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Dengue arrives in Ambala
6-year-old boy dies in PGI
Ambala, October 10
Dengue marked its arrival in Ambala by claiming one life even as another suspected dengue case has been referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. While Harsh of Langar Channi village died in the PGI on October 7, 10-year-old Navneet Kaushal of Kardhan was shifted to that hospital after he showed symptoms of dengue.

Old tyres at CTU depots dengue-breeding nurseries
Chandigarh, October 10
Wornout tyres dumped at Chandigarh Transport Undertaking depots in the Industrial Area are a perfect dengue-breeding ground in the city. Most of the tyres have been lying in the open at scrap yards of CTU depot No. 1, 2 and 3 since the monsoon season.
Tyres dumped at CTU depot No. 2 lie in the open Tyres dumped at CTU depot No. 2 lie in the open.
— Tribune photo by Vinay Malik


Ban on child labour activated; children still at work
‘Will the govt feed my family?’ asks a working child
Chandigarh, October 10
Eight-year-old Ganpat knows nothing about the law that guarantees him complete freedom from work. All he knows is that his day starts earlier than dawn and ends later than sunset when the UT Secretariat complex goes to rest after a day of hectic activity.

Eight-year-old Ganpat washes utensils right next to the tea stall in the UT Secretariat Complex, Sector 9, where he works to supplement his family’s meagre income.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Eight-year-old Ganpat washes utensils right next to the tea stall in the UT Secretariat Complex

Rodrigues sets deadline for lake projects
Chandigarh, October 10
Setting a deadline for the completion of two water bodies and a botanical garden near Patiala-ki-Rao for the south-western sectors and a park in Sector 23 by the end of this year, the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today asked senior officials of the Engineering Department to quicken the pace of construction and the execution of beautification plan.

Nutritional food to be served in hostels
Chandigarh, October 10
Menu cards in hostels of government colleges are in for a definite change and so are the rates for food from the next academic session. The change in the food arrangements will be complimented with an adequate infrastructure for physical workouts.

CPM asks Centre to cut petrol, diesel prices
Chandigarh, October 10
The CPM general secretary, Mr Prakash Karat, today urged the Manmohan Singh government to slash the prices of petroleum products, especially petrol and diesel, as their prices in the international market had gone down.

Corbusier’s designs seem like poetry in stone: expert
Chandigarh, October 10
At a time when Chandigarh is vying for an inscription on UNESCO’s heritage list, the observations made by celebrated architect Raj Rewal seem pertinent. In Chandigarh today to participate in the city’s heritage week celebrations, Rewal steered the debate on the relevance of Chandigarh’s architecture in the desired direction and offered a new perspective to it.

Dimpy’s wife wants case transferred to CBI
Chandigarh, October 10
Accusing the Chandigarh Police of going slow in the murder of her husband Prabjinder Singh Dimpy, who was shot dead at Sukhna Lake on July 7, his wife Pawandeep Kaur reitrerated her demand for the transfer of investigations to the CBI.

6 injured in PU clash
Chandigarh, October 10
At least six students belonging to the Panjab University Students Union were brought to the Sector 16 General Hospital late tonight with serious injuries after an alleged clash with the activists of the SOPU (Students Organisation of Panjab University) took place in Hostel No. 6 on the campus.

Watch out
Seventeen-year-old Kinshuk Sharma, ranking sixth in boys under-18 section, made a flying start in the DSL National Tennis Championship which started in New Delhi on Tuesday. Kinshuk made short work of Vinayak Sharma 7-6, 6-2 and Moan Chillar 6-3, 6-1to enter the next round.

Kinshuk Sharma

Kinshuk Sharma

In Town
Jeff Gralnick, Special Consultant (Internet and New Media Technologies), NBC News, will be in town on Wednesday for an interactive discussion on “Trends In Global Media”. The discussion is being organised by the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America at the Chandigarh Press Club.

Jeff Gralnick

Jeff Gralnick

Passing Through
What are McDonald’s expansion plans in the North?
We are planning to open at least 12 more outlets in the tier II towns of Punjab and Haryana. These will be located at Ludhiana, Amritsar, Patiala, Rajpura, Bathinda, Nawanshahr and Jagadhri, besides five outlets in Chandigarh itself.

Vikram Bakshi, Managing Director, Connaught Plaza Restaurants, which runs McDonald’s joints in North India.

Vikram Bakshi


Approval given to MC agendas
Chandigarh, October 10
The Finance and Contract Committee of the Municipal Corporation accorded approval to various agendas, including permission to install cellular transmission towers at various water works/complaint centre locations in the city after seeking offers from different cellular companies.

126 fighter planes to be inducted into IAF: Rao
Chandigarh, October 10
The Union Minister of State for Defence Production, Rao Inderjit Singh, said here today that the phobia of inquiries often delayed the purchase of equipment for the defence forces in the country. He admitted that as a result of delay in purchasing defence equipment, the number of squadrons with the Indian Air Force had come down from 39 to 30.

NCC to raise polo team soon
Chandigarh, October 10
As part of its drive to give an impetus to sports and adventure activities, the National Cadet Corps will be raising its own polo team in the near future.

Additional Director-General, NCC, Major-Gen R.K. Karwal (centre), during his visit to review a naval wing training camp at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Additional Director-General, NCC, Major-Gen R.K. Karwal (centre), during his visit to review a naval wing training camp at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh

HAL overburdened, says minister
Chandigarh, October 10
Terming public sector aviation giant Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to be overburdened, Minister of State for Defence Production, Rao Inderjit Singh said that several measures were in the pipeline to improve the performance of defence public sector undertakings.

Seelam Sohi stakes claim on Banur segment
Zirakpur, October 10
Even as the Punjab Assembly elections are almost four months away, the electoral scene in the Banur segment has hotted up with Ms Seelam Sohi, senior Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee leader and widow of veteran Congres leader Ravinder Singh Sohi, today throwing her hat in the electoral ring.

A voice of reason in Pakistan
Chandigarh, October 10
Even after writing on women's issues for 46 long years, poet Kishwar Naheed has lost none of her fire. As one of Pakistan's best-known feminist poets, her prose echoes the struggles of women she chronicles so poignantly in her verses.

Labourers organise rally
Chandigarh, October 10
On a call given by the Federation of Indian Trade Union, labourers from Punjab and Haryana organised a rally from the local railway station to Matka Chowk in Sector 17 yesterday.

Labourers from Punjab and Haryana raise slogans against the state governments at Matka Chowk, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Labourers from Punjab and Haryana raise slogans against the state governments at Matka Chowk, Sector 17, Chandigarh

Screw found in restaurant dish
Chandigarh, October 10
A family outing on the Karva Chauth evening for Mr Amit Mann and his friends turned out to be an unpleasant affair during dinner at Captain’s Retreat restaurant in Sector 35 here this evening when a screw was found in the ‘hare bhare kabab’ dish.

Women participate in the Karva Chauth puja at a temple in Sector 38, Chandigarh
Women participate in the Karva Chauth puja at a temple in Sector 38, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.
— A Tribune photograph

Lakhani not to get prize money
Chandigarh, October 10
In less than 24 hours after motor rallyist Yogesh Lakhani was arrested by Chandigarh Police on the allegations of participating in the annual Raid de Himalaya motor race on a stolen bike, the Himachal Motor Sports Association has decided to withhold the prize money which was to be paid to him.

Legal rights of mentally challenged discussed
Chandigarh, October 10
To observe the World Mental Health Day, the State Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh, today organised a legal-awareness campaign for mentally challenged children at the Sadhana Society for Mentally Handicapped children, Rein Basera, Manimajra, here.

Concert to help poor children
Chandigarh, October 10
In an effort to save the lives of poor children suffering from cardiac disorders, Spice Telecom, Rotary Club and its youth wing, Rotaract Club, Chandigarh, will organise a fund-raiser rock concert.



22-yr-old found dead; suicide suspected
Chandigarh, October 10
The body of a 22-year-old married man was found on the floor of his single-room accommodation in Ram Darbar, here, early this morning. Though no suicide note was found near the body , the police suspects that the man had committed suicide as a piece of cloth was found hanging from a ceiling fan in the room.

City resident robbed of Rs 1.85 lakh
Chandigarh, October 10
Two unidentified persons took away Rs 1.85 lakh from a city resident after distracting his attention by throwing some currency notes near him in the broad daylight in Sector 17 here yesterday.

Woman’s gold chain snatched
Chandigarh, October 10
Two miscreants, who came on a motor cycle, snatched the gold chain of a woman in Sector 43 here this afternoon. Police sources said Mr Nirmala of Sector 43 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that two unidentified youths, riding a motor cycle, snatched her gold chain outside her residence at around 1 pm.


Workshop on WTO negotiations today
Chandigarh, October 10
A regional stakeholder consultation workshop on “WTO Agriculture and NAMA Negotiations: Identifying Products of Concern to India”, is being held in the city tomorrow. This is being organised jointly by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

RBI told to fix valuation fee
Chandigarh, October 10
The Chandigarh chapter of the Institution of Valuers has urged the Reserve Bank of India to fix a reasonable one scale of valuation fee for all banks. The issue was raised during a workshop on ‘Valuation of Property’ organised to celebrate the Valuers’ Day.


Bright prospects for students as MNCs come calling
Chandigarh, October 10
The end of the academic session may still be eight months away in most professional institutes in the city, but the process of campus interviews and placements has already started.

Young Yadavindrians set for a date with theatre
Chandigarh, October 10
Young Yadavindrians are all set to stage a play ‘‘A Christmas Carol’’ by Charles Dickens at Tagore Theatre on October 12. The entire Class V, which will be passing out of the junior school in December this year, has been cast in the play.

YPS students rehearse for the play, ‘A Christmas Carol’, in Mohali on Sunday.
— A Tribune photograph

YPS students rehearse for the play, ‘A Christmas Carol’, in Mohali

PU sets up Students Grievance Cell
Chandigarh, October 10
Panjab University has established a Students Grievance Cell. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof R.C. Sobti, told The Tribune that the cell would be headed by an officer, who would have two persons working under him, and work in a time-bound manner.

PUSU activists protest in front of VC’s office
Chandigarh, October 10
Members of the Panjab University Students Union today staged a protest in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office here. The students led by PUSU president Abhishek Puri were protesting against the unnecessary delay in the declaration of result of B.Sc (Hons) by the examination branch.
PUSU activists protest against the Controller of Examination for delay in declaring reappear exam result at Panjab University in Chandigarh
PUSU activists protest against the Controller of Examination for delay in declaring reappear exam result at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Students hone skills at PEC programme
Chandigarh, October 10
Students of Punjab Engineering College have organised “Techweek Delta 06”, a conglomeration of over 20 technical events, which entered its fifth day today. The two events, scheduled for today, were swift mechanix and sthapatya.

Saluja is college Principal
Chandigarh, October 10
Mr K.S. Saluja has been selected by the Union Public Service Commission as Principal of a government college in Chandigarh. Interviews for the post were held two months ago. His posting is yet to be decided. He teaches mathematics at Government College, Sector 11.

Honour for Physics Dept Professor
Chandigarh, October 10
Dr Suman Bala Beri, Department of Physics, Panjab University, has been selected for the Best Citizens of India Award, 2006, by International Publishing House for being the first woman to obtain Ph.D in 1976 from the Physics Department.

Survey on children’s enrolment
Chandigarh, October 10
The Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan of the union territory will conduct a survey on October 14 and 15 to assess the success of universal enrollment and retention. The survey will identify children who have never been enrolled and those who have dropped out from regular schools.

Kanishk brings laurels to SSIET
Chandigarh, October 10
Kanishk Chawla, a 2002-2006 batch student of the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, has brought laurels to the institute by standing second in the all-India merit of the University Entry Scheme.

Tiny tots celebrate Divali
Chandigarh, October 10
Tiny tots of pre-nursery at Delhi Public School, Sector 40, celebrated Divali on the premises of the school here today. A function was held, which began with an invocation to Lord Ganesha.


Programmes to promote art, culture
Chandigarh, October 10
Competitive programmes will be organised by Chandigarh akademies to promote art and culture in UT. This decision was taken at the executive meeting of the Chandigarh Arts Council held at the UT Secretariat under the chairmanship of the Adviser to the Administrator, Mr Lalit Sharma, here today.


PGI staff pay homage to Prof Rastogi
Chandigarh, October 10
Employees of the PGI today paid homage to Prof Gopal Krishan Rastogi, founder and former Head of the Department of Endocrino-logy, who died of chikungunya at a hospital in Madurai on October 7.


Roller skaters face bleak future
Chandigarh, October 10
A big question mark hangs over the policy the Chandigarh Sports Department follows while according gradation to certain sports events. It was more than a decade ago when the department stopped issuing sports gradation certificates to deserving roller skaters seeking admission to professional and other courses on the basis of sports merit.

Next Table Soccer Asia Cup likely in city
Chandigarh, October 10
The Table Soccer Federation of India has received an “appreciation award” during the Japan Open International Table Soccer tournament, which was held in Tokyo from September 29 to October 1.

Officials of the Japan Table Soccer Federation, along with players and officials from Chandigarh, pose with an appreciation trophy.

Officials of the Japan Table Soccer Federation, along with players and officials from Chandigarh, pose with an appreciation trophy

Ball badminton teams
Chandigarh, October 10
The following local players have been selected for the coming 26th Sub-Junior Ball Badminton National Championship to be held at Raipur (Chhattisgarh) from October 12 to 15.

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar memorial tourney
Chandigarh, October 10
The women’s badminton teams of NAL Bangalore and NGRI Hyderabad today sailed into the finals with earning eight and six points, respectively, in the badminton event of the 38th Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Memorial Tournament being held at the CSIO, Sector 30, here.


Sandhu to head finance panel
Chandigarh, October 10
The Chandigarh Administration has reconstituted a standing financing committee under the chairmanship of the Finance Secretary, Mr S.K Sandhu, to examine proposals relating to plan schemes/works involving expenditure of more than Rs 5 crore.

Cop suspended for misconduct with cricketers
Chandigarh, October 10
Taking serious note of the news report published in these columns on October 9 — “The cop who cornered Lankan cricketers” — the SSP of the UT today placed the constable under suspension with immediate effect. A spokesman for the UT Police said constable Balwinder Singh had been suspended for his misconduct and negligent behaviour while on duty.

Constable Balwinder Singh (left) with Sri Lankan cricketer Muthiah Muralitharan. — A Tribune photograph

Constable Balwinder Singh with Sri Lankan cricketer Muthiah Muralitharan


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