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Poll tol: Congress 12, awaits lucky 13
Chandigarh, December 22
A poor show by Congress heavyweights came in the way of the party’s prospects of winning a majority in the municipal elections, the results of which were declared today. The Congress has bagged 12 seats in the elections to the 25 wards, one short of a majority.

MC poll: Cong win 12 seats, BJP 6
Chandigarh, December 22
The results of the elections for the 25 wards of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation were declared today. No party managed to bag the magical figure of ‘13’ to gain the majority in the House. The Congress won 12 seats, the BJP six, the Chandigarh Vikas Manch (CVM) four, the SAD two and the BSP won one seat.

Six make it despite criminal record
Chandigarh, December 22
Six of the 25 candidates elected today have a criminal record. Their criminal record, however, hasn’t affected their vote bank, proving that crime is not a hurdle to secure a seat in the MC.


Mr Harmohan Dhawan CVM Chief, Mr Davinder Babla and Mr Ravinder Paul Singh Pali
THUMBS UP: (Above) Mr Harmohan Dhawan CVM Chief, Mr Davinder Babla and Mr Ravinder Paul Singh Pali; and (below) Ms Sheela Devi, Ms Sunita and Kuldeep Singh Kajheri. — Tribune photos by Manoj Mahajan, Parvesh Chauhan and Vicky Gharu
 Ms Sheela Devi, Ms Sunita and Kuldeep Singh Kajheri

News Analysis
Bansal, Jain put up brave front at ‘half victory’

Chandigarh, December 22
The fractured verdict thrown up by the city electorate has resulted only in "half victory" for the Minister of State for Finance, Mr Pawan Bansal, and his bete noire and the BJP leader, Mr Satya Pal Jain. In fact, with the pre-poll claims of both the leaders of getting a clear-cut majority for their respective parties going bust, the leaders will have to do a lot of explaining to their party bosses in Delhi ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections in February, 2007.

Mixed results leave leaders a worried lot
Chandigarh, December 22 The mixed bag of results of the civic poll announced today sprung many surprises and left senior party leaders of the BJP and the Congress a worried lot. While the BJP has bagged more seats in the MC elections this time than its previous tally, it seems to have lost its urban base in the city. On the other hand, the Congress, despite having won 12 seats, seems to have lost its rural vote bank.

Celebrations all the way
Chandigarh, December 22
Before the city could wake up to the day’s activities, its future was in new hands. The process of counting of votes, which started at 8 am, was over by 11 am. Almost all results were declared by then. Electronic voting machines, used for the first time, surprised many as the results were declared quite fast. The results also took many supporters by surprise, who could be seen coming even after the candidates had left the counting centres.

Panchayat Samiti poll results
Chandigarh, December 22
The results of the Panchayat Samiti elections were declared today. Azad Singh Kishangarh/ Bhagwanpura-II constituency won by the highest margin of 495 votes. He secured 924 votes as against his nearest rival, Satvir Singh, who got only 429 votes. On the other hand, the lowest margin of 28 votes was recorded by Manga Ram, who secured 467 votes from the Kaimbala (SC) seat, election officials said here today.

Results at a glance

Amit Negi Watch out
The local cricketer Amit Negi of Panjab University (PU), will prove his prowess in the VIZZY Trophy at Kolkata on Saturday. Negi is a part of the team, which will represent North Zone in the tournament. He had earlier represented PU during the North Zone Inter-University Cricket tournament held from November 4 to 16. The fine performance displayed by the cricketer there paved his way into prestigious Vizzy Trophy. 

In Town
Biswajit The yesteryears’ romantic hero, Biswajit, will be in town on Saturday, as the chief guest in the Rafi Memorial Nite. A popular actor of the 60s, he gave many a hit films like Bees Saal Baad, Mere Sanam, Night in London, April Phool etcl. He will be giving away prizes to the winners of the singing contest for children, as well as for seniors, who will render the famous songs of legendary singer, Mohammed Rafi.


IAF begins rehearsals for Presidential Review
Chandigarh, December 22
The Air Force has started rehearsals for the Presidential Fleet Review, scheduled to be held in Chandigarh on March 7. The review, being held after a gap of 20 years, is part of the IAF’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations which fall next year.

Nine Inspectors transferred
Chandigarh, December 22
In a major reshuffle, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Chandigarh, Mr S.K Jain, today ordered the transfers and postings of nine inspectors. Terming the transfers as routine, the sources in the police headquarters said seven of the inspectors had been ordered to join the new postings with immediate effect.

Award for Tribune reporter
Geetanjali Gayatri Chandigarh, December 22
Senior Staff Correspondent of The Tribune, Ms Geetanjali Gayatri, has won the 'Shri Rajindra Hooda Samriti Navodit Shrestha Patarkarita Puraskar' while Delhi-based correspondent of Dainik Bhaskar, Hemant Atri, won the 'Shri Satpal Saini Samriti Shrestha Patarkarita Puraskar', instituted by the Haryana Government for the first time, for the year 2005-06. Both awards carry a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, a commendation certificate and a shawl each.

Date for submitting ‘C’ forms extended
Mohali, December 22
The state government has decided to extend the date for the submission of “C” forms up to March 31, 2007, which are required to be submitted along with the annual statement under the Punjab VAT Act, 2005.

Forum to take up cases of transferees
Chandigarh, December 22
At a meeting held at Rail Vihar, Panchkula, recently, it was decided unanimously that the Transferee Association of Rail Vihar be renamed as the Rail Vihar Transferee and Associates Welfare Forum.

Army deputy chief in city
Chandigarh, December 22
The Vice-Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen S. Pattabhiraman, arrived at the Headquarters Western Command, on a farewell visit from New Delhi this evening. He retires on December 31.


Santa paints city schools red, celebrations on a high
Chandigarh, December 22
Christmas festivities continued at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, where children celebrated the birth of Christ with prayer songs, carols, dance and drama. In her Christmas message, the principal, Sister Sebastina, emphasised the importance of an upright and meaningful life, and reinforced the importance of peace, goodwill and compassion.

Staff development programme ends
Chandigarh, December 22
The two-week national level staff development programme on “Trends in engineering metrology and statistical process control” organised by the Punjab Engineering College on its premises ended today. The programme was sponsored by the AICTE, New Delhi.

Dikshant gets smart classrooms
Chandigarh, December 22
Dikshant International School in association with Educomp has introduced the concept of smart classrooms in the school. These classrooms comprise smart boards, 48-inch plasma screens along with a CPU, which will be attached to a resource centre.


Biswajit: 44 Saal Baad
Chandigarh, December 22

He reigned Bollywood first as the ‘suspense hero’ and then the ‘musical hero’ of the ’60s. He was the typical chocolate-faced hero an every girl’s dream lover. But his rosy cheeks and fair complexion gave his leading ladies a complex, his make-up men took care and technicians had to adjust lights to make sure that the heroine appeared fairer. He was our Bengali Babu Biswajit.
Biswajit with daughter Shambhavi at a hotel in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Biswajit with daughter Shambhavi at a hotel in Chandigarh on Friday


PGI in the dock again
Attendant prevents administering of fungus-infested fluid 
A bottle of fungus-infested intra-peritoneal dialysis fluid that raised many eyebrows at the PGI on Friday Chandigarh, December 22
Close on the heals of seizure of hundreds of decaying “intra-peritoneal dialysis fluid IP” in the Civil Hospital, Hamirpur, in Himachal Pradesh, and now the appearance of one more bottle of the same fluid at the PGI, a premier health case institute of the North India, has raised many eyebrows here today.
A bottle of fungus-infested intra-peritoneal dialysis fluid that raised many eyebrows at the PGI on Friday. — A Tribune photograph


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