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Babla gets a breather
Chandigarh, December 10
In what can be termed as a breather for absconding Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla, a local court today fixed January 4 as the next date of hearing in his case. Babla has been directed to surrender before the court or the police by this date, failing which he would be declared a proclaimed offender.

Every 5th eatable sample adulterated
Chandigarh, December 10
City residents, who believe that paying extra bucks at a few famous shops will guarantee quality, will have to rethink as every fifth sample of eatables lifted by health officials was found to be adulterated.

No let-up in thefts
Chandigarh, December 10
Thieves are having a field day in the city. In the past week, several incidents of burglary and theft have been reported from residential as well as the Industrial Area. Chandigarh Police, which claims to be one of the best in the region, has virtually left residents and industrialists to fend for themselves.

CAT dismisses pleas against GMCH head
Chandigarh, December 10
In a major relief to the director principal Government Medical College & Hospital, Sector 32, Dr Raj Bahadur, a division bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today dismissed two separate petitions filed against him by the heads of various departments and senior faculty members of the medical institute.

A dog squad at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Thursday, ahead of a T20 match between India and Sri Lanka
A dog squad at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Thursday, ahead of a T20 match between India and Sri Lanka. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu



Chrysanthemum show
255 varieties of flowers on display
Chandigarh, December 10
Municipal corporation has declared the winners of chrysanthemum show organised at Sector 33 here today. This year 255 varieties of flowers were on display. Over 25 categories have been added to the show this year. A total of 350 entries have been registered and winners have been declared in different categories.

Mayor urges PM to probe botched rescue effort
Chandigarh, December 10
Municipal corporation mayor Kamlesh has shot off a strongly worded missive to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today demanding action against UT administration officials for dereliction of their responsibilities in halting the rescue operation at a Sector 31 dumping ground midway on December 6.

Mother’s wait for son ends with hugs, tears
Chandigarh, December 10
A mother’s wait for her son came to an end this evening. Oscillating between apprehension and hope, despair and elation, Bharti was at last united with her “kidnapped” son amidst high drama this evening. Cries of despondency gave way to deep sighs of joy, as she held her wailing child tightly.

Bharti with her one-year-old son Abhi. A Tribune photo
Bharti with her one-year-old son Abhi

UT-Ludhiana road to be four-laned
Chandigarh, December 10
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) will undertake the four-laning of the Chandigarh-Ludhiana road. Construction is expected to begin by October next year. Answering a question asked by MLA Jagjivan Singh Khirnia in this regard, Punjab Public Works Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa today told the Vidhan Sabha that the road fell within the jurisdiction of the NHAI.

Rules are meant to be ben! A couple enjoys a cold evening at the Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, where parking vehicles is not allowed
Rules are meant to be ben!
A couple enjoys a cold evening at the Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, where parking vehicles is not allowed. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

PGI doc is science journal editor
Chandigarh, December 10
Dr Akshay Anand from the department of neurology Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, is the new editor of the Annals of Neuroscience Journal.

6 more down with swine flu
Chandigarh, December 10
With six more persons, including a doctor from the PGI, testing positive for H1N1 virus today, the total number of confirmed swine flu cases in the city has gone up to 191. Out of these, 113 have been confirmed from the city itself.

‘Choose ethical means for immigration’
Chandigarh, December 10
The recent incidence of hundreds of Indian students flocking South Hall gurdwaras in the UK seeking shelter and food in the absence of sufficient funds has once again highlighted the need to choose ethical means for immigration.

Commercial activity in Industrial Area
GMADA opposes proposed change
Mohali, December 10
Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has objected to a move by the Punjab Industries department to allow commercial activity in Industrial Area, Phase VII and VIII here. In the Industrial and Institutional zone, any use other than the specified cannot be allowed, as it’s violation of Mohali’s master plan.

HUDA puts off property auction
Panchkula, December 10
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has indefinitely postponed the auction of 25 properties scheduled for today. Those properties were ordered to be attached by the local court due to the non-payment of compensation to the persons whose land had been acquired.


DAV-10 recruitment bid catches CVC eye
Chandigarh, December 10
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has taken cognisance of the alleged irregularities in the appointment of lecturers at the DAV College in Sector 10 here. The CVC, following a complaint by Dr Rajinder K Singla, former lecturer, forwarded the case to the Chief Vigilance Officer here.

10 pc fee hike likely in colleges from next session
Chandigarh, December 10
After receiving instructions from Panjab University to increase pay scales of teachers from the current session, the annual fee of students in colleges is now likely to increase by 10 pc from the next academic session.

St John’s former employee submits affidavit
Points out anomalies in purchase of computers
Chandigarh, December 10
The UT administration has received an affidavit from a former employee of St John’s High School, pointing out certain irregularities in the school, to which, he alleged, he was being forced to be part of it.

Plight of common man depicted
Chandigarh, December 10

The acclaimed theatre genius Devender Raj Ankur, former chairperson of National School of Drama, known for doing things differently and audience at the Tagore Theatre was a witness to his distinctive directorial prominence during the staging of “Ayodhya Babu Sanak Gaye”.

‘Ayodhya Babu Sanak Gaye’ being staged at the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

‘Ayodhya Babu Sanak Gaye’ being staged at the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, in Chandigarh

Human Rights Day at Dev Samaj College
Chandigarh, December 10
Students of Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, observed Human Rights Day here today. The programme started with the college prayer, conveying the message of human rights and duties. Principal Dr Jyoti Khanna welcomed the chief guest Gianwati, counsellor, Dev Samaj.

Workshop on waste management
Chandigarh, December 10
A two-day workshop on solid waste management being organised by the Indian Plastic Institute, Chandigarh chapter, and the Indian Centre for Plastics in the Environment began here today.


Faulty soil testing machine hits agri dept working
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 10
A soil testing machine has been lying out of order at the agriculture department laboratory for the past few years, hampering the functioning of the department. Due to the faulty machine, the department has failed to meet its target of collecting 10,000 soil samples a year.

Five cops among 11 booked
Accused of aiding sales tax evasion
Rajpura, December 10
The Rajpura police today booked 11 persons for pocketing money in lieu of allowing truckers to evade tax at the Shambhu sales tax barrier. Five of the persons booked were police officials while three were Class IV employees of the Excise Department and three were tea vendors.

Panchayat secy killed in mishap
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 10
A panchayat secretary with the Khamano block in the district, Sukhdev Singh, was killed in an accident late last night. He was on his way towards Morinda on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana road on a motorcycle when an unidentified vehicle hit him.

The mini-truck that met with an accident on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana road. A Tribune photograph

The mini-truck that met with an accident on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana road

Students from Latvia perform their traditional dance during the students’ exchange programme at Ryan International in Patiala
Students from Latvia perform their traditional dance during the students’ exchange programme at Ryan International in Patiala on Thursday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Two held for firing at cop
Ambala, December 10
The police has nabbed two persons from Saharanpur who were wanted on the charge of attacking an ASI at Ambala Cantonment. The assailants, Rakesh Kumar and Deepak Kumar, fired at ASI Mahal Singh on November 29 near the bridge on Tangri river here.

Four injured in accident
Rajpura, December 10
Three residents of Devi Nagar, near Ambala, and a Rajpura resident were injured in an accident near Shambhu village this afternoon. The three residents of Devi Nagar, identified as Rinku, Mukesh and Soni, a child, were coming towards Rajpura on a mobike when it was hit by an unidentified vehicle.

Advance info about power cuts sought
Bassi Pathana, December 10
The Small-Scale Industrial Association, in its meeting held here yesterday, has demanded that Punjab State Electricity Board should tell in advance about the timings of power cuts.


Consumer Court
Tata Motors fined Rs 10,000
Chandigarh, December 10
The District Consumer Disputes and Redressal Forum has directed Hind Motors, Industrial Area, and Tata Motors, Sector 17, to pay a compensation of Rs 10,000 to a complainant for causing him mental and physical harassment after they fail to repair the fail gauge of the car he purchased from them.

Sub-inspector gets 2-yr RI for graft
Chandigarh, December 10
The CBI special court of Darshan Singh today sentenced UT Police sub-inspector Ashok Kumar to two years of rigorous imprisonment in a graft case dating back to 2007. The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on him.

Rape victim wants no action against accused
Chandigarh, December 10
In a new twist to an alleged rape case, the victim today deposed in a local court stating that she did not want any court proceedings against the three accused involved in the case.


Gang selling fake degrees busted, 3 held
Chandigarh, December 10
With the arrest three Uttar Pradesh residents, the Chandigarh police today claimed to have busted a gang involved in providing counterfeit degrees. Sources close to the police’s operations cell said on December 5 Dilkesh of Manimajra reported to the cops that an unidentified man who had met him a few days ago promised him a job as well as 10 plus two and BA degrees for Rs 25,000.

The accused in police custody
The accused in police custody on Thursday.
A Tribune photograph

Three held for abetting suicide
Chandigarh, December 10
The police has arrested a Sector 45 resident, his mother and sister on the charges of abetting suicide. The police said Harminnder Singh of Mohali lodged a complaint alleging that Inderpreet Singh, his sister and mother, all residents of Sector 45, Chandigarh, forced his daughter, Balpreet Kaur, to commit suicide.

Lovelorn youth hangs himself
Mohali, December 10
A 25-year-old youth, Parvesh Chopra, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his rented accommodation in Sector 66 here today. The victim was believed to in an inebriated condition when he ended his life.

Teenager held for raping minor
Chandigarh, December 10
The police has arrested a 17-year-old boy on the charges of raping a minor in Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran, on Tuesday night. The police said the incident came to light on Wednesday when the victim, who was threatened not to inform anyone about the incident, reported the matter to her family.

11-yr-old held for sodomy
Mohali, December 10
An 11-year-old boy was today arrested by the Mohali police for sodomising a 9-year-boy of Kumbhra village here. The victim is a class III student at a government school.


Sharmila clinches golf title
City’s Saaniya goes down fighting
Chandigarh, December 10
There were thrills galore on the last day of the Women's Professional Golf Tour third leg, as 18-year-old Sharmila Nicollet edged out local favourite Saaniya Sharma in a thrilling play-off to clinch her first professional career title on the Chandigarh Golf Club greens here today.

Bhavan Blaster Trophy
Bhavan Vidyalaya outplay Holy Child
Chandigarh, December 10
Brilliant performances by Vishesh Malhotra (5 wickets for 8 runs) and Kshitij Sharma (70 not out) helped Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula, defeat Holy Child School by 14 runs in the league match of the Bhavan Blaster Trophy U-10 being played at Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula.

CRPF team bag four golds
Chandigarh, December 10
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) bagged four gold medals and a silver medal in the ninth All-India Police Water Sports Championship being held at Sukhna Lake, here today. The team won medals in the kayaking and canoeing events.

Kabaddi trials tomorrow
Chandigarh, December 10
Trials to select probables for the 57th Senior National Kabaddi Championship (men, women and junior boys) will be conducted on December 12 at 3 pm at the Sports Complex, Sector 42, here.


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