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New Act, economic boom led to high 
jump in property prices
Chandigarh, December 12
In the recently concluded property auction prices in the city reached an unprecedented high and have doubled in a year to make it the biggest-ever jump. Earlier during the post-militancy phase, after 1994, when property in the city appreciated sharply it had seemed prices had virtually gone out of reach of the common man. This time the city residents are still in awe and the prices have become the topic of discussion.

K.L. Arora’s son, grandson remanded
Panchkula, December 12
Dr Vinod Arora and Amit Arora, son and grandson of K.L. Arora, were today remanded in five days’ police custody for their suspected involvement in the triple murder case by the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Mr Gulab Singh. 

Pharma giants in drug control net
Panchkula, December 12
The drug control authorities here have launched a drive against pharmaceutical giants marketing non-medicinal products. 


CBI to seek HC permission in judges’ case
Chandigarh, December 12
In an alleged corruption case involving two judicial officers, the CBI would seek the permission of the Punjab and Haryana High Court before producing certain important documents before the court where the trial is going on.

Case against ex-judge cancelled
Chandigarh, December 12
The UT Special Judge, Mr R.S Baswana, today accepted the CBI ‘s request for the cancellation of the corruption case registered against Punjab and Haryana High Court’s former Judge, Justice M.R Agnihotri, and two others, Saroj Rani and K.C Garg.


ST officer lays claim  to DSP’s post
Chandigarh, December 12
The Chandigarh Police Inspector, Mr B.S. Negi, has become the first Scheduled Tribe (ST) police officer since 1966 to lay claim to promotion for the post of DSP even as the Administration is yet to formulate a policy in this regard in the wake of a recent Supreme Court judgement.

No to probe into hotel site allotment
Chandigarh, December 12
A move by the Congress-ruled municipal corporation to get a vigilance probe done into the loss of Rs 16 crore due to delay in allotment of a hotel site in Sector 35 has suffered a setback, with the Secretary, Local Self Government, Chandigarh Administration, rejecting “outright” a recommendation of the General House in this regard. The corporation has been asked to fix responsibility on its own.

Online IT refunds hit block
Chandigarh, December 12
The target set by the Income Tax Department to electronically send refunds of taxpayers directly into their bank accounts by the year-end is far from being achieved, thanks to procedural discrepancies.

City Beautiful now also ‘Peace City’
Chandigarh, December 12
Chandigarh has got another name. After being christened City Beautiful, the Rotary Club today declared it “Peace City”. Chandigarh is the only city in the country to be declared Rotary Peace City — a concept started in 1993 in Australia. On the occasion, an impressive peace monument, erected at the Sukhna Lake, was unveiled by the Rotary International President, Mr Jonathan Majiyagbe. White pigeons were also released.

Children dressed up as fairies and angels on the occasion of declaration of Chandigarh as “Peace City” on Friday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Children dressed up as fairies and angels on the occasion of declaration of Chandigarh as "Peace City"

Get voter card made any day
Chandigarh, December 12
The Chandigarh Administration today said the election office would remain open on all seven days of the week for making photo identity cards of voters in the Chandigarh parliamentary constituency.

Lieut-Col K.D. Singh dead
Chandigarh, December 12
Lieut-Col Krishan Dev Singh (retd), 82, died here today. He had suffered a stroke on December 10. Son of Teja Singh, a former Chief Justice, Pepsu, he was commissioned in 2nd Sikh in 1942 and he retired from the Artillery in 1972.

Security drill before Shekhawat’s visit
Chandigarh, December 12
The entire top brass of the Chandigarh Police, including DSPs, SHOs and inspectors, along with around 700 police personnel had a dry run of security arrangements for Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhwat’s visit the city tomorrow.

Captain’s family feels hurt
Chandigarh, December 12
Stung by the inconsiderate behaviour of the DAV College authorities, who are honouring their old students, including gallant soldiers, at a function here tomorrow, the Chandigarh-based family of Captain Atul Sharma , who was killed in action in Kashmir on November 15, 2000, has said the college has forgotten its own student.

A myopic review of Dhillon’s book
read Himmat Singh Gill's review of Harish Dhillon's ‘‘The Legend of Banda Bahadur’’ in The Tribune (dated December 7, 2003) with some degree of amusement. Dhillon has made it clear in his introduction that what he has written is a novel and not a book of history. Yet Gill objects to the book on the grounds that historians and those who like their historical accounts to be factual and bone dry may find it difficult to digest.


Thief re-arrested


Kids attired in traditional dresses wait for their event at a cultural programme held at an old-age home in Sector 15 Students from Singapore  visit old-age home
Chandigarh, December 12
Amidst applause, students from Singapore crooned Chinese and Malay songs.

Kids attired in traditional dresses wait for their event at a cultural programme held at an old-age home in Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Friday.
 — Tribune photo by
Malkiat Singh

Sorry, says Principal
Chandigarh, December 12
The ongoing tussle between the Principal, Government Model High School, Sector 28, and the family of a girl student, whom he slapped on December 7, ended today on a note of compromise.


College directed not to cancel admissions
Chandigarh, December 12
Issuing notice of motion for January 19, Mr Justice Hemant Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed that the admission of students in a medical college shall not be cancelled on account of non-depositing of fee provided that the petitioners furnished a bank guarantee within a week.

39 cases settled at Lok Adalat


Visitors admire a variety of flowers at the 17th annual three-day Chrysanthemum Show which opened at the Terraced Garden City has annual splash of colours

Visitors admire a variety of flowers at the 17th annual three-day Chrysanthemum Show which opened at the Terraced Garden, Sector 33, Chandigarh, on Friday. 
— Tribune photo by
Manoj Mahajan

Graceful kathak recital
graceful kathak recital at Chandigarh's Pracheen Kala Kendra was a treat for the audience on Thursday evening. Akanksha Srivastava presented the recital on the occasion of the 83rd monthly 'baithak' of the kendra.

Have ‘lipstick on collar’ at Piccadily
A new experience of authentic Mughlai Cuisine like mutton pasanda, sikandri raan, mutton kakori kebab, galauti kebab, tandoori bharwan aloo, tandoori phool, is all set to create a sensation. A newly renovated restaurant named Curry will be opened by the Piccadily group in its existing hotel in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on December 15. The chef has been specially flown in from Lucknow.

A newly renovated restaurant at hotel Piccadily , Sector 22, Chandigarh.
A newly renovated restaurant at hotel Piccadily , Sector 22

Eat nuts to avoid bad  fat: expert
uts were a healthier replacement for the fatty food consumed in normal meals, said Dr Wahida Karmally from Irving Centre for Clinical Research at Columbia University, USA, while talking to Chandigarh Tribune here today. She was in the city in connection with a visit to certain doctors as a consultant.

It’s my life
Live as if there is no tomorrow
IVE today as if there is no tomorrow.” Believing in this motto, I try to make the best of each day. It helps me live life thoroughly and without worries and tensions of any failure. I am an extrovert who like meeting people and making friends.


PGI bodies’ meeting on Dec 17
Chandigarh, December 12
The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mrs Sushma Swaraj, will preside over the newly constituted institute body and governing body of the PGI at New Delhi on December 17.

Health centres unable to handle epilepsy: expert
Chandigarh, December 12
Indiscriminate and wrong use of drugs coupled with lack of expertise and training in treating epilepsy patients by doctors at the primary health care centres is aggravating the condition of patients suffering from the disease, which has a lot of social stigma attached to it.

Make neurosurgery affordable: Verma
Chandigarh, December 12
While stressing the need for maximum investment of resources and manpower  for undertaking research in the field of neurology, the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma, said efforts must be made to make neurosurgery more cost-effective for the common man.


3 city players to take black belt test
Chandigarh, December 12
Three city-based martial art players — Nitin, Ankit and Ravish — have been chosen to appear in the black belt test for Choi Kwang Do martial art to be held at Khandala, near Mumbai, from December 25. The camp will be held under the aegis of the Choi Kwang Do National Federation.

Pardeep is Mr Panjab University
Chandigarh, December 12
DAV College, Sector 10, bagged the PU Inter-College Best Physique (men) Championship by earning 36 points. Pardeep Kumar of the same college was declared Mr Panjab University. Other winners were Rabinder Pal Singh (60kg), Karambir Singh (65 kg), Mohinder Pal Singh (70 kg), Pardeep Kumar (75 kg), Jaswant Singh (80 kg), Pardeep Kumar (85 kg), Vikrant Yadav (90 kg) and Rajesh Kumar (above 90 kg).


40 jhuggis razed
Panchkula, December 12
As many as 40 jhuggis on a Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) land in Sector 11 were demolished by the Enforcement Wing here today. Besides, the enforcement staff, led by kanungo Rajinder, also asked the booth owners in Booth Market to clear the verandah of the market. They also confiscated material displayed outside some booths.


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