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Traffic police exercise claims patient’s life
l Drill part of Nepal President’s visit today l  PGI 1 km from GMSH, a five-minute drive
Chandigarh, February 3
A 65-year-old woman being shifted in a critical condition from the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, to the PGI died when the ambulance carrying her got stuck in a traffic jam for 20 minutes near Lala Lajpat Rai Bhawan, Sector 15, here this evening.

Day 3: PU held to ransom
Chandigarh, February 3
Gate No 2 of Panjab University that was locked by agitating students. Students of HSJ Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University (PU), led by student leaders held the university to ransom for the third consecutive day.

Gate No 2 of Panjab University that was locked by agitating students.Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Technicians’ protest hits surgeries
Chandigarh, February 3
Scheduled surgical operations at various operating theatres (OTs) at the PGI were postponed resulting in harassment to scores of patients as nearly 100 OT technicians protested against the disparity of pay scales in solidarity with OT technicians at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.

Man clubs wife to death
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 3
In a gruesome incident, a resident of Majri Azim village, clubbed his wife to death over a trivial issue here today.



Lost in fragrance

A girl from Russia at the Rose Garden in Chandigarh on Thursday.
A girl from Russia at the Rose Garden in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Fire safety checked at six schools
Carmel Convent found wanting
Chandigarh, February 3
A joint team of the fire and emergency committee and officials of the fire department conducted a check at six private schools in the city today.The schools which were checked by the team including Carmel Convent, Sector 9; KBDAV and RC Aggarwal School, Sector 7; and St John’s, Sacred Heart and Strawberry Fields, Sector 26.

Electoral Reforms
Moily, Khursheed to put heads together
Chandigarh, February 3
Union Minister for Law and Justice Dr M Veerappa Moily, Union Minister for Minority Affairs and Water Resources Salman Khursheed, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Pawan Bansal and Chief Election Commissioner of India SY Quraishi are all set to arrive in the city to put their heads together for discussing election reforms during a conference scheduled to be held on Saturday.

Draft bylaws to be okayed this month
Chandigarh, February 3
The Administrator’s Advisory Council (AAC), at its meeting later this month, will approve draft bylaws for the preservation of Chandigarh’s architectural heritage.At a meeting presided over by UT Administrator Shivraj Patil, the draft bylaws were deliberated upon and it was decided those should be put before the meeting of the AAC before being sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs for approval.

Mystery shrouds girl’s kidnapping
Chandigarh, February 3
Mystery shrouds the kidnapping of the 19-year-old girl student of Chitkara College a day after she alleged that she was abducted and later dumped in Sector 21.The police found numerous contradictions in her statement and was verifying those on basis of location of her mobile phone.

Home Guard beaten up
Chandigarh, February 3
A Home Guard volunteer with the UT police, Rajbir Singh, was assaulted and threatened with dire consequences at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, here last night.

Politics takes place of pride in MC
House tax assessment committee ‘chairperson’ resigns
Chandigarh, February 3
With an eye on municipal elections this year, political parties are taking every step cautiously and framing their strategy keeping in view the sympathy of voters.BJP councillor Sarita Devi has submitted her resignation as chairperson of the house tax assessment committee to avoid any involvement in the imposition of house tax in the city this year.

Oceanic CEO in dock for forging documents
Estranged wife lodges complaint; court tells police to book him
Chandigarh, February 3
A local court has directed the UT police to register a case of cheating against the owner of Oceanic Consultants, a leading immigration company based in Sector 9 here.The court of Judicial Magistrate Ranjeev Kumar told the police to book Naresh Gulati, director-cum-chief executive officer (CEO) of Oceanic Consultants under Section 420 of the IPC.

Protest by CHB staff enters Day 3
CHB employees stage a dharna on the premises of the board in Sector 9 of Chandigarh on Thursday.Chandigarh, February 3
The strike by employees of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) entered the third day today, with more employees joining in.Members of the CITCO (Chandigarh Industrial Tourism and Development Corporation) Workers Union and resident welfare associations of various sectors extended support to CHB employees.

CHB employees stage a dharna on the premises of the board in Sector 9 of Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Disconnecting Services Without Intimation
Vodafone asked to pay Rs 10,000
Chandigarh, February 3
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal forum has directed mobile service provider Vodafone Essar South Limited to pay ` 10,000 as compensation to a city resident whose telephone connection was disconnected “negligently”.

Realtors send SOS to Pawan Bansal
Seek reversal of ‘anti-people’ decision
Chandigarh, February 3
The Chandigarh Administration’s decision to continue ban on the issuance of no objection certificate (NOC) to the general power of attorney (GPA) holders has earned the ire of the Property Consultants Association, Chandigarh.

MC sanitation campaign flagged off
Chandigarh, February 3
A sanitation campaign was flagged off by Municipal Corporation Deputy Mayor Sheela Phool Singh today from Bhaskar Colony,Sector 25.During the campaign, the area will be jointly inspected by the area councillor, chief engineer, assistant director, malaria, and the medical officer of health department to remove the shortcomings in the sector.

Patients suffer as contractual staffgo on strike at GMSH
Chandigarh, February 3
Patients were taken to ransom at the Government Multi specialty Hospital, (GMSH), Sector 16, today as contractual employees resorted to strike for three hours in the morning here.No sweeping work was carried out in the hospital till 11 am because of the strike, and no helper was present at the Emergency Ward gate to help shift the patients in to the hospital.

Citi Bank told to pay relief of Rs 5,000
Chandigarh, February 3
In yet another case highlighting “unfair trade practices” being resorted to by credit card companies, the UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum today directed Citi Bank to pay compensation of Rs 5,000 to city resident for causing her harassment and mental agony by raising a bill of  Rs 40,789 against even when she hadn’t used the card.

Remove mobile tower: Admin
Threat to adjoining houses, say neighbours
Chandigarh, February 3
Five years after the UT Administration allowed non-residential buildings to have mobile towers, the structures, largely on rooftops of illegal guest houses, are posing a serious threat to the walls of adjoining buildings.

Super Bazar’s properties to go under hammer
Chandigarh, February 3
The properties of Super Bazar, the city’s first chain of retail stores, will go under the hammer soon.Known for introducing the concept of shopping under one roof at affordable prices, its properties will soon be auctioned with the help of a committee constituted today by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Return of power cuts
Supply affected for past three days in Mohali
Mohali, February 3
Unannounced power cuts during the past three days here have been disrupting activities in homes, offices and commercial areas. While power was cut for nearly four hours today, additional weekly power offs have been announced for the industrial sector as well.

Mutilated body found
Zirakpur, February 3
Mutilated body of a 37-year-old man was found under mysterious circumstances near Sukhna choe, opposite Sohi banquet hall, on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway here this evening.

Male dominance supreme even today
Chandigarh, February 3
“Change is the law of nature and the humanity at large has undergone substantial changes to acquire new horizons over the centuries, but the supremacy of male dominance in our real life remains the same.” Artistes of the Rang Virsat theatre group attempted to endorse this glaring fact through their play “ Kadli Phal” staged on the second day of Katha Manchan-III festival organised by Mask Theatre at Randhawa auditorium here today.

Roadways bus hits 15-yr-old girl
Zirakpur, February 3
Ravila Khatun (15), a resident of Bhudha Sahib, Zirakpur, got seriously injured in a road mishap that took place on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway here this morning.Ravila was hit by a Punjab roadways bus while she was crossing the road on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway.

12 bottlenecks identified, to be removed
Mohali, February 3
To streamline the flow of traffic and enforce the rules in the town, the Mohali municipal corporation and the traffic police have identified at least 12 bottlenecks, which will be removed soon.


Counselling session at SD College on Feb 8
Chandigarh, February 3
Aesthesia, the psychology club of GGDSD College, Sector 32, will be holding a free career guidance and counselling session for students of classes X and XII on the college premises on February 8.

Presentation on Shakespeare’s writings
Chandigarh, February 3
The department of English, GGDSD College, Sector 32, organised a talk on “Study of Shakespeare with special reference to The Merchant of Venice” on the college campus today.

From Schools
Chandigarh: Dashmesh Khalsa Public Senior Secondary School, Mohali, held a prize distribution function on Thursday. Bhajan Singh Shergill, member, SGPC, was the chief guest, while Hardeep Singh, member, SGPC, presided over the function. Bhajan Singh Shergill was given a warm welcome by chairman of the school committee Jasmer Singh. Students presented a cultural programme. A fancy-dress competition was held. Principal Charanjit Kaur read out the annual report.


Jaskaran, Anita adjudged best athletes
Anita and Jaskaran with their trophies at Government Mohindra College in Patiala on Thursday. Patiala, February 3
Jaskaran Singh and Anita were adjudged best athletes among boys and girls, respectively on the concluding day of the two-day annual athletics meet of Government Mohindra College. Patiala IG Paramjit Singh Gill gave away prizes to the winners.

Anita and Jaskaran with their trophies at Government Mohindra College in Patiala on Thursday. A Tribune photo

Baliali village sarpanch arrested
Kharar, February 3
The police has arrested Kulwant Singh Baliali, sarpanch of Baliali village, for killing a man in a firing incident.

Excise dept raids 2 plywood traders
Patiala, February 3
Officials of the Punjab Excise and Taxation Department conducted raids at the premises of two plywood traders in the city today and allegedly recovered documents pertaining to large scale tax evasion. The raids were conducted under the supervision of Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Patiala,  HPS Ghotra.

‘Child had congenital heart ailment’
Kharar, February 3
The 28-day-old child who died after being administered a BCG vaccine at the local Civil Hospital yesterday was suffering from a congenital heart ailment.


3-run win takes APJ into final
Chandigarh, February 3
APJ School, Kharar, sailed into the final of the DP Azad Winter League (Under-16) Tournament after a three-run win over DP Azad Academy in a keenly-contested match at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, ground, here today.

City soccer lads corner glory
Chandigarh, February 3
Local soccer team once again brought cheer to the city by emerging champions in the prestigious S Harbhajan Singh Memorial Football Tournament, held at Mahilpur, Hoshiarpur, today.

CBSE Tennis Meet in Dubai
Jubilant players of DAV Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, in Chandigarh on Thursday. Local players romp home
Chandigarh, February 3
Local tennis players claimed top honours for the country as well as the city by winning the overall championship in two age groups and one individual title in the CBSE Tennis National Championship, which concluded at Dubai yesterday.

Jubilant players of DAV Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, in Chandigarh on Thursday. A Tribune photo


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