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Cocking a snook at RTI Act
Veil over details on ‘VIP deputationists’
Chandigarh, October 31
The Chandigarh Administration continues to maintain the veil of secrecy over information regarding “VIP deputationists” to the UT from other states. Cocking a snook at the provisions of the RTI Act 2005, the administration has denied information on hundreds of deputationists, who have been overstaying in the UT for several years.

Four held on betting charge
Chandigarh, October 31
The Chandigarh police arrested four bookies here this evening for betting on the third one-day international cricket match between India and Australia in Delhi.

14-yr-old Karnal girl dies of swine flu
Chandigarh, October 31
A month after the death of a 12-year-old student from Ambala, 14-year-old Srishthi, a resident of Karnal died of swine flu at the PGI here today. With this, the death toll in this region due to the H1N1 virus has risen to three, health authorities said.

Devotees take part in nagar kirtan on the eve of Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary in Chandigarh
THE FAITHFUL: Devotees take part in nagar kirtan on the eve of Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary in Chandigarh 
on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari


Now, pvt housing societies under RTI purview
Chandigarh, October 31
In an important decision that could give right to those residing in housing societies to seek information, the Central Information Commission has upheld that the private housing societies would henceforth come under the purview of the Right to Information Act (RTI).

Cops go slow on cases against influential people
Chandigarh, October 31
Transparency and fair play are the first casualties in the Chandigarh police in cases involving influential people, with the track record showing that it prefers to proceed against those with the “right connections” in a hushed manner. Contrary to the police’s claims of being transparent and treating everyone as equal before the law, it has been observed that the “strict” directions are issued to police officials probing cases involving influential persons not to divulge details about the proceedings.

SHO suspended for taking Rs 1.5 lakh bribe
Panchkula, October 31
SSP Amitabh Dhillon today suspended Raipur Rani SHO Deepak Kumar for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 1.5 lakh from a liquor contractor.

Bid to loot petrol station
Judge acquits 6 for lack of proof
Panchkula, October 31
Much to the embarrassment of the local police District and Session Judge SP Singh has acquitted six persons, who were allegedly arrested while planning to loot a petrol station in the city.


Delegates at the international conference on optics and photonics at the CSIO on Saturday. CSIO turns 50
Chandigarh, October 31
As Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) moves into the 51st year of its foundation, it is venturing into the arena of photonics, the application of which has become an integral part of day-to-day life.Photonics covers all technical applications of light in science and a large number of gadgets are based on this. Besides introducing post-graduate academic and training programmes for young scientists, it has also expanded its technical infrastructure and business development activities.

Delegates at the international conference on optics@@and photonics at the CSIO on Saturday.Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Action against errant sweet sellers sought
Chandigarh, October 31
Can food adulterators be booked for cheating and causing hurt under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code? A former UT councillor has raised the vital question of law.

Book on ’84 riots released
Chandigarh, October 31
Reema Anand Picking shreds of life from the rubble of the 1984 Delhi riots and helping to weave a web of life for those who bore the brunt, ‘Scorched White Lilies of ‘84’ by Reema Anand is an endearing effort showcasing rehabilitation of more than 925 families in Delhi who faced the turmoil in the aftermath of the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Reema Anand

Amrik Singh Banwait retires
Chandigarh, October 31
Mr Amrik Singh Banwait, Deputy News Editor of Punjabi Tribune retired today after putting up 31 years of service in the paper. He joined the paper in August 1978 before its formal launch and remained Magazine Editor for more than 20 years. He was given a warm send-off by Mr H K Dua, Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune group, Mr Varinder Walia, Editor, Punjabi Tribune and all the members of Punjabi editorial staff.

Tribune staffer retires 
Ambala, October 31
The in charge of the Tribune sub-office at Ambala, Sushil Kumar Bhola, retired today after putting in 37 years of service. Bhola had joined The Tribune in April 1972 and all through his tenure remained posted at the Ambala office of the organisation. Today, he was given a warm send-off by the Tribune staff. In his retirement speech, Bhola said his life took a turning point when he joined the Tribune. He thanked the staff and the management for making his stint memorable.

Chaos on Zirakpur roads, courtesy PCA
Zirakpur, October 31
In absence of traffic police on the busy traffic intersections, an hour-long traffic jam was witnessed at many places here today.A senior traffic police official stated that traffic cops who were posted at Zirakpur had been sent to Mohali for One-Day cricket match between India and Australia on Monday.
 Despite several complaints by residents, overflow of water continues at the PGI colony, Sector 12, Chandigarh.
Pool of woes: Despite several complaints by residents, overflow of water continues at the PGI colony, Sector 12, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: S. Chandan

Land Acquisition
Mullanpur residents intensify stir
Mullanpur (Mohali), October 31
The Illaqqa Ujjara Roko Committee, Mullanpur, has intensified its protest against the acquisition of their land to four-lane the Chandigarh-Mullanpur road.

Close shave for 40 kids
Zirakpur, October 31
Lives of 40 students of DAV School, Malout district, Muktsar, were endangered when their bus collided with an Indica at the sale tax barrier on the Zirakpur-Ambala highway, here today. Though no one was injured in the accident, the car was damaged from one side. Later, the matter was solved after both parties reached a compromise.

Central Status
PM’s visit raises expectations

Chandigarh, October 31
Expectations run high in various quarters of Panjab University ahead of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s visit to the university on November 3 for the special convocation.

Artistes stage the play ‘Be-Libaas ’ at the Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Saturday. ‘Be-Libaas’ exposes hypocrisy in society
Chandigarh, October 31
If a theatre is deemed to be an instrument of social change for articulating and shaping an enlightened conscious, then the play “ Be-Libaas ( the naked ) ” staged at the Tagore Theatre was a bold venture for exposing the sentimental idealism, hypocrisy and hideous realities, which are otherwise concealed by accepted ideals of holy matrimony, parental authority and human relationships.

Artistes stage the play ‘Be-Libaas ’ at the Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

City in poetic imagery
Chandigarh, October 31
“We often relish the compelling charm of exquisite panoramic natural and cultivated splendour of the City Beautiful, but the literary exponent Dr DS Gupt has virtually translated the soul of city in his poetic endeavour titled “Kavita Ke Ayne Mein Chandigarh”, said Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources Pawan Kumar Bansal, who graced the occasion as the chief guest.

Never bribe children, says psychologist
Panchkula, October 31 Children between 3 and 4 years of age start playing with other children, become friendly and cooperative, begin understanding, develop fears and have greater control over their hand and arm muscles.

Two PGI docs awarded
Chandigarh, October 31
Dr KL Gupta, professor of nephrology, and Dr Pratibha Singhi, professor, department of paediatrics, PGI, were awarded during the 49th annual conference of the National Academy of Medical Sciences in Lucknow today.Dr Gupta was awarded for his contribution in highlighting the high incidence of angio-invasive fungal infections of the kidney sand in renal transplant recipients in the area. 

Varsity demands Rs 12 lakh for info
Chandigarh, October 31
The office of dean, student welfare, has asked a student of Panjab University (PU) to furnish a receipt of Rs 12,22,378 for seeking information under the RTI Act.

SM Bose PGI ex-prof awarded
Chandigarh, October 31
Dr SM Bose, former senior professor and head of the department of surgery at the PGI here and former president of the Association of Surgeons of India, has been given the Award of International College of Surgeons, Indian chapter, for 2009.
SM Bose

Protest against ‘London Dreams’
Chandigarh, October 31
Activists of the Bajrang Dal yesterday protested outside Batra cinema here in Sector 37 to ensure that a part of the song in movie “London Dreams” in which Hanuman Chalisa was recited should not be viewed.

Picnic leaves parents worried
Chandigarh, October 31
There was high drama at the Shishu Niketan in Sector 43 here today when at least 370 students who had gone to a picnic to the Morni hills did not return hours after the scheduled arrival time.

World Thrift Day celebrated
Chandigarh, October 31 The World Thrift Day was celebrated by the local unit of the National Savings Institute (NSI) in association with the Directorate of Small Savings, Chandigarh Administration, at Kendriya Sadan here yesterday.


Committee constituted to fill vacant Chairs
Chandigarh, October 31
Ahead of Dr Manmohan Singh’s visit, the Panjab University authorities have constituted a committee to fill the vacant Chairs of academic research and excellence, including Dr Manmohan Singh’s Chair.

Vigilance Awareness Week in schools
Chandigarh, October 31
Taking a serious view of corruption in public life, the Chandigarh Administration has decided to observe “Vigilance Awareness Week” in all government and government-aided colleges of Chandigarh from November 3 to November 7. A letter to this effect has been issued to the Education Department by Home-cum-Education Secretary Ram Niwas.

Seminar on green computing
Mohali, October 31
Quest Group organised a seminar on green computing here.Dr Manoj Bali, Dean, engineering, deliberated upon various topics, including designing, manufacturing, using and disposing of computers, servers and associated subsystems.


Staff shortage plagues DTO office
Patiala, October 31
Getting official work done at the district transport office remains a Herculean task, courtesy shortage of staff there. This has further complicated the office routine of routing files from one channel to the other.

Firemen ill-equipped to fight blazes
Patiala, October 31
The local fire brigade is in a state of neglect, being woefully short of both men and materials even as the firemen put their lives at grave risk every day. For a population of half a million spread over a sprawling area that includes Patiala city and outlying localities, the municipal corporation has only six fire tenders.

Veggie prices fail to come down post Diwali
Patiala, October 31
There is no respite to the common man even after Diwali as vegetables prices that had spiralled before Diwali have failed to come down even a week after the festivities.Ever since the outset of the festival season, the prices of vegetables have been rising and compared to the prices around this season last year, their prices have doubled.

Inter-College Wrestling Meet
Modi lads emerge champions
Patiala, October 31
MM Modi College claimed the overall Punjabi University Inter-College Wrestling Championship (Boys) here today. They were followed by Desh Bhagat College, Dhuri, and Government Barjindra College, Faridkot, in second and third positions, respectively.

Annual sports day at YPS
Patiala, October 31
Yadavindra Public School organised its 60th annual school sports day here today.The function was held at the school stadium and attended by various dignitaries and eminent persons, including minister of state for external affairs and local MP Preneet Kaur.

Football trials on Nov 31
Patiala, October 31
Trials for the 31st Punjab State Junior Football Championship (U-19) will be conducted on the Polo Ground, Patiala, on November 31 at 3 pm. The championship will be held in Abohar from November 6 to 11. Players born on or after January 1, 1991, are eligible for the trials.


Two bank officials acquitted
Chandigarh, October 31
The CBI court today acquitted RL Vaid and YK Singla, former regional manager and manger, respectively, of the Punjab National Bank.The officers had allegedly misused their position for releasing a housing loan to the wife of IAS officer AK Sinha. The case of corruption against them dated back to 1981.


Trials for national games begin
Chandigarh, October 31
The selection of players (boys and girls) in 11 disciplines, which include football, baseball, ball badminton, lawn tennis, netball, kick boxing, wushu, rifle shooting, roller skating and basketball, began yesterday and will continue till November 11.

Teaching pros hone putting skills
Chandigarh, October 31
Six golf teaching professionals of the country who were in the city attending a two-day accredited Putting Instructors Course at the CGA Golf Range here could not have asked for more. For honing their putting skills were Phillip Kenyon and Michel Monnard from the Harold Swash Putting School of Excellence (UK).

Rink Hockey
Haryana, Chandigarh record wins
Chandigarh, October 31
Haryana and Chandigarh recorded victories in rink hockey matches on the penultimate day of the three-day All-India Invitational Sadar Sewa Singh Johal Memorial Roller Skating Championship being organised by Roller Hawks Club and Skateland at the BTS Rink in Sector 48 here today.


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