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MC poll to be held in 26 wards
Alterations made in 5 wards

Chandigarh, October 25
In the coming elections to the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, the total number of wards will be 26. A notification in this regard was issued today by the Secretary, Local Government, Chandigarh Administration.

Councillors not keen on MC poll on Dec 10

Cricket fans in different moods during the ICC Champions Trophy match between Pakistan and New Zealand at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday.
Cricket fans in different moods during the ICC Champions Trophy match between Pakistan and New Zealand at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday. — Tribune photos by Vinay Malik

Pak team’s cricket gear goes missing
Mohali, October 25
Much to the shock of the high-profile Pakistan team, their cricket gear went missing from their kits while they were practising at the PCA Stadium here last night.


Fleming’s sixer injures spectator
Mohali, October 25
The excitement of witnessing fireworks by batsmen of New Zealand and Pakistan turned into trauma for Hardhik Jain, when a sixer slammed by New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming off a Rana Naved delivery hit his right eye at PCA Stadium, Mohali, today.

Hardhik Jain, who was hit by a ball during the match between Pakistan and New Zealand at PCA Stadium, Mohali, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik
Hardhik Jain, who was hit by a ball during the match between Pakistan and New Zealand at PCA Stadium, Mohali, on Wednesday.

Roadside to hospital, but her agony continues
Panchkula, October 25
The unidentified woman who was brought to the General Hospital, Sector 6, from the Ramgarh-Barwala road, got a name — Renu — today, and by her own admission. Cleaned and “dressed”, she was a slightly better picture as she lay on the stretcher outside the Emergency though the police today showed a complete lack of interest in investigating the case.

‘Time to focus on human resource development’
Chandigarh, October 25
There is no doubt that the real wealth of a nation is its people and nothing is more important than the development of human resources. Human resource will continue to play a significant role in the socio-economic development of a country. Thus, developing human resource should be included in our national planning.

Youth’s torture case: tempers fly high at PGI Emergency
Chandigarh, October 25
Patients in serious condition, paramedical staff as well as doctors on emergency duty had a harrowing time as Punjab Police cops accompanying Naresh Kumar, a 16-year-old youth from Morinda, who was allegedly tortured by the police, created an atmosphere of terror for almost six hours in the Emergency OPD of the PGI late last night.

Stamp duty to be lowered
Chandigarh, October 25
Selling and buying of property would soon be cheaper in the city. On a communiqué from the Union Government, the Chandigarh Administration has agreed to rationalise the stamp duty rate by bringing it down from the existing 6 per cent.


Rajputs, Banjaras fight over piece of land

Raipur Rani (Panchkula), October 25
It's Rajputs versus the Banjaras over a piece of land at Shahpur village where might seems to be right. One Rajput family headed by 60-year-old Chaman Lal is holding the entire Shahpur to ransom. While women live in morbid fear of Chaman Lal and his sons, the village panchyat, too, has failed to make him fall in line.

Women of the Banjara community at the disputed piece of land in Shahpur village of Raipur Rani on Wednesday. — Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh

Women of the Banjara community at the disputed piece of land in Shahpur village of Raipur Rani on Wednesday.

Retired Major may get pension at last
Chandigarh, October 25
Over seven months after the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed it to pay the Swatantra Sainik Sanman Pension from May, 1991, onwards to Major Gurdit Singh (retd) "within a period of three months", the Union Government has finally indicated that it plans to start paying the dues soon.

French pilots to fly IAF planes to Leh, Thoise
Chandigarh, October 25
Two French Air Force pilots will be getting a hands-on experience on the rigours of flying to the “roof of the world” when they strap themselves into the cockpit of IAF’s An-32 transport aircraft next month.

Jain flays UT decision on merger of villages
Chandigarh, October 25
‘‘Despite a recommendation of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, submitted on August 2, that the rural identity of the 18 villages may not be disturbed, UT has gone ahead and announced the merger of five villages’’, stated Mr Satya Pal Jain, former MP, BJP.

S(park)ing a row
Temple management, residents lock horns over park
Panchkula, October 25
A park-in-the-making in Sector 9 has become a bone of contention among residents of the area and the members of a temple committee here. While the residents are keen on developing the vacant plot as a park as is laid down in the sector plan, the members of the temple committee want it to remain as an open area that can be put to various uses, including parking.

City back lanes breeding ground for rodents
Chandigarh, October 25
Designed once to keep the city clean, dark and dingy service or back lanes in the residential areas are fast becoming breeding grounds not just for the mosquitoes but also for rodents and other disease-spreading organisms.

Paddy production short of farmers’ expectations
Chandigarh, October 25
The wheat-paddy cycle is taking a toll on the farmers settled in and around the periphery of Chandigarh. Even as the paddy procurement season is in full swing in the region, the farmers in the periphery have nothing to cheer about as there has been a steep fall in the paddy production this season.

Mild lathi charge on Shiv Sainiks
Mohali , October 25
The police resorted to a mild lathi charge to foil an attempt of the supporters of the Shiv Sena to disrupt the match being played between Pakistan and New Zealand at the PCA cricket stadium here today.

Parking chaos outside DC’s office
HC orders not complied with
Chandigarh, October 25
Apathy on the part of the Chandigarh Administration and the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has resulted in total chaos in parking areas outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office and other government offices located in the Town Hall Building in Sector 17 here.

Abandoned body of male baby found
Chandigarh, October 25
A day after a woman was arrested for allegedly abandoning her newly born son, the body of another newly born male baby was found in Sector 16 here early this morning. This time also the parents were traced with the help of identification tag put on baby’s hands.

Chetna rally on Oct 28
Panchkula, October 25
The Poorava Sainik Seva Parishad will organise a chetna rally at the Parade Ground, Sector 5, on October 28. Addressing a press conference, the local unit president, Gp Capt R.K. Sethi, said the rally would be flagged off by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Brijendra Singh.


10 booked for attacking Mohali resident
Mohali, October 25
Ten persons armed with weapons allegedly attacked a Mohali resident in the Phase III Industrial Area here today .

Cops round up 5 for drinking in public place
Chandigarh, October 25
Police personnel of the Crime Branch of Chandigarh Police allegedly created a scene at outside a chicken corner in Sector 22 tonight.

 2 booked for duping man of Rs 2.37 lakh
Chandigarh, October 25
Two persons have been booked for allegedly duping a Behlana village resident of over Rs 2 lakh.

Sector 42, a safe haven for thieves
Chandigarh, October 25
Sector 42 is fast turning into a safe haven for thieves. Nothing else can explain it than the rise in the incidents of thefts in the sector in the past few days.

ASI accused of demanding liquor
Panchkula, October 25
The owner of a liquor vend today alleged that ASI Kuldeep Singh had demanded a case of liquor from him. The owner, Mr Kuldeep Singh, said the in charge of the Sector 19 police post, the ASI, had asked for Rs 2,000 cash to buy furniture for the Police Lines which he had given.

45-year-old man attempts suicide
Chandigarh, October 25
Fed up by his prolonged illness, a 45-year-old man attempted suicide by jumping from the third floor of his Sector 38 residence here this afternoon.


BSNL plans customer care unit in Mohali
Chandigarh, October 25
The complaints about the telephone enquiry number (197) of BSNL will be a thing of the past, as the company will start its 100-seater call centre to deal with enquiries from all over its Punjab telecom circle.

Wine Merchants Assn formed
Chandigarh, October 25
Liquor traders in the city today formed the Chandigarh Wine Merchants Association and elected Mr Sat Pal Choujar as their president. Mr Choujar will pick up his own team from among the members.


Prof B.B. Bhattacharya Politics ‘has no role’ in universities
Chandigarh, October 25
Eminent economist and Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Prof B.B. Bhattacharya, today said politics should be kept away from institutions of higher learning.

Prof B.B. Bhattacharya

From Colleges
UK teachers’ team visits Dev Samaj College
Chandigarh, October 25
As part of the ongoing silver jubilee celebrations, the Dev Samaj College of Education yesterday played host to a team of 11 teachers from Rotherham County, Yorkshire, UK, under the Teachers International Professional Development Programme.

Mahilpur college beat GCG-42
Chandigarh, October 25
Sri Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Women, Mahilpur, defeated the local Government College for Girls, Sector 42, in the Panjab University Inter-College Women’s Football Tournament held at the Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, here today.


Assets case: 5 Cong MLAs asked to reply by Nov 3
Chandigarh, October 25
As the Congress failed to fulfil its promise of all Congress MLAs declaring their assets to the general public, a local court today gave last opportunity to five Punjab MLAs to file their reply by November 3, 2006.


‘Naga-Mandala’ mesmerises with timeless appeal
Chandigarh, October 25
In a performance that was as scintillating as it was poignant, Girish Karnad’s ‘Naga-Mandala’, directed by Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry and with The Tribune as its media sponsor, once again brought alive a remarkable tale.

Returning to roots
Chandigarh, October 25
The “nostalgia” bug has bitten producer, director, writer and theatre personality Raman Kumar. As this prolific man gets ready to come back “home” to Punjab, ‘Punjabiyat’ is about to get another boost.


City tops breast cancer list
Chandigarh, October 25
The city has the highest number of patients suffering from breast cancer in the country. This cancer is generally found among women in big cities.

150 urologists to take part in PGI workshop
Chandigarh, October 25
The Department of Urology, PGI, will organise a two-day international instructional course and a workshop on performance interpretation and clinical application of urodynamics from October 27.


Four top teams in city
Chandigarh, October 25
With the arrival of the South African cricket team in the city, a history of sorts was created. It is for the first time that four high profile cricket teams — Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa — are in the city for the ICC Champions Trophy 2006.

Spreading spirit of adventure, sportsmanship
Chandigarh, October 25
As part of the Air Force’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, a record-breaking trans-India powered hang glider expedition is being conducted, which touched down at the Chandigarh Air Force Station today.

Students being shown the powered hang glider by its pilot, Sqn Ldr Rama Kant, who is attempting a record-breaking trans-India expedition after it touched down in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photo
Students being shown the powered hang glider by its pilot, Sqn Ldr Rama Kant, who is attempting a record-breaking trans-India expedition after it touched down in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Passes being sold
Mohali, October 25
Security arrangements were tightened further for the second match of the ICC Champions Trophy played at the PCA Stadium here today even as allegations of complementary passes being sold were doing the rounds.

St. John’s win Edmund Rice Cricket trophy
Chandigarh, October 25
St. John’s High School, Sector 26, won the 9th Blessed Edmund Rice Cricket Tournament in the u-16 category by beating St. Stephen’s High School, Sector 45, by 76 runs in the final held on its grounds here today.


Vigilance Dept looking into building bylaws’ violations
Chandigarh, October 25
The UT Vigilance has initiated a probe into certain violations of the building bylaws by the Building Branch of the Estate Office. For the past few days, at least two officials of the Building Branch are being regularly summoned by the Vigilance Department.


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