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19-month-old child kidnapped, rescued
n Kidnapping orchestrated by child’s uncle
n All four kidnappers were aged 19 and 20
n Police swift to act, recover child within 6 hours
n Intensive operation in Siswan village
Chandigarh, February 8
The kidnappers being taken for medical examination to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, A 19-month-old child was kidnapped from his residence at Bapu Dham Colony here this morning and then recovered by the police within six hours of their being informed.

The kidnappers being taken for medical examination to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.




School admission: HC to hear plea today
Chandigarh, February 8
Amid confusion over the issuance of school admission forms to children in the three-plus age group, the Punjab and Haryana High Court will hear a petition tomorrow filed by 17 minors through their parents.

The trench that was dug up by the NHAI along the Chandigarh-Ambala highway was later filled up at Sharma farmhouse, Zirakpur, on Tuesday Illegal access to marriage palaces closed
Zirakpur, Febraury 8
The VIP owners of marriage palaces and other commercial establishments are in for trouble for violating the prohibitory orders issued by the Mohali Deputy Commissioner on closing of illegal direct access to the Chandigarh-Ambala National Highway-22.

The trench that was dug up by the NHAI along the Chandigarh-Ambala highway was later filled up at Sharma farmhouse, Zirakpur, on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Justice Gogoi new high court CJ
To be administered the oath on Friday or Saturday
Justice Ranjan Gogoi Chandigarh, February 8
Justice Ranjan Gogoi is the new Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The President of India has cleared his name for name for elevation. Currently functioning as the Acting Chief Justice after the retirement of Justice Mukul Mudgal on January 3, Justice Gogoi’s name for elevation was cleared by the Supreme Court collegium at a meeting held in Delhi in December.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi


Mayor threatens oppn with MC house dissolution
Chandigarh, February 8
City mayor Ravinder Pal Singh ‘Pali’ said he would recommend dissolution of the municipal corporation general house if opposition councillors continued to “create hurdles” in its functioning. Addressing reporters at a hurried called press conference, he stated: “If opposition members do not refrain from disturbing proceedings I’ll suggest to the local bodies department the house be dissolved.”

MC to beautify entry points of sectors
Chandigarh, February 8
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) will beautify the entry points of all the sectors in the city. This was decided at the environment and city beautification committee meeting of the MC held here yesterday. Committee chairman Pardeep Chhabra directed officials to initiate the beautification projects through public participation.

PGI contract workers’ strike on Feb 21
Chandigarh, February 8
The problems facing PGI officials during the past few days do not appear to be over even after the hospital’s operation theatre technicians called off their strike on Sunday.

Rose Garden to don new look
26 Himalayan rose varieties to be tested in plains
Chandigarh, February 8
As a perfect blend of tourism, education and recreation, Rose Garden, the largest rose garden in Asia, is being developed as the theme garden by the Chandigarh Adminstration.

Pension Scheme
CHB staff to continue protest
Chandigarh, February 8
Protesting employees of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) will continue with their protest after their talks with the CHB chairman failed today on the issue of the implementation of pension scheme.

Melodious end to Basant fest
Chandigarh, February 8
The melodic magnificence of Hindustani vocal classical recital by Dr Ashwini Bhide Deshpande augmented the festive mood of the Basant festival at the “Aai Basant Bahar” concert organised by the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi at the Bal Bhawan here today.

Tribune Impact
Construction of illegal house on greenbelt
Driver told to stop work
Panchkula, February 8
Taking note of the illegal construction on a greenbelt by a driver of the Haryana Housing Board, officials of the municipal council today visited the house in Sector 19 here and directed him to stop the work immediately.


Exam Jitters
It’s parents this time
Chandigarh, February 8
A week after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) launched its first phase of pre-examination counselling, the helpline numbers haven’t stopped ringing, but unlike previous years it’s the parents rather than Class X students who are facing examination jitters.

PU Notes
Decision on robe colour on Feb 10
CHANDIGARH: Taking cognisance of a report published in Chandigarh Tribune on February 6, the Panjab University Syndicate has now scheduled the meeting of a committee, which was constituted to consider the colour of the convocation robe, to February 10. A Senate-Syndicate member had objected to the usage of black convocation dress, which he said should be “according to Indian culture and weather” and not an imitation of the western countries.

Discipline: Split wide open
For a week, Panjab University was hostage to a standoff with students demanding removal of the Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital director-principal, Dr Krishan Gauba. Neha Miglani spoke to a cross-section of teachers and students. While teachers expressed dismay at the way in which Dr Gauba exited from the college and also expressed apprehensions that this could lead to further indiscipline, students, on the other hand, expressed relief with a few feeling that discipline was, too, harsh and others feeling that the issue had been politicised by both students and teachers alike.
n Speaking Out

Students from various schools visit the Chandigarh Air Force Station Students apprised of flight safety
Chandigarh, February 8
As a part of the IAFs aerospace safety awareness and publicity campaign, the Chandigarh Air Force Station was host to 220 school students from various schools at the station and explained them about various aircraft operations and flight safety.

Students from various schools visit the Chandigarh Air Force Station on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph


Three booked for murder
Morinda, February 8
The Ropar police has booked three persons for murdering a resident of Sugar Mill Road over a minor issue late last night.

Cash, jewellery stolen
Kalka, February 8
Thieves decamped with cash, mobile and jewellery from two houses in Pinjore last night.
In his complaint, Virender Singh, an employee of HMT and resident of Abdullapur, Pinjore, said he was not at home when the incident occurred.

Hailstones damage wheat, fodder
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 8
Hailstones and high-speed winds affected the early sown varieties of wheat and standing green fodder besides some vegetables and fruits grown in various blocks of Fatehgarh Sahib last evening. Khamano block was the worst affected wherein Bilaspur, Naglan, Ranwan, Bathan, Bhamian, Hawara Kalan, Gagarwal and Kalemajra villages got affected.


Reader gets 1-yr jail for graft
Chandigarh, February 8
The Court of District and Sessions Judge, SK Goel, today announced one-year imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Kailash Chander after holding him guilty in a graft case.

Judge appointed
Panchkula, February 8
Darshan Singh today took over as the District and Sessions Judge of Panchkula district. Some of the important judgements pronounced by him include the conviction of former Director-General of Punjab Police KPS Gill in the molestation case of an IAS officer and the conviction of a former Chief Secretary of Punjab Bikramjit Singh.

Consumer Courts
‘Pay fee for classes attended’
Private institute told to pay refund
Chandigarh, February 8
In an order having serious consequences on schools and teaching institutes refusing to refund the advance fee charged from students even after they drop out in mid session, the UT Consumer Forum has ruled that fee should be charged on proportional basis only for the number of days attended by a particular student.


NRI raped on pretext of marriage
Zirakpur, February 8
The police has booked an Ambala resident for repeatedly raping an NRI girl on the pretext of marrying her. The victim, who had come from France to pursue her study, alleged that the accused had promised to marry her, but later he refused.

3 hurt in group clash
Panchkula, February 8
Three persons of a family were seriously injured when about 12 persons attacked them with lethal weapons at their house in the Old Panchkula area late last night. The attackers had a grudge against the victims due to an old rivalry.

3 booked for snatching
Chandigarh, February 8 Surekha Rani, a resident of Sector 28, lodged a complaint with the police that three unknown persons snatched her bag, containing ` 700 and a mobile phone from Sector 15 yesterday. A case under Sections 379 and 356 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 11 Police Station.

Two held for assault
Chandigarh, February 8 The police yesterday arrested two persons for their involvement in an assault case. The accused have been identified as Tarsem Singh and Kuldeep, residents of Dadu Majra, for assaulting Ajay over a prior enmity.


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