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Minor players no more
After SAD, BSP declares its mayoral candidate
Chandigarh, December 26
Though the prominent parties, the Congress and the BJP, have not opened their cards on the mayoral candidate, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) have done so. During media interaction today, BSP general secretary Narender Kashyap announced the name of Jannat Jahan-ul-Haq. The SAD had already announced the name of Harjinder Kaur, a former Mayor.


Happiness at work eludes PGI, GMCH docs
Say promotion avenues few, physical environment tough, good work not recognised
Chandigarh, December 26
The general perception that doctors at government hospitals are a dissatisfied lot is not wrong if the findings of a survey conducted by the PGI on doctors at the PGI and the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, are to be believed.

Day after, mall beats a retreat
Ravinder Pal Singh PaliComplaint against Pali withdrawn; Babla was not present
Chandigarh, December 26
In a flip-flop less than a day after the incident, the management of the Fun Republic at Mani Majra today withdrew its complaint of misbehaviour against Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh Pali under “political pressure”. TR Brar, manager of the mall, yesterday lodged a complaint at the Mani Majra police station that the Mayor created a ruckus at the mall and manhandled him.

Ravinder Pal Singh Pali

Increased stress too much to handle
68 committed suicide in city this year, with 49 hanging themselves

Chandigarh, December 26
A majority of the 68 suicides this year occurred in the underbelly of the city, underlining the impact of fast-paced life and increased stress on the downtrodden in particular. The maximum number of suicides were reported from slums, colonies and villages. The number of male victims was 35 and female 33.

Couple killed in accident
Chandigarh, December 26
A couple died as a rashly driven Swift car hit the carriage auto-rickshaw they were riding at the Sector 27/28 traffic light point here this afternoon. The victims, 50-year-old Dharam Pal and his 46-year-old wife Sushila, were killed as they received grievous head injuries.


Kaura Murder
Mystery woman eludes police
Mohali, December 26
The investigations into the mysterious death of Chandigarh-based cardiologist Dr Deepak Kaura seem to have hit a dead end, as the mystery woman still eludes the police. Efforts to trace the other mobile numbers used by the woman to communicate with her contacts have so far not yielded any results.

General Hospital
CCTV installed
Panchkula, December 26
After drawing flak over the recent theft of a newborn, the health department finally installed CCTV cameras for surveillance at the General Hospital, Sector 6, here today. The decision to install CCTVs at the hospital was taken after a one-day-old baby, Mannat, was taken away by two women on December 6.

Sanitation Services
Performance no criterion for MC?
Keen on extending contract of two companies with poor track record
Chandigarh, December 26
The municipal corporation doesn’t seem to have a yardstick to measure the performance of sanitation service providers while outsourcing work to private contractors. As for the past three years, sanitation contracts for villages have been allotted to two companies even though councillors have been complaining about their poor performance in their wards.

Year Ender 2011: Panchkula
Development works take a backseat
Panchkula, December 26
While the status of Panchkula civic body remained in litigation throughout the year, the development works in the district took a backseat. This in addition to putting residents to inconvenience had kept municipal councillors on their tenterhooks.

City colder than Shimla for fourth day
Girls brave the elements at Panjab University in Chandigarh on a chilly Monday morning. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan Chandigarh, December 26
Residents continued to brave the coldwave conditions, prevailing in the tricity region during the past one week, with the night temperature hovering around 3 °C. The weather office has predicted chill during daytime as the minimum temperature is expected to increase in the next couple of days.

Girls brave the elements at Panjab University in Chandigarh on a chilly Monday morning. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Organ trafficking
Gang fudged documents to run racket
Mohali, December 26
A day after a well-organised racket of human organ trafficking was busted, investigations by the Lucknow police have revealed that the members of the gang operated by manipulating the documents of the sanctioning authority (outside the state) concerned in such a coordinated manner that it raised little doubt about the credentials of the documents.

Shortfall in supply leaves residents powerless
Chandigarh, December 26
Local residents have been facing scheduled and unscheduled power cuts due to a shortfall in power supply from various central power generation plants to the UT electricity department.

Residents of Khuda Ali Sher organise a langar as part of Jor Mela celebrations at the Sector 11-12-14-15 roundabout on Monday.
Residents of Khuda Ali Sher organise a langar as part of Jor Mela celebrations at the Sector 11-12-14-15 roundabout on Monday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

A fire broke out in a digital colour laboratory in Sector 22, opposite Sector 17, in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Theft in Sec-48 house:
A couple look at a ransacked room after a theft took place in their house in Sector 48, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Unscheduled power cuts hit life
Mohali, December 26
Unscheduled power cuts during the past three days have disrupted the normal life, affecting day-to-day activities in residential, commercial and industrial sectors in the town. Though no official intimation about power cuts has been given, the electricity department is resorting to rotational power cuts throughout the day.

245 patients examined at medical camp
Zirakpur, December 26
As many as 245 women and children were examined at a free medical camp organised at the community health centre in Dhakoli here today. The camp was organised in collaboration with Punjab National Bank and Savitri Charitable and Social Welfare Trust. Besides providing laboratory tests for blood sugar and urine, free medicines were also given to patients.

MC removes 45 hoardings
Zirakpur, December 26
The Zirakpur Municipal Council (MC) today removed around 45 hoardings, put up by various political parties, from Baltana, Zirakpur and surrounding areas. The drive had been conducted on the directions of the SDM, Dera Bassi.

Sibling’s murder
Police still clueless
Chandigarh, December 26
A police team that went to Mewat to find clues into the double murder case of teenaged siblings Gaurang and Kavita returned empty-handed.

156 NCC cadets to attend R-Day camp in Delhi
Chandigarh, December 26 The Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh NCC Directorate will be sending a contingent of 156 cadets, including 36 girls, to participate in the Republic Day Camp in New Delhi. Cadets from 17 directorates across the country will attend the month-long camp.

Church clarifies
The news “Special prayer for Manu Sharma” carried in Chandigarh Tribune on Monday stating that “Christ the King Cathedral held a special prayer followed by a midnight mass by Rt Rev Dr Ignatius Mascarenhas, the Bishop of Simla Chandigarh Diocese, for Manu Sharma, alias Sidhartha Vashistha” is factually incorrect.


Members of SOPU take out a rally after winning student council elections in Chandigarh.Year Ender 2011: PU
A trail of highs and lows
Chandigarh, December 26
Just like many preceding years, 2011 was also a “newsy” trail of highs and lows with PU oscillating between credit and shame day in day out.

Members of SOPU take out a rally after winning student council elections in Chandigarh.

Destruction of documents
Month later, no action against DEO yet
Chandigarh, December 26
In a classic case of bureaucratic red tape, the UT education department even after one month of being directed by education secretary, DPI (S) Sandeep Hans has failed to initiate any disciplinary action against district education officer (DEO) Chanchal Singh for unexplained and non-procedural destruction of documents pertaining to a complaint against registrar education, Arjun Dev.


Doctor booked for assaulting reporter
Ambala, December 26
The Ambala police has registered a case under Sections 323 and 506 of the IPC and Arms Act against a doctor of the Civil Hospital, Ambala City, on the charges of assaulting a local reporter. According to the complaint lodged by the reporter at Baldev Nagar police station, the doctor was under the influence of liquor and he misbehaved with him. The doctor also pointed a revolver towards the reporter, the complainant added.

Old man dies of cold
Ambala, December 26
One person died of cold at Ambala City today. According to information, the body of an old person, seemed to be a beggar, was found near the Ambala City railway station.


4 get 18-month jail for rioting
Chandigarh, December 26
A local court awarded one-and-half-year imprisonment to four Sohana residents for rioting, criminal intimidation and under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities Act). The case dates back to May, 2001.


Auto driver dies in road accident
Panchkula, December 26
A 42-year-old auto-rickshaw driver Rajinder Kumar was killed when a speeding motorcycle hit his vehicle from behind near Saket flyover late last night. Both Rajinder and motorcyclist Vinay Kumar were taken to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, where Rajinder was declared brought dead.

2 held for assaulting traffic cops
Chandigarh, December 26
The police today arrested two youths for beating up two traffic policemen at a check-point set up late last night. The police arrested Anush, a resident of Sector 20, and Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Mani Majra. The two allegedly created ruckus and misbehaved with the traffic policemen as they issued a challan to them.


Softball Match
Fielding players sans helmets
Chandigarh, December 26
Keeping all rules and safety norms aside, the colleges participating in the ongoing Inter-College Softball Championship were seen fielding their players without helmet, which is must as a safety gear, at Panjab University (PU) grounds here today.

PGGC-11 team members wait for helmets at PU grounds on Monday; and (right) a player of the PU team tosses a helmet to his team member. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan
PGGC-11 team members wait for helmets at PU grounds on Monday; and (right) a player of the PU team tosses a helmet to his team member. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Garima Goyal plays a shot during the EFSO Open Table Tennis Tournament 2011 at Sector 23, Chandigarh. Garima win laurels in table tennis
Chandigarh, December 26
Garima Goyal of the EFSO won two titles in the second Open Table Tennis Tournament, concluded here today. The sharp player Garima beat Naina Suri in the youth girls’ final and Nirdosh in the women single final by 3-1.
The Jalandhar based player, Roopam, won the men’s single title after defeating Manpreet. “These kinds of tournament are really good for budding players as they get a proper exposure. The game is not so famous among the youngsters and such kinds of tournaments will surely uplift the game,” said Zubin Kumar, an international table tennis player.

Garima Goyal plays a shot during the EFSO Open Table Tennis Tournament 2011 at Sector 23, Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Maharashtra win top honours
Chandigarh, December 26
The Maharashtra team secured first position with 95 gold medals, 36 silver medals and 22 bronze medals in the 9th National Choi-Kwang-Do Championship for Boys and Girls (U-10, U-14, U-17 and U-19), held here today.

Pradeep wins chess tourney
Chandigarh, December 26
Pradeep Singh Negi secured full 5.5 points to win the 6th round of Chandigarh Team Chess Championship, held at St Xavier's Sr SecSchool, 44.

Handball meet
GGDSD-32 register win
Chandigarh, December 26
The softball team of GGDSD College, Sector 32, trounced Post Graduate College, Sector 46, in the match of Panjab University Inter-College Softball for Men, being held at PU grounds, here today.

DP Azad academy beat APJ school
Chandigarh, December 26
The team of DP Azad Academy (A) defeated APJ School, Kharar, by 84 runs in the ongoing Saupin’s Tri-city League Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-12), held at the Banyan Tree School 48.

Hockey trials
Chandigarh, December 26
The UT sports department will organise trials to select the Chandigarh civil services hockey team on December 29 at Hockey Stadium of Sports Complex, Sector 42, here.


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