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And now bone scam at Chhat Bir
Chhat Bir, December 29
After the beef controversy, the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park is embroiled in yet another scam, this time involving the sale of bones and carcasses. The zoo authorities have reportedly given contract to a private contractor for lifting of bones for Rs 28,000 per annum, which is over three times less than the money yielded by earlier contracts.

PU Senate defers major issues
Chandigarh, December 29
Academic issues concerning students largely remained on the back-burner at the Panjab University Senate meeting here today. Teacher benefits, appointments, promotions and many other issues related to service matters ruled the roost for a majority of the nearly 10-hour session.

Rescue shelters being identified
SAS Nagar, December 29
In view of the rising tensions between India and Pakistan, the civil defence machinery in the town is being put to place. The local administration has already begun the exercise of identifying rescue shelters in the town’s government buildings.



Pankaj Beri‘There is no short cut to fame’
Chandigarh, December 29
Pankaj Beri is in town with a message — that acting is just not a short cut to fame, but a tough job. And this well-known Bollywood actor, who has been an integral part of the glamour industry, is going to do so by asking a questions to a bunch or aspiring beauty queens all set to dazzle the silver screen.

Resident threatens to ‘cremate’ Mercedes
Chandigarh, December 29
Fed up with the continuous malfunctioning of his new Rs 30-lakh Mercedes Benz car, city resident, Raman Mehta has threatened to ‘cremate’ the same.
Mr Mehta, who bought the car (C- class) in June this year from an authorised dealer in New Delhi, has sent a legal notice to the company.

Sleuths to mingle with crowds
Chandigarh, December 29
Young revelers do not even think of putting your arms around the shoulder of a reed-thin damsel twirling around the polished dance floors in discotheques on the New Year Eve celebrations. If you pick up a fight or are caught acting fresh, the Chandigarh Police will take no time to round you up.

Police eats its words
Chandigarh, December 29
The city police does not seem to be sure that the person it has caught is really needed in connection with criminal cases or not. In a surprise move, the city police today retracted from its statement made before a local court eight days back that there were no more cases pending against the accused.


‘I'll be working till past midnight’
Chandigarh, December 29
Some like to rock with their "favourite groups" at the thumping beat of pulsating bhangra music in discotheques. Others, clutching mugs of the invigourating yellow elixir, love to sway with melodious gazals. City-based lensman Tejbans Singh Jauhar "Tejee", however, has different plans for the New Year Eve. He will be "working from one year to another". "That is the way I always celebrate the occasion," says Tejee. "The reason for this is not very hard to see.
Tejee’s family

Have a funny bone, go on a card hunt
Chandigarh, December 29
Enthusiastic eyes, looking for New Year greetings, stop at a golden-yellow card with bold black letters saying “the contents of this card will help you in attracting more and more women — just follow the instructions”. Ringing laughter fills the air as the excited tennybopper opens the card to find “ladies bathroom” neatly printed on a blue sticker.

House of political bickerings
Chandigarh, December 29
This year has been one which the Municipal Corporation, councillors and city residents will like to forget in a hurry. The seat of Mayor changed hand often as if it was a game of political musical chairs.

City girl is ‘Face of the Year’
Chandigarh, December 29
Ms Anmol, a young city resident, became the “Face of the Year” at the scintillating contest for the title held at Hotel Mountview here today. Ms Reet Bhullar of Patiala was declared first runners-up, while Ms Poonam Sharma, also from the city, was chosen second runners-up.

Chandigarh girl Anmol, winner of the ‘Face of the year-2001’ contest, is flanked by first runners-up Reet Bhullar (right) and second runners-up Poonam at a hotel in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo Pradeep Tiwari 
Chandigarh girl Anmol, winner of the ‘Face of the year-2001’ contest, is flanked by first runners-up Reet Bhullar (right) and second runners-up Poonam at a hotel in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Price war, it’s advantage consumer
Chandigarh, December 29
On the euphoria created by the announcement by the government to slash STD rates by as high as 60 per cent, Mr Vinod Sawhney, Managing Director, Spice Telecom, said the decision would benefit cellular subscribers as well.

City Beautiful
HE Indian Institute of Architects (Chandigarh-Punjab Chapter) has rightly stressed on the need for changing the placement, design and material of dustbins used in Sector 17. Dustbins are placed far away from garbage sites and consequently, garbage is seen lying everywhere except in the dustbins.

Mohali mortuary gets functional
SAS Nagar, December 29
The new two-body mortuary at its Civil Hospital, Phase VI here has become fully functional.
Earlier, cases of unidentified bodies or those wanting to preserve bodies till the arrival of relatives for cremation had to be referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

Avtar Chana ‘Dare to fulfil your dreams’
UCCESS is a journey, not destination. If you do not believe it, take a look at the life of Mr Avtar Chana. Anyone else would have settled down comfortably after getting a job with the Punjab Financial Corporation, but not him. He continued pursuing his hobbies, conducting bhangra dance workshops and flying gliders.


Three booked for breach of trust
Chandigarh, December 29
A case of criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code has been registered against three persons said to running Indus Land Living Corporation Limited, a city-based finance company, on the complaint of Ms Supriya Dhingra, a Panchkula resident.


College staff continue stir
Chandigarh, December 29
The relay fast started by the Joint Action Committee of managements, principals, teachers and non-teaching employees of 172 non-government aided and unaided colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh entered the 10th day today.

PUSU demands place for Kang on Senate
Chandigarh, December 29
The Panjab University Students Union today demanded that its elected president be given membership on the Senate. It also demanded that the minimum requirement of attendance be kept at 66 per cent, which has been raised to 75 per cent.


Adept presentation of Sartre’s play
Chandigarh, December 29
The Punjabi play “Jadon Roshni Hundi Hai” staged at Bhaskar Rao Indoor Auditorium of Pracheen Kala Kendra today dwelt upon exploitation of the common masses. Based on Sartre’s famous work “The Flies” and adopted by famous playwright Gursharan Singh, the play conveyed the message that one should not succumb to unjust demands made in the guise of law and religion.

A scene from Punjabi Play “Jado Roshni Hundi Hai” at Pracheen Kala Kendra in Sector 35, Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan

A scene from Punjabi Play “Jado Roshni Hundi Hai” at Pracheen Kala Kendra in Sector 35, Chandigarh on Saturday.

Shafaatullah captivates old and young
Chandigarh, December 29
Applause has never been a yardstick for success for Shafaatullah Khan, the rising star in the world of classical music, but the thunderous evasion never ceased throughout his performance on the tabla and Sitar at the Tagore Theatre here today.


Have a heart for your poor heart
Chandigarh, December 29
“At least 33 per cent of the people who complain of chest discomfort, breathlessness and sweating are actually suffering from a myocardial infarction, in other words, a heart attack”, said Dr M. Chandrashekhar, consultant pathologist with the Fortis Heart Institute, here today.

St John’s win under-12 cricket final
Chandigarh, December 29
Devjyot Singh of St John’s High School, Sector 26, was the star of today’s under-12 cricket final played between St John’s School team and Edmund Rice XI, when former outclassed latter by 124 runs to bag the title.

The winning under-12 cricket team of St John’s High School-26 at the second St John’s Challengers Meet in Chandigarh on Saturday.
The winning under-12 cricket team of St John’s High School-26 at the second St John’s Challengers Meet in Chandigarh on Saturday.

MIA Club games
Chandigarh, December 29
One hundred and sixtyfive persons took part in the first badminton, table tennis and carrom tournaments organised by the Mohali Industries Association for its members at the MIA Club here today.


Employees continue to wait for ESI Hospital
Chandigarh, December 29
No outbreak of any major disease was reported in the city this year. Although the city had its days of anthrax scare, no anthrax positive case was reported.
The pulse polio campaign faced a temporary setback with a case of polio reported in one of the city slums, but was renewed with added energy by the end of the year.

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