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City residents on shopping spree
Chandigarh, November 2
Passing through the city markets became a little more difficult this afternoon as residents rushed to complete their shopping of gifts and sweets before the festival of lights.

DC softens cracker sale norms
SAS Nagar, November 2
In a vital decision, the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, has given a go-ahead to the SAS Nagar administration to allow the sale of crackers in the township without the requisite written permission from the SDM’s office. As a result now anyone who wants to sell crackers in the township needs to simply pay the ground rent to the Municipal Council and consider that receipt as the licence to sell crackers.

PU poll: time for introspection
Chandigarh, November 2
Elections to the Panjab University Campus Students Council are finally over but certain questions need to be answered and probably put up for self analysis by the university and students themselves to give the process the position that it deserves in calling it a ‘democracy’.


Delayed meeting costs MC dear 
Chandigarh, November 2
The delayed meeting of the Municipal Corporation this month might have deprived the city of festivity besides causing a financial loss to the tune of Rs 10 lakh to the corporation in Sector 17 alone.


Getting into Divali spirit with Jacob uncle
Chandigarh, November 2
It was a day to remember for 162 children, including 50 orphan children from Bal Niketan, 10 deaf and dumb children, 40 children from slum areas 10 from the Institute for the Blind and 52 trainees of Football and Hockey Academy, today as they celebrated Divali with the Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Lieut Gen. JFR Jacob, (retd.) at Punjab Raj Bhavan. Orphan children celebrate Divali with the Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), in Chandigarh on Saturday.— Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan
Jacob, at Punjab Raj Bhavan. Orphan children celebrate Divali with the Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator

IRSLA — devoted to social causes
Chandigarh, November 2
For the past one-and-a-half year, eight orphans of Manauli village in Ropar district have been living a life of dignity and self sufficiency, thanks to the helping hand extended by the Indian Revenue (Customs and Central Excise) Services Ladies’ Association (IRSLA).

MC fails to remove carcass
Chandigarh, November 2
On account of alleged inaction on the part of Municipal Corporation officials residents of Sector 45-C may have a “smelly Divali”, a festival known for massive cleaning drives.

Philatelic section opened in govt museum
Chandigarh, November 2
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd.), here today inaugurated the Philatelic Section in Government Museum and Art Gallery.

Sunday banking losing charm in city

UNDAY banking which was launched with much fanfare some years back by various banks in Chandigarh has lost its charm. With the installation of around 90 ATMs in the city, Sunday banking has proved to be the scheme’s undoing. Lower transactions and higher costs and lack of customers on Sundays are the main reasons for its failure to catch up.
  • Negligent driving
  • Neglected pond

Vigilance Awareness Week
Chandigarh, November 2
Employees of Zonal marketing Office Chandigarh solemnly took pledge to continuously strive to bring about integrity and transparency in all spheres of their activities. On the inaugural session, Mr Mukhtiar Singh, Superintendent of police(Vigilance), Punjab State delivered a detailed talk emphasising the importance of vigilance awareness week and the role of employee in the present scenario all over.

Gurmat samagam concludes
Ratwara Sahib, November 2
There was a sea of devotees on the fourth and concluding day of the XIIth annual Gurmat Samagam organised by Vishwa Gurmat Ruhani Mission Charitable Trust at Isher Prakash Gurdwara here today. The samagam was devoted to Late Waryam Singh, founder of the trust.

AVSM for Air Cmde Dutt
Chandigarh, November 2
Air Cmde Maheshwar Dutt (retd), popularly known as Mike Dutt in IAF circles, has been awarded with the Ati Vishist Seva Medal. Air Commodore Dutt, hailing from Punjab, has earned the award after 35 years of service with the IAF. During these years he has held several high profile operational appointments, including being Director of Operations (T&H) during the Kargil conflict.

Exhibition on essence of Divali
Chandigarh, November 2
Prajapati Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya will organise a two-day exhibition on true and spiritual significance of rituals associated with Divali. It will be inaugurated at the Brahma Kumaris Meditation Centre in Sector 21 on Sunday.

Divali greetings to blood donors

Woman suffers 60 per cent burns
Chandigarh, November 2
A middle-aged woman of SB Colony in Mauli Jagraun was admitted to the PGI here with 60 per cent burns tonight. Sources said the 41-year-old victim caught fire from the stove while she was preparing food.


One crushed to death by HRTC bus
Chandigarh, November 2
An unidentified person died in a road accident here yesterday. According to police sources, he was injured after being hit by a HRTC bus (HP12 4097) near traffic light points of Housing Board Chowk, Mani Majra. He was rushed to the PGI, where he succumbed to his injuries.


Crystal replaces steel utensils on ‘Dhanteras’
Chandigarh, November 2
It is not only the steel utensils that are purchased on “Dhanteras” but glassware and costly crockery items are also hot favourites as these have replaced steel and brass utensils in most of the homes. The market experts say unlike in the past, the people are buying utensils for personal use and to offer as gifts to their friends and relatives.


Students of the YPS stage the play “The King and I” in SAS Nagar
Students of the YPS stage the play “The King and I” in SAS Nagar on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Divali celebrations in schools
Panchkula, November 2
A Divali fete was organised at Dikshant International School here yesterday. Tiny tots dressed in their best had a gala time. A large number of stalls serving delicacies and providing entertainment were set up on the school premises. A fancy dress competition and a dance competition for children were also organised.

Celebrate pollution-free Divali: students
Chandigarh, November 2
About 100 para medical students participated in a rally to spread the message of celebrating Divali in a pollution free manner organised by Shivalik Institute of Para Medical Technology at Plaza Foundation in Sector 17 at 1.30 pm yesterday.

Anti-cracker rally held
Chandigarh, November 2
Students of Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, here today, organised an anti-cracker rally and pledged to protect the environment by abstaining from their use during the festival season.

Declamation contest winners
Chandigarh, November 2
An inter-school declamation contest was organised by the Army School Chandi Mandir today in which the overall trophy was won by St Xavier School, Panchkula. The contest was held in two sections — Juniors (Class VI to VIII) and seniors (Class IX to XII).

Reliving the magic of wonder years
Chandigarh, November 2
A beautifully decorated dance floor, reverberating music and enthusiastic dancers, converted the basement hall of St. Stephen’s School, Sector 45, into a discotheque, here this evening.

Ex-students form association
SAS Nagar, November 2
More than 50 former students of the local Government College got together and formed the Mohali Government College Old Students Association here today. The first meeting of the old students was also held at the college today.


Haryana to provide manpower 
Chandigarh, November 2
Hurdles in the forthcoming elections of the Bar Councils of Punjab and Haryana were cleared today as the Haryana government agreed to provide infrastructure and manpower to conduct the poll.

Pension scam: judicial custody for one
Chandigarh, November 2
An accused, Terjinder Singh, arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his alleged involvement in the pension scam in the office of Accountant General (AG), Haryana, was today remanded in judicial custody by a local court.


Old wine in new bottle

Vaashu Bhagnani and his banner Puja Films, the filmmakers behind films like “Mujhe Kuchh Kehna Hai and Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein, has come up with yet another musical romantic love story “Jeena Sirf Mere Liye”. It is an average film completed in a record six months.

A psychological representation

It was the power of the mind that made him a genius. It has now turned him into a schizophrenic. Delusion has consumed brilliance. Reason has succumbed to imagination. There is now only one thing standing between him and insanity - the courage of his heart.

Russell Crowe in ‘A Beautiful Mind’.
Russell Crowe in ‘A Beautiful Mind’

Mega expo rocks with Taan Trikz

Chandigarh, November 2
For the first time perhaps, Chandigarh witnessed a musical tinge to a big commercial fair being organised at Parade Ground. The CII’s mega expo was not just about commerce and profit today; it was as much about music flowing from all quarters. Famous Taan Trikz quartet performed for the burgeoning crowds and made the day more than just worthwhile.
Four-member band Taan Trikz performs at the CII’s mega expo in Parade Ground, Chandigarh, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph 

Four-member band Taan Trikz performs at the CII’s mega expo in Parade Ground

Cassette released
Chandigarh, November 2
Nimma Nimma Husdii, maiden album of upcoming artiste Maalwinder, was released by Virgo Music at a function held at the Chandigarh Press Club, Sector 27, here yesterday.


Handle crackers with care: docs
Chandigarh, November 2
It happens every year. After Divali, scores of patients are rushed to city hospitals from all over the region with serious eye injuries. In some cases, the eyes are saved due to endless efforts by the doctors, but some are not that lucky. Doctors say such incidents can, however, be checked if preventive measures are taken.


DC model win laurels
Chandigarh, November 2
DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, captured the overall championship in the CBSE North Zone-II Badminton tournament which concluded today at Panchkula. DC Model School won titles in under-16 boys and under-14 girls section.


Admn issued notices on petition
Chandigarh, November 2
In just over four years after a Mumbai businessman was implicated in a false rape case allegedly at the behest of his business rival, Mr Justice M.M. Kumar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notices to the Chandigarh Administration authorities on a petition seeking the initiation of Contempt of Court proceedings for failure to take action against the complainant.

Order to improve streetlights ahead of Divali


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