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Temple burgled, ornaments worth 3.15 lakh stolen
Panchkula, October 30
Over 30 silver crowns and chhattars, weighing 30 kg and worth Rs 3.15 lakh, were stolen from Pracheen Shiv Mandir in Sector 9 in the wee hours of today. The burglary came to light around 4.30 am, when the pujari, Ram Prakash Dubey , got up to perform the morning aarti.

A forensic expert, Mr G.R. Jain, looks for clues at Pracheen Shiv Mandir, Panchkula A forensic expert, Mr G.R. Jain, looks for clues at Pracheen Shiv Mandir, Panchkula, from where ornaments worth Rs 3.15 lakh were stolen in the wee hours of Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan


MC approves 5 pc property tax
Chandigarh, October 30
The Municipal Corporation today approved levying of property tax on commercial and institutional property in the city at the rate of 5 per cent. An officer of the corporation said the process to accept the installments of property tax at ten different branches of the Oriental Bank of Commerce would be in place by the third week of November.

PUDA nets Rs 11.25 cr in auction
SAS Nagar, October 30
Setting a record, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority today fetched a whopping Rs 1 crore for a shop-cum-office site in Sector 70 here during an auction of freehold commercial sites.

PU properties underutilised
Chandigarh, October 30
Scattered in different parts of the region, priceless property of Panjab University fetches “peanuts” as the total revenue on account of rent or remains grossly underutilised in serving any meaningful purpose — academic or extracurricular.

PU reschedules winter break
Chandigarh, October 30
Panjab University has decided to review the schedule for the forthcoming winter vacation in the affiliated colleges. A decision to this regard was taken at a meeting chaired by Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice- Chancellor of the PU, here today.


City on road to become tourist-friendly
Chandigarh, October 30
Efforts will now be made to make the city a tourist friendly destination. Beautifying the entry points, putting up electronic guide maps at the entry points and installing road sign boards on all highways and other roads in the city are among the few things which will happen in the future.

What ails security at PGI parking lots?
Chandigarh, October 30
Apart from treating patients, doctors at the PGI have another task at hand. To guard their cars and two-wheelers, which are being stolen from the staff parking and other unmarked areas for vehicles within the hospital campus.

‘Teased Adams’ quiz SP
Chandigarh, October 30
Beware boys! There are “Adam-teasers” on the prowl in the city. This was brought to the notice of the Superintendent of Police (Operations), Mr H.G.S. Dhaliwal, today during a talk at the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, here.

No power, water for over 12 hours
SAS Nagar, October 30
Thousands of residents of Phase X and Industrial Area Phase IX here went without electricity and water supply for over 12 hours today. While Punjab State Electricity Board officials stated that there had been an unavoidable delay in a repair work undertaken in the morning, residents virtually gheraoed the complaint office of the PSEB when they did not receive any respite even after eight hours of power shutdown.

More jobs in garment industry, says expert
SAS Nagar, October 30
Delhi has become a hub of the garment industry. The owners of prominent brands have opened their offices there. Exporters, who had so far been fabric suppliers, are setting up their own units. As technical skills are needed to run a successful unit producing quality goods, there are tremendous career opportunities in this field.

Move on community centres opposed
SAS Nagar, October 30
The Citizens Welfare Federation has decided to knock at the door of the court if the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority did not withdraw its decision to convert community centres into clubs and allot sites earmarked for government schools to private educational institutions.

NGOs, residents to help maintain parks
Chandigarh, October 30
The Environment and City Beautification Committee of the Municipal Corporation today decided to involve NGOs and resident welfare associations in the maintenance of parks in sub-sectors. At the meeting, chaired by Mrs Harpreet Kaur Babla, it was decided that a letter in this regard should be written to various area councillors.

BJP morchas reconstituted
Chandigarh, October 30
Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, President of the local unit of the BJP, has reconstituted morchas and cells of the local unit. The presidents of the morchas are: Yuva Morcha — Mr Davesh Moudgil; Mahila Morcha — Ms Asha Verma; Minorities Morcha — Mr Naushad Ali; and Scheduled Caste Morcha — Mr Sachin Lohtia.

Cong, BJP blame each other
Chandigarh, October 30
As the Municipal Corporation today announced the levying of property tax from the middle of November, Congress and BJP councillors started the blame game on the issue. In no mood to irritate the business community due to the general election scheduled next year, the Congress councillors blamed the BJP for proposing the imposition of property tax.

Osho ‘misunderstood’ by masses
Panchkula, October 30
Osho Rajneesh has been misunderstood by the masses. His concept of freedom from sex has been misunderstood as freedom with sex. This was stated by Ma Amrit Sadhana, Editor of Osho Times, and a long time associate of the Osho, who was here to participate in the inauguration of Osho Dhara Meditation Centre of the Osho Commun, which was formally launched in Panchkula at an aesthetically created campus in Industrial Area, Phase I.

Sun worshipped
Chandigarh, October 30
Sunset and sunrise were worshipped by city residents today as a part of the Chhat puja celebrations. At least 1500 members of the Purvanchal Welfare Association participated in the puja which started with fast on Wednesday.

Devotees pray to mark the Chhat Parav organised by the Poorvanchal Welfare Association at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma
Devotees pray to mark the Chhat Parav organised by the Poorvanchal Welfare Association at Sukhna Lake

Celebrations by Lord Murugan devotees
Chandigarh, October 30
A procession of Lord Karthikeya Swami was taken out to celebrate ‘’Soora Sambaram’’. The procession started from Sri Karthikeya Swami temple in Sector 31 this evening. The celebrations, which started on October 26, will continue till November 1.

A procession of Sri Karthikeya Swami being taken out from Sri Karthikeya Swami temple in Sector 31-D, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

A procession of Sri Karthikeya Swami being taken out from Sri Karthikeya Swami temple in Sector 31-D, Chandigarh


Company Director held for fraud
Chandigarh, October 30
The Crime Branch of the Chandigarh Police has arrested one of the three directors of the Online, Jasdeep Singh Bains, to unravel a Rs-12.53 crore alleged fraud, which had affected around 7,500 investors.

Man commits suicide near Chautala’s house
Chandigarh, October 30
Twentyfour-year-old Rishi Lal from Kaithal district, who had allegedly consumed some poisonous substance to end his life near Haryana Chief Minister’s house here yesterday, died at the PGI in the wee hours today.


State of Apni Mandi
Local vendors flout rules
SAS Nagar, October 30
Flouting one of the more important sections of the Food Adulteration Act, the local vendors are selling loose spices and uncovered eatables at the popular apni mandis in the township.

Vendors sell uncovered spices and eatables at the Apni Mandi in Phase 3-B2 in SAS Nagar on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Vendors sell uncovered spices and eatables at the Apni Mandi in Phase 3-B2 in SAS Nagar


Students to protest against fee hike
Chandigarh, October 30
Resentment over the fee hike was reported from private colleges of the city, here today, even as members of the students' council of various colleges decided to join the strike being observed tomorrow to lodge their protest in this regard.

DPI (Schools) issued contempt notice
Chandigarh, October 30
The Director, Public Instructions (Schools), Mr D.S. Mangat, has been issued a contempt notice by the Central Administrative Tribunal acting on the petition filed by 15 senior laboratory attendants of various governments school for not paying them revised pay scale from January 1996 with arrears.

Constructive use of technology stressed
Chandigarh, October 30
Technology can both be dangerous as well as useful, depending on how it is used, said Prof R. S. Sirohi, Director, IIT, Delhi, while delivering a lecture on “Technology and nature”, organised by the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation as part of its foundation day celebrations at the CSIO auditorium in Sector 30 here today.

Stress on need for stronger democracy
Chandigarh, October 30
More than 50 students from the local colleges and Panjab University today attended a workshop on “Youth for Democracy” being organised by the Ambedkar Centre of the university, the Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, and the Fredrich Ebert Stiftung, New Delhi.
Students of Government Model Senior Secondary School during a Youth Contact Programme of the Chandigarh Police in Chandigarh
Students of Government Model Senior Secondary School during a Youth Contact Programme of the Chandigarh Police in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Panchkula Diary
Impressive display of creativity
Panchkula, October 30
An exhibition of art and craft, science, social science and computers was held at Blue Bird High School, here today. Students from the junior and senior sections of the school participated in the exhibition.

Tiny tots of Blue Bird High School, Panchkula, depict a scene from the Ramayana during an exhibition on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Tiny tots of Blue Bird High School, Panchkula, depict a scene from the Ramayana during an exhibition


The thespian in command
Chandigarh, October 30
For the past few months thespian Aruna Ahluwalia has been actively involved with the production of “My Fair Lady” for the Founder’s Day celebrations of Vivek High School in Sector 38.

Blurring boundaries with art
Chandigarh, October 30
Under way at the Centre State Library in Sector 34 is a unique international collaborative project between three artists from India and Pakistan, who met as international students at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Australia.
Mantej Singh conducts a workshop under “Artists beyond boundaries”, an international collaborative project between artists of India and Pakistan, at State Library, Sector 34, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma
Mantej Singh conducts a workshop under "Artists beyond boundaries", an international collaborative project between artists of India and Pakistan

NRI producer honoured
Chandigarh, October 30
Punjabi producer and owner of Canada-based Watno Dur TV channel Sukhi Nijjar has been honoured by the Punjabi Lok Kala and Chandigarh Press Club in recognition of his contribution towards popularising Punjabi culture aboard.

Optimism is his driving force
Chandigarh, October 30
“Mera sahas usi tarhan sthir, jeun sthir meru parvat sara, Maine kab socha main hara” (My courage is as firm as the mountain of Meru. Why should I then think that I have been defeated?) wrote a boy from Nabha (Patiala) in 1960 in a weekly magazine published from Kolkata, Tera Panth Bharti.


Dr Rajeev Bedi joins Mukat hospital
Chandigarh, October 30
Cancer is among the top killers in the world and is assuming alarming proportions in the country with a high rate of morbidity and mortality.
The treatment being highly specialised, not many hospitals are offering medical management for cancer, says Dr Rajiv Bedi, medical oncologist.

Training programme on panchkarma begins tomorrow
Chandigarh, October 30
To create awareness about panchkarma and popularise it, the classical ayurvedic procedure for purification and rejuvenation of the body, the Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College and Hospital is organising a special capsule training programme.


Shuttlers enter second round
Chandigarh, October 30
Sahil Arora of Punjab and Parminder of Delhi were among the players who won their first-round matches in the boys under-19 singles in the ninth All-India Tarachand Memorial Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament at the Sector 3 Badminton Hall, Devi Lal Sports Complex, at Panchkula today.

All set for skating championship
Chandigarh, October 30
With competitiveness and conviction writ large on their faces, skaters from various schools of India got into business mode, here today, beginning their practice session as soon as they set foot on the venue.

Children practise on the eve of the fourth CBSE National Roller Skating Championship being held at KB DAV Centenary Public School, Sector 7, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Children practise on the eve of the fourth CBSE National Roller Skating Championship


Names shortlisted for MC Chief Engineer’s post
Chandigarh, October 30
The Chandigarh Administration has received a panel of four names for the post of the Chief Engineer, Municipal Corporation. Two of these names are from Haryana and two are from Punjab. Sources said the panel was under consideration.

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