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MC moots financial power for top officials
Sidetracks waste disposal issue
Chandigarh, December 27
The Congress-dominated Municipal Corporation today proposed to empower Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor with powers to spend more money on development work without having to seek a prior approval.

A BJP councillor, Ms Kamla Sharma, being led outside the House by marshals during the MC meeting A BJP councillor, Ms Kamla Sharma, being led outside the House by marshals during the MC meeting in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

City to get continuous power supply
Admin to pay extra for excess power
Chandigarh, December 27
City residents can heave a sigh of relief as the proposed rotational power cuts in the city will not be imposed for the time being. The Chandigarh Administration today decided to pay fines to buy power at higher rates and postpone the decision on cuts.


Servant, one other held in murder case
Chandigarh, December 27
The police today arrested a domestic help and his brother-in-law in connection with the murder of a 74-year-old retired Himachal Education Department official in Sector 21.

Bhupinder Singh Badheri Panchayat Samiti chairman voted out
Chandigarh, December 27
The Chairman of the Panchayat Samiti, Chandigarh, Mr Bhupinder Singh Badheri, was removed from his post today following a no-confidence motion against him. In a secret ballot, 13 out of the 15 votes were cast against him.

Bhupinder Singh Badheri

PGI losing crores following withdrawal of ST concessions
Chandigarh, December 27
The PGI is losing crores of rupees thanks to a policy of the Chandigarh Administration due to which sales tax concessions to the PGI have been withdrawn since July 2000.

BBC features on Indian World War II soldiers
Chandigarh, December 27
To mark the enormous contribution of Indian soldiers during the Second World War, the BCC is making a series of news features to be aired during the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the end of the war next year.

Setting sun’s struggle to peep from behind a curtain of cloud gave rise to a riot of colours in the sky in Chandigarh Wonder iN the sky: Setting sun’s struggle to peep from behind a curtain of cloud gave rise to a riot of colours in the sky in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

RS member to lead protest by Punwire union
Mohali, December 27
A Rajya Sabha member and the general secretary of the, All-India Forward Bloc, Mr Debabrata Biswas, will lead a demonstration by the Punwire Employees Union against the Punjab Government on January 12.

Neelam Cinema licence suspended
Chandigarh, December 27
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Arun Kumar, today suspended the licence of Neelam Cinema until its management does not provide the required facilities.


Tribune photo by Manoj MahajanThe exchange of hot words between the councillors of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) is not a rare sight. However, it was unusual to see a nominated councillor, Mr P.C. Sanghi, having a tiff with his counterpart, Dr K.S. Raju, during a meeting here on Monday. During the course of discussion, Dr Raju objected to the use of world “foolish” by Mr Sanghi. However, after a verbal duel, Mr Sanghi relented and took his words back.



Pornographic site not Bansal’s
Chandigarh, December 27
A day after the media revealed that a website appearing to be in the name of local MP Pawan Bansal ‘www.’ is loaded with a number of pornographic video clips and photographs, it is still accessible.

Chatrath Cong candidate for Mayor’s post
Chandigarh, December 27
The suspense over the Congress candidate for the post of Mayor is over with the party nominating Ms Anu Chatrath as its candidate for the top post, elections to which are slated to be held on January 1.

The Garhwal Regimental Centre Officers’ Mess abounds with games trophies. Fauji Beat
Fake killings: CO’s exoneration not justified
MAJOR Surinder Singh, a company commander of 5/5 Gorkha Rifles, has been dismissed from service and sentenced to three years’ rigorous imprisonment for fake killings in Siachen. Surprisingly, the then Commanding Officer (CO) of the unit, Col K.D. Singh, has been given a clean chit.

The Garhwal Regimental Centre Officers’ Mess abounds with games trophies.

The creche in Bapu Dham Colony in Sector 26, Chandigarh, cries for attention. An apology for day care centres
Chandigarh, December 27
Day care centres for children are in a sorry state of affairs with a majority of them being overcrowded, unhygienic and disease-prone.

The creche in Bapu Dham Colony in Sector 26, Chandigarh, cries for attention.
— A Tribune photograph

Tsunami waves: HCS officer has providential escape
Chandigarh, December 27
The Land Acquisition Officer (LAO) and the Enforcement Magistrate of Chandigarh, Mr S.K. Setia, and his family have had a providential escape. Mr Setia was on a holiday to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands which were struck by the tsunami waves yesterday.

Students of Gurmat Model School, Ropar, at The Tribune office in Chandigarh.
Students of Gurmat Model School, Ropar, at The Tribune office in Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

Rise in daylight burglaries

Mohali, December 27
Even as Mohali residents spent a fearful year with daylight burglars having a free run, the one event that put Mohali on the international crime map was the sensational confession of Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, the main suspect in the rape and murder of British schoolgirl Hannah Foster. He had absconded from Britain after allegedly committing the crime on March 14, 2003. He allegedly spent 10 days with his family at Mohali from March 18 to 28.

350 attend Gujar parishad meeting
Panchkula, December 27
The Gujar Samaj Kalyan Parishad, Panchkula, held a meeting and passed a resolution to buy a 4 kanal plot in a centrally-located sector of the town today.

Unique X’mas for Reliance Info employees
Chandigarh, December 27
For families of employees of Reliance Infocomm, it was a unique Christmas. Senior employees dressed as Santa Claus visited the employees’ residence here and distributed gifts to their kids.

Readers Write
Land prices beyond common man’s reach

The recent auction held by the Chandigarh Administration has taken the prices of real estate in City Beautiful to a new height.



Man arrested for assaulting widow
Mohali, December 27
The police today arrested Sandeep Kumar, a resident of Phase 11, on charges of assaulting a widow, Amarpreet Kaur, living nearby. Sandeep Kumar is the son of an influential local woman leader.

GMCH worker held for raping minor
Dera Bassi, December 27
A class VI employee of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, has been arrested by the police for allegedly raping and keeping a minor girl of Mubarikpur village in his confinement.

Tribune Impact
Case registered after two months
Chandigarh, December 27
The local police has registered a case after Chandigarh Tribune highlighted that no case had been registered into the suspected kidnapping and murder of a Sector 28 youth despite complaints being made against a person for the last two months.

Truck driver found dead
Chandigarh, December 27
Sohan Singh (40), a truck driver, was found dead under mysterious circumstances near the 66 KV station in Sector 47-C this morning.



CBSE tampering case: govt agency to handle probe
Chandigarh, December 27
The CBSE today decided to hand over the investigation of the case of tampering with an answer book to an independent government agency. All relevant documents pertaining to the preliminary inquiry conducted by the board will be handed over to the agency.

Reforms in exam system
Chandigarh, December 27
Shaken by the tampering of answer books scam two years back at the regional office of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the board this year introduced a number of reforms relating to the conduct of examination. A number of initiatives were introduced at the regional office to make public dealing more transparent and provide quick issuing of documents.

10-day NSS camp concludes
Chandigarh, December 27
A 10-day NSS camp concluded at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, here today. Emphasis on awareness on HIV/AIDS, pollution and education was laid during the camp.



Married to distance
The marital vow of ‘till death do us apart’ is facing the strains of modern life. Caught in the vortex of career- making, scores of couples are staying separately in different cities to pursue their ambitions at the cost of family ties. Out of necessity or choice, the ever-status-hungry middle class seems to have finally acquiesced in the phenomenon of 'distance-relationships'. As a result of this the emotional moorings of a marital bond have taken a beating, says Sachin Sharma, a city-based psychiatrist.

New Year bash, entry for deep pockets only
The rhythm, harmony and buoyancy of the parties to be held to welcome the New Year are not for all. These carry a price tag and that too a costly one. You need a minimum of Rs 1,500 to be eligible for an entry to the good hotels.

Make things possible is his motto
City-based Gautam Singla, aka Sumeet, has set his aims quite high. Nothing less than a big recognition can satisfy him. It was this desire which made him choose the profession of modelling.

No more sleepy, city woke up to night life
NIGHT life: The serene city woke up to the glamour-driven nightlife. Psychedelic lights, rocking music, fine blends, rings of cigarette smoke, sipping the beer, and moving on the dance floor until the wee hours were some of its high points of the late night parties in the city.

Gursharan Singh felicitated
Living the Shakespeare’s dictum “All the world is a stage” literally, octogenarian thespian Gursharan Singh, who has found a true calling in the theatre, reiterates ‘Every place is a stage for me, village Khera, a ground, a temple courtyard or an auditorium’.


Health workers to be trained under CVD project
Chandigarh, December 27
About 200 health workers in five separate batches, each consisting of 35 workers under the UT Health Administration, will be trained for the Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) Project which was recently launched in the city.

Free drugs for AIDS patients at PGI
Chandigarh, December 27
It is a move that will finally give some relief to the AIDS patients in the region.



PU hockey team return disappointed
Chandigarh, December 27
Women hockey players representing Panjab University, Chandigarh, who went to take part in the All-India Inter-University Hockey Championship at Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, had to return disappointed.

Archers count their points during the 28th Junior National Archery Meet at DAV School in Chandigarh on Monday.
Archers count their points during the 28th Junior National Archery Meet at DAV School in Chandigarh on Monday.
— A Tribune photograph

SGGS, GGS colleges win v’ball championship
Chandigarh, December 27
SGGS College, Sector 26, in the men section and GGS College, Sector 26, in the women section emerged winners in the Chandigarh Senior State Volleyball Championship concluded here today. The meet was organised by the Chandigarh Volleyball Association.

23 selected for cricket camp
Chandigarh, December 27
As many as 23 girls have been selected as probables in the under-19 girls cricket camp for the national cricket meet by the Chandigarh Women’s Cricket Association.


MC to monitor sanitation work
Mohali, December 27
The Mohali Municipal Council will put in place a system to monitor sanitation work in the township. This was decided at the monthly meeting of the council here today.

Admin cruises on e-wave
Chandigarh, December 27
Scripting a success story of its own, the 'Sampark' project providing e-governance in the city has handled, a total of 52000 transactions within 3 months of its launch.

Admin staff to donate salary
Chandigarh, December 27
Officers and officials of the Chandigarh Administration have decided to donate their one-day salary towards the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund as financial assistance to victims of the tsunami wave which hit coastal areas in south India yesterday.

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