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Red alert? Hardly
Cops looked anything, but vigilant
olice personnel seen in casual mood near the Chandigarh police headquarters in Sector 9 on Monday even as a red alert has been sounded
GUARDS DOWN: Police personnel seen in casual mood near the Chandigarh police headquarters in Sector 9 on Monday even as a red alert has been sounded.— Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Chandigarh, October 15
Even as the Chandigarh police sounded red alert in the wake of the blast at a cinema hall in Ludhiana that left seven persons and over 40 injured last night, it was a day of routine policing here.

Calorie boost for midday meals
Chandigarh, October 15
The Chandigarh administration has decided to revamp the midday meals scheme. The scheme which aims to cover students of Classes I-V in government, government aided and local body schools, will now be redesigned with emphasis on determining deficiencies in students.

Bank did not verify labour antecedents
Chandigarh, October 15
Serious lapses in the handling of boxes containing fresh currency notes have surfaced during the investigation of thefts at the RBI, Sector 17, with the police claiming that daily wage workers were regularly picked up from Labour Chowk without their antecedents being verified.

Duped of money outside bank
Panchkula, October 15
In the second incident of its kind, Chandigarh resident Satyanarayan was duped of Rs 6,000 outside the main branch of the State Bank of India in Sector 10 here today.





EARLIER STORIES

No date for student poll yet
Chandigarh, October 15
The date for the elections to the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) seems a while away. VC Prof R.C. Sobti said there had been an ‘informal’ meeting with heads of departments today where the issue was discussed.

COMMUNITY

Road safety put on the line
Chandigarh, October 15
It seems road safety of motorists is last on the agenda of the UT engineering department and the municipal corporation, for city roads are nothing less than death traps.


Death Trap: A rope being used as a diversion marker for motorists, putting their lives in jeopardy, on the road separating Sectors 29 and 30 in Chandigarh.—Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

A rope being used as a diversion marker for motorists, putting their lives in jeopardy, on the road separating Sectors 29 and 30 in Chandigarh

Ludhiana blast: Security beefed up 
Panchkula, October 15  
The blast at a cinema hall in Ludhiana has triggered off a number of precautionary security measures by the district police in view of the on-going Navratra mela at the Mata Mansa Devi shrine. 

Major tragedy averted in Mohali

12 jhuggis gutted, arson alleged
Mohali, October 15
About a dozen jhuggis were gutted near Dara Studio in Phase VI here today amid allegations by the owners that it was a case of arson.The fire broke out around mid-day when most of the occupants of the jhuggis were out on work. Fire brigade personnel reached the spot and carried out rescue operations.

A view of the site where 12 jhuggis were gutted near Dara Studio in Mohali on Monday.—Tribune photos by Vicky Gharu

A view of the site where 12 jhuggis were gutted near Dara Studio in Mohali on Monday

Carnival on Nov 24, 25
Chandigarh, October 15
The Chandigarh carnival will be held on November 24 and 25 at the Leisure Valley with Canada as the partner country. This decision was taken at the meeting of the Tourism Advisory Committee held under the chairmanship of UT home secretary Krishna Mohan here today.

Central govt to encourage Hindi use
Chandigarh, October 15
The Town Official Language Implementation Committee of the central government offices, in its meeting held at Kisan Bhavan, decided to hold essay writing, shabad gyan, type, short-hand and poem recital competition in Hindi during the current financial year.

Blind stage dharna
Chandigarh, October 15
The Punjab unit of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) today staged a dharna outside the office of the social security department to mark the International White Cane Day here today.


Members of the National Federation of Blind protest in support of their demands in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Monday.— A Tribune photograph
Members of the National Federation of Blind protest in support of their demands in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Monday

 Nair new AOC 12 Wing
Air Commodore S.R.K. Nair Chandigarh, October 15
Air Commodore S.R.K. Nair took over as Air Officer Commanding (AOC), 12 Wing, here today.He was posted as Director of Operations (Transport) at Air Headquarters, New Delhi, prior to this appointment.He takes over from Air Cmde M. Sud, who has moved to Cabinet Secretariat’s Aviation Research Centre, New Delhi.An alumnus of the 56th course of the National Defence Academy, Air Cmde Nair was commissioned into the IAF in June, 1980. He has logged close to 7,000 flying hours on various types of aircraft, which include Otter (DHC-3), Dornier-228, Avro (HS-748), AN-32 and IL-76.

80 challaned
Chandigarh, October 15
The Chandigarh traffic police booked 80 motorists for violating rules and regulation in various parts of the city today. The police set up four checkpoints across the city.

Oil cos issue advisory on firecracker use
Chandigarh, October 15
Oil companies have issued an advisory to authorities concerned to ensure a safe festival season.

Navy seeks pilots for SSC
Chandigarh, October 15
The Indian Navy has invited applications for the Short Service Commission (SSC) in the aviation cadre (pilot) of the executive branch.

Hepatitis infection an emerging challenge for armed forces
Chandigarh, October 15
Hepatitis B Virus infection is becoming an emerging challenge for the Armed Forces. Though the prevalence rates in recruits is significantly lower than the national average, still it is being dubbed as a cause of concern.

Tribune employee bereaved
Chandigarh, October 15
Vimla Devi, mother of Ganesh Sharma, assistant press manager with the Dainik Tribune, died today after a brief illness.

Letters
Get competitive

 
CRIME

Man gets 7-yr RI for rape
Chandigarh, October 15
UT Additional and Sessions Judge Raj Shekhar Atri today sentenced a man to seven years of rigorous imprisonment (RI) and imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 after holding him guilty of raping a 14-year-old girl.

Youth held for molestation
Chandigarh, October 15
The police arrested a student of Dera Bassi-based engineering college on the allegation of attempting to outrage the modesty of a woman. According to the police, the victim, a staff nurse at the Sector 22 community hospital, lodged a complaint alleging that Gurdip Singh Brar of Sector 15 stopped her near the traffic lights yesterday. 

 
EDUCATION

Colleges to have alumni directories
Chandigarh, October 15
Nostalgia, laughter and a rejoicing union rules the alumni meet of any college. It’s a display of an upsurge of the golden moments of the past.

From Colleges
Students given tips on family planning
Chandigarh, October 15
A team of doctors from Government Medical College, Sector 32, visited Government College, Sector 46, and held an interactive session. A survey was also conducted on general awareness regarding family planning methods and risks involved in teenage pregnancy.

Students perform during intra-college competitions at Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Monday.— Tribune photo by Vinay Malik
Students perform during intra-college competitions at Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Monday

PU Notes
Admissions

Chandigarh : The date for admission to MA (public administration), which has been switched over from annual to semester system from the current session (2007-08), has been extended till November 2, with a late fee of Rs 500 according to prof Pawan Kumar Kamra, coordinator, public administration, department of correspondence studies. 

Workshop on nursing documentation
Mohali, October 15 
More than 80 delegates from places like Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Chandigarh and Delhi participated in one-day continuing nursing education (CNE) workshop on “Nursing Documentation” here today. The workshop was conducted by Fortis Hospital.

COURTS

Puri sworn in as HC judge
Chandigarh, October 15
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today got a new judge with Chief Justice Vijender Jain administering oath of office to K.C. Puri, former district and sessions judge, Amritsar.

City lawyer takes up illegal migration issue in Spain
Chandigarh, October 15
Punjabis’ itch for an El Dorado, which has now reached maddening proportions and left the government wondering over how to quell the irrepressible urge, found a resonance at a seminar on migration held in Spain recently.

Tata Sky, Zee Turner dispute reaches High Court
Chandigarh, October 15
The ongoing war of channels between Tata Sky and Zee Turner has reached the Punjab and Haryana High Court.In a petition filed before the High Court, Tata Sky has claimed that ‘ETC Punjabi’, broadcasting Gurbani live from Golden Temple, is not available on its platform, though it is offered as free-to-air cannel on Doordarshan

 
CULTURE

A kaleidoscope of expressions
Chandigarh, October 15
‘Art Drops’, like its name, brings together a delightful ‘brew’ of art works by 34 artists from all over India.The exhibition is unique for the gamut of mediums explored although this seems to be entirely coincidental.


Budding artists from all over India during a group showing by ‘Art Drops’ at the Museum of Fine Arts, Panjab University, on Monday.— Tribune photo by Vinay Malik



Budding artists from all over India during a group showing by ‘Art Drops’ at the Museum of Fine Arts, Panjab University, on Monday

Hi-tech Ramlila draws crowds
Chandigarh, October 15
The hi-tech Ramlila being staged on a huge 90-feet stage at the Parade Ground, Sector 17, by the 50-year-old Ramlila Committee, attracted a large audience from the tricity last night.The main highlight of the evening was the highly dramatic and gripping ‘Sita svyamvar’ in which Ram (Sukhwinder Grewal) put the varmala on Sita (Rajesh Goel) after breaking the dhanush in the darbar of Raja Janak.As Ram broke the Dhanush, the sky exploded with a colourful display of fireworks.

Artistes enact a scene during Ramlila in Chandigarh on Monday.—A Tribune photograph


Artistes enact a scene during Ramlila in Chandigarh on Monday.
HEALTH

Now, fly in bread
Chandigarh, October 15
A city resident reportedly found a fly in a packet of bread bought from a milk booth here today. According to Dr B.M. Mahajan, a resident of Sector 18 A, he bought a packet of bread from a milk booth near his house. When he opened it after reaching home, he found a dead fly in it.

 
SPORTS

Gujarat University hit bull’s eye
Chandigarh, October 15
Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, with 1,819 points, lifted the overall championship (men) of the All-India Inter-university Archery Championship (Indian round) at Panjab University, here today.


Archers in action during the All-India Inter-university Archery Championship at PU grounds, Chandigarh, on Monday.—Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
Archers in action during the All-India Inter-university Archery Championship at PU grounds, Chandigarh, on Monday

Sports gym turns slimming centre
Chandigarh, October 15
The multi-purpose gym at Sports Complex, Sector 42, is not serving the benefit of sportspersons. In fact, it has turned into a slimming centre for the public. It has been learnt that influential persons are using the hi-tech gym at the cost of sportspersons. Besides, a few top officers and their family members often avail of the facility free of cost.

A view of the hi-tech gym at Sports Complex, Sector 42, Chandigarh.— Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
A view of the hi-tech gym at Sports Complex, Sector 42, Chandigarh

Khushi Ram is kabaddi body chief
Chandigarh, October 15
Khushi Ram was elected president of the North Zone Circle Kabaddi Federation at the general body meeting held, here, yesterday. J.P. Sharma and Subash Tekchandani have been elected as general secretary and treasurer, respectively. The house, however, has unanimously authorised the president and the general secretary to nominate the other office-bearers of the federation.
Naman Nanda, who won a gold medal in the u-14 boys’ foil (individual) and a silver medal in the u-14 boys’ (team) events during the National Fencing Championship held at Gwalior
Naman Nanda, who won a gold medal in the u-14 boys’ foil (individual) and a silver medal in the u-14 boys’ (team) events during the National Fencing Championship held at Gwalior. He is a student of Bhavan Vidyalaya-15, Panchkula.

Cricket 
Vivek High thrash Delhi boys

Chandigarh, October 15
Splendid bowling by the boys of Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy-38 shattered the hopes of Bhadhurgar Cricket Academy, Delhi, by five wickets in the league match of the B.M. and B.N. Sharma Memorial Cricket Tournament. The tournament was held at DAV College, Sector 10, here, today.

BV register nine-wicket win
Chandigarh, October 15
An unbeaten knock of 45 runs by Varun Kaushal enabled Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula, to clinch a nine-wicket triumph over Ajit Karam Singh International Public School-41 in the fourth Molly Carver Twenty20 Cup. The meet is being held at St Stephen’s grounds in Togan, near here.

Skating
Darshvinder emerges winner
Chandigarh, October 15
Darshvinder Kaur of KB DAV-7 bagged the first place in the u-14 girls’ rink race-I event during the Inter-school Skating Meet held at Skating Rink, Sector 10, here, today.

JJ Sports Club lift cricket trophy
Chandigarh, October 15
JJ Sports Club beat Himachal Cricket Club (HCC) to lift the Chandigarh trophy at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, here today.

 


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