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City records lowest temperature in 3 yrs
* Sunshine brings little relief
* Fog disrupts rail, road traffic

Chandigarh, December 29
The cold wave intensified today as the city recorded its coldest night in three years when the mercury plummeted to a near freezing 1°C in the wee hours today. Thankfully, the fog lifted in the morning leading to bright sunshine and city residents got a respite from the biting cold.

A DAY OF FOG AND FIRE A DAY OF FOG AND FIRE: Die-hard morning walk lovers brave the chill of foggy Monday morning to complete their routine at Sukhna Lake. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh


  Chaos as students queue up to deposit fee
Chandigarh, December 29
There was total chaos at fee counters in government colleges of the city on the last date of depositing fee and submitting Panjab University examination forms, here today.

A big rush of students and parents at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on the last day of submission of Panjab University examination forms on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
A big rush of students and parents at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on the last day of submission of Panjab University examination forms on Monday.

RBI official killed in car crash
Close shave for college students
Dera Bassi, December 29
An official of the Chandigarh office of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Vijay Kumar, died in a road mishap near Jawaharpur village, on the Kalka-Ambala highway, this morning.

The mangled remains of a Santro car which collided head-on with a private bus, leaving Mr Vijay Kumar, an assistance general manager of the Chandigarh office of the RBI, dead and two members of his family critically injured on the Kalka-Ambala highway in Dera Bassi on Monday morning. — A Tribune photograph
The mangled remains of a Santro car which collided head-on with a private bus

Stray sambar injures woman
Chandigarh, December 29
A woman of Palsora village was injured by a stray sambar. She suffered injuries on her left eye and thighs and became unconscious. Ms Joginder Kaur, 40, was going to a branch of Punjab National Bank in the village to withdraw money when a sambar suddenly appeared from a street and injured her with its horns.

Taking care of the aged and infirm
Chandigarh, December 29
What began as a small, routine vocational training programme for unemployed women a couple of years ago is turning into one of the biggest relief providing services for the old and infirm in the city, thanks largely to the determination and persistence of Ms Raminder Kalsi, honorary secretary-general of the local branch of the All-India Women Conference.

Prof Pritam Singh honoured
Chandigarh, December 29
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to Punjabi and Sikh studies in India and abroad, Professor Pritam Singh, a former Syndic and Fellow of Panjab University, was honoured by the Provost and Vice-President of San Jose State University, San Jose (California), USA, Dr Marshal R. Goodman, at a function held at Panjab University, here today.
Punjabi scholar Prof Pritam Singh being honoured by Dr Marshal R. Goodman
Punjabi scholar Prof Pritam Singh being honoured by Dr Marshal R. Goodman, Vice-President, San Jose State University, California, at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

FLASHBACK ‘03: Municipal Corporation
Controversies galore for MC
Chandigarh, December 29
It was an year of controversies for the Congress-ruled Chandigarh Municipal Corporation. Issues ranging from the death of stray cattle during the course of shunting to Himachal Pradesh to Mayor, Mr Subhash Chawla’s involvement in the infamous Chandigarh Club brawl case, dominated the scene.

MC seeks staff for octroi collection
Mohali, December 29
Following two unsuccessful attempts to auction octroi collection in Mohali, the Municipal Council has today demanded the appointment of 30 employees to enable it to start octroi collection on its own from January 1, 2004 when the tenure of the current contractor ends.


A poignant flashback of Kargil
Chandigarh, December 29
It was reliving the poignant moments of war for parents of Param Vir Chakra awardee Major Vikram Batra. They were here today to watch “LOC Kargil” screened exclusively for ex-servicemen at Fun Republic, Mani Majra, courtesy Fortis Heart Institute, Mohali.

Mr Girdhari Lal and Ms Kamal Kanta Batra, parents of Param Vir Chakra awardee Major Vikram Batra, after the “LoC Kargil” show at Fun Republic, Mani Majra, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh
Mr Girdhari Lal and Ms Kamal Kanta Batra, parents of Param Vir Chakra awardee Major Vikram Batra, after the “LoC Kargil” show at Fun Republic

Education board re-employs clerks on ad hoc basis
Mohali, December 29
The Punjab School Education Board today employed, on ad hoc basis, 135 clerks in the examination branch following a decision of the board to re-employ its former contractual employees as per their seniority. The services of these clerks had been terminated following the end of their contract two months ago.

FLASHBACK ‘03: Chhat Bir Zoo
A year of joy and sorrow for zoo

Chhat Bir, December 29
For the famed Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, located on the Chandigarh-Patiala highway, about 20 km from Chandigarh, this was an year of happiness and sorrows. 

THE PRIDE OF CHHAT BIR ZOO: Six-month-old Ruchi, a female white tiger cub born to a brown Royal Bengal tigress, sits in an enclosure in the Chhat Bir zoo, near Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

Brandy for animals to beat the chill
Chhat Bir, December 29
Ranging from electric heat convector to make them drink brandy are some measures being used by Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park authorities to keep animals, birds and reptiles at a bay from biting cold.

Search Within
Faith in Him will bring happiness in New Year
THIS is the time to wish our friends and dear ones a happy and blessed New Year. Though such greeting is more of a western custom, it is meaningful in that it provides us an occasion to express goodwill and love towards one another.

Kamlesh’s nomination challenged
Chandigarh, December 29
Three councillors of the local Municipal Corporation today challenged the nomination of Ms Kamlesh to the post of Mayor. Ms Kamla Sharma, Ms Harjinder Kaur and Mr Rajesh Gupta , today submitted their objection to the Returning Officer of the Municipal Corporation.

CII working to uplift villages in Morni Hills
Chandigarh, December 29
The efforts of the Confederation of Indian Industry (Northern India) have begun to change the lives of some of the villagers in Morni Hills. As part of its social responsibility, the CII is working on a number of initiatives across the northern region in terms of primary education, AIDS counselling, youth livelihood, health camps, adult literacy campaigns and women’s empowerment.

Eco Notes
Time to save Sukhna’s fish
The waters of the Sukhna are home to nearly 37 species of fish belonging to 12 families, including Indian major carps and a few exotic carps. The fish fauna, which was introduced in the lake from the nearby areas, has affinity with western Himalayan elements.

Doing 50-50 with weight!
Chandigarh, December 29
Mr Navneet Singh, a resident of Sector 49-B (House No 1687, Pushpac Complex) has alleged that the Britannia Biscuit Co. Ltd is cheating the people by supplying packaged biscuits with less weight than what is mentioned on the packets.

Fire in Panchkula hotel
Panchkula, December 29
Goods worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed in a fire that broke out at the fifth floor of KC Cross Road hotel this afternoon. Two rooms were gutted completely in the fire causing huge loses, however, no lost of life was reported.

Plea to CHB chief



Two women held for theft
Chandigarh, December 29
The police arrested two women of Mohali for allegedly stealing mobile phones, a CD player and camera from a Sector 35 hotel here yesterday. Besides, three more cases of theft were reported from different parts of the city during the past 24 hours.

Two auto-lifters arrested
Chandigarh, December 29
The police today claimed to have busted a gang of two-wheeler lifters involved in 13 cases in the city. Gurdeep Singh, alias Penta of Chamkaur Sahib and Mannu Prasher, alias Amit Kumhar, of Janata Kumhar Colony, Sector 25, were arrested today by the Crime Branch.


2 drug companies admit wrongdoing
Panchkula, December 29
Initiated with an aim to curbing unethical and arbitrary trade practices by pharmaceutical companies, a drive by the Drug Control Authority of the Health Department, Panchkula, has yielded results.



FLASHBACK ‘03: District Courts
Courts became battleground for politicians
Chandigarh, December 29
The UT District Courts became a virtual battleground for politicians this year with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, his predecessor Parkash Singh Badal and Agriculture Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal appearing in various cases. The year would also be remembered for the arrest of one of its judicial officers in an alleged bribery case.

8.92 cr given as compensation by lok adalats
Chandigarh, December 29
A sum of Rs 8.92 crore was awarded as compensation to the litigants in the MACT cases by the Permanent Lok Adalat functioning in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the UT District Courts during the year 2003. In addition to it a sum of Rs 2.29 crore was granted as compensation to the litigants in the various Special Lok Adalats organised by the State Legal Service Authority in the MACT cases stated in the press note issued by the SLSA.



Manch stages ‘Heer Ranjha’
Mohali, December 29
The Adakar Manch, Mohali, staged the famous creation of Kaifi Azmi, ‘‘Film Heer Ranjha’’ at the Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, today. The play, directed by Kewal Dhaliwal has been produced by the National School of Drama, New Delhi, during a workshop at Kurukshetra University last month.


Don’t feel guilty if you break New Year resolution
wentytwo-year-old Tahira has resolved to look gorgeous in 2004. No wonder, the young university student has picked up a couple of nice alluring dresses to don in the New Year. Her sister was also in a habit of making resolutions just before the old year slipped into oblivion, but they were less stunning.

  • Keep those resolutions

A treat for French film fans
lliance Francaise de Chandigarh and French Embassy will present a French Film Festival “Marin Karmitz — A Man of Image” from January 2 to 8. The movies will be screened daily at 6 pm in Kiran Cinema, Sector 22, Chandigarh. The festival is open to all and is free of cost. The entry is through passes which are available at Alliance Francaise, Sector 36, Chandigarh.

Deck up for party
ou always stand out in a crowd, but for all the wrong reasons. Just make sure you do not look the “odd woman out” during the New Year Eve bash at your favourite haunt. Here are some party tips compiled after talking to experts.

Some more choices for New Year Eve
Singing sensations Babu Mann and belly dancers from Russia are doing in 2003 something Chandni did in early 90’s — pull crowd. If you do not believe it, ask hoteliers organising New Year eve parties. They will tell you all about it.

Geeteshwar SharmaIt’s my life
Life is like a game
ife is just like playing a game here, but rules in this game are somewhat different. There are no players, and a no-win situation. Once the “pieces” are placed in the starting position, the rules determine everything that happens later.



City golfer clinches sub-junior title
Chandigarh, December 29
Rahul Bakshi of the Chandigarh Golf Club shot a career-best round of 75 on the final day to win the sub-junior title (under-15) for 2003 at the All-India Junior and Subjunior Golf Tournament held at Classic Golf Resort, Gurgaon. Rahul beat his nearest rival, Karan Taunk of Jamshedpur by 7 strokes. This achievement becomes all the more creditable since he is the youngest among top 5 subjunior golfers of India.

Saurabh AroraSaurabh set to don Indian colours
Chandigarh, December 29
Saurabh Arora, a class XII student of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, brought laurels to the school when he was chosen in the Indian ‘A’ under-19 cricket team which is taking part in the Commonwealth under-19 cricket meet being held in various parts of India. This meet is being organised by the Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Trust in association with the School Games Federation of India.

PU win all-India basketball title
Chandigarh, December 29
Panjab University, Chandigarh men emerged winners in the All-India Inter-University Basketball Championship held at Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar. According to Mr Kewal Singh, Assistant Director (Sports), Panjab University, Chandigarh outplayed Punjabi University, Patiala, 82-42. In the semi-final, PU routed Calicut University.

50 players vie for honours
Chandigarh, December 29
Forest Hill Resort was witness to the under-14 tennis and the family golf tournaments and in spite of the chilly weather, the response was overwhelming.


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