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Ward recount held amid protest
Mohali, May 8
Recounting of votes of the municipal ward of former council president Kulwant Singh was held today at the court of the deputy commissioner amid protest by MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu and his supporters. The recounting was held amid tight security arrangements.
Councillors of the Mohali Municipal Council gherao the DC’s car on Tuesday.
Councillors of the Mohali Municipal Council gherao the DC’s car on Tuesday.

UT ready to transfer some depts
Will get more powers, MCC told
Chandigarh, May 8
Senior officials of the UT administration have assured the MCC of more powers, a long-pending demand of the corporation. The latter has been incessantly trying for the implementation of the 74th amendment of the Constitution in toto, which gives more powers to local bodies.

Licentious
Running drug stores sans licence
Panchkula, May 8
The two chemist shops at the General Hospital, Sector 6, here continue to do business despite cancellation of their drug licences by the drug Inspector about a week back.
Customers at a chemist shop operating without licence from the premises of the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula.
Customers at a chemist shop operating without licence from the premises of the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh




EARLIER STORIES

Syllabi Recast
NCERT casts away tedious portions
Chandigarh, May 8
With the aim to simplify the tedious curriculum, NCERT books have made innovative changes in the syllabi from this academic year. The books now are more application-based.

Now, cool cops
Chandigarh, May 8
Chandigarh traffic police personnel will soon get a new look. In an attempt to keep the cops in “good humour”, the authorities are now providing them with not just sunglasses, but also face masks.

Major’s GCM makes no headway
Chandigarh, May 8
The Army today began the general court martial (GCM) of a Major accused of molesting a lady officer posted in the same unit. The trial, being held at Tibri near Gurdaspur, did not make any headway today as a defending officer was not made available to the Major, sources said.

Gauhar’s charge rubbished
Chandigarh, May 8
The claim of Pakistani industrialist-turned-politician Gauhar Ayub Khan that points towards Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw being a mole who had leaked India’s war plan in the fifties, has come under wide condemnation by veterans here.

COMMUNITY


World Red Cross Day
Care for the poor: Rodrigues
Chandigarh, May 8

Pleading for the promotion of the concept of one nation and one people, Punjab Governor S.F. Rodrigues today made a forceful plea for creating a strong network for selfless service and caring for the poorest of the poor irrespective of the caste, creed and religion.
Jean Rodrigues (right) presents a mobile PCO to a physically-challenged person (seen making a call and supported by his wife) at a function at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, Chandigarh, organised by the UT Red Cross Society to mark World Red Cross Day.
Jean Rodrigues (right) presents a mobile PCO to a physically-challenged person (seen making a call and supported by his wife) at a function at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, Chandigarh, organised by the UT Red Cross Society to mark World Red Cross Day. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Land Acquisition
Villagers get GMADA move ‘stayed’
Mohali, May 8
Officials of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) failed to get possession of a piece of land falling in Sohana village here today as the villagers got a stay from a court in this regard.

Farmers rue subsidised land to IT firms
Chandigarh, May 8
The Chandigarh Farmers Action Group has drawn the attention of the Comptroller and Audit-General (CAG) towards the administration’s policy of giving subsidised land to IT companies, thereby causing a loss of crores.


Now, cycle tourism
Chandigarh, May 8
It is environment-friendly, cheap and good for health. What is more, it is being promoted as the latest form of ‘tourism’ in the city. At a meeting held by tourism director Vivek Atray today, the city woke up to its cycle culture, once again.












HEALTH CYCLE: Girls enjoy a ride on their cycles in Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
Girls enjoy a ride on their cycles in Chandigarh.

Insurance staff protest FDI hike move
Chandigarh, May 8
The Northern Zone Insurance Employees Association today protested against the proposed hike in the FDI in the insurance sector from 26 per cent to 49 per cent by taking out a torchlight procession in Sector 17.

Insurance employees hold a torchlight procession against the proposed hike in FDI in the insurance sector in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan.
Insurance employees hold a torchlight procession against the proposed hike in FDI in the insurance sector in Chandigarh.

Acting school attracts 50
Chandigarh, May 8
Only 50-odd students have applied for admission to an acting course at Actor Prepares, an acting school in Chandigarh. The course, backed by Bollywood star Anupam Kher, offers 25 seats in the six-month specialised course.

 
CRIME

Bride-to-be, lover attempt suicide
Chandigarh, May 8
In true Bollywood style, a 17-year-old girl and her 22-year-old “friend” allegedly consumed poison three days before the girl’s marriage on late Monday night.

Motorcyclist hit by car, hurt
Chandigarh, May 8
A motorcyclist was seriously hurt after being hit by a car at the IT Park traffic lights point last night. The injured was admitted to the PGI in a critical condition.

5 arrested with smack
Chandigarh, May 8
In a special drive against the drug menace, the crime branch of the Chandigarh police today arrested five persons from various parts of the city for allegedly carrying smack.

 
BUSINESS


Maruti unveils SX4 in city
Chandigarh, May 8
Maruti Udyog Limited today unveiled its new sedan, SX4, in the city. The car was unveiled by the chief general manager (marketing strategy and development) Arun Malhotra.









Arun Malhotra unveils the new Maruti SX4 sedan in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Arun Malhotra unveils the new Maruti SX4 sedan in Chandigarh.
 
EDUCATION

DAV College staff boycott work
Chandigarh, May 8
The MCM and DAV College employees unions held a rally and staged a dharna in front of the principal’s office at DAV College, Sector 10, today. The administrative staff of the college boycotted the college work after the rally.

Free schooling for poor
Panchkula, May 8
A free school for children of the labour class was inaugurated at Trishla Complex, Peermasala village, near Sector 20, here, today. Chairman of Trishla Builders Harish Gupta inaugurated the school opened by Jeevan Mukt Nishulk Vidyalaya, an NGO.

COURTS

Lawyers meet ahead of Bar elections
Chandigarh, May 8
A meeting of the general house of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association was held today in the run-up to the elections scheduled for May 11.

Lawyers’ no to money for chambers
Chandigarh, May 8
Advocates in the district courts today challenged a resolution of the executive body of the District Bar Association, asking members of the Bar to deposit Rs 50,000 for construction of chambers at the proposed district court complex in Sector 43 here.

 
CULTURE

Musical tribute to Batalvi
Chandigarh, May 8
Accomplished vocalists from the region paid rich tributes to the legendary Punjabi poet Shiv Kumar Batalvi in a specially designed musical concert organised by Channel Punjab on the poet's 34th death anniversary here at Tagore Theatre.

It’s his way to say no to drugs
Chandigarh, May 8
After announcing his film ‘Sarvanash’ last year in August, actor, producer, writer and director Mangal Dhillon is back again with one version of the film ready. Inspired by the increasing drug abuse among the rural and urban youth in Punjab, it took Mangal about 18 months to make this one-and-a-half hour docudrama.

Actor and filmmaker Mangal Dhillon, who was in Chandigarh for the preview of his docudrama ‘Sarvanash’ at Hotel Mountview on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik.
Actor and filmmaker Mangal Dhillon, who was in Chandigarh for the preview of his docudrama ‘Sarvanash’ at Hotel Mountview.


 
SPORTS

Shankar secures trophy for Satluj
Panchkula, May 8
A magnificent knock of 80 runs by skipper Shankar Nair with valuable contribution from bowlers Neeraj Joshi (3 for 30) and Sandeep (2 for 21) enabled Satluj Cricket Coaching Centre, Sector 4, Panchkula, to beat DAV Model School, Sector 15, Chandigarh, 6 runs in the finals of the Satluj Hot Weather u-17 cricket tournament.
The final match of the Satluj Hot Weather u-17 cricket tournament in progress at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula.
The final match of the Satluj Hot Weather u-17 cricket tournament in progress at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Mumbai’s Mishab scripts city team’s defeat
Chandigarh, May 8
DAV School, Chandigarh, could not prevail over Rizvi Springfield (Mumbai) in the Parle Champions Trophy Cricket Tournament for u-17 boys, played at the Bharath Nagar Cricket Stadium, Delhi, today.

586 attend coaching camps
Chandigarh, May 8
As many as 586 sub-junior and junior boys and girls are attending annual summer coaching camps in different disciplines at various coaching centres run by the Chandigarh sports department. The camps began on Monday and will continue till May 24.


Snooker: Ajay beats Vaneet 2-0
Chandigarh, May 8

Ajay Singla grabbed the first two frames straightway defeating Vaneet Khosla 2-0 in the best of three frames snooker match at the sixth Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship, held at Chandigarh Club, here, today.



Ajay Singla aims a shot during the sixth Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship held at Chandigarh Club on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Ajay Singla aims a shot during the sixth Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship held at Chandigarh Club.

Cricket trials today
Chandigarh, May 8
Trials for the selection of the u-13 years cricket team of the Mohali Cricket Association, affiliated with the Punjab Cricket Association, will be held tomorrow at 3 pm at the PCA Cricket Stadium, C-ground, Mohali.

Skating carnival from May 12
Chandigarh, May 8
Doon Public School, Sector-21, Panchkula, is organising its 1st Doon Skating Carnival for children of the tricity on May 12 and 13.

Naveen, Himal, Ajay lead in chess tourney
Chandigarh, May 8
Naveen Bansal, Himal Gusain and Ajay Jaswal were leading at 5 points at the end of the sixth round of the 18th Chandigarh Chess Championship 2007. The meet is being held at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here.

Chandigarh Wrestling Association releases calendar
Chandigarh, May 8
The Chandigarh Wrestling Association has prepared its sports calendar for 2007-2008.

ADMINISTRATION

CIC stays fine on officer
Chandigarh, May 8
The Central Information Commission (CIC) has stayed a fine of Rs 25,000 imposed on Satya Thakur, a public information officer of the Estate Office, for delay in providing information to Mehar Singh, a local resident, under the Right to Information Act.



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