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Naya Gaon NP cleared despite Centre's objections
Chandigarh, October 17
The Punjab Government today finally cleared the formation of a nagar panchayat comprising the areas of Naya Gaon, Kansal, and Nadah. The Local Bodies Minister, Punjab, Choudhary Jagjit Singh, today told The Tribune that the government would issue a formal notification in this regard before the end of this week.

Govt to consider plea for separate UT Administrator
New Delhi, October 17
The government today told the members of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the Home Ministry that it would consider the demand for a separate Administrator for Union Territory of Chandigarh.

Girls display diyas at an exhibition on Divalin Dev Samaj College, Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Tuesday

Girls display diyas at an exhibition on Divalin Dev Samaj College, Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan










EARLIER STORIES

Major units close down in Industrial Area
Others opt for conversion
Chandigarh, October 17
A number of fully functional units in the Industrial Area have closed down and a number of others have opted for conversion or have changed the use without informing the authorities. Big plots are lying idle and an indefinite number of employees were rendered jobless after the closure of the units.

Going by the festive spirit, a family takes time off to enjoy the show at one such Divali mela in Sector 34, Chandigarh
TIME FOR MELAS: Going by the festive spirit, a family takes time off to enjoy the show at one such Divali mela in Sector 34, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Land acquired for expressway
Chandigarh, October 17
Work on the much touted 135-km Kundli-Manesar- Palwal (KMP) Expressway has gone full steam now, after 3,300 acres of land required for the project has been acquired by the Haryana Government. Over 95 per cent of this land has already been handed over to the concessionaire led by DS Constructions, the company that has been awarded the contract for executing the project on a build operate and transfer (BOT) basis. 

Centre likely to issue directive on police reforms
Chandigarh, October 17
The Union Government is likely to issue a directive to the states with regard to the Supreme Court’s directions on police reforms. Concerned with the issue of timely implementation of the apex court’s directive and to clear the perceived air of confusion, the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and four senior Cabinet Ministers are learnt to have held a meeting on the issue yesterday.

Indian cops to vie for best police station spot
Chandigarh, October 17
The police forces have acquired the dubious reputation of wielding authority on helpless and innocent persons across the world. Later this month things will change. This time the men women in uniform will be at the receiving end when they will be put under the public scanner. This will happen not only at the police stations in Chandigarh or neighbouring Haryana and Punjab, but across 20 countries.

“Probe killings” by cops during terrorism
Chandigarh, October 17
Khalra Mission Organisation, a Sikh rights body, on Sunday claimed that National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has lost its credibility on the issue of extending relief to the kin of “unidentified” persons allegedly cremated secretively by police in Punjab during terrorism.

COMMUNITY

An unusual case of forgery
Chandigarh, October 17
An unusual case has come to light where a brigadier has been accused of tampering with and falsifying the annual confidential report (ACR) of his subordinate officer, who on the other hand, is facing disciplinary proceedings for allegedly forging his own ACR.

12 sites identified for sale of crackers
Mohali, October 17
As many as 12 sites in different areas of the town have been identified by the authorities concerned for the sale of crackers in connection with the festival of Divali.

Punjab BJP holds protest over price hike
Chandigarh, October 17
The Bharatiya Janata Party, Punjab, today protested the unprecedented increase in the prices of essential commodities at their Sector 37 office in the city today. Protesting in a novel way they put up a Divali gift shop outside the office selling various pulses, including rajmah and kala chana.
Mr Vineet Joshi showing special Divali gifts of rajmah and pulses outside the Punjab BJP office in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photo
Mr Vineet Joshi showing special Divali gifts of rajmah and pulses outside the Punjab BJP office in Chandigarh on Tuesday

Sweets’ traders under IT scanner
Chandigarh, October 17
With just three days left for Divali, the Income Tax Department today conducted searches on the premises of two major sweets’ manufacturers — Sindhi Sweets and Shiv Mishthan Bhandar — in city. Sources said searches were conducted to match the stocks register with the products being sold.

Understanding international humanitarian law
Chandigarh, October 17
The International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is by very nature mystic. Small wonder then that the day-long workshop on the subject organised at Panjab University by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Press Institute of India (PII) drew mixed responses from participants who debated the role of the IHL, its difference from the International Human Rights Law and its connection with global terrorism.

Limiting human suffering in times of war
Chandigarh, October 17
As guardian of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been involved in reaffirming its validity. Time and again, the law which seeks to limit human suffering in times of armed conflict, has come under question from the international community that has found its own ways of denouncing it.

MC turns blind eye to overflowing sewage
Chandigarh, October 17
A constantly overflowing sewage has been troubling residents of Attawa village (near Sector 42) over the past few months. The residents allege that the sewerage line, which runs near Akash Hotel, has been a source of problems for the past many years.

Engg Corps showcase innovations
Chandigarh, October 17
Engineering units of the Western Command today showcased a vast range of innovations and modifications on their existing equipment.




A soldier displays the use of a computer-based training simulator fabricated by an engineering regiment at an exhibition in Chandimandir on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
A soldier displays the use of a computer-based training simulator fabricated by an engineering regiment at an exhibition in Chandimandir on Tuesday

Councillors to visit Goa on study tour
Chandigarh, October 17
While the Municipal Corporation is just coming out of a recent controversy regarding study tours, MC councillors are all set to go for two more study tours. One study tour is scheduled to leave for October 22 to Chennai, while another is for November 1 for Mumbai and Goa.

UT divided into 15 constituencies
Chandigarh, October 17
The Chandigarh Administration has divided the Union Territory area into 15 constituencies for the purpose of election of the members of the Panchayat Samiti. An official list was also issued yesterday determining the area and the reserved wards for the Scheduled Castes and women.

Speaking Out
Traffic plan during rallies needed: residents
Chandigarh, October 17
A lack of traffic control and crowd management strategies by the Chandigarh Administration during big rallies on the city roads is the biggest drawback in the system. This was highlighted by a cross-section of the city residents in response to a speaking out by the Tribune reporters here today.

Girl killed as wall collapses
Chandigarh, October 17
A 15-year-old girl was crushed to death after a wall of Hans Raj serai, which is under construction at the PGI, collapsed here this afternoon. The accident occurred when a log in the scaffolding she was holding on to, gave way.

Spreading AIDS awareness through film
Chandigarh, October 17
“Tilkan”, Gurdip Bhullar’s Punjabi film on HIV/AIDS, was screened at Punjab Kala Bhavan last evening. The film, directed by actor-director B.N. Sharma, explores the predicament of a family that contracts HIV infection from a single carrier — the man of the family, played by Shaminder Malhi.

Scribes updated on forensic modes
Chandigarh, October 17
Latest forensic techniques used in solving infamous Anara Gupta case and the city's own child swapping case were explained at a workshop organised by the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) here for the media personnel.

 
CRIME

25 drug addicts rescued from centre
Mohali, October 17
As many as 25 drug addicts were rescued from a drug de-addiction centre running in Phase X after a raid was conducted by the police here today. The centre was later sealed by the Naib Tehsildar.

Man held for assaulting, robbing woman
Chandigarh, October 17
A day after an elderly woman was robbed of her ornaments, the local police today arrested her 25-year-old acquaintance on the charges of assaulting and robbing the woman.

Addl Commissioner held taking bribe
Chandigarh, October 17
Sleuths of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today nabbed an Additional Commissioner of Income Tax while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from an industrialist in Mandi Gobindgarh.

CHB employee caught taking bribe
Chandigarh, October 17
The UT Vigilance Department yesterday nabbed a technician of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from a Maloya resident.

Heroine smugglers get 10-year jail
Chandigarh, October 17
Four years after four persons were booked for smuggling of heroine worth over RS 5 crore, the Additional District and Session Judge, Chandigarh, Mr S.K.Aggarwal, today sentenced two of the accused, Rajinder and Balwinder to 10 years of imprisonment and Rs 1 lakh fine each.

UT cops assaulted during raid
Chandigarh, October 17
Two Chandigarh Police officers were bashed by a group of people in Kumhar Colony, here, last night, when they were reportedly carrying out a raid at the residence of a man suspected to be indulging in illegal sale of liquor.

PESCO office raided
Chandigarh, October 17
The UT Vigilance Department raided the Punjab Ex-servicemen Corporation's office at Sector 34 in connection with the alleged irregularities pertaining to the salaries of their employees and scrap material worth lakh of rupees sold by PESCO. The raids were conducted on Monday night.

Ranjana files complaint against Farooq
Chandigarh, October 17
Ms Ranjana Shahi, former councillor of the Municipal Corporation, filed a criminal complaint against Dr Farooq Abdullah today. She has filed the complaint based on the statements given by the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir published in a national daily and aired on a TV channel.

 
BUSINESS

Divali gods, with blessings from China
Chandigarh, October 17
Goddess Laxmi and many other deities have arrived in Chandigarh and other boom towns of the region all the way from China especially for Divali in their traditional attires with blessings and promises of prosperity. The gods have brought along with them aromatic and other designer candles, along with glowing strawberries, cherries and raspberries from across the border for making the fiesta of lights more bright and fruitful.

Stress laid on standard in small business
Chandigarh, October 17
There is a need for adoption of standards in manufacturing processes in order to face globalisation. This sentiment was expressed by delegates from all over Punjab, Haryana and Himachal, who had gathered here to participate in a seminar on “Standards – Big Benefits for Small Business”.

 
EDUCATION

Coaching via Edusat begins for science streams
Panchkula, October 17
The Haryana Education Department today started coaching through Edusat (Education through Satellite) in all its science stream government senior secondary schools. The facility has been started for the students of Class XI and XII in the subjects of physics, chemistry and mathematics.

Art contests mark PU zonal fest
Chandigarh, October 17

Government College, Sector 11, wore a festive look for the second day of the four-day Panjab University Zone-A Youth and Heritage Festival being hosted by the college.


Students participate in PU Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival organised by Goverment College Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik
Students participate in PU Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival organised by Goverment College Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Tuesday

PTU drive against social evils begins today
Banur, October 17
Concerned at the poor sex ratio and drug addiction amongst youth in the state, the Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, has decided to create awareness about the issues.

Kids educated about medicinal plants
Chandigarh, October 17
Vinay of Class XII was adjudged first while Bhawna and Anshika Sharma of Class X stood second and third, respectively, in the declamation contest conducted at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, here, today.

Contract teachers hold 'SOS' rally
Chandigarh, October 17
Nearly 300 teachers working on a contractual basis in various government schools of Chandigarh Administration held at peaceful rally at the Sector 17 Matka Chowk, here, today.




Members of the UT Government School Contractual Teachers Association, Chandigarh, protest at Matka Chowk on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Members of the UT Government School Contractual Teachers Association, Chandigarh, protest at Matka Chowk on Tuesday

Students hold anti-cracker rally
Chandigarh, October 17
"Crackers' crack, lights light"; "Patakhe pollute" and "Celebrate Deepawali with diyas" were some of the messages displayed on placards and banners by the young rallyists of Vasudha Eco Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19-C, when the students of Class XI and Class XII took out an anti-cracker-rally today morning.

Sixty BCom (I) seats created
Chandigarh, October 17
The Director Public Instructions(colleges) of the Union Territory has invited applications in prescribed forms for 60 seats in the Bachelor of Commerce stream courses in local colleges in Part-I for the academic session 2006-2007.

COURTS

‘Surplus’ UT staff given chance
Chandigarh, October 17
In the case of hundreds of employees going to the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) for being declared surplus while being asked for their option to get transferred to the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, the tribunal today directed the applicants to approach it if any adverse orders were passed by the Administration.

 
HEALTH

PGI gears up for Divali accidents
Chandigarh, October 17
Anticipating a large number of causalities due to fireworks on the Divali festival in the city and surrounding areas, the Ophthalmology Department of the PGI claims to have made elaborate arrangements to meet any emergency.

127 destitute kids examined
Dera Bassi, October 17
As many as 127 students of Jingle Bell School, Mubarikpur, a school for the destitute children, were examined at a medical camp organised by the Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists today.

A view of the medical camp organised at Jingle Bell School in Murbarikpur, near Dera Bassi, on Tuesday.— A Tribune photograph
A view of the medical camp organised at Jingle Bell School in Murbarikpur, near Dera Bassi

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