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UT Council takes up key issues today
On agenda: House tax, linking vehicle purchase with availability of parking space

Chandigarh, February 8
The cost of living in the city would increase if the UT Administration’s advisory council gives green light to pass key proposals like the imposition of house tax and purchase of vehicles only with the availability of parking space with the buyers. The advisory council meeting, scheduled for tomorrow, will discuss these proposals and give its clearance for their implementation.

Police ropes in college students
Novel campaign to spread safety awareness
Chandigarh, February 8
The UT police has roped in at least 500 youths from a city college to interact with city residents, particularly senior citizens, to maintain a link with the police stations concerned and spread awareness on safety measures. This has been done in the direction of indirectly reviving the beat system of the police which has taken a heavy beating over the years.

A policeman distributes literature on traffic rules among students of MCMDAV College, Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
A policeman distributes literature on traffic rules among students of MCMDAV College, Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Testing waters
Members of Punjabi University, Patiala, team take part in the Inter-University Yatching Competition at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Members of Punjabi University, Patiala, team take part in the Inter-University Yatching Competition at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan


Tension at GMSH-16 after baby’s death
The parents of the baby boy who died at the GMSH-16, Chandigarh, on Wednesday evening. Tribune photo: Parvesh ChauhanParents, relatives allege negligence on part of the hospital
Chandigarh, February 8
Tension prevailed at Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, here this evening when the parents and relatives of a one-and-a-half-month-old baby boy, who reportedly died after being brought to the hospital, protested and blamed the doctors for death due to negligence.

The parents of the baby boy who died at the GMSH-16, Chandigarh, on Wednesday evening. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Girl killed after fall from auto-rickshaw
Chandigarh, February 8
In a tragic incident, a nine-year-old girl died after falling from an autorickshaw on the sector18/21 dividing road here this afternoon. The child fell on the road after the driver suddenly applied brakes. There were five children seated in the vehicle and the vehicle was being driven recklessly, eyewitnesses said.


Chandigarh scan
Training in animation
Picasso Animation College (PAC), a leader in animation training in India, has joined hands with The British School to bring to the region state-of-the-art training in the field of animation. Picasso has been awarded as one of the best animation training companies of the year at IIT Delhi recently. To mark the entry of Picasso into the region, a seminar was also organised at the school that detailed benefits of a career in animation. The seminar analysed prospects of animation and visual effects in the industry. The participants were informed about the collaboration and how they can take advantage of the latest animation techniques.

‘Safai abhiyans’ fail to keep town clean
Mohali, February 8
Lack of proper supervision by the Mohali Municipal Council and inadequate number of safai sewaks deployed by the concerned contractors resulted in poor sanitation in the town. A number of “safai abhiyans” conducted by the civic body authorities from time to time have failed to satisfy the residents who often allege that the sanitation contractors are hand in glove with council concerned employees and fail to work according to the terms of the agreement.

Gone awry

The mangled remains of the cars that were involved in an accident at Mubarikpur village, Dera Bassi on Wednesday. Six persons were injured in the mishap. A Tribune Photograph

MC for turning open spaces into parking lots
Chandigarh, February 8
To resolve the long-pending problem of parking in residential areas of the city, the municipal corporation (MC) is again going to draft a proposal for converting the open space in each sector into a community parking lot. Mayor Raj Bala Malik has asked officials to shortlist sites for community parking in the city and submit it as soon as possible. Sources in the corporation said past year, dozens of community parking proposals had been submitted to the UT Chief Architect’s department, but a majority of those have been rejected as the required land was not available for setting up the project. An official said incumbent Mayor had asked them to draft a list of fresh sites for community parking.

Proposal for CCTV turned down
Zirakpur, February 8
Now, third eye will not maintain a vigil in Zirakpur. For, the local government, Punjab, has turned down a proposal for the installing the CCTV in the town. The matter has been pending for a year now. It was in January 2011, that the Zirakpur Municipal Council had mooted a proposal to install closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras all across the town. The purpose of installing the cameras is primarily for security point of view and to effectively regulate traffic flow at the congested sections on the highway.

Dust off, at last
Six AC buses parked at workshop
Chandigarh, February 8
A day after The Tribune published a news report on six AC buses parked at a workshop for the past eight months due to non-functional ACs, the transport department today moved the case for bus repairs and held a meeting on the issue.

Seizures common among minors, says study
Chandigarh, February 8
A study conducted by the paediatrics department of the PGI here has revealed the prevalence of seizures, including epileptic ones, at least 12 per thousand minors, under the age of 18. Talking to mediapersons here today, Dr Pratibha Singhi, chief of child neurology and neuro-development at the PGI, said the study was conducted on 3,684 children.

Dr Pratibha Singhi, child neurology and neuro-development head at the PGI, speaks to mediapersons in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune Photograph

Perfect picture of poor upkeep
Chandigarh, February 8
Tall claims of the municipal corporation (MC) on sprucing up all parks in the city do not hold ground, going by a random visit to parts of the city today. Dug-up areas, unkempt hedges, broken swings and heaps of garbage were common.

Garbage lies near a park at Sector 32 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Garbage lies near a park at Sector 32 in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Mercy Demand
Students promise to score 5.5 CGPA, maintain SGPA
Chandigarh, February 8
Failing to get a chance to continue with their mechanical engineering (ME), three students of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) today gave an undertaking to the college for scoring 5.5 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in the second semester and maintain a score of 5.5 sessional grade point average (SGPA) at the end of both semesters.

What is it?

A new police booth, which does not sport any tag, at Sector 7 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Emotionally yours:
Artistes stage the play ‘Jahan Se Chale The’ at the Punjab Kala Bhavan in Sector 16 of Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune Photo

No room to move:
Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam near the roundabout separating Sector 29 and Phase II of Industrial Area on account of the President leaving for Kurukshetra, in Chandigarh on Wednesday morning. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Getting ready:
Kings of flowers bloom at the Zakir Rose Garden, Asia’s largest, which is being prepared for the Rose Festival, at Sector 16 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Cattle menace
No more space in cattle pound
Panchkula, February 8
Despite action, taken by the Panchkula Municipal Corporation, to solve the stray cattle menace, there is lot more to be done as a number of stray cattle still pose threat on the city roads. In a recent reply submitted before the district court, the corporation had submitted that 487 stray cattle were captured between November 2 last year and January 21 and only nine have been released after a fine was paid.

Residents protest after GMADA demolishes ‘mazar’
Mohali, February 8
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) demolished a ‘mazar’ near Shahimajra village, here today. The demolition drive led to protests by some residents.

Council advises, MC stays inactive
Chandigarh, February 8
Sounds strange, but it is a fact that major issues recommended by the Advisory Council past year had been hanging fire. Past year, in February, the council had approved a number of suggestions made by the subcommittee on the maintenance of heritage, but no suggestion had been executed.

Crime file
2 booked for immigration fraud
Mohali, February 8
The police has booked two persons running an immigration company on the charges of duping people of Rs 29.88 lakh on the pretext of sending them abroad. In a complaint to the police, Mukesh Kumar, resident of Nawanshahr, and others said that they had allegedly been cheated by Deepak Arora and Karandeep who were running a company by the name of Jet Immigration in Phase VI here.

Best JCO, NCO awarded
Chandigarh, February 8
Subedar Sovan Singh of Garhwal Rifles has been adjudged as the best junior commissioned officer (JCO) of the Western Command, while Hav Mehar Singh of the artillery has been adjudged as the best non-commissioned officer (NCO) for 2011.

N-choe stink far from over
Chandigarh, February 8
The work of making the N-choe sludge-free is still not over. More than two years after The Tribune raised a storm over sanitation concerns going down the drain, the municipal corporation (MC) today claimed that the work of laying a sewer parallel to the N-choe was in progress.

Safety through SMS
Chandigarh, February 8
In order to create awareness among the general public not to cross the railway line if a train is approaching, the northern railway has started a campaign by sending SMSes to the people to care for their lives.

Cold wave to stay
Chandigarh, February 8
Cold-wave conditions persisted in the tricity as the day temperature plummeted by about two degree Celsius after fresh snowfall in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

Documents seized from sealed immigration firm
Chandigarh, February 8
Four days after the UT police sealed as many as 17 immigration firms, the SIT, accompanied by the Protector of Emigrants, Chandigarh, yesterday carried out a search at the office of WWICS, Sector-22, which had been sealed.

Student missing after father’s rebuke
Chandigarh, February 8
A student of class VI of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31, Rohit (12) has been missing since Monday afternoon.

Stress to follow traffic rules
Chandigarh, February 8 The Chandigarh Traffic Police today organised a road safety exhibition and workshop at the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), Panjab University, during the inauguration of Traffic Rules Awareness Week being celebrated by the legal studies department.


Panjab university
Conviction rate of UMC dips
Aspersions cast on inclusion of Senators in unfair means committee
Chandigarh, February 8
With conviction rate of Panjab University’s unfair means committee (UMC) having dipped drastically from 84 per cent in 2009 to 74 per cent in 2010 and 61 per cent in 2011, though the average number of cases remains same, aspersions are being cast on inclusion of Senators in this committee.

PU teachers at warring ends
Chandigarh, February 8
In what is bound to brew into a major controversy, Panjab University teachers are at warring ends over the Vice-Chancellor’s (VC) alleged public “vilification”. A day after PUTA asking the Chancellor to institute an inquiry into press reports questioning VC RC Sobti’s research credentials, PU director public relations, Mohanmeet Khosla, issued an official press note bashing the body for acting on teachers’ behalf, who supported Sobti.


Literature carnival organised
Patiala, February 8
English Literary Society, department of English, Khalsa College, Patiala, celebrated ‘Literature Carnival’ on the college campus, here today. Over 139 students from different streams of the college participated in six events, held simultaneously.

Reporter robbed at knife point
Ambala, February 8
A reporter of a local daily evening was robbed by two unidentified youths last night.

Fete-2012 begins at Punjabi University
Patiala, February 8
FETE-2012 was organised at Punjabi University, Patiala, on the university campus here today. The theme of the fete was “Upholding values of faith, patience and charity ever ready to serve the cause of humanity”. Women’s Club of Punjabi University, Patiala, in collaboration with women’s studies centre organised the fete.


Sharjah murder case
Court to hear compensation plea of injured on Feb 15
Chandigarh, February 8
After the Sharjah Shariat Court's revised sentence today, the future of 17 Indian youths whose death sentence waiver has already been upheld by the Supreme Court of the United Arab Emirates, rests on the civil court verdict on February 15, which is expected to order quantum of compensation to be given to two of the companions of the slain Pakistan boy Mishri Khan in a bootlegging-cum-murder case.

HC breather for TV producer
Chandigarh, February 8
In a relief to television producer-director Rajan Shahi, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the trial court to adjourn the case against him to a date after the HC hearing.

Old-age home
Should manager continue, asks HC
Chandigarh, February 8
Taking cognisance of a report filed by the UT Administration, confirming the misbehaviour by the Sector-15 Old-Age Home manager, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the authorities concerned to first address the issue of his continuance.

60-yr-old gets 7-yr term for rape
Chandigarh, February 8
The court of the district and sessions judge today sentenced a 60-year-old man to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment for raping a minor. The convict, Daya Ram, had been employed as gardener at a government nursery in Hallo Majra.

Notices on CTU buses plying without insurance
Chandigarh, February 8
Acting on a petition seeking action, a local court today issued notices for allowing state transport buses to be plied without insurance. The authorities concerned were asked to file a reply.


1 held with stolen bike
Chandigarh, February 8
Ram Avtar of Burail was held after the recovery of a stolen motor cycle with fake registration plate (PB30E-4496) from his possession. The police registered a case.

Man duped of Rs 14 lakh
Chandigarh, February 8
A money transfer agent at Sector 34 was duped by some unidentified person, who fled the spot in Sector 44 after taking away Rs 14 lakh here this evening.


FC Mittal Trophy
Chandigarh, Amritsar register victories
Chandigarh, February 8
Chandigarh disposed of Mohali by seven wickets at the Sector-16 Cricket Stadium here today, while Amritsar decimated Jalandhar by eight wickets at the Burlton Park, Jalandhar, during their respective matches of the FC Mittal Trophy.

Rajveer fashions Karamsar college win
Chandigarh, February 8
Excellent bowling spell by Rajveer enabled Government College, Karamsar, beat Malwa College, Bondli, Samrala, by 105 runs in the Panjab University Inter-College Cricket (Men) B-Division Tournament being played at PU grounds here today.

TT meet
DAV-10 thrash SD College
Chandigarh, February 8
DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, beat GGD SD College, Sector 32, 3-0 in the quarterfinal match of the Panjab University Inter-College Table Tennis (Men) Tournament being held at the PU Gymnasium Hall here today.

250 students attend golf coaching camp
Panchkula, February 8
In order to create awareness among schoolchildren regarding golf, the Haryana government has organised a one-day golf clinic and coaching camp at the Panchkula Golf Club here today.

Amandeep, Jyoti adjudged best athletes
Chandigarh, February 8
Amandeep of BA-II was declared the best athlete in the sports category at the annual athletics meet of the Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, here today. Jyoti of BA-I was declared the best athlete in the non-sports category.


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