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Superhuman, say fans
7,500 ODI tickets gone in 3 hrs

Mohali, November 1
The entire lot of 7,500 tickets worth Rs 300 each (general block) for the forthcoming Indo-Pak ODI to be held at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium were sold out in less than three hours today.
A long queue of cricket fans in front of the PCA Stadium, Mohali
A long queue of cricket fans in front of the PCA Stadium, Mohali, on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Sidekicks take centre stage at PU
Chandigarh, November 1
The stringent guidelines laid down by the Lyngdoh committee have brought sidekicks of students’ political bodies to the centre stage.
May be the boys and girls are out campaigning en masse. A scene at the Student’s Centre, Panjab University, Chandigarh May be the boys and girls are out campaigning en masse. A scene at the Student’s Centre, Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari


Elections in colleges may be cancelled
Chandigarh, November 1
The 75 per cent attendance criterion as recommended by the Lyngdoh committee has adversely affected the candidatures of most student leaders in colleges as well. While in most of the colleges, the nominations were rejected due to the attendance clause, in others only one or two candidates were found to be eligible against the panel of four that includes president, vice president, general secretary and joint secretary.

4 wholesale sweet makers challaned
Chandigarh, November 1
A day after the Punjab health minister instructed civil surgeons across the state to conduct raids on sweet shops, the authorities in Chandigarh have also woken up to it. In the first major raid on sweet manufacturers in and around the city ahead of the festival season, the UT health department today swooped down on four big wholesale sweet makers and challaned them.


Wall of contention
Panchkula, November 1
A temporary park in Sector 12 here today became a bone of contention between residents of the area and employees of the Municipal Corporation. Around 10:30 am, the MC employees along with owners of a school site, reached the place armed with the approved zoning plan and written orders of the estate officer, HUDA, Panchkula.

35 booksellers allotted sheds
Chandigarh, November 1
The municipal corporation today allotted 35 sheds to booksellers through draw of lots on licence for five years. These booksellers had been squatting in front of the Panjab University gate in Sector 15 and running their business from there.

Lt-Gen Sapru is GOC-in-C, Western Command
Chandigarh, November 1
Lt-Gen Tej Kumar Sapru took over as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, at Chandimandir today. Prior to his appointment he was the General Officer Commanding, 16 Corps at Nagrota near Jammu.

Lt-Gen Tej Kumar Sapru pays homage to martyrs at the Veer Smriti war memorial after taking over as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, in Chandimandir on Thursday.

Lt-Gen Tej Kumar Sapru pays homage to martyrs at the Veer Smriti war memorial after taking over as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, in Chandimandir

Military Intelligence turns 65
Chandigarh, November 1
The Corps of Military Intelligence celebrated its 65th anniversary with traditional pomp and gaiety at the Western Command headquarters, Chandi Mandir, today. GOC-in-C, Western Command, Lt-Gen Tej Kumar Sapru, was the chief guest on the occasion.


NRI’s Murder
Constable, family booked
Mohali, November 1
The police booked a head constable of the Punjab police, his wife, son and daughter for the alleged murder of the 24-year-old NRI Yadvinder Singh here. The accused Gurdial Singh, posted at the Punjab Civil Secretariat, Chandigarh, wife Shiv Charan a teacher, son, an engineering student.

Minor sodomised; five booked
Chandigarh, November 1
Five youths allegedly sodomised an 11-year-old boy after forcing him to inhale a correction fluid. According to the police, the incident came to light yesterday, when the victim reached home and narrated the incident to his family.

Couple hurt in assault by landlords
Chandigarh, November 1
A couple had to hospitalised after they were allegedly assaulted by their landlords over a dispute in Sector 38 this evening. The two have been admitted to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16.

Kanungo held
Chandigarh, November 1
Sleuths of the UT vigilance department today caught Dhian Singh, a kanungo posted at UT deputy commissioner’s (DC) office, red-handed while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 2,000 from a Mullanpur resident.


Hawara’s plea to meet relatives
HC issues notice for January 8
Chandigarh, November 1
Acting on an application seeking permission to meet relatives filed by Jagtar Singh Hawara, sentenced to death in Punjab’s former chief minister Beant Singh’s assassination case, Justice Surya Kant of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice for January 8.

Petitioner penalised for false complaint
Chandigarh, November 1
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I has imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on petitioner Gurcharan Singh Gandhi for filing a false and frivolous case. Gandhi had claimed that he had met with an accident on December 7, 2004 while returning from Amritsar.


An Indian’s French romance
Chandigarh, November 1
‘Mind over heart’ is the matter of Cecilia Antony’s first book, which is making waves in France. Here in India, the novel is gleaning attention for a different reason. It is the first French novel ever to be written by an Indian settled in India, claims Cecilia, still relishing the flavour of her maiden literary creation. The bubbles in her contentions are natural. She has, after all, blazed a trail by writing in a language that’s not her own. And yet, she has earned admirations from men of eminence, including Jean Dutourd, member of the French Academy at Paris, who describes the work as “of superior quality where the sensibility and the vulnerability of the author are evident in each page”.

Cecilia Antony with her book
Cecilia Antony with her book. — A Tribune photograph

Ragini singers weave magic
Panchkula, November 1
The melodic richness, rustic vigour and élan of the Haryanvi folk raginis wafted across the ambience of the open air Yavanika theatre in the city park here today as 10 groups of artistes from the state enthralled the folklore aficionados.


Tug-of-war for GMCH top post
MCI inspection unlikely today
Chandigarh, November 1
A team of the Medical Council of India, which has arrived in the city, is unlikely to carry out its inspection of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, following the Chandigarh administration’s failure to hand over the responsibility of filling the post of director principal in the institution, which fell vacant after Dr H.M. Swami’s retired yesterday, to the UPSC.

OPD timings changed
Chandigarh, November 1
The Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, and its allied dispensaries would be observing new OPD timings from Monday to Saturday. The OPD timings from October 16 to April 15 would be from 9 am to 3 pm and from April 16 to October 15 from 8 am to 2 pm. There would be no lunch break.


Natasha in finals
Chandigarh, November 1
Aashman Goghari and Digvijay S Mehta will face each other in the finals of the main draw of boys Under-14 category in the Asian Ranking Tennis Tournament getting underway at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association courts, Sector 10, here today.

St Anne’s thrash Mount Carmel
Chandigarh, November 1
The hosts St Anne's Convent School, Sector 32, thrashed Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, by 9 wickets in the IInd Sister Alberta Memorial Inter-School Cricket Tournament at the school grounds here today.

AG Himachal, UP in final
Chandigarh, November 1
Defending champion AG Himachal Pradesh and AG Uttar Pradesh set up title clash in the IA and AD North Zone Volleyball Tournament at Sports Complex, Sector 7, here today.

Spikers in action during the North Zone Volleyball Tournament at Sports Complex, Sector 7, in Chandigarh on Thursday.
— A Tribune photograph

Spikers in action during the North Zone Volleyball Tournament at Sports Complex, Sector 7, in Chandigarh

T20 meet on Nov 24
Chandigarh, November 1
The Chandigarh Sports and Recreation Club will conduct the inaugural Inter-Corporate/Telecom/Media/Institution employees League-cum-knockout Twenty20 Cricket Tournament at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here from November 24.

Selection trials
Chandigarh, November 1
Trials to select probables for coaching camp will be held on November 3 at the DAV Senior Secondary School ground in Sector 8.


Sharan Turns 1
Providing succour to lonely hearts
Chandigarh, November 1
Sorrow has no religion, caste or creed. That’s why it binds the hearts that suffer. Some such hearts pour their sorrows out once every month when they meet under the aegis of Sharan - The Loners’ Family Club. It’s one cozy place where pains disappear and joys surface, out of nowhere… almost.

Spending public money on pvt companies?
Chandigarh, November 1
It seems the Chandigarh Administration’s tourism department has more money than it can fruitfully spend. In what can only be termed as nothing but sheer wastage of public money, the department and some other associated societies issued an advertisement ‘thanking’ two private airline companies for providing additional connectivity to the city.

Bicycles instead of flashy cars for campaigning in PU
Chandigarh, November 1
Panjab University Students Council elections are all set to create a new leaf in the history of Panjab University this time. With strict recommendations of the Lyngdoh Committee to be followed, which prohibit from spending more than Rs 5,000 per candidate, the campaigning students are now trying to find other ways to attract attentions and garner votes.

SOPU supporters campaign in the university while two of them pedal around to garner votes for the upcoming elections

SOPU supporters campaign in the university while two of them pedal around to garner votes for the upcoming elections. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Ram, Laxman say no to crackers
Chandigarh, November 1
It was a unique rally by school students to educate the masses about the ill effects of crackers. Dressed up as Ram, Laxman and Sita, students of Government Model High School, Sector 38, and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, organised an anti-cracker awareness rally at Sector 17 plaza here yesterday.

Students dressed up as Ramayana characters participate in an anti-cracker rally at Sector 17 in Chandigarh

Students dressed up as Ramayana characters participate in an anti-cracker rally at Sector 17 in Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Need to set up groundwater authorities: Experts
Chandigarh, November 1
Experts attending the three-day seminar on “Environmental and livelihood security through resource management in northern India”, which concluded here yesterday, expressed concern over the declining water table in the region. They said the Punjab and Haryana governments should set up groundwater authorities for regulating water resources and framing policies for water conservation.

Senior citizens discuss traffic management
Chandigarh, November 1
Expressing concern over the violation of traffic rules, the Chandigarh Senior Citizen Association organised a seminar on traffic management at Khukhrain Bhavan on Wednesday. Traffic problems like underage driving, parking problems, overspeeding, drunken driving and issuance of driver’s licenses to untrained drivers were discussed.

Cultural bonanza for art lovers
Chandigarh, November 1
All musical genres of Hindustani and Carnatic are equally legitimate as each one had its own aura, aesthetic appeal and terminologies, but all retain the unifying force of melodic affinity. With a view to intimate different music forms through an exchange package, the Pracheen Kala Kendra has teamed up with Delhi-based organisations, Ozone and Swaranjali, to bring a series of cultural bonanza to the city.

When determination overcame physical limits
Chandigarh, November 1
Almost everyone boasts of having a success story, but only a few deserve telling. For these are celebrations of success - not monetary, not material, but of a triumphing spirit. Ethos, Swiss watch studios at Sector 8, as part of their campaign “Celebrate Success”, felicitated city-based entrepreneur Pawan Khaitan yesterday.

Swimmer Kunal does city proud
Chandigarh, November 1
Winning medals has become a passion for city-based swimmer Kunal Bhardwaj. With over 90 medals in various state and national-level competitions under his belt, this 16-year-old boy of Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, again lived up to the expectations of his admirers by winning silver medal in 100 m freestyle (under 17) event during the 53rd National School Games Swimming-07 meet at Surat which concluded on October 28.

Swimmer Kunal Bhardwaj shows his medals
Swimmer Kunal Bhardwaj shows his medals.
— A Tribune photograph

Give capital subsidy to farmers, says expert
Chandigarh, November 1
The department of economics, Panjab University, organised a lecture on ‘Agrarian Crisis and Farmers Suicides in Punjab’ by Dr G.S. Kalkat, chairman, Punjab State Farmers’ Commission, yesterday. Dr Kalkat traced the developments on the agrarian front in India since 1949 - the era of food shortages.

Environment studies must for class XII
Mohali, November 1
The Punjab School Education Board has made the teaching of environment studies compulsory for Class XII. However, much to the relief of students, the subject would be evaluated on a five-point scale in the school and the grades would be sent to the board to be shown on the detailed marks certificate of the students.

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