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UT berates Punjab on Naya Gaon
Terms state government insensitive; renewed hearing in HC on February 14
Chandigarh, January 31
Dubbed as New Chandigarh, Naya Gaon’s vigorous development today came under the Punjab and Haryana High Court scanner, with the UT Administration training its guns at the Punjab Government for not taking “ground realities” into consideration.

2 hospitals raided, medicines seized
Violated sale and storage norms, says drug control dept
Panchkula, January 31
A team of the Haryana State Drug Controller Department today raided two hospitals, Alchemist at Sector 21 and the National Skin Hospital at Sector 5 of Mansa Devi Complex (MDC), for violations in the sale and storage of medicines.


Master plan panel mulls sports city, Admn tells HC
Says plans on slum-free walkers’ paradise underway
Chandigarh, January 31
The committee constituted for preparing the city’s master plan is dabbling with the idea of making Chandigarh a sports city. Plans are also afoot to make it a slum-free city and a walkers’ paradise.

Rose Festival
Mayor raps MC Commissioner
Sought approval day before F&CC meet
Chandigarh, January 31
Mayor Raj Bala Malik today pulled up MC Commissioner Prerna Puri for bringing up the Rose Festival issue at the 11th hour. Puri was seeking approval for celebrating the event a day before the meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC). Malik asked her why the matter was not brought to her notice the previous week, when the matter was discussed.

60 calls a day! Intolerance high
Police received 22,251 reports of brawl over phone in 2011
Chandigarh, January 31
Showing increased public intolerance, the Chandigarh Police is receiving an average of 60 calls per day pertaining to small indifferences and brawls. The UT police control room number ‘100’ has been flooded by calls pertaining to brawls, with the police receiving 22,251 such calls in the past one year.

PU Syndicate meets, but student issues absent
Science city gets nod; online application for entrance exams okayed; centralised counselling for BCom to continue

Chandigarh, January 31
PU Vice Chancellor RC Sobti’s dream project of building a Science City in Panjab University campus got a go ahead from the PU Syndicate today with the house agreeing to it in principal and demanding a detailed proposal in the next meeting.

Controversial decisions mar PU Syndicate meeting
Members spend hours levelling accusations against each other
Chandigarh, January 31
In yet another display of its lackadaisical attitude towards academic matters, the Panjab University Syndicate ended up framing four important academic committees (revising committee, standing committee, youth welfare committee, and publication bureau), in a span of just five minutes and spent about three hours arguing and levelling accusations.


Mohali Candidates eagerly wait for results
Mohali, January 31
After a hectic and tension-packed campaigning for the Assembly elections, candidates of the major parties here were comparatively relaxed today waiting for the results and each highly optimistic of winning the poll.

SAD candidate
Balwant Singh Ramoowalia.

PPP candidate
Bir Devinder Singh.

Congress candidate Balbir Singh Sidhu. 

Mohali witnesses 60 per cent polling
Mohali, January 31
Several polling stations in rural areas recorded over 90 per cent of turnout while some parts of Mohali witnessed below 60 per cent polling here yesterday. The returning officer said the exact polling percentage in the constituency was 70.56. About 66, 289 man voters cast vote while 58,309 woman voters exercised their franchise. Out of the total 1,76, 575 voters, 1, 24, 598 turned up at the polling booths.

Mid-rise buildings in Chandigarh on cards
Chandigarh, January 31
Le Corbusier's Chandigarh may soon wear a new look, with the Union Ministry of Urban Affairs (MUA) recommending the rising of medium-rise buildings from the debris of low-rise structures in parts of the city. The comments have already been taken into consideration by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

NRIs perform a folk dance at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Tuesday. NRI artistes perform folk dances
Chandigarh, January 31
The splendour of Indian folk dances enticed nine foreign artists from Malaysia and Singapore to such an extent that they decided to learn the dance forms in their finer nuances.

NRIs perform a folk dance at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Tuesday. a Tribune Photograph

Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal felicitates students on the CGC-Gharuan campus in Mohali Chandigarh scan
Alumni event
The alumni association of Panjab University’s history department is organising an alumni homecoming function on February 2 at Evening Studies Auditorium, a press release said here on Tuesday.

Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal felicitates students on the CGC-Gharuan campus in Mohali on Tuesday. a tribune Photograph

Relief for residents of Barwala-Raipur Rani belt
Haryana govt to regulate functioning of poultry farms
Chandigarh,January 31
Waking up from its slumber to the insanitary conditions created by poultry farms in the state, particularly the fly menace in Barwala-Raipur Rani belt of Panchkula district, the Haryana government has decided to regulate the former’s functioning.

Suman case
GMSH draws flak from doctor
Says she was made to work under extremely trying circumstances
Chandigarh, January 31
The Government Medical Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, has received flak over the deplorable working conditions from one of its former doctors, who is accused of wrong blood transfusion in the infamous Sumam case, in the written arguments recorded before the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission here today.

The draw of lots under way at Bal Bhawan in Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan Chandigarh Housing Board holds draw of lots
Flats in Sector 51 allotted to 130 applicants at Bal Bhawan in over an hour
Chandigarh, January 31
With the Chandigarh Housing Board holding a draw of its Self Finance Free Hold Scheme’s two-bedroom flats, as many as 130 applicants out of the total 256, were allotted their ‘dream house’ in Sector 51, here today.

The draw of lots under way at Bal Bhawan in Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

NCC R-Day contingent felicitated
Chandigarh, January 31
NCC cadets in a cheerful mood after being felicitated in Chandigarh on Tuesday. The cadets finished second during the Republic Day Camp in New Delhi. The NCC Republic Day Contingent - 2012, comprising 156 cadets, including 36 girls from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Chandigarh, that attended the month-long Republic Day Camp at New Delhi was felicitated here today. The contingent stood second runners-up at the camp in which cadets from 17 NCC directorates from across the country had participated.

NCC cadets in a cheerful mood after being felicitated in Chandigarh on Tuesday. The cadets finished second during the Republic Day Camp in New Delhi. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Rape victim sent to Nari Niketan
Chandigarh, January 31
A day after the UT police booked a youth for raping of a 25-year-old woman, the police is finding it hard to locate the house of the victim. As a result, she had to be sent to Nari Niketan.

On guard:
A policeman on duty outside a room at Government College in Dera Bassi on Tuesday, where the EVMs have been kept. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Maj-Gen Mander takes over as NCC ADG
Chandigarh, January 31
Major General PS Mander today assumed the charge of Additional Director General, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh NCC Directorate, here. Prior to assuming the charge, he was the Deputy Quarter Master General at the Army Headquarters. He he has replaced Maj Gen MS Virk, who has retired.

Parking contractors challaned
Chandigarh, January 31
The municipal corporation today challaned five paid parking contractors for violating norms. Mayor Raj Bala Malik inspected the parking lots at Bank Square in Sector 17, Gurdev Studio, Sahib Singh and Sons and Empire Stores and found a number of violations at these places.


Saha industrial growth centre remains a distant dream
Rs 100-crore project was to generate employment
Ambala, January 31
The Rs 100-crore Saha industrial growth centre near Ambala which was to come up on an area of 1,100 acres and expected to generate employment is yet to see light of day even after 12 years.

This time, woman voters dominate
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 31
More enthusiasm was witnessed among voters this time. During the previous Assembly elections in 2007, 79.69 per cent polling was recorded, in 2009 Parliament elections, 71.82 per cent polling was recorded whereas this year 85.19 per cent polling was registered in Fatehgarh Sahib.

3 inter-state gangs busted
Ambala, January 31
The police has busted three inter-state gangs that were involved in the theft of 135 transformers. Ambala DCP Shashank Anand said a country-made pistol, eight live cartridges, one truck, one car and a few equipment were recovered from their possession.


Eight-month jail term awarded to three
Had attacked Ranjit Bajaj in 2000
Chandigarh, January 31
A local court today sentenced three persons to eight-month imprisonment for attacking Ranjit Bajaj, son of a senior Punjab IAS couple, in 2000. The court sentenced Ranvir Singh of Ludhiana, Jagatinder Singh of Udham Singh Nagar and Makhan Singh of Sector 21 here to eight months in prison.


Theft at house
Chandigarh, January 31
Manoj Kumar, a city resident, has lodged a complaint with the police that someone had stolen gold jewellery from his house on Tuesday. A case under Sections 457/380 of the IPC has been registered in this connection.

8-year-old dies in road mishap
Panchkula, January 31
An eight-year-old child was killed in a road accident on the Panchkula-Morni road today. The Bolero MUV in which his maternal uncle was taking him home fell down a gorge in the Morni hills.

Teenager sodomised, three held
Chandigarh, January 31
A 13-year-old boy was sodomised by four youths in the Mani Majra forest here today. The police arrested Arjun (19), Venketesh (18) and Sahil (24), residents of Bapu Dham Colony. The fourth accused, a minor, was at large. Arjun and Venketesh were also wanted in various cases of theft and snatching.

Cyclist hit by car, dies
Chandigarh, January 31
A cyclist was hit by a cab near plot number 71 at Industrial Area in Phase I today. The deceased was identified as Yoginder, a resident of Mani Majra.


Bhagwant cricket
Stepping Stones win
Chandigarh, January 31
Riding on an all-round performance, Stepping Stones Cricket Academy outplayed Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, by five wickets during the ongoing Sardar Bhagwant Singh Memorial Cricket Tournament being held here.

Match between Chandigarh, Patiala ends in a draw
Chandigarh, January 31
The match between Chandigarh and Patiala for the FC Mittal Cricket Trophy ended in a draw at the Dhruv Pandove Stadium, Patiala, today.

Shriya Walia claims top spot in 100m dash
Students take part in an athletics meet at Strawberry Fields School in Sector 26 of Chandigarh on Tuesday. Chandigarh, January 31
The Strawberry Fields World School, Sector 26, organised an athletic meet at the school grounds, here today.
The ceremony was started with a march past led by school students Shivam Deepak Jain, Mrinalini Garg, Srivats Singal and Aashna Aggarwal.

Students take part in an athletics meet at Strawberry Fields School in Sector 26 of Chandigarh on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

CRSB meet
Simrat guides Customs and Central Excise to victory
Chandigarh, January 31
A brilliant quick-fire knock of 139 off 90 by Simrat Bawa helped Customs and Central Excise (Chandigarh Zone) beat Income Tax, Chennai, by 15 runs in the semifinals of the All-India CRSB Revenue Tourney being held at Kolkata.

Skaters of Roller Tigers clinch medals
Chandigarh, January 31
Skaters of Rolling Tigers won gold and silver medals in the Federation National Championship held in Bangalore from January 24 to January 28.


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