. However, it later turned out to be a false alarm as a bank employee accidentally pressed the security alarm button, which has its connectivity with the Police Control Room.

Shatabdi delayed by hour
Chandigarh, January 29
Hundreds of persons kept on waiting for their near and dear ones at the Chandigarh railway station today, courtesy delay in evening Shatabdi (12005) by an hour due to bad weather.

Body donated
Chandigarh, January 29
The department of anatomy, PGI, has received the body of Mukta Mani Bahl, a former staff nurse of the Chandigarh Health Department, for research.

Former HC judge dead
Chandigarh: Retired judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Ujagar Singh breathed his last on January 26. He was a judge of the HC from November 14, 1986, to August 20, 1989. Born on August 21, 1927, he started his practice at Amloh and shifted to Ludhiana before moving on to the HC in 1976. — TNS


Key administrative posts in PU vacant
Chandigarh, January 29
Recurring attempts by the Panjab University authorities to fill up its key administrative posts, including that of Registrar, director public relations and dean college development council, have fallen flat.

Sainara, Divya shine in rangoli contest
Chandigarh, January 29
A workshop on “Gandhi darshan” and “Satyagraha exhibition” was organised today by Yuvsatta, an NGO, along with the Peace Club of the Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36.

‘Panache’ enters Day II
Chandigarh, January 29
The Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) Club of GGDSD College, Sector 32, today organised the second day of its annual management fest “Panache 2011” on the college premises.

Mega nite
Chandigarh, January 29
Budding singers and dancers, winners of the “Voice of Chandigarh” and “Dancer of Chandigarh” contests, organised by the S-4 Trust and Gurukul Vidyapeeth as part of its flagship “Sur Wid Taal Talent Hunt-2010” will perform at a “Mega Nite” at the Tagore Theatre tomorrow from 5.30 pm onwards. — TNS


Child dies after falling into swamp
Was chasing a kite
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 29
A 10-year-old child died after falling into a swamp near Mugal Majra village near Mandi Gobindgarh.
The child fell into the swamp while he was chasing a kite near the village yesterday. The deceased has been identified as Gagan Bahadur, a resident of Bidhi Chand Colony at Mandi Gobindgarh.

Temple doors closed to devotees
Kalka, January 29
Resentment prevailed among hundreds of devotees, who had to face inconvenience today due to the closure of main door of the historic Kali Mata temple for more than two hours in morning hours.


Police remand for Topi gang kingpin
Chandigarh, January 29
The crime branch of the Chandigarh Police today brought the kingpin of the Topi gang on production warrants to the city. He was produced before a court today, which remanded him to one-day police custody.

HC for fair probe into custodial deaths
Chandigarh, January 29
Taking note of the tendency of police personnel to suppress the truth in custodial death cases, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has called for “responsible and satisfactory investigation”. The Division Bench of acting Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel has asserted: “While care has to be taken to see that police force is not demoralised by false implication, case of a custodial death cannot be brushed under the carpet, having regard to the acknowledged tendency of suppressing the truth by the concerned police personnel, who alone know the circumstances in which custodial death took place.”


Car snatched at gunpoint
The victim, Navjit Singh, a resident of Mohali, narrates the incident of car snatching on SaturdayZirakpur, January 29
Two unidentified miscreants snatched a Maruti swift car from Navjit Singh, a resident of Mohali, at gunpoint outside a marriage palace on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway near Panchkula barrier late on Friday.
Police officials said the accused fired in the air and at the rear seat of the vehicle to intimidate the couple before fleeing towards Zirakpur. The police recovered an empty shell of .32 bore from the spot, the police added.
The victim, Navjit Singh, a resident of Mohali, narrates the incident of car snatching on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

3 held with 40-kg poppy husk
Mohali, January 29
The Mohali police today nabbed three youths and recovered 40 kg of poppy husk from their possession near Cosmo Hospital here this evening.

Mining officer roughed up
Panchkula, January 29
Mining Inspector (DMI) Gurjit Singh was beaten up while District Officer (DMO) Deepak Hooda was roughed up by a group of village residents at Alipur village near Barwala late last night.


Players of the GNPS cricket team in a jubilant mood after winning the Cremica Cup at the Sector 16 cricket stadium in Chandigarh on Saturday GNPS lift Cremica Cup
Chandigarh, January 29
Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS), Sector 36, lifted the Cremica Cup after thrashing DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, by nine wickets in the final held at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here today.

Players of the GNPS cricket team in a jubilant mood after winning the Cremica Cup at the Sector 16 cricket stadium in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh pocket FC Mittal Trophy
Mohali, January 29
Chandigarh lifted the FC Mittal Trophy of the Inter-District Cricket Tournament for one-day limited overs, by beating Jalandhar by 114 runs in the final match, which concluded at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here today.


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