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Admn caught in building bylaws bungle
Notification for villages withdrawn
Chandigarh, December 23
In a classic case of the right hand not knowing what the left is doing, the Chandigarh Administration notified the building bylaws for villages within the municipal limits only to realise later that “wrong” rules had been issued.

Dialysis fluid: Health teams raid medical stores
Chandigarh, December 23
In less that 24 hours of the detection of a fungus-infested intra-peritoneal dialysis fluid at the PGI, the UT Health Department took samples of the liquid from local medical stores today.

Nominated not to back ‘shady’ councillors
Chandigarh, December 23
A week ahead of the election for the new Mayor, at least five of the nominated councillors held a meeting to decide on their role in the election. The women nominated councillors, however, were not present at the meeting.


UPA govt preparing strategy to check hike in prices: Bansal
Chandigarh, December 23
Concerned at the spiralling prices becoming a major issue in the forthcoming assembly elections, including Punjab, the Congress-led UPA government has chalked out a strategy to check prices of essential commodities, the Minister of State for Finance, Mr Pawan Bansal, said here yesterday.                                    
Pawan Bansal

Pawan Bansal


With Christmas round the corner the Sector 19 church wears a festive look on Saturday
With Christmas round the corner the Sector 19 church wears a festive look on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

UP, Bihar parties trying to get foothold in UT
Chandigarh, December 23
Many political parties more visible in the states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh trying to get a foothold in the city politics have managed to get 14.5 per cent of the total votes polled this year at the MC elections. A total of 2,41,162 votes were polled this elections.

Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam to perform in city
Chandigarh, December 23
Renowned playback singers Udit Narayan and Sonu Nigam will perform during the New Year celebrations being organised by the Chandigarh Administration. Beginning December 26, a series of programme are being organised in the run-up to the New Year celebrations. The decision was taken at a meeting held under the chairmanship of the UT Home Secretary, Mr Krishna Mohan, here today.

Watch out
Rahul Arora: The promising cricketer of SD College, Sector 32 has been representing North Zone Vizzy Trophy team as vice-captain at Kolkata. Rahul, the middle-order batsman, was also part of Indian Under-19 team.

Rahul Arora

In Town
, talented actress-daughter of acclaimed romantic hero of yesteryears, Biswajit, will be in town on Sunday. Sambhavi, who is a known name in the Bengali cinema, in playing the lead role in Bangla re-make of the "Golmaal", the Hindi blockbuster.




Thick fog enveloped Mohali on Saturday morning
Thick fog enveloped Mohali on Saturday morning. — A Tribune photograph

Chaos returns to parking lot as cops disappear
Chandigarh, December 23
Eyewash - nothing else can describe the initial action of Chandigarh Police to tow four-wheelers away from the parking lot meant for two-wheelers in front of Mehfil restaurant in Sector 17. After a week of hectic policing to prevent the misuse of the parking lot, Chandigarh Police personnel have simply disappeared from the scene, leaving the lot open for four-wheeler drivers.

Chhatbir’s elusive pig-tailed macaques
Chandigarh, December 23
A loose pig-tailed macaque pair today outwitted the Mahendera Chaudhary Zoological Park authorities for more than eight hours. Brought from the Sepahijala Zoological Park, Tripura, yesterday, the Chhatbir zoo got two pairs of leopard cats, one pair of pig-tailed macaques and one pair of Himalayan palm civets in exchange of one pair of majestic Royal Bengal tigers.

Sohana has water scheme
Mohali, December 23
The Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, inaugurated a Rs 30 lakh drinking water scheme under a NABARD plan in Sohana village here today. The MLA said there were two tubewells in the area but these were inadequate to meet the water requirements of residents of the village.

Xmas spirit rules at Plaza Carnival
Chandigarh, December 23
Christmas spirit pervaded The Tribune-sponsored Plaza Carnival at Sector 17 this evening as the "Rodrigues" belted out favourite Hindi, English and Punjabi numbers. Santa Claus was a hit with the children, who surrounded him to get sweets.


Cop’s son held for snatching mobile phone
Chandigarh, December 23
Alert public caught a Punjab Police cop’s son after he snatched a mobile phone from a woman in Sector 22 last night. According to the police, the woman, Ms Khushi Kushik, resident of Phase IX, Mohali, was walking past the Hotel Jullandhar in Sector 22 at around 9.15 pm on Friday.

Bottling unit employee held
Chandigarh, December 23
The Chandigarh Police today arrested an employee of a city based-soft drink bottling unit on the allegations of duping the company of Rs 6.5 lakh in connivance with other three employees by selling cold drinks without making any entries in the records.

Four booked for land fraud
Lalru, December 23
The police has booked four persons, including a patwari, in an alleged land fraud case. Acting on the complaint of Mr Pritam Singh, a resident of Sihpur village near here, the police booked Kaushalya Devi alias Pal Kaur, Hari Singh, Ram Chander and the patwari, Sukhdev Singh.


CII focus on green buildings
Chandigarh, December 23
The Chandigarh Council of the CII organised ''LEED workshop on Green Buildings'' at the CII Northern Region Headquarters here yesterday. The workshop was organised with an intended goal to impart knowledge on Green Building design strategies and acquire knowledge on the LEED green building rating system.


Schools reverberate with Xmas cheer
Chandigarh, December 23
Students of Saint Soldier International School, Sector 28, Chandigarh celebrated Christmas with great pomp and show. Student of kindergarten dressed up as Santa Claus, angels and shepherds, looked very attractive and charming. A manger portraying the birth place of Jesus Christ was also made by the students.

Students of Genius Public School, Sector 69, Mohali, celebrate Christmas on Saturday.

Students of Genius Public School, Sector 69, Mohali, celebrate Christmas

SRCN introduces B.Sc. Nursing course
Mohali, December 23
Sri Sukhmani College of Nursing, Derabassi, organised a path of Sri Sukhmani Sahib on the college premises to mark the first session of its B.Sc. Nursing course. The course is affiliated to the Baba Farid University Nursing Council of India, Faridkot.

Creating awareness about Gurus
Chandigarh, December 23
City-based NGO Pratibimb has been on a unique mission to create awareness on the Indian mythology and on the lives of the Sikh Gurus among schoolchildren. Through quiz contests, the NGO has covered a number of local schools under the mission, said founder member of the NGO Satyapal Choujar.

Teachers honoured at annual function
Mani Majra, December 23
Maharishi Dayanand Public School, Daria, organised its annual function at Kalagram, here yesterday. Students presented a cultural programme and performed Haryanvi dance, bhangra and giddha. Children impressed the audience with a fancy dress show.

Students of Maharishi Dayanand Public School, Daria, perform during their annual day celebrations at Kalagram, Mani Majra, on Friday.

Students of Maharishi Dayanand Public School, Daria, perform during their annual day celebrations at Kalagram, Mani Majra

PU to set up grievance cell for staff
Chandigarh, December 23
Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University R.C. Sobti has announced that a grievance cell will be set up for the university employees for expeditious disposal of their problems. Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor had set up a grievance cell for the students.

YPS alumni walk down memory lane
Mohali, December 23
The Old Yadavindrians Association organised its annual ball at the YPS grounds here today. It was a grand evening with a large number of Old Yadavindrians, including a few from the first batch that passed out of the school, making it to the venue.

NSS volunteers adopt Shastri Colony, Jujhar Nagar village
Mohali, December 23
A ten-day NSS camp was inaugurated at Government College here on Thursday. The inaugural ceremony was presided over by the college Principal, Ms Mandeep Kaur. A colourful cultural function had been organised in which star singer of the college Sangram Singh along with Vikram, Gurdeep, Sukhwinder and Manpreet participated.

Stress management talk at NSS camp
Mohali, December 23
On the fourth day of the 10-day NSS Camp at the Shivalik Institute of Education and Research, Phase 6 here on Thursday a lecture on stress management was delivered by lecturer Dr Sarita Saini.


A vocalist of international eminence
Chandigarh, December 23
“In the era of globalisation overriding priorities are for the profit-oriented business which had its bearing on the growth of Indian classical arts also. The classical arts and the artists had no substantial presence in print or the electronic media as compared to film, pop music practitioners which are hankering after the TRP ratings, “observed Sanjeev Abhyankar, the acclaimed young classical vocalist of international fame and torchbearer of Mewati gharana.

Sanjeev Abhyankar
Sanjeev Abhyankar

Rafi nite takes music lovers down memory lane
Chandigarh, December 23
The Mohammad Rafi Memorial Nite, an annual melodic extravaganza organised by the Yaadgar -E- Rafi Society was a great success with music lovers flooding the Tagore hall much before the scheduled commencement of the programme.

Singers sing songs at Rafi Memorial Nite at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Singers sing songs at Rafi Memorial Nite at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, Chandigarh


OPDs to function at PGI on Jan 1, 5 and 30
Chandigarh, December 23
The OPDs of the PGI will remain open on January 1, 5 and 30, 2007, in spite of these days being gazetted holidays due to Id-ul-Zuha, birth anniversary of Shri Guru Gobind Singh and Muharram, respectively.

71 donate blood
Chandigarh, December 23
As many as 71 persons donated blood at the 14th Voluntary Blood Donation Camp organised by The Indian Express Blood Donors Club, at The Indian Express office, C-5, Institutional Area, Sector 6, Panchkula, yesterday.


Musical races mark Strawberry Fields’ sports meet
Chandigarh, December 23
At the lush green grounds of Strawberry Fields Kindergarten, Sector 24, a 90-minute sporty musical presentation marked the annual event of the sports meet of the school today.

Children of Strawberry Fields Kindergarten participate in a race on the occasion of their sports meet in Sector 24, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Children of Strawberry Fields Kindergarten participate in a race on the occasion of their sports meet in Sector 24, Chandigarh

Shanthandeb declared best gymnast
Mohali, December 23
Shanthandeb was declared the all round best gymnast in the sub-junior category while Surbhi won the first place in the rhythmic gymnastic event (ball) in the junior category on the opening day of Chandigarh State Gymnastic Championship, held at Shivalik Public School, here today.

425 gymnasts vie for top honours
Mohali, December 23
425 gymnasts and 150 technical officials from 26 states and Union Territories have staked their claims for top honours in the 20th Sub-junior Artistic and 13th Senior Rhythmic National Gymnastic Championships, which will be conducted by the Punjab Gymnastic Association at the Shivalik Public School Multipurpose Hall here.

Mahesh beats Kang in Yonex Open
Mohali, December 23
Mahesh beat S.S. Kang 6-1 in Category 35 + (singles), during the “MDLTA Yonex Open Championship”, held at the State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Phase VI, here today.



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