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In Mohali, govt plays foul yet again
Bypasses transparency in picking company for master plan
Chandigarh, December 6
The fact that the government does not care how it spends taxpayers money is well-known, but this certainly is the limit. The Punjab Government will pay Rs 8 crore to a Singapore-based company to “compose” the master plan of the area falling under the jurisdiction of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority.

Stage set for entertainment city
Admn inks pact with Unitech
Chandigarh, December 6
The Chandigarh Administration has signed an agreement regarding an entertainment city with Unitech Limited which could change the face of tourism in the city and the region. Unitech is to develop, operate, manage and maintain the 73-acre entertainment city, offering a wide range of entertainment experience for all age groups.



EARLIER STORIES


Smilingly, Sidhu follows on
Chandigarh, December 6
Courtroom Number 38 where, Navjot Singh Sidhu’s fate was to be decided today, was jam-packed almost 45 minutes before the start of the day’s proceedings.



A police officer gives instructions to supporters of Navjot Singh Sidhu outside the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

A police officer gives instructions to supporters of Navjot Singh Sidhu outside the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh

MC POLL-06
Campaign business on
Chandigarh, December 6
With only two weeks left for the municipal corporation elections, campaigning is slowly picking up. All across the city, one can find party flags and posters of various candidates displayed. A few seem to have found a novel way of canvassing and have put up posters behind autorickshaws and cycle rickshaws! Others are busy with door-to-door campaigning.

Indus takes ’em for a ride
Chandigarh, December 6
Even before starting its operations, Indus Airways seems to have rubbed its passengers the wrong way. The airline has been selling tickets on its website even though flights have yet to take off. Passengers, two of whom were stranded at the Chandigarh airport, are an angry lot.

VIP brats at it again
Chandigarh, December 6
Two boys on a motor cycle were hit and injured on the Sector 9 and 10 separating road today. It all started when a Prado and a Safari decided to race. The driver of Safari, Gurpreet Singh in a purported drunken state along with his friends Bikramjit Singh, and Surinder Singh, hit the motor cycle driven by Praveen.

Watch out
A city-based consultant in orthopaedics at “Arthroscopy and Spinal Endoscopy Centre”, Dr Mohinder Kaushal, will present his research work titled “Innovative Device for Arthroscopic Microdiscectomy, Operative Technique & Results in 100 patients” at the orthopaedic conference of SAARC nations which started in Kathmandu, today.                                                           Dr Mohinder Kaushal
Dr Mohinder Kaushal
In Town
Dr David Sadker, a professor at American University Washington, DC, will be in the city on Thursday to participate in an open discussion on ‘Confronting gender bias and sexual harassment’, at Dev Samaj College of Education Sector 36. Dr Sadker gained international repute for work in confronting gender bias and sexual harassment.                                                        Dr David Sadker
Dr David Sadker
Passing Through
How and since when have you been involved with bird conservation?
There was a devastating decline in the Condor population which had us all very worried. That’s when the “save the Condor” plan was conceived in 1996.


Chris Parish, Condor-conservation expert, Arizona
Chris Parish, Condor-conservation expert, Arizona


COMMUNITY

Rodrigues warns cops
Chandigarh, December 6
Sounding a clear signal to the Chandigarh Police, the UT Administrator, Gen (retd) S.F. Rodrigues, today said there was no excuse for violating rules and laws and no leniency should be shown to the violators.

City police is simply the best
Chandigarh, December 6
The Chandigarh Police has been judged the best in community orientation in the country during a survey carried out by an international organisation. The local police got 89.77 per cent under this category against the national average of 74.66 per cent.

NRI plans kitchen projects for kids
Chandigarh, December 6
Reaching out to starved children, an NRI of the region is coming to India for the launch of a 24-hour kitchen in Varanasi. A similar project for Punjab and Haryana is in the offing.

9 enclosures demolished
Mohali, December 6
Nine of the 18 enclosures were demolished by the enforcement wing of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority during a demolition drive outside Kumbra village here today. Even though the demolition drive was peaceful, one of the encroachers threatened the staff with a gun.

Trade unions’ activists stage protest
Chandigarh, December 6
Members of the Centre of Trade Unions, Punjab and Chandigarh, staged a protest in front of the Labour Commissioner’s Office in Sector 17 here this afternoon.


Members of the Centre of Trade Unions (CTU), Punjab and Chandigarh, stage a protest in front of the Labour Commissioner’s office in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Members of the Centre of Trade Unions (CTU), Punjab and Chandigarh, stage a protest in front of the Labour Commissioner’s office in Sector 17, Chandigarh

Farmers to hold rally on December 18
Mohali, December 6
A committee of officials constituted by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, more than two years ago to work on a land- pooling scheme failed to watch the interests of farmers and came out with a policy only on periphery development.

A flowery affair
Chandigarh, December 6
This year's Chrysanthemum Show, scheduled for December 8, is going to be a bouquet of speculations. After all controversies that marked last year's show, the participants are once again ready to take on each other with their chrysanthemums. Kulbir Kaur, an ardent participant for the past four years, has equipped herself with some new varieties and is all set to enter in the amateur category once again.

Bird sanctuary opened
Chandigarh, December 6
A bird sanctuary has been developed in Chandimandir Cantonment to protect wildlife, preserve ecological balance and protect the environment. Christened Shivalik Bird Sanctuary, it will have an artificial lake to store rainwater, which will also recharge ground water levels and attract migratory birds.

Light and sound show from Jan 13
Chandigarh, December 6
The light and sound show on Chandigarh will start from January 13. A decision to this regard was taken at a high levelled meeting of the Chandigarh Administration here today. The trial run of the show will commence on December 25 at Government Art College and Museum.

 
CRIME

3 held on fraud charge
Chandigarh, December 6
The local police has arrested three persons, including a woman, allegedly involved in two separate cases of cheating. Sources in the Economic Offences Wing of the Chandigarh Police said Pardeep Kaur of Phase VI, Mohali was arrested on a charge of cheating on a complaint filed by Ms Sikha Sharma of Sector 20.

 
BUSINESS

Estilo — blend of Matiz, Santro with Wagon-R engine
Chandigarh, December 6
Snazzy headlights that promise to brighten up your mood, aerodynamic shape for revving up your style, sparkling colours teamed with soft-appealing contours for turning the road into a ramp, and a high-spirited engine for cruising down the popularity charts---the new Zen Estilo is all set to roll into the hearts of so many city residents.

 
EDUCATION

Set standards for newspapers, Dua asks English teachers
Chandigarh, December 6
“English teachers should try and bridge the divide between students who are conversant with English and those who are not,” said Mr H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune, here today.

Mr H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief, The Tribune, addresses college lecturers at the Regional Institute of English in Chandigarh
Mr H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief, The Tribune, addresses college lecturers at the Regional Institute of English in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

He is a master illustrator                        
Chandigarh, December 6
The shock of white hair, the green beads around his neck and the effervescent sprays of energy all add to the alluring magic of celebrated French illustrator-comic artist Edmond Baudoin.

Celebrated French illustrator Edmond Baudoin makes a point during his workshop with fine arts students at Alliance Française de Chandigarh, Sector 36, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

College introduces course on human rights
Chandigarh, December 6
Dr A.N. Garg, Principal, Government College, Sector 11, here inaugurated the UGC-sponsored foundation course in human rights at the college yesterday.

Celebrated French illustrator Edmond Baudoin makes a point during his workshop with fine arts students at Alliance Française de Chandigarh, Sector 36

DAV-8 celebrates silver jubilee
Panchkula, December 6
The silver jubilee of DAV School, Sector 8, was celebrated with a cultural extravaganza here today. Decked up with flowers and colourful lights, the school wore a festive look. Students put up an entertaining show which started with a Saraswati vandana.

Students present a cultural item at the annual function of DAV School, Sector 8, Panchkula, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu


Students present a cultural item at the annual function of DAV School, Sector 8, Panchkula

Teen education programme at KV
Panchkula, December 6
A five-day national workshop on adolescent education programme begun at KV-2, Chandimandir, yesterday. Col Sunil Kala, Chairman, VMC, inaugurated the workshop. The aim is to encourage students to present their problems to master trainers.

 
CULTURE

Singing odes to Shirdi Sai Baba
Chandigarh, December 6
Led by faith, Manhar Udhas has come a very long way. And behind him, he has left the charms of high life — one where happiness is measured in bank accounts and success in the number of appearances you make at launch parties.

Manhar Udhas renders Sai Baba bhajans at the 11th Murthi Sthapna Divas at Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph


Manhar Udhas renders Sai Baba bhajans at the 11th Murthi Sthapna Divas at Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Sector 29, Chandigarh

HEALTH

‘About giving to poor patients...’
Chandigarh, December 6
The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research here introduced a new subhead “About giving to poor patients…” in its website a couple of days ago. Though the PGI authorities had created a “fund” for helping patients below poverty line many years ago but the “subhead” has been added in an effort to benefit more poor patients struggling for lives at this premier health institute of northern India.


 
SPORTS

Recognised by others, ignored by own
Chandigarh, December 6
"Perhaps this medal will give me my due and prove my critics wrong", says a subdued Raj Bala, showing off her gold medal won at the 14th Asia Masters Athletics Championship, held at Shree Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore, recently. Her situation is an ironic one.


Raj Bala showing her lifelong
achievement going unrecognised.


Raj Bala showing her lifelong achievement going unrecognised

Chandigarh steals the final show
Chandigarh, December 6
Chandigarh stole the show on the concluding day of the 52nd National School Games by clinching gold medals in all softball events of both boys (u-14, u-17, u-19) and girls (u-14, u-17, u-19).


Children perform bhangra on the concluding day of the National School Games. — Photo by Vinay Malik


Children perform bhangra on the concluding day of the National School Games

City gymnast sets sights on international event
Chandigarh, December 6
With talented gymnasts like Dhan Bahadur, Govind Bahadur and Hargun Kumar representing Chandigarh, gymnastics in the city is touching new heights of late.

City pugilists win laurels
Chandigarh, December 6
City boxers (boys) brought laurels winning four medals during 22nd Sub Junior National Boxing Championship held at Jamshedpur from November 2 to December 3.

Tushar in semis of tennis tourney
Chandigarh, December 6
Top seed Tushar Sharma of the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association lost to Chandam 7-8 in men singles’ quarterfinals on the penultimate day of the Fort Ramgarh YMCA Total Championship at CLTA here today.

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