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Traders create hell on highway
Explosive used to disperse mob; 8 hurt
Chandigarh, December 4
Thousands of commuters on the Chandigarh-Panchkula road were delayed for more than three hours today when a section of local traders blocked the road in protest against the amendment to the East Punjab Urban Rent Restrictions Act of 1949.

Thousands of commuters get caught in a long traffic jam, as traders block the Chandigarh-Panchkula road on Wednesday.
Thousands of commuters get caught in a long traffic jam, as traders block the Chandigarh-Panchkula road on Wednesday. — Photo Manoj Mahajan




Serial burglaries in city again
Night patrolling comes under focus
Chandigarh, December 4
Within seven days of daring serial burglaries at 10 shops in three southern sectors, burglars broke into four shops in Sector 43 in the wee hours of this morning and decamped with items worth Rs 75,000, including cash.

Project to recycle waste into cooking gas

Chandigarh, December 4
A project has been chalked out for Chandigarh to recycle all its waste into cooking gas. Efforts are on to set up this project at the earliest to deal with the bio-degradable waste of the city in a scientific manner.

The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), at the inauguration of a sehaj safai kendra, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), at the inauguration of a sehaj safai kendra, in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Manoj Bajpai: the star in the reckoning
Chandigarh, December 4
Sun or shade, Manoj Bajpai has never lost sight of the ground he is walking on. Taking life a day at a time, he has filled moments with improvisations, which come to him naturally, groomed as he has been in active theatre for 11 years.Mahima Choudhary

Living on her terms
Chandigarh, December 4
For some reason, Mahima Choudhary cannot stop smiling. No matter how caught up with care her surroundings are, this actress manages to make room for happiness on her face. That is the greatest virtue she possesses. At least, so thinks the mother of this actress, who lives life at her own terms, selects roles on her own will and analyses results of her own accord.


City least disabled-friendly
Chandigarh, December 4
Seven years after the Persons with Disabilities Act came into force, things have changed little for the disabled in the city. Continuing to live on the fringes of society, the physically and the mentally challenged are still suffering, not just on account of their infirmities, but also on account of the lack of accessibility — something which had long before been promised to them by the law.

Race to remember Babaji ka biplane
Chandigarh, December 4
A first-of-its-kind air race — to mark the centenary of the first ever aeroplane flight made in 1903 in the USA — will start simultaneously from four places in the country and Chandigarh is the north-India starting point. The other three locations are in east, west and south India.

‘Housing planning must be user-friendly’
Chandigarh, December 4
“Housing planning needs to be user friendly” commented Dr Graham Tipple, Director, University for Architectural Research and Development Overseas, University of New Castle upon Tyne, UK, while delivering a talk on the topic “User transformation of formal housing — way forward for obsolescent neighborhoods,” at British Library in Sector 8, here on Monday.

Party in cool, verdant surroundings
Chandigarh, December 4
As you go around enjoying the hospitality of near and dear ones at parties hosted by them on various happy occasions and eating out, there comes a time when you are expected to celebrate in style — be it the marriage of your son/daughter or the birthday of your child, or, even a kitty party. And if you're the hi-fi boss of a company or an organisation, holding conferences and other official parties may be part of your job.

Kapil Hotel to be made heritage spot
Chandigarh, December 4
For those who have grown up admiring the legendary cricketer in Kapil Dev, here is something to look forward to. In some months from now, the site of Kapil Hotel in Sector 35 will stand converted into a heritage spot, that will not only reflect a tasteful, ambience but will systematically reflect every milestone in the life of Kapil Dev.

‘Rejected lover’ assaults girl on campus
Chandigarh, December 4
A rejected lover, allegedly, lost his cool and slapped his object of desire, a student of the Department of English in Panjab University. The university has referred the matter to the sexual harassment committee led by the Dean University Instructions, sources say.

2 sustain burn injuries
Dera Bassi, December 4
Two persons sustained burn injuries when a leaking LPG caught fire in a STD booth located on the Dera Bassi-Barwala road here yesterday afternoon.


2 held for threatening bhavan attendant
Chandigarh, December 4
The police has arrested Surinder Singh, a resident of Sector 39, and Vijay Kumar of Sector 46 allegedly for threatening and locking the attendant of Jat Bhavan, Sector 27, Mr Sumer Singh, in a room. The incident took place on the night of December 2. The accused were later released on bail.

Woman blames husband for burns
Chandigarh, November 4
A 30-year-old married woman of Indira Colony, Mani Majra, was today admitted to the PGI with over 50 per cent burns. The woman, Shamima, in her statement before the Magistrate said her husband, Sharif Ahmed, and her brother-in-law, Sultan Ahmed, had set her ablaze after pouring kerosene on her.

Charred body of Panchkula youth
Chandigarh, December 4
Though the murderers of a youth whose charred body was found in the woods behind the Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat yesterday are still at large, the police has identified the victim as Laxman, a man of Sector 19 in Panchkula.


Bill payments are now just a mouse click away
Chandigarh, December 4
Here is some good news for the residents of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali. No more sweating and swearing while standing in long queues to pay your bills for telephones, mobile phones, credit cards, insurance premiums. They have now become just a mouse click away.

One of country’s 16 high streets plans to attract more visitors
HE shopping hub of the elite of the region wants to attract more of visitors offering them a changed look as the pie seems to be getting smaller with too many players entering the branded product market. They are now trying to make the pie bigger so that the share for each of them increases.

New-look Ambassador launched
Chandigarh, December 4
The central and state governments may have dejected the royal fleet of Ambassador cars long ago, but the flag ship company of the Birlas group — Hindustan Motors Limited — is determined to remain in business by giving a new look to the ambassador models, said Mr S. Sivakumar, regional manager (sales & service), HM Ltd, here today.


SSC announces exam dates
Chandigarh, December 4
The main exam of the civil services is scheduled to be held on December 22, 27, 28 and 29, 2002, said a press release of the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), North-Western Region, here today. It has further stated that it has issued the roll numbers for the combines main (graduate level) examination 2001 to all those candidates who have qualified in the preliminary exam, held on March 24, 2002.

Mount Carmel students enchant audience
Chandigarh, December 4
Colours blended with synchronised body movement give rise to a host of spectacular drills and dances that kept the audience spellbound at Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, on the occasion of its 16th annual day-cum-founder’s day at the school premises here yesterday.

Students are ready to take part in the drill at the annual function of Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

Students are ready to take part in the drill at the annual function of Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, Chandigarh.

Spectacular show by Gurukul kids

Panchkula, December 4
Students and management of The Gurukul put up a spectacular show to celebrate their annual day here today. Mesmerising performance, excellent choreography, resounding music and state-of-the-art light system created a visual and audio treat for the audience.

Tiny tots of The Gurukul, Sector 20, Panchkula, perform during the annual function of the school on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Tiny tots of The Gurukul, Sector 20, Panchkula, perform during the annual function of the school on Wednesday.

Protest march by students
Dera Bassi, December 4
Continuing their agitation on the third day, students of the local Government Degree College organised a protest march and burnt an effigy of the Parent and Teacher Association Committee (PTAC) in Ramlila Ground here today.

PU may condone lecture shortage
Chandigarh December 4
Punjab University was likely to give lecture concession to ‘deserving students’ who were short of lectures in the different departments to qualify for the ongoing semester examinations.

Jugglery tricks by students
Chandigarh, December 4
Variety is the spice of life and it was evident on the third day of the annual function of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here today.


Chandigarh, December 4
Even in a case where minimum sentence has been prescribed, the benefit of probation can be granted — Mr Justice Viney Mittal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled while releasing on probation a milk vendor convicted under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act.

Notice to investigating officer in Sidhu case
Chandigarh, December 4
A local court yesterday issued notice to the investigating officer to submit documents in a case of challan filed against suspended Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission, Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, under the Excise Act by December 10.

  • Rape case adjourned
  • Acquitted
  • Case against CM adjourned

Anticipatory bail plea dismissed
Chandigarh, December 4
A petition, seeking the grant of anticipatory bail filed in the paper leak case by the Superintendent of the Punjab Nurses Registration Council, SAS Nagar, Gurpal Singh Kang, was today dismissed as withdrawn by Ms Justice Kiran Anand Lall of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.


Fresh perspective to ‘Agni Aur Barkha’

Chandigarh, December 4
In less than a month, the fourth presentation of the legendary playwright Girish Karnad’s play ‘Agni Aur Barkha’ went into evidence at Tagore Theatre. Drawing from the limitless visual imagery that the writer has laced his work with, the director of the play, Harish Bhatia, employed the elements of theatre very sensitively to portray a mythological theme under the aegis of Abhinet.

A scene from the play ‘Agni Aur Barkha’ being staged in Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

A scene from the play ‘Agni Aur Barkha’ being staged in Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.


Health facilities for the poor
Chandigarh, December 4
The Chandigarh Administration is aiming to provide basic health services to the three lakh plus under-privileged people, living in slums of the city by using mobile health vans, said the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), while speaking at a function organised in Punjab Raj Bhavan here today. The Narain Dharmarth Aushdhalaya Trust donated an ambulance for the Chandigarh Red Cross on the occasion.

Patients’ number swells in evening OPDs
Chandigarh, December 4
The number of patients at the three-day old evening OPDs at the PGI, continues to increase. A total of 71 patients were treated by 11 consultant doctors, here today. Apart from the fact that majority of those availing the evening OPDs facility comprises service class, it is the faculties of internal medicine , ENT and ophthalmology, which witness the heaviest rush.

PU athletics meet from Dec 6 
Chandigarh, December 4
The annual athletic meet of Panjab University, Chandigarh will be held from December 6 to 8 on the university campus. According to the university sources many affiliated colleges of the university will participate in this three-day meet. About 500 athletes both in boys and girls sections, will take part in this meet.

  • Snooker meet



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