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Elderly woman robbed at Sec 61 home
Chandigarh, October 25
In a daring daylight robbery a sexagenarian woman was tied up and robbed of cash and jewellery worth Rs 2.5 lakh in her Sector 61 home by her newly employed maidservant accompanied by two unidentified youths around 10 am. Savita Devi, 65, later told the police the maid was hired only six days ago but her family had not got her antecedents verified by the cops.

Armed college students go on rampage, 3 hurt
Mohali, October 25
Sword-wielding students of the Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran campus today let loose a rein of terror in the town’s Phase 7 market today evening when they attacked fellow students. Three people including two of their college mates were injured in the assault.

Hike in VAT
Kitchen budget goes for a toss
Medicines, sweets also to cost more
Chandigarh, October 25
It’s bad news for parents, housewives, patients and sweet lovers. With the UT Administration finally deciding to hike value added tax (VAT) from 4 to 5 per cent, the kitchen budget is set to get upset with the prices of skimmed milk, vegetable oils, milk powder, utensils, tea and spices slated to rise.

Sightless chip in to lighten up homes
Chandigarh, October 25
Students of the institute for the blind make candles for Diwali at Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Monday. “I can’t see the candles and ‘diyas’ (earthen lamps) that we make, but I know these will light up many households during Diwali. The very thought gives me immense satisfaction,” said 13-year-old Shubham.

Students of the institute for the blind make candles for Diwali at Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: S Chandan



Sanction pangs plague CBI
Chandigarh, October 25
Proceedings in cases of corruption and misuse of official position registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against employees of the customs and central excise, BSNL and Chandigarh Police have hit a roadblock as the departments concerned have not given approval for prosecution.

Ayurveda needs a holistic approach: Patil
Mohali, October 25
Punjab Governor Shivraj V Patil at a seminar in Mohali on Monday. There is a need to adopt a holistic approach to strengthen and popularise ayurveda, as the ancient system of medicine has its own significance, said Shivraj V Patil, Governor, Punjab, and Administrator, Chandigarh, while addressing participants at a seminar on Bhartiya Swasthya Chintan here today.

Punjab Governor Shivraj V Patil at a seminar in Mohali on Monday. A Tribune photograph


Karva Chauth
Fasting delicacy
Special thali for PU girls
Chandigarh, October 25
Tagged at Rs 35, a special “sargi” thali, will be served to girls at Panjab University hostels on the eve of Karva Chauth, the most fervently celebrated festival on the campus!

BBMB celebrates vigilance week
Chandigarh, October 25
Bhakra Beas Management Board today celebrated vigilance week at the Central Vigilance Commission’s instance for the 11th consecutive year. A programme in this regard started with the Bhakra Beas Management Board Chairman, AB Agrawal administering the pledge to the officers and officials of Bhakra Beas Management Board.

Govt bans sale of ketamine
May soon be covered under the NDPS Act
Chandigarh, October 25
In a significant but a belated decision, the Government of India has finally banned the open sale of ketamine drug, a veterinary anesthetic, which had gained notoriety as a ‘date-rape’ drug.

Visitors at a painting exhibition on the train on Monday. Mother Express arrives in city
Chandigarh, October 25
“Mother Express”, an exhibition train showcasing the life and works of late Mother Teresa, was accorded a rousing welcome on its arrival at the city railway station here today.As the train reached platform No 5, hundreds of people, including students from various schools of the tricity, waved hands, showered flower petals and sang hymns to welcome the train. 

Visitors at a painting exhibition on the train on Monday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Misplaced priorities dog admn, MC working
Basic infrastructure crying for attention, particularly in southern sectors
Chandigarh, October 25
Misplaced priorities continue to dog the working of the Chandigarh administration and the municipal corporation (MC). Even as basic infrastructure, particularly in southern sectors, continues to cry for attention, the authorities concerned seem to be going ahead with projects which may not be beneficial to residents in the immediate future.

Sec 63 Housing Scheme
CHB mulls cut in tender period
Chandigarh, October 25
In an apparent bid to make up for the inordinate delay in allotting tenders for the Sector 63 General Housing Scheme, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) authorities are now mulling to reduce the tendering period from six months to one.

Draft master plan likely by December, HC told
Chandigarh, October 25
The issue of renaming city streets is under the UT administration’s scanner. Chandigarh’s master plan committee, in some 20 meetings held so far, has deliberated upon the feasibility of renaming streets and the problem of parking in commercial areas.

Why the Mayor’s hurry, that’s the question
Chandigarh, October 25
Questions are being raised on the urgency of the Mayor sharing the report of councillors who had gone to Gangtok and Kolkata on a study tour with the media on the day some councillors returned from a study tour to Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.

Rathore to spend Diwali behind bars
Chandigarh, October 25
Former Haryana Director-General of Police SPS Rathore, behind bars in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case, will spend Diwali in the Burail jail as his petition for parole will be taken up on November 8.

Textbook scam report today
Mohali, October 25
The inquiry report into the textbook scam, ordered by the Punjab School Education Board, is expected tomorrow.

Festival season rush
Parking chaos dots P’kula

Panchkula, October 25
Come festival season and there is utter chaos in various markets of the city as the Town and Planning Wing of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) failed to plan for sufficient parking place in most markets and public offices of the township.

Allow mining in 5 hectares, crushers’ body urges state
Panchkula, October 25
Irked over the blanket ban on mining in riverbeds in the state, the Stone Crushers and Screening Plant Owners Association (SCSPOA) has urged the Haryana government for allowing mining in five hectares, which doesn’t need environment clearance.

CAT orders relief for reverted retiree
Wants recruitment rules for anti-malaria officer to be amended
Chandigarh, October 25
In an unprecedented order, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has directed the health department to amend the recruitment rules for the post of anti-malaria officer.

CBI observes vigilance week
Chandigarh, October 25
The Central bureau of Investigation (CBI), Chandigarh, is observing a vigilance week from today onwards till November 1 following instructions issued by the Central government.

150 attend national integration camp
Chandigarh, October 25
“Youth are the pride of any nation. Youth empowered with moral and spiritual values can become the light-house for a nation.”

Ways to tackle traffic discussed
Chandigarh, October 25
The Chandigarh Administration today decided to implement certain decisions taken at the two meetings of Adminstrator’s Advisory Council (AAC) with a view to better governance to residents.


Students take part in a painting competition during Soch ’10 at Panjab University on Monday. ‘Soch’ gets off to flying start

Chandigarh, October 25
At the inaugural ceremony of annual media fest of Panjab University Soch-2010, Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti today urged students to ponder over the deeper meaning of the name of their event.

Students take part in a painting competition during Soch ’10 at Panjab University on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Snag in server harries UGC aspirants
Chandigarh, October 25
On the last day of submitting bank receipt for the online application of National Eligibility Test (NET), applicants faced a harrowing time due to technical hitch in the server of certain banks in Sectors 17 and 22.

Protest by PU students
Chandigarh, October 25
Almost a month after the student poll, Students Organisation of India (SOI) and Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) held two separate protests outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office.

Book on librarians out
Chandigarh, October 25
Satinder Kaur Ramdev Memorial Trust for Advancement of Librarianship (SATKAL) organised its annual function at the ICSSR Complex, PU, today. Late T R Bajaj, deputy librarian, PU, was given Satkal’s lifetime achievement award. 

UGC seminar on global environment
Chandigarh, October 25
Considering the global threat to environment, the Science Association of MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh, will organise a UGC-sponsored two-day national seminar on “Global Environmental Issues and Climate Change” on November 9 and 10.


Robbery in showroom at Ambala Cantt
Ambala, October 25
Three persons decamped with cash and valuables from a showroom at 10.30 am today.According to sources, goods worth Rs 4 lakh were robbed in Sony Electronics’ showroom at Rai Market, near Capital Chowk. Three youths carrying weapons reportedly entered the showroom and closed the shutter.

Sadhbhavna Samaroh today
Patiala, October 25
A Sadhbhavna Samaroh will be organised at the State College of Education tomorrow. The programme is being jointly organised by the Punjabi University, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur National Integration chair, and State College of Education. The event will be inaugurated by the Deputy Commission Dipinder Singh.

Patiala enter quarterfinal
Patiala, October 25
League matches of the Punjab School U-17 Kabaddi Championship concluded at Government Multipurpose School here today.

DAV school clinch football title
Kalka, October 25
The CBSE Cluster XIII Football Tournament concluded with grand finale between Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh, and DAV Model School Sector 15, Chandigarh, at St Vivekanand Millennium School, HMT Township, Pinjore, here today.

Kamaljeet claims tennis title
Ambala, October 25
The three-day lawn tennis championship concluded here today.In the under-16 boy’s section, Kamaljeet emerged winner, while Pallav came second. In the under-14 section, Ankit outclassed Sakasham to lift the title.

Bathinda girls emerge champs
Rajpura, October 25
Girls from Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology (GZSCET), Bathinda, emerged champions after defeating Chitkara on the first day of the Punjab Technical University (PTU) Inter-College Basketball Tournament here today.


Husband convicted in dowry death case
Chandigarh, October 25
Additional District and Sessions Judge Lalit Batra today convicted Bhupinderjit Singh Gill in a dowry death case. The court, however, acquitted his parents. The quantum of sentence would be pronounced on October 27.

Sofat denied bail
Panchkula, October 25
A local court has dismissed the bail application filed by Ludhiana-based doctor Sumit Sofat, who is presently lodged in Ambala jail in an attempt to murder case registered against him.

Robbery Case
The accused in police custody at Phase I, Industrial Area, Chandigarh, on Monday. 2-day police remand for accused
Chandigarh, October 25
The police arrested Monu Kumar, a resident of Sector 25, who allegedly robbed a woman of her gold chain and a car after kidnapping her from Colony No. 4, here last night.

The accused in police custody at Phase I, Industrial Area, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal


One arrested for stealing motorcycle
Panchkula, October 25
The police arrested a vehicle lifter from Panchkula-Zirakpur barrier and recovered a stolen motorcycle from his possession here today.The accused has been identified as Vicky Jain, a resident of Sector 19. A case has been registered against him in Sector 20 police station under Section 379 of the IPC. The police produced the accused before a court, which remanded him to one day’s judicial custody.

Man duped of camera at PGI
Chandigarh, October 25
A swindler defrauded a Panchkula resident of his video camera after calling him to the OPD at the PGI to record of an event yesterday.The conman, identified as Rajan, fled with the camera after sending the victim to a room for putting on surgical gloves, mask and an apron to enter into the conference room to record the event.

Cars stolen in separate incidents
Chandigarh, October 25
Yogesh Dhiman, a resident of Shimla, alleged that someone had stolen his Hyundai Santro car (HP 08 A 0007) from Pipliwala Town at Mani Majra on October 23.In another incident, Mewa Singh, a resident of Sector 20, alleged that someone had stolen his Maruti Alto car (CH 01 AD 1596) from Sector 19, Chandigarh, yesterday. Two separate cases of thefts have been registered.


Skating: Rolling Tigers roar
Players of Manav Mangal Skating Academy, who won medals during the All-India Invitational Rink Hockey and Speed Skating Championship at Mussorie, in Panchkula on Monday. Panchkula, October 25
Rolling Tigers of Manav Mangal Skating Academy, Sector 11, brought laurels by winning as many as 10 speed champion titles and 45 medals (28 gold, 10 silver and 7 bronze) in the All-India Invitational Rink Hockey and Speed Skating Championship that concluded at Mussorie on Sunday.

Players of Manav Mangal Skating Academy, who won medals during the All-India Invitational Rink Hockey and Speed Skating Championship at Mussorie, in Panchkula on Monday. A Tribune photograph

APJ Kharar, DAV-8 make it to semis
Panchkula, October 25
APJ Kharar and DAV School Sector 8 entered the semifinals of the 7th Molly Carver Memorial Tournament for High School being organised jointly by DP Azad Cricket Academy and St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here today.

GGDSD-32 lift trophy
Chandigarh, October 25
GGDSD College, Sector 32, lifted the champions trophy in the Panjab University Inter-College Cricket (Men) A-Division Championship, 2010-11. In a nail-biting final match, the winners beat DAV College, Sector 10, by just one run.

T-20: 29-run win for Punjab
Chandigarh, October 25
Punjab salvaged some pride by defeating JKCA by 29 runs in its last league encounter in the North Zone Inter-State T-20 Tournament in Delhi today.Batting first, Punjab made 140 for eight in the allotted overs. Openers Sarul Kanwar and Jaskaran Singh gave a solid start by adding on 40 in just 4.2 overs before Jaskaran Singh (16) was caught by Manjoor Elahi off RB Datta.

Sports fest for women from Nov 12
Chandigarh, October 25
The sports department of the Chandigarh administration will organise a sports festival for women under the PYKKA scheme for 2010-11 from November 12 to 15.Competitions in athletics, basketball, gymnastics, badminton, handball, hockey, kabaddi, kho-kho, lawn tennis, swimming and table tennis will be conducted during the festival.


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