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PU poll scene hots up
3 major groups announce presidential nominees
Chandigarh, October 25
Election fever slowly caught on at the Panjab University campus today, a day after a formal announcement of the elections to the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council on November 1.

Student leaders of Panjab University hold election rallies a day after the announcement of Students’ Council poll in Chandigarh
Student leaders of Panjab University hold election rallies a day after the announcement of Students’ Council poll in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photographs

BSNL mobile service from Oct 30
Chandigarh, October 25
Cellular services of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited would be launched in Chandigarh on October 30 and in Panchkula and SAS Nagar on October 31. The postpaid cellular service, CellOne, and prepaid service, Excell, would be available to customers at much cheaper rates than private operators, said Mr S.C. Chaudhary, Chief General Manager, Punjab circle, here today.



Will Mohali turn into Silicon Valley?
Chandigarh, October 25
Lack of any big-time IT institutes, scientific temper and absence of risk taking IT giants are some of the reasons that have affected the growth of IT industry in Punjab. The state government’s plan to develop SAS Nagar as another Silicon Valley is difficult to become a reality, but the state is best suited for the implementation of IT applications due to high income growth and awareness among the public.

2 cr more for Beant memorial
Chandigarh, October 25
The Punjab Government today agreed to give Rs 2 crore more for the completion of the library-cum-conventional centre building of Beant Singh Memorial in Sector 42 here. This is in addition to Rs 2 crore released last week. The Administration will be asked to get the first phase of the project completed within 10 months.

10 per cent free seats for PU-affiliated colleges
Chandigarh, October 25
Panjab University will give 10 per cent free seats to meritorious students in affiliated colleges from economically weaker sections of society from the forthcoming academic session. Importantly, these seats will be over and above the sanctioned intake in each course.

International congress on child psychiatry
Chandigarh, October 25
With 80 per cent of the world’s children residing in Asia and Africa, the International Congress on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions, being held at Delhi, will not just have renowned psychiatrists from 55 countries focus on core issues pertaining to their development but schoolchildren too will be active participants.

LPG distributors defer strike
Chandigarh, October 25
The LPG Distributors Federation, Northwestern Region, today deferred the indefinite strike from October 28.


Wives fast while husbands feast

Chandigarh, October 25
It was husbands’ day, indeed. As the devoted wives all over the city, clad in their festive best, stayed away from water and food throughout the day on Karva Chauth, husbands followed their daily routine of eating, drinking and being merry.

Ritual of love: Devoted wives exchange ‘thalis’ during Karva Chauth pooja in a temple in Chandigarh on Friday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

Ritual of love
Mann lives up to his image
Chandigarh, October 25
The road show started yesterday to honour subscribers of The Tribune continued with the same vigour and zeal as Harbhajan Mann, the most popular pop singer-turned-actor flanked by a team of the prestigious daily went door-to-door at various sectors in the city today.

Punjabi pop singer Harbhajan Mann presents gifts to subscribers of The Tribune at Sector 15 in Chandigarh on Friday. — Photo Pankaj Sharma
Punjabi pop singer Harbhajan Mann presents gifts to subscribers of The Tribune at Sector 15 in Chandigarh

Expose Cong, says BJYM chief
Chandigarh, October 25
The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha national President, Mr G. Krishna Reddy, on Wednesday gave a call to workers of the organisation to expose the Congress for relying on the “leadership of a person of foreign origin.”

Investors blame PUDA, IAF
Zirakpur, October 25
Hundreds of residents have blamed the Punjab Government for not creating awareness among the public for buying land and flats in the vicinity of defence installations near here. They have also flayed the Punjab Urban Development Authority for granting licences, without going into details and ground realities, to colonisers who, they say, have made a killing by misleading them.

Banning construction in Zirakpur ‘biased step’
Zirakpur, October 25
Taking a serious view of the notification prohibiting construction within a radius of 900 metres from the outer fencing of the Air Force installations, issued by the Local Government Department of Punjab, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, MLA, Ropar, and Capt. Kanwaljit Singh, former Finance Minister of Punjab, held a meeting with the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat officials and local residents here today.

Illegal mining continues unabated
Panchkula, October 25
In spite of various measures taken by the authorities, illegal mining of sand and gravel continues in the Ghaggar at various places in the district. Though the Mines and Geology Department had earlier held an auction of 44 sand and gravel quarries falling in Panchkula district to make it economically viable for the state government and check illegal mining, residents of various villages along the river embankments are indulging in this practice to make a quick buck.
Illegal mining continues in the Ghaggar at Bir Ghaggar village in Panchkula
Illegal mining continues in the Ghaggar at Bir Ghaggar village in Panchkula. — Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma.

They made it to Everest base camp
SAS Nagar, October 25                                                     
If you think that all you need to make an adventure possible is a brave heart, a free spirit and a tough challenge, you are wrong. Add to the list two tiny words — big money and you might get the picture. It costs a whopping $ 50,000 to climb the Mount Everest. The amount does not include either your safety or the success of your trip.

Handbook on amended bylaws released
Chandigarh, October 25
Very soon city residents will be able to construct houses as per their choice with minimal of architectural control. A single window service system will be introduced for submission building plans, disclosed the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), here today while releasing a handbook “Suvidha”, which lists all recently changed bylaws in a simple format.

Tackling canine acne
NIMALS with this syndrome have bumps, scabs and blackheads on their lips, chin and muzzle. It is seen almost exclusively in large short-coated breeds of dogs such as Mastiffs, Dobermans, Great Danes, Boxers, Rottweillers and German Short haired Pointers. This condition occurs during adolescence and lasts for the time till the sexual maturity is attained.

Fast food joint opened at Shanti Kunj
Chandigarh, October 25
Morning and evening walkers of Shanti Kunj can now enjoy eating in the sprawling Municipal Corporation park in Sector 16. Mayor Lalit Joshi on Wednesday dedicated an eating joint to the people by formally inaugurating the 844-sq feet fast food centre having Indian, Chinese, South Indian and continental cuisines.

Protest by telecom engineers
Chandigarh, October 25
The relay fast by telecom engineers, who are demanding revision in pay scales , entered third day today. Demonstrations were held outside the office of Chief General Manager Telecom, Punjab Circle, Chandigarh, and GM offices in Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Ferozepore, Sangrur, Hoshiarpur, Pathankot, Patiala, Ropar, Amritsar, Bathinda and other stations.
Members of the Telecom Engineering Officers Association hold a rally in support of their demands in Sector 34, Chandigarh
Members of the Telecom Engineering Officers Association hold a rally in support of their demands in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph


Woman held for killing 6-year-old
SAS Nagar, October 25
Ms Shashi Kumar, a resident of Phase X, here was arrested yesterday on charges of causing death due to negligent driving. She was, however, later released on bail.

Lawyer assaulted, two held
Chandigarh, October 25
A city-based lawyer, Mr Sharad Yadav, and his four friends were allegedly beaten up by parking lot attendants in Sector 17 here yesterday. All the five reportedly received minor injuries. Two parking lot attendants have been arrested in this regard.

  • Rs 50,000 snatched

Man cheated of Rs 50,000
Chandigarh, October 25
An assistant manager of the Punjab State Leather Corporation has been cheated of over Rs 50, 000 by a conman. Assistant manager Manjit Singh Chaman, was approached by a man named Amritpal Singh. The visitor identified himself as an agent of American Express credit card division, Delhi and proposed to upgrade credit card of Mr Chaman. The conman reportedly satisfied Mr Chaman of his credentials.


Entrepreneurs exhibit their products at Lajpat Rai Bhavan in Sector 15, Chandigarh
Entrepreneurs exhibit their products at Lajpat Rai Bhavan in Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

CWC Chairman offers help
to Sector 17 traders

Chandigarh, October 25
The Central Warehousing Corporation Chairman, Mr K.C. Tyagi, has offered the help of the corporation to Sector 17 traders in promoting their business. Talking to traders at the UT Guest House here yesterday, Mr Tyagi, also the general secretary of the Janata Dal (United), said: “I will be very happy to help traders of Sector 17 if anything for their business growth can be done by the corporation.”

New shirt collections launched
Chandigarh, October 25
Peter England, a leading readymade apparel brand, has pioneered the shift of fashion trends from metro India to mini-metros ever since its inception. In tune with the ongoing festive season, Peter England has launched two new shirt collections “Everfresh” and “Dazzlers”, along with a new range of trousers called “Satin”. The trousers follow the same credo as the shift with great quality and “honest to goodness” prices, according to Mr Ashish Dikshit, general manager, marketing, Madura Garments.

  • Attractive consumer schemes

Entrepreneurs showcase talent
Chandigarh, October 25
“Inder Dhanush” — a three-day exhibition organised by the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development for Women, Canara Bank, Sector 34, at Lajpat Rai Bhavan, gave a platform to budding entrepreneurs of the region to showcase their talent and marketing abilities.


Sri Aurobindo lectures
Chandigarh, October 25
The second lecture in Sri Aurobindo series was delivered by Prof G. C. Pande, Chairman of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, in the Commerce Department of Panjab University here on Wednesday. Professor Pande said the existence of mind was attested by introspection.

Microsoft students given certificates
Chandigarh, October 25
The SPIC-Microsoft ‘Centre of Excellence’ has presented certificates to its students. The certificates were given to the students by Mr Vivek Atray, Director IT cum CEO SPIC, Chandigarh Administration, in a function at the SPIC–Microsoft office at Punjab Engineering College this evening.

Three-day science fair begins
SAS Nagar, October 25
A three-day science fair for schools of SAS Nagar subdivision opened at Sant Isher Singh Model Senior Secondary School here yesterday. The fair was divided into three categories, elementary, secondary and senior-secondary. The quiz and chart-making competitions were reserved for secondary classes.


Theatre fest starts with ‘Martyrima’
Chandigarh, October 25
The language was certainly Greek to all but not the emotions or the underlying message that reflected the people’s desire to control their destiny which was the hallmark of “Martyrima”, the inaugural play of the Festival of Greek Theatre, organised by Chandigarh Institute of Performing Arts at Tagore Theatre here yesterday.

A scene from “Martyrima” by artistes of Omma Studio at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

A scene from "Martyrima" by artistes of Omma Studio at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Chandigarh

‘Deewangi’ — don’t miss this suspense thriller
EHA Arts presentation, Nitin Manmohan’s ‘‘Deewangi’’ has generated a lot of pre-release interest because the promos of this film have an interesting baseline: ‘‘you will be deceived by what you see......’’ . This is said to be a typical musical murder mystery. The film has been produced by Nitin Manmohan and has been written and directed by Anees Bazmee. The film opens today at Aarti and Shingaar, Ludhiana.

Warmth of Carnatic music beats October chill
Chandigarh, October 25
It was a family affair at Pracheen Kala Kendra this evening and its warmth spilled over to the audience who came to get a taste of Carnatic vocal recital performed by vocalist V L Tulasi Vishwanath, who was accompanied by her two brothers P. Nanda Kumar, a violinist and mridangam artiste P. Jaya Bhaskar.

‘Soaring’ high on its tune
Chandigarh, October 25
When Sidharth Soni, a Class IX student of St John’s High School, Sector 26, had decided last April to join the “The Soaring Eagles”, the first and only school orchestra in the city, he would never have imagined that the orchestra would one day scale new heights. The orchestra comprises today 11 members headed by music teacher Michaelangelo Francis.

Shael’s latest musical offering
Chandigarh, October 25
After showing his worth in two albums ‘Kahan hai tu’ and ‘Teri kuchh yaadein’, Shael Oswal, the new singer on the block, is ready with yet another musical offering. While his earlier works in music have been all about the range of his voice and his soothing rendering of lyrics, the latest one due for release shortly, is a blend of foot tapping and soulful numbers.

New art gallery in city
Chandigarh, October 25
For those interested in buying aesthetic stuff from different parts of India, the newly opened art gallery in Sector 20 market is the place to visit. Thrown open informally yesterday morning, the gallery houses a collection of the finest pieces of art from various parts of the country.


A bolt from the blue for PGI
Chandigarh, October 25
Without taking the PGI authorities into confidence, the Union Health Minister, Mr Shatrughan Sinha, once again sprung a surprise by announcing December 1 as the date for starting evening OPDs at the institute on the lines of government hospitals in New Delhi.

Symposium on nuclear medicine in oncology today
Chandigarh, October 25
New techniques like positron emission tomography and use of gamma imaging in thyroid, breast and brain tumours will be discussed at the two-day symposium on the applications of nuclear medicine in oncology, being organised at the PGI. The symposium, being organised by the Department of Nuclear Medicine, PGI, will begin tomorrow.

2 fresh cases of dengue
Chandigarh, October 25
The health authorities today heaved a sigh of relief as there was a fall in the number of suspected dengue fever cases, with only two patients being admitted to General Hospital.


IPSC cricket meet: YPS in final
Chandigarh, October 25
Yadavindra Public School, SAS Nagar, surged ahead by making it to the final of the IXth IPSC Schools All-India Cricket Tournament being played at Rajkumar College, Rajkot, Gujarat. As per reports reaching here, the YPS outplayed Rajkumar College by eight wickets in the quarterfinal tie. Then in the semi-final, they got the better of Delhi Public School, RK Puram, by seven wickets. Virender Pal Singh was declared the man-of-the-match.

  • GNPS-36 win

  • Athletics meet

  • DAV-8 win volleyball title

  • Jogging track


Jacob’s surprise visit to printing press
Chandigarh, October 25
The working at the Government Printing Press in Sector 18 came under scrutiny of the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), as he paid a surprise visit to the press today. It was his third surprise visit to the press in the past one year or so.

MC to issue coupons to traders
Chandigarh, October 25
In order to avoid coming up of unauthorised stalls during the festival season, the Municipal Corporation will be issuing coupons to the interested traders , three days before Divali.

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