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Hasty admn notifies RTE Act
n UT ill-prepared n Schools shocked, confused
Chandigarh, February 11
Despite a series of inconclusive deliberations with city schools, the UT administration, in a surprise move, notified the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act today, leaving behind utter confusion.

CHB’s slide takes its toll
Chairman sent to Delhi
Chandigarh, February 11
A day after the Union Home Ministry ordered the transfer of UT Advisor Pradip Mehra, another UT Administration official, Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) Chairman Mohanjeet Singh has been transfered to Delhi. His successor is yet to be announmced.




Spate of thefts rocks city
Chandigarh, February 11
Thieves committed a series of six thefts at several places in the city last night. Thefts included a burglary on the residential premises at Sector 44, two showrooms burglaries at Sector 22 and 37, theft in a temple and theft of two cars.

Now, UBS students seek dept head’s ouster
Students of University Business School stage a dharna in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Friday.Chandigarh, February 11
After creating adversarial circumstances that forced Dr HSJ Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital director Dr Krishan Gauba to leave, certain students of University Business School (UBS) have now kicked off a protest seeking ouster of their department director.

Students of University Business School stage a dharna in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Land Acquisition
Admn gets another rap from HC
Chandigarh, February 11
The Chandigarh administration has received yet another rap on its knuckles in a land acquisition case.


UT’s master plan by March 31
Chandigarh, February 11
Chandigarh’s master plan is set to be completed by March 31 this year. This was the consensus reached at a meeting of the inter-state coordination committee held under the chairmanship of union urban development secretary at New Delhi on Tuesday.

A real timesaver
Test for prompt detection of TB cases soon
Chandigarh, February 11
In order to contain the number of multi-drug resistant (MDR) cases among tuberculosis patients, the country is all set to introduce GeneXpert, a test that can identify tuberculosis and check the resistance to multi-drugs within 90 minutes.

Rs 11 cr proposed to decongest Zirakpur highway
The highway under flyover, which is proposed to be widened due to traffic jams, at Zirakpur.Zirakpur, February 11
To solve the problem of traffic congestion on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala highway at Zirakpur, the GMR, the company undertaking maintenance of the Ambala-Chandigarh highway, has decided to widen the stretch between Zirakpur-Patiala traffic light point and Zirakpur-Kalka traffic light point.

The highway under flyover, which is proposed to be widened due to traffic jams, at Zirakpur. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Gogoi to take oath as CJ today
Chandigarh, February 11 Justice Ranjan Gogoi will be administered oath as the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court tomorrow at 10 am by Haryana Governor, Jagannath Pahadia. 

Poor patients suffer due to closure of Jan Aushadhi
The closed Jan Aushadhi store at the Civil Hospital, Phase VI, Mohali.Mohali, February 11
Patients belonging to the economically weaker sections have been hit following the closure of a jan aushadhi store on the premises of the Civil Hospital in Phase VI here. Senior officials of the Health Department had ordered the closure of the store after patients had complained of some alleged irregularities in the functioning of the set up.

The closed Jan Aushadhi store at the Civil Hospital, Phase VI, Mohali. A Tribune photograph

Illegal sand mining
Counter case filed against forest officials
Mohali, February 11
Five months after the Punjab Forest Department lodged an FIR against Manga Singh and Varinder Singh for allegedly indulging in illegal sand mining, the Mohali police today registered a cross case against the forest officials for allegedly threatening the suspects.

Dr Amod Gupta is PGI dean
Chandigarh, February 11
In pursuance of the decision of the governing body in its meeting held on January 17, Dr Amod Gupta, professor and head, department of ophthalmology, has been appointed as dean of the PGI here today.

250 to attend conference on limb deformities
Chandigarh, February 11
More than 250 delegates from India and abroad are expected to attend the three-day Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of India conference at the department of orthopaedics, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) here.

Prof Raj Bahadur feted
Chandigarh, February 11
For his contribution in the field of orthopaedics, professor Raj Bahadur, director-principal of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, has been awarded the fellowship of the Academy of Science, Punjab (FPASc).


Reconsider Dr Gauba’s repatriation: Teachers
Chandigarh, February 11
Perturbed over the “disgraceful exit” of their director-principal, Dr Krishan Gauba, after students demanded his ouster through protests, nearly 70 teachers of Dr HSJ Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University, delivered a representation to the university Vice-Chancellor asking him to reconsider Dr Gauba’s repatriation.

From Schools
Annual fest
CHANDIGARH: Saupin’s, Sector 32, organised its fourth annual fete (Razmatazz) here on the school premises. A total of 40 stalls ranging from mouth-watering savories to cosmetics and fabulous display by boutique houses were put up during the fete. Amusement games and swings were the major attractions. Principal ABS Sidhu inaugurated the function.


Kidnapping of Vansh
Ambala boy recovered, 1 accused nabbed
Ambala, February 11
Swift police action helped foil the design of he kidnappers yesterday when they had taken away Vansh, a class II student of Army Public School, Ambala Cantt, from the Defence Colony area.

Cop sent to police lines for misbehaviour
Kharar, February 11
Sub-inspector Rajinder Singh has been sent to police lines for beating up students of a private engineering institute.

Rs 5.35 lakh stolen from car in Dera Bassi
Dera Bassi, February 11
About Rs 5.35 lakh were stolen from a car at Preet Nagar, here today. Maninder Singh, a property dealer, told the police that he had kept the money in his car, which was parked outside his house.


1 held for firing at DAV student
Chandigarh, February 11
A day after a Class XI student of DAV School, Sector 8, was injured after a pellet from an air gun hit him accidentally, the police today arrested the accused Gagandeep Singh.

3 get RI for abetment to suicide
Mohali, February 11
Three members of a Dera Bassi-based family have been sentenced to five years of rigorous imprisonment after being held guilty for the death of a woman on August 31 last year. The deceased, Sonika, had allegedly committed suicide by immolating herself, leaving behind a three-year-old son and a six-year-old daughter.

Army officer rams car into vehicles
Runs over two pedestrians as he tried to flee
Chandigarh, February 11
A 55-year-old Army officer rammed his car into two vehicles and knocked down two pedestrians in Sector 20 here this evening.

Tanishq Dacoity
Accused attempts suicide
Chandigarh, February 11
The prime accused in Tanishq dacoity case, Pritpal Singh, alias Paras Soni, attempted suicide in Burail jail here today.


Pardeep scripts DAV-8 win
A match in progress in the Inter-Academy Under-16 Cricket Tournament at Sector 36, Chandigarh.Chandigarh, February 11
DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, and Ropar Cricket Academy won their respective matches in the ongoing Inter-Academy Under-16 Cricket Tournament here today.

A match in progress in the Inter-Academy Under-16 Cricket Tournament at Sector 36, Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

Sandeep declared best athlete
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 11
The two-day 18th athletics meet at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College concluded today at the Nawab Sher Mohammad Khan sports stadium.

Sports meet starts on SVGOI campus
Chandigarh, February 11
The two-day fifth annual sports meet commenced at Swami Vivekanand Group of Institutes (SVGOI) Campus, Ramnagar, Banur, today.

Indira Priyadarshini Tournament
Kavita to lead city team
Chandigarh, February 11
Kavita Chandra will lead the Chandigarh Senior Women Cricket (CSWC) team for the Indira Priyadarshini Tournament to be held at Firozabad (Uttar Pradesh) from February 13.

Jr bodybuilding meet begins today
Chandigarh, February 11
Over a ton bodybuilders will participate in the Junior National Bodybuilding Competition being organised by the Punjab State Bodybuilding Association to be held at Zirakpur from tomorrow.

16 players get wildcard entry
Chandigarh, February 11
The Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) will host the first national AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament (U-16 and U-18) in the category of both boys and girls, at CLTA and Lake Sport Complex from tomorrow.


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