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Politics mar(k)s Navratra fair
Panchkula, October 7
Politics has taken the lead at the Navratra fair, which began at Mata Mansa Devi shrine here today. Life-size portraits of Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and former Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhary Devi Lal have been displayed at the entrance to the outer prangan (courtyard) of the shrine.

Life-size portraits of Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and Chaudhary Devi Lal dot the entrance to Mata Mansa Devi temple Life-size portraits of Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and Chaudhary Devi Lal dot the entrance to Mata Mansa Devi temple on the first day of the Navratra fair in Panchkula on Monday. 
— photo Manoj Mahajan

Schools ‘give up’ NCERT books
Prescribe costly books by pvt publishers for commission

Chandigarh, October 7

Nowadays schools are making study complicated and befooling parents by prescribing about 20 books in each class published by the private publishers instead of National Council for Educational Research and Training books. 



Dengue panic in GH-16; denied
Chandigarh, October 7
There was panic in the Sector 16 General Hospital soon after four patients, including two minors, were brought in from Mani Majra with high fever. The attendants were quick to call it dengue, but the authorities were quicker with the denial.

Salman-struck in Burail jail
Chandigarh, October 7
Following an altercation over the image of film actor, Salman Khan, one of the inmates in Burail jail today injured another inmate who was later admitted in a Sector 32 hospital. 


‘Pind Bachao’ panel seeks justice
Chandigarh, October 7
The UT Administrator, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob’s (retd) Advisory Council is to meet on Tuesday, demands and issues for this meeting are already pouring in from residents and social welfare bodies. The Advisory Council comprises several well known citizens of the city.

Tibetans find jail ‘cold’
Chandigarh, October 7
The 12 Tibetan students, including six girls, arrested for creating chaos during a visit of Mr Hua Junduo, Chinese Ambassador, here on October 3, have complained of ill treatment by officials of the Burail jail. Leaders of Tibetan organisations, who had met the students in the jail, made this allegation here today.

Electricity wing seeks damages
Chandigarh, October 7
Angered at frequent damage to its underground cables by a contractor digging up a new road in Sector 48, the UT Electricity wing today sought damages running into few of lakhs from the company carrying out the work to widen the road. 

Army sets an example in afforestation
INDLESS destruction of forest cover and fast-disappearing wildlife are casting their devastating shadow on the ecological balance of the country. Taking notice of this ominous trend several years ago, the Army had launched afforestation drive in and around all cantonments in the country.

SBI pensioners seek payment parity
Chandigarh, October 7
About 70,000 pensioners of the State Bank of India are getting lesser pension as compared to their counterparts in other banks and the government employees as per the Fifth Pay Commission recommendations.

Residents demand shifting of school
SAS Nagar, October 7
The House Owners Welfare Association, Phase I, here has demanded that PUDA authorities should get a school functioning in the residential area shifted to the site allotted to it in Sector 71.

Ramlila begins all over city
Chandigarh, October 7
Ramlila, already being enacted at few venues in the city, began in other parts with the beginning of the Navratras. In the Sector 17 parade ground, the epic started with Balmiki narrating Ramlila to Lav and Kush at Balmiki Ashram.

Protest by footpath workers
Chandigarh, October 7
Thousands of footpath workers assembled at Labour Chowk, Sector 20, this morning to hold a protest march against the policies of the Chandigarh Administration.

Elders’ Day celebrated with ‘kavi darbar’
Panchkula, October 7
The Retired Persons Welfare Association celebrated International Elders’ Day at Chaman Lal DAV School here yesterday.

Kuljeet Nagra is IYC Gen Secy
Chandigarh, October 7
Mr Kuljeet Singh Nagra has been appointed General Secretary of the Indian Youth Congress. He is the third incumbent from Punjab to be appointed on this prestigious IYC post after Mr Jagmit Singh Brar, MP and Mr Jasbir Singh Dimpa, MLA.

Painting contest in Rock Garden
Chandigarh, October 7
Rock Garden today played host to a number of participants who lent meaning to the painting contest “with a difference” organised by Airtel. Way apart from routine, the contest focused on airing talent with a view to attain a noble purpose.



Woman hurt, evicted forcibly
Zirakpur, October 7
A gang of over 25 to 30 persons reportedly stormed into a house in Vikash Nagar colony, Bartana village, and threw out household goods, besides hurting the woman owner in a densely populated area in broad-day light, here today.

50,000 stolen from Sec 47 house
Chandigarh, October 7
During the past 24 hours, the police has registered at least five cases of theft, including that of Rs 50,000, from different parts of the city. Burglars reportedly broke into the Sector 47 house of Ms Rajni Hans and took away Rs 50,000 late last evening.


Sector 22 market golden jubilee celebrations
Mr Pawan Bansal, MP, inaugurates the golden jubilee celebrationsChandigarh, October 7
MP Pawan Bansal here today opened the golden jubilee shopping festival of Sector 22-D market with a call for others to follow such a festivity. A decked up market with a huge arcade at the entrance of the parking lot in front of the shops today wore a festive look as the pavement offered customers a red carpet welcome.

Mr Pawan Bansal, MP, inaugurates the golden jubilee celebrations of Sector 22-D market in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph



PU comes to life again
Back to campusChandigarh, October 7
City colleges and Panjab University were abuzz with activity, here today, after the week-long autumn break, here today, though attendance was thin on the first day. While most hostel residents failed to show up on the first day, students are likely to return in full strength only after the Dusehra break.
Back to campus: As the university reopened on Monday after the autumn vacation, students returned to the Student Centre for a break. 
— A Tribune photograph

Population Education Week
Chandigarh, October 7
The Population and Development Education Cell of the State Institute of Education will observe Population Education Week from tomorrow. Various activities for this have been approved by the State Advisory Committee of the DPI (Colleges), UT.

  • Rally by students

  • Painting contest

  • Saplings planted

  • Inaugural meeting

Clay modelling contest on wildlife
Chandigarh, October 7
During the ongoing Wildlife Week celebrations by the UT Forest and Wildlife Department, an on-the-spot ‘clay modelling’ competition was organised at the Nepli Forest Rest House in Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary near here today.


Notice of motion to UT
Chandigarh, October 7
Taking up a petition filed by a witness in Shimla-girl rape case, Ram Lal, seeking the quashing of ‘illegal’ and ‘partial’ investigation into the matter by the Chandigarh Police, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice of motion to the Union Territory of Chandigarh for November 11.



Of ethereal melodies and soulful moods
Flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia performs at the Festival
Chandigarh, October 7
All sounds of the earth are like music and for any musician to strike upon earthy notes is perhaps the most fulfilling thing to do. Having professed music all his life, no wonder Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia exudes a strange radiance, the kind which distinguishes mundane from divine.
Flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia performs at the Festival of Indian Classical Music at Nehru Bhavan, Sector 24, Chandigarh, on Monday. 
— photo Pankaj Sharma

Mika bringing grunge music to India
MikaChandigarh, October 7
It was not the compositions of the universe, but the effect of moonlight on human heart that intrigued Mika, Punjabi pop singer. This made him leave formal education early in life and surrender himself to music. He has become famous in the bargain. “To me, music has always been everything — my companion and passion,” says Mika, in Hotel Shivalikview here to sing at a corporate party. “I was initiated into the world of music at the age of five by my father, Ajmer Singh Chandan of Patiala and Benaras Gharanas of Hindustani vocal music.


Training workshop
Chandigarh, October 7
A four-day training workshop in disability prevention and rehabilitation for master trainers from Himachal Pradesh opened at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here today.



Football title for Sanjay Public School
Chandigarh, October 7
Sanjay Public School, Sector 44, trounced Guru Nanak Mission Public School, Paonta Sahib, 6-0 to lift the CBSE North Zone Cluster XI football title here today. Star forward Ashwani of Sanjay Public School scored three goals in the 8th, 42nd, and 50th minutes. The half-time score was 1-0.

  • DAV School win

  • Cricket meet

  • Basketball trials

  • Selection trials

  • Women pugilists excel


Empowerment campaign ends
Chandigarh, October 7
“A society progresses only when women are respected and honoured and her traits and abilities are recognised in every sphere of life,” said Mrs Lalit Joshi, Mayor, Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, at the concluding session of the month-long celebrations of the women empowerment campaign organised by the rural development wing of Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishva Vidyalaya at Rajyoga Bhavan, Sector 33, here today.

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