Reliance Insurance launches two new schemes

Reliance Insurance launches two new schemesChandigarh, Jan 5 : In a bid to tap different market segments, Reliance Life Insurance Company (RLIC) announced the launch of two new products - Reliance Jan Samriddhi plan and Reliance traditional super invest plan - here Tuesday evening.

"These new products are in line with RLIC's mission to offer a comprehensive range of insurance products to satisfy the needs of our increasing number of customers across all segments," RLIC president Malay Ghosh told reporters here Tuesday.

Anand Sharma defers Industry Interaction meet at Shimla and Chandigarh

Anand Sharma defers Industry Interaction meet at Shimla and ChandigarhNew Delhi, Jan 5 : Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, who was scheduled to hold industry consultations and address press conference in Shimla today and at Chandigarh on January 6 had to reschedule the programmes in view of the inclement weather conditions leading to cancellation of various flights and train services.

Sharma will be visiting Shimla and Chandigarh early next month. (ANI)

Private hospital told to pay patient Rs.18 lakh compensation

Private hospital told to pay patient Rs.18 lakh compensationChandigarh, Jan 5 - A consumer forum has ordered a private hospital here to pay a compensation of nearly Rs. 18 lakh to a former patient for deficiency in services, an official said Tuesday.

The district consumer disputes redressal forum has directed Inscol hospital, located in Sector 34, to pay the compensation money to Inderjit Arora, a resident of Manimajra town near here.

Fog grounds Chandigarh airport

Fog grounds Chandigarh airportChandigarh, Jan 5 - The Chandigarh airport has been virtually shut for three days and no flight has landed or taken off due to dense fog, officials said Tuesday.

"We had to cancel all the flights because of very poor visibility. We are keeping our fingers crossed and waiting for these clouds to clear," said a Chandigarh airport official.

The airport's Instrument Landing System (ILS), essential during these days of low visibility, has been lying defunct for some months.

Cold wave in Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana kills thre

Chandigarh, Jan 5 - Chandigarh and its neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana Tuesday continued to bear the brunt of an intense cold wave that has claimed three lives.

Amritsar in Punjab was again the coldest in this region Tuesday, recording a minimum temperature of 1.2 degrees Celsius. Ludhiana and Patiala cities in Punjab saw a minimum temperature of 7.8 and 8.2 degrees respectively.

The minimum temperature in Chandigarh was 7 degrees Celsius.

According to officials, the cold and icy winds left two people dead in Ambala in Haryana and one person in Amritsar in Punjab late Monday.

Congress MP seeks action against Punjab cop

P-ChidambaramChandigarh, Jan 4 : Following the conviction of a former Haryana director general of police, Congress' legislator in Punjab Sukhpal Singh Khaira Monday said he had urged union Home Minister P. Chidambaram to take action against a senior Indian Police Service (IPS) official in Punjab.

"Sumedh Singh Saini, who has many criminal cases pending against him, is flourishing under the political patronage of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. In order to please his political masters, Saini has unleashed a reign of terror on Congress party workers," Khaira alleged.

Panjab varsity teachers oppose evaluation, online attendance

Panjab varsity teachers oppose evaluation, online attendance Chandigarh, Jan 4 : A move by Panjab University (PU) authorities here to introduce a system for students to evaluate teachers and also extend the facility of online checking of attendance has run into stiff opposition from the university teachers.

The Panjab University Teachers' Association (PUTA) Monday rejected outright the concept of evaluation of teachers by students, as has been proposed by the university authorities and also the students' council.

Ensure Punjabi youths' safety in Australia, PM urged

Parkash Singh Badal, Manmohan SinghChandigarh, Jan 4 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Monday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure the safety of youths from the state studying or working in Australia, following the killing of a youth in Melbourne Saturday.

"Badal has urged the prime minister to ensure the safety and security of Punjabi youths who had gone to Australia to pursue higher education or for other vocations," a government spokesperson said here Monday.

Swine flu-affected Chandigarh schools to be fumigated

Swine flu-affected Chandigarh schools to be fumigated Chandigarh, Jan 4 : A city-based private company Monday started a drive to fumigate and sanitize the swine flu-affected schools in Chandigarh free of cost.

Alliance Formulations, a service provider for lifestyle and healthcare products, has come to the rescue of affected schools in the wake of increasing number of swine flu cases in them.

Probe against Rathore will take more time

Probe against Rathore will take more time  Chandigarh, Jan 4 : The special investigation team (SIT), set up by the Haryana police to examine criminal charges against former state police chief S. P. S. Rathore who is convicted of molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra, will take some more time to complete its work, its chief said Monday.

"We had got this case only last week and we are looking into every aspect of this matter. Our investigation is still under process and right now we cannot disclose our so far findings to anyone," Inspector General (Security) S. S. Kapoor, who heads the seven-member SIT, told IANS.

Rathore case fallout: Court seeks details of VIP cases

Rathore case fallout: Court seeks details of VIP casesChandigarh, Jan 4 : As a fallout of teenager Ruchika Girhotra's molestation by former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore, the high court here has asked administration in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to submit details of all pending criminal cases against "highly connected people".

Justice Ranjit Singh has asked home secretaries of both states and the union territory to submit details of cases pending against police officers, politicians, bureaucrats and other highly connected people by Jan 12.

Chandigarh, neighbouring states foggy but warmer

Chandigarh, neighbouring states foggy but warmerChandigarh, Jan 3 - Chandigarh and its neighbouring states Punjab and Haryana experienced overcast conditions accompanied with dense fog but got respite from chilly weather Sunday.
The centrally-administered city, which shivered at 2.2 degrees Celsius Saturday, saw an increase in temperature of over 6 degrees in the last 24 hours. The minimum temperature Sunday was recorded at 8.6 degrees Celsius. Bright sunshine greeted the denizens by 10 a. m.

Power supply resumes in Punjab, Haryana after hours of blackout

Power supply resumes in Punjab, Haryana after hours of blackoutChandigarh, Jan 3 - Power supply was partially restored in various parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh early Sunday after it had remained snapped for over five hours due to the tripping of the northern grid Saturday night, an official said.
"Our engineers and other technical staff are on their toes. They are scrutinising the whole situation. Power supply has been resumed in most parts of this region and very soon it will be activated in all areas," Punjab State Electricity Board
(PSEB) chairperson H. S. Brar told IANS.

Blackout again in Punjab, Haryana

Blackout again in Punjab, HaryanaChandigarh, Jan 2 : Many parts of Punjab, Haryana and this union territory were blacked out at around 10 p. m. Saturday, due to a second possible tripping of the northern grid in the day, an official said.

"Our officials are trying to ascertain the reason behind this sudden blackout. It could be a tripping but we are still checking the actual cause of this problem," H. S. Brar, chairperson of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), told IANS.

Sikh preacher arrested in Punjab

chandigarh-Punjab-mapChandigarh, Jan 2 : A Sikh preacher who heads a prominent gurdwara here and who is wanted in cases of cheating and fraud was arrested in a Punjab town Saturday, police said.

"We arrested Prithpal Singh from Machhiwara town (near Punjab's industrial city Ludhiana) this (Saturday) evening. We will produce him before the court Sunday," said a police officer.

"Singh is wanted in many cases. After interrogation, we hope to solve these cases," he added.

Haryana urban body goes online

Bhupinder Singh HoodaChandigarh, Jan 2 : In a bid to streamline its working, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has digitalized nearly 250,000 files to enable web-based services to its customers, state Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said Saturday.

"It is a big achievement for HUDA and we have also directed the concerned officers to create a payment gateway. We have also told them to set up a computer-based grievance redressal system," he added.

Chandigarh, neighbouring states cold, foggy

Chandigarh, neighbouring states cold, foggyChandigarh, Jan 2 : Denizens of Chandigarh and the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana woke up to a cold Saturday morning with the mercury dipping and blinding fog engulfing most parts of the region, affecting road, rail and air traffic.

Chandigarh shivered at a minimum temperature of 2.2 degrees Celsius Saturday, which was three degrees below averge, a Met official said here.

"Fog prevails in most parts of the region since Friday night and it has reduced the visibility level to just 100 to 200 meters," he added.

Chautala son to contest Haryana by-election

Om Prakash ChautalaChandigarh, Jan 2 : Former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala's Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has fielded his son Abhay Singh Chautala for the Jan 20 by-election in Ellenabad assembly constituency.

Abhay is the younger son of the INLD chief. Om Prakash Chautala and his elder son Ajay Singh Chautala are both members of the state assembly.

Om Prakash Chautala vacated the Ellenabad seat as he had been elected from two assembly seats - Uchana Kalan (Jind) and Ellenabad (Sirsa).

Ruchika case: Hooda assures early SIT probe

Ruchika case: Hooda assures early SIT probeChandigarh, Jan 2 - A special police team tasked to probe fresh charges against former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore, convicted of molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra, will complete its work "as early as possible", Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said Saturday.

"We have full sympathy with the family members of Ruchika. SIT's (Special Investigation Team) report is awaited. We will not spare the guilty," Hooda told reporters here.

North India blacked out as grid 'trips' due to fog

North India blacked out as grid 'trips' due to fogChandigarh, Jan 2 - Many areas in the north Indian states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and even Chandigarh had to face a power blackout since early Saturday due to the northern grid "tripping" owing to heavy fog.

Nearly two dozen trains, including 10 express trains, were affected in Punjab and Haryana due to the power failure and the railway authorities are trying to put diesel engines to resume rail services.

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