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MC gives meeting norm the go-by
Panchkula, October 14
The local municipal council is on a high: it is allotting tenders, approving development works of “hand-picked wards” and surging ahead. However, there is one little problem — the House has not met during the past three and a half months and does not plan to do so till November.

Candle in the wind!
Child workers take to roads to secure their rights
Chandigarh, October 14
It was a unique gathering. Asse- mbled in the backyard of Neelam Cinema in Sector 17 this evening was a motley group of children drawn from roads and slums all across the city.
Child workers from across the streets and slums of Chandigarh hold a silent candle light protest in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday urging the UT Administration to rehabilitate them in the wake of coming into force of a law prohibiting child labour.
Child workers from across the streets and slums of Chandigarh hold a silent candle light protest in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday urging the UT Administration to rehabilitate them in the wake of coming into force of a law prohibiting child labour. — A Tribune photograph




EARLIER STORIES

‘Polio’ case sends Health Dept in tizzy
Panchkula, October 14
Close on the heels of a polio case being reported from Chandigarh, a suspected polio case has been ‘‘discovered’’ in Indira Colony. A one-and-a-half-year-old child is suspected to be afflicted with polio despite being administered polio drops at camps regularly.

Eco clearance: relief for UT industry
Chandigarh, October 14
The industry in the Union Territory and construction companies at the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park will not have to run to the Ministry of Environment in future for clearance of new projects and extensions in the existing infrastructure.


‘Isha, we are with you’
Kin of girl orphaned in accident asked to clear hospital bills
Mohali, October 14
“Isha get well soon. You are not alone, we are with you” is the message that was sent around the town while setting up a fund here today for the four-year-old Isha, who had lost her parents and brother in a road accident and was presented a medical bill by a local hospital.
Mr Bir Davinder, Kharar MLA, at a function organised to collect funds for Isha in Mohali on Saturday.
Mr Bir Davinder, Kharar MLA, at a function organised to collect funds for Isha in Mohali on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Watch out
Jaspal Bhatti, a renowned stage and film comedian, features in the ‘National Convention on One Year of Right To Information Act’ at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday. The convention is being hosted by the Central Information Commission.

In Town
Famous vocalists Rajan and Sajan Mishra will be in Chandigarh to perform at Shanti Kunj. They took lessons in music from their father Pt Hanuman Prasad Mishra and their uncle Pt Gopal Mishra. They were also fortunate to have learnt from “Gayanacharya” Pandit Bade Ramdas Mishra.

Rajan and Sajan Mishra

Rajan and Sajan Mishra


Passing Through
Q: How are medical laboratory technologists equally important as doctors? A: Skilled medical technologists support doctors by diagnosing the exact disease.

Union Health Secretary, Prasanna Hota

Union Health Secretary, Prasanna Hota

COMMUNITY



Your magnanimity can save a life
Chandigarh, October 14
Hailing from Bagetu, a sleepy village in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh, Vandna (16) has been struggling for life in want of renal transplant for the past one year. Vandna, who was born with only one kidney, suffered a renal failure last year.


Suffering from acute renal failure Vandna being hugged her elder brother Arvinder Sharma at their hutment in Naya Gaon near Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Suffering from acute renal failure Vandna being hugged her elder brother Arvinder Sharma at their hutment in Naya Gaon near Chandigarh.


Religious preacher ‘Veerji’ dead
Mohali, October 14
Bhai Jasbir Singh Ji Khalsa Khannewale, a prominent religious preacher who was affectionately called “Veerji”, died here this afternoon. According to the information, Bhai Jasbir Singh suffered a heart attack when he was at Gurdwara Akal Ashram in Sohana. He was immediately taken to Shri Guru Harkrishan Charitable Hospital , but doctors failed to save his life.

Bhai Jasbir Singh Ji Khalsa Khannewale

Bhai Jasbir Singh Ji Khalsa Khannewale

Housing Problems
A long wait for promised amenities
Dera Bassi, October 14
Residents of Chandigarh Apartments on the Dera Bassi-Barwala road are a harassed lot. Several years after the allotment, the residents are waiting for the promised basic amenities by the builder — Chandigarh Builders and Promoters.


A tangle of electricity wires in Chandigarh Apartments in Dera Bassi speaks volumes about the safety measures. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
A tangle of electricity wires in Chandigarh Apartments in Dera Bassi speaks volumes about the safety measures.

 
Moonlit Park inaugurated
Chandigarh, October 14
Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Minister of state for Finance, inaugurated Moonlit Park in Sector 22 today. The park is spread over 3.64 acres. It gets its unusual name from the fact that it has only white flowers.


Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal inaugurates Moonlit Park in Sector 22 in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik
Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal inaugurates Moonlit Park in Sector 22 in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Major power shutdown today
Chandigarh, October 14
The city and the satellite town of Panchkula will have major power shutdowns tomorrow.

Vijay MagonOffice-bearers of bank officer’s body
Chandigarh, October 13
Mr Vijay Magon and Mr Amar Pal have been unanimously elected president and general secretary of the State Bank of India Officers’ Association, Chandigarh circle, respectively.

Story session organised
Chandigarh, October 14
A story-telling session for children in the age group of 6 to 16 years was organised at the Lajpat Rai Bhavan, Sector 15, here today.

 
CRIME

Girl commits suicide
Chandigarh, October 14
Anjana Rajput, a student of BS (IT), allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her Sector 25 house here today. The victim was said to be under depression and was being treated at the Fortis hospital, Mohali. A police official said no suicide note was found at the spot.

 
BUSINESS

Brisk business at CII Fair
Chandigarh, October 14
The CII Consumer Fair at Parade Ground, Sector 17, entered the second day today on an optimistic note with the seven concurrent fairs doing a brisk business and entertaining significant number of inquiries.


 
EDUCATION

Poor dropouts on mind, UT embarks on fresh survey
Chandigarh, October 14
Driven by the objective of enrolling out-of-school children of hard-to-reach groups, like children of working mothers, ragpickers and street children, the UT Education Department today started a two-day survey of the entire city.

From Colleges
GC-11 to host youth fest from Oct 16
Chandigarh, October 14
Government College, Sector 11, will host the Panjab University Zonal youth and heritage festival for Zone A from October 16-19. The college will be hosting the festival for the second consecutive year.

Rishab bags prizes in photography
Chandigarh, October 14
Rishab Kochar from St John’s School today clicked his way to top. He bagged the first and third prizes in photography in an event organised by Punjab Engineering College and the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (U.I.E.T) at the English Auditorium in Panjab University. The event related to documentary making, film making and photography.

Rishab Kochar of St John’s School holds his prize winning photograph at Panjab University on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Rishab Kochar of St John’s School holds his prize winning photograph at Panjab University on Saturday.

Sacred Heart students wait for their turn to perform in the ‘Rainbow Razzle’ on Saturday. A dazzling show by students
Chandigarh, October 14
Showing concern for downtrodden, Mr Pawan Bansal, Union Minister of State for Finance, today announced a grant of Rs 3 lakh from the Member of Parliament Local Area Development fund for setting up a computer laboratory for underprivileged children adopted by Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, here.

Sacred Heart students wait for their turn to perform in the ‘Rainbow Razzle’ on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

A heady mix of rhyme, race & rhythm
Chandigarh, October 14
St Kabir Public School, Sector 26, celebrated its 33rd Founder’s Day with a two-day ground show —“Rhyme, Race and Rhythm” which concluded at the school today.

CULTURE

Bhullar’s film on AIDS to be released tomorrow
The “Tilkan team”: (Left to right) B.N. Sharma, Gurdip Bhullar and Varinder Bachchan are promoting their film in Punjab.Chandigarh, October 14
Known for his films on social issues, Canada-based film producer Gurdip Bhullar is back with another meaningful production, this time on the reigning issue of HIV/AIDS. The last time he was in news was when he made a film titled, “Kammo” that explored the predicament of the unwanted girl child.

The “Tilkan team”: (Left to right) B.N. Sharma, Gurdip Bhullar and Varinder Bachchan are promoting their film in Punjab. — A Tribune photograph

Lending grace to Mohiniyattam dance form of Kerala
Chandigarh, October 14
At a time when Kerala was best recognised for Kathakali, Bharati Shivaji was working on lending it an alternative identity. At the core of her mission was the resurgence of Mohiniyattam — a dance form that had long remained hidden in the cultural landscapes of Kerala.

Bharati Shivaji (in front) and her daughter Vijaylakshmi present Mohiniyattam recital at the Festival of Dance at Shantikunj in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik
Bharati Shivaji (in front) and her daughter Vijaylakshmi present Mohiniyattam recital at the Festival of Dance at Shantikunj in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Gabbi doles out poetic verses
Chandigarh, October 14
A literary organisation, the Kavita Kendra, organised a mushaira, an interactive face-to-face programme.

Musical bonanza at Plaza Carnival
Chandigarh, October 14
The weekend crowd at the Plaza Carnival was treated to a magnificent musical bonanza of popular film songs and dances here today. The mega event organised by the Centre for Carnival Arts in association with the Tribune Group of newspapers as the media sponsor, was a big draw.

Pradeep Dutta and Nikhit perform at Plaza Carnival in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu
Pradeep Dutta and Nikhit perform at Plaza Carnival in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday.


 
HEALTH

Hormones can be used to treat secondary breast cancer
Mohali, October 14
Hormones, especially the female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone, affect the growth of some breast cancer cells. This means that hormones, or drugs that block hormones, can be used to treat some types of secondary breast cancer. They can stop or slow down the development of the cancer cells and can reduce symptoms.

PGI hikes user charges
Chandigarh, October 14
Following in the footsteps of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, has also decided to raise the user charges, thus affecting the common patients on a large scale.

Dengue not ‘dreaded’, says Union Secy
Chandigarh, October 14
“As no CHS cadre doctor was prepared to go to Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss got angry and appointed a veterinary as head of the Centre Research Institute, Kausali”, claimed Union Health Secretary Prasanna Hota here today while justifying the appointment of Mr K.R. Mani as Director of the institute.

Dengue patients continue to pour in
Chandigarh, October 14
The number of confirmed cases of dengue in different city hospitals went up to 177 today. Out of these 48 positive cases are from Chandigarh. With 25 suspected new cases being reported at the PGI, the number of cases reached 320.

Eye check-up camp held
Chandigarh, October 15
An eye check up and screening camp was organised by the Lions Club Chandigarh Host in collaboration with Director, UT Health Services at poly clinic, Sector 45, Chandigarh recently. Medicines, diet and spectacles were provided to the needy patients by club members on the occasion.

Medical camp at school
Chandigarh, October 14
A free medical check-up camp was organised at St Soldier International School, Sector 38, here today. The camp was organised in association with the Health Aid Medicare.

 
SPORTS

Rock Rovers beat CISF, lift trophy
Chandigarh, October 14
The Rock Rovers Club lifted the trophy after beating the CISF team by 2-0 in the Chandigarh State Hockey Championship (Seniors) at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, here today.

The Rock Rovers and CISF players during the final of the Chandigarh State Hockey Championship at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

The Rock Rovers and CISF players during the final of the Chandigarh State Hockey Championship at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, on Saturday.

It’s St Joseph’s Blue vs Grey in sepak takraw final
Chandigarh, October 14
Defending champions St Joseph’s School-44 (Blue) and runners-up St Joseph’s-44 (Grey) entered the final in the girls section of the Third Chandigarh Junior State Sepak Takraw Championship for the Santosh Kumar Rana Trophy played at St Joseph’s School-44.

UT all set for Premier Hockey League
Chandigarh, October 14
The decision of the Indian Hockey Federation to hold for the second consecutive year the prestigious Premier Hockey League matches at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here has brought cheers to the faces of the game lovers of the region.

Squash tourney in full flow
Chandigarh, October 14
Mukul of St John’s-26 beat Hakhsmeet of Vivek High School-38 in the under-9 boys group while Kiran beat Saumya in the first round of Chandigarh State Squash Championship held on the Lake Sports Complex squash courts here today.

28 players selected for national hockey tourney
Chandigarh, October 14
The Chandigarh Hockey Association has selected a total of 28 players from the Chandigarh State Hockey Championship (Seniors) that concluded at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, here today.

Hockey Academy teams to attend training camp
Chandigarh, October 14
Chandigarh Hockey Academy teams, both juniors and sub-juniors, will go to Jalandhar for a three-day training-cum-practice programme in preparation for the prestigious Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru Hockey Tournament in the union capital.

Manav Mangal boys win St Joseph’s Trophy
Chandigarh, October 14
Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21 in boys section and Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, in girls section won the 12th Chandigarh Sub-Junior State Ball Badminton Championship for “St Joseph’s Trophy” played at St. Joseph’s School, Sector 44-D here, today.

ADMINISTRATION

Goyat repatriated
Chandigarh, October 14
Mr W.S. Goyat, Additional Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, has been repatriated to his parent cadre of Haryana, reliable sources said here today. Earlier, he held the post of the Land Acquisition Officer. A senior officer said, “it was a routine transfer and a replacement will be found soon”. — TNS

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