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26 sq-km bone of contention
UT Admn holds 6 meetings in a year, but forest officials left out
Chandigarh, January 7
The UT Administration seems to be least interested in resolving an inter-state dispute over a 26 sq-km patch of the eco-fragile Sukhna wildlife sanctuary area. The seriousness of the Administration can be gauged from the fact that in the last year, six meetings have been held, but the Administration has never invited officials of the forest and wildlife department, a major stakeholder of the area, to resolve the contentious issue.

Doctors spending 3 mins on patient instead of recommended 10: PGI survey
Chandigarh, January 7
It may sound strange, but doctors in the public sector hospitals in the city spend on an average merely three minutes on a patient, just a little more than the time it takes to cook the two-minute noodles.


UT setting up barracks for 600 policemen at Sarangpur
Project costing Rs 6.15 crore will begin next month
Chandigarh, January 7
The UT Administration has been setting up advanced barracks to accommodate at least 600 policemen in Sarangpur. The project costing about Rs 6.15 crore will begin next month, which means each barrack will cost the administration over Rs 10 lakh.


It’s all dark in Industrial Area, Phase I
Chandigarh, January 7
Wrangling over the fixing of damaged underground wires has made the streetlights of Industrial Area non-functional. For instance, in Industrial Area, Phase I, 60 per cent of the streetlights are lying non-functional. The laying of paver blocks two years ago damaged the underground wiring there. Sources in the corporation said for the past one year, there had been a tussle between the road and electrical wings of the civic body, as to who would pay for the damage done by the respective departments.

Unauthorised parking bane of town
Zirakpur, January 7
The Mohali administration has failed to check the menace of unauthorised parking of vehicles along the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, Zirakpur-Patiala highway and Zirakpur-Kalka highway.

Being trained to perform: Police personnel take part in an advance computer training course at the IIJT in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Wrong turn:
A bus that rammed into the roundabout of Sectors 34, 35, 22 and 23 in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Ex-servicemen to boycott poll
Mohali, January 7
The Punjab Ex Servicemen Grievances Cell today decided not to cast vote in the forthcoming Assembly elections. The cell has around 8 lakh members across the state. Lt Col SS Sohi, president of the cell, during a meeting held in Jalandhar today, said the policies of the major parties, Congress and SAD were reviewed.

Assembly poll
Candidates can spend only Rs 16 lakh
Mohali, January 7
The central poll observer for the Mohali, Dera Bassi and Kharar constituencies, Jagdish Chander, today informed that the candidates in the fray could spend a maximum of Rs 16 lakh during the election period. Those spending more could face cancellation of their candidature.

Mercury dips further
Chandigarh, January 7
Hailstorm and rain lashed the region this morning escalating the ongoing chilly conditions. The weatherman, however, has predicted respite from cold from tomorrow. From tomorrow, temperatures during night will increase, said officials at the Chandigarh Meteriological Centre.

‘Poetry expresses human emotions’
Chandigarh, January 7
“Poetry is reflective and expressive of human emotions, all articulated in a suitable paradigm of words and mother of all 64 fine and performing arts, including musical arts, painting, sculpture and architecture,” said Dr SS Bhatti, an academician.

Robbery case solved
Panchkula, January 7
With the arrest of Naveen Kumar, a resident of Samalka in Panipat district, the police claimed to have solved Ram Dairy robbery case here today.


Out of 9 govt colleges, only one has regular principal
Chandigarh, January 7
Out of the total nine government colleges in the city, only one has a permanent principal, all the other colleges are being run by the senior most professors acting as officiating principals. The Postgraduate Government College, Sector 11, is the only college with a regular principal.

PG semester exams
Reluctant, most teachers return answersheets unchecked
Chandigarh, January 7
In what has pushed Panjab University examination branch officials to the wall, only 20 per cent of over 500 teachers of postgraduate courses on the campus and affiliated colleges have participated in the evaluation process of the PG semester exam conducted recently.

St Kabir extends break
Chandigarh, January 7
Owing to bad weather, St Kabir School, Sector 26, has extended its winter break to January 11. The school will reopen on January 12. TNS



Liquor flows freely: Police chief tells officials to conduct raids
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 7
Patiala Divisional Commissioner SR Ladhar has directed officials to conduct raids at various places ahead of the Assembly elections. He said it was learnt that candidates were wooing voters with liquor and other gifts. He suggested the officials to videograph proceedings.

School bus mishap
2-day remand for principal
Ambala, January 7
Chairman of Arjun Public School Vikram Singh and headmaster Shakti Singh, who were arrested on Friday by the Ambala police, were produced in the court of Duty Magistrate today, who remanded them to a two-day police custody. Earlier, the police took them to the Civil Hospital for medical examination.

4 prisoners released during lok adalat
Ambala, January 7
District and Sessions Judge Naveeta Singh, during a lok adalat held at Ambala Central Jail, directed the jail authorities to release four prisoners, who were involved in petty crimes.

Rs 45,000 stolen from shops
Ambala, January 7
Thieves struck at four shops in Ambala City last night.


Saji Mohan case
Hearing deferred to Jan 16
Chandigarh, January 7
In the drug pilferage case against former Narcotics Control Bureau Zonal director Saji Mohan, prosecution today filed an application to seek permission from the court to place on record the prosecution sanction obtained from the parent department of Saji Mohan.


Accused Pradeep Joshi (centre) in police custody at Sector 39 police station, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Friend stoned youth to death
Chandigarh, January 7
A day after 20-year-old youth of Palsora village in Sector 56 was found murdered, the Chandigarh police managed to crack the case with the arrest of Pardeep Joshi (27), deceased’s friend, who murdered Monu by repeatedly hitting him with stones.

Accused Pradeep Joshi (centre) in police custody at Sector 39 police station, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

10,000 fake sunglasses recovered
Chandigarh, January 7
Next time you visit Sector 17 and somebody approaches you offering sunglasses at throwaway prices, don’t purchase one, as it might be fake. Based on the trend of vendors selling fake Ray Ban sunglasses, the opticians operating in Sector 17 had made a complaint to the company in Delhi under which the company officials conducted a raid on Friday at the basement of a SCO and recovered around 10,000 fake sunglasses.

Theft bid by domestic help foiled, held
Chandigarh, January 7
A domestic help of a former inspector general of Chandigarh police, Gurcharan Singh Sandhu, tried to steal the white color Toyota Corolla from his house but failed when the car hit the main gate of the house in Sector 18 on Friday night.

Class VIII student hangs himself
Chandigarh, January 7 A 14-year-old class VIII student of a government school committed suicide by hanging himself at his house in Ram Darbar.
According to the police, the victim Shubham had refused to go to the school due to bad weather and was later found hanging. Jaspal Singh, SHO of the Sector 31 police station, said they received information about the suicide at around 9.30 am. His three sisters who were present in the house at the time of the incident noticed the body hanging from the ceiling.


57th national school games
A player bathes in a wet tent at GMSSS-22, Chandigarh, on Saturday.Shoddy arrangements greet visiting teams
Chandigarh, January 7
Several sportspersons participating in the 57th National School Games today had a taste of the ‘state of the art’ facilities being provided by the UT Education Department when the sudden downpour drenched their tents, pitched to provide area for bathing.

A player bathes in a wet tent at GMSSS-22, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Photo: Deepankar Sharda

UP gymnasts stand out
Chandigarh, January 7
Continuing their winning spree, gymnasts from Uttar Pradesh (UP) won laurels on the third day of 25th Sub-junior National Artistic Gymnastic Championship, being held at Shivalik Public School here.

Players in action during the National School Games being held at the sports complex in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Saturday. A number of events are being held at different venues. Tribune photo: Parvesh ChauhanSchool Games
Local fencers pocket titles
Chandigarh, January 7
Local fencers defeated Manipur team to lift the title of girls (U-14) and boys (U-14) team events in foil and saber, respectively during the ongoing 57th National School Games being held here.
In the final match (girls category), the winning side defeated Manipur by by 15-11, however, in the semifinals, Manipur overcame Punjab 15-12, while the local team routed Maharashtra 15-3.

Players in action during the National School Games being held at the sports complex in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Saturday. A number of events are being held at different venues. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

CLTA trainees lift trophy
Chandigarh, January 7
Tennis players Divvijay Naruka (DAV-15), Bhavtaran Singh (SD Public-32), Uday S Mann (DAVSSS-8), Dheeranush Bhatti (DAVP-8) and Vikas Berwal (DAV-15) won the boys (U-19) team trophy.

cricket meet
Livewires register win
Chandigarh, January 7
Livewires Coaching Centre’s junior team defeated Carriers Air Conditioning & Refrigeration LTd in the first semifinal match of Drug Free City Cricket Cup being held here.

Chandigarh beat West Bengal
Chandigarh, January 7
Ace bowler Parvesh Sharma took five wickets to help Chandigarh register a win against West Bengal in the league match of School National Games held in Delhi.

Vying for top slot:
A handball match in progress during the National School Games in GMSSS, Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan



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