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Divali gifts galore for officers
Not to be left out, junior staff demand gifts

Chandigarh, October 20
The Divali gift you get is sure shot criteria to assess the ‘clout’ you enjoy in the corridors of power. As the commercialisation of Divali kills the festivity, the babus are not just accepting gifts, but demanding these blatantly.

In the spirit of the festival of lights, a young girl is all set for the Divali puja in Chandigarh
In the spirit of the festival of lights, a young girl is all set for the Divali puja in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

City in the grip of festive spirit
Violations galore but cops look the other way
Chandigarh, October 20
All roads led to festivities and confusion. As the thumping beats of dhol heralded the arrival of the big day in the residential areas across the city, the revellers today poured into their vehicles before gushing their way through the vast sea of humanity for some last day shopping. And also for wishing “Happy Divali” to friends, relatives and even acquaintances!

Divali revellers welcome storm, rain
Chandigarh, October 20
Winters might be here any time soon. If the prevailing weather systems are anything to go by, the temperature drop might continue and ensure the reining chill stays and lasts.



Members of Shri Ramlila Committee, Chandigarh, offer sweets to artistes dressed up as Ram, Lakshma and Sita to celebrate Divali at Oldage Home in Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Friday
Members of Shri Ramlila Committee, Chandigarh, offer sweets to artistes dressed up as Ram, Lakshma and Sita to celebrate Divali at Oldage Home in Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

EARLIER STORIES

A ‘festival of bribes’ in Bhatti’s satirical style
Chandigarh, October 20
Members of Jaspal Bhatti’s Nonsense Club today demanded that Divali be declared as a ‘National Festival of Bribes’. Jaspal Bhatti, president of the club, even set up a bribery gift shop in one of the shopping complexes at Chandigarh today.


Comedian Jaspal Bhatti at a protest demonstration demanding the declaration of Divali as a “National festival of bribes” in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photo
Comedian Jaspal Bhatti at a protest demonstration demanding the declaration of Divali as a “National festival of bribes” in Chandigarh on Friday

Slum kids celebrate festival
Chandigarh, October 20
The Chandigarh Social Welfare Board and Society for Social Health today organised Divali celebrations for slum children attending crèches being run by the board in Colony Number 5.

Residents throng the Sector 19 market in Chandigarh
Residents throng the Sector 19 market in Chandigarh on Divali eve. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Greetings by Rodrigues
Chandigarh, October 20
Punjab Governor S.F. Rodrigues has extended his greetings to the people of Punjab and Chandigarh on the occasion of Divali. He said this was an occasion for festivities and an opportunity for introspection. He also expressed hope that this Divali would be free of noise and pollution. TNS

Commonwealth Games: city may host 3 events
Chandigarh, October 20
The Ministry of Sports is considering Chandigarh as the venue for at least three events during the Commonwealth Games slated in India for 2010. The development follows discussions between Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, Minister of State for Finance, and Mr Suresh Kalmadi, Union Sports Minister.

Citizens & Public Offices
Limited facilities for southern sector residents
Chandigarh, October 20
Southern sector residents should be prepared for a bout of harassment for getting either their driving licenses renewed or pay the road tax of their vehicle. The reason being official apathy.



An oath commissioner and a typist operate under the porch outside the office of the SDM (South). — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
An oath commissioner and a typist operate under the porch outside the office of the SDM

Rose society formed for research
Chandigarh, October 20
Zakir Hussein Rose Garden in the city, the biggest rose garden in Asia, has only 625 floral varieties against the total of 30,000 existing varieties in the world.

Package for UT staff after Punjab notification
Chandigarh, October 20
The Chandigarh Administration will wait for the notification of the special package announced by the Punjab Government today before taking a formal decision for the UT employees.

COMMUNITY

Panel suggests changes in city wards
Chandigarh, October 20
The three-member committee on the delimitation of wards of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has suggested certain alterations. The total number of wards would, however, remain 26.

MCC inducts 2 fire engines
Chandigarh, October 20
The fire wing of the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh (MCC) has inducted two new emergency/rescue (E/R) fire engines and water bousers (WB’s) in its fleet. Mr Surinder Singh, Mayor and Mr P.S. Aujla, Commissioner, MCC, flagged off the tenders at the fire station, Sector-17, today.

Power Pine Forest rally begins on November 3
Chandigarh, October 20
The fourth HPCL Power Pine Forest rally of the Motorsports Association of Indian National Rally Championship (MAI INRC), conducted by MotorSportOne, is going to be held in Chandigarh again from November 3 to 5. The round 5 of the rally will be flagged off from Sector 17 on November 3. Thereafter, a Spectator Super Special round will be held on a 2-km long challenging track at the Kala Gram grounds from 2 pm onwards.

Protest against delay in hanging of Guru
Chandigarh, October 20
The local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) today organised a protest demonstration against the alleged delay in the hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru, a convict in the Parliament House attack, by the Central Government.



BJYM members protest against the delay in the hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
BJYM members protest against the delay in the hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru in Chandigarh

Afzal: VHP, Bajrang Dal protest
Chandigarh, October 20
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal today organised various programmes in the tricity in protest against alleged delay in death sentence to Mohammad Afzal.

Plot allotment body observes black Divali
Mohali, October 20
Members of the Sector 76-80 Plot Allotment Sangharsh Committee today celebrated “black” Divali protesting against the Greater Mohali Planning and Development Authority (GMADA).





Members of the Sector 76-80 Plot Allotment Sangharsh Committee protest in support of their demands at Phase-7, Mohali, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph 
Members of the Sector 76-80 Plot Allotment Sangharsh Committee protest in support of their demands at Phase-7, Mohali, on Friday

Class III staff union poll
Mohali, October 20
A meeting of employees from the offices of the Deputy Commissioner, Sub-Divisional Magistrates of SAS Nagar, Kharar and Dera Bassi and tehsil offices of SAS Nagar, Kharar and Dera Bassi was held here.

Younis, Farhat visit city salon
Chandigarh, October 20
“Though no particular game plan would be adopted against any team but I have instructed my boys not to take points’ burden on them and concentrate on their natural tendency of playing,” observed Pakistan cricket team captain Younis Khan in an exclusive chat with this correspondent, while having a haircut at Sylvie’s Salon along with team-mate Imran Farhat in Sector 11 here today.
Pakistan skipper Younis Khan gets his hair trimmed at Sylvie’s Salon, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Friday
Pakistan skipper Younis Khan gets his hair trimmed at Sylvie’s Salon, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Cricketers of Pak visit mosque
Chandigarh, October 20
The Pakistan Cricket team today took time out to offer Namaz at the Jama Masjid, Sector 20, here. Amid tight security, the team spent sbout 20 minutes there.


Members of the Pakistan cricket team offer “namaz” on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramzan at Jama Masjid, Sector 20, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
Members of the Pakistan cricket team offer “namaz” on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramzan at Jama Masjid, Sector 20, Chandigarh

No water in village for two days
Dera Bssi, October 20
Residents of Daffarpur village bordering Sector 28 of Panchkula, have been facing an acute shortage of water for the past several yesterday. In a press note here today, the Gurdwara Seva Sambhal Committee, Daffarpur, said there had been no water supply to the village for the past two days.Till four days ago, the village was getting muddy water on account of leakage from water supply lines near Kakrali village.

An old man transports Divali crackers to a shop in his cart in Chandigarh on Friday
Beast of burden: An old man transports Divali crackers to a shop in his cart in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh

Maggot-infested body found
Chandigarh, October 20
The highly decomposed body of an unidentified man was recovered from the green belt in Sector 21 here this afternoon. The police has ruled out the possibility of foul play as no visible injury mark was found on the body. The police had received information that a decomposed body was lying in the green belt area. The body was found near a thatched hut, concealed behind bushes.

Major fire mishap averted

 
CRIME

Son of former MLA held for assault
Chandigarh, October 20
The local police today arrested a son of an ex-MLA from Shimla along with two other persons for allegedly assaulting a Sector 49 resident on Thursday. The prime accused of the incident is still elusive.

Minor girl raped by sister’s husband
Chandigarh, October 20
In a shocking incident a 10-year-old girl was raped by her sister’s husband in Burail village here on Thursday night. The victim was called by her sister, who had given birth to a baby a few days ago for help.

Three held for theft, snatching
Chandigarh, October 20
The local police today arrested three youngsters, including a minor boy, allegedly involved in several incidents of snatching, theft and robberies. The police claimed to have recovered a stolen motor cycle, three scooters and three mobile phones besides Rs 7000 from them.

Advocate booked for teasing woman
Chandigarh, October 20
The police yesterday booked a Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate on the allegations of outraging the modesty of a woman and criminal intimidation for making crank calls to a woman advocate known to him.

Doc booked for constable’s death
Mohali, October 20
The SAS Nagar police has booked a medical practitioner in Kharar for having caused death due to negligence. The FIR against Dr Anil Sharma was lodged at Mohali yesterday, almost six months after a head constable of the Mohali police died at the hospital.

 
BUSINESS

MD of SBI visits city office
Chandigarh, October 20
The newly appointed Managing Director and Group Executive of the State Bank of India, Mr Yogesh Aggarwal, today visited the local Head Office, Chandigarh, and held a meeting with senior functionaries of the bank.

 
EDUCATION

University teachers discuss retirement age issue
Chandigarh, October 20
The office-bearers of the Punjab Federation of University Teachers Association (PFUTA) held a meeting to express resentment against the silence of the Punjab Government over the enhancement of retirement age from 60 to 62 years for the university teachers of Punjab and Chandigarh.

PU Notes
PU booklet on admission trends soon
Chandigarh, October 20
Panjab University’s University Employment Information and Guidance Bureau will bring out a booklet on admission trends of the university. According to Mr Dinesh K. Gupta, chief of the bureau, this is for the benefit of prospective admission seekers to the various courses run by the university.

No teaching at PU on Oct 23, 24
Chandigarh October 20
Teaching work at Panjab University shall remain suspended on October 23 and 24 to give extended holidays to the students on the occasion of Divali. However, the university administrative offices, including departments, shall remain open on both these days and examinations, interviews and meetings etc. shall take place as per schedule.

Fresh Indo-Global students welcomed
Mohali, October 20
The Indo-Global College of Engineering, Abhipur, organised a cultural extravaganza “Lamhe-06” to welcome fresh batches of students in Indo-Global Colleges. The function was a cultural bonanza packed with a variety of entertaining events such as dances, skits and mimicry. The audience had fits of laughter when a comedy “Bollywood in Classroom” and a mimicry item were presented by Saurabh.

Students celebrate Divali with the blind
Mohali, October 20
Divali celebrations turned into a memory for a life time for students of the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology (GJIMT) here when they chose to be the eyes and ears of over 30 visually handicapped children here last evening.

Students of the Society for the Care of the Blind celebrate Divali with students of the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology in Mohali on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu
Students of the Society for the Care of the Blind celebrate Divali with students of the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology in Mohali on Thursday

Students hold anti-cracker rally
Chandigarh, October 20
An anti-cracker rally was held by students of the Eco-Club of Chandigarh Baptist School, Sector 45, here yesterday. The rally was held to spread awareness among residents about the harmful effects of pollution caused by crackers. Students carried placards and banners with anti-cracker slogans written on them and walked through different sectors of the city.

Students say no to crackers
Chandigarh, October 20
The Chandigarh Social Welfare Board and Society for Social Health organised Divali celebrations for children in various creches run by the board, at Yuvsata. Mrs Lalit Joshi, Chairperson of the board, was the chief guest.

From Schools
Divali celebrated at Shemrock 
Mohali, October 20
Students and staff of Shemrock School celebrated Divali. The students decorated diyas, candles and made Rangoli. The celebrations began with a special morning assembly. A skit was presented by the children on the occasion.
Students of Hemkunt Public School celebrate Divali in Mohali Students of Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, celebrate Divali in Mohali
Students of Hemkunt Public School celebrate Divali in Mohali. Students of Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, celebrate Divali in Mohali.

Divali celebrated in school
Mohali, October 20
Students of Shivalik Public School potrayed their creative skills by participating in various competitions organised in the school. The theme was “Control of air and noise pollution arising out of bursting of fire crackers.” Students participated in poster making contest and power-point presentations.

Contests mark Divali celebrations
Dera Bassi, October 20
Various competitions marked Divali celebrations at Deepmala Public School here yesterday, Kajal and group won the first prize in dandia, and Khusboo and group was placed second. Amita and Ankit were placed first and second, respectively, in the lamp decoration contest. Ramanjit and Jaskirat stood first and second, respectively in the candle decoration competition.

Inter-house play contest at YPS
Mohali, October 20
Annual inter-house plays were staged at Yadvindra Public School here yesterday. The Hindi plays dealt with a wide range of topics. Patiala house staged "Bhola Ram ka Jeev" which highlighted the plight of a common man caught in an inefficient and corrupt system.

HARTRON annual function
Chandigarh, October 20
A medley of songs, folk dances and a fashion show marked the annual function of the HARTRON workstation computer training institute held at the Tagore Theatre here yesterday. Students from the MMC computer workstation in Sectors 8 and 35, Panchkula and Pinjore participated in various cultural activities.

Students given cash awards
Chandigarh, October 20 A freshers’ party-cum-talent hunt function was held at Doaba Polytechnic, Raipur. Mr M.S. Bath, Chairman, Doaba Group of Colleges, was the chief guest. Students presented a colourful cultural programme. Sukhwinder Singh, Piyush Ranjan, Mandeep Sharma, Amit Kumar and 15 others got cash awards.

COURTS

CAT reserves order on dismissed IT inspectors
Chandigarh, October 20
After hearing the arguments of the dismissed Income Tax inspectors, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today reserved the judgment. Over a year back, the dismissed inspectors had approached the tribunal after their services were terminated by the Income Tax Department in 2001, stating that the nomination letters issued by the Staff Selection Commission were forged.

District Courts
Youth sentenced for molestation

Chandigarh, October 20
A Sector 52 resident, Surjit, was today sentenced to a one-year imprisonment for outraging the modesty of a women. The sentence was today pronounced by the JMIC, Mr R.K. Singla.

 
CULTURE

Bazm-e-Afsana organised
Panchkula, October 20
Well acclaimed litterateurs from the region presented their short stories at the trilingual — ‘Bazm -E- Afsana’ organised by the Haryana Urdu Akademy at the Red Bishop complex here yesterday.

A modern clowning around

Chandigarh, October 20
No jumping through rings of fire or animals’ antics or even clowns but plenty of clowning around in this contemporary circus act, performed with gusto by Company Meli-Melo to a delighted audience at the Rock Garden, Phase III, yesterday evening. Brought to the city by the Alliance Française de Chandigarh and the French Embassy, Meli-Melo’s ‘What are you leaning on?’ drew upon traditional circus frolics—aerial acrobatics and juggling—along with elements drawn from theatre, dance and even musicals to produce a show that was lively, cheery and fun.

Meli-Melo’s ‘What are you leaning on’ staged at the Rock Garden, Phase III, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan 

Meli-Melo’s ‘What are you leaning on’ staged at the Rock Garden, Phase III, Chandigarh, on Thursday

HEALTH

Divali gift for PGI patients – fruits with love
Chandigarh, October 20
On the eve of Divali, social workers of Punjab State Red Cross Hospital Welfare Section distributed fruits to the indoor patients of the PGI. Fruit packets were presented to 780 patients of female surgical, male surgical, ENT, gynaecology, advanced urology, surgery, general surgery and some other wards.

 
SPORTS

Respecting special athletes, Punjab style
Chandigarh, October 20
As if physical disability, poverty and mental agony for these five Punjab State Paralympic players — Rajinder Singh Rehelu, Gurmail Singh, Balwinder Singh and Vivek Monga — was not enough, they suffered another jolt from the state government. These five special sportspersons, who were selected for the forthcoming 9th Fesipic Games (Para-Asian Games for the Disabled) to be held in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) from November 25 to December 1, received a letter duly signed by M. Mahadva, secretary-general, Paralympic Committee of India, asking them to incur the proposed expenditure of Rs 40,150 (entry fee Rs 21,150 in addition to transport expenditure of Rs 19,000).
 Balwinder Singh, Manvir Singh Mangat, Vivek Monga, Gurmail Singh and Rajinder Singh Rehelu
(From left, standing) Balwinder Singh, Manvir Singh Mangat, Vivek Monga, Gurmail Singh and Rajinder Singh Rehelu (sitting) in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

St John’s beat St Kabir by 10 runs
Chandigarh, October 20
St John’s A team by virtue of a 10 run victory over St Kabir entered the finals of the 9th Blessed Edmund Rice under-10 Cricket Tournament, held at St John's School, Sector 26, here, today.

 

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