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Elderly couple robbed at home
Cash and jewellery worth over Rs 6 lakh taken away, 70-yr-old man stabbed
Panchkula, January 22
Rani Bala narrates the incident to a police official at her house in Sector 6 of Panchkula on Sunday evening. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal Targeting an elderly couple here, four robbers took away cash and jewellery worth over Rs 6 lakh today.

Rani Bala narrates the incident to a police official at her house in Sector 6 of Panchkula on Sunday evening. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

City records three thefts a day
More than 60 per cent cases past year still unsolved
Chandigarh, January 22
The beginning of the year 2012 has spelt havoc for residents of the city when it comes to incidents of theft, burglary and robbery. The city has been witnessing an average of three thefts on a daily basis ever since the beginning of this year.


They ‘hoodwink’ poll staff
Mohali, January 22
Necessity is the mother of all inventions. On finding that the surveillance teams of the Election Commission equipped with video cameras are literally chasing them everywhere, candidates have adopted different ways to “hoodwink” the chasing election officials.

Order in hand, estate office in sleep mode
Illegal constructions at showroom-cum-offices in Sector 20 stay put
A view of some illegally constructed cabins on the rear of showroom-cum-offices at Sector 20 in Chandigarh. Chandigarh, January 22
Despite having demolition orders, issued about four months back, the UT estate office is yet to initiate action against illegal construction at several showroom-cum-offices in Sector 20 here. The owners of several showrooms have erected temporary cabins on government land on the rear and rented those out.

A view of some illegally constructed cabins on the rear of showroom-cum-offices at Sector 20 in Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chill to persist
Chandigarh, January 22
Residents of the tricity should be prepared to brave the chill for at least 48 hours more. Sources in the meteorological office said night temperatures were set to plummet further and day temperatures to rise in the next two days.

Taste it, enquire about quality, that is all
Authorities inspect food at Panjab University hostels at snail’s pace
Chandigarh, January 22
Although the Panjab University (PU) authorities have hiked the rates of food at hostels, their non-seriousness on keeping an eye on its quality deserves special mention. It can be gauged from the fact that during the past one year, the staff with the dietician have visited messes and canteens on the campus 120 times. The number is disturbing because there are more than 60 messes and canteens on the campus.

Open House Response
Tight security arrangements need of the hour
People have food at an Aroma eatery in Chandigarh. Heart-rending incidents like murder on the middle of the road are abrogating the reputation of Chandigarh, which is an enviable abode for residency in this part of the country. Every other day, we come across various incidents of violence in different parts of the city. The city is witnessing a perpendicular growth in crime rate.

People have food at an Aroma eatery in Chandigarh. Tribune file photo


Triangular contest in Mohali
Chau Majra (Mohali), January 22
On a foggy morning, the traditional election-related din is missing as a few villagers gather near the village dharamshala to greet SAD candidate Balwant Singh Ramoowalia. But, soon the veteran politician, who has thrice been MP and has also been a Union Minister, is caught unawares when the villagers start expressing their resentment against the Akalis for not ensuring 60 per cent reservation in posts in various departments of UT and offering inadequate compensation for 400 acres being acquired for IT City of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).

Property dispute
High drama at Kirron Kher’s parental house
Chandigarh, January 22
A high drama was witnessed at the parental house of actress Kirron Kher in Sector 8, owing to a property dispute, which turned awry. The police was called and the drama lasted for some time before a compromise was finally made late this evening. Kher was inside the house when the drama occurred at house number 65 in Sector 8.

Pending works councillors’ priority
Oppn prepares strategy for House meeting of municipal corporation
Chandigarh, January 22
The newly elected Mayor and councillors held their first meeting with MC officials at the Mayor’s residence in Sector 24. At a brief meeting, the councillors discussed with the MC officials the pending works in all the wards. The meeting was also attended by the nominated councillors

Another attempt to woo operators
Non-AC Radio Cabs
Chandigarh, January 22
Having failed twice to get response for non-AC radio cabs, the State Transport Authority (STA) is going to re-invite applications for non-AC cabs to provide affordable travel at Rs 15 per km. To attract applicants, the STA has kept a requirement of minimum 10 cars for operations in the city.

Passengers have a harrowing time
Fifty return from railway station without Duronto train ticket
Chandigarh, January 22
More than 50 persons, who had to board Duronto for Amritsar in the evening, had a harrowing experience at the railway booking counter, as they had to return without getting tickets. The counter opened only a few hours before the departure of the train.

Passengers pass through the main entrance of the Chandigarh railway station, where there is no security check or metal detector. TRIBUNE PHOTO: S CHANDAN

Sports council irregularly parks Rs 2.97-crore grant
Chandigarh, January 22
The latest local audit and inspection report by the comptroller audit general pointed out irregular parking of grant-in-aid (GIA) amounting Rs 2.97 crore by the Chandigarh Sports Council here.

No headway in ‘kidnap’ case
Chandigarh, January 22
In the absence of any complaint regarding the kidnap call that sent the UT police in a tizzy yesterday, the police has failed to make any headway in the case. Eyewitnesses had yesterday informed the police that they saw a youth being forced into a car by at least six assailants from a park in Sector 32.

The car that rammed into a streetlight pole on the road separating Sectors 21 and 18 City residents apprised of road safety rules
Chandigarh, January 22
As a part of the 23rd Road Safety Week-2012 being celebrated in the city from January 17 to 23, the Chandigarh traffic police organised a workshop for truck drivers at the Transport Area to make them aware of road rules and regulations.

The car that rammed into a streetlight pole on the road separating Sectors 21 and 18 in Chandigarh on Sunday. TRibune photo: S Chandan

Five slapped penalty for power theft
Panchkula, January 22
A team of the Electricity Department has detected five cases of power theft at Skatri and Budahnpur villages here in the past two days. A penalty of over Rs 1 lakh has been slapped on the offenders, said the officials.


Memories relived at alumni meet
Chandigarh, January 22
The Home Science College Alumni Association (HSCAA) of Government Home Science College lived a memorable page in the history of the college Alumni of the Government Home Science College take a round of its hostel in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari with an amalgamation of alumni from five decades in the college auditorium during the golden jubilee celebrations held today that witnessed a participation of over 160 alumni, including those from early batches of 1960’s.

Alumni of the Government Home Science College take a round of its hostel in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh scan
Annual day
The local chapter of the Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM), a charter member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (IFPSM), which is a professional body of materials management professionals, celebrated its annual day at CII here on Sunday. Pranav Gupta, managing director, Parabolic Drugs Ltd, Chandigarh, advised materials management professionals to reduce cost, protect environment, reduce and manage wastes, introduce efficiency in supply chain management and switch over to green purchases.

954 college passouts get degrees
Chandigarh, January 22
The annual convocation of GGDSD College, Sector 32, was held today on the college premises. Rajeev Shukla, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India, was the chief guest. Degrees were conferred on a total of 954 graduates.


Hooda, Bansal campaign for Congress candidates
Mohali/Kharar, January 22
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and the Member of Parliament from Chandigarh Pawan Kumar Bansal today landed in Kharar and Mohali to canvass for Congress candidates Jagmohan Singh Kang ( Kharar) and Balbir Singh Sidhu (Mohali).

Kansal plays Gujjar card
Kharar, January 22
A realtor-turned-politician, Arjan Kansal, who is the BSP candidate from the Kharar Assembly segment, is entangled in a keen bout with his rival candidates, Jagmohan Singh Kang (Congress) and Ujaggar Singh Wadali (SAD), to cash in on the 10,000 Gujjar votes in the development-starved Kandi area in the lower Shivalik Hills, adjoining Chandigarh.

SAD seeks ban on kite flying
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 22
Jagjeet Singh Kohli, office in charge of the SAD candidate, Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, has complained to Returning Officer, Fatehgarh Sahib, alleging that Didar Singh Bhatti of the PPP has purchased lakhs of kites to be distributed among people on January 28, i.e. Basant Panchami, and it would be a violation of the model code of conduct. He has requested him to ban the flying of kites from January 28 to January 30, the polling day.


consumer courts
Bajaj Allianz told to pay Rs 79,207 to complainant
Mohali, January 22
The Mohali District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company Ltd to reimburse a resident of Sector 70 here for loss/damage to his car to the tune of Rs 79,207 with interest, thereon, for the relevant period and also the costs of litigation.

Illegal slaughterhouses at Phase-1, Industrial Area, Panchkula. HC go-ahead for Panchkula slaughterhouse
Panchkula, January 22
The Punjab and Haryana High Court, while disposing of a writ petition, has allowed the Panchkula administration to go ahead with its slaughterhouse project in the town. However, a no-objection certificate from the State Pollution Department is required before making the slaughterhouse functional.

Illegal slaughterhouses at Phase-1, Industrial Area, Panchkula.


Man crushed to death
Panchkula, January 22
Arvind Sharma (51), a naib tehsildar of the Panchkula election department, was crushed to death under a moving train here today. Sharma was staying at Ambala and used to commute between Panchkula and Ambala.

4 held for gambling
Panchkula, January 22
The district police nabbed four persons allegedly for gambling in Sector 5 here today. The suspects have been identified as Pawan Kumar, Narender Sharma, Bhupinder Sharma and Sarup Kumar. On a tip-off, Sub-inspector Lakshmi Chand conducted a raid in front of bus stand, Sector 5, and apprehended the suspects while they were gambling, said the police. A sum of Rs 5,130 was seized.


PU blank kakatiya in handball
Players in action during the All-India University Handball Championship at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari Chandigarh, January 22
The host team of Panjab University routed its opponents on the inaugural day of the All-India Inter University Inter Zonal Handball Championship for Women, being held at PU grounds, here today.
In the first one-sided match, the PU team defeated Kakatiya University by 25-0 while in their second match; the local outfits overcame Pune University after a margin of 24-07.

Players in action during the All-India University Handball Championship at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Saupin’s school win by 6 wickets
Chandigarh, January 22
The Saupin's School, Sector 32, registered a six-wicket win over the Mohali Cricket Academy, Mohali, in the Saupin's Tri-City League Cricket Tournament for boys (U-13), held here. After electing to bat first, the Mohali Cricket Academy, Mohali, scored 135 runs in 30 overs with a loss of two wickets.

Angad pockets golf title
Chandigarh, January 22
The local lad, Angad Cheema, taking full advantage of his home field, won the 111th CNEB All-India Amateur Golf Championship for the first time after defeating Gagan Verma during the final of the tournament, at the Golf Club, Chandigarh, here today.

Gallant club drub Laser Sharp Cricketers
Chandigarh, January 22
Unbeaten 129 runs by Chiraag Verma helped Gallant Cricket Club (GCC) to beat Laser Sharp Cricketers (LSC) by 144 runs during the match of Drug Free City Cricket Cup, here today.

GMSSS-36 thrash HCA
Chandigarh, January 22
The cricket team of GMSSS 36 defeated Himachal Cricket Academy (HCA) by four wickets in the match of Sardar Bhagwant Singh Memorial Cricket Tournament.

A boy participates in the long jump event during the Kids Olympics in Chandigarh on Sunday. 273 participate in Kids Olympics
Chandigarh, January 22
The Rotary Club Himalayan Ranges organised Kids Olympics 2012 for the second consecutive year at Sports Complex, Sector 7, here today.
Around 273 children between the ages of 5 to 18 years participated in the athletic events. The participating athletes were from five different orphanages of the tri-city and one orphanage of Ludhiana.

A boy participates in the long jump event during the Kids Olympics in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: S Chandan


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