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Reluctant informer set on fire
Four CIA cops under scanner
Panchkula, February 27
Rup Singh The working of the Crime Investigating Agency (CIA) staff of the police came under the scanner with a resident of Kharag Mangoli, near Old Panchkula, today alleging that four policemen set him afire after he refused to work as an informer.

                                                        Rup Singh

Mistaken identity returns to haunt cops
Chandigarh, February 27
The embarrassing episode of a “mistaken identity” dating back to 2006 in which the UT Police wrongfully detained a woman for 16 days in jail has come to haunt the department. Four years after the incident, the National Human Rights Commission has now issued a show-cause notice to senior UT police officials asking them to explain why monetary relief “be not recommended to be paid to the victim”.


God no exception

The UT Administration is flouting the edict of Chandigarh which explicitly bans the installation of statues in the city.
The UT Administration is flouting the edict of Chandigarh which explicitly bans the installation of statues in the city. A statue of Lord Buddha near the regulator end of the Sukhna Lake violates the edict which reads: “The age of personal statues is gone. No personal statues shall be erected in the city or parks of Chandigarh. The city is planned to breathe the new sublimated spirit of art. Commemoration of persons shall be confined to suitably placed bronze plaques.” Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Advisory council sees red in UT periphery
Chandigarh, February 27
Haphazard construction in Chandigarh’s periphery having a bearing on the basic character of Le Corbusier’s architectural wonder, earning the ire of members of the Administrator’s Advisory Council (AAC) at its third meeting here today.

MC General House
Tabling of budget proposals unlikely to be smooth
Chandigarh, February 27
It is unlikely to be a cakewalk for the Congress-led Municipal Corporation (MC) to get the budgetary proposal of the next fiscal year approved in the General House scheduled for tomorrow. In a meeting held this evening, all 11 opposition councillors voiced their opposition against the Congress on the issue of the opposition being left out while drafting the budgetary proposals.

Sportier Mohali ahead
20 sites for community sports facilities
Mohali, February 27
Mohali city will no longer be mocked as the poor cousin of Chandigarh as far as the sports facilities are concerned.


Frequent delays leave UT housing applicants at sea
Chandigarh, February 27
It appears the woes of those who have applied for apartments under the UT administration’s employees housing scheme are far from over. Having hit troubled waters soon after being floated three years ago, the scheme has left thousands of applicants a hassled lot because of delays in construction work.

Right Notes

Mohit Chauhan performs during the Rose Festival at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
Mohit Chauhan performs during the Rose Festival at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Open house response
Gauba’s ouster smacks of petty politics
The unruly scenes at dental institute in Punjab University which led to the exit of director-principal were unfortunate. Dr Krishan Gauba whose deputation term was to end within a few months did not deserve such an ouster. The very fact that the Punjab University authorities are planning to give the interim charge either to the PGI director or the director- principal of the Sector 32 hospital, proves the point that the institute at Punjab University does not have a person to succeed  Dr Gauba.

CHB Sec-63 scheme hits another roadblock
This time, approval of tenders put off
Chandigarh, February 27
Announced with much fanfare in 2008, the general housing scheme of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) in Sector 63 here seems to be jinxed.

Heritage panel says no to high-rise buildings
Recommends that Corbusian city must retain character
Chandigarh, February 27
Though Chandigarh’s periphery in the neighbouring Punjab and Haryana may be bursting at the seams in the backdrop of high-rise buildings, an expert committee constituted by the Chandigarh Administration has said a no to high-rise buildings.

Cong accused of stalling MC budget
Chandigarh, February 27
The ruling Congress party members of the municipal corporation have failed to table its budget for the next fiscal in the time period stipulated in the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, Janata Party president Ajay Jagga said Sunday.

Reporter Diary
Monkey owners pedal their way on city roads, showcasing the increased workload due to the rise in monkey menace in Chandigarh.Of promises unkept
Tall claims of the Chandigarh Police about their response time in less than three minutes fell flat. The police help was sought by a colleague, last Thursday, whose car was stuck up because of two wrongly parked cars in the exit way of the parking in front of UT Estate Office.

TIME FOR BUSINESS: Langoor owners pedal their way on city roads, showcasing the increased workload due to the rise in monkey menace in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Class X, XII Board
Step up to beat exam blues
Chandigarh, February 27
In just two days more than 30,000 city students will be taking one of the biggest tests of their academic lives, CBSE Board examinations for classes X and XII. While things may be a little better for Class XII students, who have already faced such a stress once, it will be a new experience for Class X students.

Mohali Municipal Corporation
Development work confined to files
Mohali, February 27
Two months after the constitution of the Mohali municipal corporation, the Punjab government is still trying to put in place the machinery that will make things easier, as far as tall claims of the Akali government on the development front are concerned.

A treat for music lovers
Chandigarh, February 27
Music lovers were treated to a rare musical delight of a rare and immaculate Jugalbandi of Sitar and Jaltarang in a concert held under the aegis of Triveni Sangeet Sabha in collaboration with the department of public relations and cultural affairs, Haryana, at the Randhawa auditorium here today.

Environment lessons for youth
Chandigarh, February 27
The department of life long learning and extension (DLLLE), Panjab University, in collaboration with the Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, Chandigarh, organised a two-day orientation course on “Ethics of environment and role of youth” on the college premises. More than 200 community leaders and students attended the programme.

‘Stop plastic usage’
Chandigarh, February 27
An awareness camp was organised by Go Green International Organisation (GGIO) to stop the use of plastic at Sukhna Lake here yesterday. Dr GS Randhawa Deputy Commissioner (Excise and Taxation) was the chief guest.


Admission to BCom
Cut-off list to be declared online
Chandigarh, February 27
Cut-off list for centralised admission to BCom-I for more than 2,100 seats offered by 11 colleges in Chandigarh will be declared online this year.

Moot Court: Shrutinder declared advocate of the year
Mohali, February 27
The two-day Army Institute of Law National Moot Court Competition “Checkmate- 2011” concluded today with a valedictory function.

PU Notes
Rose Fest
CHANDIGARH: Roses from the Rose Garden of Panjab University got first prize in the Chandigarh Rose Festival in the category of cut-flowers.


Steep hike in house tax
Shopkeepers see red
Patiala, February 27
Shopkeepers and owners of commercial establishments in the town are up in arms against the municipal corporation over the exorbitant hike in the annual house tax.

Documentary on farmers’ plight
Patiala, February 27
A documentary on the plight of marginal and small farmers in Punjab was screened today at the department of journalism and mass communication, Punjabi University, Patiala. The documentary is directed by Tom Dieters, a political science scholar, Holland.

ADGP’s gunman dies in freak accident
Kharar, February 27
A Punjab ADGP’s (rural) gunman was killed in a freak accident at the former’s farmhouse in Balongi here today.

Protest over booking of SAD leader
Rajpura, February 27
A section of residents held a protest against the police and a senior BJP leader over the registration of a case against Pepsu Township Development Board vice-chairman and SAD leader Jagdish Jagga and 11 others.

Chandumajra averse to mudslinging
Fatehgarh Sahib,February 27
SAD general secretary Prem Singh Chandumajra today said mudslinging was not the right way to deal with issues. The SAD leader was addressing mediapersons during his visit to the town today.

Protesting farmers to embark on ‘Jago’
Dera Bassi, February 27
The protesting farmers of Bhankarpur village have decided to launch a “Jago” campaign against the SAD-BJP government in four districts of Punjab. They have been staging dharna for the past 35 days to get the ownership right over 650 acres of land.

26,000 kids given polio drops
Dera Bassi, February 27
Polio vaccine was administered to over 26,000 children in the sub-division as part of the polio eradication campaign here today.

Healthy lifestyle stressed upon
Ambala, February 27
Dr Naresh Trehan, a cardiologist, has underlined the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle to avoid heart ailments. He was delivering the “21st Gian Chand Memorial Lecture” organised by the Gian Chand Memorial Foundation, Ambala Cantonment, at SD College here today.


Assault on minors
Sec-7 resident granted bail
Panchkula, February 27
The local court today granted bail to IS Sekhon, a resident of Sector 7, after he was arrested by the police yesterday for brutally assaulting two minor girls at his house on Friday evening.


Gold chain snatched
Panchkula, February 27
Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a gold chain of a woman outside her house in Sector 10 here this afternoon.

Rose Festival: IPRS official booked for extortion
Chandigarh, February 27
The UT police have registered a case of extortion and cheating against an official with the Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS) Limited, Delhi, Arvind Sharma.


St John’s alumni clinch golf title
Participants during the the SJOBA Inter-Alumni Golf Tournament in Chandigarh on Sunday.Chandigarh, February 27
The alumni of St John's School emerged champions in the SJOBA Inter-Alumni Golf Tournament held on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Participants during the the SJOBA Inter-Alumni Golf Tournament in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Madras going strong, beat Calcutta
Chandigarh, February 27
Madras University defeated Calcutta University in the semifinal match of the All-India Inter-University Lawn Tennis (Women) Championship being organised by the Panjab University here today.

6 DSPs, 13 cops for players’ security 24/7
Chandigarh, February 27
In wake of “threat” news carried by a section of media, the Chandigarh police and their counterpart in Mohali are in no mood to take any risk for the upcoming ICC- Cricket World Cup matches schedule to be held in Mohali.


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