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DGP: No need for media passes
Mohali, November 7
The Mohali police has refused to issue passes to mediapersons for covering the Indo-Pakistan ODI match at the PCA Stadium tomorrow for no apparent reason.

All set for Mohali match

Sania charmed by Shoaib Akhtar
Tennis star Sania Mirza interacts with young tennis players at the CLTA Academy in Sector 10. Chandigarh, November 7
“Chandigarh has great potential to become a vibrant nursery for tennis in the country. The infrastructure at Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association has been improved tremendously”, opined tennis sensation Sania Mirza.

STAR GAZE: Tennis star Sania Mirza interacts with young tennis players at the CLTA Academy in Sector 10. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

City one of the best, says Sachin
Chandigarh, November 7
Sachin, his wife and children take a ‘shikara’ ride at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar today took time off to relax with his family. Visitors at the Sukhna Lake and the Rock Garden were awestruck to encounter Sachin, his wife and two children.

Sachin, his wife and children take a ‘shikara’ ride at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan









EARLIER STORIES

Pak Fans Here
Say Indian warmth matchless
Pakistani fans arrive at the cricket stadium in Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Wednesday night. Chandigarh, November 7
A warm reception awaited buses carrying Pakistani fans from Wagah at the cricket stadium in Sector 16 here this evening. The visitors alighted from the buses, excited on finally reaching “home” and elated at the welcome accorded to them by friends.

Pakistani fans arrive at the cricket stadium in Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Wednesday night. — Tribune Photo by Manoj Mahajan

Green Diwali ? No way
Sale of crackers doubles

Chandigarh, November 7
No one in Chandigarh is heeding the “Green Diwali” call of Nobel Prize winner Rajendra K. Pachauri. Last week, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chairman had urged people to keep off plastics and gift a plant this Diwali. But here in the city, no one is listening.

Anti-cracker rallies, celebrations on Diwali eve
Chandigarh, November 7
Diwali was celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm in Kendriya Vidyalaya, AFS High Grounds, on the school premises today. In a special assembly ‘Lakshmi pooja’ was performed.

IIFT students display diyas around a colourful rangoli on the IIFT campus. Students display and sell their creations on the Diwali celebrations at GMSSS-44, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
IIFT students display diyas around a colourful rangoli on the IIFT campus and (right) students display and sell their creations on the Diwali celebrations at GMSSS-44, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Tribune photographs

Three UT policemen dismissed for graft
Chandigarh, November 7
The Chandigarh police has suspended three police personnel, including a sub-inspector, involved in corruption cases.

At 50, rocking time at Nek Chand’s garden
20 international art experts in city for celebrations
Rock Garden is all lit up for Diwali and its golden jubilee celebrations starting on Thursday. Chandigarh, November 7
Ahead of the largest conclave of conservation experts in Chandigarh, Rock Garden is wearing a bridal look. For the first time in the garden’s history, economic considerations have been put aside to ensure a world-class event in the form of Rock Garden Festival beginning tomorrow.

Resplendent: Rock Garden is all lit up for Diwali and its golden jubilee celebrations starting on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Punjabi weddings similar on both sides of border
In town for a wedding, a Pakistani family draws parallels between a shaadi and nikaah
Chandigarh, November 7
You call it shaadi here while we have christened it nikah. Well this is the only difference, Ansa Shafiq can figure out, between the lavish and elaborate Indian and Pakistani weddings.

COMMUNITY

Vishwakarma Celebrations
Cong, Akali workers clash; 10 hurt
Zirakpur, November 7
At least 10 persons were injured in a clash between Congress and Akali workers at Chatt village here this evening. The incident took place in the presence of the Dera Bassi SDM who was holding a meeting of the two groups regarding the Vishwakarma celebrations in the village.

A sari is displayed for sale at Silk Fab in Chandigarh. Drape yourself in silk
Chandigarh November 7
No woman can claim to be immune to the lure and feel of silk. And it is no wonder, city ladies and girls have been making a beeline to the Silk Fab exhibition in Kisan Bhavan, Sector 35.

A sari is displayed for sale at Silk Fab in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

Hospital, fire brigade staff on toes
Chandigarh, November 7
Hospitals and the fire brigade department has geared up to meet any emergency during the Diwali celebrations.

Park becomes gambling den
Chandigarh, November 7
The Moonlit Park of sector 22, inaugurated by Pawan Kumar Bansal has virtually become a place of hiding for small time gamblers and anti-social elements that are keeping the residents of sector 22 away from the park.

PSIEC workers on protest for ex gratia
Chandigarh, November 7
Employees of the Punjab Small-Scale Industrial and Export Corporation Staff Association today held a protest in Sector 17 demanding ex-gratia. The disgruntled employees alleged that it was for the first time in the history of the corporation when the ex-gratia was not given to the employees even as the corporation earned profits.

LJP to ally with Cong in Gujarat, HP: Paswan
Chandigarh, November 7
The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), an alliance partner in the UPA government, will contest the Assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh with the Congress.

Activists of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front form a pattern of dove, a symbol of peace, with earthen lamps at Sector -17 Plaza, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Diyas lit for peace, brotherhood
Chandigarh, November 7
The All-India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) celebrated Dhanteras and Diwali by lighting 4,000 diyas at Plaza, Sector 17, this evening here today.


Activists of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front form a pattern of dove, a symbol of peace, with earthen lamps at Sector -17 Plaza, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Aman Sharma awarded
Aman Sharma Chandigarh, November 7
Dr Aman Sharma, assistant professor in the department of internal medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh won DRA Young Investigator Award at the National conference of Indian Rheumatology Association (IRACON 2007) held at Khajuraho.

Close shave for 40 as bus hits Qualis
Mohali, November 7
A major tragedy was averted last night when a bus carrying over 40 passengers rammed into a Qualis late last night. No one was, however, injured in the accident even as the Qualis was crushed beyond recognition.

Car overturns, youths escape unhurt
The Maruti Zen that overturned in Dera Bassi on Tuesday night. Dera Bassi: A Maruti Zen car overturned on the railway overbridge near Dera Bassi last night. However, the two youths in the car escaped unhurt in the incident. The one-sided traffic remained disrupted for around an hour following the incident. The youths, who were reportedly in an inebriated condition, removed the car from the spot.

The Maruti Zen that overturned in Dera Bassi on Tuesday night. — A Tribune photograph

Letters
Growing traffic menace
With increasing population and the festive season approaching, traffic jams are a common scene. People get trapped for hour together and there is congestion on all major roads. People are likely to suffer from major health hazards especially those on two-wheelers due to the smoke generated from vehicles. The UT administration promises flyovers but nothing seems to be done.

 
CRIME

Minor abducted, raped
Chandigarh, November 7
A 22-year-old man of Faidan village, along with his accomplices, abducted a 14-year-old girl of his village and raped her at his cattle shed. The accused are still at large.

Depressed, OCF worker hangs himself to death
Chandigarh, November 7
Tormented by prolonged illness, a 52-year-old driver of Ordinance Cable Factory hanged himself to death at his Sector 29, residence, here this morning.

 
EDUCATION

Students given second improvement chance
Chandigarh, November 7
As part of its Diamond jubilee year celebrations, Panjab University, has granted a special chance for improvement of performance for all undergraduate and master level courses for those students who have passed their respective examinations between April 1980 and April 2006.

Students of YPS Mohali during the song and rhyme day celebrations in the school on Tuesday. YPS jr wing resounds with songs
Mohali, November 7
Students of Yadavindra Public School (Junior wing) participated in the annual song and rhyme day celebrations. Every student of Class I, II and III participated in the show. The junior school reverberated with melodious Hindi and English songs.

Students of YPS Mohali during the song and rhyme day celebrations in the school on Tuesday. — Tribune photo BY Vicky Gharu


COURTS

Forum tells PU to refund fee
Chandigarh, November 7
The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has dismissed the appeal of the Panjab University (PU), holding it guilty for not refunding fees to a student.

Man acquitted of rape charge
Chandigarh, November 7
Additional district and sessions judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi today acquitted Manohar Lal in a rape case as the victim was untraceable.

 
CULTURE

Life’s her canvas
Anjana Kuthiala's portrait of Dev Anand Chandigarh, November 7
Forthrightness, focus and faith are the three facets of Anjana Kuthiala's persona that stand out much beyond her intro as a former Miss India who has painted many famous Bollywood stars. Add to this her extremely positive attitude and energy and a mid-morning chat with her gets all ingredients of a lesson in the therapeutic value of art.

Anjana Kuthiala's portrait of Dev Anand

HEALTH

Patient catches dengue in PGI
Chandigarh, November 7
A patient admitted at the PGI for renal transplantation has caught dengue fever. He was recuperating after the transplantation in the Intensive Care Unit when diagnosed as suffering from dengue. Gaurav (25) was operated upon for kidney transplant on October 8 and after a few days he was diagnosed as suffering from dengue. However, the patient was treated successfully. — TNS

PGI OPDs closed on Diwali
Chandigarh, November 7
The OPDs at the PGI will remain closed on November 9, on account of Diwali. However, emergency services will continue to function.

 
SPORTS

Indian hockey players are better off: Pak coach
Chandigarh, November 7
The International junior Pakistan hockey team who is in town to participate in ongoing Gurmit Memorial Hockey meet underway at Sector 42 Hockey Stadium. For the first time in the history of Chandigarh the cricket as well as the hockey teams of Pakistan are in the town to play their matches against their respective Indian counterparts.

A perfect pose: The International junior Pakistan hockey team who is in town to participate in ongoing Gurmit Memorial Hockey meet underway at Sector 42 Hockey Stadium. — A Tribune photograph

Cricket
St Anne’s beat Manav Mangal by 46 runs
Chandigarh, November 7
A fine batting display by Vishesh Pal (77 runs) enabled the hosts, St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32, to beat Manav Mangal School, Sector 21, by 46 runs in the final match of Sister Alberta Memorial Cricket tournament 2007.

Rajasthan Frontier lift tennis trophy
Chandigarh, November 7
The Border Security Force’s (BSF) Rajasthan Frontier won the 7th BSF Inter-Frontier Lawn Tennis Tournament, which concluded here today. Kashmir Frontier were the runners-up.

Sandhu records hole-in-one
Chandigarh, November 7
Ravinder Singh Sandhu today joined a select band of golfers who have scored a hole-in-one on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club.

GMSSS excel in soft ball
Chandigarh, November 7
Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 11, beat Government High School (GHS), Sector 24, 11-0 in the U-17 category (boys) during the Inter-School Soft Ball Tournament (Boys and Girls) at Guru Nanak Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Sector 30, here today.


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