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Right to Education
Pvt schools set to oppose ‘awry’ draft
Chandigarh, December 20
The draft of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education prepared by the UT Administration is all set to come up for heavy opposition at the hands of private institutions tomorrow.The main issue being raised by schools is that they were not made part of the draft making process as in the case of other states.

Most civic projects remain stuck in the mud
Chandigarh, December 20
The tendering process for at least 60 percent of the city’s development projects approved in the municipal corporation calendar year has not even begun, highlighting the ineptitude of civic officials and gaping holes in implementation of civic schemes. 


19 banks still to refund money
Mohali, December 20
In what seems to be an unfair trade practice and monopolistic attitude, 19 banks that financed the applications for the Aerocity project are sitting on crores of public money that should have been refunded to unsuccessful applicants as per the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines.


Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam on Madhya Marg, Chandigarh, on Monday.@
Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam on Madhya Marg, Chandigarh, on Monday.@Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

SDM to probe wrong blood transfusion
Chandigarh, December 20
Four days after a woman had been transfused wrong blood group at the Government Multi Speciality Hospital (GMSH) leading to the death of her unborn child, the UT Administration today ordered a magisterial probe into the incident. Sub-Divisional Magistrate (South) Vinod P Kavle has been asked to conduct an inquiry into the incident and submit a report to UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas within seven days.

Craze for special numbers
Year’s last RLA auction nets lowest revenue
Chandigarh, December 20
The city’s show-offs today missed out on a once in a blue moon opportunity to get their hands on fancy registration numbers for their prized vehicles at a comparatively lower prices. The last auction of these “special” numbers by the UT Registering & Licensing Authority (RLA) for the year raked in the least amount of revenue with the otherwise much coveted CH01 AF0001 number fetching a “meager” Rs 70,000.


Patil releases book on law
Chandigarh, December 20
Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil today released a book titled “Law and Sports in India - Developments Issues and Challenges” authored by Justice Mukul Mudgal, Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court, at the Chandigarh Judiciary Academy, Sector 43.

Justice Gogoi to take over as CJ in Jan
Chandigarh, December 20
Justice Ranjan Gogoi will take over as the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in January 2011.The Supreme Court collegium cleared his name for elevation as the Chief Justice of the High Court here in its meeting held at Delhi last week.

Facebook incident ends in compromise
Chandigarh, December 20
Families of the two students involved in the incident of slapping reportedly reached a compromise at the police station in Phase 8 here today.Yesterday, a class X student of Doon International Public School, Mohali, was slapped by his classmate and photographs of the incident were splashed on Facebook.

Mega projects fiasco
CBI turns heat on UT babus
Incomplete projects and ‘kutcha’ huts contrasting with a spruced up office building at the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Information Technology Park in Chandigarh, showcasing the status of development Central investigative agencies, including the Central Bureau ofInvestigation and Central Vigilance Commission(CVC), turned the heat on senior officials instrumental in approving the controversial mega projects during the year 2010.

Incomplete projects and ‘kutcha’ huts contrasting with a spruced up office building at the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Information Technology Park in Chandigarh, showcasing the status of development. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

BJP’s Jujhar Singh elected Market Committee chairman
Setback to Cong in the run-up to Mayoral polls
Chandigarh, December 20
In a morale booster to the BJP in the run-up to Mayoral elections on January 1, party candidate Jujhar Singh today bagged the post of the chairman of the Market Committee.
Students of Mount Carmel School participate in the ‘Rashtriya Dharohar Ke Rakhwale’ campaign at Rock Garden in Chandigarh on Monday.
Students of Mount Carmel School participate in the ‘Rashtriya Dharohar Ke Rakhwale’ campaign at Rock Garden in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Witness in murder case turns hostile
Chandigarh, December 20
The complainant and the key eyewitness in the case involving the murder of an auto-rickshaw driver turned hostile in the court today. Retracting from his earlier statements given to the police, Hardeep Singh told the court that he never saw the accused stabbing the victim.

Agendas for Rs 1.75 cr approved
Chandigarh, December 20
The roads committee of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation approved the agendas of Rs 1.75 crore today at a meeting held in the chair of Resham Chand Jakhu.

Marathon postponed
Chandigarh, December 20
The arts, culture and sports committee of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has postponed a marathon scheduled on December 26. This was been decided at a meeting held today in the chair of Brig Kuldip Singh Chandpuri.

Cyclist killed in mishap
Chandigarh, December 20
In a hit-and-run case, a cyclist was killed after an unidentified vehicle hit him at the Housing Board lights point late last night. The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Sunil Kumar, a resident of Mauli Jagran. He was declared dead on arrival at the Sector 16 Government Multi-Speciality Hospital.

Ban no bar on sand quarrying
Mullanpur (Mohali), December 20
Despite a ban by the Supreme Court, massive illegal sand quarrying in being undertaken in the seasonal rivulet adjoining Mullanpur village.The activity being undertaken in Chandigarh’s periphery is not only resulting in several seasonal rivulets changing their tracks, but making agricultural land and human settlements vulnerable to erosion.

Shooting incident
MLA wants probe report
Mohali, December 20
Describing his implication in the murder of a Bariali village resident Rattan Singh by Mohali Police as part of a political conspiracy of the Akali government, Kharar MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu gave a four-day ultimatum to the police to probe the matter.

Rohtak tops in Haryana with 423 AIDS cases
Panchkula, December 20
Rohtak district in the state tops in AIDS cases as about 423 cases have been reported during the last decade (1999-2010) followed by Jhajjar and Sonepat districts where 229 and 220 cases, respectively, were reported during the same period.

Putting their best foot forward

Students perform during the annual function at Sri Guru Harkishan School, Sector 38, Chandigarh, on Monday.
Students perform during the annual function at Sri Guru Harkishan School, Sector 38, Chandigarh, on Monday.Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

‘Earmark places for hoardings’
Mohali, December 20
A municipal councillor has demanded that in order to check visual pollution created by large number of hoardings and banners in the town, civic body should earmark points and also start charging fee from advertisers.

A first at Mohali Civil Hospital
Hip replacement surgery on 75-year-old
Mohali, December 20 For the first time a hip replacement surgery was successfully done at Mohali Civil Hospital here using the minimal invasive technique.Seventy five-year-old Kala Devi, a resident of Sector 53, suffered a hip fracture about three months back. Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Gursharan Singh said that Kala Devi was operated upon on Saturday and was able to walk today.

Non-Payment of salaries
Contractual workers end strike
Panchkula, December 20
Irked over the non-payment of their salaries for November, contractual employees, along with sanitation contractors, cancelled their strike after the MC authorities assured them that their demands would be fulfilled. The contractual sanitary employees in the city had threatened to go on an indefinite strike from the next week demanding ESI and PF from their contractors.

Rich fusion by students
Chandigarh, December 20
“Spotlite”, annual function at Saupin’s School, Sector 32, witnessed a rich fusion of symphony, images, visual arts and mesmerising performances by students in various colourful dances, dramas, songs and elocutions.

Workers lay siege to road 

Members of the PWD Coordination Sangarsh Committee block traffic on the road separating Sectors 51 and 52 in Chandigarh on Monday.
Members of the PWD Coordination Sangarsh Committee block traffic on the road separating Sectors 51 and 52 in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu 

GI student feted
Chandigarh, December 20
Surendra Kumar Sharma, a PhD student of Professor SV Rana, department of gastroenterology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, got the prestigious MGIMS Award during the five-day annual conference of the association of clinical biochemists of India that concluded at Mumbai on December 15.

Nine POs arrested
Chandigarh, December 20
In a major achievement, the Chandigarh Police today arrested nine proclaimed offenders (POs), including three wanted in criminal cases, four in cheque bounce cases and one in the food adulteration case. The POs were arrested by the PO staff headed by inspector Gurjeet Kaur.


Sports day at New Angel School
Zirakpur, December 20
The New Angel Public School celebrated its annual sports day with enthusiasm on Saturday.Congress leader Dipinder Singh Dhillon was the chief guest. Students took part in various sports activities like slow cycling, bag packing, couple race, book balancing and sack race.
Tiny tots of Small Wonders School, Mohali, participate in their annual function on Monday.
Tiny tots of Small Wonders School, Mohali, participate in their annual function on Monday.A Tribune photograph

Refresher course ends at PU
Chandigarh, December 20
The refresher course in social sciences organised by the department of political science on behalf of the Academic Staff College (ASC) of Panjab University concluded here today.

PU Notes
Courses approved
CHANDIGARH : The All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, has approved all the courses running at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Panjab University.


2,088 students walk proud with degrees
Ambala, December 20
MM Mulana University held its annual convocation ceremony here today.A total of 2,088 graduates and postgraduate students of various streams were conferred upon degrees.Justice Rajesh Bindal from Punjab and Haryana High Court was the chief guest while Justice Laxmi Narain Mittal of Punjab and Haryana High Court was the guest of honour.

Experts share success mantra with students
Patiala, December 20
A team of foreign delegates and industry experts comprising Ula Razmuk, an HR expert from Poland, Ariane and Julia, psychologists from Germany, today gave tips to students of Budha Dal Public School regarding significance of working in team and taking initiative to illustrate leadership skills in career and life.

Woman accuses in-laws of harassment
Dera Bassi, December 20
A woman from Dera Bassi, who was married at Radour, Haryana, at a press conference today, alleged that her husband, father-in-law and mother-in-law harassed her for dowry and her husband took divorce from her on pretext of false allegations.

Commission agents want bills cleared
Bassi Pathana, December 20
Strong resentment prevails among commission agents against procurement agencies Punsup and Markfed for not clearing their commission and labour charges along with the payment of paddy procured.

Death anniversary of Communist leader observed
Dera Bassi, December 20
Death anniversary of the Communist leader Balwant Singh Dappar was observed at Dappar village last night.Various plays were presented that had shown the economic and social condition of the poor families. Play “Jakhmi Kambhan di Parwaz” and “Planning” showed the condition of poor families and called upon for struggle against exploitation by capitalist forces.

Memo submitted to Tourism Minister
Kalka, December 20
The members of Block Congress, Pinjore, submitted a memorandum to OP Jain, Minister of Tourism, Hospitality, Transport and Civil Aviation, Haryana, regarding lack of bus services during his visit to fifth Heritage Festival at Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore.


Night Food Street
Be reasonable with prices, observes HC
Chandigarh, December 20
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today made clear that it wanted the authorities concerned to ensure the ingredient of reasonableness was added to the dishes served on a platter at the night food street in Sector 14 here.


Woman held with 1-kg ‘ganja’
Chandigarh, December 20
The operation cell of the Chandigarh Police arrested a 26-year-old woman with one-kilogram of ‘ganja’.The accused has been identified as Durgavati, alias Tana. The police received secret information that drugs were being sold in Colony No. 4 following which it arrested the accused. 

Thieves decamp with cash, jewellery
Nayagaon, December 20 Thieves decamped with jewellery and cash after breaking into a locked flat at Dasmesh Nagar in Naya Gaon on Sunday evening.In his complaint to the police, the owner of the house, Hardev Singh, said he went to attend a religious function in Himachal Pardesh along with his family on Friday.

Hospital raided, doctor arrested
Zirakpur, December 20
A team of district health officials and the police raided the BK Hospital, situated on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway, here today. The team raided the private hospital around 4:30 pm. A machine and other tools, that were to be used for abortion, were seized.


Shri Shri beat BTS by 9 runs
A player from BTS Cricket Academy hits a shot during the Haier Cup Cricket Tournament at GMSSS, Sector 19, Chandigarh on Monday.Chandigarh, December 20
Shri Shri Cricket Academy, Panchkula, registered their first win, beating BTS Cricket Academy by 9 runs in a pool B match of the Under-14 Haier Cup Cricket Tournament, played at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here, today.

A player from BTS Cricket Academy hits a shot during the Haier Cup Cricket Tournament at GMSSS, Sector 19, Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Panchkula seniors clinch top honours
Panchkula, December 20
Panchkula roller hockey senior boys team brought laurels by winning top honours in the 24th Sushil Kumar Memorial Haryana State Roller Skating Championship, which concluded on December 19 at Faridabad.

St Xavier’s emerge winner
Panchkula, December 20
Hosts St Xavier’s School, Panchkula, emerged winner in the boys section, beating DPS, Pinjore, with a margin of nine points (39-30) in the 2nd Yuva Basketball Tournament held on the school premises here today.

Handball trials
Chandigarh, December 20
The Chandigarh Handball Association will conduct trials on December 22 to select the team for the 39th Senior (Men) National Handball Championship to be held at Indore from December 28 to January 2. Interested players must report at the handball coaching centre, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, on December 22. — TNS

St Kabir Trophy Saupin’s thrash DAV-15
Chandigarh, December 20
In a one sided affair, Saupin’s School, Sector 32, thrashed DAV-15 team by 117 runs in the league match of the under-12 St. Kabir Tophy, being played at Kabir School ground, Sector 26, here, today.

Tennis Double delight for Rohit
Mohali, December 20
Rohit Dhiman of the Total Tennis Academy clinched double crown in The British Total Tennis Tournament for juniors held at The British Total Tennis Academy, Sector 70, here today.

Asian Games: 64 sportspersons to be felicitated
Panchkula, December 20
About 64 sportspersons from the state who brought laurels to the country in the recently concluded Asian Games in Guangzhou would be felicitated by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at Indradhanush Auditorium in Sector 5 on November 22.

Tarundeep, Jairaj share best cards in junior golf
Chandigarh, December 20
Tarundeep Chadha and Jairaj Singh Sandhu shared the best score of six over 78 each as they clinched the A and B category titles, respectively, in the third tournament of the Junior Golf Mission 2016 played on the greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.


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