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A big jolt to Congress
Lalit Joshi’s papers rejected

Chandigarh, December 4
Coming as a big jolt to the Congress, the nominations of Ms Lalit Bhardwaj (Joshi), ex-Mayor and sitting councillor, were rejected today by the Returning Officer, Mr P.S. Shergill.

MC POLL-06: Rebels to face the party axe
Ward Watch: Garbage dumps irk residents of Ward No. 11
No nomination filed on Day 1
BJP: RO favouring Chatrath

Officers question 20 JAG Department postings
Chandigarh, December 4
The Judge Advocate-General’s (JAG) Department, the Army’s legal wing, is in the eye of a storm with some of its officers questioning the postings of a large number of JAG officers.



EARLIER STORIES

Teachers outsmart cops Enter Sectt, court arrest
Chandigarh, December 4
Exposing slack in the intelligence wing and the security management of the Chandigarh Police, protesting government-aided schoolteachers not only managed to sneak into the Punjab Civil Secretariat, but also raised slogans there this afternoon.

Protesting government-aided schoolteachers raise slogans in the compound of the Punjab Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh on Monday.
— Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Protesting government-aided schoolteachers raise slogans in the compound of the Punjab Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh on Monday.

Rs 30,000 looted after brawl at liquor shop
Chandigarh, December 4
In what could be termed as first election-related violence, a group of youngsters claiming to be campaigners of a candidate today entered into a brawl into a liquor vend-cum-ahata in Sector 46 here. The brawl left at least three persons injured.

Staggered power cuts to go in Industrial Area
Chandigarh, December 4
TheChandigarh Administration has decided to discontinue the staggered power cuts in the Industrial Area, with immediate effect. The decision will mean big relief to hundreds of industrialists and workers who faced cuts during weekdays, particularly during the season when demand for power supply was the most. The residents of the city will share the burden of the shortage during the peak season.

This gym is for privileged few!
Chandigarh, December 4
When the Chandigarh Sports Department imported the latest training equipment from Italy, known as techno gym, the fitness freak common city residents took it as a special treat for them. But their perception shattered into pieces soon.

Mitika Kanwar Watch out
Chandigarh-based Mitika Kanwar has clinched the top place in classical music and vocal for the second consecutive year in the Inter-Zonal All-India Mahatma Hans Raj Aryan Youth Festival underway at Ghaziabad. Mitika, a student of DAV Public School, is a disciple of Indore Gharana and is learning classical music (gayan shailies) like thumari, tappa, sufi and devotional music.

Pammi Somal In Town
Film journalist, editor and now script-writer and director Pammi Somal is here to present her film ‘Mummy-ji’ which has Kirron Kher playing the lead role. The film is about the present-day ‘Urban-India’ Punjabi mother and traces her life from the kitchen to the clubhouse in the words of the writer. The film has also been co-produced by her company Creative Steps and has music by Aadesh Sivastava.

Passing Through


Chandigarh Calling
Check petrol in your vehicle before driving from Chandigarh to Zirakpur. Chances are that you will need someone to pick you up, or else you will have to leave behind your vehicle and walk till beads of perspiration appearing on your brow even in this weather if the tank is empty.


COMMUNITY

RTI will check corruption, says Punjab CIC
Chandigarh, December 4
A two-day seminar was organised by Punjab Institute of Cooperative Training, Chandigarh in collaboration with Yashwant Rao Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA), Pune on 'Right to Information and Cooperatives' , at the Punjab State Cooperative Bank here today.

BJP stakes claim to Banur segment
Dera Bassi, December 4
The general secretary of the Mohali district unit of the BJP, Mr Suresh Gupta, today announced that the party would stake claim to the Banur Assembly segment in the Punjab elections.

Fauji Beat
A battle that sprung surprise

How could Major Kuldip Singh Chandpuri, a company commander of 23 Punjab, with only 70 men under his command, beat back an attack by a Pakistani brigade supported by a regiment of tanks?



Major Kuldip Singh Chandpuri briefs Britain's Chief of the Imperial General Staff, Field Marshal Carver, on the battle at Laungewala, a few days after the 1971 war.
Major Kuldip Singh Chandpuri briefs  Britain's Chief of the Imperial General Staff, Field Marshal Carver, on the battle at Laungewala, a few days after the 1971 war.

Woman to man traffic
Panchkula, December 4
Traffic violators have zipped around the city undeterred. Having had a field day with hardly any cop to watch out for them, they now have reason to fall in line and begin adhering to rules.

Chaos on city roads
Chandigarh, December 4
It has chaos all the way on city roads during evening hours. With the roads witnessing traffic jams during peak hours, motorists were put to inconvenience as they were caught in jams for more than half an hour at some places.

2 jhuggis, shop gutted
Panchkula, December 4
Two jhuggis and a shop dealing in scrap were gutted in a fire that broke out in Azad Colony in Sector 21 this morning.

Fire in showroom
Panchkula, December 4
Goods worth thousands of rupees were gutted in a fire which broke out in a showroom of readymade garments in Sector 7, this evening.

Sector 20 gets post office
Panchkula, December 4
A new post office was inaugurated in the Sector 20 market, here today.

Clarification

 
BUSINESS

Free market access for Indian mangoes abroad
Chandigarh, December 4
The Agricultural and Processed Food Export Development Authority (APEDA) is trying to get market access for Indian organic food products in the USA, grapes in China and Indian meat and meat products in Saudi Arabia and Basmati rice in Mexico.

Agro Tech 2006 concludes
Chandigarh, December 4
The growth in retail sector will go a long way in increasing the share of farmers in the profits from his produce. Presently, the Indian farmer gets 22 per cent of the share while the maximum share is pocketed by the trader.

Mr Surinder Singla addresses delegates at the valedictory function of Agro Tech 2006 at Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photo
Mr Surinder Singla addresses delegates at the valedictory function of Agro Tech 2006 at Chandigarh on Monday

Fresh tenders invited for IT centre
Chandigarh, December 4
The Chandigarh Administration has restarted the process of inviting tenders for the prestigious Rs 8.85-crore Entrepreneur Development Centre (EDC) project.

 
EDUCATION


CSIO develops voice operated arm

Chandigarh, December 4

There is hope for the disabled. On the occasion of World Disabled Day that falls on December 3, many unfortunate people who have lost an arm or both of them will have a reason to rejoice. Scientists at the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) have developed an artificial arm that will replace the limb and at the same time provide an attached hand that is fully functional.



Myoelectric arm being tested on a handicapped person at the CSIO labs. 


Myoelectric arm being tested on a handicapped person at the CSIO labs.

A ray of hope for slum children
Panchkula, December 4
Twentyseven children from the slums of Mauli and surrounding areas got a new lease of life. Like their friends, they will go to a regular school and attend classes courtesy Jiwan Mukat Nishulk Vidyalaya, an NGO working with slum children, beggars and urchins, in their city.

COURTS

Notice of motion in Manipuri boy’s death
Chandigarh, December 4
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Chief Justice Vijender Kumar Jain and Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar today issued notice of motion for February 12 on a PIL filed by Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann seeking an independent probe into the mysterious death of Manipuri boy Lairen Mayum Allestran Singh.

 
HEALTH

Delay in setting up genetic centre irks Rodrigues
Chandigarh, December 4
Expressing serious concern at the delay in setting up the region's first genetic centre at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, the Punjab Governor and Administrator of the Union Territory, Chandigarh, Gen. SF Rodrigues (retd.), did some plain speaking today which may not exactly sound music to the hospital authorities.

Security check for PGI staff
Chandigarh, December 4
The PGI authorities seem to have finally woken up from a 'deep slumber' as security personnel of the hospital today launched a checking drive at the staff gate of the Nehru Hospital.

 
SPORTS

Utkarsh, Robin in semis of YMCA total tennis
Chandigarh, December 4
Fatehdeep, Jatinder, Utkarsh and Rohin reached the semifinals in the under-10 in the Fort Ramgarh YMCA Total Tennis Championship being played at YMCA Total Tennis Academy, Sector 11, here today.

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