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Mayor’s Poll
Will it be Anu or Harjinder?
Chandigarh, January 5
Battle lines for the top post of Mayor of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh have been drawn. The battle is set to be fought between two former Mayors - Ms Anu Chatrath (Congress) and Ms Harjinder Kaur (BJP-SAD).

Anu Chatrath
Anu Chatrath

Harjinder Kaur
Harjinder Kaur

Tenant wants his pound of flesh
Says he has been looking after woman who has willed house to trust
Chandigarh, January 5
The two-kanal house of a 55-year-old cancer patient, who is on the deathbed, has been turned into a battlefield. Mr Bal Singh Malik, an advocate and her tenant, has staked his claim to the house, which is worth Rs 5 crore.
Picky Panwar being consoled by members of the local chapter of the Chinmaya Tapovan Trust at her house in Sector 10, Chandigarh Picky Panwar being consoled by members of the local chapter of the Chinmaya Tapovan Trust at her house in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday.
— A Tribune photograph









EARLIER STORIES

Industrial Area to wear a new look soon
Chandigarh, January 5
After being at the receiving end of the Administration for long, the Industrial Area is finally set for a makeover, with the Administration and industries’ associations agreeing on a blueprint for the area. Proposals for sprucing up Phases I and II have been discussed at a meeting.

Noida killings: At last, police to identify missing
Chandigarh, January 5
Struck by the gravity of Noida killings case, the Chandigarh Police has started reopening files of missing children in the city. They also seem to be reacting to the mounting rush of parents of missing children who have been thronging alleged accused Moninder Singh Pandher’s house in Sector 27 in the hope of getting some clues. The SSP, Chandigarh, Mr Gaurav Yadav, has directed SHOs of respective police stations to prepare a list of missing children in their areas.


Jeewan Kumar shows the picture of his son Kewal, who went missing from Mani Majra in February 2001. — A Tribune photograph

Jeewan Kumar shows the picture of his son Kewal, who went missing from Mani Majra in February 2001


For a drop of water from a municipal tap, a thirsty crow waits patiently in Chandigarh
DESPERATION: For a drop of water from a municipal tap, a thirsty crow waits patiently in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Narco analysis — a tool for interrogation, not evidence
Chandigarh, January 5
A narco analysis test is being performed on the accused of Noida killings. And though the police is relying heavily on the results, the test, in itself, cannot yield substantive evidence.

A first: Screening for genetic disorders
Chandigarh, January 5
The UT Administration has decided to screen all pregnant women and newborn children for genetic disorders which may lead to disability.

Watch Out
Richa Goyal, a postgraduate student of pharmacology at the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences has been awarded the IDMA GP Nair award for achievement and merit. The award will be given during the 45th annual celebration at a hotel in Mumbai. The award is given to meritorious students on the basis of performance in undergraduate programme.

Richa Goyal

In Town
Vinod Khanna, actor-turned-politician will be in the city on Saturday in connection with the launch of a jewellery exhibition. In 1999, Peshawar-born Khanna, a veteran of over 100 films, was given the Filmfare lifetime achievement award.
Vinod Khanna
Passing Thru
What brings you here?
I am here at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41 to launch professional training programmes for the students of law and young lawyers. These courses will be beneficial for those who wish to get into specialised areas in information technology, retail marketing management, tourism management, communication, public relations, and telecom.  
Roshni Khanna, President, Asian Education Society, New Delhi

Roshni Khanna


COMMUNITY

Are ‘Sales’ best bargains for customers?
Chandigarh, January 5
The short span of winters over the past couple of years has forced hundreds of woollen retail outlets in the city to indulge in distress sale by selling their wares at discounted prices. Even though woollens are available across the city at a 10 per cent to 50 per cent discount, customers are still scanty.


Are ‘Sales’ the best bargains for customers or meant only to lure them? — A Tribune photograph

Are ‘Sales’ the best bargains for customers or meant only to lure them?

Fire at showroom: Loss put at Rs 10 lakh
Panchkula, January 5
A fire broke out in the basement of Shivalik Complex, a showroom in Sector 11, here today, resulting in a loss of items worth Rs 10 lakh. The fire resulted from a short circuit today at 4.30 am.

Traditional fervour marks Gurpurb
Chandigarh, January 5
The birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh was celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety in Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar today. Holding of special kirtan darbars on the conclusion of akhand paths marked the celebrations, which started early in the morning by taking out of parbhat pheris.

Devotees partake langar on the occasion of Gurpurb at Sector 8 gurdwara in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Devotees partake langar on the occasion of Gurpurb at Sector 8 gurdwara in Chandigarh

Mohali MC fails to decide on Madanpur’s development
Mohali, January 5
The Municipal Council has adopted an indifferent attitude towards the development of Madanpur village here, the rehabilitation scheme of which was approved over five years ago.

Ex-councillors can use phones allotted by MC
Chandigarh, January 5
Former councillors of the Municipal Corporation will be allowed to continue to use mobile phones provided by the corporation. According to sources, the MC has taken a decision to this effect.

 
EDUCATION

Coming up: Schools at PU
Chandigarh, January 5
Panjab University will introduce the system of schools to bring departments working in similar fields together for sharing resources. The university is likely to bring all science departments under one roof of the science school while others will be schools of social sciences, languages and laws, besides others.

Duties of Grievances Redressal Officer extended
Chandigarh, January 5
The Panjab University Vice-Chancellor has extended the duties of the Students’ Grievances Redressal Officer to include the grievances of the university’s non-teaching employees, as well.

She finds avid students of Hindi in USA
Chandigarh, January 5
A lecturer from a local college, who has migrated to the USA, has taken the arduous task of spreading Indian culture, its values globally through her mother tongue, Hindi. Ms Sarita Mehta, Director of the New York-based language institute ‘Vidya Dham’, has found avid students who are willing to learn Hindi.                                 Sarita Mehta
Sarita Mehta

DAV students bring laurels
Chandigarh, January 5
Continuing their winning trend, the DAV college dramatics club -Aaghaaz- won the overall dramatics trophy at the “Mood Indigo- 2006”held at IIT Mumbai. DAV boys were adjudged by renowned film personalities, including Anupam Kher and Joy Fernandes in the stage play competition “Ekanki”.

Members of DAV College theatre Club ‘Aaghaaz’ with the college Principal Dr S Marriya (in centre with cap) at the college in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Members of DAV College theatre Club ‘Aaghaaz’ with the college Principal Dr S Marriya (in centre with cap) at the college in Chandigarh

Former VC was aware of irregularities in data
Chandigarh, January 5
Adding a new leaf to the ongoing controversy regarding the fudging of data of the University Business School to secure a better ranking, sources today revealed that the entire matter had been brought to the notice of the former Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, in March last year.

Time for fun at the British Library
Chandigarh, January 5
It’s time for fun at the British Library in Sector 9 as its management ushers in the New Year in style. On the cards are activities and extravaganzas which everyone interested in serious reading and genuine entertainment must take note of.

Kher to set up acting institute
Chandigarh, January 5
Chandigarh Tourism and renowned Bollywood actor Anupam Kher will jointly set up an acting institute in the city. The institute will provide high-end training to the youth of Chandigarh and the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir in the various nuances of acting and related areas, a press note said here today.


COURTS

Hearing in Maloya land acquisition on Jan 15
Chandigarh, January 5
The Land Acquisition Officer has fixed January 15 as the date of hearing objections on the proposed acquisitions of land in Maloya village. According to a press note issued here yesterday, the office has received 77 objections under Section 5 A of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894.

Lawyers caution against FDI in retail
Chandigarh, January 5
Lawyers of the Supreme Court and the Punjab and Haryana High Court held a press conference here recently to make the public aware of government policies about Foreign Direct Investment in retail and special economic zones.

 
CULTURE

Swang Utsav ends
Chandigarh, January 5
An immaculate staging of the dance drama ‘Padmavat’ provided the grand finale to the six-day ‘Swang Utsav’ organised by the Department of Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Haryana and the NZCC at the Tagore Theatre yesterday.

Book released
Chandigarh, January 5
Mr Raghuvir Singh, Speaker, Haryana Vidhan Sabha, released a book on prevention of crime against animals today. The book written in Hindi by Mr Naresh Kadian, Chairman of People for Animals, Haryana, titled, “Pashu Karurta Nivaran’ contains the rules and regulations for preventing crimes against animals.

HEALTH

Meditate to beat stress
Chandigarh, January 5
The Bharatiya Khadya Nigam, Mahila Karamchari organised a lecture on stress management at the Food Corporation of India Regional Office, Punjab, here today. Dr. A.P. Sanwaria, who was the guest speaker, advised the gathering that stress is not as harmful as we perceive it to be.

PGI Union’s chain fast to continue till Republic Day
Chandigarh, January 5
The PGI Employees Union today decided to continue its chain fast till Republic Day. The decision was taken in an emergency meeting held at the Dharn Ground in Sector 25 during the third day of the chain fast by the union.

 
SPORTS

Inter-media sports events promote camaraderie: Dua
Chandigarh, January 5
The prize distribution function of the Airtel-Chandigarh Press Club inter-media table tennis and badminton tournaments was held today. Mr H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief, The Tribune, was the chief guest.

Mr H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief, The Tribune, with winners of the Airtel-Chandigarh Press Club inter-media tournaments in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Mr H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief, The Tribune, with winners of the Airtel-Chandigarh Press Club inter-media tournaments in Chandigarh

Vijayant beats Prajnesh to enter final
Chandigarh, January 5
Local lad and fourth seed Vijayant Malik set up a title clash in boys’ singles with third seed Alexey Tikhonov of Russia. Vijayant defeated Prajnesh Gunneswaran in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (3).

GC-11girls lift tennis title
Chandigarh, January 5
Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, won the Panjab University Tennis (Women) championship for the session 2006-07 at PU campus, here, today. GGD SD College-32 girls clinched the second place while Chandigarh College of Architecture-12 and MCM DAV College-36 secured third and fourth positions, respectively.

Indonesians adore Sania
Chandigarh, January 5
It is not just India where tennis sensation, Sania Mirza, is a star. In Indonesia too, she has a huge fan following. This was revealed by the Indonesian women’s team, which consists of the coach Marieke Gunawan, and players Lutfiana Aris Budhiratu, Jessy Rompies and Beatrice Gumulya.

Revathi wins snooker title
Chandigarh, January 5
Revathi beat Shruti 3-2 in the final of the 23rd Chaudhary Vishnu Pal Singh Memorial Chandigarh State Snooker Championship which is being held at the Sector 22 Chandigarh Billiards and Snooker Centre, here.

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