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More benefits for kin of defence personnel
Chandigarh, October 23

The Chandigarh Administration has adopted the Punjab pattern of financial assistance and other benefits to be given to the families of defence and paramilitary personnel killed or disabled in action. Orders issued by the Home Secretary in this regard were conveyed to the President, Zila Sainik Board, Chandigarh, yesterday.

Confusion reigns supreme in PU counting process
9,050 votes declared invalid
Chandigarh, October 23
Confusion due to an unclear university stand on rules of counting reigned supreme on the second day of the process for the graduates’ constituency of Panjab University here today. 

‘Anthrax-laced’ letter to city Mayor
Chandigarh, October 23
The city Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, here today got a letter claimed to be containing anthrax germs. The letter that threatened that she would die of anthrax, however, did not have any powder, Ms Kaur told Chandigarh Tribune.



UT to have 5 more night schools
Chandigarh, October 23
Philanthropy is still blossoming in the city where the race for material possessions has slowly gained ground. This is evident from the fact that three social welfare organisations have put in requests with the UT Education Department for running five additional night schools in the city.

You can’t arrest Syal, court tells Rajasthan police
Chandigarh, October 23
A local court has turned down the request of the Rajasthan police to arrest the Managing Director of Golden Forest, R.K Syal, and seven other directors of the company. A case of cheating has been registered against them at Bikaner. 

No sun for ‘captive’ safari lionsNo sun for ‘captive’ safari lions
Chhat Bir, October 23
In the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park at Chhat Bir, 24 adult lions have not seen the sun since August last. They are being kept in dingy shelters of the Lion Safari for vasectomy operations. Due to an inadequate space for accommodating over 90 lions in the park, these animals have been packed together in these shelters, following which, some lions have started losing health.

MCC poll likely on Dec 9
Chandigarh, October 23
The local Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh elections are likely to be held on December 9 under enhanced security as an additional force is being sought from Punjab. Well-placed sources said the holiday factor has been kept in mind while deciding the date.

Blood shortage in hospitals
Chandigarh, October 23
Dr S.K.Agnihotri, Professor and Head of the Department of Blood Transfusion, PGI, today said that there was urgent need of ‘A’ Rh Negative group of blood for patients admitted to local hospitals. She said the blood donation complex functioned from 9 am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday and up to 1.30 p.m. on Saturday. 



51 more sites for parking tourist buses
Chandigarh, October 23
For ensuring orderly plying of tourist buses in the city, the District Magistrate, Chandigarh, Mr M. Ramsekhar, has notified 51 additional sites for parking these vehicles.

Volunteer force for civil defence
The US action in Afghanistan and the global anthrax scare, both of which have implications for India, have focused attention on the country’s civil defence system. Civil Defence, a non-military set-up with its control and functioning delegated to the local administration, aims at saving life, minimising damage to property and maintaining continuity of industrial production in the event of a hostile attack.

No water for 5 days in UT village
Chandigarh, October 22
Residents of Raipur Khurd village in the Union Territory of Chandigarh have been doing without drinking water for the past five days. Only one part of the village is getting water for some time and the residents of the other part have been drawing water from there for their daily needs, including drinking purposes.

Scooterist killed in mishap
Chandigarh, October 23
A scooterist was killed in a head-on collision involving a Maruti car and a scooter near Singhpura village on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway this evening. The scooterist was on his way from Ambala to Chandigarh when his vehicle collided with the car.



Two bodies found at different places
SAS Nagar, October 23
Two bodies were found at different places in the town and an accident victim succumbed to her injuries at the PGI, Chandigarh, during the last 12 hours. An unidentified body of a rickshaw-puller was found lying near a house in Phase VI of the township here.

3 held for outraging modesty
Chandigarh, October 23
The local police have arrested three persons working in a Sector 22 travel agency for allegedly trying to outrage the modesty of a woman and threatening her. The accused have been identified as Tirlochan Singh, Davinder Singh and Mahavir Jain. A case has been registered.


Oyzterbay unveils ‘your  first diamond’
Chandigarh, October 23
Oyzterbay, the trend-setting company that has created a niche market for jewellery for young people, today unveiled the dazzling “your first diamond” collection, announcing its foray into the diamond jewellery market. Branded “Your first diamond”, Oyzterbay’s collection is all set to fulfill every young Indian woman’s desire to possess her own set of the most precious stone on earth.


Students advised on admission in Ukraine
Chandigarh, October 23
Dr Nikolay L. Aryayen, Head of the Paediatric Department of Odessa State Medical University (Ukraine), today advised Indian students, who are keen to seek admission to the MBBS course there, to get their names sponsored through the university’s authorised representative to avert any chances of being duped.

Awareness campaigns by Brahmakumaris
Chandigarh, October 23
As part of the celebrations of Women’s Empowerment Year Prajapita Brahmakumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya organised a women conference at the Tagore Theatre here today.

Girls of Bhankharpur village, near Dera Bassi, perform at a cultural function organised to celebrate the upgradation of the village middle school. 

Children of Evergreen Academy, Sector 34, dressed up as characters from Ramayana, in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Villagers celebrate upgradation of school                                     
Dera Bassi, October 23
An impressive cultural programme was organised by residents of Bhankharpur village on the upgradation of the village school, about 2 km from here, on yesterday. 

Durga pooja by children
Chandigarh, October 23
Students of Blue Bird Model School, Sector 16, made the mythological figures come alive while celebrating Durga Pooja, Ramlila and Dasehra on the school premises here before going for a autumn break today. 

Little avatar of Dasehra          
Chandigarh, October 23
Tiny tots of the Sector 34 Evergreen Academy here celebrated Dasehra in their own way, dressing up as various characters from Ramayana. 

School celebrates Dasehra
Panchkula, October 23
Woodlands House School, Sector 8, Panchkula, celebrated Dasehra with gusto on the school premises here. Excitement was in the air since morning as students, carrying bows and arrows, swords and maces and dressed up as Rama, Lakshamana, Sita, Hanuman and his army, enacted their roles skillfully. 

Workshop on glass paintings
Panchkula, October 23
A 16-day workshop on effective creations of glass paintings concluded at the Bama Academy of Fine Arts here today. 

Children visit fire station
Panchkula, October 23
As part of its Friday activity, 25 toddlers enrolled in Wonder Years Kindergarten were taken to the Sector 17 Fire Station in Chandigarh. 


Bomb hoax at District Courts
Chandigarh, October 23
Routine work at the district courts remained suspended for more than an hour due to bomb hoax this morning. This happened fourth time in this year and 20th time in the past five years. It is learnt that about 8.30 a.m., the Sector 17 Police Station had received a anonymous call that a bomb had been planted in the district courts complex.



Students of the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, appreciate the rangoli at the Home Science Fest on the college premises in Chandigarh on Tuesday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Cooked dishes dominate fest              
Chandigarh, October 23
The party at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, seems to get merrier by the day with the aroma of elaborately cooked dishes during the five-day Home Science Fest dominating the week. Today, the department, in tune with the theme of "Cafeteria"’, laid out the table with mouth-watering snacks and sweets, each better than the other. 

Putting colour on bone china
Chandigarh, October 23
A strong sense of colour co-ordination motivated Payal Jauhar to start painting on bone china and her creations in bright colours do not often follow the traditional norms. The best part of Payal’s collection is that you have the liberty to choose any colour or pattern according to your fancy.  “Except the dinner sets everything comes loose, so you can pick up any colour or pattern, according to the colour scheme of your house” says the artist.


Blood donation camp
Chandigarh, October 23
About 70 units of blood were collected at the blood donation camp organised by the Mahavir Jain Yuvak Mandal in collaboration with the Lions Club Central at Jain Sthanak in Sector 18 here today.



GMSSS-16, Manav Mangal spikers win
Chandigarh, October 23
Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, in girls section and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, in boys section surged ahead on the opening day of the Chandigarh State Volleyball Championship which began here today at the Sports Complex, Sector 7. MM-21 beat St Stephens’-45 at 25-19, 25-19 while GMSSS-16 defeated Government High school-41 at 25-19, 25-19.

  • Eves placed second

  • Cricket tourney

  • Volleyball meet

  • Selection trials

Isha, Simmer in last eight
Chandigarh, October 23
Isha Toor and Simmer of Chandigarh were able to sail into the last eight of the girls under-14 section in the AITA Ranking Tennis Tournament played here today at Tennis Stadium, Sector 10. Isha outplayed Sanjna Kapoor of Delhi at 6-0,6-1 while Simmer prevailed upon local girl Alipt Sandhu at 6-4, 6-4.


F&CC okays bylaws on polythene use
Chandigarh, October 23
The Finance and Contract Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today approved bylaws on polythene banning its use in foodstuff, and set up a four-member committee to assess the performance of the MCC. 

Sanitation drive sparks off row
Chandigarh, October 23
The Union Territory Administrator, Lieut-Gen J. F. R. Jacob (retd), and the city Mayor, Ms Harjinder Kaur, today jointly launched a month-long sanitation drive from the Mayor’s ward in Sector 34, sparking off a controversy.

Respite for vehicle owners
Chandigarh, October 23
The UT administration today announced an eight-month-long breather for thousands of owners of vehicles in the city for the installation of new high security registration plates.

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