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50 per cent city youth hooked on tobacco
Chandigarh, November 6
Apart from the fact that smoking is considered to be fashionable, is it the increasing shift to the nuclear family system and lack of supervision that has resulted in more than 50 per cent of the city’s youth being hooked on tobacco?

Waiting for a jailbreak at Burail
Chandigarh, November 6
In spite of repeated security lapses in Model Jail at Burail, the authorities concerned have not done anything to stop these. The recent discovery of cash, cellphone and a weapon in the barracks of the accused in the Beant Singh assassination case is not an isolated incident. There have been a number of such incidents in the jail in the past.

Less noise, more polluted air this Divali
Chandigarh, November 6
Thanks to the less noisy and more fancy crackers this Divali, the festival night for city residents was a little quiet, even though they inhaled highly polluted air with an SPM level of 685, more than thrice the permissible limit.


Sisters pray for brothers
Chandigarh, November 6
Sisters showed their love and affection for brothers by applying tilak on their foreheads on the occasion of Bhai Dooj today. Celebrations started early in the morning with sisters holding plates full of sweets, besides incense sticks and material required for pooja, applied tilak on the forehead of their brothers.

A girl applies tilak on her brother’s forehead on the occasion of Bhai Dooj, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan

A girl applies tilak on her brother’s forehead on the occasion of Bhai Dooj

Canada lures immigrants to restock rural areas
Chandigarh, November 6
Mr Dennis Codere, Canadian Minister for Citizenship and Immigration has unveiled a new federal policy that would open the doors for thousands for immigration aspirants granting three to five years work permit, if they live in rural communities. The Canadian Government’s new immigration policy is designed to attract young, preferably large foreign families, to rural Canada.

More Jaguar crash victims in PGI
Chandigarh, November 6
While the condition of five persons admitted to the PGI and the Government Medical College and Hospital continues to remain critical, four others injured in the Jaguar crash in Ambala yesterday were today brought here from Army Hospital, Ambala.


Cries of bluebull calf fail to move wildlife officials
Panchkula, November 6
For the migrants who have been nursing and bringing up a month-and-a-half-old bluebull calf, it is a matter of love. In contrast, the Haryana Wildlife Department is unmoved, while the calf waits to find a permanent home.

A bluebull calf that got separated from its herd about a month-and-a-half ago, in Saketri village near Panchkula. — A Tribune photograph

A bluebull calf that got separated from its herd about a month-and-a-half ago, in Saketri village near Panchkula.

British couples with visions for India
Chandigarh, November 6
Peter and Jean Swinscoe, Dr Nath and Eileen Jambunathan, John and Jean Clifford, Malcom and Joyce Whitt — four British couples from the Rotary Club of Wellington Park, here as a part of the Rotary Family Exchange Programme — could not have come at a better time, with the festive mood all around. The visitors are soaking all shades of Indian culture — from the famous hospitality to the vibrant dances.

Cheshire Home for the disabled
Chandigarh, November 6
A Cheshire Home for diabled was formally opened yesterday by the Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R.Jacob (retd). The home has been set up in the basement of Foreign Student Hostel, Sector 15, till the regular building is completed.

Core group mulls surrendering awards
Chandigarh, November 6
The All India Veterans Core Group today said there was no option but to return the Mention-in-Despatches (M-in-D) certificates, along with the ‘Lotus Leaf’, to the President of India if the government continued to discriminate against M-in-D recipients.

RBI urges public to exchange soiled notes
Chandigarh, November 6
The Reserve Bank of India has urged members of the public to enforce their right to obtain good quality notes and avail themselves of the facility to exchange mutilated and soiled notes.

Governor’s faux pas: MP blamed
Chandigarh, November 6
The Scheduled Castes Morcha of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) criticised the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, here today, for allegedly getting a Valmiki temple inaugurated by the Haryana Governor, Babu Parmanand. It said the MP had forgotten that the temple had already been inaugurated twice in the past.

Man blames doctors for mother’s death
Chandigarh, November 6
A local person, Mr S.K. Dhawan of Sector 40, has alleged that negligence on part of doctors at a private hospital here resulted in the death of his mother. His mother died in her house on September 23 after treatment in the Sector 34 hospital.

Sector 32 streetlights not functioning
Chandigarh, November 6
Streetlights on the V-5 road on the intersection of Sector 32-D and 32-C have not been functioning for the last one month and has become a nightmare for the road users of the area.


Woman crushed to death
Chandigarh, November 6
A resident of Palheri village in Mullanpur subdivision, Mohinder Kaur, was crushed to death under a tractor-trailer near Maloya Colony here this afternoon. The tractor-trailer driver fled from the spot.

Held in theft case
Chandigarh, November 6
The police claims to have arrested Kiran Kumar, a resident of Kumhar Colony, Sector 25, allegedly for stealing Rs 25,000 from the residence of Mr Parmod Trivedi of Dragon restaurant, Sector 15, here yesterday. It is also being claimed that Rs 13,360 has been recovered from the accused.

Minor girl raped
Chandigarh, November 6
A minor girl, resident of Colony No 5, was allegedly raped by a 20-year-old youth of the same colony last night.


Project launched
Chandigarh, November 6
A cyber news network, Transmedia Times, launched its unique project “Ground Zero” at Garhwal Bhavan, here today. Mr S.K. Bijlani, Chairman, Confederation of Indian Industry (Northern Region), was the chief guest at the ceremony.


Special task force of teachers mooted
SAS Nagar, November 6
A special task force of teachers, both serving and retired, should be formed to provide academic supervision in elementary and secondary schools. This was proposed at a meeting of renowned educationists held here today.

Colourful presentation by Hartron students
Chandigarh, November 6
Students of Hartron workstation, MMC Computers, Sector 8 presented a colourful cultural programme on the occasion of its annual day today at Musafir auditorium.

A view of the participants in the fashion show of the Hartron workstation.

A view of the participants in the fashion show of the Hartron workstation.

2,000 participate in painting contest
Chandigarh, November 6
North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) today celebrated its 17th foundation day at Kalagram. On this occasion, a painting and poster contest was organised for school students of UT, Mani Majra and Panchkula. About 2,000 students from various schools participated in the competition. It was followed by a cultural programme. Mr Diwan Manna, Mr Balwinder Singh, Mr Naresh Pandit and Ms Sadhna Sangar constituted the panel of judges for the contest.


23 nursing students allowed to take tests
Chandigarh, November 6
In less than 24 hours before the first year examinations in general nursing and mid wifery course were to commence, Mr Justice Hemant Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today allowed 23 students to take the tests.

  • Medical reimbursement

HC notice to UT Administration
Chandigarh, November 6
In just over four years after a Mumbai-based businessman was implicated in a false rape case, allegedly at the behest of his business rival, Mr Justice M.M. Kumar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notices to the Chandigarh Administration authorities on a petition seeking the initiation of contempt of court proceedings for failure to take action against the complainant.


Making art out of dead objects
Chandigarh, November 6
An artist is surely blessed to have million eyes. While one rests in the soul that inspires creation, others wander to discover the beads that hold the nature together.

The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, inaugurates the photo exhibition of Sanjay Kumbkarni (extreme right) at Punjab Kala Bhavan in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Jassi comes up with ‘Koka...’
Chandigarh, November 6
In the world of Punjabi music, market presence of singers often matters more than the musical offering they make. That is perhaps why Jasbir Jassi has not been spotted very frequently on the road to starry success. After he became a big name in the pop music industry with the release of “dil le gayi kudi Gujarat di”, Jassi decided to change his stance by consciously refusing to give space to vulgarity in his videos. Two years down the lane, he can be termed more a struggler and less a star.

Punjabi singer Jasbir Jassi with his new album ‘Just Jassi-Koka Tera Koka’ at the Chandigarh Press Club on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Punjabi singer Jasbir Jassi with his new album ‘Just Jassi-Koka Tera Koka’

Carrom meet from Nov 16
Chandigarh, November 6
Saupin’s School is organising the IInd Saupin's Inter-School Carrom Tournament, under the aegis of the Panchkula District Carrom Association from November 16 to 19 at Saupin's School, Sector 9, Panchkula, for schools of Panchkula district. Competitions will be held for boys and girls, both for team championship and singles events.

  • Billiards meet

  • Cricket tourney

UT team third in police meet
Chandigarh, November 6
The Chandigarh police shooting team has secured the third position in the revolver/pistol shooting competition during the recently concluded 46th All-India Police Duty Meet (Shooting Competition) held at Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh.


80 challaned
SAS Nagar, November 6
For all those who are plying on the roads of this township without the required documents, a seat belt or the helmet, be warned. The police here has started a week-long special drive against the violators of traffic rules.

Another joint at Sukhna Lake in the offing
Chandigarh, November 6
There’s nothing unusual about it. You, too, must have felt the need for sipping a hot cup of invigorating tea or coffee after jogging or walking for long minutes at Sukhna Lake. The wait will soon be over if the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation’s proposal of setting up a kiosk at the regulatory end of Sukhna Lake is approved by the Government of India.

Gujral proceeds on leave till Nov 24
Chandigarh, November 6
The UT Home Secretary, Mr Raminder Singh Gujral, has proceeded on leave till November 24 following which the work being handled by him has been distributed among other senior officials. The Finance Secretary, Mr Karan Avtar Singh, will look after the work of the Home Department, Medical Education, Law and Order and Local Self Government.


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