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MC smells scam in ex-official’s largesse
Urges Home Secy to take action
Chandigarh, November 29
The Municipal Corporation has alleged that Mr W.C. Goyat, former additional commissioner of the MC, was involved in a Rs 27 lakh scam as he bestowed “illegal benefit” upon builders of a shop-cum-office in Sector 9 here.

HUDA rakes in moolah
Auction of commercial sites
Panchkula, November 29
The auction of 26 commercial sites, located in various sectors, by the Haryana Urban Development Authority fetched it over Rs 54.33 crore here today. Some of the sites in “popular” sectors went for over three times the reserve price in the auction that continued till late evening.


EARLIER STORIES


16 new faces in Cong’s list of candidates
Chandigarh, November 29
The Congress will field 16 new faces in the upcoming Municipal Corporation election. Only 10 of the 15 sitting councillors have been given tickets by the Congress. Of the 16 new faces, three candidates have contested earlier while the rest will be contesting elections for the first time.


Petrol stations wear deserted look
Chandigarh, November 29
For once, the change in petrol prices to be affected from midnight today did not see a mad rush at the petrol stations in the tricity. As news spread about the petrol prices having gone down by Rs 2 a litre and diesel prices by Re 1 a litre, people preferred to wait till the new prices were announced.


Sensible fuelish idea: People stayed away from filling stations like this one in Sector 21 for a little extra fill on Thursday when lower petrol and diesel prices come into force. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu
People stayed away from filling stations like this one in Sector 21 for a little extra fill on Thursday when lower petrol and diesel prices come into force

Happy, comfortable in his kidnapper's company
Chandigarh, November 29
Unmindful of the consequences of his action, a Rohtak-based labourer allegedly kidnapped his contractor's five-year-old-son in an attempt to 'force' him to pay his wages outstanding against him.




Lalesar, the accused, and Vinod Kumar, the child allegedly kidnapped by Lalesar, in the Industrial Area police station in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Lalesar, the accused, and Vinod Kumar, the child allegedly kidnapped by Lalesar, in the Industrial Area police station in Chandigarh


Watch out
A city-based golfer, Col Harinder S. Baidwan is leading the 12-member team of the Punjab Golf Association currently playing at the Lahore Gymkhana Golf Club in Pakistan. The team, a part of the 47-member delegation of golfers, is playing against Pakistani Punjab's golf team for the second PUNJ-AAB Cup.

Col Harinder S. Baidwan

Col Harinder S. Baidwan
In Town
Wolfgang Haffner , a jazz band from Germany, and Martin Dabanukar Bloodsystem, Swiss jazz group, would be performing at the Panjab University Law Auditorium tomorrow evening. The programme is being organised by the Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany and the Embassy of Switzerland in collaboration with Max Mueller Bhawan New Delhi, Indo-German language and cultural society Chandigarh and Spic Macay.                                         Wolfgang Haffner
Wolfgang Haffner
Passing Through
What is the scope of designer wear in Chandigarh?
The residents are fashion conscious, undoubtedly. Gone are the days when plain-looking suits with little or no work were good for them.

Pooja Mahajan Delhi-based model-cum-fashion designer, who owns the label 'Diya’z'

Pooja Mahajan Delhi-based model-cum-fashion designer, who owns the label 'Diya’z'


COMMUNITY

Poor sanitation, encroachments raise councillors’ hackles
Reject grant proposal for Nayagaon civic body
Mohali, November 29
Even as the local municipal council unanimously cleared all items on the agenda of the monthly meeting held here today, councillors showed concern over the sad state of affairs of sanitation, encroachments and the menace of stray animals in the town.

Missing trees, napping administration
Chandigarh, November 29
In the so-called Green City, there are stretches of barren land that are yet to attract the attention of UT Administration's Horticulture Department.

A blot on city's green face: The barren Purav Marg along Sector 47-B and C is yet to get its share of trees from the UT Administration.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan


The barren Purav Marg along Sector 47-B and C is yet to get its share of trees from the UT Administration

Physically challenged hold protest
Chandigarh, November 29
Physically challenged hailing from Punjab held a protest at the Sector 39 Grain Market and later blocked road in support of their demands here today.


The disabled raise slogans in support of their demands at the Sector 39 Grain Market in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik


The disabled raise slogans in support of their demands at the Sector 39 Grain Market in Chandigarh

Saket to augment limb fitment
Acquires Jaipur foot technology
Chandigarh, November 29
In its golden jubilee year, Saket Institute for the Orthopaedically Handicapped could not have bought a better gift for the disabled. Already well-known for offering integrated services-corrective, educational and vocational-to physically challenged children, the Institute has now acquired the Jaipur foot and limb technology to further help its beneficiaries.

 

 

An inmate of Saket Institute for the Orthopaedically Handicapped near Pinjore being helped with the Jaipur foot.
— Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

An inmate of Saket Institute for the Orthopaedically Handicapped near Pinjore being helped with the Jaipur foot

‘Pak women on road to progress’
Chandigarh, November 29
“Women in Pakistan are on the right track but it will take some time before they are emancipated and empowered,” said Dr Ruhi Aftab, Head, Department of Applied Psychology, Beaconhouse National University.

Don't overload, Transport Dept to truckers
Dera Bassi, November 29
The Transport Department has imposed penalty worth Rs 1.30 crore on traffic violators, especially those involved in overloading of vehicles on the Zirakpur-Lalru stretch of the Kalka-Ambala highway, in the past 10 months.

Kisan panel plans ‘pol khol’ drive
Mohali, November 29
The Kisan Hit Bachao Committee has planned to launch a “pol khol” campaign if the government forcibly tries to acquire land without implementing the land pooling scheme.

 
CRIME

2 hurt in assault
Panchkula, November 29
Vimal Suri and Rajesh Suri, residents of Zirakpur, received serious injuries after they were attacked by a "mob" of 15-odd persons late in the evening in the Sector-20 market here today. They were admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 6, tonight and are presently undergoing treatment.

Three vehicles stolen
Chandigarh, November 29
Two scooters and a motorcycle were stolen from the city while in a separate incident a house was burgled in the city. Adesh Kumar of Sector 25 reported to the police alleging that his motorcycle (CH-03-4468) was stolen from his residence during the intervening night of November 17 and 28.

 
EDUCATION

Closer ties between PU, Lahore varsity sought
Chandigarh, November 29
Professor Dr Khalid Aftab, the first Vice-Chancellor of Government College University, Lahore, accompanied by his wife Dr Ruhi Aftab visited Panjab University campus here today.


Dr Khalid Aftab, the first Vice-Chancellor of Government College University, Lahore, and Dr R.C. Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Dr Khalid Aftab, the first Vice-Chancellor of Government College University, Lahore, and Dr R.C. Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, in Chandigarh

PU Notes
PU dept organises lecture

Chandigarh, November 29
Continuing the series of special lectures by eminent scholars in different fields, the Department of Correspondence Studies, Panjab University, today organised a lecture by Prof V.R. Mehndiratta. He spoke on “Aaj Ki Duniya Mein Sahitya Ki Prasangikta”.

School denies admission to poor student
Chandigarh, November 29
Samar Afzal Ansari, a four and a half year old child, from the economically weaker sections was denied admission to Strawberry Fields World School, Sector 26. As per norms, the school has 15 per cent reservation for children of the economically weaker sections in which fee is waived.

Sites for Education City to be readvertised
Chandigarh, November 29
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to readvertise seeking ‘Expression of Interest’ for sites in the proposed Education City in the Union Territory. A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting here today.

DAV school’s fight against social evils
Mohali, November 29
To bring about awareness and fight against social evils like dowry, female foeticide, untouchability, and child labour, the students and staff of DAV Public Senior Secondary School here undertook a 'Vedic Jan Chetna Yatra' under the leadership of Mr K.L. Aggarwal, Chairman, DAV College, Jalandhar, and Mrs Jaya Bhardwaj, school Principal.

'Know AIDS For No AIDS', urge students
Chandigarh, November 29
Abhay Rana secured the first place while Amandeep and Neelam came second in a declamation contest held at the Government Model High School, Sector 36-D, here today. Harsh was adjudged to be third in the competition.

Students showcase talent at annual function
Panchkula, November 29
Students of Vijay Public School, Sector 17, here celebrated their annual day with a cultural programme at the school premises today. The programme began with the lighting of a lamp followed by Saraswati vandana.

Non-supply of water to hostels resented
Chandigarh, November 29
Members of the Panjab University Students Union today protested against the non-supply of water to hostels. PUSU president Abhishek Puri said he had brought the matter to the notice of the Dean, Students Welfare, pointing out that that students in hostels were suffering as there had been no water for the past one day.

Tribune school teacher retires
Chandigarh, November 29
Ms Krishna Saini retired from the Tribune Model School today after putting eight years of service in the institution. She has served in many reputed educational institutions in the city.

COURTS

Man gets life term for triple murder
Chandigarh, November 29
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr BK Mehta, here today convicted Suresh Chand, a resident of Sonepat, to life imprisonment for a triple murder he committed in 2003. Suresh Chand had killed three persons, including Vikas and Rajesh Bhaiya, with his revolver on Janamastami.

 
CULTURE

Old Nabhaites share memories over evening of ghazals
Chandigarh, November 29
The 'Sham-e-Ghazal' programme of Old Nabhaites Association at Tagore Theatre turned out to be a low-key affair with a small audience turning up for it. But the few who did attend the evening were captivated by the melodious renditions by Naushad Reza Jaunpuri.


Naushad Reza Jaunpuri performs at “Sham-e-Ghazal” at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Naushad Reza Jaunpuri performs at “Sham-e-Ghazal” at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh

Exquisite display of fashion accessories
Chandigarh, November 29
Fashion, thy name is innovation and reinvention. This seems to be the latest mantra in terms of clothes and accessories. This was well established in more ways than one during the number of fashion shows that were held lately in Chandigarh. The same was spotted at the Swarovski fashion show held today with some of India's leading models--- Indrani Dasgupta, Tina Chatwal, Laxmi Rana, Krishna Somani et al--- unveiling the new fashion collection 'Poetic Night' at the Taj Hotel, Sector 17.

 


Models unveil the fashion collection ‘Poetic Night’ at the Taj Hotel in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph


Models unveil the fashion collection ‘Poetic Night’ at the Taj Hotel in Chandigarh

HEALTH

Meeting to review revised TB control programme
Panchkula, November 29
A meeting of civil surgeons and district TB officers to review the revised national TB control programme was held at Red Bishop, here today, under the chairpersonship of Ms Urvashi Gulati, Financial Commissioner-cum-Principal Secretary Health, Government of Haryana.

Candlelight march on AIDS
Mohali, November 29
A candlelight march was organised to create awareness about AIDS here this evening. The march , organised by the local unit of the Family Planning Association of India, was flagged off from Udham Singh Bhawan in Phase III-A by Mr K.B.S.Sidhu, Project Director, Punjab AIDS Control Society, who is also .

 
SPORTS

AG Punjab enter semifinal
Chandigarh, November 29
Hosts AG, Punjab, thrashed AG, Nagpur, 3-0 in the last league match of the All-India Inter-Zonal league- cum-knockout Indian Audit and Accounts Department (IA&AD) Hockey Tournament being held at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium, here today.

Old is gold, prove veterans
Chandigarh, November 29
Defying all adversities of ripe age, two city-based 74- plus sportspersons — G.S. Sidhu and Jatinder Marwaha — can serve as an inspiration to youngsters. Advocate G.S. Sidhu and Jatinder Marwaha are not only making their families and well-wishers proud but are also bringing glory to the city and the country with their achievements in sports.

Chandigarh restricted to 141 in u-15 tourney
Mohali, November 29
With his six-wicket haul for 54 runs, Robin Thapar of Jalandhar restricted Chandigarh to 141 in 49 overs at the Punjab State (under-15) Super League Cricket Tournament, being played at Yadvindra Public School, here today.

DAV college enter final
Chandigarh, November 29
An unbeaten knock of 200 runs off 160 balls by Sumit Dhiman with 21 fours and one six enabled DAV-10 to beat the SD College-32 team by 91 runs in the first semifinal of the Inter- College Cricket Tournament for the Administrator’s Cup at Cricket Stadium, Sector 16 here, today.

Health benefits of choikwangdo highlighted
Chandigarh, November 29
A seminar on optimum health, self-defence and personal development was organised by the Choi Kwang Do Martial Art International, India, at YWCA, Sector 11 here. Mr Bikram S. Thapa, an international instructor and examiner of the martial art with a fourth degree black belt, spoke about the benefits of martial art exercises.

Bhavdeep emerges skating star
Chandigarh, November 29
Bhavdeep Singh of the KB DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 7, won gold in the Rink Race-II during the 7th CBSE National Skating Tournament held at school rink recently.

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