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Brick or loaf of bread? official in a fix
Raiding team appalled at state of bakeries, sweet units
Chandigarh, October 12
“Is it a brick or a loaf of bread?” was the question posed by a senior UT official to an employee of a bakery that was housed in dark and dingy rooms of a double-storeyed house in Mani Majra. The loaves, lying on the floor, were being topped with cream to tempt buyers.
Sweets being prepared in unhygienic conditions in a room at Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Sweets being prepared in unhygienic conditions in a room at Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


Rotational power cuts back in city
Chandigarh, October 12
After more than two years, the UT administration has imposed rotational power cuts in the city till further orders. Against a requirement of approximately 240 MW, the UT is getting only 185 MW at the moment.

BSNL restores services to emergency nos.
Chandigarh, October 12
A day after two incidents in which passersby tried in vain to connect ‘100’ from their cellphones on seeing a pedestrian and a motorcyclist bleeding to death following an accident in Lalru and Chandigarh, respectively, the BSNL today restored services of the police, fire and ambulance emergency numbers ‘100’, ‘101’ and ‘102’ with private cell operators Vodafone, Airtel and Idea.

Dengue tally 18 with two fresh cases in city
Chandigarh, October 12
Two new cases of dengue were reported in the city today, taking the total number of people affected by the disease to 18. As per data collected by the UT health department, the two patients, both men, are from the Hallomajra area.

Dengue: Health dept forms 5 teams
Mohali, October 12
The district health authorities have set up five teams to conduct a door-to-door survey to check fever. The teams were formed after a Matour resident, who showed dengue-like symptoms, died.

Rent Act amendment under SC scanner
Allows NRIs to take immediate possession of their property
Chandigarh, October 12
The amendment in the East Punjab Urban Rent Restriction (Amendment) Act, 2001, empowering non-resident Indians (NRIs) to take immediate possession of rented residential and non-residential property, has come under the scanner of the Supreme Court.

Paying the price to keep the city clean

Sixty-year-old, Ikram cannot even speak because of the frequent asthma attacks that he suffers. His family members attribute his asthma to polluted air that they all breathe. “We are lucky, but it’s only a matter of time that we too will be coughing like him,” they said, regretting that no one in the administration was willing to hear and resolve their grievances.

Garbage plant processing ailments
Skin allergy, respiratory disorders common among Dadu Majra residents
Chandigarh, October 12
Have you ever imagined what life would be living next to 350 tonnes of garbage? If not, ask residents of Dadu Majra who have been living for the past several years right next to the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation’s garbage processing plant.

No relief from stink in sight
Chandigarh, October 12
Chandigarh’s rendezvous with foul smell emanating from the garbage processing plant at Dadu Majra doesn’t seem to end in the near future.

Political parties try to cash in on foul smell
Chandigarh, October 12
The ensuing Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) elections has finally woken up the political parties from their slumber after five years to resolve the long-pending problem of foul smell in and around Dadu Majra.



Badals’ gift to Mohali — Foundation stones
Mohali, October 12
As the Akali government seems to have lost track of the important pending projects in Mohali, including those which were announced two to three years ago, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal went on a whirlwind tour of the city to lay foundation stones of projects worth Rs 400 crore, including some that were already under way.

Foundation stone of bus terminal in Zirakpur laid
Move delights residents
Zirakpur, October 12
Almost a decade after a bus stand for Zirakpur was first announced, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today laid a foundation stone of the bus terminal. Despite the Punjab and Haryana High Court issuing orders asking bus drivers to avoid parking vehicles along the highway, the stone was laid. With this the long-pending demand of residents to have a bus terminal in Zirakpur is in the process of being implemented.

Dad well to continue as CM, says Sukhbir
Zirakpur, October 12
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has not fielded any candidate for the Dera Bassi constituency. The Deputy CM was in the town to lay a foundation stone of a bus terminal. Residents had been demanding a bus stand in the town for long.

Rallying for a cause:
Concerned over global warming, students of Shemrock School take out a rally, appealing to people to celebrate a cracker-free Divali, at Mohali on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Pending projects
Not dissatisfied, but Bansal seeks speed
Chandigarh, October 12
Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources Pawan Kumar Bansal does not seem happy over the pendency of projects under Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) funds.

Chandigarh scan
New OPD timings
The department of health and family welfare has changed OPD timings of the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, and its allied dispensaries, including community health centres at Mani Majra and Sector 22, ‘ayush’ dispensaries and the polyclinic at Sector 45. The new timings of 9 am to 3 pm will be operational from October 16 to April 15 next. The timings of ESI dispensaries at Sectors 23 and 29 and the dispensaries at the UT Secretariat, the Punjab and Haryana Secretariat and the High Court will remain unchanged.

Ambala to go on tourist hunt
Chandigarh College of Architecture readying blueprint on historical places
Chandigarh, October 12
Known as a transit point between Delhi and Chandigarh, Ambala will soon be known as a tourist destination. The town will shortly start wooing domestic and international tourists.

missing realtor case
CBI seeks details of meetings
Panchkula, October 12
In an investigation into the kidnapping of Panchkula-based realtor Deepak Rai Sagar, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought details of all his ‘meetings’ on the day of his disappearance (June 1, 2009) from his family members. The CBI has also demanded details regarding his future appointments with other realtors, friends and clients.

Shivani Bhatnagar Murder case
Neighbours celebrate Sharma’s acquittal
Panchkula, October 12
On March 24, 2008, when former senior IPS officer Ravi Kant Sharma was awarded life imprisonment in the Shivani Bhatnagar murder case, there was complete silence in house number 19, Gobind Niwas, Sector 6, and nobody was ready to face the media-neither the family member nor the neighbours, but today on October 12, 2011, as the Delhi High Court acquitted him, the story took a new turn. This time, neighbours of former senior IPS officer Ravi Kant Sharma were happily interacting with mediapersons.

designated officer
Plea against deputationist filed before CAT
Chandigarh, October 12
If allegations in an application filed before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) against the UT Administration are to be believed, the post of designated officer under the Food Safety and Standard Act is being is occupied against rules by a deputationist.

Sitar virtuoso mesmerises audience
Chandigarh, October 12
An exceptionally gifted sitar virtuoso, Subrata De from Kolkata, gave an impressive recital of classical music, which marked the baithak programme of the Pracheen Kala Kendra yesterday.

DRDO-ICAR to preserve biodiversity in Ladakh
Chandigarh, October 12
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has joined hands with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for undertaking joint research to conserve plant genetic resources.


PU student council decides to step in
Deterioration in hostel mess food eggs them on to cooperative system
Chandigarh, October 12
Claiming to be irate over ever-deteriorating condition of hostel mess food, the Panjab University Student Council has decided to step in by arranging cooperative mess system for a few hostels with the help of students from departments like hotel management.

Chaos, panic rule the roost at PU fee counter
Chandigarh, October 12
Despite its ambitious endeavour of online fee payment system or allowing departments to collect fee, Panjab University has failed to deal with the ever-increasing chaos and queues at its sole fee counter at the SBI, which caters to more than 13,000 students.

Youth Fest
Rayat-Bahra wins laurels in giddha
Mohali, October 12
As many as 285 students from 20 colleges participated in the Zonal Youth Festival (Ropar zone) held at the Rayat and Bahra College of Education today. The first day of the festival started with giddha followed by classical dance, folk orchestra, rangoli, on-the-spot painting, geet/ghazal, group song, clay modelling competitions, etc.

Girls participate in giddha on the inaugural day of the youth festival at Rayat-Bahra College of Education in Mohali on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph


Three cable network offices sealed
Ambala, October 12
Network offices of three local cable operators functioning at Ambala Cantt have been sealed by the district administration. Sources said a complaint was lodged with the district administration that some illegal cable network operators were functioning without seeking permission in Ambala. Notices under Section 4 of Cable Television Network (Regulation Act), 1995, were served on Ambala Cable Network, Nisha Cable Network and Radhey Cable Network.


Man, son booked for fraud
Panchkula, October 12
The police has booked Chandigarh-based father-son duo for duping a Sector-2 resident. On the complaint of Vikram, the police has registered an FIR against father Tarsem Singla and son Sumit. Vikram in his complaint has alleged that he was interested in purchasing a kothi in Sector 35, Chandigarh, for which the father-son duo had taken Rs 75 lakh from him but they were delaying the registration. Vikram further alleged that later he came to know that the kothi was already mortgaged and he demanded his money back. Thereafter, they gave a cheque for Rs 61 lakh to Vikram, but it was bounced.

Four hurt in clash at Ram Darbar
Chandigarh, October 12
A clash took place between two groups at Ram Darbar here the previous night. Four persons were seriously injured in the group clash. Persons armed with swords and sticks set a motorcycle on fire and pelted stones on and beat each other up. The police booked 23 persons in an attempt-to-murder case.


Rakesh wins top spot in karate
Chandigarh, October 12
Rakesh of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37 (GMSSS-37), bagged first position in the 34-kg category of the ongoing Inter-School Karate Tournament for Boys (U-17) being held at Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41, here today.

GMSSS-10 blank DAV-15 in football tournament
After the Inter-School Football Tournament for Under-17 Boys earlier this year, referees were again seen officiating during a match in casual wear at Chandigarh on Wednesday. Chandigarh, October 12
Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10 (GMSSS-10), defeated DAV School, Sector 15, in a match of the ongoing Inter-School Football Tournament for Boys (U-19) being held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, here today.

After the Inter-School Football Tournament for Under-17 Boys earlier this year, referees were again seen officiating during a match in casual wear at Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

SAI-Chandigarh lose in hockey
Chandigarh, October 12
SAI Northern Centre, Chandigarh, went down against SAI South Centre, Bangalore, during the match of the ongoing All-India Inter-Sports Authority of India (SAI) Regional Hockey Tournament for Boys being held at the hockey stadium of the Sports Complex, Sector 42, here today.

‘Catch me if you can
!’: Players in action during a match of the inter-school kho-kho tournament at MDAV School in Sector 22 of Chandigarh on Wednesday. a Tribune photograph

GMSSS-20 beat Ryan-49
Chandigarh, October 12
Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, drubbed Ryan School, Sector 49, by 15-13 in the ongoing Inter-College Netball Tournament for Boys (U-19) here today. In the second match, KBDAV School, Sector 7, defeated DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, by 16-10.

Shishu Niketan overcome GMSSS-32
Chandigarh, October 12
Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, defeated Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 32, in the ongoing Inter-School Ball Badminton Championship being held here today.

Ball badminton trials today
Chandigarh, October 12
The Chandigarh Ball Badminton Association will conduct selection trials to select the Chandigarh sub-junior national ball badminton team at Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22, tomorrow.


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