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SC nod to land acquisition in Mohali
New Delhi/Chandigarh, October 26
In a major relief to the Punjab Government, the Supreme Court today permitted it to grant exemption in the land use plan relating to the 1,264 acres area acquired from farmers for providing housing facilities to Mohali.

HP Polls
Can’t count us out, city Himachalis tell netas
Their population in city 9.4 %
Chandigarh is home to a multitude of people, with over 60 per cent of its population putting down their roots here from nighbouring states. Himachal Pradesh also contributes significantly to this number, accounting for over 9 per cent of the total city population.

A gold crown awaits Maya
Chandigarh, October 26
Partymen will present a gold crown to their leader at the public rally on Sunday. The crown has been made by an Ambala jeweller. For two days, it will be “fluttering” elephants in the city. Blue flags and bunting have sprung up all over to welcome BSP supremo Mayawati to the city.

Partymen will present a gold crown to their leader at the public rally on Sunday. The crown has been made by an Ambala jeweller.


EARLIER STORIES

Medical Reimbursement
HC ruling to benefit UT employees
Chandigarh, October 26
In a judgement that will benefit UT employees seeking medical reimbursement, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has held that rates fixed by the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), as applicable on the date of surgery, have to be reimbursed, irrespective of the fact whether a circular on revised charges has been adopted by the administration or not.

Yuvraj Singh No buyer for Yuvi’s car
Chandigarh, October 26
Yuvraj Singh’s exploits on the cricket field may have attracted scores of fans but the star batsman has failed to find the desired price for his six-year-old car in an auction aimed at generating funds for charity.

COMMUNITY

A crowd gathers in Sector 19 as firemen try to rescue those trapped inside with ladders. Fire in Sector 19-D coaching institute due to short-circuit
70 students rescued; no casualties
Chandigarh, October 25
It was a harrowing experience for about 70 students of a coaching academy in Sector 19-D this afternoon after they were trapped in their institute due to dense smoke caused by a short-circuit in the main electricity junction meter.

A crowd gathers in Sector 19 as firemen try to rescue those trapped inside with ladders. — A Tribune photograph

Conference to discuss livelihood security from October 29
Chandigarh, October 26
The agro-chemical-based agriculture and the rice-wheat cycle have played havoc with soil health and resulted in gradual decrease in productivity in Punjab and Haryana - the food bowl of India.

Bonanza for CITCO staff
Chandigarh, October 26
This year, employees of the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) will get a bonus of Rs 11,500 as a Diwali gift in recognition of their services. The incentive is the highest given by CITCO ever since its inception in 1974.

Pak girls also wanna have fun
Ludhiana, October 26
Why should boys have all the fun, the old English number aptly depicted the expression on the faces of Pakistani girls as they were left mesmerised at the sight of the girls zooming past in the city on their motorbikes.

Newborn girl’s death at PGI
Parents, nurse reach compromise
Chandigarh, October 26 The family of the newborn girl, who died of burn injuries at the Advanced Paediatrics Centre (APC), PGI, here reached a compromise with the paramedical staff at a police station here today.

100 donate blood on Balmiki Jayanti
Devotees buy Maharishi Balmiki calendars at a mela organised in Sector 24, Chandigarh, on Friday. Chandigarh, October 26
Festivity, community kitchens and a blood donation camp marked Balmiki Jayanti celebrations in the city today. As many as 100 persons donated blood at a camp organised by Peer Lakh Data Seva Samiti Dal at Gujarat Bhawan.

Devotees buy Maharishi Balmiki calendars at a mela organised in Sector 24, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Natural dyes are eco-friendly: Expert
The Punjab Agricultural University has started laying emphasis on eco-friendly technologies not only in agriculture but in home science as well. Dr Neelam Grewal, head of department of clothing and textiles, PAU, said the clothes dyed with natural colours are better accepted in the international market over the traditional chemical dyes.

Now, paid parking in three more sectors
Chandigarh, October 26
The finance and contract committee of the municipal corporation yesterday cleared the proposal for paid parking in all commercial sectors along Madhya Marg. The parking lots in Sectors 7, 9 and 26 will soon be auctioned. The parking in Sector 8 is already a paid parking lot.

Role of IT in pharma sector emphasised
Chandigarh, October 26
Marg Compusoft, a software solution provider to pharmaceutical industries, organised a seminar on the importance and advantages of using IT tools in the pharma industry today.

Letters
Honour Milkha Singh
The Sector 17 library is called the T.S. Central State Library after bureaucrat Tarlok Singh. If a public place can be named after a bureaucrat, why can’t the athletics-cum sports’ club of Sector 7 be named after ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh?

 
CRIME

Three vehicles stolen
Chandigarh, October 26
Vinod Kumar of Sector 38 (west) has complained to the police that his Hero Honda motorcycle (PBV-9796) was stolen from his residence on October 23.

Love-struck car thief arrested, remanded
Chandigarh, October 26
A local court on Wednesday remanded Kulwinder Singh Gir, alias Kala, arrested on the charges of stealing a car from Sector 15 to judicial custody.

Sikandar Singh (left) shows the broken portion of a wall of his house after it was hit by a van on Friday. Speeding van rams into house
Chandigarh, October 26
In a bizarre incident, a speeding Maruti van rammed into a house in Sector 27 here resulting in breaking its front wall this afternoon. The impact of the hit was so strong that around six-feet portion of the wall along with one front-gate pillar not only got displaced but the whole wall developed cracks at many places.

Sikandar Singh (left) shows the broken portion of a wall of his house after it was hit by a van on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

MC officials assaulted
Chandigarh, October 26
The police arrested four roadside vendors for allegedly assaulting a team of the Municipal Corporation enforcement wing in Manimajra on Tuesday. The team had reportedly gone to the area to remove encroachments.

Car, motorcycle stolen
Chandigarh, October 26
Tirlok Nath of Sector 7 here reported to the police that his car (HP-15-5011), parked in Sector 7, was stolen on Wednesday. A case of theft has been registered at the Sector 26 police station.

Man killed as car hits scooter
Chandigarh, October 26
A scooter rider Sohan Lal, a resident of Morinda, died in an accident near the Sectors 31,32 light point here around 7 am.

 
BUSINESS

Biz Word
Designer tiles in city
Chandigarh, October 26
Floor Square, a showroom for exotic and international range of floor coverings and carpeting solutions, was inaugurated in Sector 17 here recently.

Anupama Arya, director, Mobera Systems, receives the All-India Special Award for Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur for the year 2006-07 from union minister for communication and information technology A. Raja in New Delhi. City’s entrepreneur gets award
Chandigarh, October 26
City’s entrepreneur Anupama Arya, director, Mobera Systems, has bagged the All-India Special Award for Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur for the year 2006-07.

Anupama Arya, director, Mobera Systems, receives the All-India Special Award for Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur for the year 2006-07 from union minister for communication and information technology A. Raja in New Delhi.

Jet Lite to fly from city soon
Chandigarh, October 26
City residents will soon have a more convenient option of getting connected to major cities of the country with Jet Lite starting its operations from the city next week.


 
EDUCATION

No affiliation, yet BPEd course on
Chandigarh, October 26
DAV College, Sector 10, is in the news yet again. This time, the four-year BPEd course being run by the college since 2005 is in trouble. The college has not got the mandatory inspection done to get the Panjab University affiliation for the course (third year).

PU Notes
Pharma education needs paradigm shift, says expert
Chandigarh, October 26
A series of lectures were delivered on the second day of the Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI) convention being held at Panjab University.

Education board poll
Result deferred till Oct 29
Mohali, October 26
The declaration of the election result of the Punjab School Education Board Non-teaching Employees’ Association has been deferred till Monday.

Reference to Bhagat Singh
Student body up in arms
Chandigarh, October 26
In a communiqué, the Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) has strongly condemned the terming of martyr Bhagat Singh as a terrorist in a question, which appeared in the general studies paper-1 of UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination today and said they would launch a wider agitation on the issue.

Tribune Impact
College authorities get going
Chandigarh, October 26
A day after irregularities in the BSc hostel at the Government Home Science College, Sector 10, were reported by The Tribune, the authorities swung into action today. Grills were fixed in both windows of the washrooms, putting at ease those girls, who had stopped using these following an incident in August after a boy was caught peeping into one of the washrooms.

Vivek High students attend global conference
Chandigarh, October 26
Six students of Vivek High School - Amarmeet Khehra, Varun Gupta, Mannat Sra, Himani Aggarwal, Avleen Khurana, all of Class XII, and Yasmeen Chahal of Class X - accompanied by Round Square representative Rajbir Sandhu attended the Round Square International Conference hosted by Daly College at Indore from October 18 to 24.

Prospectus for MBA corrected
Chandigarh, October 26
The corrected prospectus for the various MBA programmes conducted at University Business School, Panjab University, are now available for sale.

Lecturer invited
Chandigarh, October 26
A lecturer at the Shri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, has been invited by the organising committee of 10th ILDS Conference being held at National Library, Singapore from October 28-31. Preet Kanwal, lecturer and head, department of Computer Science and Anita Chhatwal, librarian would make a presentation on ,“IT enabled Library Consortia: A Futuristic Vision”.

COURTS

Finance co. penalised
Chandigarh, October 26
A fine of Rs 50,000 has been imposed on Chennai-based Citicorp Maruti Finance Limited (CMFL) for not issuing a no-objection certificate (NOC) to Paramjit Kaur.

 
CULTURE

Sarah SinghBaring Old Wounds
US filmmaker trails Partition
Chandigarh, October 26
Sarah Singh has just settled down after a long and arduous journey into the historical past of India and Pakistan. But she appears brisk, as if ready to start again. She could, in fact, go on exploring the subject, which has stayed with her from the day in Manhattan when she attended her first-ever seminar on the issue.



Sarah Singh

Classical vocalists mesmerise
Chandigarh, October 26
The 30th three-day annual Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan, organised by the Indian National Theatre in collaboration with the Indian Oil, commenced at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan auditorium, Sector 27, here today. The Tribune Group of Newspapers is the media sponsor.

HEALTH

Burns ward in private hospital
Mohali, October 26
Cosmo Hospital in Phase VIII here has set up a state-of-the-art burns ward to treat patients suffering from burn injuries.

 
SPORTS

Bangalore’s Sharmila retains title
Chandigarh, October 26
A golf player in action during the 15th Realtech Punjab Open Ladies Amateur Golf Championship at the Chandigarh Golf Club in Chandigarh on Friday. Defending champion Sharmila Nicolette showed her class as she fired two birdies on the return nine for a final aggregate of 307 to retain the Championship Bowl as also the Junior Shield of the 15th Realtech Punjab Open Ladies Amateur Golf Championship, which concluded on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club, here today. The 16-year-old Bangalore girl played a steady game, barring a poor 80 in her second round. But this was enough for her to leave her nearest opponents Nalini Singh and Meher Atwal of Delhi seven strokes behind.

A golf player in action during the 15th Realtech Punjab Open Ladies Amateur Golf Championship at the Chandigarh Golf Club in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Parsoon, Naina are u-14 champs
Mohali, October 26
Parsoon of Manav Mangal School, Panchkula, and Naina Saini of DAVPS-8, clinched the u-14 sub-junior boys’ and girls’ titles of the Sixth Manav Mangal Open Table Tennis Tournament. The tournament is being held at Manav Mangal Smart School, Phase X, here, today.

DAV-10 win by 8 wkts
Chandigarh, October 26
An unbeaten century by Sumit Dhawan and fine bowling spell by Yugwinder (3 for 17) enabled DAV College-10 to beat GN Khalsa College, Abohar, by 8 wickets on the third day of the PU Inter-college Cricket Meet. The meet was held at PU, here, today.

Chandigarh register easy win
Chandigarh, October 26
Host Chandigarh registered an easy eight-wicket win over Jharkhand in the under-15 National Twenty20 Cricket Championship being organised by the Chandigarh Twenty20 Cricket Association at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium, here, today.

GGDSD-32 lift boxing title
Chandigarh, October 26
GGDSD College, Sector 32, here, clinched the Panjab University Inter-college Boxing Championship 2007-08 by securing 34.5 points. The meet was held at PU’s gymnasium hall, here today. This is for the ninth time that the SD boxing team has clinched the title.

Cricket trials from October 30
Chandigarh, October 26
The third phase of selection trials to fill up the seats at the Chandigarh Cricket Academy will be held on October 30 and 31 at 9 am at the Sector 16 cricket stadium.


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