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Day after dressing-down
Protests on, teaching off till February 7

Chandigarh, February 2
Students of the HSJ Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital march to the chemistry department of Panjab University in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Students of the HSJ Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University (PU), organised a rally, followed by protests, here today to express dissent over the ‘misbehaviour’ of director-principal GK Gauba with a female intern.

Students of the HSJ Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital march to the chemistry department of Panjab University in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Norms flouted under DC’s nose
Domestic LPG cylinder in use at office pantry
Chandigarh, February 2
In a clear violation of norms, the office of the UT Deputy Commissioner (DC) is using a domestic LPG cylinder for the preparation of tea and coffee for guests of the DC.


Gang promising ‘easy’ loans busted, 4 held
Ludhiana, February 2
With the arrest four suspects, including one from Mohali and another from Kharar, the Khanna police today claimed to have pulled the lid off a multicrore rupee financial scam here today. According to the cops, the fraudsters had conned thousands of people, especially those from south India, on the pretext of providing them “easy” loans at low interest rates.

Saving lives, working in UT for peanuts
Contractual doctors worse off than Class IV staff
Chandigarh, February 2
Doctors working on contract with the UT health department are not being treated better than Class III and Class IV employees as far as their pay scales are concerned.

‘I was duty bound to implement RTI Act’
Pvt schools have no reason to crib, says Ram Niwas

Chandigarh, February 2
Ram Niwas The UT administration’s move to relieve Ram Niwas as education secretary has been seen as a fallout of the latter’s conflict with the city’s privately run schools, whose ire he earned for “pushing them against the wall” on various issues, particularly implementation of provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act. In an interaction with the Chandigarh Tribune he put across his point of view on the sundry controversies that have dogged his tenure.

PU to confer PhD in literature on Khushwant Singh
Chandigarh, February 2
Panjab University is all set to confer an honorary PhD in literature on celebrated author and former journalist Khushwant Singh.


Underage, Drunken Driving
Police directed to carry out effective monitoring
Chandigarh, February 2
For applying brakes to the menace of underage, drunken and dangerous driving in the city, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the top brass of the Chandigarh Police to carry out effective monitoring. An overview of a traffic jam on the road separating Sectors 18 and 19 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Pollution-free N-choe by August-end: MC
Chandigarh, February 2
Nearly a year after The Tribune raised a storm over sanitation concerns going down the drain, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation today assured the Punjab and Haryana High Court that a Rs 562.85-lakh project to make N-choe pollution-free would be completed by August-end. A file photo of pollution in the N-choe.

PGI OT technicians on strike from today
Chandigarh, February 2
Patients to be operated upon in the PGI are in for tough time as the Operation Theatre Technical Staff Association has decided to go on a three-day mass casual leave from tomorrow.

Police buildings to go solar
Chandigarh, February 2
In order to save on cost and energy, the Chandigarh Police is considering a proposal to install solar system in all police buildings in the city.

R-Day Parade
Dancers from city win cultural trophy
Chandigarh, February 2
Around 168 bhangra dancers trained by NZCC at Kalagram have brought laurels to the city and Mohali by winning coveted cultural contingent trophy. The dancers participated in the Republic Day parade at New Delhi.

‘Will change political map of Punjab’
Former Finance Minister of Punjab Manpreet Singh Badal during an interaction at Panjab University’s English auditorium. Chandigarh, February 2
In a face-to-face interaction with the general public at Panjab University’s English auditorium, former Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal today pledged to uproot corruption and drug-addiction from the state.

Former Finance Minister of Punjab Manpreet Singh Badal during an interaction at Panjab University’s English auditorium. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

No loudspeakers from 10 pm to 6 am
Mohali, February 2
A ban has been imposed on the use of loudspeakers from 10 pm to 6 am. Amit Talwar, SDM , said at a meeting here today that despite the ban orders, music was being played at a high pitch at marriage palaces and even at private functions like ‘jagratas’

Handing over maintenance of parks to MC
GMADA sets April 1 deadline
Mohali, February 2
Even as the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) today set April 1 as the deadline for taking over the maintenance of parks by the Municipal Corporation, the civic body plans to involve welfare associations in the maintenance work in order to reduce the number of complaints.

159 get jobs on compassionate grounds
Mohali, February 2
As many as 159 persons were given letters of appointment on compassionate grounds by Punjab Education Minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan at a function held on the premises of the Punjab School Education Board here today. People look at their employment letters in a function at the Punjab Education Board office in Mohali on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Haryana power board staff strike work
Seek regularisation of daily wage workers
Panchkula, February 2
On a call given by the joint action committee the members of the Haryana State Electricity Board Employees Union (HSEBEU) today went on a strike at the power station in Industrial Area Phase II, here today. Members of the HSEB Workers Union protest at Industrial Area, Phase-2, Panchkula, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

CHB employees’ stir enters Day 2
Residents visiting board office face inconvenience
Chandigarh, February 2
Strike by employees of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) entered the second day today with more employees joining in. Work remained suspended for the second consecutive day even as employees threatened to continue with their strike until their demand of implementing pension scheme was met.

Sitar wizard casts spell
Chandigarh, February 2
With his cultivated technique of planting musical notes, technical virtuosity and adroit mastery over sur, laya and tal, acclaimed Sitar wizard Padmabhushan Debu Choudhary created a spell in a musical soiree at the CSIO auditorium here today.

Exploitation of women laid bare
Chandigarh, February 2
The third annual edition of Katha Manchan-3, a theatre festival celebrating the magic of women theatre directors, commenced with the staging of a Punjabi play “Firangiyan di Noonh” at the Randhawa auditorium here today.

Teachers voice anger over non-payment of salary
Panchkula, February 2
Expressing anger over the non-payment of salaries, a large number of teachers staged a protest against the government at the District Elementary Education Office (DEEO), Sector 7, here today.

Traders up in arms against Sector-17 flyover
Term it wastage of public money
Chandigarh, February 2
In a development that bodes ill for the construction of second flyover in Sector 17 from Hotel Taj to the local head office of the State Bank of India (SBI), the traders are up in arms against the project and term it “wastage of public money”.

Lurking danger

Loose electricity wires in various parts of the city have become a common sight. Despite several incidents of fire and mishaps being reported in the past, it seems that the authorities do not bother to take any safety measures. Tribune photos: S Chandan


From Schools & Colleges
Wetland day
Chandigarh:The Environment Society of India celebrated International World Wetland Day at Sukhna Lake today. Around 100 students of Shastri Model School, Mohali (Punjab), Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, Panchkula (Haryana), and Government High School, Sector 11, Chandigarh, participated in the poster-making competition. Dr RC Mishra, DIG, Haryana, was the chief guest. 

PU Notes
Chandigarh: Dr Bhupinder Singh Bhoop, professor at University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS), and Dean, alumni relations, Panjab University, has been invited to deliver a keynote address at an international conference on “Pharmaceutics and Novel Drug Delivery Systems” being organised by the OMICS publishing group in June 2011 at Las Vegas, CA, the USA. He will speak on “Optimised drug delivery using designed experiments”.


Infant dies after BCG vaccination
Kharar, February 2
A 23 day-old-baby girl died after being administered BCG vaccination at the Kharar civil hospital today. The father of the infant, Sukhwinder Singh, alleged that the health worker, who administered the vaccine to the infant, was in an inebriated state and could have administered the wrong vaccine to the child.

Collector’s rate reduced by 10 pc at Bassi Pathana
Bassi Pathana, Februray 2
The demands put forward by residents of the town during the Sangat Darshan Programme of the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal have started bearing fruits as the development works conceded by the Chief Minister have been initiated and the long-pending demands are seeing the light of the day.

42 challaned under Tobacco Control Act
Patiala, February 2
Following the directions of the Patiala Deputy Commissioner, Dipinder Singh, the office of the Civil Surgeon, Patiala, has initiated a massive drive to check the violations of the Tobacco Control Act, 2003.


Burail Jailbreak Case
Hawara, Bheora produced in court
Case deferred to February 25
Chandigarh, February 2
Assassins of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) chief Jagtar Singh Hawara and BKI India operations chief Paramjit Singh Bheora were produced before a court today in connection with the Burail jailbreak case amidst tight security. Paramjit Singh Bheora (left) and Jagtar Singh Hawara being taken to court in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photographs

SBI told to refund Rs 2,200
Chandigarh, February 2
In a significant order with far reaching consequences, the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission today ordered the State Bank of India (SBI) to refund Rs 2,200 charged by the latter to verify the antecedents of a city resident, Chotte Lal, who had applied for a house loan of Rs 3.8 lakh.

Consumer Commission
GMCH plea for damages rejected
Chandigarh, February 2
The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has rejected the appeal of the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, against the order of the District Consumer Forum, which had dismissed its plea for payment of damages and compensation from Anupam Metals for supplying defective steel beds in 2003.The forum had rejected the hospital’s plea in June 2008 after it found no merit in the hospital’s complaint that 315 beds supplied by the company at a cost of Rs 14,74,200 were defective.


Vehicle lifter held, stolen car recovered
Chandigarh, February 2
The police today arrested a vehicle thief with a Palio car, which he had stolen from Sector 22 on January 20. The accused was using the stolen car as a taxi by displaying a fake number plate on it. What’s more, the accused, Sanjay Kumar, was bailed out only two months back when he took to the crime again, the police said.

Three booked for fraud
Mohali, February 2
The police has booked three Mohali residents, including two women, on charges of cheating and criminal breach of trust. According to the police, Sukhchain Singh, resident of Badian village in Muktsar district, had complained that a sum of Rs 16.25 lakh was taken from him and his friends on the pretext of sending them abroad. But they were not sent abroad and neither was the money returned.

Gold chain snatched
Zirakpur, February 2
Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a gold chain from Kamlesh Rani, a resident of Saini Vihar, Phase-2, Baltana, this afternoon. According to sources, the incident occurred around 12.30 pm when she was sitting in a porch area of her house. She said one of the youths entered the house and snatched her gold chain from her neck.

Girl alleges rape
Panchkula, February 2
A 17-year-old girl, resident of Sector 11 and a student of Class XII, here alleged that a 17-year-old boy made an attempt to rape her today.

Tanishq Showroom Heist
Badri had local connections
Panchkula, February 2
Rajesh alias Badri, involved in the Manimajra Tanishq showroom heist was gunned down by the special Task Force (STF) of Amabala Range IGP at Dhaulpur in Rajasthan yesterday. Badri was involvement in more than 26 cases of murder, dacoity, robbery, kidnapping and attempt to murder. The Haryana police had announced reward money on Badri’s head.

Youth hangs himself to death
Parmod Kumar Chandigarh, February 2
A 21-year-old resident of Sector 40 reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence today. The victim, Parmod Kumar, a photographer by profession, was found hanging from girder by his brother, Kamlesh Kumar. Parmod was working with a Sector 20-based photo studio. 

Medicines seized
Chandigarh, February 2
The UT drugs control department seized a large number of allopathic drugs from a grocery shop at Dhanas here today.

19-year-old girl abducted, beaten up, freed
Chandigarh, February 2
A 19-year-old student of the Chitkara College was allegedly abducted by two unidentified persons in a car from Sector 21 here this evening. The girl, daughter of a Sector 22-based sanitary shop owner, was beaten up by the two in the car and later thrown near a park in the same sector.


Players take part in hockey trials at Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
Players take part in hockey trials at Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Junior Inter-Zonal Cricket Tournament
North Zone rout South Zone
Mohali, February 2
North Zone U-19 team beat South Zone by 40 runs and emerged winners in the Junior Inter Zonal Cricket Tournament in Mumbai. The North Zone team accumulated 13 points in the league round, whereas West Zone remained second with 10 points. With nine points, Central Zone secured the third spot.

Garden of Palms to come up in Sector 42
Special track being laid to promote bicycle tourism
Chandigarh, February 2
The Chandigarh Administration is promoting Sector 42 in the Southern end of Chandigarh as a hub of tourism with the development of Garden of Palms at a cost of Rs 3.11 crore.

Athletics Meet
Shiv Kumar strikes gold in 800m
Patiala, February 2
Shiv Kumar clinched a gold medal in 800m event during the 135th annual athletics meet held at Government Mahindra College. The director, sports, Punjab, inaugurated the two-day event.


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