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UT abolishes 66 posts
Chandigarh, December 8
The Screening Committee of the Chandigarh Administration has decided to abolish 66 posts lying vacant in different departments. The Administration has decided to fill 83 of the 149 vacancies.

Jean Rodrigues and other officials enjoy the colourful display at the inauguration of Chrysanthemum Show in Chandigarh on Friday. FLORAL FEAST: Jean Rodrigues and other officials enjoy the colourful display at the inauguration of Chrysanthe- mum Show in Chandigarh on Friday. —  Tribune photo by Vinay Malik




EARLIER STORIES

Poll rage: Assaulted Dalit seeks justice
Chandigarh, December 8
On the evening of December 4 another tale of atrocities on Dalits unfolded on the streets of Chandigarh. On the receiving end was Dalip Chouhan, a Valmiki suffering 40 per cent disability, who paid the price for asserting his right to vote for a candidate of his choice.

MC Poll
Candidates add steam to campaign

Chandigarh, December 8
Door-to-door campaigning for the forthcoming elections to the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has picked up. Today, candidates also held rallies within their wards. Mr B.B. Bahl, president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, joined the campaign of Mr Ravinder Pal Singh, alias Paali, Congress candidate from ward No. 21.

In the reckoning

Power play: Kabhi on kabhi off
Chandigarh, December 8
Residents of Mani Majra, particularly, of Modern Housing Complex, are facing frequent power cuts for the past several days. The problem has aggravated since the last 15 days. Besides, frequent instances of no supply for over 15 minutes due to ‘‘tripping’’ throughout the day, residents have witnessed more than two hours of power cut on at least three occasions.

5-yr-old crushed to death
Panchkula, December 8
A five-year-old girl was crushed to death and two others were injured in a road accident here today.

Chrysanthemum charisma unfolds
Chandigarh, December 8
“Chrysanthemum (guldaudi) show is a great feast for the eyes, as a wide variety of beautiful, lovely and unusual colours of flowers are artistically displayed by the organisers and participants,” said Ms Jean Rodrigues, wife of UT Administrator Gen S F. Rodrigues (retd), while inaugurating the Chrysanthemum Show 2006, today.

Watch out
Pooja Jallan Chandigarh-based Pooja Jallan is showing her prowess in the All-India Varsity Judo Championship underway at Naded. Pooja, a regular trainee at the Sector 42 Judo Coaching Centre, is a bronze medallist of Asian Junior Judo Championships 2005. She had brought many laurels in national judo competitions at Junior and sub-junior levels, and made her presence felt during the 3rd International Sports Games held at Sakha (Yekutie).

In Town
M. Venugopalan Mr M. Venugopalan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Federal Bank, will be in town on Saturday, to preside over the function of the opening of their new bank branch with ATM, at Panchkula. Mr Venugopalan has earlier also served as the Chairman and Managing Director of Bank of India, and an Executive Director of the Union Bank of India. He has nearly 40 years of experience in the banking industry. The bank branch will be inaugurated by Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Minister of State for Finance. 

Passing Through
Which game do you specialise in?
Dr K. Anjiah, Lecturer, Physical Education at College of Teachers’ Education, Warangal.I know the basics of almost all games and have been officiating for long time. Otherwise, I have played two national kabaddi tournaments besides, inter-district tournaments in senior hockey and basketball during 1965-66.

Dr K. Anjiah, Lecturer, Physical Education at College of Teachers’ Education, Warangal.


COMMUNITY

He needs money for renal transplant
Mohammad Minsar Alam Chandigarh, December 8
Hailing from Jharkhand, Mohammad Minsar Alam, a 38-year-old vegetable vendor, and his family have been running from pillar to post to get financial assistance for a renal transplant at the PGI for the past over three months.

‘Bal Kahani’ workshop to review gender portrayal
Chandigarh, December 8
SAARC Day of the Girl Child (which falls today) passes by without a flutter every year. But this time, India Alliance for Child Rights, North Zone, is all set to address the culture of gender discrimination, which finds expression in the images of the girl child in literature.

Parents ignorance costs infant life
Chandigarh, December 8
Ignorance on the part of parents today led to a tragedy that could have been averted.

2 ‘Special’ city lads awarded
Chandigarh, December 8
It was a special occasion for two 'special' city lads —Prabhjot and Varun. They were among the privileged few who were awarded with cash prizes by the UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retired), organised by the Chandigarh Sports Council in a function held at the Lake Sports Complex two days back.

Social life discussed
Chandigarh, December 8
Dr John V. George, Additional Director-General of Police, Haryana, on Wednesday said democracy could not take firm roots in the Indian value system unless individual human dignity and multicultural ethos of Indian society were recognised.

Happy days for bacchus lovers
Chandigarh, December 8
Customer is the king in the city’s under the new liquor policy, says the Chandigarh Wine Merchants’ Association.

Cyber cafe owners ‘netted’
Chandigarh, December 8
Owners of cyber cafes in the city will now have to maintain a proper record of those using the facility. Acting upon the advice of the Chandigarh Police, the district administration is going to make it mandatory for the owners of cyber cafes to satisfy themselves about the credentials of Net surfers.

Bijli nigam to hold exhibition
Chandigarh, December 8
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam is organising an exhibition and seminar on National Energy Conservation Day, at Panchkula tomorrow. Mr Ashok Lavasa, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary (Power) will inaugurate the celebrations.

Tribune employee dead
Chandigarh, December 8
Mahendra Lal, a foreman in the Bromide Paster section of The Tribune Trust, died here today.

 
CRIME

2 cars stolen
Chandigarh, December 8
Ms Harminder Kaur, a resident of Phase I, Mohali, has reported that her Maruti car (DL-6C-B-4305) was stolen from outside the Punjab Mini Secretariat on Thursday. Another car (CH-01-A-0163) belonging to Mr Saha Deen Lauwalia, a resident of Sector 24, was stolen from outside his residence last night. In both instances, cases under Section 379 of the IPC have been registered.

3 booked for duping advocate
Chandigarh, December 8
The Chandigarh Police today booked N.S. Ravi Kumar, Premjit Kaur and Parshant on a complaint of Mr A.K. Kanwar, an advocate and resident of Sector 49.

Man held for threatening enforcement staff
Mohali, December 8
The police has booked a resident of Kumbra village on the charge of threatening to commit suicide, criminal intimidation and obstructing a public servant from performing his duty.

 
BUSINESS

Sunil Dutt Mobiles to be 'crack-proof', says Nokia official
Chandigarh, December 8
In another effort to revolutionise mobile technology, cellphone manufacturing companies may soon come up with highly-secure handsets that can be operated only by authorised users. Once the technology comes into existence, users who are always on the move, will be able to leave behind their cell phones without fear of it being misused or stolen.

 
EDUCATION

Nobel lecture series inaugurated
Chandigarh, December 8
Prof. R.C Sobti, Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, today inaugurated the Nobel Lecture Series in the Department of Botany. The lectures have been conceived to coincide with the Nobel Prize giving functions and the lectures being delivered at Oslo (Norway) and Stockholm (Sweden).

From Colleges
Fight gender bias with courage to speak up: Sadker
Chandigarh, December 8
Dr David Sadker As part of the ongoing ‘‘Campaign for Peace-city Chandigarh’’, Yuvsatta, Peace Club of Dev Samaj College of Education yesterday organised an open discussion on the issue of ‘‘Confronting gender bias and sexual harassment’’. Dr David Sadker from American University, Washington DC, was the key speaker on the occasion.

DAV students’ creativity appreciated
Visitors watch exhibits at “Pratibimb,” an annual art exhibition, at DAV Public Senior Secondary School in Mohali on Friday. Mohali, December 8
“Pratibimb” — the annual show of latent skills of the students of the local DAV Public Senior Secondary School — succeeded in presenting their creativity, which was highly appreciated by the students and parents visiting the exhibition. The exhibition showcased students’ creations not only in the fields of arts and science, but also in the subjects of social studies and mathematics.

Visitors watch exhibits at “Pratibimb,” an annual art exhibition, at DAV Public Senior Secondary School in Mohali on Friday.

Colourful function marks annual day at Shivalik school
Mohali, December 8
The Shivalik Public School Mohali wore a festive look for the annual day function held today. Mr Krishna Mohan, Home Secretary, Chandigarh Administration, graced the occasion as the chief guest.

X-mas celebrations at PU
Chandigarh, December 8
Members of the National Christian League, Chandigarh, today celebrated Christmas at Panjab University. Dr R.C. Sobti who was the chief guest honoured three distinguished personalities who have excelled in the fields of education and social work.

COURTS

Man gets life-term in murder case
Chandigarh, December 8
Sukhwinder, an accused in a three-year-old case of murder, was today sentenced to life imprisonment by the District and Sessions Judge (DSJ), Mr B.S Mehndiratta.

 
CULTURE

This Danish songster rocks
Chandigarh, December 8
This Danish songster also sings in Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi so when she refers to herself as a “melting pot” of cultures, she is spot on. Not just this. With Aneela’s roots firmly planted here, (her father is an Indian and her mother part-Persian and part-Pakistani), she is really a girl after this region’s heart. She is in Chandigarh for her first official concert in India but this vivacious young lady is no newcomer to fame.



Denmark-based singer Aneela strikes a pretty pose at Hotel Shivalikview, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph 
Denmark-based singer Aneela strikes a pretty pose at Hotel Shivalikview, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday.

Mann doles out magic of melody
Chandigarh, December 8
Punjabi melody king Gurdas Mann gave a magical performance at a music concert at the Leisure Valley last evening. The event, organised to celebrate the first anniversary of Punjabi newspaper "Rozana Spokesman" in association with Airtel among others, was largely attended.


Gurdas Mann performs at the Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu
Gurdas Mann performs at the Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Thursday.


HEALTH

Live demo on knee surgery
Chandigarh, December 8
A live demonstration on knee surgery was given by Dr Dave Pollock, an orthopedic surgeon from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Carolina, USA, and Dr S.S. Gill, Head of Department, orthopedics, PGIMER, at the PGI, here today. An intelligent knee surgery course is being conducted here.

Talks fail with PGIMER head
Chandigarh, December 8
A meeting of the PGI Medical Technologists’ Association with the PGIMER Director today failed to serve the purpose here.

Good news for diabetics
Chandigarh, December 8
To provide medicare to diabetic patients under a single roof, Oxford Hospital, Chandigarh, launched a club “Diabetes Platinum Club” in the city with registration of a couple of members.

 
SPORTS

DAV Centre defeat SA Club by 130 runs
Chandigarh, December 8
A fine knock of 81 runs off 91 balls, ably supported by Sumit who contributed a quick fire 76 off 83 balls, enabled the DAV College Centre of Cricket Excellence beat the South Africa Alberton Cricket Club U-17 team in the second match of the tour held at DAV College, Sector 10, here today.

Overall trophy for Southern Command
Chandigarh, December 8
PCDA (Southern Command), Pune, bagged the overall trophy by securing 43 points in the three-day All-India Defence Accounts Department Athletics Meet -2006 which concluded at Sector 7 Sports Complex here today.

Himachal beat AP in cricket
A kabaddi match in progress during the State Kabbadi Championship at Sports Complex, Sector 42, on Friday. Chandigarh, December 8
Himachal Pradesh defeated Andhra Pradesh by scoring required 127 runs in 15 overs with the loss of one wicket to secure a bearth in the semifinals on the second day of the All India Cricket Tournament for Mentally Challenged Children being played here today.

KCC win kabaddi title                     
Chandigarh, December 8
Kabaddi Coaching Centre, (Sector 42), defeated Sikhya, (Sector 46), by 9 points to win the Sub Junior Championship title in the State Kabaddi Championship, which concluded here at the Sports Complex, Sector 42, today.

A kabaddi match in progress during the State Kabbadi Championship at Sports Complex, Sector 42, on Friday. — Photo by Vinay Malik



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