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Armed burglars strike in Sec 41
Unarmed cops chase them away; 3rd serial burglary in 15 days

Chandigarh, December 13
Within a fortnight of serial burglaries in southern sectors, armed burglars struck again, this time at two shops in the Sector 41 market early today. The burglars, said to be 12 in number, ran away when two night-watchmen of the market alerted the beat policemen at about 2 am.

CHANCE MISSED? This man, out in the wild to answer the nature’s call, was rounded up by the Chandigarh police early on Friday after a burglary. — A Tribune photograph

Jan 7 reopening of evening OPDs unlikely
Chandigarh, December 13
Even though the PGI plans to resume the evening OPDs from January 7, 2003, the question is that would the show this time remains unanswered, as the faculty, under no circumstances, is willing to take up the job.


‘Bad Vaastu city’s problem’
Chandigarh, December 13
The city designed by French architect Le Corbusier seems to be Vaastu non-compliant, which is making its youth go out to seek jobs. “The air in the city seems to be weak, bringing uprooted people to the city and forcing their progenies to make a living outside.” 

Admn notifies new rates for sites
Chandigarh, December 13
With a view to attract more companies for the proposed Chandigarh Technology Park, the Chandigarh Administration has notified new rates for land payable by companies to set up their offices here.

HUDA-MC lock horns over transfer of funds
Panchkula, December 13
Haryana Urban Development Authority and the local Municipal Council seem to have locked horns over the transfer of funds to the latter , even as the first ever elections to the MC are scheduled for January 19. The transfer of staff from HUDA, proposed construction of meat market and Transport Nagar , too, hangs fire as a result of this stand- off.

Singapore may ease visa restrictions
Chandigarh, December 13
Singapore may ease visa restrictions to attract more tourists from the region. This indication was given today by Mr Vimal Harnal, Regional Director for South West Asia, Singapore Tourism Board, in an informal chat with TNS.


ATFI protests against Pak, terrorism
Chandigarh, December 13
The Anti-Terrorist Front of India (ATFI) here today urged President Abdul Kalam to give privileges to those fighting against terrorist activities and put them directly under the control of President.

Residents need better civic amenities
Panchkula, December 13
Residents of Ward No. 9 (Sector 16) and Ward No. 10 (Sector 9) look for a representative who can help provide better civic amenities in their wards. The electorate of Ward No. 9 (Sector 16) and Ward No. 10 (Sector 9) feel that the main issue during the elections is providing better roads, cleanliness, better water supply system and better policing.

Code of Conduct for MC poll
Panchkula, December 13
The code of conduct for the forthcoming MC elections here has been released by the State Election Commission, even as there is massive rush for getting nomination papers and no-dues certificate from the Municipal Council.

‘Cities showing signs of stress’
Chandigarh, December 13
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said here today that the haphazard growth of slums around cities was a matter of concern and conservationists, planners and architects should design and develop cities keeping provision for the future need of drinking water, sewerage, roads and electricity and decongestion of over-populated cities. He was speaking at the concluding session of the three-day seminar, ‘The Chandigarh Conclave’.


4 held for selling porno CDs
Chandigarh, December 13
The CIA wing of the Chandigarh Police today conducted raids in different parts of the city and seized 27 compact discs (CDs) having objectionable content. As many as four shopkeepers were arrested for possessing and selling porno CDs.

Flesh trade racket unearthed; 8 held
Panchkula, December 13
The police today unearthed a flesh trade racket operating in Sector 7 here by arresting eight persons, including five women. Three of the women arrested are in their teens, with one of them being just 14 years old.


Law students told to report on Dec 16
Chandigarh, December 13
The Law Department of Panjab University has asked students of first, third and fifth semesters, who have deficiency of lectures, to report in the department on December 16 morning, official sources said here today.

Schools’ panel for fresh allotment guidelines
Chandigarh, December 13
The Chandigarh Private Schools Association has demanded that the Chandigarh Administration should lay down fresh guidelines in which the main criterion for allotment should be the experience in running the institution.


Craft Bazar-2002 opens
Chandigarh, December 13
While two handicraft exhibitions are going on in the City another one opened in Circus Ground today afternoon. Crafts Bazar-2002, which was formally inaugurated by the Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, is being organised under the aegis of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), the Ministry of Textiles, the Government of India and the Managing Director, Himachal Pradesh State Handicrafts and Handloom Corporation, Shimla.

Casting spell with Batalvi’s songs
Chandigarh, December 13
Describing the poetry of Shiv Kumar Batalvi is like lending words to pain. So full of depth were his verses that even today they cast their spell on every listener.

Members of the Swar Lehar Musical Group present timeless verses of Shiv Kumar Batalvi at a function hosted in his memory, at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Friday. 

Members of the Swar Lehar Musical Group present timeless verses of Shiv Kumar Batalvi at a function hosted in his memory, at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Friday.

88 works of art on display
Chandigarh, December 13
The much-awaited annual art exhibition organised by the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS) and Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi today opened in the gallery of the Government College of Art, Sector 10.


‘Physically challenged sportsmen deserve better deal’
SAS Nagar, December 13
The Punjab Government has failed to recognise the contribution of physically challenged sportspersons and protect their interests.

Activists of the Anti-Terrorist Front of India burning the effigy of terrorism and the flag of Pakistan at a demonstration in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Activists of the Anti-Terrorist Front of India burning the effigy of terrorism and the flag of Pakistan at a demonstration in Chandigarh on Friday.

Annual Primary Games end
Chandigarh, December 13
The four day Annual Primary Games for the schools under the UT Education Department came to an end today with more than 3000 primary students, below class V, vying for top honours. The event was held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10 with 47 schools taking part in it.
  • Cricket tourney

  • Captain named

  • Satluj cup tournament

  • Football trials

  • Press Club to play Admn


Auction of octroi contracts postponed
SAS Nagar, December 13
Even as today’s bandh call given by the Mohali Industries Association and Mohali Vyapar Mandal to oppose privatisation of octroi collection in the township failed to elicit any response from a majority of the traders and shopkeepers, auctions to grant contracts to private firms for octroi collection scheduled for December 16 have been postponed indefinitely.

Garbage collection deadline
Chandigarh, December 13
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh from December 16 will withdraw collection of garbage and horticulture waste from all places in Sector 8 barring at Sahaj Safair Kendra located in 8-B, near Rehri Market, and garbage collection bins placed near electricity office near H No. 69 in the sector.


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