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Two ASIs awarded 1-yr RI
Chandigarh, October 17
The CBI special court today sentenced ASIs Gurmel Singh and Jaswant Singh to one-year rigorous imprisonment and fined them Rs 2,000 each for demanding bribe.

Lock-in period for sale of flats cut
Major relief for GPA-holders
Chandigarh, October 17
In a relief to those holding the general power of attorney (GPA) for group housing societies, the Chandigarh administration has finally decided to reduce the mandatory lock-in period for the sale of flats.

RBI Theft
Class IV employee held
Chandigarh, October 17
Ramesh Chander, a Class IV employee of the RBI, was arrested today for the theft of Rs 2.82 lakh from the vaults of the Reserve Bank of India, Sector 17, on October 13 , despite the vault being under surveillance of as many as 85 close-circuit TV cameras.

NH-22 with PWD for six months
Panchkula, October 17
After a two-month battle on “ownership” for maintenance between the PWD and the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), the latter has been asked to maintain NH-22 between Kalka and Zirakpur.

Auto driver assaults, robs man
Chandigarh, October 17
An autorickshaw driver and two others allegedly assaulted a man and robbed him of his belongings near Shanti Kunj in Sector 16 last night. The victim has been admitted to the Sector 16 GMSH with severe head injuries. According to the police, Gurcharan Singh of Moga came to the city to meet his son in Sector 15. He reached the Sector 17 ISBT at around 8 pm and took an autorickshaw for Sector 15. Besides the autorickshaw driver, two unidentified persons were sitting in the vehicle.



EARLIER STORIES

Ministry scraps ‘harassing’ ECRS 
Chandigarh, October 17 
Persons traveling abroad will no longer have to get suspension of emigration check done as the ministry of overseas Indian affairs has decided to do away with it. 
The issue of doing away with Emigration Check Required Suspension (ECRS) had been engaging the attention of the Ministry of overseas Indian Affairs for a while now.

COMMUNITY

Protest against price rise, Sidhu style
MP Navjot Singh Sidhu distributing vegetables at a function at the Chandigarh Press Club. Chandigarh, October 17
Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu today protested against the rise in essential items by giving away a unique “Diwali gift” to housewives in Chandigarh. Sidhu, who is the MP from Amritsar, distributed gifts in the form of 'dals' (pulses), vegetables and especially onions to housewives at a function at the Chandigarh Press Club here.

MP Navjot Singh Sidhu distributing vegetables at a function at the Chandigarh Press Club on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

GCM in sexual assault case to resume today
Chandigarh, October 17
The general court martial (GCM) trying a Major for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman officer of the same unit will resume at Tibri tomorrow after having remained adjourned for almost three months.

Toxic Factor
90 pc toys in city unbranded
Chandigarh, October 17
No mechanism or law exists to check the sale of toxic toys in the city. In fact, 90 per cent of the toys in the city are unbranded and the quality is suspect.

Akali workers hold up traffic
Altercation with cop gets ugly
Mohali , October 17
An altercation between an Akali leader and a traffic policeman over alleged traffic violation led to a traffic jam at the congested Phase VII chowk here late in the evening.

Rs 1.52 lakh missing from bank account
Panchkula, October 17
Parveen Goel, an employee of the Haryana Urban Development Authority, alleged today that Rs 1.52 lakh was missing from his bank account in the Centurion Bank of India, Sector 8. He said the bank had issued a new passbook to somebody who had forged his signatures and withdrawn the amount in four installments.

Mayawati to visit city
Chandigarh, October 17
UP Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati will pay a two-day visit to Chandigarh from October 27, former union minister Harmohan Dhawan said.

More public land under green cover
Chandigarh, October 17
The UT forests department has supplied 27,472 free saplings for plantation on public land between April and September.

Woman crushed under train
Chandigarh, October 17
A woman in her late 20s was crushed under a train on an elevated track near Colony No. 4 here this morning.

Letters
Save the ailing sector
I intend to draw the authorities’ kind attention towards the horrible living conditions prevailing around the “New Light Society” Sector 51-B where I have bought a flat after putting in my entire retirement benefits.

 
CRIME

Jobless youth commits suicide
Chandigarh, October 17
An unemployed man in early 20s, Anil Kumar, ended his life by hanging himself at his residence in Dhanas village, here, this morning. Though no suicide note was recovered, the police termed it a case of suicide as the deceased’s family ruled out possibility of any foul play behind the incident.

Three vehicles stolen
Chandigarh, October 17
Three vehicles were reportedly stolen from different parts of the city. Gagandeep Singh of Phase-IV, Mohali, reported to the police that his Maruti car (PB-65-2863) was stolen from Sector 8 on Tuesday.

 
BUSINESS

Punjab & Sind Bank launches dairy scheme
Chandigarh, October 17
In order to give a boost to milk production in the country, especially in Punjab, the Punjab and Sind Bank has launched a scheme to finance commercial dairy farming. The bank already has a strong network of branches in the state.

UT adviser Pradip Mehra (centre) talks to Chandigarh Golf Club officials after inaugurating the ‘Saloon Bar’ at the club in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Adviser inaugurates ‘Saloon Bar’
Chandigarh, October 17
A state-of-the-art ‘Saloon Bar’ was inaugurated by UT adviser Pradip Mehra at the Chandigarh Golf Club, Sector 3, here, today.



UT adviser Pradip Mehra (centre) talks to Chandigarh Golf Club officials after inaugurating the ‘Saloon Bar’ at the club in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

 
EDUCATION

Dev Samaj alleges discrimination
Future of fashion designing students uncertain
Chandigarh, October 17
The postgraduate diploma course in fashion designing at Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, has become the centre of controversy.

Charanjit Singh is all smiles after winning the Best Chef contest at Chandigarh College of Hospitality, Landran, on Wednesday.
Charanjit Singh is all smiles after winning the Best Chef contest at Chandigarh College of Hospitality, Landran, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

DAV Teachers’ Stir
Central govt’s intervention sought
Chandigarh, October 17
Teachers of DAV College, Sector 10,and MCM DAV College, Sector 36, have been fighting for retrial benefits for the past 11 months without any success so far.

MC removes new book-sellers from PU
Chandigarh, October 17
On a complaint of the old booksellers’ welfare association, the MC today carried out a drive to remove booksellers who had recently erected stalls for selling secondhand books.

Youth Fest - Day II
Tough competition brings out their best
One of the participants at work in the traditional pakhi-making competition during the second day of PU youth festival being held at SGGS College, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Chandigarh, October 17
The second day of the youth festival proved to be a tough competition amongst the participants. The activities of the day were divided in three categories including art and craft, creative writing and music items. Chief guest for the first session was Sidhu Damdami, editor of Punjabi Tribune while R.C. Modgil was the chairperson.

One of the participants at work in the traditional pakhi-making competition during the second day of PU youth festival being held at SGGS College, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Nursing graduates to get degrees today
Chandigarh , October 17
A total of 302 graduates and 19 postgraduates in nursing will be awarded degrees at the convocation of the National Institute of Nursing Education, PGI, here tomorrow. Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, IAS, deputy regional director, South East Asia Regional Office, WHO, New Delhi, will deliver the convocation address.

From Schools
Students ‘stand up and speak out’
Chandigarh, October 17
The UNO Millennium Campaign was celebrated in DAV Model School, Sector 15A, here, today. The school organised a special morning assembly in which 1,700 students participated under the ‘Stand Up and Speak Out’ campaign. The event started with a prayer to spread the message to eradicate poverty, hunger, and illiteracy and ensure environmental sustainability.

NSS volunteers of GCG-11 during a cultural function held at the college on Wednesday.From Colleges
100 NSS volunteers awarded
Chandigarh, October 17
The NSS Unit of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, today organised a cultural function on the college premises. Prof R.N. Sharma, programme coordinator, NSS, PU, who was the chief guest on the occasion, congratulated the NSS volunteers for the stupendous performance and lauded the role being played by them in the field of social service.


NSS volunteers of GCG-11 during a cultural function held at the college on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik


COURTS

City lawyers revive family law section
Chandigarh, October 17
In a nation that celebrates the Bahrtiya Parvasi Diwas with élan, it is surprising that no legislation still exists till date to cater to the rising number of inter-country family disputes, especially in the sphere of inter parental child custody matter.

High Court
Punjab told to give money for man’s treatment
Chandigarh, October 17
Acting on a petition giving details of a woman who put herself on sale along with her five-year-old son because she could not pay the medical expenses of her ailing husband, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Punjab government to immediately provide a compensation of Rs 50,000 to her.

Rs 25,000 fine slapped on power official
Chandigarh, October 17
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission on Monday raised the compensation amount by five times the amount given by district forum over a plea filed by Rajinder Kaur.

 
CULTURE

Bringing alive ‘The Revolt of 1857’
A light and musical show on the 1857 war of independence at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, Panchkula, on Wednesday.Haryana police enacts sound and light drama
Panchkula, October 17
The first uprising of 1857 against the British, its hero Mangal Pandey, the tyranny of the British and the final rush of nationalism - it all came alive 150 years after the bugle of India’s first war of Independence was sounded in Bengal’s Barakpore.

A light and musical show on the 1857 war of independence at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, Panchkula, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Riding high on passion for work
Rani Mukerji in a still from her latest film “Laaga Chunari Mein Daag”. Chandigarh, October 17
The catchphrase for Yash Raj Films “Laaga Chunari Mein Daag-a journey of a woman”, in many ways epitomises actor Rani Mukerji’s own sojourn to the top of the Hindi film industry’s well-regarded-performers’ list. No obvious comparisons to the character of an ‘escort’ she essays in the film, but in an industry where you are only as good as your last film Rani now has author-backed roles, like this one, being written especially for her.

Rani Mukerji in a still from her latest film “Laaga Chunari Mein Daag”.

‘Comedy is my first love’
Mohali, October 17
Comedy films are becoming popular these days as its gives people a break from their stressful lives.

HEALTH

PGI complex residents face water woes
Chandigarh, October 17
Residents of the PGI residential complex have been facing shortage of water supply to their houses even as the PGI authorities have spent lakhs of rupees to address the problem.

 
SPORTS

PU archers bang on target
Chandigarh, October 17
Panjab University, here, stood first in the team championship of the Olympic FITA round (men) on the final day of the All-India Inter-university Archery Competition, which concluded at the PU grounds today.

Govt accolades elude archers
Chandigarh, October 17
Lack of sponsorship has left deserving archers cheerless. In town to participate in the All-India Inter-university Archery Competition at PU, national and international archers -- Sandeep Kamboj, Gursantveer Singh, Kapil, Prayank, Manoj, Niva Kerketta and Rishitha Mandava -- are hoping that all this will change.

Wushu
Pinki corners glory
Chandigarh, October 17
Pinki Rani of GMHS-37, Chandigarh, emerged winner in the u-17 girls’ category (44 kg) during the inter-school wushu competition at Sports Complex, Sector 42, here, today. Krishna of AKSIPS-41 was second while Priyanka of GHS-46 and Jyoti of GHS, Dadu Majra shared the third place.

St Stephen's, Sanjay Public set up final clash
Chandigarh, October 17
St Stephen's School, Sector 45, will meet Sanjay Public School, Sector 44, in the final of fourth Molly Carver Twenty20 Cup Cricket Tournament at St Stephen's School, Togan, tomorrow.

Football tourney from tomorrow
Chandigarh, October 17
The four-team league phase of the Chandigarh Senior Girls’ Football Championship for the Deepak Kapania Memorial Trophy will be held at St Stephen's School, Sector 45, here, from October 19 to 22.

A cycle polo match between Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh in progress at Banyan Tree School, Sector 48, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Kerala drub Karnataka
Chandigarh, October 17
Kerala thrashed Karnataka 19-0 on the opening day of the ninth Senior Women and fifth Sub-junior Girls’ National Cycle Polo Championships at Banyan Tree School, Sector 48, here, today. For Kerala, Ashna Ajij was the top scorer with six goals followed by Divya Babu’s four, including a hat-trick. The other scorers were Kavia Lakhshmi (4), Sonia Joseph (3) and Jiva Jose (2).

A cycle polo match between Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh in progress at Banyan Tree School, Sector 48, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Twenty20 cricket trials tomorrow
Chandigarh, October 17
The Chandigarh Twenty20 Cricket Association would conduct selection trials on October 19 at the Sector 16 cricket stadium, said CTCA president I.D. Kamboj. Interested cricketers from Chandigarh should report to Chandigarh cricket coach Harish Sharma. The trials will begin at 3 pm.

 


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