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Employees on warpath over demands
Chandigarh, October 22
The relations between the Chandigarh Administration and its employees do not seem to be at their best. Even as the Administration had accepted the employees’ major demands, the latter are on the warpath, saying nothing other than verbal assurances had been handed out since May this year following a meeting between the employees and the Administration.

Hans sings Sufiana ‘kalaam’ in style
Chandigarh, October 22
Eternal verses of Sufi saints came alive at Leisure Valley in Sector 10, which became the venue for the first set of presentations during Sada-e-Sufi concert, being organised by the Sufi Foundation of India.

Hans Raj Hans during his presentation at Sada-e-Sufi programme, organised by the Sufi Foundation of India at Leisure Valley in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma


Sufi Foundation of India launched
Chandigarh, October 22
The Sufi Foundation of India today finally saw its formal launch at the hands of Punjab Finance Minister Lal Singh. Formed with the objective of preserving and spreading Sufi traditions of India by way of music and dance, the Foundation was launched with special musical presentations being made under the “Sada-e-Sufi” concert.

Punjab Finance Minister Lal Singh and Punjab DGP A.A. Siddiqui release a brochure on the occasion of the formal launch of the Sufi Foundation of India in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Punjab Finance Minister Lal Singh and Punjab DGP A.A. Siddiqui release a brochure on the occasion of the formal launch of the Sufi Foundation of India in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.

Mohali residents seek subdivisional courts
SAS Nagar, October 22
Even after fours years of SAS Nagar being converted into a subdivision, the township, now home to over 3.5 lakh people, still does not have a sub-divisional court. Other than various civil and criminal cases that are registered at the police stations here, residents have to go to Kharar courts for relief of even small issues like traffic challans.

Students of Mata Gujri Niwas School at Khanpur, Kharar, during their visit to The Tribune office in Chandigarh on Tuesday
Students of Mata Gujri Niwas School at Khanpur, Kharar, during their visit to The Tribune office in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Playing fraud with ‘cloned’ credit cards
Chandigarh, October 22
On a trip to Delhi, a city resident made purchases worth Rs 20,000 at a jewellery shop and opted to pay through his credit card. The jeweller swiped the customer’s card through an electronic card reader meant for processing the transaction and then, saying that the machine was not working tried to “test” the card on the card reading machine in the neighbouring shop.

Capt, Badal appear in court
Chandigarh, October 22
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh appeared in the UT District Court at 9.50 a.m. today in a case filed against him by former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Education Minister Khushal Behal was the first one who reached the court at 9.40 a.m.


Bir Devinder for beautification of SAS Nagar
SAS Nagar, October 22
The Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha and Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, has called for the beautification of SAS Nagar in view of foreign investors showing interest in the town.

Children’s village SOS for help
Divali is here again. On the occasion when people will be spending thousands of rupees to purchase gifts and sweets for their children, about 200 children at SOS Children’s Village of India, Rajpura, about 40 km from here, will be hoping to get gifts, crackers and some financial help from society.

75 students awarded at annual function
SAS Nagar, October 22
As many as 75 students of Shivalik Public School, Phase VI, here were awarded trophies, certificates and cash prizes at the annual prize distribution function of the school held here today.

Students perform at their annual and prize distribution function at Shivalik Public School, Phase VI, SAS Nagar, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Students perform at their annual and prize distribution function at Shivalik Public School, Phase VI, SAS Nagar, on Wednesday.
  • Utsav-2003

  • Rally by kids

  • Office-bearers elected

Four habitual traffic offenders penalised
Chandigarh, October 22
The UT Licensing Authority has found four city residents to be ‘‘habitual traffic offenders’’ and disqualified them from driving motor vehicles for periods varying from two to three months.

Halwarvi’s contribution highlighted
Chandigarh, October 22
Speaking of contribution of late Harbhajan Singh Halwarvi, former Editor, Punjabi Tribune, in the fields of journalism and literature, speakers at a seminar organised by the Sikh Education Society in his memory at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, here today, recalled their association with the writer.

Station Masters resent rly authorities move
Chandigarh, October 22
The Station Masters cadre in the Northern Railways is up in arms against a move by the divisional railway authorities at Ambala to post a lower grade officer against the post of Station Superintendent at the Chandigarh railway station.

BJP delegation calls on Administrator
Chandigarh, October 22
A delegation of the local BJP unit yesterday met the UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma, and requested him to withdraw criminal cases registered against various employees and union leaders of the PGI in the year 1995.

Many city roundabouts witness traffic jams
Chandigarh, October 22
There was bumper to bumper traffic jam today on the two major roads — Madhya Marg and Dakshin Marg where hundreds of residents remained stranded for over an hour before the police could finally control the utter chaos.

Hundreds of people remain stranded on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala road following a traffic jam near The Tribune chowk on Wednesday evening. It took over an hour before normalcy returned on the road. — A Tribune photo
Hundreds of people remain stranded on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala road following a traffic jam near The Tribune chowk on Wednesday evening

Halloween dresses for youngsters
Chandigarh, October 22
The preparations are on. No, not just for Divali, but also for halloween. If you do not believe it, just drive down to any of the chunk jewellery and accessories shops in the city. You will see demon dresses.

Police gets MHA nod to prosecute Pak spy
Chandigarh, October 22
The UT police has obtained the mandatory sanction from the Ministry of Home Affairs to prosecute a Pakistani national, Aabid Mehmood, alias Nihal Chouhan, who was arrested by the UT police on charges of spying. He was booked under the Official Secrets Act and various sections of the IPC.

Woman missing
Raipur Rani, October 22
Sunita Rani, a 33-year-old woman, has been reportedly missing since October 13. She had left her home after serving her children with lunch and was stated to be mentally disturbed.


Play on hazards of fire crackers
Chandigarh, October 22
A street play — “Kaki Kaka Chhad Pathaka” — was staged by the Centre for Education and Voluntary Action here today. It was aimed at gaining the attention of the masses towards an increase in environmental pollution and health hazards due to fireworks. The play was staged at Government School in Sector 22 and Sector 17 Plaza.

Notes of caution for Divali
Chandigarh, October 22
It happens every year. As busting crackers and rockets illuminate the night sky on Divali, so many residents suffering from eye and burn injuries are rushed to the hospitals and clinics. In some case, the damage is unfortunately permanent.

Anti-cracker rallies by schools
Chandigarh, October 22
Anti-cracker rallies were organised by different schools of the city to generate awareness among masses about environment pollution caused by bursting of crackers.

Nine sites fixed for sale of crackers
SAS Nagar, October 22
The District Magistrate, Ropar, has fixed nine sites for the sale of crackers in the town and issued an order barring anyone from storing, exhibiting or selling fire crackers anywhere except at the earmarked sites.

Confusion prevails at Divali fair
Dera Bassi, October 22
Confusion prevailed among vendors and shopkeepers who were permitted by the local administration to set up stalls in Zirakpur, Dera Bassi and Lalru areas of the subdivision for Divali fair.

PCA gears up for Divali celebrations
SAS Nagar, October 22
Except thousands of torn tickets of the five-day Test match between India and New Zealand, which litter the roads around PCA Stadium here, there is no other sign which can tell us that an international sporting event ended here just two days ago. And the club is all set for Divali celebrations.

Admn move hits fire cracker business
Chandigarh, October 22
The Chandigarh Administration's move to crack down heavily on the sellers of firecrackers in the city has badly hit the business of over 3000 retailers in the city. Till today, the administration had issued and renewed the licences of only 650 applicants. Hundreds of applicants are still awaiting for the sanction.


Cinema building shops burgled
Chandigarh, October 22
Thieves broke into two shops in the Jagat Cinema building in Sector 17 here and decamped with cash and goods worth several lakhs. Locks on the two shops were found broken in the morning by the watchman.


Spice opens retail outlet
Chandigarh, October 22
Spice Telecom, inaugurated an retail outlet “Vimpy shop-n-shop” in Sector 35 were the widest range of handsets and accessories would be available. The outlet would also provide the best after sales support in terms of servicing and repair.

  • Coke campaign

  • Divali bonanza

  • Celebrations in full swing

  • ‘Healthy’ pizzas

  • Lucky draw results


Poor facilities hit higher education
Chandigarh, October 22
Lack of adequate infrastructural facilities in government colleges and vacant posts of teacher is taking a toll on the standard of higher education in colleges affiliated to Panjab University.

Lakshya festival concludes
Chandigarh, October 22
The inter-college cultural fest, Lakshya 2003, concluded on a lively note at DAV College, Sector 10, this evening with bhangra and beats of dhol as teams from three colleges vied for the top spot. The boys from the host college came first while MCM DAV College was declared second.

A team presents bhangra at Lakshya 2003 at DAV College, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. —A Tribune photograph
A team presents bhangra at Lakshya 2003 at DAV College, Sector 10, in Chandigarh

Drawing contests for schoolchildren
Chandigarh, October 22
Drawing and painting competitions for schoolchildren will be organised by the Chandigarh Administration to observe the National Day for Disaster Reduction on October 29.


Play on environment protection
Chandigarh, October 22
A trip from the earth to heaven, all for the cause of environment protection, kept the audience spellbound at Sukhna Lake here the venue for "Sharat ka beeda", - a street play which was presented by Theatre Arts.


Plan to open another CGHS dispensary
Chandigarh, October 22
All those pensioners who are facing inconvenience due to excessive patient load and skeletal staff at the lone Central Government Health Service dispensary in Sector 45 can hope to get relief as the authorities are considering opening another dispensary as already 7,500 card holders are registered with it.

Sushma’s help sought to end nurses’ row
Chandigarh, October 22
Refusal by 85 nurses to carry out bedside patient care duty, despite repeated orders of the PGI administration, has forced the PGI Nurses Welfare Association to seek the intervention of the Union Health Minister, Ms Sushma Swaraj, to resolve the issue.

IAMI organises medical conference
Chandigarh, October 22
The fourth biennial conference of the Indian Association for Medical Informatics (IAMI) was held at the APC Auditorium of the PGI. A large number of faculty and delegates from India and abroad participated in the conference.

100 donate blood
Chandigarh, October 22
Over 100 persons donated blood at a camp organised by the Radha Swami Satsang Dera Trust, Baba Teja Singh Saidpur, to mark the birth anniversary of Sant Baba Rasila Ramji Maharaj here today.

Curing ailments through oriental system of medicine
Chandigarh, October 22
The Patiala-based Five Elements Health and Educational Society today claimed to have found cure for a number of ailments like blood pressure, joint pains kidney and heart problem using oriental system of medicine.


Handball meets from Nov 3
Chandigarh, October 22
The Chandigarh Handball Association is conducting 17th junior boys and girls handball state championships from November 3 to November 6 at DAV Senior Secondary School in Sector 8C.

  • Taekwondo camp
  • Soccer tourney
  • GMHS-26 spikers win
  • Swimming trials
  • Chandigarh winners
  • Soccer meet
  • Cricket tourney
  • Win for UIC XI
  • Table tennis meet

Eshita MalikUnique records by city girl
Chandigarh, October 22
In the recently concluded Senior National Netball Championship at New Delhi, shooter of Chandigarh’s netball team, Eshita Malik of 7th standard, student of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh, made two unique national records.


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