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Washing dirty linen in public not an issue now, divorce cases up
Chandigarh, February 22
As the stigma surrounding divorce has weaned away over the years, an increased number of women are now approaching courts to seek divorce on the grounds of impotence.

‘We Care For You’ seems a jokey
Chandigarh, February 22
Practising before preaching is surely not the UT police’s style. Organising a traffic awareness and challan campaign, it is yet to get the traffic sense of its officials right.


kalka gangrape
Victim does not identify main accused in court
Panchkula, February 22
In a major blow to the investigating agency probing the infamous Kalka gangrape case, the rape victim did not identify the main accused today. Three other accused had been awarded 10 years’ imprisonment after she identified them. Four prosecution witnesses, including the victim, failed to identify the main accused. It was the first appearance of the victim after her wedding and that too, with her newborn.

Woman bludgeoned, robbed
Mohali, February 22
In a daylight robbery, Pritam Kaur, a 45-year-old housewife, was severely bludgeoned on the head with a baseball bat at her Phase-IV house by her maid, Pinky, who was employed six months ago.

PGI’s new OT closed for repairs
The new OT complex of the PGI’s Advanced Trauma Centre, which has been closed repairs Chandigarh, February 22
The new operation theatre (OT) complex on the third floor of the PGI’s Advanced Trauma Centre (ATC), made operational for trauma cases only last year, has been closed down due to structural flaws. The OT has been shifted back to the old Nehru building.

The new OT complex of the PGI’s Advanced Trauma Centre, which has been closed repairs. A Tribune photograph


Police to videograph lodging of FIR
Panchkula, February 21
To deal with the frivolous complaints, filed to settle score with others and victim’s turning hostile in the courtrooms, the Panchkula police has started to videograph the proceedings while lodging an FIR in the police station. Several past incidents, wherein people have lodged false complaints, has forced the police to start the new exercise, a move that the legal experts, maintained would not be admissible in the court during the trial.

For a noble cause

290 units of blood were collected in a blood donation camp organised by the Punjab IAS Officers Association in collaboration with all officers and employees federations today in the premises of Punjab Civil Secretariat-2 in Chandigarh on Wednesday
290 units of blood were collected in a blood donation camp organised by the Punjab IAS Officers Association in collaboration with all officers and employees federations today in the premises of Punjab Civil Secretariat-2 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. a tribune photograph

Overloaded auto-rickshaws a peril on roads
Zirakpur, February 22
Overloaded auto-rickshaws continue to ply on Zirakpur roads, raising a serious safety concerns. Only yesterday, a passenger was killed and six others were injured after the auto-rickshaw, they were traveling in, was hit by a speeding SUV at the Zirakpur-Patiala highway. Sources said the auto-rickshaw was carrying around 10 passengers. An overloaded auto-rickshaw on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

8 bus drivers penalised
Mohali, February 22
The district transport officer penalised eight buses of the private schools in Kurali, here today. The DTO Mohali, Sukhwinder Kumar, stated that a team had laid a check post at Kurali and challaned eight bus drivers for violating various rules.

PSEB to install CCTV cameras
Mohali, February 22
The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has decided to install the CCTV cameras in the schools during the examinations to check copying. Videography will also be done as a part of the exercise to ensure the smooth conduct of the examinations said Dr Dalbir Singh Dhillon, Board Chairman, while talking to mediapersons, here today. He said earlier, the board had directed the schools to install the CCTV cameras, but private institutions were reluctant to do so because of the high cost factor.

Over 50 LPG cylinders stolen from govt schools
Mohali, February 22
Many schools have reported thefts of the LPG cylinders, used for cooking midday meals, have been reported from the schools in the different parts of the district.

Canadian physiologist of Indian origin felicitated
Chandigarh, February 22
Naranjan Singh Dhalla, born and brought up in Batala in Punjab, is not only one of most honoured professor of physiology and cardiovascular sciences, but perhaps the only Canadian of Indian origin to have a statue in Winninpeg's Hall of Fame.

GMADA has failed to check illegal colonies
Mohali, February 21
The lives of hundreds of residents of unauthorised colonies in Balongi, Jagatpura and Kharar are in danger because of the high-tension electric wires passing over their houses. At least two persons have been killed after accidentally coming in contact with these wires in Balongi.

mobile police stations
Officials face residents’ ire
Residents of Colony no. 5 register their complaints at a mobile police station in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Chandigarh, February 22
Aimed at providing police assistance to slum and colony dwellers at their doorstep, the mobile police stations, which took off amid a huge fanfare today, ended up facing residents’ ire over apparent departure of the department from its motto “we care for you”. These mobile police stations have been set up at a cost of about Rs 50 lakh.

Residents of Colony no. 5 register their complaints at a mobile police station in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

health notes
Heart-attack deaths on the rise
Chandigarh, February 22
India is the heart-disease capital of the world! There are many things that put us at risk- a sedentary lifestyle, an unhealthy diet, stress, diabetes and even narrower arteries, experts say. A whopping 21.52 lakh Indians had died of heart attack from January, 2008, to June, 2009.

Rail underpass to be delayed
Chandigarh, February 22
The construction of much-awaited railway underpass, which will come up at Mauli Jagran, will be further delayed with the Railways suggesting the Chandigarh Administration to redesign its road approaches under the project.

Date for empanelling doctors extended
Chandigarh, February 22
The last date for the submission of applications for the inclusion of doctors in the central government panel for 2012-13 has been extended to March 9, 2012. The Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee (CGEWCC) would constitute this panel in order to provide better health services to the central government employees and their families residing in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula.
The enforcement staff takes rehris of fruit vendors during an anti-encroachment drive at Sector 14, Panchkula, on Wednesday.
loading violations: The enforcement staff takes rehris of fruit vendors during an anti-encroachment drive at Sector 14, Panchkula, on Wednesday. Tribune PHoto: Nitin Mittal

Abhijeet to enthral audience
Chandigarh, February 22
Bollywood singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya and Punjabi singer Amarinder will enthral the audience during the three-day rose festival beginning here from February 24.

24 illegal cabins razed in Sec 20
Chandigarh, February 22
Initiating action, the UT Estate Office today demolished at least 24 cabins, which were constructed illegally on government land behind showrooms in Sector 20 here today.

Tibetans to skip Losar celebrations
Chandigarh, February 22
Tibetans in the city, in protest against the alleged oppression of their brethren by China, have decided to abstain from of the Tibetan New Year (Losar) celebrations here today. Today was the first day of Losar, said Gelek Jamyang, president of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress (RTYC), Chandigarh, while interacting with media persons at the office of the Global Human Rights Council in Sector 44.

Notices served on violators
Constructions under high-tension wires put lives of 20,000 residents at risk

Chandigarh, February 22
Residents stand near electricity wires at Kishangarh in Chandigarh. Over 20,000 residents have been living under constant threat of electrocution with high-tension wires crossing over their houses or at workplaces in the city. MP Singh, Superintending Engineer, Electricity Department, Chandigarh, has claimed that only those certain residents, who have constructed their houses outside the Lal Dora of the UT villages, are in the danger zone.

Residents stand near electricity wires at Kishangarh in Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

This February coldest in recent years
Chandigarh, February 22
Though the tricity region has experienced an increase in the day temperatures by about 6 degrees Celsius during the last two days, February continues to be the  coldest compared to previous years.

UT Admn notifies 4 per cent luxury tax
Chandigarh, February 22
The UT Administration today notified 4 per cent luxury tax on hotel rooms, banquet halls, and marriage palaces here. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, UT Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner Naresh Dubey said that the tax, which the administration had started levying from September last year, had been notified.

Police registers case after 9 months
Mohali, February 22
After nine months, the Mohali police has registered a case of accidental death on the complaint of Jagtar Singh, a resident Sanoli, in which his brother Rajinder was found dead under mysterious circumstances. The body was found near bus stand, Phase VIII, Mohali, on May 28, 2011.

Human rights seminar concludes
Chandigarh, February 22
The two-day national seminar on Human rights organised by the Government College of Education, Sector 20, concluded today. Three technical sessions were held during the second day in which the participants presented their papers based on the various sub-themes of the sessions.

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Special ‘Avsar’ for Students
Chandigarh, February 22
In a bid to bag placements for the students of Panjab University (PU), the Central Placement Cell and Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) are going to organise a campus placement drive ‘Avsar.’ The official website where students and participating companies would get themselves registered was also inaugurated.

Teachers’ strike paralyses work in colleges
Chandigarh, February 22
Work in the seven government-aided colleges of Chandigarh remained paralysed today with the condition tests and classes suspended till 11:00 am. The Joint Action Committee of Aided College Teachers and Non-teachingEmployees Union of Chandigarh had given the call for this strike to express their resentment at the Chandigarh Administration’s alleged discriminatory behaviour towards them. The Joint Action Committee of Aided College Teachers and Non-teaching Employees Union of Chandigarh protests at DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. tribune photo: s chandan

PUTA protests at Gandhi Bhawan
Chandigarh, February 22
On a call given by Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA), teachers of the university assembled at the Gandhi Bhawan to protest against the total collapse of the account and audit branch of the university. Teachers belonging to different streams narrated their harrowing experiences caused due to the delay in processing of bills pertaining to their research. 

200 delegates participate in biotech seminar
Chandigarh, February 22
A national seminar on ‘Biotechnology Revolution and its Socio-Economic Impact,’ sponsored by the University Grants Commission, was organised by the Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, in collaboration with the Association of Biology Teachers. More than two hundred delegates from various parts of the country participated in the seminar.


Petrol pump office gutted
Dera Bassi, February 22
A fire broke out in the office of a petrol pump, situated near Janetpur, here today. Most of the material lying in the office of the fuel station was burnt. Fire tenders from Dera Bassi were pressed into service which controlled the spreading fire.

National Highway
Illegal access causing accidents
Dera Bassi, February 22
Illegal accesses to Ambala-Chandigarh National Highway which has been becoming the cause of the accidents despite issuing notices to the concerned companies and informing the civil and police administration by the GMR company regarding the illegal accesses.

Lawyer attacked, Bar suspends court work
Fatehgarh Sahib February 22
The members of the district bar suspended the court work in a protest against the attack on an advocate, Pardeep Kumar, by some unidentified persons at Bahadargarh village, here today.

St Xavier's celebrates annual day
Patiala, February 22
St Xavier’s International School, Patiala, celebrated the annual prize distribution function. The students, who showed their innate talent in extra co-curricular activities, were honoured.


Undertrial breaks journalist’s camera on court premises
Mohali, February 22
In yet another incident an undertrial, in a case of murder, broke the camera of a scribe who was reportedly trying to click his picture to portray lax security at the district courts, here today. The undertrial who attacked a photo-journalist on the premises of the district courts at Mohali on Wednesday.


Sanam beats top-seed Vishnu
Chandigarh, February 22
In the biggest upset of the morning local lad Sanam K Singh laid low his compatriot, top-seed Vishnu Vardhan in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 to storm into the quarterfinals of the ITF Men’s Future US$ 10,000 Tennis Tournament being played at the CLTA Lawns. Sanam returns a shot in a singles match of the ITF Men’s Future $ 10,000 Tennis Tournament in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Geetan wins 1500m race
Chandigarh, February 22
Geetan of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, today bagged the first prize clocking 7:00.22 in the 1500m race in the under 19 category for girls at Inter-School Atheltics meet being organised at Sports Complex in Sector 7 here. A player in action during the Inter-School Atheltics meet at the Sports Complex in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Punjab go down to Delhi
Chandigarh, February 22
Delhi defeated Punjab by 135 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament in Delhi today. This was the second consecutive win for Delhi.


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