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CBI has egg on face again
Chandigarh, February 16
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had egg on its face in the court today as it failed to pursue the court to frame charges of corruption against nine accused involved in the high-profile case of 2009 involving the alleged nexus between UT engineers and contractors.

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Nursery admission row gets murkier
Chandigarh, February 16
The ongoing war of words between the private schools of the city and the UT Education Department over the implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act has intensified. A day after giving an ultimatum to the department, the schools have now sought a reimbursement of around Rs 2 crore for teaching 700 students under the RTE in 2011.

Sector-26 Timber Market to go?
Chandigarh, February 16
The New Timber Market in Sector 26 may eventually see trucks pushing out the woods.


Intrusion into Deputy Commissioner’s room
Guesthouse receptionist, bell boy arrested
Chandigarh, February 16
Receptionist Paramjit and bell boy Amit being taken for a medical examination in Chandigarh on Thursday Bringing the security of the UT VIP guesthouse under the scanner, the police today arrested the receptionist, Paramjit, and Amit, a bell boy, for intruding into the room of Amona Sreeniwasan, Deputy Commissioner of Kaithal (Haryana), who was staying there. While theft appears to be the motive, the police still has to confirm it.

Receptionist Paramjit and bell boy Amit being taken for a medical examination in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Miffed GMADA engineers say it with flowers
Mohali, February 16
In an eloquent display of ‘Gandhigiri’, unhappy engineers of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) today courteously walked up to their colleagues, who are on deputation from other government departments, and presented bouquets to bid them farewell. Inspired by Bollywood blockbuster “Lage Raho Munnabhai”, engineers from different authorities wanted to convey their displeasure to the deputationists, who were politely told to go back to their parent department by March 31.



Show-cause notice to old age home manager
Chandigarh, February 16
The resident manager of Sector 15 Old Age Home is in the dock. He has been issued a show-cause notice by the Chandigarh Administration for allegedly misbehaving with inmates there.

Violations galore in a building at Sector 17, Chandigarh Violators told to remove illegal construction in buildings
Chandigarh, February 16
To maintain the heritage status of Sector 17, the UT Administration has decided to remove glazing and other illegal construction to cover corridors of upper floors of the buildings here.

Violations galore in a building at Sector 17, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Rural education remains stratified
Chandigarh, February 16
More than 64 years after Independence, rural society remains stratified on caste lines. Government schools in rural areas are largely catering to Scheduled Caste and Backward Class students. According to a study on rural education conducted by Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Scheduled Caste students comprise 45 per cent of the student population in rural government schools. As many as 17 per cent students belong to the Backward Classes.

IAF to induct Mi-17 V5 helicopter today
Chandigarh, February 16
The Indian Air Force’s (IAF) latest acquisition, Mi-17 V5 helicopter, will be formally inducted into service on February 17. It is an armed helicopter having substantial and effective firepower as well as more powerful engines that will greatly enhance its payload carriage capability at higher altitudes.

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Ladoo Tewari Infant’s death
Father’s statement recorded
Chandigarh, February 16
The Government Multi Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, authorities today recorded the statement of Ladoo Tewari, the father of one-and-a-half-month child, Arnav, who died under mysterious circumstances after being administered DTP vaccine at a dispensary in Ram Darbar on February 8. Though the inquiry was completed and submitted in a sealed cover to the Medical Superintendent yesterday, the inquiry officer, Dr SK Bhalla, recorded Tewari’s statement today after the latter had raised objection yesterday.

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Parking at will
In the absence of adequate parking space, private bus operators have started parking buses on the main road connecting the Sector 42 furniture market with Madanpur Chowk in Mohali
In the absence of adequate parking space, private bus operators have started parking buses on the main road connecting the Sector 42 furniture market with Madanpur Chowk in Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Bajaj Travels fined Rs 20,000 for not providing adequate facilities
Chandigarh, February 16
Setting aside the order of the District forum-II the UT State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission slapped a fine of Rs 20,000 on Bajaj Travels Ltd., for not providing the facilities as promised to the family of a Panchkula resident during a packaged tour.

Insurance company directed to pay Rs 70,000
Mohali, February 16
The Mohali District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed United India Insurance Company to pay Rs 70,000 to a Sohana resident for harassing a consumer.

Town planning dept refers case to headquarters
Panchkula, February 16
The toll plaza on the Panchkula-Kalka highway Maintaining that the NHAI Act does not override the Punjab New Capital (Periphery) Control Act, 1952, the district town planning department has referred the case pertaining to the structures raised near the Chandimandir toll plaza to the state headquarters. Meanwhile, the show-cause notices, which were issued earlier, are kept in abeyance.

The toll plaza on the Panchkula-Kalka highway. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Job seekers allege fraud
Mohali, February 16
High drama was witnessed in the office of a job placement agency in Phase XI on the intervening night of February 15 and 16 when 50 persons protested for not being provided job as promised. The police had to intervene in the matter.


Budding doctors take part in a fashion show, ‘Euphoria 2012’ at GMCH in Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Thursday
Budding doctors take part in a fashion show, ‘Euphoria 2012’ at GMCH in Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo:Parvesh Chauhan

Preparation for CBSE Exams
Focus on Quality
Chandigarh, February 16
The clock is ticking for the students who are all set to take the CBSE class X and XII examinations starting from March 1. With less then 15 days left for the examinations, stress levels are likely to be high. Although before exams every student experiences a sense of fear, this is not the right approach for the preparation of exams. Experts believe as exams draw close, students need to concentrate on quality rather than quantity and start revision of syllabus. They advise students to take a sound sleep and have healthy food.

Differently abled children showcase talent
Chandigarh, February 16
The State-Level Ability Search Activities (SSA), UT, organised a programme, state-level ability search activities for children with special needs in Government Model Senior Secondary School Sector 10 here.

Trainees hold cultural function
Chandigarh, February 16
Diploma in Early Childhood Education (DECEd) teacher trainees organised a cultural function, titled ‘Nanhi Ashanyen’, in the Junior Wing of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, here today.



Award for Pandit Yashpaul
Patiala, February 16
The first-ever Padmashri Ustad Sohan Singh Memorial Qward was conferred on the acclaimed Agra gharana vocal maestro, Pandit Yashpaul, of Chandigarh at the Gurmat Sangeet Bhavan auditorium of Punjabi University after a classical music concert here today.

Parents protest fee hike
Ambala, February 16
Parents today staged a protest against the authorities of Lord Mahavira Public School here. They said the hike in fee was unacceptable. They assembled at the Indira Chowk and raised slogans against the school authorities. They added that the hike would only add to their burden.

Implement government-sponsored schemes, ADC tells bankers
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 16
“To fulfil the economic needs of the underprivileged, bank managers and officials concerned should coordinate with each other. It is unfortunate that certain bank officials do not pay heed to the government’s directions and have been ignoring the DRI scheme. Such officials will be dealt with strictly,” said Additional Deputy Commissioner Shiv Dular Singh Dhillon, while presiding over a meeting of consultative committee of various banks organised by the State Bank of Patiala. The meeting was called to review the progress of various government sponsored schemes for farmers, traders and weaker sections of society.


File replies in time, High Court tells state functionaries
Chandigarh, February 16
Rapping incorrigible state functionaries on their knuckles for filing late replies, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the district chiefs of the Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh police to be ready with replies at least three days in advance.

Parking chaos: MC files reply in High Court
Chandigarh, February 16
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation today filed a reply in the court of Pritpal Singh in response to a public interest litigation filed by on behalf of the MCC. “It is denied that the MCC have failed in their duty to create more additional parking space. The parking areas are constructed as per plans issued by the Chief Architect.”, the reply submitted. It may be recalled that advocate Pankaj Chandgothia had filed a PIL contending that the paid parking system had become a public nuisance as there was total chaos and mismanagement in the paid-parking areas.


The victim, Nitin Sharma Bid to kidnap Realtor
Panchkula, February 16
In a failed attempt of kidnapping, a few unknown persons today tried to kidnap a Sector 7-based property dealer near Indradhanush Auditorium in Sector 5. They, however, managed to take away Rs 1 lakh in cash.

The victim, Nitin Sharma

The new motorcycle which was added to the fleet of PCR vehicles of the Mohali Police Mohali Police gets 3 bikes after 6 yrs
Mohali, February 16
After a gap of six years, a new fleet of motorcycles is being added to the PCR vehicles of the Mohali Police. In the first lot, three motorcycles were today handed over to the beat patrol parties of Phase IX, X and XI.
Presently, there are around 33 two-wheelers and 40 four-wheelers in the PCR of Mohali Police. Of these, 17 vehicles are with the city wing of the PCR. The GPRS is being installed in every vehicle.

The new motorcycle which was added to the fleet of PCR vehicles of the Mohali Police. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

After tiff with hubby, woman sets herself afire

Chandigarh, February 16
A 23-year-old married woman allegedly set herself on fire after a fight with her husband over the health of their children, at her residence in Sector 45, Burail,here today.

FIR lodged against hookah bars
Panchkula, February 16
Tightening its noose around hookah bars, the Panchkula police today registered an FIR against four hookah bars.

The accused in police custody in Chandigarh Man held in murder case
Chandigarh, February 16
The UT police has solved a case of murder within hours after a body was found lying at the Industrial area near Raipur Kalan (towards Panchkula), here this morning.
The body of Sanjay Rajjak (23) of Rotganna village in Bihar was found in the green belt area behind the Industrial Area during the wee hours and the police later arrested 19-year-old Sushil for committing the crime.

The accused in police custody in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

One killed in mishap
Zirakpur, February 16
One person was killed while another sustained injuries in road mishaps that took place on the

Two held for vehicle thefts
Chandigarh, February 16 The police has arrested two youths from Punjab for their involvement in various cases of snatching and vehicle thefts. A countrymade pistol of .315 bore along with two live cartridges were also recovered from the possession of an accused. Seven motorcycles have been recovered from their possession.

Case registered against company employee
Chandigarh, February 16
Recorders & Medicine System, an industrial area-based company, has registered complaint against one of its employees for misappropriating funds worth Rs 58 lakh.

6 booked in dowry death case
Panchkula, February 16
The district police has registered a case of dowry death against six members of a family at the Pinjore police station, near here, today. Inder Singh, a resident of Patiala, in his complaint to the police, said his daughter Sukhpinder tied the knot with Gurmeet of Pinjore


A batsman plays a shot in a match of Coca Cola Cup in Chandigarh on ThursdayRaman steers DAV (L) to victory
Chandigarh, February 16
A knock of unbeaten 73 runs, studded with eight boundaries, by Raman Bishnoi helped DAV Senior Secondary School (Lahore), Sector 8, defeat Guru Nanak Public School by seven wickets in a match of the Coca Cola Cup played here today.

A batsman plays a shot in a match of Coca Cola Cup in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

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Jaideep Ist in shot put
Mohali, February 16
Jaideep of Nalagarh House stood first in shot-put on the second day of the Annual Inter-House Athletics Meet of Yadavindra Public School here today.

Jerath on boxing team selection panel
Chandigarh, February 16
Dr CK Jerath, president of the Chandigarh Amateur Boxing Association (CABA), has been nominated one of the members of the Indian Boxing Team Selection Committee, which which will select players for the Olympic Qualifying (London Olympics 2012 ) Tournament to be held at Astana in Kazakhstan.


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