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I-T officer’s bank lockers bare gold
Chandigarh, February 8
CBI officials come out of a branch of the State Bank of Patiala after checking the bank details of accused income tax officer Rakesh Jain at Sector 22-B, Chandigarh, on Friday. A CBI search of the bank lockers of accused income tax officer Rakesh Jain, arrested in a bribe case this week, has revealed another haul of gold. CBI sleuths today recovered a brick of gold, weighing 1 kg, worth Rs 30 lakh in addition to gold coins and jewellery weighing 500 gm worth Rs 15 lakh from the accused’s locker in the Sector 17 branch of the Bank of Baroda and another locker in the Sector 22 branch of the State Bank of Patiala.

CBI officials come out of a branch of the State Bank of Patiala after checking the bank details of accused income tax officer Rakesh Jain at Sector 22-B, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari


Attachment of Cars
HUDA officials burn midnight oil, prepare allotment letter
Panchkula, February 8
Officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had to “burn the midnight oil” to prepare the allotment letter of an allottee to get back the HUDA Administrator’s official car, which was attached by a court yesterday. To ensure that the official vehicle was released immediately, officials of the allotment branch of the estate office of HUDA worked overnight to prepare the allotment letter of the litigant, Tarun Gulati. Sources in HUDA said since the time HUDA Administrator Surjit Singh’s car was towed away by court officials, they were under “pressure” to get back the car immediately. For the past one week, Gulati was running from pillar to post to get the allotment letter issued. After the attachment order from the court, the letter was prepared overnight.

Getting aadhaar cards issued a harrowing experience
Chandigarh, February 8
Residents are having a harrowing time in getting the Unique Identification (UID) cards issued, which have been made mandatory for the availing of various government facilities. People, who have submitted all the details necessary for the issuance of cards, have been waiting for more than six months now.

A huge rush of residents at the UID office in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


Attachment of Cars
Need holistic understanding of developmental issues: Experts
Chandigarh, February 8
In collaboration with the Indian Association of Social Science Institution (IASSI), the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) organised the seventh Tarlok Singh Memorial Lecture on its premises here today.

Poor mobile network irks patients
Chandigarh, February 8
Owing to poor mobile phone network inside all its buildings, patients and their attendants have a harrowing time locating each other on the PGIMER campus everyday. As attendants of the patients keep shuttling between the Emergency Ward, Nehru Hospital or New OPD block for registration, collecting test reports and further consultation or admission of the patients, they have to struggle while trying to connect to each other over the phone. Sources said recently a survey was conducted by the Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL), a Central government owned agency, which found that the antennas currently installed at the PGI buildings catch networks of only two service providers. The mobile phones of other common service providers do not catch the network inside the buildings. The situation is similar at the Advanced Paediatric Centre, Advanced Trauma Centre and research block.

Chandigarh scan
Latest advances in surgery discussed
The 8th Annual Conference of the Pediatric Endoscopic Surgeons of India was inaugurated by Prof YK Chawla, Director, PGI, and the former Director and Prof Emeritus, Dr IC Pathak, at the Advance Pediatric Centre, PGIMER. The first day of the CME saw renowned Pediatric Surgeons from across India discussing the latest advances in minimally invasive surgery in newborns and older children.

Create water-holding points to check waterlogging, says expert
Mohali, February 8
A top expert on urban drainage problems from the IIT, Bombay, has suggested the creation of water-holding points in the town to check water from entering houses during heavy rain. Prof Kapil Gupta from the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT, who was in Mohali on February 4, is reported to have advised officials of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) during a visit on the issue of waterlogging problems. He advised that level of parks and green belts should be reduced in order to create water-holding points. This would help check rainwater from entering houses and also recharge the underground water.

Sector 42 residents get contaminated water
Chandigarh, February 8
Residents of Sector 42 have allegedly been getting contaminated water for the past three days. On a complaint of the residents, a team of officials of the municipal corporation took water samples from houses. An official said the reason for contaminated water supply was that the pipe of sewer and water has been linked with each other.

A woman fills water from a tanker; (right top) muddy water in a bucket; and residents lift a bucket of water at Sector 42 in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

e-payment of taxes gets under way
Chandigarh, February 8
The e-payment system of state taxes of the UT Excise and Taxation Department was today launched by UT Adviser KK Sharma here. The facility would enable the department to collect online taxes. Officials while explaining the system, said e-payments have several advantages which are never available through the traditional modes of payment and the new facility will help the department in getting faster and smoother collection of taxes and help in eliminating the chances of leakage and fraud in the revenue.

HP MLA gets B-class facilities in jail
Panchkula, February 8
Doon MLA, Ram Kumar Chaudhary, was allowed the B-class facilities in the Ambala jail by the court here today. However, regarding the execution of the General Power of Attorney (GPA) in the name of Chaudhary’s wife, the court has asked the investigating officer to file a reply asking whether the Ambala Tehsildar has the jurisdiction to do that. It was after the police apprehended Chaudhary’s escape from the police custody and requested the court not to allow him to visit the office of the Sub Registrar, Baddi, for the execution of the General Power of Attorney (GPA) in his wife’s name.

Fire Dept’s NOC must for buildings
Chandigarh, February 8
The UT Administration has directed the Estate Office to get the no-objection certificates (NOC) from the fire department before issuing completion certificate to any building in the city. These directions were given by the UT Adviser to the Administrator KK Sharma during the coordination committee meeting of the UT Administration and the Municipal Corporation here today.

Ban on use of cyber cafes without identity proof
Chandigarh, February 8
The UT Administration has prohibited the use of cyber cafes by persons whose identity could not be established by the owner of the cafe. Orders issued by District Magistrate Mohammed Shayin have directed cyber café owners to maintain a register for recording the identity of the visitor. They have been asked to note down the visitor's name, address, telephone number and also see their identity proof. Visitor will have to make the entry in own handwriting and also sign the register kept for this purpose.

Mock fire drill checks quake preparedness
Mohali, February 8
Preparing the officers and the public for natural disasters such as an earthquake, a mock drill was organised at the Industrial Area, Phase-I, here today. The drill was part of preparations being made for a district-level mega mock drill on February 13. As part of the drill, the local fire brigade was informed that a fire had broken out at an industrial unit, following an earthquake. On getting the information, fire fighting units and civil defence units swung into action.

A mock fire drill in progress at a unit in the Industrial Area, Phase-I, Mohali, on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Award-winning lyricist shares nuances of writing
Chandigarh, February 8
The 4th Chandigarh Festival of Letters on the theme, “Patterns of Story Telling: Traditions, Innovations, Visions and Revisions”, commenced today at Panjab University. As many as 150 delegates participated on the opening day. The three-day festival will see more then 100 paper presentations in parallel sessions.

Delegates attend the inauguration of the 4th Chandigarh Festival of Letters at the PU. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

STA to print commercial vehicle RCs
Chandigarh, February 8
With the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA), Chandigarh, struggling to clear the backlog of registration certificates (RCs) and driving licences (DLs), the State Transport Authority (STA) started the facility to print RCs of commercial vehicles here today.

Play ‘Munna Ki Wapsi’ staged
Chandigarh, February 8
The play “Munna Ki Wapsi” was staged today at the Tagore Theatre. It was directed by Chandreshekhar. The play revolved around a domestic helper, Raicharan. He was the caretaker of a baby called Munna. One day he took the little boy near the bank of a river where the baby drowned. He was accused of kidnapping the baby and kicked off from the job. He then shifted to another city and was blessed with a child. Soon after delivering the baby her wife died.

Artistes stage a play, “Munna Ki Wapsi”, at the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Minor girl’s baby may not survive
Chandigarh, February 8
The child born to a 17-year-old girl at the PGI, Chandigarh, yesterday, is reportedly in danger as he has an underdeveloped brain. The child has been kept in an incubator for observation.


PEC University
Nine in race for director’s post
Chandigarh, February 8
As many as nine candidates are in the race to become the Director of PEC University of Technology. With the tenure of current Director ending on March 31, the search committee has already been constituted by the UT Administration for the selection of the new director. The applications for the post were invited by the administration latest by January 31.

From schools
Farewell party
The management, staff and students of Saupin's 32 bid adieu to the outgoing students of Class X on Friday at the school premises. It was a scintillating and memorable moment for the outgoing students. Students of class X were traditionally welcomed with 'tilak'. To add color to the farewell party class IX students presented a wonderful cultural programme which included dances, songs and fun games.

Students from various schools participate in a flower arrangement competition at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, in Chandigarh on Friday. tribune photo: S Chandan

Info panel penalises two Education Dept officials
Chandigarh, February 8
The Central Information Commission (CIC), Delhi, penalised two officials of the education department for not providing timely information to an appellant, Ashok Kumar, a retired Electrical Instructor from the department. The information was provided to the appellant in December last year but the CIC took the serious note of the delays caused to the appellant on previous occasions.

Privatisation to blame for wage inequalities: Experts
Chandigarh, February 8
A two-day national seminar on the theme “Globalization: Socio -Cultural and Economic Concerns in North West India” kicked off today at the DAV College, Sector 10. Dr Jagdish Mehta, Head, Department of Sociology, gave a presentation on the positive and negative trends of globalisation.

Sanskriti Aggarwal recieves an award from President Pranab Mukherjee at the Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. National award for special child
Chandigarh, February 8
Sanskriti Aggarwal has made the city proud. She was felicitated with best creative child with disabilities (female) by the President of India, Pranab Mukherji ,on February 6 at the function of National Awards - 2012 for the `Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities' at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

Sanskriti Aggarwal recieves an award from President Pranab Mukherjee at the Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. A Tribune photograph

Long-duration duties taking a toll on teachers
Chandigarh, February 8
A Panjab University (PU) fellow highlighted the pressure on the teachers during the examinations in the colleges. The fellow has made a representation to the Vice-Chancellor suggesting examination reforms.


Athletes run in 100-m event during the 137th Annual Sports Meet of Government Mohindra College in Patiala on Friday. Tribune Photo: Rajesh Sachar

SGPC inks pact with Cambridge varsity
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 8
Shromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has signed a memo of understanding (MoU) with the University of Cambridge for offering free education in form of scholarship to the students recommended by the SGPC.

Man killed in accident
Dera Bassi, February 8
A brick-kiln labourer was killed in a road accident near Dera Bassi on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Nakal, son of Motan Ram from Patna in Bihar. The accident occurred when victim was going for any work on Behra to Rampursaina road and suddenly an unidentified vehicle hit him from backside and he was shifted in civil hospital Dera Bassi where he was declared brought dead. — OC


Drug peddler gets 10 years in jail
Chandigarh, February 8
The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, SS Sahni, today sentenced a person to 10 years rigorous imprisonment in a case of drug peddling. The court sentenced Meeta Ram to 10 years in jail and also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on him.


Notorious gang of robbers busted
Mohali, February 8
The Mohali police today claimed to have busted a gang of hardcore criminals active in Banur and surrounding areas. The police also recovered two cars — a Maruti Esteem and a Honda City — and two motorcycles from their possession. Two other stolen cars that the gang abandoned after committing crimes have also been recovered.

Youth held for molesting minor girls
Chandigarh, February 8
Two girls aged 10 and 12 years were molested by a drunkard youth while they were returning from school at colony number 4 here this afternoon. The police arrested Lal Dhar, a colony resident, for outraging modesty of the girls under Sections 354 and 509 of the IPC.

Naib reader held taking bribe
Mohali, February 8
The vigilance sleuths today nabbed a naib reader of the local DSP (Headquarters) red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from a senior manager of a Gurgaon-based multinational company.
The accused, Dalbir Singh, had called the complainant, Amanbir Singh, to a fruit juice kiosk on the rear side of the office of Mohali SSP. He was caught while the complainant paid the bribe amount to him. Sources said Amanbir had a matrimonial dispute with his wife, a resident of Mohali. Following a police complaint filed by her, an inquiry was pending against Amanbir at the local DSP (Headquarters) office.


Students perform gidda during the annual sports function at the Post Graduate College for Girls, Sector 42, Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Parvesh Chauhan

A batsman looks at the stumps after being bowled out in the final match between KXIP Green and KXIP Blue.

Over 100 register for golf tournament
Chandigarh, February 8
All the top amateur golfers of the region will converge on the greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club, for the 10th Chandigarh Amateur Golf Championship, to be played on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club, here on February 12 and 13.

KXIP Green lift T20 cup
Chandigarh, February 8 KXIP Green clinched the Kings XI Punjab Cup 2013 for second time in a row by defeating KXIP Blue in the finals played here today. KXIP Green won the toss and elected to field first. the bowling side did not allow the opponent to settle down, right from the first bowl.

Lawn tennis: Qualifying matches from today
Chandigarh, February 8
Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) is organising CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament for Boy’s & Girl’s U-12 and U-16 categories, from February 11-15. The qualifying matches for this event will be played on Feb 9-10. The players from around the nation will compete in this tournament. As many as 170 players have signed-in for qualifying event. With 62 and 64 entries for Boys U-12 and U-16 respectively, while 21 and 23 entries for the Girls U-12 and 16 categories respectively, the tournament is expected to highly competitive.

GGSCW-26 win netball championship
Chandigarh, February 8
GGS College for Women, Sector 26, Chandigarh, won the Panjab University Inter-College Netball Championship for Women. The PU Campus, Chandigarh, secured second position and PG Govt College for Girls, Chandigarh and SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, secured joint third position respectively. Results: In the final match GGS College for Women, Chandigarh beat PU Campus, Chandigarh by 24-18. TNS

Girls in action during a match of the Punjab University Inter-College Netball Championship for Women in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

700 students to take part in kho-kho meet
Chandigarh, February 8
As many as 700 students are paricipating in 9th Challenger Kho-Kho Trophy, 2013, of boys and girls U-14 category and senior (men & women). The championship which will be held tomorrow at Government College for Girls, Sector 42, Chandigarh. It will be inaugurated by the Additional Advocate General, Munish Bansal. — TNS

Korfball meet postponed
Chandigarh, February 8
The Chandigarh State Korfball Championship (for Juniors andSeniors), to be organised by Chandigarh Korfball Association on February 9-10, has been postponed due to unfavourable weather. Now it will be held on February 16 and 17 at SGGS Collge, Sec- 26, Chandigarh. — TNS

Moga college shine in volleyball
Chandigarh, February 8
Satyam College of Education, Moga won the Panjab University Inter-College Volleyball Championship for Men. Govt College of Education, Sector 20, Chandigarh secured second position. Satyam College of Education, Moga beat Govt College of Edu, Sector 20, Chandigarh by 25-07, 25-17, 25-14. — TNS

Players in action during the Panjab University Inter-College Volleyball Championship for Men in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari


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