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Diwali Break
Candidates glum as PU boarders go home

Chandigarh, November 3
The festival season is going to play spoilsport for the PU elections this time. With only one day left for the elections, many hostellers have left for their homes, sending the candidates in a tizzy.

City set to host PHL yet again
Chandigarh, November 3
The City Beautiful will host the Premier Hockey League for the third time in succession. Though officials of the Indian Hockey Federation did not want to go on record regarding the decision of holding the event in the city, a senior IHF official indicated that Chandigarh was the final choice.

Pak team for Gurmit hockey meet
Chandigarh, November 3
City sports enthusiasts are in for a double treat this week, as they will get a chance to witness India and Pakistan clash on two different turfs, one on the cricket pitch and the other on the hockey ground.

A match in progress during the opening day of the 37th S.N. Vohra Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh A match in progress during the opening day of the 37th S.N. Vohra Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photo by Vinay Malik





EARLIER STORIES

Australian artistes show their skills during a press conference at Asiad Russian Circus in Sector 17, Chandigarh
Australian artistes show their skills during a press conference at Asiad Russian Circus in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
Minor beaten up with heated skewers
Panchkula, November 3
A minor working at Pakwan, an eatery in Sector 10 here, was alleged beaten up three youths working at the adjoining Vaishnav Dhaba, late last night. He was later tied to a grill and allegedly tortured by the youths, who used heated iron rods to inflict injury on him.

MC awaits transfer of conversion money
Chandigarh, November 3
Using the money earned under the much-hyped conversion policy has become a bone of contention between the municipal corporation and the Chandigarh administration. Around Rs 50 crore, earned so far in form of conversion fee from applicants in Industrial Area has not been transferred to the corporation to carry out work on upgrading infrastructure.

COMMUNITY

Police Reform Bill
Punjab govt ‘avoiding’ public opinion
Chandigarh, November 3
“The Punjab government is avoiding taking into account public opinion in drafting the Punjab Police Reform Bill, 2007,” felt a cross-section of participants at a workshop organised by Delhi-based NGO Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative.

Dowry Case
Woman accuses police of inaction
Chandigarh, November 3
Accusing the Chandigarh police of shoddy investigation, a Sector 10 resident has alleged that the police was dragging its feet over arresting her husband and in-laws booked in a dowry harassment case.

Hazard piles up at Dadu Majra
Chandigarh, November 3
Mounds of garbage at the dumping ground in Dadu Majra continue to pose health risk to residents even as the health authorities sit pretty over it. The dumping ground was created along the residential area of Dadu Majra village and colony by the Chandigarh administration.


Garbage piles up at the dumping ground in Dadu Majra, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan


Garbage piles up at the dumping ground in Dadu Majra, Chandigarh

Swamy: Ram Setu project anti-national
Chandigarh, November 3
Janata Party president and former union law minister Subramaniam Swamy today termed the Sethusamundram canal project as "anti-national", alleging that the subversive organisations such as the LTTE would have free passage if the project was executed in its current form.                                       
Subramaniam Swamy
Subramaniam Swamy

Murdered girl’s body cremated
Panchkula, November 3
The police today cremated the body of the unidentified girl found murdered in Morni a few days back. The police is making queries in and around the village where the girl was found murdered to know who was accompanying her but to no avail.

Bansal visits Sarangpur
Chandigarh, November 3
The minister of state for finance, Pawan Kumar Bansal, today visited Sarangpur village to listen to the grievances of villagers. Sarpanch Sadhu Singh informed the minister about the poor land acquisition rates being offered to them.

Courtesy Driving Week
Traffic cops to sensitise, not challan
Chandigarh, November 3
The Chandigarh traffic police will celebrate a courtesy driving week from November 5 to 11 in which it will emphasise on educating violators instead of booking them for offences.

Fire smoulders at Tribune godown
Panchkula, November 3
Fire was still burning between the reams of newsprint till late this evening, even 22 hours after it started at a Tribune godown here yesterday. Nearly a dozen fire-tenders were pressed into service to control the blaze.

Sarpanches being forced to join SAD: Garcha
Mohali, November 3
The Punjab Government is making efforts to “forcibly” make sarpanches join the SAD by allegedly issuing threats. This was alleged by Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha, member of the AICC, here.

Shed dispute, SP tells lawyers
Mohali, November 3
Two warring factions of lawyers have been asked to take permission from the higher authorities to get chambers constructed at the district court complex in Phase III B1, here.

Govt Apathy
Mohali road awaits repair
Mohali, November 3
Here is one perfect example of government apathy. The road opposite the Punjab School Education Board office had caved in almost two months back and despite being a danger to the life of commuters, nothing seemed to have been done to repair it.

 
CRIME

40 kg spurious khoya seized
Mohali, November 3
Officials of the health department seized 40 kg of spurious ‘khoya’ after intercepting a vehicle in Phase IV here this evening. Samples of the ‘khoya’ were taken by the officials which would be sent to the state laboratory in Sector 11, Chandigarh, for testing.

Tea vendor held for selling stolen cellphones
Chandigarh, November 3
The police has arrested a Sector 22-based tea vendor and recovered three stolen mobile phones from him. The police said 22-year-old Jatinder Kumar of Bihar was arrested following information that he was allegedly selling stolen mobile phones.

 
BUSINESS

Array of products on display at CII fair
Chandigarh, November 3
Celebrating its 12th edition, the annual CII fair opened to a spirited response here yesterday. Mayor Harjinder Kaur formally inaugurated the four-day fair at the parade ground here. She went around different pavilions showcasing an array of products and services.

VIP Nos.
BSNL extends auction deadline
Chandigarh, November 3
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited today extended the deadline for auction of VIP and vanity numbers of its 9464 series to November 12.

 
EDUCATION

Show of strength at DAV open house
Chandigarh, November 3
The open house at the DAV College, Sector 10, gave the student leaders just what they were looking for, a platform to show their strength to the rival body. Unlike in the past when open house would be a debate of the sorts on student issues, problems and agenda.


Students shower confetti during the open house at DAV College in Chandigarh on Saturday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Students shower confetti during the open house at DAV College in Chandigarh

Gurdas Mann performs at PEC Fest
Chandigarh, November 3
The second day of the three-day extravaganza- ‘PEC Fest 4th Dimension’ started with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement with the participants flooding the registration counters to participate in events of the day.


Punjabi pop singer Gurdas Mann performs at Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Punjabi pop singer Gurdas Mann performs at Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh

Soft skill development for SC/ST students
Chandigarh, November 3
Panjab University’s Centre for Adult, Continuing Education and Extension has initiated a two-month “Soft Skill Development Course” for Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe students of Panjab University today.

CBSE Sahodaya conference concludes
Chandigarh, November 3
The concluding day of the National CBSE Sahodaya conference started off with an all-dharma song at PU Law Auditorium, here, today. The Chandigarh convener Madhu Behl read the welcome address.

Workshop on female foeticide
Chandigarh, November 3
The two-day ‘Sensitisation Campaign on Female Foeticide’ organised by the department of women’s studies, NCERT, in collaboration with directorate of higher education, Chandigarh Administration, concluded today at Government Home Science College, Sector 10.

Environment studies must for Class XII
Mohali, November 3
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.

150 students get prizes
Chandigarh, November 3
The annual prize distribution function of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22 A, was held here today. DPI (schools) S.K. Setia presided over the function.

COURTS

Consumer Courts
Car firm penalised Rs 20,000
Chandigarh, November 3
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I has directed a car firm, Indian Car Centre, to pay Rs 20,000 for not providing the registration certificate for a second-hand car to a consumer.

 
HEALTH

Neurosurgeon shares views on spinal cord tumours
Chandigarh, November 3
Internationally acclaimed pediatric neurosurgeon Dr Rick Abbott brings with him decades of experience in the surgical treatment of brain and spinal cord tumours among children.

Over 5m epliepsy patients in India
Chandigarh, November 3
Even with the advance treatment, including surgery, for epilepsy being available in the country at least one million patients were not getting proper medical cure.

Cardiologist to visit city
Chandigarh, November 3
Dr H. Sahota, a cardiologist of Indian origin with two dozen of patents to his credit, is scheduled to visit the city next month.

 
SPORTS

CHA defeat PSEB
Chandigarh, November 3
Chandigarh Hockey Academy (CHA) defeated the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), 6-2, on the opening day of the 37th S.N. Vohra Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium, here, today.

Basketball
Holy Child upset hosts
Chandigarh, November 3
Holy Child School, Panchkula, beat hosts St Xavier’s School, Panchkula, 12-10 in the girls quarterfinal match of the Emily Gosain Junior Girls Basketball Tournament for Schools here on Thursday.

45 vie for city’s chess team
Chandigarh, November 3
Simranjit beat Gauri Chuttani 2-1 in the girls’ under-13 while K. Aditya defeated Abhivav Bansal 3-2, during the boys and girls chess championship 2007, commenced at St Joseph Senior School Sector 44, here, today.

Manpreet first in 50 kg class
Chandigarh, November 3
Manpreet Singh of the Wrestling Coaching Centre, Sector 42, secured first place in 50 kg class in the 5th sub-junior boys and 11th junior men championship at Sports Complex, Sector 42, here today.

SGGS win wrestling championship
Chandigarh, November 3
It was the day for women wrestlers of the SGGS College, Sector 26, during the Panjab University Inter-college wrestling (women) championship, held at the Gymnasium Hall, PU campus here, today.

CHANDIGARH TRIBUNE PART-II

Celebrate don’t pollute
CHANDIGARH: Think before you burst powerful crackers. These may be injurious not only to you but also to the environment. City Beautiful, despite having unspoiled flower-rich green patches dotted with woods, is losing its sheen. Its air pollution level is increasing every year due to rise in population, increase in vehicular traffic, industrial growth, etc. However, environmentalists are worried with Diwali just a few days away.

WE CARE FOR YOU
Baton overrules courtesy
Chandigarh Police continues to say "We care for you" in the language of baton. Instructions on being courteous being issued to the cops by the top brass of the police notwithstanding, politeness is apparently the last thing on their minds. They go around the arcades and other public places in the evenings beating the pavement with batons while "questioning" even the law-abiding residents.

Rs 14 for a meal? Yes, say HC rules
Chandigarh: A sum of Rs 14 for a meal may have been enough in good ol’ days but in this present consumerism scenario this amount will fetch you peanuts that too in a small packet. But surprisingly this is the diet money still being provided by the courts to a witness.

VIP numbers to be auctioned
Mohali: Those keen on single digit or two digit numbers for their vehicles in Punjab, will no longer be able to get these at a fixed price. They would now have to compete with other aspirants at an open auction.

The romanticism of daily life
‘Socha Na Tha’ fame director Imtiaz Ali is in the news again with his new film ‘Jab We Met”. This romantic love story got good opening all over and has been critically acclaimed by the critics. He spoke to the Tribune about his film ‘Jab We Met’.

"I’m very fascinated by the romanticism inherent in our lives and I have tried to depict that in ‘Jab We Met’. Imtiaz Ali

Imtiaz Ali

Chinese goods for common man
Gold, silver, electronic items top corporate gifts
Chandigarh: With Diwali just a few days away, the festive spirits are soaring with corporates loosening their purse strings and going shopping for gifts. Forever in demand, jewellery and designer watches never seem to lose their charm.

Budget worth Rs 2,000 cr
With Diwali round the corner, corporates are expected to give gifts worth Rs 2,000 crores to their business contacts, up from Rs 1,350 crore in last year. A study by industry body Assocham, projects an increase of 48 per cent in the gift size during the forthcoming festive season given the encouraging first and second quarter results.

PEC FEST
Celebrating the spirit of youth
Chandigarh: The wait and hard work of the past six months finally paid off as PEC Fest 4th Dimension kicked off on Friday. The chief guest, Padmashree Chandra Mohan, Director DSW, the students and other members of the faculty, the convener and the chairman of PEC Fest were all present.
— Tribune photos by Pradeep Tewari

Sensitisation campaign on female foeticide
Chandigarh: A two day ‘sensitisation campaign on female foeticide’ concluded in Government Home Science College, Sector 10, Chandigarh on Saturday. It was in joint collaboration by the Department of Women’s Studies (DWS), NCERT with the Directorate of Higher Education, Chandigarh Administration.


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