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Is high upkeep cost of mayorís house worth it?
Remains mostly vacant due to short tenures
Chandigarh, September 5
The official residence of the cityís mayor is proving a white elephant for municipal corporation officials. The civic body spends lakhs of rupees every year to maintain the red-bricked one-kanal corner house located in Sector 24. However, during the past 14 years only two mayors - Kewal Kishan Adiwal in 1998 and Kamlesh in 2004 and 2009 - have occupied this house during their tenure.
The official residence of the mayor of Chandigarh in Sector 24 The official residence of the mayor of Chandigarh in Sector 24. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan



EARLIER STORIES



COOL RIDE

A rickshaw-puller and boys silhouetted against the cloudy sky in Chandigarh
A rickshaw-puller and boys silhouetted against the cloudy sky in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Pregnant woman dies at PGI, family alleges negligence
Chandigarh, September 5
In a string of deaths allegedly caused by negligence at city hospitals, a 22-year-old pregnant woman died at PGI today. Her agitated relatives, who created a ruckus in the hospitalís labour room, claimed the woman, identified as Manpreet Kaur, was not given medical treatment in time.

1 suspected dengue death in city
Chandigarh, September 5
A 22-year-old resident from a slum area of the city died of suspected dengue fever here today. The deceased, identified as Sanjay Kumar Rao, from Colony No 4, was admitted to the PGI last evening. His relatives said Rao died in the morning and doctors told them that he had symptoms of dengue fever.

Overwhelming response to small plots
Mohali, September 5
Small and mid-sized plots offered in the Aerocity project of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) have caught the fancy of a large number of applicants.

Open House
Parents, too, responsible for underage driving
As the Chandigarh traffic police continue a special drive against underage drivers, from the past few weeks, newspapers and news channels continue to flash pictures of traffic violators, who continue to flout the traffic rules with impunity.


A schoolboy flouts road safety norms by not wearing helmet in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

A schoolboy flouts road safety norms by not wearing helmet in Chandigarh

PU to remain closed today
Chandigarh, September 5
Panjab University registrar on Sunday notified that there would be no teaching work in the departments, institutes and PU centres on September 6. Non-teaching departments, administrative offices, committees, examinations or examination-related work will continue to function as per schedule. ó TNS





COMMUNITY


A damaged traffic light pole lying on the housing board traffic lights point in Chandigarh
A damaged traffic light pole lying on the housing board traffic lights point in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Most road mishaps go unreported
Chandigarh, September 5
With a majority of road accidents going unreported or ending in a compromise, the police fails to get a true picture of the cause behind mishaps and the accident-prone areas in the city.

GMCH faculty uncertain over career advancement scheme
To meet UT Health Secretary today
Chandigarh, September 5
The uncertainty over the future of the career advancement scheme (re-designation scheme), anomalies in the recruitment rules (RR) and a recent circular issued by authorities regarding the gradation of seniority has left the faculty of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in tizzy.

Pensioners still await 43-month arrears
Chandigarh, September 5
Notorious for giving a raw deal to its employees and pensioners, the Punjab government is at it again. This time, it has raised the hackles of thousands of pensioners who are on a warpath demanding 43 months arrears, besides seeking fulfilment of other demands.

2 more dengue cases reported
Panchkula, September 5
The persistent denial by the health authorities about the outbreak of dengue in the city on technical grounds notwithstanding, two new dengue cases have been reported in the city here today.

Anything for adventure

A finalist take part in the National Lead Climbing Competition at MCM College in Chandigarh
A finalist take part in the National Lead Climbing Competition at MCM College in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Parking lots in bad shape
Mohali, September 5
Parking lots in almost all markets of the town are in a state of neglect causing great inconvenience to shoppers frequenting these areas. Most of the parking areas have ample potholes or other damaged portions and require re-carpeting.

Reporters' Diary
Unwanted greenery
Officials of the UT administration never shirk from making tall claims about their efforts to increase the green cover in the city and preserve the existing one. Contrary to this, some residents of the city are not in favour of green cover around them.

Hoax call keeps cops on toes
Mohali, September 5
The police remained on its toes for over three hours when an anonymous caller called up the Police Control Room (PCR) stating that he had planted bombs in Balongi to protest against his brother being implicated in a false case by the Chandigarh police.

Industrial tenants seek rehabilitation
Chandigarh, September 5
The Chandigarh Industrial Area Tenants Association has reiterated its demand for the rehabilitation of the industrial tenants in the proposed Phase III of the Industrial Area here.

Onam celebrated with traditional fervour
Chandigarh, September 5
The Chandigarh Malayalee Association celebrated Onam with traditional fervour in Sector 40 here today. The 10-day festival coincides with the beginning of harvest season of Kerala.

EDUCATION

SOPU to form Ďaction teamí
Chandigarh, September 5
The Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) is all set to form an ďaction teamĒ, which would work parallel to the Panjab University student council this year. As the PU authorities prepare to host the oath ceremony of the newly elected student council office-bearers, SOPU is planning to host a press conference immediately after the oath ceremony, which is likely to take place on Tuesday.

Vice-Chancellorsí Meet
De-politicise appointments to protect varsity autonomy: Dua
Chandigarh, September 5
ďHe who dares to teach must never cease to learnĒ, should be the guiding principle for all those connected with education, said IGNOU vice-chancellor Vijay Kapoor at the North Zone Vice-Chancellorsí Conference currently underway at Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Prof RC Sobti, VC, Panjab University, along with other VCs cutting the cake to celebrate the Teachers Day during the North Zone Vice-Chancellorsí Conference at Panjab University, Chandigarh
Prof RC Sobti, VC, Panjab University, along with other VCs cutting the cake to celebrate the Teachers Day during the North Zone Vice-Chancellorsí Conference at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Teacherís Day
Build PU as institute of excellence: VC
Chandigarh, September 5
The Panjab University Teachersí Association (PUTA) celebrated the Teacherís Day by organising a welcome as well as a farewell function here today. Panjab University Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti was the chief guest and MM Puri, former Vice-Chancellor and professor emeritus, was the guest of honour.

State award given to 35 teachers
Chandigarh, September 5
The UT education department today held a function to celebrate Teacherís Day at Tagore Theatre here today. A large number of principals, headmasters, wards of award winners, along with teachers and faculty members of various government schools of Chandigarh participated in the celebrations.
UT schoolteachers after receiving state awards on the Teacherís Day at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh
UT schoolteachers after receiving state awards on the Teacherís Day at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Day out for St Johnís teachers
Chandigarh, September 5
St Johnís Old Boys Association (SJOBA) and school students today took their schoolteachers for an outing on the Teacherís Day. SJOBA members had extensively planned activities that gave the teachers an opportunity to relax and enjoy from their routine.

Mgmt aspirants take test
Chandigarh, September 5
The management aptitude test (MAT), an entrance test to management colleges in the country, was conducted at Lala Lajpat Rai Bhawan, Sector 15, here today. The test is conducted four times in a year, i.e. February, May, September and December.

Moot Court contests conclude
Chandigarh, September 5
The final round of the ongoing Surana and Surana National Trial Advocacy Moot Court Competition (North rounds) concluded at the Moot Court Hall of the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), Panjab University, here today.

Creative design course for poor girls
Panchkula, September 5
In order to make poor and the needy girls self-sufficient a new sewing creative design course has been started by Sundar Lal Ram Parshad Khosla Charitable Trust at its Lila Vati Sewing Coaching Centre at Fatehpur here today.

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Flood fury caused by Ghaggar may end soon: Dhindsa
Patiala, September 5
Member Rajya Sabha and secretary general of Shiromani Akali Dal Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa yesterday expressed hope that flood fury being caused by the Ghaggar may come to an end in the future.

MC fails to check stray cattle menace
Patiala, September 5
Patiala Municipal Corporation authorities have miserably failed to make city free from the stray cattle menace. The situation indicates that problem of the stray cattle is acquiring alarming proportions and is also leading to road mishaps.

Union minister all ears for public grievances
Ambala, September 5
The Union Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja redressed the grievances of people here today. Officers belonging to various government departments were present.

De-addiction centre rendering yeomanís service
Ambala, September 5
The de-addiction and rehabilitation centre at Ambala City has been rendering yeomanís service to society for the past one decade. Set up in 2001 by the department of child welfare and social justice and empowerment ministry, the centre had already treated over a thousand drug addicts who are now leading normal lives.

Teachers felicitated
Ambala, September 5
The Punjabi Mahasabha, Haryana, Ambala district, an organisation working in the field of education and social work, today presented awards to teachers in a function organised at SD Public School on the occasion of Teacherís Day.

Staff crunch at Kalka ITI
Kalka, September 5
The Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Kalka, is facing staff crunch. According to sources, several posts of the teachers of various trades have been lying vacant since the beginning of the session due to the apathetic attitude of the department of technical education, Haryana, which is affecting the studies of students.

Six booked for vagrancy
Zirakpur, September 5
In a special drive against vagrancy in the area, the police held six youths, who were found roaming under mysterious circumstances late last night. According to the police, special driver was told to check the increasing number of thefts in the area.

CRIME

Vehicle-lifter lands in police net
17 stolen vehicles recovered
Chandigarh, September 5
A ride in a stolen Maruti car landed an inter-state vehicle lifter in police net, leading to the recovery of 17 stolen vehicles, including a car, from him. The police said the 25-year-old accused Ajay Kumar, alias Modi, a resident of Hoshiarpur, who is a kingpin of a five member-gang, was travelling in the stolen car near Kishangarh village on August 30, when the owner of the vehicle identified his car.

Vehicles theft accused in police custody
Vehicles theft accused in police custody on Sunday. Tribune photograph

Man held with illicit liquor
Chandigarh, September 5
The police yesterday arrested a resident of Sector 53 on the charge of carrying 26 quarters of country-made liquor. The police said Mohammad Islam, a resident of Nehru Colony, Sector 53, was arrested from near a BSNL tower in his locality while carrying 26 quarters of country-made liquor. A case under the Excise Act has been registered.

Chain, purse snatched
Panchkula, September 5
Two motorcycle-borne chain snatchers took away chain and purse of a lady in broad day light this afternoon. The complainant Kusum, a resident of Sector 11, in her complaint to the police, said she was purchasing fruits from a vendor outside her house about 1.30 pm.

SPORTS

Football: Mahilpur academy enter q-final
Chandigarh, September 5
Mahilpur Football Academy has become the first team to enter into the quarterfinal of the 8th Administratorís Challenge Cup All-India U-17 Football Tournament at the Sector-42 Football Ground here today.

A football match in progress at Sector 42 in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari


A football match in progress at Sector 42 in Chandigarh

Badminton Meet
Double delight for Sindhu
Chandigarh, September 5
Junior international player Sindhu PV of Andhra Pradesh advanced into the final of both sub-junior and junior girlsí singles categories in the 20th Krishna Khaitan Memorial All-India Junior Ranking Prize Money Badminton Tournament at the Panjab University Gymnasium here today.

 


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