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Mayoral elections on January 1
Parties announce candidates

Chandigarh, December 25
The BJP, BSP and the Congress today announced their candidates for the upcoming mayoral elections to be held on January 1.

Pradeep Chhabra
Pradeep Chhabra
Congress

Gurcharan Dass BJP
Gurcharan Dass
BJP

Jatinder Bhatia
Jatinder Bhatia
BSP

Mayoral Poll
Pawan Bansal. Acid test for Pawan Bansal
Chandigarh, December 25
With election scene for MC mayor’s post hotting up after three parties announced their candidates today, it’s a must-win situation for Congress MP and union minister of state for finance Pawan Bansal.

Nominated councillors hold the key
Chandigarh, December 25
Navratnas, the nine nominated councillors, are again set to play kingmaker in the mayoral elections.

3 killed in road mishap
Ambala, December 25
Three persons were killed in a road accident near Naraingarh Majra village on Ambala-Jagadhri road today.

Cops get taste of their own medicine
Mohali, December 25
For once, it was not the common man who was at the receiving end of drunken cops in a jeep with a red beacon.





EARLIER STORIES

Education eludes 6,000 city kids
December 25, 2007
One roundabout stays, another goes
December 24, 2007
Firing in tavern, one hurt
December 23, 2007
ICICI Bank at it again
December 22, 2007
Student stabbed by classmate
December 21, 2007
Woman found dead in bathroom
December 20, 2007
Seven cops suspended
December 19, 2007
NRI hand pushes up land prices
December 18, 2007
Stars leave fans yearning for more
December 17, 2007
Leisure trip turns tragic
December 16, 2007
Remove kundis: UT
December 15, 2007

Consumer Courts
Second fine in 10 days on Dr Bhambra
Chandigarh, December 25
District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I has directed Dr N.S. Bhambra of Chuttani Medical Centre to pay Rs 1 lakh in compensation, along with Rs 2,100 as the cost of litigation, for medical negligence.

Murder accused finds his 
muse in jail

Chandigarh, December 25
It was an extraordinary day for Rajinder Mehra, a murder accused lodged in Burail Jail for over a year.


COMMUNITY

Discharged by Fortis against wish, patient complains to CEO
Octogenarian fights for his right
Chandigarh, December 25
Blame it on the provisions of the ex-servicemen’s contributory health scheme (ECHS) or anything else; 86-year-old Capt Attam Singh Kohli (retd) has been facing a double whammy. On the one hand he is suffering from terminal cancer of kidneys, on the other he is fighting for what he says is his right to be nursed at any hospital approved under the ECHS scheme.
Capt Attam Singh (retd), suffering from cancer of kidneys, is under care at Mukat Hospital. —A Tribune photograph
Capt Attam Singh (retd), suffering from cancer of kidneys, is under care at Mukat Hospital.

Pensioners demand tax exemption
Chandigarh, December 25
Retired Central government employees have demanded exemption from income tax and other levies on their pension.
MERRY XMAS: A devotee lights a candle before Jesus at the Sector 19 church in Chandigarh on Tuesday
MERRY XMAS: A devotee lights a candle before Jesus at the Sector 19 church in Chandigarh on Tuesday. —Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Harkirat best  in painting
Chandigarh, December 25
Oral health and hygiene is an area of concern among children and general population these days as a result of increased availability and consumption of tooth-decaying foods and products and casual attitude towards regular brushing.

Special kids celebrate
Christmas

Chandigarh, December 25
The three-day Christmas celebrations at Samarth, a residential care centre for the welfare of special children, concluded here today. The celebrations were organised in collaboration with the Rotract Club.

Christmas spirit pervades city
Chandigarh, December 25
Red was the colour of the day, as city residents put their best foot forward to welcome Santa Claus from all directions. But the toast of the day was Chandigarh administration’s idea of packing off around 100 Santas for a trip across the city.
Santas take part in a joyride organised by CITCO A girl prays at a church in Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Tuesday
Santas take part in a joyride organised by CITCO; and (right) A girl prays at a church in Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. —Tribune photos by Vinay Malik

RTI Act
Complaint filed against info officer
Chandigarh, December 25
Surinder Kumar, a resident of Sector 22 A, has complained to the appellate authority, estate office, that the central public information officer has failed to provide information pertaining to cooperative house building societies in Chandigarh within the stipulated period of 30 days.
WAKE UP, ADMN: An electricity pole poses a danger to vehicles in Sector 30-C, Chandigarh
WAKE UP, ADMN: An electricity pole poses a danger to vehicles in Sector 30-C, Chandigarh. —Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Sampark Centres 
Revolutionising lives of UT villagers
Chandigarh, December 25
Information technology (IT) has virtually revolutionised the life of 57-year-old Jaswant Singh, a farmer of Dhanas village.

HIV+: Panel to check exploitation
Chandigarh, December 25
With a view to checking the recurrence of cases of PGI-type exploitation of HIV+ women in the city the state AIDS control society has formed a committee.

MC sits on lok adalat order
Chandigarh, December 25
On September 11 this year, the permanent lok adalat (public utilities services) passed a significant order ruling that the general power of attorney (GPA) holders in group housing societies in the city were entitled to water connections in their names on domestic rates.

Letters


 
CRIME

YPS alumnus booked
Mohali, December 25
The police here booked Sunny, a member of the Yadvindra Old Boys’ Association for allegedly attacking another guest at the annual ball of the association held at the Yadvindra Public School on December 22.

Theft accused was planning to open business
Chandigarh, December 25
Inderjit Singh of Lalru, who was arrested impersonating as civil judge junior division-cum-judicial magistrate with a stolen car sporting a red beacon on December 15, was planning to start a business of sale and purchase of secondhand goods in Lalru.


Inderjit Singh, a Lalru resident, with stolen articles recovered from him in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. —Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Inderjit Singh, a Lalru resident, with stolen articles recovered from him in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.

Infant girl found abandoned
Chandigarh, December 25
A one-and-half-month-old girl was found abandoned in a jungle area near Kajheri Chowk, here, this afternoon.


 
BUSINESS

PU Market
No commercialisation for three decades
Chandigarh, December 25
One of the most happening places, the market in Panjab University, seems to be untouched by retail revolution given the lopsided policies of the university authorities. This coupled with limited clientele is one of the main reasons why one doesn’t see much changes in university market in terms of what it was three decades and now. Moreover, with the tightened security it’s hard to spot someone from outside the campus in the market area.


 
EDUCATION

From Schools & Colleges
Mahotsava ends at Dev Samaj
Chandigarh, December 25
The four-day long annual mahotsava of Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 36, concluded here today. The mahotsava was organised to commemorate the 157th birth anniversary of Bhagwan Devatma, the founder of Dev Samaj. The programme included several discourses on the relevance of the Dev Dharma philosophy by prominent workers of Dev Samaj, a lecture on the scarifies made by Bhagwan Devatma and bhakti sangeet rendered by educational institution of Dev Samaj. As many as 23 new members have been initiated into the samaj.
Girls participate in the NSS camp organised at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.
Girls participate in the NSS camp organised at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. —A Tribune photograph

PU Notes
Language teachers attend refresher course
Chandigarh, December 25
A valedictory function of refresher course for teachers of classical and modern Indian languages was organised by the department of Punjabi in collaboration with Academic Staff College, Panjab University, today on the university campus. As many as 57 lecturers in Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Punjabi and Pali participated in the course.

Students find termite treatment
Panchkula, December 25
The students of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula, have found the use of toxic plant Calotropis (Aak), an effective treatment against termites. The application of paste or extract of the plant on the termite infested trees and wooden articles was found useful in wiping out the problem.

From Schools & Colleges
Students enthral audience on annual day
Panchkula, December 25
The Gurukul, Tribune Mitra Vihar, Madanpura, Panchkula, held its annual function 2007, at the Inder Dhanush Auditorium decked up in Christmas colours of red, white and green, in Sector 5, here today. K.K. Khandelwal, IAS, additional principal secretary to Haryana Chief Minister and director, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs, Haryana, was the chief guest on the occasion.
Students of Gurukul School, Madanpura, perform on their annual function at Inder Dhanush auditorium, Sector 5, in Panchkula on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
Students of Gurukul School, Madanpura, perform on their annual function at Inder Dhanush auditorium, Sector 5, in Panchkula on Tuesday.


COURTS

Pension to HC Judges
Petition against maximum limit dismissed
Chandigarh, December 25
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has dismissed a petition filed by a retired Judge challenging a proviso that fixed the maximum limit of pension to a retired HC Judge.

Summons issued to Sunil Mittal
Panchkulaite alleges cheating
Panchkula, December 25
Taking up complaint filed by a resident of Panchkula alleging cheating and conspiracy, a Panchkula court has summoned Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman-cum-managing director (Bharti Airtel), and eight others. The next date of hearing is fixed for April 19. The summons were issued after recording preliminary evidence.

Bar Council
Rajeev, Harpreet, Anmol elected
Chandigarh, December 25
Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate Rajeev Kaswan was today elected member of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Council.


 
CULTURE

Interaction with Canada-based artist
Chandigarh, December 25
The Punjab Arts Council, in association with the Writers’ Club and Sarghi Kala Kendra, will organise a face to face programme with Canada-based painting artist Jarnail Singh. 


HEALTH

Vaccination drive by Army unit in Lebanon
Chandigarh , December 25
The Indian Army battalion deployed in Lebanon, as part of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), has embarked on a mass vaccination drive against foot and mouth disease.


 
SPORTS

Vinit, Rita clinch title
Chandigarh, December 25
Vinit Bansal and Rita won the senior men and women, respectively, in the 1st Chandigarh chess festival held at Jawahar Navodaya Vidhalaya, Sector 25, here today. A total of 70 students participated from different schools and colleges.



Players in action during chess festival held at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sector 25, in Chandigarh on Tuesday. —A Tribune photograph

Players in action during chess festival held at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sector 25, in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Foreign players feel at home on Christmas
Chandigarh, December 25
Off the field, it was time for the foreign players playing in the Premier Hockey League to chill and celebrate Christmas.

200 boxers to participate in tourney
Chandigarh, December 25
More than 200 boxers are expected to participate in the upcoming 15th All-India A.S. Misra memorial boxing championship starting from December 26 to December 30, 2007. Late A.S.Misra, president of the Chandigarh Boxing Olympics Association, had great love and enthusiasm for the game of boxing. Misra did a lot for promoting boxing in the city.

HSBC win by seven runs
Chandigarh, December 25
HSBC beat Fortis by 7 runs in the FR cricket tournament being played at here today.


ADMINISTRATION

UT drive against illegal autos loses pace
Chandigarh, December 25
A decision in the UT’s new transport policy to regulate plying of polluting autorickshaws from neighbouring states has not been implemented.


NEIGHBOURHOOD

Without water for 9 days
Dera Bassi, December 25
Residents of Haripur Hinduan, Bahadurgarh and Nimbuan villages here have been without drinking water supply for the past nine days.

Govt-sponsored schemes reviewed
Patiala, December 25
Lead bank office of State Bank of Patiala organised a meeting of district consultative committee to review the performances of government sponsored schemes under the district credit plan 2007-08, under the chairmanship of Shivdular Singh Dhillon ADC (development) in which various development agencies and banks took part.



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